Sloth… but not slothful

John & I have shared housing accommodations with a daughter, Emily and her five children for the past couple years as my Parkinson’s symptoms have become more pronounced. The seventeen year old, Megan, has been aware and come to my rescue when I lost my balance in the pool, needed help to carry things, open doors or bottles, etc… She also, kindly, lets me know when I have food on my chin. 🙂

I knew it takes me a long time to eat, but I guess I thought it was just a chewing and swallowing issue, until Megan observed… “Look, grandma is eating like a sloth!” At that point, I realized how slowly I was moving the fork toward my mouth. I had to laugh.

Emily’s children know she likes Sloths so they have gifted her with a ‘sloth shirt’ and stuffed plush sloths. So when she was showing me her collection of Valentine Sloths, naming them off…Here is the daddy, the mommy, the baby… I said “And you have ME” 🙂

Yes, they have me… and I have them.. my family are my tribe… my wolfpack… my Valentines

Slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. .. lazy, suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble to do anything..  Apathy seems to fit here. A slothful person doesn’t have a claim on a good work ethic.

On Valentines Day, 2019, I have an appointment to have my condition evaluated at the University of Florida Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Fixel Center. To demonstrate MY good work ethic I have compiled a list of questions I hope to ask.

I’ll try to not drop the ball… and report back on the feedback I receive.

My creamsicle breakfast

My Sweetheart prepares breakfast for me most every day.
Keto..avecado, bacon, egg & berries… with almond bread

You may observe the pile of nutritional supplements. What I have in the mug is what I call my orange creamsicle. My substitute for applesauce, which is generally considered the ‘go-to-medium’, for aiding a challenged person to swallow their pills, but is too high in sugars for the keto diet.

I start with 3/4 Cup Alkaline filtered water, add 25 drops of 35% food Grade Hydrogrn Peroxide and 16 drops of Amino Acids. Then I stir in two heaping teaspoons of a sugar free orange flavored fiber and add 1/4 C. heavy whipping cream. HONESTLY.. it tastes like a creamsicle. I then take my supplements quickly, because it thickens so quickly I have to finish it with a spoon.

On 9/14, I began the protocol for oxygen therapy.   I plan to re-evaluate around the end of April 2019.  

 

Who knew? Sauerkraut

John served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in the North Central States Mission, from 1963 through 1965. While serving in Minnesota, he reports it seemed nearly every home, his nose was assaulted by the odiferous ‘rotting cabbage’ brewing in a crock behind their wood burning stoves. He had no intentions of ever inserting such a vile concoction into his mouth.

Wikipedia describes it: “Sauerkraut is finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid formed when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage leaves.” 1 Cup = 6 carbs

Healthline states “Due to the fermentation it undergoes, sauerkraut offers nutrition and health benefits far beyond those of fresh cabbage. Sauerkraut fermentation creates conditions that promote the growth of beneficial probiotics. Probiotics are bacteria that provide powerful health benefits. They also help make foods more digestible, which increases your gut’s ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals they contain.”

From 1965 to 2016, John held firm. But not all sauerkrauts are created equal. After we moved To Florida, John enrolled in a nutritional education program through the VA called… TeleMove. His weight had crept up to 232 pounds. We learned to count calories and worked on portion control and experimented with different foods. John was so committed to follow the guidelines, he finally tasted Bubbas Sauerkraut (found in the refrigerated section at Publix)… and began adding it to his salads, enabling him to cut down on salad dressings’ And he got his weight down to 184 pounds!

Since I began my Journey, my friend Peggy Norwick told me “It is really simple to make your own sauerkraut and it is so yummy.” She was right!

John processes a head of cabbage through our Bosh grater, so it is nice and fine (for those of us with chewing issues). I put the grated cabbage into a crock (you can use a glass bowl).

The only other ingredient we add is 1 Tblsp SEA salt. The other critical element of the process is to cover the cabbage with a plate or lid and add weight. (I use a half gal. juice bottle filled with water for my weight.) After stiring in the salt, the cabbage will break down creating enough juice, the cabbage is all submerged.

I then drape a dishtowel over and around the bottle weight and crock to avod drawing fruit flies and leave it sitting close to the stove. Three or four days is all it takes. When the desired flavor is achieved.. store in the refrigerator to slow fermentation.

Three Kings

I knew Dr. Kyle D. Christensen when we lived in Payson, Utah. We even attended emergency preparedness classes in his home. One thing I observed, while in his home was a personal infrared sauna. [More on the sauna in another post] Dr. Chrtstensen is very sharing with his insights. The following came across my desk in July, 2018. Perfect timing for my research. I had to try it.

Turmeric & The 3 Kings

The Golden Spice

 Dr Kyle Christensen DC July 30, 2018

Turmeric is referred to as the golden spice and was considered more valuable than the precious metal gold during the time of Christ. It is thought that the Spice Traders known as the Magi or 3 Kings presented to the Christ child Gold (Turmeric), Frankincense and Myrrh as gifts of healing as well as wealth. 

We now combine the rich tradition of Gold/Turmeric, Frankincense and Myrhh for your benefit to reduce pain and inflammation. These classic herbs carry with them healing power to body, mind and spirit. These herbs have been documented to assist in the recovery of Arthritis, Autoimmune Disease, Neurologic Diseases, Type II Diabetes, Lung conditions, Alzheimers Disease as well as Cardiovascular Disease. Fenugreek has been added to this formula because of the great enhancing effect when combined with turmeric. Fenugreek has repeatedly been shown to increase the bioavailability (the bodies ability to use) of turmeric by 24.8 to 45.6 times! Wow! We just couldn’t leave it out.Turmeric – latin name:Curcuma longa is used as a food and traditional medicine for:

  • Rheumatic pain
  • traumatic swelling
  • Menstrual problems
  • As a Blood Purifier
  • For Skin Disease
  • Digestion issues

 Turmeric is known to:

  • fight the effects of aging
  • protect against blood sugar imbalances
  • reduce inflammation and pain
  • protect the heart and nervous system
  • fight cancer and its effects

BioAvailability (how well it is used in the body)Many manufacturers have combined turmeric with black pepper based on a study that suggested this combination to be 20 times more bioavailable. Unfortunately this study has not been reproduced. If others cannot verify your discovery, you’ve got to question the validity of the results. Fortunately, multiple and repeated studies have discovered and confirmed the spice Fenugreek increases bioavailability 24.8 to 45.6 times. Turmeric with fenugreek also crosses the Blood-Brain-Barrier and stays available in the blood stream three times longer than turmeric alone.  Repeated Studies show that turmeric (especially when combined with fenugreek)

  • Reduces mental Fatigue
  • Increases Arterial Flexibility
  • Helps with Depression
  • helps with Diabetes
  • reduces Inflammation 
  • increases microcirculation helping kidney function and eye health
  • alleviates Chronic Skin disorders
  • Lowers triglycerides and cholesterol
  • Helps with pain management
  • Supports and reduces autoimmune attacks on the body
  • helps with digestion particularly with GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disorder)
  • Used to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Helps to treat Fatty Liver Disease (non-alcoholic type)

WOW!! Turmeric is truly one of the great herbs that can benefit nearly everyone.

 Frankincense Boswellia species

  • One of the best CANCER fighters
  • Arthritis – reduces joint pain
  • Lowers Inflammation
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Anti-Depressant
  • Anti-Anxiety
  • Prevents Autoimmune Disease
  • Speeds up healing of Infections

 Myrrh Commiphora molmol

  • Used to treat Hayfever
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-Parasitic
  • Anti-Cancer
  • Skin Health
  • Relaxant
  • Digestive support
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypothyroidism

Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum

  • Heartburn relief
  • Type I and II Diabetes
  • Balancing Cholesterol
  • High Fever Remedy
  • Lowering Blood Sugar levels
  • Reduces Menopausal symptoms

Introducing our 3 KINGS Formula

 Want to save 89% on this amazing new turmeric supplement? Make it yourself! Purchase our 3 KINGS kit – mix the provided herbs, and put them in capsules yourself (easy with the included capsule machine and capsules) and you can make 1,000 capsules for $95.50 – compared to over $850 at retail price of our Turmeric Forte.
Give us a call and we can get you set up with this fast and effective formula. 801-360-0749

Blessings, Dr Kyle Christensen June 2018 

I got the ‘machine’ for filling the capsules. It is a bit time consuming… but way less expensive than the Standard Process Turmeric Forte.

I began consuming the “Three Kings’ mixture of Turmeric, Frankincense, Myrrh & Fenugreek on Aug 15th  A person doesn’t get ill, overnight, so I must expect the benefits to not totally manifest benefits immediately.  The formula I use to approximate the time for significant health changes to begin to manifest is: 1 month for every decade of age.  Thus, I being 70+, marked my calendar Mid MARCH 0f 2019.. as a target, to decide if I wish to continue the protocol any longer…  I take three capsules, 3 times a day and have not noticed any  negative side effects. 

Dr. Christensen forwarded the following link to GreenMedInfo in August.

How WHOLE Turmeric Heals The Damaged Brain
Long considered impossible to accomplish, new research reveals how a simple spice might contribute to the regeneration of the damaged brain.

 

Rock Steady Boxing

On The Invigorated Community testimonials keep popping up about how much Rock Steady Boxing has kept them going and how important it is in their plan of attack.

Yesterday morning, as I gave my grandsons their morning wakeup call, I noticed one of the boy’s punching bag and asked if I could borrow their gloves… which they promptly provided, cautioning me to not hit it so hard it fell into the mirror and breaks it. 🙂

I then wondered if I could find a workout on the internet. I learned there is a Physical Therapy that offers Rock Steady Boxing in the Villages near me. And after watching the informative videos below… I see there is a LOT more to it than just hitting a bag. The emphasis is on Forced Intense Workout.

This Youtube tells about the original Rock Study Boxing in Indianapolis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw32zOwbih4

This Youtube shows the wide diversity of therapies employed.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnFw2SKjcHU

 

Beef Knuckles

We discovered a meat market close to us where I was able to obtain beef bones. I again went to the internet to learn what secrets it held and found a most informative site for my bone broth 101 education. I have cut and pasted some pertinent information. (great insites not included with my chicken broth recipie)

https://blog.kettleandfire.com/organic-bone-broth-recipes/                     “Bone broth is gluten-free, paleo friendly, and very good for you. It’s super simple to make but it takes time. Simmering the bones for 12-24 hours allows the release of many healing compounds: collagen (in a more digestible form called gelatine), glutamine, glycine, proline, and minerals. These nutrients are what makes bone broth so unique. It’s one of the best foods for a healthy gut, helps prevent leaky gut syndrome, improve your joint health, boost your immune system, get a better night’s sleep and even reduce cellulite and make your hair shiny and strong.  If you want to learn more, I recommend this ultimate guide to everything bone broth. “

From -101/ “One of the key differences between bone broth and regular beef or chicken stock is the long cook time. But there’s an extra ingredient and key step that takes bone broth to the next level, leaching every bit of goodness out of your bones and making your broth much more nutrient-dense.

That extra ingredient is raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). And the extra step is waiting to turn the fire on.

Even though a big batch of broth only requires a small amount of this sweet and sour ingredient (between 1 tablespoon and 1/4 cup, depending on the size of your pot), ACV plays a vital role in jump-starting the breakdown of the bones in your broth. The acid content, along with the live enzymes found inside start the process of leaching nutrients from the bones into the broth before you even start cooking.

After you’ve placed your bones in your pot, pour the ACV in, then fill your pot with cold water. Then you’ll leave your pot off of the heat for at least 30 minutes. Leaving your stock pot away from heat for that 30 minutes (or even longer) prevents the heat from killing off the live cultures and enzymes in the ACV before they can do their good work. From there, add your veggies and a bit of sea salt, turn on the heat, and let it cook.”

” Once your broth is ready for sipping or using as a base for soup, you’ll need to strain it. We recommend using a fine mesh strainer and storing your broth in 3-cup mason jars. Allow your broth to cool to room temperature before you put it in the fridge or freezer. Your broth will be good in the refrigerator for a week or so, and will last in the freezer for months (although we bet you won’t need that long to drink it up). “

Tomorrow, I plan to educate you on boxing … thus my reference to knuckles.  🙂

 

Sparked by a conversation

As I visited with a couple of my friends while we ate lunch (in the temple lunchroom) yesterday, we were talking about my blog and health in general. A question came up: What supplements do you take?

“Funny you should ask”, I said. “I can’t hardly find time to put something on the blog, for researching other sites I find. Last night I found an eight part series by Dr. Mark Hyman about FUNCTIONAL Medicine. I was very impressed with how well he presented the concepts.’

I also found (and included excerpts from) an article where he listed the nutritional supplements he feels are most important.

I recommend everyone view at least #1 of the Dr.’s series, if you have, or know anyone with a ‘diagnosis’ of ADD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bi-bolar disorders, etc… https://brokenbrain.com/01-epidemic/

I already consume the supplements in his primary list.. AND I do not remember him mentioning the #1 medicine for Parkinson’s Consider intense exercise as your most important daily medicine.

These are excerpts from the article Written byMARK HYMAN, MD

Here’s How to Heal Our Broken Brains with Nutrients

What leads to a broken brain? Most of us never learn how to manage our energy and bodies. Instead, we use drugs like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol to self-medicate and manage our energy and moods. We don’t connect our behaviors and choices with how we feel.

The key insight is that your brain is an organ that’s connected to everything else happening in your body. Fixing your brain starts with fixing your body: optimizing all the inputs and taking out the bad influences. The brain is resilient and can recover and heal when given the right conditions. ……(see article)……………………Even if you do all those things correctly, you might not be getting the right amount of certain nutrients that support your brain and body. That’s where supplements come in.

Think of nutrients as fertilizer for your brain. These little helpers improve communication and connections. ………………………………… Here’s how I approach optimizing nutrient support.

Start with the Basics

These nutrients are foundational supplements that cover the bases you might not—probably aren’t—getting from food. They feed your body and feed your brain. I put nearly all my patients on these supplements.

When choosing supplements, you should absolutely choose quality products. Not all supplements are created equal, and the wrong supplements—those with things like potentially reactive fillers or inferior forms of nutrients—can create more harm than good.

Fortunately, even among professional brands, none of these supplements are expensive. These are the foundational supplements that I recommend everyone take:

  1.  A high-quality, high-potency, highly bioavailable, broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral. This contains optimal amounts of the full range of vitamins and minerals in their correct forms. You will probably need to take 2 – 6 or more capsules (depending on the manufacturer’s recommended dose).
  2.  Extra magnesium. Research shows about 75 percent of us are deficient in this calming mineral that plays a part in over 300 enzymatic reactions in our bodies. Take 200 – 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate before bed in addition to what is in your multi. This relaxes the nervous system and muscles while calming your brain.
  3.  Extra vitamin D3. Because so many of us work indoors all day, more than 80 percent of the US population has insufficient levels of vitamin D, which our bodies synthesize from sunlight. Research shows vitamin D deficiencies contribute to a wide range of problems including dementia. Ask your doctor for a vitamin D test and if your levels are low, work with him or her to optimize them.
  4.  Omega-3 fatty acids. Our brains are nearly 60 percent fat, so it should be no surprise that not getting sufficient dietary fat can adversely impact this organ. Chief among those fatty acids for your brain are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fatty acids are critical for supporting brain function and mood, regulating metabolism, and preventing diabetes and inflammation. Most of us need more than our food delivers, which is why I recommend a high-quality supplement. 

  5.  Special methylation factors like folate, B6, and B12. Methylation is a key biochemical process essential for the proper function of almost all of your body’s systems. It occurs billions of times every second; it helps repair your DNA on a daily basis; it controls homocysteine (an unhealthy compound that can damage blood vessels); it helps recycle molecules needed for detoxification; and it helps maintain mood and keep inflammation in check. To keep methylation running smoothly you need optimal levels of these B vitamins. Without enough B vitamins methylation breaks down, and the results can be catastrophic. Your multi will contain some B vitamins, but I find many patients do well taking an additional B-complex multivitamin.
  6.  Probiotics. These beneficial bacteria can improve your digestion, reduce food allergies, and reduce gut inflammation. Gut health plays a powerful role in brain health. When you don’t have the right gut diversity, inflammation and things like leaky brain can occur, setting the stage for diverse problems ranging from brain fog to dementia.

Going Deeper with Supplements

I frequently use other supplements beyond these foundational nutrients to address specific brain conditions. (See the entire article at this link) https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/01/16/heres-heal-broken-brains-nutrients/

  1. Glutathione precursors. Glutathione is your body’s master antioxidant that also recycles other antioxidants, which are critical for cleaning up free radicals. When left unchecked, these free radicals lead to massive cell destruction (including brain cells). A great way to get glutathione is with a lot of cruciferous rich vegetables such as broccoli and collards. Various supplements including lipoic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, and quality grass-fed whey protein all serve as precursors to help your body make glutathione.
  2. Support your mitochondria. These little power plants in nearly all your cells fuel your brain and body. Nutritional deficiencies, low levels of antioxidants, exposure to toxins, allergens, infections, and stress can all damage your mitochondria. “If your mitochondria are not working very well, then that organ doesn’t work very well. In the brain, that means that you begin to have problems with fatigue, pain, irritability, and cognitive decline,” says Dr. Terry Wahls in our Broken Brain interview. Nutrients you can use to optimize mitochondria include L-carnitine, NADH, lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10. When you don’t get enough of these nutrients, your mitochondria have a much more difficult time producing energy, compounding the problems they face from the onslaught of ever more free radicals. Your brain cells fire more slowly, your metabolism slows, and your ability to process toxins shuts down.
  3. Try calming nutrients. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are at epic levels today. Fortunately, we have a wide array of supplement options to address these brain conditions. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a nutrient that calms the brain from too much of the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine. It is like a brake on overstimulation in the brain. When you have low levels of GABA, it is harder for you to relax after your body has released these excitatory neurotransmitters. Other supplements that can improve conditions like depression and anxiety include L-theanine (an amino acid in green tea), 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), inositol (usually found as a powder), and herbs like Rhodiola rosea.

I recommend working with a Functional Medicine practitioner to address your particular supplement needs, though as I mentioned, nearly everyone will benefit from these foundational nutrients. I’ve gone into more detail about many of these and other nutrients in my Broken Braindocuseries. You can learn more about this cutting-edge series here.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

Keto BBQ Sauce

Low Carb & Sugar free

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 CUP CANNED TOMATOE SAUCE OR PUREE (8-9 OZ)]
  • 1/3 C. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
  • 2 HEAPING TBLSP. PYURE (organic stevia blend)
  • 2 TBLSP. WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
  • 1 TBLSP PAPRIKA
  • 1 1/2 TEASP GARLIC POWDER
  • 1/2 TEASP ONION POWDER
  • 1/2 TEASP SEA SALT
  • 1/8 TO 1/4 TEASP. GROUND CAYENNE
  • 2 TEASP. SPICY BROWN MUSTARD

INSTRUCTIONS

1.) Combine all ingredients, stirring together as you bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

2.) Simmer , stirring frequently, for approx. 15 minutes till reaches desired thickness.

NUTRITION NOTES

2.5 net carbs per serving (2 tablespoons of sauce)

Humor

I belong to an online community of Parkies and their care givers. It is a great source for information. [The Invigorated Community] I wanted to share a bit of their upbeat positivity with you. Yesterday, a person asked if others were experiencing brain fog. What follows is a short bit of the responses:

M… Yes, they list concentrating as a symptom. But I think it can get ‘mixed up’ with other symptoms such as depression. 
And the fact is we’re all getting older and that’s just a fact of life. 
Wait…..what was your question?

M… Sorry, I don’t mean to down play it. But, We do need to remember to keep a sense of humor.5M

D… yes we do for sure. I must say, in the morning when I am shaving I laughed, every time I move the razor, I get really bad tremors in left hand, and when I stop, the tremors stop. I have fun with it. 😂1M

M… It also saves the investment in an electric toothbrush.

D… a sense of humor is very important I think. Some really cool things are starting to happen, like a little bit of a drooling from the left hand side of my mouth when I am taalking… People ask me, are you okay? I say sure I’m feeling fine, seems like I have too much saliva, would you like some?😁

Ruby slippers and WBV

Today, I want to share information on two of the tools I use daily. Both were gifted to me by the #2 leader of my pack.. my twin sister, Cheryl. She is certified to provide a therapy called Zone Restoration. Since she lives in Idaho, and I live in Florida, she typed; “I can’t ZONE your feet… so the closest thing I know is Reflexology.” So she sent me Reflexology insoles. [I’ll post more about that later] I slipped the insoles into some red slippers I received this past Christmas and wear them every time I use my Whole Body Vibration machine.

After John & I moved to Florida, and I’d shared some of my quandry over my baffling symptoms, Cheryl surprised me with a WBV. I’d seen the literature and claims … and desired to test it. I went to youtube to learn how other people use theirs and learned that different benefits are associated with the variation of vibration speed. Lower speeds are best for exercise and higher speeds don’t give muscles time to react, but are great for stimulating the lymph system. I even found examples from giving yourself a facial to doing the Kegel exercise.

The recommendation is to not use it for more than 10 minutes at a time. When I did my first set [while John ( my #1 leader of the pack) was fixing our breakfast]… I did two sets of 20 deep squats & two sets of 20 high knee lifts, followed by approx 5 minutes of posture holds (the first two as taught in this youtube) 3 posture  For all of that, I have the vibrations set at about 12. Then I ramp up the vibrations up to 70 for the last two minutes to free up any sluggishness in my lymph system.

The first visit I had with my Movement Disorders specialiat, I came away with a referral to a speech therapist. There I learned about LSVT . I Had no idea how soft my voice had gotten, and learned a great deal from my visits. . https://parkinsonsdisease.net/living-with-pd/voice-exercises/

The next time I step onto my WBV with my red slippers, today, I will do my exercises I learned from my speech therapist. I like to multi-task so I decided to attempt to add a challenge to memorize what I am shouting. So I enlarged a copy of The Relief Society Declaration,and posted it on the mirror, so I can read it with my Prism glasses. [That is a story for another day.]

The Relief Society is the women’s organization formed by members of . . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints

Image result for the relief society declaration

After I have ‘Shout/recited’ the declaration, I proceed to do facial exercises to target my drooling and Parkinson’s Facial Mask. These are done at 12 on the WBV. Facial (improve drooling, chewing food) Then I crank it up to 70 for the last 2 or 3 minutes.

Whew!! It took me a lot longer than 20 minutes, to type how I use 20 minutes of my day for exercise