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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 16, 2007

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In one of the books I got from the library was about acupuncture. I signed it out because it had a diagram of the tongue and explained a bit about chinese tongue analysis. I’ve always been fasinated with this since I had acupuncture last year. Interestingly, she would check my tongue almost on a weekly basis and not once did she mention candida. In fact, she is the only doctor or health professional to check it.

I check my tongue now at least four or five times a day to see how the progress is with the thrush. One of the things I’ve always noticed is on the edges I have weird waves on each side of my tongue. It’s not something I’m worried about, just something that I’ve noticed and always wanted to know more. So I took a picture of my tongue and here’s what I found:

Tongue and Mouth Diagnosis

Your tongue accurately reflects the state of your digestive system- from rectum to esophagus, including the stomach, small intestines, colon (large intestine), pancreas, spleen, liver and gall bladder. Imagine, you don’t need a battery of tests to find out what part of your digestive tract is in stress. You can diagnosis the whole GI tract and corresponding organ integrity all in one easy view- just stick your tongue out.

As a whole the tongue reflects the condition of the digestive system and the organs associated with blood, nutrient assimilation, and excretion. You can also see how ‘hot’ or how ‘cold’ your internal organs are. Therefore it has a high value as a diagnostic tool. Specific sections of the tongue mirror the condition of particular parts of the digestive system and the digestion related internal organs.

Structural Characteristics

Like each particular area of the body, the tongue can be used to evaluate one’s overall condition. Zetsu Shin as it is called in Japanese, is one of the most important forms of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine. Two main aspects are considered in tongue diagnosis.

First is the structure of the tongue. Is it wide or narrow, thick or thin, pointed or rounded? Such qualities convey information concerning the individual’s basic constitution and overall strengths and weaknesses of body and mind.

Width:

A wide tongue reflects an overall balanced physical and psychological disposition.

A narrow tongue reflects a lack of physical adaptability with pronounced strengths and weaknesses. Mentally, thinking may be sharp but tend toward seeing a narrow view.

A very wide tongue reflects a generally loose and expanded physical condition and a tendency toward more psychological concerns.

Tip:

A rounded tip reflects a flexible yet firm physical and mental condition.

A pointed tip reflects a tight, perhaps even rigid physical condition and an aggressive or even offensive mentality.

A very wide tip reflects an overall weakness of the physical body and a flaccid or even “spaced out” mental condition.

A divided tip reflects a tendency toward physical and mental imbalances with the possibility of sharp fluctuations in thinking and mood.

Thickness:

A flat tongue reflects a balanced condition and the ability to flexibly adapt to circumstances.

A thin tongue reflects a more mental orientation, with a tendency to be more gentle and easy going.

A thick tongue reflects a more physical orientation, with the tendency to be assertive or even aggressive.

In comparison to structure, the condition of the tongue is influenced more by daily lifestyle and provides information about an individual’s current state of health.

Qualities to look for include:

Color:

Dark red: indicates inflammation; lesions or ulceration; and sometimes a degeneration of the related organ.

White: indicates stagnation of blood; fat and mucus deposits; or a weakness in the blood leading to such conditions as anemia.

Yellow: indicates a disorder of the liver and gallbladder, resulting in an excess secretion of bile; deposits of animal fats, especially in the middle organs of the body; and possible inflammation.

Blue or Purple: indicates stagnation of blood circulation and a serious weakening of the part of the digestive system that corresponds to the area of the tongue where the color appears.

The color on the underside of the tongue can also be used to determine the internal condition. In general, the colors and their indications listed above are the same, with the following exceptions:

Blue or Green: In excess, either of these color reflect disorders in the blood vessels and in blood quality and circulation.

Purple: In excess, this color reflects disorders of the lymphatic and circulatory system. It indicates a weakening of the immune ability and of the blood vessels.

Texture:

A swollen or enlarged tongue: indicates a Jitsu, or full state.

A shriveled or withered-looking tongue: indicates a Kyo, or empty state.

Movement:

the flexibility of the tongue also reflects the condition of the digestive system. Characteristics to look for include:

A flexible, supple, smoothly moving tongue.

A stiff, tense, or inflexible tongue.

A loose or lolling tongue.

A tongue with a pronounced slant to the left or right when it is extended.

Pimples or projections of the tongue\’s surface indicate the discharge of fat, protein, and sugar.

Where in the body this discharge is coming from can be determined by the specific area of the tongue on which it appears. You can find the correlation between the areas of the tongue and the digestive tract.

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February 16, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 03, 2007

And here’s another reason to start Acupuncture again. It’s very effective for the adrenals.

Adrenal Weakness

The adrenal glands are located just on top of the kidneys. The adrenals are an integral part of the endocrine system. They are responsible for producing several important hormones and are critical to the stress response. They have two parts: the cortex, and the medulla. The cortex is the outer wrapping of the gland. It produces cortisol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory hormone. Cortisol controls inflammation. The level of Cortisol in the body affects allergies, wound healing, asthma, arthritis, and lupus, just to name a few.

The medulla, which is the inner part, pours out epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine. These hormones speed up the body’s metabolism in order to help us to cope with stress. These are the two most important hormones in the body. They govern the fight or flight response (alarm reaction), and are almost a direct extension of the nervous system.

How the Adrenal Gland Can Impact Energy

The adrenal glands produce their array of hormones in a complex symphony that is orchestrated by two structures in the brain called the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. When stress and poor nutrition lead to altered hormone levels, imbalance in endocrine function can lead to substantial fatigue.

Most people have had the experience where they have felt extremely tired and exhausted and then all of a sudden a new surge of energy comes to their aid. Likewise, when we experience fear and our heart starts racing the adrenal gland is secreting adrenaline and other stress related hormones to come to the rescue and give us the extra boost of energy that we need to get through the emotional stress. When the brain interprets an event as threatening (stressful) the adrenals begin to work. They signal the nervous system to prepare to fight or flee. This signal mobilizes the respiratory and circulatory systems of the body for emergency action. Reserve energy in the body is called upon, and functions are diverted away from normal, homeostatic body function including those of the immune system. Even though the fight or flight response may be over, the resistance reaction allows the body to continue fighting the stressor long after the effects of our alarm system have gone off. When this state of emergency is maintained for unrelieved periods of time, the body’s reserves become depleted and the immune system is weakened. Long term over-activation of these hormones can deplete the kidneys and adrenals, severely impairing the ability of the immune system to function.

When adrenal function is impaired or weak, a person may suffer from low blood sugar, low blood pressure, low body temperature, and a total feeling of exhaustion. When stress is prolonged the organs begin to weaken and other health related problems can set in such as hypoglycemia.

Some of the common causes that contribute to adrenal exhaustion are continued stress, poor diet, over-consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, overuse of caffeine, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and vitamin B and C deficiencies. Unfortunately, the body reacts the same way to both real and imagined threats. For instance, unrelieved worrying about losing your job can cause the same over-taxing of the adrenals and the resultant suppression of the immune system as actually losing your job.

If a person succumbs easily to allergies and infections, feels constantly drained and exhausted, suffers from low blood sugar and blood pressure, then the culprit may well be weak adrenals. For instance, most of the asthma sprays contain adrenal-like hormones that mimic cortisol in the body. One of the most prominent signs of adrenal gland insufficiency is chronic fatigue. In some fatigued patients, thyroid problems overlap adrenal problems. In these cases, the status of the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland must be assessed. The appropriate treatment should be undertaken only after this determination is made.

Treatment for Adrenal Weakness

There are many methods that one can use to strengthen the adrenals. Acupuncture, herbs, meditation and relaxation techniques, exercise, and nutrient saturation through diet and supplementation can all help promote the healing process. Adrenal problems that are not serious or life-threatening are often treated with a combination of low doses of cortisol, DHEA, various herbs, and nutrients. Each of these is used under very specific circumstances determined by laboratory tests. When problems of adrenal insufficiency are identified and corrected, the result of treatment can be very rewarding. The positive effect on energy, stamina, and vitality can be substantial.

Acupuncture and acupressure can sometimes give the adrenals a good boost. Chiropractic adjustments can also be helpful. The adrenal glands are richly fed by nerves that connect to the spine, and by releasing blockages through these simple and effective techniques, the glands can be stimulated and strengthened. In Chinese Medicine the kidney meridian often relates in western terms to the adrenals. Those who are susceptible to infections or allergies are often told that they have weak kidney energy, so the acupuncture points along that meridian can stimulate the healing process.

Whole Foods Diet is Recommended

Buy organically grown produce as much as possible. Avoid consumption of sugar. Refined carbohydrate, caffeine (adrenal stimulants), and alcohol should be avoided. Fasting and detoxification should not be used at the beginning of adrenal strengthening. The diet should be a building and strengthening diet. Eat plenty of fresh and lightly steamed vegetables and their juices as they contain minerals to prevent fatigue.

In restoration of the adrenal gland function one should include potassium rich foods and avoid foods high in sodium. This will help to keep the sodium/potassium balance in the body. In the standard American diet, people consume way too much sodium. Researchers recommend a dietary potassium-to-sodium ratio of greater than 5 to 1. Intake of potassium should be about 3 to 5 grams per day.

Vitamin/Mineral Therapy

Nutrients important in adrenal gland function include: pantothenic acid, vitamin C, Vitamin B 6, Zinc, and Magnesium. Particularly important is pantothenic acid (100 milligrams a day), as a deficiency may result in adrenal atrophy. Foods rich in pantothenic acid include: whole grains, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, salmon, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

Adrenal extracts made from beef have been used in medicine since the 1930’s. The proper procedure is to start with a dosage lower than what is recommended on the label of most adrenal extract supplements (1/3 of the normal dosage), and then slowly increasing the dosage every two days until one notices the stimulatory effect. Once that effect is noticed then simply reduce the dosage to a level just below the level that will produce stimulation. As the adrenals rebuild, keep reducing the dosage until there comes a time when you no longer need the support.

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Entry for January 28, 2007

Here’s the article:

TCM Acupuncture for Anxiety and Mood Disorders
By Dr. James Pascual, Dac, DC

The increased stresses of the world, whether personal, occupational, or societal, can have a detrimental effect on one’s health. When one is not able to deal with stress, anxiety can develop and the symptoms of anxiety can overwhelm them. Acupuncture remains an effective treatment for anxiety. Research has shown acupuncture’s effectiveness and offers explanations on how this natural therapy can biochemically help control anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health problem in Canada. They are defined as a persistent state of fear that may or may not be associated with a specific object or situation, often accompanied by physiological changes such as a fast heartbeat and rapid breathing. In 2001, it was estimated that 2.9 million Canadians suffer from some type of anxiety disorder.

Published lifetime prevalence rates for anxiety disorders suggest that somewhere between ten percent to one-quarter of the population is affected. Anxiety patients are more frequent users of the health care system than the general population with those sufferers having visited a general practitioner six or more times in a year. According to an American Study, Anxiety Disorders were found to be the most costly, accounting for nearly one-third of the total economic burden, higher than any other mental disorder or condition. Although there have been no formal studies concerning the costs of anxiety disorders to the Canadian health system, the American study indicates that the annual cost of anxiety disorders are $42 billion US.

The human body has developed an ingenious way to deal with the stresses that we encounter. With stress, the body is programmed to turn on the necessary systems and shut off secondary ones. The body’s “fight or flight” mechanism (also known as the sympathetic system) turns on when stress is presented. Blood and energy is diverted to the systems that are required to fight or flee – such as the muscles of the body, the heart, and the cardiovascular systems. There are increases to the heart rate, energy is released from fat, and muscles become ready for quick action. In addition, secondary systems such as the digestive and reproductive are shut off because they are determined not to be necessary in this stressful situation.

In today’s fast paced world, stressors can become constant in our lives. The problem with stress is that it can cause the sympathetic system to be constantly functioning. Blood pressure remains high, there is a heightened sense of nervousness, and these symptoms can manifest into the anxiety disorders that are prevalent in our society today. In addition, psychosomatic disorders such as gastrointestinal ulcers and headaches can be due to this phenomenon.

Research has shown that when an animal is placed into a situation in which it cannot achieve an adaptive reflex, an abnormal biological reaction takes place involving visceral-endocrine functioning. These maladaptations may lead to the development of psychopathology, i.e. anxiety/phobias or physical illness (headaches, hypertension).

Acupuncture remains an effective, natural, and safe treatment for people suffering from anxiety conditions because it is able to calm the sympathetic system by allowing the body to release neurotransmitters that can control a person’s stress level.

Acupuncture was developed about 2500 years ago and is centered around the development of Chinese society and Traditional Chinese Medicine which states that there are pathways or meridians in the body where energy or chi travels. Any disease, pain, or dysfunction is due to a blockage in these meridians. In the case of anxiety, when emotions are held over long periods of time, or when they result from a traumatic event, they can become the cause of illness. This will block the flow of chi. Fine needles are placed into specific acupoints which remove the blockage and allow the energy to flow again. With proper energy flow, the person’s health returns.

Since ancient times, acupuncture has been known as an effective treatment for stress and its disorders. There have been numerous references to the effects of the emotions on the body and psychosomatic illness, a relatively new concept in the West, but one that was recognized and written about 200 years B.C. Based on these references, acupuncture was found to be the treatment of choice.

Acupuncture Research

Various scientists have researched the effects of acupuncture on anxiety. Two researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine assembled a group of patients for a blind, randomized controlled trial. The patients were undergoing surgery which created an acute anxiety condition. The study found that while treatment did not produce any significant physiological changes, subjects who received acupuncture did experience a profound change in their behavioural anxiety levels. In addition, they added that “the results of the study suggest that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for individuals experiencing intense levels of daily stress and anxiety.”
A German trial using a double blind design examined the effects of acupuncture on patients with minor depression and generalized anxiety disorders. One group was given acupuncture at the sites of true acupuncture points while the other received acupuncture at the sites of sham acupuncture points (needles were placed in points on the body that did not represent any particular acupuncture point). After 10 treatments, those receiving true acupuncture were experiencing a remarkable reduction in anxiety symptoms.

A Beijing Medical University trial compared the use of traditional acupuncture techniques against the use of the drug amitriptyline in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Amitriptyline is an antidepressant drug and may help alleviate the anxiety component of depression because of its sedative nature. Progress was assessed using the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. The results showed that acupuncture treatment is as effective as amitriptyline in the treatment of depression and even more effective for anxiety symptoms.

Another study from China looked into the effects of acupuncture on reducing anxiety and depression in patients with chronic physical illness, where the psychological state of the patient was exacerbating their physical condition, contributing to a “vicious circle” of deteriorating health. Patients were administered acupuncture using standard points diagnosed through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Anxiety and depression rating scales were used before and after treatment. After one month of treatment, anxiety had decreased to normal levels in 70% of the patients and depression in 90%.

An investigation was made to determine the effect of acupuncture on neurotransmitters commonly implicated in anxiety and depression – focusing on serotonin and norepinephrine. Electroacupuncture enhances the effect of the acupuncture needles by adding a current. Using electroacupuncture on specific acupuncture points, the study found that it accelerates the synthesis and release of serotonin and norepinephrine on the central nervous system. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released by neurons in the central nervous system and is believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood and sleep. Abnormal levels of serotonin have been thought to play a part in many disorders, notably as part of the biochemistry of depression, migraine, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Norepinephrine is also a stress hormone and along with epinephrine affects the fight or flight response affecting the sympathetic system. This confirmed findings in an earlier study which found that needling specific acupuncture points affected change in the amounts of particular neurotransmitters found in a subject’s blood and urine. Acupuncture mimics the mechanism used by various anti-anxiety and anti-depressive drugs by increasing amounts of
serotonin and norepinephrine available to postsynaptic cells in the brain thereby decreasing anxiety symptoms.

Acupuncture remains an effective treatment for those suffering from anxiety, without the side effects seen with various drugs. With it’s effect on decreasing anxiety, acupuncture can help secondarily with the treatment of psychosomatic disorders. Research shows that there is a positive response of anxiety to acupuncture and that it should be considered a treatment for those suffering from this debilitating disorder.

January 28, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | 1 Comment

Entry for January 27, 2007

Picked up some Chromium today. It’s in my multivitamin but I’d like to try it at a higher dosage. On the way out of the store I pick up the free health magazine called Vitality. I was in the car waiting for my wife so I was briefly skimming through it when I came across an article called “Acupuncture for Anxiety and Mood Disorders”. It talks about how Acupuncture has been long proven effective in raising the serotonin and norepinephrine levels naturally to treat anxiety. I’ve had acupuncture before and I know how effective it can be so I’ll really think about going to see this guy. It was an amazing article and it was written by a local doctor here in Markham.

I have an appointment with the nutritionist next Tuesday for my initial consultation.

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Entry for August 19, 2006

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Plantar Fasciitis: Basically a foot pain caused by muscle weakness and poor circulation.

Plantar Faciitis was my second symptom and the first doctor I mentioned it to told me I needed to excerise the muscles to make them stronger. I never took his advice because I believed there was something more but at the time, I didn’t know what it was but I had a hunch it was related to the internal vibration.

It wasn’t until later, when I was decided to try weekly acupuncture, that I was told I had very poor blood circulation. I’ve always had cold feet and cold hands and thought it was normal. It wasn’t until she was performing a technique called “cupping” that I realized how bad it was.  She was the only doctor who told me I had poor blood circulation and it made perfect sense. Acupuncture is great because they question everything that is not quite normal.

After the seventh session, I discovered one of my problems was related to a niacin deficiency and so I started taking niacin. Niacin naturally increases the blood flow so this made total sense to me. After a week of taking niacin, the plantar faciitis disappeared completely but the odd thing was the marks made from the cupping seemed to improve but there was still a sign of poor blood circulation. I had always assumed that the lack of improvement was because it would take a while to build up the niacin in my body. Now I know it was something else. When I did some googling, I came across this:

Plantar Fasciitis

Latest studies show that in many cases of plantar fasciitis there really is no inflamation, but rather an avascularity (Loss of blood circulation).

So I thought I had solved my problems by taking niacin but the internal vibration continued. I stopped taking niacin and the plantar fasciitis would come back so I’ve been taking it ever since.

It wasn’t until I reduced my intake of magnesium that I realized my arms felt dead like there was no circulation and it was even worse if I put them over my head. I couldn’t understand because I was still taking niacin.

Now I realize that a magnesium deficiency is responsible for both muscle weakness and poor circulation. I googled plantar fasciitis again today and came across this:

Arthritis: Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation in the tendons in the bottom of your foot, which may lead to plantar fasciitis.
 
Diabetes: Although doctors don’t know why, plantar fasciitis occurs more often in people with diabetes.

Arthritis and diabetes are both linked to a deficiency in magnesium.

Arthritis:  Because magnesium suppresses PTH (a mineral transport hormone) and stimulates calcitonin (a polypeptide of 32 amino acid residues), it helps remove calcium from soft tissues eliminating some forms of arthritis. Copper is a metal ion long suspected as playing a role in preventing arthritis. Copper is complementary to magnesium uptake and may therefore reduce calcitic arthritis by providing more magnesium absorption.

Diabetes: The role of magnesium in diabetes has been scientifically well established for over 35 years. Magnesium influences insulin production and function. Magnesium has been effectively used to treat brittle diabetics. (Diabetics who frequently oscillate between high and low blood sugar.) In Europe, magnesium has long been used to treat insulin resistant diabetes and decompensated diabetics developing acidosis and ketosis.

I can’t seem to find any reference to the fact that plantar fasciitis is a related symptom of a magnesium deficiency but it should be. Muscle weakness and poor circulation are well known symptoms of a magnesium deficiency!

I think that the success I’ve had using Niacin and noticing the changes to the Plantar Faciitis are interesting but I still think there is something more.

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Entry for May 18, 2006

The other day I was in the lunch room and someone asked me about taking acupuncture for allergies. I mentioned how in addition to the acupuncture, I was taking a chinese herb that really seemed to help. Another co-worker added that he had also tried acupuncture for his allergies and the more we talked, I found him to be very knowledgeable about general health issues. At the end of our brief discussion, he mentions that he has something that he wrote and would like me to read it. Sure! Send it to me.

Below is the text:

Allergies and Insomnia: Gastro-intestinal Complications

As a teenager, it never dawned on me that Mother Nature had bestowed upon me a carbon-oxygen engine that came with a 30-year warranty. Consequently, I ate, drank, played and slept irregular hours, without regard to the potential deterioration of that prized commodity we all need in this material world: the body.

Had I known what I know now, I would have been prudent enough to at least award this vehicle I call “my body” a proper preventive maintenance program. Had that been done, this article probably would never have been.

This dissertation has a three-fold purpose: First, to alert its readers on the importance of adopting a good preventive maintenance program for your body at an early age in the same way that you would do for a new car purchase, and secondly, to provide my personal “basics of nutrition” acquired purely through first-hand experience, and, thirdly, a rather selfish purpose: to locate amongst the readers some of you who may have been through this road, and may be able to provide me with some basic tips on what could assist me in combatting the health problems I am now encountering, now that I find myself at the threshold of middle-age.

Hell Breaks Loose
Up to mid-June 1995, I had been an athletic, healthy male who had never had any major health issues.

Although I have never in my life abused my body through the use of medical or “recreational” drugs, I have done my share of social drinking and exhausting my body through occasional sleepless nights during my university years when my financial situation required that I also maintain part-time employment.

So one day, in mid-June 1995, already in my mid-twenties, I began my roller-coaster ride when I was introduced to seasonal allergies and insomnia.

I vaguely recall that at the time I was employed full-time, doing rotational shifts that at times required overnight work. On top of that, I was completing a study program that consumed thirty weekly hours of my time. Occasionally I also attended the odd martial arts evening lesson, and even managed to fit it in the odd soccer skirmish with my acquaintances. Sounds like too much mileage for a vehicle approaching the end of its warranty? Well, it was.

Only years later, after suffering through sleepless nights, constant sneezing, blocked sinuses, short-breath, itchy palate, red-eyes and blotchy skin, it slowly began to dawn upon me that my immune system had deteriorated.

Flawed Medical System
When my woes began, I figured: “No problem. I’ll go see my family doctor, and I’ll be back in shape in no time”.

The doctor asked the usual questions, and given that I had no prior issue with seasonal allergies, he recommended anti-biotics. Anyone wants to know how effective these were to combat my seasonal allergies? Has anyone heard of combatting a disease through trial and error?

Two months later I decided to get a second opinion from a different doctor. I was fortunate to meet a physician with sufficient humility who was kind enough to answer my questions with candor: she pointed out that the medical field knows very little about the cause and prevention of seasonal allergies. Although they can diagnose allergies fairly accurately, they can only treat the manifestations with temporary relief, but there is no known method of getting rid of them once they attack the system. Cheerful note! I recall leaving the doctor’s office dragging my feet, with my shoulders drooped, and with a sour and itchy taste in my mouth.

Confronting my nemesis
I have always been of the opinion that everything has an answer and a proper explanation. Although the answer or explanation may not be available at our finger tips, the answer nevertheless exists. For instance, as an analogy, picture a South American native in the heart of the Amazon jungle who has never seen civilized society. He sees a commercial airliner fly over him. Although he may never in his lifetime understand this phenomenon, assuming of course that our current civilization will never make contact with him, the fact remains that there is a scientific explanation to the commercial airliner flying over his head. Theoretically, if he did his research, and if he did it right, he would be able to understand this mystery. The same concept applies to many current mysteries in the health field: cancer, leukemia, allergies and the never-ending list of incurable illnesses. So began my quest to find a solution to my woes.

Conventional medicine
I have never advocated drugs. In my life I have never taken an advil pill. When I first sought treatment at my local pharmacist, they flooded me with the suggestions that ranged from anti-histamines to mild drugs with “minimal” adverse effects, the worst of which prohibited me from driving due to the drowsiness that would be brought about.

So I ruled out Claritin, Allegra, and the wide range of conventional allergy treatments found at the local pharmacy. Back to the drawing boards: my doctor recommended I see a specialist.

After a diagnosis which included being pricked with a needle imbued with different allergic substances, I got even more disappointing news: I was allergic to almost anything in the book – cats, dogs, dust, molds, mites, grass, trees, pollen, chemicals, unnamed fruits and vegetables.

“Solution?”, I asked from this “allergist”. “Well”, he added, “we can certainly prepare you a cocktail tailored-made to address your condition. You will get weekly shots, and in 4-6 months you will see some results. With some luck, your allergic reactions will be reduced to a large extent. Additionally, you must adhere to a very strict diet”.

For the sake of restoring my health I followed the advice of this allergist to the letter, but guess what? At the end of six months I was no better off than when I had started, so I cannot say anything positive for allergy shots to address an allergic condition.

Back to the drawing boards. I re-visited my long-time family doctor, who empathized with my condition and suggested I try a more unconventional approach by treating the root-cause of the problem. Although no one knew the root-cause of the problem, it was commonly accepted that a proper functioning immune system would not over-react at the presence of these substances that were presently causing a reaction that was completely uncalled-for.

“What have I got to lose?”, I said. Nothing. “What have I got to gain?”: My health! Is it worth taking the risk? Of course!!

On the path to recovery
At the end of three years of suffering with seasonal allergies, and what I erroneously perceived to be allergy-caused insomnia, I was to finally discover the solution to what would be an improvement in my condition.

While vacationing in Mexico, I decided to get a medical opinion that was not OHIP-oriented, given that frankly, OHIP had done little in helping to effectively combat my condition.

The Mexican physician concurred with my family doctor: the solution to a permanent erasure of seasonal allergies lies with a normalization of the immune system. To accomplish this, the doctor recommended a vitamin and mineral regimen complemented with a specialized diet that would have to be strictly adhered to for at least six months, perhaps even longer. He stressed that considering I had subjected my body to almost three decades of neglected care, six months or even a year was not an unreasonable expectation. He had a point. And he was right.

The program
The path to normalizing the immune system was simple but effective: a daily intake of organic vitamins, minerals and supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that excluded foods that are really toxic to the system such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, highly processed foods that are laden with chemicals (pesticides, preservatives, artificial coloring, flavors, etc.).

For the benefit of the readers, I attach the exact details of the program here:

After breakfast vitamins:
• 2 B Complex tablets

• E (800 iu)

• A & D (10,000 iu A, 400 of D)

A blended protein drink consisting of:
• ½ a glass of soy milk

• 2 fresh strawberries

• ½ a glass of fresh cranberry juice

• 1 banana

• ½ a teaspoon of sugar

• 2 table spoon of lecithin

• 3 egg whites

“Other-time” vitamins:
• 2000 mg of vitamin C

• 400 mg of B1

• Chelated multi-minerals (1 after lunch, 2 after dinner)

Additionally, it was recommended I delete alcohol, coffee and smoking from my diet. A high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, not overcooked was recommended.

Within months of being on this regimen I began to see improvements. However, I could not say that I had been cured. My doctors assured me that in due time I would experience complete recovery. Despite that, two years later, I still was troubled by seasonal allergies to a lesser extent, and to my sour bitterness, I had not experienced an improvement in my sleep, although I was not experiencing the same discomforts as a result of the seasonal allergies. I went to a sleep clinic where I was told that although there were some mild respiratory disturbances in my body, I could not be clinically diagnosed with what was known as “sleep apnea”, another ailment for which there was no known cure, and for which there was no known cause. However, although it could not be discounted that I was suffering from sleep apnea, it could be safely concluded that there was an additional problem compounding the seasonal allergies.

A new program
Convinced that the solution to my troubles would not be found within conventional medicine, I began exploring alternative medicine.

A homeopathic clinic suggested I speed up normalization of my immune system by taking a catalyst commonly known as “cat’s claw”, a root originating in South America. I added that to my cart.

A friend of mine assured me that the most effective medicine he had found was an expensive, aloe-vera based product known as Molocure. I added that to my cart.

Another acquaintance of mine suggested a non-drug based treatment used in Scientology circles. He suggested that Scientology had a program to detoxify the body from toxic substances which had accumulated slowly through the years. This program is known as The Purification Rundown. I added that to my cart. Additionally, it was suggested I receive what was known as the The Asthma/Allergy Rundown. I added that to my cart.

Today, eight years later, I must share with some satisfaction that although none of the above completely rid me of my physical troubles, considerable improvement was made to such an extent that I can truthfully state that my allergies have been reduced by at least eighty percent. Although I cannot rule out the effectiveness of cat’s claw and molo-cure, I attribute this primarily to the vitamin and mineral regimen, and to the Scientology-based treatments.

There is one treatment I have excluded deliberately from the list above as I wish to give it special focus: Health Kinesiology, an allergy-elimination treatment founded by Dr. Jimmy Scott.

Health Kinesiology
One day, while skimming through books at a used book-store in downtown Toronto, I saw a brochure on the wall promoting an allergy-elimination treatment administered by naturotherapist, Marie Herrell, a student of Dr. Jimmy Scott.

Given the wide exposure I had had to allergy treatments, I must confess that it is with some skepticism that I approached Marie Herrell’s office.

I have never believed that tapping the body will bring about recovery from one’s allergies. I could not possibly see the connection, but upon receiving one session from Marie Herrell, I noticed considerable improvement in my sleep – although what she intended to address was my allergy problem. Subsequent sessions from Marie Herrell spurred my interest to meet the founder and get a few health tips for my condition.

Gradually I acquired some education and gained a better understanding of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s health breakthroughs.

Understanding my condition
The following is my own interpretation of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s findings. I do not profess to be a medical expert, and therefore, the following paragraphs should not be construed as medical advice, but are given here purely as my own conclusions based on health visits to Dr. Jimmy Scott.

The human body has a sensitivity and an intolerance to certain types of food. This varies from person to person. In other words, what may be harmful to one person, may be harmless to another. In my case, Dr. Jimmy Scott concluded that I needed to delete corn from my diet. Additionally, he concluded that I had to reduce my intake of starch. This actually coincided with some advice I had obtained from my family doctor years earlier; advice which had not been sufficiently stressed and therefore I had overlooked. My family doctor had commented casually that, according to a certain author, there was a proper diet for every blood type. Ancestrally, she added, “O positives” align with the diet of primitive man. Therefore, I should stick to fruits, vegetables and meat. I should definitely try to avoid farming products, especially grain products which were the proper diet of a different blood type altogether. Given the far-fetched explanation underlying this theory, I did not pay much attention to her advice and continued my starch-laden diet.

Starch is bad for me
A couple of years later I was to discover more supporting evidence that would further reveal that a starch-based diet is pure poison for my system.

Several months ago, a close friend of mine suggested I try acupuncture as a form of alternative medicine to address my ailments. Many years ago I had had a few acupuncture sessions without any noticeable improvements. However, this acquaintance was a reliable source, and she swore that this acupuncturist had successfully treated insomnia and allergies with her alternative approach.

By this time, I had a better inkling of Dr. Jimmy Scott’s revolutionary discoveries which encompassed the meridian energy system, a component of medicine that had been pioneered by the Chinese for the past two-thousand years.

So I visited Professor Chen, an experienced and elderly lady with many years of experience in her field. Although I cannot attribute an overnight recovery to my insomnia as a result of Professor Chen’s acupuncture, I credit her advice on my diet to improve my sleeping condition tremendously.

Professor Chen did a diagnosis of my condition by tapping certain areas of my body, looking at my tongue, cranial skin coloring, and God knows what other silent observations!

Professor Chen’s conclusions
From her non-invasive observations, Professor Chen concluded that I had a myriad of internal organ problems: weak kidney and spleen, lung complications possibly compounded or affected by a weak and malfunctioning digestive system.

Again, this coincided with a conclusion made by Dr. Jimmy Scott: my insomnia stemmed not from allergic reactions but from internal organ infection! Wow! Now I felt I was getting somewhere.

Professor Chen’s recommendation? I needed to delete carbohydrates from my diet and move towards a more fruit-and-vegetable-based diet. She added that I should also reduce my intake of rice, a carbohydrate high in cholesterol. She stressed that unless I changed my lifestyle to one filled with lots of physical activity, I should stay off carbohydrates as much as possible. Additionally, given the sensitive and weak nature of my digestive system, Professor Chen suggested I eat a frugal dinner, and she advised that I never go to bed after midnight. She stressed that a weak liver and digestive system needs plenty of rest and light work, therefore, I should not over-eat, and dinner, at the latest should be around 8 p.m. Bedtime: midnight at the latest.

Within days of following professor Chen’s advice I began to sleep better. In order to speed up my recovery, she prescribed a wide array of Chinese supplements, names of which I will not try to spell or pronounce until my Chinese improves!

Shiatsu therapy
While undergoing acupuncture treatment, someone suggested I speed up my recovery by receiving shiatsu massage, another oriental treatment that incorporates the Chinese meridian system, yet relies on finger acu-pressure as opposed to the traditional needles used in acupuncture.

While I cannot state that there have been noticeable improvement from the two shiatsu sessions I have received, I must share that I am very impressed with the practitioner’s conclusions on my condition by simply tapping certain areas of my body. Based on these observations the shiatsu practitioner concluded that a weak intestinal tract accounted for constipation problems; something I was combatting with Metamucil but which I had not shared with any of my practitioners. Additionally, the shiatsu doctor conducted an assessment to determine what foods were recommendable for my system. The conclusions were essentially the same, with some surprising exceptions: no carbohydrates, with minimum intake of rice, however, omission of certain fruits which, for my particular case, included oranges, bananas and tomatoes. In the meat department, I was to abstain from pork and, again, surprisingly, shrimps and most type of fish – something that had been overlooked in the past, as most OHIP doctors had recommended sea food as uniformly healthy for everyone.

Leah Findlay: a self-made health professional
Several months after meeting Dr. Jimmy Scott, I met online Leah Findlay, a self-made health professional, who had been harassed by health problems in her youth, leading her to a voyage of self-healing which turned her into a very effective health practitioner, to which I can vouch.

Although I have never met Leah in person, the telephone interview that she conducted inquired on the look of my skin, my iris, my tongue, and a myriad of questions about general health which demonstrated that Leah was well-versed in many disciplines of the health field. Indeed, as I was to discover later, Leah is a very eclectic health professional knowledgeable in iridology, nutrition, reflexology and Chinese medicine.

Her findings pretty much aligned with all the previous non-OHIP health professionals (God bless them!), with the additional details that I HAD WORMS IN MY BOWELS! Wow, was this ever a blow to my ego! Leah pointed out that according to her observations, I was quite malnourished despite my attention to my diet and the expensive vitamin/mineral regimen I was on. She stated that given the presence of these parasites in my bowel, it was very likely that all nutrients were being absorved by these organisms, and the surplus was likely being poorly absorbed by a weak digestive system that was far from an optimum condition.

Her plan of action was quite simple: before I should even think of nourishing myself I needed to do a thorough cleanup which included not just ridding myself of the parasites, but I also needed to eliminate other toxic wastes that were likely stored in the bowels. Once the cleansing was complete, the next step would be to rebuild the poorly functioning organs that were in too bad shape to start absorbing nutrients. The third and final step would be the long-haul which would include a vitamin/mineral, enzymes and other supplements to rebuild the system completely.

I cannot say how accurate Leah was. Within three months of being on her cleansing program I expelled daily rice-like micro-organisms, and the most spectacular of all was a 3-inch worm that frightened even my OHIP doctor when he took a good look at it!

Once the cleansing was complete, Leah made me replace the Metamucil with a psyllium-based herbal mixture that I have not been able to find in any local health-food store. At this time she also included acidophilus in order to re-balance the stomach flora, and the rest is history.

If any of the readers wish to take a chance and try Leah’s magic, she can be reached at 1(877)868-8883.

Conclusions
To my disappointment, I have made some conclusions of Western medicine which I am sure are not news to many experts in the health industry. The medical industry, unfortunately, is not geared towards effectively combatting the root cause of disease. The primary focus of Western medicine is not the prevention of disease nor the treatment of the root cause of the problem to bring about long-term health. The primary focus of the medical industry is to alleviate – not eradicate – the symptoms of the problem. This modus operandi aligns closely with its primary motivation: Profit.

Bluntly stated, the medical establishment overtly and covertly suppresses time-honored effective traditional treatments that are unconventional for the simple reason that it would be uneconomical to their monopoly. The fact that our health care system will cover assistance to deal with the symptoms of deteriorated health conditions but will not cover a preventive maintenance program is an indication that there is more emphasis in treating the condition rather than preventing it. And as common sense will tell, it is preferable to deal with the factors that will prevent an unwanted condition rather than having to deal with the consequences of the unwanted condition.

Ideally, insurance coverage and OHIP –based treatments should include an annual package to cover vitamins, minerals, supplements, routine and periodic preventive maintenance programs to keep the body operating at its maximum potential, to combat disease BEFORE it manifests itself.

Of course, the medical industry will say that would be utopia. What would become of the multi-billion drug industry that currently helps patients live with their day-to-day conditions? What about the lucrative psychiatric drug industry that possibly relies on physical ailments to destroy the morale and mental stability of human beings?

These words have not been written to ramble ad infinitum on the frailties of our medical system, but rather to share some information that may be of some use to those experiencing a similar condition. To them, my empathy and my sincere desire that they find a solution to their plight. My help is yours, your help is accepted.

Humbly,

Alfonso Carcamo

What an incredible story. Somewhat similar journey to mine and reaching the same conclusions.

May 19, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 16, 2006

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Tenth acupuncture appointment and it’s time to review. I’m not entirely convinced that the actual acupuncture made a difference to my condition but I do think that the best thing that happened was the doctor’s ability to step back when things weren’t working. That was the turning point for me. It wasn’t what the doctor was doing, it was the ability to review the symptoms once again and reassess the direction of treatment. None of my other doctors did this.

I would’ve thought that with all of the testing done by my regular doctor, he had ample opportunity to step back and reassess and didn’t. His attitude was that he was finding nothing in his testing so there must be nothing wrong.

She does the regular needles in my back and starts the cupping. There is improvement but there are still signs of poor circulation. After 15 minutes she places the needles in and around my stomach, legs and hands.

She recommends that we take a two week break and watch to see if there is any changes with my symptoms. She also recommended that I see a Osteopath.

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Entry for May 09, 2006

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Acupuncture appointment number nine. I tell her about the naturopath and the low dose of Niacin and she says to keep eating the foods with natural Niacin. I tell her that I’ve been eating turkey and tuna all week and she’s quite happy to hear that. She takes my blood pressure and it’s 127/95. It’s the lowest reading of the systolic pressure so far.

Today she works on my allergies and starts with the regular needles in my back and the cupping. In the middle of the cupping she comments on how the brusing is noticeably better.

I flip over and she starts on the stomach. I ask her to touch my feet and she notices they aren’t cold and clammy like they usually are. With all of these small successes, the Niacin is working wonders.

As I am leaving, she gives me another chinese herb called “Bimingan Wan” for my allergies.

Extensive testing looking for all kinds of disease and it appears to be a simple vitamin deficiency.

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Entry for May 02, 2006

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Armed with four pages of my printed research, I head to my eighth acupuncture appointment. I go into her office and she welcomes me in and asks me if I did any research on the Parasympathetic Nervous system. I show her the four pages and we sit down and carefully go through it. I explain each page and we talk about Niacin deficiency. She said this was extremely rare to get from a normal western diet and somehow the EMF had something to do with it.

We both agree that the EMF had an effect on the normal function of my stomach and created an environment where the Niacin conversion process was blocked by EMF intereference. This fits in with the fact that the internal vibration came first with no other symptoms. From that, the hydrochloric acid production was reduced causing the Alkaline base in my stomach and the onset of the other symptoms.

This explains why I needed high amounts of vitamin C. I needed the acid to neutralize the stomach and the chest pain? Probably heartburn. She takes my blood pressure and it’s 138/95 pulse: 76. She tells me that the high blood pressure is probably related to the overactive Parasympathetic Nervous system and not any direct problem with my heart. She suggested taking Apple Cider Vinegar.

She starts the acupuncture with a different approach. She focuses on the normal functions of the stomach and places a few needles in new places. She places something hot in both of my hands and tells me to rest. After 15 minutes she starts the cupping on my back.

She takes my blood pressure again and it’s lowered to 129/76 pulse: 66

She’s very happy about my research and asks me if she can share the information with the other doctor. Of course! I walked out very proud and excited that she agrees with the diagnosis.

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Entry for April 25, 2006

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I washed my hair this morning using Jason organic shampoo and WOW! I can feel the difference right away. My hair is so much softer and my forehead feels soft too. Here’s what it says on their web site:

Vitamin E with A & C Shampoo (Body Enhancing)

No Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates
Super Enriched with 5 Vitamins, 22 Amino Acids and 5 Botanicals. Revitalizes Dry, Tired Hair

Using only the purest Natural Vitamins, Amino Acids and Botanicals, this nourishing shampoo is specially formulated to gently cleanse dry or damaged hair without stripping away necessary moisture. It is super-enriched to build body while it adds a healthy shine, and concentrated to save you money. A small amount is all you need.

Acupuncture appointment number seven. Another uneventful week and I still have the mystery internal vibration. I did switch back to her vitamin C tablets but found that I would get the weird head pinching sensation everytime I did. If I took one of my vitamin C tablets, it would disappear. This leads me to believe that my problem is with the gastrointestinal tract and not actually needing vitamin C in my system.

When I told the doctor I was still vibrating and that her new direction had no effect, she was quite confused. She said I was her toughest patient and it was good because she liked the challenge. She wanted to regroup and she asked for my opinion on what I thought the problem was. We reviewed my discoveries and what worked for my symptoms.

1) Acidophilus settles my stomach.

2) Eating pears will stop the vibrations.

3) Vitamin C will also stop the vibrations and get rid of the weird head symptoms.

I tell her about my suspicion of Serotonin because it is a neurotransmitter effecting the central nervous system and it’s created in the gastrointestinal tract. I can’t say for certain but it’s my guess. I have looked up the symptoms of Serotonin deficency and it doesn’t really match.

She tells me how the Parasympathetic Nerve is connected to the stomach but she’ll need to do more research for my symptoms. I’ve never heard of the Parasympathetic Nervous System so I agree to do some research as well.

She takes my blood pressure and it’s high again: 137/90

She wants to change the treatment to focus on the stomach. She starts by cupping my back and this time she says my circulation hasn’t improved. She places new needles in my back for 15 minutes and then the front. She looks at my wart and it’s almost completely gone. She uses Moxa on the wart and then on an acupoint just below the knee on both of my legs. This is new and she explains that this is done for my stomach. How interesting. As I’m still lying on the table, she takes my blood pressure again: 135/79.

As I’m leaving she gives me a new suppliment to try. This one is for my stomach and it’s called BaoHe Wan. Here is what it does:

Bao He Pian (Bao He Wan) promotes digestion, removes stagnated food and regulates the stomach†. The herbal formula is used for the retention of food, distension of fullness in the abdomen, eructating foul odor and acid regurgitation, loss of appetite†. It is also used for incoordination between the spleen and stomach, stomachache due to damp stagnation lying hidden, indigestion, oppression and depression over the chest and diarrhea due to hypofunction of the spleen.

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Entry for April 18, 2006

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Acupuncture appointment number six. Another uneventful week with my symtoms and I’m guessing this is a good thing however the allergies do seem to be better.

She starts by taking my blood pressure and it’s the lowest reading yet. 132/86. I tell her about my reduction in vitamin C and she is very pleased. Today she starts with the cupping on my back and then the needles. Now that my blood pressure is more down to normal and the lungs are getting better she tells me she is taking a different approach. She wants me to up the dosage of the suppliment to three times a day and a few new acupoints are added in around my arms. After 15 minutes she flips me over and adds the needles into my abdomen. She does some head massage for my sinuses and needles the wart again. She mentions that my scalp is very congested. Normally there is a little bit of blood when the needles are removed but with me, there is nothing.

After six treatments my sinuses are the best they have felt in a very long time and my wart is going away like magic. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s lowered to 137/79. It’s the first time that she was happy with the reading. Was it the suppliments? Was it my increased fruit intake? Was it the acupuncture? Who knows…

Still have the myterious internal vibrations but she seems to think this new direction will help.

We’ll wait and see…

I take the usual picture of my back to view the progress of the cupping and it’s the best yet. I do feel that my breathing is better so it looks like this cupping is working. I still can’t believe I took the allergy shots for two years. Allowing them to put those toxins in my blood system for so long when a few needles for six weeks has given me more results then the two years of allergy shots.

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Entry for April 11, 2006

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Fifth appointment with the Acupuncture and I show my blood test results to the doctor. She asks me how I was feeling during the past week and it was uneventful. Nothing really different and the supplement didn’t appear to have any effect. I mention that I now have a stye in my right eye. It’s only just started but my eyes have been really itchy lately. It’s my own fault because I keep rubbing them and it feels like there is some grit on my eyeball. She tells me she will give me a new supplement that will help. We also talk about my vitamin C intake. She wants me to cut back to 1000 mg and I’m really hesitant. It’s the only thing that works but I agree to cut back.

She takes my blood pressure and it’s the lowest reading yet. (140/89)

She asks me if I know what Triglycerides are? Nope! No idea. She tells me that there are only two ways to have high triglycerides. One is to eat a lot of fat red meat (which I don’t) and the other way is to not eat any fruits or vegetables. Ah ha! Okay, that’s making some sense.  She says that a high level of Triglycerides can lead to atherosclerosis.

Here’s what it says on Wikipedia:

Role in disease

In the human body, high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream have been linked to atherosclerosis, and, by extension, the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, the negative impact of raised levels of triglycerides is lower than that of LDL:HDL ratios. The risk can be partly accounted for a strong inverse relationship between triglyceride level and HDL-cholesterol level.

How interesting. You’d think with all of the blood tests I’ve had this past year, one doctor would’ve mentioned this by now? Here again Kevin Trudeau is right on the money. Doctors are not interested in prevention. They don’t find anything wrong if it can’t be treated with drugs.

“That’s the reason why there’s been virtually no movement in the field of prevention. The more drugs are bought, the higher the profit. The more disease there is, the greater the profit.”

She starts with the cupping again and says she wants to add some new accupoints today on my back. I show her my wart and it’s really cleared up from the past week and she’s happy with the progress. One more treatment next week and it will be gone.

She finishes with the back and does the front in the same points as last week. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s lowered to 135/87. After the acupuncture she give me the supplement for my stye. It’s called “Ming Mu” and it will help moisten my eyes. I get home and take a picture of my back again. I notice the red marks are a lot lighter than previous treatments. Progress? Great!

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Entry for April 05, 2006

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Yesterday I decided to try an experiment.  With the Vitamin C playing a role in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, I discover that Bananas are a good source of tryptophan (10.6 mg). So everytime I take my vitamin C pill, I will eat it with a Banana.

Fourth acupuncture appointment and it’s been a quiet week for my symptoms. I tell her about the test results from the walk in clinic and she takes my blood pressure. It’s 148/98. Still a little high but it’s a little lower than usual. Today she wants to continue with more cupping and she will place needles in my back for the first time as well as the regular ones on the front. I mention about a wart on my hand and she treats that as well. She checks out my tongue and comments on how the overall colour is better and there is noticeable improvement. I ask her for some acupuncture needles as a souvenir and she gives me three different types.

She asks me if the herbal supplement made a difference and if there was any change to the mysterious interal vibrations. Nope. Still the same fine tremor. No effect what so ever.

I’ve felt better the past week but was it from the supplement or was it because I went back to 2500 mg for Vitamin C? Who knows!

Still vibrating….

April 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 28, 2006

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Yesterday we were out shopping and I started to get a very weird feeling over my body and I start feeling very hot. I leave the store for some fresh air and purchase some bottled water. I splash some on my face, drink the rest and I feel a little better. This kind of feeling has happened before but there’s no pain or any sysmptoms that I can describe. Nothing seems to trigger them either. I just know that something is wrong.

Third acupuncture appointment. I tell her about the weird symptoms from the past week and my experience with the walk in clinic. I mention about the increase in Vitamin C and she tells me it’s bad for my liver but agrees to the dosage if it will make me feel better. She takes my blood pressure. 143/103 pulse: 86. It’s still in the high normal range.

She starts again with the cupping technique and says I still have poor blood circulation. She explains that the brusing on my back will improve with the number of treatments. After the cupping, we start the acupuncture in the same pressure points as last week.

After resting for twenty minutes, she takes my blood pressure again: 136/81 pulse: 68

She recommends taking a herbal supplement called “Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian” It will help maintain cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system. Two tablets, three times a day. She asks me if I am still eating oats and apple for breakfast and she explains that it builds up the strength of the intestinal wall.

I get the feeling that she thinks the internal vibration is from my high blood pressure. I really disagree but what do I know. The doctor back in May thought it was high blood pressure too and he prescribed medication. It didn’t make any difference and in fact, made it worse!

I’ll follow up with the walk in clinic tomorrow for the test results.

Still vibrating…

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Entry for March 22, 2006

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A very interesting day to say the least…

Mornings are usually very tough for me but today was completely different. I woke up around five o’clock and felt like I could run in a race. I had a glass of warm water, a bowl of oats and it was off to work. I was so happy about the way I was feeling because I’ve never felt this good.

For lunch I had a tuna sandwich with apple juice. It’s something I’ve had on a regular basis from the Coffee Time downstairs. Around two o’clock I start feeling lightheaded, I feel “weird” like something is going to happen and the internal vibrations are a bit stronger. I have a burning sensation in my chest and I notice that my mouth is dry. The only thing I’ve done differently is I didn’t drink as much water in the morning and I forgot to take my Vitamin C.

So I take the Vitamin C and start drinking lots of water and splashing it on my face. With the acupuncture doctor saying I should follow up with my regular doctor for the high blood pressure, I really don’t like the feeling so I leave work to go to a walk in clinic.

I take a taxi to the nearest one and I fill out their patient form and wait. I have my water with me so I make sure I’m still drinking. I go to the bathroom three times before he sees me and I don’t appear to have any of the strange feelings I had earlier in the day. I tell him about the high blood pressure and that I’ve been monitoring it and he talks a reading. 130/80 Normal range. He listens to my lungs and says everything sounds normal. He offers to have an ECG done if I’m concerned about it so I agree. It’s been eight months since I had my last one and back then the only symptom was the internal vibration.

The nurse takes a reading and after a while the doctor comes back with the chart. He shows it to me and it has a small variation in the rhythm. I tell him about my right bundle branch block and he agrees that it’s probably the case and says he is only trained to know what a normal ECG looks like so he’ll send this to a specialist to get his opinion. He also says he wants a blood test just to make sure. If the heart is in any kind of distress, it will release traceable enzymes. He said to follow up with him next Wednesday the 29th for the results.

I’m looking at the blood test form and he’s written the letters “CK, TSH, LDL and HDL”

Because I’m in the same area as the acupuncture doctor, I drop in to see if there are any side effects from the cupping procedure. My doctor doesn’t start until five o’clock so I start talking to another lady. I tell her my story and she explains how the treatment of acupuncture and cupping could not cause my chest pain. She explained things very thoroughly and I’m happy with what I am hearing.

I’ll die another day.

March 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 21, 2006

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Today is my second appointment for acupuncture and I’m very eager to get started. She checks my tongue and says there is no improvement. She asks me if any of her recommendations have made any difference.

  1. Drink one glass of warm water every morning.
  2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  3. For breakfast eat a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apple.
  4. Soak my feet in really hot water for five minutes before going to bed.

I told her that I have been doing her suggestions and I don’t feel any different with the exception of the blockage in my nose and I’m going to the washroom a lot more. She’s very happy to hear about the progress and says it’s a good sign because the first treatment of acupuncture is very mild to see how the body reacts. She asks about the blood pressure and I tell her I have been doing the readings and getting varied results. Sometimes it’s normal, other times it’s high and I start to panic. I’ve been drinking lots of water lately so she says she wants to take a reading before the treatment and again at the end. The first reading is 141/98 pulse: 88. It’s still high and recommends that I go to my family doctor as a precaution. I haven’t seen my regular doctor since I’ve made the EMF discovery so it’s a good time to follow up with him.

I tell her that I’ve recently had a complete physical and nothing was ever mentioned and that high blood pressure is a symptom of EMF exposure. She agrees and tells me she did some research about electromagnetic sensitivity.

Not only do I have a doctor that actually agrees with what I have, she does her own research and I have results after one appointment. Now that’s what I expect from a very good doctor.

We get started with the treatment and she said she’ll expand the treatment to help me with my high blood pressure and bowel movements. She notices my hands and feet are still cold. They’ve always been like that and she thinks part of my problem is poor blood circulation. She says the allergies have effected my lung capacity. I’m not breathing deep enough and it’s affecting the pumping of the heart. WOW! This is making a lot of sense. Why has no one else has mentioned this? I’m really starting to think western medicine is such a joke.

I start telling her about the sharp pain in my chest two years ago and that I had checked out by a cardiologist. I had an ECG, heart echo and stress test. I know I’ve had this sharp pain for a very long time but I never did anything about because it always went away and there were no other symptoms. She said it was probably caused by my lungs and my allergies. She asks me if I had any other symptoms when I felt the sharp pain. Nope, just a sharp pain and I wasn’t able to take a deep breath until it went away. It probably wasn’t the heart then. This makes so much sense it’s truly amazing. I know I’ve had the allergies since I lived in Orangeville and if I had to guess, it started around 1990. I also know I’ve had the sharp pinch for a very long time but don’t recall when it started because I never went to a doctor about it. The only thing I remember was telling my dad about it and he thought it was gas. So it was forgotten. It happens about once a year or maybe longer so I never thought anything of it.

She starts with a new technique called cupping to draw the heat out from my lungs. She has a bunch of small round glass jars and asks me to lie down on my back. She applies them to my skin one by one for about ten minutes. It doesn’t hurt and there is a lot of pulling and suction. She tells me that this procedure will cause my skin to bruise and it might go red, yellow, blue or purple and this is quite normal. One of her patients actually refers to it as the pepperoni treatment. (See picture)

Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.  In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle.

After the Cupping, she starts with the needles in the exact same places as last week and she asks me if I can feel my internal vibrations as I’m lying down. Nope nothing. So she tells me to relax and to call her if I feel any internal temors. A few minutes later, I start feeling the internal vibrations with a dead feeling in my arms and then it goes away. A few minutes later, I feel them again. I call her back into the room and she says the vibrations are a normal sensation from the acupuncture and she uses tiger balm to massage my arms.

Finished with another treatment and I am feeling good. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s come down.  134/80 pulse: 76 So either I’m more relaxed now or the acupuncture is working.

Still vibrating but making progress with my allergies…

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Entry for March 20, 2006

Almost a week after the acupuncture and the stuffiness in my nose is still reduced. It’s not totally gone but it’s a noticeable difference and I’m very happy with the progress after one appointment. My allergies have been around for fifteen years and not one doctor, not one specialist, not one friend ever mentioned acupuncture for allergies.

My good friend returns my message from last week and tell me about how he was away on vacation. I ask him about his daughter’s symptoms and he says the doctors never found anything and how they determined it was stress. (Really? surprise, surprise!)

I talk with him for over an hour detailing my timeline and recent discoveries. He’s very interested and I ask him if anyone else in his house has any weird symptoms and he mentions a symptom for his wife. I look it up and it a listed symptom. It’s a general symptom but it’s listed. I also mention Kevin Trudeau’s book and what he says about electromagnetic fields. He’s heard of his infomercial but not the book.

We talk further about health in general and he mentions his Chiropractor. The doctor explained to him how he specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system. I told him that in Kevin Trudeau’s book one of the things he mentions about maintaining a healthy body is to see a Chiropractor once a month whether you need to or not and he agrees.

Effects on the nervous system? Isn’t that interesting? Maybe I should see a Chiropractor.

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Entry for March 14, 2006

Book in hand, I leave work early and go to my Acupuncture appointment. I walk inside and they offer me a warm glass of water while I’m waiting. It’s freezing cold and windy outside so it’s a great way to start.

I meet the doctor and she asks me to fill out a patient form with my medical history. I write down the key symptoms including my foot pain and we begin. We talk about my timeline along with the successes and failures and she presses down on my wrist. I thought she was taking my pulse but then she tells me she is listening to my lungs via Chinese pulse diagnosis.

Then she asks to see my tongue… Huh? She looks at it closely and says based on the shape, I have problems with my digestive system and heart and she asks me if I have high blood pressure. Nope! I’ve had it checked on numerous occasions during this past year and I am in perfect shape and she asks me if it’s okay to take a reading.

She tells me that the tongue diagnosis is one of the most important forms of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine. She takes a reading and tells me my blood pressure is in the high range of 138/113. That sounded high but my regular doctor never mentioned it before and he takes a reading before every appointment. She says it’s high enough that I should be monitoring it every few days. I didn’t mention my mitral valve heart problem on the form so I tell her about that.  I’m starting to wonder if my mild chest pain and shortness of breath has been high blood pressure all along?

After the examination she tells me more about Traditional Chinese Healing and how the body is one complex system and all connected. She explains in detail how acupuncture works and the effects. She explains that my allergies that I’ve had for so long has weakened my body and may be the root cause of my other problems. She suggests a treatment that starts with clearing the allergy symptoms and the digestive system. Over time, she’ll expand the treatment and we’ll monitor if it has any effect on the other symptoms. Sounds good. Let’s get started!

I lay down on the bed and she begins poking with the needles. When I say needles, they actually look like small toothpics and they don’t hurt at all. She gives me a full head massage, adds more needles and asks me to relax.

After the treatment she makes four suggestions to my lifestyle:

  1. Drink one glass of warm water every morning.
  2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  3. For breakfast eat a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apple.
  4. Soak my feet in really hot water for five minutes before going to bed.

Okay. This isn’t so bad…I can do this.

She also says my Vitamin C intake of 1500-2500 is too much. She recommends a different type called Redoxon that disolves in water.

When I get home, I do some reading on the symptoms of EMF and increased blood pressure is one of the symptoms. After some googling I discover that oatmeal is a natural way to lower blood pressure and the site displays a chart for blood pressure and divides a range into five zones. My blood pressure of 138/113 is shown as “Normal High” for the Systolic pressure and “Severe Stage Three” for my Diastolic pressure. So is it high because I’m nervous or is it because of my current symptoms? I’ll take a reading over the next few days to find out.

Heart trouble? For a 35 year old? I had my heart checked out two years ago by a cardiologist when they discovered the RBBB (Right Branch Bundle Block) and I’ve also had a recent ECG with my phsyical.

It was now late in the day and the only train left was the all stops to Oshawa. It will take FOREVER to get home. I’ve got my new book so I’ll start reading. I manage to finish the first two chapters and I’m hooked. 

I can’t believe what I am reading…

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Entry for March 13, 2006

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After reading the 42 page report over the weekend, I thought I would give acupuncture a try. I called one close to my office and made an appointment for tomorrow afternoon.

FANTASTIC! Here is what is says on their web site:

“We are here to listen to your health concerns and to offer you natural remedies in a multi-disciplinary approach to help you attain a healthy body and mind.”

I’m really interested about the health effects from the overhead powerlines so I start using Google Earth to map out the powergrid from Pickering Nuclear. I follow it into Scarborough and I follow it eastward into Oshawa. I notice that the main lines are north of the city and I’m a little surprised at how close some of the subdivisions are to the powerlines. I’m interested to find out about the powerlines behind the Toys R Us store on Thickson.

As I’m following them into Whitby, it switches to a lower resolution. I can still follow them but it’s a little harder. We had planned to visit my wife’s brother in Brooklin so I figure I’ll drive along Thickson and follow them. We follow them all the way to Taunton Road and I turn left and then turn right onto Anderson. My wife and I are looking at the new subdivisions in the area and she points out that a good friend of mine lives close by. Then it hits me. About six months ago I was telling him about my weird symptoms and how I was going into the hospital for a colonoscopy. He started telling me about how his daughter has some gastro symptoms and she had the same thing done and the doctors found nothing.

Could his daughter’s health problems be from electromagnetic sensitivity? Using Google Earth, I use the measurement tool and he is only 200 meters away from the powerlines…

I’ll contact him to see if the doctors found out anything more on his daughter’s symptoms. It’s my guess they have no idea what the problem is.

Then I remember another friend of mine who tried to sell her house last year. It was a beautiful large house and it was immaculate inside. It was on the market for months and she couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t selling and after looking at the pictures, I couldn’t either. It was priced right for the area and she dropped the price twenty thousand dollars but it still wasn’t selling.

One day I overheard her talking to her friends and she said the only thing wrong with the house is that some people don’t like living near power lines. I manage to find her house using Google Earth and she lives 166 meters behind the major transmission lines coming from Pickering Nuclear. She’s lived there for a couple of years so I’m a little surprised that she doesn’t have any health problems.

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