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Saturday, October 27, 2007


Leafy Sea Dragon movie in recognition of my visit to the Sea Horse Farm
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Thursday, October 25, 2007


Blackle - worth thinking about



How is Blackle saving energy?
Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.
Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." Roberson et al, 2002
In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.
We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.
How can you help?
We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page ( set ). This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.
Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: "Blackle.com - Saving energy one search at a time".
Have a look at our energy saving tips page for ideas on steps you can take to save energy.
There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling "energy saving tips" or visit treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.


Contact Blackle - Blackle FAQ
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Re; Sunshine's comment..

No, that's not me in the video, I'm blonde and Australian, but I still don't like Landmark!

refer: http://catlicious.blogspot.com/search/label/Cult

I lost a friend to Landmark Education, it certainly never felt right to me but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and went with her to the information session.
We were asked to give our names addresses and phone numbers at the desk - I asked why my phone number was required when I was only attending for the sake of my friend and this was a "no - obligation information session"... I was allowed to enter but the red flags had gone up around me and looks were exchanged and my friend was in the bad books after that.
They had some inspiring speakers from higher up the echelons... but when members who were new-ish got up and spoke I felt decidedly ill at ease, these people were basically putting themselves down in order to win the acceptance of the group... " I was a bad person.. but Landmark changed me!!" that kind of thing.
They split us up into groups and the group leader that I had seemed to think he could find a vulnerability in the group that we would identify with and "break down" emotionally to be guided and built back up by landmark (standard brainwashing 101), I however didn't suffer the low self esteem that he expected and the opportunity to create a possibility for myself (the supposed purpose of the small group) I decided would be best spent creating the possibility of leaving the group - right now.
There were protests, I was stopped several times on the way out, but I was set on leaving with my finances and self esteem intact, so I did.
Prior to this I had received numerous phone calls to attend, join up whatever, and to tell me how to be in integrity with herself she had to tell me all these things that I wasn't aware of, resentments she had for me etc. afterwards I was to be quizzed about why I left, and to receive constant updates about the "education" but to tell you the truth my friend did spare me most of it.
The worst of it was the changes that happened to her, she became so insecure that it was impossible to be around her, she became obsessive over trivial things, OCD like, having to touch and check everything, over and over and over, critical of everything and really competitive and critical and bitchy, the way people with extreme low self esteem can become. All the while telling me how great Landmark is and how it had saved her life and how she was about to plunge another 10 grand into more and more endless seminars... the few throwaway quotes she did get out of it she could have easily got for 20 bucks from a self help book... :-(
After being told by others (didn't want to admit it to myself) that it would take me 3 or 4 days to get over spending time with her, it was that exhausting, she was always crying and really emotional... still spouting the virtues of Landmark between sniffles, I finally realised that there was nothing more that I could do so I left the friendship, and decided to post information about Landmark as it comes to hand so that fewer people have to go through that if at all possible.

:-(

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Monday, October 22, 2007


Ya know I despise Landmark right?





This cracked me up!!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


from here



ADRENAL FATIGUE AND THE SAFE USES OF CORTISOL


BASED MOSTLY ON THE BOOK SAFE USES OF CORTISOL (3rd Edition)
BY U.S. ENDOCRINOLOGIST WILLIAM McCORMACK JEFFERIES
AND ALSO YOUR THYROID AND HOW TO KEEP IT HEALTHY
BY DR BARRY DURRANT-PEATFIELD
AND ALSO ADRENAL FATIGUE THE 21ST CENTURY STRESS SYNDROME
BY JAMES L. WILSON, ND, DC, PHD
By Kyle Grimshaw-Jones ND, RT www.conscioushealing.com.au
Sep 30th, 2007


This five page educational article is written for health professionals and their clients, in the hope of stimulating interest and discussion in this vital area for the alleviation of human suffering. The author is a naturopath, not a doctor, and does not claim definitive knowledge in this area. This article is a summary of the above literature, and other research and personal experience and observation of the author.
This article is not intended as a substitute for proper medical advice or training. It is written largely from memory so it may be best to check details by purchasing the original books.
The author does not accept any liability for negative effects from any action or inaction, taken or not taken, by any person or group of persons in connection in any way with the information presented in this article. If in doubt consult your physician…Just pray he’s read these books!
CONTEMPT PRIOR TO THOROUGH INVESTIGATION WILL CONDEMN A PERSON TO IGNORANCE!
BOTTOM LINE: SAFE LOW PHYSIOLOGIC DOSES OF CORTISOL GIVEN APPROX. EVERY SIX HOURS HAVE BEEN SAFELY AND SUCCESSFULLY USED FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND 40,000 PATIENT HOURS. THIS HAS OFTEN INVOLVED LONG-TERM SUPPLEMENTATION FOR YEARS OR DECADES, GIVING DRAMATIC PATIENT BENEFIT, AND HAS PRODUCED NO OBSERVABLE LONG-TERM NEGATIVE EFFECTS AS IS COMMONLY SUPPOSED.
‘CORTISOL IS A NORMAL HORMONE, ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE.’ - McCormack Jefferies
(In fact it is the only hormone you die without!)
‘MOST PHYSICIANS TODAY ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT ANY DOSAGE OF CORTISOL CAN PRODUCE SIDE EFFECTS THAT OCCUR WITH ANY EXCESSIVE DOSES.’ - McCormack Jefferies
1. Most physicians and pharmacists do not appear to understand the safe uses of cortisol, and are biased against its use by outdated generalised information based on beliefs about other substances/glucocorticoids that are chemically similar to cortisol but not the same, such as prednisone, or cortisone, and/or based on ‘pharmacologic’ dosages that are far above what can be termed safe low ‘physiologic’ doses. After safe low physiologic doses are administered, patient peak blood cortisol levels still fall within normal physiological ranges.
2. The cortisol that can be ordered in standard blood, urine, and saliva pathology tests is the same chemical as what is termed hydrocortisone which is sold under the brand name of Hysone in Australia, and can also be manufactured by compounding pharmacists. Hydrocortisone can therefore be defined as ‘biodentical’. Hydrocortisone is somewhat inappropriately named, as it does not have a ketone side chain as its last three letters ‘one’ would suggest. Many years ago Cortisol was originally classified as Compound F in the early research work by Kendall, as distinct from Cortisone which was originally classified as Compound E. Cortisone must be turned into Cortisol in the body for it to have its full effect.
3. Jefferies has used safe physiological dosage cortisol for over four decades, and has documented his findings as a summary of over 40,000 patient hours. As far as I can tell, despite multiple published papers in the medical literature, nobody has been able to refute his observations and recommendations.
4. The original patent rights on cortisol and related natural compounds have expired. In order for new usage claims to be made about a drug new trials would have to be run. This would require funding. This would normally only come from drug companies. These companies are unlikely to fund research into usages of a drug which they cannot patent, as any other company could profit from their research and market their own equivalent product.
5. Many different disease patterns have responded favourably to Jefferies low-dose physiological protocol of cortisol administration, sometimes in conjunction with other hormone supplementation. These include allergies, amenorrhoea, low stomach acid, low secretory IgA production, poor resistance to infection/frequent infection (poor immunity), infertility, tendency to miscarriage, inflammation, autoimmune thyroiditis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
6. The negative effects from the gross heavy-handed pharmacologic dosages of the cortisone compounds that occurred in the early days of experimentation do not occur with safe low dose physiological cortisol, even when prolonged for decades. In addition, women who had previously miscarried repeatedly only managed to carry their pregnancy to full term when supplemented with cortisol, and no negative effects on mother or child have been observed in over 40 years and 40,000 patient hours. These negative side effects of high-pharmacologic doses of compounds that are in the same family as cortisol, include ‘moon face’, ‘buffalo hump’, shut-down of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal ulcerations, and immune suppression.
7. Many clinicians, even if they may begrudgingly be persuaded to prescribe low dose cortisol to a patient, are very reticent to do so, very nervous and cautious, and usually have the viewpoint that the client should not be allowed to remain on this dosage medium or long term. Many pharmacists share this belief. I believe this attitude should change. If a patient has a degree of under responsiveness of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis which is contributing to their health condition, then this can and perhaps often should be supplemented for as long as necessary, while every attempt is made to support the patient’s body in eventually being able to produce adequate cortisol in response to various types of stressors. This may include nutritional, herbal, dietary, or other methods. Specific examples include vitamin C, B complex, Rehmannia, Licorice, Eleutherococcus, Withania, raw bovine or porcine adrenal, adrenal cortex, (and other) glandular extracts, and Iodine (which appears to influence steroid hormone receptor sensitivity).
8. Jefferies points out that even if blood cortisol, ACTH, ACTH stimulation tests, and CRF stimulation tests all show as normal, then low-dose cortisol supplementation may still be indicated and is worth trialling. It appears that certain types of feedback to the hypothalamus can sometimes not result in an adequate response down the endocrine chain. Interleukin I feedback from monocytes has been shown to influence this process through its effect on the hypothalamus, as has the influenza virus. This connection between the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and the immune system has been reported in medical literature since the 1980s.
9. In the 1918 flu epidemic, many victims who were fatally affected were shown on autopsy to have exhausted their adrenal glands, which had ruptured, not from direct infection per se, but from trying to respond to the infection.
10. It can happen that 8am blood cortisol and DHEA levels, and even supposed 24 hr urinary ‘free’ cortisol tests can all appear in normal limits, yet saliva tests that show the amount of actual free hormone that is available to the body cells can be grossly deficient indicating that biodentical supplementation is likely to be required. Standard 8am blood cortisol or DHEA indicate the combined amount of both free and globulin-bound hormones. (Globulin-bound hormone is unavailable to the body cells.) Saliva cortisol or DHEA indicate the amount of free hormone available to the body cells. Salivary cortisol is usually tested at 6am, 12pm, 6pm, and 10pm in order to assess the diurnal pattern of cortisol production/cell availability. DHEA cortisol is usually tested at 6 am.
11. Jefferies would use dosages of up to 40 mg/day, excepting in severe conditions requiring very strong short-term intervention. 40mg/day is the amount that in unstressed circumstances will temporarily shut down the endogenous production of cortisol by negative feedback to the pituitary gland. Dosages below this, in unstressed circumstances, result in only partial shut down of endogenous production, and when gradually reduced do not impair long-term or medium-term endogenous production.
12. For the purposes of dosage comparisons, Prednisone is considered as four times stronger than cortisol. So a 20 mg/day dose of cortisol could be comparable to a 5 mg/day dose of prednisone.
13. Typically, Jefferies patients would end up on maintenance dosages of 5 mg four times per day. This would often be increased during times of infectious stress/exposure (e.g. pre and post-operatively), or other periods of heightened stress, or if slightly higher dosages were needed to maintain symptom remission. Other common dosages were therefore 7.5 mg four times per day, 10 mg four times per day, and sometimes 2.5 mg four times per day. These dosages were administered with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed. The dose before bed was taken with some light food or milk if it created any tummy upset (cortisol is a gastric acid stimulant).
14. Some physicians have tried to follow the diurnal pattern by giving dosages of 12, 8, 4, and 1 mgs throughout the day. Some suggest omitting the evening dose. Taking such a small dose at bed time does not support the body in it’s early morning rise towards the normally and ideally highest cortisol level of the day. This is when it is needed the most. Therefore the evening dose is essential, and should probably not be omitted, but may need to be tapered slightly if any sleeplessness results.
15. Some authors have cautioned that stomach acid supplementation (with betaine hydrochloride for example) may need to be lowered or discontinued if cortisol supplementation is commenced. It can be observed that people with mild adrenal insufficiency often appear to have low stomach acid production also. These individuals may still need stomach acid supplementation however. In Australia direct measurement of stomach acid production seems to be a grossly underused diagnostic procedure. For more information read Lawrence Wight’s work, including Why Stomach Acid is Good for You.
16. Typically, Jefferies would attempt to lower the dose in stages over time. If symptoms returned then he would slightly increase the dose again. People would often remain supplemented for years or decades, with no ill effects, and certainly NONE of the ill effects reported during the early work using high pharmacologic dosages (as distinct from low physiologic dosages). Jefferies has noted that a typical scenario is that a physician attempts to remove cortisol supplementation far too quickly because of biased and incorrect education in this area, and the false belief that prolonged supplementation is always harmful no matter what the dosage (or which glucocorticoid is used!), instead of experimenting to find the safe physiologic dose that allows the patient to live free of their symptoms with no ill effects, even if supplementation is required for many decades and even through pregnancies.
17. Jefferies noted, as have others, that it appears to take 2 weeks for full effect of the dosage that is being used to become apparent. It is important to consider this when finding the necessary dose. A cautious and patient attitude should be employed, beginning with small dosages, and making small changes followed by 2 week observation periods at each stage. Some physicians begin with 2.5 mg four times daily.
18. Jefferies also noted and demonstrated the importance of dividing the dosages of the cortisol throughout the day. It is extremely important to understand that 20 mg of cortisol given once by mouth in the morning is very different in its effect than 5 mg given four times (once every 6 hours, or as close to this as is practical), even though the overall daily intake is the same in both cases. Three or four divided doses have been found to be most effective. Two divided doses has not. One is out of the question.
19. Contrary to popular belief, cortisol given in safe low physiologic dosages is an immune stimulant. Jefferies has convincingly demonstrated this with graphs of immunoglobulin levels over time relative to supplemental cortisol, and also with case history reports and observations that repeatedly demonstrate the dramatically improved immunity to infection of those supplementing with safe low physiological doses of cortisol. To put it simply, people who used to get sick at the drop of a hat turned into the only people in the office who didn’t catch the bug that laid everyone else up in bed for a week! To be cautious, he still would increase the dosage of cortisol during times of likely infection. This is in stark contrast to conventional conditioned thinking which is basically that ‘cortisone suppresses the immune system’.
20. Apart from dramatically improved resistance to infection, the following effects are notable in people on safe low medium to long-term physiological dose cortisol supplementation: increased alertness, better digestion (return of desire for food!), more sustained energy levels/better endurance, better ability to concentrate, dramatic relief or remission of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disease, disappearance of chronic allergies, return of colour to the face - normalisation of low blood pressure, disappearance of postural hypotension (getting dizzy when you stand up quick!), and more stable blood sugar levels.
21. Cortisol increases the conversion of T4 (thyroxine) to T3 (triiodothyronine) at the cell level, and so interrelationships between the adrenals and the thyroid glands must be considered. For further information on this area the book Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy by Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield is highly recommended. Here’s a hint - supplement the adrenals first, and don’t rely on blood tests for assessing thyroid function - test basal temperature and interview and assess the case based on signs and symptoms!
22. Durrant-Peatfield lists the following signs and symptoms as indicating low thyroid function disorder:
SYMPTOMS SIGNS
Weight Gain Reduced pulse pressure (difference between systolic and diastolic)
Lowered Body Temperature Slowed pulse
Lack of Energy Slowed reflexes (e.g. Achilles)(common to adrenal dysfunction also)
Fluid Retention Lab tests taken alone can be grossly and dangerously unreliable.
Chronic Constipation Lowered basal temperature
Nervous Disorders (taken upon waking under armpit - some recommend testing both armpits)
Loss of memory and thinking ability (to understand this in more detail refer to the work of Dr Broda Barnes)
Headaches
Skin troubles
Hair Loss
Changes in the Voice
Poor resistance to infection
Atherosclerosis
Anaemia
Loss of libido
Infertility
Effects on Menstruation, Childbirth and Postnatal Depression
Raynaud’s phenomenon
23. For more understanding of adrenal insufficiency that is not classic Addison’s disease, the book Adrenal Fatigue by James L Wilson is recommended. Any condition that improves with low dose physiological supplementation of cortisol is very likely to have a component of adrenal fatigue involved with it! Mainstream medical syndrome classification does not usually include a category for adrenal insufficiency unless it is formally diagnosed as classic Addison’s disease. This is a problem.
24. Wilson lists the following symptoms and signs as indications of adrenal fatigue. Clinicians may find these useful in identifying adrenal fatigue in their patients.
SYMPTOMS
Difficulty getting up in the morning.
Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
Craving for salt or salty foods
Lethargy (lack of energy)
Increased effort to do every day tasks
Decreased sex drive
Decreased ability to handle stress
Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
Light-headed when standing up quickly
Mild Depression
Less enjoyment or happiness with life
Increased PMS
Symptoms increase if meals are skipped or inadequate
Thoughts less focused, more fuzzy
Memory less accurate
Decreased tolerance
Don’t really wake up until 10am, afternoon low between 3 and 4 pm, feels better after evening meal
Decreased productivity
SIGNS
On exposure to a light source the iris of the eye contracts, but then it oscillates wider and narrower instead of holding a stable increased tone. In severe cases it hardly responds at all.
Low blood pressure and postural low blood pressure - pressure drops on standing up from lying down - this is known as Raglan’s sign, and getting dizzy when you stand up quick is called postural hypotension.
Sergent’s White Line (present in about 40% of people with adrenal fatigue)
- with the dull end of ballpoint pen lightly stroke the skin of abdomen - within few seconds a reddened line should appear
- if it stays white for about 2 minutes and widens you probably have adrenal fatigue!
Lab tests taken alone can be grossly and dangerously unreliable and misinterpreted.
25. Supplementation with DHEA, 7-keto DHEA, or other hormones may be indicated concurrently in cases of adrenal insufficiency.
26. Jefferies used cortisone acetate for some time, but reached the conclusion over the decades that it was far better to use the biodentical cortisol (hydrocortisone).
27. Much human suffering has been caused by ignorance of the information contained in this document. Please feel free to photocopy it and distribute it, on the condition that you do not edit or modify it in any way, and ensure that each copy is complete. Please give this to all people you know with autoimmune diseases, and all doctors, rheumatologists, etc. that you come across.
THIS DOCUMENT IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO:
HAVE WORKED TO EASE HUMAN SUFFERING,
ARE WILLING TO THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE AN AREA OF CONCERN BEFORE ARRIVING AT AN OPINION,
ARE WILLING TO REVISE THEIR OPINIONS AND PRACTICES IN THE LIGHT OF NEW INFORMATION,
WHO PLACE THE LONG-TERM WELFARE OF THE PERSON ABOVE PROFIT MOTIVES, AND THEIR PERSONAL NEED TO BE RIGHT OR TO STAND UNCORRECTED, AND
WHO HAVE SOUGHT AND FOUND HOW TO SERVE.
- Kyle Grimshaw-Jones ND

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007


the catlicious SG custom...

here's one I prepared earlier:



I think it's the filtertrons that make it :-)

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Why I don't use flu shots...

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Monday, October 01, 2007


Just in case you thought I was stuck getting my 70's freak on...

Here's proof that being sick means
a) I have too much time on my hands
and
b)I watch too much tv...

I keep thinking that Liam, left in this pick from Puzzle play

































looks just like Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen:



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