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  1. Psstt!!! Hey chickie! I wub u!

  2. If anyone else is having a problem this is what I did. I copied and pasted it to get it to come up. http://cushie-blogger.blogspot.com/2008/09...lyte-chart.html
  3. Mary, I can't get either to work for me. Hugs, Lorri
  4. Hey Queen Dork of the Universe (as you call yourself). You are in my thoughts and prayers and I can't wait to talk to you when you get home!! I love you and miss you too! Get well!!

  5. Mar, Oh girl!!! I am so excited for you!!! I wish you the best of luck with the show, I know you will be great!! I hate that I can never listen to it live or call in, but you know my heart is there with you!! Luv you, Lorri
  6. Flavoring Food May Promote Weight Loss http://www.everydayhealth.com/publicsite/S...Health_20080619 Published: 06/16/08 MONDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting the flavor of your food with calorie-free seasonings and sweeteners may help you feel fuller faster and decrease the amount you eat, according to a U.S. study that suggests this may be a new way to help people lose weight. The study of "tastants" -- substances that can stimulate the sense of taste -- included 2,436 overweight or obese people who were asked to sprinkle a variety of savory or sweet crystals on their food before eating their meals. They used the salt-free savory crystals on salty foods and used the sugar-free sweet crystals on sweet or neutral-tasting foods. The participants didn't know what the flavors of the crystals were, other than salty or sweet. The hidden flavors of the savory tastants were cheddar cheese, onion, horseradish, ranch dressing, taco, and parmesan. The flavors of the sweet tastants were cocoa, spearmint, banana, strawberry, raspberry and malt. A control group of 100 people didn't use tastants. Both groups continued their normal diet and exercise habits during the study. At the start of the study, the treatment group had an average weight of 208 pounds and an average body mass index (BMI) of 34, which is considered obese. After six months of using the tastants, the 1,436 people in the treatment group who completed the study lost an average of 30.5 pounds, and their BMI decreased by an average of five points. In the control group, the average weight loss was two pounds, and the average BMI decrease was 0.3. The findings were to be presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Francisco. The people in the treatment group may have lost more weight than those in the control group, because the tastants made them feel full faster, and they ate less, suggested study author Dr. Alan Hirsh, founder and neurologic director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Another possibility is that the tastants improved the flavor of bland but healthy foods such as tofu and some vegetables, resulting in healthier eating habits. Tastants aren't commercially available, but people can use techniques of enhancing their senses of smell and taste to help them lose weight, Hirsch said. "Sniff your food before you eat it. Chew it a lot. Choose low-calorie foods and season them," he said. In another study to be presented at the Endocrine Society meeting, researchers found that three months of aerobic exercise decreased body fat and calorie intake in overweight and obese people. These changes were linked to increased levels of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), said the team from the University of Chile Clinical Hospital in Santiago. BDNF's main role is to promote the growth and survival of nerve cells, but recent research has shown that BDNF also is related to obesity and metabolism. This study included 15 overweight or obese men and women, ages 26 to 51, who did a three-month program of aerobic exercise on a treadmill and bicycle. They were told they could continue to eat their usual number of calories. At the end of the study, the participants had decreased BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure, and reported consuming fewer calories than at the start of the study. They also had increased levels of BDNF. The higher the concentration of BDNF, the fewer calories participants consumed and the greater the weight loss. This suggests that BDNF acts as an appetite suppressant, the researchers said. They noted that identifying markers such as BDNF may help health care providers determine which patients will benefit from exercise.
  7. Low-Salt Diet May Not Be Best for Heart Published: 06/04/08 WEDNESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Surprising new research suggests that a diet low in salt may be worse for your heart than eating lots of salt, but don't start eating potato chips just yet. "No one should run out and buy a salt shaker to try to improve their cardiovascular health. But we think it's reasonable to say that different people have different needs," said study author Dr. Hillel W. Cohen, an associate professor of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, doesn't confirm that a low-salt diet itself is bad for the heart. But it does say that people who eat the least salt suffer from the highest rates of death from cardiac disease. "Our findings suggest that one cannot simply assume, without evidence, that lower salt diets 'can't hurt,' " Cohen said. Cohen and his colleagues looked at a federal health survey of about 8,700 Americans between 1988 and 1994. All were over 30, and none were on special low-salt diets. The researchers then checked to see what happened to the volunteers by the year 2000. Even after the researchers adjusted their statistics to account for the effect of cardiac risk factors like smoking and diabetes, the 25 percent of the population who ate the least salt were 80 percent more likely to die of cardiac disease than the 25 percent who ate the most salt. Cohen doesn't discount that salt could be bad for some people. However, "the main argument for reducing salt in prevention of heart disease has been that there's a relationship between higher sodium and higher blood pressure," he said. "There have been many studies of this relationship, but when one actually looks at the numbers, the average blood pressure difference associated with quite a bit of sodium intake is very modest." He questions telling healthy people to cut down on salt, especially when modest changes may have no effect. "For most people, especially those whose blood pressure is normal, why are you telling them they shouldn't have salt?" The study was not designed to detect a direct cause-and-effect relationship between consumption of salt and cardiac death. Instead, it only looked at a potential link. It's possible that salt consumption could reflect some other factor that's playing a greater role, although Cohen said the researchers tried to account for that possibility. Existing disease could be a hidden factor, said Howard Sesso, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. According to him, the study authors may not have been able to account for every survey participant who reduced salt intake because of heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Overall, Sesso said, research about the hazards of salt remains mixed. "Patients with normal blood pressure can continue to consume salt, but in moderation and keeping in mind that it is the entire dietary portfolio that matters most."
  8. Hey girlfriend!! Love ya!!!

  9. SFAM...Sister's From Another Mother!!! Hi Sis, just wanted you to know you are the greatest!! Have a great YEAR!! This will be the one for you!!! Love you bunches, Lorri

  10. When I went to camp cushie and the last few days was taking the dex pills, I was bouncing off the walls and having the time of my life. My cushie partner did not have the same reaction and we both suppressed. I think it just depends on the person. But I loved it!!! I got to site see and it was pain free. Hugs, Lorri
  11. Way to go Cindy!! What a wonderful man IMCC is to us. I'm truly sorry for all that you are dealing with, but thankful that you are willing to share the information for other cushies. Who knows, we question God "WHY"! Maybe this is your why!!! Love you, Lorri
  12. Terry, I wanted to wish you a great interview and show. I know you will be wonderful and I hope I can hear it one day. I can't listen live because of the time it's on I'm in commute from work. But good luck and I'll have to listen to the recorded version. You have a lot to offer. Break a leg, Hugs, Lorri
  13. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Learning to cope with stress is an important part of managing your weight. Uncontrolled stress can have many unhealthy side effects ? it may zap your energy, reduce your motivation, and increase your appetite, prompting you to relapse into unhealthy habits. This week, we want to show you a stress-reduction technique called progressive muscle relaxation. It's a helpful tool to turn to when life's pressures mount. To begin, find a quiet place to be where you can comfortably lie or sit down and where you won't have any distractions. Then follow these steps: Tense the muscles in your toes for five seconds, and then relax them for 10 to 30 seconds. Next, tense and relax your calves, then your thighs. Focus on the sensations of tensing and relaxing each group of muscles. Inhale as you contract, and exhale as you release. Continue to work your way up the body, tensing and releasing the muscles in your buttocks, abdomen, and chest. Feel the pressures and stress draining away. Next, tense and relax your fingers. Work your way up your arms, tensing and relaxing your forearms, biceps, and shoulders. Finally, tense and release the muscles in your neck, jaw, face, and scalp. Let go of any remaining tension and rest in this state of complete relaxation for as long as you like. Focus on the experience of being completely comfortable and stress free. As you practice this technique, your body responds by decreasing your heart rate, slowing your breathing, and lowering your blood pressure. Many people with insomnia find that practicing progressive muscle relaxation at night can help them fall asleep.
  14. I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist!!! Michael Jackson could be in for a rude awakening!! hee hee hee
  15. Jane, This is GREAT news!!!! I worry so much about my Daddy!! He doesn't take his meds right and he can go from 300 to in the 50's sometimes. This would be perfect for him. Any idea how fast physicians will get trained on this product and when it may actually be available. I saw it was just printed yesterday. You always dig up such great info, you are the bomb!! Hugs, Lorri
  16. Melissa, I have been thinking of how to get cushings on the Opra show too. I know many have tried but it still seems to be of no interest. As tragic as it is, I was wondering if we could speak with Lori's family members and see if we could send her story of not being dx'd in time and dr's not knowing how to do the surgery or offer proper post-op care to the Opra show. Also add someones elses story with it from one of the cushies here that has been fighting for years and still not able to get dx'd. Hopefull they would be willing to be a spokes person. Maybe the story, although tragic might spark some interest on how serious this disease is and how more dr.s need to be trained in this area to get us cured faster. Great ideas going on here. Hugs, Lorri
  18. Jane, I want to thank you for this info as well. Do you have Melissa's e-mail address, I think she would like to read this and she has been so busy, she hasn't been able to get on the boards lately. Hugs, Lorri
  19. Estimation using creatinine clearance In clinical practice, however, creatinine clearance is used to measure GFR. Creatinine is an endogenous molecule, synthesized in the body, which is freely filtered by the glomerulus (but also secreted by the renal tubules in very small amounts). Creatinine clearance is therefore a close approximation of the GFR. However, the approximation of the GFR calculation is best measured by the evaluation and visualization of the frequency and duration of urination. The GFR is typically recorded in units of volume per time, e.g. milliliters per minute (ml/min). Thanks Penny!!! Apparantly it does make a difference, no wonder I never have a high UFC and never will either. I will bring this up to the dr. Your questioned helped me. Gotta love ya girl. Lorri
  20. Does that mean the volume? Maybe that is why I can't get a high UFC because of my 2+ jugs. Luv ya. Lorri
  21. Creatinine? As in Bun/creatinine? I'm looking for you, but is this what you need? You spelled it differently. Hugs, Lorri
  22. Cindy, I love the inspiration you give, not only to me but to others as well. You have such an ease to the words you post. It gives me such great comfort to read any posts you have written. You are truly a light in this dark world.

    Luv ya, Lorri

  23. I just wanted everyone to know that I ordered the new t-shirts that say "Got Hump". It is strategically placed right across the chest which I thought was funny. My husband walked in and said you mean "Got Humps". I mean after all that is one place you also gain weight. So it is a very noticable t-shirt. Make sure it has a ribbon on the back and if you have long hair wear it up, so people won't be afraid to ask you about it. My parents had raised eyebrows when they first saw it, until I showed the ribbon and explained it was to get awareness out about cushings. I really like mine. I got the buy 3 get 1 free. It was only $55 shipping included. If you order please note that it has an area that says if it is a tight fitting shirt and to get a larger size in those if you want it looser. Lorri
  24. Yes I would love the magnets and wristbands, 10 each. Thanks Mary O for all that you do. It is deeply appreciated.
  25. I am in the same delima as you, except my test was a 20, but all the others were high. I was told they have to give your labs to you so just demand it. good luck

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