Doctor, Why Can’t I Loose Weight and by the Way Why Do I Feel Sick?

 Doctor, Why Can’t I Loose Weight and by the Way Why Do I Feel Sick?

This the number one question heard in my office and in physicians’ offices throughout America. There is a strong relationship between weight gain, difficulty in losing weight and feeling sick. Candida Albicans, an opportunistic fungus, is often the link between weight gain, feeling ill and the difficulties people have with losing weight. Focusing on removing Candida Albicans from the body rewards the dieter with a feeling of well being and weight loss that is steady, sustainable and healthy.

Americans are embracing the low carbohydrate diet for its ability to reduce their waist size and weight even when other diets have failed. The more important benefits of a low carbohydrate diet are usually lost in our obsession with weight. Low Carbohydrate diets have been used by nutritionists and holistic physicians for decades to control Candida Albicans. The weight loss and feeling of well being that accompanies a low carbohydrate diet is mostly associated with controlling this serious, but often over looked health condition.

I often see patients in my office who want to lose weight and have tried every diet and pill on the market with little success. During their history they often reveal a list of symptoms and complaints that they feel have no relationship to their weight problem. These patients do not realize that their weight problem and their other complaints are symptomatic of a more serious health condition known as systemic Candida Albicans. By concentrating on treating the underlying Candida Albicans my patients are able to loose weight and improve their overall health.

Betty F. . . was consulting with me for continued weight gain. She was finding it difficult to stick to a diet and exercise, partly since she saw such limited results. During her consult she admitted to gas, indigestion and fatigue. Her history included birth control pills, antibiotic use and several yeast infections. Her treatment plan included a low carbohydrate diet, nutritional supplements, and anti fungal herbals. She returned is 4 weeks, she had been able to stick to the diet with much greater ease, she felt more energetic and had no more gas. She was even happier that she had been able to loose 9 lbs. She reached her goal of a total weight loss of 22 lbs over the course of 3 months and has been able to keep it off. She now sticks to a sound diet and only takes a multi nutrient with herbals.

Candida Albicans is opportunistic yeast that often over whelms the body after antibiotic, may be passed from person to person with the exchange of body fluids, and from direct contact. It may be found in the reproductive tract, the mouth, the GI tract and in the blood. There are several common signs of Candida Albicans including vaginal yeast infections, thrush, jock itch and athlete’s foot. Candida Albicans has been linked to a number of health conditions including; asthma, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, hypoglycemia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), learning disabilities, menstrual problems, Migraines, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCSS), Prostatitis, sinus problems, and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).

One of the major secondary problems associated with Candida Albicans is weight gain. A number of the problems associated with losing weight and staying with a diet are doing to Candida Albicans. A person with systemic Candida Albicans will often crave sugar and simple carbohydrates because this is the main source of nutrients for yeast. Mood swings and depression are often associated with the rapid change in blood sugar levels caused by the yeast. Patients often complain of gas and bloating caused by the fermentation of foods in their intestines by the yeast which naturally release gas, just like in Champaign and beer. The fermentation of foods in the intestine may also lead to alcohol production that is absorbed through the gut and may lead to symptoms of confusion, altered behavior, and difficulty concentrating. Determining whether you have a Candida Albicans can make a big difference on how easy you will be able to lose weight and keep your weight loss off.

Questions to determine if you may have Candida Albicans: 

1. Have you used antibiotics in the last 2 years?

2. Do you have gas or bloating?

3. Do you have sugar cravings?

4. Do you have low blood sugar?

5. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?

6. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?

7. Are you sensitive to smells?

8. Are you sensitive to alcohol?

9. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like; headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS, menstrual or sinus problems?

10. Do you feel fatigued all the time?

11. Do you have a hard time concentrating?

12. Do you just not feel right?

Candia Albicans can be diagnosed by a blood analysis by your physician, though many traditional physicians do not regularly order this test. A major problem with treating Candida Albicans is the low regard most physicians place on controlling it spread. A recent study showed that 27% of nurses and 33% of doctors have Candida Albicans on their hands in a hospital. You can get a reasonable idea if you have problems with Candida Albicans by answering the questions in the box above. A yes answers to 6 or more questions above, associated with any of the signs or symptoms listed above, is a good indicator that you may have a Candida Albicans problem. Dr. Mark Leder, a chiropractor and nutritionist in NYC, states ” I have treated thousands of women for weight loss and I find that over 75% of them are suffering from Candida Albicans. I tell them, you want to loose weight,? You want to be healthy? Deal with the Candida problem and everything else will follow.” A low carbohydrate diet is the first step to dealing with Candida Albicans, but an herbal anti fungal is just as important.

When Candida Albicans presents itself as a vaginal yeast infection or athletes foot will often be treated with medication. Medications may be oral or topical and can be in prescription or over the counter strength. The problems with medications is that they are often short term and or do not get to the root of the problem. To properly reduce the amount of Candida Albicans in the body a low carbohydrate diet is the first step. Nutritional and herbal supplements are also key components. Regular intake of natural anti fungal supplements gives the body a chance to gentle and slowly reduce the amount of Candida Albicans in the body. There are a number of natural anti fungal herbals and products available on the market, but quality and effectiveness vary greatly. One of the best products available, through physicians offices only, is called RxBotanicals Diet Enhancer which contains powerful anti fungal and natural herbal relaxants. The combination of anti fungal and natural herbal relaxants found in RxBotanicals Diet Enhancer gentle lowers the amount of Candida Albicans in the body while making the dieting experience easier and more successful.

America will continue to focus on the weight loss associated with low carbohydrate diets. Nutritionists and physicians will continue to embrace the multitude of health benefits associated with a low carbohydrate diets with herbal remedies and its relationship to reducing Candida Albicans in the body.

Questions or comments can be addressed to Dr. Steven Zodkoy at 732-308-0099 or [email protected]

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Powerlifting: Respect By Numbers

In the sport of Powerlifting, lifters will talk big, call other lifters out and try their best to be the biggest strongest dog on the block but in this sport it’s the numbers that really count. This also applies in the matter of respect. A lot of the younger inexperienced lifters come into the sport with a lack of respect for other lifters. Maybe due to their inexperience or maybe their age or the drive they have to make a name for themselves.

In August of 2007 I was getting ready for a meet when I was asked to come out and help with the 2nd Annual Byrd Memorial Powerlifting & Bench Press competition being held in Lake City. I told the meet coordinator that I would help but I needed to get my last squat day in before my own competition. He said it would be alright for me to squat with his competitors as they warmed-up for their flights as long as I would help him after I was done. I agreed and did just that.

The Byrd Memorial meet was a sanctioned American Powerlifting Federation (APF) meet, which meant they were using a monolift to squat and multi-ply lifting gear was allowed. Even though multi-ply gear and the use of a monolift were allowed, Buddy Duke, a coach and gym owner in Adel, Ga. brought down a team that was comprised of all single-ply lifters most of them being in their 20’s and new to the sport. Buddy is the Georgia state chairman for the United States Powerlifting Federation (USPF) and every year he hosts the Southeastern Cup in Adel. The USPF is a single-ply gear federation that does not use a monolift but rather walks the weight out on the squat. My team and I had competed at Buddy’s meet for years until we started in the multi-ply gear. Even though the Byrd Memorial meet was an APF meet, he brought his team down to get them some competition experience. All his lifers walked out their weight and used their single-ply gear.

In the warm-up room, we had some lifters using the mono and some walking out the weight. As for myself, I was lifting raw (not gear) just working up to medium weight because it was my last squat day before my next meet. All the other lifters were in gear and competing so I squeezed in my squats between each of their warm-ups and when I wasn’t squatting, I was working the monolift to help them out. It got too hard to tell who was doing what, so I was asking each lifter as they went up to do a warm-up whether they were walking out or needed me to pull the level on the monolift.

One of Buddy’s youngest lifters came up to the bar to do his last warm-up, around 365 lbs., when I said to him, “Do you need me to pull….” I stopped and looked at him realizing that he was one of Buddy’s and quickly said, “…no that’s right you are walking the weight out.” His reply to me, with the biggest chip anyone could ever have on their shoulder, was “I’m a single-ply lifter, I walk my weight out.” I almost replied, but luckily I had enough cool to stop myself, “You little s!#t, who do you think you’re talking to? My lightest squat days are heavier than any weight you could ever image putting on your back.” Most of the Adel lifters had the same chips on their shoulders. For some reason, single-ply lifters, especially the younger ones, have this mightier-than-though attitude when it comes to the multi-ply lifters. What they don’t realize is that most of the multi-ply and more experienced lifters started out the same as them in single-ply gear.

I told my buddies about what had happened and the attitudes Buddy’s lifters had. Rather than having words with his lifters, my buddies said there was a better way to knock the chips off these guys’ shoulders. We decided to go to Adel for the Southeastern Cup and let our numbers do the knocking. It was decided that three of us would get back in the single-ply gear and prepared for the meet. It was the first single-ply meet we had done in at least four years. It was actually a nice change of pace from what we had been doing. Sure our numbers wouldn’t be the same but the whole point of the meet was to show these guys a thing or two.

At Buddy’s meet, his team was there and our guys were ready. We hit numbers that these guys had never seen in the gym or competition. By the end of the meet, we had accomplished what we had set out for. They were to say the least humbled but to our surprise, we did a little more than just knock chips and set egos straight. We had done something that we didn’t expect, we INSPIRED! The guys that had their mightier-than-though attitudes, just two months earlier, were so impressed with our lifting that they started congratulating us, asking us questions, shaking our hands and in some cases wanting pictures with us. I have to add, I was the youngest and the least experienced of our three lifters at age 39 with nine years competing in the sport.

It’s funny how your numbers can do the talking for you. That day, the numbers of a few older experienced lifters showed a group of younger, inexperience lifters the meaning of respect.

Too all the younger inexperienced lifters out there; don’t be disrespectful to others just because they don’t compete in the same gear or lifting federation as you. You don’t know their background in the sport and you may just get surprised as the Adel team did. To all you seasoned lifters, it’s your job to help develop, inspire and motivate younger less-experienced lifters to be their best.

And to everyone, being good at what you do, also means being humble and respectful. That’s the only way to earn respect in this sport.

Source by Joseph R. Norman

Book Review: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux is the story of the author’s overland travel from Cairo to Cape Town with all the adventures, people and places he encounters throughout the continent.

Paul Theroux travelled Africa from north to south in the first half of 2001. Beginning in Cairo, he travelled down the Nile in Egypt, through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. He travelled mostly by public transport including trains, boats, bush taxi, buses, cattle truck, rented Land Rover, canoe and hitch-hiking. As a young 20-something-year-old, Theroux had come to Africa to teach in rural Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and so this trip 40 years later was partly a sentimental journey but also to see how much has changed since.

The book starts in Egypt’s capital Cairo and heads south into the land of the Nubians, Sudan. Theroux travels all the way down into Kenya and then heads west to Uganda. He catches up with friends in Kampala where he had lived several years earlier. He takes a ferry across Lake Victoria to Mwanza in Tanzania and then the train to Dar es Salaam. Another train gets him to Mbeya in southern Tanzania before entering Malawi where he visits the school where he taught as a young man. This is probably the most demoralising point of the whole trip as he assesses the impact of foreign aid over the 40 years since he was there. After the treatise on development (or lack thereof), he travels via the Zambezi River into Mozambique. The next country is Zimbabwe where he experiences the effects of Mugabe’s regime on white farmers. Finally he reaches South Africa and the luxury of the Blue Train between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Theroux’s summary after this journey reveals a disappointment in the “help” foreigners have thrown at the continent but also the joy he experienced in meeting people as he travelled:

Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it, hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can’t tell the politicians from the witch doctors. Not that Africa is one place. It is an assortment of motley republics and seedy chiefdoms. I got sick, I got stranded, but I was never bored. In fact, my trip was a delight and a revelation.”

Dark Star Safari is an interesting account of Theroux’s travels, especially as he travels in Africa by means not dared by most. He is very negative about the work of foreign development organisations, which is not entirely unfair I will agree. Throughout the book however, Theroux’s style remains witty and entertaining.

Paul Theroux’s account of his overland journey from Cairo to Cape Town in Dark Star Safari follows his other stories of epic overland trips such as Riding the Iron Rooster in China and two books about the Silk Road. You may enjoy contrasting Theroux’s wit and insight with Sihle Khumalo’s Dark Continent My Black Arse. Khumalo also travelled the length of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo by public transport, but he has quite a different perspective being a native of the continent and focuses more on the travelling than the impact of foreign intervention.

Source by Tracey A Bell

Book Review – Section 1 – Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins

The first section of Master the Game starts by taking time to set up the purpose behind Tony’s writing. Tony dove into this massive project because he became enraged by how the financial system is set up to confuse people and maximize the opportunities of corporations instead of the regular, working, man or woman. The economic crash of 2008 was what spurred him on and pushed him to come up with the content contained in this book. Tony decided that in order to fight back against the system he was going to find the 50 best financial minds in the world and interview them with the purpose of giving the regular, working, person like you and me a chance to learn from the worlds most successful financial gurus. That is exactly what he did. Tony managed to have these knowledgeable men and women expose their wisdom in the field of finance for free. All you’ve got to do is pick up Tony’s book, which by the way, all proceeds are going towards feeding people in need all over the world! So cool.

“We all have money in our lives; what matters is that you master money and it doesn’t master you.”

So, what are the key take aways from the first section of “Money Master the Game?”

The seven steps that Tony has contained in this book are all attainable by anyone no matter their income level.

Tony is extremely wealthy but he didn’t set out to write a book that was only valuable to those who are wealthy. Tony believes in the power of generosity and gratitude so this book is all about giving back to those who are searching for financial freedom. No matter how much money you make you can take the principles you learn throughout this book and begin applying them to your life by the middle of the first section. In fact he asks you to take action. Put down the book and take action to start that momentum towards financial freedom.

“The secret to wealth is simple: Find a way to do more for others than anyone else does.”

If we can get away from thinking that money is something that we compete for we can begin to master money. Life is about living in relationship with others and the money we receive in our lives can be a direct reflection of those relationships. If you learn something share it with others. If something is valuable to you tell people about it. What do you do when you go to a great movie with your friends? You go and tell those around you how awesome it was! Maybe you write a Facebook post or Tweet. You get the word out because it matters to you. Do this with everything in your life that you get excited about. Be grateful for what you have and share it with others! Maximize your positive contribution to the world and wealth becomes a by product of that.

Source by Jason Keegstra

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Book Review: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the opera is a well narrated horror, fiction, mystery, romance, adventure, in short a blend of various genres narrated beautifully into musical words. The story of the novel entails around the major characters that is, Erik, Christine and Raoul.

The novel can be summarized as follows. Apparently, the Paris opera was considered to be a haunted place. Christine was offered a position in the opera house and in that house she used to hear melancholic sounds, which eventually attracted her attention. News spread throughout the house that it was haunted and thereby the managers had to disprove this.

In Paris, Christine was visited by her childhood friend Raoul and through some meetings and engagements he figured out that Christine was having conversations with a strange man. She had suddenly developed the ability to sing and there were no traces as to who taught her and she accords the credit to the angel of music which her father refereed to as a dominant character in his stories, the voice belonged to the haunted ghost.

Gradually Eric and Christine shared a deep bond and their relationship strengthened over time, by watching all this Raoul realized that the ghost was a mad man and had taken Christine under his control because Christine had seen his real face. As a result of which Raoul made full attempts to run away with Christine but the haunted figure wouldn’t allow that.

At the time Leroux completed writing this book there were many rumors about haunted ghosts in cities which were all exaggerated stories. The author throughout the book had maintained the decorum of the scenes by using melodramatic words.

Every novel consists of a hero and heroine but the interest and suspense is maintained with another character like Eric in this story. He was the key element in making the novel feel more interesting, the phantom of the opera turned out to be a huge success and has been read and adapted worldwide.

Source by J. Longford

Can a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Be Successful?

Attempting to sell your home today, on your own, is at best an uphill battle. Understanding the complexities of the market, home pricing, timing, marketing challenges, safety, legal issues and navigating the new TRID, all paint an interesting and challenging scenario for the “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO).

Selling your home on your own in today’s marketplace is akin to winning a championship game without a coach. Can it be done? Possibly. Is it the best you can do? Not Likely.

People desiring to sell their homes on their own typically have their personal reasons for doing so. Usually, it is perceived that one will save money on the sale of their home. While this may appear to be sound thinking at the surface, there are many reasons why this is not necessarily true, especially today. Industry statistics show that a home owner will typically net a higher sale price when utilizing the services of a professional Realtor®.

Let’s start with the TRID. This is an acronym for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule. In a nutshell… it replaces the familiar HUD with a whole new level of complex rules and procedures that will affect your transaction. You and your buyer will come face-to-face to TRID at closing time. The scope of this new legislation is far beyond the scope of this article, but there are numerous web resources where one can become better educated as to it’s procedures and requirements. Under more ideal circumstances, your Realtor®, Mortgage Loan Officer and the Closing Attorney navigate these waters for you.

How do FSBOs screen potential buyers? Typically they don’t. Most are so anxious to sell that they open their doors to anyone. Most sellers, if they ask at all, do not understand the difference between loan pre-qualification and pre-approval. They have no idea if their “prospective buyer” is even able to secure a sufficient loan to buy their home. They possibly may not even be who they say they are. Frustrated, many will waste a great deal of time with “window-shoppers and tire-kickers.”

Dealing with home inspections, effectively staging the home, preparing the all-important first impression via the presentation of the exterior of the home and landscaping, and knowing what to say to prospective buyers often are areas that cripple a sale. Furthermore, a seller’s emotional involvement with the sale of their home often has detrimental disadvantages. The home seller usually has too much of an emotional bond to their home to remain objective in negotiations.

Most FSBOs do not understand market pricing and often have their home’s price set higher than it should be. Sellers are frequently under the misconception that the selling price of their home is related to their financial needs or to how much they have invested in their property. Not so! They often will miss that precious four-week window when a home is first introduced to the market because of pricing error, poor staging and other issues. Establishing an accurate selling price for market entry is a skill that professionals well understand but novices lack.

Sellers must also be comfortable communicating directly with buyers, their agents, lawyers, home inspection companies, appraisers and loan companies. This area alone stifles most transactions. There are also numerous ways to make legal mistakes. Contracts have specific deadlines that must be managed effectively or sellers can be held in breach of contract. A Real Estate Contract To Buy is a legal document that contains deadlines, specific instructions, clauses and contingencies that are often difficult to understand for the untrained.

Since FSBOs are extremely vulnerable to so many areas that can halt a transaction, many sellers have the experience of seeing their sale disintegrate at or prior to closing because of failure to manage the legal details of the transaction. In fact, the National Association of Realtors®(NAR) has collected data that shows that less than 10% of all FSBO’s actually sell their property that way. Less than 1% of all home sales are FSBOs.

Unless the homeowner is fully prepared for the reality of selling their home on their own, many may quickly realize the need for a trusted professional partner, a Realtor®, who will effectively market their home in a variety of mediums, providing maximum exposure, show it to prospective, well-qualified buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, suggest financing and closing attorneys, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary legal paperwork and monitor the closing. Your Listing Agent can take care of everything you need, from start to close and communicate with you throughout the process.

Is hiring a professional Realtor® to represent your best interests a good idea? You be the judge.

Source by Daniel Sitter

Analysis of the Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Appearance and Reality

Russell questions the absoluteness of knowledge and the discernment of the problem in Philosophy.

What is the distinction between appearance and reality? Things which are known by perception are labeled as sense data. The collection of all physical objects is called matter.

Russell quotes the Philosopher Berkeley who said objects do not exist outside the senses. This I think is a deception. Objects exist independently of the senses and come into purview if we are cognizing or perceiving them.

Russell describes the problem of appearance as being philosophical. Is the reality of seeing a thing real? What happens to appearance when we approach its microscopic or macroscopic composition? For example: the size and heat of the sun increases as we go closer to it.

The Existence of Matter

The author introduces Descartes who used to systematically doubt and through his doubting came to the conclusion-I think therefore I exist. Philosophically he asks the question of objects exist outside our senses. I would like to affirmatively: they do.

The Nature of Matter

Physical Science has reduced all objects to motions. For example: light has waves and particles called wavicles.


The first advocate of idealism was Berkeley. According to him everything exists in the mind. Here I think there’s a misinterpretation of Berkeley’s thinking. We have to cognize or perceive and that we do with our senses.

The word Know is used in the sense of two things. First of all it means the absence of error. The second aspect of it is knowledge gained by the senses. This is called by knowing through acquaintance. For knowledge by acquaintance we come to knowing of things by our senses. For example when I see a table, I perceive that it is a table.

Russell is not clear by what he means by knowledge through description.

There is an acquaintance with universals that is ideas like whiteness, brotherhood and justice and so on. Nouns and verbs according to Russell use descriptive content.

On Induction

What is induction? Inductive knowledge proceeds from the general to the particular. A syllogism is an induction. For example: All Men are Mortal; Socrates is a man: therefore Socrates is mortal.

There are three laws of thought. The Law of identity: what is: the law of contradiction: nothing can be and not be: the law of the excluded middle: everything must be and not be.

One of the historic controversies is between the empiricists and the rationalists. Empiricists maintain that knowledge comes from experience. Is knowledge a priori or a posteriori that is existing before the known or after the known?

Russell assumes that all mathematical knowledge is a priori. I would like to say that cognizing the verifiability of mathematical truths is a posteriori.

The World of Universals

Do Universals, ideas like justice, truth, brotherhood exist in form or as ideas or are they to put in practice. Plato was wrong to assume that they exist in an ideal form.

Source by Bose Anand

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

I have read many mysteries and thrillers written by James Patterson. This author also writes stories in several other genres. This one is a romance called First Love.

First Love is about two teenagers, Axi and Robinson, who meet while getting chemo. Axi’s little sister passed away from cancer. Her mother had a difficult time dealing with the loss and decided to leave the family. Axi’s father can only deal with all of this by drinking. Axi wants to get away from all of this so she comes up with the idea of going on the road with many stops throughout various states.

Axi realizes she cannot go on this trip by herself. She tells Robinson about her idea and talks him into going along. Many things happen along the way like stealing cars and doing things they really should not be doing. Axi and Robinson have so much fun on the trip and they really enjoy their time together. It doesn’t take too long to realize they have fallen in love.

Their enjoyment is short lived as the illness begins to take a toll on Robinson. What will happen to these two teenagers who are so happy and in love?

As we all know, a first love is very special. This is the story of two teenagers who fall in love but face some very difficult times ahead. First Love shows the reader how important love is when you are going through something very difficult in your life. This is a story of two young kids who seem to mature right before your eyes.

First love is a quick read. The book is well written and the authors do a wonderful job with the character portrayal. The readers will feel like they know the characters as they read the book. It’s not one of those “I can’t put this book down” stories but it is one that makes you want to keep on reading to see what happens. The story is very funny in places and there are parts of it that will make you shed a tear. If you have read any books by Nicholas Sparks, Mr. Patterson is right up there with the best of the romance writers. Readers young or old will enjoy this book. This might not have all the action of a James Patterson thriller but First Love is a story that will remain with you for a long time.

Source by Nancy Eaton

What Organs Are Affected by Lung Cancer?

As lung cancer is seldom diagnosed while at an early stage, and usually only by accident after a doctor has ordered a routine chest X-ray for another health issue, other vital organs in the body have already been affected by metastasis (its spread). It is quite common for 25% of all lung cancer sufferers to show no signs at all of having lung cancer present.

Unfortunately for many, the damage that has been caused to these organs is usually permanent. As the disease develops, metastasis is usually found not only in regional tissue, but in distant tissue too, allowing for it to move with relative ease throughout the body while infecting whatever gets in its way. Organs commonly affected by lung cancer are:

The Liver – Often the liver and adrenal glands (endocrine [glands that secrete hormones directly into the blood, and not through a duct] that sit at the top of the kidneys) are affected over a considerable amount of time without any noticeable symptoms to the sufferer.

The Brain – Usually the first symptoms that the brain has been affected by lung cancer metastasis is when the sufferer begins to have visual problems, memory loss problems, headaches, a noticeable loss of strength, or a partial seizure has occurred.

The Bones – When the bones have been affected, usually a noticeable discomfort will be present either in the vertebrae (backbone), or the ribs and thighs. Although these symptoms may be present much more earlier on, they usually either go unnoticed, or just get put down to the after-effects of something else.

The Nerves – Also prone to lung cancer metastasis are the nerves, when affected can cause many sufferers to experience aching pains in the shoulders that may also run along the outer-side of either arm.

The Vocal Cords – When the esophagus (the conduit that connects the mouth and stomach) has been affected, a sufferer may experience difficulty in swallowing. Often, this is when part of the lung has collapsed, resulting in an infection in the lung that can be extremely difficult to treat.

General Symptoms – When more organs in the body have been affected, a lack of appetite, weight loss (usually occurring when no exercise or dietary regime has been put in place), bleeding, and blood clotting may be noticed. Often when these symptoms are present, they easily go unnoticed due to being similar to the after-effects of other less serious illnesses.

However, if symptoms are persistent, it is always prudent to get them checked out by a doctor as soon as possible, as when lung cancer has metastasized to other vital organs in the body, a patients 5-year prognosis after diagnosis, is usually very poor.

Source by Philip A Edmonds-Hunt

The Big Sky by AB Guthrie

The plot of the story is set in the landscape of the mountains and the early days of the fur trade. During those days men left the comforts of their own homes to set out for the West trusting their instincts and the directions of the rivers.

From Missouri to Yellowstone and on through the caldera of the geysers where the birth of the snake begins to wind it’s way to the Teton ranges, it was the beaver that drew them, but it became something else that held them, something that is still there.

The “Big Sky” written by Guthrie is not just a tale of outcasts and renegades. It is a work that deserves accolades for its beautiful portrayal of history. The book is about the wisdom that people used to have, the wisdom one gains through the need to survive where “nature favors no man” and every opportunity is valuable as it may knock only once at your door. It is about the emotions of jealousy, love and friendship that occurs at every step of the journey. It is a tale about the passions of youth and the energy that fuels it. All of these feelings show themselves without any restraint and survival, for each day is the only thing that actually matters and everything that follows is secondary.

The protagonist of the story is Boone Claudill who abandons his home for the unknown land of the West after an altercation with his father. With a vague idea of an uncle who had also left for the West a long time ago, he decides to set out with the faint hope of finding him. The character has no idea about the difficulty that awaits him on his journey into the unknown.

As he sets out on his quest, he meets another man who turns into his trustworthy friend, that is until an unexpected tragedy happens. As we read through the book, we see him grow from a clumsy person who lacks confidence into a mentally strong mountain man flying towards his destiny. On his way he encounters a beautiful girl whom he recognizes from his childhood, his is infatuated and hopelessly in love with her. For me the big sky is storytelling at it’s finest and most honest, a love affair with the unspoiled wilderness and the early travellers.

Source by Bill E Grant