TIA’s, Strokes and Purpura
sometimes, the elderly person is aware of the onset of a brain attack; they may see stars or peculiar shapes or lose vision temporarily. These are called temporary ischemic attacks (TIA’s). Immediately give a 100 mg tablet of niacin, 1 gram vitamin С, and a B-complex in this order of importance.
TIA’s are caused by spasming in the brain blood vessels. If this causes them to spring a tiny leak somewhere, a part of the brain will not get its usual oxygen and nourishment. A stroke results.
The spasming was probably caused by sorghum molds. Cooking during the manufacturing of sorghum syrup kills the mold but its toxic byproducts (mycotoxins) are still present. Other syrups may have sorghum added, polluting them. Brown sugar is also polluted with sorghum molds, but fortunately you can detoxify this mold with vitamin С as usual. Mix well H tsp. powdered vitamin С with each new (1 lb.) box of brown sugar.
Purple patches, like bruises, on the hands or arms of an elderly person are called purpura, and is also caused by sorghum molds. It weakens blood vessels so they break easily.
When an elderly person has purpura or TIA’s and the mold source isn’t obvious, you must track it down. Test in a saliva sample for all the sweetenings used recently (at least an hour ago). At the very least, keep notes on all the sweeteners being used. Look for a common one at the next attack. Never let the trigger food be eaten again.
Increase blood pressure if it is habitually too low. Blood pressures below 110 may prevent strokes but ruin the quality of life. Low blood pressures are often due to toxins from foods. But severe salt deprivation in the diet can also cause this. If the adrenal glands are not conserving salt properly, too much sodium is allowed to leave the body with the urine, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood and a blood pressure drop. Adrenal performance is improved by taking the kidney herb recipe.
The kidney herbs (page 549), at half dose level (^cup a day instead of a whole cup) can be given daily for three weeks and then on alternate days indefinitely. Be very careful to keep the herbal tea sterile by reheating. Elderly people seem to sense the improvement given by kidney herbs. Try other kidney herbs from time to time: shave grass, cedar berries, juniper berries, butcher’s broom, cornsilk. None interfere with drugs. Remember, they also have a diuretic effect. Be prepared to use extra paper padding in underwear to help catch the extra urine output. The first few nights may be disturbed by extra urination. Interpret this positively.
After the blood pressure comes up to 115 (systolic) mental performance will be greatly improved. Don’t try to bring it up to 120 since this raises the stroke potential without giving you much improvement in performance. Use an electronic device to measure blood pressure, one with a finger cuff, not an arm cuff which can itself induce broken blood vessels. Purchase a device that needs no adjustments of any kind and has automatic cuff tension control (see mail order catalogs if your pharmacy does not have one).