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Some months are left of this years flu epidemic, with high fatalities, or at least much higher than usual here in the states.  For some reason, the reporting nomenclature has changed from what I had gotten used to; H and N, each followed by a digit, such as H3N1.  This year, what is reported in the news is type A and B.  The news is vague and ominous.  The impression is young children are struck particularly hard, with high numbers of fatalities.  At the same time, I see advertisements for a vaccine "designed" with aged people in mind, suggesting that they avail themselves of a "4X" strength vaccine which somehow counteracts the failing immunity that apparently inexorably strikes the old, whether they are infirm or not.  I do not buy into this reasoning at all.

In two particularly dangerous years in which particularly virulent strains seemed to threaten worldwide pandemics, I considered getting the flu shot, and in one instance I actually did do it.  It has now been 36 years since I began using the procedure outlined in this thread.  In that time, I have not had a single episode of influenza of whatever stripe.  In the 43 years prior to this development, I had probably had influenza and/or pneumonia a dozen times or so.  In only one year, 1958, in the Army, did I almost give up the ghost, so to speak.

I advocate that all children get all their childhood immunizations, and that adults use reason and intelligence and health information from reasoned and reasonable sources to sort out their needs.
Skin Complaints and Skin Disorders / Re: PLEASE HELP! with Dyshidrotic Eczema
« Last post by Eliezers on Thursday January 09, 2020, 08:36:20 AM »
thanks for all the advice! i was pretty desperate when typing and have since had time to frantically rub at my hands (better than scratching but not by much) twice, both times resulting in nervous breakdowns, the latter one landing me in the emergency room due to swelling (which has never happened before) and hyperventilating.

at the moment my hands are bandaged and i have an appointment with a dermatologist this afternoon. also, i started taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds which hopefully will have a positive effect on my eczema. unless the flareups are completely random, i would guess my main triggers are stress and anxiety.

Thats too painful :/
Skin Complaints and Skin Disorders / Re: Grover's disease
« Last post by Maestrofred on Monday December 16, 2019, 05:55:17 PM »
Iíve got some good news and some bad news.  14 years ago I was diagnosed with Groverís but in the last five years or so it seemed to have changed.  I went to see a new dermatologist a week ago and after checking my skin and my current breakout, he said that my Groverís seems to be gone.  After checking out what my current rashes look like he said that it appears that I now have a nickel allergy, both a contact allergy (no jewelry allowed) as well as a food allergy.  After looking at the list of foods that have high amounts of nickel in them I recognized many things that would cause a skin reaction after consuming them.  Iím glad that I finally found a dermatologist that gave me a better diagnosis.  Hopefully by following a nickel free diet my skin will return to normal after 14 years!  Iím sharing this information in case there are others in this group who may have noticed a mutation in their breakouts.  I donít know if Groverís lead to this allergy, but if it did this information may help others.  Look up the nickel-free diet on the Mayo Clinic website and look at the list of food that causes outbreaks.  If this helps one person it will be worth it.
Nutrition / Re: Natural wines and other ferments
« Last post by anthropositor on Monday November 25, 2019, 11:31:19 AM »
A few weeks ago, I had to make a sudden trip to California.  When I get caught up with some of the things which I left unattended here in the jungle, I will be saying more about the trip in the Miscellany thread in the section Let Me Introduce Myself.  I had to travel light and cheap.  I took a train.  First Passenger train I have been on in more than seventy years.  In my youth, I rode the freights during the 1950's when I had no other available options, but it was fraught with risks I did not take lightly.

In any case, I had heard from some of my friends who had some travel experience by passenger train, that one of the big expenses would be food in the dining car or the other vending options, if I did not provide for myself.  I was allowed two bags at 50 pounds each, and I use a cane.  Something had to give.  I made the suitcase and satchel add up to a combined 50 pounds, a saving of 50 pounds.  That made the project doable again.  I was even able to take three books (my absolute minimum for a three day trip). 

In the satchel were a dozen boiled eggs, still in their shells and in the carton.  Along with this were  four 20 oz plastic coke bottles filled with poontang pudding, fermented to perhaps 3 or 4%.  Ingredients: dried cranberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, concord grape juice and yeast from the air.  I suspect I saved $100 going and another $100 returning, and perhaps another $60
saved each way buying half a dozen burritos from a recommended street vendor in El Paso station.  She did magic with those burritos.  Via con Dios, senora.
Another salubrious detail: On the morning of my departure, I had had an oral surgeon remove the remaining broken and isolated teeth from my lower jaw and surgically repair my mangled frenum.
I was, in other words, newly toothless and bleeding in spite of the surgeons splendid stitchery on my departure.  For the remainder of this saga, and other stories, go to the thread miscellany in the section, Let Me Introduce Myself... maybe in a few days. 
Back from my trip to California, which took a few weeks.  Quite a saga, actually, but not entirely pertinent to this thread.  As soon as I get caught up with all my undone chores, I'll say more about it in                    Miscellany, which, if memory serves, is in the Let Me Introduce Myself section
Funny you should say that ........ / Re: The story game
« Last post by M@t on Saturday November 23, 2019, 02:39:28 PM »
with a secret
Funny you should say that ........ / Re: The story game
« Last post by totalfolly on Sunday November 17, 2019, 11:51:23 AM »
really enormous pit
Funny you should say that ........ / Re: The story game
« Last post by M@t on Wednesday November 13, 2019, 06:55:26 PM »
falling into a
Funny you should say that ........ / Re: The story game
« Last post by totalfolly on Saturday November 09, 2019, 11:59:35 AM »
and found himself
Skin Complaints and Skin Disorders / Skin Care Tips
« Last post by stephensam on Tuesday November 05, 2019, 05:17:18 AM »
Most of this young generation people are wants to show their skin beauty and attract others. This is common mindset for all. But few of them are getting depressed due to bad skin health condition. Natural way is available to maintaining the skin in a better. Lots of people are easily maintaining their skin by using several skin care products. But several natural skin care tips are available to maintaining skin in a good and healthy conditions. Be confident and make your body skin health in a better way.

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