Rest Does a Body Good!

Now this isn’t about sleep, although I have talked about it enough and the importance it plays in our overall health and well being, this is about giving your body a rest from pills, vitamins, supplements, and food.

I am truly a fan of Dr. Christopher’s philosophy of health, if you haven’t noticed that yet. In his ‘Herbal Legacy’ book, he talks about the importance of giving your body a rest from taking his herbs. Dr. Christopher says you should take them 6 days and rest on the seventh, then take them 6 weeks and rest on the 7th week and then evaluate how they are working and how you feel. If things aren’t completed cleaned up then he suggests taking them for 6 more months with the same rotations and rest on the 7 month and reevaluate again. Now I have followed that plan haphazardly at best and sometimes forgotten about it all together. Then something comes up that reminds me of the wisdom of that idea and I recommit to trying again.

One of those times was when my bio-identicals weren’t working very well. I visited my doctor and he suggested giving my body a rest for a couple of days or more and see if that would jump start their effectiveness again. Well I did and they did and Dr. Christopher’s words came to mind. Another time that reminded me of that all important rest was when I was on vacation for a week and left all my hormones, vitamins and supplements home. I was worried that I would feel badly, but just the opposite happened. I felt great and when I got home and started them up again, everything seemed to work better and I felt great.

The last big reminder of the idea that ‘rest does a body good’ is when I tried Dr. Christopher’s 3 day cleanse, (something I will discuss on another blog). It was a little hard but I wasn’t hungry. What surprised me was how invigorated I felt after, and how I craved such healthy foods. Have you ever just felt so bloated and sick of food? Well, I have and whenever I fast I feel less burdened by my own body and the heaviness of food. I have read articles where they suggest a monthly one day fast from food and water, just to give your body a rest so it won’t have to work so hard digesting things for a day and instead let your mind contemplate other things for a change. I know I have felt the benefits of a monthly fast and would recommend it to any healthy person, but not to diabetics or nursing moms.

Sometimes we just overdo things and we need to take a break or rather give our bodies a break. Try it, you might find it helps you too.

Just something to think about.

Kris

Vertigo Exercises

In my professional opinion, I believe the cytomegalovirus infiltrated the endolymph fluid which is encased in the balancing labyrinths of the inner ear. Within these labyrinths are small hair-like structures which move with changes in motion. My theory is that the virus attached to the hair-like sensors and the toxins produced by the CMV virus disrupted the normal proprioceptive function causing faulty signaling into the central nervous system. The dramatic results came when the virus was immediately destroyed by the treatment frequencies. This technology has been available since the early 1930’s but was suppressed because it was too effective and would have destroyed the pharmaceutical companies as they existed in the 1930’s.

No specific tests exist to diagnose vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. When other illnesses have been ruled out, medications are often prescribed to control nausea and to suppress dizziness during the acute phase. Examples include Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Antivert (meclizine), Phenergen (promethazine hydrochloride), Ativan (lorazepam), and Valium (diazepam). Other medications that may be prescribed are steroids (e.g., prednisone), an antiviral drug (e.g., Acyclovir), or antibiotics (e.g., amoxicillin) if a middle ear infection is present.

If treated promptly, many inner ear infections cause no permanent damage. In some cases, however, permanent loss of hearing or damage to the vestibular system can occur. If symptoms of dizziness or imbalance persist for several months, vestibular rehabilitation exercises (a form of physical therapy) may be suggested in order to retrain the brain’s ability to adjust to the vestibular imbalance, in a process known as compensation. A key component of successful adaptation is a dedicated effort to keep moving, despite the symptoms of dizziness and imbalance.

Vertigo Resolved by Bio-Frequencies

Lactose Intolerant?

Whether to drink milk or not has generated a lot of heated debate over the years. I can’t say I am on one side or the other, but I have learned a lot about the pros and cons over the years. There are many people that feel it is one of of the staples of life. You know the many references to milk and honey. Some wouldn’t live without it. Pregnant mothers are encouraged to drink it. Children should have it everyday. I grew up on it and couldn’t live without it, how can anyone live without chocolate chip cookies and milk?
But what about those who are lactose intolerant or vegans that won’t drink it? What about all the hormones that cows are given? Does that help or hurt us? Also, is pasteurized milk better than non unpasteurized milk? Do bodies really need milk? There are so many sides to this argument I hardly know where to begin, so I will give you my experiences instead.

My second daughter when she was about 1 year old started getting really sick every 6 weeks. I couldn’t seem to keep her away from the doctors office. The antibiotics never seemed to really work for long and then she would get sick again. I will always be grateful for a very insightful and caring pediatrician. I was worried and told him of my concerns; this wasn’t normal and I wanted to find out what was going on with my baby. He did some tests on her and found out she was anemic. When we met again we talked for an hour as he asked some very pointed questions and then suggested that she may be allergic to milk. It seems that milk can block some bodies ability to absorb iron and therefore makes them anemic and their bodies weaker to disease. I took her off of milk and we went to goats milk instead. She was cured. No more reoccurring illness, just a normal happy baby. She is still allergic to milk and milk products, but she is no longer anemic, but very healthy. My other children are very healthy as well and they live on milk and have never had any problems.

I use to travel to Europe quite often and as those of you that have been there yourselves know; drinking milk like we do in the USA is not the norm in Europe, in fact it is harder to find, especially in restaurants and it doesn’t taste quite the same. So usually when I am in Europe, I never drink milk. It took me a while to notice the difference of how I felt in Europe as opposed to home. I never seemed to catch colds in Europe and I never had sinus problems. Phlegm completely disappeared and I felt healthier while I was there. I could walk for a long time without getting tired or winded. I guess the thing that finally brought it to my attention was when I got back to the USA and started to drink milk again, I would usually end up sick. Now does this mean that I have similar problems to milk as my second daughter does? Was I the one who passed it on to her? I don’t know, could be. I just know that I drink milk very seldom now and I don’t get as many colds.

I bring all this up not to stop someone from drinking milk, but hopefully to help any of you that are experiencing similar symptoms and have no idea what is causing the problems, to be aware of the possibilities of what you should be checking into and what questions you could be asking your doctor.

Just some more health tips.

Kris

Mental Illness?

I know this is a touchy topic but I need to make a personal observation. I was reading about a young women who was suffering with Schizophrenia but seemed to be handling the disease very well. She credited her ability to handle it on the support she had received from family and loved ones and the medical profession. Several things came to mind as I read the article. First, there are far too many mental illnesses in this world and I am including depression in that group. I would wager that it is unparalleled from any other time in history. Secondly, I am disturbed by the number of children being diagnosed with mental illness. It makes you wonder why that is the case? Third, what is causing all of these problems, is it our culture?  And fourth, what can we do about it? If I were a scientist or researcher maybe I might be able to come up with the answers to those questions, but I am not, so I can only offer an opinion.

I think we might be more responsible for that problem than we want to admit. Could it be our lifestyles and what we take into our bodies? Yes, I know some of you will say it is biological, chemical or hereditary and we can’t do anything about it but take drugs, and maybe in some cases that is correct but I don’t believe the majority of the cases are that way. So then, could it be our reduced interaction with each other inparticularly our family? Could it be the me factor and always thinking about what can make me happy? Could it be our greed and lack of service. Could it be our coping skills. Could it be the victim mentality that nothing is ever our fault?

I don’t have the answers to all of that but I have some strong feelings. We do eat unhealthy as a society, so why would we not think there is a correlation to what we eat and our bodies becoming chemically unbalanced? The majority of people don’t get enough exercise especially children. We don’t even force physical activity on our children at school. How many parents insist their children play outside everyday instead of being in front of the computer or TV? Don’t even get me started about the lack of sunshine people get in a day. With both parents working and kids in every organized activity there is to offer when do we have time to sit down and talk to our children let alone play a game with them? Yes, we have lots of stress but how much of that is our own faults? Coping skills? Life isn’t fair so get use to it! But do we help them know how to handle it? Do we talk and really listen to each other before we have to get going and do something more important? I don’t care how many drugs you throw out there, if a person doesn’t know how to handle the ups and downs in life and realize, how the only constant thing is change, meaning things will get better, what do they have to look forward too? Hollywood has made us all think we have to have all the things they have to be happy but isn’t “true happiness” as I read once, “contentment with the little”. If you constantly think you have to have what everyone else has and that life is suppose to be fair and equal and you continually think about yourself and no one else, how then can you be happy? Do we make service a part of our lives? Just a small moment when we are thinking of others and not our self. Learn to have more positive self talk, it’s amazing how strong a force that can be in your life. Eat better, exercise, de-stress your life. If you can’t make these changes on your own then talk to a family member, a friend, a clergy, or God. Just don’t give up, there is always hope!

Just something to think about.

Kris

Crohns Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I think diseases that have  no known cure have always fascinated me and drawn me to them. I think there are several reasons for that. First, I always have hope. I strongly believe in a higher power that can help when nothing else can. Secondly, I always want to say to those who state that nothing can be done, try some alternative medicine. Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel syndrome are 2 conditions that fall under the ‘no known cure and nothing can be done about them category’. I had a reader write me about their struggles with Crohn’s disease and I have had some problems with Irritable Bowel syndrome so I thought I would add my thoughts on them today. First let me explain what each is, from the website WebMD it states that;

“Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease. Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine. But it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.

Doctors don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease. You may get it when the body’s immune system has an abnormal response to normal bacteria in your intestine. Other kinds of bacteria and viruses may also play a role in causing the disease Crohn;s disease can run in families. Your chances of getting it are higher if a close family member has it.

Secondly WebMD states that Irritable Bowel Syndrome or:

“(IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

Your symptoms may be worse or better from day to day, but your IBS will not get worse over time. IBS does not cause more serious diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.

Doctors do not know exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome. In IBS, the movement of the digestive tract does not work as it should, but there is no sign of changes in the intestines, such as inflammation or tumors. Doctors think that IBS symptoms are related to problems with the signals sent between the brain and the intestines. This causes problems with the way the muscles of the intestines move.

For some people with IBS, certain foods, stress, hormonal changes, and some antibiotics may trigger pain and other symptoms.”

I know the frustration of having a doctor tell you there is nothing they can really do or they give a medicine that the side effects are worse than the disease. So let me suggest the following: first, Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel formula is the best on the market in my opinion for getting your bowels and intestines working right again. I would recommend it for both conditions. You have to regulate it for your own body. I think Dr. Christopher recommends around 6 capsules or more a day. That was too much for me and gave me diarrhea. I mostly stick to 3 in the morning everyday. That has changed over the years, I have been using it for over 14 years, but it depends on what is happening in my diet and lifestyle as to how much I take and whether I require some at night as well. I would suggest experimenting with it and see what works for your body. It is nothing but herbs or food and it doesn’t hurt your body at all, nothing like the devastation laxatives can cause. Just remember Lower Bowel Formula is not a laxative but instead helps the digestive tract and bowels start functioning normally.

My second suggestion comes from a discovery I made when it seemed Dr Christopher’s formula  wasn’t working for me and and I was having constant diarrhea and stomach cramps. Somewhere in the back of my head I remembered reading something about pro-Biotic Acidophilus working for other things besides what I had taken it for, such as after taking antibiotics or for yeast infections. I immediately talked to one of my alternative health care resources and they said that my good bacteria was probably messed up somehow, either from stress or diet and agreed that Pro-biotic Acidophilus would help and then also suggested taking a super enzyme that would also help support a healthy digestion. The one they suggested was by a company called NOW and the product was called Super Enzymes. I took the combination for about 2 weeks and my symptoms cleared up and now Dr Christopher’s formula is working great again.

I hope these suggestions help but let me add one more thing. If you are afflicted by either condition think seriously about your lifestyle patterns, what you eat, how you exercise and sleep and the stresses in your life. I truly believe we are our own best doctors if we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.

Good luck!

Kris

Heart Attacks, Cuts and Cayenne.

Well, since I am on the subject of heart attacks, I thought I would give you some positive things you can do to hopefully prevent having a heart attack and to help after you have had one. I know about the benefits of cayenne pepper,but I had forgotten the benefits it has for the circulatory system until I was looking at Dr. Christopher’s website again. I ran a cross his statement on cayenne. This is a direct quote from that site.

“This herb is a great food for the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again, and the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal.

When the venous structure becomes loaded with sticky mucus, the blood has a harder time circulating; therefore, higher pressure forces the liquid through. Cayenne regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that it is equalized; it influences the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency of the pulse is not increased, but is given more power).”

Needless to say I started to give my husband a pill a day. I think it might be one pill everyone over 30 ought to take.

Now you might be wondering why I had cuts in the title, well, I went to an alternative health workshop where the speaker talked about how he used a cayenne paste to stop cuts from bleeding. Now I have never tried this, but he said it worked and at that point I remembered I had wanted to tell all of you about cayenne for heart attacks and figured I would add that little tidbit as well. Who knows when you might need it, besides if our health care system fails we all might have to learn to take care of our own health. I hope that never happens, but it never hurts to be prepared.

Just some interesting things to think about, and a great time to wish all mothers everywhere a happy mother’s day.

Kris

Heart Attacks

Well, I must apologize to all my readers for not posting anything for the last 3 months. It has been an interesting 3 months. Not one I would like to repeat on the one hand but filled with blessings on the other. My husband had a heart attack last November actually 2 and I just haven’t had much time to write. He is fine now, but I have become more intimately acquainted with the heart and causes of heart attacks than I really wanted to and felt it was time I shared some of that with my readers. I have come to realize that heart attacks can strike anyone at anytime and you don’t have to be a prime candidate to have that little pleasure. My husband didn’t fit the profile and they really haven’t figured out why he had one. I have my theories that I will share with you at a later time. The reason the doctors were stumped was because  he has no family history of heart disease, or diabetes, doesn’t smoke or drink, has low blood pressure and a slow heart rate; he is slender and exercises and had a cholesterol count of 177. He usually eats healthy but he did love his cokes and McDonald’s hamburgers. Now his heart attack was caused by a cholesterol blockage in the left descending ventricle that required 2 stints to open it up. As the doctor said if his friends hadn’t got him to the hospital so fast from the golf course I would have been a widow. This type of heart attack has the lovely name of widow maker. As the doctors tried to piece together the puzzle of why he had a heart attack they could really come up with only one thing; cholesterol, his triglycerides and LDL’s were on the high side  and the good HDL’s was on the low side. Now we are not talking about off the chart kind of cholesterol, simply in the range of acceptable cholesterol his was on the high and low sides. So why did he have one? My theory is McDonalds and coca cola, that and the fact that most of our foods are processed, refined and filled with additives and chemicals until our bodies can’t recognize what is food and what isn’t. I don’t think I have to say much in the way of the harm fast food can do to our bodies because “Super Size Me” did that very well, but I do have a lot to say about coke and caffiene that I will share with you next time.

Until then, go to Subway and cut down on the number of cokes you drink.

Kris

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

I ran across this AP article about SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome and felt it was worth repeating. I think everyone has heard by now that babies should not be put on their stomachs when sleeping. This simple act has cut U.S. SIDS deaths by more than half. As the article said; “Placing infants on their backs is the best advice for preventing SIDS, a still mysterious cause of death.” It goes on to give other advice, saying; ” Experts also recommend a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs and keeping infants from getting too warm.” All practical advice, but the thing that caught my eye was the articles recommendation of using a fan to circulate air. It seems researchers have found that using fans seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies.”

Well, whether it really makes a difference or not, I really can’t think of a good enough reason not to do all of those things if it just might possible safe the life of a precious new baby.

Just though you might like to know.

Kris

Harmful Drugs for Asthma

This is an update for my post on asthma and natural solutions. I was reading in the paper an AP article about the FDA investigating suicide risks of some drugs. Terribly scary thought by the way! What caught my eye was the mention of drugs for asthma on that list. Now I have mentioned that I think there are other ways to treat asthma that can help you control it, but this added strength to that argument. The article talks about 2 cases of suicide by really normal people for no apparent reason. One of them was a 15 old that was using Singulair for his allergies. His doctor assured the mother that once-a-day Singulair was better than his previous drug, so they didn’t make a connection between the drug and him becoming moody and anxious after taking it. 2 weeks later he had hanged himself in a closet.

The article says that:

“Until now, the Food and Drug Administration’s attention to the suicide risks of medications has focused on psychiatric drugs, such as antidepressants prescribed to youngsters. But this year, officials unexpectedly broadened their concerns to include a medication for asthma, drugs for controlling seizures and even one for quitting smoking.”

“….experts say the safety alarms point to a gap in the FDA’s knowledge of how drugs affect the brain.”

The article went on to say that 2 months after the incident with the 15 year old;

“Singulair updated its prescribing literature to report that some patients had experienced sucidal thinking and behavior.”

Aren’t we expecting too much from drugs? They are not always the cure-all for every ill we experience. Couldn’t it just be we need to rethink our lifestyle choices and become better consumers when we have to use drugs? I know there are benefits of certain drugs but are we testing them enough? Are we doing enough research on drugs that doctors recommend for us before we start taking them?

I don’t have the answers to all those questions, but when there is the least amount of uncertainty to the benefits of a drug, maybe we ought to go a little more slowly and if we aren’t in a life threatening situation then maybe there is a natural solution to our problems that we ought to pursue instead.

Kris

Avoiding Kidney Stones by Having Healthy Kidneys!

Well, it might not be a rite of passage, but somehow having the experience of kidney stones does seem to touch most of us at one time or another. It can effect old or young, male or female, no one seems to be exempt. Why do we have them? I have read that eating too much animal protein, taking in too much calcium, being over weight, hereditary tendencies, not drinking enough water or drinking too much soda pop can all factor in, but it doesn’t seem to matter what caused it when you are in the throes of passing a kidney stone and having the excruciating pain that accompanies it. You just have to experience that once and even if it didn’t lead to surgery you know that you never want to experience it again. So, how do we have healthy kidneys and avoid having those kidney stones? Since I have experienced this myself and have sought expert advise as well as listened to what others have done about it and the advise they have received, I have come up with the following conclusions, that have seemed to work for me and others with whom I am acquainted. First of all, drinking lots of water is important, but it is for many other health reasons as well, so you should be drinking around 64 oz. a day anyway. Second is calcium, it is important to have enough but maybe watch that you don’t take in an excessive amount. Third is watching your red meat intake. I am not going to try to dissuade people from eating red meat, just do it in moderation. Fourth is soda pop. How do we stop a national addition to soda pop? I don’t have the answers to that, but you ask patients that are on kidney dialysis and they will tell you that their doctors tell them how harmful soda pop is for their kidneys and that they should never have it again. I had one such patient tell me that the doctor told her if she had avoided soda pop all her life she probably wouldn’t have to be on dialysis now. Ouch!

OK, so we probably have already done all of those bad things to our kidneys, so how do we help our kidneys get healthy and stay that way? This is such a simple formula and works wonders. I would like to take credit for it, but my doctor gave me this little tidbit and I love it. He told me that once a month I should flush out my kidneys by drinking 1 gallon of distilled water with 10 to 12 fresh squeezed lemons in it. He said I could sweeten the drink with a natural sugar like Stevia, but I don’t like the after taste Stevia has so I sometimes put in a little white sugar. I know a real no no. Anyway, you are suppose to drink the whole gallon in one day. Again, I sometimes have trouble downing it all in a day so I might go into the second day, unless I am really hurting and then I make sure I follow the doctors orders. I also follow the advice of a friend that had kidney surgery to remove the stones, I make lemonade my choice of drinks instead of soda pop.

Heres to healthy kidneys!

Kris