Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Back in Early July I took a bad fall. I slammed my head into my van, knocked myself out, gave myself a concussion, cervical strain, Thoracic strain, Lumbar strain, Messed up my left hip, and last but not least messed up my left knee.
I am one of the unfortunate people who don't have medical insurance. Although, fortunately my Personal Injury Protection coverage on my vehicle came into play.
Because I was getting into my car (getting into or out of your vehicle) PIP covered this accident. Thank goodness I didn't know what I was going to do at this point. After almost 6 weeks passed I was able to go see a orthopedic doctor who ordered my MRI.
Second appointment with this DR. he tells me the radiologist suspects a torn meniscus, but he doesn't think that is the problem so he wants me to do 2 months of Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy to work it out. And make an appointment to see him in 2 months. I follow along with what he wants and I do all this therapy. But, my physical therapist says there must be something wrong in that knee. It shouldn't be swelling and having discoloration after this length of time. I still can't bend it all the way and it hurts to touch in places. Maybe I would benefit from a TENS machine because of all that I am still dealing with. The doctor replies he doesn't do TENS machines, as if he was the one to buy and use this machine. My response was, he is not paying for it and he is not using it. I AM! He allowed me 2 months of rental.
Wow, he is a control freak! Now he want me to go through pain management therapy. That just says, "Live with it".
My gut says something is wrong.
I told the office that I am not seeing a pain specialist I want a 2nd opinion. I refuse to take this lying down. No doctor is playing God with my health and well being. Got 2nd Opinion appointment lined up. Insurance said... good call. Therapist said... good call. I was called by the therapist from pain management he heard my story and said... good call on the 2nd opinion.
I am feeling that because I had no medical insurance my first doctor wrote me off. Little did he know my PIP coverage was a very high amount. If the new doctor says I tore the meniscus and I require surgery. The first doctor really messed up. I won't take this lying down.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In 2003 I was diagnosed with Auto-Immune Hepatitis. NOT Viral. My Immune system was attacking my liver. My LFT's were so high (in the 2000's) the doctors told me I had six months to live if I didn't start taking the prednisone and the Chemotherapy. Etc, Etc...
I treated my Immune system as primary and my liver as secondary.
This is the basic idea of what I did although I added a few more steps. The person who wrote this is mentioned at the bottom of the article. I hope you enjoy this one!
The Compromised Immune System Recovery Plan
Congratulations for taking the first steps in creating your own personal healing program!
I wish to preface this by saying that nobody else, myself included, has the whole and complete answer for you, because only you can know what specific triggers contributed to your condition and only you can try the specific suggestions that are going to help you get well again.
Naturally I am biased towards a holistic, natural approach because that is what worked for me and what has worked for thousands of people. But don't just take my word for it - do your research on your autoimmune condition, read the theories of the top autoimmune researchers and scientists as posted on this web site and elsewhere, read the books on healthy immunity that we recommend, and then decide for yourself if a holistic, natural approach is right for you.
The following is based both on my experience and perspective, and on the research on autoimmunity that was done by Dr. Stephen B. Edelson and Dr.. Patrick J. Bouic in South Africa.
Both of these great doctors and scientists have contributed enormously to the understanding of autoimmune diseases and how to safely and effectively overcome these debilitating diseases by going beyond standard medical treatments.
Dr. Edelson's basic treatment approach for all autoimmune diseases is the same: The elimination of heavy metals and/or chemicals and the appropriate nutritional therapy to support it. His success with this approach supports the idea that all autoimmune disorders have their origins in an autoimmune process that is triggered by heavy metals and/or chemicals.
Dr. Bouic and his researchers in South Africa have found a way to naturally regulate an over-responding immune system using a blend of plant sterols and sterolins. Several double-blind placebo controlled studies have shown that sterolins and sterols in their correct ratio keep immune cells functioning at their optimum level.
The formula used in the clinical trials became available for sale in South Africa in 1997, and testimonials poured in from people recovering from debilitating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and allergies. Today people from around the world are benefiting from one man's vision and dedication.
The autoimmune repair plan outlined below incorporates both detoxification of metals and chemicals and targeted nutritional supplements, including sterols and sterolins. It is a holistic, natural approach that has no side effects, no drug interactions and no toxicities, and it does not conflict in any way with mainstream medicine.
The autoimmune repair plan is the basic protocol for all autoimmune disorders - please refer to your particular disorder for more targeted suggestions.
Please note that it is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without first consulting your physician. You can do a natural health program such as this one alongside your orthodox medical treatments.
The Autoimmune Repair Plan
Put yourself in charge of your health
You must not relinquish control of your health to anyone, not even your health care practitioner. In order to believe what you are doing, you must be in control. You want their counsel, you want their advice. But you must make the final decisions.
Believe you can get well
There is a saying that goes something like, "As you believe, so it shall be". These may not be exactly the words, but you get the gist. Don't overlook this truism. You must believe in what you are doing and that what you are doing will help you.
Pray to your Higher Power
I had my greatest breakthroughs when I prayed deeply to be shown the way to healing.
Do your research
Learn as much as you can about your disorder. In addition to medical doctors, you may wish to consult with chiropractors, holistic practitioners, nutritionists, acupuncturists, spiritual healers, and so on. There are many approaches to healing.
Identify your sources of toxins.
This is the basic, most important foundation of any good healing program. All other steps will build on this one.
Please refer to the Detoxification Therapy page on this web site for lists on the sources of toxins, for the easiest and least expensive methods to test yourself for toxic metals, and the most effective way to remove these toxic metals and chemicals.
Remove toxins from the body
This is the foundation of any good healing program. Do not skip this step. Detoxifying the body is vital. To help put this in perspective - Our Medical Director Dr. Thomas Nissen, an expert in Environmental Medicine, believes that this step is so important, that if you do not first detoxify your body of toxic metals and chemicals, then anything else you do will only be about 10 per cent effective. So put your attention first on getting rid of any heavy metals and chemicals, and then you can take the next step of regenerating the immune system, and the tissues and organs.
This is so important that I'll say it again: detoxification is vital, do not skip this step. If there is one thing I hope you remember from this web site, it is that toxins play a major role in all autoimmune disorders, and removing toxins is the key to getting better again.
Another excellent way to remove metals and chemicals from the body that is highly endorsed by Dr. Stephen B. Edelson is the infrared sauna.
Rebuild your immune system through proper rest, proper diet, and proper exercise
Rest, Rest, Rest - Consistent proper rest is much more crucial to health than most people realize. It is important not to let yourself become consistently exhausted or overtired. And once you have recovered from a major illness, you must be extremely vigilant in getting abundant rest and relaxation.
Following natural healing principles can give you such renewed vigor and energy that it's easy to become overconfident and overdo, which is not a problem for healthy people. But if you are recovering from a major illness, it is vital that you protect your new-found health and your natural immune defenses through proper rest and minimized stress.
Proper Diet - The most important thing to remember is this - eat whole, unprocessed, unadulterated foods as much as possible. This means no additives, preservatives, flavors, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners, caffeine, refined flours and sugars, or anything pickled or smoked. Think of how people ate one hundred years ago, and try to eat like that as much as possible.. Stick with fresh vegetables and fruits and organic foods, even organic meats.
Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible. It is a proven fact that people who incorporate more raw fruits and veggies into their diet have much quicker healing results.
Here is another important note: Many people with autoimmune diseases have experienced vast improvements by adopting a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein that is found in certain grains, namely wheat, rye and barley.
A sensitivity to gluten is ten to thirty times more common in people with autoimmune disorders compared to the general population. Many people with conditions from Crohn's disease to Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune thyroiditis find great relief from their symptoms after adopting a gluten-free diet.
If you choose to try this diet, be sure to stick with it for at least 3 months. A good support group can help you learn how to eat gluten-free among today's food choices, and certain grocery stores and restaurants such as Trader Joe's actually put out pamphlets on what foods in their store free of gluten and hence safe.
Proper Exercise - Go very slow with your exercise. If you overdo it, it can take days and days before you recover from the exertion. This is true for almost all autoimmune disease patients.
One of the best forms of exercise is using a mini trampoline, or rebounder. This gentle, low impact exercise flushes the lymphatic system, which cleanses the lymph system of toxins. Walking, swimming, yoga and tai chi are also very helpful for your healing.
Rebuild your immune system with proper nutritional supplements
Once you have begun the "Detoxification" phase of this program, you may then start the supplementation, or "Regeneration" phase. This involves taking targeted nutritional supplements to rebuild your immune system.
For those of you who need some encouragement, take heart - you can do this! It may not be easy, but then nothing truly valuable in life is easy. If you make the commitment, you too can begin to heal. Put yourself first, and do whatever feels right for you. It may take some hard work, but it is worth it. I know, because I've been there - and I worked hard to get to where I am today. I thank God every day for the healing, for the miracles, and for my new life. And I hold for you the highest vision of what is possible.
With great respect and admiration,
Andrea Nichols, Master of Social Work (MSW)
(Community Health - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention)
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Saturday, October 17, 2009
Anybody looking for a little sweetness without the calories or the blood sugar swing. Look into stevia. I have grown the plant harvested the leaves. Or you can buy the stevia already to use.
If you have high blood sugar it can help to bring it down. If you are low it will level it off. I swing toward hypergycemia and when my blood sugar level is low I mix 1/2 tsp into 1 cup of water and it levels me off. Stevia comes in packets, bulk, liquid. And now you can get stevia sweetened soda. The soda is called Zevia and comes in lemon lime, cola, ginger ale, orange, root beer, black cherry it has only 5 calories. I don't drink much soda but if I wanted one this is how I would go.
More Info on the soda can be found at
If you want to bake with stevia I would recommend getting a recipe book because it is a little different baking with stevia.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
We are hearing more and more about auto-immune diseases and neurological diseases etc..... We need to put the pieces together and take control over our own health. Nobody will do this for us. It is all about the dollar and not about the safety of our health.
This information was found on Dr. Mercola's website, web address is at the end of article.
This is another artificial sweetener I would not touch. READ THOSE LABELS!
New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects
James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).
In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.
The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.
According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."
Globe Newswire September 28, 2008
Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 2008;71(21):1415-29
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
It’s very important to realize that Splenda (sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar”. Rather it’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, and with detrimental health effects to match.
Splenda was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.
The approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but as you’ll soon find out, out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days!
There’s overwhelming evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners will likely wreak havoc on your body. Previous news has centered mainly around artificial sweeteners’ ability to impair your appetite regulation and leading to weight gain.
For example, it’s been discovered that diet soda increases your risk of metabolic syndrome and, ultimately, heart disease.
However, the study mentioned above, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found even further disturbing news besides weight gain. Splenda:
reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
increases the pH level in your intestines, and
affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications
They also found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.
It’s truly disturbing that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria, as these bacteria help maintain your body's overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly micro-organisms, and support your general health. Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to choosing highly processed foods. This is why a high quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I highly recommend for nearly everyone.
The Diet Fallacy
The belief that consuming artificially sweetened foods and drinks will help you to lose or maintain weight is a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you are still opting for diet choices for this reason, please understand that you have been sorely misled..
In reality, these diet foods and drinks can cause serious distortions in your biochemistry and ruin your body's ability to control calories. As a matter of fact, it’s been shown that diet soft drinks can double your risk of obesity!
Nearly a decade ago, studies were already revealing that artificial sweeteners can:
Stimulate your appetite
Increase carbohydrate cravings
Stimulate fat storage and weight gain
Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar.
Now, I am definitely not a fan of sugar, but if I had to choose between sugar and any artificial sweetener, I would choose sugar, hands down, without question. I strongly believe artificial sweeteners are even more dangerous to your health than an excess of sugar.
The Health Dangers of Splenda
According to James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health:
"This report followed accepted policies and procedures and the results make clear the potential for disturbing side effects from the ingestion of Splenda.
It is like putting a pesticide in your body. And this is at levels of intake erroneously approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
A person eating two slices of cake and drinking two cups of coffee containing Splenda would ingest enough sucralose to affect the P-glycoprotein, while consuming just seven little Splenda packages reduces good bacteria."
The web site www.truthaboutsplenda.com lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, such as:
Blood sugar increases
My site also contains a long list of personal testimonials from readers who have suffered side effects from Splenda. In fact, we have more people on our site that have reported adverse reactions to Splenda than were formally studied in the research submitted for FDA approval!
The symptoms are so numerous I can’t include them all here, but the following are common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products:
Skin -- Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts). These are the most common allergic symptoms that people have.
Lungs -- Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath.
Head -- Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches).
Nose -- Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing.
Eyes -- Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery.
Stomach -- Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
Heart -- Palpitations or fluttering.
Joints -- Joint pains or aches.
Neurological -- Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression.
Beware – You Could be Consuming Splenda Without Your Knowledge
You also need to be aware of the fact that although the bulk of Splenda is sold to processed food manufacturers and soft drink bottlers, it could turn up in your medicine as well, as nearly 10 percent of all sucralose is sold to drug companies.
Many times sucralose (Splenda) will not be listed in the drug information, so there simply is no way you would know you are consuming a potentially dangerous artificial sweetener. However, if you experience any of the symptoms above even though you’re avoiding Splenda and other artificial sweeteners, then it may be worth investigating the ingredients of any medications you’re taking as well.
Splenda Has NEVER Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption
As of 2006, only six human trials have been published on Splenda. Of these six trials, only two of the trials were completed and published before the FDA approved sucralose for human consumption, and the two published trials had a grand total of 36 total human subjects.
36 people sure doesn't sound like many, but wait, it gets worse: only 23 total were actually given sucralose for testing, and here is the real kicker -- The longest trial at this time had lasted only four days, and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance.
Even more shocking, the absorption of Splenda into the human body was studied on a grand total of six men! Based on that one human study, the FDA allowed the findings to be generalized as being representative of the entire human population. Including women, children, the elderly, and those with any chronic illness -- none of whom were ever examined.
The FDA claims they reviewed over 100 studies conducted on Splenda. What they don't tell you is that most of the studies were on animals. And, those animal studies reveal plenty of problems, such as:
Decreased red blood cells -- sign of anemia -- at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
Chemically, Splenda is More Similar to DDT Than Sugar
Yes. Splenda bears more chemical similarity to DDT than it does to sugar.
Sucralose is in fact a synthetic chemical that was originally cooked up in a laboratory. It does start off as a sugar molecule. Then, in a five-step patented process of making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to a sucrose (sugar) molecule. The chemical process to make sucralose alters the chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is somehow converted to a fructo-galactose molecule.
This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. As a result of this "unique" biochemical make-up, McNeil Nutritionals makes its claim that Splenda is not digested or metabolized by the body, hence it has zero calories.
But, if you look at the research (which is primarily extrapolated form animal studies) you will see that in fact an average of 15 percent of sucralose IS absorbed into your digestive system, and according to this latest study, it is also absorbed into your fat cells.
Unfortunately, if you are healthy and your digestive system works well, you may be at HIGHER risk for breaking down this product in your stomach and intestines!
Your Healthiest Alternatives
If you have a craving for sweets, rather than trying to find "healthier" ways to continue indulging in them, it is in your best interest to learn ways to relieve your cravings.
The obvious one would be to stop eating any of the products to begin with. But sweets are powerfully addictive – sugar has even been shown to be more addictive than cocaine. Stevia is a preferable natural substitute, which can be used in making most dishes and drinks..
However, complete avoidance of sweets is often necessary to break your addictive cycle, as your hormones insulin and leptin likely play an important role in your cravings.
If you are unable to achieve abstinence from sweets, your emotional connection to cravings might be an important factor for you. One of the most profound methods I know of for diminishing the effects of food cravings is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is the psychological acupressure technique routinely used in my practice to help people reduce their cravings.
There is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, this book will explain how you've been deceived about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose -- for greed, for profits ... and at the expense of your own health.
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