My name is Matt. I’d like to thank everyone on this site offering advice and wisdom to people. I hope to do the same for others lather on in my journey. I believe that I have a gut issue that is causing several health issues and would like some others to help.
Before getting to my Health issues I’m going to quickly outline my past diet and lifestyle. I had a very good and health childhood. I gained 15-20lbs per year for my four years of college and my diet at that point was not real healthy (lots of burgers, pizza, and so on). Luckily I never really had the money to maintain a steady alcohol habit but I did drink twice a week.
About a year or so after graduating I bought a house and for the first time in my life my diet was truly in my own hands. For the next four years I ate mostly processed foods, red meats, Deli sandwiches, bacon, eggs, and frozen pizzas). I didn’t have much in the way of fruits and vegetables (maybe 10% of my diet overall). During this time I became a textbook functioning alcoholic. I would drink a six pack every single day, double on the weekends. I was a functioning alcoholic, after 6 beers I wouldn’t appear to be drunk. Not sure if it’s relevant but about 8 months prior to getting sick I change my daily go to from Milwaukee’s Best Premium to Busch. Oh I was also a smoker, two black and mild cigars a day and I inhaled. I staple of my diet was Johnsonville Beer Brats and large curd cottage cheese, I would eat 3-5 brats and a who small container of CC and that would be my dinner. I also admit I had a ranch addition – or rather an MSG addition.
This is where things took a turn for the worse for me. It started on a Sunday where I was feeling really lightheaded and didn’t have the energy to do anything. By lightheaded I do not mean dizzy, I’ve seen people on the net call it Brain Fog but I don’t think that term does the symptom a justice. My hands and arms had a terrible sensitivity to cold things like metal. I touched the bench vise in my workshop and it was the strangest numb/tingly and scary feeling. This brain fog was more severe at some times and less severe at other times. It came back pretty strong every day at work which was really scary, I made it until Thursday and then I made the call that I had to go to the hospital. I checked myself in to emergency they gave me an IV and took an EKG. Everything looked fine medically and they told me that I was just dehydrated (which didn’t make sense because I drink plenty of water). For that whole weekend i was convinced that I had MS and my live had changed forever. Saturday evening was the last time I drank beer. The next week I tried twice to go to work but went home sick. This was by far the worst week of my life. The next week I felt better but I could tell I was not cured from whatever hit me.
For the past 8 weeks the symptoms have been better at times and worse at times. If you asked me on a good day how I was I would say that thinks are getting better slowly. On a bad day though I would tell you that things were hardly better at all.
Since being sober for about 2 months I’ve noticed that I do actually have some other symptoms. Most of these come and go as well on their own but here is a short list:
My doctor sent me for blood work to check my vitamin levels and everything came back normal. At this point I think I could have a fatty liver, underactive thyroid, IBS, leaky gut, or candida or a combination of all of these. It’s been about two months since I got sick and I don’t think I’m getting better (today was not a good day lol).
There is so much I’m sure I left out but if anyone has stuck around to read all of this then I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The health benefits of meditation continue to be found through medical research. There are a jillion types of meditation but all of them focus on relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures range from that of a pretzel to a relaxed posture sitting in a chair with both feet on the floor.
I have personally cured my long term depression, anxiety/panic attacks, and many relationship difficulties through daily meditation. You can also learn to discover yourself as the eternal spirit that you are and the healing and peace which accompanies that discovery.
One of my favorite stories of emergence through meditation is the one of Jane Alexander - medicated, incarcerated, bipolar, suicidal, who took her life into her own hands and cured herself and is now drug free and bipolar free through meditation alone. Her story and many links are here.
Here's a link to one of many sites listing the physical and mental benefits of meditation.
Since the 1970s there has been a steady flow of research data on the effects and benefits of meditation. The results overwhelmingly show there are numerous benefits to meditation. In this article we are going to concentrate on the physiological and health benefits.
Nearly all forms of meditation have one thing in common, that is relaxing the body. When the body relaxes, the mind follows. Directly experiencing the inter-relationship of the body and mind, is then a significant benefit of meditation. This awareness is a doorway to increasing self awareness and self empowerment.
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Here then, as a list are the physiological and health benefits of meditating
* It stabilizes the autonomous nervous system.
* It reduces the heart beat.
* It reduces the speed of breathing.
* Blood pressure drops.
* The Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases.
* EMG activity increases.
* Cardiovascular affectivity goes up.
* Breathing affectivity increases.
* The skin receives more blood.
* Stomach function and bowel function improve.
* The endocrine function is heightened.
* Muscle flexibility increases.
* The intake of oxygen gets stronger.
* Mobility and flexibility increase.
* The hand-eye co-ordination increases.
* Reaction-speed increases.
* Body posture is improved.
* Strength and resistance increase.
* Stamina increases.
* There is a heightened energy level and vitality.
* People’s weight is stabilized at an ordinary level.
* The ability to sleep increases and the time people need to fall asleep decreases.
* Pain is weakened.
* Stability is improved.
* Depth perception increases.
* There is a heightened degree of relaxation.
* There is a lessened degree of muscle tension.
* The production of serotonin increases.
* Menstruation pains are softened.
* Increases serotonin which influences moods and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, headaches and insomnia.
* Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
* Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
* Helps in post-operative healing.
* Enhances the immune system.
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