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A different form of alternative health care - a beacon of hope?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I just heard a report about this website on NPR (National Public Radio) which can be found on their website. It is about crowdmed.com which is a very different way of diagnosing difficult medical problems that people have tried to get help for without success.
I'm curious is anyone has used this.
The basic level is free, several others cost money, but possibly less than many local physicians would charge.


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GLC2009 12/17/2014 4:30AM

    never heard of it til now. i took a peak. what a great idea!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/16/2014 9:39PM

    Thanx! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/16/2014 9:12PM

    Crazydog, I think it's a group of experts consulting with one patient, but will have to check it out more.

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ADMIT2ACCEPT 12/16/2014 9:11PM

    Nope, never heard of it, but it does sound interesting.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 9:09PM

    Heard of it, but don't know the dynamics, except that it's a group of patients (with basically the same problems) sitting together with a Dr.

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VEG954 12/16/2014 9:08PM

  Never heard of it.

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The local food movement - please help it survive!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I don't often get very political, but this one affects our only source of truly quality food other than home-grown:


Please pass this on to as many people as possible if you agree so big business does not win.


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MRTHING2000 12/17/2014 4:42AM

    The farmer's markets here are fantastic, and a local grocery store actually buys direct from the field--'not so pretty apples' with the leaves occasionally on them. But they beat the heck out of the supermarkets on price and quality, and those really count. Tired of Frankenfood!

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BTRFLYDOG 12/16/2014 3:13PM

    Will do1

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 2:37PM

    Thank you. Will pass it on.

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Why buying organic is not the answer, buying local is!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The short answer is this: there is too little oversight by the government to make sure that organic standards are followed by the "organic" factory farms.
Buy from local producers where you can visit the farm whenever possible.
Here is a link to many fly-over photos that show what life really looks like for the animals:

There are dozens of photos from both poultry and cattle/dairy operations.

Small farmers need our support or they can not supply us with food any more. They are our only hope for healthy food.


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ADMIT2ACCEPT 12/16/2014 9:12PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing

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VEG954 12/15/2014 8:08PM

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PENSFRIEND 12/15/2014 9:44AM

    Will do! Thank you! :-)

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SUNSHINE6442 12/15/2014 7:10AM

  Thanks for the link.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/15/2014 1:57AM

    very good point!! We do buy local at our Co-op. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 12/14/2014 10:01PM

    Yes! emoticon and emoticon !

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SWEETPEA20121 12/14/2014 7:28PM

  I couldn't agree more. Products in the grocery store are not 100% organic even when they have the organic label.

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VEG954 12/14/2014 6:27PM


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COOP9002 12/14/2014 2:45PM

    good word

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NORWOODGIRL 12/14/2014 2:36PM

    I agree. Thanks for the reminder.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2014 12:11PM


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Calorie-focused thinking - can it be harmful?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I will let you judge for yourself after reading this journal article:


I thought the table on page 4 (fig.2) was a great summary of the distinction between calorie-based thinking and more nuanced thinking.


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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/4/2014 5:04PM

    I think Dr Lustig feels similar about this! Very interesting! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2014 3:15PM

    Thank you for this information

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ROSEWAND 12/4/2014 12:20PM

    My experience even more than my judgement leads
me to completely concur with this assessment.

I was fortunate to find the seminal book "The Good
Calorie Diet" over twenty years ago. A book based
on sound medical research even then that focused
on shifting eating patterns to healthy low glycemic
foods and away from calorie counting.

Even then the research was indicating that the
most important factor in weight control was
managing insulin response.

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BTRFLYDOG 12/4/2014 11:25AM

    I have to agree with Norwoodgirl having done Weight Watchers myself. I lost weight on the program, but ultimately put it back on because I did not focus on eating healthy calories. In this world of over processed foods, we need to focus on eating more whole healthy foods. There are a several good articles on the Spark People sight giving a visual of what say 100 calories look like.
Thanks for sharing the article. We all need a reminder from time to time.

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MRTHING2000 12/4/2014 5:26AM

    Yep, its true that a calorie isn't a calorie. Sure, they all have the same basic unit of energy but they have different metabolic impacts. A sugar calorie spikes insulin, a fat one doesn't. So fat has more calories but less metabolic impact. For the LC'ers that is a huge problem if we don't watch carbs.

Sugar carbs are way worse than complex carbs because not only do both of them spike blood sugar, but simple (sugar) carbs spike it much sooner and leave us feeling low and empty so we go back and eat even more.

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SUNSHINE6442 12/4/2014 4:57AM

  Great Article. Thank you for sharing. I agree withPJB149 that not all calories are not created equal.

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MARITIMER3 12/4/2014 2:05AM

    Makes sense, I think, but complicated. I do believe that calories from less-processed foods are better for us, health-wise, than calories from highly refined foods.

Calories are just one of the many factors we have to consider when trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

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LJCANNON 12/4/2014 12:44AM

    emoticon Great Article! Thanks!!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/3/2014 10:55PM

    Interesting. I don't subscribe to the 'calorie is a calorie' rule. I watched my (now-ex) d-i-l follow the Weight Watchers point system. On days when she wanted to indulge, she ate nothing - but drank alcoholic coolers to fill her quota of points. How could those calories benefit her health?

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PJB149 12/3/2014 9:34PM

    If you are not factoring in the nutrient value of food and just doing straight calorie counting, I think that would be harmful.

Yes, a calorie is a calorie but all calories are NOT created equal. That's my take on it.

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LDL your new best friend - could this be?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Yes, you read that right. There is very good scientific evidence that LDL cholesterol is not only not a problem but is actually helpful for good health.
This is a link to Dr. Perlmutter's blog, the author of "Grain Brain".
His blog links to the research study published in the journal "Neurology" that this new information is based on.
Please judge for yourself:

I can only say that my personal experience lines up with this finding. Feel free to discuss


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MOVING_ARLENE 11/29/2014 10:24AM

    I saw this last night on Dr. Perlmutter's FB page. I totally agree -- my drs don't!

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SUNSHINE6442 11/29/2014 8:14AM

  Great Article ..Thanks

My doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol meds, even when my Triglycerides were low, but I lowered my Cholesterol by logging my foods and staying under 200MG of Cholesterol Daily, most days and I mean most I am under 100MG.
I eat lots of nuts, veggies and red meat only 2X per month
I have lots of info saved on Cholesterol and if anyone needs it just ask me.

I changed Doctors too.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/28/2014 8:54PM

    I have to admit that your heading sure peaked my interest - and I'm grateful. Interesting article. Thanks.

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GODZDESIGN95 11/28/2014 6:35PM

    If this is true then why do dr push cholesterol meds? profit for the pharmacy? YES!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/28/2014 2:21PM

    This is great!! Love his updated website too! Thanks Birgit emoticon

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COOP9002 11/28/2014 1:44PM

    thanks for sharing this info.

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