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June 2008

Update on Health Journey

I’ve promised to update you on how my son and I are doing with our nutritional program. It’s been a few months. The biggest concern for me, is the protection of my aging brain. Many studies have shown huge benefits to the human heart, brain, eyes and other organs delivered by antioxidants. My son and I both feel mentally “sharper” now that we have started this nutritional journey. Is it going to keep me from getting dementia? I can’t tell you that. But I am willing to do what I can to protect my brain, and this is one drug-free way that looks promising.

The first obvious change for me, since starting Vibe  (which I’ve already reported),  was the cessation of migraines that I’d endured for 47 years. I added to Vibe (Eniva’s basic nutritional product), their Flex and Jointzyme, for my arthritis. Vibe has some of the same ingredients such as glucosamine and others best taken in liquid form, but I needed a higher dose, since I’ve had RA and OA for many years.

Slowly, my pain has gotten so minimal that it’s nearly non-existent. My hips were the last to stop bothering me (I even danced at a wedding dance and suffered no consequences!), except for my neck which is so eaten up by arthritis (I had a whiplash at a young age) that doctors viewing my x-rays don’t know how I “function.” Even my neck pain has eased, though it’s still an issue.

I’ve felt I would eventually need hip replacements, like my mom, but now I’m not so sure. It will be interesting to have x-rays taken down the road, but at this point the pain is, for the most part, not a problem, and I’m happy with that.

I will also have a bone scan to see how I’m doing in that area, as I’m at high risk for osteoporosis. I’m taking Eniva’s bone-building Cal-Mag, which is perfectly balanced for what the body needs, and like the other Eniva liquids, immediately and nearly totally absorbed. I’m off nearly all of my prescriptions, many of which had serious side effects.  That’s my story. I will end it with the mandatory FDA disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

My son is also making huge progress. He has multiple health issues, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and depression. His energy, his ability to exercise and general health are much better. So is his asthma.

Neither of us would give up the new health we’ve found and which we expect will continue to improve.  I’ll give you an update every few months, as I’ve had many people ask about my progress (especially the migraines and arthritis).

Check out good health, research the incredible science behind Eniva’s products (angstrom sized molecules that go directly into the blood cells), and watch and listen to the videos. You may find something you’ve needed for a long time. I know we did. Again, I will say,  this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  However, it is helping me and it is helping my son immensely. So, we continue to take it.

RNCentral.com Offers Caregivers Advice

I've enjoyed browsing RNCentral.com in the past. Sometimes I get overloaded and don't get back to some very good sites. This is one I need to pay more attention to. They just posted an article titled " 50 Communication Tips and Techniques for Caregivers" which will help educate caregivers, of course, but professonals, as well. There are always things to learn. The article was written by Jessica Merritt. It begins:

"Whether you're a professional nurse or just taking care of a loved one, you're bound to run into communication challenges as a caregiver. Some of the issues caregivers deal with include talking to care providers, managing memory loss, and avoiding power struggles. It's not an easy job..."

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Accessible Programs to Help Elders' Finances

AgingCare.com has a good article that ties together many sources of benefits for our elders. Titled, "
10 Government Programs You Can Access for Mom or Dad," the artlcle begins:

     "Caregiving for a parent may stretch the budget as well as your endurance -- that is, if you aren’t aware of scores of federal, state and even local government programs. Access to assistance is as close as your computer, and, in most cases, you can apply online."

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Expert Advice on Combining Medications to Treat Alzheimer's

From OurAlzheimers.com comes advice in a post titled "Combining Medications to Successfully Treat Alzheimer’s Disease." The article begins:

          "Everyone has had the experience of treating a cold. We typically take medications to treat the symptoms. As the commercials inform us, these medications treat the runny nose, congestion, cough, and fever associated with the common cold. These medications help us feel better, but we all recognize that none of the medications will "cure" the cold. Fortunately our immune systems take care of this. But we also recognize that there is benefit to treating the symptoms of the cold. Simply put, we feel better."

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Alzheimer’s and Wandering: We Keep Learning

I'll never forget Hazel. She was a resident in the nursing home where all of my family members who got to the stage where a nursing home was the only safe environment, lived. It was just blocks from my home, so I could visit daily. Hazel would wander incessantly. She would walk the halls, literally, day and night. I don't know when the woman slept. The staff and I would comment that she had to have the strongest legs on the planet.

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Sundowning - what is it?

Sundowner's Syndrome or "Sundowning" is something you read and hear about more and more. Here, from AgingCare.com, is a good explanation of the condition known mostly to people with Alzheimer's but also sometimes with other forms of dementia.

Sadness, Agitation, Fear: Could This Be Sundowner's Syndrome?

"Yes, these and other mood and/or behavior changes, occurring a few hours before or during twilight and sometimes lasting until dawn, are usually classified as Sundowner’s Syndrome, or “sundowning.” Typically seen in Alzheimer’s patients, particularly early in the onset, and in dementia patients, others with cognitive issues can also experience Sundowner’s Syndrome symptoms."

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Alcoholism and Elders: Watch for the Signs

My neighbor Joe was rarely without a  hip flask during Prohibition, and, while a hip flask eventually went out of vogue, he didn’t change his drinking habits as he aged. Joe was a functioning alcoholic – he, and everyone who knew him, was well aware of that fact. He was also brilliant, inventive and funny.

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Dealing with Death and Dementia

From my friend, Leah, who provides us with an inside view of dementia:

"My blog voice has been silent for the past two weeks due to emergencies and tragedy within my family.  I will write at a later date about dealing with my granddaughter's newly diagnosed anorexia nervosa.  Within this sharepost, I want to share with you what it has been like to lose a brother and the effect my dementia had on dealing with that loss."

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Live Strong - Help a Father Gain Pledges to Wipe Out Cancer

I "met" Gary online, because of his business, CareGrade, which gives people a way to grade nursing homes, assisted living centers and more. For that information, go to www.CareGrade.com.

Through a few emails, I found out about Jarrod, his young son who was going through treatment for cancer. Gary sent me photos of Jarrod, then without his hair, as Gary was preparing to ride in the Livestrong Challenge in honor of his son. Below is an update on Jarrod. Gary is once more riding, this time in gratitude, in the Livestrong Challenge. If you choose to donate, the link is below.

Here are some of Gary's words to me:

"I wanted to give you an update on Jarrod. He has finished
chemo treatments and is doing great. We go in every three months for him
to get scoped and a biopsy. So far so good. He is so happy to have hair
again and be able to participate in sports. Last year I participated in
the Livestrong Challenge and raised over $11,000 dollars for the fight
against cancer. I will once again be riding 100 miles in hopes of
raising even more money. It has become one of my life's main missions."

This is the link to contribute