I know it’s been a while…

I have not written anything on this blog since May of last year. The last post touched on how one of my beloved cats recently died and I was learning how to make soap with the big idea of selling it because it would be so free of additives and amazing that people would be knocking down my door to buy it. Ok well, maybe not that, but I did want to sell it.

Problem with soap is, even when you get good at making it, it has a bit of a mind of its own, and if the oils you use are a little older, and you don’t know it when you make it, orange spots show up on it months later and ruin the whole batch. It didn’t take much to convince me that this was not going to be my lot in life…making soap for the masses.

I actually didn’t ever think I was going to quit my job making soap. I just really wanted to make available something that my blog readers might find useful and healthful. I am about to embark on another round using only olive oil. That would eliminate the wondering about which oil was old. When you make soap with four oils that you just bought, how do you know which one was sitting around on a shelf too long. Not all oils are dated. And we all know how much I love olive oil anyway…

So stayed tuned for the next soap event. 🙂

But now let’s get back to the not writing thing. Why haven’t I written? Well, I feel like I have less to say because once I reached conclusions and got myself under control I didn’t know what to write about anymore. But that’s not all of it.

There was a hurricane. Irma. I live in Miami and we were pretty beat up after Irma pushed through. I went through a rough time of it because I was still grieving the loss of my cat, and then the bayside park I ride my bike to on the weekends to meditate at was closed due to the destruction. I waited anxiously to get down there and even snuck in one day to see if the palm tree I visited and spoke to, yes I am that kind of tree hugging weirdo, survived, and was breathless with grief when I saw my old dear friend had vanished into the bay.  So another loss to deal with along with getting electricity back and cell service and just driving through streets filled with piles of what used to be trees. We were out of school for almost two weeks so there was a lot of catching up to do there too.

In the midst of all this my best friend and fellow teacher of twenty years, a woman I carpooled with for the last ten of them, retired weeks after the storm. That was a lot to deal with emotionally.

Things were getting back to normal and I was feeling myself again when a beloved math teacher at my school was killed in a car accident January 2nd. We were still on winter break and the thought of going back to deal with the kids and yet another loss was a daunting one. But what are you going to do? Life has a way of handing you these things to deal with so you do.

It was February 14th and the Parkland shooting was the next event that really spun the world into a new and awful direction. My school is just an hour from Parkland and we had a little girl who knew a victim. But dealing with the emotional fall-out, the fear, the political rhetoric was a lot for everyone to navigate. We participated in the walk-outs, had seventeen minutes of heartbreaking silence, and had rallies where kids spoke from their hearts about their fears and their futures.

It was all a lot to handle.

Now don’t get me wrong. I know every single person has their own issues. Mine are not bigger or worse. They are just mine. But what these issues have done to my overall mental health is what I am going to be writing about in the next few weeks. But if you know me and have been a blog reader of mine, you know I’m not hear to tell you just what’s wrong. I’m going to tell you how I’ve gone about fixing it. And as a side note, let me just say, the fact that I’m sitting here writing this is proof that the changes I’ve made are starting to work already.

I thought I was just dealing with teacher burn-out for the last few years, but now I think it’s more complex than that. My burn-out coincided with my getting all the way through menopause, and although I feel really good on the whole, I can be unmotivated and feel stagnant often. I can be restless and fidgety and unfocused… all the things that prevent me from feeling as if I’m moving forward in life rather than standing still. And these are the things that keep me from the big important things like making art or keeping up with this blog, or the little things like vacuuming the darn floors.

It turns out there is a strong link between estrogen loss and the loss of dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation and happiness. I’ve started doing quite a bit of research on this and on neurotransmitters and want to write about it in the hope it will resonate with my readers and put some of you on a healthy path to feeling better because if you are anything like me, you might be feeling less than peppy!

I plan to discuss aromatherapy again, which I did previously, when it came to migraines, and I want to talk about exercise and why you should be doing it even if it makes you itch. I want to talk about fidgeting and focus and how to reign in some of the things we do, or don’t do, that keep us from getting a good night’s sleep.

In essence, I want to now start talking about the other things we can do besides eating right and focusing on lists of foods to improve our lives while adding the new connections I’ve learned about between menopause, histamine, and neurotransmitters.

Why, you ask, are you getting all up in my brain with this neuro stuff? Because listen to this…dopamine is in mast cells, so when your mast cells break open and spill histamine they also spill dopamine. Those damn mast cells are quite literally spilling your happiness all over the place! Interesting huh?

Stay tuned ladies!

Dale

Hey, don’t go away without commenting. Let me know if you want to know more or if you’ve missed me. I’ve sure missed you!

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17 comments on “I know it’s been a while…
  1. Terasa Wood says:

    You have wet my appetite and I am looking forward to hearing more.

  2. Navya says:

    Great look forward to hearing about all this.

  3. Diane says:

    I have missed you a lot!! I found your blog about six months ago—and can attribute my Much better health and sense of well being to your description of your experience. I have been let out of the hotflash prison by quertecin (your suggestion) and can go anywhere without embarrassment.
    Probiotics renewed my entire body. I now know I have to be very, very cautious with antibiotics.
    Bless you!! And my condolences for your beloved cat and the tree. I can only imagine the entire adjustment you’ve made with the school and Irma situation.
    Thank you a million times for giving me back a life!!

  4. Maureen says:

    With help from your website, my body is now so much calmer and cooler. Last summer my face was almost constantly bright red and I was sweating a lot. I had horrible insomnia, hot flashes, and my heart often felt like it was beating hard. Last summer I had been drinking kombucha and eating sour kraut daily thinking I was doing wonderful things for my body. Wrong. I’ve since, for the most part, given up kombucha, anything fermented, wine, black tea, chocolate (sad face), and spicy foods. I’ve started cooking with olive oil and using it to moisturize my hands and feet. I also wash with an olive oil soap. I eat a beet most every day. I take a vitamin C tablet most mornings. I also drink a lot more water. These things have drastically improved my health this summer.

    I’m starting to investigate using probiotics and meditation to further calm down my body’s reaction to histamine. I tried Align and it seemed to cause a histamine reaction. I’ve just ordered Saccharomyces Boulardii by Jarrow. I’ll see how this works.

  5. nancy says:

    So good to see you back Dale! Your comments about estrogen loss and and the dopamine link struck a chord with me. Perhaps that’s the reason why I feel so humdrum much of the time. Looking forward to more from you:)

    • Quick tip that might help right away since it will be a few days before I get it all down. Clary Sage essential oil really helps pump up dopamine. There are foods too but that’s of course more complicated. Lemon essential oil helps too. Put a few drops of either on a tissue and inhale. There have been legit studies done with Clary Sage and the findings are all positive. There’s more to it than just that but that’s your peek inside my new info!

  6. Debbie Young says:

    Loved hearing from you. I have only known your blog for a short while, but have learned so much from you!! I am kind of an adrenaline junkie, so spilling mast cells all over the place. Looking forward to learning more. Thanks

  7. Maureen says:

    Before I order this on Amazon, has anyone tried Colostrum-LD? I just read about it and supposedly it helps with histamine reduction.

    • Jaye says:

      Maureen I would and have personally stayed away from all dairy products. Check out the work of Anthony William’s when you get a chance. He says most of our issues are viral related and that eggs, dairy and gluten all feed these viruses.
      I suffered with chronic insomnia for years with severe histamine reactions. My face would swell up so much that I was housebound for a week each time. Anthony’s protocols and recommendations of bringing down the viral load plus pulling out the heavy metals changed my life. I can’t recommend him highly enough. He has an Instagram page that speaks for itself.
      All the best on your healing journey.

      • Maureen says:

        Thank you for your response. I will check out Mr. Williams when next I go Googling.

        I don’t seem to have any problems with dairy except for aged cheeses. I feel like a lot of my problems started when I had my gallbladder removed about 4 years ago. That’s when my digestive problems started and from there I started having vitamin and mineral deficiencies, iron, B12, etc. At about that same time I entered perimenopause and the hot flashes and histamine issues reared their ugly heads.

        I really think that I need to help digestive system start digesting properly. From what I’ve read recently, colostrum seems to heal the stomach. I think I’ll start slow with a very small amount and see how it goes. I’ll report back

  8. Jaye says:

    Dale have you checked out Anthony William? His protocols are the best thing that have happened to me health wise. No more histamine reactions and flare ups. And feeling better than I have in years. Viruses are a big contributor as well as heavy metals and toxins. His recommendations of celery juice as well as his heavy metal detox smoothie was a game changer. I really don’t bother with any other info now. His first book Secrets behind chronic and mystery illness changed my life and was the first real step in reversing my histamine issues. His Life Changing Foods book is my bible. He has a whole load of podcasts on Soundcloud and I am hoping he will cover the issue of histamines one day. Check out his Instagram page and all the testimonials and healing stories on there.
    Thank you for your posts Dale and continue to keep us updated on your progress.

  9. Carol says:

    I look forward to hearing more about histamine and dopamine spill out connection! Sage tea is good too. I’m happy that you’re back writing your blog! I came upon it six months ago during my googling on hives and histamines. Sorry about your troubles however, after reading this you seem to be able to work through and yes, life continues on. Thank you!

  10. Maureen says:

    I’ve written before but I thought I’d leave an update on my search to control my histamine reactions. I started taking two probiotic supplements a couple of weeks ago. The first one is Saccharomyces Boulardii + MOS. I haven’t really seen any improvement with just this probiotic but I am continuing to take it because it’s supposed to help heal your gut and I spent a lot of money on this supplement so I’ll finish the bottle. A couple of weeks after I started the Saccharomyces Boulardii I received another probiotic I had ordered on Amazon, ProBiota HistaminX. This product contains probiotics that are supposedly good for getting rid of histamine, bifidobacterium infnatis, longum, bifidum, lactic, breve and lactobacillus plantarum, salivarius. I think this probiotic is a keeper. After taking the first capsule I felt like I had taken an antihistamine. They do make me sleepy, just like a benedryl, so I take one at night. When I started taking them I would take both of the probiotics in the morning and then I would be so sleepy during the day I would be falling asleep at my desk. I realized the only thing I had done differently was starting the histaminx so I started taking it at night. Now I get a fabulous night sleep. I really feel good and except for the sleepiness, no side effects. Since I started taking it, my face isn’t red and sweaty, I’ve almost no hot flashes, no headaches, and best of all, my monthly B12 shot which started my histamine explosion no longer seems to be a problem. I had my last B12 shot a week ago and I didn’t need to take any antihistamines. I really hope this is my solution.

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