<< Back to all articles

Looking For Answers


Published: December 11, 2016

The Search

Have you ever wondered why people are getting sicker?….. You don’t have to look hard you see who I’m talking about, you see people in the streets, supermarkets, in shopping malls and in doctors offices, using walkers, motorized wheel chairs and on mobility scooters – every step is a struggle and these poor people look awful. There are of course exceptions to the rule but I’m talking about a silent majority of people who feel unwell all the time and there are many more people who don’t go out at all – they are too sick or there are those who function OK but just don’t feel right. .

At first I thought that medicine or pharmaceutical companies are to blame and that maybe doctors don’t care so I began to look for alternative solutions with pretty well the same results –  no real answers. Alternative medicine offers us expensive practitioner fees, costly pills, lotions and potions which in my case my body usually rejected anyway.

Whats missing in this puzzle? I really want to know – believe me, I have searched!

Protracted withdrawal symptoms

Lots of people are suffering from protracted withdrawal symptoms – I’m not one of them. I function quite well and work in a demanding job, do my own housework and mow the lawn.

I’m beginning to wonder,  if there really is such a thing as protracted withdrawal symptom or is it a convenient label given to a condition because no one really knows what the brain needs to heal from trauma. People are suffering from real and devastating symptoms, that’s for sure, but some people seem to heal quickly while others don’t.  Why? What are these people doing differently? I really don’t know. I’m not sure that any one else knows either.

I don’t believe in the idea that the body will heal on its own in time but I do believe that many people recovering from benzodiazepine withdrawal are missing something. We need to provide the body with the right conditions to heal and this doesn’t seem to be happening.

Diet

I decided that food is in many ways, the answer to humanity’s problem and I still do. I gave up the little bit of junk food that I used to eat  years ago and I haven’t had an alcoholic drink for around 15 years.  I have been on the Ketogenic diet which really messed up my digestive system and the Paleo diet, eliminating dairy, gluten (especially wheat) and sugar…. well, that wasn’t the solution either! While on the Paleo diet I developed food intolerance’s and a very itchy rash.

Giving up

There were times that I almost gave up and I can understand why many people do give up and go back to their old eating habits. There is so much conflicting information out there…Vegetarian, Vegan, Ketogenic, Paleo, Raw Food, Meat Only eaters…its enough to make your head spin! Even doctors and alternative medicine practitioners don’t seem to be able to agree within their own groups on what makes the body heal.

Are we getting it all wrong?

That is the conclusion that I am coming to. Lately, I have been listening to a completely different point of view and that point of view is that the human brain needs sugar, yes sugar! Not the cane sugar variety that is causing world wide obesity but the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables. The world is being told that ‘sugar is sugar’ no matter what form takes and it should be avoided at all costs. For years I have limited myself to very little fruit and lots of vegetables – yep, following the advice of alternative medical practitioners. I have been depriving myself of natural sugars – big time!

Has fruit been demonized?

When I did eat fruit, I avoided banana, pears and mango, confining myself to the low end of the sugar range of fruits. But if this theory is correct and I am beginning to suspect that it might be, then maybe I have been getting the wrong advice.

Is mother’s milk sweet? Yes, it’s full of natural sugars! So is cows and goats milk. When we are upset, what do eat? We eat comfort foods like chocolate, biscuits and ice cream. We crave sugar but is it because we need sugars on a cellular, brain repairing level? Maybe we do. The jury is still out on that one.

Giving fruit another go

Well, I’ve been eating a lot more fruit in the past 2 weeks and guess what, I’m sleeping better! I’m eating bananas, pawpaw, melon and pears, lots of them. These are fruits with a high sugar content but I will be adding mango and a lot more fruits to the list later. I’m also eating raw honey again.

Its early days yet – I am not recommending this way of eating to anyone just yet and I’ll let you know how I go.