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Global “Do it right or you suck” Day

#HAWMC Day 7: World Health Day

citrusApril 7th is World Health Day – so let’s talk about daily nutrition and diet. After your diagnosis, did  you alter your diet or health routine? If so, how? How do you maintain a healthy regimen?

Why can’t there be a “Mocha-Choco-Vodka-Valium-Latte Day”???

Nutrition and diet.

Diet and nutrition.

If you Google it, you will find 240,000,000 search results, having taken approximately 0.52 seconds.

Eleventy-billion of those search results will be sites telling you what you’re doing wrong and why you suck at not jumping on the bandwagon of stupid.

Thirteenly-billion of those search results will be sites promoting the SuperFood Cure of the Century!

Four thousandy-billion of those search results will be sites promoting good nutritional suggestions, if one were so inclined to spend the next thousandy-billion years of their life left-clicking each and every link. Or, at the risk of sounding obvious:

Sites that tell you to eat good foods, pass the packages and hydrate. Stuff that ain’t rocket feckin’ science, people.

Just sayin’.

Gluten-free, acai berry, dripping with bullet coffee…the “diets” are promoted as “lifestyles” that make you think the KitKat you snuck into the bathroom and ate with the door closed so your kids couldn’t hear you but they did because kids hearing chocolate and not the cries of “clean your room” makes you suck ass as a person for succumbing to a sugary-laden bar of cancer causing chocolate whilst wearing your Alzheimer’s-inducing anti-perspirant.

I get a little grouchy when I’m hangry. Here. Have a Snickers.

Did I modify my nutrition and diet when I got my diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus?

Nope. I was pretty much certain I was just told that I was going to die because I’d had no fucking clue what systemic lupus erythematosus was so I was a little busy trying to read up on those 5,030,000 search results (having taken 0.41 seconds).

Did I modify my diet and nutrition and health regimen awhile after my initial diagnosis?

You better believe I did. I took ownership of all the areas of my “Health.” and looked at my body as a system, and, accordingly, at each system contained therein. Like, an engine. A dysfunctional system that was not being run by the perfect oils, but by stresses and chemicals and cells that were eating my good cells’n’shit.

I started weight training, took a diabetes information session series through the City of Ottawa, Googled, asked and volleyed away well intention-ed suggestions by people who “knew” exactly what to eat or not eat that would make my Lupus go away, because clearly the cure for Lupus is in some tropical water collected at the first morning dew when the outer rings of Saturn align with the fourth moon of Jupiter.

I’m going to say something very specific:

I am a Chartered Herbalist. If there were an herb or a food or anything else digestible, inject-able, drinkable or snort-able that would cure Lupus, you can sure as shit understand that not only would this change my life by taking said “-able”, it would leave me with an ethical duty of care to change the lives of millions of people around the world. Just sayin’.

Herbalism and nutrition in the context of chronic disease aims to treat the root cause of the health problem(s)…to return the body to a state of natural equilibrium.

If no one, not people, not science, not the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker…can pinpoint the root cause of Lupus…you cannot fucking cure it, people. I don’t care how long you’ve been working with either science or with the science of diet, nutrition or mocha-choco-vodka-valium lattes…

*shifty eyes*

…to think so is an insult to people who have studied and worked their entire careers to isolate the whateveritis that causes disease in humans on a molecular/atomic level.

No root…no stem…no branches to know where to possibly begin to treat.

No cure…and remission is a state of inactive symptoms. Disease and syndromes can be “well managed” to effectually eliminate activity.

It doesn’t mean my pancreas is magically going to function at full capacity again. Ever. But, it means that I’ve got my diabetes so well managed that my blood glucose levels are in normal parameters, my A1C is in normal parameters and that I do not require the use of Metformin.

Shiny fads and culinary guesstimates are a crapshoot and I’ve got limited time to waste on them, like many others with chronic disease. We manage. We isolate symptomatic effects and we make educated changes, modifications and adaptations.

Believe me. I treat my diabetic, lupus ridden, fibro limited body the best I can with what I know about the whole-body system. Nutrition. Hydration. Sugars. Real food. Exercise. Happiness. Support. Spirit. Soul.

And, what works for me is based on my levels of each and every category of said whole-body system.

Our mutual goals should be to find “Health.” to the best that our individual bodies can manage and sustain.

To suggest to someone to stop doing ____ or start eating ______ or adding the supplement ______ is not only ridiculously careless if you’re not a professional (be it physician, naturopath, registered “xyz”, etc) it can be downright dangerous  if you are unaware of the other person’s medications, health conditions, etc. as a whole.



Let’s all support each other in the vision to attain the best “We.” we can be! \m/


  1. Wendy

    Hallelujah…..NEEDED TO HEAR THIS!! You sure have a way of putting reality into words. All goes back to your first post of this challenge….. Education and making the best CHOICES that our situation, condition and ability allow us to on any given day, with the faith and peace of mind that we have done our best… some days the choice of putting adequate nutrition in our body (and having it stay there) is the big challenge of the day.

    • Brynn

      *fistpumps* Thank you, Wendy! This was one of those “How many people am I going to piss off if I click ‘publish'” 😉 But it seems to resonate with many. It really angers me…we’re hard enough on ourselves…our disease is ultimately the hardest…and we add…so…much…extra. Often, because of people who don’t know much at all.

  2. Maya

    I love, love, love this! You rock! Everyone’s body is so unique, and nothing affects two people exactly the same way – not the condition, the diet, the meds, or any other aspects of treatment or attempted treatment. I’ve had people tell me I could cure my cyclothymia with meditation and some natural remedy or other, or by eliminating some food group or adding some other. I have to inform them that my condition is a lifetime diagnosis, there is no cure. They refuse to believe me. I’ve had people tell me to stop taking my meds b/c science isn’t real and it’s just a way of the pharmaceutical companies getting money, and sneer at me when I tell them thank you, but I actually like not feeling like I’m losing my mind every day so I’m going to stick with my meds. It’s great for people to share their own personal experiences, and if people want to talk it over with their treating doctor, who know their conditions and possible medications and risk factors, and then decide to try it, then that’s all well and good. But I can’t stand being talked down to because someone thinks they know how to cure my illness, when all medical professionals and scientific research does not.

  3. Brynn

    *shakes head at people* And, in all honesty…I wonder what “reason” these same people would come up with if you *tried* their hootenanny “remedies” and died because of an interaction…or because you stopped your medication entirely. They’ll blame you. Us. For doing or not doing, could’ve, should’ve, would’ve kind of bs. *sigh* I’m glad you stick to your guns. I *hear* you, ladyfriend. I *HEAR* you. HUGS

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