So the pressure point thing… I’m a skeptic and it’s the real deal. Here’s my story… 26 years ago while at the University of Florida, I had my first episode of sciatica. I was a broke college student, so my adult neighbor arranged a barter between her chiropractor and I. I bartered my photography services for his business and family in return for massage therapy and chiropractic care until my back healed. He did that pressure point method on me but in a different way. I am a SHOW ME THE SCIENCE type of person, but also very open to learn new possibilities. If I wasn’t both of those things, i would not have tried Keto.
So picture this… while lying face down on the massage table, the practitioner would have me lift my calf up, bent at the knee. He would ask my body a question while having me try to push my calf back. He would ask my body if I needed to avoid dairy at that time, and I could easily push my calf down. He would ask if my body needed to avoid nuts, and I could easily push back. Etc. Etc. Then he asked whether I should avoid mushrooms for a little while, and I could not push my calf down! And I thought, “Is this a trick? Is he pressing a spot on my leg to make me weak? What sorcery is this? What kind of hokey hippie shit is this?” He understood my skepticism, so then he had my fiancée change positions with him. My fiancée pushed against my calf and asked the same questions, and my body reacted exactly the same way!!! What!!! I was a skeptic but my calf could not push back against my own skeptical fiancée when asked about mushrooms. So I laid off mushrooms for a couple months and felt better. Go figure. I still don’t know what sorcery it is. Lol!
I have continued massage therapy and chiropractic care for decades. Actually, my fiancé became my husband (now ex), and he later went to massage and neurosurgeon therapy school after graduating from college. So… color me
Skeptical and a believer all with one crayon on this topic. I can’t explain it. But I can’t deny my own N=1 experiment.
And I can’t deny that in life I have learned that when I listen to my body, all is well. And that includes living a ketogenic way of life.