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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

{Happy Birthday with a Pain Free Back}

Good news is that I was able to celebrate my Birthday with a Pain Free Back!
That in itself was the BEST gift one could wish for after more than a week of excruciating pain.
Because of my chronic kidney disease I cannot take any over the counter medication and neither did I want to start again on opiates, prescribed by my doctor. 
That's what I took in the end of 2009 when I was diagnosed with severe mid back arthritis...(?)
It resulted in being completely paralyzed, due to a rare auto immune disease and only with  Prednisone I was able to move again. But after taking that for about two years, my kidneys paid a price for curing this Polymialgia rheumatica.
So I'd rather tough it out and take nothing, except my daily supplement from Costco Wholesale the Youtheory Turmeric capsules that come with 180 in a pot.
Will show more below...
First a few Birthday dinner pictures...
Sorry for the poor quality... snapshots taken by husband Pieter with my iPhone, he even left out a friend...
I wore two layers of cashmere, a sleeveless mock neck and the very thin sweater with poetry that I showed in a previous post: {Cashmere Words of Wisdom & Update} 
Feeling doubly warm with this score from Last Call by Neiman Marcus that I also wore when I did FaceTime with Mom, two days before her death...
Since we had to arrange things last minute, due to my condition and not knowing if I would be able to sit through such a 5-course dinner, we were in a cozy group of four friends. Very special evening though!
At Ristorante da Maria from Dublin Farm "Come Home To The Country" I always do eat the dessert as well. Even being diabetes type 2... 
Here they just served mine with the birthday candle on top.
This was the choice of dinner and Pieter and I opted for the salmon.
Turmeric by Youtheory from Costco. Just click the hyperlink to go to my Pinterest board for further info after clicking on the photo!
This is what I have been taking during the time of my excruciating back pain and it sure did give me some relief! Usually I take one tablet per day but I went to two.
Turmeric seems to be an excellent anti-inflammatory support and also is good for your kidneys. Just click the hyperlink.
We might indeed be able to learn a great deal from countries where this has been used for centuries, such as India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and as part of Ayurveda and other branches of traditional medicine.
Youtheory® Turmeric Advanced Formula features Curcumin C3 Complex® - a patented turmeric extract that contains minimum 95% curcuminoids.

Costco just had as discount on these and I did stock up and will also mail some to my youngest sister in The Netherlands who suffers from Fibromyalgia. 


  1. so glad you're feeling back to 'good!' happy birthday, mariette!

  2. Happy birthday Mariette! So good you are feeling back to your normal!! You have good friends celebrating you.
    Beautiful post!

  3. Happy birthday , beautiful Mariette! Great information about Turmeric medical results. I want to give it a try too!

  4. Happy, Happy birthday dear Mariette and so glad to hear that you were able to celebrate your birthday pain free. Looks like a wonderful Restaurant and dessert with the candle on top was a great way to end your dinner.
    The picture of the Magnolia was taken back in October when we bought it and just getting around to showing it now. Thanks for the kind visit and enjoy the week

  5. Happy birthday Mariette! What a wonderful dinner with friends. I'm so glad you are feeling better. Your back pain sounds terrible! I'm sorry you had to go through that ordeal. What a good birthday present to be pain free! Glad you found a natural help for the pain.
    Wishing you many more happy birthdays! love, Deborah

  6. So glad I came by for a visit! Had no idea you were going through all of this horrific pain and happy you are better! Great birthday dinner photos, you are such a lovely woman .. inside and out.

  7. Happy birthday, dearest Mariette! I'm so glad that you had a pain free birthday! Thank you so much for sharing the Turmeric supplement information with us, a very good thing to know about!
    Blessings and may this be the beginning of a pain free year!!!

  8. Deaerst Mariette,
    Happy Birthday to you ! So glad to hear, that you could celebrat without any pain!
    Have a lovely rest of the week,
    sending love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  9. Liebe Mariette,

    ich wünsche dir alles Gute zum Geburtstag und für dein neues Lebensjahr

  10. A happy birthday, glad you recovered so much to be able to sit an evening in a chair . It looks a nice place in the corner at the window.

  11. Ηappy Birhday dear Mariette!
    You sure had a lovely dinner with your friends!
    I'm so glad you're feeling much better without pain!
    The Turmeric sounds very interesting!
    I have to see where i can find it!I have the same problem with my back..thats why i swim in the sea from April until October!Thank you for sharing!Have a happy day!Hugs!

  12. Gelukkig alles weer goed, en jullie hebben vast genoten van dat lekkere menu...wel veel lijkt me.
    Maar goed, je bent maar 1 keer per jaar jarig...

  13. Hello Mariette, Happy Birthday, you looked great in the photos, and what a way to celebrate by being free of pain. My wish for you is that it will never recur.

  14. Oh my dearest friend.. you look so radiant - sure glad that the back pain has retreated. Looks and sounds like a lovely evening shared with friends - the perfect way to celebrate one's special day. Happy Birthday - hugs and blessings, Celia.

  15. Schön, daß es Dir gut ging, liebe Mariette und Du einen schönen Geburtstag feiern konntest.

    Viele liebe Grüße

  16. OH Mariette,
    Many thanks for this post, I suffer from fibromyalgia too and some days it becomes hardly bearable but I don't take anything by fear of side effects.
    I will go to my bio-shop tomorrow and buy turmeric.
    How wonderful to spend an birthday party with friends and enjoy it fully with no pain.
    My, you must have gone through something with your kidney failure.
    I sincerely wish you a great health from now on with no pain :)
    Keep well, hugs from France

  17. I came to renew my best wishes, dear Mariette, and I am very happy to read that you wwere able to enjoy your birthday dinner with no back pain! Turmeric is indeed magical and we sure use it a lot also in cooking!
    Many hugs !

  18. Well, you have to already better. Happy Birthday.

  19. ach liebe Mariette,
    ich wünsche dir so sehr, dass du dein Leben an der Seite deines lieben Mannes genießen kannst - ohne quälende Schmerzen, ohne Ängste, wie es weiter geht -
    schön, dass du ein wenig Freude beim gemeinsamen Essen mit euren Freunden hattest - für das neue Lebensjahr wünsche ich dir von Herzen eine unbeschwerte wundervolle Zeit gemeinsam mit Freunden und deinem lieben Mann - genieße schöne Stunden -

    herzliche Grüße - Ruth

  20. Happy Birthday! I also have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid violator a bit all over the place. Fingers are currently the worst. But does not help, these will go forward. Fortunately, there are nature and photography.

  21. lieve Mariette ....wat fijn voor je dat de pijn iets minder was
    en dat je toch nog je verjaardag kon vieren met je dierbare vrienden ..
    nog gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag en nog veel jaren ..
    lieve groetjes

  22. Happy, Happy Birthday, ma chère Mariette. I'm so honored to share birthdays w/you and my favorite President, Ronald Reagan.

    Although I never speak of it on my Blog, I know a little something about chronic pain, as you well know, having suffered from Fibromyalgia for many years; however, I started taking something in the spring that has done wonders for me. It's called "Relief Factor." It's all natural and you can find it on line. I can't tell what a difference it has made for me. Perhaps it will work for you, as well. If you decide to give it a try, let me know.

    Big Hugs to my Favorite Birthday Girl,

    Gros bisous,

    1. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
      Yes, it is an honor for sharing birthdays!
      Well, living with a rare auto immune disease that causes Polymialgia Rheumatica, I might have to heed myself for the rest of my life. But this Turmeric supplement with its 95% Curcuminoids seems to work well for me.
      I've checked out the product you mentioned, the Relief Factor, but that seems to have a lesser amount of 18% Curcuminoids.
      Whatever works, we have to go for it and looking forward to many more Birthdays together!

  23. Happy birthday, Mariette! Sounds like you had such a nice, cozy celebration with your friends :-) I'm so happy you are now pain free! Turmeric is something I saw a lot in Japan, but I never really paid attention. As I have back pain issue, your post made me very interested in it. Will look into it in more detail. Thank you for sharing this! Hugs xoxo

  24. My dear friend Mariette:
    I'm so glad you had a wonderful and happy birthday with Pieter and friends. so nice to see you happy and smiling. I'm sorry you had pain in your back, but so glad to know you are doing much better. I've been also taking Tumeric because the benefits are great, but next time I go to Costco, I will buy this particular brand you recommend here. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    I send you a big hug and I wish you a blessed day. <3
    <3 Laura <3

  25. Happy birthday sweet Mariette. You look so glad sourrounded by great people and.....PAIN FREE!!!. I know you are a fantastic person. Enjoy the life as you know.
    Sending you blessings.

  26. Many thanks Mareiette for your extra info about Turmeric.
    It will most certainly help me.
    Keep well, dear friend, warm hugs :)

  27. Happy belated birthday Mariette. A lovely cosy celebration!
    I've heard about turmeric tablets, but never really looked into it, thanks for sharing.
    Glad you're feeling better.

  28. Dearest Mariette,
    Happy, Happy Birthday, my dear one -(sorry this is late)! Oh, you do look lovely in your warm cashmere, celebrating with your sweet friends - the best kind of celebration! Good food and good friends = happiness! Also, so glad that you are feeling better to enjoy this birthday. Thank you for the information about tumeric. I have been learning about the health benefits of this and want to try it for my chronic shoulder pain. So much better to have a healthy alternative to synthetic medications. Wishing you a lovely week leading up to Valentine's Day.
    Hugs to you xxoo

  29. Liebe Mariette,
    nachträglich kommen meine guten Wünsche zu Deinem Geburtstag, ein bisschen spät, aber von ganzem Herzen.
    Alles Liebe für Dich

  30. Happy belated birthday. Glad you were able to enjoy a nice evening out. A friend of mine has an autoimmune disease and she makes her own powder from fresh tumeric which she adds to everything. She gave me a bottle which I sprinkle in some of the food I make. I want to try a warm almond milk recipe I just came across that also includes tumeric. Have a good weekend, Tammy


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