Saturday, December 19, 2009
"According to the Materia Medica by Walter Bastedo, sodium bicarbonate taken internally can soothe your mucous membranes and dissolve thick mucus."
So now I take 1/2 tsp of baking soda with a full glass of water (8 oz) at least once a day, if not more and I'm noticing not only thinner mucous but I'm getting more of it out!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Little things like weather changes, stress, exposure to germs can make you sick because your immune system is weak.
Take a look at some things that make your immune system weak....
1) Toxins: Most people today have excess accumulation of toxins and waste material in their bodies causing their body to be acidic and adding stress to their immune system function. The two main reasons for this is
a) People are putting huge amounts of toxins (mostly unknowingly) in their bodies on a regular basis and
b) their elimination channels are clogged, slow or sluggish.
c) toxins like "junk" food, medications(drugs), sugars, excess alcohol, allergens all stress your immune system, thus making it weak and unable to fight the germs when exposed to them.
2) Nutritional Deficiency:
When your body lacks nutrition, you will have a weak immune system.
Since our bodies can not produce nutrients needed for optimal health, quality food plays a major factor in keeping our cells healthy and our immune system strong. Food not only provides energy to your body, but all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy immune system.
3) Lack of drinking healthy water:
Dehydration means the cells just simply do not have enough fluid. Dehydration cause medical problems including pain, arthritis, asthma, and allergies, among other medical issues. It can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.
4) Lack of physical activity:
Lack of regular, moderate exercise appears to slow down cleansing the body of certain toxins and waste products
5) Lack of sufficient rest:
lack of sleep will stress your immune system and thus increase the risk of catching a bug.
The good news is that I think you can help control or reverse your condition by doing as many as possible of the following list.
6) Chronic stress
People who are under chronic stress have lower than normal white blood cell counts, are more vulnerable to colds and other viruses and take longer to recover from them. They are more likely to experience more severe symptoms than people who are not under a great deal of stress.
The good news is you can strengthen your immune system by doing as many of the following list as possible....
1) keep practicing good personal hygiene care, wash your hands! The great plague of 1918 could have been avoided by practicing good personal hygiene.
2) get plenty of rest. During deep sleep, our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body.
3) get moderate and regular exercise
An increase in blood flow associated with moderate exercise helps to circulate antibodies along with white blood cells necessary to fight infection more quickly. As a result, this provides our bodies with an early warning system to ward off potentially damaging germs. In addition, the increase in body temperature as a result of physical activity may aid in inhibiting the growth of bacteria; thus allowing the body to fight infection more effectively.
4) Receiving a Regular Body Cleansing.
Body cleansing is essential because our bodies need to properly eliminate the toxic build up that has formed in our intestines (colon), which may lead to sickness and disease. Our body organs and tissues must be free of toxins for the immune system to function optimally thus enabling our bodies to receive the essential nutrients our bodies need.
5) Boost immune system by drinking plenty of filtered water.
Water is essential for all living things and keeps our immune system operating optimally while improving the way we feel, look and live. Without sufficient amounts of water, you may experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and a decrease normal bodily function which may lead to your body unable to fight off diseases. Without water we would literally dehydrate which could result in the shutting down of vital organs and ultimately end in death.
6) Eliminate all sugar and allergens from your diet.
Just a small amount of sugar has been proven to impair white blood cells up to 50% for very short periods of time. By discovering what our personal food allergies are, then eliminating or desensitizing them will help strengthen your immune system. By removing these triggers, our immune cells are strengthened in order to combat other invaders such as influenza rather than the allergen. The elimination of sugar from your diet can also strengthen immune system.
7) Eat nutritiously
Good foods to eat include organic fruits and vegetables, chloretta, medicinal mushrooms like maitake, shiitake, reishi, or turkey tail. Besides water, wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice, or green tea are good drinks.
8) Take supplements
Supplements are needed because our bodies can not produce the nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. There are many nutrients needed in order to maintain a strong immune system. It is very challenging in the world we live in to obtain sufficient nutrition with the foods available to us. They are over processed and void of many essential nutrients. Additionally, food is grown in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Vitamin and mineral deficiency subjects us to more diseases, aging, sickness, and the weakening of our immune system.
Best herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, olive leaf extract, elderberry, or astragalus.
Best vitamins include Vitamin A, C, or E. These are a good source of antioxidants, which will boost your immune system.
The minerals zinc and selenium also help with boosting your immune system.
As you can see, there is no one magic cure, one supplement, or one way to keep your immune system strong, but if you do most of these suggestions, you may never get sick again even when everyone around you is sick.
More details can be found at the website in the source box.
Of course the basics:
-Lots of sleep
-Consistently take ALL my supplements!
-Apply special herbal type cream on my chest EVERY night
-Deep breathing/therapy (bought a mini massager -->)
-Fresh Air (yes, even though I live in Canada, fresh air can do a world of good for your lungs)
-LOTS of yogurt!
one thing that I added that I think made a HUGE difference was:
-Super Garlic pills
one pill is worth 3 cloves of fresh garlic, traditionally garlic has been used to treat symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
Nov. 17, 2009 - CF clinic, bad cough starts
Nov. 30, 2009 - bought Super Garlic pills
Dec. 6, 2009 - slept the whole night with absolutely NO coughing
Friday, November 06, 2009
If any of you would like to hear specifics about my life, CF or family in my book just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospective title is "Cystic Fibrosis: From Sick to Healthy"
Thanks for all the support,
Monday, November 02, 2009
As a DD (designated driver) for my friends I felt it wouldn't hurt too much if I kept my mouth shut and let them smoke in thier own car. I was wrong, extremely wrong!
I already had a sore throat (I get it usually once or twice a year - at least I don't get the flu) so my immune system was already fighting off whatever that was... I've stood outside by people who were smoking but never crammed in a car with the windows closed for 15 min of smoke inhalation.
Throat still hurting & coughing getting pretty bad. My boyfriend was amazing and gave me therapy after only 4 hrs of sleep (I woke up because of caughing).
I had an extremely bad cough (sore throat had disappeared, like usual after 1-2 days), wheezing, lack of energy & loss of appetite - the 4 symptoms of a chest infection. I was under the impression that I needed a fever as well to think of it as anything serious. I was wrong. again.
Side note: yes I was dumb again to wait so long before doing something about my symptoms.
I asked my dad to confirm what I thought were the symptoms of a chest infection, when he didn't list "fever" all I could say was "I have all 4", his advice was to call the doctor and get antibiotics & an inhaler.
Knowing what needs to be done and getting it done - two totally different things!
Here is what happened in list form:
- called left a message for my family doctor (in hindsight I should have called CF clinic)
- got a call back just before she was leaving and was told to go to the local ER
- got a sermon from the ER doc about the H1N1 vaccine because I told him I've never been vaccinated and don't plan to ever be! (I'll also add that he said I would die if I got H1N1)
- finally got an antibiotic!
- talked to my mom (ex-nurse), she said that my CF doc had told her that as someone with CF we need a larger & longer dose of antibiotics
- called my CF clinic & left a message
Got a call back & prescriptions faxed to my local pharmacy with a follow up check-up date set for Monday, November 2nd.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is
effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The
producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go
on selling them, anyway." -- Dr.... J. Anthony Morris (formerly Chief
Vaccine Control Officer at the US Federal Drug Admin.)
"Http://www.vaccinationeducation.com to the contrary, but to everyone
their own, I've never been vaccinated or had any shots and I'm healthy
even with CF"
"That's what I guessed after hearing about the transplant. I'm praying
it all works out for him. My health is not where it is because of
luck, my parents probably fed my sisters & I with everything the
health food store had to offer, we went on quite a few "healthy diets"
& take lots of food supplements... But it's worked for us, we've been
improving rather then staying at the same level or getting worse.
Staying as far away from drugs or anything that brings down the immune
system is also part of our health stratagy, it also helps drugs work
better and faster when we do need them.
NOT listening to foolish doctor advice also helped (having a junk food
area - easy to reach for kids, 2 yrs on antibiotics, preventative TOBY
treatments, etc). It's a hard path to follow but I thank my parents
for doing so because my health is worth it!"
"I don't blame doctors for what they say it's how they've been
programmed, it's my job to listen and then research and figure out
what is in my best interest. To put the responsibility of my health in
doctors hands would make me foolish.
I don't have a mild case of CF, I have to work very hard everyday to
stay healthy & improve. Taking my pills & trying to live a healthy
lifestyle is like a full time job... I know it doesn't look like I'm
sick and most of the time I have no apparent symptoms to people who
don't really know me but I fight and somedays it catches up to me and
I get tired and just want to be normal but I do what I do for my
family & friends.
I try and share what I've learn & what works because I hope to help
others with CF.
I truly admire everyone with CF because I know what it takes to keep
on fighting for every breath...
As of right now I got a wicked caugh cuz my friends smoked in the car
while I was a DD for them after a party, let me just say I learnt my
lesson! I hope my almost 8 years of no pneumonia doesn't stop now cuz
of my brief lack in judgement."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I feel stuck and out of control :(
For good news, I found out my body is healing it self even more so I can cut down on more pills! Yea!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Now to the not so great news... I've been feeling bad consistantly for the last while. Why? You might ask? FOOD! I really need to figure out if I should be taking less enzyme type pills (all natural) I'm at the bare minimum already but maybe my body is doing super great at this healing process I've embarked on? Let's hope so!
Bad news: my insurance claim did NOT go through because my CF was a pre-existing condition (duh!) that caused the CFTA (CF related Arthritis) so an insurance company again finds a way to screw people over, FYI my CFRA was not pre-existing. Oh well at least this means I will need a job!
So, I'm looking for a receptionist job, weekday 9-5 hours. I'm actually pretty pumped about it!
Follow me on Twitter! www.twitter.com/cfchampion
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
like coffee they got me the café latté flavor of ensure plus :)
They do sort of remind me of pediasure which I hate cuz I had so much
of it as a kid.
I'm feeling much more comfortable with my adult CF team.
It's taken a while to get used to not working but I've noticed how
much better it is for my health. When I discussed it at CF clinic they
were very supportive and the process for me being on EIA (Employment
and Income Assistance).
Big changes ahead and hopefully it'll all work out without too much
Sunday, June 28, 2009
twitter account - www.twitter.com/rebeccaelias
facebook account - www.facebook.com/relias
I'm now working on getting my CF website back up and running... a new look is in the process too! www.rebeccaelias.org
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Monday, June 08, 2009
They say it’s illegal
To tell the truth.
They poison the sick,
Kill the innocent
All for the money
And ulterior motives.
My experience baffles their theories
Threatens their way of life,
But it doesn’t change the way they think
It doesn’t change the way they act.
So ignore the needless pain you cause everyday
And keep killing the ones you have sworn to not harm,
So supplements can’t CURE and drugs can?
Then why doesn’t it work out just like you planned.
Water for dehydration
Vitamin C for scurvy
So arrest me for what I just wrote
Because it’s illegal, right?
It’s still the truth
And no matter what you do
For the people who think for themselves
Your plans will fail
Saturday, May 16, 2009
anyways, I will keep fighting the good fight...
due to some strange new complications with my CF I am now on med leave for a couple of months... I've lost 10 lbs... time to get better, eat more, change some bad lifestyle choices and get back up there!!!!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I still work at Timmies, it's an awesome job and I really enjoy it. Thank-goodness I'm not supervising anymore. I think I'm too nice for that, lol. I work part time nights an evenings which works out great because I don't have to work more then 4 days in a row. Ten days in a row is just too much.
My polyps are not bothering me but they are there, I'm hoping they don't get worse.
This last October was my 3 year anniversary of no hospitalizations!!!
I'm working on putting up a website which has all my poems and lyrics... maybe a couple extras as well :) it's time I shared that part of me with the world.
On the 17th of March I will have been going out with my boyfriend for 6 months! It's been an awesome 6 months. He is so supportive and caring about my CF and all the pills I take, lol.
My car "Clifford" has been a pro this winter... it's been really cold and he's given me no problems :) he's such a good little car.
I promise the next update will be sooner then a year from now :)
Till then, God bless.