This weekend, I finished the rough draft of my next book (Psychocartography: The Reality Stacks) which should be available in a month, to 45-days on Amazon. (I hate proof reading!)
The main thrust in the book is to look at “mapping your dreams” and then learn from the “double life” you’ve been living in your dreams.
From there (after touching on some basic quantum physics) the book explores the real challenge of this “double life” we live: Transporting information from one “realm” to the other.
With that now set for re-write and editing, the next book has already materialized. Elaine and I are co-writing one on aging with some of her hints and mine. That one will also include a familiar topic to Coping section readers: How we’ve both gone down the “Your Body? Your Chemistry Set” in our quests to find optimal nutrition.
The most useful supplement to come up with a thumbs-up for me is a big increase in the amount of magnesium I take.
Got to looking at things like gout (which I have) and found that while conventional gout is the deposition of uric acid crystals in soft tissues, there is a variant that closely mimics how things present clinically. That is, calcium crystals.
What I found was that as soon as I upped my daily dose of magnesium what we’d been treating as “gout” plain disappeared.
This is a very big deal to me because of all my eye problems. As you know, I had cataracts removed 22-years back and 2+ years ago, one of my lens implants failed. And the repair of that (4-surgeries later) has been OK, but has left me wearing (miserable, uncomfortable) hard contacts.
As I have been play “me, chemistry set” and researching, there are several papers you really ought to talk to your healthcare provider about. Because there seems to be a possible link between gout and corneal keratitis as noted in the March 2018 summary on the government’s PubMed website.
If you are prone to gout, there’s an abstract in the PubMed database dating back to 1984. Look what one Abstract says about allopurinol – probably the most-widely prescribed gout medicine:
“We examined 11 cataractous lenses (or aspirated lens matter from extracapsular extractions) from patients ranging in age from 55 to 84 years who used allopurinol on a long-term basis (more than two years). Phosphorescence analyses demonstrated the characteristic allopurinol triplet in these lenses. When we analyzed normal lenses from patients taking allopurinol in a similar manner we found no evidence of allopurinol photobinding. These data indicated that allopurinol has a cataractogenic action only in patients in whom the drug has become photobound within the lens. Long-term allopurinol therapy does not necessarily cause or enhance cataracts in all patients. There may be a relationship between ultraviolet radiation exposure and circulating allopurinol levels (and perhaps renal function) in the genesis of photosensitized allopurinol cataracts.”
Now, the problem is that I was NEVER advised about the risks of allopurinol – which I may have been taking in ERROR – that led TO the cataracts which led to the interocular lens failure, that led to deteriorated eyesight.
To me, it’s a dandy situation to look at in hindsight, but not much I can do about it. The study of integrative medicine requires lots of cross-discipline work (and databases and continuing ed to keep up). Yet, at the same time when one searches for all the things “magnesium deficiency” can be involved in, you’ll find a shopping list of ailments.
It should go without saying (but lawyers say we shouldn’t skip this!) that you shouldn’t be making any changes in diet and supplements without getting your personal doctor onboard. But, it doesn’t hurt to do your own research, bring in the papers, and have a 3-minute “bullet point” discussion about what you suspect and have them do the appropriate tests.
There are some supplements (like vitamin D3) which do a tremendous amount of good on the cardiovascular side, but which can deplete the body of magnesium and other minerals. Which is why I am now taking a mixed D3 with K2; the K2 being a kind of vegetable vit that seems to slow the magnesium decline.
The reason you need your doc onboard is that you want to make sure you don’t get too much of anything one vitamin or supplement because then you’re getting into kidney (renal) damage if you don’t know your baselines and keep them monitored.
On of the nice things, my doc tells me, is that Medicare is pretty good about letting him do whatever tests he needs – and that may be one of the real healthcare benefits people don’t follow closely.
My other ongoing experiments are with Nattokinase (from fermented soy) which seems to reduce blood pressure a bit, along with Serrapeptase. This latter is an enzyme used by silk words to gnaw out of cocoons, and in the human body it acts as an anti-coagulant and reduces clotting factor.
Not that this one should be tried without a serious consult with your doc, either, because if are low on clotting factor, then you could end up with bleeding issues. This stuff is all a balancing act, and your health care providers ought to be working with you.
Also between us, there’s no perks and travel from playing the game of “Tell your doctor…” that the proprietary drug peddlers sell constantly. As a rule, you’ll never hear ANY natural or non-patented items being promoted in the “Tell your doctor…” spew.
One more thing: I have also been taking periodic course of apple cider vinegar pills to prevent GERD and possibly gallstones.
As you know, apple cider vinegar is a dilution of acetic acid. The stomach acid you get is mainly hydrochloric acid (diluted, of course). The idea is that vinegar pills (or dilute Bragg’s Vinegar) will keep the acids balanced just so. Then, there’s a chance for the acetic acid to help break down the formative gallstones which are cholesterol and salts.
Back to the “check with your doctor” but my personal results from all these tweaks plus the “mental acuity” supplements (* like Huperzine-A) seems to keep me mentally sharp, though depending on my reports that subject to dispute – depending on your political leanings.
Even after two cups of coffee, the blood pressure this morning is 125 over 77 with pulse 53. And that is with 15-ounces of coffee onboard.
Two foods I’m doing daily” Hand full of almonds – seer Edgar Cayce believed in eating three almonds a day. They are high in the “stuff that’s good for you.”
The other is an orange or small grapefruit. While all the formulations of C are running ads, a few1-inch wide slices of grapefruit really hit the spot. After that (as dessert for breakfast), all washed down with a cup of Dragon Herbs Spring Dragon Longevity Tea Caffeine Free — 20 Tea Bags.
Speaking of Food
Not cheap, but Rose Brand – Gourmet Chinese Egg Noodles 16 Ounce (Pack of 4) is now on Amazon. Our compliments to the crew up on South Weller St. in Seattle where these “real deal” noodles come from.
We had been buying in 25 and 60 loads of the 6-pound boxes and storing in the freezer. This is waaay more convenient.
Just wanted to mention a few health items this morning. Of course, we are still following the basics of the “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline“ diet. Which means cooking with mainly coconut oil and making sure to go at least 14-hours (mini-fasting) between last meal of the day and breakfast.
I do find myself gnawing on my keyboard, now and then, however. The spacebar has a slightly salty finish to it…but the rest? delightful essence of parting compound. Yum.
OK – hit and get – gotta polish up the happy shoes because I’m all in on the …..WAIT! Can’t give trading advice. But let’s just say “we be dancin’ at the open...” Howzzat?
Futures down 144 on the Dow and if they keep dropping, we’ll slide from happy dance right into levitation….
Write when you get rich, (Come on opening bell! Come to daddy…)