Coffee and tea may cause arthritic-like pain.

Back in October 2012, I hurt my left knee prying myself out of the bucket seat of my car just once too often. I should have moved the seat back rather than twist my leg to get out, but as they say, that’s Monday morning quarterback.

As the days and weeks and months went by, the pain grew worse despite visits to the chiropractor and daily doses of Advil, which I hated taking. I got some relief from the Velvet Antler supplement my friend recommended, but the stiffness persisted to the point where I resolved I’d just have to live with it.

I have a hard time going down stairs, can’t kneel under any circumstance, and am unable to walk for more than a half-mile without suffering for it later. 

That is until now. Today. Three and a half years later. What has changed? I find this hard to believe, but I’ll tell you, and I promise, every word is true.

Earlier last week, my BF wasn’t feeling well, and into my head popped the message, “Go get that book.”  It was the one I saw just that morning on a shelf near my laundry room.  Mom always called events like this ‘angel messages’ and I was brought up not to ignore these urges.  As I pulled Eat Right 4 Your Type off the shelf, I saw that I had a second copy – saved from my mother’s extensive library.  So I gave John the book and said I’d read it too, and we could learn together.

Back in the mid-1990’s, I had started to read it, but at the time I was a vegetarian and rebelled vehemently when the author suggested that as an O+ blood type, I would do best on lean red meat, fish, turkey and no dairy.  Even many of the veggies and beans I had come to enjoy were on Dr. D’Adamo’s ‘avoid’ list (pronounced Dee ah-Daam-O). I threw the book down – almost with contempt. I can admit now what I didn’t want to back then, that I was a bit of a ‘righteous’ vegetarian, and I was even a vegan at one point. Not that I said anything to anyone who wasn’t one (I don’t think I did), but I did feel a little ‘superior.’ After all, not everyone would have the discipline to eschew a juicy hamburger for an avocado and tomato sandwich on whole grain bread with alfalfa sprouts (my favorite), or refried beans on salad instead of roast beef with gravy.

So it was with surprise that I voraciously read far into the night a book that years before I was so convinced was wrong.  (Another lesson learned.) As the days went by and I included many of the foods that were on the beneficial food list and eliminated the ones on the avoid list, I began to feel somewhat better. My morning headaches were not as bad; I didn’t have that ‘stuffed’ feeling after eating almost nothing. But the most dramatic change came after about a week of eliminating coffee and tea and substituting peppermint tea and seltzer.

I’m not limping today.  I walked down the stairs like a grown up – not one-one-one at a time!  The pain in my back that I thought was a strain from lifting my mother no longer hurts.  I do not have that ‘pinched nerve’ feeling anymore. My hands don’t hurt as much. I pray that this is not my imagination, but to have relief for the entire day after suffering for years is not something to be taken lightly!

I’ll keep you posted – and I’ll knock on wood – but I’m firmly convinced after this small success, and after reading the comments of hundreds of people with miscellaneous complaints throughout the Internet – not just on the Dr. Peter D’Adamo site – that the elimination of certain foods can make an enormous difference in the quality of life – especially for those of us over a ‘certain age.’

PS.  I didn’t post this until three days after writing it, and I am still in awe that I am virtually pain-free!  And I don’t miss my P.G. Tips black tea, either.  I used to drink about six cups a day.


 

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