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"I Can't" Syndrome - (also vitamin D, grounding, MS)

I KNOW I must be deficient in vitamin D. I have been staying indoors too much! Vitamin D connection to MS; grounding; krill oil.

Date:   7/14/2009 12:18:31 PM   ( 12 y ) ... viewed 2748 times

I had a revelation a few months ago that anytime I say to myself "I can't" it is quite often a LIE...! It helps me to realize this, and today it helped me in a big way!

The following is excerpted from an email I just sent a friend who has multiple sclerosis (commonly referred to as simply MS). People with MS are famously low in vitamin D, hence my concern that she have her D levels tested.

Sometimes I really think the only reason I'm poor (or almost poor) is because I NEED to be for a while yet -- because I get the stupids when I have money! Example: I get "I can't...so I have to spend money on such-and-such."

This just happened to me. For the past 6 weeks I have NOT been going out during peak hours to get my vitamin D. WHY? Because (in a whiny voice), "I can't handle the heat. It's too hot!" It has been 100-104°F or 38-40°C about 22-25 of the past 30 days where I live (in Austin, Texas).

Today I was spending time trying to narrow it down what to do about the vitamin D. I KNOW I need some but I don't know how much and I can't afford the test right now and then I found out you have to be careful which LABORATORY does the testing because some are STUPID (according to Dr. Mercola of mercoladotcom who didn't use the word stupid), and it's just such a long and drawn out thing where you got to spend money on the test, make sure it is the RIGHT test, have the doctor tell you how much to take, then have the doctor test your D levels again in a month or so. YES, I DO believe it is WORTH ALL THAT if you have MS, but for me and for my budget I KNOW that the best source of D is the Sun between 11 and 1 and that my body naturally will regulate so I don't get too much and I am blessed to live in a place where there is plenty of Sun. So what's the problem?!

Which is what I FINALLY asked myself today, and I went out for the first time since MAY to lay out in the sun between 11 and 1 with my special homemade sunning lotion on (olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil and a few drops of iodine to help prevent sunburn).

For the FIRST TIME I realized that I did not have to go lay by the pool on the CONCRETE but I could lay on the grass closer to my own apartment and at the SAME TIME get free electrons and grounding from Mother Earth which helps get rid of all kinds of free radicals. WOW. Two things in one! [Note: Although I knew from Native Americans the importance of the feet or skin touching the Earth it was not until David "Avocado" Wolfe explained about the free electrons and free radicals action that I know more WHY.]

I was about 20 minutes grounding on organically grown soft grass in my courtyard, wearing shorts and oil and reading a book. I DID sweat a lot toward the end but that didn't kill me, not at all, and now I feel so happy and proud of myself. Now I don't need to buy vitamin D for myself. Now I just have to figure out HOW in the WORLD I am going to motivate two people I love very much and who I KNOW need to get their D levels checked -- how am I going to get them to do it?!!! [Those two people are my 23-year-old son in another state where he is not getting any sun and my friend with MS.]

Now I still need to decide on which Krill Oil to get because my son is too hardheaded to switch from Wal-Mart fish oil to good quality krill oil. I will buy him one or two months' worth and I HOPE he will be able to tell the difference enough to start buying good krill oil from now on instead of that fish oil which has several problems with it (the oils being heat-treated and chemically sterilized in the cheap kinds especially, and also krill is sustainable while fish oil is not). UPDATE: I think I have narrowed it down to Jarrow Brand NKO (Neptune Krill Oil). If anyone has another favorite krill oil brand I would like to hear about it though!

I don't intend to give all the reasons krill oil is superior to fish oil for omega-3 acids, but just want to mention a couple or few things. Krill oil is also a good source of vitamin B12 and has antioxidants. Krill is kind of like teeny tiny shrimp in the ocean. I think they are in their own category of life form somewhere between algae and fish, but I think they are more a fish than an algae. It is believed that there is no other animal life form on this planet more voluminous than krill. Second are ants (which are also a good source of B12 by the way, so the next time they drown in your picnic food why not go ahead and munch down?). Ha.

See how I am LUCKY I am poor for now? If I had had money I would have just gotten the D test and bought the vitamin D -- but I really PREFER the natural (Sun) choice and it costs not a penny (except for the oil, haha).

Every once in a while I realize that I'm actually LUCKY not to have more money than I need. I DO have as much as I need -- just not much in the way of "extra" nor enough to afford a car. I feel that I should not have too much money until I can spend it with wisdom. Otherwise it will be wasted, and I just really don't like wasting things!

Strange how the whole culture in the U.S. has been so money-crazy as if it really did buy happiness. But really, it's just a wave -- it's not the water.

Cheers,
Michele

MOSTLY raw -- not all raw -- that's me

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