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Monday, June 13, 2016

HAVE A T8-T9 DISK PROTRUSION. WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT IT...LEAVE IT..OR HAVE SURGERY TO CORRECT IT?




Hello there!!! :D 
I've suffered back pain for 10 yrs or more and do well, when I get up in the morning, but then as  my day progress..so does the pain to where it is unbearable to stand or sit. The ONLY thing that helps is that I lean immediately to a wall or lay down flat on the floor. Don't know for sure of why that works, but when I lean against a wall..the pain eases. IS that a good sign or a bad one? Must say that laying in bed is STILL not a remedy because the pain still persists and never completely goes away. I lay on a mechanical vibrating bed and use a heating pad daily, to just DEAL with the PAIN!!! Not fun...and I want relief, so that I can stand without this agonizing pain interfering with my everyday life. :/ 

I see a NS(Neurosurgeon) in 3 days to assess my T8-T9 protrusion and see..if I should get SURGERY or NOT. 
I really NEED advice on what I should do. Tired of taking pain meds...strong ones too. They should take the pain away completely, but they don't. Without them..I'm screaming in pain and my back can't even be touched, so they do help. I can't say that they don't, BUT they don't take the pain completely away and with surgery...MAYBE, I won't need to take ANYTHING. :o
*(Sorry that I don't have my MRI's from the last MRI, but working on that and will add it to the post, when I receive them. IT was a 3 1/2 hour MRI w/without contrast) 

So, my question to you is...IF I'm in pain, while wearing a 50 mcg Fentanyl Patch(change it every 48 hours), take 800 mg of Gabapentin 4 times a day and take as needed a breakthrough pain med of Norco 10/325. 
Do you think surgery is warranted here? 
Oh..and I do take a 4 mg. Zanaflex at night to help me sleep. Sometimes if I have severe muscle spasms, I'll take a half a tablet during the day, but it makes me dizzy and don't like to have to take it. Usually, I'll just deal and use my heating pad and bed...to help me. 

Wouldn't you think that it IS time for surgery if ALL of that isn't taking it away? 
Would you advise me to do surgery or is there another way of correcting this problem?
Maybe, strengthening the core muscles would work? I personally have been trying to do that and get up and do all that I can to keep active. I do some Yoga, but dealing with other issues and it is making it difficult to follow through with it. It does work your whole body and not ready for that yet...I reckon. Can't do PT because I also have a knot in my shoulder(Trapezoid) that is killing me and it gets irritated, just moving my arm too much!! o.O 

Every layer of my back is affected with something, but believe that I do pretty well at getting up and get around, but when that pain hits...I'm down. I have been dx'd with Fibromyalgia, DDD, Spinal Stenois, Spondylosis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, T3-T4 Compressed Fractures, 4 Herniations in a row(T8-T11) and the protrusion on my T8-T9 and also a tear of my L4-L5.

Couldn't they just repair the protrusion and ease some of my pain without putting in plates and screws?

I do feel that it is possible to have surgery without it being a major surgery, but I have NEVER had back surgery before and don't know what I'm facing. I have had an ACD & F spinal diskectomy of my C5-C6 and it wasn't bad, but it took me years to NOT think that it was a failed surgery, due to continued Neck pain. I had one Doc tell me that I had a screw on a nerve and something about my Brachial Plexus being involved and tried to get the NS that did my surgery to take a deeper look, but he never took me seriously and it was just left as it was. 

I'm dealing with other issues too...Lyme disease...another words..H***!! Also, Hyperthyroidism with 2 colloidal cysts, Adrenal insufficiency, a Chiari Malformation(due to a Car accident in '95) and an AVM in my left Cerebellar Hemisphere and allergies...BUT, I am dealing wit those with natural remedies and seem to be getting through them. I use essential oils(Young Living) and they DO help me a ton!!! Blessed that I discovered them because they have changed my life. I have become a distributor of the EO's because it saves me money that way. And..if, anyone is interested and needs essential oils from YL... I will supply my site address. :) 
                                    
 This is my BRAIN MRI of the AVM in my left Cerebellar Hemisphere. 

IT is just my BACK that IS keeping me down and NEED to know what you guys recommend I DO, especially if you have been there. I just need HONEST ADVICE and it is well-appreciated. Thank you in advance for any comment that could me to decide!!! ^_^  
Thank you...God Bless, Karen- back pain in Arkansas.







Friday, March 18, 2016

Bryan Elmore singing at the College last week, when we had the Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn show. He sang at the pre-show along with a talented group of vocalists, doing a mixture of popular songs. They all performed solo vocal acts and Bryan sang an Elvis tune "Can't help falling in love with you."


All of the performances were great with wonderful vocals. LOVED how they had everything set up and arranged, with a great atmosphere and mingling. They must do it again and this time, I'm gonna sing. :) 
Must apologize for my Camera...it is a crappy one to record with and I didn't get it all, but at least I did capture some of him. o.O  

Sure did enjoy that with all of my heart!! Great to see my son on that stage...where I've been many a time!! :D  Very special... 
Must say that I'm...we're really PROUD of our son Bryan! Soooo talented! <3 
Thank You Lord... ^_^ 

BELOW...
There are a FEW other videos, he's made throughout the years. 

Some videos and pics do include his best-friend Emily. :)
 GORGEOUS SHOT OF YOU TWO!!
WONDERFUL GROUP SHOT!! 
Nice video of the two of you in the Tri-County Fair Competition...and YOU GUYS WON!!!

Your first year in High School. 
When you graduated!! Now, you're in College. That's my handsome...younger son. 


 WANTED TO MAKE A COLLAGE OF WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR LIFE...SO FAR!! GREAT JOB!!! ^_^  Sorry that I left your GOLF video out. :o   
                                                                                                   LOVE YA, YOUR FAMILY.. <3 

Monday, June 29, 2015

LICORICE-VERY IMPORTANT BENEFITS FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM/SUPPORT. HEALS/CURES SO MANY DIFFERENT AILMENTS/PROBLEMS!!!


  BENEFITS LISTED FOR LICORICE
VERY IMPORTANT BENEFITS LISTED FOR THIS HERB. GREAT FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT. HEAL/CURE SO MANY DIFFERENT AILMENTS/PROBLEMS, INCLUDING:  

CLEANSES INFLAMED MUCUS MEMBRANES, HAS SOOTHING & HEALING EFFECT ON THE STOMACH/GASTRIC TRACT, ULCERS OF THE STOMACH & DUODENOM, SORE THROAT & IRRITATED BRONCHIAL(S), ADRENAL & FEMALE PROBLEMS WITH ESTROGEN, ETC..

 **Licorice is very soothing and softens the mucous membranes of the throat, lungs, stomach, intestines, and at the same time cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support. This is why Licorice is found in so many cough and sore throat medications. It reduces the irritation in the throat and yet has an expectorant action. It is the saponins (detergent-like action) that loosen the phlegm in the respiratory tract, so that the body can expel the mucus.  It is a potent healing agent for tuberculosis, where its effects have been compared to hydrocortisone. For colds and flu, Licorice can be combined with stimulating herbs such as cayenne or ginger to intensify the effect. For sore throat and irritated bronchials, Licorice is more effective when combined with Horehound or Mullein.
**Licorice also has a soothing and healing effect on the stomach and digestive tract. It softens, soothes, lubricates and nourishes the entire intestinal tract with a formula as simple as 40% Licorice root and 60% Slippery Elm. The saponin content is effective in soothing various internal pains. Licorice is popularly known for treatment of ulcers of the stomach or duodenem, collective known as peptic ulcer. The glycyrrhetinic acid found in Licorice was the first drug proven to promote healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers.  Modern medicines such as antacids, Tagamet and Zantac disrupt the normal digestive process and alter the structure and function of the cells that line the digestive tract and will cause the ulcer to appear again. The cause is not treated. The compounds found in Licorice stimulate the normal defense mechanisms that prevent ulcer formation. These compounds improve both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. It will balance out the production and secretion of hydrochloric acid that is a cause of the formation of a peptic ulcer. The life span of intestinal cells will increase and there will be an improved blood supply to the intestinal lining by using Licorice--it treats the cause. 
**The 100 Herb List at the School of Natural Healing(http://www.snh.cc/100_Herb_List.pdf), lists adrenals as the common use for the Licorice. The steroidal (cortisone-like substance) content of Licorice aids in the healing and restoring of the adrenal glands. Glycyrrhizin has a similar chemical structure to corticosteroids released by the adrenals, which helps to stimulate the excretion of cortin hormones by the adrenal cortex. About every five hours, the adrenals need some sort of nourishment in order to continue supplying strength to the body. If the nourishment is not given, the glands go through what is called adrenal exhaustion, or in medical terms hypoglycemia. This exhaustion is also caused by the stresses that life places on us in this fast paced world in which we live. Sugar is often consumed to overcome stress and to get a stimulating lift. This causes more problems and can lead to insulin shock. When a person’s adrenal glands become so exhausted that they do not function anymore, they find themselves in a condition called Addison’s disease. 
**Licorice, with its cortisone-type substance, will help the body restore itself to the point where it will produce its own cortisone. It will give the body strength and a stimulating lift without bringing on insulin shock. This will also help the pancreas to function well because of better control of insulin released. The medical profession will prescribe corticosteroid hormones as a replacement drug when the body is fatigued; thus causing a dependency to them. If a person tries to get off these drugs they will go through severe withdrawal symptoms. Licorice begins strengthening and healing the body with as little as two capsules of Licorice each day. As noted by Dr. Christopher, “When people who have been under severe stress, overworking the adrenals and becoming extremely nervous and irritable, begin to take Licorice, they think they have suddenly spiritually arrived and it helps wonderfully to help those, who suffer mental exhaustion."

***The Steroidal content found in Licorice not only helps the adrenal glands but female problems as well. It can trigger higher levels of estrogen in the body, which will aid in the treatment of female infertility, for delayed and irregular menstruation, and in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It can be used to stabilize the menstrual cycle when coming off of "the Pill." It will help relieve the pain of chronic menstrual cramps as well as premenstrual symptoms such as depression, cravings for sweets, weight gain due to water retention, breast tenderness, etc. Licorice has an alternative action on estrogen metabolism, which means when estrogen levels are too high it will bring them down, and if the levels are too low it will bring them up. This estrogenic action is due to the isoflavone content found in Licorice. Premenstrual syndrome has been attributed to a disruption in the estrogen to progesterone ratio.
Licorice helps to bring back the right balance in this ratio, therefore relieving the symptoms that this imbalance causes. If licorice is used, two cups of tea a day, two weeks prior to the onset of menstruation will reduce the symptoms of PMS. After a couple of months the cycle should be improved and no more need to drink the tea. Even though our bodies require a balance of male and female hormones, men who take Licorice don’t need to be alarmed about “getting too much” hormone-estrogen properties. Our bodies are a fabulous computer and it selects only what it needs from natural sources such as herbs. 

**As mentioned previously, Licorice was taken during the middle ages to counter-balance the effects of highly spiced and over cooked food, fat and contaminated meats. Licorice is a highly esteemed herb for the same use today. The root is excellent as a stool softener or mild laxative, especially for children. It doesn’t cause the gripping of the intestines that other cathartic herbs are known to do. Licorice also has as anti-inflammatory substance that helps in gastric or bowel irritations and also helps the inflammation caused by hemorrhoids. A looser and softer stool also helps when hemorrhoids are present. 
***I think the Egyptians may have been on the right track in their thinking that Licorice is a cure-all. A few more uses for Licorice are as a blood cleanser and detoxifier with benefits to the liver.  It increases the flow of saliva and alleviates thirst when the root is chewed on and it also makes an excellent natural teething ring for babies to help bring the teeth through. If the baby is a vigorous chewer there may be some purgative or cathartic action as well! 

***In addition to quenching thirst, Licorice will quench the appetite and reduce the desire to smoke tobacco and consume alcohol. It will increase sexual desire and help a person stay alert (a No-Doz substitute). Mixed with honey it is great for external wounds and skin irritations. Combining Licorice with peppermint, it is great for a singer or a person losing their voice due to laryngitis. 
***Additional uses from James Duke, in his book “The Green Pharmacy,” are preventing tooth decay, treating arthritis, asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odor, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, cough, dandruff, depression, emphysema, fungal infections, gingivitis, gout, heartburn, HIV infection, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, prostate enlargement, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendonitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, viral infections and yeast infections.

***I feel the same as this author who wrote on Licorice, "Licorice can be recommended for just about everybody, for male and female alike, young and old, well or sick. It is the grand tonic of the world, in this author's opinion. For that reason, I recommend it as an important tonic in the maintenance of the musculo-skeletal system. The amazing anti-inflammatory actions of licorice root extend to the entire surface area of the body, both outside and inside. Not only the skin, but the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract yield to the soothing and healing action of licorice root. The plant reinforces the body's ability to withstand attack from virtually any kind of pathogen, and should therefore be considered a tonic for the musculo-skeletal system. If one is looking for a broad-spectrum tonic to protect, maintain health, and heal injuries, there is no herb better than licorice root."

Just to add that I'm not a doctor, but do study individual herbs and what benefits they have, in hope to help in anyone in any way. 
God Bless all. <3 

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Burnt out my adrenals and first, was dx'd with Addison's and thought that it was the answer, but after 5 yrs. of suffering with Lyme was dx'd by Igenex. Bit in '08 found the tick, that had stayed on the back of my hairline, for 3 days. That's why I'm neurotixic, for it was close to my brain. It wasn't found early and didn't have rash, that I could see. All that I can say @ Lyme is that it is H to go through and it takes ALL of you. Still stuck in bed. :o  
My legs still kill me and I'm neurotoxic, where it affects my brain and thought process. The insomnia is horrible and I fight sleep. Yes, I had Lyme rages and a very patient easy-going person, but patiently doing what I can at home, to fight it. No option for treatment, for the cost is too high!! The bone pain, pins & needles are still there and working to figure if it is all of my neck/back damage or the Lyme, that is causing it. ?? I have 4 herniations in a row(T8-T11, with a petrusion on T8-T9 & T3-T4 compressed fracture that seems to be keeping me down. Plus, a C2 scerlotic lesion and my muscles around each side of my neck that stayed tensed up-tight!!) Wondering if surgery would help, but not sure if it is that or the Lyme doing it. 
By using essential oils, they have truly tremendously helped me. They've really sustained me and improved my life. I know, that I would still be in agony...if, it hadn't of been for them and the 6 Turmeric pills, I take everyday. It fights the inflammation and does work!!! I don't know what else to do, but wondering if it will EVER really go away. ? I pray to get rid of the LEG & BONE pain that I deal with. It is hell. The only word for it, but I'm a fighter and still here. Praying that it doesn't get any worse and that I'll find a way to get it in remission, but there is no guarantee it won't go haywire. 
Now, I find that it gets into your teeth and reeks havoc, but working on that. My dentist, even has Lyme and we're trying to figure that one out. There's a solution, we must find it.  
Lyme is an endless battle, that we must fight everyday...but, we can't give up.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LIFE WAS GOOD, UNTIL I WAS BIT BY A DEER TICK AND CONTRACTED LYME DISEASE and ITS CO-INFECTIONS OF BARTONELLA & BABESIA. MY LIFE SEEM TO UNRAVEL...AND FALL APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN MY NECK & BACK ISSUES COME ON STRONG ON TOP OF IT.
                                                                                                      HERE IS SOME OF MY STORY...
         Well...a lot of my story! :o 


HERE IN THIS PICTURE...I'M HAVING A GOOD DAY BUT, THEY ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. :/ THIS IS WHO I REALLY AM..A SMILING, HAPPY PERSON THAT DIDN'T EVER LET ANYTHING SLOW HER DOWN OR BOTHER HER. ME...A MOTHER, WIFE AND DAUGHTER, THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE MUCH OF A LIFE ANYMORE BEING STUCK MOSTLY IN BED. LYME HAS TAKEN JUST ABOUT ALL OF MY LIFE AWAY FROM ME AND MY NECK & BACK PROBLEMS, HAVE ONLY BEEN INTENSIFIED. :/

I'M AN ARTIST, VOCALIST AND MUSICIAN, BUT THOSE THINGS SEEMS TO BE PART OF THE PAST NOW. I CAN'T DO THEM ANYMORE, NOT STRONG ENOUGH RIGHT NOW. I JUST LAY IN BED MOST DAYS, PRAYING THAT I WILL FINE AN ANSWER...TO HOW, I WILL GET MY LIFE BACK!! THAT I WILL FIND A WAY, TO GET THIS LATE STAGE..NEUROLOGICAL LYME OUT OF ME AND MY SPINAL PROBLEMS CORRECTED TO ENJOY LIFE ONCE MORE!!!

I  WAS ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING AND LOVED TO WORK, LIKE SINGING IN MUSICALS, PERFORMING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS TOGETHER AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SO MUCH MORE OUT OF LIFE, BUT WHEN I CONTRACTED LYME, ALL OF THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY. 
I DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD AND SEEMED LIKE I HAD BECOME A HERMIT, BUT WAS FAR FROM WANTING TO BE AWAY FROM MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 
AFTER PULLING A TICK OFF OF ME IN '08, MY LIFE COMPLETELY CHANGED. UNDERNEATH THAT EXTERIOR OF SMILES...IS A VERY PAINFUL PERSON, WHO IS JUST STRIVING TO GET WELL AND LIVE LIFE AGAIN!!

To explain to a few of you who don't understand, that those of us with Lyme have TERRIBLE MEMORY problems. Short-term MEMORY that is and I definitely have memory problems that's really severe at times. IF anything interrupts my train of thought, WHILE I'M TRYING TO MAKE A POINT, IT IS JUST LOST AND I STAND THERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, WHAT IN THE WORLD WE WERE DISCUSSING. I will forget everything that I wanted to say too. Talk about frustrating. Whatever, I was thinking is gone. Seriously, I have a three second rule. If I don't get what needs to be said...out, I've lost it completely and can't retrieve it. IT'S like I have ADHD..or something, BUT IT IS MUCH WORSE. Really it is more like ALZHEIMER'S OR DEMENTIA and I'm too young for that. 
Just wanted to let you know this about the memory, before you read my story. That's just in case I repeat anything more than once. I will try to read over it and correct any repetitions. :o 


 
"WE ALL PUT ON A BRAVE FACE IN FRONT OF OTHERS and that is a hard thing to do, BUT WHEN WE ARE ALONE..then, we can let the pain out. REALITY SETS IN." 


IT TOOK YEARS FOR IT TO GROW & BE FOUND...LYME!!! ONLY FOUND BY A LYME LITERATE DOC. BECAUSE ALL OF THE NEUROLOGIST, ONLY RUN 2 TEST OUT OF 6 AND THERE IS OVER 300 DIFFERENT STRAINS OF LYME. THEY WILL NEVER GET MANY POSITIVE BLOOD RESULTS, BY DOING IT THAT WAY AND IT IS SO WRONG TO THE PATIENTS! I SUFFERED 4 MORE YEARS BECAUSE OF IT. :o
MY BLOOD WORK HAD TO BE SENT TO IGENEX, BEFORE WE GOT ANSWERS TO MY LYME QUESTIONS!!  SINCE, IT TOOK YEARS TO BE DIAGNOSED CORRECTLY AND IT WAS LEFT TO GROW OUT OF CONTROL. IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME, FOR ME TO BE ME AGAIN.  BEING DX'D WITH LYME DISEASE, BARTONELLA. & BABESIA, WHAT AM I TO DO?! THE BEST I CAN, BUT THE GOOD LORD WILL SEE ME THROUGH!!

THIS IS WHAT I FOUND THAT BROUGHT MY LYME TO LIGHT OR LIFE: 
People who exhibit healthy immune function generally do not suffer from the worse aspects of Lyme. My immune function must not have been too good, for when I needed some teeth work done, it made my LYME come to life...or WAY worse. 
I got sick because I had teeth extracted and had some other work. Root canals, as well as improper extractions, weaken your immune competency. Tooth extractions or Root Canals, improperly done, cause problems where the Lyme infiltrate the system. LYME infiltrates YOUR TEETH and MOUTH!! Leaving you with NEVER being able to completely eradicate it from your system!! IT EMBEDS ITSELF IN YOUR TEETH!!! :o
Another words, if my teeth had been properly addressed in the first place, my immune function would have been sufficient to withstand the Lyme onslaught, but having teeth extracted or dong any root canal improperly  had caused the Lyme to reek havoc in my system!! Now, I'm left with teeth problems and still dealing with the Lyme too!! >:o

We must find a way to keep the Lyme, from becoming a problem!! To do that, we must KEEP our teeth receiving proper care with a Holistic Dentist, who knows @ the complexities of Lyme. We must also, keep our immune system at par!! But, I'd rather have a Birdie!! :/ 
Link to the Holistic Doc, who knows his stuff @ teeth & dealing with Lyme: 
http://arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/lyme-disease-often-resides-in-the-mouth/


LATE STAGE NEUROLOGICAL LYME DISEASE AND WHAT IT'S CO-INFECTIONS, DO TO YOU...
No one realizes what Late stage neurological LYME really is...and what it does to you, unless they have it. IT takes all of you and all the while, you are helplessly watching your life come to a screeching halt. IF I WROTE DOWN ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS, YOU COULD HARDLY BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE COULD DEAL WITH IT ALL. :/ 
Your not the same person, as you once were before and all that you knew your life to be...seems, will never be again. I've had to completely put my dreams on the back burner and be completely stuck in my house. I just pray that one day, I'll get to pursue them once again. :/
You can't move on with you life, until you get THAT LYME UNDER CONTROL. I WANT IT OUT and THAT SEEMS UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE!!! But, with a positive attitude it helps to move on and at least, hope for a better future. 

IT'S definitely a humbling experience and does make you appreciate every GOOD moment that you get of life. Every time that I can smile or not feel pain, I'm grateful. :) 


First...I want to address those who have people in their life, who are suffering from Lyme or are possibly showing signs of having the disease. Please be considerate and find a LLMD, to get a diagnosis. Or..if, already dx'd with Lyme, GET to working on some kind of treatment. It is very helpful to just TRY to understand, what they are dealing with on the inside. You may not be able to see THAT PAIN, but IT is SOOOO REAL and indescribably painful!! IT IS JUST HARD TO EXPERIENCE ON IT'S OWN, BESIDES NO ONE LISTENING TO OR BELIEVING IN THEM!! AND...You could SAVE their LIFE!!
IT just hurts me so much, when someone doesn't listen or understand!!
Sometimes it gets me so angry inside, from those suffering and NOT being heard or believed by loved ones or others!! IT is a battle..a daily battle, that seems to be intensifying each day and if, not treated early...could be left to grow out of control and even KILL a person. 
At times, I don't know what to do, but to put my feelings down and to keep on fighting. It does seem therapeutic to write about it and hopefully, this will help others in some way. I pray that it does. :) 

I can't help that I'm not active like I used to be...or that I can't move around or help much. I LOVE to work and my whole life, I've been a worker. That is...until I got LYME.  THE LYME IS IN MY BACK AND CNS-Central Nervous System, which makes it ever more difficult for me...to just get out of bed. IT is also in my Brain, which is called neurotoxity. It can possibly get into the HEART, but I'm praying about that and hopefully, IT isn't there yet! I hope by then, to be able to be completely treated for it!! That's when it becomes deadly, when it gets into the heart. People have actually died with Lyme. Yes..IT has KILLED many, but if you catch it early...YOU could be alright!!


I must say something about the one thing, that has helped me tremendously, I've been so blessed to have a wonderful husband and family, who does listen, care and stand beside me. I thank GOD for them everyday!!
Also, I've found essential oils, that God gave to us and THEY are WONDERFUL!! I put them in EACH of my baths. The oils...I mix with Epsom Salts, so that they can diffuse with the salts and work better. IT really has made a difference in my life!!! SOOO GRATEFUL!!! I know that without them, I would have been MUCH worse!! :o
Tired and all from me today, for the computer screen looks like it is moving and need to stop, but got a lot said. Maybe, tomorrow I'll be able to add the symptoms. That's a maybe...


LETTER I WROTE TO A NEUROSURGEON, IN HOPES OF AT LEAST, GETTING MY BACK STRAIGHTENED OUT.  My name is Karen and been having Migraines & neck/back pain for the past 10 years. Dx'd with a T3-T4 compressed fracture, a C2 scerlotic lesion and T8-T8 protrusion. Also, herniations of T8-T11 and was told by a Hospital visit that I had Cauda Equina, but nothing done about it. I take a lot of pain and just a stronger person than, people give me credit for.
I had an ACD & F spinal diskectomy of C5-C6 done, back in '06. I have an AVM(left cerebral hemisphere), Chiari Malformation(over deficits-with being 6.5mm). I've had sinus/allergy issues, since I was a teenager, but received allergy shots for 14 years. Oh, also was in a Car accident back in '95, where I was hit hard on the top of my head and always have a sore spot right where I was hit. The headache seems to stem from there too. I'm a mess.   
Also, I've been dx'd with Lyme disease from my blood work being sent to Igenex in California and do have Adrenal Insufficiency that's being treated, by Endocrinologist in Memphis.(since '12) First, he thought I had Addison's disease and was treated for that for 2 years, but later it turned out to be because I received so many Corticosteroid shots for my neck/back pain, that caused it. And, I'm sure a bunch of stress helped it along.     
How, I retrieved your information was by my husband, who is a student of one of your patients Paulette Parker. She is also a long-time friend of mine. I've heard only good things about you and that you are a very nice guy and great doc. I've seen some docs from Memphis, but not for the Migraines and they won't do anything for my back. My NL says that all 5 layers area affected and don't want to have to take these strong medications forever or live my life in bed. I'm just missing so much of my kids life. I can't stand over 5-10 or my legs will give way and I have balance issues.
I've been having terrible Migraines or some kind of tension headaches, for the past 4 yrs., but here lately have been intensifying. They don't want to seem to go away, but strangely enough having a BM does give it some kind of relief and don't understand why that is. They spike and are very painful and can completely go away for a short while, then come on strong again. They also, seem to have some kind of connection with my neck and the pain in my neck is like the headache is stemming from there. My head has all of these sore spots. The pain is also over my forehead, temples and bridge of my nose and behind my eyes.
I've had 3 ultrasounds of my neck, to check my thyroid and am hyperthyroid too. When, they run the ultrasound, all they would find is my that my muscles are tightening up. 
I don't believe it is sinus, but can't tell. Here lately, it seems like it is circulatory because after I take an Aspirin, it can go away for a while. I've had them so bad in the past that I would get nauseated, dizzy and light-headed and couldn't stand any kind of light. I will have to stay in a dark room when they come on, but the ones that I've had the past two weeks straight, have not had those symptoms. They seem different. The pain is constant behind my eyes. 
I do have allergies, but take medicine for that each day. Given Zyrtec & the Flucticasone nasal spray for it and take it everyday. I don't miss a dose, for I'm afraid of getting one. 
I do believe that the back & neck issues could be the culprit, but not sure and only want so badly to find a solution. I deal with horrible leg pain too, especially under the knee and calf, but it can cover all of both of my legs down to the bottom of my feet. The pain is a sharp joint-muscle pain, that never goes away and can be strong in intensity. I was struck by a nerve block back in '06 and ever since had problems. Thinking that the cauda equina could have something to do with it. My legs pulsate, jerk and vibrate all the time and I have to run my electric bed, just to trick my mind into not feeling or thinking of it..  
Have to take such strong medication and so tired of it.  I want to be pill-free and get rid of this Fentanyl patch, one of these days if possible and live a normal productive life. Praying that someone could fix me.  
I'll find a way, to come see you. I've got to get my life back on track. I'm a driven and love to work, but can't do much of anything anymore. 
Thank you for listening. God Bless, Karen-suffering in Arkansas 



Sunday, November 9, 2014

HEAD ACHES THAT SPIKE, COME AND GO. IS IT TMJ? TEMPORAL ARTERITIS? THAT ABNORMAL VEIN THAT WAS FOUND IN MY MRI? I BELIEVE THAT IT ALL IS CAUSED BY THE LYME DISEASE AND MUST FIND A WAY TO GET IT OUT!!!!

BEEN EXPERIENCING THESE WEIRD TYPE OF HEAD ACHES..OR HEAD PAINS, AS I CALL IT. IT IS NOT LIKE A REGULAR HEADACHE. IT WILL SPIKE LIKE IT IS CONNECTED TO MY HEART OR SOMETHING. I HAVE ALSO BEEN HAVING PAIN IN MY VEINS AND WAS DIAGNOSED HAVING AN ABNORMAL VEIN IN MY HEAD. ALTHOUGH, THEY DIDN'T TELL ME WHERE THE VEIN IS. :o
I DO HAVE TMJ AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH IT YEARS AGO, BUT MY JAW IS STAYING SORE HEAR LATELY. ON THE RIGHT SIDE, LOWER JAW BONE, IT STAYS SORE AND I CAN BARELY TOUCH IT. I DO NEED SOME TEETH WORK DONE, BUT HAD TO PUT IT ON THE BACK BURNER, DUE TO HAVING ALL OF MY OTHER HEALTH ISSUES. 
I HAVE LYME DISEASE, ADDISON'S DISEASE AND FIBROMYALGIA. PLUS A TON OF NEURLOGICAL DEFICITS WITH THE NECK AND BACK ISSUES. ALSO DEALING WITH A C2 SCERLOTIC LESION, T3-T4 COMPRESSED FRACTURE, T8-T9 PROTRUSION, ALONG WITH DDD, SPONDYLOSIS AND SPINAL STENOSIS. 
I DO TAKE NEURONTIN THAT SEEMS TO HELP WITH SOME OF THE NERVE PAIN. DON'T TAKE MUCH PAIN MEDICATION, SINCE IT DOESN'T SEEM TO HELP ME MUCH WITH THE HEAD PAIN. I HAVE STARTED TAKING MORE ASPIRIN, WHICH DOES SEEM TO HELP ME A BIT WITH THE HEAD PAIN.  ALSO I'M AFRAID TO TAKE MUCH ASPIRIN, SINCE I DO HAVE THAT ABNORMAL VEIN THAT WAS FOUND IN MY HEAD. I ALSO HAVE AN AVM IN MY LEFT CEREBULLAR HEMISPHERE AND DEALING WITH A CHIARI MALFORMATION, FROM A CAR WRECK BACK IN '95. THE CM IS OVER THE DEFICITS, BEING 6.5mm AND I HURT IN MY NECK ALL THE TIME. I HAVE HAD AN ULTRASOUND OF MY NECK AND THE DOC TOLD ME THAT ALL THAT HE SEES ARE TIGHT, TENSED MUSCLES SHOWING UP. 
I'VE BEEN EXPERIENCING THIS JERK IN MY RIGHT FINGER AND SHOULDER. MY MUSCLES ARE TIGHT ALL THE TIME, ESPECIALLY IN MY NECK AND JAW AREA AND IT COULD BE THE REASON FOR THE HEADACHES OR HEAD PAIN, AS I CALL IT. I HAVE NO IDEA FOR SURE WHAT IS CAUSING THEM AND HOPEFULLY, WHEN I GET TO THE PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC, THEY WILL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT. 
JUST WANTED TO SEND THIS OUT AND SEE, IF THERE IS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCING THESE WEIRD HEADACHES, THAT SPIKE AND THEN JUST COME AND GO. 
A LITTLE MORE HISTORY ABOUT ME. WELL, I AM A SMOKER OF CIGARETTES AND HAVE BEEN WANTING TO QUIT FOR A LONG TIME AND HAVE TRIED, BUT DUE TO ALL THE STRESS THAT I EXPERIENCE...IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DO. 
I BELIEVE THAT IF, I COULD GET THE LYME AND IT'S CO-INFECTIONS OUT OF MY BODY, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO DO. IT TAKES ALL OF ME AND WEARS ME OUT. I FEEL, AS IF MY BODY HAS BEEN BEATEN AND DON'T HAVE ANY ENERGY. I LITERALLY FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN UNPLUGGED.  
I EXPERIENCE CONSTANT MUSCLE SPASMS IN MY LEGS AND HAVE A BED, WITH A LEG MESSAGE FEATURE THAT CONTINUOUSLY RUNS. I THINK THAT I WOULD GO CRAZY, IF I DIDN'T HAVE THAT FEATURE ON MY BED. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY PULSATE OR THROB, WHERE I FEEL THAT THE BED FEATURE CONFUSES MY MIND AND I CAN DEAL WITH THEM MORE. 
I DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANYONE KNOWS HOW STRONG, I REALLY AM. I AM NOT A BIT FRAGILE, ALTHOUGH I MIGHT LOOK LIKE I AM. I HAVE A SMALL BODY FRAME AND LOOK LIKE I COULD BREAK, BUT REALLY I AM REALLY STRONG. MY HANDS CAN REALLY BE STRONGER THAN, OTHERS CAN IMAGINE THEY ARE. I EVEN DON'T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH SOMETIMES. 
ME AND GARY ON THE WAY BACK FROM ONE OF MY DOCTOR VISITS. YOU CAN SEE THAT I LIKE TO FEEL THE WIND IN MY HAIR. LOL :) I TRY TO KEEP SMILING, NO MATTER WHAT, BUT IT SURE DOES GET DIFFICULT TO DO SOME TIMES AND DON'T FEEL LIKE LIVING AT TIMES, BUT KEEP PUSHING FORWARD..SOME HOW. IF, IT WEREN'T FOR GOD..I WOULDN'T HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR. I DON'T LIKE BEING SICK AND ONLY WANT TO BE HEALTHY AGAIN, BUT IT ALMOST SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TO FEEL GREAT ALL THE TIME. I SURE DO TRY THOUGH AND KNOW, THAT IT IF WEREN'T FOR GOD...I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SMILE AT ALL. 

I HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH, THAT I JUST KEEP GOING SOME HOW AND JUST DEAL WITH WHATEVER COMES MY WAY.  I HAVE SO MANY THINGS WRONG WITH ME, THAT IT SEEMS UNBELIEVABLE, EVEN TO ME. I DON'T SEE HOW A PERSON COULD HAVE ALL THAT WRONG WITH THEM, BUT I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH THEM AND CAN'T ARGUE WITH THE DOCTORS. 
I DO A LOT OF RESEARCH ON WHAT I'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AND HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH IN THE PROCESS. THE ONE THING, THAT I BELIEVE THAT HAS TRULY HELPED ME, IS THAT I STARTED USING ESSENTIAL OILS. I STARTED BACK BEFORE I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE ADDISON'S OR THE LYME DISEASE AND TRULY BELIEVE THAT IT IS WAS HAS KEPT ME GOING ALL THIS TIME. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT I WOULD STILL BE HERE, IF I HADN'T OF DISCOVERED THEM. I ADD ABOUT 15 DIFFERENT OILS TO MY BATH WATER, EACH TIME THAT I TAKE A BATH AND FEEL SO ALIVE, WHEN I GET OUT OF THE TUB. THE PAIN DOES COME BACK, BUT IT DOES GIVE ME A COUPLE OF HOURS OF RELIEF, BEFORE IT DOES. 
GOD PUT THE OILS HERE FOR US TO USE AND DO BELIEVE THAT HE CREATED THEM, FOR THAT PURPOSE. ALL THE OILS, EITHER CAME FROM A FLOWER OR TREE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IF YOU NOTICE THAT MOST OF THE MEDICATIONS THAT WE HAVE TODAY, CAME FROM SOMETHING NATURAL THAT GOD MADE. I DO THANK GOD FOR THEM. 


WELL, TO SUM EVERYTHING UP. I AM SO TIRED OF BEING SICK AND ONLY WANT TO GET BACK TO WELLNESS AND IT SEEMS THAT MOST OF MY PROBLEMS HAVE COME FROM THAT SINGLE BITE OF A TICK. I HAVE RESEARCHED, WHERE IT HAS BEEN THE CAUSE OF THE ADDISON'S DISEASE. IT COULD BE POSSIBLE THAT THE LYME CAUSE ALL OF IT!!! THE SPIRCHETTES FROM LYME, CAN GO ANYWHERE THAT THEY WANT. THEY CAN EVEN DRILL INTO A PERSON'S BONES. :o
THE LYME IS WHAT HAS DRAGGED ME DOWN AND IF, ANY WAY POSSIBLE I'VE GOT TO GET TREATMENT FOR IT AND IT'S CO-INFECTIONS. IF, I EVER WANT TO GET TOTALLY WELL, IT IS WHAT NEEDS TO GO. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT INSURANCE DOESN'T COVER TREATMENT FOR THE LYME. :P 
IT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR AND THERE MUST BE A WAY, TO GET IT TREATED. THE PLACES THAT DO TREATMENT COSTS A FORTUNE AND SOMETHING THAT I JUST DON'T HAVE. ONE PLACE THAT DOES TREATMENT COST $7000 A WEEK. WHO COULD AFFORD THAT? I KNOW THAT I CAN'T. WE LIVE FROM WEEK TO WEEK HERE AND ARE BARELY SURVIVING...SO, I DEFINITELY WON'T BE ABLE TO GO THERE. ANOTHER PLACE IS LOCATED IN RENO, NEVADA, CALLED SIERRA INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE. THEIR COST IS A LOT BETTER, BUT STILL HIGH AS A CAT'S BACK!! IT COSTS $3000 A WEEK AND WOULD NEED 4-6 WEEKS OF TREATMENT. I PRAY THAT I CAN RAISE IT, BUT WOULD HAVE TO SELL OUR HOME, IF I DO...UNLESS, THE MONEY COULD BE RAISED SOME WAY. 
I LIVE IN ARKANSAS AND IN A MOBILE HOME. YES, I AM NOT RICH AND TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO RAISE THE MONEY SOME HOW. 
I DID WORK IN NASHVILLE IN OPRYLAND AND THERE ARE A FEW FRIENDS OF MINE, WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP ME RAISE THE MONEY, BUT THE PROBLEM IS TRYING TO GET IT TOGETHER. THERE HAS GOT TO BE A WAY. THE WAY THAT I LOOK AT IT..IF, THERE IS A WILL...THERE IS A WAY. 
ONE FRIEND, KEN MELLONS, IS WILLING TO HELP BY GIVING ME A BENEFIT SHOW AND SAYS THAT THE ONLY THINGS IS, HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO GET ONE PUT TOGETHER. HE IS SO KIND, TO HELP ME AND CAN'T THANK HIM ENOUGH FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO DO THIS. GOD BLESS HIM!!
I WILL FIND A WAY SOME HOW TO GET THIS GOING AND DO HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN MIND, WHO LIVE CLOSE TO ME. THEY ARE FRIENDS THAT COULD HELP  AND KNOW THAT THEY WOULD BRING MORE TO IT. THEY ARE PEOPLE THAT I'VE SANG WITH  FOR YEARS, LIKE C.W. GATLIN AND TOMMIE GAIL KILLEBREW. THEY ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND C.W HAS EVEN BEEN INDUCTED, TO THE ROCKIBILLY HALL OF FAME AND IS A WONDERFUL MUSICIAN. HIS SON, TOMMY GATLIN IS ALSO A GREAT DRUMMER THAT I NEED TO TALK TO. TOMMIE GAIL IS A WONDERFUL SINGER AND KNOW, THAT SHE WOULD BE A GOOD PART OF IT. SHE HAS A WONDERFUL VOICE AND KNOW, THAT SHE WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP. THERE ARE A LOT PEOPLE, WHO COULD HELP. MY DAD PLAYS THE BASE AND WOULD LOVE BEING A PART OF IT. 

BEING ILL DOESN'T HELP ME, FOR MY BRAIN HAS TROUBLE THINKING OR REMEMBERING THINGS. SO TO THINK FOR ME..IS HARD, BUT ON A ROLE TODAY...LOL :) I'M GLAD THAT I'M HAVING A PRETTY GOOD DAY. I DON'T HAVE MANY OF THEM, BUT ONLY WANT MORE OF THEM. I DON'T HAVE ANY MEMORY AND LYME IS BAD ABOUT TAKING IT FROM A PERSON. I AM TRYING TO FOCUS ON GETTING WELL, THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT I WILL EVER BE ME AGAIN AND HAVE TO FIGHT FOR WELLNESS.
ME, HERE ON A DECENT DAY. I STAY IN MY PJ'S AND MOSTLY AM CONFINED TO MY BED, DUE TO MY BACK ISSUES. I FEEL THAT MOST OF MY BACK ISSUES ARE CAUSED BY THE LYME AS WELL. IF IT GETS INTO YOUR SPINE, IT CAN CAUSE MANY PROBLEMS AND MUST FIGHT, TO GET IT OUT. 


AFTER TREATMENT, ALL OF MY BODY FUNCTIONS SHOULD COME BACK AND THINGS GO BACK TO NORMAL. PRAYING THAT I WILL BE ABLE...SOME HOW, TO DO THE THINGS THAT I NEED TO DO, TO GET BACK TO ME. 
GETTING THIS FUNDRAISER BENEFIT GOING, IS MY ONLY CHANCE AT GETTING ME BACK. I HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GET THAT GOING AND IF, ANYONE IS WILLING TO PARTICIPATE, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SOO MUCH!! :D
BECKY FREEMAN JACKSON, ANOTHER FRIEND FROM NASHVILLE, IS DONATING MONEY FROM SALES OF HER RODAN & FIELDS, TO MY CAUSE AND CAN'T THANK HER ENOUGH..FOR HELPING ME. ANY INCOME WILL HELP ME GET MY HEALTH BACK. LOVE YA BECKS. :)  
LORD, I PRAY THAT I CAN FIND A WAY TO GET RID OF THIS LYME. IF I CAN JUST DO THAT, I BELIEVE THAT I COULD HANDLE THE REST THAT IS WRONG WITH ME OR THAT MOST OF MY PROBLEMS WOULD DISSIPATE BECAUSE MOST OF MY PROBLEM IS THE LYME DISEASE. 
LORD, I JUST PRAY THAT YOU GIVE ME STRENGTH, TO GET WHAT I NEED TO DO...DONE. 
THANK YOU FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS OF YOUR LOVE. 










Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jesus LOVE you. He is coming back to receive us!!

We must not follow those, who change God's Word. Follow His Word, as IT is written and DO NOT change a thing.  
There are those, who do NOT teach His Word correctly and who are doing wrong. They are changing the words, for their benefit...and will be taken from The Lambs Book of Life.  
It is WRONG, any way that you look at it...IF you change the bible. We have to live by the Word...as it is written. He even states, at the end of the bible, for us NOT to add or take away from this book. 

Revelation 22:18-19King James Version (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Nothing May Be Added or taken away, from the bible. It is plain and simple.
Make sure that you are being taught correctly. Read it for yourself and you will know The Truth.  
We must keep God in our heart always...and do His will. Be Joyful..no matter what. If we read His word, we can't go wrong. Take it and apply it, in your life. IT only strengthens us and gives our body, the food that it needs to be strong..to carry one. Keep the faith. 
And..we must read it daily, for our Food. 

We should always ask for wisdom..for, He will give it to us and to pray unceasingly. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18English Standard Version (ESV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

He will carry us forward, to His Kingdom..one day. He shall return to receive us, in the clouds...in the day of Rapture. It will come and we shall ALL know that God is our Creator and over all creation. The day of His return...we shall be on our knees. 
He only loves us and wants us all, to come to The Glory of God. He is waiting patiently, for us all to know Him.
To know Him...is to love Him. 
Always keep in touch with God and pray--talk with Him daily. He is a forgiving God.

Revelation 1:7
King James Bible
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Daniel 9:9 King James Bible
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 

Psalm 37:7-9 ESV 
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

He gives us strength to carry on, each and every day. He also, gives us HOPE for a new day. Something that we ALL are looking forward to. 
God Bless all and keep the faith!! ^_^

Friday, October 3, 2014

ABOUT TO GO OUT OF MY MIND FROM PAIN. WHAT DO I DO?


I MIGHT BE SMILING HERE, BUT HAVE BEEN SO GOOD ABOUT NOT SHOWING MY PAIN. I CAN TOLERATE A LOT OF PAIN, BUT NOW...IT IS GETTING UNBEARABLE AND NEED TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM AND GET IT FIXED. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO...THERE IS SO MUCH THAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

Such a difficult time for me!!! Dealing with JUST so much pain!! I have Lyme disease, systemic Candida, Addison's disease...and all of my back is affected and have a petrusion on my L4-L5. Sure feel like death. Just being honest and speaking the truth. I don't know, what is happening to me, but I'm so tired of dealing with all of it. IT is wearing me down and pray for The Lord, to get me well. 
The systemic candida  is the most likely cause of the Addison's that I'm dealing with. We are also dealing with a mold problem in our home and can't afford to get that fixed. Just don't have the income. That, in itself will keep me sick and I will never get well. 
Soooo lost, in a sea of PAIN..that can really bring a person to their knees and has me. I've always been such a positive person, but don't know what to do...anymore. Just so tired that I am plum give out. :/ 
On top of all of that, I'm dealing with all 5 layers of my back affected. THIS is EVER so hard to deal with and IT keeps me stuck in one spot in bed, where I can't move or the pain will increase. I know that I need surgery or some kind of treatment, that can reverse what is going on inside me. Been fighting this for years now...and it has taken it's toll on me. It is time, to get well. 
All that I want...is to be well, so that I can sing again, draw again, be a human being again.
I'm waiting on a call from the pain management facility...that my NL is trying to get me in to see and pray that they can get me in soon. I need to be diagnosed and treated, but it seems like it's taking forever for me to get in. It is so hard, for someone that feels like I do, to wait so long. :o
Taking such strong medication that's been prescribed, by my NL...that I really hate, but don't have a choice in the matter. The pain is that bad, but it's not covering all of the pain either, only covering 50 % of the pain. 
I truly believe that I'm dealing with some kind of infection or something...on my spine or CNS. It has to be bad...for, I feel like I'm dying I'm in so much pain. I know that I have to work on getting well, but don't see how I can even focus on it...from all that I'm dealing with...IT seems like tooo much on me!!!  :(
Asking for prayers...that The Lord will help me get back on my feet and have some kind of normal life again. 

Thank you ever so much and God Bless you, Karen

Monday, September 29, 2014

LIFE CHANGED

LIFE CHANGED..
People can judge you all day long...
but they haven't a clue, until they step in your shoes.
Before life changed...
things couldn't be more perfect.
I remember the sunshine and the gentle breezes..
The wonderful laughter that filled my soul..
and the smile on my face that never grew old.
Not having a care in the world...
but that was when, I was a young girl.
Life sure did change..
where did it all go?
Now, comes the rain...
and growing old.
Oh...I remember like it was yesterday
Yeah, but that was years ago.
How I long, for how the sunshine feels...
or the gentle breeze on my face. 
Nothing seems real anymore.
Only know of the pain that plagues me..
and how, it took it's place.
Of being in seclusion... 
lost in my own allusion
And..being away from the ones, I love...

is that my conclusion?

~ K.E

Friday, July 25, 2014

What things can mess with your hormones and what can naturally help them get back in balance?

Hormonal imbalances commonly occur before and around menopause. 
Hormone replacement therapy can cause an increase risk in Breast Cancer, Blood Clots in the Lung, Heart Attack & even Dementia. 
So many women are seeking natural remedies. Whole food sources of Soy-like Soybeans & Tofu, may decrease hot flashes. Not advised to take Soy supplements. A complete safety study has not been completed. 
Calcium & Vitamin D supplementation can help preserve bone mass. 


TIP # 1:
LIMIT EXPOSURE TO ANTI-BACTERIAL PRODUCTS.
They contain a harmful chemical called Triclosan. It is alright to use them under emergency circumstances and do not have any regular Soap around, but limit using it to only when, you have to.

TIP # 2:
USE SUNBLOCK INSTEAD OF SUNSCREEN.
Sunscreens used chemicals like Oxybenzone. They actually take a little time, to fully block the Ultraviolet Rays, where Sunblocks contains minerals block U-V Rays immediately.

TIP # 3:
USE GLASS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC FOOD & BEVERAGE CONTAINERS.
Plastic containers can contain chemicals that can act like the sex steroid Estrogen.

TIP # 4:
GET A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP
Decreases a man's Testosterone.
The less sleep that you get also increases other problem areas like strokes or heart attacks. Always get more than 6 and less than 9. Anywhere between 7-8 are best.

TIP # 5:
EAT YOUR BROCCOLI
Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli contain ISOTHIOCYANATES.
ITC'S have been shown to decrease the expression of Estrogen responsive genes.
Eat your cruciferous veggies to lift the effect of Estrogen in the body.


Hopefully, this helps someone with their hormones to be more balanced. I sure know that mine are out of whack!!
If, I can do anything to help someone else fight this battle, I will. Live a healthier life, by eating the right natural foods and using the right natural products.
Information only used for health and is only intended for healing. We are what we put in our bodies and we all need to learn what those things are, to be informed of the things we should be doing to have a healthier life!! Be healthy!!  :)