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Chron’s/Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

I haven’t said much about this publicly in the past, but I have Chron’s/ulcerative colitis (UC) and it is great to see the therapy that basically saved my life get some validation and recognition.  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

What’s even better is that this recognition is coming from our very own Seattle Children’s Hospital!

Dr. David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s hospital, had been searching for a more appropriate and efficient solution for treating IBD that is free from chronic side effects. Recently, the researcher found a perfect way for treating IBD. His research, published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, reveals that it is possible to treat IBD by intake of a special diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).

When I discovered the SCD diet it was because of my own research because I was desperate for relief.  I had been suffering for a year and a half and my doctors were at the point of recommending both surgery….colon resection…. and putting me on Humira, which in my opinion is a horrible medication.  I knew I didn’t want to lose part of my intestines through surgery and I didn’t want to take a drug that could put me at risk of many adverse effects including tuberculosis.  I tried the gluten free diet faithfully for six months and it made no difference at all in my symptoms.  Besides that most GF foods taste like crap!  I asked my gastroenterologist if what I was eating made any difference to my symptoms and he told me that food has no know effect upon Chron’s/UC!  So, hating to take no for an answer, I eventually found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and decided it I had nothing to lose.  I began the diet in September 2009 and within only 30 days I was symptom free!  My docs just looked at me with a blank look when I told them my story.  But that’s okay, I don’t really care what they think.  I do care about what works for me and my body and SCD works!  Besides that it is a wholesome and healthy way to eat.

Here is a link to the full article about the Children’s Hospital research.

 

Happy New Year World!

Hallelujah Chorus iPhone Ringtone

By the way, I created an iPhone compatible ringtone of the Hallelujah Chorus.  If you’d like a copy, you can find it on my music store page.

The Coming Hallelujah Chorus

I must have listened to more Christmas music this year than normal, plus we attended the Seattle Symphony’s concert of Handel’s Messiah because I got inspired to do some recording.   During the holiday down time (does that really exist anyway?) I got to work doing my own pop/rock arrangement and instrumentation of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  Most of the tracking is completed, but I haven’t gotten into the mixing phase yet.  But I think even without that it is sounding pretty good.  Here is a snippet, the final few bars everyone loves as a ringtone in case you want […] Continue Reading…

Sounds of the Season

Managed to capture this clip of the US Navy Band Wind Trio playing Jingle Bells prior to their free Christmas concert at the Everett Washington performing arts center.  They were members of the US Navy Band Northwest based at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor located in Silverdale, Washington.

Only 6 Days Until Christmas

…..Concert at Northwest Music Hall featuring the Evergreen Community Orchestra conducted by Marcin Pączkowski!!

When:  Sunday 12/11 at 2:30 pm PST
Where:  NW Music Hall, 1402 Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA

Evergreen Community Orchestra

Here are a few pictures from Evergreen Community Orchestra’s Sunday concert.  The music included:

What’s Up at the Symphony? (Bugs Bunny’s Greatest Hits)
Star Trek Through the Years
Harry Potter
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op.314 (aka The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.)
The Game of Thrones
A Tribute to John Williams

A Musical Tribute to Comi-Con

Today I will be playing double bass with the Evergreen Community Orchestra’s fall concert, A Tribute to Comi-Con at 2:30 pm at Northwest Music Hall.

 

How long, O LORD?

Today’s Old Testament mass reading, Habakkuk  1:2-3; 2:2-4 really struck me.  With all of the strife, violence and discord going on in the world today, both on our shores and across the world, this seemed very apropos:
How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still […] Continue Reading…

RMC Hex Pickup and Poly-Drive Install for Roland GR-55 Synth Access

Here’s my recap of my process of upgrading my Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 semihollowbody guitar with new RMC Pow’r Bridge ‘G’ pickups in the bridge along with the Poly-Drive 1 electronics module and all new control wiring.
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Overview
The synth access equipped guitars on the market, for example such as those available from Godin (LGX-SA and LGXT-SA) or Carvin (Frank Gambale FG1) were very attractive to me but cost more than I wanted to spend on a guitar. Besides I love working on things so I decided to do this upgrade myself and document what I did in case anyone […] Continue Reading…

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