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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 6:23pmSanction this postReply
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Chris-
I hope your return to 'all's well' is a swift one.  Someone needs to be around to keep Linz in check.




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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 9:20pmSanction this postReply
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Get well soon, Chris. I had that stone-blasting procedure about 10 years ago and I've been all clear since. I gave up soft drinks and now drink buckets of water instead.

One thing to watch for is pain in strange places. As the stony fragments make their way to freedom you might feel pain in unexpected places. Sides, back, and right on down to the ol' John Thomas. I say that because, a couple months after the procedure, I had "new" pain that I didn't associate with the stones. The "new" pain was due to the final fragments. It freaked me out unnecessarily.

Better days ahead!




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 7:56amSanction this postReply
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I posted a note of support to his "Not a Blog."

What is a SEFT?  A Google search suggests a New Zealand School of English, Film and Theatre (SEFT):

http://www.vuw.ac.nz/seft/




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 3:27amSanction this postReply
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Chris;You are one of the brightest minds in our movement.  Be well! 



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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 10:49amSanction this postReply
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Hi Chris,

I am very sorry to hear about your illness. Get well soon!

*Hugs*

Marnee





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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 12:59pmSanction this postReply
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Get well soon. Chris.

Give them the dialetical treatment ;-)




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 1:15pmSanction this postReply
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Best wishes, Chris.

Hang in there,

-Bill




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 4:39pmSanction this postReply
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 5:36pmSanction this postReply
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Chris, I'm certain no one would mind if you managed to get a little grumpy while you're not feeling well. It's okay. Really! 

Be well, sweet man -

Teresa




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:13pmSanction this postReply
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How can Chris be grumpy when he has a hunky little Aquaman figure to stare at all day? :)



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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:28pmSanction this postReply
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Here is the post Kat and I made over at Notablog.


Chris,

From the heart, I hope that you get through this thing quickly and do not suffer too much. We need you better. I need you better. You are very important to me. May your doctors be highly competent and attentive, and even chaos and chance contribute to your full recovery.

Kat fully echos these words to you.

Warm embrace,

Michael & Kat




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Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 9:22pmSanction this postReply
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Chris, looking forward to seeing you back on SOLO soon!  Stay strong!



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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 7:04amSanction this postReply
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... and how on earth can I possibly get grumpy when I'm faced with such good wishes, sweet thoughts, and even balloons!

A Great Big Brooklyn Hug to you all,
Chris

Update:  After saying that I could not possibly get grumpy, I read this from the Bissell of the A is A variety, who wishes to see me "undone by internal contradictions":

Speak for yourself, Joe. I personally plan to feast on Chris's insides once he finally shuffles off this mortal coil, preferably while admiring my own beautiful face in a mirror I will keep nearby.

[Brooklyn Mode:]  Bissell, you freakin' cannibal, I'm gonna make you feast on each individual stone taken from my insides this coming Tuesday.  And after I force you to swallow them, you'll get DDDV*.  You can't run. You can't hide.  I know where you live. [/end Brooklyn Mode]

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*Obligatory Sciabarra Footnote:  "DDDV"=Dr. Diabolical Dialectical Virus, which eats away at every last vestige of mind-body dualism.

(Edited by sciabarra on 10/14, 7:13am)




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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:37pmSanction this postReply
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Chris, you're a great man who deserves very much in this world -- I hope that you get better soon!

Just in case you might be interested, I have put together a short listing of some recent & relevant research on renal calculi (kidney stones) formation, and some novel options for prevention and treatment. You may decide to print off the following list, for instance -- and bring it to your doctor for comments/suggestions.


1) Massey L. Magnesium therapy for nephrolithiasis. Magnes Res. 2005 Jun;18(2):123-6.
 
"Another trial reported 391 mg (21 meq) Mg daily as a mixed salt, Mg potassium citrate, reduced calcium stone recurrence by 90%, similar to potassium citrate, but with better gastrointestinal tolerance."

" ... the addition of magnesium to potassium citrate therapy improves outcomes."


2) Pragasam V, Kalaiselvi P, Sumitra K, Srinivasan S, Varalakshmi P. Counteraction of oxalate induced nitrosative stress by supplementation of l-arginine, a potent antilithic agent. Clin Chim Acta. 2005 Apr;354(1-2):159-66.
 
"l-arg feeding prevents the retention of calcium oxalate crystals in hyperoxaluric rats by way of protecting the renal cells from oxidative injury and also by providing a second line of defense through the normalization of the oxalate metabolism. It reduces the risk of stone formation, by curtailing free radicals and hyperoxaluria as both of them have to work in close association to form stones."


3) Goldfarb DS, Fischer ME, Keich Y, Goldberg J. A twin study of genetic and dietary influences on nephrolithiasis: a report from the Vietnam Era Twin (VET) Registry. Kidney Int. 2005 Mar;67(3):1053-61.
 
"Coffee, and perhaps tea, fruits, and vegetables were found to be protective for stone disease. This is the first twin study of kidney stones, and represents a new approach to elucidating the relative roles of genetic and environmental factors associated with stone formation."


4) Taylor EN, Stampfer MJ, Curhan GC. Dietary factors and the risk of incident kidney stones in men: new insights after 14 years of follow-up. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2004 Dec;15(12):3225-32.
 
"A total of 1473 incident symptomatic kidney stones were documented during 477,700 person-years of follow-up. For men aged <60 yr, the multivariate relative risk (RR) for stone formation in the highest quintile of dietary calcium as compared with the lowest quintile was 0.69 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.56 to 0.87; P = 0.01 for trend). By contrast, there was no association between dietary calcium and stone formation in men aged 60 yr or older. The multivariate RR for men who consumed 1000 mg or greater of vitamin C per day compared with those who consumed less than the recommended dietary allowance of 90 mg/d was 1.41 (95% CI, 1.11 to 1.80; P = 0.01 for trend). Other dietary factors showed the following multivariate RR among men in the highest quintile of intake compared with those in the lowest: magnesium, 0.71 (95% CI, 0.56 to 0.89; P = 0.01 for trend); potassium, 0.54 (95% CI, 0.42 to 0.68; P < 0.001 for trend); and fluid, 0.71 (95% CI, 0.59 to 0.85; P < 0.001 for trend). Animal protein was associated with risk only in men with a body mass index <25 kg/m(2) (RR, 1.38; 95% CI, 1.05 to 1.81; P = 0.03 for trend)."


5) Taylor EN, Curhan GC. Role of nutrition in the formation of calcium-containing kidney stones. Nephron Physiol. 2004;98(2):p55-63.
 
"Special attention is paid to the roles of dietary calcium, supplemental calcium, oxalate, phytate, and n-3 fatty acids. We offer dietary recommendations to individuals who have suffered from a calcium-containing kidney stone, and emphasize that a patient's 24-hour urine chemistries should be used to help guide dietary intervention."


6) Atmani F. Medical management of urolithiasis, what opportunity for phytotherapy? Front Biosci. 2003 May 1;8:s507-14.
 
"As far as urolithiasis is concerned, several herbal treatments seem to cure lithiasis patients. Nevertheless, the effectiveness and the mechanism by which these plants work has not been fully undertaken by using scientific and objective methods. Therefore, it is highly recommended to explore new drugs coming from medicinal plants to treat and prevent the formation of kidney stones. Ideally, conventional and phytotherapy should supplement one another and have all the need available for lithiasis patients."

Chris, these quotes were transferred from online abstracts. I plan on personally attaining the full-text articles within the next few days. If you are interested in what I'll be finding, feel free to contact me and let me know (in this thread, or by SOLOmail) -- and I will respond to share the findings with you.

Ed




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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:59pmSanction this postReply
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Let Ed's post stand as a testimonial against anyone who claims that Objectivist are cold uncaring manipulating neurotics.



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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 10:09pmSanction this postReply
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Joe Maurone wrote:
Let Ed's post stand as a testimonial against anyone who claims that Objectivist are cold uncaring manipulating neurotics.
Maybe so, Joe, but we'll need something a little stronger as a testimonial against anyone who claims Objectivists are cannibilistic psychopaths.  :-)

And get well soon, Chris!

REB

(Edited by Roger Bissell on 10/13, 10:10pm)




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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 10:29pmSanction this postReply
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Feel free to testify, brother! Can I get an Amen?



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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 10:44pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks Joe.

One reason I appear (to onlookers) to have so much damn good will, is that I've found ways to align my values with the potentiality (of others) around me. In this case, it's as much about my love for science as about my genuine empathy for Chris. This (finding your unique way to benefit yourself and important others) doesn't extinguish empathy one bit. But even my love for science, and my empathy for Chris, don't exhaust the motive-mix. Love for self ices this multi-layered cake ...

If you're gonna' make a great life for yourself, well then you gotta' personally recognize the greatness in men. Chris is a great man. When you help great men, you help yourself. Every minute this guy's in too much pain to concentrate -- is a minute lost of some value production on this earth. He could be planning or trying to write something very important or empowering. He could miss a chance to consult with a powerful peer, or even to debate an enemy to our values. He's important. His welfare matters (and it matters more than just to him).

And it sure doesn't hurt that this is a guy who has been so thoughtful and respectful, every time I've seen him interact with others.

Ed



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Friday, October 14, 2005 - 7:40amSanction this postReply
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Thanks for the info, Ed - #3 explains why not have any myself, as drink enough of the good grounds to killl any formation it seems [2 pots/day :-)]...

And yes, Chris is surely one of the great ones, and seeking to his comfort is as selfish as to one's self interest as one can get...




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Friday, October 14, 2005 - 8:24amSanction this postReply
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Ed,

I enjoyed your post (13) and sanctioned it!  I thought you did an excellent job of describing and explicitly stating that which most of the time I observer and experience implicitly.

Matt




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