This has been somewhat of an unusual yet interesting week for me health wise. My chiropractor, Jerry Retzlaff, one of the best in the business, had long suggested that I use the sauna in my house as a means of getting rid of toxins and feeling better overall.
So last week I began taking saunas in earnest - twenty minute sessions at nearly 200 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. I don't know if you have ever used a sauna, but when you first sit down in the oppressive heat of a dry sauna, there comes a point in the process just before the sweat begins to break fully that is very, very uncomfortable.
But as the beads of perspiration begin to pop out all over your torso, there comes with it a great feeling of release and I came away from each session with a feeling of well being and relaxation. Even my arthritis and fibromyalgia responded well to the treatment.
But two days ago, I hit the proverbial wall. I ended up feeling a malaise very similar to having the flu. I have gone through other forms of detoxification in the past so I am familiar with that feeling. What it means is that the body is responding too well to the stimulus and releasing too much toxin at once.
I also may not be staying hydrated enough to replace the lost water - and dehydration carries its own form of malaise. Dr. Retzlaff suggested that rather than use something like Gatorade which has too much sodium, to buy bottled water and a large container of fruit juice such as apple juice and make my own "gatorade" which will be low in sodium and rich in potassium.
I am also going to acupuncture sessions with Dr.Paul Schlosser, a very unique physician who originally was trained in pediatrics. He was forced out of it when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Consequently, he went back to school and became a certified acupuncturist. I admire him greatly as he has taken his disease in stride and has a great attitude.
I have had two sessions with him. The first session went much better than the second. The second session he inserted one of the needles at a really sensitive point in my leg and I experienced a searing pain the likes of which I have not experienced before. However, I have more appointments and am not going to give up that easily on any kind of treatment that will help me regain full use of my legs.
I had scheduled my chiropractic appointment the same day and told Dr Schlosser of it and he advised me to not do acupuncture and chiropractic on the same day, so I moved the appointment to this morning.
I also had my weekly blood draw this morning for a coumadin level check. I was assigned to a new person this morning and that made me nervous as drawing blood requires a practiced touch and I was leary of being assigned to a "rookie".
That phobia (if it is one) goes back to a time when I had a nurse who attempted to draw blood and poked around SEVEN times and still didn't hit the mother lode. She finally called in another nurse who obviously had experience. I was ready to punch the inept one right in the mouth.
When you have been in and out of the hospital as much as I have, you get a sense immediately whether the blood taker is confident or not - they give off an aura of uncertainty that is quite alarming.
I found that when I had to have blood drawn as much as once a day or more, my veins would do the night crawler bit - and make themselves scarce whenever the needle came near.
I could never do heroin.
What the hell is going on in Arizona??? Madness.
And I got this in an e mail from my friend Linda Gruen:
Tea Bag Members, sign this purity pledge before socialism
creeps into your life!! My goodness how government has taken over our
To all Tea Party members, I urge you to take the following pledge
before it's too late. Please pass it on to fellow members.
I do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free
society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall
abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and
services including but not limited to the following:
•State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
•Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
•US Postal Service
•Roads and Highways
•Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
•The US Railway System
•Public Subways and Metro Systems
•Public Bus and Lightrail Systems
•Rest Areas on Highways
•All Government-Funded Local/State Projects
•Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower,
dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)
•Public and State Universities and Colleges
•Public Primary and Secondary Schools
•Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children
•Public Parks and Beaches
•State and National Parks
•Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services
•Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From
Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)
•Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From
Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of
•Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and
Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)
•Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD's
ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking
•Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With,
Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government
•Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That
Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies
If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will
forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care
I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in
I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of
the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited
•Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of
•The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments
•The government-operated Statue of Liberty
•The Grand Canyon
•The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
•The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington
•All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or
in Washington, DC
I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their
government salary and government-provided healthcare.
>>> I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore
socialist military of the United States of America.
I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as
GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics,
Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of
others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for
our socialist army.
I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon,
FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice
and their socialist employees.
Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist
Social Security checks.
Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own
private health insurance until I die.
SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF __________ IN THE YEAR ___.
Signed Printed Name/Town and State