Thanks for getting back to me so fast, Rob. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though. I was surprised when you said that my father is probably an agriculturist because he can get by on one meal a day. I must be misunderstanding things, because I figured that if you were an agriculturist, you would need many meals because you would be eating a lot of carbs relative to a H/G. What am I missing here?
Also, if my father is an agriculturist, does that mean that my mother was most likely a H/G, or could it be someone else down the line? By the way, my father is all Italian, and my mother was Scotch-Irish (whatever that is), English, and German. She also had terrible headaches, although I don't know if they were the same kind I suffer from. She died of Leukemia at age 24, which is one of the reasons I am very afraid of eating so much meat, since it has been historically linked to cancer. I hope you don't think I'm being difficult about the meat thing - I am just very afraid, especially while being so ill with no explanation.
So I think you're saying about my other question, that it isn't normal to have to eat 4-6 times a day, that I should be able to get by on fewer, larger meals? Correct me if I'm wrong. I seem to feel better when my digestion is able to handle that. And if I go too long without eating, I'm shot for the day (severe brain fog, muscle aches (cramps?), weakness), no matter how much I eat. It's like I can't catch up.
As far as the hypoglycemia stuff you mentioned, my blood sugar levels in my regular blood tests were always between 90 and 95. The 5 hour GTT went 75, then 117, 107, 100, 64, 71.
I think it's definitely time for the elimination diet, (after the holidays of course), even if my digestive system is shot. (By the way, before I got ill, I never had a single digestive problem in my life, and I ate like a monster!) One thing I can't tolerate though at all anymore is any fruit. Any substitutions? And I see you gave me permission to have lamb and olive oil. I hate lamb, but I'll eat it if I must.
Thanks again for everything Rob. Without putting too much pressure on you, I'm resting a lot of hope in you being able to help me. Noone has been able to for 2 years, and after what you've been through and how you've come back from it, it really seems like you know how to help people from experience. And, I think more importantly, your heart's in the right place, and you can never go wrong when that's the case.
Re: Rob M
Posted by Robert McFerran on December 18, 1998 at 23:33:41:
In Reply to: Rob M posted by Tony on December 18, 1998 at 22:05:49:
Your 5 hour glucose tolerance test tells me that you are indeed hypoglycemic (your values dropped below your fasting value) and that you have indeed inherited a Hunter-gatherer metabolism. Dr. Wiley notes in BIOBALANCE that ALL folks with hypoglycemia (as confirmed by a 5 hour glucose tolerance test) are Hunter-gatherers.
I understand your concern about cancer. I've worked with a couple of folks who were cancer survivors that happened to also be Hunter-gatherers. The intimidation in the current literature that vegetarian or macrobiotic diets are the only thing that ward off cancer is enormous. One of the survivors actually tried the H-G diet (subsequent to the elimination diet) and found that within weeks that she felt great. She went to her doc and tried to share some of the stuff that she had learned. Her doctor scolded her for making such a rash dietary change away from her previous vegetarian ways. The next time that I saw her she was literally shaking with emotion (and probably hypoglycemia). Tears came to her eyes as she described how she moved back to a vegetarian diet even though it admittedly made her feel worse. She said that she was so consumed with the fear that the H-G diet would cause the recurrance of her cancer that she was a nervous wreck.
I thought to myself "thanks doc". I realized that the psychological stress of thinking that she was on the WRONG diet could indeed be a self fulfilling prophecy in re-igniting her cancer. I patted her on the shoulder and said "Don't worry, you'll be fine. You've figured out your major food allergens -- and over time that alone will give you a decided advantage". That was no mention by me of the H-G diet. I didn't want to be guilty of doing the same thing that her doctor did by telling her that she was eating the wrong diet.
Agriculturist have the ability to go long periods of time without eating (like your father). Many actually feel better the less they eat and many feel GREAT when completely fasting.
You'll do best if you DON'T EAT ANY FRUIT on the elimination diet -- only the vegetables. You are quite right -- if you wait too long in between meals you WILL be shot for the day. At first you'll find you'll need to eat lunch within 3 hours of breakfast and be sure to have snacks in between your meals. After about 6 months you'll find that you'll have the staying power that you desire.
Remember this is only one leg of Dr. Stoll's wellness program. Regular skilled relaxation and exercise are equally important.
Re: Rob M
Posted by Tony on December 19, 1998 at 21:33:05:
In Reply to: Re: Rob M posted by Robert McFerran on December 18, 1998 at 23:33:41:
Thanks a lot Rob. You've pretty much answered all of my questions thoroughly. It seems like you're pretty convinced that I'm an H-G, so that's good enough for me to give it a shot. I have other questions, but I'll leave you alone and try and give you a rest for the holidays, since I'm sure I'll be nagging you afterwards when I start on the elimination diet.
Have a great holiday, and enjoy the rest from my posts! They'll be in high gear in a couple of weeks.