TED'S ADVICE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS' MULTIPLE AILMENTS
First, thank you so much for all of your advice on earthclinic.com -- I've been coming back to the site again and again over the past year, trying to address a number of different issues for myself and my family members. While all of your suggestions have been extremely helpful, I have been getting a little bit overwhelmed by all of the different kinds of advice -- I've tried to organize it all but end up getting more and more confused about what I should prioritize, how much of what I should take, when, etc.
In addition, I've been trying to figure out how to help my parents, both of whom are older, and neither of whom are in great shape.
So apologies in advance -- I've been thinking about all this for a long time, so this will be quite a long email. If you don't have enough time to address all of it (or any of it) I totally understand -- but if you can only look at a little bit of it, please let me know what you would advise for my parents!
My father (72) recently had a kidney transplant, and is now pre-diabetic because of all of the meds he's required to take to keep his immune system repressed. He continues to have high cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure. I'm pretty sure he's also got major liver issues (he's always grumpy!) and a chinese medicine doctor said also that his gall bladder was filled with sludge (something confirmed by later scans).
-- Is it safe to recommend for my father to try the alkalinizing remedies (e.g. baking soda, citric acid) and also take some sodium ascorbate? I'm concerned because I know when he had kidney failure, he had to severely restrict all sodium. If not, are there other alkalinizing remedies he could try?
-- I'm guessing that magnesium would be good for him as well. Is it okay for him to take magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride? (I've made magnesium chloride oil before, and generally put drops of it in alkalinizing remedies for myself, but wasn't sure if someone with less than totally functional kidney could handle that). Or perhaps would it be better for him to take magnesium transdermally?
-- Any other advice for supplements that he might be able to take? He sometimes has muscle cramps, especially in his hands, and he also sometimes still has muscle cramps at night...
My mom (70) has a bunch of different issues that are worrisome to me as well (though she always likes to say she has no problems at all!). One of the most disturbing to me is that she often has numbness in her legs (she falls quite a bit, though she's still active and working -- her doctor says that she is not diabetic, however). She also has pain in her head (scalp area), and often her ears (earlobes etc) are so sensitive that she can't even massage them (I'd heard that massaging the ears was good). She also has a weird white thing on her inside lower lip, kind of like a canker sore, that's been there for years, but apparently doesn't cause her any pain (the doctors say it's not a problem, I'm guessing because they have no idea what it is). She also has arthritis in her hands and legs (she used to play piano but hasn't been able to for many years). And most recently, she's had a weird discoloration around the bottom of her right eye -- it looks reddish, as if one of the stages of a bruise.
-- My guess for her was that I should try to address her alkalinity first, and perhaps the arthritis. Does this seem the best place to start? (using the recommendations you've posted on earthclinic of course!) In addition to baking soda, citric acid, and sodium ascorbate, I'm going to try to get her to take lecithin (she also has high blood pressure). I've also encouraged her to stop drinking coffee, and to try to get off of breads and gluten and dairy (except that she's discovered that she likes green tea with a spot of milk). I also gave her some potassium citrate capsules (apparently she's low in potassium).
-- Any other suggestions for supplements?
-- Do you think the discoloration around her eye might be some kind of mycoplasma? Should I try some of the things you suggested for that?
For myself, I've been diagnosed over the years with ovarian cysts, fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, and adenomyosis/endometriosis. I was told two years ago by an IVF doctor that because of my fallopian tubes, I wouldn't be able to conceive unless I soldered off my fallopian tubes and had an artificial implant. Needless to say, I wasn't a fan of that particular option -- and in fact, using your alkalinizing remedies, and some other things you recommended (borax, chromium, occasional zinc and selenium) -- as well as extensive acupuncture -- I found out late last year that now one of my tubes is open! So there is some chance at least!
The biggest thing for me, though, is that I have a weird lump in the lower right side of my pelvis -- apparently, it's a super enlarged uterus, probably from adenomyosis. Every time I get my period, I can feel this area pulling painfully. This last period (just began yesterday) I thought I might be getting better -- or might even be pregnant, since i was on day 31 -- but then at night I got got terrible cramps. (However, after I took the citric acid + baking soda + sodium ascorbate + magnesium chloride + zinc I felt much better).
The main thing for me is that I would very much like to be able to have a kid (my husband and I are both only kids after our siblings died). I'm turning 40 this year in July, and I'm worried that unless I start being more organized about my health, the opportunity will go away. But I'm extremely reluctant to do surgery, or to take any standard meds (unless absolutely necessary!).
I've been trying to figure out what to do, but the problem is that I get so confused by all of the possible things to address that I end up not really doing a good job of staying on top of any of it (with the exception of the alkalinizing remedies, which I do more or less regularly, though with days off sometimes as well). (I've also been taking maca powder and some wild yam progesterone drops)
I've stockpiled a bunch of supplements etc. over this past year, trying to keep up with various recommendations you've made for various problems that I think I might have, but it would be wonderful if I could get some advice on how to start taking things in a more focussed way.
To give you a little bit more background:
I've taken some tests with a naturopathic doctor before, which found that I had super high levels of mercury (2x normal) and lead (3x normal) -- I did some EDTA suppository chelation with her, and those numbers went down somewhat (though that was a couple of years ago).
I also spent some time putting a weird paste (from Korean old fashioned medicine doctor) over my pelvic region -- it was a mix of Korean soybean paste and other herbs and seeds, kind of mucky, and used apparently for cancer. I'd put the paste on a cloth and place it over my pelvic region throughout the night. The result of this is that I got a bunch of huge welts or sores in the area that had been covered -- actually, they were kind of more like enormous zits, many of them white. Still, while using the pack, I felt MUCH better (even though it was painful at night -- the pack would sometimes burn) -- I lost weight, felt better, had problem free periods, etc.
Also, my lower pelvic region, which had previously always been cold, started to warm up.
Then I went to Japan and didn't drink enough fluids, started getting bad constipation, etc, and I think doing this paste application at the same time as I was having constipation didn't help. I felt like I wasn't getting better, so I stopped the paste pack (even though more zit-like things -- itchy now -- were still coming up). I still have scars from this incident -- more like discolored skin -- although it's been more than a year. Sometimes, right around my period, the areas where those scars still are get itchy, and are raised a little bit. (FYI, I tried some of the keloid scar remedies you mentioned, but they didn't seem to have much effect -- I don't really know if they're keloid scars, and plus, I probably didn't do any of those treatments long enough!)
I can also tell that right around my period, my liver gets all stuck up (I check to see if I have a weird taste in the back of my mouth in the morning). In general, my liver seems okay (no weird taste in the mouth) but in the past, I've had an enlarged liver, and also a cyst on my liver (according to ultrasounds) -- plus people who've massaged me say that my liver region seems to be very tight.
I noticed the lump in my lower right-hand side pelvic region (what one doctor said was probably adenomyosis in my uterine wall) AFTER I had done the paste/pack for about a month or two -- so I'm wondering if those two things are related somehow...
At any rate, any advice that you could give me about how and where to start with my issue (specifically with getting my body in shape so I can get pregnant! with a healthy baby! -- and hopefully in the process address some of these other issues!) would be very much appreciated.
Based on various recommendations of yours that I've read on earthclinic, I've stockpiled a number of supplements you suggested. Here is the list I now have on-hand (for both myself and my parents! and this is not even taking on my husband and father in law, both of whom have very round stomachs, acid reflux, and possible hypothyroidism!):
B Complex Capsules
Disodium EDTA (for photography I think)
Fulvic Acid (though I think it's for gardening)
Sodium Thiosulfate/EDTA (it's combined)
Zinc Gluconate powder
Again, any help that you might be able to give in terms of possible protocols or even just recommendations on how to most effectively approach any of these issues (for my parents or myself) would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!
My apologies for taking up so much of your time with this lengthy email!