I bet you’re dead excited seeing that title and are thinking I’m going to write a really informative post on how to improve your health eating some newfangled pod found in the Arabian Desert………..but this is me. Miss Cynical. So you’re going to be sorely disappointed 😉 .
I’ve been ill since 1994. Absolutely zero was known about M.E. then (the situation has barely changed but that’s a topic for another day) so spurious ‘cures’ appeared with monotonous regularity and the majority of them involved either food or supplements. So I may be a low histamine newbie but I’m a very old and weary veteran of diets that claim to make you well.
These days popular diets include:
- holy basil
- medjool dates
- coconut oil
- bone broths
- no gluten and/or grains (try telling heart healthy Italians that pasta drowned in olive oil is bad for them!)
- no dairy
- no sugar (seriously, is there any fucking thing left?!)
When I first got sick it was:
- bee propolis
- probiotic yoghurt
- anti-candida (ie zero sugar, yeast, fermented foods or fungi)
- aloe vera juice
- sprouted seeds & beans
- co-enzyme Q10
- ginko biloba
And inbetween there has been:
- goji berries
- manuka honey
- cranberry juice
- kamboucha tea (have you ever drunk that shit? Eugh!!!)
- drinking raw olive oil
- low GI
- low fat
- Atkins (low carbohydrate)
For the first 8 years of being desperately ill I tried everything and remained as sick as a dog. So I threw in the towel and started eating like a normal human being. I have friends from those early days who still eat anti-candida and gluten-free and yet they’re still sick as a dog – I have no idea why they continue when it’s clearly not helping.
I do know one person who was diagnosed with M.E. and who was cured by eating anti-candida. Which goes to show she didn’t have M.E., but a yeast problem. Not a single person I’ve ever known has cured themselves from M.E. (or any other disease) by taking l-carnitine or sprouting mung beans. In fact of my friends who are still following restricted diets I’m the most well of them all and they are, without exception, as sick as the day I met them. Which has to tell you something.
To a large extent I credit my partial recovery from M.E. to improving my diet so I’m not dissing eating well in any way. I spent years juicing, eating organically, often raw, and it absolutely improved my health. No question. But I’m not ‘cured’. And I will never be ‘cured’. Not unless someone finds a way of altering my buggered up genes and replacing my knackered nervous system. I’m more hopeful of a cure for my overly vigilant immune system, although knowing my luck it will involve drugs my overly vigilant immune system attacks 😉 .
I take all the latest Superfoods and cure-all diets with a humongous pinch of salt. In fact, the salt would probably make me feel better than a bowl of medjool dates due to the fact that it would increase my crappily low blood pressure 😉
I know many people who read my blog have complex food intolerances/allergies and have to live on restricted diets. If I eat high histamine foods I literally feel like I’m about to die. I’m not advising anyone with a wheat intolerance to suddenly start eating bagels or someone with fructose intolerance to binge on fruit salad. What I am talking about here is believing all the hype about current ‘cure-all’ diets or superfoods which in 20 years time will turn out to be a load of old nonsense (we’ve been told for 30 years that fat is the enemy and now we’re being told fat is good, it’s sugar that’s the enemy……..seriously, somebody shoot me!). Every single natural food item you eat is good for you in moderation and in its own way – none are really any better or worse than any other, and many need a balance of each other in order for the body to utilize their nutrients (ie. calcium rich foods/magnesium rich foods/vitamin D rich foods/potassium rich foods – one is useless without the others). I get genuinely concerned when I read about diets online which advocate excluding entire food groups like grains or dairy, especially if you are already following a restricted diet like low histamine – you should never do this without the help of a trained and registered Dietician. Becoming deficient in B vitamins, or carbohydrates, or not consuming enough fat (which is vital for brain function and mood, even Dr Oz agrees!), is potentially damaging to the body not to mention your energy levels. Use your common sense and don’t believe everything you read.