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Chronic Illnesses

Dreams of chronic illness--environmental illness, severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, boy-in-the-bubble type immune syndromes, chronic Lyme and similar illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromylagia, etc. I've suffered from EI most of my adult life, and it's shaped my worldview profoundly--I was so biologically different from other human beings, both in my needs and tolerances, that I saw myself as another species. I know how it feels to have humans move in and make the neighborhood uninhabitable...

For what it's worth, my condition improved sharply when I quit eating wheat, oats, barley and millet. I'm still quite allergic to many pollens and animal proteins, but I can, with caution, walk among humans now... even travel. If you have EI or CFIDS or any of the other fuzzy acronyms for maddening, inexplicable immune problems, it could well be exacerbated by low-grade, constant food sensitivities. I knew to avoid foods I reacted to severely, but hadn't noticed gluten, because both my exposure and my reactions were constant--never a clean baseline. You've got to observe closely and experiment for yourself--don't rely on doctors to fix it!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME, 2014

Sufferers of any mysterious, recalcitrant illness should read Stephen Buhner's book Healing Lyme; he argues convincingly that not just Lyme but a broad cluster of underreported tick- and insect-spread infections cause much chronic illness--including at least some Alzheimer's! And his remedies work. I take Artemisia annua (Chinese wormwood), Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed), Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian ginseng), Andrographis paniculata (Andrographis), and Uncaria tomentosa (Cat's claw); about 2 g/day each. I add black walnut hulls (2 g/day) and azithromycin (250 mg/day) during my worst flare-ups, but rarely need to now. This regimen mostly blocks my recurrent fevers and headaches. Nothing else did.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME, 2016

I've improved. I still take artemisia, ginseng, and catclaw; I've added milk thistle to protect the liver from stress from the first three. I've been able to do without all the others. On a few bad days a month I use a little aspirin. That's all. It's not utterly gone; I do need to watch food and stress. But I have a life now.

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ALLORGY: by Wayan; 1983/4/1, an allergic love poem.
In spring the young allergic longs for the lusty world but cannot join the All-Orgy...
ANARCHIST FAIR: by Wayan; 2005/4/5, a drastic dream-song, with chords
At an anarchist fair in San Francisco, a 13-year-old punkette genius sings some shocking advice to me...
ANSWERING JUNG: by Wayan; 2005/7/5, a dream parodying one of Jung's key dreams
After reading Jung's dreams, I have a counter-Jungian dream. So different from his! And mine has some pointed advice...
CAUTION: NUDE STATUES
THE ANTI-SABOTEUR: by Wayan; 2013/7/19, a diagnostic dreamlet
This giant life-coach says my friends and I aren't self-sabotaging as we suspected. Just lack tools and opportunities. And we're aiming high...
THE ARMS POLICY: by Wayan; 2000/4/7, a nightmare.
The government has a harsh policy on armed dissidents. Not the kind of arms you think...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
ASHES, ASHES: by Wayan; 1995, nondream digital painting.
Gaea dances the children's rhyme. I just hope we don't all fall down...
ATLANTIS; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; six elegiac poems, three dream-based
In our marshlands, tides, birds, dogs come and go; but must our friends and lovers, too?
CAUTION: AIDS DEATHS
THE BATTLE OF PHILIPPI: by Augustus Caesar's friend; 42 BC, a lifesaving dream
Augustus was ill, but a friend's dream prompted him to leave his tent before Brutus's assassins...
THE BEES' ANSWER: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
BETTY STOPS BY: by a Kentucky woman before 1961, a farewell visitation dream?
I was moved that Betty came to see my two babies despite her illness, but shocked when her father wrote to tell me...
IN THE BIG BURN: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a postnuclear dream.
I love a girl who wants to settle in a radioactive jungle, a scar from an ancient war. Stay or go?
THE BOARD OF KIBITZERS: by Wayan; 1993/10/18, a pseudo-psychic dream about dreams.
My therapist changes into a good ol' boy, but I can handle that. It's the Board of Kibitzers behind him...
BODIES DIFFER: by Wayan; 1991? Nondream digital picture-poem summing up a life.
Hawk Girl and Pearl Dragon sing a love-duet on the joy of allergies...
CANARY COAL, MOLE-OWNED SINCE 1873: by Wayan; 1981/11/7, ink/digital, a nondream piece on chemosensitivity.
No more token canaries--the all-canary workforce, that's us. Let's see if these products are toxic...
CAUTION: ANTI-CAPITALIST
CHICKENS: by Wayan; 1998/6/6, a journal extract on survival
I realize how strongly environmental illness sculpts my view of the world...
CAUTION: CHICKEN BONDAGE
CHOREOGRAPHY: by Wayan; 2006/9/7, a nightmare of murder in plain sight.
At a beach, a mob of kids stage an intricate practical joke full of coordinated “accidents.” How many of the jokers knew the end was death?
CAUTION: MALICE
CITY OF BEES: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream-comic.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
THE COST OF ECO-REGULATIONS: by Wayan; 1997/2/14, a dream edict.
I dream an economist admits not only that eco-regs pay off, but that economic theory is faulty. Dream on!
DARE TO BE FAT!: by Wayan; spinoff picture from a 1997/8/20 dream.
I was an anorexic fox-girl, till this phrase galvanized me. Now I pump iron and eat what I like, and...
DESERT SLAVERS: by Wayan; 2015/5/29; a grim dream replayed a bit better
A Mohave Desert gang of slavers catch my family. I escape on a bike but its chain breaks. Stranded. Replay! And this time I have a gun...
CAUTION: GANG, SHOOTING
DRAGON WITH A SUITCASE: by Wayan; 1994/1/8, a dream on alienation.
A young dragon, raised as human, is finally setting out to see the world on dragon-terms...
DRYAD IN WINTER: by Wayan; 132K total, digital and crayon, 1992; dream-figure portraits
I relate so easily to animals, it's odd how ambivalent I felt about trees...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
ENGINE GENIUS: by Wayan; 2005/2/4, a health-warning dream.
At my mechanic's garage, a child prodigy rebuilds a car engine. Gawking, I nearly plow into the crowd...
ERMINE, or, GOTHMOG'S GHOST: by Wayan, 1984/2/11, a gender-bent & species-bent warning dream
I'm a delicate little ermine-chinchilla whose best friends are all sewer rats. They lavish food and drink on me, and I nibble to be polite...
FEDERALIST SCHOOL: by Wayan; 2013/8/20; a happy advisory dream
A free university just opened in town. The curriculum evolves by natural selection. Anyone can teach! Should I? Just don't eat the food...
FIRE IN THE BELLY: by Wayan; mid 1990s crayon of (nondream) vision
I have 'fire in the belly', so I cheer up--if the magazines are right, I'll be President. But it's just bad food...
CAUTION: BELLYACHING
FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
FLOWERING:: by Wayan; 1996, pencil digitally tinted; nondream portraits.
Sketches from a San Francisco street music festival where, after a long sleep, I woke up sexually at last...
CAUTION: NYMPHETS, QUEERS, AND OTHER REAL PEOPLE
FOAM, FURS, DREAMS: by Wayan; 2012-16, a blog + 170 pics; dozens of dreams guide me to sculpt huge furry dream statues.
Dreams urge me to build life-size dream creatures with fur, joints, muscles & bones, then to heal myself by mating with them...
CAUTION: FETISHISM, FURRY NUDITY & SEX
FOOD CAME BETWEEN US: by Wayan, 1993/4/25, a tasty dream epic.
The terror of Navy breakfast, the joy of filterfeeding, how to marry pudding, and a sniper lunch with kisses...
FREEDOM THROUGH BOXES: by Wayan; an experiment in art & pain, Jan 2005
I've always loved curves, color, dreams, sex, texture... and planning, too.
So one day I drew 100 black boxes in ink--no color, no curves, no erasure! And then I began to seek...
MY GLASS BODY: by Wayan; 1993/9/16, a dream on sensitivity.
After I visit the Glass People, a young glass wizard stalks me home to the Meat World, and says...
GURNEY TO WHEELCHAIR TO WALKER TO CANE: by Wayan; 2011/10/10; a dream advocating persistence not martyrdom.
After seeing the cast of Glee interviewed, I dream I'm a paranoid cripple in music school who goes from...
HEIRESS AND MORTAL: by Wayan; 2011/2/16, a dark advisory dream
I'm a misfit--a mortal in an immortal world. Then I meet a girl with an unpredictable illness...
HILLBILLY ECO-REVOLT: by Wayan; 1985/6/12, a diagnostic eco-dream.
A poor planet with one city. Urban technocrats and hick ecologists have conflicting development models...
CAUTION: TOO REAL TO BE FUN
HOLY ZEN MONK: by Wayan; 1978/4/24, a dream of suicide as political protest
I'm a Zen monk riddled with holes from a weird disease the government denies is real. So as a protest, I stand naked atop a wall and let the air-sharks take me...
CAUTION: SURREAL SUICIDE
A HOTEL ODYSSEY: by Wayan; 1994/2/21, a Borges dream.
I live in the Infinite Hotel, but the other guests in my wing are no fun. It's time to set sail...
THE ICE CREAM KISS: by Wayan; 1993/11/27, an uncomfortable dream.
I'm Joe Leaphorn, in (of all places for a Navaho detective) a coven in San Francisco watching a creamy...
JACKPOT: by Catshall; 2007/5/29. A dream on sex, art and change--a flood of change!
How did my bondage dream turn into a slot-machine jackpot? And what kind of change is pouring out?...
CAUTION: (CON)SENSUAL BONDAGE
JELLY REBELLION: by Wayan; 2008/8/19, a poem of a diagnostic dream, Dreamverse #9
I interview my own metabolism. Trouble in Cellville! I've got strikers and usurpers. But at least no invaders...
JOKE PILOT: by Wayan; 1995/7/15, a dream of defiance.
Among aliens, humans are jokes. Fragile and blind, we can't fly starships. Unless we build our own...
LET GO THE SAFE: by Wayan; 2014/2/6; poem of a lucid flying dream
I'm pushing a safe off a roof in Berkeley so it won't be pushed off the roof (yep, you read that right) but it pulls me with it! Either die, or go lucid and fly...
LET ILLNESS GO: by Wayan; 1999. Acrylic/digital painting of a meditation not a dream.
Illness is such a handy excuse when you need solitude, care, rest, or just time to think... but...
THE MAN WITH THE GUITAR: by Wayan; 1992/7/4, a psychic dream-comic (or illus. text))
A volcano erupts in San Francisco! No human could survive the blast, but one researcher does--what IS he?
MARTIAN AIRLOCK and JAGUAR MASK: by Wayan, 2015/6/22, twin shamanic not-quite-nightmares
Jaguar Mask: a shapeshifter who's gotten stuck in human form asks me to sew a new jaguar mask on her living face. "But won't it hurt?...
Martian Airlock: I'm on Mars without a suit. Freezing, choking, I dive into an airlock and slam the switch--but someone's sabotaged it...
MENDELIAN CHIMERAS: by Wayan; 2015/1/1, a New Year's dream warning of medical uniqueness
I meet a girl who's a Mendelian crossbreed of human, animal and peavine, and then realize I'm no more human than she is...
MILK ADDICTS: by Wayan, 1974/6/2, an early psychic dream.
I'm in what seems to be a village of very conservative Muslims. But they're really alien castaways...
MOOD ELEVATOR: by Wayan; dreamed 1982/5/12, a surreal/comic dream-poem warning of one side effect of happy pills
Dinner with the Lightbulb Heads. When we leave, the Mood Elevators welcome us, but won't let us out! And in the struggle to escape, heads will roll--and shatter...
CAUTION: HARSH WORDS ON WESTERN MEDICINE
THE MOOMIN COMMISSIONERS OF TIME: by Wayan; 2008/9/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #27
A new Eve asks the Time Commission to send her back to Ethiopia 45,000 years ago. But they're shy Moomintrolls, not humans...
MOON BLOOMS: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a dream on traces of love.
Everyone has a personal moon. At first, mine disappointed me, till a bard dumped his trash on it, and...
MUIR ON MARS: by Wayan; 1994/5/14, a dreamtale.
I'm John Muir reborn on Mars, supporting Mars First against tree-cutters, who poison their enemies...
MY LIFE ISSUE: ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS: by Wayan; 1994/1/2, a warning dream.
I dream the real issue in your life isn't the one you complain about most, but the one you hide...
NO FINGERS: by Wayan; 1993/10/6, an indirectly predictive dream.
My therapist has no fingers. A fingerless man intrudes on my session, and they use up my hour talking...
NO “I": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
I’m in San Francisco trying to throw Sauron’s Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
NO MAN IS ISLAND: by Wayan; 125K, 1990, poem refuting John Donne's, illustrated with dreamselves.
No Man is Island. So Men say. I am not a Man...
NOT THREE!: by Wayan; 1996/11/11, an encouraging nightmare
I was wrong. I didn't survive three assassins. It's been seven! Why'd I forget the others?
OR... IS IT YOU?: by Wayan; 1990 nondream digital painting on marginality.
When I was battered, I briefly lived on the streets. What struck me was how fragile most of us were...
CAUTION: GRIM
OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
PATIENCE: by Wayan; 1998, waking cartoon summation of my life.
On my bad days, as I'm shackled to the wall of my illness or shyness...
PENTALEMMA: by Wayan; 2002/3/10 to 2006/5/1?, a 13-page nondream improv-comic on our conflicting goals. Mine, at least!
Hypnotized in therapy, I saw AT LEAST five competing goals I have to balance. So come tour the Inner Solar System of our desires...
CAUTION: NUDITY (BODY, HEART, BRAIN, SOUL)
PET ME DARE!: by Wayan; 1996/2/7, a sexy healing dream. (Small screen, slow loading? illus. text version
After whining all day that I lost my anima, I dream I'm petting a cat. Who purrs, and grows, and grows, and says...
CAUTION: PUSSY TROUBLE
PIANOBED: by Wayan; 2012/1/22, a health-advisory dream.
I forgot how to play my pianobed, so I just thrash around in it. And thus thrash music is born (sorry)...
POISONED!: by Wayan; 1994/6/20, three linked dreams.
Poison takes many forms, from attitudes to environmental by-products to actions done deliberately...
POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
THE PROBLEM OF PAIN: by Wayan; 1984/5/15, a devious dream.
We sail to the Isle of the Blest, but God exiles me to Fargo, North Dakota. But God's up to something subtle...
PRODIGIES' ODDITIES: by Wayan; 1994/2/2, a confession.
I suspect we child prodigies and geniuses are as unlike the gifted as normal people. So here's a checklist...
CAUTION: BRAIN REQUIRED
THE PRODIGY-ALLERGY LINK: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
Child prodigies may develop allergies due to immunosystem damage from too much testosterone in utero...
PRODIGY SUPPORT: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
News of a child prodigy who was given the support I wasn't, triggers a flood of envy and bitterness...
SAFETY GETS ME HOT: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on sensitivity.
I'm trapped in a post-apocalypse pulp story! Fun for my readers, but not for me! How to escape?
SPIRIT CHORUS: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/2/8, a curative dream
I drum on an ocarina-gong in the dark. My weird music summons a choir of fierce angels, who send a wave of tingling energy surging through me...
SPIRITUAL TESTS: by Wayan; 2000/8/28, a predictive dream
As my dad lies dying, I dream my sister and I face spiritual tests given by slacker angels who'd rather be on TV. Learn to let go!
SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
STOP OBAMA'S ASSASSINATION: by Wayan; 2012/2/10. A dream about politics? Or health?
Two child prodigies fail to stop the assassins stalking President Obama, but a geeky guy with a home-made laser...
STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; dreamed 1956-57, 1971/11/26, 1978/12/28, 1982/10/5, and 1983/9/12, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...
SUCKER!: by Wayan; 1990? Crayon, 12" square. Health reminder..
I was anorexic for years before I found I was allergic to many foods--I had good reason not to eat!...
TICHANE: by Wayan; 1993-4. Nondream digital "woodblock print".
What the world looks like when you have environmental illness, like me...
THE TOMBSTONE TEST: by Wayan; 1986/8/18, a deceptive dream.
I walk in a vast graveyard full of history's most famous people. But it's all fake, built to test your...
TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2004/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
THE TRAIN ON TIME CAFE: by Wayan, 1981/12/20, an epic political dream.
Silicon Valley goes enthusiastically fascist. I hide in a berry patch. They build a shining world, and then...
TRINARY: by Wayan; 2012/3/17, a base-3 dream.
My misreading of a woman's mathematical name, "Two-oh-one-oh", turns out to be a triple message concerning Lyme disease...
UTOPIA: by Wayan; 37 p, 3.9 MB, 2007/5/9, a painted essay on... wishes?
An improvised painting-series exploring my obsession for Utopia--and your deafening silence...
CAUTION: IDEAS, FURRY NUDITY, THAT GOSH-DARN MODERN ABSTRACT ART
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
THE VIDEOGRAPHER'S APPRENTICE: by Wayan; 165K, 1994/7/29, a predictive/warning dream.
Blondie Wiggle builds a Video Igloo. But I'm allergic--TV kills me! A BAD omen for our video project...
CAUTION: TV KILLS (BUT YOU KNEW THAT)
WELL-MEANING GRASS: by Wayan; 1982/5/17, a diagnostic Trek dream.
On a world of designer genes, the Prime Minister tries to kill the Bug Princess by deluding an innocent lawn...
WHICH ROAD? 36K, 1999/1/13. Digital sketch of a dream.
I was on a path winding over grassy hills, while humans zoomed by on a freeway below...
WOMBERS: by Wayan; 1997/8/23, a journal entry on peace-at-any-price personalities
Nancy Friday describes a certain kind of guy disturbingly like me, and I realize chronic illness has made me...
YOU REALLY AREN'T LUNCH; 2012/6/11 by Maia Spencer; a cledonic dream of facing fears
Hiding in the woods I meet a Cyclops. But I'm not me, I'm the editor of the World Dream Bank...
YUM YUM!: by Wayan; 1985/1/31, a smelly dream.
At work, a toxic potluck. I say no! And dream I'm a scent-oriented alien tossing back stink-grenades...


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