You decide to do MW. You then develop a dry rash over the next 1 week.
You decide to expose your skin to the sun by taking a walk in the afternoon. And your skin felt itchy during the night.
You ate tomatoes, and you develop an itch and rash immediately.
What if you ate certain supplements (say you have been tested positive for some MTHFR gene defect and you take some vits), and get the same reactions as those tomatoes?
You ate peanuts, and you develop an anaphylactic shock.
My questions to the above scenarios are the same:
“What do you do next? Do you continue to do/eat the same things? Or do you stop doing them?”
and more crucially
“What is your basis of your decision?”
One thing I learnt, (after all this business with TSA/Recovery/Health/Diet), is that recovery processes can come as a positive feedback with a positive reaction, or a positive feedback with a negative reaction (or what we call detox reactions/healing crisis/herxheimer reaction symptoms)
We shouldn’t need to care much about positive feedback with positive reactions, as these should be blatantly clear. Example, you have low blood sugar and you develop a headache. You then eat your lunch and your blood sugar resumes to normal, and you can function normally again. This is a positive feedback reaction that returns your body to its equilibrium (normal functioning state), and you can objectively judge the positive reaction.
Problem appears when we have positive feedback with negative reactions. How do we know if the feedback constitutes to a healing crisis, or if the feedback is just a negative one (bad for you) ? How do you assess the quality of your feedback loop? How do you know if MW, the sun, the tomatoes, the supplements and the peanuts are truly good or bad for you?
So again, my personal heuristics comes into play:
1) Be fast to act if the feedback concerns life/death situations.
Example, peanut allergy. You know its a serious situation if you do have a peanut allergy. Or if you get a big cut to your limbs or arteries. No time to mess around, fix them, and avoid peanuts and severe limb damage at all costs, at all times.
2) Take more time to objectively assess if it is not a life/death situation.
Things like MW, tomatoes, supplements, sunlight. If they induce a positive feedback with negative reaction (healing crisis), take more time to judge the effects. If they are indeed good, you should derive the benefits given time. Which means, the degree of initial discomfort will lessen over time, and the benefits start showing themselves. You need to let time do its work.
If they are seriously bad (negative feedback with negative reactions), for example, a persistent allergy to tomatoes, you will continue to experience a discomfort that persist, your skin/health situation will not ease up, and you can know for sure (that with time acting as another confirmation), that tomatoes are inherently bad for you.
Some discomfort is expected as we heal (TSA sufferers are obviously intuitive to this concept). Discomfort can’t kill you. But sometimes they can be a bad feedback mechanism that throws you from objectively assessing what is indeed good or bad for you. Being extremely critical and objective in assessing feedback mechanisms is highly important in making the best decision for your health.