Motivating Puppy

I have done some editing work for the family I dog sit for occasionally.  With their permission, I now present to you motivation to climb every mountain and follow every rainbow.


Be Courageous. Be Bold.  Step on the little guy on your way down the ladder.  8)


To Herx OR Not to Herx


What is a Herx Reaction?

The formal name is Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction. To keep it short, the theory is that there are some pathogens that, when killed off, release toxins. These toxins can make symptoms worse or even add a few new ones. Not everyone has a Herx reaction but some people have very severe reactions that make it impossible to continue treatment. For another blogger’s take click here.

The Trouble With Herxing

After reading some of the stories that Mr. Google showed me, I was a little nervous about the possibility. My LLMD understood that I needed to keep working and functioning at a high level, so he adjusted my protocol to what he thought would work best. [Or, he uses this protocol on everyone, because, it is better than having your patients bedridden and cursing your name.] I also began a preemptive strike. Eating, drinking and vitamining my way to detox nirvana. I have some days that are not as good as others, but that fits the normal pattern of life. I cannot say that I have had an identifiable Herx reaction (knocking on wood right now).

No! Not Bugs!!

The down side of not having a distinct reaction, is that there is no feeling of confirmation that we are on the right path of little bug homicide.
For now, I will be happy with some gradual symptom change.

Back To Earth

I happen to know someone that is very passionate about walking barefoot in the grass.  He may be on to something!

While scouring the internet for Lyme’s Disease information, I came across a site that discussed Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s views on electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation.  He advises his patients to eliminate as much as they can afford.  It involves taking all wireless phones and internet out of the house.  Using protective, shielding paint on your home and wearing special clothes.  His certainty that these measures are necessary for recovery led me to at least check it out.

There is a book about Earthing.  It proposes that humans have traditionally spent time in direct contact with the earth and we are less healthy for our modern disconnect.  The author describes research results and anecdotal stories of the benefits of becoming reconnected and grounding ourselves.  He describes some of science behind his theory and it intrigued me.  I have not had the energy to spend much time outside, so…I experimented on myself.

Test 1:

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps

Click for site and more info

I actually ordered a lamp awhile ago.  I thought it was pretty.  There was not a lot of scientific thought behind the purchase.  It is supposed to help purify the air and decrease the effect of “electro-smog”.  I plugged it in and about 4 hours later, I began to get a nasty headache. The air did seem fresher in the room it was in.  It took a couple of weeks for me to turn it on again.  I have not had another nasty headache but do not leave it plugged in for the endless hours that some suggest.

Test 2:

Earthing Sheet

I ordered a sheet.  It seems more like a confession than a declaration to admit it.  I have used it inconsistently since it arrived.   I was hoping to use the grounding stick that leads to ground outside, but one of the connectors I need was not included.  So, what I have to do is test an outlet (tester provided) and stick a plug into just the ground.  At first, I noticed some random twitching or tingling.  I tend to have random twitches anyway, so I am not sure if it was the sheet or just me paying attention.  The manufacturer does state that it may take months to see a significant difference.  I will keep trying it and let you all know if there is some great epiphany.  One of my patients told me that she bought one used from a neighbor that had a pacemaker and thought it was not a good idea to use it.  The patient told me that her husband had fabulous results with his varicose veins.

UPDATE:  I stopped using the sheet after waking to with weird symptoms a couple of times.  It may have just been strange dreams and sleeping in awkward positions, but it stopped happening when I stopped using the sheet.  It also may have been better if it was grounded outside, directly to the earth.

Test 3: 

Shieldite PendantsShieldite - Circle in a Circle Pendant

Shieldite products are supposed to help protect you from electromagnetic fields.  I saw one that would make an interesting necklace and made the plunge.  My work computer runs off a WIFI signal and the days that I have worn the pendent, it ran much slower.  It did help if I put the necklace in my pant’s pocket but only if I was standing while using the laptop.  If I had the laptop down on my desk, it would run slow.  So, I am not sure if it is helping me at all, but it certainly seems to block some of the signals.

UPDATE:  I have not been using it.  I am not very sensitive to EMFs, so maybe I am not sensitive to blocking them.

Bottom Line:

Jury is still out.  I have no idea if they are of any health benefit.  The air seems fresher with the lamp and it is pretty.  The signals seems slower with the pendant.  Sleep is about the same with the sheet and no big changes noted from that at this point.

I will try to walk barefoot in the grass more!

Wrestling, Storms, and Gluten/Dairy Free Creamy Carbs

Pups Learning how to lazy wrestle.

Pups Learning how to lazy wrestle.

Part 2:  After a “normal” Florida afternoon storm, the phone lines are down.  I only discovered this after trying to use the phone to call my lost cell phone.  Maybe it is time to cancel the land line phone service, but then how would I ever find my phone?

Part 3:  Brown and red volcano rice cooked up, placed in a pan with some coconut milk, left over chicken and various spices.  Did I just make risotto?  Not quite, but still some creamy carbness I was craving.