Very briefly, but here I am, one of the experts on Long Island Naturally - how to prevent the flu. BTW, I'm with the other two experts - I don't worry much about getting the flu, and don't get a flu shot myself.
It's that time of year. Finally the tourists are gone, the weather is perfect and the traffic is manageable, but we are not in the clear. We have another crop of visitors who may even more irritating than the group house next door. Relatively recent immigrants to the area, they have been showing up more and more frequently on resident ankles and feet. Those with history in the South call them chiggers, as the multitude of incredibly itchy bites strongly resembles an exposure to chiggers. The folks at Cornell University Extension have done research, however, that shows these unwelcome visitors to be Lone Star Tick larvae.
Ok, that's disturbing enough, tick larvae in your feet and ankles. One last piece of bad news - these larva can be enough to produce the Alpha-Gal allergy, the one that makes people into instant, unwilling vegetarians. ( A quick visit to the ER for anaphylaxis after eating meat will convince anyone to give it up.) Again, we find that the Hamptons are a special place - one of only two areas in the country with a large number of residents with Alpha-Gal allergy (more on this in a future post).
Now for the good news. You CAN stop the itch. Apply a thin layer of oil (any kind, although I prefer castor oil because it contains its own healing properties) followed by a sprinkle of CAYENNE PEPPER. Yes, cayenne. No, it doesn't burn. What it does is deplete Substance P, a molecule that carries pain signals to the brain. And makes you STOP ITCHING. Almost instantly. Covering the area with an old sock will keep the cayenne from brushing off on your clothing or furniture. Reapply as necessary.
If you've been tested for MTHFR and it's come up that you're heterozygous or homozygous for one or both of the SNPs, chances are that someone has told you you need to take methylated B12 and folate, and someone else has told you NOT to, because you could end up overmethylated. What's a poor MTHFR to do?
Well, I just found a real nugget at mthfr.net - a quick & easy test to see if you're overmethylated (and need to take a non-methylated version of B12 like hydroxycobalamin) or whether you're undermethylated, and desperately need methylcobalamin, the methylated form of B12.
Ready? Here goes:
Rudimentary Methods to Understand if You’re Hypomethylated or Hypermethylated
Simple, right? Well, except for those who are hypomethylated and then get hypermethylated due methyl trapping from problem SNPs further on down the line. But if that happens, just nibble on some more niacin, and call your MTHFR doctor in the morning.
I recently watched a webinar by Dr. Perlmutter, renowned integrative neurologist, based on research he has used in his soon to be released book, Grain Brain. In it he showed studies of how blood sugar levels are directly correlated with Alzheimers and Parkinson's disease. Not only are diabetics twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as non-diabetics, but even people who have modestly elevated blood sugars (above 95) are at an increased risk.
Here's the link if you want to watch it yourself. It's about an hour, but a VERY important hour. (It's not overly complicated or full of doctor-speak, either).