Saturday, March 10, 2012
Vit D: 69.1 (good!)
"This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. "You've seen the commercial. Well, this is my cholesterol. This is my cholesterol on potato chips (short story - it got worse):
apoB100-calc: 94 mg/dL(under 109 ref range)
Lp(a): 6 mg/dL (under 10 ref range)
May 16, 2010 (heart attack)/ Sep 29, 2010/ Nov 24, 2010/May 13, 2011/Oct 14, 2011/Feb 1, 2012
Total Cholesterol (less than 200 desirable): 206../191../182.../185.../192Ö/200
HDL (over 60, women over 50): 49../45../57../51../59Ö/56
LDL calculated (under 100 desirable): 142../134../118../(real)100../123Ö/129
Triglycerides (less than 150 desirable): 74../62../34.../65.../49Ö/78
TC/HDL (2.5-4.5 desirable): 2.8../4.2../3.2../2.9../3.3Ö/3.6
And per Dr. Ben Kim's cholesterol article bit.ly/gFhJhS :
HDL/TC (over 25% desirable): 24%../24%../31%../28%../30% ../28%
Tri/HDL (under 2.0 desirable): 1.51../1.38../.60../1.28../.83../1.39
I got a VAP this time and at some point will try to dig out my last one to compare sub-class information. My HDL-2 (most protective) was low at 12 (you want over 15), and my VLDL-3 (small remnant) went up to 10 (you want under 10). I still have large, buoyant Pattern A (about one-fourth up the graph). I don't fret about cholesterol, but in some way I do see it as a marker.
Insulin 4.7 (range is 2.6-24.9)
TSH .09 uIU/mL LOW (ref range .40-4.2)
Free T-4 .63 ng/dL LOW (ref range .78-1.96)
Free T3 2.31 pg/mL (ref range 1.84-7.0)
Changed back to 150mcg Synthroid from 60mg Armour 2x/day. Iím so glad to be back to taking 1 pill in the morning and not having to remember to take the second Armour dose in the afternoon on empty stomach before meals. Like I had a schedule or something Ė not. I would sometimes remember before bed. This is such a load off. I hope it helps my numbers. My heart palpitations are driving me crazy, and they have for 12 yrs. Is it my thyroid?
A1C (Iím freaking): 6.1! (non-fasting shouldnít matter I understand from cursory searches, but Iíd had a banana out the door about an hour before test). Last test was 5.5.
Blood glucose: 127
hsCRP: 3.9 (their ref. range for normal is 0-4)
Iíve read you want as much under 3 as possible. This one is tough for me to change, and if anyoneís has done it, pls share your secret. I think I have to up the ante on my diet (Iíd say it was the chips but Iíve never eaten so many in such a short time and Iíve had higher hsCRP in the past.)
Doc told me to diet and exercise to better my cholesterol (how generic). I did MWF bootcamp all January in sub-freezing temps at 5:30 a.m. for heavenís sake, and walking in between w/the dog (the usual). This actually likely overly stressed me. And, okay, itís the potato chip salad unbalanced diet. LOL.
FWIW and to note: they forgot the hsCRP and A1C/glucose test on 2-1, so I had it done separately on 2-17-12, hence the diff between lower insulin and higher blood glucose.
Hormone labs (blood and ZRT) forthcoming at next doc appt Tuesday.
I know someone who has a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich shop. OMG, the sandwiches are to-die-for SOUNDING. All those mind-numbing drugs in one sandwich - LOL (I try to not be a dream squasher and mention my true thoughts). "Ginger poached pear w/brie" ... hmmm. The shop will be featured on a nat'l foodie tv show in Canada. Though I don't advocate gluten/dairy sandwiches for most of the population, I wish I could see the show, and I wish him well (and plug for him to do gfdf versions to no avail so far).
I've made over $250 selling my used/new fat clothes at a resale shop. It's better than a yard sale and I have money to buy new/used smaller clothes. :)
I'm getting stuff done on the house; working on outside repairs now. Called the moving company to give estimate on packing up my stuff so it looks like I don't live here. LOL. I'm unsure I really even want to move. DH is finding new job extremely stressful, and I'm concerned. It would nice for me to be there for him. I miss you all and my happy place, but it's for the best right now. I pop in when I can, but I think of you more often and hope you're doing your best, too.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Okay MA, if you think dry brushing away your dead skin is weird, I can't wait to hear what you say about oil pulling. LOL.
I found references to it on You Tube ( bit.ly/YToilpullingquery ) years ago of course, and now even Ann Louise Gittleman advocates it in her book Fat Flush for Life (which I haven't read yet).
I brought it up with my dentist who has come to expect interesting questions from me. She knew nothing of it, which didn't surprise me. She did look it up on YT right then and there. When I first started seeing her in 2006 I remember discussing amalgam removal and she had mainstream answers. Now she acts like it's common practice. My point is that it takes time to change minds. They are careful about bacteria and the heart. In fact, she wouldn't let me get my teeth cleaned for at least 6 months after my heart attack in 2010. I waited a year, and they weren't bad at all. I wasn't oil pulling, but I should have been!
I know how busy people are to add in ONE more thing. I do this, but probably not enough. If my gums bleed I immediately think it's because I need more vitamin C. I'll "pull" more often to see the impact of removing bacteria and toxins which have implications for the heart. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, integrative cardiologist, has a nice write up about the bacterial threat of gum disease and the heart in his Reverse Heart Disease Now book (which I have read): bit.ly/Sinatragumdisease .
I just want you to know MA, that I have boundaries. I will never post a blog entry about drinking my own urine (I've seen that on YT, too), so that's a positive. hahahahaha.
(That's water. In our house it's known as "base beverage.") ;0)
Info and directions for oil pulling from a professional: Gittleman's book via google books: p86-89: bit.ly/ALGoilpulling and a link to amazon for the $6 paperback book: amzn.to/wo0Bfe . She has an interesting chart for what each tooth correlates to in the body (which is in the google books link btw). I've reason to believe this book is as helpful as her others have been for me, and I've about read all of them.
Note to ya'll: my preference would be for non-hydrogenated coconut oil, meaning not the cheap coconut oil I've seen at WalMart because it's adulterated. If you were to use a seed oil, I'd think it'd be better to use a cold-processed oil, not a transfatty heated oil - sunflower oil - like you'd find on the supermarket shelves. I realize you're not swallowing it, but still it's too close for comfort.
When I went to a Vegas Whole Foods once and one of the sales guys was telling me how toxic our bacteria were. He'd oil pull and spit it out the window, and the plants outside died. I said, 'They probably died because of the oil clogged their pores or the soil, too." He was quiet. It makes you realize you really have to have lots of experience with your health, and to not believe everyone who works at a health food store. Heck, you can't believe your doctors half the time. LOL.
It doesn't mean I don't still think oil pulling's worth trying, though!
(that's me spitting out the oil on my morning walk).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
DH was here over the long weekend and we got a lot done moving some furniture and pictures around. Every time I ask him to help me clean the garage he gets schlumpy. LOL. So, again, for the second YEAR, no help with the garage. We actually don't work well together. I can be bossy. But HE's a leader, and doesn't take orders well. Now I know where my Dd gets it .. hmm. I want to keep everything because we might need it (for instance I just donated the big dog collar I picked up at a yard sale for a buck cause they're about $30 - you know the type of collar, the one that prevents them licking? Well, today the vet told me he may soon be taking off the growths from Musti's leg - and I need it!). DH wants to throw everything away. We often compromise and give to charity.
Back to DH: we tried to put up a wallpaper border in a bedroom once in the 80s and that was almost a crime scene if looks could kill. ROFL. Anyway, he's been perusing open houses up in Northland Country trying to get me excited to move. I'm very interested in a sauna if we can get it. I'd like to detox. Until and if that works out, I try to skin brush or dry brush my skin.
Pictured above are the brushes I've collected trying to find what works best. The answer is: find the brush with natural bristles if you can find it. Brush toward your heart.
1. Don't use this brush! It's what I use to clean the shower. LOL. The plastic bristles will tear up your skin. Ouch!
2. This brush is okay as it has natural bristles, but I like one with a removable head. The handle is awkward everywhere but when you use it on your back.
3. This one smells if you get it wet, so try to keep it dry. :P The bristles are more stiff than the others, so you might try this after your skin is used to the technique/process.
4. Nice size for everything but your back. Unless you have help of course. ;0)
5. Looks like a nail brush, but it's really a skin brush. Works on your face/neck and is handy for travel. Works fine.
6. The most popular brush I think. The handle is removeable for ease of use on legs and arms vs with the handle for your back.
7. This plastic body was okay because the handle was removeable; but I dropped it, and it broke so the handle was useless. The handbrush is still fine.
8. Great brush specific for skin brushing (note the bristles are a bit longer so it's softer). Made in Germany. I lucked into it at a surplus store. I love when that happens.
Most of these were found at Ross and TJMaxx for under $10 for sure.
I favorited this YT skin brushing tutorial in 2007 for this blog. Me procrastinate? LOL. There might be better ones since this, but I think she's overall good. You can also brush quickly in multiple strokes. This is supposed to be good for your lymph. "Like" your lymphs - they're our friends. :) Rebounding is also great. :) Shake it up - za za za. (Family joke, sorry.)
Lymph YT info: bit.ly/lymphcleanse Their title mentions skin brushing but there's no info specific on it. They're selling something which you don't need to buy, but the info is good.
Part 2: bit.ly/lymphcleanse2
Lymph massage: bit.ly/lymphdrainmassage
Lymph article: bit.ly/dclymphnewsletter
He's rather brilliant, and I wish every doctor would explain things so well.
AND, can I tell you that my lymphs were overused as a child/teen? My body was speaking to me but the doctors told inexperienced, uneducated mom I needed my tonsils out for recurrent sore throats. If only they understood I was reacting to food allergens dairy and gluten. *sigh* And what's worse? I did the same to my own kid. I want to rewind my life often.
This makes me feel WONDERFUL and alive. It reminds me how dead I was feeling before my diet change. It was my numb and dumb time of life. :P It didn't help that I had to be pushed into the shower cause I never wanted to. LOL. Ah, those were the days. ha.
Wake up tomorrow, try it, and tell me what you think. (Careful: if you try at night, it might keep you awake - really.) Please don't be tempted to use your hairbrush. You wouldn't want to brush your bumb and then your hair would you? You'd be transferring all those dead skin cells to your head and then we'll be calling the doctor about some odd ...
ha ha, joke's on you, you thought i had cradle cap but it's butt skin!
another one of those underused and appreciated emoticons. ;) I bet he wet brushes.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Figures, huh? LOL? I'm sick of this crap! Can I just say that? Thanks, I feel better.
Plan: I will forego eggs for six months, maybe a year, then reintroduce them to see how I react. I just need to give my body a break. I had positive IgG response to egg yolks on both my ALCAT tests a while back. The gods they are a talkin' and I'm a'listenin. I just need tests to push me into it cause I knew in my heart it'd be positive, but I was still hoping otherwise. Quick read about allergens: bit.ly/AuJCCf .
I'm thinking about what I CAN have, right? (I've gotten good at that!)
REALLY though, www.enterolab.com for doing the dirty work!
DH comes home tomorrow for a long weekend. I will bake him up a belated almond birthday cake something ... without eggs. Wish me luck on that, as it'll be my first attempt.
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