My Journey With Stomach Issues: Part Three

This is still quite a journey.

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, please go back to Part One and Two.

After the last blog, I discovered more food that I may be sensitive to while eliminating most of the food on the list I tested for positive sensitivity from Part One.

One, my acne had gotten worse. It was more cystic than anything I’ve had before. When I suffered from chronic poor sleep, I was up at 1:30 – 3 am almost every night which is the liver/gall bladder time. I had done a gallbladder flush in the process and passed a ton of stones. That process entails drinking organic apple juice for 5 days which my liver wasn’t able to digest the sugar enzymes due to how inflamed it was in the beginning. The doctor put me on a few liver supplements to help with it because the acne location was centered around my chin and nose. And that stems from the liver according to my Esthetician and Chiropractor. As a massage therapist, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine has also taught me this as well. My liver had been chronically inflamed for some time due to my leaky gut.

My blood panels would show a healthy number but it definitely showed elsewhere. My face.

Two, I also learned leaky gut is what causes this. But I was in the process of healing it but why is my skin still having volcanic eruptions?

Research has taught me a few things. Lectins are proteins in some fruits and vegetables that can cause gut inflammation but are considered healthy foods by most people. I’ve been growing most of the “nightshades vegetables” which have lectins and not knowing those “healthy foods” were causing the stomach and skin issues I’ve been having. So that’s stopped. My skin has been slowly healing since then.

Speaking of the elimination diet, I’ll be doing this a few more weeks and slowly adding some of the eliminations back in one at a time to see what reaction I have. If there’s an obvious reaction, chances are it’s not good for me. Listen to your body! What affects me may not effect you.

What I’ve eliminated so far:

Eggs, dairy, gluten and pseudo gluten, cashews, pecans, nightshades including tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, whey, casein, and any beans including soy (which I never touch).

A lot of people have been telling me “You only live once. Stop worrying about it.” Exactly. I have only one life and plan to live it to the fullest. I can’t stand watching other people suffer and at the same time ignore their health but that’s their choice. I have always enjoyed life but will be able to enjoy it better. I am not worried either. It’s really more about taking the next step to bettering your health. Functional Medicine is really going to help me in the future.

Books my dear friends have recommended:

Link to it included


“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine..”

— Hippocrates.

Pros And Cons of Cochlear Implants

I am not against Cochlear Implants at all. I don’t wear one and have been asked by readers about it. It’s truly a life saving technology for many. But one you should not rush into. With that being said, you’ll know when you’re ready. Parents would have to research and carefully consider the long term effect for their kids. I have friends who have this amazing device. Before I go any further, please know that not everyone is a candidate for surgery.


  • There’s no feedback like some hearing aids have.
  • Surgery is outpatient.
  • Improve auditory awareness of sounds at levels within the normal range of hearing.
  • Improve speech and language skills. You may not require visual cues and lip reading.
  • Improve quality of life.
  • You are never too young or old for it.
  • Technology is constantly changing for the better.


  • You lose all of your hearing. It’s irreversible.
  • You go through a series of tests which can be exhausting to find out of your a candidate.
  • The sounds can be unnatural but everyone is different.
  • It’s for a lifetime.
  • There can be risks of infection during surgery. While the surgery is expensive, there can be extensive co-pays following it.
  • Physical activity is limited. Just as a hearing aid. You can’t get it wet. There’s still a device connected to your head with a hearing aid. (There’s also a new unconnected off-the-ear processor, not sure what exactly that is.)
  • It’s not just an internal implant, you’re still wearing hearing aids with a magnet connected externally.
  • Technology is constantly changing which can have it’s cons.
  • Just like any surgery, you still need to rehabilitate. You will need to retrain your brain. It may take weeks before any adjustments and fine tuning. On top of that, many more months of visit with more adjustments and fine tuning to get your best hearing experience.

Here are more info online that may help as well. Cochlear Implants-NIDCD

Things People Say

Now, this is mainly for humor. People do say such things and you always have to have a reason to laugh it off. People are stupid. Don’t be like them!

“Can deaf people drive? How do they hear the ambulance?” – Do you listen to music while driving?

“How come you don’t have cochlear implants?” – How come you don’t get Lasik?

“What are those behind your ears?” – These? Oh, I hope you don’t mind me listening to the radio.

“Where are you from?” – ‘Merica! “No, really where are you from?” – What I just said the first time, are you deaf?

“Why do you have an accent if you’re born in this country?” – Why do you have a limp?

“How do you hear the music?” – Just like anyone else…but with certain pitches and vibrations

“How come you don’t sign?” – How come you don’t?

“Are you chewing bubblegum?” – No, but do you have some?

“Hey umm I don’t mean to be rude but” – Sure you do, but I’m used to it.

“Do you have one of those assisted hearing dog?” – Sure I do. Do rescue dogs count?

“Hi how are…(staring at my ears…) – Hi, my name is Amanda and it’s rude to stare. Yes, I’m deaf.

“How are you deaf if you wear hearing aids?” – How are you speaking if you can hear?

“What is your language?” – I just spoke English.

“Did you get your teeth pulled?” – Go cartwheel in traffic.