ctlss's Journal, 26 March 2013

ANOTHER CHANGE IN LIFESTYLE...


After my bout with the infections that I battled the last month and a half, I wondered if perhaps the antibiotics weren't as effective due to some of the things that I use in my daily life. Coupled with the Dateline special (I will post a link at the bottom of the post) about what is in our bloodstream from the products we use, I decided to do a bit of research on my own. I have been battling serious scalp sores for the last couple of months, and I noticed that after using the creme rinse I was, it was worse. I changed creme rinses and that seemed to help for a short time, but the sores and the itch have worsened again, to the point that they itch, I scratch, and they bleed...a lot. So, I decided that I needed to do a bit of research. I found that in our bar soap, our liquid soap the ingredient triclosan is used and in my shampoo and creme rinse there are so many ingredients that can affect those with an autoimmune disease. This led me to research more, especially what I could use in place of shampoo and creme rinse. Lo and behold, there are plenty of options out there, but the one that turned up the most was this (and it is going to blow your mind, just like it did mine)...

Shampoo

1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of baking soda

Mix well, wet hair, pour over hair, work in well, wait 2 minutes and rinse.

Dandruff Shampoo

Wet hair. Take a handful of baking soda, rub well into scalp, let set for 2 minutes, rinse well.

So that's all great but what do I do about creme rinse? My hair tangles so badly that even creme rinse isn't that effective....

Creme Rinse

1 tablespoon of cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 cup of water

Pour over hair, wait 1 minute, rinse out.

And there you have it. I used these two things on my hair today. It is clean and shiny, AND, when I brushed it out, there were hardly any tangles. Nothing even close to what I usually deal with. Now we will see what happens with the sores on my head. I also switched out our Safeguard for Kirk's Castille soap, and I found that I like it much better.

In my research I also came across numerous reports that Triclosan affects the thyroid and hormones. There is also some evidence that it may play a role in the early onset of puberty among our children.

I am not sure how much of this is proven or just theory, but better safe than sorry and if it clears up my head I am all for it, and it is a whole lot less expensive as well.

Now on to the food and exercise side of the lifestyle change...

I am doing very well with my food. I haven't had any slips since I threw out the Hershey's Kisses. My net carbs have been right at 30 a day, I am drinking about 96 ounces of water a day, one glass of tea, and I have been diluting the diet dew with Organic flavored sparkling water when I have a Seagrams and Dew (which I did tonight). Exercise...meh...not so good, but the temps are supposed to start going up, so I am hopeful that the walking will commence again soon.

We will be going to mom's tomorrow, so I'll pack my little cooler full of low carb goodies to eat while we play cards. Thursday is mom's birthday, so the family is meeting and going out to Macaroni's Grill. I sure hope they have something low carb, otherwise it is salad with EVOO and vinegar and water to drink for this girl.

Saturday is mom's again, then Sunday is Easter. Lots of opportunity for falling off the wagon, so I am going to be extra vigilant.

Well, that's about all the news that's fit to print from my corner...hope all is well in yours!

TTFN!

~Stef~



http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mwu/dateline_producers_family_test.html






Diet Calendar Entries for 26 March 2013:
1179 kcal Fat: 84.73g | Prot: 63.95g | Carb: 18.46g.   Breakfast: Coconut Oil, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Horizon Organic Heavy whipping cream, Horizon Organic Heavy whipping cream, Stef's Deviled Eggs number 3. Lunch: Pork Chops (Top Loin, Boneless). Dinner: Green Snap Beans (Frozen), Celery, Cucumber (Peeled), Zucchini, Olive Oil, Lettuce, Cooked Cauliflower (from Fresh), Cook's Shank Portion Ham, Tanimura & Antle Green Onion, Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar, Low Carb Milk Gravy. Snacks/Other: Mountain Dew Diet Mountain Dew (Can), ALDi Incorporated Simms Beef Snack Sticks, Seagram's 7 Whiskey, Member's Mark Sharp Cheddar Cheese. more...
2398 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 16 hours. more...
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I used to have super oily hair. I had it so bad that I started showering morning and evening just not to feel grimy and sticky. I read a bit about the 'no poo' method and did it. The first two weeks weren't fun but I haven't put any soap or shampoo in my hair since September and my hair always feels awesome, never oily! I just use water daily and for me I assume my natural oils keep the hair clean. I'm a guy so I can get away with low maintenance but for women with longer hair there are other considerations. Such as the Apple Cider Vinegar/baking soda and something called the 100 brushes technique. It is amazing what nature provides for us if we can just get rid of a lot of the fake/artificial products that prevent nature from doing her job. 
27 Mar 13 by member: mikefarinha
Mike, my hair is waist length and combing it out without cream rinse is a nightmare. I was so pleasantly surprised by the baking soda wash and lemon juice creme rinse. I will never use shampoo again. I am going to buy some essential oils to scent the shampoo and creme rinse though! lol I am thinking cinnamon. Nature is amazing, isn't she? I am learning more and more as I get older about how to take advantage of what our bodies were made to do! :) 
27 Mar 13 by member: ctlss
Wow, Stef, amazing research and finds. I love that you've taken control and made changes that benefit you. Sounds like you're in a great space. How's Dan? Hope your mom had an amazing birthday. 
27 Mar 13 by member: Helewis
I saw that program Steph..its amazing what all is in the products we use daily..I use to have a dry itchy scalp too until I started using Tresamae shampoo and conditioner..but I will check out what all is in that too...Hope your new natural stuff works for you..Love and Hugs.:O) 
27 Mar 13 by member: BHA
Glad you found a substitute shampoo/conditioner and do hope it helps with your head. You sound very upbeat, nice to hear. And Sunday, Easter, oi vey, treats - enough said. Good luck avoiding all the 'goodies'.  
27 Mar 13 by member: sarahsmum
I still use shampoo. Maybe when I run out I will try this. I haven't used body soap in the shower for about a year. My skin is the best it ever was! I smell better too. My hubby is very stinky w/o a plethora of deodorant and cologne. He stopped using body soap and w/o deodorant - doesn't make me gag any more. :-) It makes a nighttime shower then morning hugs soooooo much better. LoL Our skin is not as rash-y and the dry spots are gone. I smelled so good, and so raved about it, that my parents and my sister stopped using body wash. It really cut down of my sister’s eczema. One of my best decisions! 
27 Mar 13 by member: jessabridge4444
Hmmm very interesting. I get soars on my scalp too. Now all over my neck acne, I am actually going to the dermatologist to figure out how to get rid of it. Grrr. I really hope this new baking soda and vinagar works. I will try it for sure. How many chemicals do we really need to wash our hair! FOR SURE! Oh happy day. 
27 Mar 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic
Heather, I have read some stuff on Triclosan before but just ignored it. After I did more extensive reading, I discovered that the FDA had been supposed to ban it 35 years ago, but needed to finish their report first. They just finished it, so I am hopeful that they will ban it now from our everyday products. It is considered a pesticide, so every time we shower, wash our hands, and even brush our teeth depending on the brand we use, we are exposing ourselves to a pesticide. That is scary! Anything that says "antibacterial" with some exceptions has this stuff in it, and it is called by MANY different names. These sores on my head generally happen when I get too much sun exposure, due to the Lupus. These started about 4 months ago, and like I always do, I just intended to wait them out. They just kept getting worse, and I noticed right after I washed my hair and used the creme rinse the itch was much worse. I thought it was the brand. Dan is doing much better. His cold is almost gone. Mom's birthday is coming up Thursday, but I am sure she will have a great time! Hugs, my friend! 
27 Mar 13 by member: ctlss
Bren, I knew that the list of ingredients on the products we use daily was long, but I never knew just how detrimental some of them can be on the human body! Just googling some of the ingredients is enough to make me swear of all of them including body lotions! I am using coconut oil for moisturizing now, and really like how it makes my skin feel. And the bonus...I smell like a coconut!! lol I was so skeptical about the baking soda and the lemon juice/cider vinegar, but thought what the heck, I can always shampoo if it doesn't work. I was amazed. And my hair this morning is still clean...not oily at all, which is another plus, as washing every day is too hard on my scalp. Really glad you found something that works for you...that itching is the worst! Love ya, sister/friend...HUGS!  
27 Mar 13 by member: ctlss
Wow, that is very informative. Thanks for sharing this with us. With that creme rinse though, wouldn't it make your head smell like a pickle? I don't know if Art would really want to sleep with a pickle.lol You may be on to something here though. I never even gave this a thought. I guess no matter what we eat, drink and wash in, we are loading ourselves up the pesticides. YUCK!!! That is probably why there is so much sickness and cancer.  
27 Mar 13 by member: LauPug1
Brill... Thanks Steff. I will DEFINATELY try this. I have stopped using deoderant..... I haven't used it for a couple of years now.... If you eat healthy - your body doesn't have to secret crap.... I guess the same applies to your head/hair. It becomes a 'habit' to use this stuff. Just as it is a habit to eat rubbish snacks. 
27 Mar 13 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
All I can think to say is, WOW...Really...are you kidding? Baking soda? Why would "they" put stuff like that in products people use everyday...Greed. 
27 Mar 13 by member: gg-girl
Way to go on researching to help yourself. Thanks for sharing the receipes. I hope you will soon see results. 
27 Mar 13 by member: skwhite
Is, so am I. I hate these darned sores...they hurt so much, and it looks terrible when I scratch them and they bleed leaving pink streaks in my hair. Not pretty at all! I am better, much better. I hear you on the Easter candy...I am not bringing any of that into the house! Hugs and lots of love to you, my sweet sis! :) 
27 Mar 13 by member: ctlss
sounds like the lupus is flaring on your scalp. I just went to the dermatologist today. she gave me a few different topical meds for the inflammation/red parts and something different when I get the scales. I hope the acv mix helps! I'm going to try it tomorrow morning! 
27 Mar 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic
I had that stuff on my scalp last year. Ask your doctor if you can put an anti-fungal over the counter medicine on it, my pharmacist who I had before she recommended it, she said it was a Ph imbalance and baking soda helps even with an internal imbalance in small amounts (recommended by a doctor only of course).  
27 Mar 13 by member: GlennM
There was a news article last December that said that people who have food allergies also have an elevated amount of this chemical in their body: dichlorophenol. They said it was in the tap water. They didn't say where it came from. I looked it up and found that it's in both Triclosan and 2,4-D, a common weed killer that's used on wheat. So there are two big sources for it to get into the water. When I talked to the people who run our water plants, they talked about chloramine. That is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. You know how you're not supposed to combine chlorine bleach and ammonia when you're cleaning? Well, that's what they're putting into the tap water. It won't gas out like plain chlorine will. It won't boil out. It will kill your fish. It will kill people who are getting kidney dialysis. It's so persistent in the water that I would bet dollars to donuts it's killing our gut flora, too. Over the past 2 years, I used to think I had developed an allergy to wheat. But then I saw where a person had used Yakult (a probiotic) to "cure" themselves of their wheat allergy (or gluten intolerance, I forget which). I set out to experiment on myself and use the Yakult for six weeks while trying even harder to avoid wheat. When I used the Yakult, it seemed to help within a couple days, but I also noticed during the six weeks that, if I drank tap water or ate food or beverages made with it, it seemed to kill the good bacteria that I had gotten in the Yakult. So I started wondering what was in the water that was doing that. Apparently, the chloramine and dichlorophenol are really bad together. They form chloroform when you combine them. And when the body metabolizes the chloroform, it turns into phosgene, which is a warfare gas. So now I avoid using tap water or beverages, ice, or foods made with it. I can use spring water or well water without problems. And I can eat wheat again without having to commit to spending three days in the loo. I have read where some people have developed severe rashes when bathing in water containing chloramine. I don't have that problem, but who knows? Oh, by the way, the fellow at one of the water treatment plants told me he personally uses well water. LOL! 
27 Mar 13 by member: tocatfs
tocatfs- thanks for the information. One must try to get as many probiotics in the their system as possible. One can even get inexpensive ones. Our bodies may be taking a beating not only from medications a lot of us need to all the chemicals that have been introduced in the past 50 years. There are so many young people, and people over age 45 I know who have all sorts of health problems. I can't comprehend how anyone can smoke cigarettes. I would suggest everyone to drink high quantities of green tea and other fruit teas and to eat as many multi-colored vegetables as possible and to avoid all fried food as much as possible. I am sure others have suggestions. I am hooked on Diet Coke soda pop. I know it messes insulin levels. I hope to quit it again - and permanently as it is a chemical that our bodies probably aren't meant to digest and Stevia causes Charlie horse cramps for me. Any ideas for healthy foods for all of us to eat (or supplements) might be a good idea to post on this - ctlss' thread. I hope you are well...  
29 Mar 13 by member: GlennM
Wow, a lot of useful information in this journal. Thank oyu for sharing :-) 
29 Mar 13 by member: Jozette99
One can get acidophilus pills cheaply at places like Walmart. Other probiotics too there. More expensive ones at health stores. I have to go to my old town 20 miles away to find a decent health food store that sells the refrigerated probiotics that can be potent. Yogurt is good, but nowhere near as strong as pills and one can't really eat it every single day on a diet with all the sugars in it. 
30 Mar 13 by member: GlennM

     
 

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