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Accident Schmackcident, I’d Have to Eat Hospital Food

I've had a migraine/headache for 6 days straig...

So yesterday I almost ended up in the hospital twice. The first time I was on my way to a friend’s house to pick up some stuff I needed for a cookout, and when I turned onto his street, a car nearly t-boned my passenger front side door. Luckily there was a side street that I was able to swerve around him. (Must have been deaf to my numerous honks that he was about to hit me.) The second time was last night with a raging migraine that took me four hours to stop the pain long enough for me to be able to sleep, and there were several times that I almost called the squad. Both times something that was playing in the back of my mind was who would bring food to me if I had to stay in the hospital? Ridiculous, right? Not really. Especially when the migraine… the severe, heading pounding, vision altering migraine that had me contorting myself every which way because certain positions can alleviate the severest of pain……. was triggered by processed food. Wish I were kidding.

I hadn’t had an aura that usually warns me of a migraine. I did earlier in the day, however, have a quick episode of a chemically-induced head pain when I bit into a piece of banana bread that had been prepared from a boxed mix (not mine). The pain was sharp, severe, but over in about 10 minutes with a lot of head massaging by me. No pain killers needed. Then late in the evening my dear daughter invited me to stop by the place where she was house sitting because she’d made peanut butter cookies. She’d also made cookies from a packaged dough that the homeowner had in the fridge. I only buy non-GMO peanut butter and never eat package dough, but my dear daughter had made them, so of course, I ate one of each. Within 15 minutes my head exploded in pain. From 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. I battled with the pain. I’d get 1-2 minutes of pain relief before it came thundering back. I sobbed, I writhed, I begged God to please take the pain away. I tried to think of what caused the migraine. Usually the barometric pressure — nope that was fine. Lack of sleep?– nope I was good there too. Had I eaten? — well, yeah, I’d had a home-cooked, organic dinner and there were…. those….. uh oh…. cookies. Shit. Why did I do that? And seriously? Two cookies would do this to me? Then I remembered the incident earlier in the day where one bite of a processed food had me spiraling into brief agony. For four hours as I ate medications like they were Tic Tacs, and struggled with the decision of whether or not to call EMS, I thought of what might happen when I got there and further, what might happen if I had to stay. With as sensitive as I obviously was to something in processed food, I’d be on a continuous cycle of meds, pain, more meds, more pain.

I decided that I wasn’t going. I could do more meds at home and slowly whatever I’d poisoned my body with would be eliminated from my system as long as I didn’t continue to eat more of it.

If the chemicals in processed food cause ME this many problems and this much pain, what might they be doing to you? If I can drop “umpteen” dress sizes on the Mean Nurse Plan I developed whereby I took 90% of the processed foods OUT of my diet and am still losing, how many pounds are those foods keeping on you? Only you know the answer to those questions.

MN

If you would like more information on the Mean Nurse Plan contact me at: themeanrn@gmail.com

 

What You Don’t Know About the Flu Vaccine May Hurt You

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I might get a lot of push back on this post, but I’m willing to stick my neck out for what I know. I don’t believe in getting the flu vaccine… unless…. maybe you are REALLY REALLY immunocompromised, and even then I’m going to tell you to improve your immune system, don’t get a flippin’ shot that harbors more toxins. Why am I so against this shot? Read on, you might be shocked….. I know I sure as hell was!

Six Reasons Not to Get the Flu Vaccine

One, I’m fairly certain that out of the four flu shots that I’ve actually gotten in the last 25 years, that my immune system, not the flippin’ shot, has done more to prevent me from getting the flu. Oh sure, I’ve had the flu twice as far as I know in those years, but I wasn’t down with it any longer than three or four days. That’s not worth toxing up my body with fucking chemicals that do more harm than good.

Two, because I have only had the flu twice in the past 25 years.

Three, because when I got the swine flu (which vaccine is now part and parcel of the annual influenza vaccine), I was down with it for 24 hours. Again, that’s not enough to motivate me to get a shot. At the height of swine flu a couple of years ago I remember Dr. Nancy Snyderman said, “go get your damn shot.” I say “go do your damn research, Nancy.” You want me to tox up my body for what? A day of inconvenience to me or my employer? Sick days are given for a reason.

Three, the journal, Clinical Infectious Disease, published a study showing the flu vaccine to be more effective in people that hadn’t received the vaccine in the prior year (62%) and the vaccine was effective in only 45% of the patients that had receive the vaccine. So you have less than a 50-50 chance of the shot even preventing the flu. Great.

Four, the vaccine seems to put people at a higher risk for developing swine flu, while those not receiving the vaccine are less likely.  Sixty-six percent of people who had received the H1N1 vaccine, developed swine flu. Given the fact that when I had the swine flu I couldn’t raise my head up off the pillow without feeling dizzy and completely exhausted, I’d rather not get it again. Yes, it was short-lived, but once is enough.

Five, doctors are beginning to question the efficacy of getting the flu vaccine and opting out themselves. Look for health care workers wearing masks during the cold and flu season. It’s not because they are sick themselves, they have chosen not to receive the flu vaccine and are mandated to wear the mask by the hospital or clinic.

Six, the ingredients in the flu shot make it dangerous for many people:

Anyone with a sulfa or mold allergy should not receive the flu vaccine because it contains penicillin (the mold allergen) or sulfa drugs. AND a LOT of people are allergic to sulfa and penicillin! I happen to be allergic to both, so there is no way that I should EVER get this vaccine.

The rest of the ingredients are:

egg protein (lots of people are allergic to eggs)

sucrose (stabilizer)

gelatin (stabilizer)

polysorbate 80 (stabilizer)

(Sheesh, how fragile is the composition of this vaccine, if it needs three flippin’ stabilizers?)

aluminum salts (you mean that stuff thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s? Oh goody.)

– formaldehyde (TOXIC!)

thimerosal/mercury (Seriously? The shit where if you spill it in the lab, the lab must be evacuated and a guy in a hazmat suit must clean it up….even if it’s just a drop.)

So why the big push to get the flu shot? The argument we hear is that the vaccine saves lives. Maybe. But if you’re not in the population at high risk for dying from influenza, why should you have to get a shot that may or may not work? By the time the influenza virus gets around to the United States, it mutates to a new virus. Sometimes so dramatically as it did last year, that it renders the vaccine damn near useless. And we cannot change the vaccine in response to the virus because it takes MONTHS to grow the vaccine. So why the big push? Money. The flu vaccine is BIG business.

Putting money in big pharma’s pocket is not a draw for me, and I won’t be getting this vaccine or recommending it to anyone I know.

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Stop Eating Crap *#($^ Damnit!

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I am part of an online discussion group for a pharmaceutical company that makes insulin and other drugs for diabetics. Every month, health care professionals discuss new products for diabetics, the challenges diabetic patients have and new research in the field of diabetes.

As a part of this unique community, the participants also share personal anecdotes, which sometimes includes recipes that are diabetic friendly and nutritious. This morning my head damn near exploded. Someone shared a recipe currently making the rounds on the Internet (I’ve seen it on Facebook) for Easy Sugar Free Pumpkin Dip, which includes Cool Whip and vanilla pudding mix. Nutritious? Hardly. Sugar free? Sure, because natural sugar, which our bodies are ABLE to process, has been replaced with CHEMICALS, which our bodies were not made to process. And fat? Hydrogenated anything is not only fat, but BAD fat.

As I scrolled through the comments on the recipe, not one person objected to the ingredients (pretty sure they didn’t check), or the fact that this recipe was certainly NOT nutritious. Delicious? Oh yes, they all agreed that it was, or at least sounded, yummy. Hell, it sounds yummy to my taste buds as well, but not so much to my body or my body’s chemistry. I imagine headaches, intestinal issues, lethargy, and clogged arteries.

Stop putting ingredients together that are already fattening or unhealthy themselves.

You know it doesn’t cut the calories in half or make them more nutritious, right?

Unfortunately, many people will simply see “sugar free” and think “healthy.” Rarely do the two go together unless we’re talking about vegetables.

I know that we all need treats…. some little sweet reward for eating well, or to take the edge off our stress, but if you’re eating a food where the ingredient list reads more like a chemical experiment, you shouldn’t be putting it in your mouth! And that’s it! Fucking don’t eat the shit, because that’s what your body thinks you’re doing – eating shit. And it’s going to take those weird chemicals that it doesn’t know how to process, identify them as foreign, encase them in fat as a self-protective measure, and put them on your hips, thighs, backs of your arms, or wherever. Is that what you want for a few measly minutes of “OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER TASTED?”

For me, that answer is “no.” But then again, I’ve tasted mille foglie. I could be good for the rest of my life, if I never taste another sweet thing.

Below are the ingredient lists for the two main ingredients of that pumpkin recipe. Note, that you can make your own pudding mix with cornstarch, sugar and vanilla extract. That’s it…. that is all you need. No oils, salt or “sodium stearoyl lactylate.” And you know that you can make your own “whipped cream” using fresh cream, right? I’m not saying that’s completely healthy either, but if you get the organic stuff, at least you won’t also get the corn syrup, aspartame and all the other crap.

The holidays are coming up and the recipes for everything delicious that’s also BAD for you will be hitting the newsstands, the Internet, and the holiday buffet tables. THINK about what you’re eating. No, really. Don’t just eat something because “it’s the holidays, and you have to be nice and try whatever Aunt Sally made….” Blah blah blah. Aunt Sally can get the fuck over it. She’d probably rather have you around a few more years than to be attending your funeral because you had one too many pieces of her “ooey gooey chocolate death cake.”

Once you put it in your mouth, it becomes PART OF YOU. You can’t put it back. Nothing tastes as good as good health feels. Food is supposed to keep us alive and healthy; not alive and unhealthy. Choose wisely.

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Jello Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Mix

Ingredients (17):

Water, Xylitol, Food Starch Modified, Milk Protein Concentrate, Contains less than 1.51.5% of Vegetable(s) Oil Hydrogenated (Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil) , Salt, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate For Smoothness, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Phosphate, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Flavor(s) Natural & Artificial, Color(s) Artificial, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Sugar Free Cool Whip

Ingredients (16):

Water, Corn Syrup, Vegetable(s) Oil Hydrogenated (Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil) , Sodium Caseinate from milk, Flavor(s) Natural & Artificial, Corn Starch Modified, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Polyphosphate, Acesulfame Potassium and, Aspartame Sweetener, Beta Carotene Added for Color

A Medication and Vitamin Review Can Save Your Life and Money

Vitamins

My father is on a ton of medications for his heart, lungs and circulation. Part of this sentence of endless pill popping is his own fault for not taking better care of his health or listening to the doctor when he was told to stop eating so much red meat, ice cream, potato chips and candy. But 25 percent of his prescriptions were actually his doctors’ faults. I say “were,” because I discontinued them. Yep, me, the RN, said “you’re not taking these.”

After a month-and-a-half of my dad being in and out of the hospital, I was steaming. The one doctor that I talked to a couple times was condescending and never put my father on a monitored floor when he was admitted. With my father’s heart history, I knew that was a bad call and would catch up with him quickly. How exactly do you put a patient with an extensive cardiac history on new meds and see what those new meds do to the heart rhythm, which is already irregular, without putting the patient on a monitored floor? Jackass. I tried to put my foot down, but my parents both said “the doctor knows what he’s doing.”  Uh huh. Okay. Don’t call me too early in the morning when you’ve called the ambulance — I’ve got coffee in hand about nine.

So yes, this practice caught up with my dad, twice, with irregular heart rhythms that made him so dizzy that he collapsed and with a hand so swollen from side effects that my mother was worried the skin would burst. After two ER visits, with the squad called (yes, early in the morning before 9), I took a bunch of my medical reference books and the tablet to my parents’ home and spent more than two hours going over every prescription in my father’s daily regime. I’m still shocked at the ineptitude of his physicians in prescribing meds that fucked up his heart medications’ effectiveness.

It’s been a month and he is walking better, is in far less pain, has no dizziness or irregular heart rhythms that he didn’t already have, and his vascular doctor said the circulation in his legs is much improved. The hell you say.Thank you, garlic.  Yes, I took him off drugs and a couple of vitamins and replaced them with herbs. The vitamins weren’t awful, they were just too high in potency and were part of the reason he was in pain…. that Vitamin B6 is a temperamental thing and can cause joint pain in high doses.

Had I not done the medication review, he might have died. Two of his newer prescriptions were counteracting the effectiveness of his heart meds. It’s no wonder he ended up on the floor. Had I not done the vitamin review, he may have been put on more medications to manage his pain. He didn’t need more of anything. He needed less. Patients don’t usually know that a medication review MUST be done anytime that a new medication is prescribed. If a patient has more than one prescription, the possible interactions and side effects MUST be checked frequently because side effects can occur at any time as a drug builds up in the body. A medication review can be done by any nurse, but is best done by one who also knows and understands vitamins, herbs and nutrition. Why spend money on medications when you can eat some celery? (That’s effective for inflammation and arthritis, by the way.)

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