“Remove my e-mail address”

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I got an e-mail today from someone claiming to be “one with nature” instructing me to remove her e-mail address.

Yep, that’s all her note said:

“Remove my e-mail address”

She thinks I’m a mind-reader.

I have no idea what she’s talking about.

Writing in complete sentences would be helpful.

A little more detail might suffice too.

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Plantar Warts

Does anyone have plantar warts on their hands? They are the tiniest clear raised bumps. If you’ve ever had them then you know what I’m talking about. I have had them since I was a kid but I’ve never really done anything about them. They have always just been there? Have any of you with Plantar Warts on your hands ever successfully had them treated? If so, with what or how?

Feelings are NOT Facts

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Are you a good decision-maker or a bad decision-maker? Do you base your decisions on how you feel? Do you make choices based on your mood?

People freak out sometimes. Many folks become anxious and allow their emotions to take them on a roller coaster ride through hell. Why would you do that to yourself? It’s a complete and total waste of energy!

This is how people make mountains out of mole hills. They see something or something happens and they automatically assume the worst before they even have a chance to figure out what is actually going on.

People do this ALL the time with medical conditions. They experience health issues and then automatically assume everything is somehow related. They hop on the internet, do a few quick searches, and suddenly become their own trained professional.

Come on, people! If you aren’t sure about something pick up the phone and make an appointment to see a medical professional. Do your homework and look for someone who knows what they are doing. You are not a doctor!

There are so many reasons behind bumps and rashes. Why would you jump the gun and make an assumption based on what you “think” it might be? Why not find out for sure what is going on? Be proactive with the facts of what is happening and stop basing your decisions on how you feel.

This is exactly how people create their own hell-on-earth. Because they are feeling fearful about something they freak out, jump the gun, make assumptions—based on what? How they feel? The fear they are experiencing? Take a chill pill!

Use common sense. Stick to the facts. Feelings are not facts. Don’t make decisions when you’re moody. Get a grip!

Take some deep breaths and calm down. Don’t make decisions based on F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real). If you’re angry, frustrated, or sad give yourself some time to relax and assess the situation. Unless it’s a life or death emergency you don’t need to turn your world upside down by reacting or responding.

You may need to seek counseling if everything in your life seems to be stuck on the same old negative thought train. If you beat yourself up day in and day out it’s a good idea to get some help with your thoughts. A trained professional can help you to have a healthier sense of self and then maybe things won’t seem so toxic and complicated. Your outlook on life will improve and have you counting your blessings instead of freaking out about everything.

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What can I do about this?

emailHey , my names (name removed) your blogs have really helped me but i had one question i just found out i had HSV1 and i have two beautiful daughters and a baby on the way i wantes to know what i can do to prevent passing on the herpes to them . I shared out of cups and food with them but didnt have and outbreak and havent had an outbreak since ive found out . Now im very cautious and i dont share towels , cups, and i was my hands alot ? My brother has been with his gf for about 4yrs and didnt pass on the Herpes to her he jist said not to share anything or kiss my daughters when i have an outbreak ???? Im really curious and need someone to talk too its hard living with this if i can take back anything it’ll be the man who passed it to me :(

Genital Herpes Vaccine HerpV

Agenus Inc said a trial of its experimental genital herpes vaccine reduced the rate at which patients released the virus, reducing the likelihood of infecting others, sending its shares up 32 percent in premarket trading.

The 15 percent reduction in the release of the virus by patients receiving the vaccine in a mid-stage trial compared to those on a placebo, who showed no reduction.

The vaccine, HerpV, also reduced the severity of the infection by 34 percent.

The mid-stage trial had 80 patients with a history of 1-9 herpes recurrences within the prior 12 months. Of them, 70 received the vaccine and 10 received placebo, Agenus said in a statement.

HerpV, being developed as an “off-the-shelf” vaccine, contains Agenus’s QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant that boosts specific immune responses.

The trial tested the efficacy of the vaccine by measuring the release of the virus by patients 45 days before and after three injections of HerpV. A majority of the patients also received a booster injection, given 6 months after the first vaccination.

Genital herpes, a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection, is usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV and Agenus’s vaccine targets HSV type 2, which most often causes genital herpes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections annually and one out of six people aged 14 to 49 years has genital HSV-2 infection.

Agenus said it expected more data in the first half of 2014, showing how the patients fared after the booster shots.

The company’s partners are also testing the QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant in combination with other vaccines.

Agenus shares were up at $3.16 in trading before the bell. The stock closed at $2.40 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

H/T: Genital herpes vaccine succeeds in mid-stage trial

What can you tell me about HPV?

Hello, so I have hpv (of the genital warts variety). I haven’t had sex since I was diagnosed and every girl I tell runs away screaming.. Not really but it is getting frustrating. I have heard of a CATCH study on cargeenan gel and is being used in divine 9 lubricant. What do you know of this subject? I can’t find any conclusive results. What are my options for preventing spreading? Rubber boxer condoms? I’ve heard of the vaccine but from what I understand it focuses on 4 strains that cause cervical cancer and other nasty stuff. Not genital warts. I’m lost and have no one to help me on this lame journey… What can you tell me?

—Anonymous