Sunday, October 29, 2017

My B12 Journey- part 1

It seems I talk about B12 deficiency, the signs of B12 deficiency, and the damage that lack of B12 can do to your body, almost every day. Then I realized, despite talking about B12 on my seizure blog post, I did not have a stand alone post about B12 deficiency. So here we are.

Since this is such an involved subject, this will be a multiple post series on B12. This is part one, and will cover the eyes.

I started wearing glasses when I was nine years old. I got a new, stronger prescription every year. When I had my children, sometimes my prescription would change mid-pregnancy, or just after birth.

Before I got out of my teens, I needed to buy the 'thin' lenses, so I would not have Mr. Magoo glasses. Before I got out of my 20's, I was legally blind (without glasses). And every year, stronger prescription.

In 2007, I went to an Ophthalmologist for an eye exam (kind of like an annual physical). An Ophthalmologist is a medical eye doctor, much more education and training than an Optometrist, who is not a doctor. The Ophthalmologist grew increasingly concerned, and ran tests, and more test. The final test took a photo of my eyeball.

Then he sat me down for a talk. My optic nerves were frayed, he explained, and showed me this on the photo. This was irreversible, would only get worse, and would lead to permanent blindness in less than ten years. So very sorry.

In 2012 I lived in a different area, and I went to my Optometrist (my only option) and told him I was very concerned about the "color smears" I was seeing. I explained I had experienced eye "floaters" for years, this was different. It was like an overlay of that thin colored plastic paper, just a piece of it, over there. Now over here. Pink, green, yellow; they would show up for a minute or so, then leave. He was at a total loss, and had no suggestions.

Note that by this time, my eye glasses prescription was at maximum.

The next two  years, my eyes and my vision just continued to go downhill, in every way. It was harder to read road signs, even with my glasses. I stopped driving at night, because the headlights of other cars was blinding. My eyes hurt- they felt tired, like a worn muscle; they burned; they itched; they felt gritty; they felt 'full' of pressure. I went through a lot of eye drops. The floaters increased in severity and intensity, so did the color splashes.  Occasionally I would get 'tunnel vision'. I started seeing things out of the corner of my eyes, that weren't there when I turned my head to look. Let's call it what it was- visual hallucinations. I stopped driving entirely- I did not feel safe behind the wheel.

In 2014, I saw a Neurologist for suspected seizures. She tested my B12, which was in the basement. Because I had so many neurological symptoms, I started injections of B12 every other day. Thank goodness I joined a B12 support group on Facebook, or I would never have gotten through this time.

After a few months of injections (somewhere around 3-6 months), I noticed my eyes did not hurt. They were not dry, gritty, painful, no pain. I noticed all the weird tunnel vision and color smears were gone. The hallucinations were gone. I noticed I could see through my glasses.

After about 18 months of injections, I went to the same Optometrist I saw in 2012. We talked about how the color smears were gone, and B12, and all the other things that had improved or left entirely since I began injections. Then he examined my eyes. He told me my prescription was down one step- as in, slightly weaker glasses needed! Which had never happened to me since I got my first pair of glasses at age 9 (I was 42). Whoa. Hey, how do my optic nerves look?

Fine, he says. Then peeks at them again. Just fine, why do you ask? I was wondering if they were still frayed, I said. His brow furrowed, he looked a third time- no, they are not frayed at all. Why would you think they were frayed? Because I was told they were frayed years ago, I said. "That's impossible. Optic nerves don't heal. If they were frayed, they would still be frayed. Whoever told you that was wrong- or mistaken." ... "I have photographic evidence!" I said, with a big smile. I showed him the picture about a week later, when I picked up me new, weaker glasses. He looked at it, looked at my name and the date on it, looked at the frayed nerves again, shook his head, handed the picture back, and walked away.

It is now about 3 years since injections began. My prescription got weaker again at my last eye exam. I no longer have floaters, color smears, visual hallucinations, or eye pain of any kind. It is 2017, ten years since the Ophthalmologist told me I would be blind in ten years, and I am not blind. Because my prescription has lowered, I am no longer legally blind. My eyes are in the best shape they have ever been in my life. Now that I understand B12, I think my prescription changed during my pregnancies because of how much B12 my body was giving the baby, and the damage that ensued by my new lower levels.

If you think B12 is "just a vitamin", remember that these vitamins build your nerves, literally BUILD your nerves, and your eyes have a LOT of nerves. 

For your reading, not referenced here, just learn:
Vitamin B12 Deficiency- There's More Than Meets The Eye
Medical article about eyes and B12
The Optic Neuropathy of Pernicious Anemia
 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Full Moon Mayhem

You couldn't sleep last night. Mood swings abound. Welcome to the full moon. Oddly, this seems to happen to you EVERY full moon. This blog explains WHY.

People on the Autism Spectrum and moms of Autistic children notice that full moons are the worst. Nothing seems to go right, sensitivity is exceptionally high, crankiness is at the max, and sleep is completely elusive.

Any police officer, 911 dispatcher, or ER nurse will tell you, the full moon shows an increase in domestic disputes and violent crime.

Coincidence? No. Tidal influence? No.

Parasites.

Parasites are most active on a full moon. Incredibly active, so much so that you cannot sleep.

Their increased activity brings with it increased emotional response- irritibility, mood swings, aggression.

I have a previous blog post about killing parasites. Should you not find something in there you/your family want to or are willing to take, consider Pumpkin Seed Oil.

Pumpkin seeds are naturally antiparasitic. The oil of the seeds is a liquid concentrate, very mild flavored, good for those who cannot take pills. It can be made into salad dressing, slipped into smoothies, or masked in other ways. It should not be heated- do not use it for cooking. The best Pumpkin Seed Oil is organic, raw, cold pressed, unrefined. You will not find Pumpkin Seed Oil in the store- look for it online, on amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.

Let me remind you- parasites can live ANYWHERE in the body, not just the intestines. They can live in any organ, the blood, the bones. There are many doctors, holistic practioners, and medical researchers who are certain that parasites are responsible for all chronic illnesses. That heart disease is from parasites in the heart. That autoimmune diseases are from parasites in the lymphatic system. That parasites cause epilepsy. That Autism is directly linked to parasites.

Besides a decreased quality of life from parasites and the diseases they bring to the human body, they can cause enough damage to literally kill you. So pay attention, take this seriously, because it is.

Other signs of parasites: Nose picking, especially in the morning and just before bed, and the objects removed are always same size/color/length...not boogers, those are parasites you are pulling out of your nose, they have invaded your sinus cavity. Cysts, anywhere in the body. These 'cysts' are parasite egg sacs, and can be found in the uterus (uterine cysts), in the foot (ganglion cysts), the brain (pineal cysts), on or below the skin, in the kidneys, liver, etc. Iodine protocol helps kill the egg sacs. Nail biting, especially what seems uncontrollable or mindless nail biting. Full list of signs of parasites are in the How to Kill Parasites blog.

This bit is important- once you think you have killed all the parasites in your body, whatever protocol you are using, KEEP GOING. There is a life cycle, you want to get all newly hatching, eggs, etc. The rule of thumb is to go for 100 days after you feel all parasite symptoms are gone. And, since it is very easy to get parasites, especially once you have had a severe infestation, it is a good idea to follow up for 2 weeks every 6 months, to keep your system clean.

If you have been chronically ill for a long time, and you are very weak and in lots of pain, you should build up your system before attempting to kill parasites. Especially, your body needs B12 (sublingual or injection), magnesium, iron, vitamin C, and iodine. Two months (minimum) on daily nourishment with these will help your cells have the strength to fight the parasites, and deal with the toxins they will release when they die.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Why You Need More

I see the same things over and over and OVER again in numerous health groups.
The same issues, same symptoms, and many of them are very, very familiar.

So I point out, this symptom you are talking about is what I had when my magnesium was low, perhaps you could consider taking some magnesium. Person replies, I take magnesium, I take the full RDA, so that's not it.

Well, wait. That is still it. You are showing signs of low magnesium. And you don't understand the RDA.

The RDA, or Recommended Daily Allowance, is a guideline of how much the human body needs of a specific vitamin, mineral, protein, fat, etc. What most people DON'T know is these 2 key pieces of infomation that make such a HUGE difference.

  1. The RDA is a MINIMUM not a maximum. The maximum is called UL for Upper Limit. So RDA is the bare minimum so you don't die, not the optimal amount to feel good and not have problems.
  2. The RDA is for healthy individuals at their perfect weight. So if you weigh more than that height/weight chart indicates, adjust up. And if you are UNhealthy, adjust up.
Most individuals who are looking into supplements and RDA stuff are not just unhealthy, but very unhealthy. They don't understand why taking the RDA isn't helping- this is why. You want to look into the Upper Limit, not the RDA.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Dietary_Reference_Intakes.aspx
from the site, "reference values used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people" (my emphasis)