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Old 04-18-2016, 05:34 PM   #1
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My protocol and results so far

Hello everyone. I'm not usually one to join support groups, but then again, I've never had any health problems. I'm 8 weeks into Bell's palsy, approx 30% recovered, and wanted to share my experience so far. I'm a 56 yr old male, been very active my entire life (cardio, weights, and hard work). But two years ago I made the decision to be a full-time caregiver to my 88 yr old father who had a stroke. I fed him an ultra-healthy diet and physically he's had no problems (mentally another story). I kept his blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol levels under control the entire time; unlike the nursing home I pulled him from, where he was rushed to the emergency room several times for skyrocketing bp and sugar levels. I must say, the educational protocol for licensed dietitians must be overhauled from what I've witnessed. They feed elders in nursing homes and hospitals a very unhealthy diet based on outdated dietary info.

Anyway, I firmly believe the stress from my situation with my dad is what brought on the Bell's. Researchers are still debating whether a virus is an underlying cause. In my case, that's a fact. I believe the constant stress activated the dormant herpes simplex 1 (a lesion appeared on the tip of my tongue), which in turn damaged the nerves further. I began experiencing a chronic headache that radiated from behind my right ear, across my face, behind my eye and jaw. This went on non-stop for 3 days. I'd never had headaches my entire life, so I knew something was going on. NSAIDS did nothing for the pain, which kept me wide awake every night. I was painfully exhausted. Then one evening I was out with a friend playing pool. The next thing I knew, I was having trouble blinking my right eye, my tongue felt numb, and as the evening went on, my speech began to slur (he thought I was getting drunk!). I thought I was having a stroke, which I'm sure many of you also thought. But I kept discounting stroke because there was no weakness on that side of my body and my mind seemed as clear as ever. So I went home and tried to get some sleep. In the morning, total paralysis on the right side of my face. My sister rushed me to the emergency room, where within 15 minutes they said they thought it was Bell's. I'd never heard of it before, so asked if that was "better or worse than a stroke?". I was told it was temporary and so let out a huge sigh of relief. I was prescribed the usual prednisone and acyclovir. But on arriving home I spent many hours researching Bell's on the net and ended up tossing the steroid prescription in the trash. I'm not recommending anyone else do that, to be clear. It was a personal decision. My research led to me develop my own protocol, which I will now share. The nerves are obviously damaged in Bell's, so I researched all nutrients that are beneficial to the nervous system. To reiterate, it was my personal decision to go this route. Everyone must come to their own conclusions after their own research. I am not recommending anyone ignore their doctor's orders.

Here's what I've taking for the past 8 weeks including brand names:

1. (NOW) Sublingual Methyl B-12 /5000mcg /2 tabs 5 times/day
(This has been studied in Bell's cases)

2. (Kal) Niacin 500mg twice daily

3. (LEF/Life Extension) Complete B complex twice daily

4. (LEF) Acetyl L-Carnitine 500mg twice daily

5. (LEF) R-Lipoic Acid 240mg twice daily

6. (LEF) Optimized Folate 1000mcg twice daily

7. (LEF) Super Omega-3 Plus 2 capsules twice daily

8. (SR/Sports Research) Vit D-3 5000 IU twice daily

9. (SR) Astaxanthin 12mg twice daily

10. (SR) L-theanine 200mg twice daily

11. (VS/Vitamin Shoppe) L-lysine 500mg twice daily

12. (VS) MSM 500mg twice daily

13. (VS) Cayenne 445mg twice daily

14. (Jarrow) N-Acetyl-Cysteine 600mg twice daily

15. (Doctor's Best) Benfotiamine 300mg twice daily

16. (NanoLifeTonics) Liposomal Curcumin 250mg once daily

17. (LivOn Labs) Liposomal Vit C 1000mg once daily

That is the complete list of nutrients I've taken for 8 straight weeks. As I mentioned, I'm approx 30% recovered, which is on track with the average recovery time using steroids (5 months). I no longer have to tape my eye shut at night. My speech is only slightly slurred and I can crack a minimal smile on the effected side. I've had no ongoing pain from approx 4 days after paralysis. My face appears to be completely normal until I smile. I've kept my spirits up by having the attitude that "It is as it is" and joking that I'm the phantom of the opera!

I must add one very important factor in the healing process. Stress is obviously the main suspect in Bell's palsy. Even if a virus is an underlying factor, the virus itself is activated by stress. You must identify the stress in your life and either deal with it more effectively, or get rid of it completely. In my case, my dad had gotten progressively worse to where the stress was causing my own health to diminish. Sadly, I had to make the decision to take him back to the nursing home. If you can't distance yourself from the stress, you must find other tools to deal with it. I would highly recommend free meditation videos found on *******. They have guided meditations for stress or you can simply listen to soothing sounds while making sure you are completely relaxed. You can do this first thing in the morning and again in the evening. It's important to relax your nerves!

I hope my report helps at least one person
Doug

Last edited by bajadoug; 04-19-2016 at 12:05 PM. Reason: misspelled a few words

 
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:19 AM   #2
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Re: My protocol and results so far

I forgot to mention a few things in my previous post. I'm also using black seed oil, both internally and topically. It's very anti-inflammatory and one of the healthiest oils you can ingest. I'm taking 2 tablespoons per day. I'm also massaging the oil into the effected side of my face nightly. And very important to recovery is eating an anti-inflammatory diet. You'll have to research this one. There are plenty of websites that list anti-inflammatory vs pro-inflammatory foods. You need to keep your overall inflammation low to allow healing to take place. The SAD diet (Standard American Diet) is way too high in omega 6 oils which promotes inflammation. We need a balance of oils in our diets for optimal health. The only oils you should be cooking with are saturated oils. This might fly in the face of conventional wisdom (I call it conventional ignorance). Saturated oils are the most stable under high heat. Polyunsaturated oils become oxidized under heat, causing free radicals and inflammation throughout the body. The last thing Bell's patients need is further inflammation! The best oils to cook with are coconut, red palm oil, and butter (from grass fed cows). In fact, red palm oil is a super food! Do a search for the book, "The Palm Oil Miracle". It's the best book I've ever read describing the role of fats and oils in the human system. Just one caveat: Make sure to buy a sustainably grown/harvested product that is not from Indonesia/Malaysia where they are endangering the lives of orangutans. There are several companies that grow the palms in Africa, Central & South America. It takes only one acre of land for palm oil vs 13 acres to produce the same amount of corn oil (of which 80% is now GMO). It's a complete fallacy that saturated oils cause heart disease. Our body's fat composition is roughly 45% saturated fat! Another 45% is in the form of mono-unsaturated and 10% polyunsaturated. Red palm oil has almost the exact same ratio. But more importantly, it contains the highest amount of carotenes than any other food source (your body converts carotenes to Vit A). It also contains the highest amount of a vital form of Vit E (tocotrienols) than any other source and it contains the highest non-animal amount of CoQ10.

To close, Bell's palsy is not a typical medical condition. It affects our confidence and well-being and overall happiness. If you're serious about a quick recovery, you must do your research and take the action needed to bring about the fastest healing. All the nutrients I listed above can be Googled to confirm their effectiveness on the healing of the nervous system. A few hours of research now could save you months on your recovery.

Good luck!
Doug

 
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