JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
'Awaken the medicine within, and restore the natural
self-healing capacity of body, mind, and spirit.'
Dr. Roger Jahnke in THE HEALER WITHIN
Hello to all my Journey to Wellness friends. Many of you are brand new subscribers, and I welcome you. When I began this NL, 18 years ago, I never dreamed that it would still be here all these years later. I had been diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS three years earlier, and after a couple of years I had been able to stop any progression of my MS.
When you have PP MS there are no periods of remission, and patients normally experience continuous progression. So, halting progression was a sizeable "win" for me. in 1997 I wrote my first MS-related book, From MS to Wellness, about my program. The Betty's House . . . Life After MS website, as well as this NL, grew out of that book. I had a strong determination to defeat MS, and a belief that I could do that, although I early on did not know how I would accomplish that. In the ensuing years I learned how to reverse MS using real food and simple lifestyle changes, and I totally defeated my PP MS. Today I have no remaining signs that I ever had MS, and I have successfully taught others to duplicate what I have done.
Through my books, this newsletter, and one-on-one consultations I share what I have come to know about the healing process. I absolutely know that any and every person has within themselves the ability to heal.
If you are new to Journey to Wellness, every month [or when the spirit moves me] you will receive a brief newsletter which will contain a link to the NL, which is always at my website. I apologize to my long-time subscribers for this look back at history, but I thought it important to do a brief look at the historical significance of both the website and this NL.
A great big warm welcome to all your new subscribers. Please know that 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. I am hopeful that I will get a new blog up this year which makes 2-way communication easier.
If you have a physical challenge, I hope you will through this newsletter come to realize that you can overcome whatever challenge you have. Your body is amazingly intelligent; it absolutely evolved to be self-healing.
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Talk to Your Body
The Journey from Victim to Victor
From Here and There
A bit of Humor
A Note from Mike Dooley
Bon Appétit - Healthy Food Tips and Recipes
Whatever's on-Hand Frittata
From My Mailbox
Focus on Exercise
TALK TO YOUR BODY:
It always listens, always understands, and always responds. I first learned about talking to my body from Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publications, and I wrote about her mirror talk technique in the first MS book I wrote in 1997, From MS to Wellness.
Pain is one of the ways our body communicates that something is amiss. Pain can be mild, like a mild headache, or it can be a screaming, acute pain. However one describes their pain, managing it is possible by communicating directly with the pain.
I learned a technique for managing pain when I was a resident at Dr. Deepak Chopra's Center for Mind Body Medicine in San Diego 21 years ago. We were taught there that in meditation we could talk to the pain, and move it out of our body. He also taught that if our belief level was weak we could learn to first move the pain to another part of our body, and then move it outside our body. A couple of years ago I heard him teach that same technique on the Dr. Oz television program.
I have successfully used this technique on relatively minor pains over the years. However, recently I had occasion to use it on what I call a screaming pain. I somehow moved in a certain way that apparently "woke up" an old back injury from 30+ years ago, when I simply got up from my computer chair, I was instantly immobilized by pain. I couldn't sit, couldn't lie down, nor walk it off. It was so acute that tears were streaming down my face. I walked the floor for a couple of hours in that pain episode. By that time it was about midnight. Finally I tried to go to bed, but got no relief.
Then I remembered the talking-to-the-pain technique. I was in such discomfort I would have tried almost anything to get relief. I knew that just saying the words was not enough; I knew that I had to create a strong emotional charge to accompany the words. I literally screamed as loudly as I could, "PAIN, GO AWAY!" "PAIN, GO AWAY!" "PAIN, GO AWAY!" And instantly the pain was gone. I laid back on my bed, fell asleep almost immediately, and slept all night. The last time I felt as excited as I did that night, when the pain instantly disappeared, was the day I met "Michael," whom I wrote about in my Michael and Me book.
I awakened in the morning free from the pain. A couple of weeks later I had another similar pain episode, but it responded again to my demand that it leave. I am a person who needs to know the what and how of everything I experience, and this was no different. I have thought a lot about what happened, and exactly how it happened. I must tell you that I have not always been successful using this technique, like when I had an acute sinus infection, etc. Now I better understand the what, how, and why of when it does work, and also when it does not work.
The key ingredient seems to be the emotional energetic charge behind what I said. What difference does that make? I believe it is because we are energetic beings, and the energy of a strong emotional charge literally goes out and connects to the energy of the greater Universe. The feeling I experienced that night, after the instantaneous relief from the acute pain, reminded me of the feeling I experienced after the first time I met my spirit guide Michael. I was then, as well as now, in awe of its power. It almost defies description.
A great trait to learn . . . Non-Judgment
On my own path of discovery, probably nothing has been more challenging than giving up judgment. All metaphysical masters have taught that non-judgment is essential to our spiritual development. It seems to me that perhaps it is a life-long pursuit.
My experience is that It is incredibly freeing when we give up judgment and accept that there is no such thing as right or wrong . . . that everything and everyone just "is." Unfortunately in our society we are programmed from birth that everything and everyone is either right or wrong. As we mature we learn that we are all on our own journey in this lifetime, and judgment is not ours to make. When we replace judgment with acceptance, we move closer to the Divine.
Any discussion of non-judgment is incomplete without relating to self-judgment. One of the ways we are "damaged" by judgment, is self-judgment, which can be overtly negative as well as positive.
When we judge ourselves to be inadequate - "I'm not enough," "I will never learn to do that," etc. - we place a barrier to our personal growth and accomplishment. The same is true for the person who develops an inflated opinion of themselves. We all know people of all ages who have an abnormal, egotistical attitude of themselves. Self-images may run the gamut from an obnoxious braggart, to an extremely shy milk toast. It seems to me that self-acceptance is a requisite to spiritual development.
The Journey From Victim to Victor, or how we get from there to here.
None of us want to own being a victim. But the truth is we are mostly conditioned by family, teachers, the media, all of society, to blame someone or something outside of ourselves as responsible for whatever our state in life happens to be.
I think of our life's journey as victimhood vs. reality. Because the reality is that none of us are victims of anything or any one except ourselves.
Back to our original question . . . how do we get from victim to victor?
ACCEPT THAT . . .
● life is for living,
being, and doing
● whatever my experience of life is today, I can change
● change begins with my belief
● beliefs are thoughts we hold to be true
● insight happens inside of you
● only I create my state of being
● you and this insight are one
● the Universe is for you, not against you
● you can give up your blame story anytime
● the Presence is right where you are - always
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FROM HERE AND THERE
If you have not yet heard of Lifestyle Medicine, be on the lookout for it. Science tells us that today we could prevent 80% of chronic diseases with lifestyle changes. Unfortunately healthy lifestyle habits is not a very sexy subject. In addition, these changes do not bring profits into the coffers of the huge pharmaceutical companies.
Healthy lifestyle habits, which are coming to be known as "lifestyle medicine," presently emphasizes such areas as modification of physical activity, optimal nutrition, as well as reduction of stress, meditation, etc.
However this new medical designation will not bring about significant change until we refuse to be duped by big pharma that we need their pills and potions.
Thanks to physicians like Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Larry Dossey, and Dr. Joseph Mercola, who practice what has come to be called integrative or natural medicine, the ground work has been laid for the new "lifestyle medicine."
A bit of humor: If you would like a good laugh, backed up with a lot of truth, Dr. Mercola's website has a new cartoon parody called The Town of Allopath, A Story of Deception. You'll find it at:
What is your health story? What do you tell yourself - about yourself - when you look in the mirror in the morning, or when you go to bed in the evening? Before you can overcome any physical challenge you must closely examine your story, that is what you tell yourself about whatever physical challenge you may have. For many of us, the beginning of recovery can be found in the strength and power of the story that we tell ourselves. When we learn to use self-talk, when we understand our internal narrative, transformative change is possible.
I believe it is very important to set the "state" of our day when we get up in the morning. I did this Starting My Day video for those who learn best by visual stimulation. I used the Mind Movies software (which I highly recommend) to create this:
Starting My Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sENvHwQ9tko
This second video I made using an old software called Memories on the Web which is now out of date and no longer available. It is a lovely and short morning prayer.
My Daily Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy9zg0cYbus
A note from Mike Dooley
Several times in the past I have encouraged Journey to Wellness readers to subscribe to Mike Dooley's TUT daily emails. They are great, and over 200,000 people subscribe to this totally free service. I first learned about this service from Oprah Winfrey. The following quote comes from one of Mike's recent e-mails:
"I know I sometimes need reminding, and so just maybe you do, too:
We live in an illusionary world designed for you to find and create happiness. You're inclined to succeed, pushed on to greatness every single day, with positive thoughts that are at least 10,000 times more powerful than your negative thoughts.
Your thoughts become the things and events of your life! It doesn't get any better than this. It doesn't matter where you've been or even where you now are. What is it you want? Create a picture of it in your mind, imagine all the details, feel the happy tears streaming down your face, feel the warm hugs of congratulations from your friends, and know that this vision is yours for the making.
In the days that follow, take action, because for every little step you take, the Universe takes many more on your behalf. The more you do, the more She does. It is easy, easier than "blood, sweat, and tears." You've always been successful, there have been no mistakes, and the BEST IS YET TO COME!
No matter where this finds you, I wish that you find, and live, the truth every day of your life!"
If you have not yet subscribed to the TUT service, you may do so at www.tut.com. I highly recommend this daily e-mail service.
Bon Appétit - Healthy Food Tips and Recipes
8 Avocado Hacks You Want And Need
FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST
For all you avocado devotees out there, here's a list of the eight most essential avocado hacks because you deserve it. And because it’ll help you eat even more avocado.
1. You can quickly ripen a too-hard avocado by putting it in a paper bag at room temperature.
2. If you need an avocado to mature faster than that, add an apple, banana or pear.
3. OR, if you really can’t wait, bake it in the oven.
4. To preserve a perfectly ripe avocado you’re not quite ready to eat, pop it in the fridge.
5. However, if you’ve already cut into that avocado, be sure to cover it before refrigerating.
6. Drop an egg into the hole of an avocado, bake until set, and eat.
7. Get the most out of an avocado by cutting it into quarters and peeling the skin away.
8. If you’re unsure whether an avocado is ready to eat, look underneath the stem.
2 c. chopped cooked vegetables and/or meat (asparagus,
rotisserie chicken, ham, potatoes, kale,
1/2 c. shredded cheese
2 t chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, basil, thyme or chives
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, beat eggs and stir in vegetables and/or meat, cheese, herbs, and salt and pepper, if needed.
Heat a 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add oil and carefully swirl around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. Add egg mixture, spread out evenly and cook, without stirring, until the edges and bottom are set and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. (Carefully loosen an edge to peek.)
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until eggs are completely set and frittata is deep golden brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes more. Remove the skillet from the oven. (The handle will be hot!) Loosen edges and bottom of frittata with a table knife and spatula; carefully invert onto a large plate. Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.
Research News - From Karen
For those waiting for news on the new drug for PP MS, Ocrelizumab . . . the results are not as promising as your neurologist is probably telling you. This comes from a blog from Joan Beal. If this long link doesn't work for you, just copy and paste it in your browser.
Tylenol: This popular pain-killer is not nearly as safe as we have been lead to believe. You'll find this report very interesting.
The following is a very interesting story from Canada regarding a court ruling granting a lady's right-to-die petition. Karen's comment, "but they wouldn't give support to CCSVI, the . . . greedy bastards [the MS Society of Canada]."
Hello Betty. Thank you for all I have learned from you over the years. I know you have recommended both Yoga and Qi Gong. But I have noticed that you only talk about practicing Qi Gong yourself. Why is that? /s/ Janet C. UK
That's a very good question Janet. Thank you for asking. I have shared most things about myself in this newsletter, however it has never seemed appropriate to share a congenital esophagus defect I have. I have been aware that I had a problem as long as I can remember. I first learned what it was and to compensate as a teenager. As I have aged it has caused increasing challenges. One of those is about 10-12 years ago I began to develop nausea when doing any form of floor exercise. Gradually I had to give up doing the Yoga for MS program that had been so effective for me. For several years I had done both this modified yoga program, as well as the Tai Chi (Qi Gong) for Seniors program. So in recent years I have only written about doing a daily Qi Gong practice. However, for almost everyone I still recommend the Yoga for MS program primarily for maintaining and building strength. Whereas Qi Gong is more related to healing and maintaining health.
To all of you who wrote notes about the 18th anniversary of Journey to Wellness last month, thank you so much. I too am amazed that I still get excited to be writing this NL almost every month. I came very close to putting it to bed last year after my accident and surgery, but I'm still here and still eager to continue. Again thanks for all the lovely notes last month.
Focus on Exercise
Most of us tend to think of exercise as what is generally referred to as aerobics, An aerobic exercise is normally defined as meaning jumping and moving about to raise our heart rate. Actually "aero" is derived from "air," and scientifically aerobic literally means increasing the oxygen levels of the cells in our body. And that can easily be accomplished by deep breathing. One can do that while seated, lying down, or standing still. Yoga and Qi Gong are classic examples of perfect aerobic activities. Both incorporate specific breathing patterns.
However, walking is most probably the perfect overall exercise. Our body was designed to move and to walk.
Featured Books, DVD Exercise Programs, Videos and Consultations
FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING MS (e-book) HERE:
SELF-HEALING MADE EASY (an e-book for the non-MS community) HERE:
MICHAEL AND ME: Creating a Healthy, Joyful and Abundant Life HERE
INNER SMILE MEDITATION by Lee Holden HERE:
RECOMMENDED EXERCISE VIDEOS HERE:
A NOTE ABOUT KINDLE E-BOOKS ̶ You may read Amazon e-books on any Kindle reader or notebook. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you may download a free Kindle App (from the Apple App Store) and then easily read Kindle e-books on your iPad or iPhone. Try it . . . you'll be glad you did. I read Kindle e-books all the time on my iPad. You may also download the Kindle App to your computer's desktop and read them on your computer monitor.
PRIVATE SKYPE VIDEO
During the last year I have done very few Skype consultations due to my accident and the resultant surgery and prolonged recovery. But I am back to making time available for consultations, and I am so pleased with the results clients are reporting. Skype is a very effective tool for consults.
If you are newly diagnosed, I highly recommend a consultation to get you started on a lifestyle program before you sustain a lot of neurological damage. If you have been half-way doing a program that feels sort of like treading water, perhaps now is a good time to schedule a consult and let's see where you may be missing the mark. Perhaps you just need a tune-up of what you are now doing. Everybody needs a coach from time to time, and the value of a coach who has been there and done that cannot be overstated. If you would like information about scheduling a Skype coaching session, just send me a note HERE and I'll get back to you with details. I look forward to hearing from YOU.
My thanks to all of you who use the Betty's House Amazon link to purchase anything from Amazon. That really helps to defray the monthly fees for the website and newsletter.
All you must do is use this Amazon logo:
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.You may purchase almost anything at anytime from Amazon. And just using this logo one time only works for that particular order. It does not automatically carry over to future orders. However, when you click on this Amazon logo, as soon as it opens in your computer's browser, then bookmark the site and you will not need to physically look up the logo every time you order. I suggest you name that bookmark Betty's Amazon and then whenever you wish to place an order you simply click on that bookmark. It is really very easy.
Happy Summer. 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.
In love and light,
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 FOR MANY YEARS, AND I HAVE DEVELOPED A PROGRAM THAT HAS KEPT ME SYMPTOM FREE FOR A LOT OF YEARS NOW SINCE PRIMARY PROGRESSIVE MS FIRST MADE ITS APPEARANCE IN MY LIFE.
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