3 Weeks Post Final Acumazing Treatment

Hello one and all! I hope today finds each of you in a joyous place. I just wanted to touch base with you all about how things have progressed with undertaking the three session gift of Acupuncture my daughters gave me this past June.

I was seen three weeks in a row and I tell you I am amazed in the results. As I mentioned the day of my first treatment I was able to actually bend and touch my toes! I was able to stand up straight and my ability to walk was greatly improved. In addition I was able to raise my right arm (which has been virtually useless for the last year) level with my shoulder without feeling horrendous pain.

The second treatment did present a bit of challenge as it seemed that it kind of increased my pain the first couple of days afterward. The next few days were really good however, I was able to stand for longer periods, I was able to extend my right arm backwards and could almost reach the small of my back when trying to bend it behind me. Here again this is something that has been unattainable for over a year now.

My final treatment we focused on the small of my back and right arm as these two areas have been the most pain ridden. My last treatment was on August 23rd only a couple of days shy of three full weeks. I am still ecstatic with how I am feeling. I am still able to extend my right arm behind me although bending has become unobtainable. I am able to raise it straight without wanting to scream, actually there is only a twinge of pain now. Best of all with my arm I no longer have the large knot that has been present and growing on my right upper arm along the tendon which was not only creating constant pain it would for good measure spasm at times and cause shooting pain down into my wrist. This has stopped completely and the knot is only marble sized now.

I tell you I am tickled pink and however I can manage to continue with this type of treatment I am going to do it, even if all I can manage to afford is once a month.

Have any of you ever utilized acupuncture treatment in your health care routine. Did it help and would you do it again? Let me know in the comments, I can’t wait to hear of your experiences.

‘Til next time I’m sending each of you hope for a great day today and an even better tomorrow.

~Heidi

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PAIN…What is it?

Generally, pain falls into three categories of causation. These categories are, Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Central Pain.

  1. Nociceptive Pain – This is the most common form of pain experienced. Occurring as a response to an injury. For example when I was in a car accident and slammed into the gear shift from the passenger side (really learned to appreciate seat belts after this one). Everyone of us has experienced this type of pain at some point. This type of pain will usually dissipate with treatment and eventually go away completely.
  2. Neuropathic Pain – This pain is do to damage to the bodies Nervous System and is fairly common as it affects between 7-10% of the worlds population. The types of issues that neuropathic pain results from are pretty well known, diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, HIV and of course Diabetes. One specific treatment method used today can also cause this type of pain and that is Chemotherapy as a result of its destructive effects to many cells in the body. Those who experience this type of pain are definitely on a roller coaster ride with this because it is very difficult to treat and the options for treatment can be very addictive.
  3. Central Pain – Central Pain can on occasion be injury related, however the most common cause of Central Pain is unknown thus making it very hard to treat. One of the most common diagnosis involving this kind of pain is Fibromyalgia. It is believed that Fibromyalgia is caused as a result of the malfunction of the way pain signals travel to the brain and the way they are processed.

Pain occurrences are obviously varied and will effect each of us differently and treatment options are just as different for each of us. Decades have gone by with severe research restrictions being enforced at least here in the states on what can be explored and what can’t, but there is light at the end of the tunnel due to the growth in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis use. We are entering an era now where these much needed studies are being conducted. Cannabinoid treatment studies are growing in number and are demonstrating that cannabis is an effective treatment option with far less costly side effects than what we have been encouraged to accept using current pain treatments such as Opioids.

Latter I’ll be talking about the information regarding the best product types and benefits as well as how cannabinoids work within the body.

Til next time I’m sending each of you all hope for a great day today and a better tomorrow.

p.s. any comments, questions, or suggestions are always appreciated.

Vitamin D deficiency, What are the risks?

We all know from a young age that vitamin D builds strong bones, and it is foundly named the Sunshine vitamin. Yet, what else does it do and what happens when you don’t get enough?

Activated Vitamin D hormone helps control the immune system and has anti-inflammatory attributes. Thus in the event you don’t have enough you could be opening yourself up to some troublesome health issues such as

  • Increased risk of death from Cardiovascular disease
  • Severe Asthma in children
  • COPD
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive impairment in older Adults
  • Rickets- a condition that affects bone developement in children

Most recently a report published in the June 19, 2018 edition of the Journal of Nutrition by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, which utilized data accumulated over 10 years for more than 6,000 Adults found that low levels of Vitamin D are linked with an increased risk of a disease which causes scarring and inflamation of the lungs identified as Interstitial Lung disease (ILD). Over the 10 year time frame it was discovered that lower than normal blood levels of Vitamin D demonstrated an increased risk factor in ILD developement.

Bering in mind that the researchers do caution that cause and effect are not proven, the findings of the report do support the need for further investigation, however this study suggests that Vitamin D levels may be important to lung health. It may behoove us to now think about adding Vitamin D deficiency to the list of factors along with the other known ILD risks, ie. enviornmental toxins (asbestos, coal dust), Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, infections or medication side effects.

Other research suggests that Vitamin D contributes to treatment and prevention of many types of chronic long term health issues for example Diabetes both Types 1 and 2, glucose intolerence, hypertension and multiple sclerosis.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency can arise from a number of things.

  • Lack of Sunlight- The sunshine vitamin is made naturally in our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight without sunscreen, however for a variety of reasons this natural remedy may be prohibitive for some.
  • Darker skin – The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamn D in response to sunlight exposure.
  • Obesity- Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into circulation. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more often is indicative of low levels in the blood.

Additional reasons could be the inability of your digestive tract to absorb vitamin D as seen in conditions like Crhons or celiac disease. Kidney inability to convert vitamin D to its active form just to name a couple.

I personaly suffer from vitamin D deficiency and up until recently I had been taking 50,000 IU (international units) weekly. Depending on age and health issues, the Institute of Medicine has increased the Recommended Dietary Allowence (RDA) of Vitamin D to 600 IU daily for everyone age 1 to 70, and for those who are 70 and older the daily amount should be 800 IU. Now in the event a person is in fact Vitamin D deficient in order to correct the upper limit was raised to 4,000 IU daily with a Doctor being able to prescribe more than that if needed. My daily dosage broke down to 7,143 IU.

As always be upfront with your doctor and discuss options if you feel you may be at risk.

Until next time Peace, Harmony and Joy to one and all.

Cannabis Could Benefit the Brain! Whaaat?

With the acceptance and resulting growth of Medical Marijuana use some very positive research is being pursued in the area of Neuroscience specifically.

Although some research cases are not conclusive, multiple studies show interesting ways with which marijuana may help the brain.

  1. Combat Brain Cancer; Discovered by researchers at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain in 2014, THC used on mice that had been injected with Human Cancer Cells, found this active component in marijuana actually KILLED the cancer without adversely affecting the normal healthy cells.
  2. Countering the effects of Aging on the Brain; As evidenced in research published in the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.”  Marijuana may possibly reverse aging effects on the brain because of Cannabinoid System Activity which is neuroprotective. Time Magazine wrote that Professor Andras Bilkei-Gorzo from the University of Bonn in Germany, stated that increasing neuroprotective capability could slow down the progression of brain aging. Likely mitigating the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
  3. Encouraging Brain Cell Growth; Did you know that the brain never really stops growing? A process known as neurogenesis occurs, this is the growth of new Brain Cells. The International Journal of Neuropharmacology published a study demonstrating that Cannabidiol promotes new cell growth in the area of the brain associated with memory and navigation known as the Hippocampus. This could potentially help lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s. An Italian study indicates that a chemical within Medical Marijuana called cannabichromene can stimulate faster brain cell growth.
  4. STRESS; Who doesn’t suffer from some form of stress on a daily basis? Some of the worst medical conditions people suffer from can be directly associated to stress. In Israel at the University of Haifa, professors conducted a study that found marijuana could potentially protect a person from stress and help prevent some of the psychological disorders it can cause.

These are areas that need to be looked into further as we progress in our pursuit of all this wonderful plant can do.

Here’s to your Health.

“What the Health?”

This is the title to a film that logically explains what is one of the largest consumer covers ups ever, and is largely unknown by the majority of people.

It is driven and supported by the corporate owners of such entities as Subway, Hormel, Oscar Myer, The Meat and Dairy Association and of course the U.S.D.A. just to name a few. The organizations that are direct beneficiaries of this cover up are just as varied they are for example Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association all of whom most of us are aware of or familiar with in some way. All of whom we believe to be working to improve our lives and to aid those who may be affected by Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer. These are the organizations that we as consumers are encouraged to utilize in order to understand, and base wise health decisions utilizing the information we are lead to believe is to our benefit.

I am asking everyone to take 92 minutes out of your busy day to watch this film. Then it is up to you as to what to do afterwards.

Let me know what you think I would love to discuss.