How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse…

Ok, how do you survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse? ze

  1. Don’t hang out with Zombies, that ish is contagious.
  2. Just say “No!” Yes, we made fun of Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug slogan, but it still rings true.
  3. Leave the experimenting to folks with Ph.D’s in chemistry and lab rats.

Yes, I am making light of the new wave of synthetic drugs to be hitting our nation. I am joking because they have me scared “shirtless.” They are strong, deadly, super addictive, and frankly too easy and cheap to get. That combined with young, fearless, or just plain stupid folks trying them and giving them out as party favors or old school drug alternatives – has me very worried.

These drugs are “Krokodil” and “Flakka”  Yes, even the names sounds stupid. However, you can say doing any illegal drug is stupid You can die off of prescription medication if you abuse it. However, some evil scientist has made drugs that quite frankly, will make you long for the days when kids smoking “pot” or snorting cocaine was your big worry.

There are so many recreational drugs out there that I really lose count. There is the ever popular marijuana. Then you have cocaine and it’s highly addictive sister drug crack cocaine. Then you have opium which is old school, heroin, and LSD. Add in crystal meth. Pour on poppers, ecstasy, and people who huff everything from paint fumes to liquid paper to gas … Well, it is a wonder anyone gets any work done.

Now the new bother. Krokodil and Flakka are new synthetic drugs. Synthetic as opposed to naturally occurring like marijuana and cocaine. Synthetic drugs are, in the opinion of some law enforcement officials and medical professionals, worse than naturally occurring because they can be cooked up with local ingredients. No drug kingpins in exotic locations needed.

Krokodil aka Desomorphine

Made from synthetic codeine. Codeine is a derivative of heroin that is available legally and illegally in the US and around the world ( you know, like Tylenol with codeine… or plain old codeine that you may get after surgery?)

Created in 1932 as a pain killer and then dropped

Main ingredients include; Codeine, iodine, and red phosphorus. Nicknamed after the gray scaly skin you get at the injection site and the codeine derivative chlorocodide.

Utilizes crazy but ultimately easy to get ingredients: including organic solvents like paint thinner, gasoline, iodine, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and other ingredients like match tips. Yes the little red part of a wood match, that is red sulfur.

Called a fflesh-eatingdrug because it causes – well it causes your flesh to rot from gangrene, infected ulcers, infected injection sites look grey and scaly and will FALL OFF

Damage to the body occurs quickly. This is not a be a junkie for years and die drug. This is a use one or two times and there is damage drug. Necrosis ( that is your flesh rotting in layman’s terms) Vein damage, soft tissue damage, infection…

Has been slipped into use by heroin dealers who wanted a cheaper drug. Some heroin addicts get a hold of this stuff and the effects are horrific. Rarely do people actually voluntarily take krocodil on purpose the first time.

Damage is done to all parts of the body. Reports of necrosis and gangrene on the extremities and face, gums, legs… pretty much everywhere.

In 5 years, the amount of units available in the US, Russia, Ukraine, and UK went from 1000 to 65 million. It is affecting a lot of intravenous drug users because it is being swapped for the more expensive heroin.

It is addictive after the first use – I will repeat myself, it is addictive after the first use

Withdrawal symptoms happen after 1 to 2 hours, that means although it is cheaper than heroin, its usage or rather the addicts need to use it again is worse. This causes more damage.

Doctors say they only have about ten cases of people dying from it in the US. In Russia and the Ukraine, it has been popular for a longer time and there are thousands of deaths reported. The issue with this, well one of the issues, is that desomorphine itself is absorbed in the body. It can well be reported as a death from side effects of heroine, overdose of codeine, or any of the other chemicals used to manufacture it.

Doctors in Russia call it a zombie drug because due to its instantly addictive nature and the drug relatively short high, people on krokodil usually just go from high to high. With 1 t 2 hours between uses, they become like zombies (that and the damage to the endocrine system and brain)

Crazy stuff huh? Go hug your kid and come back, there is more.

Flakka
“No it is not safe to go into the water. Jaws is still out there

  • Where krokodil makes people look and act like mindless zombies, Flakka makes them act like the crazy zombie movie, I want to eat your brains and make you stand there and watch, horror movie zombies.
  • Flakka is a cheap synthetic speed like drug called alpha -PVP, a synthetic cathione. It is also called bath salts Cloud 9, Scar face, Lunar wave, etc.
  • Flakka is more prevalent than krokodil and has been around the US for a little longer.
  • Flakka is a “party drug” it is popular at clubs and outings where a large group of people get together to have fun.

It is made primarily in China by about 150 different companies, these companies are constantly tweaking it, for different looks, textures, tastes, and outcomes.

It was originally derived from the active ingredients in a plant called Khat.  Khat was popular in Eastern Africa and the Middle east as a stimulant for nomadic people. They chewed the leaves and got extra energy to do whatever work they were doing (much like cocaine’s coca leaf was chewed to relieve pain)

However, the active ingredients were cheaper to synthesize and so after that the drug has taken on many forms. It can be snorted, injected, smoked, and just swallowed. In Florida there were some found at a local popular club that had been put in gummy worm looking candy.

As of January 2015, according to DEA research there are over 545 known forms of this drug, some of those forms are not illegal because they are so new. The government has to know about the drug to make it illegal, hence the amount of new and different ones coming into the USA every year.

The drug runs about 3 to 20 dollars a hit, depending on the venue and the audience. A rave with stupid High Schoolers? 3 dollars each, maybe 5 bucks would be the average cost. A party at a club were people are drinking 1000 dollar bottles of champagne and if you can get in, it costs maybe 20 to 100 dollars a hit. Not “illegal illegal” and you can sell it at huge profit? Of course foreign companies will crank it out like candy from a Pez dispenser.

There have been 1500 reported and confirmed cases of Flakka over doses in 2015. It is May people. That is too many. One is too many.

EMT specialist in Broward County Florida have seen so many cases that they carry ketamine injections to help people who are extremely high on Flakka. That is horse tranquilizers folks. They have to shoot people with horse tranquilizers.

Characteristics of a Flakka overdose: Think of those shows were people were high on PCP or LSD and were acting “crazy”. In detailed reports in Florida, people have been seen ripping their clothes off, running around naked, trying to jump off of buildings ( a lot of suicides may be drug overload) and, yes you guessed it BITING PEOPLE. If you think you are a dog, and you are a hyped, excused me. SUPER hyped up pitbull and someone gets it your way, well, you bite them. You bite them hard.

A girl, aged 17, in a rural area of central Midwest America agreed it would be fun to try the bath salts aka flakka, that her boyfriend bought back from his trip to New York interviewing for college. He got it at a rave party. They got a little drunk, smoked a little marijuana, and then added the Flakka figuring “hey what could it hurt? The guy at the party said it was some awesome S*^% !”  They were found fighting, bloody and naked by her dad. On close inspection, it was shown they were both high on something. The doctors at the hospital said they got off easy, they had not taken a fatal dose, but enough to really feel the extreme effects of the drug. The alcohol and marijuana actually caused them to use a bit less than normal. The girl showed signs of being bitten on the face and scalp. While still under the influence, when asked what was he thinking, the boy smiled and retorted, “I had mad munchies”

Zombies… enough said

What is the answer?

Make all drugs not prescribed by a doctor illegal?

It seems like the major beneficiaries of the drug trade will never get caught (i.e. those 150+ Chinese companies making the stuff that we know of)

What we need is better health education and drug treatment.

We need better mental health care for the general population.

We need to relearn that the answer to being sad or bored isn’t getting high.

I spoke to a friend who is a recovering heroin and cocaine addict with 3 years of sobriety. She was on heroin for 10 years. She functioned, but at some point she just went spiraling downward. The cocaine was to perk her up for those moments when the “heroin nod” was unacceptable. Heroin makes you groggy and really down but it feels good to the user at first. Then the point is to “chase the dragon” You will never get as high as you did the first time because your body has adapted to it. So the world is full of people trying to get as high as the first time. That is how cross addiction works and how people are introduced to new drugs. That is why there are so many newer drugs.

My friend told me she heard of Krokodil but was sober by the time it became an issue. She said it is super easy to mix it with heroin and give it to an addict as a “newer, stronger, dope” She laughed and said “There is no quality control. You are a fiend; you want your drug. Some stranger hands you a packet and says it will get you high – you are like great! Drug fiends are extremely stupid and extremely trusting. It’s kind of evil and brilliant. Instead of introducing a drug to people who are clean, just give the new cheap drug to folks already using. They are already willing to steal, turn tricks, kill, and do whatever to get their fix.” Now instead of that money going to the heroin dealer, it goes to whoever has a rudimentary knowledge of high school chemistry.

So how do you survive the zombie apocalypse? Make like Nancy Regan and just say no? Well, actually yes. And educate your kids, friends, and family on the specific dangers of drugs. Do it gently, people do not appreciate lectures. Do it with love and do it often (teens need to be told something 1600 times before it sinks in… don’t believe me? Ask your teen to do or not do something once. You are only 1599 repetitions from getting it accomplished) Most important “be an example” A lot of drugs is peer pressure for young and old, to do something stupid and dangerous that is perceived as fun. I am my groups resident wet blanket, designated driver, and harbinger of doom. I am ok with that. They will always know who doesn’t do drug abc and who to call if they need help and a lecture. I have attached some pictures of worse case scenarios from Krokodil, you can google Flakka and see the videos of people going crazy on that drug. When someone thinks to video, I always wonder did they call for help?

 

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Cimavax and the quest for new meds

 

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Hello there,

It is 1: 07 am here in Chicago and I can not sleep so I thought I would write;or rather rant. For years people have been discussing the medical benefits of this or that herbal remedy. Some herbs are widely used like golden seal tea and St. John’s wort. While others like tiger lily root are rare and hard to find.

Cimavax is not an herb. It is a pharmaceutical drug designed in Cuba. It is for the treatment of lung cancer. The irony that it is from a small country known the world over for it’s cigars is not lost on me. The fact that we can’t get this 1 cuban dollar a shot drug to our people dying of lung cancer scares, annoys, and frankly pisses me off to no end. We have a 50 plus year trade embargo against the country and yes dear friend that includes drugs. Our bureaucratic red tape loving selves could never streamline a process ever. Lean six sigma is for profitable businesses with angry demanding shareholders, not us soft bellied voters.

For decades, natural remedies and inexpensive remedies have been held back from the general public. The FDA, the government, who ever you care to place blame on – including us voters, allows everything to work really slow. Our’s is a giant self replicating beast. If your job is to do something, it almost beseeches you to do it slowly, make it look difficult, and put blocks up. After all, in America the litigious, – and the beautiful, we get up in arms when ever something goes wrong.

And it can go wrong. It often does. How many deformed and maimed babies from drugs that were once thought to be safe? Now we don’t even lie about it. Have you seen the commercials for medicines these days? The side effects and fine print on one actually made me laugh… If you need to stop smoking take this pill but it may make you suicidal, nauseous, oily stool, irritated, etc etc… Hell just go outside and have a puff and ween yourself off the old fashioned way…  Another commercial was for constipation. One of the side effects was cramping, blood clots, irregular breathing, just to name a few. I can’t name them all, we will be here all day!  I wanted to scream eat some prunes and drink some green tea, try that dieters green tea… you will go my friend, you will go.

However lung cancer and diseases of its caliber are no laughing matter. And although there has yet to be named a full fledged cure for it, this so called vaccine, cimavax, has been tested on 5000 people world wide. It’s efficacy seems sound and now there are agencies in America itching to get approval to test it.

Hmmm, 1 cuban dollar a shot to help resolve lung cancer. I’ll take it. I’d sign the waiver, promise not to sue, and pray that  hopefully it will not make me crazy like accutane, or certain sleep aids, and many others. The problem is, and here is where I rant, the cure is not profitable. The treatment is. Years ago, I was misdiagnosed with cancer and did one round of chemo. That was some harsh stuff. I tend to think if there was some tropical rainforest tea that I could have sipped on for 1.00 a serving, it would not have been offered to me. I love doctors. However they are taught to be doctors. You should see how many of my friends with M.D. behind their names publicly scoff at chiropractors, naturopaths, and the like. They have a sense of elitism and a semi God complex. They are also folks with 200k student loans and 500k homes and kids in private schools. For the most part they want to be the doctor. $225 a visit for 7 minutes and I am still sick.. hmm nice racket. It is necessary, and I appreciate the hard work they put in. Some have a calling as healers and would do it for free. Even the naysayers have cabinets full of herbal medicines, their own chiropractors, and acupuncturists. They know the alternative medicine works. They just have a vested interest in us using them first…

In the our world, especially in a capitalist country like U.S.A., it is hard to promote something cheap and helpful. One of my M.D.’s is also a ND. He prescribed all of this herbal stuff I thought was nonsense. Worse yet, very expensive nonsense. He owned the store I got it from, it was more expensive than my prescriptions because it wasn’t covered by insurance.

I scoffed at him for hustling me. However time proved him right and me wrong. Now I have ditched a lot of my “dope” in exchange for “herbs”. More natural ways of calming this, soothing that, helping everything. Yes weight loss helps, so does exercise, and yoga for fat gals, but not sucking down poison pills all day was amazing.

I still take some of my meds. I am “weening ” myself off of them as I try to lose weight and eat healthier and exercise more. I am not saying eat cinnamon and apple cider vinegar and skip the insulin. Let’s not go crazy. I am also not saying that I do not appreciate the fact that the FDA in all of it’s red taped glory doesn’t work hard to protect us. I am just ranting while I wait for my natural sleep remedy to kick in.

And wondering… If we had national healthcare, would we have better or worse access to more natural medicines?

What’s your take?

Let me know!

I am at: askmelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

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I am feeling a little “salty”….

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With my whole new dieting craze, I hit a plateau recently. Ok, it is not a new thing: it is two years old. Plus this is the fifth plateau. I asked my doctor what the heck was going on and she called me in and gave me a thorough physical.
Have you ever had an instance where you knew the truth but required a third party to tell you? I am like that often. I knew I needed to eat healthier and lose weight but it took my doctor driving it home to convince me. Two years and 100 lbs later, I am at a standstill. It is both frustrating and scary.
Ok, a food junkie is like any other addict. We fall off the wagon sometimes. My drug of choice isn’t illegal and it’s cheap. Not to mention visiting my relatives on any holiday, birthday, Sunday, day ending in Y, equals a trip to the crackhouse. Here- taste this, eat this, I made this for you, girl you know you like my “fill in the blank”. Sometimes I give in. More often than not I do not. I was even forced to give a speech on several big holidays that I had health problems and I needed my family’s help in keeping me on the straight and narrow food wise.
I flipped the guilt. Instead of the “how dare you not a have a huge piece of chocolate cake I made just for you”; it became “shame on you for offering me bad food that may kill me”. It works for me. Especially after a few key people noticed I had actually lost a lot. I knocked 100 down but I have 150 to go… ugggggh.
So after getting the speech on how the smaller I get the less I can eat and still lose weight ( yeah I know) and the more I need to exercise ( yeah yeah) speeches from my doctor, I said what is wrong? Well, besides the obvious suspects, she said the new four letter word.
Salt
Yes, salt, my friend. You already knew I am sure. Well here I am to tell you again. Salt is the new enemy.
It is in the same group as cholesterol, fat, sugar, or anything that may even remotely give you any food based joy besides spices. I had lowered the fat content of my food, I was eating raw vegetables, lean meats, olive oil instead of corn, all of that really helped.
However, my new evil nemesis is salt. Actually it always was. I was just so focused on lowering fat and sugar; I did not pay attention to salt. I should have.
Here is why. Salt makes you retain water, increases your blood pressure, and it makes you weigh more. It also helps your brain and nerves send electrical impulses throughout the body so it can never be 100 % eliminated . My problem is, it makes my fat free, low cholesterol, no sugar added diet edible. Spices and herbs are awesome, but salt rocks my world. Heck it even makes caramel taste better! ( What evil bastard thought up hunks of salt on sweet caramel? Delicious and unhealthy all wrapped up in a salt crusted shell)
I love salt and you do too…
Salt is everywhere. It’s in the air at the lake and ocean front. It is in most drinking water! It is as ubiquitous as spiders and mold spores. You can try your darnest but it is there somewhere.
The average healthy person needs about 2300mg of salt a day. That’s about a teaspoon. Most of us aren’t that healthy and should only use half of that. You may think over the course of a day you do not consume that much salt. You are probably wrong.
Cold cereal has 120 to 400mg of salt per cup. Canned vegetables, prepared sauces and gravies, and soups: they may have up to 700mg per serving. Note I said serving. A serving of cereal is one cup. When is the last time your teen measured out one cup of cold cereal. I will answer for you – never. Heck until I got serious about my food intake, I thought a serving of cereal was a bowl full. That is actually 2 and one half servings with my big bowls. Throw in prepared meat, frozen meat and fish, and anything precooked and you have salt overload.
Not to mention everything at you favorite Chinese restaurant. One little teriyaki or soy sauce liquid package is your salt for the day. Not to mention how much salt you sucked down eating ramen noodles in college or on those quick and cheap food days.
What to do? Look for the salt. Sodium____ anything is a no no. Fresh vegetables and fruit are all salt free – HOORAY! Low fat dressings are loaded with salt and sugar…. BOOOOOO. Make your own dressing. Use a tiny amount of kosher salt and your favorite fruit squeezed fresh with a splash of flavored vinegar ( like champagne, apple cider, balsamic, etc) . Look over the ingredients of whatever you buy. High salt content? Don’t buy it.
I keep a tally of my salt intake just like I do for food calories or weight watchers points. There are salt substitutes but like all things that seem like a good idea, one must be careful. Potassium chloride ( salt substitute which actually a salt just not sodium chloride) has to be taken in small amounts too. Antacids and stomach medications contain salt so if your eat heartburn medication like candy so you can eat spicy food, it is time to stop.
The ultimate way to avoid excessive salt and the high blood pressure and bloat that comes with it… is to cook your own fresh food. Sorry, I know that make you a little “salty”. We have become so lazy that even our home cooked goodies are more like chef Sandra Dee’s “semi homemade” recipes. Salt is for flavor and preserving food. Even my store bought fresh lettuce salad had SALT on the label. All I could say was “what the heck”. The chicken and ham has liquefied salt injected into it for flavor and to jack up the cost. The ultimate naughty item is what? Well that was the salad to me, but maybe it is your favorite vegetable juice blends to the point of up to 900mg per serving. Yikes! A big glass of vegetable juice may be a day’s worth of salt. Geesh, time to dust off the juicer, it’s farmer’s market season.
In today’s modern world you can’t avoid salt 100%. As a matter of fact, your body actually needs salt. It also needs a little sugar and fat. However, just like your sugar should come from fruits and vegetables and your fat from maybe avocados and nuts and olives; try to get your salt from stuff that can not be avoided. Use more herbs and spices. Make homemade goodies more. My vegetable juice is better than the bottled stuff and I know exactly what is in it. Look for low salt versions of your favorite goodies like prepared soups, sauces, etc. At a café, ask for steamed veggies with no salt or butter and put a little spice on it instead. Sorry ketchup, relish, mustard, and other condiments are loaded with salt.
Let’s try together. My initial goal is 2000mg a day. Yesterday I was at 2600. Yes I know that is bad. However the highest was 7800!!!! So it is a process! More homemade goodies knocks off unwanted salt and sugar and fat, etc.
How do you keep your salt intake low? Tell me about it!
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That feeling… like someone kicked you in the back?

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It may be kidney stones. Kidney stones can be a minor little nuisance or a major problem requiring surgery. It depends on the size and location of the stone, the health of the individual, and how quick the problem is caught.

Your kidneys are awesome

When you think about your kidneys you generally think of two things: protect them in a fight and well… urine. The kidneys are so much more.

  1. Kidneys filter waste from blood – the blood not the water you drink, not directly
  2. They create urine ( I know you know but it’s on my list so I had to say it)
  3. They help regulate calcium metabolism
  4. They help regulate electrolyte metabolism
  5. Kidneys help regulate salt
  6. Kidneys help regulate potassium
  7. Kidneys help with the body’s acid balance
  8. Kidneys create chemicals that stimulate red blood cell production which helps regulate blood pressure

So as you see, kidneys have a lot of work to do. Yes you can live with one really healthy one but two are best. I say don’t mess with the architect’s design but I would also hand one over to my sister or brother readily.

Kidney Stones

Are fun! –Ok I am being silly. I apologize to anyone who has ever had them. They are painful and “passing a kidney stone” is the closest many men will ever get to the pain of childbirth. They develop from an overload of salts and minerals in the kidneys.

Causes:

  1. Hereditary risk factors – no one knows the gene per se but they do run in families often
  2. Low water intake, dehydration
  3. High salt and mineral intake … the jury is still out in regards to calcium over load but when the liquid ( water) and the minerals do not have the right balance, crystals form resulting in stones
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Obesity ( a risk factor more than a cause like HBP)
  6. Excessive protein diets
  7. For some, high Oxalate foods like : Chocolate, tea, dark leafy greens, oranges, tofu, instant coffee, sweet potatoes, blue berries, blackberries, These are healthy foods but there is a certain group of people who need to be more careful in over doing them. Remember, everything in moderation so the body can regulate it. No berries only diet or anything outrageous like that. If kidney stones run in your family, ask your doctor about a blood test that can see if you have a high amount of the precursors in your blood.

Signs:

  1. Pain in abdominal area, lower back and sides of back ( see doctor that is a sign for several serious illnesses)
  2. Pain in groin
  3. Frequent or painful urination
  4. Bloody urine
  5. Vomiting and nausea ( usually accompanied by pain in groin or back)

Kidney stones can be as small as a small piece of salt ( which still hurts by the way) to the size of golf ball ( extreme case) They are usually just a few millimeters  or less and even then may require surgical procedure to remove.

Treatment:

  1. Sometimes the doctor just makes you increase you fluid intake to wash them out, maybe with muscle relaxers ( for ureters the tubes where urine leaves the kidneys) and pain meds
  2. Sometimes the doctor can go up the ureter ( I will not be graphic) and use a tool to grab the small stones
  3. Surgery through small incisions in the back
  4. Extracorporeal Shock wave therapy – shock waves!!! It sounds cool as heck but it can leave bruises, cause internal bleeding, and really hurt

So if you have the signs, go in for a checkup. Ask your family has anyone in the family had kidney stones and let your doctor know. The doctor may do a CT scan, X-ray, or ultrasound to see the stones. They may also do urinalysis and blood analysis to see the mineral content of your body. These tests are simple and for the most part not very invasive. The quicker you see why that pain is with you the better off you will be.

Have you ever had a kidney stone? What happened? Let me know!

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Multiple Sclerosis: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

MS: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

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Happy Friday GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! We made it through another week in one piece hopefully. As the sun shines into my office I am delighted by the sounds of the kids next door at the church playing outside. It seems like a nice spring day. It is not though; it is 34 out and very far away from my happy to be outside temperature range.

 

Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes on the weekend I take care of my friend’s kids to give her a break. She loves them but three screaming me me’s are enough to drive you to drink Gatorade.

My friend has MS, or rather multiple sclerosis. I am her go to babysitter when her symptoms flare. They can be in remission for months and then out of the blue “wham!” It is very inconvenient to say the very least. However she is lucky, she has a good support system, including yours truly.

 

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that can strike a person at any age. On average the diagnosed age is 29. It is often hard to initially diagnose and a true diagnosis requires the assistance of several specialists. These may include your internal medicine physician of family doctor. Neurologist, Neuro-ophthalmologists, and radiologist are all part of a good treatment team.

 

What is MS?

MS is an autoimmune disease. The current belief ( it is still being studied) is that an event happens in the body, maybe a severe viral attack ( Epstein Barr may be one of the culprits) and the T cells in the white blood cell group, over react. They cross the blood brain barrier and cause harm to nerve tissue by removing the fatty coating on nerves called myelin. This causes a certain type of micro scarring. This stops the nerves from sending and receiving messages properly. This affects the central nervous system… brain, spinal cord, and eyes. Yes, that pretty much covers the body. No one knows definitively what exactly causes MS, they do know there are genetic predispositions to it and many sufferers also have low vitamin D.

 

Symptoms:

The symptoms vary from patient to patient which is one of the reasons it is hard to diagnose often.

The severity differs as well. Although women account for 70% of MS patients, men get the more severe forms more often. Scientist are not sure why.

  1. Muscle spasms and pain ( may stay or come and go erratically )
  2. Joint Pain and muscle pain
  3. Cognitive issues, many patients have problems with memory
  4. Fatigue beyond what is expected for their normal activity
  5. Incontinence
  6. Constipation
  7. Frequent urgency to urinate
  8. Visual problems due to demyelination in the optical nerve bundle
    1. Sudden loss of vision
    2. Uncontrollable eye movements
    3. Double images due to weak eye muscles
  9. Muscle weakness
  10. Sexual problems
    1. Loss of desire
    2. Trouble achieving orgasm where there was problem before
    3. Reduced sensation
  11. Depression

 

Wow, that is a lot. Those symptoms can cover a host of other diseases. The best way to diagnose is to rule out other ailments and then have an MRI. MS often leaves brain lesions that can be seen by a radiologist.

 

Types of MS

There are four main types.  However 85% of the people with MS have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. They have periods where certain symptoms will flare up and then go into a period of remission. The other types are secondary progressive where symptoms get worse over time. Primary progressive MS is where symptoms slowly worsen over time. The last one is the worse but only affects about 5 % of the MS sufferers. Progressive relapsing MS is where the disease’s symptoms quickly get worse and often never go into remission. Most of these sufferers are men.

 

What to do? Can your prevent MS?

No, there is no known prevention. It has been know to run in families but is not a genetic disease like sickle cell anemia. People with low Vitamin D have a higher chance of developing it. The human body needs a little UV light for natural vitamin D. Between sunscreen and living and working inside, many Americans have low vitamin D and have to supplement it. MY personal opinion is nothing takes the place of a 30 minute walk in the sun. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors.

 

Treatment and outlook

The outlook for MS is not horrible… there is no cure or preventative medication. There is however, increasingly more effective treatments to help MS patients deal with their illness better. Many MS patients feel diet and exercise help with their symptoms as well. ( Hey I blog for GM4L, I have to do a shout out for healthy eating and exercise) There are a number of natural therapeutic treatments to help with different symptoms. Usually the focus is on pain reduction and muscle control.

 

There is currently research going on in conjunction with scholars looking to find treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The goal is to figure out how MS is triggered and to stop that trigger. Another goal is to figure out how we can ad the myelin back to the damaged nerve bundles or generate new ones all together. The work is ongoing.

 

On a good note, my friend has had it for 12 years and she seems to be getting better. Her remissions lasts longer and her flare ups are not as severe and life altering. When she was first diagnosed it took the doctors three years to come up with MS. Now the same professionals can diagnose someone within weeks. That is a major thing. The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner effective treatment can begin.

She is doing better and I can send the little darlings back to her and her husband.

 

Are you or a loved one battling MS? How long did it take to diagnose? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa

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A pain in the side.. appendicitis – take it to the hospital

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Appendicitis: A pain in side can be a sign of trouble

 

Good Day!  Melisaweblog.com fans.  I was just speaking to my 90 something year old auntie. (She refused to tell her real age, I go along and act like I don’t know) Last year she had appendicitis. It was a real pain in the, well, the side. She told me she has only been in the hospital 3 times and that was for child birth. She had 6 kids; some were born sans hospital or doctor. Auntie is old school and hard core! Epidurals are for sissies! (Her words were she didn’t want drugs in her babies)

Anyway, my point is appendicitis strikes otherwise healthy folks. So I decided tonight I will give out some information of the big pain in the A so that you can keep it in the back of your mind for future reference. I will just note, untreated, appendicitis can kill you. Therefore, read on.

Appendicitis:

Cause:

We don’t know. Sorry we don’t. Not really in any case. It is essentially a condition where the appendix, a little worm like organ connected to the large intestine becomes very infected. Along with that infection comes a bunch of symptoms that scream “go to the darn hospital” I would say being that close to the intestines is a recipe for disaster but I am not a doctor so what do I know? We don’t know what the appendix does but we know people live long and happy without it so there, naughty little organ off with your head!

What Happens?

The appendix is a worm or finger shaped hollow tube like projection connected the large intestine on the right side. When it gets infected, it fills with pus. Pus is essentially dead cells in a fluid form. It often contains while blood cells and antibodies that were fighting an infection within the body.

Appendicitis can be chronic or acute. People can have an infection and have the symptoms slowly come into play or they can have acute appendicitis. This is the worst case and generally when people notice a problem.

Signs and symptoms:

Since there are about 300,000 cases of appendicitis in the US every year, this is not a rare condition. It often hits people between 10-19 but it can strike at any age.

Main Symptoms 1: Pain in lower right abdomen (area under your belly button) This pain may be dull and achy and constant. It may also be horrible and intensifying. At that point you are screaming get me to a doctor. Some women have said it was as intense as childbirth ( yowza!) If you have pain there, please see a doctor before it gets to that point. You know I always say better have a doctor and not need one than need one and not have one.

Main Symptom 2: Bloating in the abdomen or swelling in abdomen may occur. What’s the difference?

Bloating is “puffy” feeling and is often relieved by a little flatulence, but not entirely. It is caused by gas.

A swollen abdomen, particularly on the lower right hand side means pus is in the area. It feels more like a full bag than a balloon. It is often painfully tender to the touch or even movement.

 

Main Symptom 3: Nausea accompanied by fever and chills. This is almost always mistaken for the flu. If it comes with pain and tenderness in the right abdomen, go to the doctor. Heck goes for the flu too.

 

Main Symptom 4:  Diarrhea – keep hydrated. Do not stop eating and drinking fluids. Instead look to see if there is mucus in your stool. Sometimes you will have a high frequency of bowel movements and maybe even heightened TENESMUS. That’s the word for the feeling of relief you have after a bowel movement. Yes it is a real word – google it! Anyway, sometimes a bowel movement can relieve some of the pressure in your intestines and offer a small amount of pain relief.  Again, if accompanies by #1 go to the hospital. Chronic diarrhea alone means you are ill and if over the counter remedies don’t lessen your symptoms within a few hours just head out.

 

Main Symptom 5: Vomiting and fever this is always a good time to see a physician.

 

Appendicitis is usually treated with antibiotics and surgery to remove the infected appendix. Surgery is usually required because people do not pay attention to the symptoms until the infection is well in place. If the appendix bursts, it will release the infection into the body causing sepsis and maybe death.

 

Not to be an alarmist, I just want you to know what to look for. I am not a health care professional so it is not my duty to be super specific or use big words. I simply want to inform you.

 

Have you or a loved one ever had appendicitis? Let me know about it!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch the partying ; Diabetes care during the holiday food season

Type 2 Diabetes care during the Holiday party season

 

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It is officially the holiday party season. Hooray! Fun gifts, goofy sweaters, flirting at office functions, and all of the revelry that the human system can endure. That’s good stuff.

However, for us dieters and others who have to watch what we scarf down, it is a season of trouble and heart ache. I can’t drink eggnog with mad abandon, no cakes and cookies to go at every client office I visit, and just say no to the bottles of hooch as gifts. Heck I don’t even drink. I guess I just look like a gal who can tie one on?

Good day melissaweblog.com fans.  Today let’s chat briefly about how to get through the holiday party season and not gain weight or blow up our blood sugar. Around these events, my A1c trembles each time I smell peach cobblers and see sweet tea and cookies. ( Milk and cookies are for the kiddies, us grown folks drink sweet tea with a little kick in it, but no kicks for me!)

Ways to avoid trouble in the holiday season ( or any season for that matter)

  1. Learn to say no, firmly. You don’t owe folks an explanation. If my Aunt offers me an extra plate or gets insulted because I will not eat her *fill in the blank* goodies, that is her issue not mine. I notice she eats like a bird. She is 93. I believe she still has a life insurance policy on me from childhood. I smell conspiracy! I prefer to do as she does and not as she says. No Auntie, a big piece of chocolate fudge cake with homemade ice cream “will” hurt me.

 

  1. Keep a food journal. Don’t lie to yourself. Put every blinking morsel down. So if you lose or gain or break even, you will know why. I used to keep a journal online and in a little book. Online had the general stuff, whereas that little book had the true skinny. Keep detailed info and update every night. Take it with you and just jot down what you do. A cookie here, a eggnog sip there, at the end of the day, it all adds up. If you were naughty maybe you need to walk 30 minutes before hopping on the bus to work.

 

 

  1. Exercise after your major meal. Just a nice walk. Eat early enough so you have time to burn off the carbs and calories. If you get home late from work, make lunch your big meal and walk some on the way home. My grandpa used to take his evening “constitutional”. I used to think that was funny but now, I kind of see the point.

 

  1. Check your blood sugar before and after meals, it shouldn’t go up more than 50mg/dl. If higher, time to blow some of that sugar off with exercise. Do a standing march in front of the tv while watching your favorite show. Put your exercise bike in front of tv so you can see your favorite program while doing good for your body. ( Oh you are too tired? Bad day at work? Suck it up and get on the bike, the exercise will release the day’s stress and help you sleep. ) Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well.

 

 

  1. Have a favorite foods list. Keep the nutritional values of your favorite foods handy in your food diary. I am thinking maybe calories, protein, carbs, fiber, salt, and fat content. I know what’s in my top 10 meals and top ten goodies. If you party hearty during the holidays, have a cocktail list. You just have to have the peppermint cosmo at the club? Ok. So salad and chic peas for supper.

 

  1. Your doctor is your friend! Diabetes can cause problems with the nerves, affecting the legs and arms and extremities. It can also cause blindness, kidney problems, weak blood vessels and cause issues with the heart and brain. It is to be taken seriously. Try to see your doctor 3-4 times annually. More if necessary.

 

 

  1. Follow my ¾ rule. Look at your dinner plate. ¾ of that plate should be non starchy veggies and fruit. My thanks giving plate? ½ greens and cabbage, small spoon of cranberry sauce, small spoon of dressing, ¼ beans, and ¼ of ham with low salt… and a little turkey. Geesh sis can cook! If you let people know you have a healthy LIFESTYLE – not diet, lifestyle, this is a forever thing, like being a vegetarian or gluten free. They will make sure there is something appropriate for you to eat. If not fill up on salad and lean meat. It is not written that you have to eat stuff presented before you. Drink a big cup of water before doing anything else. Thirst will make you think you are hungry. It will also get you in trouble with the cocktails. Drink a bottled water or two and then you can sip the one cocktail you made room for.

 

  1. Eat 3-4 small meals a day. Easier to burn off and pay attention to nutritional content. Breakfast can be half a grapefruit and a yogurt and slice of whole wheat toast. Get some high bran cereal and almond milk that is unsweetened. What is quicker than a cup of spec. K and almond milk? Well if you are really rushed keep apples cleaned and ready to go next to some low calorie, high protein and fiber breakfast bars. My favorites are usually aldi store brand but there are some other good ones. Just check the nutritional content. Some are no better than a snickers bar.
  2. Meditate for 15 minutes. Do it on your lunch break or come to work 20 minutes early. Do it while soaking in the tub in a upright position ( not laying down please, you may slip into the water) It will distress you and relax you. Get some stretches in after work as well. Just few quickies before you head to the subway or to sit down for a long drive home.

 

  1. You are not on a diet. A diet consists of whatever you eat. This is a lifestyle. Eating healthy, making better food and lifestyle choices, and paying attention to your body are your top priorities. I know, I understand there are spouses, kids, work, entanglements, and stressors out there. I fall of the health wagon sometimes too. No one is perfect. However, sometimes you have to think about yourself first. Mom, dad, grandpa, granny etc. – have to be healthy to work, take care of others, and be happy.

 

Your health is worth the effort!

 

How do you handle the temptations of the holiday food season? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

Melissa

 

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt’s book: Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c non profit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and googleplay ( to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my ipad and android tablets ( You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

https://fundly.com/globalmusic4-life-health-education

 

Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

Want to just donate? Paypal = GlobalMusic1@aol.com

Or for my fundraiser: Funwoman1@aol.com

 

 

 

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