even more on green tea

my afternoon meditation--sencha

my afternoon meditation–sencha

A recent article appropriately titled, Need another reason to drink green tea? How about preventing dementia? appeared recently. The 5-year study conducted by Professor of Neurology, Masahito Yamada of Kanazawa University, looked at the connection between green tea consumption and mental health. What they found was impressive:

• Out of the 157 subjects who said they drank green tea every day, only 18, or 11.5 percent, showed mental disorders. The numbers were similar for the subset that drank green tea one to six times a week, with 29 out of 195, or 14.9 percent, having developed problems.
• In contrast, 43 of the 138 people who said they never drank green tea – a whopping 31.2 percent – displayed signs of diminished mental functions. In other words, drinking green tea daily reduced a person’s risk of developing dementia or dementia-like symptoms to roughly one-third of those who never partook of Japan’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage.
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more on green tea

We’re HUGE green tea drinkers. From the way I talk about it, you’d think I work for one of the Japanese green tea companies. Alas, I do not. 🙂

Here is yet another study linking green tea with health benefits. In this case, brain healing properties.

• Titled, Green tea catechins potentiate the neuritogenic action of brain-derived neurotrophic factor: role of 67-kDa laminin receptor and hydrogen peroxide, the paper set out to explore green tea’s potential for increasing the activity of a nerve growth factor known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), essential for the growth, maintenance and survival of neurons. read more

considering a walker

Before we cancelled our spring trek to Japan because of the Edwin factor, I was feeling spry enough to purchase a walker which I was using to take walks around the neighborhood—short without and long with Oscar. Although traveling with a wheelchair is certainly workable, it is much better for my health on many levels (eg improved digestion, structure, cardiovascular) to walk upright. Walking with a cane as I normally do is fine, as well, but it has its own limitations when I begin to fatigue. My posture and, therefore, structure are better served by a walker. Having both assistive devices available means I may endeavor to be good to my body by walking as much as possible AND accomplish lots of things while traveling even though I may become fatigued (extra-long days= wheelchair). I have between now and September to increase my endurance with the walker. Bon courage! read more




We cancelled our trip to Japan because Edwin, the brown tabby of the household, had emergency surgery Friday, March 21. Japan will always be there, but there’s only one Edwin. We visit several times a day and are honored to see his steady recovery.

staying paleo in Japan

How does one remain paleo while traveling, particularly in Japan, where soy is such a huge part of the diet? From different types of tofu, soy sauce, etc. to soy beans in everything from green tea treats to donuts and bread, visitors are deluged with different ways to consume soy. Not a good idea for someone who espouses paleo and the belief that legumes are not a good thing to be eating—particularly if you are autoimmune like I am and are concerned about other possible GI problems with soy.

I bring a piece of paper written in Japanese and English which reads: read more

preparing food list for Japan

We’re getting ready for the spring trip to Japan which means I start trying to remember what to bring on a trans-Pacific plane flight such that I can survive with enough calories and not poison myself with airplane food.

I haven’t consumed airline food in decades, but my diet has become even more restricted with the allergies which I was previously unaware of (gluten, eggs, etc). The trick is that you want to bring things to snack on. One wants to snack when you are on a plane for over 10 hours—okay, when you’re on a plane for over 15 minutes. When the crew walks the aisles calling, “cookies, chips, and candy,” you don’t want to be in a position to have to accept any of it only to regret it when you arrive at your destination, or worse, before. read more

ramblings on disability

I endeavor not saying, “MY” MS or “MY” RA. I always felt it gave too much power to the disease. I was somehow relinquishing control as if that’s WHO I was—THE disease. The solution for me was to name them. At that time my neurologist was female and my rheumatologist was male. I decided to name the MS, Lucy, and the RA, Ricky. Yes, a reference to Ricky and Lucy Ricardo. One must find amusement where they may. I look at Ricky and Lucy as a part of life. I recognize them, am aware of them, but they don’t control me or what I do. Of course, I have limitations. We all do no matter the age—disease or no disease. They, however, do not define me. read more


VERY simply stated, methylation is a process that happens in all cells of the body so that you’re able to make the chemicals you need to function. It is tightly linked to folate metabolism and requires vitamin B12.

What exactly needs methylation reactions? The short list would include cellular repair, detoxification, neurotransmitter production, proper immune system function, and specifically important in my case, inactivating histamine. Those are some important functions, indeed.

MTHFR stands for methyl-tetrahydrofolate reductase which is the enzyme which is responsible for methylation; there are several genetic variants which result in suboptimal methylation. I have one copy of C677T gene for MTHFR. read more

trigeminal neuralgia

December of 2012, I experienced trigeminal neuralgia–most likely related to MS. I distinctly remember that it is not what I told Santa I wanted for Christmas, but he was a shmuck that year, and that’s what I received. It started off cycling (about 20 minutes with pain, 20 minutes no pain), and I thought I could handle it if it continued to do that. It did not enter my mind how exactly I thought I was going to live as I was just trying to cope. It then stopped cycling. The trigeminal nerve has three main branches: opthalmic, mandibular, maxillary. Both the mandibular and maxillary branch were involved; it felt like I was having root canals on all the teeth on the right side of my face, both lower and upper jaws, without the benefit of a numbing agent. read more