It's "working outdoors" season here at the cabin. It's also poison ivy season.
The first summer I lived here I had 28 cases of poison ivy, each lasting for two weeks or so. Yes, that means I had multiple cases of the skin rash in different stages of development, for about 9 months.
I became an expert on the subject, thanks to the Canadian CDC website, and knew more than I ever wanted to know about the causes of poison ivy infection, "effective" lotions and treatment. Lotions (or simply gray clay) would take the itching away, but each case still lasted for a bit over two weeks.
I was on the SAD back then. This summer Renata and I have been removing a lot of brush and vines, and generally beautifying the property. For that reason I've been exposed to poison ivy a LOT.
I've had six instances of poison ivy so far this summer. Each one began as an itchy spot. I rubbed some lotion on it, and within 48 hours - usually 24 - the itch went away. Only twice did the itching erupt into a skin rash. In both of those cases I rubbed more lotion or clay on it, simply to reduce the itch. Again, within 24 hours the the rash was gone, and I was over the infection.
So why is the poison ivy going away in one to two days instead of lasting for two weeks or more? It's not because I'm becoming immune. According to the Canadian CDC, the more you're exposed to poison ivy the more susceptible you are to it.
The only explanation I can find is that I'm eating almost 100% raw living foods and my body is now capable of healing itself much quicker. Indeed, if I had done this same clearing work eight years ago, my body would be covered in poison ivy and I'd be bathing in Caladryl® or clay lotion three times a day, and people would be calling me "mudman."
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- James Carey
Backsliding but progressing is NOT about feeling guilty about slipping. Even if you weren't 100% raw this week, how much better are you feeling than when you were on the SAD?