My 7.5-Month Autoimmune Check-up: Baby-Chicken Fuzz and Boosting the Supplements

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When I see Doc this morning for my 8am appointment, I have crazy energy and am ridiculouly chatty.

First, I tell him that I ran out of Zypan (an enzyme supplement to help me digest proteins more effectively and that I’ve been on since Day 1 with Doc). It happened just before a California trip and things were too crazy to get out to his office for a refill, but I didn’t panic because at my last appointment, Doc had been considering taking me off of it anyway, which I remind him of as I confess my lack of compliance. So, I’ve been off for about nine days.

When I tell him, he is dismayed — if and when he is going to discontinue it, he will cut down the dosage first, not cut it out completely. See, while my digestion is showing many signs of healing (and we think the gut’s getting better), it’s a little too soon to declare total victory and any changes that I make on my own could throw things off.

And it’d be crazy to veer too much now, when both of us agree this morning that, as of this appointment, there’s a sign of progress: the tiniest bit of baby-chicken fuzz on the back of my neck and head. This, we agree, is kind of big news. The fuzz is in an area of my head and nape that have been the most persistently bald — totally bald, actually — for more than a decade. Elsewhere on my body, the hair that’s come back so far has stuck around for about four months or so, too. It’s fine, it’s very light, but it’s there. I’ve also noticed that I seem to be losing less hair or, at least, the tiny, tiny bit I have is sticking around a little longer.

This is all good news, really good. So, why would I screw it up now by taking myself off the supplements? I suppose it was just curiousity, rationalized by a lack of pre-trip time. But, yes, it’s kind of dumb of me.

So, as of today, I’m back on the Zypan, though he cuts the dosage down to one pill, three times a day. He also adds biotin and says it’s okay to take an over-the-counter hair supplement that I show him, if I want to. With glysen and dermatrophin (he doubled the dose this time around) and the trace minerals and the usual vitamin D, magnesium and potassium, I’m at 14 supplements a day.

I also tell Doc about shinrin yoku (forest bathing, forest therapy, forest love) and how awesome it was. A bit later, when he tests me, he says that my system responded almost overwhelmingly well to it. He recommends that I go again when I can, which is good because I already planned on it.

He also tells me that for reasons he can’t figure out, my fight or flight response seems  revved up. I can’t put my finger on the cause but I’ve been feeling it for about 10 days, too — just a feeling of unrest, an anxiety that I can’t trace but it’s there, in the pit of my stomach. Doc says I should try and work through that and try a stress-relieving technique he taught me. I agree to work on it because I hate this feeling. It’s like everything feels great — physically and emotionally — and yet there’s this weird sensation, almost dread, in the pit of my stomach and I don’t know why. I’ve been ruminating on it for days, trying to figure it out (even, badly, smoking a cig or two on some days because of the anxiety of it, which likely makes things worse). So, yes, I have to figure it out and get it out.

Doc also says that I’m testing badly for dairy. That’s the first time that’s come up, though I knew after the elimination diet that if I ate more than a serving or so of dairy in a day, my inner ears get itchy. I tell him that and he says that’s a sign that I’m not digesting dairy well, and to cut it out as much as I can.

All in all, though, we both feel like I’m continuing to make progress. Time will tell.

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

{Photo by Achim Bongard, from}





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