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ISLAND SUN - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psy-
chotherapist in private practice who
specializes in the care of elders and
people with chronic illnesses.
Dear Mom & Me,
My mother is a mean, miserable
person and unforgiving... at least to me.
When I was in college, I went crazy
with the freedom. I did drugs, drank
alcohol and totaled the car my parents
had given me. I was expelled and went
and lived in a commune.
After a couple of years, I saw the
light and turned my life around. I went
to another college and graduated with a
4.0 average. I finished graduate school
in record time and have a great job.
My mother is totally unforgiving. She
ignores my loving wife and our children.
My siblings have tried to talk to her, but
she will not change.
Am I unrealistic to expect forgive-
ness after almost 25 years?
Our parents’ acceptance and love
are always important to us, regardless
of our age. I am sorry you are in this
position... it must be hurtful. It sounds
like many people have tried to intercede
on your behalf. Have you tried to talk
to her? Let her know how you feel and
how you would like her forgiveness.
If it continues, I would limit the time
you spend together. She is your parent,
but your relationship sounds dysfunc-
I do not think your mother’s behav-
ior will ever change. Keep in touch
with other members of your family and
avoid any more discussions. The older
I get, the more amazed I am at how
many stories I hear that are similar to
yours. Your mother seems to be a very
troubled soul and certainly you alone
cannot change her.
Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
It is very
something so hot as
chile could provide
such amazing pain
relief to millions of
you see it spelled as
chili or chilli but no
matter what culture
you live in the same thought comes to
Chile gets it’s heat from an alkaloid
compound called “capsaicin” which is
mostly in the seeds of the pepper. That
reminds me, if you don’t want your
guacamole hot, leave out the seeds from
the jalapeño. When you compare a chile
to an orange, ounce for ounce, the chile
actually has more vitamin C.
Capsaicin preparations may be able
to help you if you have nerve pain,
which is termed “neuropathy.” This
nerve pain sometimes goes hand in
hand with syndromes like post-herpetic
neuralgia (PHN), autoimmune disorders
or diabetic neuropathy. Now let’s talk
about how putting the ‘flame’ on pain
helps reduce it. Weird, I know.
When capsaicin is applied to the
skin, it causes a brief initial sensitization,
where you might feel some pain. But if
you do it properly, it shouldn’t be pain-
ful. After a few applications, there is a
desensitization of the local pain nerves.
In other words, the pain may still be
there, but you don’t feel it because your
nerves are a little numb to it. This effect
occurs through repeated stimulation of
TRPV1 (transient receptor potential
vanilloid-1) nerve fibers. These heat-
sensing fibers alert you when you’ve
touched the stove.
A 2013 study in Current Medici-
nal Chemistry showed that resveratrol
eases diabetic neuropathy too, but this
herb is taken orally, it’s not a cream.
Resveratrol was once thought to sweep
up free radicals, and that’s all but today
we know it activates SIRT1 and Nrf2
antioxidants, while shutting the flood
gates to your pain-causing NF Kappa
B pathway. I taught you this in my dia-
betes book in 2010. Over time, resve-
ratrol protects against pins and needle
sensations, numbness and neuronal cell
death. Resveratrol is one ingredient
in GlucoScript capsules, my patented
supplement intended to protect you
from the ravages of insulin dysfunction
and elevated blood sugar
As it pertains to shingles or Post-Her-
petic Neuralgia (PHN), capsaicin seems
counter-intuitive because your skin
already hurts. Blisters from this virus can
be excruciating and can last for months
in some people. The prescription
Qutenza 8% Patch is available, however
it is derived from a synthetic form of
capsaicin. There are OTC patches avail-
able in all pharmacies.
In a human study of 250 patients
with diabetic neuropathy, half were giv-
en capsaicin cream and half were given
a plain moisturizing placebo cream.
Satisfactory treatment of this debilitating
disorder (which can lead to amputations)
has escaped physicians for decades.
Patients receiving capsaicin cream
enjoyed a nearly 70 percent reduction
in neuropathic pain symptoms (after the
initial transient burning, of course). Con-
trolling blood sugar and other cytokines
is key to reducing diabetic neuropathy
pain, so in case you missed my recent
article on this topic, it’s archived at my
This information is not intended to
treat, cure or diagnose your condition.
Suzy Cohen is the author of The 24-
Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
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