Monday, December 8, 2014

I've FINALLY Figured Out The Cause Of My CFS


20 years after my CFS started, I finally figured out what is causing it!

It is autoimmune pituitary disease, or autoimmune hypophysitis.

I spent the last two years studying genetics, immunology, and neurobiology online thru MIT, Rice, U. Chicago and more, and I think I finally nailed it. Mainly by genetics studies and discovering thru my 23andMe genetics testing that I had many defects in my CTLA-4 gene.

Autoimmune hypophysitis is an autoimmune condition that affects 5% of the population, and about half of the people with this  condition (which is genetic) are symptomatic. Yet oddly, only 5 per million are ever diagnosed with this autoimmune illness. Triggers that cause flares in this relapsing remitting autoimmune illness include EBV and dental amalgam mercury vapor (and I have proof).

I really hope this helps a lot of people, as I think this could be the cause of CFS for the vast majority of sufferers.

I was barking up this tree with my doctors from 2001 - 2003, however a radiologist who happens to be a DDS and MD, falsified my MRI report, and it took me 11 more years to figure it out.

I've just started a new Facebook Group for support, discussion, research. Please join us there:


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Interior Design and Faux Painting:

That's me at Sacred Movement Yoga in Bishop's Corner, West Hartford, a yoga studio that I just finished designing with Johnny Frechette. Check out the before and after pictures at my new website, Inside Artists. Let me know what you think!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Health Update: Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder

My mixed connective tissue disease is back.
I recently had a positive ANA titer again. 1:640. Speckled.
Mixed connective tissue tissue disease could carry a high rate of malignancy. Ugh.
I am currently on a gluten-free (for over a year now).
But my night-sweats are back and my fatigue levels are up.
My Vitamin D levels are good (51 at last check) though.
I will try a strict paleo diet and check back in later.

I wonder if all that farmed salmon I ate this summer at the Market in Hartford (in the all you can eat $7 salad) had anything to do with my titer becoming positive again. Plus, I'd bet the salmon at Whole Foods salad bar is farmed as well. I've eaten salmon there too recently. I had no idea they vaccinated farmed salmon! Ew! And all of the vaccine toxins are stored in the fat of the fish, and you eat them.

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease: "A rheumatologist may suspect mixed connective tissue disease if a patient appears to have lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, polymyositis, Sjögren's syndrome, lymphoma or viral pericarditis but also has symptoms of the other conditions as well."

UPDATE (01/27/12): I had a PET scan done this month. Hot spot on right breast (I have a long history of a few small calcifcations there), and right hilar area (had a bad flu at the time, so probably nothing). Also a few subcentimeter hypodensities on liver too small to characterize, and 2-3 small calcifications on liver and spleen. No evidence of any acute lymphoma.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Faux Painting: Pearl Metallic Finish

Just finished a sample board for my next project using pearl metallic paints:

I'll be using an over-scale damask pattern by Royal Design Studios ~ this stencil was for sample-making purposes only.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Inside Artists' Homes . . .

Cool pics from Flavorwire ~ take a peek inside the homes of a few famous artists . . .

My fave: West Village Home of Julian Schnabel (via NY mag)

Vanity Fair Goes To The Schneighborhood

Check out more artists' homes (including Georgia O'Keefe and Keith Haring) here . . .
Creative Habitation: Inside Artists' Living Spaces

Now that I live at ArtSpace Hartford, I'm thinking a good article for my new website Inside Artists would be to take a peek into the homes of the wonderful artists that live here . . . I am amazed at how uniquely different they all are!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Color: Design Seeds

FABULOUS website for color schemes: Design Seeds

Check them out!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

I've Moved . . .

In case you're wondering why I haven't been blogging as much as I used to, here is one of the reasons:

After sixteen years of living in beautiful rural New Hartford, where I raised my two super boys, Leo and Cosmo, I've just moved into a gorgeous 2br artist's loft in Downtown Hartford with my boyfriend, Johnny Frechette Super Fine Artist. The boys will be joining us as soon as we unpack and the school year is over.

Check it out:

I am also planning to launch a new and improved interactive website soon called Inside Artists (with an "s") that will feature many guest bloggers: environmentally friendly artists, decorators, designers, natural health care researchers and healers ~ we are all inside artists.

I am currently working on getting together the funds to purchase a new computer, digital SLR camera, and any other equipment or help that I need to pull it off ~ and I promise you will LOVE it!!

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, please friend me on Facebook, as I actively use this site to update friends and family on all natural health issues, and join my Dana Herbert Inside Artist page to follow my art and design project updates.

I will also be posting "after" pictures of our new space once I am finished unpacking ~ but be patient. I had only 28 days (the month of February) to move out of my old apartment and I am completely wiped out! I didn't think it would even be possible, but Johnny was a huge help.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Anti-Cancer Treatments: Grass-Fed and Dry-Aged Beef

Organic grass-fed and dry-aged beef.
Available at The Meat House on Route 44 in Avon,
next to The Garden of Light.

Reports show grass-fed beef to be higher in omega-3 fatty acid and in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef. Omega-3's and CLA's have been reported to aid the human immune system in fighting off cancers and other diseases.

Can A High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer?

Health Benefits of Grass Fed Meats, Eggs and Dairy

The Benefits of Dry-Aged Beef

History of Dry-Aging

The Grass-Fed Revolution

Eat Wild

The Paleo Diet

The Promise of CLA

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I loved waking up to find this in my email this morning:

Dr. Mercola (@mercola) is now following your tweets (@danaherbert) on Twitter.

Dr. Mercola
Chicago, IL
Bio I am an osteopathic physician, health activist and founder of the #1 natural health site I advocate dietary and lifestyle approaches to health.
4,039 35,161 43,741 1
tweets following followers list

You follow 3 users who follow @mercola:

@mercola follows 3 users who follow you:

You do not follow Dr. Mercola.

What's Next?

I am now following him back.
I LOVE Dr. Mercola!

Guess I'd better start blogging again . . .

Monday, December 6, 2010

Faux Painting: Wall Mural by Melissa Barbieri

I love this wall mural by Melissa Barbieri.