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  1. Peter Woodruff

    By introduction, my name is Peter Woodruff. I am a 70 -year old business man, living in Florida. I am extensively involved in many civic activities and am an avid fisherman. My interest in writing this blog on my health is to promote dialogue about personal health and to share information about things that have been helpful for me.

    This summer, while on a vacation with my family, we were diving on Great Guana Cay. Due to some over estimations about my capabilities, I found myself in a real pickle as I was assaulted by sharks a fare distance from shore,

    Due to rapid heart rate and extreme over exertion, my lungs started to fill up with fluid. Rather than go through the whole story, my son was finally able to drag me up on the beach, after alluding any teeth from the sharks, I realized that I was in a full-blown attack of heart failure.

    Because of the great skill of several local fire and rescue personnel on the island, and a doctor on another island, and a wonderful nurse, Imelda, on a third island, my life was spared. That day, while lying in the sand spitting frothy blood into a towel, I was introduced to a, pulse oxymeter, my oxygen reading at that time was 77% oxygen in my blood. After a day went by, my readings had improved to 82 -to 87%, but far from the 98% that most of my family members were showing.

    When faced with things like life and death, your mind thinks of many things, hence the name of my blog, Staying Alive. While that heart failure attack was the worst, it was not my first. My wife and I were in Paris, in a nice little hotel, and after a long hard day of being a tourist, had dinner, we went to bed. As I laid down on the bed I noticed a gurgling sound coming from my chest, the longer I laid down, the harder it was to breathe and the worse the gurgling. I figured out if I sat up, it went away, but as soon as I laid down again, it would come back. I realized that if I took pillows and I sat in the corner of the room with the pillows on either side of me, I could sleep sitting up, and deal with the reason why in the morning. Just to add a little info here, I don’t speak French, nor do I have an affinity for Drs. or hospitals. That was incident number 2.

    The first time, was at home, months before and it was nowhere as bad as either of the other episodes. So, if you’re at a point in the story where you’re getting a little depressed, I really believe that it gets a lot better. II am first trying to explain the severity of my condition, give your insight into who I am, and let you know that these difficulties have pushed me to look for solutions. Understand this, my medical conditions are multiple, and in some respects, very much a catch 22 type of situation. I have had low back issues and knee, bone on bone, Sciatica and other problems which have caused me to really look for alternative answers. When you look up heart failure, you will see that they, the medical community, say that there is limited treatment, and that it is often fatal. I am not only not ready to die, but believe that I have already have made significant strides in finding answers to even the severest of my difficulties.

    In my quest for health answers, in this case about Heart Failure, the question should be asked, what is the cause? In my case, at the time of my incidents, my heart was not able to process the blood, to pump it properly through the body to remove the spent C02 from my lungs and get oxygen out of the air and process it properly back into my blood stream. Reasons being, significant heart damage to make it work inefficiently. One of the first clues to my difficulties came with the revelation that taking Aleve NSAID products, for me is a”no,no”. NSAIDS cause kidneys to slow down and those kidneys help illuminate waste fluid which builds up in your body.

    Your lungs job is to help in oxygenating blood so that you can live, but when you fill them up with fluid, they can’t do their job and you die. Did I mention the bone on bone?

    of my knees? Of course, I did, constant pain in my knees, but being a chicken about surgery, or maybe I’m just not ready to trust Drs. with my knees, this also started me on a course to look for alternative solutions to the very things which were killing me.

    In an effort to rehabilitate my heart I have begun an exercise program. My Daughter in Law is a wonderful personal trainer, and she has taken me on as a reclamation project. We will hear from her at some future point, when she has a free moment. I work with her 2 separate hours a week, and try to bike some on all of the other 3 days.

    How much Aleve was I taking? Way too much, but in order to do the things of my daily life I thought that I needed to do it. When the episodes of pulmonary edema started to happen, and it was explained to me how Aleve, combined with heart damage was a large part of the culprit, things started to change. I could not stop working out as I was trying to rehabilitate my heart, and yet without pain relief, my knees hurt so bad. That was when I probably started reading about supplements which work for pain relief.

    Well, being the sceptic that you are starting to know me to be, I read about Turmeric and Curcumin
    I bought some and began to take it. I then contacted Wisdom of Nature Marketplace and their source nutra wiki who sent me the information that I needed. (nutra wiki link product name ) Is what I have. I started a regimen of curcumin and in a relatively short time I was noticing dramatic results. All I can say is that the knee pain is so significantly reduced, that I go up and down stairs better, can stand much longer, walk further, and over all am just really happy about my knees.

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