I’m nearly drug-free … and feeling better

As you progress through the events of several decades, stuff happens.

You suffer an injury.

You get sick.

You might be depressed or in pain.

Sometimes … you fit a certain profile and now you need to take this …

Every one of those events can lead to drug usage.

Your doctor prescribes a pain killer for post-surgical recovery.How Many Pills

Another says you’ve got to take a pill for your blood pressure.

Your knees tell you that running is tough on them … so you take Vitamin I … Ibuprofen.

The stress of work-life has you off balance.

Maybe you adjust your vitamin regimen or take a Prozac.

Antacids or a daily purple pill helps reduce your reflux.

Are you a druggie?

In recent weeks … I’ve become … nearly … drug-free … and I’m feeling better.

I want you to consider what a similar change might do for you.  I’m no doctor, but I’ve learned most doctors don’t pay much attention to the individual.  You need to look out for yourself.

Do you remember the slogan … Better Living Through Chemistry?

That is a variation on an advertising slogan for Dupont

… the company that brought us many types of plastic and a wide range of industrial chemicals.

Pharmaceutical companies and the healthcare industry seem to fully embrace the idea now.

I have stopped taking all prescription medications except a low-dose pill for blood pressure … and if I can do so without causing my doctor to experience heart failure, I’ll stop taking that too.

I quit taking pain medication.
Now I have fewer aches & pains.

Aches & pains associated with over-enthusiastic exercise, demanding weekend home projects, work injuries, childhood injuries, a fall from the roof of a 2-story house, knee surgery, fatigue, and stress have led to a variety of attempts to alleviate the pain.  I had reached a point where I was taking a daily meloxicam tablet rather than a handful of ibuprofen.  When I started taking meloxicam it seemed to do wonders.

If you are taking NSAIDs … or considering it … do some research, visit WebMD and other online resources … read … and understand … NSAIDs can have some serious side effects … and they don’t mix well with many other medications.  They can be seriously dangerous when taken along with steroids … and it seems not all doctors know this.

I quit taking purple pills.
Now I have less indigestion and no nausea or acid reflux.

At some point in recent years, I experienced an extended period of indigestion, reflux, and nausea.  The purple pill was prescribed, and when generic Prilosec (omeprazole) became available, I continued with the OTC versions.  When that initial bout abated, I cut back from daily use to “as needed” but it seemed I still needed it quite a bit.

When I decided to cut down on meds, I began taking a probiotic (Align).
Wow … what an improvement!

I quit the testosterone replacement therapy.
Now I have more energy, better attitude, and less concern about chest pains.

Low-T is the latest big hype among pharmaceutical companies.  My doctor decided my T was too low and I should try one of the new gels.  I tried three but with no noticeable positive impact.  So, my doctor had me begin Testosterone injections.  The first three injections resulted in noticeable changes and some questionable (even serious) side effects, but my doctor wasn’t convinced there was a connection.

When I went for the fourth injection, the nurse showed me a contaminant in the bottle from which the first three shots had been taken.  So, I got a new vial from the pharmacy.  The next injection seemed to have no affect; a few weeks later, the second injection seemed to do nothing, as well.  By then, I had been experiencing for several weeks new chest pains that didn’t feel like muscle aches.  It was at that point I decided to cut out as many prescription and over-the-counter medications as I could.

Another great benefit has been weight loss … nearly 30 pounds!

When I started the T-Replacement Therapy, I soon lost six or seven pounds.
That was encouraging.

In just a few weeks following my decision to stop taking the NSAIDs and omeprazole, my weight loss now totals nearly 30 pounds … without a diet (though I am eating smarter and allowing myself fewer sweets) and only a modest increase in recreational physical activity.

Now I look forward to what will happen when I re-instate a regular fitness routine.

Of course, I should add the standard disclaimer … “Your results may vary.”

But … it could be worth a try … for many reasons!

The benefits of becoming (almost) Drug Free include:

  • Fewer Aches & Pains
  • More Energy
  • No Gastric Distress
  • No Nausea
  • Improved Appetite
  • Weight Loss

 

 

 

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Parts of my body that were once reliable and indispensable have turned against me.  But revenge is sweet.

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Of all the regrets that I have for getting old, it is not that my facade is wrinkled and course.   Not that my teeth are few and far apart, nor that my hair is no longer thick and brown nor my bones strong and upright.  Not even the gradual loss of vision and hearing capabilities.  I accept the fate that age deals to us all and actually relish this time that no longer insists that I try to impress the ladies with any real or imagined good looks.  In fact I have to account to very few people any more because I have outlasted many of them and in so doing am wiser and content with all that I am, warts and all.

To those who would find some aspect of my…

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Johanna’s One of the Best!

Whenever you are in Copper Harbor and you would like give yourself a special treat, visit the Spirit of the North Wellness Center located in the heart of Copper Harbor.

Spirit Of The North Wellness in Copper Harbor Michigan

As the Spirit of the North, Johanna Davis can
relax your body and lift your spirits.

She asked a few questions.  I told her about areas of stress in my body, old injuries that tend to have chronic issues, even about sinus problems.

Her combination of Reiki and Swedish massage was very effective.

The Reiki process involved the head, chest, hip, thighs, calves, and feet.

She started with the Reiki method.  This created what felt like an energy flow … like she was drawing the pain out of my shoulders, drawing tension from my feet, calves, thighs, and torso.

It was easy to relax.  She would talk if you wanted to.

Most of my responses included an ahhhh … or a groan as I relaxed further.

Would you like heat?

Oh yah. Bring it on.

The Swedish massage ground several painful muscles into submission.

Then some quiet time to allow Johanna’s magic to sink in …

Two windows were open allowing a soft breeze.

I listened to the wind rustle branches and to birds chirp & call.

Soft music gently washed over me.

Later I had a chance to talk with her.

Johanna grew up in Copper Harbor

Her parents own and operate a local resort and shop.

She lived elsewhere for a few years.  One spot was Colorado … where she learned her profession.

She returned to Copper Harbor in 2002.

Johanna participated in the planning and building of her home / office.

Johanna’s Wellness Center is also
a beautiful cord wood home.

photo by Lesley DuTemple for the Lake Superior magazine

Cordwood Construction
Learn more about this at the magazine’s website:
— August/September edition of Lake Superior Magazine … “centerfold” article
http://www.lakesuperior.com/lifestyle/homes/344home/

Learn more about Cord Wood Construction at these links:
— http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/allthingscordwood.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordwood_construction

Go North
Get a Massage
Relax

Soon, I will returning to the Spirit of the North.
— I will be scheduling a session or two at Spirit of the North during my July vacation.
— That will give me a chance to apologize to Johanna for the delay in publishing this review.
— The reason for the delay began one day before I met Johanna and affected our home for the next nine months.
— I’ll write an update shortly after my next visit to the Spirit of the North.

Visit Copper Harbor …
Visit the Keweenaw Peninsula …
get Up da U.P.

And treat yourself to a special massage.

Call Spirit of the North at 906.289.4363

Additional Copper Harbor Resources:

 

Copper Harbor is a Four Season Destination … Johanna is the spokesperson in this video

 

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We are programmed to die … but that also has a positive side.

Watch . . .

TBI ... Traumatic Brain Injury ... Concussion ... Repetitive Brain Trauma

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Traumatic Brain Injury Disrupts Thought Patterns

That is the title of a post I recently published on my Thought Patterns blog.

The point of the blog posting is to inaugurate our contribution to growing efforts that focus attention on a condition that affects a broad cross-section of the population. It is a health condition that is not widely understood.

There are many names associated with injuries involving impact to the head.

Head Injuries – Brain Injury – Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI
Concussion – Multiple Concussions
Post Concussion Syndrome – PCS
Second Impact Syndrome –  Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome

Thought Patterns will be my primary communications platform for the topic of TBI. However I will use Boomer Review and any other voice I have to share information that may help others understand how our brains can be affected by injuries.

  • Have you fallen and hit your head?
  • Have you ever been in a car accident? bike accident?
  • Have you played football? hockey? soccer?
  • Has something heavy ever fallen on your head?
  • Have you ever been slapped? Or in a fight?

These are just a few of the things that could cause a brain injury.  They could happen to anybody. Anyone could be a victim of several of these events. The cumulative effect of repetitive events could result in significant damage.

Everyone should learn how such injuries can impact our lives.

The following list of resources is a beginning. Let me know if you have additional resources to suggest.

Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

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 They’re Playin’ Our Song on YouTube

I ain’t as good I once was.  That’s the cold hard truth.

My body says, “You can’t do this , boy”, but my pride says. “Oh yes I can.”

  

Noon … Text to Vince:

Thanks for the racquetball match.  It felt great to play again.  Next time, you will work harder for  any wins.

 

7:00PM … Note to Vince:

At this point, I see the distinct possibility that you will never be faced with a challenge for a rematch and my racquet may be put on eBay or retired to light duty as a beater for laundry hanging on a clothesline.

 

7:00AM  … Comment to wife:

My knees hurt too much.  I can’t walk the dogs today.

I’m not as good as I once was, but, I’m as good once, as I ever was.

In this case … I don’t think so.

 

[Editor’s Note:  This situation occurred a couple months ago.  Essentially, I have recovered but my knees will never forget.  My racquet is seeking a new home.]