Self-Diagnosis

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April 4, 2016 by phicks2012

bread_drawingOkay, I hate going to the doctor’s office. I just do. I always have, even though I have friends who are doctors. So before I drag myself into town to sit bored in a waiting room and subject myself to being weighed and prodded I tend to try home remedies. Nine-times-out-of-ten, in my life experience, those have worked just fine to cure colds, head off kidney infections, help to heal pulled muscles, clear sinuses, and soothe tummy distress.

So when I started (in February) having abdominal discomfort, queasy stomach, and twinges in my side my first thought was “am I suddenly becoming lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant?” Well, when cutting those out didn’t do much to help, my next thought was “so where exactly is my gall bladder anyway?”

I Googled, and the symptoms mentioned for gall bladder issues were exactly what I was experiencing, so I looked up how do do a gall bladder cleanse. Okay, laugh, but it wasn’t scary on the surface. It supposedly involved a lot of organic (not from concentrate and no sugar added) apple juice or apple cider, a bit of lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and cold-pressed or extra-virgin olive oil, and a few capsules of something called disodium phosphate. No Sweat!!

Everything except the capsules were 100% natural and available locally, but the capsules…Nope. Those I needed to get on-line, so I went on Amazon.com — my go-to place for just about everything — and did a search for disodium phosphate capsules. A product came up and I ordered it, expecting it to arrive before it was needed on the sixth day of the “cleanse”, and arrive it did, right on schedule on Friday March 4th. Unfortunately, when I read the label it wasn’t disodium phosphate. In fact, that wasn’t even one of its ingredients! So I had to return it, search again for “disodium phosphate capsules”, reorder another product, and extend the cleanse for an additional week as a result. Annoying, but not life-altering.

Since the first five days (extended to 2 weeks) really only involved drinking about a quart per day of organic apple juice/cider in addition to my regular diet, that really wasn’t a hardship. In fact, my intestinal and stomach issues were virtually gone by the end of a few days anyway — convincing me that I’d probably guessed correctly — and it wasn’t as though I couldn’t manage a few more days drinking organic apple juice. I’ve always LIKED apple juice, and the organic kind I found came in actual glass jugs that I could reuse for brewing mead!!! What’s the down side to THAT?

Unfortunately, while the second product I finally received had “Disodium Phosphate” printed in BOLD lettering on the label, when I opened the container it wasn’t the expected capsules. It was a powder, and it came with absolutely NO instructions. GREAT!!

Any idea why, when you do a search on-line, the items that appear may not actually have anything at all in common with your search criteria? If you can answer that, and are a programming wizard, please contact Amazon.com and tell them how to resolve this issue, okay? I would really appreciate it, and so would my gall bladder! 😉

But I did learn a valuable lesson. Don’t order anything pictured on-line with a label on which you cannot read the ingredients you want, and don’t assume that just because an item comes up on a search engine it’s actually what you need!

I had to go on line to another site to find out how to use the bloody product — and to discover that I could have used Epsom salts instead, without having needed to make either on-line order. EPSOM SALTS??? Okay, well I had some Epsom salts, but it was lavender scented (for bath use), and I somehow doubted that I should be drinking THAT. As a result I decided to try using the powdered disodium phosphate after all. I had it right there on hand, right?

I was supposed to eat no fats or meats in the morning of the final day (check), and then at 3PM I was supposed to put a tablespoon of the disodium phosphate powder in a glass of water and drink it down. That didn’t sound complicated. Silly me!! Unfortunately, when I tried it I discovered that the stuff didn’t disolve at all in the water — at least not unless you let it sit for like a hour. I had to keep stirring, and drinking, and adding more water, and stirring and drinking, and adding more water — let me tell you, I probably guzzled a quart of water just to get the nasty stuff down, and it was like trying to drink sand. They also didn’t tell me that 30 minutes later I was going to be sprinting for the bathroom, but that’s another story.

I had to drink another dose of sand at 6PM, and at bedtime I had to drink a 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil mixed with a 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Those don’t blend either, by the way. Thank GOD that phase of the process only lasted a single day, because it was a fairly icky day, drinking things it would NEVER have occurred to me to mix together and drink, let me tell you!!! I also couldn’t eat after 3PM on that day (except for citrus juices).

So here’s a newsflash: Some home remedies are fairly simple, straightforward, and uncomplicated. Others may sound simple, but are NOT. If I could have gotten the disodium phosphate in capsule form, things would have been a lot easier, but after two failed attempts I just gave up and decided to take a chance. Never again.

I’m not sure just what I’ll do with the rest of that disodium phosphate powder, but I’m thinking or trying to use is as a dermal exfoliate or maybe as bath salts. 😉

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