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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Hello All,

Today my blog is about “plagiarism.”  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary “plagiarism” is: “to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas.” To “plagiarize” is: “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own:  use (another's production) without crediting the source.”  In this paragraph I have added two quotes (words in quotation marks) from a website so I gave credit by saying, According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and I am adding the link to the website I found it at for even more credit and for anyone who is interested to see for themselves.1

Sir Eriata Oribabhor writes in Facebook, Writing and Plagiarism,  “For the benefit of my friends who may not know what plagiarism is all about, let me advice that it is the use of another person’s work without crediting him/her.” He further states, “Therefore, to plagiarize the work of another and make it look like yours is bad and punishable. Plagiarism is a serious offense in literary and academic circle (Facebook inclusive).” This means that it is illegal and a person who plagiarizes can be punished and that it is illegal on Facebook.2

In the above paragraphs I have appropriately and legally used someone else’s words and ideas by using quotation marks around the copied words and then gave the credit for the words. I will also add citations at the end of the article. The little numbers at the end of the paragraphs correspond to a number at the end of this article. The source for the information is included there. These are the two appropriate and legal ways to use someone else’s words and give them credit for it.

You may ask, why I am writing about this issue on a blog about Periodic Paralysis? I discovered this morning that another Periodic Paralysis Support Board on Facebook is using my words from my book, my website and blog articles without my permission and without giving me credit for it. This person is obviously cutting and pasting my work and cutting and pasting my work and then adding a few comments in between that I would not agree with in any way. She is then passing the words off as her own.

I do not mind if you, as members of our organization or individuals with Periodic Paralysis copy my blog articles, or articles from our website for your own use or even to share with family and doctors, as long as you give me the credit as the source, which I know that most of you do. In fact, I want our information to be passed along. I want everyone to learn about and know what he or she can about Periodic Paralysis. But, I will not tolerate someone else who is the moderator of another support and supposed education Facebook Board/Group for individuals with Periodic Paralysis, who lacks my education, experience, skills, ideas, understanding, knowledge and years of research and study to cut and paste and use my words and my knowledge and my hard work as their own.

I worry, too about the “advice” and misinformation that may be being passed on by this person to others. Please be careful and always check the source of the information you are receiving. Also be careful because no one should be giving another person medical advice or advice about medications on these boards.

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1. Merriam-Webster (2014). Plagiarize. Retrieved from: (April 24, 2014).

2. Oribabhor, Eriata, Sir. (November, 2013). Facebook, Writing and Plagiarism. Retrieved from: (April 24, 2014).

Until later…

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Periodic Paralysis vs Cancer



Yesterday, several members of our PPN Support Group had a discussion, which was unsettling and about a subject I think about quite often since it is something I live with and hear about daily from our members.

Several of our members are cancer survivors as well as are living with the cruel symptoms of Periodic Paralysis (PP). Having one or the other is bad enough but to endure both is incomprehensible. The interesting issue here is how they were or are treated by doctors, families and friends, depending on whether it is the Periodic Paralysis or cancer from which they are suffering or for which they are being treated or for which they are discussing.

One member, who has been treated for cancer and is part of a Facebook support group for breast cancer patients, discussed how although cancer is a horribly dreaded disease and many of the members are in advanced stages, there is much hope in the posts these women write. This is due to the support they receive from their doctors and medical professionals and the treatments they receive that at least help them and many times cure the cancer. These individuals also receive support and help from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers.

She pointed out that those of us with the various forms of Periodic Paralysis or Anderson-Tawil Syndrome deal with mostly unkind doctors and with no “universal” treatment. I will go a few steps further and say that the doctors we see are not only unkind, but they are uncaring, rude and egotistical with little knowledge of PP and they use outdated and improper information when dealing with us. There is no “universal” treatment for PP and very little research is being done to find treatments or cures for the different forms.

Patients with cancer are supported with caring doctors who tell them with tears in their eyes, “we won’t let you die” or “we will beat this” and actually give their patients a hug, squeeze their hand or pat their back. Those of us with PP have doctors who tell us we need to ”see a psychiatrist” and diagnose us with conversion disorder, throw their pencil across the room and swear when they are told that the medicine they gave us caused horrible pain in our leg muscles, or tell us not to come back after the only drug used to treat PP made your paralysis worse so you had to stop taking it.

When in an episode of total paralysis we have doctors who will pinch us, stick us with pins and more trying to get a reaction from us to prove we are faking. We are given IVs and medications, which can kill us, even after we tell them not to do it. Some of us have even been told we are “too old” to have Periodic Paralysis.  Most of us get doctors who cannot or will not help us.

How wonderful it is when one of us locates a doctor who really cares about our welfare, even if there is nothing much they can do to help our symptoms!

One woman wrote, ”If I had cancer my family would probably care and call me and visit and take turns helping me, but with PP I get ignored. Yes, wouldn't it be wonderful to be treated like that by doctors and family and the public.”

Periodic Paralysis has the potential of being every bit as life threatening as cancer. It is a very rare, debilitating mineral metabolic disorder called an ion channelopathy. It is often misdiagnosed and mistreated, thus causing more damage or possible death to the person with it. On a cellular level, triggered by things such as sleep, exercise, sugar, salt, most medications, stress, cold, heat, anesthesia, adrenaline, IVs and much more, potassium wrongly enters the muscles either temporarily weakening or paralyzing the individual. Episodes can be full body lasting hours or days. If it affects the breathing muscles it can become terminal. Dangerous heart arrhythmia, heart rate fluctuation, blood pressure fluctuation, choking, breathing difficulties, cardiac arrest and/or respiratory arrest can also accompany the episodes. Due to these complications, it is extremely important to avoid the episodes. Gradual, progressive and permanent muscular weakness can also affect the individual with this condition.

Most of us know that we are just the wrong medication, one stressful situation, too much physical exertion, a meal that contained gluten without our knowledge or taking a nap from going into arrhythmia, cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest and dying. Yet, many of our family members do not believe us, ignore us, refuse to help us, are rude to us, keep our grandchildren away and think we are faking.

After reading this post and replies yesterday, I was saddened to have a close family member of mine, post something on her Facebook page that was truly upsetting, unsettling and surprising, considering she has never posted anything about Periodic Paralysis like this. She discussed how she had been to a presentation or some type of fundraiser for supporting an organization for people with lymphoma. She said “these things can happen to anyone of us or our family members” and so she was going to support this organization and people with this disease.

Well, to her I would like to say:

Hello there, remember me? I am a very close family member!!! This has happened and is happening in your own family!! I have a very rare, incurable, untreatable, incapacitating, disabling and progressive disease called Periodic Paralysis from which I am dying. I need your support as well as the others in our family who also have PP. We need to not be ignored, dismissed or forgotten. We need you to help spread the word about Periodic Paralysis in our family and help to educate the others as well as your friends. We need you to share our book and tell the others about our website and blog. We need you to share the information with your doctors.

This is a perfect example of what the members on our support group were discussing yesterday. Cancer patients are accepted by doctors, family, friends, neighbors and even strangers as being worthy of and needing help, support, kindness, recognition, respect, love and much more. However, individuals with Periodic Paralysis are seen as fakers, and liars who are lazy, and apparently not worthy of help, support, kindness, recognition, respect, or love by their doctors, family, friends, neighbors and even strangers.

It is bad enough being severely ill with a very rare, incurable, untreatable, incapacitating, disabling and progressive disease each and every day and having to give up so much due to the illness, but the stress of abandonment and mistreatment of our doctors, family and friends is nearly unbearable.

We continue to have hope that these things will change for us and we have each other for support.

Until later…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Standard Healthy Eating Is Not Best For Individuals With PP

Hello All,

Yesterday a new member of our PPN Support Group wanted to know if eating grapes could cause a paralytic attack. In answer to her question I posted a few articles about the sugar content in grapes and other fruit. After reading them she stated, “Standard healthy eating is not best for individuals with PP” and she is absolutely correct.

For us with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis or Andersen-Tawil Syndrome, the amount of sugar in fruit can cause our potassium to drop, so as good as fruit may be for most people, it is not necessarily good for us. The Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis diet is a little different, in that more sugars and carbohydrates are needed.

Standard healthy eating does not work for most of us. We need to evaluate and experiment and keep a journal. To make this easier, we have created a chart which can be copied on our website and in our book with instructions to discover your triggers, including food triggers.
Some of the biggest culprits are sugar, salt, gluten, wheat, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, red meats, alcohol and much more and simply eating too much at a time. Because most of us tend to be acidic, we need to follow a pH balanced diet (70/30). Foods should also be organic, not processed, that is free of additives, fillers, food colorings, artificial sweeteners, hormones and antibiotics. Most meat and dairy products have hormones and antibiotics in them and some meat can be infused with a great deal of salt. Fasting can cause symptoms also. So we need to look at five separate things as we prepare our food: the timing of our meals, the amount we eat at each meal, the foods which are our individual triggers, the acidity of our diet and whether is it organic and safe to eat.

Even our water can have hormones, antibiotics and other drugs in it. I drink only distilled water for this reason.

We have adopted several sayings related to how best to manage our diet in order to best control our symptoms. From the book:
“Eat to live rather than live to eat.”
”Eat 70 percent alkaline and thirty percent acidic.”
“Eat from the farm and not the factory.”
”If it's delivered through a window then it's not food.”

The 70/30 rule is the most important of the group. We have it posted on our refrigerator along with the acid and alkaline ratings of particular foods.

Our bodies need a certain amount of sugar, salt, protein, carbohydrates and more so we cannot eliminate these things but we must find the proper balance. “Balance” is the most important word in our plan. If just one thing is out of balance, it can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. Besides the 70/30 balances in our diet, the other elements in our body must be in balance also, especially the elements or minerals (sometimes called electrolytes). This is due to the fact that Periodic Paralysis is a mineral metabolic disorder and when the minerals are out of balance, paralysis will occur. Some of these elements are calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate.

These may be needed and can be consumed as supplements. The supplements also need to be organic and free of additives, fillers, food colorings, artificial sweeteners and anything not natural.

Many of us with Periodic Paralysis cannot tolerate the medications normally prescribed to minimize the paralytic episodes or we cannot obtain the medications. We must use natural methods to control the symptoms.

Until later…

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Periodic Paralysis Network

Hello All,

Since we have so many new members I wanted to review with everyone about what the Periodic Paralysis Network is all about. We have a forum with several different options for information and support. We have several discussion groups (support, genealogy/genetic, book discussion, medical professional and more), which are all private for obvious reasons. We have two pages, mostly for just reaching others who need to find our help and education. We have our original website with a great deal of information. And we have this blog, which is open, in order to reach everyone around the world (with a translator), including medical professionals. We also have written four books, "Living With Periodic Paralysis: The Mystery Unraveled." It has 444 pages of information, is fully indexed and we used over 250 references. It took us three years to write. Our second book is "The Periodic Paralysis Guide And Workbook: Be The Best You Can Be Naturally." Third we wrote about our medical rights in "A Bill Of Rights For Periodic Paralysis Patients." Our last book is "What Is Periodic Paralysis?: A Disease Like No Other." It is a book that can be shared with others about Periodic Paralysis.

The group, with the most members and used 24 hours seven days a week, including holidays, is our support, education and advocacy group.
We welcome everyone and anyone who has any form of Periodic Paralysis or who suspects they have it (also family members). We provide support to those who are diagnosed or attempting to get a diagnosis.

We are an educational group because we provide information based on research. We attempt to answer any and all questions with information we find/found through research. Many of the answers are also in our book and on our website and our blog. Some things are also found in the "Files" section of this page.

We are an advocacy group. We work toward the improvement of quality and safety in healthcare for everyone with Periodic Paralysis. We are a member of the Patient Advocate Directory!!! They are a worldwide network of individuals and independent organizations working toward the improvement of quality and safety in healthcare.

We are here to help you "be the best you can be, naturally" and to keep you safe. Many of us cannot tolerate the pharmaceuticals/drugs/medications, which are typically prescribed and through research and experimentation, we have found natural ways to manage and ease the symptoms of Periodic Paralysis. We share them with you.

As advocates for you, we also pass along the information about the pharmaceuticals/ drugs/medications, which are typically prescribed for every form of Periodic Paralysis. We caution anyone on them or who is considering using them to be aware of the side effects and possible problems from them. We also caution everyone who has Periodic Paralysis to be very careful if you are taking any pharmaceuticals/drugs/medications, anesthetics for surgery and IVs.These are all serious triggers.

The symptoms of Periodic Paralysis, brought on by many triggers can be and are life threatening. Many people with this condition have died from its affects. These can include, but are not limited to breathing, oxygen, choking, heart, and blood pressure issues. One of our main goals is to make everyone aware of these serious issues in order to keep everyone safe. Those of us with PP must take these things seriously. It is essential to avoid going into paralytic episodes. 

Periodic Paralysis is a mineral metabolic disorder and must be treated as such.

Our focus is on educational resources and self-reliance. Our approach to treatment focuses on the self-monitoring of vitals and the management of symptoms through natural methods such as the elimination of triggers and awareness of proper nutrition and supplementation. This approach evolved from the inability of the medical community to provide appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment. We continue to do research and provide the latest information to our members.

Until later…

Updated 8/23/2019

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Periodic Paralysis Network Diagnosis Project Part Two

Hello All,

Last year, not long after our book was published, we had two of our members within a few weeks of each other; see a Periodic Paralysis specialist in New York. One of them was clinically diagnosed and another seeking a diagnosis for their child. The one who was seeking a diagnosis for their child was immediately dismissed and treated very poorly after an EMG that did not show any problems (not necessary for a diagnosis and the test is not conclusive nor is it always done correctly) and the one who had a clinical diagnosis was going to lose their insurance and wanted to get some help from the specialist before that happened because she was so ill and getting worse very quickly. She was actually told by a leading ATS specialist that she could not possibly have Periodic Paralysis due to the fact that her potassium levels were "TOO LOW”. They actually drop down to the 1.0s!!! Her original clinical diagnosis was overturned. Each of these families traveled across the country at great expense. The one individual who had her diagnosis overturned, actually received confirmation of a genetic mutation for a form of Periodic Paralysis several months later for herself and other family members!!!!

This was too much for me watching this happen to our members who are so ill and being treated so poorly by misinformed doctors in general and the "specialist" in particular. Instead of continuing to write my second book about Periodic Paralysis, I immediately shifted gears and set out to come up with a set of criteria or a better and easier way to diagnose all forms of Periodic Paralysis clinically…based on symptoms and characteristics, rather than genetics because only about fifty percent of individuals with Periodic Paralysis have genetic mutations which have been located or because the genetic testing is too narrow in its scope.
I wrote a plan and made four surveys to gather the information I needed to create a new and better set of guidelines for doctors to be able to diagnose all forms of Periodic Paralysis based on an individuals symptoms and characteristics. Each survey took much longer than I had hoped to get enough members to complete, but we finally got enough information so I began to work on the data and statistics and began to put it altogether. As luck would have it, however, I ended up pushing myself too hard to get this all done and ended up having two TIA's small strokes.  I had to put it all aside for a while as I recuperated. Unfortunately, I have never fully gotten better.

I have, however, begun to feel well enough to resume this project. The information we have gathered has had many surprises and I am anxious to get it completed. Many questions asked in our groups can and will be answered in this project.

We are hoping to present it to a set of fresh eyes...a set of doctors who know next to nothing about Periodic Paralysis and have no biases or preconceived ideas or who are using old and outdated information. It is our hope that these guidelines will be used as the new standard for easily recognizing and diagnosing Periodic Paralysis in a timelier manner.

Calvin and I are retired special education teachers and we both have degrees in psychology as well. We have three published books and are working on writing our next books, as well as this project. For the past several weeks, I have been in a slump and not been able to do much writing. I am finely beginning to feel a little better and I want to get this project done and present the results to our members and doctors.

Until Later…

Monday, April 7, 2014

Periodic Paralysis Network Diagnosis Project

Hello All,

I wanted to apologize for not writing or communicating in the past few weeks. I have actually not been very bad physically, but have hit what may be called "writer's block" with a little depression and some PP fog. This has developed after I have spent the better part of the last 3 1/2 years writing all day, every day as I was able. The break has been good for me and I am about ready to get back into my regular routine and complete several projects including a new book and our big project: “Creating Guidelines/Criteria For Diagnosing Various Forms of Periodic Paralysis Clinically

Over the past year we have presented a series of four surveys attempting to gain information in order to develop a new set of criteria, which doctors can use to better diagnose individuals with Periodic Paralysis, clinically (based on symptoms...not genetically). The surveys gave us a great deal of information and many surprises and has been overwhelming to sift through. It has taken much longer than first thought to process and the surprises have taken us in a few new directions. The following is an outline of the project.

                                                                               PPN Project:
                                                                  Creating Guidelines/Criteria
Diagnosing Various Forms of Periodic Paralysis Clinically
(Without using Genetic Testing)

About 40 % of all individuals suffering from the devastating affects of various forms of Periodic Paralysis do not have a known genetic mutation. By the time some one discovers this, many, many years have passed after many misdiagnoses and wrong medications, etc. Most doctors will not diagnose someone without a known genetic code. Other doctors will not diagnose based on a lack of knowledge or by using outdated information.

Without a diagnosis individuals cannot get the medications they need or may be given medications, which may harm or kill them. They may not be able to get disability or have to continue to work, which may make them worse. Some may attempt to prove they have PP by provoking symptoms, which can kill them. This does not happen in other diseases. Other diseases are diagnosed based on their symptoms. This is called a “clinical” diagnosis.

We are attempting to create a set of symptoms and characteristics called criteria, to be used by doctors to make a clinical diagnosis, once everything else has been ruled out. This final report or study will be presented to a team of doctors, who are not related to the PP “specialists”, but a set of fresh eyes, to look at the results. This report may be published and will hopefully be used as a guideline for any doctor to diagnose all forms of PP based strictly on their symptoms.

Many members of our group/board at the Periodic Paralysis Network, who are not diagnosed genetically, display many of the same symptoms and characteristics of Andersen-Tawil Syndrome (ATS) but have many more symptoms which are the same but out of the ordinary for ATS and seems to have an autoimmune component. We believe there may be a type of ATS without a known genetic code, which we are calling Periodic Paralysis+10 Syndrome. We are hoping the data collected may shed some light on this possibly new form. We hope to be able to have this new form be recognized and be diagnosed based on the symptoms we will outline.

Thank you all for your support.

Until later…