JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
   
May 2019                                                                                                                              

    "Awaken the medicine within, and restore the natural self-healing capacity of body, mind, and spirit."
                                                                                                Dr. Roger Jahnke in THE HEALER WITHIN
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CONTENTS:

My View
     MS Misdiagnosis
Those Very Important Psoas Muscles
From Here and There
Book Review: Feeding You Lies by Food Babe
The Doves of Castle Dunbrair
Pack Your Chute
Bon Appetit - Healthy Food Tips
     Egg Mug Lorraine
Books & DVD Orders 

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MY VIEW
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Happy summer to all my Journey to Wellness friends.  In California where I live we are on a seesaw from consecutive 90-degree days, and our air conditioners getting a workout almost every afternoon, to chilly mornings in the 50s with cool 60s in the afternoon, combined with rain and snow in the nearby Sierra mountains, with thunder storms and hail soon occasion. It occurs to me that this particular weather pattern is much like our lives - mostly unpredictable.

 

Because of the abundance of rain we had this year, a walk through my neighborhood makes one stop in awe at the proliferation of blossoms. Some trees and bushes are blooming for the first time in the 18 years I have lived here. Just about every color of the rainbow.  It really is quite lovely.

 

I hope you will all get out and enjoy your summer. 

(This issue of Journey to Wellness is dedicated to my grandson, Zachary Iams, who graduates from University this month, and
to his father, Kevin R. Iams, who would be 54 years old May 30,

if he were still with us. Congratulations Zach.  I'm sure your father is very proud of you.)

In this photo Zach is six years old and in 1st grade in school.

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  MS MISDIAGNOSIS – A recently published study has found that 18% of patients diagnosed with MS at two major medical centers in California were misdiagnosed.

 

Dr. Ashton Embry of DirectMS.org posted the following item on a Facebook blog on April 10, 2019.  I quote it in its entirety here, together with my response. 

 

This from the abstract – “Of the 241 new patients referred with an established diagnosis of MS, 17% at Cedars-Sinai and 19% at UCLA were identified as having been misdiagnosed. The most common alternative diagnoses were migraine (16%), radiologically isolated syndrome (9%), spondylopathy (7%), and neuropathy (7%). Clinical syndromes and radiographic findings atypical for MS were both associated with misdiagnosis. The misdiagnosed group received approximately 110 patient-years of unnecessary MS disease modifying therapy.”

 

That last sentence is the big one. Big pharma made about 7-8 million dollars off the misdiagnoses, and I am sure the neurologists who made the misdiagnoses got a share of that pie.

 

The MS patient population is basically seen as a huge herd of cash cows by the Medical-Pharmaceutical Complex. They want that herd to be as big as possible even if they have to fake it sometimes.

 

Here's the response I posted: 

 

Thank you Ashton for posting the results of this study. In my 22 plus years of being active in the Internet MS community I cannot tell you how many people have written to me telling me that they were misdiagnosed with MS, and even took one or more of the so-called MS disease modifying drugs, sometimes for years, only to later learn they didn't have MS at all.

 

I think we much of the time place an inordinate amount of emphasis on "diagnosis." When I was first diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS 24 years ago, after several tears if illusive symptoms, I was fortunate to have a wonderful friend, a practicing clinical psychologist, who helped me to solidify my belief that my body was designed to be self healing. That belief lead me to study everything I could about how I could consciously assist my body in healing itself.

 

That study lead me to a then newly-published book, THE HEALER WITHIN, by Dr. Roger Jahnke, a doctor of oriental medicine from Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Jahnke's book is still widely recognized today as a "bible" of the ancient Chinese self-healing medical theories including what we know as Qi Gong.

 

Ancient Chinese medicine teaches that there are no diseases, as we commonly recognize them today, but rather quite simply a body out of cellular biochemical balance, scientifically known as a state of homeostasis. The causes are primarily from unhealthy lifestyle practices. These include, but are not limited to, an unhealthy diet and thus an unhealthy microbiome, stress, an unhealthy diet and poor nutrition, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, etc., all of which cause our body to get out of homeostasis.

 

I became a serious student of the practice of Qi Gong, as well as diet and nutrition, and perhaps most importantly meditation. Over a period of several years I developed a program for myself which combined strict diet restrictions (as recommended by Dr. Ashton Embry),as well as daily Qi Gong and meditation practices.

 

I very rapidly was able to halt the progression of my MS symptoms. Almost immediately the acute fatigue disappeared, as well as numbness, fatigue and hyperactivity and physical coldness on the right side of my body. Over time my residual neurological damage - foot drop, and limp, necessitating walking with a cane, severe heat sensitivity, etc. - one by one disappeared. I have since been examined by neurologists who could find no evidence I ever had PPMS.

 

Today I am 82 years old and only face the normal challenges of aging. Actually the challenges of reversing MS were simple compared to those of aging!

 

I am often asked if I still have MS, and my answer is always, "I don't know. But I do know that I no longer have the symptoms." My family is full of four generations of MS, so whatever caused my body to develop the neurological symptoms, my body no doubt still has. So I continue to practice those basic principles. They have become a way of life for me. IT IS A VERY HEALTHY WAY FOR ANYONE TO LIVE.

 

My message is and has been the same for years. The process for reversing disease - whatever name one identifies with that process - is simple. DIET, EXERCISE and MEDITATION. And please, don't make that diet recommendation complicated. First and foremost eliminate sugar and flour (and anything made with them) from your diet. Once you are comfortable with eliminating S and F you can begin to further refine your diet. Also begin an exercise program of either Qi Gong or modified Yoga, as well as a daily meditation practice.

 

Science tells us today that over 80 percent of so-called diseases are related to life-style practices. The modifications we need to make are simple; and if I can do them, you can do them too! When one considers how severely one can become disabled with what neurologists call multiple sclerosis, the answers seem deceptively simple.

 

My experience is that most people fail at the beginning because they get hung up on the details. Please don't do that. Do not fall into that trap. Self-healing is simple. JUST DO IT, one step at a time.

 

I heard someone a few days ago on a Facebook video who was making a "big announcement" that MS (and all disease) is caused by infection. That theory is, I believe, false. She somehow managed to theoretically connect an infection with an unhealthy gut microbiome.  She is probably half right.  Probably the primary cause of an unhealthy gut flora is the overuse of antibiotics. The proliferation of antibiotics is probably the primary underlying cause of many - if not all - disease processes that plague our society.

 

I have never bought into the theory that our  body's immune system "attacked" the Myelin sheath that surrounds the brain and spinal chord. Many, many people who as young adults were diagnosed with what neurologists call multiple sclerosis were otherwise vibrant and healthy. 

 

Our gut flora is the manager of our body's immune system/response. And when the unhealthy gut flora are allowed to proliferate due to the overuse of antibiotics, they cause the healthy gut flora to be crippled and we ultimately end up with a diagnoses of multiple sclerosis, or a plethora of other so-called autoimmune disorders.   

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  THOSE VERY IMPORTANT PSOAS MUSCLES

 

I subscribe to Dr. Christiane Northrup's newsletter.  She is a very dynamic medical doctor who specializes in women's health issues.  She is also a very effective metaphysical teacher, best selling author,  and believer that we truly do create our world. When she speaks - or writes - I pay attention. 

 

In a recent newsletter Dr. Northrup included a link to her blog about the importance of the psoas (pronounced so-as) muscles, which are the most important aspect of the foot drop and walking challenges almost everyone who has MS (any kind) experiences. Rather than paraphrase what Dr. Northrup has written, please go to her website and read this most important post.  Here is the link:

 

          www.drnorthrup.com/psoas-muscle-vital-muscle-body/

 

This extensive article is the very best information about the psoas I have ever found.  Please, please everyone.  If control of your lower body is a challenge for you, YOU NEED TO READ THIS. One of the important reasons I walk and live a relatively normal life today is because these psoas muscles (one on each side of your spine), are targeted by Shoosh Crotzer's DVD Yoga for MS, which played a pivotal role in my early recovery program.

 

Trust me, you cannot regain a normal walking ability without strengthening the psoas, because all the nerves that control our lower body , all the way to our feet,

go through the psoas muscles. The psoas can also play a vital role in bladder (and bowel) function. The illustrations on Dr. Northrup's blog will help you understand exactly where the psoas muscles are, as well as their importance.  Experience has taught me that the sooner we begin to work on this muscle group, the better chance we have of reversing any damage.  When one has been sitting in a wheelchair for years, it is practically impossible to reverse the damage.

 

 

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PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  FROM HERE AND THERE:

 

REVIEW: Feeding You Lies - How to Unravel the Food Industry's Playbook and Reclaim Your Health by Vani Hari

 

Vani Hari, known on the Internet as FoodBabe.com, is a tireless voice advocating for healthy foods in our super markets. In the last issue of this newsletter I quoted from this newly published book (see that quote here). I had just begun to read her new book at that time, and I promised a future review.  I have now read this book, and believe me it is an eye opener. Almost every page brings an a-ha moment with a new revelation.  

 

I kept thinking as I read, "I have met the enemy and it is the modern food processor." If you seriously want to eat a healthy diet, you must read this book. You will probably, like me, not be able to put it down.

 

NOTE: Always remember that you may read a free preview of any book on Amazon.

 

The Doves of Castle Dunbrair: If you somehow missed my review in the March Journey to Wellness of this newly published e-book book by Cettina (C.S.) Catlin, a long-time subscriber to this newsletter, here is a link. You will love Cettina's story of intrigue, mystery and romance. I found it very enjoyable, as well as thought provoking. Check it out and read a preview on Amazon. 

 

Pack Your Chute: A friend and subscriber to this newsletter, Frannie Lorant-Moore , sent the following to me.  It touched me deeply, so I am sharing it with all my readers. Frannie suggests it as a thought to go with our morning coffee.

 

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.  Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.  He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison.  He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!

 

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, ' You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!

 

'How in the world did you know that?' asked Plumb.

 

 'I packed your parachute,' the man replied.

 

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude.

 

The man pumped his hand and said, 'I guess it worked!'

 

Plumb assured him, 'It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today.'

 

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man.  Plumb says, 'I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers.

 

I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.' Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

 

Now, Plumb asks his audience, 'Who's packing your parachute?' Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.  He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory - he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute.  He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

 

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.  As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachutes.

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  Bon Appétit - Healthy Food Tips and Recipes

 

This month features one of my favorite "weight watcher" recipes from Lisa Lillean, aka HungryGirl.com. It is very simple and easy, as well as tasty.

 

Egg Mug Lorraine 

Entire recipe: 128 calories

 

 

    2 large eggs

    1 T cooked crumbled bacon

    1 t. dried minced onion (or 1/2 t. onion powder)

    1/2 tsp. mayo (or half and half with mustard)

    1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese

 

Spray a large microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add all ingredients, breaking the cheese wedge into pieces.

Whisk or stir well. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for 1 more minute, or until set. Stir and eat!

 

You may substitute any cream cheese or grated cheese you have on hand.

This quick, easy and healthy breakfast is a favorite of mine. 

 

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PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)   Books and DVD Orders

 

I invite you to order any of my e-books from Amazon at:

            FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING MS:  CLICK HERE


            SELF HEALING MADE EASY:  CLICK HERE
               
(Same information as Four Steps, but directed to non-MS people)

         
           
MICHAEL AND ME:  CLICK HERE
 
               

                (Michael and Me shares all the details of my own years-long healing  journey,  including meeting my spirit guide, whom I

            call Michael. If you are only getting one book, please get this one).

NOTE: The above books are also available in PDF format from my order page.

 

I have the very excellent Yoga for MS DVD by Shoosh Crotzer in stock, on my order page. This DVD is a very valuable tool to begin your wellness journey, if you do not have significant immobility. (The Tai Chi for Seniors, recommended in my books, is no longer

available.)

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That's all for this month. Again, welcome to new subscribers. Please know it is always my intent that this NL be interactive. So please anytime take a moment and send me a note
HERE if you have a question or comment. I promise to respond.  

My goal with each issue of this newsletter is to help you achieve the same positive results I and many others have had, reversing whatever physical challenge you may have. Your body is amazingly intelligent; it absolutely evolved to be self-healing. 

I hope you all have a great summer wherever on the planet you live. Have a great month. Until next time, be kind to yourself, and please remember to tell those you love how much they mean to you. You never know when you may not have another opportunity. 

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 Until next time,

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Betty

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a medically trained person, and I  do not give medical advice. But I have been a very serious student of Multiple Sclerosis and nutrition for many years now,
and have developed a program that has kept me symptom free for a lot of years. I  merely share what I have learned in my own journey to healing.

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