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Seagate is know for quality external drives and this is no exception. With 2TB memory I have no worries of filling up my drive and having to start a new one. Over the years I've had to use multiple drives and it gets frustrating when I have to go back and try to find old files. This one should last a long, long time.
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A little over six years ago I was one day away from death, according to my doctors, when I was finally hospitalized for ulcerative colitis. At that point, I'd been extremely sick for years, hadn't eaten much for a long time, had eaten nothing for two months, and could no longer hold down the tea with honey and salt I'd been living on. A doctor who had watched my colonoscopy had gasped with horror at the picture on the screen. My eminent doctors would come into my hospital room every day to tell me that I'd better be realistic and accept the fact that I was going to be an extremely sick woman for the rest of my life, and would constantly be on drugs such as Prednisone (I was hooked up to IV Prednisone in the hospital) and Cyclosporin. They predicted that the drugs would stop working, I would eventually end up having surgery to remove my colon, and then, if all went well, another surgery to reattach the small intestine in order to avoid having to use a bag for the rest of my life. The doctors told me to concentrate on white bread, pasta and rice, plus other low residue foods to try to minimize symptoms, but they did emphasize that diet made absolutely no difference in the course of the disease.
I had been inhaling Prednisone for my asthma for years and already had serious side effects from it. The high dose IV Prednisone that took me four months from which to taper permanently damaged my vocal cords, and I'm still fighting some of the effects of the drug. I would not have survived much longer if I'd kept taking Prednisone, as my immune system, always very weak, didn't seem to function at all while I was on it. And many of the side effects were so unbearable that survival, even for someone who loves life as much as I, didn't seem quite as desirable if Prednisone would be a constant feature of my life.
Miraculously, a couple months after I got out of the hospital, I heard Elaine Gottschall talking about her book on Dr. Ronald Hoffman's radio show. Therefore, instead of going further downhill from drugs with such serious side effects, and continuing to suffer as my doctors had predicted, I started on the road to recovery.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet may be difficult to follow at first, especially for people who have not been used to cooking. However, it is a miracle for those with IBD (or other intestinal problems), and has even helped people with conditions that would not seem, on the face of it, to be related to the gut. To say it's worth the effort to follow this diet would be a vast understatement. Giving up some foods in exchange for a life free of drugs, surgery and debilitating illness seems like more than a fair exchange to me. In fact, this is not a diet of deprivation, as the allowed foods are delicious and the diet is extremely nutritious. There are wonderful recipes in the book (and in *Lucy's Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook* by Lucy Rosset), and many conventional recipes can be altered to be SCD legal. For those who need more information, there is an excellent, official BreakingTheViciousCycle site, with help for those starting out, an excellent FAQ, and more.
Finding Elaine Gottschall's book was a miracle, and it has saved my life. Thank you, Elaine!
Admittedly, it took me a while to get into this album. I listened to it, after I bought it, expecting another listener friendly album the likes of DSOTM or the Wall, and found this one to be rather tedious to begin with. In fact, I was downright intimidated, buy the 17 minute Magna Opus "Dogs", and skipped to the next song 5 minutes into it. That was then, though, and this is now. About five years after purchasing Animals I listened to Roger Waters Version of "Dogs" on his "In the Flesh" live album, having nearly forgotten all about the orignal album, as it got very little play on my stereo. For some reason, from that moment on I was hooked. I guess what I'm saying is give this some time, if it doesn't appeal to you on your first listen, because this album will pay huge dividends to your ears and mind in the years to come.
"Pigs on the Wing" is a nice little introduction, but in my book it's more or less fluff around the meat of the album which starts with "Dogs". From the opening acoustic guitar to the final "dragged down by the stone," I can't get enough of this song anymore, and often times wish it was longer, maybe 26 minutes like echos. On the other hand, when I'm listening to the first 4 or 5 minutes, I often wonder why they didn't cut a 5 or 6 minute radio friendly friendly version of it, as well, to release as a single. A searing commentary, this song is, on, you know who you are, the Gordon Geckos of the world.
"Pigs, three different ones," is also a great song, but somehow pales in comparison to dogs. The only mistake they made on this album was putting "Dogs" at the beginning, because if they'd have put "sheep" first followed by "pigs", then "dogs," a person could have enjoyed the first two songs more with "Dogs" as the inevitable finally. As it is, as good as Pigs and Sheep sound, by themselves, I'm always wanting for more when they follow Dogs. Other then the fact this may have screwed up Roger's concept, musically it would have made a lot more sense.
But I'm splitting hairs now. Bottom line, this has evolved into my favorite Floyd album, and for a fanatical fan like myself, that's saying a lot. If you own DSOTM, WYWH and the Wall, there is no reason not to complete the set of albums which made the Floyd the rock gods they've become.