Thursday, March 26, 2015

Famous People with Epilepsy

Sir Elton John, Alexander the Great, President Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon, Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Tubman (underground railroad), Susan Boyle, Vincent van Gogh, Socrates, Michelangelo, Charles Dickens, President James Madison, Alfred Nobel (the creator of the Nobel Prize).

#purpleday, #epilepsyawareness

There is no reason to be scared of someone with epilepsy. They are just like everyone else- some good, some bad, some normal, some exceptional. Since 1 in 26 people will have this in their lifetime, odds are you talk and interact with someone with epilepsy every single day. You just don't know it.

You don't know because they don't tell you, and you cannot tell by looking. They don't tell you because people with epilepsy have years of losing friends and acquaintances from fear and misunderstanding. Not just friends- lovers, spouses, siblings, parents, children. Family members cutting the person with epilepsy out of their life entirely, because they are afraid, confused, or angry.

Awareness, acceptance, and education can help prevent many of these estrangements. Today, March 26, is Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness. Share the knowledge, and end the stigma.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Kidney Stones- Natural Treatments

Natural treatment of kidney stones is possible. By natural I mean non-pharmaceutical.

My husband had kidney stones a few years ago, and I researched and used these remedies for him, which worked. Hopefully you'll never need this, but if you do, here's the list:

Nettle leaf tea
Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
Corn silk
Lemon water
Castor Oil packs
Heating pad
Stone Breaker herb
LOTS of water
Cranberry pills
Garlic

Nettle is a very mild good herb, I have studied it and used it for many years with zero problems. No known interactions, but use your common sense- if you have serious medical issues or take lots of pharma, check it for interactions before taking. Steep 1 teaspoon (or tea bag) in 1 cup boiling water, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink this every 2 hours. NO SUGAR. Nettle leaf tea is around $4 a box.

Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother- clear ACV is useless, you want the cloudy, sediment-filled vinegar that will say on the label "with Mother". The mother is the cloudy sediment, and it is THAT which provides the benefits. Shake the bottle well before using. Dosage is 2 tablespoons every 2 hours. If you can't handle the taste straight, you can add the 2 tablespoons to 8 ounces of water. I buy Bragg's Organic Raw Unfiltered ACV- it runs about $5 a bottle, vs $3 for the clear useless vinegar.

Corn silk means those threads you find on an ear of corn that needs shucked. Simply buy a single ear of corn; there is enough silk on there for an entire treatment. Pull off about 5 threads and steep it like the Nettle tea; drink one cup every two hours.

Lemon water is just taking a lemon (organic ideally) and cutting a slice of it, rind and all, and putting it in warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes then drink the water. Cover the lemon in wrap or put in Tupperware to save for the next round. Drink one cup every 2 hours.

Castor Oil packs and Heating pad go together. This one is messy. Soak a washcloth in the Castor Oil, and apply to the kidney that hurts. Cover in some plastic wrap (or a plastic grocery bag), then some cloth you don't mind ruining (an old t-shirt, a hand towel), then put the heating pad on top. Leave on no more than 30 minutes. Repeat every 2 hours. The Castor Oil penetrates with the heat and helps stones pass; the heating pad also dilates all passageways making it easier to pass stones.

Stone Breaker (Chanca Piedra) herbal tincture. One dropper full (about 10 drops) under the tongue, every 2 hours. Can reduce the size of stones and helps them pass. May lower blood pressure. If you have high or low blood pressure, proceed with caution. Tons more info here.

Water, water, water. Dehydration can Cause kidney stones, plus extra fluid helps you pee more which gets the stones out sooner. Yeah it hurts to pass them, but the real pain comes from having them stay in your body.

Cranberry pills, NOT juice. Cranberries are GREAT for the entire Urinary Tract in a lot of ways. Cranberry Juice, however, has a lot of sugar because cranberries are bitter- and sugar feeds bacteria. If you have stones, odds are there is some infection too, and you don't want to feed the little buggers and increase their numbers.

Garlic, organic, raw. Again, if you have stones you probably have infection. Organic garlic is unsurpassed at fighting infection and killing bacteria. I chew mine raw, which tastes as bad as it sounds- I chase it with the Apple Cider Vinegar, which cuts the burn immediately. Hey, 30 seconds of bad taste to heal my body, I can live with that. Chew one clove every 2 hours.

You may have noticed just about everything says "every 2 hours". Stagger it; chew the garlic and chase with the ACV, then slap on the Castor Oil/Heating pad. Thirty minutes later take your cranberry pills with the Nettle Tea. Thirty minutes later have the corn silk tea, and so on. In between, drink water, lots of water. Plan on being chained to the bathroom for the duration. When I used this protocol on my husband, he passed the stone within 24 hours.

Why so many different things? Well, there are FOUR types of kidney stones. Each is made of a different material, caused by different factors, and requires different treatment. Irony- until you pass the stone to have it tested, you can't know what kind you have. So, this covers the three types you can treat at home. The 4th type is Genetic kidney stones- if you have this, you've had it your whole life, starting passing them in childhood, and you don't pass One stone, you pass Many, and it usually requires hospitalization. There's no way you reach adulthood with genetic kidney stones and don't know it- so if this is your first time, you've got one of the other 3 types, and this protocol should help.

Disclaimer- I am not a registered or licensed anything, I am not recommending or promising anything. Just sharing what worked for my husband, and what I'm using currently.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Am Eyelash

I am eyelash
I am toenail
I am nose
I am cuticle
I am taste bud
I am hair
I am belly button
I am elbow

Sound silly?

How about: I am fat

Think about this for a minute. Realize that saying "I am fat" is just as silly as saying "I am eyelash."

You have eyelashes as part of your body: kneecaps, fingers, and lungs as part of your body. Yet you don't self identify as those body parts. I've never heard a group of women saying "I am earwax."

Fat is simply a part of your body, another body part like teeth or bones. Every human being on the planet has around 20 billion fat cells- EVERY human. We also have 35 billion skin cells, and 100 billion neurons; again, I have never heard someone say "I am skin" or "I am neuron".

You have fat. It does not mean you are fat. Understand the distinction, because it is important.

The next time you start to say, to yourself or others, "I am fat" stop and mentally replace it with "I am eyelash" and see if you still want to complete the statement. Even better, identify yourself as something besides a body part. You are so much more than that.