Purple Canaries

Joyce Gould with Jill Gould

Porphyria

Home Genetic Tests May be Riddled with Errors…

On 4/3/2018 Huffpost published an article about home genetic tests titled “Home Genetic Tests May be Riddled with Errors, and Companies Aren’t Keeping Track” written by Anna Almendrala. It’s a great title; really draws attention. But it doesn’t tell the full story of how to find out if a snp is active or not. I […]

REAL HEROES: THOSE WHO SUFFER WITH UNRECOGNIZED ACUTE PORPHYRIA

If anyone wants to learn about real heroes, all one has to do is tune into closed FB porphyria forums. Tossed aside because they haven’t achieved a “real” diagnosis (as Desiree Lyon Howe articulated during the March 1, 2017 FDA/APF meeting—evidentially to her, “real”  means confirmed by APF “experts”), these remarkably brave patients cope with […]

Resolutions vs Revolutions….

2018 is filled with promise.   While I’ve not been super at keeping New Year’s resolutions in the past (and in fact, stopped making them years ago), I promise this New Year will contain revolutions of sorts. In fact, Purple Canary, The Girl Who Was Allergic to School: The True Story of How School Chemicals […]

Great things can come in small packages.

As this very wearying year comes to an end and I find myself firmly ensconced in the 2017 holiday season, I realized that an inspiring gift had come via the Internet some weeks ago. Just words, it might seem an obscure, small thing to some, but to others, the 88 words meant someone got the […]

A Tribute

Sitting on your throne, royal down to the bone. Some say you deserve the Nobel Prize– a mirror reflection of their lies. You wear a crown with horns while we wear crowns of thorns. Too many are still fooled by your disguise: a perfect shape, perfect size, pretty little face with a nasty alibi. This […]

The eye sees only what the mind can comprehend. – Henri Bergston

I know I’m not alone in thinking it highly inappropriate that the apf coalesced around an AIP index case who did not produce holy grail darkened urine “naturally” and then joined forces with a group to set the bar for diagnosing ALL acute porphyrias based on excretion levels of of U-PBG (which, as it turns out, […]

Analysis shows majority of “confirmed” acute porphyria patients diagnosed via “natural” excretion of darkened urine.

Hoping to distinguish the method of how “confirmed” acute porphyria diagnoses had determined, I recently analyzed 129 AIP, HCP and VP published cases. The results proved interesting: 60% noted they were diagnosed based on urinary biochemical testing following “natural excretion” of darkened urine during attack. 5% reported urinary biochemical testing of darkened urine following administration […]

Purple Canary Prologue: It is wise to not attempt to corner badgers

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Excerpt from Purple Canary Prologue, pg. 5: “You have to attack with the madness of a mother whose child is surrounded by predators,” blogger Jonathan Morrow wrote as he urged marketing professionals to fight for their ideas. His statement galvanized me–and jogged a memory: several years earlier my sister and I had attended a […]

Porphyria – If Nothing Else, APF Message Inconsistencies Still Consistent

My days of accepting APF/Porphyria Consortium’s writings at face value ended in June 2014 when my daughter’s DNA diagnose was “revised” by APF SAB member Robert J. Desnick. Based on a conversation that her (new to the case) treating hematologist had with Dr. Desnick, AIP treatments were discontinued until her body produced urinary biochemical proof […]