Books and books and info and ……

I have recently watched a show on PBS by the author of WHEAT BELLY and WHEAT BELLY TOTAL HEALTH.  

   The premise behind the books is that wheat and grains can cause pain — stating it simply– by increasing inflammation in the body. It can also cause heart problems and obesity. If you think about it, wheat, the kind that has been with us in the form we eat it has been used for only about a hundred years. Our bodies are not used to it. I am going to read these books thoroughly and will provide a review. This August I have been getting a lot of swelling in my feet and legs and abdomen. Why? Cholesterol has to be checked. Will get that done tomorrow. BP is good. Weight is highest it has been due to the damn prednisone. From my mouth to God’s ears, I will not be on that medication again. Does more harm than good. I make myself walk every day and jog a bit three times per week. Movement is good. Also get the gluteus medius strong to keep the SI joints strong. 👌🐾

Speaking of supplements…..

I want to talk about supplements. I will share information on the ones that I use and the people whom I trust for information. Please note: YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY. Please speak with your doctor, partner, significant other, nurse or whoever assists you with your health care. I am going to start with one which has made quite a distinct difference in my life. ANDREW LESSMAN’S HAIR, SKIN & NAILS — it contains MSM & Silicon. The below was taken from a portion of an interview by Dr. Mercola with David Wolfe. Dr. Mercola, is an osteopathic physician and alternative medicine proponent. I have been an avid reader of his website and information for years. Here is the link to Dr. Mercola’s website:

I have found that when I would read about a health issue on, it would take up to two or three years for the major media to have the same information.

David Wolfe is not only the Nutri Bullet guy: dwolfe

but prior to this, he has written numerous books, with valuable information. Much of which changed my life. Superfoods, Eating for Beauty, and Longevity Now are a few of Mr. Wolfe’s books. The Sunfood Diet Success System was my first book and my favorite book by far by David Wolfe. book

There are also several powerful anti-inflammatory supplements that can have immediate use. I want to be thorough in my review of what these things can do for you and your body relative to pain so … for tonight…I am handling……    The following is from David Wolfe speaking with Dr. Mercola:

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) – Its ability to neutralize inflammation is one of the greatest, and one of the most inexpensive, discoveries in the field of chronic inflammation. As you all may or may not know >> chronic inflammation is the mammas and the pappas of Rheumatoid Arthritis.  C-reactive protein (CRP) is the inflammatory marker in your blood. CRP is a marker that indicates the level of inflammation in your body. MSM has been shown to break down the calcification that is frequently associated with chronic inflammation. In your arteries, it’s called plaque, which leads to heart disease. These plaques are the root cause of inflammation.

“MSM helps dissolve these calcified deposits, turning it into calcium sulfate and making it soluble so your body can excrete it,” David explains.

“The dosage of MSM has to be, in the beginning, maybe 2,500 mg per day. But really, you need to get up to 5,000 mg or 7,500 mg, and allow it to work over a period of months.

But don’t ever want to start anything at a very high dosage. Move into it gently.

I have a good friend of mine who is now taking 30,000 mg of MSM for his rheumatoid arthritis, and that is the dosage he needs in order to feel complete relief of his pain.”

Keep in mind that there may be side effects because MSM can detoxify you, and that may initially aggravate any condition you have. So increase dosage slowly to allow your body to adjust.

It’s also important to note that if you’re allergic to sulfa drugs, you may also have trouble with MSM because it is a type of sulfur.

MSM is not a drug however. It is a natural compound that exists in all trees and many plants. MSM is highly concentrated in aloe vera, for example, so you can also use natural aloe vera products that contain MSM in its natural form.

You can check out the supplement that I take here:  Also on HSN, and google it. You can find it elsewhere. I like this one for a few reasons. 1.) No smell. — Look, I have the nose of the Bionic Woman. I can smell a vitamin a mile away. And I gag—oh boy do I gag. If it smells awful then I can’t swallow the pill. 2.) If the pill is a big horse pill, I cannot swallow it. 3.) If the pills are rough, I cannot swallow them. 4.) I need the cap to be fairly easy to open. 5.) I do not want to take 8 or 9 tablets to meet the amount of serving size recommended.

Andrew Lessman’s meet all of the above requirements. I have bought and thrown away many different brands. They are capsules, smooth, easy to swallow, no smell, no indigestion, easy open cap. Yes, they cost a bit but well worth it. I notice my body is more in pain when I don’t take them. After just a few days back on them (2 per day) my body feels much better. Good luck! Stay tuned for more reviews. :)

Asking too much of myself

I am learning to respect myself. I am learning that my body has gone through dramatic changes over the past couple of years due to this chronic inflammation which has resulted, or been the result of, rheumatoid arthritis. I find that I look too far into the future to figure out what I should be doing, will be doing, where I will be placing my feet for good. I am one to not enjoy surprise and have preferred to have things worked out before time is upon me & to make a decision on my life. What I have learned is that I need to slow down, let things happen, and not fret so much. I have what I need, I can provide for my darling son, and live in a lovely home, rented but lovely. Deep breaths and getting in touch with possibly better physicians group (at Massachusetts General Hospital) will provide me with more information to make better decisions moving forward. Peace and love and hope.

I recommend some products here because I use and love them. I do not get asked to market or paid to market. I find these by my own trial and error. If someone from another blog should recommend to me or if someone should send something to me then shall always be honest first. 

SWIFFER has these awesome reachable dusting gadgets. Picture below. No strain on your shoulders. Just put it together simply. No stress. I can reach to the highest places and the lowest places without hurting anything. Best part is that I feel accomplished!! These thing pick up everything! Spiderwebs, dust, pollen, laundry room dust, just about anything a home can muster.  


Not expensive. Cheaper than buying paper towels. No chemicals. Did I say I love these? 🌹

Here’s a picture of one  of the dirty culprits in my home. for more information.  


It’s beautiful outside in Boston today!! Going to get outside for a long walk. I haven’t been running for some time. My medication was not working last year so a med change was in order. More about that coming soon. Love to all.  


Agreeing with myself….

I have learned that life is not something to beat into submission, nor have me beat into submission, but is like the ocean. Waves come in, and waves go out. yin/yang. Up and down. Good and bad. I believe that what we focus on we bring to ourselves…it’s sometimes tough to not focus. 


I’ve begun running again. RUNNING WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS!! RUNNING WITH CHRONIC PAIN!! I must lose at least 40 lbs. I’ve lost an inch in my waist after 4 weeks of running. AND watching what I eat. Getting myself together and getting complaints filed and getting the money due to me. Long stories. I have felt as if I am a victim so long…too long. I had a wonderful husband who supported me. He’s gone now. He doesn’t support us at all. Not emotionally, not in any way or shape or form. Sad, actually. Even though we aren’t married any longer I would still support him, but he has tried to beat me down for so long and I have crawled back up. Running gives me strength. How it does this, I don’t know. Running brings me joy. I smile the most during and after a run :) My little sweet dog, Max, is my running bud. He is a Malti-Poo and a damn tough one :) He loves to run with me. Sometimes I go alone, and I hear him whimpering at the door as I walk down the driveway. Sigh…..Image

Where there is a will, there is a way…

Recently was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This explains quite a bit as to the joint pain the past 8 months or so. The pain in my shoulders and hips had gotten to be so bad that I had to refer myself to a rheumatologist. Although  my primary care doctor had taken bloodwork for RA, she did not apparently take the exact blood work that was needed. I received the diagnosis on October 1st. This may explain my heart attack on April 23 of this year. I have been started on meds for inflammation. Strong Anti-inflammatories called Etodolac…or something to that effect. It works fine, although I still carry background pain. However today was a rainy, chilly day and  I was more sore than usual. I see my doctor in two weeks and he may tweak the meds if I am not 80% relieved from the pain.  I am not at 80% relief for sure. I will have to read about diet and exercise and figure out this whole new person. This year has been something else!! 

The presentation is not always great, but the substance is.

Feeling body aches, joint pain, and ridiculous headaches are a part of life. Hiding these problems everyday from those I meet, work with, care about is the predominant feature in my life. Pain is my Google Calendar…why? Because pain dictates what will get done that day…and when it will get done. I have found that later in the day is better for me. Early part of the day is worse. Why I wonder? Wouldn’t rest overnight help the pain and clear my brain? My brain is clear, my mind is clear, but the pain is worse in the morning. 

what changes can be made in my lifestyle? Must must MUST force myself to exercise daily, stretch daily no matter how bad the pain that day. I know that there is something out there that can improve my life and the way I live my life. At this point, there is no way that I can have a regular, working for someone else go to a 40 hour per week job and commute back and forth. My days and pain are too difficult to predict. I changed primary care physicians and am looking forward to hoping to get some ways to decrease this pain even more. SIGH.

It’s a wild and crazy world!

My first post was about pushing through, sucking it up, and getting on with life. I think that the way I view the world is that nobody has pain, nobody has problems, nobody has financial struggles. However, when I take the focus off of myself, quiet my mind, I can see the world from a different place and realize that for the most part people don’t share what they struggle with. We have learned in this society to keep our struggles to ourselves. The signs of NO WHINING or jokes about Pull your big girl pants on kind of hang in our ears. People with chronic pain have learned self mastery. We wake up in the morning and know what needs to be done, but we have to assess where our bodies are at on that given day to determine how we will get things done, where we will get things done, and IF we will get things done. I have learned to just let some things go. So I won’t have a house worthy of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine cover. Not a big deal. Far more important are the ties I reinforce with my friends and family. This is what I save up my time for. I just wish my back and neck didn’t hurt so much…..

Never give up….never give up….never give up.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

I have always had dreams. I always knew what I wanted out of life. I remember saying when I was a young girl: When I grow up I want two boys, a small house and a big piece of land with dogs. I got all of that and lost it too. I believe that we attract what we think about, what we know, what we dream about. I love Wayne Dyer’s books and I truly believe that in all of these years living with pain, frustration, sadness for the loss of the person I used to be and trying to get used to the person that I became. His books have been amazing: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” 
― Wayne W. Dyer

I know that I am judged. Daily. I am judged by people who see me leave my car, when I park in handicapped parking, and they judge me for what they perceive in me. That I am not handicapped enough to be parking there, am I using the handicapped placard from someone else.It’s neither of those, but my pain is kept well hidden. Every day I decide how I am going to get through the pain and how I am going to meet the needs of those around me or in  my life. As soon as I wake up, I know what kind of pain day it is going to be. Sometimes the days run in a series of days where my pain is incredible and unyielding to any medication. Other days it is managed and I can move through my day without frustration. Those days, unfortunately, are very rare and few. I am looking forward to having a better life. I know it will be better. I believe it. This I know.