SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

July 19, 2018

Dr Bergman Dementia (how-to) video

If this was “last post” I do, I could be happy   

because, it’s XLNT   

Oh, I don’t mean to imply that all the pieces and parts are laid out in a neat format with precise or exact dosages of this or that – – not at all.    Actually, what it is – is pretty much all the same stuff I’ve been doing as I went along and discovered stuff that worked and saw thru crap that was only hype.  As for ‘Medicine’.  .  .  there’s never been a clear-cut path to improvement or reversal.   Only toxic meds which don’t  do much more than harm further and cost a lot and burden budgets from the personal coffers to the federal  level which is on the verge of collapsing and leaving our grand children’s children heavily in debt – (most undeservedly). 

My parents both died with AD, tho I cared for my mom pretty much in her final 2-3 decades; we had always been very close.  There was little which could be done regarding the disease, but I kept her life as enjoyable and active as possible to keep relevance and interest important to her.  The kitchen has been my playground since I was a small child,. . so it happens, she was fed super well.   She had been a certified genius, an athlete and captain of her hockey team as a young woman.  She was exceedingly beautiful and accomplished in many ways.  Very Creative.  Married often. It was difficult watching her diminish, then fade.   

I knew the statistics, for science had begun to understand and study AD, but I didn’t ever think that I would be at risk, I ate clean, was highly blessed health wise.   Helping to raise my 2 granddaughters in my sixties and during their elementary school years, they began laughing at my mis-naming some things. .  . guess mid 70’s somewhere. In time, it crept into my mind what was happening to me. Went thru a pitiful pity-party almost 2 years.  I functioned as always (I thought).  Pulling it together, done with sad poor-me – I set out on this unknown path to attempt to reclaim who I knew I was  and I fully expected to survive.   And there was no daughter to care for me, so by Gawd. . get it together!  I did and so far,  so good.  Haven’t left any stones unturned.  Was overjoyed when I learned of Dr Newport and her husband’s fate and her bringing to the public arena the amazing results many achieved with COCONUT OIL.   I’m still indulging “big time” on it.  In shakes, fry anything that can be fried,  or just steamed veggies.  And I noticed, right off, it helped.    But it is so much more than Coconut oil;  I have been a health-nut (so-called) for a bunch of time.  Anti-oxidants up-the-gazoo,  I do anything and everything which makes sense to me.   Don’t forget, I KNOW what Alzheimer’s is. . and I won’t go to a home for the aged and/or demented.  When I can no longer get and do my own food, care for self and plants like we deserve, I wanna go.    So I know what Dr Bergman is referring to when he discusses Trans-Resveratrol  or Curcumin, Vitamin D and K2, folate and ALL the B-vit’s, especially B-12. Big on C.  Don’t think anyone would want me to get started on the food.  Just know what I eat is prepared by me alone, is as clean as I can get it, very little animal protein (because ‘unpolluted’ is pricey as all get out). 

Dr Bergman with his incredible humor and style lays out what has brought our species to this very sad and inhumane predicament we are in health wise.  He elucidates most of the causative factors (with which I agree)  as well as describing. . .HOW TO OVERCOME THEM ALL. That power IS in our own hands and no matter where we are in this crazy spectrum, we can either improve (get better) or also, we can conquer it.  A question of choice and what you are willing to do to acquire your health back. Furthermore,  all this discussion applies equally to my Brain, Heart, Lungs, Thyroid, and all immune, neurological and circulatory systems as well.    So this is why I am overjoyed to share this with you.  So now,  “HOW TO REVERSE DEMENTIA”  with Dr John Berman                               





July 13, 2018

Is ORGANIC what we think it is?

I honestly don’t know

I am sorrowful to submit this post to you.  The first article is from today’s Columbus Dispatch.  Tho it is informative and well done, I am deeply disturbed by it.   I sought. . .  I dunno, some reason or verification so I went online and found a 2nd piece  (2015),  from a FORBES “Opinion” Contributor who is a Law Professor who happens to also have a passion for food. It’s almost more than I can take.      I struggle so to ensure that all which goes into my body is the best I can possibly do to be able to enjoy a fairly high level of health.  It seems we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t. 

The second article fills in those gaps about the whys and because. . .and I hate it.   This is an intelligent man who communicates beautifully,  and in time, I’ll be glad I have the information;  it is always best to ‘know’ rather than just go along and trust all is okay.  It is so ‘not okay’ and I am so disillusioned with my government . . it’s all worse now after 1 and 1/2 years of the redhead in the oval office.  Disturbing to those like me who truly believe “You are what you eat”! We must all be more vigilant now than ever. . check over and handle everything we buy, smell, feel it and try  to ‘sense’ the vitality in the food. I don’t have it in me to start farming now. But we’ve been paying so much more for all this organic and likely,  some or even much of it isn’t.  Get over it Jan. . it is what it is.  .     .    

Regulators, farmers question ‘organic’ label

NEW YORK — Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it?

The “USDA Organic” label generally signifies a product is made with relatively minimal synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to certain guidelines. But disputes over the rules and questions about adherence might raise doubts about whether the price is justified.

A federal audit in September found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was “unable to provide reasonable assurance” that required documents for imported organic grains were reviewed at domestic ports of entry, among other weaknesses. The Washington Post reported last year that massive shipments of imported grains intended mostly for animal feed were wrongly labeled as organic. The Post also questioned practices by major organic dairy and egg producers.

A lot is at stake. Last year, organic food sales came to more than $45 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association, an industry group. That represented more than 5 percent of overall U.S. food sales.

Understanding the issues might help you decide whether to pay twice as much for a carton of organic milk or a dozen eggs.

Consumer groups generally recommend buying organic foods, saying they promote sustainable agriculture, limit damage to the environment and are good for people’s health.

“The system in place isn’t perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have this system,” said Charlotte Vallaeys, a senior policy analyst with Consumers Union.

You can find more detailed information about specific products, either directly from producers or others such as the Cornucopia Institute, an industry watchdog that rates dairy and egg farms.

Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association, said that employees at food co-ops and smaller groceries also might be more knowledgeable about where products come from.

The USDA says it is trying to adapt its system for oversight. Among the actions outlined: Stepped-up inspections, coordination with other agencies, and finding technologies to help it better track products across global supply chains.

The Organic Trade Association also says it’s testing ways to detect fraud at select companies and will fine-tune them before recommending the practices to its broader membership. An association spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Wyard, says a degree of fraud is likely in any program, but that tightening standards is a priority.

“I’m not going to try to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes and say we don’t have work to do,” Wyard said.

The Real Organic Project says it is working on a label that it hopes would be an add-on to the USDA seal, indicating that additional rules were met, such as on living conditions for animals.


Not All Organic Food Labels Are Created Equal


Chenglin Liu for FORBES

Mr. Liu is a professor of law at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, and an expert in food and drug law.

For those who spend time in the organic produce aisle at the grocery store, the alluring image of pristinely grown fruits and vegetables can drive consumers to fill their shopping carts with the best of intentions.

The consumption of organic foods in the United States has skyrocketed to 10 times its size in 1997 and is now valued at $35 billion. Unfortunately, the growth in sales has been accompanied by greatly expanded risks because America’s regulatory processes are riddled with loopholes.

Ironically, just when the public’s trust in the government seems to be at an all-time low, consumers have placed almost blind faith in the defective regulatory system that governs organic products. Consumers’ unwavering trust in the USDA Organic label probably comes from the assumption that the United States Department of Agriculture directly inspects farms and certifies organic products.

Unfortunately, this is not true. 

Nor is it true that the agents who certify food as organic work directly for the USDA or that imported goods are subject to the same level of inspection as those grown at home.

Under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OPFA), the USDA accredits certifying agents, who then conduct organic certification. These certifying agents are not paid by the USDA but by the operations that they certify.

Of the 80 certifying agents, only 48 are based in the U.S.

Despite the fact that the USDA is not legally responsible for the conduct of certifying agents, it delegates to them a very important regulatory function, namely determining whether a product is genuinely organic.  

Of the 80 certifying agents, only 48 are based in the U.S. Thirty-two others are based in foreign countries. Certifying agents have certified about 47,000 operations worldwide, of which fewer than half are located in the U.S. Once certified, the foreign operations are entitled to label their products with USDA Organic logos and freely enter the U.S. markets.  

Imported organic products pose serious challenges to the regulatory system. Today, organic imports come from more than 100 countries ranging from Algeria to Zambia

Recently, a USDA official claimed that imported organic products and domestically grown organics are subject to the same level of supervision. That claim is overstated, if not simply irresponsible.

The Organic Foods Production Act has no teeth in the foreign context

Even if certifying agents can set aside the inherent conflict of interest of being paid by the entities they are evaluating, there is no guarantee that foreign farms fully comply with U.S. law. Many of these countries have a serious problem with the rule of law, and foreign farmers often disregard their own national laws. How can Americans expect these foreign farmers to follow U.S. laws, with which it is usually costly to comply?   

If a U.S. farmer knowingly labels its products as organic when they are not, that farmer will lose organic certification and have to pay $11,000 per violation. If a U.S. farmer makes a false statement to the USDA or its certifying agents, the penalty is up to five years in prison. If a foreign farmer commits the same offense, however, the same penalty is unlikely. The reason is simple: a foreign prosecutor has no obligation to prosecute the farmer for violating U.S. law, and a foreign judge will not apply the U.S. law in the foreign court. Without these penalties, the Organic Foods Production Act has no teeth in the foreign context. 

It is naturally more difficult for the USDA to supervise either certifying agents or organic farms in foreign countries than those in the U.S. In 2010, the USDA was found to have failed to conduct onsite evaluations of three certifying agents located in Israel, Bolivia and Turkey for six years after it conditionally granted accreditations to these agents. The agents collectively certified 1,400 farms and producers. The USDA argued those regions were too dangerous to visit. While there was an option for the USDA to revoke the certifications, it never did so. During those six years, the products certified by those agents were freely circulating in the U.S. market. 

A misleading label

In another example of the issues with monitoring foreign-made products, thousands of pets in the U.S. died in 2007 after eating melamine-tainted pet food produced in China. Under mounting public pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tried to conduct an investigation of the foreign site that was suspected of producing the tainted products. However, the FDA officials’ visa applications were delayed. By the time they reached the foreign site, everything had been removed and the ground deeply plowed. No trace of melamine was found. In the next crisis, will the USDA do a better job in obtaining visas from a foreign country than the FDA?

The USDA Organic label is supposed to be a signal of quality products. But when the USDA can no longer effectively supervise the certification process, its label becomes misleading. The USDA should certify organic farms through its own employees, and the farms should pay the USDA directly. The more intermediaries involved, like the current system of third-party certifying agents, the more difficulties the USDA will face in ensuring organic products grown at home and abroad live up to their promises.

Nixing ‘breastfeeding’ for Corp gains

Why Breast-Feeding Scares Donald Trump

The New York Times Opinion section

July 9, 2018

The push by United States delegates to the World Health Organization to water down or scrap a simple resolution meant to encourage breast-feeding in underdeveloped countries was many things — bullying, anti-science, pro-industry, anti-public health and shortsighted, to name a few.

But it was not surprising. In fact, it’s just one of several recent examples of the Trump administration’s zeal for badgering weaker countries into tossing public health concerns aside to serve powerful business interests. The baby formula industry is worth $70 billion and, as breast-feeding has become more popular in more developed countries, the industry has pinned its hopes for growth on developing nations.

As The Times reported Sunday, the resolution in question stated, simply, that breast milk is the healthiest option for infants, and that steps should be taken to minimize inaccurate marketing of substitutes.

President Trump’s contention on Twitter on Monday, that women need access to formula because of malnutrition, defies both science and common sense: The overwhelming balance of evidence tells us that breast milk is far more nutritious than formula. Among many other benefits, it has the potential to ward off diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections, both of which are prevalent in low-income countries.

Unethical marketing practices on the part of formula makers is a longstanding and well-established problem that has contributed to a decline in breast-feeding in low-income countries. As of 2015, less than 40 percent of babies younger than 6 months old were being breast-fed in developing countries. Doubling that proportion could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

In wealthier countries formula is a safe option and can sometimes be a godsend. But it is also nutritionally inferior to breast milk in every way. Among other things, it contains none of the antibodies available in a mother’s milk. In the developing world, those shortcomings can be far more devastating to a child’s health.

Ecuador was set to introduce this uncontroversial measure when the United States threatened “punishing trade measures” and a withdrawal of crucial military aid unless the country dropped it.

Common sense ultimately triumphed in this round of bullying, and the measure passed without much alteration — thanks, oddly enough, to Russia. But American officials are using the same tactics in similar situations, and there’s still concern that they could succeed on those fronts.

In March, United States trade representatives threatened to withdraw American support for the Colombian peace accord and Colombian ascension into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, unless Colombian health officials dropped several efforts to cut prescription drug prices. The measures Colombia is considering have all been permitted by the World Trade Organization, but pharmaceutical companies have pressured countries not to employ them, often by acting through American trade representatives.

Federal officials have proposed changes to global trade policy that would prohibit such measures, and that would also thwart other efforts to expand access to newly developed and urgently needed tuberculosis medications. Tuberculosis is still at epidemic levels in many low- and middle-income countries, claiming 1.7 million lives in 2016 alone, according to the World Health Organization.

It’s tempting to call this approach to public health Trumpian, simply because it has all the key hallmarks: an obvious bow to rich and powerful companies, disregard for the needs of people who are poor or sick or both and zero attention to potential long-term consequences. But, while they might not have gone so far when it comes to baby formula, previous administrations were just as guilty as the current one when it came to drugs.

Both the Obama and Clinton administrations also sought to keep drug prices high in low-income countries — the former by preventing generic markets in India and elsewhere, and the latter by supporting policies that kept the prices of H.I.V. medications much higher than they needed to be.

In the case of H.I.V., persistent global protest ultimately turned public opinion and, as it happens, the course of medical history. The United States carved out exceptions for H.I.V. medications and allowed a generic market to emerge, which in turn sharply curbed the epidemic itself.

Should American officials prevail in the current case, the outcome will be easy enough to guess: People will suffer. Industry profits will not.

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July 8, 2018

Diabetes, important message

SUGAR Gets to us in 1000’s Ways

(Especially from our Carbs) 

be choosy


This is in my mind, one of the most serious problems that ALL OF US – TRULY,   should be concerned about.  And none more so than me has fretted over it.  To impart what, why  and when – – gotta speak of own experience again to make the point want to show.

Some where in my fifties, I discovered the McDougall plan and fell in sync with all that Dr John McDougall taught/espoused.  It worked for me  (but then, I’ve always been kinda weird about the sanctity-of-life thing, especially  – –  anything that has a face . . as it sorta imparts  [to me]  the presence of consciousness).  I mostly ate that way for some years. . .not a committed vegetarian,  just a thing I did.  Was raised by this genius farm girl who knew how to feed her kid.  She seemed to ‘know’ everything, was comfortable with herself because she knew herself. . and she knew/loved God.  I, on the other hand knew nothing,  was always asking questions, needed to know why stuff was the way it was, what was on the higher branch, the other room.    Through the years, have questioned everything.  Few conclusions as have generally felt, everything is the way it should be;  is orderly and beautiful.  .  whether I agree with it or not.     

So when new ideas presented,  I’d rely on my gut-feel.  Have fiddled with Paleo enough to find that opinions-at-large, indeed suggest that animal protein is a good thing – – at least it was before farming and all the related practices commercialized it so radically. .  that little remains of the wholesome nutritive value  this once noble way of life had provided.  Now, there is so much more to juggle in the should I or should I not department.        So I’d take from here, there and whatever else I’d find – – do it my way.  I did however (once grown up) strive for my idea of the best per my changing values and evolving preferences.  S’all okay I guess as long as you’re pretty healthy and have no problems demanding to be balanced     When problems arrive,  practical people see a doctor.    Depending  on the variables, we can be sent to specialists and so it goes.  As the patient, we have so many things to consider;  this doctor says this and yet the next one says that. . .what to do ? Can we actually know?  How?  The diploma, license, shingle on the wall – none of it helps us to know who’s got the stuff we need. Are ya feeling lucky?   

But before all the big stuff comes along,  the really simple things like diet/nutrition actually has so much to do with ‘how well we function and fare.’   It’s fine to be flexible,  but it is vital that we learn how to do it as we go along.  It’s just logical.  If it’s got more chemicals in it than it has natural vitamins and minerals .  .  .  probably not gonna do us much good.  We need to know,   yea – have a right to know!   “What’s in my food”, “How’s it grown?”,  “Is it grown in fertile soil”?  All animals require movement to be healthy, are we still torturing our  cows, pigs and chickens?  How about their quality of life? 

If we care about this stuff AND our health, then  we are probably living with a big dose of guilt (which isn’t healthy), along with sub-standard foodstuff – even if it’s claiming to be organic and GMO-free.  Any and all this boils down to personal decision stuff  – – we each do what we MUST and CAN do, no matter what anybody says.  So,  there is all this.  I live with it too.  Stay cool, be objective if you can. 

What I can’t tolerate is being lied to; seeing those  “In-Charge” promoting falsehoods when they should be alleviating our health problems – that’s what they have been trained to do.  But HAVE THEY  really BEEN TRAINED?  If so, how could this happen?   My in- box contained the following from Dr Berry today.    Could have had it out sooner, but have to keep leaving the computer to go calm down,. .  .  my heart doesn’t like it when I get this way.  Just give it a good look see and mull over for yourself.  It’ll simplify your choices  (especially if you’ve digested Dr Gundry’s message).             Jan



July 6, 2018

Review of Gundry’s plan, helped me

Couple – separate ills..what they did,  and loved it

The internet has so much on Dr Gundry being interviewed by everyone. .  know I’m wigging out on this.  But it’s such a big deal for me. Its just that I have so much going on.. and really need to get back to reading the book.  Gotta mention that I loved his interview with Dr. Dale Bredesen who as a prominent expert on Alzheimer’s disease — yielded a fascinating discussion, . . and must confess I must now buy another book called “The End of Alzheimer’s”.   But it isn’t coming off the presses til August. I believe that video was titled Dr Steven Gundry interviews Dr. Dale Bredesen on youtube.  They discuss A.D. as becoming #1 taking American lives, how it’ll financially destroy our country, insurance companies, and of course – wasting all these lives so cruelly.   That discussion shed light for me as to why I’ve managed to survive 15 years;  and while diminished – I’m still going.    I’ve just instinctively known to stay away from anything toxic, chemical or unnatural – – make anything personally which goes into or onto my body. This can’t be everyone’s choice, of course – we’re all different.  But it’s worked for me.  Both these XLNT doctors have much to enrich our lives – – make ’em better.

Bredesen and Gundry seem to operate from a much higher/inner level which has seemingly surpassed what is normally  observed in the medical community.  Tho progressive and new, nevertheless,  they speak to our ‘needs’ in a language which satisfies our minds.

As to the following video I just found – – it gave me what I’d hoped for,  a few hints that I was glad to get.  Apparently sourdough is gonna be okay at some point in the plan.   REAL cheese is also gonna work.  I’m loving that Green Smoothie, but this couple didn’t think too much of it.  They do rave  over the really tasty recipes and food which they’ve learned to eat; don’t feel deprived or like they are sacrificing.  They seem to really love the food.   They’re using sweet potatoes, so guess I miss read something, or it comes in later. Anyway, video is short and it helped me a little.   Jan


Dr Steven Gundry, sharing


PLEASE  ENJOY  while protecting yourself


July 3, 2018

Luck or a Blessing?

Seems like a Blessing to me


Yesterday, some visitor to my blog selected a post dated (8-11-17) simply called “GUNDRY M.D. –  DAVE’S BULLETPROOF” . . sounded familiar, but I couldn’t remember it,  so went to check it out.   Well, it knocked my socks off – again!   So much so, that I sent for the book ‘Plant Paradox’  just published which the two of them spoke of in the interview.   Last night I again became so engrossed in their  witty, humorous but fascinating dialogue that I quickly sought out Gundry’s book when the video was over – – and dove into  it.  I must have just put it on the shelf to get to later upon arriving.  All those ‘later things’  have a way of getting lost in the shuffle.  As I began wading into it, I was literally awed by the obvious reality that here in my hand was the info I have been lacking. .searching for and needlessly  deprived myself.  Per this book and their discussion still in my mind, I had been doing so much wrong.  I almost couldn’t imagine how I could repair so much self-injury from a seeming platform of ignorance and unsophistication – – when I thought I had been moving in the right direction.     This is serious stuff.  Have greatly erred.  Wasted almost a year since I bought this book, which,  had I read it right off could have prevented all the crap I’ve been thru this entire time.     (The slow-down in energy, and leading to integrated functional disruption including cognitive security and performance,   the emergence of psoriasis and that whole nine yards, and in all . . feeling that I’ve lost “it” .  .  whatever it was that kept me going and knowing that I could handle anything, or at the very least,  was willing to try). 

So, whoever that person was may never know the value of the gift-of-their-visit turned out to be for me.  But I am so grateful.

At this point now, it isn’t reprimand or chastisement I need, but right action coming from a good frame of mind (whatever is left of it) and to get the job done.  I am now in this moment quite sure that given the time, I shall be able to overcome the obstacles as I am now learning they are.  What I did a year ago was all indeed, right action – – I simply didn’t follow through.  Got too busy, side-tracked, and yeah — was no longer focused where I wish I had been.  (one of the harsh realities of Alzheimer’s. . .we all know.)  Regret is a waste of time.   To go there can only result in pain.  Useless!  What has it been?. . maybe 15 years now?   Gee whiz, I’m still doin’ fine.  Medicine could probably not have done any more for me than I have learned how to do for myself.  As long as I can still function – it’s a win! 

So, it’s onward to the magic I’m gleaning from Dr Steven Gundry’s book “The PLANT PARADOX”  The book is unfortunately fascinating to the point that I may not be getting too much else which needs doing. .  . done.  Have a lotta catching up to do.  Forget my  love of yogurt (and making it),  ditto with my Sourdough bread (and making it) too.  I’ve also this past month been making HUMMUS which is to die for. . . and even found a recipe of a world-class Israeli chef by the name Michael Solomonov who has a number of Restaurants and is famous for his great hummus.  Nothing has the right to be so good!  Was planning on making my own Tahini; the sesame seeds are on my list   But “Grains” and seeds and Dairy (stuff made from cow juice, but not including the butter). . I’m thinking the grass-fed cow’s  natural cheese is gonna be okay – haven’t found a discussion on that yet.   But Potatoes of any ilk, Beans of any sort – – so there goes my Hummus.    Found truly enlightening discussion of FERMENTED Sourdough as the safest of all breads because the ferment (yeast and bacterias) destroy or devour the lectins (a type pf protein) which is the big bad guy in all this.  But, it’s not just my favorite stuff (foods) which fall in the destructive (to our health) category;  my zucchini and summer squash (which I have been eating almost daily for rather a long time).  Any vegetable loaded with seeds (their babies – progeny) is a NO as well.   Once one reads why, ya can’t help yourself, it’s too late- you’re hooked.   

But why would I do all this?  I NEED HELP!   Dr Gundry has helped 1000’s cure almost everything and quickly.  Book is riddled with case histories and full-on answers  as to why and what for.  Forget his 10,000 heart surgeries and decades of life saving;  he is a full-on scientific researcher which is giving him more joy than he has ever known before. He loves what he is doing.   Seeing people overcome a lifetime of grievous physical ills and woes and go forward in HEALTH and full function, has gotta be rewarding (IMO)  And another comment I’m remembering is “The more fruit I can take out of people’s diet, the healthier they become.”    Guess one could spell that S U G A R.  So, remembering my September ’17 adventure with the Fruitarian thing, you can see where I’m coming from.  I did love it, had a blast.  And until yesterday, was still confidently eating my fruit.   NO MORE.  It may be a wonder why I didn’t develop diabetes.   But at the very least I’ve overburdened my LIVER  and KIDNEYS,  and the whole shebang needs to be righted.  So, sure, I’m REALLY open to all his advice, and the book is here looking back at me.     

So This being my first day and all, was wondering   what I do for sustenance on rising.  Looks like a Green Smoothie for the first three days. Frig has it all – Kale, Spinach, even Dandelion greens ( fav of mine).  I used about 1 1/2 cups, 1 cup water, sprig of Mint – so I snipped some from my garden.  Recipe called for 1 c chopped romaine,1/2 c baby spinach, mint sprig, 1/2 avocado, 4T squeezed lemon juice, 3 – 6 drops stevia extract. 1/4 C ice cubes and a C water. Wasn’t thrilled with this, but it was delicious – who knew?

The post starts with the name and date of this post’s source so  you can go access it yourself, or if I’m successful, a link will follow. I so enjoyed this discussion between Dave Asprey and Dr Gundry . . they are both peculiar geniuses, one-of-a-kind — each of them.  Of course, I am in  a place of special appreciation for this subject at hand; I’m learning a lot, and sure can use it.  Hope you profit as well.                                                                                  Jan

July 1, 2018

Prostrate Cancer. . watchful waiting

Online search yielded this from American Cancer Society   Its the story

Watchful Waiting or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

Because prostate cancer often grows very slowly, some men (especially those who are older or have other serious health problems) might never need treatment for their prostate cancer. Instead, their doctors may recommend approaches known as watchful waiting or active surveillance. (Other terms sometimes used include observation or expectant management.)

Some doctors use the terms active surveillance and watchful waiting to mean the same thing. For other doctors these terms mean something slightly different:

  • Active surveillance is often used to mean monitoring the cancer closely. Usually this approach includes a doctor visit with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) about every 6 months. Prostate biopsies may be done every year as well. If your test results change, your doctor would then talk to you about treatment options.
  • Watchful waiting (observation) is sometimes used to describe a less intensive type of follow-up that may mean fewer tests and relying more on changes in a man’s symptoms to decide if treatment is needed.

Not all doctors agree with these definitions or use them exactly this way. In fact, some doctors prefer to no longer use the term watchful waiting. They feel it implies that nothing is being done, when in fact a man is still being closely monitored.

No matter which term your doctor uses, it’s very important for you to understand exactly what he or she means when they refer to it.

When might these approaches be an option?

One of these approaches might be recommended if your cancer:

  • Isn’t causing any symptoms
  • Is expected to grow slowly (based on Gleason score)
  • Is small
  • Is just in the prostate

These approaches are not likely to be a good option if you have a fast-growing cancer (for example, a high Gleason score) or if the cancer is likely to have spread outside the prostate (based on PSA levels). Men who are young and healthy are less likely to be offered active surveillance, out of concern that the cancer might become a problem over the next 20 or 30 years.

Watchful waiting and active surveillance are reasonable options for some men with slow-growing cancers because it is not known whether treating the cancer with surgery or radiation will actually help them live longer. These treatments have definite risks and side effects that may outweigh the possible benefits for some men. Some men are not comfortable with this approach, and are willing to accept the possible side effects of active treatments to try to remove or destroy the cancer.

In active surveillance, only men whose cancer is growing (and therefore have a more serious form of cancer) are treated. This lets men with less serious cancer avoid the side effects of a treatment that might not have helped them live longer. A possible downside of this approach is that it might give the cancer a chance to grow and spread. This might limit your treatment options, and could possibly affect the chances of the cancer being treated successfully.

Not all experts agree how often testing should be done during active surveillance. There is also debate about when is the best time to start treatment if things change.

Comparing watchful waiting or active surveillance with active treatment

A few large studies have compared watchful waiting (where men were treated only if they developed symptoms from their cancer) and surgery for early stage prostate cancer, but the evidence from these studies has been mixed. Some have found that men who have surgery might live longer, while others have not found a difference in survival.

So far, no large studies have compared active surveillance to treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. Some early studies of men who are good candidates for active surveillance have shown that only about a third of the men need to go on to treatment with radiation or surgery.

My Comment: 

To begin with,  the choices as presented here are so iffy and ill-defined, that in my opinion. . it is nearly impossible to make an intelligent decision.  Ergo, s’ gonna   be made from a place of insecurity and emotion.  This may not be the most effective path.  My MO. . male, female or otherwise must hinge on the “why” of the situation.  What caused this?  How does it happen?  If we don’t know what it is, why it happens or what caused it . . how is it possible to arrive at the best solution?     Both surgery and radiation are dire concepts and undesirable – – who would want this?   Do we ‘know’ anything at all?     Of course health status and age factors are determinants, but not everything. Nor is the fact that it is  a somewhat common health affliction. .  .  but the least worthy of discussion because when it’s your body, your health — your sex organs, it’s a big deal!    I can almost recall conversations with older men (from decades ago) who had undergone some of these therapies which took away their ability to enjoy one of their favorite enjoyments of life.  This can be cruel at any age.  Still, one does what one must.   

Of course, one starts to think about his living  standards, activities, work  load and stress,   and yes, dietary nutritional needs.  My Gawd! Why is this happening to me?  It’s just natural to want to know ‘Why’ and try to figure out what the best thing to do is.  Wouldn’t be natural, not to.  How can we know what’s best when our docs don’t seem to have this nailed down?  With health, crap shoot isn’t the best option.       

This health issue  isn’t like cardio, pulmonary  or fatty liver, where much is known and  the treatment seems laid out – -not fun, but reasonable. I guess what I’m suggesting – there is a need to know more.  And answers can come from  the Clark Therapies.  Dr Hulda Clark’s  book “The Cure for All Disease” reduces all diseases to just two causes – either parasites or toxins.  Sounds overly simplistic, I know.  But thousands of patients and doctors alike can’t be wrong. She really helped me, and started my health education, for which I am still deeply grateful.  Before she died,  her following was global; the methods worked, many, many physicians came and trained with her after they learned how effective, simple and logical it is.  There are websites galore with trained practitioners who can assist one to do what is necessary – – with the equipment she devised and the simple cleanses, recipes and diagnostic tools. And of course her Zapper (which I still use).  The cause can be determined – whether it be some solvent or toxin (from bottled water, soda bottles and cans and all manner of prepared foods, cosmetics and other products we buy and use in the home), or a specific parasite or bug or microscopic organism.  Knowing what it is;  it can be eliminated.  Left to it’s own resources as an inhabitant within your body, it can fester and evolve to greater problems which are the multitudinous  diseases we know by 1000’s of different names today. So if I were a man and this happened to me, I’d buy that book. . and probably get a little help on diagnosing cause, and then do the herbs or the cleanse . . . kinda easy, really inexpensive and totally doable.   What’s not to like?   But then, one can just wait and see what might develop.   Jan


June 20, 2018

Fatty Liver Disease. . is there help?

Fatty liver disease, What do we  really know?

From Dr.  Eric Berg, we are told the liver is an organ which can be ill-treated or abused til almost 80% to 90% of the organ is diseased and fading and still, be treated and healed to the point of full function.  The good part of that thought is that it can be revitalized.    The bad part is that there seem to be no clues or symptoms, so that we and/or our doctors realize anything is amiss so that problems CAN be averted.  Ergo, we can eat ‘crap’ (useless, non-nutritive foodstuff) and believe all is well.   Routine medical care seldom detects the presence of liver damage or threat til its about 95%  shot when it will show up in the blood.  By then, one can  become needful of a transplant. .  .  not a good thing, being risky as it is,   but maybe at that point — all that’s left.   There just isn’t any workable medical treatments known for this according to the profession.     

Or Is there?  Eh,  .  . maybe it depends on who you talk to.    Even so, gonna show you a few divergent opinions to assist in seeing what choices there might be for anyone dealing with this vital organ from which our body demands around 500 vital services.   One example,  our thyroid needs the LIVER in order to be able to convert T4 into T3 or we’ll have those dreadful IODINE problems and malfunction which among other things governs our metabolism.  Ya can’t say “. . well, it’s your genes, just look at all those fat bodies in your clan!”     No, it’s the way you’re living and  what you’re eating.  Dr Berg hammers home with  “eat your cruciferous veggies” – – the best way to cleanse the LIVER. . will be 100% and healthy.  Learn to  like KALE, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage – -include far more green growing  foods, celery, garlic, spinach, peppers, onions, so that up to 80 or 85% of daily nutrient is fruits and veggies (but limit the fruit due to sugar content). SUGAR screws your body up big time in so many ways.  Learn to eat fresh – even raw if little time to prepare stuff, rather than anything in a box, bag or can. .  . or fast-food joint. .  if you’re seeking change and health improvement.

Dr Berg had recommended morning shakes with Kale and blueberries; liked it.  Never really dug kale or kinda bitter greens… but now I slice cabbage (like slaw) into my omelet along with torn kale, garlic , onions, mushrooms fried in (grass-fed) butter or coconut oil, but could use bacon grease  > all sprinkled with ‘Nutritional Yeast” (not Baker’s Yeast), for the much needed natural “B-Vitamins” [all but B-12]    . . just trying to show – we CAN train our taste buds . .til  we love it!  But he goes into all this and so much more in his book “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning” or any of his videos online and youtube.  So this is one path. 

Of course  we have Dr Clark whose basis of all disease reduces down to 2 causes of either pollution or parasites . . which I’ve been alluding to of late.  This would be some product or essence now used in our chemical-laden world, or any of the more than a thousand of parasites like a worm or other microscopic presence, also to be found everywhere including the air, water, pets and some foods.  After hosting any of these who have taken up residence in our  body. . . left to their survival techniques,  a festering and growth pattern can result in any organ or place in the body,  of any disease, chronic or otherwise, which are to be found these days.  Her many books are replete with full details and case histories as well as  how to build the various tools which are used in the ridding of these causes, regardless of it’s name.    One learns how to ascertain the source or cause and which tool, method or recipe to be used for the task.   With the ability to decipher and treat one’s own health problems, great security, freedom and independence is gained. I built my own Zapper and used it, but eventually bought the Clark Zapper which worked better than mine.  The internet has many sites for the Clark Therapy in order to get a little help in knowing what to do,  or find a Clark trained practitioner (many, all over the world)  This then is a marvelous different path.

Want to discuss still another path in use by Dr John McDougall;   the following is one of the videos I chose which seems so relevant from a medical doctor relating his own experiences (who helped himself survive to be healthy again using this  after much searching  for answers – and learning an approach which  hadn’t been covered in medical school.  All documented and provable.  Sounds good. . hard to fight that!     Following, is that video.   

                                          FATTY LIVER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Fatty liver disease is the most common liver disease in the western hemisphere. Today, one in four Americans have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

There is no medical treatment for fatty liver disease. However with lifestyle changes, like proper nutrition, it can be stopped or even reversed.

Fatty liver disease generally occurs when fat accounts for more than 5 to 10% of the liver’s weight. This causes inflammation, prevents the liver from

functioning properly and can lead to other conditions such as cirrhosis.

About 30% to 40% of American adults have a condition that has no visible signs and rarely causes symptoms, but can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis and liver cancer. It’s called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease—and as American waistlines continue to expand, the prevalence of this dangerous condition is growing as well  Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is an umbrella term for several stages of disease. Most people with NAFLD have what’s known as simple fatty liver, which means that more than 5% of the liver is made up of fat cells. (Fat in the liver can also be a product of heavy alcohol use, which is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease.)

People with simple fatty liver don’t have inflammation or scarring in their liver and don’t appear to be at high risk for liver complications. But the condition affects insulin sensitivity and puts people at higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “Increased liver fat is never normal,” says Dr. Jaideep Behari, associate professor and founder of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Fatty Liver Clinic.

An advanced form of NAFLD, called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, affects 3% to 12% of U.S. adults. “This form is characterized by inflammation and cell injury,” says Behari. “Cells are dying and there’s progressive scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis and even liver cancer.”

Scientists aren’t sure why some people with simple fatty liver go on to develop NASH while other don’t; research suggests that people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and excess fat around their middle are all at higher risk. Behari says that some people even alternate between the two forms of the disease.

Most cases of NAFLD have no symptoms. They may be diagnosed if elevated liver enzymes are noted during a routine blood test, or if a fatty liver is discovered during an unrelated CT scan, ultrasound or surgical procedure. Despite the rising rates and known health risks of fatty liver disease, there are currently no official recommendations for routine screening.

“I think there’s a real gap between the prevalence of the disorder and how we are diagnosing and counseling our patients,” says Behari, who says he hopes clinical guidelines will be revised in the next few years.

Still, Behari advises patients who have been told in the past that they have fatty liver to ask their doctor to take a closer look, either with a blood test or imaging scans. “I see at least one or two patients a week with advanced cases who were told at some point in the past not to worry about it,” he says. “With everything we know about fatty liver in 2017, I don’t think that’s still something we can tell our patients.”

There are no drugs approved to treat fatty liver disease, although losing weight through diet and exercise can help reduce fat in the liver and related inflammation. Doctors can also help patients identify other obstacles to weight loss, like sleep problems or certain medications. (It is almost cruel and unusual punishment for most medical authorities to continually admonish obese individuals to take off some weight by dieting and exercise, etc..  It is my opinion that they would if they could; but they are not the perpetrators here. . .for it wasn’t initiated by them.  .  .  only continued the patterns established in childhood.  According to Dr Hulda Clark, the matter of physical weight [poundage] is a decision made by the LIVER.  How the liver carries out its duties is primarily decided by it’s ability to function and this in turn is determined by received nutrient.  It’s garbage in – – garbage out.  So one’s choice has to do with WHAT – not how much.  It seems useless and no help to chastise someone for their lack of understanding relative to weight loss, when even the very doctors can’t advise them ‘how -to-do-it’    As to relying on exercise , this mostly builds bigger, stronger muscles. . doesn’t actually do much on getting leaner.   J}

i“For the majority of patients, lifestyle modification is way more effective than any drug,” says Behari. “All of these chronic disorders—fatty liver, diabetes, heart disease—share an underlying metabolic component, and the same common-sense healthy living principles apply for all of them.” (You are what you eat!   J)


Fatty liver disease fastest-growing reason for transplants in young U.S. adults

(Reuters Health) – Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its more aggressive form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, have become the fastest-growing reasons for liver transplants in young Americans, according to a recent study.

Typically, older adults experience the slow progression of fatty liver disease that is not related to alcohol but can lead ultimately to liver cirrhosis. Due to increasing childhood obesity, hypertension and diabetes, however, more young adults are reaching end-stage liver disease early in life, researchers say.

“I see kids at ages 7 and 8 with this problem, and one of my youngest patients developed cirrhosis at 13,” said senior study author Dr. Naim Alkhouri, who directs the metabolic program at the Texas Liver Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

“In Texas in particular, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is the No. 1 indicator for transplants in adults,” he told Reuters Health in a phone interview. “It now affects 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 10 children.”

Alkhouri and colleagues analyzed nationwide data from the United Network for Organ Sharing on liver transplants in young adults between 2002 and 2012 to examine the reasons they needed a transplant.

During those years, there were a total of 5,157 transplants in people ages 18 to 40, of whom 23% were obese, the researchers found. The top reason for transplant, accounting for 25%, was autoimmune/cholestatic liver disease, which includes conditions such as bile duct infections, immune system-related hepatitis, hereditary bile duct problems and drug-related liver damage.

About 18% of transplants were for acute liver failure, and other important causes were hepatitis C and B as well as liver cancers. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, also called NASH, accounted for just 3.3% of transplants across the entire study period, but it was the fastest-growing reason for transplant.

The number of liver transplants performed for NASH increased from 0.53% in 2002 to 4.46% in 2012, a nine-fold jump, the study team reports in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, online September 28.

Survival rates were similar among NASH and non-NASH liver recipients, but graft survival was lower and re-transplantation rates were higher in NASH recipients, the researchers note.

“Following the childhood obesity explosion in the ‘80s and ‘90s, we’re seeing young adults with old bodies,” Alkhouri said. “Although they’re 30, their organs are sick.”

Now the last video  featuring Ken Berry M.D.   Fatty Liver: How to Fix It,  this one is my favorite.  If I may, let me tell you why.  

I’ve been deeply invested to arrive at a solution for my recent descent into seeming new physical impairments;  big slow-down,  energy loss, and general frailty. Who knows if despair over politics and public unrest has anything to do with it?     For some time, the lower part of my legs and ankles have been swelling; the skin is  tight and uncomfortable.  Have never experienced anything like this before.  I am distraught over this for it carries major  unseen implications.  Whatever one might say regarding common sense, judgement  or luck, I do not have the years of medical training to have easy understanding the full inter-relatedness of all these body parts.     So I do mucho groping down dark corridors. . hoping for the light to come on.  My gut-drive seldom gives up, so I believed a path would form.  The sorta sad thing, of course is that I’ve done this to myself. 

My emerging conclusion is Kidney or Liver, neither of which I’ve consciously abused, still its confusing.  But is that true?  What about my ‘Fruitarian thing’  September of 2017.   It was FUN it, felt great,  and most like bananas, grapes, berries and melons?  Pounds literally dropped off me (s’okay, I could spare them),  felt lighter – brighter.   Eating was hugely simplified. .  UntilI almost weakened to the point of collapse. Son Jeff was frustrated with me as he  felt I needed protein for balance   As it turns out, he was totally right.  I haven’t stopped the fruit (but cut way back),  and was actually missing the veggies to the point of craving. I remain picky, selective and somewhat sparse regarding animal protein, but added back what I can afford to buy in light of my newly rent-hike damaged budget. 

The shock to my system was possibly  deeper than I realized, and while it seems unrelated, I now believe the Psoriasis  was due in large part to my faulty judgement, affecting the organs of processing and elimination of waste and toxins.  When forced to, the skin steps in as  the necessary tool to help rid the body of toxins. So my skin had no choice – still doesn’t as the water retention in my limbs would attest.    I really should have known better.  It took me years of work and study to arrive at my protocols for the chronic diseases I carry and also for the harmonious status of my nutritional needs.   It seemed I’d struck pay-dirt as I advanced into and thru my elder years. . .feeling good, looking not half bad and essentially, doing as I wanted. .  . pretty  much.  One might question – “Why would anyone want to screw that up?”  Indeed!  Brilliant Jan; since I couldn’t determine the cause, I slaved over treating the symptoms. Its been hard, much busy attention, lotta creams and ointments and scrubs, and scabby, itchy, painful activity and merciless cost.  Still no end in sight.  My hands and arms look better than they feel because I’m a slave to the task – no choice there.   So there’s the fruit thing which started my misery, but now I feel I have a right to hope and expect a slow return to normalcy.  Why, . . well there’s a second reason: 

Remember my passion for Sourdough bread?  You have no idea what I went thru nailing down “how-to” to get it the way I like it.  And I love it!  Don’t want to give it up.   But there is one more loaf in the freezer;  I think it’ll stay there for a rather long time.  Simply can’t let anything deter me from riding Psoriasis prison.  As soon as I know I’ve become comfortable without it, I’ll either toss it or give away if still good.  Dr Berry especially made a point of no grains – no how!  And the concept is nothing new to my understanding, as carbs. especially the really starchy carbs like spuds and grains of any kind WILL lay down as sugar in the body, opening the way to a lotta diseases like diabetes, etc.   I’m acting on the advice because his logic made sense to me; is in keeping with much of what I believe and have done for years.  I was blaming my love of ‘good’ cheese and had planned on giving that up, but he praises ‘real’ (grass-fed) cheese as a big benefit as opposed to cheese ‘product’ with an understandable  explanation. He’s new to me, but he’s got my vote on this subject.   And going over Dr Berg’s stuff just enforces my decision as am quite an admirer of his.  Consequently, having found  a few of the ‘trained’ people who obviously know much more about this because of their evidence-based experience with which I am easily able to agree;  my new plan is: 1) Eat only Organic cheese, small portions with spinach or cruciferous greens  2) STOP Grains,. .its history now. I’m making Hummus now from scratch (with Tahini, lemon, garlic, little olive oil, spoon of water. . s’ good!  Was using it on my bread, but now piled onto spinach leaves and a little avocado.  Still big on eggs – – hard-boil 8 to 10 at a time, nuts, seeds and sardines  and NW Pacific, wild caught Salmon. Body needs fat, so no lo-fat anything.  Still do Kombucha, morning coffee (with real cream) and a lot of distilled water.  No starchy carbs anymore, will miss ’em.   But if that’s what it takes to get rid of Psoriasis and  an unhappy liver or overworked kidneys – – that’s what I’ll do.          Jan



June 17, 2018

Dr. McDougal on Psoriasis

My yo-yoing Psoriasis experience


This subject may be more difficult than most for me to discuss or convey as it causes me more personal stress than anything else I’ve ever encountered including the usual six chronic diseases I deal with.  Each carries it’s own unique burden (hypertension, cardio, thyroid,  arthritis, COPD,  alzheimer’s),      so you learn all about it as able to; discover what the body needs to to alleviate it  and take appropriate action by either doing it or not.  Since I have been so highly motivated and completely determined to not ever use toxins or pharmaceuticals on my body  after walking away from medicine, essentially.   .  .  I had much to learn.  With persistence and good fortune. .  .  it seems to have worked.  Was able to acquire and maintain body balance and harmony, comfortably for some years now.             

Quite a lot is actually known regarding the chronic diseases I contend with.  But there are many viewpoints regarding them;  consequently, varying approaches  with which to deal/treat  them.  Since I am opposed to pharmaceuticals due to their toxicity and known/advertised side effects, and the issue of only treating symptoms rather than searching for CAUSE – – my approach, quite logically is gonna be plant-based or herbal.  Plus, find cause – fix that, by adding or removng

Per the Trump ‘reign’ wherein almost all of our governmental regs and departments have either been totally torched or are headed by some hatchet man.  .  .  life has become more difficult.    As an example,  “Net Neutrality” which President Obama tried to secure for us, but now remains in Netherland,  has left me unable to ascertain all the info I was able to acquire only weeks ago with my online searches  (which I am eternally involved with).    If my memory banks had totally  shut down, I would be unable to report the kind of stuff I’m prone to prefer – – “Natural by organic standards,  Orthomolecular, etc.,”.     I cut my teeth on Dr McDougall – maybe 30 – 40 years ago, a practicing vegetarian and I easily slid into that.  With all the faulty, inaccurate medical care I had been experiencing,  I was finally able to understand what ‘security’ felt like and live it.      Had I not made current notes as I went, there’d be no chance I could even tell you about further options as my browser is Google’s Chrome.  Just as Obama had predicted, we are now subjected to  see only what “others” like Google wants us to see which is those willing to play the game and pay the price.  Lets face it the established allopaths will always be spotlighted while lesser-known independent thinkers get no space.   If ya don’t remember a name to put in the browser and demand it to respond, one will find ‘choices’ quite limited here on out.

Then 25 years ago after coming to Ohio and having to establish new relationships and medical paths,  I ran into new problems for which I was unprepared; thats when I found Dr Hulda Clark and her methods/books.  I’m either heavily blessed or have an extremely hard-working guardian angel.  Anyway, I jumped head-long into the power and freedom of the Clark Therapy.  This I tell you now, not to justify my behavior, but only to inform you why it is that I let Dr McDougall seemingly slide out-of-mind.  By my books – – they are both super-heros and either or both can get anyone where they need to be health-wise. Both work with cause areas uniquely which for me is a necessity (my time allowances and financial fluidity being more limited these days) 

So, back to my own Psoriasis experience and experimenting.  Thought I was actually onto something when I realized that dairy was a liability with psoriasis, . . Just give up the cheese and yogurt I dearly love.   Hasn’t helped me, tho I believe the concept is valid. .  .  it just makes sense!  (Just observe the 88 years I DID get away with it)  .. .but 2018 has been a bummer.  .  yo-yoing back and forth, up and down.  The endless treatment, the misery, the pain and tons of creams I apply daily – all day.  .  .  plus the expensive H-Psoriasis special lotion I’ve been buying (even tho they give an ongoing user discount).  Budget is screaming!  I did come up with another idea which I don’t want to do either.   That wondrous sourdough bread I struggled so to learn how to make and loving every loaf I made, well. . its still grains even though its fermented!  Grains and dairy are the two biggest food offenders we’ve continued to abuse our body/health with.  This really cuts to the marrow, but I’m thinking – – I have to do it.  Gotta try.  Again, it just makes sense!  Oh,  what we do for love . . and HEALTH.  If I clear up, that’ll be it!

Once I put Dr McDougall  into the browser and started searching. .  .  my goodness, there’s tons out there.  The one I brought over is  Carolyn Duke with a most encouraging story.  She suffered greatly since she was no bigger than a minute (30 some years)  and I’m complaining about maybe 6 months.  Guess I have no sense of proportion.  Well, listen to and watch this lovely woman explain what she went thru, it’s worth your time.                Jan

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