“Breathing in, say in your mind-I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, say in your mind-I know I’m breathing out. Bringing awareness to our breathing, we stop all the thinking and focus only on our in-breath and out-breath.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh writes that ‘To become aware and mindful is probably the best thing that I have done for myself. To see the self destruction, I have been creating and stopping it a genuine miracle. We may need some insight that can help us release the tension and calm the body. Becoming aware of your body, you may notice tension and pain. You have allowed tension and strain to accumulate in your body, and that may be the starting place for any number of illnesses. That’s why you’re motivated to release these tensions.”
I’ve proven to myself without a doubt that we must be connected to our bodies and spirit. That when we become stressed out, we find ourselves in pain; we are disconnected from all three. To find a way back to the connection of all three is the only way you will find healing.
I was told by a doctor that I am extremely sensitive to my body, that I can feel most things right away where it may take years for someone else to realize there is a problem. I know that they have chastised me about my sensitivity, but just this week I found out that this sensitivity or awareness has saved my life, probably more times than I realize. And you may think I am over-exaggerating, but just read on.
All my life since contracting Lyme Disease, I have had problems with meat. I usually tried to eat meat, but I always ended up having terrible stomach aches, or having allergies, got strange rashes. At the time I didn’t really put together my symptoms, but as I am writing a book on Chronic Lyme disease, I am discovering some very telling information and now my past symptoms make sense.
As I research deeper into my disease, I can see some correlations on my symptoms. Meats, cheeses, milk, any animal food caused me such awful pain and as I grew older, the worse it became. I think I was up to one a bottle of tums a week, and we are talking about the Sam’s size bottle.
It’s a fact that we all want to be a part of this world, to be accepted by our family and friends, to be a part of society. Vegans’ were tree hugging all against animals products. The horror of PETA and the destruction they have caused , has caused the Vegan to be looked down as enemy of the State, as you could say. I am vegan, but I cook meat for my partner. I am not against meat, it’s just I can’t touch it and for a good reason. Read on…
I felt better when all I ate was a plant-based diet, but was made fun of or thought weird. When I cooked meat, I destroyed it when I cooked it. I know now that this was because deep down my body was trying to get my attention, telling myself that there was something wrong, and I needed to become aware of the situation.
I found a wonderful naturalist about three years ago, that told me to stop eating meat when told him I had Lyme Disease. Three years ago, I read an article about how people with lyme could not digest meat. I wasn’t able to find much more than a brief article and just put my research on the back burner for a while.
Yesterday, while finding more info on Lyme Disease, I went on the search for more information about the article about not being able to eat meats or any animal products. I found several articles, two being from two different institutions. The CDC and the MAYO Clinic. It was shocking to say the lease, but not surprising that this information would just kind of slip out there with little fanfare.
As I had recently found out, the CDC and FDA do not want people to know about Lyme Disease that affects over 300,00 people, that we know of. We as a people who used to pay through our taxes, the CDC and FDA, to work for our protection and betterment of life. Have now found evidence that the pharmaceuticals companies pay the CDC and FDA, so we are in big shit with these two companies. There is a bias going on and we are in enormous danger. Do we have someone looking out for our best interest now? Don’t believe me? Start looking into this, just saying.
So onward, as I have gone down the rabbit hole, I discovered that yes, there is a condition linked from Lyme Disease that causes a meat allergy. It is called Alpha-gal syndrome. The bite from a Lyme infected insect transmits a sugar molecule called alpha-gal into the person’s body. In some people, this triggers an immune system reaction that later produces mild to severe allergic reactions to red meat, such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken or fish or other mammal products. Ah ha, the light bulb comes on.
Before I went to a vegan diet, I was aware of that. I was dealing with shingle type rashes, severe stomach aches, trouble breathing, and other allergy symptoms. I ended up in the hospital several times, had a battery of test and ultrasound and no-one could tell me what was happening. A bottle of tums and a large doctor bill were what I ended up with. It was more like a prescription of antacid, but you get my reference.
Of course, most doctors do not know about Lyme disease and so it is hard to find an open-minded think out of the box doctor.
Researchers now believe that some people who have frequent, unexplained anaphylactic reactions-and who test negative for other food allergies-may be affected by alpha-gal syndrome. There is no treatment other than avoiding all meat and animal products. My book goes into this research more in-depth.
It all comes down to this. If I had not been reading the signs and symptoms my body was giving me, I could have very well had a severe reaction to meat or animal products and ended up not surviving an allergic reaction.
We must, for our own good, wake up, and become aware of the way we communicate with our bodies. As I was telling my partner about the things I had discovered, the reality of what could have possibly happened to me hit us. I am lucky that I am so sensitive and that I take the time to breathe, be mindful, and look into what is happening inside of me. To wait or go outside of the self to others could very well have caused my demise.
You do have the power to heal and you have control of your destiny. The first step is to stop, breath in, and breath out. To listen, to become aware, to trust in yourself and fight for you! All that you look for is inside of you.
“Breathing in, I’m aware of my body. Breathing out, I’m aware of my body.” Thich Nhat Hanh
References: http://www.mayoclinic.org search: Alpha-gal syndrome