Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Pain Management Program

LDP: "

The program is open to those who are referred into it by a Pain Management Specialist at our Centre. There are strict criteria for entry. Please note that anyone with an active WCB claim or an ongoing lawsuit or insurance claim related to his/her pain will not be eligible.

How nice- people with a lawsuit or on worker's compensation are ineligible because why? Any answers would be appreciated.....

Monday, May 29, 2006

Alternative Medicine and the NHS

Comment is free: Bad medicine for the NHS

AND the favorite bullshit quote is...........

No one is disputing that scientific methods have reaped great breakthroughs in medical science. It's just that there are other dimensions to be considered: how human beings experience pain, the nature of the relationship between practitioner and patient; the psychosomatic processes involved and how the mind and body interrelate; and about how all healing is delivered within cultural contexts that can themselves affect outcomes.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Can People Screw Up the Evolutionary Process??

Humans May Have Limiting Effect on the Origin of (New) Species - New York Times

Via New York Times:

Humans May Have Limiting Effect on the Origin of (New) Species
Humans can threaten species with extinction in many ways, including overfishing, pollution and deforestation. Now a pair of studies points to a new danger to the world's biodiversity: humans may be blocking new species from evolving.

New species evolve when old species split apart. Animals living on a peninsula might become cut off from the mainland by rising sea levels, for example.

They would adapt to life on the island and acquire mutations not shared by the rest of their species. If the sea level should drop and the animals could mix together again, the mutations might make it less likely that the two populations could interbreed. They would be on their way to becoming separate species.

A few places provide scientists with a good view of these forces at work. In western Canada, many lakes formed when the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age 11,000 years ago.

Fish invaded the lakes from the ocean and were cut off from their marine home. Some of those fish have evolved into new species.

The most striking of the invading fish are three-spine sticklebacks. They have followed the same evolutionary path in six lakes.

In each case, some of the sticklebacks evolved into slender, fast swimmers that hunt in the open water for small invertebrates. The others became bulky bottom feeders living in the shallows.

These pairs of species have split so recently that they can still produce viable offspring. But less than 1 percent of each new generation are hybrids. "There's never really any ambiguity," said Eric Taylor, who is a biologist at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Taylor and his colleagues suspect that hybrids are rare because the fish prefer to mate with fish that look like themselves. Natural selection may favor that preference, because hybrid sticklebacks cannot hunt for food as well as their specialized parents.

In 1999, Dr. Taylor and other stickleback specialists paid a visit to one of the lakes, Enos, on Victoria Island. When they caught the sticklebacks, they found far more intermediate sticklebacks than had previously been reported.

"We said, 'Wow, they look a bit different,' " Dr. Taylor said.

He and his colleagues set out to test their impression. They began by taking measurements of 887 sticklebacks scientists had collected from Enos Lake from 1977 to 2002.

In the early years, the scientists found, almost all the sticklebacks had one of the two typical body shapes. But from 1994 to 1997 the groups blurred into one broad continuum. "You can see the two clouds coming together into a single mishmash," Dr. Taylor said.

Studies of the DNA of the sticklebacks produced a similar picture. In 1994, big and small sticklebacks could be distinguished by genetic markers. Since then, the markers have become mixed within the entire stickleback population.

"Speciation in reverse" is how Dr. Taylor describes what's happening in Enos Lake. As for what might be driving it, he could not say for sure. But he said he was very suspicious about introduction of the American signal crayfish into the lake shortly before the sticklebacks collapsed.

"Crayfish cause real problems wherever they're introduced," Dr. Taylor said. By disturbing the habitats of the sticklebacks, the crayfish may be driving them into more contact, leading to more interbreeding.

Another scientific team has found signs of a similar transformation on the Galápagos Islands. Instead of fish, the scientists have been studying Darwin's finches, named for Charles Darwin, who described them after his visit to the islands in 1835.

Studies of Darwin's finch DNA show that the birds descended from immigrants that arrived a few million years ago. Since then they have evolved into 14 species found nowhere else in the world.

Along the way, the beaks of Darwin's finches have evolved into a wide range of shapes and sizes, allowing them to feed on different food. The small ground finch has a delicate beak it uses to quickly eat small, soft seeds. The large ground finch uses its heavier beak to crush big, hard seeds. Between those extremes is the medium ground finch, which eats both kinds of seeds.

Some populations of the birds appear to be diverging much like the sticklebacks. On Santa Cruz Island, the birds tend to have either large or small beaks, which they use to specialize on large or small seeds.

Studies of their genes suggest that the two groups tend to mate with birds like themselves.

"If people just looked on this island, they would call these groups separate species," said Andrew Hendry of McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Hendry noticed that the finches on a part of the island known as Academy Bay seemed to lack the striking difference in the size of their beaks. He and his colleagues measured the birds' beaks and compared them with measurements taken since 1964.

In a study of 1,775 birds, they confirmed their hunch. In the 1960's, medium ground finches in Academy Bay tended to have small or large beaks. But by 1999, the number of average-size beaks had increased significantly. "They're just one big mix," Dr. Hendry said.

The scientists then looked at medium ground finches from another site on Santa Cruz Island, El Garrapatero. There the birds split between large and small beaks much as they had once at Academy Bay.

The most important difference between the sites, the scientists said, was the presence of people. Academy Bay has a growing population, but El Garrapatero has remained unsettled.

Humans, Dr. Hendry contends, have made it easier for hybrids to survive. They grow plants and feed the birds rice. "Now an intermediate beak can do fine," Dr. Hendry said.

Ole Seehausen of the University of Bern in Switzerland called the research efforts excellent and said he thought the sticklebacks and finches represented just the tip of a biological iceberg. Much of the world's biodiversity may be made up of equally fragile young species, he added.

He and his colleagues studied lake whitefish, for example, and discovered that the species that emerged after the last ice age outnumbered older ones five to one. In short, most whitefish species are vulnerable to collapse. "You'll probably lose most of the species diversity," he said.

Dr. Hendry added, "If we want to recover biodiversity, we have to preserve these things that aren't that separate yet because they're on their way to becoming separate."

I keep getting asked for evidence of evolution happening in the here and now. Maybe these fish will shut up my critics. Or maybe it will just open up a new can of idiocy. Either way I find it fascinating and not a bit doubtful that we could mess up evloutionary processes. Just like we breed animals for specific evolutionary traits- think lap dogs and attack dogs. Forced changes, but changes nonetheless.

What Makes Happiness?

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Happiness Formula | Britain's happiness in decline

Read this -Check out the message thread on this..... Regarding Bibliotherapy for those with mental health issues....what do you do with a rape victim who is depressed? Ummmmmmmmmm -start reading.

I just looked up the Happpiness Formula link...

I am assuming, which might make an ass out of me- that his is what Happystance is talking about.

I cannot believe how stupid people are. Measuring and comparing happiness levels has got to be an exercise on futility.

Think about it- what is on the telly? Happy shows that celebrate the best and the brightest? Or shows that basically highlight the excesses of the spoiled and pampered, celebrate stupidity and ignorance, and tell people how to live their lives, get skinny thru poo testing and clean up their homes. ( I don't remember what the name is, but you exported two women cleaning FILTHY homes here top NA, and every single time i watch it I freak. Anyone who allows their homes to look like that deserves a good swift kick, not two fairy godmothers. )

If the tv is anything like here, then you have your occasional comedy and soap, along with the news, and yada yada yada...

While you are watching this you are either waiting to travel with kids to their events, or just came home from doing so. EIther way, after a long day you are exhausted and haried and are eating can't sleep because your mind is racing with tomorrows to do list, so on goes the tv and some guru is on that can save your (Life marriage weight kids) ad infinitum.

How many people here cook on a daily basis?

How many people read on a daily basis?

How many people tell their kids no when an activity comes up that you really are not willing or able to let them take part in?

How many people take their kids to the park if they don't let their kids out of the yard to play?

How many people have too many animals and other responsibilities.

How many people are afraid or don't believe in telling their boss NO when they are asking for yet another extension/favour whatever?

When was the last time you had sex and actually took time to enjoy it?
When was the last time you had sex period?

Go work in th nearest garden afor a few minutes a day.

When was the last time you and your kids had "free time" and simply did sweet bugger all? Without the televisions help?

Do you know the names of your kids friends, their parents, and where they live?? As a parent of a teenager do you phone the parents of your teens friends to make sure things are approved?

How often do you visit with friends and family? And enjoyed it? Or watched you sisters kid without expecting a favour in return?

Hve you really ever actually accepted your personality- are you a genuine curmudgeon stuck with the happiest of people? Well, unless you are an absolute ass, get over your want to be happier, and figure out what your strengths are and get on with your life.

A formula for happiness? No just common sense. If you want to be happy you cannot be so busy that the only time you take for yourself is telly time. You have to make room for sex and food and books or crafts or whatever turns your crank. You really ought to find a sense of humour. And occasionally telling kids that your life does not revolve around their desire to play on the extreme frisbee team is a good thing.

At my house there are no summer activities. From March until September I do not go out 4-6 times a week for hours to watch hockey. It is good. To me 18 hours a week half a year is enough fun. Some think I deprive the children. I tell them fine, you pay, you drive them and you put them to bed, and then they can do it. No-one has taken me up on that offer yet. Funny thing???

When was the last time you volunteered in order to make a difference?

I have a question? DO you think your Queen is HAPPY? Or does she do what she does despite her feelings? When did that become a bad thing? To soldier on and just do what needed to be done without a bunch of drama and need for happiness.


Professionals being the operative word.

Teachers should not teach happiness as the essential skill, but should teach step building. We have replaced many pedagogal tools that used to use linear models with Mind Maps and other crazy shit that encourages our mind to be lazy and not build in order. Maybe this is part of the problem too? We have raised kids to expect everything and earn nothing. Maybe we need to stop that.

Happiness is tupid- accepting reality is the best we can hope for.....


Friday, May 26, 2006

Kids and Science and Religion- How they FOrm Belief

This is a 44 page discussion on how kids learn to interpret the physical and spiritual worlds and it finds some differences in fundie kids and not fundie kids. No surprise, but a little saddened. Why is it that believing in the wonderful stuff the world has to offer we have to find a Watchmaker?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

WCB Glossary Terms

Cllr. Gavin Ayling

Cllr. Gavin Ayling

I have no idea where i found this but it seems interesting.

Don't Floss With Tinsel: It's All Tied Together

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ugly, But Effective. In the Pipeline:

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Rants and Tirades

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles' Foe, It's Fuel - New York Times

Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles' Foe, It's Fuel - New York Times: "Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles' Foe, It's Fuel
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Published: May 16, 2006
Everyone who has even thought about exercising has heard the warnings about lactic acid. It builds up in your muscles. It is what makes your muscles burn. Its buildup is what makes your muscles tire and give out.
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Ben Stansall/European Pressphoto AgencyCoaches and personal trainers tell athletes and exercisers that they have to learn to work out at just below their 'lactic threshold,' that point of diminishing returns when lactic acid starts to accumulate. Some athletes even have blood tests to find their personal lactic thresholds.
But that, it turns out, is all wrong. Lactic acid is actually a fuel, not a caustic waste product. Muscles make it deliberately, producing it from glucose, and they burn it to obtain energy. The reason trained athletes can perform so hard and so long is because their intense training causes their muscles to adapt so they more readily and efficiently absorb lactic acid.
The notion that lactic acid was bad took hold more than a century ago, said George A. Brooks, a professor in the department of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. It stuck because it seemed to make so much sense.
'It's one of the classic mistakes in the history of science,' Dr. Brooks said.
Its origins lie in a study by a Nobel laureate, Otto Meyerhof, who in the early years of the 20th century cut a frog in half and put its bottom half in a jar. The frog's muscles had no circulation � no source of oxygen or energy.
Dr. Myerhoff gave the frog's leg electric shocks to make the muscles cont"but after a few twitches, the muscles stopped moving. Then, when Dr. Myerhoff examined the muscles, he discovered that they were bathed in lactic acid.
A theory was born. Lack of oxygen to muscles leads to lactic acid, leads to fatigue.
Athletes were told that they should spend most of their effort exercising aerobically, using glucose as a fuel. If they tried to spend too much time exercising harder, in the anaerobic zone, they were told, they would pay a price, that lactic acid would accumulate in the muscles, forcing them to stop.
Few scientists questioned this view, Dr. Brooks said. But, he said, he became interested in it in the 1960's, when he was running track at Queens College and his coach told him that his performance was limited by a buildup of lactic acid.
When he graduated and began working on a Ph.D. in exercise physiology, he decided to study the lactic acid hypothesis for his dissertation.
"I gave rats radioactive lactic acid, and I found that they burned it faster than anything else I could give them," Dr. Brooks said.
It looked as if lactic acid was there for a reason. It was a source of energy.
Dr. Brooks said he published the finding in the late 70's. Other researchers challenged him at meetings and in print.
"I had huge fights, I had terrible trouble getting my grants funded, I had my papers rejected," Dr. Brooks recalled. But he soldiered on, conducting more elaborate studies with rats and, years later, moving on to humans. Every time, with every study, his results were consistent with his radical idea.
Eventually, other researchers confirmed the work. And gradually, the thinking among exercise physiologists began to change.
"The evidence has continued to mount," said L. Bruce Gladden, a professor of health and human performance at Auburn University. "It became clear that it is not so simple as to say, Lactic acid is a bad thing and it causes fatigue."
As for the idea that lactic acid causes muscle soreness, Dr. Gladden said, that never made sense.
"Lactic acid will be gone from your muscles within an hour of exercise," he said. "You get sore one to three days later. The time frame is not consistent, and the mechanisms have not been found."
The understanding now is that muscle cells convert glucose or glycogen to lactic acid. The lactic acid is taken up and used as a fuel by mitochondria, the energy factories in muscle cells.
Mitochondria even have a special transporter protein to move the substance into them, Dr. Brooks found. Intense training makes a difference, he said, because it can make double the mitochondrial mass.
It is clear that the old lactic acid theory cannot explain what is happening to muscles, Dr. Brooks and others said.
Yet, Dr. Brooks said, even though coaches often believed in the myth of the lactic acid threshold, they ended up training athletes in the best way possible to increase their mitochondria. "Coaches have understood things the scientists didn't," he said.
Through trial and error, coaches learned that athletic performance improved when athletes worked on endurance, running longer and longer distances, for example.
That, it turns out, increased the mass of their muscle mitochondria, letting them burn more lactic acid and allowing the muscles to work harder and longer.
Just before a race, coaches often tell athletes to train very hard in brief spurts.
That extra stress increases the mitochondria mass even more, Dr. Brooks said, and is the reason for improved performance.
And the scientists?
They took much longer to figure it out.
"They said, 'You're anaerobic, you need more oxygen,' " Dr. Brooks said. "The scientists were stuck in 1920."

Stromal Cell Data Base

TO go with cytokines and prolactin.

Stress-Induced versus Preovulatory and Pregnancy Hormonal Levels in Modulating Cytokine Production following Whole Blood Stimulation - Karger Publishers

Cytokines prolactin

Entrez PubMed: "1: Eur Cytokine Netw. 2002 Oct-Dec;13(4):447-55.Related Articles, Links

Erratum in:
Eur Cytokine Netw. 2003 Jan-Mar;14(1):59.

Prolactin-cytokine network in the defence against Acanthamoeba castellanii in murine microglia [corrected].

Benedetto N, Auriault C.

Institute of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Second University of the Studies of Naples, Italy.

In the central nervous system, cytokine-primed microglia play a pivotal role in host defence against parasite infections. In this study, the effect of recombinant (r) prolactin (rPRL) and rIFN-gamma on A. castellanii infection in murine microglia was examined. Priming of microglia with rPRL and rIFN-gamma synergistically triggered, in a dose-dependent manner, amebastatic activity and the release of endogenous IL-1alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6 and TNF-alpha. More than 53, 57, 49, 89 or 96 % of amebastatic activity was abrogated by anti-PRLR, IFN-gammaR, IL-1beta (but not IL-1alpha), IL-6 or TNF-alpha antibodies, suggesting that these two receptors and proinflammatory cytokines participate in the anti-microbial function. Inasmuch as DPI and AET, both inhibitors of NO synthase, blocked amebastatic activity only during the priming process, the NO-dependent pathway itself appears not to be directly involved in the anti-parasitic capacity. These data suggest that the PRL/PRLR and IFN-gamma/IFN-gamma/R complexes, by the induction of the IFN-gammaR on microglia, up-regulate the release of endogenous TNF-alpha, IL-6 and IL-1beta by these cells, which could trigger anti-microbial activity against A. castellanii infection in the brain [corrected].

PMID: 12517730 [PubMed - indexed"

Friday, May 19, 2006

Happiness Makes Life Better

Bookmark to peruse as Tony at Happystance (who annoys me with his perkiness and makes me want to smack him and then I would be happy) has blogged about this. Well screw the blog, read the actual paper......That is what I say!!!!!!

Then get pissed off, which means I am still breathing, and write and rant later.

PLoS Medicine: Serotonin and Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature

Confined Space

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Please comment when you visit!!

I would love a comment and a link from anyone dropping in. This is such a good stress reliever for me. Comments make me smile.

I have not heard about my waitress job yet. I found out my job is not in jeopardy now, as there is not going to be a strike vote taken. (told you it wasn't my fault) I still need to secure a summer day job.

These things annoy me- but the places I visit after I follow a commenter help me see there is much more to life than my sorry ass problems that are probably a pain in the ass for you all to read.

I would even welcome any suggestions on what else I can do to ensure we get medical pension since workers insurance has said that the man is fit to work- even though in order to work he has to drug himself so he can't see straight or shake the brain fog.

My friend keeps saying hide a secret camera and tape our life and send it to the government. I so don't think anyone would actually go for that- therefore the secret- but even afterwards I think he would be a bit angry.


That's the sound of one mind finally snapping-------------------


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

ScienceDaily: USF Study: Nicotine Antagonist Relieves Depression In Children With Tourette's

Three Job Nite

Well I found out that I may not be working at my job as of Tuesday if things do not straighten out. I will have a job when the thing not straightened out gets straightened out- NOTHING TO DO WITH ME!!!!

I start my second job next week and I also applied for a third job. I also am applying for a summer day job.

This is what happens when the breadwinner of a family of five gets injured and cannot return to work. This is going to be a bit exhausting. I have a little left in my bank account, I just cashed out the family savings and I don't know what the hell to do next.

Never get hurt at work. Never go through worker's insurance with any hope that they will help to fix the problem OR pay for any longer than two years- and at a cut rate to boot. Do not expect that even the six month cushion, which we had, will be enough.

Do not expect government people to do their jobs. Do not expect the national disability pension fund that you have contributed to for YEARS to be the answer. You will wait for a long time to receive a reply.

Do not buy into "THE ALBERTA ADVANTAGE" if you are even a little bit outside the norms. If you are disabled by honest work expect nothing but grief.

What a pain in the ass this whole process has been.

I want my boring middle class life back please.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

American Family Physician: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Evaluation and Treatment


The Fat Lady Sings

Journal of Rehabilitation: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Journal of Rehabilitation: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I really like thae part in this article where they say having CFS legitimizes women dropping out of life on the basis of a medical illness. FUCK OFF would be the nasty but necessary response.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Creek Running North

Creek Running North

Need to expand upon this regarding Workers Insurance ant "the way things are done".

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The original mad scientist- The Father of Medicine Books The original mad scientist:

"'All they can do,' Paracelsus wrote of the men he viewed as medical and surgical frauds and worse, 'is to gaze at piss.'"

And now we have the POO LADY Gillian McKeith and her propensity to look at poo in order to diagnose why you are fat. (Which, if you have no idea what you are watching while you are making supper, and all of a sudden this brown stuff comes into a clear tube, you start to retch uncontrollably and then haveno appetite left.) The people on her show are idiots- they eat too much and their poo has NO bearing on why they are sluggish. They are sluggish because they eat blobs of fat, too much white shit, and do not exercise. They need to get over their idiocy by working out and cutting out the crap, not by getting their poo checked and then going on some weirdo freaky diet. Gillian MCKeith is a very clever "sucker finder" and those suckers pay her lots to baby them and check their poo. Poo Lady indeed- full of shit she is.

What You Believe- What Your Job Is

NEJM -- Editorial Independence and the Canadian Medical Association Journal

So this editor of CMAJ is fired because of his article about how hard it is for women to get Plan B because of pharmacists beliefs and because of bureaucracy. How crazy. A good friend tried to obtain Plan B recently and a pharmacist TURNED HER DOWN. Her religion didn't sanction the use of this drug. No effort was made to track down a pharmacist who would do her job. The woman was a bitch.

My friend was furious. She does not believe in abortion. Technically, Plan B is not an abortion. It may STOP a pregnancy from happening, but it does not remove anything from a womans body. When the condom broke, and my friend realized that she could be respoinsible for a life she did not plan, she went for Plan B. To have been denied a legal substance because of a pharmacists moral objections is unbelievable. I am sure the pharmacist judged my friend an irresponsible slut that did not deserve her expertise or time.
Did this pharmacist refuse to fill Viagra prescriptions for unmarried gentlemen of a certain age??? I hope so if she was so horrified by a 30 something ish woman having a condom accident.

I am not very cohesive right now. I must go and eat. I must do many things. Look for a third job to feed my family since workers insurance will not do the right thing. Clean my messy house. Plant some seeds. Clean the yard up. Put gas in the lawnmower. Find out why my microwave went kaput. Throw myself over the nearest bridge out of sheer frustration.................Hate stupid people who are so goddamned perfect that they figure they don't have to do their job.

Idiots and morons.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

retired doc's thoughts: March 2006

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Skeptical about the skeptics: The Health Ranger answers the skeptics on natural medicine

Skeptical about the skeptics: The Health Ranger answers the skeptics on natural medicine

Read it, weep and then clap your hands three times and a fairy will get her wings------Just BELIEVE!!!!!

An Old Idea: What Ails the Body Is Rooted in the Mind - New York Times

An Old Idea: What Ails the Body Is Rooted in the Mind - New York Times: "

May 2, 2006
An Old Idea: What Ails the Body Is Rooted in the Mind
When the woman, having experienced her fourth miscarriage, visited her physician, he gave her a surprising diagnosis: psychosomatic abortion. That is, she had lost the fetuses because of stresses in her life, particularly concerns about her religious affiliation and her husband's unwillingness to help out at home.
The doctor's recommended treatment? A series of vitamins, abstaining from sexual intercourse in future pregnancies and, most notably, psychotherapy, intended to explore childhood conflicts and other anxieties. The patient, according to her physician, Dr. Carl T. Javert, an obstetrician at Cornell University Medical College, subsequently had three successful pregnancies.
The diagnosis and the treatment fit the era in which they occurred. It was the early 1950's, and the field of psychosomatic medicine � based on the notion that many diseases have their origins in emotional distress � was in its heyday.
Was Dr. Javert onto something or was he hopelessly misguided? Do his psychosomatic theories retain any currency today?
Throughout history, many doctors and patients have posited that emotions influence health. But it was not until the middle of the 20th century that efforts to prove an association accelerated. A driving force behind psychosomatic medicine was Dr. Franz Alexander, a Hungarian-born psychiatrist trained in the teachings of Freud.
Dr. Alexander, who taught at the University of Chicago, drew connections between specific personality types and diseases like hypertension, stomach ulcers and asthma. Chronic emotional disturbances"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Blogging Against Disablism

May 2nd now, and I am late. But if you have come here to look at my take on disability issues, please look in my January and February archives for SURE!!! I have written about posts talking about my particular situation, I have posts on the language doctors use to describe patients - what does compliant actually mean?- and I have lots of little posts that are place markers for info that is specific to our situation as well as stuff that just jazzes me up. I am a strong believer in advocating for people who are unable to do so themselves. I am also a big believer in EDUCATION- formal and informal. Whatever your situation, I hope you snoop through the archives and make yourself at home. I can be a bit angry at times, but think of me as Mama Bear protecting her cubs.