I read an article over at The Low Histamine Chef and spent another day furthering my own research and understanding.....mostly understanding! She's WAY over my head sometimes!
What is COX?
COX stands for Cyclooxygenase. Cyclooxygenase is responsible for the formation of important biological mediators called Prostaglandins (PG). COX 1 is the primary enzyme responsible for converting arochridonic acid (from Omega 6 fatty acids) into prostaglandins. COX 2 produces Prostaglandin H2 (PG) a hormone like compound through stimulation and converts them from arochridonic acid. PG levels are increased by COX 2 causing inflammation & growth.
PG are mediators & have a variety of strong physiological effects such as regulating the contraction & relaxation of smooth muscle tissue.
I'm sure you've seen the commercials for:
Some of these are COX 2 inhibitors some NSAIDs.
I'm sure you're as confused as I was. The big question is how does it affect Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD).
Inflammation is NOT our friend! I'm happy to report that nearly 100% of the symptoms I was having for the last few months are gone since I ratcheted up my diet. Having been on the Rx Gastrocrom for 4-5 months "allowed" me to eat a wider variety of foods that I wasn't accustomed to eating. Let's face it, my choices weren't always in the best interest of my health since from where I was sitting, all I really wanted to do was eliminate the chances of going into anaphylactic shock for the 4th time. It caught up with me, especially since I stopped taking the Gastrocrom 2 months ago.
Here's a newsflash....Chocolate is NOT naturally sweet!!! In fact it's not even a little sweet! And as we all know, sugar causes inflammation.
I was left in a puddle of pain after my freedom this Summer. Not only did the Gastrocrom cause incredible bone pain & bloating but I was left with my smooth muscles contracting, not being able to relax. I was stricken with an incredible fatigue that used me to wipe the floor. The brain fog was particularly troubling, with migraines and the fear of another bout of Lyme was terrifying, not to mention thoughts of MS. Something was making my limbs go numb.
I knew from past experience that diet can and has cured me. I jumped on that band wagon AGAIN (yes, I fall off at least once every 3 years) with just 1 little suite case packed with a VitaMix and LOTS of veggies. Within 2 weeks, almost all of the troubling symptoms are gone, even the numb limbs.
SO, how does COX play into MCAD?
INFLAMMATION!!!!!!! Inflammation is what kills us, literally. Inflammation leads to disease, disease leads to death.
There are many culprits that cause inflammation. Here is what Dr Roizen the author of The Real Age Makeover has to say about smoking, "The inflammation of the arteries caused by smoking has three effects. (1) It causes swelling like the redness and swelling) in your skin when you get an infection. The swelling of that artery in turn decreases the area inside the blood vessel for blood to flow. (2) Inflammation thickens the artery with that swelling, increasing the swirling of blood. (3) Inflammation also causes potholes in the walls. These potholes are places where cholesterol and other stuff can accumulate into plaques or where they can get beneath the lining and accumulate into plaques. Inflammation of the arteries thus inhibits the ability of arteries to expand properly, prohibiting the proper delivery of nutrients to all cells, and sapping energy." (this is why you see SO many if not ALL smokers are also heart victims.)
Those with Mast Cell Activation Disorder know the importance of eliminating inflammation. And by inhibiting COX 2, you can begin to reduce and eliminate more inflammation and pain throughout the body which includes the bronchia. Which affects breathing!
One area that I feel The Low Histamine Chef has overlooked is the Adrenals! They are SO important in recovering our bodies to greater health. I personally feel that the adrenals are what keeps the boat afloat! They run every endocrine system in the body. We dump on our adrenals daily. We stress them out. We drain them dry. (Adrenals=Adrenaline!!!) Adaptogen herbs help the body adjust and deal with the stressors of life. They build the Qi!
I am SO impassioned to understand Chinese medicine greater! Qi (pronouce Chi) is considered the body's life force/energy force. If it's blocked by whatever circumstance, the body will find itself in dire need of help. Opening the Qi allows the body to heal. In addition to the Western choices, I'm STILL using Chinese Medicine....I used it to heal from Lyme & Co-infections along with Rife Therapy. I have been receiving acupuncture for 3 years! It's made such a huge difference is how quickly I can recover my body. It helps tremendously with pain! It has helped me to find peace and serenity, to find my grounded power and to stay centered with God, who is the true source of Qi! Life Force!!! Qigong is another modality of healing that I'm using and studying to awaken the body's life force in the morning....it
involves fluid movement, usually carefully choreographed, coordinated with breath and awareness. To quiet the mind, and meditate on the goodness of The Lord.
Instead of coffee which taxes the adrenals even more. Let me testify to the massive headache you will most assuredly have when you come off of coffee! Here is an herbal infusion I drink daily (some are Chinese Herbs) (steeped for 20-30+ minutes) using Ashwagandha Root, Gogi Berries (if you can tolerate the nightshade family....which I'm not sure about so I've eliminated it from my tea), Chaste Tree Berries (for post menopause), Fo-Ti Root and Rehmanniae Root....OH YUM! Tongue in cheek...but I know how good they are for me and have grown quite use to their earthy woodsy taste! I also am drinking Holy Basil tea with Eleuthero Root. I get most of my herbs from Starwest Botanicals, but you can use any place that sells Organic herbs.
Here is a list of nutrients that are considered COX 2 inhibitors:
Omega 3 (fish oil if you can tolerate, FLAX is my choice!)
Turmeric (add a Curcumin supp if you don't cook with it)
Quercitin (red onions in particular and apples or take a supp)
Flavonoids (more on this another time...but that means skin, seeds, etc)
Chives, Thyme & Rosemary
Thunder God Vine~T. wilfordii (Chinese herb especially good for RA)
Magnesium (powerful anti-inflammatory)
Zinc (can help the cramping especially in the feet)
Grape Seed (bioflavanoid)
Glutamine (very important)
St. John's Wort (has been shown to reduce pain 3-18X as much as aspirin)
Each morning I have a Life Shake. They are either filled with raw fruits or raw veggies. But all are filled with foods that are ANTI-inflammatory, ANTI-histamine, and ANTI-anaphylactic and COX 2 inhibitors! I throw in a few tablespoons of flax seed and chia seed, some Ginkgo powder, Bilberry Powder and whatever else hits me. Remember there are no rules except to focus on the ANTI & Inhibitor Foods. If it taste good write it down, if not then don't make it again the same way twice! Some things though you just have to get use to!
Faux Chocolate Shake
1 ripe avocado or half
1/2 ripe frozen banana
2 heaping tsp carob powder
1 large cauliflower floret (seriously...you won't taste it!)
1 apple (the entire apple)
1 Tbsp flax seed
1 tsp chia seed
dash ginko powder
1-2 cups rice milk or milk of choice or half and half of milk/water
Whiz in VitaMix or Blender
This one is very good!!!
1 large cauliflower floret
1 C cooked pumpkin/winter squash (I prefer using my homegrown)
1 apple (the entire apple..seeds, core and all)
1 C water
1 Tbsp Flax Seed
1 tsp Chia Seed
Dash Gingko Powder
Really the imagination is the only thing holding you back! Throw in everything but the kitchen sink!
Cheers to good health!
"The leaves fall,
the wind blows....
and the farm country
slowly changes from the
Summer cotton into it's
Sweet Annie's fleece looks so soft I could crawl in and cuddle for a long Winter's nap. Her jacket was too small and I need to juggle a few sheep to find another for her....in the mean time I get to drool over it!
For a minute there, she lost her head over how gorgeous she is!
The hay man cometh! They pulled in this year with the truck stacked 100 tall and pulling a wagon full of straw! Nothing gets better then this!!! When they left my pockets were empty!!! They do a great job and there's nothing better then having a faithful hay man! Next he's going to find me 3 round bales and bring them so we'll be set for whatever furry nature has this year. I really hope it's not a bad Winter, but they are predicting more snow then last....UGG!!
To a farmer, a full barn is like a pantry lined with canned goods from Summer's garden.
The sheep are still gleaning what they can from the pastures. They now have free range of all 3 pastures. I'm pretty surprised at the growth we've had in October. I think we've had to cut the grass about every 7-10 days which is quite surprising for this time of year in Maryland. But I will take whatever "free" ranging I can get! The days ranging, means 1 less day to feed hay! And that is a good thing!
The barn kitties LOVe a full barn! They climb to the tippy top and hide away in the warmth of the bales.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think Clemy is preggers....look at that Fatty McFatty!
But without a ram...the chances are pretty close to 0%!!! (I must confess that I did check her udder! ;) I was a tad nervous that perhaps tiny man, Oliver Wendell was busy before he was banded.) She however was my only ewe that didn't lamb in the Spring, so she has plenty of fat stores....not to mention she likes to sneak in and eat grain with the other ewes who NEED it! She most emphatically does NOT need it!!!
It was a beautiful end to a near perfect day! I've been gaining my strength back and feeling SO much better with just 1 week of an anti-detox dieting! (the anti stands for anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-anaphylactic....)
And to top it off, I sat on the porch and watched the ISS (International Space Station) float by! Pretty awesome!
You know the saying, "timing is everything."
Well, it's true, but God's timing is most definitely everything and always perfect!
I've been struggling lately with my health. I'm not exactly sure what's going on. It could just be the Mast Cell Activation Disorder or it could be something else.
My left hand has been tingly and dead with a great deal of pain for about 6 months. On a scale of 1-10 it was a 10 at night, during the day about 3-5. I've tried everything but not much has helped. The most helpful thing has been acupuncture and an essential oil blend I put together that I rub vigorously on my extremities twice a day. My hand doesn't go to sleep....golly I wish it did. That would be an improvement. It just feels dead! Then I get a lot of pain in my legs that keeps me from falling to sleep and I've just been SO tired, and lost most of my strength. Carrying the 50# bags of grain in from the van nearly does me in for the day....so I try to spread things out a bit more. Don't fret, I have an appointment to see my doc.
It all seemed to start in May/June about the same time I started the Gastrocrom for the Mast Cell. One warning on the drug was to stop if intense bone pain started....and yes, it did. I stopped taking the Gastrocrom for that reason and because it just made me feel inflamed and gross.
In an effort to deal with the daily pain, I started a anti-detox diet. I quite coffee cold turkey and paid for it with massive headaches for 3 days. The funny thing is, I actually feel more alert in the mornings now without any caffein. I'm juicing and as The Low Histamine Chef says, I'm making Jui-cies; a combo of juices & blendings/smoothies. I drink an herbal infusion (steeped for 20-30+ minutes) using Ashwagandha Root, Gogi Berries, Chaste Tree Berries, Fo-Ti Root and Rehmanniae Root....OH YUM! Tongue in cheek...but I know how good they are for me and have grown quite use to their earthy woodsy taste! I also am drinking Holy Basil tea with Eleuthero Root.
My favorite recipe so far has been the butternut squash soup!!! OH boy was it good!!! I cut and peeled 1 butternut squash and roasted it in the oven at 375*f with 1 red onion, dash of turmeric and dash of cinnamon, drizzled with lots of EVOO. I cooked it for 45 minutes or until all is tender and then whizzed it in the Vitamix with 2 cups or water or if you can tolerate bone broth that would be good. YUM!!!
Since my hands have been in so much pain, I've put down the knitting & spinning for a time....of course I hope it's not for too long, cause Winter's comin and I am not finished knitting!
I was scrolling through a blog last night and started a doodle page with my legs propped up on a pillow and trying to forget the pain.
Then it dawned on me, that sketching and painting take pretty much 0 effort from my hands. Yes, I have to hold them, but compared to knitting and spinning....and on a scale from 1-10, it's a 0! And what a blessing it is to have something else to do in place of something I love doing so much and that God brought this love of art back into my life at just the right time.
I was inspired to paint this picture last week when I saw a similar painting. I sketched it on a piece of multi-media paper and did a rough acrylic painting. I've never painted in acrylics except to paint on wood years ago. I use to paint in oils when I was a teen, but oils have chemicals involved and I try to avoid them. Oh my, I really like acrylics!!!
I decided that I wanted to re-do it on a canvas board in acrylics and have it framed.
Here's what I've accomplished this weekend. I just love how the light rays from my window came in and created what I really wanted to convey....but I am not that talented...yet!
I'm still not satisfied quite yet, so I'll keep layering colors until it's complete.
It speaks to me. The Bride of Christ.
I think the Scripture that keeps coming to me while painting this is, Revelation 22:17
"The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."
I adore cables!
I adore knitting cables...wearing them of course can make one look fluffy! Sorta like Fairlight and Violet....Ewes not fat, ewes just fluffy!
Not to mention they use a considerable amount of yarn....or at least it appears that way!
With every new issue, I oogle over the Brooklyn Tweed and all their cables!!! I couldn't resist and ordered 3 patterns from the latest issue.
One is the Tiller scarf! It was the perfect project for our farm yarn! However, I'm on my 3rd skein and the weight of this scarf alone is enough to weigh down bricks!
One funny fact about me is I often get a project 99% complete and then frog it...rippit, rippit, rippit! Yes, I confess. I am a frog in disguise.
I dyed up a few skeins of Goldenrod several weeks ago.
There are several mistakes, but with a scarf this long I really doubt anyone will see them!
I recently finished The 100 Foot Journey and it was such a delight to the senses!
I just started the novel Outlander. I'm usually a few years behind most on things to watch or read....but better slow then never getting it at all! The answer to that question..."you haven't seen Outlander"? is NO! It took me 3 years to hear about Downton Abbey, but do you know what lightening speed Netflix makes it for one to catch-up?
The thickness of this novel and the small print are enough to make me just purchase STARZ and catch-up on Netflix. But, that's why Yarn Along is all about....doing the two things we love the most...reading and knitting...of course not at the same time!
So far the first few pages are delightful! The exchange of conversation is refreshing compared to Rachel Herron's books.....a total disappointment that an author needs to use such a string of profanity to express oneself....I think she just needs a good thesaurus! The funny thing is I didn't learn with 1 of her books, no not even with the second....but trust me I have her name memorized now and after the disappointment of the 3rd book I PURCHASED I WILL NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE A 4th TIME!!!
The other book I"m reading simultaneously is The French House....so far so good! You must read the forward in the book though....I never skip those things. You never know what treasures the author has stored there!
This post is part of Ginny's Yarn Along! She hasn't posted the blog hop yet...but I'll hook up later today!
Have a lovely day wherever you are in this big wide world!
Diane & The Gang
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