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Extreme Oversensitivity

I have had candida for many years and twelve years ago when a practitioner told me to stop taking probiotics and I did so I suddenly found myself totally unable to take almost any vitamins, minerals, anti-fungals, medications, etc. - any pills (including anything in liquid form).   Now the candida is causing a chronic viral infection for 1.5 years and other complications and I must try to get the candida reduced.  Can anyone tell me how they cope with or coped with severe, I am talking severe, oversensitivity?  I could not even drink alkaline water without a reaction.  The reaction I get is in my chest and then I cannot sleep.  It feels as though someone has twisted my chest with a wrench slightly or more depending on how much of a supplement I have taken.  Then I have to go off of it for several days.  I have been...
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    Hi DianeMarie, It sounds like you're in an impossible situation. It's hard to know what to recommend really so all I can offer is
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Sep
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Steady week

I've had a reasonably steady week this week which bodes well. I did have some stressfull moments at work but managed to absorb it pretty well.  Supplements are going quite steady. My liver is much improved and bowel movements are okay, alot more solid. This might have been helped by the tribulus, vitamin C, molybdenum and NAC and/or keeping the diet tight and not overdoing any antifungals. Made a mistake last weekend of twice assuming tonic water would be a good beverage. Looked up the ingredients and the contents included none other than corn syrup high fructose, sugar, sodium benzoate and citric acid.  Unbeknownst to me I ate a snack with a reasonable amount of coconut oil later that night and struggled to get any sleep, possibly due to a reaction with the sugar.  I also had an appointment with an endocrinologist which raises an interesting dilemma.  She recommended a...
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    dianemarie says #
    Wow, some progress. As the doctor told me today, it's a slow boat. But I guess that means it will still get there.
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A day in the life of an Adrenal Fatigue/Candida sufferer

Mornings usually begin with a sense of calmness as my body slowly kicks into gear. The stillness of the world is not replicated in my mind as from the moment my eyes open, all sorts of swirling thoughts beyond my control populate my brain. I wander to the toilet and take a piss, routinely confused about where the fluid comes from considering my limited water intake the night before. Negotiating the stairs is next on the agenda, followed by the preparation of my breakfast and (first) lunch. As my body likes to reject most foods, vegetables and sunflower seeds are on the menu, occasionally with an avocado. I’ll wack the veg in the steamer along with some lunch veggies, strain the seeds I soaked overnight and hop upstairs for a shower. Seeing myself in the mirror doesn’t inspire me with confidence. My eyes look worn, my tongue coated, ears itchy...
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    adminv15 says #
    Finally a real life desciption of what has been my real life situation for many years right down to the light sensitivty. I've bee
  • dianemarie
    dianemarie says #
    Wow - definitely not all in the head. I have had a low grade fever for 1.5 years, since I caught a flu one spring that never full
  • adminv15
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    no, its not all in the head. well my day is a copy of yours. i am still in the process which food i can or not eat. and since i c
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in the Media and Entertainment Industry

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in the Media and Entertainment Industry
 Browsing through the online news looking for stories about multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) yesterday, I came across a review of a play which features a main character with the illness. The review features in the The Record, a local newspaper serving Troy and surrounding areas in New York state. The play is titled 'Sick' and features a 17-year- old character called Davey who suffers from MCS. Davey's family live in a New York apartment and protect him by turning their home into a chemical-free zone - something anyone who suffers from MCS knows is a necessity. Reading the review got me thinking about the exposure MCS gets in the media and how it is portrayed. It seems to me that there is a steady increase in awareness of the condition and it is beecoming more and more a part of the public consciousness. Just a few short decades ago virtually...
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Grumble day

Well I’ve allowed myself a little grumble today. My positivity and calmness have been tested today both with uncomfortable symptoms of a constant stomach ache which I believe to be an ulcer, and liver ache worse than usual. I’m not sure whether this is the fallout from using Threelac or the result of adding a few more supplements and foods to my regime. Despite probably eating enough fiber from vegetables alone, I have added both oat bran and rice bran to my diet, adding to the cellulose powder I already take. Prior to this my diet was predominantly grain free and although my bowel movements are regular, they are a poor consistency or often pale. The odd thing is despite my liver feeling worse and generally feeling a little stuffy in the head, my 3 bowel movements today were a much better colour and consistency. Maybe it is a mini...
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    Maff says #
    Hey, Feel free to have a grumble whenever you feel like it. God knows us EI sufferers have a lot to grumble about I'm surprise
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Sep
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Die-off and meditation

Interesting first week on the Threelac. I made the initial mistake of continuing the dose of my regular probiotic (50 bill per capsule) whilst introducing one sachet of Threelac. As a result my brain fog reached mach 10 in a couple of days which resulted in poor sleep, accompanied by general mild die off symptoms. I quickly cut back the dose to prevent anything too strenuous. The good news is my liver and bowel movements have been holding up well. Threelac and die-off in general both often result in constipation in the early stages which makes clearing out Candida equivalent to skating uphill.   Had a quick look into molybdenum. As is the case with most supplements there are positives and negative arguments. The positive side suggests that molybdenum is a mineral that can break down acetaldehyde (one of the Candida toxins) into acetic acid. As Acetaldehyde cannot be excreted...
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    I know all too well how frustrating it is when you can't tolerate a large number of supplements or medication that should really h
  • konnor
    konnor says #
    Thanks chap, Well it was a short journey with the Threelac and I've decided to discontinue. When I'm sensitive to something my mo
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Thanks for another update Konnor - I hope the die-off has dropped down a notch after you adjusted your probiotic regimine. Molybd
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CANDIDA SYMPTOMS (SYSTEMATIC)

Hi, my daughter is constantly being misdiagnosed........ I have been researching her symptoms and think she is suffering from some type of Candida; not just the usual Thrush which appears to be common, its quite severe affecting her mental state too.  I can now approach our G.P to discuss further. My question is "is anyone aware of whether it would affect her menstrual cycle; because hers has stopped? and I am unable to clarify this anywhere.... Any help will be great Sue

 

CANDIDA SYMPTOMS (SYSTEMATIC)Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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    Hi Sue, Intestinal overgrowth of Candida commonly affects the mental state of sufferers since the toxins this yeast produces incl
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Candida & Yeast Infection Treatment - Rotating and Combining Antifungals

Selection of anti-fungal substances for Candida rotation therapy
When it comes to what is variously known as intestinal yeast overgrowth, fungal-type dysbiosis, gut fermentation syndrome, or simply Candida, it is safe to say that prevention is much simpler than cure. Ignored by the conventional medical establishment, people affected by this condition often struggle to treat themselves to alleviate their many symptoms which can range from fatigue, muscle aches and pains, and general malaise to cognitive symptoms such as poor concentration and memory, and mood disturbances including depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and mood swings. Most of these symptoms are likely the result of the chronic absorption of toxins produced by Candida (or whatever fungal organism is the problem),  primarily ethanol and acetaldehyde, and the consequences these substances have on metabolic functions. For more information see: Candida and Gut Dysbiosis  My Candida Hell - Chronic Ethanol and Acetaldehyde Poisoning   To avoid developing this awful condition in the first place...
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    Hi, I am from Roanoke VA, looking for people in my area for support. I struggle with systemic candida and treatment is very hard o
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    Hi! I believe that there are many people who are suffering from yeast infections and it is nice that there are sites and blogs lik
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My mind at rest and you don't need a prescription!

Dear Denise, Thank you for your email. Both Dr. Lowe and I appreciate your concern for the protection of desiccated thyroid. Dr. Lowe has been in touch with RLC Labs to discuss this and as of yet, RLC has not received any notice that they will be required to fill out a new application. The reason for their particular unavailable product is that the raw material is on back-order not because of the FDA. The back up product that might help you if you run out of your thyroid hormone would be to consider the HYPO SUPPORT FORMULA. Dr. Lowe was asked by RLC to research it and he conducted clinical trials to determine that it is effective in relieving hypo symptoms. The HSF does not require a prescription as it is considered a "dietary" desiccated thyroid product and protected by the 1994 dietary supplement act. You can read about...
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Back on the Threelac

Threelac - Live Lactic Acid Bacteria Supplement
I’ve decided to re-take the plunge by adding Threelac to my supplement regime. I did try Threelac many moons ago and started to see some reasonable results, however I foolishly stopped taking it for some reason. I think I was deterred too quickly by some nasty smelling flatulence and bowel movements, later realising this is usually an indication the little critters are getting to work.   Rather than hammering my body with various antifungals, which typically do more harm than good, Threelac can be used by itself in varying dosages. After digging around it would seem the general consensus is that Threelac can create good results, even after you wade through the corporate and commercial ‘spiel’ associated with it. What I’m having less trouble finding is good research on why it can be so effective. The company has it’s own research, which is no doubt naturally biased, so I would...
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    Ah, no problem. You wouldn't believe the amount of junk code Word inserts into the HTML! I hope you're doing well on the Threelac
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    Apologies! I did copy it from word so I'll blame Microsoft
  • Maff
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    Sorry, had to edit this post slightly as all the code in it (for the image and text formatting) caused the whole blog component to
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Sensitivity has increased

I just wanted to pinch and punch someone this morning. . .sometimes its  just the little things like the loneliness of this disease can get to y0u. . .or was it my vicious streak! . .anyway... Today was my first accidental chemical exposure under the new regime, as I had to go to social services as they would not come to me. However when seeing my reaction even through a mask after a few minutes ( This as much quicker and severe than usual ie tha past 2 months) . . .its was extremely fragrant body lotion as it turns out,  I was sent home and allowed to conduct the interview over the phone. . . ( with lots of apologies,-). Anyway can honestly say the symptoms were just different not any better,  my breathing difficulties and dizziness were lessened but  I had muscle spasms in my face head and...
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    Hi Maff have checked out the site anything else you could recommend while I'm ordering the Epsom salts?
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    Maff says #
    Glad you're enjoying the epsom salts baths Denise You are experiencing the natural tranquilising effect of magnesium as it is ab
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    I felt very relaxed after my bath so much so I had one the next night. Yes I thought it was expensive, I will be ordering from the
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Aug
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Liver and Anxiety

Toxic Liver
Two immediate things are bothering me at the moment, mainly because I don't fully understand how they integrate into my overall health problems and whats going on behind the scenes.   Liver ache  This is symptom is rather annoying. It manifests as a dull ache just under rib cage on the right hand side. There are times when it aches less however I've not noticed any regularity towards that suggests a dietary/lifestyle change might help. So far Milk thistle has done didly squat. There is a likely to be an indirect link, either from adrenal fatigue or candida, or prehaps just stress. Using my completely unscientific brain, it probably follows that a build up of toxins is hard on the liver, which can occur when they body is compremised as in adrenal fatigue and/or candida.   Despite this my bowell movements are relatively good, 2 a day usually. The quality on the...
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    Thanks for the candid description of symptoms konnor. It's kind of rare on the internet where everyone can read what you write but
  • konnor
    konnor says #
    Thanks for the thoughts all. I was looking into trying some short infrared sauna sessions. On one hand the removal of toxins this
  • adminv15
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    P.S. yes the psyche reactions over adrenal stress/ etc...needs attention as your blog stated. Activate your healing mind perhaps
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Withdrawal symptoms?

Well its day 2 of gluten and dairy free and I have to admit I feel pretty awful shakey, feverish, head ache, indigestion, poor breathing, extremely swollen head painful muscles etc. But its different and  have to say worse than the usual fuzzy headedness if am kept away from chemicals. Last night I felt like an extra from train spotting going cold turkey, I had the most lucid nightmare and insomnia. . ..all this completely new to me and not very welcome I must say. Anyway am off back for a lie down as am feel extremely spaced and head feels like someone is pumping it up and doesn't know when to stop!

 

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    Thanks Bz, Sorry for the delayed response, had a two week holiday at carefully prepared cottage on remote Northumberlad coast. I
  • adminv15
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    Some of this sounds promising Sarah. I've never heard anyone else mention this kind of thing but it fits closely some stuff I expe
  • Maff
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    Hi Sarah, Ultratrace is a trace mineral supplement which supplies minerals the body requires in trace (very small quantities). Alt
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Stimulation - The bad kind

Well, I’ve had a couple of rough ‘wired’ days which aren’t hugely enjoyable. The best way to describe the feeling is to imagine not having slept for 2 days, then using red bull or coffee to keep you awake. You don’t feel tired enough to sleep yet you are really physically and mentally shattered. The difference with me is that I often get this feeling with certain supplements, for which there is not obvious rational medical explanation for. The latest supplement to affect me in this way is L-glutamine, which is highly unfortunate as there are many benefits to taking this non essential amino acid. L-Glutamine is helpful for: - blood sugar balance - food cravings - gastrointestinal function - muscle growth and recovery And users range from people with chronic illness (moi) to professional body builders. The therapeutic dosage is between 1-20g a day with no known significant side...
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    I know the 'wired' feeling well, as I'm sure many other readers do. It IS strange you get this stimulation from glutamine but ther
28
Aug
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Where is the light?

It's raining heavy out side, but what is much worse at this moment in time is the feeling of doom and gloom in my heart. The word is that the FDA is telling people who have called their consumer hotline that they will be requiring natural thyroid drugs to go through the New Drug Application process. The question now is, when? And will they pull these drugs off the market for the several years this process can take? It's really appalling. The FDA -- which rushes to approve all sorts of dangerous and overpriced drugs -- is poised to remove from the market a drug that has been safely used for more than 100 years. And we all know what it's about. It's not about safety. It's all about market share for a certain levothyroxine manufacturer, and their ability to influence decisions at the FDA.! There are no words to...
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    DeniseB says #
    I 've had a lap top donated free, which is why I am going to do my own site, perhaps you will contribute to it? I am hoping to get
  • tinac
    tinac says #
    Aw thats great news Denise, its lovely being a Grandma! I have 2 grandchildren. Great news about the site too, you will have to ge
  • DeniseB
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    Hi, Yes fingers, toes and eyes crossed Tina. I have been very busy too, I am going to be a Nan, Grand daughter due being of March,
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The second of many. ..

Well I am very positive after nearly 2 hours with  a nutritionalist and has agreed and identified my toxic overload by a sympton question and answer (no surprises there then)  - but its  some one who understands,  is more than willing to help and gives me access to this all important testing. Simple symptom question and answer has identified deficiencies in EFA Vits and Liver function, and Adrenals. The first few weeks will be diet based reducing the bodies metabolic  load from caseine and gluten. . .and try and replace some nutrients naturally. In unison with this I will be recommended tests according to priority which we will discuss further on receipt of her report. Liver funstion test concerns me as am extremely sensitive to caffeine and paracetamol and so am very wary, so I will  investigate quantities etc in the Genova test and make a decision. Still have to...
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    Hi Sarah, Good to hear your consultation with the nutritionist was positive. I found removing casein and gluten from my diet w
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An environmentally friendly insect repellant? - Not for those with environmental illness!

As I was browsing my Google Alerts emails covering multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) yesterday I came across what looked like a very interesting article in the New York Times which looked like it would be useful for those suffering from MCS and environmental illness (EI). The article is titled 'An Environmentally Friendly Mosquito Repellent?' so I thought, great, this sounds like great news and perfect material for my blog tomorrow. Unfortuately when I actually read the article this morning it was not what I was expecting at all. First off, the author talks in considerable length about how during her childhood in New Jersey she would chase farm machinery spraying the highly toxic pesticide DDT (note pesticide, as in kills pests, it is not an insect repellant), breathing it in and having her clothes and skin covered in it. The fact that as far as she knows her expsoure to DDT in this way...
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Truly Non-toxic and Natural Insect Repellants

Following on from my previous blog about a NY Times article that didn't live up to its promise of offering a safe way to combat mosquitos I wanted to provide some genuine advice on non-toxic insect repellants and techniques for avoiding the troublesome pests. After a quick internet search I came across a fantastic article on About.com written by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., the site's chemistry guide. Helmenstine explains that mosquitos use complex mechanisms to detect hosts so the most effective way escape becoming such a host is to avoid things that attract them and also use truly non-toxic repellants at the same time.   What do Mosquitos Find Attractive? Carbon Dioxide - As mentioned in my previous blog, mosquitos find hosts by following their trail of exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2). You give off more CO2 when you are hot or have been exercising so either avoid being outside or...
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Aug
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MCS - Must be a Cure Surely

This is my first attemp at a blog/blogging .. .. .however you want to describe it . . .so please bare with me I have experienced all the highs but mostly lows of suffering with MCS. The feeling like you are going to die as our body slowly feels like its grinding to a halt  and not being at all bothered or able to do anything about it, and even worse,  willing it to happen to ease the pain. Being nursed through the hours of convulsions as the body reacts to something new. The isolation is difficult to deal with. People stare, laugh or cross the road when you wear your mask. . .......I often wonder what they are thinking? The financial worries of living in a place you cant afford and what happens when the savings run out. The highs. . when you can hug a member of your...
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    The Above Blogg by Breathless is indeed me, Cherryblossom.... I could not remember what name I had chosen when I had signed up jus
  • adminv15
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    Hi Just a little blog here....... Have Lupus diagnosed in 2006 and Fibromyalgia in 2009 now 2012 seems to be my time for MCS howev
  • Maff
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    Hi Sarah, I'm so happy you've chosen to blog about the journey of healing you are embarking upon . I think the more of us that a
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Nature-throid does it work? Let us know your experiences.

Well I've been taking the Nature-throid for 1 week now! I do seem a little bit more tired than when I was on Armour otherwise no side effects, I have 140 of the Armour tabs left so I am going to go back to taking them as from tomorrow, as they have a much earlier use by date! That should take me to beginning of Jan 2010, when I will review the Nature-throid situation.  If you have tried or you are going to try Nature-throid I would love to hear how you get on with them, don't make my mistake and take too much. If you know of any other helpful treatments please let me know. Any advise would be welcome and I would love to hear of your experiences. Take care Denise

 

Nature-throid does it work? Let us know your experiences.Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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    I started to take Nature Throid 6 months ago. The Doctor started me on 125mg's, the dosage was too high, since my blood pressure s
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    I just started taking Nature-throid as a replacement to Armour. I was feeling bad on the Armour and did not realize all the side
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    All I want to do is EAT on Nature throid!! Is this normal? I am gaining weight. Making me crazy. I notice an increase in libido, m
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Daily and Seasonal Fluctuations in Symptoms in Environmental Illness

I thought for my main blog entry this week I'd discuss a subject that has for the past 10 years or so had a major impact on my ability to cope with daily life and plan for events in the future - the daily and seasonal fluctuations in the appearance and severity of my symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness, and related conditions. I'll also talk about what I have done to adapt and minimise their impact.   Daily Fluctuations First I ought to explain that the body varies its biological processes such as hormone production throughout the day and night to allow for periods of activity and rest (i.e sleep) and this is known as the circadian rhythm. For example in the morning secretion of the adrenal hormone cortisol increases, as does activity of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, and this makes us feel awake and full of energy so we're prepared to...
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    Thankyou Maff, you described the patterns daily and seasonally and the way you've adapted to create balance with your internal and
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    N-acetyl-tyrosine is a nutritional supplement so you don't need a doctor for that. I get all my supplements from [URL=https://affi
  • DeniseB
    DeniseB says #
    Hi Maff Where do I get these medications from as I don’t have a doctor and I am working purely on how I feel. I’ve
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Natural, chemical-free head lice and flea control with innovative electronic comb

Electronic Lice & Flea Comb
 My regular readers will know that I don't often use my blog to talk about a product or service but since I'd discussed the problems I'd had finding natural methods to rid my cat of fleas a few weeks ago, I thought I'd let you all know about a new product I found and have been using for the past week. I had previously been using a regular flea comb when I came across this electronic version on the Androv Medical website. It's strictly a lice comb for ridding your youngsters of head lice but I thought it would be worth a shot for getting shot of the fleas on my moggy - and the results have been great.  The problem with regular lice/flea combs is that you're combing out live bugs and eggs so you have to be extremely careful and take the correct precautions to make sure you don't infest...
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    well this blog is great i love reading your articles.,http://www.belstaffjacketsukstore.net
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    Where did that head lice came from? Is there any way to stop them? coz it’s kind of annoying when they are living on you, your sca
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Novel Pain Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia

Does listening to music help fibromyalgia pain?
 Fibromyalgia is a condition that can literally leave sufferers disabled by intesnse pain, both generalised and at  specific "tender points" around the body. Traditional medicines used for pain relief often have little or no effect or become less and less effective over time so the patient is often left in agony as their doctor exhausts their armoury of painkilling drugs. Even powerful "last resort" opioid drugs including morphine, Codeine, Vicodin, and Oxycontin often have little effect on fibromyalgia pain. Research suggests this could be because in fibromyalgia patients these drugs fail to bind effectively to pain receptors in the brain (read more). The US Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the first three drugs specifcally for the treatment of fibromyalgia - Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Milnacipran. Lyrica is designed to treat pain by working on "sodium channels", which are involved with the transmission of nerve impulses, and reduce the central...
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    Ronda, Take a minute to read Dr. Jernigan's article: "Chronic Fatigue and Low Body Temperature" http://www.drjerniganblog.com/ar
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Hi! I was diagnosed with FMS (among other things) in 2004 but I'm sure I had it earlier than that. I've tried just about everythin
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    Try magnetic therapy, this stuff really works. What it does is increase blood flow. When magnets are applied to a specific area of
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CDSA Interpretation - Metabolic Markers

CDSA Report - Metabolic Markers
Continuing with my blog series aimed at helping you decipher the results of a comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA), this week I will describe the various "metabolic markers" that might be referred to on your test results. n-Butyrate This short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) is produced as a result of the fermentation of dietary fibre, particularly gums and pectins, by certain bacteria that inhabit the intestines (particularly probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifodobacteria species). An n-butyrate level within the reference range is first and foremost then, an indicator that such health promoting bacteria are present in sufficient amounts. A low n-butyrate level in this respect may indicate a deficiency of beneficial bacteria while a high level suggests a general bacterial overgrowth caused by factors such as low stomach acid or high carbohydrate/fibre diets. In the former case probiotic supplements may be required while in the latter antibiotic therapy, whether drug-based...
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    Maff says #
    Very kind True, I'm really happy you find the site so helpful. We're all glad to have you as a member
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    thank you so much for providing this info. I love this site, I can always find the info I need here. Very valuable.
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Natural and safe flea control for the home

Flea Control for Cats
For the first time my cat (Stimpy) has recently developed a very persistent flea problem and managed, despite my best efforts, to infest my home as well - so I ended up covered in itchy bites! I don't mind treating Stimpy with the regular anti-flea products as I can apply them wearing my carbon filter mask (or holding my breath!) and then leave him outside for the rest of the day. When it comes to my home however there is no way I can spray pesticides/insecticides on my carpets and furnishings. I'd never be able to live there again. On a recent trip to Pets at Home (the equivalent of PetSmart in the US) I came across a product labelled with stand-out words such as "natural" and "organic". I've learned through experience that this in no way means the product is safe for those with environmental illness however so I made a mental...
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    I consider that grooming your pet is a vital part of being a pet owner. Grooming your canine helps you accomplish many things. It
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    The most popular kind of flea control product on the market is the “spot-on” variety, sold under brand names like Fron
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    Thanks very much for the good wishes and for checking out the videos. Feel free to embed and use them to educate others. T he ebo
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Light at the end of the tunnel. I hope so!

I am still waiting for my Nature-throid to arrive but just to let you know of the information I have found at:  http://rlclabs.com/aboutUs.asp RLC Labs, Inc supply Nature-ThroidTM, and claim that they provide the only hypoallergenic medication with a history of safety, efficacy, and consistent T3 and T4 content unmatched by anyone in the industry.  I can not wait to try it, if it works as good as the old Armour did I'll be happy but I have a feeling it may be better as RLC concentrate of providing thyroid care! Check out their web site for yourself.  If any one has tried it I would love to hear your views.  Denise

 

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    Hi Tina Glad to hear that you may have cracked it! I do take more Armour (1.5grains) than I did Levo (100) because I read that I m
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    Hi there! yep! been taking the extra quarter grain for the last 3 days, and my temp was up slightly this morning, so it could be d
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    Hi Tina did you take the extra bit of Armour, if so did make any difference? Well I've been taking the Nature-throid now for 5 day
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Red Alert! Bad, bad news Guys I am so disappointed Armour formulation has changed!!!

I can't believe it just as I am feeling great I get this awful, totally devastating E-mail bulleting from Mary Check this out  Mary Shomon -  About.com - Thyroid disease guide. They have changed the formula of Armour and it's making people ill, not working as good, apparently the new tablets are crumbly so when I get home from work to day I am going to see which they have sent me. God this stinks! I will now have to look for an alternative, I could cry I feel so well and they are taking my health away from me God dam Forrest Laboratories!

 

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    Hi Tina It’s a case of trial and error. Before this illness I never took any drugs or medicines of any kind. I am a big bel
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    Hi there Denise, I have been taking the old stuff, but as its only been a couple of days i don't feel any different yet, to top it
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    Hi Tina Did you try taking all the ggod stuff (old type Armour) on it's own and did you notice any difference? Denise
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Foods and Supplements to Balance Phase 1 and Phase 2 Liver Detoxification

Liver detox pathways and required nutrients
Last week I blogged about how the two phases of liver detoxification can get out of balance due to chronic exposure to toxins, for example, and how this can impact on a person's health. As discussed, the most common problem is that phase 1 speeds up and phase 2 cannot keep up - someone in this situation is known as a pathological detoxifier because of their increased risk for symptoms and disease. The previous blogs with more detailed information can be found at: Pathological Detoxifiers and Environmental Illness Detoxification Profile Results - The Pathological Detoxifier and Chronic Illness   Now I want to take a look at foods and supplements that pathological detoxifiers can use to balance their liver detoxification pathways and improve their health. Essentially what we want to do is slow down phase 1 while speeding up phase 2. There are many foods and supplements that can help. One...
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    Yes, I'm not sure about SAMe being available IV to doctors and patients Tracy. I mentioned it to one nutritional medicine doctor I
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    Some of the studies of S-ame have been done using IV therapy so it is possible. Whether it is available commercially is another qu
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    Maff says #
    I just remembered...I'm not sure if I've asked you before whether you've looked into phospholipid exchange (PLX) therapy? That is
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I feel fantastic but don't just take my word for it!

That being wrongly diagnosed is rampant due to the very 'validated' TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) lab test result they support, i.e. a pituitary hormone, which can be "normal" for years before it rises high enough to reveal one's cellular hypothyroid state; That thryoxine is the medication wrongly treating thyroid patients, since it leaves most all patients with lingering hypothyroid symptoms which doctors dismiss as belonging to something else; That those natural treatments, such as desiccated thyroid like Armour made by Forest Labs of the US, are changing lives and removing those lingering hypothyroid symptoms because of the presence of direct T3; That side effects from the use of natural desiccated thyroid are due to undiagnosed adrenal fatigue and low cortisol which needs treatment, not the desiccated thyroid itself; and That the adrenal fatigue so many thyroid patients find themselves with is, in fact and ironically, due to the inadequacy of...
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    I had the same response from the Doctor, they don't want you to have Nature thyroid because it really does makes you better! Unfo
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    Ps she nearly foamed at the mouth when I asked about natural thyroid replacements
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    Such a comfort to read, I feel I've been poisoned on Levothyroxine I'm trying to get it out of my system now Doc said there was no
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Detoxification Profile Results - The Pathological Detoxifier and Chronic Illness

Detoxification Profile Results - Pathological Detoxifier
Following on from my blog - Pathological Detoxifiers and Environmental Illness which explained the process of detoxification in the liver and when someone might be termed a 'pathologicial detoxifier' - I wanted to share the results of my own Detoxification Profile and explain how the results related to my illness at the time and subsequent developments. The Detoxification Profile uses caffeine, paracetamol, and aspirin, to determine how well phase1 and some of the most important phase 2 liver detoxification pathways are functioning.   My Detoxification Profile Results     Interpretation As you can see, although my phase 1 is within the reference range, it is towards the upper end of normal. In combination with this my phase 2 glutathione conjugation is borderline low. The other phase 2 pathways are all what Genova ,I believe, now classes as high and indicates increased toxic exposure.  Other testing revealed my d-glucaric acid was high...
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    Hey Matt. I'm in a terrible situation - I've almost died a few times in the last 1.5 years from such severe CFS/MCS etc, which the
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    Maff says #
    Hi Rick, Sorry to hear about your poor health. I can certainly sympathise with the frustration of needing expensive medical tests
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    I need help with liver detoxification. Everytime I take any liver detoxing herbs or eat any liver detoxing foods I get a very bad
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Don't ever give up hope!

I have shed a stone now since being on Armour thyroid, I started taking it on the 21st of March 2009 so just over a pound per week, I have done nothing other change from Levothyroxine, and if anything I am eating more! To you Doctors out there who promote Levothyroxine and other synthetic options only, I would ask you to please consider that some people can be violently intolerant of it, as I was! To my fellow thyroid suffers I would say don't ever give up hope, your salvation may be just a little tablet away, I had over two years of Hell, living in a dark place with me hiding inside. I can see the blue skies now, the difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how rich and beautiful life is, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no...
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    Hi Denise, Glad you had a great time on your holidays! Thanks for the permission to copy and paste your posts to the review secti
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    Hi, I am back, I had a wonderful time, ate like a little pig and didn't put on an ounce! Maff, I am very busy playing catch up but
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    Hi both of you. It's great to hear you're both doing so well on Armour. I had the same experience....levothyroxine did nothing for
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Petition the UK Government to Protect us from Artificial Perfumes/Scents

Today I was contacted by Vivien Pomfrey who has started a peition on the 10 Downing Street website (UK Government site) calling on the Prime Minister to protect UK citizens from artificial perfumes in all their forms. I have just signed the petition and hope that if you are a UK citizen you will do the same. Vivien and myself also hope that those of you from other countries will petition your own governments through whatever means possible. This is an issue that has widespread implications for human health and the environment and deserves much more attention than it currently receives.  Thank you!   Here is the email from Vivien with the link to the petition and more information she has compiled: There is now a petition to Downing Street demanding a ban on the uncontrolled public use and importation of artificially-perfumed products at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Scents/ You need to be a UK...
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    Great! And here is a petition going on in America that will affect the world as it involves asking the Olympics and their affilia
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    As an asthmatic I will certainly be signing, the strong perfumes some people wear are a trigger for asthmatic attacks, or make sym
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Letter to the Ombudsman - had reply he is looking in to it........

Dear Ombudsman, I am writing to you because I don't have the internet at home and don't have much time at work! I have tried PALS and written to my ex doctors directly, I want something done about this injustice! I have so many questions. I am truly mystified at why Doctors seem to delight in kicking patients while they're down! I have been fighting my right to health for over two years now! Although I had almost every single symptom and a family history of hypothyroidism my doctors wouldn't treat me until I reached '10' [for TSH] on their stupid scale. I put on 3 stone, had symptoms too numerous to mention and thought I was going crazy! On the 2nd September 2008, I final reached this goal, then and only then did they say "You will be glad to know we can treat you now." I was angry,...
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    Hi I’ve had another reply, saying I have not gone through the proper channels. Should have contact the Practice Manager, Go
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Letter to the Endocrinologist

Dr Doctor Hosker If there was any way I could prevent another person from going through what I did, I would do everything in my power to stop it! Potentially thousands of people are walking around feeling miserable when I know you can feel so much better. I am not going to get into all the details because I am sure you will do the due diligence should this topic interest you. I know you address a lot of issues that affect women specifically. Exploring thyroid disease should be at the top of your list. It is the reason that many women are overweight and depressed or having trouble conceiving. It is the reason why many women who are diagnosed with menopausal symptoms do not respond to hormone or other treatments. Menopause is not their only problem. I feel that if I had not taken the time, or had the...
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    Hi Denise, Thank you for your continued blog updates on your fight for effective diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. You'r
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Anti-Aging & Wellness Event

The Wellness Revolution (Wiley, 2002) was the “shot heard round the world” for the wellness industry. It defined wellness as an industry—linking hundreds of thousands of disparate service and product suppliers with a single cause. It showed like-minded scientists, fitness providers, businesspeople, food manufacturers, restaurant owners, wellness product distributors, doctors, and others focused on disease prevention and antiaging that they were part of a worldwide revolution—not just lone iconoclasts inside their chosen profession or industry. If you are an entrepreneur, or are considering becoming one in wellness, there has never been a better time in history to start a home-based direct selling business. This paradigm shift towards entrepreneurship is the only answer to America's Economic Crisis. On June 27, 2009 at the Health Care Organizing Kickoff event we plan to officially Launch an Academy of Social Entrepreneurship. The Academy will provide the tools and resources necessary to empower our communities...
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Lifewave on PBS Stations July 2009 - Discoveries in Alternative Medicine

PBS STATIONS JULY 2009 Discoveries in Alternative Medicine Western Nanotechnology Meets Eastern Medicine An acclaimed television program shown on PBS stations across the U.S. will showcase LifeWave’s innovative products in a segment scheduled to air later this spring. Producers for Discoveries in Alternative Medicine interviewed several top distributors and medical team members at our La Jolla, CA on March 23-24, 2009. The award-winning series, which reaches more than 30 million households nationwide, covers a diverse range of alternative and complementary health issues. David Schmidt, founder and CEO of LifeWave, expects the upcoming broadcast to give the company positive national exposure. “Not only will the program provide new opportunities for members to build their business, the in-depth investigation will be a credible resource for concise research that supports LifeWave’s technology,” he said. David also shared that the program’s producer was enthusiastic about the interviews. “The producer said that he’s interviewed over...
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Do Mercury Amalgam Fillings Cause Chronic Illness?

Mercury Amalgam Filling
 As part of some research I was doing for my degree lately I had to address the issue of mercury fillings and their potential to cause ill-health. Having no fillings myself this is not a subject I have looked at in any real detail before, but I know it may be a major concern to many of you. The literature I came across was certainly conflicting. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a news release acknowledging study findings from the 1970s and 80s demonstrating that amalgam fillings are continuously giving off mercury vapour...which of course the unlucky individual with the fillings then inhales. Until this time it was thought that exposure only occured during the initial installation of the fillings and that after that the mercury was stable. The news release raises the possibility that the mercury vapour given off by fillings could cause chronic mercury poisoning and some of...
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    I had some large amalgam fillings removed by drilling about 5 years ago. When the dentist had finished I had black dust all over
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    Well after wathcing the following video "The Beautiful Truth" on Youtube, only a week later I booked an appointment with a special
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    I'm 27 years old, have three amalgam fillings in lower jaw. They were put in my mouth me being 10-17 years old, i cannot recall mo
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The NHS are Killing us!

The NHS are Killing us!   Patients are been ignored, denigrated, overlooked, and under-treated and doctors who prescribed natural thyroid drugs like Armour are been written off as quacks, or irresponsible, or in some cases, even brought up on charges by the levothyroxine-only zealots on medical boards.   It's all one gigantic smelly mess and ARMOUR REALLY WORKS I am living proof! If I hadn't discovered it I'd be bed ridden now, instead of full of life!   Will somebody out their please tell me what to do to make people aware about all the doctors out there that are evil, cheating, money grabbing, selfish creatures. I say creature because they can not be human if they are letting their fellow human beings suffer so needlessly.   They are literally killing us! Denise

 

The NHS are Killing us!Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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CDSA Interpretation - Digestion and Absorption Markers

CDSA Report - Digestive Markers
It is an inesacpable reality that the health of the entire body is compromised if the gut and digestive organs are not healthy. For example, insufficient production of stomach acid, bile, and/or digestive enzymes results in inadequate digestion which can lead to nutrient deficiencies and increased risk of food allergies and intolerances. The composition of micro-organisms which make up the gut flora is now also recognised as being pivotal to overall health; too many of the wrong kinds of micro-organisms can result in leaky gut syndrome and the absorption of large quantities of toxins and allergens. With this in mind, many people suffering from ill health that has not been adequately addressed by conventional medicine choose to have a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) carried out. This test is now available from a number of independant labs and involves the examination of a patient's stool sample to determine if the digestive system...
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Lets make a difference!

Dear all, I am trying to answer your questions, but for some reason can not get on to the blog? What I would say to you all out there struggling is that in trying to think about how we can make a big difference please do not  ignore the small daily differences we can make which add up to big differences over time. I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody! What I need now is to find out my next step to take, I have the energy now do something, any ideas?

 

Lets make a difference!Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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    Hi I am still feeling great and had a lovely weekend, hope you all did too? A quick up date Re my Docs or should I say EX Docs, fi
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    Hi Was out on a staff leaving do last night and got talking to someone who’s ex boyfriend was a drug company rep, the sto
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    In case you didn't get it the last comment was a just a joke, just like our NHS doctors unfortunately! But seriously, what exact
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Letter to my Doctors in response to refusal to prescribe Armour

Dear Doctors Exactly the response I expected thanks for nothing! I am amazed at how much better I feel. I have more energy and I am even starting to slowly lose a few pounds. But I am still worried about all the people out there that still think they are just doomed. I have so many questions. I am truly mystified at why Doctors seem to delight in kicking patients while they're down! What is the motivation of doctors who apparently don't want you to get properly diagnosed or live and feel well? Do they have some sort of vested interest in ensuring higher rates of infertility, recurrent miscarriage, obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease etc, etc, by denying thyroid patients proper thyroid diagnosis and treatment? I am not saying all doctors are in on it. I know you are all just doing what you are told by the senior...
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    Hey Denise hope you had a good holiday? well I have been taking the Armour for a week now, and the first few days i thought "is th
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    Aww! glad to hear you are most definately on the mend by the sound of it. Lol! sex drive whats that! ha ha! I tell my hubby I woul
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    Hi Tina My feet were so bad I was seeing a chiropodist, I was really ashamed of them, cracked heals and horrible brittle yellow t
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The Gluten Syndrome

While adding the latest research abstracts to the site the other day I came across a very interesting paper regarding the effects gluten can have on the brain and nervous system. As you are no doubt ware, gluten is a protein found in grains including wheat, rye and barley, which is the trigger for the damage to the tissues of the small intestine in those with celiac disease. In this condition the immune system produces antibodies that attack the gluten consumed in the diet as well as the body's own tissues. As such celiac disease is classed as an autoimmune disease - the body attacks itself (in this case triggered by gluten). Those with celiac disease frequently suffer from mood disorders and neurological symptoms such as epilepsy, ataxia (coordination problems), and peripheral neuropathy, which results in symptoms including temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness...
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    Hi Bonnie, Many of us here, including myself, can certainly sympathise with you having been passed from doctor to doctor and gone
  • adminv15
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    I have lived in a fog for so many years and I am so hoping this is the answer. I have gone through psychologists, neurologists, M
  • Maff
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    Hi Denise, Yes, there is a strong connection between celiac disease and autoimmune thyroiditis - which results in hypothyroidism.
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Successful Hypothyroidism Treatment with Armour Thyroid

A friend of mine forwarded me this site as I don't have the internet at home and don't have much time to explore at work, I have been fighting my right to health for over two years! Although I had almost every single symptom and a family history of hypothyroidism my doctors wouldn't treat me until I reached '10' [for TSH] on their stupid scale. I put on 3 stone, had symptoms too numerous to mention and thought I was going crazy! On the 2nd September 2008, I final reached this goal, then and only then did she Say "You will be glad to know we can treat you now." I was angry, disgusted and seething but took my T4 gladly at first, they made me very ill while I took them for seven months, until I'd really had enough of all the debilitating symptoms. Still gaining weight and very few if any...
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    I have been on Thyroxine for over twenty years and over all that time I have suffered from the symptoms of hypothyroidism In the l
  • DeniseB
    DeniseB says #
    Hi There, I had a very similar experience with a doctor and his PC. With regard to your illness have you heard about Dr Wilsons
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    LeBossu says #
    Hello Denise, Although my health problems are perhaps not related to hypothyroidism (I experience chronic pain and fatigue) I've
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Check out my hip, savvy social network for EIs

Planet Thrive's new homepage!
Hey all, Just wanted to let everyone know that my website Planet Thrive was recently freshened up, with an updated design and some great new features! We have close to 1500 members, and we are growing every day. Please come check us out. Here are some highlights of the new features we just unveiled: EI Lifestyles - featuring inspirational people and places. Read our first feature on the inspiring world traveler Mirjam, MCS Adventuressa, now exploring Brazil for cleaner air. Latest News - for chemical sensitivity, electrical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis, gulf war syndrome, autism, cancer, and other environmentally based illnesses MCS-TV - live TV and video library for Environmental Illness and related conditions (thanks to MCS-International!) Mind Games - all new games to exercise our injured brains!! We also just posted an interview with filmmaker Michael Roland Williams and Karen Noseff of the upcoming Black Mold...
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    Thanks for the nice comments Julie. If a small percentage of those 70,000 visitors find something useful it's worth all the effort
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    Thanks Maff Hope you don't mind the PR via your site. I am still amazed that you are getting 70,000 visitors per month. That is so
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Hi earthwalker, Thanks for letting us know about the updates to Planet Thrive. It sounds like you've made some great additions. I
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Stress Reduction in Chronic Illness

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Stress commonly triggers or exacerbates symptoms of chronic illness. This is especially true of conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and depression/anxiety, in which changes in levels of stress hormones (e.g. cortisol, DHEA) and neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline) reduce the sufferer's natural ability to cope with external stressors. Having suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and associated conditions and symptoms for 18 years now I have found various ways to reduce the impact that stress has on my life. Today I thought I would share with you those that I have found most helpful:   1. Sleep The importance of a good night's sleep cannot be underestimated when you are chronically ill. This is the time when the body is in an anabolic state, detoxifying and cleansing itself of toxins and repairing wear and tear sustained during the day. I'm sure you will recognise that you feel worse after a poor...
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    Facing illness and medical treatment is often filled with uncertainty. In the midst of the unforeseeable, you may have concerns ab
  • adminv15
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    These are great ways to reduce stress and in turn increase your health. I suffer from chronic illness and these tips really do wor
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Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency in Rainy Climates

After my own very positive experiences with vitamin D therapy for seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D) which I wrote about a couple of months ago, my interest was peaked this week when I came across a story linking autism to deficiency of the "sunshine vitamin". Researchers from Cornell University carried out a "more refined" analysis of data collected during a 2006 study and confirmed that autism rates are highest in the rainiest counties of the three Pacific coast states of the US: Washington, Oregon and California.  The study is published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The original 2006 study, conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research was highly controversial, as the authors were not medical researchers and blamed higher amounts of TV viewing by children in the rainiest areas for the higher incidence of autism. I reported on this research when it was originally published: Autism Associated with...
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    Oh, sorry, I got your replies mixed up!
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    agrophobe says #
    Hi Maff, maybe its something in therain that causes the problem.
  • Maff
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    Hi Agrophobe. Yes, there is certainly enough evidence to suggest mercury plays some role in the development of autism. In addition
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Phospholipid Exchange for Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue, Autism and More

Hi everyone. My time is currently very limited due to just returning from a trip to California and having a backlog of studying and assignment deadlines for my degree course. I didn't want to leave another week "blogless" however so I thought I'd just draw your attention to a potentially powerful therapy known as 'phospholipid exchange' which Helen64 posted a question about in the forums this week.  Read the forum thread on phospholipid exchange therapy To explain the principal of the therapy we first need a little bit of biochemistry. Basically, cells in the human body have a cell membrane made up of fatty substances called phospholipids along with fatty acids. These fatty substances give the cell membrane a level of fluidity that allows them to efficiently allow nutrients to enter the cell and toxins to be expelled amongst other important functions such as maintaining the structure and shape of...
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    The 840mg PC amount for the Mega PC-35 is actually for a 2 capsule serving so each capsule is 420mg compared to 900mg for the Phos
  • Maff
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    After trying Life Extension's PPC, and a few other brands, I found I was unable to tolerate it. It irritated my GI tract and gave
  • earthwalker
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Genetic and Environmental Factors in Health and Illness

I am lucky enough to be spending two weeks in California having arrived on Wednesday of this week.  So as a UK resident I had planned to write a blog entry about how the extra daylight hours and sunshine had improved my mood and energy levels as they always do when I visit at this time of year.  ....the only problem being that as soon as I arrived a major storm system also did so! After weeks of 80 degree temperatures and wall to wall sunshine in California I am yet to see more than a glimpse of the sun. Typical! So with little time to come up with other blog ideas I thought I'd discuss a subject that I believe is important not just in environmental illnesses but in illness in general. As part of my degree in nutritional therapy I recently heard a lecture by Khush Mark, Ph.D. Khush is...
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    Thanks for the welcome Bill. It's still raining (and hailing) up here in LA so I guess my plan for some winter sun hasn't paid off
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Symptoms and Progression of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

This week I thought I'd try to get all you multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) sufferers involved and conduct a kind of survey so we can see the most common symptoms of the condition and how it develops in different people. I hope this is an idea that interests you and you'll get involved by leaving comments below. First of all I'd like to discuss my personal feeling on what MCS actually is. There has been a lot of confusion among both doctors and patients about whether MCS is an allergic condition or a neurological condition. My personal feeling through experience of the illness and reveiwing the available scientific literature is that it is most definitely a neurological disease caused by neurotoxicity (toxic damage to the brain).  A leading theory which I believe to be along the right lines involves a process called 'limbic sensitization'. The idea is that either acute or chronic...
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    Maff says #
    ...If addressing Th1/Th2 balance has helped you in the past you might want to look into low-dose naltrexone (LDN) with your doctor
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    Maff says #
    Hi Samantha, Sorry to hear you have now developed MCS along with your already debilitating conditions. We do sound very similar a
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    Hi maff, the sensitivities you had sound a great deal like the ones Im suffering with now. I am currently sat here writing this wi
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High Dose Vitamin D Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Vitamin D Injections
As part of my illness I have suffered greatly with Seasonal Affective Disorder, known also by its appropriate acronym - SAD. I notice large seasonal variations in my mood, energy levels and other symptoms and also day to day variations depending on the weather. Even a cloudy or rainy day in summer can make me feel depressed and sluggish. I have recently tried high dose vitamin D treatment after seeing studies that showed very positive results and wanted to tell you about what it has done for me. First though I want to talk a bit about my experience with SAD. There was a time before I knew about SAD and realised I had it when I felt suicidal each year from October to March. All I felt was total despair and spent most of my time in bed. If I hadn't still been living at home with my parents...
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    Hi perihelion, Sorry to hear you are also a SAD sufferer. I too get to the point of things being life-threatening with it if I do
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    adminv15 says #
    Hi Maff, I read this article with interest, as I am a lifelong sufferer of SAD, which can be life-threatening severe for me if un
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    Thanks! Have a great day!
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My battle for health.

Trying to put it in a nutshell for my forst blog post. All comments will be warmly received. I have had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for a few years but it has I feel slowly crept up on me. I didn't happen overnight. I no longer work. I used to be a Senior Clinical nurse in General and Mental Health. I have Irritable bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic back problems due to old car accidents and work injuries. Other things I experience are chemical/light/noise/skin/food sensitivities. I also have Depression and anxiety. Along with this I get facial nerve pain, sinisitus, waxy ears, sleep problems, fatigue, brain fog, jaw pain, flue and arthritic like symptoms After a few years dealing with insurance companies, social security, specialists and doctors, alternative therapists , tests etc etc, I am now fairly well. I had chronic systemic candida treated, discovered my food sensitivities, sorted the sleep...
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    I never knew it was so difficult to get proper medical care until I got ill. I think we are all on a learning roller coaster and I
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    MissyG says #
    Thanks Carole for the above info. I have been treated by an holistic doctor and have had urine, blood an foeces tests, which confi
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    Hi Missy, You are experiencing the same illness that I have had for several years and I am close to being healed, so I'll share th
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SPECT Scan of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Patient Brain

SPECT Scan of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Patient Brain
Hi everyone, my name is Jason and I am a multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) sufferer. Like anyone who has MCS I have had a hard time convincing anyone (friends, family, doctors) that I am actually sick. Recently I managed to get a SPECT scan of my brain carried out which has given me visible proof that I am actually sick. I thought many of you here would be interested to see the scans so wanted to post this blog.  Just so you understand the scan more clearly- it is the scan and function of 'my' brain overlapping the 'Normal' healthy functioning image of an adult brain.  I try to point out the graphing system used on the side with my finger.  If my scan was functioning within the normal range there wouldn't be any color deviation away from the color 'gray'.  Where it is gray colored is where my brain's functioning (cerebral blood flow) is...
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    Hello- this is 'my' scan posted online. For ONLY those seeking more information, you may contact me, otherwise, NO commercial con
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    This blog has been written about SPECT Scan of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Patient Brain. The guidelines you shared here a
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    Has anyone heard of any specialist doing the SPECT scans in Canada? I am very interested in this test, also saw Dr. Amen speak o
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Allergy-free Christmas Tips

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 Christmas is obviously a time for celebration and partying but for those with allergies it can be like a minefield! While most people  generally eat and snack with abandon the millions who suffer from some form of food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance must be extra wary. It may be easy to tell which foods contain common allergens such as wheat, dairy and eggs when eating the main Christmas dinner but when it comes to snacks and party buffets with lots of pre-packaged foods things get a little trickier. If you are planning your own party you can obviously check labels to make sure the foods you buy don't contain ingredients that you, your family members, or your guests are allergic to. If you are cooking or baking yourself there are also a large number of alternative ingredients to the common allergens that can be substituted. The most common allergens include:...
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    Yes I agree, shopping is a nightmare, as is eating out and trying not to sound like a pathetic hypochondriac !. It is easier now t
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Hypoglycemia and Sugar Sensitivity

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a very common problem and cause of symptoms in those with environmental illness. Blood sugar levels are usually carefully controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain (a major control centre) which through a series of steps causes the release of two hormones from the pancreas; insulin, which lowers blood sugar by increasing uptake by cells, and glucagon, which increases blood sugar by releasing stored glucose (as glycogen) in the liver and increasing the generation of new glucose from substances such as amino acids (the building blocks of protein). Unfortunately for those of us who experience hypoglycemia this intricate system of balance is disrupted so blood sugar levels vary more than they should and often dip too low. It is well known in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) for example that the hypothalamus which controls the whole system does not function correctly. This results in hypoglycemia and a whole host of...
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    I have hypoglycemia which is on the virge of turning into Diabetes. Along with that I am also allergic to just about all food addi
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    Anothe excellent, easy to read and understand article Maff. I had chronic systemic Candida. The treatment which eventually cleared
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New chronic fatigue syndrome research initiative includes gut dysbiosis & leaky gut syndrome

I was delighted to learn this week of funding for research into the link between chronic fatigue syndrome, disturbed gut flora and leaky gut syndrome.   The CFIDS association of America launched their 'Accelerate CFS Research Initiative' - the largest chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research initiative to date. After a sustained year long fundraising campaign the association allocated over $600,000 of an estimated $1 million kitty to six research groups in the US and Canada. This is fantastic news for anyone suffering from this life altering illness and their families. ME/CFS has for too long been shunned by both medical researchers and sources of funding including governments, charitable bodies, and pharmaceutical/biotech firms. This despite the fact that ME/CFS is estimated to affect around 2% of the population in countries including the US, Canada and UK. People including myself who have been affected by this highly debilitating illness suffer greatly and are provided...
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    The following article suggests that investigating the consequences of intestinal hyper-permeability, i.e. leaky gut syndrome, is t
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    This is really good news Maff ! It seems Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue Syndrome and all its accompanying variables, (most of wh
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Stress Management & Pacing Yourself When You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

As someone who became ill with chronic fatigue syndrome at the age of 11 I have spent my entire adolescence and adult life struggling with the condition. My personality is one that could be classed as predominantly type A and I like to "burn the candle at both ends" as the saying goes. After being diagnosed with ME/CFS and discovering there was no treatment or cure available this led me to ignore my illness and push even harder during my teens. I continued full-time at school, took part in physical education (P.E.) classes, played soccer with my friends after school and went to parties. For a while this seemed to work as I was very happy which obviously makes you feel better anyway. Inevitably however things began to go down hill in my late teens and my life eventually came to an abrupt halt after a two semesters of university. I was then virtually bedridden...
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Allergies have a silver lining - cancer prevention!

For those of us who suffer from the irritating and uncomfortable symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, blocked noses, and coughing there may not seem like there could ever be a brightside to the affliction but researchers say there might well be - and it's a biggie - a reduced risk of cancer. So before you swallow another antihistamine pill or continue to use your natural allergy remedies you might want to read on..... Researchers from Cornell University in the US looked at 646 studies on allergies and cancers published in medical journals over the past 50 years; ending up with the most comprehensive database yet available on allergies and cancer. Professor of neurobiology and behaviour Paul Sherman and his team found that the number of studies concluding that allergies reduced the risk of cancer were double the number suggesting an increased risk. The types of cancer...
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Body odor.

What is body odor? What makes someone smell clean? In our society, we equate a perfume-y, fragranced smell with clean and normal body odor as dirty. My boyfriend has not washed with soap in five years. He was nervous when we first met that I would think he smelled bad. On the contrary, I actually really loved his smell. That's because his diet is pure and he has minimal exposure to toxins in personal care and other types of products. So there is no bad smelly stuff to sweat out. Just normal human smell. I much prefer it to nasty chemicals in fragrances that are just masking over dirt. If you smell bad enough to want to use perfume, take a good look at your diet and lifestyle and start cleaning those up before you reach for the carcinogenic chemicals in fragranced products.   reposted from http://planetthrive.com/members/blog/earthwalker

 

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    Same here...I use a fragrance free shampoo and sometimes an olive oil soap and the occasional mineral salt deodorant for special o
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    Thanks for posting this...very interesting subject! Since developing MCS 7 years ago I have used only unfragranced soaps and usual
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    I stopped having any body odor after I quit eating dairy. Gentle soap helps remove bacteria after sweating, but deodorant is no lo
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so this is how it is.

This is a post from my Planet Thrive blog from last month. Thought it would be good to share here so people can see how others are living with MCS.   Not sure how my life came to this. I have 3 outfits, all thin and worn, ripped and stain, unwashed for 4 months, not warm enough for winter. I have no bedding except 1 thin and narrow shawl that does very little to keep me warm. I sleep on a 1" thick chair mat on the cold tiled floor. My pillowcase is stained brown from not being washed for months and months. I don't tolerate the water in my home. I have to go to a friend's house to get drinking water, 1 gallon a day. I get filtered water from the local stinky supermarket, then heat it on a hot plate and wash my hair in the tub...
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    Thanks Maff. Unfortunately, carbon is a big trigger for me. I cannot do masks or air purifiers with carbon. ;-( Even cotton and si
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    Wow it sounds like you have really had to go to extremes to be somewhat comfortable with your chemical sensitivities. Do you use a
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    Update: I stayed off the PC for a few weeks and really enjoyed the break. But now I am back on to try to find a balance between re
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Banana Plant Extract for IBS and other Digestive Disorders

As I suffer from IBS and gut dysbiosis that give me quite a few troublesome gastrointestinal symptoms a close relative recently recommended I try a supplement containing an extract from the plaintain banana plant. Plaintains are large bananas found in the tropics which have to be cooked before being eating.  I have to admit I had never even heard of this supplement but my relative has had quite severe digestive upsets for most of her life and now swears by it, saying it's the most effective treatment she's ever found. So, before trying it for myself I thought I'd use this week's blog to explore this banana plant extract and the rationale for its use in digestive disorders. The extract is made from the non-fruiting stem of the plaintain banana plant and if you look at medical studies it might be referred to by its botanical name, Musa paradisiaca, or as dried...
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    The product is called Acitan Extract and is manufactured by Tigon. It doesn't appear to be sold widely but I've found the followin
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    Do you remember the name of the supplement your relative took? I have tried everything for my IBS with no luck; who knows . . . ma
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Placebo pills for fibromyalgia and other hard to treat conditions

An article on WebMD this week addressed a very interesting issue. Should doctors give patients placebo (non-active) pills in any circumstances. It turns out this is a surprisingly common practice when doctors are faced with poorly understood chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. A recent survey revealed that more than half of doctors give out fake prescriptions to patients and that the majority of doctors feel this practice is OK. Scientists questionned  679 internists and rheumatologists; doctors working in specialties where they often see patients with chronic illnesses or chronic pain syndromes including fibromyalgia that are difficult, and in many cases imposible, to cure. It was revealed that doctors find that placebos often provide significant benefit to such patients. The placebo effect is something that has been known of for a long time and is in fact an integral part of scientific research. It is central to the gold standard of medical...
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    As for diabetes and life threatening illnesses, it is not suitable to give a placebo. And the docs won't give a placebo because li
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    To be honest, I agree completely with a doctor giving out a placebo. For the simple fact, if there is any chance a patient truly d
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    This smacks of the salem witch trials. Guilty until proven innocent. Flawed weighted and often inadequate research, competitive an
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Vaccinations in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Vaccinations in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
 At this time of year many people (in the US especially) are getting, or at least thinking about getting, flu shots. So I thought this would be an ideal time to talk about flu shots, and vaccinations in general, particularly in relation to those of us who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. First of all the flu vaccine is one of the most controversial in terms of its use, efficacy and safety. Of the commonly used vaccines perhaps only MMR is more controversial due to the media circus generated by the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield in the UK around 10 years ago. One of the main problems with the flu vaccine is that the selection of the particular virus that is put into vaccines involves a large amount of guesswork with the end result being that the actual strain causing people to get flu in a particular year is often...
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    I have hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I think a Tdap vaccine caused my fibro. I had the vaccine in January of 2011. A couple
  • adminv15
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    I have hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I do think that vaccines either give you fibromyalgia or at least make the condition wors
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    I have had fibro/cfs for 22 years. I have never received a flu shot during this time as my doctor who diagnosed me, said that giv
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Powerful Environmental Illness Awareness Video

Yesterday I received an email from Steve Johnston at Liverpool Court Studios, an audio/video production house in Canada. Steve had stumbled across The Environmental Illness Resource and kindly attached a video he had made about EI for a client some time ago. The video is a short environmental illness awareness piece. It talks about environmental illness in very broad terms by pointing out that chemicals that surround us in our daily lives can have serious consequences for our health and that of those we love. Steve kindly said I could post the video on the site so here it is: http://www.ei-resource.org/index.php?option=com_seyret&Itemid=32&task=videodirectlink&id=32   The video was only made as an example on a shoestring budget but I found it extremely powerful. The storyline, visual effects and soundtrack that are used make it highly emotive and ensure it has an impact on the viewer. I'm sure the video would make many people stop for a minute to...
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    I found it to be very powerful - sometimes short and to the point can have a more profound impact. I put it on my blog to share as
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Hi Soph, Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that perhaps the video is perhaps a bit forceful with its message without backing this
  • Soph
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    Yes, it's very powerful. And to someone sympathetic to environmental illness it's both incredibly moving and thought provoking.
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Food Allergy, Sensitivity & Intolerance: Eating in Restaurants

This week I was contacted by the producer of The Restaurant; a reality TV show made by the BBC here in the UK. For those who don't know, the premise of the show is that couples compete over the series/season to prove they have what it takes to run a successful restaurant. Each week they are set different challenges to test different skills required to be restauranteurs. The overall winners are set up in a restaurant of their own; financially backed and personally supported by Raymond Blanc who has a big hand in the show. The reason I was contacted by the shows producer is because in an episode to be aired on October 22nd in the UK the contestants are to be set the challenge of preparing meals for diners with special dietary needs, with a particular focus on those with coeliac/celiac disease. The contestants must therefore prepare a...
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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MCBT)

The Mindful Way through Depression
You may have seen in the news media this week that new research suggests antidepressant drugs may damage men's sperm and increase the risk of infertility. Researchers from Cornell Medical Center in New York found that some men given the common SSRI antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat) for four weeks had far higher levels of sperm with damaged DNA. Experts say this does not necessarily mean these men would have more trouble becoming fathers but that it was certainly a cause for concern. So here we have another reason to look for alternatives to the antidepressant drugs which are prescribed to many millions of people every year. Earlier this year it was revealed that drug companies had buried studies showing that these drugs are largely ineffective in all but the most severe cases of depression. Before that paroxetine was linked to an increased risk of suicide. In a previous blog I...
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Psychiatrists still cling to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome being purely psychological

I was doing some searching online yesterday for new fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) articles for the site and stumbled across a few blogs and sites maintained by psychiatrists (I will not provide links as I am not one for personal attacks).  These sites and blogs had pages dedicated to fibromyalgia and ME/CFS and I was disappointed (but not surprised) that these individuals and the speciality of psychiatry as a whole still dismiss an organic basis for these illnesses almost out of hand. If I were a cynic I might say it is almost like they are trying to hang on to patients who would be better served by other professionals and forms of treatment. One psychiatrist writing on fibromyalgia seemed to have a fondness for pointing out there are NO (his emphasis) lab tests to diagnose the condition. He used this point to bolster his position that fibromyalgia...
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    Hi Liberty, Yes I have Dr. Pall's book on my bookshelf and also thought that chapter was fantastic. The fact is that he is an ext
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    hi Maff, have you read the chapter in Dr. Martin Pall's book that is entirely about how and why doctors of various types still cl
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    Hi Rhonda, I'd advise you to consult a well qualified nutritionist who can work with you and your doctor on alternative ways to l
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My Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) Test Results

My Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) Test Results
Last week I conducted an Adrenal Stress Index Test (ASI) which involved filling four little test tubes with saliva at specific times throughout the day (8am, noon, 4pm, and midnight). This is a surprisingly difficult thing to do as you need a good amount of bubble-free saliva in each sample. Your mouth also has to be clean so as not to contaminate the sample with food particles! The ASI measures levels of the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA whose levels naturally vary slightly throughout the day. These hormones help us deal with stress and provide energy and a sense of well-being. When levels aren't optimal we feel drained and fatigued and other functions such as blood sugar control and immune system function suffer. Some of the symptoms associated with abnormal levels of adrenal hormones include: - Fatigue - Feeling Drained - Hypoglycaemia/Blood Sugar Imbalance - Dizziness Upon Standing - Insomnia -...
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    Maff, Just wondering: have you tried the 7 Keto variation of DHEA? (On iherb, Now Foods 7 Keto is the most reviewed product if y
  • Maff
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    Hi guys, Finn - I tried betaine HCL for a little while but then had a gastrogram which showed my digestive secretions (stomach ac
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    Hi Maff Just in response to your post. I've done very well with iherb.com as a supplier to the UK. Great prices, great delivery
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Food As Medicine

dear all: I'm still on 4 MU Nystatin (7 months) and 200 mg Diflucan daily. Diflucan treatment will end soon to conclude a one-month long treatment.  I've taken a better look at food as medicine for allergy, candida, inflammation, depression. chemical sensitivity. Every morning I load up a basin tub full of vegetables - cucumbers, a carrot, kale, spinach, celery, tomato, parsely, jicama, cauliflower, broccoli, dandelion greens - lots of vegetables and JUICE it. i also juice in three garlic cloves and add lemon juice.  ` i heartily recommend this - give your body lots to work with in healing/cleansing.  Too often we are too sick to give ourselves this much healing power every day. Juicing makes it simple and is a powerful burst of healing nutrients. I welcome your comments.  best, clearday

 

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Be prepared for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Lightbox for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
 We're rapidly approaching September and the end of summer now and it's around this time that the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, with the approrpiate acronym of S.A.D generally start to make themselves felt. Some suffering from the condition may start to notice them as early as the middle of August. To avoid symptoms becoming unbearable it is best to start proven treatments as soon as possible and for best results it is often a good idea to use different approaches in combination. I myself suffer very badly from S.A.D and until I realised what the problem was I suffered deep despair and suicidal urges through the autumn and winter. Thankfully I discovered things that helped and now I no longer feel a sense of dread as this time of year approaches. So let's take a brief look at what you can do to stave off S.A.D and milder feelings of...
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An Update on Developments at The Environmental Illness Resource

Hi all, I wanted to use my blog this week to give you a quick update on the things I am currently working on on the site and things planned for the future. For those who don't know, The Environmental Illness Resource is essentially a one man show run by myself, Matthew Hogg (Maff). I suffer, or thankfully in some cases have sufferered, from a number of the conditions the site addresses. The pace at which I can work is therefore limited and a site of this size and scope really needs more than one person working on it......unfortunately something outside of a very limited budget at the moment! I hope then that you will have patience while the full potential of the site is realised. For 5 months in summer 2007 I worked non-stop to develop the current version of the site. This version provides for a number of interactive features which...
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Mitochondrial dysfunction, autism and environmental illness

Back in February of this year the US government admitted that in the case of young Hannah Poling, a reaction to vaccinations she received had resulted in her developing autism. This admission sent the media, bloggers and online autism forums into a spin with many seeing it as concrete proof that vaccines are the cause, or at least a cause, of the developmental disorder. Medical experts however maintained that Hannah had an underlying mitochondrial disorder, which they said, was extremely rare and so the same process could not account for a significant number of other cases of autism. It now turns out however, that the medical experts may have been wrong! Results of a new study announced on Monday by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) reveal that at least one in 200 healthy humans "harbors a pathogenic mitochondrial mutation that potentially causes disease." The landmark study is published in the current issue of the...
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Healing Process - Get Simple!!

This, from a comprehensive candida healing website: http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/sitemap.php The candida diet, supplements and other treatments recommended will do a good job of increasing digestion, strengthening the walls of the intestines (mostly with good saturated fats), increasing good motility of the intestines, cleansing the liver, adrenals and gall bladder, increasing kidney function, etc. and will cleanse any area that requires it, even chelating out (getting rid of) heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum, etc."   *******************************************************************************************************   My personal experience in attempting to eradicate candida for the last six months is: you can't just rely on medications or sporadic candida diet - it's a lifestyle change. There is so much spotty information out there about diet that it seems to adds to the muddle of attempts. Perhaps finding a single source will simplify the healing process and give you (me) an immediate archive of information instead of endlessly searching...
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Candida: a practical approach

Dear all, I've met many chem sensitive sufferers since getting sick six years ago. ALL of them need to erradicate candida in order to heal, regardless of the cause of the illness. You gotta heal the gut. It's tricky, too. The candida diet and herbs are the start. Here's a good website where there is all the info you'll need: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/candidasupport/  This site is actually overwhelming. You might want to join and get the daily digest in order to organize the info. I'm currently doing that myself. Well, truth told, I have been a real stubborn case with the diet and went on Nystatin at 4 MU (million units) per day - that's one teaspoon, divided into 3 or more doses - hoping it would do the trick without dieting. I'm finding I'm in a kill - grow- kill - grow cycle by not being strict about the diet. PLUS,...
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Your Body: The FIRST Safe Place

Dear All, It's a stark lifestyle to live, persevere while being chemically sensitive. A safe living place is our quest.  Healing - when your body reaches a new tipping point when recovery gets the upper hand - can happen. It's then that your own body becomes a safe place.  We've all consumed mass amounts of supplements, tried detoxing in many ways, meditated, etc., but, unless you eradicate candida, you will not heal. That's a strong statement. Even stronger is Dr. James Brodsky's statement in the preface of The Yeast Connection, 3rd edition which calls for doctors to WAKE UP! to yeast related illness. Brodsky says that some patients DEVELOP ALLERGY TO CANDIDA. If you are chemically sensitive, this might be one of your big problems. I had read Brodsky's statement and thought of it as referring to the ' universal reactor " diagnosis that I'd received from Dr. Alan Lieberman,...
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Compounded Nystatin

Dear All, Nystatin: best to use compounded pure oral Nystatin rather than the hard pill. The pill will give you indigestion -- I have some of both. Why? Medicare covers the pill and not the compounded powder. I use a pill crusher to break up the hard pill and it seems to help. But, at first, you should definitely use the compunded oral. It tastes pretty awaful, buit you'll get used to it. Nystatin topical powder is different - it has talc in it. Make sure the doctor's order reads "ORAL NYSTATIN" The powder dispersement is much better than one hard little pill stuck up against the stomach wall. Nystatin does not metabolize in the blood, rather, it stays in the digestive corridor, from one end to the other.  Nystatin must be in physical contact with yeast to kill it. You'll need a doctor's prescription in the US. Don't know...
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Azoles/ Die-off

Dear All, The Herxheimer or die-off reaction happens when yeast/fungus is killed off. Stirring those buggers up releases more mycotoxins that cause all sorts of symptoms.  With Nystatin, because it hits the gut so hard, my die-off was bloating, gas, elimination. Because of the seriousness of my GI infestation together with giving up to my constant cravings for dairy and sweets, die-off went on for 5 months. Unless I stop feeding candida, the die-off won't stop. I'll never balance the flora. At 4 months, Dr. Brodsky added itraconazole, an antifungal at 200 mg per day. He wouldn't prescribe the drug until i'd had a liver panel test. I took itraconazole (Sporanox) for one month and, personally, didn't really feel any difference. i increased the dose to 400 mg a day - still didn't feel anything. So what am i trying to get at if I've been on Nystatin for five...
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Get smart on a personal treatment plan

Dear All, I've made the statement that ALL persons who are chemically sensitive should eradicate candida and balance intestinal flora with probiotics.  Dr. James Brodsky, in The Yeast Connection, 3rd edition Preface, says that we are allergic to candida.  You can get allergy immunotherapy shots to treat the candida allergy, but, for chemically sensitive persons, unless we eradicate candida and balance intestinal flora, any shots are pointless. You're spitting in the wind.  Create a timetable of treatment and find a willing physician to follow you on the following: 1. Change your diet. At this site you will find helpful diet and nutritional supplement information; http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/. Any further sources of information on this are appreciated 2. I'm not an expert on this (yet), but I've been advised by medical professionals to pH balance between 6.5 and 7.0.  3. If constipation or irregularity is an issue, change it. Easier said than done,...
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    Great summary of what's needed to get on top of Candida ClearDay! I would like to add a couple of things that might be useful reg
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Overwhelmed and Frustrated

Dear All, Frequently I get overwhelmed by the course of recovery. I want to live by the rules that made the first half of my life exciting and meaningful! The rules are different for me now, but many times I am frustrated that there are SO MANY RULES i don't know how to start.  I'm really frustrated this morning. I don't even know what to eat for breakfast, honestly!  So, I went here and found some ideas SPELLED OUT for me. Maybe it will help you: http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/dplan.php

 

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Diflucan

Dear all, Antifungals (azoles) are effective medications for eliminating yeast/fungus/candida in parts of the body that Nystatin cannot reach. Nystatin is great for the gut, but candida can go everywhere through permeated intestinal walls. The candida, once it settles into the mucousal intesinal lining, grows tenacles called RHIZOIDS. These roots weaken the intestinal wall and leaky gut happens, allowing mycotoxins, undigested particles, toxic by-products like aceltaldehyde and yeast to travel into the body. Yeast colonizes and grows in all soft tissue, joints, glands, etc.  You can eradicate the infestation with diet. But, if you are chemically sensitive, you might want to explore antifungal medication with you doctor. If you take azole medication, you must begin with a liver panel before taking any drugs. Stay under doctor supervision. Recently, my doctor, Dr. James Brodsky, author of the preface to the The Yeast Connection, 3rd edition prescribed Diflucan - fluconazole - at...
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Acidosis

My dentist, Dr. Eugene Sambataro, heard me out about chronic oral pain, terrible dry mouth, painful teeth and tongue. This pain gets very bad sometimes and contributes/causes such a debilitation and headache that I have named them "neurocrashes." It's been going on for a long time. Dr. Sam simply tested me with a sublingual pH test strip and found that I was "off the charts" acidic. My body is not absorbing calcium and, to function, my system is leeching it from bones and teeth. It feels like it. Here are the pH test strips for you to order: https://www.microessentiallab.com/index.php?productID=108 The goal is to alkalize and test between 6.5 and 7.0. Unless I do this, my body will remain host to candida, yeast, fungus, bacteria overgrowth. I will never heal. ************************************************************************************************************* This, from The Wolfe Clinic http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/phbalancearticle.html 'If we were to ask "What is killing us?", the answer might be "ACIDOSIS"! It...
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pH Food Chart

http://www.energiseforlife.com/food_ph.phphttp://www.bestofsupplements.com/ph_chart.htmhttp://www.trans4mind.com/nutrition/pH.html
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Green Breakfast

Very important to start alkalizing with the first meal, breakfast. Maybe you're not used to a green breakfast, but if you're as sick as I am, it's really time to switch. Add your favorite green Superfood mix as you please - you might want to check to be sure it's gluten Free. ALKALIZE AND HEAL!!!!! Here are three green smoothies for your blender: LEMONY MINT GREEN SMOOTHIE 1-2 medium apples depending on desired sweetness ½ - 1 lemon, juiced1 head Romaine hearts 1/2 - 1 medium avocados, depending on thickness and richness desired 1 handful mint leaves 2 -4 cups water (distilled) APPLE VEGGY SMOOTHIE 1 granny smith apple, washed, cored but with skin 
4-5 stalks celery, ends & tips removed, use leaves
 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
½ of a large Haas avocado
½ bunch cilantro or parsley (depending on your preference) stems removed 
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    I enjoy a carrot, apple and ginger smoothie from time to time. Bit of a kick! You could always add celery, flaxseeds, barley gras
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    Hi Clearday, thanks for the smoothie recipes. I've got one to swap with you: 1 apple 1 stick celery Handful or 2 of spinach Handf
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ALLERGIC to Candida

Dr. James Brodsky's statement in the preface of The Yeast Connection, 3rd edition calls for doctors to WAKE UP! to yeast related illness. Brodsky says that some patients DEVELOP ALLERGY TO CANDIDA. Dr. Brodsky is currently my doctor. If you are chemically sensitive, ALLERGY to candida might be one of your big problems. A clear indication of just how allergic I was to candida came while I was on my way out of Dr. Alan Lieberman's South Carolina clinic when, in the last days of a month-long detox, I underwent allergy provocation shots - hours and hours of being injected with substances A-Z, including candida. Every symptom was painstakingly recorded in order to create an effective neutraliztion serum. Two days before I left the Charleston, SC clinic, I reported to Dr. Lieberman that I was having a delayed reaction to the candida shot - a large, red, itchy welt had...
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    To clearday: last may i began an odyssey identical to yours complete with eczema that continued to "grow"... I started allergy dr
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    Try NAET - search for this on the internet. No shots and it works.
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Steinemann's study makes it to mainstream media

This is not about candida, but is of general interest. I am truly relieved that this has made mainstream news in the Washington Post. It is the start of the end of being called crazy.   NEW SECTION: News about the Environment About That Clean, Fresh Scent . . . By Sandi Doughton Seattle Times  Tuesday, July 29, 2008; Page HE05~ The fumes that waft from top-selling air fresheners and laundry products contain dozens of chemicals, including several classified as toxic or hazardous, according to a recent University of Washington study. None of the chemicals was listed on product labels, nor does the federal government require companies to disclose ingredients in fragrances, said study author Anne Steinemann. "I was surprised by both the number and the potential toxicity of the chemicals that were found," said Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs. The health effects of...
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Inner Ocean

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/07/29/coral-reefs-glue.html I am researching more on pH to be able to write clearly about acid/alkaline balancing and calcium absorption/malabsorption. This website says it all and will bring you to awareness of the same balancing needs of your inner ocean. clearday

 

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An Alternative Salon for Those With Chemical Sensitivities and Auto-Immune Diseases

Dropping combs, having a hard time hearing my clients and experiencing dizziness led to my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis while I was attending cosmetology school. The question that came to me was "Would I be able to continue in this profession?" While on a leave of absence and not around toxins, my Multiple Sclerosis went into remission. On my return to school, my symptoms resurfaced. So, I researched alternative options for salon products from hair care to milk paint, air purifiers to cleaning supplies, which led me to develop PureHues Hair Salon™ (http://www.purehues.com). Now those that have auto-immune diseases, chemical sensitivities or are concerned about their health and our environment have a choice and can benefit from this unique salon. Allergies to perfume(s) affect approximately 12% of the North American population. Preservatives and other chemicals found in typical hair and body care products also cause problems to many individuals. Those...
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Face Masks

Matthew Hogg, multiple chemical sensitivity sufferer, wearing carbon face mask 2003
Those of us severely affected by multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) often have no option but to resort to wearing face masks containing carbon filters to protect us from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the form of perfume, fragranced products, tobacco smoke, diesel fumes and many other sources. For me wearing such a mask was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because for the first time since developing severe chemical sensitivities I could once again be around people and venture out from the safe haven of my chemical-free home. A curse because clearly, a carbon filter face mask is not the height of fashion and draws much unwanted attention when out in public. A hard thing to deal with when you are a touch on the shy and self-concious side as I am!   Me in the summer of 2003 in Bishop Monkton, near Harrogate, England. When I first developed...
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    I have had mcs for 15 years now, and am just finally starting to recover from it, so it is possible to recover even after having i
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    I have MCS and it continues to get worse with time. Purchased two air cleaners from Austin Air for chemical removal and became al
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    Hi Maff I just created a post about the good and bad elements of wearing a mask http://the-labyrinth.com/2012/08/07/a-masked-dual
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Hi, I'm clearday

Dear All, We face severe problems and incredible challenges. Maff and I exchanged several emails and he encouraged me to journal mine. I think I can help myself and others by doing so, as everyday I seek a way to heal.  Firstly, many congratulations to matt for bringing us all  together in this much needed forum. Matt, I hope your work here helps you heal. This is my first journal entry - please comment as you'd like. Or, just read. i hope it will be worthwhile for you. I have had intestinal candida overgrowth all of my life. When I was 12, i remember my mother surveying my out- of - control acne and saying, 'What's different about you?". We had no way of knowing. By the time it was important to look good in a bathing suit, I couldn't wear one for all the acne and ugly fungy toenails...
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    Many thanks for starting your blog ClearDay, I have no doubt whatsoever that your posts will bring comfort and encouragement to ot
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Study Says Fragrances Are Toxic, Fragrance Industry Says They Are Not

A study that hit the news this past week has caused a bit of a stir in the fragrance industry. Researcher Anne C. Steinemann, PhD, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle, revealed that common fragranced products such as laundry detergent/fabric softeners and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals, some of which are regulated as toxic or hazardous under US law. Not only that but NONE of these chemicals appear on the labels of such products so consumers are completely in the dark about the toxins they may be filling their homes with. Under US law (and in many other countries outside Europe) there is no requirement for manufacturers of fragranced products to list all of the chemicals in a particular product, even if an ingredient if officially classed as hazardous. All manufacturers need to do in such cases is put a warning label on the...
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    Hi, I'm really glad you appreciated this blog. I'm just happy to see more and more brands are starting to produce more eco-friendl
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    It is refreshing (not only because public spread of this kind of information may help to reduce fragrance-related air pollutants)
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Supplements and Medications to Increase Energy

Fatigue is a symptom which is common and particularly debilitating in environmental illnesses, as well as in many other chronic diseases (e.g. heart disease). Fortunately there are a number of nutritional supplements, herbs, and medications which in many cases can significantly improve your energy levels and therefore improve your ability to function normally so you can enjoy life once again. Fatigue or lack of energy can be the result of a number of factors. Physical fatigue may be the result of mitochondrial dysfunction or a poor supply of oxygen to the cells. The mitochondria are the part of the cell which generate energy aerobically (with oxygen). Fatigue may also be mental. Mental fatigue can often be hard to distinguish from physical fatigue as they more often than not occur together. However, mental fatigue can result from an imbalance in the levels of certain energising neurotransmitters in the brain or may...
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Are sunlight and vitamin D good for chronic fatigue syndrome?

Vitamin D Sources: Sunlight & Foods
Tomorrow is the longest day of the year and the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere (Sorry Aus/NZ etc!). Here in the UK the longer days mean that at least there is more chance of there being periods of clear skies while it is still light! So I thought this would be a good time to discuss sunshine and vitamin D in relation to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) as there seems to be some disagreement over  how vitamin D metabolism is affected in patients and whether extra, either from sunlight or supplements, is needed. From a personal perspective, as part of my illness I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) which is also known as winter depression. For a number of years I would become suicidally depressed during the winter months and then my mood would lift substantially from late March. After a few years of this it became...
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    This is an old blog now but still relevant. Since first posting on this blog I have used 5000IU vitamin D3 daily for two years. It
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    so pretty.You are a good teacher. Lucky student!,http://www.michaelkorsoutlets.ca
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    I am no Dr but I was diagnosed with CFS about 10 years ago and have just had a Vitamin D3 blood test done by my consultant which s
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is in the news!

There was a time not so long ago when nobody had even heard of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). In fact, when I first developed the condition only 7 years ago I didn't meet anybody who had heard of it, apart from others who were suffering like I was. This lack of awareness only adds to the considerable suffering and feelings of isolation that come with being affected by MCS.  As any MCS sufferer will tell you it's one thing to have a disabling illness and quite another to have nobody believe you have a disabling illness! Thankfully awareness of MCS now seems to be spreading thanks to a steady stream of coverage in the mainstream media. To stay on top of things I receive daily email updates from the Google News website (Google Alerts) on all topics relating to what we cover here at The Environmental Illness Resource. Not long ago there were rarely any...
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    Hi, Kenneth, I too have a chemical sensitivity to perfumes. I am also a targeted individual. What is happening to your friend s
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    I have a friend who has a perfume and chemical sensitivity who lives in subsidized housing here in the USA in Portland, Oregon and
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    Thanks for the ACC link. I wrote feedback about the quote. It was quite the insult. Though, I am happy that there is an increase i
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Probiotic bacteria for allergies and hayfever

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 If you're like most people you probably associate probiotics with helping to maintain a healthy digestive system and alleviate symptoms such as bloating and stomach aches. You'd be absolutely right in thinking this as studies have shown probiotics to be helpful in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and traveller's diarrhea. Companies who produce probiotic yoghurt drinks usually focus on the digestive benefits of their products with their TV ads typically showing women bent over with stomach pain which is relieved by the probiotic drink! What may surprise you is that probiotic bacteria are also extremely important for the health of the immune system. There is a contant dialogue going on between the bacteria in the gut and the immune system and this can have profound consequences for overall health depending on how healthy the balance of your gut bacteria is. Studies have shown that probiotics can be...
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    I am all in favor of natural remedies to treat allergies. Recent research and advancement in natural therapies have found safe sol
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    This is really interesting stuff - the wonders of probiotics! But what I'm doubly surprised about is that I've always been led to
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My Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Story

I realised the other day that I had never really written about my experiences with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). So I thought today I'd give a (relatively!) brief account of my journey through developing MCS, living with it at its most severe, to the point where I am now largely free from symptoms, save for the odd twitch. I had been ill since the age of 11 and was diagnosed with ME/CFS at age 12. Having read a lot about my illness during my late teens I was aware that a large number of ME/CFS patients also suffer from allergies and MCS. I had developed hayfever a few years after being diagnosed with ME/CFS so thought it was a very real possibility that I could develop chemical sensitivities at some point. My fears were realised in late 2002 when I was 23 years old. Ironically, I believe the straw that broke...
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fair Name Campaign Moves Ahead at Pace

Campaign for a Fair Name - ME/CFS
 Back in November of last year I reported on the efforts of the Fair Name Campaign which has the aim of promoting a name which truly represents the medical and patient reality of the illness currently known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the United States and elsewhere. The majority of patients, as well as some in the medical community (doctors, researchers etc), have felt that the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) trivializes what is a very serious and disabling illness. Not only that but it is medically inaccurate and does nothing to confer the fact that it is an organic illness. This has understandably contributed to much of the public, and to the chagrin of sufferers doctors as well, dismissing the condition as "all in the head". The weight of evidence conclusively demonstrates that CFS is not a psychological illness. Patients, backed by knowledgeable doctors and researchers, have now decided that the...
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Pet shampoo and flea control products linked to autism

The Daily Telegraph (London) this week reported on another study linking chemicals in common household products to autism. This time the culprit is a group of insecticides commonly found in pet shampoos designed to kill fleas. It seems there is increasing acceptance that an interaction between genetics and environmental triggers (including synthetic chemicals) may be the key to understanding autism which now affects around 1 in 150 children in developed countries. The latest study reported by the Telegraph was carried out by Professor Irva Hertz-Picciotto and colleagues at the University of California, who found that expectant mothers who used pet shampoos containing pyrethrins to kill their pet's fleas were twice as likely to go on to have children with autism. Pyrethrins are a pair of chemicals that act as insecticides by attacking the nervous systems of insects In terms of human health They have been regarded as one of the safest...
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The many faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many of you will have seen the news this week on this site and elsewhere that seven subtypes of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) have been catergorized based on new genetic research. This is fascinating stuff. Not only does it give us a deeper understanding of what is going on in ME/CFS and offer the hope of diagnostic tests and treatments in the not too distant future, but it also puts another (rather large!) nail in the coffin of the idea that the disease is psychological in origin. Let's face it, this idea should have been buried years ago but its proponents (mainly psychiatrists) are a stubburn lot! ME/CFS has always been a highly puzzling illness for researchers because despite obvious commonalities between patients, chronic fatigue being the obvious one, there are also many differences. These can be grouped into different areas of investigation: Illness Onset A proportion of patients can trace...
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    I for one, am thrilled whenever any new research findings are made public that back up the actual physiological changes which occu
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Thyroid and Adrenal Issues in Chronic Illness

As a chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer I have come to realise just how pivotal healthy thyroid and adrenal gland function are to recovery. If your thyroid or adrenal function is below par effectively treating these issues can make a huge difference to how you feel and your ability to function.   The Thyroid  Research has demonstrated that the function of the thyroid and its hormones in those of us with chronic fatigue syndrome and other chronic illnesses can be adversely affected by a variety of factors and through a variety of different mechanisms. Unfortunately, routine medical examinations and blood tests are woefully inadequate when it comes to detecting thyroid problems. Standard thyroid blood tests typically only look at levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine (T4). T4 is actually the inactive form of thyroid hormone which has little affect on the cells. The active form known as T3 is rarely...
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    I am about to see an endrocologist in the next couple of weeks in the NHS Hospital close to where I live,after a very long time tr
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    Thanks for a really informative article, Maff, it's great to hear of the progress you have made. I recently came across adrenal
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    I have to say this is music to my ears! I have really suffered with fatigue and joint pains plus lots of other related symptons f
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Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer wins big on Millionaire show

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The story of a contestant on the hit show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? grabbed my attention this week. It's an amazing story that just shows how quickly things can change in life which is something those of us dealing with ME/CFS and other chronic illnesses always need to keep in mind!

Thirty-three year old Marie Chesterfield from Brighton, England suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis

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Why many people with MCS/EI may be sick all the time.

Hi All, I recently had a conversation with my E/I doctor that made me realize that many MCS/EI people are sick all the time for a very simple reason; they don't have a safe place to sleep. He was telling me that I was lucky because I did have periods of time where I did feel OK. I told him what I am going to tell you now. I got sick in November of 1991. My primary concern over the years since then was to find and maintain a safe place to sleep. My day is about something like walking through a minefield (can you relate?); trying to avoid the perfumes, cells phones, fabric softeners, computers, TV's, etc. that are everywhere. This is not an easy task. My x-wife and I were married for nine years but lived together for only four. This is probably why we stayed together so...
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    Hi Harry, Many thanks for being the first person to take advantage of the blogging system here on The Environmental Illness Resou
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    Hi Harry, Thank you very much for your post. You make an excellent point about how absolutely essential it is to find a safe plac