Medicine is not health care, food is health care. Medicine is Sick Care. It’s time we see it for what it is.

                                                                  Let food be thy medicine- Hippocrates

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I noticed it a while back, how the foods I consumed effected my health. When I ate certain things I felt sluggish, tired, had no energy. Sometimes the foods I ate, I swear would cause my my MS/ Hashimoto’s symptoms to act up and I would take notice of how after I ate things I know I shouldn’t have eaten, I would get migraines or aches and pains. It’s one of the reasons I really started looking into the bigger health benefits of eating properly.

This is video of Dr. Terry Wahls and how she reversed her MS through nutrition.

I began taking control over my symptoms through the management of foods. I once belonged to several groups on FaceBook that were either MS groups or Hashimoto’s Groups because I thought it would be great to know and support others who were dealing with the same issues I was. I got out of most of the groups and have only stayed with the ones that supported a healthy diet as one of the means of handing the symptoms. There were actually some groups where some of the people boasted about how obese they were yet would carry on about what very unhealthy food choices they were making. There were other groups it seemed as a means for people to complain and get attention. positivity wasn’t popular and very few seemed to appreciate it. Members would compare their symptoms and side effects from the meds they were taking. Some of those in the group when i would ask about their diet, I felt as though I would get one or two who would support my question but many many more who would I felt would attack the fact that I would even go in that  direction. That food could be at least part of the problem. For someone who is into health, fitness, and wellness, I was certainly in the wrong place. Often times I would wonder, if a medication was causing someone to experience worse symptoms, why would they not only continue with that medication, but pile another one on top of it. Then I got educated about Big Pharma… 

There’s no money is healthy people, and there’s no money in dead people. The money is in the people who are chronically ill. That is why some companies stopped the research and development of antibiotics and instead focus on heart disease, high blood  pressure, and diabetes medication. They focus on the day after day, long term money makers. Not the 7-10 day short term, every so often non money makers. This is why we are running out of antibiotics. That, is a whole separate blog though.

Have you ever heard someone say, ” this pill is for my diabetes, this pill is for my cholesterol, this one is for my high blood pressure, and this one is my steroid for my auto immune disease”? Maybe you haven’t heard it JUST like that, but believe me, there are people out there saying something very close to that same statement. What I found shocking is that some people are so  stuck in their ways, they’d rather take these pills every day, sometimes a couple times a day for the rest of their lives than to make changes in their diet and exercise routines that could not only stop the progression of these diseases, or even potentially start to reverse them! They’d rather take these pills that they pay who knows how much for, for for the rest of their lives than to make the changes they could make which would help them to FEEL better, have a better quality of life, and enable them to do more than they have in a very long time.

The thought of that dumbfounded me, I just couldn’t understand that. Could it be that people are really willing to put chemicals in their bodies, for the rest of their lives which could actually lead to a shorter life, a more painful or less enjoyable life, because they simply do not have the motivation they need to make a lifestyle change that they KNOW would be better for them? And the answer is, yes. Why?

I think that is also a good question. For some I think it could be because it is just easier to take the pill and not think about the long term effects. For others, they are confused. They have no idea where to begin with lifestyle changes. The only nutritional information they have stems from the food pyramid or the “my pyramid” that they are taught while in Middle School Health class. They don’t understand the benefits of taking control of their health and learning how their bodies work and how to properly supply them with the right foods and nutrients.

Why don’t people make the changes they should that are better for them? The the reason is…. Watch and listen as Douglas Lisle explains the Dietary Pleasure Trap:

They want pleasure with the least pain and the least effort. Two of the websites mention in the above video was PCRM and one of my personal favorites (as a former Firefighter 😉 ) Engine 2. Both have ways of making your today’s better and your tomorrows more secure.

Even with diseases that we KNOW can be controlled with simple changes in diet, like shopping on the outside isles of the stores. In the places where the produce is sold, people still walk in the supermarket doors and instead of turning to the right, right where the produce is at, the go to the center isles where the boxed, processed “food like” items that contain very little, sometimes no real food what-so-ever or to the frozen fake foods because they want food and the want it now.. or worse, they stop off at the local FAT food store and get the Super Size combo fried meal even when they KNOW it’s a bad choice!

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I challenge you to stick with a healthy eating plan for 30 days. No fast foods, no processed foods. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, lean protein meats if you aren’t vegetarian…for a month. It’s an adventure in healthy eating and living!

 

 

 

A “Manic Depressive”, “Bipolar Disorder” chick, who dares to say, “Guess what, you’re not Crazy! ”

Let’s first look at how they define Manic Depressive or Bipolar Disorder:

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression, is a mental illness classified by psychiatry as a mood disorder. Individuals with bipolar disorder experience episodes of an elevated or agitated mood known as mania alternating with episodes of depression.

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Hmmm, maybe Mr. Adam Ant has something here…

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

“The cause of Bipolar disorder is not yet fully understood. The neurotransmitters that regulate mood, such as serotonin, seem to be out of balance and brain functioning differs in individuals with the disorder. Studies have shown that this phenomenon runs in families, which suggests a strong genetic component.

More than two-thirds of individuals with Bipolar disorder have at least one relative who have suffered either from the same condition or major depression. Other theories suggest that manic states could be triggered by drug abuse, sleep deprivation and stressful life events.” 

Ok, so there. That is how they put down in very generic words the label or title they place on a person who has very dramatic feelings or mood swings. I remember when we were sitting at the psychiatrist for my daughter (who they said she had ADHD and ODD and we found out diet and her off the chart IQ played a HUGE part in her behavior) and he asked if any family members had been diagnosed with a mental disorder. My husband didn’t didn’t mean to hurt my feelings but within seconds he did something that I felt was like a slap in the face when he answered, “Well she is Bipolar.” What the heck is that?! I felt betrayed by the man I love the most and defended myself abruptly. “They say I’m Manic Depressive NOT Bipolar.” Geez. The nerve!

Obviously I was unaware they were the same damn thing! I just took offense to the label “Bipolar” because of what I had been told or preseumed about it. It used to mean to me that if you were diagnosed as being Bipolar, you were automatically in danger of suicide, dangerous thoughts of suicide, or thoughts of harming others and just weren’t a safe person to be around. Obviously, that isn’t always the case.

So, about these antidepressants they are pushing out at incredible amounts:

Every year, more than 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled in the United States, making them the second most prescribed drug class in the United States (second only to cholesterol-lowering drugs). This includes use among children, where in the U.S. kids are getting three times more prescriptions for antidepressants and stimulants, and up to double the amount of antipsychotic drugs than kids from Germany and the Netherlands.

At the time I thought Bipolar meant mental hospital stays. Someone who Bipolar needs to be put on whacky meds which cause other bad side effects which caused you to get put on OTHER meds to counter act until you have a list of meds the length of a shopping list! Next thing you know you’re in the hospital or dead because your damn anti depressants caused some other major medical emergency! Oh please, give me one of those great little “happiness in a pill” pills! No thanks! Okay, before I get a bunch of hateful comments, please let me express here that going the “no prescription meds” route is MY OWN CHOICE based on various personal experiences, diagnosis, and beliefs. This was also chosen upon the careful research and investigation of the meds in which the mental health professionals available by Big Pharma today. You need to make YOUR OWN CHOICES after talking it over with your own mental health professional, your family, and doing your own investigational research. *I am not a psychological medical professional, I am just in charge of my own health, just as you are. Frequent check in’s and analysis are encouraged should you decide to work through your own disorder by the use of natural means. Consult a doctor, homeopath or naturopath for advice, especially when other chronic medications are also in use.

There are four basic types of bipolar disorder:

  1. Bipolar I Disorder is mainly defined by manic or mixed episodes that last at least seven days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, the person also has depressive episodes, typically lasting at least two weeks. The symptoms of mania or depression must be a major change from the person’s normal behavior.
  2. Bipolar II Disorder is defined by a pattern of depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes, but no full-blown manic or mixed episodes.
  3. Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (BP-NOS) is diagnosed when a person has symptoms of the illness that do not meet diagnostic criteria for either bipolar I or II. The symptoms may not last long enough, or the person may have too few symptoms, to be diagnosed with bipolar I or II. However, the symptoms are clearly out of the person’s normal range of behavior.
  4. Cyclothymic Disorder, or Cyclothymia, is a mild form of bipolar disorder. People who have cyclothymia have episodes of hypomania that shift back and forth with mild depression for at least two years. However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for any other type of bipolar disorder.

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I thought it was very interesting to see who else out there, common household names of famous people, had also been diagnosed with Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder (list obtained from World Psychiatry . Check this our:

Actors & Actresses

Ned Beatty, Maurice Bernard, Jeremy Brett, Jim Carey, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patty Duke, Carrie Fisher, Connie Francis, singer and actress Shecky Greene, Margot Kidder, Vivien Leigh, Kevin McDonald, comedian Kristy McNichols, Burgess Meredith, Ben Stiller, David Strickland, Lili Taylor, Tracy Ullman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams, Jonathon Winters

Artists with Bipolar Disorder

Alvin Alley, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Francis Ford Coppola, George Fredrick Handel, Bill Lichtenstein, Joshua Logan, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Mahier, Francesco Scavullo, Robert Schumann, Don Simpson, Norman Wexler

Entrepreneurs with Bipolar Disorder

Ted Turner, media giant

Financiers with Bipolar Disorder

John Mulheren, Murray Pezim

Miscellaneous with Bipolar Disorder

Buzz Aldrin (astronaut), Clifford Beers (humanitarian), Garnet Coleman (legislator Texas), Larry Flynt, publisher, Kit Gingrich (Newt’s mom), Phil Graham (owner of Washington Post), Peter Gregg, Susan Panico (Susan Dime-Meenan), business executive Sol Wachtier, former New York State Chief Judge

Musicians with Bipolar Disorder

Ludwig van Beethoven (composer), Alohe Jean Burke (musician), vocalist Rosemary Clooney, Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, Kristen Hersh, Phyllis Hyman, Jack Irons, Daniel Johnston, Otto Klemperer, Oscar Levant, Phil Ochs, John Ogden, Phil Spector, Sting, Gordon Sumner, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Townes Van Zandt.

Poets with Bipolar Disorder

John Berryman, C.E. Chaffin, Jane Kenyon, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Robert Schumann, Delmore Schwartz

Political with Bipolar Disorder

Winston Churchill, Robert Boorstin, special assistant to President Clinton, L. Brent Bozell, political scientist, attorney, writer Bob Bullock, ex secretary of state, state comptroller and lieutenant governer, Kitty Dukasis, Thomas Eagleton, Lynne Rivers, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States

Scholars with Bipolar Disorder

John Strugnell, biblical scholar

Scientists with Bipolar Disorder

Karl Paul Link, chemist Dimitri Mihalas

Sports with Bipolar Disorder

Shelley Beattie, John Daly, Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Piersail, Barret Robbins, Wyatt Sexton, Alonzo Spellman, Darryl Strawberry, Dimitrius Underwood, Luther Wright, Bert Yancey.

TV & Radio with Bipolar Disorder

Dick Cavett, Jay Marvin, Jane Pauley

Writers with Bipolar Disorder

Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Louis Althusser, Art Buchwald, Neal Cassady, Abbie Hoffman, Kay Redfield Jamison, (writer, psychologist), Peter Nolan, Lawrence Frances Lear, Rika Lesser, Kate Millet, Robert Munsch, Margo Orum, Simmie, August Strindberg, Joseph Vasquez, Mark Vonnegut, Sol Wachtler, Mary Jane Ward, Virginia Woolf

If you have been diagnosed as being “Bipolar”, as you can see, you are far, far , from being alone! I also want to share something with you..if there are times when you are feeling low, and there will be times because we are all HUMAN and we have FEELINGS, remember this…
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“Beautiful people do not just happen.” Isn’t that the truth. Beautiful people are created through their experiences and their understanding and ability to feel extreme highs and lows and break the barriers that try to hold them down. Of course, that is simply my opinion but it is one that has gotten me through some pretty tough times, let me tell you what.
 
What works for me
Notice, that is “what works for me” not what will work for you. I don’t know what will work for you, but I can offer some things that might help if you use them and make them a part of your daily rituals, as I have.
 
Wake up with Gratitude– Each morning when I wake I think of the things that I am grateful for for. I allow myself to bring that energy of gratitude deep within. I close my eyes and picture the gratitude being pulled directly into my heart for every single thing I can think of off the top of my head to be grateful for.
 
Talk to yourself with love– When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and told yourself just how freaking AWESOME you are?! (No negatives allowed in this one.) Tell yourself all those things you need to hear about you. Maybe things others have said to you or what you believe should be said to you. SAY THEM! You deserve self love!
 
Exercise– C’mon now, you knew this was coming! There are so many studies out there that prove how benficial exercise is for your emotional, mental, and physical health and wellness that it quite simply can not be denied! One article in Health Magazine says, “Moderate physical activity for 30 minutes a day can help control mood swings.” 

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain they also trigger a positive feeling in the body (YAY!!), similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.(another YAY!!)

Endorphins act as analgesics, which mean they diminish the perception of pain and also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.(and that leads to my 3rd and final YAY!! for exercise in this section 😉 )

Eat Healthy – Chances are you saw this one coming too. I’m always surprised at how many people I talk to who really have no idea how vital the foods we put in our bodies affect our moods (among other areas). Published in the Public Health Nutritionjournal, the results reveal that consumers of fast food, compared to those who eat little or none, are 51% more likely to develop depression. Did you hear what I said there? FIFTY ONE PERCENT more likely to develop depression!

“Even eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression,” 

Put the FAT (yes.. fat) FOOD DOWN!!! Previous studies suggest that certain nutrients have a preventative role. These include group B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil. A healthy diet such as that enjoyed in the Mediterranean has been linked to a lower risk of developing depression.

Journaling– There are a lot of reasons I recommend journaling, not just to record daily events and activities, but to note moods of the day, foods that are eaten that day, exercise that was done ( or not done), how much and the quality of sleep obtained the night before. All these journal entries will give you a look into the very real you and the cause and effects of the what you eat and how you take care of yourself and the results you get AND relieve stress! You will REALLY get to know you and your body. 

Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.

While as a MD, Bipolar person, may sometimes feel out of control with their emotions, as a supporter of someone who goes on these emotional roller coaster rides often, it can also be very hard to deal with. Just try to remember, they aren’t “crazy”. They are human. They need understanding, and they need to know that “this too shall pass” when low times are following them through days at a time for seemingly no apparent reason. Words like “Get over it!” and “What is wrong with you?!” Won’t make anything better for them, or for you. The best thing you could do to help that person is to learn as much about it as you can possibly stand. Take care of your own needs and support them by being patient and helping them get the help they need.

I leave you with one final thing. A TEDtalks video by Laura Bain and how she lives daily being Bipolar. Check it out.

Thank you again for stopping by, reading, and sharing my blog with others. In doing so you help me reach and help more people and that is what I strive to do. Thank you!

 

 
Resources:
httP://positivemed.com
IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review of 2010

Mental Health Bloggers Widen Their Support Systems on WordPress.com

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Crystal Meth – The shocking truth, the reality, the people

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It gives you a dopamine (happy, euphoric sensation) rush like nothing else can. It will makes you feel confident, strong, powerful, carefree, and not hungry for 6-12 hrs with just a very small amount. It’s fairly inexpensive per use, it’s readily available. The downside, it’s illegal, it’s highly addictive, the dopamine rush takes more and more each time you use it till eventually it doesn’t matter, that dopamine rush can not be achieved because the dopamine receptors of the brain get shut down. It causes the heart to beat rapidly with a surge of energy and also causes paranoia and hallucinations. Allow me to introduce you to what I have learned about Meth (Methamphetamine). 

I asked my 17 year daughter what she knew about Meth and she told me, ” it is a chemically made drug, it’s illegal, it’s addictive, and it’s more than a physical addiction, it is mentally addictive because of the high you get from it.” I think she hit it pretty right on! My kids and I have a very open line of communication and they feel comfortable about talking to me about things I never felt comfortable talking to my parents about. For me to walk up to her and ask her that question out of the blue.. she thought nothing about it but instead offered to find out more about it for me if I wanted her to. Check off for a good job on being a Mom!

You may have seen before and after photos with faces and underneath the words “Faces of Meth“. What you may not know is that “Faces of Meth” was more than just real people, with real lives, and real problems and their real photo’s, but it was an actual documentary done by Multnomah County Sheriff’s office in Oregon, one of the first states hit hard with the Meth epidemic.

What Deputy King set out to do was create a realistic presentation about methamphetamine. He didn’t want to create something that made people curious about a drug nor that was a scared straight program. The idea was simple, be honest with kids, let them hear directly from the inmates, and show them what people who work on the front lines – whether it be a Corrections Deputy in the Jail, a Police Officer on the streets or a Public Health Nurse in a clinic see methamphetamine doing to people and to our communities.

 

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The United States has a huge problem with Meth and despite the efforts to control the manufacturing of the drug, the problem with Meth addicts and usage is increasing. If it isn’t being made in a meth lab in a home, trailer, garage, or other facility, it is being brought to the United States from Mexico.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a leading rehab and recovery center for women (ages 12 and up) who suffer with methamphetamine abuse, according to their site, Methamphetamine addiction is a serious medical disease that is extremely difficult to overcome. I read somewhere that 92% of Meth addicts that make it to rehab will relapse once they are released. 92 PERCENT!! Click on their highlighted name above to read some of the Meth addiction symptoms and side effects.

A video documentary created by National Geographic is an excellent video explaining all aspects of the problem we are all very close to being in the middle of:

                     

If you are interested in learning more about the serious problems we are having with Meth in the USA, there is also a documentary on Netflix right now under “The worlds Dangerous Drug.”

There is another documentary, The City Addicted to Meth (Fresno) brings some real life scenarios to face. Watching portions of this video actually made my stomach sick.

But people who use meth come from all walks of life. An article in Business Insider tells a story of a teacher who put on 75lbs after a divorce. She began using Meth to lose weight as suggested by her sister.

And Meth labs really do blow up injuring and killing people who are cooking or buying the meth as witnessed in this graphic video.

So what can you do if you or someone you know wants or needs help with a Meth addiction? The sooner they get help the better off they’ll be. Since the serious effects of a drug like Meth require the expertise of a professional counselor, you can help yourself or your friend by finding resources near you with the Treatment Locator created by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

 

The frizzle, Frazzle, burnt out rant of a mother, coach, trainer, competitor, and wife.. who HAS HAD IT!

I’ll start of by stating my apology to anyone who may be offended by anything I post in today’s blog. As you know, this blog is about Health, Fitness, and Wellness. Even though I have posted mostly about regular stuff that the majority of the population understands and relates to, there are some things that a small portion of the population are going through and because it is such a SMALL portion of the population, they feel alone, isolated, unable to be understood…. yes, ALONE.

You see, a person who is tremendously stressed, who takes on the problems and the troubles of all those people they feel they NEED to be responsible for (family, friends, those whom they have chosen to help and support), someone who has been diagnosed with both MS and Hashimoto’s, and is one who is believed to be an Empath, life can be very challenging. Mentally and physically. If you are one of these “small population” people.. guess what, I understand. I am one of these “small population” people too.

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Over the past few months I have done all i could not to break down and lose it. I’ve cried, I’ve been stressed, I’ve been holding the world on my shoulders and today, the world slipped. I closed my eyes and I just wanted everything and everyone to go away. I wanted my brain to stop. Just stop. Stop thinking. I wanted my aching body to stop aching and for the  muscles to relax. 

Normally, I can meditate. Release and quiet my mind, but these past few months, it hasn’t been working. I try and things, and feelings come pushing through the closed door. Almost in a way to prove to me that I can’t close it out and now.. my brain and my body are fried.

I need to break away for a bit and take the time I need to “rewire” my brain. Since I have been trying and working so hard towards my goals,and I HAVE been at an unbelievable pace with sometimes having near nothing to show for it! I am letting go of the majority of the goals for right now. With the exception of the financial goals because those just can’t be set down on the nightstand till I’m ready to pick them up again. Letting go of goals. Wow. For me, this is completely unheard of but if I keep going at the pace I have been trying to go, I just don’t know. Actually, it’s simple. I can’t. I have been giving myself in so many directions and incredible amount of my time and energy and with me being the person I am.. I’ve reached the STOP SIGN. I’m done… for now.

I am BURNT OUT! I went to the gym today thinking what would help would be a hard workout. Started off with a Barbell Flat Bench Press. 165lbs I pressed. Heavy, but this is what I needed… right? It was difficult but it was more difficult because my brain kept going to places like “what if my hand slipped off the bar? What if I was unbalanced and lost my center on the bench and fell to the side?” These are things you can’t be thinking when you are doing heavy weights. My husband tells me, “good job!”. Normally I’d be happy with my 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps with this weight. Today, I was pissed. I wasn’t FEELING it. My workout was failing me!! The final chest exercise we did was the peck deck…130lbs..not bad I guess. 4 sets…I’m disgusted with myself and this workout. Again, this is a workout that normally I should feel good about and leave the gym happy and with energy. But not today. Not for me.Good God (roll eyes) I have to take time out for Yoga and Pilates.

“Instead of helping you burn off steam, your usual 45-minute jog makes you feel even worse.” Yep, that’s me. 

“If you’re really frazzled when you start to exercise, your body reacts differently than if you aren’t in such a state, explains Sarah L. Berga, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Berga and her colleagues have observed that moderately-intense exercise can cause cortisol levels to spike even higher in women who are already so stressed that they’ve been missing their periods. At the same time, the “hyperstressed” women’s glucose levels dropped, which meant there was less available energy to fuel their exertion. Berga suggests taking a break from hard workouts and signing up for a package of Pilates classes instead.”

I’m so burnt, my HAIR hurts!

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Your scalp feels weirdly sensitive when you shampoo your hair.

“Stress often leads to the release of neuropeptides and other natural chemicals in the skin, and that causes inflammation, explains Richard Fried, MD, PhD, a clinical psychologist and dermatologist with a private practice in Yardley, Pennsylvania. In some people, that inflammation erupts in angry pimples or a flare-up of rosacea. In others, the neuropeptides, which are responding to protect the skin from invaders, can cause blood vessels to constrict, making skin all over the face and head feel tight, tingly and overly sensitive. You’ve also probably been tensing your facial muscles for weeks (unconsciously bracing for a confrontation), so they’re tired and slightly sore. Fried says the feeling should subside when you start to feel more relaxed.”

 

Now add this to the symptoms auto immune issuers suffer when they are stressed out and… WHALLA! You have me! A freakin’ mess of a basket case!

When I was single and had little to no responsibilities I would disappear when I felt like this. I could go away, far away. “ROAD TRIP” would be calling my name, and I would jump. Those who knew me knew eventually I would show up again. Sometimes it would be a month or two down the line, but I’d show and and ease their worried minds. Now that I have a family and responsibilities, obviously, I can’t do that and so sometimes I feel trapped, unable to escape, and with no where to run to.

“I get grumpy and don’t filter my thoughts before they come out of my mouth.” — Laurie Dumar, via Facebook

As HuffPost Healthy Living reports, “this urge to lash out originates in the amygdala, the region of the brain that processes stress. “When constantly, severely stressed, the amygdala can become overly sensitive and hyper-vigilant, making even relatively harmless events (such as a whiny child or a snoring spouse) seem like a threat,” writes Laura Schocker. “That explains those instinctively snappy over-reactions we can all have when feeling strung out.”

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I have been pushing myself too hard for too long. Giving until I honestly feel I have nothing left to give, and I am broken, out of order…for now.

Taking care of yourself and your mental and emotional wellness is vital for your over all health. Recognize when you need to take a break, and take it. I am.

Thank you for taking the time to read the rambling of someone who …well… you get it by now.

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Bullying. Beyond teasing and taunting. The dangers in the new found fun of bullying among kids.

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Most of us know Bullying is a serious issue. I chose to blog about it since this month is Bullying Prevention Month or Bully AWARENESS month, however, I believe prevention with education along with awareness is the best way to handle a growing problem, specifically in our youth. But also, because this topic hits very close to my own heart.

As adults bullying can still be an issue and is just as serious on our emotional health as it is on the youth in our society. The difference is that the youth depend on the adults to protect them in the places they should be feeling safe, but don’t.

There are hundreds of resources out there for those who feel they are or their child is being bullied.

Here are just a couple: National Bullying Prevention Center and This Emotional Life (PBS)

Maybe you remember a time when you got picked on, pushed down, made fun of, had things thrown at you while on the bus or walking home from school. This isn’t the “Bullying” we are talking about. We are talking about the relentless, never ending torment some kids go through each day because they are a little different, or misunderstood.

 

 

Imagine the terror a child would feel, knowing there was someone or a group of people who every day tried to hurt you or take your things, or call you names. Today this doesn’t just happen at schools, it happens every possible place you can think of and of course, on the internet and through cell phones.

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For some kids they feel there is no escape from the physical and emotional pains and the fears. They don’t feel comfortable telling anyone maybe because of even bigger fear of retaliation or disbelief, maybe blame that they caused it.

Cnn reports on teen who was bullied and committed suicide. This report includes her heartbreaking last video as seen on youtube. 

 

I am here to tell you that as parents this is something we need to talk to our kids about. We cannot just expect that they aren’t “that kind of student” or that they would come to us if things were happening to them. And, we need to teach them to stand up to the bullies, to tell when they see someone being bullied and to support those who need their support, the ones too scared to speak.

 

I hope you will join me in spreading the word against bullying by liking this blog post, by sharing it with your friends and family members, and by talking to the kids about what happens when someone is bullied, how they feel and of course, what could happen.. we are all humans, we all have feelings, and we need to teach them to appreciate the differences in each individual.

 

Thank you for reading, and I hope you share.

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Till next time, yours in health, fitness, and wellness,

Jenni Whipple

Weighing the scale.. fat loss or hepatitis, and liver failure.. how about DEATH?

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After watching the video (and I like Marc Lobliner because he is knowledgeable and has been in the bodybuilding industry for a long time). Sounds great right? What I REALLY like is that he goes through not just the ingredients but the possible side effects and specifies if you experience any of these to stop use immediately and see a physician. Way to go Marc! So, then this comes out October 8, 2013: 

OxyElite Pro Linked to 40 Cases of Liver Failure in Hawaii” was the first eye catching headline I saw right after I saw in my newsfeed on Facebook from a local news channel; 

“CONSUMER ALERT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a growing number of reports of non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that have led to 11 hospitalizations and one death.

The FDA said the common link between at least some of the cases appears to be a dietary supplement called OxyElite Pro which is sold nationwide through the Internet and retail stores.

The FDA said there have been 29 reports of the liver-damaging condition, with 24 sharing the OxyElite connection. 

“Share” to spread the word!”

 

Of course I went and read what comments were being shared on their post and most were about the FDA being shut down due to the Government being shut down, and you had those who just liked to hear themselves talk (they have no idea what a fat burner thermogenic is or why one would take one but still want to spout off about it and call people names), but this is some serious stuff.

  • There have been 29 cases of hepatitis in Hawaii and 24 of them said they used OxyElite Pro according to USA Today

Some people may remember when Jackd 3d (not a fat burner thermogenic but a Pre-Workout booster) was pulled from the shelves because people where dying (the military banned it after a few died during PT after taking it from heart attacks), but as soon.. AS SOON as they found it back on the shelves they were buying it up like it was going out of style saying, “That was the OLD formula”.. what are you, stupid?! Then just a couple months later we hear how the warehouse for GNC was raided and Billions of dollars worth of the “old formula” Jacked 3d were confiscated!

“We have hundreds and thousands of new ingredients being introduced into supplements without ANY safety data or information being provided.”

” Thanks to a law passed in 1994 , supplements unlike prescription drugs do not need FDA approval to get to market. Supplements and the stores that sell them are everywhere. In 1994 , there were 4,000 products on the market. What’s the status now? At least 80,000 new products.”

 

If you want to see how easy it is to get a supplement out there and able to be marketed without any data or information, the first thing that comes to mind is an experiment they did in the independent documentary, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” 

If you haven’t watched this movie, I saw it in the theater when it came out and it views both sides of steroid use, but, there is a part in there where they make a supplement which has no backing on it and are able to distribute it, legally. My point being, just because you can buy a supplement off the shelve at a GNC, Vitamin Shoppe or local supplement store, doesn’t mean it is “safe” for use. 

Okay, back to my blog on the Oxyelite Pro. Anyone who has been in the bodybuilding “family” or has ever competed in a bodybuilding show has heard and has probably been told that this is a GREAT fat burner. I’ll be honest, in the past I have tried it, but, I discontinued use because I have Hashimoto’s (which I already get heart palpitations from) but after taking this I REALLY could feel my heart pounding and because I was concentrating on that, I actually thought I was going to have a panic attack. It just wasn’t cool for me to use.

Now, I’m not a chemist, not a dietician either. But I know many personal trainers (and  non certified coaches) who are telling their clients to take a fat burner without advising of possible side effects, then their clients go to the store, pick something off the shelf without knowing what chemicals they are now putting in their bodies, disregarding the (possible) side effects all in the name of burning fat! But what if you could do this naturally and without the potential side effects AND get proven results? Doesn’t that seem like a BETTER way of doing it? For my clients, if they ask me about wanting help while they are exercising and trying to lose weight, the very first thing I do is recommend Shakeology because it provides everything your body needs nutrition wise, to run like the smooth lean machine it was meant to run like, then I ask them to TRY something.. it’s “slimming formula” through Beachbody. Here is what they say about it, 

Naturally Potent Ingredients “Forget about ephedra. We DON’T use it in any of our products, period! If you want to lose weight the safe and natural way, you want the powerful combination of all-natural pyruvate and green tea extract. These proven ingredients will get you the slimming results you want, without jittery side effects.

Get Your Best Possible Results— 
Or Your Money Back!

Take Slimming Formula and know you’re losing more weight, burning more fat, and getting your best results possible—we guarantee it! If you’re not satisfied with the performance of this product, just return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling.”

 

How awesome is that?! I’m pretty positive if you go to the store and buy off their shelves, they will not give you that guarantee and neither will the manufacturer! And HERE is a list of the very short ingredients. 

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Contact me directly to order yours today or simply CLICK HERE, then on “Shopping”, “Supplements”, and “Slimming Formula”
 
Here’s to your health and fitness!
Jenni Whipple- Owner, Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness

 

  

 

 

“If you’re not sick yet, it’s not too late to get a shot.”

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“If you’re not sick yet, it’s not too late to get a shot.” – Walter Gunn, Epidemiologist with the Federal Center for Disease Control, Atlanta.

I had to laugh when I read that the first time. 

I’m adding on to a previous blog I wrote a few weeks ago as soon as I heard the dreaded marketing message, “Get YOUR Flu Shot… TODAY!” Here is that original blog. You see, they are providing these flu vaccines at my work to the employees, free of monetary charge to the employee. A sign up sheet has been printed up with big, bold, beautiful rainbow colored, all capital letters, “Sign up for your Flue shot”. The sheet has been placed in an openly visible area where there is no way anyone who wanted to get the shot would miss it. It has been there for at least a week. On top of that and notice has also been put up on the company intranet to sign up, I have had no less than 4 Managers ask me if I’ve signed up yet or if I wanted to sign up for the shot. Almost like it’s a friggin lottery, GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOT TODAY! Then again, now that I think about it, it is sort of like a lottery in a few ways. None of which would mean you got a great reward for taking the risk however.

Yesterday ANOTHER manager came up to me, pinched my arm and asked, “Flue shot? Have you signed up for your flu shot yet?” I said, in a polite tone, “Nope. Not for me.” He pinched me again, “C’mon! You’re ‘Miss Healthy!’ Why aren’t you getting the flu shot?!” I said, “Well, there are several reasons. I began telling him why I, personally choose not to get YOUR flu shot..it really isn’t for me so it definitely isn’t MY flu shot!

The first reason I told him was THEY CONTAIN MERCURY. A Neurotoxin. He asked, “why do they contain mercury?” To which I stated, “good question!” here is the answer..

Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control have told you mercury in the vaccines isn’t bad for us, but as a precaution, it will be taken out of the vaccines.

Now the same organizations are telling parents if mercury isn’t kept it in the vaccines, millions will suffer. Why? Removing the mercury from vaccines would cause a major disruption in the manufacturing and supply of vaccines.[2]

Much of the evidence on the toxicity of thimerosal was swept under the rug at a secret meeting held by the CDC in Simpsonwood, Georgia. Following are a few quotes from that meeting, I think you will see why the CDC wants to keep the lid on thimerosal.

Here are three important quotes from the Simpsonwood Document:

“…the number of dose related relationships [between mercury and autism] are linear and statistically significant. You can play with this all you want. They are linear. They are statistically significant. “- Dr. William Weil, American Academy of Pediatrics. Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 

 

“Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o’clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by c-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines.” – Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 

 

“But there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done and through the freedom of information that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect that it is already too late to do anything regardless of any professional body and what they say…My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal containing vaccines unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and found to be safe.” – Dr. John Clements, World Health Organization, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000 [3] – See more at: Vactruth

 Info can be found here: http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/chapter2.html

 

 

“Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, has been the focus of intense scrutiny by the U.S. Congress and the news media. Thimerosal is no longer used as a preservative in any childhood vaccine with the exception of the influenza vaccine. Attention by the news media has caused some parents to fear that thimerosal contained in vaccines might have harmed their children.

 

Removal of thimerosal from vaccines was precipitated by an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act that was signed into law on November 21, 1997. The amendment gave the FDA two years to “compile a list of drugs and foods that contain intentionally introduced mercury compounds and …[to] provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the mercury compounds in the list….” The amendment arose from a long-standing interest in lessening human exposure to mercury, a known neurotoxin and nephrotoxin.” via  Vaccine Education Center

 

Hmm. ” A long standing interest in lessening human exposure to mercury…removed from all other vaccines except the flu vaccine. This is a NEUROTOXIN people! You are poisoning your nervous system! Risking getting GBS? Why have the number of people being diagnosed with MS rising or let me rephrase that.. the number of people with “MS symptoms” but they can’t be diagnosed as having MS because they don’t have more than one lesion?

The second reason I told him was because the CDC admitted they have no evidence that getting the flu shot will actually prevent you from getting the flu! Why? The flu vaccine is based on “educated” guessing, not good science. Lawrence Schonberger, a CDC epidemiologist, ” We got the right antigens into the vaccine this year, ” he says. It’s something of a guessing game. “This year we guessed the Beijing. We’re now trying to make decisions on what goes into the vaccine for next year.” Schonberger says.

 In addition, these flu shots are created by mixing various flu virus strains, the top 3 flu virus strains prevalent in Asia in March of the same year the shot is to be given in the USA in the Fall (toxic germs) with formaldehyde, MSG, sodium chloride and mercury. They hurry and mass produce the vaccine so it will be available in the Fall in the USA. but by then the virus has moved, and mutated along the way. So even if it WERE one of the three suspected virus strains they thought would be one of the ones to “hit the USA” it has had the opportunity to mutate itself before it has even arrived!

Let’s just get on with the good stuff, shall we?! Taken from NaturalNews.com I give you all the reasons why I choose for myself, and my children NOT to venture down this road of uncertainty. Here is my disclaimer, if you are one of those who are in the “Severe Risk” groups (elderly who could potentially die from flu complications like pneumonia)…you need to determine if getting this shot could be the worse than if you got the flu. For everyone, the choice is yours and you don’t need to feel pressured or forced into putting this into your body. In my opinion, anyone who has an Auto-Immune issue, should stay away from this one! Again, with it containing a neurotoxin..well, you get it. I hope.

There are several varieties of the flu vaccine available today. Although each vaccine can contain different ingredients – here’s a list of the many possible toxic additives:

* Egg Protein.. not normally “bad” for you unless you have egg allergies. However, growing the virus to create the vaccine in chicken embryo’s and this would mean you are getting foreign DNA put into your system and from what I see, they ALL have that.

Influenza vaccine(Afluria–by Merck) Chicken embryo Beta-propiolactone, calcium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, egg protein, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, potassium chloride, sodium taurodeoxychoalate, thimerosal (multi-dose vials only)
Influenza vaccine (Fluarix- by GlaxoSmithKline) Chicken embryo Formaldehyde, gentamicin sulfate, hydrocortisone, octoxynol-10, á-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin
Influenza vaccine (Flulaval- by GlaxoSmithKline) Chicken embryo Formaldehyde, á-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, thimerosal, ovalbumin
Influenza vaccine (Fluvirin- by Novartis) Chicken embryo Beta-propiolactone, egg protein, neomycin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, thimerosal (multi-dose containers), thimerosal[2] (single-dose syringes)
Influenza vaccine (Fluzone- by Sanofi Pasteur) Chicken embryo Egg protein, formaldehyde, gelatin (standard formulation only), octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100),sodium phosphate, thimerosal (multi-dose containers only)
Influenza vaccine (FluMist, live vaccine by MedImmune) Chicken kidney cells, chicken embryo Arginine, dibasic potassium phosphate, egg protein, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, gentamicin sulfate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monobasic potassium phosphate monosodium glutamate, sucrose

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Again, your health is YOUR responsibility. Eat healthy, live healthy habits by getting enough whole dense nutrition and vitamins, wash your hands, get enough sleep, exercise, and get outside for fresh air. You still may get the flu (my husband hasn’t gotten the flu shot since he HAD to in the military when he was 23 years old and has never gotten the flu, he’s now 42) but for myself, this is an easy choice. There is a lot of money invested in these for-profit pharmaceutical companies so the more they can get you to buy into what they are selling, the better their profits are and they are making money and two things work well, scare tactics and the false implication that you and your loved ones are being protected.

Please take the time to watch this- Flu and Flu Vaccines: What’s coming through that needle DVD at http://youtu.be/mpx8-Rmf8bc

Yours is health, fitness, and wellness,

Jenni Whipple owner- Lovin’ Life Fitness and Wellness

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Required and Suggested Vaccines; weighing the benefits and consequences

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Lately in my decision to take control of my own health and smarten up by not relying on our government to look out for my health and wellness, I ran across some very interesting information regarding the “required” vaccines we in the USA need to give our kids in order for them to attend school. I strongly urge you to look into the very bad things that have happened in the past with these vaccines in regard to side effects and damage that some have caused (and have attempted to be covered up) to people all in the name of making a buck..especially by Merck. The phrase ” you are in charge of your health” could not be more appropriate than when investigating the scientific studies/ case studies and law suits in regard to the vaccines we are REQUIRED to get ourselves, sometimes in order to keep our jobs (medical field) but also give our children.

My first concern with this was when my daughter was an infant and they gave her the MMR vaccine. This is a REQUIRED vaccine for our kids to attend school. Notice the difference in the amount of vaccines that used to be at least recommended, if not required compared to what they are today. cdc vaccination scheduleMy daughter got the vaccine and had the low fever. Then I noticed a rash and she wouldn’t eat. I took her back to the doctor and they noted she had an “adverse side effect”. Her tongue was swollen and painful, she had a rash all over her body, and had a fever. They told me to keep an eye on her, if the symptoms worsened, to bring her back in or take her to the E.R. WHAT?! She was just a baby! Since then, I have refused to have her get that vaccine. mmr vaccine Just so you are aware, here is what the CDC lists as “adverse side effects” from this vaccine:

Most people who get MMR vaccine do not have any serious problems with it.

Mild Problems

  • Fever (up to 1 person out of 6)
  • Mild rash (about 1 person out of 20)
  • Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about 1 person out of 75)

If these problems occur, it is usually within 7-12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.

Moderate Problems

  • Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
  • Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
  • Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)

Severe Problems (Very Rare)

  • Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)

  • Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:

    • Deafness

    • Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness

    • Permanent brain damage

    This information was taken directly from the MMR VIS 

                                                             YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH!VaccineWHO

So this brings me to the optional ( unless your employer is requiring you to get it) Flu shot. I think it is fair to say that MOST of us have had the flu. While I will admit it wasn’t comfortable, in fact, it was down right miserable! But, I have been paying attention to the ads out there personalizing the shot with “Have you gotten YOUR flu shot this year?” I’ve been trying to find somewhere that will tell me that getting this shot is beneficial, but, I’ve only found information advising that it’s worthless in preventing the flu as they are unable to predict the strain that will be prevalent this year and their guess has to be done far enough in advance for them to get the vaccine together and get it to the pharmacies and doctors by mid October. So, the shot contains 3 strains which may have mutated and thus, make the shot ineffective anyway! However,, on the insert for this vaccine, this is what it says, 

Neurological disorders temporally associated with influenza vaccination, such as
encephalopathy, optic neuritis/neuropathy, partial facial paralysis, and brachial plexus
 neuropathy, have been reported.

Hmmm. Well, here is the link to the insert where you can read this for yourself.

Here is something else that was brought to my attention about the “Flu Season”.. usually it hits around January after a few months of less daylight hours, following the months that people (in the USA) generally take on less healthy habits such as over eating with foods that may not be the best foods for us to eat (bring on the Holidays and the parties!) drink more alcohol, exercise less, sleep less, are more stressed… do you think maybe THIS is why people get sick around January? Because they haven’t been taking care of themselves? After all, that is when we are more susceptible to getting sick, when we don’t take care of ourselves. 

Dr. Mercola shared an article; Flu Vaccination, The Hidden Risks in This Heavily Promoted  Seasonal Routine some of the many things I have been reading about all over. This GBS interestingly enough, the symptoms sound an awful lot like those of MS, don’t they? According to medicinenet.com:

Nobody knows what why Guillain-Barré syndrome occurs. It’s an autoimmune diseasein which the body attacks its own tissue; in this disease, the tissue is the myelinthat covers nervefibers and the attack causes failure of those nerves to work. This leads to symptoms that begin with numbness and tingling of the arms or legs and can progress to muscle weakness. The major worry with this condition is that important muscles like those that help us breathe become weak, and respiratoryfailure can occur.

 

While the possibility of getting this from the flu shot is rare, I can only speak from someone who has been diagnosed with “MS symptoms” , rather than get this shot, I would focus on taking better care of myself through the preventive means possible and risk getting the flu than risk getting this. Obviously the decision is yours to make for yourself and your family. An informed decision is better than a decision made based on the media reports and drug companies promoting their products for profit.

The Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute receives independent data on adverse reactions to vaccines. You can read some of the data they have received regarding the Flu vaccine by clicking HERE

If you want to avoid the Flu, how about trying a healthier, more natural way as advised by NaturalNews.com by going to http://www.naturalnews.com/042078_flu_prevention_vaccine_alternatives_natural_remedies.html

Oh, and just to make you aware, the FDA approved it’s first GMO flu vaccine containing reprogrammed insect virus! If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, it should! gmo flu vaccine Here is the insert dated December 2012 out there and ready to be inserted into your and your families bodies! http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM336020.pdf

You may be wondering what comes next while you are trying to protect your health, right? Well, here’s a little read you may find interesting .. flying syringes, vaccines in our food…and, it just may end up as being one of those “required” things to go to school in the USA. ciencia_industryweapons24