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Oh Say, Can You C? The Benefits of Ascorbic Acid

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Vitamin C, otherwise known as L-ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin that is not produced organically by our bodies. It is absorbed into our bodies through various fruits, vegetables, or supplements. It’s probably most famous for the prevention of the common cold, scurvy, and as an antioxidant, but it’s benefits may not stop there!

How The Body Utilizes Vitamin C

With fall comes the onset of the flu and cold season, making it the perfect time to learn about the immune boosting properties of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Find out the many other ways it can help, from fighting infections to managing MCAS and autoimmune disorders.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, l-ascorbic acid is an important vitamin that aids in the formation of collagen, blood vessels, muscle, and skin tissue. It is considered a free radical, an antioxidant important to the prevention of most forms of cancer (1).

Vitamin C is a nutrient that the body can neither manufacture nor store. It is water soluble and must be ingested daily from fruits and vegetables, preferably raw: Processes such as cooking can greatly reduce C content in food.

Another way to get your daily C is through a supplement. After ingestion, ascorbic acid is processed and distributed throughout the body via the digestive tract, as most vitamins and minerals are. However, excess C is mostly removed through the body’s waste. It mostly can not be stored in body fat, or organs and tissue.

On a side note, I wish pizza and ice cream wasn’t stored in our body fat, like vitamin C!

What Are The Benefits of C?

Vitamin C helps in the formation and upkeep of soft tissue, as well as the prevention of scurvy, and can aid in the prevention of the common cold. What else can this super nutrient do? According to studies, ascorbic acid can help substantially with the following:

Immune System Support: Stress is a major health risk in our lives, especially with chronic illness. Few things can trigger a flare like stress. That’s because it can weaken the body’s immune system, creating all sorts of havoc with our health. Vitamin C is a reliable and effective means to boost the immune system, helping to stave off infections, colds and even protect against stress.

With fall comes the onset of the flu and cold season, making it the perfect time to learn about the immune boosting properties of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Find out the many other ways it can help, from fighting infections to managing MCAS and autoimmune disorders.
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Colds: There really is no proof that C can cure the common cold. On the other hand, high doses of C can prevent complications from a cold, such as pneumonia. Taking Vitamin C daily can also offer protection from germs that cause cold and flu.

Skin Aging: Ever wonder why so many skin and beauty care products have large amounts of Vitamin C? It’s because C is vital in the development and restoration of soft tissue, such as collagen and skin. C helps restore cells both inside and out, leaving one with healthy looking skin with less wrinkling! It may also help reduce the effects of macular degeneration, reduce inflammation, and as an antioxidant,  it can help lower risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease(2).

Sepsis: According to a study on sepsis, over 6 million people die per year due to Sepsis. Sepsis is a condition resulting from microorganisms infecting the blood. It almost always leads to shock, organ failure, and death. According to studies recently published by the NIH, it is possible that high doses of vitamin c can help reduce the chances of shock and organ failure through parenteral administration (3).

MCAS: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, or MCAS, can be debilitating. Often discussed in the Zebra Pit, MCAS sufferers are many times hit with histamine overloads, simply because their bodies have stopped producing histamine blockers. These events can have devastating effects on the body, such as anaphylactic shock. MCAS has also been studied for it’s role in other diseases that can arise from compromised immune systems, such as cancer, heart disease, and asthma. Furthermore,  it is linked to other chronic disorders such as autism, EDS, mood disorders, and POTS. (4)  How does Vitamin C help? I’m glad you asked!

As well as being an antioxidant known for soft tissue building and helping to heal and prevent infections, ascorbic acid can also be used as an antihistamine.  This means that C can be quite useful in providing competition against histamines that would otherwise take over histamine receptors in a cell. While it may not stop the degranulation process once started, C can help to prevent complications arising from MCAS attacks by further bolstering the immune system (5).

 Vitamin C is Amazing! How Much Do I Take?

According to the NIH, Adults over the age of 19 need 90mg per day for males, 75mg per day for females. However, ascorbic acid requirements can differ from person to person. For example, in this table published by the NIH, dosage requirements are higher for smokers, as the use of nicotine can leech vitamin C from the blood stream. Always check with your doctor before starting a supplement. A health caregiver should be able to determine what is appropriate for you based on your age, as well as health and environmental criteria (6).

With fall comes the onset of the flu and cold season, making it the perfect time to learn about the immune boosting properties of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Find out the many other ways it can help, from fighting infections to managing MCAS and autoimmune disorders.

Since Vitamin C can’t be stored in the body like some nutrients, it’s almost impossible to take too much. However high doses can cause heartburn or diarrhea. Generally, doses used to boost the immune system or to help mitigate histamine overload, a dose of 1,000 mg is usually taken and you can work your way up to a full dose if heartburn or diarrhea occur.

DO YOU C WHAT I C?

With fall comes the onset of the flu and cold season, making it the perfect time to learn about the immune boosting properties of Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Find out the many other ways it can help, from fighting infections to managing MCAS and autoimmune disorders.
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Vitamin C in my mind at least, is one of nature’s wonder drugs. It’s an anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant all rolled into one. My wife and I both take 1,000mg per day and have seen a reduction in the number of flus, colds and infections we see at our house. It also helps my wife manage her MCAS, and may offer added support for her delicate hEDS affected soft-tissues.

In our experience, everything the research offers holds true: It bolsters the immune system. It helps improve soft tissues. It can help prevent infections, as well as lessen the effects and complication of infections. It even does my dishes! Okay, maybe it doesn’t do the dishes, but it does help me stay healthy so I can do the dishes. 😉

Here are a few links to our favorite brands in tablet and powder form, which makes it more affordable to buy in bulk if taking higher doses and can also be mixed into skin creams and lotions just before applying them.

Do you take Vitamin C? What have you noticed about how it helps your health? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

C you later!


Resources and Related Materials:

  1. Mayo Clinic. Vitamin C.
  2. WebMD. The Benefits of Vitamin C.
  3. Sven-Olaf Kuhn, MD, et al. Vitamin C in Sepsis. NCBI. February, 2018.
  4. Jill Carnahan, MCAS: When Histamine Goes Haywire.
  5. Volbracht, Claudia. Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of allergies: an interim subgroup analysis of a long-term observational study.
  6. NIH. Vitamin C Factsheet for Health Professionals.
  7. Institute of Medicine. 2000. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
  8. Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia. Vitamin C.

David Curtis lives in Florence, KY with his wife Michelle, 2 Russian Blue cats and his many fish. David manages the pet department of a prominent retail chain in addition to caring for his wife, pets and home. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exploring history, watching football, sci-fi, fantasy or comic book shows and film, along with fighting for truth, justice, and the human condition. Much like Tyrion Lannister, he also drinks (coffee) and knows things.

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10 Symptoms You May Experience With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition to live with as there are many symptoms you can experience beyond Pain and Fatigue. Here are 10 of the top symptoms you may experience and how to manage them.

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Symptoms

1. Brain Fog

This is a cognitive impairment that causes problems such as temporary loss of memory, forgetting words or mixing up words, losing your train of thought, or saying things that don’t make sense. It can be frightening when it happens, as these are also signs of other conditions, such as Alzheimers Disease.

Your doctor can do some mental testing to make sure the symptoms you’re experiencing aren’t being caused by some other condition. Ways you can help yourself include keeping a notebook with you to write down important information, taking a moment to pause and collect your thoughts, and keeping a sense of humour about the situation. If you tend to panic about having this happen, laughing is a good way to keep things light while allowing you to start over with what you were saying.

2. Jaw Pain

Jaw pain in the joints on either one or both sides can be mistaken for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disfunction). Pain and swelling are the common symptoms of jaw pain along with stiffness and being unable to open the mouth without pain.

Gentle stretching exercises and muscle relaxants may be helpful in managing the pain. If only one side is affected, try chewing on the other side to relieve pain. If you hear popping or clicking, or if your jaw seems to be “out of joint”, see your dentist to rule out TMJ or other conditions.

3. Urinary Problems

If you are having difficulty with urinating, whether it’s a problem with urgency, leakage or straining, it’s good to check with your doctor to make sure there’s no underlying problem.

Having Fibromyalgia can affect the bladder and kidneys, causing the above symptoms. Some solutions include urinating on a schedule, doing Kegels, seeing a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, and using bladder control products for leakage issues.

4. Body Temperature

People with Fibromyalgia may have difficulty in regulating their body temperature. In my case, I can have cold skin and goosebumps, yet be sweating from overheating at the same time. It’s a very disconcerting feeling.

Things that may help include keeping a light blanket or sweater nearby for chills and a fan for when heat becomes a problem. I have found that keeping my feet warm helps with the chills and then using a fan helps ward off the sweating.

5. Weight Gain

There are over 60 symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Find out about the top 10, along with a few tips about how to treat them in this post.

Weight gain is often caused because of medications you may be taking for your Fibromyalgia. Even if you’re not taking prescriptions, you may find you’re still gaining weight – it’s one of the anomalies of having Fibro. The only way to lose weight is by taking in less calories than you are expending. Fad diets may work for a short period of time, but in general are unsustainable.

Following a proper eating plan from all 4 food groups is essential and exercise is as well. You may find walking helpful (consider using walking poles for extra stability) or water activities, such as Aquafit, Deep Water Workouts, or Pool Walking to be helpful.

6. Chest Pain

Chest pain can be a scary symptom of Fibromyalgia and should always be checked out by a medical professional if you experience the following:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back.
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweat.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness.

The cause of chest pain in Fibromyalgia is often because of something called Costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage around the ribs. The condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone, or sternum, an area known as the costosternal joint or costosternal junction.

Treatment includes anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen and using either heat or ice (which ever feels best for you).

7. Sleep Disorders

Pain can keep you from getting the sleep you need. You may also be experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome and not even be aware of it. Sleep Apnea is another problem that you may be facing and all of these issues can prevent you from getting the deep REM sleep that is necessary to repair the body.

Good sleep hygiene is important to follow. You may want to keep a notebook to jot down your thoughts when you wake at night to see if there is a pattern. Keep the room cool, avoid using electronics for one hour before bed, and try using a weighted blanket to see if that helps.

8. Digestive Problems

When you have Fibromyalgia, you may experience digestive disorders including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation (or occasionally both), heartburn and a general sense of feeling “unwell”.

Drinking peppermint tea can help with nausea, eating smaller more frequent meals might make a difference and trying to set up a schedule for bowel movements can help relieve discomfort. Metamucil or other Fibre supplements every day can be helpful for the bowels without resorting to laxatives.

If symptoms persist, see your doctor to rule out other potential problems.

9. Skin Problems

Itching, rashes, hives and tiny red marks can often show up when you have Fibromyalgia. Skin may become more sensitive to soaps and fragrances and you may discover that your normally dry skin has become oily or vice versa.

Use of a mild cleanser for face and body is imperative, especially ones containing oatmeal. Antihistimines are suggested when hives and itching become a problem and the tiny red marks that might show up on your skin are harmless.

If you have problems with skin rash, see your doctor who may recommend a dermatologist for further treatment.

10. Depression

Depression and Fibromyalgia may go hand in hand without you realizing you are showing signs. If you are finding yourself struggling to maintain interest in former activities, you’re isolating yourself, eating less or more than usual or have been unable to shake “the blues”, you may be experiencing Depression.

Treatment includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and often, medications. There is no shame to having Depression – you haven’t done anything wrong. You’re not weak, your body is showing signs of a chemical imbalance which should be treated like any other medical problem.

If you are feeling so depressed that you are suicidal, please call a hotline for help. You can find more information on hotlines here for Canada and here for the United States. In the UK, you can use this page for help.

Conclusion

There are over 60 different symptoms that relate to Fibromyalgia. These 10 are just the tip of the iceberg, but are the ones more commonly experienced.

Fibromyalgia is hard to explain

If you are experiencing something new, or if a symptom you’ve had for awhile changes, it’s always important to see your doctor, to rule out anything outside of Fibromyalgia. Better safe than sorry is certainly the key here. And remember…

There Is Always Hope


Resources and Further Reading


Pamela Jessen lives in Langford, BC Canada. She is a blogger who writes about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness at pamelajessen.com.  She also writes for The Mighty,  PainResource.com and various independent publications. Pamela is also a Patient Advocate with the Patient Voices Network in BC.  She sits on 4 committees and one Provincial working group and has also been involved in advocacy work at the Canadian National level as well. Pamela is married to her amazing husband Ray and they have one cat named Dorie. 

There are over 60 symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Find out about the top 10, along with a few tips about how to treat them in this post.
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Book Review: ‘Mast Cells United’ by Amber Walker

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It appears my hot streak of finding amazing books and products continues with this book review on Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome by Amber Walker. Ms. Walker was kind enough to give me a copy to review. I’m happy to report, it didn’t disappoint in the least. This book is as essential to mast cell activation syndrome patients as Jeannie Di Bon’s Hypermobility Without Tears is to people with EDS and HSD.

The first thing I thought when receiving Mast Cells United was “Wow! This is the size of a textbook!” A large book with over 500 pages, Mast Cells United is truly comprehensive, taking your through the MCAS universe from development of the disease, to it’s treatment and management. Best of all, it does so in terms that are easy to understand for both the layperson and the professional. Nor is it by any means a boring book, so don’t let its textbook like presence intimidate you from picking it up. Maybe it’s just me, but even if it weren’t for Walker’s artful presentation of the information, I find learning about my own conditions invigorating and fascinating. I always feel a renewed sense of hope holding such a wealth of information in my hands, because I know it will contribute to my ongoing journey toward a better life with fewer symptoms and hopefully more freedom.

Mast Cell United doesn’t replace the care of a knowledgeable expert, but it can help ensure that you, the person who should be the true expert of your own condition, can make the best, most informed decisions about your care.

Degranulating Mast Cells

Walker begins by talking about her own MCAS journey and explaining exactly what MCAS is and what it isn’t, breaking it all down in easy to understand terms for laypeople and practitioners alike. Before moving on to viable treatment strategies, Walker explains how MCAS can affect each system of the body, common triggers and clinical considerations for diagnosis.

Mast Cells United contains several chapters on treatments. They include conventional and natural treatments, dietary considerations and discusses a wide variety of holistic healing methods that can be utilized to help improve life with MCAS. She also discusses how environmental factors which are rarely discussed, such electromagnetic fields and Radio waves, among many other things can also impact the health of the person with MCAS, spurring the mast cells to degranulate.

Mast Cells United is quickly becoming my MCAS bible. It’s not about whether holistic healing is superior to conventional healing or by any means just a book on theories. It’s about utilizing the full package–whatever works toward leading as whole a life possible with this difficult to diagnose and manage condition and its rife with possibilities. It’s about making life choices that facilitate healing, offers protection and helps us to avoid triggers. It helps you to make good decisions and prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

The Zebra Pit book review of the exciting new book by Amber Walker called 'Mast Cells United' is everything the MCAS sufferer needs to get an in-depth understanding of this complex condition, its diagnosis and treatment. Learn about a broad range of treatments that could help you manage the condition as well as some interesting facts on comorbid conditions, symptoms and more.

I also love having the convenience of a book in my library where I can look up a term in the glossary and learn about it. Where I can go for well organized and trustworthy information. Where I don’t have to worry about screen glare causing a migraine or tiring my eyes too much. With Mast Cells United in my home, it’s easy to seek my answers about this condition quickly.

It’s no secret that I believe mast cell disorder to be at the core of most of the conditions I’ve been diagnosed with and I feel strongly that MCAS is a condition that needs to be worked up for diagnosis for anyone with EDS, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis and others and Mast Cell United spends time exploring these comorbid condition and what we know about the prevalence of mast cell activation syndrome for each. It convinces me more tha ever that waiting until we are in a histamine overload/anaphylaxis crisis to wake up to these connections is way too late to get help. We need to begin testing these patients automatically based on the understanding that many of the symptoms of these conditions overlap with MCAS. In the meantime, f you suspect you have MCAS, no matter how mild, I urge you to get help now! My second recommendation is that you buy this book now rather than waiting for diagnosis. There are many things that can be done in the meantime to improve your quality of life.

When thinking about purchasing Mast Cells United, don’t forget the doctors in your life. Being one of the most underdiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed conditions around today, we need to gift this book to every physician in our lives, most especially our GP’s, Mast Cell Specialists, Allergists, immunologists and rheumatologists.

Where to Purchase Mast Cells United

This comprehensive book about conventional and natural approaches to treating Mast Cell Acivtation Sydrome is a must have for every person who has MCAS. Learn more in my review of this pinnacle work! MCAS is commonly found in people with EDS, ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Gastroparesis and many others.
Mast Cells United: A Holistic Approach to Mast Cell 
Activation Disorder
 Paperback: 542 pages
 Publisher: Amber Walker (March 16, 2019)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 1733711708
 ISBN-13: 978-1733711708 

Mast Cells United is surprisingly affordable despite all the wonderful things it’s packed with. It won’t break the bank to get a copy or two, especially if you go for a Kindle ebook! Purchase it at Amazon through this link: Mast Cells United on Amazon. By choosing to purchase through this link today, you’re helping the Zebra Pit to keep publishing this sort of valuable information for medical zebras and spoonies. Thank you for your contribution.

You can also find some great resources, check out Amber’s blog and get more information on the book and Amber Walker by going to http://mastcellsunited.com/

Still not convinced you need Mast Cells United in your library? Check out the reviews and excerpts: Mast Cells United on Amazon

So what have you been reading lately on your condition? I would love to hear all about it in the comments! And if you’re an author, I’m always looking for health and wellness books to review as well as memoirs and novels that delve into the experience of people leading lives with chronic illness. As always thanks for reading and supporting the Zebra Pit. We hope this book brings you much healing and relief!

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Encouraging Hair Growth Using a FaceBlaster

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Hello and thanks so much for stopping by. We’re back to one of my favorite subjects; Fasciablasting! I’m doing this post by request, as someone asked on one of my other blasting videos if I would cover the subject. So, I’ve come up with a quick tutorial on how to blast the head so that it encourages hair growth.

A faceblaster or fasciablaster can go a long way to helping to restore the new hair growth of your youth. Learn about my hair journey with the faceblaster, as well as other things I did to regrow my hair to be the healthiest, shiniest and thickest ever. Great for women suffering from female pattern baldness and hair loss due to aging.

Before we get started, please note that hair loss can be a complex thing and there are some types of baldness and hair loss that cannot be helped. I’m by no means an expert on the subject. I’m simply sharing my own journey and the discovery that using the Fasciablaster or Faceblaster on the head helped me to begin a lot of new hair growth after years of watching it dwindle.

Do you feel your hair growth has slowed as you age? Do you see more of your scalp than ever before? Are there even tiny areas where hair has quit growing? Do you have other symptoms that point toward myofascial dysfunction, such as chronic headaches, or TMJD? Then myofascial adhesions could be part of the problem. Myofascial adhesions can grow beneath our scalp, inferring with healthy blood flow and stunt our natural hair growth. At least that’s what happened to me.

My Hair Journey

I didn’t start using the faceblaster and fasciablasters because of hair loss. I was using them to improve my myofascial dysfunction and happened to notice that I was getting in a lot of new hair growth right along my hairline. So, I added some vitamins and a better shampoo and went from the pic on the left to the one on the right in less than a year.

As you can tell, my hair was very dry and brittle. My hair was becoming more sparse and more seemed to go down the drain than I would have left on my head. I’d always had fine hair, but I had plenty of it in my youth. Not anymore. I was curling it to try to smooth it out and make it look full. My eyebrows were also very thin and weak. Even filling them in with eyebrow pencil, they didn’t amount to much. So I made sure I blasted them when I did the rest of my migraine protocol. As my hair got healthier and healthier, I cut off the old yuckiness and I grew my hair out more…

and I kept blasting and added some vitamins and it grew more…

until my MCAS got to the point where I was reacting to everything. Doing my monthly hair dye was putting me in bed for days with terrible symptoms. I had to shave the whole thing off to start fresh. It was either that or pay $300-500 to get it blended by a master dye specialist, and that was just the first appointment!

Michelle Beltano Curtis, Editor of the Zebra Pit

Those lighter areas aren’t from hair thinning. They’re because the hair is lighter in some spots than other. I have a mix of salt and pepper. It’s easier to tell that when it’s a little grown out.

As you can see, I have plenty of hair, it’s just really short! I haven’t pursued growing it out again because I simply can’t afford the many hair cuts I would need along the way to avoid all the awkward stages. So instead of growing it out and being perpetually unhappy, I’ve decided to keep it short until I’m ready to invest in growing it back out. I don’t really even know if I’ll like it long now that it’s more than 50% grey.

And those weak eyebrows? They can get a bit out of control now!

How I Improved My Hair Growth

In this video, I cover hair loss as well as addressing myofascial adhesions that can cause chronic head pain, too. My guess is they have much the same source; myofascial adhesions that build up over time. As a bonus, if you feel like sticking around, I cover a few more notes about blasting the face, as well. I may be a zebra, but I’m also 47 years old. I’d have a few more fine lines if I didn’t use the faceblaster.

And because my videos always have to go off the rails, I even discuss the hair you’ll be seeing on my face, because I’m no longer self-conscious about it enough to have shaved before I shot the video and didn’t notice until I was almost through. I don’t care if it gets seen or not and refuse to participate in the silence shame surrounding women’s facial hair growth when it’s a perfectly natural occurrence for the millions of women with reproductive health and hormone issues. I remove my hair, but I’m not ashamed of it.

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Other Ways to Encourage Hair Growth

One of the things I mention in the video is that in addition to using the faceblaster to encourage hair growth, you should also use a shampoo with a lot of ceramides in them. Ceramides are fatty acids essential to good skin and hair. If you suffer from dietary deficiencies like I do, you’re likely short on these nutrients. Buying a ceramide rich shampoo can help. There are a lot of affordable options out there to choose from. I use L’Oreal’s Elvive Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner. When I was still dyeing my hair, I also used their Damage-Erasing Balm.

You may also benefit from a hair, skin and nail vitamin. There are many affordable options out there, but be sure you’re using the right one for you. If you have the MTHFR mutation, for example, you need to make sure you’re getting most of these vitamins in methylated form. It’s a complicated subject and one I’m not prepared to get into at the moment, but you can learn more here.

Even if you don’t have the mutation, but have a condition that prevents the proper uptake of nutrients, methylated vitamins could also be a good choice, since they are easier to absorb. Here are some products I have used or use now. The first is a non-methylated multivitamin that I took a few years ago. I now need methylated, or easier to absorb vitamins, but it’s not clear if I’m doing better on these because I have the mutation or just because of the gastroparesis, but these vitamins are a necessary part of hair, skin and nail growth.

Of course there’s so much more you can do with the FaceBlaster and full-sized FasciaBlasters beyond helping to restore the hair growth of your youth and diminishing headaches. These powerful tools can fight chronic muscle and joint pain, restore proper posture, improve the symptoms of POTS and so much more. To find out more, take a look at the posts below:


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A faceblaster or fasciablaster can go a long way to helping to restore the new hair growth most of us saw in our youth. Learn about my hair journey with the faceblaster, as well as other things I did to regrow my hair to be the healthiest, shiniest and thickest ever. Great for women suffering from female pattern baldness and hair loss due to aging.
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Pain: Know Thy Enemy

Know Thy Enemy. It’s a simple concept that reverberates throughout society, but how much do we heed these ancient words or ponder why it’s good to know one’s enemy. It’s pretty simple, really. In order to battle something and win, we need to know how it operates, learn its weaknesses and strengths. We need to know where it might be most vulnerable so we can overcome its force. While this often applies to armies and politics, pain and health problems are really no different. We’re lost if we cannot understand the enemy we’re dealing with, from its original source to the allies its called in for reinforcements. While there are a number of ways to win against skirmishes with pain and make it seem a less formidable foe, we have to know the source of our pain in order to defeat it completely.

One of the first things this video says about pain is that when we understand how pain works, we feel less powerless in the face of it. Being a seasoned general in this war, I couldn’t agree more. The video is less than 5 minutes long, yet it explains a great deal about how pain works from a biological standpoint and includes a number of factors known to increase or decrease pain.

Why is this important? Because a multi-disciplinary holistic approach is often the best tactic to defeat pain. You can’t always address the original cause and win. Sometimes those allies are sore losers and keep the fight up for their lost foes. Sometimes the pain comes from another source, within our own camp. Things like losing familial support and friendships and other things that impact positive mental health can play an important role in the levels of pain we experience in chronic illness. Watch the video to find out more about the many contributors to chronic pain.

Knowing this, what are some of the things you can try to eliminate or reduce your pain levels? What were you surprised by the most? What did you feel resistant or skeptical about? Answering these questions could help you get to the bottom of these feelings and lead you to better paths of healing your pain.

On the flip side, what are some of the things that have brought you relief in the past that surprised you? Is it something you’re still utilizing or did it fall by the wayside? How much relief did you get from it at the time? Share it below in the comments! You just might be helping another chronic pain patient to find relief!


Now that you understand the many different mechanisms behind chronic pain, check out some of the great stuff we’ve reviewed that reduces pain in a variety of ways:

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