June 15th, 2010

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Multiple Lipomas mb Assoc w Endocrine Imbalance

The "rare syndromes" that are associated with multiple lipomas, according to my minor surgery notes, are "Gardner's syndrome and two benign conditions--multiple symmetrical lipomatosis and Dercum's disease. In the latter, the lipomas are painful". I had to look it up because my sister's husband is covered in them, and because in the last 2 years I've begun to develop them all over my body including strange locations such as over the biceps femoris tendon in my posteriolateral popliteal area--very small so far--I suspect a hormonal etiology. More occur in women after menopause, and familial types onset at adolescence. With some types there is an increased incidence of breast, endometrial and thyroid cancer. Sounds like it may be related with estrogen dominance. This would be supported by the increased incidence with obesity. There is also an association with multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (lipomas and pancreatic, parathyroid, pitutitary tumors). The list of hormonal associations increases the deeper I dig. There are also fat deposits associated with spina bifida. Looks like nobody has studied hormones in lipomatosis patients, but based on my short survey I have just now formed the opinion that is expressed in the title of this entry.
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35,000-60,000 barrels a day

Wild how big an issue this flow has turned out to be. And how they keep switching units on us. How about reporting in CFS or CMS, so I'd know without calculating how much oil that is, huh? I don't think in barrels. The latest from the WSJ:

The government's Flow Rate Technical Group estimates that the BP well is now leaking 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department said in a statement. Last Thursday saw the release of three preliminary estimates of the flow from before the well's riser pipe was sheared, ranging from 12,600 to 50,000 barrels a day. Initial estimates of the flow were 5,000 barrels of oil a day.

6/16/10 update: Hightower on BP's record of willful and egregious violations of safety code, and on their CEO with a big mouth: http://www.jimhightower.com//node/7171
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Vitamin B6 Cuts Smoker's Risk of Lung Cancer

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/10318410.stm

Add to this info that not everybody can use the form of B6 that is in cheap vitamins. About 1/4 of us have to buy the fancy B6 that is activated by methylation, because for genetic reasons we aren't good at methylating our own. Methylation is one of the main pathways by which your liver makes toxic lipophilic compounds water soluble so they can be excreted. B6 is key for supporting methylation, but if you can't methylate, you can't activate the B6 you get, so you MUST buy the supplement! For example, B6 is depleted in women who take birth control pills, and remains depleted for years after they stop. Just a FYI! I always have wanted to believe that I could get all the nutrition I needed from food, but I'm not so sure anymore. Considering the increasing insults of toxins and hormonally active substances in our environments, we can use all the help we can get. Provided we can figure out what is helpful and what is not. It is not so obvious....