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The past few weeks have been enormously entertaining, if not educational.  The eclipse energies rushed in and swept up my world in a way that hasn't happened before.  Even the ascension aches and pains and bodily distortions were different than I've experienced in the past. Those have now subsided but were in full force for this last eclipse and started 3 days before the actual event. Every day it seemed like something new but all of it was focused on my lower body rather than my upper body.

The dogs also went through some interesting side effects as well but they seem to be back to normal now. My corgi mix lost his hearing and acted completely DEAF for days, but his normal hearing has returned. That was a very ODD occurrence. All of them had an extra boost of energy, usually about 3 AM.....running in and out of the doggie door when they should have been snuggled next to me in bed. 

A few more conscious/unconscious realizations slipped in and a few old damaged energy/issues slipped out. It was amazing to have these issues come up as I'd either forgotten completely about them or felt that I'd already done all the releasing work on these problems. It's fascinating how these memories can find their way to the surface and sit there just waiting for the heave ho.

I also got pulled into an old outdated matter which made me think again, and again, and again. This was a situation I'd corrected over a year ago and was taken aback by the force of it again in my life. It consumed my waking mind for 24 hours before I could kick it to the curb, but it was just another reminder of how much strength I have now. I could have gotten lost in this illusion, but even while I was riding inside this bubble, I knew it was just that: an illusion with consequences I did not want again.

And then, I woke up to today........





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The dogs and I ran into a beautiful man walking his handsome donkey yesterday.

They were walking off the path in the reeds by the road so I called them over to us so we could say hello.  It was a lovely day to be outside and soaking up energy from the Great Central Sun.

The man is named Allen and his donkey is named Perry. Undoubtedly named after Perry Como who was one good looking dude himself.

Perry is 18 years old which is just about half a donkey's lifespan.

There is magick everywhere ! Go outside and find it !

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How To Dose using Natural Desiccated Thyroid Extract

Natural Desiccated Porcine Thyroid Extract : Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid, West-Throid, ERFA 'Thyroid', Thyroid-s, 'Thiroyd' etc.

Thyroid hormones, either alone or combined with other medications, should NOT be used for the treatment of obesity and should NOT be taken by patients with uncorrected adrenal cortical insufficiency, untreated thyrotoxicosis, or apparent hypersensitivity to thyroid hormones. NATURAL DESICCATED THYROID EXTRACT tablets should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disease. Thyroid hormone may increase symptoms of diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, or adrenal insufficiency. Adjustment of treatment measures for these endocrinological diseases is necessary if thyroid hormone therapy is added. If THYROID EXTRACT is used in the treatment of myxoedema coma, glucocorticoids should be administered. Adverse events other than those indicative of hyperthyroidism are rare and usually the result of therapeutic over dosage

1) Armour Thyroid is the most well known of the natural desiccated thyroid medications. However, more and more sufferers of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are using the Canadian licensed thyroid extract by Erfa – simply called ‘Thyroid’, and many use the US RLC Inc. Labs. to obtain Nature Throid and Westhroid. There are other brands of natural desiccated thyroid extract, but the above are the brands that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK say doctors can prescribe for their patients if they don’t do well on levothyroxine (T4) alone.

Thyroid extract has been used since 1884 and has been used successfully for well over 100 years. Thyroid extract contains the same hormones that your own thyroid would produce-T4, T3, T2, T1, calcitonin and other enzymes, and that is why natural thyroid is superior to synthetic thyroxine (T4). Armour meets the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia and is approved by the FDA.

2) It is always wise to start taking a very small dose of thyroid extract for the first 7 days to see if this treatment would cause you any adverse effects. The reason for this is that your body may need to adjust to the active hormone triiodothyronine (T3) because for some people, T3 may cause palpitations, dizziness and feeling ‘spaced out’. Your body needs time to adjust to this new hormone, and your adrenal glands may have become stressed (as they may well have if you have suffered hypothyroidism for some time and been without treatment). You may also find that you are low in essential minerals or vitamins needed to help the thyroid hormones get into the cells. Ask your doctor to test your ferritin (stored iron), vitamin B12, vitamin D3, magnesium, folate, copper and zinc to see if any of these are low. If any of these are low, you must supplement with the appropriate vitamin or mineral.

3) It is important to understand that you will need to raise your natural desiccated thyroid hormone (NDT) within 3 to 4 weeks, to prevent your hypothyroid symptoms returning.  At times, you may feel you are suffering more symptoms, but this does not mean that NDT is bad for you or that it isn’t working.  Most of the time, it simply means your body is crying out for more hormones, or it may mean that you need to cut back on your dosage.  Don’t worry – all will become clear...I promise!

4) For most people, they can stop taking synthetic Thyroxine (T4) one day, and the following day replace it with NDT, but for others, who may well have stressed adrenals, it is best to stop taking any thyroid hormone replacement for at least a week and start treating with adrenal supplements. (See information in our ADRENALS Folder)

5) The most biologically effective way to take the Erfa ‘Thyroid’ is by placing the tablet between your gums and cheek. This way, it is absorbed directly by the tiny capillaries that line your mouth - taking the hormones direct to your blood, bypassing the stomach. Swallowing also brings stomach acid into contact with the Calcitonin in NDT, and you may lose up to 45% of other hormones and some of the benefits to your bones.  However, it’s OK if you would rather swallow your medication – you will still get great benefits!  NDT has a very ‘interesting’ smell and you will soon become used to it. The smell used to be very strong, but a recent new formulation has made the smell fainter. The other brand NDT’s are not designed to be taken sublingually, and should be swallowed with plenty of water.

6) It is important to avoid taking iron, oestrogen and calciumsupplements at the same time as NDT, since both bind the thyroid hormones to some degree. T4 needs time to build up in your system so, you may find your ‘optimal’ dose fairly quickly, but more likely, it may take up to 6 weeks.  Personally, I started to feel really great on day 9 after starting Armour.  It appears that the ‘average’ dose is between 2 and 3 grains – but we are all different...remember this, you take the amount of NDT you need to make you feel good - you do not ‘dose’ according to the results of laboratory blood tests.  Keep an eye on your symptoms, and either raise your dose or lower it according to how you feel.  Don’t be afraid. You have come a long way in deciding that the only way you are going to have a chance to regain your normal health is to take your health into your own hands.  There are over 1725 members of our Internet Support Group at the time of writing this, and many who can help you out with your questions, should these arise.

7) Most folk find that dividing their dose twice a day is optimal for them. NDT contains T3, which has a half-life of 6/8 hours and peaks in the blood about 2 hours after you take it. If you are taking 2 grains (120mgs), an example is to take 1 grain (60mgs) before breakfast and another in the early afternoon. Some people dose 3 or more times a day.  A few decide to take their dose at one go in the morning, and find that to be effective, but most notice a difference when they multi-dose.... it stops that afternoon ‘slump’.  Experiment to find what is best for you. And remember: a normal thyroid gives you what you need throughout the day instead of one ‘dump’, thus, multi-dosing is a way to replicate that.

8) Before blood tests were developed (around 1960’s) doctors ALWAYS treated patients solely by symptoms, clinical examination, and basal temperature test.... and successfully. One important symptom is your temperature. Temperature reflects metabolism, and metabolism is controlled by your thyroid. Find a MERCURY THERMOMETER, shake it down and place it on your bedside table. First thing before you get out of bed, place the thermometer under your tongue and leave it there for at least 3/4 minutes. Normal temperature is 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If your temperature is 97.8 or less (and you might find it MUCH less), and you have symptoms of hypothyroidism and showing signs of hypothyroidism (see Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism in the FOLDER ‘Hypothyroidism’) then tell your doctor. It is a good idea to start taking your temperature every morning when you begin taking NDT and check to see if it rises as your body gets used to this thyroid hormone replacement.

9) Unhappily, as we are all aware, your doctor is going to put a HUGE reliance on thyroid function tests over symptoms. These tests do NOT tell the whole story, especially if you are taking NDT and not levothyroxine alone. If you are faced with such tests, then your goal is generally to get your free T3 and T4 in the upper half of the range, but you have to figure out where YOU feel best, based on symptoms. When you get your free T3 at the top of the range, (or when you dose yourself to eliminate all symptoms) you will often find that your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is BELOW the so called ‘normal’ reference range but that doesNOT mean you are going hyperthyroid. Your doctor must learn that the TSH is less important once you start natural thyroid extract treatment, and just because one's TSH can get lower than 1 while getting the free T3 up, does NOT mean you have become hyperthyroid. Your pituitary gland doesn’t need to push out TSH as NDT provides all the hormones a normal thyroid makes.

10) Most doctors are not aware of the efficacy and safety of the brand Armour Thyroid. You can read more about this on our website under ‘Treatment’...then ‘Some Background information on other Thyroid Medications’ or read the information (true facts) that we sent to the British Thyroid Association/Foundation about their mis-leading (some incorrect) statements on their web site about Armour. Be prepared for your doctor to tell you that what you have learned is incorrect and that levothyroxine (T4) works for everybody.  Always ask these doctors to cite the references to the scientific evidence/research/studies so you can check this out for yourself – they will never give you any – because there is none!

11) If your doctor refuses to prescribe NDT for you, then you may consider changing your doctor. If you live in an area where there are several pharmacies, then please visit them and ask the pharmacist if there are any doctors within the area who prescribe any of the NDT’s. You may also wish to be referred to an endocrinologist who may look sympathetically on your individual case.

12) Note that T4-to-NDT ‘conversion charts’ that you will find on many websites (including the manufacturers of Armour are VERY inaccurate.)

13) Often, there are other areas that need assistance when you are treating yourself with NDT. For one, many folks need to optimise their ferritin level (storage iron), which is low in many with hypothyroidism. We are not yet sure why low ferritin can cause similar symptoms to those in hypothyroidism, or can cause you to have hyper-like symptoms when you try to raise the NDT dose. The ferritin reference range is very wide. In women, it is 20 to 200 and in men, it is 30 to 300. For a woman, you should aim to get your level somewhere between 70 and 90. In men, you should aim for a level of 150 to 180.

14) If, upon starting NDT, you experience symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, shakiness, sweating, dizziness, feeling ‘spaced out’ it’s a strong sign that you may need adrenal support. Either adrenal hormones or Nutri Adrenal Extra is needed to distribute thyroid hormones to your cells, and if you are not making enough cortisol from stressed adrenals, your blood will be high in thyroid hormones, producing the above symptoms. This is why we advise taking adrenal support before starting ANY thyroid hormone replacement, synthetic or natural. 

15) If you are already taking NDT and suffer these symptoms, you may need to stop the thyroid extract and get on adrenal support for a while before starting to take NDT again.

It is strongly recommended that you get an adrenal test – Genova Diagnostics does an excellent 24 hour salivary adrenal profile to check the levels of your cortisol and DHEA at four specific times during the day - and this is FAR superior to the one time blood test that doctors will use on you.

It is advisable to take Selenium 200 mgs daily with your main meal. This helps with the T4 to T3 conversion. Zinc and Vitamin C also play a role here. Your need for vitamin B will increase as you improve. Again, you can check out the recommended supplements in this ‘Thyroid Problems: The TPA Guidance’. Extra copies can be ordered by using the Order Form on this website.

16) If you are able to buy a large quantity of NDT (as this saves on shipping), you can safely keep them in the freezer or refrigerator to preserve its potency, taking out about 1-2 months supply at a time.)

How to Dose with Natural Desiccated Porcine Thyroid Extract

If you are particularly sensitive to thyroid hormone, then start taking a quarter of a grain (15mgs) only, and stay on this for 7 days. If no adverse effects (i.e. palpitations or feeling ‘strange’), then increase by another quarter of a grain, but take this second quarter grain about 2.00 to 3.00p.m. If still no adverse effects, then, after 3 to 4 weeks of taking half a grain, follow the same instructions below for those who are changing from T4 –only to NDT – who will start

Day One       taking quarter of a grain (15mgs)  in the morning and quarter of a grain in the afternoon and stay on this for 7 days.  If no adverse effects, then...

Day Eight:      increase your dose by another half grain (30mgs) a day. Take half a grain in the morning and half a grain in the afternoon and stay on this dose for at least 3 weeks.  If no adverse effects, then...         

Three Weeks:            increase by another half grain and take 1 grain (60mgs) in the morning and half a grain in the afternoon. Stay on this dose for 3 weeks and again, if no adverse effects, then...increase by another half grain and take one grain in the morning and one grain in the afternoon and stay on this for another 3 weeks.

By this time, you are probably beginning to feel some real difference and noticing that many of your symptoms and signs are disappearing.  However, if at any time during this period you begin to feel any palpitations, dizziness, shakiness and generally feeling ‘spaced out’ (and you may feel a little frightened if this happens) – then you need to STOP all your thyroid medication and stay off it for 24 hours at least in order to get the T3 (the culprit!) out of your body. This could happen a couple of hours or so after you have taken your morning dose as the T3 (the active thyroid hormone) peaks in the blood between 2 to 4 hours after taking it.  Don’t be alarmed, nobody has ever died of this, honestly, and you will be surprised at how soon you begin to feel normal again. Don’t take any more NDT that day. After 24 hours, start taking your NDT again but drop your dose by the extra half-grain that probably caused this to happen to you.  Start taking the dose you were on before the increase.

After 3 to 4 weeks try adding just a quarter of a grain and see how you go from there. This is how many NDT users throughout the world have found what works best for them when increasing their dosage. You will probably only know where your ‘sweet spot’ is when you do actually “go over the top”, because there is really no other way to find this out.  I repeat there is nothing to be frightened about; the T3 in NDT leaves your body very quickly. Just try to relax until it has settled down.

Because the T4 and T3 in NDT is standardised to USP specifications, you may find the T4 and T3 hormone balance in NDT may not be the right one for you. You

may need a little more thyroxine (T4), or you may need a little more triiodothyronine (T3) and you might need to experiment with this, but many others are happy with NDT on its own.

If you would like to ask your doctor to prescribe one of these brands of NDT – this might be a little difficult, as the vast majority are not acquainted with the facts. However, please do join our Discussion Forum where you can enter into further discussion regarding this and check on this web site for further information and sample letters that may help you achieve your goal.

This is a big adventure for you all. Always remember that since 1894 to the early 1970’s desiccated porcine (pig) thyroid extract was the ONLYmedication for all those suffering the symptoms of hypothyroidism. It has proven VERY safe and successful for the treatment of those suffering with symptoms of hypothyroidism, for those who didn’t do well on levothyroxine-only therapy.

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Energy Level and Sleep:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Less stamina than others
  • Less energy than others
  • Long recovery period after any activity
  • Inability to stand on feet for long periods
  • Inability to concentrate or read long periods of time
  • Nodding off easily
  • More fatigued and sore than normal after exercise
  • Feel weak
  • Run down
  • Sluggish
  • Lethargic
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • 3:00pm crash
  • Need naps in the afternoon
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheaded
  • Fainting episodes
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Wake feeling tired
  • Frequently oversleep


  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Weight loss
  • Anorexia
  • Heightened appetite
  • Diminished appetite
  • Obesity

Body Temperature:

  • Cold extremities
  • Cold sweats
  • Night sweats
  • Heat intolerance
  • Cold intolerance
  • Internal shivering
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold hands
  • Clammy palms
  • Cold feet
  • Low basal body temperature (below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit)


  • Slow movements
  • Slowed Achilles reflex
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Slow speech


  • Frequent infections
  • Chronic illness
  • Low immune system
  • Frequent colds
  • Frequent flus
  • Susceptibility to bronchitis
  • Hard time recovering from infections
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Recurrent skin infections
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent nose infections
  • Recurrent throat infections
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory tract infections

Related Autoimmune or Endocrine Diseases:

  • Celiac disease
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Addison’s disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature ovarian decline
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Alopecia
  • Reynaud’s syndrome
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vitiligo
  • Psoriasis

Swelling and Thickened Skin of:

  • Eyes
  • Face
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Ankles

Mouth and Throat:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of lump in throat
  • Sensation of pressure on throat
  • Pain and tenderness in neck and/or thyroid area
  • Goitre (enlargement of the thyroid gland in neck)
  • Burning sensation in throat
  • Sore throats
  • Swollen tongue
  • Choking fits
  • Salt cravings
  • Sweet cravings
  • Dry mouth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Poor oral health
  • Propensity for cavities
  • Propensity for gum disease
  • Low, husky, hoarse voice
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent teeth clenching
  • TMJ


  • Oversensitive hearing
  • Noises in ears (hissing, ringing)
  • Deafness
  • Tinnitus
  • Internal itching of ears
  • Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear
  • Excess earwax
  • Vertigo


  • Poor focusing
  • Double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Achy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Sensitive to light
  • Frequent tics in the eyes
  • Spasms of the eyelids
  • Bulging of the eyeballs
  • Red inflamed eyes
  • Dark rings under eyes
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Rapidly shifting gaze making you feel dizzy
  • Problems with night vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts


  • Body hair loss
  • Head hair loss
  • Dry hair
  • Brittle hair
  • Coarse hair
  • Finer hair
  • Premature baldness
  • Premature gray hair
  • Eyelash loss
  • No eyebrows
  • Thinning outer eyebrows


  • Brittleness
  • Flaking
  • Peeling
  • Pale
  • Soft
  • Yellowish
  • Ridged
  • Striated
  • Thickened
  • Ingrown toenails


  • Dry skin
  • Dry itchy scalp
  • Flaky skin
  • Cracking skin
  • Cracked heels
  • Coarse patches
  • Yellowish cast to the skin, jaundice
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • Pale skin
  • Pale lips
  • Boils
  • Pigmentation in skin creases
  • Dull facial expression
  • Rashes
  • Skin tags
  • Dermographia (wheals)
  • Eczema
  • Easy bruising
  • Bleeding problems
  • Slow wound healing
  • Hemophilia
  • Bumps on legs
  • Acne on face
  • Breakout on chest and arms
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon (discoloration of digits)
  • Chronic itching
  • Varicose veins
  • Premature aging
  • Parchment-like fine wrinkles
  • Absence or diminished perspiration
  • Moles and warty growths
  • Hives

Numbness and Tingling:

  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Back
  • Face


  • Migraines
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic back and loin pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Muscles and joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (hands or forearms)
  • Tarsal Tunnel syndrome (legs)
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Painful soles of feet
  • Muscle cramps
  • Aching bones
  • Aching muscles
  • Joint pain
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia


  • Hard stools
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Loss of appetite
  • Food allergy
  • Food sensitivity
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Celiac Disease
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Colitis
  • Abdominal distention
  • Weight gain in abdominal area
  • Diverticulosis
  • Excess gas
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Acid Reflux
  • Excessive belching
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Menstrual Disorders:

  • Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)
  • Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea)
  • Heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Irregular periods
  • Very short cycles
  • Very long cycles
  • Excruciating pain during period
  • Failure to ovulate
  • Constant bleeding
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Premenstrual tension (PMT)
  • Extreme bloating and water retention
  • Premature or delayed puberty
  • Premature or delayed menopause
  • Difficult menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian fibroids
  • Cystic ovaries

Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy:

  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Still birth
  • In vitro fertilization failure
  • Donor egg failure
  • Abnormal estrogen levels
  • Abnormal progesterone levels
  • Drop in sperm count
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Breasts leaking milk (but not lactating or breastfeeding)
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Maternal anemia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Placental abruption
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Prolonged labor
  • Inability to dilate
  • Poor wound healing
  • Pain in and around c-section scar
  • Difficulty breast-feeding
  • Low breast milk supply
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Long gestation
  • High birth weight
  • Newborn with deficits in intellectual development
  • Newborns with jaundice
  • Autism
  • Birth defects


  • Easily upset
  • Irritable
  • Wanting to be solitary
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Jumpy
  • Easily startled
  • Lack of confidence
  • Nervousness

Other Related Conditions:

  • Low adrenal function
  • Stress
  • Anemia
  • Hyponatremia (low blood sodium)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Clumsiness
  • Tendency to fall
  • Tremor
  • Chronic allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rhabdomyolysis (destruction of skeletal muscle)
  • Scoliosis
  • Flat feet
  • Very short stature
  • Very tall stature
  • Narrow hips
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hernia


  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Brain fog
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Poor concentration
  • Noises and/or voices in head
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Mania
  • Phobias
  • Loss of drive
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post Natal Depression (PND)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Nightmares
  • Bipolar Disease
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Kidney and Bladder:

  • Albuminuria (protein in urine)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Decreased output of urine
  • Interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder problems)
  • Urinary incontinence while sleeping
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Recurrent kidney infections
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Irritable bladder syndrome
  • Chronic kidney failure


  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones


  • Liver tenderness and enlargement
  • Congestion of the liver
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Disease


  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema
  • Breathlessness
  • Difficulty drawing a full breath
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in chest
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer


  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)
  • Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Skipped beats
  • Heart flutters
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Elevated C-Reactive Protein
  • Fibrillations
  • Plaque buildup
  • Fluid retention
  • Poor circulation
  • Enlarged heart
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack


  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancers
  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer


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   Chakra Illness Dictionary

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 Excessive tiredness

 Weight gain

 Weight loss


 Cold extremities

 Cold sweats

 Night sweats

 Slow movements

 Slow speech

 Pins & needles


 Difficulty drawing a full breath



 Sensitivity to the sun

 Lack of co-ordination, especially of hands and    feet



 Loss of libido

 Repeated urinary tract infections

 Upper respiratory tract infections

 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

 Poor response to treatments

 Candida (thrush)

 Heavy eyelids

 Hoarse voice


 Muscle cramps

Joint stiffness

Loss of stamina

Heat intolerance

Cold intolerance

Low basal (morning) temperature

Exercise intolerance

Salt cravings

Sweet cravings


Fainting episodes

3.00 pm crash


Un-refreshing sleep


Internal shivering


Rheumatoid arthritis

Radioactive iodine treatment

Surgery on thyroid




Pressure headaches

Back and loin pain

Wrist pain

Muscles and joint pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Heel spur / plantar fasciitis


   Digestive problems:

Loss of appetite

Food allergy / sensitivity

Alcohol intolerance



Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Abdominal distension / flatulence

High cholesterol



   Blood pressure & pulse:

High blood pressure

Low blood pressure

Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)

Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)


   Menstrual disorders:

Cessation of periods (amenorrhoea)

Scanty (light) periods (oligomenorrhoea)

Heavy periods (menorrhagia)


Premenstrual syndrome/tension (PMS/PMT)




Exposure to fluoridated water

Exposure to PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls)

Use of products containing fluoride (toothpastes)

High consumption of soy products

High consumption of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage






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1. You should express your individual creativity 

2. Realize that you are accountable 

3. Before birth you agreed to help others 

4. Mature emotionally 

5. Entertain 

6. Be a steward of your energy 

7. Indulge in music 

8. Strive to achieve wisdom 

9. Learn self discipline 

10. Observe without judging

1. You should express your individual creativity

Each individual sees things through his own set of circumstances, and 
so has a unique expression to offer the world. Creativity includes 
the arts, but is not limited to that, nor is painting, composing or 
writing in any way more significant than the creative measures taken 
to comfort someone in distress, to bring order to conflict or chaos, 
or to tell a child a story.

People are not taking advantage of the opportunity to enrich their 
souls if they believe they have no creative talent or believe some 
situation in life prohibits this expression. Indeed, it is quite the 
opposite. When one rises up against the odds, when we strive to 
release our creative consciousness, it carries great merit.

Society is formed in such a way that not all people have the 
opportunity to be leaders. Since there are many more followers, 
expressing our creative flair becomes even more significant. 

Creativity is meant to be positive, but we are each given free will. 
It is possible to use it in a manner that proves negative to oneself 
and to the world. We can be expressive in the way we comb our hair, 
select our clothing, arrange our residences, plant a garden, make a 
craft, or even mend something. The key seems to be to let your 
actions express you and work to make everything you express something 
you are proud of..

© 2012 Verty Rising


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 Estrogen Deficiency Symptoms

vasomotor symptoms
sleep disturbances
urinary incontinence
reduced cognitive function
memory loss
heart palpitations
irregular cycles
bone loss
dry skin
vaginal dryness and atrophy
urinary tract infections

Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

fibrocystic breasts
heavy and /or irregular bleeding
fluid retention
gall bladder disease
insulin resistance
low libido
uterine fibroids
breast cancer
endometrial cancer
weight gain in the hips
thyroid inhibition
sugar cravings
mood swings
Testosterone Deficiency

loss of libido
impaired sexual function
weakening of the muscles of the pelvic floor
thinning skin
thin tissue of vulva and labia
vaginal dryness
loss of muscle tone
wrinkled skin
lichen sclerosis
bone loss
lack of drive, confidence, vim & vigor
lack of motivation

Progesterone Deficiency Symptoms

fibrocystic breasts
fluid retention
stressed easily
weight gain
break-though bleeding
low body temperature
hair loss
sleep disturbances
heavy periods
feelings of confusion
mood swings
Functions of Progesterone

protects against endometrial cancer
precursor of other sex hormones - estrogen & testosterone
maintains secretory endometrium
protects against breast fibro-cysts
is a natural diuretic
helps use fat for energy
is a natural antidepressant
helps normalize blood sugar levels
restores proper cell oxygen levels
helps protect against breast cancer
stimulates osteoblast-mediated bone building
necessary for survival of embryo
and fetus throughout gestation
precursor of cortisone synthesis
by adrenal cortex
helps thyroid action
normalizes blood clotting
restores libido
normalizes zinc and copper levels 


© 2012 Verty Rising 


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Iodine: The Universal & Holistic Super Mineral

By Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD

Recently, a popular authority on nutrition and alternative health publically stated that the highest amount of daily iodine intake should be no more than 400 micrograms. That surprised me. For the sake of higher public good, I would like to suggest a variety of scientific and holistic reasons that a significantly higher amount of iodine should be used. His recommendation is only slightly higher than the FDA recommendation, which is 150 to 290 micrograms daily, dependent upon age, gender and life cycle. This is dramatically less than some of the leading iodine medical experts suggest, which is closer to, at least, 12 to 18 milligrams daily, which is approximately 45 times higher. Drs. Abraham and Brownstein, also experts, suggest 12 to 50 milligrams daily and up to 100 milligrams per day for diabetics. Why is there this discrepancy?

There is some marginally relevant data supporting common concerns about excess iodine; namely, that there may be a transient (26 to 40 hours) hypothyroidism as described by Dr. Brownstein in his book, “Iodine: Why You Need It. Why You Can’t Live Without It.” However, a one- to two-day transient decrease in thyroid function is physiologically irrelevant and not a sign of hypothyroidism in the bigger holistic picture. There is also an increase in thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) with increased iodine, which may last up to six months. This, again, is not a sign of hypothyroidism. This is related to the fact that the whole body is deficient in iodine and TSH stimulates the production of sodium-iodide-symporter (NIS). Without adequate NIS, iodine could not enter the cells and be used. NIS is a carrier system into all the cells, and when this system becomes deficient, the whole body becomes deficient. The key is that people who increase their iodine intake do not have signs of hypothyroidism (such as fatigue, hair loss, headaches, weight gain, weakness and dry skin) and they maintain normal T3 and T4 levels.

By looking at the overall holistic iodine story, we can create a fuller, more accurate understanding of this discussion. Iodine is found in every single one of our body’s hundred trillion cells. Without adequate iodine levels, life is impossible. Iodine is the universal health nutrient that brings health on many levels.

It is interesting to note, when addressing the question of safe dosage, that higher iodine levels have been used in studies since the early 1900s. For example, from 1917 to 1922, Dr. David Marine proved that iodine reversed goiter in a study in which 2,000 schoolgirls were given an equivalent of 18.6 milligrams daily (18,600 micrograms/day) for 2.5 years with a dramatic success rate.

In 2003, Dr. Zhang showed that potassium iodide reversed lung cancer tumors in mice. The total amount administered was 100 milligrams (100,000 micrograms) daily for 20 days, and this is approximately 50 times more than the amount Wolff–Chaikoff recommended in 1948. The study lasted for 60 days: 34 days to grow 5 mm tumors and approximately 26 days for the lung cancer tumors to significantly decrease.

In 1993, Dr. Ghent administered to 1,368 patients five milligrams (5,000 micrograms) daily with no evidence of the Wolf-Chaikoff theoretical problem of hypothyroidism. At this dosage, Dr. Ghent reversed fibrocystic breast disease with great rates of healing. Iodine deficiency is not only associated with fibrocystic breast disease, but also higher rates of breast cancer.

In a most significant study called the Iodine Project, done from 1997 through 2005, Dr. Guy Abraham, Dr. David Brownstein, and Dr. Jorge Flechas followed 4,000 patients and administered 12.5 to 100 milligrams daily, with 100 milligrams administered to diabetics primarily, because low thyroid function is also associated with type 2 diabetes. They had positive results with only three adverse reactions out of 4,000 people (possibly allergic reactions to the binding agents, excipients, fillers, preservatives and/or synthetics commonly found in tablets, capsules and even liquids as opposed to the bioavailable form of iodine itself). This research group theorized that, because in Japan the average intake was 13.8 milligrams, and Japan had significantly less breast and prostate cancer and better health and longevity than in the US, higher doses of iodine could be safely used. In this seven-year study, they observed reversed fibrocystic breast disease, decreased insulin requirements in diabetics, significantly less need for medication for hypothyroidism, resolution for fibromyalgia and resolution of migraine headaches. In the study by Dr. Abraham, et al, the iodine ranges were somewhere between 12.5 and 100 milligrams daily (up to 100,000 micrograms/day) and were considered safe dosages.

From a worldwide perspective, the current level of iodine deficiency is pandemic. Over one-third of the global population (1.5 billion people) is living on iodine-deficient soils and are subject to significant iodine deficiency. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 72 percent of the global population is iodine deficient. According to the more recent Dr. Abraham, et al, study, 96 percent of the US population is iodine deficient. This is a significant problem with significant consequences, as iodine deficiency is among the top two causes of mental retardation. Associated with this increased iodine deficiency is a 690 percent increase in cretinism, mental retardation and ADHD in the last several decades.

From a larger physiological perspective, it is important to realize that the thyroid is only one gland of many glands and tissues that need iodine. Other glands/organs/systems with high iodine uptake are the breasts, ovaries, cervix, blood, lymph, bones, gastric mucosal, salivary, adrenal, prostate, colon, thymus, lungs, bladder, kidney and skin. In perspective, the thyroid holds 50 milligrams of iodine, the breasts hold 200 milligrams, the skin holds 400 milligrams of iodine, and the whole body holds 2,000 milligrams, and possibly much more. Iodine is found and used in every hormonal receptor in the body.

In 1911, 900 milligrams daily (900,000 micrograms/day!) were considered usual and safe doses. In 1950, the Japanese had 100 times more iodine in their diet than Americans. In 2001, they had 202 times more iodine than Americans and were using up to 13.8 milligrams daily as opposed to the average US intake of 425 micrograms daily. Unfortunately, there has never been a real study of the optimal safe dosage of iodine. Be that as it may, no one has ever died from iodine overdose or allergic reactions. It is safe to suggest that at least the guidelines given by Drs. Abraham and Brownstein for the use of 12 to 50 milligrams of iodine daily for overall sufficiency and well-being, and up to 100 milligrams/day for diabetics is reasonable, doing much more for our health than to prevent cretinism, mental retardation and goiter.

Moreover, iodine is a universal health mineral having 22 major health and well-being benefits (see here) for humans, many of which are largely unknown to this day. My prudent suggestion is that as we follow these ideas. It is important to move forward carefully as we treat this pandemic level of 72 percent iodine deficiency in the world and a shocking 96 percent deficiency in Americans, affecting the minds of billions of people. I strongly recommend that people reevaluate the amounts of iodine they consume. I recommend that children under 6 years of age take half the adult dose, children 0 to 2 years take one-quarter of the adult dose, pregnant women take 47 percent more than the adult dose (current FDA ratio), and lactating women take 93 percent more than the adult dose (current FDA ratio), as iodine is very important for brain development from a holistic perspective. In the larger humanitarian context, the risk-to-benefit ratio of these recommended doses is extremely safe for healing the planetary population and ourselves.

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This is from Dr. Brownstein's Iodine book:


Chapter 7 described the apoptotic (i.e., anticancer) effects of the iodinated form of lactone (δ- Iodolactone) . δ- Iodolactone is not only important for preventing cancer, its production is also necessary to help regulate the oxidation of iodine. Figure 3 illustrates this regulatory step in the oxidation/organific ation of iodine. 

As previously mentioned, the oxidation of iodide to iodine occurs through the interaction of H2O2 and TPO. Iodine is a necessary product in order to provide the correct molecule in the cell so that organification can occur. If organification does not take place or is blocked, thyroid hormone and iodo-lipids will not be formed. As can be seen from Figure 3, this reaction is controlled by intracellular calcium levels and iodinated lipids—δ-iodolactone.

Intracellular calcium stimulates this pathway. On the other hand, δ-iodolactone and other iodinated lipids act as a brake on the system. If there is not enough iodine in the cell to organify and produce adequate amounts of δ-iodolactone, it can set the stage for damage to the thyroid cell and the development of an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease.

A Proposed Mechanism For The Development Of Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders

The NADPH oxydase system is found in the mitochondria of our cells. The mitochondria are the energy-producing cells of our body. The mitochondria produce energy (i.e., ATP) through a complex process called oxidative phosphorylation. All medical students (and most physicians) are familiar with oxidative phosphorylation because we have to memorize the many steps responsible for producing ATP. This production of ATP requires many items including: oxygen, magnesium, ADP, and amino acids.

Many people with chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune disorders, complain they have no energy. ATP is the molecule that stores energy for the body. The body is constantly producing and utilizing ATP. Its production is a complex process that is beyond this book. However, there are two cofactors, Vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), that are integral to stimulating oxidative phosphorylation and ATP production. 

Hydrogen peroxide is a byproduct of oxidative phosphorylation. It is this production of hydrogen peroxide that is so critical to the oxidation process of iodine. Hydrogen peroxide and TPO help to oxidize iodide to form iodine. 

If there is a deficiency in iodine, which is common when ingesting the RDA for iodine, there will not be enough substrate (i.e., iodine) to produce iodinated lipids. As can be seen from Figure 3, the lack of δ-iodolactone and other iodinated lipids results in a loss of the ‘brake’ in the pathway to oxidize iodide. This may result in a temporarily production of too much hydrogen peroxide. This excess hydrogen peroxide can damage the enzyme TPO. 

What Happens If TPO Is Damaged? Autoimmune Thyroid Illness

The body’s response to TPO damage is to produce antibodies against TPO or anti-TPO antibodies. A diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease requires the presence of anti-TPO antibodies. As the damage worsens, surrounding proteins can also be damaged such as thyroglobulin. Damaged thyroglobulin will result in the body producing antibodies against thyroglobulin—anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

In most cases of Hashimoto’s disease, there are antibodies to both TPO and thyroglobulin present. Although Graves’ disease may also possess these same antibodies, antibody production is not necessary to make the diagnosis of Graves’ disease. However, my clinical experience has shown that the treatment for both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease can follow a similar course with similar positive outcomes. 

How to Treat Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders

1. Ingest enough iodine in order to provide adequate substrate to iodinate lipids.

2. Take Vitamins B2 and B3 in amounts necessary to stimulate the NADPH system to produce adequate amounts of H2O2. 

3. Correct oxidant stress in the thyroid gland and the mitochondria with antioxidants. 

4. Ensure adequate magnesium levels. 

5. Minimize oxidative stress in the body.
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                                                             HOW TO TREAT USING T3

Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield

The use of levo-thyroxine (called Eltroxin in UK, and Synthroid in USA) is considered by most physicians to be the only treatment on the table. A number of generic brands are now available, but some patients and doctors have found they lack consistent efficiency. It comes as tiny white tablets of 25, 50 and 100 micrograms (mcg). It is always sensible to start with the lowest dose, especially in the elderly; so common practice is to start with 25 mcg. This may be increased in increments, up to a dose regarded as standard of 100mcg. At this point most physicians stay their hand, and the patient may have to remain on this dose until kingdom come, with any changes of dose decided by blood test exclusively, little regard often being paid to how the patient actually feels.

The problem with this is that it takes no account of low adrenal reserve or conversion blocks, or receptor uptake insufficiency. Also this is not the way nature does it. As we saw earlier, thyroid hormone is 80% thyroxine, 17% tri-iodothyronine, and the remainder T2 and T1. The fact that patients with non-severe thyroid sufficiency manage on T4 alone is no credit to the physicians. If the condition is not too far advanced or of too long standing, all the thyroxine (T4) will be converted to tertroxin (T3) and used with consequent patient benefit. Sadly, many endocrinologists refuse to accept that supplementing thyroid hormone, the way nature does it is necessary or desirable, mostly on the grounds that they know best. I must tell you now that, except for mild early cases, this is not the best way to provide thyroid supplementation.

The more serious thyroid deficiency will respond only poorly to this regime, since it takes no account of the adrenal connection, conversion block, or receptor uptake resistance. The patient may feel an initial benefit, but within days or weeks this may wear off; or the patient may soon start to become aware of tremors and palpitations. The blood test may well show the presence of too much thyroid in the blood - since it is not being used - and the dosage will be reduced. This makes the side effects better but the exhaustion and fluid retention and all the other symptoms will still be there, poorly relieved, if at all. It is this situation that I found in about 70% of the patients (already on treatment) I saw for the first time. The conclusion is obvious: for the very large number of patients, thyroxine may only work very poorly or not at all for the reasons we discussed. But even if these problems are dealt with the response may still be disappointing. So we need to consider other options.

The first is to understand that the 5’-deiodinase enzymes carrying out the T4 to T3 conversion may be quite deficient or not even work at all. The build up of unused T4 is then inevitable, and within a relatively short time there may be toxic levels present with palpitations, a general lack of well-being, stomach upsets and so on. It may well be quite impossible to predict that this is going to happen, which is why it is necessary to start the treatment in a standard way, the patient doing the monitoring on a daily basis: pulse and temperature, am and pm, and perhaps something like a 1 to 10 feel good factor, all written down daily. If symptoms occur and things are not right, the thyroid is discontinued, but everything else remains in place, including the adrenal support. When the coast is clear, say in 7 to 10 days, one or two alternatives may now be used. Using thyroid supplementation obtainable from your doctor on prescription, we may use the already converted thyroid hormone, the liothyronine (T3). This is marketed in the UK as Tertroxin, 20mcg tablets and in the USA as Cytomel, 25mcg tablets.

The T3 is the active thyroid hormone that actually does the work of controlling metabolism. It has two important differences from thyroxine. Firstly, it is rapidly metabolised, having a half-life of about 8 hours, unlike thyroxine, which is more like 8 days. So the blood levels decline rapidly at first and then more slowly, but some remains for some time. In practical terms though, there is pretty well no T3 left worth talking after about 24 hours or so. This is unlike T4, which takes time to build up its levels in the bloodstream and 3 or 4 weeks at least for the amount in the blood to drop below a therapeutically effective level. This means that T3 works a good deal quicker than T4.

The second difference is that microgram for microgram T3 is a good deal more powerful than thyroxine; something like five times stronger. So the amount given is proportionately less; and in general 20 mcg of T3 is considered the equivalent to 100mcg of T4

Start the dose of T3 at ½ x 20 mcg tablet daily, certainly before midday. After five days or so, the dose may be increased subject to your careful monitoring. Authorities are undecided as to whether the dose is better split into two, or given all at once in the morning; best probably to decide yourself – but evening is not a good time since then it is likely to interfere with sleep.

As time goes on the overall dose may be increased, allowing plenty of time to decide how it is all going, by small increments: say ½ a tablet at a time. After decided improvement and probably not sooner than eight weeks, it may be possible to substitute T4 for at least one dose of T3, because the conversion problem may be easing. It is perfectly possible to stay on T3 alone, permanently, and many patients have to. The important thing is to keep a flexible approach and not be afraid to experiment; so long as it is all monitored, then you can be sure of what is doing what. The ultimate dose should be whatever suits you best; it may be, for example, ½ T3 and ½ T4, or ¾ of one and ¼ of the other, or any other variation that works.


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Salt is one of the most important ingredients of life; we cannot live without it. Like Iodine,


an element which is essential to our health and well being. There is a world of difference

between NATURAL UNREFINED SEA SALT and table salt.
 Throw the table salt out !!!!!!

Unrefined sea salt is either gray in color (Celtic) or has a pinkish hue (Himalayan). 

Salt loading is the art of using unrefined sea salt to eliminate toxins in the body. The


in the salt binds to the toxic halide, Bromide, in the blood steam and carries it out through

the kidneys and urination. 

Salt has a boat load of fabulous *miracle* cures for the system which is why people have fought wars over's incredibly important and life enhancing. One major power of salt is to keep the electrolyte system in

balance. In the warmer months, drinking a bottle of water with a teaspoon of seasalt, will balance your system to

keep your body temperature correctly functioning, and to keep your mind clear. Many people become very dizzy

or lightheaded in hot temperatures. Sea Salt corrects this off balance, and usually does it immediately. Ever

wonder what's in those bags of water solution they hook up to people who are dehydrated?

Another extremely important service for salt, is the Adrenal system. Adrenals need salt the way lungs need air;

they go hand in hand for good health and vitality.

 By drinking a glass of water with sea salt every

morning before anything else, you'll saturate the adrenals in much needed elements for their

proper functioning.
 It's one of the best things you can do for yourself. You can read more

about the adrenal connection, 

Throw the table salt away, bring in the UNREFINED SEA SALT !!!!


You can read more about the miracle of salt here:

Vital Functions of Salt in the Body  

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I waltzed through the cheese section, in search of that perfect brand of goat cheese I love. No such luck. With disappointment I strolled by the veggie department and noticed a young couple shopping together. They didn't see me, it was early morning and the store was pretty much empty. He had playfully put his arms out to grab her and give her an innocent hug, I saw her body stiffen and forcefully squirm away. It wasn't a fear of public displays which made her cringe, she just didn't want it. There was nothing clearer than that.

I instinctively felt sick in my gut, in my posture, in my heart. It's that critical scene from the latest romantic drama, the part in the movie where you wonder if they'll work it out, or if too much hurt has left the once lovers, dead inside.

Earlier that morning, I had half listened to a chat on one of the morning shows about a prostitute deciding to become a doctor. It was an odd subject, one I felt was unnecessary but the panelists were raging their points of view using their holier than thou egos. It was messy. The only male in the group was the one who made the most sense to me, he said that he didn't know what difference prostitution made especially now that so many women unwillingly sleep with their men. He said women don't want to be in that situation but they often have no other choice if they want a roof over their head, health insurance or money to blow on necessities. I wondered if this shopping woman also found herself boxed in with no where to run. I cringed in her honour, and said a little prayer. 

I decided to stop for take away Chinese on the way home and found myself once again, the proverbial fly on the wall witnessing yet another romantic skit. I had 7 minutes to quietly take it all in and reflect. They were about 16/17 years old, working a part time summer job in a pleasant place full of fried rice. All 5 different nationalities were enjoying each other and it showed in their smiles and their gentleness towards each other. The boy was young, hormones hanging on his sleeve and an attack of acne on his baby white face. A teenager in a man's body, uncomfortable, uneasy, gawkey but smooth. It was evident he'd worked hard on the smooth part. He wore fashionable eyeglasses and his hair was cut short and cool. At first glance he wasn't handsome, but he had personality galore and the gift of gab. He held an older girl's interest as he fidgeted around the restaurant, he methodically placed himself within her path, every turn she made, he was there. It was a bold, determined gesture and I could see that she was slowly melting into his charm. My faith restored, I left this place of business full of hope and convinced that the art of romance still resides in our hearts. 


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" Even though most daughters feel sad that they did not receive the proper love from their mothers, they have a deep belief system ingrained from childhood that they do not or did not deserve a loving mother. But you deserve it ! And if you didn't have this love, you must acknowledge that you didn't get it and that, as a result, you have this hole, a void, in your emotional development. Facing this sadness is crucial to developing your sense of self today. I'm not saying that you become permanently sad about this, but that you recognize it, face it, and allow yourself to feel sad about the pain this has caused you. We will move beyond this stage of grief. This is not where you will live the rest of your life."

Those closest to you (and some not so close) will discourage you from doing this important work because they do not understand just how important it is. They may not want to see you suffer, so they try to fix it. They don't understand that if you don't face this sadness, it will remain part of you forever. Do not listen to this unqualified advice. This is precisely why so many people today are projecting their feelings, misbehaving, creating crises for themselves and others, suffering from depression and anxiety, and are not being accountable for their own actions and emotions--- they're not facing the truth about their own pain.

Sometimes children understood the need to grieve and cry better than adults do. As I was writing this chapter, a friend emailed me a story about a four-year-old who understood something that many adults have forgotten:

This child's next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry!" 

~Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

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"The following Saturday, I arrived at Bloom just after midnight. I had fallen asleep in my garden with my back against a redwood, keeping watch, and I bolted awake at the sound of approaching laughter. It was a band of drunken young men this time. The nearest, an overgrown boy with hair past his chin, smiled at me as if we were lovers meeting at a prearranged location. I avoided his eyes and walked quickly to the nearest streetlamp, then down the hill to the flower shop.

While I waited I applied deodorant and gel, then paced the clock, forcing myself to stay awake. By the time Renata's truck turned up the street, I had checked my reflection in parked car mirrors twice and re-ordered my clothing three times. Even with all of this, I knew I was beginning to look and smell like a street person. "

~ The Language of Flowers

This is a brand new author and a book you shouldn't miss.
Highly recommended and enjoyed !!

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I've just started to watch this interesting yet unconventional TV drama about three guys stepping up to the big 50. I've been a fan of Ray Romano and his humour for a decade or more, I've always appreciated his softness and his honesty mingled with a bit of common sense wisdom.

In his new show, Ray is the more mystically inclined of the three friends, he worries about running over an opossum with his car. He erects a rock sculpture for the deceased and contemplates how this ritual will help release the spirit to a greater unknown.

It's quietly funny at times, bittersweet and uncomfortable at other times but so very valuable and entertaining. He's always acting between the lines, a certain motif which brings both warmth and expression. If you pay close attention, you'll find much merit in this series, I'm already hooked. 

The music used in this artistic adventure is superb. If you grew up with these songs, it'll be a nostalgic touch of sweetness to hear these tunes again. Perfectly scripted into every scene and loud enough for impact, you'll find yourself jazzed up and dancing around the room. Someone behind the scenes here, knows exactly what they're doing. Totally stimulating at every note.  

One thing which strikes me as genius, is that along with compelling stories and crazy situations about friends and family, Ray's teaching *manners.* I like this about him. This show reminds me slightly of that other terribly fascinating yet profound series called
*Leave it to Beaver.*

If there's anything the world needs now,
it's a refresher course in manners.

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Q: How can I tell if my middle-aged dog has hypothyroidism or is simply an under-active, overweight dog? I have tried to put her on a diet and take her for frequent walks but she continues to put on weight.

A: Overweight dogs are often misdiagnosed as having a weight problem when in fact they may actually be hypothyroid. Dogs that suffer from hypothyroidism share many of the symptoms found in humans with this disease, such as weight gain and lethargy.

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with a fair degree of frequency in dogs, yet it is still a relatively uncommon disease. It is rarely diagnosed in cats. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland no longer produces enough thyroid hormone for the body. The body needs thyroid hormone because it plays a critical role in controlling metabolism and is essential for normal growth.

The early signs of hypothyroidism can be insidious and hard to detect. Dogs with hypothyroidism tend to become overweight, even though they don't eat very much. They also tire quickly, don't like the cold, and seem to act old "before their time".

As the disease progresses, the clinical signs can become truly legion and can involve all major body systems such as cardiovascular (slow heart beat, irregularities), neuromuscular (seizures, muscle and joint problems), gastrointestinal (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation), reproductive (infertility, decreased libido), ocular (corneal ulcers), hematologic (anemia) and cutaneous (hair loss, ear infections, recurrent skin infections, etc.).

The "classic" signs that should make a pet owner suspicious of hypothyroidism include some or all of the following: a gradual thinning of the hair coat and hair loss that spares the extremities; a dull, dry hair coat with hair that can be easily pulled out and fails to regrow when clipped; puffy skin that is cool to the touch; darkening of the skin; and an absence of itchiness.

If this is the case with your dog, you should have her tested for hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, hypothyroidism isn't always easy to diagnose. The thyroid hormone levels in the blood (referred to as T3-T4 levels) can be measured, but because of daily variations, can prove misleading.

Regardless of which diagnostic test your veterinarian uses, the ultimate and final confirmation of the diagnosis is a dog's response to treatment with thyroid hormone supplementation. Treatment of hypothyroidism is very effective and fairly straightforward. Oral supplementation twice daily with thyroid replacement hormone is usually successful.

Dr. Bernhard Pukay is an Ottawa veterinarian. Address letters to Pet Care, Ottawa Citizen, PO Box 5020, Ottawa K2C 3M4. E-mail:



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