Wednesday, January 20, 2016

PREVENTING SHINGLES OUTBREAK
WITH GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT

Happy, healthy New Year to everyone! Once again I am pleased to share my natural health experiences in hopes that others may benefit.
A few time previously, shingles has been a topic of mine. The episodes which had plagued me are the kind without a rash, affecting my head and face with pain. This type of shingles is called, zoster sin herpete which I have written about it in past blogs. Lysine was my go to natural treatment for the longest time. While it could shorten the duration and symptoms of an attack, it really didn't prevent them as much as I wanted and needed. In March of 2014, I was dealing with a cold and added Grapefruit Seed Extract to my treatments. Continuing to use it even after my cold was gone, I noticed no new shingles attacks breaking through. A post in July confirmed that my continued use of GSE had prevented any new shingles attacks from breaking through and I remained on the regimen for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015.
Now I am very excited and happy to say, after using the extract during 2015, it kept me totally free of any shingles episodes for the entire year! This is no coincidence and nothing short of a miracle. For the first time in a couple decades I have not had to deal with the pain, fatigue and flu like symptoms. My fear of what attacks could do to my eyes and vision, has also been alleviated. 
The dosage I use is 15 drops in a small amount of water after breakfast. I used to take a probiotic with breakfast but changed it to later in the day. Because along with attacking harmful bacteria in your gut, when used on a daily basis, the GSE might affect the good bacteria as well. Not taking the two together, helps insure the effectiveness of a probiotic not being cancelled out. If I have been exposed to someone sick or large crowds, I sometimes take another dose of GSE at night time. And I will add that along with not experiencing a shingles attack for well over a year, I haven't gotten sick either!
You can see information on line of the many uses for GSE as an anti viral and anti bacterial. The brand I use is Nutribiotic Gse Liquid Concentrate. Maybe some time I will try not taking it for several days and see if a shingles attack breaks through. But for now, not dealing with the debilitating symptoms has been such a wonderful gift that I am grateful for each day!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ROTATOR CUFF INJURY and
NATURAL TREATMENTS
Discovering ways to naturally treat a new injury I am dealing with, leads to my sharing the experience in hopes of helping others. During the middle of March, my body was put to a test again. This time it was dealing with a rotator cuff injury. 
My left shoulder had been giving me some slight problems off and on through the winter months. But on the day that I reached for a set of heavy mixing bowls with my left arm, it set my shoulder "over the edge". I felt a strong pain on the inner part of the shoulder and pretty much ignored it. By evening, a dull aching was present whether the joint was moving or still. The pain became pretty intense. Using arnica tablets and the gel was the first course of action. After a few hours, this was not addressing the pain and I started taking 200 mg of ibuprofen, hoping to be able to sleep. While taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is not something I regularly do or advocate, they have their place at times to ease pain. Sleeping on my back to avoid any pressure on my shoulder also helped get me through the night. The next morning it was still a very serious problem and the limited range of motion I was experiencing, also a big concern. Having heard about "frozen shoulder", this was not something I wanted to end up with. 
Referring to  Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition, gave me some therapies to immediately try. The first one I had actually used years ago to treat tennis elbow. It involves the use of hot castor oil packs, HERITAGE PRODUCTS Castor Oil. A little bit is heated and then a clean cloth (piece of towel or t shirt) is soaked with it. This is applied to the injury, covered with plastic wrap or a bag and a heating pad is used to keep the area warm/hot for about 30 minutes. After doing this, about 30 minutes later, the area is iced for 15-20 minutes. Alternating a hot castor oil pack and an ice pack was done every couple hours throughout the day. My usual daily intake of Jarrow Formulas MSM Sulfur, 1000mg was increased to 1000 mg 4 or 5 times a day because it is a natural anti-inflammatory but I also kept taking the ibuprofen. It was Sunday and Monday I would be calling to make an appointment with my family doctor. It was important to determine if this was bursitis, a frozen shoulder, etc. The pain had lessened by Monday but my range of motion had not increased, it was very painful when forced and I didn't know it I should be moving or resting the shoulder. On Tuesday, the exam involved me attempting to move my shoulder in various positions. From this, the doctor diagnosed it was a rotator cuff injury but not yet a frozen shoulder. He suggested a steroid shot to calm down the area and a stronger non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as naproxen. I declined both and he wrote me a prescription for a stronger dose of ibuprofen which was never filled. But my request for physical therapy was approved and became the next course of action. 
The following day I was at PT, evaluated and started on a course of treatment. Two sessions the first week really helped as the therapist worked on my upper back and shoulder blades, loosening "knots" in the muscles. This along with some exercises to be done at home and icing, had me off ibuprofen by the end of the week. Continuing with MSM, PT sessions 3 times a week for the first two weeks, then 2 times for the following two weeks, led me to a full recovery of my range of motion and no pain! After my final last visit on the fourth week, my therapist was as pleased with my progress as I was. Continuing exercises at home and icing after over use of my shoulder were recommended. Nearly 6 weeks later I am happy to report all is still well with a pain free, full range of motion. 
Physical Therapy has always been high on my list of natural treatments for injuries and has proven its worth again with my rotator cuff. But I also feel avoiding the use of steroids and prescription anti inflammatory drugs allows our body to heal correctly without harmful side effects. Pain does serve its purpose when we are injured. It is the body letting us know something is wrong, needs attention/treatment and will improve with time. I know how difficult it is to believe this while in the midst of intense pain and discomfort. But it never ceases to amaze me that we can recover by doing it the safe and proper way.


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

BIOTIN FOR GRAY HAIR

This is my first post since September. Its not that I haven't had anything to write about, my energies just went in other directions. But I couldn't close out this year without saying a few, hopefully helpful, words. 
Grapefruit seed extract was discussed in a previous post as a possible new way for me to "ward off" an out break of shingles. I had been experiencing for many years the form of shingles with no rash and believe me, it does exist. Please check my post on the subject. Well, it has been a dose of 15 drops in a 1/4 cup of water, once daily for many months now and I am very happy to report again, not one incident of shingles even trying to occur! I still take a 500 mg cap of l-lysine every day but am quite convinced it is the grapefruit seed extract that is doing the job. 
This has done so much for my well being. Anyone experiencing shingles, with or without the rash, knows it can make you feel awful before, during and after an episode. It was particularly scary to me when my head, face and eyes were the painful path the virus had started to take in my body. The information I have read on grapefruit seed extract says it kills numerous bacteria and viruses. So I am wondering, without a way to really know, if it possibly killed the herpes/shingles virus in my system (even though it is supposed to remain in your body forever). Maybe in 2015, I will make a brave attempt to find out by discontinuing the extract for a couple days or week and see what happens. But right now, I am too happy not dealing with that awful virus and its debilitating effects!
The next thing worth noting is the B vitamin biotin Country Life - Biotin, 1000 mcg and its effect on gray hair. Now reversing my gray is something I did not set out to do but have been quite amazed with my findings after taking this supplement for about a year now. My hair started to gray while I was in my 20's and by my 40's it was about 1/2 of my hair growth. Not quite ready to go gray, the use of semi-permanent hair color was my choice. In my 50's I was happy to find products produced more naturally by a few companies and the one I have been using for a long time is Herbatint Hair Color . In my 60's so much of my hair was gray/white that my decision was to go lighter and lighter with the hair coloring product so new growth blended in better. Then, about 2 months ago, I noticed new hair coming in dark! As my hair grows it is even more noticeable. The only thing I could attribute this to was my taking biotin for over a year. My initial reason for its use was to keep my hair healthy and from thinning. When I noticed the dark growth and researched it a little more, I found biotin is noted to keep hair from graying. Initially, I was taking just 1mg (1000mcg) per day but during the last month started taking 1 mg 2x per day. It is important to not take too much and avoid adverse effects. I will post again on this subject after a few more months go by.
So often, conditions we experience in our bodies are linked to genetics and stress. While I won't negate those factors as causes, I really believe many of our physical disorders result from the lack of specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. I have shared 2 products being taken for different reasons and now have surprisingly found they help with something else! As you can see a long length of time led to the positive results. We need to be patient with our bodies healing, repairing and maintaining good health. 
I will be posting again in the new year. Have a wonderful holiday filled with joy and good health.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

EATING ORGANIC, EASIER THAN YOU THINK
My last post covered the importance of eating healthier, avoiding refined/processed foods while consuming more whole grains, nuts/seeds fruits and vegetables. Choosing organic products for all or most of what you eat is another important factor in not only being healthier but feeling better!
An organ in your body that will truly appreciate organic foods and products is your liver. Weighing about 4 lbs. it is the largest gland in your body and the only one capable of regenerating itself if partly damaged. Among its many functions is detoxifying the body of harmful substances including insecticide and chemical fertilizer residues, drugs, alcohol and other harmful chemicals. We are subject daily to numerous toxins in foods we eat/drink, drugs taken, alcohol, products for skin/hair, household cleaners, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Our liver works hard to remove the toxins we may have in our body from all those sources so it makes good sense to try and eliminate whatever harmful substances we can to reduce the stress on it. 
If you are taking medications, especially on a daily basis, and/or enjoying an alcoholic beverage try to lessen the amount of toxins in the food you eat.
Although I am not taking any medication or drinking alcohol, i started changing over to as many organic products as possible when I made the switch to a healthier way of eating. It just makes good sense.
Eliminating refined flour, sugar and rice/grains is a good start because of the chemicals and processing used to obtain those results. When you purchase the organic brand of a product that may have more than one ingredient, everything listed is organic. So even if you didn't make it from scratch, you are still eating something much better for you. There won't be any residues from chemical pesticides and/or fertilizers and chemical preservatives, artificial colorings, seasonings, sweeteners, etc. are also eliminated.
When shopping for fresh, frozen or canned produce, purchase as many organically grown as possible. Buying seasonal produce helps keep the cost down. Sometimes you may need a fruit or vegetable and the organic alternative isn't available. It isn't a big problem if most of what fills your grocery cart is organic. A good information source to become familiar with is the yearly published, "dirty dozen" of fruits and vegetables. Produce from the previous year is analyzed to determine the amounts of pesticide and chemical fertilizer residues found and which are at the top of the list to avoid. This year's list includes: apples, strawberries/blueberries, peaches, grapes, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, lettuce/spinach, kale, and potatoes.
I always purchase organic dairy and eggs. The cows and chickens are fed organic grains and grass and are also free of hormones and antibiotics. The same is true when eating organic poultry and beef. A good quote I once heard, "you are what you eat, eats" really helps put in perspective the importance of knowing the source of your food, how it was grown/raised and what happens to it before it gets to your mouth. When purchasing fish I make sure it is wild caught, preferably from the North Atlantic, vs. farm raised. Fish that are farm raised, aren't in the best environment before becoming food. There are some exceptions and this depends on the country/area where they are raised. You need to do your homework on this one. I do purchase canned tuna that we eat 3 or 4 times a month and try to always get Wild Planet Sustainably Caught Wild Albacore Tuna. Not only is it better for you, but also so delicious! It is pricy, so look for sales to pick up a few cans.
I buy organic olive oil to use as a finishing touch on salads, dips, etc. and cook with regular, cold pressed olive oil. Condiments, canned beans, pasta, maple syrup, nut butters, jams, flours, most herbs/spices, coffee and tea are all organic in our kitchen. The skin and hair care products I use have natural ingredients and many are organically based. All my household cleaning and laundry products are natural, phosphate free, biodegradable and without harmful chemicals except for the occasional cleanser or floor stripper. 
Often times I will hear someone say that it is too expensive to shop and eat organic. That might have been true 10 years ago. But today, stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have competitive prices and very reasonable organic store brands too. Many of the large food chains are offering more and more organic products at affordable prices. It will take a little time to learn where to shop in your area to get the best prices, but it will be well worth the effort. When eating more nutritious, good quality food, the difference in taste will be obvious and your body will be processing less toxins. Choosing healthy, organic products is choosing a healthy way to live.

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