Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ALLERGY SHOTS, A NATURAL WAY TO TREAT ALLERGIES 


In a previous post, I have discussed my ongoing battle with allergies. They have been a part of my life since I was a child. It is not just seasonal but all year long that allergens affect my days. Dust is highest on the list, then mold, animal dander and a myriad of trees and plant pollen. There is really no escaping dust in our house even without carpets and blinds and I don't choose to spend so much of my time constantly cleaning and dusting. Summer and winter are the most difficult seasons to cope with because the house is closed up most of the time. 
A first round of allergy shots began when I was a teenager and they truly helped. But in my 20's, raising a family took time away from continuing the shots. By my mid 30's, breathing became increasingly difficult with constant nasal congestion and even some wheezing. This prompted a second round of shots which continued into my early 40's. Starting a holistic path to good health at this point, I again decided to stop the shots. Using supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies for allergy symptoms was sufficient for quite a while. Then, entering my late 50's, some of the symptoms shifted in their severity. So many nights I would wake being completely congested and have to sit up to sleep. But it was my eyes that really started to concern me. Dealing with itchy eyes was nothing new for me and that used to be more of a seasonal problem, especially late summer when ragweed was out. Instead I was now dealing with blurry, tearing, "goopy", irritated eyes that made it difficult much of the time to do close up work, read, etc. I was also concerned how that might affect my inter ocular eye pressure and eye exams for glaucoma (a post on glaucoma will soon follow). My research shows that allergies do in fact raise the pressure as well as antihistamines.

In April of 2015, I decided it was once again time to start allergy shots. The testing showed I was still allergic to all the same offenders with dust at the top of the list. So weekly trips to the allergist began and with one shot in each arm. Dust needed to be separate and to this day still gives me reactions after the shot. But the benefits have been truly dramatic. By last summer, only a matter of months into the treatment, I wasn't waking during the night because of congestion and the improvement of my allergy eye symptoms was amazing! I no longer had to constantly use homeopathic or natural eye drops. Before, an outing couldn't be made without them. My vision no longer was "impaired" so much of the time and my eye exam was proof of this.
Another added bonus from the shots is the absence of nose bleeds. During the past 18 months, they have stopped. Previous to this I would have one or more every week, some of them pretty severe. Most likely, the shots having diminished so many of my symptoms and relieved the irritation in my nasal passages and sinuses. I am so pleased and grateful.
Occasionally, I may experience some symptoms such as sneezing or minor congestion and need something for relief. Hyland's Natural Seasonal Allergy Relief Tablets is my go to in such situations. One product that is also part of my supplement routine is Ortho Molecular Product Natural D-Hist. My youngest daughter introduced me to it this year. She also has pretty severe allergies and right now, no time to see an allergist. A naturopathic doctor recommended this product and within a month, her symptoms of congestion, runny nose, wheezing, etc. have greatly diminished. The vitamins and herbs in D-Hist are a good blend for aiding the body in relieving allergy symptoms

When all is said and done, I don't foresee myself ever stopping this current round of allergy shots. For me, the relief they offer outweighs any inconvenience and without any side effects.

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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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