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Some Tea

[And Now for Something Completely Different.] Beverage tea, hot, iced, however not… gossip, like actual tea.

I grew up with the cursed yellow teabags. Lipton sun tea, Celestial Seasonings Orange Spice, super mainstream grocery store findings. I thought I hated tea and didn’t really consider it until I was 25 when I decided I would make better choices for my health. Fortunately, at the time I was working at a health food/supplement shop and had access to a broader variety of choices.

Since I’ve come to love and lose a variety of teas, mostly specialty or imported, and my collection is ever-evolving. 52teas ultimately shifted my trajectory and helped me move past some of my preexisting biases, particularly with regards to herbal and oolong teas. Now I hardly ever go for the “flavored” varieties, but it was an important step for me to realize the difference between quality and stuff that’s mass-produced and sitting in a box past the expiration date (as in actually gone bad, not aged).

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Mental Wallaby, MS Reclamation, Uncategorized

Trying CBD Again 👍

I’ve tried CBD before. Being specific, I’ve tried THC-free CBD isolate and a cheap CBD extract, I think it was with the ACDC strain (historically any chance I had for ACDC I took it, since you know, ACϟDC. Probably not the soundest medical decision.)

Last week after Panic Day 2020, I had scheduled an appointment with my GP. Also spoke with my therapist and shot my neurologist a message. A friend recommended I try Lexapro for the anxiety, which I was on board for, up until my anxiety increased at the thought of taking another SSRI. I had a bad experience with Paxil in my 20s, one I very specifically prefer not to revisit. Looking into antidepressants that are good for MS patients with anxiety, I decided to ask after Effexor, and both my neurologist and therapist were on board. I waited as I wanted the final ruling decision to be my GP.

By Saturday night I had grown increasingly anxious about Effexor, polypharmacy, and everything that goes with that. I don’t think I have a chemical imbalance, I know I have an anxiety disorder, and that I’m trapped in my house without my friends/family to help me remember outside isn’t evil and coming inside to get me. […]

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MS Reclamation

Pulse Prednisone & Skincare

I’ve been trying to find anything about the dryness situation I have going on after a pulse of prednisone and a quick search on the internet shows thin skin, dryness, bruising are all side effects, but details or coping suggestions are absent in favor of the severe side-effects. This is fair, all else considered.

I don’t know if I’m the only one out there that feels as if prednisone is a whole-body desiccant (I get the range of “extreme thirst” side effects), but I’d like to share what’s been working for me in the event this might help anyone else. I know for me these “temporary side effects” have an impact on my skin texture and how makeup wears for at least a month after going through a pulse treatment.

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MS Reclamation

Multiple Sclerosis Within the Black Community

Per the Mayo Clinic, IN PRESENT DAY 2020, “Risk Factors” for MS include:

White people, particularly those of Northern European descent, are at highest risk of developing MS. People of Asian, African or Native American descent have the lowest risk.

THIS IS FALSE. I’ll be civil for the sake of providing useful information and spreading awareness, but this is horrifying.

In an article “Multiple Sclerosis More Common In Black Women Than White” on Medical News Today:

“Of these new cases, black patients had a 47% greater likelihood of MS compared to white patients. Results also showed that Hispanics had a 50% reduced risk compared to white patients, and Asians had a 80% lower chance than whites.”

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