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Fluid Build-up

Posted by Christa on 02/23/2008

Dear Ted, my son injured his spinal cord when he was 24. He has been injured for almost 5 years now. The Doctors have layered his medication with months of Cipro (Fluoride Poisoning and every other drug and painkiller available). they don't try one medication and then remove it if it doesn't work, they just keep adding to the pill pile. There Nerve drugs never did help. They don't head the warnings of mixing drugs they just keep prescribing more and more pills. They have operated on his spinal cord saying the pain was caused from build up of cerebral fluid on his spinal cord. The pain has only gotten worse. I feel that my son is now on the verge of death, he is so pale and thin (No fat) and his pain is so bad. The Doctors have now told him that they have nothing else to try on him for his pain. So... thats it... I feel they have poisoned him and now he will die, if I cant find an answer for him. I know he needs to come of all of these drugs, but I think he will need medical attention to do this. Can you help us somehow? Thank you again, Christa

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Christa: While I do not have sufficient time to explore the ways to manage excessive spinal fluids, I do know that certain foods triggers excessive spinal fluids for some reason or another, such as white bread, white flour, lack of zinc, propionic acid (food preservatives found in white bread and pastries), cured meats, salami, bologna, vegetable oils used for cooking, monosodium glutamate, Sweet n' Low, aspartame, overcooked foods, hydrocarbons, certain perfumed soaps, and common table salt. A sea salt should be substituted. That is at least a short list of triggers. The most heavy triggers at least for me are the aspartame and the white bread, but bakery products are also common triggers.

Now at least for some remedies to help excessive spinal fluids includes d-mannose and especially mannitol. In fact doctors use mannitol for hydrocephalus in ridding or reducing the cerebral spinal fluids, but I think it is somewhat also the laxative effects of mannitol that also further helped. The dose I used for mannitol, for no particular ailments other than some reduction in spinal fluids is 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon mixed in a 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day. I have found that alkalization also reduce spinal fluid buildup pressure and to some extent 500 mg of sodium ascorbate. The alkalization I prefer ideally that I do use is probably 1/2 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. It should be noted that a high spinal fluids and high buildup of fluids can and do occur whether the blood pressure is high or low. So this spinal fluids has nothing to do with the blood pressure, it has more to do with certain triggers which prevents the brain fluids from operating properly from certain allergic triggers. It can enlarge causing the blocks of spinal fluids if heavy metals are high, I have seen one case of mercury, but other heavy metals are possibilities. Hence it is helpful that another alkalization that works for me quite well too is the sodium citrate (a proper name is actually trisodium citrate) taken at 1/2 teaspoon taken three times a day.

One interesting fact that is worth mentioning, which I call it to be a dark horse remedy, is that if the body is unusually low in sodium, in the right form, not in the wrong form, and the body is properly alkalized, this can cause the cells which regulated the fluids to accumulate. Hence, a safe remedy appears to be 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in 1/2 glass of water to help reduce some pressure, but this is NOT taken daily, quite often one or two doses will be enough. In some cases I really am pressed to reduce excess spinal fluids and ventrical fluids in the brain in a hurry, in which case I might try 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt WITH 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. This may have a laxative effect and is a rather mild remedy, which means I may take larger dose if it builds up a lot to an intolerable degree (I am hardly a healthy guy lol), so I might take it up to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Of course all these are just optional remedies.

One thing that I have seen in some animals with excessive spinal fluids or people came from taking diet Coke, diet Pepsi, which contains aspartame and can severely cause spinal fluids to be imbalanced and the remedy for that is quite simply avoid them like the plague (as well as white flour and white bread). I might go a bit more radical to completely avoid them in practice, regardless of whether they are white or not. They tend to STILL add problematic food preservatives, such as propionic acid, and sometimes they cheat by buying white flour to make the bread and add FOOD COLORING to appear natural. So I don't think many really natural foods really exists if it is processed.

Other things I might consider to reduce the problem might be assuming the above remedy isn't working that well is the use of DMSO, which 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water appears to be a reasonable one.

It should be noted that whenever the brain is damaged through aspartame and other toxins of hydrocarbons such as benzene found in cola drinks, do damage to destroy the body's already low folic acid, or blood folate. In which case I may take an lot of folic acid, such 500 mg to 700 mg of folic acid once a day to raise this and neutralize the formic acid or formaldehyde that exists from the intake of certain colas where today aspartame is no hidden in some drugs sold and is not required to be labeled due to "GRAS" status, which is Generally Regarded As Safe but in practice this is hardly safe. Hence, some vitamin B complex and some sodium ascorbate needed to be taken to help. The B50 or B100 form is the ones I will use.

Currently there is no known method to treat excessive spinal fluids except for surgery, but my own observations and trial and error, I have found that alkalization and avoiding flour products to be most helpful in the reduction of excessive spinal fluids ad well as avoiding common food triggers.

As to mannitol i have found this to be helpful too and are currently in used to treat excessive spinal fluids in larger dose than I do, but excessive use may lead to laxative effect so it is best to start small, and see for improvements before going to higher dose at least for me. However, it is generally best for me to use either baking soda with sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate alone (albeit less effective), or sodium citrate. A sodium carbonate WITH baking soda as mentioned effectively alkalizes the brain cell's intracellular fluids and to some extent the trisodium citrate remedy too.

I haven't yet found all the triggers, but there an important remedy that is worth mentioning that helped me in the past: the use of cat's purr, SCENAR devices, and the use of Sound Therapy. The use of sound therapy can be done this way: a shareware NCH tone generator is downloaded from the internet, it is set to Triangular waves, find the frequency in which I am most comfortable with at which I feel the spinal fluids are reduced. Continue to play it as long as I like and go to the next frequency that helped reduction too. It is necessary to record the frequency so that next time I can come back on it. The problem about me is I didn't bother to record what that frequency is but it was relatively simple to keep doing that until I feel comfortable. If I am completely lost on that then perhaps, just Cat's Purr, which is imperfect can be download from Earthclinic somewhere and is set to replay, the files is small because my yahoo mail can't send files larger than 10 Mb so that's the best I can do from my end. Vibration therapy may reduce spinal fluids also as it stimulates tiny parts of the brain and cells which regulate the spinal fluids to drain or circulate easier too. You might not be familiar with SCENAR, but they are basically popular in Russia in which it is used by Soviet Cosmonauts in accelerated healing such as the damaged spinal column, or perhaps excessive fluids. The SCENAR devices for prices are rather beyond most people's budget, but the prices can range from $200 to $1200, and might remotely help since this is how other people in alternative medicine are going. If the first Cervical is displaced or dislocated, perhaps, Atlas Profilax might remotely help, which also uses a gentle vibration near the base column of the skulls allowing stressed muscles to relax, thus freeing the excessive spinal column fluids buildup.