My first “couchsurfer”

Sawadee Khrap

Just had my first “Couchsurfer’ stay with me.  He was from Taiwan and spoke excellent English so we had some great conservations.  while he was here we visited the Hmong Hilltribe Village, above Doi Suthep on Doi Pui – below is the picture of him in traditional Hmong clothing.  Excuse the hat, looked more colorful than a normal male black hat – and most will not know the difference, lol.  You can check with earlier posts to see the full images of the village.  

IMG_9091Then we went to see the Buddhist Hell Temple, Wat Si  Don Chai Pa Tung Ngam – Wat Mae Kaet Noi Buddhist Hell in Mae Jo area.  Check out the earlier post on the temples I posted not too long ago for more pictures. 

Great time, I am really glad I joined this group and had the experience of meeting new people (guys of course). I am also a member of the “Queer Couchsurfing” group.   I’ll post more on this subject later.

Ciao

another one bit the dust–Ashwaganda

Sawadee Khrap

MEDICAL UPDATE- last post on this was May 16th. Kidneys looking better, readings coming down – BP somewhat stable at 150/75 and ED disappearing. First it was Ginkgo Baloba – miracle response but then I found out I was getting an allergic rash to it. In May I tried Ashwaganda- touted another miracle herb – WOW it worked, stiffness in legs – gone, kidney readings coming down – stress levels reduced – GREAT. !! But alas, it belongs to the nightshade family and after a couple of months I find the same problems recurring that I had with other nightshades –SHIT:

Got a blood test today, and find that my kidney readings are almost in the normal-high range – excellent, BP is slightly elevated, but I think that is because of what I ate – cottage cheese, and a large amount about 2 hrs. before the test- lots of salt – shame on me. But it seems to aggravate the ED and the nightshade problem of tender muscles that connect to tendon areas – damn, again not the miracle herb for me. My blood test results are looking much, much better and I really attribute this to juicing. Diet changes – vegetarian, Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio increased allowing the body to heal – So now I’ve dropped the Ashwaganda and just take 10 mg. Madiplot to help reduce the BP while I heal naturally by proper diet. I am going to give it about 1-2 weeks and see if the ED changes and tenderness of joints gets better –

The next test will be the MORGINA herb, another touted super herb to lower BP, reduce stress and so on. At least it not in the nightshade family. Other than that, feeling great and moving forward.

ACIM Daily Lesson Workshop Meeting

Sawadee Khrap

I am starting a weekly Tuesday meeting at 7 PM  to 8 PM at Black Canyon Coffee in Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center.  All are invited but the meeting is specific to the daily lesson.  It is not a discussion group.  There will be ample time after the meeting for discussion or debate. Intro-Meetup-Image

If your new to ACIM and want more information – Please come early to the Tuesday meeting and I have prepared a hand-out pack to get you started.   Links for free PDF versions of all material and versions of the “Course”   Studying the “Course” will not cost you any money. – What do you have to lose.

Ciao

Medical update–no HBP medicine

Sawadee Khrap

I have finally weaned myself off all prescription drugs.  I do take one caplet of “Himalaya Brand” Ashwagandha every weekday but not on weekends. and continue to take some Vitamin D3 and B complex daily just to round out my diet.  For the fist time in many months I am very clear-headed, feel normal and my eyesight is good.  Blood test show kidney function the best in 2 years and improving.  ED slowly disappearing, but still I still need a little help from a 1/4 dose of Viagra.

BP is stable at average 150/75  and slowly lowering as I maintain a meat free diet, heavy in vegetables and fruits with Juicing a mixture of spinach, carrot, celery, and apple every day.  I do start off each morning with a glass of water and fresh lemon juice plus  a 1 egg omelet, made with onions, carrot and garlic and herbs including Himalayan Sea Salt.  Generally, I try to eat a fruit salad for lunch and vegetables with rice for dinner.  Of prime importance is drinking at least 7 glasses of water daily.  Every other glass I add a pinch of Sea Salt.

Two Doctors that have really opened my eyes and brought me success are     Dr John Bergman    and    Barbara ONeil.    Check out their YouTube videos on a full range of health topics – their grasp of disease is spot on – and their methods for obtaining full health are amazingly simple and WORK !.  At least so far for me – stay tuned for future updates.  I’ll explain more on the next installment.

Ciao

 

 

 

It’s been a week so far and I feel terrific.

Buddhist Hell – Mae Jo

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Simon and I went to explore the Mae Jo local temple – Buddhist Hell –  20180513_153201at  Wat Mae Kaet Noi – also called – Wat Si Don Chia Pa Tung Ngam.

It’s like a Disneyland area – turnstile entrance (10 Baht ea.) , divided in 2 section areas – Heaven and Hell.       Amazing – The first thing that stands out is the deplorable attitude about sex – same as in the Christian and Islamic religions.  Statues  with emphasized penises, vaginas,  disfigured and/or being mutated –  Here are some glaring examples – the rest are in the Slideshow.20180513_15024220180513_15054320180513_150325

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Make sure to visit the display – very eye opening and shows the blend of Buddhism, Hindu, Chinese Gods, and Animism.  Sex always seems to be the point of attack around the world – actually there are only 3 functions in life, Eating, Sleeping and Sex.  And the first two are only done so one can do the last – SEX   Think about it and make sure to visit the Temple.

Ciao

Phayao – Chiang Muan – Nan Trip

Sawadee Khrap

Simon, James and myself took  a two day trip to Phayao, Chiang Muan and then to Nan and back.  Lost the photos, mostly phone photos, but DSC04962-Panodid manage to save a few from the camera. Particularly nice is the over 180 degree panoramic shot from Wat Phra That Phu To.  This temple has a 360 degree view of the Chiang Muan Valley. Impressive.  The area was in Gov’t plans to flood but now they have decided on a smaller dam not far away from this location.  I’ll have to take the trip again to get some shots to post.

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Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

Sawadee Khrap

Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy. 


Great accomplishment

Sawadee Khrap

I just have to post congratulations to Team, who just 1524546134933got back from the US , he set up a trip to visit a Professor he met at a Toxicology Conference in  1524546108536China last year.   The Professor  works at Beth Israel Hospital in the Nephrology Dept. (Kidney Transplant Section) in Boston.  Team obtained his 10yr. -US VISA and arranged to visit the Professor for 2 weeks at the hospital.  Quite a accomplishment. kidney brochure  Although we are not together anymore – I sincerely wish him all the best in the future and I am sure he is capable and will be a ultimate success in what ever path he chooses to follow – at the present time he is working on completing his theses for his Master’s Degree in Toxicology at CMU.

Loss of a friend – Wit

Sawadee Khrap

_MG_5337-EditIMG_6540-EditI am very sad to have heard that a long time friend had been involved in a motor accident and passed away.  Wit – [ Lengwan Hsenkham     Tiger King of Shan State].wit

   He will be really missed – Services will be held Today- 3/21 to cremation on 3/23 at Wat Pan Tan, Chiang Mai.  I will attend the final services and will post images – Wit’s mother has arrived from Myanmar and I met her today – very sad moment.  Prayers will be Friday 23rd  start 11AM – cremation procession at 1pm.

Caio

Ashwagandha–it seems to be working

Sawadee Khrap

6Continuing my health saga and research.  I tried to take Ginkgo Bilbao, it did amazing well – helped the Glaucoma and circulation in my legs – BUT, I am apparently allergic to it – developed a large skin rash and it was getting worse at each dose.  Damn, works but cannot take it.    Himalaya Ashwagandha from iHerbs to the rescue.  Even my kidney Doctor was surprised and is researching the herb himself.  I have been taking a capsule a day for 3 weeks now and seem to  have better vision and the circulation in my legs is amazing.  All walking pain is gone.  In addition, I have been able to stop taking Olmersartan for HBP and my BP is running about 140/70.  I continue to take Madiplot, 10mg morning and evening, but soon I may be able to stop that with proper food consumption.   I have also noted that my blood test have show that my urine is very acidic.  That indicates that my diet needs to be change to a more neutral one – increasing vegetables and fruits while cutting down on carbs and protein.  This will also help the kidneys function.   So in addition to the diet change, I have also started on taking 2 tbsp. (garlic-apple cider vinegar- honey-lemon) mixture each morning before  I take my meds and during the day drinking a glass of lemon aid each day in the afternoon.   Now I need to get some pH papers to pee on to test alkalinity.  The garlic-apple cider vinegar mixture is also supposed to clear out blocked arteries and reduce BP – we will see but so far it seems to be doing something and my BP is coming down.  Hopefully I can eliminate the Madiplot and that will make me Pharma drugs free – just taking natural foods.   More to come.

Ciao