One Foot, Then…

…the other.

The past 8 months have involved health challenges so overwhelming I can only sum it up in this way: It’s the worst I’ve experienced in over a decade, after the best I’ve experienced in over a decade.

So, in 2014, I went from best yet to worst yet. The amazing takeaway from it all is not merely a seriously upsetting reversal but a series of seriously validating revelations. In short, I know more about the systems and sources comprising my overall health picture than I ever would have known without the reversal. A gift posed as a curse, it seems.

For now, suffice to say the work to assimilate and integrate what I’ve learned has created a stall here, total silence. I’m coming out of that silence screaming. What am I screaming?

Keep your gallbladder. (This means don’t have a “cholecystectomy!”)

If it’s acting up, functioning poorly and turning your life upside down, imagine what will happen if you don’t have one at all. In my work poring over gallbladder removal refugee forums, one commenter on a post cholecystectomy forum said it all: If it’s bad with it not working properly, imagine how horrid without it. The body has a gallbladder connected to the liver for a reason.

The combination of CFS/ME relapse and ghostbladder nightmares created a total body shutdown for me this past fall. I could barely move just to do the basics. My gut was not absorbing anything. My legs shook at the slightest provocation and my symptoms escalated to include MS/ALS/GBS hauntings. Tests ruled out all the worst fears but the leftover issues have been plenty to face.

I cannot say this enough: Keep your gallbladder. If it’s not functioning well, heal it. Don’t have it cut out. You won’t be given the full picture by doctors who refuse the nutritional and holistic approach. If I had known all the risk, I would have refused this one. Research alternative nutritional approaches and healing modes and, if your budget can withstand it, find a doctor not constrained by insurance oversight. Without the gallbladder the gut goes into total imbalance and turmoil. 15 years post surgery, I hit a brick wall after year after year of challenges, patching up my resulting problems as best as I could. It wasn’t enough.

So, this week I see a doctor of functional medicine and my work to heal will take on new dimensions.

One foot, then the other… (but hey, keep your gallbladder!)

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Krill Oil for the Brain

Krill oil’s a must…

“When your omega-3 intake is inadequate, your nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation as the missing omega-3 fats are substituted with cholesterol and omega-6 instead. Once your nerve cells become rigid and inflamed, proper neurotransmission from cell to cell and within cells become compromised.

It’s thought that the unsaturated fatty acid composition of normal brain tissue is age-specific, which could imply that the older you get, the greater your need for animal-based omega-3 fat to prevent mental decline and brain degeneration.5

For example, low DHA levels have been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, and research suggests degenerative conditions can not only be prevented but also potentially reversed. For example, in one study, 485 elderly volunteers suffering from memory deficits saw significant improvement after taking 900 mg of DHA per day for 24 weeks, compared with controls.6

Another study found significant improvement in verbal fluency scores after taking 800 mg of DHA per day for four months compared with placebo.7 Furthermore, memory and rate of learning were significantly improved when DHA was combined with 12 mg of lutein per day.” Dr. Mercola

Related Link Here.

 

Dandelion Dandy

A worthy focus piece on Monsanto’s war against weeds, particularly dandelions, from Truth-Out includes the following:

“Though considered a weed by Round Up and many home/lawn owners in the United States, the dandelion is actually an incredibly nutritious food.  It’s a great source of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.  It’s replete with vitamins A, C, E, K, Niacin and Riboflavin.  Chock full of beta-carotene. The lecithin in its golden top detoxifies the liver.   The roots can be roasted to make a coffee substitute, or used in soups.  The leaves (tastiest after they first emerge for the season or after the first frost) can be eaten, as can its sweet yellow blossoms.  People use them in salads raw, boil them, fry them with bacon, marinate them in vinegar, and sauté them with fresh garlic. Did you ever notice that if you break the stem of a dandelion that a milky white liquid comes out?  Well, you can use that liquid to ease the pain of bee stings and sores.  Remember the advice of the great ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.  These vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, fight anemia, and help prevent the development of type II diabetes.  Remember the brain is a part of our body as well.  Healthy bodies mean healthy brains.  Proper nutrition prevents depression and anxiety and improves concentration.  Scientists even believe that lecithin may help combat Alzheimer’s.”

Read the whole article here.

Acid Stomach

The popular solutions provided by the healthcare community aren’t exactly optimum. Look at what Dr. Christiane Northrup has to say about it:

“Acid indigestion, also known as reflux or heartburn, occurs when your stomach acids back up into the esophagus. The standard treatment is prescribing a proton pump inhibitor to keep the stomach from producing any acid or popping an antacid to reduce symptoms. Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat ulcers, too. The problem is that your stomach acids help balance the bacterial growth in the gut. Too little acid can result in too much bacteria, which can lead to yeast overgrowth (infection) throughout the body, as well as gas and bloating.  This condition is largely the result of a highly-refined food diet, which is converted into high blood sugar too quickly.

Your body also needs stomach acids to break down minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron. Insufficient stomach acid can lead to deficiencies in these minerals as well as in vitamin B-12. It’s not uncommon for women to develop low bone mineral density (osteopenia) if they take acid blockers for long periods of time.”

Related Link Here.

Fat Burning

Dr. Rosedale has some great input on fat and fat burning…

“The energy source we want our bodies to rely on is fat. Our diet is much higher in fat than most diets prescribed today. Unfortunately, many people have a media ― or medical-induced fear of fat. This fear is misguided because society currently lumps fat into one dangerous category without looking at fats for their individual properties. While we are working on spreading the word, it is not yet common knowledge that certain fats in the right amount are good for you.

The fat we recommend you eat differs qualitatively from the usual fare of vegetable oils. Those foods usually contain damaging fats.  We recommend only what we consider “good” fats.

Remember that fat has always been and always will be essential for life. We need fat to nourish our immune system, nervous system, hormonal system, for skin integrity, to control inflammatory processes and don’t forget, to burn for energy.

Some examples of “good” fats include: raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine and macadamia, olives and olive oil and especially coconut oil and ghee. Fish, cod liver, and flax oil are great to supplement with but should not be used in cooked foods.”

Read more: http://drrosedale.com/healthplan.htm#ixzz2RCVyTtOP

The Wellness Quest…

Journeys of wholeness for the mind/body/soul don’t begin instantly for most of us. Most of us become more aware as a result of a life challenge. Then our journey begins, whether we recognize it as a journey or not. For my own story it began with low blood sugar struggles and resulting mood shifts and whole cataclysmic events altering my idea of just how much control I have over my life. And how much I don’t have. As it turns out, we all have far more control than we realize. And the more we learn, the better equipped we are to improve our lives on every level: mind/body/soul.

In my late teens and early 20’s, the struggle with low blood sugar or hypoglycemia evolved into an awareness of alternative eating styles and a keen interest in metabolism. I also had some experience with the effects of Vitamin B deficiency and resulting energy loss as well as devastating depression. Then came the bout with pneumonia in my early 20’s, changing my health forever. I was never the same. The gal who could easily get up at 5:30a.m. to go walking 3 miles, hop on a bike for long stretches of time and catapult herself up flights of stairs faded into a fever-haunted, energy-drained mess of body aches and often excruciating fatigue – to name but a few of the realities of what was unofficially (by my doctor at the time who had zero respect for the illness) diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was the early 90’s and I was lost.

But the research eventually commenced and I learned much about taking my health into my own hands. I went through the usual tortures of those seeking spiritual as well as physical transformation, combing over my inner world to see what toxic beliefs I possessed that might result in low blood sugar, CFS and overall malaise. I grew by leaps and bounds as a result. But CFS never left.

I have concluded that while it is likely true that illness begins in the soul, there are many who are ill of soul yet sound of body. Life simply isn’t fair. As a result of this observation, I continue to seek out soulful and spiritual channels of transformation and wholeness while holding firmly to a faith in solid knowledge of the body. I lean more towards the belief that our illnesses are usually a result of environmental stressors and genetic predisposition, some of which can be healed through sound wellness practices. I find it somewhat arrogant when encountering the “experts” who have never been plagued with disease or chronic illness declaring the problem is in the spirit or soul. Again, there are so many who are sick, twisted, believing the most toxic things about themselves as they leap on their bikes or run their annual 5k. It just doesn’t fit the premise, does it? But I remain somewhat open to the possibility.

So, if you’re up for the journey, enjoy The Wellness Quest and be careful not to guru my posts with pontifications of grand spiritual cures or I’ll likely pass you a heavy dose of reality. I subscribe to a rational faith married to a bit of mystical whimsy which produces these beautiful ACTIONS towards wellness. Beyond that, I truly pray for healing for all who suffer any form of illness or disability.

Be well…