Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Back in early January I started the anti-yeast diet for what I thought would be two weeks. I'm still on it two months later and intend to stay on it for as long as I can.

It is the best diet I've done in my life. As soon as I started, I was sleeping nine and ten hour per day, which, given my chronic battles with insomnia, felt like manna from heaven. But the best part was what it did for my concentration.

Brain fog was one of those things I didn't know I had until it was gone. I never had the outsized brain fog I've read about-- forgetting words, losing my way when driving, etc. But I did have times when I just couldn't concentrate very well. Even though most of my physical energy had returned to me, it was hard to keep working (writing) throughout the day because my thoughts would get slow and mushy at times.

That is gone on the anti-yeast diet. And so, despite a few difficult days in the middle (more on that in the next post) I'm sticking with it.


Chrissy said...

Hi Naomi,
I just came across you tonight, and love your humorous and honest style! I most definitely can relate to anti candida diet, to dealing with the mischievous nature of living with Lyme and humor always being a close partner.
Thank you for your blog!
Chrissy PS:Are you still in Seattle? I lived in Seattle for over a decade and now live just a few hours away. PSS:Speaking of parts of Seattle, my word verification word is TRANI! Fun!

Naomi said...

Thanks, Chrissy! Yes, I'm still in Seattle, right here in Fremont. Let me know if you ever come this way!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear you're doing better. Do you ever wonder if you're becoming antibiotic resistant by taking these massive amounts of ABX's for years and years? I hope you remain healthy once you finally go off of them

The main reason I wanted to write, is that I saw your mention of Dr. Derksen. Yes, she is a very nice woman, a compassionate one as well, but I think she prescribes things, based on that wacky Dr. Klinghardt-style testing, that might be dangerous, like chlorella for just one example. Something that can stir up heavy metals and potentially cause a lot of harm.

I saw her for a couple of years while my health went downhill, and I do mean way down hill. I just hope I can recover.

Naomi said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Thanks for leaving your comment. I am sorry to hear you didn't do well with Amy Derksen. I have gone through similar experiences, with other doctors and I know how terrible that can be. I am not a doctor, so I can't say exactly why that happened, but if you want to know more about my experiences, just ask and I will share. Dr. Derksen helped me quite a bit as she has helped others that I know.

As for the question of antibiotic resistance: yes, this issue troubles me a lot. And there isn't too much I can do about it. I just read an account of Alice Trillin (married to the author Calvin Trillin) who was saved from fatal lung cancer when she was about forty. She lived twenty-five more years and then died of complications from the radiation she'd had for the lung cancer. It was unfortunate, but before her death she knew she was greatful to have lived those twenty-five years.

For me the choice between no antibiotics and antibiotics is a choice between crippled and tortured every day, unable to do a single independent thing, or to live a full live where I am able to pursue my dreams and take care of myself. There is simply no choice to think about or regret.

I think we need to look at the entire picture of antibiotic resistance before we start questioning how chronic Lyme patients are using them. That is: 1)delayed diagnosis causes chronic Lyme patients to need years more antibiotic treatment, not the fault of the patient but of our medical system. 2)Antibiotic use in factory farming (that is, non-organic farming) is the largest source of over use of antibiotics in this country. Abx are given by the TON to chickens, cattle, pigs and fish kept in inhumane and unsanitary conditions, as a matter of routine, on a daily basis. This is the largest cause of antibiotic resistant bacteria in this country. The question of treating Lyme with antibiotics is a drop in the bucket by comparison. We need to address these two issues first.

You've raised some interesting questions. Thanks again for your comment and I hope things get better for you soon.