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Burzynski, the movie. Watch FREE this wkend only.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

From my Dr. Mercola newsletter:

The opening testimony is so well done. It gives me chills. Just saving this for later. Hope you have time to watch it family and friends.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/21/2011 10:01PM

    I can't watch movies online due to my limited online megabytes but I bet it's good.

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CATIATM 6/12/2011 8:37AM

    I don't know it, but clearly I need to check it out. Thanks for the tip! emoticon

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MOLLIEMAC 6/11/2011 7:11PM

    I will- also check out his photographs of the Alberta oil sands, China and Bangladesh. BTW, as a Canadian I am appalled with the oil sands and also the move to expand because of increased markets in the US. Shame on us all. (I was born and grew up in Alberta- I now choose to disown it). emoticon

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Thyroid and Latest Cholesterol Labs

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The nurse from MDs office called Thursday w/lab results. I was sooo disappointed with my HDL cholesterol number. She said it was 13 (women want over 50, which, if I remember correctly, I had just last test).
emoticonTHIRTEEN!??? What??? I couldn't hear anything after she said that, as my mind was racing as to why that would be.

emoticonFrom Thursday through Saturday when I got the hard copy results in the mail, I kinda panicked! In my befuddlement, I was ready to throw in the towel, get depressed, throw up my hands! Thoughts of eating anything I wanted floated through my mind. To what end was I trying so hard?! I was beside myself, and

emoticonfruit was the devil.
emoticonI was mad I hadn't taken my niacin, fish oil or other supplements.

emoticonI talked to a pharmacist who told me to worry more about LDL than protective HDL and I was eager to listen to the 'nonsense' of needing more HDL (oh desperate me - lol!). She'd never heard of such a low HDL (me neither).
emoticonWhat a dubious honor.

emoticonI got the copy yesterday.
emoticonThe nurse was wrong, as she was reading my HDL SUBparticles! emoticonI'm so relieved - lol.
emoticonThyroid labs are in range or are okay on current dose of 1grain (60mg)2x/day.

TSH .15 (low) (range .40-4.2) MD said to not worry about it being a bit low.
Free T-4 .9 (.78-1.96)
Free T3 2.66 (1.84-7.0)

I can never remember thyroid lab levels for Free T-4 or Free T3 and what's acceptable. Later on that.

emoticonCholesterol (LDL keeps getting better):

Lipids (results and ranges):

Total Chol 185 (under 200)
HDL 51 (over 40)
LDL-R (Real) 100 High (under 100)
Tri's 65 (under 150)

LDL 118 mg/dL (range: under 130)
VLDL 16 (under 30)
Non HDL (LDL+VLDL) 134 (under 160)
IDL 12 (under 20)
Remnant Lipo. (IDL+VLDL3) 22 (under 30)

apoB100-calc 89 (under 109)
Lp(a) 6.0 (under 10)

Clinical Consideration: Probable Metabolic Syndrome - No

Sub-Class Information (results and ranges):

HDL-2 (Most Protective) 13 Low (over 15) (doc's note: increase exercise!) TRUE!
HDL-3 (Less Protective) 39 (over 25)
VLDL-3 (Small Remnant) 10 High (under 10)
LDL1 Pattern A 15.4 (no ranges for these)
LDL2 Pattern A 31.2
LDL3 Pattern B 43.3
LDL4 Pattern B 10.0
LDL Density Pattern A (on the Pattern A scale, I'm about 1/3 from the left side, so more work could be done).

Here's a thought provoking blog entry/article on subparticles I'd like to study more:
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EDIT to add previous labs for comparison:

May 16, 2010 (heart attack)/ Sep 29, 2010/ Nov 24, 2010/May 13, 2011

Total Cholesterol (less than 200 desirable): 206../191../182.../185
Triglycerides (less than 150 desirable): 74../62../34.../65 (eating more fruit)
HDL (over 60, women over 50): 49../45../57../51
LDL calculated (under 100 desirable): 142../134../118../(real)100

Ratio Comparisons
TC/HDL (2.5-4.5 desirable): 2.8../4.24../3.2../2.85

And per Dr. Ben Kim's cholesterol article :
HDL/TC (over 25% desirable): 24%../24%../31%../28%
Tri/HDL (under 2.0 desirable): 1.51../1.38../.60../1.28

(from last cholesterol lab blog entry: )

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/21/2011 10:00PM

    Good grief. The nurse is really careless nurse. Does she not know the normal for an HDL? A 13 should have sent off alarm bells in her pinhead unless she's brain dead. I would be careful letting her give me any meds if I were you. LOL.

I like cooked onions. Not raw nor too much garlic. A little is good.

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    That is so terrific! Keep up the good work. Doesn't that feel great. Shame on the nurse..goodness...thankfully she was wrong.

Take care of you,


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GOANNA2 5/23/2011 8:09AM

    I can never understand the numbers. I am going
in for a fasting blood test tomorrow morning and
go back for the results on Saturday.
Then I'll compare... emoticon emoticon

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POEKSTER 5/23/2011 2:29AM

    WTG on the numbers Dot and you're not hypo :-) TG for that. I will know friday or next week ....

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AINTSKEERD 5/22/2011 9:04PM

    Most excellent work on the lipid panel! At our age, those numbers aren't so common, I'm afraid.

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BOBF15 5/22/2011 8:24PM

    Man, where were you went I took Public Health Statistics???

This is way more interesting. Glad these are 'good' numbers.

As a math teacher, that gives me pause to think ... good numbers and bad numbers.
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I appreciate your attention to detail. It would drive me crazy! You keep up the great work. It is paying off and will pay off even more.

I mentioned you to a fellow teacher last week, I would love for the two of you to meet, she has low thyroid problems, and I don't know either of you all that well, but there is a sense you could help her if... she is open to it.

God bless and keep soaring,
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LUVDOGZ 5/22/2011 7:02PM

    I am glad you numbers look so good and that the nurse was mistaken! It is ashame that you fretted so! Keep up the great work, it looks like it is showing good results!


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CINDYTW 5/22/2011 6:32PM

  emoticon Those numbers actually look pretty good! Weren't you high cholesterol before? Anyway, dust yourself off and get back on the joggling and supplements and hopefully you will straighten it out to perfect levels!

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GROKGRANNY 5/22/2011 2:11PM

    WOW!! I took a quick peak and will have to respond later as I'm leaving to join my daughter for an afternoon out, but my heart sank for you when I first started reading through it!!!!

Thank God there was a SHIFT in the RIGHT direction. It payed to keep reading!!

You must be relieved, Dots. I think I have some info on my own lab results (ranges) that I can share later on thyroid, T3, etc.



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-SHAWN- 5/22/2011 2:11PM

  Well gee those are good numbers!

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USMAWIFE 5/22/2011 1:39PM

    I get my labs done this week and my doctor runs 7 different thryoid tests on me because I have hasimoto's. i know minr sre out of whack again as they change every 6 weeks and i start gainging weight again for no real reason.

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Fibro Flared

Sunday, May 15, 2011

emoticonDagnabbit. I get full of myself and how good I feel, and bam! emoticonReality strikes. ((Flare: hams and quads. Legs stiff. Not used to it.)) Contributing factors and/or a compilation of triggers (?): STRESSES of various types:

1. emoticon I didn't go to sleep on time before having to get up early for my doc appt (5 hrs is NOT enough). I think it's this one, but maaybe ...

2. emoticonNot taking my fish oil for weeks cause I haven't had a chance to pick any up. Not taking my supplements?

3. emoticonNot eating enough protein lately.

emoticonI dunno. Just making a quick note of it. Maybe after I understand it, I'll be able to look back and see more clearly. If I ever get over this from 90% to 100%, I'll likely not care or worry about it ;0).

emoticon emoticonLost another .4 of a pound to make it into 180-ville! I'm jumping on the team today while I can. ;0)

emoticon emoticon Randomness: I love garlic and onions. Dd doesn't like me eating it so much. haha

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    Ugh on the fibro. No fun. But you have some idea of what to do about it which is more than most people do. I like proactive people who try to remedy the situation. As we both know whining won't fix it and too many people try that.

I like cooked onions. Not too fond of raw ones and too much garlic.

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POEKSTER 5/18/2011 1:20AM

    This sucks major! Take care Dot!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 5/17/2011 7:10PM

    Thinking of you, Spark Friend, and sending a prayer up for you!


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GOANNA2 5/17/2011 12:59AM

    I hope the flare up doesn't stay around too long.
Rest and look after yourself. I am also flaring up
and now realize that I haven't been taking my fish
oil either. I'd best get on to it.

Have a great week. emoticon

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SISTERDOE 5/17/2011 12:46AM

    Flailing in Flareville along with you. Drag me out when you leave! Glad to hear of your step into 180-ville! WooHoo!

Gentle hugs,

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OUTOFIDEAS 5/16/2011 5:42PM

    Hang in and regroup. I had out of town guests over the weekend and am back in bed w/the respiratory stuff...I knew it was a risky "stress" just coming off the jaunt w/pneumonia but didn't see how to avoid the situation. (I love these friends...sigh...) We have to stick to what we know works though...I'm the world's worst about thinking I can "get away w/something just this once..." You know the results. Hope by this time you are feeling better?

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CLIMBNRUN 5/16/2011 12:12PM

  uh-oh! uh-oh! I'm sorry you're in pain!

You could definitely use more protein. 22g is low, chica! It will satiate you. You'll have to forgive me, I'm not as familiar with fibro but do any of the following high-quality protein sources work for you?

Wild Fish (the anti-cancer ones: Flounder (sole), Haddock, Halibut, Herring, Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines,Tuna), one egg + 2-3 egg whites (to keep meal's % of fat reasonable at one sitting), 0% Oikos (organic) or FAGE (conventional dairy) Greek yogurt, edamame, firm tofu, silken tofu, hard-boiled egg, lentils, beans, brown rice/pea/legume or whey protein powder.

I think you don't eat lentils or beans? Is that because of fibro? Lentils are a powerhouse and can be amazing with a savory broth, or as a pattie with kale. Black beans are amazing as well. Beans have higher antioxidant content than most fruits. They are great sources of carbs instead of most grains we eat in our society. As a diet goes, I like paleo, especially some of the recipes, but I think it turns people away from sweet potatoes, lentil, and beans when any one of those foods might help someone. But how does that all play into fibro?? Teach me!

Whatever the case, hurry and go get some more fish oil if it works - can a friend pick it up on one of their trips to the specialty store?

Eat well, live long, live strong :)


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ALEXANDRA64 5/16/2011 8:10AM

    Sleep is a significant factor for me in how I feel, what my attitude will be and just my general wellbeing through out the day. I hope you got more sleep last night! :)

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BOBF15 5/15/2011 8:59PM

    Sorry, to hear the setback, but if I know you, there is plenty of fight in you. You will battle back.

The body too, wants to heal itself, if given the right nutrients, and you for the most part take good care of yourself, so you'll come through this.


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CINDYTW 5/15/2011 7:30PM

  Dots I have done just the same thing to myself...worked an overnight shift last weekend, got about 3-4 hours sleep and then did yardwork all day. Then did errands the next, and cooked and cleaned all day the next. Recipe for disaster, especially with sick people around me and forgetting to take some of my pills too! Now I have been sick the last 5 days AD have TOM cramps!! Do the right things and we will feel better! Lesson learned for me at least!!

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    Come on, DL! You can do it! One thing that helps me supplement-wise is, I order them online so I have a good supply. (I'm autoimmune and they're key for me, too.) That might help you as well. (Sometimes they're even less expensive than I can get locally.) emoticon

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I lost a pound! *sob*

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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emoticonIt's been three or so days since I lost a pound, and I've not gained it back (I ate A LOT yesterday!). I decided to blog about it, cause it's a sweet victory, my breakthrough pound!
emoticon I think my thyroid's happy again (*caresses sweet thyroid like a purring kitty engine*).
emoticonIt's been since March since I lost anything, and before THAT, since October. It has been demoralizing on some level (I shove that down!), but I've tried to stay optimistic and hopeful that continuing on plant (ha ha, I'll leave that typo) to eat and sleep well, that'd it'd work. But really, you have to respect the Armour thyroid pills as they are obviously the trick. :P

Just wait. I get tested on Friday. Maybe I'm wrong - lol.
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2CATS2LOVE1 5/21/2011 8:14PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/13/2011 11:59PM

    Congratulations on your pound lost and on your purdy thyroid. LOL. emoticon

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    Yes, yes, yes! Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLIMBNRUN 5/13/2011 12:20PM

  Excellent! Always encouraging!

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MARTHASPARKS 5/10/2011 9:09PM

    A pound is four sticks of butter. Sounds good to me! Check out the Baby Step Spark People team - we're the slowest of the slow and take baby steps toward our goals. We're a tiny team that celebrates every tiny success. A pound, WOO-HOO!!!!

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    Smile and Hugs

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GOANNA2 5/10/2011 6:40PM

    A pound is great. emoticon

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OUTOFIDEAS 5/10/2011 6:32PM

    Yahoo for you! A pound is a big achievement as far as I'm concerned, m'dear!

And thanks for the link you left on my page. I'm going to investigate. I've had pneumonia for a couple of weeks...Isn't this the wrong time of year for such things? But's the first bout of the stuff I've had in over two years...I used to get it (or at least bronchitis) every 3-4 months like it was a regularly scheduled event. So I'm not complaining!

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CTRAVEL 5/10/2011 5:29PM

    Hey congrats on losing a pound. One time I was at one of my weight watchers meeting and the instructor was telling us that one of the members said "I lost just one lb.) she then proceeded to show us a pound of fat. It sure changes your mind and attitude. Good job keep up the good work.

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    Great job! Losing a pound is not gaining a pound and can a person do back flips in their hearts. Something to continue to have hope about! I hope your new meds work and that you have great success!

Take care of you,


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ANALAA 5/10/2011 5:14PM

    emoticon Hey, a pound is a whole pound! Great feeling emoticon emoticon

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ILLINITEACHER52 5/10/2011 4:38PM

  Even a little progress can keep us optimistic! Keep going!

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The enthusiasm was so wonderful In fact it was so upbeat, sunshiny and happy, I just had to put on sunglasses.

Victory is sweet. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/10/2011 12:52PM

    WooHoo! You are doing great! So happy for you!


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-SHAWN- 5/10/2011 11:29AM

  What pills?

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JILLTBNAGART 5/10/2011 10:43AM

    Good for you!

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ALEXANDRA64 5/10/2011 10:36AM

    Yea! Congrats!

My scale has been more or less the same, within a few lbs, for over a year now. BUT, I went from 29% body fat last year to 25.9% body fat this year which means I am losing fat and gaining muscle. I still, sigh, look the same though even though I can smash out a bunch of pushups.

My temp/pulse, ph, etc all demonstrate hypothyroid still so I am considering progesterone and pregnenolone since nutritionally I've been doing everything I possibly can!

I definitely want to read back through your posts and see what you have been doing to heal your thyroid.

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MJREIMERS 5/10/2011 10:27AM

    Congrats on continuing your life style change despite the challenges. You will be a healthier person because of it. Hopefully, you'll find out something on Friday. Even if it's not medical, as long as you keep trying your still making "good choices." emoticon

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23andme, Cyrex and Metametrix Tests Mailed

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I'm broke, but not broken? Yikes, this is getting expensive.

I am tested out, and cannot imagine what else I need. The minute I sent my 23andme DNA sample on April 19th, I noticed it went on sale from $199 to $99. *argh* They just added an Alzheimer's study, and I can add it on for another $69 or $82 I can't remember (Alzheimer's??? lol). There's a questionnaire I'm to complete while waiting 6-8 wks for my results. I'm not going to trip my hand and tell them anything just yet. LOL. The questions on the first page were interesting, and when I do complete it, I'll share them. They rec'd it on the 23rd, so I expect results mid-June-ish.

The new Cyrex Labs Intestinal Permeability blood lab ($195) was done on Monday, May 2nd. You have to pay online (my ND/MD's receptionist did it for me) through Cyrex, then set up an appt w/Cyrex's contracted lab, print out the lab request, complete the paperwork and take it with you to the blood draw. My primary MD never responded to my email info he'd requested, so I went back to my ND. My primary said he was open to it as long as I paid, but he seems too busy to get into a new test? I dunno. He seemed hesitant about new tests. I'm just glad I did it, and look forward to what the results will be. Or not - ha - we'll see.

I mailed the Metametrix GI Complete stool sample yesterday - $395. I ate a bunch of avocados the day before, so expect a high fat result on one of the tests. I ate sugar a couple of days before, in the form of peanut butter cookies (lectins and aflatoxins oh my!) I made to mail to DH. Sugar is addictive, did you know that? ha I kept wanting more, more and MORE! Thank goodness I ate them all up so as not to be tempted anymore. :P I hope I burned off those calories working in the yard. I have been busy from waking up til going to bed. I'm exhausted right now, but in a good way. It feels GOOD to be productive (my thyroid's getting better - will retest for that on May 13 in prep for cardiologist follow-up May 25)!

Per their instructions I didnt' take digestive enzymes, antacids, or aspirin. I didn't take any supplements for a good five days or so, including probiotics. I've read taking probiotics can alter your results. I've also read you should do multiple tests because of parasite habits. I don't think I can afford that right now. I did take my Armour thyroid medication.

Turn-around time for results is about two weeks, so I hope for an appt w/ND by Fri, May 20 or the week after. It tests for so many things that it's best you read their site for what that includes. I appreciate the service, and hope I have no disease from fecal-oral contamination, that's all I gotta say about THAT!
Time for me to paint the fence and bits of house. I can't afford a painter. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Happy Cinco de Mayo! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/13/2011 11:56PM

    You know you will find something else to test. emoticon Besides, What will we do with no more tests to mull over? At this point you aren't allowed to eat anything much due to your results other than of course the single organic lettuce leaf. So we can't eat. Your organic lettuce leaf is actually probably romaine. Iceberg has gotten a very bad rap - almost the DDT of lettuces. LOL.

The questions on your test are quite a tease. They are making us wait too long.

My ex MD loved tests. He almost had to be shackled to keep from ordering them. Some that were so rare that I was griping, "WTH! Why am I being tested for kwashiorkor when I weigh 200 pounds and am in my 50s??!!" I might need to hook you up with him. LOL.

You ate peanut butter cookies and did not share with me???? WTH!! You are turning into to quite the "B" LOL. emoticon

Ugh on the parasites and fecal-oral contamination. Total ugh.

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GRAMMACATHY 5/6/2011 8:57PM

    Why am I thinking metametrix has something to do with Lymes Disease. Thanks for keeping us updated about the Celiac. I think I will ask the doctor on Wednesday what all they tested me for. We will eat right, exercise, take our supplements, be proactive with medical field and get healthy. We can beat the fatigue.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2011 12:11PM

    Good luck with the results!

Gotta agree w/the comment re: peanut butter. It IS ADDICTIVE! Love it, so just have a SMALL container of it which I keep out of MY reach (not hard @ 4 ft 10-1/2 in) so I'm not tempted but DH and DD can have at it for lunch -- their choice quite often!

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CINDYTW 5/5/2011 8:41PM

  You know what else is addictive in those cookies...the peanut butter!! I had an attack of peanut butter addiction this week that I can't seem to shake and I will not be buying any for DH either anymore! He hardly uses it and left the thing unopened and uncontaminated!!

Hope all the $ is worth it in the end...

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GOANNA2 5/5/2011 6:25PM

    Wow, you are sure tested out and broke by the sounds of it.
I hope youget some good results and it is good to hear the
thyroid is getting better.

Happy gardening and have a wonderful weekend.
I love reading your blogs. emoticon

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GROKGRANNY 5/5/2011 2:54PM

    HOLY CRAPPERS! (no pun intended)...that's a lot of tests. But, that said? Great benchmarks will be in place for this point in time. I cannot wait to hear, little girl!

I'm off to pvt. messg. y'all and then need to get out for a walk!!


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BOBF15 5/5/2011 2:02PM

    As usual there is more to digest here than at a buffet.

I hope you get some answers, and with the answers, you get a more clear path to health and quality of life.

Eating as you do will reap huge benefits.

Do you garden at all and get any good fresh garden veggies? that food you know where it came from and it is so healthy. I should start harvestin some spring veggies in a few weeks.


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