RA Support

•March 20, 2009 • 6 Comments

Hiiiii everyone!

Today I officially started an RA/JRA support group in my area! I’m really excited. I am still in the process of publicizing the group. I’ve set up a blog to post info about the group and meeting times and such. My plan is to visit my old schools and talk to the nurses to let them know about the group so that they can talk to any students who have JRA. I am also going to let all of my health practitioners know. I’ve already emailed all of my friends, family and doctors about the group asking them to talk to anyone they know in the area with RA. This part is kind of silly, but it was fun: I made little business cards with the contact info that I can keep in my purse and hopefully set in some of the health care offices I go to every week. And I’m going to make some flyers that I can put up.

I’m thinking that we’ll want to get to know each other for the first few meetings and then after that we could have some speakers come talk about things like foods that cause inflammation, we can start a group for the Arthritis 5K in May, do potlucks, water aerobics, etc. I hope it all works out.

I’m so excitedddddd! If any of you are members of support groups or have started a support group and have any advice for me, let me know!

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nightshades

•March 18, 2009 • 2 Comments

So, “the nightshade project” was a bust.  Eliminating them provided no relief from my joint pain. Problem is, knowing that doesn’t help any of you out there. Apparently the toxin in the plant affects everyone differently. I’m still going to try eliminating them again in a few weeks just in case. Who knows?

The colonics are still going…not sure of the outcome yet, but I think it will be more of an overall increase in energy and decrease in swelling due to the energy work, colonics, and diet combined.

I’m still thinking about the herbal colon cleanse called Arise and Shine. I’ll probably start that this weekend.

Started painting today!

I’m just chugging along…

Happiness and healing

•March 17, 2009 • 6 Comments

Well, I’ve been a little bit MIA for the past week or so because I’m doing a lot of re-focusing.

The farm was great this weekend by the way. I got to see my sister and brother who are both great motivators for me. Seeing all that they do makes me want to get up and get things done. My friend Kim who I’ve known for about 13, maybe 14 years, came to visit too and she always reminds me of what good friends I have. Being around those people helped me to know that I have a lot of support and love around me which I am so thankful for right now.

But, it was rainy all weekend, which was a bummer. I think the rain brings out the worst of my arthritis symptoms because I had it in my left ankle so badly that I couldn’t walk on it. I crawled backwards down the stairs on Saturday morning and the black cat hopped down each step one at a time with me! He was probably completely confused, but it was sweet. It wasn’t so bad though because I was making a birthday cake for my brother that day and I didn’t have to walk much, just hobble between cabinets.

Which brings me to my next thought…

I am now going to an “energy healer” or medical intuitive, whichever you prefer. I don’t think they’re interchangeable, but she seems to have qualities of both. An energy healer finds places in your body where energy is blocked and places a hand or two lightly on you while “moving” energy around to break through the blockage. Meanwhile, you are given instructions on visual exercises that involve imagining energy of different colors flowing through your body in certain directions. The medical intuitive-ness comes in when she makes connections between the locations of the energy blockages and certain emotional centers in the body. For example, my 2nd and 3rd chakras are completely blocked (they are the ones over you pelvis and belly button, respectively) which makes sense because I have horrible digestive problems and I feel sharps pains under my ribcage sometimes. So, she then related that blockage to some emotional things: The 3rd chakra correlates to your expression of yourself in the material world/creativity/and some other things. She basically told me that I need to find a reason to get up in the morning and be excited about the day. I started crying when she elaborated because she was basically telling me that the way my energy felt gave her the impression that I hold it all in the upper four chakras and have huge blockages that are draining my energy levels. I am not letting myself do what I love to do and I am not expressing myself creatively. I can’t hold onto my energy and it’s no wonder that I am not getting over this cold or digesting properly. So, the cake-making this weekend was probably a good good good thing. I love to bake!

Long and short, I laid on a table and she did some energy work. I left and felt like smiling for the first time in awhile. We decided that I need to paint more and write that book that I’ve been thinking about. I went straight to Michael’s, picked up some paint supplies, went to Whole Foods and got some good food., came home and made my bedroom and bathroom my own special spaces by cleaning up, rearranging things and putting some daffodils by my tub.

If you want to know more about energy healing and the connection between emotions, spirituality and disease, I really recommend reading “Anatomy of the Spirit” by Caroline Myss. I know she has others, but this is the first one I’ve read! I’ll keep you all updated on my progress with healing my energy.

Cleansing

•March 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I just got back from my first colonic…”google it” if you need to! It was great…if you can even say that about colonics… I’m going to have a series of these and then start a 28-day cleanse. I’ve been doing some more research on different cleanses and so far the “Arise and Shine” cleanse is the one that has been most highly recommended. But, I’m always hesitant to start something major like this and would love to know if anyone knows anything about it. Please let me know!

I’m about to leave for the farm…my sister and brother are coming tomorrow, so the whole family will be together! We don’t get internet, so I’ll be gone for a bit, but I’ll have some good pics when I get back!

I’m still working on a detox page explaining everything I know about body toxicity and what I’ve been doing to try to help my body let go of some of the toxins. I’ll try to finish and publish it next week.

I hope everyone is feeling well and peaceful! Have a wonderful weekend!

Detoxifying for Health

•March 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

SO excited right now because I made a lot of progress today despite my red, swollen, mangled joints. I made progress by making some appointments with my acupuncturist and a detox center close by that does “assisted fasts” and colonics, which I have been looking for! And I stretched, avoided sugar and gluten, took a bath, filled my weekly pill container with supps, and got a bunch of groceries (veggies and fish)!

Anyway, I’m convinced that what I need is a really serious detox. Like a 21-30 day fast/detox of some sort. Yep. Complete with skin brushing, juicing, herbs, colonics, salt baths, steam rooms, rebounding, etc. I have all the symptoms of a toxic body like low energy, irregular poos, sore muscles, headaches, joint pain, rash, bad breath, …ok I’ll stop before you all start to have a really disgusting image of me in your head! But I’d be willing to bet most of you have some of these symptoms too!

I really want to write a long post about body toxicity, but I decided it would be better to create a page where I can explain everything in detail. That way, people can read it anytime.

I seem to have no problem talking about detoxing and fasting, but I can’t make myself do it. I have to get over my fear of going without solid food for um…about 30 days??!! I must do it soon. I can feel it.

Problem is, I can’t do it until I’m off prednisone. The prednisone interferes with the body’s ability to detox and heal. That’s why I’m trying so hard to get off it! The crazy thing is that my physician is telling me to do it faster and my nutritionist and chiropractor are telling me to do it slower because it’s causing such a bad flare. URGHH. I’m just going to do it when I feel comfortable and I’m going to visualize my adrenals getting stronger each day and send positive energy to them!

So, in the midst of my detox/prednisone/flare up situation, my challenge for myself and all of you is to find the courage to do what you know in your heart is best for yourself! Step outside your comfort zone! Stand up for yourself! Take charge for the sake of a healthy life!

Progress Update

•March 9, 2009 • 2 Comments

The moon at 12pm today

the moon in the middle of the day!

Well, I haven’t posted about my progress recently and I thought it might be a good idea since I started a lot of new things two weeks ago. If you’ve just started reading, don’t worry, I’m going to do some follow-up posts this week to explain a few of these things. Here goes:

The “avoiding nightshades project” was a huge failure because it turns out they are in everything! I ate some things without even realizing what I was eating. So, I’m going to try it again starting today and hopefully I will be successful.

I have been on a rotation diet for two weeks now and it is a lot easier than it sounds. Basically, if I eat something, I can’t have it again for four days. I’m still doing that for awhile so that I avoid gaining any new allergies.

I’m supposed to be eating gluten-free because I am close to being “borderline sensitive” to the stuff (so I didn’t take it seriously) but looking back on this past summer when I was feeling great, I remembered that I was doing gluten-free, so I must start that again.

I have been trying to do sugar free because of the candida problem, but the ultra inflammx shake has about 9 grams of sugar and I’ve noticed the candida symptoms coming back. I’ve noticed how sensitive I am to sugar. In the past when I pig out on sugar one day, my body is killing me the next, so I’m being strict strict strict about no sugar starting today.

I’ve stopped eating eggs contrary to my nutritionist’s advice to eat more. It’s because of the high levels of arachadonic acid in eggs. Arachadonic acid is the precursor to an inflammation-causing immune cell in the body. I will post about that later this week.

I’m still going down on prednisone. Everyday I learn more about the horrible flares that can happen as a result of going off prednisone. I’m down to 5mgs every other day and 6mgs on the other days. On Saturday I’m going to 5mgs everyday for a few weeks. I need to build up my adrenal strength…I’m taking a supplement right now, but I’m doing more research to find more stuff to help.

So, it appears that I am not doing so well because I am having to make changes. I am really confident that stopping the sugar intake will help a lot. I’m also planning a major 30-day detox for the near future because of the link between body toxicity and food allergies/autoimmune disorders.

So, posts this week will be about: arachadonic acid, candida, detoxing, nightshades, and a new book I’m reading called “The Anatomy of the Spirit”. woooo. lots to write!

Spring is almost here!

•March 8, 2009 • 3 Comments

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The sunset on Friday

Just got back from the farm tonight. The weather this weekend was absolutely glorious–it was around 70 degrees today. Mom and Dad got the seeds into the ground on Saturday. The spinach and carrots are still going strong from last fall when mom planted them. I can’t wait for home-grown vegetables in a few months!

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And the kittens had their first outdoors experience

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