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06-06-2007 10:07 PM #1
06-06-2007 10:20 PM #2
Re: Any doctor in the house?
I might be able to help you. I am a doctor.
06-06-2007 10:46 PM #3
Awesome Sir. Well what I am about to disclose I
don't see it as very confidential so please don't be nervous about trying to give me another opinion. Is just another opinion so doesn't mean that I have to follow it :) I am just trying to hear some other specialists and educate myself with this matter.
Just got my results for the yearly physical and my "cholesterol" is really high, around 324 with LDL around 239 and HDL 53. Moving here from Europe, those numbers are on the elevated side by European standards but here, is really high.
Bottom line my family doctor/MD is trying to put me on "vytorin" but I've read so many horor stories about the side effects and all that. I am a bit scared and nervous :(
My question to you is, what about some natural ways of reducing that high level of cholesterol? Is it maybe to late for a natural venue? or my doctor just pull the trigger and quickly advice me to take that medication. I just feel sometime that doctors don't explain enough and help you with some other aproaches or alternatives.
I am definately going to do something about it but I don't know which way to go. Of course the obvious will be a more rigurous diet and exercise but I am sure there needs to be more....
Can you please just give me your opinion about the good and the bad of using cholesterol medication, or the feasiblity of using a natural ways to reduce the high "cholesterol"
Thank you so very much Sir for your time, attention and help...
06-06-2007 11:45 PM #4
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Re: Awesome Sir. Well what I am about to disclose I
I'm no doctor but I do see improvements in clients who:
1. Cut sugar and refined carbs (cholesterol may be a symptom rather than a root cause for heart disease.)
2. Focus on whole and unprocessed foods (to reduce inflammatory response in your body).
3. Lift weights (improves hormonal function and glucose uptake).
4. Do cardio (important to oxygenate the blood, reduce fat stores and improve heart/lung function).
5. Reduce stress (again important for reducing inflammatory response and also using the mind/body connection to help your system normalize).
Feel free to e-mail me if you would like to chat about exercise and lifestyle modifications.
The following is an article written by my business partner Jon Benson. He's a nutritionist and life coach who has had to reduce his own cholesterol...
***NOTE*** This article was written 3 years ago. Verify all information with a trusted physician.
Medical Myopathy: The world of overworked, uninformed physicians
By Jon Benson
I was pleasantly surprised—the nurse called my mother in to see her cardiologist within five minutes of her appointment. The waiting room was unusually quite, benefits of an early morning schedule. The nurses are friendly, informative, and generally patient with my “I’m a nutritionist, so let me ask you a dozen questions” demeanor. The way I see it, we’re off to a good start.
Funny how things can change, isn’t it?
My mother was seeing a cardiologist for good reason. During a routine physical, her blood pressure, normally controlled through the use of L-Taurine and walking three miles every day (not bad at the age of 77!), shot up to 200/100. Her physician ordered a resting EKG, which seemed to show the possibility of a problem in the left portion of her heart. This problem can result from ischemia, or lack of oxygen to the heart.
In other words, heart disease.
Our family has a long line of people with high cholesterol levels, yet lengthy life spans. Our ‘standard’ level of cholesterol tends toward 300 with triglycerides to match. However, for some reason we Bensons live a pretty long life. (I believe this has to do with genetically low levels of LP(a), a known independent risk factor for heart disease.) The average age of death is in the 80s. My father passed away at 82, but not from heart failure or heart disease. So, even with this borderline EKG, I wasn’t too concerned. I knew that if the cardiologist knew what he or she was doing, a sophisticated battery of blood tests would reveal everything we’d need to know in order to treat and perhaps reverse any moderate occlusions. If there were major occlusions, my mother’s good condition would surely see her through the worst-case scenario—bypass surgery.
The cardiologist ordered a stress test. Nothing more.
Folks, I’m not a doctor, but I’m beginning to think I should become one. Ask any qualified, well-informed cardiologist and they’ll tell you that a stress test is not an accurate predictor of underlying heart disease. Better yet, ask Matthew Bayan, author of Eat Fat, Be Healthy. Matt was in superb condition, an avid runner consuming a low-fat “healthy” diet, with normal cholesterol levels. He underwent a full-blown echocardiogram and stress test—passing with flying colors. “You have the heart of a 20-year-old,” proclaimed his cardiologist.
That heart stopped less than six week later in the middle of the night.
Matt lost one-third of his heart. After an astounding seventy-two defibrillations, Matt was brought back to life, only to face horrific pain and even greater confusion. How could this have happened? Surely this is rare, right?
Here are the facts, and as Kevin Bacon said in A Few Good Men, “They are indisputable.”
Fact 1: Two-thirds of people with heart disease have low cholesterol levels. Also, over 50% of heart attack victims, living or dead, have low or normal cholesterol levels.
Fact 2: Heart disease begins at birth for those with the genes to carry it. There have been infants who showed blockage of their heart arteries upon autopsy. In fact, autopsies done on soldiers lost during the Korean War, whose average age was only 22, showed moderate to severe blockage already formed in over half the bodies examined.
Fact 3: Lowering your total cholesterol will not add one day to your lifespan unless you lower the risk-causing factors that cholesterol is composed of. Cholesterol itself is vital to life—without it, you would die. However, like oxygen, levels need to be controlled in the correct fashion.
Fact 4: Statin drugs like Lipator do little to help the situation. What they do best is dramatically increase the profits of drug manufacturers. While there is a time to use statin drugs, most physicians prescribe them haphazardly and often without any valid reason at all.
Fact 5: The standard blood panels ran today does not reveal many of the known cardiovascular risk markers. You have to ask for these tests specifically—even then, many doctors refuse to run them. My only guess as to why is sheer arrogance or blatant ignorance.
Fact 6: If anyone in your immediate family has had a heart attack or has been diagnosed with heart disease, you have a 400% greater chance of dying from it than those with no genetic predisposition.
Fact 7: Heart disease, treated properly, can be prevented and even reversed. Exercise and proper nutrition alone can do the trick in the majority of situations. In others, supplementation and drug therapy is required. There’s no need for 98% of heart disease victims to have died from the disease.
You would think that a professional cardiologist, someone paid to do nothing but examine the heart, would be up on these facts. The sad truth is that one in five, at best, are even aware of them—less than that will actually do something about it.
Sadly, this was the case with my mother’s cardiologist. A nice enough guy, he represented, almost comically, the sad state of “myopathy” that our medical muscle has undergone. The cause? Greed (too many patients), laziness (too much time on golf courses, perhaps, and too little reading research journals), The Legal Pushers (pharmaceutical companies that give away drugs like the Cubs give away pennants), and worst of all, ego. Most physicians simply can’t stand for a layperson, no matter how well educated, to ask a question—let alone suggest a solution.
I’m writing this so the world can hear and do something about it. Most of all, take this message away from my words—your health is in your own hands, not in the hands of physicians. If you don’t educate yourself, no one will. Perhaps you’ll be fortunate and land one of the great physicians (there are plenty of them, don’t get me wrong.) Perhaps.
Do you want to risk that?
The Situation With My Mother
The cardiologist came into the smaller-than-usual examination room. My mother was quite calm (she’s always calm under fire…sometimes I wonder where I came from.) He shook my hand and noticed the muscles in my arm, I suppose. As I remarked that my cardiologist was a part of his parent company, he asked incredulously, “Why on earth would you need a cardiologist? You look like you could lift a house!”
Flattery will get you nowhere when it comes to matters of health, at least with me.
I was tempted to lecture him on the fact that I suffered from heart disease symptoms for fifteen years, and that Jim Fixx (the world-class marathoner who dropped dead after a 4 mile jog in his late 40s) looked good, too. Looks can be very deceiving when it comes to heart disease. I expect the average guy or gal on the street to assume I’m the walking epitome of health—but not a professional cardiologist. He should know better. Welcome, red flag number one.
He informed us that my mother would be undergoing a stress test. He looked at the nurse’s chart and saw that my mother’s resting blood pressure that morning was 122/68. Excellent at any age, and obtained medication-free. (Her blood pressure before L-Taurine and exercise was about 170/95.) Bear in mind this is in a cardiologist’s office prior to a stress test! Most people, including myself, would register a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading in this setting. This was never mentioned, even after my mother’s blood pressure shot down to 112/42 when she reclined on the examination table! This is hypotension—yet medication was prescribed for high blood pressure.
Sheer stupidity—and red flag number two.
The stress test and echo/EKG were warranted. After all, she had a borderline abnormal EKG a week prior. I assumed we’d be drawing blood first. After all, how on earth does one rule out “possible cardiac ischemia” without looking at the appropriate blood markers? No—no blood tests today.
Surely you jest.
I jumped in and requested that she be tested for LDL subfractions to determine the size of her LDL particles. This is new, but not that new, in the field of cardiac testing. In fact, LDL size is becoming the hot ticket to understanding the genes that promote heart disease. This guy didn’t even run a basic blood test! Not only that, but my mother’s referring physician failed to advise her to fast before seeing her cardiologist, so I can only assume that neither of this dynamic duo considered known risk factors like triglyceride levels, insulin levels, blood sugar, LDL particle size, homocysteine, LP(a), CRP and fibrinogen important to check.
The red flags fly. Beware of bulls.
My mother passed her treadmill stress test after about 2 minutes of exertion to a maximum heart rate of 130. Even at 77, she’s capable of more than this. The cardiologist then assured her not to worry—“It’s not like you’re going to have a heart attack, Mrs. Benson.” I was expecting the “low-fat diet” line any minute. (A funny side note: the doctor asked me if my muscles were “genetic”. I replied that I have average genes, but an above-average diet. He said, “You mean diet plays a part?” If it wasn’t so sad, I would have laughed out loud.)
Go ahead—preach the benefits of a very low-fat diet and the wonders of the stress test to the Matt Bayans of the world, and the thousands of others who have stress tests performed and die of heart attacks every year. You’d think he’d know this. Why would a predominately self-educated health guy know more about this stuff than a professional cardiologist?
Fortunately I was able to talk the good doctor into running blood work the following day. He still refused to run fractional LDL tests. Why? “I normally never run those tests unless LDL is sky-high.” Hmmm…guess what? Your LDL could be fifty (normal is 100) and you could have small particle LDL syndrome, a fast track to heart disease. Ask bodybuilding legend Dave Draper. Dave’s total cholesterol has always been low, about 130 (normal being 200), yet Dave had a blockage requiring a stent placement in 2001. Dave’s smart enough to be on niacin therapy, the best solution to small particle LDL, despite his extremely low total LDL count. You see, his LDL ‘size’ is small, allowing the nasty little particles to seep through the endothelial lining of his vascular system. Plaque is attracted to these new formations like sappy scripts to Hugh Grant. However, with the niacin therapy, Dave is a healthy and happy camper.
So, where does this leave us? Educate yourself.
Email me if you want a complete list of tests to run, no matter what your level of condition is. You need to know this stuff. Minor changes, such as lowering homocysteine (easily accomplished with simple B vitamins), could save your life.
This is a call to physicians everywhere—keep reading. Take less patients if you have to—your job is to heal and prevent illness! Take your jobs seriously, yet without ego. Listen to your patients, especially those who have educated themselves. Remember, it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to research a subject thoroughly.
It’s serious, this medical myopathy. Let the patient beware.
Here is a good list of tests you should run by your physician and/or cardiologist to really get to the heart of the matter (no pun intended):
Fasting Glucose (target is under 85)
Fasting Insulin (within reason, the lower the better...shoot for 3-5, with 9 being high)
These two tests are rarely associated with heart disease, even though the majority of diabetics die from heart attacks and/or CVD. Don't ask...I don't know why most docs don't relate the two together. However, knowing where you stand with these two tests will help determine if you're having sugar metabolism issues or if you're Type 2 diabetic. If the insulin and/or blood sugars are out of range, you'll need to run an HA1C test to see if you're diabetic. Rarely are drugs needed at early stages, as T2D can be reversed in many cases through diet (lowering carbs, increasing exercise, etc.)
Other tests include:
Homocysteine: (shoot for under 10)
hsCRP: (Tests for c-Reactive Protein, a 'very' hot marker for potential heart disease...this should be under 1. Over 3 and you quadruple your risk of MI)
LP(a): another independent risk factor test; lab ranges vary, but as long as you're under the recommended levels according to the lab you should be fine here.
If you're in good health, I'd suggest having a Balke Stress Test performed. This is NOT your typical stress test, but rather a treadmill climb to exhaustion to determine your actual max heart rate for exercise as well as how well your heart performs under intense situations. If you choose not to do this, a standard thallium stress test is 'very' wise, although it will not show blockage under about 75%. However, it has saved many lives.
Finally, I'd recommend looking at the following blood markers/tests:
Fibrinogen: (make sure this is within normal range...high fibrin levels can lead to clots, which are a major contributor to heart attacks.) Fibrinogen has been shown to respond to fish oil (EPA/DHA), niacin, aspirin therapy and giving blood on a regular basis. There are drugs that help with extremely elevated fibrinogen levels.
VAP: (go to www.atherotech.com): this is the 'only' cholesterol test I personally care about, and even then it's questionable as there are plenty of skeptics to the "cholesterol/heart disease" theory (see www.thincs.org). However, I do think it's wise to play it safe, and if your HDL is very low or your LDL is very high, niacin therapy may be a good call...that's up to you and your physician. This will cover your basic HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, Homocysteine, VLDL and LP(a) all in one test.
EBT Scan: This is a bit controversial, but many cardiologists swear by it. The degree to which calcium has built up in the coronary arteries can be a good indicator of the amount of plaque that's floating about. Measuring the degree of calcium in the arteries, picked up on the CAT scan-oriented EBT scanner, can be a useful diagnostic. Anything over 400 is not good. However, my physician said he's seen M.I.s in people with calcification scores under 50, hence the controversy. Also, there have been people with calcification scores in the thousands who are heart attack free. I think the scan is worth it if only to find out how much of your plaque is calcifying and to what degree this is happening. Think of it as an ongoing plaque monitor.
Finally, depending on your stress tests, there's a cardio cath. This is a camera that's inserted intravenously and moved into the heart arteries to check for blockage. Once again, even this is not without its failings. One in 1,000 patients have a stroke during the procedure. Also, this will not usually show blockage over 50%. Believe it or not, most heart attacks occur from blood clots (hence the fibrinogen test) and/or in blockages under 40%! This is due to unstable plaque breaking off and forming a clot. However, the cath is a life-saver if serious blockage is found. Usually this can be hinted at via the stress test and confirmed with the cath. At that point, either angioplasty/stent procedures can be taken or the more serious bypass route.
It should be noted that an alternative to bypass is being tested now by the National Institute of Health (NIH). This is called Chelation Therapy, and its been used for decades by alternative medicine practitioners. EDTA is a binding chemical that basically scrubs the arteries and acts like a magnet to heavy metals and other toxins. There's great promise in chelation, so much so that many people right now opt for it prior to bypass unless bypass is a life-or-death condition.
Linus Pauling theorized that 6 grams of vitamin C with 3 grams of L-Lysine (an amino acid) could reverse heart disease by dissolving plaque. He died before this could be thoroughly tested, but Pauling was, in my opinion, a genius...and his theories deserve some attention. It certainly cannot hurt to supplement your diet with C, Lysine, and CoQ-10 (100-200mg/day), along with magnesium (500-1500mg/day based on your doctors recommendations) to help ensure ongoing heart health. Who knows? Pauling could have been right on the money, and C/Lysine may be the cheapest bypass in history. Id love to see some studies done on it over a long period of time, but its a risky study as it would necessitate the participants having advanced atherosclerotic conditions.
Please discuss ALL of these suggestions with your doctor. I'm not a doctor, merely an informed and concerned patient!
06-07-2007 07:41 AM #5
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Ethan - I'm on Zocor for elevated
Cholesterol and triglycerides and it has worked great with no problems.
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06-07-2007 09:09 AM #6
Ethan, Join the club.....
I sympatize with your situation as it is common that our LDL and HDL sneaks up on us. I too had elevated levels and it scared me into doing something. I started 15 months ago with a cholesterol level in the 270 - 290 range. Blood Pressure was in the 190 over 100 range. They wanted to put me on cholesterol and BP meds too and I didnt want the side effects of taking a medication...especially ones that are not fully proven. SO I started exploring everything I could do to lower it naturally. Yes diet and excercise is the number one fix....but there are also some natural cures that are widely known and I have had some personal successes with.
Heres what I did... I am not saying that this will work for you as I dont want to be accused of practicing medicine without a license.
1. MORE exercise!! I live and work at 10,000 ft of elevation in Colorado...so excercise is hard for a while. BUT the payback is HUGH! I leave for the project a little early...park down the hill a ways and walk up to the site. After doing this for a year I can now RUN the half mile up the hill. I try to ride my mountain bike for an hour or so each night. This started as a 10 minute ride on the street at first. Now its morphed into something a lot more rigorous.
2. No Junk Food....Lots of natural fruits and Veggies. Fish instead of red meat...no more bacon or sausage..unless its a once in a while thing. We all were raised on bacon, red meat potatoes, eggs, etc etc so stopping cold turkey is hard. But any change is an improvement and as you see things start to improve it is a great motivator!!
3. I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I didnt like it at first and had to eat the sweetened "apples and cinnamon" stuff, but eventually weaned myself off of the sugary stuff and now just enjoy a bowl of plain unsweetened oatmeal.
4. I take a few supplements from the health food store. Garlique for my blood pressure.....and I also started taking flax seed as it can naturally lower cholesterol.
I have had some great successes with this. In the last year I have lost about 65 pounds....my cholesterol is now down to 170....blood pressure is 127 over 65. My friend the Doctor keeps asking me when I am going to start on the medications and I told him "Never if I can keep this up!" The 20 something guys I work with cant understand how I can out work them when I am 53 years old. All fo my friends notice that I have lost weight..... I went from wearing size 38 waist pants that were almost too tight to button down to a size 34 waist that now I have to wear a belt to keep up. I am not a fitness buff....wish I had more time to invest in my health but it doesnt take having a fitness business like our awesome little buddy "FITCHIK" to improve your health. It only takes one little step each day and after a short while the steps just seem easier and bigger!!
Some useful books to read that really helped me...
1. "Eat Right for your Type" It is a book about diets based on your specific blood type. I dont know how much this works but when I follow the diets in the book I seem to have more energy and I dont feel as sluggish. Some of the things described in the book were shocking to me and really opened my eyes.
2. This one is kind of controversial... "Natural Cure they dont want you to know about" The author isnt a health professional and doesnt have a real adgenda...he has just spent alot of money compiling facts from a bunch of people about the causes and cures for some major illnesses. He has a true hate for the FDA and the AMA for reasons he explains in his book. BUT I do know that he prints some real cures and they have helped me and my friends and family A LOT!!!!!
Living long and healthy isnt a quick fix....but I am proff that even at 53 I can keep up with the 30 somethings.....and I want to Live and Love for a long time!!!!
Just my opinion......
06-07-2007 10:01 AM #7
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caution. blasphemy ahead
Ethan, I'm a physician, and I don't even check my cholesterol level. It is a broad and unspecific marker that is statisticaly related to heart disease (and changes in heart disease morbidity from treatment), but that is all it is. We use it because it is the only reliable index for risk management of the number one cause of death in the American population as a whole. That sounds significant, but it really isn't. It is like using a contrast x-ray of the stomach to diagnose an ulcer - better than nothing and better than physical exam alone, but not as good as endoscopy. That's where we are with cholesterol and heart disease - better than nothing, but only beginning to uncover the actual (very complicated) story. (Even when we progress beyond our fixation on cholesterol, we still won't have the whole answer - we NEVER will).
Your doctor is absolutely right to suggest lowering your cholesterol, since you are part of the population. That said, I don't think anyone would object to trying to do that first by lifestyle changes such as diet, excercise and reducing stress.
Here is my blasphemy: we focus on cholesterol because it is easy to measure, and easy to treat. The MANY other factors involved in heart disease are not easily measured, and difficult to treat; but they may be far more important than your cholesterol level. When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Live well, best wishes!
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06-07-2007 10:45 AM #8
06-07-2007 06:03 PM #9
I am "half way" between Jan and Mike on this one. Started the change about 5 years ago, pretty harsh at first (cold turkey for carbs and sugars), then gradually moved to a situation where I dont miss any of the stuff I used to crave.
A note on Houston. I put on weight when I arrived here from SEAsia - mostly portion size. Had to go back to gym for a bit of cardio & weights to get back to normal, plus get a new bike. A change of lifestyle, including diet and exercise will make you feel a whole lot better, as well as impacting your numbers
Keith, 6'4", 175#, way the wrong side of 40 !
06-07-2007 09:12 PM #10
Re: Awesome Sir. Well what I am about to disclose
my thoughts are as follows:
i don't think there is one approach that works for everyone. Your lipid
values are high and in and of themselves increase your long term risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia.
Non-pharmacologic therapy including exercise, diet and risk factor modification are very important. They have been amply expounded upon already in this forum and ad nauseum in the lay press.
Some people do all they can do and still have elevated LDL cholesterol. For those people I recommend treatment.
Use of a statin--you know what these are--can be very useful, well tolerated, safe and effective. The side effects from these drugs have been overblown. Most patients can tolerate modest doses without difficulty and find them very effective in getting the LDL below 100 which should be the goal. Doubling the dose of most statins gives you about another 6 percent reduction where Zetia (the second drug in vytorin) can reduce LDL by about 24%. Zetia is well tolerated, not absorbed and very safe.
Obviously you want a balanced stepwise approach. I wouldn't dilly dally around for too long with excercise and diet. If you are not getting anywhere--keep trying and take the medicine. You can always back off on the dose if you are doing well.
Jeffrey S. Rose, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
06-07-2007 09:52 PM #11
06-08-2007 03:12 AM #12
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give your doctor a heart attack !
eat a large dose of duck patte with lots of bread and eat some tasty shrimps. flush these with beer and a large coke with some sugar to kill the bad carbons out. Then go for a cholesterol check.
Then go home and eat well and excercise more and go back in two weeks. If your doctor is alive he will tell you whatever you did is a magic and you need to share it with him.
ask me how I know this ?
I had no idea that I will have to pass a cholesterol test and a night before I did have duck patte and lots of shrimp with beer and coke with sugar. The next morning I went to have my blood tested...
imagine the suprise I had !
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06-08-2007 01:06 PM #13
I had a triglycerides level that was higher then the machine could measure about 2 1/2 years or so ago (= >650), plus heavy cholesterol LDL about 300, HDL only 50 or so) . I also was diagnosed of being close to borderline diabetic about 1 1/2 years ago.
I went through some heavy duty medication for several months for my cholesterol, which at least got it down to readable level (in the low threehundreds).
Then I switched doctors because I was scared about the long term effects of the medication. That was a revelation for me. The new doctor was looking a lot more at the bigger picture and starting dicussing my relatively high blood glucose level as well (which was just around 110 in the morning reading).
I completely changed my life style. First I bought a set of glucose test strips, which also gave me a free glucose reader in the bargain. I starting measuring how I react to different foods, and the worst culprits (besides out right sugar that is) are white bread and noodles. The simple carbs in there turn into hard and heavy glucose in your bloodstream within a very short time. I can still have them every so often, but in small quantities only.
So here is what I do nowadays:
1) Eat as sugar free as I can (which is not always of course), and make my portions smaller. I started using Xylitol as a sugar substitute exclusively about three months ago and my wife and kids are using it now as well.
2) Swim two to three times a week for about a half hour at a time. (I can't stomach lifting weights or running for too long, too boring)
3) Eat a palm full of mixed nuts every morning, a quarter of an avocado every so often (this brings up your good cholesterol to close the gap to your bad)
4) I take 1000 mg of Niacin every night just before I go to bed (otherwise the flushing would be an issue, since I use the dirt cheap costco brand). This had brought down my Trigylerides and Cholesterol BIG TIME.
The effect is that my levels are now on a regular basis:
glucose (in the morning) 80-90
Better then most people that are considered healthy!!! And I feel better then I ever did. I don't ever have any head aches anymore, and I don't need as much sleep either. And I NEVER wake up anymore having a hard time getting my eyes open! But of course I also don't party much anymore...
I hope this helps you at least to think about an alternative way to the heavy drugs.
06-09-2007 06:53 AM #14
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