Hello from the foothills!
We are sooo looking forward to fall weather, but we're enjoying a few clumps of Morning Glory vines on the pasture fences in the meantime.
The summer season started out wet and pleasant, but it's closing out hot, parched and dry for us here in the hills.
This Burning Bush (another volunteer from the neighbor's bush) has already turned red due to lack of moisture. I don't know how this will affect the fall colors in the Smokies. Hopefully it won't.
Earlier this year a family member was taken to the emergency room at their local hospital and was diagnosed with gallbladder issues and told it should come out immediately. The diagnosis was extremely helpful, and we're ever so grateful for that, but the surgery was NOT necessary at all*. In fact, what the family member wasn't told is that there are often lasting ill-effects to having it removed. I personally know two people who have shared that they are plagued with virtually chronic diarrhea years after they had theirs removed.
*We referenced our Be Your Own "Doctor" book and that family member followed the directions for flushing the gallbladder along with diet recommendations - totally avoiding the recommended surgery.
9. Gallbladder, 10–11. Right and left lobes of liver. 12. Spleen.
13. Esophagus. 14. Stomach. 15. Pancreas: 16. Accessory pancreatic duct, 17. Pancreatic duct.
18. Small intestine: 19. Duodenum, 20. Jejunum
21–22. Right and left kidneys.
The front border of the liver has been lifted up (brown arrow).
The purpose is to: