This is a brief story of a woman who had severe food-poisoning which lead to severe diarrhea, uncontrolled vomiting, high fever and the flu. How many of you have actually ever connected the fact that what you eat has a lot to do with latter developing a cold or flu? But in fact, about 50% of colds and the flu begin with eating the wrong thing!
I see this all the time in my practice. It is very common to see my patients unconsciously undermine their treatment by eating the wrong thing. They are feeling better, and so they go ahead and have a few beers, or a couple of cokes, or a Big Mac, maybe a large salad, or some chocolate cake at a party. Of course there is nothing wrong with any of these foods at all. Unless, that is, if you already know that eating them has in the past made you ill, and that we are trying to strengthen your immune system. Or if you have a weak Spleen or Blocked Liver meridian.
In this case, a female patient of mine who we had been treating for quite a few years for emotional problems, like depression, insomnia and anxiety, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, was doing quite well for about 6 months. She was on a stable preventative regimine, which included a, a homeopathic remedy, multi-vitamin mineral supplement, fish oils, a Chinese herbal formula and an every 3 week acupuncture regimen.
Then one day she experienced an unusual amount of stress at work with her boss, and at home with her husband. Instead of processing the events that had taken place using healthy emotional tools, she chose to fall back into an old eating behavior she had before beginning her treatment. She went for the ice cream. She knew intuitively that this was a very bad move, but she did it on impulse.
And sure enough, she woke the next morning with a slightly scratchy throat, which developed over the next few days into a full fledged strep throat and the flu. This was because her basic weakness is a Damp Spleen with some Liver involvement. So when she eats either frozen, cold or a lot of raw food, she generally ends up pretty sick.
Fortunately, she thought to call me immediately, and we got her on a specific homeopathic remedy called Dulcamara, which matched all of her emotional and physical symptoms. We also got her on some immune supplements, and in no time at all, she was able to swallow with no pain. Needless to say, she was very happy.