Thursday, November 15, 2012

Aspirin and Fabric Bead Therapy

Almost two weeks ago I came down with respiratory crud. Actually, my husband and I both did. At first we thought it was ragweed allergies, which I'm sure is largely responsible for lowering our immune systems in the first place and making us susceptible to a virus. But this stuff just hung on - cough, headache, mild fever, body aches and lots and lots of disgusting mucus. Blegh.

My husband took a lot of aspirin and recovered a lot faster than I did. That should have been my first clue that I was dealing with a respiratory FLU rather than allergies. But because I have a sensitivity to aspirin - it can give me tinnitis if I take too much - I put off aspirin and instead took ibuprofen for body pain. This past week when I should have been well over this illness I realized I was getting reinfected. None of my normal immune-boosting therapies were working (MMS, colloidal silver, vitamin C, enemas, etc...). I could actually feel myself getting better and then coming down with the darn stuff again. This happened several times before I finally realized I had to do aspirin therapy!

I learned about aspirin therapy at two or three years ago when I had contracted this same illness. Only it was worse then. I remember laying in bed feeling like I was literally wasting away. And I was. This was when the swine flu hubbub was sweeping the nation and the medical community was urging everyone to get a flu shot to combat it. Swine flu is a manufactured disease - likely distributed via aerial means, i.e. chemtrails - and flu shots are their answer to "fixing" a problem they caused. It's all really just a big con and flu shots are basically a toxic chemical cocktail that does nothing to make you better. In fact, it's being proven how deadly these "vaccines" are, because they simply tear the body down. You can read more about this controversy at Unfortunately, lots of people have been brainwashed by the medical community and will dutifully give into the pressure to take these toxic injections. Not to mention the shots they subject their own innocent children to.

Anyway, I knew I wasn't getting any better and this could possibly be swine flu, so I read about aspirin paired with vitamin C as a remedy for wasting disease. Yes, that's what it's really called in places like India, and the person who first shared the information is a well-respected natural physician from that area of the world. And that's exactly what it feels like when you have it - like you are wasting away. By my 3rd dose I felt my energy returning and I felt more like myself again. It was amazing. What I learned is that the vitamin C helps your immune system and kills viruses while the aspirin actually dissolves the cells of the virus, effectively killing it. The results were amazing. For an adult the dosage is roughly 2 - 325 mg aspirin and 1 - 1,000 mg vitamin C every 50 minutes. Set a timer if you need to. They say if you don't see improvement by your 5th dose then you probably have something else and need to try a different remedy.

I did the aspirin therapy last night and by my 3rd dose was feeling like myself again. I slept soundly for a good 8 hours. I woke up still dealing with minor coughing, sneezing and mucus so I'm repeating the treatment. Because of my sensitivity to aspirin, I am taking just one aspirin instead of two. It seems to be working just fine and my ears don't appear to be ringing any more than usual.

The reason one becomes reinfected with this disease is because the virus lives in mucus. Once the mucus is swallowed - which is inevitable considering you are practically drowning in the stuff - the virus re-enters your system through your stomach and the symptoms are repeated. The end result is that your body becomes weaker and weaker the more the virus takes hold, hence the wasting away. I believe an alternative to the aspirin is L-lysine, but I'm not sure I am remembering that correctly, so if you are interested in this treatment do read the earth clinic information. The original post is by Ted, if you can find it. But you will see a lot of feedback and should be able to glean some information from those reports. Good luck.

Here's for the fun part. One thing I DO like about being sick is that I feel completely excused to totally immerse myself in a creative activity. This time I made fabric beads!

Aren't they lovely?

I don't know what got me thinking about fabric beads again. I've made simple paper and fabric beads in the past, but these are different. I did a little research and found this tutorial. It's very fun, easy and inspirational.

I love projects like these because they use up little scraps of fabric, lace, yarns and other trims so perfectly. And it's so fun creating a little work of art. I love how the beads and embroidery stitches add so much character and design. There is no limit to what you can create.

What I found is these beads, formed on a knitting needle or bamboo skewer - a rounded chopstick would also work - are a lot like a crazy quilt project I made several years ago. 

This involved using a large oval shaped wooden bead and covering it with a tiny crazy quilt block made with very small fabric bits. I love these little cq items, which I used for Christmas tree ornaments. But it's hard to find large wooden beads - at least it was at the time. I had to buy a big bag of variously sized wooden beads just to get the two I used for this project. The beautiful thing about the fabric beads, however, is you still get the jumbled, patchwork effect without having to do the tedious work of building a crazy quilt block. You can also work in a lot of lovely stitching. There is less of the beautiful stitching I did on the cq ornaments, but more freedom in the overall design.

As you can see, there is plenty of detail in these beads. I was even able to use short scraps of silk ribbon I found in my ort (thread trimmings) bag. This is what I used to make those pretty red roses. I love the look of those frosty lavender beads with the wagon wheel stitching over them. This is the kind of texture I played with, contrasting smooth silk with bumpy beads and stitchwork. Too fun. I really like each an every one of these. For the bead on the right I used sequins as the theme. I think it turned out great.

All these beads are built by first starting with a long 8-12" x 1" or so strip of black woven polyester fabric (an old skirt I salvaged for fabric long ago) which is then covered by a similar sized strip of a printed silk sari scrap. Pink, grey and purple go so great together I couldn't resist adding wool yarn bits in those colors. Even a scrap of magenta-colored silk sari yarn worked great in this color scheme - the same silk sari yarn I used to make the purse, scarf and tam I wrote about in a previous blog and which you can see on the red roses bead.

Here is a view of the smaller beads. On the top buttons I used the chevron stitch and chain stitch in metallic thread. Metallic thread is a must on these beads because of the way it catches light and brightens up the bead. A variety of seed beads, ornamental beads, sequins and findings also comes in handy.

I haven't decided exactly how I will use these beads. Right now I am considering using the large feature beads as a pendant on a necklace and the smaller beads either as additions to the necklace or earrings. I'd like to make some smaller round beads to go with these and maybe use them as earrings. I'm thinking about combining these with some needle tatting or just stringing them on silk. I even have some lampwork beads In these same colors that might also complement the fabric beads in a piece of jewelry. Christmas ornaments aren't out of the question, either. And it might be nice to have a few of these in my Etsy store. And, alas, here is where fabric bead therapy turns into work!

Here is one last look at the larger fabric beads, along with a disclaimer about the alternative remedies I've talked about above. Always do your own research. My information is simply sharing what has worked for me. It may not work for you, but it's up to you to make that decision. Best of luck with whatever therapy you choose...and happy beading!


  1. you have certainly been through the ringer with this very bad dose of flu, you must have felt totally drained. Good to read with the help of aspirin and vitamin C you are back to your old self.
    Creativity has flowed, your beads are beautiful, must have been very fiddly such small crazy work there. Xmas tree decorations are delightful. I am sure you will find many uses or the beads and will share those with us all.

  2. Your buttons are indeed very, very lovely. They are real pieces of art. And I am thinking of brooches when I am looking at them.

  3. Anneliese - someone else I showed them to said they'd like to see them as a brooch. I think brooches would be really fun to make.

    Margaret - Yes, that aspirin/vitamin c therapy did the trick! I am so glad to be feeling better. I actually like the small work. It's fun. I loved the miniature cq ornaments I did. It was fun making those small stitches and seeing how they looked.

    I'm planning on turning these into jewelry and am on the hunt for some silk sari ribbon to string them on. I also bought some different trims to see how those look as a necklace base. I'll post results here! Thanks for your comments! :)