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Circle of Life

“In the circle of life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

~ Elton John; Circle of Life

Circle of Life

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Tumeric and Piperin for inflammation

Hi FriendsI'm closing in on 9 years post heart and liver transplant. I never had any issues with the grafts. I started out with prograf and celcept for immune suppression and continue currently the same. Over the past two years I've developed poly neuropathy and have lost a lot of strength from the waist down. I feel I'm dealing with inflammation. Is there anyone out there who has had this experience? Also has anyone ever use Tumeric and Piperin to reduce the inflammation ? Thank you
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Life - Iris

“And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
When sooner or later it’s over
I just don’t wanna miss you tonight”

~ Goo Goo Dolls; Iris

Life - Iris

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Life Is A Song

Today starts National Donate Life Month. My LIFE was saved by the very last act of kindness of my heart donor. I celebrate and am grateful for life every day. All quotes this month will be about “Life” and I urge you to register as an organ donor if you aren’t already.

“Life is a song. Sing it! Hum it! Play it! Dance it!”

Life is a song

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Kidney transplant parts diagram

Renal transplantation is the healthy kidney transplantation for patients with kidney disease change and loss of renal function. Surgery is an effective method for the treatment of chronic renal failure, kidney transplant because of its pided into autologous renal transplantation for renal source, the same renal transplantation, and heterogeneous renal transplantation. Habits on the same kidney transplant referred to as "self" kidney transplant. Two kinds of kidney transplantation is dubbed the "self" or "foreign".

Renal transplantation indications

Generally speaking, a kidney transplant is the most ideal treatment for chronic renal insufficiency, so every development to end-stage chronic renal insufficiency, renal transplantation treatments are available. But in order to improve the renal transplantation survival rate, more stringent clinical selecting patients with appropriate, generally from illness, the type of the primary disease, age, etc into consideration. Scr > 1326 mu mol/L (15 mg/dL), Ccr < 5 ml/min is the basic foundation of renal transplantation. Will tell from the primary disease, the most common for the primary disease of kidney transplant recipients is primary glomerulonephritis, followed by chronic pyelonephritis, interstitial renal and cystic kidney disease. Age not choose major indicators, but in the 15 to 55 years old of young adults as well.


Diseases associated with renal failure should be classified as renal transplantation contraindications.

(1) when kidney disease is caused by systemic disorder of local performance, can't consider a kidney transplant, because the disease will spread to the transplanted kidney. Such as amyloidosis, nodular arterial inflammation and diffuse around vasculitis, etc.

(2) systemic serious infection, tuberculosis, peptic ulcer disease and malignant tumor patients, cannot be considered a kidney transplant. For applications in transplantation immune inhibitors and steroids, disease will deteriorate rapidly.

Kidney transplant parts diagram

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The fatty part of our daily diet is the most concentrated form of calories and energy available to us.

This in a way is a good thing, for people doing heavy physical work and for athletes. For it stands to reason that more concentrated energy-food will provide the necessary calories with less bulk. The reverse is true for people with sedentary occupations: a lot of fatty food will make people overweight who do not use up all the energy it gives them.

Overweight has been proved to be harmful in many ways. First and foremost it places excessive strain on the heart which has to pump blood to a larger body. Also, fatty deposits inside the blood vessels have been found to form, thus contributing to cardiac disease.

To prevent this it is not necessary to unbalance healthy people's diets. They can still drink milk and eat dairy products in normal amounts. But every body should guard against becoming overweight.

If that threatens it is a good idea to cut down on all fats as a first step to reducing. Then one should not use cooking fats any more, but find other palatable ways of preparing food such as grilling and barbecuing or cooking in tin foil.

Cream and rich sauces and mayonnaises should be avoided, the visible fat be cut off all meat and the leaner varieties of meat should be eaten.

A popular misconception is that margarine can be used with impunity. While some margarines are made entirely from vegetable fats they still provide like all the fats, 9 calories per gram. The misunderstanding stems from a scientific finding, that the unsaturated vegetable fats are less harmful to the heart than the more saturated animal ones.

But, in the manufacturing process margarine is turned into just as saturated fat as butter even if it is entirely of vegetable origin. However, margarine is cheaper than butter, often just as acceptable and it is now being fortified, with the vitamins butter naturally provides.

So, for economy reasons margarine is a good buy. But it isn't a medicine against cardiac disease and there is no need to become exasperated if a certain type of margarine cannot be readily obtained.

Some people have also become confused about the reasons for fat reduction in their diets. 

If a doctor has prescribed a low fat diet in a case of gall bladder disease or hepatitis all fats are to be avoided and the substitution of oil or margarine is useless.

But where a doctor advises his patient to modify the type of fat he uses for the sake of his heart, certain vegetable oils can be of advantage. The difference between the fats is a biochemical one.

It is enough to know that there are some unsaturated oils to be had, which are sunflower seed oil, maize oil and peanut oil in that order.

Source: Good Oils and Fats

Reduced salt helps in hypertension

EVEN a modest reduction of salt in the diet appears to help high blood pressure patients lessen their dependence on antihypertensive drugs which often have bad side effects.

While salt reduction historically has been a tool to combat high blood pressure, the therapy "has become a matter of complacency" in recent years because of the availability of drugs, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine said.

To test whether lower sodium levels in the diet would help people on drugs, the researchers studied 114 patients over a 30-week period who were able to reduce sodium blood levels by 25 percent to 35 percent with the help of a nutritionist.

For a third of the patients, the sodium reduction was sufficient to allow them to cut the dosage of the drugs they were taking, most often diuretics.

Diuretics, commonly used to treat hypertension by increasing urinary output, had become "a matter of increasing concern and scrutiny", the researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The drugs cause dizziness, nausea and lethargy and may contribute to buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls, which leads to heart disease.

The present observations suggest that a combination of dietary sodium, ion restriction and antihypertensive drug therapy may permit blood pressure control with fewer medications and fewer side effects than would be needed without such restriction.

Source: Salt and Cardiac Health

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Post Liver Transplant And Diet

Can anyone tell me a good diet plan to follow post liver transplant? I need something on paper that I can go by. My memory is not so great! I have gained some weight since my liver transplant two years ago. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know. Maybe on line or something?

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