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2/14/11 12:50 P

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Thanks! I'm done with the antibiotics now and have a lot more energy.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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2/10/11 5:08 P

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Holy Smokes Ellen! What a story. So sorry that you have been through that. Yes, your UTI is more complex and I am SO GLAD you are under the care of a trustworthy professional.
Best of health real soon to you
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/10/11 5:01 P

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I haven't heard of D-mannose, but I'll have to look into it. I have the option to see a holistic urologist, but she's never recommended D-mannose. She is adamant that cranberry would only make my symptoms worse. Cranberry can actually be too hard on the lining of the urinary tract. It can cause fissures that make you more prone to infection, but it does work for some people.

I'm especially prone to infections because my ureter ruptured after a mistake during a hysterectomy and I almost lost a kidney. When my ureter was reattached, there was little left, so instead of looping to prevent backwash, mine is a straight line with a smaller bladder. I was really lucky that I got an incredible surgeon with the holistic urologist assisting.

I had to have catheters in my kidney and bladder for months, so I suspect that I probably have lots of scar tissue too. I'm just glad that I have both kidneys.

I did a quick check on D-mannose and it does work for uncomplicated UTI's. Unfortunately, I seem to be prone to staph infections. I initially got them from the kidney catheter and the first urologist that I saw ignored my complaints. After 6 weeks, I found the holistic urologist and she immediately diagnosed me with a staph infection. Even the infectious disease specialist that I had to see didn't catch it. Everyone else thought that since I was on Levaquin and sulfa drugs, that I couldn't have an infection. Live and learn!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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2/10/11 4:20 P

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Carbo, have you heard of D-mannose? This is a powerful, natural cure for UTI. I am so sorry to hear that you are on a strong antibiotic. I don't know how much you know about UTI therapy outside of conventional medicine so I don't want to come off sounding "know-it-all". I know some stuff and have had a few rounds with bladder infections and know of a little girl who had severe chronic UTI who was cured (after a long battle using antibiotics) with D-mannose and cranberry capsules (not cranberry juice which is mostly sugar and can make the problem worse)
Just thought I'd mention it.

Your dogs are lucky to get those raw chicken leg quarters. Hopefully you will get something even better for them soon. Some people will shrink from the idea of feeding dogs chicken bones. What they don't know, and what we are not told, is that raw bones don't splinter like cooked bones do. Foxes and coyotes never have any trouble eating raw birds!!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/10/11 2:29 P

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Ok, now you have me motivated to clean out the freezer. By the time I get the beef, it will be warm enough to toss the dogs outside with their meaty bones. Poor things are getting mostly $.59 a pound chicken leg quarters from Walmart.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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2/10/11 2:14 P

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We used to get organic grass fed beef in some stores, but they couldn't keep it in stock and gave up. Since we live in cattle country, I suspect a lot of people are just buying local whole cows. Time for me to do the same.

Just got back from the doc and I'm on Cipro for a UTI. No wonder I've been so grouchy and tired lately. I'll have to eat lots of yogurt next week.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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2/10/11 2:12 P

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Oh Carbo, that is such a good thing!! When I get my freezerful of beef they always throw in a huge box of bones for me--for free. I also get tons of liver and heart because hardly anybody else wants it. My doggys get that too--raw! I use to feed my dogs all raw meat when I could afford it but...anyway, next beef delivery they will be getting the bones, liver and heart every day again. They sure do love those meaty bones.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/10/11 2:05 P

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I definitely can't afford to buy beef that way. Our city allows chickens, so I'm going to see what it would cost to build a chicken coop this summer. I need to empty my freezer and then split a cow with my daughter. That would be an improvement as local beef is mostly grass fed. I'm sure the dogs would love to eat the bones and offal, etc. Feeding the dogs RAW is straining the budget, but they are healthier.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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2/10/11 2:00 P

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My grocer actually sells grass-fed, organic beef. It's EXPENSIVE. I do buy it occasionally, but I don't actually eat that much beef. I LOVE it, it's just more calorie dense than chicken or seafood is all....

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2/10/11 1:03 P

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I have seen palm oil in the store. It isn't labeled "red" palm oil, just "palm oil" and it is decidedly red in color.

Yes, for most people getting grass fed beef truly is impossible unless you can afford to buy it on-line and have it shipped. There are several websites that offer it. I get my beef and milk from a neighbor who gives some grain to his animals yet they are out in the grassy fields all day, every day munching on what they are meant to eat. The lady that I get my eggs/chicken from also gives grain to her chickens but she mixes up the grain formula herself from all organic ingredients and lets her chickens free range on the grassy ground all day long. I suppose some hard-core grass-only enthusiasts would feel these methods aren't pure enough but for me, considering the supermarket alternatives this is GREAT!

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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/10/11 8:35 A

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Spark is sponsored by Lean Cuisine! lol

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2/10/11 3:06 A

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On the news tonight, they talked about how much healthier the eggs are now than they were just a year ago. It would be nice to get an egg from a chicken that's not fed grain, but where would you find such a thing? Even my brother's chickens are fed grain. As for grass-fed beef, that's another extremely rare commodity.

But it's nice to know that I should be cooking with coconut oil instead of olive oil. Have you ever seen red palm oil in a store?

I just wish Spark People had better info on nutrition.

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2/9/11 10:09 P

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It's always good to look again at the fat/oil issue and get it straight.
drbenkim.com/articles-fat.html

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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