I called my mom this morning to tell her happy birthday and got a surprise myself. I got to see my Aunt (we were on video) who I have not seen in who knows how long! I know she lived in Tampa last I saw her and I was married to my ex but it really has been a long time! They got to see the kids and it was really nice to talk. The kids didn't even make a lot of noise like they often do when I'm on the phone! I'm getting a lot of things done in this time "off". I use my junk mail (the stuff not coated in wax) and the twigs that fall from the trees in our many storms to make paper bricks for use in the fire place. We don't use it often but they are far better than using paper and twigs separately. I have put 3 in there at once and put a wet log on top and the log has caught before the bricks were gone. They take time to cure and I go through far more than I would like to say. I had 2 big boxes of them and they were both empty at the end of a 3-day period but now I know to be smarter so maybe next time I can be smarter about it. We'll see. Since they take a lot of time to make, I only have the ones I made yesterday put together. I need to wait until I have time in between classes to get them done. My closet is overflowing with paper products and I have a bucket full of small twigs, I just need time. I'll have more of that next year when I finish school. My cat had peed on the kids' couches (I had not cleaned the litter box when it needed to be done so I'm not mad at her) and I put them on the porch to be cleaned by the rain. I went out yesterday afternoon and the neighbor's dog had destroyed my daughter's couch. Fortunately he did it in THEIR yard so I didn't have to clean up the mess on top of it. I guess she will get a new one when we can afford it. I'll see if I can find her a Stitch couch.
The discussion post I'm sharing today is a bit close to the heart. Again, the prompt was to update a monograph. When I was in tech school (where the military sends you to learn your trade) and I did some volunteer work with MS patients where they rode horses to learn how to walk again. Of all the volunteer things I have done in my life, this is the one I'm most proud of. It was also proof to me that you don't necessarily need drugs to heal your body. It was a wonderful time in my life. Have a great day!
I know the assignment is to discuss/update an issue discussed in the monograph with newer studies but in my search I ran across something very interesting I thought deserved to be discussed (I haven’t read any posts to know if this study has been talked about so apologies if it has). The AHP article focuses pretty heavily on the traditional use of St. John’s Wort on depression. There are a lot of studies out there that support that use. While reading through them, I discovered a study that uses this herb to treat MS. What popped out at me and the reason I chose this article is the same constituent that treats MS, treats depression. I’ll admit I don’t know much about MS, how it starts, etc but the idea that a “depression” medication could enable MS victims to walk again? This is REMARKABLE to me. In my early 20’s I volunteered with a program that helped MS patients learn to walk again by having them ride horses. The horse walks the same way we do so it teaches their legs to remember that walking movement. Very cool stuff. I think I’ll put this paper aside and potentially use it as a topic in a future research paper but for the purposes of this assignment, I think I would add something like this below under the constituent section.
Hypericin’s ability to inhibit MAO enzymes and regulate dopamine helps another constituent, hyperforin, inhibit dopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline, GABA, and L-glutamate from being utilized which appears to help MS patients in preliminary research. (Mojaverrostami, 2018)
I say preliminary research because I have not dug any deeper into this topic. They go on to say the antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects of St. John’s Wort seem to make it a good thing to use.
Mojaverrostami, S., Bojnordi, M. N., Ghasemi-Kasman, M., Ebrahimzadeh, M. A., Hamidabadi, H. G. A Review of Herbal Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 8(4), 575-590. doi: 10.15171/apb.2018.066
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.