Detox hell: Symptoms

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    Jul 27, 2007 10:43 AM GMT
    Hi guys.

    The last few months (since Easter) for me were a bit of a minefield with long periods of study, exams and then holidays. During this time my diet and training suffered but I did my best under the circumstances.

    A month ago, once everything had settled down I went back to my clean diet and started training again. Now I seem to be constantly ill with something. I expected my body to love all this nutritious food I was feeding it, and my digestive system to protest to the change. Both of which happened during the first week. My digestive system is now fine and has gotten over its burger and beer deficiency but the rest of me is not so.

    I get up in the morning and it’s like a lottery of symptoms. What is wrong with me today? I might have a rash, or a headache, or a head cold. etc My boyfriend might say “you were purring last night” (which is a polite way of saying you snored all night because you’ve got a blocked nose). Today, it’s a swollen lymph node in my groin and a blocked nose. Ironically, I’m not suffering with tiredness.

    I’m reluctant to go to my doctor because I don’t actually ‘feel’ ill, plus he’s a medicine man not a nutritionist and he’ll either send me away to ‘deal with it’ or want to prescribe me some drugs which defeats the object of de-toxing. All will be a waste of time. So I’ll ask my collaboration of net doctors, nutritionists and real jocks…….

    Has anyone else gone through this nightmare, and how long did it go on for?

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 27, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    Are you stressed out over something? It could be stress. Maybe a food allergy or food intolerance. I'm not a doctor, so I'm just giving you ideas. Maybe your body is still detoxing. If it continues you should see your doctor.

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    Jul 27, 2007 4:35 PM GMT
    From what you are describing it could be anything from a vitamin deficiency to an allergy.

    Do you regularly eat or drink any probiotic foods? (yogurt, etc.)? I swear by kombucha, a cultured beverage you should be able to find in health food stores.

    I actually tended to get quite sick during college, in one of the same periods in which I was most strict about eating healthy foods. It may have had nothing to do with my diet, but rather the constant winding up, winding down, of studying, exams, etc. The body likes routines, and I think sometimes the stress of rapidly changing modes can wear it down. I also may have gone overboard with the healthy food... You might want to play around with a balance. An occasional burger or indulgence may, for one reason or another, actually help you feel more like 100%.

    Incidentally, I feel similarly about most mainstream western doctors. The solution to everything is always a pill. But neither am I am I the other extreme who things that accupuncture is going to cure cancer, so I often find the best approach is to do lots of research, and simply to listen to my body. The drug companies would have us believe otherwise, but true pathology isn't really that common... and you can do a lot to keep it at bay.
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    Jul 27, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    You're probably not likely to get a good diagnosis over the internet. A physician might get some clues from a little blood work.

    It sounds like you could have a general reduction in immune system function, which could have a lot of causes. Or there could be some chronic irritation, like stress or some kind of plant toxin in your diet.

    A year or two ago, I had a long series of chronic problems, including thrush (!) that I finally traced back to the annual bucket of honey that my beekeeper hands out at christmas. It turns out that he was *deliberately* summering the hives in patches of poison oak. He's selling the stuff to the counter-culture market as some kind of miracle desensitizer. (NOT!)
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    Jul 27, 2007 6:03 PM GMT
    Wellbig, no medical advice, but I just saw my own MD who told me that a swollen lymph node in the groin is a sign of some infection in the stomach, intestinal tract, colon, etc.

    Maybe you would want to ask around and find another MD whom you liked a little better. Sounds like you should see a doctor.

    Good luck and hope you feel better!
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    Jul 27, 2007 8:20 PM GMT
    i notice that whenever i go back to a very clean diet I tend to get sick because my body is not used to it. It usually last max of two weeks, I woudl recommend vitamins fish oil and a trip to the doctor
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    Jul 27, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    No worries it is called a healing crisis.

    I find that a three-day apple diet is a less sickening way to clean out because there is a lot of fiber to flush and absorb the toxic stuff.

    A colonic irrigation may sound gross but it really can't be beat. You won't believe how much compacted shit you have been storing for years to the point that the colon can't do its job that well. LOL It is also a fast way to lose some weight.