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About retroHelen

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  • Birthday 09/22/1960

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    Whitehaven, Cumbria
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How I Found the Truth

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    Mother became a Witness in 1963 and taught me. Baptized 1977.

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    Historical novels by Ellis Peters; C J Sansome; Peter Tremayne. Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens. In God's Name by David Yallop (exposing Vatican Bank)
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    ELO/Jeff Lynne; some Queen; Roy Orbison;War of the Worlds Album by Jeff Wayne. Jon Michel Jarre. Owl City. Lindsay Stirling.Rhapsody in Blue-Gershwin; Debussy;Sansome;Fouret;Baccharole-Offenbach;
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    The pen is mightier than the sword and a jolly sight easier to write with.

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  1. Dieting, going Low Carb

    Borrowed these books about how hybrid wheat is excacerbating inflammation in many chronic conditions from our public library: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501121685?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1501121685&linkCode=xm2&tag=towncentwell-20&inf_contact_key=e0cc981ecd74adb6bace8e42906bceb38c4622505b13b5b7093c0203da1c675e https://www.drperlmutter.com/learn/books/ Both doctors also treat people with low carb diets if they are type 2 diabetic like me.
  2. Door to Door records illegal in Europe?

    UK - We don't have printed Not at home papers any more nor call forms nor foreign language yellow slips. If I place anything I have my own notes - mostly in my own abbreviated code and my friends write up calls on their smartphone Ministry app notes and when the interest is finished it gets deleted.
  3. Dieting, going Low Carb

    4 years on low carbohydrate diet now. Follow recipes and ideas from Ditch the Carbs website. Follow Dr Joshua Axe; Dr Mark Hyman; Dr Brian Mowll; and the British Diabetic Association's - Diabetes UK Low Carb website forum. Keeping my blood sugars as low as is sensible as I want to stay off diabetic medications for as long as possible. I have so far and the retinal bleeding resolved and after initially losing 40 lb, now keeping my weight stable and fasciitis of the feet has resolved. Don't eat anything with gluten if I can help it and little dairy - unless I know the source is grass-fed rather than grain-fed ( creates poor oxidizing fats in the meat and butter and milk rather than omega 3 fatty acids from grass). Diabetics only need to eat more carbohydrates through the day if they are on medication as the meds are so strong to get the carbs out of the blood that they could hypo if they don't carefully match drugs to carbs.Snag with this way of blood sugar management is that it does not stop the progressive damage that sugar does to eyes and nerves and weight and it stresses the kidneys more. I personally am convinced by the evidence of my glucose/blood testing, that I am carb intolerant and want to save my liver and kidneys from the stress of medications forcing any carbs I have ingested either into cells that are resisting it or stressing liver and kidneys that don't like it either. Latest science for type 2 diabetics like me, is that the pancreas has become as fatty as the liver, this caused it to shut down. Aiming for weight loss with a low carbohydrate diet to rest the pancreas, liver and kidneys for a few months - the patient might discover that having emptied these organs of fat, that the pancreas still has some function revived - not as damaged as once thought. I can tolerate a little more carbohydrate now than 4 years ago when I was first diagnosed. Testing with glucose blood strips/meter shows I am still pretty low tolerance though, so I am not going backwards into old bad habits. Another fact is that 80% of fat that clogs organs is not from the fat you eat, but triglycerides made in the liver from carbohydrate you ingest. Most of my dairy consumption is by probiotics - kefir and yoghurt. Other probiotics I like to eat, just a couple of forkfuls a day on a meal,is saurkraut. Never been brave enough to make any myself, but we have Polish people here who do it and sell it. Probiotics feed gut bacteria or add to the flora of the microbiome ( variety of gut bacteria in the large intestine/stomach but not the small intestine). All this has helped to resolve the nasty IBS I once had for years along with ulcers that have healed. https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/
  4. Aww!. Note on google maps picture above - I used to help special pioneer, the late Auntie Connie Prout,wheel her granddaughter Louise around in her pram on the ministry here years ago when I was just a little girl myself in that area. Most of the streets on Walney are named after ships built for Navies of the World or ocean liners built at the once famous shipyards at Barrow in the 19th-20th Century. BEA Systems there still builds nuclear submarines. My Dad bought a vintage car off the last lady lighthouse-keeper at Walney Island's lighthouse, which was a long walk over rough wetlands and bird habitats to get to the lighthouse where Peggy Braithwaite sold Dad her late husband's 1929 Bullnose Morris for £15. 10 shillings and sixpence - her price (pre-decimal old English money)- no haggling! The old car had large mudguards with running-boards between, where the spare canister of gas/petrol was strapped. It did not have an ignition key. Dad had a big crank handle to put in the front of the engine and turn as fast as he could to get the engine going. It would start very slowly at first and this gave kids around the neighbourhood the chance to jump on to the running boards for a cheeky lift for a few yards, which annoyed my Dad as it wasn't a safe thing to do! The car had a soft-top that lifted over and clipped to the front wind-screen and had yellow celluloid windows (early see-through plastic that had yellowed with age) and a fold out dickie seat in the back. Sold it to a museum a few years later. Fond memories of Walney! http://www.nwemail.co.uk/Walney-story-features-in-talk-and-exhibition-e228e7b5-6ccc-4183-95dc-7d1e9297815d-ds It's eye-popping what a vintage car like that is worth these days!! https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C896115
  5. Hi David Mc. Do I know you? I was Helen Howell born at Barrow, moved to Whitehaven 1973. Mam died last year, she was Jean Lewis's study and baptised 1966.

    1. DavidMc


      Hello Helen. Yes I remember you and your sister, Linda if memory serves, and your mam. I moved into Barrow from Whitehaven in 1968 to work in the shipyard. The rest of the family, mam, dad, two younger brothers and sister, moved to Barrow later that year. My wife, Elaine, says hello. She remembers you and your family very well. Good news to hear your father is attending meetings. Our parents died a few years ago. My sister never accepted the Truth - at least up to now. William serves here as an Elder and Robert and his wife spend part of the year in Bulgaria where the need is great. Look forward to reading your posts. Bye for now.

    2. retroHelen


      Assa Marra - Glad to know you remember folks up the coast. Shame your not in our circuit any more. Miss the Barrovians - Don't miss Barrow though. hardly recognise it now, so much demolished  since we were there and all but 2 of Dad's sisters with my cousins left there now. All Mam's relations there have moved away or died now, so we are not there much these days. Grand ter here how thoo's garn on back at the auld yam.


      There's a sister in our congregation who attributes the fact she's a JW to being Witnessed to by your late Mam, It was while she was in hospital having her last daughter and your Mam was having her daughter at the same time and took the opportunity to chat/Witness to our Mags. Your Mam moved to Barrow, but left Mags address with 2 pioneers here and Mags and her Mam and sister became JW's. Mags' youngest daughter became a JW and she and her elder husband and 3 children are here in the congregation. Mags' sister is now in Jah Jireh Residential home at Maryport with her daughter (who works there) and another elderly sister from Barrow you will remember - Mary R. Small world.


      Mags lives in a big house with flats she used to let out to folk in the congregation - we lived there for a few years when we first married,  so when my husband's Mam & Dad died, she said she would 'adopt' him for a laugh - He was nearly 30!  My husband was adopted by his late parents. After their day, because they did say he had siblings, we spent 3 years and found most of them. Transpires he was the middle one of 11, so from being alone, he is Uncle and Grand Uncle to loads of folk - Good thing we don't celebrate various holidays -Would be expensive!!


      Enjoy yourself on this site - I have been on for years and it has helped my personal study and research immensly and been very encouraging when my old back injury rears up and I am housebound for weeks.

  6. We heard on our BBC news in UK that it's a Tsunami caused by an earthquake and people on that coast all the way up to Alaska are asked to get to higher ground/further inland?
  7. There's more (in monetary worth)privately owned Russian property in the UK than in Russia. I believe this is also the case in the USA. $150bn is reported to leave that country every year. This is because investigative reporters report that if you are wealthy and fall out of favour, they claim that you risk arrest and jail for various charges - usually fraud - and have all your assets seized. Fraud charges are easy to put upon someone in a society that won't move or move very slowly unless you 'grease palms'. This is why the Russian authority is reported in Europe as sometimes acting as a 'Kleptocracy' when it feels the need to. It does not seem to do this all the time or in a way that can be easily challenged in courts or more people inside and outside Russia might feel brave enough to rise up. Economics have seemed to have improved under Putin, but there are times when cases do come to light that have commentators concerned about how the funds are obtained for some large projects/International events there. We know that the Russian authorities have never liked our faith, but could find no fraud with our organisation, so instead they put about fake news that we are extremist as an excuse to seize all our property. The Country is reported to be - according to financial newspapers, despite public statements, more cash strapped for supporting infrastructure, (except the military) due to poor/questionable management than they like the West to realise. Our property - redistributed - would calm those who have been waiting for new buildings for years - Social Services were one such organisation who were pressuring and petitioning for our 'to be seized' buildings for their use according to one Russian Newspaper quoted on this site a few months ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin's_Kleptocracy http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56666/russia-putin-oligarchs/
  8. Experts Think Blood Transfusions Harmful

    I think that the newspaper has seen the results of adverse transfusion effects and then, if the answer is not forthcoming from the scientists, they let someone else - not so knowledgeable, guess why they happened. I have read elsewhere that women's blood has too much female hormone in it for men's systems to cope with, so it sets up an inflammatory response and even if the man does not die, he will have an inflamed system that can set up for other autoimmune disorders caused by the rogue elements in the 'foreign blood' that the immune system cannot recognise. Then the inflammatory elements go to the joints and they ache like you have flu and if the body doesn't deal with them quick enough, then you could develop rheumatism in the joints. I believe it is a different reason that feeding large amounts of haem iron may overwhelm already poorly kidneys and liver (that may be a cause of anaemia in the first place) that doesn't recognise a stranger's blood. The major food source for bacteria is glucose - hence the danger of having a bacterial infection or fungal infection and then the person gets blood high in blood sugar from an undiagnosed pre-diabetic which feeds the infection. For the same reason, if a person has small cancerous tumours and gets a pre-diabetic's high blood sugar blood in a blood transfusion - cancer cells are anaerobic - (don't need oxygen to live) they develop extra receptors for glucose - their main source of fuel - and become more aggressive.(Take heed with your own diet if you find you have any tumours) If a person is diabetic, it could be a hazard getting transfused with blood from an undiagnosed pre-diabetic whose blood sugar will be very high. Many people on a standard Western diet are high blood sugar without realising it as refined flour in baked products and pasta have almost as much glucose as table sugar by weight, so it's not just sweet things causing the problems. Here's a whole other raft of reactions that put's even worldly people off blood transfusions: https://patient.info/doctor/blood-transfusion-reactions I thought the scariest was if a person had a food allergy/intolerance and the blood from a stranger is high in it as it was a regular part of their diet - risk of anaphylactic shock and death if not recognised in time!!
  9. Awww, bye bye famous sign! I believe some pilots that fly in the area said how much they miss it, especially at night. It was like a warm welcome beacon telling them they were home one pilot was reported as saying.
  10. Am reet glad it's in clear American 'cos tha wudna unnerstan' a wud of it if it were in't loacal Cumbrian dialect/accent like what's spoke roond here!
  11. Our reasons are not medical but spiritual, but this information is interesting from Tuesday's Daily Mail UK "Good Health" section: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5169611/Experts-think-blood-transfusions-harmful.html .....With around two million transfusions a year performed on the National Health Service UK, there are fears that what some experts call doctors’ ‘love of blood’ has gone too far, potentially endangering patients with transfusions that are unnecessary — an estimated one in five cases.... ...Concerns over the safety of blood from strangers were highlighted recently by a Dutch study that suggested men given transfusions during surgery were 50 per cent more likely to die within hours of an operation if the blood had been donated by a woman who’d ever been pregnant...The results are potentially alarming because — other than blood type — donor details are never disclosed at the time of a transfusion.Scientists think one explanation may be that infection-fighting cells called antibodies, acquired by women during pregnancy to protect their baby in the womb, may trigger a fatal immune system reaction in some men. And there are other safety concerns to do with the use of stored blood. Studies show an increased risk of infections, including pneumonia, among patients given a stranger’s blood stored in bags for a month or more at 4c. One theory behind why this occurs is that red blood cells this old may be less resilient than those in fresh blood and get broken down more quickly when pumped into the body. When this happens, they release large amounts of iron — a major source of energy for bacteria. Another concern is that storing blood may trigger biochemical changes that are potentially harmful. Some studies suggest that red blood cells release toxic enzymes that would normally be flushed out of the body through waste products, but instead accumulate in stored blood. Stored red blood cells can also lose their smooth, disc-like shape and become more pointed and spiky — making it harder for them to move through the bloodstream, depriving vital organs of their oxygen payload. But using fresh blood may not be the answer. A 2015 University of Edinburgh study looked at deaths among 2,500 anaemic patients on intensive care wards who were either given blood a week old or blood almost a month old. The results, published in the journal Blood, found no difference in deaths in the three months after treatment. ...Over the years, the use of donated red blood cells has increasingly been extended from treating catastrophic bleeding into routine surgery. Some experts say this is due to surgeons using ‘precautionary’ transfusions, for added security, ..., even if there has been no or minimal blood loss.Controlling anaemia is crucial, as patients with low haemoglobin levels are 42 per cent more likely to die in the 30 days after an operation than those with normal levels. A healthy man usually has haemoglobin of 13.5 to 17.5 grams per 100 ml of blood and a woman 11.5 to 15.5g. If levels drop below 5g — typically as a result of blood loss during surgery — the risk to a patient dramatically increases. But studies show most surgeons transfuse blood at the first hint of anaemia, when haemoglobin readings are still 10g or higher. Some experts fear this is putting patients at risk. ...But transfusions do kill people. The current data shows transfusion is not the most appropriate solution to the management of anaemia. The main risk is transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), where too much blood is pumped into the circulatory system too quickly, putting the heart under strain as it tries to pump the additional fluid round the body. Figures collated by Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) — a body funded by blood and transplant services from all four parts of the UK — found that in 2016, there were 26 reported deaths where transfusions were implicated. At least 14 were due to TACO. Another problem is mistakes, such as patients being given the wrong blood type. Around 10 per cent of 1,027 adverse events reported to SHOT last year were due to human error from heavy workload or inadequate staffing. NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has issued guidance calling for better treatment of anaemia before patients go to theatre — reducing the need for transfusions. It wants doctors to give more surgery patients with anaemia a medicine called tranexamic acid, a relatively cheap and effective drug that reduces blood loss by at least a third; NICE estimates the drug is currently used in as few as 10 per cent of surgery cases where anaemia is present. Professor Richards, meanwhile, is spearheading a major trial across 40 hospitals in the UK involving a different approach. It is recruiting around 400 patients due for major elective surgery and identified in advance as having iron-deficiency anaemia, the most common reason for a low red blood cell count. Anaemic patients are often advised to take iron tablets or eat iron-rich foods such as red meat and green, leafy vegetables before surgery to bump up their levels. But Professor Richards says dietary iron is absorbed slowly, and it can take six to nine months for it to boost haemoglobin to healthy levels.In the trial, these patients will be injected with high doses of iron — the equivalent of a year’s iron in the diet — around a week before their operation. He expects the trial, which finishes in 2018, will reduce NHS use of blood transfusions by at least 15 per cent, saving around £35 million a year. NHS Blood and Transplant told Good Health that it is rolling out a programme of ‘patient blood management’ — or limited use of transfusions — across the health service in England. It says it will lead to fewer complications, faster recovery and shorter stays in hospital." (my comment: I wonder if their findings and results have been aided by our HLC's and dealing with us for surgery in hospital. So many times over the years I have heard our brothers and sisters saying that they were well enough to leave hospital long before many others on the same wards, having the same treatment, but the others were having transfusions)
  12. A strange subject for prayer! The Provost vicar of the Cathedral in Glasgow wants the church to be 'more inclusive' so he suggests in a letter: "‘They do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.’ This is not the first time he has caused controversy. In January he invited a Muslim to recite from the Koran during a service at the Cathedral, with the passage including a denial that Jesus was the son of God. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5134985/Pray-Prince-George-gay-says-leading-clergyman.html
  13. Storm Brian hits Ireland and UK

    It wasn't as windy as Ophelia. St Bees weather station facing Ireland near us measured up to 70 mph this time. It was the torrential rain that made it sound worse, so I slept downstairs as the rattle of it on our roof was very loud. Some nearby towns that were built by rivers years centuries ago, got flooded despite new flood defences. Thankfully, we were not due to go anywhere that weekend. We did go to our Circuit convention the week after. It hadn't stopped raining all week and the roads were very wet, drains overflowing and the roadside rivers were high. Flood warning sings told us that roads south through the Lakes were cut off. We were directed off the main route as there was a bad road accident cutting off the road at Braithwaite village. Big trucks had to turn around and go back, cars could negotiate the narrow village streets. High M6 motorway over the mountains at bleak Shap were very windy, but tipped over trucks had been removed. We were buffeted about by the wind. Worst was the heavy traffic in heavy rain near the city of Manchester - M60 motorway - up to 5 lanes - was packed and you couldn't change lanes and heavy rain meant signs weren't easy to see, made worse if there was a big truck in the next lane towering above us obscuring our view of signs, so we got stuck and nearly ended up in Liverpool instead of Manchester and had to double back! It was a 3 hour drive. Thankfully, we had booked a hotel near the Convention Hall for Friday night, so had time to get there and settle in, so we weren't late for the Convention on Saturday. The congregation coming by coach on the day - setting off 5 am - got in just before the Convention started at 9.20 am. The coach was also late because there is no parking and hardly any room to drop people off at the Assembly Hall.The driver was waved away by attendants, so he got on his phone to his firm and was directed streets away and residents were angrily shouting abuse at our brothers and sisters as they were getting off to walk to the venue - (some on sticks/walking frames) and rang the coach firm (number on the side of the coach) to complain and the driver had to travel around looking for somewhere to put himself and change over to a different driver to go home. Manchester is well worked territory, brothers and sisters get given streets to work with more 'Do not Calls' than houses they can call on! We used to hire Carlisle indoor arena for £5000 for our Circuit Conventions - and hour away for us. However, refurbishment of Manchester Assembly Hall has cost hundreds of thousands - It's a 'government listed building' of architectural importance in the Art Deco Style (1920's), so they have restrictions when refurbishing it.and they need to recoup costs, so told us to go there at £8000 for the day's Hall costs. Some were saying that they would prefer to make their own way to Carlisle and send our £2000 coach costs to the Assembly Hall as a donation to allow us not to have to go at this time of year. We are due there again at the beginning of March when weather is still not good and there is a big football/soccer match on with Manchester's famous teams, so all the Hotels have doubled their prices next year from £60 a night to £129 per night - Hotel was a bit noisy at night as it is an Airport Hotel - Manchester Airport is near the Assembly Hall. I'm guessing it will be even noisier if drinking soccer fans are there! Anyway, we do as we are told. We have a feeling that as terrorist bombing increases against people in crowds - as has happened at Manchester on 2 occasions and once at nearby Warrington, that I remember, we may have to resort to streaming conventions at the Kingdom Halls. The drive home was a little better - in the dark now on country roads - as winter comes on.
  14. Storm Ophelia

    The mushroom coloured sky and orange sun was mostly because of the forest fires in Portugal. The winds were so fast whipping up the smoke that the smoke didn't have time to dissipate before it was swept up to the whole of Britain. Sand from the seas and Sahara are quite a regular phenomena here arter storms, but the sky and sun were different. People and reporters were calling it an Apolcaliptic sky! People on facebook sites were comparing their experiences. Everyone from London to Aberdeen were seeing the weird sky and sun. Also, because it was from fires, it stunk of acrid smoke. I didn't realise at first and was going out into our garden and looking up at the chimneys to see if anyone's was on fire until I saw on BBC news and facebook that we were all smelling it in the air before the big winds struck and we were told to stay in. Trees came down on all the roads during the storm here in North West UK, so roads were held up while they were sawn up and dragged away. Roof flew off a local fuel filling station in town and schools were closed. There were storm surges further south of us. Football staduim roof flew off in the town further south of us closing their roads.It measured over 90 mph at St Bees Head - our point nearest/facing Ireland off West Coast UK. Damaged our guttering, but it is still up, not much roof damage, but we have sturdy brick/slate houses that have withstood storms of 122 mph a few years ago. It was very noisy with the howling winds and Police were busy at the roads in the county, so robbers took advantage and broke through the wall in our local Aldi store and stole the cash machine from the wall leaving a heap of rubble and a massive hole in the side of the building that had to be boarded up the following day.
  15. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kafkaesque Definition of a Kafkaesque situation that reporters feel JW's seem to be in.

JWTalk 19.10.11 by Robert Angle (changelog)