Fighting Thyroid Problems

The issues of thyroid have been a concern for me for many years. And I really thought I had discussed just about all aspects of what to do, but I find myself rethinking some premises I have had. Now I haven’t changed from the premise that many modern day illnesses area because a persons thyroid is not working as well as it should or that natural ways to treat thyroid are the very best. What has slightly shifted for me is the when. When should someone start taking medication for thyroid problems. We have become a society of quick fixes and that a pill whether natural or not is the best approach. But is that always the case? Should the health care professionals of all sorts first try foods and supplements before they prescribe a medication? Now don’t get me wrong I am not against Armour Thyroid. I feel it is the best alternative to Synthroid and other thyroid pharmaceuticals on the market, however do we start it too soon, before we have tried whole foods or supplements.

The problem with starting medication as soon as we discover that we have a thyroid problem is that once we start taking the medication, what has been working on the thyroid slowly stops working as well and begins to let the medication do all the work, so our thyroid just continues to get weaker. Now supposedly that isn’t serious because we have the medication to do the job, but is that really the best choice? Could we help our thyroid to function better if we tried other things first, such as kelp? Now kelp has iodine and you have to be careful how much you take and the same goes with putting a touch of real iodine on your sternum as I know some people do. But would that make the difference from dependency on medication to a better functioning thyroid? I really don’t know. I am on the Armour Thyroid route and I dare say I will probably stay on it because my thyroid is now smaller than it was, but if I could give my readers something to consider or to try before they make that choice then maybe this paradigm shift on my part is a good thing.

Just something to think about.

Kris

An Apple a Day….?

I read an interesting article on the internet about acid reflux and a natural cure. I am sure you have all heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away but why did the saying come about?

The February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine includes this:

“A Pembrokeshire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

A number of variants of the rhyme were in circulation around the turn of the 20th century. In 1913, Elizabeth Wright recorded a Devonian dialect version and also first known record of the version we use now, in Rustic Speech and Folk-lore:

“Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An’ you’ll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away.”

So why are apples so great?  In an article by Amy Hunter on the Discovery Fit and Health website she lists the following things about the benefits of Apples.

  • Pectin — Pectin is a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. It can also lower the levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in the body. Pectin, like other forms of fiber, helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Apples are an excellent source of pectin.
  • Boron — A nutrient found in abundance in apples, boron supports strong bones and a healthy brain.
  • Quercetin — A flavonoid, this nutrient shows promise for reducing the risk of various cancers, including cancers in the lungs and breast. It may also reduce free radical damage. Free radicals develop when atoms in the body’s cells have unpaired electrons, which can lead to damage to different parts of the cell, including DNA. Quercetin may neutralize free radical damage, which has been implicated in a variety of age-related health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Vitamin C — Vitamin C boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.
  • Phytonutrients — Apples are rich in a variety of phytonutrients, including vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These compounds fight damage from free radicals and can have a profound affect on health, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
  • Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay. They’re also low in calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food. When a food is low in calorie density you can eat good size portions of the food for relatively few calories. In addition, apples are affordable and readily available.

    That is quite an impressive list. I have always known how good apples are for you I just didn’t know they could also help Acid Reflux.  Looking at Amy’s list however, I think I can see a relationship. Anyway this author said his father had always had very painful reflux all his life and then by accident one evening he ate an apple before retiring for the night and slept like a baby and as long as he had an apple a day he was free from Acid Reflux. Now the article went on to say they had found other ways to actually cure it but they were trying to sell me something and I didn’t buy. But I did find the apple idea intriguing and decided to try it one night when I had heartburn. Well, all I can say is that I didn’t have any trouble sleeping and when I awoke in the morning my heartburn was gone. Does it work? Well, those of you out there that have Acid Reflux try it and let me know.

    Just some more things to think about.

Kris

Flu Season!

It is starting already. The body aches, fever, stuffy nose and drainage down the back of the throat that makes the throat raw and sore. It spreads like wild fire among the masses and seems to hit you at least a couple of times a year. Now I am sure some of you get flu shots and don’t get the flu or just a mild case of it, but I don’t believe in flu shots because of my past experiences with it so I just take my chances each year. Now some might think that is foolish but I have the remedy for the flu down pat so I just don’t worry about it. So for those of you that like to go with natural remedies I thought I would share my recipe for beating the flu or at least minimizing it. Here it is.

First sign of symptoms I spray my throat with Zicam. Don’t use the nose spray because they have found evidence of it interfering with your sense of smell. Just get the throat spray and use it several times a day. It will take away any sore throat you might have and you won’t experience it again if you use it for the duration of the flu. I use Xlear nose spray next and I never have to worry about not being able to breathe. I still have to blow my nose a lot but I can sleep without the stuffiness. Next I take Elderberry in concentrated form. New Chapter is my favorite but it is expensive. I then take Zinc, increase my dose of Vitamin C and take Kyolic Garlic. I also take a supplement that one of my health care professionals developed called 10 Day Results – Get-Well Stay-Well. It is amazing how fast I rebound. I don’t feel great the first 2 days but I can handle work just fine after that and though I don’t have much energy the flu is usually completely gone in a week and a half and I know I feel better than most people with the flu.

Hope you will give it a try. Let me know if it works for you.

Kris

Stress and the Adrenal Gland!

I have waited on writing this post for sometime because I wanted to make sure my posts were finally going out to all my subscribers. I feel that this is one of the greatest finds I have ever discovered. It has so dramatically changed my life that I want to share it with others and hopefully give them a little bit of the same feeling.

Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, or seasonal blues have all been in some small part a constant companion in my life since college. For most of my life they have just been bothersome symptoms that I have had to learn to deal with or live with because I wasn’t going to let them ruin my life. I am a happy person and love life and I think if you asked my friends they would all say the same thing, however, there was always this battle I would have to fight to maintain that equilibrium through various times of the year. For those of you that have had any of those kinds of symptoms you know what I am talking about, but I want to make this clear, what I discovered isn’t just for those who have suffered with depression it is for anyone that has ever been in a stressful situation and who hasn’t had one of those situations in their life?

Let me go back about 4 months ago. I was really having a hard time with anxiety or depression. I wasn’t sure which because there was again no reason I should be feeling this way. I was taking Bio-Identicals, Vitamin B3, and I was running a half marathon. Things were going great in my life so why this struggle? All I knew was that I couldn’t shut off my brain. It would go all day and night. Constantly worrying, going over things that really didn’t matter and in general making it feel as if I had voices in my head. Now that is a scary statement, but I am not crazy even though at times it felt that way. I am big on reasoning things out and figuring out what is wrong or going off track and this one had me puzzled. Why after all I knew and all I was taking was I still not able to control these feelings. I actual had a lot of sympathy for those with mental disorders of any kind. I just knew I had to find an answer. I was not going to live my life this way anymore and I definitely was not going to take any drugs to try to relieve the symptoms. So I trotted off to one my favorite health food stores and as I opened the door the first thing I saw was a big sign right in front to me that said” Having anxiety?” Makes me a believer of signs! I said OK now we’re getting somewhere. So I walked over to the product and picked one up. I looked at the ingredients and it was a mix of several herbs but the main ingredient was the Vitamin B complex. Well, I knew that Vitamin B complex is often referred to as the happy pill and I hadn’t been taking it for a while, so that could be part of the problem but deep inside I knew it wasn’t the complete answer. I had taken the B Complex a lot in my life, what I needed to know was what were the other ingredients for and so I asked for help. The answer he gave me caused a great epiphany or paradigm shift in my brain. He said it was for the adrenal gland and instantly I knew what my problem had been since college. OK, so that might be a little simplistic because I know how much all the other things have contributed to my good health, but this was for all the so called emotional symptoms I had suffered from all my life. Now of course I am not a doctor but I know what the adrenal gland is for and so I raced home to do a little more research. The first thing I pulled up, amazingly, gave me the answer. It was a little thing called Adrenal burnout syndrome. Simply put, the adrenal gland isn’t working anymore. As I am sure most of you know when ever we are in a stressful situation our adrenal gland kicks in, it is that flight or fight kind of thing. The problem is when we abuse it by not getting enough sleep or by what we eat and drink and when we never get any relief from really stressful situations, the adrenal gland wears out and doesn’t know how to shut off. So we get those feelings of anxiety or depression or panic attacks or maybe some of those mental issues for which I have great sympathy.

I hope I am helping you see the connection here. We here in America live fast paced stressful lives and we have horrible eating habits. We also never get enough sleep, so why would we think that if we are constantly calling on the adrenal glad to help us, that over time it wouldn’t just wear out and burn up so to speak. Well the answer hit me like a ton of bricks and I knew this was what had happened to me. I started to take the product and could see a small improvement but it wasn’t curing it. So I called my hormone doctor and told him what I had discovered and he said I was absolutely right but if it is that bad you will need a more concentrated product that is actual adrenal gland tissue it self. Sounds yucky but I didn’t care if it worked I’d try anything.

Well, I am not sure how to end this post, to say it worked is an understatement. It was literally a miracle for me. I haven’t felt one of those symptoms since, now don’t get me wrong it won’t stop you from having stressful situations or reacting to those situations, but it will help you to cope with them in a normal way and sleep…? Well the voices or rather my voice has stopped acting so crazy in my head and I find myself just shaking my head when something stressful happens and I calmly respond. That has just not been my normal response since college. I know that it will take a while for my adrenal gland to be 100% and that I will need to help by what I eat and drink but the future looks hopeful and bright and free from anxiety or depression and that is saying something for me!

I truly hope you have a great day!

Kris

Leg Cramps! Not Restless Legs?

I don’t know how many of you suffer from leg cramps and I am not talking about Restless Legs here or are they related? If the conditions are not related maybe the results of treatment are? Anyway, what led me to this discovery was the kind of muscle cramps that jerk you awake and shoot you out of bed in the middle of the night kind of leg cramps. I am not sure when mine started but sometimes it feels as if I have always had them. I’ve tried many things over the years to stop them but no one thing seems to give me consistent relief. I have learned a couple of things to avoid; sitting with my legs in one position for a long time and then suddenly moving or letting my feet get really cold. I have also learned a couple of things to do; stretch out before I go to bed and take calcium, magnesium and potassium before I go to bed. These things work most of the time, but lately they seemed to get worse and not to respond to my normal form of treatment. So I talked to one of my alternative health care sources and they gave me two things that seem to be making a difference. The first one is taking a spoonful of liquid trace minerals everyday. These are all natural pH-balanced minerals that our bodies need but which we seem to always be a little low in with our western diet. They are magnesium, chloride, sodium, potassium, sulfate, lithium and boron. The company that makes this particular product is “Liquimins” by Trace Minerals Research. The second one is magnesium oil. I just rub it on the areas that usually cramp the most at night. It is amazing the results I have with both of them. Each alone did not work as well as they did together and I also noticed a very exciting side effect.  It came in a little side bonus from the magnesium oil. I found that it not only helped my leg cramps but my other little aches and pains that I would experience in my hips and back when I would go to bed. When I rubbed the magnesium oil into those areas as well, I found I no longer felt those aches at night and slept much more deeply. Both of the products seem to have made a difference and now I am no longer jolted out of bed at night. So back to my question of leg cramps and not Restless Legs; could these minerals also help with Restless legs? I think it is a good possibility, at least it is worth a try.

I would love to know if anyone else has similar reactions to these minerals and would love to hear about your results.

Kris

Udo’s 3-6-9 Fish Oil Blend

I don’t know if any one else hates and I do mean hates to swallow those huge fish oil pills then I have great news for you. I am sure you have heard all the evidence of how beneficial omega fish oils are for our health and since I am very concerned with healthy life styles I have constantly tried to get as many of those omega fish oils down as I could. However, every time I’ve tried to swallow one of those beasts I would nearly choke and then my resolution to take more of them would fade and I would just try to add more fish to my diet. Now I love fish and I thought I was probably getting enough until one of my favorite alternative health care professionals said I probably wasn’t getting enough and introduced me to Udo’s 3-6-9 fish oil blend. I told him I just couldn’t swallow those large pills, so he gave me the actual oil instead. I know what that sounds like, swallowing  a spoonful of oil straight doesn’t sound much better than taking a pill, and it isn’t unless you put it in a smoothie in the morning and then you don’t even knows it’s there. I have been taking one tablespoon every morning for a month now and the the results are astounding. Probably the most dramatic change is in my intestines and bowels. I have been taking Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel formula for 20 years and have loved it but I haven’t been able to get off of it without everything getting messed up again. With the addition of Udo’s Blend my bowels have been better than they have in years. I have cut the number of Lower Bowel capsules I take by 75% and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I have also noticed that my very dry skin has not been as itchy this last month. Now if that bit of information isn’t enough to get you to try Udo’s fish oil then let me add here the many other health benefits that fish oil can bring to our overall health.  I found a nice list of benefit’s on the website: http://www.fish-oil-advice.com/benefits-of-fish-oil/ and decided to list them here. The top 20 proven health benefits of fish oil. 1.  Eases depression 2. Lowers Cholesterol 3. Lowers triglyceride levels 4. Reduces inflammation in the body 5. Eliminates joint pain 6. Improves your skin 7.  Promotes weight loss 8. May prevent Schizophrenia 9. Improves brain function in babies 10. Increases your focus 11. Reduces Post-partum depression 12. Improves vision 13. Reduces soreness from weight training 14. Reduces risk of heart attacks 15.  May slow breast tumor growth 16. Provides relief from Crohn’s disease and Colitis 17. Eases the effects of Alzheimer’s disease 18. Helps treat ulcers 19. Stabilizes mood and 20. Even helps mans best friend.

I think it is worth your time to read the website and the explanations of each benefit and also to get on udo’s website at http://www.udoerasmus.com. I know a list like that can sound too good to be true, but remember this is all healthy stuff and even if you only receive 2 or 3 of those benefits wouldn’t it be worth it? It has been for me and I am looking forward to other changes in my health. Just remember, this list of 20 is much better than the list of possible side effects you might get from the drugs you take for any of the ailments that they have on that list. So why not give healthy and natural a chance?

Kris

Aloe Vera

Sorry to my readers for my long hiatus. I was was getting a little discouraged trying to get things set up the way I wanted to and then life just seemed to get in the way and a year and a half passed by in a blur. However, I never stopped collecting more health stories to tell, in fact I have so many now it is overwhelming, but I don’t want to forget the things I have learned and if I don’t record them now I know I will forget them. So this first one is a short simple one and it is one I learned a long time ago and had forgotten until my confidence in  running a half marathon made me stupidly dauntless in running down a mountain where my coordination failed. After limping home holding a bleeding scraped arm and hand and hurting all over after having scrubbed and disinfected with hydrogen peroxide, I wished fervently I could find someway to stop the pain. I tried aspirin, Tylenol and antibiotic cream but nothing seemed to relieve the pain. Then after a sleepless night  I remembered a coworker I had had many years ago that had been in a motorcycle accident without a helmet. He had  used pure Aloe Vera on his face day and night and had come out completely scar free. I also remembered I had done the same thing for my daughter when she was run over by a 4 wheeler and had road rash all over her body. She also was mostly scar free, only 2 small scars were left on her arm and knee. So, I pulled out my Aloe Vera and smothered my scrapes, now I had forgotten that at first it can sting a little bit but the soothing relief spread instantly down my arm and I have not really been bothered with it since. Oh, my arm is still tender and I am careful not to bump it but the relief from the pain I felt was immediate and truly dramatic.

If you haven’t ever used pure Aloe Vera I highly recommend it, it has been used for burns with amazing results for years and now you can add relief from road rash to it’s list of benefits. I would recommend buying it from a health food store but if you can’t find one look for bottles in regular stores that say 100% Aloe Vera, they have other ingredients but they can still be helpful.

Something more to think about.

Kris

Diet and Depression!

How is it that our country as a whole cannot connect the dots to our eating habits and our current health problems. Is it just laziness? Is it that we have overindulged ourselves so much in everything that we refuse to limit, deprive, or deny ourselves anything? I hope that many of you read the article in Parade magazine about how diet can affect depression. I concur wholeheartedly. We are what we eat, is an old saying, but so true. We are literally eating ourselves to death. How many times do we need to be told that we should consume more fish, fruit and vegetables, to stop eating fast foods and prepared packaged foods? I would like to quote from the article that was about the research study of the diets of British civil servants and depression.

The researchers noted the “protective effect” of a whole-food diet. Conversely, they said, a diet of precessed meats, sweetened desserts, fried foods, refined cereals, and high-fat dairy products, “seems to be deleterious for depression.”

So what could be the reasons for this?

The researchers raised several possibilities: Perhaps it is the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, thought to protect cells from damage; the folic acid in leafy greens, which affects brain tissue; or the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, present in certain brain membranes. Or, they speculated , the benefits may be cumulative.

I think is ironic that things that taste so good are destroying our health. Refined sugar and flours have been linked to so many health problems. I always think about Dr Christopher and his story about his arthritis symptoms and how they became almost intolerable whenever he had even a little bit of sugar. He said because he had such severe arthritis that when he ate any refined sugar he would be in a wheelchair the next day.

I know it is a daily struggle because they taste good and they are convenient. I fight the same battle, but just maybe it is time to start fighting the battle for our health.

Just some more things to think about.

Kris

The Benefits of Vitamin D3

I know it has been a while since I have added a blog, but my own health has been out of whack for a while. It is that lovely thyroid. I will explain more in another blog, but today I wanted to tell you how amazing Vitamin D3 is for the winter blues and that seasonal affected disorder or SAD. I have always struggled with feeling really down and depressed in January and February. It seems I always forget I do get that way until it strikes me right after Christmas. Then I remember I always feel down and it isn’t any new problem I have. Just that realization helps, but I can still feel the tug of depression even though I understand where it is coming from. I usually increase my exercise routine and try to go to a tanning booth. I try to eat more healthy and those 3 things combined together really help a lot until spring comes and I can get outside more. Well this year has been totally different! I started on VitmainD3 in the fall and have been taking about 4000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. It is now January the 17th I have not had a single bout of  SAD or any kind of depression. Needless to say I am flabbergasted. I have never had a winter like this one. I haven’t done anything different in my routine except for the vitamin D3. I just  can’t sing the praises of Vitamin D3 enough. Such a simple natural thing to handle the problem instead of all the money and drugs we have thrown at it for years with very little effect and lots of side effects.  I hope that you will give it a try. My doctor has said everyone in north America should be taking it in the winter; that we all could benefit from it and now I am a firm believer!

Another great thing to think about.

Kris

H1N1 Swine Flu

Just a quick thought. I am really not sure if the H1N1 immunization is worth getting for all  it’s many risks and for most people not being able to get a shot anyway because of government incompetence maybe a better choice would be the following once a day.

  • Elderberry supplement
  • 2000 iu to 5000 iu’s of Vitamin D3
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B complex
  • L-Lysine
  • Sunshine and exercise
  • I also love Xlear nose spray and Zicam mouth spray only

Hope you all have a flu free season or at least a very mild one.

Kris