How Phyllis got off pharmaceuticals

Phyllis was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She also had thyroid issues, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. At the most, she was taking 12 different pharmaceuticals.

Besides reversing her diabetes (to read that story, start with Part 1 here or read this summary), she got off all her prescription meds.

Getting off medication is a taboo in many people’s minds. Once prescribed a medication, they believe that they have to take it for the rest of their life because their condition is irreversible. They believe that no longer taking a medication would be disobeying a doctor’s orders, and doctors are like God.

Medications can be extremely helpful, even life-saving. Byetta made a major difference for Phyllis. Yet it turned out she only needed it for a while, until her body became healthier and less resistant to insulin.

If you are in doubt about whether you might ever be able to go off a medication, ask your doctor if lifestyle changes can make a difference. Continue reading

Restorative yoga class changes

Yesterday I wrote that I was limiting the size of my Sunday night Unwinding class to three students. I realized last night from setting up a different way that there’s room for one more student.

So the new maximum is four. I have a couple of regulars and would love to have a couple more.

I encourage you to visit and find out for yourself if this class meets your needs. If you’d like to check it out, please call or text or email ahead (preferably by Sunday noon at the latest) to make sure there’s space and props for you. I’d love to introduce you to restorative yoga!

If you’re already a regular, please know how much I appreciate knowing when you’re not going to be there. You’ve been great about that!

Starting next week, I’m initiating something new — taking blood pressure and pulse/oxygen readings before and after class. 

One student has high blood pressure and insomnia. She says she always sleeps well after taking this class. I’m curious about whether there’s a connection between blood pressure and insomnia. She has a blood pressure measuring device that she’s letting us all use. 

I bought a fingertip pulse oximeter, which measures pulse rate and oxygen saturation. We’ll use that as well, before and after class.

I love reading what scientists have learned about the effects of practicing yoga. I’d like to add something to that body of work, even if it’s not a double-blind study with controls. Does everyone’s blood pressure decrease after a restorative class? If so, how much? Does their pulse slow and oxygen saturation increase? How does this tie into stress, sleep, and being centered?

Stay tuned to find out!