My “5th Anniversary” and Beyond

When Shari read my first Parkinson’s? post, (this is the second) she protested in a comment. Since eating cooked fava beans is medicinal, I should still count myself a 100% raw foodist. I haven’t been sautéing my onions and garlic or stewing anything, I’ll agree that I haven’t progressed past cooking the rehabilitative member of the pea family.

Another comment I got on my post was from Steve. He is urging me to sprout my fava beans and eat them raw. According to Steve and his research, I can get up to 10 times the amount of L-dopa from sprouted beans than I can from the dried. That makes me wonder—is more really better in this case? I am getting positive results from the dried ones. I’ve been doing my own research and find that increasing the dose of L-dopa can make the body can develop a tolerance and require more and more to get the same result. In The Better Brain Book (the link is in my first post), Dr. Perlmutter advises to “strive for the lowest dose possible to achieve the goal of symptoms management.” (page 221) I plan to wait until after my telephone consult with my doctor when I’ll ask his advice. I’m a little leery of hitting it so hard to begin with. My feeling is, stick with what’s working now and maybe 10 years from now, I’ll have to start sprouting the beans.

My supply of peeled beans is down to two 20 ozzie packages. I still have the two lubs of the unpeeled ones. Piggly Wiggly was supposed to have some in on Friday but it didn’t happen. As soon as I found that out, I went in and clicked on my subscription ones to be sent on. One of the girls at work asked how long a package lasts me so I set out to see. Just this morning, I finished up the last and had to start cooking some more. The 20 ozzie package made seven cups of cooked beans. Seven meals for $5. That’s in addition to my other food. Seven meals is half of my bean meals for the week. My fava beans are currently costing me $10 a week or approximately $40 a month. In a year’s time, that will be almost $500. I guess it could be worse. It could be pharma L-dopa. I’ll stay with the beans. My not eating spinach will help pay for them.

In my mind, I have been going over and over the second interview with my naturopath. Shari told me, in no uncertain terms, that he was not just “her” naturopath now. He is really mine, too. His series of questions about possible carbon monoxide poisoning has echoed over and over. Do I have an enclosed garage where I start my car in the mornings? No. Do I have a fireplace? Yes, with gas logs. There were other questions, too, but I don’t remember them at the moment. That’s another symptom of CO poisoning. Forgetfulness. I’ve read in some material that being “scattered” is another one so I’ll go off on a tangent here and list the 10 most common symptoms:

  1. Headache
  2. Fatigue, Weakness
  3. Muscle Pain, Cramps
  4. Nausea, Vomiting
  5. Upset Stomach, Diarrhea
  6. Confusion, Memory Loss
  7. Dizziness, Incoordination
  8. Chest Pain, Rapid Heartbeat
  9. Difficult or Shallow Breathing
  10. Changes in Sensitivity of Hearing, Vision, Smell, Taste or Touch

If a person is exposed and has as many as five of the symptoms, it is almost always carbon monoxide poisoning. I had/have 1, 2, 3, the first half of 4, then 5, 6, and portions of 10. Other sites list muscle weakness, as well. I don’t know if that is an initial effect or residual, though. I used to be able to hold a pushup for over a minute and a half. I can’t even do one now. Where could I have been exposed to carbon monoxide over a period of time?

Well…remember this post from February 2009? I’ll forgive you if you don’t because I didn’t make the connection, either. Remember the memory loss? It took coming back home and racking my brain for hours on end to come to the aha! moment.

I’d had a mechanic go over the car to see if he could find anything amiss and there was nothing. Three weeks later, I wrote this post apologizing to my car for accusing it of making me sick. Oh, woe!

In the spring, when it got warm enough for me to roll the windows down in the car, I noticed a distinct rattle. I took it to my mechanic and he said it was the muffler. It wasn’t terribly loud and, once again, my budget (I thought) wouldn’t allow for a repair right then. I let it go from the spring of 2009 until May 2010 when I had to get the oxygen sensor replaced. As I noted in this post, it cost a whole $67 to get a new muffler. A new muffler at the beginning might have prevented the need for the replacement of the oxygen sensor as well as my health problems. There’s only one way to know—go back in time and do it over and that isn’t possible. My neighbor could say, “I told you so” but he hasn’t yet. He’d warned me if I didn’t get it fixed, I might be sorry.

The alarm my doctor told me to get has an electrochemical sensor and it hasn’t detected any carbon monoxide in the car. I wish I had tried it a year and a half ago when I first started having symptoms. Before that, I was feeling good. Hopefully, the damage isn’t permanent but it can be. I can’t help but wonder how many people out there are trying to scrimp and save and end up in my situation.

For the first time in years, I have very stinky sweat—er, perspiration. I’ve had mildly stinky a few times when it got very hot but nothing like now. It’s disturbing. I don’t want to use a chemical deodorant so I’m trying soda under my ‘pits to see how that goes. When I’ve tested it out, I’ll report. The first few days of eating fava beans, my urine had a distinct odor but I don’t notice it any more. Maybe I’m used to it? I’m thinking my body may, on top of the fava bean element, be detoxing carbon monoxide. I wonder…anyway,

If you Google enough, you can find that Parkinsonism can be manifested in many carbon monoxide poisoning victims. Then, again, there’s that familial tremor…Maybe I should add a new category and change where this is listed? Or, who knows? Maybe its both Parkinson’s and carbon monoxide. When I have my telephone consult with my doctor, I’ll have a lot to tell him.

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