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Comments by Linda M. Dennehy on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:45 IP Logged
Laura,I have also been interested in horses my whole life and have recently been involved in an embryo transfer scam with my mare. It has really evolved into a great story even though it has not been in my favor. It involves a person that imported an Irish Draught stallion to breed Irish Sport Horses in the U.S. He opened an embryo transfer facility in 1999 and made offers to me and another person for donar mares in exchange for 1 live foal. Both Mares were there for 2 months and according to him there were no successful transfers. We took our mares home. Later we found out that we both could have had 10 or more tranfers so we pulled manes from some of the foals when they were born for DNA testing. Two came back positive. We had embryo's stolen from our mares. He has since been forclosed on by the bank but the rumor is he will be going into buisness in Va. I would like to warn people and I would also like to talk to you about writing the story. Thanks
Monroe, NC USA

Comments by Jerry Freeman on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:42 IP Logged
Hi, Laura. I enjoyed your NPR interview very much, and I will get the book. I'm writing because you mentioned your chronic fatigue. Looking at your other email messages, I see that there are several others who are offering suggestions, so I hope you aren't feeling that these are more of a nuisance than help. I have had chronic fatigue myself for about ten years, and am doing pretty well these days. In the process of researching the disease for my own survival, I developed credentials as a nutritionist and served as office manager and director of patient education in a medical practice. My experience has been that there isn't a simple answer to chronic fatigue syndrome but that it is a complex interaction of factors. I am very familiar with Mannatech and with the effects of omega-3 oils, for example. They may be able to offer some benefit, but they aren't "the" answer. One of the main elements of CFS is a depression of the hypothalamus that creates a pattern of subclinical hormone insufficiencies, including for many people, adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones in different proportions depending on the individual. I have had great success in my own case by carefully supplementing those hormones to recreate a more robust hormone balance. Your dizziness, incidentally, is probably due to orthostatic hypotension, which is common with CFS. CFS patients tend not to hold adequate amounts of fluid, and tend to have inadequate blood volume to maintain normal blood pressure when standing or sitting. I have research on this I can forward to you if you want. I believe it's an artifact of the adrenal slowdown that comes from the reduced function of the hypothalamus, which is the master gland that tells the adrenals and other glands what to produce. There are various, noninvasive approaches to reestablishing the balance of cerebral blood flow that are being offered by some of the leading CFS doctors, and I can tell you the sources for the information if you're interested. The dizziness may also be from hypoglycemia, which can be due to a reduction in the adrenals' ability to produce adequate cortisol. Cortisol tends to be low in CFS patients. It's a "glucocorticoid" hormone, which means that it is needed to maintain blood sugar levels. Again, that goes back to the generalized hormonal slowdown due to the suppression of the hypothalamus. There is also very often an element of food or chemical sensitivity that plays into the fatigue, which can be tracked down and addressed, and in many cases, intestinal dysbiosis plays a role. There also tends to be a downregulation of cellular mitochondrial function. The mitochondria are the cells' energy factories. There are several approaches that have helped many people get the mitochondria working better. With all of these elements, some work better for some patients than others, and it's a matter of sorting through and trying out to find which ones are the best for any one person. If you would like to discuss this further, please send me an email. I consider it my responsibility to make whatever information I have available to anyone with chronic fatigue who is looking for relief. Best wishes, Jerry Freeman, C.N.C.
Syracuse, NY USA

Comments by Melanie Streety on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Just finished listening to you on NPR this morning. I cannot wait to purchase the book. I asked my husband if he remembered the Sea Biscuit story and he did. So, I will now "pick his brain" and am sure he will want to read your book also.
Crawfordville, FL USA

Comments by Eileen Koenigsberg on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:32 IP Logged
Dear Laura, A friend suffered for many years with CFS. Finally, she connected with a doctor at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who hypothsized and documented with research that an underlying diagnosis to CFS was low blood pressure. My friend now leads a pretty normal life. I believe the physician is a pediatrician. Some of the leading specialists in the country looking at CFS are located at Hopkins. Some docs believe that for some patients, a cause to this low blood pressure is a narrowing of the spine. Treatment in these cases is more controversial. This may be old news to you, but if not, hope it helps. If you would like the name of the doc at Hopkins, I will be happy t to ask my friend and pass it along to you. Your book sounds amazing. Completing it under the circumstances of your health problems is remarkable. Eileen Koenigsberg
Hunt Valley , MD USA

Comments by Sandra Brown on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just heard you on the Diane Rheem show which I have listened to for over twelve years. Each year I give the best book I've read over the course of the year, to four of my friends, as Christmas presents. One year I gave Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the next year it was Wally Lambs I Know This Much Is True. Both authors I heard, by the way, interviewed on Dianes show! Each year I quietly lament that there is nothing worthwhile out there that I can share with my friends about my true passion...horses. We own two Arabs and like you, as a child I became obsessed with the equines, thanks in no small part to Margurite Henrys King of the Wind. Now this year I know that I will be sending YOUR book, even before I read it, I know it will be THE one to share. Thank you for your hard work, all the research and your love of our beautiful equine friends. Most of all, thank you for these Christmas presents! I hope that something will come over the horizon that will help your medical condition. My prayers join countless others in the wish that you will find relief and maybe someday a cure. Most sincerely, Sandra Brown
Reston,, VA USA

Comments by Steve Janofsky on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
Laura, Congratulations on the book. Can't wait to read it. Hope you find a cure for the CFS. For a nation of sports fans who, as far as horse racing is concerned, only pay attention to the Kentucky Derby, I'm amazed that a story about horse racing is doing this well. Perhaps, if the excitement and drama of horse racing was promoted like pro football, baseball, or basketball, horse racing's popularity would take off once again.
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Tricia Mathis on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, After hearing your inspiring interview on NPR, I purchased a copy of your book. I have just read it cover to cover and am absolutely in awe. I am now sending the book to my sister-in-law and she is to send it to my dad. Thank you so much for telling this story. Respectfully, Tricia Mathis

Comments by S. Chetwynd on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:12 IP Logged
A horse lover since childhood, I eagerly read anything to do with horses as a child. I remember reading about Seabisuit, but not very much. One of my favorites was about Man O' War, and I think it ironic that such a beautiful animal, War Admiral, came from Man O' War, who was almost as ungainly in looks as Seabiscuit, and who not only was nicknamed "Old Bones" but in his early years was described as a clothes rack. I hope to read your book. It sounds like a winner.
Lake Ridge, VA USA

Comments by Craig Boyajian on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I heard you on NPR discussing Seabiscuit (my sister loved it by the way, and I plan to read it too) and heard you mention you suffer from CFS. I wanted to let you know about a treatment for it that you may not have heard of. Several years ago, some Scandinavian researchers did a well-controlled study of the benefits of fish oil in CFS. The study showed a profound benefit from the fish oil (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids). I am a psychiatrist who treats a variety of people, some with CFS or related syndromes, e.g., fibromyalgia, and have seen benefit myself from it, as well as in psychiatric disorders. I have been struck by the fact that the benefit seems to accrue slowly over the course of months, very unlike placebo effects. There are other sources of omega-3 for those who dislike fish oil--many people take flaxseed oil, for instance. There is growing evidence that deficiencies of these essential nutrients play a role in a variety of diseases. Of course, I have never seen or evaluated you, so cannot make a formal recommendation that you try this treatment (my medical disclaimer.) If you would like to see the Scandinavian study, email me back and I will fax it to you. Craig Boyajian, M.D.

Comments by Joyce on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 01:52 IP Logged
My husband heard about Seabiscuit on the radio this morning. He took special notice as the conversation with you continued to reveal that you suffer with cfids. He scribbled your URL down on a piece of paper for me. I, too, have cfids ever since October 1996. Your book sounds quite interesting, and I plan to surprise my husband with a copy. I know he will enjoy reading it. I am glad for you. I know you must have paid dearly for the effort such a book demands. Congratulations on a job well done! I hope cfids gives you some "good" days now and then!!! Joyce

Comments by Ken Barton on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 01:48 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I would like to help you with your ailment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia. I am a 22 year veteran with the Tulsa Fire Department and have attained the rank of Captain. A little more than a year ago, I started working with a nutritional research and development company, Mannatech, Inc. This company has a product that allows our immune system to communicate properly. When it can do that, it works properly, and does not attack our own bodies. Please, don't take my word for it. Please check out our company--we can stand the scrutiny. Sincerely, Ken Barton, President Retail Control No. R494480 Web Barton Global Consulting WORLDWIDE HEALTH AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT AUTHORIZED MANNATECH REPRESENTATIVE 2641 W. El Paso Broken Arrow, OK Home: 918.251.2640 Pager 918.621.7216 E-Mail:
Broken Arrow, OK USA

Comments by Marty BeHannesey on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 01:06 IP Logged
When I lived in Texas I owned and rode quarter horses for nigh onto 20 years. My beloved mare was out of the Queenie Bar line from the Bar Ranch in South Texas. I bred her to a retired AAA stud. Reading your book reminded me of the tremendous power and raw bursts of speed. We raced in pasture bareback, and I remember thinking her offspring was full out, until an attempt at passing him led to another level of performance. Thank you for writing one of most inspiring stories of such a unique combination of a horse and those who loved him, understood him, and were capable of taking the Throughbred to his potential. Without the wise owner, gifted mustang trainer, and Wolf and Red on board, the Biscuit would not have shined as bright.
San Jose, Ca USA

Comments by Sherrie Cooper on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 00:52 IP Logged
At the age of 5 I became the owner of a Grandson of Seabiscuits, Tippy Tin, by Sea Sovereign. My Dad, and his best friend, had owned Tippy and raced him successfully in Northern California. Like his Grandpa, he was a work horse, running frequently and winning often. When it came time for his retirement, Dee Kirkpatrick, my Dad's friend gave him to me as a Christmas gift, knowing my Dad would take care of him. This was the early 60's and he was a beautiful black with a white star and stripe. I would be interested in finding out more about his race record, any suggestions, as both by father and Dee have passed on. suggestions on where to look? Thank you for the book, it reminds me of the wonderful times I had on the back strectch with my Dad.
Orland, CA USA

Comments by Cynthia Couture on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 08:58 IP Logged
This was not just an example of great sportswriting, but great writing in general. History written in such an engaging style is a joy to read!
Algonac, MI USA

Comments by M. Schullian on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 08:29 IP Logged
Hello, I'm half way through the book and it's really hard to stop after finishing a chapter. I was just wondering if the book is all about Seabiscuit, then why don't we see Seabiscuit on the cover? It's just his rear end. Also, I sure would of liked more pictures of this amazing horse. I can't wait for the movie.
Kent, Wa USA

Comments by Jennifer A. Renton on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 06:42 IP Logged
I could not put your wonderful book down. So beautiful, vivid and full of heart, courage and character. YOu are the Seabiscuit of writers. Now I know there is no finer praise.
Edgewater, MD USA

Comments by Bill Allen on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 05:43 IP Logged
Laura: I've never been to a race track, nor been interested in the sport. I have owned a horse once and loved the lessons he taught me. After hearing this story, being brought from each place in the story to face my own faith, trusting you with the next right thing to come, I could smell the barn, taste the dust, feel the pain of man and horse! This experience has been more than I could ever have imagined and has put drive in my spirit to write, and write I will. I would someday like to cause my readers to cry openly at the end of a tense horse-race! Thanks for your perserverance, courage, and Truth, to yourself, and to us who aspire.
Marietta, GA USA

Comments by Bruce Mitchell on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 05:12 IP Logged
Laura, Wonderful book that captivated this fellow like a stretch run at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in April.Howard,Smith,Pollard,and the tragic Woolf and of course the "Biscuit" made for the best read I've had in a couple of years,and I'm a reader.Being a easterner I know my money would have been on War Admiral,has there ever been a handsomer colt?The chapter on the match race was fantastic,I could here Clem McCarthy's voice as they hit the quarter pole and chill went right up my spine. I read in the Blood Horse of your condition and quite frankly was stunned that such a talented and attractive gal had been stricken by this malady.Hope you weather the storm well and if you improve think about a book on Samuel Riddle,Man o War and his get. Watch out for Congaree,or as I refer too him as Arizi's revenge.
Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. USA

Comments by Jim Carter on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 01:57 IP Logged
I just finished reading Seabiscuit An American Legend. What a wonderful book about horse racing and the "back stretch". This book turned out to have much more meaning to me than I ever anticipated. You see, I was born in January of 1937 and my dad was riding at Santa Anita race track. We lived in Monrovia until 1940 and then moved to Burlingame where my dad rode the northern California circuit for the next 20 years (except during the war); Bay Meadows, Tanforan, Golden Gate fields, and the county fair circuit during the summer. He told me a few stories about his early years starting with the "bull rings" in Wyoming at age 16 and then migrating to the west coast.He rode in Canada, Washington, Aqua Caliente, and California. Your description of the "bug boy life" sounded harsher than he ever talked about, but maybe it was closer to his early years than I ever knew. I think I gained more insight into his fiesty personality with your descriptions of jockeys of that time. I would like to further investigate those early years at Santa Anita and try to find any memorabilia that might include my Dad. What could you offer in direction alog these lines? I would like to send you two pictures that date to the mid 1930's which might be of interest to you. One is of a "bull ring" track and group and the other a group of riders at Santa Anita. Please send my your email or address where I could forward these copies. Thanks for bringing back to life those wonderful days of horse racing. It certainly was the "King" of spectator sports in that era. Respectfully, Jim C. Carter
Boise, Id USA

Comments by Jane Luddy on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 01:42 IP Logged
When my daughter was in fourth grade and going through preadolescent horse love she brought home a little book and gave it to me with the words "you'll love this mom." It was called "Let's go Seabiscuit" by Ralph Moody. Unfortunately she returned it before I had a chance to finish it and I scoured bookshelves for the book. I finally found it at a library used book sale. We both fell in love with the crooked-legged little horse. I even went so far as to buy the Shirley Temple movie simply for the footage of the Seabiscuit/War Admiral race. I was so entranced with the determined little horse, I spent hours looking for more information, but lacking resources, came up with very little. So I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to thank you for your book, your research and your fascinating story. Thank you for sharing the story of the little horse and his devoted family and making it a part of our own history. By the way my daughter's preadolescent love of horses is now full fledged and we own our very own thoroughbred. Don't tell her, but Seabiscuit is still my favorite.
Glenside, pa USA

Comments by sheila benner on Monday, April 16, 2001 at 00:12 IP Logged
Oh Laura, What a fine writer you are! I just enjoyed your book immensly. Today the announced the Pulitzer Prizes and I believe with all my heart that you should be awarded one. Your approach to this work was so dilligent and unique. Your writing skills are so extraordinary. Thank you for giving me the chance to experience a most exciting page in American history. Please immerse yourself in another project immediately. I cannot wait!
cincinnati, oh USA

Comments by Clark P. Thompson on Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 09:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading your book which I enjoyed very much. I thank you for all the research and hard work that made this story about Seabiscuit come back to life for all of us to enjoy. My friend Tom Shehan who lives in Scarborough, Maine, remembers Seabiscuit racing at Suffolk Downs. Tom is in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Tom will be 90 in July. I bet he would love to hear from you. Do you know yet when the movie will be released? Clark P. Thompson Bangor, Me.
Bangor, Me USA

Comments by Dave on Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 09:40 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand. I was certainly surprised to see a new book about Seabiscuit, but I must admit, I was glad. You see, I grew up in a racing family. My father and my uncle were both riders during this time period. In fact, both of them, rode against George Wolf, Charlie Kurtzinger, Sonny Workman and the like. My parents were both in the in field at Pimlico for the match race with War Admiral. Sadly, though both of them are now deceased. I know that you are a very busy lady, but if you could find the time to email me back, I have a proposition for another book that I think you might find challenging and I would like to see it written and possibly help with the writing and you may just be the person that can assist me. Thank you. Warmest Regards Dave Treptor
Newark, DE USA

Comments by Chris on Sunday, April 15, 2001 at 07:45 IP Logged
Laura, I admire you so. I saw you on television recently. I recieved an e-mail today, via an organization by the name of "CO-CURE", with your web site. I understand that you have Myalgic Encephalitis, as do I. I have been trying to rise up to a level where I will be able to write the many "stories" I have in me. This condition has made that path very slow and "bumpy". After 8 years on that path, I think I am close to starting my first book. I had no idea that this condition could rob you of your very life, let alone any project that may be on ones' agenda. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME HOPE, AND I TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT YOU DID ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAM, WITH WHAT SOUNDS LIkE TO ME, MUCH TANASITY AND PERSEVERANCE. CONGRATULATIONS. I would like to read your book. I look forward to the day that my condition allows for that to happen. I will be looking for your up-dates on the progress of your movie, and will go to see it when it premires! Sincerely, and Congratulations, Chris
Lacey, WA USA

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