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Raunauds ..can u help??

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  • Posted By: michelle bost
  • October 27, 2006
  • 11:43 AM

I have Ranauds disease and i would like to know if anyone would know what vitamins..or herbs may help this condition or foods??Thank you

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  • I have it too in my large toes. Ginkgo helped me quite a bit. So did homeopathy and acupuncture.I also seem to be helped by:1) never standing in cold, wet ground (gardening in winter is out!)2) making sure my shoes are not too constrictive. I like sandals in the summer because my toes are free.3) moving to a warmer climate. mine got better here in california. i first noticed symptoms in idaho. it may run in families. my father had it when he was in his 40s and it got better in his 50s. i first had it in my late 20s and it has gotten better over the years. i've red that drinking wine is supposed to be good for it. i probably should drive up to napa and stock up!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 02:06 AM
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  • Ihad Raynauds syndrome and can almost say with certainty that it is caused by some type of food intolerance and possibly too many carbs in the morning. Muscle testing for food intolerances works best
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Why too many carbs in the morning as a cause? I'm not a big carb eater and neither is my father. Both of us prefer protein breakfasts, don't eat any junk food and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Neither of us are diabetic, both of us are thin and in great shape. Neither of us smoke. Neither of us have any of the diseases associated with Raynaud's disease, phenomena or syndrome.My father at 89 has none of the major diseases and is on no prescription medicines and takes a lot of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. I'm not as aggressive about vitamin intake as he is, but I don't eat any bad foods such as sugar and refined carbs, trans fats etc. I found this. It recommends ginkgo and IH (non-flushing version of niacin) as a vessel dilator. http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C375047.htmlInteresting about the niacin. I know he takes niacinamide so I might try that as that could have been the key to relieving his problems. He began taking it for his knees. This could be the key, at least for me. Maybe for you too. The one thing I know about Niacin is that it can work quickly in the system, turning conditions around rapidly.My father and I shared the same symptoms. Basically numbness of the toes at the tip to where if you pressed on the flesh it felt dead at the surface. As mine got better with the use of gingko I began to feel extreme pain instead of numbness. So my toes hurt and I thought I had gout (at this time I had not been diagnosed). It seemed too that if I exercised intensely the pain was worse. This is consistent with the following:"Raynaud's syndrome, first described in 1862 by the French physician Maurice Raynaud, has no known cause or cure. The syndrome is a condition in which small arteries, most commonly in the fingers and toes, spasm and cause the skin to turn pale or a patchy red to blue."But my father and I never have had the toes turning pale or blue.I have heard Raynaud's phenomena explained to me as "the small arteries constrict, the blood pools at the tips of the toes (or fingers) because it cannot make the turn around at the capillaries due to the constriction. Thus you have pain from the pressure." Here is where our syndrome (my father's and mine) don't match what everyone says are the causes:It is associated with problems with the nerves supplying muscles; pulmonary hypertension, which raises the blood pressure in the vessels of the lungs;(Neither my father or I have this as our blood pressure usually is around 110/70)diseases of the arteries, such as Buerger's disease http://vasculitis.med.jhu.edu/typesof/buergers.html ] (neither of us have this fortunately)and atherosclerosis (in people over 60); (my father doesn't have this at all at 89, it's difficult to tell with me, but doubtful)and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammation and swelling of tissue in the joints), (I don't have this, neither does he)systemic lupus erythematosus (a chronic inflammation of the skin and organ systems), (Neither of us have this)and scleroderma(Neither of us have this)Raynaud's syndrome can also be caused by hypothyroidism, whether isolated or affiliated with scleroderma."(My father takes thyroid, but he is convinced he had to because dental x-rays in his 70s negatively affected his thyroid. He started taking this rather late in life and it is not uncommon for the elderly to be low thyroid. The only symptom I have of low thyroid is I get cold easily, but I am slender with not much body fat and it sort of makes sense that this could happen.)One thing he and I may have in common is that most likely we both may have been on the verge of suffering from frostbite. I grew up in Idaho and often remember my feet being extremely cold in my shoes in the middle of winter. Plus little girls back in those days (1960s) had to wear dresses and stockings and we had only little girl's dress shoes on our feet. Some things do change for the better. I can remember having to stand out in cold temperatures waiting for a bus and jumping up and down to keep warm. My father as a kid during the Great Depression probably didn't have adequate shoes either. I'm convinced that our problems may have been induced by cold extremities.Anyway, I didn't mean to bore anyone with my personal experience with this, but I am convinced that the tissues can be healed by nutrition. Certainly mine has gotten better over the years and my father's went away completely.Here is what this doctor says. http://drmirkin.blogspot.com/2006/11/cold-hands_22.htmlConsistent with what I said earlier about cold temperatures making the condition worse. I should definitely not move back to Idaho.I just took a look at the nutritional information for Niacin in the Nutritional Almanac. It widens blood vessels. Bingo!I think my father may have found the key for my complete recovery. I am going to get a bottle of Niacinamide tomorrow and see if this completes my recovery.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 03:24 AM
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  • I have it too, very cold in the mildest of temps. I take ginger pills every day and found that makes a diff. Someone said cayenne pepper pills to me once, and if cayenne pepper is rubbed on my skin, it works nicely. But since I get gut problems when I ingest peppers, I don't like to take the chance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 06:26 AM
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  • I also have raynauds, I can also be agrivated by smoking..... But mostly the cold damp air conditions, so keeping warm. High bp meds can make it worse as well.I never heard of the carb thing.. I dont eat many carbs as I have celiac disease. Raynauds is an auo immune disorder. Thanks Stay warm....Deb:D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 11:10 AM
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