Your Questions Answered: Hidradenitis suppurativa and Autoimmune Conditions

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For the last three years, I have received (on average) about 30 emails a week with questions regarding Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), how to treat it, what foods are safe, what medications people should be taking, even questions on how to quit smoking and deal with the stress of in-laws. In fact, I’ve received so many questions that I wrote a book to try to answer them all at once. Unfortunately, since everyone’s personal situation is unique (and there’s no way I could cover everything in one book. And I have no idea how to deal with your mother-in-law) I’m still receiving tons of questions. In order to try to help everyone who needs help, we’re going to answer your questions here once a week. If you have any questions regarding your HS, achieving remission, taking supplements, or need information to take to your doctor, ask us! Just use the “Ask A Question” tab on the right hand side of the screen. We’ll try to answer them all in the coming weeks. Question 1 Hello Tara, I have been diagnosed with HS and for the last 18 months I have been prescribed antibiotics (doxycycline, clyndamycin and minocycine). They worked to clear … Continue reading

Vitamin D, CBS and Pickle Mayonnaise

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Vitamin D and Sleep Dr. Seth Roberts (a PhD and biohacker who presented at AHS last year) has been blogging about my Vitamin D and sleep connection for several months now and has been trying it out for himself. Seth has been trying to improve his sleep for years and definitely thinks I’m on to something. You can read about his experiments here. He’s currently writing a publication on the subject, which I can’t wait to read. He’s also been referring to the topic during some of his talks. I know some of you have tried and have had success with changing the timing of your supplementation – we believe it’s more important than previously thought and can impact the outcome. Paleo on CBS Paleo’s been on the news again! Dr. Kim Mulvihill at CBS San Francisco recently came to PaleoFX and interviewed some of us. There’s tons of great information, including an interview with CJ Hunt about his new movie, In Search of The Perfect Human Diet. (Spoiler alert: it turns out the perfect human diet is Paleo.) Check out the videos on CBS, or click below. I just happen to be in this one. ;) Aired May 14, 2012: New Documentary … Continue reading

N=Primalgirl: Sleep Issues & Vitamin D

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First off, I’m moving this blog to www.primalgirl.com lickedy split. I can transfer all my email subscribers over but I can’t transfer everyone, so if you don’t receive a newsletter from me announcing my next post by next week, feel free to hop on over to www.primalgirl.com and re-subscribe. In fact, do it now. :) The site’ll be a little disorganized for a few weeks, but I should have it under control soon. Second, I discovered something cool I want to share with you. Obviously what works for me isn’t going to work for everyone but I think I made an important connection between Vitamin D and sleep quality that I’ve never heard mentioned before. Correct me if I’m wrong, I haven’t read everything out there. The major thing I took away from the Ancestral Health Symposium is that self-experimentation and the dissemination of said results is the absolute key to helping others find their Paleo solution. We have to experiment on ourselves to tweak what is optimal for us, and sometimes we just can’t think of what to tweak. For those of you that haven’t heard of it, these experiments are being referred to as N=1. You may remember … Continue reading

Primalgirl Goes to the Hospital Part II: Meal Time

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I can be an obstinate bitch. It has served me well over the years, as I also know how to temper that trait in certain situations and am most willing to relax my views if loved ones or friends are concerned. However, take me, add pain and a healthy dollop of morphine, stir in a little fright at major abdominal surgery, add a dozen doctors who all have their heads up their asses, and you’re just going to get the obstinate bitch. For the full story, check out yesterday’s post. For those of you that aren’t interested in hearing the full rant of how I stayed Paleo in the hospital, there’s a checklist at the bottom of the post, most of which you can also apply when you are eating out at a restaurant. First off, let me say I was in a military hospital. The military must follow strict USDA guidelines when it comes to food, so according to them I was offered nothing but top-notch quality nutrition during my stay. Ha ha ha ha hah ah ahaha hah ahahahahaha ha. ah. *wheeze* Now that THAT’S out of the way, let’s move on to business. I think hospital food … Continue reading

Easy Sports Drink Recipe

A couple of years ago, shortly after I had started on my Primal journey, I ended up in the hospital. I thought I was having a heart attack or a stroke. Here were my symptoms: heart palpitations, numbness in my arms and legs, convulsions/seizures, pain in my left shoulder running down my arm, slurred speech, general confusion. It started after a particularly grueling workout with a new GlobalGym trainer that didn’t realize how out-of-shape I was at the time. I started to “black out” while I was still at the gym – the symptoms I usually get when a migraine is coming on: impaired vision, black spots everywhere and extreme sensitivity to light. Somehow I made it home, where things got worse. My dad rushed me to the ER. I spent about 5 hours in the hospital, pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it (I’m a complete drama queen, I know.). After ensuring I wasn’t having a drug overdose or a heart attack, the doctors took some blood, gave me fluids and left me to recover. When the results of the blood tests came back, I seriously couldn’t believe them. My potassium was slightly low? Really? That was all … Continue reading

Boost Your Immune System – Vitamin D

So the last two weeks have been hellish. My entire family has been down for the count with a local, virulent virus. My husband got sent away on business so I was left to care for two 15-month old whining, tantrumy babies on my own. Week. From. Hell. I’ve been experimenting with Vitamin D lately. I had read an article on the antibiotic properties of Vitamin D so thought I would try it out. At the first sign of illness, I downed 12,000 units. The next day, 10,000 and another 10,000 the next. Nothing. Flat-on-my-ass sick. When my head cleared enough for me to get on the Internet, I read that article again and realized that I had goofed. I needed to take 25,000-50,000 units each day. Next time I get sick, I’ll try more cause it sure as hell didn’t work this time. Most of us are Vitamin D deficient, which is why we seem to catch every cold and flu going around. The darker your skin, the more Vitamin D you need. To figure out how much the average person needs, multiply 35 x your weight. That’s how many units you should take each day. For my 22 lb … Continue reading

Nutrition Info – Some of the Basics

My nutrition class went well yesterday. The staff at the Safeway didn’t even bat an eyelash at us. Below are some of the things we discussed in greater depth. Next time I’m going to take them to Trader Joe’s to show them what to buy, instead of what to avoid. That’ll be more fun. In the meantime, here’s some stuff you need to know if you’re shopping at a conventional supermarket. Don’t forget to click on some of the links I’ve provided, they’ll take you to more site with even more information, if you want sources or just more proof. Nutrition Labels: One in four nutrition labels is wrong.  Very often a product will claim to have no calories, sugar or trans fats when it fact, it has calories, sugar and trans fats. Sometimes the carb count is really higher than what it says. Innocent mistake? Perhaps. Or perhaps some labeling is misleading on purpose. If the company gets fined at all, you’ve already bought and consumed their product and are not likely to read the label again if you purchase it in the future so they end up ahead. The percentages you see on the side of the nutrition … Continue reading