Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I've been feeling mostly fine (I did feel sick after getting gluten last week), but tonight I started feeling sick and I didn't know what I might have eaten.

Then I remembered, I took some "Goldenseal" tablets that my naturopath prescribed because S is getting a cold and I wanted to rev up my immune system.

Well, I just looked up the ingredients on the web and found that Echinacea (one of the ingredients) is contraindicated for people with auto-immune disorders and negative reactions can include nausea. Now, I know that I test negative for Celiac, but I also know that those tests can sometimes be less than accurate. And I know what I feel when I get gluten. So I'm running on the assumption that I have Celiac...which is an auto-immune disorder.

So I've made myself sick. Again. I need to remember what I told one of our dialysis patients the other day - just because something says that it is "herbal" does not mean that it's safe.

P.S. I'll try to be around more.


Cody Bones said...

I think that it's OUTSTANDING that you are taking control of this, and really trying to identify what you can and what you can't eat. Good for you.

Charby said...

Why did they prescribe you that? When i was working in the shop we were told to always find out about any illnesses and at least warn them about potential risks.
It seems a bit careless or at least a lack of knowledge on their part to me. At least if you had known that it contained eckky and what it could do, you could have considered the risk rather than going in blindly.
Stick with good old vit C :wise nod:

Aravis said...

It's not very helpful when things that are supposed to help, don't. Ugh. I hope you can find something else that will do the job without making you sick in the process! :0(