Complimentary Medicine, Health, Pain

Acupressure Mats: Torture Devices, Pain Relievers, or Both?

Acupuncture has been one of my go-to treatments for chronic pain for a good six or seven years, but it doesn't come cheap. Even with insurance, it adds up to have a treatment on a regular basis (and don't even get me started on the expense of massages, but I fork over for those too… Continue reading Acupressure Mats: Torture Devices, Pain Relievers, or Both?

Animals, Autobio, Complimentary Medicine

Pain and Depression Coping Mechanisms: Kittens

My husband and I have fostered kittens for about 16 years. It's our primary volunteer activity, especially now that my physical body doesn't allow me to do much work in the shelter itself anymore. It's a rewarding experience, although I do sometimes cry when I have to take certain kittens back. It was a lot… Continue reading Pain and Depression Coping Mechanisms: Kittens

Complimentary Medicine, Health, Spirituality

Three Types of Meditation and My Pros and Cons

My friends all know I meditate. Recently, one was asking me for ideas on how to get started, and it got me thinking about the styles of meditation I've used and what I like and dislike about them. And then I figured I might as well blog about it. 🙂 The three types of meditation… Continue reading Three Types of Meditation and My Pros and Cons

Complimentary Medicine, Food, Health, Nutrition

Black Seed Oil is Saving My GI System

After having a carcinoid tumor removed from my stomach and then developing SIBO, my GI system has been having a rough year. I got to the point this year that I could barely eat anything without bloating and nausea. Antibiotics helped, but I was still having a lot of food sensitivities, dyspepsia, and general uncomfortableness.… Continue reading Black Seed Oil is Saving My GI System

Autobio, Complimentary Medicine, Health, Nutrition

O is for Overgrowth of Bacteria in the Small Intestine

My GI tract has been through a lot. About eleven years ago, I started having esophageal spasms and acid reflux that couldn't be controlled with anything short of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I never managed to get off these drugs. An attempt last year ultimately led to the discovery of a carcinoid tumor in my… Continue reading O is for Overgrowth of Bacteria in the Small Intestine