Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pictures of recent neck flare and healing ankles.

I finally got around to getting some pictures downloaded.  Life is just so full now that I find the things I once obsessed over (like taking pictures of my skin) no longer matter to me as there are so many things to enjoy!  :)  Those still out there will get there one day - you will come to a point where you just no longer think about your skin all the time.  There are days I can go without giving it more than a split second thought.  I still have mini flares here and there.  Some last a few hours - and others have lasted a few days (like my recent neck flare).  But if you compare them to pictures from my horrid 8 month long beginning flare, you will see why I call them mini-flares.  There is just no comparison.  Now I itch for a short time, followed by a few days of scabs and flaking, then healing.  Currently my middle finger is flaring (started this morning).  I no longer stress over this as I know within a day or two it will scab over and then heal.  Some scabs though in some areas have just taken forever - there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it except the more distal the scab, the longer it seems to heal.  My ankle and wrist scabs take forever!  I had a forearm/wrist flare over a month ago and my wrist is still full of scabs - but no redness, itching, or swelling. Ooze is something of the distant past - haven't oozed in so many months I have lost count.  The mini flares I have now remind me of my old eczema in many ways.

As you can see from the pictures below, my ankles have cleared dramatically.  In fact I have been refusing to shave because I want to go get my legs waxed - but was just waiting for the final stages of healing.  I have one more sore left on my R ankle - it is so small and never bothers me, I may just go get waxed and deal with any pain that may surface in that one area.

As for things like my supplements - just got in my new glutathione - the one that has the glutathione attached to an acetyl group - the pills are so much smaller.  I want to say great things about it, but it might be coincidence (we all know though how I feel about coincidences).  Let's just say today I went from about 40-50% energy level to about 70-80%.  I have not stopped going since this afternoon about 2 hours after taking it.  I had a HUGE mess of school books from the kids I needed to organize and put in storage from the school year - it looked like a 2-3 day project.  But done in 2 hours!  I am now onto other projects and then moving onto dinner.  So I have a very good feeling this is the right one for me.  I am down to taking my active B's only 2-3 times a week still.  I am planning to get a energy reading done to tell what other body systems may need help - it's called total body analysis.  I've done it in the past and it has completely surprised me how accurate it is.  I actually plan to study it myself along with herbology.  But the results will not be in for at least 2 weeks.  I will keep you all posted.

Now for the pictures:

This is during the worst of my recent neck flare.  None of it hurt - just itched for a few days.  My skin color is very splotchy from tanning - all my years of scars stay white.  

My scabby L wrist - the flare was over a month ago but like my ankles, the scabs are healing VERY SLOWLY!  But around the scabs ny skin is very smooth.  And of course no redness.  

Right hand looking fantastic!  Just 2 spots that are irritated.  Funny how the scabs on the wrist and forearm are taking forever but any hand scabs I get seem to heal quickly - this picture was from about a week ago and those 2 spots are completely gone today.  

Hairy Left leg/ankle - the one spot there healing is all pink/tan now.  Just about all gone.

The one spot here is about half that size today - the marks on the back of my ankle were from wearing new shoes and developing a few blisters.

The rest of my body looks like this - clear and smooth!  Minus my middle left finger and the left side of my face that flared for a few hours yesterday but now healing.  

I decided that even if I have to have these mini flares on and off for the next 5 or even 10 years I wouldn't care.  They hardly bother me - they are like having a mosquito bite - you know it's there, it itches here and there, but for the most part you forget about it unless you happen to glance at the part of the body you were bit.  I sometimes get annoyed especially when I sweat and the itching intensifies in the few areas I am irritated, but those are few and far between.  


  1. Tracy,

    Some questions for you:

    1. What specific glutathione supplement are you using now?
    2. What is your dosage?
    3. Did your naturopath recommend this particular glutathione supplement to you, or did you choose it based on your own research?
    4. Why did you switch glutathione supplements?
    5. What other supplements are you taking now (type/brand/dosage) to treat your MTHFR mutation?

    Big congrats on your healing progress!


  2. Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for the congrats! As for your questions:

    1. I am now taking Glutathione Gold as seen here:

    2. I take one pill per day

    3. I chose this on my own research. My ND recommends glutathione IV or in a lipid based delivery system (gel or large pills). I found research articles that support the best oral delivery of glutathione is one that is attached to an acetyl group (like aspirin is).

    4. I switched because the oral gel my ND recommended was nasty tasting and I was getting nauseated from the taste....the IV form gave me a good 3-4 day boost but then a "crash" in energy. So while looking into other glutathione supplements I came across the acetyl research.

    5. I take quite a few right now as my body is still healing. I take active folate and active B12 about 1000 mcg 3 times a week, Vitamin E, Vitamin D3, fulvic minerals, fermented cod liver oil, butter oil, probiotics, vitamin C, MSM powder, and iodine drops. It would take too long to go into all the doses and brands right now - but any health food store can help you with good brands. I think I have some of the brands listed on my blog....this page ( shows some of them - but I have since changed some of the doses.

    1. Thanks for answering my questions, Tracy! I'm currently using Pure Encapsulations Liposomal Glutathione in addition to Dr. Ben Lynch's active B12 and active folate supplements my naturopath put me on to treat my compound heterozygous MTHFR mutation, but at 16 ½ months off TS I'm still experiencing energy issues, so I was intrigued with your comments about the improvement in energy you're noticing on your new glutathione supplement.

      Thanks again, and continued good wishes to you for complete healing!


  3. wow your skin looks so much better than the last time i visited! i should check out ur supplement regime