What is it all about?

These past two calendar years have taken me on another journey with an added dimension, during which time I experienced exaggerated mood swings that proved to be equally challenging to those around me.  Someone close to me questioned my behavior and even got me thinking about bi-polar disorder and the many who have, or have not yet, been diagnosed.

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Stress cofactors
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Addressing those uncomfortable perimenopausal symptoms successfully with indole-3-carbinol, most notably elevates energy level.  With all the added energy, my overall strength and mood improved allowing me to really enjoy participating in life for the first time I could remember during my adulthood. Certainly this reflection of energy is contrary to my consistent tendency to retreat.  This got me thinking back throughout my life of living with Crohn’s disease.  Crohn’s is a chronic inflammation triggering the immune system to respond to perceived infection.  When our bodies are constantly fighting infection from whatever source, our energy is drained; in constant pain and/or discomfort and often febrile, causing us to feel irritable and impatient.  Compound these factors with concurring hormonal imbalances brought upon by menopause, PMS, puberty and a host of other biochemical changes we experience as human beings.  A vicious cycle of stress inducing illness not only results from such insults to our systems, but contributes to somewhat erratic behavior as well.

“Neurotransmitter activity is intimately connected with hormonal activity, so any disruption can induce depression in the long term.” 

The endocrine system produces hormones that drive the biofeedback system in the hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis. Adaptogenic herbs upregulate hormones reducing stress related effects of cortisol.  Essential conversion of T4 (thyroxine) to bioavailable T3 (triiodothyronine) can be accomplished with fat soluble vitamins, B12 and necessary minerals.

“…discovery of its antiviral effect on Borna disease virus (BDV), which is hypothesized to be an etiopathogenetic factor in subtypes of affective disorders.”

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Indole-3-carbinol I3C molecular model
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Whole grains and foods containing vitamin B complex, particularly B12, Mg, and Zn help reduce anxiety.  Tryptophan in bananas affects neurotransmitters like serotonin.  Dark chocolate, without added milk byproducts and sugar, reduces the release of cortisol hormones responsible for potentiating stress and altered moods.

Why are we so quick to judge?  The first inclination both physiologically and psychologically is “fight or flight”.  Whether it is conscious or subconscious, we fear contagion.  We witness something different, askew; and we question what we recognize as being out of the ordinary.  When our hormonal imbalance impacts our outward behavior(s), we are among the last to recognize it ourselves.  I can remember my Grandmothers being the first to make excuses on our behalf as children when being scolded for acting out, they would say: “Maybe they’re coming down with something”.  Wise words we should borrow to express our compassion for others during this day and age of dis-ease.

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The pH of electronic technology

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“Crohn’s Tummy”

It’s a co-dependent relationship – I have lived the majority of my life without technology as we know it today.  People who know me, know how much I struggle with technological nuances.  My theory is technology is a projected manifestation from Crohn’s.  The challenges I face with technology is as much as I ever did from Crohn’s disease.  If there is an app for that, I’m afraid the prognosis would be similar.  I carry my electronics with me but do not rely on them any more than I rely on my own body functioning optimally throughout any given day.  It’s a symbiotic/co-dependent relationship, which by definition, pretty much makes it dysfunctional.

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“Dysfunction Junction”

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur (French Chemist and Microbiologist, 1822-1895).  Taking risks or being spontaneous is not an option with Crohn’s. I am most comfortable with things I can count on, like paper and pen.  They travel well and can always be retrieved when necessary.  Be prepared.  Mailing letters, posting sticky notes and launching paper airplanes are still ways to communicate & get others’ attention.

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“Resistance is futile if < 1 Ohm”

“Resistance is futile…”– I get shocked often.  Being “fluid imbalanced”, bioelectrical currents are often compromised causing heart irregularities and synaptic misfiring.  Electrolytes and salts are my friends but don’t play well with electronics.  I go from no conductivity to frying electronics with a mere touch – especially in a lightning storm.  My Father was an Electrical Engineer and would often shout “NO” as I was about to touch an appliance.  He fixed everything…except people.  Technology serves me as well as my body.  I try to stay negatively charged by connecting with nature to rebalance.   Exposure to positive ion output affects our health on a cellular level which could become a terminal condition. How do you conduct yourself?

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Outdated communication technology

“The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires As a Means for Furthering Peace” (Electrical World & Engineer, January 7th, 1905)

Nikola Tesla

‘Facebook’ has many faces

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‘Biochemical Nutrition’ Facebook page

As the number one social media today, Facebook has created another dimension in the way people interact.  What does this have to do with natural health?  Our thought processes and behavior effect the way we feel which can manifest in physiological conditions.  There are a multitude of ways interactive media impacts our health.

Social media offers a way for people to be fully expressed.  A forum with which to share personal interests, information, vent, to take action and react.  Participation can be psychologically addictive.  Experiencing these emotions have physiological transformations on the human body too, increasing blood pressure as well as reducing BP and stimulating brain chemistry; initiating a cellular metamorphic cascade.  Although this technology is relatively new, it will be interesting to witness how we evolve as Facebook’s catalyst…

After making these observations (and much research later), a condition known as “Facebook Affective Disorder” (FAD) has made headlines.  The effect of electronic media  is likened to excessive television exposure throughout our lifetime. This habitual trend has become entertainment as well as an invaluable resource.  Facebook is my favorite social network when rarely a day passes that I don’t log-in to learn about what my friends, family and colleagues are sharing from around the world.