Some Interesting Articles

Below is an excerpt from an article that makes my blood boil (if you can tolerate a crazy level of boiling, check out this amazing book that goes into great detail concerning why the drug cartels - I mean Pharmaceutical Companies - are more like the mafia than you can even imagine):

"Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdo

Time Keeps On Whizzing

Let’s meet in a restaurant

Is food the enemy?
Giving a dinner party has become
an ordeal. I lie awake the night
before figuring how to produce

a feast that is vegan, gluten free,
macrobiotic, avoiding all acidic
fruit and tomatoes, wine, all nuts,
low carb and still edible.

Are beetles okay for vegans?
Probably not. Forget chocolate
ants or fried grasshoppers.
Now my brains are cooked.

Finally seven o’clock arrives
and I produce the perfect meal.
At each plate for supper, a bowl
of cleanly washed pebbles.

An Open Letter to the Politicians who Represent Me

Our local newspaper recently published this letter http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/opinion/2015/08/27/guest-viewpoint-health-care/32480417/

We are a family of six, living in Tompkins County.

The Birth of Ivy Lyn

In the moments between the crazy, I am treasuring brief bits of total magic. We have a new baby human at our house! Who three days ago went from upside down, umbilically-attached to me...to lung-breathing-infant On The Outside. She's so new that even though her eyes are bright, you can't yet tell what color they will be. Times like these, you really notice the transitory nature of the universe. Our baby had a time Inside, and is now launched. And this is how the transition went.


I felt like I was in labor for two weeks before Ivy arrived.

It's a...

GIRL!! Our newest little one arrived at 11:11am yesterday morning, surrounded by her family, friends, and midwives.

She's our biggest yet: 7lbs 4oz, and at the moment she has lots of dark hair.

Am feeling rather dazed but exultant. She is adorable and sleepy. The proud papa is doing well, as is the rest of the family...

Please send us good thoughts concerning the baby developing excellent nursing skills!!!

Love, Sarabeth

Snow Days

Dear Family,

“People don’t want to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.” --Geoff Metcalf

"Sometimes medical care (like politics) is the art of the possible." --William Walsh

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." --Oliver Goldsmith


Eliza is incredibly adorable and completely cute, except when she is utterly and totally irrational and/or screaming her guts out.

Some Reading For A Snow Day - Measles, Brain Health, and Epigenetics

I recently read some information provided by an "infectious disease specialist" at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, who was asked, "How effective is the [measles] vaccine?"

John E. Swartzberg, M.D. answered, in part: "Very.

Trajectory of a Year - or, Continuing my Personal Health Adventures

Dear Family,

I have a huge disinclination to draw conclusions about anything health-related. I don't want to be known as That Person who recommends a healing modality after testing it for A Very Short Time, Announces Tremendous Results, and then...experiences a "Relapse" and never discusses said Modality again.

But when is anything in health "conclusive?" Since that's up for debate, and because I have been trying a lot of different things this year, I am going to trepidatiously announce that my mental and physical health status feels a lot more stable and Good Overall.

Thinking About GAPS, Resistant Starch, and Beyond

Dear Family,

"No Disease That Can Be Treated By diet Should Be Treated With any Other Means.”

  • Maimonides

I've been thinking recently that there are two sorts of people in the world: those who are dealing with significant health concerns, to the point where these concerns pretty much take over their lives...and those who aren't.

Then I thought, there is actually a third group: those whose lives are ruled by their health problems, but they (the people) don't realize it.

Anyway, if you happen to be a member of either of the latter two groups, the following letter may be q

Thinking About Me, and OCD

Dear Family,

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring."

--Desmond Tutu

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

-- Terry Pratchett, "A Hat Full of Sky"


It's hard to discuss my own mental health with both humor and compassion.

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