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Medications, Depression and Food Matters

“One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive and 3/4 of what you eat keeps your doctor alive.”

Take it from someone who’s immunity barrier broke from antidepressants, stimulants, narcotic anxiety medicine, migraine meds, birth control, and antibiotics.  You can say the long, drawn out, collective doctor-prescribed use abuse of medications, without him ever suggestion that maybe you’re having a food reaction to the crap that you eat…is the beginning of malnutrition.  Malnutrition, on a cellular level, is the birth of disease. If you don’t have cancer, heart disease, arthritis, migraines, IBS, PTDS, ADHD, etc… you name it: you don’t have to.  It’s so hard to begin prevention when you can’t forsee yourself with chronic illness, everyday fatigue, or something embarrassing as erectile dysfunction or yeast infections.  But start tiny and small, just by opening your mind to a different way of equipping our bodies of healing themselves.  You might forego these problems without having to feel old, sick, slow and tired, as you age.  But the one thing people don’t relate to food often is depression.

Depression

When I was around 16, during the pubescent years as my mother claims, I began to display many issues of a nervous stomach, and following that, a negative outlook and anxious depression. There wasn’t as much sadness as there was anxiety, but eventually being in one low state of mind can lead to another. No one could understood what was happening, this was all new stuff in the Spanish community. I saw gastro doctors, I saw psychiatrists, respectively. The gastro was quick to put me on a health diet. I lost weight and felt good.  Until I started eating normally again.  The psychiatrist was quick to diagnose me as OCD and Depressive. Never mind asking that my symptoms would happen immediately after eating. Almost anything. At a time where doctors were trusted, I started popping the pills. I needed relief from my increasingly troubled teenage mind. I only grew worse. And what’s even worse is that I started believing the hype and using the misdiagnosed label to explain my erratic behavior almost as an excuse. My poor family went through hell dealing with this little angel who was suddenly emotionally volatile and unpredictable.  It was no way to grow up.  Of course, I wasn’t always down.  Some days were great, but steadily it got harder to deal with the sluggishness and the side effects of the drugs they were pushing on me.

Fast forward to moving out at 19, the dreaded 21 and up years when the mix of antidepressants and alcohol gleefully gave the psychiatrist reason to label me bipolar (another hype I totally bought into because I was relieved there was an answer for my anxiety), and stopping at about 26, no doctors had bothered to make the connection that I might be reacting to the burgers and Oreos I pounded down as a teen, that maybe eating Vaca Frita “fried cow” was slowly debilitating my metabolism, that all the Kool-Aid and Ramen Noodles had MSG, colors, and chemicals that will slowly zap your neurons and freak out your natural body processes.  No one told me to take a vitamin or eat a vegetable.  All the books I ravaged through to find my answers barely hinted at diet.  They spoke of obvious food allergies, but not nutrition in general.  All throughout these medications, I never ever felt stable for longer than the first two days that a new med will zone you out.  Or as long as it takes an Adderall to wear out.

In short, my immune was compromised since the beginning by food. As early as infancy, the overload of toxins and chemicals start setting up the strength of your healing ability for the rest of your life. Some with blessed metabolisms will clean out these toxins and delay disease until they are older, so it is understandable they feel untouchable when they eat at Subway and don’t spaz out from all the nitrates and preservatives added to the meats and breads.  They never gain a pound and are pictures of apparent health (as was my husband until about age 30. Now he’s drinking vegetable smoothies with me). Some of us like the chemicals believe it or not.  Boy did I love me some Red Bull aspartame rushes and purple Pixie Stix! Some of us though, start getting ill young and can be easily be confused -even by trained psychologists- as emotional problems.    As mentioned earlier, I had health diets here and there.  I slowly incorporated new habits of healthy eating as I learned things.  I did the South Beach Diet when I was 19.  I was vegetarian and vegan for months at a time.  But culturally, it was hard to keep up with and the accumulated toxins from previous years were already dug in deep.  If your gut (where the most of your immune lies) is not being strengthen and fed well, the mind and body connection are aware of it and will cave eventually.

Come 26 years old, right before my wedding, started the migraines. I had already reduced working out because of joint and muscle pain. I started suspecting something was incredibly wrong. This was the first time it hit me, when the Neuro doctor asked me if I was reacting to foods, to MSG in particular. I started paying attention to what I ate. This is when the great Red#40 dawned on me.  I didn’t know much about the hazards of food, even though already having been through a large vegan stint in which I felt fabulous, had read Skinny Bitch (in efforts to lose even more weight on top of working out, I stumbled into this deceivingly but awesome fowl-mouthed book detailing in excruciating details everything that was wrong with animal products), and heard that certain preservatives can cause behavioral problems in children.  I knew it was real somewhere in the world, but not me.  I was always physically health aside from being pudgy, a few gastro problems, and having mental health issues, which who doesn’t? Right???

Wrong.  After the wedding …and I mean, right after the wedding!!!…  is when the barrier broke and all the tiny chronic issues amounted to one autoimmune inflammation disease.  Barely able to hold a job, stand for an hour, and drive to a store. Poor husband had a newlywed cripple in the house and we were both unsure of how to go about this.  I decided to drop the migraine medicine which seemed to have destroyed the last bit of immune I had left.  I battled with antibiotics because of infections that were becoming resistant.  At doctors’ insistence, I just needed to take more antibiotics, weakening and depleting my immune more.

Until… I found a Rheumatologist that had more integral view:  I was put on the anti-inflammatory diet.  I dropped Adderall (the stimulant drug for lack of focus), refused all antibiotics, and flushed the migraine medicines.  Half of my symptoms declined.  I kissed gluten goodbye and suddenly I could see and think clearly! Recently, I dropped dairy and the inflammation is significantly reduced.  Not just the swelling, but actual weight.  I can breath, not even registering that I wasn’t breathing optimally before.  My skin has cleared up nicely, a few wrinkles have reduced, and the flaky patchy problems are almost gone.  Hormones seemed to be balanced, there is energy coming through, and though Lupus is still raging a war in my body, I’m winning most of the battles.  I have a hard time imagining how I ever used to be such a depressed, and disturbed child.  If you discount our enemy, PMS, my mind and mental state if stronger than ever.  I’m a pretty damn optimistic person.  On no synthetic medications at all. (There’s no cure for my sarcasm and dark humor though).

Moral of the story, and there are many:

  • Don’t attribute all of your problems on life, and yourself, and others. Forgive yourself easier because the root of underlying problems may surprise you, even absolve you.
  • Check your diet.  Drop one food at a time for two weeks and see how you feel. Do your symptoms get better? Do you have more energy?  Are you regular?
  • Don’t trust doctors and medication. Not that your doctor isn’t trained well.  He just is not trained in nutrition.  If you watch the video links I gave you, you will find that they hardly touch the subject in medical school.  That is, if you don’t want to read this shocker: What The Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know. I was devastated to find out the our caretakers were being manipulated by a money making machine.  Our friend Merck has dreams that we stay ill to keep his profits up.
  • Do your research.  Goes hand in hand with the previous two points.
  • Rely on nature.  One thing we forget (or were never taught) is that you can’t just turn off a problem with a pill, we can help our bodies heal themselves.  It’s pretty miraculous really.
  • It’s hard work to protect yourself and the ones we love from the dangers of the world, but its doable if you can find, admit the problems, and create change.
  • Add your own….
For those who are genuinely experiencing non-food related depression, meaning you digest well, your stress levels are regulated, there is nothing of significant distress, trauma or abuse, sleep enough, and aren’t narcissistic living an empty life, this is a genuine imbalance and it is believed these imbalances begin not in the brain, but vitamin deficiencies.  They could also be malfunctions in the adrenal system if it seems to come on pretty suddenly (hormonal imbalances).
From the same video shown above, Food Matters, please watch this excerpt below.  For anyone taking antidepressants, even antipsychotics as they now have you believe this is a great addition to your ‘other pill’ that can’t get the job done, and not getting enough results, and too many side effects, there is a reason these medications will not work long term.  Where do I get off saying that? Oh you know, just having taken every medication known to Glasko and Pfizer!!! There are natural alternative ways:

For anyone curious of trying this (you can take on top of your antidepressant) please see link below for instructions on how to increase a Niacin (Vitamin B-3) supplement.  You have nothing to lose except a few bucks.  I know someone trying this and the gradual results are extremely promising.  And as usual, eating healthier always helps the healing process.

http://www.foodmatters.tv/_webapp_417125/How_to_Take_Niacin_-Vitamin_B3-_for_Depression_and_Anxiety

Dr. Hoffer’s story on how Niacin treatment was successful, but rejected, as a treatment for alcoholism (rooted by depression and anxiety).

http://doctoryourself.com/hoffer_niacin.html

Note: I used to feel self conscious about talking about depression.  It wasn’t yet outwardly common.  It bared a heavy stigma.  Today, so many people are going through these conditions that we joke about our need for valiums and xanax in our coffee.  However, the stigma still lives.  I don’t feel self-conscious about it any more and that is why it took me so long to actually write about depression.  Especially when I went through a few ups and downs after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.  Just as much as society needs to embrace a new understanding of nutrition, cleansing (detoxing and colonics, oh yes, i said colonics), and natural healing, we need to accept that many of us are sick emotionally and mentally.  Our friends and family are going through depressions whether they wear it on their sleeves or not, whether they’re getting medical attention for it or not.  I spent a long life battling emotions and except for the valid and occasional I’m-sick-of-it-all days,  by trial and error and lots of research, I have come across natural and simple ways to improve life quality (Even while still being crippled on some days).  Do not neglect yourself or loved ones if they’re are struggling with depression symptoms.  

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor or a trained professional.  These suggestions and methods are all based on personal research and experience.  Everyone’s physical make up is different and may are subject to individual conditions.  Any changes in your diet and supplemental health should be done at your own risk while consulting a health professional.  Unless you’re like me and do it without anyone’s approval.  

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New Website Location….Go there!

http://housewifingaround.blogspot.com/

Remember reading my bio where I had made the goal of blogging for adventure, but with ulterior motive, to monetize from spilling out my guts, feelings, and little adventures in health and early relationships???

It has been done.  The switch is being made! Thank you for the 4,122 visits to this humble wesbite.  I beg  invite my regular readers to follow me from this wonderful website host, WordPress, to Blogspot from Blogger, to achieve the dreams a cripple can only do from the comfort of her living room.  (Pull handicap card: Check).

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If you read occasionally and are on the fence about my semi-organized expression style and occasionally awful grammar and syntax error (which drives me insane too, it’s not all about you), but are interested in reading someone else’s surreal, yet averagely real, fall from grace to get your mind off of yours, you must please follow my link and subscribe to my Google and Amazon affiliated blog.  Oh? did I mention Google and Amazon will be trying to sell you junk while I discourse about sugarless cookies and alopecia?

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Yes, my money makers  faithful public! I need your help to possibly make some extra money and gain some credentials in the world of the Google Internet.  Taking 14-minimum organic supplements a day just so that I have enough clarity to stop bumping into walls, locking keys in cars, and feeding myself raw foods and fun-free desserts (surprising more expensive that eating Krafts Easy Mac n Cheese or Big Macs), is turning out to be bankruptive*, notwithstanding that Starbucks is a nostalgic memory of the past.  And did I mention I got laid off???

*bankruptive: noun \ˈbaŋk-(ˌ)rəpt\iv 1: the process of suddenly nearing the economic pitfalls of poverty due to an onslaught of modern woes, i.e. trending organic foods, juicing, overpriced coffee houses, sulfate-free shampoo, discount stores exploitative child labor.

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While I teeter on the verge of peddling, on the more serious side, I do intend to lose the Call of Full-Time one day, in order to tend to my health and household at a pace that doesn’t accelerate cellular degeneration.  I intend to work from home, study for a job that allows me to me minimally physical, or learn an art that keeps my mind strong and alive to endure the days where I’m ready to shoot a government worker for partial disability which, long story short, I will never be eligible for because I have opted to take the natural avenue rather than the pharmaceutical.

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What I have to offer in the new website?  I will not put ads in shameless direct view of the page.  It will be as discreet as possible.  The content is the same and similar information on how to attempt to live chemical free, stop or reverse an autoimmune disease, reviews on trial and error methodology on a budget, while managing life’s little annoying, tedious, and quality-disrupting inconveniences, cat pictures, men who burp “bow wow” and expect treats, shared finds (books, music, packaged “organic” foods, etc.) that are awesome, and have endured snobbish and rigorous critique…all so that you won’t have to.

If anything, if you sympathize with having too many one-of-those-days, and can’t think straight with the baby blaring, the microwave dinners whirring, the cranky boss condescending, the clueless husband, and the xanax starting to take effect, just use the repetitive motion of clicking on my ads over and over as stress therapy.  Use the search boxes on my page.  And I will personally find you and kiss your forehead if you were to purchase your books (ANY BOOK, even the dreaded Kindle) directly from my links.  Know that you are buying me a cup of coffee (which I can’t drink) and sending me on my way to a potential career in, 1.website creation and/or, 2. a future B.S. in Wellness and Nutrition, my life long passion.  I mean a Batchelor’s Degree, but it’s brainless as to why they call it a B.S.  We’re I to gain knowledge and experience on any of these, you’re viewing pleasure would increase by like…a lot.

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What you CAN’T expect from the new website. My ventures into HTML and web language are novice.  The website isn’t yet perfect and/or smooth and or/cutting edge.  Although I will have the freedom to advertise, I also have a great opportunity to really and truly personalize my story with inexpensive visuals and neat little undecipherable, nerdy codes, work with graphics, and work on the same frame for 3 hours every night… and you wouldn’t even notice.  Another thing you can’t expect: the progress will not take off with lighting speed.  I’m working on a life plan here, relying on the variable surprises that my health imposes, but gradually making baby steps.  Somewhere between the last two eventful (underestimation) weeks, my teenage cousin trying to find her place in the dubious working world, and a temporary job that I landed for one week, I realized I had to make a large leap to get there.

Bells and Whistles

The new website is more app and widget friendly.  What does that mean? Who cares?  But it is Facebook, Twitter, Stumble, Email, Linked In, smart phones, and Apocalypyse-ready.  You can FOLLOW me on Google, which I really don’t know how that works yet: Google Followers – Click it here! Click it! Please and thank you.

You can subscribe to My Yahoo and who knows what else.  You will get similar emails on my new posts.  The WordPress ones will cease. We’ll see.  Not like I said I know what I’m doing.

It will be formatted for Intelligent Phones.  While someone is ignoring you on their Facebook phone, you could pretend you don’t care about the decline of conversational etiquette, but instead you can be clicking on my ads reading invaluable insights.  If you end up playing Angry Birds, I will not hold it against you.  We all need our vices.

If you’re still with me, I thank you from the bottom of my inflamed cardiac muscle.  Frankly, I’m more impressed at your attention span.  I hope you stay with me for a bit longer until Alzheimer’s fully kicks in and I’m publishing giberrish…which actually, still might be entertaining.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INEVITABLE UPGRADE THAT IS MODERN TIMES

Love,

Elena the Wolf

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Extremely Moderate Home Makeover

This blog seems to have creeped into health topics more than actual housewifing.  My inflammation levels lately are not allowing for too many ambitious projects (to my dismay),  but there are projects in the works.

Matter of fact, before Husband is off again to save Florida, last night we made an executive decision to start fixing up our ‘fun’ room.  I insisted I build the medium bookcase from Walmart to start fixing up the spare room (which has been accumulating clutter for a year now, but lacking in the organizational items department).  It’s a plain ‘ol Mickey Mouse piece of furniture, but my collection of books and such have been sadly awaiting display from the dusty cardboard boxes they were originally moved in.  Newlyweds had to choose their next piece of furniture carefully if you need a new mattress, so we settled for a makeshift piece of wood.  We have pieces of art  musical instruments that are serving as shelves and laundry baskets that the cats have claimed possession of.

Pink toolkit

Yes, Husband actually bought me one of these! And I love it.

While he’s gone this week, my mission is to start purging any rat-pack items that are taking up space.  You know, the little pieces of junk that had sentimental value at the time you saved it, and later can’t figure out why in the name of Chelsea Clinton you thought it was special.  Pre-marital apparel that is irrelevant.  Correspondence that was too miscellaneous to file and somehow important enough to be saved.  Doo-hickeys ordered from the wedding registry that can only be explained by the drunken power of the shopping gun (pre-vow hysteria).  His valuable collection comics and action figurines.  An iron.  Ha, what is ironing?

I will do it as time and health allows, for there are many other things to keep up, such as the cooked meals from scratch I must prepare (no convenient food for this delicate flower, not even sandwiches), the boring laundry, the messy cats, the personal maintenance, the minuscule chores that add up to tidy house.  Actually,  so long as my health is on hold,  Husband made the suggestion that maybe we ought to hire a maid to help out every once in a while.  So this is love.

ON BEING OLD FASHIONED

Please understand, it is not my desire to hand over my duties to another woman.  I am Spanish and its in my blood to clean and cook for my man.  No illness can take that away from me.  But unlike many of the Spanish, I’m not prideful down to the core.  To have a clean and organized home is more important than pretending I can work full-time, deal with 24hr pain and exhaustion, maintain a sane identity, and still wear a genuine smile for when my guy comes back from toiling under the sun.  Many women are overworked, overstressed, and neglecting themselves, by having to take on multiple roles.  They manage it well and deserve praise, but they do not deserve the wear and tear that comes with it.  These are the times we live in and we must find ways to adapt.  I’d rather scrub my own  toilets and afford a new dress rather than have a Maria do it (Oh, don’t be so sensitive.  My mother was a maid for the wealthy in NY and her name is Maria), but  we’ll have to have reallocate some monies if and when this is will come into effect.  I appreciate His perceptiveness in the matter and that he offered it before it even occurred to me.  It don’t think it will be more than once or twice a month, but now I know I have the option with Husband having made it clear he understands that this one is out of my hands.

That being said, I am old-fashioned enough to believe the woman’s place is in the house or societal matters.  Power to stay-at-home moms and a certified housewives.  This is the way nature intended it.  The men go away to hunt, the woman nests, gathers, and takes care of the children/cats.  When the man comes home depleted and ready to regenerate, the woman is not cranky because she just got home from dealing with idiocy in the workplace, she is not losing her head from scrambling to make a pre-packaged dinner for the man, she is not to tired for bedroom-duty at nighttime, she has time to look nice for her man so he does not have to think of his wife as the wispy-haired, spoon-waving, sauce-covered-t-shirt, rambling madwoman that this society has made of women! (Note: I know there are women out there who handle this with grace, I don’t imply to total population of working women are at tipping point.  However, to those keeping up appearances, make sure your chi is not fried internally).

My point is that the stress levels are imbalanced because man has to help woman do chores and help with the kids’ homework when he should come home to relax after breaking his back all day.  Woman should have time to spend time raising and watching the younguns at playtime.  We should be balanced people because we are given the mental and physical capacity of carrying our family-roles adequately.

This is not just my personal opinion…if you’re curious as to why couples are constantly butting heads even in loving marriages, check out this shiny jewel. I’ve been reading about human and marital relationships since I was 19 and this one by far has rocked my world the most.  The science involved in balancing stress hormones and the way nature intended men and women to relate and compliment each other is mind-bending:

Click to link for excerpts

Many couples believe that they must sacrifice themselves and their needs in order to please their partner. But this attitude needs to be adjusted. Yes, compromise is required of every relationship – but you don’t make these changes and give up on yourself in the process. The art is in finding fair and reasonable compromises. John Gray introduces new ways to make this happen in a life filled with stress.

Men have traditionally been the breadwinners and women traditionally the managers of the home and children. But there is increased pressure in today’s society for women to work outside the home and thus there is a diminished pressure on men to be the sole provider. Women are expected to do so much in addition to their traditional roles, which have never been tweaked or redistributed, while they now work full-time jobs. Women have a never-ending to do list and stress is at an all-time high. Men are dealing with their own levels of stress. As a result, relationships become filled with misunderstandings, friction, and a sense of helplessness.

-John Gray, Ph. D

WELLNESS GOALS

As I was mentioning above, my goal this week is to maintain myself physically while improving the state of my home, treading delicately so that I don’t overdo it.  (Another note: last weeks 30 mins of moderate cardio plus 30 mins of Classical Stretch: no bueno.  My body is not ready, my muscles did not heal well from what should be non-strenuous exercise.  This week will alternate workouts daily rather than knock out two in one day, or skip if necessary).

I have to reinforce some health tips regarding nutrition, anti-inflammatory foods, and basic bodily upkeep.  I urge my friends and readers to try a few of these if you feel or look stressed and rundown.  For those who argue that you have no inflammatory problems, I believe you, but we do live in a country with a pro-inflammatory diet.  Without noticing, our bodies could be struggling too hard on their own for balance.   Help it be ready for the next time flu season comes around. (Also, incredibly helpful for those with asthma and allergies). It’s easy to forget, if I may speak for us all, but worth the reminders:

  • Drink a gallon of water a day – Already bought my purified water.  Lugging it around everywhere.  Moves the toxins faster, clears skin, lubricates all systems, basic life force, reduces the need to imbibe other caloric drinks, constant hydration diminishes chances of headaches.
  • Reduce sugar – Every other week, no sugars other than fruit.  No sweetened drinks.  Sugar encourages diseases such as inflammation-based ones, candida, and cancer.  I’m addicted to it like cocaine (even natural sugars) which is a subject for another day.  If you’re not ready to quit, and least cut out all refined sugar.  Look out for hidden sugars in breads, microwave dinners, pre-packaged foods.  After 50 grams of sugar a day, you’ve surpassed the allotted daily nutritional recommendations and it will begin to turn into fat if you’re not moderate to heavily active.
  • Green Tea – 2 to 3 times a day.  This is an anti-inflammatory and highly beneficial drink.  Thankfully, I was forced into quitting my coffee addiction.  Dropping this tasty daily or trice-a-day comfort is not for wimps in the Starbucks splattered world.  The truest hazard of coffee are refined and processed beans (information rather recent to me) which cause even more acidity, free-radical damage, and chemical changes in the body.  Pro-inflammatory.  Nothing wrong with caffeine in moderation and Green Tea is enough to get tiny jumps in the day without the overload.
  • Ginger Tea – Another anti-inflammatory gem.   An alkaline drink for an acidic world.  This one AND green tea combined do wonders for my swollen hands and feet.  Although the swelling is not always obvious (obvious being a purplish-red, rubbery, weak and impossible to slip out wedding ring), if your hands hurt immensely when you hit or bump them softly on surfaces, you might have internal inflammation.  The first time I truly came to understand how severe my inflammation was a time I dropped my keys on my sandal-covered feet and I had to sit down, cry, and wait for pain in my leg and head to stop.  It shouldn’t hurt that much.
  • Celery Juice Every Day – I swear by this alkalinic drink.  Every time I overdo it with the dairy or sugars.  Even with the amount of acidic tea that helps calm inflammation, balancing is still required.  I have recently started to add aloe vera in the blender.  Not only good for inflammation but for digestive aid, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.  Click here for the ton of benefits from this spiky plant.  You can buy it in liquid form if you’re afraid of touching the goo.
  • NO GLUTEN. PERIOD.  – This one for all with food sensitivities and allergies.  The belly ache and anxiety is immediate!  I have gotten careless with this one, although much better.  It goes hand in hand with the sugar goal, because almost every gluten product has some form of sweetener added.  No more cookies and Starbucks bakery, no matter how stressed I get.   Food is not love – Monica from Friends. For those who know you have an unhealthy diet and wanna get on the ball, reducing your gluten (breads, pasta, baked goods) will help your body streamline digestion.  Might be worth looking into new grains that deserve our attention.  Well, they’re not new, but not common: quinoa, amaranth, millet, etc.
  • Vitamins and Supplements – Organically, we shouldn’t need to take a multivitamin or extra supplements.   We should be getting all our nutrients and minerals from local game and agriculture.  But we eat from supermarkets where everything is shipped from all over the world, not indigenous to our area, temperature, and atmosphere.  That little pyramid of food groups, not so balanced.  Therefore we end up lacking here and there in essential nutrients.  If you don’t have a diet full of fruits and veggies, a multivitamin shall cover the basics.  The fish oil will cover some other bases.  And depending on your personal needs, there is always Echinacea, milk thistle, calcium, magnesium, etc..  It’s good to find out where our deficiencies are and help them.  I ‘m going to stick to my vitamins like never before because I tend to forget them when I’m healthier.  If you need overall health and balance, look into Green Vibrance and the Magic Pill.

Before I had the correct diagnosis and my body was being ravaged by migraine medications (a misdiagnosis), the Magic Pill brought me back to almost full balance.  If it can work on an ill person, if you’re already close to healthy it may do wonders for you.  To healthier people, the difference may not be too obvious but it doesn’t mean it’s not working.  Green Vibrance has almost the same ingredients as the Magic Pill.  The difference is that is contains tons of vitamins, superfoods, active probiotics, and helps complete some veggie intake.  Shop around at bodybuilding.com, vitacost.com,  and dpsnutrition.com.  If your husband drinks a lot of protein shakes (or you), dpsnutrition has great deals for vitamins and the magic pill.

Those are just some mini-goals for now. Pay attention to what your body tells you.  It’s the best advice I’ve gotten as I’ve learned how to deal with my Wolfing around.

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Detox is back on!!! Natural Health : Bio-Energetic Screening

A large number of people (okay, just one or two) have looked at me like I’m crazy for not following the unquestioning medicinal prognosis the Rheumatologist suggested when they told me I fit the criteria for that autoimmune condition with the yucky name.  From now on, we’re going to call it the Wolf Disease.  Much more rad.  Plaquenil  its called, an anti-malarial pill.  It was a 15-minute rushed visit where the Lab Coat handed me a pamphlet and sent me on my merry way. I can give you a mind-staggering list of medicines I’ve taken for vague diagnoses and all the side-effects they each had on me because I’ve been misdiagnosed so many times along the way; a common frustration of an autoimmune sufferer.  You get tossed around from doctor to doctor and slapped with a crazy hypochondriac label on your forehead.  Discounting the initial denial stage that I went through for a few days, this time it’s on paper. Positive blood work. So why not take the pill?

Medicines made/makes me sick. Simple as that.  They start off with organic compounds that are synthetically altered.  They are chemical and foreign.  Allergens and toxins from everywhere accumulated in my lymph nodes over the years to the point where my system no longer filters them out properly.  They hang around my blood; the blood used to oxygenate muscle movement, to supplement bones, to nourish the brain.  Modern medicine’s hard-on to jump the opportunity to medicate me without properly executing my personal history (I’ve been literally cut off mid-sentence in almost every visit) made me sick. I trusted that doctors knew what they were doing since I was sixteen.  None of them would ask me to check for food allergies. Just fill the script. I didn’t learn about kickbacks until I was twenty-something.  I didn’t know how thoroughly capable the body at healing itself, or how humble herbs and tonics can stimulate the original code in your DNA to reactivate a natural process. Schools don’t teach this in nutrition class. I’m not saying that everyone should distrust their doctors and that everything they do is wrong. That would be ludicrous. But I do believe natural therapy is worth looking into when pills are poorly sustaining you, side effects are slowly killing you worse than the original complaint, or you are just in-tuned with nature more.

Enter Dr. Clark, by introduction of a beautiful friend I recently acquired (shout to my peep). I knew I wanted the alternative approach, but by some form of cosmic collision I bumped into this lovely person and eliminated a huge chunk of hit-or-miss experiments.  This is successful medicine and it has helped many, including my friend, her family, and the doctor herself. It’s called bio-energetic screening. If you’re someone who is often off balance, does not heal quickly, constant systematic issues, i.e. headaches, gastro issues, asthma, allergies, take too many medicines, mood/hormonal swings, too much acid in the diet, brain fog, this might interest you.  Basically a lot of symptoms that are not enough to pinpoint there’s something specifically wrong.  Or if you do have specific problems that doctors tell you “you just have to learn to live with it”, there is a way to come back to center.

I don’t think I could better explain how this works:

http://bhawc.com/page.php?6

(The link to Dr. Dana Clark’s Better Health and Wellness Center will always be on the blogroll to the right.)

Following the assessment, there will likely be a detox to follow once finding the troubled areas that are “the root” of a disease or potential disease. For example, my wolf disease was born in a maelstrom of food allergies, candida, and antibiotic abuse.  I didn’t simply jump from healthy to sick.

This detox is a lymphatic drainage (Eastern Medicine understands the importance of the Lymphatic system very much ignored by Western Medicine, unless something goes wrong), away to stimulate the lymph nodes to start cleaning out all the accumulated toxins and chemicals that your immune system could potentially start to attack. If something foreign enters your body (let’s say it gets stuck in your LNs), your autoimmune system will attack it;  a magnificent defense mechanism of nature.  If that foreign substance lingers too long, the body’s autoimmune can start thinking it’s just part of you after all, but instead of ceasing the attack,  it might as well attack healthy tissue because it can no longer tell what’s yours and what’s not.  Unspecified problems in the lymph node areas, like the joint or their surroundings will begin. It will be found that many of the pain sites for people with fibromyalgia, wolf disease, certain types of arthritis, etc., will be relative to the lymph node location. This is the dummies version of how autoimmune works.

There are different ways to clean out your system which include diet, exercise, detoxes, and many other methods I may not be familiar with.  It’s about assessing at what point of imbalance you are in and how much preventative or restorative health means to you.  Personally, to restore my healing ability and getting back my energy means more than time, money, a social life, or home projects. It can be an expensive treatment if you’re at my level and worth every penny spent nourishing your body instead of poisoning it with Big Pharma’s newest and hottest pill.  I spent much of my year-end bonus to do this and would sell my preserved liver too if I had to.  Living your life with headaches, being too weak to do groceries, getting worn out from when you get ready to go out from head to toe  is okay once in a while.  If it’s happening too often, it’s time to take care of yourself somehow. By any means.

If you ever do get curious and/or desperate, please call the Better Health and Wellness Center.  Ask for Dr. Dana and find out how you can fix your whacked out chi.  Tell her Elena Shadle sent you.  She works out of Melbourne, Tarpon Springs, and Clearwater.

Detox can be tough and it gets worse before it gets better. I’m gonna get exhausted and more tired than I currently already am.  I’m not one of these put together superhero bloggers that has a 3-ring binder with colored tabs and shows beautiful pictures of rice sprinkling into a pot like magical fairy dust in real-time photography.   It’s going to be raw and simple; idiot-proof. I just share what I know from years of compiling health recipe books and learning to eat clean.  I also will share simple tips on reducing the potential for added crap in your food without slaving over fancy meals.  If you’re working full-time and only get to grocery shop during high peak hours or have tired knuckles and knees and have to simplify dinner while cooking wholesome, I know enough to get someone started.  For those of you who already know, great!  But like my “about me” says, I’ve had to start many things from scratch and want to expand my knowledge on the new lifestyle.  And this here link will be my reference and it will be available to you too.

If anyone has recipes to share, by all means, email me and if they’re yummy we’ll feature them.

UPDATE

I had begun the detox before the blog and had to stop in its tracks when the other problem, and this one, occured. I no longer have to get the “procedure” done to help the doctor make payments on his Benz.  I’m going back on the detox now and into the second phase.  Say prayers for me if you like me.  And if you don’t get off my blog.

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