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Hello 2017, from Davis, California U.S.A. I can hardly believe today is the 30th of January already. I apologize this newsletter is so late this month. I have had so many things interrupt my normal schedule since the holidays, and I'm sure many of you have experienced the same kinds of things. Then three days ago a "check engine" light appeared on my car. My car, a Ford Contour, is a lot like me, demonstrating its age. I bought it new in 1997, and it just recently turned over 70,000 miles. It has been a jewel. I just heard from the car dealer that in cars calendar years sometimes are more important that mileage totals. Anyway, later today I will have my "wheels" back, and while not entirely good as new, it will probably serve me well for the rest of my driving life.
I won't bore you with the other stressful situations I have had to handle during the past month. In any case we all have stressful lives, and this seems a good time to talk about the various aspects of stress as they relate to a healthy lifestyle.
Actually stress can be good or bad. Good stress pushes us to achieve worthwhile goals and achievements. But most of the time when we think about stress we are referring to the bad-for-us stress. This stress causes our body parts to function at damaging overdrive speeds. Ultimately this kind of stress damages our body and causes it's systems to break down; we call these breakdowns by several names: An infection, a virus, or any number of systemic disorders that medical science calls diseases of various kinds.
My own study over many years seems to validate the ancient Chinese theory of the causes of most diseases being a body that is out of biochemical balance. Physicians refer to the state of perfect balance, with all systems working perfectly, as homeostasis. The Chinese approach teaches that dis-ease is created in our body when there are blockages in the flow of chi (Qi in Chinese), that is our life force.
The practice of Qi Gong - [ Qi (chi) = energy, Gong = work ] allows us to influence the flow of our chi, thus creating health. Often referred to as Chinese Yoga, there are some similarities to Hatha Yoga. Early on in my search for how to reverse my Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis I discovered Yoga for MS by Shoosh Crotzer, and a year or so later I was introduced to Qi Gong.
The simple modified Hatha Yoga really helped me early on. Then I discovered Qi Gong. When I am asked the difference I suggest that Yoga is for strength, and Qi Gong is for healing. Yoga helps prevent Psoas muscle damage which in turn helps with issues like bladder control, and the all important muscles of the legs and feet that control walking and foot drop. The nerves that lead to our legs go through the psoas muscle group that make up the band of muscles that lead to the spine and form the "floor" of our core. The modified yoga program Shoosh includes in Yoga for MS is great for either preventing or correcting damage to the psoas. Of course, the sooner one begins this practice the better the chances for success at preventing damage.
Today, years after defeating PP MS, I still do 20-30 minutes of relaxing Qi Gong most evenings. In my experience it is the most effective when done in a quiet, meditative state. I believe I walk and live a normal life today because of years of meditation, as well as practicing Qi Gong together with breathing exercises.
Modified Yoga, Qi Gong, and regular meditation are the very best ways to de-stress, and I cannot recommend them too highly. You will find more information about all these HERE.
"Hello. I've been here all along, but up until this moment - you most probably couldn't or didn't hear me or know I was with you.
Who am I? I'm your . . . No, I'll let you wait a bit longer before I tell you who I am. You and I have been together for a very long time. Interestingly I often gently "knock" on your door, trying to get your attention, but mostly you are too busy to pay attention.
I am always aware of what you are doing and why. Sometimes you make excellent decisions, and sometimes not so much. Most of the time you do not take the time to connect with me. I would really like to talk with you more.
Lots of people know about me, and some write about me, but still overall not too many people accept my reality. Just know that I am always available to you. As a matter of fact I live deep inside you.
I'm sometimes called your intuition, sometimes your higher self. I really don't care what you choose to call me. Just know that I am like your intuitive guidance counselor.
You may read a lot more about me in Michael and Me: Creating a Healthy, Abundant and Joyful Life by Betty Iams. You'll find it in the Amazon Kindle Store or at my Website.
So long, good bye, ciao, audios, au revoir, aloha, until we meet again."
Healthy Food Tips
From the Mayo Clinic kitchen
c. ground almonds
oven to 400 F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium bowl,
combine the ground almonds, flour, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and
pepper. Pour the milk in a separate medium-sized bowl. Coat each chicken breast
in the almond mixture, then into the milk, and back into the almond mixture, and
place on the baking sheet.
Preheat a nonstick sauté pan on medium-high heat, and add the olive oil to the pan. Once the pan is hot, place the chicken breasts in the pan and reduce heat to medium. Sear the chicken breasts on one side until they are golden brown, then sear on the other side for 1 minute. Place chicken back on the greased baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
NOTE: I love this recipe. I make two breasts at a time. I mix the flour and seasonings together, use half for dredging the two breasts, and save the rest of the flour mixture in a tightly sealed container for another day. Then I cut the milk to 1/4 cup. Enjoy.
Weeknight meals don't get faster than this! You can whip up a pot of this chili in 2 minutes, and have it on the table in less than 10 minutes!
1 can (14.5 ounce) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
1 can (28 ounce) pork and beans (or make your own)
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 avocado, diced (optional)
1 c. cheese, grated (optional)
1/2 c. sour cream or plain Greek Yogurt (optional)
Place the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, pork and beans, and taco seasoning into a large pot. Stir together. Heat pot just until boiling.
Serve topped with avocado, cheese, and sour cream or plain yogurt. Enjoy!
Notes from Betty: Most of the available taco seasoning mix packets are pretty lame on flavor. I like a spritely Mexican flavor, so I make my own Mexican Seasoning mix that I found on the Internet, and I used about 2-3 T of that seasoning in this recipe. If you’d like my recipe for the seasoning, let me know and I’ll share it.
The first four items keep for a week in the refrigerator, and also freeze beautifully. This is a recipe you can mix and match many ways. I make a healthy ketchup with minimal sweetener, and I add that to regular beans - whatever variety I have, and add bacon for flavor, instead of the canned pork and beans which have high fructose corn syrup sweetener that I try to avoid. However, I am not too concerned with something like pork and beans when I rarely use them. If you have little people at your house, they will love this recipe as is.
Tabouleh is a salad of Lebanese origin consisting chiefly of cracked wheat, tomatoes, parsley, mint, onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. This is my healthier version made with Millet Millet is a very healthy and often-overlooked grain with a very high protein content.
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
2/3 c. millet
Put the millet in a medium saucepan over medium heat and swirl until lightly golden and toasted, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until most of the water is absorbed and the millet is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and cool.
Combine the cooled millet, parsley, cucumbers, tomato, radishes, scallions, lemon juice, oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Copyright 2014 Television Food Network
FROM HERE AND THERE ON THE INTERNET
3 Hours of Relaxing Mix of Guitar Music: Meditation
Music, Instrumental Music, Calming Music, and Soft Music.
WORRY - WORRY - WORRY! ― Are you a worrier?
Worry is a very toxic emotion. It not only negatively affects our health, it damages our body's efforts to heal itself. This is a long web address, but it seems to work well. It directs you to an article featured in Dr. Mercola's daily newsletter which features Dr. Mercola and Dr. Martin Rossman, an expert on the negative affects of worry on our body. It is a little long, but I recommend you take a little time to read it, especially if you are a worrier.
Dr. Mercola relates worry to 90% of physical ailments.
Here is one of the most salient things I have ever read about worry, relating to how useless this emotion is: If you can change what you are worrying about, then change it. If you cannot, then release it and accept that it cannot be changed. Either way you resolve the useless and toxic emotion of worry.
LAUGHTER: I often recommend laughter as a great healing technique. If you would like to have a really great laugh, I highly recommend this famous Mary Tyler Moore film clip. Unfortunately we lost Mary a few days ago.
I can almost guarantee you will laugh out loud as you watch Mary at Chuckles the Clown's funeral. Enjoy.
BOOK REVIEW - Take Your Time by Eknath Easwaran
The remote control of your mind
“I was at a friend’s home when I learned to use a remote control to regulate the channels on his TV. My host said, ‘You just point this thing at the television and change it to whatever you like.’
Because you have been brought up in a scientific, technological culture — not always an advantage! — you see nothing miraculous about this. There may be no visible connection between the TV and the remote control, but it works, and you take for granted that there is a scientific explanation: the device sends a signal that allows me to change channels.
This is exactly what I do with my mind. When somebody is rude to me — which is seldom — don’t think I am not aware of it. I am very much aware, but I can change the channel in my mind from anger to compassion as easily as changing channels on the TV. It’s not good to let people walk all over us, and we may need to resist when they try. But we can resist without losing compassion and respect if we know how to keep our mind steady.”
Eknath'writings offers his insights about our intuitive voice. I found it very interesting in relationship to my own experiences with "Michael," which I wrote about extensively in Michael and Me.
The following is shared from from Facebook:
"How To Remove CRABS From Your Life"
Several years ago while on an adventure trip to Alaska I experienced what I
can only call one of life's greatest lessons. Like all great lessons in life, it
came unexpected and it came to me exactly at the time when I needed it the most.
Those of you who have read my books know that six members of three generations of my family have/had multiple sclerosis. My mother had RR MS, I as well as one of my siblings, have/ had it, and two members of the third generation have it. So I have had an interest in the hereditary factors in MS for a lot of years. Here is something our Research lady, Karen found that is very interesting, which leads to early prediction of females who are at high risk.
One thought I had upon reading this report is that while fewer men have MS then women, a lot of men over the years have communicated with me that they have children who also have it. So it is not just women who are subject to this familial predisposition. You will find the following report informative.
Meaning: Higher-risk asymptomatic family members of patients with MS are more likely to have early subclinical manifestations of MS and deserve further monitoring.
If you would like more information related to the latest thinking by researchers about how to prevent your children from developing MS, let me know and I will address that in a future issue.
Our astute Research lady, Karen, found this report on the serious potential of liver damage that may be caused by Tecfidera. A classic case of buyer beware.
The prescribing information for Tecfidera [for MS] was updated to include a warning that it may cause “clinically significant” liver injury that could require hospitalization. So far, 14 cases of liver injury have been reported in people taking Tecfidera. The onset of liver problems ranged from several days after starting the drug to several months, but all abnormalities resolved after the person stopped taking the drug.
Remember Agent Orange (glyphosate) from the Viet Nam war era? It has found its way into our food supply, and we all need to know about it. Here is why we should be concerned about eating glyphosate:
1. Independent research links glyphosate to cancer and it has been deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. The childhood cancer rate is steadily rising and experts say that they don’t know why. Why are they not taking a closer look at these facts?
2. Research also indicates that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, which disrupts hormones and leads to reproductive problems, early onset puberty, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. When it comes to endocrine disruptors, very small exposures are the most damaging, so "the dose makes the poison" mantra does not apply!
3. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum antibiotic killing the good bacteria in your gut. Poor gut health is linked to inflammation and a whole host of diseases. As GMOs laced with glyphosate are commonly fed to farm animals, this could very well be contributing to antibioti-resistant bacteria.
4. It binds with vital nutrients in the soil (like iron,
calcium, manganese, zinc) and prevents plants from taking them up. Glyphosate is
thereby making food less nutritious!
Many GMOs were invented to be resistant to glyphosate – and since GMOs have been introduced, the use of glyphosate has gone through the roof! It is now the world’s most widely used herbicide.
Glyphosate is not just used on GMOs. Conventional (non-organic farmers) use Roundup as a drying agent on crops, such as oats and wheat. It can’t be simply washed off, as it is taken up into the plant itself.
active ingredient in popular “Roundup” herbicide, millions of people are using
this stuff around their homes, and it’s widely used at parks and other public
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR TOPIC YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO INCLUDE IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER, LEASE LET ME KNOW. IF I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER, I'LL DO MY BEST TO FIND IT FOR YOU.
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