Author Archives: Bette

Stomach Acid Questions

Today, let’s talk about a common health problem nobody thinks they have–low stomach acid–hypochlorhydria, for those who like big words. Now, all the talk is about high stomach acid, and you may think that’s your problem. Perhaps you were even told it was, maybe even given a prescription to take the acid down a notch […]

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Do You Have This Mystery Disease?

First, what’s a mystery disease? Well, it’s a health problem with a name, but not much more. Nobody knows the cause. Treatment, while often presented as “evidence based,” is a guess. You may or may not get rid of it. As I said, it’s a mystery disease.

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The Kissing Disease

Chances are, you’ve heard of mononucleosis, the so-called kissing disease. And you laughed, then took comfort in the accepted belief that it’s a minor inconvenience that goes away pretty quickly. But not everybody has a “quick and easy” experience. Sometimes this minor illness brings major problems, and now we’re learning it doesn’t just go away.

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Why You Need to Know About Acetylcholine

I tell you true, Bunky, if it ain’t one thing, it’s another. And now Bette’s gone completely over the edge, talking about stuff I don’t really care about. True enough, but not knowing about acetylcholine (etc.) can put you at risk. Specifically, not having enough of it puts your brain at risk. And since it’s […]

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The Siren Song of Being Skinny

In Greek mythology, sirens lived on craggy islands, singing beautiful song to lure sailors to their deaths. Orpheus played his lyre to escape the temptation of the sirens by not hearing them. Circe plugged the ears of his crew with wax, so they wouldn’t be enticed, and had himself tied to the mast so he […]

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A Question About Hashimoto’s

Tina asks, “What’s your take on the whole grain-free, especially gluten, with Hashimoto’s? I’m eight months in and I’ve lost weight (great), but I’m weak, my thyroid medicine is off, I’m woozy–down right dizzy all the time–and my nasal allergies are horrific. I don’t know who to believe.”

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Dealing With Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.(and probably around the world)–with numbers expected to at least double by 2050–is mostly a man-made disaster. Once rare, it started its rampage to the top of the charts in the 1970s.

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