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

Meditation & Relaxation. How I Got it So Wrong

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On Saturday I did nothing.  Not nothing as in, I did the washing and cleaned the house and called old friends and made casseroles for my neighbours kind of nothing, I mean actually nothing.  On Saturday I woke up at 9 am and did not get out of bed until 11am.  From here I headed straight to the beach.  No shower, no breakfast just pulled on some clothes and left.  By 12 I was drinking coffee, lying in the sun reading Gone Girl and walking with my feet in the water.  At 3pm I was hot and a little pink from the sun so I headed home to sleep off the day on the couch watching movies.  

Sounds like the prefect day?  It wasn’t.

I actually felt terrible the whole time.  I felt like I had wasted my day.  I had thought that I needed some time to relax and move slowly, instead I was just panicked more because relaxing felt selfish.  Apparently doing nothing makes me feel really guilty.

I hear time and time again that ITP and autoimmune disorders are stress related.  I have read that autoimmune disorders and diseases are linked to inflammation, stress and lifestyle.  I keep being told that Meditation and Relaxation is such a great treatment for ITP.  The PDSA website claims that meditation and relaxation are the most popular alternative treatment for people with ITP.  But I can’t do it!!  I just can’t seem to do it at all!

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Stretching before bed with ITP

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Why Should You Stretch Before Bed?

 

Stretching before bed not only calms your body and mind before sleep, it releases tension in your muscles and draws them into relaxing.  Stretching has known to be benificia for thousands of years.  Did you know that the asansa of yoga where practices as a means to stretch out the body before meditation and pary.  Prepares the body and mind for relaxation, clear heads and focuses mind – relaxed and stress free.

One of the side effects for many medications is inability to sleep.

“Stretching in the evening is just as important as in the morning, which is when most people think about doing it,” says Laurel, Maryland acupuncturist Allison Vaccaro.

“Like acupuncture, stretching helps break up stagnation and encourages movement throughout the channels. Stretching in the evening helps loosen the muscles that haven’t been used during the day. Many people spend their evenings sitting on the couch watching TV. Some hit the gym first thing in the morning, then sit at a desk all day. These routines prime the body for stiffness, and can produce pain at night and upon waking.

“Patients of mine who follow my advice to stretch at night report better sleep quality, and less pain and stiffness in the morning.”

Seven Simple Stretches for Sleep

Start at your feet, toes even and work up the body so that you know you have stretched out your entire body.  the whole sequence should only take a couple of minutes.  Should not be about flexability or how far you can go.  Should be a focus on slowing down your body and preparing for sleeping.

1. Feet

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2. Calves

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3. Thighs

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4. Legs

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5. Hips

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6. Back

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7. Neck

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Heat and Headaches with ITP

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As I sit down to write this post I can feel one coming on from behind my eyes.  It has been there for a few hours and I have been quite and calm and steadily swallowing glasses of water.  I made myself do yoga, stretched every muscle in my body, and lay still on my back to meditate.  The blinds are closed, the lights are off.  I am now waiting for the headache to come.  Convinced that I can beat this without panadol.

The pain has been there – behind my eyes and one side of my brain – for a few hours and it has not gotten worse.  Perhaps it wont come?  Perhaps it will not turn into the migraine I predicted.

It is summer time and the headaches are back.  This year I am trying to not take the tiny white tablets.  The harmless household pain killers that are popped without another thought.  I am going to go natural.  I am going to lie still in the dark and try to listen to what my body is telling me.  I am going to try my best to give it what it needs and hope the pain goes away.

And what is my body asking for right now?  White chocolate.  So I am eating it.

What do you use?

Natural Painkillers

  1. Aromatherapies
  2. Massage
  3. Meditation
  4. Yoga
  5. Acupuncture
  6. White Chocolate