Just Breathe

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Calm Breathing

Controlled breathing can cause physiological changes that include lowered blood pressure and heart rate, a reduced levels of stress hormones in the blood, reduced lactic acid build-up in muscle tissue, balanced levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood, improved immune system functioning, increased physical energy and an increase in feelings of calm and wellbeing.

Breathing as Meditation

Breathing is not a conscious process, it does not need thought and we do not decide to breathe.  It moves in cycles, inhalation, exhalation, one action triggers the other.

It is so subtle that it is easily ignored.  In fact, it is a blessing that we can ignore it, for it would take most of our thought to remember to keep breathing, without this in tune process.  But when you tune into it, and breathe on purpose, with consciousness, it can be the perfect focus for meditation.

The classic image of meditation is a young healthy person seated cross-legged on a mat in a magical environment, arms on their knees, eyes closed and their mind is empty.  This is a misconception.  Meditation does not need to be about sitting for hours emptying your mind.  It can be as simple as focusing on your breath.

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Christmas Books

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Simple gift ideas for people with ITP and Autoimmune disorders, or perhaps a nice selection for yourself.  These books will make excellent presents and insightful holiday reading.  Enjoy.

ITP and Christmas, gifts for people with ITP, Blood disease itp, itp platelet disease, itp autoimmune diseaseWOMEN AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, by Robert G. Lahita

The mysterious ways your body betrays itself.  Robert G. Lahita, is the doctor who wrote the textbook on autoimmune disease for medical professionals, as well as a layperson’s book on rheumatoid arthritis.  Here he concentrates here on how autoimmune diseases afflict women, who make up 75% of cases nationwide.

A cutting-edge examination of the mysterious world of autoimmune disease—and the new discoveries made daily that may save women’s lives.  Through case studies, he reveals the early warning signs, symptoms, diagnostic processes, and the most innovative treatments for all the most common—and many of the less well known—autoimmune diseases. He offers a scientifically sound and sensitive work that is the best resource available to help understand these perplexing and debilitating diseases.

Make Peace with your Plate, wellness warrior, ITP, low platelet count, low Platelets, ITP disease, immune system disease, living with itp.MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PLATE, by Jess Ainscough

Jess tragically passed away in February of this year and while her BLOG is currently (at the time of writing this post) inactive, there is a lot to be said about her positive message.  Jess Ainscough was a warrior of joy, health, positive body image, following you instincts, nurturing your body, and making peace with food.

Her book is a wonderful read with great recipes and an obtainable message.  Take care of yourself as best you possibly can with as much information as you have at the time. Continue reading

Sleep Apnoea and Autoimmune Disease

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I have always struggled with sleeping, more specifically, the waking up part.  I had always thought it was a combination of being lazy, doing lots of exercise, and having an autoimmune disorder.  I never dreamed that this whole time, for almost 30 years, I’ve been struggling to sleep, almost choking to death in the night from sleep apnoea.  FU*K!

A recent trip to the dentist confirmed just that.  I had been concerned that my teeth were moving around a little in my mouth.  I was worried I would end up looking like future Lisa Simpson if she never got braces.  I verbalised my concern to the dentist, asking if there was some sort of mouth plate I could wear while I slept.  I told him my jaw and cheeks often hurt a lot when I woke up and I was worried I was clenching my jaw or something.

Three weeks later, one overnight sleep study and a long look inside my mouth and ears confirmed that I had been struggling with mild sleep apnoea for probably my whole life. Continue reading

Women Who Have Cured Their Autoimmune Disorders

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Here are three books by women who have healed their autoimmune disease.  This article is not intentionally about women only, I just couldn’t find any books written by men.  If you know any please add them to the comments below.

You can heal your lifeYou Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, Hay House Publishing

Louise Hay is credited as a founder member of the self-help movement.  Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Hay considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

This book is hard to handle if you’re not ready to hear that you might be responsible for your own disease.  It’s an interesting read based on anecdotes and word of mouth, but there is also a truth that is hard to argue with.  That if your immune system can kill your platelets then your immune system is capable of stopping killing your platelets. Continue reading

Are you Trying to Roast Your Own Beans?

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There is a café down the road from my house that has always had a juicer.  Today I’m writing from inside that very café.  Recently they have got themselves a coffee bean roaster.  It smells amazing.

It smelt just like my oven in Mexico when, for a brief moment, I experimented with DIY coffee bean roasting.  It was a wonderful smell before all the coffee beans inside the oven caught on fire and filled my host family’s house with smoke.

I know nothing about roasting coffee but I thought, ‘Hey, how hard can it be?’  So I googled a youtube video and away I went.  I’m not a professional coffee maker, I had no clue what I was doing.  It was disgusting, but I did it anyway, because I could.

The Destructive D.I.Y.

It’s tempting to try and do everything yourself, to do things you have no idea how to do.  DIY is everywhere at the moment, people encouraging you to do it all yourselves, to build your own tables, mud brick your own homes, bake your own bread, grown your own veggies, brew your own beer, make your own clothes, keep your own honey bees and ferment your own kombucha. Continue reading

H. Pylori and Chronic ITP

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Comments about people with ITP and H. PYLORI infections are popping up all over the place.  HEREHERE & HERE.  In each case, people with ITP have seen an increase in their platelet counts after being treated for a Helicobacter Pylori infection.

What is a Helicobacter Pylori infection?

H.Pylori is a gut infection.  It is difficult to discover and treat, as H. Pylori burrow into the digestive mucosal lining and hide itself.  For the immune system to attack an infection of H. Pylori, the immune system needs to start destroying your stomach lining to get to it.  Grose hey?  This causes the immune system to be chronically active and overworked.  Perhaps the first step in a chain reaction that can cause the immune system to target the body.

What are the symptoms of H.Pylori infection?  Most people will have no symptoms at all.  A few patients may eventually present with a peptic ulcer.  An even smaller amount of patients with H. Pylori may end up with stomach Cancer.  Others may simply have indigestion, bloating or other symptoms of stomach inflammation.  Or no symptoms at all. Continue reading