Hives..
Sam

Taoyüan, Taiwan

#21 Feb 22, 2010
Remember, One cup of coffee takes two cup of water out from your body not to mention the amount your body needed on daily basis to work properly so you do the math.
Cindy

Boston, MA

#22 Feb 23, 2010
Well, I have read about the water fad and that 8 8-oz glasses of water is a must every day and, now, everyone sips at the bottle. Because we get a lot of our H2O from other sources, it is, indeed, a myth that we must flood our bodies with water every minute of the day... in fact, too much water can be hazardous to your health. Anyway, I was trained in the sciences and feel comfortable with high level mathematics, but I am sure that the math is complicated for estimating the amount of water intake a person requires every day and that it is person/activity specific. So, doing the math is not a very helpful suggestion in this case, even for people who did graduate level quantum mechanics. How many glasses of water would you suggest the average 5'9", 125 lb, 56 year old woman drink each day -- you must have done the math. Just kidding, but I would like your estimation.
Sam

Taoyüan, Taiwan

#23 Feb 23, 2010
According to health experts the standard intake of water for an average person should be half of the body weight in ounces, if someone weight 100 lbs then the daily water intake should be 50 ounces , you weight 125 lbs then it should be 62 ounces.
If you exercise or live in hot weather then the amount should be increased.
This amount of water will not flood your body instead it will flush your system.
If you are suffering from a chronic disease then you must have to increase the amount of water to flush the toxins out.
As long your kidneys working fine Increasing water intake will not cause any problems, water poisoning or retention ( in rare cases) normally caused by drinking 5000ml or more in a short period of time.
With increased amount of water salt intake may be increased, perferably unrefined sea salt.It promotes cellular hydration and gives you other numerous health benefits.
Cindy

Boston, MA

#24 Feb 24, 2010
Thank you! Your reply gives me a goal towards which to go. I will try keeping up with 62 oz of water per day and report back in 1 month's time.

Do you have any opinions about acupuncture? It was the first thing that interrupted my urticaria outbreaks and I was extremely grateful to have found someone/something to help me.
Sam

Taiwan

#25 Feb 24, 2010
Im my opinion there is nothing wrong with trying accupuncture. The idea is based on stimulating various pressure points to stabilize your immune system which has gone haywired due to UDC ( Unintended Chronic Dehydaration) and any ongoing infection.It will help with your symptoms (temporarily) but will not cure the real problem.
Nontheless, it is a better approcah than taking steriods or antihistmines on daily basis which may cause some real serious side effects.
I will look forward to hear about your progress , please keep us posted and remember do not give up and keep drinking as long as it takes, you will be hives free soon.
Wish yoy good luck with your water therapy.
Cindy

Boston, MA

#26 Feb 25, 2010
Dear Sam,

Thank you for your follow-up message. I honestly am trying to get down 8 8-oz glasses of water a day; I admit it's a challenge. However, I think this experiment is worth the extra effort it will take me to follow through.

I have not heard of the healing power of oregano oil, but I like oregano in my foods and I think this is worth a try. I'll go to a Chinese Healing store this weekend and try to find it. The owner is very knowledgeable and will be able to tell me more about it. Of course, it will be impossible to know whether the water or oil of oregano has helped me more, but then perhaps it doesn't matter.

Thank you, again, for your advice, I appreciate it.
Cindy

Boston, MA

#28 Feb 27, 2010
Good morning, Sam!

I left the office, last night, and on my way home, I found a General Nutrition Corp.(GNC) store and purchased the oregano oil. I bought the oil, but it also was available in a tablet form. At home, I put two drops under my tongue, as directed on the bottle, and I was surprised by its foul taste and the hot spiciness of it. I immediately drank 8 ounces of water :) I drank 8 8-oz glasses of water, yesterday, but this morning, there are small wheals of hives on and below both knees and one on my neck. Two days ago, one eye was slightly swollen. I know that getting over these hives is a process, so I'll be patient.

One matter that may be increasing my difficulty with the urticaria is that life in the office has become very difficult, again. My former boss is harassing me, again. I know that this is the first sign of a long struggle before she makes a case to fire me based on the most trivial complaints and there will be no stopping her. She edits my email, which it does not require. It is horrible to work hard on a large volume of bureaucratic stuff and also to have to deal with harassment. The woman to whom I report (boss #2) since boss #1 harassed me unmercifully at a meeting in front of the department's chair and associate chair, is the chair of the department (boss #2). She is a smart and gracious person, but I do not want to take complaints to her that might make her already busy schedule more difficult AND I do not like tattling about boss #1 (who is still my boss on paper) regarding her annoying behavior.(It only looks annoying to those who are not constantly experiencing it; however, it is much more than just annoying to me. I dread seeing boss #1 and do not want to communicate with her at all.) My point is that the chronic stress in my life could be exacerbating my urticaria. I'm thinking hard about how to deal with this, i.e., I would like to support my boss in a way that feels comfortable to both of us, but I haven't thought of anything, yet. I fear that she is simply willing to be a bully and that her goal is to get rid of me in order to hire a less accomplished and less expensive person whom she can control, which will allow her to do her job efficiently even if incorrectly. Life is full of challenges, but I hope that I can learn and mature from this situation and move on.

I try to relax by playing the violin, going to art museums, and reading. Those activities help while I'm engaged doing them, but when I'm in the office, it does not feel like they help. I went to a Tai Chi class, at noon, yesterday, and that always helps.

I must go. I send you my best regards.

Cindy
Sam

Taiwan

#29 Feb 28, 2010
Hello Cindy, There is no doubt that life is tough and there are people who bent on making other people’s lives tougher. If I were you I might have a face to face and straightforward chat with the boss to find out what exactly she wants, it may help as sometimes there are some small misunderstandings or few (hidden) minor issues causing frictions and can be worked out through an open and frank discussion.
As for stress issue, fortunately, human body is extremely resilient and has remarkable ability to cope with daily stress.
In my opinion, stress do not cause hives it only exacerbate it. Cause of hives is an unstable immune system, a haywired immune system will act weirdly to almost anything and everything and once the immune system stabilizes ( when the cells are fully hydrated) your body will handle stress better without causing hives.
With water cure you will not see the results in a day or two. Remember your body is in "Water Conservation Mode" or in “ Crisis Management Mode” because of dealing with severe water shortage for long time, It will take time for your system to figure out what to do with all this nice good water you are pouring in, cells takes time to hydrate so patience and persistence is the key.
It is a probability that with the oil of oregano and water you may experience more hives or flu-like symptoms for a while; it is due to when the toxins which are stored in your body for long time are being released in the blood stream. This is called “ die off reaction” or “herxheimer reaction”. It is temporary though and will not last too long and once it is over you will feel great.
Keep me posted about your progress.
Mama

Edmonton, Canada

#30 Mar 7, 2010
Sam wrote:
Hello Cindy, There is no doubt that life is tough and there are people who bent on making other people’s lives tougher. If I were you I might have a face to face and straightforward chat with the boss to find out what exactly she wants, it may help as sometimes there are some small misunderstandings or few (hidden) minor issues causing frictions and can be worked out through an open and frank discussion.
As for stress issue, fortunately, human body is extremely resilient and has remarkable ability to cope with daily stress.
In my opinion, stress do not cause hives it only exacerbate it. Cause of hives is an unstable immune system, a haywired immune system will act weirdly to almost anything and everything and once the immune system stabilizes ( when the cells are fully hydrated) your body will handle stress better without causing hives.
With water cure you will not see the results in a day or two. Remember your body is in "Water Conservation Mode" or in “ Crisis Management Mode” because of dealing with severe water shortage for long time, It will take time for your system to figure out what to do with all this nice good water you are pouring in, cells takes time to hydrate so patience and persistence is the key.
It is a probability that with the oil of oregano and water you may experience more hives or flu-like symptoms for a while; it is due to when the toxins which are stored in your body for long time are being released in the blood stream. This is called “ die off reaction” or “herxheimer reaction”. It is temporary though and will not last too long and once it is over you will feel great.
Keep me posted about your progress.
Hi, I have been suffering from hives for 18 years and again having a major attack. Your answer to wated just seems a little too easy. Are you telling me that you didn't do anything else but drink water? How long were you suffering for and how is it now? Thanks
Cindy

Boston, MA

#31 Mar 7, 2010
Well, let me speak for myself. I started with hives about a year ago. I hardly noticed them at first, but eventually my whole body was covered with itchy wheals and I contemplated going to the emergency room twice, because I was having difficulty breathing. The dermatolgist ran a bunch of blood tests and a urine test and they all came back negative. He told me that there was nothing wrong with me with which he could help, and that my diagnosis was chronic idiopathic hives. That was it. No medical doctor did anything to help me and I'm rather bitter about that. Anywasy, I asked a well known psychiatrist, who is also an acupuncturist, whether he thought acupuncture could treat hives. He said yes and gave me the name of one of his colleagues. I called her and, miraculously, after my first appointment, I stopped breaking out. Well, I occasionally have a dot here or there, but those don't bother me. I am still going to acupuncture: I started going twice a week (5 times), then once a week (3 times), and after this week (+1), I am going to try twice a month. Meanwhile, my elderly mother found an article that claimed that red clover tea three times a day would help, so I've been drinking it. Then Sam mentioned dehydration... he didn't know that I'm chronically dehydrated, but I am because I never feel thirsty. It makes SO much sense that dehydration will catch up with a person and make him/her sick; therefore, I'm carefully drinking 8 8-oz. glasses of water per day. It can't hurt and it IS a simple remedy. I'm a so excited about simple remedies... why should it be difficult? Sam also suggested oil of oregano. It is foul stuff, but my medical doctor said that it won't hurt me, so I'm doing that, too. I am NOT a new age sort of person. I was trained as a scientist (mathematician) and lawyer, so I think about things very logically and I do not look for faddish answers to biological problems. I like easy answers; it makes no scientific sense to look for complicated ones. Maybe water won't help you, but it is such an easy place to start that I cannot see why you wouldn't want to try it. After a month or two, if you simply feel like a water logged bog for urticaria spawning, give it up. All I know is that life without hives was bliss and returning to that state of being is great. I'll drink water to that!... and be thankful that Sam thought to suggest it to me.
Sam

Taoyüan, Taiwan

#32 Mar 7, 2010
Hello Mama,
Unintentional Chronic Hydration (UCD) is the major cause of various chronic diseases. UCD manifest itself in the ways that you wouldn't imagine and the disease your MD would have difficult time understanding.
How incomprehensible this UCD theory sounds at first is fully understandable and I do not blame those who are skeptical.
Matter of fact is that we all are brain washed ( since our childhood) into believing that all of the human disease caused by some complicated and mysterious reasons which are only understood by the doctors and can only be cured through expensive medicines with some serious side effects, such mentality keep us from getting a very basic knowledge and understanding of our own body and how it works and due to this our information remains very limited on what causes chronic diseases if it is anything other than some nasty bacteria or virus.
It is very unfortunate that medical community has ignored the importance of water and the catastrophic consequences of UDC on human health. I do not blame doctors, the problem lies with the medical system which revolves around big profits.
Cindy with her positive and open mind set is on the right track.
I am 101 percent definite that Cindy is on her way to full recovery and she will be hives-free soon. Increased water intake will address the root cause of her hives problem, Oil of Oregano will wipe out any bacteria or viruses which might be causing an infection and the acupuncture will help stabilize and calm her immune system.
I suffered from hives for about a year with no help or answer from any doctors. I started water cure after i found out about histamines role as water regulators besides fighting bacteria and viruses and the link between UCD and chronic diseases through articles written by a great doctor Dr. F. Batmanghelidj.
I started to see good results in weeks and in my third month of water therapy 90 percent of hives were gone , minor out breaks with weaker hives resolved on their own and i do not need to take any medication .
I only use nice plain filtered water. My chronic pains are gone too and i feel more energy and I have better and younger looking skin.
You really need to give it a try and i wish you good luck.
Sam

Taiwan

#33 Mar 8, 2010
Sorry for my typo , it is " Unintentional Chronic Dehydration" not hydration.
Sam

Taiwan

#34 Mar 8, 2010
Cindy, Good to hear about your progress, I am happy for you.
Mama

Edmonton, Canada

#35 Mar 9, 2010
Wow, thanks Cindy & Sam for your responses I really appreciate them! Like I said I have suffered for 18 years now. Sometimes they have lasted as long as 3 years. I had to quite my schooling at the college because of them. Then I was lucky as for years I worked out of my home, so I was able to suffer thru them and still have an income. Now, I work outside of the home so I don't have that "cushion" anymore. I only made it to work 2 days last week. I am sure I don't have to describe the pain and agony these things cause. The swelling of the face, ankles, hands. The pain from the itch and burn. The welts that cover my entire body. It is comforting but sad that others have this same thing. Way back in 1992 when I first had them, there wasn't anyone else out there!

I started accupuncture. Today was my second appointment. She isn't too sure when I might start to notice a difference, but I will continue. She wanted to start me on some Chinese herbs but I started a body/liver detox that is 15 days so she will start me on some once I am finished. I am on day three of the detox. I read how the liver could be so full of toxins that this may be how it is trying to get rid of them. Thought that it can't hurt. The diet is really strict. I am also on day 3 of water. Day one 60 ounces, day two 72 ounces and day today I may get close to the 80 that I am supposed to get to. I also read that stinging nettle has anti-inflamitory properties, so I have been drinking lots of the tea. I am double the over the counter antihistamines. Reactine is the only thing that works for me. I take a 24 hour one every 12 hours. I also use chlortripolon on top of that as well. How unhealthy can all those drugs be, expecially the fact that I am using way more than the daily dose!! Plus I take a H2 blocker, cimetidine which is a prescription. I think it helps, meaning I believe it would be way worse without it! The last few days have been bearable.

With all that being said... I will continue with the acupuncture. Water loggign myself as there is no harm in that and finish the detox. I am hoping in two weeks I will see some kind of improvement.

I totally understand the whole water thing but it seems to good to be true! Considering that I have suffered for so long and if it is all to do with the water! With dealing with this disease for 18 years it is hard to be optimistic!

So Sam, you are hive free? And Cindy you are close to being hive free?

Again, thanks for your responses as I really appreciated them!
Sam

Taoyüan, Taiwan

#36 Mar 23, 2010
Cindy , Mama, Hows progress going?
Cindy

Boston, MA

#37 Mar 24, 2010
Hi Sam! I was going to write you, today, to give you an update. Actually, my urticaria have been either absent or bad. I have been trying very hard to drink 8 8-oz glasses of water every day and I am doing much better at it. I have found that if I have a couple of bottles of water on my desk at work, I will drink them, so I keep water bottles close by. I did have a set back a couple of weeks ago; I was very sick with a cold for four days (102 degree F fever and tiresome cough) and I was too sick to get up to get the water I needed. Between my immune system being out of commission and the dehydration from 4 days in bed, I set myself up for a serious case of hives (face, lips, palet where I had had an oral surgery as well as legs and arms). But since then, I've gotten back on track with the water and I only break out a little. I have noticed that my hives are often found on scar tissue. I don't know that that is significant, but it may be to someone. Additionally, I have kept up with the oil of oregano and I still go to my acupuncturist about every 10 - 14 days. I think the water regimen is good for me and I am willing to believe that chronic dehydration will lead to chronic hives... I never did believe in chronic idiopathic hives. I'll check in with you, again, in another month or so, because I think that the spring temperatures (Oh, may they be warmer than last year's!) and sun will lead to longer walks, which will also help. Best regards! Cindy
Mama

Edmonton, Canada

#38 Mar 24, 2010
Hi,

I am having pretty good results. I too am not hive free but my life feels normal again. I am done the 15 day detox for my liver. I am still being careful of what I eat. This goes back to two theories. One certain foods produce histamine. Second my body/organs just don't work like a 'normal' person's does and it gets 'build up' and by watching what I eat it helps clean me out. I am drinking lots of water. Getting in 60 to 80 ounces a day. I have yet to buy the book! I have now had 6 acupuncture treatments. I do believe that they have helped tremendously. I am back to taking one reactine a day which is the norm for me. So it is like I have gone into remission as long as I have my daily reactine I am hive free. What is not normal is how fast I recovered from them this time. To be at my worst for only 2 weeks is unheard of. I usually suffer for years before I get any sort of relief. I won't complain because my present situation is fantastic but to see the day that I don't have to put any drugs into me daily would be a miracle!

Cindy, I too in the past when in my remission stage and have forgotten to take my reactine will get hives on my scars first. Because I have had these for 18 years I can't imagine that this could be significant but you never know!

Back to my food theory, last Friday I lost all control and had serious amounts of sugar. I tink becaue I had gone 18 days with out a taste I lost it! I love sweets! Anyways the next day I had more hives then normal and was very itchy. So I do believe that when my immune system is down that what I take in plays apart in the overall picture.

Sam, are you completely hive free? Taking anything for them?

Cindy it sounds like you and I are about the same right now.

Any suggestions from you two is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Brian W

Penshurst, Australia

#39 Apr 2, 2010
Hi,
I have had hives since 2001 and lately they had been re-occurring every 6 days during which time I would be extremely ill. I have seen numerous doctors , specialists and even a highly recommended immunologist, but none of them could really help me. Last November, I read articles about a certain product, it had nothing to do with hives but I purchased it and since taking it I have not had a single attack of hives. I am absolutely delighted and once again I find that life is worth living. I have provided the link to this product and I would suggest that if you are suffering from hives give it a try, it is cheap and it will not harm you because it is a trace element that your body should have. However do adhere to the recommended dosage.

http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item0...
Cindy

Boston, MA

#40 Apr 4, 2010
I just looked up Sodium Selenite - and Selenium - and found that it is being used to treat some kinds of cancer. Right away, I'll say that I do not play with that kind of fire. If oncologists are using sodium selenite for cancer patients, it means they are still trying to figure out how it works and how to make it work best for extremely ill patients. I would not purchase anything over the Internet that is so potent without a reputable doctor's guidance and without knowing that whatever is in the bottle is precisely what it says it is. Additionally, some supposedly effective products have very serious side effects, e.g. St. John's Wart might ameliorate symptoms of depression, but it also collects in dermal fat making a person permanently phototoxic. How many people know that? Playing around with a chemical product that is being used to treat cancer without knowing more and without the benefit of a knowledgeable medical professional seems rather stupid to me. Sorry to be so blunt, but your willingness to turn yourself into a human chemistry laboratory (not even an experiment, because you do not have a control to which to compare yourself) is crazy... especially if you really want to get better. I would suggest trying to drink 64 oz. of water every day to see whether something more benign could help. It is helping me.
Brian W

Mckellar, Australia

#41 Apr 10, 2010
"You can lead a horse to water"......You know how the rest of it goes.

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