Thanks for your “tiny two”.
I just wanted to let you know that there is more to my case than just athletic performance enhancement. I, just like you, was barely able to get off the couch a few years back. In ’93, while fighting some skin conditions, I was diagnosed by my homeopathically inclined dermatologist to have developed a yeast overgrowth. He started me on a proper diet with supplementation and intestinal cleansing and eventually added Nystatin to kill the yeast. Starting with less than 1/8 of a teaspoon, he gradually built up the dosage. Once I hit the 1/8 teaspoon level I had a tremendous die-off reaction. The skin on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet literally peeled off overnight and I had tremendous energy, none like I’ve ever felt. In order to keep the momentum going, he added a product called A-F Betafood, which is supposed to stimulate and support Gall Bladder function. Almost immediately after taking the supplement, I crashed. I had never felt worse. I literally overnight developed Psoriasis
and joint pains, and had a lot of discomfort in the gallbladder/liver region, and felt weak and my breathing became shallow. He suggested a gallbladder/ Liver Flush
which I halfheartedly tried without success. I just felt terrible. Concerned for my health, I returned to Western medicine to try to determine if I had a problem which needed immediate attention. They performed blood tests, chest X-Rays, gallbladder ultrasounds, etc., told me I had Psoriasis
and possibly Rheumatoid Arthritis
, but was otherwise fine and sent me away. But I knew that I was sick. I never felt this terrible.
That summer I just remember barely being able to function. The summer heat just compounded the problem as did the winter cold. I stumbled and bumbled my way through trying to solve my problem by attacking the yeast, using stronger anti-fungals but to no avail. I was not getting better. I could not tolerate any kind of fat and many foods that I ate just knocked me back. I also developed chronic infections under my nail cuticles with a foul smelling discharge.
In ’95, I had a comprehensive stool analysis performed by Greater Smokies Diagnostics (check out their web site) which showed I had an overgrowth of candida parapsilosis, staphylococcus aureus, and Beta Strep Group B. It also showed that I was not processing fats well, but I was so concerned about the organisms, I ignored the issue with the fats. I looked at it as though the organisms were causing the digestive and ill health problems and kept attacking the organisms. A product called Tanalbit made by Intensive Nutrition helped a lot, as it was effective in destroying the Candida and Strep, but the problems always returned. In ’98, frustrated and still feeling ill, I visited a gastroenterologist who agreed to gastroscopy and ultrasound. He found nothing. I continued to complain until he performed a second gastroscopy and stimulated my gallbladder so that he could collect some bile for analysis. Since I was awake through the whole procedure, I noted that he had a difficult time getting my bile to flow, but eventually collected a small sample. It was sent out for testing and came back positive for cholesterol crystals. He said that th crystals could be a source for my discomfort, and I ignorantly allowed my gallbladder to be removed, in spite of the surgeon’s caution that only 5% of patients with my condition are helped by gallbladder surgery. I was desperate.
After surgery, I was no better. Since the Tanalbit had helped me before, I decided to go on an Intensive course along with a liver support substance called Livaplex (believe it or not made by the same company that makes the AF Betafood). The combination was effective, my Psoriasis
subsided but didn’t disappear, but the nail infections cleared and I had enough energy to be motivated to start a running program.
Although the tanalbit and livaplex were somewhat effective, if I discontinued their use, I would slip back. This was telling me that I was still probably treating the symptoms and not the cause. It was not until recently that the pieces of the puzzle started coming together. It seems clear now that back in ’93, I must have reached toxic overload, and the AF Betafood thrown at my overworked liver caused something to precipitate. I now believe that my overtoxified liver started producing bile thickened with cholesterol crystals which slowed down the flow. The lack of flow into my digestive tract caused the bacterial overgrowth (bile is a natural intestinal bacteriostat). The bacterial overgrowth in turn polluted my blood stream which was not being filtered by my liver. The liver needs to produce bile to get rid of toxins. Now, everything I ate which could not be properly digested because of the lack of bile flow, also became a system poison, and probably continued to feed the bad bacteria. I also recognized that vitamins A, D, E and essential fatty acids all are important to good skin, hair and nail health. These vitamins, however, are all fat soluble and bile is necessary to emulsify them so that they can be properly absorbed.
In summary, unless the vicious cycle is broken by first restoring proper bile flow, it seems that all other approaches will fail, as they did. The Liver Flushes
and restoration of bile flow is the only thing that has brought me back to reasonable health. Along with my improved running performance since my first flush, my psoriasis has improved dramatically and my nail infections are nearly gone. Unfortunately, I may need to establish some kind of regular flushing schedule as my gallbladder is now gone. As long as I continue to see these dramatic improvements I’ll continue. In hindsight, my dermatologist’s desire to have me perform the gallbladder flush when I crashed was the right thing, and I could have saved my gallbladder and recovered my health 9 years ago and avoided all this suffering had I pursued it more aggressively.
I just wanted to share with you that it wasn’t all about athletic performance improvement. The running pace measure is just my barometer for telling me if something is negatively or positively impacting my system. Having been a runner yourself, you can appreciate that an overnight shift in pace by more than 30 seconds per mile, or more than 2-1/2 minutes over 5 miles is dramatic. Based on my historical account, I hope that you strongly consider running again. You will recognize when you have enough energy to start, and it may come sooner than you think.