Today is the first day of my new life situation.
I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and was perscribed a drug called Methotrexate, which I am supposed to take for the rest of my life. It’s a chemotherapy drug with horrible side effects, including some that scared me away:
The one that worries me the most is “chemo brain”: memory loss, brain fog, impaired learning ability.
I’m going to try some alternative approaches while I think about what to do. I will use this site to blog about what is happening and to track statistics.
Sorry in advance for any typos. I also have chronic hand injuries which require a special keyboard that doesn’t have as much accuracy as a normal keyboard.
I’m trying to think of what variables to track:
- pain — severity and location
- food and fasting
- skin condition
- low-soap, no-poo experiments
- computer usage
I’m on day one of a three-day fast, which I will explain in a future post. In the meantime, here is some related reading:
- Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system — “Protection from chemotherapy immunosuppression indicates effect could be conserved in humans”
- Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds
- The effect on health of alternate day calorie restriction: eating less and more than needed on alternate days prolongs life.
It’s late now, but I’ll explain more as I have time to write.
(This post was written on 5-27, edited, and then published on 6-3.)