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Updates: Mom, TMJ, Anxiety and Dairy

My mom is back to normal, able to walk a little with a walker and doing a little cooking. Perhaps because her recent infection is gone and she isn't eating any more hospital food, her blood sugars have gotten low enough that she's decided to reduce her insulin dose.

My TMJ pain has been acting up. But last weekend, a friend invited me to her restorative yoga class, and the next day, for the first time in weeks, I didn't need any aspirin. I'm planning to take her class on a regular basis.

I had some anxiety that's now gone. I've always been good on the phone, and good on the Internet, but tended to get kind of freaky in person. I was the weird girl in The Breakfast Club. The anxiety defied all reason and most experience. And yet it just evaporated over the past couple weeks. Why? I quit all dairy except butter around two months ago and I'm finally finished healing from my bike wreck. Those are the only things I can think of that happened recently. There's some evidence that people with autism improve on wheat-free, dairy-free diets. I'm not autistic, but there may be a mechanism between dairy and brain function.

To that end, I'm reading Why Isn't my Brain Working? by Datis Kharrazian. (Imagine giving this book to someone or being seen reading it.) I found it while seeking answers to my dairy question, but--sit down for this--a low or limited carb diet is good for the brain. The same diet that's good for your teeth, weight, lipids, and GI tract, a diet similar to what we evolved on, is good for your brain, too. I'm getting the sense that the entire human body is adapted to our native diet.

EDITED TO ADD: The niggling pain in my right knee is gone, too, and I've had almost no nosebleeds. It suggests that something about dairy was bothering me.


Anonymous said…
I read Natasha Campbell McBride's book about diet and autism, very interesting.

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