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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy (AMAN) - Guillian Barre Syndrome

Only 1 in every 100 is supposed to contract this disorder.  Well, if you are in the Acadiana area, you might be more likely than that if your immune system is low.  Let me give you the benefit of my personal experience with Guillian Barre Syndrome (AMAN).

 I felt it was important to discuss because I saw first hand exactly what it can do because it happened to my mother.  While she was in the hospital and then later (about 1 month) in rehabilitation we learned that there were at least 2 other patients in the same hospital with that same diagnosis.

First of all, what is Guillian Barre Syndrome?  Without going into all of the scientific explanations, it is generally a paralyzing and potentially fatal disorder which can attack your system and have you paralyzed within a few weeks if not treated.  I want to discuss a type of Guillian Barre Syndrome called Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy.  How does one contract this?  First of all a lowered immune system allows it to manifest from a bacteria (common in China but also found in Mexico) which is then activated by a virus into this auto immune disorder.  In short, the body attacks itself.  In this case it attacks the inside of the cell (the axonal part).  She could still feel but not control her muscles.

For those who would like a more scientific description, here is what Wikipedia says, "Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) is a variant of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome. It is characterized by acute paralysis and loss of reflexes without sensory loss. Pathologically, there is motor axonal degeneration with antibody-mediated attacks of motor nerves and nodes of Ranvier.

The neurologist who treated my mother asked if she had ongoing diarrhea.  He then asked if she had eaten any Chinese food recently.  Of course I asked why.  His response was that she had contracted a bacteria usually common in China. After more research I learned that it is also found in Mexico, although not as much as China.   This bacteria called Campylobacter jejuni was then activated by what was probably a common stomach virus that she contracted.

Within only a couple of weeks she went from babysitting my sister's 8 month old baby to being unable to swallow, hold up her arms, grasp anything, walk, or even roll over in bed. She tired easily and lost a lot of weight (not in the healthy way) and she was extremely weak.   I knew this was going to be the first thing I'd need to rebuild when I got her home.   She had to have a feeding tube inserted in her stomach because she lost almost all of her ability to swallow.  Fortunately she did not end up needing a respirator (which is not uncommon in these cases).

Fortunately, most people who contract this disorder are able to be treated and recovery is almost 100%.  The treatment given to my mother was called Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg).  It was given in 5 doses, 1 per day.  Within an hour of the first treatment she was moving her arms noticeably.  Although the treatment is not without risk, as it can cause renal failure if already predisposed to kidney problems or with persons who are diabetic prognosis for recovery is at least 98%.

Needless to say it was a terrifying ordeal.  Approximately 1 or 2 weeks after her treatment she was in the rehabilitation unit where she stayed for a little more than a month.  She made great progress there, but of course it was slow.  Rebuilding your cells takes time.

Once she progressed enough, she was sent home for further recuperation.  Home Health came by 2 to 3 times per week to administer physical and occupational therapy.  I made sure she did her therapy the rest of the week as well as voice therapy.  The voice therapy was important to rebuild the muscle strength so that she would be able to swallow food and liquids properly..  As she still had a feeding tube installed, her blood sugar would not regulate.

I received approval from her doctor to begin rebuilding her system using natural supplements and diet approximately 1 or 2 months after she came home.  I started her very gently and carefully because with an auto-immune disorder you don't want to overstimulate the immune system and get the body attacking itself again.

The program that I put my mother on consisted of a shake that could be administered through her feeding tube.  Love and Peas  (Stock no. 3082-9) was the meal replacement I chose.  I then added Ultimate Green Zone (the powdered form) (Stock no. 1103-6) is a superb formula of food supplements that gently detoxifies the system while nourishing the body).  I also added some Liquid Chlorophyll (Stock no. 1689-6) so that she would get more oxygen into her system.  Liquid Chlorophyll is also a blood purifier that works gently.

Antibiotics were administered to my mother in the hospital so I included Bifidophilus (friendly gut bacteria) (Stock no. 4080-4) to rebuild her gut flora so that it would be back in balance.  Proactazyme Plus (Stock no. 1525-0) was the form of food enzyme that I went with to aid in digestion. I simply opened the capsules and poured them into the shake.  These were all key ingredients in the first part of her program.

After a couple of months, I started noticing in general that her strength was gradually starting to pick up.  Her energy levels were slowly increasing as well. Her blood sugar levels were lowering, too.  Approximately 4 months of home therapy was rapidly bringing her to the point where she advanced to outpatient therapy.  This was far more extensive and aggressive than any therapy she had undergone thus far.  She told me that there were 2 other people in therapy that had suffered from Guillian Barre Syndrome.  My mother's rate of rehabilitation was far more advanced than that of the other 2 people.  She believes that the addition of the food supplements as well as her diet were major factors in her rapid recovery.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Male Sexual Health - Is It a Problem for You?

Many people, men and women, suffer from low libido.  Today I want to discuss men's health.  I have some information that I feel is very beneficial towards this subject.  You can call it low libido, male dysfunction, lack of male virility, or even low testosterone.  I know its a touchy subject, but if we don't talk about it you may get some misinformation.  There is an answer, yes there is hope without side-effects!

Some people may find help with something as simple as antioxidants.  My husband, for instance - general good health (age 43 at the time), had a job that required lots of physical work (so he was exercising everyday) received amazing results within just a few days from an antioxidant juice blend called Thai-Go.  He had more stamina and there was also a noticeable difference in length and circumference!  It is amazing what can happen when you get the correct amount of blood flow to that area!  The main ingredient in Thai-Go is mangosteen (not mango), Garcinia mangostana, and it is loaded with xanthones, antioxidants and bioflavonoids. It also has some other wonderful fruits that are highly beneficial in my opinion.

If you're not familiar with these words, don't let them scare you.  Antioxidants benefit your whole body in the fight against free radical damage.  Free radicals are cells that attack healthy cells and steal from them leaving a gap in the cell membrane.  This gap stops the cell from properly communicating with other cells.  This communication is extremely important because it allows them to know what to do, like fight inflammation.

Xanthones are plant phenols found mostly in selected tropical plants.  This is what Ray Sahelian, M.D. has to say about it:
Phenolic Compounds and Phenolic Acids by Ray Sahelian, M.D. Benefit of phenols
Phenolic acids are plant metabolites widely spread throughout the plant kingdom. Recent interest in phenolic acids stems from their potential protective role, through ingestion of fruits and vegetables, against oxidative damage diseases (coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancers). Phenolic compounds are essential for the growth and reproduction of plants, and are produced as a response for defending injured plants against pathogens. The importance of antioxidant activities of phenolic compounds and their possible usage in processed foods as a natural antioxidant have reached a new high in recent years.

Bioflavanoids support circulatory system health and function (a main cause of male dysfunction), and they also aid the immune system. For more information regarding bioflavanoids you can read this article  What Are Bioflavanoids and How Can They Improve Your Health.

You should also read Toxins, Free Radicals and Antioxidants.  I feel it is very important to understand these things.  I've always said "You can deal with what you know."

 Now, mind you, not all people will achieve these results with this particular product because everyone's system is different.  For those of you who are already in good health and shape but are still looking for more in that general area, Thai-Go might be something you'd want to look into.

Those of you who are not as physically active and perhaps a bit older might need to look into something that will support and nourish the whole male reproductive system.  Once again, "You can deal with what you know."  There are many products out there being advertised, but they don't fix the problem, just give you a quick fix.  How about if you could not have the problem to begin with?  This may take some time for some people to achieve, but the efforts would be well worth it and have NO side effects.  This will take some time because you are nurturing your system on a cellular level.  Remember, your organs are made up of cells, so if you work on making those individual cells work properly, then you are on our way to achieving your health goals.

That special moment could be almost as spontaneous as it was in your youth.  No more waiting an hour for that little blue pill to take effect.  Enjoy that special time without having to worry about damaging your eyesight, liver, kidneys or even possibly causing a heart attack.  Your body will be better able without being forced (which is the part that can cause side effects) to perform more to your satisfaction.

Men's X Action Reloaded is a formula which contains many nourishing ingredients specifically geared towards the male circulatory system, male sexual health and vitality and the male glandular system. It supports male sexual health in three ways: increased blood flow, sexual desire and prolonged sexual response.  Read here what Nature"s Sunshine has to say about it -

  • May help increase blood flow, thereby supporting the entire circulatory system.
  • Provides powerful support for sexual health.
  • May support male glandular function.
  • Provides natural, drug-free support.
X-Action Reloaded, Men’s [Glandular]. Age, stress and other factors can affect intimacy and put strain on an otherwise-healthy relationship. Men’s X-Action Reloaded supports male sexual health and vitality, which can lead to greater intimacy and stronger relationships. 

This formula contains a proprietary blend that offers support for male sexual health in three ways: ingredients support blood flow, sexual desire and prolonged sexual response. Erectile function is principally mediated by relaxation of smooth muscle and increased blood flow within the corpus cavernosum. Smooth muscle relaxation is caused by increased levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). cGMP is triggered by the production of nitric oxide (NO). Pomegranate, l-arginine and epimedium leaf extract all produce the catalyst for NO, the enzyme nitric oxide synthase. 

Once sexual response is achieved, the body releases an enzyme phosphodiesterase type V (PDE-5). This enzyme reverses cGMP and causes the male sexual response to subside. A single icariin compound found in epimedium leaf extract has been shown to inhibit PDE-5, thus prolonging the sexual response. 

This formula contains l-arginine, damiana leaf, muira puama stem extract, oatstraw extract, saw palmetto fruit, epimedium leaf extract standardized for icariin content, maca root extract, pomegranate fruit extract, yohimbe root bark extract and DHEA. 

NOTE: Consult a doctor if you have a known medical condition, in particular those affecting blood pressure, hormone sensitivity, heart, liver or kidney. Consult a doctor if you are taking any medication, in particular those affecting blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, depression or erectile dysfunction. Discontinue use if troubling symptoms occur. Do not exceed recommended dosage. Not for use by persons under the age of 18 and/or pregnant or lactating women. Keep out of reach of children. 

Take 2 capsules before bedtime daily for general support for libido. Take 2–6 capsules one hour prior to sexual activity

Now how can you beat that?  If you would like to learn even more about the male sexual response and how these ingredients support it go to Lisa Ray Natural Wellness and use the search box.