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Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by LisaAPB, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    I saw my doctor last week, for the first time in 18 months. It was discouraging because the visit started with a very high reading of blood pressure, and then I had to argue to have certain non standard labs drawn. In the end, I quit arguing and decided I would go have my own labs drawn... while looking for a new doctor. You see, I had lost 40 lbs since my last visit, and no mention was made of that. She just couldn't get past the blood pressure (which I will overcome eventually!) although I did get an email from her that evening remarking on how "good" my labwork looked.



    Good?! They were freakin' awesome! A year and half ago, I was diagnosed prediabetic, anemic, fatty liver disease, hypothyrod, sever sleep apnea, hypertensive (still), hypothyroid, and hypertryglyceremia. My labs now look better than they have in 12 years! Here's just a few before & after numbers:



    Weight, from 208 to 168

    Fasting Blood Glucose, from 120 to 80 Not diabetic

    AST/SGOT from 84 to 24

    ALT/SGPT from 82 to 21 No fatty liver disease

    LDL, from 101 to 84

    Cholesterol, from 218 to 145 No more high cholesterol

    Triglycerides, from 383 to 189 No more hypertryglceremia

    Unmedicated thyroid levels:

    TSH from 15 to 5.4 (still a bit hypo, but better!)

    Free T4 from .65 to .8 and Free T3 from 1.8 to 2.9 improving slowly



    Some lab values are still not optimal, like potassium is low normal and that darn blood pressure; however, on the whole everything is so much better! and they will get better still!



    I'm not sure exactly where I went off track in the past, more likely I was born off track. I tried to eat healthily (according to SAD standards). Starting around 1999 I started getting migraines, and pre-menopause symptoms. From 2001 to 2007, I was under enormous amounts of stress and steadily gained weight that refused to drop off in spring and summer like my normal pattern. From 2007 to summer of 2010, I tried everything from working out like a demon 6 days a week and limiting calories to 1000 per day, never with much success. Oh, I might lose 4 lbs, but it would come right back plus some. By autumn of 2010 I was going to liver and blood specialists because something was killing me, faster rather than slower. My red blood cells had tanked, my bilirubin was too high, liver and spleen enlarged and I felt seriously bad. After a few months of monitoring and investigating, it was discovered that I was having a severe and prolonged reaction to an antibiotic I'd taken months earlier. The antibiotic attaches to a protein in red blood cells, and my body was attacking that thinking there was an invader. It was enough to make me reexamine my life... well, I seriously thought I was dying.



    In Dec. 2010 I found the hCG community. I'd tried everything else to lose weight, and though it sounded like a crazy diet, I decided to try it. I lost 20 lbs that first month and another 10 the following Spring. The information and support from the hcg community was phenomenal, and I can't say enough good things about the friends I've made there. I was ecstatic but scared to death I would gain in right back. That is when I found Paleo, and then Leptin Rx and started following it's principles. I easily maintained my weight loss and never felt deprived. A few weeks ago I decided to try hcg again, with CT this time, and I've lost another 10 lbs so far.



    So that's my success' so far, but I'm not done yet! My ultimate goals are to lose another 20 lbs, get my blood pressure under control without Rx, and eliminate my sleep apnea so I can sleep without a cpap machine. It took me over 50 years to accumulate the negative effects of a SAD diet and improper thoughts following CW, so I'm being patient (sometimes that's hard!) that if I just keep moving forward everything will work out. I feel great but I'll get even better!
     
  2. Evo Mama

    Evo Mama New Member

    Congratulations on your successes thus far! I'm sure you'll reach your goals, mama!
     
  3. jeepifer@gmail.com

    jeepifer@gmail.com New Member

    Congrats on your success and future success! That stinks your doc didn't acknowledge your weight loss, OMG, I'd be so ticked!!! I've been hearing a ton of people having success with hCG -- do you do the homeopathic type, ie. drops or spray, or the real type? Also, how do you eat 50g of BAB per Leptin Rx and stay within the 500 calorie limit of hCG? :eek:
     
  4. Birdy

    Birdy New Member

    Congrats on your successes. 40 pounds is amazing!!!
     
  5. Llanabanana

    Llanabanana New Member

    Lisa, I too have done HhCG...and I am about to start another round. I did notice while on HCG, I had high blood pressure!



    Is it normal for you to always have high PB? or maybe its just the HCG in your system? Just a thought! :)

    Congrats on your losses. Keep up the great work and stay positive!!!
     
  6. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Lisa, I lost 45 pounds, and my doc (after I pointed out the weight loss) wasn't the slightest bit curious as to how I did it. Yeah, I'm looking for a new doc too. I'm tired of doctors who act more like pharmacists than healers.

    Congratulations on your weight loss and increased health!
     
  7. trudyap

    trudyap New Member

    Be kind to Pharmacist Sally, I'm in a wellness business and I have a couple of them on my Team. One goes around the country talking about all of the toxins in our food, water and air. He's actually a PHD Pharmacist who says he spent the first 30 years of his career putting people ON drugs and he's not dedicating the rest of his life to getting people OFF drugs! Since getting into wellness he's looking at pharmacy in a whole different light! Obviously I realize these on my team are rare!
     
  8. Glamorama

    Glamorama New Member

    Well done Lisa, thats fantastic!
     
  9. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    Thanks all for stopping by and the compliments! Dr K commented on my high blood pressure (CT6) and steered me toward renin aldersterone imbalance. I looked it up and bingo, that's me. Symptoms are high blood pressure, low potassium, high normal sodium, and purple stria on the belly. I had wondered about the purple stripes on my belly, thinking they were normal since I got stretch marks when I was pregnant a few decades ago. Well, I've lost 5 inches in my waist and the purplish color is still there! Anyway, he said if I take Vit K & D, keep eating clean and doing CT, it should fine... so I'm running with that treatment plan. I am taking a very low dose of blood pressure medicine just because it was consistently more than just a little high (160-180 over 100).



    jeepifer, when I do the first phase of hcg diet, I don't do a traditional BAB. I eat 2 meals a day, each about 300 calories. The first meal may be breakfast or lunch depending on my mood. If I eat breakfast, I will drink broth for lunch. Plus I've been putting cream in my coffee twice a day, which adds another 100 calories. I go into the Leptin Rx with BAB after weight loss mode for 6 to 8 weeks, it helps me stabilize.
     
  10. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    congratulations on getting everything under control inspite of your doc!
     
  11. Cron23

    Cron23 New Member

  12. colleencoble

    colleencoble New Member

    Lisa, are you on HCL, dhea, pregnenolone? I'm concerned about your cholesterol. It's actually too low. :( YOur story is incredible!!!
     
  13. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    Too low now... drat. *sigh* I have pregnenolone, I was taking it every other day until I started my last round. What is HCL, is that the Betaine HCI? I did that for about a month, when I was having the stomach issues. I planned to do it again when I get to P3 because that's when I tend to get the stomach issues, after I add back in more fats. I have some dhea but the last time I took it I got a headache, and I got pimples on my face, so I stopped taking it. Right now I'm just taking Krill Oil, D3 and K, plus my thyroid and though I don't want to, I am taking half dosage of the high blood pressure medicine the doc prescribed. I took my blood pressure at the pharmacy last weekend and it was 160/100 so I thought I would try the meds. Today my blood pressure was 109/78 so I guess it is doing something for the symptom, but doubtful it does anything for the underlying cause which I'm pretty sure is an adrenal thing. Really, really hoping the CT helps to correct that.



    Today I went to the farmer's coop and bought a 75 gallon stock tank so I can actually submerge in a tub, instead of just doing cold showers and ice packs. It's 41 degrees outside so I think the water might be too cold? I am so looking forward to summer because I will be in that tub of ice water lickety split. Guess I'm going to have to work up to the cold tub, I only made it about 10 minutes tonight and I only got the lower half of my body. I sure feel good right now though!
     
  14. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    I cannot share a full accounting of my success without doing a comprehensive autopsy of my failures in the past. Maybe that will help me make sense of it all. So, I will use this platform to share the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful. Bear with me as I tend to go down side alleys exploring thoughts, sometimes leading to dead ends, but sometimes there's a gem of wisdom found along the trail.



    I mentioned previously that I was under enormous amounts of stress from 2001 to 2007, but the truth is, I can remember it long before that. I was born into a large family and my parents were chronic alcoholics. Growing up in a dysfunctional family was stressful at times. I learned many things as a child. I learned to stifle things and ignore my gut feelings. I learned to try harder. I learned to separate and detach. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of good times and a lot of love in the family too. When it was good, it was good and when it was bad, it was oh so bad. I could write a whole book on those years alone, but that story is for another platform. I'm just guessing that my early years conditioned me for a certain level of chronic stress and a feeling of helplessness. Things I have actively been trying to reverse as I've matured and learned.



    The next incident on the autopsy list was the birth giving time in my life. I had no complications with my first child. His conception was planned and there was nothing but joy and happiness in abundance. I had a good job and good insurance, times were good... that was 1981. As with a lot of people in the 80's, I was laid off during the prolonged recession, losing income and insurance. When my child was 6 months old, I discovered I was pregnant again. This one was not planned, and my (now ex) husband pressured me to terminate, but I didn't want to do that. I scrimped and saved, even sold my car, to pay the hospital bill which was due in full prior to check in because I had no insurance.



    As Murphy's Law would have it, there were complications, some of which I would not know the mystery of until 12 years later. It so happened that when I was in the hospital giving birth to my daughter in the beginning of 1983, that my grandfather had been admitted into same hospital dying from a stroke. The day after I went home with my newborn, all my family was at the funeral. I stayed home because I had developed a fever, and lots of pain. That day, all alone, I started passing bloodclots the size of cantelope. It was pretty scarey. Eventually, and with medication, the bleeding stopped but the pain I felt in my abdomen and back hung on for another 12 weeks. I'd been through a normal delivery and recovery and I knew something was wrong, but repeated visits to the doctor didn't help. I was put on long term antibiotics because, I think, the doctor didn't know what else to do.



    By the end of that year, I was feeling almost back to normal. I'd taken advantage of programs offered to the unemployed and enrolled myself into a training program to learn about computerized business applications. I would go to school evenings while the kid's father watched them. I started getting extreme fatigue and nausea and discovered I was very anemic... and pregnant again, even though I'd been taking birth control. It happens. I went home to tell my husband, except he didn't come home that night. He didn't come home for over a week, and then it was to tell me he was leaving. He'd "fallen in love", didn't love me anymore, and didn't like the whole "family" scene. I was devastated. He cleared out our bank account, which wasn't much, took the only car. I was pregnant, alone, broke, and getting sicker every day. I ended up miscarrying, which seemed a blessing at the time. Because I'd learned as a child to try harder, I ended up finishing my schooling while being a single parent. It was a stressful time and the things that helped me through was the love for my children, and the support of my family. My siblings and I learned long ago to rely on each other in times of need, and they did not fail me then either. Eventually my husband and I reconciled and I put the past behind us because I felt strongly that our children would be best served by living with their natural parents. It wasn't until a decade later, when my mother died and I reflected on her life, that I realized that children do best when their parents, together or not, are happy and healthy.
     
  15. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    My parent went in and out of rehab, alternating periods of sobriety (though not always at the same time) with periods of drunkeness. That was my growing up years. Eventually they divorced and went on to find new partners. My father sobered up for good and has reached a 40 year sobriety streak. He's survived quadruple heart surgery, colon cancer, lymphoma and a host of other issues, some related to alcohol damage (epilepsy) and some likely from SAD way of eating. I remember he used to like to eat wonder bread, butter and brown sugar sandwiches. My stepmother, bless her heart, cured him of that mistake! My mother was not as successful overcoming her alcoholism.



    Fast forward to Mother's Day, 1991: the call came early in the morning. Mom was taken to the hospital with pain down her leg. We found out that day that the aorta from her heart clear down her leg had ruptured. Likely disintegrated due to tissue damage from long term Prednisone use prescribed for her asthma. Mom's health had steadily declined over the past ten years. When she and dad split, she had met and married a man who soon after died of heart failure. She was lonely. She was also in a great deal of physical pain from osteoarthritis in the spine. She still alternated between bouts of sobriety and drunk. I loved her in spite of her disease, and I wish now that she had known about the plan for Optimized Living because I do not think she would have died early and would have had more enjoyable years had she known the things I know now. I was devastated by my mothers death.



    I spent some time reflecting on my mother's life and when commiserating with my younger sister in the week after her death, that I wished mom would have spent more time finding happiness. I was convinced that the years my mom and dad stuck it out with each other for the sake of the kids were miserable for her, and I wondered if I was doing my kids any good by staying with their father who was proving to be mentally and on more than one occasion, physically, abusive. That was when my sister, shared with me the secret she and my mother had been keeping from me: that my (now-ex) husband had been showing up drunk and harassing them. On one occasion he'd stolen my mother's car (returned it a day later) and he'd developed a "crush" on my sister. He was hitting on her regularly and when she told him to stop, he'd gotten irate. For some reason, they did not want to tell me about his behavior, they didn't want to be responsible for "tearing our family apart". I felt like I'd been blindsided, but really, I was in so much grief over losing my mom, that divorcing my husband was just a no-brainer. Frustrating, because he didn't want to cooperate in the split, but I had no emotional attachment to the breakup... it was a relief.



    I was a single parent again, but happily. My sister and her children moved in with us and things were pretty good most of the time. The only thing I would change about that period of time is the fact that I did a lot of "stretching the food dollar" which involved feeding the kids lots of crap that I now know was unhealthy. Lots of Ramen noodles, pasta, cheap white bread and potatoes... filler food. A few years later I met another single parent, a father trying to raise his two boys. We fell in love and made plans to move in together after his kids graduated high school. We lived 50 miles apart and we had a 4 year plan... well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.
     
  16. colleencoble

    colleencoble New Member

    Wow, Lisa, what hard times you've gone through--and yet you've persevered and come out better and stronger. I'm full of admiration!



    On the cholesterol thing, when it's too low your body can't make the hormones you need. How much HCL were you taking? Yes that's betaine. You might have been taking too much or not enough. I had to take 3 per meal at first and now I'm down to 2.
     
  17. vlynnb

    vlynnb Gold

    Lisa, Congratulations on your progress. I admire what you have done with your life in spite of the circumstances.
     
  18. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    Thanks for stopping by! Colleen, I will add the HCL back in this week. I still have half a bottle left.
     
  19. LisaAPB

    LisaAPB New Member

    So, where did I leave off? It was the early 1990's, I'd lost my mom, my marriage broke up and I'd met my future husband. We were going to take it slow, since we both had kids in middle school and high school. Didn't want to upset the boat. I had joined a spring recreational coed softball team, felt strong and healthy again. Mid-way into the season, I hit a stand up double and easily ran to 2nd base, only to be nailed in the gut with the gloved hand of an over exuberant gorilla of a weekend baseball warrior. I wasn't expecting it as time had already been called, and I went down hard on my ass. Shock waves of pain went ripping through my body, but I just got up and finish the game. That night I woke up around 3 in the morning, in severe pain, and unable to move my legs. I crawled to my sister's room and she got me to the hospital. I had broken my cocyx bone and they had to go in and set it back into place. In case anyone doesn't know, the cocyx is the tailbone, and you can guess how they went in to set it. I was under anesthesia and don't have any memory of that for which I am thankful.



    The following week I went to the bone & back doc and got the news that I was not to return to work for 12 weeks. I was not to lift anything over 2 lbs for 12 weeks. This was not a good thing. I had no disability insurance and very little in savings. My sister was leaving that week for a summer away with her boyfriend. I was really stuck, and in a lot of pain. The doctor commented that I must know the kind of recovery I'd be in for as this was not the first time I'd sustained such an injury. huh? ... then it clicked in my brain, this was what had happened when I gave birth to my daughter twelve years earlier! My (future) husband took it upon himself to come to my rescue. We moved up our plan, and became a blended family. This was no Brady Bunch, nor anything like the carefree Yours, Mine & Ours family. Anyone who's been there knows: becoming a blended family, especially when the kids are pre-teen or young teens is stressful. Very stressful at times those first few years, and we also found out my new mother in law had ovarian cancer during that time. Sometimes I'm amazed we made it through those years, but spouse and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this winter so we done good! Coincidentally, I started passing enormous bloodclots again after breaking my tailbone. In 1996 tragedy struck when my 13 year old nephew broke his neck playing football. He became a quadriplegic. We sold our house, uprooted our children and moved to the area my sister was living. We knew she, her son, and her family were going to need a lot of ongoing support.



    After we moved, the spouse and I looked for work closer to our new home. He had a lot of contacts in industry, and we ended up starting a business out of our garage. In 1999, my son, my firstborn, graduated from high school and went straight into the Army. By 2001, my daughter, the baby of the family was graduating and we were moving yet again onto some property that had a shop big enough to accommodate our growing business. The spouse and I had both been working outside jobs, plus our own business, but the time was drawing near that we would need to devote our time to our manufacturing business full time. It was exciting and it was stressful. Then 9-11 hit, and I did not cope with it well.



    I remember being glued to the TV set, watching in disbelief as the Twin Towers went down. Watching that scene over and over again. The phone rang and it was my son, asking me if I'd seen the news, and letting me know that I might not be hearing from him for awhile. I was terrified, and for the next few years while he went on repeated tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, I was in chronic panic mode. Our business was doing well but I had decided to go back to college and get my degree, so I was only working in the shop part time. By 2006, I saw the writing on the wall, the economy was about to tank, orders were drying up and we made the decision to close our business and secure outside employment. In early 2007, my husband had secured a job with an engineering firm, which left me wrapping up the closure of the business while still taking classes part time toward a degree. To say that this was a stressful period in my life is an understatement.



    As mentioned in my opening post, by then end of 2007, I had put on lots of weight I could not lose no matter how hard I tried. I'd become hypothyroid, hypertensive, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, chronic migraines... and so on and so forth. I know the SAD diet I'd been eating full of "healthy" grains, fruit snacks, and prepared foods contributed greatly to my demise. I'm also sure that the stress triggered some imbalances that were compounded by ongoing and continuing chronic stress.



    I've learned to let go of a lot of things I just can't control. I've learned to step outside of myself and evaluate how true a thing really is. I've learned that Love can carry you through when nothing feels right. I've learned to listen to my gut feelings, and trust my intuition. I know that I am on the road to recovery. Already, the lab tests show amazing improvements, and I feel so much better. I feel so good, I can't help but share it with those I love, and some of them are slowly coming around. In the last two years I've regained my health. I'm blessed with the most amazing family, and beautiful grandchildren. If I need to sit in a tub of cold water so that I can be there for them, so be it. Bring on the cold.
     
  20. Destiny

    Destiny New Member

    LisaAPB;2637 wrote: So, where did I leave off? It was the early 1990's, I'd lost my mom, my marriage broke up and I'd met my future husband. We were going to take it slow, since we both had kids in middle school and high school. Didn't want to upset the boat. I had joined a spring recreational coed softball team, felt strong and healthy again. Mid-way into the season, I hit a stand up double and easily ran to 2nd base, only to be nailed in the gut with the gloved hand of an over exuberant gorilla of a weekend baseball warrior. I wasn't expecting it as time had already been called, and I went down hard on my ass. Shock waves of pain went ripping through my body, but I just got up and finish the game. That night I woke up around 3 in the morning, in severe pain, and unable to move my legs. I crawled to my sister's room and she got me to the hospital. I had broken my cocyx bone and they had to go in and set it back into place. In case anyone doesn't know, the cocyx is the tailbone, and you can guess how they went in to set it. I was under anesthesia and don't have any memory of that for which I am thankful.



    The following week I went to the bone & back doc and got the news that I was not to return to work for 12 weeks. I was not to lift anything over 2 lbs for 12 weeks. This was not a good thing. I had no disability insurance and very little in savings. My sister was leaving that week for a summer away with her boyfriend. I was really stuck, and in a lot of pain. The doctor commented that I must know the kind of recovery I'd be in for as this was not the first time I'd sustained such an injury. huh? ... then it clicked in my brain, this was what had happened when I gave birth to my daughter twelve years earlier! My (future) husband took it upon himself to come to my rescue. We moved up our plan, and became a blended family. This was no Brady Bunch, nor anything like the carefree Yours, Mine & Ours family. Anyone who's been there knows: becoming a blended family, especially when the kids are pre-teen or young teens is stressful. Very stressful at times those first few years, and we also found out my new mother in law had ovarian cancer during that time. Sometimes I'm amazed we made it through those years, but spouse and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this winter so we done good! Coincidentally, I started passing enormous bloodclots again after breaking my tailbone. In 1996 tragedy struck when my 13 year old nephew broke his neck playing football. He became a quadriplegic. We sold our house, uprooted our children and moved to the area my sister was living. We knew she, her son, and her family were going to need a lot of ongoing support.



    After we moved, the spouse and I looked for work closer to our new home. He had a lot of contacts in industry, and we ended up starting a business out of our garage. In 1999, my son, my firstborn, graduated from high school and went straight into the Army. By 2001, my daughter, the baby of the family was graduating and we were moving yet again onto some property that had a shop big enough to accommodate our growing business. The spouse and I had both been working outside jobs, plus our own business, but the time was drawing near that we would need to devote our time to our manufacturing business full time. It was exciting and it was stressful. Then 9-11 hit, and I did not cope with it well.



    I remember being glued to the TV set, watching in disbelief as the Twin Towers went down. Watching that scene over and over again. The phone rang and it was my son, asking me if I'd seen the news, and letting me know that I might not be hearing from him for awhile. I was terrified, and for the next few years while he went on repeated tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, I was in chronic panic mode. Our business was doing well but I had decided to go back to college and get my degree, so I was only working in the shop part time. By 2006, I saw the writing on the wall, the economy was about to tank, orders were drying up and we made the decision to close our business and secure outside employment. In early 2007, my husband had secured a job with an engineering firm, which left me wrapping up the closure of the business while still taking classes part time toward a degree. To say that this was a stressful period in my life is an understatement.



    As mentioned in my opening post, by then end of 2007, I had put on lots of weight I could not lose no matter how hard I tried. I'd become hypothyroid, hypertensive, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, chronic migraines... and so on and so forth. I know the SAD diet I'd been eating full of "healthy" grains, fruit snacks, and prepared foods contributed greatly to my demise. I'm also sure that the stress triggered some imbalances that were compounded by ongoing and continuing chronic stress.



    I've learned to let go of a lot of things I just can't control. I've learned to step outside of myself and evaluate how true a thing really is. I've learned that Love can carry you through when nothing feels right. I've learned to listen to my gut feelings, and trust my intuition. I know that I am on the road to recovery. Already, the lab tests show amazing improvements, and I feel so much better. I feel so good, I can't help but share it with those I love, and some of them are slowly coming around. In the last two years I've regained my health. I'm blessed with the most amazing family, and beautiful grandchildren. If I need to sit in a tub of cold water so that I can be there for them, so be it. Bring on the cold.


    You are such a survivor, Lisa APB! Your story made me cry and smile. All your struggles and tragedies ended up with you winning. I am sure it will be the same outcome with CT.
     

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