A, B, C, D,...I'm so confused!

Goes to show you, medicine is not an exact science...it's a hit, miss, try this, try that science. We still need to take a little alphabetized pill to be healthy!

I suffer from an autoimmune disease named Sjogrens Syndrome. This is an autoimmune disorder that's first cousin to Lupus and, at times, mimics Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In essence, what Sjogrens Syndrome does, it tricks the body into attacking itself. Yes, that's about as simple and as plain as I understand it and can explain it.

In my case, Sjogrens [in the past] has made my body think that my heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas were foreign invaders and attacked them. In fact, my body attacked them so well...they almost shut down...permanently.

Some people equate Sjogrens with just being a dry eye and dry mouth disease, I'm here to tell you it isn't! But, I digress;

last month I went to my Gynecologist. She's one of those modern-thinking doctors, who believes that having the right amount of nutrients in the body, can and does ward off some of these modern day ills that seem to plague today's society.

She ordered some blood tests suspecting that I may be vitamin D deficient. She went on to say that vitamin D deficiency is a quiet epidemic in America and that many diseases could be warded off if people had enough of this vitamin, and the others, playing sentinel within our bodies.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble substance that dissolves in and can be stored by fat deposits in the body and functions as a classic steroid hormone. [See, men! Ya'll don't have to take synthetic steroids, your body makes its own!]

The presence of vitamin D in the small intestine aids in the absorption of dietary calcium. Read More...


If you have a B deficiency, scientist say you're anemic. If you don't get enough C you can easily catch a cold and other little baddies. If you don't have enough A your eyes can be weak...you get the picture.

Now, if you are D deficient, your bones are at risk. You can be more susceptible to a variety
of cancers, weak bones [D helps your bones absorb calcium] or different autoimmune diseases.

Well, of course when my tests came back they showed that my body produces no vitamin D what so ever...NONE! As a matter of fact, I was on the negative side of their scale.

My Doctor believes that this could be one reason why I'm in a lot of pain and, why I have the autoimmune diseases that I do.

Taking the vitamin supplements will help ease my conditions [supposedly] but, won't cure anything; the damage has been done.

My thoughts: if society has progressed so much, why have they/we wiped out most of the nutrients in our foods? Progression means to get better not worse -- so I thought.

Look at our kids! We've got all these kids running around with ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] making them wild, wild, wild! [I know from experience, I have a son diagnosed with this disorder] The medical community suspects that food or the dyes in food could be a factor.

Our food intake has become a detriment. Now, what we eat no longer builds better bodies, and minds we're poisoning ourselves and producing children who insist on swinging from the rings of Saturn and orbiting Pluto.

We shouldn't have to take little pills labeled A,B,C,D,E along with our food in order to be healthy.

I hope the Green movement isn't too late, we all may start glowing in the dark!


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Jillian said...

This is interesting. I don't take vitamins at all and I rarely if at all drink water. I guess I take my health for granted.

But I guess now we are entering a time where people have to rely on themselves to stay healthy. The food is worse than it was probably was before, so consumers just have to take it upon themselves to make healthier choices and play an active role in caring for their health.

Deborah said...

Yes, please do take care of yourself while you are young. I suggest all people take vitamin supplements. If you are Black-American heritage or Hispanic, or any heritage with dark skin, you need to add vitamin d to your daily intake.

Don't wait until you get older you may regret the out-come.

The_Mrs said...

Wow! Great information here. I would have never thought to have my doctor check for these things and believe me, I've been complaining for awhile now about aches and pains - the kind that I don't think are normal aging pains.

Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how to live with sjogrens, lupus, tinnutis, dystonia. All the drugs are ladened with side effects that seem actually cause more pain.

sjogrens, so unkindly described as a condition that one can live a normal life, that it is just one of those irritants you have to live with. My rheumatologist claims that I have a great future prognosis? My guts ache, my mouth is burning, my head is hotwired with constant insidious noises.

how is it that one can live in a country that allows people to suffer to no end with such a cavalier attitude. Unfortunately, its mostly women that suffer from these diseases. Still think things have changed? Its still a man's world.

It would be considered animal cruelty if we allowed our precious domesticated pets to live this way. But I have always believed that attitude would apply to me as a human being if I had more on my plate than I could handle physically.

I am only 53 years old. I was looking forward to the best years of my life. I have had as good a life as anyone could expect. I am a simple person, a human person suffering at the gates of hell moment by moment with all this pain. I don't know how to live it. I feel like a tortured animal; so surreal. Its almost like I have already died and have been sent to hell.

I pray every night that someone in Washington will see the light, and end the senselessness of living in such a hopeless way.

Talk therapy doesn't make the pain go away.

I've worked hard all of my life. I just want to be at peace. Age makes no difference. If there is no cure, why make people live in a torturous way with a painted smile.

My family doesn't know what to do with me anymore. I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. I just want the demons to rest and to be at peace.

What has happened to America? I thought we took care of people and managed their pain.

And, what I if I live for 10, 20, 30 years more with my body breaking down bit by bit. I don't believe in a compassionate America. It make me sick. We are suppose to be a free nation where we take care of each other.

Suffering anonymously

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