Cold Showers

Cold showers? I have one every morning these days.

There are reasons and here’s just one.

“3. Improves Immunity and Circulation

Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which can then help combat some problems of the skin and heart. As cold water hits the body, it’s ability to get blood circulating leads the arteries to more efficiently pump blood, therefore boosting our overall heart health, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a natural health expert. It can also lower blood pressure, clear blocked arteries, and improve our immune system.”

Read more about it here.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-cold-showers-7-reasons-why-taking-cool-showers-good-your-health-289524

I like the way the cold showers strengthen my resolve too. When I get in a warm shower I never feel like doing it but I always do in the end. I acclimatise myself by cooling the shower down by 50% and then I give myself a thorough dowsing in the coldest water available. After 30 seconds I warm my shower up again. Then it’s done, over and I always feel accomplished.

Try it. I love it!

 

Introvert Loner

Yeah, that’s me. My husband and I are very private and really don’t go out that much. Why do I keep myself to myself? I find gossip and mundane conversations pointless. I have terrible trouble faking interest and insincerity causes me offence. I also dislike giving and receiving praise. I just don’t need it. I just don’t like the show. I prefer to get on with things without fanfare.

All this being said, I’m planning to take a Thai Chi class locally. Maybe a Yoga class too, if I can find one taking place in the village. Strangely, people that annoy me always make a bee line in my direction. I’m allergic to cats but they always rub up against my legs or jump on my knee. I’m instantly informed that this is not the cats normal behaviour. I take it that this must be some insincere way of apologising?

My last bit of ‘normal’…

My last bit of ‘normal’ was to still drink English tea. I usually drink about 5 mugs a day but I just stopped. I found it easy to just put the mug down and stop this minor addiction, this comfort zone. I’d swapped to organic English tea with hemp milk but it just had to go. My health improved within 24 hours and, besides this, a whole glass of hemp milk makes me fart. We just can’t have that.

If a person has an immune disorder then black tea is not recommended. I’ve swapped to using White Tea, Green Tea and the other odd herbal tea.

Woke up this morning…

Woke up this morning and felt like I’d been trampled by a rugby team. I felt my left calf begin to cramp. I had two sprays of Sativex and lay there slowly stretching my legs out. Blimey, they were stiff.  Yesterday I’d been for a mile long walk without my walking sticks. I’d done a similar walk last week that put me out of any serious action for about five days. I did not want to get that fatigued again.

The weather was fabulous and, although tired and a bit dizzy, I felt I could walk to the post office and back. A mile long journey down and uphill including a few curbs to negotiate. At the start I always feel that it’s an impossible task. Can I make the distance? Past experience has taught me that after walking for two minutes my whole body becomes more comfortable with the effort. I’d just changed my diet and was fuelled by eating a cube of lard. I’d toyed with Ketosis in the past but now I’m actually making it happen. I was brimming with fat energy.

I passed by the house of another disabled person nearby who has invited my dogs in while they were straying. He secured the two of them to his fence with his belt last week. We had a sunny exchange and he informed me that he too had been told he’d never walk again. He had a brain haemorrhage and ended up with epilepsy. Now I see him walking his dog like any other person. It’s so nice to know others who are willing to fight for a brighter reality. He gave me lots of encouragement both heading down and uphill. So appreciated.

The walk downhill was easy. This was the first time I felt I could step up and down curbs without support. How odd it is to find these simple things awesome, I thought. I felt like a child learning to walk. I was so pleased by this tiny achievement. I say again, awesome! There are little dips in the path too and I handled those fine. Again, awesome!

I was really feeling the fatigue as I headed up the hill to my house. I had to stop and stand still to rest. My neighbour came past as he walked his dog. More encouragement was well received. I rested again just before the steepest part of my journey. After the final push the path flattens again so I agreed with myself that this made a fine ‘warm down’. I could feel my legs burning but knew the end was near. 

I got home and flopped in my Inada cube. My Shiatsu massage chair is essential after such a long walk. I’ve just done a small walking circuit on the flat today. Today my body needs to slow down. I exercise everyday because if I stop moving EVERYTHING follows. My body soon seizes up. I just can’t allow that and besides, the weather is so lovely today.

We are lucky our next door neighbours are ducks. It's a nice 'come down' view after big exercise.

We are lucky our next door neighbours are ducks. It’s a nice ‘come down’ view after big exercise.

I Walk On Beaches

About a month ago I was able to walk on beaches with my crutches. This is all thanks to my embracing of the brilliant Wahls Protocol. When first diagnosed with MS in 2003 I was told never to use existing pharmaceutical medications and lead a clean and relaxed life instead. At the time I thought I was invincible and carried on working despite suffering harsh symptoms. Within 6 weeks I had to give up working but started to eat a healthier diet. Someone suggested I use cannabis to escape any painful symptoms. It worked wonders. Sativex in those days was virtually non existent.

I receive a Sativex prescription now and I am so grateful for it. Without it I would be in agony and there would be little point in living. Despite it’s brilliance, Sativex did not stop the MS from increasing in it’s ferocity. My health continued to decline and my use of Sativex simply made dealing with this easier.

I fortuitously stumbled across a TED talk by Dr Terry Wahls in August 2013 and so much has changed in just 12 months. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be able to stand straight and walk on beaches again. I did other things that week that would otherwise have been impossible including a visit to Hadrian’s Wall and a few historic National Trust properties. I felt amazing despite hauling myself up steps and hillsides with crutches. Anything hard work always appeals to me. I intend to rock climb again next year. After being dark for a decade, the future is now bright again.

The laws regarding cannabis have featured in the media again recently. Thanks to the Wahls Protocol, I have the strength to stand up for this issue again. Yesterday I had a journalist from The Times newspaper visit. They were looking for a middle class cannabis grower who also uses Sativex. As this was happening a team was erecting scaffolding for the instillation of solar panels. We may be dirt bags with a battered old house but it did confirm our middle class status perfectly. My grow room was photographed even though my plants were struggling to grow well. This proved my argument that the sick should never be expected to grow their own medicine.

Despite using Sativex, my health also improves from using medicinal benefits found in other cannabis varieties. I’ve always argued that Sativex has too much THC for me so I try to change the ratio of cannabinoids to enable easier driving and balance. I’ve recently started to use a hemp oil purchased on Amazon containing only Cannabidiol. It’s legal and very effective. It has steadied my vision, stopped my knuckles aching and strengthened muscles and joints. Sativex is an amazing medicine but it can’t fix everything for everyone. It has made exercise much easier and allowed me to improve my health in that way. The body always responds well to exercise if a patient has the means to do so.

Thanks to the Wahls Protocol I can walk on beaches again.

Thanks to the Wahls Protocol I can walk on beaches again.

Shitmata

I feel joy using the Wahls Protocol. Not only is it embracing a new diet but also a new lifestyle of meditation and positivity. I’m having some trouble meditating while using Sativex because it contains far too much THC for me. It’s hard to stay focused. But the diet promoted by Terry Wahls has given me great control of my emotions. It seems, eating the right foods has chilled me out as well as reversing my symptoms of MS. I now suffer far less pain, brain fog and spasms. It’s been very empowering in ever increasing ways. By the end of February, I will have been using the Wahls Protocol for six months. I’m only slightly put out that I stopped keeping a diary of my eating habits and resulting side effects. Cannabis withdrawal came first. Now I can move on. I used to be unhappy about my illness but now I have new purpose. 

My sister has moved to the mountains of Pakistan with her partner. As an able bodied person, I’d be very jealous. Living in a challenging environment would have been right ‘up my street’. Now, I find I avoid difficult travel. The chairs in airports are uncomfortable and the food is worse. This will only worsen my symptoms and I’d spend too much holiday time sleeping instead of being awake and enjoying. It’s still far better to be safe and warm at home.

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This is the queue for the tunnel to escape the valley my sister lives in. Able bodied me would have loved it.

I thought Sativex would allow me to travel more easily. Unfortunately, it does not remedy the symptoms enough to ease my eye spasms. Currently, my whole view spins slightly all the time. It’s a bit like trying to move about on a ship in a stormy sea. When I’m tired it gets worse. The storm increases. I wanted to be able to drive, visit my parents and get out more. Sadly, making up a term to describe this symptom is the only entertainment it’s provided. Spazeract

Oh, one major thing the new diet has achieved is I no longer suffer Shitmatas. Six months ago, the only way I could tell I needed a crap was the shooting pains in my arms and hands. The Wahls Protocol has certainly made shitting an almost unconscious task. I’m absolutely thrilled.