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Ridin' the JK Express to Optimum

Discussion in 'My Optimal Journal' started by Grmoline, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Enrolled in the 2014 Optimum Reset, which is kind of a new start, but not really. I've been reading, digesting, testing, and applying from this site (and sending others to it) for 2-1/2 years, just not visibly. I got here through my own body hacking, after hypothyroidism, inability to lose weight, poor sleep, night sweats, joint/muscle pain, very high inflammatory markers, and Mild Cognitive Impairment were being under treated or ignored by a series of docs. The tipping point for me was when the rheumatologist who was following me for 2.5 years told me that he couldn't figure out what was causing the inflammation and pain and that I should just come back in a year and be tested again. Add to that watching both my parents go down in spectacular fashion with obesity, diabetes, CV disease, crippling arthritis, kidney failure, Alzheimers Disease, breast & colon cancer, and little that their specialists seemed to be able to do about it. That's when I decided that I am on my own in this, but..... I used to be an R.N., I have 20 years experience in physics research, and I knew that there was a better way than managed decline. I stumbled onto Tim Ferris' book, changed my diet, and within two weeks the pain, night sweats, and fatigue all went away and I started sleeping like a baby. Just like that. I wanted to know why, and that search led me to Robb Wolf's Paleo diet, JK's Leptin Reset, and 4 months later my inflammatory markers were normal for the first time in over 3 years and I kept wondering when I would stop waking up feeling fabulous.

    Spool forward one year - now down just under 30 lbs, cold-adapted, and about to go on the trip of a lifetime. 6-1/2 months around the world, starting in September and following summer around the world (seasonal/circadian mismatches), 39 flights and tens of thousands of air miles (EMF beyond belief). Add to that going from a ketogenic diet (trying to save my brain from the AD that has ravaged the women in my family for 3 generations) to a carb-loaded 4 months in Asia. It was unspeakably beautiful, wherever we went, whoever we met, and... my body paid a toll - 30 lbs weight gain, some inflammation back, even with trying to maintain Paleo through the western countries. I didn't lose all the gains I made, but it was a real learning about the effects of mis-matches on my body, especially after listening to Jack's interview with Dave Asprey and the effects of long-haul flights and hanging out down under where the ozone layer is thin (I spent 3 months in Antarctica before, so that wasn't my first exposure..... but I was cold-adapted for sure, doing field experiments stripped down to my long johns!). Even down under, I kept reading Jack's blogs courtesy of my i-Pad and kept learning!

    So, I'm back to hacking me again, Epi-paleo, hitting CT hard for the past month, grounding and EMF reduction for the past 2 months, and my test results are going in the right direction. For whatever reason, it's been harder for my body to come around this time than it was for that year before the travelling. Maybe I permanently cooked my mitochondria. But we'll see where I am after 90 days of Optimal Reset and what happens to my labs (I go what I could over here as a baseline). I know i can burn away the extra fat (overweight but not obese). My biggest motivation is to prevent my brain from looking like swiss cheese in a few years. I'm already ahead of where my mom, her sisters, and her mom were by this age (61) so maybe I'm doing something right. I'm going for as optimum as is possible for my age, history, genetics, etc.

    PS: My job now is to teach this stuff to others. How cool is that?
     
  2. sooperb

    sooperb New Member

    Sounds like you know what to do, you just need to keep on doing it. Perfect job I'd say, are you employed to do that or have you created your own business? Either way it's going to be interesting dealing with all the resistance you'll get from western hyped diet devotees who are also slaves to the medical profession :)

    My mum was pretty fit but she died from a stroke as did her father. My father died from a brain tumour and both my mum and sister had pernicious anaemia. My sister is one of the aforementioned diet slaves who thinks she knows it all. She's been a veggie for a very long time and won't have it that her diet is deficient, she can get what she needs from tofu thank you very much. Funny she is constantly craving sweets and chocolate! We don't speak anymore lol.
     
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  3. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    I'm creating my own business. I searched all over for a programme that taught this stuff but couldn't find anything that went much beyond CW, so I created my own. The entire reading list of two of the big programmes, plus my own in depth researching the leading edge stuff following leads from Jack's blogs and webinars plus others. Basically 2-1/2 years of soaking myself in it while doing my own hacking (I've had some sabbatical time). I've already run into the resistance, but there are a lot of people out there who are looking and want to know that they can take charge of their own health if they are only shown the way. That was Jack's vision on his original website home page that drew me in from the beginning.
     
  4. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Okay, so here's the labs:
    hsCRP = 4.9 (down from 5.8 in August)
    O6:O3 = 3.47
    homocystein = 6.0 umol/L (down from 11)
    Tot Cholesterol = 5.4 mmol/L (220 mg/dL, down from 270)
    Triglycerides = 97.4
    TPO antibodies = 152.3 IU/ml (Hashimotos for sure!)
    TSH = 2.24 (down from 8.4)
    Free T4 = 15.8 pmol/l (up from 1.07)
    Free T3 = 7.2 pmol/l
    Rev T3 = 23.4 ng/dl
    Free T3:Rev T3 = 30.77
    BUN:Creatinine = 13.7 (down from 18.9)
    Vit D3 = 127 (up from 55, have cut back supplements)
    Melatonin = 15 pg/ml
    Salivary cortisol = being retested now; was stage 2 adrenal stress back in April with Cortisol/DHEA = 3.1
    23andMe and hair metals analysis are also being done.

    More to come. Labs are tricky here in the UK, most that the NHS won't do, and others require a doc for me to do them myself (plus expense!).
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  5. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Welcome Grmoline........Can't wait to hear more!
     
  6. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    So here are the interventions I am doing right now:
    Diet - Epi-paleo, trying for ketosis again after a 21-day detox that had a lot of vegetable carbs in it. I have become the queen of bone broths, and I do seaweed a lot. Learned to love raw oysters on that round the world trip, and will be seeking them out more.
    Sleep - Low lights in evening, blue blocker lenses, ready to sleep by 10pm, completely black room, and eyeful of sunlight first thing in the morning (well ok, this in England, the land of perpetual flooding, so it's the best daylight we can find over here.....)
    EMF - turning off all devices in the bedroom at the outlet, no wifi at night, grounding pad during daytime work, grounding sheet at night
    CT - cold showers (really cold this time of year!), spot ice packing (back, shoulders, abdomen), ice water and grape seed extract

    But here's a question someone might be able to answer. I had a bout of diverticulitis this past fall that put me in the hospital for the first time in my life, five days of IV antibiotics. This followed over two years of not even having a common cold, even with that long round the world trip with all of its interesting exposures. Didn't even know that I had diverticulii. That, I think, was the reason for my hsCRP being elevated. I had one recurrence a month later, which was treated with antibiotics and was thought to be a result of the first one going subclinical and which resolved quickly with the antibiotics. For 3 months nothing, no recurrence, no problems. I've been working hard to heal my gut (bone broth, probiotics, liposomal glutathione, etc.) since I have AI issues. I was suspicious when my latest hsCRP came back high, although less than before. Last night the diverticulitis symptoms came back, and the only non-surgical intervention known is antibiotics. I'm told that if this keeps recurring I would be advised to have surgery to remove that section of the colon. That's really radical, and not my idea of anything I want done to my body. So I'm wondering..... have others of you had this issue, and have you had any success with the protocols helping to resolve the problem? If I have to live with antibiotics again this round, there are some things I can do to protect/rebuild my gut biome, but I don't want any cutting. I'm really bummed about this, given how hard I'm working on me!
     
  7. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Are you using coconut oil? MCT oil?

    Follow Ricardo's posts on lipids ........
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014
  8. Jude

    Jude Gold

    Hi Grmoline, good to read about your progress and how close are you to being "ready for business?''

    Also had 2 bouts of diverticulitis about 3mths in on Leptin reset 2 1/2 yrs ago with much the same Rx as you. Am of the same vintage! Lots of reasons why, but for me, I believe the major factor was my previous life time carb diet coupled with an upside down Pg/E ratio. Somewhere on one of his blogs JK shows how that actually impacts on gut flora cause they respond to..ie ebb and flow with these hormonal levels..or lack of=lack of flora. JK also mentioned that he used large doses of magnesium for some time, to stop formation of this bad bacteria biofilm (basically loose stools). I was fortunate in not having any further issues, just kept really keto and stuck with some coconut oil and crossed my fingers.

    Just wondering, if you are sub clinically fomenting in the diverticuli, the mag Rx could be a quick measure to remove those pesky bacteria. My sister had no probs with her diverticuli cause she just did what JK did, ( didn't realise it was the mag causing the problem with the loose stools).....but I did ...and I reduced the mag ....and got diverticulitis..JK's explanation was too late for me!
    Have read some folk use probiotic suppositories etc.and noted quite an enlightening(for me) chapter in the GAPS book about same.
     
  9. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Hi Jude and Caroline. Thanks for your replies. I do use both coconut oil and MCT - mainly to keep ketotic and to prevent neural degeneration, given my strong family history of early-onset dementia. I've also been supplementing with 800 - 1000 mg of Magnesium (citrate, orotate, and threonate) every night for 2-1/2 years as well as probiotics daily and Progesterone supplementation for that same period. I'm sure the lifetime of starchy carbs and oestrogen dominance has had its toll, but I think I've gone a long ways toward repairing my gut in those years. At least the good news is that the present flare seems to be subsiding WITHOUT needing to resort to the antibiotics (yay!), so maybe my immune system isn't completely shot. I'll look into the suppositories. Thanks for sharing your experience with this!
     
  10. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    By the way, Jude, I loved being referred to as "the same vintage"! Puts ageing in a rather better frame, don't you think? I'm just a nice Malbec......
     
  11. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    My current reading list (no pun intended....):

    Ling, "In Search of the Physical Basis of Life"
    Becker & Marino, "Electromagnetism and Life"
    Marino, "Going Somewhere"
    Pollack, "The Fourth Phase of Water"

    JK, you're not on the list because I've already read yours, twice..... but I need to repurchase because I only have the Kindle version, all that was available when it first launched, and I want a non-virtual version.... I use my ability to follow your blogs as data to reassure myself that I am staying ahead of dementia....

    Interesting, that I used to do physics - physics and electrical properties of ice and water, chemical properties of both, but I never envisioned that part of my history coming together with my nursing background and my recent history (last decade) teaching people how to uncover and change their unconscious attitudes to create the recipe for changing my future. Change your thoughts, change your future. Change your cellular terroir, change your future. Structure your water, change your future.

    I'd still like to know how you know if your battery's permanently broken. Maybe you just keep hacking until there's nothing more to do and what you're left with tells you.
     
  12. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    Too bad you missed last night's Q & A on the biohack webinar.........we talked about this at length........3 hrs. I guess you could listen to the recording. It was pretty good and great questions were asked.
     
  13. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Hi Dr K. I assume that you mean for the Biohacking 101 course. I've tried to sign up twice, but nothing happens. In any case, live Q&A doesn't work for me with the time difference, so I rely on recordings. If I can get into the course and have access to the recording, I'll give it a listen. Thanks!
     
  14. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Should be getting the data from the 23andMe test back in a couple weeks. The company was stopped from providing an analysis of the data beyond ancestry, however, so I'm at a loss for how to get it interpreted. Anyone out there know of a source for interpreting the data?
     
  15. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Turns out I didn't miss this! I thought you were talking about something that was part of the Biohacking 101 course, but this was the Q&A from the Optimal Reset, which I did listen to. It was awesome, but I will need to listen again to get the answer to my question.
     
  16. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    I keep wondering when my body is going to decide that it is okay to burn the abdominal fat stores. I eat an epi-paleo ketogenic diet (no more than 20-25 g vegetable carbs), and I am solidly in ketosis. I do CT daily, cold showers and ice packs. I ground myself all night and large parts of the day. I've significantly reduced EMF exposure, especially at night. I sleep a solid 8 hours in total darkness. I drink litres of filtered water daily. And I am gaining weight and fat %! Where's the F*(^%*ng mismatch?? I'm not doing this as weight loss per se, but I use weight (think fat) loss as one indicator that my systems are beginning to reset. Blimey o'reilly! Problems at cytochrome 2??

    On another note, I'm part way through Gerard Pollack's book and it is a joy to read. If you want to know what Dr K is talking about with structured water, charge separation, EZ, etc you'll see it in this book visually. It's like reading a good novel - I can hardly wait for the next bit.
     
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  17. Embyr42

    Embyr42 New Member

    Yes, contact Sterling Hill at http://www.mthfrsupport.com/ or beclotaware@gmail.com and she'll interpret it for you for $50.00.
    You can also run it through her app on the site for $20- although it doesn't tell you what each SNP does, so you'll have to go online to snpedia.com to look them up one by one.
    Or you can run it through promethease and it will do a pretty good analysis for you- I found that having both was most useful to me though.
     
  18. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    Thank you Embyr42!
     
  19. Grmoline

    Grmoline Gold

    I've been reading the stuff about reducing EMF in the home, and how the laptop could possibly be the biggest source. I don't have a desktop computer - I use the laptop for all of my work. I know that I could ground the laptop and that it has been shown to bring the skin voltage from several volts to near zero. But I sit with bare feet on a grounding mat whenever I use the laptop. Shouldn't that already be bringing my voltage to zero and therefore making grounding the laptop redundant? Seems like it should also be protecting me from any other electronics I use while I am grounded.

    Also had a chance to listen to some of the CT webinar over the weekend, but was away for a conference and only had late night to listen, so only got the first hour. Very disappointed, as that was the one I have been especially waiting for and the intervention I am most focused on right now (I've already been implementing others) and where most of my questions have been. I did hear JK say that cold showers are the hardest method, I guess because you don't get the benefit of formation of the EZ in the water next to the skin like you do with immersion. It didn't sound like he was saying that it was ineffective, just harder to adjust to the cold. I was interested because I do cold showers, in addition to ice packs (not at the same time). I've also turned down the heat and wear less clothing inside and out, mostly because I have adjusted to lower temps.
     
  20. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Actually, I now think that using a grounding pad while on the laptop just gives the stray electricity a convenient place to go to ground.
     
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