“Use of qigong therapy in the detoxification of heroin addicts”

A study that might interest anyone who is going through a medication withdrawal.  Looking back, I wish I was doing more qi gong  when I went off all the meds.  I depend on qi gong now almost exclusively for any RSD-related issues I still have.

“RESULTS: Reduction of withdrawal symptoms in the qigong group occurred more rapidly than in the other groups. From day 1, the qigong group had significantly lower mean symptom scores than did the other groups (P <.01). Both the qigong and medication groups had much lower anxiety scores than did the control group (P<.01), and the qigong group had significantly lower anxiety scores than did the medication group (P<.01). All subjects had a positive response to the urine morphine test before treatment. Fifty percent of the qigong group had negative urine tests on day 3, compared to 23% in the control group and 8% in the medication group (P <.01). By day 5 of treatment, all subjects in the qigong group had negative urine tests, compared to day 9 for the medication group and day 11 for the control group.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11795622

The importance of a good sweat

I have this discussion with my cousin all the time.  She hates to sweat and wears antiperspirant. I tell her it’s an important function of the body and rubbing antiperspirant into your skin is actually dumping toxins into your body rather than what should be happening in your underarms – elimination of toxins.  Men don’t wear that crap. And women are the ones who carry babies. It is even more vital that we sweat correctly. Most women (me too) have been made to feel like they should not sweat. She is not alone in this. We are pushed these products and then everyone is out there wondering why so many people are sick.
Here’s some info about elimination:

http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Elimination_of_Toxins

And a blog specifically about the benefits of infrared sauna:

An Infrared Sauna Has the Power to Change Your Life!

People don’t seem to worry about their skin (save for wrinkles) even though it’s our largest organ. I normally try to sweat out toxins in my epsom salt baths but i think I just found a new thing to add to my arsenal for detox (and for pain). 

Yesterday I did my first infrared sauna. I chose a place that uses a normal-type sauna rather than one of those freaky pods. This was the first time for infrared sauna but a long time since my last sauna at all. I lasted 44 of the 45 minutes and it was amazing. A few years ago i sweat ALL the time and now i don’t as much. I’m usually cold. I wonder if the extra detox assistance will help me.  It felt so good to sweat like that and, honestly, my face looks so much healthier!  It calmed me and i only paid $20!  Not sure how the spa owner felt about me spending so little money there… I asked if she minded and she said we can work out a package deal for me. The massages there cost twice what i currently pay but they are supposedly done by healers so I might go for it every now and then if they are nice enough to let me just come for the sauna. I might try to make the sauna a weekly thing.

 

 

My favorite delivery just arrived.

10 el beez of epsom salt to calm my muscles, soothe inflammation, provide overall stress relief, detox me and regulate blood sugar levels (for when i have either a cupcake from Magnolia or ice cream sandwich at Joan’s later – something’s happening today).

I order this from Amazon. Sometimes i get free delivery with my Amazon Prime.Image

Good morning!

Feeling much better but now I am in the mood to watch Absolutely Fabulous all day, which, by the way, is on Amazon Prime if you have it. Great pain TV.
I think there is something wrong with people who don’t laugh at this show.
Headed to the dentist today to have fillings removed. Am a little nervous about pain but am excited to rid my body of toxins. I have contacted a place in town that does IV Nutritional Therapy to perhaps get in tomorrow to help me get the things i need to help me detox. Might as well go with the big guns than take a bunch of drops and pills that I may or may not absorb.

It’s 12:30 AM and i am WIDE awake. I am detoxing off Cymbalta.  Shoot me.  Actually, compared to other detoxes, it’s not that bad.  I will say, finally watching Homeland is helping although perhaps I should have settled in on a show that was less intense. It’s nice to be able to watch TV but I imagine blinking would be good. I liked Sargent Dick Winters (Sargent?) far better when he was fucking up some Nazis (i want to randomly yell out “Curahee!”) but I am loving this show.

When I detoxed from MS Contin and oxycodone (about a year apart), I wasn’t even really able to concentrate on TV.  I did have a weird thing when i would wake up in panic in the night (it was suggested to me this was PTSD) for several weeks after i detoxed off of oxycodone. That was fucking awful but the one thing that would soothe me was The Philadelphia Story.  I have a weird thing with old movies.  When I’m in need of comfort, I turn to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. When I want white noise when i sleep, it’s Sabrina. Apparently when i wake up suddenly in the night ready to crap my pants, I go for the other Hepburn. How fricking weird. I never thought about that.   I’m Team Audrey.  I’d rather run my eyeball full speed at your hand while you are holding a fork than listen to Katherine Hepburn ramble on. In my mind, that’s the inflection chickens have when they speak to one another in the coop.

I can’t believe that I let a doctor talk me into a medication and now I am kicking myself for it.  How is there something called a “brain zap” that doctors don’t warn you about??? A brain zap. It’s just like it sounds – like someone is electrocuting you.  Ahhh but one benefit to eating for purpose: I just ate a massive amount of dark chocolate and am chalking THAT up to helping my serotonin levels.  Or it could be why I am still awake.

I know it’s the right thing for me to go off this medication.. it didn’t make the sympathetic blocks stick much longer as we had hoped. If anything, the pain came on worse as soon as the effects wore off.  Why pay a dr to knock you out (ok i get that part), inject you with crap (ah em, Mass. sketchy compound pharmacy), take all the risks associated with having HUGE needles poking into your spine just to have a day free from pain when it comes back harder than when you started?? Sign me up!

So once my body is done detoxing and my brain unzaps, I am hoping to continue to figure this out. I am still certain that my liver is causing a lot of my issues.  Beware of milk thistle. That stuff’s powerful and apparently toxic to some – me included.

I feel like shit and it’s 1 AM on a Tuesday night and I don’t see sleep in my immediate future. But i had the best horoscope yesterday that brought me to tears earlier (not hard, I’m a freaking hormonal nightmare coming off this garbage).

ARIES Nov, 26, 2012
A mission of yours is coming full circle, Aries. This is something for which you have profound emotion and a deep longing. You may have thought that this would never be complete, and you may not believe even now that it is coming to a close. You haven’t yet felt that sense of validation or relief that comes at the end of such a long journey. But you will. Don’t keep going just because you have gotten so used to the quest. Instead, revel in your sense of accomplishment, and move on to the next part of your journey.

How fantastic is that?? Hell yeah I revel in it.  Partly this has become habit but I am obsessed for a reason. Nobody but those who have RSD are going to try like hell to cure it.  Much like other disease out there, the  big money is made on just treating. Fuck it. I want to cure it.