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!

 

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.

Avenues And Alleyways

Cannabis Leaf & Extraction

Cannabis Leaf & Extraction

I’m dizzy today. Had a cold, got PMS and have done some walking and balancing exercises lately.

I think I’ll stay indoors today. 🙂 I have popped a 200mg dose of Modafinil to make sure I’m awake enough to type this. The British National Health Service don’t recommend it. I researched it though. I order it over the internet. I wish my doctor could prescribe it. She does know my use of it. She understands.

It’s been just over 6 months since I changed my life using The Wahls Protocol and I feel fabulous. A local pharmacist remarked on how well I looked. She was impressed and jotted down info on Dr Terry Wahls. It seems her daughter has Celiac Disease and is one of those people that struggles with keeping a healthier diet.

What means the most? Attending your child’s sports day and giving essential support or that very tempting Danish Pastry? There’s no contest or there shouldn’t be. We call it comfort food, even though the comfort only lasts a couple of minutes, if that. You smile and laugh with your friends, get a bit fatter, more tired and ultimately, fucking unhealthier. And you payed good money for it? Genius. Time for a change in attitude, don’t you think?

I don’t have kids. What drives me is the joy of being able to walk my dogs again. It’s more than enough incentive. The fields and woods are 5 minutes walk away.

Domino having a great time!

Domino having a great time!

Stan in Wales

Stan in Wales

I started the new diet at the end of August 2013 and had comprehensive blood tests just 3 months later. Previously, results had not been good but my doctor was stunned and amazed, announcing that I’d made quite an achievement.

Iron & Iron Binding – Normal

Serum vitamin D level – Normal

Full blood count – Normal

Lipid Profile – Normal

Haemoglobin – Normal

Serum cortisol level – Normal

Serum magnesium level – Normal

Vitamin B12 & Folate – Normal

For somebody that couldn’t even crawl 3 years ago, was so dizzy that I threw up several times per day, sweated nightly until my PJs were soaked, I feel kinda smug. And so I bloody should.

Not suffering too much pain these days, I’m finding that I use Sativex more for it’s anti-spasm properties. I’m just observing my vision steady after 2 extra sprays of the medicine. It’s quite remarkable. It has helped the past 6 months pass with ease. It provides me with less stiffness, dizziness, spasms and allows more energy to go out and exercise. I recover from the exercise more rapidly too. I’m happier and calmer, of course.

Do I think Medical Cannabis should be illegal? Certainly not. I much prefer having access to laboratory produced medicines though. The worlds population deserves the right to clean medicines and the hows and whys of Cannabinoids. Mind you, there are many patients suffering right now. Where the law allows, I can see no harm in sourcing clean Cannabis Oil. Find a qualified doctor and relieve yourself with my blessing. Get to know all the facts you can, and for chuffs sake, don’t just smoke it to treat your illness. You’re smarter than that. It needs to be absorbed or ingested to be medically effective.

Spring is here and health always improves with high pressure and sunshine. I walked a mile, in the woods, on both Saturday and Sunday. We even went to Growell Hydroponics on both days too. I’ve decided that I’m well enough to grow Cannabis again but I’m downsizing. I’ll be using a much smaller grow tent. It’s far less daunting and the plant pots are smaller and lighter. I’m finding that Sativex may be providing too much THC for me. I’ll experiment with Decarboxylation to address this and produce a few different tinctures. Sativex is speeding my recovery but leaves me feeling too stoned. I really need a permanent break from that.

Plants can not be patented. The Wahls Protocol and the Cannabis plant certainly have this in common. At least medical trials will prove their validity. Dr Terry Wahls is running medical trials on her protocol and I’ll be interested to see the results. I am already prescribed Sativex, a Cannabis tincture, and feel it’s benefits daily. Both medicines cause ‘epidemics of health’. It’s a shame that these things take time.

As I was choosing my new grow tent, this song was playing. I even got decent discount as a long term customer. It was a rather good weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcfGeNqp-bY

You’ve been in my head now. I feel violated! 😮  🙂

Eat well, shit hard! No really, it’s an actual saying. From Catalan, I believe.

Nerves are Whacked Out!

I assumed this cold had passed but, 3 weeks later, It’s still with me. Because my nervous system has taken a beating over the years, my nose it still running and I’m extremely dizzy. I felt good a few days ago so went to the hospital and had my blood tests. When I got home I suddenly began sneezing again. I’ve been sweating and sneezing since. Regardless, I’ve got my hairdresser, groceries arriving and the doctor phoning at around 4PM. Should be challenging but I feel I can handle everything. Got my Matcha Tea, mixed nuts and some winter berries for breakfast. I’ll eat well today to make sure I maintain good energy levels. I really don’t want to be a wreck this afternoon.

Today, I’m going to tell my doctor why I want to try different cannabinoid medicines. As I’ve said before, I want to change the cannabinoid ratio so I’m taking less THC and more CBD. I suffer awful dizziness from MS and I don’t need more from the current medicine. I’m sure she’ll understand.

Just a quick post today. I am THAT dizzy! Breakfast was chicken bone broth, mixed nuts, winter berries and Matcha Tea. Only the chicken is organic. It’s hard to be totally organic so I don’t pressure myself. I’m so dizzy so I’m going to take a nap.

Side Order of Synthetic Cannabis Oil with A Paleo Diet

I’ve woken up knowing that I’ve been in a mood swing for the best part of a week. It’s a short stay prison really. The only reasons I can find are that I’ve eaten too much fruit and tried to do too much physical stuff. Too much fructose coupled with the need to exercise and get outside and rejoin society. It’s hard to control my impatience. I just want to be well again and I still feel the chains and torture of this illness.

I must remember to manage those moods. The left side of my body is consumed with pins and needles and pain. My descriptive term for what I’m experiencing is a ‘hangover in a hurricane’. With the Paleo diet improving my health, I still have challenges. This requires constant self assessment and unfortunately, I let my guard down. Being romanced by the amazing healing has resulted in a torture of my own making. I’m spending today in bed and will select a movie to remove me from current realities.

Before then I have to book a phone call to my doctor. With any luck, we’ll chat at lunch time and discuss a new prescription of Sativex together with a private prescription of a new cannabis oil. Sativex is simply a 50/50 mixture of THC and CBD cannabis compounds as the first attempt at a natural and organic tincture. It’s a stunning medicine but I’m now feeling a need to experiment with a different ratio of cannabis compounds.

I’m sick of the high that THC delivers despite it’s amazing pain relieving properties. CBD has pain relieving properties of it’s own but without the high. Many patients have rejected Sativex because they prefer a ‘straight head’ and I fully understand this. I don’t have children and I’m not holding down a job. THC would compromise the brain functions required for effective parenting. Me? I just want to be less dizzy, drive more easily again and have a better short term memory.

Sativex and other cannabis medicines are not the products of Big Pharma. Those involved, including myself, are so proud of this. I call it New Pharma or sometimes Natural Pharma. The political restrictions on cannabis have resulted in the production of synthetic cannabinoids and the CBD oil I wish to try comes in this category. A bottle of 10mL synthetic CBD, Oily Drops costs £300, plus a cost of around £50 as it has to be a private prescription. Pushing forward any new medicines comes with a cost. The human testing on myself is all part of the process too. With any luck, this new CBD oil will speed up my recovery. I’ll fully devote a blog entry to my findings.