For Your Average Genius: January 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Back pain meets its match. Nerve pain, too.

If you've got any nerve pain, or if you know anyone with nerve pain, this might be the best news you've gotten since the day you started hurting.

Here's the story. Since last March, when I fell, I've been dealing with a back problem with burning pain radiating down my leg. I could barely walk 100 would often take me 2-3 minutes, even with a crutch to assist me. It had gotten worse and worse, with me using a crutch, and with surgery in the near future.

But three weeks ago I suddenly got better. So good that my neurosurgeon told me that it's elective surgery now. This is particularly amazing since he said my back problem was the worst he'd seen since coming to Panama City. But my pain level is only about a 1 out of 10 these days. What happened?

I increased my intake of CoQ10 to 400 mgs a day. (CoQ10 is a supplement that has dropped in cost about 75%, unless you shop at GNC where they are still ripping people off...$21+ for 30 softgels of 100 mgs!) Previously, I had tried 200 mgs. but got no effect from that amount.

From the very first day, I was able to stop using a crutch! The pain is way down.

The amazing thing is that I had no expectation that the CoQ10 would help me in this way. The almost disappearance of my leg pain, and increased mobility, caught me by complete surprise.

Then I gave some to friend, who was also suffering from 24/7 back pain down her leg and told me she didn't know if she could keep living this way. She took 400 mgs. Voila! Her pain also went way down the very first day!

I told a lady at church about it...she'd had some sort of surgery that forced her to use a cane...and she reported back that she had improved 25 to 50%.

I've searched Google far and wide and could find NO reports of CoQ10 anywhere working like it has for me and my friend. So you might say that I am the discoverer of this potentially earthshaking breakthrough! Okay, I'll say it: I am the discoverer of this application of CoQ10.

If you or someone you love has nerve pain, try it out. Vitamin World sells a bottle for 50 softgels of 100 mgs for under $9, so you can find out if it will work for you for very little cash.

If it works for you, please let me know! I'd like to collect some true stories on this, and spread the word far and wide.


The best to you.

Kelley Eidem
William Kelley Eidem is the author of The Doctor Who Cures Cancer and It's Not Just For Sex.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Antibiotics banned in the UK?

Doctors in the UK are being advised not to prescribe antibiotics for colds, flues and sore throats. From the UK Telegraph online:

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, says it is time to end the unnecessary use of penicillin and other commonly-prescribed pills, which cost the NHS £1.7 billion a year.

Rebecca Smith, Telegraph Medical Editor
Watch: Why patients should not panic

Using antibiotics too liberally has led to bugs such as MRSA becoming resistant to treatment with the drugs. Most colds, coughs and flu are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated with antibiotics anyway, Mr Johnson points out.


If we could get doctors in the US to do the same, the benefits to patients could be huge.

The government led program is designed to slow the spike of MRSA, a deadly bacterial infection that has been sweeping hospitals.

But the real danger of antibiotics far exceeds the hospital danger. Antibiotics allow yeast to spread in our bodies. That can make us crave sweets and excess carbs.

Why? Because the yeast lives on sugar and so does our brain. When we have too much yeast, our brain tells us it is starving. Then our brain walks us to the refrigerator or drives us to the store to buy high sugar and high carb foods.

In other words, antibiotics carry the real risk of causing our pants not to fit. A bigger waistline is a risk factor for all sorts of health problems including depression, heart trouble and diabetes.

Each of those factors decreases the quality of our lives and shortens life expectancy.

In short, antibiotics are dangerous drugs.

By the way, have you ever noticed how one round of antibiotics leads to another and another?

There's a good reason for that. I'll cover it in an upcoming post.
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Saturday, January 05, 2008

First some related good news...the price of CoQ10 dropped dramatically about a month or two's about 75% to 80% lower than it used to be! I read about a year ago that a new manufacturing facility was to open in Texas. Apparently it has opened. Before all the CoQ10 was made in Japan.

As a result of the drop in price I decided to increase my dose from 100/200 a day to 400mgs a day to see if it would increase my energy.

Meanwhile, I'd been dealing with nerve pain in my leg due to a fall which had aggravated an old back injury since infancy that included poorly healed broken bones. Since the fall, I often needed a crutch and had great difficulty walking 100 yards.

In fact, I was looking forward to my appointment with the neurosurgeon...that's how bad my situation was.

Well, to my utter surprise, the CoQ10 did a lot more than increase my energy and help me to sleep better. [B]From the very first day[/B] the nerve pain in my leg has been reduced greatly. Whereas the burning used to be almost all the time, now it's maybe a half-hour a day, and it's less distracting.

Also I can walk without having to think about every step. I can walk a few hundred yards without a crutch and do it more quickly.

I had no prior inkling that the CoQ10 would help me in this way.

I'm not back to 100%, but I'm postponing the surgery...hopefully forever.

I gave some CoQ10 to a friend who was suffering 24/7 from degenerative back pain down her leg that was made far worse from a physical therapy session.

Again, from the very first day of taking 400 mgs, her pain was greatly reduced. She only takes it intermittently now because she suffers from OCD and too much CoQ10 makes her a little hyper. She's trying 100 mgs but that doesn't seem to be helping her much.

I've read that super high doses of 1,200 mgs has helped Parkinson's patients quite a bit, so there is some evidence that it has a positive effect on nerves.

Also, a pharmacist told me that nerves contain fluid. When the nerves swell, it can cause pain that is untouched by NSAID's and heavy duty pain killers. Well, CoQ10 has been shown to be extremely beneficial for congestive heart failure, which is also a fluid problem.

So maybe the CoQ10 is affecting the nerves in a similar fashion. Maybe it's reducing the fluid swelling inside the nerves.

I don't know for sure. My preliminary Google search hasn't turned up anything other than the original question in this thread.

But it might be something to try for any nerve pain to see whether it would help or not. Remember, it did nothing for me as regards my pain and mobility when I took 100-200 mgs. So a half dose didn't produce a half benefit.

I'd be interested to hear if this works for anyone else. If it does, then this accidental discovery sure could benefit a whole lot of people.

Please let me know.Publish Post
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