PROGRESS REPORT and WE NEED A HERO, Part 5

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I’m up to recipe number 78 with 12 more close to completion for the new book; that’s more than half way home for the food and menu part. (Yeah!) I can’t share any of it until after the book comes out, except with my recipe testers, who agreed to keep everything confidential. (All very cloak-and-dagger-ish, isn’t it?) My fantastic team of volunteer testers are doing a great job, by the way. I wouldn’t be progressing this quickly without their feedback. I was afraid that I…

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SUMMER ADVENTURES: Southern California and Dr. St. Amand

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I’ve been traveling for the past three weeks. I will blog my way through my notes about the interesting things I encountered, food-related and otherwise. The first leg of our travels took us to Southern California for a family trip touring the theme parks and tourist attractions with my daughter, Glenda, and her family. My son, Nathan, who lives in L.A., took the week off to join us. This picture is of my two kids and my three grandchildren at Legoland. Left to right: Glenda,…

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WE NEED A HERO, Part 3

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There are many theories about what causes fibromyalgia /chronic fatigue. There is a doctor who thinks it is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D and one who thinks it is caused by too much vitamin D. There is one who thinks it is caused by a thyroid deficiency and some who think it is triggered by infection. Some suggest that it is just an over-sensitivity to pain signals in the brain. Others blame flouride, inflammatory foods or toxins in the environment or stress hormones…

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WE NEED A HERO

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It’s official. Fibromyalgia is real. How do I know? Because I just saw an ad for a drug to treat it. Lyrica (pregabalin) is now allowed to claim that it may help patients with fibromyalgia (FMS). When The New York Times ran the story on January 14, 2008, the headline was: “Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?” In clinical trials Lyrica has been shown to reduce pain by about 2 points on a scale of 10, compared to 1 point for a placebo. It has significant…

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