2017's Coming to a Close - O'Rio and I Have This to Say

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Happy end of 2017

and looking ahead to 2018 with YOU! 


Do you remember how fun it was to get printed Christmas Letters (or whatever holiday you'd celebrate) in the mail?  I loved them -- I remember the first woman who was doing them, too -- her daughter was my first friend from age 2 or 3.  I look forward to getting an update from YOU if you are updating! 

My big news this year is that O'Rio officially became my dog, and I his official human -- My wishes with Santa in 2016 with O'Rio were for him to get some of the things that would help him.  Everything came true. It just was a win, win, win.

Naturally, his former family asks about him and cares how he's doing, and misses him, of course, and they know whenever they wish to see him, if we're nearby, they can visit.  Environmental illness is just key to this whole story of me, O'Rio, and his many people who love him. 

His owner since being born to her former beloved 'mama dog' had become sensitive to things and increasingly unwell.  Having had environmental illness as you likely know, myself, since birth (or before, of course) and reversing it overall successfully, I know it took me a long, long time to not react to cats and dogs.  So that had occurred to his former owner in spring while on vacation without dogs. 

On Memorial Day to me, just another Monday to a very innovative German MD, I finally had the IT tools to remotely "learn to test" for "element of sensitivity" AND reduce exposures, ideally to zero -- never.  I learned I have the rare condition to do with genes where TWO elements mess with my energy, and therefore detoxification pathways and other things get out of whack.  This makes otherwise manageable things the body encounters problematic, and then you're symptomatic and 'unwell'.  Without a sensitivity plus exposure, you can handle less-than-significant "bad stuff". 

My elements are mercury and aluminum, which are the two most common ones for those who have one (or two).  And guess who has mercury sensitivity in common? O'Rio!  

No real surprise -- the day I started working with him I was starting to see his symptoms that were similar to mine ... not seeming to hear well, see things that were going on around, back and neck and hip pain, obsessive about certain things and totally uninterested in others which would be 'normal for a dog'. 

I've come to see that what is called autism and chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia (and similar others overlapping), movement disorder, and cognitive impairment ultimately is dysautonomia.  

In the spring I was to work with the family's yellow laborador retriever, who was about like O'Rio when he was two -- hyperactive and drove everyone nuts.  Truly like Marley in Marley and Me.  O'Rio and I are no spring chickens, and it was not that hot in April in the desert of western Colorado when we went for a 20 minute walk.  However, when we got back to the car, the young dog sought it's shade and plopped down in a way I've felt in the past -- a desperate "I have to just plop here and do not ask me to get up, I just can't".  I would be beet red as a person, but in her case her tongue was hanging out like the doggie version of Rolling Stones' logo.  Gene Simmons would be proud and want her as his dog, I'm sure. Gads! 

I turned to the Internet, of course, and found a YouTube about 'Dysautonomia in Animals' by a veterinary educator who is really a veteral of the truth movement.  I've now had the good fortune to speak to him by phone about that dog and about O'Rio.  And I've gotten to experience the rabid chiropractic world which I'd heard about and believe it to be old ways being rehashed, but no, there are goons and cheats. But even with that kind of provider the improvement in the dog (which was to be a demonstration / estimate of treatment session) was stunning! 

So my wishes with Santa last weekend for O'Rio was to get the provider he's suggested for him -- 15 years experience post taking his course and involved in the important politics of the associations needing to work together with the demand by consumers and providers for services for animals and humans.  The irony was Santa know of this technique that I've learned of for dysautonomia (and this applies to other animals, humans too, so chiropractors and veterinarians x 8,000 have learned from this innovative veterinarian out of Idaho who came up with the stuff. 

I thought of my mother when he says almost all people have some dysautonomia or more -- she was finding that with all but one third grader in our local elementary school when I was a kid, then being called 'sensory integration dysfunction', which I would see as part of 'autism' when in OT school at CSU in the mid 1990s. 

So while it sounds simple to learn to test and avoid mercury and aluminum so you don't go into a dys-auto-nomic state, it's not.  But I can tell it was worth it and a new hope, because as any of you know who have been around for a while with me, I've been trying to figure out and help my health situation for over forty years now.  I'd have successes and then .... I'd have problems again and I did not see why.  Now I know.  And now I can run a little again, and skip! Things I'd lost the ability to do in a Parkinsons-like progression that was following in my father's shuffling footsteps.  So that's the great and big news really.  And O'Rio got such an improved diet and reduced exposures he started running too! He and I both get sore left feet a lot but on our good days, he is like Forest Gump, he just wants to run and you can tell he's happy! 

And I had new milestones I'm proud to tell you about with Lumigrate.  One was in the summer and fall, an up and coming products manufacturer saw that my interest in and coverage of her and her products was helping her grow and she wanted to support my work.  It just is not my model to have providers solely having that kind of place with things so it propelled me to create the Mardy PopIns Pen Pal Program which allows anyone to give to me for my work and get a letter from me in return. 

All the information about what I think is important for people to know will always be free at Lumigrate, this is a more intimate, behind or within the scenes, friendly, casual letter that comes to people's mailbox.  They don't need to write back, but they won't get another unless they give me another gift of funding that allows me to -- have Lumigrate be free to all, and continue my work. 

The response so far was good, and we wanted to include her teas as 'cracker jack or happy meal type healthy treats inside' but I wanted them to be with certain details worked out and she'll hopefully get there in 2018.  So I've held up the letters going to the new people and we'll pick it up for the New Year. 

THIS was the nice surprise I had on a Friday evening in early November --- initially it was 300+ and I just watched as the numbers kept going up! It lasted about an hour overall or more, who knows when it started I just happened to check on how many were reading because it was the start of the holiday season and a Friday which is not usual time for people to be online learning in general.  But in the complex chronic conditions community it's just all different! So thank you to anyone who helps people learn of Lumigrate -- that was a share of a link on Facebook in a large group with a discussion that encouraged people to partake. 

And so, if you're interested in supporting what I'm doing, I hope you will CONTACT ME (not at the Contact Us tab, as that's not updated and can't be done now -- Lumigrate needs some maintenance, which is costly) ---  and we'll get started as Pen Pals.  (If you don't want the letters but just want to contribute, that's fine too OR I will call and read them to people as well....)

My phone (and I text) is ----- 970 as area code, 462 is the prefix, and 8662 are the last four.

My address is: Mardy Ross; Suite 400-197; 2536 Rimrock Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81505

PayPal link is: paypal.me/MardyRoss (or you can use my name or phone number, above, too)

I'm on Facebook (Mardy Ross). If you must, my email is mardy dot poppins at yahoo dot com.

(My box is 197 and suite 400 is a wonderful UPS Store where I spent a lot of time on a big project for much of the last year, very honest nice people.  This way, if Mardy PopIns blows on the wind out of town, either with or without O'Rio, temporarily or longer, they can pack and ship my mail to me ..... and I can keep the Mardy PopIns Pen Pal Program going from wherever ($17/month rental fee!). Low tech 'R' us! Phone's $45+tax.

This is a photo of me receiving a book there about extreme mold avoidance which took the moldie community by storm after it was released..... people leave most of their things and basically go camping and changing their exposures. Also not easy.  I look forward to 2018 bringing EASY Solutions, as much as possible, to any challenges for well-being, and the continued evolution of the truth movement for people and all on Earth and below AND above -- out there.

With ALL MY Love and Appriciation for our Sharing ~~ Mardy AND Our Dog O'Rio


Live and Learn. Learn and Live Better! is my motto. I'm Mardy Ross, and I founded Lumigrate in 2008 after a career as an occupational therapist with a background in health education and environmental research program administration. Today I function as the desk clerk for short questions people have, as well as 'concierge' services offered for those who want a thorough exploration of their health history and direction to resources likely to progress their health according to their goals. Contact Us comes to me, so please do if you have questions or comments. Lumigrate is "Lighting the Path to Health and Well-Being" for increasing numbers of people. Follow us on social networking sites such as: Twitter: http://twitter.com/lumigrate and Facebook. (There is my personal page and several Lumigrate pages. For those interested in "groovy" local education and networking for those uniquely talented LumiGRATE experts located in my own back yard, "LumiGRATE Groove of the Grand Valley" is a Facebook page to join. (Many who have joined are beyond our area but like to see the Groovy information! We not only have FUN, we are learning about other providers we can be referring patients to and 'wearing a groove' to each other's doors -- or websites/home offices!) By covering some of the things we do, including case examples, it reinforces the concepts at Lumigrate.com as well as making YOU feel that you're part of a community. Which you ARE at Lumigrate!

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