Head Start on Heart Health

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to reduce your risk of a heart attack and stroke. Women have unique health needs, and most diseases affect women differently than men. There’s no time like the present to become well-informed about the health issues that impact women most.

Thinking Pink? Think Twice

Breast cancer is scary. It’s the second leading cause of cancer in women. Scarier still are the corporate-funded campaigns and government complicity in the pervasive pinkwashing that’s featured every October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while the chemicals of concern are still in the products on supermarket shelves.

Last Minute Reprieve

Whew! Am I ever relieved. It seems I won’t be hospitalized. I bought a new robe and slippers and upon returning home I got a call from my urologist. The ultrasound which is more accurate shows one stone left but the x-ray does not reveal it. We are hoping the stone will dissolve and become…

A Silver Lining

I was disappointed to find out the results of my ultrasound pointed to surgery. My perception was that hospital was a negative place to be going and I was feeling down because I was afraid. You see, my brother, who died just a year ago contracted two hospital born diseases (hepatitis C and MRSA) and…

August: Where did it go?

August 29, 2013 – Wow! Where did the month go? August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several memorable visits and gatherings which I enjoyed so much. And, we have plans to share this the last summer long weekend with…

Life on hold

July 30st, 2013- My life is on hold as I wait to get into a doctor’s appointment. I’m in excruciating pain again. It seems to be the same pain accompanied by the same symptoms I experienced  off and on all last week. I think it’s pain from kidney stones.  Please forgive my absence.

Herbal Teas for You and Me

Despite the prevailing myths to the contrary,  caffeine has few proven health benefits. Caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person depending on metabolism and the amount consumed but some people like me experience nervousness and stomach upset when drinking it. Those are  just two reasons why herbal teas are a better beverage choice for me. …

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When…

The Advantages of Buying Locally

Although the term “buying locally” can refer to a number of products, produce purchased from farmer’s markets, food co-ops, and local food stands is what usually comes to mind. And though it may be more convenient to have a one-stop-shop for all of your grocery needs, there are some definite benefits to buying your food…

The Power of the Smile

There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as…

Spring is Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossom season from March to mid-April is a relatively short and brilliantly beautiful beginning of  spring.  Cherry blossoms are the quintessential expression of Mono no aware. It’s the Japanese aesthetic concept that highlights awareness of the inherent transience and impermanence of all things.  The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan:…

Happiness is

What triggered happiness or joy in your life during the month of February 2012? For me happiness is surviving (without drugs) a 3 week-long excruciatingly painful Shingles (chicken pox virus recurrence) attack t affected both my optic and auditory nerves and that could have led to complications like these:

Blues Be Gone Aromatherapy Bubblebath Recipes

Homemade bubblebath is easy to make and I have two seasonal homemade bubblebath recipes to share in this post. The color blue is a mentally-relaxing color that has a pacifying effect and encourages relaxation. It’s frequently used in bedrooms and hospitals for calming hyperactivity and evoking sleep. The calming effect is also uplifting on a…

Celebration of Health Posts 2011

My purpose is to live consciously and courageously in the now moment, to resonate with love and compassion, and to leave this world in peace. My overall goal is to take good care of myself and live my life to the fullest.  Developing self-compassion and achieving my health and wellness goals has meant overcoming many…

8 Fibromylagia Therapies

People with fibromyalgia experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane. Those symptoms are usually invisible to others  and many people with fibromyalgia push themselves too far until they trigger collapse.  What’s  key to well-being for people with fibromylagia is  taking charge of their own health,  employing  effective therapies,  learning how…

Eat Healthy and Enjoy Life

We’ve known for many years that certain foods promote good health — especially fruits, vegetables, fiber, plant oils, and whole grains. But the latest nutritional science shows that there is not a single “healthy diet.” Instead, there are many patterns of eating around the world that sustain good health. A healthy eating pattern also includes…

Lightening Up for SAD

February is the time of year when people start complaining about the winter blues. If you spend too much time indoors you could be singing the blues along with them. Two hundred years ago the working hours of the day were between sunrise and sunset. 75% of the population worked outdoors. Now less than 10%…

Smartphone Apps for Health

I don’t own a cellphone or a Smartphone and was amazed to see my friend’s using them to monitor their health  while they were visiting.  I went online and did some exploring and what I found is fascinating.  Without doubt the online health‐information environment is going mobile. Roughly 85 percent of  American adults have cell…

Are your cosmetics hazardous to your health?

We live in youth obsessed society and the vast array of cosmetics available to us are evidence of  our determination to pursue and project a youthful  external image to the grave. Pervasive and persuasive advertising cosmetics industry campaigns have created a highly lucrative and growing market for anti-aging  and  presumed beauty creating products. There’s  also cross-over…

B12: A Myth and A Note of Caution

Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and  is needed by every cell in the body. B12 is a vitamin required for blood formation and rapidly growing tissues. Many people say that the only foods which contain vitamin B12 are animal-derived foods.  This  is untrue.  No foods naturally contain vitamin B12 – neither animal or plant foods.  Vitamin…

End the War on Drugs

Marijuana  is used throughout the world for diverse purposes and has a long history. In Chinese medicine marijuana  is one of the fundamental herbs.  In shamanic medicine in North America it also has a lengthy history of use. Although smoking is thought to be the most common form of ingestion, there are many  healthy alternatives…

Beating the Heat

Last night I had several dreams and every one of them had the same theme –  cooling down. From standing under a waterfall,  to being caught in a snow storm, to being stranded on an iceberg, and shivering in an ice cave my sub-conscious mind supplied me with my deepest desire which was to be…

Acai Berry Scammers on FTC Radar

After my blog was repeatedly spammed by acia berry scammers I asked around and found that I knew some folks who had been sucked in by the scammers.  They signed up for a supposed  ‘risk free’ trial and then their credit cards were  illegally billed over and over.  Yes, açaí berry pills are offered through…