Dana: re: answer from friend..

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Dana: re: answer from friend..
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Wed, 01-13-2010 - 11:52am

Dana,


I spoke to my friend with the CDC

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Fri, 01-15-2010 - 7:21am
That was one of the main reasons why the entire family decided to put the brakes on this year. It's getting very extended and very large. So rather than have someone's feelings get hurt, or everyone put themselves in debt, it was 'no, no, no'. It was a huge relief and made it much more enjoyable.

Rands


Rands

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 4:44pm

We tried that, but the discussions always turn political. My 10 yr old still believes in santa, or he pretends to. But he's very political, always joking about Obama. Some of what he says is so true although I know its completely innocent. I usually laugh but sometimes I feel guilty for letting him believe half-truths and such. They grow up so fast! Another stress I had this year was my cousin's kids. My mom has always bought them a lot for Christmas and this year she couldn't so I bought them a little something, and then I realized that the other cousins kids' would wonder why I didn't get them something...and then there's the usual friends - this one you can catch in time. My son (with my help of course) began creating some traditional giving that started a long time ago - back when he was a toddler. He has friends that we still buy for all these years later. And all these years later, they now have siblings and my next child has her gift-giving friends...and they all have siblings now. It's out of control!

We are going to break out of at least some of our TRADITIONS next year, it's getting too costly! But my point is, I didn't really see it coming - stop it while yours are still young!!!

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 3:48pm

We did something different this year for Christmas and not only did I love it, but, it will go on from here on out.

Rands

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 2:50pm

That makes sense. You have mentioned before that when you or your kids stray from your healthy diet that there are noticeable differences. And aside from the childhood emotions, we're also dealing with a lot of guilt during gift-giving season...or at least I do. I stress over buying the perfect gift, having the money to buy for everyone...it's so stressful! I tell my kids that its so wrong to commercialize Christmas but then they watch, first-hand, as I fall right into that commercialism. That, just knowing that, added guilt this year for me. People are always saying how they are exhausted during the holidays...and I don't think its from all that shopping and planning...

And I bet it wasn't an MD who told you the above --- was it?

(I'm sure there's a pill for that.)

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 11:38am
I'd like to share some comments recently made to me when I told my friend about some strange symptoms I was having. Waking like clockwork, at 3 am. I had some facial edema, heart palpitations, and other stuff. I wasn't taking very good care of myself, eg. diet, sleep, light cycles etc... and new it was the reason, but like the sounding board nonetheless. Here's what she said. I still laugh.

There's a common set of symptoms that occur when the orchestration of the thyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands are not in optimal-functioning mode. What makes for a confusing clinical picture is that the various symptoms arise from three separate glandular structures which are "borrowing" hormones from one another, generally arising from adrenal exhaustion. Cortisol levels are irregular, and the 3-way accommodation is often accompanied by wakefullness at (or near) 3 a.m., with frequent heart palpitation.

Holidays are the most common timing for a number of reasons. First, family gatherings put many people in "sympathetic dominance". In addition to dealing with altered schedules and travel, humans tend to revert to roles of early life...not usually that becoming, relaxing or free-ing. (ie, emotional childishness). The adrenals take the hit, and when they can't keep up with the demands, symptoms surface. Second, the combination of alcohol and carb-loading, put duress on the pancreas and affects blood sugar levels. Third, since the thyroid controls the rate at which the body produces energy, it regulates digestion, oxygen consumption and mobilization of fat from storage. It also exerts a profound effect on mood and emotion through its action on brain chemistry....which leads to alcohol consumption and carb-loading for many. Can you say vicious cycle? HOLIDAY PERIODS SUCK, WHICH IS WHY MID-NOVEMBER THROUGH JANUARY 1 IS USUALLY CALLED 'FLU SEASON'.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 10:11am
Well the "season" is not over but it looks as though H1N1 was the "seasonal" flu.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 3:15am

Thanks!

So there was no seasonal flu this year? Only H1N1? That is very interesting.