Post #39 – A Safe Life

Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice. 

I’m BACK! I took a few weeks off to get my act together. I’m preparing to be a dad soon. Someone should write a book with tips and advice. While we wait for that masterpiece to be published, enjoy this blog post 😊 Remember to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. Featured pic is of Hoopfest this year (2019) in Spokane!


Part 1 – Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies…about Dry Eyes.

Recently I participated in a trial of a pretty incredible supplement called Parasym Plus™. Along with plenty of benefits related to the parasympathetic nervous system (digestions, heart rate, etc), my biggest benefit was in my dry eyes. I thought this was pretty cool since I tried every over the counter tear and eye drop to fix this problem. I finally got around to reading about why it helped my dry eyes so much, and I thought I would share.

From Doctor Diana Driscoll,

“Your lacrimal gland produces the bulk of your tears. The lacrimal nerve signals the lacrimal gland to produce tears whenever you need them. This is part of your Parasympathetic Nervous System (the same system of the body that allows you to rest, to calm yourself, and to digest food). The lacrimal nerve communicates with the lacrimal gland via a chemical messenger called acetylcholine.

The lacrimal nerve receives the signal that you need more tears. It then releases acetylcholine (the chemical messenger) which immediately instructs the lacrimal gland to pump out tears, resulting in increased moisture!

When acetylcholine levels are low for any reason, or if the lacrimal nerve isn’t releasing acetylcholine sufficiently, tear production goes down and dry eyes result.”


Let me clear that up for you non-doctors. Your eyes get dry because you aren’t making enough tears. And tears get created when some gland gets told to do so with a signal. Weak signals, weak tears. This product helps these signals tell whatever gland this is to make more tears. It isn’t witchcraft. I promise.

I enjoyed Parasym Plus™ quite a lot. Enough that I am also starting a trial of the digestive enzymes made by TJ Nutrition.

Seriously. If you have some weird health issues that seem like they may be related to anything you have read about on this site, give this stuff a shot. And then let me know how it went for you. Even if it doesn’t work!! Head over to the SHOP page or

Follow this link and use code DudeWithPOTS for 10% off all purchases.


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Part 2 – Calculated Risk

I grew up in a small town of less than 2,000 people. I knew the social security numbers of every person in my graduating class (28 people). Well I could have if I did some snooping.

In grade school my mom packed my cold lunch every day because there were only like 3 foods I liked.

In high school I didn’t lift weights because I knew it would throw off my hoops game.

I graduated and turned down a full ride scholarship to attend a small university 47 min from my parents.

I wanted to get a master’s degree in math. That quickly changed to a bachelor’s in math after I almost failed physics…twice.

I finished school, got accepted into a graduate program, and then turned it down to take a job making less money than I did at my internship the summer before. In a town of 6,000 people. Because why risk anything bigger.

After a year of work, I applied and got accepted to another graduate program. Which I then turned down to stay at the same job making very little money. Because I was dating a girl who lived in the same small 6,000-person town.

I proposed. To the girl I didn’t start dating until I took the entry level job, at the company I had never heard of, in the town almost nobody lived in. A girl who just so happened to also be in that graduating class of 28 in the small town I grew up in.

I got married. It was wonderful. 3-star hotel, 44 min from my parent’s house. (and my wife’s parents too. Because why wouldn’t our parents live next to each other?)

Fast forward three years.

Different job. Admittedly I live in a town of over 200,000 people now. Still don’t have my master’s degree. I lift weights now. My mom still makes my lunch… ha ha gotcha.

Married to my best friend in the whole world and we about to have a baby. An actual human child.

The moral of this story isn’t that you should play it safe and your life will all come together. The message is that playing it safe IS A RISK. Thankfully the small town taught me how to talk to people instead of hiding behind a computer screen because everyone in town got invited to your birthday party. Thankfully my basketball shot didn’t get messed up, because I didn’t lift weights hahaha. How (without knowing at the time) if I would have done any single part of my life differently after graduating, I would not be sitting in my basement typing this blog post while my legend of a wife was asleep upstairs, growing our baby, getting ready to work tomorrow. Life is a bunch of calculated risks. Hope the odds are in your favor and that you enjoy playing the game.


Thanks for reading! Please contact me for any specific topics, questions you want answered, or reviews you want!

Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS.



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