Sunday, June 12, 2011

In The Shelter Of The Night

I have been "legless" for the past two days. My car has been warded in a car clinic for a few days. The problem is the same as previously, overheating. My mechanic said the car will be ready by today. I have been delaying my errands for a few days already and also need to get fresh supplies of food and vegetables.

After searching for a few days, I managed for find an organic shop that sells plant based liquid form iron formula. I hope to pay a visit to the shop when my car is ready, hopefully by lunch time. Solid tablets first need to be broken down by the body before their iron becomes available for absorption. A non-constipating, vegetarian, liquid iron formula can be easier to absorb when compared to non liquid form and because it is non-heme (plant-based), so does not lead to iron overload. Supplementing the diet with too much iron can lead to constipation, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain and very high doses can be fatal, particularly in children. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can increase the amount of iron absorbed considerably.

My sleeplessness continues. I used up my last sleeping pill on Friday night. I will try to take something natural,if possible. Last night, I didn't sleep at all. Its been a long time since I was in such situation. In my younger days, the days I don't sleep is when I play all night mahjong with my friends. Have you ever sat in a dark place or lying in bed waiting for the morning to break? I have tinnitus and it somehow exaggerates the quietness of the night. I find the night both provocative and contradictory. I like the quietness of the night and the solitude that it provides. It provides a good environment that evokes a mood for quiet meditation and yet those meditative moments that are so desired are not often achieved. It is said when you know you are meditating, then you are not meditating. Sounds confusing? It is also the quietness of the night that promotes restlessness and the mind becomes agitated. It evokes feelings of sadness and develops into an uncanny feeling, floating into the unknown, an area of darkness quite opposite to day and having a feeling of a death wish as its resolution. I wonder if I will have such thoughts if I do not have cancer?

Simple Urine Test Could Hold Key To Early Cancer Diagnosis
I found something interesting and thought I will share it with you.

BBC reported that Edinburgh University scientists have identified key proteins in the urine of patients with advanced cancers (of the gut, stomach and pancreas). The findings could help the detection of these cancers in people who have not yet started to show symptoms. They then identified six particular proteins, which were present in 98% of the cancer cases but absent in almost 90% of samples from patients without cancer.

It would enable patients to be diagnosed much earlier, leading to improved survival rates. Only about 10% of patients with the cancers, known as cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, are still alive five years after diagnosis. The researchers says it is because the cancers, which tend to be aggressive, are often diagnosed at an advanced stage.


  1. CT,

    It is challenging even for "normal" people to get into the state of "unknowing". Humans thrive on "noise", "distractions" and all the "doing". To achieve a state of "nothingness" and just "being" require a lot of practice - its like shutting down the entire "thinking" mechanism in your body.

    Nevertheless, it is possible to ramain silent, quiet, not twitch, not think and not hanging on to any thoughts which may rise within you. Setting a 20-30 min time to achieve this state of being within the center of yourself is also important.

    The fruits of such "centering" prayer is not easily measure except that you will find in the longer term, more patience, more composure, more tolerance, more clarity in thought.

    Don't let the "noise" and "negativitism" of the world and forces that be get into you. You are stronger and more precious than that.

    Know it and not deny it!

  2. Hi CT,
    Just saw you know I tried drinking warm water with a tbsp of baking soda the other day, as I was feeling so toxic from a combination of constipation (not being able to move my bowels for 4 days), the splint on my mouth and probaby the after effects of mercury amalgam removal. The next day I took 2 Claymin tablets.. and it seems I have returned my body back to balance and was able to eliminate. So, if I am opposed to taking baking soda orally, I tried it too.. I think am gonna do it once in a while, but not always.

    You probably have tried melatonin and Valerian to help you sleep-- just confirming. Have you considered seeing a Sleep Apnea/ TMJ dentist/doctor? i am continuing to pray that you will get a good night's sleep. Just to share with you, a few weeks before our dental procedures, my mother and I have a few sleepless nights--- once we are done with all the dental procedures including the TMJ, we were all able to sleep well-- despite the inconveniences of the splits in our mouths. Not sure if this is psychological or a positive effect of the TMJ therapies we received (splint, J5 and tens machine). I know am throwing too much to you every time I post, but I hope you find that it is for good intentions. I only share things that I have tried myself and has tested working. It may or may not work for you, but hope you can consider.

    Lanie (Nanay is mother in tagalog-thats how I call my mother)