I'm a 41-year-old female with several ailments. I have had type II diabetes for about nine years now, suffering from chronic hyperglycemia. Also, in the past year I have been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I believe I also have osteoarthritis, as I snap-crackle-pop more than a box of Rice Krispies.
I have several questions and would appreciate any help or advice:
1. I have been taking ACV for a little over two weeks now. When I take the ACV (1 tsp in 4 to 6 oz of water upon rising and also before dinner) the snap-crackle-pop seems to increase, as well as the pain, to some degree (in some ways I feel better and somewhat more energetic). However, if I take 1/2 tsp baking soda with it, which I have been doing for over a week now, it stops (snap crackle pop greatly decreases). I realize due to the leeching of vitamins and minerals from your body if you take baking soda for too long, you shouldn't do this more than a week at a time. However, as soon as I leave out the baking soda, again I am in pain and bones are cracking. WHY the difference? Should I just keep taking the ACV with the baking soda in it?
2. Why would I hurt when taking calcium? I have a supplement (liquid) that has a proprietary blend of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D (and zinc, too, I believe). It hurts to take any milk or any calcium fortified foods. Turnip greens seem to be the only source of calcium that doesn't hurt me (my arthritis or lupus). I have been taking magnesium oxide for over a month now (500 mg a day...250mg at breakfast, 250 mg at dinner). I don't understand this (why calcium supplementation hurts).
3. My blood pressure used to be normal BEFORE SLE/RA struck, except on treadmill tests, when immediately as I started walking, it went very high. Since SLE and RA diagnosis, it has been high (I took Methotrexate, generic of Plaquenil, and Prednisone for about 5 or 6 months then quit last Aug/Sept). I feel BETTER since getting off those meds, however, my blood pressure is horrible. After more than two weeks of taking ACV (a little over one week with baking soda), I checked my blood pressure at a local pharmacy. It was 182/102. Should I give the ACV awhile longer? Does anybody have any advice on lowering BP?
4. Does anybody know of a diabetic diet guideline that does NOT have milk? I am lactose intolerant, plus any dairy products seem to cause me pain because of the calcium. Every diabetic diet plan I come across insists on MILK exchanges. I've tried soy, almond, and rice milk. I'm allergic to soy, the almond milk sometimes causes worse pain, and rice milk sends my blood sugar skyrocketing.
Thank you for any help.
I wanted to talk a bit about your site. I started researching earthclinic in August of 2007. I was so amazed by what I was reading that I would ignore my msn pals as I would be constantly flipping over to earthclinic. One of the first things that I had already figured out on my own was the BS [Baking Soda], but it was earthclinic that explained the use of BS 'with' ACV, lemon, lime or citric acid. The result for me is that from the day I started using this remedy my urinary PH has been around 7. I was surprised because for over 18 months I had been drinking 3 cups of 'blended' organic greens daily, with fluctuating PH levels. I've since learned the reasons for my 5.5 salvia PH, even though I've been following the Oil Pulling remedy. Over time I've learned I needed to address my dental problems with additional remedies: aspirin dissolved in water, brushing with xylitol, and H202 mouth rinsing. At this point, I'm not sure what steps will be necessary regarding dental work, but for now, I can raise my saliva PH to 7 with this protocol thrice daily.
As a seasoned CFS/pain/insomniac/and anxious person, my symptoms are many, varied, and extreme. I have confused doctors with periods of acute vomiting/diarrhea/prodtruding liver, periods of acute abdominal swelling, and more. I had started going to naturopaths in 1986, and although this kept me going, due to $$ it was never possible to continue. Also too, I have some medical conditions which could never be found. What a vicious cycle it has been due to the extensiveness of my condition. I opted for a medication free, alcohol free, once a week coffee, and whole food diet in 1998.
One of the things I wanted to say is that I cannot imagine anyone not concluding that the information on this site is health promoting and life saving. The remedies are simple. The cost is low. Any thinking individual can research the supplements and suggestions on the internet, and make an informed decision on the safety of their use. For example, the history and safety on products such as H202, borax (20 Mule Team), EDTA are all available for people to research.
The 'communist like control' the pharmaceuticals have over both the doctors and the general public is quite frightening. I can say this with at least some authority, having both extensive personal experience and having worked at a medical clinic. But education from sources such as earthclinic is helping to remove the fear barriers, and people worldwide are starting to exercise their right to use natural remedies, and basic nutrition. We need to become even much more proactive and not let fear stop us from investigating the information coming to us from kind and caring people, who've studied and learned and are willing to share their knowledge about the misinformation, and cover-ups, and the fear the FDA and pharmaceuticals are trying to instil on us. We need to 'pay attention' to the possibility that (from whatever source...) there are Superbugs that are killing people. We need to unite 'earthwide' as equal members of humanity.
One thing I've noticed reading earthclinic is that sometimes people seem hasty in providing feedback. The participation is encouraging, but I know from my 20+ years of my own journey, that the body is so complex, most lay people could not understand, the many complexities in our body systems and how even a seemingly simple remedy like BS and ACV can have on the body as a whole. We have to remember that most people who have had years of the standard - well, I speak for Canada here, American diet and medical treatments/medications, that it takes time and patience to see real improvements. When earthclinic repeats words like conservative, one or more days off per week, start slow, just one or two remedies at a time, it is important to listen. We have to understand that we really are what we eat, and we have to cultivate a desire to feed our bodies and mind with the natural whole foods intended for humans. We need to understand marketing and the push to buy packaged food and eat fast foods, and we know the consequences for consuming such products. We have to become moderate in habits, in a world that has become anything but 'moderate'. We have to slow down, and reflect, and to show appreciation for the kindnesses directed to us, and the help we receive from others.
The more I learn on earthclinic the more I see and realize how powerful vitamins and supplements are. One example I'd like to share is I decided to go to the E.R. after 6 weeks of steady heart and left arm pain that had become more then intolerable. I ingested one Vitamin B Complex and a Natural Vitamin E, while trying to muster up the strength to get dressed and call a taxi. As I sat and waited......low and behold, the pain started lessoning. I kept paying attention to what was going on and feeling relief, I decided a trip to the E.R. was not necessary, and so I learned the powerful effects of simple vitamins. I also believe that it takes time for the body to heal, and that adjustments in a personal Remedy Program are necessary along with moderation in all lifestyle habits. I am noticing slow 'consistent' improvements. Writing things down and referring back over the weeks and months is a great help and an empowering tool. It is really quite amazing how we can suffer for years, and not even notice when symptoms decline. I am becoming more and more active, joining in and participating in school, work, and social activities. Recently, there have been multiple stressful events in my life and I seemed to just 'handle' each situation with calm and clarity of mind. Just before I left to attend my mom's funeral, of course I felt anxiety, and stress, and sadness, I simply took my normal supplements of Vitamin B and Amino Acids. Throughout the day long activities I was calm and present, what a difference between this and the other 5 separate funerals I attended over the years for immediate family members. No need for alcohol, Ativan, or the myriads of anti anxiety products from the health food stores. Will I totally recover? I don't know.....but one thing for sure, I will continue to take responsibility for my body and my health. I will continue to listen to my body, and use the most powerful remedies on the planet.......Ted's Remedies
And the best thing of all is:
1) I am no longer desperate to buy into the vitamin therapies' that are so expensive and unnecessary - I actually had an offer from a local supplement company to use their products for a greatly reduced price. I had used the program when I was at my worst health, and it probably did save my life, but I could not go back to products knowing I would be obligated to promote a company that most people can't afford. And then I found earthclinic.........
2) People are starting to ask me questions about health, because they are noticing how healthy I am looking, and I have the privilege to tell them about earthclinic.
Well Deirdre, that's what has been on my mind, I hope you find something here to encourage you, and I want you to know although I'm not out of the wood's yet with my health, this is the best I've been....and I thank you for the chance to discover some normality to a life that was anything but normal.
You have my permission to use what you like for your earthclinic site.
Thanks, and continued success to you!
Here is my supplement summary for what has helped me:
(1 capsule unless otherwise specified)
7 AM capsules: rutin (500 mg), prickly pear nopal cactus (650 mg), bamboo extract (300 mg), lutein (20 mg), ginger (550 mg), astaxanthin/zeaxanthin (4 mg each), hesperidin (500 mg), bilberry (300 mg of 4:1 extract), quercetin (400 mg), apple pectin (six 300 mg capsules), chicken sternum collagen type 2 (500 mg).
I take all of the 16 capsules/softgels with 1 tablespoon macadamia oil, put oil in mouth, add capsules and let capsules soak in oil in mouth a few seconds then wash capsules down with water.
7 AM powders (wash down one at a time with water): beef liver powder (1 level tsp), 1 level tsp inulin fiber, 1 level tsp dietary fiber cellulose, 1/8 level cup whole rye flour, 1 rounded teaspoon of beet root powder, 1/8 level cup unflavored whey protein concentrate or isolate.
10 AM boost - tuna DHA (500 mg softgel), marine phytoplankton (500 mg capsule), reduced glutathione (500 mg capsule).
Before lunch: 1 rounded tsp cinnamon powder, 1 rounded tsp beet root powder.
4 PM: 1 rounded teaspoon beet root powder.
8 PM: triphala (500 mg capsule), rosemary leaves (400 mg capsule), soy lecithin (1200 mg softgel), calcium hydroxyapatite (350 mg capsule), 1 rounded tsp beet root powder.
Comments: the nopal cactus healed my after meal itching/psoriasis on forearms and ankles within days, the hesperidin healed my gum pain and keeps my gums healthy, the calcium hydroxyapatite has type 1 collagen which feeds ligaments and tendons and so fixed my bending knee pain and also healed my sensitive teeth and therefore keeps my teeth, bones, ligaments and tendons healthy, the quercetin keeps my lungs and sinuses clear so I don't get chest colds any more anytime or in winter, chicken sternum type 2 collagen feeds cartilage and fixed my bone on bone knees rubbing and knocking around in their sockets and hanging loose while lying on my side and enabled a woman to no longer require a hip replacement after 6 months, bamboo extract seems to promote my fingernail growth and is 70% natural silica, beet root powder lowers blood pressure and dilates blood vessels with nitric oxide which allows me to wake up earlier like an oxygen supplement would and at a tenth of the cost of a well known beets product, whey protein concentrate gives my muscles strength and promotes my skin health/hair growth, liver powder promotes my stamina and has natural B-complex, macadamia oil cured my fungal toenail after 2 months or two 16 oz bottles at 2 tablespoons internally after meals and also dampens my candida stinging, while in the same time frame stopped some intermittent toe numbness & tingling (peripheral neuropathy), tuna DHA 500 mg increases my perception and well-being, plankton increases my life force, verbal fluency and increases my lung volume breath from it's RNA and my muscles' response to my lungs' oxygen intake, reduced glutathione is optimism in a bottle for me, rosemary promotes longevity as in the Italian village of Acciaroli near Salerno where the population of a few thousand has about 300 people who are aged over 100, presumably due to their high intake of rosemary, the soy lecithin softgel I have taken for 10 years before bed promotes sleep dependably and incredibly and is a nervous system relaxant from it's phosphatidyl choline and cured leg cramps in two people I know at 1 softgel daily.
for regularity: rye flour speeds bowel transit time, apple pectin congeals everything, inulin and cellulose add fiber. After being constipated most of my life, I took non-aluminum baking soda for 2.5 years at 1/2 level teaspoon in water morning and evening which cleansed and restored my bowels to regularity and baking soda is also very slick.
Cures I have had summary:
Skin itching/psoriasis- nopal prickly pear opuntia cactus Sore gums- hesperidin Knee pain- calcium hydroxyapatite (type 1 collagen) Sensitive teeth- calcium hydroxyapatite Knee/hip bone on bone- chicken sternum collagen type 2 Fungal toenail- macadamia oil internally Toe numbness & tingling- macadamia oil internally Chest colds gone- quercetin dihydrate Pessimism/brain fog- reduced glutathione Sleep- soy lecithin softgel Leg cramps- soy lecithin softgel
I began seeing an acupuncturist (traditional chinese medicine doctor) for general fatigue. I was also having hot flashes related to menopause. I have had 2 sessions a week for 2 months, and my energy is significantly improved, and the hot flashes are now completely gone. Part of the program involves drinking a prescribed chinese tea 3 times a day after meals- tastes pretty bad, but I could tolerate it.
My mother passed away from cancer about two months ago. We had been trying various alternative treatments for her (which we didn't start until a little late in the game, I'm sad to report), so when she passed we had a cupboard full of supliments, herbs, teas and oils. I took some of these home, and started doing some research to see how they might be used by someone who did not have cancer. I found this site right away, and was amazed at all of the feedback I was seeing from people. I decided to try them out for myself, and here are the results I've seen so far:
Turmeric Capsules: I have developed some nasty allergy symptoms over the past couple of years, which included intense itching of the eyes, sinus pain, asthma and copious amounts of mucous from the nose. After ONE DAY of taking two capsules in the morning and two at night, my symptoms were eliminated by about 90%. Within three days they were completely clear. I know it was the Turmeric, because I woke up late the past couple of days and forgot to take them, and the symptoms are coming back.
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) - I started out using it as a moisturizer for my face, but loved the feeling of my skin so much that I started using it all over. Then, after reading all of the amazing claims on this site, I started taking about a table spoon of it in my coffee as well. After about two weeks of doing this, a wart that had been vexing me on the bottom of my foot simply peeled out. No acid, no lazers. . . It just simply came out. This was like magic to me!
Oil Pulling- I started oil pulling two times a day (usually) about three weeks ago with VCO, and just recently switched to Sunflower Oil. I love the way it makes my mouth feel. It did seem to make my teeth whiter right away. The reason I'm so interested in it is because it's supposed to be good for gum disease. I haven't seen any real improvement in my gums yet, but I'm going to stick with it. It also pleases me that I have to blow my nose and cough up phlegm when I'mthrough - even when I have no congestion. It makes me feel like I'm getting rid of the icky stuff! Other Unexpected Benefits - I have noticed several other positive things happening in my body, and since I'm using several foods, I'm not sure which is causing them. - Back and knee pain eliminated. I've always had a bad lower back, and in recent years, the tendons at the front of my knees would get really sore after sitting in one position for a while.
Since I've started taking all of these things, the pain is GONE. - Disappearing Cellulite. I've always had small patches of dimples on my rear. I discovered the other day that the left cheek was about 95% dimple free, and the right cheek was at about 80%! I made my boyfriend double check to make sure it's not all in my head :) it's not! - Noticeable reduction in desire for sweets and junk food. Maybe it's just that I'm consciously taking steps to make myself healthier, but I very rarely want anything that's bad for me. I used to have a tasty(yet very unhealthy) snack of chips or cookies every afternoon at work. Now, I don't even think about it. I am so excited about all of these wonderful benefits from just taking food! It's like real life magic to me! Thank you so much, Earth Clinic, for this wealth of information. I will continue experimenting with the different methods on this page. Thank you! Thank You!