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Grant Money to Advance Mind/Body Connection Research

Grant Money to Advance Mind/Body Connection Program and Research

I have spent some time recently trying to find a small grant that would allow me to bring the “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” program to the Myrtle Beach area. Using the mind/body connection and the research proven idea that relaxation can speed healing, reduce pain medication use and get people home faster (and feeling better) after surgery. It can also be used to enhance chemotherapy treatments and decrease its side effects.

 I’m not having much luck!

I would like to raise enough money to fund the books/CDs for the programs as well as the instruction so that it would be a win ( free for the patient) and win (save $ for the hospital) situation. With positive feedback, the hospital     would then want to include/encourage the                                                                                                      program as part of their services.

                                                                 Does anyone have any ideas??

A Priceless Gift you can Give Your Family that Doesn’t Cost a Dime

Like many of my friends before me, I have recently experienced the death of a parent.

When my Dad was 60 years old, he was an alcoholic that could just about take care of himself; not someone you could particularly be proud of—although my friends used to think he was “a good time” and a good guy.

One day he was given a gift, his right leg was amputated.

At this point you’re wondering if that was a typo – how could losing a leg be a gift?

He had chest pain and went to the VA hospital to be treated for his second heart attack, the first was when he was 45. During his stay he needed a chest tube. Unbeknownst to all, when the chest tube was put in, his spleen got nicked and he “bled out” as it is said in hospital lingo. They didn’t realize it until he went into respiratory arrest. They ran him to surgery and did a splenectomy. He had lost so much blood that the vessels collapsed in his groin and legs (nothing to hold them open… THAT’S how much blood he lost) and when they perfused him with blood only one leg’s vessels opened.

My family and I watched in horror for days waiting to find out just how high the amputation had to be. Dad was out of it and had no idea that he would soon lose his leg. Unfortunately and ultimately it had to be above the knee.

He stayed in the hospital recovering from everything for 4 months- definitely long enough to get through DT’s from drinking and smoking.

He came home just a whisper of a man.

I kept waiting for “the other shoe to drop” (was that punny?) and for him to grieve the loss of his leg, but he NEVER did. NEVER. NOT ONCE. NOT EVER.

He explained to me that although it would be seen as a loss to others, that he viewed it as being a gift. He knew that if he continued to live his life the way he was, that his life would be short, unproductive and that his quality of life would continue to deteriorate. Although his daily struggles would be different now, his quality of life would be much greater.

That was 18 years ago and right up until the end he was very “happy” that he had lost his leg. The experience did “shake him in his boots” though (another pun?) because he realized how precious and fragile life is. He began thinking about things like living wills, advanced directives, health care power of attorneys, wills and burial plots. Our first conversation seemed a little strange because it was normal to make a comment or two about “when I die”, but I wasn’t used to “talking about it”.

We videotaped him telling stories about him growing up on the farm, his parents and grandparents and being in the army with Elvis Presley (one of his favorite stories). He began telling people how much he loved them and how he appreciated them. He became generous with his money and time. One of his favorite things to do was to take someone on a cruise so that he could go gamble and to spend time with them. I went several times as well as my husband, kids, sister, aunt and uncle and even Mom (even though they had been divorced since the 80s and she had been remarried for 25 years!)

He really became a Dad that you could be VERY proud of!

So much so that when we moved from CT to SC, we asked Daddy if he wanted to move with us! We built him an attached handicapped accessible apartment which he absolutely loved and was able to enjoy for 9 happy years.

After the first year we were in CT he asked that I make an appointment with the funeral home. It worried me a little…. did he “know something” that I didn’t? We went and he picked out his casket, plot, headstone (including which font for Pete’s sake!)… he told them which newspapers he would like to be “featured” in, he even chose to have military honors.

He had such a “good time” with it that he budded a very strong friendship with the cemetery man and they would take turns visiting each other either at the house or at the cemetery so he could see how his “property” was doing.

He would ask me to go every now and then. He had me take pictures of him next to his headstone. I think he thought it was “cool”. He even asked if I thought it would be neat if he hopped off his scooter and laid down in front of the headstone and take a picture, because that’s the way “it would be” (I thought it was kind of gross and besides cracking up at the big grin on his face, couldn’t see the humor in it).

Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing creepy or disturbing about any of this, it was just a fact of life. He didn’t dwell on dying as it may sound, he actually appreciated every day. Someone would ask him how he was doing and he would say “I woke up today, so it’s a good day!”

He worked every day outside. He drove the banana yellow golf cart slowly around the yard picking up every single pine cone and stick. He found it relaxing. He visited neighbors and threw fish food out to the pond fish and (even though we always yelled at him about it) threw fish food to the chickens and ducks too. When the Canadian geese would come, he would feed those too. The same geese came and got to know Dad, they came running when they saw the golf cart as did our favorite chicken with the BEST personality in the whole-wide-world, Eagle. “Eags” would come running across the yard and end up IN the golf cart with Dad and would patiently wait for a treat!

At the time of his death, Daddy had endured the leg amputation, 2 strokes, 3 heart attacks and 3 bouts of cancer. Not knowing how accurate we were, we affectionately referred to him as “9 lives” for years. Dad passed away the middle of May after an unexpected twelve day illness. I was hoping we could strike up the new nickname “10 lives”, but it wasn’t to be.

Until it was “close to the end”, Daddy had his wits about him. At different stages, he changed his desires for his advanced directives. If it could “be great” it was in the fact that I never had to make those difficult decisions, he ran the show. He was so brave! I can only aspire to be as brave.

When we were through with our visiting after he passed (after midnight), I called (now OUR friend) the “cemetery guy” because in a small town one person wears many hats. He also works for the funeral home and told me to “let him know when” because he would be honored to care for Daddy.

At a time when my family and I were already overwhelmed by the “sudden” loss, we were released from so many difficult decisions. We never had to worry about “what would Dad want?”, he had already decided. I can’t imagine having to make so many decisions in a time of such grief.

 I believe that it was one of the greatest gifts he could have ever given me.

As they say, there are only 2 sure things in life: death and taxes. Just because some may bury their heads in the sand and “not want to talk about it”, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen.

We even had a word document that had all of his “prized possessions” listed on it and who he wanted them to go to. Every few years I would drag it out and say “anything change?” and revise it—just as he wanted (then I would have him sign it so whoever saw it knew that these were his wishes).

If you are brave enough to make these decisions, know that they are not “set in stone” (well, for the most part anyway…. gosh, I am so punny today :)  ). You can change a will, any advanced directives, living wills, where you would like to “be”, your casket or urn, which newspapers to be in and any other details you can think of. As life changes, we change and your choices may change as well.

I know it can be scary to think of our own passing or the passing of our loved ones. The first time you talk about it can be very uncomfortable. The more you speak of it however, the more it becomes “no biggie”, just a fact of life.

Again, I can’t tell you what a gift it was that I knew that everything was just as HE wanted it, not just as “I thought he wanted it” – which can be VERY different.

Below are a few websites to help you along. If you can manage ANY part of it, even if it is just to write your wishes and leave them in your bedside table so that they can easily be found and you can change them daily if you want.

Do it.

Do it for yourself and especially for the ones you love. They will TRULY appreciate it. 

advanced directives, living will, health care power of attorney, POA, burial , funeral home

Once again, Thank you Daddy. I love you and I miss you!

       Living Will

       Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney

      Wills, Trusts, Health Care and/or Financial POA

      Living Will, Health care agent

      Will, Living Will, POA, Medical consent

      Create and Print Your Last Will and Testament in 5-10 Minutes For Free

      Legal Contracts.com

      Disadvantages of Making a Personal Property List in Your Will or Trust

      MEMORANDUM DISTRIBUTING TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

      * Note: I have never used any of these sites so be sure to check them out thoroughly. You can get a free Advanced Directives or Living Will form from your local hospital as well. For personal property, I just put everything into a word document and had him sign it- you can also have it sealed by a Notary Public.

Reversing a fibrocystic breast condition…And they said it couldn’t happen!

     

fibrocystic breast disease and fibroids

Underwear can impede lymphatic flow

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with                    “ fibrocystic breast condition”, or FCC. That means that every month when I do my monthly breast exam, I weave through a minefield of “gobs”, if you will, in hopes that I will not find a dreaded lump. I wondered how I would be able to tell the difference—until I found that dreaded lump. It was definitely different from the rest.

I had a gynecologist’s appointment just a few months away, so I watched it to see what it was doing. It would get larger mid-cycle and a little smaller by the time my menses began. At its largest, it was the size of a dried garbanzo bean. Historically, when something occurs with my body, I don’t panic, I usually just “check it out” for a while and come to a decision as to my plan of action.

It probably sounds strange not to “run” to the doctor right away, but I have a reasonable relationship with my body and so far we have been getting along—mostly.

When I went to the doctor, she said that she thought that it was a firmer version of the condition because it was only “somewhat hard” and because of its size variability. She asked that I have a mammogram (she’s knows enough about me at this point not to “tell” me to have one as I have done too much research to feel comfortable getting a yearly scan) and I believe that having a problem is quite different than purposefully allowing yearly radiation to the very sensitive tissue of my breasts (25,000 cases of breast cancer a year may be caused by routine yearly mammograms according to “The Breast Health Summit” talks).

The mammogram stated what we had figured—that it was the Fibrocystic breast changes.

The doctor said “Great” and I said “That’s terrible!” Why shouldn’t I be happy? After all, I was in the clear of the dreaded diagnosis… right? Well, in a way….

When you have FCC, your body is telling you that there is inflammation… that your body, in particular your breasts which are in many ways “barometers” to the rest of your body, are “clogged up” and not working properly. Just as a menstruating female’s uterus “gets ready” for a possible baby to embed in it, the breasts also “get ready” for that same baby. Often the breasts become tender and full right before menstruation in preparation. When pregnancy doesn’t occur, another hormone shift occurs “getting you back to normal” by “planned death”, or apoptosis, of those cells.  If hormones are imbalanced or if the “drainage system” of your breasts is compromised, that inflammation and those dead cells remain in the breasts and can eventually result in FCC.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “inflammation”, I freak and do anything that I can to reduce it.

Wondering why? Check this out!

In Chinese Medicine, the more that energy doesn’t flow properly… the more it stagnates or “clogs up”, the more “solid” that stagnation becomes, in this case becoming thickened, scarred glandular tissue in the breasts (which, for many, are quite painful).

Again researching, (research IS my middle name J ), I decided to see if I could lessen the problem long before anticipated because FCC usually lessens or dissipates with menopause due to the decrease in hormone production that causes the whole cycle we spoke of earlier.

But my hormones show no sign of budging at this point, and I’m not waiting while my body is clearing showing that it is NOT happy!

     I have read a lot about going bra-less and as I am too conditioned to be able to be bra-less in public, I vowed to “let ‘em be free”  whenever otherwise possible. My husband loved the idea (typical man!). Your lymph nodes, or your body’s “drainage system” of sorts has many nodes located in your armpits and around your breasts. If you take off your bra at night and see even the slightest pink constriction marks, you are impeding that drainage system and ultimately encouraging that inflammation.

Take it off ladies! At least as much as possible!

I also understand that part of what can cause this issue is excess estrogen that remains in the breasts, again a drainage issue.

Like Sting sings “Free, free, set them free.”

     Another bonus to “going au naturale”? Just like any other underutilized muscle or connective tissue in your body—if your bra holds them up, your body doesn’t have to—and it gets lazy. You can actually improve their “position on your body” by making the tissues around them work to hold them up!

“Holistic Hannah” that I am over here, I also started using essential oils to aid in the process. I chose grapefruit and frankincense essential oils which are high in monoterpines, a chemical that acts as a decongestive to the whole body. I would rub the oils into my breasts whenever I would remember—1 to 3 times a day on some days and honestly I would forget on others. (Be sure to do research on how to properly use essential oils, they are potent stuff!)

The difference between October when I had the mammogram and now? I just saw the doctor last week for a follow up. She was absolutely amazed! She said my FCC was almost non-existent and that the garbanzo bean is almost undetectable. She said, “Whatever you are doing, KEEP IT UP” and “by the way, what ARE you doing?” I told her that “I let go of the chains (actually fabric) that bound me” and that I smelled beautiful every day (LOVE the essential oils smells!).

I also had a follow up ultrasound for those pesky uterine fibroids.

      She said, “Great! Those stayed exactly the same”.

     I said, “Nope, terrible”.

     Here we go again! If bras constrict lymphatic flow to the breasts, what do you think undies do to the lymph system in your groin?

Yep, you got it… I’m starting off by dropping them and “going commando”…..

Who wants to join me?

Vertigo: Get back on your feet with a few simple movements

         

vertigo treatment

With vertigo, your brain can’t tell if you’re right-side-up, or up-side-down!

 Vertigo affects hundreds of thousands of people a year in the United States alone.

It is like taking an unending ride on a spinning top, like being extremely drunk while never having had a drink. Daily functioning is almost impossible and many are hold up in their beds, often vomiting.

While there are many reasons for vertigo, and many that can be helped with the proper treatment, today we will learn about one kind: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, also known as BPPV or BPV. In short, it is a fancy way of saying “non life threatening episodes of spinning due to moving the body in certain positions”.

 BPPV affects approximately 160,000 people a year in the US and is the cause of about 20% of episodes of dizziness.

Balance is controlled by the inner ear.

There is a “round ball”, called the utricle that has 3 very tiny semicircular bone structures attached to it. Normally, there are very tiny crystals of calcium that reside in the utricle. They let the brain know “where you are in space”. When these crystals become dislodged and get stuck in one of the semicircles, the brain loses its ability to understand exactly where you are in space and “tries very hard” to figure it out, thus causing an intense spinning feeling.

The calcium crystals can move due to a respiratory illness, bacteria, a virus or a blow to the head. In the elderly, it can be caused by deterioration of the balancing system. Also, BPPV can be “idiopathic”, or without cause.

          While there are medications that can help decrease the spinning sensation, there is a simple, highly effective positioning technique called the “Epley maneuver” or the “Canalith Repositioning Procedure” that can be done at home or in an office.

By moving the body in a specific way, the lodged crystals can become loosened, brought back around the semicircle and back into the utricle, like winning a child’s positional ball bearing puzzle game.

While I could confuse you with written instruction on the Epley maneuver, as you know, a YouTube is worth a thousand words! (so click on the link!)

If you have ANY history of neck or back injury, be sure to have this procedure done by a professional!

Have YOU had any issues with dizziness and vertigo??

Learn how to Truly Heal®

Truly Heal logo 1 on pageNo two bodies are the same.

No two illnesses are the same.

For example, two people have a cold. One feels hot with a scratchy throat, aches and pains, and the other is bundled like a mummy, congested and sneezing.

The same is true for two individuals battling cancer, even if it is the same type of cancer.

Each will have different factors that “got them there” and each will have different symptoms and issues- yet they will be drawn down the same path toward the same three treatments: surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Just as we are unique and individual- so are our illnesses- and proper healthcare should take that into consideration.

Having a diagnosis of cancer means that for a considerable period of time, the body’s immune system has been “looking the other way”. If it had been functioning properly, it would have destroyed the cells while they were still small in number and completely undetectable.

There are innumerable reasons for the immune system to not be working at its best. Without removing those reasons, even a “cured cancer” has a good chance of returning.

marcus pic 2Marcus Freudenmann is a healthcare and wellness pioneer. He has been interviewing doctors and researching cancer cures for more than a decade. Author of “Healing Cancer with Common Sense” and producer of the movie “Cancer is Curable Now”, Marcus has also put together a four part program called Truly Heal

The Truly Heal program helps to uncover physical, emotional and spiritual causes for that break in communication with the immune system and helps people learn how to get that communication back, allowing the body to “truly heal”.

With the opening of the 2nd Truly Heal clinic this month in Germany, Marcus is starting a Truly Heal world tour that will bring him from Florida to New York, Chicago, through the heartland of America to San Francisco, San Diego and Hawaii.

While main stream cancer treatment is a billion dollar industry, teaching people how to remove physical and emotional toxins, supplement deficiencies and develop health provoking habits and attitudes in order to balance and truly heal the body- is not.

A grassroots effort, the Truly Heal concept is taking flight. Marcus believes that with well documented, wide spread information, the overall health of communities, states and ultimately countries, can improve.

Marcus provides free 2 ½ hour lectures to introduce Truly Heal concepts to groups at churches and community centers and 1 day workshops that delve deep into each of the program’s “energy bodies”.

His ultimate vision is to have Truly Heal coaches and clinics throughout the United States and the world, spreading information and treating the underlying causes of many diseases, including cancer. In preparation, he also offers Truly Heal coaching retreats and an online program to become a Truly Heal coach.

If you would like to help with the world tour, would like Marcus to come to your area or would simply like to know more, be sure to check his website for more information.

Become part of the Truly Heal movement… and Spread the Health.

 

The Blood Sugar Solution Book: An Exemplary Guide to Wellness

The Blood Sugar Solution

Changing diet and lifestyle can reverse disease.

Many diseases and disorders are a direct reflection of our lifestyle choices, but if we choose differently, perhaps with education and science behind those choices, can we reverse those same diseases and disorders?

Most often, the answer is an emphatic: YES!

In his book Functional Medicine, award winning Functional Medicine guru Functional Medicinestates that besides specific genetic disorders, there are only five reasons for disease. These include: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins and allergens.

When each of these areas is specifically addressed and stressors on the body are reduced, the body can then gain control and heal, resulting in regained good health.

He also states that there are seven steps to ultra-wellness. When any of the seven systems are out of balance illness can/ will occur often in the form of weight gain, diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

Diabesity, or the term used to describe the spectrum of sugar imbalance and insulin resistance from mild dysfunction to diabetes, is expected to affect 1 in 2 Americans by the year 2020. With so many countries adopting our Western eating habits, diabesity is a worldwide epidemic that unnecessarily burdens our health care system.

Even mildly elevated sugar and/or insulin levels cause inflammation, and inflammation as we have learned is at the root of most diseases.

The Blood Sugar Solution maps out the steps to ultra-wellness in detail and includes areas that are often not addressed as part of Western medicine, like boosting nutrition, improving digestion and soothing the mind.

Dr. Hyman’s book includes multiple tests to determine personal weaknesses and delineate individual results into levels of intensity: whether his basic recommendations are appropriate, the more advanced plan, or when it is time to see the doctor.

He also gives support on “How to Work with Your Doctor to Get What You Need” as there are tests, supplements and appropriate food choices that physicians may not be familiar with.

With his gradual 6 week plan, new skills are added each week.

The first week “Eat Your Medicine” encourages the user to focus on food quality, teaches that all calories are not the same and gives instructions on what to avoid.

During week two “Optimize metabolism with nutrition supplements”, the 4 reasons behind our nutrient depletion are taught which include:

1. Our bodies evolved eating more nutrient dense foods

2. The current state of our soil is poor. Nutrient depleted soil makes nutrient depleted plants which in turn make nutrient depleted animals.

3. Processed food, the bulk of the American diet, has no nutritional value.

4. Increased environmental toxins, decreased sun exposure and today’s chronic stress levels put a strain on the body and in turn increase the body’s nutrient needs.

Week 3: “Relax You Mind, Heal Your Body” teaches us how stress causes hormonal imbalance, insulin resistance, promotes abdominal weight gain and can ultimately result in diabetes.

This section also includes “20 Strategies to Reset Biorhythms” which are great suggestions for those suffering from insomnia as well.

We all know that there are benefits to exercise and Week 4: “Fun, Smart Exercise” explains them in detail. It also includes what types of exercises are beneficial for diabesity and how often they should be engaged.

To “Live Clean and Green” is something we should all aspire to and we learn some ways to do it in Week 5.

Tips to rid the body of metabolic toxins include the 4 P’s: pee, poop, perspire and Pranayama ( proper breathing) which are explained as well as cleaning, cooking and other green living recommendations.

Week 6 helps you to “Personalize the Program” to fit specific needs and levels of progress.

A wonderfully comprehensive book with detailed instructions, making you feel like you are right there with the doctor—but this one can take a lot more time with you than just the usual 15 minutes!

Definitely a worthwhile read, I believe that Dr. Mark Hyman’s 2012 creation, The Blood Sugar Solution, gives the detailed tools to effectively eliminate imbalances like diabesity, hypertension, obesity and many other inflammation driven health issues from your life.

Culinary tips and trivia for better health

How, when and what you eat directly effects health.

You are what you eat from your head down to your feet!!

Here are a few quick tips:

Almonds, like many other foods, can be used as "culinary medicine"

Almonds, like many other foods, can be used as “culinary medicine”

*Before you go through the drive through -eat a handful of almonds. The antioxidants begin to block the inflammatory and artery damaging effects from the trans fats in the fast food.

*Store and eat watermelon at room temperature. It will have 40% more lycopene and up to 139% more beta-carotene then if it is just out of the fridge. Both lycopene and beta-carotene increase for up to 2 weeks after picking.

*Choose your leaf lettuce from the top of the heap at the grocery store- light helps retain its nutrients.

chicken cookie *Did you know that according to a British study- chickens processed in 2004 contain 1/3 less protein, 2ce as much fat and 1/3 more calories than chicken from 1940?

*In order to release allicin, the helpful nutrient in garlic that is responsible for its fat and blood pressure lowering, anti-cancer and antibiotic effects, it has to be exposed to air, ie crushed.

*Add a little milk to your coffee- the calcium will make up for the small amount of calcium lost because of the coffee.

* Potassium bromate- which is used in bread (check your labels) causes tumors in rats. It is used to get the dough to rise higher.

*Chlorine increases your risk of bladder and rectal cancers when it reacts with organic waste products in your drinking water.

* Research shows that you need 21 ounces to expand the average stomach and “turn off” your hunger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA *Water filters directly through the stomach while water “with food”, like fruit, veggies, soups and smoothies, are seen by the stomach as “food” and have to get processed by the stomach.

* 1 ounce of almonds contains 3.3 grams of fiber- the most of any nut. They help to reduce triglycerides and cholesterol and frequent eating is associated with 30% less risk of gallstones.

 

Information gathered from Dr. John LaPuma’s book: ChefMDs Big Book of Culinary Medicine

Homemade cough syrup with 2 household ingredients!

homemade cough syrup

Make onion syrup at home for a spastic cough.

Garlic and onions have been used medicinally for centuries. Both of the Family Alliaceae, they are antibacterial, antiviral and have cholesterol lowering effects.

They have been used historically in the treatment of dysentery, wounds, scars, keloids (those thick, raised scars), asthma and have been effective in treating minor digestive issues and the immediate effects of insect stings.

Below is a simple recipe for onion syrup (because it is actually tasty as opposed to garlic syrup).

Onion syrup is a 2 ingredient preparation that is effective in quieting coughs, especially the spastic, tickly kind.

Ingredients:

1 medium onion (the stronger, the better…. one that really makes you cry works great)

Sugar

Find a medium sized jar that has a lid.

                Chop the onion so that it has a lot of surface area.

                Arrange layers of chopped onion (1-2 inches thick) with layers of sugar (that are also an inch or so thick).

                Press the layers together using the back of a spoon. Cover the jar.

                Leave for 6-8 hours in a cool, dry place.

The sugar leaches the juice from the onion and makes a tasty onion syrup that you can take by the spoonful as needed for cough relief. Remember it is simply onion and sugar. You may need to take it frequently. Feel free to add a crushed clove of garlic if you would like a “more potent” variety, but you may have difficulty getting it into kids. The onion syrup is pleasant, the garlic, not so much.

You can also do the same with honey, making sure that the onions are completely covered with the honey. Let the honey “steep” for about 3-4 weeks and then strain out the onion pieces.

The onion syrup will last several days and the onion honey will last for the season.

This recipe is a great way to begin experimenting with herbal preparations at home. Garlic and onions in high doses can have blood thinning effects, so use caution if you have bleeding issues.