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Board: Diabetes 12-01-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pre diabetis & in a rut.

If it were me, I would continue to cut the carbs, and if necessary, make sure to limit carbs to low glycemic carbs like broccoli, green beans, peas, Romaine lettuce, etc; until I could eat without...
Board: Asthma 12-01-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 130
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cats

Have you tried sleeping over your friend's place?

In my case, my asthma is so sensitive to cats and dogs that my asthma will act up even if the animal stays permanently in another part of my...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-03-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By Machaon
LDL 179; Non HDL 190; Total 270; HDL 80; Triglycerides 57 - Your views on my results

Latest results: LDL 236; Non HDL 248; Total 322; HDL 74; Triglycerides 62, VLDL 12.

I don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol. Eat about 1400 calories per day, divided into six meals. The increase in my...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 11-03-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Valve Poblem With Weight Lifting Machines

Hi needto exercise! Hope you are doing well this morning! :wave:

I'm 72 dealing with Heart Failure with both atriums severely enlarged; permanent Atrial Fibrillation; and mild to moderate problems...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-18-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

I am more concerned about if the resting pressure within my veins, arteries, organs, etc., is high or unhealthy; especially if it is constantly high. But, high Systolic is also unhealthy.



In...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-17-2016, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

In order to get Diabetes Type 2, one must first become Insulin Resistant. Insulin processing is an extremely important process, and when dysfunctional, as is the case with Insulin Resistance, can...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-17-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

Hi Chris! :wave:

I can't directly answer your questions, but I will add what I have learned about my own blood pressure fluctuations, by showing how much my blood pressure fluctuates, throughout...
Board: Sleep Disorders 10-13-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By Machaon
Re: No relieve or answers from constant sleeping problems?

You might be reacting to your bed. The bed is one of the most unhealthy places in the home.

There are many chemicals associated with beds, such as fabric softeners, dyes, detergents, fire...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 10-06-2016, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By Machaon
Re: Germs

Lysol contains things like Ethanol, Butane, Propane, Ethanolamine, Isobutane, Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium saccharinate, MEA-Borate, MIPA-Borate and Ammonium Hydroxide. :eek:

Are you sure you...
Board: Diabetes 10-04-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By Machaon
Re: I think I've tried it all with no success

It's been over two months since your post. I just came across it. I was wonder how you were doing? Any success?

I've had my Diabetes and Insulin Resistance totally under control solely through...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-30-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By Machaon
Re: The Pause After a PVC

I've got heart failure with severely enlarged right and left atria; along with some heart valve damage and permanent Atrial Fibrillation. That said, in order to survive with a good quality of life,...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 09-21-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By Machaon
Re: Low D Please Help

How much do you trust your doctor?

It isnít a very useful thing for most people to know their vitamin D level. Most experts canít agree on what constitutes a low vitamin D level. Some define it as...
Board: Eye & Vision 09-20-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eyes and computers

I've been programming computers since 1962 and have been staring at computer screens for over 30 years, both at work and at home, for many hours per day.

It hasn't seemed to effect my vision at...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-17-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By Machaon
Re: Athlete's heart w/ Myocarditis or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Your young friend has both heart muscle damage (Cardiomyopathy), heart enlargement (Hypertrophy), which could provide some explanation for her SOB(shortness of breath) and chest pains.

A strong...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-14-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 428
Posted By Machaon
Re: Feel Better w/Higher BP

Higher blood pressure frequently makes one feel better. You feel better when the higher blood pressure is caused by an increase in adrenal hormones. The increased hormones raise the blood pressure...
Board: Eye & Vision 09-12-2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 420
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eye drops making my eyes dryer

I'm 72 and have been using steroid sinus sprays, like Flonase, for my sinus allergies, and a steroid inhaler for my asthma, for many years and have had absolutely no side effects. They are wonderful...
Board: Allergies 09-11-2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By Machaon
Re: Sublingual Immunotherapy SLIT Options

Grass may also have traces of auto exhaust, pollution and pesticides. I thoroughly washed the blades of grass and made sure that I did not use grass within a month of using pesticides on my lawn.
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Board: Allergies 09-09-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By Machaon
Re: Sublingual Immunotherapy SLIT Options

I have tried it, and have experienced significant improvements in my asthma.



Instead of purchasing commercial allergen (SLIT) drops, I used "allergens" from around my home, such as grass from...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-07-2016, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By Machaon
Re: Coq10 and low blood pressure

Hi Bella Rose! :wave: Sorry about your husband's struggles with his health!



I am 72. I don't know how well my experiences relate to your husbands problems. As I have grown older, dealing...
Board: Chronic Fatigue 08-31-2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By Machaon
Re: Extreme Fatigue for two years

It could be that your energy levels were stimulated by the caffeine in the Pepsi. One way to test that would be to drink a cup of black coffee when you feel fatigued.
Board: Eye & Vision 08-26-2016, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,559
Posted By Machaon
Re: substitute for Genteal Severe Dry Eye Gel?

My wife has a very uncomfortable dry eye condition, worsened after cataract surgery, although it is very slowly improving.

Based on your post, she wanted to try the Genteal "Severe Gel". To no...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-19-2016, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 370
Posted By Machaon
Re: Can Allergies Raise My BP?

Many things can cause one's Blood Pressure to go up. Anything that excites the adrenal glands, such as stress, allergies, caffeine, pollutants, toxins, irritants, exposure to various chemicals, auto...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-07-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 512
Posted By Machaon
Re: Slow heart beat and medication

My heart usually has a slow heart rate. Just to check I just took my blood pressure and it read 106/64 with a heart rate of 61.

I am not a good one to answer your question about a slow...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-06-2016, 07:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,041
Posted By Machaon
Re: Is it "just stress"?

Healthy blood pressure is usually lower in the morning and increases throughout the day and then goes lower during the late evening.

Unhealthy blood pressure is usually lower in the morning and...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-04-2016, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By Machaon
Re: Coq10 and low blood pressure

Coreg is one of the few beta blockers that actually improves the handling of insulin and improves Diabetes. Coreg was first created to treat high blood pressure. During the clinical trials the...
Board: Heart Disorders 08-03-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 512
Posted By Machaon
Re: Slow heart beat and medication

Hi. :wave:

There are documented interactions between levothyroxine and calcium.

I am 72. In my case, I also take medications that interact with calcium; and that can cause my heart to skip,...
Board: Heart Disorders 07-24-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 222
Posted By Machaon
Re: Asymmetric septal hypertrophy 425.18

The most powerful "medication" available is a healthy diet. I found this out after learning that I suffered from Heart Failure, Permanent Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes 2 back in 1987, at 43 years...
Board: Relationship Health 07-19-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By Machaon
Re: Should I pay for estranged father's funeral?

You and your children have already paid too high a price, in emotional stress and anxiety, caused by your absentee, thoughtless father/grandfather.

Sorry that you were deprived of a father's...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-19-2016, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Machaon
Re: Calcium Channel Blockers and Food

I was on Verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, for many years. I could not eat or drink anything, that contained calcium, within two hours before or after I took Verapamil, or my heartbeat would go...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-06-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 984
Posted By Machaon
Re: blood pressure monitors

You have an interesting and novel approach to taking your blood pressure. Sounds like it is working very well! Thanks for sharing! :)

In my case, I've used the same Omron HEM-711 blood pressure...
Board: Heart Disorders 07-04-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By Machaon
Re: Sotalol Increase

I have permanent afib 100% of the time, along with heart failure. I take the non-selective beta blocker Coreg 12.5 mg once per day and Digoxin .0125 mg once per day. I take Warfarin to protect...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 06-30-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By Machaon
Re: Should i go to hospital??

Hi willowthewisp! :wave:

Sorry that you are going thru some difficult times.

Are you still diagnosed as having Heart Failure? If so, what is your Ejection Fraction? Do you have any heart...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-29-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By Machaon
Re: Coq10 and low blood pressure

Hi bella rose! :wave:

With proper medications, diet and exercise, one would hope that his EF could improve to 50% or better.

I would assume that your father had an echocardiogram. The...
Board: Skin Problems 06-24-2016, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 391
Posted By Machaon
Re: Dry cracked heels

I use a moisturizing lotion, every day, on my heels, the sides of my feet and all over my toes; and my feet love me for doing it. :)

I started using lotion, many moons ago, when my heels were...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-19-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 606
Posted By Machaon
Re: Why is my heartbeat so uncomfortable?

Hi Annabelle, sorry that you are having problems with your heart rate and beat.

There are many of us who have unexplained problems with the way that our hearts misfire. In many cases, there are...
Board: Eye & Vision 06-16-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Machaon
Re: Flickering in dark, vision dark for short moments, seeing colours in dark, pain

Ijsv, from what I have read, one way to tell if it is a Migraine Aura, and not something more serious, or structurally wrong, is if the image is in both eyes at the same time. I get the flashing...
Board: Eye & Vision 06-15-2016, 06:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By Machaon
Re: Flickering in dark, vision dark for short moments, seeing colours in dark, pain

I've experienced something similar for many years. I get bright, pulsating lights, sometimes in the shape of a moving, or floating C mirrored in both eyes, at the same time. I refer to it as...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-09-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 385
Posted By Machaon
Re: Improved EF percentage. Still battling SOB

Congratulations on sticking to a healthier diet; and the very difficult task of quitting smoking. Your efforts resulted in the recovery of your EF and CHF! Nice going! :)

Did your echo summary...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-09-2016, 07:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pvc's are literally ruining my life

Are you on any medications for your PVCs?

There are things that can irritate or over-stimulate one's heart. Caffeine is a heart stimulant. For those that are overly sensitive to caffeine, it...
Board: Heart Disorders 06-08-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 444
Posted By Machaon
Re: echo results confused

Your husband's heart has some damage to both the left atrium and the left ventricle; along with some heart valves. A major cause of heart damage is high blood pressure. How is your husband's blood...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 06-07-2016, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,165
Posted By Machaon
Re: High Blood Pressure issues.

Blood pressure medications lower the blood pressure by an average of 6-7 points systolic and 4-5 points diastolic. You are on two medications, which could lower your blood pressure down to around...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 06-04-2016, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 441
Posted By Machaon
Re: Bisoprolol 2.5mg daily for 20 days only?

Over activation of the adrenal hormones causes most problems with blood pressure and heart rhythm, and causes all kinds of other problems. That is why doctors prescribe adrenal blockers for bp or...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-27-2016, 12:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By Machaon
Re: Coq10 and low blood pressure

Q10 probably has a minor lowering effect on blood pressure.

For me, going on a small meal, low calorie, healthy, balanced diet has done more to improve my CHF (over the past 28 years) and...
Board: Asthma 05-26-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By Machaon
Re: Embarrassed

You are newly diagnosed with asthma, and there are others in the office with asthma. Sounds like your office conditions could be a health risk. I would be concerned that my health would get worse the...
Board: High Cholesterol 05-21-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By Machaon
Re: LDL 179; Non HDL 190; Total 270; HDL 80; Triglycerides 57 - Your views on my resu

Thanks for the welcome back! I looked back. Only one post since 2012.

My LDL has been within range for a long time, but my last two readings have been above range, 166 and 179, so I returned to...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-20-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By Machaon
Re: EF of 22% by MRI

Hi Donna! Sorry about your sister!

I was diagnosed with CHF in 1987, and was also suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, permanent Atrial Fibrillation, Insulin Resistance and Asthma. As the years went...
Board: High Cholesterol 05-19-2016, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By Machaon
Re: LDL 179; Non HDL 190; Total 270; HDL 80; Triglycerides 57 - Your views on my resu

I love eggs. I also love the vast amount of nutrition. I love the fact that I can eat eight eggs without having to deal with uric acid or gas or bloating.

I am a diet controlled, type 2 diabetic...
Board: High Cholesterol 05-19-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By Machaon
LDL 179; Non HDL 190; Total 270; HDL 80; Triglycerides 57 - Your views on my results?

I just got my cholesterol results, which are very similar to the results that I got six months ago. While my LDL and Total Cholesterol are higher than recommended I feel that my great HDL and...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-18-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By Machaon
Re: Ejection fraction 48 at age 25

What was on your echo report? There should be all kinds of measurements of different areas and walls of your heart... of your ventricles, of your valves, of your atria, etc.

What did your...
Board: Heart Disorders 05-17-2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By Machaon
Re: PVC' and Non-Specific Changes on Stress Test, what does it mean? Help!

When one is overweight, one's metabolism is dysfunctional, which can cause all kinds of problems with blood pressure, heart rhythm, palpitations, tiredness, fatigue, mental confusion, breathing...
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