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Edited to add:  My ideas changed a bit over time.  Perhaps it is better to read the first post and then go to the end for more updated ideas

Hello all! I'm a few weeks into the diet.  Going to try not to get chatty here, LOL.    Below is my symptom list 1,  followed by a little about my case 2, followed by a few thoughts 3. 1.Vertigo, Itching, Rashes, Scaly Skin, Papular Rosacea, Peeling Lips, Spider Veins, Muscle Aches, Coarse Hair, Hair Thinning, Gingivitis, Dry Nose, Dry Eyes including rough patches on the white, Nausea, Light Sensitive, Mense Abnormalities, Headache, Migraine, White Hair.  (Another odd symptom, which I haven't seen on the low A list: occasional Raynaud's Phenomenon.)  Edited to add:  Facial Orange-ing, Constantly Running Nose, Head Pressure and The Prayer Sign. 2.I'm a mid-fifites American female who is 3/4 French and 1/4 German.   I dabble in homesteading and have eaten more eggs and butternut squash than most people.   I've been experimenting with my diet for 30 years or so, have tried most of the special diets, finally deciding it made the most sense to go with tradition.   I'm a WAPF'er of sorts.  I took Cod Liver Oil for years (editted to add:  and fermented cod liver oil too).    Despite the list of woe's above I'm non-sedentary and in good spirits.  I have, however, lost the trust in my body to BE NORMAL and find myself choosing to make my life smaller.   My hair is very white and this began with the onset of serious rosacea.  "Age guesser" apps put me at age 73.   hahaha 3.I've decided to try lowering my VA intake considerably... for  a 3 month period. As part of this detox, I have been doing some careful, short noon sunbathing. Has anyone else noticed that raw Kraut brings on detox?  It seems to instantly give me horrible gas followed by the runs.  I usually handle raw kraut fine.   For early other symptoms I think I'm seeing some extra "bug crawling" feelings, some tingling fingers, a hollow feeling in the gut. I'm considering buying SKIM RAW milk to have with coffee, I miss whitener.  I also have urges for bacon and spicy pickles. I think I have seen vitamin A overload with my cats, who I used to give yolks to on a daily basis.  I'm considering putting them on raw burger for a while, because I notice their canned food has liver, VA supplement and carrots among the ingredients.

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My only thought is that 3 months won't be long enough, I am sure you will see good things, but this is not a quick fix.  But I also think that when you see results, you will be convinced to keep up with it 🙂

I am officially 7 months today, seen many improvements, but I think it will be another year+ to get back to health.   Our livers can store up to ~2 years worth of VA, plus all the VA in fat tissue storage.

VA seems to be able to damage the epithelial lining tissues in the digestive tract, so as its dumping out or healing after dump, Kraut and probiotics might be somewhat harder on your body I think.

Also skin issues have been reported to either heal very quickly or they are the last thing to heal, my skin has been up and down over the last 7months, push and pull...  but overall continues to steadily improve.

Coconut milk, or non-fortified almond/rice milks(most have VA palmitate) could be used as a whitener.

 

Best wishes and look forward to your updates.

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Thank you, Orion

I sure hope that 3 months is long enough to see whether this is my problem, or not.

Your guess that my gut might be doing work, leaving the skin to fend for itself-- sounds like the sorts of priorities that the body usually follows!  Inside first!  Send the bad stuff to the outside!

I've been off of milk before and added it back and found that milk is something I personally do well with, so I don't mind testing the raw skim idea on myself.  Especially if I can find a pure raw skim similar to that used in the old "milk cure".  I might not be able to use my current dairy farm (which is not organic), I might have to hit up "realmilk.com".  In the past, I've also found milk skimming kind of tiresome haha.  (cut to me trying to skim milk with a turkey baster) It would be great if I can find it all done up.

I found some really high quality raw milk, grass based and etc.  Not skim.   Expensive, but I'll only drink one cup per day.    I adore milky coffee and miss it so much.

FWIW, Organic Pastures (not my farm) skimmed, raw milk is stated to be zero A on this site:

https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/283796924

Regarding how our tastes may guide us:  I recently started putting raw cream in my coffee for a few months rather than whole raw milk (just before learning of Grant's work).  I really wasn't enjoying it as much.   It wasn't floating my boat.   Today the skim was perfectly enjoyable.

I am going to try using a tube to skim as I saw on a video on a site called reformationacres dot com.  "How to skim milk the hands-free way".

 

 

I think I've mastered the art of the egg-white omelette (to my taste).  I eat coconut oil, you can substitute whatever fat you like.

Personally I'm adverse to the use of non-stick pans AND I don't use cast iron either.   I use a plain stainless steel pan.  I find that I need to heat it up on medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes before starting the process.  I keep the pan on medium-low for the entire time.

Mince some onion, and saute in  your fat in the heated pan.    Egg whites want to become part of the pan and you need to go generous with fat in there.    Over time you will get a feeling for what your pan needs.    Add your salt to the onions rather than to the eggs later.   Of course, you can put in any other vegs or spices that you like at this time.

Break a half dozen eggs (or more--you will need about double what you used to eat in whole eggs) into a bowl, excluding the yolks.    DO NOT STIR, whip, fold, crease or mutilate.  Leave those whites alone.

Pour the whites into the pan and COVER.

After a few minutes open the pan and tip it to see if it is cooked through.  If not, close it up for a minute more until the whites are firm.

Run a flexible spatula around the edge and then dislodge it (if it is stuck use more fat next time)

If this website software has a polling feature it might be fun to collect data that way.  Various polls seem interesting to me for instance how do you think you became toxic?  and What is your genetic heritage?    What were your symptoms?  How long until they resolved?

So, last week I think I mentioned that I had the runs twice.

Also, I think I mentioned that I was going to put my cats on raw burger.

Well, now the cat has the runs.

Yesterday after my daily, careful, short sunning stint and doing a bit of gardening in my bathing suit I went inside and my rosacea was BLEEDING on one side.  I cleaned it up and couldn't really see any open sore or bug bite to blame.

That has never happened in my long rosacean life.

My rosacea seems to be alternating sides to flare.  One side will look a bit better, the other will look worse.

I checked the calendar and I'm at 3 weeks low-A.    Lips still peeling moderately.

I also think my vertigo is flaring and that is the meaning of the "empty pit of the stomach" feeling and occasional clumsiness which is not my norm (I'm usually quite graceful, lol).

 

I once met a woman with Meniere's disease.  (a mysterious ailment that involves vertigo, tinnitus and eventually hearing loss)  She was actually young and beautiful and had totally lost her hearing.

I was just searching the internet to see if Meniere's crops up with words such as accutane, and found this:

Meniere's and Accutane / Roaccutane? from Menieres

My hearing used to be much more acute.

All of my facial features are painfully "dried out" the eyes, nostrils, lips, gums... and my earwax is dry too.  I'm thinking this is just the same problem, but in the ears.  Sometimes I make "yawning" faces just to stretch out all these areas that seem to be shrinking up like prunes.

On a list of "causes of Meniere's" I see they list "side effects of certain medications"...

Quote from lil chick on June 10, 2019, 7:56 am

I once met a woman with Meniere's disease.  (a mysterious ailment that involves vertigo, tinnitus and eventually hearing loss)  She was actually young and beautiful and had totally lost her hearing.

I was just searching the internet to see if Meniere's crops up with words such as accutane, and found this:

Meniere's and Accutane / Roaccutane? from Menieres

My hearing used to be much more acute.

All of my facial features are painfully "dried out" the eyes, nostrils, lips, gums... and my earwax is dry too.  I'm thinking this is just the same problem, but in the ears.  Sometimes I make "yawning" faces just to stretch out all these areas that seem to be shrinking up like prunes.

On a list of "causes of Meniere's" I see they list "side effects of certain medications"...

I got my hearing tested for sinusitis last year. the ENT said I had trouble with low frequencies which is a possible indicator of Meniere's disease later in life. I have significant VA in my system... I was thinking about the link between VA and Meniere's awhile back.

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Itching as Vit A's leave the building?

I've been experiencing lots of itch over these few weeks, (especially the bug crawling sensation on my face) which is above and beyond my normal itching (which is , of course... not normal on its own).  Note:  I HAD decided I had trouble with histamines prior to the vitamin A idea.  For several days I had to wear my hair up in a bandana I just couldn't stand any extra tickling.

I suppose no one here would disagree that as vitamin A leaves it creates itch?   I've grown a LOT of butternut squash and I have noticed over time that... lets just say itching results in the "nether regions" when butternut squash works it's way through.

It also seems like in spring time I've often gotten urinary tract infections as I progressed into getting more sunshine.   Often this was precluded by itching in THAT zone.    (Also, I've noted with myself and others that the detox associated with a new probiotic can result in UTI's)

Along with that, after not sweating for most of winter, spring sweat is extremely itch-ifying.

Have people tried sauna for the detox, if indeed sweat can carry away some of these toxins?  If SO TAKE IT SLOWLY.  I've tried sauna in the past and I'm really too delicate to take much of it.  There was another thread today that came up, talking about fainting.    People who may have issues with cranial pressure need to be careful.

This also makes me think about the importance of showering off sweat promptly and not just letting it sit where it may cause upset or even?  re-absorption?  I wonder, would use of soap matter?  Given that these things are "fat soluble"...  Is a quick rinse with just water not enough?

Is soap important?!  Who knew?!  (LOL)  I had a German neighbor who used to say to me:  "DON'T scratch!  WASH."

just want to throw this out there:  (feline vit A toxicity)

https://m.petmd.com/cat/conditions/toxicity/c_ct_vitamin_a_toxicity

https://www.knowyourcat.info/info/vitamins.htm