Superlearning

Today at lllt treatment the doc mentioned a book ‘Superlearning’ which had a profound effect on his life, going from ADHD barely passing high school to implementing certain techniques during college which helped him graduate with a 4.0. My whole happy family (and our extended families) struggle with ADD inattentive type as well as EDS related poor health. I cannot read this book fast enough (wish it was on Audible) but we have a brand new homework & reading-time ritual: “Alexa, play Super Learning music.”

Luckily there are some bedtime music options available as well, also on YouTube. Excited.

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Pediatric EDS POTS MCAD Hypothyroid connection

I’m making progress on CFS symptoms and have found resolving thyroid issues to be a critical component of feeling better. While both my son and I were feeling subpar last week, it occurred to me to hand him one of the Ph strips I use to check urine- we discovered his was also very abnormally alkaline – around 9 when typical is 6-7 range. Since he was feeling better the next day I exited panic mode and this info has been rolling around the back of my head.

Today I was completing ADHD paperwork for his school’s 504 eval and realized I should include the MCAD diagnosis because so many days were missed this past semester. Looking for the allergist doc with the diagnosis I came across blood pressure readings from sons 2 appointments. Early December when symptoms were terrible (he ran out of Drs office thinking he was going to barf, ended up with diarrhea and then felt ok) – blood pressure was 105/62. I googled 11 year olds BP and this is way low, nearly off charts. THEN, I noticed recent January appointment when he was not even symptomatic had bp of 95/55: way off the charts. Can’t believe they didn’t mention it.

Scrambling for next steps for him. During my overalkaline bout I increased thyroid and took care of business. Hard to find thyroid instruction for kids but I’m on the case.

Ldn for ADHD, IBS, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, CFS, MCAD, MCAS

About 6 months ago my brilliant naturopath suggested I research low dose naltrexone or LDN as an optional tool in my healthcare. I gave it a try, and only in hindsight after letting prescription refill linger for 2 months did I realize what a huge positive impact it has had on my health. I restarted taking LDN daily about a month ago and had immediate improved energy, concentration and lessening of food sensitivities. I am attempting to get a prescription for my son (recently diagnosed with inattentive ADHD and MCAD) – it is an uphill battle. There is quite a bit of data online supporting LDN for pediatric chrons, PANDAS and autism behaviors. I am determined to find help for him. Thank goodness for the Internet.

/// Update regarding low dose naltrexone::: the medicine helped in so many ways, my favorite being ending shingles recurrences (10 plus outbreaks last year! Grr) However– since discovering iodine deficiency and supplementing that, I’ve dropped ldn and have even better results. Ldn did bridge the gap! ///

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome / Disease, aka MCAS aka MCAD aka Years of Chronic Migraine

It’s been a couple years since the first post, and the entire time I’ve been looking for solutions to 2 critical heal issues: chronic daily migraine & fibro pain (mine) and allergy & speech impediment issues (son). Thankfully, there are recently GREAT things that have happened healthwise for both of us!

Focus for now is on recapping chronic daily migraine recovery. Key points, in reverse order of finding them but in correct order of importance!:

  • Mast Cell Activation syndrome / disease. Also known as MCAS or MCAD. Googling the heck out of this and scouring everything – found a regimen recommended by Dr. Afrin in his book “Never bet against Occam”. This is keeping 24×7 migraines away: Twice daily: 1 Zyrtec, 2 Pepcid. Low histamine diet. Digestion itself triggers a histamine mast attack in your body – so if consuming more than 100 calories take Ketotifen (prescription) just prior to meal.
  • Over time became allergic/sensitive to everything. First dairy. Then gluten. Over time ANY food other than zucchini would trigger a reaction resulting in migraine. This is a sign of mast Cell disease! Being on the correct meds for mast Cell has resulted in not only no migraines but very few food allergies. Gluten and beef are the only foods that will still trigger migraine even in small amounts.
  • Low iron/ anemia detected no matter how iron-rich my diet & supplements. This combined with migraine and other inflammatory responses should have been a much earlier pointer to Mast Cell disease and will test to confirm it is now resolving.

More soon !