Thursday, August 25, 2011
Kim trying on her mom's wedding dress.
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, who knew? ;0)
Kim Kardashian just got married. I'm not a Kim stalker, but I happened to walk past the tv and heard the word psoriasis. I couldn't help but stop to see what they were saying: she was complaining about her mother giving her the psoriasis gene. Kim's stressed because she's getting married, and I'm sure has a million responsibilities. Ah stress. You can't live with it, you can't live without it (cortisol can be a good thing, too!). Stress: autoimmune trigger! Good thing she can vacay in the Bahamas to chill out. In any case, she and her mom obviously haven't gotten the memo about gluten antibodies and this autoimmune condition. Should I reach out? LOL. Could "I" get a vacay in the Bahamas? I don't know how to vacay ... need lessons. But that's another story.
You don't have to be celiac, you could be gluten "sensitive" to have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. But gluten-free could set you free, why not check into it for yourself or someone you love? And I don't mean run to gf manufactured foods. They are mostly gluten substitutes for poor nutritional food stuffs anyway. I don't want to hear about "whole grain" goodness either. :P
I've read 40-50% of the population has the celiac gene - you don't have to have "celiac" for it to be triggered. Your manifestation might be ataxia, eczema, schizophrenia, psoriasis, and all those other wonderful symptoms listed on my Spark Page.
Anecdotal psoriasis story: Friend's BIL's mother was celiac. BIL was alcoholic, and had psoriasis SO bad up his arms that I could SEE (who knows what was covered, and I wasn't gonna ask). It's autoimmune, it's serious. He was "treated" with drugs and immunosuppressants. It was a physical anomoly train-wreck you couldn't help but want to stare at, but were also afraid to because of the disgust. Leakage people. I told him: please go get tested for celiac! He did, and was negative. I told him: please go gluten-free anyway! He did: psoriasis gone. End of story. (He also quit drinking - which is HEuge for gut health also - YAY!)
From Dr. Tom O'Bryan: conta.cc/ptQFBw (not sure that'll work as it was in an email, so I've copied some:)
Did you know ....
~34.1% of psoriasis patients have elevated antibodies to alpha-gliadin (AGA),
a peptide of wheat.
~We found a highly significant correlation between positive serum AGA and
duration of psoriasis.
(Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 36, 302-304, 2010)
~Recent studies showed an association between (Celiac Disease) CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet.
~Recent studies showed an association between CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet (GFD), without other pharmacological approaches.
~Thirty of 33 patients with positive AGA antibodies strictly complied with GFD, and showed a significant decrease of psoriatic lesions.
(World J Gastroenterol 2007; 13(14): 2138-2139)
~16% of patients with psoriasis have been found to present high levels of anti-gluten antibodies.
(J Intern Med 2011;269:582-590)
Another mention of gluten and psoriasis from The Gluten Free Society: bit.ly/p0bAyG
I'm gonna be blogging and SParking less and less than I have been. I guess I didn't want to tell where I was moving you guys, and I don't know why other than privacy ... I'm weird. :P But if you talk like the Chef in the Muppets you might be on track to what I'll be hearing. :) Clue 1. LOL.
The pool has needed repairs this whole year, and I finally get to get some bids. We have to move DH from his stinky lil apt. We haven't even told the kid yet. I need to replace carpets and finish painting the fence, and add the house while I'm at it. That'll be good before winter anyway. I might stay here for a while and move him up there and ease my way into their winters. That's the ticket! We'll see. DH is coming home this weekend, save if Hurricane Irene doesn't blow down the east coast.
(We've moved 9 times in 25 yrs. I know what goes into moving and selling a house - it's a lot of work, I know it! Blah! I've sold houses in all sorts of economies, but not this one - yikes! I look forward to it this time as THIS time I'll be healthier and hopefully it won't stress me out as bad as in the past. My anxiety was off-the-charts before I was diagnosed and changed my diet. That's why I didn't make the last move to FL w/DH - we saw it as a necessity for his career, but not for my health. Ah, delayed gratification has a paycheck! The economy had us lingering apart longer than we'd have liked, but I'm not complaining ... um, anymore. LOL).
Onward and upward friends! I luvs ya, as mom would say.
I did some unintentional carb cycling or intermittent fasting yesterday not eating while I was out all day (had bfast and a sm. fruit lunch). I also continued on with my walking and lost a pound (188.6 to 186.8) - praise be. I'm thrilled to be the lowest weight I've been in who knows how many decades.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I'm home from Vegas. Yes, July Vegas is . Home, apparently, was hotter. I have dead plants and bushes, dying grass, and the dog's belly is distended for unknown reasons. I think about that Sandra Bullock movie, 28 Days; how she went to rehab and her assignment was to simply take care of a plant, then she could graduate to a pet. Both dogs have ear infections (again). I was too busy to micromanage, and left it up to the daughter. At least the kid kept them alive.
I'm glad to be home. I my bed.
I've weeded for hours (weeds apparently love the heat).
My walking neighbor has me back up at 6:30am instead of 7:30am to beat the heat. I wasn't ready for that after driving 19ish hrs, even a day later. I'm so tired. Started my TOM 12 days into cycle. THAT's unusual. Stress?
I was able to take Dad to his doctor. He's gnarly to tend to at this stage in his dementia. Mom prefers "Alzheimers" to "dementia" but regardless, he doesn't like to shower. My nephew, who lives with them, likes to get Dad to swim, but often Dad laughs he doesn't want to get wet. He made us late to the appt cause I couldn't get him out of the bathroom. He's in there forever, and has been for a couple of years. I had a laundry list of tests to ask doc for. It was like pulling teeth and the talking I had to do was ridiculous. Please, his bones hurt. Please do a thyroid TSH (at least - didn't dare ask for other thyroid tests), Vit D, DEXA scan to check osteoporosis, A1C & insulin, ferritin/iron panel, and B12, cholesterol, PSA etc. I called for a scan appt but they won't do them the same day, and I was leaving the following Monday. argh. The Vit B12, D, A1C & insulin didn't get done. Thyroid and PSA were high. Triglycerides were high at 209 (other chol was ok). Normal metabolic and CBC. Now learning about the prostate. One thing I read in a quick read, is that the body will try to slow down metabolically (lower thyroid output), to slow down cancer growth. His thyroid was 3.8 last year, now 5.something. When I brought up to doc that I thought thyroid TSH should be 1ish, he said that's for someone being treated, not UNtreated. *whatever* I need to pick my battles, and I had other skirmishes ahead.
Mom's surgery went well. Her knee, once turned inward, is now straight. For years she told docs that it pained her, that something needed fixing, but for years it went undone. This made her not use her leg and I think the muscles have atrophied; they don't stretch and the stiffness causes pain to use - she can't bend the new knee. She can't function, she says, without her pain meds (she also has sciatica, but I think peripheral neuropathy - both feet her toes are curling). She had to eat the way I prepared food, but what a fussy girl! It was annoying. And I say that as someone who is fussy - lol. I guess we like what we like and find comfort in our addictions :P. Still she likes aspartame water :P, bagels, butter and coffee for breakfast. She sees not how her food choices affect inflammation and pain. Or she chooses otherwise despite what I suggest.
One of her brothers died unexpectedly from an unnamed cancer and his wife has lung cancer, one has an acute leukemia of some kind, and another younger brother has lung cancer. I was there three weeks, and I think she was looking at this time as her vacation. She was still in bed and not moving around as much as she should be. I tried to not be Nurse Ratched, but it was hard. I have a friend whose mother is in hospice care. Her own mother hadn't showered for over a year and was pretty crusty in her dementia. Friend said her mom just loved on her. I wish I were as loving, but I was wanting more for mom than she could muster. I got stuck in that instead of the loving part. At one point I did have compassion and just stopped and held her hand. Who knows what she's thinking. She probably wanted a cig. LOL. (or not LOL).
I talked to mom's orthopedic surgeon quickly before the surgery about nightshade-free diet for osteoarthritis, and he said there's no money for diet studies (we said it the same time). I told him about my myxoid cyst and going nightshade free, but he said his hunch was that a person was to NEVER have had nightshades, that mine not reoccurring was likely a fluke.
I was busy sun up to sun down. I visited with oldie Vegas friends and got some "me time" for sanity. I got some boots from Nordies Rack for fall for more sanity. I started out walking daily 2 miles early in the morning, but by the end I hadn't walked for two or three days tying up loose ends. Then the car ride home: my left ankle was so swollen, and my right ankle started swelling, too. I took a baby aspirin and tried to move my lower limbs best I could thinking about DVTs.
DH has another job interview today. It's his third with the same company which is encouraging. We've been let down before, so my emotions are steady with this process now. Kid quit her full-time job to go to school full-time, and she just found a part-time job.
So Nina Simone. Was Youtubing around, and found her. She's a light, and I dig her energy. I can see her fierceness and I need some right now as I feel a bit deflated; trying to find my inner strength during this ebb as I know I'm gonna need it. There's MUCH to be thankful for. Even your boobies.
Feeling Good (SUCH a classic - love this right now): bit.ly/q4Fp6C
.... it's a new day. Ba, ba ba, ba ba ...
Reading: Over My Head - A doctor's own story of head injury from the inside looking out.
Next: Nina Simone's autobiography: I Put a Spell on You. She died cause of her boobies. :(
I am coping by eating cherries and continuing with the walking. I know: too much sugar, not enough fiber.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Discussion here at Perfect Health Diet:
Part 1 bit.ly/jCz3HV
Part 2 bit.ly/ihzzOn
Interesting that they're talking about copper DEFICIENCY, when I know I have too much or an imbalance to zinc. I had a zinc and selenium deficiency (need to redo my Spectracell test to see how I'm doing). Selenium is important for the thyroid. Well, I know minerals are important for thyroid health, and that's one reason lectins have been banished from my diet. Not all lectins, because ALL foods have them, but know/understand your lectins(!): bit.ly/dY6gYx
Upshot you have some control over: KNOW your mineral status before supplementing anything. Spectracell Micronutrient Testing: www.spectracell.com/mnt/ .
You know what has lots of copper? Nuts and seeds. It could be why I felt tired after eating sunflower seeds. Going low on nuts and seeds is not just about 'fats' and 'fat ratios'. Anyway, too much copper, not enough zinc = fatigue. It's why I feel better eating beef (zinc) when I can or I need the protein. Ann Louise Gittleman has a great book about this. amzn.to/ALGTired
Dr. K on iodine and Hashimoto's: bit.ly/ycw0uB
Mom called. I'm needed sooner than expected. Mid-July in Vegas here I come.
I'm still sore from my Saturday cross-fit workout. :P
Iodine Deficiency, thyroid, achlorydia, fibrocystic breasts + ... and Cancer:
iodine deficiency: bit.ly/qyvSIH
from same author/dr, another article: bit.ly/pDzyJN
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