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    I am a respiratory therapist now. I had no great love for the profession, but I knew I could get a good job. Sad but true.

    SS cooks great in a slow cooker. I might have to get one - seems like a good idea. I personally find that tomato sauce goes particularly well with squash, either homemade or one of the high-quality ones you can find these days. Muir Glen is terrific. Also cheese of any kind.

    Just finished watching Gardner's presentation. Quite a few points I would like to argue with him! (Hah, me a nobody and him a distinguished scientist.) But he presents the data in a very well-balanced manner. And it is a REAL clinical study, not an observational fantasy. (Cough...China Study...Cough) One thing that is always glossed over, particularly when talking about paleo/primal, is adherence and satisfaction. Some things can't be measured in your blood. But a questionaire about important life issues - career, personal relationships, depression (or lack of it), hobbies - having more energy doesn't always translate into more time spent on physical activities. It can mean finally finishing that degree, finding a new job, starting or renewing positive relationships. Damn, I wish I could study this stuff, or that somebody else would.
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    oooh a respiratory therapist. That takes me back. Whenever I was hospitalized for asthma when I was younger, a good RT made those 3am nebulizer treatments bearable. Here let me wake you up so you can breathe. lol. I haven't been in the hospital for asthma in over a decade (yay Advair!), but if I had you for an RT I'm sure it would have been a nicer stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by June68 View Post
    oooh a respiratory therapist. That takes me back. Whenever I was hospitalized for asthma when I was younger, a good RT made those 3am nebulizer treatments bearable. Here let me wake you up so you can breathe. lol. I haven't been in the hospital for asthma in over a decade (yay Advair!), but if I had you for an RT I'm sure it would have been a nicer stay.
    Just to cut in... I was on advair, synthroid, and a rescue inhaler to manage my Athma. I'm off all 3 meds (well, I use the rescue inhaler occasionally when I eat something that triggers it). I have only been primal since March. You may not respond to primal the same way as I, but something for you to be aware of. Last time I had to use the rescue inhaler I had eaten a tablespoon of coconut milk with strawberries. Turns out, I'm mildly sensitive to guar gum. If I don't cheat, it really helps me ferret out food triggers. Guar gum, indeed, who'd have thunk it!?

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    Guar gum is a weird one.

    I've had a rescue inhaler for over year, sealed in the package. I just never use them anymore. Before Advair it was 10x a day or even more. Nutty. With Advair it's basically never. If the no-grains thing results in being able to ditch that, too, terrific, but I'm ok with taking it if it keeps me above ground.
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    When I lived in California, I suffered horribly from allergies/asthma/upper respiratory infections/pneumonia - but moving to the Northeast, and particularly since I have moved to Maine I have had no virtually no problems. I had one cold that cleared up in four days and I've given myself one nebulizer treatment the entire time I've been here, and that wasn't even a real asthma event. Yeah Maine! I've been primal for 10 weeks - in that time two bouts of cold/stomach bug swept through the hospital, causing massive sick-outs, but I didn't catch anything. There could be a number of reasons for that, but I'm not complaining.

    I'm in the mainstream healthcare milieu, but I never drank the Kool-Aid - I think most of what we do is worthless and some of it is harmful and we push medication to an extremely unhealthy degree. We don't address the root causes of illness - in fact we practically encourage it. As a respiratory therapist, I only do what I'm told - what the doctor orders. Although most of the docs I work with now trust me and ask my opinion, 97% of the time I'm simply carrying out orders that were written by doctors I never see for reasons that I don't know. We are strongly "encouraged" NOT to question anything. Just do what is ordered. Teamwork? Hah! In this country, we take very good care of really, really sick people - the ICUs in big hospitals are fantastic. We are terrific at advanced procedures. At the lower and middle range of healthcare, not so much. Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox now.

    Pedidoc, what is your field? I wish I had found some way to stay in school and get a lot more education and go into research - I think I could have made a real contribution.
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    Pedidoc, what is your field? I wish I had found some way to stay in school and get a lot more education and go into research - I think I could have made a real contribution.[/QUOTE]

    I'm a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who doesn't know when to stop going to school! I've got a Doctrate of Nursing Practice (evidence-based clinical focused on best evidence, provider experience, AND patient preference). I'm back in school because I'm doing research on vicarious PTSD in children along the US-Mexico border. I'm still doing research on lowering pediatric obesity rates. I live >800 miles from my full time job of teaching on-line and director of PNP Concentrations at a state University. I do some per dium work at a pedi night clinic and the military hospital in the same town. In the city I live in, I try and work 2 days a week in an undeserved pedi clinic around my travel schedule. I'm hoping the local private university is going to offer me a faculty position starting this fall - then travel only for school and research!

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    Wow, good on you! That is really valuable work! And I imagine it is very challenging. I hope being primal is a help in your work; steady energy levels, clear mind. It has certainly helped me with managing the night shift.

    I just had breakfast, guess today was an IF day! Two pieces of bacon, two fried eggs, 1/4 cantaloupe. Feel good.
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    Forgot to mention the eggs are as free range as you can get - I bought them on the farm, handed over the $3 with the chickens milling about my feet. After I have been in my new home for awhile, I might ask my landlord how he feels about chickens...they seem like such fun creatures to have around.
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    I am jealous. The free-range, organic part of the primal equation is what I am not doing well with. Although one of the local chain groceries now has an entire section in the meat counter dedicated to "traditionally raised" pork. With pictures of the farmers on the label. I bought a package the other day to see, but haven't eaten it yet. Still, I was happy to see it. One step in the right direction. All the organic butchers are miles away from me... But I'll get there one small step at a time.
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