Healing Lupus Naturally

A major part of eczema cure revolves around providing proper moisturizing to the dry skin and cutting down on the inflammation caused by either the eczema itself or the patient scratching. There are a lot of creams which are frequently used to keep up the water and nutrient levels of skin high. Such examples include herbal oils, creams, lotions, all of which are significantly used as a natural cure for itchy skin. Pharmaceutical preparations as creams are also available on market, but many of these may have undesired side effects, this is why natural creams are so popular at the moment. These creams can be brought over the counter without a trip to your doctor. However it is important to go and see your doctor, just because the cream is natural it doesn’t mean that it wont cause harm or side effects. Think of cannibis, that’s a plant, but it causes harm to a great number of people. Hence a doctor’s opinion must be sought before starting any treatment for eczema, like herbal creams.

Patients suffereing from mild cases may find petroleum jellies to offer some relief. Also certain oils such as Oilatum or Balneum can be placed in the bath to relieve the symptoms of dry skin.

These so called emollients are substances which soften and soothe the skin. Apart from lessening the scaling and dryness they also help by forming a psychological barrier to prevent that person from scratching. People tend not to scratch when they have had some cream placed on the affected area. The creams also provide lubrication and soothing effects which decreases itching and inflammation.

Topical cortisone creams, containing steroids can be considered for use in severe or prolonged cases. Their effectiveness depends a lot on your skin type and other factors. Some of these creams are available over the counter but it is advisable to refer to a doctor before starting with any treatment, you don’t want to cause more harm than good.

Soap dries out the skin, everybody knows that. It is therefore advisable to use a soap substitute and herbal bath oil when taking a shower, after the shower you should apply an emollient cream or ointment.

Corticosteroid steroid containing ointments, creams or lotions are pharmaceutical preparations that are used over a short term by doctors to keep aggravated cases of eczema under control. Such creams do not actually cure eczema but they are able to control and suppress the symptoms thereby providing some much needed relief.

The natural moisturizing factors (NMF), which are naturally present in our skin, are largely made up of amino acids. Hence their lack in our diet can aggravate eczema. This is best counteracted by a natural and wholesome diet, rather than pills, processed foods, or other artificial supplements.

There are many natural healing creams on the market which can help eczema which can make it confusing to find the specific one that will work best for you. Healing the skin and keeping it healthy are of primary importance as part of both preventing further damage and enhancing quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this.....?
    My bf did research on a article....kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN'T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET'S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an "otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response," even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. "... squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals...observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene "contributed to the cascade of reactions called "Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud's phenomenon, Sjorgren's syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever."

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    -polysorbate
    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions."

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REAL PROFFESIONAL RESEARCH
    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A LITTLE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND YOU'LL GET THE TRUTH
    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is...how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase "real professional research".

      Were you aware that vaccines that don't contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can't all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does...it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It's like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this....ooooh it's so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines.....they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product).....people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even "contributed to the cascade" with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals' mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine.....again with the twisting.....

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it.....but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the "link" between autism and other neurological disorders......which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury...one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury...they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body's cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl.....didn't see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  2. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have leukemia?
    Over a day ago I pulled down my pants to go to the bathroom and was shocked to see my thighs covered in tiny little pinhead-sized spots, which I'm pretty sure are called petichiae. No reason I would have gotten those that I can think of. Also, I've been feeling very achy for the past week, like I was doing strenuous exercise and pulled my muscles everywhere- except I've been very lazy for the past few weeks and haven't been in the mood to do anything at all, so I definitely shouldn't feel achy. A few days ago I had a bad nosebleed (I didn't hit my nose or anything, it just started bleeding) and for the past few weeks, there's been blood in my mucous (I figured I had a cold, but it's been sticking around and I've noticed blood in the mucous).

    I wouldn't have known this was a symptom of leukemia except for the fact that- yes, this was stupid- I entered my symptoms into one of those online medical things and the only result it showed for all these was leukemia. So naturally I start reading about leukemia and the warning signs are exactly what I have, so I'm definitely a bit worried.

    Oddly, the main reason I keep thinking it *can't* be leukemia is because I already have enough medical problems- I have epilepsy, and used to have lupus! And those aren't even related to leukemia! And I'm only seventeen! I can't handle this!

    But I don't want to go to the doctor to check for sure because (yes, I'm an idiot) I'm a cutter and was cutting about a week ago and still have the marks (nothing deep, just scratches really, have been doing it for two years, and while it's not a good thing, I've been getting it under control and doing it less and less... it's just the stress from the lupus and the epilepsy thing, among other, more normal teenager things, were getting to me...) so I don't want him to examine me now.

    What do you think? Is it likely I have something serious like leukemia, or can I wait a few weeks until my cuts have healed up and then go to the doctor just to check for my peace of mind?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No one can diagnose you with leukemia (or anything else) over the internet. The only way for you to know what is causing your symptoms is to go to your doctor. Being a cutter does not make you an idiot and given all the difficulties that you seem to have had it makes sense that you might find things difficult to cope with. Maybe it would be a good thing for your doctor to know about this- he might be able to help you to find support in relation to this issue too?

      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    Please HELP, doc doesn't know what's wrong with me?
    My doctor has done many blood tests but she hasn't found anything wrong with me, so naturally, she now thinks I have psychological problems.
    I KNOW for a fact this has nothing to do with my mental state. I am not depressed.

    Here are my symptoms:

    Extreme fatigue/weakness/exhaustion
    Mild fever (when my pain gets worse I begin to heat up)
    Weight loss
    Muscle aches (all over my body, along with joint pain)
    Mouth sores (canker sores) (recently started getting sores in my mouth and tongue, 3 so far)
    Shortness of breath (I thought my asthma had come back, but since this is a lupus sign, then that would make sense. when my pain gets really bad I feel like I can't breathe and begin gasping for air)
    Chest pain (along with shortness of breath makes me feel like I'm about to throw up. chest/heart feels pressure.)
    Easy bruising (I've noticed, and it takes a very long time for my bruises to heal)
    Anxiety
    Memory loss and loss of concentration
    Sensitive to light (and I'm also sensitive to heat)

    I'll try to explain my symptoms in more depth...
    my muscles ache but it's not an intense muscle pain, more like a constant dull pain in my back, my legs/knees, my shoulders, my neck.
    I get slight headaches now which is almost daily, but they aren't intense headaches, again more like a dull pain.
    usually during the night I wake up because I first feel very nauseous, and then my chest feels tight and I begin feeling short of breath, so I start gasping for air.
    throughout the day I feel very exhausted, taking up to 2 naps a day, and it has impacted my personal life by not being able to do certain activities. If I do those physical activities, I feel extremely drained and my muscle aches become more pronounced, then I just go take a long nap, and when I wake up I never feel refreshed, sometimes I even feel worse.
    there are really two things that really scare me, one being the extreme exhaustion all day long, and the other being those terrible nights where I wake up feeling sick all over my body, nauseous, tight chest, and it makes me toss and turn, I cannot sleep when I'm in that kind of pain, I have thrown up from it and it gets very bad to where I even start to cry. I also start heating up. it almost feels like I have a case of the flu for a few hours (that's the feeling of sickness that comes over me). so this is why I know it's not psychological, it's extremely painful and it wakes me up out of a dead sleep.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
    She tested me for Lupus, currently I am waiting for that test back.

    I took one before, it was slightly elevated..but now I'm waiting for the definitive test.
    Actually yes she has said Fibromyalgia might be a possibility, she even gave me a number to call. Thank you for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms are many and can apply to many diseases/illnesses.

      What type of blood tests did the doctor have ordered? It could be the thyroid gland.

      Knowing what blood tests she/he ordered is really necessary to answer this question more completely.

      Sounds like you are not happy with your doctor. You can change doctors or get a second opinion (be sure to bring all the blood work results with you).

      Have you had any tick bites, mosquito bites, etc.?

      Wait for the results of the Lupus test. I recommend you also see an endocrinologist (specializes in the hormones of the body - and I don't mean just testosterone, estrogen). The thyroid gland and pituitary gland are important glands that secrete hormones, just like the pancreas secretes insulin.

      So you see, not knowing what kinds of blood tests were done is hard to say what could be wrong. Be advised that we are not doctors and even if there were some answering, they couldn't give a diagnosis just by your symptoms.

      BTW you are not crazy or imaging any of this. This is very real and needs definite medical attention. It is not psychological - so be at ease :)


Healing Lupus Steps

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The book that changed my thinking about health and our ability to heal our bodies is the classic from Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life."

This is the single greatest book on the power of our emotions and thoughts on our overall health.

Louise Hay has healed herself from cancer. She explains how she does it in this very enlightening book. Louise was way ahead of her time as her first copy of this book was back in 1984. There have been countless updates as this is a perennial winner in the health and healing world.

When I first read this book I would read about the illness I had at the time such as a sore throat and see what the good book had to say. For example, when we experience a sore throat, we are "holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self."

Louise recommends contemplating the root issues of a sore throat - what are you angry at or unable to express? Moreover, she advises you to repeat the affirmation " I release all restrictions, I am free to be me."
You will be amazed at how changing your thoughts and focusing on your pending emotional issue can arrest any illness. By going to the root emotional cause, the illness dissipates.

Just last year I woke up with a migraine headache and I was really bummed out about it since I had a very fun day planned.

My first order of business was to grab Louise Hay's book and see what was my root issue for this migraine since I have only had a handful in my life.

The root cause of a migraine says "Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life."

I layed down in my bed and thought about these words. Yes, I was being driven in my new business at the time and not happy about it. I agreed with this.

My next step was to find out the affirmation for a migraine. " I relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. Life is for me."

I repeated these words to myself. It was not more than 45 minutes later and I was in the shower and off for the day. The migraine never came back that day, nor have I had a migraine since!

I give all kudos to this wonderful book. Now I will warn you, like me, at first you will not agree with the root causes of your illness. You will do all to resist what it says. - No way is that my root cause. - Expect this resistance from yourself. It is the ego keeping you from your reality.

Just fast forward and believe the root causes in the book and your healing will happen much faster than you expect. The more you practice what Louise Hay outlines in this book, the better your life and health will be.

This is the book that changed my life. It has brought me health and healing. It sits on my coffee table and its worn torn pages show how many times I have accessed it to let family members know their emotional status!

Be it sinus, lupus, pneumonia, diabetes, infection, asthma, cancer, sore throat etc, you will find this a handy guide to healing your life.


Healing Lupus Steps In A Personal Journey

Ayahuasca is a magical rainforest medicine made from ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the leaves of the chacruna plant (Psychotria viridis).

The mixture is prepared by cleaning specially-chosen vines and adding them and the leaves to water. This is then boiled and reduced for several hours, attended by shamans who blow their intentions and good wishes (soplada) into it, make prayers to their spirits for good healings to come and singing icaros (sacred healing songs) into the brew during its preparation and in ceremony.

When ayahuasca is drunk it can open up a new world for us that is extraordinary, amazing and healing - and yet it is the same world we are part of every day; ayahuasca simply opens our eyes to what is really before us.

The experience normally begins soon after drinking with a feeling of warm presence in the stomach which spreads throughout the body. Most people describe this as very pleasant, like being in a warm, body-temperature bath.

Approximately 40 minutes later visions begin, which may be of "other worlds" or new perspectives on "this" world and/or recollections in words, sights, sounds or feelings of episodes and events from your life which need to be healed and which you can now approach from a position of knowledge and strength, aided by the spirit of ayahuasca.

Healing comes through a subtle shift in awareness, a deepened understanding of your place in the world or an increase in personal power.

Icaros, healing songs of the shaman, are integral to the ayahuasca experience and direct the ceremony and the visions which may arise. The shaman has songs for each person's needs, the vibrations of which summon healing energies with words that tell of Nature's ability to heal.

As the shaman sings you might even see these things in your visions (ayahuasca was once known by the scientific name telepathine because of its ability to work in this way). Another common experience is to see rainbows streaming from the shaman's mouth as he sings to you, becoming white light or healing colours as they enter your energy field.

Healing takes place as the vibrations of these songs rearrange the patterns, waveforms and frequency of your energy system, also empowering and directing the ayahuasca you have drunk so it can act with greater intensity and focus on your behalf.

As a result of this shift in energy you become, in a sense, a new person who can see and understand life from a new perspective and sadness, illness, anger or other unhelpful energies can be transmuted into ecstasy, well-being and love.

THE HUMMINGBIRD RETREAT CENTRE PERU

At The Hummingbird Retreat Centre Peru, healing with ayahuasca is also part of a process which involves other aspects of traditional purification and energy work. During your stay our shamans may therefore prescribe healings for you which might also include the following.

TRADITIONAL CLEANSING SAUNA

Traditional jungle "saunas" help you to cleanse, detoxify and "leave the outside world behind". Participants are wrapped in blankets and absorb hot steam from a pot containing herbs which rid the body of toxins.

We are also constructing a sweatlodge (not a traditional Amazonian method but nonetheless effective) and when this is complete purification ceremonies in the lodge will also be offered.

FLORAL BATHS

Herbal and floral baths (banos de limpe y florecimiento) are also part of our treatments. Special plants and flowers for cleansing and empowerment are added to cooling water from our lagoon and the mixture is poured over you to restore balance and harmony to the soul. By "flourishing" us in this way they also prepare us for the deeper healing of ayahuasca. We undertake a course of floral baths as directed by our shamans and will normally bathe after every ayahuasca ceremony.

HEALING CONSULTATIONS

Individual consultations with our shamans typically take place each day so you have an opportunity to discuss your ayahuasca visions and healing needs directly with our experts. Translation services are provided.

As a result of these meetings additional treatments and plant medicines may sometimes be prescribed which our shamans will freshly prepare for you. Occasionally there is a small extra charge for this (for example if you wish to have larger quantities of medicines made up for you to take home) but normally these treatments are included as part of your programme.

CIRCLE MEETINGS

In the morning following every ayahuasca ceremony there is a circle meeting led by one of our counsellors so you can discuss your experiences and clarify your visions and insights. Participants usually find this very helpful but attendance at them is not compulsory and you may choose to rest or do your own integration work instead.

PLANT WALKS

The Hummingbird Retreat Centre is in the rainforest so the jungle is your playground and you are free to explore it every day. Some of our retreats also include guided walks with our shamans to introduce you to the medicine plants of the forest and explain their uses in healing.

The rainforest is home to many rare species which cannot be found outside this region and it is estimated that 60-70% of all pharmaceutical medicines are derived from its plants - yet Western science has still only explored about 3% of its healing potential. Our shamans know thousands of plants and are experts in their uses.

SHAMANIC WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

On some of our courses (for example, The Magical Earth and Plant Spirit Shamanism programmes) shamanic healing techniques are also taught and explanatory seminars and workshops are offered so you can put your experiences into context and learn more about the rainforest, its myths, legends and the approach of its shamans to healing. Previous subjects have included:

  • Soul retrieval and 'spirit extraction'
  • The doctrine of signatures in rainforest healing
  • Ayahuasca, icaros and spirit songs
  • Making your own pusanga, the "love medicine of the Amazon"
  • Exploring ayahuasca visions
  • Ancestral healing and symbols of power
  • The journey of the spirit canoe
  • Shipibo art and the nature of reality
  • And, during one event, a special spirit journey and baby-naming ceremony for a participant mother-to-be

If you'd like to know more about ayahuasca or our healing work with this jungle medicine visit our website at www.ayahuascaretreats.org or email ross@thefourgates.com for a copy of our brochure.


Healing Lupus Food

We have always heard that we need to eat our greens, but we are just now discovering how vital the health benefits of green foods are to our living well. Naturopaths have recommended the use of green foods to enhance the treatment of diseases such asthma, candida, lupus, HIV and many others. One pound of wheat grass or one pound of barley grass has more nutritional value than twenty-five pounds of organic vegetables. Blue-green algaes, i.e. spirulina, have high levels of vitamins, minerals, and protein that exceed the equivalent weight of meat or soybeans. Alfalfa contains all known vitamins. The phyto-nutrients in green foods are packed with valuable anti-oxidants. Green foods made from fruit and vegetable extracts that come in capsules, tablets, wafers or powders can be the nutritional equivalent of eating all the fruits and vegetables that we should eat daily but don't because of our fast paced and processed, fast food lifestyle. These green foods in supplement form have more nutrient density i.e. an ounce of these concentrated green foods in supplement form contain much more of the beneficial phytonutrients found in an ounce of green vegetables. In addition to vitamins, minerals and protein, green foods are also packed full of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, coenzymes and fibre.

The green color of green foods comes from the phytochemical chlorophyll which is the equivalent, in plants, of the oxygen-carrying red pigment hemoglobin in our red blood cells. Chlorophyll has been shown to have beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, immune response, and cancer prevention. Chlorophyll inhibits bacteria that cause disease, bad breath and internal odors.

Chlorella is a green food that is a complete food in itself. Chlorella has massive amounts of chlorophyll and protein as well as high levels of all the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, amino acids and rare trace minerals. Chlorella has more B12 than a equal serving of liver. It's high RNA and DNA content are believed to fight against the effects of ultraviolet radiation.. Chlorella is a powerful antioxidant that reduces high blood pressure, lowers harmful cholesterol, accelerates wound healing and improves our immune system. Chlorella from green foods, in supplemental form, has been shown to help reduce pain in fibromyalgia, reduce blood pressure and blood fat in hypertension, and help heal and reduce pain in ulcerative colitis. Chlorella has been found to help in the prevention of the growth of tumors because of its glycoproteins that enhance the migration of T cells to tumor sites. Chlorella attaches to heavy metals and dioxin and helps eliminate them from the body.
Spirulina is one of the more well known green foods. Spirulina contains gamma-linolenic acid, linoleic and arachidonic acids, vitamin B 12, essential amino acids, nucleic acids RNA and DNA, chlorophyll and phycocyanin. Spirulina has been found to enhance our immune system, reduce cholesterol and enhance mineral absorption. With it's high nutrient and protein content, spirulina is especially helpful to people suffering hypoglycemia. Spirulina has been used to assist in the treatment of cancer and HIV because of it ability to aid in nutrient absorption and it's ability to strengthen the immune system. Sprulina has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, helps reduce blood pressure, helps control symptoms of ulcerative colitis and aids in digestion, helps protect the liver from toxins e.g. heavy metals, and helps reduce allergies. Spirulina and other blue-green algaes are rich in essential fatty acids, phenolic antioxidants, chlorophyll, B vitamins, carotenoids and minerals such as calcium iron, magnesium maganese, potassium and zinc.

Kelp is also a well known green food. Kelp is a seaweed common in Asian food. It is high in B vitamins and iodine content and therefore has been used to aid in the treatment of certain thyroid diseases. Poor thyroid function has been found to be a major factor in the cause of weight gain and obesity. Kelp is also believed to be beneficial to brain tissues and membranes, sensory nerves, spinal cord tissue and blood vessels. The high iodine content in kelp has lead to the use of kelp to combat the effects of radiation.

Wheatgrass contains a large variety of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. People have reported experiencing a definite increase in energy after ingesting wheatgrass. It has been used as an important part of treatments for diseases, such as cancer, immunological disorders, and mental health disorders. Before WWII, tablet of wheatgrass and barley grass was used as a common vitamin supplement, especially throughout the midwest section of our country. Barley grass contains all essential amino acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, vitamin B 12, vitamin C, minerals and enzymes. Barley grass has been used most often to treat stomach and intestinal disorders as well as being used as an anti-inflammarory.

Alfalfa is one of the most mineral-rich foods on the planet. Alfalfa contains all known vitamins, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It's mineral content is in naturally balanced form which results in natural maximum absorption. Alfalfa has been used to help treat arthritis, anemia, bleeding gums and even cancer.

Studies have shown that green foods in concentrated supplemental form, eliminates toxins such as heavy metals and increases levels of good bacteria such as lactobacilli that are essential for good digestion and elimination, The oxygen-carrying ability of green foods is extremely effective in digestion of foods for vital nutrients, prevention of fungal growth in intestinal passages that can produce a condition of candida. The oxygen distributing and enhancing quality of green foods is vital for cell function of muscles, organs and brain health.

Green foods contain lutein which is an antioxidant found in high levels in the macula which is an eye tissue. The macula helps tell the brain what the eye is seeing and is responsible for the central vision that enables us to drive, read, and see clearly in general. Lutein also helps reduce macular degeneration and cataract development that occurs with our aging.

Green foods have been found to support cellular metabolism and because of it's high alkaline content, helps to neutralize excess acidity that leads to acid reflux and general acidity associated with our processed, fast food diets. Green foods with their high enzyme and coenzyme content enhance digestive process and health and the absorption of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. Green foods provide benefits of enhancing the health and appearance of skin, hair and nails and delay the natural effects of aging.

Green foods consumed in supplement, concentrated form through capsule or tablet is a very convenient and important way that we can insure that we are receiving the health benefits of these nutrient packed natural plants. Green Foods, in powdered form, can be added, mixed or blended into juices, added to cooking or combined with fruit or protein powders for energy, help with weight loss or for enhancing general health in a natural way. Optimum health requires providing our bodies with the best possible nutrients for growing and maintaining cellular well ness and function. Green Foods are a super form of these best possible nutrients that will help us live well and long.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    SOLVED: http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!

    The book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default... (they say that "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track! I hope this will be helpful for others too, I am so tired and worn out right now, I can only go forward or die. I will not give up trying my best!

    • ANSWER:
      I have 3 friends that have this disorder and never have heard or found what you write of. If it was out there - I think that I would have run over it by now....

      But on the chance that someone actually knows something about this and it really is able to be verified - I am going to star and watch your question as it does indeed have much importance to people that I care about.

      Nothing but well wishes and peace sent your way.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is your chronic illness really just a food allergy?
    3 years ago, I was completely crippled and bedbound. I had to wear braces on my hands. I was diagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis (boils) and many other things. I realized that I felt worse after eating certain foods. I had allergy testing done, and found out I was allergic to wheat, eggs, soy, commercial dairy, peanuts, tomato and avacado. Once I eliminated these allergens from my diet, I healed completely and all of my health issues resolved. I have cheated on my diet 5 times in 2 years, and all 5 times I ended up with horrible flare ups. As long as I stick to it, I am perfectly fine. I am convinced that undiagnosed allergies are the root of most illnesses. I do not take any supplements or medications. I wanted to pass this on to others who are suffering needlessly. I recommend keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms get worse after eating certain foods (free online diary at nutridiary.com) or get allergy testing done.
    I hope this helps someone. I would have loved to have known this before I wasted 12 years in bed, in pain.
    I realize this is not for cases for genetic illness, but many of the newer type diagnosis may benefit from this
    I had standard skin prick testing done, then followed up with blood testing. Visit an allergist or consult your physician

    • ANSWER:
      Glad this helped you, but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's the answer for everyone with a chronic illness. Many of them are genetic and have nothing to do with food allergies.

  3. QUESTION:
    for all those who have an immune deficiency or neuromuscular illnes?
    i should say immune systems that are compromised, have you always eaten right? before you were dx w/ whatever illness you have preferably M.S, or M.G, Or M.D, or lupus, have you always had a good diet and even now do you eat right? i am tyring to determine if we eat healthy foods what that help with the healing. ths is a serious question so only those who are reply thank you. also had you opt to organic foods and vitamins as opposed to pork and beef and sugars and fast foods, well fried foods

    • ANSWER:
      I was raised on farms most of my life & we had all kinds of fruits & veggies & fresh eggs most of the time,instead of meats & sugary foods.I never thought i would be as sick as i am today.
      I have severe fibromyalgia & my sister just recently died from multiple myeloma(cancer).She was 4 yrs younger than me.

  4. QUESTION:
    Autoimmune Disorders? Particularly for those with medical backgrounds...?
    A loved one of mine - a female in her 20s - has an undiagnosed medical issue and I'm seeking ideas.

    We've been to countless doctors, many of which agree it may be some sort of autoimmune disorder, but what it is exactly has been difficult to pinpoint. It started around 2 years ago when various sores/scabs started appearing on her arms and legs. These really weren't/aren't as ghastly as they might sound - they were your average run-of-the-mill sore: circular in nature, ranging from around the size of a pencil eraser to 2 or 3 times that large...Initially it was thought there might have been some practical cause surrounding them, such as scraping herself accidentally in the kitchen or while asleep. But as time went on, we realized that this wasn't the case. Some have healed, but only slowly and leaving faint scars...Others have yet to heal and new ones begin....There might be a half dozen on each leg/arm...The only other syptom is slight fatigue, as she has known she is borderline anemic since she was a teenager.

    Anyway, we've been to GPs, dermatoligist, allergist, and at least one other specialist. They have ran ANA blood tests, CBC blood tests, taken biopsies for cancer, tested for lupus (a suspected culprit for a while because she's had family members with this condition), tested for autoimmune disorders,
    tested for allergies, gluten tests, and much more...

    None of this yielded anything really...We found out about some light allergies she has, but nothing significant enough to trigger this...Recently went in again and run some of the same tests over again, still awaiting test results, but not extremely hopeful since we've been through this before and there is supposedly a great deal of accuracy with most of these tests.

    So any ideas ? Do this sound auto-immune in nature or more like a environmental cause such as a food allergy ? If its autoimmune what might it be ? Given the duration and no other side effects might that point to anything ? None of these symptoms have greatly altered her lifestyle, she still maintains a job and attends graduate school, but its been psychologically stresful for all of us...Any help is appreciated.
    Some are in fact cystic in nature, and her mother had ovarian issues.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know whether this will help, but one of the first things I would is to start preventive treatments that will either take care of some unknown issue or rule it out.

      This sounds complicated, I know - and I apologize.

      What I mean is, around 75% of people's health problems that aren't inherited or injury-related are caused by unintentional dehydration - low water and salt levels. Water and salt make up about 75% of the body's tissues (the number is just a coincidence), 85% of the brain and 94% of the blood.

      Because the medical community has convinced them that water has little or no nutritional value and is therefore unimportant, and because they warn people to cut back on salt, people are developing health problems that never existed only decades before.

      The current advice that doctors give is to "drink plenty of fluids". But "fluids" don't necessarily translate into "water", and since water is unexciting, people opt for soft drinks, coffee, energy drinks and other alternatives. These drinks do not supply the body with the needed water, even though they may contain water. This is a common misconception that is fueled by the doctors' advice (they went to medical school, so they couldn't possibly be wrong). These drinks act like a diuretic and actually pull water out of the body at a rate of nearly 50% more than the water they're providing.

      The body runs on water, and it won't accept anything else (other than some natural fruit juices in small to moderate amounts).

      Click on the link below to learn the proper way to correct dehydration.

      One other thing you might consider is Oil of Wild Oregano and/or some other natural herb. Oil of Oregano kills harmful bacteria and is effective on many viruses. If this is the problem that your loved one has, this stuff should take care of it.

      The best thing is, both of these treatments (water/salt and oil of oregano) are natural and has no side effects other than improving ones health. They are completely compatible with any prescription or over-the-counter medication a person may be taking.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!

    SOLVED: www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!
    Sorry, I did not know Yahoo will add the entire text twice. But the book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default.aspx (they say "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track!

    • ANSWER:
      Is this what you read? Or something else?
      http://www.vegsource.com/articles/mcdougall_report3.htm

      mentions book:

      McDougall's Medicine – a Challenging Second Opinion


Healing Lupus Disease

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a Informed consent must have been obtained for the donation of the embryo and that donation must not have involved financial inducements.

The uses of stem cells in other countries however, have been taking place with great success. Stem cell therapy Mexico, China and India has been applied to patients with such chronic diseases as, cardiac disease, Parkinsonism, rheumatoid arthritis, Autism, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and even stroke and spinal chord injuries. Extensive research is also taking place abroad for the use of stem cells as an alternative cancer treatment. In Canada, stem cell therapy is currently being applied to high-performance race horses for the repair of torn and damaged tendons and ligaments with great success. In this case, the stem cells were retrieved from the bone marrow of the injured horse, isolated and expanded in a lab, and re-injected into the horse at the site of injury using ultrasound technology. This type of stem cell use shows great promise for human application. At the Biogenetics Institute in Mexico, stem cells for therapy are derived from umbilical chord blood and cultured with specific growth factors and nutrients according to the treatment requirements. Here, the medical team of physicians and health professionals participate in a wide variety of medical fields and are dedicated to working with patients and families living with chronic disease. Visit www.biogenetictreatment.com for more information on stem cells and their available applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    SOLVED: http://www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!

    The book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default... (they say that "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track! I hope this will be helpful for others too, I am so tired and worn out right now, I can only go forward or die. I will not give up trying my best!

    • ANSWER:
      I have 3 friends that have this disorder and never have heard or found what you write of. If it was out there - I think that I would have run over it by now....

      But on the chance that someone actually knows something about this and it really is able to be verified - I am going to star and watch your question as it does indeed have much importance to people that I care about.

      Nothing but well wishes and peace sent your way.

  2. QUESTION:
    my local community college doesnt have my major ?
    i want to be a physical therapy assistant you know helping people heal after injuries or surgery or people with artritis or lupus disease or multple seroises etc but my local community college only offers occupational therapy assistant what is that ? and what do i do if the college doesnt have that program i want ?

    • ANSWER:
      A certified occupational therapist assistant is to occupational therapy is analogus of a PTA to a PT. Both fields work on helping patients restore function, but occupational therapy works with a focus on restoring function of life activities...being able to button your shirt, take a shower, write, etc. They tend to work on either: the hand (versus the rest of the body), or on activities of daily living (versus expanded motor skills), fine motor coordination (versus gross motor skills), or even cognitive tasks.

      PT and OT are similar careers, so I'd encourage you to observe both because the nuances between the two are often hard to describe in lay terms.

      If you decide you'd rather be a PTA, you have no choice but to relocate if there is no program close to you. My suggestion is that if you are going to go through the trouble of relocating, consider going to a place where the PTA degree is not offered at a community college, but at a 4 year university. Not only will it be easier to find housing, but should you ever consider going on to PT school, if you can work on your AA and your BS at the same time so that in four years, you'll have both, you'd be better prepared to enter a PT program, should you ever decide to do it. Southern Illinois University is one such program.

  3. QUESTION:
    What can cause Alopecia (hair loss) & Raynaud's (purple coloured toes) to occur together?
    I have hair loss in round patches and my toes turn purple.
    This usually occurs when someone has Lupus but I don't have Lupus.
    Is there any other condition/disease that can cause these 2 things to happen together?

    I also have:
    Severe fatigue, shortness of breath, poor healing, dizziness, eye pressure/pain behind eyes, chronic runny nose, nausea/gas/bloating, purple colouration and sunken appearance under eyes

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Thyroid disease! All of this is indicative! Have ANTIBODIES test as well as TSH. TSH should be .3 - 3. Most common is hypO and most common reason is Hashimoto's disease (antibodies present). Hashi's causes one to go up & down in the beginning then goes down (hypO) & stays. It is an autoimmune disease and when a person has one they often get others too.

      I wish you well.

      ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.mentalhealth.com/mag1/p51-thyr.html

      God bless you!

  4. QUESTION:
    Is healing for the spiritual man or physical man?
    I ask this question because recently four months ago I became attacked in my body with swelling in my hands, feet, knees, and shoulders. At the time I didn't know what was taking place, I just thought that maybe I had done too much that may have caused the swelling. I would go to church limping and asking for prayer. The church members and leaders did pray for me, but this thing was not going anywhere. the swelling was getting worst by the day. Finally I decide to go to the doctor to find out what was the cause of the swelling. I was given x-rays of the hands to see if the swelling was caused by lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Tests came back revealing rheumatoid arthritis. I'm thinking how did I get this, I'm not old. I find out that rheumatoid arthritis is not an old age disease, because there are children and babies born with RA, but it is caused when the immune system becomes attacked by its own antibodies that were supposed to protect against viruses and disease but becomes confused thinking that the healthy cells are the enemy cells, and they attack because the cells look alike. Anyway, I took this information back to the church thinking I was doing a good thing, but instead I was made to feel like I had sinned in which this was the reason for the sickness. My question, is healing for the spritit man that whatever is taking place in the physical man will not effect us because our spiritual man has been strenghtened. Everyone has prayed, but yet this thing has not gone anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      Find a new church. RA is not caused by sin or anything that you supposedly did. As you say, small children whao are supposedly sinless have this disease. Germs do not discriminate or prejudge you.

      Healing is for both the spiritual and physical aspects. Real healing effects a transformation. Prayers my not always work on diseases like RA. Get medical tratment.

  5. QUESTION:
    SLE Lupus- Answer from Personal Experience only please.?
    I have SLE Lupus and have pain all the time - the skin problems- chronic fatigue- the painful joints. The skin problem has given me an ulcerated leison on my leg that will not heal- the chronic fatigue keeps me doing much or going places. Anyone that has Lupus knows what I am talking about with all the systoms that this disease can cause. My Question is has anyone found a way to combat the effects of the systoms and led a better existence. I am on pain medication but that does not make life better or help with the chronic fatigue. From personal experience has anyone found that they were in the severe SLE stage and found something that made them feel better or even go into remission? The SLE Lupus is the worst one to have, there are several types of Lupus. Again, only people that have the SLE Lupus to answer, I have read everything from the Web so I do not need that type of answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I have all the same problems, over the past couple of years since diagnosis I have began to eat really healthy and take all these vitamins, go to a homeopathic doctor, try to do everything right in hopes that it would make my disease go into remission or even disappear, because maybe it really was just food allergies, or a bodily reaction to pesticides.
      Alas, my symptoms always came back in full force. I have found that the only way to combat the symptoms fully is hardcore medicines chock full of side effects prescribed by your rheumatologist.
      Of course pain medications will not combat your fatigue, it is doing absolutly nothing to combat the disease, it only numbs your nerves.
      For me cellcept really helped my SLE symptoms, unfortunatly though I experienced side effects that caused me to stop taking it. Methotrexate works well for some people. If your symptoms are mild plaqunil could work. They even have a new treatment out that is two injections that effect your immune system and are supposed to help symptoms...can't remember the name. Anyway, there are a lot of options out there, none of them great....but there is no magic pill. Just see your rheumatologist and make them give you a prescription.

  6. QUESTION:
    Please help me figure out what is wrong with me... Could it be Lupus?
    I'm trying to figure out what I have. My doctor is terrible and doesn't believe anything I say. All he does when I ask for a test is say "You don't need that test." He thinks everything is all in my head for some reason but it's not. I've been feeling ill for about 4 years now.

    My symptoms are:

    On and off loss of appetite and nausea.
    Extreme fatigue.
    Dizziness (Once it felt like the whole room was spinning - it was terrifying.)
    Sensitivity to light (Camera flashes make me feel nauseous.)
    Weakness (It's hard to hold on to things etc.)
    My toes turn purple on and off (They look like Zombie toes....)
    My cuts don't heal well and almost always leave a scar, even small cuts.
    Hair loss (Alopecia areata)
    Pale skin
    Anxiety (I shake alot when I'm nervous)
    Shortness of breath
    Change of eye sight (I can't focus on things as quickly and the back of my eyes feel strained)

    I just found it weird that Lupus symptoms include the purple toes and hair loss...no other disease has both of them together...

    and I have 2 autoimmune disorders, so I'm thinking it must be an autoimmune disease I have

    The only thing is I don't have joint pain...my knee's do hurt sometimes but not enough to bother me. And I've never had the common "Butterfly rash" that some people with Lupus have.

    Everyone thinks its Diabetes but I've been checked for that.

    Could I have Lupus without the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I honestly can't tell you what you have because I am not a doctor, however I am a mother. I would go to another doctor till you get answers. :)

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has a torn acl and an autoimmune disease what can I do???
    My dog Molly is a medium sized beagle mix that was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease a couple years back. i believe the type was a form of lupus because she lost pigmentation in her nose, lost fur on her ears and front legs, became lethargic and did not hardly eat (http://a221.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/81/l_af1cc0ed1dbec798255b3b4c31ce96bc.jpg). She is now taking prednisone to treat it. Because of the prednisone, molly gained back the weight she lost plus more. She has a beagle stomach and dalmatian legs, so the extra weight really put a strain on her legs and she tore her ACL. The vet said surgery might kill her or cause her autoimmune to come back. The vet gave us tramadol to ease the pain. Right now I am trying to keep her off her leg.
    Molly is a great dog and I would like to make her as comfortable as I can. Is there anything i can do to heal her leg or help her pain anymore? And are there any less expensive alternatives to leg braces or ways to make one at home?
    Thanks
    The picture link above doesn't work!
    this one should:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2050/2046717776_8df2d847ea.jpg?v=0

    • ANSWER:
      I had a situation like that. My dog had been on Dexamethazone for years and developed luxating patellas. He needed surgery. There really was no other option for him. We had to taper down the dose and hope for the best. Thankfully, it went well and he recovered well. A friend's dog did not fair so well. The repair to her dogs ACL did not hold. BUT, she put the dog on Cosequin, following Adequan injections and took weight off the dog, and kept him quite lean. He lived quite a good life for another 5 years. He had been on Pred also.
      Sometimes, those medical measures work wonders. Your dog is not a big breed, so if you can get some of the weight off and get her some exercise, like swimming, or easy walking on the soft ground, there may be hope without the surgery.
      Sometimes a heavy wrap of cotton padding followed with a wrap of Ace bandage, make a good enough support to keep the dog comfortable.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of this being Lyme Disease?
    I got sick 6 years ago out of nowhere.
    I was extremely nauseous everyday and dizzy to the point the room was spinning.
    I couldn't drive in cars anymore because I'd get motion sickness
    And I also developed anxiety that I never had before.

    For a whole year I could barely eat and never left my house.
    I was sick EVERYDAY (not vomiting but nausea etc.)

    After about a year and a half the symptoms got a bit better and I started doing the things I used to do.. eating more, going out etc.

    Then I started getting severe fatigue...no matter what I do, how much I sleep..I'm still DEAD tired.
    I have purple colouration under my eyes and they're sunken in.

    All my symptoms are:

    Nausea
    Extreme Fatigue
    Dizziness/Lightheaded
    Weakness
    Purple toes (Raynauds)
    Poor healing
    Ringing in ears while trying to sleep
    Anxiety (Weird neck twitching)
    Tingling in toes/feet
    Shortness of breath
    Irregular heartbeat
    Pain behind eyes/Change of vision/Pressure in eyes
    Cloudy state of mind sometimes
    Stuttering when speaking sometimes
    Chronic runny nose
    Diarrhea/Constipation
    Alopecia (hair loss)
    Raynauds (purple toes)
    Sensitivity to light
    Cold/Hot flashes
    Poor balance

    The only thing is, I live in Ontario Canada.
    I'm not sure if there are many ticks around where I live.
    I also never had any sort of target rash that I can remember...but I was young I could have not even noticed.
    I did have alot of dogs and a outdoor cat that we let back inside.
    And I remember my cat having a large white tick that we had to pull of of it.
    But I also wonder if it is Lyme why didn't my mom or brother contract it?

    Do you think this could be Lyme?

    I've been tested for Anemia, Diabetes, Lupus, Celiac, Thyroid issues etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like classic lyme to me

      find an LLMD (lyme literate medical doctor) - most regular doctors know nothing about lyme and the test they use is awful

      find a dr here
      http://www.symptomsforlymedisease.com/lyme-doctor/

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone PLEASE help me try to figure out why I've been so sick for 5 years?
    I'm 21. When I was 16 out of nowhere I got REALLY ill. I was extremely nauseous.. I couldn't even drive in a car. I was also hit with terrifiying dizziness, it felt like the room was spinning out of control. I was sick 24/7 for a year straight. I quit smoking, drinking (which I did ALOT) and I could hardly eat. For that year I would pretty much eat one meal a day and a small light meal at that. I never left my house and stayed in my room all day.

    Then it eventually started to get a bit better. I was starting to eat more, I didn't feel nauseous every minute of everyday and I could finally ride in a car!

    Then I started feeling extremely fatigued. I don't know if this was always a symptom and I just never noticed because I layed in bed all day or if it was new. I sleep 8-10 hours a night and no matter what I do I'm still dead tired. I also notice if I don't get enough sleep my nausea is 10x worse.

    My list of symptoms are:
    Fatigue
    Nausea
    Shortness of breath
    Weakness
    Poor healing wounds
    Pain behind eyes
    Dizziness/Lightheaded
    Toes that turn purple
    Gas
    Occasional stomach pain
    Anxiety (I never had it until I started feeling ill)

    Ive been checked for alot of stuff, but I know I have SOMETHING. It must be a rare/uncommon disease. I cant stand living like this, I just want an answer!

    List of things I've been checked for:
    Diabetes
    Crohns disease
    Lupus
    Graves disease
    Thyroid issues
    Iron levels (All vitamin levels)
    Adrenal issues
    Celiac disease

    I noticed something on the internet about "Leaky Gut Syndrome" and noticed I have alot of the symptoms....what do you think?

    Any other ideas I can ask my doctor to test for next time I see him?

    • ANSWER:
      Celiac disease is a form of gluten intolerance that can be tested for and diagnosed when the intestinal wall flattens and allows gluten to get into the bloodstream. Gluten intolerance that does not result in celiac disease can cause pretty much all the same problems. It would be well worth your time to try a gluten free diet for 2-3 months and see if that improves your symptoms.

      Read the attached article, especially the inset on celiac iceberg.

      After I wrote all the above, I saw the part about purple toes which I remembered seeing something about. Try this reference and see if it doesn't fit your symptoms closely.
      http://www.steadyhealth.com/Postural_Orthostatic_Tachycardia_Syndrome__Purple_Toes_t65712.html

  10. QUESTION:
    Bruising that gets worse after a week?
    I was hoping for some help to elevate some concerns my mother is having. She had a rough fall last week, and from it some really bad bruises. She did go to the doctor the next day, and no broken bones. She is concerned though, because the bruises on her legs are consistently getting worse, even after a week has passed. Most of the other bruises peeked after a couple days, and are now healing. The ones on her legs, however, are still getting worse and spreading. I tried to do some research, and from webMD found that leg bruises do take longer to heal. I can understand that since everyday her bruising is getting worse, it worries her. It should also be noted, she suffers from an auto-immune disease (Lupus) and is in the middle of a flare up, and the doctors in the area she lives are notoriously bad. (True story: 6 months ago a gentleman goes to emergency room, says he thinks hes having a heart attack, they tell him its gas and to go home, he dies of a heart attack in the hospital parking lot). Any suggestions as to why its still getting worse? Could this mean anything? Are there any resources on the web I can point her to?
    Well i have no idea why she would need a tetanus shot, it was a bruise from an impact. nothing broke the skin. maybe i am wrong. next doctors office is hours away, think rural america. i live 7 hrs away from her. the colors aren't so much changing, its still a deep purple color, and its slowly enlarging in size and spreading. not just spreading down, like from gravity, but up as well. I don't so much think there is a serious problem, i would just like to find some reference or link i can show her to calm her nerves. shes a worrier.
    and yup doc knows she has lupus

    • ANSWER:
      I think bruises can definitely start getting more colorful after a week. I got a slight bruise from an injection one week ago, and it actually looks much worse today! It's changed color now to a muddy yellow. Are the colors changing on your mom, or do they basically look the same? I think the spreading could be a good sign as they heal, because I think it means the clotted blood is breaking up and spreading apart. But does her dr know about the Lupus?

      Sorry I don't know a website to refer you to - I was going to suggest webmd, but I see you've been there. Keep bugging the dr til you are satisfied with an answer.

  11. QUESTION:
    I've been sick for 5 years, why havent my doctors checked for Cancer or even brought it up?
    I first got sick when I was 16 out of nowhere.
    It started off with Nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness.
    About a year and a half later the symptoms got less severe.
    Then I started having severe fatigue, shortness of breath, pain behind the eyes, wounds that dont heal well, purple toes, gas, occasional stomach pain, anxiety, and chronic runny nose.

    I've been to alot of doctors and they can't seem to find anything.
    I've been diagnosed with IBS..which doesnt explain anything.
    They've tested for:
    Diabetes
    Thyroid issues
    Celiac disease
    Lupus
    Adrenal issues
    Vitamin levels
    Liver blood test (I'm not sure if that included Hepatitis.)

    I have cancer in my family and I worry sometimes that my problem could be something serious... it's been going on long enough and no one can tell me whats wrong..

    I do have a cyst on my ovary and a polyp on my gallbladder...what makes my doctors so sure that they arent cancerous?

    I just wish I could get better

    • ANSWER:
      IBS can lead to worse diseases, like cancer, but let's hope you aren't there. we have had great results treating people with IBS with natural supplements: Morinda Supreme and Melia Supreme, as well as an anti-fungal diet for 2-3 weeks. Learn more about IBS at http://fibromyalgia-irritable-bowel-candida-support.com/about-irritable-bowel-syndrome.aspx

      You would be surprised how well the protocol works. We have had people recovering from cancer do the protocol and have their white blood cell count increase.

      the best of luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    I've been sick for 5 years, why havent my doctors mentioned or checked for Cancer?
    I first got sick when I was 16 out of nowhere.
    It started off with Nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness.
    About a year and a half later the symptoms got less severe.
    Then I started having severe fatigue, shortness of breath, pain behind the eyes, wounds that dont heal well, purple toes, gas, occasional stomach pain, anxiety, and chronic runny nose.

    I've been to alot of doctors and they can't seem to find anything.
    I've been diagnosed with IBS..which doesnt explain anything.
    They've tested for:
    Diabetes
    Thyroid issues
    Celiac disease
    Lupus
    Adrenal issues
    Vitamin levels
    Liver blood test (I'm not sure if that included Hepatitis.)

    I have cancer in my family and I worry sometimes that my problem could be something serious... it's been going on long enough and no one can tell me whats wrong..

    I do have a cyst on my ovary and a polyp on my gallbladder...what makes my doctors so sure that they arent cancerous?

    I just wish I could get better

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have a cyst on an ovary, I'd be suspicious of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). It commonly gets overlooked because the symptoms can be quite similar to diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, etc. The symptoms can vary greatly from person to person which makes even more difficult to diagnose. Also, PCOS can be connected to gallbladder issues which leave me to wonder if the polyp on your gallbladder is due to stones which could also cause many of your symptoms.

      Given the age of onset of your symptoms, a diagnosis would lean toward PCOS since onset is typically within a few years of starting your period.

      Good luck and take care - I hope you're able to get a diagnosis soon so you can focus on treatment and feeling better.

  13. QUESTION:
    My LYMPH NODES are extremely palpable (for years) i have lost TOO MUCH WEIGHT, what is wrong?
    Hello....if anyone would like to try to DIAGNOSE ME, I'd be SO GRATEFUL AT THIS POINT!
    ..... i'm 30 year old female, with a 10 year old son and had a thoracic fore gut tumor(benign) removed from my chest @ 15, a good portion of which was attached to my lungs, aorta,esophagus, Trachea.
    To Date- no known complications or regrowth.
    109 lbs
    5'3"
    hypothyroid, on synthroid
    Had IUD recently placed in cervix
    amphetamine salts,celexa, lorazapam for depression/fatigue and ADD
    MY SYMPTOMS:
    CURRANTLY AND THIS PAST YEAR: Generalized Swollen lymph glands(some firm and hard in groin area. Also where my hairline is in the back of my neck behind my ear i guess, and a few large ones up the side of my neck aligned with my shoulder), Re currant low Grade Fever(no higher than 101 w/out infection),Itchy Skin, Memory Loss,Hair loss, Acne,Bowel Changes,On and Off fatigue, mucus in my stool(for one year at least.More mucus than actual stool on average! SORRY TO BE SO GRAPHIC! Lower Back Pain, DULL ACHING PAIN on the inside of my knees,stiff neck,ankle pain after being on my feet for more than an hour.Also extremely dry; mouth,skin,hair,eyes,&nostrils, dizziness upon standing, sweats,wounds heal slowly, weird painless swelling above my butt where my dimples are(no dr has been able to guess why/what this swelling might be),diarrhea and constipation, tenderness above my belly button, hyper pigmentation on abdomen, arms and feet, anxiety, blood pressure has steadily increased throughout all of my many dr's visits this past yr.
    ADDED RECENT SYMPTOMS:Kidney pain, visible blood in urine: for 2 months now! it was bright red and then less visible for awhile and now dark brown like tea and extremely strong smelling, hardening and bloating of abdomen, extreme fatigue, productive cough, chest pain, neck pain,easily exhausted, unexplainable bruises, muscle spasms and bulging type pain JUST under my rib on both sides separately, weird stabbing pain on my left groin area near my larger lymph glands that makes my tendon look swollen, thrush, protein in urine, HI albumin in urine, repetitive rbc in urine, BUT NO INFECTION!! (multiple negative cultures), kidney stone shows on CT in an area that is expected to be asymptomatic and may not even pass. BUT I DO HAVE difficulty urinating and cramping JUST PRESCRIBED CIPRO FOR A SECOND TREATMENT. (not sure exactly why since culture is consistantly negative)

    Many tests HAVE BEEN DONE: .....All Basics(CB C's, liver, etc panels) + Lyme Disease,Hep(B,C etc), ANA,Sed Rate,R.F.,AIDS, Celiac Disease,Fecal Bacterial+Viral cultures,Lupus,Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydiae,Anemia, scleroderma, h. pylori, bladder cancer,
    P.C.P. says: hematologist &will do allergy & routine testing upon insurance ok
    E.N.T(ear,Nose&throat) says: inflammation or irritation down deep in my throat(but i smoke so...)
    GASTROENTROLOGIST says: gastritis, hemorrhoids,IBS, lymphoid aggragates in non lymph areas
    UROLOGIST says: extreme gross & microscopic unexplained hematuria, referral to hematologist(concerned about enlarged lymph's in groin and unexplained hematuria---------says kidney stone most likely not causing this amount of rbc,did FISH URINE TEST...NO CALL SO I'M GUESSING ALL CLEAR ON RESULTS)
    HEMATOLOGIST says: i'm thin so nodes are more palpable s we should wait. does not believe biopsy is neccessary at this point
    RHUEHEMATOLOGIST says: no signs autoimmune, non arthritic/ lupus like disease
    GYNOGYNECOLOGIST says: no infection, no discharge see urologist...
    DERMOTOLOGIST says: see rhuemotologist! lol, biopsied pigmented marks(inconclusive-possibe allergic reaction)

    i am waiting on results of a chest CT from HEMATOLOGIST because he heard alot in my lungs and another aids test(that'll be 4 tests in the last yr(all negative)

    I'M SURE THERE IS MORE INFO I"M NOT OFFERRING
    but i can't remember everything! lol any EDUCATED ADVICE would be appreciated
    THANK YOU!!!! i feel so helpless when i am sooo tired or weak..... i just want a solution!
    PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      See what the CT results are. If you get no answers there, I would go to a different hematologist and insist on a biopsy. If you can't get answers switch to a hospital that specializes in diagnostics.

  14. QUESTION:
    so MANY symptoms perfect bloodwork!...could antibiotics CAUSE blood tests TO BE NORMAL when there is a prob?
    i take doxicycline for acne, i have many symptoms that are pointing to lupus, lyme disease, cancer etc......... my blood work tests are normal i took myself off the antibiotics to get blood wrk re tested w/ hopes of changes the dr will recognize as a lead---but he didn't tell me to stop them so he could see for himself... so does this not make any sense? should the blood work show signs of disease anyway? or only if its late stage? so confused!!!!
    symptoms vary greatly and im getting no def answers after switching dr's time and again seeing specialists and researching ,myself(which is relentless)
    i have symptoms of:
    Renaud's syndrome, alopecea, circulatory problems(painfull swollen vessels causing hives!broken blood vessels), skin problems(acne, wounds wont heal, blood vessels leaving marks, hives), hard lymph nodes in groin as well as swollen tender lymph nodes EVERYWHERE!, weird lump inside throat(went to ENT saw rawness w/ scope but no answers) itchyness(especially scalp), DRY SKIN, swollen painfull knees and ankles(tested neg forRA), blood and mucus in stools, heavy periods w/ blood clots, swollen vulva and cervix(cervix has purple growing hard dots(dr says cysts and they're normal-but they multiplied and grew ALL OF A SUDDEN!)
    tested neg for RA, CELIAC, HIV, CLAMYDEA, GONORRHEA, STREP, O AND P(STOOLS), ALL BASIC CBC AND BLOOD WORK NORMAL! COULD BE BC OF ANTIBIOTICS? AND IF SO, SHOULD MY DR HAVE KNOWN THAT? CAUSE I WILL CHANGE DR'S AGAIN!

    • ANSWER:
      Doxycycline could throw off your Lyme tests. But even if you weren't on doxy, Lyme tests are highly unreliable. They often say you don't have it when you actually do. Many of the symptoms you describe could be due to Lyme and/or coinfections (other nasty stuff carried by ticks.) I don't recommend going to a new doctor until you've done some research on Lyme and coinfections. Once you have a clearer idea of the implications of some of this stuff, you'll be better able to locate the right doctor for you.

      Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
      http://www.lymedisease.org
      http://www.ilads.org
      http://www.canlyme.com
      http://www.lymenet.org
      http://www.lymeinfo.net
      http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
      http://www.lymedoctor.com
      http://www.touchedbylyme.org
      http://www.facebook.com/lymedisease.org

  15. QUESTION:
    UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS- NO RIGHT DIAGNOSIS?
    MY DAUGHTER (24 YEARS OLD NOW) HAS BEEN SUFFERING FOR 2 YEARS WITH BACK PROBLEMS, (STARTED AS A LOW BACK PAIN) THAT EVENTUALLY AFFECTED HER KNEES, LATER ON... HER RIGHT HIP, GROIN, PELVIS, NECK AND SHOULDERS.... AND NOW BOTH ARMS AND HANDS GET TINGLING AND ALSO NUMBNESS!
    I HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL BILLS.... SHE RECEIVED SPINAL DECOMPRESSION (LIKE 50 TREATMENTS) FOR A MILD ANNULAR TEAR OF THE LUMBAR SPINE AT THE LEVEL OF L4 AND L5..... THE SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WAS DONE ON A MACHINE CALLED THE DRX9000...
    SHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED HAVING A TILTED PELVIS, HAVING A LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY, ETC....SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN ORTHOTICS TO WEAR, AS WELL AS A HEEL LIFT.... AND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS HELPED HER.... I BELIEVE THE MILD ANNULAR TEAR IS ALREADY HEALED...... BUT SHE CONTINUES EXPERIENCING NUMBNESS AND TINGLING DOWN THE BACK OF HER THIGHS ..... "ESPECIALLY" EVERY TIME SHE TRIES TO SIT....
    SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO SIT FOR OVER A YEAR NOW....WE HAVE SEEN NEUROLOGISTS, SEVERAL CHIROPRACTORS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, ACUPUNCTURISTS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS, DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE, ACUPRESSURE, ETC, ETC, YOU NAME IT!!!
    SHE HAS HAD MRI'S DONE ON HER NECK, PELVIS, HIPS, AS WELL AS X-RAYS.... SHE HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION, AND NOTHING LOOKS ABNORMAL.
    UP TO THIS DATE WE DON'T KNOW WHY SHE IS HAVING ALL THOSE SYMPTOMS, AND ESPECIALLY GROIN AND HIP/PELVIS PAIN... SHE HAD BLOOD TESTS DONE FOR , JUVENILE ARTHRITIS, LUPUS, LYME DISEASE, ETC, ETC....EVERYTHING COMES BACK NEGATIVE....
    SHE HASN'T HAD AN ACCIDENT OR SPORT INJURY, SHE HASN'T FALL ON HER BACK EITHER......"THIS" ALL STARTED WITH LOWER BACK PAIN THAT PROGRESSIVELY AFFECTED OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY.... MANY DOCTORS HAVE TOLD ME THAT SHE HAS A TILTED ROTATED PELVIS.... AND A LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY... BUT YET "NOT ONE DOCTOR" HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP HER...SHE LIVES IN CONSTANT PAIN...AND THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER BODY SEEMS TO BE MORE AFFECTED BY THIS....BEFORE ALL OF THIS SHE WAS A HEALTHY COLLEGE STUDENT WITH NO HEALTH PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER!...HER LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY IS ONLY 1CM... NOT THAT MUCH!
    .IT'S JUST VERY STRANGE THAT A YOUNG WOMAN WOULD GET ALL OF THIS PAIN AT ONCE.....TINGLING OF BOTH ARMS AND HANDS MIMICKING CUBITAL AND CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME..... SHE ALSO SUFFERS FROM A STIFF NECK AT TIME...I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A CHAIN REACTION FROM HER PELVIS BEING MISALIGNED AND PERHAPS THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH HER SACROILIAC JOINT THAT NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DETECT......

    I'M IN DESPERATE NEED OF AN OPINION
    I wanted to add that she has been checked for neurological disorders and she doesn't fit in that category, as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis... A few doctors agree that she has a rotated (anteriorly) pelvis and it could be the main reason for all of her problems, tight psoas muscles, etc.... I haven't been able to find a doctor that truly knows how to manipulate the pelvis back into place, if that is the problem....

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Peculiar symptoms..? What's wrong with me?
    If you are not in the medical field or studying medicine or have not experienced these symptoms as well, then please don't give your input. If you know someone that has had these symptoms, that is acceptable, I am willing to hear anyones opinion except from those that have no idea what they are talking about or have something nasty to say.
    I have a long list of symptoms; I am not a hypochondriac; I don't have insurance so I can't see a doctor about it right now.
    I have nearly all the symptoms of Lupus and Cushings Disease, but my previous doctor last year dismissed my concerns and diagnosed me with Poly cystic Ovarian Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hepatitis B. My PCOS diagnoses was just him saying he's sure I have that because of some symptoms. I had blood work and my ovaries came back just fine, yet I was still diagnosed with PCOS anyway.
    Ok, symptoms: Daily fatigue, awful back and shoulder pain, upper body obesity, a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and relatively slender arms and legs,bruises easily, and heals poorly., never developed breasts, no period for over a year (I'm 25), thinning hair on scalp, but hirotism (excessive body hair), stomach discomfort, urine smells very strong of ammonia without signs that it's a UTI. Dark circles under my eyes, excessive thirst, bright red cheeks, diagnosed with osteoperosis I'm 25!!! skin problems including frequent acne around my chin (I never had acne as a teen), Depression & Anxiety, Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms (the excess production of keratin, creates a goose-bump appearance), boils and bumps on butt, now a rash on my butt! I know I sound disgusting, but please don't make me feel worse than I already do about myself. Please help me out if you are familiar with these problems... I'm sure I have other problems that I'm not contributing to the list, so if you want to ask if I have other symptoms, please ask and I will answer asap.
    Thank you both for your responses, however - I have already been tested numerous times for thyroid problems and they function very well. As for diabeties, my fasting glycemia level is 79-80, so I'm nowhere near diabeties, I'm closer to hypoglycemia, but not that either. As for meningitus, I was also tested for that a while ago and that was negative. I have Hep B. so that could explain a liver problem, since Hep B eats at your liver when in flare. I was told to keep an eye on a stomach rash or soreness around the liver, which I don't have. So I'm not concerned about a liver problem right now. Anyone else have any ideas?
    My BMI is high, it's 27. I am just below obesity, which really sucks. I used to be very thin and active - age 20/21 I was 80lbs lighter and much more active. Over 5 years I have gained 80lbs and pain has overwhelmed me to the point where I am not as active. I play with my son and I am a postal worker - so I get mild/moderate exercise, but at the end of the day, I'm wiped out and in pain. For osteo - I consume a lot of Vit D and normally take supplements. Lupus, I was unaware of the plastics! I am constantly drinking from plastic bottles and cans without washing. I only run my fruits & veggies under a cold tap for maybe 30 seconds before consuming... so I guess that's bad. Steroids, I can't recall ever taking any - but it's possible.

    • ANSWER:

      Hi,

      Firstly - from my own experiences I feel I need to ask, what is your BMI? By staying focused on eliminating grains and starches and fruit-sugar/deserts I was able to more easily finally drop to 25 and my goal is now 22. My viewpoint has become that our bodies will repair the best when one would eat much healthier and would then fast maybe one or two days a week - in order to burn old muscle and organ cells so one’s DNA would replace them with brand new muscle and organ cells. Sooo I am learning how to eliminate my gut fat and will then fast occasionally so that I can move from my daily calories being from daily foods and also body fat >>==> to my calories being from daily foods and my own body’s muscle and body’s organ 'meat,' and then 'I_think' my bad fatty cholesterol loaded liver will finally begin to be 'consumed' by my own body processes and will be replaced by a healthy one in a natural way without surgery. [(-:]

      "Most Cushing's syndrome cases are caused by steroid medications." FROM: <> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushing's_syndrome <> Have you had any steroid meds in the last few? My view is that our bodies will make its own hormones or insulin the best that it can be done, and when one uses synthetics or inject horsey pea it cripples our own body’s willingness/ability to make its own hormones as it was designed/built to do.

      My previous investigations into Lupus showed me that it was from an overload of plastic/vinyl consumption during my friend's life. Coke-cans and any other plastic lined cans for vegetables soups etc or plastic water bottles and especially indoor vinyl painting. Probably the greatest source of plastic consumption is from pharmaceuticals and supplements that use plastics to contain them. Definitely eliminate these from your consumption with little efforts. Also, FYI pizzas and bread/muffins/cakes that use aluminum based rising powder are the greatest source of toxic aluminum consumption within our culture. Eliminate these and Alzheimer’s will become much much less of a future possibility.

      I now rinse all my canned vegetables three times and then re-cook 31+ to 90+ mins and throw out the water. What elements are lost is the carb-acids that are in super-excess, while the most important nutrition that your body needs are in the solids that have not been digested yet, but the boiling helped to also make this digestion much much easier for me. I have also eliminated all nightshades i.e. tomatoes.

      I would recommend everyone to first thoroughly boil their vegetables and this is why. Eating boiled vegetables, like spinach, is the only way I have found I can eat 200 calories a day of leafy greens without loose stools - because boiling reduces the hundreds of percent of acid carbs, like oxalic acid, that oftentimes cause loose stools. Boiling spinach also reduces the pesticides from 80 to 95%+ as per canning studies done in the 70's, by boiling the pesticides off with the steam - after extracting it from the broken cells in the raw plant. Boiling for thirty minutes also kills any salmonella bacteria or e-coli and even anthracs spores that may have somehow been introduced into the raw or commercially canned produce. Again, thirty minutes will kill e-coli AND anthracs spores, which is common sense to me, since my immune system is already weakened and could not handle more than a few spores from a raw salad before I would likely be killed off before I reach my goal of better health. [(-:]

      Boiling also breaks vegetables down a first step so it is then easier to digest in the gut, which would then minimize GI-digestion cancer problems from continually ‘overworking’ your GI-digestion system. Boiling also IMPROVES the micro-nutritional density, i.e. RDA%_nutrition per calorie, by about 10% as per the USDA’s data for boiled spinach versus raw spinach.

      For Osteoporosis - are you taking supplements or eating/drinking any dairy products? I am very ‘strongly’ allergic to the Vitamin A&D Palmitate Preformed Retinol enrichments that are added to non-organic milk. I also learned that one carrot a day has 100% of what is needed but my daily greens have a-lot more than this. Also, consider that the anecdotal shpeal about how these prevent Osteoporosis is the opposite of what really works and then consider eliminating these as well. Eat much more super-boiled spinach, broccoli - after rinsing and boiling out the antifreeze if bought it frozen, asparagus, Pok-Choy, and/or Nappa cabbage. Eliminate all grains/pasta and other starches and fruits/deserts. See my food list from the link below.

      See: >>==> VITAMIN A AND BIRTH DEFECTS from:
      <> http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/archives/M/1/fda0309.htm <>
      OR:
      <> http://www.windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=1427639&postcount=7 <>
      ORIGINALLY FROM:
      <> http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/ANS00689.html <>

      I had almost poisoned my liver to death with nutritional supplements before I realized what I was doing, and I then learned that the entire industry has been an un-researched snake oil scam since Geritol in the 1920’s, and now likely additional snake oils like B12 since the fifties. Synthetics are ALL toxic to the liver, and someone like myself with a sickly liver could definitely tell you the results from a flare up when one would ‘try’ to consume a new snake oil that is really a toxin.

      Check out my own story from the links to understand what I have learned over the years and what I have proposed will likely make more sense and you will likely come to the same conclusions I am choosing.

      <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC <>
      <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet <>

      Although I think the problem is 'most-likely' long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst it might possibly be is deadly bacterial meningitis.

      For further details see <> http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html <>

      Even so these are my thoughts of what ‘might’ be happening in almost any rash or itch situation >>=> I have not been educated to be an M.D. - just a lifelong learner.

      My own view from my own experiences is that rashes and/or itches break out in the weaker parts of one's skin, usually because of allergic reactions; OR perhaps due to fungus problems that may also occur simultaneously, and both of these more easily occur when one has too many carbs and fats in one's daily calorie allotments, and therefore one has inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut which has contributed to a compromised immune system – due to a lack of adequate micro-nutrition to adequately rebuild one’s body on a continual basis.

      What I have learned is that my past naïveté to the consequences had allowed my occasional stresses to sometimes cause me to do things or to eat things or to inhale things that have more toxins in them and that have then weakened my immune system, like drinking and eating caffeine chocolate or high carb foods and sweets.

      It sounds like the malady may be a result of an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to the liver/kidneys. IF it is due to a toxin overload of the lymph system, you might then notice that when one gets hot - then a rash or itching will sometimes occur since the toxins are sweating out of one’s system ONTO an area of the skin that may be weaker and more easily irritated and inflamed.

      ALSO whenever one’s immune system has become weakened the other problem can easily become a bacteria-fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection thrush, but it is hard to tell what the root causes may be without seeing and learning the details about what one has been eating breathing and applying to the skin. SEE <> https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm <> Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen one’s liver lymph and kidney systems to be able to better handle both an allergic reaction AND/OR bacteria-fungus outbreaks with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify the triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers smoke perfume moldy-smells laundry-cleaners etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how the body reacts. If one is like me one may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria with blisters and skin fevers primarily at the back of my knees and thighs sometimes when I got warmer, that had begun during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream cut with de-chlorinated water rubbed over my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a p

  17. QUESTION:
    What diseases cause Raynaud's phenomenon (Purple toes)?
    I've been sick for many years with no diagnoses.
    I've been tested for Lupus, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Diabetes, Anemia etc.

    All my doctor has found is:
    Gallbladder polyp, ovarian cyst, IBS, Raynaud's (purple toes), high testosterone, and low-normal iron levels, irregular heart beat.

    My symptoms are:
    Shortness of breath, severe fatigue, dizziness, purple toes, poor healing, chronic runny nose, chronic itchy skin, nausea.

    I was thinking maybe that main thing that may help narrow down options is Raynaud's....because that is my strangest symptom...everything else is quite common.

    Does anyone know what disease cause Raynaud's?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. A disease doesn't cause Raynaud's, it's just something that you get. I've had it for years. I had nothing else wrong with me at the time i got it, i just got it. I have since developed Thyroid disease, but my doctor told me that the two things are not connected. It's interesting that i have the same symptoms that you listed. I don't think Raynaud's causes these symptoms. If you research it, it's only suppose to cause the areas affected to turn purple, plus you can have pain, and poor circulation ( i have all of that ). I think your other symptoms might be from something else. I would get a second opinion if i were you. I went to a lot of doctors before i finally found one that diagnosed me with Raynaud's. The other doctors didn't seem to have a clue what was wrong with me. Sometimes you need to go to more then one doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Good luck, and Take care :-)

  18. QUESTION:
    ~~Please help diagnose me!!! extensive bloodwork with no abnormal results...SO FRUSTRATING!!!~~?
    I have MANY symptoms pointing to something systemic, connective tissue involved or auto immune... especially similar to lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma, dermomysotitis, sarcoidosis, lyme disease,lymphoma, skin cancer etc.........all blood tests normal so far accept slightly low blood sugar and 1positive towards lyme 9but you need a few positive to go in that direction according to dr's.... so does this not make any sense? shouldn't blood work show some markers of disease especially if i have symptoms of this severity??? or are there somethings you can just never know!?? ...................so confused!!!!
    symptoms vary greatly and im getting no def answers after switching dr's time and again seeing specialists and researching ,myself(which is relentless)
    i have symptoms of:
    Renaud's syndrome, alopecea, circulatory problems(painfull swollen vessels causing hives!broken blood vessels), skin problems(acne, wounds wont heal, blood vessels leaving marks, hives), hard lymph nodes in groin as well as swollen tender lymph nodes EVERYWHERE!, weird lump type feeling inside throat(went to ENT saw rawness w/ scope but no answers) itchyness(especially scalp), DRY SKIN, W/ PURPLE ROUGH PATCHES OVER KNUCKLES THAT SOMETIMES ULCERATE, shiny tight skin on hands, many oral changes (pale coloring in several areas, red sore like marks,white lines that come and go, inflammation under tongue and on the sides in the back of tongue and inside cheeks, bumpy lining of cheeks and where my gums connect to my bottom lip w/ pronounced veins, extremely dry mouth w/ white coating--not Candida's and its almost like my tongue and cheeks are bigger or my mouth is smaller bc i get teeth marks on my tongue and have been noticing the inside of my cheeks are in the way and i bite them more often) also: swollen pain full knees and ankles(tested neg forRA), GASTRITIS(after endoscopy), heavy periods w/ blood clots, swollen vulva and cervix(cervix has cysts that have grown rapidly)
    Also ive noticed that the structures of my face have changed___ALL OF A SUDDEN !! i cant smile the way i used to my eyes are more buldging like and the creases in my face are diminishing!! its starting to cause depression and anxiety about leaving the house... please help
    ~~~tested neg for :LYME, RA, CELIAC, HIV, CLAMYDEA, GONORRHEA, STREP, O AND P(STOOLS), ALL BASIC CBC AND BLOOD WORK NORMAL!
    I DO HAVE HYPOTHYROID AND IN 1995 I HAD A LARGE BENIGN TUMOR REMOVED FROM THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE IN MY CHEST

    • ANSWER:
      demand cat scan for poss sarcoidosis in lymph nodes

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do they keep coming back!? (medical question)?
    I've been living with this problem for over a year now, and Finally, when we find the right combo of drugs to help in healing, poof, another one appears! First I was diagnosed with MRSA, then told it was a sweat gland disorder, then told it was hormone related, and now, they still can't figure out what it is! UGH! My mother had cancer 3 times, Lyme Disease off and on, my aunt (mother's sister) has lupus, and I have none of these. What are they missing, or what am I not realizing?

    I have a sore spot under my right arm that started recently and it's SORE to the point when my my skin rubs or gets stretched, it burns. I thought it was Abcesses, but this is just getting crazy, help.
    I'm on Keflex for infection, and using NyStop powder on my outerskin. This new sore started before the Keflex, and was smaller than it is now, the other sores didn't get as large as this one. I'm at my wits end here, I have an appointment on August 1st, they told me to call if it opens up for an earlier appointment. It's not opening, just very sore.
    I don't have any diagnosed diseases or disorders that seem to alarm them, I do have, however, Spina Bifida which can open me up to infection easily if not treated properly.
    The sore is raised, the skin is pink, but there is a red spot in the middle and a white spot on top of that, like a enlarged pimple. I don't have any black spots, thankfully.
    oh, and it does not feel warm, just very very irritating.
    Thank you for your extensive and well educated answer, Jaxon. I appreciate all other answers as well. As stated, I am on meds to prevent any infection, I'm just irritated tonight because I bumped the bugger and it hurt like all hell. As stated, it is NOT open, just sore.

    I'm not contagious, either, thankfully. I have a 4 year old at home, and he hates it when Mommy can't hug him all the time because of it.

    • ANSWER:
      any other symptoms? it sounds like an autoimmune disease, similiar to lupus, and since its in ur family thats what i would first suspect. the sore may be a rash from the disease or it could be an abcess from a gland disorder under ur arm, it may be infected and i suggest u get that checked. MRSA is very serious and im surprised a doctor would misdiagnose you. tell them to check for cancer or a disease that could act like cancer, like certain viruses with cancer lilke symptoms.
      above all check if u have an autoimmune disease. gl and get that sore checked and wrapped, possibly drained if fluid is building inside, u dont want a hematoma. also check for lymphoma.

      edit: its good there are no black spots, if its red with a white raised area it may be a pimple, or an abcess with pus. if its extremely painful or it opens make sure u rush to a doctor to prevent any infections near that area

  20. QUESTION:
    What would cause a sudden sunken appearance under the eyes?
    I've been sick for years with no diagnoses.
    I have severe fatigue, but I sleep 10+ hours a night.
    I eat well.
    I don't smoke,drink or do any type of drugs.

    I also get lightheaded, short of breath, poor healing wounds, pain behind eyes..

    I've been checked for Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Lupus, Liver problems, Celiac..

    If my liver blood work comes back normal does that rule out Hepatitis?
    My doctor told me to do research and make a list of what it could be and I found:

    Lyme disease, Candida infection, and Adrenal issues
    but for some reason he didn't test and was sure I didn't have any of them...

    I never drink water....could dehyration be causing all of this?

    I don't think my doctors take me seriously because I cover my horrible looking under eye circles with makeup....if they seen how I look they'd be shocked...

    I look like sickly....can someone please help me figure this out?!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I have the same problem, I have all of the symptoms but I have iron defiency anemia it has the symptoms you describe plus more. You are at higher risk getting anemia if you are a children or a woman. you can cure it by taking iron pills. You can buy iron pills over the counter at a pharmacy/drug store. I would just get a blood test done just in case.

      This site has the iron defiency anemia symptoms:
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/iron-deficiency-anemia-symptoms

      Warning: Don't take the pills unless you are given permission by a doctor because this can cause a overdose! D:

      Feel better soon! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    My list of symptoms, anyone want to have a guess?
    I have a few symptoms, on their own they don't seem to be much of anything but all together I am a bit worried, every time I go to the doc they look at one condition and offer advice but I'm wondering if I should make a list and bring it in - and how can I do that without appearing like a total hypochondriac, lol

    I've had several tears to my back muscles over the years, and have constant low level back pain with bursts of sharp stabs and stiffness, the doc says it's muscular not my spine or discs - I can accept this, and I take codeine to keep it at bay. However, since about January, I have had pain in the back of my left knee - the doc refered me to an osteopathy clinic where a technician told me it was just soft tissue, suggesting the capsule at the top of the ligament, and I was supposed to put on cold packs for two weeks and go back, tried that and it didn't help, so he's started massaging it - and by massaging I mean digging his fingers in to see if he can make it less sensitive. It hurts. It doesn't sound like a great idea.

    I also got a huge swollen node under my arm (coincided with a careless sunburn), I went back in two weeks to have it checked again and they sent me for a blood test, the results of which were within acceptable range.

    Now, my problems are, I have bad lower back muscles, I have this dodgy knee and I have a huge lump in my neck, and a smaller one on the back of my head, but with my white count being ok, it's not going to be breast cancer (what they were ruling out) but also not likely to be an infection. My new thing this past week is a sharp pain around the top right of my left shoulder blade, feels like a muscle or a tendon, not in the bone and not in the joint, more in the soft tissue. It feels like my back muscles do, that sharp itchy pain when it's torn and healing. I have a click in my neck too, something grinding.

    So why would this lymph gland be up? could it be connected to something in the back of my knee? and if so, what?

    I am female, 40, in good health, I am 5ft4 and about 110pounds, I have never been ill with a named disease except childhoods (measles, chicken pox, mumps) and asthma when I reached 32, I am on nothing but occasional asthma meds and my codeine.

    I wonder if I am treating my body too harshly and carrying loads of shopping that are really too heavy now I am getting older (not old yet though), but since I am taking the back pills, I am perhaps not realising it's hurting me until later? maybe I have weakened muscles prone to injury - but why if that's the case? I don't really know, anyone care to take a stab? have I got two unrelated issues (nodes and muscles) or does it sound like something all together? it's not cancer of lupus, the bloods rule one out, the symptoms the other. My knee thought it was slightly injured in May 2009, does not have a Bakers cyst, had the U/S to rule that out before getting sent to the osteo.
    Sorry, that should read "cancer OR lupus", I appear to have badspellingcheckitis too.
    No shutup, that's not the answer, being rude rarely is. My medical file after 40 years is about 2mm thick, I'm not a hypochondriac, Amanda said the same as my husband, go tell them there's something wrong and make them do something, but I do play it down, D says I will die saying "I'll be alright."

    This is the first time I have asked listing all my problems to see if anyone can see anything that might be connected. Since I suggested it might be wear and tear, I don't see that I am being unrealistic in my analysis, but I have had minor things and they usually do get better, these just don't seem to, my back has been "injured" for about 5 years now. The codeine of course is on prescription, I don't buy it illegally, it was assessed to be the most suitable by my doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      bad idea to go into the doctor with only one thing to tell them,if several things are wrong with you.
      like saying:hey i'm sick but not that sick,so i do not need that much attention or medication.
      the knee and node both needs antibiotics.infections is what you are dealing with here.probably need to seek hospital help.try another doctor for sure.never say you are in good health if all of this is wrong with you;specifically because the old saying of:the squeaky wheel gets the grease,would make those in charge enough to do something about it,wright you off before takeing you seriously.
      mostly what this sounds like to me is infection.
      probably several different spots,but infection big time.

  22. QUESTION:
    do i look like what i say i have? look at my pic you wont believe me, no one does This, is one of my blogs on myspace........

    find me Jessramirez@hotmail.com

    and tell me

    I'm sorry if im so mean, this is why thou:/
    Current mood: blank
    Category: Life
    well to start of i try my best to love the live god gave me:) i have the total of 5 diseases JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, ACUTE DERMATOMYOSITIS , MIXED CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE OVERLAP SYNDROME AND POSSIBLE LUPUS
    it's very hard right now i think i was getting better turn out i wasnt anymore:( i take Kimo every Friday and a filture every Saterday 11tablits of Kimo one Saterday.. and like iron and more..
    i wish this wasn't my path to walk anything but this. my little sister is my everything cause she helped me everyday one i couldn't bend down to put my socks and shoes one:) or to put my hair up and my pants. i don't want grow up being cripled:( i don't want to have trouble because of this i have became so angry so if im ever a bitch to you im sorry maybe now you know why:) i don't attend to be mean, it comes up like word vomit. i have anger issues and my emotions arnt stable.
    and well ya im very unhappy and i try to be happy when im hanging out laughin inside i feel like shit. i want out! i wanna crawl in a ball and cry cause it hurts so much. i could fight but say i did and i broke my bone thats it.. itll be like that for a long time cause my immune system is so weak. when im sick im sick for weeks cause im weak in side to fight. i cant get cut or bruised cause it's hard to heal...:(
    well maybe you now understand my smart mouth or if im ever mean to you which i doubt cause im too nice:)<3
    I DONT HAVE CANCER, I TAKE KIMO CUZ IT HELPS ARTHRITIS. && THE OTHERS

    • ANSWER:
      I have JDMS and can sympathize with you. Just try to calm down. Are you on any steroids like Prednisone or Solumedroul? Maybe Methotrexate or IVIG? I heard Candida yeast infections can make symptome worse and even cause some of these diseases. Antibiotic Therapy has been proven affective and I would highly reccommend them. You can look it up and talk to your doctor about it. I understand completely about the frustration, I have friends in similar conditions and I want to cry every time I hear about it. I seem to split their pain. Just rest and keep praying, do as much research as you can. The best thing you can do is educate yourself on the diseases you have and try to figure out what you can add to your treatment options. For now I would suggest getting a good multivitamin and plenty of antioxidants, they will help. I ended up with Eczema instead of a dermatomyositis rash, so maybe you could get checked for that? Aloe, 2.5% Hydrocortizone, and Elidel got rid of the skin rash in 2 months and I had it for 12 years. I am with you on this, and will pray for you. Take care and I hope you feel better! Also, if you ever need to talk, you can write me a note on my profile.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have experience with side effects of TNF blockers?
    This may get a little lengthy and I will apologize now. I have had Crohn's disease for over 15 years now and have been had active disease for about 5 years now. I have been on both Remicade and now Cimzia in order to try and keep the disease at bay. I switched to Cimzia early this year because my veins were trashed from the Remicade. I was doing well on it. However in the last year, I have been having a lot of issues. Thankfully not with my Crohn's. That seems to be somewhat controlled. It started with pain in the lower lung area when I took a deep breath. We have done the testing, X-Ray, CT scan and they have seen nothing. Now it has progressed on to more things. My T7 in my spine just "broke" a couple months ago. I was not in an accident, I was not doing anything for it to break. I just started having pain and it kept getting worse and worse in the weeks leading up to the "break". That has healed but I continue to have problems. I now am having pain in my upper chest when breathing. I have headaches every day, I could sleep 15-16 hours out of every day if I were allowed. (This might be the depression rearing it's ugly head) I am constantly exhausted, and getting more and more depressed about the situation. My regular doctor has said "I'm sorry, but I'm not sure that there is anything more I can do for you" which makes me feel like a hypocrondriac. However, I know that I'm not imagining these things.

    Okay, I will get to my question. My concern is all the nasty diseases that the TNF blockers can cause. MS, Lupus, heart failure, lymphoma, etc, etc. Has anyone had these things come up while taking a TNF blocker? If so, what were your symptoms? I have an appointment with my GI doc on Monday and would like to be as educated as possible when I walk in there and insist that we keep trying until we find what it is. I am having a hard time day to day and can't keep living this way. Anyones comments would be helpful. Thanks for listening and helping!!

    • ANSWER:
      You "broke" your T7 and then it just healed? If you broke your T7, you should show this to your doctor.

      Many of the diseases related to Crohn's can cause bone thinning and fatigue.

      You should see a rheumatologist. They have a lot of experience with TNF inhibitors and Crohn's. GI docs can have varying experience with TNF inhibitors.

      Nothing of what you describe sounds like MS, lupus, lymphoma, or heart failure. Many of them are caused by the diseases that people take TNF inhibitors to treat, so it has been hard to get a good estimate of what the real risk is from the drug.

  24. QUESTION:
    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this.....?
    My bf did research on a article....kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN'T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET'S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden's Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an "otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response," even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. "... squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals...observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene "contributed to the cascade of reactions called "Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud's phenomenon, Sjorgren's syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever."

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    -polysorbate
    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions."

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    THIS IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REAL PROFFESIONAL RESEARCH
    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS A LITTLE RESEARCH YOURSELF AND YOU'LL GET THE TRUTH
    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is...how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase "real professional research".

      Were you aware that vaccines that don't contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can't all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does...it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It's like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this....ooooh it's so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines.....they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product).....people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even "contributed to the cascade" with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals' mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine.....again with the twisting.....

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it.....but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the "link" between autism and other neurological disorders......which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury...one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury...they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body's cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl.....didn't see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you think I could have a poor circulation problem?
    I have developed "Raynaud's phenomenon"
    But only my toes turn purple...not my fingers. And they don't go from white to purple to red....just purple. My toes also "fall asleep" easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness.....but I'm not sure if they are all connected....and I'm not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms...

    Anyways, I've been tested for almost everything....Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can't find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation...they claim Raynaud's is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?

    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I've had a stress test and ultrasound done and both were normal

    • ANSWER:
      You may have Diabeetes which causes poor circulation.

  26. QUESTION:
    I think I may have circulation problems.......?
    I have developed "Raynaud's phenomenon"
    But only my toes turn purple...not my fingers. And they don't go from white to purple to red....just purple. My toes also "fall asleep" easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness.....but I'm not sure if they are all connected....and I'm not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms...

    Anyways, I've been tested for almost everything....Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can't find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation...they claim Raynaud's is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?

    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I've had a stress test and ultrasound done and both were normal

    • ANSWER:
      That is not raynauds.
      With raynauds, they just go white. I get it in my hands. and one foot. I got prescribed some blood thinners as I have low blood pressure anyway.

      Have you tried eating healthy food like fruit and vegetables which contain natural vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy, and drinking plenty of water.

      Sounds like you are a hypochondriac. Stop worrying about what is wrong and just eat well, drink lots and learn to enjoy yourself. Maybe exercise. It sorts out all these niggly aches and pains.
      Nobody tells you that when you hit 20 these aches and pains start to happen.

      Just live with it, rest enough.

  27. QUESTION:
    I think I have poor circulation problems......?
    I have developed "Raynaud's phenomenon"
    But only my toes turn purple...not my fingers. And they don't go from white to purple to red....just purple. My toes also "fall asleep" easily and tingle alot.

    My wounds dont heal well anymore. I get small cuts from my puppy and they take FOREVER to heal.. and if they do, it almost always scars regardless of size or depth.

    I also have an irregular heart beat, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, mild pain behind eyes, and dizziness.....but I'm not sure if they are all connected....and I'm not sure if poor circulation would cause these other symptoms...

    Anyways, I've been tested for almost everything....Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Adrenal issues and the doctors can't find out whats causing all of this.

    My doctors also never once mentioned poor circulation...they claim Raynaud's is common and not usually caused by a disease..

    Why havent they mentioned circulation problems? Is that not considered a health issue, can they even fix it? And would poor circulation cause the other symptoms I mentioned?
    And is poor circulation caused by the heart? I've had a stress test and heart ultrasound done, both were normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Raynaud's occurs when the nerves that control the dilation or expansion of small blood vessels "misfire" and tell those blood vessels to shut down. This can happen when the extremities are exposed to cool things or under stress.

      Poor circulation can have a number of causes: Raynaud's, blocked blood vessels as in peripheral artery disease, low blood pressure and heart problems.

      You need to continue to insist that the doctor get to the bottom of your problems. If your current doctor won't then get a new doctor. Keep copies of all your lab work. You have a right to them under the law. This is helpful when you are seeking a second opinion.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have a uterine infection after giving birth and if Keflex is the right atbc to treat it?
    Hi! I just gave birth to my first child 10 days ago and had really bad complications after the delivery. I was in labor for 27 hours, pushed for an hour, and got the usual Pitocin and epidural. My OB had manually pulled out my placenta immediately after the delivery of my baby and I had not asked him to! I was hemorrhaging for the 1st 2 days. I even passed out 2 hours after I gave birth, as soon as I transferred to the maternity ward! The same night, I was about to pass out a 2nd time and my blood pressure dipped at its lowest. They had to call an emergency code and all of the doctors and nurses rushed into my room. The reason for my postpartum hemorrhage was because I had retained fragments of the placenta in my uterus and a dr. had to manually push the clot out! On top of that, I had a distended bladder and couldn't urinate on my own, so they had to Foley cath me for 3 days. I didn't have an episiotomy or any tears, but had a few abrasions inside my vagina. I also had a hematoma on the left labia. I lost so much blood, 55%, I became anemic and was supplemented with a stronger iron than what I was taking during pregnancy. I was on IV fluids for 3 days and stayed in the hospital for 4 days. Ever since I got home, my lochia had been getting less and less but the hematoma on my left labia became so painfully excruciating it had even turned hard even with the sitz baths I've been taking. It was so painful every time I went to the bathroom, to urinate or pass a bowel. Even on pain meds, the vaginal pain was so severe, I had to go to the emergency. I was examined and they told me in time, it will heal and go away on its own and the hematoma is too small to cut open and drain.

    Then today I noticed I started bleeding more and even passing big clots, whereas previous days, my bleeding was brown and very small, like dime sized amounts with no clots at all. In addition, I've been having extreme severe abdominal pains since this morning. I saw my OB today and he examined my uterus by pressing down on my belly and I grimaced so much because the pain was so bad. He told me it's not supposed to be that painful at this point, 10 days after giving birth. He concluded that I had a uterine infection and put me on Keflex 4 times a day for 10 days. I'm not sure if he diagnosed me correctly since he only pressed down on my tummy and didn't run any tests to confirm that it's an infection. Also, how would he know what kind of antibiotic to prescribe to me if he doesn't even know what kind of uterine infection is invading me? I know there are different kinds of uterine infections based on the different types of bacteria! I'm a new grad LVN (practical nurse) and even though I haven't worked since I got pregnant during school, I know that I should be skeptical of something about his diagnosis! I don't have a fever or any other signs and symptoms of an infection other than the extreme abdominal pain and painful urination/ bowel movements. The emergency department took a urine sample from me and a bladder infection or UTI came out negative so I know I don't have that! Someone out there please help me! I just want to make sure my OB and medical team during my labor and delivery have the best interest in taking good care of me instead of killing me! I just want to be alive and healthy to raise my daughter and for my uterus to not be affected so I can have more children after this! Thank you so much in advance!

    FYI: I also have Lupus, but a mild form of it since none of my organs are affected....only Raynaud's Disease and eczema which is about it!

    • ANSWER:
      Keflex is a broad spectrum antibiotic and will cover you regardless of what specific bacteria you have. He's probably giving you the antibiotics as a prophylaxis, just in case. I would venture to say that you'll improve over the next couple of days.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do I have Hypothyroidism?
    I cannot afford to go to the doctor right not because my insurance doesnt cover it.
    ABOUT ME:
    -About once a month I wake up with my eyes swollen shut and the skin around my eyes, nose, and my lips, look dry, peeling and red. This takes 4-6 days to go away if I continually moisturize it. This is what led me to research what could be causing it...it seems like it could be allergies or maybe a small chance of hypothyroidism?
    -My mom had to have her thyroid removed because doctors werent sure why she had a small tumor in her neck. It turned out to be noncarcogenic. (she is 47) My aunt has bad thyroid cancer and we think my great great grandma died from it (they didnt know what it was then but she had a huge goiter on her neck)
    -I had to have my tonsils taken out because of my allergies. I get bad sinus infections and they were always swollen.
    -I dont heal very well
    -I dont know if I am abnormally tired. I dont think so. Just sometimes.
    -I think I have a little trouble loosing weight.
    -I dont sweat at all hardly.
    -My fingers are toes are always very cold no matter what. I get cold easily.
    -I get depressed a lot
    -I have a low pain tolerance (I had horrible cramps in high school and had to go the hospital-I sill get these, now I have terrible upper back pain. I think I may have strained my back in high school but that was 5 years ago. My upper right side of my back gets a dull pain, then feels cold and then has sharp pain sometimes when I am active/sitting in a chair/standing)
    -I dont have swelling in my neck
    -The only other disease we have in my family is breast cancer at around 35 (2 people have died from it) and my great grandma had Lupus.

    Am I being paranoid? Is there anything I can do if I have it? I am a vegetarian and I try and go to the gym 3-5 times a week (I just joined a gym 2 weeks ago).
    I get bad headaches a lot too (about twice a month and they last 24 hours)
    My boyfriend thinks Im being paranoid and he is in medical school..
    I do have insurance but it doesnt cover doctors visits so it costs me about 100 a month. I had to go to a doctor last month and it was going to be 300 dollars!
    I also have a low sex drive :[
    Im pretty sure I get enough protein through Tofu, grains, veggies etc. They have more than you would think.
    And I have a horrible horrible memory.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be your tyroid...i have that problem and your symptons are like mine. i take a daily pill that cost about per month that keeps it in check. go to your Dr and get checked out.

  30. QUESTION:
    Do you think I could have Scurvy? Is that a common thing doctors check for?
    I've been sick for about 5 years with no diagnoses
    it started out as severe nausea, dizziness and anxiety (that I never had before)
    then about a year later I started having severe fatigue, lightheadedness, wounds that don't heal well, dark sunken in circles under eyes, weakness, gas and purple toes.

    I've been tested for almost everything....Lupus, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Diabetes, iron & B12 levels....do you think they would have checked for Scurvy aswell?

    And is there any other health problem/disease that fits my symptoms?
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      scurvy is a lack of vitamin C

  31. QUESTION:
    I have read that vegan (partially raw) food is good to more or less heal Lupus. Has anybody heard about it?
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!
    I have seen once an article (just passed it by without knowing it may be important in future!) which mentioned a woman with Lupus, who stopped using medicaments (since they do not heal, but only beat down the immune system) and then changed her life completely, slowed down, and ate only vegan (vegetarian without eggs and dairy products) food, where most dishes per day were raw. They claimed it was true? Does anybody know more about this or the book mentioned?

    I know I am not allowed to eat beef or things like anchovies or in generally too much protein (and it is true I always get bad symptoms after a too big portion of scrambled eggs). But is it safe? I mean, I have quite a lot of other problems, also anemia (not enough iron)/lack of vitamin B12.

    I do not use much medication, but I want to stop it altogether if possible! Medicaments will never cure my disease, but if this women really exists, there may be a real chance and I want to try it!

    SOLVED: www.lupusrecoverydiet.com :-) !!!!
    Sorry, I did not know Yahoo will add the entire text twice. But the book I was searching actually exists! And I even found some more, 2 of them even written by real doctors:
    http://www.healing-lupus.com/
    http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default.aspx (they say "Eat to Live" also deals with Lupus)
    http://www.nealbarnard.org/books.htm
    (here is even a book on reversing diabetes through diet!)

    I ordered already 3 books, I will test anything which may help and is more or less scientifically backed! This does not look like a fraud to me!

    Thank you for the support! You brought me back on track!

    • ANSWER:
      Is this what you read? Or something else?
      http://www.vegsource.com/articles/mcdougall_report3.htm

      mentions book:

      McDougall's Medicine – a Challenging Second Opinion


Free Lupus Diets

A good rheumatoid arthritis diet may be a very important advantage in supporting the challenge against rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is labeled to be a systemic autoimmune disease. It is actually a continual, systemic inflammatory problem of which generally affects synovial joints but sometimes as well affect tissues and organs. The disease progression frequently ends up in destruction within the articular cartilage and also stiffness of the joints. Alongside joint problems there can be resultant swelling in the lung area, pleura, pericardium, sclera and also nodular lesions inside the subcutaneous tissue. Treating the fundamental cause of any autoimmune disease is key to long lasting overall health and a rheumatoid arthritis diet is able to do exactly that.

Rheumatoid arthritis impacts around 1% of the world's human population, with women 3 times more prone to possess the condition then men. The condition generally starts in between the age range of 40 and 50, however it may also begin at all ages. It's really a agonizing as well as crippling condition, and when not maintained correctly may end up in lack of function as well as mobility. The medical diagnosis is dependent on presenting signs, the physical exam, x-rays and blood tests. This document will in short , talk about traditional remedies just before speaking much more about the rheumatoid arthritis diet.

There are a few treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis. Typically pharmaceutical treatments include painkillers (in the form of analgesics) and anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids to treat the symptoms. While the short term benefit of treating the symptoms has merit, in the long term it does little good because the underlying disease process continues. A stronger type of drug called disease modifying antirheumatic drugs are aimed at inhibiting the underlying immune process and decreasing long term damage. Unfortunately, all drugs carry with them severe unwanted side effects. True health can never be obtained from drugs. Restoring true health is the aim of the rheumatoid arthritis diet.

A rheumatoid arthritis diet is an capable kind of remedy, as dietary input has demonstrated to be great for other autoimmune diseases. At the cause of autoimmune disease is surely an over sensitive immune system of which is assaulting the body's own tissues and cells. The over active immune effect ends up in a multitude of symptoms. If we just concentrate on the symptoms, the root process and source of the concern is still present. Food items have proven to trigger autoimmune responses and also inflammation. Thus it only is smart that if we eliminate the harmful foods from your diet regime, we could help calm down the immune system and even restore appropriate balance and health to the body.

A rheumatoid arthritis diet approach is just not for all. The difficulties rest in the belief that some of the option of diet or alternative treatment solutions are not necessarily even presented to the sufferer. As opposed to medication, there isn't any damaging unwanted side effects from switching your diet. You're not having harmful chemicals straight into your system or a toxic stress on your own liver. It can be definitely worth a shot. There isn't any harm in trying a rheumatoid arthritis diet plus you've got only your quality of life to gain back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Lupus & Gluten-free diet?
    I heard it helps a lot. I've cut a lot of wheat out, mainly because my mom has Celiac's and she makes a lot of her own food, but not completely. Just wondering if anyone has and it really does make a difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Some patients with lupus also have Celiac and have to stay away from all gluten. Gluten tends to cause inflammation in susceptible people and since lupus is an inflammatory disease, we don't want to add to the inflammation.

      However, many people with lupus have no problem with gluten. I have SLE with major organ involvement, am in remission, and have no trouble with gluten. You can try it and see if there is improvement.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone that has an experience with lupus and joints pain?
    I was diagnose with lupus 2 years ago, I am still debating if i should take allopatic drugs or dieting and natural route will help me to cure lupus. I am now considering homeopathic medicine and if any one have heard of it please let me know. Any one that have an experience positive or negative with plaquenil and prednisone please fell free to post it as well. Thanks
    Thanks Angie for your answer. and the link was very useful! God bless you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      I have had systemic lupus for about 14 years and have experienced joint pain. This is one of the most common symptoms of lupus.

      I personally prefer to do without drugs but obviously in some cases people have to take prescribed medication. I follow the low gi diet which was clinically trialled at the lupus unit http://www.lupus.org.uk/information/information_informationforpatients_diet.htm

      I also exercise, again that has been clinically trialled an proved to be of great help in controlling lupus and my joints are much better since doing this.

      I try to keep a positive outlook which absolutely definitely helps people with chronic illness and doctors will confirm that.

      It may be that you have to try prescribed drugs to get lupus under control and then take the route I have, it's a very individual decision and the severity of someone's lupus will often be the deciding factor as to which route you take.

      The only thing I would say is be very, very wary of 'natural' supplements as they are not always as harmless as they might seem, one of our patients had a very bad experience: http://www.lupus.org.uk/patients/annewarning.html.

      Finally, you will never 'cure' your lupus - no matter what people on the internet may try and tell you! I'm afraid we have it for life (unless a cure is found!). What you can do is control it and even go into remission when lupus goes dormant, but even then it can flare up again, for example if you are very stressed.

      We have a nurse online that can answer any lupus questions you might have, it's a free service: http://www.lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm

      Hope that helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    Crohns, Celiac, Lupus, Hypothyroidism????? Help!?
    I started to have mental fogginess issued back in 2004, and remember having a general feeling of not feeling well. I can’t really remember exactly what it was like back then though. By the time 2006 came along, my issues had progressed pretty rapidly. I...

    - Had mental clarity issues.
    - I would get up to go to the grocery store and get in the car and realized I had forgotten where I was going.
    - I would bruise easily. I had diarrhea.
    My stomach was extremely bloated.
    I could barely carry on a conversation.

    After a few failed attempts at the doctors, I DIAGNOSED MYSELF with Celiac’s disease. Immediately, I went on a gluten free diet. After 6 months of being gluten free, I did notice improvement in some areas. But I never got to feeling 100%. Not even 60%.

    So I continued my research...

    About a year ago, I truly thought I was dying. I had...

    It feels as if all my stomach organs are swollen along with my head
    I feel like I have a fever, and my skin is hot to the touch (but no actual fever)
    Severe mental fogginess
    Underarm sweating
    Diarrhea
    Severe grogginess when waking
    Severe bloating
    Bruisings
    Pressure headaches (get migraines on occasions with blurred vision, I think unrelated)
    Swollen and puffy eyes
    Got sick easily
    Cold hands and feet
    Shiver in cold weather
    Fatigue
    Major skin issues. Pustuals on the hands and feet, rashes, etc. However I was able to get that at bay with very very mild soap.

    I knew at this point, I had to make a change. I cut everything out of my diet and slowly reintroduced things. At the end of this test, the only thing I could eat (at not perfect at that) was fruits, veggies, millet bread, sunflower butter (peanut butter substitute). I stuck to that diet for about 6 months and really better but dropped to 140 pounds. I went from a 1 out of 10 to a 6. But then started noticing that I was lacking nutrients and was getting other symptoms for not being balanced nutritionally. I have added a few things back in with a major herbal supplement system that I have created to help assist.

    Right now my diet is this...

    Food:
    Fruits
    Veggies
    Millet bread
    Sunflower butter

    Supplements:
    Garden of Life meal shake with probiotics and enzymes
    Activated Charcoal (Draw out poisons)
    Aloe Juice (Digestion)
    Basil (Digestion)
    Cayenne (Immune Booster)
    Cilantro (Detox)
    Cinnamon (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Coconut (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial)
    Flax Oil (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Garlic (Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal)
    Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
    Ginko (Blood Flow)
    Ginsing (Digestion)
    Lime (Anti-Biotic)
    Mushroom (Cancer inhibitor)
    Peppermint (Digestion)
    Rosemary (Blood Flow)
    Tumeric (Anti-Inflammatory, Cancer Fighter)
    Lemon Water

    I have seen certain improvements with my herbal remedy, but nothing too major.
    I thought way back that it was celiac’s. Deleting gluten from my diet helped, but did not fix the problem. My current research makes me feel like it is either Crohn’s or something similar, or Hepatitis C. I have read that the two can be confused. I have recently been tested through a private company for Hep C and it came back Negative. What confuses me is that I do not have stomach pain like most Crohn’s patients do. However, I am pretty sure I have an ulcer. I do have a sharp pain in my stomach that comes and goes at times. And the biggest issue for me is mental clarity and this swelling fever I deal with. I can deal with irregular bowel movements, but the way I feel is unacceptable. I have a copy of blood work I had done a year ago when I was feeling my worst, and I noticed that they didn’t test for Hypothyroidism? Do these symptoms sound like this could possibly be a culprit? Lupus?

    I am probably the healthiest person you know. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, all of my diet is natural organic from the earth foods, herbs and minerals. I should not fee the way that I do.

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see any protein or saturated fat in your diet which are essential to good health. I would highly suggest eating eggs if you can. Can you eat oysters? I started eating 1 oz. canned oysters every morning for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & found it also had 90% DV of B12 as well as getting an extra 3g a week in EPA/DHA.

      Optimize your vit.D levels most people are deficient & especially ill people. Vit.D is not really a vitamin but a hormone that regulates your immune system. I would highly suggest researching. I personally did 35,000iu a day for 3 months to refill my depleted stores & now do 10,000-20,000iu per day. The constant fibromyalgia pain I had for 10 years went away doing this. I did 35,000iu for 2 months, then knocked it down to 2000iu day & the pain was back after a week, so I did another month of higher levels.

      I highly suggest filtering water to remove fluoride & other things. I'm using a zero water filter but wish I had invested in a Berkey water filter system because the filters are cleanable & don't need to be replaced. What I've spent on filters, I could have bought a berkey system.

      I highly recommend a green drink with 2 tablespoons each of chlorella, spirulina, kelp, turmeric (pinch of pepper & half teaspoon of cinnamon) mixed in 28oz of water with a splash of raw apple cider vinegar & raw honey. I add half a cup of chia seeds to another 28oz blenderball bottle of water & serve these half & half over ice. The chia seed makes the green drink much more enjoyable. I buy chia seeds in bulk from getchia.com & algae from nutsonline.com

      I would suggest testing your thyroid at home with the Barnes Basal Temperature test (instructions online) - consistent low basal temperature is indicative of thyroid dysfunction & is more accurate than blood test (but harder to document) Low thyroid can cause a lot of health issues including brain fog.

      Are you using unrefined salt - preferably mined celtic or himalayan - Unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals. Salt and water work together to do important work in your body, including stimulating your metabolism, helping you detoxify, support your adrenals and making sure your nerves, hormones and immune system function properly.

      The body needs saturated fats to make vitamins & minerals & even omega 3 oils bioavailable so they can be incorporated into the body structure. I do not recommend flax seed oil - ground flax seed is fine (chia seed is better, because it doesn't need to be ground) Unsaturated oils are fragile & oxidize (go rancid) when exposed to air & create free radical damage in the body - oils in whole foods are fine though.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Is it lupus?
    So I have been dealing with being seriously sick for over two years now. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and celiac disease. I have been on a gluten free diet for about three months now and thyroid medication for about 1 year but nothing has changed, if anything it has gotten worse. I have a huge feeling that it is lupus but I was tested for it and it was negative. Could it be a false negative or do I have something else? These are my symptoms:
    Fever
    Extreme Fatigue (I cant even go to school anymore I'm so tired)
    Weakness
    Bad Muscle Aches
    Joint Pain
    Lack of appetite
    Depression
    Sun Sensitivity
    Heart pains when i breathe deep
    Hair loss
    Mild case of anemia
    Anxiety
    Chills
    Trouble Breathing
    Headache
    Dizziness
    Stomach pain
    Trouble focusing
    Memory problems

    What should I do? I need to figure this out soon cause i cant keep living like this.
    Its not thyroid disease because my levels are in the normal range. Also I've been tested for mono more than once and it has come back negative. Its also not
    MS because I was tested for that and it was negative, I also don't have the same symptoms as MS

    • ANSWER:
      wow..
      It sounds like you have... everything.

      Ask Dr.House.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do so many people resist the idea that food causes illness?
    If you tell someone to try a natural, organic diet free of preservatives and chemicals, they resist it, but will pop a pill of even more toxic stuff? I was in seriously poor shape two years ago with a multitude of problems, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis and thyroid problems. When I stopped eating processed food, and eliminated wheat, soy and eggs from my diet, the symptoms cleared up. I wonder why many people don't realize the toxins that are in commercial meats, milk and processed food? All you have to do is read the label to see how bad it is!
    I enjoy a lovely diet of fresh, organic veggies, rice pastas, fruits, fish, seafood, rice, quinoa, millet, flax, nuts, seeds, berries, etc. I dont feel deprived at all. Its the toxic artificially enhanced stuff that I am refering to. My diet is much more enjoyable and :"comforting" to me now, and my 12 year old is thriving on it!

    • ANSWER:
      AMEN!! If you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be eating it.

      As to why people resist it, it's a heck of a lot easier to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave than to cook from scratch....I used to feel that way, until we started eating cleanly....WOW. Food actually has TASTE! What a concept!

      Excellent post! Wish I could give you 10 points for it!

  6. QUESTION:
    Which doctor in all the "ologist" would see someone for rectal bleeding?
    I have unexplained bleeding.. bright red blood and it's been off and on two weeks and each doctor tells me it's not their place. I do not know at this point who to see. I am tempted to just go to the emergency room and let them find the right "ologist"..
    IT started with a checkup with my rheumatologist and I thought I had a uti or bladder infection and from there i've had scans, ultrasounds, blood work and they found a cysts on the ovary.. but they say that has nothing to do with rectal bleeding. Just recently started gluten free diet.. for celiac disease and I have lupus and sjogren's.. and premenopause...so there is a lot going on. I just don't want to wait too late.. and everyone is ignoring this issue.. and it's my concern. I've heard gastronologist, urologist and honestly I don't know as this was from the rheumatologist and the gynecologist.. ANY HELP? I"ve been online.. but not sure who I need to call.. not sure too if it's okay to just let it be.. confused. thanks for any info
    THanks for all who gave real answers. There was no easy way to put this.. so if you thought it was too much .. sorry but it's just you had to explain some of it.. as it's not one thing going on. IF you don't have an autoimmune illness you might not understand how everything can tie into something else..meds, diet the whole bit. That was the reason for more info. I appreciate the info.. and there were most of you agreeing proctologist.. and no doctor said that. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a regular MD that you see or do you only go to rheumatologist? If not, you may need to go there first, to get referrals to see a specialist (depending on your insurance plan), as some specialists won't see anyone without a referral from their doctor. You may need a proctologist, but you may have some internal problems in your colon that should be checked. If this is not hemorrhoidal bleeding, it could be from within the colon, or a tear in your colon. Have you had your blood levels checked, like for anemia (not iron deficiency, but for blood loss)? Have you had a hemocult test?
      This is cause for concern as it's not normal to have any rectal bleeding, its a symptom of something wrong, whether its dietary caused, or internal.
      Not to scare you-I promise-but I began bleeding rectally suddenly at 30yrs, and my Dr never took me serious, and I ended up in ICU, almost in shock from loss of blood. My problem - not necessarily yours - was that I had a tumor that had grown large enough to tear into my colon. 19ys ago, and chemo and surgery worked for my cancer, so it IS doable! But to get back to your question, colon polyps etc can cause rectal bleeding, and tests do need to be done if only to rule out larger problems, maybe with a proctologist. Be persistant with your problem, and stay positive if news is bad, as a negative outlook doesnt help you heal. This I know from experience. Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    I think I may have lupus, need prayer and/or advice...?
    I've done tons of research on all types of Lupus and on other immunity disorders for a few years now. The decline in my health started when I had a lot of gastro problems. They were severe for 4 months and bad for a year but b/c I didn't have insurance I just tried elimination diets thinking it may have been a food allergy. Much later I found out that I had the pylori infection that causes ulcers and my doctor thought I was bleeding internally because my iron was very low. I was put on antibiotics for the pylori ( which I know is not considered serious ) and was given iron pills. My doctor also thought a lot of it was in my head (in fact I had to insist that he give me the pylori test) turns out the instincts about my body were correct. He had prescribed me anti-depressants before the blood work came back positive because he thought it might be depression but the anti-d's caused my gastro problems to be worse (yeah, I seem to be really sensitive to meds whether OTC or prescription. Anyway, at the time, ( a little over a year in a half ago ) this same doctor who tested me for h pylori (sp?) said in a follow up visit that because of a long list of varying symptoms (mostly related to the intestines) that I typed out on a sheet for him (and which I had been experiencing for over a year at the time) that I should see a specialist and get my insides examined to be on the safe side.

    I had just lost my job and knew I couldn't afford to go to a specialist (G.I.) b/c I didn't have insurance and wasn't eligible for medicaid. (I had already spent about ,700 at my family doctor's.)

    Since then, I moved to another state and have free health care because I am so low income and I go to a local clinic. I try to get blood work every few months or so. Last time I was checked for pylori, it was gone (which was about 9-10 months ago). Two months ago, standard blood work was done and everything came out fine. My stomach/intestinal problems have gotten better but are still present. I feel achy a lot but the worst symptoms of all is being very fatigued. I get tired over the smallest thing whether it is a mental or physical task. This isn't some temporary situation. It's been bad for years now. I just keep waiting to get some big improvement so I'm back to my old self but haven't had such an improvement. I've told my doctor this several times but he acts like I'm a hypochondriac and never gives me referrals to a specialist. All he does is prescribe me more pain medication each time...that's NOT going to solve my problem! (Not yelling, just putting emphasis on the not). He doesn't prescribe narcotics but I know pain relievers can be habit forming and even the gentler ones are not good for you, have side effects and get to where they are not as effective once you start taking them for a while.

    I almost feel like I need to fake some big attack for someone to take me seriously. I cannot work full time and the smallest thing that doesn't go right can really stress me out because my body and mind already feels naturally stressed all the time. I feel like no one understands and the worst part is, I'm right when it is concerning those that are closest to me because my parents seem to not have a clue about what I'm going through and can't seem to understand or accept the fact that I cannot work full time. I'm sure they are stressed about finances because they are struggling in that area but I can't handle extra stress right now or any stress for that matter. After all, it doesn't cost anything to be a little sympathetic and that free gift would mean a lot to me.

    I am not depressed, I mean, maybe I am but it's all situational and didn't happen until I started feeling bad all the time, physically. I used to have a good job, a good salary and a nice apartment but left my job because of these health problems. I was just way too stressed. I'm only unhappy because of the way I physically feel but like a downward spiral, feeling bad physically has stressed me mentally and that has caused emotional problems in my life so it is an endless cycle of physical, mental and spiritual stress.

    I try to eat healthy but have no money and am not eligible for food stamps because I live with my parents and they make too much money, (yeah, the government doesn't take into consideration all the expenses my parents have like food, gas, car, insurance, health insurance for the two of them, doctor visits, rent, bills, and the 9 medications my dad is on). They can barely afford to buy basic things for themselves, let alone me. So pretty much I'm stuck with whatever they buy and only ask for frozen mixed vegetables because they aren't very expensive. I don't drink alcohol or soda and have very little sweets/junk food. I'm about 25 pounds overweight at most which isn't much considering I have the fat gene. In the last couple of years I've lost about 10 pounds and have gained a little bit of muscle because I try to stay somewhat active and walk a fe
    (Sorry ran out of room, continued at last word I left off with) ...,few times a week. The only time I've been able to be really skinny is when I literally did 4 hrs of hard core exercise a day when I used to be on a traveling/competitive dance team in high school. (All of the people in my family are over 300 pounds and are considered morbidly obese except for me and my both of my parents are the most overweight child in their family). I do my best to make the most out of every situation, to go out and try to have fun doing active things etc... but nothing can hide the fact that my whole being especially my physical body is so much different than it used to be. I am only 26 years old and am a female. I feel old because of my fatigue and achiness. I've also had a lot of situational things that have not gone well in the past couple of years but it seemed that things started not going well after I started feeling really bad, I mean, when you start to get sick what do you typically do?
    Usually you just tough it out and still do your job to the best of your ability and try to still be fun with your friends and you try to be as normal as possible but what happens when the days turn to weeks, the weeks to months and the months to years. Eventually, forcing yourself to function normally socially, mentally and physically is going to take a big toll on you when you are sick all the time and constantly feel run down.

    From all the research I've done on so many things right here on yahoo answers from previous questions and answers along with research I've done on a lot of other websites, I know that with Lupus your ANA count can be fine in one test but can later be off so it is very difficult to get diagnosed with Lupus. I don't know what to do...My life has been put on hold for soooo long because of the lack of proper medical care. Perhaps I should go to an emergency room? I can't switch doctors and he doesn't seem to take me seriously.
    I'm so tired of waiting for an answer and having no results. My bad health is not shaking off through time. Moving back in with my parents, and with not being able to work full time among other things (most of the time I haven't even worked part time consistently), it makes me realize that something needs to change. I have been searching and praying for a change for so long now. If I was given a diagnosis, at least it would give me some peace of mind. I feel people do not understand how much I struggle just day to day to do easy, normal and even (what should be) un-stressful activities. Is there any help out there?

    I apologize for such detailed paragraphs but I've wanted to include all of these details for months now and have put it off. I put so many details to avoid unnecessary answers and/or questions. Thank you so much for your patience to all of you that read this whole thing. God Bless You!
    Category

    • ANSWER:
      I will pray that God makes the resources available for you to find the answers to your doubts and worries. I hope you open your heart to him and receive his forgiveness and salvation. With his love and peace in your heart your worries will subside. He will guide you and give you answers. He will provide a path. Why not give him a try. He works when the world fails you. He is there when the world abandons you. He is your friend when no friend can be found. He listens and cares and wants to help you. Jesus grant him this. Amen.

      † Equitable Prayer Warrior †

  8. QUESTION:
    i got an email?? is this true?? its about sugar free soda?
    I have not researched this subject, and make no claim of its validity.
    SWEET POISON A MUST READ

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick.she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

    She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

    On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
    I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

    I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!
    I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.
    My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

    Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
    In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda...and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

    When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery.
    And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.
    If it says 'SUGAR FREE' on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'

    In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.
    I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn c auses metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other condit ions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
    We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

    In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.
    During a lecture, I said, 'If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!'
    < FONT color=#339966 size=4>People were jumping up during the lecture saying, 'I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?'

    Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
    Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
    These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.' Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

    Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the 'diet products' and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
    We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
    The Aspartame drives the bloodsugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

    Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrierand it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

    Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
    Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were 'better for them than sugar.'

    It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
    Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.'

    Herein lies the problem:
    There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

    Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
    There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a 'piece of the Aspartame pie.' I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

    And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

    This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
    These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
    The bill was killed.

    It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're Informed now! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!

    Please print this out and/or e-mail to your family and friends.

    They have a right to know too

    • ANSWER:
      This rant is an amalgam of non-scientific canards, outrageous claims, intentional misinterpretations, dramatic hyperbole, highly selective use of data, and a few scattered truths. It's constructed this way intentionally, of course, so that the lay public can't readily evaluate it. To paraphrase comedian George Schlatter, "this rant is to scientific truth what Mother Teresa is to mud wrestling."

      Scientific study after scientific study has shown aspartame to be safe. Yet this fear-mongering about aspartame has been around for a long time, and won't die. It's brought to you by the same kind of alarmists who crusade against vaccinations and fluoride in drinking water. Pay them no mind.

  9. QUESTION:
    Baking Grain-free with Sugar Substitute?
    Hi, I'm just trying to experiment here. My plan is to go grain fee, refined and artificial sugar free. I'm wondering if baked recipes would hold up with the substitutes I had mind. I would use a nut flour with one of the following (I'm not Diabetic, but I have Lupus and need a low inflammation diet):

    Fruit Juice
    Licorice Root
    Maple Syrup (Without Added Sugar)
    Barley Malt
    I was told about Stevia, but I'm not sure if it's legal in the U.S.

    Thanks. :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use agave nectar, which is extracted from the agave plant, and is all natural. I used it in recipes at Thanksgiving and my family didn't even notice their was no sugar in the foods. Also, agave nectar is much sweeter than sugar, so you can use less.

  10. QUESTION:
    Rock hard stomach, very bloated?
    I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus and started a gluten and dairy free diet as well as all natural medication. My doctor said it could possibly be the magnesium that I am taking, but I need to take that for my digestion. Ever since i started all of this my stomach has become very bloated and i feel very fat and its always sticking out, usually i have a very flat stomach. I can't take it anymore, help?:/
    OK adding on to the comments below. This is just recent from the change in my diet, i have plenty of protein, i don't drink anything carbonated AT ALL, its not from my period, i drink a normal amount of water, i dont have gas, and i eat very healthy, nutritiously and balanced.

    • ANSWER:
      Possible causes of bloating include:

      The most common causes of chronic stomach bloating are irregular
      digestive processes which produce gases at a much higher rate than
      normal.
      Pre-menstrual Tension (PMT) - The symptoms tend to disappear or
      greatly improve once the bleeding actually starts.
      Contraceptive pill
      Too much alcohol
      Salt, or processed foods in your diet - even a small amount of excess
      sodium causes bloating.
      Too little protein in diet.
      Doctors believe that bloating is usually the result of an intestinal
      disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The cause of IBS is
      unknown, but may involve abnormal movements and contractions of
      intestinal muscles and increased pain sensitivity in the intestine.
      These disorders may give a sensation of bloating because of increased
      sensitivity to gas.
      Carbonated Drinks- Fizzy drinks, including soda pop and spritzers,
      increase bloating because the carbon dioxide trapped in the bubbles
      creates gas, which slows down stomach emptying.
      Water intake: Many women believe that drinking too much water will
      give them puffy abs, but just the opposite is true. Even though we
      associate water with being bloated, drinking more water can help to
      flush sodium out of the body, and that reduces the bloat.
      Lactose Intolerance- sometimes your stomach is unable to digest the
      lactose--or milk sugar--in dairy foods leading to bloating.
      Food allergies can cause your stomach to puff out, too. But this is a
      reaction of the immune system involving the whole body, and usually
      hives and runny nose are the more prominent symptoms.
      Any disease that causes intestinal inflammation or obstruction, such
      as Crohn's disease or colon cancer, may also cause abdominal bloating.
      In addition, people who have had many operations, adhesions (scar
      tissue), or internal hernias may experience bloating or pain.
      Finally, eating a lot of fatty food can delay stomach emptying and
      cause bloating and discomfort.

  11. QUESTION:
    Dry Mouth???????????????
    I have had a dry mouth "xerostoma" x 2 weeks. I have had an ENT look at me because I also developed a lump on the side of my neck. He states the 2 are unrelated.
    The lump is lymphadenopathy from the canker sore I developed under my tongue (from no saliva) and he can't figure out why I have no saliva.

    They tested me for sjoegren's disease and lupus and both were negative.

    Only change I made in my life was going on a wheat free, sugar free, dairy free diet.. that includes supplements such as: St. John's Wort, Adreset (for adrenal support) Probiotic, and Fish Oils.

    The herbal supplements have been stopped x1 week with no resolution of saliva.
    I am going crazy...it's hard to eat, swallow and sleep because of this.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Hypothetical question for Catholics and Christians that take communion...?
    What would you do if you were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and were unable to consume even the slightest amount of wheat? Would you take communion anyway and hope for God to protect you? Would you refrain and remain seated? Would you bring your own rice bread and wine/grapejuice? Or would you agree with the Catholic doctrine that claims that the wafers must have at least some wheat in them in order for it to count?

    Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune condition in which the ingestion of gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye) causes an inflammatory response in the upper small intestine. This impairs the body's ability to absorb nutrients. Not following a gluten free diet can lead to anemia, many nutrient deficiencies, diarrhea, constipation, bloating excessive weight loss, weight gain, other autoimmune diseases like lupus, intestinal lymphoma, other cancers, depression, miscarriages, infertility, the list goes on.
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/04/12/a_first_communion_dream_in_doubt/
    Oh and Matt, I don't believe in Him.
    I am an atheist with celiac disease.
    I and I don't have anything against Catholics. I just hate gluten ;)
    Thank you for all of your informed answers. I had no idea that there was an option to choose one or the other. Thank you for responding to my curiosity. It's always interesting to learn how much of an interconnection there can be between health and culture.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a Catholic with a son-in-law that has a SEVERE gluten allergy.

      He does not take the host, but where communion is offered with both the wafer & the wine---- he takes only the wine. In our Parrish there is a special line for WINE ONLY so that the wine is not contaminated but those that do take the wafer-----YOU WOULD BE TOTALLY SURPRISED THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE GLUTEN ALLERGIES.

      That way he partakes of the communion and does not endanger his health.

      If you know of people in your Parish that have wheat allergies---bring up the wine only line to your parrish priest.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is your chronic illness really just a food allergy?
    3 years ago, I was completely crippled and bedbound. I had to wear braces on my hands. I was diagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis (boils) and many other things. I realized that I felt worse after eating certain foods. I had allergy testing done, and found out I was allergic to wheat, eggs, soy, commercial dairy, peanuts, tomato and avacado. Once I eliminated these allergens from my diet, I healed completely and all of my health issues resolved. I have cheated on my diet 5 times in 2 years, and all 5 times I ended up with horrible flare ups. As long as I stick to it, I am perfectly fine. I am convinced that undiagnosed allergies are the root of most illnesses. I do not take any supplements or medications. I wanted to pass this on to others who are suffering needlessly. I recommend keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms get worse after eating certain foods (free online diary at nutridiary.com) or get allergy testing done.
    I hope this helps someone. I would have loved to have known this before I wasted 12 years in bed, in pain.
    I realize this is not for cases for genetic illness, but many of the newer type diagnosis may benefit from this
    I had standard skin prick testing done, then followed up with blood testing. Visit an allergist or consult your physician

    • ANSWER:
      Glad this helped you, but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's the answer for everyone with a chronic illness. Many of them are genetic and have nothing to do with food allergies.

  14. QUESTION:
    what do u think?? believe it or not?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone's life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my.... then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me...and I asked her.... Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop.... and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning... she is well on her way to recovery... and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says "SUGAR FREE," on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME" marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.' In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become symptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    .
    During the lecture I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss.... you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I've got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child's illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children's health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians "we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison."

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times - to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!

    Someone said this, but don’t you think that this is sort of hypocritical?? What do u think, make up your own mind in what you believe or don’t believe, but you should read it and consider it.
    Urban legend. Do your homework and stop believing the crap you get in e-mails.
    Source(s):
    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/asp...
    LOL i got this in an email, lol i didnt not write this, lol come on, lol if i did write this, i would be spending my time on more important things that the internet and silly questions, lol

    • ANSWER:
      Way too much written here - more than two scrolls and you loose people. Anything like this that I get in email - I don't even bother reading the whole thing. Like now. Who is 'someone'? - name your sources and put a link that leads to something, and not an unknown URL.

  15. QUESTION:
    did u know? i got this in the email?
    Reading this information & sharing it, might mean saving a life or improving the quality of someone's life, maybe yours.

    In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, and to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

    By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so
    much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life
    insurance, etc., in her oldest daughters name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my.... then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me...and I asked her.... Do you drink Diet pop?

    She told me yes, as a matter of fact she was getting ready to crack one open that
    moment. I told her not to open it, and stop drinking the diet pop.... and I emailed her the following article.

    She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk. She went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% well, but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me back when she got home.

    She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener!

    In a nutshell she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death!

    When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for poisoning... she is well on her way to recovery... and she is walking!!! No wheelchair!!!
    This article saved her life!!!

    The life saving article:

    If it says "SUGAR FREE," on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME" marketed as 'NutraSweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.' In the keynote
    address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

    I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
    When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to Formaldehyde, and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

    The methane toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a
    death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!

    Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis; especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use, irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become life threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly.

    This also applies to cases of tinnitus
    .
    During the lecture I said, "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) And you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss.... you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!"

    People were jumping up during the lecture saying, I've got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible? Yes!

    Not drinking diet sodas and keeping an eye out for aspartame on food labels. Yes!

    We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr. Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said: "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS? During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

    Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, etc. are NOT A DIET PRODUCT!
    The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly if no significant increase in exercise, etc.

    Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame! The aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control! Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxin without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic seizures, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, and violence. (The Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi, consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.)

    Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects: i.e. mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. I can relate different case histories of children having mal seizures and other disturbances, being on NutraSweet. Unfortunately it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child's illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children's health into their own hands.

    Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of their loyalty to MONSANTO.

    Books on this subject are available: EXCITOTOXINS: THE TASTE THAT KILLS written by Dr. Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665) and
    DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - written by DR H. J. Roberts, also a diabetic specialist.

    These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.

    According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians "we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison."

    Here is the problem: There were Congressional Hearings when aspartame was included in 100 different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

    I assure you, MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame knows how deadly it is. They fund among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the
    Conference of the American College of Physicians.

    This has been exposed in the New York Times - to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products.

    Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioral symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public!
    i got this in an email. so read it, even if u thing wtf, lol casue it could be useful some time for someone

    • ANSWER:
      Urban legend. Do your homework and stop believing the crap you get in e-mails.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have had joint pain since i was 10. I am 22. Its all joints and daily. what could be the cause?
    I have been tested for early arthritis and for lupus. Both tests came back negative. I have been seeking help since I was younger. Lets just say clinic doctors aren't very helpful. The pain is in most of my joints and it hurts everyday. I have a hard time going up and down stairs, even getting out of bed in the morning! As a 22 year old I want to have a pain-free life. Any tips on how to reduce my pain?( ie diet, supplements) Or ideas on what maybe causing the pain?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Y were the Experts working the the Mass Media blind about the history of Donald Rumsfeld & his Bird Flu gift?
    Posted: May 9, 2004
    12:18 AM Eastern
    by NWV Staff Writer
    © 2004 NewsWithViews.com

    Aspartame is an additive found in diet soft drinks and over 5,000 foods, drugs and medicine. It was approved in 1983 for use in carbonated beverages.

    In reality, aspartame is a drug, not an additive. It interacts with other drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG, and is a chemical hyper-sensitization agent. Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuoscience called excitotoxicity, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame with Attorney James Turner back in 1996. The FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violated the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause Cancer.

    Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems triggered by aspartame-caused depletion of serotonin.

    Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression. Further dangers highlighted is that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.

    The history of aspartame and its approval has a political history as well as a scientific one. According to Dr. Martini,

    "When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, that conglomerate manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve it, not only because its not safe but because they wanted the company indicted for fraud. Both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. They were Sam Skinner and William Conlon. Skinner went on to become Secretary of Transportation squelching the cries of the pilots who were now having seizures on this seizure triggering drug, aspartame, and then Chief of Staff under President Bush's father. Some of these people reach high places. Even Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. (Monsanto bought Searle in 1985, and sold it a few years ago). When Ashcroft became Attorney General, Thompson from King and Spalding Attorneys (another former Monsanto attorney) became deputy under Ashcroft. (Attorneys for NutraSweet and Coke).

    • ANSWER:
      I always knew that stuff was poison !

  18. QUESTION:
    WHAT LAB OR WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM TRYING TO FIND A VACCINE FOR THE SWINE FLU = RUMMY RUMSFOOK & CORP?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r42oejmpkgw

    and was that guy in the corner = Cheney?

    &

    Posted: May 9, 2004
    12:18 AM Eastern
    by NWV Staff Writer
    © 2004 NewsWithViews.com

    Aspartame is an additive found in diet soft drinks and over 5,000 foods, drugs and medicine. It was approved in 1983 for use in carbonated beverages.

    In reality, aspartame is a drug, not an additive. It interacts with other drugs, has a synergistic and additive effect with MSG, and is a chemical hyper-sensitization agent. Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuoscience called excitotoxicity, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame with Attorney James Turner back in 1996. The FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and violated the Delaney Amendment which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause Cancer.

    Dr. Ralph Walton, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has written of the behavioral and psychiatric problems triggered by aspartame-caused depletion of serotonin.

    Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression. Further dangers highlighted is that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.

    The history of aspartame and its approval has a political history as well as a scientific one. According to Dr. Martini,

    "When Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of Searle, that conglomerate manufactured aspartame. For 16 years the FDA refused to approve it, not only because its not safe but because they wanted the company indicted for fraud. Both U.S. Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. They were Sam Skinner and William Conlon. Skinner went on to become Secretary of Transportation squelching the cries of the pilots who were now having seizures on this seizure triggering drug, aspartame, and then Chief of Staff under President Bush's father. Some of these people reach high places. Even Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. (Monsanto bought Searle in 1985, and sold it a few years ago). When Ashcroft became Attorney General, Thompson from King and Spalding Attorneys (another former Monsanto attorney) became deputy under Ashcroft. (Attorneys for NutraSweet and Coke).

    • ANSWER:
      Actually you should check Al Gore

      April 25, 2009...02:44
      Venture capital firm (Kleiner Perkins = AL Gore) set to reap rewards on swine flu…
      http://nwoobserver.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/venture-capital-firm-set-to-reap-rewards-on-swine-flu/

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The swine flu outbreak is likely to benefit one of the most prolific and successful venture capital firms in the United States: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Thomson Reuters Private Equity Week reported on Friday.

      Shares of the two public companies in the firm’s portfolio of eight Pandemic and Bio Defense companies — BioCryst Pharmaceuticals and Novavax — jumped Friday on news that the swine flu killed a reported 60 people in Mexico and has infected people in the United States.

      The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus appears to be susceptible to Roche’s flu drug Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, but not to older flu drugs such as amantadine.

  19. QUESTION:
    HELP! Multiple food allergies that seem to be getting worse!?
    I am extremely worried and feel helpless in this situation. I am a celiac, and have to strictly avoid gluten. No excetpions. I first thought I was lactose intollerant, but then started reacting VIOLENTLY to cow's milk (even if somebody was pouring it, I started breaking out and becoming congested). I recently tried goat's milk, and it seemed to agree with me quite well. As of now, it makes my nose run. When spring season hit, I had the WOST seasonal allergies that I have ever had, and when summer hit, I wanted to eat delicious summer fruits. Get this, my lips itch terribly when I eat cantelope (and now I itch and break out when cutting it), raw carrots sorta bother me, WHITE potatoes, and sometimes apples and blueberries (which I realized could have been the pestisides). Last February, I went to an allergist and he skin tested me. Corn and rice came back positive, and he said that is very unlikely that I am actually allergic to them. Sure enough, I became VIOLENTLY allergic to corn (even xylotol and citric acid make me soo sick) and I became very allergic to rice (even delicious organic brown rice). I cannot eat shellfish (and even become terribly tired, itchy, and nasseaus when my mother cooks it in the house). I used to drink unsweetened soymilk, and LOVED it. It used to keep me full for HOURS, but now my throat becomes all funny and my face swells up if I eat soybeans. I am SEVERELY allergic to sesame seeds/oil, but can do okay with most nuts. I am a girl who loves food, but my mother thinks this is some kind of eating disorder and does not believe that I have food allergies. She says my dietary requests are annoying. She makes salmon and promises to use OLIVE OIL and my GLUTEN FREE tamari sauce. Often, after the fact, I see that she has used SESAME OIL and some wierd soy sauce (that contains gluten, and corn syrup). That happened last night, and I am still terribly itchy and bloated. My father, is very supportive (at least with the gluten/dairy issue), but still offers me foods that I am TERRIBLY allergic to. However, my mother refuses to take me back to an allergist, because she thinks these allergies are fake, and my father keeps saying, "you have already been tested." I feel like I am not gonna get support for this (this includes financailly, mostly), even though the college that I am going to has a special dietary company that can make customized meals to avoid cross contamination and such (which my dad has been very supportive with). I have a sinus infection, which showed up in an MRI and am taking antibiotics. However, I have done MANY hollistic things for my allergies (thanks to Gary Null), which have helped dramatically (Vitamin C, Stinging Nettle, Essential fatty acids, Probiotics, Neti Pot). I hate comming across as a pain or a hypochondriac, and am going off to college! I am a hungry girl, and I feel like my diet is becoming more and more restricted (nonetheless at this point I am not sure exactly what I am allergic to). For a while, the allergies were getting much better, now they are getting worse! I did have autoimmune hypothyoidism (which is being treated, and responding beautifully) and I do have a mild lupus (which somewhat provides an expaination to my overacctive immune system). Does anybody have this problems with multiple food allergies and sensitivities to chemicals/perfumes? How do you deal with it (medically, socially w/o making a hugee deal about it)? How should I get help as a college student, who needs to save her money for a social life, clothes, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry you are dealing with this! With the positive celiac, you know it is imperative you stick to the gluten free diet or risk serious damage to your health. I'm sorry your mom doesn't seem to understand the serious repercussions of consuming gluten on your health. And she may be irritated with your problems with food, but I can totally understand what you are going through and it is 100x harder to be the one who is having all the unexplained reactions than it is to be the one who can still eat whatever they want! If your face is swelling when you eat certain foods, that is serious business. Any swelling near you airways is potentially dangerous. It is not uncommon to have cross reactions to other foods with celiac disease. And previously being tested for allergies doesn't mean anything. New symptoms=new problems. New allergies can develop at ANY time.

      Goats milk is still dairy. Most people with dairy issues have problems with any kind of animal milk.

      Have you looked at celiac.com? They have a great support forum with lots of information and supportive, knowledgeable people that can answer questions, and there are many useful articles. It is a useful site to be a member of. I refer to it frequently. I have multiple food sensitivities in addition to the gluten as well, and it certainly does make it more complicated. Not being able to eat chicken, dairy or gluten eliminates a huge amount of most restaurant menus for me as well! I used to be shy about speaking up and telling people that I can't eat certain things, but not any more. And anyone who can't understand, I simply don't socialize with them for meals.

      Food sensitivities won't show up on allergy tests, but will produce symptoms such as congestion, breakouts, and the digestive issues. But sensitivities don't make your face swell up. I'd suggest keeping benadryl on hand - carry it in your purse too, and if you start to have the tingling, swelling feeling in your lips again, take some immediately. The problem is that if you are really having allergic reactions, which those sound like, they get worse, not better. Good luck, and I hope you find some supportive friends! And next time you have a doctors appointment for any reason, make sure you tell them about your face swelling up with those foods! I guarantee your doctor will be concerned, even if your parents aren't. And keep a detailed food diary so you can show them exactly what you are eating and when you have the reactions.


Free Terms Of Use Agreements

The 1st of January 2011 the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will release a new version of INCOTERMS under the title, "Incoterms 2010 ICC rules for the use of domestic and international trade terms". Such version, through a clear and easy understanding wording, encourages the application of the International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) not only for international trade but also for domestic.

1. Use of INCOTERMS

Companies are increasingly applying INCOTERMS in those transactions that entail goods delivery. INCOTERMS are terms that are well established and worldwide accepted, yet it is always advisable, for those companies, to execute an agreement whereby, besides the application of the INCOTERM, there are other aspects within the transactions that need regulating which the INCOTERM cannot cover. Moreover, such other aspects, in many cases, are directly related to the INCOTERM per se.

It is also important to take into account that the INCOTERMS are not law and therefore new versions shall not overrule previous ones. That is why it is so important that the INCOTERM is written clearly and referring to the version that it applies. The correct formula would be: INCOTERM-delivery place-ICC-version. Regarding the delivery place, the new version 2010 suggests to clearly specify the exact place where the goods are to be delivered in order to know where risk and responsibilities are transferred. Eg: EXW 42, Padwell Road, London SW6 7LZ UK ICC 2010.

2. New Classification

The ICC has decided to classify INCOTERMS in two groups, depending on modes of transport: the first group would be comprised by INCOTERMS that apply for more than one mode of transport (EXW, FCA, CPT, CIP, DAT, DAP, DDP) and the second group would be comprised by INCOTERMS that apply only for sea or inland watergate transport (FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF). Therefore, the old classification by groups of letters (E, C, F, D) shall no longer exist.

As an outstanding novelty 4 INCOTERMS (DAF, DES, DEQ y DDU) haven been eliminated and 2 new INCOTERMS (DAT and DAP) have been brought in. Therefore the new version will be comprised by the following INCOTERMS: EXW, FCA, FAS, FOB, CFR, CIF, CPT, CIP, DAT, DAP y DDP.

3.Pragmatic approach

The ICC being aware of the technology progress within the business world has tried to facilitate the possibility that the parties may "use any electronic record or procedure if agreed between the parties or customary".

Other relevant novelties are: on one hand, the regulation of the allocation of costs between seller and buyer, which is mainly based on trying to avoid that the costs of terminal handling charges (THC) are borne twice and, on the other hand, the preoccupation for the safety of the goods while transporting them, establishing therefore reciprocated obligations for both parties.

4. Choosing the appropriate INCOTERM

In order to choose the appropriate INCOTERM, we should take into consideration some circumstances that in principle may seem irrelevant, but in reality they may entail costs that may have not been budgeted in advance, for example:

  • With FOB the obligation of delivery shall not be complied with once the goods have passed the ship's rail but once the goods have been placed on board. The risk in stowing is borne by the buyer although stowing costs are included within the costs of loading which are borne by the seller;
  • With CFR unloading will be borne by the buyer except otherwise agreed by the parties;
  • With CIF the moment where the risk is passed on to the buyer will take place when the goods are delivered on board the ship;
  • With CPT unloading shall be borne by the buyer except it has to be borne by the seller pursuant the agreement of transport;
  • EXW is not advisable for a seller, nor DAP for a buyer, when payment has been set through documentary credit;
  • Certain countries do not allow VAT taxes payment by a party other than the local importer, therefore in the event that the parties agree a DDP this shall be "VAT excluded";
  • In those cases where the seller is obliged to hire an insurance to cover the risk during transportation, the seller shall hire such insurance under the name of the buyer not under its own name, otherwise, the INCOTERM's nature would be diminished.

5.Two new incorporations

Finally, a brief summary about the new two INCOTERMS, DAT and DAP, that the ICC has incorporated to this new version 2010:

DAT (Delivered at Terminal) will replace, for sea transportation, the old DES and DEQ. With the INCOTERM DAT the seller bears the costs of transport and the risks until the goods are left unloaded at the terminal that the parties had agreed upon. "Terminal includes any place, whether covered or not, such as a quay, warehouse, container yard or road, rail or air cargo terminal."

DAP (Delivered at Place), however, will replace the old DAF, DES and DDU. With the INCOTERM DAP the seller shall bear all transport costs and the risk up to delivery which will take place "when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination".

Alex Castro
ARPA Abogados Consultores
Member of Eurojuris EspaAa

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Any free blogging sites with no rules? As in NO TOS, NO terms of use, no user agreements, no guidelines, etc.?
    I'm sick of following rules on any website or anywhere else in particular where there's rules. If there's a way I can make my own rule-free website (with no terms of service, no terms of use, no user agreements, no guidelines, and so on), no rules whatsoever, please tell me. Sick of getting banned.
    I get banned because I don't wanna follow your stupid rules. If there wasn't any rules, I wouldn't be getting banned. Does that make sense to you?
    Make sure you look at the websites really carefully before you post an answer. A lot of sites have TOS, terms of use, user agreements, guidelines, therefore rules they want you to follow.
    Sorry but WordPress has rules. If you look closely on that site you will see a TOS, aka terms of use. THIS MEANS RULES.
    Again I want something with no rules whatsoever
    I post in all caps because there's no way to make bold and underline on this thing, that's why you see the html tags.

    • ANSWER:
      I think this could be right up your street... http://www.dizzay.com =)

  2. QUESTION:
    Where are some places with free wifi and no confirmation pages?
    I swear, I've asked questions like this a million times with no real answers. Look, there are public places out there that offer free wifi. However, most of the time, before you can use the free wifi, it directs you to a page that, in short, asks you to read the terms of use agreements and then you click a button that says "I agree" and then you get to use the internet at that place.

    Now this is all well and good if you're trying to access the wifi from a computer or iphone, but if you're using a Nintendo DS, then you're out of luck. You simply can't use the free wifi if there is a confirmation page, and if you're trying to access it from a Nintendo DS.

    So tell me some places that you know should have free wifi, but no confirmation pages.
    DON'T SAY MCDONALD'S OR THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. I have already tried both of those places. Both offer free wifi, but both also have a confirmation page, so you can't access the wifi using a DS.
    Also, I can't use the Nintendo wifi USB connector, because I don't have Windows. I use a Mac.

    Also, I've tried going to my relatives' and friends' houses, since they all have wifi with WEP protection. The DS is supposed to be able to access wifi with WEP protection provided you know the password. But, while I can access the wifi, every time I do a connection test, I keep getting 0 bars and error messages.

    • ANSWER:
      If you connected to the wifi of a neighbor... you might get lucky. Pretty much all public places have login pages now.

      You should know that using the wifi of a neighbor without their consent is illegal though. (Hence login pages). It's odd that the DS can't get past the pages, but the oldest PSP model can....

      Edit: I know next to nothing about the DS, but maybe this page would help a little bit: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/wfc/en_na/ds/wrWEPkeyHelp.jsp

      Edit #2: It's odd that you get 0bars. I did some research just now, and other people are having trouble on nintendo's forums. Apparently it's similar to xbox's red ring of death problem, lol. They seem to be aware, they just aren't doing much about it.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can free antivirus like AVG Free or Avira Antivir personal be used on a company to protect their pc's?
    I know they say on the agreements terms software shouldn't be used for business purpose but im not sure if they mean "selling copies of FREE antivirus to make some cash" or just the fact that using a free edition of an antivirus on enterprise environment cannot be done because they don't want, or it just can't be done, or because they have better solutions for companies.??

    Thx. for answers

    • ANSWER:
      Read the TOS of avg free or avira antivir personal.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does a non-profit community website need a Terms of Service or Terms of Agreement?
    The website is free to use and anybody can register. It's basically like a forum where users can discuss ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have a very basic one - perhaps look at similar sites to get an idea of what to include.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can Avira Free be used in a school?
    In the terms of agreement it says "for personal use only". Use it in a school seems a "public" use.
    What do you think about it?

    • ANSWER:
      it seems to be illegal according to Avira

      not only that but what idiotic school would want it anyway
      i mean it's not exactly what you would call protection.

      ...

  6. QUESTION:
    I need help understanding Royalty-free license agreements?
    I want to sell some personalised photo projects I have prepared, i.e. calendars, gift cards, etc. All of these contain as the principle element personal photos received from the buyer. I have, however, used some stock photos as decorative elements or in the background.

    So far I've used dreamstime and photoxpress. There terms are as follows:

    Dreamstime restrict
    Web templates, greeting cards or postcards especially designed for sale, similar print-on-demand services, canvas, t-shirts, mugs, calendars, postcards, mouse pads or any other items incorporating the image in an essential manner, intended to be sold or given for free, are considered redistribution (if the image is used in an essential manner). The use of Dreamstime.com images for these purposes under the regular Royalty Free license is not permitted. It is also forbidden to make the image available on a website for download (as wallpapers for example), although you may use the image in a concept in as many websites as you want, for any number of clients. For Web use, you must not use the image at a width exceeding 800 pixels unless it is included in your site's design. If the image is part of a design and manipulated accordingly, the image width can be higher than 800 pixels.

    photoxpress restrict:
    (f)Use, reproduce, distribute or display the Work in connection with any goods or services intended for resale or distribution which primary value lies in the work itself, including, without limitation, mugs, t-shirts, posters, greeting cards, posters or other merchandise, and any of the foregoing in "print on demand" or tangible or electronic formats, as applicable;

    So for example if I place a RF Christmas tree in the corner of my card, or a snowflake background, I would like to check if this can be deemed 'not of primary value' or 'non essential manner', using the terminology of these two site.

    • ANSWER:
      This means that you are allowed tp copy the image without asking the permission of the copyright owner, and that you would have to pay royalties. If in doubt, ask permission from the copyright owner, and ask them to explain this to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    It says this is free membership, is it?
    The site said it was a no charge membership, and asked for my card number. Is it free?

    Terms of Service
    The following shall set forth the Terms of Service (the "Agreement") of THE ALLAXXXESS.COM PROGRAM (the "Site"), owned by Web Entertainment Group, Ltd. and operated by Integralnet Marketing, Inc. (hereinafter, collectively, "Interactive Marketing" or "we" or "us" or "our" ). As used in this Agreement, "you" or "your" means the applicant/participating affiliate.

    Members will be charged a membership fee for the Service, in accordance with our then-current billing terms. Except as otherwise provided herein, membership fees are non-refundable.

    You hereby swear and affirm under oath, warrants and represents that you are at least eighteen(18) years of age (21 in some jurisdictions) and have the legal capacity to enter into agreements of this nature. We make no representation or warranty that the content published on this site complies with the local laws of your jurisdiction. You are solely responsible for knowing and understanding your local laws concerning standards of content legality for purposes of obscenity laws. You further represent and warrant that you understand the nature of the content published on this site, namely, sexually explicit materials, and that you voluntarily and knowingly choose to view such materials, and that such material does not offend your sensibilities. Should you be unable to knowingly, affirmatively make the representations and warranties contained herein, do NOT subscribe to this Service.

    You agree to be bound by each and every provision contained in this Agreement. This Agreement may be modified or amended by us at any time, and changes are effective upon notice to you. Notices to you may be given via electronic messages through the Service, or by e-mail or regular mail.

    You agree to pay the membership fee by credit card (or other approved method), and hereby authorize us to charge your credit card (or other method) for the ongoing subscription fee, and for any and all purchases or products and/or services purchased by you from the Service. Members using the ACH payment system agree that if payment is returned unpaid for "NSF" or "Insufficient Funds", the Member is responsible for the unpaid transaction, plus a "Returned Item Fee" of .00. Such Returned Item Fee will be electronically debited from the Member's bank account.

    Once you sign up, you will be able to view screen shots without charge. If you elect to view or download a movie, you will become an active member of the Service and will be billed every thirty (30) days until this Agreement is terminated by you, as provided herein. Movies that you have downloaded will only be viewable as long as you are a paying Member of the Service, i.e., an active member of the Service.

    As noted in Item 5, above, subscription to the Service will be automatically renewed for the original term upon expiration of such term, unless you notify Customer Service Area at support@AllAxxxess.com no less than seven (7) days prior to membership expiration. This service is available to you on a "24 hours per day, seven days per week" basis. Upon cancellation of your account, you will receive a Cancellation Confirmation for your records.

    Upon signing up, you will be provided with a unique ID and password which will allow you to access the Service. This unique ID and password are issued to you as a revocable license, and such items remain our property. IDs and passwords are non-transferable. Each Member must keep his or her password strictly confidential Remember your password! We will not, for security reasons, release passwords, except as may be specifically required by law or court order. Your access to the Service is limited to no more than 10 log-ins a day. As used herein, "a day" runs for 24 hours.

    You agree to immediately inform us of any of the following changes in your credit card account: Card loss or theft, or unauthorized usage of the card; apparent breach of security of Member's ID or password, such that unauthorized access to the Service via the card is possible. Unless you give us proper notice of any of the foregoing changes, you will remain liable to us for any and all charges for use of the Service.

    WE MAKE NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE. MEMBER'S USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT THE MEMBER'S OWN RISK. NEITHER WE NOR ANY PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERY THE SERVICE OR CONTENT, IS LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR INTERPRETATION OF, THE SERVICE OR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE SERVICE WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE, OR NON-RESULTS OF THE USE OF TE CONTENT IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, TIME
    It said Free Pass, Credit Card, [FAQ-QUESTION].00

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Am I too suspicious? Or is it a bad idea to agree to the following terms to use an online casting service?
    The Website is: http://www.realitywanted.com/calls

    It's a free service that seems to be just a reprint of published casting calls from various sources. Users are also invited to post their photographs and bios on the site so that casting directors, etc can contact you for auditions. My problem is that the realtywanted.com site want its users to give them licensing rights to "modify" "distribute" and other things that I think cross the line. I'm fairly new to the entertainment business. Is this practice normal? Reputable? I've copied a portion of their agreement below:

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    B. With respect to any User Submission described in Section A.i, or A.ii, above:

    i. User hereby grants RealityWanted, its owners, shareholders, LLC members, officers, directors, operators, employees, contractors, agents, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, sponsors, and/or licensors a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, edit, distribute, create derivative works of, sublicense, publicly display and/or broadcast all associated Content in any media formats and through any media channels (including, but not limited to, Internet, film, television, gaming, radio, publications, literature and digital media); and

    ii. User hereby further grants to each RealityWanted visitor and/or user, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, license to view User Submissions posted by User to the RealityWanted website.

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    • ANSWER:
      Eh, forget the legal crap, just find another site... Lafango does the same thing, posts a list of casting calls from various sources around the web

      http://lafango.com/casting-calls

      Hope this helps!

  9. QUESTION:
    Has Yahoo violated my Right of free speech?
    I have been essentially gaged, punished and suffered damages as a direct result of Yahoo's actions for asking "Who cares if Sheriff is operating a fictitious police agency" and naming him.

    Under the First Ammendment of The Bill of Rights is the alleged irrevocable guarantee of free speech which includes the right to speak out against public/political figures uninfringed. This is an important check in our alleged democratic system, imagine if we (the people) were denied this inalienable right. Yeah, corruption would run rampant and unchecked, not to mention that the percieved illusion of equitablility, justice, and integrety by the "establishment" would be exposed and destroyed.

    Regardless of my agreement to abide by their terms of use and community guidelines, this in no way or means can diminish my/our irrevocable and immutable social contract, despite their "sole discretion". (they can not impeed upon my Rights even if I made a contractual agreement which states they can)

    • ANSWER:
      The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from passing laws that infringe upon the right to free speech. As Congress did not dictate Yahoo! terms and conditions, they are not subject to the First Amendment. Your participation on all Yahoo! services is regulated only by the policies set out by the company.

      Learn a little law before you go spouting about your rights.

  10. QUESTION:
    is myspace.com free to use?
    what is the meaning of this in their "terms" under fees that "You acknowledge that MySpace.com reserves the right to charge for the MySpace Services and to change its fees from time to time in its discretion. If MySpace.com terminates your Membership because you have breached the Agreement, you shall not be entitled to the refund of any unused portion of subscription fees"?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear fellow member,

      myspace.com was sold for over 0 Million bucks a while back and Tom is never going out of business nor losing his job. On top of all that, whenever you hear something negative about myspace.com it is usually haters or rumours spread by haters. It's all free cause I use it.
      Hope it helps.
      ):-)

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can i find examples of documents for my DIY divorce?
    I am filing for divorce myself. I have ordered the documents I need but in several places it refers to "see attached" for the terms and agreements regarding property and children. I need ot know what all this needs to include and where i could find some FREE samples that I might could use as a guide. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      legalhelper.org and legalzoom.com both have excellent online examples of various legal documents, including divorce.
      They have search and help areas to find out answers to specific questions you have.
      I don't work for them, just know they are very helpful sites.

      Another idea would be to go to the legal section of any major bookstore or library. There are self-help guides with printed examples of divorce documents.

      The other resource you have is the company you got your documents from. They should have people available by phone to explain the details of what you need.

  12. QUESTION:
    this is a big favor to ask, but can you summerize this terms & conditions please?
    it claims it will ship you a free black macbook air,
    the labtop i really really really want...but cant afford
    the site is: http://www.coolbump.com/highest-rated/laptop/get-a-free-laptop?gclid=CI_iwZvGxJwCFQJD5godHFBVnQ

    here is the terms and conditions:

    BrandGivewayCentre.com
    Standard Terms & Conditions

    Last updated: October 1, 2008

    End User License Agreement

    IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY. THIS AGREEMENT GOVERNS YOUR USE OF THE BrandGivewayCentre.com SERVICE, INCLUDING THE BrandGivewayCentre.com NETWORK OF SITES (THE "SERVICE") PROVIDED TO YOU BY BrandGivewayCentre.com (REFERRED TO HEREIN AS "BrandGivewayCentre.com"). BY USING THE SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT, WHICH INCLUDES THE BrandGivewayCentre.com PRIVACY POLICY AND OTHER POLICIES AND GUIDELINES OF THE SERVICE, INCLUDING OFFICIAL RULES FOR ANY CONTESTS OR SWEEPSTAKES, OFFICIAL GIFT OFFER RULES AND THE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES OF OUR THIRD PARTY PARTNERS ("SPONSORS") (COLLECTIVELY, THE "AGREEMENT"). ALL SUCH RULES, POLICIES AND GUIDELINES ARE INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE INTO THIS AGREEMENT.
    The Service is only offered to United States residents who are 18 years of age and over. If you do not agree to these terms of this Agreement please do not use the Service. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change or modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time. Please check these terms periodically for changes and or updates. Your continued use of any part of the Service following the posting of changes to these terms and conditions (including Official Gift Offer Rules and Official Sweepstakes Rules) indicates your acceptance of those changes.

    1. License Grant.

    Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, BrandGivewayCentre.com grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable, limited license, to use the Service solely for, non-commercial and personal purposes. You understand that we, in our sole discretion, may modify the Service at any time or suspend or terminate any license hereunder.

    2. Ownership.

    You acknowledge that the Service is the property of BrandGivewayCentre.com or its licensors, and is protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademarks, patents and other proprietary rights and laws relating to "Intellectual Property Rights". "Intellectual Property Rights" means, collectively, rights under patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, and any other intellectual property or proprietary rights recognized in any country or jurisdiction worldwide, including without limitation, moral or similar rights. All rights not expressly granted hereunder are expressly reserved to BrandGivewayCentre.com and BrandGivewayCentre.com's licensors. BrandGivewayCentre.com is a service mark of BrandGivewayCentre.com

    3. Content and Infringement.

    You understand that all third party content, including, without limitation all Sponsor offers, data, links, articles, search results, graphic or video messages and all information, text, software, music, sound, graphics or other materials made available or accessible through the Service ("Content"), whether publicly available or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the entity from whom it originated. BrandGivewayCentre.com does not endorse or control such Content. You understand and agree that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable in your community. You agree to accept all risks associated with the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy or completeness of such Content. Under no circumstances will BrandGivewayCentre.com or its licensors be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted or transmitted via the Service. By accepting this Agreement, you indicate that you understand, acknowledge and agree that by using the Service, you may be subject to various risks, including the exposure of data you have downloaded or have offered to share, and that you accept all such risk as solely your risk and responsibility.

    In addition, all Content made available or accessed through the use of the Service is the property of the applicable Content owner and may be protected by applicable laws, including without limitation, those relating to Intellectual Property Rights. Finally, any suggestions, ideas or innovations that you voluntarily and optionally disclose to us through any means may be used or not used, at BrandGivewayCentre.com's sole discretion, and BrandGivewayCentre.com will have no obligation to pay to you for any such suggestions, ideas and inventions.

    4. Privacy.

    You consent to the use and collection of your information in accordance with BrandGivewayCentre.com's privacy policy. This Privacy Policy is part of this Agreement and you agree that use o

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like the laptop is still their property, so you probably wont wind up receiving it. On top of that, you will get LOADS of spam.

  13. QUESTION:
    what do i need to do to start my own online business?
    Ive been working on a idea for a while and have been building my website but am not sure what i need to do to have it fully operational and legal. Basically i provide a service to companies, usually in the form of information and in some cases i use this information to act on their behalf. But i was wondering:

    1.Do i need to register my business/company, and if so where and how do i do this.
    2.I have a privacy policy and terms of use agreement already done for my website, but are there any other document legal documents that i need?
    3. Ive been working on a Service Agreement for when someone purchases my service but i am not sure that it is correct or in the right form, so i need some information on what is need for an online service agreement and where i might be able to see a sample of one.
    4. Also about accepting payment i was considering using papal, but then i thought that i would have to open an account under my business name, and therefor would need a bank account to link that to. Should i get a bank account for my business or can i link it with my personal account.
    5. Federal compliance. what do i need to to to be compliant with the Federal government regarding my service?(including tax reporting)

    Ill be operating out of my home form the state of PA. Also feel free to provide any advice that you think will help

    • ANSWER:
      Use this basic checklist to make sure all the important steps are taken before you launch your new venture. This business checklist will make sure that you cross all your t's and dot all your i's before your business launch.

      Steps to Starting a Business -
      http://www.developer-resource.com/starting-a-business.htm

      Other sites you might find helpful are:
      SBA - http://www.sba.gov/
      SCORE - http://www.score.org
      Small Business Resource - http://www.small-business-software.net
      Business Link - http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home

      Goodluck!

  14. QUESTION:
    is this a load of rubbish or is it safe to agree?
    Version 2.1 (June 27, 2007)

    END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
    NOTE TO USER: BEFORE YOU INSTALL, COPY OR OTHERWISE USE THE LICENSED SOFTWARE (AS DEFINED BELOW), CAREFULLY READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT AS WELL AS THE OTHER SIMILAR AGREEMENTS FOR THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE (AS DEFINED BELOW) THAT MAY BE BUNDLED WITH THE LICENSED SOFTWARE. BY INSTALLING, COPYING OR OTHERWISE USING THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY AND ARE BECOMING A PARTY TO THIS LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENT AS WELL AS THE OTHER SIMILAR THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE AGREEMENTS (INCLUDED HEREWITH). YOU ARE ALSO ACKNOWLEDING AND AGREEING THAT, UPON INSTALLATION OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AND CONTINUE TO RECEIVE CONTEXTUAL POPUP AND CONTEXTUAL LINK ADVERTISING VIA HIGHLIGHTED LINKS. YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO INSTALL (OR UNINSTALL) THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE FROM SELECT ADVERTISERS. THE LICENSED SOFTWARE CAN BE UNINSTALLED UTILIZING THE “ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS” COMMAND OF YOUR COMPUTER (SEE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW).

    This End-User License Agreement (the “Agreement”) is an important legal agreement between you (the “Licensee”) and Danube International S.A., a Costa Rican corporation (“Licensor”). Licensor is willing to license the Licensed Software (as defined below) to you, provided that you agree to and accept all of the terms and conditions in this Agreement. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT INSTALL THE LICENSED SOFTWARE. UPON INSTALLATION, YOUR USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT.

    Special Notice for Non-English Speakers:
    The Licensed Software is suited primarily for the use of English speakers and, therefore, this Agreement is written in English and is addressed to English speakers. If you are not proficient in English and feel that you cannot properly understand this License Agreement, we recommend that you either retain the help of an English speaker to help you understand and accept the terms of this Agreement or, alternatively, refrain from installing or using the Licensed Software. In any event, if you choose to install or use the Licensed Software, you will be bound by this Agreement and the Privacy Policy incorporated herein.

    Special Notice for Residents of the State of Alaska, USA:
    Unfortunately, according to SB 140 (Alaska), persons who reside in the State of Alaska may not install the Licensed Software. Therefore, by installing or using the Licensed Software you represent and warrant that your computer is not located in the State of Alaska. To the extent that our system is reasonably able to recognize that your computer is located in the State of Alaska, we will not enable you to install the Licensed Software.

    Notice for All Users:
    By downloading the Licensed Software, you get free access to sponsored content across the Internet. The Licensed Software may, among other things, show you ads that pop up on your screen in a separate browser, provide you with a toolbar to make your use of the internet more efficient and enjoyable and allow you to access or otherwise link to programs from our affiliates. The pop-up ads that may appear on your computer are based on keywords and URL targets from the sites you visit. Please note that you will receive Adult-oriented ads if you utilize keywords related to such content or if you view Adult-oriented websites. The Licensed Software is a service of Licensor.

    1. DEFINITIONS. The capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the following meanings:

    1.1 “Agreement” or “License” means this End User License Agreement.

    1.2 “Licensee” or “you” means the individual who agrees to license the Licensed Software in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

    1.3 “Licensed Software” means collectively the Software, Third Party Software and Updates.

    1.4 “Third Party Software” means the software of third parties bundled together with the Software and/or made available to or installed by Licensee in connection with the installation, use and/or maintenance of the Software, which software includes or displays, without limitation, cookies and pop-up advertisements of third parties, or links to third-party websites not affiliated with Licensor. You may choose not to install Third Party Software or may uninstall such software using your “Add/Remove Software” function on your computer. Each company providing Third Party Software has its own agreements and privacy policies (or other policies) that may be different from this (Licensor’s) Agreement and Privacy Policy . By clicking “I Agree” you also agree to be bound by the Third Party Software Agreements that are included herewith. In the event of a conflict between a Third Party Software Agreement and this Agreement, this Agreement shall control with respect to Licensor’s obligations, duties or liability.

    1.5 “Software” toolbar, contextual popup and contextual link applications installed by Licensee pursuant the terms of this Agreement, together with the software applications, documentation and local computer files installed or utilized by Licensee in connection therewith (excluding the Third Party Software), and all updates, modifications or patches thereof.

    1.6 “Updates” means any bug fixes, upgrades, modified versions or updates to the Licensed Software.

    1.7 "Use”, "Used" or "Using" means to access, install, download, copy or benefit from using the functionality of the Licensed Software

    2. PERMISSION/AUTHORITY TO DOWNLOAD LICENSED SOFTWARE
    2.1 Permission to Download Licensed Software. This Agreement contains important legal obligations. Pursuant to applicable laws including, without limitation, the Electronic Signature Law and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”), by clicking “I Agree”, Licensor will treat Licensee’s affirmative action as equivalent to a signed written contract that will legally bind Licensee to the terms of this Agreement. Licensee should carefully review the terms of this Agreement (as well as any Third Party Software Agreements included herewith) before clicking “I agree”.

    2.2 Obligation to be Bound by Current Version of EULA. Licensor may revise this EULA or its Privacy Policy at anytime, and may (but shall not be obligated) to notify Licensees of such revisions. By agreeing to the terms of this EULA, Licensee agrees to read and review this EULA and privacy policy in order to stay current on any changes.

    3. SOFTWARE LICENSE AND RESTRICTIONS.
    3.1 License Grant. Upon acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as evidenced by clicking “I agree” and continuing with the installation procedure, Licensor grants Licensee a non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable, non-sub licensable license to Use the Licensed Software, in binary executable form only, solely in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The Licensee agrees not to Use the Licensed Software in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Licensed Software, including, without limitation, Using the Licensed Software in an automated manner or in any other manner which could interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Licensed Software.

    3.2 Restrictions. As a material condition to the license granted in Section 3.1 above, you will: (a) not reverse engineer, disassemble or decompile the Licensed Software or attempt to discover or recreate the source code to the Licensed Software, except as otherwise required by applicable law, (b) comply with all applicable laws, including U.S. export control laws, in your Use of the Licensed Software, (c) not make any modification, adaptation, improvement, enhancement, translation or derivative work of or to the Licensed Software, (d) not remove, alter or obscure any proprietary notices (including copyright notices) of Licensor or Licensor’s affiliates in the Licensed Software, (e) not Use the Licensed Software for purposes for which it is not designed, and (f) only Use the Licensed Software for personal, non-commercial use.

    4. OWNER OF COMPUTER; ALL USERS BOUND; AGE LIMITATION. You represent and warrant either that you are the owner of the computer up which you intend to download the Licensed Software and that you have authorized the download and installation of the Licensed Software or that the owner of the computer has authorized you to do so. You agree, with respect to all users of the computer on which you have caused the Licensed Software to reside, to provide a copy of these terms and conditions and to obtain their consent to these terms and conditions before allowing them to Use the Licensed Software. Alternatively, if you have the legal right to accept this Agreement on behalf of one or more users of the computer on which you have caused or authorized the Licensed Software to reside, then you hereby accept this Agreement on behalf of all such other users. You understand that the presence of the Licensed Software on any computer is voluntary and that you may remove it at any time. You must be at least 18 years of age to Use the Licensed Software. By accepting the terms of this Agreement and Using the Licensed Software you represent that you are over the age of 18.

    5. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FUNCTIONALITY OF LICENSED SOFTWARE.
    5.1 Functionality. Certain applications in the Licensed Software recognize keywords from your Internet browser and URL targets from the sites you visit to display relevant contextual advertisements. These advertisements may be displayed on your computer screen at any time while you are searching and shopping online (and not necessarily while you are using any product or service related to or downloaded with the Licensed Software) and pop-up on your screen in a separate browser. The Licensed Software gathers and stores personal identifiable information and records concerning your Internet browsing behavior. Please refer to Section 10 (below) for further information about Licensor’s privacy policies.

    5.2. Display of Advertising. The Licensed Software starts automatically when you start your computer, runs in the background on your computer, and may periodically direct you to our sponsors' websites. By installing and/or using the Licensed Software you grant permission for Licensor to periodically display sponsors' websites to you. The frequency of these advertisements (which will pop up on your screen in a separate browser) will vary depending on your use of the Internet. Please note that you will receive Adult-oriented ads if you utilize keywords related to such content or if you view Adult-oriented websites. On occasion, you may search for a website and receive an error from your browser software indicating that the site cannot be found. When this occurs, the Software includes a function that may redirect your web browser to our sponsor's websites based on the content of the website address, or URL, which you entered. You hereby consent to these actions. Content Licensor considers “Adult” is defined as any audio, video, audiovisual, images, sounds or text that contain or reference any of the following: profanity, crude or off-color humor, violence, blood and gore, weapons, use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or other controlled substances, online gambling, pornography, erotica, erotic images, nudity, sex, sexually explicit images, and sexual references.

    6. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. The Licensed Software is the intellectual property of, and owned exclusively by, Licensor, its affiliates or suppliers or the companies that own or control the Third Party Software. The structure, organization and code of the Licensed Software are the valuable trade secrets and confidential information of Licensor, its suppliers or affiliates or the companies that own or control the Third Party Software. The Licensed Software is protected by copyright, including without limitation by United States copyright law, international treaty provisions and applicable laws in the country in which it is being used. Except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant you any intellectual property rights in the Licensed Software, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Licensor and its affiliates or suppliers.

    7. UNINSTALLATION. You understand and agree that the presence of the Licensed Software on your computer is voluntary and that you may remove the Licensed Software from your computer at any time going to the “Add/Remove Software” function on your computer and clicking “Remove Software”. The program name for the software is Browser Optimizer Dcads. Should you choose to download additional software from Licensor’s affiliates or advertisers, those programs may be named differently and require you to remove them separately. Please note that the above is the only proper way to ensure complete removal of all Licensed Software files - many anti-spyware or other software tools do not completely or properly remove the Licensed Software. Some Internet content and software publishers require that their users have certain of the Licensed Software installed on their computer in order to access their content or use their software applications ("Content Providers"). Uninstallation of such Licensed Software may impact your ability to access such content and/or use such software. You may be required to restart your computer in order for the uninstallation to take effect. Should you have any questions regarding the removal of the Licensed Software, please contact >.

    8. UPDATES. Licensor, in its sole discretion, may provide you with Updates to the Licensed Software as part of this Agreement. The Licensed Software may check with Licensor or its affiliates for the existence of any Update released and, in the event that one is available, the Licensed Software may update itself automatically or prompt you to update the Software. Nothing herein shall be construed or interpreted as requiring that Licensor provide Updates. The companies that own or control the Third Party Software may also provide you with Updates to their Licensed Software. Licensor has no control and accepts no liability for Updates that may (or may not) be provided for the Third Party Software.

    9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND REMEDIES; INDEMNITY.
    9.1 No Warranty; Disclaimer. YOUR USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES OR SUPPLIERS, AND THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. LICENSOR, AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, OR (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS OBTAINED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM LICENSOR OR THROUGH OR FROM THE LICENSED SOFTWARE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY. LICENSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTENT HOSTED BY CONTENT PROVIDERS.

    9.2 Limitation of Damages. LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES OR SUPPLIERS, OR THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE WILL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR, AND YOU HEREBY RELEASE LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS AND THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE FROM ANY, LIABILITY (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY YOU ARISING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOSS OF DATA, SAVINGS, OR PROFITS OR THE COST OF PROCURING SUBSTITUTE GOODS, EVEN IF LICENSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL LICENSOR’S ENTIRE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED 0.00. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

    9.3 Indemnity. Licensee agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold Licensor and all of the directors, officers, shareholders, affiliates, employees, and agents of Licensor (collectively referred to as "Licensor’s Agents") harmless against and in respect to any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, expenses, obligations, liabilities, damages, recoveries, and deficiencies, including interest, penalties, expert witness fees, and reasonable attorneys' fees that Licensor, Licensor’s Agents and the companies that own or control the Third Party Software shall incur or suffer, which arise, result from, or in any way relate to: (a) any breach of, or failure by Licensee to perform any of the representations, warranties, covenants or agreements in this Agreement; (b) Licensee’s violation of any applicable law or regulation, whether or not referenced herein; and (c) Licensee’s violation of any rights of any third party (including, without limitation, the right of the third parties who own the Third Party Software).

    10. USE OF INFORMATION; PRIVACY POLICY.
    10.1 Use of Information. By entering into this Agreement, Licensee agrees that Licensor may collect and retain information about Licensee, including Licensee’s name and email address. Licensor may employ other companies and individuals to perform these functions on its behalf. Examples may include fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance and processing credit card payments. These third parties may be given access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. In addition, Licensor will collect and use anonymous information relating to your use of the Licensed Software application for statistical and related purposes. Licensor may disclose the information to third parties for these purposes but will not use or disclose information about your use of the Licensed Software for any other purpose (unless required to do so by law). Licensor may keep track of your Internet history in order to customize the advertisements provided to you as part of the Licensed Software.

    10.2 Privacy Policy. Without limiting the generality of Section 10.1, by installing the Licensed Software, you grant permission for Licensor to collect and use certain information. You acknowledge that you have reviewed the applicable Licensor Privacy Policy, which describes Licensor’s general practices with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of information in connection with your Use of the Licensed Software, which is incorporated herein by reference. Licensor reserves the right to change the provisions of its Privacy Policy from time to time. Your Use of the Licensed Software following the posting of such changes to Licensor’s Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of any such changes. Licensor does not make any and hereby disclaims to the maximum extent allowed by law any and all covenants, representations and warranties with respect to its compliance with the statements of intent contained in Licensor's privacy policy.

    11. COMPATIBILITY. Licensor does not warrant that the Licensed Software will be compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system. Compatibility issues may cause your computer's performance to suffer. In the event that the Licensed Software is not compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system, the Licensed Software can be uninstalled as provided in Section 7, above. Like all software, the Licensed Software utilizes some of your computer's resources to run, including system memory and Internet connection. Use of the Licensed Software on a computer with inadequate system resources will cause such computer's performance to suffer.

    12. USER REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. You acknowledge, represent and warrant that: (a) you own the computer on which you are installing the Licensed Software, or have the authority to install the Licensed Software on such computer; (b) your installation and/or Use of the Licensed Software will not violate any local, state or federal laws that apply to you, or the Use or installation of the Licensed Software; (c) Licensor is not causing the Licensed Software to be installed on your computer, but has provided the Licensed Software to you, which you are installing of your own volition; and (d) you have read and fully understand the terms of this Agreement.

    13. EXPORT. You agree that the Licensed Software may not be acquired, shipped, transported, exported, or re-exported (A) into (or to a national or resident of) any U.S. embargoed country or (B) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce's Table of Denial Orders. By using the Licensed Software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

    14. MISCELLANEOUS.
    14.1 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and any Third Party Software Agreement set forth the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, warranties, agreements, arrangements or understandings, oral or written, between the parties relating to this Agreement which are not fully expressed in this Agreement. No waiver, amendment or modification of any of the terms of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and signed by the party affected by the waiver, amendment or modification; provided, however, that that Licensor may unilaterally amend or modify this Agreement or a company that owns or controls Third Party Software may modify their Third Party Software Agreement at any time and you shall have notice of these changes by reference to the Version number of this document and the effective date for such version (or the Third Party Software Agreement may be amended according to that company’s particular policies). Further, no waiver of any term, condition or default of any term of this Agreement shall be construed as a waiver of any other term, condition or default. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement and any Third Party Agreement with respect to the use of the Licensed Software and the obligations, duties or liability of Licensor, this Agreement shall control notwithstanding such conflicting language.

    14.2 Severability. In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected, and the rights and obligations of the parties shall be construed and enforced as if the Agreement did not contain the particular provisions held to be unenforceable and the unenforceable provisions shall be replaced by mutually acceptable provisions which, being valid, legal and enforceable, come closest to the intention of the parties underlying the invalid or unenforceable provision.
    14.3 Governing Law and Venue. This Agreement and each and every portion of this Agreement shall be interpreted pursuant to the internal laws of the Country of Costa Rica, without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. Each of the parties hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court located in Cost Rica for any actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or relating to this Agreement (and the parties each agree not to commence any action, suit or proceeding relating thereto except in such courts and not to plead or claim that any such court is an inconvenient or otherwise improper or inappropriate forum).
    14.4 Injunctive Relief. Licensee acknowledges that the injury that would be suffered by Licensor as a result of a breach of the provisions of this Agreement by Licensee would be irreparable and that an award of monetary damages to Licensor for such a breach would be an inadequate remedy. Consequently, Licensor will have the right, in addition to any other rights it may have, to obtain injunctive relief to restrain any breach or threatened breach or otherwise to specifically enforce any provision of this Agreement, and Licensor will not be obligated to post bond or other security in seeking such relief

    Should you have any questions concerning this Agreement, or if you wish to contact Licensor for any reason, please e-mail us at dcads.biz .

    SuperiorAds.Biz - (If applicable)*
    Version 2.1 (June 27, 2007)
    END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
    NOTE TO USER: BEFORE YOU INSTALL, COPY OR OTHERWISE USE THE LICENSED SOFTWARE (AS DEFINED BELOW), CAREFULLY READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT AS WELL AS THE OTHER SIMILAR AGREEMENTS FOR THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE (AS DEFINED BELOW) THAT MAY BE BUNDLED WITH THE LICENSED SOFTWARE. BY INSTALLING, COPYING OR OTHERWISE USING THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO BE BOUND BY AND ARE BECOMING A PARTY TO THIS LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENT AS WELL AS THE OTHER SIMILAR THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE AGREEMENTS (INCLUDED HEREWITH). YOU ARE ALSO ACKNOWLEDING AND AGREEING THAT, UPON INSTALLATION OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AND CONTINUE TO RECEIVE CONTEXTUAL POPUP AND CONTEXTUAL LINK ADVERTISING VIA HIGHLIGHTED LINKS. YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO INSTALL (OR UNINSTALL) THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE FROM SELECT ADVERTISERS. THE LICENSED SOFTWARE CAN BE UNINSTALLED UTILIZING THE “ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS” COMMAND OF YOUR COMPUTER (SEE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW).
    This End-User License Agreement (the “Agreement”) is an important legal agreement between you (the “Licensee”) and Danube International inc., a Costa Rican corporation (“Licensor”). Licensor is willing to license the Licensed Software (as defined below) to you, provided that you agree to and accept all of the terms and conditions in this Agreement. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT INSTALL THE LICENSED SOFTWARE. UPON INSTALLATION, YOUR USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT.
    Special Notice for Non-English Speakers:
    The Licensed Software is suited primarily for the use of English speakers and, therefore, this Agreement is written in English and is addressed to English speakers. If you are not proficient in English and feel that you cannot properly understand this License Agreement, we recommend that you either retain the help of an English speaker to help you understand and accept the terms of this Agreement or, alternatively, refrain from installing or using the Licensed Software. In any event, if you choose to install or use the Licensed Software, you will be bound by this Agreement and the Privacy Policy incorporated herein.
    Special Notice for Residents of the State of Alaska, USA:
    Unfortunately, according to SB 140 (Alaska), persons who reside in the State of Alaska may not install the Licensed Software. Therefore, by installing or using the Licensed Software you represent and warrant that your computer is not located in the State of Alaska. To the extent that our system is reasonably able to recognize that your computer is located in the State of Alaska, we will not enable you to install the Licensed Software.
    Notice for All Users:
    By downloading the Licensed Software, you get free access to sponsored content across the Internet. The Licensed Software may, among other things, show you ads that pop up on your screen in a separate browser, provide you with a toolbar to make your use of the internet more efficient and enjoyable and allow you to access or otherwise link to programs from our affiliates. The pop-up ads that may appear on your computer are based on keywords and URL targets from the sites you visit. Please note that you will receive Adult-oriented ads if you utilize keywords related to such content or if you view Adult-oriented websites. The Licensed Software is a service of Licensor.
    1. DEFINITIONS. The capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Agreement shall have the following meanings:
    1.1 “Agreement” or “License” means this End User License Agreement.
    1.2 “Licensee” or “you” means the individual who agrees to license the Licensed Software in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
    1.3 “Licensed Software” means collectively the Software, Third Party Software and Updates.
    1.4 “Third Party Software” means the software of third parties bundled together with the Software and/or made available to or installed by Licensee in connection with the installation, use and/or maintenance of the Software, which software includes or displays, without limitation, cookies and pop-up advertisements of third parties, or links to third-party websites not affiliated with Licensor. You may choose not to install Third Party Software or may uninstall such software using your “Add/Remove Software” function on your computer. Each company providing Third Party Software has its own agreements and privacy policies (or other policies) that may be different from this (Licensor’s) Agreement and Privacy Policy . By clicking “I Agree” you also agree to be bound by the Third Party Software Agreements that are included herewith. In the event of a conflict between a Third Party Software Agreement and this Agreement, this Agreement shall control with respect to Licensor’s obligations, duties or liability.
    1.5 “Software” toolbar, contextual popup and contextual link applications installed by Licensee pursuant the terms of this Agreement, together with the software applications, documentation and local computer files installed or utilized by Licensee in connection therewith (excluding the Third Party Software), and all updates, modifications or patches thereof.
    1.6 “Updates” means any bug fixes, upgrades, modified versions or updates to the Licensed Software.
    1.7 "Use”, "Used" or "Using" means to access, install, download, copy or benefit from using the functionality of the Licensed Software
    2. PERMISSION/AUTHORITY TO DOWNLOAD LICENSED SOFTWARE
    2.1 Permission to Download Licensed Software. This Agreement contains important legal obligations. Pursuant to applicable laws including, without limitation, the Electronic Signature Law and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”), by clicking “I Agree”, Licensor will treat Licensee’s affirmative action as equivalent to a signed written contract that will legally bind Licensee to the terms of this Agreement. Licensee should carefully review the terms of this Agreement (as well as any Third Party Software Agreements included herewith) before clicking “I agree”.
    2.2 Obligation to be Bound by Current Version of EULA. Licensor may revise this EULA or its Privacy Policy at anytime, and may (but shall not be obligated) to notify Licensees of such revisions. By agreeing to the terms of this EULA, Licensee agrees to read and review this EULA and privacy policy in order to stay current on any changes.
    3. SOFTWARE LICENSE AND RESTRICTIONS.
    3.1 License Grant. Upon acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as evidenced by clicking “I agree” and continuing with the installation procedure, Licensor grants Licensee a non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable, non-sub licensable license to Use the Licensed Software, in binary executable form only, solely in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. The Licensee agrees not to Use the Licensed Software in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the Licensed Software, including, without limitation, Using the Licensed Software in an automated manner or in any other manner which could interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Licensed Software.
    3.2 Restrictions. As a material condition to the license granted in Section 3.1 above, you will: (a) not reverse engineer, disassemble or decompile the Licensed Software or attempt to discover or recreate the source code to the Licensed Software, except as otherwise required by applicable law, (b) comply with all applicable laws, including U.S. export control laws, in your Use of the Licensed Software, (c) not make any modification, adaptation, improvement, enhancement, translation or derivative work of or to the Licensed Software, (d) not remove, alter or obscure any proprietary notices (including copy notices) of Licensor or Licensor’s affiliates in the Licensed Software, (e) not Use the Licensed Software for purposes for which it is not designed, and (f) only Use the Licensed Software for personal, non-commercial use.
    4. OWNER OF COMPUTER; ALL USERS BOUND; AGE LIMITATION. You represent and warrant either that you are the owner of the computer up which you intend to download the Licensed Software and that you have authorized the download and installation of the Licensed Software or that the owner of the computer has authorized you to do so. You agree, with respect to all users of the computer on which you have caused the Licensed Software to reside, to provide a copy of these terms and conditions and to obtain their consent to these terms and conditions before allowing them to Use the Licensed Software. Alternatively, if you have the legal right to accept this Agreement on behalf of one or more users of the computer on which you have caused or authorized the Licensed Software to reside, then you hereby accept this Agreement on behalf of all such other users. You understand that the presence of the Licensed Software on any computer is voluntary and that you may remove it at any time. You must be at least 18 years of age to Use the Licensed Software. By accepting the terms of this Agreement and Using the Licensed Software you represent that you are over the age of 18.
    5. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FUNCTIONALITY OF LICENSED SOFTWARE.
    5.1 Functionality. Certain applications in the Licensed Software recognize keywords from your Internet browser and URL targets from the sites you visit to display relevant contextual advertisements. These advertisements may be displayed on your computer screen at any time while you are searching and shopping online (and not necessarily while you are using any product or service related to or downloaded with the Licensed Software) and pop-up on your screen in a separate browser. The Licensed Software gathers and stores personal identifiable information and records concerning your Internet browsing behavior. Please refer to Section 10 (below) for further information about Licensor’s privacy policies.
    5.2. Display of Advertising. The Licensed Software starts automatically when you start your computer, runs in the background on your computer, and may periodically direct you to our sponsors' websites. By installing and/or using the Licensed Software you grant permission for Licensor to periodically display sponsors' websites to you. The frequency of these advertisements (which will pop up on your screen in a separate browser) will vary depending on your use of the Internet. Please note that you will receive Adult-oriented ads if you utilize keywords related to such content or if you view Adult-oriented websites. On occasion, you may search for a website and receive an error from your browser software indicating that the site cannot be found. When this occurs, the Software includes a function that may redirect your web browser to our sponsor's websites based on the content of the website address, or URL, which you entered. You hereby consent to these actions. Content Licensor considers “Adult” is defined as any audio, video, audiovisual, images, sounds or text that contain or reference any of the following: profanity, crude or off-color humor, violence, blood and gore, weapons, use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco or other controlled substances, online gambling, pornography, erotica, erotic images, nudity, sex, sexually explicit images, and sexual references.
    6. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. The Licensed Software is the intellectual property of, and owned exclusively by, Licensor, its affiliates or suppliers or the companies that own or control the Third Party Software. The structure, organization and code of the Licensed Software are the valuable trade secrets and confidential information of Licensor, its suppliers or affiliates or the companies that own or control the Third Party Software. The Licensed Software is protected by copyright, including without limitation by United States copyright law, international treaty provisions and applicable laws in the country in which it is being used. Except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant you any intellectual property rights in the Licensed Software, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Licensor and its affiliates or suppliers.
    7. UNINSTALLATION. You understand and agree that the presence of the Licensed Software on your computer is voluntary and that you may remove the Licensed Software from your computer at any time going to the “Add/Remove Software” function on your computer and clicking “Remove Software”. The program name for the software is Browser Optimizer SuperiorAds. Should you choose to download additional software from Licensor’s affiliates or advertisers, those programs may be named differently and require you to remove them separately. Please note that the above is the only proper way to ensure complete removal of all Licensed Software files - many anti-spyware or other software tools do not completely or properly remove the Licensed Software. Some Internet content and software publishers require that their users have certain of the Licensed Software installed on their computer in order to access their content or use their software applications ("Content Providers"). Uninstallation of such Licensed Software may impact your ability to access such content and/or use such software. You may be required to restart your computer in order for the uninstallation to take effect. Should you have any questions regarding the removal of the Licensed Software, please contact removal@dcads.biz or removal@rightonads.biz.
    8. UPDATES. Licensor, in its sole discretion, may provide you with Updates to the Licensed Software as part of this Agreement. The Licensed Software may check with Licensor or its affiliates for the existence of any Update released and, in the event that one is available, the Licensed Software may update itself automatically or prompt you to update the Software. Nothing herein shall be construed or interpreted as requiring that Licensor provide Updates. The companies that own or control the Third Party Software may also provide you with Updates to their Licensed Software. Licensor has no control and accepts no liability for Updates that may (or may not) be provided for the Third Party Software.
    9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND REMEDIES; INDEMNITY.
    9.1 No Warranty; Disclaimer. YOUR USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES OR SUPPLIERS, AND THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. LICENSOR, AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS, MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, OR (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE LICENSED SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE LICENSED SOFTWARE IS OBTAINED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM LICENSOR OR THROUGH OR FROM THE LICENSED SOFTWARE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY. LICENSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTENT HOSTED BY CONTENT PROVIDERS.
    9.2 Limitation of Damages. LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES OR SUPPLIERS, OR THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE WILL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR, AND YOU HEREBY RELEASE LICENSOR, ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS AND THE COMPANIES THAT OWN OR CONTROL THE THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE FROM ANY, LIABILITY (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY YOU ARISING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE LICENSED SOFTWARE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOSS OF DATA, SAVINGS, OR PROFITS OR THE COST OF PROCURING SUBSTITUTE GOODS, EVEN IF LICENSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL LICENSOR’S ENTIRE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED 0.00. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
    9.3 Indemnity. Licensee agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold Licensor and all of the directors, officers, shareholders, affiliates, employees, and agents of Licensor (collectively referred to as "Licensor’s Agents") harmless against and in respect to any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, expenses, obligations, liabilities, damages, recoveries, and deficiencies, including interest, penalties, expert witness fees, and reasonable attorneys' fees that Licensor, Licensor’s Agents and the companies that own or control the Third Party Software shall incur or suffer, which arise, result from, or in any way relate to: (a) any breach of, or failure by Licensee to perform any of the representations, warranties, covenants or agreements in this Agreement; (b) Licensee’s violation of any applicable law or regulation, whether or not referenced herein; and (c) Licensee’s violation of any rights of any third party (including, without limitation, the right of the third parties who own the Third Party Software).
    10. USE OF INFORMATION; PRIVACY POLICY.
    10.1 Use of Information. By entering into this Agreement, Licensee agrees that Licensor may collect and retain information about Licensee, including Licensee’s name and email address. Licensor may employ other companies and individuals to perform these functions on its behalf. Examples may include fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance and processing credit card payments. These third parties may be given access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. In addition, Licensor will collect and use anonymous information relating to your use of the Licensed Software application for statistical and related purposes. Licensor may disclose the information to third parties for these purposes but will not use or disclose information about your use of the Licensed Software for any other purpose (unless required to do so by law). Licensor may keep track of your Internet history in order to customize the advertisements provided to you as part of the Licensed Software.
    10.2 Privacy Policy. Without limiting the generality of Section 10.1, by installing the Licensed Software, you grant permission for Licensor to collect and use certain information. You acknowledge that you have reviewed the applicable Licensor Privacy Policy, which describes Licensor’s general practices with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of information in connection with your Use of the Licensed Software, which is incorporated herein by reference. Licensor reserves the right to change the provisions of its Privacy Policy from time to time. Your Use of the Licensed Software following the posting of such changes to Licensor’s Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of any such changes. Licensor does not make any and hereby disclaims to the maximum extent allowed by law any and all covenants, representations and warranties with respect to its compliance with the statements of intent contained in Licensor's privacy policy.
    11. COMPATIBILITY. Licensor does not warrant that the Licensed Software will be compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system. Compatibility issues may cause your computer's performance to suffer. In the event that the Licensed Software is not compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system, the Licensed Software can be uninstalled as provided in Section 7, above. Like all software, the Licensed Software utilizes some of your computer's resources to run, including system memory and Internet connection. Use of the Licensed Software on a computer with inadequate system resources will cause such computer's performance to suffer.
    12. USER REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. You acknowledge, represent and warrant that: (a) you own the computer on which you are installing the Licensed Software, or have the authority to install the Licensed Software on such computer; (b) your installation and/or Use of the Licensed Software will not violate any local, state or federal laws that apply to you, or the Use or installation of the Licensed Software; (c) Licensor is not causing the Licensed Software to be installed on your computer, but has provided the Licensed Software to you, which you are installing of your own volition; and (d) you have read and fully understand the terms of this Agreement.
    13. EXPORT. You agree that the Licensed Software may not be acquired, shipped, transported, exported, or re-exported (A) into (or to a national or resident of) any U.S. embargoed country or (B) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce's Table of Denial Orders. By using the Licensed Software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
    14. MISCELLANEOUS.
    14.1 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and any Third Party Software Agreement set forth the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. There are no representations, warranties, agreements, arrangements or understandings, oral or written, between the parties relating to this Agreement which are not fully expressed in this Agreement. No waiver, amendment or modification of any of the terms of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and signed by the party affected by the waiver, amendment or modification; provided, however, that that Licensor may unilaterally amend or modify this Agreement or a company that owns or controls Third Party Software may modify their Third Party Software Agreement at any time and you shall have notice of these changes by reference to the Version number of this document and the effective date for such version (or the Third Party Software Agreement may be amended according to that company’s particular policies). Further, no waiver of any term, condition or default of any term of this Agreement shall be construed as a waiver of any other term, condition or default. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement and any Third Party Agreement with respect to the use of the Licensed Software and the obligations, duties or liability of Licensor, this Agreement shall control notwithstanding such conflicting language.
    14.2 Severability. In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected, and the rights and obligations of the parties shall be construed and enforced as if the Agreement did not contain the particular provisions held to be unenforceable and the unenforceable provisions shall be replaced by mutually acceptable provisions which, being valid, legal and enforceable, come closest to the intention of the parties underlying the invalid or unenforceable provision.
    14.3 Governing Law and Venue. This Agreement and each and every portion of this Agreement shall be interpreted pursuant to the internal laws of the Country of Costa Rica, without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. Each of the parties hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court located in Cost Rica for any actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or relating to this Agreement (and the parties each agree not to commence any action, suit or proceeding relating thereto except in such courts and not to plead or claim that any such court is an inconvenient or otherwise improper or inappropriate forum).
    14.4 Injunctive Relief. Licensee acknowledges that the injury that would be suffered by Licensor as a result of a breach of the provisions of this Agreement by Licensee would be irreparable and that an award of monetary damages to Licensor for such a breach would be an inadequate remedy. Consequently, Licensor will have the right, in addition to any other rights it may have, to obtain injunctive relief to restrain any breach or threatened breach or otherwise to specifically enforce any provision of this Agreement, and Licensor will not be obligated to post bond or other security in seeking such relief.

    Should you have any questions concerning this Agreement, or if you wish to contact Licensor for any reason, please e-mail us at info@dcads.biz or info@superiorads.biz.

    webHancer Customer Companion - (If applicable)*

    Terms and Conditions of Installing the webHancer Customer Companion (the "Software").

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:

    THIS SOFTWARE RELAYS YOUR WEB SURFING PERFORMANCE METRICS TO
    WEBHANCER CORP. TO GENERATE PERFORMANCE REPORTS FOR THIRD PARTIES. AS
    SUCH, YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION WILL BE USED PERIODICALLY TO SEND AND
    RECEIVE DATA.

    WE RESPECT OUR CUSTOMERS PRIVACY. THE WEBHANCER PRIVACY POLICY (available
    at: http://www.webhancer.com/privacy) FORMS PART OF THIS AGREEMENT. BY AGREEING
    TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU ALSO CONSENT TO THE TERMS OF THE
    WEBHANCER PRIVACY POLICY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE COLLECTION, USE
    AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION AS SET OUT THEREIN. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO
    THE TERMS OF THE WEBHANCER PRIVACY POLICY, DO NOT INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE.

    THIS SOFTWARE SUPPORTS WINDOWS 98/2000/ME/XP and WINDOWS NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
    and higher (EXCLUDING WINDOWS TERMINAL SERVER AND WINDOWS 2000 WITH
    TERMINAL SERVICES ENABLED).

    THIS IS A LICENSE, NOT A SALE. THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT ("AGREEMENT") IS
    A LEGAL CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND WEBHANCER CORP. ("WEBHANCER") FOR THE
    CUSTOMER COMPANION SOFTWARE (THE 'SOFTWARE'). THIS SOFTWARE WILL MAKE
    USE OF YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AND
    ALL NETWORK USAGE COSTS OR ANY OTHER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR USE OF
    THE SOFTWARE. BY DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING OR USING THE SOFTWARE YOU AGREE
    TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT
    AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, UNINSTALL, AND DO NOT USE THE
    SOFTWARE.

    WEBHANCER grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable and restricted license to use the Software on a single computer for your internal use, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. You may make and distribute unlimited copies of the Software, excluding copies for commercial distribution, as long as each copy that you distribute is distributed subject to this agreement.

    • ANSWER:
      Which software is this that may not be installed in Alaska? Let me know, so I don't have to lose any sleep worrying if I've installed it. Can I install it when I visit the contiguous 48 and have my laptop with me? Do I have to delete it before I go home?

  15. QUESTION:
    Event Photographer's Rights -CALIFORNIA?
    I recently attended a Burlesque Show event as a freelance photographer with backing from local newspaper. And in order to attend the event, I had to sign the release below and give it to the event holders.

    Now, I was not informed that I could not use the images for profit, but have been asked to take down all images that are up for sale, and any internet postings as well since they were not 'approved' by the event holders for me to use. This was an event I was NOT paid for by anyone to cover, however I was given an press pass. They are claiming since I was with a newspaper, only the newspaper has rights to the images, but they may not be sold through them either. I am not a paid employee, however donate my images to the newspaper, and attended the event as myself/Photographer. I signed the release as myself, and the newspaper does not own my images.
    The newspaper did make initial contact, but all arrangements were from me, and I made it clear that Iwould be posting images in my own portfolio.

    It is also my understanding, that when part of an event in which the public may attend, such as a concert, you do not necessarily need a model release from every single person in attendance. For example, I was a photographer for the New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys concert recently and may sell the photos that I took and do not need a model release for every performer. As long as I have labeled the images as an event, do I still need a model release?

    Any advice on how to approach the response? I have taken all business names out for their privacy

    RELEASE:

    A. GRANT OF RIGHTS: ____________________________ (Photographer/Videographer) warrants and
    represents that they are the copyright owner of the designated image(s) noted hereunder and has the right
    to grant this permission to publish. Permission is valid only for the declared use. Any other use or reuse
    requires a new agreement. This agreement/license is not transferable.

    B. LICENSEE: PERFORMERS obo itself and event opponent or additional participant

    C. LICENSE FEES: This License grants the Girls the rights to use designated image(s) on
    a royalty-free basis.

    D. TERM: Perpetuity

    E. DECLARED USE: Print and Online for non-commercial purposes (no pay-per-view or sales of video
    footage)

    F. DECLARED IMAGES/FOOTAGE: Photos/Video taken of above teams and related activities

    G. EXCLUSIVITY: Unless expressly granted, this Agreement does not provide exclusive usage and all
    image(s)/film licensed under this Agreement may be licensed, sold, and/or printed by the
    Photographer/Videographer and/or third party purchaser.

    H. CREDIT: Unless expressly waived, Photographer’s/Videographer’s copyright must appear on the same
    page as the image(s)/video. Proper photo/video credit will be provided for all subsequent uses.

    I.

    RELEASES: No model, property, trademark, or other such release exists for any image(s) unless
    Photographer/Videographer submits to Licensee a separate release signed by a third party model or
    property owner. It is Licensee’s responsibility to obtain all permissions necessary to publish the image(s)
    in the manner intended. Parties must be satisfied that such release(s) are adequate for image(s) use.

    J. COPIES: For use in print, Photographer shall receive, upon request, one copy of the use.

    I have read this agreement in its entirety and I understand and agree to the terms set forth. By signing and dating this
    agreement, above term commences.
    RE: First response
    this is the only license I received by the event holder
    ADD:
    The only conversation the newspaper had with the event holder was a request for a photographer to attend and cover the event. Their response was as long as I sign the document, I would be allowed to attend, and the newspaper did not respond but forwarded me the emails and said to finish the arrangements. Thank you for your thoughts.

    • ANSWER:
      The license you have copied has nothing to do with a photographer's right to use images taken at an event. It is a license given BY the photographer to allow somebody else to use the photographer's copyrighted images. It is impossible to tell without reading the license given by the event to permit the images to be taken, and under what conditions, to answer your question. It is thus quite possible that the only permission given was to the newspaper, under conditions to which the newspaper agreed.

      It is not necessarily true that you can sell photographs of people taken at public events absent their consent.
      http://asmp.org/tutorials/property-and-model-releases.html

      ADD: I do not dispute that the event holder gave you this, however it has nothing to do with the event holder giving you permission to take photos or use them commercially thereafter. I suspect it was intended to allow the event holder to use your photographs noncommercially without paying you. I think you need to find out what agreement was made with the newspaper as far as your commercial use of the photos. MAYBE (and this is a long shot) in the absence of any other agreement, section "G" could be construed as an indication that the event holder understood that you could sell any photographs you took.

  16. QUESTION:
    If Saddam would have lived up to the Gulf War cease fire agreements wouldn't he still be in power?
    Saddam was left free to violate the terms of the cease-fire agreement which kept him in power after the 1991 Gulf War—violations which included kicking out United Nations weapons inspectors and firing on American aircraft patrolling no-fly zones.

    Saddam stood in defiance of 17 subsequent U.N. Security Council resolutions insisting that he come into compliance with the terms of the 1991 agreement or face serious consequences—thus making a mockery of the Security Council and the entire U.N.

    Saddam was providing training facilities across Iraq for Muslim terrorists of every stripe, including thousands of radical Islamists, and he had opened up his territory as a safe haven for al Qaeda operatives chased from Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.

    Saddam was doling out cash rewards to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers who murdered Israeli civilians (and occasionally American citizens) in attacks throughout the state of Israel.

    Saddam sought to recruit suicide bombers to attack American interests and Israeli civilians (as revealed by newly translated documents captured during the first stages of the invasion of Iraq).

    Saddam kept open the door to forging an operational relationship with al Qaeda—as indicated in a sealed 1998 indictment of Osama bin Laden by the Clinton Justice Department, which reads in part: “Al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq.”

    Saddam continued to fleece the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program out of billions of dollars—money which was supposed to be used to provide humanitarian relief to the Iraqi people, but which Saddam used instead to buy influence among European politicians and American and European businessmen in an effort to undermine U.N. sanctions…while hundreds of Iraqi children, under the age of five, died every month for lack of food and medicine that the Oil-for-Food program was supposed to supply.

    Wasn't the invasion of Iraq really Saddam's own fault?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup. Hell, if he hadn't been playing the shell games with the inspection sites right before the war started, he'd still be around.

  17. QUESTION:
    deviantart's policy? concerns?
    when they ask you to agree to their submission policy, thats probably the only terms and agreements on a website that ive actually read through. one thing concerned me: "3. License To Use Artist Materials. As and when Artist Materials are uploaded to the deviantART Site(s), Artist grants to deviantART a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to do the following things during the Term:

    a) to prepare and encode Artist Materials or any part of them for digital or analog transmission, manipulation and exhibition in any format and by any means now known or not yet known or invented;

    b) to display, copy, reproduce, exhibit, publicly perform, broadcast, rebroadcast, transmit, retransmit, distribute through any electronic means (including analog and digital) or other means, and electronically or otherwise publish any or all of the Artist Materials, including any part of them, and to include them in compilations for publication, by any and all means and media now known or not yet known or invented ;

    c) to modify, adapt, change or otherwise alter the Artist Materials (e.g., change the size) and use the Artist Materials as described in Section 3(b); and

    d) the right to sublicense to any other person or company any of the licensed rights in the Artist Materials, or any part of them, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

    e) Artist acknowledges that Artist will not have any right, title, or interest in any other materials with which Artist Materials may be combined or into which all or any portion of Artist Materials may be incorporated.

    f) During the Term, deviantART's licenses under this Agreement include the right to use any part of the Artist Materials in the promotion, advertising or marketing of the DeviantART Sites.

    g) As used in this Agreement, the term "Artist Materials" means any content uploaded to the deviantART Site(s) which may include without limitation Artist's name(s) (including professional names), trademarks, trade names, likenesses, photographs, biographical materials, audio-visual materials, artwork, liner notes, and other graphical, textual, video, film or audio materials and any and all "skins," computer-generated images or other artwork or images that Artist submits to deviantART in any medium or format whatsoever."

    the chance, i know, is slim, but i prior to that, they claim that the artist retains the rights to their work at all time. however, it appears that they claim that they can also use your work, which concerns me. enough people use the website to the point where enough people must be comfortable with these conditions.

    this is the url to the agreement: http://www.deviantart.com/submit/agree

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt anyone has read the terms and conditions - they never do.

      Well done for taking the time and yes I agree with you - it appears from these conditions that you not only can kiss goodbye ownership of anything you upload to them, but they can also use your work royalty free if it is included in any future composite of their creation.

      Perhaps their site should be renamed 'deviousart'.

      Regards
      index.html
      http://www.dutyfreehosting.com

  18. QUESTION:
    About new Visa Canadian to Mexico?
    Mexicans are our brothers and sisters and they are in whole or in part,first nation peoples of North America.
    The Mexican people are certainly not from Asia or Europe and not citizens of South America.They are from North America and along witch citizens of the United States and Canada we have recognized that a special geographical and social community has existed for hundreds of years,We have signed a free trade agreement that transcends all other agreements in terms of an economical partnership.
    We have been proud to have had freedom to visit each other based on a visa-free agreement.
    What we must recognized is that if anyone from the North American communities breaks the law of another,such as our immigration law,we must be determined to deport the illegals witch dispatch.
    What we should not agree is to restrict the movement of all based on the illegalities of a few.
    What the government of Canada has done by insisting on visas from all Mexicans is ab unwise and regressive law.
    Our governments in the interest of politics have made some grave decisions in the past and have provide radical and self-serving decisions on immigration.
    On one hand the government has suddenly chosen to chastise Mexicans while expediting the entry of thousands of peoples from various parts of the world who qualify simply because they claim to be refugees or we have used them as pawns in our acquiring oil and another economical gratuities.
    If we are searching for excellence in acquiring new canadians as the government says why then do they go out of their way to provide opportunities for extended family who haven't any meaningful skills and cause us the burden of having to provide them with a lifetime of social welfare and special distinct language and religious demands.
    Our government has altered our traditions and laws to acommodate special considerations that have split our Canadian unity and community into fractionalized cultural regions all because of a terribly contructed human rights bill.
    Our political parties are reducing our proud citizenship into a meaningless accreditation by reducing the need of it save for landed immigrants status.
    What now is our political parties up to in this sudden and drastic restriction of our North American brethren,the Mexican citizen.

    • ANSWER:
      This is the official reason why Canada has put visa requirements for Mexico:

      Under Canada’s immigration law, all visitors to Canada require a Temporary Resident Visa, except citizens of countries for which an exemption has been granted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

      Canada assesses countries against several criteria when deciding whether to impose a visa requirement. Mexico no longer meets all of the criteria for visa exemption. For example, refugee claims from Mexico have almost tripled since 2005, making it the number one source country for claims. In 2008, more than 9,400 claims filed in Canada came from Mexican nationals, representing 25 per cent of all claims received. Of the claims reviewed and finalized in 2008 by the Immigration and Refugee Board, an independent administrative tribunal, only 11 per cent were accepted. In 2009, there was a surge of over 11,000 claims due to the worldwide recession and the swine flu epidemic.

      For the past three years, Canada has also seen an increase in immigration violations. This includes Mexican nationals not possessing the proper travel documents or not leaving Canada once their period of stay had expired.

      http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/visit/mexicanvisit-faq01.asp

      Canada is a nation of about 33 million people and they only can grant refuge to true refugees. Mexico is a democratic nation with plenty of wealth however those applying for asylum in Canada are doing it simply as economic refugees. Canada has the right to impose visas not only to protect their national security but also to protect their tax payers from the costs associated with asylum claims. Since each claim costs CAD,000 to process the application. In 2008, there were 9,400 claims by Mexicans (25% of the national total).

      ,000 x 9,400 = 3,800,000

      That's a lot of money for Canadian taxpayers to spend on claims for refugees from a country that is so wealthy yet only 10% of their propulation control 90% of their resources.

      Mexico wasn't only country punished as the Czech Republic now has visa requirements. Until Mexico is able to get their act together and stem the flow of emigrants leaving the country for jobs, than visas will become a requirement for a long time.

      I am not Mexican but I am sure there are many that agree with me that the PRI and PAN have to stop fighting and work together to get the country back on its' feet after the swine flu epidemic and the worldwide recession.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why are the Dems playing the race card yet again?
    Sunstein: Americans too racist for socialism

    Defends communism, welfare state but says 'white majority' oppose programs aiding blacks, Hispanics

    JERUSALEM – The U.S. should move in the direction of socialism but the country's "white majority" opposes welfare since such programs largely would benefit minorities, especially blacks and Hispanics, argued President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein. "The absence of a European-style social welfare state is certainly connected with the widespread perception among the white majority that the relevant programs would disproportionately benefit African Americans (and more recently Hispanics)," wrote Sunstein.

    The Obama czar's controversial comments were made in his 2004 book "The Second Bill of Rights," which was obtained and reviewed by WND.

    In the book, Sunstein openly argues for bringing socialism to the U.S. and even lends support to communism. "During the Cold War, the debate about social welfare guarantees took the form of pervasive disagreement between the United States and its communist adversaries. Americans emphasized the importance of civil and political liberties, above all free speech and freedom of religion, while communist nations stressed the right to a job, healthcare, and a social minimum."
    Continued Sunstein: "I think this debate was unhelpful; it is most plausible to see the two sets of rights as mutually reinforcing, not antagonistic."

    Sunstein claims the "socialist movement" did not take hold in the U.S. in part because of a "smaller and weaker political left or lack of enthusiasm for redistributive programs." He laments, "In a variety of ways, subtle and less subtle, public and private actions have made it most difficult for socialism to have any traction in the United States."

    Sunstein wants to spread America's wealth
    WND first reported Sunstein penned a 2007 University of Chicago Law School paper in which he debated whether America should pay "justice" to the world by entering into a compensation agreement that would be a net financial loss for the U.S. He argues it is "desirable" to redistribute America's wealth to poorer nations.

    A prominent theme throughout Sunstein's 39-page paper, entitled Climate Justice" and reviewed by WND, maintains U.S. wealth should be redistributed to poorer nations. He uses terms such as "distributive justice" several times. The paper was written with fellow attorney Eric A. Posner.
    "It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid," wrote Sunstein.

    He posited: "We agree that if the United States does spend a great deal on emissions reductions as part of an international agreement, and if the agreement does give particular help to disadvantaged people, considerations of distributive justice support its action, even if better redistributive mechanisms are imaginable.

    "If the United States agrees to participate in a climate change agreement on terms that are not in the nation's interest, but that help the world as a whole, there would be no reason for complaint, certainly if such participation is more helpful to poor nations than conventional foreign-aid alternatives," he wrote.

    Sunstein maintains: "If we care about social welfare, we should approve of a situation in which a wealthy nation is willing to engage in a degree of self-sacrifice when the world benefits more than that nation loses."

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=112243

    • ANSWER:
      more of the same from the party of hate.

  20. QUESTION:
    Econmics Help Please.?
    1. In economics, what term is used to describe the value of the next best alternative when a choice is made?

    A. absolute advantage
    B. comparative advantage
    C. opportunity cost
    D. specialization
    2. What do the AFL-CIO, NAM, and farmers’ cooperatives have in common?

    A. They all favor free trade agreements.
    B. They all lobby government to pass legislation favorable to their organization.
    C. They all oppose free trade agreements.
    D. They all oppose the use of government policy to impact economic activity.
    3. Which of the following is most likely to contribute to international trade between two countries?

    A. High unemployment in both countries
    B. Equal distribution of a natural resource in both countries
    C. Production of specialized goods in each countries
    D. Different economic systems in each country
    4. The existence of GATT, WTO, and NAFTA supports the idea that

    A. economic interdependence has increased in recent years.
    B. economic interdependence has decreased in recent years.
    C. trade barriers have increased in recent years.
    D. free-trade policies do not have much support around the world.
    5. What term is used to describe the production of a particular good that will, over time, result in efficiencies and reduce production costs?

    A. absolute advantage
    B. comparative advantage
    C. opportunity cost
    D. specialization
    6. Labor unions in the United States have been interested in all of the following except

    A. Higher wages
    B. Longer work week
    C. Safer working conditions
    D. Shorter work week

    • ANSWER:
      1) c
      2)b
      3)c
      4)a
      5)d
      6)b

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i enabled java???????????????????????????????????????
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    Install Adobe Flash Player
    1.5MB
    Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.22.87
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    Learn more | System requirements | Distribute Flash Player | Installation instructions

    Also install:

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    Download time estimate: 2 minutes @ 56K modem

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    Use of this website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Online Privacy Policy (updated 07-08-2008).

    Search powered by Google™ and the site http://www.adobe.com/help/accessibility.html but how do this get enabled?
    Its on here but it dont show how to enbled http://www.adobe.com/help/accessibility.html
    There an error while doing this installed pack is there any other way to do it?
    And it was enabled but now its not.
    How do i enabled java??????????????????????????... Details

    • ANSWER:
      Download java from Sun Microsystems. After all, they created it.r

  22. QUESTION:
    Need Help Reading a License?
    I just want to make sure i'm doing this right, cause the last thing i want to do is get sued!

    This is a Licence for nVidia's Shader Library Shader Effects:

    What i Make of (Part) of it is that They are free to use, but i cant use the Textures included and i have to write "The ****** effect is Copyright (C) nVidia!

    Copyright 2008 NVIDIA Corporation

    BY DOWNLOADING THE SOFTWARE AND OTHER AVAILABLE MATERIALS, YOU ("DEVELOPER") AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    The materials available for download to Developers may include software in both sample source ("Source Code") and object code ("Object Code") versions, documentation ("Documentation"), certain art work ("Art Assets") and other materials (collectively, these materials referred to herein as "Materials"). Except as expressly indicated herein, all terms and conditions of this Agreement apply to all of the Materials.

    Except as expressly set forth herein, NVIDIA owns all of the Materials and makes them available to Developer only under the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.

    License: Subject to the terms of this Agreement, NVIDIA hereby grants to Developer a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to possess and to use the Materials. The following terms apply to the specified type of Material:

    Source Code: Developer shall have the right to modify and create derivative works with the Source Code. Developer shall own any derivative works ("Derivatives") it creates to the Source Code, provided that Developer uses the Materials in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Developer may distribute the Derivatives, provided that all NVIDIA copyright notices and trademarks are used properly and the Derivatives include the following statement: "This software contains source code provided by NVIDIA Corporation."

    Object Code: Developer agrees not to disassemble, decompile or reverse engineer the Object Code versions of any of the Materials. Developer acknowledges that certain of the Materials provided in Object Code version may contain third party components that may be subject to restrictions, and expressly agrees not to attempt to modify or distribute such Materials without first receiving consent from NVIDIA.

    Art Assets: Developer shall have the right to modify and create Derivatives of the Art Assets, but may not distribute any of the Art Assets or Derivatives created therefrom without NVIDIA’s prior written consent.

    Government End Users: If you are acquiring the Software on behalf of any unit or agency of the United States Government, the following provisions apply. The Government agrees the Software and documentation were developed at private expense and are provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS”. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in DFARS 227.7202-1(a) and 227.7202-3(a) (1995), DFARS 252.227-7013(c)(1)(ii) (Oct 1988), FAR 12.212(a)(1995), FAR 52.227-19, (June 1987) or FAR 52.227-14(ALT III) (June 1987),as amended from time to time. In the event that this License, or any part thereof, is deemed inconsistent with the minimum rights identified in the Restricted Rights provisions, the minimum rights shall prevail.
    No Other License. No rights or licenses are granted by NVIDIA under this License, expressly or by implication, with respect to any proprietary information or patent, copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property right owned or controlled by NVIDIA, except as expressly provided in this License.
    Term: This License is effective until terminated. NVIDIA may terminate this Agreement (and with it, all of Developer’s right to the Materials) immediately upon written notice (which may include email) to Developer, with or without cause.

    Support: NVIDIA has no obligation to support or to continue providing or updating any of the Materials.

    No Warranty: THE SOFTWARE AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED BY NVIDIA TO DEVELOPER HEREUNDER ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." NVIDIA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.

    LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: NVIDIA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO DEVELOPER, DEVELOPER’S CUSTOMERS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY CLAIMING THROUGH OR UNDER DEVELOPER FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, INCOME, SAVINGS, OR ANY OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, DIRECT OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT OR BASED ON A WARRANTY), EVEN IF NVIDIA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. IN NO EVENT SHALL NVIDIA’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO DEVELOPER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY CLAIMING THROUGH OR UNDER DEVELOPER EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF MONEY ACTUALLY PAID BY DEVELOPER TO NVIDIA FOR THE SOFTWARE OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are asking if what you want to do represents a derivative work or not.

      That is apparently up for some discussion. But, I think the article at the link below will answer your question:

      http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6366

  23. QUESTION:
    This is an excerpt from facebook’s terms, under the section “Sharing Your Content and Information”. What I do?
    This is an excerpt from facebook’s terms, under the section “Sharing Your Content and Information”. What I do not understand is why would facebook want complete unrestricted accaces or use of anything I upload?
    1.For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos ("IP content"), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook ("IP License"). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
    2.When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
    3.When you use an application, your content and information is shared with the application. We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information. (To learn more about Platform, read our Privacy Policy and Platform Page.)
    4.When you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
    5.We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

    • ANSWER:
      Just don't post ANYTHING on Facebook, they own your life when you do.

  24. QUESTION:
    Could someone dumb this down, please?
    Google Chrome Terms of Service
    These Terms of Service apply to the executable code version of Google Chrome. Source code for Google Chrome is available free of charge under open source software license agreements at .
    1. Your relationship with Google
    1.1 Your use of Google’s products, software, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the “Services” in this document and excluding any services provided to you by Google under a separate written agreement) is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Google. “Google” means Google Inc., whose principal place of business is at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. This document explains how the agreement is made up, and sets out some of the terms of that agreement.
    1.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing with Google, your agreement with Google will always include, at a minimum, the terms and conditions set out in this document. These are referred to below as the “Universal Terms”. Open source software licenses for Google Chrome source code constitute separate written agreements. To the limited extent that the open source software licenses expressly supersede these Universal Terms, the open source licenses govern your agreement with Google for the use of Google Chrome or specific included components of Google Chrome.
    1.3 Your agreement with Google will also include the the terms set forth below in the Google Chrome Additional Terms of Service and terms of any Legal Notices applicable to the Services, in addition to the Universal Terms. All of these are referred to below as the “Additional Terms”. Where Additional Terms apply to a Service, these will be accessible for you to read either within, or through your use of, that Service.
    1.4 The Universal Terms, together with the Additional Terms, form a legally binding agreement between you and Google in relation to your use of the Services. It is important that you take the time to read them carefully. Collectively, this legal agreement is referred to below as the “Terms”.
    1.5 If there is any contradiction between what the Additional Terms say and what the Universal Terms say, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence in relation to that Service.
    2. Accepting the Terms
    2.1 In order to use the Services, you must first agree to the Terms. You may not use the Services if you do not accept the Terms.
    2.2 You can accept the Terms by:
    (A) clicking to accept or agree to the Terms, where this option is made available to you by Google in the user interface for any Service; or
    (B) by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that Google will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.
    3. Language of the Terms
    3.1 Where Google has provided you with a translation of the English language version of the Terms, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with Google.
    3.2 If there is any contradiction between what the English language version of the Terms says and what a translation says, then the English language version shall take precedence.
    4. Provision of the Services by Google
    4.1 Google has subsidiaries and affiliated legal entities around the world (“Subsidiaries and Affiliates”). Sometimes, these companies will be providing the Services to you on behalf of Google itself. You acknowledge and agree that Subsidiaries and Affiliates will be entitled to provide the Services to you.
    4.2 Google is constantly innovating in order to provide the best possible experience for its users. You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services which Google provides may change from time to time without prior notice to you.
    4.3 As part of this continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that Google may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users generally at Google’s sole discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any time. You do not need to specifically inform Google when you stop using the Services.
    4.4 You acknowledge and agree that if Google disables access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other content which is contained in your account.
    5. Use of the Services by you
    5.1 You agree to use the Services only for purposes that are permitted by (a) the Terms and (b) any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices or guidelines in the relevant jurisdictions (including any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the United States or other relevant countries).
    5.2 You agree that you will not engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Services (or the servers and networks which are connected to the Services).
    5.3 Unless you have been specifically perm
    Just forget that top part. It's all the "legal" stuff I got when I tried to download Google Chrome. All this stuff worries me because I don't know what it means or what it's asking.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, it's saying ''Even though you download our programs on YOUR computer, we're allowed to make changes, and Google is not responsible for any negative feedback'' this is what lawyers are for. They're trained to know these things.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is Skype free on the blackberry?
    I have a Blackberry Bold and when I click Skype on my phone it says"If you agree to the conditions set out below by clicking “I Agree”, you will be linked to a third party site (“Linked Site”) not under the control of Research In Motion Limited or its affiliates (“RIM”).  RIM is offering this link to the Linked Site solely as a convenience to you, on the understanding that providing such link does not imply any endorsement by RIM of the Linked Site or its information or contents, nor does it imply any association between RIM and the Linked Site’s operator.  Also, any dealings with third parties conducted through the Linked Site are solely between you and such third party.  Any software application that you may download or otherwise acquire from the Linked Site for use on this handheld device is not licensed by RIM and is “Third Party Software” under the license agreement under which you, or the entity who authorized your use of this handheld device, originally licensed RIM’s proprietary software for this handheld device (“License Agreement”), and as such its use may be subject to certain terms and conditions established by a third party.  Please carefully review your License Agreement to understand your rights and obligations.  If you do not agree to the conditions set out here or do not wish to be linked to the Linked Site for any reason, do not click “I agree” below and please return to the home screen."

    I'm not sure if this means its free or not but if anyone does know please do tell.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Free to text.

  26. QUESTION:
    What should I do about this threatening email...?
    I received 2 identical emails in my Outlook accounts on 01/09/2011 :

    ******** Email *******
    Hello,

    We noticed that you used the following **rate license key to unlock Ace Translator into full version:
    xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

    We have logged down the IP addresses and other solid proof.

    Software theft is a serious crime. If you are caught with illegal software, you may be fined and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. In fact, you may be liable under both civil and criminal law. Software copyright violators in the US are fined up to 0, 000, or sentenced to jail for up to two years.

    We hope you will take this matter seriously. You can acquire valid licenses now from the webpage below:

    hxxp://AceTools.biz/purchase.html?pp=4&nn=4&b=100908

    If you don't acquire a license within 7 days, we will turn over all evidence and documentation to a law enforcement agency for investigation.

    Thank you for your immediate attention.

    Best Regards,
    Dan Smith

    AceTools.biz
    hxxp://www.AceTools.biz
    ******** End Email *******

    About a month or so ago, I downloaded the FREE 14 day Trial version and when I installed
    it, there is NO Terms of Use, NO License Agreement, NO Copyright information.
    There is nowhere to enter a name, email, number, or anything.

    They used both of my frontier emails to send me the threats and I never gave them
    those emails so HOW did they get them because the ISP cannot give them out and
    scanning a personal computer or personal email account is an illegal Invasion of Privacy?

    They posted the number they claim I put in it right in the email but I never used any
    number.

    They do NOT tell me to Remove it or buy it... they point blank say I HAVE to buy it
    within 7 days or they will have it investigated.

    I have found at least 9 to 12 other similar situations online, going as far back as Feb 2008.

    I replied from my Yahoo account and told them I do NOT have their software anywhere in
    my possession and it is NOT on my computer.

    What should I do?

    If anyone can help or if anyone has heard about this similar thing from these people,
    please let me know right away and let me know what I can do about it.
    .
    I found out that what they do is Exploit the Outlook email program, which I was using Outlook
    Express when I got these.

    A support technician told me that This is Illegal - that they Cannot scan and collect emails like
    that from your computer.

    • ANSWER:
      Judging by the bad use of English language in the email I would imagine this is either a scam or some opportunistic and unscrupulous sales person. I would recommend not only deleting the software but running some virus scanner also. The only thing you can do with the email is ignore it unless it really bothers you in which case you could consider finding out if your police authorities have somewhere to register complaints like this.

  27. QUESTION:
    What does these legal terms incenuate to you? 10 pts to best?
    In full and final settlement of the grievance filed concerning the actions of the grviant by the Union, the union and the company agree as follows:

    The parties agree that the terms of this agreement do not establish a precedent and may not be used or referred to by the company or the Union in any future disputes or grievances.

    This statement is only 1 of 12 others. But I need to know the meaning behind this statement. Also, did I agree to this statement if the union were my representatives. Or do it mean that the union and the company agreed to this statement even though it related to me. I had to sign it also. If you feel you may have in depth knowledge feel free to email

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, your union filed a grievance on your behalf to the company.

      The agreement has a clause that states that the settlement sets no precedent, meaning that if the same action occurred again (or something like it), neither side can use the settlement as evidence of what to do - any future grievances would be weighed on their own merits instead of relying on your issue.

      Because the union was representing you in the agreement, you effectively agreed to it as well.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can someone translate this terms and conditions for me? I no its long, should i agree?
    Preamble

    For the establishment and on-going operation of an online, custom merchandise shop (“Shop”), Spreadshirt, Inc. (“Spreadshirt”) and the party opening, maintaining and/or promoting that shop (the “Shop Owner”) are the contracting parties.

    § 1 Object of the Agreement

    (1) The Shop Owner provides in the Shop one or several print designs for products provided by Spreadshirt (“Spreadshirt products”) and/or promotes the Shop, online of offline. In return, the Shop Owner – instead of a fixed remuneration – receives a profit-related, variable commission according to §5 of this agreement resulting from the sale of products via the provided Shop.

    (2) Shop products are products which are offered for sale through the Shop and are printed with the designs provided by Spreadshirt, the shop owner or the end customer.

    § 2 Granting of Usage Rights

    (1) The Shop Owner grants Spreadshirt the right to use the print designs provided according to § 1 (2). This right to use includes, but is not limited to, printing, publishing, reproducing and/or labelling Spreadshirt products with the print design of the Shop Owner and print, publish, reproduce, offer and/or distribute such labeled products (hereafter referred to as “contractual products”) for the purposes of fulfilling the contracted services for a Shop.

    (2) The granting of usage rights to Spreadshirt according to § 2 (1) takes place non-exclusively and for an unlimited period of time up to the canceling of the agreement by either party according to §11. Any products on order, in the process of manufacturing, or in shipping before such cancellation will continue to be fulfilled.

    (3) Copyrights or other rights to a print design provided by the Shop Owner remain with the Shop Owner. Spreadshirt is not entitled to distribute designs of the owner either in its own shops, in shops of third parties or via other channels of distribution if the shop owner has not expressly agreed to this.

    (4) Spreadshirt is allowed to use the Shop Owner’s print design for advertising purposes on Spreadshirt´s website or for other types of advertisement for Spreadshirt. In such cases, Spreadshirt will link all images or advertisements of that design to the Shop of the Shop Owner.

    § 3 Usage and Third-Party Rights

    (1) The Shop Owner is solely responsible for the content (in particular print designs, background images, slogans, etc.) uploaded, or otherwise added through the Spreadshirt interface, to the Shop.

    (2) The Shop Owner guarantees that the content and/or print designs – which he provided for use to Spreadshirt according to these general terms and conditions – was created by him and/or that he is the owner of all usage rights to the content and/or design, in particular rights concerning trademark, copyrights, patents, licenses and or other usage rights. The shop owner guarantees to be the sole and exclusive holder of the usage rights granted to Spreadshirt according to these general terms and conditions.

    (3) The Shop Owner guarantees that he does not know of any third-party rights which oppose or could oppose the use of the content and/or print design by Spreadshirt according to these general terms and conditions.

    (4) The Shop Owner assures that all content and print designs uploaded to the Shop are free of third-party rights and that their usage does not infringe upon patents, licenses, trademark rights or other third-party rights.

    (5) The Shop Owners assures that the respective print design provided for use to Spreadshirt is also in accordance with other statutory regulations, in particular legal regulations concerning protection of minors and does not violate any penal prohibitions.

    (6) If third parties assert claims due to infringement of their rights resulting from the use of a design of the shop owner, Spreadshirt reserves the right to withhold royalties (commissions) up to the final clarification of the legal dispute.

    (7) If the design, which was licensed by the shop owners, is wrongfully used or obviously misappropriated, in opinion of Spreadshirt, then the parties will jointly decide on the steps to be taken regarding prosecution.

    (8) The Shop Owners is not liable for print designs provided by Spreadshirt or provided on a one-off basis by the end customer to the Shop (in particular text personalization).

    (9) The Shop Owner is obliged to immediately inform Spreadshirt in writing if claims are made against the Shop Owner due to the infringement of third-party rights resulting from the content and/or print designs in the Shop.

    (10) If third parties assert claims to Spreadshirt due to infringement of their rights, then it is at the sole discretion of Spreadshirt to remove the content and/or print design objected to, partly or completely, from the Shop.

    § 4 Contact Details and Legal Information

    (1) The Shop Owner must provide a complete and correct mailing address, as well as all legal information in the “legal information” of his Shop via the provided Shop Administration interface.

    (2) If the Shop Owner fails to provide complete contact details and legal information, then the products of his shop will not be released for viewing to the end customer and cannot be ordered.

    (3) Incorrect information in the “legal information” will result in the immediate cancelation of the shop and the withholding of possible existing commissions.

    § 5 Payment of the Shop Owner

    (1) The Shop Owner receives a commission for every product, for which he has set a commission, sold in his Shop, excluding returns.

    (2) The amount of the commission is set by the Shop Owner via the Shop Administration interface for each individual product offered for sale.

    (3) The product price is the Spreadshirt base price, plus design fees, plus Shop Owner added commission. Spreadshirt reserves the right to change of the base price of Spreadshirt products at any time.

    (4) Settlement and payment of the commission to the Shop Owner will be made quarterly within 45 days of the end of a calendar quarter. The minimum amount payable is .00 USD. If the commission exceeds an amount of 0.00 USD, then the shop owner can request payment at any time, but not more often than once a month. Spreadshirt can decide if payment is made per transfer or cheque. Amounts which lie beneath the minimum amount payable are paid after cancellation of all agreements between Spreadshirt and the Shop Owner regarding the Shop within six months of the cancellation coming into effect, if no new agreement is made by Spreadshirt and the Shop Owner within this period.

    (5) The Shop Owner is responsible for providing Spreadshirt with his current, required, valid payment details. The Shop Owner will be held liable for providing incorrect payment details. The Shop Owner is also responsible for providing Spreadshirt with his state tax identification number if payment of commissions is made including the statutory sales tax. If no tax number is provided then payment of commissions is made without sales tax.

    § 6 Embedding of the Partner Shop by the Shop Owner

    (1) The Shop Owner can publish the Shop on his website; however, there is no obligation to do so. It is published via an electronic reference (“link”) provided by Spreadshirt, which the Shop Owner embeds in his website and which refers to the Shop of the Shop Owner. If it is published, the Shop Owner is committed to include the link generated by Spreadshirt without changes. In particular, the Shop Owner is not permitted to carry out changes which are related to the electronic advertisement linked to the shop or the publishing of general terms and conditions for the end customer.

    (2) On request, a Shop free of advertisement can be acquired in return for a monthly fee.

    § 7 Privity of Contract with End Customers; Rights to Change Service

    (1) Customers purchasing products via the Shop are customers of Spreadshirt. An independent privity of contract is created between customers and Spreadshirt, which is independent of a possible privity of contract between the Shop Owner and the customer who visits the non-shop pages of the Shop Owner. Thus, only the rules, guidelines and business practices of Spreadshirt regarding customer´s orders, customer service and product sales apply to the customer.

    (2) Spreadshirt can change Shop Administration, shop offerings, product offerings, guidelines, pricing, availability, business operations, and order processing at any time, and temporarily.

    § 8 Inquiries / Purchase Order Processing

    (1) Spreadshirt reserves the right to reject inquiries and orders which do not meet the respective requirements set by Spreadshirt.

    (2) Spreadshirt reserves the right to reject orders from customers who are known for not being credit-worthy or show as being a credit risk.

    (3) Spreadshirt is responsible for all processing and execution of orders. In this respect, Spreadshirt creates i.e. order forms, books payments, executes cancellation and returns and is responsible for the customer service.

    § 9 Sales Reports

    Spreadshirt registers the sales made through the Shop and provides the Shop Owner with a summary of the statistics. Form and content of the statistics can be modified by Spreadshirt at any time.

    § 10 Restriction of Liability, Exclusion of Liability and Release

    (1) The Shop Owner is liable towards Spreadshirt for all damages suffered by Spreadshirt resulting from the use of the content and/or print design provided by the Shop Owner according to these general terms and conditions, in particular publishing and reproduction, when this violates third-party rights and/or infringes upon other statutory regulations.

    (2) This liability of the Shop Owner includes all costs incurred by Spreadshirt in the form of legal costs, as well as any costs and compensation payment which a court may award against Spreadshirt, resulting from the usage of the content and/or print design of the Shop Owner, or in so far as Spreadshirt is included in any settlement. The Shop Owner obligates himself to release Spreadshirt of all aforementioned costs and damage claims. In such cases, Spreadshirt is entitled to receive an advance payment from the Shop Owner to the amount of the estimated defense costs.

    (3) A liability of Spreadshirt towards the Shop Owner, no matter what the legal grounds is defined as follows:
    Spreadshirt is liable provided that the Shop Owner proves claims which are based on malice, wilful intent, gross negligence or the breach of contractual duty on the part of Spreadshirt, its executive employees or agents.

    (4) Spreadshirt’s liability in the case of negligent behaviour, as proven in §10 (3) above, is limited only to foreseeable, direct, consequential damage.

    § 11 Period of Validity / Cancellation

    This agreement is considered valid – for an unlimited amount of time – until it is cancelled by either party. Shop Owners cancel a Shop by deactivating it via the Shop Administration provided online by Spreadshirt. Spreadshirt cancels this agreement by notification to the Shop Partner via the email address provided in the Shop Administration.

    § 12 Modifications of Provisions

    (1) Spreadshirt will publish any modifications of these general terms and conditions on its website “www.spreadshirt.com”. Shop Owners are bound to any modifications as long as this agreement or parts of it are considered valid.

    (2) It is agreed that such a change affects neither other rights and duties articled in this agreement. If the shop owner does not agree with a modification made, a cancellation without notice is possible at any time.

    § 13 Place of Jurisdiction – Place of Fulfillment – Choice of Law

    (1) Place of fulfillment for all services is the place of business of Spreadshirt in Greensburg, PA.

    (2) Greensburg, PA is the place of general jurisdiction.

    (3) If individual provisions of these general terms and conditions are ineffective or against any statutory regulations, the rest of the agreement remains in full effect.

    version 03/2007

    • ANSWER:
      In the beginning it basicly states that you are to work for spreadshirt giving them a profit of all sales until the agreement is terminated. Then they state, if you copyright an idea you cannot sell it in their store but they can affiliate it with thier items. They later waive all liabilities of copyright infringements leaving the actual shop owner responsible. If you provide inaccurate legal information then your barred from participation in future contracts with this company and affiliates and they may hold money from you. You cannot change the advertisement link and if you don't use it then they can charge you a fee. In 7 they're allowed to dictate the prices in which your allowed to charge and can change them at will. If you sign this and later copy a design and the person takes suit against Spreadshirt then you are liable to pay their legal defense, fees in above Spreadshirt will take action against you for the offense costing you more money. Furthermore, Spreadshirt reserves the right to modify this agreement at any given time and you are still held liable in its effects even if you don't agree to it. This sounds like a bad deal to me, I'd stay away.

  29. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the "Crap Canon" for the Dem convention?
    Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.

    Also called “Brown Note,” it is believed to be an infrasound frequency that debilitates a person by making them defecate involuntarily.

    Mark Cohen, co-founder of Re-create 68, an alliance of local activists working for the protection of first amendment rights, said he believes this could be deployed at the convention in August to subdue crowds.

    “We know this weapon and weapons like it have been used at other large protests before,” he said.

    Cohen, who described Brown Note as a “sonic weapon used to disrupt people’s equilibrium,” cited eyewitness accounts of its use during free-trade agreement protests in Miami in 2003.

    “I think these weapons were mostly intended for military use and so their use for dealing with innocent protesters seems highly inappropriate,” he said. “The idea that they might be field testing them on people who are doing nothing more than exercising their first amendment rights is disturbing.”

    His group is preparing against a possible attack by Brown Note and other crowd-control measures by dispatching street medics at the convention trained in treating injuries in demonstration situations.

    “It’s all we can do,” Cohen said.

    So is the Brown Note a real threat?

    Dr. Roger Schwenke - an expert acoustician who appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” in 2004 to test the phenomenon - told FOXNews.com there is no scientific evidence that proves such frequencies cause involuntary defecation.

    “When we conducted the low frequency experiment for the Brown Note episode of MythBusters, we tested a variety of low frequencies and no involuntary gastro-intestinal motility was caused,” he said.

    But Schwenke acknowledged the low-frequency exposure did cause an adverse effect. Several people — including himself — reported “abdominal discomfort,” he said, “which was easily alleviated by moving a moderate distance away from the source.”

    Adding to the Brown Note rumor is a refusal by Denver’s Mayor John W. Hickenlooper to release details of what was purchased with million of a million federal grant the city received to pay for convention security, despite a lawsuit filed by ACLU.

    Cohen’s group is calling on the administration to disclose what measures will be taken.

    In a statement released to FOXNews.com, city spokeswoman Sue Cobb said, “commenting on specific security preparations is not helpful to ensuring their effectiveness. I can say, however, that all of our security-related purchases for the Democratic National Convention will comply with federal and City requirements. We are working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure that the million federal security grant is spent on personnel and equipment in the manner required by the grant.”

    Denver’s police Department wouldn’t comment on the tactics that will be used during the convention, but a spokesman said that “we do support and encourage people to express their views safely and in a manner that respects the rights of others along with the laws and ordinances of our city.”

    But Glenn Spangnuolo, also with Re-create 68, isn’t taking any chances. He said he has no doubt that Brown Note exists, and is preparing his group for confrontation. “Whether it causes someone to defecate in their pants or not, I don’t know that,” said Spagnuolo. “What I do know is that it causes a person to be disoriented and lose their equilibrium resulting in a nauseous feeling in their stomach.”

    More troubling to Spagnuolo is the “Active Denial System” or “ADS,” a ray gun used to send high levels of microwave frequencies that cause a burning sensation the skin.

    He described ADS as an “indiscriminate weapon” and said “there’s no long-term testing on what happens to the body when exposed to those kinds of microwave frequencies.”

    Spagnuolo believes that Raytheon, the company that manufactures the weapon, is planning to test a limited-range civilian version on protesters in Denver before approving its use in places like Iraq.

    Spagnuolo said he believes tactics like these are excessive. “I think spending millions of dollars on weapon technologies to be used on people in our community is completely wrong,” he said.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm trying to get a laundromat concession near the convention
      center as we speak. Bring on the cannon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why did someone turn this answer in as a violation?
    Someone asked this: Why are there so many very poor people in Mexico.

    I answered this way. Why was it considered a violation?
    From "A history of Latinos in America" by Juan Gonzalez. Mexico and other parts of Latin America suffer from the most uneven distribution of wealth in its history. Before the 1980s, Latin Americans generally protected their domestic industries through heavy government ownership, high tariffs, and import substitution. Mexico pursued that policy from 1940 to 1980. It averaged annual growth rates of more than 6 percent, with manufacturing output and real wages for workers growing consistently. Then came the debt crisis. Mexico was gradually pressured by U.S.-controlled international financial institutions to adopt neoliberal free trade policies. This included selling public assets and increasing exports to pay its debt. The government sold off most of its state owned companies and privatized the banks. Instead of bringing prosperity, privatization deepened the chasm between the rich and the poor. New Mexican billionaires emerged, real wages plummeted and 200,000 Mexicans lost their jobs. The term free trade seems positive at first glance. Won't increased trade with the U.S. bring increased prosperity to Mexico? History shows that most major industrialized nations did not practice free trade during their early periods of economic growth, including the U.S. They used high tariffs to protect their domestic industries from foreign competition, as Mexico was doing before the free trade agreement. Only when countries such as England and the U.S. gained advantage over all other countries did they begin advocating free trade. Despite this historical record, neoliberal economists in the advanced industrial nations continue to praise the fall of tariffs and the growth of free trade in places such as Mexico. In reality, 2/3 of all the trade in the world is between multinational corporations, and one-third of it represents multinational trading with their own foreign subsidiaries. As a result, the largest private traders and employers in Mexico today are not Mexican firms but U.S. corporations. If free trade leads to greater prosperity, why has economic inequality soared and poverty deepened in virtually every Third World country that adopted neoliberal free trade policies?
    Source(s):
    Harvest of Empire by Juan Gonzalez

    • ANSWER:
      this is nearly the exact theme of my senior thesis last year and everything you said is true. probably some neoliberal, uneducated, schmuck who shops at Walmart and works for Exxon-Mobil turned you in.

  31. QUESTION:
    Answer each question. Use details.?
    What is meant by the term "global interdependence"?

    Provide at least three examples of how countries are dependent upon each other.

    What are two advantages to trading with other countries?

    What are two disadvantages or drawbacks to trading with other countries?

    What are two objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? You may wish to explore the Nafta Secretariat.

    What is the main purpose of the the World Trade Organization (WTO) established in 1995? Visit Encarta's World Trade Organization for assistance.

    Identify five of the present Trade Topics as identified by the World Trade Organization. They may be found on the World Trade Organization site.

    Which Trade Topic from your previous answer do you feel is the most significant and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Goodness, you like to get people to do your homework for you huh?

  32. QUESTION:
    Obligation to use realtors?
    Hi. This question may likely irk realtors reading this. But am hoping to get answers from all sides.

    I recently listed my house with a local realtor. Though it may sound made-up, a week or 2 prior to contacting the realtor I called a number that was on a postcard from one of the services that offer to buy your home from you. I figured this would be a quicker process than listing / showing the house. However, because the postcard was dated the phone number was no longer active. So I proceeded with the realtor.

    Just this weekend I received an updated postcard from the same service. So I called the number and the person says they are indeed very interested in buying, would only buy directly from me at a price not including realtor's commission, else they cannot flip the house for a profit. The person informs me that I can simply terminate my listing agreement, and pay a breakage fee. Then I'm free to sell the house to him.

    Other than bad business practice, do I have a legal leg to stand on if I do break the listing agreement? Does the fact that I did attempt to contact this service prior to my listing agreement, and that it was my intent to not use a realtor at the time help?

    I am indeed committed to paying commissions to the realtor on any other buyers, but feel with this buyer the circumstances preceded my business dealing with the realtor.

    The language in the listing agreement says commission is earned / payable upon any sale of the property by seller to anyone at any price on any terms. Based on this I don't believe I have an "out" like the buying service person says. I definitely don't want to be mislead by him, so he can buy the house, only to find out I was foolish to think I can break my listing agreement that simple.

    Please advise. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not have an out. The sale will not close escrow until the agent is paid in full.

      That postcard person did inform you that they only ppay 60% of the appraisal?

  33. QUESTION:
    Important question about inkpop.com. Please help!!!!?
    I have an account on inkpop.com, and I put my book on the webiste for feedback. Inkpop is a website created and run by HarperCollins, the publishing company, where teens can post their literary work--poems, short stories, books, etc. Anyway, I read recently about "first electronic rights" and how if you want to get your book published, usually the publisher buys those. I got extremeley worried that it would be impossible for me to ever become published if i lost those to inkpop, so I removed almost all of my book, leaving only 3 chapters up. After what's been on the webiste, I have edited it, added things to it, gotten rid of things, and have changed some parts of the book. I wanted to know if, for one, inkpop.com does take away your "first electronic rights" of your book, and if I can't be published and made my book turned into an actual book that can be sold anymore. In case this helps--I hope it will--this is the disclaimer in the "Terms of use" of inkpop.com:

    We do not claim any right of ownership in any manuscripts, comments, reviews, files, images, jackets, covers, photos, or any other material that users post on the Site (‘UG Content’). By posting your UG Content on the Site, you grant HCP a non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty-free, worldwide license to publish and display your UG Content on the Site and such third-party websites we select throughout the world. Subject to such license, you will continue to retain all your intellectual property ownership rights in such UG Content and continue to have the right to use your UG Content in any way you choose. Inkpop Make Your Mark and logo design are trade marks of HCP HCP has created this Site for your personal enjoyment, entertainment and education. However, you are only authorized to access this Site or to use the materials contained in the Site (regardless of whether your access or use is intended) if you agree to abide by all applicable laws, and to these Terms of Use which constitute an Agreement between you and HCP. Please read these Terms of Use carefully and save them. If you do not agree with them, you should leave this Site immediately. Any questions or comments regarding, or problems with, this Site should be sent to the Site Administrator at feedback2@harpercollins.com. HCP reserves the right to modify or amend this Agreement without notice at any time. It is therefore important that you read this page regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes. If you become aware of misuse of this Site by any person, please contact the Site Administrator with your concerns.
    oh, actually, that's the "ownership" paragraph, not the disclaimer

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to know that as well. why don't you ask them? i see there's an e-mail address there ( feedback2@harpercollins.com)

      Just found this on inkpop:

      Can I still submit my work to agents and publishers if it is published on inkpop?
      Yes
      http://www.inkpop.com/FAQs

  34. QUESTION:
    Should we adopt Mexico's immigration polices and enforcement?
    Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

    * Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)
    * Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents. (Article 34)
    * Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)
    * The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)

    Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

    * Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
    * A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual's identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
    * A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

    Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

    * Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
    * Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses" are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

    Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

    * Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
    * Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
    * Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned.

    Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

    * "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)
    * Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
    * Foreigners who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported. (Article 126)

    Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

    * A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
    * Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

    All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico's immigration practices versus its American immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government's agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

    Let's call Mexico's bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy. Let's propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico's own law as a model.

    * 11 hours ago
    * - 4 days left to answer.

    Additional Details
    UNKNOWN- yes we do have a lot of the same laws. only difference is Mexico brutally enforce theirs. in most cases illegal immigrants in Mexico are luck if they make it to a jail cell. 60% of illegal women in Mexico are raped by Mexican government officials.

    the US doesn't need immigration reform we just need to enforce existing laws.

    11 hours ago

    • ANSWER:
      This should be point out each time those corrupt Mexican Officials criticize our laws.

      DTG

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you think Moscow , Beijing & Tehran to the free (or democratic world) ?
    According to many experts in geopolitics there is a hidden (but lately more obvious) alliance between the Russian Federation , China & Iran.I started calling them "The Three Evil Empires" because every one of this 3 countries are heirs of Russian Empire (after called Soviet Union) , Chinese Empire (which changed this name for popular Republic of China or simply China) , Iran (which changed the name of Persian Empire for Persia & then for Iran today also known as Islamic republic of Iran).

    During the '80s the USSR was called "The Evil Empire" or "Soviet Empire" by the then pres. of The USA , Ronald reagan.

    After this terms i came up with the term "The Three Evil Empires" for Russia , China , & Iran.

    No doubt they're not democratic nor they wanna help democracy & freedom but oppose them.Actually when within U.N.O. are sanctions against Iran for its Nuke program , Russia & China go always to rescue their friend Iran.So it is when there are sanctions against tyrant leaders of Sudan , Zimbabwe , Myanmar or others.

    No one of these 3 countries are free either.

    "The Three Evil empires" are not called empires anymore but they obviously are empires.They really are imperialistic since their goal is dominating the world thru A.L.B.A. in Latin America since Iran , Russia & China have several agreements (commercial , energetic , military , diplomatic) with A.L.B.A. countries.Russia said is willing to join A.L.B.A.

    So it is with the anti-western Non-Aligned countries organisation in which the very anti-Western Cuba & Iran are very influent.

    Another organisation which supports "The Three Evil Empires" is the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.This military organisation is composed by former Soviet countries.

    "The Three Evil Empires" try to bribe the West & the whole thru their resources.They are a big threat to the world."Russia , China & Iran" wanna blackmail us thru hydrocarbons & they're about to create a gas cartel OPEC like.Russia even said it wants to join OPEC.

    The mentioned organisations , Non Aligned Movement, CSTO , A.L.B.A. ...are used to tackle the West & to dominate the world , but the main & most plain anti-freedom organisation is the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (O.S.C.).This last organisation which "Iran , China & Russia" belong is the "New Warsaw Pact" or "The Eastern NATO".

    Like you can watch in this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPbr7TOzQ-s&feature=related Iran is an imperialist because wants to dominate Farshi-Persian speaker regions.They even claim Armenians & Georgians because Iran says their languages are part of Iranian branch of languages.They just were very influenced by Persian since Armenia & Georgia belonged to the Persian Empire.

    Iran is mainly Shiite Moslem that's why the imperialistic Iran wants to dominate several thru Shia minorities & radical groups in:Iraq(Muqtada Al-Sadr is supposed to be an Iranian agent which leads Al-Mahdi militia) , Lebanon (Shiite Hizbollah) , Israel-Palestine(Hammas.This one isn't Shiite but follows Iranian leaders).

    Russian imperialism is well known by everybody since Soviet times.Lately we have seen the imperialist Russia again attacking a country , Georgia , "helping Abkhazia & Ossetia" which had with "Russian citizens" like Hitler did with German citizens in Sudetenland , Czekoslovakia.

    Russia sould set Caucassian republics free since they were independent in the recent time around 1800's.These republics are the popular Chechenya , Daghestan , Ingushetia.This is a Chechenian link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBOTs7Xk8A&NR=1 This link is from the Circassians http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Of7G2eSwQ&feature=PlayList&p=8950CE89A45C806A&index=2&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL
    Russia still has troops or military stuff in Moldova , Ukraine , Tadjikistan , Armenia , Kazakhstan & Kyrgizstan & other countries.

    Russia still has a military base in Syria & is about to buid one in Lybia.

    The supposed antiimperialist "Maoist China" invaded in the '50s the Tibet.Tibet http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl2IqpSUE7Y&feature=related should be decolonized by Chinese as well as Turkestan or XiXinkiang since it was recently invaded by China(19th Century).

    China wants to dominate some way Asian South Eastern countries thru the big Han Chinese minorities there are in those countries.

    China plans building military bases in Iran , Pakistan & Ecuador.

    China thru its investments is starting dominating resources in Africa (Called for many Chinafrica because of the big Chinese influence in Africa).China has several commercial & energetic treaties with the African countries.For example China is associated with Nigeria.China as well is exclusively associated with Sudan Tyranny & Angola.

    Russia , China & Iran jail opponents , journalists ...They don't have free press & they kill or jail opponents.They try to do the same in countries of their sphere of influence which are all over the world.They don't want just to be a balla

    • ANSWER:
      They are the worst in the world.Israel , USA , UK & the rest of the West are always criticize as imperialistic but Iran , China & Russia are "The 3 Evil Empires".

  36. QUESTION:
    What's your opinion. Should I get shafted or receive mercy?
    Like many, I'm guilty of not reading the "Terms of Service Agreement" (or something like that) when I registered for a particular web based service.

    I signed up for a web based service (1 year contract for discounted service). Over time I concluded that I wasn't going to be using the service much and that I shouldn't have signed up for a years worth (I barely used the service after signing up for it)

    My plan was to just ride the contract out and not renew...my loss/my mistake in signing up in the first place.

    About a year later, I started receiving communications from the service saying my credit card was expired and to please update it and pay the amount due for ANOTHER years worth of service that apparently "auto-renewed"...and that I was already late in my payment for this service due to the expired credit card). So I'm already into a new and unwanted contract term. (The service pointed out that in their terms of service agreement I was supposed to tell them that I planned to cancel 3 months before the auto-renewal was to take place).

    Okay...I'm guilty. I didn't read the terms of service.

    That said. I didn't get my money's worth out of the first years contract. I didn't use their service/system so I didn't really cost them much if anything. The amount of times I used the service certainly would cover the costs of maintaining me on their books.

    Now the service has passed me along to a collection agency for the second years worth of service(~0 plus an additional ~0 interest.

    I communicated with the company shortly after hearing from them about a year ago to cancel my account for the second year and I've just started hearing from their collection agency about a week ago.

    Okay, legally, they probably are right. Morally? (If I pay up I'll have paid a total of about 0 for a web based screen sharing service that I used MAYBE a months worth of times.) Now I use a free service that provides much the same utility!

    Personally, I think they should have a heart and just let me go with no penalty (Since they really got their money's worth out of me during the first contract)

    Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

    Thanks Becky D.

    I'm still interested in hearing from others. I don't know whether my credit has been affected yet...I think I have 30 days to respond to the collection agency's letter...maybe I'm wrong:( If they do hit my credit report over this, any ideas to hurt them back? (I'm still trying to be fair)

    BTW: Don't you think auto-renewal contracts should at least come with a few reminders before the auto-renewal takes place? (Hi Customer, this is the first of 3 reminders that we'll be sending you this month. The purpose of these reminders is to remind you that our terms of service agreement requires that if you want to cancel service before your account auto-renews that you to cancel 3 months prior to your renewal date.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend disputing that collection, below are the steps.

  37. QUESTION:
    Libs: should we adopt Mexico's immigration laws in an effort to show respect for their culture?
    Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

    * Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)
    * Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents. (Article 34)
    * Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)
    * The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)

    Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

    * Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
    * A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual's identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
    * A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

    Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

    * Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
    * Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses" are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

    Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

    * Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
    * Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
    * Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned.

    Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

    * "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)
    * Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
    * Foreigners who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported. (Article 126)

    Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

    * A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
    * Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

    All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico's immigration practices versus its American immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government's agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

    Let's call Mexico's bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy. Let's propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico's own law as a model.

    - yes we do have a lot of the same laws. only difference is Mexico brutally enforce theirs. in most cases illegal immigrants in Mexico are lucky if they make it to a jail cell. 60% of illegal women in Mexico are raped by Mexican government officials.

    the US doesn't need immigration reform we just need to enforce existing laws.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I think that would still be a little too soft, but it's a good start.

  38. QUESTION:
    AMERICANS: DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A COMMUNIST NATION?
    WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS REPORT?

    Posted: October 11, 2009
    6:43 pm Eastern

    By Aaron Klein
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    TEL AVIV – Economic crises can be used to usher socialism into the U.S., argued President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein.

    In his 2004 book "The Second Bill of Rights," Sunstein used the precedent of the Great Depression to point out that historic economic crises "provided the most promising conditions for the emergence of socialism in the U.S."

    "With a little nudge or a slight change in emphasis, our culture could have gone, and could still go, in many different directions," wrote Sunstein in his book, which was reviewed by WND.

    Last week, WND reported Sunstein wrote in the same book the U.S. should move in the direction of socialism but the country's "white majority" opposes welfare, since such programs largely would benefit minorities, especially blacks and Hispanics.

    "The absence of a European-style social welfare state is certainly connected with the widespread perception among the white majority that the relevant programs would disproportionately benefit African Americans (and more recently Hispanics)," wrote Sunstein.

    In Sunstein's book, the Obama appointee openly argues for bringing socialism to the U.S. and even lends support to communism.

    "During the Cold War, the debate about [social welfare] guarantees took the form of pervasive disagreement between the United States and its communist adversaries. Americans emphasized the importance of civil and political liberties, above all free speech and freedom of religion, while communist nations stressed the right to a job, health care and a social minimum."

    Continued Sunstein: "I think this debate was unhelpful; it is most plausible to see the two sets of rights as mutually reinforcing, not antagonistic

    Sunstein claims the "socialist movement" did not take hold in the U.S. in part because of a "smaller and weaker political left or lack of enthusiasm for redistributive programs."

    He laments, "In a variety of ways, subtle and less subtle, public and private actions have made it most difficult for socialism to have any traction in the United States."

    Sunstein wants to spread America's wealth

    WND first reported Sunstein penned a 2007 University of Chicago Law School paper in which he debated whether America should pay "justice" to the world by entering into a compensation agreement that would be a net financial loss for the U.S. He argues it is "desirable" to redistribute America's wealth to poorer nations.

    A prominent theme throughout Sunstein's 39-page paper, entitled "Climate Change Justice" and reviewed by WND, maintains U.S. wealth should be redistributed to poorer nations. He uses terms such as "distributive justice" several times. The paper was written with fellow attorney Eric A. Posner.

    "It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid," wrote Sunstein.

    He posited: "We agree that if the United States does spend a great deal on emissions reductions as part of an international agreement, and if the agreement does give particular help to disadvantaged people, considerations of distributive justice support its action, even if better redistributive mechanisms are imaginable.

    "If the United States agrees to participate in a climate change agreement on terms that are not in the nation's interest, but that help the world as a whole, there would be no reason for complaint, certainly if such participation is more helpful to poor nations than conventional foreign-aid alternatives," he wrote.

    Sunstein maintains: "If we care about social welfare, we should approve of a situation in which a wealthy nation is willing to engage in a degree of self-sacrifice when the world benefits more than that nation loses."

    Proposed 'socialist' bill of rights

    In "The Second Bill of Rights," WND also reported, Sunstein proposed a new "bill of rights" in which he advanced the radical notion that welfare rights, including some controversial inceptions, be granted by the state. Among his mandates:

    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

    The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    The right of every family to a decent home;
    The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

    The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, acc

    • ANSWER:
      You can't be surprised. Obama in his book said he sought out the Marxist professors and radicals in college. He studied Alinski and said Frank Marshall Davis, the well known American Communist, was his mentor. The complacency of the left is appalling. They believe that he is going to save the U.S. when in fact he wishes for it's demise and is doing everything necessary to destroy our economy. Here he states in an radio interview that "The Constitution is full of negative liberties"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkpdNtTgQNM

      Since his election the attack on American industry and it's economy is unprecedented. The oil companies are evil. Then Wall Street was evil. Then the Banks and Bankers were evil. Then the car companies were evil and now the insurance companies are evil. He intends to take over these industries like he did the banks and car companies.

      His own words are that he "wants to fundamentally change America" Foundation is the root word of fundamentally.

  39. QUESTION:
    Starting my own computer virus removal business/ virus removal tools?
    So I'm thinking for some side money to start a business removing viruses from computers. I've done it for the last 5 yrs for a business but would like to try doing it on my own.

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to search for viruses without running into legal issues. I know ad-aware and AVG is free, and also, there are free trial softwares. I tried skimming through the user agreements and I don't see anything about using the free trial software, or even the freeware software addressed in terms of making a profit.

    I know "selling" a free trial software is illegal. But I'm confused as to lets say I use freeware utilities and trial versions of software to remove viruses off a clients computer.. Is there any infringements on this? Or is this generally what people do?

    Appreciate any advice, and suggestions. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      you want to charge someone for programs that are free and that they can get
      thats not a computer tech that a scum bag thief taking advanage of people that don't know about computers

      you can use free programs and install and run them to get rid of virus and you can charge them for the time it took you to do the job but not for the program.
      i use several free programs on clients computers to repair them. I just charge for my time or give them a flat rate however with a flat rate you need to know if you go over your estimated time (it take you longer to do then you though) you can't charge them extra for it unless you talk to them before. or you have to eat it and fix it . it your rep you need to worry about more then money word of mouth
      just don't do virus do computer maintaince, repairs, networking and wi fi if you know how to that is and troubleshooting.
      make several cd and flash drives with different programs on them for you to use. and make back up of them since they may get damage or used and wore out

  40. QUESTION:
    why havent the monthly payments been set up for item bought on credit?
    in january i purchased a bed using interest free payment option. bed recieved and ive still not heard anything from the credit co (black horse) regarding the payments. the credit agreement was completed fully and signed giving them permission to set up a direct debit. the agreement states payments would commence 1 month after purchase but as of yet they have not contacted me/set up a direct debit.... ok, so do i chase this up and contact them to look into it? or do i leave it and hope that the store we purchased it from made a mistake and didnt process it?
    if i have provided all the info the agreement required, is it down to them to contact me re the payments? reading the terms and conditions they dont state i have to contact them. it states they will automaticly start the direct debit... could it get to september (the end of the agreement term) then they suddenly demand the full total owed? or do i keep quiet and hopefully end up with a free bed?

    • ANSWER:
      Contact them immediately. Many "interest free" offers have stipulations that a late payment will result in interest being accrued at a really high interest rate. Doing nothing could cost you a lot of money.

  41. QUESTION:
    As an Independent, I have made my decision - McCain. Can you tell me if I am off here?
    I have given countless hours of thought to who I am going to vote for and support in this election, Rather than look at each and every political issue, I decided to look solely at qualifications, and it is telling me McCain is the better choice.

    *Chooses cabinet members -Tied. I think both are capable of selecting capable people to fill these positions in office, no clear winner here.

    *Commands all of our armies -McCain (by far). It is painfully obvious that McCain's military service, family military tradition, and politcal decisions make him the clear choice over Obama's level of experience, which is pretty much none.

    *Meets with leaders of foreign countries -McCain. I think that McCain has a much better grasp of world politics than Obama, his experience win the Senate gives him an edge over Obama.

    *Make treaties with foreign countries -McCain. Although Obama has done some excellect work in nuclear proliferation, I think McCain better represents american interests. As a Capitalist Nation, free trade agreements are vital, and McCain understands that more so than Obama.

    *Appoint judges and ambassadors -McCain. This one is probably the most subjective of the roles. I edge toward McCain because I think he understands the constitution is best served when a judicial candidate is best qualified by his ability to interpret the constitution. I think he is less likely to lean toward any particular point of view.

    *Proposes laws -McCain. I think both have some good ideas. Obama has some good ideas on energy, but if Dems think they can get rid of 401k plans and not enflame the entire country, they are NUTZ! I don't feel either is particularly better in terms of tax plans, but McCain seems more likely to CUT spending rather than ADD to it.

    *Signs bills into law and vetoes bills -Tied. Well, I think they can both use a pen :) But I think what they do in terms of proposing laws is more important as to what they will sign. I do think having a Democratic Congress paired with a Republican President is more likely to keep things in good Balance.

    *Protect the laws of the United States -Tied. I think Obama has great knowledge of law, just not sure he will protect the laws that will serve the US best. McCain's experience as senator seems to make the best case in this regard, which is also strong.

    *Pardons criminals -McCain. All politicitians have cronies that they will pardon, so no winner here. My biggest concern here is that Obama will give a pardon to everyone in Gauntanamo. I don't believe everyone there is an extreme terrorist, but they are all militant (why else would the be there?)

    *Reports to Congress once a year -Obama. This is the one catagory Obama is the clear choice. He is truely a great speaker, and sounds inspiring. Unfortunately, this is probably the least important of the categories.

    So here are my reasons for my choice, and McCain has got my vote and support. This is based on qualifications as best as I can interpret them. Let me know if you agree or disagree.

    Actually I am registered Democrat in my state, and haven't sent my form in to officially become an independant. I voted for Clinton in his second term, and was leaning toward Al Gore until he chose his vice president. So trust me, I am independant. :)
    My points are NOT slanted. The points are ones clearly defined in the Constitution, and I am looking at each and every one to decide who has an advantage if any. You might disagree, and if you do with a point, say why.
    My comments on pardoning criminals is based on the fact that there was a lot of outcry from the left regarding treatment of prisoners. Both Obama and McCain decried Abu Ghraib and rightly so, but I think Obama in his efforts to "repair" Iraq, he would grant pardons or release some potentially dangerous people for the sake of appeasing anti-war people. I was and still am for the war, Saddam had it comming.
    I don't see McCain is impulsive or erratic. I tend to see him as being proactive, which in all honestly, we could have used a lot more of before this financial mess came to be. I don't blame either Obama or McCain for the current economic state we are in, but I do believe the government didn't make the right moves to avoid it.
    Regarding Vice Presidential Candidates, I didn not factor them in because they are only Vice Presidents. Their job is to preside over the senate, and that is pretty much it. That and be a standby president, which I personally hope never happends no matter who is elected.
    Also regarding Vice Presidential Candidates... I think Joe Biden has a great wealth of experience being in the senate, and is an excellent choice. I also think Palin was a good choice based on her experience as govenor.

    I think people tend to overlook the fact that many Presidents were govenors before they were elected, including Clinton and Reagan, arguably two of the best in recent history. Although she would be president if God forbid anything happend to McCain, her primary role is to preside over the Senate, and I see no issue with her in that role.
    For the record, McCain graduated from the US Navy Academy, and also had a father who was an Admiral, this is fact. Disputing that he doesn't have "tactical skills" is a farce. EVERYONE in the US Navy Academy know TACTICS.

    • ANSWER:
      Very interesting points!

  42. QUESTION:
    Legality of inadvertently spreading child porn?
    Original question:
    I'm developing software, which is going to make it easier for people to share large files over the internet. It is not in anyway like Bittorrent except for the fact that it does rely on other users. The way it is setup, it will be very easy for user to host illegal material "such as child porn" I will have no control what so ever as to what is placed into the service. Worst of all, it will not be traceable to any particular IP address. I can't install a back door. It will violate the software's terms and agreements. I don't want websites to be able to link to content such as this, so I'm asking, Can a website be presecuted for linking to this from my service? I know in the movie industry they can simply claim freedom of information or whatever and get away with it (They didn't actually upload it, they were simply linking to it), would that work with my service for the child porn? I really hope not! I want to develop this as a service and not a problem for me. Furthermore, Can I be prosecuted for what others upload?

    Additional details: (For responses I got to the question)
    There is no way I can moderate it. There is no way it can be shut down by the police. Basically, it is a combined connection of all the computers using the software. They can't access the files in their share directory (At all) They don't have any direct access to any of the files they view or download. They simply share the files which other users upload into the service. So, basically it's a failsafe system. It's virtually impossible to moderate, b/c there is no identifiable factors in the equation.

    It works like such:
    - I upload video X to the 5 computers I'm connected to
    - Computer 2 downloads the file from all five computers through 3 computers that it's connected to
    - The file now resides on the 3 computers which computer 2 used to download the file and the 5 computers which I uploaded the file to: Making the total amount of file hosts 8 computers with the file.

    Meaning:
    - I do not have access to the file from the computer I used to upload the file
    - Computer 2 has not got direct access to the file (The 3 computers which computer 2 downloaded it from are the only ones with direct access - in their encrypted directory)

    But now, there are 8 computers which do and their users are completely unaware of what they have downloaded, b/c the files are encrypted on the user's computers.

    I took this, from the system already in use called Freenet. (Which hosts anonymous websites, based on this concept and yes, there are sites on this service, which host child porn.) Because of the way it is setup, it is impossible for the police to shut it down. It is impossible to trace who posted the site b/c the sites are hosted by everyone who has the software installed. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel, just allow people to link to files (Which are not illegal) in this service.

    Originally: This service (Freenet) was intended to help people in countries where the internet is filtered, to get news from around the world so they can't be traced for reading the news. However, child porn is also distributed by this network ;-(

    So again: My question is: If a site links to child porn from this service, can that site be prosecuted? or can they simply claim, they didn't upload it, and get away with it? Could I also get into trouble?

    I do plan on involving a lawyer in the developement of this software, but I don't want to make it easier to distribute this stuff, especially if a site can link to it and then simply get off scot free by saying "I didn't upload it, I was just sharing information"

    • ANSWER:
      If one only writes the software for distributing files of any type, then that person is not involved in spreading illegal images. Sites that host or distribute illegal files can be shut down. Charges and penalties will depend on intent, negligence, awareness, and community standards.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do I get a year free for rent?
    Ok,I have a question about my lease. Here's what it says word for word and tell me what it sounds like to you.
    By this agreement made the 1st day of August 2005 between(Landlords name), herein referred to as Lessor of the first part and(my name) herein referred to as Lessee, of the second part. Lessor leases to lessee the premises situated at (my address), in the city of(my city),county of(my county), state of pennsylvania,together with all appurtenances, for a term of 2 years to commence on August 1, 2005 and to end on July 31, 2007, at 11:59 p.m.
    1.RENT- For the term of 1 year beginning August 1,2005 to be used Residential use and no other purpose, not to be underlet or transferred. And then it says about paying the rent on time and blah blah blah. Now, does this sound like I have a lease for 2 years but only have to pay for 1 year and then have rent free for the second year? LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK>

    • ANSWER:
      No, it sounds like for 1 year your rent is the stated amount but after the first year the landlord can up the rent if he wants too.

  44. QUESTION:
    why employer let me process my work permit with my own expense and refund it later?
    -----Inline Attachment Follows-----

    Dear Successful Candidate,

    It is of utmost importance to inform you that after the screening of your Curriculum Vitae with other verification procedures we have been carrying out on your CV/Resume through online verification, Heathrow Oil Corporation were able to resolve the status of your application.

    You are appointed at Heathrow Oil Corporation based on our Interest in your Good Qualification in as stated in your CV, Interview Process is not conducted because you will Pass through A month Training program upon your arrival here before commencement of your Main Job here.

    On this note, we hereby congratulate you on the success of your application and as such we have attached to you the Offer Letter/Terms of Agreement that transcends any written document. You are therefore required to follow these procedures IMMEDIATELY so as to complete your employment formalities:

    (1)You are to contact the UK HOME OFFICE for a valid Work-Permit/Employment Authorization Document IMMEDIATELY so as to enable your work in London legally. Note that the procurement of your work-permit and visa MUST not exceed the deadline as stipulated in the offer letter as it would take four (3) Working days for the travelling agent to procure your work-permit before the United kingdom high commission. Below are the contact details of the traveling agent UK HOME OFFICE:

    UNITED KINGDOM HOME OFFICE

    28 Great Tower Street

    London UK EC3R 5AT

    Telephone: +44 (0) 703 35926090

    Free Phone: 0800 102 9113 (use within UK only)

    E-mail: visa@homeoffice-uk.net

    Email2 – ukhomeoffice@ozu.es

    CONTACT PERSON – DON HILARY MCDANIEL

    (2)If this offer is ok with you, you are required to sign the Terms of Agreement Proving your Acceptance to all terms and conditions of this offer and send back a copy to us for the preparation of your office, apartment and also for the release of your first month Advance Emolument as stated in the document attached.

    (3) Once we confirm your works and residence permit from DON HILARY MCDANIEL of the UK HOME OFFICE, which stipulates that you are ready to join the team, Our Bankers shall credit into your bank account your Airfare, first month salary and reimbursement as stated in the agreement/offer letter. We hereby once more congratulate you on the success of your application among many that have applied and thereby instruct you to expedite all requirements as aforementioned so as to be able to meet the team before the deadline. Do get back to us with developments and updates regarding the procurement of your valid work-permit.

    Note - In case you wish to come down here with your family, Heathrow Oil Corporation will be responsible for the airfare, accommodation, feeding and education expenses of your dependants till end of your contract duration with us.

    Congratulations!!!

    Best Wishes,

    Eng.Tom Morris

    Human Resource Dept.

    HEATHROW OIL CORPORATION

    Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square

    WC2N 5EJ, London UK

    Tel/Fax: +44 703 595 0756

    HR E-mail: hr@heathrowoil.net
    ReplyReply All Move...

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Mauro,
      I have read through your letter of appointment as attached and I must say it sounds a bit too good to be true. It has all the hall marks of a scam so I would recommend that you research the company further. You need to verify if the company exists and you can do this quite easily. Firstly, check on the website for the London Stock Exchange to see if the company is a listed company and if it is, then match up the companies details to that supplied in your letter. The other way is to download the white pages phone book for London and see if you can find the company that way. The other way is to go to the UK Embassy in your town/state and get them to find the company's details for you. You'll soon know if the offer is a scam.

      Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    Was I being rude? Just tired of being nice to customer service reps..?
    I had to get a refund from this 'people search' company. Info was not given as promised. I am never pushy, but this time I was. Here is my email:

    Hello!
    I am quite sure you would respond with a generic email also regarding a 'no refund policy' that I agreed to in the terms agreement. Otherwise, if your company were that considerate, you would have an actual phone number for your customers to call you straight in events like this.
    Anyhow, I would still want to give it a try. Searching for the owner of that number was the only reason for my purchase. Prior to paying for the service, the webpage from your company informed me that the information for that number was available. Sadly, it was not. Upon further research however, I found the information I needed at www.daplus.us, FREE OF CHARGE. Surely, I would not recommend your company to a colleague of mine if they ever considered to use your services. The notice that was given to me was misleading and inappropriate.
    The idea of charging a consumer close to for a service that was never rendered is downright appalling to me or any other consumer for that matter. On a personal level, whoever I am reaching on the other end of this mysterious customer rep email add, would you purchase a shampoo bottle that promised to rejuvinate your dry and frizzy hair, only to discover that it only contains water?

    Regardless of my knee jerk reaction here, I am still a tad bit hopeful that humanity has not lost its basic concept of what is 'good and evil'. I adamantly insist that I deserve a complete refund considering that service was promised,but never rendered. I would not feel too 'cheated' had I not found the information for FREE on another website. However, in this day and age of legal jargon, I would consider a high possibility of a generic response stating 'See terms and conditions'. In that case, no thanks.

    However, I TRULY HOPE YOU PROVE ME WRONG.

    Sincerely Dissapointed,
    ******
    GOT THE REFUND THOUGH! HA!

    • ANSWER:
      No, your pushiness was necessary here and it got you results. So, theres nothing wrong with that.

  46. QUESTION:
    Am I in the wrong here?
    Long story. My brother has a 9 year daugther. He and the mother spilt when she was a toddler. Bascially, the mother(which I use that term loosely) has a long history with social services for neglect with regards to all 3 children, we found out later. This woman barely looked after my niece from the day she was born to the age of 3. She claimed she had post natal depression. Not even to stop her going out drinking and picking up men behind my brothers back. Yes she was seen doing this by myself and her family and mine. Then for a while my brother had a consist battle with her. For years he now has a consistent battle to see his daugther. She won't let him see his daugther unless he gives her money, even though he's given her must sufficient funds £300 a month. She claims she can't feed and cloth her with this. Then then got a job which consisted of him working weekends. This didn't go down well with her at all. She then try and get rid of my neice to anyone who would have her, so she could be child free. We use to have her everyone, but if we turned round and said we we'ren't having her, she chat abuse down the phone, and send my mum nasty text messages. This I beleive caused my depression.

    Her family rang social services and my neice and her other children were taken off her. The other kids went to live with their dad. My neice ass they told "her" would be better with her dad, considering as well that she was bringing alsorts back to her place. Leaving my neice with teenagers she didn't know to babysit her, and sending her to school for just 6 weeks of the year. So this was an agreement not a legal one.

    Now she has the appearance that she has cleaned her act up, and has taken my neice. Now she again is wanting to dump her on anyone she can. My brother who I have helped financially and is expecting me to take his daugther on a weekend, cos she's giving him greive. He doesn't have his own place and is staying with someone, so can't have his daugther to stay, but she doesn't care and wants rid.

    The point is when I lived at home I was expected to have my neice every weekend, even though I have children of my own, and was working 2 jobs at one point. I was expected to go and pick her up as I drive and drop her off wherever her mother said, which wasn't necessary home.

    I've decided to tell my brother I'm not having my neice to stay until everything is sorted, as I don't see why i should help her out, who has never worked in her life....but SHE needs a break!

    Am I wrong? I know I'm gonna be the bad guy not matter what I do with regards to my family
    I can tell you now I won't have any back up on this. My mum will be silent on this subject, as I'm sure she thinks I should do whatever is asked. If I bring it up about when I lived at home with her, and been forced to pick her up all I get is I don't want to get into that.

    I just didn't know if it was me. If I was the one in the wrong and should just to do whatever is asked, but I think I've been a door mat!

    • ANSWER:
      People are dumping responsibility onto your back which isnt yours. They can even make you feel guilty if you dont pick up the tab. Why is this?Imagine what trouble you can get into during life, if you have to take over for everybody who fucks up and take responsibility for the world. As sad as I am for the little girl, it is not your duty to pick up the pieces for everybody else. You need to have to have the stamina to stand the strong wind that will blow against you. These are all projections because THEY should be the ones to feel guilty. They are just unloading that on you.

  47. QUESTION:
    Logo Terms and Conditions?
    I am a graphic designer and I am in the process of designing a logo for a small print company. I am designing the logo free of charge to help the company or also to add some branding work to my portfolio. As the logo is designed for free, I could like to set out a few terms and condition which they will sign prior to receiving to files.

    I want to reserve the right to to stop them from using the logo at anytime (this will only happen if I feel they are breaching the t&cs I set out)

    Set out a condition that they can not give false impression on-line and off-line that the logo is designed by themselves i.e showcasing the logo under certain sections on web such a logo design service.

    I also don't plan to give them the editable vector file... is there any type of condition I can set to stop them tracing the logo themselves.

    I'm only setting the conditions as money isn't exchanged and feel that I should have ownership over the logo. They may pay for my service in order to get the editable vector file and do as they wish after that.

    Can anybody give any advise on setting out t&c agreement and whether I do have the right to do this.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you just need to write a contract that clearly spells out all the terms of use and payments.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can I be sued if I signed a contract but didnt follow through..?
    My question involves defamation in the state of: They sent me a free bottle of a bodybuilding supplement to log and use. However, I can't work out for the next couple of months because I have no $$ for a gym pass. Can I be sued if I just don't reply to their email? This was all DONE through EMAIL and not in person.

    They are an American company, and I live in Canada.

    Would a supplement company waste their time suing me in spite of the product roughly costing and probably even less to make?

    The Contract states:

    "This LOG Agreement is entered into ____ day of ____ 2010 by and between ______

    Logger understands that this is an agreement to assist ______ in marketing ______ and as such agrees to the following terms as conditions for receiving a free bottle of _______

    *As part of this agreement, _____ wishes in the event of an issue arising from the use of _______ to have the opportunity to correct it, however, if uncorrected you are per the terms of this Agreement permitted to share your factual experiences.

    By signing this agreement you agree to strictly follow the terms and conditions herein stated"
    Should I just return the product? I'

    • ANSWER:
      breaching a contract makes you open to be sued.

  49. QUESTION:
    problem related with past terms with my unmarried boss.india.i dont want him anymore he misused meSEE DETAILS!
    SOME HOW IN HIS [WHO DID NOT WANT TO MARRY ME] INFLUENCE I AGREED 4 DOING PHONE SEX WITH HIM AFTER THAT HE STARTED INSISTING TO DO THE REAL SEX BY MEETING OUTSIDE...PERHAPS TO STOP THAT ANNOYANCE WITHOUT THINKING MUCH I SAID" YES!!"
    TO MEET OUTSIDE FOR DOING REAL SEX.AFTER THAT I REALISED I MUST NOT DO NEXT BIGGER MISTAKE IN THE PRESSURE OF PAST MISTAKE.I 'VE LEFT THAT JOB AND STOPPED ALL CONTACTS WITH HIM.YESTERDAY I READ IN NEWSPAPER THAT IF A MAN GETS CONSENT AND WILL OF A WOMAN HE CAN DO A VALID SEX.I AM SO SCARED..CAN MY BOSS USE PHONE RECORD OF OUR SXUAL TALKS AND MY AGREEMENT TO MEET SOMEWHERE FOR SEX[THAT WAS MY 1ST AND LAST MISTAKE] AS WILL AND CONSENT OF MINE? WILL HE BE FREE FROM CHARGES OF RAPE AND KIDNAPP AFTER SHOWING THAT PHONE RECORD?HE SHOWED TEMPTATIONS BUT NOT SUCH CRIMINAL INSTINCTS..WE NEVER MET OUTSIDE TILL NOW.I SHOULD'NT HAVE DONE THAT..FEELING SO GUILTY AND FEAR.. DONT KNOW HOW COME I WAS INFLUENCED BY HIM..BUT NOW I WANT TO SAVE MYSELF FROM HIM..FROM INDIA
    I DONT KNOW CONVERSATIONS WERE RECORDED OR NOT.HE NEVER SAID SO EVER AND I NEVER ASKED.BUT I WANT TO ASK IF SUPPOSE THOSE WERE RECORDED DOSE THAT ANY VALID USE FOR SHOWING CONSENT AND WILL OF A WOMAN TO GET FREE AFTER KIDNAPPING HER AND RAPING HER?
    NO PLEASE DONT MISUNDERSTAND ME... I NEVER GET ANY PROFASSIONAL ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THAT... MY PROMOTIONS WAS NOT IN HIS HANDS THAT WAS JUST MY AFFACTION SORT OF... BUT HE TRIED TO MISUSE MY AFFACTION.

    • ANSWER:
      I am from India too and let's be clear on some points:
      1. When it is said that sex is valid, if a man obtains the lady's consent, that actually means consent at that poin of time....just before you start doing sex.
      2. Doing phone sex may not be real sex but do not wash off your guilt by implying that you were not wrong. There can always be some affection, sparks or chemistry, which led you to succumb to this means...but that is a human mistake. So accept it as just that. Don't try to blame just your boss for this.
      3. In case he recorded your phone conversations, you can always claim that these were from the time when you were still in the job. Later you had some problems with this kind of relationship and that was the reason you left the job and joined another one.
      4. There is no way these phone conversations can be used to justify any kidnapping or rape of a woman, now and 20 years from now. Rape is rape. Period. So you need not be afraid of that.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why do Google and some Americans confuse "free speech" with what is obvious racism?
    in ref to:
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-google-obama25-2009nov25,0,98932.story

    This is not a simple matter of where do we draw the line on censorship. This is a matter of the distortion of rights. It's INTENTION that reveals racism, and racism is a form of violence.

    The news article says an image (manipulated to make the face of Michelle Obama look like a monkey) was posted on a blog called "Hot Girls" (may have been removed), but currently the website linked to the gross image is a forum that's ridiculously over-the-top anti-government. The thread that was supposed to have contained the image reads like it was written by a Timothy McVeigh, or maybe the person you'd see at a G8 summit riot. Big quotes from civil rights leaders and news of their assasinations, lots of talk about "globalist pigs" and the government using "psychotechnology," mind control programs, social engineering, etc. The moderators of the forum apparently removed the image because it's no longer there, but Google thinks it's appropriate to leave it up on image search, apparently in the name of freedom of speech.

    About Google blogs from the news article:
    "Rubin [Google spokesperson] said Blogger users have to adhere to the site's terms of service, including a ban on hate speech, which the agreement defines as "content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity.

    ...a determination of hate speech, under company terms, would heavily rely on whether a site was 'attacking or advocating attacks on a person.'

    'An image alone may not provide enough context to constitute a violation of the policies,' he added.

    A different website containing the same altered image of Obama was banned by Google several days ago, but only because the site was deemed to contain malware that could spread a virus or similar online malady. When a site is dropped from Google's index, the search engine will not present it as a result."

    --The spreading of a computer virus is intentionally inflicting harm, and this is the same intention with the manipulation of an African-American's face into that of a monkey. It would be sheer ignorance to not know in American culture that this image is intended to do harm. Google is allowing people to spread harm through the Internet, in support of people who don't understand what racism is. This is not simply about "freedom." It's freedom without responsibility. Even Yahoo Answers realizes you can't just let all people say whatever they want without there being consequences for what is obviously intended to be harmful!

    Why do some Americans believe that the "right" of free speech gives them the "right" to engage in a form of violence and racism and cause obvious harm? Do they just think there's no such thing as racism?
    Dan: Racism is not making fun of the "Hill Billie." Do you understand what racism is? It's a form of violence against African Americans. It's not INTENDED to be funny, it is intended to inflict harm.
    FleetTech: You're suggesting racism shouldn't be disturbing in a culture that so values freedom? Absolutely wrong. Racism is just as wrong as any inflicted harm.

    • ANSWER:
      In a free society you have to take the good with the bad.
      One must also realize that what offends one person may not offend another.
      To impose censorship is flat out wrong and the beginning of the end for the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of ht eUnited States of America.
      I may not agree with someones opinion, choice of jokes, etc, but I respect their right to express their opinion.
      Time to go re-read some history books and see what happened when peoples freedoms were taken away from them.
      God Bless America


Flare Up Of Lupus Symptoms

Many women of young age group get affected by lupus. For quite a long period of time, there is a belief that if these kinds of women get pregnant they will be having salutary abortions. But now this version is completely wrong. Studies reveal that more than 50 percent of the pregnancies with lupus are normal completely, 25 percent of the women deliver the babies with normal conditions prematurely and another 25 percent reports fatal loss because of the instant abortion or the bereavement of the baby.

Nevertheless, pregnancy with lupus is difficult and is considered as serious risk. Pregnant ladies with lupus should always be monitored by the obstetricians who are well versed with the pregnancies with the high risk along with the primary physician of the women. It is also very vital to plan the delivery in a hospital that has got the units fully versed with the premature babies.

In spite of the old facts that the lupus flares are very general during pregnancy, studies reveal that this is not true and it may occur very rarely. Rather, around 15 percent of the lupus patients will gain some improvement in the symptoms of lupus during the pregnancy. It is a known fact that the flares will come during the first or the second trimester or during the period of two months after the period of delivery. These flares indicate some of the symptoms like rashes, fatigue and arthritis. It is also shown that the platelets counts will get decreased during the pregnancy for more than 33 percent of the lupus patients. Around 20 percent of the women will have an augment or new arrival of protein in the urine.
Swelling may be caused to the pregnant ladies due to accumulation of fluid in the joints and in particular in the knees. This may propose for an increase in the swelling because of the lupus which is a usual thing during the pregnancy. Many of the pregnant ladies also experience fresh growth of hair and after delivery will experience more loss of hair. It may also be a symptom of lupus, which also may occur during the usual pregnancy. The important thing that has to be done is to differentiate the lupus flare symptoms from the change in the normal body during the pregnancy.

Many of the women are not sure about the correct time to become pregnant. It is very vital that those women who would like to get pregnant should be healthy so that the baby will not have much problems and also little concerns. Some of the rules like drinking or smoking, eating well and taking medications at proper times as given by the doctor should be followed and the pregnant woman has to visit the doctor periodically.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like a Lupus flare up?
    My mother has lupus and for years it's been kind of at the back of my mind that I do as well. Since having my daughter I'd say the symptoms I've been having since I was 15 have increased dramatically.

    This weekend I thought I was getting a cold but instead I woke up in so much pain that I could barely move. I couldn't stand any position because my hips, pelvis and spine was in agonising pain.
    I was dizzy, and confused. My stomach hurt and I ended up throwing up. I had a very high fever. I started shaking too. I had a severe headache .. and even the glands in my throat swelled up so that my mouth ached.

    I also get random rashes or hives, I have asthma arthritis and a few other problems. I would normally think that it was a bad case of the flu but no one else has been or is sick. Another thing is I got deathly ill after the birth of my daughter - my blood pressure sky rocketed and I swelled up... when the opposite should have happened.

    I have had some testing for Lupus but it's never been 100% proven. I've got a posetive and a negative test so...

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible. You need to see a rheumatologist. You should be tested quite regularly because your mother has it. It sounds like something is going on and it needs to be taken seriously.

      Good luck!.

      ....

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have discoid lupus and is pregnant?What are your symptoms? How do you deal with them?
    I am about 9 weeks pregnant and I cannot take my medication to help prevent the rash. Every day about 2 hours after I wake up I get a flare up on my hands, arms, legs, ankels, neck and chest and they seeming to get worse. Is this normal? I can't get into my dermatologist for 2 weeks and none of my other doctors will touch the lupus issue. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Call the dermatologist back and be very firm about getting in earlier. If they gatekeepers still refuse, ask to have the doctor call you that day. If that does not work, call your rheumatologist.

      Personally, I would look for another dermatologist ASAP. Lupus patients need to be able to see their doctors within a reasonable time when there is a problem Two weeks is not reasonable. It is most likely the receptionist who is the obstacle. Asking the doctor to call you should by pass him or her. Don't bother telling her your whole story. You can also fax the doctor explaining your symptoms clearly and asking him or her to call you ASAP. You can also call after hours and get the doctor's service and leave a message with them if you think your other approaches are not getting through to the doctor.

      You might also call your ob/gyn and ask if over the counter cortison cream is permissible during pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy the doctors who treat your lupus and your obstretician should be working hand in hand. You will be the one who has to make that happen.

  3. QUESTION:
    Lupus sufferers pls help ?
    I have had a couple of ppl ask me " Are you sure you might not have lupus ? " Now I am wondering if what i am sick with isn't a lupus flare up . Here are my symptoms

    I have a sore in my nose
    Get sores on my legs that don't heal for months and look like shaving bumps or ingrown hairs .
    very sore joints
    ears and throat are sore
    extremely tired
    bruising easily
    having some edema here and there
    sometimes feel like as if my soul is very far away yet my body is here .

    If this does represent a lupus flare up what type of doctor do i go to get tested for Lupus ?

    Also how lung is the life span of a lupus patient ?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, those symptoms can be from many different things. But your regular doctor can check you for lupus. Its a simple blood test. Also one of the other things to look for is a red rash on the face, that looks like a butterfly that covers the bridge of the nose and cheeks, its very common with lupus. And the life span depends on what organ involvement you have. There are things you can do to avoid flairs if it is lupus, like avoiding the sun. Also eating right and exercise can help, the better shape you are in, the better you will feel.

  4. QUESTION:
    Would anyone like to share their experiences about Lupus as it can affect any of us?
    Lupus or SLE is an autoimmune disease which affect millions of people around the globe. People have got different approaches when the symptoms flare up. It brings fatigue, pain, rashes or discomfort. Would be good to hear from sufferers

    • ANSWER:
      Not only can Lupus cause the more common symptoms mentioned, but it also causes the body to turn on itself. When my wife was diagnosed with Lupus at 23 yrs old, it attacked her kidneys and turned 70% of them to scar tissue. Prednisone was used to treat it and that caused AVN, osteoperosis, osteoarthritis and a whole bunch of other stuff.

      Now, at the age of 34, my wife has recently spent 2 weeks in ICU after the Lupus attacked her brain and sent her entire body chemistry out of whack. This condition is referred to as Lupus Cerebritis, or CNS Vasculitis. In her case, due to all of the complications connected to it, is was nearly fatal for her.

      As doctors know little about it, when compared to other more common conditions, it makes Lupus more difficult to diagnose and treat. There is still much research and experimentation ongoing relating to Lupus.

      Just my 2 cents for you...

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you have Lupus? Is red flare ups around your eyes (itchy) a symptom?
    Thanks

    PS Eye doctors are baffled as every ointment they have tried did not work

    A DR is in the process of testing my ANA

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes i have lupus I have had puffy around the eyes i am black so its not red anytime anything itches or swells use benadryl it might knock you out and make you sleep 2 hours but it well control the swelling. good luck with your lupus i know its rough

  6. QUESTION:
    Can lupus be mistaken for..?
    Another disease? All of my symptoms that I have had match up perfectly to the symptoms of lupus. But my blood tests for lupus came back negative. And My regular blood test came back perfectly fine.

    I have been going through the same thing (extreme fatigue, exhausted muscles, not being able to concentrate, sensitivity to sun and also a fever today) for almost 5 weeks. And It closely resembles flare ups because the symptoms come and then leave for up to a week.

    What other disease could be affecting me?

    • ANSWER:
      LS is correct, there are many things that are similar to Lupus. But keep in mind that you can still have Lupus with negative blood tests. It's called sero-negative Lupus. It basically means that you have the illness, but your tests are normal. It's not common, but it happens. And just because you're negative now, doesn't mean you'll be negative in 2 months time. Also, a lot of the blood work depends on the lab that it's done it and the doctors interpretation of the results.

      Here's the diagnostic criteria for Lupus-

      The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has developed clinical and laboratory criteria to help physicians diagnose and classify lupus. If you have 4 of the 11 criteria at one time or individually over time, you probably have lupus. Your doctor may also consider the diagnosis of lupus even if you have fewer than four of these signs and symptoms. The criteria identified by the ACR include:

      * Face rash, which doctors call a malar rash, that is butterfly shaped and covers the bridge of the nose and spreads across the cheeks
      * Scaly rash, called a discoid rash, which appears as raised, scaly patches
      * Sun-related rash, which appears after exposure to sunlight
      * Mouth sores, which are usually painless
      * Joint pain and swelling that occurs in two or more joints
      * Swelling of the linings around the lungs or the heart
      * Kidney disease
      * A neurological disorder, such as seizures or psychosis
      * Low blood counts, such as low red blood count, low platelet count (thrombocytopenia), or a low white cell count (leukopenia)
      * Positive antinuclear antibody tests, which indicate that you may have an autoimmune disease
      * Other positive blood tests that may indicate an autoimmune disease, such as a positive double-stranded anti-DNA test, positive anti-Sm test, positive anti-phospholipid antibody test or false-positive syphilis test

      So usually you'd need 4 or more of these symptoms. So you could easily have 4 or more without any positive blood tests.

      But there are other conditions that are similar to Lupus. Here's a massive list- http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/systemic-lupus-000523.htm But you can probably dismiss most of those.

      I'd suggest looking into Mixed/Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis (however if your blood tests have come back normal, this is unlikely). More likely you might have Fibromyalgia. The symptoms for Fibromyalgia and Lupus are very similar.

      Who have you seen about these symptoms? And who ordered the blood tests? If you're just seeing your GP or regular doctor, you need to see a rheumatologist. They deal with rheumatic/arthritic conditions. A rheumatologist will order the blood tests and other tests that need to be done. They can look at your symptoms more closely and make a better call. They can also prescribe more specialized drugs. A rheumatologist also diagnoses Fibromyalgia, Lupus and many of those other conditions on that site.

      Good luck. I hope this has helped. Remember to get your blood test routinely checked and don't give up until you're satisfied with your doctor and their recommendations.

      ....

  7. QUESTION:
    Lupus flare and rash from sun on neck and chest pain?
    I am 15 years old (female), and without a doubt have Lupus. My doctor is slow in diagnosing, which is understandable, but he keeps telling me things are wrong with me other than Lupus, that really aren't, he keeps giving medicine to treat my "illnesses," and they don't work because he's obviously wrong. I have been on all kinds of medications for various things, except for Lupus! He is holding off on lab. tests (which is pissing me off!) and is starting to have attitude with me...I think he thinks its all in my head even though I have all symptoms, genetic history of Lupus, and even his resident is trying to speed things up because she knows I should be tested and diagnosed (I am sick and do not want to live like this any longer). I told him I am missing school because the teachers are sending me home for being too sickly to be in school, and I'm in college level courses, and the school is demanding I get a tutor. I am not going to go over all my symptoms, I do want to know 2 things...
    How can I get my doctor to speed things up and to make him understand I am seriously sick and need immediate attention?

    And more importantly...I was just outside in the sun (it's about 75º in New York) for only 8 or more minutes trying to get my puppy's to come inside...When I came in, as usual during a flare, I got a rash over my chest and part of my neck. A little while later I got severe chest pain, which makes it hard to take deep breaths, and strikes pain when moving (bending)...I get this chest pain randomly, but is there a connection with this pain and the sun and/or the sun rash? If so, what and what does it mean!?

    • ANSWER:
      First let me tell you I'm sorry you're having so much trouble. It took 4 years for me to get the correct diagnosis because of the exact thing you are going through, doc's don't listen. I have had Lupus for 7 years. My advice is to first find another doctor, at a teaching or university hospital if possible. Second, yes it sounds like lupus. The chest pain is probably from something called costochondritis, which is a swelling or inflammation of the cartilage that connects the breastbone ( sternum) to the ribs. It is very common in lupus. Sometimes it can even seem like a heart attack it hurts so bad. The best treatment is to haet a wet wash cloth in the mircowave for 30 sec and then lay it on the breast bone. Repeat as needed. That and Tylenol often help it. For more info on Lupus contact the Lupus Society there in New York. Good Luck

  8. QUESTION:
    Is this enough reason to be checked for Lupus?
    I am in my early 20s. In June 09 I had a blister on my thumb, that became infected after going into the ocean. A red line traveled up my arm so I went to the ER and received an IV antibiotic for a possible Strep infection (Cellulitus). I was also prescribed an antibiotic to take for a week. This resolved the problem. However, immediately after being off the antibiotic I developed jock itch (yeast) which I found is common after discontinued use of an antibiotic. I treated that with cream and rid myself of it completely. About 2 weeks later I developed hives. Now I have had theses hives since August. So for about 3 months now. They are mostly on my belly, less on my chest, even less on my arms. The hives are white in color, and only the size of mosquito bites, but seem to flare up slightly and turn red the day after heavy drinking. Which I've done twice since their first appearance, and have observed the flare up both times. Lupus, Thyroid Disease, or is this probably just chronic hives from some other source such as alcohol, or yeast? At what point and to what extent should I address this? I've had no other symptoms of Lupus except for the hives which I've read is rare. It is just the recent strep/blood infection and hives combo I've had that worries me into thinking this may be worth spending the money on a lupus test.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you bring on an arthritic flare up?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask theswelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks
    FTS- yeah tell me about it! My GP consulted with a rheumatologist about me going on the Prednisone. I was just going and I was told! My new GP (I moved cities) know this rheumatologist and said that she obviously hates her job and takes it out on her patients. I've had a lot of blood tests done, like heaps! I'm not expecting to get all the results for another few weeks. The rheumatologist told me to take the ibuprofen (it's Brufen slow release 800mg, same drug I know, but the rheumatologist got angry when I called it ibuprofen!)
    Thanks.. I guess I'll just have to put up with this...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why the Rheumatologist would get mad at you for taking the prednisone which was prescribed to you by your GP. That was not your fault. However, you do need to be tested for the possible causes of your illness. Just to be sure, call her office and ask if it's alright for you to take the Ibuprofen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammaotry. In all likelihood, you may need steroids as part of your treatment after the results of your tests are in. Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Your Lupus Experience?
    Just diagnosed with lupus (dsDNA antibody was positive) but I have to wait a few weeks before the rheumatologist can see me and my primary care doc isn't exactly full of information. So I'm curious about your personal experience with lupus. I know everyone is different, but what has it been like for you?

    1. How long do your flare-ups last and how long do you usually go between flare-ups?
    2. What are your symptoms during flare-ups and how severe are they for you?
    3. Do you have any symptoms at all between flare-ups?
    4. Does your doctor have you on a special diet and/or exercise routine?
    5. Has your lupus affected any of your organs or other systems? Please tell me about that.
    6. Are you on meds? What has that been like for you?
    7. How do you cope and go about your life (work, family, etc.) during flare-ups?
    8. Does your lupus prevent you from doing anything?
    9. How do you deal with the poor memory/concentration and "lupus fog?" Does that improve when flare-ups are over or will they always be there?
    10. What is yor immune system like...do you get other colds, flu, etc. very easily?

    Any additional information you have about your experience would be really helpful. I know about all the informative websites, but they don't tell me anything about a person's personal experience with it.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I actually created a Yahoo! account just to answer your question. :)

      1.) My flare-up lasted about 2 months, but I have only had one. It was before and a little after I was diagnosed, which was about a year ago.

      2.) Severe pain in wrists and fingers (my lupus triggers arthritis), fatigue, head aches, nausea, and dizziness.

      3.) I did at first, but my medications are sorted out now, so I have no symptoms at the moment.

      4.) No, although exercise is recommended for lupus. It sounds crazy, but I feel so much better after a work out.

      5.) Yes; I have nephritis, arthritis, anemia, and Raynaud's syndrome. Lupus affects everyone different, though.

      6.) It was hell at first! I was on a very high dosage of steroids, but now it is a lot lower. I take Prednisone, Cellcept, Omeprazole, Hydroxychlor, a multivitamin, and a Calcium supplement. The side affects were bad at first, but that was only because they had me on a high dose to stabalise me.

      7.) I have an IEP for school if needed. Family is supportive. :)

      8.) It affected my fine motor skills before I was on medication. Now, it doesn't affect me much.

      9.) (haven't experienced that)

      10.) Stay away from sick people. My immune system has been ok for the most part, but when you do get sick, it's 10 X worse than normal.

      Additional info:

      A good mental attitude is key. Surround yourselves with loved ones, and don't let yourself feel down! Get involved with the Lupus Foundation. Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone taking CellCept? If so, how long did you take it and what symptoms did you have?
    SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY. THANKS!

    Hi, I was diagnosed with lupus almost 2 years ago after over 11 years of dealing with various symptoms and flares and kidney disease. Right now I am only taking 1/2 a 250 mg chloroquine tablet once a day but I still have pain and fatigue and my sed rate is going up slowly, which it does during seasonal changes. My doctor wants me to start chemo or steroids, which scares the crap out of me. I saw online that there is something called CellCept that may work to reduce lupus symptoms that may have more tolerable symptoms than chemo, but I don't want to jump into anything. Can someone who has lupus who has or is using CellCept tell me if it works, how long it works, if you experienced any really bad side effects and if so did you recover? And did the lupus come back? Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife has been taking cellcept for her Lupus for the last two and a half years with little side effects. She was a little sick to her stomach at first but now it really doesn't affect her. It has done wonders for her Lupus flare ups though. She hasn't had kidney involvement since being on the drug and she is only taking 5 mg of prednisone right now. She also has antiocardiolipid syndrome and takes coumadin to thin her blood. If you have any more questions or would like some more detailed info please feel free to email me

  12. QUESTION:
    need some help understanding MS? How often are the flare ups and how does it get diagnosed?
    I had an MRI done early February due to neck and arm pain. That was of the brain and showed no lesions. Since that MRI ..I had a major flare of pain all over and all kinds of symptoms that go along with MS. My vision got blurry and nlood pressure raised. I was a real mess. I was told by the neurologist that since that MRI was negative there is no chance I have MS. I had those symptoms for a few weeks and now I am better. It's really weird how it all went away. Except for the vision part...I still have blurry and distorted vision. Flourescent light drives me nuts!

    I am quite concerned as to whether the neurologist could be wrong. I was also told it could possibly be lupus but all the blood work came back negative.

    I'm wondering if some of you might be able to help me and guide me in a direction. I am seeing a rheumatologist tomorrow but not sure that's the right doctor to see. What other tests need to be done and who orders them?

    • ANSWER:
      EXCELLENT QUESTION!!

      There are basically 2 "OBJECTIVE" tests commonly used to diagnose MS: the MRI, and the Spinal Tap.

      There are, however, many other neurological tests used to document the SYMPTOMS of MS. So, it is important to document your various symptoms, because that can help your doctor(s) determine if what you have is MS or any number of other SIMILAR autoimmund diseases.

      As "disabilitylady" I speak from experience and expertise as someone who has been successfully managing the myriad symptoms of MS for over 45 years.

      An excellent resource about MS and other autoimmune diseasess is the "virtual village" link at: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com

      Check out the Message Boards link; I'm the Moderator for the MS Forum, where you'll find lots of info about MS, including a link to what the basic MS diagnostic tools are. Also, check out the other disease-specific info in other Forums.

      Now, some basic info about MS:

      1) MS is an autoimmune disease where one's own immune system attacks the mylin sheath of the nerves, causing resulting "symptoms" in the part of the body "serviced" by those nerves.

      2) There are 4 basic types of MS. The first 2 are what most people have, and is called Relapsing/Remitting (R/R) MS - in either the benign or more aggressive state. In this type of MS, the person will have what are called "exacerbations" - read attacks - and then be "ok" for extended periods of time. In most cases, an MRI and/or a spinal tap will show the lesions on the brain or spinal column; then, the doctors can aggressively treat the symptoms with medications like steriods and what we call the "ABC drugs" (Avonex, Beteserone, and Copaxine). The ABC drugs are shots of what is basically interferon.

      If caught early enough, these medical interventions have shown EXCELLENT progress in stopping the rate of progress of this disease.

      Interestingly enough, many people can experience one or two exacerbations and then go for decades with none!!!

      3) The last two types are more difficult: primary progressive (PP) and secondary progressive. In secondary progressive (SP), you have people like me who started out with R/R, and then "progressed" into SP.

      In the case of PP or SP, the exacerbations are frequent, and become actual symptoms that do not go into remission like they did in R/R. Symptoms are like your friend's problems with sight and hearing.

      The ABC drugs and some others are being used to treat the PP type of MS; there are no current effective treatments to "stop the progression" of SP; we can only "manage the symptoms".

      For more information about the specific symptoms of MS, you can use any Internet search engine and plug in the words MS symptoms. You'll find TONS of information.

      For information from someone who has the disease, please check out my website: http://www.disabilitykey.com. I have 2 blogs there, each containing tons of information. AND, I'm an expert on applying for, and attaining disability insurances!! It is my passion and mission to assist others with disabilities.

      So, bottomline, sstart journaling your symtoms to share with your drs. Check out the references I've provided to you. Ask me further questions by clicking onto my Yahoo name!!

      Best of luck!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like Lupus to you?
    I am autoimmune (hashi's) and was recently DX with fibromyalgia and am being referred to a Rheumatologist for further testing. Whatever it is, it's getting worse. I went to an Endo and he definitely thinks my symptoms are too severe to be caused by thyroid or fibromyalgia.

    I have moderate aches and pains all over constantly. But i have "flare-ups" that last up to 6 weeks, during those times i have pain in my hips, thighs, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, neck.. extreme stiffness that never goes away and turns into severe pain by nightfall. I have GI problems constantly, every other day i am constipated and diarrhea always follows. I have been living on OTC heartburn meds! I have been suffering from infertility for over 3 years. During flare-ups the pain is so bad i have to call out of work, it literally feels like my legs are going to pop out of the sockets, i can't walk straight. My shoulders hurt so bad i can't lift anything, and most of all i have weakness in hips and shoulders/arms. I shake real bad if i try to lift anything over 10lbs so i ask for help. I call out of work because i can't walk straight. I am only 25 and sometimes im in so much pain.. RA runs in my family but i don't get any redness or swelling of my joints. My lower back has hurt all week and ive been taking muscle relaxer and applying heat to the area, but it seems to have gotten worse overnight. I can't bend over today.
    I could go on and on and on with symptoms.. but I really think in the end i will end up with Lupus. Do you think that is what it sounds like??

    • ANSWER:
      Since you already have one autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) and some believe fibromyalgia to also be autoimmune, the chances that you will have additional autoimmune conditions is higher than for a healthy person.

      The symptoms you describe could be caused by a host of things. You need to make an appointment with a rheumatologist. No one can give you a reliable answer here.

      www.rheumatology.org is a good place to start looking for one.

  14. QUESTION:
    "Lupus-like" symptoms with a negative ANA?
    Over these past five weeks, I have been experiencing migratory joint and muscle pain in my knees, arms, back, hips, stomach muscles, shoulder, neck, wrists and fingers. No inflammation. The joints seem to crack a lot. No fever, fatigue, rash, etc. I've tested negative for everything, including an ANA. The things is, there are only so many things that my symptoms qualify for but, just before these symptoms, I was quite stressed over my job. My doctor thinks it is a viral infection, that typically clears itself up after six to eight weeks. I've discounted so many other disorders (from symptoms and tests) but am still wary of lupus. I know that ANA results can fluctuate and that it's possible for an ANA-positive person to test negative, from time to time, but I am wondering what the odds are of testing negative during (what would be considered) a "flare". My doctor says I should move on from my fear of lupus, as a result of my tests, age, race, and gender. I am a twenty-one year old caucasian male (from Canada) with no family history and, from what statistics I've gathered, there are only about 1,000 or so adult white males, with SLE, in this country and that an estimated eighty percent of them experienced onset over the age of forty. Also, only half of SLE patients claim muscle/joint pain as an initial symptom. Combine this with my test results and you'd think I would be breathing a sigh of relief. No such luck. Am I worrying over nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Dr. is partially right most of the time Lupus affects women, but men do become afflicted with Lupus. Where I'd have to disagree with your Dr. is that it usually takes many ANA test over several years and lots of grief and many negative test before Lupus is diagnosed. It took Dr.s 8yrs before they finally diagnosed my mom with Lupus, and after years of worrying what was wrong with her and why the Dr.'s couldn't figure it out...It was almost a relief for her to know she was not crazy or a hypochondriac!
      FYI
      I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis since I was 12yrs old and I too have joint pain.... Acupuncture has been the key to me living pain free.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like lupus?
    I don't know much about lupus, but I've been wondering if my mysterious symptoms could be related to it. (I have a doctor's appointment in a week, when I will talk to her about it). But for now I just want an idea to prepare myself.

    Here are my symptoms:
    -extreme sensitivity to light (can't even open my eyes and look straight ahead when it's sunny out)
    -feet and ankles go through flare-ups where they get so swollen I can't even move my toes or ankles
    -my joints get sore very easily
    -occasionally I have a flare-up where a random joint will swell for a couple of days then return to normal, for no apparent reason (has happened to ankle, finger, elbow, even my eye).
    -cold water and cold air hurt my joints so bad that it makes me cry in pain
    -I get mouth ulcers a lot
    -I get sick a lot (fevers and sore throats)
    -I have high blood pressure
    -I am anemic (iron levels almost nonexistent)
    -I have bad anxiety
    -I get chest pains
    -I am often short of breath very easily (although I have a slim build and am in shape!)

    I have been tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis but it was negative. My doctor has not put my symptoms to lupus yet but I am going to ask her about it. What do you think?
    Oh and I never have any energy, I am exhausted even after sleeping for ten hours, but this could just be related to my anemia.
    And very dry scaly skin, especially on my legs.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    people who have lupus, when they get skin discoloration in the toes, is the discoloration white?
    i heard is one of the symptoms, are the toes always pale white and cold during a flare up? can someone who experienced the symptom decribe...? : ) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with lupus 6 years ago and I usually have a paleness in my skin and my nail beds are usually white. However with iron supplements the colour usually returns. This can also be caused from the fact that I'm anaemic as well

  17. QUESTION:
    Dr's and Nurses Please give advice on what specialist my daughter should see?
    Back in February, my 16 y/o daughter became ill with what we thought was the flu, then began thinking mono. All tests came back negative; both quick tests and regular blood tests. The symptoms persisted for three full weeks, then subsided, would come back for a week, subside and so on.
    We thought we were in the clear but she started up again a few days ago and had to go back to the doctor today. He is puzzled, I am puzzled and I need some idea of what type of specialist she should see. At first he said a Rheumatologist...I told him that I will go wherever he feels we need to go but please consider that if you go to a specialist like that, they will look only for that one thing (he was saying possible JRA)...but now that I think about it, I wonder if he was THINKING more along the lines of lupus and just didn't want to say that in front of her. Her lab work was coming back at first showing something viral, then he did a follow up with ANA & Sed rate, etc. She was not having a flare up at that time and all came back ok.
    Here are a list of her symptoms....
    Fatigue (she is an athlete and can't even play sports right now, some days she can barely get out of bed)
    Headaches
    Sore throat
    Joint pain
    She does have a "butterfly rash"..sort of..it's more of a flushing on her cheeks--not raised at all --but only during flare up
    RBC's in her urine

    She is on Adderall for ADD (which should hype her up but she is STILL fatigued).
    So, need to know two things
    1. What type of specialist should I take her to?
    2. Can ANA & Sed rate change if the dx is lupus and she is having a flare up of symptoms?

    I am at the end of my rope here. If I just knew what I was dealing with, I could deal with it...it's the not knowing.

    Oh...btw....in December, she suffered a pretty bad concussion. Had CT scan of her head which came back fine, no bleed. I have no idea if that could have any bearing on her present condition or if it's just an unlucky coincidence. At that time, she was fine, she fell from about 2-3 feet in the air onto her head, neck and shoulder. She seemed ok at first but the athletic director wanted me to get her checked out. By the time we got to the doctor, she couldn't remember anything and stayed confused for several days.

    Thanks so much for any advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      You may have read this already or it may point you in the right direction, Idk. It basically explains that young athletes that have had a mild concussion and are exposed to further trauma before the brain has time to heal could sustain more serious longterm problems. These are findings from the University of Pittsburgh's Sports Medicine Center. If you contact them they may have some advice for you on where to take your daughter.

      Here is a link to the article

      http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/head/a/aa020103a.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    So about two years ago i was diagnosed with lupus..?
    And i took medication for it, and it got better. I know that it never truly goes away.. that I have the disease for life, but it hasn't flared up in a while. However, the first symptom I got of lupus was the butterfly rash across my cheeks and nose, and that has never gone away. Is there any way I can get rid of it? I look really awkward with the rash across my face =/
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Good advice Linda,

      Have you seen your dermatologist lately. There is new research into treatments for the Malar rash (butterfly rash) associtated with lupus. I am not sure whether they are on the market yet.

      This type of rash is photo sensitive which means that ultraviolet light makes it worse. So take remember to wear good sun screen.

      I hope you are able to find some answers soon. Lupus is a little understood medical condition but advancement in treatments are happening every year.

      Rusty
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/lupus/index.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    Please Help Me! I've Had An Itchy Rash That Has Lasted Four Months. Lupus Rash?
    I've had a rash that started on my upper back that appeared after tanning one night. I've tanned before and never had this happen so I didn't think it could be the tanning bed. Well I continued to tan and the rash begin to spread to my chest and then down my arms and on top of my hands. Then it spread over my cheekbones and over the bridge of my nose. It only appears in sun exposed areas. It's stings, and itches and feels like it has a fever. It's dry, scaly and shiny looking. I've spoken to several doctors and they all blame the tanning bed even though it's been several weeks since I've been in one. When I get into the sun or around heat it seems to flare up more. From the pictures I've seen on the internet it resembles the lupus rash, especially the one on my face. I've had almost every symptom of lupus with other problems I've had but it seems like lupus rashes are not itchy nor do they have fever like mine. I'm a white female and I'm 28 years old. I'm also starting to see white spots all over my skin where the rash is present, like sun spots. I've tried-benadryl, hydrocortisone, bactriban, neosporin, nystatin, and various other anti-histammines etc. nothing relieves the itch or burn. This is driving me mad and becoming very bothersome. If anyone could please help me I would appreciate dearly. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      YOU NEED A DOCTOR NOT AN ONLINE BLOG..

      GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO TO THE DOCTOR.!!!!

      TOO MANY PEOPLE MISDIAGNOSE THEMSELVES BY USING ONLINE SITES ONLY TO MAKE A BAD MEDICAL PROBLEM 1000% WORSE..

  20. QUESTION:
    How to bring on a flare of arthritis?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask the swelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The rheumatologist had no business yelling at you. You were following your doctors orders. Lupus is a tricky disease to diagnose because there are no definitive tests for it. History, symptoms, tests AND process of elimination are all part of the diagnosis. Ibuprofen works differently than prednisone. You might want to stop it a day before you go in to the doctor. Prednisone has a longer lasting effect because it reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune system as well.

  21. QUESTION:
    Mild lupus, but when it acts up...what am I doing wrong?
    I try to eat right, I exercise, take Plaquenil, etc. My lupus is "mild" type, but I always have something "going on."

    I had been doing fairly well, and then I get the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis with red swollen joints and rheumatoid nodules. My face feels like it is burning on cheeks and there are lots of tiny red broken capillaries on my face. It is taking more and more Dermablend cover-up makeup to cover up my red marks.

    I am feeling frustrated as it always seems like I deal with one symptom after another and wonder what I am doing wrong. If you are a lupus patient, is there anything you know that triggers your flares?

    I know, I know...it could be worse, but if I listed all the symptoms I have had within the last 3 years, it would be a long list...
    Yes, I take steroids when I have a flare. My docs are great, BUT I didn't know Lupus was progressive. Now I will have some good questions to ask next visit.

    • ANSWER:
      First off there is no such thing as 'mild' Lupus. You either have SLE or you don't. SLE is a progressive disease meaning that the signs and symptoms get progressively worse over time. Since you seem to be having more symptoms I would say that this is cause for concern that your Lupus is flaring and that you may need steroids to help calm the flare. Are you being seen by a rheumatologist? Have you called them and told them about your increase in symptoms? This is very important as stopping a flare quickly can help prevent further damage to organs such as the kidneys. Do not be so quick to dismiss your lupus as 'mild'. I'm sure you've heard this from a medical professional somewhere down the line and they were completely wrong to tell you this. Good Luck to you

  22. QUESTION:
    Lupus? Recreational drugs/ drinking okay?
    I was diagnosed w/ SLE last year... Recently I've noticed that my symptoms have been flaring up.
    I've seen online that Marijuana use can help with the pain symptoms, but I'm unsure if usage could actually cause these flareups. I've noticed that after a night of drinking, etc. my SLE symptoms have seemed worse.
    I am just wondering if anyone has seen any Medical research regarding this? Either way would be apreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What drugs are recreational?If you have lupus I wouldn't mess around with drinking or any kind of drugs,aren't you tired enough?I think trying to take the best care of yourself possible,eating right,getting plenty of rest,taking a little walk when your up to it,will far outweigh the benefits you may get from using marijuana.You yourself said that after a night of drinking etc that your SLE symptoms seemed worse.I don't know what kind of pain your in but personally Marijuana has done nothing for me except made me stupid , extremely paranoid,ravenously hungry and tired,but every ones different,it may be just the opposite for you.Try to do what is most suitable for your body and your mind,in turn you will have some peace of mind.

  23. QUESTION:
    Having lupus and pregnancy?
    A little background info... i have got mild lupus SLE, was diagnosed very young and also have heamachromatosis.The only symptoms i get are lethargic, muscle cramps, and if i dont eat healthy and stay active then i feel just unwell.

    We are thinking about a baby within the next 2 years but i want to know with my condition are there any things i should be aware of, or anything i should keep an eye out for?

    Does anyone out there have lupus and had children..? what were your experiences? Did you have a flare up while pregnant? Did you have a natural birth or c-section?

    Any info would be great!

    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Hello' please check with your doctor and ask all the question and explain to your doctor your plans and go from there some people with lupus can do pretty good some can't I has a friend very beautiful and caring young she have 3 boys and a girl she did't married her boys daddy she went into the military got married has a little girl a couple of years after that she passed away that was the first time i ever heard about lupus, now i heard about it all the time. check with ur doctor and i wish u the best.

  24. QUESTION:
    Wondering about my daughters health...?
    Over the years she has had weird symptoms. She has alot of moments where she dont feel well but then sometimes has these big flare ups. This is the second time in 3 years she had a big flare up. The symptoms she has starts out as stomach issues like gastritis where she is getting sick and going the bathroom. Then she ends up getting leg and arm pain and cramps, along with a bad headache, lower pelvic/stomach pain where she feels like she has a UTI, and feels short of breath at times. She has had multiple test and can not figure out what is going on. Recently she even went to the ER and they have dont CT Scans of the chest and stomach, chest xray, bloodwork, hida scan, and urine test. Everything comes back fine. She thought she might of had a stomach infection, but she took antibiotics and has those weird symptoms but the stomach sickness and going the bathroom is gone. She still feel nausous at times. She also has been tested for some auto immune dieases. Tested for Lupus, RA, Thyroid, etc. The headache she gets is pressure in the ears she said where it also feels like pressure in the throat chest area. What does it sound like she might have?? Could it be something like Fibromyalgia, or Anxiety and Stress or Depression. I am just concerned and would like to know what you feel it could be?? Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Simple allergies can cause fatigue/pains. Any joint pains , fever or rash. any IgG and subclasses done? if IgE or eosinophils elevated, allergy or parasite causes.
      Maybe needs dicyclomine Rx for stomach pains.
      Has CRP, C reactive protein levels been done, what about ESR levels or cortisol levels? Get her records. check box for "continuity of care", then you don't get charged. You need to do this anyway. Can't rely on MD's anymore. Unless you get a good one that's interested in pursuing her sx. What about ANA levels? She could have sinus symptoms. Maybe even asthma? Methacholine challenge test/spirometry will determine this.

  25. QUESTION:
    what could be wrong with my daughter?
    Your Question
    Wondering about my daughters health...?
    Over the years she has had weird symptoms. She has alot of moments where she dont feel well but then sometimes has these big flare ups. This is the second time in 3 years she had a big flare up. The symptoms she has starts out as stomach issues like gastritis where she is getting sick and going the bathroom. Then she ends up getting leg and arm pain and cramps, along with a bad headache, lower pelvic/stomach pain where she feels like she has a UTI, and feels short of breath at times. She has had multiple test and can not figure out what is going on. Recently she even went to the ER and they have dont CT Scans of the chest and stomach, chest xray, bloodwork, hida scan, and urine test. Everything comes back fine. She thought she might of had a stomach infection, but she took antibiotics and has those weird symptoms but the stomach sickness and going the bathroom is gone. She still feel nausous at times. She also has been tested for some auto immune dieases. Tested for Lupus, RA, Thyroid, etc. The headache she gets is pressure in the ears she said where it also feels like pressure in the throat chest area. What does it sound like she might have?? Could it be something like Fibromyalgia, or Anxiety and Stress or Depression. I am just concerned and would like to know what you feel it could be?? Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom went through kind of the the same thing and they did all of the same tests done, and they still doesnt know whats going on. But since her life has been less stressfull the pain seems to going away and not coming back a frequent. Did they give her a MRI?

  26. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have lupus?
    Hi, I've had lupus for almost five years now. It's been in remission for four years, but the past few days it's been flaring up again and I'm scared and I'm stressed and I'm nervous. I blame myself. For a month there I convinced myself, partially that I didn't need meds, that I was cured. I even considered that I was mis-diagnosed and it wasn't lupus, cause I hadn't had any symptoms for so long.

    It was nice to feel normal. To not have to take handfuls of pills every day. It was nice to have extra money, my health insurance doesn't really help with anything anymore.

    I just want it all to go away, I want to be normal. I don't want to have to worry about this shit.

    I'm scared that I won't be able to have kids. I'm scared to even think about trying. Cause even if I am able to have kids, my children could be born with lupus or could be born in pain as a symptom of neo-natal lupus. I'm scared to pass this on.

    Anyways, I've never met anyone else with lupus or anything similar. I don't like talking about this stuff with anyone I know because I don't want to worry them or make them feel bad for me. So I was just wondering if anything knows what I'm going through, and can relate-at all. I'm having a hard time right now.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, I'm sure you know, but let me spell it out - there is (currently) NO cure for lupus. Lupus is with you for life, it can and will, wax and wane (come and go), often stress can trigger it into activity again. The more you worry the more lupus can become active so that isn't helping. With the vast improvements in treatments and medications lupus can now be controlled.

      The medication that you have been taking is to dampen down you immune system and that's most likely why you felt well. There is a lot you can do to help yourself and some people, like myself, don't have to take any medication, but I do other things such as watch my diet and exercise and also positive thinking is a great help (as most doctors will confirm).

      Please visit our website www.lupus.org.uk there is a ton of information on there including a brand new documentary that covers all aspects of lupus including childbirth/pregnancy and it is actual patients talking about their experiences and how they cope, which you might find useful.

      'Passing on' lupus to your children is very unlikely, there is only a very small chance that that will happen. It hasn't helped that people like Lady Gaga are saying it's genetic when it isn't necessarily, so I wouldn't worry about that. We have a lupus pregnancy clinic here and the success rate in lupus pregnancies is the same as the other regular pregnancy clinics in the hospital.

      We have a free lupus nurseonline service where you can e-mail our nurse and she can reassure you with any questions you might have, she has over 20 years experience of lupus and infact her own daughter is a lupus patient so there isn't any aspect of lupus she doesn't know about. http://www.lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm

      You have to accept you have lupus, you may have to take medication for it and you should absolutely, definitely be seen at least once a year by a rheumatologist who should check that your lupus is still under control. You should NOT take yourself off any medication without first consulting your specialist as lupus can sometimes become serious if left unchecked.

      I have had lupus for about 17 years and I consider myself very 'normal' I don't allow it to stop me doing anything I want. Learn as much about it as you can and learn how to cope with it and you'll feel much better.

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    could it be lupus?
    I have been going to the doctor for a while with various problems such as insomnia, fatigue, migranes, rashes, hair loss, joint pain, and some other things. The doctor blows my symptoms off or gives me anti inflamitory meds. I recently went to a sports medicine doctor because an old shoulder injury was flaring up... when I mentioned I was having other problems with my joints he had me get a blood test and said it is a posibility it could be lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia. I haven't gotten the results back yet but I looked up these problems on the internet. I am also on meds for anxiety. (another symptom) If I test positive for rheumatoid arthritis would it be possible to have lupus. I seem to have alot of the symptoms. and if i test positive how should I go about talking to my doctor so he will actually pay attention and possibly come to a conclusion. instead of blowing me off again.
    the blood test the sports med doc ordered was for rheumatoid arthritis. I'm also wondering if I test negative for rheumatoid arthritis could i still have lupus? should I ask for other tests to be done?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Im Chris, I have Lupus, and several other autoimmune diseases. First going by your user name I can guess you 20ish. Second the first doctor who blew you off, is rude, but not all that uncommon, it happened to me for years. I started getting ill younger than you, and was not diagnosed until my late 20's. Im 40 now.

      Also you asked if you can have Lupus and Rhuematoid Arthritis at the same time. Yes you can. In fact you can, and many do devlop more than 1 autoimmune disease once they have one. I have more than 1, I have relatives who only have 1, I know several from a yahoo support group I co-own who have one, some with more. It just depends.

      Your lucky though that you saw that other Doctor. If he did a test to see if you have a positive rhuematoid factor, he probablly did some other tests, in the same family.

      You also mentioned you have been doing some research, and you mentioned Fibromyalgia. I do not know if you know how they test for it, but there is no blood test for it, they will ask you some questions, including how do you sleep, if it is mostly joint or muscle pain, etc. But physically, they will do a pressure point/tender point test which we have 18 areas if you move, wince, or cry out. they will diagnose you with Fibromyalgia. Fibro can go with an autoimmune, escpecially if you are not sleeping.

      As far as Lupus goes, to have it, you must meet 4 of 11 critera to have it and 3 to have probable Lupus. Here is the critera:

      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      Provided by:
      Last Updated: June 29, 2004
      Diagnostic criteria for lupus
      The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.

      A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be diagnosed with lupus; 3 symptoms suggest that lupus is probably present, and 2 raise the possibility of lupus. Symptoms may be present all at once or appear in succession over a period of time. 1

      Butterfly (malar) rash on cheeks
      Rash on face, arms, neck, torso (discoid rash)
      Skin rashes that result from exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (photosensitivity)
      Mouth or nasal ulcers, usually painless
      Joint swelling, stiffness, pain involving two or more joints (arthritis)
      Inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs (pleuritis) or heart (pericarditis). This inflammation is called serositis.
      Abnormalities in urine, such as increased protein or clumps of red blood cells or kidney cells, called cell casts, in the urine
      Nervous system problems, such as seizures or psychosis, without known cause
      Problems with the blood, such as reduced numbers of red blood cells (anemia), platelets, or white blood cells
      Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
      Signs of increased autoimmunity (antibodies against normal tissue), as shown by laboratory tests

      Diagnoses, even with positive tests may take a bit, since you would need to be sent to a rhuematologist for further evaluation. They would observe maybe even test some medications, if blood work was highly positive.

      If you have to go back to the doctor who blew you off, for a refferal, bring all lab work with you, be polite but insistant. I have been dealing with doctors of all types for many years. If possible, change your primary care doctor, and tell the insurance company why, they will do it right away, without making you wait until the 1st of the month for the change.

      I know you already looked up a lot of information up yourself, but I do have a lot of information on various similar autoimmunes, and files in the support group.
      email me anytime
      christibro40@yahoo.com
      Like you I was very young when this all started so I understand.

  28. QUESTION:
    Please help my hypochondria?
    I am a 14 year old male who has been experiencing panic attacks due to stress recently. I had a spell of panic attacks when I was younger but it has flared up again. I constantly look up symptoms on the internet going from Lupus to Diabetes. Diabetes is the thing that is concerning me most. I have no history of diabetes in the family but I saw that type 1 strikes teens and you cant prevent it. This scared me and now every time I get thirsty diabetes comes to mind. I went to the doctors and she said I didnt have it. Diabetes is found in eye tests and I was scheduled to have one which was a few days ago. My eyes are getting stronger and no sign of diabetes but since yesterday I have been having nausea in the morning and I am scared. I have peed four times so far today. Is that normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if the doctor said you don't have it, YOU DON'T HAVE IT! As for nausea and frequent urination, that's just stress darling. You are 14 you don't need to be worrying about all this yet. If something does become wrong with you, have faith that your family and the doctors will help you through it. Diabetes is easy to test for, so please don't worry if the doctor already tested you. If it makes you feel better, talk to a therapist about this. They'll be able to show you some exercises you can do to reduce your stress.

  29. QUESTION:
    Lupus - ways to combat it?
    My Mum has had Lupus for a while, basically her neck is always flared up, her asthma is made worse by it, it generally makes her feel weak, plus she has mild arthritis which doesn't help. She has also had hair loss, all of these things seem like Lupus induced problems.

    She lost weight, 3 stone, and there was very little difference (though shes always been a bit overweight) So what ways can these symptoms be fought off? Shes only in her thirty's but her illness makes her as weak as someone in her seventies or beyond.

    She has hair treatment to stop her hair loss, it's expensive but it does the job...at the moment at least. But we think the hair loss might not have been lupus as it happened after a shock to the head.

    If anyone knows genuinely how she can be helped it would put us at ease, she is far from crippled but her arthritis is gradually progressing and the Lupus is still as evident as ever, so eventually she may be....

    • ANSWER:
      i have found that working out and cardio exercise such as running helped me... i decrease my medicaions and haven't felt better. i could bairly walk out the hospital, now i run a mile and a half everyday and lift weight every other day. i take 3 pills less then i did a year ago.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is your chronic illness really just a food allergy?
    3 years ago, I was completely crippled and bedbound. I had to wear braces on my hands. I was diagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, hidradenitis (boils) and many other things. I realized that I felt worse after eating certain foods. I had allergy testing done, and found out I was allergic to wheat, eggs, soy, commercial dairy, peanuts, tomato and avacado. Once I eliminated these allergens from my diet, I healed completely and all of my health issues resolved. I have cheated on my diet 5 times in 2 years, and all 5 times I ended up with horrible flare ups. As long as I stick to it, I am perfectly fine. I am convinced that undiagnosed allergies are the root of most illnesses. I do not take any supplements or medications. I wanted to pass this on to others who are suffering needlessly. I recommend keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms get worse after eating certain foods (free online diary at nutridiary.com) or get allergy testing done.
    I hope this helps someone. I would have loved to have known this before I wasted 12 years in bed, in pain.
    I realize this is not for cases for genetic illness, but many of the newer type diagnosis may benefit from this
    I had standard skin prick testing done, then followed up with blood testing. Visit an allergist or consult your physician

    • ANSWER:
      Glad this helped you, but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's the answer for everyone with a chronic illness. Many of them are genetic and have nothing to do with food allergies.

  31. QUESTION:
    Question about Positive ANA results?? 1:80 Titre Speckled Pattern?
    I feel like a Hypochondriac. I went undiagnosed with Thyroid Disease (Hypothyroid) for 3 years Between the ages of 18-21. I have always been very aware of my body; and when things are wrong. At 25; I contracted Epstein Barr Virus (Mono) otherwise- I've led a very healthy life. Since turning 30; I've struggled with muscle and joint pain, swelling in face; hands and feet; headaches; extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, hyper-gylcemia, IBS; brain fog and memory problems. I'm tested regularily for my TSH levels; and most recently; for the first time- My tests showed a Positive 1:80 Titre- Speckled Pattern. I was going through what I would call a "flare-up" of extreme symptoms at the time of the test. I am scheduled with a Ruematologist end of March. My other blood work I guess did NOT suggest lupus- despite the new development of a Positive anti-body test. I guess I feel as though "something" is going on- yet my blood work- is within normal relms. Does anyone have any suggestions? These symptoms are almost deblilitating- and while it was suggested I might have Fibromyalgia- I can't believe I feel so terrible inside and out- yet my blood work says I'm normal. I am also at a loss as to why I might suddenly show a Positive ANA test after years of being negative. Many say normal people have positive results for ANA. I would appreciate anyone who might have some insight on autoimmune challenges. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You said you went undiagnosed with thyroid disease from age 18-21, so I assume you "are" being treated for thyroid disease now, and have been for the last 4 years. I will bet that the thyroid med you are on is synthetic t4 (synthroid, levothyroxine, levoxyl, unithroid, etc), and "not" on a natural thyroid med (Naturethroid, Erfa Thyroid, Thyroid-S, etc). And that you have not had adrenals or ferritin properly tested/treated. Why do I say that? Most of your symptoms (muscle/joint pain, face hands feet swelling, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, IBS, brain fog, memory problems, etc) are common to those that are taking a t4 drug.

      About the ANA, a big proportion of the population without any disease can also have a positive ANA test. From an internet search, I found this also:
      "A positive ANA titer can be found in a variety of rheumatologic diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. As for the speckled pattern, in addition to lupus, dermatomysitis, mixed connective tissue disorder, scleroderma or Sjogren's syndrome can all be the cause. Ken Pho, MD"

      Thyroid info:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned/

      Lab tests and how to interpret them:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values/

      Just in case:
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/how-to-find-a-good-doc/

      I hope this info helps you.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is it likely that I have wrong with me?
    I know it's absurd to expect expert medical advice on yahoo, and that this is no substitute for a Doctor, but I'd just like some serious answers. OK, getting that out of the way, here is a list of symptoms I've had reoccurring off and on for the past ten months:
    >Constant congestion, I always have to spit and do sinus rinses, also my ears pop

    >A permanently swollen lymph node on the right side of my jugular

    >Off and on flu like symptoms. Generally every couple of months I will start to feel like I have a severe fever and can't stop shaking. I get a very severe sore throat and fatigue, and I usually have to stay in bed for two to three days until I'm good again.

    >Fatigue. Constant fatigue. Some days I'm almost normal, some days I can't stop yawning, but I haven't felt completely aware in quite some time.

    >Overall body aches; they're not too severe, but I get aches and pains more often than I used to

    >Inability to exercise; if I do anything beyond mild exercise I bring about another bout of the aforementioned flu symptoms

    >Mood instability; I'm almost always in a bad mood because of my health. I also have days where I can't stop crying

    Now for the physical background:

    I'm a 20 year old male. On and off smoker. Caucasian. No diseases. Last diagnosed illness was mononucleosis in August of 2009. I have prematurely thinning hair (not sure if that's relevant) and I'm 148 pounds.

    I've been to three different doctors. One just kept giving me different steroids and antibiotics. The other claimed it was depression and that I needed to psyche myself into feeling better (believe me I tried) the third has been much more sympathetic. Blood work was done on 4 different occasions. I tested negative for HIV, had a normal CBC, tested negative for Mono, and didn't quite "fit" the criteria of fibromyalgia. The third doctor after seeing my blood work and doing chest X-rays decided to diagnose me as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and suggested I take it easy and eat better. I have a follow up with him in a month. I wasn't too worried about it, but recently I've had two flare ups of the flu like symptoms. I'm averaging a flare up every three to four weeks. I find it hard to believe it could all be attributed to something as vague and unresearched as "chronic fatigue syndrome" and I have a girlfriend who suggested perhaps it could be a thyroid problem or maybe even lupus. I don't really know, but I know I don't want to keep bother my doctor and I can wait until the scheduled appointment, but my quality of life is being SEVERELY affected. Does anybody know what this may be?
    EDIT: I greatly appreciate the two answers so far. Getting stuck with a wrong but permanent diagnosis is exactly what I'm scared of. Is lupus able to be tested for? I know it's a disease that's fond of imitating others, so I wasn't sure if it can be traced in the blood. I didn't know MS was a possibility? That sort of leads me to include some more information which could be important. Occasionally, I'd say one night out of a week, I get very dazed and weak feeling, and I get cold sweats. I start craving food and drinks and sugar generally boosts me out of this state and I'm left feeling tired but unable to sleep. My older brother is diabetic and says that what I describe sounds like low blood sugar, so I guess I can include reoccurring low blood sugar as one of my symptoms. Thanks for all the help already, I know this will come down to a doctor, but I'm over my naive phase of thinking doctors know everything. I feel like I should be prepared with some knowledge they may overlook.

    • ANSWER:
      When I first started reading I thought you might have mono but since you have had it and now test negative you don't have mono, but you might have the symptoms without having the actual disease.
      You do not have fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
      Lupus is a possibility.
      You are going to have to wait for a positive test from the doctor there is no way of knowing exactly what is wrong.

  33. QUESTION:
    hello i have sle(lupus)for 5 yrs now, do my sypmtoms mean my lupus is active?
    I am the typical story, I suffered for one year with doctors disbelief that something was wrong even after the rash broke out covering almost my entire body, it wasnt until I ended up in the ER for two weeks when I finally got the definete answers to my elements. I have SLE,discoud lupus, now lupus nepritis and so on. Now my first indication that something was wrong with me was joint pain(i thought carpool tunnel), but the pain eventually spread everywhere and then the fatigue, and then swollen joints and raynuads syndrome,so of course then fibromayglia. When I left the hospital I wasn't as fatigued but the pain never went away nor the joint swelling, just a differnet joint everyday,so for five yrs I'v been on oxycotin and percocet to live a more pain managed life, but sometimes my symptoms get even worse( how could they?) they do basically my joint pain becomes every joint, the pain medicnes stop working, I cant walk without a walker or I walk very slow and painfully, so I tell my doctor as always andwe run more labs, platlets at 60K,but not low enough for her to be concerned shes waitin for mor test results, she says that although I have these sypmtoms including a lovely rash, that my lupus may not be active. Please anyone is this BS or what? Can you have what is obviously a flare and it not be your lupus causing it? right now i am on imuran and plaqnil and i was on predinose for 4 years straight and finally said no more because it wasnt controlling these elments, she wants to but me back on it to bring my platlets up, but i know once i go off they go down again, I have been on every medicatio for sle and none have changed anything, I have had rituxan injects no chnage so last year we tried it again and i had an allergic reaction. She doesnt want to try cytoxan because she says it doesnt help with swollen joints fatigue or pain, does any one know or have any idea? please give me your suggestions, thank you and sorry for the spelling my hands hurt and keep missing the letters.
    i'm sorry i forgot to mention , i've tried cellcept for two years no help sp they took me off, methotrayate for did not help either, we did the rituxamab once it did nothing so we tried it again a year later and i had a severe allergic reaction so no more of that. I am on 200mg plaqnil 2 times a day and imuran3x a day, i also do accupuncture thru kaiser but only for two months now and start biofeed back next week. I have been on permanant disability Social security since i got lupus in 2003(it took 18 months),I'm 34 this happened when i was 27-28. All your answers have been great, if my doctor would try the cytoxan i would be more than willing she doesnt think it will help with the joint pain and swelling or the fatique, I just had an Mri for the headaches today so maybe that will show them something.

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  34. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with a rash on my arms, hands, legs, and chest?
    I have a raised rad rash that comes and goes on my body some times it is worse than others but it never goes away. I have had it for over a month now. I have tried topical ointments over the counter and prescription. I have taken antihistamines again both over the counter and prescription. (prednisone, atarax, benadryl...) The thing is no one seems to know what is causing it including 3 different doctors. It itches and there is no hiding it when it decides to flare up. I do have Discoid Lupus but this is not a symptom of it (so the doctors say) I am at a loss. A few people have told me that it might be caused by stress. I have tried to do research and have found very little on rashes caused by stress. I have been through a little lately and I could attribute it to that I just need to do something. Please any advice. Nothing I am taking or using topically is working and doctors are not helping. Any advice or help would be welcomed!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If the "raised red rash" is obviously square or triangular in the areas that it pops up in, it is probably a contact allergy to something. A lot of folks have nickel allergies, so you may want take notice of where it happens and what you are wearing in those areas. You may want to consider patch testing as well. Contact a dermatologist rather than a family doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    I need help editing my research paper. I'm really bad at papers.....please help!?
    Well, its on lupus. I have the intro and two body paragraphs, and I still need to do the conclusion. So, I was wondering what I should change on my paper, and what I need to add..? I also have to do a powerpoint based on the paper, that should last a minimum of 5 minutes up to 15.

    The reason why I chose this topic was because my dad has lupus, and I wanted to know more about the topic. He was diagnosed with lupus when he was about fourteen years old. He still receives treatment for it by going in for blood tests and taking medication He has the most common form of lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), in which causes the antibodies to react against his own normal tissue. He has arthritis and joint problems, but nothings wrong with his internal organs. To support my dad and other lupus survivors, my family and I all go to the lupus walk in honor of remembering the people who had lupus that died. The things the audience can expect to read in this paper are the different types of lupus, the symptoms, the treatment and cures.
    Lupus is the result of an unbalanced immune system that can be destructive to any organ in the body. It can be categorized into three groups: discoid lupus Erythematosus, systemic lupus Erythematosus, and drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus. DLE is always limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, and scalp. It can evolve into the systemic form, which can affect any organ or system of the body. Systemic lupus Erythematosus is more severe than discoid lupus and can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body. No two people with SLE will have identical symptoms. Drug-induced systemic Lupus Erythematosus occurs after the use of certain prescribed drugs. It is more common in men, because the drugs are given to them more often.
    Lupus is hard to diagnose because it has a wide range of symptoms involving various parts of the body; and symptoms differ from each person. Most people develop painful joints and a rash, but lupus may also cause fatigue, depressions, and kidney problems. The treatment of lupus varies from person to person because each person has different symptoms. Most people with SLE require a regular blood test to check for lupus flares. Medication is the primary medical treatment for lupus. Presently, there are no other methods available to treat lupus because there is nothing else that can have the necessary impact on the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but with early diagnosis and proper medical treatment it can significantly help control the disease.

    thanks. it would be much appreciated!!!!

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  36. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of my Sjogren's?
    I am female and 19.

    I have Sjogren's Syndrome. I usually flare in spring and summer(not sure if that is a coincidence or not). When I flare I get Raynaud's phenomenon in my toes and fingers.

    I got meningitis 3 years ago in February. During my time at the hospital I developed raised quarter sized circular pink spots all over my upper body. I had very high fever and excruciating headaches. I was not diagnosed with Sjogren's or any autoimmune at that time. Even though my grandmother has rheumatoid arthritis+lupus and my mother has fibromyalgia.

    After that I continued to have fatigue, mostly at mid-day, around 1,2,3 o'clock. Dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin, brain fog. I also had a weird appetite issue that made it very difficult to eat, which may have exacerbated my condition.

    I started to get headaches at 7 and 3 o'clock everyday(before and after school, I had a lot of stress in my home at the time). So I would take Excedrin Migraine every morning and at night.

    I began to get nose bleeds every morning at around 9 o'clock.

    I got a fever ranging from 99.1 - 102 every time I got upset or stressed.

    I eventually got fed up with feeling like crap and had a little bit of a breakdown. Unfortunately, despite my visible symptoms, that was what it took for my parents to take me to the doctor.

    I had a positive RH factor (I think that's how you say that). So we went to a Rheumatologist and he diagnosed me with Sjogren's. I was on a low does of plaquenil.

    Now I don't have insurance and therefore no Plaquenil, but I am not living at home anymore, so my stress levels have gone down significantly. However I have been having some weird symptoms lately and I am wondering if they may be related to my Sjogren's.

    My lips and nose will randomly become tingly and red/blotchy. When this happens it is sometimes accompanied with tingling/numbness in my hands and forearms. I also experience twitching in my lips, nose, and eyebrows.

    I also have the red, raised butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks that is sometimes associated with lupus, but I was not diagnosed with lupus when I was diagnosed with Sjogren's because my doctor said I didn't have enough symptoms of it at the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Autoimmune connective tissue diseases are confusing and often there is a huge overlap. My doctor said these conditions never follow the textbook.

      I'm by no means an expert, but I've been dealing with very similar things to you and I'm seeing lots of different doctors. So take my advice with a grain of salt and always ask your doctor.

      Sjogren's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease are all very similar in many ways. But they do have some characteristics that are specific to the condition, like the dry eyes and mouth in Sjogren's, butterfly rash in Lupus. But in many cases they can be difficult to accurately diagnose. It's also possible and quite common to have more than one.

      Your new symptoms are probably related. The butterfly rash and the rash you had when you had meningitis may very well be enough to have your diagnosis changed to Lupus.

      But if you have no insurance, then it's going to be very difficult for you to get into see a doctor who will help and make an accurate diagnosis. If you can, I'd recommend going to your GP and asking him/her to do a urine and liver functioning test. This will help the doctors know if there's any organ involvement. This will probably cost you out of pocket (I'm not from the USA, so I don't know how that works), but it's definitely going to be worth it.

      Good luck. I really hope you can get the medical treatment you need soon.

      ......

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I explain to my family and friends that I need to use a wheelchair?
    I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 2 years but have been living with it for 12 years. The doctors are also suspicious of the possibility that I may have lupus, MS, or a number of similar conditions. My flare ups have been getting progressively more severe lately and have been having increases in the duration as well. Normally, with a flare up, I can get by with just using a cane or my forearm crutches. Unfortunately, my most recent flares have been so severe that it is next to impossible to get around even with the crutches. Because of this fact, I have decided to purchase a wheelchair to improve my quality of life. I am extremely excited to get it b/c it will help me in so many ways. The problem really lies with my mother. I have been living with her for the last year and a half since I had no where to go when I left my abusive ex-husband. She sees me in pain, but she doesn't really understand it. When I am unable to wash the dishes or mop the floor or what-not b/c of the pain/exhaustion/weakness/dizziness/tremb… she will proceed to yell at me and call me "worthless" and "useless" and "good for nothing" and "lazy" and it really hurts. I am concerned that with my decision to get the chair, she will be extremely negative about it as well. As for my friends, they know that I go through these flares that can last from a day or 2 up to several months. However, they can't really grasp how intense the symptoms are b/c I typically hide them from them as best I can.

    How can I explain to my mother that I need the chair without her being negative about it?

    How can I explain to my friends that I need the chair and get them to be supportive and to not be uncomfortable about it?

    • ANSWER:
      1st of all, if your doc suspects lupus, ms or something else they need to be ruled or...or taken into consideration before you are diagnosed with FMS.

      FMS is not a label for general pain or the pain from MS or lupus..

      it is a specific neuro disease

      the fact that they still suspect these other conditions indicates you were not properly diagnosed..

      i can't even use crutches because they hurt my arms too much...

      also, look up LYME LITERATE MD

      whatever the reason for the need..just get it--you don't owe them an explanation.....

      my parents weren't supportive of me--i just did what i needed to do for myself

      most docs in the US will not take the time to talk about your problem with your mother....they don't get paid to do that

  38. QUESTION:
    What did my vet mean?
    I took my cat to the vet today because he's had mouth lesions on his face for the past month. Now before you lecture me about not taking my cat to the vet sooner, he has had this before a year ago and my vet told me then it was a scratch and it would be ok. Also he had one on one side of his face, and right before it completely cleared up the other side flared up. I have changed vets since this last flare up.

    Anyway, I showed my new vet today his sore and told him that this has happened before. He said that it seems like he had an autoimmune disease and it will be chronic for the rest of his life (he compared it to an allergy) but he didn't seem too concerned about my cat, gave him a cordisone shot and told me to rub some neosporine on it. My vet is one of the leading Ferret vets in the country, he literally wrote the book on ferret vet care (I know a ferret is not the same as a cat), so I know he is a very good vet.

    So I've been doing research about autoimmune diseases in cats but I'm not sure which one he has. I've read about Lupus and FIV and Stomatitis but he doesn't seem to fit any of those symptoms. Most of these are life threatening all of them are rare. He's very healthy (his fur is so black and silky I can pass him off as Bombay!), active, eats about a cup of food a day. In addition to the mouth sores he sometimes gets sores around his foot pads. They clear up on their own. I am pretty sure it's not FIV because he was tested at the ASPCA where I got him and then got his FeLV shot as soon as he was old enough. He's also had this for at least a year, so that almost rules out the one Lupus, and he's had no head sores so that rules out Discord Lupus.

    So my question is, can someone point me in the direction of what sort of autoimmune disease my cat may have and what sort of issues/quality of life can I expect for him?
    Nope don't think so. My house is flea free! He is in door completely. He also doesn't really scratch or groom himself obsessively.
    @synisterkat THANK YOU! That picture is an exact copy of what my cat has just in a different part of his mouth! He used to be a great hunter of mice, shrews and bugs when he was an outdoor cat!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm gonna spell this wrong so bear with me. Feline Eosiniphilic Granulomatous Complex is also known as Rodent Ulcers because people thought the sores around a cat's mouth were wounds caused from the mice they hunted and ate. It is an immune problem that is easily treated with corticosteroids and usually is not a big problem other than the expense of the occasional trip to the vet. Good luck to your kitty, sounds like he has a great home.

  39. QUESTION:
    Tendonitis in fingers?
    I have had pain and inflammation in my ring fingers over the past few months... It is different fingers at different times. I had a blood test and got negative results for lupus, arthritis and any other virus that causes inflamming of the joints... the doctor didn't mention anything about tendonitis but I have done some research myself & it seems to fit with the symptoms... the interesting thing about my inflammation is it seems to really flare up around the same time as my period... I haven't read anything about a correlation between the two so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas why this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Finger Tendonitis

      Tendonitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. Each finger have two tendons. The tendons run along the palm side of the fingers and are very close to the surface of the skin, particularly where the skin folds as you bend your fingers. The tendons in the fingers are called flexor tendons. The longer tendon (flexor digitorum profundus attaches to the last bone of the finger and bends the tip; the shorter tendon (flexor digitorum sublimis) bends the middle joint of the finger.

      Symptoms of Finger Tendonitis

      An inability to bend one or more joints of the finger
      Pain when you bend your finger
      Mild swelling over the joint closest to your fingertip
      Treatment of Finger Tendonitis

      Initial treatment of the condition can include:

      Icing the area
      Avoiding activities that caused the inflammation
      Splinting the affected finger or thumb in an extended position for 10 to 14 days
      Your physician may prescribe an oral anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain and swelling. In addition, to reduce the inflammation of the tendon sheath, your physician may also give you an injection of corticosteroid (cortisone-like medication) directly to the affected area. If symptoms persist, another injection could be given in three or four weeks, except in cases of rheumatoid diseases. Patients with rheumatoid disease are at an increased risk for tendon rupture and surgery should be considered after one injection fails to relieve the symptoms.

  40. QUESTION:
    Need to know what to discuss with new doctor, no insurance.?
    Over the past 4 years I've been having "flare ups". I lost my insurance shortly after they started, so I couldn't make much headway with the doctors. They told me it was probably autoimmune, based on the symptoms and a slightly elevated SED rate. I'm seeing a new doctor, but can't afford to be tested for everything, so I'm trying to narrow it down.

    Tremors, spasms, shakes in my hand, legs, and sometimes it feels like my whole body is shaking.

    Muscle weakness, hard to walk or hold things.

    Stiffness and/or tightness in my neck, make it feel like my head is to heavy to hold up.

    Fatigue, sometimes "fuzzy head".

    Shedding hair. Not huge amounts. (maybe connected, maybe not)

    Joint pain in back, fingers, neck. Extremely swollen knuckles in one hand.

    Losing muscle tone in left calf.

    Occasional shortness of breath, or palpitations)

    All symptoms come and go, but are getting worse and lasting longer.

    Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated. TIA.

    (A few things the docs have mentioned, but I couldn't get tested for were Thyroid problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus)
    I also tend to get sick more than normal. Just little things like colds and sinus infections. I have one about once a month whether I'm having a 'flare up" or not.

    • ANSWER:
      I have what they call CISO MS so this means that I have had one clinically isolated incident of Multiple Sclerosis. Yes indeed I would take a list of all your symptoms and see what he can come up with. Their are many programs to help pay for testing at the hospitals that do the tests. I have no insurance either and I am insurance suicide...they wouldn't touch me if they could!! All I can tell you is to take all your symptoms and lists of current meds and past meds (and say why you no longer take those meds). See what he can come up with too help you. Good luck sweety!

  41. QUESTION:
    Should I get tested for Lupus?
    Hi, I'm 16 years old. I've been suffering from bumps and redness on my face (cheeks, mostly), and it's been something which I cannot get rid of. I thought it was just acne. My mom, however, is currently studying to be a nurse, and in her textbook she stumbled upon a picture of the butterfly rash often associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (known as Lupus/SLE). I didn't think much of it, until my mom and I researched the symptoms.
    These are the symptoms I'm currently experiencing:
    *Rash?
    *Extreme fatigue
    *Depression
    *Joint pain (mostly in my knees and ankles)
    *Migraine-like headaches almost every day for the past month
    *Difficulty concentrating
    *Psychosis
    *Inflamation of organs-last year I was diagnosed with gastreoenteritis.
    *Also, about a week and a half ago my back (around the kidney area) started hurting
    *I thought it was my period, but I have dried up blood that comes out everytime I wipe after urinating.
    *I have virtually no appetite.
    *My vision has been blurred the past few days.
    *The "flares" started about 2 weeks after the fatigue.

    What do you think about it?
    Thank you in advance.

    P.S- The symptoms listed started before I found out about the disease...less chance of psychosomatic diagnosis :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you should probably get tested!

      Lupus is an Autoimmune disease, which is caused by both genetic and environmental factors, so, if you have a family history of auto immune diseases (Such as Crohns Disease, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis ect...) You are at an increased risk, also if you are female and between 15 to 45.

      It takes awhile to diagnose Lupus, but your doctor will (most likely) refer you to an Internal Medicine Doctor, or may order the test themselves (Blood test! Urine test!) And depending on what the doctor thinks, the blood test will include an ANA (Antinuclear Antibody) test (Very important test!!! if this comes out positive, it could mean Lupus, or another auto-immune disorder!!!)

      Some other blood tests may also include tests for Hep. C, and Hep D, along with a Creatinine test, Bilrubin and Albumin test (Too much to type- Google it!) and ALT test (To see how epic your liver is doing!)

      So YES. Get tested; because like I said, it takes awhile to diagnose because the symptoms mimic so many other diseases; it could take months.

      Good Luck! :)

      I'm 17 and had Lupus symptoms too; test results come back in January (Next month!) Hope 4 the best!

  42. QUESTION:
    Is ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise a sign of Congestive Heart Failure?
    I have had swelling in my ankles and legs for many years now. I have SLE lupus and am on several meds, none of which are new. For the past 5 years I've been having frequent palpitations or the feeling my heart is jumping. Test on my kidneys and thyroid have came back negative and I am not having a Lupus flare. I have had severe kidney damage in the past and I read this could lead to CHF. I've gained 25 pounds in the past 4 months and thought this was due to birth control I was on but I've been off the stuff for a month now plus I've been exercising daily on my treadmill. But when I exercise I get an excruciating pain in my right leg and it's been swelling a lot more than my left leg lately. I really don't think there is a blood clot or anything in my leg, but my extreme weight gain and inability to lose anything along with my severe leg/ankle swelling as of late has got me wondering if something is up with my heart. I have had constant lower back pain that feels like fluid moving or a slight burning sensation right at my hip when I am laying down. Oh and to add my menstrual cycles have been really bad and happening every other week and the gynecologist said the problem is not gynecological. I'm trying to help my doc figure this out so any input of what these symptoms may mean is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED:

      You need to be seen by your doctor immeidately. This is urgent. Have you been tested for Antiphospholipid Syndrome? This is a disease that often accompanies SLE (approximately 50% of SLE patients have it yet only 25% are actually tested for it). APS can cause blood clots to form called DVT. This problem is HIGHLY excerbated by the use of hormonal birth control. The warnings that you have heard from birth control advertisements about how they can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke...these messages are geared towards you. The OB/GYN should have never put you on contraceptives in the first place. This is contraindicated in people with SLE and especially those with SLE and APS. I remember my wife's hemotologist YELLING at her OB/GYN over the phone a couple of years back when she was trying to give my wife birth control to help with an abnormal menstral cycle. He said "YOU'RE GOING TO KILL HER AND I WILL TESTIFY AGAINST YOU IN COURT" Pretty strong words for a doctor (this hemotologist is a Fellow with UCLA and has immense experience with SLE and APS). Suffice it to say that the OB/GYN looked into what he was saying and found him to be 100% correct. Have your OB/GYN do the same, she/he will come back into the room with an ashen look on their face realizing that they goofed.

      More importantly you need to be seen by your rheumatologist immediately. Tell them about your symptoms. They may just refer you to the local ER to have an ultrasound done on your ankles looking for clots. Tell your Rheumatologist that you've been on birth control and also ask if you've been tested for Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Your Rheumatologist will take it from there.

      Good Luck to you...do not wait on this, it could save your life.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a doctor in the house? Our family could use some doctor detectives!?
    We have been dealing with something for months now with no answers. Here are the symptoms starting with the head and moving down: headache (tear duct corner of eyes/eyebrows right eye especially, temple area or sometimes "behind" the eyes, then up over the head right side especially and back to the base of the skull), neck ache and fullness, shoulder, back, rotater cuff pain, some chest pain, GI issues with frequent stool changes from constipation to diahrea, nausea/stomach pain but no vomiting, no fever but elevated blood pressure. I have developed a ringing in my left ear as a result of all this. I had a dizzy spell that woke me up at 2am. I had an MRI done with the result of a spot on my cerebellum. Neurology gave the diagnosis of a stroke. I would have accepted that until my 17 yo son came to me with similar symptoms as myself. Another doctor said it very well could be a virus.

    I had an ANA blood test done with a 5.9 result. I requested my 17 yo son have one done with a 3.0 result the first time then he had another at 3.2. My 15 yo son started to complain of similar symptoms so I requested an ANA blood test for him...result of1.5. I'm aware that you can have a "positive" blood test and nothing be wrong with you. I've had blood tests going down the lupus autoimmune line. All results so far are normal.

    We had a hired girl here on the farm and found out that she has HPV. (We have since asked her to leave.) I realize this is primarily sexually transmitted but I tell you about her because I've wondered if there is something else she may have had that could be contagious.

    I just had my 3rd MRI this past Monday and was at Rheumetology this past Wednesday. Spot on cerebellum seems to be getting better...followup appt is next week to discuss. Rheumetology doesn't seem to have any input. Will get a written summary in the mail.

    We just need some ideas of what to test for. I'm not one to wait for the doctors to think of something. If I come up with something, I go to them with a suggestion.

    My head pain started a little back in October (about a month and a half after this chickypoo started working here). It subsided then flared up big time on Dec 10. My 17 yo son started with stomach issues the beginning of December. We have a husband and wife living here on the farm who would have been in closer contact with the hired girl. The wife is complaining of similar symptoms. I'm trying to bribe her to get and ANA blood test.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Very frustrating.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me a diagnosis? Help!?
    I've been to numerous doctors and had numerous tests including thyroid, lupus, dermatology tests, etc. No one has an answer for me. Here are my symptoms: I get episodes where my face (around my mouth, cheeks, eyebrows) will get a tingling feeling, in a few minutes it flares up red and I get like blotches. I have lost almost 50% of my eyebrows, and they do not grow back. The only thing that showed up abnormal was one of my kidney blood test was a little high. Any help, hope, thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The doctors have no clue.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah that rather baffles me as well. could be a reaction to something in your environment. are you possibly exposed to something (anything at all!) prior to each episode?

      you might try keeping a journal. write down what you do, what you eat & what items or substances you are around, and noting when each symptom occurs, for how long, and how severe. you may or may not discern a pattern this way

      good luck on this. and if this doesn't work, or isn't your kind of thing, don't give up on doctors yet

  45. QUESTION:
    I have Sle and suffer from chronic pain any suggestions on how to live a normal life?
    How to live a normal life when your pain is different everyday.
    I am the typical story, I suffered for one year with doctors disbelief that something was wrong with me even after the rash broke out covering almost my entire body, it wasnt until I ended up in the ER for two weeks when I finally got the definete answers to my elements. I have SLE,discoud lupus, now lupus nepritis and so on. Now my first indication that something was wrong with me was joint pain(i thought carpool tunnel), but the pain eventually spread everywhere and then the fatigue, and then swollen joints and raynuads syndrome,so of course then fibromayglia. When I left the hospital I wasn't as fatigued but the pain never went away nor the joint swelling, just a differnet joint everyday,so for five yrs I'v been on oxycotin and percocet to live a more pain managed life, but sometimes my symptoms get even worse( how could they?) they do basically my joint pain becomes every joint, the pain medicnes stop working, I cant walk without a walker or I walk very slow and painfully, so I tell my doctor as always andwe run more labs, platlets at 60K,but not low enough for her to be concerned shes waitin for mor test results, she says that although I have these sypmtoms including a lovely rash, that my lupus may not be active. Please anyone is this BS or what? Can you have what is obviously a flare and it not be your lupus causing it? right now i am on imuran and plaqnil and i was on predinose for 4 years straight and finally said no more because it wasnt controlling these elments, she wants to but me back on it to bring my platlets up, but i know once i go off they go down again, I have been on every medicatio for sle and none have changed anything, I have had rituxan injects no chnage so last year we tried it again and i had an allergic reaction. She doesnt want to try cytoxan because she says it doesnt help with swollen joints fatigue or pain, does any one know or have any idea? please give me your suggestions, thank you and sorry for the spelling my hands hurt and keep missing the letters.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and some elements of Lupus, test positive for Lupus. However after many years of BS as you correctly say I went to another Country to get out of the BS. The Rheumatologist I saw their suggested I try Evening Primrose Oil, but I will be on it for LIFE and if I stop taking it, will have to start again. It takes about six weeks to kick in, but if I stop for one day, then I am back where I started. I did not I stuck with it and am still here to tell the tale. Evening Primrose Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and it helps regulate the hormones, which seems to have been the problem. Now 50 I am Menopausal and my health is a lot better than it was in my 30's, my only wish I had know about evening primrose oil back then. Best of Luck

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I explain to my family and friends that I need to use a wheelchair?
    I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 2 years but have been living with it for 12 years. The doctors are also suspicious of the possibility that I may have lupus, MS, or a number of similar conditions. My flare ups have been getting progressively more severe lately and have been having increases in the duration as well. Normally, with a flare up, I can get by with just using a cane or my forearm crutches. Unfortunately, my most recent flares have been so severe that it is next to impossible to get around even with the crutches. Because of this fact, I have decided to purchase a wheelchair to improve my quality of life. I am extremely excited to get it b/c it will help me in so many ways. The problem really lies with my mother. I have been living with her for the last year and a half since I had no where to go when I left my abusive ex-husband. She sees me in pain, but she doesn't really understand it. When I am unable to wash the dishes or mop the floor or what-not b/c of the pain/exhaustion/weakness/dizziness/tremb… she will proceed to yell at me and call me "worthless" and "useless" and "good for nothing" and "lazy" and it really hurts. I am concerned that with my decision to get the chair, she will be extremely negative about it as well. As for my friends, they know that I go through these flares that can last from a day or 2 up to several months. However, they can't really grasp how intense the symptoms are b/c I typically hide them from them as best I can.

    How can I explain to my mother that I need the chair without her being negative about it?

    How can I explain to my friends that I need the chair and get them to be supportive and to not be uncomfortable about it?

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother is that negative even without the wheelchair, it's unlikely that you'll be able to get her to have a positive response to that either, or to anything else for that matter. There is some chance that if you get her to go along with you to a doctor, preferably whatever specialist you work with to treat the symptoms of your condition, the doctor can explain the severity of the flare ups in a way that she will understand and believe. Sometimes people are predisposed to assume someone is exaggerating, but are willing to trust a professional who delivers essentially the same information.

      As for your friends, some of them will probably be uncomfortable about it at first, and others might not. But hopefully all will at least be supportive, so if they act strange for a while, forgive them. They'll probably be awkwardly deciding whether to offer to help you with certain things or not. Offering implies that they believe you need help, which they'll think could offend you if you really don't, but not offering when you really do need help would be rude, so it's going to be a little awkward at first until they learn what to help with and what not to. Once they know that, things should pretty much get back to normal.

      Best of luck to you, and I hope the wheelchair is a big help in improving your quality of life during flare ups.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I explain to my family and friends that I need to use a wheelchair?
    I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 2 years but have been living with it for 12 years. The doctors are also suspicious of the possibility that I may have lupus, MS, or a number of similar conditions. My flare ups have been getting progressively more severe lately and have been having increases in the duration as well. Normally, with a flare up, I can get by with just using a cane or my forearm crutches. Unfortunately, my most recent flares have been so severe that it is next to impossible to get around even with the crutches. Because of this fact, I have decided to purchase a wheelchair to improve my quality of life. I am extremely excited to get it b/c it will help me in so many ways. The problem really lies with my mother. I have been living with her for the last year and a half since I had no where to go when I left my abusive ex-husband. She sees me in pain, but she doesn't really understand it. When I am unable to wash the dishes or mop the floor or what-not b/c of the pain/exhaustion/weakness/dizziness/trembling/twitching, she will proceed to yell at me and call me "worthless" and "useless" and "good for nothing" and "lazy" and it really hurts. I am concerned that with my decision to get the chair, she will be extremely negative about it as well. As for my friends, they know that I go through these flares that can last from a day or 2 up to several months. However, they can't really grasp how intense the symptoms are b/c I typically hide them from them as best I can.

    How can I explain to my mother that I need the chair without her being negative about it?

    How can I explain to my friends that I need the chair and get them to be supportive and to not be uncomfortable about it?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I explain to my family and friends that I need to use a wheelchair?
    I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 2 years but have been living with it for 12 years. The doctors are also suspicious of the possibility that I may have lupus, MS, or a number of similar conditions. My flare ups have been getting progressively more severe lately and have been having increases in the duration as well. Normally, with a flare up, I can get by with just using a cane or my forearm crutches. Unfortunately, my most recent flares have been so severe that it is next to impossible to get around even with the crutches. Because of this fact, I have decided to purchase a wheelchair to improve my quality of life. I am extremely excited to get it b/c it will help me in so many ways. The problem really lies with my mother. I have been living with her for the last year and a half since I had no where to go when I left my abusive ex-husband. She sees me in pain, but she doesn't really understand it. When I am unable to wash the dishes or mop the floor or what-not b/c of the pain/exhaustion/weakness/dizziness/tremb… she will proceed to yell at me and call me "worthless" and "useless" and "good for nothing" and "lazy" and it really hurts. I am concerned that with my decision to get the chair, she will be extremely negative about it as well. As for my friends, they know that I go through these flares that can last from a day or 2 up to several months. However, they can't really grasp how intense the symptoms are b/c I typically hide them from them as best I can.

    How can I explain to my mother that I need the chair without her being negative about it?

    How can I explain to my friends that I need the chair and get them to be supportive and to not be uncomfortable about it?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I explain to my family and friends that I need to use a wheelchair?
    I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 2 years but have been living with it for 12 years. The doctors are also suspicious of the possibility that I may have lupus, MS, or a number of similar conditions. My flare ups have been getting progressively more severe lately and have been having increases in the duration as well. Normally, with a flare up, I can get by with just using a cane or my forearm crutches. Unfortunately, my most recent flares have been so severe that it is next to impossible to get around even with the crutches. Because of this fact, I have decided to purchase a wheelchair to improve my quality of life. I am extremely excited to get it b/c it will help me in so many ways. The problem really lies with my mother. I have been living with her for the last year and a half since I had no where to go when I left my abusive ex-husband. She sees me in pain, but she doesn't really understand it. When I am unable to wash the dishes or mop the floor or what-not b/c of the pain/exhaustion/weakness/dizziness/tremb… she will proceed to yell at me and call me "worthless" and "useless" and "good for nothing" and "lazy" and it really hurts. I am concerned that with my decision to get the chair, she will be extremely negative about it as well. As for my friends, they know that I go through these flares that can last from a day or 2 up to several months. However, they can't really grasp how intense the symptoms are b/c I typically hide them from them as best I can.

    How can I explain to my mother that I need the chair without her being negative about it?

    How can I explain to my friends that I need the chair and get them to be supportive and to not be uncomfortable about it?

    • ANSWER:


First Symptoms Of Lupus Rash

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It may seem that the simply kind of allergy that a child may have is a break outs from other diaper. Nevertheless, there are various kinds of breakouts your child may are afflicted by. Their skin is so delicate which is continuously being exposed to fresh materials, products, as well as other elements. It is all totally new to a baby plus they may well are in contact with something which can easily cause a allergy. It is common for babies to possess breakouts, and you ought to understand what they have just before successfully managing it. Below are a few from the various kinds of baby rashes.

Baby Rash Check out extra info ...It may seem that the simply kind of allergy that a child may have is a break outs from other diaper. Nevertheless, there are various kinds of breakouts your child may are afflicted by. It is common for babies to possess breakouts, and you ought to understand what they have just before successfully managing it. Below are a few from the various kinds of baby rashes.
Lots of infants are born with a allergy referred to as support cap. It can be brought on by blocked pores which typically take place about the scalp, confront, or perhaps neck of the guitar of one's infant. It could be easily treated. Fortunately, this particular break outs is not going to irritate just like additional breakouts do. It is possible to deal with this kind of allergy together with baby oil or even specific baby hair shampoos. This kind of skin can seem to appear yellowish in color, possess dried up sections, scaly looking epidermis, or even flaking of your skin. That is similar to dry skin, yet cradle cap only seems about newborn babies.

A different type of rash in which normally happens on a infant's encounter is known as prickly warmth or perhaps armed service. This kind of frequently happens if you live in a comfortable environment or perhaps in case your infant is simply too very hot. When your infant creates perspiration, their own pores may become clogged. Because of this particular, tiny humps can be shown about their own nasal area. The actual break outs generally will come as sore spots. The actual sores are evident, as well as they cannot appear to be acne. If your little one is actually outfitted too warm they are able to fully grasp this break outs on the rest of their entire body. It's going to get rid of alone yet be sure to make your new born's heat.

A common rash that a lot of babies can have problems with is baby diapers allergy. This is often a very serious rash whether it is not handled correctly or even left untreated. It's very annoying as well as could cause blisters, blood loss, dry flaky skin, and plenty of intensive irritation or burning. Baby diapers allergy can be cured along with diaper salve, washing the epidermis, and also wearing organic or even cloth diapers. Usually this allergy happens whenever you bring in solid foods directly into your own kid's diet plan.

A type of rash that occurs usually together with guys is actually child zits, which is also known as infantile acne or neonatal acne. This particular pores and skin rash will go apart on its own right after period. Generally, it will occur during your newborn's first a couple of months after delivery. It can be caused by mother's the body's hormones exposure inside the tummy.

Caring for the baby's epidermis is essential. It is advisable to make an effort to cease skin breakouts prior to they take place or treat all of them when they perform occur. Making use of diaper cream, baby oils, lotions, and also creams will soothe annoying skin breakouts. Make use of child skin oils that don't clog up pores due to the fact which could cause a break outs or boost irritation. Natural natural oils are usually soothing and is not going to clog follicles.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someone please diagnose my symptoms? Lupus possibly?
    I have developed a rash on my stomach that has began to spread up to my upper arm. I first developed this rash when I was twelve. I didn't think much of it, but now since it has began to spread it has become a concern. It is flaky and very itchy. Even after I apply lotion it is still very itchty. They are brown-ish circles. It has just recently began to increase in itchiness.
    In the past month I have felt very sick. I have never in my life fainted, but I came very close two times. I began to black out and become dizzy. I almost completley passed out I was sweating profusely and then I sat down and I was fine. I had no anxiety..I was fine all day and I had eaten..I made sure of it. My eating habits are very healthy. My knees were not locked. I have no idea what brought this spell on.
    Also, I have been feeling a litte depressed, more than usual, recently as well.
    I have been running a fever on and off all month..and just feeling sick as well.
    I never get sick. I have also been expericing more headaches. Lupus crossed my mind, but I am unsure if I am just jumping to conclusions...also diabetes crossed my mind, that runs in my family.
    I was unsure what category to put this in...
    Anyways, I was just hoping for a diagnosis and what steps I should take to get rid of my symptoms..
    Thank you so much...

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  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone in Yahoo-land had any experience (first-hand or otherwise) with the disease Lupus?
    I am now being tested for this disease (I show some of the "classic" symptoms - unexplained rashes, the facial butterfly rash, fatigue, arthritis, weight loss - and am looking for help in dealing with the disease if I do have it. What drugs have provided relief for you? Alternative therapies?
    I am being tested right now thru my doctor's office.

    • ANSWER:
      yes...hubby had SLE....a severe form. Plenty of websites giving help and remedies through diet and excercise to ease symptoms. Good luck xxx also, you could search "lupus" or "SLE" in answers here...

  3. QUESTION:
    So about two years ago i was diagnosed with lupus..?
    And i took medication for it, and it got better. I know that it never truly goes away.. that I have the disease for life, but it hasn't flared up in a while. However, the first symptom I got of lupus was the butterfly rash across my cheeks and nose, and that has never gone away. Is there any way I can get rid of it? I look really awkward with the rash across my face =/
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Good advice Linda,

      Have you seen your dermatologist lately. There is new research into treatments for the Malar rash (butterfly rash) associtated with lupus. I am not sure whether they are on the market yet.

      This type of rash is photo sensitive which means that ultraviolet light makes it worse. So take remember to wear good sun screen.

      I hope you are able to find some answers soon. Lupus is a little understood medical condition but advancement in treatments are happening every year.

      Rusty
      http://arthritis-symptom.com/lupus/index.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    could my symptoms equal lupus?
    I am a 20 year old white female. I have had a very sever scaly rash on my scalp belly and legs for almost 3 years now. Around the time it first showed up I had a doctor tell me it was psoriosis but no medication has ever made it go away. I have a rosy colored painless redness that goes across my cheeks and nose. I always have ulcars in my mouth and never really think anything of it. Ever since I was little I have had terrible kidney infections and have been hospitalized twice for them. I am always sleepy and never feel like I am fully rested. I am nervous that this is all sounding like lupus symptoms. could anyone give me any feedback before i go to a physician?

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  5. QUESTION:
    Are these Lupus symptoms?
    Hello all,
    I am trying to get ready from my appointment with the Rhuematologist. I had a positive ANA both Homogeneous and Speckled @1:320. Well I wanted to know which of my symptoms are lupus symptoms, cause not a lot of my symptoms fit the lupus symptoms mold. It all started for me with Diarrhea, I would get randomly. Now I have almost all time and for about 2 to 6 weeks at a time it will be really bad along with stomach pains. In march it got so bad the lower left part of my colon was so inflamed you could see it when I laid down. Then I got what they thought was Bell's Palsy for no reason at but that came and went. I don't really get rashes but I do get sun burn really easy at times but not all the time. I have also had sun poisoning twice, oh and I black if that matters. My hands and feet swell sometimes, and last summer the knuckles swelling petty bad no color just lots of pain. In April my joints start hurting, slight at first and it was on and of. Now its all the time, and sever, with weakness in my hands. I do have a vitamin D deficiency. Shortly after the joints I started feeling dizzy all the time, the kind of dizzy where it feels like your not breathing enough. Then started getting a crackling in my neck like I had pop rocks in my neck, followed by sever pressure. I also have a sore in my nose that I have had for about 2 months. Well sometime in mid July I started getting what I thought was heart burn, but nothing I took for it would make go. My chest to my throat was on fire for 3 weeks and then it just went away. I'm very fatigued. My hair is falling from the root, about a brush full a day. I can't focus. I feel like I'm breathing baby powder and coughing doesn't help it go away. And last but not least, I keep having these spells where my pulse rate stays around 120, and it feels like my heart and lungs are in competition for space and oh does that hurt, I even went to the ER, and they just did an EKG and sent me home feeling the same way.

    Sorry its so long but if some could please read and let me if these are symptoms of anything or if I'm crazy.
    Thanks,
    Brittany

    • ANSWER:
      No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus have mild disease characterized by episodes — called flares — when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve or even disappear completely for a time.

      The signs and symptoms of lupus that you experience will depend on which body systems are affected by the disease. But, in general, lupus signs and symptoms may include:

      Fatigue
      Fever
      Weight loss or gain
      Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
      Butterfly-shaped rash (malar rash) on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose
      Skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure
      Mouth sores
      Hair loss (alopecia)
      Fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud's phenomenon)
      Shortness of breath
      Chest pain
      Dry eyes
      Easy bruising
      Anxiety
      Depression
      Memory loss

      When to see a doctor:
      If you develop an unexplained rash, ongoing fever, persistent aching or fatigue, see your doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    Might I Have Lupus without rash?
    I'm fourteen and I'm concerned i may have lupus. Although I'm Not entirely sure I have a few of the symptoms and my mum has rheumatoid arthritis.
    I have severe pain in both of my knees and have been asking my doctors what they think it could for the first couple of weeks it was dismissed as a sprain, damaged ligament and nurse-maids knee. But all of these things should have cleared up in 3-5 weeks. The pain just kept getting worse and worse. when my mum got diagonsed with artheritis i was tested to make sure i didnt have it. I didn't however when taking these blood tests they discovered i am anemic and have been for quite some time.
    My Symptoms are
    * joint pain and stiffness, with or without swelling
    * muscle aches and pains
    * feeling very tired
    * anemia
    * hair loss
    * dizzy spells
    * feeling sad
    * night sweats
    * Nausea
    * Headaches
    * Dry eyes

    Is it possible i have lupus? And Should i talk to my GP about it?
    Many thanks
    Daisy (: x

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  7. QUESTION:
    How common are these symptoms in the earlier stages of Lupus (SLE)?
    * Frequent and or blocked urination
    * Muscle spasms & weakness
    * Muscle tingling/pins & needles
    * Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    * Loss of coordination & sensation (starting with feet and then hands)
    * Numbness/tingling in neck
    * Shakiness
    * Loss/less of sweating in hands & feet
    * Eye floaters/eye flashers & pressure and blurry spots/dimness in eyes
    *Headaches w/ some mood changes & trouble focusing

    I am 17 and a half y/o, and almost positive that I have SLE. I was just diagnosed with Raynauds. I get symmetrical joint pains & have the malar rash. My eyes and mouth get dry frequently. My grandfather had type 1 diabetes, and my aunt (on the other side of the family) has sclederma and hypothyroidsm.

    * Out of those list of symptoms the first were the eye changes and carpal tunnel w/ numbness in hands/feet. This seems to be progessing & i am verry VERY frightened. (i am going to the eye doctor tomorrow & am seeing a neurologist VERY soon.)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes some of those symptoms do relate to lupus. You should see a doctor ASAP! Go now.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can the ER diagnose Lupus?
    A little back story- I have several symptoms of lupus. Excessive tiredness, joint pain, painful skin rashes that come and go, mouth ulcers, all that stuff. My physician doesn't seem to take me seriously when I say I don't feel well, or that antihistamines and itch creams do not help my rashes. My fingers do not turn blue when cold, but the nail beds do. So far the skin rashes have been mild. It'll start with a few bumps somewhere and by a few days later I have several small patches of itchy, painful rash that take a week or two to resolve. The worst case I've dealt with, until now, was during a trip to the beach. I thought maybe I was sensitive to something new I encountered on my trip and again allergy meds and creams did nothing. It wasn't until I started reading about Lupus that I found out about photosensitivity and rashes caused by sun exposure. That incident took 3 weeks to fully resolve.

    Starting two weeks ago I started getting tired, almost zombie like. I was very groggy, couldn't think straight, and my hands HURT. The only comfortable position I could keep my hands in were balled in a loose fist, extending the fingers was painful. That eased up a bit, but body aches soon kicked in, and are worst first thing in the morning. On Saturday I noticed a weird spot on my upper thigh that looked like rug burn under the skin. Nothing raised, no sores, pain or itching involved. By last night I had a couple of bumps surface and that was it before bed. When I awoke this morning my thighs burned. I had an intense rash down the front and inner parts of both thighs. The rash bumps thinned out but still continued to my calfs. I also have patches of bumps on the nape of my neck, my shoulder, my ribs and I have non-raised red spots on the back of my hands and underside of my right arm.

    I am tired of my doctor's lack of understanding of the issue. I went in last week for the pain and fatigue and he wanted to test my thyroid and other basic blood levels. All was normal except for my vitamin D, which I take a daily supplement for already so I found it odd that it was low. More research has revealed that lupus patients often struggle with low vitamin D. I'm afraid that if I go to my doctor that he'll try to brush this off as a basic rash and send me home with another cream that will do nothing for me. If I go the ER will they be able to do anything? I want to be seen with the rash in full force, so waiting for an opening at a new physician's office won't do. I don't want to waste a trip to the ER if they're just going to tell me to see my primary doctor.

    Advice please!

    • ANSWER:
      Better than waiting for a rash....... From the sound of it, you very much need to have the thyroid testing ... TSH and Antibodies (make sure BOTH!) All of this can be from thyroid disease.

      Blessings

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it hard to diagnose Lupus in a teen with no positive labs?
    My very active, healthy, 15 year old daughter has been sick since November 2009. She started complaining of headaches, joint pain, chest pain, painful periods,tiredness and dizziness around the beginning of that month. Her symptoms would come and go. By mid month she was coming home from school, getting a snack & doing her homework as normal, but by 5:00pm she was asleep on the couch 3 out of 5 days during the school week. She would wake up long enough to eat, get a shower, text a little and then be in bed asleep by 10:00pm. Over Thanksgiving break from school, I noticed she was sleeping most of the days. She went back to school that following Monday. She kept telling me she was fine, "just tired from sports, school, etc. The next morning, Tuesday, she was noticeably sick with a fever. She also had a swollen gland under her right arm. So I took her to the doctor. Lauren had been sick back in September 2009 with H1N1 AND Strep-throat AT THE SAME TIME and her Pediatrician new this. She seemed to think that Lauren had a viral infection and ordered blood tests for Cat Scratch fever, Epstein Barr and ran a CMP. (Also strep & Flu swabs) In the meantime she prescribed her Omnicef. Both came back negative and the CMP was normal. It was several days later that we got the test results, because of the weekend. Lauren was still sick. She was running a fever, swollen glands, achy joints, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, extra cold hands and feet,chest pains, headaches and sleeping constantly. (Even after having an antibiotic.) Her doctor ordered a chest X-ray, EKG, urine sample, CBC. Everything was normal. By December 16, 2009 we were getting frustrated after numerous tests and no answer but still a sick kid that was too sick and hurt too much to go to school. Our Doctor decided to send us to a Pediatric Rheumatologist. Knowing this, I decided to contact Lauren's biological father's parents to get a family history.(Lauren was adopted by my husband after her father gave up his parental rights and we do not have any contact with his family) I found out from them that eight women on Lauren's grandmother's side of the family have/had (SLE) Lupus. My daughter's grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, three great-aunts and two cousins ALL were diagnosed with Lupus. I immediately contacted her doctor. She was not going to be there the rest of the week. Knowing that Christmas was the next week and it would be a short week for everyone, I made an appointment with another doctor in the group to see if he would go ahead and order the blood work commonly used to help diagnose Lupus. His first response to me was, "But she doesn't have the butterfly rash." I was quick to point out that not all Lupus patients has the malar rash. He agreed and proceeded with the testing. He ordered the following: ANA level, Anti-DSdna, Sed-rate. ALL came back negative and normal. Meantime we were made an appointment with a Rheumatologist Specializing in Pediatrics. We had to wait 2 months. During that time Lauren's symptoms were the same but she would have good days and bad days. We still saw the doctor when "odd" things would come up. Her knee would swell up for no reason, her throat would hurt but no strep, on and off gland swelling and lots of coughs and colds. She had lost 12 lbs by this point. We began a homebound school program for her after Christmas break and made sure she was still active and saw her friends. Her doctor kept saying it was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I didn't agree with that. Finally our day with the Rheumatologist came! We were SO ready for answers or at least a plan. We traveled 2 1/2 hours away to a very well known pediatric hospital. After asking Lauren and I about her symptoms and performing a physical exam of her joints, he said he thought he could "help" her. He told us that we could rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. (I was so relieved) He prescribed her 10mg of Elavil every night before bed to "promote healthy sleep" and instructed Lauren to start walking 10 minutes a day for a week and then do a little more each week until she was back to her normal physical routine. He told me that he thought she had received "a double whammy" from having H1N1 & Strep in September of the previous year and her body had just "shut itself down" from the stress of being so active in school, sports, etc. (Lauren is a straight A student, plays soccer and really strives to be the best she can be) He called it a "short-term Fibromyalgia" and said it wold go away eventually. I was pretty satisfied with his plan and agreed that we would definitely try. At this point, after her being sick for almost 4 months, I was willing to try anything. So this past Monday she started taking the Elavil at night, before bedtime. Thursday morning she woke up with a prominent, red rash underneath her eyes that spreads from one cheek, across the bridge of her nose and over to the other cheek. I thought immediately that she was havi

    • ANSWER:
      Having read what you've written I'm very worried. From what you are describing and the family history of lupus I would STRONGLY recommend getting a second opinion. The problem with lupus, apart from the fact it mimics other illnesses, is that the blood tests can come back negative in patients that actually have lupus and this happens in about 10% of the cases. It takes a lupus specialist to be able to diagnose lupus when that happens and often some rheumatologists aren't always specialised enough in lupus.

      You are correct when you say that lupus patients don't all have the butterfly rash, infact it's very rare, much more so than people think. I have lupus and I have had one rash in 14 years and that was when it first started and was on my legs.

      She is showing classic signs of lupus (and nearly ALL of the symptoms!) and if I were you I'd be VERY persistent about getting to see a lupus specialist to rule it out as if lupus is left alone and not treated it can be very problematic. I really can't urge you strongly enough to keep pursuing this, she really is manifesting too many symptoms to be ignored. As lupus is often triggered by hormonal activity the age your daughter is now would be a prime age for this to happen.

      Please visit our website where there is more information on lupus (and it's correct medical information as opposed to some of the info on the web), we also have a nurse online if you want to ask any questions: http://www.lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm, dependant upon where you live she might be able to recommend a top lupus specialist as she knows lots worldwide. Also very shortly (hopefully within days) there will be a brand new lupus documentary on the website which will be free to view with actual patients talking about having lupus. It may be worth your while watching it as I do think you'll recognise some of your daughters symptoms being described.

      Good Luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Lupus / leukemia question?
    i am a 15 year old female and i have had odd unrelated symptoms recently. a family friend of ours was just looking around at things on the internet and said i am showing symptoms of lupus and leukemia. but i dont have a fever. these are the symptoms i have been having

    i get this rash on and off on my legs its like red pinpoint looking dots it doesnt really itch to much or anything its just kinda there , i thought i got it like a sun rash but every now and then i get it indoors too , andi have some bumps mostly on my left arm which looked just like bug bites and they itch pretty bad when i first get them and i have had some scabs on them for about a week now i had about 15 bumps total and find some new ones every now and then and some of the old ones are gone

    i get short of breath often , like even when i get up quick and go up stairs my heart beats super hard and weird and it also happens when im active

    i have been loosing my hair , like not completely but just noticeably thinner feeling and i get clumps of hair when i shower or brush my hair i find hair on my bathroom floor.

    i have noticed i have been needing more sleep recently and i am more tired then normal. i used to not need much sleep at all and just be fine.

    and i think i slightly bruise easily. like as an example i ran into our boat about 2 weeks ago , and i still have some of the bruise left. i didnt even hit it that hard. but its not like i wake up with random bruises on me. and my scabs take awhile to heal. in softball i had slid and it took about a month total to heal, my scabs when heeling the scabs shrink instead of just falling off (i always though shrinking scabs were normal it was my friend who noticed it was not)

    i get lightheaded very often. like when i get up things go black but then fade back to normal

    i dont really like exercising because i tire easily and just cant really do most of it

    and i havent been to hungry lately either

    i am also very fair skined normally but have been a little paler then i normally am too.

    i have been decreased in hunger mostly since i got a bad virus in the begining of the summer and right when school was ending. i just got over it fully in the begining or middle of july. and i am already getting a cold. i have had slight weight loss, wwhichis odd for me because im super thin and skinny so my weight nnormallydoesnt change much if it does only by 2 or 3 pounds tops

    i wear contacts and have been having extreamly red eyes. i think it may be irriatation to my contacts but even if i dont wear them for a few days it slowly gets better but its still there. it normaly gets a little better overnight. but within the past almost week i havent woren my contacts at all or for only a few hours a day and its hasnt gotten better. its off and on. and just last night i got these white bumps liek 2 or 3 of them on the outter ring of the colored part of my eye. it looked just like it was a little clump of eye goo (kinda like the goo you get when you have pink eye just white clearish goo)
    just last week i had some pain under my left rib cage and it lasted for a long time and we went in and they said it was constipation? i still slightly slightly barly have that pain anymore even though we fixed the constipation problem a long time ago. and none of my symptoms are to sever either
    yes i do have a doctor app comming up. because i know that alot of my sypmtoms are mild thats what makes me wonder

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor. You have a lot of different symptoms which could be nothing at all
      or something serious.

  11. QUESTION:
    leukemia / lupus question?
    i am a 15 year old female and i have had odd unrelated symptoms recently. a family friend of ours was just looking around at things on the internet and said i am showing symptoms of lupus and leukemia. but i dont have a fever. these are the symptoms i have been having

    i get this rash on and off on my legs its like red pinpoint looking dots it doesnt really itch to much or anything its just kinda there , i thought i got it like a sun rash but every now and then i get it indoors too , andi have some bumps mostly on my left arm which looked just like bug bites and they itch pretty bad when i first get them and i have had some scabs on them for about a week now i had about 15 bumps total and find some new ones every now and then and some of the old ones are gone

    i get short of breath often , like even when i get up quick and go up stairs my heart beats super hard and weird and it also happens when im active

    i have been loosing my hair , like not completely but just noticeably thinner feeling and i get clumps of hair when i shower or brush my hair i find hair on my bathroom floor.

    i have noticed i have been needing more sleep recently and i am more tired then normal. i used to not need much sleep at all and just be fine.

    and i think i slightly bruise easily. like as an example i ran into our boat about 2 weeks ago , and i still have some of the bruise left. i didnt even hit it that hard. but its not like i wake up with random bruises on me. and my scabs take awhile to heal. in softball i had slid and it took about a month total to heal, my scabs when heeling the scabs shrink instead of just falling off (i always though shrinking scabs were normal it was my friend who noticed it was not)

    i get lightheaded very often. like when i get up things go black but then fade back to normal

    i dont really like exercising because i tire easily and just cant really do most of it

    and i havent been to hungry lately either

    i am also very fair skined normally but have been a little paler then i normally am too.

    i have been decreased in hunger mostly since i got a bad virus in the begining of the summer and right when school was ending. i just got over it fully in the begining or middle of july. and i am already getting a cold. i have had slight weight loss, wwhichis odd for me because im super thin and skinny so my weight nnormallydoesnt change much if it does only by 2 or 3 pounds tops

    i wear contacts and have been having extreamly red eyes. i think it may be irriatation to my contacts but even if i dont wear them for a few days it slowly gets better but its still there. it normaly gets a little better overnight. but within the past almost week i havent woren my contacts at all or for only a few hours a day and its hasnt gotten better. its off and on. and just last night i got these white bumps liek 2 or 3 of them on the outter ring of the colored part of my eye. it looked just like it was a little clump of eye goo (kinda like the goo you get when you have pink eye just white clearish goo)
    just last week i had some pain under my left rib cage and it lasted for a long time and we went in and they said it was constipation? i still slightly slightly barly have that pain anymore even though we fixed the constipation problem a long time ago. and none of my symptoms are to sever either
    i am going to the doctor. and i am not researching the internet. a family friend had mentioned it.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doc and get a CBC done.

  12. QUESTION:
    Anybody with Lupus? help?
    I have been tested by blood for Lupus but it came back normal... I have the rashes the joint pain and swelling, fatigue, anxiety, I get short of breath and chest pain and the sun and light hurts my eyes.... the sun makes my skin more red in my rashy areas. I am meeting with a rheumatologist but it isn't until feburary 18 and I am wondering what other tests are done. what your first symptoms were, and how long diagnosis takes....... By the way it really hurts when i run or put pressure on my knees or elbows is that a symtom or does that agravate it because I am in PE and we do stuff like that every day..... I really need help any help is welcomed

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with Lupus maybe 20 years ago, it took about 5 years of blood work before they ("THE DOCTORS") made this diagnosis. I suffered with joint pain, swelling, fatigue, raynauds,surgery, etc. Lupus can take years to diagnose. (its an autoimmune disease) An there are 4 forms of lupus. Cutaneous, Systemic, Drug Induced, & Neonatal. All the doctors did in the 5 years was put me on drugs to help the pain. I think the drugs were part of the caused of my lupus. "drug induced lupus" I now suffer from Crohn's disease, and Fibromyalgia, and cronic back pain. Which the symtoms can be very simalar. If you suffer with any gastro problems be sure to let your doctors know. Lupus and Arthritis are very simular also, if the blood test do not show Lupus you may have some type of Arthritis. Inflammation is the key word. Lupus, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, they are all similar, an very painful. Best of luck to you,

  13. QUESTION:
    Do I have lupus, and how do you get diagnosed if you do have lupus?
    I had an ANA panel done, suggesting to my doctor that I think have lupus. I have researched my pain and other symptoms for years and think that this is what I have. My test was positive for double-stranded DNA. What does this mean? I have never actually met my doctor. I see a doctors assistant and I think she has no idea what she is doing. I am scheduled see a rheumatologist on April 14, but I really want to know what anyone with experience thinks about my condition before I see him. It has taken me 5 months to get this appointment after I could convince anyone at all of my symptoms. I hurt much more than a 27 year old should hurt. I have 2 kids that I need to be out running around with and it kills me that I hurt too bad to do the things I should be doing as a mother. Can anyone help me? Oh, I should add that Meloxicam helps my pain immensely, but I have been told to stop taking it because my kidneys are bad. Well, my creatonin (not sure of spelling) is high. It also helps my joints stop popping. They pop almost every time I move, so loud that everyone around me hears them! I am very tired all the time. I also feel like I am pulling half of my hair out every time I brush it. I get a puffy red rash the first time I get in the sun every summer. I have serious stomach problems. I have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome which often comes with an autoimmune disorder. I really want to finally know what is wrong with me so I can treat it in some way. I am miserable and I have been for awhile. Even if I am going to die soon, I would just love to know why! Doctors can't find a cause for my problems even though they know I have them. HELP, PLEASE?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have tested positive for a DS-DNA test then you most likely have Lupus. While there is no definitive test for Lupus the DS-DNA test is one of the best at ruling Lupus IN. That is to say that people with Lupus can test negative for the DS-DNA but there are very, very few false positives with this test.

      With your creatinine clearance being high, an indicator that your kidneys are in distress, you should not be taking the Meloxicam as this can put stress on them.

      The good news is that Lupus can be treated. You may need to have methotrexate or cytoxan to stop the Lupus Nephritis (when Lupus is attacking your kidneys). There is a new drug in phase three trials that is on a path to being approved for Lupus Nephritis, you may want to look into it...it's called Benlysta (Belimumab).

      You also may have to have a course of high dose oral steroids to help with the inflammation.

      There is a lot of help out there. Check out Lupus.org and look for a local support group in your area. Those who have dealt with the disease for years will have a lot of insight as to what to expect.

      Matador above has some good (although dated) information regarding the tests performed. The BILAG criteria that he mentions (four of eleven symptoms for diagnosis) was never meant to be used as a diagnostic tool it was for acceptance into a Lupus study. This criteria has been utilized for years by doctors who misunderstood its usage and is only now being quashed by the AMA.

      You appear to have kidney involvement and a biopsy may be necessary. A diagnosis of Lupus can be made if that biopsy shows Lupus Nephritis regardless if you have any of the other eleven criteria...thus the reason the BILAG criteria is just a guideline.

  14. QUESTION:
    hello i have sle(lupus)for 5 yrs now, do my sypmtoms mean my lupus is active?
    I am the typical story, I suffered for one year with doctors disbelief that something was wrong even after the rash broke out covering almost my entire body, it wasnt until I ended up in the ER for two weeks when I finally got the definete answers to my elements. I have SLE,discoud lupus, now lupus nepritis and so on. Now my first indication that something was wrong with me was joint pain(i thought carpool tunnel), but the pain eventually spread everywhere and then the fatigue, and then swollen joints and raynuads syndrome,so of course then fibromayglia. When I left the hospital I wasn't as fatigued but the pain never went away nor the joint swelling, just a differnet joint everyday,so for five yrs I'v been on oxycotin and percocet to live a more pain managed life, but sometimes my symptoms get even worse( how could they?) they do basically my joint pain becomes every joint, the pain medicnes stop working, I cant walk without a walker or I walk very slow and painfully, so I tell my doctor as always andwe run more labs, platlets at 60K,but not low enough for her to be concerned shes waitin for mor test results, she says that although I have these sypmtoms including a lovely rash, that my lupus may not be active. Please anyone is this BS or what? Can you have what is obviously a flare and it not be your lupus causing it? right now i am on imuran and plaqnil and i was on predinose for 4 years straight and finally said no more because it wasnt controlling these elments, she wants to but me back on it to bring my platlets up, but i know once i go off they go down again, I have been on every medicatio for sle and none have changed anything, I have had rituxan injects no chnage so last year we tried it again and i had an allergic reaction. She doesnt want to try cytoxan because she says it doesnt help with swollen joints fatigue or pain, does any one know or have any idea? please give me your suggestions, thank you and sorry for the spelling my hands hurt and keep missing the letters.
    i'm sorry i forgot to mention , i've tried cellcept for two years no help sp they took me off, methotrayate for did not help either, we did the rituxamab once it did nothing so we tried it again a year later and i had a severe allergic reaction so no more of that. I am on 200mg plaqnil 2 times a day and imuran3x a day, i also do accupuncture thru kaiser but only for two months now and start biofeed back next week. I have been on permanant disability Social security since i got lupus in 2003(it took 18 months),I'm 34 this happened when i was 27-28. All your answers have been great, if my doctor would try the cytoxan i would be more than willing she doesnt think it will help with the joint pain and swelling or the fatique, I just had an Mri for the headaches today so maybe that will show them something.

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  15. QUESTION:
    Diagnose My Unusual Symptoms?
    I have developed a rash on my stomach that has began to spread up to my upper arm. I first developed this rash when I was twelve. I didn't think much of it, but now since it has began to spread it has become a concern. It is flaky and very itchy. Even after I apply lotion it is still very itchty. They are brown-ish circles. It has just recently began to increase in itchiness.
    In the past month I have felt very sick. I have never in my life fainted, but I came very close two times. I began to black out and become dizzy. I almost completley passed out I was sweating profusely and then I sat down and I was fine. I had no anxiety..I was fine all day and I had eaten..I made sure of it. My eating habits are very healthy. My knees were not locked. I have no idea what brought this spell on.
    Also, I have been feeling a litte depressed, more than usual, recently as well.
    I have been running a fever on and off all month..and just feeling sick as well.
    I never get sick. I have also been expericing more headaches. Lupus crossed my mind, but I am unsure if I am just jumping to conclusions...also diabetes crossed my mind, that runs in my family.
    I was unsure what category to put this in...
    Anyways, I was just hoping for a diagnosis and what steps I should take to get rid of my symptoms..
    Thank you so much...

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  16. QUESTION:
    Help identifying a condition that involves joint pain & swelling along w/ a raised rash only over the joints?
    Starting when I was about 12 years old, I have occasionally had bouts with a strange, unidentified illness. It starts with a little bit of stiffness in the mornings, and progresses over a period of days until the joints are VERY swollen and aching in the mornings, along with a raised, reddish colored rash over each of the affected joints. The raised welts fade down as the day progresses, but the redness and itchiness over the joints remains, along with stiffness and joint pain. Each morning, the joint pain, stiffness, and rash over the joints is worse than the day before.
    It usually starts with the knuckles and wrists of both hands, and progresses to include the elbows, ankles, toes, knees, and even the jaw. Each time the illness has presented, I have seen a doctor who has been completely mystified. I am usually prescribed an anti-inflammatory medicine of some variety to alleviate the symptoms. Once I take a few doses, all symptoms disappear. After the first onset, the length of time between symptoms has been longer each time. As a teenager, it would be a few months apart, and as I got older, more and more years pass between symptoms appearing. The only symptoms are the joint pain and raised welts over the joints - no fever or pain anywhere else.

    Due to the fact that the symptoms are the worst when I first wake up and fade some during the day, along with the fact that all symptoms disappear once I take any medications to alleviate the pain and itching, no one has been able to diagnose it. When there are no symptoms, doctors can't find a thing wrong with me. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

    (I am familiar with lupus, lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc. Doctors have all told me that my symptoms are atypical for those diseases.)
    A point of clarification - I haven't had a flare up with this in years, so I'm not looking for a way to treat it. I just want to know what it could be, or if anyone else has experienced the same symptoms. A number of doctors and specialists have told me they've never seen anything like it.

    • ANSWER:
      time to call House.. and if he won't see you, whip out yer gun. :P

  17. QUESTION:
    Possible Lupus?
    Is lupus a slow progression or does it rapidly develop? I think I may have lupus. After researching, I've come to realize that I have several of the symptoms, some I've had for years and others developed recently.I'm 25 Symptoms are: Knee pains; started in my early teens,had x-rays but they showed nothing.In the past few years they've started giving out and tingling like they're going to sleep. Next: migraines; started in my later teens, Dr. said they were stress related. I'm tired alot, I get the recommended 7-8 hrs of sleep most nights but I'm still tired. Then there is depression/anxiety:Started having mild anxiety attacks and mild depression in my late teens, again Dr. said it was stress. I also have been getting knots on my legs when I stand for more than 10-20 mins. The knots don't hurt. This spring I was out in the sun and developed a rash on my exposed skin.First it felt like razor burn, then it became itchy.Never happened before. None on my face however.Normal signs of lupus?
    About the skin rash, it was definitely not a sunburn, I've had plenty of those. It was small red bumps. My mother has the same reaction to the sun/tanning bed but her's is everytime she's in the sun. Her doctor told her it was just an unexplained reaction to sun rays. Any other suggestions on what the rash could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, those are all the symptoms that I had for APS a sister of Lupus that was dismissed by doctors for years! Migraines were TIAs. Geez, I knew my vision cutting out in one eye wasn't right.

      I suggest you see a rheumatologist and get tested for both Lupus and APS.

      I am now on Coumadin, Aspirin and Plaquenil and guess what most of my problems including the so called "depression" is gone. Listen to what your body is telling you.

      ETA following your comments: Polymorpic Light Eruptions? Sounds like it is time to see a dermatologist. But tanning beds are high in UV that set off Lupus rashes. Start taking pictures of them for your doctor. And stay out of the tanning bed.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could I possibly have Lupus?
    I am a fifteen years old girl. My symptoms are:
    reynauds phenomenon, swollen/stiffness in joints (especially hands), extremely bad memory loss, fatigue and insomnia (exhaustion to the point where i can't sleep), headaches, dizziness, loss of concentration causing confusion, weakness (i often feel like my muscles are just so weak and fragile), depression (it comes and goes), joint pain (it's the worst in my knees), sensitivity to the sun (weird purple rashes that are not raised and last about a day), butterfly rash (only had it once when i was about 9), bad chest pains when breathing or moving (occasionally), hip pain, and anxiety.

    The symptoms are greater at times and i can go a while with out expirencing all of them. But I always seem to struggle with pain and fatigue the greatest.

    I've already been diagnosed with reynauds phenomenon. I was told that i DO NOT have arthritis at all. I've been tested for lupus twice. And was told i do not have it. A part of my ANA tests came back positive the first time. Is it possible that I have it and my doctors aren't catching it? If you have lupus, were you misdiagnosed at first?

    I'm really worried and confused about what is going on with my body. Believe me, I hope that I am not ill; but if I am I want to know. I feel like these symptoms are taking over my life with the constant pain and horrible fatigue.

    So is it probable that I have lupus and the doctors have misdiagnosed me? Please help.
    I forgot to mention that when I am expirencing just about most of the symptoms and they all seem to be greater, I always get this weird skin sensitivity. It feels tender to the touch and is even painful to take a shower because of the water touching my skin. I'm not sure if that would be a sign of a "flare" but I have always found it strange and a very important symptom.
    @Ginny jin: no i don't eat junk nor do i ever drink coffee but sometimes soda. i have a pretty healthy diet because of these symptoms. and i do spend most of my time indoors because of the pain and fatigue (it seems to control me). but i do walk about a mile or so 4 times out of the week to attempt stay active.
    @debbie: are there beginning stages to fibromyalgia? because i have read a little up on it and i have noticed that people talk about the pain being unbearable and constant. also that it was virtually impossible for them to lead a normal life. also i go to a very small highschool and i only have to walk to about three classes. i walk home almost everyday (that's where i get my mile from). but i do think that i am expirencing "fibro fogs". and very bad at that. they seem to be happening more and more lately. also i just recently started developing some of those symptoms. i almost feel like i am falling into sickness, if that makes sense

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  19. QUESTION:
    Do you think I may have lupus?
    I went researching about lupus, just for "fun", and I noticed that I had some symptoms. This is the symptom list on a website about lupus, and a description of what I feel in front:

    Red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks: This is what worries me the most. I go to the beach everyday, and when I come home I often get what seems to be blushing above my eyes, like when a guy gets drunk.

    Painful or swollen joints: I have had joint pain for some while, but only on one knee. It's a mild pain that comes at random times, regardless of what activity i'm doing.

    Unexplained fever: No fever at all

    Chest pain with deep breathing: No

    Swollen glands: No
    Extreme fatigue (feeling tired all the time): I can't say I feel tired all the time. It's more like laziness, if you know what I mean.

    Unusual hair loss (mainly on the scalp): No

    Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress: No

    Sensitivity to the sun: As I said in the first place I have clear skin and when i'm at the beach I tend to get burned.

    Low blood count: Don't know, but I had one 4 years ago and everything was fine.

    Depression, trouble thinking, and/or memory problems: Also worries me because I have hypochondria, as for memory issues I seem to forget very recent thoughts like 10 or 20 seconds ago.

    I also have some sinus inflammation, and my face gets hot at night when i'm home.

    • ANSWER:
      I do have Lupus and it is a very serious condition. It is very difficult to diagnoses and many people wait years for a diagnoses. If everyone were diagnosed by looking in a text book it would be great, but instead we go through years of tests and criticism from many specialists, some of whom tell us it is all in our heads. There is no one test to diagnose Lupus and all lupus patients present differently and suffer differently as well respond differently to treatment. Some live long productive lives others are not so lucky. Unless you truly believe you have a condition, be careful with what you read for fun and always consult a doctor. It is also good to go armed with proof as you have done - always stay a step ahead.

  20. QUESTION:
    Positive ANA, Lupus or something else?
    For a few years i have had many symptoms, was diagnosed with Diabetes and Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disorder) and I have symptoms such as bone/joint pain, tiredness, fatigue, back/neck/shoulder pain, headaches in the back of the head, anxiety, depression, a facial rash that seems to worsen with sun exposure, heat and sun sensitivity and I had a few Lupus tests about two years ago that came back negative.

    These symptoms and many others seem to come and go, such as the neck pain it will come and go in intervals of few weeks. Now I had a ANA test done two weeks ago because my rheumatologist was concerned that Lupus is still a possibility. I had to go get my results on Tuesday but from a different doctor, a general practitioner and seemed to not know anything about medicine.

    She told me all my tests were negative and i did not believe it, so I asked her if she was sure so she sowed me the results on the computer screen and I saw several positive or "high" tests. One of them was ANA, it was possitive, so i asked her what that meant and she said 'its nothing, its a nonspecific test, dont worry about it"... is this true? should I not worry about it? and if it is so not important, why did my rheumatologist order it in the first place?

    Can you have only ANA test positive and no other antibody for lupus and still have Lupus?

    • ANSWER:
      Let me actually answer your question. An ANA test is a non specific test that shows the existence of an auto immune disease. It isn't specific for Lupus. That being said, there are other tests for Lupus that can rule Lupus IN but not OUT.

      An Anti-DS-DNA, Anti-RO, Anti-SM are all tests that will help in a Lupus diagnosis. About 30% of people with Lupus will test positive for these tests. If you do test positive then you have Lupus. If you test negative you can still have Lupus.

      With your symptoms it sounds very much like Lupus. I would get copies of all your lab work and research it on the web. Then go to your doctor with specific questions about each positive result. Talk to them about your symptoms and ask what they think it is. Don't take, "I don't know" for an answer. If they say this then tell them to find out.

      Unfortuately, there are a lot of doctors out there who are uneducated about Lupus. Many of them just pass you on to someone else or worse yet, explain your symptoms away. You'll have to be a thorn in their sides until you obtain your diagnosis. Whether or not you have Lupus, you need to be an advocate for your own health care. Good Luck to you!

  21. QUESTION:
    questions about lupus / ANA please anwser if you can?
    I JUST GOT MY OTHER RESULTS FROM MY ANA

    my first ANA in oct. was 1:160 also liver functions came up abnormal like sgot/ast 134 sgot/alt 219

    and they reran the test less than a month later and came back 1:80 rhemy said it was neg ( the paper said low positive/borderline ) (also ran sed rate crp and came neg)

    i been having a lot of symptoms ranging from full body joint and muscle pain (entire body )
    insomnia fatiuge sleep paralysis
    forget fullness/daze
    itchy all over no rash
    dry eyes/mouth
    urinating a lot
    restless legs
    mouth /nose bumps/sores
    anxiety depression irritability
    possible butterly rash very light (could be somthing else )
    and more symptoms

    they've been going on for about 4 months could this be early signs ?

    could this still be lupus or maybe another autoimmune problem even though rhemy doesn't think i have it ? can ANA fluctuate like that ?

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  22. QUESTION:
    All these symptoms and no diagnosis...help, can u give me ideas?
    I have had loose stools for almost a year, on an average 7 to 15 a day....I feel tired most of the time, I do have times when I feel energetic, but then all of the sudden I crash..My body aches like the flu, sometimes i run a low fever around 99.....I get a very upset stomach at times, and throw up once or twice a week for no reason....had a rash that covered whole body and was told it was like heat rash......after about 6 weeks it went away, now it is coming back.......it was gone for 3 months.....my feet hurt real bad when i have to walk on them, i have a pain in my left hip that goes into my leg......I have gained alot of weight over 20lbs in the last year....
    I am not pregnant, have had blood work, testedd for lupus, lymes....thought it was CFS at first, but all the loose stools....not IBS totally........any ideas? I just took in some stool samples and did more blood work.......my iron is good.......

    thanks......I am a 36 year old female, I do not drink or do drugs...

    • ANSWER:
      Celiac disease? A/k/a gluten intolerence.

      Advice: if it's in any way possible, ask for a blood test BEFORE you go off gluten. Once you go off, the blood test won't be positive unless you go back on for a longish period of time, and it will likely make you too sick to do that.

      Google celiac disease. Many of your symptoms sound like it. It has a lot of weird symptoms and isn't the same for everyone. If it sounds possible, make an appt w/ your doctor right away.

  23. QUESTION:
    HELP!!! my dear friend is extremely sick with these symptoms please please help!!?
    ok my friend was admitted to the hospital abot a week and a half ago. she was first admitted with a diagnosis of scarlet fever but since then the doctors have no idea whats wrong with her. her symptoms include extreme weight gain she's gained 25 pounds since bein admitted. She has develo[ed a rash all over her body and her skin has become very very sensitive. she literaly bruises if you touch her. She has had a fever of 103 consistenly since being admitted and she is extremely tired. yesterday was the first day she could eat and keep it down since going to the hospital. does any one have an inkling about what this could be? im thinking its lupus but please please any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The doctors have no idea whats wrong and i decided to try and do some research please help. and thank you all sosososo much!!!
    she is just turned 21........

    • ANSWER:
      addison's disease??

  24. QUESTION:
    Could it possibly be Lupus?
    I'm very tired of being treated as though I'm just going nuts. A hypochondriac in a sense. I'm not...I'm sick. Without much to back up what is causing it. The symptoms mainly started when I was around 18...I'm 24 now. I've been to the doctor many times being told the same thing. I'm perfectly fine. One doctor finally took into consideration I had a list of symptoms too long for my age and sent me to a digestive specialist. I wasn't able to continue seeing the specialist, but from the two visits I was able to attend, he determined I had GERD. But I just keep getting worse. It's not just my upper digestive system, it's my entire digestive system. Nothing seems to work properly. I'm vomiting in the mornings from acid and bile building up in my stomach throughout the night. I can hardly eat anything without feeling nauseated afterward. My stool varies in color and texture. Some days it's near normal, others is sticky, others it's like water. I stay pretty bloated the majority of the time. So bloated and gassy that I have to where a pant size larger than usual. I have to pee once or twice an hour. I get chest pains that are more than likely associated with pain in my esophagus. It's pretty deep and aching.

    Aside from my digestive problems, just last year I started developing eye and skin problems. I've never had any problems with my eyes. Never needed glasses. I've started having static like vision (visual snow), I sometimes see bright spots (seeing stars), I've noticed an increase in floaters in my vision. Some have came and gone...others are still around. I feel what feels like sparks bursting in the inner corners of my eyes several times a week. I see ghosting. Distant objects are now slightly blurred and my eyes tend to stay dry. All of this developed within the last year. The eye doctor said I had developed an astigmatism. Seems like more is going on than that...just in the last 5 months since my visit to the eye doctor...the symptoms have worsened. Seems a bit quick and much to just be an astigmatism.

    My skin problems started developing around the same time my eye troubles started. I started out just getting a rash on my side. It wasn't raised...more like a big red blotch. Didn't itch. I didn't pay much attention to it until I noticed over a week period it had come and gone in the same spot 3 different times. A few weeks later I started breaking out in hives. They started just on my thighs, then progressed to my entire body over time. They wouldn't go away unless I laid down, and even then it took hours before the majority would cease. Hives became an ongoing problem that randomly popped up for about 8 months. I could never find a trigger for them. Some days I'd be working and notice them, others I'd wake up and have them...indoors, outdoors, no food allergies, no medication...stress...nothing. I could never find anything. I haven't really had an outbreak in hives now for about 3 or 4 months. Instead I've been getting itchy skin (not dry skin), and more red blotches (not raised) on my skin. First they were mainly coming on my chest, then I started getting them on my hands, feet, stomach, legs...wherever. They seem to start on my chest. Sometimes they itch...sometimes they don't.

    My symptoms all come and go...aside my eye problems. The dryness in my eyes come and go...but the rest stay pretty constant. But my digestive problems and my skin problems come and go. I have no thoughts as to what may trigger these problems.

    I know that is a lot to read, so if you've done so, thank you. Aside from all of that, I stay tired, I have minor body aches that come and go. Especially in my arms and in my knees. I find some days I can't think as clearly as others...mild confusion occasionally. I have good days and just down right nasty hateful days. Dunno why. I stay depressed for weeks at a time. I went to a State Park just two days ago. It was a cold but sunny day. First time I've really been out in the sun that long in months. That night I noticed the butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks. Not a sun burn. It faded yesterday for a few hours and today it's darker again. This is what made me begin thinking...could this be Lupus? and yes, it does run in both sides of my family. Lupus and Leukemia both do. I've had several people tell me even on good days..."You don't look so good" My last employer told me I wasn't working out because I just seemed too drained all the time.

    I am uninsured now, and I'm not sure how I would get tested for Lupus...or even how they test for it at all. I've read some websites about Lupus, it just seems like such a complicated disease. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
    I forgot to mention my miscarriages. I've had 4 healthy children, yet before and after my successful pregnancies, I've had 6 miscarriages without a reason being determined. Dunno if that has any relation to this...but thought I'd add it.

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  25. QUESTION:
    Hodgkins lymphoma or lupus?
    I know, I know. Go to the doctor. I have.

    My general practitioner thinks I'm a hypochondriac. I think I will be going to a different doctor for a second opinion, but I would like to hear some opinions. Most of these symptoms have come on in the last few weeks all together, so I'm trying to put two and two together. At first I thought I was having much worse pain from my collagen disorder, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, but with the hair loss, I have gotten worried.
    Sorry about the novel.

    1. In 2006 I was cheated on and given mononucleosis from my boyfriend. Ever since the glands in my neck have been swollen. Lately they have gotten even more swollen and cause me discomfort in breathing, eating, drinking, and turning/moving my head.
    2. As of lately I have been losing chunks of hair. I wash my hair twice a week, as it is (was) really thick and curly. In the shower I will lose easily 5 or 6 chunks of hair, then out of the shower, brushing (nothing intense), blowdrying, etc. I lose several more chunks. This has been going on since the last 2/3 months and I am worried I'm going to run out of hair.
    3.Lately I have been breaking out in rashes on my face, arms, chest, and neck. They go away after about 10 min. They are warm to the touch and splotchy.
    4.I have been having night sweats and chills the last few weeks.
    5.I have been getting itchy several times a day. I'm not sure if it's the weather or a symptom of something else, as where I live it is very dry and very cold.
    6.I have been extremely fatigued and don't feel rested after 8 hours of sleep.
    7.My bones and joints are very pain, more than normal (I have a collagen disorder which gives me bad joints as it is, but it's been much worse)
    8.My fingernails started clubbing this summer and is getting worse and worse. My toenails now, too. My toenails have also been turning blue and purple for no reason, even when I'm not cold.
    9. Sharp lower back pains, started at night a few weeks ago.
    10. I have had this weird numbness, starts in my fingertips and makes its way down my hand and to the outside of my forearms.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      One of my favorite friends had Lupus, but I'm still only vaguely knowledgeable about it, and I''m unfamiliar with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I do know about Hodgkin's Lymphoma because I am now in remission for it. Obviously, I can't diagnosis you based on a Y!A question, but from what you've written here I don't think you have it.

      It's true that you do have some of the symptoms of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but those same symptoms could be an indication of another problem (perhaps one far more benign), so I wouldn't become consumed with worry about the possibility that you have it. Many people with HL are asyptomatic and just go in to see their GP when they notice a lump under their arm or in another area. Since having mono puts you at a significantly higher risk of getting HL, it seems like the GP would have taken you seriously and run the necessary tests to rule it out. If he / she already did that
      and everything came back fine, I would still get a second opinion if you're concerned, but would consider it to be unlikely. By the way, you can get mono from many sources, so it wasn't necessarily from your boyfriend cheating. I got it at age 13 after going to two camps that summer, and it was probably due to sharing drinks with the other kids rather than the one boy I kissed. It's transferred from saliva.

      You might want to consider seeing an endocrinologist and having your thyroid levels checked. Many people, especially teenage girls and women, have an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism), and it can cause a myriad of problems such as fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, numbness in your hands and feet, lack of mental clarity, muscle cramps, and an irregular cycle. My mom has it (and I have an overactive thyroid!) and treats it by taking one pill every morning. Supposedly Synthroid, one of the most popular medications for hypothyroidism, is in the top five most prescribed drugs in America after Prozac and Viagra. All you need is a simple blood test of your TSH levels to determine if you have a thyroid issue. PCOS and other hormonal imbalances can also cause a lot of the symptoms you described. A infection could be causing the swollen glands in your neck.

      Your stress levels, environment and diet are all relevant factors. Not getting enough calories or the proper nutrients can lead to hair loss and low blood sugar levels, which in turn can lead to night sweats. Could the clubbing be related to the collagen disorder? The rashes could be caused from stress or from an allergy. I get a few hideous eczema spots whenever I travel somewhere cold, and have learned to take much shorter showers, avoid all products with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a common skin irritant), and generously lather on body butter.

      Book an appointment with an endocronoglist or a neurologist to have a few more tests done and hopefully gain some answers and a peace of mind. In the meantime, make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep (oversleeping can make you tired, paradoxically), eat a healthy diet with plenty of protein, and try to get a little sunlight and exercise every day. Also consider taking a B vitamin with folic acid. Use a gentle baby shampoo on your hair then a good conditioner. Make sure your products don't contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfates. Gently run the comb through your hair while the conditioner is in to detangle it. Never rub a towel on your head - pat it dry instead. If you're going to use any heating tools first spray on a heat protector. Try to let your hair air dry as much as possible. If you're really concerned about the loss you could try out Rogaine for women. I've never used it, but I've noticed it in the hair product aisles of drugstores.

      Take good care of yourself. Best wishes!

  26. QUESTION:
    Why Am I Feeling This Way?
    For too long now (eight years) I've dealt with illness after illness, the first of which being allergies (a misdiagnosis), the second, Epilepsy (possibly also a misdiagnosis), a heart murmur (from birth; more prominent now than ever), Meniers (misdiagnosis), migraines, arthritis (wondering if this might also be a misdiagnosis; we thought Lupus at first, as I was showing all the symptoms, and my RA factor was negative), skin rashes (especially on my cheeks. Not bad, sometimes not noticeable), and now an array of psychological symptoms.

    Because my family and friends are fed up with hearing about "how sick I am", they've all but turned away, deeming me a hopeless case. Three years ago, my academics declined, and I began receiving all F's and D's. Around this time I started to isolate myself socially and emotionally, refusing to go out, saying "I'd rather stay inside and read". I became dependent on others for everything (though, being thirteen, I imagine I was supposed to be somewhat dependent). I was depressed, though instead of trying to find an answer, my mom screamed and criticized my behavior. I was defiant and brazen and lied often; I still lie, almost daily. It's been over a year since I went to see my friends, and I don't mind...but I comprehend how vital is social interaction.

    I've gone through the hell of psychosis (delusions and hallucinations), have every symptom of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, DID, temporal lobe epilepsy, antisocial personality disorder, etc. Last night, at the hospital, they ran blood tests and said "It seems she's suffering from a non-life-threatening migraine." That made me angry; they wouldn't listen to anything besides the headache, and when I tried to explain the emotional symptoms (suicidal urges, for one), they brushed it off and acted as though I was a melodramatic sixteen-year-old. Yesterday was the first time in three years I reached out for help with the cognitive difficulties, and received nothing.

    In the last seven years, I've taken eight or so Epilepsy medications for partial complex seizures, and remember two of them: Trileptal and Lamictal. I've taken two medications for migraines, chemo for the arthritis, among others I don't remember. I have constant anxiety, what seem to be seizures, OCD, horrid mood swings, violent urges, self-mutilization (digging nails into my skin; wrapping cords round my neck), etc. etc. And because I have no tangible evidence, everyone around me says they're tired of hearing about it and "when are you going to be well?" My mom is too happy to bothered with my issues. My grandparents tell me to turn to God, for God is the great Provider, but I have and it hasn't worked. My faith is waning. I haven't any friends, am not in school, and isolate myself to a house twenty miles from the nearest town. (two years, and no social interaction!)

    Ashamed, I hid these emotions until last month, when I finally opened up to my mom. I told her I was suicidal. Now she's moved down the street with her boyfriend and my two sisters, and I stayed at my grandparents'. My grandparents don't know, and I can't tell them; they would see me in a new and different light. Who do I turn to?

    Moreover: if they saw my health declining, why did they act as though they didn't?

    I've lied myself into a circle: have literally ruined my life with a single lie. Every day, I add more to it, knowing the only release is death. I feel apathy; don't care about anyone, and can't care. What do I do? I'm confused, terrified. If I could turn to God, I would, but He seldom answers.

    Yes, there are many an "I", and I apologize for the disorganization; I let it flow as it came.

    Any guidance is appreciated.
    Funny you mention writing. I do, actually. Have almost all my life. I consider myself a "writer"; it's the one thing that keeps me sane. Or, you know, partly sane.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to have some very severe psychological and physical problems, I have been a psychologist for about 6 years now and I would have to suggest, in the most simple way. Maybe the use of marijuana could ease your nerves and your emotion problems, start preparing for something that you may want to do in life so you will be remembered, the worst thing you can do is be ordinary and not do anything with your life. Try to cope with your problems by using logic and rational understanding of the situation at hand. Taking your own life will do nothing but cause more pain for you and your so called 'family'. If your family doesn't care, you should not care about them, show them that you can do things yourself, and if anything you should probably pick up a hobby such as writing or something similar to that, people with hard lives at the start often end with highly important or influential lives in the end. But realize this, you cannot count on anybody, except yourself in life.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have Sle and suffer from chronic pain any suggestions on how to live a normal life?
    How to live a normal life when your pain is different everyday.
    I am the typical story, I suffered for one year with doctors disbelief that something was wrong with me even after the rash broke out covering almost my entire body, it wasnt until I ended up in the ER for two weeks when I finally got the definete answers to my elements. I have SLE,discoud lupus, now lupus nepritis and so on. Now my first indication that something was wrong with me was joint pain(i thought carpool tunnel), but the pain eventually spread everywhere and then the fatigue, and then swollen joints and raynuads syndrome,so of course then fibromayglia. When I left the hospital I wasn't as fatigued but the pain never went away nor the joint swelling, just a differnet joint everyday,so for five yrs I'v been on oxycotin and percocet to live a more pain managed life, but sometimes my symptoms get even worse( how could they?) they do basically my joint pain becomes every joint, the pain medicnes stop working, I cant walk without a walker or I walk very slow and painfully, so I tell my doctor as always andwe run more labs, platlets at 60K,but not low enough for her to be concerned shes waitin for mor test results, she says that although I have these sypmtoms including a lovely rash, that my lupus may not be active. Please anyone is this BS or what? Can you have what is obviously a flare and it not be your lupus causing it? right now i am on imuran and plaqnil and i was on predinose for 4 years straight and finally said no more because it wasnt controlling these elments, she wants to but me back on it to bring my platlets up, but i know once i go off they go down again, I have been on every medicatio for sle and none have changed anything, I have had rituxan injects no chnage so last year we tried it again and i had an allergic reaction. She doesnt want to try cytoxan because she says it doesnt help with swollen joints fatigue or pain, does any one know or have any idea? please give me your suggestions, thank you and sorry for the spelling my hands hurt and keep missing the letters.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and some elements of Lupus, test positive for Lupus. However after many years of BS as you correctly say I went to another Country to get out of the BS. The Rheumatologist I saw their suggested I try Evening Primrose Oil, but I will be on it for LIFE and if I stop taking it, will have to start again. It takes about six weeks to kick in, but if I stop for one day, then I am back where I started. I did not I stuck with it and am still here to tell the tale. Evening Primrose Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and it helps regulate the hormones, which seems to have been the problem. Now 50 I am Menopausal and my health is a lot better than it was in my 30's, my only wish I had know about evening primrose oil back then. Best of Luck

  28. QUESTION:
    is this story of mine at all good?! :D ?
    Intro.
    I never really had it all you could say. Most kids worried about wearing their brand named clothes, having amazing cars, and having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. Personally all i worried about something much bigger. All I want to do is live.
    My life was going great until i hit 14. My parents were constantly fighting, for reason i still don't know. They were at each other throats. So much, I thought eventually the neighbors would call the police. I had to be like a mom to my sister Lilly, 12 (who was also my best friend), even though she was only 2 years younger then me, since my mom would blame us for all the arguing.
    One morning after 2 agonizing years of hell my dad walked out on us. My mother became depressed. She saw a shrink 2 times a week and hardly got out of bed. and that put an enormous amount of pressure on me.. More then was already set on me. The pain of my dad leaving was pretty awful. After he left, a new burden began to show its ugly face.
    Oh i guess i never really introduced myself properly. My name is Kailey. I'm now 16 years old, and im dying.

    Chapter 1

    "Breathe in and out deeply," the nurse Sally said as she held a cold stethoscope to my chest. I did as I was told and answered a text message from Mona at the same time.

    "Come over tonight? My mom's out, and we can cook something strange! bring Lilly along!" -Mona.

    "Yeah sounds great! I have to ask my mom first of course. But you know her. So I will probably be there. What time?" I replied quickly, and put away my phone as the doctor walked in.

    "Hello, Kailey. How are you today?" Dr. Highman asked.
    "Same old. Same old. I havent been having as much axiety attacks lately." I said checking my phone seeing if the was a new text yet.
    "So, the pills are working then huh?"
    "Yup," i hiccuped. "Excuse me, but its not a thrill having to add another pill to my daily million of them." i said sarcastically.
    "I understand, but having Lupus, is a differicult disease to control." He said while writing something down on his clipboard.
    Lupus is the common name for systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE. Common symptoms include feeling very tired and having joint pain or swelling (arthritis), a fever, and a skin rash. Over time, some people with lupus have problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, or nervous system. I have it really bad in my nervous system, my joints, and my lungs and heart. Not to mention, my shortness in breath and how im tired often, and get feverish every once and a while. I guess having it since i was 4 has something to do with all the symtoms.
    I nodded my head in agreement.
    "So hows your mother doing? I noticed she isnt here," he looked up at the empty chair next to the examination table, "again," then at me.
    I looked away from his gaze and answered, "Well she doing fine i guess, still doesnt get out much. but im making sue she eats properly and takesher meds. Don;t worry about it doc." I smiled and looked up at him again.
    "Well that good. dont forget, her appointment is..."
    I cut him off, "Next week on tuesday, I know. I know." I rolled my eyes, upset that i was 16 already and now had to drive her everywhere.
    He nodded, "Ok. Well, miss. Kailey, you seem to be just fine, just keep up everything your doing. and here are your medication refills." He scribbled on a peice of paper and handed it to me.
    I looked at it and just slowly nodded.
    "See you next time." He walked out of the room.
    I sat in the room for a while. I felt my pocket vibrate and took out my phone.

    "hmm, around 5? you guys can spend the night too, if you want." -Mona.

    "Yeah ok sounds good. just got out of the doctors right now. heading home." Send.

    I got off the table and walked out of the room. I was heading out the doctores office, but then turned into the restroom. i set my phone on the sink and unzipped my pants and sat down. i didnt even have to go. My eyes felt droopy. I got back up and zipped my pants back up, put my phone in my pocket and turnined on the sink. I washed my hands then rinsed my face. I looked at myself in the mirror for a while. My auburn hair next to my ears were wet from wetting my face. My hazel eyes were bloodshot from my lack of sleep last night. I rinsed my face once more, dried it off and walked out of the restroom.
    I opened the door to my old beat up mustang, and sat down.

    "Oh? how'd it go?" -Mona.

    "Ya know.. The same." Send.

    "Nothing wrong?" -Mona.

    "Nope everythings A-OK. Well for me anyway. haha" Send.

    "Thats good. =] Are you nervous about starting junior year?" -Mona.

    I started the car and pulled out. I drove just down the road then stopped at a gas station for some snacks.
    I walked in the door and swear everyone stopped and looked at me. But I'm probably just paranoid. i walked around and grabbed a bag of hot fries, a 2 liter coke, a bag of chocolates, and some macrowaveable ravioli's. Yum, what a lunch.
    I paid

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds good to me.

  29. QUESTION:
    Dr's and Nurses Please give advice on what specialist my daughter should see?
    Back in February, my 16 y/o daughter became ill with what we thought was the flu, then began thinking mono. All tests came back negative; both quick tests and regular blood tests. The symptoms persisted for three full weeks, then subsided, would come back for a week, subside and so on.
    We thought we were in the clear but she started up again a few days ago and had to go back to the doctor today. He is puzzled, I am puzzled and I need some idea of what type of specialist she should see. At first he said a Rheumatologist...I told him that I will go wherever he feels we need to go but please consider that if you go to a specialist like that, they will look only for that one thing (he was saying possible JRA)...but now that I think about it, I wonder if he was THINKING more along the lines of lupus and just didn't want to say that in front of her. Her lab work was coming back at first showing something viral, then he did a follow up with ANA & Sed rate, etc. She was not having a flare up at that time and all came back ok.
    Here are a list of her symptoms....
    Fatigue (she is an athlete and can't even play sports right now, some days she can barely get out of bed)
    Headaches
    Sore throat
    Joint pain
    She does have a "butterfly rash"..sort of..it's more of a flushing on her cheeks--not raised at all --but only during flare up
    RBC's in her urine

    She is on Adderall for ADD (which should hype her up but she is STILL fatigued).
    So, need to know two things
    1. What type of specialist should I take her to?
    2. Can ANA & Sed rate change if the dx is lupus and she is having a flare up of symptoms?

    I am at the end of my rope here. If I just knew what I was dealing with, I could deal with it...it's the not knowing.

    Oh...btw....in December, she suffered a pretty bad concussion. Had CT scan of her head which came back fine, no bleed. I have no idea if that could have any bearing on her present condition or if it's just an unlucky coincidence. At that time, she was fine, she fell from about 2-3 feet in the air onto her head, neck and shoulder. She seemed ok at first but the athletic director wanted me to get her checked out. By the time we got to the doctor, she couldn't remember anything and stayed confused for several days.

    Thanks so much for any advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      You may have read this already or it may point you in the right direction, Idk. It basically explains that young athletes that have had a mild concussion and are exposed to further trauma before the brain has time to heal could sustain more serious longterm problems. These are findings from the University of Pittsburgh's Sports Medicine Center. If you contact them they may have some advice for you on where to take your daughter.

      Here is a link to the article

      http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/head/a/aa020103a.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    I am a 32 year old, up until recently, generally healthy female. Took a trip in Feb. to AZ and came back with?
    a cough.Then had some teeth pulled. They put me on amoxicilian,a steroid and pain killers. Then everything started falling a part. By day 3 on the meds I began to have swelling in my whole body. Day 4, I was like a round ball.Gained almost 20 pounds in water weight.So swollen the skin under my feet were cracking and bleeding.I began having extreme pain in the right side of my jaw.Went to the E.R,after calling the dentist he said I might be having an allergic reaction to meds. Never had a problem with penicillin before. The hospital kept me for 3 days. I.V. antibiotics and steroids.Tested my blood for everything from Lyme disease to Lupus to rheumatoid arthritis. They said I was now allergic to penicilan.All blood work came back normal. Extremely high white count though. Said I had some sort of infection.They sent me home with a months worth of Doxycyline and more pain meds. Went to reg. doc. they did more blood work came up empty,except for slight anemia,always had that though. Then I began with a weeks worth of prednisone,still on the Doxycyline, pain meds and sleeping pills. Still hadn't slept through the night for about two weeks. Now begining to get extreme fatigue,then developed night sweats and chills and more swelling and alot of pain. Went back to the doc for more blood work,still all normal. Then developed a painful red bumpy rash ONLY on chest and started coughing up blood.Not alot just dime sized every couple of days. Then getting dizzy and seeing white blurry spots sometimes. They sent me to the specilist,he came up with Valley Fever. Went for that blood work and cultures and also diabetic blood work. Now 2 weeks later the cultures haven't grown anything, all the blood work has come back normal and have had 2 more trips to the E.R, with all those symptoms and having chest pains,numbness and tingles in my left side of body only. Also having moments of forgetfullness. Everytime I have been to the E.R they did chest x-rays and blood work all kept telling me it was normal. Now on my last visit to the E.R they said I have pnuemonia.Last two chest x-rays were three days part. The first one they said was clear. They are sending me to a Pullminary doctor. Except for having mono in high school and a severe case of pnuemonia 2 years ago(hospitilized for a week) I have never been sick.I have not had fevers or weight loss. Though my appetite has decreased I am still gaining weight. I am only 5'2" and almost pushing 190 pounds. NOT normal for me. I am not pregnant,had four children then had my tubes tied. I do smoke but am trying to quit. Down to less a pack a day. Can anyone PLEASE PLEASE give me some ides. The doctors have told me they don't know what is wrong and only treating the symptoms and not the PROBLEM. I have a family history of Lupus,diabetes,heart disease. It all runs rampant through both my parents sides,,them included.
    Let me clear up any confusion. The first specialist I saw stopped all the steroids. As of right now I am taking only Naproxen for the joint swelling and pain killers. He is the one that thought I had this Valley Fever. But the cultures have come negative. They keep dumping me from Doc. to Doc. because of all my tests comming back negative. No one seems to know what is wrong. They are trying to handle only the sypmtoms and not the underlying problem. One says now I have pneumonia. I am not sure about that though. I had it two years ago and it isn't anything like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Could any of the medication throw off your test results for lupus? I think maybe some of you symptoms are a result of the lack of sleep or allergic reaction to the medications. Which is also throwing the doctors off. Can you think of anything you might have done/eaten that would have put you at risk of getting something while out there. What symptoms do you still have since you've been back, why did you have your teeth pulled. I would seek a second opinion, or fourth. I wouldn't stop any medication unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you bring on an arthritic flare up?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask theswelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks
    FTS- yeah tell me about it! My GP consulted with a rheumatologist about me going on the Prednisone. I was just going and I was told! My new GP (I moved cities) know this rheumatologist and said that she obviously hates her job and takes it out on her patients. I've had a lot of blood tests done, like heaps! I'm not expecting to get all the results for another few weeks. The rheumatologist told me to take the ibuprofen (it's Brufen slow release 800mg, same drug I know, but the rheumatologist got angry when I called it ibuprofen!)
    Thanks.. I guess I'll just have to put up with this...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why the Rheumatologist would get mad at you for taking the prednisone which was prescribed to you by your GP. That was not your fault. However, you do need to be tested for the possible causes of your illness. Just to be sure, call her office and ask if it's alright for you to take the Ibuprofen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammaotry. In all likelihood, you may need steroids as part of your treatment after the results of your tests are in. Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to bring on a flare of arthritis?
    I know this seems like a stupid question but hear me out.

    I'm 21 years old and for the last 9 months on and off I've had hot, swollen, sore, stiff knees and fingers. They make grinding noises. When I was at my worst I could not straight my fingers and knees or make a fist with my fingers. I've also had dry eyes, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, flu like feeling, raynaud's and nose ulcers.

    I'd been seeing my GP for months but my blood tests haven't showed anything (except a weak positive ANA). One morning (about 2 months ago) I woke up and I was very unwell with my symptoms, the doctor called it a 'flare up'. She put me on prednisone which was a miricle. I went on a month course and felt like a new person.

    I've been off it for 2 weeks now. My joints are no where near as bad and the swelling is mild at times and otherwise non-existent. But it seems to be creeping back. My GP said it's definintely some sort of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis, possibly rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus

    I had my first rheumatologist appointment last Thursday and she wasn't a very nice lady. She got angry with me for going on prednisone and masking my symptoms and told me she couldn't do much until she has seen the swelling. She's ordered heaps of blood tests and I see her again in 4 weeks.

    I need her to see my joints swollen like they were before. I'm taking ibuprofen until I see her next but I'm worried that'll mask the swelling too.

    Any advice?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The rheumatologist had no business yelling at you. You were following your doctors orders. Lupus is a tricky disease to diagnose because there are no definitive tests for it. History, symptoms, tests AND process of elimination are all part of the diagnosis. Ibuprofen works differently than prednisone. You might want to stop it a day before you go in to the doctor. Prednisone has a longer lasting effect because it reduces inflammation and suppresses the immune system as well.


First New Treatment For Lupus

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is an evidence-based and effective form of treatment for children with trauma and disorders of attachment[1]. It is an evidence-based treatment, meaning that there has been empirical research published in peer-reviewed journals. Craven & Lee (2006) determined that DDP is a supported and acceptable treatment (category 3 in a six level system). However, their review only included results from a partial preliminary presentation of an ongoing follow-up study, which was subsequently completed and published in 2006. This initial study compared the results of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with other forms of treatment, 'usual care', 1 year after treatment ended. It is important to note that over 80% of the children in the study had had over three prior episodes of treatment, but without any improvement in their symptoms and behavior. Episodes of treatment mean a course of therapy with other mental health providers at other clinics, consisting of at least five sessions. A second study extended these results out to 4 years after treatment ended. Based on the Craven & Lee classifications (Saunders et al. 2004), inclusion of those studies would have resulted in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy being classified as an evidence-based category 2, 'Supported and probably efficacious'. There have been two related empirical studies comparing treatment outcomes of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with a control group. This is the basis for the rating of category two. The criteria are:

* 1. The treatment has a sound theoretical basis in generally accepted psychological principles.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is based in Attachment Theory (see texts cited below

* 2. A substantial clinical, anecdotal literature exists indicating the treatment's efficacy with at-risk children and foster children.

See reference list.

* 3. The treatment is generally accepted in clinical practice for at risk children and foster children.

As demonstrated by the large number of practitioners of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and it's presentation as numerous international and national conferences over the last ten or fifteen years.

* 4. There is no clinical or empirical evidence or theoretical basis indicating - that the treatment constitutes a substantial risk of harm to those receiving it, compared to its likely benefits.

* 5. The treatment has a manual that clearly specifies the components and administration characteristics of the treatment that allows for implementation.

Creating Capacity for Attachment, Building the Bonds of Attachment, and Attachment Focused Family Therapy constitute such material.

* 6. At least two studies utilizing some form of control without randomization (e.g., wait list, untreated group, placebo group) have established the treatment's efficacy over the passage of time, efficacy over placebo, or found it to be comparable to or better than an already established treatment.

See ref. list

* 7. If multiple treatment outcome studies have been conducted, the overall weight of evidence supported the efficacy of the treatment.

These studies support several of O'Connor & Zeanah's[2] conclusions and recommendations concerning treatment. They state (p. 241), atreatments for children with attachment disorders should be promoted only when they are evidence-based.a

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, as with any specialized treatment, must be provided by a competent, well-trained, licensed professional. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is a family-focused treatment[3].

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is the name for an approach and a set of principals that have proven to be effective in helping children with trauma and attachment disorders heal; that is, develop healthy, trusting, and secure relationships with caregivers. Treatment is based on five central principals.

At the core of Reactive Attachment Disorder is trauma caused by significant and substantial experiences of neglect, abuse, or prolonged and unresolved pain in the first few years of life. These experiences disrupt the normal attachment process so that the child's capacity to form a healthy and secure attachment with a caregiver is distorted or absent. The child lacks a sense trust, safety, and security. The child develops a negative working model of the world in which:

A Adults are experienced as inconsistent or hurtful.

A The world is viewed as chaotic.

A The child experiences no effective influence on the world.

A The child attempts to rely only on him/her self.

A The child feels an overwhelming sense of shame, the child feels defective, bad, unlovable, and evil.

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a severe developmental disorder caused by a chronic history of maltreatment during the first couple of years of life. Reactive Attachment Disorder is frequently misdiagnosed by mental health professionals who do not have the appropriate training and experience evaluating and treating such children and adults. Often, children in the child welfare system have a variety of previous diagnoses. The behaviors and symptoms that are the basis for these previous diagnoses are better conceptualized as resulting from disordered attachment. Oppositional Defiant Disorder behaviors are subsumed under Reactive Attachment Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms are the result of a significant history of abuse and neglect and are another dimension of attachment disorder. Attention problems and even Psychotic Disorder symptoms are often seen in children with disorganized attachment[4].

Approximately 2% of the population is adopted, and between 50% and 80% of such children have attachment disorder symptoms[5]. Many of these children are violent[6] and aggressive[7] and as adults are at risk of developing a variety of psychological problems[8] and personality disorders, including antisocial personality disorder[9], narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and psychopathic personality disorder[10]. Neglected children are at risk of social withdrawal, social rejection, and pervasive feelings of incompetence[11]. Children who have histories of abuse and neglect are at significant risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as adults[12]. Children who have been sexually abused are at significant risk of developing anxiety disorders (2.0 times the average), major depressive disorders (3.4 times average), alcohol abuse (2.5 times average), drug abuse (3.8 times average), and antisocial behavior (4.3 times average)[13] (MacMillian, 2001). The effective treatment of such children is a public health concern (Walker, Goodwin, & Warren, 1992).

Left untreated, children who have been abused and neglected and who have an attachment disorder become adults whose ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships is deeply damaged. Without placement in an appropriate permanent home and effective treatment, the condition will worsen. Many children with attachment disorders develop borderline personality disorder or anti-social personality disorder as adults[14].

FIRST PRINCIPAL. Therapy must be experiential. Since the roots of disorders of attachment occur pre-verbally, therapy must create experiences that are healing. Experiences, not words, are one aactive ingredienta in the healing process.

For example, one eight year old boy who had Reactive Attachment Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and a variety of sensory-integration disorders wrote about his past therapy and attachment therapy this way (More details of this story can be found in the book Creating Capacity for Attachment, edited by Arthur Becker-Weidman & Deborah Shell):

My first therapy was with Dr.Steve. The therapy was FUN!!!! We ate lots of snacks. I had a bottle. We played lots of cool games like thumb wrestling, pillow rides, giant walk, Superman rides, guess the goodies, eye blinking contests, hide and go seek goodies. I had to follow the rules and play the games just like Dr. Steve said.

Dr. Steve taught me how to play and have fun with my Mom. But I still didn't know how to love. I would still get real mad and try to hurt Mom and break things. Inside I still thought I was a bad boy. I was still afraid Mom and Dad would get rid of me. I had lots of tantrums at home. Sometimes I would still get out of control and break things and try to hurt Mom. I was getting even worse when I got mad.

Stuff Dr. Art Taught Me

I learned about my feeling well. Sometimes I stuff too many feelings like mad, scared and sad into my feeling well. Then the well will overflow and I could explode with behaviors. But I can stop that by expressing my feelings. Then the well can't overflow because I let some of the feelings out.

I also made pictures of my heart. I was born with a nice heart but then when I went into the orphanage I got cracks in my heart. My heart cracked because they couldn't take good care of me. I was a baby and I needed someone to hold me and rock me. But they couldn't because there were too many babies. Then I put 16 bricks around my heart. I was protecting my heart so it wouldn't get hurt anymore. But the bricks kept the love out too. I wouldn't let Mom's love in. I had lots of mad in my heart.

My hard work in therapy got rid of all the bricks. Then Mom's love got in. The love made the cracks heal. Now I have a bright red heart with no cracks.

I really liked Dr. Art now and am proud that I am strong. I still don't need therapy. I still let Mom's love into my heart!!!!!! Sometimes I send e-mail's to Dr. Art. I tell him how good I'm doing.

I started missing Dr. Art and told Mom. Mom was confused and thought I wanted more therapy. I told Mom "I don't need therapy. I just want to have lunch with Dr. Art." So I sent Dr. Art an email to let him know that I wanted to have lunch with him. Then one day we had lunch together.

Sometimes it's still hard. I still get mad and sometimes I don't express my feelings well. Sometimes when Mom helps me ? I can express my feelings and say "I don't want to pick up my toys. It makes me mad that I have to ? but I will". When I say that it doesn't make me feel mad anymore. It helps me to listen to Mom. But sometimes when I get mad I pout and stomp my feet and run to my room if I forget to express my feelings. But now I let Mom help me so that I can talk about my feelings and do what she says

It's been a really longtime since I tried to hurt Mom or break things when I'm mad. I feel good about love now. I know that my Mom and Dad love me. I know that I love Mom and Dad. I don't feel like I'm a bad boy anymore.

Effective therapy uses experiences to help a child experience safety, security, acceptance, empathy, and emotional attunement within the family. A number of techniques and methods are used including psychodrama, interventions congruent with Theraplay, and other exercises.

SECOND PRINCIPAL. Therapy must be family-focused. Therapy helps the child address the underlying trauma in a supportive, safe, secure environment in atitrateda and manageable doses so that what the parents have to offer can get in and heal the child. It is the parents' capacity to create a safe and nurturing home that provides a healing environment. Being able to have empathy for the child, accept the child, love the child, be curious about the child, and be playful are all part of the aattitude[15]a that heals. Parents are actively involved in treatment.

THIRD PRINCIPAL. The trauma must be directly addressed. Therapy helps healing by providing the safety and security so that the child can re-experience the painful and shameful emotions that surround the child's trauma. Revisiting the trauma is essential if the child is to begin to revise the child's personal narrative and world-view. It is by revisiting the trauma and sharing the anger and shame with an accepting, empathetic person that the child can integrate the trauma into a coherent self.

FOURTH PRINCIPAL. A comprehensive milieu of safety and security must be created. Traumatized children are often hyper-vigilant, insecure, and deeply distrusting. A consistent environment that is safe and secure is essential to creating the experiences necessary for the child to heal. This milieu must be present at home and in therapy. Good communication and coordination among home, school, and therapy is another important element of effective treatment. aCompression-wraps,a invasive and intrusive stimulation designed to evoke rage, are-birthing,a and other provocative techniques are not part of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. These intrusive and invasive techniques are not therapy, not therapeutic, and have no place in a reputable treatment program.

Fifth Principal. Therapy is consensual and not coercive. At our center we are very clear that physical restraint is not treatment and is not used in treatment in any manner. Treatment is provided in a manner consisted with the Association for the treatment and Training of Children's White Paper on Coercion in treatment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is a treatment developed by Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., (Hughes, 2008, Hughes, 2006, Hughes, 2003,). Its basic principals are described by Hughes and summarized as follows:

  1. A focus on both the caregivers and therapists own attachment strategies. Previous research (Dozier, 2001, Tyrell 1999) has shown the importance of the caregivers and therapists state of mind for the success of interventions.
  2. Therapist and caregiver are attuned to the child's subjective experience and reflect this back to the child. In the process of maintaining an intersubjective attuned connection with the child, the therapist and caregiver help the child regulate affect and construct a coherent autobiographical narrative.
  3. Sharing of subjective experiences.
  4. Use of PACE and PLACE are essential to healing.
  5. Directly address the inevitable misattunements and conflicts that arise in interpersonal relationships.
  6. Caregivers use attachment-facilitating interventions.
  7. Use of a variety of interventions, including cognitive-behavioral strategies.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy interventions flow from several theoretical and empirical lines. Attachment theory (Bowlby, 1980, Bowlby, 1988) provides the theoretical foundation for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Early trauma disrupts the normally developing attachment system by creating distorted internal working models of self, others, and caregivers. This is one rationale for treatment in addition to the necessity for sensitive care-giving. As O'Connor & Zeanah (2003, p. 235) have stated, aA more puzzling case is that of an adoptive/foster caregiver who is 'adequately' sensitive but the child exhibits attachment disorder behavior; it would seem unlikely that improving parental sensitive responsiveness (in already sensitive parent) would yield positive changes in the parent-child relationship.a Treatment is necessary to directly address the rigid and dysfunctional internalized working models that traumatized children with attachment disorders have developed.

Current thinking and research on the neurobiology of interpersonal behavior (Siegel, 1999, Siegel, 2000, Siegel, 2002, Schore, 2001) is another part of the foundation on which Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy rests.

The primary approach is to create a secure base in treatment (using techniques that fit with maintaining a healing PACE (Playful, Accepting, Curious, and Empathic) and at home using principals that provide safe structure and a healing PLACE (Playful, Loving, Acceptance, Curious, and Empathic). Developing and sustaining an attuned relationship within which contingent collaborative communication occurs helps the child heal. Coercive interventions such as rib-stimulation, holding-restraining a child in anger or to provoke an emotional response, shaming a child, using fear to elicit compliance, and interventions based on power/control and submission, etc., are never used and are inconsistent with a treatment rooted in attachment theory and current knowledge about the neurobiology of interpersonal behavior.

The usual structure of a session involves three components. First, the therapist meets with the caregivers in one office while the child is seated in the treatment room. During this part of treatment, the caregiver is instructed in attachment parenting methods (Becker-Weidman & Shell (2005) Hughes, 2006). The caregiver's own issues that may create difficulties with developing affective attunement with their child may also be explored and resolved. Effective parenting methods for children with trauma-attachment disorders require a high degree of structure and consistency, along with an affective milieu that demonstrates playfulness, love, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy (PLACE). During this part of the treatment, caregivers receive support and are given the same level of attuned responsiveness that we wish the child to experience. Quite often caregivers feel blamed, devalued, incompetent, depleted, and angry. Parent-support is an important dimension of treatment to help caregivers be more able to maintain an attuned connecting relationship with their child. Second, the therapist with the caregivers meets with the child in the treatment room. This generally takes one to one and a half hours. Third, the therapist meets with the caregivers without the child. Broadly speaking, the treatment with the child uses three categories of interventions: affective attunement, cognitive restructuring, and psychodramatic reenactments. Treatment with the caregivers uses two categories of interventions: first, teaching effective parenting methods and helping the caregivers avoid power struggles and, second, maintaining the proper PLACE or attitude.

Treatment of the child has a significant non-verbal dimension since much of the trauma took place at a pre-verbal stage and is often dissociated from explicit memory. As a result, childhood maltreatment and resultant trauma create barriers to successful engagement and treatment of these children. Treatment interventions are designed to create experiences of safety and affective attunement so that the child is affectively engaged and can explore and resolve past trauma. This affective attunement is the same process used for non-verbal communication between a caregiver and child during attachment facilitating interactions (Hughes, 2003, Siegel, 2001). The therapist and caregivers' attunement results in co-regulation of the child's affect so that is it manageable. Cognitive restructuring interventions are designed to help the child develop secondary mental representations of traumatic events, which allow the child to integrate these events and develop a coherent autobiographical narrative. Treatment involves multiple repetitions of the fundamental caregiver-child attachment cycle. The cycle begins with shared affective experiences, is followed by a breach in the relationship (a separation or discontinuity), and ends with a reattunement of affective states. Non-verbal communication, involving eye contact, tone of voice, touch, and movement, are essential elements to creating affective attunement.

The treatment provided often adhered to a structure with several dimensions. It is pictured in Figure 1, below. First, behavior is identified and explored. The behavior may have occurred in the immediate interaction or have occurred at some time in the past. Using curiosity and acceptance the behavior is explored. Second, using curiosity and acceptance the behavior is explore and the meaning to the child begins to emerge. Third, empathy is used to reduce the child's sense of shame and increase the child's sense of being accepted and understood. Forth, the child's behavior is then normalized. In other words, once the meaning of the behavior and its basis in past trauma is identified, it becomes understandable that the symptom is present. An example of such an interaction is the following:

Wow, I see how you got so angry when your Mom asked you to pick up your toys. You thought she was being mean and didn't want you to have fun or love you. You thought she was going to take everything away and leave you like your first Mom did, like when your first Mom took your toys and then left you alone in the apartment that time. Oh, I can really understand now how hard that must be for you when Mom said to clean up. You really felt mad and scared. That must be so hard for you.

Fifth, the child communicates this understanding to the caregiver.

Sixth, finally, a new meaning for the behavior is found and the child's actions are integrated into a coherent autobiographical narrative by communicating the new experience and meaning to the caregiver.

Past traumas are revisited by reading documents and through psychodramatic reenactments. These interventions, which occur within a safe attuned relationship, allow the child to integrate the past traumas and to understand the past and present experiences that create the feelings and thoughts associated with the child's behavioral disturbances. The child develops secondary representations of these events, feelings and thoughts that result in greater affect regulation and a more integrated autobiographical narrative.

As described by Hughes (2006, 2003), the therapy is an active, affect modulated experience that involves acceptance, curiosity, empathy, and playfulness. By co-regulating the child's emerging affective states and developing secondary representations of thoughts and feelings, the child's capacity to affectively engage in a trusting relationship is enhanced. The caregivers enact these same principals. If the caregivers have difficulty engaging with their child in this manner, then treatment of the caregiver is indicated.

Children who have experienced chronic maltreatment and resulting complex trauma are at significant risk for a variety of other behavioral, neuropsychological, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and psychobiological disorders (Cook, A., et. al., 2005; van der Kolk, B., 2005). Children and adolescents with complex trauma require an approach to treatment that focuses on several dimensions of impairment (Cook, et. al., 2005). Chronic maltreatment and the resulting complex trauma cause impairment in a variety of vital domains including the following:

A Self-regulation

A Interpersonal relating including the capacity to trust and secure comfort

A Attachment

A Biology, resulting in somatization

A Affect regulation

A Increased use of defensive mechanisms, such as dissociation

A Behavioral control

A Cognitive functions, including the regulation of attention, interests, and other executive functions.

A Self-concept.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy addresses these domains of impairment. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy shares many important elements with optimal, sound social casework and clinical practice. For example, attention to the dignity of the client, respect for the client's experiences, and starting where the client is, are all time-honored principles of clinical practice and all are also central elements of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

In summary, therapy for traumatized children who have disordered attachments must be experiential, consensual, and provide an environment of security, acceptance, safety, empathy, and playfulness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    In New York, can you receive SSI and Public Assistance? Which do you apply for first? Better to leave one out?
    Public Assistance here in New York seems to be very restrictive, and goes overboard in trying to "get people off the rolls". According to my mother who went through the process, she was wheelchair bound, so the worker didn't believe her at the end of the review, and at the the street corner held her up and just dropped her. My mom came back horrified and bruised, and everyone had to lift her up, and they still made her attend a mandatory meeting in manhattan after that that wasn't handicapped accessible, where she had to leave her chair downstairs and embarrassingly crawl several flights of steps on hands and one knee (the other bandaged from surgery) until her joits swelled up and she started to pass out while an ambulance was called, No one bothered to tell her that they were supposed to come to the house as a homebound case. Outside a woman with breast cancer on chemo, and a woman dying with lupus with months to live facing eviction were all turned down because they were also "completely healthy" Once my mom qualified for a housebound case, the agency filed a fake recertification with false information on it and threatened to have her arrested with fraud until we contacted every government official we could about the fact that we tape every official conversation and sent all documents certified returned receipt CC to other officials as well. But this is the lengths they go to get people off the rolls, so......

    Ive been disabled for 2 years and housebound, but was so scared of the process that I haven't applied, but I need the money, I am absolutely horrified at the lengths they now go to get people off of welfare, even with medical proof from their OWN doctors of disability, even making up fake fraud cases and threatening arrest (thank God we record everything and keep records), but that is so much work., But when approved the benefits do come quicker.

    SSI on the other hand Ive heard isn't so abusive but they say here the hospital social worker where i was for awhile when i couldnt eat food) that EVERYONE here is denied the first time and will only get benefits if they appeal to the last level, which can take years, but once you get SSI, Public Assistance leaves you alone with the harassment because its now federal money.

    Being so sick, It will be hard to record eveyone, and have a nurse send everything certified return receipt and keep piles of records just to prove my "compliance"

    Should I just apply for SSI and then PA (Public Assistance) right after, or the other way around, or do one and wait then the other? Im just not ready for the government's abuse, but I really need money, and my savings is now getting empty. It is so corrupt, and I can't just fight everyone, because i'm physically exhausted already, I don't know if I can even handle either "process"

    I really appreciate any advice from anyone.

    Note: For those that hate people on "welfare" before this, don't bother, you never know you future health, I worked several jobs, even hard labor moving coquina rocks by riverbeds, and for the National Parks Service, Printing Press, Office Assistant, Phone Technical Assistance, you name it. about 2 points from valedictorian, and a 3.8 university average..I didn't still have enough credits for SSDI, and was too young. Lost ALOT of weight, could barely eat, balanced between a wheelchair and cane, and my muscles stopped working for a while, treatments also had effects on metabolism fats etc, and my hands are often so dry they are solid, and touching paper is painful, Someone else has to open my mail for me.

    *So what do I do? I never needed assistance, but I'm scared of being bullied, and don't want to get sicker, what is the easiest way to get assistance, SSI, or Public Assistance. (I also think I read that if you apply for one here you must eventually apply for the other in a certain amount of days, and then i think Public assistance takes your SSI money from you anyway to pay their expenses.

    Anyone familiar with these systems please help, I cant handle their abuse. Its already almost killing my mother the way they treat her. And I wonder if thats their goal. I dont want my health to suffer anymore than it does.

    *What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow this is shocking to hear, absolutely awful and heartwrenching. You gals need to move out of NYC and move to a rural part of NY. I am in Rochester and have never been treated like that. I suffer from depression/bipolar and I get cash assistance each month from welfare. Thanks to the good Lord I was approved for ssi after almost 3 years. The way that you are being treated is horrible, cant believe it. Sometimes the Lord is trying to tell you something. That something could be for you to relocate. No american citizen should be afraid to ask for help, especially when illegals gets it so easily.

  2. QUESTION:
    Please Read!!! I Need Your Help.?
    Hey My Name is Lea. I'm 17 going to be 18 on April 12th. I've never done this before and I hate to complain but way past desperate... I was recently diagnosed with a disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or (SLE). It's an autoimmune disease, where your immune system attacks itself and eventually kills your organs one by one. I have already lost all my long curly blonde hair, which for a 17 year old girl is horrifying. I am now on treatment 3, I've tried Plaquenil, which 95% of patients respond but of course I'm the 5% who didn't respond in a positive way.The SLE scale goes from 0-10, 0=in remission, and 10 equals horrible flare up. before i started the first treatment I was a 6 on the SLE scale, 1 month after my Plaquenil treatmeant I went from a 6 to a 12! Which is off the scale, which is FREAKING horrible. Then my second treatment was Methotrexate A.K.A. Chemotheropy. That still didn't work so they upped the dose on the Chemotheropy. I'm still on this Chemotheropy treatment but it's only getting worse, I am now immune to 8-9 antibiotics. I was so excited to hear about this new SLE treatment "Benlysta". Benlysta has a huge succsess rate! I couldn't stop crying I was so happy, but then I found out it costs ,000 a year, because SLE is a life long disease that means ,000 a year for the rest of my life (if I could afford it, let alone the first treatment/year.) I've wanted to become an Interior Designer ever since I was 9 years old. I'm a junior/senior in highschool. I'm in between both grades because I had to leave public highschool and become homeschooled because my immune system isn't working so I get sick to easily. But some good new is I got accecpted into the the ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA the college I've wanted since I was about 12 years old haha. So it's either college or possibly this new treatment. Basically, a short fufilled life with an amazing education for Interior Design, or a long life that's unfufilled with no college education, which kills me to be so harsh but that's my reality. I can't stand the thought of choosing, so does anyone how I can raise money to pay for college & treatment so I can have a LONG & FUFILLED life? Please Help me...I haven't been able to hold down the Chemotheropy pills so now I'm injecting myself every thursday... I need to raise money for this treatment so any ideas will be greatly appreciated... All I can do is pray for my savior to save me from my own body. I know God has a plan for me, but I hate this large part of his plan. But i trust the Lord and all the faith I have left in me is going to my Lord because I have all my trust in him...<3

    Thank You for taking the time to hear me complain :/

    Lea Wade

    • ANSWER:
      Get your story out. You deserve both, college and treatment. Go to charities. Church. Talk to your college. Your community. Your high school. Your parents' work. Your friends' parents' work.
      Set up an account (you need a lawyer and accountant for this) so people can donate.

      Don't give up.

  3. QUESTION:
    I NEED SOMEONE/ANYONE'S HELP...?
    Hey My Name is Lea. I'm 17 going to be 18 on April 12th. I've never done this before and I hate to complain but way past desperate... I was recently diagnosed with a disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or (SLE). It's an autoimmune disease, where your immune system attacks itself and eventually kills your organs one by one. I have already lost all my long curly blonde hair, which for a 17 year old girl is horrifying. I am now on treatment 3, I've tried Plaquenil, which 95% of patients respond but of course I'm the 5% who didn't respond in a positive way.The SLE scale goes from 0-10, 0=in remission, and 10 equals horrible flare up. before i started the first treatment I was a 6 on the SLE scale, 1 month after my Plaquenil treatmeant I went from a 6 to a 12! Which is off the scale, which is FREAKING horrible. Then my second treatment was Methotrexate A.K.A. Chemotheropy. That still didn't work so they upped the dose on the Chemotheropy. I'm still on this Chemotheropy treatment but it's only getting worse, I am now immune to 8-9 antibiotics. I was so excited to hear about this new SLE treatment "Benlysta". Benlysta has a huge succsess rate! I couldn't stop crying I was so happy, but then I found out it costs ,000 a year, because SLE is a life long disease that means ,000 a year for the rest of my life (if I could afford it, let alone the first treatment/year.) I've wanted to become an Interior Designer ever since I was 9 years old. I'm a junior/senior in highschool. I'm in between both grades because I had to leave public highschool and become homeschooled because my immune system isn't working so I get sick to easily. But some good new is I got accecpted into the the ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA the college I've wanted since I was about 12 years old haha. So it's either college or possibly this new treatment. Basically, a short fufilled life with an amazing education for Interior Design, or a long life that's unfufilled with no college education, which kills me to be so harsh but that's my reality. I can't stand the thought of choosing, so does anyone how I can raise money to pay for college & treatment so I can have a LONG & FUFILLED life? Please Help me...

    Thank You for taking the time to hear me complain :/

    Lea Wade
    I haven't been able to hold down the Chemotheropy pills so now I'm injecting myself every thursday... I need to raise money for this treatment so any ideas will be greatly appreciated... All I can do is pray for my savior to save me from my own body. I know God has a plan for me, but I hate this large part of his plan. But i trust the Lord and all the faith I have left in me is going to my Lord because I have all my trust in him...<3

    • ANSWER:
      My neighbour's friend no longer suffers symptoms of lupus when she stopped seeing a conventional doctor and started seeing a naturopath. The drugs will never cure you. This article should give you hope. >>>

      Julisa's Excellent Diet Defeats Lupus

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      Dr. Fuhrman explained the benefits of natural, balanced nutrition and prescribed a completely plant-based diet to cleanse Julisa's system. Of course, we were very skeptical that a diet could have such a drastic impact on her condition.
      About the same time we took Julisa to a kidney specialist at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, who told us that she was facing kidney dialysis and placed Julisa on the national kidney transplant list. We struggled with the options facing her and the family. On one hand, Julisa would endure a weekly routine of dialysis sessions and eventual kidney failure, if a transplant wasn't found. On the other hand, she (and the family) would have to completely change eating habits -- no more pizza or cheeseburgers -- to comply with Dr. Fuhrman's program, and we weren't sure it was going to work.
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  4. QUESTION:
    Should I pursue legal action against this surgeon?
    In April of 2010, I had my right ovary and fallopian tube removed as well as endometrial growths on my left ovary and in the back of my uterus. In my post op visit, I was told that I had a severe case of endometriosis, that I still had growths (in other words, they were not all removed), and that my lupus would complicate my treatment. I was then recommended to take medications that are contraindicated to my condition and the medications I am currently on. Of course, I did not take those medications. I was then recommended to drink herbal teas. I was not even given pain medications.

    Months later, I was still having problems. I bled so badly at one time that I was in need of a transfusion. The surgeon refused to see me because I still had a balance from my previous surgery (a mere 0 that I was paying on and even had a written payment agreement). It was an emergency situation, so I sought a second opinion from another surgeon. It turns out I needed a hysterectomy. In the post op report after the hysterectomy, the new surgeon told me that I had extensive nerve damage and needed reconstruction and that I was by far one of the worst cases he has ever seen. He also said that this did not happen overnight and that the first surgeon should have taken care of of it. He called her negligent and a few other colorful names and actually forwarded her the pictures from the surgery. I'm also having complications recovering from my surgery because of my lupus, a condition the previous surgeon knew I had.

    Should I pursue legal action, or would I be wasting my time? I'm not lawsuit happy at all. I work in the medical profession, and I am well aware of what the consequences of malpractice suits are. However, I used up all of my vacation time during the first surgery, had to have a second surgery when it could have been taken care of the first time around and now have NO income for an entire month, and it also caused me a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering (visits to the ER, blood transfusions, lupus flare ups, missed wages, pain, etc).
    Also, I did sign a consent the first time around that I wanted a hysterectomy if there were overwhelming endometrial growths present, which there were. When I awoke from the anesthesia, I found she had not honored my wishes. I asked her why, and she told me she felt I was "too young for a hysterectomy".
    I sought my second opinion with a surgeon out of the area. I traveled two hours away because he was highly recommended.

    • ANSWER:
      You could if you can get the second doctor to agree to testify. Without that, even with medical reports, there would be little chance of success in that the hospital has lawyers on staff specifically to win lawsuits and protect the hospital and doctors. Most doctors will not be willing to testify against another doctor, especially locally, due to the doctor relationship with other medical professionals in the area. I would file a complaint with the Medical Review Board though.

  5. QUESTION:
    Just a rant b/c I have no one to talk to?
    I am about to turn 33 and I believe I have a perfectly valid reason for depression, so I am not looking to be talked out of it. First, the good stuff: I am finishing a PhD; have a very good, secure job in my dream field; have a beautiful apartment; and am reasonably attractive (people keep asking me if I am a model, but I think it is because I look interesting rather than because I am gorgeous and that's fine). Now the bad stuff: my kidneys failed when I was 25 because I have lupus so I started dialysis for 5 years while I worked and began my PhD program. I had very little help; I basically did these years alone. I got a transplant when I was 30 and 8 months after the transplant, I was diagnosed with lymphoma because of the immuno-suppressant drugs I was taking for the transplant. I did chemo for 6 rounds, then while recovering I found this new job in another city. I wanted to be away from all the sickness in the old city, so I moved. It has been good but stressful. A lot of long hours and travel. I found out a few months ago that my transplant is not doing great so I signed up for a transplant list again. After doing all the tests, my oncologist says that I would have to wait 3 years before I can get a new kidney...so my name will stay on the list, but I can't get an offer until 2011. I haven't dating anyone since I was 29 and am starting t feel very self-conscious around my friends and family with their husbands and children. Because of the chemo, I can't have kids (I don't even have my period anymore, so I feel less feminine). I am starting to have a hard time hanging out with these couples with their kids because I feel worse after a day with them than I do just sitting in the house alone. I have gone back and forth with wanting to kill myself, but in the end it is pretty lame though I don't rule it out. My stomach has been bothering me again lately and if it is cancer, I have decided not to treat it. I am going to check if refusal to treat counts as suicide. I want my mom to get my insurance and pension and 401k. If it doesn't, then I will take the minimum treatment. That's it. After a long weekend on the couch; I didn't want to bother any friends because they have their families to take care of. And I don't want to stress my mother out. Thanks for "listening."

    • ANSWER:
      You're right that you have many valid reasons for depression, but you also have so many reasons to be proud. One of my best friends died of Lupus at 17, so I know how difficult it can be, and yet you've survived it and thrived in your field and pursued a PhD. I have Hodgkin's so I do know what it's like to battle that disease, and I'm very scared about fertility too. (I'm 17.5 now). There are things you have no control over, and to an extent, there's freedom in that because you cannot berate yourself for failing to reach a mark. Keep on persevering, and seek help for your depression. I've been battling wicked mood swings and depression since starting chemo over the summer, and it's been really beneficial to go to therapy.

      33 is still very young. You have plenty of years ahead of you to marry and adopt, and you are not in a race with anybody else.

      I absolutely LOVE the site I'm Too Young for This, and have linked it below. It's a support group for young adults with cancer, and they're amazing.

      I bet more people admire you than you realize. Keep fighting.
      I admire all that you've accomplished.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I start running again?
    When I was younger, I was very fit. I ran every day and I was in great shape. Then I started hurting all over, and packed on the pounds. I've recently been diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) and for the first time in about 7 years, thanks to a healthy dose of chemo, I was able to run without too much pain. I got medical clearance from my rheumatologist, and he's thrilled that the treatments are working.

    Are there any tips/suggestions that I should consider? Remember, I haven't been able to run for at least 7 years without being in excruciating pain, so all of this is relatively new to me. Anything will be helpful. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      my mother has lupis as well and its that same with her only she don't run. never has. my suggestion from what she did is to first take a hot bath and then start walking. from a walk move into a jogg slowly and then speed up until your in a run. but if you feel pain coming on slow down or stop. take it nice and slow. when your done, relax.

      i feel for you. i know how hard it is watching my mother as i grew up suffer. take care. :)