The Truth About Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

This RLS Blog contains a LOT of information about Restless Legs Syndrome, covering a wide spectrum of different areas and aspects.

Because of that, a casual passerby at 4am that’s just trying to find a solution for their wonky legs may be overwhelmed or frustrated as they have to dig through information on epigenetics, glutamate, histamine etc. in order to find out what this “CURE” is all about.

For that reason I have created this post which I will LOCK into the first position on the blog so that this overview of “An Absolute Cure for RLS” will always be visible to newcomers.

magellan2INTRODUCTION

Throughout our early history the majority of the world’s population considered the earth to be flat. That was a normal way to think.

If you were to shout out that the world was ROUND back then, you would have probably been pelted with rotten vegetables.

You would have been called a NUT … a person DESPERATE for attention.

And then things changed.

In the early 16th century, Ferdinand Magellan proved to the Western World, that without a doubt, the world was in fact ROUND.

A new awareness was created.

But there were MANY before him that had the same knowledge. Ferdinand Magellan was simply part of a lineage of belief.

Despite the fact that most of the 300 million inhabitants of the planet in the early 1600’s believed the world to be flat, and but a small handful of astronomer-types believed it to be round, the truth was never altered. Not for a second. It was ALWAYS waiting there to be discovered.

A belief never has nor ever will alter the truth. The number of people supporting the belief does not matter.

ImageSo, What’s My Point?

Please understand, I’m not saying that I’m ANYTHING like Ferdinand Magellan. He had more courage in his baby toe than I have in my entire body.

But, despite my foibles, I have also stumbled upon a truth. And despite what anyone says, regardless of their intelligence, their degrees, their stature or whatever following they may have, there is NOTHING on earth that is going to change this simple truth that I have stumbled upon.

The simple truth is this basic formula.

LESS INFLAMMATION = LESS RESTLESS LEGS

Regardless of what your reaction may be to me, my views, or natural remedies in general … this truth that I am presenting to you is NEVER going to change.

ImageAN ABSOLUTE CURE FOR RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME (RLS)

PROLOGUE

There is NO case of RLS that is beyond repair.

But please note … it is a PROCESS of RECOVERY. There is no magic pill.

You are exchanging your inflammatory diet and lifestyle (removing whatever it is in your life that is causing the inflammation in your body) for an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.

As you can imagine, many sacrifices will need to be made. Some will be drastic. For starters you need to cut down on inflammatory items such as sugar, alcohol, refined flours, caffeine and dairy.

It may seem impossible, but if you move in this healthy direction, I can assure you that the sacrifices you make will pay off.

ImageI had horrible RLS for 23 years. I am now living a life I could have only dreamed of a few years ago. Words cannot express how grateful and relieved I am to have normal healthy legs and regular sleeping habits.

Something I learned from my own experience is that the MORE effort you put into your recovery, the FASTER you will heal.

If the only change you’re willing to make is to buy some magnesium or cut down on your sugar intake, then your recovery will be SLOW.

If you follow the advice given on this website, and go at your recovery with EVERYTHING you have … you will be rewarded for your efforts!

ImageSTEP ONE: STOP CONSUMING INFLAMMATORY FOODS AND BEVERAGES

If a fire breaks out in your kitchen, the first thing you need to do in order to save your house is to put out the fire!

It’s pretty basic logic. You can worry about the smoke damage, your melted toaster, the ruined curtains and whether or not your insurance covers the damage … after the fact.

But until you put that fire out, nothing else matters.

You must take the same approach when taking on your RLS. You must first PUT OUT the fire that is causing your restless legs.

Nothing else matters. You can switch medications all you want … but until you shift your WILL, and make a CONSCIOUS decision to stop eating and drinking the inflamatory substances that are ADDING TO YOUR INFLAMMATION … NOTHING is going to change!

ImageSTEP TWO: HEALING THE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION THAT IS CAUSING YOUR RLS

Look at each supplement below as a different firefighter with a firehose. The best way you can attack the inflammation is from ALL angles with as many firefighters as you can round up. This will speed up the healing process immeasurably.

Again, it’s crucial … absolutely essential that you begin to watch your diet. You need to at least pull back a bit from your regular intake of the most common RLS triggers (caffeine, gluten, aspartame, sugar, dairy, salt, MSG, red meat and alcohol).

Taking the supplements while you continue to consume a diet FULL of RLS triggers, is like spraying TWO hoses on the fire – one hose pouring WATER on the fire and the other hose pouring GASOLINE on the fire.

Little progress will be made, if any.

ImageYOUR DAILY INTAKE OF SUPPLEMENTS, VITAMINS, MINERALS and HERBS

Supplements are often expensive. With that in mind I have created a “BASIC GROUP” of supplements that should be affordable for most people.

For those with a wider budget, I have a list of additional supplements that you can pick and choose from.
www.rlcure.com/daily-intake-for-an-absolute-cure-for-restless-legs-syndrome.html

Keep in mind that the supplements listed below are addressing THREE main areas.

1. It is certain that you have chronic inflammation. This will be lessened.

2. It is very likely that you have higher than normal histamine levels, which contributes to a racing mind and sleepless nights. This will be lowered.

3. It is very likely that you have higher than normal glutamate levels, which also contributes to a racing mind and sleepless nights. This will be lowered.

Calcium + Magnesium “CalMag” (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Magnesium (Mg) is a co-factor in several hundred enzymatic reactions in the human body. Magnesium reduces histamine release. Magnesium plays a direct role in lowering common inflammatory markers.  

Carrot Juice (anti-inflammatory)

Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients.

ImageCurcumin (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

A component of the popular Indian curry spice turmeric, Curcumin is considered a potent non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory. Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as cortisone and phenylbutazone in decreasing inflammation. It also works in several ways to decrease inflammation by reducing prostaglandin activity.

Grape Seed Extract (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Grape Seed Extract is one of the most potent antioxidants known; over 50 times more potent than Vitamin E or C. It acts as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. The main active component is its high content of proanthocyanidin (OPC or PCO). Proanthocyanidin is found in red, white, and purple grapes, blueberries, cherries and plums.

Iron (anti-inflammatory)

Iron is an essential mineral whose main function is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs. Iron deficiency is more common than many think. It is estimated that only 65-70% of all Americans meet their daily recommended intake.

ImageL-Theanine (lowers glutamate level)

L-Theanine is thought to be the key to tea’s subtle but calming effects despite the caffeine content in tea. L-Theanine is thought to counter the stimulating effects of caffeine by increasing the production of alpha brain waves. Alpha waves are associated with a state of deep relaxation while being mentally alert.

Omega 3 (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. The omega-3 fatty acids can also be natural antihistamines that are useful to combat allergies as they reduce the inflammatory reaction associated with allergies.

Valerian Tea (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine, lowers glutamate level)

Valerian works exceedingly well for anxiety, insomnia and stress. Many people don’t know about one of the oldest herbs in existence valerian. Valerian has many healing qualities … in fact the latin root word valere means to be healthy. Valerian is one of the best herbs for stress … helping with insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, and inducing relaxation. Valerian is a good anti-inflammatory agent helping with swelling, pain, and redness… plus it also calms nerves … and promotes peace of mind.

Vitamin C(anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)vitamincinskincare

In addition to being a powerful anti-oxidant and immune booster, some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin c can help reduce sensitivity to allergens and reduce inflammation, mucus production and wheezing.

Water (anti-inflammatory, natural antihistamine)

Drinking plenty of water is one of the most effective natural remedies for inflammation. Water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. To reduce internal inflammation, drink water to carry away waste products. Your body releases histamine in order to stop water loss. If you give your body adequate amounts of water, less histamine will be released.

For a list of references and citations please visit:
www.rlcure.com/daily-intake-for-an-absolute-cure-for-restless-legs-syndrome.html

tattooIN CLOSING

I urge you to read through the information on my main website www.rlcure.com

It’s all free information. Nothing is hidden from you.

This method has worked for me and many others. And it will work for ANYONE that is willing to change their lifestyle – to allow the inflammation in their body to cool down.

How you find the source of your inflammation, that’s your own personal journey. The RLcure website will guide you along, and show you where to look.

When you find out what is causing the inflammation in your body, that is the day you can start waving good-bye to your RLS forever!

I highly recommend that you take a moment to view the TESTIMONIALS from people that this “Absolute Cure” has helped.

These testimonials will hopefully help you to understand that recovery is possible, EVEN FOR YOU … no matter how HORRIBLE your RLS has become!

www.rlcure.com/tes.html

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SEVEN Common Myths About Restless Legs Syndrome

seven-common-myths-about-restless-legs-syndromeMYTH #1: RLS IS GENETIC

TRUTH: The “tendencies” that cause RLS are passed down from parent to child. These tendencies are VERY changeable. They are not hard-coded.

Epigenetics are the switches that turn these tendencies OFF or ON.

Science now knows with absolute certainty that genetics play a much smaller role than previously thought.

Here’s a quote from Newsweek Magazine about the new exciting world of epigenetics.

“Roll over, Mendel. Watson and Crick. They are so your old man’s version of DNA. And that big multibillion-dollar hullabaloo called the Human Genome Project? To some scientists, it’s beginning to look like an expensive genetic floor pad for a much more intricate – and dynamic – tapestry of life that lies on top of it.” - Newsweek Magazine, June 2009

Genetics determine certain traits that are passed on to children, such as hair color, the shape of the nose etc. (as we all learned in school) but beliefs, tendencies and conditions that are passed on are passed through what is called “epigenetics.” These are the switches that determine how our genes are going to act.

For instance, if a parent was extremely negative, those negative switches would be already turned on in the child’s genetic makeup, even before it was born. The child would have to take an action to change the switches to turn the positive genes on and the negative genes off.

In the case of RLS, the bad switches could be on because of diet, environment, and in a lot of cases, stress. This would create inflammation in the parent, and at some point in the child’s life, sometimes very early. These switches would cause inflammation to build until actions were taken and changes were made.

Here’s a quote from a 2012 study:

“Phenocopies in families with essential tremor and restless legs syndrome challenge Mendelian laws. Epigenetics might provide answers.” Zimprich A. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2012 Jul;18(6):711-6.

“There is increasing evidence that epigenetic modifications, which refer to changes in gene expression without changes in DNA sequence, can be transmitted to the next generation. Moreover, epigenetic information can be transferred from one allele of a gene to the other allele of the same gene; if then inherited to the next generation, the offspring consequently presents phenotypic properties related to the untransmitted allele.”

Note that if a parent had inflammatory tendencies in the way they lived their life, the inflammation could eventually manifest in the child in a number of ways. It could become RLS as well as hundreds of other inflammatory conditions including depression, ADHD, Parkinson’s etc.

For an extensive look at epigenetics visit:
http://www.rlcure.com/epigenetics-and-restless-legs-syndrome.html

hypnosis-hypnotherapy-fibromyalgia-ibs-cfs-441x269MYTH #2: THERE ARE “TWO” TYPES OF RLS –  PRIMARY AND SECONDARY  

TRUTH: There is only ONE type of RLS. RLS is ALWAYS caused by inflammation, not by another condition.

Having chronic inflammation in your body is like spilling a coffee on your keyboard. Something unpleasant is going to happen, you’re just not sure what.

In the now famous 2012 study by Dr. Leonard Weinstock titled “Restless Legs Syndrome: Theoretical Roles of Inflammatory and Immune Mechanisms” it was shown that 36 of the 41 RLS-associated conditions (88%) have been associated with inflammatory and/or immune changes.

According to the study “The fact that the majority of highly RLS associated conditions are also associated with inflammatory/immune changes suggests the possibility that RLS may be mediated or affected through these mechanisms.”

Parkinson’s, IBS, SIBO, Cancer or any of the other secondary conditions the study refers to do not cause RLS. Inflammation is causing BOTH of the conditions.

Keep in mind that inflammation can manifest as one condition, two conditions or more if it’s not addressed.

You can read about the study at the website below, which also includes some additional data that shows why the results should have shown that 100% of the conditions are associated with inflammation.

http://www.rlcure.com/scientific-study-suggests-inflammation-is-a-primary-cause-of-RLS.html

iron levelsMYTH #3: IRON DEFICIENCY IS A PRIMARY CAUSE OF RLS  

TRUTH: The inflammation causing the RLS also affects iron levels.

The medical text “Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment” by Alberto Albanese and Joseph Jankovic (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a scholarly work written for pediatric and adult endocrinologists, orthopaedic surgeons, roentgenologists, workers in rheumatology clinics, geneticists, nutritionists and very specialized osteologists. The book is a collection of data and observations made through a variety of scientific studies.

Chapter 20 of the book focuses on Restless Legs Syndrome. On page 311, Arthur S. Walters M.D. of the Vanderbilt Department of Neurology is quoted.

“Most recently we have noted that RLS patients have an increased prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and an increased prevalence of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) compared to controls. This led us to review the 40 or so secondary causes of RLS. Independent of RLS, the vast majority of these secondary causes are associated with either iron deficiency, SIBO or inflammatory/immune abnormalities.

This suggests that inflammation and immune attacks on the peripheral or central nervous system in RLS could be pathogenetic to RLS.

An alternative explanation is that inflammation may lead to iron deficiency which may in turn lead to RLS.”

It is well known in the scientific community that inflammation can affect iron levels. Below are a couple of studies that support this idea:

“Influence of acute inflammation on iron and nutritional status indexes in older inpatients.” MM Chiari et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1995 Jul;43(7):767-71.

“Patients with acute inflammation present altered iron status indexes that resemble those observed in the anemia of chronic disease.”

“Interpretation of biochemical tests for iron deficiency: diagnostic difficulties related to limitations of individual tests.” Frank Firkin, Director of Clinical Haematology; and Bryan Rush, Director of Laboratory Haematology, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

“Most cases of iron deficiency can be diagnosed with simple tests. The concentration of serum iron does not fall until the body’s iron stores are exhausted. As the stores are depleted, the concentration of transferrin rises while the concentration of ferritin falls.

Caution is required when assessing patients with inflammatory disease as a low serum iron may not represent iron deficiency. These patients often have reduced concentrations of transferrin.”

MYTH #4: RLS IS CAUSED BY AN IMBALANCE OF DOPAMINE LEVELSPost4_1

TRUTH: The dopamine imbalance and the Restless Legs are BOTH caused by INFLAMMATION.

A dopamine imbalance can be caused by low iron levels or directly from inflammation as is stated in the following studies:

“CSF iron, ferritin and transferrin levels in restless legs syndrome.” Soichi Mizuno et al. Department of Psychiatry, Shimane University School of Medicine, Shimane, Japan, February 2004.

“The results of this MRI study suggest that idiopathic RLS patients may have a dysfunction of dopamine production induced by the iron deficiency in a dopamine-related specific area of the brain, and support the iron-dopamine model of this syndrome.

“Iron deficiency alters expression of dopamine-related genes in the ventral midbrain in mice” L.C. Jellena et al. Neuroscience, Volume 252, 12 November 2013, Pages 13–23

“A clear link exists between iron deficiency (ID) and nigrostriatal dopamine malfunction. This link appears to play an important role in at least restless legs syndrome (RLS) if not several other neurological diseases.”  

“Iron deficiency alters dopamine uptake and response to L-DOPA injection in Sprague–Dawley rats.” Laura E. Bianco1 et al. Journal of Neurochemistry, Volume 106, Issue 1, pages 205–215, July 2008.

“Iron deficiency (ID) disrupts brain dopamine (DA) and norepinephrine (NE) metabolism including functioning of monoamine transporters and receptors.”

“Inflammation induces mitochondrial dysfunction and dopaminergic neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal system.” RL Hunter et al. Journal of Neurochemistry. 2007 Mar;100(5):1375-86.  

“Evidence suggests that chronic inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and oxidative stress play significant and perhaps synergistic roles in Parkinson’s disease (PD), where the primary pathology is significant loss of the dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra.”

“Systemic Infusion of Naloxone Reduces Degeneration of Rat Substantia Nigral Dopaminergic Neurons Induced by Intranigral Injection of Lipopolysaccharide.” Bin Liu et al. The Journal of Pharmcology and Experimental Therapeutics Vol. 295, No. 1, JPET 295:125-132, (2000).

“A massive degeneration of dopamine-containing neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) in the midbrain is characteristic of Parkinson’s disease. Inflammation in the brain has long been speculated to play a role in the pathogenesis of this neurological disorder.”

Timeline Cover for RLS Awareness Week 2013 v1MYTH #5: RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME IS A DISEASE

TRUTH: RLS is a BIOMARKER indicating that your body is dangerously INFLAMED and that ACTIONS must be taken to prevent further damage.

RLS is now officially Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED). The name change occurred a few years ago to give it more credibility, but the truth is it’s an uninspiring name and is rarely used by anyone outside of RLS.org.  

The body is an incredibly complex machine and one of its survival mechanisms is its ability to send our warning signals when something is not right underneath the hood.

For example, frequent headaches indicate that something beneath the surface needs to be attended to, whether it be stress, lifestyle, a tumor, inflammation or something else.

In the case of RLS, your body is telling you that you have too much inflammation and that it must be dealt with. If no changes are made, the inflammation will increase and lead to additional conditions.

A nationally-recognized sleep expert has published an editorial describing Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) as a possible biomarker for underlying disease. The editorial appears in the March 5, 2014 issue of Neurology the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and was authored by Boston Medical Center neurologist Sanford H. Auerbach, MD.

Auerbach suggests that restless leg syndrome is a meaningful biomarker for serious disease, and that RLS screening may become more common as a tool for primary care providers to identify patients at risk.

Find out more here:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-restless-legs-syndrome-signify-bigger.html
http://www.rlcure.com/restless-legs-syndrome-willis-ekbom-is-not-a-disease.html

MYTH #6: RLS IS OFTEN CAUSED BY PREGNANCYpregnant-woman-doctor-24049835

TRUTH: The RLS is caused by the HIGHER presence of INFLAMMATION in pregnant women.

As the studies below demonstrate, inflammation levels tend to increase in pregnant women.

“Vaginal cytokines in normal pregnancy.” G. Gilbert et al. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 189, no. 5, pp. 1433–1438, 2003.

“A significant increase of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IL-8) is produced in the third trimester. These cytokines act as chemoattractants of polymorphonuclear leukocytes stimulating the expression of prostaglandins in response to delivery preparation.”

“C Reactive Protein levels are elevated in the Third Trimester in Preeclamptic pregnant Women.” Zaima Ali et al. Dept. of Physiology, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore.

“Pregnancy is a complex process which leads to a number of systemic changes. During normal pregnancy all these changes are very well regulated. Preeclampsia is a very common disorder of pregnancy and is characterized by hypertension and proteinuria that begins at more than 20 weeks of gestation. Poor placentation with inadequate cytotrophoblast invasion results in widespread maternal endothelial dysfunction. There is increasing evidence that preeclampsia is accompanied by exaggerated maternal systemic inflammatory response to this poor placentation.”

“Prokineticin-1: A Novel Mediator of the Inflammatory Response in Third-Trimester Human Placenta.“ Fiona C. Denison et al. Endocrinology. 2008 July; 149(7): 3470–3477. doi:  10.1210/en.2007-1695

“Prokineticin-1 (PK1) is a recently described protein with a wide range of functions, including tissue-specific angiogenesis, modulation of inflammatory responses, and regulation of hemopoiesis. The aim of this study was to investigate the localization and expression of PK1 and PK receptor-1 (PKR1), their signaling pathways, and the effect of PK1 on expression of the inflammatory mediators cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 and IL-8 in third-trimester placenta.

Our study demonstrates that PK1 and PKR1 are highly expressed in third-trimester placenta with PK1 up-regulating expression of IL-8 and COX-2 potentially via activation of PKR1 and cross-talk with EGFR. The latter finding is supported by double-immunofluorescent immunohistochemistry studies that show that PKR1 colocalizes with IL-8 and COX-2 in placenta. Together, these data suggest that PK1 may be a novel paracrine mediator of the inflammatory response in third-trimester placenta.”

Senior Hispanic woman rubbing handMYTH #7: AGING TENDS TO CAUSE RLS

TRUTH: The RLS is caused by the HIGHER presence of INFLAMMATION in elderly people.

As the studies below demonstrate, inflammation levels tend to be higher in the elderly population.

“Inflammation in aging: cause, effect, or both?” NS Jenny. Discov Med. 2012 Jun;13(73):451-60.

“Aging is a progressive degenerative process tightly integrated with inflammation.”

“Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation in Elderly Persons Is Associated with Altered Tryptophan and Tyrosine Metabolism: Role in Neuropsychiatric Symptoms.” L. Capuron et al. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Jan 28.

“Our findings show that chronic low-grade inflammation in aging is associated with alterations in enzymatic pathways involved in monoamine metabolism and suggest that these alterations might participate in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly persons.”

“Age-related alterations in retinal neurovascular and inflammatory transcripts.” CA Van Kirk et al. Mol Vis. 2011;17:1261-74.

“The commonalities in retinal age-related and diabetes-induced molecular alterations provide support for the hypothesis that diabetes and aging engage some common para-inflammatory processes.”

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: David Wimble, Ottawa, Ontario

googleplus2“I am all too familiar with that horrible feeling of lying in bed, desperately trying to fall asleep BEFORE your legs start twitching. I know the deep despair of lying there and feeling that FIRST little spark. That tiny rustle that signals the inevitable.

That small rustle is the signal that it’s going to be ANOTHER restless night. The twitching is going to get worse until you finally have to get up and walk around (my wife called it travellin’) or sit at your desk and work, until you’re so exhausted that you feel there’s a SLIGHT chance you may be able to fall asleep before the twitching returns again.

During the evening, I could barely SIT beside my wife Barb, let alone HOLD her hand as we would watch TV. Often, my legs would be buzzing so intensely, I would have NO choice but to watch TV standing up.

I used to FLY to a lot of MUSIC conferences. I remember how I would try to mentally prepare myself DAYS before the trip. There’s nothing more intimidating to a RLS sufferer than knowing you’ll have to sit STILL in a plane seat for FIVE HOURS. Sure enough, after a SHORT grace period, the twitching would begin. I can’t tell you how many times I WALKED up and down the airplane aisle pretending that I had to go to the bathroom, just to walk off my wonky legs.

And sadly, many times, during the early hours of the morning, in the exhausting depths of ANOTHER sleepless night, I harbored the extreme fantasies of how peaceful life would be if I had no legs.

I would by lying if I said that thoughts of suicide also didn’t enter into my consciousness.

I can’t remember exactly when it all started? I didn’t even know it had a name until a few years ago. Barb told me one morning that she had run across an article about Restless Legs Syndrome. Up until that time, it was just my “wonky legs” acting up again.

I started researching and found that the only remedies that were being used were horrific drugs created initially for Parkinson’s patients and for those suffering from seizures & epilepsy. I thought about it, but decided that they were not for me.

Through the years I tried all sorts of teas, diets, oils, vitamins and massage. I tried workouts, bicycling and jogging. Nothing helped, or at least NOT for very long.

Several years ago, Barb suggested that I go see a Chiropractor … so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised that it seattle-chiropractoractually helped a bit. However, after the INITIAL relief, the treatments started LOSING their effectiveness. After about a year, I gave up and stopped going.

A few years later a local Acupuncturist was recommended to me. I went and saw him for a treatment. I was amazed at the relief I gained through his combination of electro-acupuncture followed by a DEEP tissue massage. The massage was excruciating, but I stuck it out because I was DESPERATE to get rid of my twitchy legs. He had hands like a mechanic, and TEARS would shoot out of my eyes as he massaged my legs, but I kept going to see him. It was the MOST relief I’d ever had from my restless legs.

I saw him periodically for a couple of years, and eventually, as was the case with the Chiropractor, the treatments became non effective. I was DEVASTATED. I felt like I was COMPLETELY out of options.

The acupuncturist had told me that my issue was inflammation in the legs. I thought, if this is the cause, maybe there is some sort of herb or supplement that could lessen my inflammation, and therefore lessen my symptoms?

I went to my local health food store and the clerk told me that curcumin was a good natural anti-inflammatory.

I took the curcumin with each meal and within days was feeling better.

Over the next few years I continued researching and trying out different natural anti-inflammatories including Omega 3, Ginger Root, Cayenne, St. John’s Wort, Licorice Root and Skullcap, along with Carrot Juice, Vitamins and Minerals. Slowly but surely the RLS went away.

As I continued educating myself, it became apparent that a healthy diet was crucial. I could take all the anti-inflammatories in the world, but if I was still eating inflammatory foods, then there wouldn’t be a lot of healing going on.

brain-foodSo, I radically changed my diet and continued to take supplements. I rarely eat meat now and my sugar and fat intake is way down. I slso keep away from starches as much as I can including rice, potatoes and pasta. I switched from regular milk to almond milk to pour on my ceral and make my smoothies (I found that I had an intolerance to soy and soy milk).

I recently learned about the importance of probiotics and are now taking them to help my digestive system to function correctly.

I also learned that stress is another big trigger of inflammation. I meditate every day, which helps to lessen the stress.

I have never even remotely felt this good in my entire life. Even pre-RLS.

My advice to those of you still suffering is to ignore those that say there is no cure. Even the doctors. Actually, especially the doctors. They really have no clue about the cause. They may have read an article or pamphlet. or glanced at a study, and that’s truthfully all they know about it.

It really bothers me when someone says I couldn’t have really had RLS because there is no cure. Since I got better, it must have been something else.

My RLS was as bad as anyone that I’ve ever talked to, and today, I feel like a million dollars – like I’ve been freed from a hellish prison. “

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Jonathan Nielsen, California

JonathanNielsen1“I’ve had RLS for many years, although ordinarily it was a minor annoyance. Although, during the past couple of years it got considerably worse, to the point that something had to change. It took a lot of searching to discover the real causes.

In the meantime (while I made the changes, like learning to drink enough pure, clean water and avoiding bad food ingredients), I needed something to help me sleep, while still in process of addressing the root causes of problems the drug companies want to treat with drugs (trust me, you don’t have a deficiency of whatever drug they want to prescribe).

I have found that the following supplements greatly help many people to sleep and to have significant reduction in RLS symptoms. I take the third one listed every night, although I’ve tried the others. They are the only things I’ve taken that were effective for my RLS symptoms besides drinking more water, exercising more, and improving my diet.

Now that I’ve increased my water intake (I don’t drink anything else now), my RLS symptoms are very mild, more like 5% of what they were.

Here are the herbs that help with RLS, stress, anxiety, and insomnia:

(1) Kava kava root extract (often just called “kava”), from a plant that grows on islands in the South Pacific, has been used by Polynesians for thousands of years. It is ignored by mainstream medicine because it’s not nearly as expensive as the prescription drugs, plus it’s not addictive and has no side effects, and they can’t patent it. Instead they try to make kava kava sound unsafe with warnings about liver damage. However, liver damage can only occur if other parts of the plant besides the root are used. Find a trustworthy manufacturer that uses only the root, and there’s no need to worry.

(2) Passion flower extract, from a plant native to North America, was used for centuries by Native Americans, is like kava in that mainstream medicine prefers you use their prescription drugs instead. Passion flower cannot safely be taken at the same time as kava, because both thin the blood some. This also makes both incompatible with some over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

9828010_m1(3) Valerian, from Europe and Asia, was used as long ago as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Side effects are almost never seen, and the herb is found by many to work much like benzodiazepines but without the addictive qualities and other problems. Once again, mainstream medicine prefers you not know about it. Valerian also cannot be taken at the same time as kava, due to the fact that both are processed by the liver and overtaxation of the liver could result.

Valerian needs to be taken every day and becomes very effective after two to three weeks. The others can be taken at moments when anxiety, RLS, or whatever needs something. Of the three, I find valerian to be the best.

Note that valerian and passion flower can be taken together.

Since natural supplements are not supported by the government or the medical industry (who are really on the same side), it can be difficult to find information about them. Online research should tell you what the supplements are and aren’t compatible with, what dosages are safe, whether the supplement loses its effectiveness over time, and other needed information. All this is readily available with prescription drugs, but information on supplements including clinical trial information is almost nonexistent or may actually be misleading if the drug companies had a hand in it.

Information can be difficult to find, but it’s very important. The medical industry may actually be harming people by refusing to provide information (or accurate information) about natural supplements, and sticking to their position that everyone just needs the expensive patented prescription drugs (while minimizing, hiding, and denying the drugs’ harmfulness).

For the best website I’ve found that assists with determining interactions of drugs, also including information about many supplements, see LetsDrug.com.

FOCUSING ON YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

Exercising. I must re-emphasize the importance of overall health, which is adversely affected by insufficient physical activity, use of harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol and many drugs (prescription and illegal), consuming problematic food ingredients, and inadequate intake of pure, clean water (the last of which, as stated, causes dehydration and many “diseases” that result from dehydration).

relax-blocksOther factors critical to health include getting some sun, getting adequate sleep, and overcoming psychological stress.

To learn about food ingredients which are major culprits in causing major health problems, Learning about these is important because they are very common in foods in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, and they can very much worsen inflammation and many health problems, such as RLS.

Most major food companies generally aim to make you addicted to their products, and to maximize profits at the expense of providing healthy products. The FDA allows nearly every deceptive thing the food companies do, which shows why you need to take personal responsibility and educate yourself, rather than rely on the government to protect you and keep you safe.”

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Holly Hogge McLarthy, Bear, Delaware

hollysmall“I remember having RLS symptoms in church as a teen. I thought it was just boredom. I would even get restless arms at times too!

I did not know that I would be fixing my RLS when I started my journey.

I changed my diet to heal my thyroid (AND its working with NO meds!!). But the bonus is no more RLS!!

I also noticed when I would drink alcohol (haven’t had any in months) the symptoms would escalate when my buzz was wearing off. I guess diff people have diff triggers.

So long story short, I’m on a paleo style eating regimen. I take daily probiotics to heal my digestive tract and boost my immune system. I do not eat gluten or dairy. Water is my main drink each day. No GMO’s and organic whenever possible. I eat healthy fats such as coconut and avocado. I am constantly reading about diet for autoimmunity and learning more & more all the time!!

I do not know when my symptoms subsided because I wasn’t looking for it. I just realized one day that I didn’t have it anymore. And again, my thyroid is improving!! My anxiety and heart palpitations have reduced significantly and continue to improve. Maybe they go hand in hand. Who knows.

Good luck to all who are suffering!!”

 

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RLS.org Outdoes Themselves … again

RLSORGheade1rIt’s been a few years since I’ve gone off on a rant of any kind. I started this blog with a bit of fire in the belly, but a cooler head prevailed and I realized that I would be more helpful if I passed on the facts to readers of this blog, and kept my comments and opinions to myself.

However, a week or so ago, I saw the new header at the RLS.org Facebook page. My jaw dropped.

I showed my wife Barb the header (just to make sure I wasn’t out of line with my thoughts that it was wildly insane) and she agreed that it was highly disturbing.

But, I wasn’t going to say anything about it, I mean, what’s the point. That’s their business, and if people like it, who am I to judge? That was until I saw on their blog that they’re actually selling this thing. Wow!! What the fuck!

wordlI apologize for the potty mouth, but this is crazy.

Let’s look at this brilliant idea in a different context.

My father passed away several years ago. He was riddled with cancer. It was horrendous, as many of you know … but as a family we did our best to support him and comfort him.

What kind of moron would have thought that it was a good idea to give my dad this “wordl canvas” as a gift.

“Here you go John, put this up on your wall. You can feed your mind and spirit with words like Hopeless and Excruciating, Depressing and Aching, Torturous and Unbearable. No need to thank me. Hope you get better soon!”

Anyway, you know, what can I say. I think it is possibly the most horrendous idea in the history of any healing organization!

I’ll just leave it at that.

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I’m looking for RLS Success Stories!

8-hr-sleep-binaural-beatI’m looking for stories from people that have become free of their RLS. A few paragraphs about how bad it was and how you overcame your condition.

I’m going to post these stories on my website http://www.rlcure.com in order to cheer on those that are currently suffering, but are willing to make the necessary changes.

No drug therapies, please. Only natural methods.

Please e-mail your story to dwimble@magma.ca along with a photo and a short bio and I’ll post your story.

Your story will be very helpful to those that are still suffering. There’s nothing like a success story – a journey from hellishness to freedom, to light the flame of hope in someone still suffering.to-inspire

ALL recovery programs are based on this simple principle.

Thanks in advance!

David

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY – Gina Diggle, Melbourne, Australia

ginadGina Diggle is originally from New Zealand and has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 2006. She works in fashion retail. Gina was kind enough to send in the details of how she escaped from her RLS nightmare to now live a symptom free life.

“Restless Legs syndrome was a worsening nightly occurrence for me in throughout my 20’s. I went to the doctor a couple of times and they would normally shrug or attempt to prescribe me with sleeping medication.

I couldn’t really articulate the sensations of what it felt like each night to go to bed. After typing a few key words into Google I found some information. I couldn’t believe this weird thing I was experiencing each night had a name and I wasn’t the only one suffering.  

There seemed to be very little information on the internet at the time so I didn’t gain any confidence in healing myself. I tried a couple of different approaches including iron supplements, magnesium tablets, yoga, massage. Nothing seemed to have an impact.

I felt really helpless; I was suffering from depression, anxiety, exhaustion, nausea and dizziness.

My sister recommended a couple of food documentaries about how food was linked to affecting everything going on inside our bodies.

I was so inspired I decided my diet needed a huge change so slowly started culling out all processed foods, sugar, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, meat.

I discovered an organic wholefoods store nearby and also loads of amazing food blogs with inspiring recipes. organic-zone

Even though I’ve cut out all of these foods, the world of food has actually opened up for me as I love getting creative in the kitchen nowadays. Raw vegan tarts are my specialty.

I highly recommend an Australian company called Loving Earth. They do amazing organic raw chocolates and superfoods.

A year has gone by with a whole new diet and my restless legs have disappeared along with a few other health problems.

Sometimes I’ve noticed that when I eat out or order takeout food which exact ingredients I don’t know, I have a minor leg jump but that’s very rare these days.  

As we all know sticking to foods in their most pure form from mother earth is best! Nutrient deficiency starves the body of its ability to work optimally.  Knowing what I know now, my cured RLS doesn’t come as a surprise to me as I’ve learnt that diet plays a major role in every disease.

In conclusion you are what you eat/you get out what you put in.”

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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