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Psoriasis and Gluten

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kim trying on her mom's wedding dress.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, who knew? ;0)

Kim Kardashian just got married. I'm not a Kim stalker, but I happened to walk past the tv and heard the word psoriasis. I couldn't help but stop to see what they were saying: she was complaining about her mother giving her the psoriasis gene. Kim's stressed because she's getting married, and I'm sure has a million responsibilities. Ah stress. You can't live with it, you can't live without it (cortisol can be a good thing, too!). Stress: autoimmune trigger! Good thing she can vacay in the Bahamas to chill out. In any case, she and her mom obviously haven't gotten the memo about gluten antibodies and this autoimmune condition. Should I reach out? LOL. Could "I" get a vacay in the Bahamas? I don't know how to vacay ... need lessons. But that's another story.

You don't have to be celiac, you could be gluten "sensitive" to have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. But gluten-free could set you free, why not check into it for yourself or someone you love? And I don't mean run to gf manufactured foods. They are mostly gluten substitutes for poor nutritional food stuffs anyway. I don't want to hear about "whole grain" goodness either. :P

I've read 40-50% of the population has the celiac gene - you don't have to have "celiac" for it to be triggered. Your manifestation might be ataxia, eczema, schizophrenia, psoriasis, and all those other wonderful symptoms listed on my Spark Page.

Anecdotal psoriasis story: Friend's BIL's mother was celiac. BIL was alcoholic, and had psoriasis SO bad up his arms that I could SEE (who knows what was covered, and I wasn't gonna ask). It's autoimmune, it's serious. He was "treated" with drugs and immunosuppressants. It was a physical anomoly train-wreck you couldn't help but want to stare at, but were also afraid to because of the disgust. Leakage people. I told him: please go get tested for celiac! He did, and was negative. I told him: please go gluten-free anyway! He did: psoriasis gone. End of story. (He also quit drinking - which is HEuge for gut health also - YAY!)

From Dr. Tom O'Bryan: (not sure that'll work as it was in an email, so I've copied some:)

Did you know ....

~34.1% of psoriasis patients have elevated antibodies to alpha-gliadin (AGA),
a peptide of wheat.

~We found a highly significant correlation between positive serum AGA and
duration of psoriasis.
(Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 36, 302-304, 2010)

~Recent studies showed an association between (Celiac Disease) CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet.

~Recent studies showed an association between CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet (GFD), without other pharmacological approaches.

~Thirty of 33 patients with positive AGA antibodies strictly complied with GFD, and showed a significant decrease of psoriatic lesions.
(World J Gastroenterol 2007; 13(14): 2138-2139)

~16% of patients with psoriasis have been found to present high levels of anti-gluten antibodies.
(J Intern Med 2011;269:582-590)

Another mention of gluten and psoriasis from The Gluten Free Society:


I'm gonna be blogging and SParking less and less than I have been. I guess I didn't want to tell where I was moving you guys, and I don't know why other than privacy ... I'm weird. :P But if you talk like the Chef in the Muppets you might be on track to what I'll be hearing. :) Clue 1. LOL.

The pool has needed repairs this whole year, and I finally get to get some bids. We have to move DH from his stinky lil apt. We haven't even told the kid yet. I need to replace carpets and finish painting the fence, and add the house while I'm at it. That'll be good before winter anyway. I might stay here for a while and move him up there and ease my way into their winters. That's the ticket! We'll see. DH is coming home this weekend, save if Hurricane Irene doesn't blow down the east coast.

(We've moved 9 times in 25 yrs. I know what goes into moving and selling a house - it's a lot of work, I know it! Blah! I've sold houses in all sorts of economies, but not this one - yikes! I look forward to it this time as THIS time I'll be healthier and hopefully it won't stress me out as bad as in the past. My anxiety was off-the-charts before I was diagnosed and changed my diet. That's why I didn't make the last move to FL w/DH - we saw it as a necessity for his career, but not for my health. Ah, delayed gratification has a paycheck! The economy had us lingering apart longer than we'd have liked, but I'm not complaining ... um, anymore. LOL).

Onward and upward friends! I luvs ya, as mom would say.
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emoticonI did some unintentional carb cycling or intermittent fasting yesterday not eating while I was out all day (had bfast and a sm. fruit lunch). I also continued on with my walking and lost a pound (188.6 to 186.8) - praise be. I'm thrilled to be the lowest weight I've been in who knows how many decades.

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JUSTBIRDY 9/10/2011 6:06PM


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LUVDOGZ 9/1/2011 7:48PM

    Good luck on your move! Congrats on the loss too!

I have a very mild case of psorasis improved when I was gluten free. When I hurt my back a couple of months ago, I turned to all those gluteneous comfort foods, and haven't looked back since. I have since had the blood tests for celiac, and they are all negative. But, if I feel and look better, my uticartia, mild psoriasis, body aches and GI issues are improved, I probably should go back gluten free. I think I have a hard time sticking with it because while my symptoms are improved, they are never gone 100%. That leaves doubt in my head if I am doing the wrong thing by avoiding gluten. Your blog gives me more info to have. Thanks!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/30/2011 6:46PM

    Great information as always.

I hope even with your moving you will still be keeping us informed. I know though about the 'cutting back' issue. Doing it myself.

Hope you don't get too cold this winter. Though I'm sure it's not North Dakota you're moving to....

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CATIATM 8/28/2011 9:12PM

    Thanks for your always informative blog information! Good luck with your move! I sign the agreement for my new place tomorrow, so I can understand all the craziness that goes with getting settled in a new place. I hope you like your new digs!

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    That is some awesome information and I haven't had any clue about any of it. I think Kim being in the public like she is will do some good and shed some light on the subject and help others too!

Not sure where you are moving, but do hope we will see you just the same!

Take good care,


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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/28/2011 12:48AM

    nice information - I'll have to pass it along. I have friend who struggles with psoriasis but not sure if she knows about the celiac connection. Have several friends who have been diagnosed with celiac et and are gluten free but they never mentioned having psoriasis etc as part of the lead in to discovering their ceiliac - usually it was stuff like gut and digestion issues...

I'm "NYD" (not yet diagnosed) with anything that way but I do find I do better with gluten free products.

Just recently found and watched the video "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" and the guy in there had a different autoimmune disease that caused hives so he was on predizone (sp??) and went on a juice fast for 60 days. He's lost weight and is completely off the medication. I tend to wonder if it wouldn't improve a lot of conditoins because greens and carrots etc are all pretty much gluten-free as I understand it. There's a website to check out about the movie (it's available on netflix) it might be slow loading because it's based in Australia.


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DOTSLADY 8/26/2011 2:10PM

    emoticonHaven't lucked into any psoriasis articles re: dairy, but the moo-juice family could also be culprit! I was a huge dairy drinker, yogurt and ice-cream eater in my previous life, and my eczema was awful. LOL. You can always google around on that. Dr. Loren Cordain has papers about dairy and acne ... just saying it messes with your immunity (T-cell regulation).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/26/2011 12:39PM

    Jeez. You are quite the heifer today. LOL. You give us one measly clue to figure out where you are moving. Okay, I'm going to make a guess that you are moving to the midwest or northeast since you mentioned cold weather and the muppet chef. How about Chicago or Rockford? Or Minnesota............maybe Minneapolis or St. Paul?

Or if not some other Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin city. Am I close? No one moves to Nebraska or the Dakotas.

Or maybe the Northeast as it has a few communities that might work. Pennyslvania, New York, or Delaware maybe?

I think Kim Kardashian is a babe. She has a hot body and is okay as a person too. I saw her psoriasis thing. I got rid of my seborrhea when I went low carb.

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DOTSLADY 8/26/2011 12:22AM

    You are correct Berry4 - the celiac gene is carried by "30%-" (not 40)-50% of the population. Pls don't misunderstand that it's necessarily triggered in that %. It's what I've read, and I could try to dig up links for it later, but not now. Only 1-3% have been diagnosed with celiac disease, but gluten causes harm in other organ systems without a "gold standard" celiac diagnosis, too.

"Just don't assume that your answer fits everyone else's problem, issue, imbalance, ETC."

Wow - kinda strong presumption that I A$$umed "my" answer fit "everyone's" problem. I didn't think I implied there was ONE way to fix psoriasis. Even the stats listed from Dr. O'Bryan's sources don't imply that. I know that everyone's individual (as I've mentioned in many previous blog entries - a lot depends on your personal internal biome and your environment ie diet&nutrient status/lifestyle/stress/sunshine etc!).

I really appreciate your sharing your immune story. It's interesting that this happened to you at a likely time of changed diet(?)/higher or new stress(?) and the Rx was a glandular and mineral supplement to boost your immune system (I had to look up that product as I haven't heard of it). In celiac or with gluten sensitivities a person is often low in nutrients/minerals/vitamins, too. Gluten can cause a person to malabsorb their nutrients, and grain/legume phytic acid can block mineral absorption. A lot of people can be also be deficient in essential fatty acids which are important for skin. I don't know what you know so I mention for my family who read this blog, and others new to the subject; not trying to preach to the choir or anything. It'd be interesting to know if you have the gene, wouldn't it?!

People with autoimmune disease, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis included, should definitely look into a paleo diet as a starter for relief of symptoms, and tweak to their personal, optimal health. I feel strongly about that, enough so that I stopped my day to write some thoughts about it.

I'm not a professional blogger; I appreciate your point and hope I've made myself more clear, and that it suffices.
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CINDYTW 8/25/2011 11:10PM

  emoticonGood luck with the moving stuff!

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BERRY4 8/25/2011 9:18PM

    LOTS of things, issues, etc. can cause issues in our physical bodies. There isn't one answer for all people for all things.

Even though I'm sure you don't think so, I believe your statistic to the following is quite exaggerated. I would truly question your source.
"I've read 40-50% of the population has the celiac gene - you don't have to have "celiac" for it to be triggered. Your manifestation might be ataxia, eczema, schizophrenia, psoriasis, and all those other wonderful symptoms."

On the other hand, if something is working for you, that's great. Just remember we are each an experiment of "one".

I had had eczema for 19 years--since I was in college. A chiropractor recommended that I take something called "Immuplex" (made by Standard Process) @ a dose of 10 a day for 3 months. I have now been clear of eczema for at least 10 years. Go figure! -- Something within my system was out of balance and this particular-type multivitamin of sorts balanced out my problem, or the cause of my physical symptoms. (And yes, I keep this product on hand for those times that I know my immune system needs a boost.)

As with other physically manifested issues, it IS worth seeking answers and possibilities! And with more natural methods, it does take time to find solutions. Just don't assume that your answer fits everyone else's problem, issue, imbalance, ETC.

I'm sure you were just offering advice to those who would be willing to try out the possibility, eh??!

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I cry again, and it's okay

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

emoticonIt's a happy cry this time: hubsters got the job! emoticon

emoticonI'm stunned and bewildered about all I have to do. We're moving to a COLD climate, and a much more expensive city. I think I "will" cry about that. HA!

emoticonI'm gonna take it slow and not rush into any changes. DH and I have a lot to discuss; am grateful for Skype!

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MAYBER 8/30/2011 8:45PM

    Best wishes to you to you on your move
Congrats on new job and sending thoughts and prayers for happiness one day at a time

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hello Dot,

Awesome news about the hubby, cry on girl, its awesome for the soul! emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 8/25/2011 8:55AM

    Congratulations on DH's job! Where will this move take you? How soon will you move? Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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2KITTIES 8/24/2011 8:10PM

    Moving is hard! I'm here because of hubby job fact I'm married because I wouldn't move without making it legal :) It was hard but has been terrific and it's amazing how quick time flies and you adapt. Congrats on new job and enjoy the ride. emoticon

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FRAN0426 8/24/2011 5:17PM

    Congrats that DH has got the job. I live in a clod winter state all my life, it's not that bad as long as you are dressed with warm weather clothes. There sure are a lot of things to get ready for a move. My DD and family moved last year and boy all the things sure add up to get done. She ended up doing most of it as her husband needed to leave immediately emoticon and thank goodnes for skype. Where is this cold eather state, and is a far way from your present location?

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    i hope this means that you and hubby will get to be together more. If that's the case then he can keep you warm. LOL. You can adapt as long as you will be together. That is what's important.

So where are "we" moving? LOL.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2011 9:45AM

    First of all, congrats on the job!

emoticon It is hard to move to another state. Been there done that. DH lost his job (we lived in IL) and it took him 9 months (this was back in 2006) to find a new job, which took us to WI. Moved away from family and friends, which was/is still difficult but all in all, DH has a job he loves, and they love him! So, it took me awhile to acclimate, but now that we've lived here 4 yrs. (he commuted between IL and WI for a LONG time because we had to sell our house and buy one here. That too is a story for another day!) The msg. is you'll survive it and thrive. HUGS!

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MOLLIEMAC 8/24/2011 9:15AM

    Where to???? Dry cold or wet? :-). Congrats to your DH and I wish you a happy dance! emoticon

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PENCILDANCER 8/24/2011 7:50AM

    Major changes are so hard, moving is one of the hardest.
Get some 'cuddleduds' (very thin long undershirts and legging like pants) and smartwool sock. I live in those all winter. That will help keep you warm without weighing you down.

I'm thankful your husband has found a job and pray you find the adjustment easier than imagined.

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MARTHASPARKS 8/23/2011 11:35PM

    Hooray!!! Happy Dance!

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GROKGRANNY 8/23/2011 11:14PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! And you made fun of me today re: the winter's in Michigan???? lol I am wondering where you are moving to my dear lady. I wish it were here with me!! emoticon

Enjoy the journey and trust this is where you are to be.

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BOBF15 8/23/2011 10:55PM

    Guess we are swapping spots, Dots....

I spent 50+ years in the North East, it has its plusses, bloom where you are planted.

God bless you ,dear Woman!


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THISYEARSMODEL 8/23/2011 10:46PM

    Congratulations! A very wise man once told me, "You're exactly where you're supposed to be at any given time." Remember that whenever you're stressed about the impending move.


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STRONGERLEANER 8/23/2011 10:13PM

    What great news! Congratulations!!

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LINDABENEDICT 8/23/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon Where are you moving ? emoticon ?

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CINDYTW 8/23/2011 9:28PM

  How cold? NY cold or Canada cold? Good luck and welcome to snowville! emoticon

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CURLY916 8/23/2011 8:02PM

    OMG!! Major changes coming up for you and yours. Change can be very stimulating!! Hearty congrats to your DH.

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I cry, and it's okay

Friday, August 12, 2011

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Black Hills Jenny last October

I have a lump in my emoticon; had to put down my sweetie pie yesterday. Her belly was hard and distended because she had a fast growing hemangiosarcoma . She'd been whining and denning in my closet. I knew it wasn't going to be a good prognosis as she was dragging on our walks just like Ginger a couple of years ago. She was anemic and had high white blood cell count. I couldn't let her linger in pain. It was for the best.

Funny her started out as a gun dog (say "dead duck!" and her ears'd perk) who was gun and thunder shy. Hence she became our family dog. She followed commands well, which was handy when she'd wrap herself around a tree w/the leash: "Back, back!" I'd say, "Over" with a swish of the arm, and she'd do it. I'm so lazy - lol. I sure loved that dog.

I walked and cried in the rain yesterday, and it was good.

In honor of my dog who walked thousands of miles with me, this song:

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THISYEARSMODEL 8/23/2011 10:48PM

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BLUEPATCHES 8/22/2011 3:38PM

    I am facing the same thing very shortly. My beautiful yellow lab is about to end her 12th year but she is fading quickly. I cant stand thinking about the pain to come but each day my DH and I are saddened even more by her deteriorating condition. We watch her eyes light up and her tail start wagging as we approach her and it breaks my heart. Such unconditional love and faithfulness. We have been blessed having her all these years. Your pain is my pain. I'm sending you hugs and my shoulder.

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GROKGRANNY 8/22/2011 12:29PM

    My heart is aching for you as I read this. I've walked this road multiple times and it is a painful one.

Wish I was there to give you a hug. A big BIG hug.

Glad you cried in the helps soothe the pain a bit doesn't it, my friend?


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TYEASLEY 8/21/2011 7:03PM

    So very sorry for your loss. I love Labs. emoticon

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ANGEL636 8/21/2011 9:13AM

    So sorry for your loss, the doggie song is beautiful. emoticon

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BARCLE 8/21/2011 4:12AM

    emoticon so sorry to read of the loss of your beloved Jenny emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 8/16/2011 11:23AM

    Oh, Dot, tears are welling up in my eyes. I put down my best dog ever 2 years ago and I still miss him. We have another dog but he's more attached to the DH than to me. I am so sorry. I love the Dean Koontz quote from The Darkest Night of the Year on losing a dog. It's long but here goes: "Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions."

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LUVDOGZ 8/16/2011 10:31AM

    emoticonmy friend. I am so sorry. I went thru that pain almost 2 years ago. I was devestated. The only solace I had was that with all that pain, I wouldn't have traded one moment with him to prevent that pain. It is so hard to do the right thing, but I felt I owed it to him, his body gave out before his sweet heart and mind. Jenny was beautiful and I can tell very well loved and cherished. I like to think they are all up there healthy, no pain, and playing together.


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CLIMBNRUN 8/15/2011 11:14PM

  Oh Dots I am so sorry. This is awfully sad. You sure captured some great photos of her last year but I'm sorry about this. I hope her memory lives on in you forevermore. Big *hugs* sorry sorry sorry for your loss.

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DMILLER33 8/14/2011 6:05PM

    I am so sorry over your loss. I know it's very hard to do, but in the end you know it is right. We had the same thing last year. Then I even felt guilty for waiting as long as I did. emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINBRAZIL 8/13/2011 9:30AM

    Sorry Friend! My old black dog is getting weaker these days and had to have a tumor and tooth removed from his mouth last month.

Thinking of you!


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ANDASI 8/13/2011 5:01AM

    Very Sorry

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POEKSTER 8/13/2011 4:53AM

    Hugs Dot I know it's hard to lose a 4 legged furry loved one. It's for the best. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Walking in the rain is good!

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BIKE2BE 8/13/2011 12:15AM

  so sorry for your loss, I just last week lost my white shepherd. They bring such total joy and happiness into our lives. and emptiness when there gone . so good you still have one to love .

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2KITTIES 8/12/2011 9:00PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss but hopw you can find comfort and peace in the happy memories. Losing family, which our pets are, is never easy. God Bless.


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CINDYTW 8/12/2011 8:43PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry for your loss! I know it is awful, and even worse when you have to make that decision! Hang in there!

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EGRAMMY 8/12/2011 7:09PM

    emoticon Sympathy. We love our dogs and so do understand. Had to put our Dottie to sleep a decade ago. Such a loss.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/12/2011 4:33PM

    I had to euthanize my Little Thunder (my toy poodle) last Friday August 5th. He was 15.5 years old and had dementia, and was deaf and blind for the past 3 years, and heart failure for about 1.75 years. He was just starting to go into liver failure too. At the end he was having circulatory collapse. I said my final good-by's to him at 3:30 pm. On Monday August 1st he wasn't ready to go, but on Friday his demeanor said he was definately ready.

Dogs do have their ways of saying when they are ready. The last few days of his life I held him much of the time, giving him the most love I possibly could, and 24 hours before his last he was licking me a lot. Almost broke my heart cause I knew we were soon to be saying good-by for the final time; yet it was so special to see the 'old Thunder' back for that short time. Then the next day he was barely holding on. That day we sent him to doggie peace - doggie heaven.

Three years ago the vet suggested we put him down, but instead I asked for meds to treat his dementia and then heart failure. I was truly blessed to have an extra 3 years with my good friend. Mostly it was quality time too, till the last few months.

I have hardly been on SP since as I am doing what I need to to deal with my grief.

I miss him so much. I still go to look for him when I am doing stuff, or when one of my other dogs come into the room.


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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/12/2011 3:11PM

    I am sooo sorry! I know how it is to lose a beloved pet! They arfe a member of the family! bigggggg hug!

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CHRIS3215 8/12/2011 1:59PM

    SO SORRY to hear about your ever loved friend..
I have three dogs my elder is 10yrs old & I dread that day I must make that kind of choice.
You did the right thing for your furry baby..

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/12/2011 12:33PM

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It is always sad to say goodbye to a dear friend. Good for your for not keeping her in pain. We have a 12 yr old border collie that has masses on his liver. We were told we had days, so far it's been 3 weeks! He's starting to dwindle on the eating as of late. We stick him in a tub w/ cold water when he spikes fevers. But he hasn't told us it's time yet. Still loves to play frisbee and go truckin'!

Godspeed to your pup.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2011 12:21PM

    Oh no, GF! My heart goes out to you. I know how much you love your babies.

I still miss my little Wheeler and my little Stinker. Wheeler died October 25th,2009 after an extended illness. Stinker died June 27th within 24 hours of being ill. It's terrible to lose a fur baby.

I'm sending you lots of hugs. You know I love you. emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 8/12/2011 11:59AM

    So sorry for your loss. It is never easy but in time, good memories will begin to replace the tears. Hugs.

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LASARRE 8/12/2011 11:23AM

    So sorry for your loss. Just remember she has crossed that Rainbow Bridge and is now happy and playing with the others that have crossed prior. emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 8/12/2011 11:17AM

    emoticonI know how you feel. We just put down our older sweet kitty about a month ago. She had a cancer that grew, didn't seem to bother her much, but it got so big it popped. THAT bothered her!

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ELIZRN 8/12/2011 11:06AM

  I've asked my son Michael to take her under his "wing"...she's going to have a grand time with all the rock climbers & the other dogs that accompany them. She brings a wonderful supply of love & that will multiply for all to share. elizRN

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2011 10:47AM

    AWWWWW . . . my sympathies on the loss of your beloved furbaby. It is so hard to let go, but when they're suffering, it is the kindest thing.


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PEACEFULONE 8/12/2011 10:46AM

    Love the photo! What a beautiful dog! So sorry for your loss! Treasure the memories of happy days with your sweetie pie.

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ADAJLIM 8/12/2011 10:31AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss but I agree totally with the others in rejoicing the time that you had with her! You did the right thing in putting her down and out of her misery. Continue going on those walks!!! emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 8/12/2011 10:20AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I tend to agree w/ johnmartinmiles: "don't cry because she is gone, rejoice because she was here."
You know you can talk w/ me anytime. I know there is a void there now. I am just glad she is not suffering anymore. Please have a good weekend. Crying is good. It's nature's way of releasing emotions. I cry too.
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    Don't cry because she is gone, rejoice because she was here!

Make it a Great Weekend!

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Having a Nina Simone Day

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Vegas Nerves.

I'm home from Vegas. Yes, July Vegas is emoticon. Home, apparently, was hotter. I have dead plants and bushes, dying grass, and the dog's belly is distended for unknown reasons. I think about that Sandra Bullock movie, 28 Days; how she went to rehab and her assignment was to simply take care of a plant, then she could graduate to a pet. Both dogs have ear infections (again). I was too busy to micromanage, and left it up to the daughter. At least the kid kept them alive.

I'm glad to be home. I emoticon my bed. emoticon

emoticonI've weeded for hours (weeds apparently love the heat).

emoticonMy walking neighbor has me back up at 6:30am instead of 7:30am to beat the heat. I wasn't ready for that after driving 19ish hrs, even a day later. I'm so tired. Started my TOM 12 days into cycle. THAT's unusual. Stress?

I was able to take Dad to his doctor. He's gnarly to tend to at this stage in his dementia. Mom prefers "Alzheimers" to "dementia" but regardless, he doesn't like to shower. My nephew, who lives with them, likes to get Dad to swim, but often Dad laughs he doesn't want to get wet. He made us late to the appt cause I couldn't get him out of the bathroom. He's in there forever, and has been for a couple of years. I had a laundry list of tests to ask doc for. It was like pulling teeth and the talking I had to do was ridiculous. Please, his bones hurt. Please do a thyroid TSH (at least - didn't dare ask for other thyroid tests), Vit D, DEXA scan to check osteoporosis, A1C & insulin, ferritin/iron panel, and B12, cholesterol, PSA etc. I called for a scan appt but they won't do them the same day, and I was leaving the following Monday. argh. The Vit B12, D, A1C & insulin didn't get done. Thyroid and PSA were high. Triglycerides were high at 209 (other chol was ok). Normal metabolic and CBC. Now learning about the prostate. One thing I read in a quick read, is that the body will try to slow down metabolically (lower thyroid output), to slow down cancer growth. His thyroid was 3.8 last year, now 5.something. When I brought up to doc that I thought thyroid TSH should be 1ish, he said that's for someone being treated, not UNtreated. *whatever* I need to pick my battles, and I had other skirmishes ahead.

Mom's surgery went well. Her knee, once turned inward, is now straight. For years she told docs that it pained her, that something needed fixing, but for years it went undone. This made her not use her leg and I think the muscles have atrophied; they don't stretch and the stiffness causes pain to use - she can't bend the new knee. She can't function, she says, without her pain meds (she also has sciatica, but I think peripheral neuropathy - both feet her toes are curling). She had to eat the way I prepared food, but what a fussy girl! It was annoying. And I say that as someone who is fussy - lol. I guess we like what we like and find comfort in our addictions :P. Still she likes aspartame water :P, bagels, butter and coffee for breakfast. She sees not how her food choices affect inflammation and pain. Or she chooses otherwise despite what I suggest.

One of her brothers died unexpectedly from an unnamed cancer and his wife has lung cancer, one has an acute leukemia of some kind, and another younger brother has lung cancer. I was there three weeks, and I think she was looking at this time as her vacation. She was still in bed and not moving around as much as she should be. I tried to not be Nurse Ratched, but it was hard. I have a friend whose mother is in hospice care. Her own mother hadn't showered for over a year and was pretty crusty in her dementia. Friend said her mom just loved on her. I wish I were as loving, but I was wanting more for mom than she could muster. I got stuck in that instead of the loving part. At one point I did have compassion and just stopped and held her hand. Who knows what she's thinking. She probably wanted a cig. LOL. (or not LOL).

I talked to mom's orthopedic surgeon quickly before the surgery about nightshade-free diet for osteoarthritis, and he said there's no money for diet studies (we said it the same time). I told him about my myxoid cyst and going nightshade free, but he said his hunch was that a person was to NEVER have had nightshades, that mine not reoccurring was likely a fluke.

I was busy sun up to sun down. I visited with oldie Vegas friends and got some "me time" for sanity. I got some boots from Nordies Rack for fall for more sanity. I started out walking daily 2 miles early in the morning, but by the end I hadn't walked for two or three days tying up loose ends. Then the car ride home: my left ankle was so swollen, and my right ankle started swelling, too. I took a baby aspirin and tried to move my lower limbs best I could thinking about DVTs.

DH has another job interview today. It's his third with the same company which is encouraging. We've been let down before, so my emotions are steady with this process now. Kid quit her full-time job to go to school full-time, and she just found a part-time job.

So Nina Simone. Was Youtubing around, and found her. She's a light, and I dig her energy. I can see her fierceness and I need some right now as I feel a bit deflated; trying to find my inner strength during this ebb as I know I'm gonna need it. There's MUCH to be thankful for. Even your boobies.

Feeling Good (SUCH a classic - love this right now):
.... it's a new day. Ba, ba ba, ba ba ... emoticon emoticon

Reading: Over My Head - A doctor's own story of head injury from the inside looking out.

Next: Nina Simone's autobiography: I Put a Spell on You. She died cause of her boobies. :(

emoticon emoticonI am coping by eating cherries and continuing with the walking. I know: too much sugar, not enough fiber.

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LUVDOGZ 8/12/2011 8:42AM

    You sure have been busy! Glad to see you back!

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CURLY916 8/10/2011 3:29PM

    I love Nina and she can definitely lift me up when I'm down. Hope things on the home front get straightened out now that you are back in charge.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2011 11:25AM

    Oh my gosh, I'd be drowning!!! I admire your spirit so much. Glad you had some ME time.

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CATIATM 8/10/2011 10:04AM

    Good Lord, woman! You sure do have a lot on your plate! I can see your spirit, bubbling up from the words. There are a lot of downers in your life right now, but I think you're strong enough to carry them. Still, remember your own needs and dreams and don't let them slip by the wayside amidst all the worries around you. emoticon emoticon

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    If you ever doubted your importance on the home front you now have concrete proof that you are necessary. LOL. When I get busy here everything deteriorates as well. I hate to hear about the dead plants as you know I am a plant lover. I also am an animal lover so hopefully everything is okay with your distended dog. Hopefully your pooch just missed you and ate too much.

While I was busy dealing with too much bull things got out of control here. I've been weeding too and am covered in chiggers. I bet our weeds are bigger than yours - LOL. We have some over 8 feet tall.

I'm so glad to be done with TOM- one of the advantages of being old. LOL. The entire concept sucks and I realized that almost immediately. I had my first period at 13 and wrote in my diary, "Today I am a woman............" Blah, blah, blah. My mom had tried to put a positive spin on it but by day 2 my diary read, "This sucks!!" And I ranted about it for until I was 46 and it ended. Good riddance.

For all the money the government sinks into Medicare tending to the elderly the seniors certainly don't get their money's worth. Like everything else most of the money is spent on administrative costs and when the patient or family wants something or needs something they want to cut costs " A bandaid? I don't know. We charge $3 for those."

Ugh on your mom's breakfast. Are you sure she is you biological mom??? LOL. Of course I can't talk because I spent years choking down oatmeal when I hated it because I thought it was good for me. ICK!!

Good grief. Please go ahead and be Nurse Ratched if it gets the elders to shower. There is no way I could deal with this. I take 2 baths a day even if I spend the entire time screaming in pain. I just can't stand stinky. My mother and grandparents were bathed - no excuses. I was stronger than them and would have rather drowned them then have them smell bad. LOL. No cigs either. Hey, I'm a b----. What do you expect.

Time to take care of yourself now.

I love cherries and eat them all the time. Enjoy them. They are good for you.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/10/2011 12:45AM

    whats nina got to do with this?? I met her in person. She was an awesome perfomer. She had some personal problems but who does not?

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EGRAMMY 8/9/2011 10:27PM

    You are so busy but thank you for sharing your blog anyway.

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CINDYTW 8/9/2011 3:41PM

  Wow! You have a lot going on as usual! Glad to see you back!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 8/9/2011 2:34PM

    So glad to hear from you!

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    Wow you are very busy!

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MARTHASPARKS 8/9/2011 1:33PM

    Wow, you are one busy lady. Dying because of boobies? Now I am going to have to read the Nina Simone book.

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Iodine and Hashimoto's

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Discussion here at Perfect Health Diet:
Part 1
Part 2

Interesting that they're talking about copper DEFICIENCY, when I know I have too much or an imbalance to zinc. I had a zinc and selenium deficiency (need to redo my Spectracell test to see how I'm doing). Selenium is important for the thyroid. Well, I know minerals are important for thyroid health, and that's one reason lectins have been banished from my diet. Not all lectins, because ALL foods have them, but know/understand your lectins(!):

Upshot you have some control over: KNOW your mineral status before supplementing anything. Spectracell Micronutrient Testing: .

You know what has lots of copper? Nuts and seeds. It could be why I felt tired after eating sunflower seeds. Going low on nuts and seeds is not just about 'fats' and 'fat ratios'. Anyway, too much copper, not enough zinc = fatigue. It's why I feel better eating beef (zinc) when I can or I need the protein. Ann Louise Gittleman has a great book about this.

Dr. K on iodine and Hashimoto's:

Mom called. I'm needed sooner than expected. Mid-July in Vegas here I come. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm still sore from my Saturday cross-fit workout. :P

Iodine Deficiency, thyroid, achlorydia, fibrocystic breasts + ... and Cancer:
iodine deficiency:
from same author/dr, another article:

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CAVEMOM 8/3/2011 3:36PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Some fuel for my research :)

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    As always, you've given me more to think about! Thank you for sharing!

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    You know I agree about the supplements. You should not take any unless you know you need them as they can be dangerous if used improperly.

That must have been quite a workout!!

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BUNDORIYAGYU 6/30/2011 11:46AM

    I have a son with Hashimoto's syndrome. I have been unable to find out much about it. Thank you for some insight. If you can refer me to any of your online resources it would be much appreciated. My son is 23 and often doesn't have much energy. This has also manifested itself in rather extreme vitiligo. I want to try to help the lad any way that I can.

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BOBF15 6/30/2011 10:48AM

    emoticon I learn something every time I visit your blogs, hope you manage in Vegas with your mom, and the heat, but... doubt OKC would be any better if at all.


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