Yeah, sure, the Thanksgiving turkey was amazing.  But then again, so was the “turkey hangover.”  We’re just not used to eating that kind of rich food around here.

Until Thanksgiving, we have both been in really good shape – and while we eat meat, it’s generally not processed and it’s generally not including much wheat flour in any of the recipes.  Till turkey day, when we threw caution to the wind…  But that gets to the heart of today’s column…wheat and health.

This week, I’m going up to the eye docs for another follow-up to the four surgeries in the past year.  But the big deal is that I have discovered a way to pick up 2-3 lines on the eye chart:  Eat foods that don’t cause an epithelial cell reaction.  It’s an amazing breakthrough in personal health that deserves some detail…

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A bit of personal background to put this into perspective.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been a life-long sufferer of eczema and asthma. Billions of years ago I had a test series called the “thousand lashes.”

Basically, the docs give a minute injection of this, that, and the other thing, over a grid they lay out on Ure back.  Half an hour later, they come back with this bulls-eye looking thing and measure how big the swelling around each injection is.

Miserable – and your back itches non-stop for a week after.

Point is:  I was almost allergic to everything.  Wheat, eggs, corn, chocolate, and on and on…  Let’s be real: You can’t hardly live on the ideal diet…

Fast-forward to me doing all those vitamin and mineral experiments on myself that I’ve told you about.  Those experiments helped me come up with a “personal best” of vits and minerals that really made me feel much better and highly energized.

The most recent addition is a hefty dose of two things:  Probiotics to aid stomach digestion – which has nearly ended over0acid stomach bouts.  Plus  I’m now taking a  decent blend of mixed resveratrols.

For a few days, I took myself off wheat.

In fact, I had come so much off wheat that I hadn’t had a piece of bread in a week or so.  In addition, instead of having my two shots of alcohol in the form of a wheat-based vodka, I switched to a sugar-based spiced rum.

An amazing thing happened:  My eyes got better.  Not just a little, but one or two lines on my home eye chart.  That’s a big deal.

One more data point:  I had noticed after the string of eye surgeries that when I got a bit of water in my operative eye (like in the shower and such) there would be a period of 10-minutes to an hour where everything looked like there was a solid fog in place.

A little experimenting (at the recommendation of an eye doc we know) with hypertonic saline (Muro 128 5% Opthalmic Solution 1 fl oz (30ml)).  Then I went on a data-quest to see why it was working and found this:

“Seventy-five patients (89 eyes) with corneal edema were treated with topical instillations of 5% hypertonic saline in a water soluble polymer solution (Adsorbonac). Ancillary therapy included glaucoma medications, IDU, corticosteroids, antibiotics and hydrophilic bandage lenses. The drops were instilled as frequently as required to maintain clarity, and visual acuity was utilized as the sole parameter of therapeutic efficacy. Primarily because of variations in etiology, concurrent therapy, and environmental factors, the results showed a high degree of individual variability. The therapy was uniformly well tolerated and a majority of patients demonstrated improvement in the visual acuity following use of the medication for a period of 3 months.”

This was on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website here.

I figured that when I developed this (foggy) corneal edema over the course of the morning that something underlying was wrong with my diet.  I eliminated wheat and things improved.

Was it possible that long-term wheat allergy and 40-years of eating wheat is what caused the cataracts in my eyes?  It became an intriguing possibility.  No way to back-test and know, but maybe the operative eye had turned into a super-sensitive allergy meter, as it were.

But, it was not until a number of A-B tests (vodka versus rum) that I became convinced that wheat had to go.

Except – after having a week of spectacularly good vision, along came Thanksgiving.  Sure enough, as the data would suggest, my eyes Friday morning were back with corneal edema-like “fog.”  Not as bad as previously, but I’d only had a day of wheat.

Time to clean up the diet.

Short-term Friday it was cleared with a drop of Muro 128 in the operative eye a couple of times during the day.  But, it left Elaine and I watching a bunch of videos on reducing inflammation which is what was going on with the eye.

Is there something to too much wheat?  Well, then how about too much meat?  And what can we substitute?

What started, right then and there, was ordering potato flour, rice flour, and oat flour to begin experiments with baking wheat-free bread.

After watching a lot of videos, we’ve concluded that what had been running 50% of our diet (proteins from dairy, cheese, meats, and such, could be ramped down to the 10% range.  Cheese, especially, will be down-portioned.

So, we’ll try it and see how it works.  Elaine tried whole vegan a while back, but turned out she needed more of the proteins from animal source, at least initially.  This time, we’re both taking the turn and we’ll be trying the “slow withdrawal” method and see how that goes.

If every once in a while I let out with a big hoo-rah , then it’s working.  Otherwise, we can always revert.

But my sense is that the real secret to a longer-life is an inflammation reducing approach…and there are several books on point, but everyone’s chemistry is slightly different.  Seems like some good guidance is to be found in The Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Action Plans: 4-Week Meal Plans to Heal the Immune System and Restore Overall Health.

OK, off to the “week after” with much to do…off turkey, too.  Until next time, of course.

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