*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments, and in MY OPINION they were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

February / March 2019 update - Sorry I've been absent (this is why)

February / March 2019 update:

Hi, everyone. As you may have noticed, I have been pretty absent from this site while I was trying very hard to save my friend Jane (who was like a Mother to me), after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I've been working on this post forever, and I'm sorry for the delay in posting this, but I feel like I've been on a rollercoaster that I couldn't get off for the last 9 months (longer than that, actually, but.... to describe the latter half as stressful, would be a grand understatement). 

I felt like I needed to give a really good explanation as to why I have been absent for so long, so that people could understand why I haven't been able to communicate as much as I (usually) wanted to. I used to have a lot more help, contacting people who got in touch with me, but lately it seems like everyone I know has been swamped (will explain more about this further down in this post).                                                                                                 

I have tried so many times, to write this post, but this was painful for me to write, and it always ended up turning into a damn novel I couldn't seem to shorten or finish. Honestly, for about a year and a half, I've had a hard time finishing a lot of projects. I think that's what happens when you are experiencing extreme anxiety. I don't know about you, but for me, anxiety = lack of focus, and I've been in anxiety overload.

Since about the time Jane started showing the first signs of a serious illness (the summer of 2017), I've been dealing with every negative emotion you can think of (in addition to anxiety). I could write a book about the reasons I was experiencing them all at once: sadness, depression, despair, frustration, guilt, anger, shame, fear, panic, and ultimately... I felt like a failure for not being able to save her.  Sadly, Jane passed away, and I've been trying to dig myself out of a very deep depression ever since. 

Jane had several different factors against her that I realize, would have made it just about impossible for her to beat her cancer. So I try to tell myself, I should focus on the fact that her life was extended, at least. Most people with cancer don't have all of those same factors going on, and some of them were HUGE. But I don't know if I will ever get over the fact that I wasn't able to help her turn things around for good. I still miss her every day.

It doesn't help that I feel like, I sort of made it my job, to give other people hope, but it's really hard to put on a smiley face when the bigger part of you just wants to crawl under a rock and cry. Like I said, Jane was like a mother to me in many ways, and losing her has left a huge hole in my heart.

As anyone trying to care for a loved one with late stage cancer has probably learned themselves: Cancer can be a vicious beast, and trying to turn someone around from it can be ALL CONSUMING. Especially if you're hell bent on saving a person's life, like I was. I assumed that because I was able to help my husband to recover from cirrhosis, then surely I must be able to do the same thing for Jane... but I was wrong, and it's been hard for me not to feel frustrated and defeated.  I had to give up a lot, to care for Jane. This blog is kind of like a ship I'd built, and when Jane got sick, I felt like I had to abandon the ship in order to try to save Jane... and myself. 

I need to point out that, if it wasn't for Jane, this "ship" never would have built at all.  It was because of Jane, that I moved to the place where I live, and if it weren't for that, I never would have met my husband (who was in the same city). Nor would I have been able to take the time to build this blog. So she really had to be my first priority, period.  

I had lived in Jane's house (a rental) for over a decade. She was our landlady, but she hated it when I called her that, because she knew she was more like family to me and my sisters. She was my Dad's best friend and partner, before he died, and she has spent more time supporting me (and my creative projects) than anyone ever has in my life. She didn't have any kids OR any family in the area, so I was the closest thing she had to a daughter, and I had to do everything I could, to save her. And sometimes, that meant like I had to work like a horse with blinders on, doing research, and anything else I could think of, that could help her turn things around. 

Trying to save Jane was like trying to prevent a massive tsunami, and I went from trying to save her life, to trying to save her house. I've spent the lasts few months trying to keep the house we're in, from going into foreclosure, and it's been a constant battle.

Quick note - I re-read this section below, and it made me go ugh, it REALLY needs some serious editing, but that would involve additional time I don't have right now. So if it seems like I'm going on and on about the same things, I apologize in advance. I don't mean to sound like Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, who makes me want to go Jesus Jimmy, stop complaining about needing donations.... either make Wikipedia a PAID-ONLY site, or use advertising, for god's sake. Nobody wants to hear you whine about your financial woes - just CHARGE THEM! And yet... here I am, doing kind of the same thing, because I'd LIKE to keep this site free to most people. 

If you've tried to get in touch...

Again, I want to sincerely apologize to anyone who has reached out to me, if you haven't heard back from me (or anyone else) yet. I tried to let people know that it might take a while for someone to get back to them, because I was usually unavailable (but I just didn't anticipate it would take so much longer than I expected, to get back to everyone). I did write on my blog that people who really wanted to talk to me, directly, could book an info session (during which I'm able to answer questions and explain things in more detail).  

For anyone who's tried to call me direct (without booking an info session): Why there are times when I CANNOT pick up the phone

I am still working very hard to get back on track and save Jane's house (the roof over my head) from foreclosure, and it's taking all my energy to do so. Please understand that I really LOVE talking to people and helping people. It's just that I can no longer afford to talk to people who call me direct (I apologize if you found my number online and I haven't been able to remove it yet). Someone with cirrhosis (or someone trying to deal with a family member who has it) needs a LOT of help, and there is just no way I can make that a 5 minute phone call. You cannot get off the phone with someone in a crisis, in less than half an hour (and honestly, it is usually more like 2 hours, when you add up the time I spend emailing them later). Which means that if I even pick up the phone at all, there is some urgent thing on my to-do list that won't get finished, which means there is some bill that probably won't get paid on time. 

I have always considered myself to be a high energy person, but I started to notice, last year, that when I get off the phone with a person who has cirrhosis (or a family member who does).... I only have half the energy as I did, before I got on the phone. I didn't notice this, at first, because I was usually so wired, I felt like I had energy to spare.  But after a while I started to realize, it was really hard not to absorb some of the anxious, frustrated energy of every person I talked to, in a crisis. And that "crisis energy" was starting to build back up, in me! If it was just one person, or five, or even 100, that would be one thing, but it wasn't. It is heartbreaking that doctors don't offer better solutions for people, but they don't, so there is never a shortage of people who really need help.  

Work vs. Volunteer Work

I am at a point right now, where every single thing I do, needs to be very clearly WORK-RELATED, and MOST of the work I have done, regarding this blog, has been volunteer work. Which I was happy to do in the past, but my family was NOT happy about it, and I can't blame them. I justified it for a long time, because I was helping people, and I remembered how frustrating it was, that there weren't a lot of people out there, who'd been through what I'd been through, when I DESPERATELY needed someone to talk to!

It feels wrong for me to not jump in and help people, because I know that the person I'm speaking with is usually going through a crisis. I've had people literally begging me to call them back, and a few people were in tears. NOT picking up the phone makes me feel like a horrible, mean person. But then that takes my crappy feeling to a whole new level, because I know I have already done a lot to help people for free, and feel like I don't deserve to feel like a bad person. I've spent at least a thousand hours working on this blog, so far. So in the back of my mind, I can't help feeling like... wait... I'm going through a huge crisis myself, and I've said this on the blog. Why are people asking me to just help them, if they're not willing to help me, in return? 

When being the Good Guy actually makes you The Bad Guy

When my parents were living together, when I was a kid, my father used to help a lot of people for little or no money. He wanted to be "the good guy" - and was always busy helping people, but not always getting paid for it. My parents fought about this, a lot, and now I understand why. My husband's ex wife is sooooo pissed at both me and my husband right now, because I don't get paid for a lot of the work I do, and that's been causing a HUGE financial strain on our family. I am starting to realize, I am repeating my Dad's pattern. 

I loved my Dad, but if I could go back in time and talk to him after he spent all day helping people while he wasn't getting paid, out of the goodness of his heart - while I was literally going hungry some days - I would have said, Dad: "You have NO BUSINESS helping someone who isn't helping YOU to support YOUR OWN FAMILY."

By writing this blog, I really felt like I was making an effort to help people, but if they needed additional support, I had to limit my time to just a handful of people, since I barely felt like I had 2 hours in a week, to spare. I didn't even have time for my own husband or family. I was so busy with helping people over the last 2 years (most of whom hadn't bought anything), I really neglected my family in a big way, and am trying to find ways to make it up to them. I hope the people reading this will be able to understand why I had to reserve my time for the people who were supporting me (by requesting a paid info-session), as much as I've tried to support them, by sharing resources on this blog that took me over 1000 hours to learn and write about.

When a loved one's illness takes you so far away from the things you need to do, to keep your own life afloat, you can find yourself in a state of panic, realizing that you literally do not have enough working hours in the day, to pay your own bills.
So, please believe me when I say, it wasn't that I didn't WANT to help the majority of people who contacted me. It was more so that there were days I felt like I couldn't even turn on my computer, because I was so overwhelmed, and knew that the more time I spent answering emails, the more I was going to keep sinking into a deep hole that was getting wider every day.

With everything going on with Jane, I've had very little time to work, so the time I did spend working was time that had to count (as if I was working at my old day job in corporate America). Every time I pick up the phone or send someone an email, it costs me money, in that it takes away from time I need to spend working (in other words, doing something that directly helps me keep a roof over my head).

This is a very awkward thing for me to talk about. I have a very deep-rooted belief that we are all here to help each other - and for whatever God forsaken reason, this used to make me feel like I should try to help everyone, for free, all the time. I think I got it in my head that this is somehow "normal," because - again - that's what my Dad used to do, and I often see my sister doing the same thing. But what happens when you set out to "save the world" is, your end up hurting your own family, in the process.  So I had to do a major priority adjustment, and I've made the conscious decision to help myself and my own family, before I can help anyone else. 

There is a LOT you can do to help yourself - please read the posts in the right column of my blog

I have said this before but I'll say it again.... My husband was was never just drinking detox water. He was always doing about a dozen different things at once, and we didn't even know about the water or the first few years after his initial diagnosis, so I'm hoping that everyone who's tried to get in touch, who hasn't gotten a callback about the water yet, has been able to make use of the many free resources I've provided on this blog, which helped my husband tremendously when he was first diagnosed in 2011, and when he went into the hospital again in 2013/2014. I actually had to pay good money to learn whether some of these things worked, or whether they didn't (and my husband had to be a guinea pig for the majority of it).

Some people who wanted additional information did book info sessions, but for anyone who did not: Again, I'm truly sorry if the people I'd asked to do callbacks, haven't been able to get in touch with you. It was ultimately my fault for not notifying people sooner, that a major backlog was developing, and that the people I'd hoped could help me, weren't able to get through the whole list. 

The woman who used to help me with calls and emails about the water, got very caught up at her other job, and she didn't have as much time to help me with all the calls and emails (there were other factors, but that was the main reason). She has been extremely helpful to me in the past, but the reality is... it takes 2 hours per person, to fully educate a person about the water, and to be honest, neither of us have had that kind of time, recently.

My private blog about the water

I spent several months building a private blog that I could use to educate people about the water, so they could read all about it on their own time. For a while, it was a great way to tell people all about the water, without having to spend hours talking on the phone, or sending emails. But for whatever reason, Blogger developed a glitch in the system that prevented many people from being able to get access. I think I *MAY* have finally figured out the solution, but for the last 9 months or so, it has been sooo frustrating. I contacted Blogger about it a few times, but never heard back from anyone, and my efforts to find the answer on how to fix this problem on my own, via a google search, yielded no results. 

So I felt like I had to send emails instead, and it literally takes about 12 emails per person, to properly educate someone about the water. I quickly found myself getting very behind in work, and feeling completely overwhelmed.  

My husband has tried to help me out, making calls to people who've requested info about the water, but he works 50 hours a week at his day job, and has to spend extra time with his kids lately (one of them is kind of going through a crisis). I gave him a list of people who needed callbacks, but he hasn't been able to get through the whole thing. He did make a lot of calls, but he has a really hard time emailing people, and that's a critical part of the process. My husband is a really smart guy, but he is also a really slow typist. Why touch typing is not a necessary class in every school is beyond me!

I have been wanting to hire someone to help me with calls and emails, but I have to be picky about who I choose. My goal has been to hire someone, and send an email to anyone who hasn't heard back from me, and ask them if they would mind if someone else contacted them with the information they may have requested (they would not see the details of your situation - I would remove that part).  

I even asked my two most trusted girl friends if they could help me, but they were going through their own crises as well!! I should point out that I live in area where it seems like, everyone I know is constantly scrambling to just keep a roof over their head. My husband and I often talk about moving to a nice, quiet farm, but we're still a ways away from being able to do that.

I would have just disabled the page about the water (or peoples' ability to request info), but over the years I have created soooo many links to the page, from all over the website (not anticipating I'd ever be going through this kind of situation where I found it so difficult to keep up), that I didn't feel like that would fix the problem, either. I've been trying to get all the info from my Blogger blog about the water, transferred over to a different website, because I don't know if I can trust Blogger's private blogs as a reliable resource in the future (even if I am hopeful that I've figured out how to fix the current glitch). It's such a big project, I didn't have the ability to get it all done in a timely manner. It's still not all transferred yet, but hopefully this post will hopefully explain to you what's been going on.

I have been trying to make some kind of affordable resource guide that people can purchase, that will have a lot of information that I have found to be helpful (organized in an easy to read format).  I CANNOT give medical advice, but I can share my research, and give my own personal theories about why certain things may have worked for my husband. I want to make it so that there's just one document (or blog) with info about the water and other things my husband has been doing. I do feel like it's important to see the whole picture, because the water is not a CURE for anything. There is no magic "fix all" product I've ever seen. My husband was always doing about 10-12 things at once... it's just that, it seemed like the water appears to have helped him with detoxification, better than anything else I've ever seen.

In my strong opinion, there are four major elements of health, that have to be addressed, in order for a person to truly heal from cirrhosis, and I plan to talk about these things in my resource guide (I do talk about them on the private blog I made for people who book info sessions, so if you book one, you can read about it).

If you want to do your own research on the water...

For a long time, I wasn't willing to talk to people about this water at all, unless I knew I'd be able to explain it in detail, and just giving "a little bit of info" STILL makes me feel uneasy. Please understand that I am strictly prohibited from listing the the name of the company that makes the water we drink, on this public blog (same for the company that makes the PEMF machines).

I know there are some people who insist they just want to do their own research, and they can get annoyed with me for not giving them more detail. But there are a lot of people who - even if I told them what brand my husband uses, they would want to do the opposite of what I say, anyway!  Some people have said to me, "Just tell me what it is, so I can do my own research!" So....  for those people who just want to go straight to google, this information is for you:

The water my husband drinks is antioxidant water, and you can do a TON of research on it! There will be NO SHORTAGE of different types of antioxidant water you can learn all about, right now!
If you start your research today, you will be able to get it in your hands WAY sooner than we were able to (we only learned about it after my husband had been in recovery for over a year).

I am 100% confident that the brand we got is the best deal, based on the research I've done (and believe me, I have done a LOT), but it's also important that you feel confident that you've done your own research, and that you feel confident in your own decision.

Why In-Depth Research is CRITICAL

Please believe me when I say, if a person tells you the name of a type of water that's worked for them, but they do not give you a VERY THOROUGH education about this water, they are doing you a huge disservice.  And unfortunately, half the companies you will find online, that promote this type of water, will not give you a real education about it (though they have really good marketing materials that will make it appear as if they are thoroughly educating you). But you would not believe what is left out of those materials.  

Just giving a person half an education about the water is kind of like handing someone an envelope that appears to contain a trip for a vacation to a beautiful foreign country.... but you're really just handing them a one way ticket, without a hotel room. After they arrive, their tour guide bails on them, and they have no idea what to do. They don't realize, their trip is about to turn into somewhat of a nightmare because they're unfamiliar with the territory, and are going to have to spend all their "vacation time" trying to figure things out. 

Most people don't understand anything about this type of water, when they first learn about it. It's foreign to just about everyone. And many companies who make it, take full advantage of this fact. They know that, when someone doesn't know the territory, it's very easy for people to believe everything they say, because they will believe the people who look the most trustworthy. I learned, the hard way, that the companies that looked the most trustworthy, were the ones that were telling me the biggest lies. And sadly, many people have fallen for what they say (but they don't realize they got scammed, until several months after they've already made a purchase). 

Part of the reason I started to burn out 

I have had a lot of people contact me, asking me about the water, and I'd spend hours with some of them on the phone... sometimes doing conference calls with their family, and sending over a dozen emails!  But then.... they didn't actually look at all the materials I sent.  Many people would just disappear into the wild blue yonder, and when I'd never hear back from them again, I just cringed, knowing that some of them had probably fallen for one of those deceptive companies. Most people are only able to make ONE purchase, and if they find out later, that they made a purchase that wasn't actually working for them, they were stuck with it (some companies give false guarantees and warranties that aren't actually honored).

Sometimes, people would contact me to say that they'd fallen for what those other companies said (aaagh) and they had made a purchase that they regretted, but now were ready to get the same type of water we have (every once in a while, a person can afford to make 2 purchases, but it's not common). Again...  I used to feel really guilty about this (and somewhat responsible), because I felt like it was partly my fault that they'd wasted a lot of money.  I'd always think, how could I have made those materials faster and easier to read, so they actually WOULD read what I sent??  Or did they just not believe what I was saying?

So, I really made a huge effort to make the materials easier and faster to read (or at least, skim through), over the years. But still... there is only so much I have time to do. If a person still isn't going to look at all the information I've put together.... that's on them, not me.  Educating oneself about this water DOES require a lot of education.... but it's WORTH IT! And I've made an effort to condense the info in such a way so that most people could probably make a decision in about 2 hours (vs the 2 weeks it took me, to make up my mind).

I know all this probably sounds overly dramatic, but I have seen too many people end up in worse situations when they're not fully educated about the different types of water that are out there. The biggest mistake people make, is when they find materials that claim to be educational, and they have no idea that half that stuff is made up. It's sooooooo hard to believe (I didn't believe it, either), but I've found resources that can show you what's real, and what's not. 

If you still want information about the water...

If you want to know more details about the water, you can still fill out a contact form, but like I said earlier... please understand that I'm still getting through this backlog. I am planning to hire someone to help me, soon.  Please know that I will probably not be the person who calls you on the phone (I've been able to make a few exceptions when I had time, but I just don't have enough time to do it on a regular basis). I will not share your personal details with the person who ends up helping me - just your name and contact info. I do speak to other people (without cirrhosis) about the water, so the person going through the list I give them will not know your story, or what condition you have (they wouldn't be able to talk to you about anything besides the water, anyway). But in the event that you do buy a machine, I will know who you are and what's going on with you, and I'd love to talk to you about your situation at that time, if you'd like. 
If you want to book an info session...

I still do have some time to do a couple of info sessions every week (I typically end up spending a few hours with each person, when you add up the time it takes to do email follow ups as well). Because of the time it takes, I'm not going to be able to keep doing these info-sessions for long. There are SO many things I put on hold in the last 5 years, that I really need to get back to (including spending time with my own family). So, as soon as I can come up with a more efficient way to share what I've learned, I'm going to stop doing the live calls, and will just reserve my time for people who've gotten machines from us.  Those who get any type of machine from us, can also speak with my husband, if you'd like to, and have any specific questions for him : ).

Again... thank you.

I want to give my sincere thanks to everyone who showed some patience and understanding while I've been going through this crisis. I'm truly sorry to have let some people down while I've been trying to get my own oxygen mask on. It hasn't been firmly affixed for a long, long time, and I'm going to try to put it on, and keep it on, this year. When I do, I want to help as many people as I can.

When life throws adversity in our direction, it might take us down for a while, but it's up to us, to learn from those bad experiences, and try to figure out how we can use those bad experience as fuel, to make our lives better (and hopefully, the lives of those around us). While you're going through your own struggles, I hope you will be able to find some useful information in this blog, and when you're able to find something that works for you, I hope you will take the time to share it with others.



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Congratulations to my Hubby, for 5 years of Sobriety!

I just wanted to do this quick post to congratulate my husband on 5 years of sobriety.  I haven't had time to do a lot of posting lately, since I'm taking care of a friend with late stage cancer, but my husband is very proud of his sobriety, as he deserves to be. 

He quit drinking completely, 5 years ago - just before his birthday. Unfortunately, we learned the hard way that quitting is just the first step in recovering from cirrhosis, but it's a HUGE step, and 5 years is truly an amazing feat. I'm so proud of him, and want to thank him for having the strength to quit... and for the fact that I never have to worry about him getting a DUI!

For those of you who are still wondering if you should quit drinking, I assure it is WORTH IT, and I can assure you that your sobriety will improve the quality of life not just for yourself, but just about everyone around you!

Congratulations honey. You did good and I'm very proud of you : ). Thank you for letting me share your story, and I hope it will continue to inspire others.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A really fast, easy way to get lots of nutrition into your body

Since my husband had incredible results with taking Visalus supplements in 2011, I have recommended Visalus products to many, many people (the shakes and also the Visalus Vi Pak vitamins). I swear, this stuff made a huuuge difference in his health!! 

Well, in February of this year, I talked to a man from New Orleans who had inquired about the water, and in telling me about it, he mentioned some of the things that seemed to help him with his cirrhosis, and he swore by this nutritional supplement he'd been taking, called "Vemma."

Vemma Mangosteen Plus with Essential Minerals Two 32 Oz Bottles

Now, this guy RAVED about the stuff, but he wasn't even selling it, NOR could he even tell me how to get it!  It was like, some distributor had told him about it, and he got on the auto ship through the company, but then he didn't know how to even get ahold of the distributor anymore, but it worked really, really well for him.

I did some googling and found the company, and kept meaning to order it for my husband, since he feels that the Visalus vitamins are a bit pricey, but I never got around to it, and kept losing the link for the stuff.

Well, as some of you guys know, I am caring for a friend with stage 4 cancer, and she has been drinking the Visalus shakes, but she feels that they are too thick for her, and she doesn't like anything that is too sweet, so she really wants something that's easier to take. She has lost WAAAY too much weight, so I was desperate to order this stuff for her today.

I dug around my notes for the name of this stuff, and tried to order it online. I got so frustrated, because their website was just too confusing for me (the Visalus website is the same way!)

I tried to add this 2 pack of the Vimma liquid supplement (what the guy in New Orleans told me about), but after I placed the item in my cart, I couldn't find where the shopping cart WAS, so I couldn't even figure out how to check out!

So, I gave up and started googling for a local distributor, and couldn't even seem to find someone. So I kept looking, and lo and behold, I discovered that you can buy this stuff on Amazon! Not only will it be faster to arrive, but I'm going to save 40 bucks!!! Normally it's over $100 through the official company site, but it's about $67 (with tax AND shipping) through Amazon.

See, this is why Amazon is putting so many people out of business. I do feel a little bit guilty buying this kind of thing via Amazon because that makes it more difficult for distributors to make a living, doing what they do, and truth be told, distributors for these kinds of sites are not "supposed to" sell on eBay or Amazon.

But I WOULD HAVE ordered it through the regular site if 
a) I could have just FOUND SOMEONE, locally, who was willing to sell it, and 
b) If their website wasn't so darn confusing!

Anyway, I thought I'd mention this stuff to you guys, I've been meaning to do a post about it, but it's fallen to somewhere in the middle range of an extremely long to-do list. 

I will let you know how it goes, with this stuff. 


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Study finds no amount of alcohol is safe to drink

My husband told me he wanted to share this with his kids. So I thought it was worth posting, here.

Monday, August 13, 2018

One more reason why it's important to EXERCISE when you have cirrhosis

I can't tell you what to do, and you should check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise regimen. But I have to say, it truly seems like the people who exercise and work out, seem to be the ones who get the best recovery results when they have cirrhosis.


J Appl Physiol (1985). 2000 Jan;88(1):41-6.

Intense exercise stimulates albumin synthesis in the upright posture.


We tested the hypothesis that an elevation in albumin synthetic rate contributes to increased plasma albumin content during exercise-induced hypervolemia. Albumin synthetic rate was measured in seven healthy subjects at 1-5 and 21-22 h after 72 min of intense (85% peak oxygen consumption rate) intermittent exercise and after 5 h recovery in either upright (Up) or supine (Sup) postures. Deuterated phenylalanine (d(5)-Phe) was administrated by a primed-constant infusion method, and fractional synthetic rate (FSR) and absolute synthetic rate (ASR) of albumin were calculated from the enrichment of d(5)-Phe in plasma albumin, determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. FSR of albumin in Up increased significantly (P < 0.05) from 4.9 +/- 0.9%/day at control to 7.3 +/- 0.9%/day at 22 h of recovery. ASR of albumin increased from 87.9 +/- 17.0 to 141.1 +/- 16.6 mg albumin. kg body wt(-1). day(-1). In contrast, FSR and ASR of albumin were unchanged in Sup (3.9 +/- 0.4 to 4.0 +/- 1.4%/day and 74.2 +/- 8.9 to 85.3 +/- 23.9 mg albumin. kg body wt(-1). day(-1) at control and 22 h of recovery, respectively). Increased albumin synthesis after upright intense exercise contributes to the expansion of greater albumin content and its maintenance. We conclude that stimuli related to posture are critical in modulating the drive for albumin synthesis after intense exercise.

Berkson Study: Adverse Effects of High Doses of Intravenous Alpha Lipoic Acid on Liver Mitochondria

I've heard that too much ALA can damage your mitochondria, but this is the first time I've seen the study he did, that says this.

I'm a HUGE fan of the Berkson protocol, and truly feel that it saved my husband's life, but I also know that too much ALA can damage the mitochondria (he says so in this interview on THIS PAGE). But this is the study that shows it.  

Thought I should post it here.  The link is below.


Adverse Effects of High Doses of Intravenous Alpha Lipoic Acid on Liver Mitochondria

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA, thioctic acid), among other actions, is an essential coenzyme in the conversion of pyruvate to acetyl co-enzyme A. Therefore, it is necessary for the production of energy for aerobic organisms. Scientists have found that it can be used medically to help regenerate liver tissue, reverse the complications of diabetes mellitus, slow or stop the growth of cancer cells, and chelate heavy metals, among other actions. In this article, the authors describe the cellular mitochondrial damage from excessively high doses of this beneficial agent. LESS

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stuff that really comes in handy when you're stuck in a hospital

I've stayed in the hospital way too many times over the last 5 years. First, with my husband... we were doing the tour de hospitale, in our area, for a 1-month period between Dec. 2013 and January 2014. He stayed at three different hospitals!  And then again, in May, I stayed at the hospital with my friend with stage 4 cancer, and faced the same challenges.

I was very lucky that I had a flexible schedule and didn't have a full time job, and was able to stay with both my husband and my friend with cancer, almost every hour. I also got lucky in that there was usually an extra bed or cot for me to sleep on.

You start to feel like a personal assistant, constantly on the phone, calling different doctors and nurses and alternative practitioners and trying to figure out what were the best things you can do, to save your loved one from death. In addition, you are constantly updating friends and family members, via email, phone and social media, to let them know how your loved one is doing.

When you're in this position, you face a lot of technological challenges. Your cell phone keeps dying, your cell phone charger isn't strong or fast or long enough, or you have terrible reception at the hospital.

Today, I found myself composing an email to a client who's husband is in the hospital, and I told her I was thinking of turning these recommendations (in her email) into a blog post, since I've been wanting to do this for a while.

So, I'm copying and pasting what I wrote to her (this is what I'd write to anyone with a loved one in the hospital, as we all seem to face the same challenges, trying to stay connected and wired, so we can be on the phone at any time).


I totally get it that it's frustrating to make calls from the hospital. The cell reception was terrible when I was staying at the hospital to help my friend with cancer, and so was my internet connection, and I was constantly facing a dying cell phone.
It definitely helps to have a morphie when you're in the hospital.  I'm thinking of getting one of these morphies, shown below, because it's so cheap ($100 off!) and seems to have the best reviews out of the ones I looked at.  I think I might put this info (below) in a blog post (been meaning to do that for a while) because so many people experience the same issues while they're staying with their loved ones in the hospital!!

This is a morphie (you may already have one). It really helped my cell phone to keep from dying, and I think I'm going to order this today because it looks like it's on a huge discount today and has good reviews.
I was really, really glad I ordered these LONG (six foot) charging cables (below), because it wasn't always easy to find an outlet that was close enough so I could comfortably sit in a chair while I was trying to charge my phone. And it was nice to be able to give one to my friend, as well. While she was in a hospital bed, she really liked having a long cable that didn't always feel too short for her to be able to hold her cell phone comfortably (if the cell phone cable is too short, you'll have to hold it at an awkward angle)

This one is 6 feet, is great quality, charges fast, and it's really cheap. I think the price went down even more since I got mine, so I might get another pair.

Micro USB Cable, Powerman Android Charger Micro USB Cables [2Pack,6.6Ft] Nylon Braided Fast Charging Cord for Android, Samsung, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, Kindle, Motorola, Sony, LG (Grey/Black)

I wish I could think of something that would give you better CELL RECEPTION, but I don't know of anything that is EASY and uncomplicated to use. I did consider getting something like THIS, but because I'm not very good with technical stuff I decided to pass. Somebody more technical than me could probably figure it out, but I could see myself just getting a headache : D

I am going to order this charger (below) today because I am constantly trying to charge different devices at the same time, and never seem to have enough outlets!! Today was the last straw, when my cell phone died, and I knew that if I could have just kept it charged while I had been on the phone, I wouldn't have dropped the call I was on. 

Universal Travel Power Adapter - EPICKA All in One Worldwide International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power USB and 3.0A USB Type-C For USA EU UK AUS Cell Phone Tablet Laptop (Grey)

Also, keep in mind that cell phone radiation really CAN damage your cells and cause cancer (don't believe me? Look at the picture below, and then the videos).


You may want to consider getting an EMF protective cell phone case, for yourself and particularly for your loved one who is very sick and shouldn't be exposed to more oxidative stress

I bought a PONG case years ago and loved it, but the plastic crumbled after a few years. For the last 2 years I've been foolishly going without an EMF protection case, trying to not hold it in my hand or close to my head (but doing a poor job of following this rule, as I can't hear people in my loud car without holding it close to my ear). 

I notice my hand actually feels NUMB when I hold the phone for too long. If you look at images of what the cell phone radiation does to the body while you're holding it, it's pretty scary, so in my opinion, this is well worth the $40 investment, especially because I am on the phone A LOT.

Anyway, I am finally going to get one of these. I'd get another PONG case but can't seem to find one for my current phone.  This one had really good reviews, so I'm going to try it out.

 SafeSleeve GS6Bl Case Galaxy S6 Cell Phone Radiation Blocker and RFID, Black


Protect yourself, people!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Carvacrol (from Oreganol Oil) showing promise for healing Gastric Ulcers???

Whoah. You learn something new every day. 

I never would have thought this would be true, since oregano oil is a very strong type of oil that burns if you get it on your skin. So maybe they're just talking about the carvacrol extract (though I haven't looked into whether there is such a thing). But I had to share this, as I'd think many readers of this blog could find this interesting.

J Med Food. 2012 Nov;15(11):984-91. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2012.0102. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activities of carvacrol, a monoterpene present in the essential oil of oregano.


This study reports a pharmacological evaluation of anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer activities of carvacrol, a phenolic monoterpene constituent of essential oils produced by oregano and other several aromatic plants and spices, in experimental models of edema induced by different phlogistic agents and gastric lesions induced by acetic acid. In models of paw edema induced by dextran or histamine, carvacrol was effective at 50 mg/kg (46% and 35%, respectively); in these models, cyproheptadine reduced edema formation (61% and 43%, respectively). In edema induced by substance P, carvacrol (100 mg/kg) and ruthenium red (3 mg/kg) also decreased the edema formation (46% and 40%, respectively). Carvacrol significantly reduced the ear edema induced by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol acetate and arachidonic acid at 0.1 mg per ear (43% and 33%, respectively), similar to indomethacin at 0.5 mg per ear or 2.0 mg per ear (55% and 57%, respectively). Carvacrol (at doses of 25, 50, and 100 mg/kg) showed a healing capacity on gastric lesions induced by acid acetic (60%, 91%, and 81%, respectively) after 14 days of treatment. These results suggest that carvacrol acts on different pharmacological targets, probably interfering in release and/or synthesis of inflammatory mediators, such as the prostanoids, and thus favoring the healing process for gastric ulcers.
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