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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Tony Carroll on September 20, 2012 at 9:48pm

Boy, does he look pissed. Probably because he doesn't have a rainbow behind him, like the kitty on the box! Hahahaha! LOL! :)

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2012 at 7:15pm

Joan,

I just eat lots of fruit, vegetables, high fiber bread, eggs, poultry, seafoods, little pork & very little beef, watch my portion sizes, & do a lot of swearing...hahaha!!! I don't do well with fats or dairy, garlic or sauces, but am fine with wines.

Am not a people person so don't do the support group thing, my thing is mine & their's is their's so I don't feel comfortable with getting together with who is worse! Organic does not appeal as I've seen no difference with trying them & the prices are outrageous, so I can't afford them on a daily basis anyway.

With my reading penchant, I look things up online all the time.

Comment by booklover on September 20, 2012 at 6:28pm

Hi Joan!  No special diet helps mine since it's really a non-diagnosis, just an educated guess and luckily finding the right medicine!  I can't drink any alcohol except a beer now and then on a good-stomach day.  I feel lucky that my Gastro found a med that gave me back my quality-of-life, and others have many worse problems, so I just focus on the wonderful things in my life.  ~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 6:16pm

Oh my goodness, So many stomach and digestive problems. How do you keep your spirits up? Do you think our ancestors had such problems, or are they modern conditions? Do you belong to support groups, or related newsletters? Does organic food help? 

I am really sorry to learn of your health problems, Melinda and Patricia. 

Thanks for the feedback, Ian.

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2012 at 4:13pm

Mine won't ever correct, except by miracle, & we all know how well that goes...hahahaha!!!! I am also on probiotics, expensive as they are, but I can get them in my grocery store so I watch for sales. No idea either if they're helpful, but my doctor says to use them.....so I do.

Comment by booklover on September 20, 2012 at 2:43pm

Also their is an astounding number of bacteria, good & bad, in the gut.  My Gastro said if it gets 'out of whack' (my words) it causes many more problems.  I'm on a probiotic also which my doctor recommends because he worked at the Mayo Clinic with the doctor who 'invented' it.  It's called Align and it's over the counter.  To be honest I don't know if it helps or not!

When I have so many great days, it's just disheartening to wake-up an know it's going to be a bad one.  I keep hoping the worst of my problems (not the reflux) will correct itself.  My doctor says it is possible.  So here's hoping!

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2012 at 12:54pm

I don't travel well either Ian. I can't handle most foods outside my own limited areas.

Comment by Patricia on September 20, 2012 at 12:53pm

I tried everything, including the Nexium which was completely useless, so ended up with the Pariet which is the next step. I'm sure stress over worrying about my husband doesn't help matters either. But.....my mother has had some stomach issues, & my grandmother always had ulcers & bowel problems her whole life.....so heredity is a factor I'm sure. They're morons & you can see how protected they were compared to the sinful atheist huh???? I eat very high fiber including making my own breads, which I have done for 46 years, altering my recipe as time has gone on. I was also told that surgery for me wouldn't be indicated as it was not a high success rate.  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 20, 2012 at 11:48am

Digestive problems can be really debilitating. I've got a step-mum and a sis-in-law with them and can see how they suffer at times. I read a little while ago (here?) that there are 100 millions neurons in the digestive system. That's compared with 100 billion in the brain, but does indicate that the stomach etc. are the body's "second brain". I regularly get constipation and reflux when I travel because most countries in the world, unlike Denmark, chlorinate the water and that kills my digestion. I now take my own Danish full-corn rye bread everywhere I go.

Comment by booklover on September 20, 2012 at 8:17am

Wow Patricia, that is a lot to deal with.  I'm sure we have some of the same symptoms.  I have/had a hiatial hernia (I called it an esophogeal hernia earlier because I couldn't think of the word, lol0, and reflux.  My Nissen Fundoplication surgery was supposed to take care of that, but it didn't totally.  I am on Nexium for the acid.   I take a high dose of Nortriptylene  for all my other symptoms.  It's not even meant for my symptoms, but my Gastro said it works on lots of his patients with symptoms like mine, and hey whatever works!!  Sorry we both have to deal with stuff like this, but so many people have so many different things to deal with, and like you said, you do what you gotta do!!!  Life can suck sometimes! At least we know that no 'god' planned this for us! LOL

 

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