This is a quick post in praise of sleep! I have had three nights of sleep in a row!!! For the first time in several years. And, here is what finally helped me: MELATONIN! There are going to be a lot of people out there who will say, “I told you so!” And it’s true that several friends have been telling me for years to try Melatonin,but it never worked for me before. Here’s the secret: I wasn’t taking a big enough dose!!! I should have known! I tried Melatonin several times in the past, but it never kept me asleep, and I usually ended up with a headache. The other night I was just desperate enough (after about a week of restless nights with 3-4 hours of sleep each night) to try doubling the dose from 3 mg to 6 mg, and, low and behold, it worked! I slept through the night!!!!!
So, apologies to everyone who recommended this wonderful solution in the past. And apologies to all my friends who have been trying to help me over the years. I love Melatonin! But keep checking back! I’ll let you know if it continues to work over a long period of time. IBad news: on the bottle, it says not to keep taking Melatonin over a long period of time or it could have bad side effects! Help!! What do I do now? I guess I just bet caught up on my sleep and then have a few more rough nights. In the meantime, how about sending in your favorite sleep remedies? I know some people have submitted them before, but I could use help, especially since any kind of real drugs hasn’t worked for me in the past!
I purchase most of my food at our local Food Coop. There is something about being in a real Health Food Store that just feels good. You just feel the integrity and not just the profit margins. They have the best selection of bulk items like coffee, herbs, and grains, and, almost everything in the store is organic.
So while I try to avoid Whole Foods as much as possible because it’s so corporate and I don’t trust it (it’s definitely not a “Health Food Store”), I do buy their “365 Almond Milk” right now because it’s the only organic almond milk I can find.
Oh, I found this great makeup line at Sally’s Beauty Supply called Palladio. It’s not organic but it is very clean with no animal testing. It was so cheap (like $6 cheap) that I thought I’d give the lip-liner and lipstick a try, and I love it. I like the way it looks, smells and feels, and the packaging doesn’t look or feel cheap; it looks like expensive makeup.
What else? I’ve always juiced, and use a Champion that I got from a neighbor that is in excellent condition. I juice carrots, beets, celery, ginger, apples, and greens about every other day. I have always wanted a Vitamix, but they are about $500 and used ones are just a little cheaper.
Many of my friends are using a Ninja, which is just as powerful as a Vitamix. So I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and was looking at “The Magic Bullet” and the other powerful little blenders. I asked the saleswoman for suggestions and lucky for me, she happened to be a juicer and she recommended the Ninja Pulse (it’s the white one for $79.99). It has many functions but the feature that I love is that I can make a single serving, which is the size of a large glass. It is so easy to use and clean: you just throw everything in it, including flax seeds (it completely grinds them), screw the cap on (which has the blades attached to it), put it on the little blender for a few seconds and take it off. That’s it – you just have the glass and cap to rinse off – it’s so easy! You can even put carrots in if you add a little liquid.
It doesn’t extract juice like the Champion, but instead it blends it so you still have all the fiber, which I like. I always have some frozen bananas or strawberries in the freezer so when I want ice cream or sorbet I just throw some frozen fruit and a little Almond Milk and I have ice cream. The other thing I like about the Ninja Pulse is it takes up very little counter space because it’s so small. I paid $64.00 plus tax because at Bed Bath and Beyond you get 20% off with their coupons – it’s a great investment!
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As I’ve written before on this blog, I have had trouble sleeping since my children were little–when I went on permanent night watch. Sometimes, things get better–like when I first got on my CPAP machine for sleep apnea or when SleepAID (a form of benadryl) worked for a while.
But sometimes, things get worse.
About a month ago, I started taking Ambien, after weeks and weeks of nights with no sleep. My brain was so foggy at the time that I didn’t read anything about the drug–or even talk to friends about their experiences with it. I just filled the prescription I’d been carrying around in my purse for months–the prescription given to me by my sleep doctor after a visit where I told him I was starting to fall asleep over my computer at work. I just read the instructions on the bottle and jumped in: “Take one tablet before bed.”
I’ll keep this story short, since my purpose is to put my experience out there, in case anyone else might be having the same thing happening to them. I’ll summarize by saying that I started having things happen to me that I worried about a little but didn’t associate with the drug. I was under a huge amount of stress, so why wouldn’t I be having chest pains? Why wouldn’t I be feeling a little depressed when things in my life were not going quite the way I wanted them to? And I have a lot on my mind, so maybe it was totally normal for me to be forgetting things more than usual.
Then the symptoms started getting worse. My memory began to feel like a big, heavy cloud over my head. I was having trouble remembering people’s names, and I stayed in a panicky state at work, afraid I was going to forget something critical. I started worrying that I might have early-stage Alzheimers. The chest pains were more frequent. Then, to top things off, the depression started taking over.
And I don’t mess around with depression. Been there. Done that. Never going there again.
But this depression didn’t feel like a normal one. It felt a little bit like part of that big cloud that was hanging over my head had taken residence in my heart.
I started thinking maybe there might be a connection with my sleep medicine. Maybe I should cut back on it for a night.
Then that night, at 3 a.m., when I woke up, startled from sleep by who knows what, I got up and tried working in my puzzle book. That’s when I received a message from someone (God? The Devil?) through the puzzle I was working in my puzzle book!
What can I say: it was a bad night!
And then, the next day, my niece, who is living with us right now, Googled Ambien.
Here’s what she found: potential side effects include memory loss, chest pains, depression, and, sometimes, mild hallucinations.
It started over a week ago when a dear friend in New Jersey e-mailed me a link to an article that was being discussed on “Coast to Coast,” a radio show that airs on more than 560 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico. The show boasts nearly three million weekly listeners from 1-5.a.m. (Paula, I didn’t know you were an insomniac).
The topic on the show was breast cancer and how to prevent it “naturally.” The article in question claimed that there was an increase in breast cancer rates between women who wear bras versus those that who do not. It said the odds of getting breast cancer dramatically increased with bra-wearing over 12 hours per day. My friend, like so many of us, is not a fan of the bra when at home. Always ready to forward health info, I sent the article to a group of women over 50, and within minutes, it sparked a flood of comments, such as:
Nedra: I don’t know what to think but who really wears bras at home? I only wear mine when I go out period. Never at home, hate them! When I wear a bra, I like Spanx, get them on-line.
Sadhvi: Interesting article…now, all I need to do is find some kind of undershirt that will bring some kind of support for my 42DD size! Let me know if any of you know of something.
Marjorie: Hi all, this missive has been around for a long time. Given the fact that probably 99% of women wear a bra, I think the statistics are ridiculous. You can buy a wire-free, front closing sports bra at Kmart for $7.99. It is comfortable and will give you some support so your tee tees don’t hang down to your belly button! Now for my 2 cents. Here is what I think causes cancer (since I have it, I feel I can be bold and pontificate)!
1. Stress….which causes our immune systems to make mutant cells and while most people can throw them off, it’s like getting the flu, sometimes your body can’t ward it off. I believe that childhood trauma is where it starts. Of course not everyone will get cancer who was abused, but cancer is a long process. You don’t wake up one morning and say, “Oh, I got cancer” like it just happened overnight.
2. Diet….all I will say about that is get a hold of the movie “Healing Cancer from the Inside Out”. I don’t know if it’s on Netflix, but I went to see it last night and believe me, if I had seen this right after I was diagnosed, I would NEVER have done radiation. I opted out of chemo immediately, but the radiation is just as poisonous. All of the doctors in this film are MD’s they are not crazy quacks. If nothing else, stop eating meat and dairy products. I just started using coconut milk in my coffee and it’s really good!
3. The American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute, the drug companies, the hospitals and all the “so called cancer information we get” is a huge hype. It’s like the wars in Iran and Iraq, so much money has been poured into making them right, there’s no turning back. And, here’s the big one……the incidence of people who are living longer because of these barbaric treatments is slim to none. The numbers are being padded because if someone lives for 5 years after treatment, they are considered “cured”.
So, please don’t get caught up in the bra vs. no bra story. Please watch this movie before you are prodded along like cattle to make decisions fast once you (God forbid) are diagnosed. Also read the China Study….it’s a little on the academic side, but scientifically proves why diet can cause cancer.
Believe me, I’m not perfect. It will take me awhile to get on a totally plant based diet, but I’m really trying. Hope some of this gives you some “food for thought”.
Minda: Reading The Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran? Really good for beginners. Not that I’m going vegan but also want to eat more of a plant based diet. Experimenting with greens this weekend.
Lisa:Hi ya’all, I too was diagnosed with cancer (way too early) and believe wholeheartedly it was stress and diet oriented, not to mention genetics as I have the same cancer my mother and her sister have but I got it twenty years earlier.
The easiest way to get lots of greens in is to blend them into a smoothie with berries and stevia-flavored drops to sweeten it up. Cucumbers are excellent. This morning I even have fennel in my smoothie. If I miss one of these in the morning, I really feel the difference. Plus, check out the super foods: maca, lucuma, etc… they come in powder form. Chia and hemp seeds are great for a wide variety of reasons. Dr. Brian Clement, who runs Hippocrates Health Institute has a new book either coming out or already out called KILLER CLOTHES.
Marjorie: I got a juicer on Amazon….not the super duper best, but it does work well. I do kale, chard, beet greens, and any other organic greens I can get. Oh, carrots and ginger too, and it’s really delicious. Check out the “Juice Guy” on YouTube. He is pretty hysterically funny but you get the idea of the juicing!
Based on the flurry of comments, I decided to do some of my own fact-finding. According to theScientific American,those ideas have been circulating since the late 60’s. A leading researcher, Dr. Sherry Marts, Scientific Director of the Society for Women’s Health Research, says it’s more urban myth than science. The legend was perpetuated in the 1995 book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer entitled, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Bras and Breast Cancer. According to About.com, Women Health sites review of the book, Singer and Grismaijer claim that they surveyed over 4700 women and discovered that “100% of women with breast cancer wear bras.” The authors hypothesized that bras inhibit lymphatic circulation, which leads to a buildup of cancer-causing “toxins” in the breast. Apparently, it just ain’t so. For more info go to Snopes.
I have a pair of new red shoes from a company that I want to highly recommend to our readers. I didn’t think I’d ever write again about shoes, especially red ones, but I can’t help it. I love my wonderful new shoes, “filled with millions of tiny air bubbles” from a British company called Hotter Shoes.
They approached us at Oops50 recently and asked if we would like to try out a pair of their shoes, and of course I agreed to be a guinea pig—who wouldn’t want a new pair of shoes with the emphasis on comfort, right? I was a little worried though, that I might be signing up for what our mothers would have called “comfortable shoes.” You know the type: big, wide shoes with thick soles that come in either white or black. Well, I went tho their site and was pleasantly surprised; the shoes looked good, but they actually look even better in person.
These are not ugly, comfort shoes of the variety worn by old ladies with bunions. These are stylish and comfortable shoes—to tell you the truth, I didn’t believe those two words could go together. And even though the company’s name brought immediately to mind the movie, “Kinky Boots,” while there is nothing kinky going on, these are definitely hot shoes!
They come in all kinds of different designs. And they are incredibly comfortable. No aches and pains. No sore toes. And, they come in wide sizes without looking wide. Check out their site, and if you order a pair, do let me know if you agree with me. And if you have a moment or two, let me know what your most comfortable shoe is, Ok?