Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Recovery from CFIDS/FIBRO, Questions & Answers

Questions about my recovery from CFIDS

Patty thanks for taking the time to encourage us in this CFS group and answer the following questions.

1, Patty what was the severity of your CFS (how severe, how long) and how did you recover from CFS?
Ans. Almost every day I felt like I had the drop-dead flu. My bones, muscles, feet
ached. I was dizzy, sometimes had insomnia, sometimes could sleep for two days straight, I had problems with my memory and also had brain fog. I had irritable bowel, gas, problems with my esophagus, digestive problems, sore throat and ear aches... My lymph nodes ached, etc…I was depressed
My doctor wanted to give me disability but I wouldn’t take it. Who can live on disability?
I wanted to get better and I told my doctor, “I either want to get better or I want to die” that’s how sick I was. My Chronic Fatigue and Fibro lasted four dreadful years. I was better for several years, but when my husband died it flared up again but not as bad and this time for only about a year. That was ten years ago. .

2. What do you think triggered your CFS?

The number one thing was probably stress. I was working as a school counselor and my husband and I put two families with five teenagers together. The other thing was sugar. I had been on a diet where I consumed only fruit in the morning, not knowing that I had candida and the sugar in most fruit is like pouring gasoline on a fire for candida. Candida multiplies rapidly when any kind of sugar or fruit is consumed...

3. Did you have a special diet, routine, drugs, drinks, medications, supplements etc?

Ans. I finally found a doctor who discovered I had candida and put me on diflucan. That was the beginning of my recovery, but candida is not easy to get rid of and my change to an alkaline diet was really the answer to recovery. I drank lots of green drinks, juiced, took supplements like MSM for inflammation and joint pain, magnesium and calcium, Co Q 10, had vitamin B 12 shots, homeopathics for candida, and now take Vitamin D 3 and DMG... I also took grate fruit seed extract and Olive leaf, which kills bacteria, virus and yeast. I didn’t take them together and not always on the same day.
I also take fish oil, which is an anti-inflammatory..

Al: “I'm so pleased for you that you have recovered. It gives hope.”

4. What limits do you have now?

Patty: I really have no limits except for diet. I don’t eat sugar and I am on a vegan diet but do eat fish. I jump on a mini-tramp almost every day.

5. What are the benefits from your CFS experience?
How has it changed you?

Patty: It had made me more compassionate. I have a passion to help others recover. It has made me more diligent about diet, because I never want to go through that again. I do not feel deprived because I don’t eat sugar or meat. When there is a choice of the pain and discomfort of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, I would change my diet again and again. I am so grateful for my health now.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Remarkable Improvement in Autism

My grandson has been diagnosed with borderline autism. He is 3 and a-half-years-old and has been struggling with speech and concentration. He would also get very agitated. He has an adopted sister who is nine months younger and she has been communicating and talking in sentences for over a year. Two months ago my daughter put them on a sugar-free, gluten free diet. In addition, she has given them DMG, Ionic trace minerals, and chewable fish oil.

Today they came to visit us and we had not seen them for several weeks. I was surprised to see how well my grandson was talking and talking in sentences. He was able to match alphabet letters. He was calmer and able to carry on a conversation. I was amazed at the improvement.

Read more about this on my blog about DMG and autism.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Soda pop---

It takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize one can of soda pop.

Can you be Happy when you have a Chronic Disease?

I think your spirit or soul is grieved when you have a chronic illness. It's as if that beautiful soul is saying I am withering away because I want to be in a happy healthy body. I think you can help by acting as if it is happy. Using you smile muscles and saying "cheese" raises the endorphins in your brain. Your brain can't tell the difference between a phony smile and a real smile, Say positive affirmations, change your negative thinking, keep a gratitude journal, fill your heart with love. Meditate, listen to beautiful music,, try Tai Chi, get rid of stinking-thinking, and send positive notes to others.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Touch of the Master's Hand

The Touch of the Master’s Hand It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people,” he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three.”
But, No,
From the room far back a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet low,
Said, “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone,” said he.
The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?
Swift came the reply
“The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine
A game and he travels on.
He is gong once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master’s Hand
-Myra Brooks Welch

The Masters' hand is outstretched to you

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autism and Candida

There is evidence of a genetic link in autism and that link may be a compromised or weakended immune system.
According to Roger V. Kendall, author of "Building Wellness with DMG," 85 percent of children with autism have microbial overgrowth of viruses, yeast, and pathogens in their gut. "With an impaired digetive tract,food intolerances, allergies and microbial overgrowths result. If left untreated dysfunctional gastrointestional issues can further complicate neurological problems and worsen physical symptoms associated wtih autism."

Researchers have documented yeast overgrowths(Candida albicans) in the intestinal tract of autistic children. High levels of candida may be a contributing factor may to behabioral problems. When there are abnormal gut microbes, the yeast present in the intestinal tract can grow rapidly, and releses toxins in the brain. The toxins can then influence the functioning of the brain.

More Research
A case study found that a child with autism was found to have complete IgA deficiency (serum IgA <6 mg/dl; normal 33-235mg/dL), Candidiasis of the gastrointestinal tract based on evaluation of stool testing, elevated urine arabinose, and elevated serum antibodies to wheat and dairy products. “The pretreatment urinary arabinose concentration (341 mmol/mol creatine in this child was nearly six times the mean value (60.4 mmol/mol creatinine) of normal controls. After antifungal therapy for four months, the urine was retested. At the time the urine arabinose was measured at 51 mmol/mol creatinine, a value only 15% of the baseline sample. Restriction of wheat and dairy products from the diet and antifungal therapy led to a significant decrease in autistic behaviors and increased rate of learning. The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), an observational measure of various aspects of autism, for the child has decreased from a
rating of 43 (severely autistic) prior to introduction of these therapies to a value of 29 (non-autistic) after the therapy. (Shaw, Baptist, and Geenens)
“Studies done by the late Reed Warren Ph.D. at Utah State University and others indicate that most children with autism have a substantial immune abnormality. Konstantareas and Homatidis at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada found a high correlation between the prevalence of ear infections and the incidence of autism. They found that the earlier a child had an ear infection, the more likely that child had a more severe form of autism. Candida infection has been reported as consequence of frequent antibiotic usage in both humans and animals and an abnormal increase in the sugar arabinose probably from Candida has been reported in urine samples of two siblings with autism. However, Candida infection may also be common in children with immodeficiencies who do not have an unusually high number of infections treated with antibiotics. The pattern of gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, immunodeficiency, metabolic disorder and autism is well-illustrated in the medical history of the child evaluated by us.” (Shaw, Baptist, and Geenens)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chronic Fatigue

"Chronic Fatigue isn't death but it leaves you wondering when the mortician is going to come and pick up your body." Patty Butts, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Autism and DMG

I have just been reading "Building Wellness with DMG," written by Roger V. Kendell, and is a book I highly recommend.
DMG (N,N-Dimethylglycine) is a metabolic enhancer built from the simplest amino acid, glycine. DMG is a natural substance found in low levels of the body and is a safe hypoallergenic nutrient that prevents degeneration of the body.
In 1965, two Russian scientists published a study on mentally handicapped children and pangamate (which ocntaind DMG as its active ingredient). Twelve of the 15 children who had previously been unable to speak showed drastic improvement.In addition to increasing in vocabulary, they began speaking in sentences. The children improved mentally, had better concentration and were more interested in their environmnet. In 1975, Dr. Allen Cott published a similar paper with nine autistic children. In 1997, Dr. Shin-siong Jung did a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 84 students.
The DMG group showed significantly significant Improvement on five scales used to measure the effictiveness of DMG: irritability, lethargy, stereotypy, inappropriate speech, and hyperactivity.
In a survey of 21,500 parents of autistic children conducted at the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California, under the direction of Dr. Rimland, showed significant in regard to the use of DMG and behavior modification.
Stephen Edelson, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Autism in Salem, Oregon, says that DMG is safe, inexpensive, and helps half of all autistic individuals. DMG strengthens the immune system, decreases seizure activity, and helps with mental clarity. . Dr Rimland found that from 50 to 75 percent of individuals benefited from DMG.. Recommended dosage is 125 mg from one to four times a day for children, Start with one dose of 125 mg and gradually build up to four. Consult your doctor for specifics. .
Autism is linked to abnormal metabolism, an irregular immune system, and neurological dysfunction. Studies show that DMG helps in all of these areas.