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  • My Hereditary Day & Nightmare Blood Disorder- "Hemochromatosis"

    Wow; wish I'd had had the opportunity to know about or see this extremely well done introduction to this hereditary malady when still a child but I'd discovered I'd had it only after my older sister had been diagnosed with it and asked by her physician to contact her siblings and ask that we be tested as well. "It's genetic, and so, hereditary. I was 49-50 methinks at that time.

    Of course, my first thought was; "not me, I've been eating a healthy diet, at least after I'd left home and became acquainted with "health food" and Yoga, and all those marvelous 'new & exciting' fads that came with the latter part of the '60s' & 70's of the last century. While, on the other hand; my siblings, I'd believed, had not. Though I'm not dissing the nourishment provided by my hard working parents who each had one of the particular 'carrier' genes that connected and caused the disease in my sister, myself and our other three siblings; our 'baby' sister and our two oldest, more brothers.

    But, "I cannot have the disease," I'd thought; especially one which I never heard of nor could have easily spelled upon first hearing the name, 'Hema' and/or 'Hemochromatosis.' Was shocked when I finally succumbed to the notion purported by my sister, and did an internet search only to find the first entry on the subject citing three large unwelcome words in the form of an arc across the middle of the first introductory page stating a dire directive which I now believe may have saved my life:

    "Absolutely NO Alcohol!"

    Wow! And me a regular patron of myriad bars and dance halls in a couple or three North American cities over at least three of my five first decades on this 'orb' where sometimes I'd imbibed to excess. My bad!

    I was flummoxed by the notion; but guess what? I decided then and there that I would never imbibe the 'iron absorption enhancer' ever again should I have been tested positive. For decades, I'd been an habitual beer drinker imbibing at least 'one drink a day.' However, since my diagnosis was indeed positive for the disease, after my test results were finally returned from a 'special lab' (where all major blood tests in Canada were carried out) in Ottawa on July 27 (I'd seen the date typed on the letter that accompanied my results which my GP at the time had left unattended on his desk when he left his office during our interview and I'd stolen a peek to assure myself it was indeed true. However, I've remained 'almost' true to my promise and determination to never imbibe alcohol again, ever since. Though, I must admit, now and then, I do partake in an occasional alcoholic drink; but only to mark a special celebratory occasions with friends or family. Sometimes, not even once a year. Though at times, a couple or three a year; but no more.

    Took 48 regular sessions or phlebotomies administered by the most kind and deliverers of honest to goodness tender loving care (TLC) nurses at the Victoria General Hospital over several years to regulate my condition; so, a couple or three years ago, my 'ferritin' (and or my 'iron overload' level) was finally diagnosed as being "normal." However, a number of my close friends & acquaintances would beg to differ. haha Have been and still am 'quite the character' 'they' say; but I believe my buoyant 'happy go lucky' personality has been mainly due to having been a professional tap-dancing, choreographer & musical theater 'song & dance man, an entertainer on or off the stage, for a major part of my life, where imbibing after a performance was and still is, likely, a 'mainstay' of the post-performance art form. Or, at least, it was during my time professionally after an occasion of 'strutting the boards,' so to speak.

    What on earth am I going on about, some may ask??? Well, no need for bewilderment any more; here's the tale explaining the background and remedies of this sometimes 'deadly' disease. Watch this:

    One in nine in the general population have the disease; so, please, the next time you're sent for a so-called 'regular blood test;' don't forget to ask to have your 'ferritin' (or 'iron') checked for possible "iron over-load" in your blood, as well.

    Am willing all a happy and healthy holiday season. And though not an overly 'religious' person, I do have an indomitable spirit to overcome odds stacked against me; so I'll leave you with a quote from another afflicted soul from another fictional time and place as well as a seasonal favourite: Tiny Tim's words in the last line from the Charles Dickens classic tale, "A Christmas Carol"...

    "GOD BLESS US EVERY ONE!"

    BTW, the above post is dedicated to my very special 'friend' and 'adoptive nephew,' Colin, whose recent learning curve both astounds and delights me to 'know' end. Pun intended. hehe

    Colin dear; you've heard me use the word "hemochromatosis" many times but you likely do not know what that malady I endure entails. So, on this very special occasion celebrating the completion of your recent school semester, yesterday, as well as your very special day today; am thrilled to 'present' you with the above post as a 'gift' in lieu of something material or 'store bought,' as some say in some 'circles.'

    But, I'm presenting and dedicating this blog post to you because, not only am I tremendously proud of you and your academic achievements this year, as well as, those leading up to now ever since we first met a dozen years ago and I'd begun to mentor and encourage you to learn to be the very best you're able, regardless of what obstacles stand in your way; I simply adore your presence in my life and your impressive successes and want you to share in the understanding of what exactly my hereditary disease is that causes 'your' Uncle Neil to be so adamantly concerned about you and to realize that it is my disease (presented in the video) that makes me a blathering fool sometimes; but not today my dear one... when I'm saying:

    HAPPY 29TH BIRTHDAY, COLIN !!!
    AM LOVING YOU ALWAYS, SON
    HEAPS of WARM (((HUGS)))
    Call me!
    Uncle Neil xox

  • Psst! "MANDIBA'S QUOTES" you likely won't hear in MSM

    Yes, thank you Common Dreams! Have said what I had to say about the following linked article posted at their site regarding what I'd read moments ago.

    Want a list or just the top ten? Rhetorical. See for yourself, please. Below you'll find the link to the page for you to read a collection list of profoundly courageous statements that had been made by one of the most brilliantly astute men to ever have walked this EARTH.

    Sure will miss 'our' awesome NELSON MANDELA; his "speaking TRUTH to POWER" is not only amazingly 'quoted;' but was astoundingly brave of him in the face of 'racism' to being so direct. Well spoken, too, by our 'socially conscious hero,'. "Mandiba" (an endearment for him cited by his country's proud indigenous peoples) upon his 'freedom from prison,' who had greatly enhanced the joyful eventual demise of the 'heinous policies' of Apartheid that had been put in place by the heretofore 'white extremist government' who'd invaded and robbed South Africa for ages.

    BRAVO to all involved at Common Dreams for presenting "the list."

    Please click the following link and dare to be amazed as well as 'informed by the greatness of NELSON MANDELA'

    12 Mandela Quotes That Won't Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries

    Thanks again for bravely posting it, 'Common Dreams;', gratefully appreciated.

    Am willing PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE for all, GLOBALLY!

    Be Well! :>>

  • "Waste is an illusion!" - "The Compost Heap" by Earthtomihail

    Greetings friends and visitors: welcome!

    Has been quite some time since I've scribbled thoughts and exposed issues going on in 'my world;' but I'd received the following video this morning via a YouTube 'alert' in my email, a video regarding a 'composting' process whose steps toward fruition are highlighted. Needless to say, I was compelled to "pay it forward" to you, as well.

    Yes, embedded you'll find an eco-friendly approach to 'recycling' the so called 'organic waste' such as food scraps and other organically sourced items llike paper, box board, wood chips and straw, etc., both containing nitrogen & carbon that are necessary for composting both into powerful nutritive components later to be added to and enhance growth of a truly healthy garden, organically.

    By video's end, you'll definitely learn, as well as realize, the empowerment achieved via watching this beautifully video-graphed, "The Compost Heap." It's an instructional video teaching us all how to conscientiously do our part in maintaining a healthier Planet for all. "Compost please!" :.

    The Compost Heap by Eathtomihail

    Be well everyone and remember: :.

    [[[[[ "Waste is an illusion!"]]]]] : >>

    *Special thanks to YouTube 'user,' Earthtomihail's channel at YouTube for this informative instructional video. May peace and healthy 'green spaces flourish and nurture us all toward our Planet's peace & harmony. Love is always! :wave:

  • "Clearing the Fog" exposes guarded facts re GMOs [video & more]

    But first, how about getting active today; please find and join the "March Against Monsanto," [click link for March Against Monsanto Event List] today. May 25, 2013.


    Find a March & Join TODAY!

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    Reasons to Protest Monsanto with Ronnie Cummins, Patty Lovera and Adam Eidinger

    Click me, too; please. The Growing Global Challenge To Monsanto's Monopolistic Greed

    More:

    Be informed re 'chem-trails.' too:'

    Click me too, please: Research explaining why they are spraying the sky's around the world.

    So endeth my first post in ages. May have been absent from posting the last while; but haven't been asleep. Wake up everyone; please. And please Watch this whistle blown re the facts behind the 'cloudy covers-up' and much much more ...from the mouth of an awesome ex-military 'mom' who witnessed 'the facts' first hand. :>

    And if you 'think,' you can't find reason; you may readily understand the whole bloody conspiracy by seeing and reading what has already been etched in stone, in 1980. Ever hear of the The Georgia Guidestones?

    Watch this:

    More videos: Research explaining why they are spraying the sky's around the world.

    Be well everyone!

  • Gore Vidal, My Belated Gratitude for your Lengthy Written Legacy

    Hey kids, haven't been here for awhile, I know; but wanted to inform you that my "vialoonishness" came to full fruition the past few daze remembering and honouring my mentor of "fact not opinion," and hero of written American history, GORE VIDAL, who passed beyond 'the veil' on August 31, 2012.

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    Gore Vidal at age 23, November 14, 1948

    "Fair Use of Photo by Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    However, to quote the infamous man when speaking of the dreaded 'd' word: :.

    I'm not sentimental about anything. Life flows by, and you flow with it or you don't. Move on and move out.
    -Gore Vidal

    Yes, I've posted a couple or three comments on other sites in relation to the demise of my hero, Gore Vidal; but you can check out out my past couple of posts on him posted at my 'alter-ego's website, "Vidalism's Apprentice" .

    And for more, check out The 10 best Gore Vidal quotes by Ned Hepburn (not sure if he's related to Audrey or Kate) 8| ...at the site Indie Music News, Pop Culture, Politics and Entertainment | Death and Taxes Mag
    (just found the above linked site and was so tickled to revisit Gore's prolific quotes and images of his indomitable spirit (although being a professed 'atheist') simply had to link it. Am sure Gore Vidal now knows, his spirit lives on; at least with me.

    Long live the 'spirit' of Gore Vidal!

    Love is always! :>>

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