Wednesday, January 13, 2010
If I overthink this, I won't document it, so I'll try to quickly synopsize my appt with the functional doc today re: tests taken Dec 1, 2009:
Test 1: Neuroscience
It's a urine lab to test neurotransmitters:
Epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin all low - I'm draggin'.
Glycine, PEA, Histamine, Creatinine all optimal/normal - who cares, they're optimal ;P
GABA, Glutamate ea. elevated - I'm anxiety-ridden and prone to Alzheimer's, ALS ... :O
What ARE these doing in my brain? Check Neuroscience's explanations here: bit.ly/neurotransmitters
From wiki re: serotonin:
"Most is produced by and found in the INTESTINE (approximately 90%!), and the remainder in central nervous system neurons. It functions to regulate APPETITE, SLEEP, MEMORY and learning, TEMPerature, MOOD, behaviour, MUSCLE CONTRACTION!, and function of the CARDIOvascular SYSTEM! and endocrine system." (CAPS for my personal concerns of late; things I've been researching to repair for-ever now ...)
Interesting article re: low serotonin (I don't have ALL symptoms, but I sure see my daughter in there. Now... to get her to the doctor is another story.)
It makes sense my wanting to stop Sparking lately, too. I've been drifting into anhedonia www.netdoctor.co.uk/special_r
Test 2: Boston Heart Lab ( www.bostonheartlabs.com )
Comprehensive cholesterol serum test.
TC: 232 (alert over 240) med risk
HDL: 48.9 (alert under 50) high risk
Non-HDL: 183 (alert over 190) med risk
Direct LDL: 158 (alert over 160) med risk
SdLDL: 35 (alert over 40) med risk
TG: 111 (alert over 200) low risk
LP(a): 13 (alert over 30) low risk
ApoB: 114 (alert over 120) med risk
ApoA-1: 155 (alert under 135) med risk
hsCRP: 6.4 (alert over 3) high risk
LpPLA2: 180 (alert over 270) low risk
NT-proBNP: 125 (alert over 450) med risk
HbA1c: 5.4 (alert over 7) low risk
Insulin: 10.9 (alert over 20) med risk
Apo E: E2/E3. This form is associated w/lower LDL levels and lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
Apo E ... It's a gene. Certain genotypes are associated with different conditions. "...persons with the Apo E 4/4 genotype could have up to a 90 percent chance of developing a chronic illness such as Alzheimer's disease." per book link: www.apoegenediet.com/overview
.htm . It's in my Amazon cart...
Factor V Lieden: I have one gene so I'm at increased risk for thrombotic event. (I didn't know they were testing this - I'm glad to know at least I don't have two genes?)
ApoA-1: 155 (med risk)
Alpha-1: 16 (high risk)
Alpha-2: 64 (low risk)
Alpha-3: 16 (med risk)
Alpha-4: 10 (low risk)
Pre-Beta1 HDL: 39 (high risk)
I seem to be a mish-mash of risks. The accompanying spiral bound treatment plan is a lot about statins, but I look forward to learning more about each of these markers and what I can do without statins and with diet. again.
The MD's got me taking some supplements for the neuro stuff. After reading about serotonin, now I know why I've been craving tater tots and tater chips (yes, to have had tater tots seems so indulgent and certainly rare, in Dec, had some chips/onion dip - threw caution to the wind with that one - the day after DH left last week; baked potato skins for I thought potassium, and butter ... I know this stuff, but why don't I think of MYSELF? Craving is a TELL!
I think it's cool the doc tested these things. I feel for people walking around not knowing (me included - lol). Anyway, I need that sleep thang.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I'm not one for annual resolutions as I try to live my life accordingly as I learn and grow as a human being. I got one of those "FW:" emails from a friend which encompasses a lot of what I try to do or want to do better. It's a nice tickler.
HANDBOOK FOR 2010
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
3. Eat more plants, and eat less food manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's - energy, enthusiasm and empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep at least 7 hours..
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Maintain your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Daydream more.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't weight the present.
21. No one but you is in charge of your happiness.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
25. Call your family and friends often.
26. Each day give something good to others. A tight hug is always welcomed.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your employer won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. (workin' on it)
34. Good food, good friends and good times heal everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
MAY YOU HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Friday, November 06, 2009
The young 20-something blonde goddess standing in front of me at the checkout had nary a dimple in her tan, lean drink-o-water legs. In her cart a load of food stuff that'd ignite an inner nuclear reaction within my body:
- Fiber One Yogurt
- Nature's Own Double Fiber wheat bread
- Kashi Good Friends High Fiber cereal (50% of your daily requirement!)
- General Mills Whole Grain chocolate cereal
- 24-pk canned Dr. Pepper
- Hostess Twinkie 100-calorie pack snacks
- Splenda brown sugar
In my cart this day:
That could have been my cart 25 years ago (except the Dr. Pepper, Splenda & Twinkies - never liked 'em). I wanted to pull her aside to ask her about her probable bowel issues for which she is apparently an overachiever, and explain SOLUBLE fiber (:P). I resisted (are you proud of me; I minded my own business?), but I sure would like to meet her again in 25 years.
What's your grocery basket say about you? I know I don't look like mine, but there's light in my eyes again, and I'm grateful for it. :)
I'm flying to my folks' for a while. While it's nice to get away, I'm sorry I'm missing the newly planted pansies blooming. The bunnies have been busy eating them as fast as I plant them.
I also planted 110 tulips, and 100 daffies. Like myself, the garden may take years to get just right.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
avocado egg salad from www.incredibleegg.org
The more I know, the more I don't know. The more I learn, the more I know I need to understand. And, I'm glad I know at least what I know, ya know?
I went to an anti-aging doctor yesterday. Purpose:
1) to find reason behind my constant quad/hamstring pain. It feels like the muscles in my quads, especially, are filled with fluid. It has been suggested that it COULD be buildup from acid in my diet to lactic acid in my muscles. I wanted to read more, but haven't found resources yet. I'm open about it. If you can share a good link regarding lactic acid, I'll read it!
2) She's concerned about my having to get up around 4am to go #1, and lately having difficulty getting back to sleep. I think I just have a lot on my mind, but if I really think about it, I've been getting up like that for years. The only difference being I can usually get back to sleep. I also go to bed too late and need to retrain myself to get to bed earlier. Have I said that before? lol Maybe I need some memory help, too, as I told her since my total cholesterol is down to 185 from 230ish it's not as good. BUT, I'm also not exercising as much, and exercise helps the brain and all that.
3) My good ole heart palpitations saga continues. I'm not being scientific, but I think they wane the more I eat ... you got it, fats. I showed her some d-ribose I don't use cause I didn't like the grittiness of it. She told me to suck it up and use a scoop 3x/day. Instead of water, I tried it in a cold cup of tea, and it was palatable enough.
The doctor was keen to stay neutral at this meet and greet appt. We went over my health history, but more today's than pre-celiac diagnosis. I trucked my supplements in a sm. purse backpack (she said some people visit her w/suitcases). I said I was happy she wasn't too snobby about my supplement choices, but she said there was time for that later :P. lol We did a bio-impedence test (I'm fat): the scale runs elecric current through your body to divide your muscle vs bone vs fat mass lbs; and also includes your intra/intercellular fluid levels. I'll insert particulars later. I've done three others and they were about the same.
My BP was up 130/90 - no sleep the night before, but even so, sometimes it IS 130/85ish. Bad. Other times, it's 120/80, too, but I don't like that trend. I need to up my cardio, lower sodium? or lower protein load on kidneys? We'll see. I haven't done treadmill cardio in forever. I have been dappling more in the rebounder, and have gone 10 minutes.
She wanted to see the IgG food antibody results I had, so I just faxed them. She does believe in them, and I might end up doing what I suggest on my own page: the elimination/rotation diet. That's something that has been on my mind since my first IgG food panel cause the dairy, even though "VL" or very low response, was SO across the board. Same with a lot of fish, and egg. PeachesII made an interesting comment in a Celiac team thread about those with gluten intolerance (etc) have intolerances to a lot of proteins ... hmmmm.
The doctor decided to finally go 100% gluten-free herself about 4-5 months ago. She'd been low gluten, had some pizza, and the next day her joints ached and she was puffy. Previous to that she attributed it to the dairy, the sodium, etc. How many times have I heard that one. I said I totally understood.
My last lipid panel (and keep in mind my diet is around 50% fats):
Total Cholesterol 185 (expected range is under 200)
Triglycerides 79 (exp range is under 150)
HDL 52 (expected range is over 39) I'm taking niacin (1 or 2x/day 400mg ea), but I want to research increasing coconut/milk- saw in a blog that a guy raised his HDL to 133 or something incredulous. He's a PaleoMan. :) I'll post link later. BTW, my prev. HDL readings history were in the low-mid 30s.
LDL 117 (expected range is less than 100)
LDL/HDL ratio 2.25 (expected range is less than 3.22).
A1C 5.7 (hello fruit & not enough exercise :P)
Fasting Glucose at 11am: 87
I need to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces. I'll be floating. In winter, I'm so not into water, so this will be difficult. I'm hoping this doc can help me balance my dietary fats (omega's). I think I eat too many omega 6s in the form of nuts and seeds (and not soaking/sprouting them to boot: maybe the phytic acid is blocking nutrient absorption of calcium; I need to watch my bone & heart health. bit.ly/eHowphyticacid ).
Reading Mary Enig's book, Know Your Fats ( bit.ly/MaryEnigKYFgoogle ), and Udo Erasmus' Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill ( bit.ly/UDOFTHFTKAmazon ), helped realign my thinking about fat. It also got me redirected and not thinking about all the veggies I should be eating. lol What I think about is that fish eat algae, cows eat grass ... they're great protein, but because they eat greens. I should, too.
I "try" to eat some at every meal. Anyway, I'm going to get back to eating more veggies. *fingers crossed* as I'll be travelling to my folks' this weekend; and it's more of a struggle to eat healthy away from home.
I wanted to share these links regarding fat in the diet for those in my family who are skeptical. I hope we can talk about what your thoughts are.
Along with my favorite subject, probiotics, healthy fats help maintain the integrity of your intestinal tract ( bit.ly/EnigFatsLungs ).
bit.ly/YTubeEatFatGetSlim (4mins), and from that ourcivilisation.com/fat/ .
and another great link regarding sugar (fructose) metabolism floating around my cyberspace lately: bit.ly/SugarTheBitterTruth (90mins)
I'm going to add links regarding (proponents of) fat below as I find them:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
What IgG is:
"Immunoglobulin G (IgG), is one of the most abundant proteins in human serum with normal levels between 8-17 mg/ml in adult blood. IgG is important for our defence against microorganisms and the molecules are produced by B lymphocytes as a part of our adaptive immune response. The IgG molecule has two separate functions; to bind to the pathogen that elicited the response and to recruit other cells and molecules to destroy the antigen."
from: bit.ly/3PzUBL or a bit easier read from WebMD:
"IgG antibodies are found in all body fluids. They are the smallest but most common antibody (75% to 80%) of all the antibodies in the body. IgG antibodies are very important in fighting bacterial and viral infections. IgG antibodies are the only type of antibody that can cross the placenta in a pregnant woman to help protect her baby (fetus)."
First test was taken 10.5 months after gf diet started (2-1-06). I went for testing after my reaction to IV solution used during a lung CT scan (supposed to related to sea proteins or iodine). Second test taken 42 months after gf diet began. Iím allergic to MORE food now since Iím Ďsupposingí my gut healed.
Testing scale is ďNone DetectedĒ or ND, VL very low, 1+ Low, 2+Moderate, 3+ High
12-19-06 and 08-27-09
Dairy: 1st Test: Casein, Cheddar, Cottage, Cowís & Goatís Milk = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Lactalbumin and Yogurt went up from VL to 1+Low. (bummer, Iím addicted to plain yogurt.) ND dairy: none. I should live without for a while to see how I feel. SHOULD. It has been a few days: I miss the texture.
Fruits: None Detected both tests. (cool!? Iíll still eat fructose in meal, when I eat it alone my bg spikes tho not long). ND fruits: apple, apricot, banana, blueberry, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry.
Vegetables: 1st Test: Alfalfa (both tests-never eat it), Pea = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Asparagus, Celery, Sweet Potato, White Potato, Spinach, String Bean went up from ND to VL. Peas went from VL to ND (I never eat peas. I donít eat asparagus much, never eat celery, eat A LOT of sweet potato, barely any potato, lots of spinach, no string beans). ND veggie foods to focus on: avocado (eat Ďem almost daily!), beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cukes, gr. pepper (eat Ďem a lot), lettuce (lots), mushroom (lots), olive (lots), onion (avg), peas (blech), tomato (yay, eatíem almost daily), zucchini (eh, not much).
Fish/Shellfish: 1st Test: Cod, Lobster = VL. Oyster 3+! (Never had an oyster in my life.) 2nd Test Changed: Clam, Crab, Sole, Tuna up from ND to VL, Cod and Lobster up from VL to 1+, Oyster down from 3+ to 1+, Shrimp up from ND to 1+. (Still havenít eaten an oyster, nor clams or crab. Havenít had cod in forever, nor sole. I eat tuna A LOT.) ND foods to focus on: red snapper, salmon (eat it), sardines (working on it!), trout (hard to find in these parts).
Poultry/Meats: 1st Test: Egg Yolk = VL (I hadnít started eating eggs at this point). 2nd Test Changed: Egg White in addition to Egg Yolk = VL. (I eat A LOT of eggs now.) ND poultry/meat foods to focus on: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey.
Nuts/Grains: 1st Test: Kidney bean, peanut, pinto bean (was eating legumes), rice (was eating lots of rice products), sesame (was eating sesame by the teaspoonful for calcium!) = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Kidney bean, peanut, pinto bean, sesame (never eat em, Ďcept organic peanut butter once in a while) still VL. Add buckwheat, corn, GLUTEN, OAT, pecan and WHEAT up from ND to VL. (I havenít had buckwheat, corn, gluten, oats, or wheat! Yes, Iíve had a few servings of pecans.) Sunflower seeds went from ND to 2+! (I eat them A LOT.) ND foods to focus more on: almonds, corn gluten(?), lentil, lima bean, rye (oh well), soy (never eat it), walnut.
Miscellaneous: 1st Test: Cane Sugar = VL (I donít remember using ďsugar sugarĒ much, but I did use honey and whateverís in gf packaged products). 2nd Test Changed: Cane sugar stayed the same = VL, Chocolate went from ND to 2+ (boo hoo). I do enjoy dark chocolate in spurts. ND Misc foods to focus on (?): yeast, coffee, honey.
I think this is the stuff the Blood Type Diet was based on (lectins). I read it, but I don't think it applies. Here's an interesting article against it: www.acu-cell.com/btd.html
Iíve read IgG tests are accurate and inaccurate. Iíve read muscle-testing for food allergies is accurate and inaccurate. I have an online friend who has cancer. She got IgG tested, and is eating according to her food allergies and feels wonderful. The idea is that the body is working too hard overcoming the battle (inflammation results) when eating the allergens; by not eating them sheís freeing energy to fight cancer.
What's your experience with IgG food allergens?
Things Iíve noticed: dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa; I've even eaten a whole big bar of 66% without bg repercussions ...that I know of anyway) doesnít make my blood glucose rise (but apparently Iím more allergic because of that whole bar- lolĖ booo). My blood glucose goes down when I eat eggs (but apparently Iím allergic). Maybe cause I need more carbs, but go DOWN? I know there's no correlation between bg and allergy, but I think it's interesting about dark chocolate.
I'm going to try to lessen my morning coffee intake. I've read both good and bad about coffee, so I thought one cup a day wouldn't hurt. The most recent thing I read is that it has acrylamides. That might be the straw that broke the camel's back for me. Acrylamides occur in heated products (esp to fats/oils, and is what helped me get off potato chips), and can contribute to cancer.
Here's to green and white tea!
I've got an appt with a preventative health practioner MD next week. I'm hoping she can help me find an answer re: the muscle pain in my quads/hams from being active. It's tiresome. I'm also hoping she can find out why my hsCRP is elevated at 6.5 (though down from 12 in a previous test, but how I did that I do not know). She mentioned in a speech that it's heart related, but I kinda wonder if inflammation from other sources couldn't also play a role (autoimmune disorders, my quads?!, my gut fat having a life of it's own, my dietary fat breakdown or diet? My sis is bigger than me - negative hsCRP result. I'm jealous.)
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