Duh! Exercise helps with circulation

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

OK you already know exercise is good for you.  It’s good for you even if you don’t have a great bod.

Great Bod

As  I mentioned in my previous article, I have circulation problems.  During these cold months even though my torso often stays warm, my feet remain cold.  I’ve looked into Black Pepper Essential Oils and tried L-arginine to increase circulation.  I apply B12 on the feet, to help any nerve damage caused by reduced circulation. I soak my feet in Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 5 Lbs to try and detox the feet directly if circulation is not getting rid of toxins.  But all those things don’t make my feet any warmer.

Yesteray after a long time I went to the gym.  Look I have chronic fatigue, I did not break a sweat!  But I did get on the rowing machine for 10 minutes and then a recumbent bike for 10 minutes.  While my feet were cold to the touch before I went, and they are cold to the touch now.  They were nice and warm for several hours after the slightest bit of exercise.

So don’t beat yourself up about not being svelte, or generating sweat, or needing a nap afterwards.  Just to the basic of basics.  Give yourself whatever little advantage you can get and turn that oceanliner to a whole new direction just by making small incremental changes.

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Categories: Neuropathy

My Body is a Wonderland

November 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Well that’s a better title than “My Body is an Organism”. This little post is about trusting your body because it is smart. Not just in an anatomical sense, where one can be rightly awestruck by all the complexity. But it really knows what it is doing instantaneously, it’s a system.

Ok first let me give the example. I had a drag on a cigarette a few months ago. No please don’t tell anyone, I’m not a smoker really! However as soon as I inhaled I felt my feet begin neuropathic symptoms. So what the body didn’t like coming in through my lungs went immediately to my feet. Why? I believe the body decided, how can I get rid of this quickly? I know! I’ll put it in a place that is the least critical to survival, and get it away from the lungs and heart etc. I believe it didn’t even try to detox through the liver, but just shunted it away.

I believe the body is doing this all the time, getting rid of toxins, but usually uses the liver. The fact that the liver was bypassed, because it happened instantaneously, I’ve interpreted means the liver is already burdened/weak or just not strong enough for this toxin. And I learned my body has sort of given up on my feet. I’ve been fighting neuropathy and thought it was blood sugar related, and while that may be true, I’m now thinking it has more to do with circulation. I’m now thinking the feet are a dumping ground because of poor circulation. What a terrible combination. Poor circulation and elevated blood sugar destruction. Honestly though my morning blood sugar is 109-115 it’s not that bad.

I have chronic fatigue and so don’t exercise much that most certainly is contributing to the lack of circulation. I have recently tried to swim as that takes away the POTS dynamic and helps me to build up stamina. And surprise surprise, my stamina has been incrementally improving. I’ve got get back on the wagon by joining a pool if I’m to save my feet.

 

Dietary Supplements May Prevent Cognitive Decline

September 16, 2018 Leave a comment

Say What?

I thought nutrition was for suckers.  Supplements were expensive urine?

Supplements or Food

Is Medscape actually disagreeing?    A study was published online May 20  2016 in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis is entitled “A multi‐ingredient dietary supplement abolishes large‐scale brain cell loss, improves sensory function, and prevents neuronal atrophy in aging mice”

The  multi‐ingredient dietary supplements (MDS) were combined to address 5 mechanism of aging. Well it didn’t actually go and tell us what those mechanism were, and the article is behind a paywall, registering does not give you access.  It appears many titles and abstracts are using terms like MDS to avoid actually spelling out what were the components in question.

But a little bird told me the supplements are

  1.  
  2. Minerals
  3. Beta Carotene
  4. Bioflavinoids
  5. Cod Liver Oil
  6. Flax Seed
  7. Garlic
  8. Green Tea extract

But how much to take. One could take all of these as supplements, Garlic Pills, Cod Liver Softgels etc.  But you could also just prioritize these supplements as part of your diet.

Minerals Minerals

Our primary source of minerals are vegetables.  That’s their job, pull the minerals from the earth into something we can eat.  Cook your vegetables from scratch, drink the broth from soups etc. But if you are having trouble with Trace Minerals you could try Shilajit from the Himalayas.

Beta Carotene

Sounds like carrots?  I mean carrots are a superfood. A carrot a day keeps cognitive decline away.

Bioflavinoids

Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Citrus Fruits.  These are examples of good sources.  I know I used to eat bell peppers and cut out the white parts along with the seeds.  now I’m thinking really each as much of the plant as you can.

Cold Liver Oil

Well I’m not going to the store to buy Cod, or Cod liver.  So it’s supplements for me and I do prefer softgels over spoons.

Flax Seeds

Although flax seeds are often added to breads and other products, I have heard it is better to soak overnight and take a swig in the mornings.  Whole food and all that.

Garlic

My cousin puts garlic in every meal and that still didn’t help her cholesterol.  So she took some garlic supplements and that brought down her numbers.  Nonetheless this is something I can do daily, eat a clove a day.  I prefer it carmelized, because I’m a baby

Green Tea

Can take the extract in pill form, presumably it is a concentrated source.  But again I think I prefer to drink tea daily.  Though on second thought I always need massive amounts of anything for it to make a difference.

All Together Now

I believe that each of these items has multifaceted effects.  So taking them for one purpose probably also helps in other respects.  And I don’t believe you have to take them all together at the same time.

If you are not already using these supplements, I would recommend incorporating one item into your daily routine and once that is painless add another.  Good luck.

Benfotiamine for Neuropathy

September 9, 2018 Leave a comment

Benfotiamine

Well my neuropathy WAS killing me.  I hadn’t realized that I had run out of Benfotiamine for several weeks.  So just as I was thinking maybe I now need to put my will together, I found a box of deliveries where I found the bottle.  Last night I took two of these pills as opposed to 1, and this morning the pain on the tops and bottoms of my feet are gone.

There is still numbness, and I’m not sure whether that is permanent damage.  I’m still taking all the other things for neuropathy, because I’m getting the feeling I need all of them to continue functioning.

 

Higher Doses

Althought I haven’t looked to find out if higher doses can cause any problems (what do doctors say:  You just pee out all the B vitamins?),  I decided to lookup whether higher doses were better. I have a system where I always need extreme doses to notice anything so I saw the article “Effectiveness of different benfotiamine dosage regimens in the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy.”  When testing the following usages of Benfotiamine

  1. Vitamin B combo of which Benfo was 320mg/day
  2. Vitamin B combo of which Benfo was160mg/day
  3. Straight Benfo of 150mg/day

Noting that significant improvements in symptoms occurred 3 weeks into a 6 week study, the authors noted that the higher dose had a larger effect.  They concluded that whether it’s Benfotaimine alone or in combination with other B vitamins it is effective.

I already take activated forms of a B Complex, so I think I’ll be upping my dose of Benfo to see how it plays out.

Categories: Diabetes, Neuropathy

Avoiding Eye Lift Plastic Surgery

September 2, 2018 Leave a comment

I’m getting old, my eyelids are starting to droop and one side more than another.  This is known as Ptosis.  Of the several types listed in this article, I believe I have the mechanical type.  I naturally also have a lot of outer eye flesh so when that starts to droop I think there is a bigger impact.

Corrected droop

So of course I was looking up different plastic surgery options to address it.  I think insurance often covers this type of procedure if it is affecting your vision.  But then I remembered someone had used Grapefruit essential oil to reduce fat on her abdomen.  (I tried that and it didn’t work for me).  But then an abdomen is a large surface area and above the eye is very small.

Not only was one eye droopier than the other both were drooping such that the natural fold/crease above the eye was no longer visible.   Feeling a bit mongoloidy, I thought why not try it?

One why not is because essential oils should not get into the eyes and no one will tell you to apply them to the eye.  So I did apply a little bit of oil onto the fatty/fleshy part of the eyelid, and over a period of two short weeks, my crease is now visible.  I’m hoping over time the flesh will disappear slowly.

Not sure this is a long term solution, but I’m happy not to go down the surgery direction just yet.

Categories: Essential Oils

Wheatgrass Helps With Liver Damage

August 30, 2018 Leave a comment

My neuropathy is killing me, just getting worse over time. Yes I do have blood sugar issues but they are not that high, I think.  The neuropathy started out as tingling, then pain then numbness. Occassionally I can feel it in my hands and it has started to move up my leg.

Many times I have taken a particular wheatgrass juice powder and overnight my neuropathy is much improved.   Doesn’t quite go away, but I no longer think about making out my will etc.

I’ve tried other Wheatgrass Juice powders and they don’t have the same effect for some reason.  Well I recently came across a Pubmed article “Hepatoprotective Role of Wheatgrass on Alcohol and ΔPUFA-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rats” whose conclusion is “we conclude that wheatgrass protects the liver against alcohol and ΔPUFA induced oxidative stress”.  I don’t know if that is the mechanism working for me, but I’ll take it nonetheless.  My theory is that as the liver improves and is able to do its job many other things will improve as well!

The product I’m using is Dr. Berg’s WheatGrass Juice Powder.

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Categories: Diabetes, Liver

Intensively Lowering Glucose Causes More Deaths

July 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Diabetes Interventions

UPDATE: 7/18/18. Word from my doctor is that the drugs that were assigned and maybe caused problems were of the type “Sulfonylureas” as mentioned in this article also from the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

In a study entitled Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes,  they note that after applying intensive measures to reduce blood sugars, there was found to be more death than those that lowered it a standard manner.

As a result they actually shutdown the ACCORD study several months early.  In one year the efforts in the standard and intensive group reached targets of 7.1 and 6.4 A1C.  However upon follow up it was found that those in the intensive group had higher mortality and no reduction in cardiovascular events.

Well this has me concerned, because the mechanism at play has not been determined.  The study did not differentiate between which A1C lowering intervention needed more investigation.  So now I am leery of taking additional medication to reach a target.  Rather since I do have diabetes symptoms, some people don’t, I would rather use my symptoms as a guide.

I already do not eat a high/bad carb diet, and I’ve recently found a way to exercise almost every day.  I’ll keep looking for ways to improve my health, and will continue to take medication for now.  But I’m looking forward to a response from my doctor on this!

Categories: Diabetes
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