Daily Data, Your New Best Friend: How

April 25, 2013
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My very first method of recording NCS-related data was on a calendar. I used a quadrant system: in the lower left corner of each calendar date were tally marks for the number of times I fainted; in the upper right corner was a check mark if I took my medication. Eventually that changed to an “f”, for faint, […]

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Daily Data, Your New Best Friend: Why

April 22, 2013
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Some years ago Dragonslayer and I attended a lecture by renowned surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande. Two points were made I’d like to share; first, everyone ought to measure something; and second, we need data. Illustrating his first point: everyone ought to measure something, Dr. Gawande spoke of a doctor who works with patients who have […]

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Vata-Balancing Oatmeal

April 18, 2013
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One morning at a bistro near my home I ordered the steel-cut oatmeal. When ready the server placed a steaming, creamy bowl of oats made with yogurt and topped with banana slices, cinnamon and honey in front of me. This dish became the inspiration for the Ayurvedic prescription that made a huge positive impact on […]

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The Case of the Dying Bunny

April 15, 2013
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There was a stint in 7th grade when I wore footed pajamas. I was playing a bunny in my Junior High’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  My pajamas were gray with a white yarn pom-pom attached for a tail. They were also very hot. Under the stage lights the inside of that […]

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Ayurveda is not Voodoo (or Hindu)

April 11, 2013
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A few years ago I had a difficult summer. Emotionally difficult that is. Dragonslayer and I had tried adopting, however the agency we went through turned us down because of my neurocardiogenic syncope. When I finally got through all the stages of grief. I realized that what upset me most was being told no yet again […]

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Tilt Table Test

April 8, 2013
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I’m pretty sure it’s a fact that Junior High was created by Satan in hell. Also that when he completed that project he began work on disguising torture as medical tests. The alliteratively named tilt table test involves being strapped to a table (which may or may not have foot rests) the table is then […]

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