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« on: July 10, 2019, 06:22:48 PM »
I take curcumin every day, coupled with astaxanthin for anti-inflammatory properties.  The astaxanthin was suggested by my dentist to help with swelling of nerve after a filling.

I brush my teeth with baking soda, and don't rinse at bedtime so my enamel has a better chance of making it through the night.  I also floss, and use MI paste to harden up enamel while I sleep.  I used to keep my toothbrush in mouthwas, but now I have an electric one.  I feel better when I keep it in mouthwash. 

MSM powder gives me energy in the morning.  I'm not sure what else it does, but I feel like it helps with inflammation as well.

Unflavored biPro protein powder is great, bc it's thin, tasteless, and I can down it in a few gulps.  Some powders have to be chewed, gack.  It's also sugar free, which is great. 

Biotin helps hair and nails look healthy, and happy.

I use vitamin D drops...... it's fat soluble so I'm told I can't expect Vit D levels to be normal overnight.  Looking at a few months or more, and that's with me getting a good amount of sunshine daily. 

Methocarbamol chewables Bluebonnet brand) Vitamin B12 tablets - brain needs this to function properly

If I don't remember anything else, I make sure I get these things in.  I usually take a daily vitamin, but I've been off them lately.

Brain Doc said to take a Tbs of MCT oil in the evenings when food cravings creep in.  This is new, and haven't tried yet.  Looking forward to relief, bc I get very hungry at night.

Doc also said that rosemary essential oil increases the ability to focus, sometimes by as much as 30%.  DD17 uses it, a bit under her nose,  when she needs to concentrate to focus.  Lavender oil, used the same way is calming, and can be used on burns as well.



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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 11:06:40 PM »
I take vitamin D--every single one of my kids, plus me has low vitamin D.  Strange.  I confess I am not consistent though.

I use tea tree oil on EVERYTHING. Tea tree toothpaste, oil in water as a final rinse after shower, as an antiseptic when I get a cactus spine in my finger!

Magnesium religiously, alternatively cal/mag/zinc on occasion. I get a lot of calcium in my diet.

I tried probiotics as a supplement, but now I just include all the different cultured foods in my diet--yogurt, kefir, kombucha and pickled veggies. I'm pretty consistent with that. It's a rare day that I don't have one of those. I used to drink a lot of diet drinks when I worked in the restaurant, but since I've been drinking kombucha, diet coke tastes BAD to me.

I try to make my supplements be real food--I use chia seeds and ground flax for the cholesterol lowering properties, by adding them to smoothies. Also add real ginger to soups--that's my new favorite.

I have had a rough week--fell last week and did a number on my leg, which is now infected, and also came down with a virus giving me an ear infection! So I am on antibiotic for the first time in a decade, and I'm not looking forward to having the regain a healthy belly after a week of those. Still, I'm grateful that I live in a time when people don't die from things like cutting their leg in a minor injury. So, there's that.

No vitamins other than that. I'm trying really hard to be consistent with nutrition. I'm doing better lately.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 01:54:33 PM »
So sorry you  fell, CB.  That's tough, esp with the ear, antibiotics, and making sure you get that probiotic in.  You eat a serving of kefir or yogurt after every antibiotic?  Not sure how that goes these days... how long to wait.  Just make sure you take it easy, so you don't compensate and create more issues for yourself.  I have a hard time letting things heal.  I tend to just go go go, and it's always a bad idea.

I wanted to thank Amber for getting me onto Curcumin.  Not sure when she suggested it, but I took it to heart, and feel it helps a lot.

About the low vitamin D.... brain doc says that's to do with ongoing stress.  Lord knows I spend a lot of time out of doors in the yard, but it's pretty shady. 

When you mentioned taking Magnesium, I thought.... when am I taking Magnesium these days? Then remembered I don't.  I take lots of baths, and load them up with Epson Salts. 

I don't really love the smell of tea tree oil, lice days, and so it's not part of my life.  Last week Moss'n Annie, the Moss lady in these parts,  told me she's heard it's good to spray  Tea Tree Oil in areas of moss yards where there's trouble with yellowing of otherwise healthy moss.  I have an area I need to take up, then spray the earth and unhealth moss with the tea tree oil, then put down healthy moss.  I'll isolate the yellow moss, and see if it recovers.  I've just been telling people it's bear pee, but I think it's spreading.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 03:26:37 PM »
(((((((((CB))))))))))
I'm so sorry you got hurt. The lovely thing about not using medications often is that when you do need the big guns, your body responds better. I hope it heals up fast and you soon feel totally recovered.

Hijack: At the mo' (because of the small stroke) I'm on very potent blood thinners. I cut off wine completely because it's a natural blood thinner and it added too much. I was hauling suitcases through airports and every time I heaved one up to a belt I banged my arm and began bruising with every little impact like an eggplant. One of the side effects from clopidigrel, which hopefully I'm done with soon.

Lighter, don't think those qualify as "hacks" save to read up on anything prescribed and take side effects warnings seriously. And always let docs know the supplements you take.

Me, I have a bucket full of bottles of supplements I'd get excited about and one day realized I was sick of taking them. Cut out all except calcium + D, B12 (I was low), occasional echinacea and zinc lozenges for colds. I take magnesium (as CALM) when I feel extra stressed, and that's it. I prefer whole foods too -- add chia seeds and flax meal to my oats!

But I just want to eat a wide variety of veggies, whole foods, whole grains, legumes and fish for protein, berries and mangos in my oats. And that's about it. I think I feel better on a whole food diet, and for me, supplements proved overload. They're also expensive and unregulated so although I know some work, some are from China and tainted, and the evidence for most is pretty contradictory.

I agree about tumeric, though and wish I'd remember! Bought a bunch of bottles from The Spice Hunter after I read an article about how tainted so much imported tumeric is (and it's all imported)...that was the cleanest brand they tested.

Interesting topic! I prolly won't have much to offer but will enjoy reading.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 11:47:13 PM »
Has anyone used Sambucol/elderberry syrup? I swear taking that all last winter at the first sign of a sniffle headed all of them off at the pass--and I didnt have one cold.
Of course, I had quit using it this summer and completely forgot to take it and then got this virus. So, I still swear by it--but only when I actually use it.

I'm going back to doctor tomorrow a.m., my cold cleared up so quickly that I wonder if it really was something able to be fixed with antibiotic. But my leg is worrying me. It was a huge bruise when I did it, big old lump that just did not go down. A week later, my doctor xrayed it and no break, but starting to get red and hot. She thinks cellulitis and that was really what the antibiotic was for.

The swelling was immediately better, but other than that, I dont think it looks better--maybe worse. So I'm going back in before work tomorrow just for some reassurance. Very unlike me--I will put off a doctor for any excuse I can come up with. But such weird stuff happens as you get older. I'll be 66 this fall.

Still working 40 hours a week, and its a good job, but its a lot of time on my feet. I would love to slow down a bit.

Loving this thread. I dont use near as many herbs, etc as I once did, but I think they are so interesting.

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2019, 05:26:33 PM »
I've been told using peppermint oil, on the bottom of our feet, will reduce a fever: )

I used it on youngest dd once, and it seemed to work.

I also take Evening Primrose Oil daily, orally, to help keep my ears clear.  That's been an amazing help.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 06:37:00 PM »
Evening Primrose for ears? Well, that's something to remember. I didnt realize that would help, and I sure would have taken it last week!
I used to give my daughters Evening Primrose to stave off all the painful symptoms of periods. It seemed to work for that.

So, went to doctor today and ended up getting an ultra sound of my leg, checking for clots. But, good report on that so that cemented the cellulitis diagnosis. Only change now, is I'll be dressing the area with RX level ointment. I hope I will soon be over it.

Lighter, what do you know about counteracting the antibiotics. I'm just having one of my probiotic foods every day, but I'm not hitting it hard because I dont know if the antibiotic will immediately counteract it? So like kefir one day, kombucha the next, etc. Do you know what the rule of thumb is?

One more day off work, and then hopefully back to normal.

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 07:52:36 PM »
Echinacea let me down this time, as did zinc. My fault for necking with M when he was getting sick but I didn't know. And Lord, I'd love an herb that safely diminishes tinnitus without side effects (gingko's out for me, unfortunately).

I have my concerns about interactions and safety profiles...when I researched herbs for various health problems for book chapters at Rodale the only trusted reference we were allowed to source to write advice for consumers was this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Complete-German-Commission-Monographs-Therapeutic/dp/096555550X/ref=asc_df_096555550X/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=333728472387&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8471188011546842453&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008335&hvtargid=pla-525785847349&psc=1

Germany is light-years ahead of any other Western country in its comprehensive and government-backed knowledge of herbal medicines. Wish I had a copy!

You can get a used copy on Amazon for $33. so don't let the $104 scare you off!

hugs, hope it's helpful,
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2019, 05:42:40 PM »
CB:

The Primrose oil means I don't have to get my ears cleaned out every year.  For a while there, I was really struggling.   An MD, with a holistic leaning, put me on Primrose Oil, and the ear trouble stopped.  When I stopped taking the oil, a few years later, I found myself with a spraybottle, tube attached, getting almost cold water forced into my ears for a half an hour... stung SO BAD! Really hate that, and always always will go to an ENT doc, bc they have the cool mini vac system to make the job quick, easy, and painless.  I've also had big syringes forcing water into my ears.... had to go into the parking lot after an hour, and take a break once.  The doctor had to call, me and talk me BACK into the office to finish.  Everyone was wet, miserable, and ready to be done.

I don't know that Primrose oil will help with ear infections.  Usually ear trouble like that begins with a sinus trouble for me. 

That doctor also suggested I buy good flaxseeds, and grind them fresh daily.... at least 2 TBS, and eat them every day.  I should do that. 

About the probiotics.  I used to give oldest dd yogurt about an hour after antibiotics, but this was years ago. The youngest wouldn't take meds, so she always got a shot in the doc's office.  I'm sure I didn't remember to give her yogurt, but my oldest was the one with the more serious health issues, and let me tell you....
oldest dd has a great immune system now, where youngest dd gets every cold, flu and virus that's going around. 

I think a good probiotic, one with zero sugar, at bedtime is a good idea, maybe a couple times a week. I buy one, in capsule form, Vital-Plex by Klaire Labs from the refrigerated section at my doc's supplement shop.... blue and white packaging. 5+ billion CFUs multi-species probiotic supplement.

When I have a cold, I use zinc, in some form, and also use xylitol X CLEAR nasal spray to prevent a secondary infection.  Green and white packagiong. I give one to everyone who's suffering with a cold in the house, and put their initials on the bottle in sharpie.  That way they can use it when they come back. 

I hope you feel better soon!  You too Hops!  And Buck!

::nodding::. 

DD17 just bounced down the stairs on her left hip, and buttock.  Sounded like a crashing fall,  then dishes crashing, then more terrible bouncing.  I could hear her making noises, and thought she'd broken something.... but she was laughing.  And in shock. 

She said her socks slipped.  Her feet went out in front of her, and once she figured out she couldn't stop,  she ditched her ice cream bowl to ensure no tumbling, and finished the fall. 

So, I'm hoping DD's hip, and bottom feel better soon too.  So scary!  I don't know why it's so funny, but we laugh together a lot hence....laughing next about the time I watched her jump off a 4' wall, then "tried" to follow.  My left hand slipped, the world was suddenly unsafe, and I found myself on the ground with the back of my skirt flipped over my head wishing I'd worn underwear.

DD said my bare legs shot straight up in the air, then jackknifed down in a superfast blurr, and then I was magically crouched like a cat on all fours, in her view.  I'm just glad she remembers I was wearing underwear.   

::shaking head::
 
I knew jumping off that wall was a bad idea.



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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2019, 08:52:32 AM »
Wow, lots of info on here, I will read and re-read for ideas and things to look out for!  Esp baking soda for teeth cleaning, Lighter, never heard of that and am currently trying to reduce my single use plastic/non-friendly to the environment stuff so alternatives to things like toothpaste are all things I want to find out more about :)

Oddly enough, I was wondering yesterday why I do all the stuff I do, because I still feel tired and run down most of the time.  Then I thought about my workload and how much crap I've had to deal with over the years and wonder if the only reason I'm still standing is because of all the stuff I use.  Hard to know if you don't get an quick and obvious result from something.  But either way, I still see no reason not to do it so my current 'stuff' is as follows:

Mulit vit, a premenstrual complex vitamin and fish oil capsules daily, plus Kalms (herbal anxiety relief) as needed.
CBD oil daily and CBD vape as needed.
Bach flower remedies for various over thinking/emotion running all over me things (as and when needed).

Try to do daily (but don't often manage all of it) - meditation (guided is my preference), yoga sequence (particularly for neck, shoulders and hips), beach time (waves!  just the sight and sound of them lowers my stress) and/or walk if beach isn't possible.  Naps, plenty of water (never drink enough but I do try), healthy diet (fruit, veg, not too much processed or sugary crap - fail on that quite a bit as well).

Acupuncture (roughly every six to eight weeks at moment), osteopath (try to go once a month but don't always manage it), trying very hard to stay away from draining people!  I do think a lot of my health problems are caused by other people's actions so I count avoiding them as a health hack :)  Lol

Music - I have music on throughout the day, sometimes binural beats type stuff (that's supposed to help with different emotional states), sometimes my old psy trance favourites (still miss that time in my life and I find listening to the music relaxing or uplifting depending on what it is), sometimes just vocalists that I really enjoy - I love listening to really strong women, I find it lifts me up and gives me some hope and focus for the future.

Talking to the cat :)  Her attitude is how I want to be - everything is on her terms, she demands affection when she wants it and has no qualms about refusing any kind of contact if she doesn't :)  No people pleasing there!

Sunshine whenever possible but this is England so never any guarantees!  I find watching the birds relaxing and this is a really cute thing that I will include as a health hack because it makes me smile so much - two of the little girls on our road practise little dance routines at school during the day and then come round to mine in the afternoon and do a little performance on the grass outside my house.  It's so cute, they always cheer me up :)

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2019, 02:10:57 PM »
 Yes, Tupp!  Absolutely, bird watching brings joy for me too!  Especially the little hummingbirds.  One came by yesterday, so thirsty.

And, I too wonder about where our health would be if we'd done traditional Western medicine and nutrition only.  Esp my oldest dd.

Youngest dd has cbd oil, but not quite ready to try it out.  How does it help you?

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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2019, 01:28:04 AM »
Yes, Tupp!  Absolutely, bird watching brings joy for me too!  Especially the little hummingbirds.  One came by yesterday, so thirsty.

And, I too wonder about where our health would be if we'd done traditional Western medicine and nutrition only.  Esp my oldest dd.

Youngest dd has cbd oil, but not quite ready to try it out.  How does it help you?

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Lighter, what I've found the CBD oil is helping me do is separate out all the different strands and tackle the roots of my many different problems, which for me is the key.  When I started taking it (last November or thereabouts) I had a lot of different things going on, some physical, some emotional, some mental health - and I couldn't figure out what was current stress, what was old stuff, what was current exhaustion, what was hormonal, what was my unhealthy coping habits and so on.  Taking the oil helped to reduce a lot of the generalised day to day stuff so I was able to start seeing patterns then and then start working on the individual things.  There is definitely a big hormonal shift around Day 14 of my cycle and I was able to see that clearly once I'd been on the drops for a couple of months.  There's a lot of anger during that phase, which is what I've been seeing the acupuncturist about.  The anger is now reducing and in its place is fear. grief and sadness.  I don't think the CBD is doing anything for those feelings in itself, but because it reduces the general anxiety and over-work that my system has to cope with, I can identify the different aspects and deal with those in turn.

I use the vape during the day; that just calms me down during stressful periods which for me is always anything paperwork or authority related and/or busy places, some people and so on.  Again, it doesn't make everything better, but it does mean I can function and get through another paperwork related meltdown.

Has DD been given advice on how to take?  I was advised to take three drops initially for three days and keep a note of my symptoms.  If no improvement, increase by another three drops a day.  If improvement is instant, it might mean even three drops is too many and the dose might need to be reduced.  The strength is important as well; again, I was advised to start on a low strength and work up if need be.  I think I ended up taking too much; because it made me feel better I started hoofing it down so that I'd feel amazing :)  And of course, it doesn't work like that, it made me feel groggy and sluggish.  I dropped right back down a few months ago and now take three drops first thing in the morning throughout the month, with an additional one or two doses a day during my mad phase of my cycle, plus the vape.  It's not been a miracle cure (it's being touted as that for everything here at the moment and as always, a lot of what's on sale is synthetic shit that's poor quality and people are being promised miracles).  But I've bought good quality oil from our local hemp guy who is a walking miracle - had an untreatable brain tumour and was given a year to live.  He treated himself with cannabis and is now seven years into recovery - no tumour present and went from terminally ill, in a wheelchair having multiple seizures a day to running his own business, absolutely fit and healthy, no seizure activity and no meds.  He's very knowledgeable and very sweet and has spent a lot of time talking to me about different things and helping me out with what to buy (he's the sort of person that will suggest a cheaper version of a product if he knows it does the same thing as an expensive product but for less money).

Anyway, that's the CBD sermon over!  Lol.  I found keeping a record of what was going on and how I was feeling about things really helped so perhaps if DD does that if she does start taking it she might find it useful xx

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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2019, 02:08:27 AM »
Hair Infusium spray makes my nails harder because the keratin. I've never bought a specific nail hardening product. Sometimes my nails crack or break in the same place. The infusium seems to do double duty hair + nails which is nice, less clutter.  I don't have any nutrition hacks I just like to eat fresh fruit so I do :)   I think taking fish oil actually makes my face more red for some reason, it should be good for me however I'm not sure it is. Generally it's better just to eat real fish. Farmed fish is even being fed corn pellets so researches say the fish meat has diminished nutritionally ...it's interesting.

There aren't any supplements I take now I used to takes boswellia for asthma and it really does help BUT I don't think it's 100% safe it effects blood pressure or something. Has side effects.

A beauty thread would be nice too, haven't worn makeup really since 20's it's so freaking overwhelming. There are too many brands and products out there. I have no beauty routine. I take showers and put sunblock on that is it.


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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2019, 01:04:00 PM »
Boat:

I think the BB creams are better than regular foundation these days.  I only use bronzer, sans sparkle, for blush.

Definitely invest in a decent eyelash curler, if you're going to do that... I think Shiseido had the best when I did that homework.

Thanks for the cbd oil tutorial, TUPP! 

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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2019, 10:52:33 AM »
Hops: I agree with you on the German Monographs; they're the bible actually for basic info. There is another source I'm now using who cites all the scientific knowledge associated with the usage of whole herbs vs extracted supplements.... so, teas and tinctures, infusions and decoctions. Author is Stephen Harrod Buhner. One book is natural antibiotics and the other anti-virals. It's important not to mix the two up.

I'm researching options for Buck's resistant infection, and will dry him some mugwort and make a tincture. Steve is making tinctures of healthy mushrooms, so a handy resource for practical how tos. To catalyze the mugwort for even more dynamic clearing of the infection, author recommends Echineacea ANNUA, not Purpura - based on the long-term German results - for systemic infections. The purpura is fine for colds and such.

Yes, Sambucol works pretty well for me too. It's pretty easy to make if you have the berries growing around you. I'm glad the curcumin is helping Lighter. I take it in rotations - weeks, even months off - in an experiment to see if I can train my body chemistry to an inherent balance, instead of making it dependent on external support. It's about time to take it again. But I've been off for a solid month now... and the hands are still clearish.

Other than that, I've found a good daily vitamin I take and occasionally add more potassium or magnesium, and that's it. Also, consciously eating fewer carbs and more proteins and good fats for the keto effect. I find I absolutely need a higher amount of carbs than many people or I have no energy at all. So I try to keep that in balance.

From the time I was the most stressed, caring for Mike till 4 years later... I've dropped 30 pounds and a whole pants size. A lot of that is just me being more active than 4-5 years ago; but I'm also sure a lot of it was the effect of cortisol generated by stress. My stamina and strength are still needing some development, but I'm taking that in baby steps and making some solid progress.
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