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  • Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - 12:20am

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    Re: The Alternative Healthcare Thread

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  C1oud , 

     How is it that we bring up a New Question under the Alternative Healthcare Thread ?   

   My husband had his potassium crash .   This caused his heart rate to sore and we spent days in the heart institute  getting  him checked out . .. ambulance ride  , the works …  $$$$$$ .       Now  what I would like to know  is any Ideas on the natural way to  build his potassium  back up.  He  absolutly did not care for the potassium IV  nor the angioplasty .   The cause  of the drop of potassium  was determined to come from a   BP med ,he was prescribed, that did not work for him.

   Potatoes and anything that would raise his blood sugar is out for him  as he teeters on the edge there too. 

  I am  hesitant to even ask  for concern that this  question may set someone off here.  Maybe I should have asked you in a private message but I was hoping others might have a few good sugestions too.

 Diana  

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Hi, Diana;

Is he on any diuretics, like spironolactone?  If you aren’t sure, PM me his med list, if you like. 

 

Until then,

Linda

  • Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - 12:45am

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    Re: The Alternative Healthcare Thread

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  C1oud , 

     How is it that we bring up a New Question under the Alternative Healthcare Thread ?   

   My husband had his potassium crash .   This caused his heart rate to sore and we spent days in the heart institute  getting  him checked out . .. ambulance ride  , the works …  $$$$$$ .       Now  what I would like to know  is any Ideas on the natural way to  build his potassium  back up.  He  absolutly did not care for the potassium IV  nor the angioplasty .   The cause  of the drop of potassium  was determined to come from a   BP med ,he was prescribed, that did not work for him.

   Potatoes and anything that would raise his blood sugar is out for him  as he teeters on the edge there too. 

  I am  hesitant to even ask  for concern that this  question may set someone off here.  Maybe I should have asked you in a private message but I was hoping others might have a few good sugestions too.

 Diana  

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Here’s a book I loan to patients looking to lower their blood pressure. 

http://www.amazon.com/High-Blood-Pressure-Solution-Scientifically/dp/0892819758

The recommended diet should elevate potassium levels.  If he’s borderline diabetic and has high blood pressure though, I would venture that his diet may not be healthy. 

How old is he?

Is he overweight?

Also, if you post what he had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today, we may find some clues there.

 

 

  • Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - 02:27am

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    stretches for back pain

Hi C1

This is a great post, I have had back problems for 15 years and have some exercises for you, however am on holiday and will have to get on and describe them when I get back home.

Couple of things to watch out for. Pilates, I know has helped a lot of people, however for those that it doesn’t, it is usually because they get too strong on their front core muscles. quite often a back problem will be because these front core muscle are exerting too much pressure on the back muscles. Also two very simple exercises that can help release some pain.

1) chest stretch – place you hand flat on a wall, just above shoulder height, arm straight, twist your whole body away from the wall. You should feel the stretch running from the top end of the biceps through to the chest. This is a good stretch for people that spend a lot of time on a computer, because we quite often have our arms forward for long periods of time, these chest muscles can contract too much.

2) standard quadricep stretch. stand straight up, hold something for balance, brick one foot up to your buttocks and stretch through the quad. This is also good for people that sit, or crouch (gardening) for long periods as your quads can contract and pull you pelvis forward. this then puts the base of you spine out of alignment, resulting in mostly, lower back pain.

I will come back to you with my training program for longer term strengthening exercises.

Jon 

 

  • Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - 02:33am

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    Iodine for thyroid function

Hi Guys

I have been dealing with gluten intolarance and Irritable bowel syndrome for quite some time, I have tried all sorts of things. Thought I would share this. I recently started taking iodine. 2 – 8 drops of iodine liquid in water first thing in the morning.

It has relieved my irritable bowel syndrome by helping a lot with cramping, gas, bloating and assisted with weight loss.

The theory is that it helps with thyroid function. I would be interested to hear other thoughts on this.

Jon

  • Tue, Jul 07, 2009 - 04:45am

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    Re: The Alternative Healthcare Thread

Diana – my Potassium crashed due to triglyceride medications that didn’t work properly. I took Potassium Gluconate daily to build it back up. There are several foods high in potassium, not all of them are fruits/veg that will drive the blood sugar up. WRT potatoes… while they have a high glycemic index, they have a low glycemic load… so they do not jack up your blood sugar (I have to be careful with that, too). A baked potato, skin-on, with some sour cream or butter (you need the fat) shouldn’t cause any significant increase in BG. I test my BG before and after eating, and have only seen it rise about 2 or 3 points.

  • Wed, Jul 08, 2009 - 03:38am

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    Low Back Pain Synopsis

 

Hi, folks!

Zip-ah-dee-doo-dah, Zip-ah-dee-ay!  I woke up this morning, and instantly knew that my back had improved.  What I never dared to expect was that I would be, subjectively speaking, 100% improved!  What a relief, after two days of soul-crushing, drop-me-to-the-floor, nauseating pain. . . . .Don’t get me wrong .. . . I know I’m not outta da woods yet.  But it sure feels danged good to move around at will, and to be able to think clearly without drugs or pain clouding my mind . . .

So, as promised, here’s the synopsis:

What didn’t work:  (Hint:  all of my ideas . . . . )

Intense muscular massage . . . . not a good idea . . . . short term relief of pain, followed by more intense spasm and pain.

Applying ice . . . .  Really bad idea.  Spasm accelerated after applying ice.

Denial . . . . I should have stopped working, sought help immediately, and started the process of getting back into alignment.  Waiting until spasm had me in a virtual straight jacket made the process more difficult and prolonged.

What did work:

The website that JAG referred me to, describing the various muscle groups, allowed me (with some anatomical background) to self-diagnose the location and extent of the spasms.

Having listened carefully to my own physical therapist, so that, with my husband’s assistance, and AO’s detailed professional confirmation, I could diagnose the nature of my malalignment.  AO kept me cognizant of the fact that I needed to go beyond relief of pain/spasm, and get to the root of the problem.  Thanks, AO!

Trigger Point Therapy, which JAG educated me on, and facilitated, in a timely manner.  With the treatment of each trigger point, I felt the muscle groups release, with concommitant reduction in pain.  Thank you, Jeff!

Having a written record, from previous PT interventions, of isometric exercises to bring my sacrum back into alignment. 

Using muscle relaxants (sometimes Flexeril, just valerian root tea, at other times), only to facilitate release of spasm enough that realignment and rest were possible.  Valerian root was remarkably effective, with less sedation than Flexeril (Thanks, Sager!)

I dosed myself with cottage fries heavily dosed with Turmeric, as an antiinflammatory.  It seemed to help, about 24 hours later, with marked improvement in the "bruised" sensation in my back on over my hips and sacrum (from lying on the floor.)  (Thanks, JK!)

Sleeping and resting on the floor, in neutral alignment.  I consistently improved with this, though it was much more effective with muscle relaxants on board.

Hot baths gave me temporary, but much appreciated relief, without rebound spasms.

Physical exercise of any kind was out of the question, so rest can hardly be called an intervention. 

Refusal (as opposed to denial):  I know it sounds strange, but I’ve found that an attitude of "Oh, no . . . not me, not now . . . I simply can’t have [whatever] now" works pretty good in motivating me to aggressively take the proverbial bull by the horns. 

The Plan, going forward:

Continue with isometric exercises, as prescribed by my personal PT, to strengthen muscle groups that will hold the spine in alignment.

Ergonomic changes in my work areas . . . especially at my computer.  I now have the option of standing at my computer station.

Investigate Pilates.  Any information that might help me know whether someone is among the truly skilled, would be useful here.

Consider a firmer sleeping surface.  I’m still looking for practical recommendations.

Ok . . . So much for the scientific approach . . . . What I really want to say is THANK YOU SO MUCH, PEOPLE!  I’d still be a train wreck in the Okeefenokee, without you  folks.  Aw, shucks . . . .

 

 

  • Wed, Jul 08, 2009 - 06:19am

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    Anti-imflammatory/Anti-bruising

A couple of things I took after my recent surgery to reduce swelling, inflammation and bruising: Arnica Montana and Bromelain (pineapple enzyme).  This surgery was far more invasive than a previous surgery, but I had much less swelling and brusing after this one. I took Arnica tablets (they melt under the tongue) as well as applying Arnica gel over the (closed) incisions; and took the Bromelain caplets 3x a day.

Turmeric works great, especially for skin inflammations. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial… so it’s wonderful as a poultice on boils.

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    Re: The Alternative Healthcare Thread

 

Hyaluronic Acid is also another great supplement to help support joint pain.  

Take care. 

  • Wed, Jul 08, 2009 - 09:32am

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    The Value of Testimonials: Arnica, Bromelain, Turmeric

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A couple of things I took after my recent surgery to reduce swelling, inflammation and bruising: Arnica Montana and Bromelain (pineapple enzyme).  This surgery was far more invasive than a previous surgery, but I had much less swelling and brusing after this one. I took Arnica tablets (they melt under the tongue) as well as applying Arnica gel over the (closed) incisions; and took the Bromelain caplets 3x a day.

Turmeric works great, especially for skin inflammations. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial… so it’s wonderful as a poultice on boils.

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Hi, Plickety;

Thanks for the testimonials . . . In the absence of a truly patient-advocating agency for testing these things (Yes, that’s a swipe at the FDA.), testimonials from trusted sources (not the kind you see on infomercials, and not from unknown strangers on the internet), testimonials, taken with other data can be a valuable way of getting potential solutions up on the radar screen.  As you may know, from my previous post, I was up on the arnica thing.  But, I vaguely remember having heard of, and not further pursued, the bromelain claims.  Now, I’m going to look into it more deeply, and then, if it passes the sniff test, get it on my shelf, so that it’s readily available, for the next dubious "opportunity" for testing. 

Also, I didn’t know that arnica can be ingested effectively.  I’ll be looking into that one, too.  (I’m already aware of its topical use for new muscle strains.  I use an organic oil-based product called Injur Heal All). 

I have a question about the turmeric poultice for skin inflammation:  Can it be used on open or weeping skin, as in severe skin conditions?  And, does it stain the skin?

BTW, Everybody:  Thanks for making use of the subject line.  In addition to making the thread more searchable, there’s a greater chance that a word, in the Recent Comments side bar will jump out at someone who is looking for a solution, or who can provide an answer. 

Until then,

C1oudfire

 

 

  • Wed, Jul 08, 2009 - 03:10pm

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    Hyaluronic Acid

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 Hyaluronic Acid is also another great supplement to help support joint pain.  

Take care. 

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Hi, JK;

Have you had good luck with HA, orally?  I’ve read that glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM can be taken orally to boost intraarticular HA, but that direct injection of HA is required to get it into the joint . . . Is this false?

 

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