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February 29, 2012

Vit-D and cardiac infants

Vitamin D Council

February 28th, 2012

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Infant heart failure and vitamin D supplementation

February 28, 2012 — John Cannell, MD

Heart failure is a condition where the body can’t pump enough blood to meet the needs of its body. When we think of heart failure, we think of older persons whose heart has worn out, not 4-month-old infants. However, chronic congestive heart failure is a real and existing problem for infants all over the world. That is why we should laud Professor Soad Shedeed in Egypt, who conducted the first randomized controlled trial (the highest standard of proof in medical science) using vitamin D in infants with heart failure. These infants usually either die or get a heart transplant.

Shedeed SA. Vitamin D Supplementation in Infants With Chronic Congestive Heart Failure. Pediatr Cardiol. 2012 Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print]

In about 60% of his 80 cases, the infants simply had heart muscles that did not work for an unknown reason, called idiopathic cardiomyopathy. The other 40% were born with holes in their hearts, causing heart failure and were hopefully waiting for surgery. All 80 infants had severe heart failure with ejection fractions in the 30th percentile (how much blood you can empty out of the heart with each beat). Normal fraction percentage is about 55-60%.

After randomly assigning the children to one of two groups, he gave 40 of the 80 infants 1,000 IU/day of vitamin D and the other 40 infants placebo, being careful to keep using standard heart failure treatment for all the infants. He also measured three kinds of inflammatory molecules, before and after the treatment in both groups of kids. His findings were nothing short of miraculous.

In the vitamin D group, the ejection fractions became normal, effectively treating (in conjunction with standard treatment) heart failure in some of the infants by definition. These findings were statistically significant compared to the placebo group. The average ejection fraction went from 36% to 52 % after only three months on vitamin D, clinically and statistically significant compared to placebo plus standard treatment, which increased fraction from 37% to 43%.

In the vitamin D infants, vitamin D levels went from 13 ng/ml to 33 ng/ml, and the authors commented that they probably should have given more than 1,000 IU/day. In addition, the inflammatory molecules did what you’d expect; the vitamin D quelled the inflammation.

So we have a relatively large randomized controlled trial (80 infants is a lot for an infantile heart failure study), published in an excellent journal with serious results. I can’t overstate the importance of this study. This is the kind of study that needs to influence clinical practice. This is the kind of study that doctors all over the world ought to be aware of. This is the kind of study that the press needs to know about.


Bone-density, again

(Sorry, I know that I have posted on this endlessly – there are still millions out there who aren’t getting the message.  .  .  .  Comments follow.   Jan)


Bone-density diagnoses are complicated


As she stood in the shower, Joyce Morison propped one leg on the side of the tub and balanced on the other — the classic leg-shaving stance familiar to women everywhere.    But then Morison heard a sound that was not part of the routine.    “A pop, almost as if you snapped your fingers,” she said. “All at once, I was sitting down.”

Morison’s left femur had snapped. The injury she suffered in 2008 was excruciating and also mysterious: Morison did not have osteoporosis and in fact had been taking Fosamax, a bone-strengthening bisphosphonate, for 12 years.    “I was told that I was a good candidate for osteoporosis,” said Morison, now 65.    A doctor had prescribed medication because bone-mineral-density tests put the Bexley resident in the osteopenia range, a term for low bone density.

But osteopenia isn’t really a diagnosis, and some doctors say too many people are being treated for something that is often wrongly viewed as a precursor to full-blown osteoporosis.    Some researchers also suspect that long-term use of the popular drug Fosamax could actually lead to more fractures by rendering bones brittle. The link has not been proved in clinical trials, but reports of femur fractures such as Morison’s are being tracked.

JEFF HINCKLEY DISPATCH To help your bones stay healthy as you age, exercising and getting enough calcium and vitamin D are key.

Dr. Seth Kantor, an Ohio-Health rheumatologist, said diagnostic problems arise when clinicians and patients focus too much on the result — known as the T-score — read by a scanning machine that measures bone-mineral density.    World Health Organization guidelines say T-scores from minus-1.0 to minus-2.5 mean a patient has low bone density; a T-score of minus-2.5 or below signals osteoporosis.    But that’s only part of the picture. Determining a patient’s actual risk of fracture, and thus the potential need for treatment, depends on a variety of factors such as age, weight, race, family history of osteoporosis, and overall health and fitness. (*1)

“If you ask, ‘At what T-score should I start treatment?’ the answer is: ‘There is no answer,’” said Kantor, who sees patients at the Grant Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center. “What has happened is that a lot of doctors and patients focus on the bone mass and not bone quality.”

Dr. Velimir Matkovic, director of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, has studied bone-mineral density for more than 40 years. Like Kantor, he laments the over use of the word osteopenia.    “Since the mass screening with DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) machines has taken place, this term has been used as an intermediary level of mineralization,” Matkovic said. “It’s a reading on a machine.”    He said he regularly sees women, especially younger ones, who are taking medicines they probably don’t need.    “In my clinic, I eliminated more of those prescriptions than I was prescribing,” Matkovic said.

Still, osteoporosis is both common and devastating, and doctors must stress prevention. (*2) Although some bone loss is a normal part of the aging process, disease is not.    Getting enough calcium and vitamin D — either through foods or in supplements — can help keep bones strong. (*3)   “I check the vitamin D level on everyone who comes to my office,” Kantor said. “More than 90 percent are deficient.”   (*4) Exercise also is important, and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. Weight-bearing is key, so swimming doesn’t count.    “It just means bearing your own weight, and simple walking is an excellent weight-bearing exercise,” Kantor said. “Don’t park the car in the closest spot at Kroger.  Park in the farthest one.”

Osteoporosis is far more likely to occur in women, but men are not without risk, Kantor said.    “Many people think it’s just women, but 25 percent of hip fractures are in men,” he said.    Morison also suffered a fracture — less severe — in her right leg. The music teacher has surgically inserted rods in both legs now, and although they have healed well, they often ache.    She switched to a different medication for a while but now just focuses on diet and exercise. (*5)   “I’m just taking my calcium and vitamin D,” Morison said, “and hoping for the best.”


Although osteoporosis affects all bones in the body, breaks are most common in the hips, wrists and spine.    More than 40 million people already have osteoporosis or are at risk because of low bone mass. Osteoporosis can strike at any age, although the risk of developing the disease increases with age. In the future, more people will be at risk of developing osteoporosis because people are living longer and the number of elderly people in the population is increasing.

SIGNS    • Sloping shoulders    • Curve in the back    • Height loss    • Back pain    • Hunched posture                            • Protruding abdomen

RISK FACTORS    • Being female    • Getting older    • Menopause    • Not getting enough exercise    • Having a small, thin body (less than 127 pounds)    • Having a family history of osteoporosis    • Smoking    • Drinking more than one drink a day for women    • A diet low in dairy products (*6)  or other sources of calcium and vitamin D

Sources: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jan’s Comments:

#1.  All good, but better would be a thorough blood analysis from a complete Blood Count Panel and comprehensive Chemistry Panel;  want the Lipid Panel,  Inflammation Marker Panel and Thyroid Panel.  Then one can see what the body really has to reveal, for this is where the truth lies, no guessing needed.  Strive toward middle of the r0ad to optimum level on every single reference point.  One does this thru these markers, then we adjust the dietary regimen until its as good as it gets.  Where the numbers are off, fix with food.  So many of us are too acidic.  This promotes disease and tons of pain – don’t need it.  You are what you eat.  Adjust it.  Need more plant-based (especially green-leafy)fruits and vegetables.  That is where the minerals are and the delicious alkalinity to make you feel good and be well and have your ” acid-base”  (pH) in balance.  With a diet having high levels of acid, more calcium is lost in urine.  When eating more alkaline foods,  more calcium is retained in the bones

The net acid loads to the body come from ingesting cereals, dairy products, legumes, meat, fish and eggs – – with the worst offenders being the hard cheeses which are rich sources of calcium.  Eating any and all of these without getting enough fruits and vegetables  will promote bone loss and osteoporosis.

Just like having your pH in balance, its good to remember that the calcium thing must be in balance as well.  It is more than how much calcium you take in;  this is balanced by the outgo of calcium from your bones via urine.  Can think of no one who speaks more plainly on this than Dr Loren Cordain in Paleo on Bones (go to the Paleo section up in FIND IT), or buy the book – everyone should have his Paleo Diet book.

#2.  Prevention should not equate to pharmaceuticals, but on dietary needs as found and determined via blood workup analysis.

#3.  Most important is the calcium balance (calcium intake/calcium loss thru urine), already described in 1) and 2).  Essential fatty acids (Fish oil) are so important to every part of body from brain on down;  pH balance,  and of course – Vitamin D-3.

#4.  Be certain you are getting Vit- D3 and not D2

#5.  One could hope that Ms Morrison has given up dairy and stopped taking any kind of calcium supplement whatsoever as it can only lead to calcification in parts of the body and circulating blood;  opting to eat more fruits and vegetables which will naturally and dramatically increase the mineral nutriment for her body.

People who aren’t accustomed to eating the larger quantities of plant food often find it agreeable to take it in the form of juicing.  It is efficient, easy and (for me) so delicious.  I use a lot of carrots.   For my day’s juice I gather a pound or two of carrots, 5 – 6 stalks of celery, a big cucumber,  a couple of apples, a couple hands full of greens on hand like Kale, Bok Choy, etc.   I love Garlic and use it in almost everything but my coffee, so in goes a toe or two of garlic and a piece of fresh ginger 1 1/2 or 2″.   This is just delicious and I love it.  Will drink 2 or 3 glasses a day and miss it when I don’t have it ready to go.   Got these particular ingredients from reading  Charlotte Gerson’s book on the Gerson Therapy.  Still haven’t done the coffee enemas (tho I bought the bag to do it with and the organic coffee). . .but I will – truly.   I want to see just how healthy an old gray mare like me can actually get.   Though honestly, don’t know how much better it can get.  My newest blood report in this week says I’m all but perfect.  Everything possible is in normal range, even those things which they say go down as one ages, are right up there “in range”.  .  .  go figure!  I am blessed.  Be well….good nite      Jan












February 28, 2012

So, gas is normal?

It’s best to heed “digestive protocol”


In the past couple of years I have probably caught Dr Oz’s TV show a couple of times.  It was interesting, but didn’t  truly cotton to it.  On one of those shows, they were speaking about the book  “YOU:  The owner’s manual.”   A discussion developed in which something like  this was stated;

  • that if one is healthy,  one will pass gas or “fart” an average of 16 times throughout one’s day.  This would suggest that one is ingesting a healthy, rich diet.

From that brief observation, it would be hard for me to agree or disagree,  as not enough is known.  Unless one is suggesting that a healthy man farts about 16 times a day.    Or possibly that a healthy diet produces about 16 farts daily on average.  In either case, I must say – – I disagree.

Typical Virgo,  I am a decided bibliophile  – – got a LOT of books.   Maybe  40  years ago I found the old (1934) Hay’s Diet based on FOOD COMBINING  which was the spark for my interest.  According to Dr Hay, a similar system of diet was taught by the Aryan philosophers five thousand years before our Christian era.   Also, he claims the ancient Egyptian medics as well as Hippocrates taught similarly in rules for eating.

Dr Hay’s work wasn’t well received nor did it catch on  except with nutritionists here and there.  It has become a bit more mainstream, but of course, not to the  medical community. Also have a 21 century book which is terrific and readable called the “Food Combining Bible”  by Jan and Inge Dries.  Very well done.  Its big, much to read,  just sayin’. . .

So What is Food Combining?  (and why should anyone care?)

I am not going to teach you how to food combine, but only cover the basics so that you can understand how and why it is important to even consider.  If you would like to enjoy more sparkling health, start by giving your body the foods it deserves,  wants and needs,  (that you may already be providing), but to be able to do it in the most effective way which allows the body to digest and assimilate  food so that the full nutrient can be utilized. This means that we should not eat together two foods or classes of foods that cannot digest together.

By eating foods which are compatible with one another, the digestive capacity is enhanced and enabled to do it’s job as it is designed.   We have digestive processes in the mouth  which are required to process starchy foods  (breads, cereals and sugars) which are the carbohydrate class of food and are broken down through the alkaline saliva with its ferment ptyalin as their first digestive requirement  which is accomplished by adequate chewing.    If acid is  present (The protein class) at the same time – it destroys the necessary alkalinity,  and digestion of this tricky class  (carb) of foods  is terminated.  It will proceed through the digestive tract as usual, but arrive in the gut undigested and proceed to putrefy.  Farts begin which is your clue that something isn’t right.

Protein foods, meats, eggs, fish, cheeses  are broken down by the digestive juices in the stomach which in order to do must have a positive  acidity.  The stomach can’t be both alkaline and acid at the same time, therefore the two classes of proteins and carbs should not be eaten at the same time (same meal).  Of course, everybody who doesn’t understand about food-combining does this, and this is one of the reasons health problems are so prevalent.  We are not as vital and energetic as we should be for good reason.  The nutriment is not able to reach its destination and do its job.  Our inner organs are under stress and unable to do their job.  A lot of unhappy stuff going on.   That intestinal purification is a very big clue.

As an aside, most of us have been raised eating without knowledge of food combining.  This is not new information, but it has been lost to our recent generations because the medical profession no longer acts as teacher/advisor with regard to food-diet, etc  as it is no longer part of what is taught in medical school.  So, we ALL grew up eating stews,  mac and cheese, sandwiches  and all kinds of other  highly delicious mixtures of some protein or other together with some or many carbs (at the same time – meal).  Who knew?   And we all passed gas!  (Dr OZ is to be forgiven)

What foods can be happily “Eaten Together”?

PROTEIN:  it’s  okay to eat all salad greens mixtures,  vegetables of almost every description,  fats  (including animal fats), and acid fruits.   Paleo is an enormous help on understanding much of this.  He is not teaching food combining per se, but it falls in line with all the principles.    Do Not  eat Starches, sugars or highly starchy veggies like potatoes.

Starches:   Okay  to eat vegetables,  fats,  egg yokes and mayonnaise.   Don’t eat Proteins with starches.   

Mushrooms,  Nuts         OK to eat with all foods

Raisins,  Grapes, Veggies      OKAY to eat with all foods

Tomato      – goes with everything.

For anyone following the Paleo Diet,  this will fall into place nicely as with Paleo, one eats no grains, potatoes.  This may be one of the reasons why so many say about Paleo – – they feel so much better and have so much more energy. It works for me. . .

Let me know if this is helpful, or if I have glossed over it too broadly.    Be well and happy.   Jan

February 26, 2012

MS + more, healing w/EFT

“EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior.”

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Multiple Sclerosis and more–Persistent tapping brings big EFT success in 4 months

Sophia Cayer provides us with persuasive evidence regarding the skillful and persistent use of EFT for serious physical issues. Her client, “Harry,” was both disabled and suicidal prior to doing EFT. After 4 months, however, he is working at a full time job and is symptom free. Nonetheless, his tapping routine is maintained to help assure his continued good health. Many thanks to Sophia for her persistence and artistry here. I think you will find her detailed account (including some of the language used) most helpful.Follow-up, including set backs, shake-ups and renewed spirit!: Harry had some relapses after this article and the above intro were written. This is within reason for very complicated cases. The complete follow-up is given below this article and points to the benefits of skillful and persistent use of EFT in difficult cases. Not everything with EFT is a one-minute wonder. However, the benefits that were achieved in this case are difficult, or impossible, to attain by other methods. As Sophia says, “The moral of the story is: Keep the faith! Don’t despair when symptoms return, be they emotional or physical. The road to recovery can have its bumps, but with persistence we can overcome. When progress seems slow or things seem to be going backwards, forge on. It is simply part of the process.”

By Sophia CayerLearn EFT Here

You asked for a persistent tapper and “by Jove I think we’ve got it!”

Persistence in this case has really paid off. Harry (not his real name) calls it his “new way of life”, and tells folks that they need to look at it like brushing their teeth or eating.“Just do it with the same regularity that you do those things, or even more frequently!”

We began working together intensely about 4 months ago. We continue to spend a couple of hours a week together in session, and he taps no less than three or four times a day. When he grows tired of tapping, he uses the touch and breathe technique or imagines tapping in his mind.

A brief background: At the age of 10, he fell 25′ down a hay shoot onto a concrete pad, landing on his tail bone. Multiple accidents over the years added to the challenges and pain. He has been through 16 major operations, for his back, neck, and even cancer. He has so much metal in his body that he sets off radar detectors. In addition to suffering multiple major emotional traumas, several years ago he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

As the result of all this, over the years, Harry says he has taken just about every prescription drug on the market for pain, (including morphine) and even became addicted to some. The addictions were severe enough that he was forced to enter treatment centers. On occasion he could walk from his home to the mailbox and back without crutches. He couldn’t ride in a vehicle for more than 10 miles without excruciating pain and discomfort.

He is now off all pain meds. All Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, arthritis and scar tissue pain have vanished, and pain is rarely an issue. When we began, his pain levels, on a 0-10 scale) were generally between 8 and 9 on a daily basis.

An interesting point to make is that as a result of the work we have been doing together, if he begins to experience pain, he now sees a direct connection to someone in his life creating a disruption or aggravation. He immediately taps on the situation and the pain. He affectionately refers to his “ah ha” point, as his “ha ha” point, because it works so quickly for him he gets a giggle out of it!

Harry attended a workshop I did last year wherein he experienced a great deal of relief from his pain. Unfortunately, after a few emails and phone calls, he ceased communication and stopped tapping. This, after going through a subsequent operation, having less difficulty with anesthesia and recovering more quickly than he said he had ever experienced.

I took it upon myself to reconnect one way or the other. (Must be the Sagittarian in me!) The night before I called, he and his wife had prayed together because all hope was gone. He was ready to try suicide, once again. He didn’t share this with me until we had worked together for a few weeks.

During our first few sessions, he was amazed to see his pain levels drop when we were only addressing the emotional issues and traumatic events. There were tons of them, many of which he was sure he had cleared or had “gotten over” years ago. There were many issues dealing with anger, guilt, and the need to forgive himself and others. We found that adding “forgiveness” to segments of the work we were doing was bringing such rapid improvement, we began adding it as a tail ender to EVERYTHING. Another tail ender frequently used was “without judgment”.

Some of the language/issues:

Even though I am sad and angry because I can’t play with my grandchildren…..

Even though I feel I should be able to do better for my wife. This is unfair to her and she deserves better….

Even though I feel like a failure…..

Even though I am stuck taking care of the “IB” (short for insensitive b_ _ _ _ – referring to Mom) because my siblings don’t give a hoot and refuse to help……

We also addressed all the physical symptoms, diagnoses, and accompanying fears one by one. A few of the phrases we worked with:

Even though I have been diagnosed with MS, I refuse to accept this disease…..I choose to be healthy and strong.

Even though I have this pain and weakness in my legs……I choose to be pain free and strong….I am safe, I am free to be me.

(“I am safe, I am free to be me.” is a phrase we use quite frequently… As he gained strength, we were able to test with him doing knee bends, unassisted.)

Even though they have told me there is no cure for MS, I bless it and let it go….I choose to be MS free…

Even though I have all this discomfort that feels like a tight headband….

Even though I am afraid everyone will think I am a fraud and a phony when I let go of my wheel chair & crutches….

Even though I fear I may not be able to survive financially if I recover……

Even though I somehow enjoy the attention my condition brings me….I’d rather be able to function fully and under my own steam…

Even though I am afraid the symptoms and pain will return…..

Even though I am not sure these treatments will hold….

There were days and times when the emotional intensity seemed almost too much for Harry, but we worked through it, with his insistence that he was ready to off load anything keeping him from healing.

SUCCESS: Recently he assisted the Humane Society by driving 136 miles back and forth to the airport with animals, in conjunction with an emergency evacuation for a hurricane. The following day, he worked a shift that exceeded 24 hours, doing everything from building animal crates, moving crates, loading and unloading caged animals, to driving trucks. The following day, he said the only thing that “hurt a little”, were his feet. His wife, 8 years his junior, decided to assist, but complained after hour 20 that she couldn’t keep up with him!

After 42 years of being in pain, he says it is like having a new life. Harry says he used to dread seeing the sun come up in the morning…. “Must I deal with yet another day?” Now, he says he looks forward to everyday! “For the first time I can remember there is a spring in my step…..Come to think of it, I don’t ever remember HAVING a spring in my step!”

A few days after confessing to me about his 24 plus hour day, he did jumping jacks for me as he was leaving our session.

THE INCREDIBLE FOLLOW-UP: After being on disability for twenty-four years, (yes, I said and meant 24 years) he is working a full time job. Not a desk job, but one that requires physical effort most of the day. He continues to tap on a daily basis, no less than 3 or 4 times a day, and we still work together a couple of hours a week. His wife is still whining that she can’t keep up with him. When they get home at night she is ready to rest and relax while he is still full of energy! Yes, we are working on getting her into persistent tapping as well!

I would encourage persistence to everyone, regardless of how hopeless a situation may seem or feel. Harry is a perfect example of what could happen if you just hang in there…

Sophia Cayer, Coach/Teacher, EFT-ADV CC

The follow up, including set backs, shake-ups and renewed spirit!

It has been about three months since I shared the story about “Harry” and his remarkable progress. I am pleased to report that he is doing great. However, life threw him more than a few curve balls that caused some brief, but frightening and intense set backs. I feel it is important to share this information, so that hopefully those of you working through or with challenging and complex situations end up feeling encouraged. With challenging cases, sometimes set backs will occur. In spite of this, persistence pays off!

Overjoyed by his newfound freedom, we actually had to tap on“Even though my newfound freedom has made me forget to use common sense.” He found himself working to the point of exhaustion on a daily basis, trying to accomplish tasks in a day or two that would reasonably require three or four. I discovered this when I began to explore a new complaint related to “low energy”. Another element that popped up was an underlying feeling: “This is too good to be true, my symptoms might return, so I best enjoy this while it lasts.” Needless to say, we attacked it with great vigor!

Since things seemed to be rolling along great, we decided to see what we might be able to do in the hearing department. Previous testing indicated 75% impairment in one ear and 80% in the other. Currently, he wears a hearing aid in each ear. The onset of this challenge took place around the age of 7 or 8. While in the care of a disgruntled older sibling, the sibling walked up behind him and popped him up both sides of his head, with the flat of his hands. This resulted in a broken eardrum. Many visits to the doctor’s office were required due to ongoing infections and various other ear problems. The doctor continually emphasized the fact that things would only get worse. In addition, family members constantly reminded him: “Nerve deafness runs in the family.”

We started by making a list of all the “advantages” of deafness. The list included specific people as well as things he simply wanted to tune out. From there, we went onto the associated “whys” and related events. Another interesting component was determining how much of the challenge encompassed “listening vs. hearing”.

As the session progressed, more than once he asked me, “Are you talking louder than usual?” Soon, he was turning his hearing aids down.

I checked in with him late in the day to see how our work was holding. When I asked how the balance of the day went, he replied“Loud!”.

In our next session “Harry” was a little frustrated because his hearing improvement seem to be inconsistent, even though every time it increased, it seemed to be at higher level. He had made so much rapid progress with his other challenges that he had little patience and wanted immediate and complete results. Yes, we tapped on that as well.

After roughly three sessions and his working on his own between sessions, he was experiencing an appreciable difference. He said he could now “hear inside”, referring to the ability to now hear his own voice. He was also beginning to feel vibrations in his face, just at the front of both ears.

A very happy camper, working full time, still tapping daily and simply loving his “new life”, situations arose that caused some symptoms to begin to return. In a week’s time, he suffered the betrayal of a son, and various multiple major emotional upsets. He was on truly on the edge when he came to see me, and his hearing was the last thing he wanted to focus on.

We worked for about two hours, and at the end of the session he was all smiles, symptom free and back to loving his “new life”. Of major interest, during this session we never specifically address his physical symptoms.

So now, everybody is happy and once again, life is good. Right? Well, not for long!

Around the holidays I was out of town for a couple of weeks. While I was away, new disruptions and challenges popped up on both a physical and emotional level. It seemed that Murphy’s Law overshadowed everything. Everyday on his way home from work the physical symptoms would intensify, worsening as the evening wore on. Much to my dismay, all this left “Harry” in such a state of despair he was actually ready to throw in the towel and go back on disability.

So, we rolled up our sleeves and went for it. The good news is that after another intense two hour session, he informed me he felt renewed, refreshed and ready to charge forward and live life to its fullest. Not a trace of wanting to give up remained and the physical symptoms were gone. Once again, during this session we never specifically addressed the physical symptoms.

Some side benefits have popped up as well. Without being addressed specifically, his latest eye exam revealed improved vision. He has also been able to eliminate the breathing treatments that were once required at least once a day.

We did work specifically on his annual bout with bronchitis. Every year previous, antibiotics were required. This year, we cleared it with EFT. He says this is the first year he can remember when he hasn’t been forced to take antibiotics.

In spite of the interruptions related to working on his hearing, he feels he has already experienced a 15 to 20% improvement. Now back on track, we will see how the progress goes.

One thing I would like to clarify here. I believe that addressing the physical symptoms has great value and benefit. I do so on a regular basis. However, when glaring emotional components are properly addressed, usually the physical symptoms will simply vanish.

The moral of the story is: Keep the faith! Don’t despair when symptoms return, be they emotional or physical. The road to recovery can have its bumps, but with persistence we can overcome. When progress seems slow or things seem to be going backwards, forge on. It is simply part of the process.

Sophia Cayer,

Three weeks later….Thought you might be interested in learning that “Harry” now estimates a 30% improvement in hearing and reports that subsequent “fade backs” (or reduction in the the new and improved levels) seem to be happening with less frequency. The improvements are definitely holding for longer periods of time and gradual improvement continues……Remember, we had setbacks in the middle of all this! God I love this work!!

February 25, 2012

Cabela’s, like nothing else

Outdoors enthusiasts won’t have to drive out of state any longer to visit a Cabela’s store. The popular hunting, fishing and outdoors retailer said yesterday that it will open its first location in Ohio next year at the Polaris area.

With a store that will include an indoor mountain display, an aquarium stocked with native fish and merchandise spread over a sprawling retail area, Cabela’s is known to attract both shoppers and tourists.

“It’s like Disney World for a hunter — shopping, attractions, all in one,” said Scott Peacock, media-relations manager for the convention and visitors bureau Experience Columbus. “Their regional draw is hands down a plus for us as a destination.”

Cabela’s chose the Polaris location based on what it knows about its customers and the draw of being part of the growing Polaris area, spokesman Wes Remmer said. The 80,000-square-foot-store — midsized for the chain — will be located at the northeast corner of Gemini Place and Lyra Drive in the Polaris Centers development, near I-71.

“We look into where we have loyal customers through our catalog and online shopping, establish hot spots and try to build right in the middle of those zones,” he said.

“Our real-estate team is fairly meticulous in picking out spots. Being near all the stores in the Polaris area is a big plus. We hope to add to the draw.”

The announcement completes many years of efforts by local developers to bring the retailer to the area. The store will employ 175 full-and part-time workers.

“We have wanted Cabela’s at Polaris for over 13 years,” said Franz A. Geiger, managing director of Polaris Centers of Commerce. “Their planned opening in 2013 should help kick off a new round of retail development on the north side of Gemini Place.”   The announcement is “a great day for the Polaris area and all of central Ohio,” said Dennis Stapleton, president of the Delaware County Board of Commissioners.

  • The Polaris Cabela’s is one of several new stores planned by the retailer.    Cabela’s also said it will open stores next year in Grandville, Mich., and Louisville, Ky.    In addition, Cabela’s plans to open stores this year in Wichita, Kan.; Tulalip, Wash.; Charleston, W.Va.; Rogers, Ark.; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Union Gap, Wash.

The stores slated to open in Michigan and Kentucky will be comparable in size to the Polaris store, Cabela’s officials said, calling that configuration a “next-generation” store that uses space more efficiently than the chain’s large-format “destination” stores, which are 150,000 square feet or larger.

Cabela’s largest store, in Pennsylvania, is 247,000 square feet.

Like the company’s other stores, the Polaris location is intended to be part retail and part tourist experience.    Cabela’s reports that a store in Kansas attracted more than 4 million customers in one year, and those customers stayed for more than shopping. Cabela’s says the average length of a visit to one of its stores is about 3 1/2 hours.

The Polaris store will showcase the company’s vast inventory of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise, officials said, and also will feature wildlife displays and trophy-animal mounts displayed on an artificial mountain.

The wildlife display is “pretty amazing,” said Brenda Carter of Canal Winchester, who recently drove to the outskirts of Wheeling, W.Va., with her boyfriend and spent four hours there.

“They have the (taxidermied) animals set up in a pretty realistic way. They have a big section with white-tailed deer, and everything from polar bears to elephants.”

The Polaris store also will feature a 5,575-gallon aquarium that will be stocked with fish native to the area. Merchandise areas will include a gun library, a sales area designed to look like a cave and a fudge shop.

Cabela’s size and approach make the chain different, said local retail analyst Chris Boring, founder of Boulevard Strategies.

“Most stores are built and designed for women,” he said. “This store is built and designed for men. It has a very masculine feel, with the grizzly bear heads and all the outdoorsy items, the large merchandise like kayaks. They really represent the category in a theatrical manner. Having that amount of space allows them to do that.

“I think they probably have higher-than-normal overhead costs, but they make up for it in additional revenues. They really are tourist attractions.”

Cabela’s, founded in 1961 by Richard N. Cabela, is based in Sidney, Neb., and operates 32 retail stores in 23 states, as well as two stores in Canada.

Cabela’s also has a direct-marketing operation that is one of the largest in the nation, sending out more than 135 million catalogs every year.

Above: Wildlife displays are common at Cabela’s stores. The Wheeling store features mounted animals against an African diorama. The one at Polaris will have an indoor mountain.

DOUGLAS C. PIZAC ASSOCIATED PRESS    The Polaris Cabela’s store will have a 5,575-gallon aquarium, similar to this one at a Lehi, Utah, store. It will be stocked with fish native to central Ohio.

February 24, 2012

Who’s happy with our GOP?

Just can’t watch another debate !

(I’ve watched them all. . . . )

As an American,  one’s political affiliation should not be too important.  I believe that.  We are Americans!  From what I see on television and in the news media, we seem to be broken up into so many factions now that all most of us can see is our own little tree. . . . . .unable to see the forest and sometimes, even to know that it is there.  So different when I was a child and listened to the President on the radio.  This was a great man who inspired people even little ones.

Sure as I am that even in those earlier days, there had to be infighting going on – there always has been, its just part of the way things work and our founding fathers ensured that we would have the ability to disagree because our way of life is supposed to be of, by and for the people of the United States of America,   I just don’t remember a time when we individuals treated one another like the enemy.

Our social, economic and political climate has just come through the worst experience imaginable.  We have survived it.   Was it luck?   Good Karma?  Or perhaps, another great man at the helm?  It takes a special vision as well as fortitude to buck the cruel machinations of an opposing army of naysayers.

The reflection of the Grand Olde Party as seen today, would, I believe – stun most of our forefathers.  Almost totally unrecognizable.  The current crop are sworn to the service of some unique but nebulous ideals which don’t have at it’s core – – service to the people of our country,  in other words – – the “common good”.   This is evident in most of what is said on the stump with each of the candidates trying to outdo the others in trying to prove  how tough they will be in stopping the current direction of our government in its wasteful spending, etc., etc., of the so-called “well-fare” state of things.

The GOP has been nothing if not obstructionist in the solution to the problems we have faced.  Imagine how much smoother, better, quicker resolution could have come about with concerted effort, creative thinking, compassion and the goal of solving the problems rather than the ever-repeated mantra of “stop Obama.”   Our country has needed ALL it’s best minds to pull together and collectively to put shoulder to the task.

Our country has functioned well tho bumpily at times,  with a two-party system.  No one here cottons to a monarchy.  It can’t work if we can’t pull in the same direction. We cannot allow zealots to rewrite the constitution.  We are all equal under our law.  One person – one vote.   (has nothing to do with “entities or corporations – its PEOPLE)

There is no need to comb through history looking for Republican “heroes” – – there have been many.  Paragons of virtue are plentiful in both parties.  There is nothing wrong with either party.  So what has gone wrong?

I believe the “Tea Party” is what went wrong.   Misguided Justices who don’t really belong on such a high court which ascribes such  high principles to them.  Decisions like “Citizen’s United”

Progress goes forward not “backwards” toward 19th century restrictions on individual rights and freedom of choice.    It’s not really complicated.  We need both parties.  We need unfettered minds with compassionate souls.

Sorry about this strange aside, just had to belt it out.  Anyway. . . . stay well               Jan

France bans “mademoiselle”

HufPost social reading

‘Mademoiselle’ Gets Boot In New French Rules

French Woman

France has banned the use of the title “mademoiselle” in reference to single women.
PARIS — Forget what you learned in French class about “madame” and “mademoiselle.” The French government now says women’s marital status shouldn’t matter, at least when it comes to this country’s far-reaching bureaucracy.

A new circular from the prime minister’s office Tuesday orders officials to phase out the use of “mademoiselle” on administrative documents.

  • Until now, a woman has been required to identify herself as a married “madame” or an unmarried “mademoiselle” on everything from tax forms to insurance claims and voting cards. France offers no neutral option like the English “Ms.”

Men don’t face this issue: Their only option is “monsieur,” married or not.

It’s all the more strange given that French young people widely shun matrimony, and more than half of French children are born to unmarried parents.

Feminist groups have been pushing for the abolition of the “mademoiselle” option for years and hailed the circular.

“Everywhere we are asked to declare our marital status. This is not imposed on men, it’s not important whether they are married,” said Julie Muret of the group Osez le Feminisme.

Still, proponents of the change said they were wary that the move was only aimed at vote-grabbing.

“We’re not stupid, we know we are in an election campaign season. So we will be vigilant to see that it is in fact applied,” she said.

Her group and a sister movement, Chiennes de garde, are lobbying candidates for the presidential elections in April and May to sign on to other pledges such as reducing the pay gap between men and women, supporting the right to abortion and birth control, and limiting sexist advertising.

They also urged private companies to follow the government’s lead:  even ordering groceries online in France requires a woman to identify herself as madame or mademoiselle.

The government has sought to reduce the use of the madame vs. mademoiselle tickboxes in the past, but to little avail.

This week’s circular notes “the persistence of terms referring, without justification or need, to women’s matrimonial situation.”

It asks ministries and regional administrations to “eliminate as much as possible from their forms and letters” the term mademoiselle, maiden name and references to a spouse’s last name.

OH Shale Drilling Boom

FILE PHOTO    In Carroll County, there now are four wells pumping fuels from shale, with many more planned.

It’s only starting in Carroll County

Drilling companies rush to tap oil, natural gas while state regulators formulate all the rules


   No one needs to tell David Miskimen that Carroll County stands at the center of Ohio’s shale-drilling boom.    He is the county engineer, and his office provides must-have approvals for oil and gas companies that want to build new roads and reinforce old ones that lead to rural drilling sites.    “It’s pretty much a nonstop thing, meeting with the different consultants, and the testing, and the different company reps,” he said. “We’re kind of ground zero at the moment.”
Of the 127 drilling permits the state so far has approved for natural gas and oil buried in Ohio’s Utica and Marcellus shales, more than one-third are for sites in Carroll County.
Four wells already are producing oil and gas, and 16 are in various stages of “completion,” meaning they have been drilled; are being drilled; or have been “fracked,” a process in which millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals and sand are injected down wells to break apart shale and free trapped oil and gas.
There are an additional 23 well sites in planning stages. Although the flurry of activity indicates Ohio’s drilling boom is well under way, industry officials say this is only the beginning.
“In my opinion, we’re in our infancy,” said Ken Mariana, CEO of Houston-based Enervest Operating Corp., which holds 10 permits to drill in Carroll County.    Drilling companies still are testing the Utica shale to see how much oil and gas could be produced, Mariana said. “It will probably take several hundred wells to fully understand or better understand this.”
Environmental advocates say there still are too many questions about shale drilling to sign off on it and point out that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has yet to enact rules to strengthen drilling standards and environmental safeguards.    “There are 127 wells permitted under regulations that the (agency) already says are inadequate,” said Trent Dougherty, the director of legal affairs for the Ohio Environmental Council.
Most of the concern is focused on fracking, which industry officials say is safe. Environmental advocates say it’s a threat to soil and groundwater.    More than 3,800 natural-gas wells have been drilled into Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale since 2005. Industry officials and state geologists think that Ohio’s Utica shale contains a potentially vast reservoir of oil, natural gas, propane, butane and ethane.    Although oil and gas companies still are testing the Utica, Mariana said geological data indicate the rock beneath Carroll County contains a rich supply of liquids and gas.    “It’s most favorable in Carroll County,” he said.
State officials say they are holding drillers to high standards even though tougher regulations have yet to be approved.    The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to require tougher drilling and safety standards as “special conditions” in the drilling permits it approves, said Heidi Hetzel-Evans, an agency spokeswoman. “Ohio’s law has always been flexible.” Well-construction rules intended to prevent leaks to groundwater should be enacted this spring, Hetzel-Evans said. Rules meant to prevent spills of toxic fracking compounds have yet to be unveiled.
Environmental advocates already have criticized the well-construction rules as too weak and have offered suggestions to strengthen them, including how long cement should be left to set in well casings and how much training state inspectors should receive.    “There are a lot of things in those rules, when you get down to specifics, that are lacking,” Dougherty said.

February 23, 2012

Keep watching the “hen house”

(I know, the title is weird.  What can I tell you?. . . .  .  I want you to get all upset and worried?  NO not that. What I’m hoping for is that all of us will become more vigilant and give adequate thought to any actions we take regarding our health.   There is no one guarding that hen house, so we must be on guard and make our own decisions.   The FDA is so obviously serving the corporate need.    Jan)

— From wire reports 2-23-12

Panel: All adults should get whooping-cough shots

A federal advisory panel wants all U.S. adults to get vaccinated against whooping cough.

The panel voted yesterday to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 or older who haven’t gotten a whooping-cough shot as an adult.  (Don’t think we should rush out and do this)

Children have been vaccinated against whooping cough since the 1940s. A vaccine for adolescents and adults was licensed in 2005.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be fatal. It leads to severe coughing that causes children to make a distinctive whooping sound as they gasp for breath.

There’s little data on how many elderly people have gotten the vaccine. Only about 8 percent of adults younger than 65 have been vaccinated, but about 70 percent of adolescents have.

FDA gives weight-loss drug Qnexa a second chance

A once-rejected weight-loss pill won an overwhelming endorsement from public-health advisers yesterday, raising hopes the drug from Vivus Inc. could become the first anti-obesity medicine to reach the U.S. market in more than a decade.

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected three weight-loss pills in the past two years, including Vivus’ pill Qnexa, because of safety concerns. Experts agree that new weight-loss drugs are needed to treat an estimated 75 million obese adults in the United States.   (How about teaching that the SAD is making them fat and give some sound nutritional info instead?)

At a public meeting yesterday, an FDA panel voted 20-2 in favor of Qnexa, setting the stage for a comeback for a drug that has been plagued by safety questions since it was first submitted to the agency in 2010.

A final decision on the drug is expected by mid-April.

Microchip implant delivers drug to fight osteoporosis

An implantable microchip delivered osteoporosis medicine to a small group of Danish women, raising hope for a new kind of drug-delivery device that might allow patients to skip regular injections, U.S. researchers said last week.

The device, now being developed by Microchips Inc, releases the drug in response to an electrical signal.

The microchip is a thin wafer, about the size of a small coin, made with tiny wells that hold concentrated doses of medication. These doses are covered with a thin platinum/titanium film, which melts when exposed to an electrical signal that can be preprogrammed or controlled wirelessly. (Sound exciting?. .  or easier than say a raw or Paleo diet?)

Hepatitis C passes HIV in rates of death for 2007

Hepatitis C mortality rates surpassed HIV mortality rates in the United States in 2007, researchers said this week.

In a study in the journal

Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed causes of death on more than 21.8 million U.S. death certificates filed between 1999 and 2007.

Rates of death related to hepatitis C, a viral infection that causes chronic liver disease, rose at an average rate of 0.18 deaths per 100,000 persons per year. More than 15,000 people died from hepatitis C in 2007.

HIV-related death rates declined 0.21 deaths per 100,000 people per year — 12,734 people died from HIV in 2007.            (This one is stunning and so sad.  Totally related to what we are putting into our mouths.  Doing all I can with this blog,  but there is just no way we can talk to everybody.  Wouldn’t it be great if our medical establishment still taught people how to properly feed their body  as they did back when medicine was first on the scene?   Hippocrates. . . .let food be thy medicine.  Our doctors today haven’t a clue for the most part, unless they have made a separate study on their own.  (like Dr Russell Blaylock,  Dr Johnathan Wright and so many other good people.

From all kinds of people like Dr Clark and others, we learn of the importance of keeping our liver clean and not to burden our body with toxic and non-food stuff  because it breaks them down.  Dr Clark in her books teaches about the different cleanses – all simply laid out. 

From the Gerson Therapy we learn about the simplicity of the coffee enema – anyone can do that!  This not only cleanses the liver, it restores one’s health.

Or just Google Liver Health and search for Milk Thistle.  Doesn’t get much better than that or easier.  I take it myself – have for years [silymarin is the power-stuff inside milk thistle], and I generally take a pill which also has dandelion root as well.)

Dr Blaylock on vaccines

Dr. Russell Blaylock,  prominent neurosurgeon with unquestioned prominence and integrity, is giving a simply marvelous interview here to Alex Jones which I have just watched at Natural News (Mike Adams – the Health- Ranger).  For those  interested, the doctor puts out a newsletter called “The Blaylock Wellness Report”

For the those who may still have some questions  – – this is 1/2 hour well spent and it is definitive.

Alex Jones Show interviews Russell Blaylock on vaccines – Feb 2012
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