Saying Goodbye to Acupuncture for Now

I don’t want t o give it up acupuncture. I do notice a slight difference and enjoy the attention. But since every Saturday I was having to get up a little earlier than I would naturally and since every week it was costing me $20 and I am currently more broke than ever, I simply can’t afford to keep going. I was noticing the biggest difference in my left wrist. And although I think it’s probably worth the money and time, I’m just so concerned with money right now that I can’t rationalize doing something that’s only making a slight difference. Maybe I’ll go back in the future but so far, unless money is no object, the benefits are not extraordinary enough. Supplements are so costly and I spend a TON on them. So that’s where I’m at. I do feel sad about it because I know it was helping a little. It was definitely improving my life, but I would only recommend acupuncture to people with RA who are near remission. Otherwise, it will probably just make your symptoms worse. I always flared during the visit. But the after effect of less inflammation was worth the flare. In the past however, when I wasn’t on alternative meds and tried acupuncture, I had a terrible flare that lasted weeks. It was awful! So again, I would only recommend acupuncture to those who are doing well with their disease and trying to ease smaller symptoms but not to people who are in the middle of a healing crisis, or worse, still looking for the right cocktail altogether.

The Truth about Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a rare autoimmune disease that many people have never heard of. But if you were a fan of Bernie Mac, then you may know he died of a lung disorder.

Actor Bernie Mac, 50, Dies from Sarcoidosis

Actor Bernie Mac, 50, Dies from Sarcoidosis

Although Sarcoidosis is usually not fatal, award-winning journalist, reporter, anchor and producer, Diane Rutherford knows first hand how for some people, Sarcoidosis becomes a serious disease. Her father died three years ago. Diane has used her position to promote awareness.

“An inflammatory disease, which can affect many parts of the body, sarcoidosis has no known cause or cure. According to the National Institutes of Health, the mysterious inflammation produces tiny lumps of cells called granulomas, which resemble grains of sand. If these grains multiply and merge, they can create groups of lumps. If numerous lumps form in an organ, they can affect that part of the body. That’s when symptoms crop up. Because the illness can involve a variety of age groups, multiple organs and a myriad of symptoms, sarcoid is sometimes initially mistaken for other diseases.”

I first became aware of Sarcoidosis when I was pouring over information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, which I have. I became specifically intrigued with Sarcoid Arthritis and wondered if I had been misdiagnosed which happens often. As with many diseases, sometimes it takes years to know for sure what illness you are suffering from since diseases often overlap in symptoms.

Diane has done a wonderful job educating the public on Sarcoidosis. She has three Youtube videos where she explains the details of this disease.

 

Although Sarcoidosis is usually not fatal and often heals naturally, “a lot of patients do have symptoms that can last months or even years if the granulomas spread and cause scarring in the organs.”

Prednisone is often prescribed for autoimmune diseases, including Sarcoidosis. Though it’s an anti-inflammatory, it’s also a steroid which can cause horrible side effects. Hypertension, Bone loss, Diabetes and Cataracts are some of those side effects, just to name a few. Prednisone does not cure autoimmune diseases, but can help alleviate symptoms.

This is one of those times that I can’t help but mention Serracor-NK. I wonder if Serracor-NK could help people with Sarcoidosis. It only seems logical that it could, since Serracor-NK not only helps with inflammatory diseases, but also with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a condition that scars the lungs. With Prednisone as an unappealing option of treatment for Sarcoidosis, it seems the logical step would be to give Serracor-NK a try.

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