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When Jake and Jan's smooth Collie, Moriah crossed over she left a huge void in their lives. Jake did a great deal of research on the history of pets and those who took care of them. The bond goes back 45 thousand years. Moriah was known as My Sweet Baboo to Jake. This book covers the history of pets, pet loss support resources and insperational stories from other author friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's fairly obvious
By A Customer on February 20, 2003
That the folks who felt this book was... "inadequate" in addressing all of the issues, opinions, folk-remedies and whatnot regarding Graves' disease share the opinions of the "other" thyroid disease message board. So rather than use this review page as an Us vs. Them battle, I suggest that our fellow reviewers stick to the facts... and perhaps do a little research themselves.
For one: "Spontaneous Remission", a phrase long uttered by fans of Elaine Moore and Mary Shomon, is NOT the expected end result of either treated or untreated Graves' disease. Any Graves' disease patient who expects that their condition will suddenly cure itself or run its course, either through the use of ATMs, bogus herbal remedies or beta blockers, is taking a dangerous health gamble. While some patients do go into "remission" (meaning their Graves' antibodies settle down for a bit, but will likely flare up at a later date) through the use of ATMs, the long-term effects of improperly treated GD are marked: coronary involvement, osteoporosis, significant muscle wasting and possible thyroid storm or death. Any person who suggests that GD patients should try herbal remedies and vitamins alone to control this INCURABLE autoimmune disorder is flying in the face of established medical fact and may be placing other patients in serious medical harm.
So while I applaud any GD patient who has managed to send their disease into "remission" using one or more of the above methods, unfortunately most of the rest of us aren't in any position to gamble with our already failing health. When my blood pressure spiked to 210/115 and my resting heart rate was at 150 bpm on 50mgs of Atenolol b.i.d., waiting for "remission" was a luxury I just didn't have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative!
By A Customer on March 13, 2003
I have Graves disease. Having said that, I decided to read absolutely everything I could find that has been written about this disease. The other books I read presented the technical and medical information very well. This book presented not only that technical information in a very understandable way, but it also presented information regarding the impact (other than on the body) that this disease can have. This extra information is what sets this book apart. When I told my endocrinologist that someone should write a book solely about Graves disease, he said, "why? It is a very straightforward disease." Wrong! This disease is not straightforward at all! (I am going to send my copy of this book to him!) This book is very very helpful! Thank you!
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, while very informative
By A Customer on February 3, 2003
Having researched a number of the available titles about Graves' Disease, it was refreshing to find one which is not too technical, nor too "dumbed down". This well researched, yet easy to read book provides help and hope! I recommend it as a first choice to my recently diagnosed patients seeking information about their disease.
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad this is available
By A Customer on November 14, 2002
Books usually focus on the technical aspects of Graves' Disease. This one shares the experiences of many different people with Graves'. It seems to give many individual experiences, doesn't give advice, but helps each of us get an idea of what we might be facing. I had the pleasure of meeting both authors. I hope there will be a follow-up book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved me mountains of worry!!
By Cheryl Morgan on October 29, 2003
After being diagnosed with GD my doctor wanted to immediately perform RAI although I didn't have an enlarged gland. I knew nothing about the disease and was scared. My intuition told me there may be another way. This book taught me all I needed to know and gave me the insight and courage to persuade my doctor to let me try PTU first. In Our Own Words confirmed from the start that aggressive treatment wasn't always necessary. I took PTU for only 3 months and responded so well I am now in remission. However, I learned from the book the serious nature of GD and how to work closely with the doctor and lab results. IT's an on going journey. This book served as an important first navagational tool. An update on my condition 6/25/04: I had a recurrance of all hyper symptoms after only one month remmission. I opted to try PTU again, still with good results in bringing down my T4 but I'm constatantly juggling the dose. I still sense this is the way to go for me, but I get discouraged. I will look at some of the other suggested books on the subject.
3.0 out of 5 stars another kind of bias
By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Jake did a fairly lousy job in this book which contains many of wrong information. He went into the other extreme of bias from that of Elaine Moore in her book Graves Disease: a practical guide. While Elaine tends to promote ATD for long time use to achieve remission, Jake tends to lead all patients into radical treatment such as RAI and surgery.
Many clinical trials have pointed out that ATD has modest rate of remission rate for Graves. However, Jake tends to ignore the current medical finding in his book. Instead, he tends to use some out of dated information about remission rate with ATD, which might completely dismiss the hope for remission on ATD. This kind of bias might lead patient to choose radical treatment for Graves from very beginning. Though clinical studies have shown safety of RAI and surgery, non-invasive treatment should always be promoted first.
Personally, I would recommand neither Jake George's book nor Elain Moore's book to any of Graves patients thought Jake did a a bit better job than Elaine. Instead, I would suggest whoever had a diagnosis of Graves to search in Medline for more accurate information for treatment of Graves.
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A troubled Lenape Indian asks the Great Spirit for a vision. In Talking Coyote’s vision, a giant who calls himself, the Keeper-of-the-animals, visits him. The Keeper tells him all the animals have been saved from mankind in the Old World the Native Americans left behind millennia ago, The Old World, man left behind to come to this world to live with their brothers and sisters the animals, birds and fish. The Keeper tells Talking Coyote that the Native peoples must come back to the Old World to help maintain balance.
“Grandfather’s Song” is the story of the Jefferson and Cornplanter families and Talking Coyote’s attempt to find his way to the Old World. Flashbacks to Lenape legends and ancient stories told around campfires tell him the path to take. Along the way he meets other Keepers and people who will help him with his vision. His success in bringing the Native people to the Old World broke up families and tribes along religious lines. Those Native Americans and other ancient peoples who have converted to a religion other than that of their ancestors are left behind when Talking Coyote leads the people to the Old World.
The Native peoples return to the Old World to live in the old ways the Great Spirit had taught their ancestors, to live and hunt among the animals, and to live a life of balance and harmony with nature. The indigenous people of the world find themselves free to live as their ancestors had once lived, governed only by their religion and their tribal members.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic storytelling at its best!
By J. Russell on June 23, 2008
A Lenape himself, Jake George is the real deal. In Grandfather's Song he delves deeply into old time as well as modern Native American culture and crafts a magnificent, moving, and timeless story in which nature, family, and spirituality are closely intertwined. Indeed we have so much to learn from our Native American brothers and sisters...Mr George honors their heritage while inviting us to understand it and the importance of its wisdom. Grandfather's Song is a beautiful work, a wonderful read, and a fantastic journey into the Native heart of America...Bravo! I'm very much looking forward to continuing the adventure in A New Dawn.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!
By William Tucker on December 31, 2011
Although a fiction based on Native American legend, I felt as if I was in the book experiencing everything the characters experienced. It will make you stop and thing about the current state of affairs of the world today and wonder if this could come to fruition! Absolutely an awesome book - a must read for all!
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful glimpse of Native American culture, legends, life
By Tommie Lyn on July 28, 2011
Not many books give a glimpse of Native American culture, thoughts and beliefs as author Jake George has done with his "Grandfather's Song." He immerses you from the first page, lets you see from inside, up close, the legends and life of Lenape tribal members, lets you live it with the characters. Wonderful!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book by Jake George
By Mike C on September 13, 2011
Jake George's, Grandfather's Song, is a wonderful read. I judge a good book by the visions I see as I am reading the story. Reading Grandfather's Song, I could see all that was happening as I read each sentence, in my minds-eye. It was a wonderful experience, and a wonderful journey. Thanks Jake!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend Come to Life
By Julie R. Jones on June 22, 2005
Jake George has a way of including some surprising twists and turns in "Grandfather's Song." It is not only filled with fascinating Native lore but has complex human nature. I highly recommend it. The characters are well developed. Jake George writes so that you can see the novel unfolding before your eyes.
I also know that there is a follow on book coming and I was fortunate to read it in its draft form. Keep your eyes peeled for "A New Dawn." I was as glued to it as I was to "The DaVinci Code." It was an exciting, fast paced, dynamite novel. Read Grandfather's Song and get prepared for "A New Dawn." What a story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake George has the gift of storytelling
By Lisa Adams on January 14, 2005
Many people can write a book, but few can tell a story in the old way like Jake George does in "Grandfather's Song." A Native American tale, "Grandfather's Song" offers a fresh new voice to fans of well-told stories and Native Legends brought to life. Thank you, Jake, for the wonderful read. I would highly recommend this book, and hope more works are forthcoming.
5.0 out of 5 stars JAKE GEORGE has written a phenomenal account of a Native American adventure. 'A NEW DAWN' is rich in spiritual energy
By Sage Sweetwater on April 24, 2007
'A New Dawn' - Jake George defines what Native American culture is. It is not the same today as it was a thousand years ago - even a hundred years ago - where in Native American life, justice is served for an evil.
The saga continues from Jake George's book, 'Grandfather's Song'.
Using authentic Native words, 'A New Dawn', Jake George forges a successful alliance between the Above World and the Old World. Jake gives his Native voice to his People.
Character development is very strong. The relationship between Running Woman and Crying Woman holds a very special place in my own heart. Custom is true to the instructions given; how to survive in harsh climates, a sense of community, herbal medicine and doctoring and authentic Native tools of survival.
Jake incorporates a spellbinding transformation, a guise of human to animal and back to human shapeshifting through the characters Elder Fawn and Elk Caller.
Jake George has written a phenomenal account of a Native American adventure. 'A New Dawn' is rich in spiritual energy which reflects old-world Native values and survival ties with the land to restore peace to a troubled world.
'A New Dawn' makes its way into modern-day Indian communities to emerge a new generation to sustain cultural identity and respect for being Native American.
The name on this book, 'A New Dawn' in the absolute highest spiritual sense, is an educational gift on behalf of all Native American tribes.
~Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist, author of Blue Corn Woman, edited by Jake George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel!
By Christine K. Cornett-McVay VINE VOICE on January 18, 2007
'A New Dawn' is a smooth transition from the novel 'Grandfather's Song' by Jake George. We plunge into the 'Old World' where the Lenape and other tribes have chosen to travel to in order to help return the balance between man and nature that has fallen apart in the 'Above World'. The tribes must struggle to adapt, for many have forgotten the old ways or long for the life they left behind.
There's an environmental and 'life lessons' theme pulsing through the novel, but it is far from being preachy. The interaction between the characters is fast-paced and extremely engaging. Those who have returned to the Old World do not have a completely peaceful existence. In fact, there are brutal murders and deep seeded problems that must be solved, many of them involving great sacrifice by some members of the tribe.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel! The setting, characters and blend of Native American traditions simply flows along in a swift current of vigorous language. Jake George has a vision and an obvious love for the Lenape People that shines through in his writing. His tense action scenes and tight dialogue has an edgy quality that reminds me of some of my favorite westerns. The graphic torture scenes, erotica, and some harsh language, etc. cautions 'mature audiences only'. Adult readers new to Jake George novels will find their appetites craving more...
Chrissy K. McVay
Author of award winning novel 'Souls of the North Wind'
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Dawn
By Boffin Baz on October 22, 2007
I found this book a delight. The story was strong as were the characters, with excellent and compelling writing. It was fascinating to be caught up with the native American Indian way of life and quite an eye opener for a Brit like myself who normally only writes and reads thrillers. Well done Mr. George.
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Led by Talking Coyote’s prophetic vision, those who honored nature and all the animals the Great Spirit created have been taken from a dying earth and into a new life. Now, they must live very differently––hunt and preserve their food, make tools of stone and hide––in short, adapt to a life without the most basic convinces.
For all the things taken from them, there are miraculous things that give. Crying Woman, barren in her old life, now finds herself with child. Elk Caller falls in love with a beautiful woman, only find she is in truth an elk. Dog men and women and other animals may take off their outer coats and become human.
But this world holds an invisible danger. Lowanachen whispers in the ears of the unwary, seducing them into madness and murder. His evil turns tribe against tribe, brother against brother. And if this evil has its way, no one will survive its bloodlust.
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"Graves' Disease, In Our Own Words" takes the reader on a unique journey through the disease's many complexities. Personal accounts offer insights into both the physical and emotional sides of Graves'. Both the experts and other Graves' patients try to validate these feelings with articles on diagnosis, treatment, and healthful living with Graves' disease (hyperactive thyroid). Over eighteen top Endocrinologists, pharmacists and other experts on Graves' disease, make the information in this book, accurate and up to date with the latest information on Graves' disease and its treatments. Over seven years of research on common questions asked, and answers provided by the National Graves' Disease Foundation's board of medical advisors, trained facilitators, as well as answers from the top Endocrinologists, at the major medical and teaching hospitals, ensures what is provided is medically accurate, and is often done in a layperson's terms so it is understandable by those with no or little medical understanding. The authors contacted the medical professionals for a full edit when they wrote the chapters to ensure that the information was correct and current and what was on the cutting edge for treatment of Graves' disease. A full bibliography and recommended reading list is provided to help newly diagnosed find accurate information on Graves' disease. Unfortunately recent studies show that a full 80% of medical related web sites provide wrong or inaccurate information. "Graves' Disease In Our Own Words", takes the worry out of finding reputable, and medically reliable information. At the last American Thyroid Association meeting, they provided a lecture on information and misinformation on thyroid disease. The lecture was titled "The Good The Bad And The Ugly" The National Graves' Disease Foundation was listed as one of the best sources of information for Graves' disease. The National Graves' Disease Foundation, and their medical board of advisors fully endorse this book.