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1 hour ago · H-Pylori in Digestive Health

Mayo Clinic's, Amy S. Oxentenko, M.D., has a very interesting video presentation on the topic of H Pylori. As many of you know, this is a very common bacterial infection that can affect the digestive tract. Here is the link to this video presentation,


1 hour ago · Bacteria in Digestive Health

Hello to All in this discussion group,

I wanted you all to be sure and see a video produced by Mayo Clinic's, Dr. Amy Oxentenko, on the topic of H-Pylori. Here is the link that will take you to that video,


1 hour ago · Experiencing adverse reactions to blood pressure medication: Metropol in Transplants

Hello @contentandwell and others,

I agree, @contentandwell, that the floor work that is part of a traditional yoga class is tough to do (especially if you have had hip or knee replacements). There are chair yoga videos on Youtube. You can try them out at home and see how they work for you. Here is the link,


1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@parus Yes, there is strength in numbers. @mamacita always says, "we are better together!"

1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

Hi @parus
Glad to hear that the rhizotomy has helped some and so nice to hear that you could attend a family gathering with your son. Great news!

4 days ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hello @smilie,

Regarding the shopping bags that are too heavy:

I usually use the self-checkout (You Scan) aisles at the grocery store. That way I can keep the bags at a weight that is comfortable for me. If you cannot do that, then I suggest that you tell the cashier or bagger to please keep the bags light enough for you to carry. As younger people might not understand your physical limitations, you might specify the limit of canned goods and/or specify a weight for each bag. I usually shop for groceries several times per week so that I can keep the amount I have to carry very light.

I agree, it is not an easy problem to solve.

Do the stores in your vicinity have grocery delivery services? It does cost a bit more but might be well worth the additional cost.

3 days ago · Any positive stories about Benzo tapering? in Addiction & Recovery

Hello @sears,

I noticed your post about being "scared to death as to what the future holds in terms of my horrible anxiety." I can understand that going off of helpful meds for anxiety is, in itself, a stressful thought to consider. With regards to tapering off of your current meds consult with your pharmacist of doctor for the correct way to do this. An alternative anti-depressant (that is known for its anti-anxiety properties) might be quite helpful to you.

We have had many members who have posted about this topic. One discussion is titled, Depression and alternative treatments. Here is the link. Just click on it and you will get some new ideas. While I realize you say that your main problem is anxiety and not depression some of these thoughts might be helpful.


Many Connect members have also been helped in finding just the right mental health med by doing some genetic testing to find out which med works best (and which will not work at all). Here is a link to that post.


What other non-medicine treatments have you used to deal with anxiety? Do you use some form of exercise like walking, yoga, Tai Chi, etc? Many people find these quite helpful.

Also, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, has been used by many people. Here is a link that discusses this method. It is an article from Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/cognitive-behavioral-therapy.

David Burns has written many very helpful books about using CBT. You might check them out on Amazon or in your local library or book store.

In general, most of us with anxiety/depression issues have to use a number of therapies such as medications, exercise, talk therapy, etc. You will need to find what combination will work best for you.

Will you post again and let me know how you are doing?

4 days ago · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Loss & Grief

Hello All: On January 16, 2018, I opened up this discussion talking about the loss of my dad. Today, I will share with you all about the loss of my mother on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some of my responses to grief and loss thus far. I'm sure that my feelings will change as time goes on.

As I look back on Thanksgiving Day, I find myself thankful for my church family as well as hospice. As some of you already know, my mother passed away on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day. She was accepted into hospice care just a few days before she died. When she began to experience the symptoms that the hospice nurse had predicted would come at the end of her life, there were comfort meds on hand that I could administer with phone directions from the hospice nursing staff. She took her final breath in her own senior apartment with me by her side rubbing her arm so that she would know I was there.

While it wasn't a typical Thanksgiving, the support of hospice and my church's staff gave me much to be thankful for. I made many calls to the nurses on-call at the hospice organization during her final minutes. After her death friends from church and my two pastors connected with me by phone to tell me of their prayers and support.

While future Thanksgivings will carry the memories of my mom's transition from this life to her heavenly home, I'm very grateful for God's mercies to her and to me. She experienced what I had prayed for, "a peaceful homegoing."