Wheatgrass

My new obsession.  I wondered if something that builds red blood cells and cleansed blood would help a condition in which blood flow is such an issue. I have had blood letting done and i have seen what some of the funky blood looks like and it’s clear why it wasn’t flowing so well.  I’ve been drinking shots of fresh wheatgrass juice every other day or sometimes a few days in a row for about a month or so now. I feel so much better on days i have it and the day after. If i go a few days without, I certainly feel it.

Read the link about potential benefits. Supposedly some people can be highly allergic but not necessarily those with gluten issues because of when the grass is juiced. I have some gluten sensitivity and the wheatgrass does not elicit a funky gluten response in me at all.  In fact, I think it’s made that better for me.

http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

 

Epsom salt crosses skin barrier: a study

A study for those who cannot believe that soaking in Epsom salt can affect your magnesium levels.  So many people who wear patches to quit smoking or  lidocaine patches (or stronger) to control pain roll their eyes at the suggestion that soaking in magnesium sulfate could increase your levels of …magnesium and sulfate. 🙂 Here you go! Love this!! 

I have had slightly higher inflammation levels this week and I have been doing a lot of soaks.  Incidentally, when I first started to really improve after surgery, it was right after i started Epsom soaks several times a week.  I do not regularly do them several times a week but certainly when I feel a bit off and that my body is starting to feel more inflamed, I head to CVS for a big bag of Epsom Salts.  

This pops up as a pdf so here’s the meat of it:

Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin
Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

Magnesium

Magnesium levels in blood are very tightly controlled. Of 19 subjects, all except 3 showed a rise in magnesium concentrations in plasma, though this was small in some cases. The values before the first bath were, mean 104.68 ± 20.76 ppm/ml; after the first bath the mean was 114.08 ± 25.83 ppm/ml. Continuation of bathing for 7 days in all except 2 individuals gave a rise to a mean of 140.98 ± 17.00ppm/ml. Prolonged soaking in Epsom salts therefore increases blood magnesium concentrations. Measurement of magnesium levels in urine showed a rise from the control level, mean 94.81 ± 44.26 ppm/ml to 198.93 ± 97.52 ppm/ml after the first bath. Those individuals where the blood magnesium levels were not increased had correspondingly large increases in urinary magnesium showing that the magnesium ions had crossed the skin barrier and had been excreted via the kidney, presumably because the blood levels were already optimal. Generally, urinary magnesium levels 24h after the first bath fell from the initial values found after day 1 (mean 118. 43 ± 51.95) suggesting some retention of magnesium in tissues after bathing as blood levels were still high.Measurement of magnesium levels in urine 24h after the 7th bath gave values almost back to control levels.

Sulfate
Free inorganic sulfate levels in plasma rose in all subjects after bathing in Epsom salts (mean pre-bath, 3.28 nmol/mg protein ± 1.40, 2h after 1st bath, mean 5.59 nmol/mg protein ± 3.08). In some individuals, the level post-bath reached > 9 nmol/mg protein. The plasma levels after 7 days showed a mean of 3.57 nmol/mg protein ± 1.70, lower than the peak value, suggesting that sulfate stores in the body were being filled. Analysis of the urine samples again showed an increase in sulfate concentrations (pre-bath mean 623.74 ± 352.34 nmols/ml, 2h post bath 1093.30 ± 388.79 nmoles/ml, 24h after 1st bath 899.83 ± 483.16 nmols/ml. Sulfate excretion in urine in some individuals was only slightly higher after 7 days bathing than the pre-bath levels.

 (1.) “Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin“, Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

Food to Improve Inflammation Levels

I am so empowered by articles and blogs like this one.  I do feel it for myself that if I eat things for my brain and for my liver,  I feel a whole lot better overall and my RSD symptoms are much fewer.  Leafy greens, cabbage and avocados. Lots of avocados. I feel those are the foods that help me the most (in addition to fish and eggs).  Also last night after I had sushi and green tea for dinner there may or may not have been marshmallow Peeps in my belly.

The portion of this most important for RSDers, I think, is Paragraph 3 of this link: “A plant-based diet improves inflammation, weight, and vascular health.”

“A recent research group in Pennsylvania studied 63 individuals with heart disease who followed the Ornish program and compared them to a group of 63 people who did not follow any particular program. While the control group experienced no improvement in health, the Ornish group lost weight and blood pressure fell by about 10%.

At 12 weeks, researchers found that 26 genes were exhibiting different activity in the Ornish group. After a year, 143 genes were doing the same. The genes that promoted inflammation and blood vessel injury were significantly reduced in activity. The control group showed no improvements as they maintained their standard diet during the year.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13477/how-the-food-you-eat-changes-your-genes.html

 

 

Turmeric

I am back at a few turmeric capsules a day and i notice a difference in my inflammation levels. Here’s an interesting article about it and this specifically caught my eye:

“Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Among people aged 70 to 79, the rate is less than one-quarter that of the United States.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/turmeric-health-have-a-happy-new-year_b_798328.html

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for RSD

I was introduced to the benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (“ACV”) by my qi gong healer a few years ago. It took me a while to agree to drink it. It’s freaking gross. BUT, the benefits have been so amazing that I now always have some in the house. Remember to dilute it and rinse your mouth after (do NOT brush your teeth right away). While it goes in super acidic, it actually makes the body more alkaline.  It has worked so well for me before, at one point it completely turned off the burning in my legs. The only issue was, at that point, I had to stop drinking it because my body no longer accepted the ACV presumably because I started to affect my body’s PH too much. So it is something I do not use all the time but I think many people do a few tablespoons daily without issue. Frankly, i think I got greedy and drank too much of it once I saw how much it helped the burning in my legs.

Currently I am trying to drink it every day in order to help me lower the acidity in my body and hopefully help me lose this extra weight.  Additionally, i have started using it in some of my epsom salt baths. My skin feels amazingly clean after.  The ACV is supposed to draw toxins out. Remember to drink RAW apple cider vinegar “with the mother” which is the cloudy good stuff in the bottle. Bragg’s really is the only good brand i have found. I am super proud that i once beat the stomach flu that took out my entire office for days and i cut a sinus infection in half using this stuff. It’s legit. Here are some of the amazing things it is believed to do:

1.  Helps to clear acne
2.  Promotes digestion as the acetic acid content slows down the digestion of starch which can lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
3.  Natural cure for constipation by improving bowel irregularity and removing toxins from the body at a faster rate
4.  High in minerals and potassium to help slow down the ageing process of your skin – potassium also protects your teeth, prevents hair loss and stops those runny noses
5.  Helps to reduce sinus infections and sore throats
6.  Encourages the growth of healthy bacteria within your body
7.  Eases menstrual cramps
8.  The pectin content helps regulate blood pressure while reducing bad cholesterol
9.  Protects against food poisoning
10. Fights allergies in both humans and animals
11. Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise
12. Strengthens the immune system
13. Increases stamina
14. Alleviates symptoms of arthritis and gout
15. Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
16. The malic acid content introduces those important anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
17. The calcium content helps to improve bone and teeth health
18. The ash for alkaline content helps your body maintain correct pH levels for a healthy alkaline state
19. Provides a natural remedy for heartburn, acting as a replacement for those toxic heartburn medications
20. Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion
21. Raw apple cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness
22. Helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them and can also help to reduce levels of glucose

Source:

http://www.amoils.com/health-blog/22-good-health-reasons-to-keep-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar-in-your-home-22-good-health-reasons-to-keep-raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/

Remember, I am NOT a doctor. This is just something that has worked for me. Do your own research and ask your doctor.

 

Could these foods be making your pain worse?

Here’s a great list of foods that may be increasing your inflammation. Do you have arthritis? RSD? Just want to be healthy? There is a lot of information out there to suggest that these foods are making your life a little bit harder.

I can say for myself that i have noticed a big inflammatory increase when i have allowed myself to go carb crazy.  I am very picky about my carbs for that reason. If i am going to splurge, i generally make it count (read: visit to Joan’s on Third). And i shy away from cheese more than I’d like to. But I truly believe limiting these foods has meant less pain for me.

Click the link for the 10 foods.

http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm

Celery for pain

Did you know that celery fights inflammation? I just had a virgin blood mary for lunch. I LOVE the spicy V8 juice with a bunch of celery for a yummy treat.  If you’re thinking it’d be way better with some voddy, i feel the same way.

“we’ve seen research showing the ability of celery juice and celery extracts to lower the activity of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), as well as the activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). Decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin 1B (IL-1B) and interleukin 8 (IL-8) have also been seen in these studies. All of these four messaging molecules play a key role in the body’s inflammatory responses, and keeping them in check is an important step in the prevention of unwanted inflammation.”

Here’s some good info on celery.  Click the link.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14

High Dose C May Lower CRP Levels

Very interesting blog… I am very excited to get my CRP retaken (a pro-inflammatory marker) next week and compare now that i have done nearly two months of high dose IVC. 

“The Riordan Clinic has long been interested in the use of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at millimolar concentrations (attainable via intravenous infusions) to treat illnesses associated with inflammation, including cancer, atherosclerosis, and viral infections.  At high doses, vitamin C has been shown to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.”

“The effect of intravenous vitamin C (IVC) treatment on subjects with RA demonstrated that IVC therapy with dosages of 7.5 g-50g can reduce inflammation and the pain levels. The inflammation as measured by C-reactive protein levels was decreased on average by 44 %.”

http://www.fiorillobarbell.com/2012/12/08/2956/

Here is a link to the study.

http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/articles/MRI-v01n02-p26.pdf

IV Vitamin C – Week 5 Report

I wanted to give a little report now that i am more than half way through my IV C vitamin therapy. It’s hard to measure pain because it is so affected by just about everything you do. But here’s what I’ve noticed:

— I work from home as a result of my RSD.  Normally if I put too many hours in or things are too stressful, I end up exhausted  and in a ton of pain. I often then end my work day.  The last few weeks have been crazy at work. I worked all last weekend. It’s been hectic and stressful. But, I haven’t had any days where my pain has been out of control and I have put more hours in than i otherwise normally can.  I have had far more energy.  This, to me, is amazing since one of my biggest gripes about RSD is the fatigue from pain.

— I have a small patch of eczema on one of my fingers. If you’re not looking for it, you’d probably not notice it. It has been much smoother since I started the IV C. On the days i have IV C, it looks like normal skin.  Considering eczema is an inflammatory symptom, I’m excited to actually SEE a difference.

— There is one thing that’s bizarre but also makes sense. I think the day after the infusion my immune system is stimulated. That feeling goes away. I have no idea if other people even perceive that feeling at all or i’ve become way too in touch with my body.

— It’s funny that what i call stress is different than what other people do. I now see the slightest pull on my reserve as stress. I try my hardest not to let things hit me or to run around like i need to be somewhere as if my life depended on it. It doesn’t. I know that any stress is triggering an inflammatory response. I felt my inflammation go bananas last Friday night (from work) and i made an immediate appointment for swedish massage. It was amazing and turned it right off.  AND she restored my neuro signal for a little bit and i even jogged (ok “jogged”) home in the rain for a block after.

I think the biggest test will be to see how my bloodtests come back next month. Hopefully there will be changes to my previously abnormal test results (but in the right direction). 

Remission

No, not me.  Not yet.  Soon enough. 😉

This woman’s story brought tears to my eyes. I especially could relate to the feeling of coming out of a remission. I had a few months of remission in late 2010 and when i hurt myself in physical therapy i knew what was happening and it was horrible.   You beat it !  And then you haven’t.  It was hard to explain to others and I didn’t even want to talk about it. 

It’s interesting that people often go into remission for just a few months which is how long the effects of ketamine infusions usually last. Is it a cellular turnover issue? Maybe we need to live in bubbles like John Travolta until enough time passes before we put ourselves into a situation where we can get hurt.  Not enough people get that reference. More people get Bubble Boy. But the John Travolta/Mr. Brady movie was so horrifically bad that it begs to be mocked (not mocking the poor fictional kid with a compromised immune system – I’m not a total animal).

GMI – winning with CRPS