Ya Gotta Laugh by Barbara Alldritt – Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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In “YA GOTTA LAUGH”, Barbara Alldritt presents a series of short stories based on her own experiences, and those of others, about living life with joy & happiness, in spite of life’s challenges.

While pursuing an academic career, Barbara was hit hard by a debilitating disease. She quickly determined she needed a new direction in life. Always interested in writing, she turned to creating stories about this new path.

These are stories that show that even in trying circumstances, there are still ways to find humour.

Enjoy an Exclusive Excerpt

My understanding of the role of heavy metal poisoning in my health challenges was, admittedly, a little hazy at the time. I did, however, have a very clear conception of how the poisoning would have come about in my case.

After listening to my story, he responded by reiterating the standard North American medical line about mercury being perfectly safe in one’s amalgam tooth fillings. My story of the problem starting only after having a mixture of metals—gold as well as the mercury amalgams—put in my mouth didn’t “cut any ice” with him. He challenged me to bring him research references which showed he was wrong. He stated he was well-informed, that he made a point of being on top of the latest medical research, and if there really was a problem with mercury amalgam dental fillings in conjunction with gold, he would be aware of it.

I left the doctor’s office feeling more sure than ever that my cynicism about conventional medical education was rational. His narrow and arrogant perspective confirmed it. I already knew that key research showing possible problems with mercury in one’s teeth had been done in a city where I used to live. I also knew that having mixed metals in one’s mouth raised the electric potential and sped the release of the weakest metal, mercury, overwhelming the body’s capacity to store or remove the metal from the body by normal channels. I also knew that in some European countries putting mercury in people’s teeth, particularly children’s, was already prohibited. The metals had been out of my teeth for two years already, but I wasn’t sure what my next step should be. And I was fighting health challenges on too many fronts to feel confident I’d be able to do the required research quickly enough to avoid further loss of function.

I went home to rest, wondering why I’d bothered to ask for his perspective. I’d heard it all before, but hope springs eternal, as they say. My hope was that he’d tell me what I’d have to do to get the mercury out of my body, but his response was just another indication that I’d have to muster the energy to find my own answers to resolve my unique blend of problems.

About the Author Author Barbara Alldritt was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and although there was always work around the farm she preferred hiding behind the couch reading a book rather than be out in the fields hoeing potatoes or washing dishes in the kitchen. After High school she travelled extensively in Western Canada and then set out on a 2-year adventure around the world and met her husband on that trip in Western Samoa. They returned to Canada settling in Calgary. Barbara then returned to higher education at the University of Calgary and completed her Honours Degree in 1988, and was awarded the Faculty of General Studies Gold Medal and the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for that year.

They then moved to Vancouver, BC, and Barbara entered a master’s program at UBC. In the throes of completing her MA and preparing to start her PhD, MS hit her hard and put a stop to her academic work.

Needing a new direction and given her interest in both research and writing she looked into many options for maintaining her health from taking up aqua-fitness to nutrition and what she should and should not eat.She also became active in the MS Society and produced their newsletter, in which she wrote stories that looked at the humorous side of living with a disability.

Many who read her stories were inspired to contact her to tell their own tales and adventures. She interviewed them and added them to the newsletter, resulting in this compendium of stories.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Bea LaRocca says

    I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like an awesome read. Thank you for posting about this book

  4. Eva Millien says

    Great excerpt, Barbara, your book sounds like it would be a lotta fun to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome day!

  5. sherry1969 says

    Sounds like a good book.

  6. This book sounds like a fun read. Thanks!

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