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2223 days ago

Of the 2 diseases that would cause me to seriously contemplate suicide-- Lou Gehrig's is one, and this is the other. When you take away everything else from a man (or woman), he (or she) still has his (or her) memories. What happens, though, when you take away even those? What is left of the person that was, his (or her) humanity? Lou Gehrig's I've experienced personally (my father's best friend died from this; actually, from what I've heard, he committed a sort of suicide by not allowing himself to be treated when he contracted a respiratory infection) and it's horrible. I've never really experienced personally someone with Alzheimer's, but it sounds truly awful, and hopeless. Obviously, at some point, when almost all memory is gone, it's less horrible to the person suffering from it than it is for the people around him (or her), his (or her) friends and loved ones. Still, during the process when the person suffering from the disease knows they have it and can notice what they are irretrievably losing...it has to be horrible, and immensely sad. A friend of mine thinks his father has the beginnings of it (his father refuses to go to a doctor for an evaluation), and there has to be that worry within my friend that maybe someday he too will "get" it. After all, from what I've read, it's a genetic disease (or at least can be).

One of the downsides of my reconnection with my genetic relatives (long story short-- I'm adopted, was contacted by my birth mother nearly 10 years ago, and have developed a very good relationship with most of my genetic relatives) is that my health history is not good. Heart attacks, alcoholism, cancer, macular degeneration, even a disease I never heard of before--- hemochromatosis (a doctor did a test on me, and even though I don't have the disease, I do have the gene for it, and need to be re-tested periodically for the rest of my life, I guess). One thing that doesn't seem to be in the family background in terms of disease is Alzheimer's (or Lou Gehrig's) and for that, I'm truly thankful.

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2239 days ago

I've had the flu several times in my life. Right now I'm at the tail end of a dose that I caught last week. It was brutal. I'm talking about bruised ribs, here. But, I seemed to do the right things and it's pretty much run its course. Since I am alone with my two Beagles, my biggest concern was whether I could transmit it to them, so I did some furious research and here's what I learned...

Historically, human influenza can be traced back to pigs and birds. Dog influenza can be traced back to horses and it wasn't until 2009 that the first case of human-to-cat (Reverse Zoonosis) transmission was documented. Since then, there have been 13 (documented) cases of human-to-cat, one case of human-to-dog and several human-to-ferret transmissions of H1N1. It would be my guess that these numbers are inaccurate and low. Nevertheless, this is cause for concern for zoologists, because while it is well-known that viruses mutate and adapt, it indicates that they have begun to jump lines and there is concern that if we keep exposing our pets to our strains, cats and dogs will eventually replace pigs and birds as a source of illness. As of 2012, according to The Humane Society, there were approximately 80 million dogs and 90 million cats living in close quarters to humans in the U.S.. This makes for a potentially potent potion. We're not giving up our pets, but from what I've read, it seems that we can slow the process and reduce the risks by doing whatever we can to avoid exposing our pets when we get sick. Transmission of the flu to our pets is rare, but it seems as if it's not going to stay that way.

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2418 days ago

Tough to rate this, because based on the length of time it's ignored, any of the ratings will do. Get the most common form of skin cancer...Basal Cell Carcinoma...and a simple zap with liquid nitrogen can end it. But, let it go too long (this kind of skin cancer grows very slowly) and surgery may be required. I've had to face this twice, the latest being last week.

Here's the advice I wish someone had told me years ago: If your dermatologist tells you that he/she will be using a scalpel, demand the "Mohs Procedure". Here's why:

A Dermatologist will cut out the growth based on a formula. Then you go home while the culture is sent off to a lab where the perimeter will be examined. A week later, you will get a call informing you as to whether they got it all. If not, you will have to keep going back until the perimeter is clean.

The Mohs Procedure is different in that the lab is on site and you wait 30-45 minutes for the results. According to my surgeon, he gets it on the first pass 50% of the time, which was my case. Then, any closure, reconstruction, or cosmetic surgery can be done during the visit. Not many places are trained or equipped to do this procedure and I had to drive 6 hours, round trip, to get it done, but it was worth it. I was in and out in under 4 hours.

I know this isn't a fun or funny topic, but a lot of people get skin cancer. I'm hoping this makes someone's life easier.

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2584 days ago


There are Omega-3 plants and berries like Borage, Evening Primrose, Black Current and Black Cohosh that have helped me and I wish more women knew about them before getting the dreaded and often unnecessary hysterectomy. Vitamin D3 is a huge help, too.

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2591 days ago

Drum Therapy may be a valuable addition to the AD patient treatment plan. The sound of drumming generates dynamic neuronal connections in all parts of the brain even where there is significant damage or impairment.

The possible reason for the Drum Therapy being potentially more efficient for Alzheimer’s patients, that any other forms of music therapy is based on the scientific fact that rhythm, even more than tone, reflects our earliest - actually prenatal - experience.

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2591 days ago

Bacopa has been known for centuries in India as magic ability to help ancient shamans memorizing huge epic poems.

But several recent researches confirmed the scientific benefits of Bacopa. For example, a study by the psychology department at the University of Wollongong in Australia demonstrated Bacopa could increase memory and recall ability. Another research in 1996 presented at the International Brain Research Conference showed that Bacopa reduced the time needed to learn new tasks by almost half. Participants taking Bacopa mastered mental exercises in as little as six days compared to 10 days for the control group.

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2591 days ago

Coral calcium is a hot nutritional product, with promoters claiming it can treat or cure diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and lupus by increasing calcium levels and improving the body's pH balance. However, the special benefits of the product has NOT been scientifically confirmed by research, at least for the Alzheimer's disease treatment.

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2595 days ago

Great blog

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