Watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Hulu and it has piqued my scientific mind on potential treatment or easing of TSW symtoms.
What happened was that Joe Cross, the star of the show, suffered from a urticarial vasculitis, a form of autoimmune disease that results in rash. He was on a regular dosage of oral steroids, prednisone, prior to his 60day fruits and vegetable fast. By the end of the show, he has recovered from his condition and has his oral steroids medication reduced to zero.
Now what is interesting for TSW or ‘ezcema’ as we have more or less known this problem as some sort of an autoimmune problem, which is why we are so allergic to so many factors during the course of withdrawal.
Through Joe’s diet and the resultant reduction in oral steroids required to treat his urticaria, we may conclude that a diet like Joe’s will help in treating our TSW or eczema-like autoimmune problems.
This is inspiring as I’ve gone on a few fasts (juice/water) of a week plus and it is something that I can do. What really helped Joe and Phil (both characters in the documentary) was that their progress is measurable and tracked via blood tests and doctor’s consultation. As we know, what is not measured doesn’t matter as we cant quantify changes based on what we are doing.
I plan to work on something like this, going for a long juice and water fast to see if it helps with TSW and at the same time, take regular blood tests with key markers tracked. I’ll have to consult a GP for this to get a better understanding on what markers are available.
Guess i’ll turn myself into a human guinea pig and hope it helps in treating my symptoms! Or if not, learn something quantifiable from this experience!