This is the 1st in a 3-Part Series onWhy The Foods We Eat May Be Killing Us(My Story)
Disclaimer: I am not a trained dietitian, nutritionist, chef, or medical professional. I am linking to posts from a Registered Dietitian, Deborah Hanyon, whose information, as I have read it, and talked with her, corroborates my experience and conclusions. Please read it, if you are interested in a more scientific explanation for what I will be sharing with you, but know that the information on this blog is based on facts, research, and personal experiences. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Never dismiss any advice your health physician gives. The author shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages including, but not limited to, special, incidental, consequential, or any other damages.
- Do you suffer from PMS?
- Does any woman not agree that this is one of the great curses of modern womanhood?
- Is it just a modern phenomenon?
- Did our grandmothers and great-grandmothers have to suffer through it, too?
- Is it possible that sometimes, when I get angry with my children, it’s because of something I ate?
Is it possible, that some of what we are blaming on PMS today, is actually something else?
If it is not PMS, then what in the world is it?
Grandma’s Heartbreaking Story
On my grandmother’s wedding day in June of 1904, it was a beautiful day. My grandmother was marrying a wonderful man, and nothing should make her unhappy.
But, there was one thing to mar her joy. Her mother was not able to attend the wedding.
That was because my great-grandfather had committed his wife to an asylum. He, my great-grandfather, called her “that crazy woman.” But, she was not crazy.
It must have been the saddest day of her life to miss her daughter’s wedding. She was only about 50 years old.
Her picture taken earlier shows a beautiful woman, but with a haunting sadness in her eyes. Would her plight be the plight of future generations of daughters?
Is It PMS?
When I was only 10, I joined the rank of womanhood in which a certain time of month dictates one’s life. My mother, as I was growing up, would often warn me of letting my nervous system and emotions control me.
Though I did experience a very sad childhood, I also suffered at a young age from PMS and my emotions would routinely go on a roller coaster ride prior to my period.
Would you like help for your PMS?
During my teen years and into my early twenties I suffered off and on from depression, and it continued to occasionally plague me into my thirties, when I was in my child-bearing years.
By God’s grace, I have learned how to be able to manage this (that testimony of praise is for another post). Probably no one knew how severe it was at times. Do you struggle with uncontrollable tears at times? Are you failing to keep your anger in check? Are your children hyperactive? Have they been diagnosed ADHD? Read this series, and click to read the links related to ADHD, if so.
Are Your Emotions Making You Go Crazy?
Growing up, my mother told me the story of her grandmother. How sad my great-grandmother’s story is to me. I am convinced, from the facts told, that she was going through her “change”–menopause–but her husband thought she was going crazy, and he had her committed. It is horrible to imagine.
Saddest of all, she died there in that place just a few years later. I’m sure she must have died of a broken heart.
Her husband would not allow her to be buried in the church cemetery, but had her buried outside the town’s limits.
Mom Warned Me To Control My Emotions
Not surprisingly, her daughter, my grandma, did not want to talk much about it when my mother was growing up. It bothered my mother, knowing what had happened to her grandmother.
My mother was always concerned that I would not suffer in the same way as her grandmother, and if she could help me, if there was anything that could be done, from a “human perspective,” she wished to do it. Mom had difficulty with PMS and menopause. I had difficulty with it, or so I thought. We both were emotional women.
PMS, PMS-related depression, and emotional problems during all of one’s reproductive years is nothing new, and is a fact for many women.
But, is it always PMS? Or could it be something else?
Is PMS making you depressed?
Symptoms Which Could Suggest Something Else
I realize now that my symptoms were not always PMS. Besides struggling with depression in my 20’s and 30’s, I began in my 40’s to experience other symptoms that were very troublesome to me: strange symptoms.
First, that I noticed, my lips began to swell and blister badly. I didn’t connect depression and my lips blistering at all. I knew nothing to help myself, and could not find the cause.
I knew nothing to help myself, and could not find the cause.
Wendy Gunn 2019
A Light-Bulb Moment
A couple of years later, standing in the grocery store before the frozen juice case, while buying the grape juice for our church’s communion service, I had a light bulb, A-Ha moment!
My lips swelled every Sunday, and we celebrated communion every Sunday, drinking grape juice.
Crying out to God? He’s there to help you, dear friend!
A second light bulb moment
After a week where the only fruit in the house was apples (I generally don’t like to eat raw apples), and I ate whole apples three days in a row, my lips blistered and peeled–the worst they had ever been.
Intolerance or Allergies
Convinced I was allergic to a few foods anyway, I made an appointment with an allergist. The results? I was allergic to Nothing!
Disgusted, I sat before the allergist, who assured me that, though I was not allergic to anything, I most definitely did have symptoms, which indicated an intolerance.
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