So this is Part 2 of my post regarding my blood pressure dilemma.
But let’s back up some. Prior to me finding my naturopathic doctor, which was Fall 2012, I was exploring the idea of going vegetarian. If that went well I was going to possibly go vegan (but one step at a time).
Last summer, we had a Father’s Day BBQ at our house. That was my first day officially off meat. I had bought myself some veggie burgers so my husband could cook them for me on the grill. I was psyched!
I was good for about a month then I started getting these headaches. Now let me tell you first how I used to be anemic. Long ago (and I still do now once a week or so) I had to briefly take iron pills since Crohn’s disease effects nutrient absorption, resulting in possible vitamin & mineral deficiencies.
So my headaches were getting worse and worse everyday to the point I was experiencing nausea & vomiting. I was desperate so I made an appointment with the traditional/Chinese medicine doctor thinking…well, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I made an appointment anyway.
Well, I went to her and guess what she attributed my headaches to? You guessed it – my blood pressure. Now I tried to tell her that I altered my diet and that could be the cause, but of course, she didn’t want to hear that (oh yeah did I mention she was also a dietitian?). I pretty much forced her to run blood tests on me. I just had a feeling that I was just lacking something (which is a common thing in newly vegetarian diets by the way).
When the tests came back just I suspected, my iron levels were low. I knew it! BUT my doctor on the other hand, downplayed the low iron levels as my headache cause and kept insisting they were due to my blood pressure. Unbelievable! Geez, will you give it a rest?!?!
She advised to take an iron supplement and I happily obliged, but I kindly ignored the blood pressure medication suggestion (again). I started taking the iron supplements that day and wouldn’t you know within 2 days my headaches disappeared. Hmmm, interesting, huh?
My regimen still includes a daily iron supplement (I now take MegaFood Blood Builder). I also take a multivitamin (MegaFood One Daily) and a Vitamin D3 supplement (I previously showed low Vitamin D levels – another common thing for Crohn’s). I also have a bottle of Vitamin C to take once in a while to help increase my iron absorption.
Needless to say, I don’t go to that doctor anymore.
So what’s my point? Well, sometimes you just have to ignore modern medicine and be your own healthcare professional, so to speak. You know what’s best for you and you can tell when something just doesn’t sound or feel right.
So you ask, am I still vegetarian? Ahhh, to be continued….