Augsburg student prepares for her 121st brain surgery- Drug rehab oregon

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — Life isn’t always fair. But Olivia Maccoux won’t let a rare brain disease stop her from living.

The 20 year old has had more than 100 surgeries on her brain.

The Augsburg sophomore was born with a condition called hydrocephalus. The disease causes fluid to pool on the brain.

Next week she said surgeons will operate on her brain to remove an infected shunt.

“I trust my neurosurgeon, obviously with my life. He’s probably done close to 120 surgeries on me,” she said. “The shunt is there to drain the right amount of fluid to make it even and that shunt is infected right now. It is working but not working to its full capacity.”

One to two of every 1,000 babies are born with the diseases.

But surgery is the last thing on her mind. She’s focused on making the dean’s list, again.

“I am going to try to do classes from the hospital when I can Skype into classes,” she said.

And once she recovers. Maccoux said she can’t wait to enjoy some of her favorite sports.

Playing soccer, hockey and swimming has helped with her headaches.

“It is an escape for me. It is weird. For some reason, when I play sports, specifically soccer my headaches — they don’t like just go away ( but)  I feel better,” she said. “I don’t know if that is a distraction or just the love of the game.”

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Throat Disease Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Affecting More Kids- Term life

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. Cases have risen dramatically in the past 20 years, say doctors, and there remains no cure for the disease.

IT’S NOT FIBROMYALGIA- Term life

I stood in my closet this morning, looking around as though I’d never been there. I couldn’t remember what I was doing, why, or what I should do next. So I stood still, waiting for it to come to me. Moments before I had been violently panting like a wild animal, bent over in pain and hugging my own body. I’d simply gone upstairs to get dressed for the day, but just as it does every day of my life in varying degrees, my illness reminded me who was in charge.

Tears welled up. That happens a lot, too. I don’t always have words any more when I want to express what I’m feeling so my soul expresses it for me. I forget. A lot.

IT’S NOT FIBROMYALGIA

I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in my early 30s by a young doctor who had clearly just learned the word on a sleepover at Junior Doctor Camp.

“You will grow weaker and weaker until finally your muscles atrophy. Your life span will be drastically shortened, and you’ll live out your final years wheelchair bound.”

Over the years I would experience sporadic periods of improvement and so I’d decided that Fibromyalgia was a bullshit diagnosis, and I damn sure didn’t have it.

Then I’d get really sick again.

MY SYMPTOMS

My arms and legs go numb, almost always both at the same time but sometimes not. Either way, I fall down, bump into things, lose my balance. I can’t always tell where my foot is hitting, and when that happens you would think that our floors are made of chewed up bubble gum.

My joints stiffen so severely that my ankles don’t want to bend and my elbows always feel like someone hit them with a hammer while I slept.

I move like Frankenstein, only not as gracefully.

My muscles ache down to the bone in a way that feels like I am always battling influenza. It never stops. Ever.

But, by far the worst thing I’ve been living with for so long is extreme fatigue. I’ve thought so often about what word I could possibly use to describe what it feels like, and I’ve always come up empty. All I can tell you is the kind of fatigue I live with every day is what I believe it must feel like to die. When it’s very bad, doctors notice a palsy that comes over my face, and I have trouble even standing. I can’t rest enough to recover. I say it’s like someone is embalming me.

That can happen whether I am sitting in a chair with my feet up, or it can happen after I’ve played with my grandmonkeys. It doesn’t matter what I do. It’s always there.

I’ve said to every doctor I’ve seen, “I know that I will not live much longer. I’m dying.” I’ve known that for a long time. In years past I’d have bursts of weeks or months of energy that would allow me to behave normally. But, I always knew I was dying. In the past three years I’ve really felt my life slipping away. There have been almost no bursts of energy or good days – just me waiting to go to sleep and not wake up.

I figured that in my autopsy results they’d discover what was really wrong with me and “the world” would know I wasn’t crazy. Well, at least as it pertains to my health.

Across decades I’ve been seen by new doctors, and with each came mounds of new medical bills. “You are presenting like you have MS,” they’d all say, and then after the same battery of tests came the same diagnosis.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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“I don’t believe that either of those is a diagnosis,” I’d say to them. “You are labeling me with those words because I am a woman, and because you don’t know what else to do with me.”

Want to piss off a doctor? Tell them you think they don’t know what they’re talking about. One particularly cocky son-of-a-bitch said to me, “You seem like you’d rather I’d have said you have MS.”

I know people who suffer unspeakably with Multiple Sclerosis. It’s vicious. But, yes. Sometimes I’d have taken the diagnosis of that horrific disease if only to have a “real thing” that explains why I so often can’t walk the ten feet from my recliner to the closest bathroom without holding onto something. People believe you when you say you have MS. They understand (as best they can), that you’re not well and that you’re not a liar who is seeking attention.

It’s not the same mindset with regard to Fibro and CFS.

I remember someone I deeply respect who suddenly made a proclamation on Facebook about women and Fibromyalgia. Go on a diet, get some exercise and grow up pretty much sums up the sentiment. There was no way I could tell people how sick I’ve been for fear they’d think of me as someone who wasn’t trying hard enough to be healthy, or worse, have them think it was all in my head.

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Just to be sure, I went to see a psychiatrist. “Sher, you aren’t crazy. This isn’t in your head,” he said. To his credit he also said, “I could prescribe Lyrica for you, but if I do that it’s the same as saying I believe what you’ve been told about what’s going on and I don’t. You have to keep pushing until you get to the person who can help you.”

Well-meaning close friends and not so well-meaning relatives had more to say when I would take them into my confidence about how unwell I was. To be fair, there is only one person who knows how bad I am. Some people in my life know a little, and some a little more, but no one knows the extent of just how damn bad it’s been beyond my partner.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY TO ME

You need to cut out gluten. You need to cut out sugar. You need to push through it. You need to exercise. You should pray. You need to try harder to force yourself to do things that are uncomfortable. My friend knows someone who knows someone who has Fibromyalgia and they are living their life, not laying around letting it happen.

And the worst things that have been said? The things that I can’t get out of my head and that bring me to tears even as I write?

“Are you planning on being sick next month?”

“Seriously? Don’t tell me you’re sick again. Really? It’s funny how you’re sick when I need something from you.”

FINALLY, A DIAGNOSIS

An acquaintance dropped me a note one day that encouraged me to see a infectious disease doc here in the Midwest. A close family member of hers was made healthier by this man and she felt I should at least see him. It took months to get in, and I was profoundly skeptical.

The day came and I brought my partner with me to help me express what was happening, ask smart questions, and remember it all. When you lose your words and you forget things the way I do, you stop going to appointments alone. You stop going anywhere alone.

When he walked in, I knew right away something was different. He told me he was allowing two hours for our visit. I’d never had more than minutes with any doctor. He asked me questions about my current life, and my past. In many cases, before I could answer he’d tell me what he suspected my answer was going to be. He was always right.

He explained his research into Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how it had become his driving passion for many, many years. He spoke to us about his research, the two papers he’d published and the third on which he was currently working.

“I am 95% positive, Sher, that when we test your urine you will be positive for mycotoxins – black mold.”

In my life, no doctor has made such a bold statement. No physician of any kind had ever before been so confident to use such language BEFORE tests.

“It’s with good reason that you tell me you know you are dying. That’s exactly what is happening. The mycotoxins are killing you at a cellular level.”

And, then he said two little sentences that changed everything.

“I can help you. I will help you.”

I cried, and when at the end of our time together he got up to leave he opened his arms wide to me. “Around here, we give hugs.”

I came home and prayed that I’d be positive for black mold. There’s a prayer I never imagined.

When the tests came back, about two weeks, I received a copy of my results. There it was in black and white. Black mold. Mycotoxins. “You have a black mold factory living in your sinus cavity, Sher,” doctor said.

It could have begun as a very young girl in the South. It could have happened all the years I lived in Kentucky. It could have been in Germany. It definitely could have been made worse again by all the flooding and old homes in Southeast Kansas.

“You don’t have to be living in a home with black mold on the walls to have this happen to you,” he said.

That’s been several weeks ago now, and every day I take the treatment he’s prescribed. It amounts to inhaling a drug to kill the mold. There is no way to know how long it will take, but I don’t care. If it takes a year I’ll do it every day and wait for this to be over. The only side effects I’m currently having are that I’m so nauseous almost all the time now, and the fatigue has gotten even worse… if you can imagine such a thing.

I’m waiting on a call from his nurse right now about those things, but I’ve told myself the nausea is from the treatment running down my throat to my stomach. And the worsening fatigue? Well, I used to tell my babies that when your body is working hard to make you well, you have to rest because it takes so much energy for healing. There is a war inside my body now and I’m just going to have to do the best I can to wait it out.

At least we know what the hell this invisible, torturous monster is and there is hope now. I want to be healthy again. I want to take my grandmonkeys on outings. I want to run. I want to drink coffee in Portland, and sleep in a treehouse in New England, and drink great wine with friends in Chicago, and eat the best pizza in New York, and zipline in some place lush and warm. I want to be me again.

I have two incredibly loving and supportive children and a man in my corner who says things like, “I’d rather have life with you – even when you’re not well – than life without you. No question.”

Can’t quit now. I’m three feet from sunshine.

If you’re wondering about black mold poisoning, I’ll leave you with the following information:

BLACK MOLD SYMPTOMS

Please note that this is an exhaustive list. You do not have to have every single symptom to have a mold related illness.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Aches and pains
  • Aggression and other personality changes
  • Anxiety
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Bleeding tendency
  • Blood not clotting properly
  • Blurry vision and vision worsening
  • Bone marrow disruption
  • Brain fog
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cold or flu type symptoms or recurring colds
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Coughing
  • Crawling skin
  • Damage to heart
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Eye damage
  • Eye inflammation and soreness
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart inflammation
  • Hemorrhage – internal bleeding
  • Immunosuppression
  • Impaired learning ability
  • Infections reoccurring
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Itchy nose
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes & skin)
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Liver disease
  • Low blood pressure
  • Malaise
  • Memory loss and memory problems
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Nose bleeds
  • Numbness
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Seizure
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Shaking
  • Shock
  • Shortened attention span
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy, blocked nose
  • Tingling
  • Trembling
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting up blood
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss, anorexia
  • Wheezing
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Sensory Processing Disorder: Treatment Options- Drug rehab center

Treatment for sensory processing disorder typically includes occupational therapy, introduction of a sensory diet, and sensory integration challenges that train the brain to respond differently to stimulation from the senses.

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is not linked to IQ. Children with the condition are no more or less intelligent than their peers. However, in order to learn, these kids must be taught information in ways their sensory processing systems can absorb. Additionally, occupational therapists can help children learn appropriate responses to certain stimuli.

SPD treatment consists of working with an occupational therapist on activities that help retrain the senses. Often, therapists use a sensory integration (SI) approach that begins in a controlled, stimulating environment. They use fun, stimulating activities to challenge a child’s senses without overwhelming them or linking stimulation to feelings of failure. Over time, the goal is to extend these learned, appropriate responses outside of the clinic to home, school, and life.

Treatment may include a “sensory diet” wherein activities are introduced in a gentle, fun way in order to ease into a range of sensations. This approach is most effective when parents practice these activities at home. It may also include listening therapy (LT), which involves listening to a variety of sound frequencies and patterns to stimulate the brain. Both occupational therapy and LT use principles of the theory of neuroplasticity, which posits the brain can change based on experience. For some, it involves years of therapy; others need less therapy to manage symptoms.

Sometimes children who have successfully managed symptoms with therapy may find they need additional treatment as they get older and reach new life challenges. Going to college could trigger the onset of new symptoms, or a particularly stressful job. Additional therapy and counseling can help reestablish control over symptoms by growing understanding and providing new strategies for adapting to novel environments.

Alternative Treatments

Some find that alternative treatments such as acupuncture help to alleviate symptoms of SPD as part of a holistic treatment program, though research has not confirmed the effectiveness of this approach. Brushing, or the Wilbarger protocol, and craniosacral manipulation have also proven helpful as complementary therapies for some individuals. Any alternative treatment should be administered under the supervision of a qualified therapist.

Sensory organizing is a system parents can use to prioritize a child’s needs and create an environment that maximizes strengths and minimizes challenges. This involves prioritizing tasks and routines into short and simple steps. Putting clean laundry away could be: bring laundry to room, separate clothes into groups, put clothes into bins as marked. For children who are overstimulated, parents should take steps to limit the sensory information they take in.

Sound-blocking headphones may help regulate the noise in the environment, as can other tools that make stimuli less invasive. Wearing tag-free clothing that is loose fitting can help. Placing a fragrant sachet in your pocket to cover offending odors, or a scarf to cover your nose are good strategies as well. Your child may want to wear sunglasses under bright lights, and you should take frequent breaks travelling to large, overwhelming places. Get creative in the kitchen and prepare unappealing foods in ways that mask their texture.

Sensory zones can help people who need lots of sensory input. Soft fabric blocks to crash into, or a rice bin to dig for things with your hands. These zones can give kids a sensory break that can help them focus and get back to work.

Here are some other suggested strategies for children:

1. The hyperactive, sensory-seeking child: Get him to carry the laundry basket, push the shopping cart, or bring in the grocery bags from the car.

2. The tactile-sensitive child: Do finger-painting activities at the kitchen table and let him draw pictures on the bathtub walls with shaving cream.

3. The child with a poor sense of space and balance: Swimming, horseback riding, and jumping on a trampoline all help.

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An Advanced All-Natural Guide to Treating Crohn’s Disease and IBD-Term life

These days it seems like almost everyone has a problem with their stomach of some sort or another. Part of it is the food we eat, part of it is the nutrients we lack, and a lot of it has to do with stress.

But the first part is figuring out what exactly is going on with your digestion.



Is It IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, or Something Else Entirely?

Stomach problems are often very difficult to diagnosis correctly because they tend to all have similar symptoms. Abdomen pain and cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and diarrhea are all common in people with all sorts of different conditions.

Here are some general ideas to help you figure out what you have going on, though I would highly recommend also talking to your doctor.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s is actually a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and affects the walls of the small and large intestine, though it can also affect your mouth, stomach, rectum, and anus. It usually appears in patches and lesions and can affect the entire thickness of the bowel walls.



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The symptoms vary a lot from person to person but often include: constipation or diarrhea (usually non-bloody), low-grade fevers, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, gas, bloating, fatigue, black stools, and weight loss.



A lot of factors can contribute to the development of Crohn’s disease from eating too many saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and sugar to eating too few fruits and vegetables. Smoking, antibiotics, infections, stress and nutritional deficiencies can also all play a role.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is similar, but the damage is usually just in the large intestine and rectum, and affects only the innermost layer of the walls.

How to Help Control and Improve Your Symptoms

Because Crohn’s is caused by inflammation, the main idea to relieve symptoms is to somehow control that inflammation.

Diet

The First Thing You Can Do…

The first thing you need to do is to try to identify and remove any triggers. While people react differently to different foods, you should start with the most common food allergies.

allergy foods

Wheat

Eliminating wheat and all other grains containing gluten is a good place to start because they have been shown to increase inflammation and mess up your gut flora.

Dairy

Dairy contains antibiotics and hormones that can alter your gut flora and make them start inflaming your whole gastrointestinal tract.

Refined Sugar

Studies have shown that if you eat a lot of refined sugar, you are more likely to get IBD.

Carrageenan

Carrageenan is often used as a stabilizing agent in milk products. Animal studies have shown that eating too much of it can lead to ulcerative colitis. Studies in humans have yet to prove the same thing, but it could definitely be making the inflammation worse.

The Second Thing You Can Do…

The second thing you can do is start eating more fruits, vegetables, and dietary fiber. Brassica vegetables, onions, and garlic can all help to increase antioxidant levels and decrease inflammation.

Drinking plenty of water is also key to keeping your bowels healthy. Especially if you already drink coffee, you should make sure to drink at least 1-2 liters of water a day.

Supplements

Certain herbs are great for helping treat IBD because of their anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in cooking around the world for centuries. It contains curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In particular it helps to fight cytokines, which cause inflammation, and modulates pathways which decrease inflammation.

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Studies have shown that giving curcumin to patients with Crohn’s and colitis can significantly improve their symptoms.

Quercetin

Quercetin is actually a bioflavonoid, which sounds complicated, but all you need to know is that it’s an antioxidant that can decrease inflammation by lowering the amount of histamine that your body releases. Plus, it can help slow down leukotrienes, which can make inflammation worse.

Quercetin can be taken as a supplement or you can simply eat more fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits.

Probiotics

Studies have shown that the yeast, Sacharomyces boulardii, is a very safe and effective treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease, helping decrease diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, and the risk of relapse.

Lactobacillus, another probiotic bacteria, has also been shown to be beneficial in Crohn’s patients, especially in children.

Stress

Stress is a major trigger for IBD attacks so you should pay special attention to your daily stress levels.

Yoga, meditation, setting boundaries, and making time for yourself are all great ideas for relieving stress. One of the best things I tell my patients is find whatever it is that you enjoy, that helps your body and your mind calm down, and invest time daily into that activity, even if only for a few minutes a day.

Nutritional

Crohn’s (and Colitis) tends to make your body worse at absorbing certain nutrients because of the damage it does to your intestines. People suffering from IBD can be deficient in any of the following nutrients:

– Vitamin B12

– Iron

– folate

– magnesium

– zinc

– potassium

– calcium

– Vitamin A, C, E, D, or K

If you suffer from IBD, speak to your health care provider to see which supplements may be best for you to increase your vitamin and mineral intake.

Please note: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis) are very serious conditions. Please talk to your health care provider before taking any medications and supplements to see which may be the safest and best suited for you.

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Getting Disability Benefits for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome- Drug rehab center

If you have vascular or regular EDS with severe symptoms that prevent you from working, you may be able to get disability.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of genetic disorders that affect the connective tissues in your body, which serve to provide strength and elasticity to your body structure. Ehlers-Danlos can affect your skin, joints, and blood vessel walls; the syndrome is characterized by extremely flexible joints and very stretchy, fragile skin. Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a severe form of the syndrome and affects the blood vessels in the body.

If you have EDS and are unable to work because of severe symptoms from it, you may be eligible for disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome generally suffer symptoms associated with their joints, due to increased flexibility. These symptoms can include:

  • joint dislocation
  • joint pain, and
  • double- jointedness.

Skin symptoms are also common, due to the increased stretchiness of the skin, and can include:

  • easily bruised or damaged skinned
  • poor wound healing, and
  • increased scarring.

Other symptoms caused by EDS due to the connective tissue impairments include:

  • back pain
  • flat feet
  • vision problems, and
  • fatty growths, generally around the knees or elbows.

Long-term effects of EDS can include:

  • chronic joint pain
  • early onset arthritis
  • failure of surgical wounds to heal properly
  • increased skin infections due to improper healing
  • premature rupture of membranes during pregnancy, and
  • rupturing of the eyeball.

Symptoms of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos

Vascular EDS has separate symptoms and long term-effects. Those with vascular EDS have distinct facial features, including thin noses, thin upper lips, small earlobes, and prominent eyes. Their skin is also noticeably thin; blood vessels will be very noticeable on pale people who suffer from vascular EDS. This type of EDS can weaken arteries throughout the body, especially the aorta (which is the largest artery in the heart) and arteries in the kidneys and spleen. The walls of hollow organs, such as the uterus and intestines, can also be weakened.

The long-term effects of vascular EDS can be extremely severe and can lead to sudden death from blood loss in extreme cases. Some of possible complications include:

  • rupturing of a major artery, such as the aorta
  • rupturing of arteries in the organs, and
  • rupturing of the intestines or uterus.

Qualifying for Disability Benefits for Ehlers-Danlos

There are two ways that individuals can qualify for disability benefits: meeting a disability listing or proving you are unable to work.

Meeting a Disability Listing

To meet a listing, you must show that you have an impairment listed in the Social Security “Blue Book” and that you meet all of the requirements noted in that listing.

For those with EDS, there is not a specific listing. Rather, you can meet a listing for an impairment you have due to the syndrome. Below are some of the possible listings that may be meet by EDS sufferers.

  • Listing 1.02 – Major dysfunction of a joint (due to any cause)
  • Listing 2.02 / 2.04 – Vision loss
  • Listing 4.10 – Aneurysm of the aorta
  • Listing 5.02 – Gastrointestinal bleeding requiring a blood transfusion, and
  • Listing 8.04 – Chronic infections of the skin.

Please note that while the listings for arthritic and connective tissue disease under Immune System (Listing 14.00) appear to be applicable to EDS, Social Security has clarified that they do not apply to EDS because EDS is a genetic disorder, not an immune system disorder.

Unable to Work

If your symptoms don’t fit into any of the above listings, you may be able to get disability benefits if your symptoms are so severe that they prevent you from being able to do most work activities. To receive disability benefits based on an inability to work, Social Security will look at your physical, mental, and sensory limitations. Those who have EDS often suffer from both physical and sensory impairments due to the syndrome.

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities include exertional activities, such as moving or lifting items and walking or standing for periods of time. Non-exertional physical activities include the ability to sit for periods of time or to complete office work such as typing or filing and will also be considered when determining physical abilities.

For those with EDS, joint problems can affect both gross motor skills (such as walking and using your arms) and fine motor skills (such as typing or doing other work with your hands), depending on what joints are affected. Chronic pain in the joints could also affect their ability to do physical work.

Sensory Abilities

Sensory abilities include your ability to function within various work environments and to adapt to situations. For example, vision loss can affect your ability to adapt to new environments, would limit the type of work that you could perform, and can limit the locations where you can work. Additionally, if open wounds are present, the environment in which you are able to work may be limited.

Social Security’s Decision

Social Security will develop a residual functional capacity (RFC) report on you that includes your physical and sensory limitations and will compare it to the requirements of your past job as well as other work to see if there is any work within your limitations. Social Security look at these factors plus your age, education level, and work history in determining if you are able to work. For more information on this analysis, see our section on how Social Security decides if you are unable to work.

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Low Carb Cream Cheese Fudge-Best weight loss program

This is one of my favorite low carb treats. I don’t like super sweet sweets and the cream cheese gives this just the right little bit of tang yet it’s sweet enough for me. You can add more sweetener to this also. I use about 1/2 cup because it’s enough for me. But taste it as you go and add more if you like it sweeter. Also you can add nuts if you like.

Low Carb Cream Cheese Fudge

Ingredients:
1 Stick Butter ( I use salted )
2 oz. Bakers Unsweetened Chocolate
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 Cup Stevia  or any sweetener or your choice to taste
Instructions:
Place butter and chocolate in a small pan and melt oven low heat. When chocolate and butter is just melted add vanilla and sweetener and blend together.
Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and pour chocolate mixture over it.
With a hand mixer mix about 2 minutes.
Pour into a greased  pan. I use a 6 x 8 pan and I freeze it and cut into squares.
 Note : I keep fudge  stored in the freezer . Out of site, out of mind. too
This makes a great frosting for mim’s or low carb  cookies ect.  
makes 24 pieces at  0.3 carbs per piece.

The Fatal Truth About Lyme Disease- Term life

You have heard, and will hear, it time and time again: “Lyme disease is cured with a few weeks of antibiotics.” If this is the case, why are hundreds of thousands –if not more- suffering for years on end from the disease? According to the CDC, they are not, because chronic Lyme disease does not exist:

“Approximately 10 to 20% of patients treated for Lyme disease with a recommended 2–4 week course of antibiotics will have lingering symptoms of fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some cases, these can last for more than 6 months. Although often called “chronic Lyme disease,” this condition is properly known as “Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. [1]”

For people suffering from Chronic Lyme, this statement is infuriating because they feel they are being told they are crazy; and also because pain, fatigue, and joint/muscle aches are often the least of their worries. Much more serious health complications arise from Lyme, and it is important that the public is aware of these symptoms. When looking at the bigger picture, the infuriating part is just how dangerous this statement is. If left untreated, Lyme disease can and will be fatal. That is the sad and often ignored truth.

Furthermore, it is estimated that only one out of every ten cases of Lyme disease is actually reported and that numerous individuals are misdiagnosed. In 2010 alone, state health departments reported 22,561 confirmed cases of Lyme disease and 7,597 probable cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The actual number is believed to be much higher than the yearly number of cases reported. One reason for this is due to the fact that reporting criteria varies from state to state; and most states take time to report only the minimum amount required. Still, the number of reported cases has increased 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982 [4].

Of course it is three years later, but unfortunately 2010 is the most recent year researched. So if the number of reported Lyme cases was only continuing to increase at that time, and since there has been no evidence of a decrease in cases, it can only be assumed that the number of people with Lyme disease is appallingly higher at the present moment. There are so many angles to touch on this topic, so let’s start with the very basics because there are many, many people who do not so much as know what Lyme disease is, much less how you contract it.

 

What is Lyme disease?

  • According to ‘Wikipedia’, “Lyme disease, Lyme borreliosis is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia [2].”
  •  In lay terms, Lyme disease is an infection from a tick bite.
  • Eloquently put by ‘Tired of Lyme’, “the non-technical term is what can truly depict Lyme disease best.  It involves aspects ranging from every angle of the lives of those affected including physical, mental and social. [3]”

Initial Symptoms

  • Bulls-eye rash is a definite positive of Lyme disease. However, only 50% of people with Lyme disease recall having a bulls-eye rash. The rash can also appear in bruise form depending on a person’s pigmentation. For example, a bruise that is blue/black on the outside, with a lighter color circle in the middle is a clear indication of Lyme disease. If you get to the doctor while you still have the rash, you have a better shot of getting treated right away and not having to deal with Chronic Lyme disease. As I will discuss later, testing is not always accurate, so getting to the doctor when you notice a bulls-eye rash is imperative.
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle and joint aches/pain

The above symptoms describe the typical initial onset of Lyme disease. But what if you, or someone you know, miss the crucial time period in which those are the only symptoms? Unfortunately, there are over thirty other symptoms, each of which can mimic other diseases. This along with the fact that standard testing is only 30% percent accurate is why it is of the upmost importance for the public to be informed on, at the bare minimum, the basic truths behind Lyme disease.

Other Symptoms

  • Low grade fevers, “hot flashes” or chills
  • Night sweat
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands
  • Stiff neck
  • Migrating arthralgia’s, stiffness and frank arthritis
  • Myalgia
  • Chest pain and palpitations
  • Abdominal pain, nausea
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Poor concentration and memory loss
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Depression
  • Back pain
  • Blurred vision and eye pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Testicular/pelvic pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Cranial nerve disturbance (facial numbness, pain, tingling, palsy or optic neuritis)
  • Head aches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Mysterious migrating symptoms that seem to come and go

Testing

A few blood tests are available for Lyme disease, but none are 100% accurate. The standard test is called an ELISA test. Oddly enough though, the ELISA is not based on the specific Lyme bacteria strain that is most beneficial for diagnostic testing. Therefor, the ELISA has a mere 30% accuracy rate. A negative reading can be meaningless, because false negatives are more common than not. A false positive is basically unheard of, so if you are lucky enough to test positive in the early stages it is a clear indication that you have the infection and need to start treatment right away. I use the term “lucky” here not because you are lucky if you have Lyme, but because you are lucky if you have Lyme and test positive early on. For many, it takes one pain-staking year after another before they are so much as introduced to the idea that they may possibly have Lyme disease. Another available, yet less administered, Lyme test is the Western Blot. While this test is slightly more reliable than the ELISA test, it is still faulty.

Doctors should not rely on test results alone to make a Lyme diagnosis because to date, a reliable test for the diagnosis of Lyme disease ceases to exist. Lyme doctors make a diagnosis based on a patient’s symptoms, medical history, and exposure to ticks –although that last one is not required, since ticks know no boundaries. Contrary to the popular statement that ticks are prevalent only in certain areas, the truth is you can walk outside your own front door and get bit.

If it all possible, it is best to get to a Lyme literate doctor if you believe you may have Lyme disease. This too also proves to be a difficult task, as many do not publicize that they specialize in Lyme disease due to legal reasons. To receive a list of Lyme literate practitioners closest to you.

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Gourmet Low Carb High Protein Weight Loss Meal Plans

Gourmet Low Carb High Protein Weight Loss Meal Plans

 

The following meal plans are designed for people who would like to lose weight and prefer a high protein, low carbohydrate approach. Although this is a low carbohydrate, high protein plan, some small servings of wholegraincarbohydrate foods have been included, as carbohydrates are needed by the body for optimum health and energy production. The plans are designed to provide you with balanced nutrition, including some carbohydrates, high levels of lean protein, and healthy fats. They also include plenty of fruits and vegetables, plus essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and fiber.

Each day provides around 1500 calories, which is the amount required by an average woman looking to lose 1-2 lbs (0.5-1kg) per week, and is a healthy rate of weight loss. A steady rate of weight loss such as this is more likely to be maintained long-term than the faster weight loss promised by “crash diets”.

For men who would like to follow the plan, the total daily calorie intake should be increased by approximately 500 calories. This can be achieved by adding extra snacks and/or doubling some of the portion sizes, as shown in the example below:

Day 1:
Breakfast

  • 1 extra egg = 74
  • 1 extra slice of buttered rye toast – 102

Snacks

  • Extra 20 almonds = 139
  • Double the size of Snack 2 = 157

TOTAL = 472 calories

You can also add snacks from other days of the plan if that works better for you.

For optimum results, the plan should be followed in conjunction with regular exercise. Anyone exercising a lot should increase their calorie intake accordingly, in line with the guidance given above. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or suffering from any medical condition, please consult a health professional before changing your diet.

Below are 7 days of low carb high protein diet plans.


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Day 1
1533 Calories – 119g Protein – 79g Carbs – 105g Fat

Breakfast: 323 Calories – 21g Protein – 14g Carbs – 20g Fat

Food Items Calories
3 Scrambled Eggs 221
1 slice Rye Toast, lightly buttered 102

Snack 1: 139 Calories – 5g Protein – 5g Carbs – 12g Fat

Food Items Calories
20 Almonds 139

Lunch: 449 Calories – 37g Protein – 19g Carbs – 45g Fat

Crab, Shrimp (Prawn) & Avocado Salad Calories
100g Crabmeat, 100g Shrimp (Prawn) 154
An Avocado, 80g Mixed Salad Leaves 174
Dressing: 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, 1/3 Red Chili, finely chopped (optional) 121

Snack 2: 157 Calories – 12g Protein – 14g Carbs – 5g Fat

Food Items Calories
2 Oat Crackers, topped with Cottage Cheese & Shrimp (Prawn) 157

Dinner: 331 Calories – 37g Protein – 14g Carbs – 17g Fat

Fish with Caper Sauce Calories
Cod Fillet 114
Caper Sauce (1 tbsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Capers, Chopped Parsley, Lemon Juice) 129
80g Peas, 100g Broccoli 88

Desert: 134 Calories – 7g Protein – 13g Carbs – 6g Fat

Food Items Calories
150g Whole Unsweetened Yogurt 124
2 tbsp Blueberries 10

Day 2
1508 Calories – 100g Protein – 83g Carbs – 88g Fat

Breakfast: 313 Calories – 13g Protein – 25g Carbs – 20g Fat

Food Items Calories
150g Whole Unsweetened Yogurt 124
Handful of Raspberries 29
30g Pistachio Nuts 160

Snack 1: 145 Calories – 6g Protein – 4g Carbs – 12g Fat

Food Items Calories
25g Pumpkin Seeds 145

Lunch: 552 Calories – 33g Protein – 36g Carbs – 32g Fat

Salmon & Quinoa Salad Calories
100g Roasted Salmon, 60g Salad Leaves 245
50g (dry weight) Quinoa 187
Dressing: 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper 120

Snack 2: 78 Calories – 2g Protein – 7g Carbs – 5g Fat

Food Items Calories
1 tbsp Hummus, Carrot Sticks 78

Dinner: 420 Calories – 46g Protein – 11g Carbs – 19g Fat

Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry Calories
100g Fillet Steak, in strips 220
200g Mixed Vegetables (Onion, Bean Sprouts, Baby Corn, Broccoli etc.) 70
1 tbsp Coconut Oil, Chilli, Garlic, Ginger 130

Day 3
1460 Calories – 94g Protein – 80g Carbs – 106g Fat

Breakfast: 356 Calories – 26g Protein – 31g Carbs – 15g Fat

Food Items Calories
2 Boiled Eggs 154
50g Smoked Salmon, 5 Asparagus Spears 106
A Pear 96

Snack 1: 138 Calories – 5g Protein – 8g Carbs – 11g Fat

Food Items Calories
25g Cashew Nuts 138

Lunch: 523 Calories – 22g Protein – 23g Carbs – 57g Fat

Mozzarella, Tomato & Avocado Salad Calories
120g Buffalo Mozzarella 340
1 Large Tomato, 1 Avocado 169
Dressing: Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, Black Pepper 14

Dinner: 395 Calories – 40g Protein – 12g Carbs – 21g Fat

Salmon & Vegetables Calories
150g Salmon Fillet, baked with 1 tbsp Olive Oil, Garlic & Lemon 307
100g Broccoli 36
80g Peas 52

Evening Snack: 48 Calories – 1g Protein – 6g Carbs – 2g Fat

Food Items Calories
A glass of warm Almond Milk 48
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Day 4
1444 Calories – 97g Protein – 85g Carbs – 91g Fat

Breakfast: 338 Calories – 9g Protein – 42g Carbs – 15g Fat

Almond, Banana & Blueberry Smoothie Calories
1 Banana, 100g Blueberries 157
3 tbsp Ground Almonds 145
150ml Almond Milk 36

Snack 1: 38 Calories – 1g Protein – 9g Carbs – 0g Fat

Food Items Calories
A Peach 38

Lunch: 461 Calories – 50g Protein – 16g Carbs – 31g Fat

Chicken & Avocado Salad Calories
150g Cooked Chicken Breast 294
1/2 Avocado, 10g Pine Nuts 134
Salad Leaves, a few Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Juice 33

Snack 2: 139 Calories – 5g Protein – 5g Carbs – 12g Fat

Food Items Calories
20 Almonds 139

Dinner: 468 Calories – 32g Protein – 13g Carbs – 33g Fat

Butternut Squash & Feta Frittata Calories
3 Eggs 221
75g Butternut Squash, roasted in 1 tbsp Olive Oil 149
50g Reduced-fat Feta Cheese 89
Green Salad 9

Day 5
1435 Calories – 92g Protein – 86g Carbs – 82g Fat

Breakfast: 391 Calories – 12g Protein – 35g Carbs – 22g Fat

Food Items Calories
150g Greek Yogurt 188
200g Melon, 100g Raspberries 116
15g Pumpkin Seeds 87

Snack 1: 100 Calories – 2g Protein – 2g Carbs – 10g Fat

Food Items Calories
3 Brazil Nuts 100

Lunch: 510 Calories – 44g Protein – 18g Carbs – 29g Fat

Tuna Niçoise Salad Calories
135g Tuna in Brine 142
1 Boiled Egg, 4 Baby New Potatoes, 80g Green Beans, 5 Cherry Tomatoes, 5 Black Olives 248
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Lemon Juice 120

Snack 2: 69 Calories – 2g Protein – 17g Carbs – 0g Fat

Food Items Calories
Large Slice of Melon 69

Dinner: 310 Calories – 31g Protein – 9g Carbs – 17g Fat

Food Items Calories
Grilled Chicken Breast 142
85g Broccoli, 85g Spinach 49
1 tbsp Olive Oil 119

Evening Snack: 55 Calories – 1g Protein – 5g Carbs – 4g Fat

Food Items Calories
3 Small Squares (approx 40g) 70% Dark Chocolate 55

Day 6
1438 Calories – 106g Protein – 94g Carbs – 69g Fat

Breakfast: 464 Calories – 21g Protein – 13g Carbs – 35g Fat

Almond Pancakes Calories
50g Ground Almonds, 1 Beaten egg, mixed and made into pancakes 396
50g Berries 27
2 tbsp Whole Unsweetened Yogurt 41

Snack 1: 139 Calories – 5g Protein – 5g Carbs – 12g Fat

Food Items Calories
20 Almonds 139

Lunch: 342 Calories – 35g Protein – 35g Carbs – 4g Fat

Open Turkey Sandwiches Calories
125g Cooked Turkey Breast 154
5 Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber Slices, 1 tsp Mustard 22
2 Slices Rye Bread 166

Snack 2: 69 Calories – 10g Protein – 1g Carbs – 1g Fat

Food Items Calories
1 Slice of Turkey, Cherry Tomatoes 69

Dinner: 424 Calories – 35g Protein – 36g Carbs – 16g Fat

Shrimp (Prawn), Spinach & Lentil Curry Calories
150g Tiger Prawns 87
50g Red Lentils, 100g Spinach, 1/2 Onion 211
1 tbsp Olive Oil, Garlic, Chilli 126

Day 7
1524 Calories – 112g Protein – 49g Carbs – 98g Fat

Breakfast: 427 Calories – 43g Protein – 8g Carbs – 26g Fat

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs Calories
3 Scrambled Eggs 221
100g Smoked Salmon 170
Grilled Tomatoes 36

Snack 1: 116 Calories – 5g Protein – 3g Carbs – 9g Fat

Food Items Calories
20g Pumpkin Seeds 116

Lunch: 477 Calories – 38g Protein – 19g Carbs – 28g Fat

Chicken & Cannellini Bean Salad Calories
100g Cannellini Beans, cooked 91
100g Chicken Breast, cooked 165
1 tbsp Olive Oil, Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives, Parsley 221

Snack 2: 20 Calories – 0g Protein – 5g Carbs – 0g Fat

Food Items Calories
Satsuma 20

Dinner: 484 Calories – 26g Protein – 14g Carbs – 35g Fat

Tofu, Cashew & Vegetable Stir-Fry Calories
150g Tofu 183
2 Spring Onions, 1 Eggplant, Broccoli 55
20g Cashew Nuts, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, Soy Sauce 246

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