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Subject:Same ol', same ol'
Time:04:18 pm

Looking back through my 'recent' posts, I see that a year ago I was in the same place I am now.  No shock.

I'm still on Facebook too much.

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Subject:Wonderful entry from Quora
Time:10:08 am

I'm sick of paying for everyone else's kids to go to school. Why can't people without children pay smaller amounts of school tax than people with children?

Supurb answer, by Isaiah Tanenbaum

Once there was a man named Honi. He came upon an old man planting a carob tree.

“How long does a carob tree take to produce fruit?” Honi asked.

“Seventy years,” the old man replied.

“You idiot!” cried Honi. “Why are you wasting your time planting a tree whose fruit you will never see?”

“When I was born,” replied the old man, “the world was full of carob trees, planted by the people who came before me. So I plant this, so that my descendants and their neighbors might enjoy trees, as I did.”

And he went back to planting.
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In hell, everyone is seated before a table filled with delicious food. Every kind of food they could imagine, right before their eyes. But to everyone’s hands are tied long spoons. And try as they might, nobody can feed themselves, because the spoons are too long to bring the food to their mouths. So they make a mess of everything, and spill food all over themselves.

Truly, a place of desolation, sadness, and want.

In heaven, everything is exactly the same. However, instead of trying and failing to feed themselves, they use the spoons to feed one another. And everyone has enough to eat.
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Subject:CCWS Day ---- does it matter anymore?
Time:06:08 pm
So I meant to really keep track of this, but I had to go to the Renn Faire (http://www.sterlingfestival.com/) July 29th, which completely wrecked me.

I mean, it's a great Faire. Many people say it's the best one in the country, but - 1. I've been to it so often I could almost say the lines myself, and 2. I'm just not in shape to be running up and down that hill! Although I greatly enjoyed the barrel ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8NtXYN74Wk - go see the video. That operator was fun to watch!

Anyhow, when it came time to leave, it took me an hour to climb back up the hill and get to the car. I had my crutches, but it wasn't enough. I used my friend's scooter last year, which was easier on me, but it took two men to push it back up the hill.

I will not be going next year. I'm really still recovering.

All that aside, I've kept on track with the CCWS. By Day 5 I was coughing and congested, which is the desirable result (for me), and disgusting as hell. I'm still coughing, which is good. The phlegm that comes up is the dead candida. It's also good (I think), that I'm nowhere near as congested as I was when I went through this the first time. Which I assume means that the candida wasn't as entrenched as it was then. And indeed it shouldn't be.

Unfortunately, I still haven't completely kicked the sugar craving. If I still have it when I finish the protocol, I'll have to take other steps. I've already bought Hoodia, which has helped in the past.
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Subject:Happy Birthday echoharmony
Time:07:31 pm
Hope it was a great one!
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Subject:CCWS Day Three
Time:06:55 pm
You have to take the CCWS pill with 15 grams of fat. Doesn't sound that hard until you try it -- four times a day.

A tablespoon of butter is only 11 grams, an egg only 5. Fortunately, nuts are gram-packed with fat. A half cup of my own granola will get me the 15, so I eat that with the 10:00 pm pill. Six o'clock gets potato with butter and a glass of milk. In the morning, an egg with cheese will fill the bill. But at 2:00 pm? I run out of ideas. Yesterday I had a banana with cream, and today I had more egg. Can't continue to eat egg at that rate though.

Tomorrow it will be avocado. Half of one fills the requirement, and I eat it on toast with butter, dressing, and tomato.
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Subject:Mew's Birthday
Time:11:35 am
I didn't know. I had noticed, this last month when I've tried to be here, that I hadn't seen a post from her, but thought that, like many of us, she had simply wandered off.

She was only a year older than me, and I mean to live another 20, so it's just as hard to accept as the loss, a few years ago, of slipperieslope, who I had been planning on visiting that summer.

One by one we pass on, the world turns, and our children take the helm. But it's so hard to let go of the good things past.
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Subject:CCWS Day One
Time:10:03 pm
Successfully took all 4 pills on schedule. As though that were some kind of accomplishment.

Obviously can't expect any kind of result for a couple weeks.
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Subject:Taking stock - continued
Time:06:04 pm
Well, eating the cookies didn't turn out too badly. Compared to what I was eating, the little bit I'm eating now isn't causing huge symptoms. What is a huge symptom? PAIN. But the reduction of sugar has finally paid off, and as of yesterday, I'm walking again, although not perfectly.

Otoh, I'm having quite a problem with my left shoulder. I hope it doesn't get worse. I've had this kind of pain progress all the way to Frozen Shoulder in the past.

I'm starting the CCWS program tomorrow. So one more time with where I am now. I looked up typical symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and found the following:SymptomsCollapse )
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Subject:Status report
Time:11:21 pm
I need to be tired enough of being tired.

I thought I had beaten the Cookie Monster. I haven't bought or made anything sweet for several days. But I found three cookies in the freezer, and I ate them.

By hook or by crook, I will start my cleanse program on Monday.

Right now, I am at a very low level of function.

- My right hip replacement is loose in the femur, so that if I move wrong it hurts. Lots. That's understating it.

- It's very hard to get up in the morning. And nearly as hard to get to sleep at night.

- Thinking is slow. I can't focus on getting something finished.

- I can't seem to get anything done. The day is gone before I start.

- Over the last year, I gained back 10 pounds of the 20 I lost the previous year.

I know I can turn this around; I have before, and I will now.
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Subject:Still working up to it ...
Time:07:34 pm
So I haven't managed to actually get off sugar yet. I am down to about 2 cookies in an afternoon, which is not good, but a whole order of business better than half a pan of brownies.

I've acquired a good liver cleanse, which I'm working on, but it's supposed to run 30 days, and I'm not sure I'll put off starting my CCWS that long.

I'm planning my diet. I will need to take pills every two hours to get everything in, and need 15 grams of fat with them four times a day. I have new supplements I need to work in, such as Hoodia (for appetite suppressing) and White Kidney Bean Extract (for resistant starch).

While I was very successful in improving my health 2 and 3 years ago, I did not yet know how necessary it was to heal the leaky gut, and how much liver damage the yeast die-off can cause. So I'm taking steps about those things this time.
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Subject:Error, error, Will Robinson!
Time:09:29 pm
Well, *I* never said I was perfect.

When someone believes in a product they're selling, I'm an easy mark. I went into Feel Rite and asked for a good liver cleanse. The manager said essentially, "Why just do a liver cleanse when you can do a good all-over cleanse. It'll get the kidney too." I allowed as how that sounded reasonable.

He strongly recommended The Garden of Life Perfect Cleanse, telling me that it is the one he uses himself. So without particularly checking it over, I bought it.

It's only for digestion. Does nothing for the organs. *sigh* Waste of money, although he had taken $10 off the cost.

I'll have to go back tomorrow and get a liver cleanse.

Meantime, I haven't been able to slow down the sugar any.
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Subject:Same old, same old, 2017 version
Time:04:01 pm
I've been eating cookies for several days now. Or brownies, or pie. Something super-loaded with sugar. My legs and teeth are inflamed, my hip is starting to hurt, and it's time I climbed back on the wagon.

Three years ago, March of '14, I was in terrible shape.
- I was having a hard time walking.
- Sleeping at night had an unhappy regularity - fall into bed about 11:00pm, wake up about 2:00am, and go back to sleep about 6:00am. Some nights I just laid there wishing I were asleep, but often I got up and did reading, TV, or Facebook.
- I was depressed, anxious, and had no energy.
- My thinking was slow.
- The dentist had just warned me that I was about to lose another tooth, which would have left no molars in that quarter.

The last one scared me enough to do something about it. I vowed there would be no more sweets ever.

With some research, I found a product called CCWS, and started on a two-year journey back to a health I had never expected to have again. More on that another day.

But in May last year, I managed to come back from a hotel with bedbugs. Since we had fought them before, we knew that quick action was needed, and Hubby found an all-natural insecticide. He used it liberally for four days. The bedroom stank of it but, as an all-natural, it stank almost pleasantly.

During that time, I started getting sick again. At first I didn't connect it - it took four days to penetrate my increasingly foggy brain. But I slept on the couch that night.

Hubby didn't want to believe it. "It's a natural product," he protested. I retorted with, "So's strychnine."

I believe it severely overloaded my liver (the organ responsible for removing toxins). It took a full year before I felt that the effects were mostly gone - that my liver is working properly again. In the meantime, any tiny exposure to insecticide (or anything else with a solvent carrier - nailpolish, paint, Sharpies) would worsen my symptoms, almost instantly. I suddenly can't eat anything which might have residue of insecticide on it - berries, lettuce, wheat, rice, etc. (It's not like they wash it off, you know.) I now eat only organic bread and lettuce. Berries are too expensive to have at all; except blueberries - I buy regular ones and wash them thoroughly.

To make up for my misery, I resorted to eating sugar again.

Amazingly, I was all right for awhile. I had used the CCWS protocol, and actually got rid of the candida, both in the gut and systemically. But now, months of eating sugar have caught up with me.

So I'm about to do the CCWS again.
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Subject:Here we go again
Time:02:41 pm
I hate FaceBook. It's gobbling up my life.

Why then am I on it for hours every day, and seldom here?

Because that's where the people that I know in RL are. If Hubby wants to know when dinner is, he sends me a FB message. If I'm going to be late to my gaming group, I message them on FB. etc, etc. *sigh*

And then I come back here. I see the familiar names, and smile. I wish we could all get together.

But what brings me back? Fandom? Missing you? Wanting to read the old stories?

No, what brings me back, surprisingly, is the desire to AGAIN document my attempts at getting well.

I'm at it again. I'm 70 years old, and I am again about to climb back on the wagon, nutritionally.

Facebook, for all it's attractions, doesn't have the vehicle to do this. FB is all about right now, and then the moment moves on, and just try to find that entry you made last week! But here, I can enter keywords, and bring it all up whenever I want to.
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Subject:Sleeping (or not)
Time:04:54 am
Thursday night I slept like a log. Best night's sleep I've had in a while.

Friday I felt good. Haven't felt so good in a long, long time. I actually got some things done.

So now I can't sleep. I'ts 10 of 5:00. I've been trying to sleep for five hours. I read a little, watched my usual evening shows, turned over and ... did not sleep. I went downstairs, took some pills, watched a movie, felt sleepy and ... did not sleep.

So I've given up. Fortunately, I have no deadlines for about 36 hours: time enough to get things straightened out.

I suspect that I simply ate too late. I ate after 9:00, and I should know better. I also did no real exercise. I shall do better today.

I hope.
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Subject:Jim actually knows what he's talking about.
Time:05:31 pm
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
Time Warner Cable Adventure; 2016

It started on Wednesday, Feb 3. I discovered that one of my DVR boxes hadn't recorded the previous evening's program. I thought it was probably an isolated incident, or my fault, or something, so I did nothing about it. But it didn't record Thursday evening either. So I took it downtown to the cable office and traded it in.

Now the tech at the desk was very helpful. *Very* helpful. He's someone who tries to keep up with what is going on, and transfer to you everything you need to know. But the whole range of possibilities with cable is immense, and he (demonstrably) does NOT know it all.

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Time:02:13 pm
I see I failed to mention that the furnace quit for New Year's. It was an easy fix, because of all the research I had done on it last year, but expensive. I had to replace the inducer motor - about $300.
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Subject:Hah. Not funny, Universe.
Time:11:15 pm
I was just reading some past entries. A year ago, on December 30, 2014, the furnace went out, and was out for days, because of the holiday weekend.

On December 31, 2015, our refrigerator quit. I called a repairman, but of course he was away for the weekend. I probably should have consulted YouTube, but it just seemed like the thing to do to call for help this time. He actually didn't charge much - $60. Plus the cost of the motherboard for the refrigerator. Over $200 (including the tax).

I used the back room as a walk-in refrigerator. Since there is a locked carport outside its door, I left the door open to cool the room. It worked pretty well, but mice (or rats) got in and found the cheese and a few other things.

*sigh* It's running now. Freezer freezes. Nothing in it, since I had to throw out everything that had been there. The fan to blow the cold air into the refrigerator isn't working, though.

Next project.

Edited 6/11/18 to add: The sensor in the freezer doesn't work, and I've continued to live with it that way. Both the frige and freezer sides now are barely cool on the top shelf and very cold at the bottom. It's actually quite useful - I store grains and nuts in the barely-cool top of the freezer and frozen vegetables at the bottom. In the fridge, the top shelf is room temperature, while the bottom drawer does an almost-freeze on meats.
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Subject:Depression
Time:11:45 am
So when I woke up this morning, I started planning my day, as I always do. It occurred to me that I needed to get up and get a bath before Hubby got to it.

And I didn't get up.

In fact, I was having difficulty getting enthusiastic about doing anything at all today.

I 'normally' hop out of bed, eager to get about the things I need to do. Normal being "when I feel good". So over the course of 20 to 30 minutes, I gradually realized that I'm in clinical depression again. After all my experience with it, one would think I'd recognize it faster.

But I realized I've been crying over every little thing for the last week. I don't normally cry at all, so I should have tumbled to this sooner, but I had things to cry about, y'know. The brain will supply 'reasons' for sadness and depression. After all, we all have sad things in our lives, nearly all the time.

But not being enthusiastic about my day is a real tip-off for me.

So.

I thought I'd write this down before taking action. If I remember, I'll come back and mention when I feel good again.

Right now, I'm off to swallow about 1000 mg of B complex.

Edit: January 10th. Nope. Still depressed. Not as bad as then, however.
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Subject:Supplements I Take and Why: Vitamin B complex
Time:11:26 am
Vitamin B complex
Why I take it:
Mental health
Why it works:
The B vitamins have to do with the working of all nerve cells. And the brain is almost nothing but nerve cells. As an example, nicotine is a close relative to the B vitamins, to the extent that the nerves use it instead of whatever Bs they would normally use. This is why trying to quit smoking results in shakiness, frustration, anger, etc. You are depriving your nerves of their usual source of nutrition.

My sister-in-law, who battled constant medical problems, became very depressed. Not that she didn’t have reasons! But based on my own experience, I encouraged her to try vitamin B supplementation. The next time I visited her, her conversation continued to be depressed and lethargic, and I asked whether she had tried to vitamin B. Well, no, of course not. My experience is that people who are clinically depressed are too depressed to do anything about it. And they can always find reasons for being depressed, therefore don’t think that there is anything to be done. I insisted ...

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Subject:What Supplements I Take, and Why
Time:09:44 pm
Vitamin A (Retinoid)
Why I take it:
Mostly for vision.
Forty years ago, when I was in my late 20s, I began taking large doses of vitamin A to combat pimples. I had not had a significant amount of acne in my teens, and am uncertain why I was having difficulty then, but in any case, I knew that vitamin A is an infection fighter, so I thought I would try it. Results were ...

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