Yesterday I visited the hospital where I had undergone my ordeal last winter. The following is the text of an email I just sent someone who'd flown 3000 miles to my bedside, telling him about my reunion with the angels who rescued me.
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Don't know if this would interest you at all, but:
Yesterday, I was at [name of hospital]. And I decided to do something while there that I'd thought many times of doing: I went back to all the wards/units where I had been a patient last winter, to see them from the eyes of health, the rooms I'd lain in, and to perhaps thank some of the really outstanding people who had taken care of me. I had the distinct sense that they very, very rarely see the positive results of their dedication - their former patients IRL, walking around in street clothes, with wind in their sails.
First stop: The ICU. I thought of you as I entered its door, imagined you coming in and passing these places, as I had never seen the door myself; I had never seen that front desk. And there was my little alcove/room, just to the left. The whole ICU looked much, much smaller and more crowded than it had felt/appeared to me from my horizontal position on that bed. I instantly remembered nurses I saw there yesterday ---- remembered their names, which blew their minds. There were even hugs and tears - they couldn't believe I looked so good, and they were genuinely grateful I'd come back: It did a LOT for their morale. I specifically asked for Katy, who had been in touch with you by phone. I wanted to thank her for her hand-holding care of me when I was first admitted there, put on the oscillating ventilation. (I don't think you saw that set-up; for hours I was strapped into a jerking/bouncing/vibrating chest-wrapped thing to jostle my ribcage while the oxygen was blasting in through the mask - Katy explained it was to loosen the "cement"-like "fluid" that had filled my lungs.) It was really hellish, but Katy sat there with me, while I begged her to stop it, and she'd say, "Okay, fine. You want us to intubate you? Because if I turn this off, we have no choice."
You know what came back to me?
And this is really why I'm writing this to you.
She was the one who came in and said, "______ is coming from New York. I've spoken to him. His plane arrives at 2 in the afternoon."
So help me, I looked at that clock every several minutes and calculated where in the American skies you were. It was critical to me, somehow, to hang on to that while the waves of wind smacked me in the throat and the vest jostled me hard. I remembered that yesterday. I remembered a lot of things, and, you know? It was psychologically a very healthy thing to have gone back there. I had read on the Internet that that's the case for many, many who spend extended time in Intensive Care through an Emergency admission.
Anyway, I left a note for Katy yesterday (because she's a Night Nurse and wasn't there), on a special "Recognition" card, which they post in their little staff rest area, and everybody looks. Apparently this is a Major Highlight of their work. These ICU angels of mercy are in the business of saving lives, and while they get monetary rewards, their souls really do crave just this sort of recognition. Many of their patients don't recover. The few who come back and show their/our faces, healthy, REALLY encourage them.
After I left there, I did the same at the TICU and the regular ward. I was remembered, and I remembered the names, too! I recognized-in-writing two more absent nurses in the TICU, and followed up with a couple of nurses on the regular ward. One was a male French nurse with whom I had communicated in French when I was first admitted to the regular Medical ward for observation. "You were just coughing and coughing and coughing," he said yesterday. He didn't know - so I told him - that I later went Critical and was transferred to the ICU and was in the hospital another 12 days after he last saw me.
It was a very rich experience for me and gave me a certain amount of closure. I have very, very warm feelings for those people and was told that the nurses I recognized in writing would be thereby recognized by their departments and supervisors. The least I could do.
And, of course, I have warm feelings and deep gratitude for you. You really gave me something priceless by flying out here when you did. The plane was cramped, the ICU was cramped, it wasn't fun, and you must have been scared until I stabilized.
What more can I say?
Love and hugs.
This week we drove to the city where we used to live for dentist appointments and to have lunch with friends. Our friends suggested a barbeque place that used to be one of my favorites. I don’t think I had ever eaten in the restaurant itself. It was located near the library, so when I would take the kids to get books during the summer, we would pick up barbeque on the way home. Their brisket was delicious, but what made this different from most BBQ was their absolutely amazing creamed corn. Remember now, my children were small, so this was long before I ever heard of the BTD.
After verifying with our friends B and E that turkey was on the menu for my Type A husband, we loaded in the car. As we drove, B said “Did you know that they serve creamed corn as a side?” I said that I remembered how delicious it was. He said, “It’s so good that sometimes I just get double creamed corn.”
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know my standards for BTD compliance. At home I don’t eat avoids. At restaurants I make the best choices available. When I am a guest in someone’s home, I maximize beneficials and neutrals, but I am not offensive if I am served an avoid. While my health is important to me, relationships are even more important.
We were going to a restaurant, so I don’t have to eat creamed corn. I get two side dishes with my brisket, and there are other choices. But the idea of that delicious, mouth-watering creamed corn is now in my head.
As we are standing in line B says to E, “Are you getting creamed corn?” He turns to me and says, “Are you getting creamed corn?” I say that I am thinking about it. That is an understatement. At that moment, creamed corn is all I can think about.
As I got closer to the counter, I knew I ought to say “Brisket plate with green beans and cole slaw.” But instead I say “Brisket plate with green beans and creamed corn.” When my food arrives, I enjoy the brisket and green beans. I am saving the creamed corn for dessert. It is a special treat.
I took the first bite. It was canned corn in a sauce made with white flour, water and pepper. Ugh! I used to like this stuff????
At that moment, I realize how far I have come in my nine years on the BTD. My mouth has become accustomed to fresh beneficial foods, which don’t need pepper and sauces to disguise the taste. The desire for creamed corn has gone the way of pizza and chicken fried steak.
Will I ever lose my desire for ice cream and cream puffs? I don’t know, but I’m glad the desire for creamed corn is out of my system.
Suplementos minerales con contenido de Calcio: ¿Existe realmente una diferencia?
Ha sido bien fundamentado que el calcio es un nutriente esencial. Después de las proteínas, las grasas y los hidratos de carbono, el calcio es el nutriente más abundante del organismo. El calcio lleva la (RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance)) recomendación más alta de cualquier otro nutriente por una buena razón. El calcio es necesario para formar los huesos y los dientes y también se requiere para la coagulación de la sangre, la transmisión de señales en las células nerviosas, y la contracción muscular. Décadas de investigaciones han asociado la relación de calcio con la reducción de la presión arterial alta y el equilibrio en los niveles de colesterol. El calcio es crucial, pero ¿cuál es la mejor fuente de calcio? ¿Será mayor una fuente de calcio que la otra? ¿Existe realmente una diferencia? Naturalmente, la fuente ideal de calcio equilibrado, así como de otros minerales, seria de los alimentos que comemos. Pero nuestras necesidades diarias de calcio a menudo no pueden ser satisfechas con los puros alimentos - especialmente si consideramos los estilos de vida ocupados de hoy y el suelo tan agotado en el que muchos de nuestros alimentos se cultivan. Puede ser difícil obtener una fuente equilibrada de cualquier nutriente esencial.
Una breve historia de la implementación con calcio
En los primeros años de la administración de suplementos, todo calcio fue más o menos el mismo: una sustancia inorgánica molida (por lo general concha de ostras) en forma de tabletas duras que los primeros nutriologos esperaban que el cuerpo pudiese absorber. El problema fue que el cuerpo absorbía muy poco de esta sustancia, gran parte de ella pasaba por el cuerpo intacta y no utilizada. Por ello comenzó la búsqueda de la forma de calcio perfecta. Otras fuentes y técnicas de procesamiento se han sido exploradas: sulfato, lactato, fosfato, citrato; quelado y "micro", pero no todas las fuentes de calcio son ideales para todos los tipos de sangre. ¿Y qué hay con la absorción? ¿Con tanta nueva tecnología, habremos visto alguna mejora? De hecho, los estudios revelan que el cuerpo absorbe menos del 10% de las tabletas de calcio más populares, las que contiene lactato de calcio, fosfato de calcio o carbonato de calcio. A través de los años, el reto con todos estos enfoques sigue siendo el mismo: O bien la fuentes de calcio son perjudiciales para algunos tipos de sangre, o la fuente inorgánica de calcio sigue siendo la misma, e independientemente del tratamiento el cuerpo aún tenía que lidiar con la absorción de una sustancia inorgánica y tratar de convertirla en una sustancia útil dentro de las células. Esta transformación de nutrientes requiere energía de las células, misma energía que podrían ser mejor utilizada en otras importantes funciones celulares. Lo que es más, a pesar de que estas duras tabletas de calcio siguen siendo populares en las farmacias, se ha convertido en norma que el calcio debe ser tomado a diario con los complejos nutrientes de apoyo apropiados, tales como el magnesio.
Mejores preguntas, mejores respuestas
Hasta ahora, la pregunta acerca del calcio ha sido: "¿Cómo podemos hacer que esta sustancia sea mejor tolerada y absorbida por el cuerpo?" El Dr.D'Adamo hizo una mejor pregunta: "¿Podemos encontrar otra fuente natural de calcio no sólo apropiada para todos los tipos de sangre, sino también una que el cuerpo pueda utilizar fácilmente con mayor eficacia?"
Mejores preguntas arrojan mejores respuestas, y el doctor D'Adamo descubrió esa fuente natural de calcio: maerl, una pequeña alga roja encontrada únicamente en las zonas aisladas de la costa sudoeste de Irlanda De todas las fuentes de calcio, maerl tiene uno de los niveles más bajos de contaminantes indeseables - y uno de los más altos niveles de absorción. Usando Maerl como base, el Dr. D'Adamo ha desarrollado cuatro fórmulas diferentes con cofactores únicos y micro-minerales específicos para cada grupo sanguíneo, consiguiendo así unos suplementos que responden a las necesidades particulares y a las diferentes capacidades digestivas de cada uno. El Maerl contiene una gran variedad de nutrientes esenciales, incluyendo calcio, magnesio, boro y cinc. Su estructura única es muy versátil, con una gran biodisponibilidad y amplias posibilidades de utilización. De hecho, en los estudios, Phytocal basado en alga maerl del mar alcanzo lo doble en ‘la capacidad amortiguadora’ contra todas las otras fuentes de calcio. ¿Qué es la "capacidad amortiguadora?"
"He desarrollado un mineral de calcio específico al tipo de sangre derivado de un tipo de calcio proveniente del mar de gran pureza y biodisponibilidad. Se encuentra en un sólo sitio en el océano frente a la península de Beara, en el sur de Irlanda occidental. Nuestro calcio del mar crece durante aproximadamente cinco años en las aguas cristalinas, libres de contaminantes del atlántico, absorbiendo nutrientes y minerales del mar. Las algas entonces caen en los fondos oceánicos, donde se calcifican. Patrones de marea local lo lavan y reúnen en una cama profunda, cuya ubicación es sabida por tan sólo unas cuantas personas”.
Doctor Peter D'Adamo
Maximum Buffering: máxima absorción
Todos tenemos diferentes niveles de contenido ácido / alcalino en nuestros cuerpos y procesos digestivos. Estos niveles afectan la absorción de minerales y vitaminas. Un suplemento fácilmente absorbido por una persona puede tener dificultad de absorción en el sistema de otra. Phytocal único calcio del mar, amortiguado por naturaleza, que mantiene un elevado nivel de absorción de persona a persona, a pesar de las diferencias en niveles ácido / alcalino.
Consejos de calcio de acuerdo a su tipo
La sangre tipo O
El Tipo O debería continuamente complementar su dieta con calcio, ya que el su dieta no incluye los productos lácteos de otros, lo que puede ser la fuente más concentrada de este mineral. Con su tendencia de tipo O a desarrollar problemas inflamatorios en articulaciones y artritis, la consecuente necesidad de suplementación con calcio es evidente. Escribe el Dr. D'Adamo en su libro Menopause; "Habrá escuchado alguna vez que un alto contenido proteico en la dieta puede conducir a una pérdida excesiva de calcio, que puede ser una preocupación para toda mujer madura. Sin embargo, esto no es un peligro para la sangre tipo O, ya que usted tiene, por naturaleza, niveles altos de fosfataza alcalina intestinal, una enzima producida por el intestino para dividir la grasa contenida en la dieta y ayudar a asimilar el calcio. Por otra parte, el alto contenido proteico en la dieta del tipo O provoca en realidad un aumento de la fosfatasa alcalina intestinal.” Phytocal O ® del Dr. D’Adamo contiene niveles equilibrados de micro y macro minerales; magnesio, hierro, cobre y zinc; manganeso para asegurar y realzar saludables función de articulaciones y ligamentos y micro-cantidades de yodo para mejorar la función tiroidea. Phytocal O ® también cuenta con la hoja de la ortiga (Urtica dioica) una ayuda importante en la correcta asimilación intestinal. La sangre tipo A
El Dr. D'Adamo comenta: "Los bajos niveles de fosfataza alcalina intestinal y bajo ácido clorhídrico hacen difícil la digestión de carne y este hecho los hace vulnerables a la osteoporosis.” Por ello, es aconsejable que el tipo A suplemente el calcio adicional en su dieta después de los 50, diariamente." Phytocal A del Dr. D'Adamo contiene niveles más altos del importante antioxidante selenio así como los activadores del cofactor gástrico, clorhidrato de betaína, cuajo y raíz de genciana, además de la cola de caballo rica en minerales.
Phytocal A ® también cuenta con niveles significativos del importante potenciador de absorción de calcio ipriflavone, y una pequeña dosis de vitamina A para mejorar la actividad de la enzima de absorción de calcio fosfataza alcalina intestinal..
La sangre tipo B
Dr D'Adamo: "Al igual que el tipo O, usted tiene niveles relativamente elevados de fosfataza alcalina intestinal que ayuda a la digestión de proteínas y a la asimilación de calcio.”
Phytocal B ® ofrece al tipo de sangre B- apropiados niveles elevados de magnesio, un importante nutriente para la función nerviosa y muscular; cromo para ayudar a equilibrar la función de hidratos de carbono y la dosis adecuada de hierro y de cobre, importantes nutrientes en el fortalecimiento sanguíneo.
Phytocal B ® también contiene niveles más altos de vitamina D y de vitamina K - importantes cofactores en la absorción de calcio. Tipo de sangre AB
El Dr. D'Adamo escribe, "Los bajos niveles de fosfataza alcalina intestinal afectan su salud ósea.” Tipo AB tiene la mayor incidencia de osteoporosis de todos los tipos de sangre. ". Phytocal AB ® contiene los niveles más altos apropiados para el tipo AB- de los importantes co-minerales magnesio, manganeso y molibdeno; el cofactor de acidez estomacal; el clorhidrato de betaína y el cuajo. Phytocal AB también cuenta con la hierba ‘yellow dock’ Dársena amarilla como suave fuente de hierro.
¿Cuánto calcio necesitas?
El nivel recomendado de calcio para los adultos de 19 años de edad hasta los 50 años es de 1000 miligramos por día. Una ingesta de 1200 miligramos de calcio por día se recomienda para los de 51 años en adelante. En otros países, las recomendaciones de calcio son más bajas, tan bajas como 600 miligramos diarios para los adultos. Factores que aumentan el riesgo de osteoporosis incluyen; tener una pequeña estatura, ser de sexo femenino, el envejecimiento, la herencia, tabaquismo, consumo excesivo de alcohol, el uso de esteroides, menopausia precoz, in movilidad prolongada, y la insuficiencia de vitamina D. Esta es una lista de alimentos vegetales y su relación de contenido de calcio. En la mayoría de los casos el llevar una dieta vegetariana, basada en las verduras y leguminosas, tiende a proporcionar, a lo sumo, marginales cantidades de calcio (cantidades que figuran son aproximadas en miligramos):
o Leche de soja o de arroz, comercial, 8 oz - 150-500
o Collard verdes, 1 taza cocidos - 357
o Melaza 2 cucharadas - 342
o Tofu, procesado con sulfato de calcio * 4 oz - 200-330
o Jugo de naranja enriquecido con Calcio 8 oz - 300
o Yogur de soja, Comercial 6 oz - 250
o Hojas de Nabo, cocidos 1 taza 249
o Tofu, procesado con nigari 4 oz - 80-230
o Acelga, 1 taza de cocido - 179
o Okra, cocido 1 taza - 176
o Frijol de soja, cocido 1 taza - 175
o Semillas de sésamo 2 cucharadas - 160
o Bok Choy, cocido 1 taza - 158
o 1 taza de tempeh 154
o Mostaza verdes, 1 taza de cocido - 152
o Higos, frescos o secos 5 medio - 135
o Tahini 2 cucharadas - 128
o Almendras 1 / 4 de taza - 97
o Brócoli, cocido 1 taza - 94
o 2 cucharadas de mantequilla de Almendra - 86
o Leche de soja, comercial, 8 oz - 80
DD is married. I thought about blogging about wedding preparations, but decided against it for one reason – it didn’t have very much to do with BTD issues.
When DD and her husband started dating, I called him ESS in my blogs. He was finishing his bachelor’s degree as an Exercise Sports Science major. One of the things that initially attracted them to each other was their interest in exercise and nutrition. By the time they met, he felt called into the ministry. He is attending seminary and preparing to be a preacher. The other thing that initially attracted them to each other was their love for Jesus and their desire to honor Him in all that they do.
DD changed her name when they married, but she will always be my Darling Daughter in these blogs. ESS, however, no longer seems an adequate name for DD’s husband. So as of today, I’m changing his blog name to SIL. Perhaps you think that stands for Son in Law, but you would be wrong. It stands for Son in Love. He loves DD and demonstrates that in ways that makes this mother so happy. We have welcomed him into our family as a beloved son.
While I didn’t blog daily about the wedding, let me tell you three BTD related stories about it.
From the start, DD and SIL did not want their wedding to be glamorous. They chose as the theme “Build your house on the Rock of Jesus Christ” from Matthew 7. They wanted everything about the ceremony and the reception to reflect their conviction that a wedding marks the beginning of a covenant relationship. Because of that they did not want a stressful wedding. As they sat around DD’s apartment making decorations for the church, they watched Bridezilla on TV. They would look at each other and say, “Our wedding will NOT be like that!” And it was not. We made some of the food for the wedding, so the last few days were busy, but they were never anxious or stressful. Often DD said to me, “Mom, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that at the end of the day will be married and God will be honored.”
She had an afternoon wedding at the church where they met, and the reception was in the church gym. These days, some kind of dinner is expected at a Texas reception. DD and SIL decided to do sandwiches plus fruit and veggie trays. She started off thinking that she would buy sandwiches from a local deli. A friend of mine is a caterer, and we also got a bid from her. By the time we factored in paying someone to keep the food trays replenished, along with the plates and the beverages, the caterer’s cost was about the same as the cost to do it ourselves.
DD and SIL chose wrap sandwiches because there was less bread. Some were turkey (for Type As) and some were beef (for Type Os). The caterer wanted to do another sandwich on regular bread, and she suggested ham salad or cheese. DD and SIL wrinkled their noses. The caterer said that children were not going to like wraps. I suggested peanut butter. DD loved the idea because peanut butter is beneficial for her. The caterer loved the idea because it would lower her overall cost. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a wedding where they served peanut butter sandwiches, but I think it’s a pretty good idea for a BTD wedding.
When DD’s roommate got married a year ago, she served fruit flavored water at her reception. DD and SIL had loved that idea. The caterer had three large clear carafes. In one she put iced tea. In the other two she had water with fresh fruit floating in it. It was beautiful and refreshing.
Dessert for the wedding was a more difficult choice. Neither DD nor SIL like cake - particularly white cake with rich white icing. When they priced wedding cake, they were quoted $4 - $6 per slice. So they decided to do family favorite desserts. SIL’s mother and grandmother made some. I made some, and DD and SIL made some. We set up a dessert table with antique crystal trays, some of which had been in the family for years. I made hundreds of tiny carrot cake muffins and hundreds of pecan muffins.
Then I made two layers for a carrot cake. I trimmed one layer so that there was a small layer on top of a larger layer. I frosted it with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. On top of the small layer was the bride and groom cake topper that was on my parent’s wedding cake in 1951. DD and SIL cut the ceremonial cake. The rest of it is in my freezer waiting until their first anniversary. The guests enjoyed a variety of cookies and muffins, none of which were too sweet.
The two of them are now settling into married life. They are cooking together in the evening using the beautiful wedding gifts that they received. They are running, swimming, and bicycling together just as they did when they first met.
I want to settle the calcium issue in my mind. I wrote a blog in June, but I kept reading more. Here is some of what I have learned:
• Asian and African cultures with low calcium intake (300 mg daily) have little osteoporosis.
• Vitamin K2 is necessary to prevent bone loss and most healthy adults are deficient.
• A study from Holland revealed a relationship between K2 and a lower incidence of calcification of arteries.
• K2 deficiency causes calcium to not be deposited in bones where it belongs but to be deposited in arteries, in soft tissues (including breast and kidneys), in feet as heel spurs.
• Calcification of arteries to the brain is felt to be a component of Alzheimer’s Disease. About 25% of people who have a particular genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease all have low levels of Vitamin K.
• The problem is not too much calcium, it’s not enough magnesium. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood stream and in urine.
• If you don’t have enough magnesium you can experience muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, hardening of the arteries, or dental cavities. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium in the kidneys can lead to kidney stones.
• Magnesium has more to do with bone density than calcium.
• Magnesium relaxes the muscles; calcium tightens the muscles.
• High calcium levels interfere with Vitamin D and its role in preventing viral infections and cancer.
• Vitamin D3 may be better than other forms
• The classic Calcium:Magnesium ratio is 2:1, but some research shows that it should be 1:1.
• Acid substances tighten; while alkaline substances relax. Magnesium is alkaline and relaxes the tension, stiffness, and spasms, as well as headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, and heart palpitations.
Aaargh! The internet gives too much information. I can’t absorb it all, and I don’t know what to believe when statistics are in conflict.
Everyone my age worries about Alzheimer’s. Every woman my age is concerned about bone loss.
I am particularly interested in the idea of calcium in breast tissue, because my mammogram shows this. I blogged several years ago about being called back for a second screening when a doctor was worried about calcium deposits.
I decided to experiment with myself. I have been taking a lot of calcium at a 2:1 ratio. I’ve cut my calcium back to just under 1,000 mg per day. I changed the ratio to 4:3. I’ve ordered some K2, but it’s not here yet.
At first the results were not encouraging.
I’ve had muscle cramps in the night and a crick in my neck. Is this because I’m not getting enough calcium or because after years of getting too much my body automatically discards minerals? I’ve had a slight metallic taste in my mouth. Is that because I’m taking too much magnesium or because unnecessary minerals are leaving my tissues?
I’m going to give my body a week or so to adjust. I also want to see how the K2 works into the mix. I may switch to Magnesium Malate. I’ve read interesting things about how it is absorbed.
Knowing that every Blood Type has different needs and within the Types different people have different requirements, I’m working to come up with a plan that is better for me than what I have been doing.
It’s a wonderful thing to feel better than you did the day before. The wonders go on when one can look back over several days, weeks, months or even years and note improvements. That is also true even if you aren’t feeling your best. There are relative levels of feeling good, great, or for those less fortunate, to feel less bad.
After dealing with various levels of fatigue for more than a few years, sometimes it feels wonderful to have half the energy I had at times in the not too distant past. Ecstatic. Joyful. I would never have dreamt that I could feel this good while still, well, dealing with fatigue.
About two months ago I acquired a new waste disposal unit to install in the kitchen sink. The old one broke over the winter. As a convenience rather than a necessity, I chose to wait until I felt good enough to do the installation myself and save a few shekels. Sure enough, the day came when there was enough improvement in my fatigue to plan installing the disposal in the very near future.
Since that time it has been one thing after the other. Unplanned events happen and the only thing that one can do is to deal with them. Some I had a degree of control over, others no control. The end result is that the disposal unit is still waiting to be installed and I have many hours of chores that take priority before I can even think of working on the installation.
Most days recently I feel better than I did in the weeks before I was prepared to do this disposal project. When the time becomes available, I will be able to do it. It’s a wonderful thing. Ten years ago I would have had all the chores completed and the disposal installed. Today, I can look forward to installing the disposal sometime in the coming weeks or months, and it’s a wonderful thing.
There is no fortitude involved. I choose to do what I am capable of. That means doing what I can to improve my fatigue issues. The latest puzzle pieces have been trehalose, homemade yogurt, more sunshine and a different approach to exercise. Not the answers in and of themselves but part of the solution. Having gotten to the point that I am at, I’m still dealing with fatigue. And I feel better than I have for much of the last couple years. It’s a wonderful thing.
Snap Peas and Cod with Basmati
Kale and Chicken - A Basic Lunch
We were having breakfast with some friends last week, and I was drinking cranberry juice. “T” asked if I had been reading the reports that cranberries were dangerous. I had heard no such thing, but I was curious.
Since menopause, I’ve taken cranberry capsules 3-5 days a week as a preventative measure against urinary tract infections. It has worked great, and I didn’t want to give it up and go back to antibiotics.
I’ve been preoccupied with work, but I finally had a chance to do some research. Every site I went on had mostly great things to say about cranberries and cranberry juice, but there were a few warnings.
One site confirmed what my doctor once told me about cranberry. “People used to think that cranberry worked for urinary tract infections by making the urine acidic and, therefore, unlikely to support the growth of bacteria. But researchers don’t believe this explanation any more. They now think that some of the chemicals in cranberries keep bacteria from sticking to the cells that line the urinary tract where they can multiply. Cranberry, however, does not seem to have the ability to release bacteria which are already stuck to these cells. This may explain why cranberry is possibly effective in preventing urinary tract infections, but possibly ineffective in treating them.”
The danger my friend had heard about was the association between high consumption of cranberry and kidney stones. Even cranberry capsules raise urinary oxalate levels, so it is probably wise not to take cranberry - as a fruit, a juice, or a pill - every day.
Cranberry does react with several prescription medications. I didn’t know that, but since I don’t take any prescription medications, I don’t have to worry.
The thing I learned that surprised me was that cranberry contains salicylic acid - an important ingredient in aspirin. Drinking cranberry juice, like taking aspirin, can reduce swelling and prevent blood clots. In other words - it is a blood thinner. That is a good thing for thick blooded type As, but not so great for Type Os like me whose blood is thin already.
I had often wondered why on the BTD food list, cranberry is beneficial for three blood types, but neutral for Os. Perhaps its blood thinning properties have something to do with that. However on the GTD, cranberry is either beneficial or super beneficial for all Types.
I never found anything that recommended that everyone stop cranberry. You just have to weigh the benefits against the possible side effects.
Yesterday was visiting day at my daughters’ camp. It’s about a 3 hour drive away, and the camp visiting hours are 10 AM until 5 PM, so it was a very long day. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, so I know to pack enough food to eat during the drives there and back, plus snacks for the day itself. We always eat the lunch the camp provides, but breakfast and dinner are eaten in the car. My ex husband comes over the night before and he does the driving.
I packed about a dozen hard boiled eggs, 2 bags of baby carrots, and a large package of sliced muenster cheese (for the Bs) in a cooler bag with 2 large ice packs. In a separate bag, I packed a canister of raisins, a bag of almonds, and 2 packages of rice cakes. I also packed a box of Clif bars for the boys to eat for breakfast, plus a few things the girls asked us to bring up to camp for them.
Most of the stuff was packed up on Saturday night, but we had to actually put together the cooler pack on Sunday morning and load the car. We also had to make sure the dog was settled with my Mom. She can’t handle the walking around camp, so she doesn’t join us in visiting the kids at camp. She volunteered to watch Robbie for the day so I didn’t have to take him with us on the long drive.
The drive there took us 2 and a half hours, as expected. I slept most of the way, and wasn’t very hungry for breakfast. I had a hard boiled egg and some iced tea in the car, then some almonds and raisins before lunch. Camp lunches are always a compromise, nutritionally. I let my son eat whatever he wanted, including things with tomato sauce. I also let him get a small slushie at the canteen. He’s healthy enough to handle one day of imperfect food, and I want camp to be a positive experience for him.
I made the best choices I could, which is still less wholesome than I would have eaten at home. I had some tuna and egg salad, not worrying about additives in the tuna or what kind of oil is in the mayo. I had a large plate of iceberg lettuce, but skipped the salad dressing because I wasn’t sure WHAT was in those. I also had some canned beets, not worrying about sugar or corn syrup that might have been in them. Beets are a “beneficial” food for me, and I knew I needed some carbs with the meal or I wouldn’t feel satisfied. I also had some chickpeas, which are a “black dot” for me. This means that I can eat them once in a while, but aren’t the healthiest choice for me. I’ve found lately that I do well eating beans at lunchtime, and I decided that the negatives of eating a “black dot” were outweighed by the necessity of having enough food for the meal. The meal was satisfying and, unlike last year, I didn’t need to eat a few rice cakes after lunch to feel full.
I did some snacking in the mid-afternoon, and didn’t make the best choices then. Even though I had plenty of hard-boiled eggs in the cooler, I still reached for the Muenster cheese. It’s so yummy on rice cakes! I did the same in the car ride home for dinner. I ate a couple of eggs, and plenty of carrots, but I still had several more slices of cheese with rice cakes.
When we finally arrived home, after 4 hours of driving in heavy rain and traffic, I wasn’t feeling satisfied. I had some leftover peas, rice, and turkey breast, and a glass of wine before going to bed. I also had to settle down a very unhappy doggie that’d missed us all day. None of us slept particularly well last night since Robbie kept waking up barking and we had to take care of him. At 5:00 AM, I took him out of his bed, let the boys hang out on the sofa in front of the TV, and went back to bed for a few hours. I think Robbie just needed some extra re-assurance that we still love him after we “abandoned him” all day yesterday.
I’m not feeling too well today, and neither is Jack. I’m sure part of it is due to the amount of time we spent in the car yesterday, part is due to messed up sleep, and part is due to poor dietary choices yesterday. I’m trying to eat extra-well today, along with taking it easy.