Where are the bananas when you need them?

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Bananas in Pajamas

This is so obvious, it’s painful.  Lately I’ve been experiencing a series of leg cramps in the middle of the night.  Severe spasms occurring mostly in the Achilles area, shins and arches.  During the wee hours of the morning when pain is mysteriously magnified I ask myself “Are you thinking what I’m thinking B1?”  “I think I am, B2”.  I typically don’t have muscle spasms and have always taken calcium/magnesium with additional electrolyte replacements to help manage chronic inflammation and Crohn’s symptoms.

Following a characteristically long winter, the weather permits me to dig in the dirt, further releasing harmful contaminants.  Just as early spring pollinators take flight, I find myself coated with similar resurrected earthly particulates, redistributing boundlessly throughout the atmosphere and infiltrating my mind.  Bzzzzzz… Somewhere between deep REM sleep and sudden painful interruptions, my mind goes conspiratorial.  Convinced I am poisoned by neurotoxins from both myths and facts about chemtrails, glyphosate and mold spores, circulating in the air and various social media.

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‘What makes bananas so amazing?’

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“Banana Bike”

For years I have eaten a banana every day.  The potassium content is just enough to rebalance electrolytes, plus moderate the cardiovascular system. Considered a “mood food”, the tryptophan in bananas synthesizes vitamin B6 and serotonin upregulation.  The natural combination of sugars maintains a healthy glucose balance between meals. It is one of the few whole foods that travels well.

As evident as the oxygen we all breathe, it occurs to me that I have NOT been eating bananas. How did this happen?  WHY did I allow it to happen?  Known as the “Banana Lady” (a distinguished title with which I proudly identify), I was dependable, sharing my bananas with Patients’ children and dogs alike!  Yes, Shala LOVED bananas as much as I and I wondered if she craved them for similar reasons.  Our ritual involved a piece for the child, one for the dog and one for me – until it was all gone.

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Congratulations banana!

The children have grown and Shala has since passed.  Perhaps this is why I have gotten out of my banana habit.  Without the daily prompts I was forgetting to take my “medicine”.  I guess not all habits are bad.  What is your “Achilles heel”?

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Zero tolerance for pain

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“Optical Flashback” – Facebook image

I have seen people write about pain as a means of motivation.  Pain is a powerful motivator to not feel pain! I will do anything to prevent and avoid pain.  When my very bright Nephew was about six years old, he informed his Mother he wanted to build rockets.  She asked him what he thought he needed to accomplish that, expecting him to rattle off a list of materials. He surrendered, “I think I need to learn how to read”.  He was soon reading at a 4th grade level followed by a high school level, then college level within a matter of months.  This is an inspirational analogy I tap into each time I am challenged and need motivation.

Pain begets pain.  Like my Nephew, I succumbed to learning how to do something other than my motivational interest for creating my own “pain-free pass“.  I had to cook.  I knew how to cook and even enjoyed baking, but had to cook as an avenue to apply my prescriptive knowledge.  I do it every day for every meal, creating “designer” recipes to augment my biochemistry to offset chronic Crohn’s induced pain. 

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“Couteau a Pain” – Bread Knife (Angry Bread)

Eating and living virtually pain free is my reward and goal.  Having to cook from scratch several times a day produces another type of pain which I obviously prefer over the physiological pain.  I share my methodology during independent consults and attempt to share the broader strokes with a wider audience through the internet.  As I recently wrote, electronic technology is another painful side effect to my process.

Pain infiltrates every aspect of life impacting mood, perspective and even the way I carry & present myself.  I failed to understand why anyone holds on to their pain.  We see people in our practice who suffer severe injuries and have degenerative conditions, causing them to live with chronic pain.  Pain may serve as their own brand of motivator, challenging them to move in alternative directions. 

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“Sometimes you can’t see the pain…” poster

In recognition of Arbor Day we celebrate today, some trees offer pain relief.  Pycnogenols from the French maritime pine bark are potent pain relievers. The antioxidant OPC’s (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) work synergistically with Vitamin C reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.  Additional modalities for pain attenuation may be explored in ‘Posts of hypnotic Suggestion’ and ‘Life Beyond Pain’.