Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
September 23, 2019 [printfriendly]
I am stoked! I am a new man! I am on a positive roll!
In my last update on September 9, 2019, I described the scariest days of my life. Being bedridden since August 21st after my pathological fractures on the right side of my body, I entered a state of deep depression. I wasn’t able to function as I was before my fall. Thoughts of “giving up” played with my psyche. I stopped most of my integrative supplements and protocols because I was physically and mentally unable to continue with them for about a month. But I had a transformation that turned things around.
I began physical therapy on September 16th. My body was healing – slowly but definitely. The pain was subsiding. Movement was gradually returning.
My personal physical therapist (Patrick Rupppe, PT, MSPT) has been awesome! He helped me by demonstrating various exercises that I would perform several times a day to strengthen my severely atrophied muscles. For the first time in a month, I was getting prepared to get out of my hospital bed.
To start, Patrick helped me sit on the side of the bed. Then he guided me to stand by the side of the bed. It wasn’t easy. I felt dizzy, unstable, and pain. And I could not use my broken right arm to support me in standing.
I did several sets of “standing up”, “sitting back down”, and then “standing again” over the next several days. I slowly progressed to walking (using a walker) from my bed to a reclining chair and then back again to my bed.
I feel I accomplished much just by getting this far. However, I still am tethered to a catheter and have to use a bedpan for bowel movements. (You can’t imagine how demoralized I feel having to depend on a catheter and bedpan.)
We take our mundane daily routines for granted. My goal is to return to relatively normal functions like using the bathroom naturally, walking with the assistance of a rollator walker, and using my right arm purposely.
Looking forward, the humerus of my right arm will continue to challenge me. Today, I can “write” with my right hand, but I am unable to “lift” my right arm by itself or put any weight on my right arm. While pain is significantly reduced, total function is lacking. My orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist will help me deal with my options.
I returned to my integrative healing protocols. These are my attempts to wake up my body to heal itself.
To summarize, what I put into my body and what I avoid are the starting points for a healthy body. Over the past six years, I have published detailed descriptions of my eating and healthy lifestyles. You can read about them in various Blogs on my website.
In addition to the basics of nutrition and lifestyle, I include what I believe are exceptional means to improve my body’s healing potential. I take various specific supplements to support my bone metabolism, immune system, my entire microbiome, digestion, and detoxification.
Also, I incorporate energy medicine to improve the function of my mitochondria based on peer-reviewed medical research. I have written articles on my website about how I use Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy to accomplish this.
My caveat: I created my protocols from what I learned through my independent research. I don’t make any claims that these will be beneficial for others to follow. None of these protocols have brought my bone marrow cancer into remission. In fact, my multiple myeloma has never entered remission. However, my goal is to continue to support the natural healing processes of my body while all along maintaining the quality of my life as best as I can.
My positive attitude is palpable. I rediscovered my relevance and motivation. I am pursuing my quality of life within the parameters of my new reality.
My new reality is that I will be functioning with a weakened and damaged right arm. I also know I am prone to pathological bone fractures, which could be my “Achilles’ heel”. Other than these cautions, I will be able to write, publish, speak, and maybe even present virtual seminars for the world to see.
In upcoming weeks, I will get back to creating articles based on peer-reviewed medical research. My writings are my interpretations of the science that is out there. This information needs to be understood by all health-oriented readers.