A Convincing Belief That Figi Water Helps My Knee Pain

About six months ago, I went to my Kaiser doctor complaining of knee pain. My doctor took X-Rays and found mild arthritis.  She prescribed a cream Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel.  You squeeze this like toothpaste on to a plastic scale to help measure the correct dose.  I spread it upon my knees and it was a near perfect solution.  I was amazed that a product applied to the skin could provide such relief.

Totally unrelated in any way to the knee problem was my quest to find a better bottled water.  I did the usual Internet search and a number of web sites offered suggestions.  What convinced me to try Figi water was an Internet story about how NBA players really needed this water because they felt their basketball playing was improved.

The Bottled Water Obsession Taking over NBA Locker Rooms

How can water improve your athletic skills, I asked myself.  Well, I tried it out.  I could not detect any different flavor from the cheaper bottled water I was buying in the super market.

But, over a rather short time, a few weeks maybe, I found that my knees were feeling better, less pain.  Could this be the Fiji water?  I looked at the label and it showed the following:

  • Silica 93mg/L
  • Calcium 18mg/L
  • Magnesium 15mg/L
  • pH  7.7

My Internet research findings really supports the importance of taking silica, calcium and magnesium!  I recommend that you take the time and look for the health benefits of each.  I found the results to be astonishing.

Experiment followed:  I decided to stop applying the diclofenac sodium gel when I looked at it’s side effects.  Since stopping applying the gel, I have not noticed any knee pain increase.  In fact, my knees feel pretty darn normal except I can not put my knees to the ground and then try to stand up without some pain and struggle.

Let me warn you that this water is typically more expensive.  I go to COSTCO to get it cheaper.  I recommend that you shop around for the best price.  There are different water bottle sizes.  I love using the 500 ml because this size bottle fits into our car door side pockets.  This size is also perfect for  taking to the gym.

Dilemma:

#1:  Prior to my discovery of Figi water I was prescribed with diclofenac sodium gel for my knee arthritis problem.  Here are the side effects:

“Stop using diclofenac and seek emergency medical attention if you have signs of a heart attack or stroke: chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, feeling short of breath.”

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears;
  • little or no urination;
  • liver problems–nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain (upper right side), tiredness, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • low red blood cells (anemia)pale skin, unusual tiredness, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet; or
  • signs of stomach bleeding–bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Common side effects may include:

  • heartburn, gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
  • stuffy nose;
  • itching, increased sweating;
  • increased blood pressure; or
  • skin redness, itching, dryness, scaling, or peeling where the medicine was applied.

Source: https://www.rxlist.com/voltaren-gel-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

I have quit applying diclofenac sodium gel to my knees since using Fiji water.

#2  After, I discovered Figi water, I made the mistake of trying to improve my knee conditions prior to a trip to Alaska.  I was given Kenalog-40 by orthopedic surgery at Kaiser.

Side effects of Kenalog-40 include:

        • allergic reactions,
        • sleep problems (insomnia),
        • mood swings,
        • headache,
        • euphoria,
        • spinning sensation (vertigo),
        • dizziness,
        • nausea,
        • bloating,
        • appetite changes,
        • stomach or side pain,
        • stomach upset,
        • acne,
        • scaling or other skin changes,
        • a wound that is slow to heal,
        • thinning hair,
        • bruising or swelling,
        • sweating more than usual,
        • irregular menstrual periods,
        • redness or pain at the injection site, or
        • weight gain.

Source: https://www.rxlist.com/kenalog-40-side-effects-drug-center.htm#overview

My dilemma is that Figi water comes with health enhancements while the pharmacy solutions come with pure scary warnings  that might make one’s health condition worse (see lists above).

Update for using Kenalog-40:  I go to a gym every day and I can only do 100 lbs on a leg press.  The day after receiving Kenalog-4o I was able to go up to 130 lbs with almost no knee pain and 140 lbs the second day!  A down side with Kenalog-40 is uncontrolled  hiccups which lasted two days.  It is not common to have hiccups.  It started just after the injection.

Disclaimer:  The above health situation is singular, in that the test was not scientific.  There was no control group and only one sample, me.  I share this story because it just might help some one else.  Each person is different and your experience might not be the same as mine with this product.  The cost, to see if this works for you, is the cost of buying a pretty good water.  The cost of this water should be higher than the pharmacy approach.

By the way,  I found out that my Kaiser Orthopedic surgery doctor only buys Figi water.  He does not recognize any connection between drinking Figi water and improved health.

I have absolutely no connection to any product listed in this blog piece.  I get no benefit, in any way, from this recommendation except the satisfaction that I just might be successful in helping someone else.

 

Posted April 25, 2019
Revised April 26, 2019
Revised April 28, 2019

LG V30 Cell Phone Does Work With Fitbit Ionic

LG V30 Cell Phone Does Work With Fitbit Ionic

I had a Fitbit Blaze and was really disappointed using it with my LG V30 cell phone. I did research and found some people claiming the Ionic would properly marry with my phone.   I found a good price in a local store and purchased it.  I have since found the Ionic to be pretty good marriage to my LG V30 phone.

Ionic wrist strap: Odd concept and a bit hard to attach. I personally do not like it. I found that the wrist band needs to be very tight to get best heart rate readings.
Link to phone: Good. Way better than the Blaze.  But, my wife and I went to Alaska where there was no WiFi.  We were in a location where the time change was one hour and the Ionic would not sync with the phone as to time for the whole trip.  I find it incompetent that the Ionic needs WiFi to sync and can not rely on Bluetooth.
Messages between phone and Ionic: Acceptable
Fitbit Cell Phone Application: Very good. (See below)
Global Position System (GPS):  Yes

Ionic Applications:

I did remove all the paid to use Ionic applications. I am nearly totally against paying monthly fees when not a necessity. I make it a habit to check my monthly credit card payments to see if there is any charge that I do not recognize. This is how I discovered money being sucked out of my bank account.  It is really easy to remove or add applications when using the cell phone Fitbit software.

Time: Accurate.
BPM or heart rate beats per minute: Way better than the Blaze but far from being accurate most of the time. The user understands that the unit not tight to the skin can make for a bad reading. When the reading jumps up to about 140, I know it is an error and I wait for it to provide a more accurate reading which does come shortly.
Steps: I can only guess it to be somewhat accurate.  When I get to the steps I set for the day, 10,000, the Ionic gives you a short fire works award display and it vibrates.
Calories: I have no idea how the Ionic comes up with this calculation. On the cell phone, you need to input what you eat using the cell phone application and then the cell phone unit does the math to deduct your exercise to come up with your calorie total.
Timer: Very good. Stopwatch and countdown included.
Alarms: Very good.
Tips: Not impressed.
Wallet: No verdict as I have not used this feature.
Relax: Never used this.?Exercise: Very good. You need to go to your Fitbit application on your phone and look for “Exercise Shortcuts” when viewing the Ionic sub menu. You can choose up to 7 items out of 9. You slide the one’s you like the most up to the top by placing your finger on the short 4 horizontal lines just to the left of the exercise.
Coach: Not impressed. I do not use it.
Settings: Includes some simple settings for you to consider and set.
Vibration: This occurs for alarms, rewards, notifications, etc.  Very good.
Display:  I found this display to be clear, sharp and detailed.  Very good.

Mileage: This pops up when you choose to walk or hike from the Exercise option. No way so far to determine how accurate it is but I just love to see how many miles I walk or hike.

Here are the free Ionic applications I have added:

News: Fair. Not as elegant at the NY Times
NY Times: Very good.
Weather: Pretty darn good. You can also add more than one weather reporting location for a total of 3.
Stocks:  Good for stocks that it offers but it does not track all stocks.
Torch: In case I need a flashlight the Ionic screen turn white and bright.
Med ID: A very nice simple application to show emergency responders some of your important medical information.
Wiki Places: Shows local places to consider visiting.
JayPS Maps: I can not use this application when I walk because I always run Exercise > Walk or Exercise > Hike. The Ionic is not able to run two applications at the same time so this application has never been used.  I am keeping this application as a backup to help me find my location in Alaska.

TIP: when looking at the clock face, use your finger and swipe downward and you should see news and notifications.  It took me quite some time to discover this.

NOTE: I gave my Fitbit Blaze to a friend who has a Apple cell phone and it works perfectly with that phone.

Disappointments:

  • When I set my Ionic to track my walk or hike, the unit seems incapable to multitask.  I can not see my messages or any other application.  Only one application at a time seems the rule.
  • A friend of mine, sent me a image with text message.  The text went to the Ionic.  The image did not and I do not expect it to. But, I think the image locked the text message into my Ionic so I could not get rid of the message.  I tried everything.  Nothing worked to erase the text message.  Finally, I had to press the left side button switch and the bottom right side button for a very long time to initiate a device reset.  The reset did erase the message.

Summary:  I have slowly warmed up to this device partly because it has taken me a lot of time to explore it’s many capabilities.  I have slowly grown to appreciate this Ionic and the cell phone Fitbit application because the marriage between the two really expands beyond them rated and used separately .

 

Posted April 18, 2019
Updated: May 16, 2019

How To Minimize Gun Killings In The United States

The president of the United States recommends arming teachers at our schools as the answer to stop future school shootings.   This is just another example of being stupid or licking the boots of the NRA.  Why not add significant gun ownership restrictions?

Experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, using data from 26 developed countries, have shown that wherever there are more firearms, there are more homicides. In the case of the United States, exponentially more: the American murder rate is roughly 15 times that of other wealthy countries, which have much tougher laws controlling private ownership of guns.

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/opinion/the-gun-challenge-strict-laws-work.html

It seems obvious that gun sales are way more important in the United States than lives.

Physical Fitness Toilet Lesson

I made the mistake of telling the gym trainer guru, Hans Hoeller, that I had dropped my leg press weights down to 130 pounds.  He asked me how much I weigh and I told him 165 pounds.  He then told me that my legs probably weigh 10 pounds each, below the knee,
which left 125 pounds for me to lift my body off a toilet.  I got the message.  I am now doing 150 pound leg press with 10 reps followed by 190 pound leg press with 10 reps and finishing with 200 pound leg press weights with 10 reps.  Because I am working to improve my fast twitch muscles, I wait about 1 to 2 minutes between sets.  I had no clue that there were fast and slow twitch muscle fibers until I learned this from Hans.

Fracking Contaminates Our Ground Water?

This blog piece attempts to examine whether any harm will take place from the oil well method of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, where huge amounts of water that is mixed with chemicals could be poisonous to our population now and into the future.  Our concern is this.  Is there any potential for the contamination of local community aquifer layer where ground water can be extracted?

It appears that fracking is currently taking place in a very significant way.  Problem is, there appears not to be any meaningful studies that can prove yes or no or how much  ground water contamination is there or might be in the future.  We have heard reports that methanol is escaping from compromised oil well casings and entering ground water supplies.

From: Health Impact Assessment of Shale Gas Extraction: Workshop Summary ( 2014 ) Page 67:

Dr. Swackhamer stressed that each of the steps of the water cycle in hydraulic fracturing constitutes a potential risk for water contamination and consequent impact on the environment. Not only with wells that are used for shale gas extraction, but in general all wells of similar construction present the most noticeable weaknesses in their physical structure. Most reports on contamination of aquifers pinpoint the cause of contamination as a leak of the well casing, pipes, or storage tanks. The integrity of the wells is critical in their operation and in the minimization of risk. Some of the wells are intended to be used several times, debilitating the structure and compromising operations. In terms of water use, the fluid is injected in the well at extremely high pressures under circumstances that are not completely known. Any engineering structure has a failure rate.

After the fluid has been injected and the fissures in the rock have been opened, there is not a clear indication of what happens to that water. There are estimates that the flowback or collected water is around 40 percent, but some locations have reported a 20 percent and even 80 percent flowback. Considering that a large percentage of the water remains in the ground, it is possible that it can migrate upward or continue to flow for long distances. The gases themselves can be pushed and potentially contaminate aquifers. Another consequence of not accounting for the total balance of injected water and flowback is the accumulation of chemicals in the ground. All the chemicals that are injected in the fluid could prove a more serious long-term contamination problem. Even though the injection is done several thousand feet “underground, the composition of the soil is being altered and there is a disruption in the ecosystem, with unknown consequences.
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18376&page=67

It would appear that fracking is so new that science finds itself way behind measuring its long term health impacts upon our aquifers.  Because this practice is currently so wide spread and expanding across the United States, it has the potential to irreparably harm this nation’s water resource if we do not stop fracking or strictly limit it to certain geographical locations so as to study what the health risks, if any may be, and how this may play out for future generations of humane beings.  Another approach is to use no chemical fracking.  The point is to hold fast until science can catch up.  This is not to conclude, at this moment, that the practice is definitely harmful even though common sense seems to indicate that it is, but how about letting the scientists prove that it is safe?

How To Experience A More Relaxed Workout In Trekking Class

I am over 70 years of age and have a rare form of blood disease that is not curable and I sometimes don’t have a lot of energy.  I must work out every day as a personal ideal but I do like to throttle back my exercise depending upon how I feel.  The problem taking a fitness club trekking class is the instructor takes a look at you and seems to make a snap judgement as to what level you can perform in their class.   Thus, there is this constant battle of my trying to arrange my own workout intensity against the perceived wishes of the trainer.   Over the years I have devised a list my own rather devious methods for managing my trainer and my workout.

  • Join a class. Do not receive individual instruction.  In a class, you can better hide from the trainer and do what you want for speed and incline.
  • Always show up late so you can take a spot away from the trainer.  You really want to be to the far right or left side of a trainer that faces the treadmills.  The most deadly spot is taking a treadmill right in front of the trainer.  Showing up late also shaves off total class time.
  • Tell the instructor you need to warm up, thus you can typically use much lower settings of incline and speed for a while.  Almost all trainers understand that a person arriving late must warm up.
  • Keep doing your warm up until the instructor spots the fact that you have been warming up for the past half hour.
  • When the instructor tells you to go up to a high speed, don’t if you don’t want too.  To hide this fact, just appear to run faster by taking shorter strides.  If the instructor likes to walk around to spot speed and incline, put a towel over the display panel to hide the readouts.
  • Try not to take a spot next to the student who follows exactly what the instructor tells the class.  Try to find other students that also shave off speed settings and chose a treadmill next to theirs.  You really don’t want to be running next to a person at speed 6 while you are at 5.
  • Many treadmills have at least two methods of entering speed.  Choose the slowest method when going up in speed.  The treadmills at my club have direct speed enter as one method and up and down arrows as an entry for the second method.  I chose the up and down arrows and press them slowly.  I often can shave off 15 seconds or more from a speed increase.  Obviously, choose direct entry for speed when going down in speed if it is faster.
  • Try to distract the trainer by conversation and then try to detect if they can remember the last speed and incline number.  Often times an instructor will call out the same incline and speed because they were engrossed in telling the class a story.   Most often some knucklehead student reminds the instructor we already are at that speed and incline which really ruins it.
  • If you are caught with a lower treadmill incline than the other students, pretend that you failed to hear the last directions.  You can also pretend to be in a meditative state and failed to hear anything.  This works best if you hold the hand rail and close your eyes to paint the picture that you are zoned out in some Zen moment but make sure you can run a treadmill with your eyes closed.
  • Having loud conversations with a person in the next treadmill often works for explaining that you did not hear the speed of 6 when you are currently at 3.  This really works if the person you are taking too also is at the same speed and incline you are.
  • I also have razzed the instructor occasionally with comments that in past months they were setting lower work out speeds but now are being more aggressive. If the instructor is motivated to think about how this might have happened you must measure if this turns out well for you or not.
  • I found out that I can clip some time off my class by removing the cover shirt that I wear over my tank top.  It is safe to do this off the treadmill and then I walk over to the bins used to house our workout bags and place the garment into the bag and walk back.  Bathroom breaks are also in this category for shaving time off and getting a recovery.
  • If the instructor likes short recovery times, challenge and complain.  This really depends, obviously, on the instructor as to how successful this plays out.

 

 

Keeping Nasal Passage Clear And Possibly Help You From Getting Sick.

Problem: Protection from air-born disease.

Solution:  I had to attend a one on one orientation prior to receiving chemotherapy at Kaiser.  I had to watch a computer slide show followed by a talk with a nurse who covered some check list items that she was tasked to present.  At the end of this somewhat intimate presentation she asked me if I had any questions.  I brought up the concern that my immune system was going to be compromised and was there anything I could do to protect myself.  She presented a really clever solution that I have accepted as part of getting ready after showering each morning.  She told me that when she fly’s in planes and because you are confined and in close proximity to people that might be carrying germs that she takes a very small amount of Neosporin Wound Care on a Q-Tip and swabs the inside of her nose.  I have tried this and I am convinced it works.  I do not apply this remedy only when I think I will come into contact with the general public but every day.   I am very concerned with putting a foreign product into my body as it might cause cancer or some other problem.  I have taken this product almost every day for two years and have not had any problem.  My method is to put a very small amount of Neosporin on to the Q-Tip and swab only the nose that protrudes and is visible beyond the face.

Results:  I have found that my nasal passages are incredibly clear all the time.  Nothing grows in the nasal airways.  The smell of Neosporin is not all that bad and lasts, it seems, for less than an hour.  I have not had a cold for over two years!  I am a mouth breather and not a nose breather and yet this procedure seems to help which is a bit of a mystery.  I think emergency first responders should consider performing this procedure if they suspect they will encounter any air-born suspended particle that may be dangerous. This application might also be considered for valley fever protection.

 Disclaimer:  Please consult with your doctor before taking any of these products.  Each person is different and probably reacts to products differently.  Each person has or may have existing medical condition that precludes taking one or more of these products.  When taking a new product, take it slow.  Take even smaller doses than I describe as you begin.  Keep a journal of what you eat including these ingredients and write down any symptoms.  If you notice any symptom that is not beneficial or concerns you, STOP taking the product!  You are responsible for your health.  Read labels.  Research label ingredients so you know how each may affect you.  Be careful.

Health Problem: Arthritis

Problem: Arthritis of knee and hands.  I have tried Glucosamine and it did noting for me.  My knees were so bad that I was scared I would need a walker within a year.

Solution:  Schiff MegaRed Joint Care.  Just one pill cured my severe knee arthritis.  I was utterly shocked at the results!  I kept taking the pills for three days but found out that, for me, I got really tired.  I have Waldensrom macrogobulinemia so getting any more tired is a real drag for me.  I experimented and found that I only needed a pill occasionally.  This product is a 353 mg proprietary blend of Krill Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Astaxanthin.

Where Available:  Just about any drugstore will sell this.  I have found this at COSTCO, Target and Walmart.

Note: This is so new for me that I am still researching this product.  I will next try just Krill Oil with nothing added and see if that is the component that is solving this problem for me.

 Disclaimer:  Please consult with your doctor before taking any of these products.  Each person is different and probably reacts to products differently.  Each person has or may have existing medical condition that precludes taking one or more of these products.  When taking a new product, take it slow.  Take even smaller doses than I describe as you begin.  Keep a journal of what you eat including these ingredients and write down any symptoms.  If you notice any symptom that is not beneficial or concerns you, STOP taking the product!  You are responsible for your health.  Read labels.  Research label ingredients so you know how each may affect you.  Be careful.

Health Problem: Can Not Digest Meat Properly

Problem:  Unable to properly process meat.   This is often times a hereditary factor passed on from parents.  My mother almost died from bowel impaction.  History on my mother’s side shows diverticulitis is prevalent.

Solution:  I use three over the counter products to solve this problem.  Two products, Metamucil and wheat grass are mixed with banana, Greek yogurt, berries and fruit juice to create a smoothie each morning.  By the way, I use a Vitamix blender.  That blender is simply the best.  The prune juice is consumed before going to bed, only on days I eat meat.  I do have some pretty interesting dreams as a result of drinking the prune juice.

  • Unfiltered prune juice prior to going to bed (1/4 to 1/2 glass).
  • Metamucil, orange flavor, mixed in a smoothie (1 tsp to 1 tbsp).
  • Wheat grass mixed as part of a smoothie.  This will cause gas so use small amounts (1/2 tsp) when you begin using this ingredient.  This product is not all that easy to find.  I use Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Powder contains 100% organic, whole leaf wheat grass”.  I purchase mine from GNC.  This product is readily available using the Internet.

 Disclaimer:  Please consult with your doctor before taking any of these products.  Each person is different and probably reacts to products differently.  Each person has or may have existing medical condition that precludes taking one or more of these products.  When taking a new product, take it slow.  Take even smaller doses than I describe as you begin.  Keep a journal of what you eat including these ingredients and write down any symptoms.  If you notice any symptom that is not beneficial or concerns you, STOP taking the product!  You are responsible for your health. Read labels.  Research label ingredients so you know how each may affect you.  Be careful.

Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia – Some ideas for self treatment

I was diagnosed with this disease in 2005 but they discovered that I was already stage 4 by bone marrow inspection, so I probably had the disease for some time.

  • It is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  My first symptom was a small lump protruding from my neck.
  • The cancer cells make large amounts of an abnormal protein that, over time, make the blood thicker.  This is the one major concern I have in attempting self medication.
  • It can crowd out red blood cells and make the person tired and weak.
  • Platelets in the blood can drop, leading to increased bleeding and bruising.
  • Blindness can occur.
  • Symptoms of stroke.
  • Heart and kidney problems can take place.

When I first read up on this disease the Internet said to expect to live 4 years on average.  I was shocked.  In 2011, I noticed that the average survival age is 6 years.  In 10 years 80% have died from first diagnosis.  My oncologist told me that he expects to keep me alive so I die from some other problem.  I thought that to be rather funny.  Because Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia can bring on many other serious medical problems, he just might be too literal in his pronouncement.

I have had two chemo therapies, so far, that pushed back the disease.  My doctor tracks a lot of blood indicators but the one that seems to count the most is how thick my blood gets.  After a chemo therapy treatment, the thickness of my blood improves but over time it seems to follow a large “U” shape trajectory.  It goes down, levels out a bit and then goes back up.

There is no cure for this disease and because it is so rare, very little research is being done to cure this form of cancer.

My doctor gave me only one piece of advice.  I can drink red wine.  His thinking was that it might help clean the arteries and veins so as the blood got thicker, it would more successfully travel thought the body to all parts.  But, in 2011 he told me that I can drink any alcohol I want, just in moderation.  “Won’t hurt” he told me.  Maybe he figures that I am getting close to the 10 year death threshold that I could even start taking up sky diving and bar hopping.

My self treatment is just my attempt to thwart the progression of the disease by using common sense, to the best of my ability, and not trying anything too radical or dumb that might get me into trouble.  I wish to share my personal thinking with you, if you have this disease.  I will try to list all the various items that I use but I wish to really call your attention to only one, working out at a gym that is well stocked with free weights, cardio machines and weight lifting machines.  Doing a strenuous workout, I believe, has vastly improved my longevity and quality of life.

Gym  (This is the most important advice I can offer and I sincerely believe in its benefit.)

To improve my blood flow to all parts of my body, I go to a gym EVERY DAY and work out in this fashion.

  • 30 minutes of light cardio which may include treadmill, elliptical, stair step, etc.
  • 15 minutes or more of heavy weight lifting to the point of muscle failure.  I am convinced that I must push the repetitions and increase in total weight that I pump to the extent that I can no longer do one more repetition really is a “cure”.  I figure that this forces blood through even the most minute diameter vein.  I do not want to loose my vision so straining the body to move a heavy weight, you really feel like your pushing blood to the farthest reaches of your body which is what I want to achieve.
  • I take a treadmill class where the instructor has us run as much as five minutes at a time at high speed and repeats this a number of times.  She also makes us do hills.  I really think running is most beneficial.  I noticed that staff trainers do this as part of their own conditioning and have their customers do this exercise also.  It helps endurance.    I noticed that just after half my routine, my hearing improves a lot for the time I am working out.  I even have to turn down the volume on my iPod to a more comfortable level.  I do get pains in my hip and legs but the running removes the pain over time.

The above regimen that I listed above is only an example to show you how much time and effort you should consider devoting.  I recommend that you FIRST visit your doctor and tell him or her your intentions to begin to work out.  If you are beginning to attend a gym for the fist time or you know you are out of shape, begin slowly.  Consider finding a good trainer to guide you.

I try to eat sensibly and try to keep my weight down.

Smoothy.

In my opinion I do not see this as having any direct impact upon W.D.  I just list this because I do think the wheat grass does offer benefit.  My wife likes having a smoothy to take to work in the morning so while I make her one, I make myself one with the two additions of flax seed oil and wheat grass.  I make a smoothy with the following ingredients:

  • Few cubes of ice to make the drink cold.
  • Teaspoon of liquid calcium.  Calcium is also necessary to help thwart prostate cancer.  I also was diagnosed as having bone loss.
  • Banana
  • Cup or two of mixed berries or strawberries.
  • Yogurt
  • Flax seed oil, (I stopped adding this), about 1 tsp, for the omega 3 benefit.
  • Wheat grass, powder form, one spoon full but less if I make a smaller drink.  I buy Pines brand.  A little is all you need. The wheat grass cleanses the bowels very effectively.  It seems to create a propellant component.
  • Fruit juice.  My wife likes thick smoothies so I add only just enough to make a thick drink.

The smoothy is blended in a Vitamix blender, an expensive unit, but the best blender  one can buy, in my opinion.

I do take pills and health food items as listed next.

Lutein

My ophthalmologist recommended that I take this pill to prevent age related macular degeneration (AMD).  Because blindness is a real possibility with WD, I believe this is a very important pill to take every day.  http://www.luteininfo.com/

Aspirin

I only take one if I hear pounding in my ears that signify that I took too much salt and my blood pressure is high.  I have seen people take low dose aspirin and they suffer from broken blood vessels, typically viewed on their arms and hands.  I simply do not want a broken blood vessel take place in a vital organ like my brain.  I carry low dose aspirin, 81 mg, with me almost all the time to offer heart attack protection. I have small pill jars in all the family vehicles and beside my bed.  A nurse told me that if I think I am having a heart attack, to take 4 of these low dose tablets and get to an emergency room fast.

Longevinex

My sister pushed me toward this product.  It is dry concentrated wine in capsule form.  It is very expensive.  I take it every night.  I have noticed that my lungs fill with air to the point of almost hurting when I take this pill, a very good feeling.  When I stop taking it my lungs do not seem to fill completely.  http://www.longevinex.com/

TIP:  This product typically goes on sale just before Christmas.  I save money by buying a year’s supply at this time.

Bilberry

I can not remember how I found about this product.  The story goes that the British pilots during WWII, who used bilberry jam prior to their flights against the Nazi’s, reported that there eyesight was improved.   I can report to you that my dreams at night are often times spectacular, with so much detail and at times very intense story lines.  A friend of mine has a wife with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Disease and she is partly blind from this disease.  I will buy any product that has been proven to improve eyesight.

Biotin

I take 5 mg.  It’s claims are better hair scalp and nails.  The lady that cuts my hair recommends this for hair growth.  It’s benefit just might be from better blood flow.

Garlicin

I take Nature’s Way, 350 mg tablets.  This is a smart release garlic.  The tablets are coated to get by stomach acid.  There is no garlic breath resulting from taking this.  Taking garlic offers  a lot of benefits, some of which might help WD.

Gensing  (I stopped taking this because I did not think it did any good.)

When I heard that this gives you more energy, I decided I needed it.  I take one pill every day.  The particular product I take is Action Labs Powermax 6 X.  The pill jar recommends taking two capsules, but I take only one each morning.  If I detect any benefit, it is very slight, if at all.  It just might be doing more placebo than providing any real benefit.

Eat Fish frequently

My research has shown that omega 3 foods are good for you and seem to offer rewards for possible future problems I might have.  I try to eat Salmon and I love tuna sandwiches and sardines.

On my key ring, I carry a bullet size and shape metal pill container that one has to unscrew to get to the contents.  I have 2 baby aspirin and 1 Longevinex pill in that container.  I have given these devices out to friends that I think might be susceptible to heart attacks.

Summary

If you have this disease, I sincerely wish you the very best.  If you have found any self treatments that are not listed here, show promise and that might benefit others, please share with us.  Please do take the time to work hard at keeping in good physical shape.

It is my opinion that there are definitely worse types of cancer to have.  You should have, I hope you do have, quite a few years left to enjoy this absurd existence we call life.

(Updated May 28, 2016)