Friday, February 27, 2009

Backsliding

Okay, I shouldn't have done it. After the first Bavarian Creme doughnut which didn't hurt anything, and then the dark chocolate, which was probably a good thing (in small doses), I bought a kuchen and ate the whole thing. No, *not* in one day! I took three days about it! But it was definitely bad.

What have I learned? An occassional Barvarian Creme is okay. Just don't bring it home with you. And a little bit of dark chocolate every day is okay, as long as it remains a little bit.

Trying for a totally 'clean' day today.

So after a great day yesterday, I ended up tripping to the bathroom during the night, and find myself a bit slow and bleary eyed today. My hip is also slightly worse, but that could be more due to using only one crutch going to the movie and writer's meeting yesterday.

Also, I'm now taking three FiveLac doses per day, two in the morning; and the Candex has arrived.

The Candex requires no eating for two hours before and one hour afterward. Since this just isn't happening, I'm taking it when I get up in the middle of the night. I've now done that twice.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

FiveLac, Day Four

I didn't take a second dose last night. I forgot to do it before eating, and wanted to go up to bed early. It would be a waste of expensive product to use it after eating.

I ordered Candex with my next FiveLac order. Candex is supposed to eat away the outer shell of Candida, weakening it so that the probiotics can kill it more easily. It's also supposed to lessen the amount of toxins released into your blood during die-off.

I also need a good antioxydent, because Candida releases a lot of free radicals, especially during die-off; but I already had a bottle of a├žai berry pills, which are supposed to be about the best. I'll need to decide which way to go on a permanent basis.

I also decided to humor my lust for chocolate. If I can have 10 t. of sugar a day, a 'serving' of dark chocolate is less than half of that.

No particular changes from yesterday morning, except that I think my right calf is beginning to feel better. I even did some mild exersise - 100 steps. 'Normal' is 300, done much more energetically.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Results!

I already have less nose running and stuffiness, and less coughing! I didn't expect such dramatic results so soon. The several middle-of-the-night sessions in the bathroom were less pleasant consequences.

But I'll keep up the 2-doses-per-day, at least for now, and see what happens. I think I need even more bulk though, and I guess I'll get raisin bran.

The literature that came with the products suggested limiting sugar intake to 10 teaspoons per day. *giggles hysterically* That sounds like pure luxury to me! I've been eating none, and they're saying I could have a doughnut or 2 oz of chocolate ice cream! So I guess I can get away with a small bowl of raisin bran.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Evaluation

Seems like a good idea to do a weekly evaluation, and maybe I'll remember Sundays. Ha!

Plan
I've re-thought the number of doses of FiveLac to take. I feel so lousy now that I can barely get anything done. I may as well be significantly worse if it will mean getting better sooner.

Symptoms
Yesterday I attempted a minor wiring repair. I had Hubby move the desk so that I could get at a light switch box which I suspected had other wiring behind it. It didn't, but in the process a switch wire pulled loose. I had to go down cellar to turn off the circuit breaker, come back up, fix the wire, and then have Hubby put the desk back. Back down cellar to turn electricity back on, and then discovered that the wiring wasn't fixed, and the light wouldn't turn on. I have to re-do the whole thing today, over something that didn't need fixing in the first place.

And on top of that, I couldn't get down the cellar stairs without both crutches. Of course, a large part of the problem is the wrenched right calf, which nearly two weeks later is still not cooperating properly. I have to wonder whether the yeast is part of the reason for the slow recovery. It just shouldn't still be dibillitating.

But that means: 1) Left hip still requires crutch help, 2) Right calf still requires crutch help, and 3) Brain isn't working right, in spite of improvement with B vitamins and SAMe.

Process
Probiotics need to be taken on an empty stomach so that nothing keeps it from going through to the intestine. So I'm taking a dose first thing in the morning.

That will mean FiveLac and 1/2 t. LacLo (silium husks with nice flavor) in 3 oz of orange juice followed by a raw vegetable chaser, to help move it along.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

FiveLac Day One

The FiveLac order came today, so I can start this yeast killing protocol. I originally intended to double up on the dosage and get it over with quickly, but on reading more material, I've decided not to do that.

First, I have it *really* bad. And second, I got FiveLac, not ThreeLac. FiveLac is expected to be about 1.5 times more effective. What I didn't realize is that as a yeast cell dies, it releases it's toxins into the bloodstream. In other words, killing them off will be more painful than living with them. The hip pain should be considerably worse for at least two weeks.

So I'll take it slow, at the pace recommended.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth

All of these things can be symptoms that you have yeast overgrowth.

Fatigue or lethargy - Feeling of being "drained
Poor memory - Feeling "spacey" or "unreal"
Inability to make decisions
Numbness, burning or tingling
Insomnia
Prostatitis
Muscle aches - Muscle weakness or paralysis
Pain and/or swelling in joints
Abdominal pain
Constipation - Diarrhea - Bloating, belching or intestinal gas
Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge
Loss of sexual desire or feeling, or impotence
Endometriosis or infertility
Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
Premenstrual tension
Attacks of anxiety or crying
Cold hands or feet and/or chilliness
Some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms
Skin itch, tingle, burning, dryness, rashes
Worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places
Crave sugar, pop, breads, alcoholic beverages
Unusually sensitive to odors: tobacco smoke, perfumes, insecticides, colognes and other chemical odors

http://www.stopyeast.com/questionnaire.html

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Yeast Infection

If my memory had been better, I never would have been in this fix. There are so many things I have known in the past that I have totally forgotten. Like the B vitamins. Today's culprit: Candida.

The process goes like this:

1. Candida Albacans is a natural part of your intestinal flora, which is held in check by pro-biotics such as acidophilus and bifidus.

2. When you take an antibiotic for any length of time, Candida morphs from it's yeast state to a fungal state. (This one I never knew before.) It can hide in your system for years without symptoms. This form is resistant to the probiotics, although it does eventually succumb.

3. This fungal Candida burrows into the wall of your intestines. After a while, it actually allows fluids (and toxic stuff) to leak directly out into your blood, attacking your joints and leading to arthritis.

3. In order to get rid of Candida, you have to approach it from two directions - deprive it of food, and kill it off with something. One approach alone won't do it. Believe me, I've tried.

a. Starve it: Don't eat any sugared food including fruit. Don't eat any high carb foods and especially foods that can grow mold. In other words bread and cooked vegetables. So what does that leave to eat? Meat and raw vegetables. Yep.

b. Kill it: At the same time, take massive probiotics.

Now, I have been doing a and b for several weeks. And I *am* better. But it has just seemed impossible to keep it up long enough. I've just discovered something else which I may have known at one point but had forgotten.

Probiotics seldom survive your stomach.

Where they are most needed is in the intestines. That's where the yeast is living, eating, hiding. It may well be in other places in your system also, but the intestine is the big deal.

So anyhow, the primary probiotic for an advanced yeast infection is ThreeLac from Global Health Trax. They have the exclusive distributorship outside of Japan, where it was developed. Each grain of this probiotic is coated in a way to keep it protected through the stomach and release it in the intestines.

Daughter and I took ThreeLac a few years ago, and it was indeed very effective. Also very expensive. We didn't keep it up, or use it as it should have been, simply because we didn't have the money.

Now we do.

So I have ordered - well, not ThreeLac. They have a new one now called FiveLac, and it's on the way. I didn't order from GHT though. I found a couple in the midwest who have battled yeast all their lives, found answers, and promote health on the internet. Their address is: http://www.stopyeast.com/. They include instructions and advice along with selling you the product. And they don't make much on it.

A problem, however, with rapidly killing off the yeast is that the dead yeast floats around in your system. It's necessary to take a LOT of fiber to wash it out. So I've also ordered a stuff called LocLo. Total order: $86. I'll let you know how it works.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Improvements

Over the last week, I have done a lot of organizing, put down more floor tiles in Daughter's kitchen, cleaned the freezer and refrigerator, and reorganized the laundry and hall including assembling storage units.

Why the sudden resurgence of energy?

My left hip is just as bad. I'm not sure my brain is working better. I fell on Tuesday and twisted my right leg so that I can barely put weight on it (better today, finally). My blood sugar is no different; I'm certainly not sleeping better. Yet I'm getting things done, in spite of heavy demands on my time by the helpless around me.

I was reading (in Dr. Hyman's UltraThyroid) that the body requires B vitamines to make SAMe. I knew that SAMe is an issue for me from past experience. I can't think properly without it. I also know that you can't get a toxic dose of Bs because they're water-soluble. So, in spite of the fact that I have been regularly taking B and haven't been depressed, I took a handful (8) on Thursday last week.

There were two almost immediate results. One is the increase in energy, the other is that the raw vegetables I'm trying to get myself to eat suddenly taste better.

Hmm. I think I'll go take a mega-dose again now.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Self-evaluation, continued

Part 4: Physical Strength

1. My arms are stronger than my legs, proportionately. This is not good, since they aren't as strong as I would wish, and my legs used to be very strong. But they aren't in need of anything particularly.

2. Legs are bad. Even my 'stong' right leg wears out in the course of doing one grocery stop. This may not be fixable without doing the hip replacement first.

3. Left hip: Jury's still out. It *has* improved a lot since I stopped eating white bread last week. Whether it can improve enough to put off the hip replacement remains to be seen.

4. Right hip: Very much affected by environmental factors. Other than weather. The contact cement set me back at least a month. I have to continue using it; I will just have to be even more careful.

5. Brain: Worrisome right now. It's gone from not being able to remember anything to not being able to see what's in front of me. I have *never* been this spacey, even at the height of my low blood sugar in my teens. Found and started SAMe yesterday - when my brain isn't working, I forget that it needs this.

7. Sugar: Doing well at the moment. I give in to occasional apple or raisin bran, but the effects don't seem to be too durable. This, of course, is subject to change at any second. Blood sugar tends to be in the 90's when I measure it early in the day. It's 69 at the moment (after exercising), but I don't feel weak or dizzy.

8. General health: Not great. Sometimes I have difficulty getting enough air into my lungs, and feel dizzy. I run out of energy too fast. I did 200 running steps today, but yesterday couldn't do 100. Still have uncomfortably irritable bowel.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Self Evaluation, continued

Part 3: The Yeast Connection

That's actually the name of a book, which I really need to re-read. Yeast is heavily on my mind today, since it's worse than yesterday. That's because I gave in an ate an apple yesterday, followed by raisin bran.

My Theory goes like this:

Given: I have yeast overgrowth
Given: Yeast eats sugar; one of the by-products is B vitamins

1. The dominant yeast eats up the sugar in my blood, leaving behind B vitamins which make me feel good, because that's what B vitamins do.

2. Now I feel good, but hungry.

3. The raw foods that I ought to eat don't taste good, because I'm in 'sugar addiction' mode, so I eat sweet.

Result: More yeast.

So the only thing to do is starve, starve, and more starve. I *do* eat the raw vegetables, because they're good for me and help to counteract the yeast effects, but they taste only minimally better than sawdust. This is probably helped along by losing all those B vitamins, without which you can't actually taste anything.

Hmm ... I hadn't thought this out this completely before. I *do* take B vitamins, but perhaps not enough ...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Self Evaluation, continued

Part 2: Physical Condition

Health, of course, is crucial to any kind of useful life. Mine has gone up and down too many times to count, and is presently in one of the 'down' cycles.

Overt issue: Hips

The left hip has gotten bad enough that I don't think it will get better again. I am seriously considering a hip replacement this year. In the meantime the left knee has become uncomfortably unreliable. I'm hoping that *that*, at least, is reversible.

A few weeks ago, I worked intensively with contact cement, laying floor tile in Daughter's kitchen. Since then, I've had extreme difficulty with both hips, the knee problem developed, I've been depressed, tired, and had difficulty thinking.

Daughter recommended Dr. Mark Hyman's UltraThyroid Solution, and this does appear to address the problem. I bought the books ($20) and am working on following the guidelines.

Symptoms I have which are indicative of hypothyroidism:

fatigue
dry skin
brain fog
fluid retention
thinning hair
constipation
cold sensitivity
loss of sex drive
hot flashes
brittle fingernails
cold hands and feet
low blood pressure
muscle fatigue and pain
very low basal body temperature
difficulty getting up in the morning
depression/apathy/anxiety
yeast overgrowth
exposure to environmental toxins

I think I'm a very high risk candidate!

Other physical issues:
I have very good skin. I was born with it, and then stayed out of the sun all my life. I could pass easily for 15 years younger than I am. But I haven't been taking care of my face the way I should, and it shows. I know from experience that if I use my Mary Kay daily, it will improve my appearance drastically. So I'm going to start doing that.

I'm keeping a record of weight, basal temperature, and blood sugar starting today.