My Last doctor’s appointment was a couple of months ago. My cortisol was low. My pregnenalone was non existent. My brain was in meltdown mode. I began using pregnenolone supplements. The benefit was being able to finish sentences. The anti-benefit was that the left side of my brain seemed to lose contact with the right side. However amusing and adventurous it is to think “change radio station” then reach for the garage door opener, I knew the fun would have to come to an end. When I forgot to turn my car off when filling up with gas, it became apparent that maybe I should stop the supplement. What amazes me is that there are healthy people taking it just for a little memory boost.
I am back to talking like a fairly intelligent being and have stopped all supplements except Vitamin D and Lymphomyosot. My vitamin D level was 37 while taking 10.000 IU daily. I am trying different brands but still no joy. At least it is up from 15. The lymphomyosot keeps the lymph moving. I am still dairy free and low sugar and gluten.
My blood pressure and cholesterol are up. (105/70 and 163) I think that is good. It just sounds so counter culture to declare that a positive. I do not get dizzy nearly as often and I have been able to stop adding salt to everything. I am pretty sure that it is more because of the weight that I have gained in the past 6 months rather than any miracle cure. Whatever…
So, I decided to just ignore everything until next year. The story I tell myself is that I just need time to recover and rebalance after all of the antibiotics. The truth is more likely that I am just sick of going to doctors and taking pills. Either way, it will be a nice little vacation.
I did get a cool new toy that seems to have gotten rid of neuropathy symptoms in my feet!!
“The Richway Amethyst BioMat Professional 7000MX is an amazing healing tool that has changed thousands of lives for the better. It’s most important function is to produce far infrared rays of light that penetrate deeply into the body, warming all the cells and tissues evenly throughout. These rays are produced by rows of amethyst crystals that cover the entire surface of the Bio Mat.”
I found a used one with a full warranty from a licensed dealer and made the plunge. It is a FDA approved medical device but like most things for sale, the hype around it is a bit much. It did help me, so, I guess I will add to it. Some people sleep on it, but I find far less than comfortable. You are laying on crystals, why would it be comfortable? I have taken naps on it. If nothing else, the BioMat is a giant hot pack that happens to have negative ions and and infrared rays.
I having been using a set of WearEver ceramic cookware since December. I wanted to make the switch to ceramic to get away from Teflon and still retain non-stick options in the cabinet. There was also the issue that my old pots were, well, old and did not cook evenly.
I really enjoy using these ceramic pans. They cook much more evenly and clean up easily. If you are looking for the infomercial style non-stick, these are not it. While they do clean easy, they require a few more wipes than the Teflon pans. I also find it necessary, or at the least, very helpful to use a little bit of oil (usually coconut) when cooking items like eggs and salmon.
Care: As per the directions that they came with, I seasoned the pans with oil prior to using the first time. They are dishwasher safe, however, I do hand wash to preserve the finish as much as possible.
Con: The handles are attached by rivets on the inside/cooking surface of the pans. My perfect cookware would not have these as they make it a bit harder to clean and can be an area where germs hideout.
Overall I am so glad that Santa brought these WearEver pans to me and I would recommend these if you are in the market for ceramic cookware.
This post brought to you courtesy of a week’s vacation:
Made new friends this week:
Tried new food:
Best Burgers! Diet blown…
What to try next time I eat on the run.
Tried a new Recipe: thanks to The Savvy Sister
I had to substitute a bit but it still came out fabulous!
A great week to be sure, I must do it again sometime.
It has been about a year since test results showed that my cortisol and aldosterone levels were really low. Click for first post on symptoms and causes.
I did not wish to wait until my next doctor’s visit to test again so I found the lab they used and requested a cortisol test. If I retest aldosterone levels, it will have to wait for a regular MD visit and traditional lab work.
Something seems to be working!!
I also did an AM blood sample that showed a level within the normal range.
For a few weeks prior to the test, I was not taking any adrenal support supplements. I was still using an increased amount of salt in the form of Himalayan salt.
I have a new toy! It took me a month to get it out of the box and play with it but I think its a winner for occasional use.
Whenever I had spotted bananas that I would not get to in time, I peeled and threw them in the freezer. I also cleaned, prepped, and stored some strawberries when there was a BOGO free deal at the store.
I let them defrost for 15 minutes…well closer to 30 after talking with a neighbor.
You put the fruit in the chute and out comes some soft serve ice-cream type food.
Where’s the hot fudge??
Spring cleaning is not just for closets! You may recall that I have an unusual way of cleaning.
Last week, I decided to clean the mold off of the back patio. My tools: water pressure and bleach. It worked before, it should work again. Nope. I poured some bleach in a small area and decided to let it soak in and work its magic.
Best thing ever! Click for link.
In the meantime, I would be productive and clean out the gutters. I cleaned a small section and went back to the patio.
Nope still covered in nasty, stubborn mold and grime.
Back to the gutters. I made it half way through one side and headed back to the patio.
Started to focus on water pressure from my little water hose. It worked, a little…
My shoulder was sore from the gutter reacher pole thing and I was dizzy from leaning over to spray the patio at close range.
The only solution at this point:
I had another trip to the LLMD this week. After a long discussion of everything past and present, we decided to stop the antibiotics. Hooray!!
Detox helpers I am not taking:
- Chlorella – I took it for months until my system started to reject it.
- Milk thistle – My reaction to this one was immediate. Instant bad mood in a pill.
I encountered three people in the past two weeks that were all self-treating Achilles tendinitis.
They all were getting worse.
They all were making the same mistake.
This is my public service announcement for the week. Many of us employ the treat by consensus plan. We consult Dr. Google. We ask friends. We call family. We listen to trainers that a friend of a friend’s aunt knows. I know I do it. Apparently, some of my friends do as well. Adding to that, we have the voice of our fourth grade gym teacher in our head; “no pain, no gain”.
The consensus/group think treatment for Achilles tendinitis seems to be: stretch till it bleeds.
The calf muscle group is often tight and needs to be stretched. However, overstretching can irritate an injured muscle or tendon. If the pain is where the tendon inserts onto the heel, you can start to weaken the insertion point. My little art project:
Relaxed muscle fibers
Stretched muscle fibers
Torn muscle fibers