Saturday, July 02, 2011

Psychiatry is Quackery!

In what other "medical" profession can you make a diagnosis without an objective test via blood or chemistry, etc., prescribe drugs, get no cure and yet be considered legitimate? Simple: None!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ok, Here's What I Think Happened...

Actually I know what happened, but the question is how, if at all, things are linked together...

Last June (of 2010) a doctor's visit resulted in a blood draw for a potassium check. It turned out low. Not good because low potassium can lead to a number of things such as high blood pressure that resists control (even by multiple meds) higher risk of cardiac arrest, muscle tiredness and a multitude of other bad stuff.

So, I went on increasingly large doses of potassium to try to rectify the situation.

To No Avail.

By September, I was prescribed up to 80 milligrams equivalent per day of potassium. But my levels were almost always lower than the bottom limit.

Worse, my GP couldn't understand why I wasn't absorbing it.

I did some googling and found that it could involve the endocrine system. But I wasn't sure.

About that time, I had a job interview. Part of the process involved a pre-employment physical. The company specified the doctor. So, I went.

It took him five minutes prodding me and finding out about the potassium that he shot out "You need to see an endocrinologist and be checked for Addison's disease".

That was enough for me. It congealed my suspicions. And his statement that I was "not fit for work" took a back seat.

So I found an endocrinologist. Problem was he appeared to be dragging his feet. Even worse, getting information back was horrible. His habit of saying "we can't just call you...we have too many patients" kind of tipped him off. This takes us up to (I think) early January. Maybe February.

The one good thing he did was put me on sporonolactone which is a blood pressure med that targets the secretions of the endocrine glands.

So, I decided to find a doctor in Iowa City. Found one. Dr. Thomas O'Dorisio. And we made the trip up there.

Their diagnosis was Conn Syndrome, which is caused by an over secretion of aldosterone by the endocrine glands, which are located on the kidneys. Higher aldosterone leads to a loss of potassium in the urine.

Side note: By early March, I had started (re)memorizing 1 John. By the tenth, my mind became a scrambled mess. I just couldn't deal with it. Verses ran together somewhat and trying to memorize new ones seemed fruitless. On our first visit to O'Dorisio, we found that during that time period, my potassium had shot up too high. The sporonolactone was working...but I was also still taking the large (prescribed) doses of potassium.

Strange though, as my potassium levels returned to "normal", my symptoms continued. The muscle tiredness, the confusion...even tremors and more.

Finally, my wife of 13 years (this August) took me to the E.R. of the local hospital for a potassium check....

To be continued....and perhaps modified.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Planned Parenthood Exposed.

This is just incredible. We know that the founder of Planned Parenthood (Sanger) had black genocide in mind. Well, things haven't changed. You can openly tell them you want to donate money to go toward the abortion of a black child and no opposition is given.

God have mercy on us!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here's an Update

Thanks for stopping by...and happy new year!

Yes, the blog has been slow. The past twelve months have been tough ones, mostly multiple health reasons...and I've been spending more time on Facebook. But things are getting better and I expect to spend more time here this year.

I have, of late, been doing some study in eschatology, for a couple of reasons such as firming up where I am and understanding other views better. It is all too easy to have a casual position and not a conviction. Then life happens and you find it necessary to clarify things.

My wife and I have spent considerable time looking for a church. We are currently attending one and with the exception of some (eschatological) differences, it appears to be fairly good although I am not-so-secretly wondering when "the other shoe" will drop. Until then, we will seek to love the bretheren and grow in Christ. Things like this help us learn patience.

Currently, I'm reading "Future Israel" by Horner, and I have another book on the way. Perhaps I could use posting chapter summaries as an excuse to keep things more active here.

So, again, thanks for visiting here. I know the crickets have been very audible for a long time here at the 'fly. Thanks for your patience and I hope you understand.

Blessings to you.