Have you ever had twitching muscles, aches of a neural character, unusual dizziness, muscle cramping, or areas of deadened sensation?
The following information does not seem to appear in any medical text or website. My father Ted Sudia (1925-2015) a well known biological scientist, came up with this on his own, while researching peripheral neuropathy (nerve degeneration in his feet) in connection with his diabetes. I have subsequently tried it and found it to work in many situations, which may be of great interest to those interested in better health and longevity.
A web search for “cholesterol nerve sheath” will bring up dozens of articles mentioning the fact that your nerves are wrapped with layers of myelin insulation, which include layers of lipids, the most prominent of which is cholesterol. Indeed your brain contains a large amount of cholesterol, acting as an insulator.
Also need I remind you, your brain and nerves are very important for health and life. “The Edge Effect,” a popular book by Eric Braverman MD, discusses at length how nearly all your organs are controlled by nerves coming down from the brain. As he puts it, “when your brain stops working, physicians will sign a death certificate.” Neural deterioration is a key factor that drives many other symptoms of aging relating to decreased organ functionality.
Many of the websites mentioned above discuss research or proposals for “myelin repair,” but not one of them draws the simple conclusion that my father arrived at, namely, to repair neural degeneration (i.e., nerves with frayed insulation leaking electrical signals resulting in faulty perceptions or actions) smear a small amount of butter on affected areas.
Butter contains 2.5% cholesterol, just the strength you’d expect from a store-bought medicine, plus other assorted lipids. Its toxicity is very low, and its main side effect is grease stains on your clothes and bedding. It is readily absorbed directly through your skin, and once inside becomes available to repair leaking insulation around your nerves. Eating foods that contain cholesterol doesn’t help, because that cholesterol winds up in your bloodstream, where it might contribute to arterial clogging, but it doesn’t migrate where it’s needed, to leaking, malfunctioning nerves.
Don’t use too much! Smear a small amount on problem areas, such as a twitching muscle or area of lost sensation, like you were putting on some Chap Stick, possibly over a period of several days. Do not overdo it, as an aching sensation will result. Butter is messy, and if you do this before bed, you may want to wrap the affected body part with a towel, to avoid staining your sheets.
The first time I tried the “butter cure” was for twitching in my hand in the 1990s. It worked and then I forgot about it. A few years ago I had a gym injury that caused serious pulled muscles in the triceps of my right arm. This was quite painful and it took me months to remember, but then I said to myself “the butter cure.” Yep, it worked. A week or so later the major pain and discomfort had subsided. My arm is fine now, as if nothing had ever happened.
Somewhere (I believe in the NY Times 30+ years ago) I read that “people in the Caucasus who allegedly live to age 120, may be doing things you don’t normally do, such as massaging their head and shoulders with yak butter.” This bizarre comment always stuck in my mind, and after my recent experience I got to thinking, I wonder if that actually works, seeing as yak butter would certainly have some cholesterol in it?
In the last year I began to notice an unwanted dizziness. It didn’t occur normally, but when I would get under a table, such as to fiddle with my computer wiring , the act of rolling around on the floor created some dizziness, which didn’t immediately go away. Although mild, this was disturbing. Also I recalled that my father, during the last year of his life, didn’t want to get out of bed, because he got so dizzy he felt that he was perpetually falling.
Let’s put 2+2 together here. Your sense of balance is determined by your inner ear, which is a sensory organ accessed by, you guessed it, your nerves. The quote about the yak butter was in the back of my mind, along with my recent success with neural repair in my arm. What if I smeared some butter in and around my ears? Would it sink in and “fix” my unwanted dizziness?
Holy cow! Yes, it did! Those peasants living to age 120 in the Caucasus mountains were right. Smearing butter on various bodily organs, including those in your head (neck, and spine), can indeed promote longevity. Now I can roll around under my desk, to fiddle with cables, and get right back up and not feel dizzy! Too bad my father didn’t think of this during his last year, as it might have kept him alive longer. Next time it happens to me, I know what to do.
Every organ in your body can start working less well due to neural deterioration. Having things not working so well is a common fact of aging. But there’s a very simple way to at least partially reverse that. Do not EAT the cholesterol, just smear a little on your skin over the affected area, over a period of days or weeks.
Many years ago, like over 40 years, I twisted my right leg in a strange way that caused a ripping sensation above my right knee. The muscle is fine, but since then that area of skin has been dead to sensation. 40 years is a long time, but lately I’ve been applying some butter over the area, and little by little I’m getting some sensation back.
Okay all you older folks. As many of you may be aware, getting older can cause problems with incontinence, and also on occasion painful rectal cramps. As I write this, I’m embarking on a new experiment, of smearing some butter up my rear end. I’ll post an update in a few weeks, but what is incontinence anyway but a loss of muscle tone? I’m betting that after some butter treatments (knock wood) I’ll have “significantly less” rectal leakage. So far (4 days later) it seems to be helping.
For decades my old-wives (or dear old dad’s) cure for twitching muscles has been my little secret. But when it cured my dizziness, which was arguably a causal factor in my father’s death, and after reading Braverman on the central importance of nerves, I thought to myself, holy cow, this really has some major anti-aging effects! Hence I got motivated to write and share this blog piece.
Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary! This neurological treatment has never been heard of, much less approved by the FDA! Transdermal butter (cholesterol 2.5%) is not promoted to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Use common sense and start with a small amount on a small area. Keep it out of your eyes. If you notice any unexpected problems, stop using it. Expect the process to last days or weeks. Just keep some soft butter in a butter dish at room temperature on your table.
Neural degeneration and concomitant reduction of organ function is a central fact of aging, with countless knock-on effects, which can certainly make a weak person weaker (and more demoralized). Hence this simple approach to reversing it, even partially, should be of great interest to those interested in life extension. Collectively it might add millions of years of healthy human life. And if this blog posting leads to skyrocketing sales of yak butter, or plummeting sales of Depends…
Photo Credit: Beurre d’Isigny, by Lionel Allorge 2013, via Wikimedia commons.
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2 thoughts on “The Butter Cure: Pathway to Better Health and Longevity?”
Interesting article and a nice tribute to your Dad. Maybe some scientists will see this and be influenced to pursue it.
Followup: It’s been ~8 months since I wrote this blog posting, and I don’t recall exactly what I did, but I can report that I now have minimal to no rectal leakage, which I assume is the result of smearing butter in the relevant area. So yeah, that worked too, which has been great.