Is Mold The Cause of My Health Woes?

Recently, I’ve been dealing with a histamine intolerance again.  I first dealt with a histamine intolerance about three years ago.  At that time, as now, I would feel like my throat was closing and that I couldn’t breathe (even though I could).  My nose would also sometimes get very congested.  The Paleo Mom is the one who mentioned that it sounded like a histamine intolerance, and I’m so grateful that she said so.  I went on a low histamine, Paleo AIP diet for six months, took steps to heal my leaky gut, and then went about my merry way

. . .until the histamine intolerance came back this summer.

Now, I’m reduced to maybe 15 foods that I can eat to avoid a histamine reaction.  I’m sure that I have leaky gut again because the two go hand in hand.

Did Going Off Paleo Cause a Regression?

True, when we moved to Arizona, I abandoned my Paleo diet.  I ate beans, and chocolate, and sometimes sugar.  But I never ate dairy or gluten, and I still ate plenty of fruits and veggies.  Could going off the Paleo diet cause the leaky gut and histamine intolerance to come back?

I was mad at myself for getting in this situation again.

A Naturopath Has the Answer?

I made an appointment to see a naturopath, knowing that I needed help regaining my health.

I had to wait six VERY LONG weeks to go see her.  But when we had our hour long consultation, she surprised me.  She thought that the reason my leaky gut and histamine intolerance went away and then came back wasn’t because my Paleo diet derailed, but because there was a deeper root cause that hadn’t been addressed.

She thinks my deeper root cause is mold.

Remember that apartment building my husband and I lived in for 11 years?  The one that inspired my post, “I Want to Move!” because I was so frustrated by the way the landlords didn’t address issues in the apartment?  She thinks all those years of mold exposure caused these problems.

Apparently, 25% of the population has trouble recovering from a mold exposure.  So even though I’ve been out of that toxic environment for years, my body can’t naturally get rid of the mold, which puts my body in a state of constant inflammation, which leads to all of these other health issues.

We won’t know for sure until my test results come back in another 3 to 4 weeks, but I’m hopefully that maybe I can regain my health and feel like a normal human being again!

Have you ever dealt with a mold exposure?  Were you one of the ones who had trouble getting rid of the mold in your body?

The Occupied by Craig Parshall: A Book Review

the-occupied-978-1-4964-1135-8Back in high school, I loved reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz.  The creepy, supernatural stories kept me turning the pages and looking over my shoulder while I read at night.

I haven’t read those kind of books in quite awhile, until I picked up The Occupied by Craig Parshall.  The Occupied tells the story of Trevor Black.  Trevor grows up in a small town in Wisconsin, and he joins a band and parties quite a bit in high school.  After his father dies in a factory accident, Trevor is raised by his mother, who works a full-time job as a nurse.  She asks Trevor to check in daily with their neighbor, Mason Krim.

Elderly Mason Krim is an odd duck; he asks Trevor to knock six times when he comes over, and Krim also has a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion with the stab wound on the wrong side.  It’s not long before elderly Mason Krim dies, but Trevor suspects he was killed by supernatural forces.  Trevor’s friend, Auggie, convinces Trevor to go into the deceased Krim’s house, and there the two of them have an incident with the supernatural.  Although he doesn’t know it then, Trevor’s life will never be the same after that.

Trevor goes on to become a hot shot lawyer in New York complete with the attractive trophy wife and a sports car.  However, his life quickly unravels in ways that he can’t even imagine.

He begins thinking about his hometown and his band mates.  As his personal life unravels, his professional life does, too.  He consults with a client accused of murder, and he sees a demon in him.  After he says this to the judge, he loses his job.

However, he soon finds a new job. . . working for the New York Police Department as someone who can identify people who are possessed by demons.  This skill comes in very handy, especially when demons begin to flit in and out of his own life and those  whom he cares about.

This book earns 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeschool Review Crew: KidsEmail.org

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Bookworm (12) is at an age where an e-mail account would be good for him, but we never set one up because of the endless spam and other concerns.  However, when the Crew recently had a chance to try the Annual Subscription to KidsEmail.org, I happily … [Continue reading]

What We Bought and What We Ate, September 8th – 21st

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We are back to full-time schooling and our extra curricular activities all resumed, so the last two weeks have been crazy! This post contains affiliate links that help support Mom's Plans. I did a lot of shopping, as you'll soon see.  Part of the … [Continue reading]

Our 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum, 2016-2017

Remember how busy we were in the spring when we were in two co-ops and didn't get much of our own schoolwork done because we were so busy doing co-op work and going to co-op?  Yikes!  I won't make that mistake again. We spent most of the hot … [Continue reading]

The Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong: A Book Review

I've been using Sonlight and BookShark for Bookworm off and on for the entire time that we've homeschooled.  (We're now in our 4th year.)  Though some books had controversial topics, I trusted Sonlight and BookShark's judgement. This post contains … [Continue reading]

The Biggest Story DVD and CD: A Review and Giveaway

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Last year, we had the pleasure of reviewing the book, The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung.  The book, full of bold, bright colors, told the most important stories of the Bible in a fun, way, all connected together as one story with an uplifting theme. … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Getting Started with French

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Bookworm has asked if he could study French for a few years now.  I always put him off because Spanish seems like a language that is easier to learn and more useful in the United States and in the many Spanish speaking countries.  French seems … [Continue reading]

My 12 Goals for 2016: August Update

My main goals for 2016 are to work on finances and myself. Sadly, I haven't been so good at working on myself, but that started to change in August. Here's how I did in August: Exercise 4,160 minutes in 2016. 11.6% Complete. I exercised … [Continue reading]

Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling: A Book Review

I'm always amazed, when homeschooling, how much I learn right alongside my children! This post contains affiliate links which help support Mom's Plans. One of Bookworm's BookShark Level 4 books was Freedom Train about the story of Harriet Tubman. … [Continue reading]