New Book: Silver Linings on Dark Clouds


Announcing my short biography of my life with Alport's Syndrome, a genetic, degenerative kidney disease that causes kidney failure.  I document the ongoing fight and struggle, not only with this insidious disease, but also the healthcare and social services systems, while trying to survive. A personal story of life with kidney failure, from diagnosis to … Continue reading New Book: Silver Linings on Dark Clouds

Health: Metapneumovirus KO’d Me for a Week


  Last Friday I was picking up renewed prescription medications from the hospital pharmacy.  There were about twenty people or more in a small waiting room with four  clerk windows on two sides of the room. The room was stuffy, congested with no airflow and no open windows. People were coughing, sniffling, moaning, something out … Continue reading Health: Metapneumovirus KO’d Me for a Week

Harrowing Hospital History


Normally I do not like to write about personal issues on my book blog here, but the past 18 months to two years, the hospital pharmacy that fills my prescriptions has been less than stellar. Here is what I've been dealing with at Harborview Medical Center's pharmacy at 9th and Jefferson in Seattle WA. If anyone … Continue reading Harrowing Hospital History

It’s not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obese


weight scale From cnn health: Nearly one-fifth of American 4-year-olds are obese, and children of color are at higher risk, according to new research. Researchers calculated the body mass index from a sample of 8,550 Hispanic, black, white, Asian and Native American 4-year-olds. The children were born in 2001, and in 2005, their height and weight … Continue reading It’s not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obese

Broccoli sprouts may help stop stomach cancer


Broccoli Study shows protective effect against bacteria linked to gastric problems Eating two and a half ounces of baby broccoli daily for two months may protect against a common stomach bug that is linked to gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer, a study in Japan has found.   Fresh broccoli sprouts contain plenty of sulforaphane, … Continue reading Broccoli sprouts may help stop stomach cancer

Salty Foods to blame for Kids’ Kidney Stones


Salt Crystals Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids’ love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods. Kidney stones are usually an adult malady, one that is notorious for causing excruciating pain — pain worse than childbirth. But … Continue reading Salty Foods to blame for Kids’ Kidney Stones

Want to Lose Weight? Add Calcium, Vitamin D Combo to Your Diet


Pills Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements may help overweight women to lose body fat, but only if their calcium intake from food is already quite low, a small study suggests. The study, which followed 63 overweight or obese women, found that those who took a calcium-plus-vitamin-D supplement in addition to a lower-calorie diet lost no … Continue reading Want to Lose Weight? Add Calcium, Vitamin D Combo to Your Diet

NO DUH: Red Meat is Bad for You


Meats Study finds what people have known for years. The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.   The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior … Continue reading NO DUH: Red Meat is Bad for You

Fat-producing gene may be clue to obesity


Fat Mice Lab study offers new clues about how the body metabolizes carbohydrates  From MSNBC Health: Very interesting study. We may not be all that responsible for weight gain, and therefore, must work all that much harder to get rid of that fat.   Researchers have found a gene responsible for turning a plate of … Continue reading Fat-producing gene may be clue to obesity

Heavy? You may live three to 10 years less


overweight Extra pounds as bad for health as lifetime of smoking, large study says Being obese can take years off your life and in some cases may be as dangerous as smoking, a new study says.   British researchers at the University of Oxford analyzed 57 studies mostly in Europe and North America, following nearly … Continue reading Heavy? You may live three to 10 years less