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January 2, 2016

Health Journal: January 2, 2016

As you know if you read this blog, I'm really bad about keeping up with the 30-day challenges and such, so from now on, I'm just going to do a journal entry when I get around to it to catch you up on what's going on with my health. I have a good plan for 2016, but of course, that doesn't mean I can stick to it. It got off to a slow start when I had a lupus flare on New Year's Day and was pretty much bedridden for most of the day, but today I've had a great night's sleep and I'm feeling much better.

The plan for this year is to take better care of my health overall. I'm still working on the diet part, but I want to replace "The Dirty Dozen" with organics and eat more raw foods. Luckily, I now have an Earth Fare store just down the road, so I'll start shopping there. Financially, this is going to mean I buy less food, but I need desperately to lose 40 lbs. so eating less is a good thing.

As for the weight loss, I haven't really worked out a plan for that yet. My tentative plan is to exercise by riding my bicycle or walking every day, and doing step aerobics on days I can't due to weather. I'm working out an exercise routine with my stretch bands, and I'm going to TRY to work in some Quigong with all this. I figure with eating less, eating healthier and exercising more, I'll lose weight without even trying.

On to nutrition. I take about 22 vitamins and supplements a day. Yes, that is a lot, and I take some of them several times a day. I've never really worked out a schedule for them, so that's in the works, along with setting alarms on the computer so I won't forget.

I'm also starting a parasite cleanse today. I usually do this twice a year, but I haven't done one lately, so it's time. I'm using diatomaceous earth and taking Kroeger's Wormwood Combination, which I've found to be very effective at a reasonable price. I've found that starting things off with a good parasite and colon cleanse is one of the best ways to regain your health and energy. If you'd like to try this parasite cleanse, there is a link in the Amazon widget on the left sidebar. The way I do this is to buy two bottles, take one (17 days), take a week break, then take the second bottle. The reason I take a break is because you are not supposed to use wormwood for over 2 weeks at a time.

Enough for now. I'll be making posts on the particular things I'm using and their benefits this year too, so please subscribe to keep up with all the news, or you can follow this and all my other Simply Deb blog posts on Facebook and Google+.

November 8, 2015

Health Reboot Camp - 30-Day Challenge UPDATE #1

Well, I have totally failed at this. First, I tore the toenail off my big toe and haven't been able to walk, much less bike or do step aerobics. I have no idea why I would make that part of my goal with an injured foot. Still, that shouldn't have kept me from doing other exercise or at least keeping up with my vitamins. So I'm rebooting the reboot starting tomorrow.

Gee, I'm not a very good role model, am I?  Oh well, I said you could start anytime, so I'm starting over. We all need do-overs now and then, right?

So the plan has changed.
  1. Take or use all my vitamins and supplements daily, no matter what
  2. Exercise daily. I'll do what I can aerobically and use my exercise bands until my toe heals enough to wear shoes.
  3. Drink at least 64 ozs. of water a day, preferably with lemon juice to alkalize my body
  4. Do a parasite cleanse
So there you are. I'd start today, but I have too much else to worry about today. I will take at least my major vitamins and drink my water but the exercise and parasite cleanse starts tomorrow.

November 4, 2015

Health Reboot Camp - 30-Day Challenge

I've been slacking off on my health regimen and I can really tell the difference. Life has been so crazy, and it still is, but I really need to start back taking care of myself. So as of today, I'm going to start taking my vitamins and supplements. One reason I stopped was because I hated having to take handfuls of pills every day, but when I did, I felt so much better. Now I'm in pain and tired and really need to reboot my health, so this is going to be a health reboot camp, and you are invited to join me.

Here are the detrimental effects I've had without all my supplements:

  • My hair has thinned out a lot since I stopped taking my diatomaceous earth, CLA and Biotin.
  • My joints are terribly painful since I stopped taking my MSM and Borax
  • My skin is dry and flaky since I stopped drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, taking coconut oil daily and using my DIY vitamin C serum
  • My dry eye is back since I stopped using the castor oil/coconut oil drops every night and the "squigglies" are back in my eyes since I stopped using Dr. Christopher's Eyebright Eyedrops
  • My IBS is acting up since I stopped doing a cleanse every 6 months with Kroeger's Wormwood Combo.
  • My leg muscles are much weaker and my endurance is much worse since I stopped doing my step aerobics and riding my bicycle daily.
This is not acceptable. I really need to get back into a regimen. It will be tough after all this time, but I know I can do it if I start slowly.

So here's the 30-day Challenge:

  1. Take or use all my vitamins and supplements daily, no matter what
  2. Exercise daily - ride my bicycle, do step aerobics, or practice qigong (may do all three some days)
  3. Drink at least 64 ozs. of water a day, preferably with lemon juice to alkalize my body
  4. Do a parasite cleanse
I hope some of you will join me in my quest for better health. I'll be posting my progress daily to keep myself accountable.

Let's get serious about our health! If you have any questions about what you should be doing or what vitamins and supplements would be good for you, please feel free to ask in the comments of this or any future post, or like our Simply Deb page on FB or our Simply Deb community on G+ where I'll be posting links to all the Simply Deb blog posts and encouraging discussion.

November 3, 2015

Ripped My Big Toenail Off This Morning: This is How I Treated It

I told myself last week after tripping on it that I should move that board sitting in the courtyard. I didn't. So this morning, I went out barefoot to check on some veggies and stubbed my toe on it. The pain was ungodly, and when I looked down, I saw that I had ripped the toenail off my my left big toe, and it was bleeding profusely.

Treating the Injured Nail

 I hobbled back into the house, went to the bathroom and wrapped my bleeding toe in layers and layers of tissue paper. My first thought was to stop the pain, so I went to the freezer and grabbed a bag of frozen corn, since I had no ice pack. Frozen veggies make great ice packs in a pinch, by the way. I sat on the bed with my legs elevated, bent my left leg at the knee so my foot was sitting flat, and plopped that bag of frozen corn on it. I then reached over the the nightstand and pulled out my ibuprofen and took 4 of them. I knew it was going to hurt for at least a day, and I'm a baby when it comes to pain, so I thought it best to nip that in the bud. After the pain had subsided enough for me to hobble around a bit more, I got my foot soaking pan, ran some warm, soapy water into it and soaked my foot for a good 15-20 minutes. This was actually quite soothing. The nail was only semi-attached by a thin strip, so I went ahead and pulled the rest of it off, which wasn't very painful since it was mostly ripped off anyway. I tried to clean the clotted blood off the top of the nail bed, but it hurt too much, so I just let my foot dry as well as I could, covered the raw nail bed with antibiotic ointment and covered it with it gauze bandage held on with adhesive tape.

Not the First Time This Has Happened

 If you have read my other blogs, you will recall that when I first moved to Gainesville in 2013, I had old shoes that didn't fit right. Walking up and down the ramp to the truck caused a few of my nail beds to be damaged and turn black. My right big toenail separated almost completely from the nail bed, and eventually did fall off, so I'm not really a stranger to this injury. This one is worse, though, and I'm hoping that my nail matrix (the part that generates the new nail) is not so damaged that it can't produce a new nail. Plus, there is the damaged nail bed. I had previously ripped off the corner of this nail, and the nail bed did not heal correctly, so one corner of my nail is not even attached to the nail bed. If the nail bed is damaged too badly, even if the matrix can grow a new nail, it may not attach itself. I may end up one of those people who has no big toenail. I'm praying that doesn't happen, and I'm going to do everything in my power to ensure it doesn't, but you never know with these things.

Lesson Learned

I've learned my lesson. No more crap lying around the courtyard that can hurt me, and ALWAYS wear some kind of shoe outdoors. I love going barefoot, but I have a pair of garden clogs I can leave right by the door, and I'm going to do that from now on. WHEN I can get my foot back into them, that is. Right now, I can only wear flip-flops, because it hurts to put any pressue on this toe at all. Which reminds me that I need a new pair of flip flops, which I will have to order online, since there are none in the stores this time of year.

Life is just crazy sometimes! I'll keep you apprised of the healing of my nail by updating this post periodically, so subscribe to the blog or bookmark it to keep up.

UPDATE 11/4/15
I thought it would be hard sleeping last night, but it really wasn't so bad. I put a sock on my foot so it wouldn't catch on anything, and I slept really well. I took naproxen before bed, so that may have had something to do with it. It feels a lot better today. I can actually put pressure on it without pain, so I'm going to try putting on my flip flops and walking a bit to see how it does. Of course, I'll warp it up first so it doesn't look so weird and to keep dirt out. I'm almost afraid to try to take the bandage off, because the gauze stuck to the sore yesterday and was very painful to remove. I'll have my soaking pan ready.

April 26, 2015

Diatomaceous Earth Supplementation for Hair Regrowth Update

Well, it's been a while, but I have a lot to report. At the end of January, I was just beginning to see hair regrowth at my roots. Since then, there has been tremendous improvement.

I haven't been consistent in taking my DE daily, but I do take it at least twice a week, usually more. The results in the past few months have been nothing short of amazing for my hair regrowth experiment.

A little background

My hair has been thinning for a couple of years now. It had gotten to the point where there were huge gaps in my hair where it had fallen out in clumps. I started off using castor oil on my scalp and taking biotin, which helped some, but it was messy so I wasn't consistent with it. After doing more research I discovered several other supplements that help with hair loss, such as CLA and N-Acetyl Cysteine, so I added those to my regimen. Again, I am sometimes inconsistent in taking my supplements, but I do take them at least three to four times a week.

Iodine Supplementation and Hair Loss

While the iodine supplementation seemed to help my goiter, it also seemed to make me lose hair, so I've stopped that for awhile. I may start back at 1/4 drop per day (1.25 mg) just to see what happens, but the minute my hair starts falling out again, I'm stopping that again.

Diatomaceous Earth and Hair Regrowth

I discovered the use of diatomaceous earth for regrowing thinning hair back in December. I was actually researching silica, because I knew that the silica in horsetail helped with hair growth. Horsetail turned out to be way too expensive, so I found that DE is 80% silica and very cheap. I bought only two pounds, because I wanted to see how it would work before putting in a lot of money. I haven't even used a whole pound of it yet, so it lasts awhile.

Diatomaceous Earth 2 Lbs Food Grade DE - Includes Free Scoop


When I first started using DE, I noticed a few things:
  1. My joints didn't hurt as much
  2. It is a diuretic, which caused me to have to get up several times a night for potty runs
  3. My nails were growing like mad and getting stronger
  4. My skin started to look healthier
I didn't notice a real difference in my hair for almost a month. Now it's been almost 5 months, and the results are amazing!

My hair is so much thicker, it is a miracle. If I hold my hair up on the sides and top, where it was the thinnest, I can actually SEE the progression of new hair formation. The tips of my hair still show the gaps and thinness present when I first started using DE. Further down, you can see where the gaps started filling in, and they fill in a little more the further down you go. On the last inch of hair next to my scalp, there are no gaps at all, and the hair is thick and healthy looking. My hair has stopped the excessive shedding. I used to have to clean my brushes almost every day, now the shedding is down to almost nothing -- or at least own to normal. At its peak, I think I was losing about 200-300 hairs a day, sometimes in clumps.

Other Observations

The one bad thing I've found is that my hair is coarser. I have natural wave to my hair, and it seems that it is more frizzy and less manageable then before. Still, I'll trade that for being bald any day of the week. I'm researching solutions for this problem, and feel it could be that my baby-fine hair was always due to some deficiency, so this may just be normal hair, and I'm not used to it.

Also, the new hair coming in is darker. My hair had been greying quite a bit, and still has a lot of grey, but when I look at the hair just near the roots, there is almost no grey. The visible new hairs on the top of my head seem to be darker too. Previously, all my new hairs were grey.

I had some die-off symptoms at first, because DE detoxes your system, but they are practically non-existent now. I noticed my urine smelled like old socks and my poop smelled like ammonia, which still happens occasionally. That is caused by the DE removing bacteria from your intestines. Think about it -- old socks smell like foot fungus (yeast)  and ammonia is the byproduct of dying bacteria. 

Needless to say, I am thrilled with the results of using diatomaceous earth for regrowing thinning hair. This is my regimen, for anyone who wants to try it:

Diatomaceous Earth - 1 tablespoon a day (work up slowly from 1/2 tsp. a day, increasing every 3 days by 1/2 tsp. until you get to 1 tablespoon. Otherwise, you may have some serious die-off symptoms).
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) - one capsule twice a day
Biotin - 5,000 mcg a day
N-Acetyl Cysteine - 600 mg a day
Yogurt or probiotic -- THIS IS IMPORTANT - DE also removes good bacteria from your intestines, so you need to replace those. I happen to love yogurt, so I usually have it once or even twice a day, but if you don't you have to take a probiotic supplement of some sort to restore your beneficial bacteria.
Multi-vitamin/mineral tablet with iron - ALSO IMPORTANT - DE removes metals from your system. Some of these are harmful metals, such as mercury, but it also removes iron, so you absolutely must replace those minerals daily. NOW foods Adam and Eve vitamins are good quality at a reasonable price and have all the vitamins and minerals you need, with 100% of the RDA of iron.

NOW Foods Adam Superior Men's Multi, 90 Softgels

Now Foods Eve, Women's Multi Vitamin, Softgels, 180-Count

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