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POTSies! I have brought down my heart rate during exercise!

December 10, 2012 1 comment

For those who don’t know POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.  Often found in people who have CFS and found in those who don’t…technically.  I don’t recall having had it before but after I delivered my awesome son, I decided that I MUST workout and bounceback.  So I joined a gym and didn’t make progress.  So I got a personal trainer to kick my butt.  He had us get on treadmills to warm up, and I have to tell you I could barely walk.  So I decided to test my heart rate and it was 170…walking….slowly!

 To decode POTS a bit, “P” for postural means that it is dependent on your posture.  “O” for Orthostatic means standing up.  “T” for Tachycardia means high heart rate, and Syndrome.  Typically the more distance between your feet and head, the more difficult it is to get your blood up to your head.  Normally your vessels in your feet/legs will constrict to push the blood up. But if you have POTS it is not happening.   So either you heart beats faster to get the blood up there, or you faint.  Unfortunately the fainting part can be very dangerous, but the racing heart rate can be dangerous in a longer term way. 

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Pulsometr donnay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the longest time, I thought that my high heart rate came from the thyroid medication I was taking, so I decided (all on my own) to come down off of it.  That’s another story, but suffice it to say my heart rate did not come down, and several other (bad) things happened. 

I have a great friend I walk with, on the same course. The advantage is its the same work out every day.  So I got myself a little heart monitor and started seeing how high it got.  My max value had come down to 140! What had I done in the intervening time?  About a hundred different things!

But I had a hunch.  That hunch had to do with Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). I had been on a low and slow protocol for this several times and did not think it had made any difference in my day to day life.  I did know however that it was good for the liver. But I decided to test it.  I made sure I wasn’t trying any other interventions and went through a couple rounds of this protocol.  What did I notice immediately afterwards?  My max heart rate is down to 120 on the same path.

I still get really tired, and don’t have tons of energy, but at least I can now exercise without fearing I’m going to give myself a heart attack!

MTHFR!

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Yeah, you heard me, but no, that’s not a curse word.

 Terry Wahls cures herself of MS with nutrition.  Helps her own mitochondria, using Paleo diet and

  • 3 cups of green leaves (vitamin ABCEK and minerals),
  • 3 cups of sulfur rich vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots , asparagus) ,
  • 3 cups of color (beets, carrots, peppers, berries, peaches, oranges)
  • grassfed meat (Omega-3), organ meat (liver, kidney, heart, tongue) and
  • seaweed (iodine, selenium).

What is the connection between mitochondria and MTHFR?

The above video states that , there are environmental factors (pollution, chemicals, GMO) that are assaulting the human body.  The autism community is the canary in the coal mine, and it will effect everyone eventually.  Environmental Factors and Limbic vulnerability in autism,  claims that environmental assaults through the mother or early childhood contribute to the rise in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically metabolic and mitochondrial disorders.    Jon S. Poling, a neuro doc’s daughter got encephalitic as a result of the vaccines, and therefore doesn’t want to call it autism, but vaccines damaging an underlying mitochondrial condition. So we are seeing that many problems appear to be mitochondrial problems, and these appear to assaulted by environmental factors.

Some people posit an association between the timing of the MMR jab and subsequent treatment with Acetominophen/Tylenol. That combination may impact the liver. Have you noticed that pediatricians rarely recommend children’s Tylenol, and use children’s ibuprofen instead?  And of course now there is a recall on Tylenol combined with hydrocodone because there may be too much acetaminophen in it.  These greater assaults, combined with an impacted liver require more detoxification from our body, yet with the MTHFR mutations (two in particular), we are unable to detoxify as needed.  Luckily MTHFR deficiency can be bypassed through nutrition.

So we have to clean up our act here!

PTSD

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

 Do you ever feel like you may have PTSD?  I have been known to tell myself that I do.  Not because I’m a hypochondriac but because it actually does feel like I’m different from what I used to be.  Contrast that with some people who are always like that.  What is “that” anyway?
This Mindhacks article spells out that PTSD is defined by 3 characteristics:

  1. Intrusive Memories
  2. Hyper-arousal, and
  3. Emotional Numbing

I think my memories are not intrusive but otherwise, I do feel I have the the other two symptoms, and that of course creates a barrier in relationships.  Relationships are what you need to help you through this, so this doesn’t seem like a good situation.

The Mindhacks article implies that there was no documentation of similar symptoms during the Civil War, but during that time, men didn’t really express their problems, and if they did, it was not shared, discussed, blogged.  The term “shell shocked” came into existence during WW1, and that really does sound like PTSD.  Nonetheless the point is made that PTSD during that time  (and now) may just have looked like alcoholism or depression instead.  The implication is that some people do not manifest PTSD while others do.

On the genetic side, the RORA (retinoid-related orphan receptor alpha) gene has been associated with trauma. The hypothesis is that brains that make less serotonin are then more susceptible to PTSD.

So if you have this genetic setup do what every lame article tells you: avoid stress.  Now that you have picked yourself up off the floor from laughing, let’s look at some other direct suggestions on what to do after you already have PTSD.  Generalized suggestions will follow in the next section, but I want to highlight the topics that will be coming up in subsequent posts terms of treatment.

  1. EMDR
  2. Trauma Releasing Exercise
  3. Ear Training (Polyvagal)
  4. http://www.traumahealing.com/

Now if you have the gene, how do you avoid PTSD? I know these sound obvious, so I won’t elaborate too much on these:

  • Supportive and large kind families — the larger the (and kinder) family the more likely that assisting with your symptoms will be spread out amongst several people.  But friends who are like family will help too.  Being a loner single parent is probably not the situation to be in.
  • Support your detoxification-Physical stress through lack of detoxification can also build up.  Take Vitamin C, lipoceutical glutathione, epsom salt baths, magnesium, fish oil to help support your body
  • Simplify — Our world continues to get more complex, you may have to consciously simplify to reduce points of stress. This might mean automation of certain things, but it could also mean staying off the computer!
  • Nutritious Food–this seems obvious right? Do what you can, but do more than you are already doing.  Take the proper folate to help you detoxify.
  • Meditate..no really!  It has been shown to help alleviate stress.

Once you have trauma/PTSD you stay primed for response, but the methods mentioned above may help modulate it a bit.

Greens glorious greens!

July 10, 2012 Leave a comment

We should all probably have more greens in our diets. It seems it’s more and more difficult to get them from salads so people are switching to smoothies.

How DOES one eat greens?

1) Sauted with saturated fats…yum! The traditional way, use tallow instead of lard, but add garlic and cook until wilted. The fats help digest the ADEK found in the greens.

2) Salads. Take all kinds of light greens, and mix with frankly anything. Some people hate cilantro in their salads or anywhere really. There might be a known reason for this. Cilantro is a chelator and it may move metals around your body and make things uncomfortable.

3) Smoothies. I love to go to Robek’s and get a shot of wheatgrass, which should be drunk fresh. They grow it in little crates and then juice just before serving. So i tried to to grow my own wheatgrass and tried to put it in my Champion Juicer. Epic Fail. Just today I purchased an attachment so that I could do this in the future. That and I have rainbow chard sitting in my fridge right now. You could also juice fruits and add spirulina though I’m not sure how bioavailable that is.

4) Wheatgrass. another option for wheatgrass is to buy it in large packs fresh frozen. You can use the little packets as needed. This won’t be good if you lose power like the recent Derecho caused. The only issue is that it takes time for the wheatgrass to melt sufficiently to drink it. OTOH it is grown in the ground and not little crates where the possiblity of fungus is more likely.

How else do you use greens?

Categories: Nutrition, Uncategorized

Methylation yes? Yes!

Methylation is complicated, it is involved in so many processes of your body,  and can impact the following:

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But what IS it exactly?  Methylation is the movement of a chemical compound called a “Methyl Group” that moves from one molecule to another. This movement allows the molecule to temporarily change shape and perform required biochemical functions.   When there are not enough methyl groups present, or the cofactors needed to continue the process is not availabe (like an enzyme).  These processes can slow down. 

One of the most studied genes involved in methylation is the MTHFR gene.  You can find more information about testing for the gene, increasing methyl groups, health impacts at http://www.mthfrease.com.

Categories: Methylation

Say “No” to TyleNOl

February 27, 2012 3 comments

Several years ago, I had heard that Tylenol was about the worse drug you can take because it actually reduces L-glutathione which is the master antioxidant in your body.   NPR has raised this issue again by asking if it makes asthma worse.  In the past some in the autism community had foresworn the use  of it and to use Ibuprofen instead.

Have you noticed that if you go to a pediatrician’s office they always prescribe ibuprofen and not acetomenophen?  Why is that?  Do they know something we don’t know?   Even if this is the case, sometimes your kid may have a high fever that ibuprofen does not address sufficiently.  The fever doesn’t come down enough or it doesn’t come down enough for a long enough time before the next dose of IB can be taken.  You are then told to alternate with acetomenophin….I wouldn’t do it!  See this pubmed article about the link between autism and asthma.

I’ve found that vitamin C is a sufficient anti-inflammatory for me.  In fact I did not need to take codeine after a root canal because the Vit C held back the inflammation.

Categories: Autism, Condition, Nutrition

Heart disease cause disputed

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

The traditional hypothesis is that a blockage in the arteries cause a heart attack.  however Dr. Kern believeed it was caused by excessive acid in the left ventricle.  That with poor energy conditions, acidosis occurs which causes fermentation, which then lowers Ph and this creates apoptosis. (self digestion).

Dr. Kern believed that an extract of a plant called g-Strophantinum  available in Germany under the name Strodival will limit acidosis and could help in decreasing infarctions.

The substance can be poisonous and therefore should not be taken without a knowledgeable practitioner’s guidance.  But remember too much water is not good for you either.

Another theory holds that most diseases are caused by infections agents, some recent studies show a link between a form of Chlamydia and heart attacks.  Maybe the chlamydia causes the reason for the plaque to build up in the first place. 

 

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