Catherine’s post

Well Steve,
For me it was no morning stiffness any more from 1-2 hrs. of stiffness
to none, no swelling in my knees or wrists which before were very
enlarged, being able to bend my fingers in a fist again, along with
increased energy and generally just feeling more like my old self.
This happened at 15 mg. which I built up to over 3 months. I was lucky.
Had a flare a year ago this past summer and went to 17.5 mg per week for
four months when my hair started to fall out so I’ve been back on 15 mg.
for one year since then with no problem but recently am having some
mouth sores. My RD said I could try going down to 12.5 mg. since I’m
stable right now. I’ll let you know if that gets rid of the sores.


Yeast infections


Unfortunately, I have no suggestions to offer, as I’ve tried just about
everything and then some! (Herbs, Nystatin, you name it…) And nothing
eradicates the yeast. Nothing.

It seems to be a chronic condition, no matter what I do. My don told me
recently that they have just discovered that inflammation causes chronic
candida. That’s the problem. They have no solution at this point in time!

However, now that I have this condition, I find that not adhering to the
diet, plus eating certain foods (for example, dairy and vinegar) makes it

But, when I adhere strictly to the diet (which is most of the time) I
find, like you, that I am losing too much weight. Definitely causing me more
problems than the candida! To put on weight I have to include some
“forbidden” foods in my diet.

Good luck in your journey, and keep us posted on how you are getting



A question about medications

I have been on Amitriptyline. It did some good for me for a while.
Eventually I had to quit taking it because I built up a tolerence, but I
really did do good for me. My Husband is against drug therapy, but I
have found that it can be effective–it helps to lift the fog so that
traditional talk-therapy can work the problem out. I am on my 4th Major
Depressive Episode, and have been on almost all of the drugs. I find
that once the drug kicks in, I am able to work some of the problems out.
However, in my case, My PTSD continues to rear its ugly head and I
frequently end up back at square one, with a new drug, a new doctor, and
my spouse on my case for taking more pills. The bottom line is this:
Drug Therapy is not the evil thing that some people make it out to be,
nor is it to be used exclusively. It is intended to be short term, so
that you can be in the right frame of mind to work thereputically on
your problem(s). There is no MAGIC PILL, but don’t let someone else
decide that it is not right for you to use. Everyone of these meds has
side effects, and only you can decide if the side effects of one are
better or worse FOR YOU than any other. I do not let my husbands opinion
force me to do something I don’t think is right, whether it be drug
therapy or sorting laundry <g>. I hope this helps you…you can email me
privately if you wish and I will talk more about the pressure your
spouse can put on you,or just talk about whatever. We all need someone
to talk to about these things, and I, for one, can’t talk to my spouse
about it. His idea for me to get better is to just “snap out of it”!
Sorry to go off on a rant here, but I really needed to vent today! But I
am not always this vociferous! Thanks for listening anyway!

Hi Carolyn,

She’s out of the hospital but after shock treatments
can’t remember much. Sounds like a scene from “One Flew Over the
Cukoo’s Nest”. I fear for her future being under Doctor’s care. Most
think the answer to everything is pills. As to Dr. Wallach, I’m in
agreement that a loss of essential minerals from the body causes lots
of problems. Have another friend that is losing his knees to pain but
haven’t go him to investigate Wallach. We’ll see how it goes.


depression – need help

My name is Marci. This is the first real post i made since i’ve
joined. I’m only 14 yet i have been depressed since i was 11.
Resently i got some help but it’s not really working for me. Today
out of nowhere i became really depressed and lost it. All of my
friend who said i could talk to them told me they were to busy. I
guess i found out i have no real friends. Ever since a little over
two months ago i’ve been having break downs. I broke up with my
boyfriend i had had for almost a year. We had been having some fights
and we never got time to work on solving them, so i just went a head
and broke up with him because i didn’t think we’d last any longer. I
was fine for a while and then i finely realized what i had done. I
started breaking down crying. My friend told me i should move on and
find someone else. I ended up hooking up with her boyfriend’s
bestfriend. I like him and all but i still can’t get over my ex. Then
the other day for the first time in like a month i seen my ex. He was
happy. All i can remember is me thinking that i wish i could be that
happy.I should be that happy since i have a great person who loves
me, but i still can’t get over my ex. The other night i was going
through my photoablum and i found pictures of my ex. Today i had 3
break downs and as i was writing this i had another. I hate having
them. I have a help meeting tomorrow and i don’t know if i can take
it long enough to last until then.

Treatments for impotance

I found out i had pc last november i was operated
on dec 22. The cancer was only in the prostate my
first psa test was 0 and i got another one yesterday.My
operation lasted 7 hrs.I got out of the hospital dec 24 and
i was back in the 25th. I would like to know if the
doctors are giving you any treatments for impotence.

The hole where i had my
drain tube was leaking bad my legs were swollen and i
was in very bad pain from the gas they pumped in my
for the operation. I had to stay in the hospital
three more days.They didn’t cut me they only made five
small holes i had no pain from the operation at all
just pain from the gas.

Carol about depression

I am SO tired of this subject! Antidepressants have helped more people than they have harmed. I don’t think people go off the deep end and kill themselves just because of the medicine. I think the one’s who did already had a proclivity toward it. Someone here said “Who takes antidepressants? Depressed people do!” Amen! Yes, there are ‘black box warnings’ on a/d’s that your depression can worsen and thoughts of suicide COULD increase during the beginning of taking them. It also says to let your Dr know if this is happening. As far as people who go whacko and start shooting people, well, they’ve got problems already. And if you’re determined to take the natural route, good for you! I do both. I take a low dose a/d and I exercise every day and I take all kinds of supplements. I hope to get totally off of a/d’s someday. I believe I read that antidepressants are prescribed more than all other medicines combined. Is everyone killing themselves? NO.

To my friend, you know who you are, please take it down a notch with the a/d bashing. Do you realize that you’re probably making some people feel bad about taking meds that they need? Meds that are helping them? What if they take your advice and stop taking them and get really depressed and off themselves? Who’s fault is that? The decision is ultimately up to the person if they want to try a/d’s or take the natural route, but it doesn’t need to be rammed down their throat. You can make documented information available to read for people who want to educate themselves on their choices. Hugo does that. Thank you, Hugo, I’ve learned alot from you. Thank you for making information available in a nice way.

I’m sorry, in advance, if I’ve offended anyone with this post, but I just had to speak my mind.