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- Loren's Friend
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04/30/2013: Karen from Riverside Ca., California United States: "Actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke has been suffering from Cranial throbbing which is robbing him of sleep as well as overall good health. He has asked for suggestions! I wonder if EarthClinic can help him? href="http://www.abc12.com/story/22019116/dick-van-dyke-undergoes-tests-for-cranial-throbbing">http://www.abc12.com/story/22019116/dick-van-dyke-undergoes-tests-for-cranial-throbbing style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir=ltr>"Dick Van Dyke is undergoing tests..."
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05/16/2011: Deanna from Augusta, Ga: "I have not been on here lately because believe this or not I am over 60 doctors that tell me various things. I was healthy almost 2 years ago this july and I got bit in my yard and was also exposed to toxic waste from sewer and exposed to rat and mice feces and rotted vegatation. I sat in an unclean doctors office, everything I can think of from being healthy to my state now. I broke out in hives after the bite, then sores started to spread, I went to the doctor who gave me sulfa, I am allergic to sulfa. Sulfa and sulfer are not the same thing right?
Anyway I was tested for mrsa, 2 times negative, lymes by blood test 2 times negative, scraped for scabies nothing , then biopsied and they found on my arms squamous cell carcinome, my legs are horrible they called that post inflamatory hyperpigmentation but from what? Why did my legs get dark brown spots and scales, my back looks like acne scars and still red sores but nothing. Saw a psyphologist he said they are not stress sores. They come sometimes these spots 3 in a row to 15 in a rown all brown spots all over my body. I did have what I thought was ringworm til my face got bells palsy. My biggest concern is what this is and why I had clear lungs now I do not. Can it be fungal ? My concern is Cachexia.
I am 5'1 and weigh now 100 pounds. I look anorexic. I want to live and no doctors really want to help me. So I am here no other place, I am trying to alkalize my body for the squamous cell, I do not know what to use for an anti-fungal and or parasites like hulda says parasites causes cancer but also fungus causes cancer. So how can I treat this all at once and regain my health. I do not know where to get black walnut ground fresh cloves and there was one more for anti-parasitic. Garlic for fungal, and what else do I need. What vitamins will bring back muscle tone? There is someone on the net selling vitamins for cachexia but I know someone will know here.
Also phil from dearing posts a lot here. On the news here local news, many people getting sores in Augusta, and no doctors can diagnose it, it wa broadcast on WRDW News. Many here walking aroung with unknown sores. I have no fibers, sometimes black granules but they may be small scbs underneath the scab. I threw almost everything away and matresses, clothes all in plastic bags just in case. How do I get rid of the brown thick spots? My skin is ruined bad and no one ever had this in my family.. Where can I find the answer to my post on latest posts. Ted I send everyone I know here. I believe the Lord had this site for all who do not want radiation, chemo, or any illness from any diseases. My ph is still 6.5 so should I do 1/2 teaspoon full 2 times a day and get magnesium and potassium. Should I add the apple cidar vinegar. Please help me get better. I am sick of being sick. God Bless You all.
05/16/2011: Victoria from Orange, Ca replies: "Deanna, I am new here and sure hope my message gets to you. Please consider finding a LLMD, Lyme Literate Medical Doctor and have your Lyme test done via Igenex Lab. Your symptomology is screaming LYME! I am by no means a doctor but have been through the crazy Lyme roller coaster over 12 years. The testing is extremely unreliable, the medical professionals have been misinformed by the CDC and IDSA. There is a covert effort to keep the true facts regarding Lyme quiet. I can offer a written explanation with cited studies and facts to back my claims. I have no desire to be correct and you in fact do have this because it is not something I would want any person to endure the devastation it has the potential to do to ones life. This is an emerging epidemic on a larger scale than Aids, West Nile combined and too important for me to not at least tell you all these things. I risk my personal reputation to do the right decent thing. The link below is the summary of the paper I mentioned with link to full paper with cited sources of studies etc. , for backing up the statements with explanations why this cover up exists. http://lyme.kaiserpapers.org/20-reasons-why-lyme-disease-is-undiagnosed-summary.html
This is not a boring read and I guaranty you will be amazed what is happening . I can say from my own experience with skin issues just like you describe, identical in fact, that what helped mine is head and shoulders shampoo in the blue bottle with selenium sulfide in it used as a body wash daily, a mixture of ACV and hydrogen peroxide equal parts and a little water applied daily for 15 minutes and then gentle use of a buff puff all over and then rinsed off. Daily use of Oxy pads salicylic acid. This regime followed takes some time to clear these up but once started no new spots have appeared for me. I do still have the dark but scaling is diminished and dark fading. I get white spots too where the pigment is lost. There is a fungal component to this and ketoconazole 2% shampoo may need to be used as an alternating wash for a few weeks now and then.
I have suffered 12 years with this and this regime is the only thing that has helped even though slow as the dickens. But this will be my first summer I will be able to wear shorts and sleeveless top with out total embarrassment. I was told it was all sorts of things same as your self, scabies and all right down to the cancer. I am a registered nurse and am telling you what my years of research found that worked for me and not saying it will for anyone else so please don't take as medical advice, just my shared experiences :) I also drink two tall glasses of water with a lemon juice daily to help alkalinize, many pathogens don't like it so helps them from making themselves comfortable in the body. I wish you all the best and answers come for you to heal. Vicki"
05/17/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Deanna, if Victoria is right and you have lyme disease there has been some good cures with Vitamin c and salt.
Here are two websites you should refer to:
After 13 years of suffering with Lyme disease, a possible cure has been stumbled upon. A cumulative effect of much research has produced the possibility that salt and vitamin C may be all that is needed to beat this elusive illness.
Re: Open to Debate: What's with this salt/Vitamin C Lyme disease cure? Hi Rita,
This is Rosemary from Australia. We emailed each other a few years ago and I got a lot of help from you. I have Lyme 29 years, misdiagnosed as CFS 22 years. Four years of anti-biotics did not work as I was in the last stages and believe I was dying. I used a walking frame for years and a wheelchair sometimes. I was falling over due to lack of balance, had terrible neurological problems, was mostly housebound, etc. My doctor had run out of ideas. I suggested the salt & C. She is a very conservative orthodox doctor, but encouraged me to try the protocol as she sould not see any dangers in my case.
I began slowly building up the doses of salt & C until I reached about 8 grams, which was OK for my very low weight. I knew the salt & C was helping me and 3 years down the track I am on a low maintenance dose and doing really well. The treatment was gruelling and not easy, buit it has worked! I traveled to Canada, USA & Hawaii last year. I hiked in mountains, slept in a tent and did things I only dreamed about prior to salt & C. This year I have been traveling in Australia. I am doing many things I haven't been able to do for nearly 30 years. I can even drive again.
I had very low BP, but salt & C has really helped so much. My eyes are finally yoking together and my neurological damage has mostly reversed. My doctor agrees and is amazed by my progress.
I have a Townsend article which explains how salt & vitamin C cause osmotic shock to Bb. I also have a Pub Med article which explains how Bb cannot reproduce in certain concentrations of salt.
I am happy to send them to you.
I love salt & C and believe it has saved my life.
Rosemary."05/17/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Please note the salt is celtic salt or real salt (unrefined) not table salt."
05/09/2012: Brradshad from North Providence, Rhode Island: "Debbie, first let me say I am not a Dr. My approach would be to Proper Food Combine. Google it. Also your daughter should try to go vegan for awhile which obviously will be hard for a youngster, but picture 10 years from now and how much worse that condition will be. The dr, that you go see is only going to mask the true problem. Proper food combining (pfc) will teach her how to eat properly so the food digests and not sit there and rot which creates toxins. Also a plant based diet(vegan) cures cancer so im told. I have psoriasis for 32 years and have been proper food combining for 6 weeks and my skin looks much better. I eat fruits, veggies, nuts, avocados, beans, brown rice , brown rice pasta, and salmon(once a week) or grass feed burger occasionally. Check out the person who is helping me. Google Mango Man. Any questions email me. bradshad23(at)cox.net. Good luck."
05/08/2012: Debbie from Lodi, California: "This past November my daughter went to emergency with a 104 fever, vomiting and two very different rashes on her body. Her hands and feet had what looked like tiny water blisters. Her face and trunk had a red rash which not even the doctors could identify. They said she had some type of virus but did not know what kind.
I gave her lysine and the rashes seemed to clear up. Her hands and feet dried up and peeled off in big layers.
Then in December she had itchy red patches behind knees and in elbow bends. Soon it was all over, face, trunk, legs, ankles, feet. She was dx with eczema.
We have ruled out food allergies, asthma, don't use scented products or dyes. No fluoride etc. Her ensiniophils are high. She tested positive for h. Pylori but is asymptomatic. Test shows she has a non-classified parasite.
We have gone to a naturopath who gave us creams, but no internal treatment.
I read about mezereum and gave her 5 3x a day and it cleared by the next day. However, I continued with that dosage and within a couple of days it came back with a vengeance.
I am desperate to help her. She has an appointment next week at UC Davis. I would much rather treat her naturally. But need some help.
Thank you, Debbie"Replies05/09/2012: Jon from Othello, Wa, Usa replies: "Sounds like your daughter initially had hand, foot, and mouth disease (a virus) that can cause a fever along with small blisters on the hands and feet, and the current symptoms do indeed sound like eczema.
Coconut oil is a good choice for both topical applications and to take internally to treat eczema. You can use coconut milk if your child refuses to eat regular coconut oil. If applied topically it's important to test out an area first, in some cases it can aggravate the condition.
*Using coconut oil is more of a way to treat the symptoms as they arise and to reduce recurrences.
Many people with eczema have been helped by following whats called the GAPS diet. The primary idea behind it is to restore the gut flora and intestinal lining integrity by eating things like sauerkraut (with bacteria, not the canned vinegar stuff) and kefir. This diet generally takes several weeks to work, but it seems to prevent future breakouts. The diet also highlights use of omega 3 fats. Krill oil is best source for this if you can get it. The astaxanthin in the krill keeps the omega 3 from going rancid, and it has a much better shelf life. It will last as long as olive oil before it's considered to have gone "bad."
I've personally given just sauerkraut to one of my patients and his seborrheic dermatitis (a form of eczema) cleared up in about 3-4 weeks and hasn't come back in 6 months.
And please continue to go see the doctor if only to rule out other conditions such as impetigo."05/09/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Debbie... Here is a very readable document which simply spells out the current allopathic and naturopathic options open to you for treating your daughter's asymptomatic H. pylori problems:
Personally I think that your daughter has more than just an H pylori problem -- their must certainly be more pathogens and other reasons involved. There is also an unidentified virus that has caused fever and other problems.
When I had systemic candida 5 years ago, I had many skin problems as well -- including eczma, tinea cruris, athlete's foot as well as psoriasis. In the Merck Medical Manual. Which is used as a reference for doctor training, they openly state that you cannot ever get rid of psoriasis. They also state that psoriasis is a pre-cancerous condition. But I think that they are completely wrong in their poor assessment of psoriasis.
After I cured myself naturally of my own candida -- all my skin conditions -- incuding the psoriasis -- just disappeared and not one of my skin conditions, including the psoriasis, has ever returned -- nearly 6 years later. So the medical research is completely wrong on two counts. First, psoriasis is curable(I'm living proof) and, secondly, psoriasis is not a pre-cancerous condition -- candida is the the real pre-cancerous villain here.
Candida and H pylori are well known co-exist as well as to associate with other bacterial and viral pathogens because they both have a great ability to drag the immune system down to allow other pathogens to become established in the body. This is why doctors are having such a difficult time diagnosing or treating your daughter's problems.
It would also probably also help you if you had a hair analysis done on your daughter's hair. This will tell you exactly what what is lacking in her diet and will also reveal any excess heavy metals, halogens or other poisons in her body that might also be associated with and/or contributing to her problems. It might also be useful to have a urine test for excess halogens like fluorine or bromine in the blood.
My own view is that some viruses are very good at hiding in the body. Usually they hide in areas such as the fluids in the backbone and in the lower regions of the intestines, which makes them even harder to locate and kill. Internal use of Humic acid as well as oral Bentonite(food grade) will gently help to remove toxins, heavy metals and help to kill pathogens in the intestines. The use of other natural broadband pathogen killers that can kill bacteria, viruses and fungus such as tumeric, coconut oil and nascent iodine should also be considered. The use of sodium bicarbonate, Magnesium Chloride(or Sulphate as Epsom Salts), Sea Salt, Borax and Hydrogen peroxide in baths will also help to kill any pathogens topically. You should investigate all this on EC."05/09/2012: Debbie from Lodi, California replies: "Hi Bill, thank you for your response. Candida has been ruled out and her gut flora is great. My husband and I agree that it is a virus of some sort. What I found interesting in your post in that viruses can hide in fluids in the backbone. She can turn her torso from side to side and the cracking of her spine is unbelieveably loud. You can hear each vertabrae pop. To me this is not normal. Do you think this has anything to do with a virus? And how would we go about getting that diagnosed? Again, thank you! Debbie"05/11/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Debbie... Your daughter's cracking joints -- called crepitus -- are due to gases, from unknown origin, which collect in between her joints in the back. Clostridium bacteria can also be involved here. Checkout this link for a description of crepitus.
The easiest remedy is to use magnesium supplements or, easier still, just rub magnesium oil over the backbone area(this may sting a little) or simply add two cups of magnesium sulphate(Epsom salt) or magnesium chloride to her bathwater when you bathe your daughter and the magnesium will be quickly absorbed transdermally.
Personally, I would not believe the doctors when they say that your daughter does not have candida. Here is a recent post post by a man who was told exacty the same thing by his doctor and yet he is convinced(and rightly so) that he has candida. Doctors are very bad at recognizing the many signs of candida. If you daughter has a white furry tongue, low energy and any digestive problems then these can all be signs of candida. Also, if your daughter does have candida and you do not cure it, then it will be very difficult to treat and cure all the other problems that are also associated with your daughter's condition.
So the best thing to do -- to absolutely confirm whether candida is part of your daughter's problem or not -- is to go to a naturopath and have a hair mineral analysis done. Also ask the naturopath to check whether your daughter definitely has candida or not. Naturopaths are far more sympathetic, aware and capable of recognizing the dangers of candida on health than doctors."05/16/2012: Debbie from Lodi, California replies: "Hello Bill, once again thank you for responding. I did take my daughter to a naturopath and he had her do a microbial ecology panel that checks the DNA of her stool. There was no fungus present. The only reccommendation he gave was a homeopathic ointment which work temporarily.
We have decided to treat her eczema as if it were a virus and IT IS CLEARING UP! We are giving her L-Lysine and Silver (internally and a gel topically).
I am not sure if there is something else I should give her or what may work better. But so far we like what we are seeing.
She does take vitamin D and probiotics daily.
In her baths we add H202 or ACV (which soothes the itch).
Again, Thanks. Debbie"
04/16/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia: "The other day something happened which is still at the back of my mind. The fingers and thumb on my right hand seemed to move in together (and sort of clench) and for a split second I could not move my fingers and then it seemed to relax and all was fine. No pain just a weird sensation. My hand even looked strange. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before so I was wonderful if anyone has a clue if it is the start of something?"Replies04/17/2011: Shakonda from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi Debbie, I had these same symptoms as a child and had to visit a nutritionist to find the answer years ago. My potassium levels were low which caused the involuntary clenching of my fingers. I was told to eat more bananas. These days I take potassium and kelp drop which I just add to water. Got them at whole foods for around four dollars."04/17/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "I hate to be an alarmist, but I would get to a doctor asap. I don't think this is something to be ignored. At the least, maybe a muscle spasm, at the worst, a mild stroke. It could have been a warning sign of something worse to come. Don't ignore it! This could be your chance to stop something from progressing. At least if you know where you stand, you can make your own decision as to your course of treatment. Good luck."04/17/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Shakonda and Kay thanks for your responses. I will go to the Dr today and see if I can get a blood test. I actually do think I might low potassium because one of the symptoms is the skin above your eye coming down a bit and mine has. I have also been sick quite a bit lately (vomiting) and don't know why I have. Maybe they are related. Thanks."04/19/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Debbie, vomiting will cause potassium deficiency. Molasses is very high in potassium, maybe give that a try. Lily."04/20/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Thanks to all who responded to my post.
From the attached article I am wondering if I was ingesting too much bicarb soda and I was becoming too alkaline. I was adding bicarb soda to my ACV and also taking Green powder. I was taking ACV morning and night and adding the bicarb both times.
I also read that baking soda neutralises the stomach acid and stops the acids from breaking down the food.
I also had a couple of baths with baking soda which may have disrupted my sodium/potassium balance & overloaded me with sodium depleting my potassium.
I am rethinking whether we should add Baking soda to ACV. What does everyone else think?04/20/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Debbie, I take the baking soda in the ACV just sometimes. I used to take it in the ACV all the time but decided to try it without and found my acid reflux was eliminated, whereas before with the baking soda it seemed to stick around or return later. I don't know if baking soda depletes potassium but there are so many things that do. I googled potassium rich foods and found sites that explained all the details of potassium deficiency. Cheers Lily."
05/18/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.usa: "I have weakness and dizziness randomly and with out warning I continue to fall. I have visited many doctors without much results or any real treatments. I even had neck surgery and later found I didn't need that type of surgery. During reading my medical records I found written by a phd found the patient to have some thing foreign/not sure until further tests.
I was later diagnosed by a neurologist so many things there isn't enough room here to write it in this forum. How-ever another phd report states some thing organic(?)Now I do know that all diseases start in the brain and settle in the base of the spine, when an immune system is comprimised that disease what ever it maybe will arise and cause deep trouble unless treated right away. I did find that organic is mold/fungus; as a young child I lived in a very cold damp house, when I was sleeping room my temp. Would go way down instead of opposite; thus my room was already cold & damp plus my body felt like it was below zero. In the summer I was very cold but my face was burning up. So today I am handicapped and doing my very best to stay above water and beat the system as a science project and either try to reverse my problem or the least try to stablize the problem.
Since I have come into this god send of an awsome website, I am feeling a bit better and not quite as many dizzy spells. My best feature is I have an open mind and willing to try most anything, of course there are a few stepping stones where I do read up on much more of the info. Before just jumping into any situation. I'm the type of person thats in a great hurry to find my cure, but again God allowed me this freedom and this amount of time to do what I need to do. So here I am searching. As I said this American state of mind has found this country to be 100% musty, moldy, humidity, continous dampness therefore we all have chances of mold/fungus(as Drs. quote) according to how we live? enquote: good luck, keep up the good work and keep searching and asking those questions, even if you don't get an answer right away it comes to you in other ways."Replies05/18/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "You are incorrect. Most diseases do not start in the brain. They start in the gut. If you have gut dysbosis (leaky gut) it can cause many many diseases. Many things can cause leaky gut (including antibiotics, and even non steroid pain killers like. The toxins from the gut leak out into the body including the brain.
To heal the body you need to heal the gut first."05/19/2011: Patrick from Athlone, Ireland replies: "Hello,
Try a CRT-2000 scan; you may get some very good indicators of what might be the underlying problems."
Dick Van Dyke
04/30/2013: Karen from Riverside Ca., California United States: "Actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke has been suffering from Cranial throbbing which is robbing him of sleep as well as overall good health. He has asked for suggestions! I wonder if EarthClinic can help him?
"Dick Van Dyke is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing, " according to the Associated Press.
The legendary actor, well-known for The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder, has been suffering from throbbing in his head when he lies down that has caused him to lose sleep, a rep for the 87-year-old actor says. So far, no diagnosis has been made."Replies
Any suggestions?"04/30/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Yes, go to Carolyn Dean's web site about magnesium now... The doctors do not understand and they will let him die, because they don't KNOW. Go today. Remember Tim Russert ? They let him die and helped him along the way ..... How to Change your Life With Magnesium"05/01/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Warm bath full of Epsom salts (magnesium )."
09/15/2012: Donna from Campbellsburg, Indiana, Us: "I have had back/muscle problems for 13 yrs now. Tightness and pain come without warning mostly on right side. Feels like an invisable string is pulling together from neck to hip. I'm sure this is mostly a muscle problem because the tightness comes, then the pain. I have knoted muscles up and down my back (I call these flare ups). Massage helps, chiro helps. I have been to many drs. and have found no answers. They know there is a problem but no diagnosis. For the last 2 yrs I have found that core exercises, swimming, and diet play an important roll, and I am 80 percent better. Still have flare up but not as severe. I know what I can and cant do, but I would like to know what this is and whats causing the problem. It seems I'm holding it at bay, but not totally getting rid of the source of illness. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Sincerely, Donna"Replies09/15/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Donna, have you tried magnesium (transdermal)?"09/16/2012: Mvo from Jhb, Rsa replies: "Hi Donna, perhaps someone who can do trigger point therapy massage would be able to help you. You can also find and massage your own trigger points - there is a very good self-help book called "The trigger point therapy workbook" - check on Amazon, there are 100s of very positive reviews. The drawings in the book show you exactly where to find the trigger points that relate you your pain. Hope this helps. Good luck."
1 BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS
01/16/2011: E.m.d. from Recluse, Wy Usa: "Hello, everyone. After perusing this site for a few months, I've finally decided to post something in the hopes that you might have some good ideas for me.
I'm a twenty-nine year old female with an undiagnosed health condition. I've had this condition to varying degrees for as long as I can remember. It worsened around the time I was twelve, backed off a bit for about thirteen years, and got very bad after I had our beautiful daughter two years ago.
In terms of symptoms, mine can rapidly become extreme. They start as a "brain fog" and the loss of fine-motor skills. I become irritable (which is not my usual demeanor), and my ability to reason logically is greatly impaired. Next, I usually start to hyperventilate, and then my breath catches and I am not able to breathe in. That's the really scary bit, but I think it only lasts for a few seconds. Then I collapse, curl up into a ball, start crying (if I haven't already), lose all basic control of my muscles, and on occasion have mild hallucinations. The odd thing is that I have never passed out. However, I have short-term memory loss during that time. I will remember one thing very clearly though; it's usually the color of the ceiling, a couch, etc. to pull me out, we have to give me about a quarter of a diabetic sugar tab and a couple of large spoonfuls of peanut butter. It will take me a few of hours to recover fully, but on occasion I have not been back to normal for a couple of days.
Now, I start to have symptoms every two hours. That means I have to eat about every two hours. Nuts, meat, and eggs usually help to keep it under control. However, there are times when I will "crash" no matter what I eat. For a long time, I thought that protein was the key. Unfortunately, beans, soy, lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, and milk products (cheese, yogurt, etc. ) do not help at all. Sugar and glycine will pull me out of a "crash" quickly, but, as I said above, I have to counter them with nut butter.
I understand that my symptoms are very similar to a blood-sugar imbalance. Yet, I've been tested three different ways for that, and they all came back saying that my insulin levels were, not only okay but, very healthy. I have had a basic heavy metals test, and a food allergy test: They both came back with nothing very unusual. I had a brain chemistry test done through a company called Neurogistics (they're a great company who treat brain imbalances with over the counter supplements). My test came back that I'd been under high stress for a long time, but there wasn't anything terribly off. I went followed their recommendations on supplements, and it helped my brain to relax and cured my insomnia. However, I did not help my pre-existing condition.
My symptoms can also be triggered by stress. Yet, I do not think it is psycho-somatic, because my Mother and my Sister also have similar symptoms. I do have a slightly under-active thyroid, but, even when I was taking a prescription, it did not help.
I am currently taking two tsp. of ACV twice a day, and a glyconutritional supplement. I have not noticed any long-term differences with the vinegar, but the glyconutrients do help me to recover faster. I know glyconutrients are a bit iffy for some people, and I am not sure exactly what it is in it that helps. I have wondered if it is the aloe? I would love to know, so that I wouldn't have to spend so much on the supplement I am currently buying! Also, sports drinks tend to help clear up my head, and I can only assume it is the potassium. I exercise six days a week, and am in every other respect a very healthy person.
I've seen a slew of Dr.s and people who practice natural medicine. However, I keep just getting more puzzled looks.
I am sorry for the long post. If you have any ideas I would be very grateful. Plus, you would probably help my whole family! Thank you so much for reading this and for your help!"Replies
EC: Dear E.m.d.01/17/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "Wow, this is a stumper. Because you mentioned the age of 12 and the birth of your daughter, I'm really suspicious of hormonal imbalances. I would hope that a doctor has already checked these, but it would almost have to be done during an attack to get an accurate reading. Is there any way to get to an emergency room and have blood work done while you are suffering an episode? My heart goes out to you, raising a todler is hard enough when you are in perfect health. Good luck to you and your family."01/17/2011: Deb from Melbourne, Australia replies: "E. M. D. Sorry to hear of your problem. I am not saying this is a solution but here is a link to "Niacin Therapy" (Vitamin B3) and studies done some 50 years ago. Some things B3 helped were depression, anxiety attacks, fatigue, senility, memory loss, and learning difficulties in children. Anyway read the article it may be of some help to you. Good luck in your search.
Cheers"01/17/2011: Mother Earth from Ks, Us replies: "Have you considered Adrenal Insufficiency? You can have a saliva test done to determine this. At times with adrenal insufficiency your blood sugar tests may appear normal when they are not. There's a great book called Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson that may help you in your quest for information. Hope you are feeling 100 percent very soon. Wishing you all the best!"01/17/2011: Laura from Redondo Beach, Ca, Usa replies: "From reading all your symptoms, it seems more like a nutrition issue to me. Without knowing your regular diet I cannot be sure, but it is hard to get all the nutrients we actually need sometimes even on a very good clean diet. I would suggest a green supplement, Amazing Meal. I would suggest making a blended drink with this and adding 2tblspoons chia seeds (soaked in 1 cup water), 1 or 2 pieces of organic fruit and some non filtered apple juice. I would drink this everyday for breakfast. It will give you much needed nutrients, the chia will sustain you for awhile and provide you with omega 3s and antioxidents, and the barley grass in the amazing meal and the chia will cleanse you daily.
You could also add 1 teaspoon of Maca powder. It is known for regulating hormones and is great for overall vitality. You can order all these products at vitacost.com or get them at a good healthfood store. The symptoms you have are very mysterious and confusing. I wouldn't be suprised if this took care of it completely, but even if it doesn't, I think you will benefit from the extra added nutrition you will be getting. I wish you well!"01/19/2011: Lemarque from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Hi E.M.D.
I found your post regarding your unexplained symptoms very interesting. It seems as though you have thoroughly examined the blood sugar aspect and as yet have found nothing to explain your symptoms. I read also that you have had neuro-testing which has shown high level stress but otherwise nothing predominantly physiological. I note that you feel that your symptoms are not psycho-somatic, and strictly speaking, I would have to agree.
However, I think you may have to consider that your symptoms in the absence of a physiological cause could be a rather severe form of "anxiety-attack". I have seen and treated several people with anxiety that presents with very acute physical symptoms. For one person it was almost as if she was having a grand mal epileptic seizure, for another it was like a severe asthma attack. Interestingly you say that your mother and sister have similar symptoms and I assume they too have not been able to find an underlying cause. "anxiety attacks" can have a strong familial trend especially in the female lineage. Since this has been an issue since a very young age with yourself, it is important that you sit with your family and try to figure out if there was any traumatic or upsetting event that occurred in your childhood or theirs that may have been a trigger to your current situation. It may be worth while seeking the help of a counsellor to do this, as often what seems like an insignificant event turns out to be the causative agent.
In the meantime you could try a 2 week course of Rescue Remedy (Bach) or Emergency Essence (ABFE) and follow that up with a more specific essence for anxiety such as a combination of Aspen, Cherry Plum, Olive and Star of Bethlehem (Bach) or Calm and Clear Essence from ABFE. I hope you find your answer Best Wishes"01/22/2011: Granny Laura from Waco, Tx replies: "Have you tried chromium? My late husband would get really ill if he was late for a meal. That is, until I insisted that he take 200 mcg of chromium each day. After that, if he was late for a meal he would be really hungry but he never got sick from low blood sugar again."01/22/2011: E.m.d. from Recluse, Wy Usa replies: "Thanks everyone for your replies! I'm sorry it took me awhile to write back. I've been out of state helping some friends, and I've just made it back to a very snowy WY. It's exciting to have some more ideas, and I'll let you know what I come up with!
To Kay from CA: I've also wondered if it was a hormonal imbalance for the exact some reasons. To be honest, I can't remember everything I've had tested. However, I've been meaning to get a copy of my files from my Dr. I'll have to let you know when I get the paperwork. Thanks for your empathy and encouragement!
To Deb from AU: For an extended period of time, I did take a very good B-complex. It kept me from having any lows after I ate, but it did not do anything for my overall symptoms. Thanks for your idea and the link though! P. S. : I spent three months in AU and really liked your country! I hope your enjoying the sunshine!
To Mother Earth from KS: I haven't looked into Adrenal Insufficiency, so I'll have to read up on it. Thanks for the tip!
To Laura from CA: My diet is overall a very healthy one. I also saw a nutritionalist a few years back. Unfortunately, she was as puzzled as everyone else. I have debated taking a green supplement, or something with kelp, so I will look into the one you suggested. I take some very good vitamins, but I know supplements are not as good as fresh healthy food. I'll also check out Maca powder; it sounds intriguing. Thank you, and I'll let you know what I find out!
To Lemarque from AU: Thank you for sharing some of your expertise. I did glance through some info. on anxiety attacks, but I'll have to take some time to look more thoroughly. When we were trying to determine if my symptoms were simply psychosomatic, I did see a counsellor for a short time. She said specifically that I did not need to be treated for trauma, and my mother had her symptoms long before I was born. I can have a very fun and relaxing day, and still suddenly crash. Yet, I appreciate your feedback, and I'll spend some time looking into anxiety attacks. I've recently looked into some of the Bach's Flower Remedies, and I'll go over to their page to check up on what you suggested. Thanks! "[YEA] 03/16/2011: Sunnyside from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada replies: "Have you tried a practitioner who uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? This is my profession and your symptoms do make sense to me. However, I cannot diagnose or make recommendations without getiing answers to many particular questions. Go see a TCM practitioner.... He/she will recommend food to eat/avoid, other practices and implemrnt modalities such as acupuncture, cupping, etc. I highly encourage you to go this route. "04/19/2011: Saliza from San Jose, Ca, Usa replies: "Your symptoms of hyperventilation, collapsing, lost control of muscles, hallucinations and short memory lost are very much similar to the condition of my niece who was diagnosed with lupus. To recover from this episode, someone has to sprinkle her face with water and then she has to drink lots of water. It usually lasts a few minutes and can attack her at any time, any place. Did you check this condition with your doctor? Hope you are better now."[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 08/21/2011: E.m.d. from Recluse, Wy Usa replies: "Hello, everyone! I thought I would write again and give you a few updates. I'm sorry I haven't written back sooner, but I was looking into your wonderful suggestions.
I did switch from the glyconutritional supplement I was taking to pure inner leaf aloe vera juice. Surprisingly, the aloe gave me the same effects with a fraction of the cost. The only thing you have to be careful of with aloe is that it can cause stomach pains, gas, etc. I found that if I took it with something very acidic, such as grapefruit juice or ACV, I usually did not have a problem. Then one day, out of curiosity, I made up some dandelion coffee (roasted dandelion root tea). I was amazed. Not only was it tasty, but my brain started to clear up part way through my first cup. I did some research, and apparently you need to take dandelion root for a few months before you receive the full benefits. So, I've been drinking three cups (one after every main meal) for quite some time. Dandelion is wonderful, guys! The root helps with sluggish livers, resets your internal ph level, helps to kill yeast, and, although it is a diaretic, it does not deplete potassium from your body. Although I loved all of this, I had to stop taking ACV because too much gave me heartburn. Therefore, I also stopped drinking aloe juice (without the extra acid, my stomach was upset all day). However, with just dandelion alone, my body still retained the extra stability that I had felt with the aloe. So, I don't regret switching over.
I have also started taking some of the Bach's Flower Essences to see if they would help with the stress that can aggravate my condition. I cannot say enough good things about them. They have helped to focus my brain so that I can really see what is causing the stress instead of just dealing with the symptoms. When I started looking into them, I was VERY skeptical. However, I went ahead and ordered some. I made the mistake of taking a few drops directly from the bottle, and it was so strong my head spun. So, if you order/make any, please be sure to dilute them first. They can also be applied directly to your skin. If I have a sore muscle, I'll rub a few drops into it, and, within seconds, there is relief. It doesn't last very long, but there are no side effects and I'd rather do that then take lots of pain killers. When I had a cold, I rubbed some across my sinuses, and it caused them to drain. There are a lot of applications, and I am pleased to see that my skepticism was proved wrong.
Wow, so that's what I've been doing the past couple of months. I did spend some time in China several years back, and I would love to see a TCM practitioner. Unfortunately, I live in the least populated state in America, and there is no one who does complete TCM. We did find some acupuncturists in the nearest town though. I am planning on seeing one of them in the next month or so. I'll let you all know how that goes.
In the meantime, I appreciate all your ideas and your patience. If you think of anything else that might help, let me know. Thank you all so much!"08/22/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut replies: "Hi EMD: I remember reading your case in January, and seeing that I was having many of the same unusual symptoms. The strong craving for peanut butter was one of them. I thought it was probably because I needed the niacin, but at that time, I was taking extra niacinamide day and night. In fact, I began reaching for more supplements that had helped in the past, for other symptoms that were recurring. For myself, It turned out to be a B12 malabsorption problem. My guess is that maybe this condition could be a possibility with you and your family. It can be difficult to diagnose because testing is still inaccurate, and some people may only have some of the symptoms from the large constellation. The symptoms you listed : Dizzyness, Hyperventilation, Brain Fog, Crying, Irritability, Memory loss (even temporary), and even Hallucinations are included with B12 deficiency. Even those of us who get plenty of it in our diets, and supplement with an oral B-Complex, can still end up deficient. It is so difficult to absorb and transport, and it is so easily destroyed, that it's no wonder that I'm seeing this possibility with so many of us here. ( I must also account for my own bias. Pardon) I have found that taking a sublingual lozenge of methylcobalamin daily has helped me with all of these symptoms, and has helped increase availabilty of the other B's, which are also crucial. It may be worth a trial for 6 months."
01/15/2011: Lisa from Longmont, Colorado: "Hi. I hope someone could shed some light. My father-in-law started radiation treatment for prostate cancer in September. They had to recalibrate the radiation machine during his treatment and they shut down for a week. Shortly after starting the treatment, he became ill and the doctors said it was the flu. After 3 weeks, he could no longer move and checked in to the hospital where they ran every test on him. They found nothing except a bladder infection. After 3 weeks in the hospital, they sent him to a rehab nursing home to learn to walk again.
He was weak and had no appetite, but tried to do what he could in the rehab hospital. Three months later, his legs and ankles are still swollen, red, and hot to the touch and he can't move about without a lot of pain. After a brief increase in appetite due to appetite stimulants, he's back to no appetite and is getting very depressed and weak. He still can't move and lays in bed all day.
Does anyone have any possible causes or treatment? The doctors are stumped, but continue to run what seems to be the exact same tests again and again. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you. -Lisa"Replies09/25/2012: Dreamerbob from San Diego, California replies: "You might want to check into radiation poisoning, under the circumstances."
05/18/2011: Gean from Salina, Ks: "I am wondering what would cause a 17 year old to have weakness on the left side of the body after fainting. Left hand was ice cold and loss of control of left side, which got gradually better. Doctors do not know, as the CT scan and blood tests were normal. She had a concussion 5 months ago."Replies05/18/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "If she had a concussion 5 months ago I would be getting her to drink cayenne tea (about 1/2 to 1 tspsn of cayenne pepper or capsules [organic] in boiled water cooled enough to drink) daily. She may have some sort of blood clot which is not showing up.
"The New England Journal of Medicine reported that residents of Thailand have virtually no blood clot problems because of their frequent consumption of cayenne pepper. If you use capsaicin on a regular basis it is an almost guarantee to keep your blood pretty thin and moving fairly good as a rule. About 2 capsules a day is good for general health maintenance".
Research cayenne pepper"
03/31/2013: George from Athens, Il, Us: "I have gone to 2 neurologists, had spinal taps, cat scans, barium swallows, mri's. I use to sing, but not anymore. I have been singing professionally all of my life. My processing is slower. For example when asked to do something I have to think for a couple of seconds before response. Along with that my rythym is a half beat behind. It's reversed from what it should be, I follow the band the band doesn't follow me. I am 51. When singing it comes out monotone, even though I know what it should sound like, I can't reach it. My speech is nasally at times and slurred. The Dr's have no explanation and no diagnosis. Is there a protocol for these symptoms?"Replies04/01/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I met a man once and told him right away that he had broken speech patterns, later I met his wife, and she had an accent, so I wrote it off.
Turned out he had an egg size tumor is his sinus cavity breaking his speech but had seen doctors numerous times with no answers.
He was having interrupted sleep because of apnea and it was affecting every aspect of his life.
Finally they found it and removed it and his speech isn't breaking up anymore."04/01/2013: John from Boston, Ma replies: "George, what else can you tell us besides your medical tests? Did you ever have a car accident, a head trauma or a sports injury? What is your diet like? What supplements do you take on a daily basis? It is helpful to have more information. Have you been tested for heavy metal poisoning? Aluminum, Lead, etc. How about candida? Have you tried a change of diet, supplements, etc."
03/15/2011: Getncake from Las Vegas, Nv, Us: "About 4 months ago I went to my parents house for thanksgiving and stayed the night. I woke up with a red spot on the back of my head (right about the left side of my neck) that I didnt notice until somebody told me. Couple days later it started to get bigger and hurt and it was stiff. I thought it was a spider bite but Im not sure. I know I started getting really itchy everywhere but I thought it was just the cold weather. It took about 1 week to heal but then about 2 weeks later it was completely bald where that bump was. This size of a nickel. The hair grew back within about a month but then I started scratching a lot and I think I scratched that area in my sleep and irritated it because I got another bump in the same exact spot but this one was a little bigger and more painful. It went down in about a week and left another bald spot... It was a little bigger this time... Between a nickel and a quarter... and my neck was stiff.
Did some research to see what this was and Im thinking maybe its either a: spider bite, boil, scabies, or a scalp infection. I dont know what it is. I just really want help.Can anybody help me?"Replies04/21/2011: Pauli from Fresno, Ca replies: "Redness and itching, o.k., but a stiff neck is not something to mess around with. You could have had a tick bite, and if so, time is of the essence to see a doctor and check for lyme disease. Good luck."
07/01/2012: Hema from New York: "Hi this is Hema again from new york. I am having lots of health issue right now. My doctor did all the blood test, cat-scan, allergies test. Everything came out ok. I am having chronic constipation, pain in my muscle and back pain. First time I developed eczema on my breast. One of my friend suggested me to stop eating wheat. I stop eating wheat and everything start to improve. Next week my doctor is going to do endoscopy and colonyscopy to see do have celiac disease. Personally I don't think I am allergic to wheat, something else is causing this all problems and I could not figure it out what it is. I also have ovarian cyst. Please help me to figure out my problems."
07/01/2012: Hema from New York: "I sent my question before but forgot to add something. I am taking baking soda with lemon in empty stomach. This is the only thing is helping me out. I heard taking baking soda everyday is not good. Please help me."
J. From Singapore
12/18/2010: J. from Singapore: "Hi TedReplies
Am a member of earthclinic, where you contribute a lot. Please advise what supplements can help my conditions..
Symptoms of ENT problems :-
Ear - tinnitus buzzing/ringing, sore ear canals
Nose - very dry nasal passages (had a lot of mucus in my twenties, now in my forties all mucus has dried up), bleeding from my nasopharynx, nose canals bleed easily, gnawing pains from my nasopharynx area.
Throat - sore throat, blood in sputum
Headaches - weird head pains seem to be connected to my nasopharynx area also
I am worried as symptoms seem to be worsening. what can I take to stop the unnatural bleedings and cause the inflamed tissues to heal and restored to normal?
e.g. will taking bloodroot internally help? I have been using saline nasal rinse, but tissues seem to be still dry. please advise urgently. will provide more info as needed, thanks."12/23/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear J:
Often dryness of the nasal is connected to metabolic acidosis, low vitamin A, low potassium, and low glutathione. This may be helped perhaps by taking potassium citrate or potassium carbonate roughly 1/4 teaspoon after meals 30 minutes twice a day. Vitamin A 25000 iu a day may also support so moisture a little. A good glutathione supplement is best taken as N acetyl cysteine form at 1000 mg a day. To allow reduce bleeding vitamin k I might use between 100 to 300 mcg a day. Smelling perfumes for some reason reduces or stop nose bleed. Taking supplements such as aloe vera oil 1 teaspoon or 1/8 teaspoon of beta sitosterol and helps healing. Ringing of ears maybe due to dryness of ear or taking too much pain killers or restricted circulation to the ears. Stopping pain killers, taking 400 mg vitamin B1, taking 1/ 2 teaspoon of baking soda 30 minutes after meal and taking magnesium chloride, magnesium glycinate might be helpful at 100 to 200 mg a day. Often if nerve transmission is weak you can get tinnitus bought on by dryness of nasal area. In most cases it is helpful to take vitamin c 500 mg 4 times a day for a 2 or 3 months to help healing. It is also helpful for healing if 1000 mg of lysine and 1000 to 2000 mg of glutamine. This supplement is used for me in healing of damage tissues.