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Chronic Fatigue may be autoimmune issue

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I posted a blog a min. ago...and had info wrong in the title. Ugh.

I know many folks who struggle with chronic fatigue issues...and can't find relief. Perhaps this info will bring some hope and encouragement.

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SHILOWI 11/3/2011 7:52PM

    I was tested for autoimmune illness a few yrs ago and the tests were all at the high end of normal, but still within normal. I will check this out, thanks.
Also, does anyone have a link for the anti-inflammatory diet team? I can't find it anymore.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/3/2011 6:43PM

    Asta, they both are in that catagory and many with FMS has CFS as well and many also have the MCS. They just pidgeon holed FMS in with Rhumatiod Arthritis, saying it's a form of it.

How about adding the link to the FMS & other ills board.

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SANDYZEE 11/3/2011 3:55PM

    Hi, very interesting. I have it and my Rh factor tests are always a little high,indicating auto immune factors.
Thanks for posting this.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/3/2011 3:13PM

    good point. HUGS

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Learned a lesson today

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I had a houseful of family visiting today. My sister and I walked through the upstairs and in the course of chatting, stepped out onto the second story porch on the "front" of the house (facing into a field). As my sister followed me out the door, a slight gust of wind closed the door behind us...and automatically...we were locked out by a little spring lock at the top of the door.

I never knew my sister could whistle and shout like she can!!! Our neighbors for a mile to the west knew SOMEONE was locked out somewhere!! My DIL finally came around and heard our dilemma and came to release us.

Here is a view of the front of the house...we were on the upstairs porch.

The lesson learned....I have lived in this house for most of the last 30 years and didn't know I could so easily be trapped on that porch! I often sit out there or go out there to water little oops and I could be trapped. Today there were 19 other people in the house and yard...but what if noone else were home?
Neither of us had a cell phone on us (my sister doesn't even own one!) Suppose it had been cold when we got stuck? There are just so many what ifs to think of when you could be so easily in trouble.

SO now I know. I will be sure the wooden doors cannot swing shut if ever I am on that porch..especially if I am home alone or DH is not in earshot. I probably should carry my phone on me at home...usually it is in my purse, sitting downstairs where it would be unheard and unhelpful.

NOW I am wondering if there are other such traps. I know my daughter got locked out with her toddler one afternoon...I knew a friend whose little one locked the door when she stepped outside..and he didn't know how to unlock it! I know I have two windows that must be propped up to stay open...must be careful if/when we use them. The house I grew up in had hook and eye locks installed on all the upstairs bedrooms (family before us did that!) and my siblings loved to lock each other in...and there is NO exit with things like that.

ALL this leads me to remind aware...and be prepared. We got locked on a porch on a lovely afternoon with rescue close by. It could have been a very different scenario.

I learned a lesson today.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/7/2011 10:13PM

    Oh, by the way, that's a beautiful shot of your house!

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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/7/2011 10:09PM

    Whew! Glad you didn't have to grab that pillar and climb up on the roof and flag down an airplane, lol. That can be scary though. One time I accidentally locked my newborn baby in my car---along with my keys and purse! In the Walmart parking lot! Boy did my heart nearly stop then when I realized what I'd done! I almost totally panicked. Thankfully it was a hatchback w/ a key lock, not an electronic lock, and I realized I could get in thru the back hatch and climb thru the car to get my baby and my keys! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 10/31/2011 9:56PM

    I am so happy you were able to be "rescued". How scary knowing it could have happened any other time as you mentioned.

Glad you learned something new! Now you will be more aware even around your house.

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GAMOMMY3 10/31/2011 12:38PM

    Recently I was locked out of my house by my youngest... now I carry my phone and keys with me... glad your story ended well!

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BOOKWERME 10/31/2011 8:15AM

    We have lived here so many years...about 30...and never had that happen before. I am wondering if my sister, not familiar with the door..and coming from the north ...pulled the door closed behind her, a natural instinct at this time of year when you live in a cooler climate. Well, all ended well.

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CELEST 10/31/2011 7:12AM

    As you say, in winter it would have been a catastrophic problem, thankfully it happened the way it did. Phew.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/31/2011 1:22AM

    We all have, thanks for sharing with us.

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NORASPAT 10/30/2011 10:48PM

    It happens so easily. I carry a whistle in my purse I was given it by a friend but sitting upstairs on your porch would be the last place to expect to be locked out. Maybe you can change to a lock that can be kept open even if it closes and that way as you go out you can make sure it will be able to open. It helped you had company out there, it would be awful to be there alone. It is good it happened that way and now you are aware you can work around it. Good Job Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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Lost and found, found, FOUND!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Today when I went to pay for our lunch after our morning in the ministry, I made that awful discovery that the little case that holds my driver's license, credit cards, blood card etc. was NOT in my purse. OH NO! DH pd for lunch...and drove us home. I car, my purse (again) all other bags etc...and my mind. I was sure of when I last had it. Called my daughter who searched HER car, her house etc...called the shop...and then finally having exhausted all other ideas, went out to check the vehicles again. I FOUND it. Not on the floor as I had thought I might, but between the passenger seat and the door on that side of the little Sentra that I drive back and forth to work. RELIEF is a small word for a big feeling.

We are having company tomorrow and I am in the midst of vacuuming etc. While I was working upstairs, my husband came in....and held up my missing PEDOMETER! It had literally been lost in a hayfield. It has been out there several weeks...through several days of rain..some heavy! It has condensation inside the readout window...but it is still working!!!! DH and Daisy (dog) had gone walking to LOOK for it...and had success.

So...what was lost has been found and I am very happy this afternoon. emoticon

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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/7/2011 10:17PM

    emoticonI think you've been TOO busy, Asta! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 11/1/2011 2:26PM

    Took my DILs and two grandchildren out to lunch today. Happened to tell the pedometer story...and Carrie said: "I saw a pedometer clipped to the shelf by the back door." YEA! She was was ME that put it there (I did remember clipping it somewhere..just couldn't remember where in the stream of events!). All the condensation has cleared up so it is good to go. AND now I KNOW where I put it! LOL

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AJCHARTERS 11/1/2011 9:31AM

    Oh good! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 11/1/2011 8:29AM

    Would you believe...DH brought the pedometer to me while I was working (vacuuming). I was delighted. Then he took it back to examine the moisture. HE says he gave it back to me...I thought HE had now I have no idea what we did with it!!! emoticon At least I know it is here in the house somewhere. Now that our busy weekend is behind us..I can start trying figure out what on earth I did this time!

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CINA-MINI 10/30/2011 9:01PM

    What a relief on all counts! So nice of your hubby (and puppy) to go looking for it. I am glad he found it!

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HODGESLOVE 10/30/2011 3:09AM

  Asta.. You can put your pedometer in rice it will absorb the moisture.. It works. I found out after Lola gave my cell phone a bath... Phone is dry and works great.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 10/30/2011 2:23AM

    Oh my word, I think everyone can relate to the lost part.....but not sadly the found part. What a relief. Fancy your pedometer working after all that it withstood from the elements?!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/29/2011 8:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon fantastic on all counts!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/29/2011 5:15PM

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What you eat may protect your eyes!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I was recently told by a close friend (a nurse) that her grandmother had told her to eat 1/4 cup of spinach a day to protect her vision. She observed that those in her family who listened to that advice had their vision throughout their lives, though the ones who did not follow that advice were plagued with vision issues of various kinds.

This month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens has a short article on page 215 under the BetterHealth News banner.

"Feast you eyes

If age-related macular degeneration (AMD) runs in your family, tweaking your diet could save your sight, according to a 10-year study in the Archives of Ophthalmology. Dutch researchers tracked more than 2,000 volunteers over the age of 55 and discovered that those who had one of two high risk gene variations were 30 percent less likely to develop AMD when their diets were rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. follow-up studies will determine why. In the meantime, follow the U.S. guidelines of consuming 8 mg of zinc per day and several servings of omega-3 rich food per week. Good sources of zinc include beef, oysters, pork, lamb, and fortified cereals. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon and herring, as well as walnuts and flaxseed."

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HONEYDRIPPER 10/29/2011 6:26PM

    I should never have a problem then! Have loved spinach all my life. (evidently, I even liked baby food spinach) Sometimes spinach ends up in three meals but at least once a day.
I read somewhere though that you body absorbs the nutrients from it better if it is at least lightly steamed rather than raw. don't know how true it is.

Oh, and I like carrots too, although I don't eat them very often as the organic ones are pricey and they were listed as one of the "dirty dozen'

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LOVE2WALK1 10/29/2011 1:40PM

    I "see" I need to tweak my diet a bit....but it's worth it to save my eyesite!

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BOOKWERME 10/28/2011 12:14PM

    Celeste', I don't know that carrots don't help...just that Spinach evidently does. I've always heard that eating carrots would help with night vision. I would settle for seeing well day and night!!!

I would think carrots AND spinach would be a terrific choice. The flaxseed is high in Omega-3....carrots high in beta-carotene. How can you lose with those?

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CELEST 10/28/2011 12:02PM

    And to think they used to say eat your carrots so you dont go blind....when its actually spinach.
Flaxseed is also excellent as a general health plan. My sister was given by a nurse a pot of flaxseed which she puts on her oats porrige, cereal, smoothies etc by the teaspoon fulls. It is what they give AIDS patients. Must be awesome. It also helps with the night sweats during menopause. No wonder Jah says the leaves are curing the nations.

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BOOKWERME 10/28/2011 11:55AM

    I am trying to be sure I have at least a quarter cup of spinach in a salad every..or almost every day. I like YOUR way, too....those breakfast omlet things you fix look delicious!

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COOLCALLALILY 10/28/2011 11:52AM

    Oh cool! I eat at least that much spinach almost every day! emoticon

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What have YOU lost?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Seems like I have seen this before...and today someone shared it on FB so I thought I would share it here, too. I regret that I don't know the source, but it would be easy enough to put together one's own list! I have not quite lost as much as my custom bowling ball. lol

tell me ::: WHAT HAVE YOU LOST? :::

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

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RASCALSMOMMA 10/31/2011 8:12PM

    Ok Ive lost 60 pounds BUT Im equalizing it with SIX times the amount of chemical additives (besides what do you think I LOST??! ) HUGS

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TREVUG 10/27/2011 11:50PM

    1 BALD EAGLE, 1 CHIHUAHUA, AN OSTRICH EGG, AND 9 GUINEA PIGS.(I had to be different) Actually I recently purchased a 25 pound bag of beans and had to laugh because that is what I had lost at that point.

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CINA-MINI 10/27/2011 4:25PM

    A cinder block! (33) It's amazing to think in these terms! (I also agree about the 60.)

I have lost the same weight 3 times now! If I can just KEEP it off now!

Have a great day Asta!

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BOOKWERME 10/27/2011 7:39AM

    I agree re: 60 lbs. Did a quick google search and came up with Lozinit2's Sparkpage where she said 60 lbs equals 7.2 gallons of water. That sure is easier for me to relate to also...I carry gallon jugs of water for watering plants quite frequently!

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AMJSATURN 10/27/2011 12:34AM

    Wow....thinking in these terms does make a difference. emoticon

(25)I have lost a 2 year old. And gained the chemical additives an American consumes each year. (10) emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/26/2011 7:38PM

    5 gal of water for me. They need something different for the 60#

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GOOSIEMOON 10/26/2011 6:30PM

    OMG - I've lost an elephant's penis!

This made me laugh so hard I could hardly catch my breath!
Thanks for that!

Have a wonderful day!

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LOVE2WALK1 10/26/2011 6:22PM

    yay, I've almost lost a tire....I knew there was a spare tire around my middle!

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