(PART TWO) Why is the Powerful Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored?

Part two in a two part series by David Wimble, rlcure.com

restless legs syndrome, Ekbom  In PART ONE of this article I listed how several inflammatory conditions have been tested to have a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Yet the idea of inflammation being the common link is completely ignored.

As a medically uneducated person, if I was faced with a question on an exam that stated “There are forty inflammatory conditions that show a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Based on this information, what do you think may be causing the legs to be restless?”

  1. a) abnormal use of iron by the brain
  2. b) dopamine receptors are not signalling correctly
  3. c) medications
  4. d) inflammation

The dumb me would think, “well, if they’re all inflammatory conditions, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the common link is d) inflammation.”

However, I would be wrong. In fact, according to science ALL the answers are right, except mine.

So despite my stifling ignorance, I present to you more evidence of the unshakeable link between inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome.

2. LOW IRON AND LOW DOPAMINE LEVELS

Low iron is common with RLS patients and is believed by scientists to be a primary cause of the condition. However, there is rarely any mention that inflammation can cause iron levels to lower.

Dopamine levels are also low in many cases. When you talk to someone with RLS, it’s very likely they are taking a drug called a “dopamine agonist” that helps to stabilize their dopamine levels. Again, inflammation is never considered as the true culprit even though it has been proven to alter dopamine levels.

The relationship between low iron, low dopamine levels and RLS is tightly intertwined. But for some reason, the binding member of the fearsome foursome, inflammation, is never considered a suspect.

Inflammation, aka “He Who Must Not Be Named”, seems to always be lurking in the background, but is never brought to trial.

Below are excerpts from studies that demonstrate this complex relationship:

Iron and Inflammation: “Patients with acute inflammation present altered iron status indexes that resemble those observed in the anemia of chronic disease” (Chiari et al. 1995).

Iron and RLS: “Evidence indicates that low levels of iron in the brain also may be responsible for RLS” (from “Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke).

Iron, Dopamine and RLS: “The results of our study suggest that idiopathic RLS patients may have a dysfunction of dopamine production induced by the iron deficiency in a dopamine-related specific area of the brain, and support the iron-dopamine model of this syndrome” (Soichi Mizuno et al. 2004).

“A clear link exists between iron deficiency and nigrostriatal dopamine malfunction. This link appears to play an important role in at least Restless Legs Syndrome if not several other neurological diseases” (Jellena et al. 2013).

3. STRESS, INFLAMMATION AND RLS

Now here’s something we can all relate to … stress!

The last thing someone with restless legs, getting 2 hours sleep a night, needs to hear, is that the STRESS they’re experiencing because of their condition, is actually making the symptoms WORSE.

Lately there have been many studies published showing that stress is a big time body inflamer.

Stress and Inflammation: “Psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease. Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control” (Cohen et al. 2012).

Stress and RLS: “The cause of Restless Legs Syndrome is unknown in most patients; however, stress appears to make the condition worse” (Sleep Disorders Guide www.sleepdisordersguide.com).
“Stress or emotional upset can make RLS symptoms worse” (U.S. National Library of Medicine www.nlm.nih.gov).

4. INFLAMMATION AND RLS LEVELS ARE OFTEN HIGH IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY  

Here’s a quirky fact, that on its own should be enough evidence to warrant an investigation, yet it is completely being ignored.

Studies show that there is an unusually high prevalence of both inflammation and RLS in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Inflammation: “A significant increase of proinflammatory cytokines is produced in the third trimester” (Gilbert et al. 2003).

Pregnancy and RLS: “In our study RLS prevalence increased from 0 during preconception to 23% during the third trimester of pregnancy.” (Zaffke et al. 2001).

5. INFLAMMATION LEVELS AND RLS ARE OFTEN HIGHER IN THE ELDERLY POPULATION

This is also a puzzler as to why someone hasn’t studied this correlation?

The Elderly and Inflammation: “Chronic low-grade inflammation is a fundamental characteristic of aging” (Schroecksnadel et al. 2011).

The Elderly and RLS: “RLS affects 10 to 35% of the elderly population” (Dantas et al. 2008).

6. REMEDIES THAT LESSEN BOTH INFLAMMATION AND RLS

The most popular remedies for RLS that you’ll find on the internet are Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Magnesium. As you’ll see below, they allhave anti-inflammatory properties. I have also include a few other treatments that have helped people with RLS and also have anti-inflammatory properties.

The fact is, for the FIVE years I’ve been doing this RLS research, I have yet to run across a single supplement or non-pharma treatment that has helped lessen someone’s symptoms that DOESN’T have anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are some popular remedies:

Vitamin D and Inflammation: “Vitamin D inhibits inflammatory gene signalling” (Zhang et al. 2012).

Vitamin D and RLS: “Our findings may support an association between vitamin D deficiency and RLS” (Oran et al. 2014).

Folic Acid (vitamin B11) and Inflammation: “Lab tests can also measure how much folic acid people have in their bodies. When they compare how much folic acid is present in someone’s body, they find that it is inversely related to their amount of inflammation. Typically, the lower the amount of folic acid, the greater the amount of inflammation” (Soliniet al. 2006).

Folic Acid and RLS: “High doses of folic acid (5-30 mg daily) appear to normalize folate nutriture and induce a recovery” (from “Nutritional Influences on Illness: Restless Legs Syndrome” by Melvyn R. Werbach, MD).

Valerian and Inflammation: “Valerian is a good anti-inflammatory agent helping with swelling, pain, and redness” (from “Valerian the Stress Buster” by Dr. Paul Haider).

Valerian and RLS: “The results of our study suggest that the use of 800 mg of valerian for 8 weeks improves symptoms of RLS (Cuellar and Ratcliffe. 2009).

Magnesium and Inflammation: “When magnesium levels fall researchers note a profound increase of inflammatory cytokines present, along with increased levels of histamine” (Nair and Schwartz. 1990).

Magnesium and RLS: “Both anecdotal evidence and a few scientific studies support the use of magnesium as helping with RLS” (“The Link Between Magnesium and RLS” Healthline).

Yoga and Inflammation: “Yoga improved exercise tolerance and positively affected levels of inflammatory markers” (Pullen et al. 2011).

Yoga and RLS: “Our preliminary findings suggest that yoga may be effective in attenuating RLS symptoms and symptom severity” (Innes et al. 2013).

7. RLS TRIGGERS THAT ARE ALSO INFLAMMATORY

The most common RLS triggers are sugar, fats, dairy, alcohol, gluten, starchy foods (potatoes, pasta etc.), red meat, MSG and caffeine.

I won’t bore you with more excerpts from studies. Take my word for it, they are ALL inflammatory and all of them tend to make people’s RLS symptoms WORSE.

So there you have it. I’ve gathered the evidence and presented it to you.

You may still not believe that there’s a connection between inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome.

But, like the Monk said to the Atheist, you’ll never prove that there isn’t one.

Unsure of what inflammation is? Check this out

David Wimble hosts a free information website for people suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome www.rlcure.com. David suffered from severe RLS for over 20 years until he discovered that by following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle, RLS symptoms could be lessened, and eventually disappear. David also hosts a blog and Facebook page and is always looking for RLS success stories to publish. You can contact him at david@rlcure.com

Why is the Powerful Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored?

 Part One of a two part series by David Wimble, rlcure.com

restless legs     Before I present the proof to you that Restless Legs Syndrome is caused by inflammation, I have to clarify something.

In the land of SCIENCE, I offer no real proof that any sort of link exists. Any good scientist will tell you that the information I am presenting to you is an amusing effort to make something out of nothing.

However, in the land of REALITY, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to the obvious connection between the two.

                                                             WHY ARE SCIENTISTS SO MEAN?

First we must understand how the mind of a scientist works.

David Kornreich is an assistant professor at Ithaca College in New York State. He is the founder of the “Ask An Astronomer” service at Cornell University.

When asked how many stars there are in the universe, Mr. Kornreich used a very rough estimate of 10 trillion galaxies in the universe. Multiplying that by the Milky Way’s estimated 100 billion stars results in 100 octillion stars, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or a “1” with 29 zeros after it. Kornreich emphasized that number is likely a gross underestimation, as more detailed looks at the universe will show even more galaxies (from “How Many Stars Are In The Universe?” by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com).

On a recent episode of NPR Radio’s “TED Radio Hour” an astronomer talked about the vast number of stars that exist in the universe. After the talk a scientist was interviewed and asked if she believe that there could be other life forms in the universe?

Her response was predictable. “The evidence certainly points in that direction, but I can’t say yes, because there is no proof.”

      No proof? There’s more than 500 octillion planets in the universe, and you can’t admit that there are obviously other life forms?

That’s not being scientific. That’s just being stubborn.

       PUT YOUR SCIENCE HAT IN THE CLOSET BESIDE YOUR BOWLING BALL

The truth is I completely understand why they act like that. They can’t help it. That’s just the way they were made, that’s how their mind works. They are slaves to the Empirical Rule “If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.”

So, please keep in mind, the information I’m presenting to you is food for your LOGICAL mind, not your EMPIRICAL mind.

Put your science hat away, and do your best to look at the evidence that I’m presenting to you openly, with that part of your mind that is willing to learn and welcomes solutions.

      If you are suffering from RLS, try out some of the remedies that are listed below. You don’t have to stop taking your medication. So, there’s really no risk involved at all.

                           1. MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT HAVE A HIGHER PREVALENCE OF                                                                      BOTH RLS AND INFLAMMATION

There are over 40 inflammatory conditions that have been studied and demonstrate a significantly higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome.

Even if there were only 2 inflammatory conditions that demonstrated a higher prevalence of RLS, that should be enough to raise a few eyebrows. The fact that there are over 40 and this information is still ignored, is mind-boggling!

In the now famous 2012 study by Dr. Leonard Weinstock titled “Restless Legs Syndrome: Theoretical Roles of Inflammatory and Immune Mechanisms” the connection was finally brought to light in the scientific community. But very little has been done since then.

I have corresponded several times with Dr. Weinstock and when we last talked he stated that unfortunately there is no money being made available for further studies. As widespread as it seems to be, RLS is still very low on the list of medical priorities.

However, just because the hands that feed deem it an unimportant condition, that doesn’t change the truth. There’s an obvious link that even Dr. Weinstock, and his team of fellow scientists, could not ignore.

Here are a few excerpts from studies and articles to support the idea that there is a link between RLS and inflammation:

     Alzheimer’s and Inflammation: “Our study shows that infection-induced acute or chronic inflammation significantly exacerbates tau (a protein) pathological characteristics, with chronic inflammation leading to impairments in spatial memory” (Kitazawa et al. 2011).

Alzheimer’s and RLS: “Certain specific sleep disorders are far more common in patients with Alzheimer’s. These can include sleep apnea, restless legs, altered sleep-wake cycle and abnormal movements during sleep” (Ahmed. 2011).

      Cancer and Inflammation: “Recent studies have begun to unravel molecular pathways linking inflammation and cancer” (Zhu et al. 2011).

Cancer and RLS: “The prevalence of RLS in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is 18.3%, about double of that expected in the general population” (Ostacoli et al. 2010).

   Fibromyalgia and Inflammation: “Many researchers feel that chronic inflammation along with an altered immune system may either be the cause or contribute to fibromyalgia” (Wallace et al. 2001).

Fibromyalgia and RLS: “Our study shows an association between fibromyalgia syndrome and Restless Legs Syndrome” (Yunus and Aldag. 1996).

      Multiple Sclerosis and Inflammation: “Our results strengthen the idea that the inflammatory damage correlated with MS may induce a secondary form of RLS” (Manconi et al. 2008).

Multiple Sclerosis and RLS: “RLS is significantly associated with MS, especially in patients with severe pyramidal and sensory disability” (Manconi et al. 2008).

     Obesity and Inflammation: “The discovery that obesity itself results in an inflammatory state in metabolic tissues ushered in a research field that examines the inflammatory mechanisms in obesity” (Gregor  and Hotamisligil. 2011).

Obesity and RLS: “Our study shows both overall and abdominal adiposity (the amount of body fat) are associated with increased likelihoods of having Restless Legs Syndrome” (Gao et al. 2009).

     There are many more studies that show a similar relationship including Acromegaly, Amyloidosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Ataxia, ADHD, Celiac Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Sarcoidosis, Chronic Venous Disorder, Crohn’s Disease, ryoglobulinemia, Depression, Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Heart Disease, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney Disease / Renal Failure, Liver Disease, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraines, Narcolepsy, Neuropathy, Parkinson’s, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pulmonary Hypertension, Scleroderma, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Spinal Cord Conditions, Stroke, Tourette’s Syndrome

 

     In Part TWO of this article I will take a look at the link between Restless Legs Syndrome,  inflammation and low iron levels; low dopamine levels; stress; pregnancy; aging; RLS remedies and RLS triggers.

 Unsure of what inflammation is? Check this out

David Wimble hosts a free information website for people suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome www.rlcure.com. David suffered from severe RLS for over 20 years until he discovered that by following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle, RLS symptoms could be lessened, and eventually disappear. David also hosts a blog and Facebook page and is always looking for RLS success stories to publish. You can contact him at david@rlcure.com

Curious about Removing Mercury Fillings? One Girl’s Story

Removing mercury fillings- it's easier than you think!

Removing mercury fillings- it’s easier than you think!

Recently I finally followed through with my desire to replace my amalgam cavity fillings (aka mercury fillings) with composite fillings. With so much information out there (and increasing everyday) against having amalgam fillings and about the detrimental effects of having your body exposed to the mercury from them, I decided to “bite the bullet” and get it done.

I would like to share my experience with you.

First, I needed to choose a mercury-free dentist. It is important to choose someone that has been proficiently trained to take the fillings out because there is a lot of possibility for a large amount of exposure while getting them removed.

Don’t think that because someone is a dentist that they automatically know what they are doing as far as mercury filling removal.

In fact, I had a local dentist offer to just “take them out, it won’t be a problem”, meaning that no extra safety precautions would have been used.

You can begin looking for a qualified dentist at these sites:
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology 

The Holistic Dental Association

Mercury Safe Dentists 

The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine

     In searching, the closest appropriate dentist was about 2 ½ hours away from me. I wasn’t thrilled with that as not only do I find going to a “regular” dentist quite stressful, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know if I would be in any shape to drive home after all of that.

While planning a trip to CT (my home state) to visit family, I decided to check the area to see if there was something closer…. and there sure was! About a half hour away from where I would be staying was a few mercury safe/ mercury free dentists to choose from.

I called several of the dentists in CT and asked what their protocols where and their costs. Some didn’t use quite as many safety protocols as others and some were less expensive than others.

I decided on a dentist and made an appointment. I called my dentist. They sent me my X-rays and I forwarded them to the CT dentist.

You would think that I would just sit back and wait. No, this is ME we are talking about. I made sure that my diet was wonderfully filled with lots of organic vegetables and some organic pasture raised meat. I was sure to drink plenty of water and leave out any caffeine or alcohol for the next several weeks. I also made sure that I took my vitamins faithfully (which is HUGELY important when you have MTHFR- which 50% of the population does!)

We arrived in CT on Friday and my appointment was Monday morning.

      Arriving to the appointment well hydrated and lightly fed, I had also taken activated charcoal before I left. Any mercury or other metals that I was exposed to during this procedure would (hopefully) bind to the charcoal instead of binding to me and causing me injury.

I met with the dentist and dental assistant. They both made me feel comfortable. I was put in the chair after donning a long gown. Given goggles to wear and a hair cover and then supplying me with oxygen through a “nose mask”, I knew that they knew what they were doing.

They placed a regular “dentist style” suction tube in my mouth and then laid a rubber dam across my mouth. It is kind of like a thick flat busted balloon that they stretch over your mouth. It has one hole in it to expose the tooth that they are going to work on. They had a vacuum placed on top of that to vacuum up particles, dust and vapors that would be released as he used the slow speed drill to carefully remove the fillings. It is important to remove them in as big of pieces as possible.

After putting on my headphones so that I could listen to the “Heal Faster” CD while they were working, we were all ready. I was actually very excited and happy—a first while sitting in a dentist’s chair!

One by one, he carefully removed the fillings and replaced them with composites, with 5 replacements taking about 2 hours.

Apparently there is a company that can determine which type of composite filling is right for you by checking different material’s compatibilities with your specific body. Due to time and money constraints (it’s about $300), I didn’t do this though.

Using traditional numbing meds (without epinephrine), I didn’t feel a thing (WONDERFUL!).

Total cost…. $1387.00

It IS a lot of money, but when the doctor asked me what kind of symptoms I was having and why I wanted to get the fillings out, I told him that I wasn’t aware of any particular symptoms and wanted it to stay that way… so GET THEM OUT! With a slow, long term exposure to mercury though, how could I say that any joint pain, headaches, fogginess or whatever couldn’t be related to the mercury- there is no way to know!

He mentioned that most people that come in to get them out are in health compromised states.

Please remember 3 things about that:

1. Mercury is a toxic poison to the human body.

  1. The health of the mouth gives clues to the health of the body and oral health is VERY important to overall body health.
  2. In Chinese medicine, each tooth is on a specific energy meridian. If you are having health issues, be sure to check its relation to your teeth. You may have an infection, a filling, crown or root canal on that energy meridian that can be addressed.

Here is a great interactive chart to show you what I mean.

That afternoon (after I drove home with absolutely no difficulty- just like a regular trip to the dentist), I went to my mom’s house, where I was staying, and did a coffee enema . Coffee enemas are a great way to increase glutathione in the body. Glutathione is the “mother” of all antioxidants. It can “recharge” them after they have been used up.

After that, I headed to a cousin’s house and hopped in their sauna. Using a sauna and sweating profusely is a great way to rid the body of heavy metals like mercury. I also used the activated charcoal for another 24 hours.

Although the doctor had warned me about the possibility of having “flu symptoms”- due to any mercury or mercury vapors getting in my system during the procedure- I felt great and never missed a beat. I continued on my regular supplements, including NAC- N-Acetyl Cysteine (a glutathione precursor), Vitamin D and increasing Vitamin C and chlorella, and showed no signs of exposure.

Perhaps I went a little overboard trying to plan and control any mercury exposure I had?

I don’t care. I used benign treatments and supplements that didn’t injure my body in any way and according to my body (not having any symptoms) did a pretty good job.

Now that’s a job that is “once and done”. I will NEVER have another amalgam filling, so no more will need to be removed. Maybe if I keep to Ramiel Nagel’s protocol in “Cure Tooth Decay”, perhaps I will never have another cavity- EVER, or at least be able to remineralize a tooth if I do!

Believe it or not, I have also worried about the idea of my passing and if my fillings would be dealt with properly. I don’t want to injure any individual OR the environment while I am alive OR while I’m dead. I have peace of mind about that too now.

I would encourage anyone to do your research and to get those amalgams removed. To me, as far as cost…. you either pay now ($) or pay later with your health.

Overcoming the fear of the procedure, the costs and planning properly to get it done, while half way through the procedure, they gave me (and them) a break. All I could do is smile and keep telling them “I’m so proud of me and I’m so happy for my body”.  I don’t know if they thought I was nuts as I kept repeating, but I know it was the right thing for me.

I hope that this information will help you determine that it is right for you.

Could Use Some Help :) !

Grant Money to Advance Mind/Body Connection Research

Grant Money to Advance Mind/Body Connection Program and Research

I have spent some time recently trying to find a small grant that would allow me to bring the “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” program to the Myrtle Beach area. Using the mind/body connection and the research proven idea that relaxation can speed healing, reduce pain medication use and get people home faster (and feeling better) after surgery. It can also be used to enhance chemotherapy treatments and decrease its side effects.

 I’m not having much luck!

I would like to raise enough money to fund the books/CDs for the programs as well as the instruction so that it would be a win ( free for the patient) and win (save $ for the hospital) situation. With positive feedback, the hospital     would then want to include/encourage the                                                                                                      program as part of their services.

                                                                 Does anyone have any ideas??

A Priceless Gift you can Give Your Family that Doesn’t Cost a Dime

Like many of my friends before me, I have recently experienced the death of a parent.

When my Dad was 60 years old, he was an alcoholic that could just about take care of himself; not someone you could particularly be proud of—although my friends used to think he was “a good time” and a good guy.

One day he was given a gift, his right leg was amputated.

At this point you’re wondering if that was a typo – how could losing a leg be a gift?

He had chest pain and went to the VA hospital to be treated for his second heart attack, the first was when he was 45. During his stay he needed a chest tube. Unbeknownst to all, when the chest tube was put in, his spleen got nicked and he “bled out” as it is said in hospital lingo. They didn’t realize it until he went into respiratory arrest. They ran him to surgery and did a splenectomy. He had lost so much blood that the vessels collapsed in his groin and legs (nothing to hold them open… THAT’S how much blood he lost) and when they perfused him with blood only one leg’s vessels opened.

My family and I watched in horror for days waiting to find out just how high the amputation had to be. Dad was out of it and had no idea that he would soon lose his leg. Unfortunately and ultimately it had to be above the knee.

He stayed in the hospital recovering from everything for 4 months- definitely long enough to get through DT’s from drinking and smoking.

He came home just a whisper of a man.

I kept waiting for “the other shoe to drop” (was that punny?) and for him to grieve the loss of his leg, but he NEVER did. NEVER. NOT ONCE. NOT EVER.

He explained to me that although it would be seen as a loss to others, that he viewed it as being a gift. He knew that if he continued to live his life the way he was, that his life would be short, unproductive and that his quality of life would continue to deteriorate. Although his daily struggles would be different now, his quality of life would be much greater.

That was 18 years ago and right up until the end he was very “happy” that he had lost his leg. The experience did “shake him in his boots” though (another pun?) because he realized how precious and fragile life is. He began thinking about things like living wills, advanced directives, health care power of attorneys, wills and burial plots. Our first conversation seemed a little strange because it was normal to make a comment or two about “when I die”, but I wasn’t used to “talking about it”.

We videotaped him telling stories about him growing up on the farm, his parents and grandparents and being in the army with Elvis Presley (one of his favorite stories). He began telling people how much he loved them and how he appreciated them. He became generous with his money and time. One of his favorite things to do was to take someone on a cruise so that he could go gamble and to spend time with them. I went several times as well as my husband, kids, sister, aunt and uncle and even Mom (even though they had been divorced since the 80s and she had been remarried for 25 years!)

He really became a Dad that you could be VERY proud of!

So much so that when we moved from CT to SC, we asked Daddy if he wanted to move with us! We built him an attached handicapped accessible apartment which he absolutely loved and was able to enjoy for 9 happy years.

After the first year we were in CT he asked that I make an appointment with the funeral home. It worried me a little…. did he “know something” that I didn’t? We went and he picked out his casket, plot, headstone (including which font for Pete’s sake!)… he told them which newspapers he would like to be “featured” in, he even chose to have military honors.

He had such a “good time” with it that he budded a very strong friendship with the cemetery man and they would take turns visiting each other either at the house or at the cemetery so he could see how his “property” was doing.

He would ask me to go every now and then. He had me take pictures of him next to his headstone. I think he thought it was “cool”. He even asked if I thought it would be neat if he hopped off his scooter and laid down in front of the headstone and take a picture, because that’s the way “it would be” (I thought it was kind of gross and besides cracking up at the big grin on his face, couldn’t see the humor in it).

Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing creepy or disturbing about any of this, it was just a fact of life. He didn’t dwell on dying as it may sound, he actually appreciated every day. Someone would ask him how he was doing and he would say “I woke up today, so it’s a good day!”

He worked every day outside. He drove the banana yellow golf cart slowly around the yard picking up every single pine cone and stick. He found it relaxing. He visited neighbors and threw fish food out to the pond fish and (even though we always yelled at him about it) threw fish food to the chickens and ducks too. When the Canadian geese would come, he would feed those too. The same geese came and got to know Dad, they came running when they saw the golf cart as did our favorite chicken with the BEST personality in the whole-wide-world, Eagle. “Eags” would come running across the yard and end up IN the golf cart with Dad and would patiently wait for a treat!

At the time of his death, Daddy had endured the leg amputation, 2 strokes, 3 heart attacks and 3 bouts of cancer. Not knowing how accurate we were, we affectionately referred to him as “9 lives” for years. Dad passed away the middle of May after an unexpected twelve day illness. I was hoping we could strike up the new nickname “10 lives”, but it wasn’t to be.

Until it was “close to the end”, Daddy had his wits about him. At different stages, he changed his desires for his advanced directives. If it could “be great” it was in the fact that I never had to make those difficult decisions, he ran the show. He was so brave! I can only aspire to be as brave.

When we were through with our visiting after he passed (after midnight), I called (now OUR friend) the “cemetery guy” because in a small town one person wears many hats. He also works for the funeral home and told me to “let him know when” because he would be honored to care for Daddy.

At a time when my family and I were already overwhelmed by the “sudden” loss, we were released from so many difficult decisions. We never had to worry about “what would Dad want?”, he had already decided. I can’t imagine having to make so many decisions in a time of such grief.

 I believe that it was one of the greatest gifts he could have ever given me.

As they say, there are only 2 sure things in life: death and taxes. Just because some may bury their heads in the sand and “not want to talk about it”, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen.

We even had a word document that had all of his “prized possessions” listed on it and who he wanted them to go to. Every few years I would drag it out and say “anything change?” and revise it—just as he wanted (then I would have him sign it so whoever saw it knew that these were his wishes).

If you are brave enough to make these decisions, know that they are not “set in stone” (well, for the most part anyway…. gosh, I am so punny today :)  ). You can change a will, any advanced directives, living wills, where you would like to “be”, your casket or urn, which newspapers to be in and any other details you can think of. As life changes, we change and your choices may change as well.

I know it can be scary to think of our own passing or the passing of our loved ones. The first time you talk about it can be very uncomfortable. The more you speak of it however, the more it becomes “no biggie”, just a fact of life.

Again, I can’t tell you what a gift it was that I knew that everything was just as HE wanted it, not just as “I thought he wanted it” – which can be VERY different.

Below are a few websites to help you along. If you can manage ANY part of it, even if it is just to write your wishes and leave them in your bedside table so that they can easily be found and you can change them daily if you want.

Do it.

Do it for yourself and especially for the ones you love. They will TRULY appreciate it. 

advanced directives, living will, health care power of attorney, POA, burial , funeral home

Once again, Thank you Daddy. I love you and I miss you!

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      * Note: I have never used any of these sites so be sure to check them out thoroughly. You can get a free Advanced Directives or Living Will form from your local hospital as well. For personal property, I just put everything into a word document and had him sign it- you can also have it sealed by a Notary Public.

Reversing a fibrocystic breast condition…And they said it couldn’t happen!

     

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Underwear can impede lymphatic flow

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with                    “ fibrocystic breast condition”, or FCC. That means that every month when I do my monthly breast exam, I weave through a minefield of “gobs”, if you will, in hopes that I will not find a dreaded lump. I wondered how I would be able to tell the difference—until I found that dreaded lump. It was definitely different from the rest.

I had a gynecologist’s appointment just a few months away, so I watched it to see what it was doing. It would get larger mid-cycle and a little smaller by the time my menses began. At its largest, it was the size of a dried garbanzo bean. Historically, when something occurs with my body, I don’t panic, I usually just “check it out” for a while and come to a decision as to my plan of action.

It probably sounds strange not to “run” to the doctor right away, but I have a reasonable relationship with my body and so far we have been getting along—mostly.

When I went to the doctor, she said that she thought that it was a firmer version of the condition because it was only “somewhat hard” and because of its size variability. She asked that I have a mammogram (she’s knows enough about me at this point not to “tell” me to have one as I have done too much research to feel comfortable getting a yearly scan) and I believe that having a problem is quite different than purposefully allowing yearly radiation to the very sensitive tissue of my breasts (25,000 cases of breast cancer a year may be caused by routine yearly mammograms according to “The Breast Health Summit” talks).

The mammogram stated what we had figured—that it was the Fibrocystic breast changes.

The doctor said “Great” and I said “That’s terrible!” Why shouldn’t I be happy? After all, I was in the clear of the dreaded diagnosis… right? Well, in a way….

When you have FCC, your body is telling you that there is inflammation… that your body, in particular your breasts which are in many ways “barometers” to the rest of your body, are “clogged up” and not working properly. Just as a menstruating female’s uterus “gets ready” for a possible baby to embed in it, the breasts also “get ready” for that same baby. Often the breasts become tender and full right before menstruation in preparation. When pregnancy doesn’t occur, another hormone shift occurs “getting you back to normal” by “planned death”, or apoptosis, of those cells.  If hormones are imbalanced or if the “drainage system” of your breasts is compromised, that inflammation and those dead cells remain in the breasts and can eventually result in FCC.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “inflammation”, I freak and do anything that I can to reduce it.

Wondering why? Check this out!

In Chinese Medicine, the more that energy doesn’t flow properly… the more it stagnates or “clogs up”, the more “solid” that stagnation becomes, in this case becoming thickened, scarred glandular tissue in the breasts (which, for many, are quite painful).

Again researching, (research IS my middle name J ), I decided to see if I could lessen the problem long before anticipated because FCC usually lessens or dissipates with menopause due to the decrease in hormone production that causes the whole cycle we spoke of earlier.

But my hormones show no sign of budging at this point, and I’m not waiting while my body is clearing showing that it is NOT happy!

     I have read a lot about going bra-less and as I am too conditioned to be able to be bra-less in public, I vowed to “let ‘em be free”  whenever otherwise possible. My husband loved the idea (typical man!). Your lymph nodes, or your body’s “drainage system” of sorts has many nodes located in your armpits and around your breasts. If you take off your bra at night and see even the slightest pink constriction marks, you are impeding that drainage system and ultimately encouraging that inflammation.

Take it off ladies! At least as much as possible!

I also understand that part of what can cause this issue is excess estrogen that remains in the breasts, again a drainage issue.

Like Sting sings “Free, free, set them free.”

     Another bonus to “going au naturale”? Just like any other underutilized muscle or connective tissue in your body—if your bra holds them up, your body doesn’t have to—and it gets lazy. You can actually improve their “position on your body” by making the tissues around them work to hold them up!

“Holistic Hannah” that I am over here, I also started using essential oils to aid in the process. I chose grapefruit and frankincense essential oils which are high in monoterpines, a chemical that acts as a decongestive to the whole body. I would rub the oils into my breasts whenever I would remember—1 to 3 times a day on some days and honestly I would forget on others. (Be sure to do research on how to properly use essential oils, they are potent stuff!)

The difference between October when I had the mammogram and now? I just saw the doctor last week for a follow up. She was absolutely amazed! She said my FCC was almost non-existent and that the garbanzo bean is almost undetectable. She said, “Whatever you are doing, KEEP IT UP” and “by the way, what ARE you doing?” I told her that “I let go of the chains (actually fabric) that bound me” and that I smelled beautiful every day (LOVE the essential oils smells!).

I also had a follow up ultrasound for those pesky uterine fibroids.

      She said, “Great! Those stayed exactly the same”.

     I said, “Nope, terrible”.

     Here we go again! If bras constrict lymphatic flow to the breasts, what do you think undies do to the lymph system in your groin?

Yep, you got it… I’m starting off by dropping them and “going commando”…..

Who wants to join me?

Vertigo: Get back on your feet with a few simple movements

         

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With vertigo, your brain can’t tell if you’re right-side-up, or up-side-down!

 Vertigo affects hundreds of thousands of people a year in the United States alone.

It is like taking an unending ride on a spinning top, like being extremely drunk while never having had a drink. Daily functioning is almost impossible and many are hold up in their beds, often vomiting.

While there are many reasons for vertigo, and many that can be helped with the proper treatment, today we will learn about one kind: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, also known as BPPV or BPV. In short, it is a fancy way of saying “non life threatening episodes of spinning due to moving the body in certain positions”.

 BPPV affects approximately 160,000 people a year in the US and is the cause of about 20% of episodes of dizziness.

Balance is controlled by the inner ear.

There is a “round ball”, called the utricle that has 3 very tiny semicircular bone structures attached to it. Normally, there are very tiny crystals of calcium that reside in the utricle. They let the brain know “where you are in space”. When these crystals become dislodged and get stuck in one of the semicircles, the brain loses its ability to understand exactly where you are in space and “tries very hard” to figure it out, thus causing an intense spinning feeling.

The calcium crystals can move due to a respiratory illness, bacteria, a virus or a blow to the head. In the elderly, it can be caused by deterioration of the balancing system. Also, BPPV can be “idiopathic”, or without cause.

          While there are medications that can help decrease the spinning sensation, there is a simple, highly effective positioning technique called the “Epley maneuver” or the “Canalith Repositioning Procedure” that can be done at home or in an office.

By moving the body in a specific way, the lodged crystals can become loosened, brought back around the semicircle and back into the utricle, like winning a child’s positional ball bearing puzzle game.

While I could confuse you with written instruction on the Epley maneuver, as you know, a YouTube is worth a thousand words! (so click on the link!)

If you have ANY history of neck or back injury, be sure to have this procedure done by a professional!

Have YOU had any issues with dizziness and vertigo??

Learn how to Truly Heal®

Truly Heal logo 1 on pageNo two bodies are the same.

No two illnesses are the same.

For example, two people have a cold. One feels hot with a scratchy throat, aches and pains, and the other is bundled like a mummy, congested and sneezing.

The same is true for two individuals battling cancer, even if it is the same type of cancer.

Each will have different factors that “got them there” and each will have different symptoms and issues- yet they will be drawn down the same path toward the same three treatments: surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Just as we are unique and individual- so are our illnesses- and proper healthcare should take that into consideration.

Having a diagnosis of cancer means that for a considerable period of time, the body’s immune system has been “looking the other way”. If it had been functioning properly, it would have destroyed the cells while they were still small in number and completely undetectable.

There are innumerable reasons for the immune system to not be working at its best. Without removing those reasons, even a “cured cancer” has a good chance of returning.

marcus pic 2Marcus Freudenmann is a healthcare and wellness pioneer. He has been interviewing doctors and researching cancer cures for more than a decade. Author of “Healing Cancer with Common Sense” and producer of the movie “Cancer is Curable Now”, Marcus has also put together a four part program called Truly Heal

The Truly Heal program helps to uncover physical, emotional and spiritual causes for that break in communication with the immune system and helps people learn how to get that communication back, allowing the body to “truly heal”.

With the opening of the 2nd Truly Heal clinic this month in Germany, Marcus is starting a Truly Heal world tour that will bring him from Florida to New York, Chicago, through the heartland of America to San Francisco, San Diego and Hawaii.

While main stream cancer treatment is a billion dollar industry, teaching people how to remove physical and emotional toxins, supplement deficiencies and develop health provoking habits and attitudes in order to balance and truly heal the body- is not.

A grassroots effort, the Truly Heal concept is taking flight. Marcus believes that with well documented, wide spread information, the overall health of communities, states and ultimately countries, can improve.

Marcus provides free 2 ½ hour lectures to introduce Truly Heal concepts to groups at churches and community centers and 1 day workshops that delve deep into each of the program’s “energy bodies”.

His ultimate vision is to have Truly Heal coaches and clinics throughout the United States and the world, spreading information and treating the underlying causes of many diseases, including cancer. In preparation, he also offers Truly Heal coaching retreats and an online program to become a Truly Heal coach.

If you would like to help with the world tour, would like Marcus to come to your area or would simply like to know more, be sure to check his website for more information.

Become part of the Truly Heal movement… and Spread the Health.