Research Pays Off

It’s no secret around here that I love alternative health therapies and will research different modalities before seeing a mainstream medical doctor. Last year was different. I had several things going on with me all at once and couldn’t make heads or tails about it. So I went to my family practitioner only to have blood drawn, X-rays, sent to specialist after specialist only to be told we don’t know what’s wrong with you. I was told I had Lupus, RA, Ankylosing Spondylitis (arthritis in your spine), Fibromyalgia, and then Scleroderma. They didn’t know what caused it and proceeded to tell me that I always had the genes lying dormant inside of me and only through a traumatic experience would these full-blown auto-immune conditions surface. Then I was told since we really don’t know what’s wrong with you, we still want you to take this chemo drug if it works then you have this health issue.

I said no, No, and NO!! I got a copy of all my x-rays and decided to look elsewhere. I searched out alternative naturopaths who are making me take several different supplements, cleanses and dietary changes, but the pain was still present. I went to see a Chinese medicine doctor who gave me more herbs, and acupuncture treatments for the pain, but it only worked for a couple of days and the pain would return just like it did before. I didn’t feel any better.

Then I did some research and found several natural doctors who were treating people with my health issues so I looked further only to find that they never fixed the issue only treated it and said that I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life and that eventually alternative means wouldn’t work and I would need to succumb to the chemo. I didn’t like that answer so I kept searching. Then I found something that I thought would work, but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon right away, I kept doing research on this type of alternative therapy.

Anatomy cervical spine 1

I’ve been to chiropractors before and well, I felt worse after an adjustment than when I went in. I was kind of afraid to go back to another back cracker. Sorry, I have to say this because there probably are many chiropractors out there that are more than that, but I always seemed to just get the back-crackers and nothing more except to take their weight loss supplements.

Last Monday I woke up and proceeded to do my stretching exercises but something didn’t feel right. Then about two hours later I couldn’t raise my right arm. I was doubled over in pain. Pain is a great motivator. I remembered the chiropractor’s name, looked him up on the net and made my appointment for early Friday morning. I had to wait 5 whole days before I saw him. Whilst in his office I got the feeling that he was going to help me, he tested me but differently than other chiropractors did. Then he took x-rays of my neck and did not adjust me, but told me to continue doing what I had been, ice followed by heat.

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The all important second appointment.

I was not in much pain when I went in, but I still felt like my body was off kilter. We sat down in his office and I watched a video about my neck. I got to see what a normal neck looked like and how it is supposed to be. My neck is 52 degrees forward than what a normal neck is supposed to be. Apparently, that’s huge. In looking at the x-rays of my neck, the chiropractor said I don’t have arthritis of any kind, he looked at my other films and there is not one bit of deterioration, not even in my hand. The only problem I have in my neck is the atlas vertebra is out of place and causing pressure on the major nerve that runs through my spinal column. He showed me how this translates into the pain in the back of my head and the halo headaches I always get. This is where I started to tear up. He said it was fixable.

Then we went into the adjusting room. He did not manipulate my neck like regular chiropractors do. You can read more about the advanced orthogonal technique here. It’s like nothing I have ever experienced before. The treatment is painless, no pulling on my neck, or twisting of any sort just a gentle tap of a percussion sound from a machine. That’s it.

The immediate results were astounding. I am glad my husband was in the room with me. I would not have been able to explain what I felt if he didn’t see it first hand. Before the treatment, the doctor measured my legs. My left leg has always been a little over an inch shorter than my right leg. I always walked and felt crooked and could never lay on my back without having my legs bent because of the pain in my lower back. After the treatment, my legs were measured again and this is when my husband’s jaw dropped (only happened once before when he saw that I was having twins on an ultrasound, 30 years ago). My left leg was only about 1/8 inch shorter than my right leg. I laid on the table with my legs straight out and I had no pain. You bet I started to tear up. Never before had I gotten any relief from that kind of pain.

I slept like a rock last night. I woke up this morning in no pain but I can feel the muscles in my shoulder blades starting to release. I go back tomorrow for another treatment. It’s the best thing I have ever found. Taking my health into my own hands and not succumbing to the rants of Western medicine that chemo cure everything propelled me forward in my research and it paid off.

Research your health issues don’t just fall in line with what the Western medical doctors say. If you’re not comfortable with a treatment don’t do it. If you need help with your research hit me up on Facebook, I would be more than happy to help you find the right therapy for you and your needs.

 

GLUTEN IS NOT MY FRIEND

During the month of December while many people will be talking about the different holidays they are celebrating, I thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the things I’ve learned this year.

GLUTEN IS NOT MY FRIEND

I was doing so well before Thanksgiving not eating gluten or sugar and I was feeling great. Then came the holiday and I made a two kinds of stuffing; a rice stuffing made with walnuts and cranberries and the bread stuffing with apples just like my mom used to make. I had to have some of it, because it tasted just like my mom’s, then I had some pumpkin pie, and a turkey made out of cookies. Huge mistake, I’ve never felt this horrible in a long time. Nope gluten is definitely not my friend. What was interesting is that my normal issues with gluten weren’t the problem (hives) instead my abdomen began distended and was rock hard. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my whole life, nor do I want to ever again.

Gluten Enemy of our health

Gluten is the enemy of many people but they don’t want to acknowledge it because many people don’t want their lifestyle to change they’ll just  medication after medication which is easier than changing their lifestyle. There are many websites and books that delve into gluten sensitivities, gluten allergies, and gluten intolerances. Just by googling gluten you will get 28 million results. No wonder the latest number of American people who have gluten disorders is upwards of 18 million and rising. In an article by Dr. Mark Hyman, in the Huffington Post from 2010, he stated, “99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else – not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.” This is not surprising because we live in a pill popping society, where everyone looks for a pill to help them overcome the latest health issue, instead of changing their lifestyle.

Dr. Hyman also notes, in that same article,  that the New England Journal of Medicine lists 55 diseases that are caused just by eating gluten. They are:

  • osteoporosis
  • irritable bowel disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • anemia
  • cancer
  • fatigue
  • canker sores
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • lupus
  • multiple sclerosis
  • all other autoimmune diseases
  • neurological diseases:
  •      anxiety
  •      depression
  •       schizophrenia
  •       dementia
  •      migraines
  •       epilepsy
  •       neuropathy
  •      autism link

Gluten is also associated with many skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, as well as vitiligo, hives. Other gluten related conditions include thyroid disease and diabetes.

I can attest to the fact that I have been more anxious while I ate the gluten and my fibro decided to flare up like never before. I don’t know about the other issues but I’m thinking that if this is how I’ve been with only having gluten for a couple of days, I can’t imagine how many other problems I would experience if I continued.

Just think for a moment, if all we had to do was stop eating the offending foods, i. e. gluten, we could cure our own bodies without taking any medication. It’s that simple.

I don’t want to be in pain anymore nor do I want to have the hives at all hours of the day therefore, I’m going back to no gluten and sugar once again. I know it will take some time to undo the damage that I did. I want to live life, instead of simply existing.

Gluten is not my friend.

And by the looks of things it may not be yours either.

http://rt.com/usa/gmo-gluten-sensitivity-trigger-343/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/gluten-what-you-dont-know_b_379089.html

http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/psoriasis-and-gluten-sensitivity/

http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/gluten-sensitivity-spectrum-not-just-a-celiac-issue/

10 REASONS TO KEEP MOVING

Every day I wake up with the same agenda. Each day has the same components to it by the routine I choose to follow. Everyone has their own routine that makes their lives stand out as a success. It’s what we do daily that defines us. For many people exercising is part of that routine but for even many more, exercising is drudgery.  They will come up with every excuse not to exercise. And their excuses become their defining secret to why they are not as healthy they’d like to be. Some people are motivated by the endorphins exercising brings. You know that great feeling you get after you work out, like you can conquer the world, and enjoy more peace in your life. But for some people those endorphins don’t mean a thing, these are the people who are motivated differently.

I’m one of those people and here’s my 10 tips to keep moving.

physical-inactivity

  • Prevention costs less money than disease: The costs for having a severe heart attack back in 2010 was $780,000. For a mild heart attack it was only $38,000. Walking is free, riding a bike costs about $300 for an adequate bicycle, even less if you get a second hand bike. The math is easy go  figure it out.
  • Exercising prevents and relieves joint pain: When you are inactive your muscles weaken which could cause curvature of your joints and loss of the lubricating fluid in and around your joints. Exercising also keeps our joints flexible. If you have an auto-immune disease, like I do, moving is one of your best defenses.
  • Exercising is cheaper than therapy
  • Movement helps your digestion: It’s the cheapest and most natural way cure constipation.
  • Only way to ensure weight loss success: Eating healthy is one side of the coin, exercising is the other. They are dependent on each other for success.
  • Inactivity speeds up aging: If muscle atrophy and stiff joints aren’t enough of a sign that you’re aging quickly then the added weight gain and sagging skin are definitely a sign. Growing old gracefully can happen when you are active.
  • Physical activity improves learning and memory: Exercising stimulates new neurons in our brains. It protects the gray matter and slows the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Enhances our immune system: Exercise improves heart function which pumps more blood. Your lungs can then handle oxygen and delivers it to the rest of the body. Exercise boosts immune system by providing your cells with a boost so they can attack bacteria and keep you healthier.
  • Diffuses anger: Exercise channels your emotions by raising the serotonin levels which regulates the behavior of your brain.
  • Increases sexual desire: When you feel better about yourself your sexual desire is stirred and you have more energy to engage in a loving relationship.

These are just my 10 reasons to keep moving.

What are some of yours?

INFLAMED NO MORE

Everywhere you look, you see articles on anti-inflammation and what to do to stop inflammation from taking over your life. Inflammation is a big problem now that most of the world’s population have access to inflammation causing foods like fast-food, genetically modified food, and foods that are laden with chemicals and pesticides. Many of the experts tell us to stay away from these foods because they are the cause of many of our health concerns we have today like cancers, cardiovascular disease, obesity, auto-immune diseases, and depression. These same experts are telling the public that they should be consuming more fresh vegetables and fruits, but some of those fruits and vegetables also cause inflammation; I’m talking about the nightshade family of fruits and vegetables.

The nightshade family of fruits and vegetables cause just as much inflammation as processed foods because they are in everything we, as a society eats. While in small quantities these foods do not cause problems but in large amounts can wreck havoc for our bodies. As a person who is riddled with severe auto-immune pain one of the big culprits to this pain are these veggies, fruits and condiments that contain them. I avoid them like the plague they are.

Fruits and veggies to avoid:

  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Potatoes (Sweet and Yams excluded)
  • Peppers (Black and White excluded)
  • Eggplant
  • Artichokes
  • Blueberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Tobacco

Condiments to avoid:

  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • A1 Steak Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Paprika
  • pepper flakes
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • anything listed as “spices, flavorings, and seasonings”

Notice that these plants contain solanine which is a glycoalkaloid. It is toxic in high doses. It effects the enzymatic reactions that involve calcium which plays a part in our weakening bones and joints. It irritates the nerve endings in our joints which creates the inflammation (http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-182.pdf). So instead of poisoning ourselves with these plants we can choose to live inflammation free, if we just avoid them entirely.

I did this for one year and the results were quite good. I no longer eat anything on this list except blueberries which do not give me a problem. This has been quite difficult since both my husband and I are also gluten intolerant. But reading labels does help. Remember if you’re gluten free and still having stomach upset it could be the potato starch in many of the gluten free products. Solanine is known to cause stomach irritation.

Some interesting websites to read up on the possible danger of eating such plants: