Ashwagandha–it seems to be working

Sawadee Khrap

6Continuing my health saga and research.  I tried to take Ginkgo Bilbao, it did amazing well – helped the Glaucoma and circulation in my legs – BUT, I am apparently allergic to it – developed a large skin rash and it was getting worse at each dose.  Damn, works but cannot take it.    Himalaya Ashwagandha from iHerbs to the rescue.  Even my kidney Doctor was surprised and is researching the herb himself.  I have been taking a capsule a day for 3 weeks now and seem to  have better vision and the circulation in my legs is amazing.  All walking pain is gone.  In addition, I have been able to stop taking Olmersartan for HBP and my BP is running about 140/70.  I continue to take Madiplot, 10mg morning and evening, but soon I may be able to stop that with proper food consumption.   I have also noted that my blood test have show that my urine is very acidic.  That indicates that my diet needs to be change to a more neutral one – increasing vegetables and fruits while cutting down on carbs and protein.  This will also help the kidneys function.   So in addition to the diet change, I have also started on taking 2 tbsp. (garlic-apple cider vinegar- honey-lemon) mixture each morning before  I take my meds and during the day drinking a glass of lemon aid each day in the afternoon.   Now I need to get some pH papers to pee on to test alkalinity.  The garlic-apple cider vinegar mixture is also supposed to clear out blocked arteries and reduce BP – we will see but so far it seems to be doing something and my BP is coming down.  Hopefully I can eliminate the Madiplot and that will make me Pharma drugs free – just taking natural foods.   More to come.

Ciao

Love Foundation–Clinic

Sawadee Khrap

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Just got back from a visit to the “Love Foundation”.  met “Ten” , sexy guy, the founder, and incidentally he is also the founder of Hornet- gay chat, and had my test for HIV, Hep B,A – clean report.   But no immunity to HEP.       They are located between Big C Extra and Index.

PREP-webBut I did learn some great stuff while there – They also have a medicine that can be taken every day to enable one to live with a infected partner – 950 Baht/Mo.  of course you  can also take it without a partner and just play around but it is not recommended.  But it will offer some protection.  And of course they also have the other HIV-AIDS drugs too.  And Hep-B shots which I will be getting later in the month.  Great service, people, friendly and not prying – if you know what I mean, everything can be anonymous if you want.

Their pricing is very reasonable – 20 min for test results and as I said before great and friendly people to deal with.  Get tested don’t take chances.pricesheet-lovefoundation-web

Ciao

Update on health–”Nightshades”

Sawadee Khrap

I mentioned when I got back from the Burma trip that I felt a lot better. Fox TV aired a clip about a lady who teaches Ayurvedic medicine and she made a statement that eating “Nightshades” can cause an allergic reaction in some people causing joint pain.    (i.e.   egg plant, bell peppers, potatoes, tomatoes) 

So for the past 2 weeks I have eliminated all of them from my diet , and gone to just rice and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, onion, and carrots) and at every other meal a small portion of chicken.  Almost all the joint pain has gone or going away – amazing.    Knee joints, what I thought was ligament stiffing and pain, are all subsiding.  I wake up in the morning having had a better sleep and more energy.   Amazing, I would never have guessed it and I am sure “modern” medicine would never had suggested either.  When I mentioned my pain to the doctors they just shrugged it off to poor exercise and old age.  The only thing I’ve done is eliminate them from my diet – and for sure have not exercised more.

I’ll post my progress,  but I thought it best to get out there a.s.a.p. as many others may be suffering and not even have the slightest idea why –  its worth a try if you do have joint pain.

Ciao 

Benefits of the Burma Trip

Sawadee Khrap

Back almost a week from my trip to Burma and I am realizing some beneficial side effects.

  1. The extremely bumpy roads on the trip – the constant rocking back and forth, which I thought would hurt my lower back – in fact actually helped it – like getting a great massage – when I got back i had little or no lower back pain and it did not start coming back until several days later.   So I am trying to make sure I do not sit for long periods of time and always do some movement and stretching.
  2. Before I went on the trip I was experiencing constant joint pain  especially in my knees. But on the trip, because almost all the dishes served for lunch and dinner were spicy, I opted only for rice and mixed vegetables – which was mostly cauliflower.    When I got back I noticed almost all joint pain was gone.    At home I was eating a lot of potatoes, tomato, egg plant and bell peppers – NIGHTSHADES – and some researching of the Internet showed studies that indicated nightshades can product allergic reactions in many people similar to arthritis. – which is apparently my case – after the trip I had no joint pain but after coming back and going on my normal diet  – the aching joints came back.  Now I will stop eating nightshades and see if the joint pain goes away again.     I had thought it was from mostly old age.
  3. And thirdly, since I began taking a daily dose of Cialis for prostate, blood pressure and ED control, I have had relativity strong edema in my feet, very noticeable and commented on by several of my friends.   So,  since I didn’t imagine that this trip would produce any amorous situations, I stopped taking the Cialis.  Sure enough almost all the swelling in my feet subsided.  For obvious purposes I don’t want to eliminate the Cialis from my daily meds now that I’m back – unless I can find a substitute that is – a natural method if possible.  I am still working on that, but for the near future I will just put up with the slight edema so I can gain all the other benefits. LoL.  At least now I am sure what’s causing my edema.

The trip also has re-ignited my travel interest and so I am planning a future trip to Laung Prabang, Laos – hopefully next month, maybe for Songkran.   They celebrate it there and I understand it is a wonderful experience, similar but not the same as Thailand.   I am now checking Planet Romeo for possibility of contacting new friends in Luang Prabang, who could serve as my guide and companion for a visit there.  Having someone who is familiar with the area would be quite a blessing.

One can only speculate what benefits another trip might reveal.

Ciao

Ironic – Good health but alone

Sawadee Khrap

Just got back from the kidney doctor and received a good report.  BP about 124/60, kidney function levels stabilized – pain in legs almost gone – good walking now – feeling great BUT !!!.     Of all the times to be single, but thank God I did have someone with me as I went through the crap of getting this BP-Kidney problem taken care of – too bad it fucked up my temperament making it so they couldn’t have stuck around enough to enjoy the final outcome.

Present meds –

  • 10mg       Madiplot
  • 20mg       Olmersartan
  • 5mg         Folic Acid
  • 81mg       Aspirin
  • 2000mg   Fish Oil – Blackmores Omega high DHA
  • 2000mg   Turmeric – with Blackpepper corns
  • 10mg        Cialis

After all the trials – this is the final formula that seems to work – everything working – I am testing taking every evening 1 TPS of Apple Cider Vinegar for stomach health and reducing acid reflex and also taking 3 squares of 99% Cocoa powder chockalott daily for additional antioxidants.

Trying to keep the Pharmaceutical meds to a minimum.

Ciao

Check up’s

Sawadee Khrap

Just back from the eye doctor – Glaucoma seems to be under control – pressure down and test show only a little damage – will test again in March to make sure.    Azopt drops are working and do not upset the BP.

By the way, BP now running about 125-130 – switched back to Olmersartan for 3 days now and the pain in the hips, knees and legs has really gone down.  Apparently it was the Valsartan that was causing it – that is what the literature says Valsartan can do but the doctor thought not, but I was sure that it was  -however,  cannot really tell in just 3 days  – it takes at least 2 weeks for the BP to stabilize with the Sartans so have to wait to really make sure it is working.   Hoping it is working as the pain I was having before changing made it so I couldn’t walk for any distance let alone exercise – so now I think I just have to build up muscles again – their sore but the pain is gone.

Everything else seems OK —  or at least stable and without the high anxiety I had before – I can drive without getting overly excited  – that’s a good indicator.  I can enjoy my trips and life again.

Ciao

Glaucoma under control ?? !

Sawadee Khrap

Well, today’s eye doctor report says that my eye pressuers have stabilized – apparently the eye drops I have been using lately have done the trick.  But next month we will do another peripheral vision test to see if there has been more damage since the last one I had done last month.   That’s a relief.    Don’t want to add blindness to my possible future problem.  I’ve only got about 12-14 years left and I would like to enjoy them in somewhat good health.

I’ve increased my weekly massages to 3 now with extra emphases on stretching.  Seems to be making my walking much easier and having the massage boy incorporate it into each massage ensures that I do it on a regular basis – I keep forgetting to stretch each morning when its left up to me, and God knows I need it.   Goes to show how badly I need someone to take care of me and the need will only increase as I get older.

Haven’t done anything else lately – just not in the mood.  I think I will return to Monk Chat, at least a couple times a week to fill in the hours – helping someone is always the best medicine for boredom and feeling lonely.   This last break-up has affected me more than I wanted to let on.  But we all have to do what we have to do – I also seriously think it will be very hard to find a young man with the same qualities.  We will see.   Not really looking forward to the hunt, so to say.   It’s  true you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you can find Prince Charming.

Ciao