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!

 

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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.

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.

A Much Nicer Place

I live in a village in England called Meriden. It’s the historic center of England but as some coastline has been lost, the actual center is in a field a few miles away. On a more serious note, one of England’s best organic butchers is just 5 minutes drive away. Phil made me some gluten free sausages and I’ve just taken a few out of the freezer for lunch. A kale salad on the side will go perfect.

One of my dogs suffers seizures and he’s on a Paleo diet too. Both dogs are, of course, and a special pet mince is provided by our butcher. I had a look at the protein content of the tins of dog meat from the supermarket and was shocked that it was only 9%. Embracing a Paleo diet has been made so easy as my husband has taken it onboard too. He’s lost weight and is far more productive. He’s turned out to be an amazing cook too. He’s even using neuro-plasticity to improve his rock climbing technique, using thought as well as muscle memory to achieve harder moves.

I’m of to another butcher to get some minced/ground beef for the pooches. I can’t drive to the organic butchers as I’m suffering the aftermath of a cold so, I’m mixing some of my Bone Broth in until I’m driving again. I’m crutching down into the village twice per week to build muscle strength plus a walk in the woods at weekends. It’s so nice to finally have some balance back again. Just a month ago, I would have to use a walker and it would not happen twice per week, if at all.

It’s now 12:46 and I’ve been down to the village, got cash, delivered items to the charity shop and had my blood pressure tested at the pharmacy. I got some dental floss too and popped next door for some minced beef. After a quick rest and a cup of tea, I’ll prepare those sausages for lunch. Oh and, I mopped the side door passage on my return too. I’m really loving this diet!

My blood pressure, when very relaxed or meditating, is normally 90/60. Low blood pressure is a gift of genetics passed on from my mother. I’m careful not to have the bath too hot or stand up too quickly from it. After walking down into Meriden center it was 117/78. I’m happy with that.

I write this blog for two main reasons. To share experiences with whomever is interested and as a sort of diary for myself. It saves me typing it out twice and keeps everything more real for me.

I had previously stated that I started the Wahls Protocol diet on August 13th. It wasn’t. It was the 22nd. I had more energy just 24 hours later. I was using 30ml of Sativex per week prior to the diet change. Within 2 weeks, my dose had dropped so significantly that the same amount would last a month. Now, I can make one 10ml bottle last the same time. That’s a 1/12 reduction in medication in about 10 weeks. It’s really quite amazing. I have far less pain, better balance, vastly better cognition and more energy. I’m calmer than I’ve ever been, like I’m permanently high. I’m a little high because of the Sativex but the world definitely feels a much nicer place.

Web addresses for Paleo Diets and the Wahls Protcol

Dr Terry Wahls (the Wahls Way)

Dr Terry Wahls TEDx talk which put me on the road to recovery.

The Paleo Mom for recipes and much more.