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Flare-ups caused by a cold/flu and plane rides

By Mikhaila

So I’ve noticed more and more that when I get sick I get a flare up. I knew this before but it’s changed a bit.

I used to get sick every single time I flew. It would be a fever and it would last about two days. Sometimes it would evolve into bronchitis. Literally every time I flew. It happened to dad too. We’d travel, be in bed for 2 days with a fever, and then be fine. So I started wearing masks on planes and boom, problem solved. It was hard to believe because I thought there was a period of time after you catch something where you don’t show symptoms, and I’d literally be sick as soon as I left the plane (basically). But the mask thing worked.

When I went super low carb I thought I was invincible and didn’t wear a mask on a plane to Europe. I had the fever by the time I got to Prague. It evolved into bronchitis over the next three weeks.

Anyway, now that I’m only eating beef, salt, and water. I feel invincible yet again. So I stopped wearing a mask. Because I don’t learn apparently, and masks are annoying. When I went to Hawaii in May I had diarrhea for about 5 days after the plane ride. I thought it was because of the beef there (I bought beef from Costco). Now I’m not so sure… I’ll have to test out Costco beef again. I think it’s from the plane ride. I just got back from a family vacation and the same thing has happened. Scarlett caught something too this time which is how I realized what was going on. It looks like that fever I used to get after planes has changed into something else. It’s pretty minor, mostly just diarrhea and an overall icky feeling. I’m getting better now but here’s what happens when I catch a cold or get a flu:

  • diarrhea for about 5 days (or other flu/cold symptoms)
  • my skin breaks out (I have a breakout on my chin and chest and shoulders right now)
  • arthritic flare up (my right elbow is killing me and my right big toe is swollen, and I can feel it in my right pinky) this NEVER happens unless I eat something wrong or I’m sick.
  • body odour (I never have body odour unless I eat something wrong or I catch something)
  • minor mood dip and minor lower back pain (these symptoms never show up separated)
  • overall restless feeling
  • Brain fog

I hardly ever get sick on this diet. I used to be sick all the time. I basically had bronchitis most of the time. I’m hardly ever sick and now when I’m sick I can barely tell. But I do get autoimmune symptoms when it happens. And if I’m in a plane, I never get away with it without catching something. How strange is that? Also pretty gross. Anyway, it’s a not a big deal, I’m fine. I’ve been sauna-ing it out. But if you start getting symptoms after a plane ride, same. A medical mask seems to solve it for me.

I’m going to LA next week and I’ll wear a mask and see if it happens again.

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  1. Very much enjoy your blog and the adventures that you share. It’s continually amazing how individuals are trying to ‘box in’ what constitutes a ‘healthy diet’ and how that just can’t be done. As an example (am a heart patient) I’ve seen coffee flip flop back and forth over the last 35 years. Now it is “Very Healthy” for your heart to drink 4 cups a day. OMG. Anyway, Thank you.

    1. And you have to be careful about who is funding those studies about coffee being ‘good for you.’ I looked into all the claims about chocolate being super healthy and found that Mars Inc. funds most of them. Now, I always look for the conflicts of interest before I’ll believe a word ‘any’ study says about food and beverages. Follow the money…

  2. What do you do for bronchitis? I cant seem to get rid of it except with corticosteroid injections and mucus thinners like guaifanesin. Been eating carnivore for 2 months and it has helped a lot with everything except bronchitis.

  3. I don’t know if this will help. I have been following Dr. Rhonda Patrick and perhaps using a sauna will help. If you already have and it made things worse please ignore my suggestion. Here is something by her.
    Using the sauna 4-7 times per week associated with a 40% lower all-cause mortality. Might be the HSPs! http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150223122602.htm … cc/@tferriss
    (she does foundmyfitness and is a Ph.D in biomedical science/expert on nutritional health, brain & aging. (and no she isn’t a vegan 🙂 )

    1. Would love to try a sauna, but I always get terribly short on breath in one to the point I’m almost choking.

  4. My immune system is not adequately suppressed so I almost never get “sick” but when I’m exposed to something that challenges my immune system I have a flare that is severe for about two days. I chalk it up to my ridiculous immune response flaring to knock out the infection.

  5. Aajanous Vonderplanitz writes about how he wore a mask when he flew because of what you just described. He’s the raw meat guy. You may want to check him out if you’re interested jus to see what has worked for other people. A few of his lectures have been posted on YouTube and the rest you can buy online along with his books. But one thing I’ve been meaning to ask you is, have you tried reintroducing raw unpasteurized milk? Many ‘lactose intolerants’ who have negative reactions to dairy find that raw milk is fine for them once they get past the ‘introduction’ phase where everyone who drinks it the first time has diarrhea for a few days bc your body has to get used to the bacteria in the milk.

  6. Hey Mikhaila, my husband has RA and ever since I have been using essential oils from Doterra it has made a huge difference. I diffuse every night the On Guard blend which builds your immune system and I use juniper berry oil and frankincense topically on his joints and he has been feeling much better. I use to be a skeptic with oils but now can’t live without them. Hope you feel better soon!

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