OK...there's "sick" and there's "sick". I was just referring to some nasty something that put me down for a few days and killed my appetite. 1poorlady could barely get me to accept eating bread, much less any real food. Can't say as I "recommend" it, but it did work. I'm still several pounds off my highest, and mostly holding.Your brother's route was much worse. Though it sounds like everything worked out in the end, so that's good.