My experience so far with Vitamin C

Finding the right “dose” is a little difficult. This may very well be because my vitamin C is in 1000 mg doses, and I might need slightly better fine tuning than that. I probably should have gotten the 500 mg pills, but I was going for volume/value rather than ease of dosing. So, while I have not yet fine tuned the spot right between “bowel tolerance” and my bathroom and I are besties, I have still seen results, and honestly, since I often have other bathroom issues, I’m not really 100% whether it’s the vitamins or just a normal day.  In any case, I’m seeing some results.  I’ve only been taking it for a few weeks.

I’m finding that my skin is kicking out all those “icks”.  Blemishes are coming to a head instead of lingering.  My face has started kicking out the blackheads. Wounds are healing better. and I’m not as congested, but I’m also not congestion free. That being said, I have allergies, and I live in allergy central Northern Virginia on six acres surrounded by all this  beauty — which is kicking my butt. Hard to tell. I might stick with the Oil of Oregano for the allergies. It’s been amazing.

Definitely seeing some results from the Vitamin C, and I guess if I get a cold I’ll have the knowledge to test it, and then tell you all about it.

Oh, a side note, I’m finding that about 1500 mg every three to four hours seems to keep me under the threshold, but again, I haven’t quite mastered that.


“Mega-dosing” vitamins and me

I recently stumbled on the whole “theory” of mega-dosing vitamins for health, healing and prevention through a friend. I have been doing a lot of research – there’s *SO* much more research for me to do, but given that there are actual studies done, and there is clinical evidence, I decided to try some of it myself.  My goal is to try it, and see if I start feeling better. Technically, I have started some of it and I will post about that separately.

I also believe in herbal remedies, although, again, the only things I’ve ever recommended have been things that have research to back them up.  The scientific research is sometimes difficult to find, but it is out there.  It just seems to be “squashed” and  while I don’t subscribe to the overall conspiracy theory that Big Pharma and doctors everywhere are out to get us, (or at the very least, couldn’t give a crap about our individual well-being) I do think there’s a definitely a link between a company whose goal it is to profit from the sale of drugs, and well, hey, making the very most money that they can possibly make from drug sales.

I have been on Provigil or it’s generic form for years. In truth, I just got a notice for a class action lawsuit from the attorneys handling it, and, well, hey, look at that, the drug company actually delayed the release of the generic so that they could profit from the higher priced (exorbitantly priced) medication. Even the generics are ridiculously priced. My prescription, WITH my insurance, paying only my out of pocket, was over $250 per three months. And that wasn’t at retail. That was from mail order.  At a retail pharmacy to have it filled, it cost me $300 per month. Obviously I chose mail order.  My insurance paid for 90% of that drug.  Roughly, figure that Big  Pharma made $1100 a month from me …on the generic through mail order.  I can see how they might not like to lose the money, but I think in general doctors have the well-being of patients at heart, and I think that they simply aren’t aware, or have succumbed to the hype that vitamin and nutritional therapy are bull.

Well, what better way than to test it?  I started with the water soluble vitamins.  If you’re interested, look for the other posts. 🙂 Hope to see you there.

“Get over yourself” taken to a whole new level.

If you’re anything like me, and my family, you hear this phrase frequently enough.  Usually, it’s the pinned-on tail of the conversation donkey where you were saying something to the effect of “I’m not doing that”  or “I refuse” or any myriad of other things that someone else thinks of as pretentious, or, they simply don’t like being told no.  Hey, sometimes, they might even be right.

That being said, I decided about a month ago, that I’m over myself.  Not, of course, in the common meaning that it’s usually delivered in, but in the sense that I’m over this version of myself.  Call it the pressure of New Year’s (I made no resolutions, by the way), or call it just being over it all, I decided to “get over myself”.

I suffer from hypothyroidism and the host of diagnoses that go along with it: Sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, obesity, chronic fatigue..  I’m sure I’m missing something in that list.  I decided, I’m over it.

I joined Planet Fitness.  They have personal trainers who work with you as often as you like, for as long as you need, and they don’t charge for the personal training.  If you need motivation, that’s the way to go.  Appointments three times a week with the personal trainer.

Planet Fitness has a “booth” called the Total Body Enhancement.  After I learned about it, I started researching it.  There ARE studies done about it, and how red light therapy helps any number of things.  I’ve only had two sessions, but I’m attempting to track how it affects me.  I’m sure I’ll post the results here, as they come in.

The first session, I did after my workout.  I wasn’t nearly as sore as I should have been.  I was still a bit sore.  But I didn’t have the expected knee pain, and I didn’t have the overwhelming fatigue.  You’re supposed to do it prior to your workout.  Oops.

The second session, I did it prior.  Now, afterwards, I was okay, but later that day, I felt like crap.  I think I remember someone posting that it does make you feel like crap when you’re just starting, so maybe that was a factor.  I’ll see, I suppose.

I’m doing the cross training (well, technically they call it something else there, but there are two versions of it, the one on the 360 machine, and the one that’s a circuit training)  which will give me cardio.  I don’t do traditional cardio.  I hate it.  I’ve tried.  I’ve been resolute.  It doesn’t work.  It just never has.  I simply have to find something else or some other way to get around it.  I will do these three times a week.  Potentially back to back.

That’s it, I’m over it.  I will post updates about the TBE (red light  therapy), and I am already losing weight, although, it’s due to the thyroid meds, and not to my dedication to exercise, but I suspect that I will lose more soon.  I didn’t consider the fact that I’ll need more clothing, however.  Go figure.  Oh well, I was going to have to buy more anyway.