Miss Danielle's blog

What Do You Mean, Stop Taking The Pill?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 07/18/2005 - 6:37pm.

I can quit coffee.

I can stay away from bread if I have to and I can even skip that gorgeous piece of cheesecake. But give up my birth control pills?

For all those other sins, there is an alternative. But what do you replace birth control pills with? If I slip up and accidentally eat something with yeast in it, I'll be sick for a day or two. If I slip up off the pill, I'll be sick and bloated ...except it will last for 9 months. And then manifest itself into a screaming, living, needy thing.


Air Filters

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Sun, 07/17/2005 - 10:17pm.

Humid weather and hot temperatures force many of us to have our windows closed during the summer, leaving us with stale air. Add to that crazy seasonal allergies and smog alerts, and it can be devastating on the ol' respitory system.

I'm trying out an air filter. Some people swear by them. So far I've found that the most my air filter has done is provide me with 'white noise'; another hum in the house to aid me off to dreamland.


Finding Help In Your Area

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Wed, 07/13/2005 - 9:44am.

It can be difficult to find programs and establishments meant to help you. Doctors don't know every place that is available in the area that you live in which you could benefit from. It's not their fault. In fact, I think it would make sense that doctors recieve updates on programs and organizations in the area that could help their patients. When I am Empress of the Universe, I will make sure I organize a panel of individuals whose job it is to do so.


"Healthy" Coffee?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Fri, 07/08/2005 - 9:20am.

I was at a summer festival the other day and at one of the stalls there was a sign that said "HEALTHY COFFEE". I was intrigued, and amused by the concept, so I went over.

It was Ganoderma Coffee: coffee grounds mixed with ganoderma or Reishi mushrooms. Reishi mushrooms are making their appearance known more and more in western health circles ( I am sure herbalists and such have known about it for years, but for the rest of us, Chinese medicine is not common conversation ).

"You can have your coffee without all the bad effects you usually experience."


Social Situations Hard for People With Intolerances

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 06/27/2005 - 11:46am.

Most of you have been in a similar situation. Here's my most recent.

I've just recently gotten a new job. I went in for orientation on a day where staff and students prepared food for a potluck. I brought something as well (wanting to make a good impression and all). I placed my dish on the table and backed away from the sea of breaded goodies and desserts, not tempted in the least.


To Balance the Blog Karma, A Note On Medical Technicians

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Fri, 05/27/2005 - 10:28am.

I find many of the medical technicians I encounter (as a patient) are friendly, informative and helpful.

Is this because they don't have to deal with as many headaches as doctors do?


My Most Recent Frustration with Seeking Medical Assistance

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Thu, 05/26/2005 - 8:02am.

I have to have a bone scan done before I can move forward with any diagnosis or see another specialist. My doctor gave me the requisition so that I could book the appointment locally (he is actually located an hour and a half away. 'Have decent doctor, will travel').

I looked in the phone book as instructed to find a lab that does nuclear medicine procedures. None of the places stated they had this in their write-up, but the one place I've gone to in the past have a staff I like so I call them to ask.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place (or "a Prescription and Natural Medicine")

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Sun, 05/22/2005 - 9:53am.

Where do you turn?

Here's the reality on both sides that you might encounter.


-doctors treat symptoms, and unfortunately, many dismiss illness when they don't find the answer after an initial round of testing. Luckily, my doctor is one who likes to explore different possibilities, but the specialists I have seen in my lifetime are rigid and dismissive in their diagnosis.

-some doctors aren't interested in looking at your entire medical history. It's as if you are wasting their time by bringing something up that may be related or happened years earlier.


Health Food Products: Who Is It Really Being Created For?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Wed, 05/18/2005 - 9:39am.

I can come to terms with the fact that "healthier foods" cost more than mainstream eating. I am willing to pay more for a product I know I can digest and will enjoy. I think it's unfair, but what isn't in life.

What I can't stomach (ha ha) is when I stroll down the Health Food section of grocery stores and find most of the products still contain many allergens for people who actually need to eat these types of foods: food colouring agents, chemical stabilizers, yeast or glutens, sugar cane...SOMETHING that I and many others can't have.


If You Can't Get Diagnosed for Candida, Should You Still Follow the Diet?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Sun, 05/15/2005 - 8:35am.

If You Don't Have Candida, But Still Suspect Food Might Trigger Your Symptoms, Can The Diet Help?

On another message board, someone asked if anyone has had candida tests come back negative and what they did: did they get a second opinion, try the diet anyway, or just skip it all together. This was my reply. I think it's worth a blog entry: