Study: Shift Work Is Tough on Workers’ Hearts

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans work in shifts, and new research suggests it’s doing no favors for their cardiovascular health.

The Chinese study of more than 320,000 people found that shift workers are at heightened risk for heart disease, and the more years they work shifts, the greater their risk.

Shift work “can earn more profit, but it can also cause harm to the health of employees, so employers should reduce shift work as much as possible,” advised study lead author Dr. Weihong Chen. She’s a researcher in occupational and environmental health at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan.

In the study, Chen’s team analyzed data from 21 prior studies involving hundreds of thousands of people and nearly 20,000 cases of coronary heart disease, which is caused by blocked blood flow in the heart.

The study wasn’t designed to prove cause and effect, but the data showed that shift workers were 13 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease than daytime workers.

And for every year spent working on shift work, there was a nearly 1 percent increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, Chen and colleagues reported March 29 in the journal Occupational Medicine.

The reason why shift workers are at increased risk for coronary heart disease isn’t known, but disruption of the normal sleep-wake cycle, increased stress, and unhealthy lifestyles often associated with shift work could be factors, the Chinese team reasoned.

Heart disease is a major killer, however, so there are big implications for millions of workers.

“The number of deaths due to ischemic heart disease has continued to rise with 7.6 million deaths in 2005 and 8.9 million people dying due to the condition in 2015,” Chen said in a journal news release. “Patients can require surgical interventions and medications, meaning ischemic heart disease is one of the biggest burdens on health care systems.”

Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed.

Reviewing the new findings, Bhusri said that “physicians and patients should both take this occupational situation as an additional risk factor for heart disease, and initiate prevention and treatment early.”

How might that work, exactly? According to Chen, “employers should pay attention to staff members who are experiencing symptoms of heart problems, as well as those with a family history of heart disease. Employers could provide health promotion, such as information on how to prevent and deal with ischemic heart disease.”

Finally, she said, “companies could also consider providing health checks to detect early signs of heart problems.”


Type 1 Seniors May Miss Spells of Low Blood Sugar

By Serena Gordon

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When you have type 1 diabetes, keeping track of your blood sugar levels can be challenging. But new research suggests that seniors might really have trouble avoiding low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

In fact, many patients over age 60 may experience up to 100 minutes of a day with low blood sugar and not even know it, the study researchers said.

The bottom line: “Older adults with type 1 diabetes do spend a considerable amount of time in hypoglycemia,” said study author Dr. Anders Carlson. He’s medical director of the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis.

“Hypoglycemia can lead to a lot of severe consequences — loss of consciousness, accidents, falls, hospitalizations and ER visits. Older adults have a higher risk from hypoglycemia in terms of arrhythmia [irregular heartbeat] that can result in higher cardiovascular problems,” Carlson explained.

“Hypoglycemia can take a toll on people. You have to be ready and able to treat hypoglycemia at any given moment,” he added.

Any blood sugar reading below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is considered low blood sugar. When blood sugar drops below 54 mg/dL, you’re at risk for more serious symptoms.

As blood sugar levels dip, you begin to experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, headache, hunger, fatigue and blurred vision. As blood sugar drops lower, you may feel weak and have trouble concentrating. You may be confused or have changes in your personality. Eventually, untreated low blood sugar can lead to seizures, unconsciousness and even death, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

People who’ve had diabetes for a long time or who have had repeated low blood sugar are at risk of developing hypoglycemia unawareness. These people no longer feel the uncomfortable warning symptoms of hypoglycemia, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This puts them at even greater risk of experiencing serious low blood sugar.

The study looked at 203 adults older than 60 who had type 1 diabetes. More than 90 percent were white, and just over half wore an insulin pump. Their overall diabetes management averaged within the range recommended for older adults by the ADA.


The participants wore a “blinded” continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for three weeks. Using an extremely thin sensor inserted underneath the skin, CGMs normally provide nearly constant access to blood sugar readings for the patient. The study devices, however, only gave that information to the researchers.

The study found that the volunteers spent an average of 72 minutes a day with blood sugar levels of less than 70 mg/dL and 24 minutes a day at less than 54 mg/dL. Those with hypoglycemia unawareness spent even more time with low blood sugar levels.

The researchers didn’t notice a difference between day and night readings of low blood sugar.

Dr. Joel Zonszein is director of Montefiore Medical Center’s Clinical Diabetes Center in New York City, and was not involved with the research. “I’m not surprised by the study. This is what we see all the time now that CGM is becoming more available,” he noted.

Zonszein said older people don’t have the same counter-regulatory responses from the body that younger people do. That usually means that management of diabetes in older people should be less aggressive, he said.

“Frequent low blood sugars should be a wake-up call to rearrange the diabetes regimen,” he said.

Carlson agreed that it was important for treatment to try to minimize hypoglycemia.

Carlson presented the findings this week at the Endocrine Society annual meeting, in New Orleans. Research presented at meetings is typically viewed as preliminary until it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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SOURCES: Anders Carlson, M.D., medical director, International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis; Joel Zonszein, M.D., director, Clinical Diabetes Center, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; March 25, 2019, presentation, Endocrine Society annual meeting, New Orleans

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If Truth Be Told About Unreported Vaccine Adverse Reactions: Do VAERS Reports Represent Demographic Statistical Actuality?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Ever since the 1980s I have been researching vaccine data, but I cannot seem to figure out – for the life of me – how many actual adverse reactions experienced by vaccinees are reported to VAERS, since there are so many data variables, plus estimated figures bandied around, as you will soon learn.

The vaccine adverse reactions reporting conundrum apparently gained some legitimacy with this report:


But how many children have vaccine reactions every year? Is it really only one in 110,000 or one in a million who are left permanently disabled after vaccination? Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler [1] observed in 1993 that less than 1 percent of doctors report adverse events following prescription drug use. There have been estimates that perhaps less than 5 or 10 percent of doctors report hospitalizations, injuries, deaths, or other serious health problems following vaccination. The 1986 Vaccine Injury Act contained no legal sanctions for not reporting; doctors can refuse to report and suffer no consequences.

Even so, each year about 12,000 reports are made to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System; parents as well as doctors can make those reports. However, if that number represents only 10 percent of what is actually occurring, then the actual number may be 120,000 vaccine-adverse events. If doctors report vaccine reactions as infrequently as Dr. Kessler said they report prescription-drug reactions, and the number 12,000 is only 1 percent of the actual total, then the real number may be 1.2 million vaccine-adverse events annually.   [1] [CJF emphasis]

— Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder & President  National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

Now here’s where things can get somewhat “squirrelly,” I think.  In checking CDC/FDA and the feds websites, I find varying explanations and numbers for estimated yearly VAERS reports.

Since 1990VAERS has received over 123,000 reports as of June 14, 2014
[VAERS-1 Form used from 1990 to June 30, 2017]
Source: FDA

In recent years VAERS has received approximately 40,000 U.S. reports annually.  
[VAERS Form 2.0 was implemented June 30, 2017.]
Source: Federal Register

However by law, healthcare professionals must Report Vaccine Reactions!  

And still, MDs, nurses and others, who should know their legal responsibilities as licensed healthcare professionals, DO NOT file vaccine damage reports with VAERS!  What are they hiding, or whom are they protecting?

On the other hand, anyone who has experienced an adverse event after receiving a vaccine CAN and SHOULD file the proper VAERS report (Form 2.0) at this HHS website Report an Adverse Event.

Now here’s an example of where I feel almost like a cat chasing its tail in trying to figure out VAERS.

I downloaded this data set, which apparently is a sophisticated Excel spreadsheet.  Columns A to G have these designations:


However, scrolling down the left column designated A “VAERS ID,” the numbering system seems to be an ongoing sequence that started with ID No. 794156 on 1/1/2019 and ends with ID No. 801633 as of sometime in February 2019.  Would that mean that 7745 adverse reports were filed from January 1, 2019 to sometime in February 2019?

If that be the case, then how does the above numbering system fit in with the following reported data?

A. Since 1990VAERS has received over 123,000 reports as of June 14, 2014
B. In recent years [2015 to 2019?] VAERS has received approximately 40,000 U.S. reports annually
C. 40,000 reports a year times 4 years (2015-2018) equals 160,000 to be added to 123,000 (2014) equals 283,000 reports; so why begin Jan. 1, 2019 with 794,156?
D. If 7745 adverse reports were filed from January 1, 2019 to sometime in February 2019,then what explains ID No. 801633 as of sometime in February 2019?
E. If 7745 reports represent approximately one-eighth (1/8) of 2019 calendar days, can we hypothesize 61960 total VAERS reports for all of 2019—not 40,000?
F. The above numbering system seems to indicate, and represent, more adverse events reported since the mandatory increases in the CDC vaccine schedule.

If I am correct in my assumptions about the VAERS ID numbering system, there probably is substantial proof that 801633 Adverse Events Reports had been filed to sometime in February 2019 since 1990.

Those numbers indicate there ARE adverse reaction vaccine problems, which the CDC and FDA do not seem to acknowledge, all while cataloging VAERS as a post-marketing product-efficacy surveillance system.

And even more alarming, I think, when taking the above ‘logic’ a step further to factor into consideration Dr. Kessler’s estimation of less than 1% being reported, what could be the “real life” number of experiences by consumers to February 2019?  Good question?

My calculator figured 80 million 163 thousand 3 hundred probable adverse reactions may have occurred from 1990 to sometime in February 2019, which could [or should] have been reported to VAERS.

Sadly, consumers probably may never know the accurate data sets until there is total transparency at every level of vaccine consensus science and adverse events reporting.




Fukushima: “An Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe”. “A Huge Coverup”. Dr. Helen Caldicott

By Dr. Helen Caldicott and Michael Welch

The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it may be, seemingly crowds out all other clear and present environmental hazards.

As part of efforts to normalize this historic event and cover it up in its magnitude, the Japanese government has invested considerable financial, public relations and other resources into what they are billing the ‘Recovery Olympics‘ set to take place in a year’s time in Tokyo. 

But Helen Caldicott warns that the dangers associated with Fukushima have not gone away and remain a cause for concern. 

Dr. Helen Caldicott has been an author, physician and one of the world’s leading anti-nuclear campaigners. She helped to reinvigorate the group of Physicians for Social Responsibility, acting as president from 1978 to 1983. Since its founding in 2001 she served as president of the US based Nuclear Policy Research Institute later called Beyond Nuclear which initiates symposia and educational projects aimed at informing the public about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and nuclear war. And she is the editor of the 2014 book, Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.

On the week marking the eighth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns, the Global Research News Hour radio program, hosted by Michael Welch, reached out to Dr. Caldicott to get her expert opinion on the health dangers posed by the most serious nuclear disaster since, at least, the 1986 Chernobyl event.

Global Research: Now the Japanese government is preparing to welcome visitors to Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games, and coverage of the 8th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster is hardly, it seems to me, registered given the significant radiological and other dangers that you cited and your authors cited in your 2014 book, Crisis Without End. Now it’s been more than four years since that book came out. I was hoping you could update our listenership on what is currently being recognized as the main health threats in 2019, perhaps not registered in the book, that you’re currently looking at in relation to the Fukushima meltdown.

Helen Caldicott: Well it’s difficult because the Japanese government has authorized really only examination of thyroid cancer. Now thyroid cancer is caused by radioactive iodine and there were many, many cases of that after Chernobyl. And already, they’ve looked at children under the age of 18 in the Fukushima prefecture at the time of the accident, and … how many children… 100…no 201 by June 18 last year… 201 had developed thyroid cancer. Some cancers had metastasized. The incidence of thyroid cancer in that population normally is 1 per million. So obviously it’s an epidemic of thyroid cancer and it’s just starting now.

What people need to understand is the latent period of carcinogenesis, ie the time after exposure to radiation when cancers develop is any time from 3 years to 80 years. And so it’s a very, very long period. Thyroid cancers appear early. Leukemia appears about 5 to 10 years later. They’re not looking for leukemia. Solid cancers of every organ, or any organ as such appear about 15 years later and continue and in fact the Hibakusha from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki who are still alive are still developing cancers in higher than normal numbers.

The Japanese government has told doctors that they are not to talk to their patients about radiation and illnesses derived thereof, and in fact if the doctors do do that, they might lose their funding from the government. The IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency interestingly set up a hospital – a cancer hospital – in Fukushima along with the Fukushima University for people with cancer, which tells you everything.

So there’s a huge, huge cover up. I have been to Japan twice and particularly to Fukushima and spoken to people there and the parents are desperate to hear the truth even if it’s not good truth. And they thanked me for telling them the truth. So it’s an absolute medical catastrophe I would say, and a total cover up to protect the nuclear industry and all its ramifications.

GR: Now, are we talking about some of the, the contamination that happened 8 years ago or are we talking about ongoing emissions from, for example–

HC: Well there are ongoing emissions into the air consistently, number one. Number two, a huge amount of water is being stored –over a million gallons in tanks at the site. That water is being siphoned off from the reactor cores, the damaged melted cores. Water is pumped consistently every day, every hour, to keep the cores cool in case they have another melt. And that water, of course, is extremely contaminated.

Now they say they’ve filtered out the contaminants except for the tritium which is part of the water molecule, but they haven’t. There’s strontium, cesium, and many other elements in that water – it’s highly radioactive – and because there isn’t enough room to build more tanks, they’re talking about emptying all that water into the Pacific Ocean and the fishermen are very, very upset. The fish already being caught off Fukushima, some are obviously contaminated. But this will be a disaster.

Water comes down from the mountains behind the reactors, flows underneath the reactors into the sea and always has. And when the reactors were in good shape, the water was fine, didn’t get contaminated. But now the three molten cores in contact with that water flowing under the reactors and so the water flowing into the Pacific is very radioactive and that’s a separate thing from the million gallons or more in those tanks.

They put up a refrigerated wall of frozen dirt around the reactors to prevent that water from the mountains flowing underneath the reactors, which has cut down the amount of water flowing per day from 500 tons to about a hundred and fifty. But of course, if they lose electricity, that refrigeration system is going to fail, and it’s a transient thing anyway so it’s ridiculous. In terms… So over time the Pacific is going to become more and more radioactive.

They talk about decommissioning and removing those molten cores. When robots go in and try and have a look at them, their wiring just melts and disappears. They’re extraordinarily radioactive. No human can go near them because they would die within 48 hours from the radiation exposure. They will never, and I quote never, decommission those reactors. They will never be able to stop the water coming down from the mountains. And so, the truth be known, it’s an ongoing global radiological catastrophe which no one really is addressing in full.

GR: Do we have a better reading on, for example the thyroids, but also leukemia incubation—

HC: No they’re not looking–well, leukemia they’re not looking for leukemia…

GR: Just thyroid

HC: They’re not charting it. So the only cancer they’re looking at is thyroid cancer and that’s really high, and you know it’s at 201 have already been diagnosed and some have metastasized. And a very tight lid is being kept on any other sort of radiation related illnesses and leukemia and the like. All the other cancers and the like, and leukemia is so… It’s not just a catastrophe it’s a…

GR: …a cover up

HC: Yeah. I can’t really explain how I feel medically about it. It’s just hideous.

GR: Well I have a brother who’s a physician, who was pointing to well we should maybe, the World Health Organization is a fairly authoritative body of research for all of the indicators and epidemiological aspects of this, but you seem to suggest the World Health Organization may not be that reliable in light of the fact that they are partnered with the IAEA. Is that my understanding…?

HC: Correct. They signed a document, I think in ‘59, with the IAEA that they would not report any medical effects of radiological disasters and they’ve stuck to that. So they are in effect in this area part of the International Atomic Energy Agency whose mission is to promote nuclear power. So don’t even think about the WHO. it’s really obscene.

GR: So what would… the incentive would be simply that they got funding?

HC: I don’t know. I really don’t know but they sold themselves to the devil.

GR: That’s pretty incredible. So there’s also the issue of biomagnification in the oceans, where you have radioactive debris, hundreds of tons of this radioactive water getting into the oceans and biomagnifying up through the food chain, so these radioactive particles can get inside our bodies. Could you speak to what you anticipate to see, what you would anticipate, whether it’s recorded by World Health authorities or not, what we could expect to see in the years ahead in terms of the illnesses that manifest themselves?

HC: Well number one, Fukushima is a very agricultural prefecture. Beautiful, beautiful peaches, beautiful food, and lots of rice. And the radiation spread far and wide through the Fukushima prefecture, and indeed they have been plowing up millions and millions of tons of radioactive dirt and storing it in plastic bags all over the prefecture. The mountains are highly radioactive and every time it rains, down comes radiation with the water. So the radiation – the elements. And there are over 200 radioactive elements made in a nuclear reactor. Some have lives of seconds and some have lives of millions of years or lasts for millions of years will I say. So there are many many isotopes, long-lasting isotopes – cesium, strontium, tritium is another one – but many, many on the soil in Fukushima.

And what happens is – you talked about biomagnification – when the plants take up the water from the soil, they take up the cesium which is a potassium analog – it resembles potassium. Strontium 90 resembles calcium and the like. And these elements get magnified by orders of magnitude in the rice and in the plants. And so when you eat food that is grown in Fukushima, the chances are it’s going to be relatively radioactive.

They’ve been diluting radioactive rice with non-radioactive rice to make it seem a bit better. Now, into the ocean go these isotopes as well, and the algae bio-magnify them by – you know -ten to a hundred times or more. And then the crustaceans eat the algae, bio-magnify it more. The little fish eat the crustaceans, the big fish eat the little fish and the like. And tuna found in – off the coast of California some years ago contained isotopes from Fukushima. Also fish, being caught on the west coast of California contained some of these isotopes. So, it’s an ongoing bio-magnification catastrophe.

And the thing is that you can’t even taste, smell or see radioactive elements in your food. They’re invisible. And it takes a long time for cancers to occur. And you can’t identify a particular cancer caused by a particular substance or isotope. You can only identify that problem by doing epidemiological studies comparing irradiated people with non-irradiated people to see what the cancer levels are and that data comes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and many, many, many other studies.

GR: Chernobyl as well, no?

HC: Oh, Chernobyl! Well, a wonderful book was produced by the, uh, Russians, and published by the New York Academy of Sciences, called Chernobyl with over 5000 on the ground studies of children and diseases in Belarus and the Ukraine, and all over Europe. And by now over a million people have already died from the Chernobyl disaster. And many diseases have been caused by that, including premature aging in children, microcephaly in babies, very small heads, diabetes, leukemia, I mean, I could go on and on.

Um, and those diseases which have been very well described in that wonderful book, um, which everyone should read, are not being addressed or identified or looked for in the Fukushima or Japanese population.

May I say that parts of Tokyo are extremely radioactive. People have been measuring the dirt from rooves of apartments, from the roadway, from vacuum cleaner dust. And some of these samples, they’re so radioactive that they would classify to be buried in radioactive waste facilities in America. So, that’s number one.

Number two, to have the Olympics in Fukushima just defies imagination. And uh, some of the areas where the athletes are going to be running, the dust and dirt there has been measured, and it’s highly radioactive. So, this is Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, who set this up to – as a sort of way to obscure what Fukushima really means. And those young athletes, you know, who are – and young people are much more sensitive to radiation, developing cancers later than older people – it’s just a catastrophe waiting to happen.

GR: Dr. Caldicott…

HC:They’re calling it the radioactive Olympics!

GR: (Chuckle). Is there anything that people can do, you know, whether they live in Japan or, say, the west coast of North America to mitigate the effects that this disaster has had, and may still be having eight years later?

HC: Yes. Do not eat any Japanese food because you don’t know where it’s sourced. Do not eat fish from Japan, miso, rice, you name it. Do not eat Japanese food. Period. Um, fish caught off the west coast of Canada and America, well, they’re not testing the fish so I don’t know what you’d do. Um, I mean, most of it’s probably not radioactive but you don’t know because you can’t taste it.

Um they’ve closed down the air-borne radioactive measuring instruments off the west coast of America, uh, but that’s pretty bad, because there still could be another huge accident at those reactors.

For instance, if there’s another large earthquake, number one, all those tanks would be destroyed and the water would pour into the Pacific. Number two, there could be another meltdown, a release – huge release of radiation, um, from the damaged reactors. So, things are very tenuous, but they’re not just tenuous now. They’re going to be tenuous forever.


Homeopathic Treatment of Oral Lichen Planus

Oral lichen planus (OLP) is an inflammatory condition affecting the mucous membranes inside the mouth (inner surface of the cheeks, tongue, gums inner surface of lips and palate). This condition leads to the development of white, lacy patterned lesions or sores in the mouth. Homeopathic medicines for oral lichen planus help heal the lesions and sores and also treat the attending symptoms like pain, burning sensation, and bleeding from the lesions. Merc Sol. Plantago and Borax are the top homeopathic medicines for oral lichen planus.

homeopathy oral lichen planus

Homeopathic medicines for oral lichen planus.

Oral lichen planus is an auto-immune disease. The T-cells of the immune system get activated and attack the lining of the mouth, resulting in inflammation and lesions. Some trigger factors linked with oral lichen planus include hepatitis C virus infection, some medicines (like those used for high blood pressure and diabetes), mouth injury, allergic reaction to dental materials like dental fillings. Oral lichen planus is also seen to run in families.

Homeopathic Treatment of Oral Lichen Planus (OLP)

There are excellent medicines in homeopathy to treat cases of oral lichen planus. The homeopathic medicines are of natural origin and ensure safe and natural recovery in cases of oral lichen planus. These remedies are selected individually as per the prominent features presented.

Homeopathic Medicines for Oral Lichen Planus

Merc Sol – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Oral Lichen Planus

Merc Sol is a natural medicine for oral lichen planus and works very effectively in cases where there are red and inflamed patches in the mucous membrane of the mouth. Multiple sores appear in the mouth along with lesions inside the cheeks, tongue and the gums. The sores may be painful and have a burning sensation. The mouth and gums are inflamed with sores that tend to bleed. The tongue is thickly coated along with a with a characteristic symptom of excessive saliva in the mouth. A bad, offensive, fetid odor from the mouth is present in a majority of the cases. A metallic, coppery taste in the mouth is present along with the above symptoms.

Plantago – Natural Remedy for Oral Lichen Planus

Plantago is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from a plant Plantago major commonly known by the name of Ribwort. This plant belongs to the natural order Plantaginaceae. Plantago works well in cases where there are sores in the mouth and bleeding from the gums attended with a putrid smell from the mouth. The tongue is also coated white. In my clinical practice, Plantago has proved to be highly effective in many of my patients suffering from oral lichen planus.

Borax – For Oral Lichen Planus with Painful Sores in Mouth

Borax is next very useful homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus cases. Its use is considered in cases where there are painful, tender sores in the mouth are present. Mostly the sores appear on the tongue and inner surface of the cheeks. The sores (especially on the tongue) may hurt due to movement of the tongue as well as spicy food. The sores on the inner surface of the cheek and tongue also tend to bleed. A heated sensation and a bitter taste in the mouth is predominantly present in the mouth along with lesions. Borax is also a well-indicated homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus attended with fungal infections of the mouth.

Natrum Mur – For Oral Lichen Planus with Lesions with Burning Sensation

Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic remedy for oral lichen planus lesions attended with a marked burning sensation. The sores appear on the tongue, inside the cheeks, and on the gums. There is an intense burning sensation in the sores. This is aggravated when food or drink comes in contact with the sore. The speech also becomes difficult due to the burning pains in the sores. The sores are also very sensitive.

Nitric Acid – For Stinging Pain in Sores in Oral Lichen Planus

Nitric Acid is a useful homeopathic medicine for managing stinging pain in the sores of oral lichen planus. In some cases, pricking and splinter-like pains are present. The sores are present inside the cheeks, the inner side of lips and edges of the tongue. The sores are deep and have a swollen surface. The tongue may be coated white or yellow coated. A foul odor from the mouth is also present.

Kali Mur – For Oral Lichen Planus with Sores and Fungal Infection of Mouth

Kali Mur is a natural medicine indicated for oral lichen planus with sores and fungal infection of the mouth, in a manner similar to homeopathic medicine Borax. The sores form inside the cheeks and lips and are white with a grey base. There may be stinging and burning sensation along with a sour taste in the mouth. The breath is fetid, and the tongue is coated greyish white.

Phosphorus – For Oral Lichen Planus with Bleeding from Sores

Phosphorus is a natural medicine for treating cases of oral lichen planus. In cases requiring Phosphorus, the sores appear on the inner surface of the cheek, tongue, gums and the palate (roof of the mouth). These sores tend to bleed easily. Increase in watery saliva is well noted with bleeding lesions. The saliva may have a salty or sweet taste.

Kreosote – For Oral Lichen Planus with Sores and Inflammation of Gums

Homeopathic medicine Kreosote offers a natural cure for oral lichen planus in cases where there are sores and inflammation present on the gums. Those affected may have bluish red, ulcerated, inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily. A putrid odor from the mouth is also present in most cases.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus

The lesions in oral lichen planus appear in the form of white, lacy, thread-like patches/as red, swollen, painful patchy lesions, or as sores in the mouth. The lesions may appear on the inner surface of cheeks, tongue, inner surface of lips, gums, and palate. The sores can be painful, may have a burning sensation and may bleed too. Eating, drinking, speaking worsens the pain mostly. The sores may be sensitive to hot and spicy food. Some complications of lichen planus include intense pain in lesions, stress, scarring of lesions, fungal infection in the mouth, and weight loss when the person avoids eating because it causes pain in sores and increases the risk of mouth cancer.


Burning and Itching? Treat Vaginitis Naturally with Homeopathy

Vaginitis or vaginal infection is an inflammation of the vagina. Symptoms like vaginal itching, vaginal discharge, vaginal odor, and pain result in vaginitis. Infectious or non-infectious agents can cause vaginitis. These infections mainly arise from bacteria, yeast (mainly Candida albicans) and parasite (usually trichomonas vaginalis which is a sexually transmitted infection). Homeopathic medicines for vaginitis work for both acute as well as chronic vaginitis. Pulsatilla, Kreosote, and Alumina are the top homeopathic medicines for vaginitis.

homeopathy vaginal discharge

Homeopathic medicines for vaginitis.

Some STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) that can lead to vaginitis are chlamydia, gonorrhea. Non-infectious vaginitis may result from chemical irritation or allergy from the use of sanitary products, vaginal sprays, douches, perfumed soaps, etc. Some risk factors for vaginitis include hormonal changes during pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause or from taking birth control pills, having unprotected sex with a partner who might be having an STI, use of IUD (intrauterine device), use of a vaginal spray, douches and uncontrolled diabetes.

Homeopathic Treatment of Vaginitis

Vaginitis can be treated very effectively with natural homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines boost the body’s self-healing mechanism to fight with the infection and aid safe, natural recovery from vaginitis without any side effects. Homeopathic medicines reduce the inflammation of the vagina and help resolve symptoms like abnormal vaginal discharge, itching and burning in the vagina, pain during intercourse or urination. Homeopathic medicines for vaginitis are selected after taking into account the nature of vaginal discharges and the attending symptoms in every individual case.

Homeopathic Medicines for Vaginitis

Pulsatilla – For vaginitis with Thick Vaginal Discharge

Pulsatilla is a natural homeopathic medicine derived from a plant named Pulsatilla Nigricans or Wind-flower of the natural order Ranunculaceae. Pulsatilla is helpful for vaginitis when vaginal discharges are thick like cream. They are white (like milk) and get worse on lying down. There may be a burning felt in the vagina along with a backache.

Kreosote – For Itching in Vagina

Kreosote is a natural medicine for itching in the vagina in cases of vaginitis. The itching is quite intense and violent. There may be soreness and burning in the vagina after scratching. The genitals are swollen too. The vaginal discharge may be white or yellow and smells putrid. Standing and walking worsens the discharge. Weakness may appear with the discharges. There is a frequent urge to urinate.

Alumina – For Vaginitis Vaginal Discharges Causing Burning in Vagina

Alumina offers a natural cure for burning in the vagina due to vaginitis. The discharges are worse during the daytime and may be transparent or light yellow. They are also highly acrid, corrosive, excoriating. Cold washing tends to relieve the symptoms. In some cases, stitching and throbbing pain in the vagina is also felt.

Natrum Mur – For Vaginitis with White Vaginal Discharge

Natrum Mur is an effective natural medicine for vaginitis cases with white vaginal discharges. The discharges are thick and profuse and tend to get worse at night. They also tend to be acrid and are attended with itching and a smarting pain in genitals. General weakness may also be present.

Merc Sol – For Greenish Vaginal Discharge in Vaginitis

Merc Sol is a homeopathic medicine used to treat vaginitis with greenish vaginal discharges. A night aggravation of the discharges may be present. The discharges may be blood-stained, corrosive and itchy, leading to scratching. Scratching is often followed by burning. A smarting and biting sensation in genitals is also present. The genitals may also be swollen. Pain, itching, and burning during urination in the genitals upon contact with urine is also present.

Hydrastis – For Yellow Vaginal Discharges in Vaginitis

Homeopathic medicine Hydrastis is prepared from the fresh root of a plant Hydrastis Canadensis. This plant is commonly known by the name of Golden Seal or Orange-Root and belongs to the natural order Ranunculaceae. Use of Hydrastis is considered in cases of vaginitis with a yellow discharge from the vagina. The discharges are profuse, thick, tenacious, and highly viscid. The discharges may be stringy and ropy in some cases. Occasionally, they may be offensive. Itching in the vagina appears from discharges.

Sepia – For Vaginitis with Painful Coition

Sepia is a natural remedy for vaginitis with very painful coition. In cases where Sepia works effectively, the vaginal discharges are clear, watery or yellowish-greenish. They may also be blood-stained. They get worse after urinating. The discharges are excoriating with severe vaginal itching and burning pain. It may also have a fetid odor. Along with the above features, there is an increased frequency of urination.

Graphites – To Manage Profuse, Gushing Vaginal Discharges in Vaginitis

Homeopathic medicine Graphites is very beneficial for managing profuse, gushing vaginal discharges in vaginitis. The discharge is mainly white or yellowish-white. It flows through the day and night. The discharges are acrid and excoriate the skin. They also cause a biting pain in the vagina. The back feels weak due to these copious discharges.

Nitric Acid – For Vaginitis with Foul Vaginal Discharge

Nitric Acid is a natural medicine for vaginitis with vaginal discharges that are offensive. In cases needing Nitric Acid, the color of vaginal discharge varies. It may be green, brown, flesh-colored or clear like water. The discharge is acrid and causes burning in the vulva and vagina. Stitching pain in the vagina may also be felt.

Natrum Phos – For Sour-Smelling Vaginal Discharges in Vaginitis

Natrum Phos is an effective medicine for sour-smelling vaginal discharges in cases of vaginitis. The discharges from the vagina may be creamy or watery, and often honey-colored. They are often acidic.

Medorrhinum – For Vaginal Discharge with Fish-like Odour

Medorrhinum is a natural remedy for vaginitis where the vaginal discharges have a peculiar fishy odor. The discharges are acrid, excoriating with excessive itching. Washing with lukewarm water relieves the itching. The discharges are also very thick. An attending gonorrhea infection may be present in cases needing Medorrhinum.

Symptoms of Vaginitis

The symptoms of vaginitis include abnormal vaginal discharge, itching, and burning in the vagina, pain during intercourse or urination, and slight bleeding from the vagina. The type of discharge varies as per the reason. The discharge from the vagina in cases of vaginitis may be white, grey, yellow-green, thick like cottage cheese, foul or fish-like in the smell.


Nutrition for Two

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How can you ensure the best nutrition for your growing baby? It often feels like a bit of a minefield trying to navigate all the information. However, it is worth getting it right as there is more and more research showing that the mother’s health and in particular nutrition, can have profound and long-lasting effects on the developing fetus, child and even into adulthood. The World Health Organisation has even coined a phrase to address the time in the womb and first two years: “the first 1000 days” of which the first 365 are while the baby is developing in the mother’s uterus.

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet which contains protein, carbohydrates and fats is important and although that sounds obvious, many women will be on newer types of diets where one food group is restricted or not consumed at all. Time to stop the fad diet when you are pregnant! Overall it is recommended women eat:

  • 6 serves Vegetables and Fruit a day
  • 6 serves Breads and Cereals a day
  • 3 serves Dairy a day
  • 2 serves lean meat a day

A serving is an amount that can fit in the palm of your hand. Pregnant women are more likely to get constipated and can develop diabetes during pregnancy. Both of these conditions can be reduced with a high fibre diet. It’s recommended that women swap out items like white bread for wholemeal bread and eat plenty of vegetables with skins on if scrubbed.

It is also recommended that no alcohol is consumed during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition affecting the fetus and can result in stunting of growth and even developmental delay. It is very hard to predict how much alcohol will result in damage and will vary from woman to woman and fetus to fetus. Therefore the safest approach is no alcohol.

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Two to three serves of fish a week is also recommended during pregnancy. This allows for a good intake of short chain fatty acids which are essential for the baby’s brain and nerve development. There is a concern that long-lived fish (eg tuna) could result in a risk of heavy metal intake and should be avoided. For women who do not eat fish or have an inadequate intake, supplements can be taken. There are supplements from an algal source available which are suitable for all women including vegetarians, and since algae are the source of the fatty acids, there is no risk of heavy metals.

So how about if you don’t eat meat? Meat provides good levels of iron which is important for making red blood cells but also for building cells in the fetus. When low in iron, or enough is not consumed in the diet, an iron supplement is recommended. Those women who are vegan or avoid dairy for reasons of lactose intolerance should consider a calcium supplement. Many women will use a milk substitute such as soy or almond milk, but these do not have as much calcium as dairy milk. Some women who limit both meat and dairy intake will also need some extra Vitamin B12 which can be taken as a supplement.

Micronutrients are components which are essential to fetal development and include vitamins and minerals. It is well known that folic acid supplements are required prior to and during pregnancy to support healthy nervous system development. Iodine is also recommended as it assists fetal thyroid function and is often low in many women’s diets. There are other micronutrients which are being recognised as important for fetal development, in particular, choline. Most women do not get enough choline from their diet alone and an adequate amount of supplementation is important as choline is also involved in the development of the fetal brain and nervous system. The recommended daily intake is 450mg a day. Eggs are the main source and contain around 110mg per day so a few eggs are required!

Weight Gain – How much is too much?

For a woman who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the normal range (18-25) a total of 11.5 – 16 kg is expected. However, for women who start pregnancy overweight or obese, less weight gain is advised and will assist in preventing diabetes during pregnancy.

Most women will be on an adequate diet in pregnancy but a few tweaks may be needed. Some micronutrients may be lacking and so it’s important to consider your diet and think about a supplement if needed. BMI is important when deciding how much weight gain is appropriate in pregnancy and the best approach for you can lead to the best outcome.

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The new Lifemum range of micronutrients has been clinically formulated by Dr Emma Parry to work in harmony with every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. The range contains 9 products to choose from including 2 multi’s with Choline, vital support for baby’s brain development. Shop the LifeMum range on our secure online store.

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Teething – Natural Remedies for Relief

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When children come down with their first fever and show signs of irritability the reason will soon emerge – with the arrival of their first tooth! It must travel a long way through the jaw and may take many weeks or months before finally coming through.

What is Teething?

Teething is the process by which an infant’s first teeth (deciduous or milk teeth) sequentially appear by emerging through the gums, typically arriving in pairs. It can happen from as early as four months, but most commonly from six to eight months of age. Teething pain is not an illness, but getting teeth marks the next major step in a child’s separation from their mother. At this stage, mother’s milk should be complemented by solid food such as porridge and first fruits that the child can mash with their first teeth.

It’s not by chance that teething pain often occurs when children are in the process of testing their own physical range of movement. First teeth usually come out when a baby starts to crawl. By the time they learn to walk at about 15 months of age, toddlers have eight teeth on average. The first phase of autonomy generally begins once all of the baby teeth have arrived, at about two years of age.

Teething Symptoms

Babies experiencing teething generally dribble more, put objects in their mouth, have red cheeks and can even be very distressed. Swelling or red gums can also indicate teething pain.

Teething can lead children to become more prone to colds, cough and fever. Sometimes the other end of the digestive system also reacts to the change, in the form of nappy rash.

Teething, along with gastrointestinal infection that unfavourably changes the gut flora, or digestion of first acidic fruits can cause nappy rash. Surprisingly, the delicate skin of a baby’s bottom can withstand a lot and is not easily irritated by short-term contact with urine and faeces. However, if an inflammatory rash does occur, with redness, sores or even bleeding, the bottom should be exposed to fresh air as much as possible, enabling the affected area to heal. A nappy cream also helps the skin to regenerate and prevents itching. Changing the kind of nappy worn may also help.

Tips to Help Soothe Teething Symptoms

Give your baby something cool and firm to chew on, helping to numb the gums and reduce pain, such as a cooled apple wedge, a clean frozen washcloth, or a teething ring kept in the fridge.

Apply gentle daily massage to your baby’s gums and avoid noisy chaotic environments. Calm is good!

While teething may increase stool acidity and contribute to nappy rash so can dietary factors (for example, eating large quantities of stone fruit or other acidic foods). Address nappy rash quickly, as blisters and ulcers can easily form, escalating the level of pain and distress.  To relieve itching and pain, and encourage healing, use a natural cream containing gentle healing herbs such as calendula, chamomile, aloe vera and lavender oil.

Avoid using talcum powder, creams and lotions containing synthetic ingredients – especially around the delicate nappy region. Synthetic clothing can also contribute to skin problems, so choose natural fibres that allow baby’s skin the breath.

Natural Remedies to Relieve Teething Symptoms

For centuries, chamomile (Matricaria recutita) has been treasured in Europe for its ability to ease tension, soothe digestion and reduce inflammation. This annual herb comes from the daisy (Asteracea) family and produces tiny delicate white flowers with yellow centres. To ease the discomfort of teething the root of the chamomile plant can be given as a homeopathic preparation. This helps to reduce the pain and inflammation where the tooth is pushing through the gum. Chamomille can also help to effectively relieve common symptoms associated with teething such as irritability, digestive upsets and red cheeks. Working with the body in a gentle sympathetic way, chamomile can relax mind and body and help prepare for a good night’s sleep, so it makes an ideal ingredient for infant remedies!

Another traditional ingredient used can be conchae, a natural form of calcium carbonate sourced from the oyster shell. This remedy is often combined with chamomile as it helps to soothe teethingaches and pains and exhibits calming properties.

Weleda Baby Teething Powder contains a combination of chamomilla root and conchae and is one of Weleda’s best-selling products. Made in New Zealand, Baby Teething Powder is for the relief of the discomfort and restlessness of teething in babies and children, and helps calm and soothe. Shop online on our secure online store.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Weleda, Havelock North.

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How to Optimize Your Recovery After a Stroke

Bob Dennis, Ph.D., a biomedical engineer by profession, is also the author of “Stroke of Luck: Master Neuroplasticity for Recovery and Growth After Stroke,” and its much-shortened version, “Stroke of Luck: NOW! Fast and Free Exercises to Immediately Begin Mastering Neuroplasticity Following a Stroke,” an excellent reference book that everyone should have in their medical library.

Why do I recommend you get a copy of Bob’s book now? Because it is highly likely you or someone you know or love will have a stroke, and you simply don’t want to wait for this book to ship to you as you will need access to it immediately if you are to minimize the damage done from the stroke.

Stroke is a massively pervasive problem in the U.S., with an estimated 795,000 strokes occurring each year.1 It’s the fifth leading cause of death, killing an estimated 142,000 annually. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.2 Strokes are also becoming more prevalent in younger people.3 An estimated 10 percent of all strokes occur in people under the age of 50.4

The impetus behind the book was Dennis’ personal experience. He’s suffered two strokes so far, the last one in July 2018, at the age of 54, and made a magnificent recovery using the techniques he lays out in his book.

A recent example that has ignited renewed interest in prevention is the sudden death of 52-year-old actor, Luke Perry, from a massive stroke. Unfortunately, if it doesn’t kill you, you may suffer with severe disabilities for the remainder of your life, which is why Dennis’ book is so important.

He compiled this book as a resource to help stroke victims improve their chances of making as full a recovery as possible, and his own story is evidence that it’s possible. He recounts his experience:

“I woke up one morning in early July of 2018 and realized I’d had a stroke while I was in bed. I could barely talk, but I was able to get myself to a doctor. Of course, they loaded me immediately onto an ambulance and took me to a hospital. I was really aware of what was going on and what was happening. I paid very close attention to what they were asking me to do and what they were telling me.

The standard of care now … is that when you have a stroke, within three hours, they can give you thrombolytics — chemicals … to break up a thrombus or a clot … It … saves and preserves brain tissue without permanent death of the neurons. I was outside the three-hour thrombolytic window, so that was not an option.”

Conventional Medicine Falls Short on Stroke Recovery

For clarification, within that three-hour window, they have to determine which type of stroke you had, as giving thrombolytics to someone who has suffered a hemorrhagic stroke would be lethal (since a vein has ruptured and it’s already bleeding inside the brain).

Hence, one of the first things that must be done is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine whether your stroke is due to a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or a rupture (hemorrhagic stroke). According to the American Stroke Association, 87 percent of strokes are ischemic; the remainder are hemorrhagic.5

“Fortunately for me, most of my colleagues are neurophysiologists. On the very first day, my wife was able to ask them what I should be doing to get the best possible recovery. I got a lot of real expert opinions on it from my colleagues … I kept asking the mainstream physicians, ‘What should I be doing to improve my recovery?’

They kept saying, ‘Well, take your meds, which are statins … and baby aspirin. Consider trying a Mediterranean diet.’ The last thing they said was, ‘Well, you should go to physical therapy (PT) too.’ Now, I spoke to everybody who was at the hospital — a Level 1 neurotrauma stroke center — and that was the sum total of all of their advice.

I was thinking to myself, ‘Seriously, come on. This happens to 800,000 Americans a year? I know there are things you can do after stroke, where’s the good advice?’ It wasn’t forthcoming … Of course, I knew a lot more because I’m a biomedical engineer. I knew a lot more than they were telling me. I got kind of a little angry about the fact that they don’t give good advice.

They basically give you the advice, ‘Just lie there and wait,’ which, in my opinion, is the worst thing you can do. Once you know it’s not hemorrhagic, you should be doing things to promote your neuroplasticity. That’s what I did. I just started doing what I knew was right …

If I couldn’t do something, I did it over and over and over again until I could do it. I recovered from the point where I couldn’t stand, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t talk. By the end of the first day, I was pretty much ambulatory. I could communicate with people … [in] … one day.

I’m no genius. I’m just a regular guy, but that is neuroplasticity right there happening. You can make the most of it … Right after your brain is injured, you have this brief window of immense neuroplasticity and you need to take advantage of it. I got kind of ticked off by this whole system.

I was like, ‘You know what? Somebody needs to start telling people [that] as soon as you have a stroke, make sure you start doing things, especially the things they’ve asked you to do when they’re assessing you. Because those things are safe. They’re effective. They zero in on your problem, and you can do them without any special equipment.

One of the ones they asked me to do was talk like a baby — ‘Da, da, da, da, da. Ma, ma, ma, ma, ma’ — which I couldn’t do. But you can sit on a gurney and you can go, ‘Da, da, da, da, da,’ until you can do it, right? I list all of [these strategies] in the book, because I think that they’re a really good place to start.”


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Stroke Preparedness

Dennis wanted to make sure this information is available to anyone who needs it, and at a moment’s notice, so the book is primarily designed to be an e-book, and is available for free on Kindle Unlimited on Amazon. “Also, as an e-book, you can have it the day you need it, which is the day you have a stroke,” he says. “You don’t have to wait for it to be delivered.”

You don’t even need to buy the book to get the most important advice and recommendations from it. You can simply click on the preview and read the summary, placed before the table of contents. My recommendation would be to get the book and review it now, before you or someone you love has a stroke, so you’re already familiar with the material.

Dennis’ experience is a powerful demonstration of how you can rapidly regain functionality by taking full advantage of your brain’s capacity to rewire itself, a process called neuroplasticity. Basically, the brain training Dennis describes allows your brain to develop alternate pathways to bypass the damaged neurons, and the sooner you do it after the damage has been incurred, the more effective it will be.

“In the full-length version of the book, which is about 600 pages in hard copy, I talk about the mechanism of neuroplasticity at great length … It turns out neuroplasticity is something that happens every time you learn something.

You can take different kinds of supplements, drugs and just food substances, which are thought of as nootropics. Sometimes they explicitly say, ‘This promotes neuroplasticity.’ If you put in the term, neuroplasticity, just as a Google search term, there are all kinds of blogs on it.

I downloaded and I show a few of these blogs. They’re all very similar. They all amount to the following: Do novel things. Keep moving. Keep learning. Keep trying things. Keep challenging yourself. You don’t have to have a stroke to have neuroplasticity, right? It just naturally happens when your brain is working and learning new things.”

Helpful Lifestyle Interventions to Aid With Stroke

In addition to brain training exercises, Dennis also implemented a number of powerful lifestyle interventions that aided his healing. Among them, intermittent fasting, which he says radically changed his life and played an important role in his recovery. Since he started intermittent fasting after his stroke last year, he’s lost 52 pounds.

“The book is mostly about attitude and exercises for your mind and body, because your musculoskeletal system does interact with your body. But I do spend some time talking about how different things, like supplements and different technologies … can be helpful. But I’m not an expert in those, and I don’t think I’m really plowing new ground there. I just mention them …

Now, I don’t think anybody should wait to have a stroke before doing intermittent fasting … In fact, if I could wind the clock back to when I was a kid, there would be one change that I would make in my life — I would stop eating all the time. I would intermittently fast … Once you start eating once a day and you eat well, you’re just not hungry the rest of the time.”

Stroke of Luck

The title of the book, “Stroke of Luck,” refers to the concept of being an inverse paranoid, or pronoia, where you presume that when bad things happen, something good can come out of it. In Dennis’ case, that’s exactly what happened. By taking advantage of neuroplasticity, and training extra hard due to his stroke, he ended up not only recovering back to his prestroke state but actually improved beyond that.

His sense of balance improved, and he became ambidextrous. He was also able to eliminate his chronic back pain. As a biomedical engineer, Dennis invented one of the best pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices on the market (which I personally use every day) called ICES model M1.

One of the reasons behind its development was his desire to create something to help with his own back pain issues. Remarkably, the stroke ended up being part of the answer. He tells the story:

“They had me on opioids, so I developed the PEMF device. It actually worked really well for my lower back pain, general aches and pains, injuries and stuff like that. But then about four or five years ago, I started developing complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in my pelvis and legs, which means I was just in pain all the time.

It was probably centrally mediated, which means it was probably something in my brain, because the PEMF was not helping. CRPS is a terrible condition. It’s got, on average, the highest pain scale rating of any condition. There’s virtually no treatment for it …

I threw every scrap of knowledge that I had at it and wasn’t getting better. And then when I had the stroke and came out of it the next morning, the pain was gone … It’s known that certain types of pain are because your brain is mis-wired …

If one [brain] region is damaged, you can vicariate, which means that a different area of the brain can take over that function and adopt it. A lot of people do not know this … There’s a lot about the brain that we just don’t understand. But we do understand that under the right conditions, it can rewire itself …

If you’re exercising enough areas in your brain, you get a total brain response of neuroplasticity. It is known, for example, that one area with one lesion of a stroke in your brain will actually cause neuroplasticity throughout the brain.

If you are actively encouraging neuroplasticity enough in different places in your brain, the rising tide lifts all boats. A lot of things just get better, because your brain is in the zone. It’s in the mode to rewire itself, and it does …

As far as the pain is concerned, it just vanished [after the stroke]. I woke up and it was gone … I wanted a full recovery of my brain, but I did not want the pain back. I didn’t want all of the circuits to vicariate. I only wanted the good ones to vicariate.

I think I’ve been about 90 percent successful because I had a little tiny bit of the pain return, but now I’m able to exercise and make that go away … In the book, I tried to make it a resource, but I boiled it down to, ‘What does the brain really do? What do we really know? If you want to exercise this kind of sensory input … motor activity or mental activity, you can do these kinds of exercises.'”

Time Is of the Essence

It’s well worth reiterating that when you’re dealing with a stroke, first, you need very rapid medical treatment. You only have a three-hour window within which medication can be administered to dissolve the clot and prevent further damage. But you also need to start your recovery program as quickly as possible — that same day, or as soon as you’re coherent enough to begin. The same applies to PT.

Dennis was told he’d have to wait three weeks for a PT appointment, which he realized was far too long. So, he developed his own PT program. “If I had just done what was prescribed and advised, I don’t think my recovery would have been very good. I certainly could not have given this interview,” he says.

As a result, by the time he saw his physical therapist, he was already able to perform 80 or 90 percent of the exercises prescribed. Dennis also emphasizes the need to get the most out of your prescribed PT. Many simply drop out and stop going after a couple of sessions, thinking that once they know the exercises, they can just do them at home.

“PT is only as good as what you bring to it,” he says. “When I went to PT, I had a huge list of questions. I said, ‘Can you measure this? Can you measure that?’ They put me on every machine they had. I started getting numbers, so I knew I was doing something right. I was getting better at the sensory organization testing.

Then a few weeks later, I did it again. They said, ‘Whoa. You’re improving way better than anybody in the history of doing this.’ In fact, one of the physical therapists said, ‘Your scores are higher than mine’ … Because I was exercising …

[PT is] the best part of the medical system you definitely want to engage if you have a stroke. Get the best physical therapist that you can and the best occupational therapist and the best speech therapist. I had all three …

[My] fast recovery was because of what I brought to the treatment. If you just do what they’re asking you to do, I think most people will have a pretty poor recovery. I’m going to make a statement now. I will stand by this. Most people can and should expect a much, much better recovery than the medical system would expect or report if they simply do as much as they can, but also do [what] they cannot do and keep exercising it, and keep doing new things.”

More Information

In my view, “Stroke of Luck” should be required reading for all primary care clinicians, because they really need to understand this information — and provide it as a resource to their stroke patients, as it contains such a valuable variety of recommendations consolidated all in one place.

“What I wanted to do was collect every resource related to exercise, lifestyle, attitude and choices,” Dennis says. “There’s nothing in there that I didn’t try. I didn’t just list a bunch of junk. Even the really strange things, I’ve tried them. If it seemed to me to be stupid and hokey, it’s not in the book.”

The full-length hard copy version of the book, “Stroke of Luck: Master Neuroplasticity for Recovery and Growth After Stroke,” is just over 600 pages and retails for $84.59 (the minimum price allowed by the publisher for that book in hard copy). It’s also available as an e-book for less than $8.

The shortened version, “Stroke of Luck: NOW! Fast and Free Exercises to Immediately Begin Mastering Neuroplasticity Following a Stroke — Right Now!” is only 100 pages long. It’s available in paperback for less than $20, and as an e-book for less than $6 (or free with Kindle Unlimited).

Also, remember you can get the key points in the summary completely free without download simply by opening up the Amazon preview. The shorter version contains the information Dennis believes is imperative to know on the day of your stroke. “I boiled all these things down to the essential points of which exercises you should be thinking about, safety points you should be keeping in mind,” he says. “That’s it.”


Comforting Caprese Egg Casserole

Egg casserole is a convenient dish that you could prepare ahead of time and bake when you need to. To some, it can serve as a complete meal. Recipes include ham, potatoes, sausage, bread, leftover meat, spinach and cheese.1 But if you’re looking for a unique breakfast or brunch idea, here’s an egg casserole recipe from Ruled.Me that incorporates caprese, an Italian antipasto or appetizer,2 with eggs for a more satisfying and nutritious dish.

Caprese Egg Casserole

Caprese Egg Casserole

Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes Serving Size: 8


  • 2 tablespoons grass fed butter or ghee
  • 2 cups (300 grams) organic cherry tomatoes
  • 8 large organic, free-range eggs
  • 13 grams (2 1/2 teaspoons) fresh basil
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
  • Coconut oil for greasing
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Caprese Egg Casserole Step1

    Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters. Sauté in a skillet with butter or ghee until the tomatoes have softened.

  2. Caprese Egg Casserole Step2

    Set aside the cooked tomatoes and the liquid from the pan to cool.

  3. Caprese Egg Casserole Step3

    Add the eggs to a mixing bowl.

  4. Caprese Egg Casserole Step4

    Chop up the fresh basil, and then add that to the eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Caprese Egg Casserole Step5

    Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are well combined.

  6. Caprese Egg Casserole Step6

    Pour the eggs into a casserole dish that’s been greased with coconut oil, and then add the cooked tomatoes.

  7. Caprese Egg Casserole Step7

    Add the fresh mozzarella balls.

  8. Caprese Egg Casserole Step8

    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the eggs have completely set in the middle of the dish.

What Is Caprese?

Caprese or insalata caprese is Capri, Italy’s signature dish — a salad consisting of fresh tomato slices, mozzarella and basil, which mimics the colors of the Italian flag. Salt, extra-virgin olive oil, oregano and olives may also be added to enhance its flavor and aroma. This light and simple meal requires fresh and high-quality ingredients, especially the cheese, which is why mozzarella made with buffalo milk is often used instead of cow’s milk mozzarella.3

Using Fresh and Organic Ingredients Matter in Making Caprese Egg Casserole

As mentioned, making a light and simple salad like caprese requires fresh and high-quality ingredients to produce a satisfying dish. Here are reasons why you should choose fresh and organic ingredients, and tips on how to prepare and store them:

  • Egg — Commercially sold eggs are usually produced by hens raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) farms. These animals are fed unnatural feed that they wouldn’t be eating were they free-ranging, hormones and antibiotics, and are raised in small spaces that increase the risk of bacteria growth.

    Their eggs are exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, fecal contaminants and salmonella bacteria that may pose potential dangers to your health.4 To avoid contamination, make sure that you choose the free-range organic variant sold by local producers. Also, check if there are cracks or holes before buying them. You will know if an egg is fresh if it sinks in a container or glass with water.5

  • Mozzarella — Mozzarella cheese has a rubbery texture, mild flavor and melting properties that make it a perfect ingredient in pizza, bread and appetizers.6 It is usually made with buffalo cow’s milk, which is more expensive because it has a higher butterfat content,7 which is essential in helping boost your good cholesterol levels.8 Buffalo cow’s milk contains more calcium, protein and iron as well.

    Unlike other kinds of cheese that taste better when aged, mozzarella is best consumed fresh.9 It may still be used for up to three weeks, but remember to keep it with the water from the original packaging, which you should replace every other day.10 In this recipe, note that fresh mozzarella balls were used, and not the shredded variant.11

  • Cherry Tomatoes — Another key in making an appetizing caprese dish is using fresh, sweet and ripe tomatoes.12 In this recipe, cherry tomatoes are used, which may be cooked or roasted quickly for a more efficient cooking or preparation.13 Cooking cherry tomatoes with coconut oil not only will help increase its lycopene content, a fat-soluble nutrient, but lessen their lectin content as well, which are known to cause disrupted endocrine function and gene expression, leaky gut and weight gain.

    Tomatoes are linked to a lower risk of various health conditions such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, inflammatory processes and cancer.14 They are also known to contain lycopene, a carotenoid that provides beneficial effects against cardiovascular issues.15 When buying cherry tomatoes, choose those with firm and bright skins. They must be stored at room temperature instead of keeping them chilled in the refrigerator to avoid drying.16

Basil Adds Flavor and Nutrients to This Recipe

Basil is a popular herb widely used in condiments, baked goods, salad dressings, meats, nonalcoholic beverages and even ice cream. Aside from its culinary uses, it is utilized in perfumery and dental and oral products as well.17 Traditional caprese recipes include basil leaves, whether chopped or whole, to complement the ingredients’ distinct flavors through their strong aroma.18 This herb has a clove-like taste that goes well with cilantro, coconut milk, fig, ginger, lemon, lime, mint and tomatoes.19

Basil contains numerous nutrients, including vitamin K,20 which is essential in blood clotting. Research found that this vitamin provides benefits against bone and vascular diseases as well.21Carotenoids like beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin22 that are found in basil may help boost eye health through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.23 Other nutrients found in this herb are:24

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Phosphorus

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