The Magician Reversed
Do you believe in curses? I kinda do. It feels like I have first hand experience of a modern day one.
The year before last I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Alopecia Areata which causes your hair to fall out in clumps. I was lucky because I only lost a 20cm circle of hair that was covered by a cowlick. I didn’t even realize it was there until the hairdresser pointed it out. You can potentially lose hair from all over your body with this disease.
Naturally I was desperate to take whatever medication I needed to get better. The possibility of losing all my hair was my worst nightmare. Imagine my horror when I discovered there is no known cure. That most patients get worse. That according to the medical specialist the best I could do was rub some steroid cream into my pate and hope for the best.
So I hit the internet hard. Soon enough I discovered that many peeps were having success reversing their autoimmune diseases by following a hardcore Paleo diet called the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP for short). And by hardcore I mean hardcore. No wheat, no rice, no grains of any sort, no processed foods, no PUFA oils, no dairy, no beans, no caffeine, no eggs, no nightshades etc etc etc. Definitely no food fun. Plus you had to add in weird things like sauerkraut, bone broth and organ meat. But in a toss up between hair and food my hair wins every time. There was also the knowledge that one autoimmune condition can swiftly lead to another to consider.
I was preeeety strict for 3 months. I’d have sushi (rice) if I was out and about and needing fuel. I drank a ton of komboucha which is fermented tea so I did have caffeine, but it made me feel fantastic. And the amazing thing is…my hair started growing back within 2 weeks. Plus, as a bonus, other nonspecific symptoms I’d had for years vanished as well: chronic heartburn, skin rashes, red eyes.
I’m not quite so hardcore now but will definitely be sticking to a Paleo type eating regime for the rest of my life. Because you can never cure an autoimmune disease. You can only send it into remission. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for life.
Last week my AIP guru Paleo Mom announced that she’s been diagnosed with yet another autoimmune condition. I mentioned they come in clusters, right? The root of the root of her particular cluster turned out to be Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a real motherf****r of a disease if ever there was one. In a way it’s good news because the diagnosis will help her resolve lingering issues that she hasn’t been able to shift. But still. It doesn’t seem fair that someone who has helped so many other people including myself should have to suffer so much.
And that’s what got me thinking about modern day curses. Being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition is like a curse. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to who gets struck down or when. It just happens. And you have to learn to live with it for the rest of your life. Which sucks bigtime.
Can you think of any other modern day curses?