And people wonder why they feel like crap all the time!

I don’t talk about it much anymore, but I am a Behcet’s disease survivor. It is something I live with every day besides the loss of my limbs.

Tonight I was creeping around on some BD social network sites and I saw things that just made me ill thinking about what my fellow BD’ers are going through, and what they are putting themselves through.

BD is an auto-immune disorder, and it is one of the worst. It does things to your body that are hard to describe, and there is no one cure-all medication for what we have…
But there is a fix…

And no one seems to be using it! I read about these problems the BD patients were having, and then I go look at their personal pages and I see diet sodas and overly processed food in their photo albums, or I read about what they had for dinner or where they ate out at… Things we all talk about on places like facebook.

I can’t say this enough, if you have an auto-immune disorder and you are drinking soda pop and eating junk food, your symptoms will never go away! What you fuel your body with is what fuels your immune system, and if you put in too much junk, well junk is what you get back.

diet sodas are the worst, and any “sugar free” food.. 99% of the sugar free drinks, food, and snacks are sweetened with aspartame, and that is a huge trigger for me and my BD.

I love diet soda, but I don’t drink it. I switched from soda to tea, and got a sweetener that was “made with” stevia. I was still having problems with BD, getting mouth ulcers and pains in my guts.. So I looked up the high priced sweetener I was using for my tea, and sure enough it had a bit of stevia and a WHOLE lot of aspartame.

I can’t stress this enough, read and re-read your labels! It is better to drink a drink or eat a snack with plain old sugar than to eat a no-sugar or diet variety. Same goes for the “no fat” and “low fat” processed foods. If it is low fat, they had to use something else to make it taste good, and that is probably aspartame or sugar anyway. It is a lose-lose situation.

I finally found an all natural drink mix that I put in my water that uses ONLY the oils from citrus and 100% PURE STEVIA, no apspartame, and I have not had a mouth ulcer or intestinal problem since I made the switch, and that was several months ago.

I also decided to cut out margarine and other chemically processed additives, switching to real butter, real animal fat, and real vegetable fats whenever possible, and it has made a big difference in how I feel and how my body acts. I eat real beef, real bacon, and I am not ashamed of it. I avoid any label marked “Zero calories,” “Zero fat,” and “fat free.” Making those choices for my eating habits sounds like I should be making my cholesterol go through the roof, or raise my blood pressure, but it has not.

Making those changes has actually made me feel better, lose a bit of weight, and build muscle strength.

As a species we have survived for thousands of years eating red meat, the fat from that meat, simple grains, and foraged fruits and vegetables. That is what our bodies are meant to be fueled by, I ask anyone who begs to differ to explain why we have omnivore teeth? We are not herbivores, we are not meat-only predators, we are a combination of the two, and the way we eat directly affects how we feel and our bodies act.

It makes me so upset to see other BD sufferers immediatly tell another to “go to the doctor and ask for XXXXX medication” or “I am on YYY, XXXXX, and ZZZZZZ medications and I am almost under control with my symptom flares.” that is our answer now- meds, meds, and more meds.

I have had enough of seeing this sort of thing. If you want to be healthy — even with a debilitating auto-immune disease — start eating right! Start eating better! Stop eating junk that was created in a lab and processed as waste from a factory!

I can’t even chew gum anymore because I can’t find any that doesn’t have aspartame in it.

Read your labels people, and eat better to feel better. Get out of the “eat healthy” rut, because that is just a marketing catch phrase. Be informed about what you eat so you can eat better and stay healthy.

PS: I still eat junk I’m not supposed to, but I just don’t do it all the time, and I make sure I eat preservative free as often as possible.. So yea, I still eat potato chips, eat candy bars, and drink coffee. I just eat better stuff more often.

And never-ever eat aspartame products.

Help beat childhood cancer!

I have a good friend of mine named Nick who is going to be shaving his head for St Baldrick’s foundation again this year to help raise money for childhood cancer research. I would ask all of my readers to go have a look and pledge a little bit to help him with his goal!

St Baldrick’s Foundation

You can donate online right here, or you can Donate By Phone: (888) 899‑2253

Nick Kinzer
“I’m shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So I decided to do something about it by raising money for cures. Now I need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
Last year you all helped me raise over $1000!!!! This year I want to knock it out of the park. That is why I’ve set my goal for this year to $2000. I know that with your help I can do it.”

Busy day!

Today has been busy – busy for me so far! My book is being released tomorrow and that has been so much hard work by so many people I can’t name them all!

Not only that, I have recently partnered with to write a monthly blog article for the Heart of Inspiration article series. It’s not just me writing, though. There are several great amputee writers contributing to the project, and you can see them all here.

I just finished up my article for March, and I thought I might share with you my January and February articles, and encourage you to go read all the great articles by all the writers, as well!





On the front page

I was interviewed for what I thought would be a small article by journalist Jessica Dockery of The Madisonville Messenger, and it ended up on the front page!

A link to the article here.




Go buy some books!

Here are a couple of live links to preorder my Book Stand Tough posted by my publisher, and a really cool post about my friend Jenny Leigh Jones book being available in paperback. And yes, I have discovered a new toy for my blog, I can now put direct facebook posts on Two Feet Shorter!

First up, Barnes & Noble

Stand Tough by B Neil Brown is now on B&N and Nook for pre-order!//

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Next up, iBooks

Live link for B Neil Brown's Stand Tough on iBooks is available! Preorder your copy now!//

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And last but not least, Jenny’s The Power of Love on Amazon in paperback!

Get Jenny Leigh Jones The Power of Love in paperback NOW from Amazon! $14.95//

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I’m famous on teh interwebz

If you haven’t liked my page over on facebook you need to get over there right now and do it! Keep up with current events, get info on my new book about to be released, and just say hello!


Will be doing some updates to the ol’ blog over the next few hours, so if you visit and it looks wonky it’s because it is getting a facelift!

To be battery operated…Or not to be…

So lately on a few of the different social media sites I frequent I have been hearing a lot about powered knees, powered ankles, and other very cool prosthetic devices. They can be a game changer for some, and I have several friends who have some awesome microprocessor controlled feet and/or knees. I am glad they have them, and I am also equally satisfied that I don’t.

Why, you might ask? Well, my funny answer is always “In the event of a zombie apocalypse the power will go out. I do not want to be the guy with the 7 pound a piece powered feet when I run out of juice! Zombies will catch me!” But in all seriousness, I do actually have some valid reasons for not feeling the need for powered prosthetics. (Of course, I would be glad to test drive a pair if some company wanted to give me a pair, I’m no dummy, you never turn down the chance to get free feet!)

The big problem with the “bionic” feet is the price tag, they are so very cost prohibitive for the average amputee. You have to jump through hoops to get the knee or foot, or in the case of my good friend Joe Riffe, you have to bully and badger your insurance company into doing what’s right. Insurance doesn’t always want to come through for you, and sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands to get them to pony up.


Another very large issue I see with powered prosthetics is that often times the amputee doesn’t really know how to walk with a regular prosthesis, much less a powered one. Putting a powered knee on an above knee amputee that has always walk with a lateral swing as opposed to a full follow-through swing is not going to get much use out of their cool new battery operated number. One of the most awesome above knee amputees I have ever seen can jump up into a chair seat with his prosthetic side and lock out the manual knee at the top of the jump, and his knee is a free moving knee with nothing more than a hinge! He simply knows how to control and walk with his prosthetic knee.


That is what this whole bionic knee/foot thing boils down to for me, do you really know how to walk? Do you know how to keep that knee from buckling on you? Do you know how to give a proper heel strike and toe-off, then a properly aligned follow through on your step? If you don’t, then you are not ready for a powered prosthetic!


If the only reason you get that bionic body part is so you don’t have to learn to properly walk, or build the strength to do so, then you are doing yourself no favors. Getting that nice new C-Leg just so you can use it’s hydrolic knee and tiny computer to keep you from having to learn prosthetic control, proper gait, and proper in-socket technique (read: so you don’t have to learn how to keep that knee from buckling because a microprocessor will hold you up) you are going to be in a world of hurt when that knee goes out on you.


If you get that nice new iWalk, Propieo, or other new foot to keep you from learning proper gait (as noted above) you are hurting yourself in the long run. walking with manual prosthetics builds technique and strength, something you may not get walking with a microprocessor foot. I walk with regular prosthetics every day, and both my feet are made for agility, not speed. I have friends who tell me they can’t understand why I want to walk with feet that don’t give as good of energy return, but the reason is simple. I will sacrifice energy return to be able to walk up and down slopes and on uneven surfaces every time. the fact that I don’t have as much energy return in the design of the foot simply means I build STRENGTH in my legs to power through on my own.


When I occasionally put on my energy return feet, I feel like I am walking on a kids bouncy house. I power through my steps so much I will bottom-out my heel with my heel-strikes, and the toe-off feels like I am walking in soft mud. I don’t need that extra energy return because I have built up the strength in my legs to power through my walking. Don’t get me wrong, those that use high energy return feet love them, and I am glad for them, but it is not for me.


The analogy of the high return vs. the agility feet above transfers well to the non-powered vs. powered argument. Learning good technique will always serve you better than just getting a super-knee or super-foot that does it for you. everyone remember the ice storm of 2009? I do. I was still fully limbed at the time, and was lucky enough to live in an area that was only out of power for a few days. My hometown was out of power for nearly three weeks! I can’t imagine what all those out there with battery powered prosthetics were having to deal with having no power.


That awesome foot that does your follow-through and toe-off for you is nothing but dead weight when that battery goes dead. I saw a guy with a single below knee prosthesis with a powered foot this summer at the conference in Orlando, FL. His battery died suddenly on him and he went from walking like a boss to walking like a pirate with a peg-leg. He might as well of had a brick attached to the end of his pylon. I wonder what he did during the ice storm? did he have a spare regular foot? Was he able to get out on the roads to see his prosthetist? was his prosthetist’s shop even open or have power? did he even know how to walk on a regular foot?


I am not trying to bash those with powered prosthetics, or those prosthetics themselves. Like I said, I wouldn’t turn down a set of microprocessor feet to try out. (Hint, hint, Magellan feet people, I think those things are bad-ass! Send me a pair to try out) All I’m saying is, learn how to walk first, before jumping into a battery powered wonder that costs more than a nice suburban home.


Because remember, when the zombie apocalypse happens, you will be screwed when the power goes out!