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Journey to Wellness
 November 2015
THE GOOD NEWS,  NATURALLY HEALTHY NEWSLETTER
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'Awaken the medicine within, and restore the natural
self-healing capacity of body, mind, and spirit.'
                                                 Dr. Roger Jahnke in THE HEALER WITHIN
 

Hello my Journey to Wellness friends. As I write this it is late October, and a beautiful fall day in north-central California. The leaves are turning all the beautiful colors of fall, and the days are noticeably shorter ever day.  The cycles of life on our planet continue, just as they continue in our lives.

I hope you all had a lovely summer.  Before we know it the tulips will be poking their heads out, and we'll be looking forward to yet another holiday season.

This newsletter contains a lot of information, and as always it is my hope that you find something included this month that speaks to challenges you may have.  And of course, please remember to smile.  Everything goes better with a smile.
 

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CONTENTS:

My View
Late-Breaking Research News from the UK
Bon Appétit- Healthy Recipes and Food Tips
      Pumpkin Soup
      Apple Chicken Stir-Fry
      Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
From Here and There
What is Brain Entrainment
The Power of Our Mind
Choices, Choices, Choices
Research News
Morning Qi Gong Exercise


PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)   MY VIEW 

 

I find it very interesting to observe how my perspective of things changes.  This was a "lost" summer due to my injury and subsequent surgery. It has now been five and a half months, and I am just now able to do most things, even though with discomfort. The orthopedic surgeon told me it would be a full year to be back to normal, and my guess is that he was very accurate. 

 

But there were a lot of positives along the way. Wonderful care at the hospital and nursing home/rehab center, and then from my home health care team after I came home.  Great support and caring from many friends and neighbors. Some of my Internet friends checked in regularly to boost my morale. I was able to do a posting to my Facebook page after a few days at the nursing home/rehab center, so those who are Facebook "friends" began to send me words of encouragement.  You are all very special to me, and very much appreciated. And of course my spirits were buoyed by the concern and caring of many of my newsletter readers after I was able to report to you.

 

I was reminded yet again that I am capable of much more than I ever thought I would be. 

 

THANK YOU ALL! I am filled with gratitude. One of my favorite sayings of the late Dr. Wayne Dyer is:

 

"Without exception, begin every day of your life with gratitude. As you look in the mirror, say,
"Thank you, God, for life, for my body, for my family and loved ones,
for this day, and for the opportunity to be of service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     —Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

 

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I have updated the main page of Betty's House to accommodate my new e-book, Michael and Me: Creating a Healthy Abundant and Joyful Life.  Please note that all my e-books are now available in PDF format through my website to read on your computer monitor. These are for people who either do not have a Kindle, iPad or other notebook reader, or who do not wish to purchase the books from Amazon. Just click HERE or on the main page and I'll attach the file to an e-mail and you may read any of them whenever you wish on your computer.

 

I absolutely know that Michael and Me is the very best work I have ever done. If you have not yet read Michael and Me, I promise you will not soon forget Michael.  He has been a constant in my life for 20 years now. There is some duplication of subjects I have written about before, but much of the material in this book I have never previously written.

 

If you have questions about any of the books, please don't hesitate to write to me HERE.

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)   Late Breaking Research News From the U.K.
 

FROM ACROSS THE POND COMES THIS INTRIGUING REPORT. BE SURE TO READ THIS VERY INTERESTING REPORT:

Multiple sclerosis patient walks after taking HIV drugs

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-34659771

 

For years it has been thought by many MS researchers that the underlying cause of MS is an unknown virus. This certainly suggests a new avenue to explore as a possible treatment for MS. Please let your neurologist know of this report, and then report back and let me know what you learn. I will of course share your report in this newsletter.

 

Fifty years ago when my mother was first diagnosed with RR MS, her doctor assured her that its origin was an unknown virus, and that as soon as that virus was identified a cure would be just around the corner.  Let's hope this turns out to be the start of a new approach to treating MS.

 


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

 

Regular readers all know of my fondness for all things pumpkin. Each fall when stores in my area have reduced prices on canned pumpkin, I stock up.  Pumpkin soup is one of my favorites.  Enjoy.

 

Pumpkin Soup 

    3/4 c. water, divided
    small onion, chopped
    1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
    2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
    1/2 t. ground cinnamon
    1/4 t. ground nutmeg
    1 c. milk of your choice
    1/8 t. black pepper
    1 green onion top, chopped
 

In a large saucepan, heat 1/4 cup water over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Don't let onion dry out.

Add remaining water, pumpkin, broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and cook until hot. Do not boil.  Ladle soup into warmed bowls and garnish with black pepper and green onion tops. I like a dollop of sour cream on top.  Serve immediately.

 

PERSONAL NOTE: If you like your soup thicker, just thicken with a little cornstarch mixed with a little water before adding the milk. This makes an excellent Thanksgiving soup course.

 

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Apple Chicken Stir-fry

   4 large chicken breasts
   2 red apples
   ½ c. coconut oil
   1 T sesame oil
   ¼ c. honey
   1T shredded ginger
   2 c. mushroom slices of your choice
   Salt and pepper to taste
   chopped green onions
   2 – 3 c. of steamed wild rice
 

Cut chicken and apples into chunks and set aside. Sauté oils, honey, chicken, ginger and apples until chicken is cooked, about 8 minutes. Apples should be tender.

 

Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for another 5 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked. Serve on wild rice and garnish with the green onions.

Absolutely delicious!

 

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The perfect one-bite, no-cook snack or hors d'oeuvre. You'll love this combination of flavors.

 

Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates

 

Dried Dates:

cut dates in half

fill w/blue cheese

place toasted almond on top

sprinkle on top with a little cayenne pepper (very little)

 

Toast almonds in a dry pan over medium heat, shaking often.

 

Excellent with sparkling lightly sweetened wine or perhaps a Chardonnay or Riesling.

 

I do not recall where I got this recipe, but it is a very simple, easy and tasty tidbit to serve with wine.  I mix the blue cheese with a little cream cheese to make it hold together and be more spreadable. 

 

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PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes) FROM HERE AND THERE

 

From Marie Diamond, Feng Shui expert, comes this excellent advice ‒

 

        "Did you say "Hello" to yourself today? Smiling? If not, go to the nearest mirror and see how beautiful you are. Say "Hi (___your name___)", and smile at yourself.

 

        Don't focus on the wrinkles, the hair, or the spots on your skin, but rather focus on the light in your eyes, your smile, and give yourself a great compliment. You can transform your life and impact the world ."

 

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Our Research lady, Karen, sends along this YouTube report for people with balance problems.  It is pretty amazing. Karen says she has seen many testimonials that these vests work really well:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjOzcEnJkHI  

 

If you have balance challenges, perhaps it might offer help for you.

 

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When you are inspired . . . dormant forces, faculties,
and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be
a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

                                                   ―Patanjali

 

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A QUOTE FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE, OPRAH WINFREY:

 

"What I’ve come to know is that so much of our lives is controlled by our intentions and our beliefs. It matters what I believe, and what you believe, and what we as a community come together and believe. Our intentions become thoughts … our thoughts become beliefs … our beliefs become words and actions. From inception, our intentions and beliefs carry power; what we believe is often what shows up for us."
 

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"The standard of success in life isn't the things. It isn't the money or the stuff.
It is absolutely the amount of joy you feel."

                                                                                                                                                    ―Abraham/Hicks

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“You have a wellspring of beautiful energy inside of you. When you are open you feel it; when you are closed you don’t. This flow of energy comes from the depth of your being. It’s been called by many names. In ancient Chinese medicine, it is called Chi. In yoga, it is called Shakti. In the West, it is called Spirit. Call it anything you want. All the great spiritual traditions talk about your spiritual energy; they just give it different names. That spiritual energy is what you’re experiencing when love rushes up into your heart. That is what you’re experiencing when you’re enthused by something and all this high energy comes up inside of you.

 

You should know about this energy because it’s yours. It’s your birthright, and it’s unlimited. You can call upon it any time you want. It has nothing to do with age. Some eighty-year-old people have the energy and enthusiasm of a child. They can work long hours for seven days a week. It’s just energy. Energy doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get tired, and it doesn’t need food. What it needs is openness and receptivity. This energy is equally available to everybody”

 

                                                                                                               ―Derek Hough (Dancing with the stars favorite)

 

WOW! That's awesome, Derek.  I love this quote; every time I read it, I get more from it. Thank you Derek.

 

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I often recommend that everyone subscribe to the daily uplifting e-mails from TUT.com (Mike Dooley).  Here's one I received the other day. These little nuggets of goodness are a great way to begin every day:

 

        Not events, Betty, but outcomes. Visualize outcomes.  

        Not the cracking of the bat, but gliding over home plate.  

        Not the inking of deals, but the kind of life you'll lead.  

        Not the scale, the diet, or the food, but the admiration you have earned.  

        And not the whens, the wheres, the whos, or the hows, but the laughter, high-fives, and wows.

        Not events, Betty, but outcomes. Visualize outcomes.

 

                                Seeing you happy,

                                The Universe

 

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PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes) WHAT IS BRAINWAVE ENTRAINMENT?

 

I received the following from a newsletter reader:

 

Hi Betty.

 

Please tell me how brainwave entrainment works, and why we should try using it.

/s/ Carole S. 

 

Thanks for your question Carole. I have learned that Brainwave Entrainment is sort of like A TUNE-UP FOR YOUR BRAIN.  I strongly urge everyone to learn about the positive effects of brainwave entrainment. As a place to begin, I refer you to this SubSines LINK. SubSines offers a free brainwave entrainment MP3 that one can either listen to at their website, or download to your computer. 

 

What will it do for you?  It depends on where you begin from; for me it greatly improved the quality of my sleep.  If it never does anything else for me than improve my sleep, I am a grateful "happy camper!"

 

One of the "aging" lessons I have learned is that quality sleep becomes more challenging as we age.  For me, the SubSines sample changed all that immediately.  Perhaps your problem is depression, or any one of a myriad of disabilities or other challenges.  The co-founder of SubSines does an excellent job of educating us on what brainwave entrainment is and what it can do for us. 

 

A school teacher who downloaded the SubSines sample after reading about it in the last issue of this NL tells me that she was aware of a positive difference almost immediately.  She also indicated that she credited this audio recording with increased intuitive ability.  It seems to me that one could describe brainwave entrainment as synchronization of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It is being strongly recommended for learning disabilities of various kinds.

 

You'll find lots of excellent information at the SubSines website. A simple Google search turns up a great deal of information. Just remember that all brainwave entrainment audio recordings are not of equal quality. I had purchased an entrainment program a couple of years ago, and I was unaware that I benefited at all. 

 

The only way you will know what it will do for you is to try it; check it out at this SubSines LINK, and you can do that for free!  Such a deal.

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)   THE POWER OF OUR MIND

 

Dr. Bruce Lipton is one of my favorite authors.  I often quote from his seminal book, The Biology of Belief, which was first published 10 years ago. If you have not yet discovered this superb book, I hope you will pick up the new 10th anniversary updated edition. Here is a quote from this author:

 

"You can choose what to see. You can filter your life with rose-colored beliefs that will help your body grow or you can use a dark filter that turns everything black and makes your body/mind more susceptible to disease. You can live a life of fear or live a life of love. You have the choice! But I can tell you that if you choose to see a world full of love, your body will respond by growing in health. If you choose to believe that you live in a dark world full of fear, your body’s health will be compromised as you physiologically close yourself down in a protection response.

 

Learning how to harness your mind to promote growth is the secret of life, which is why I called this book The Biology of Belief. Of course the secret of life is not a secret at all. Teachers like Buddha and Jesus have been telling us the same story for millennia. Now science is pointing in the same direction. It is not our genes but our beliefs that control our lives...Oh ye of little belief!

 

There is nothing wrong with going through life wearing the proverbial rose-colored glasses. In fact, those rose-colored glasses are necessary for your cells to thrive. Positive thoughts are a biological mandate for a happy, healthy life.

 

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

 

Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your habits

Your habits become your values

Your values become your destiny"

 

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES!  Every single day, actually every moment of every day, we face a countless number of choices.

 

We get to choose how everything in our day turns out.  Actually our choices determine how everything in our LIFE turns out . . . and all those choices begin with a thought; that is, what we choose to think about.

 

The late Dr. Wayne Dyer said:

 

"Thoughts are the currency of your life."

 

We can choose to be happy or unhappy, joyful or sad, productive or unproductive, high energy or low energy, involved in life or remaining on the sidelines while others make the choice to be happy. We can choose to participate or sit on the sidelines.

 

Many of those daily choices we make will determine the state of our health in the days to come. The foods we choose to eat or not eat. Did we make the time to meditate today? Did we choose to adhere to our exercise program? We are really in control, so if our life is not on track, doesn't it make sense to look at our daily choices? 

 

To me one of the grandest things about being human is that I get to make―must make― daily choices that determine how my life turns out. Now that I am very much a senior citizen [I hate that designation, but it is quite descriptive], I sometimes reflect on the choices I made early in my life that reverberate in the circumstances in my life today.

 

Last month I had my 79th birthday, and while it is difficult for me to believe I am that age, I am so grateful that I made a lot of healthy choices over the years that are responsible for my excellent health and well being today. Some of those choices were easy, and some were difficult, but in retrospect all were very important.

 

I hope this short essay will spur you to consider carefully how you are spending the currency of your life, and all the choices you are making every day.

 

TODAY I CHOOSE TO BE JOYFUL AND HAPPY.

 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  RESEARCH NEWS
 

●   DRUG DEPENDENCY

http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-06-2012/xanax-ambien-side-effects-armon-neel.html  

 

●   Here's a report everyone who lives with MS needs to read.  You will be amazed:

 

 What is "acceptable risk" for an MS patient? Ocrelizumab

 https://www.facebook.com/notes/396834097210/  

 

●   In case you feel like Karen (and I) are to serious, Karen sends along this really funny joke.  Enjoy:

 

https://www.facebook.com/cannalawblog/photos/a.633950640026832.1073741828.625474004207829/915418751880018/?type=3&theater

 

●   Here's a stem-cell trial follow-up that is promising:

 

http://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/2015/03/stem-cell-therapy-for-ms-gets-green-light-in-first-u-s-clinical-trial/

 

●    Big pharma whistleblower


http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/07/07/pfizer-vice-president-blows-the-whistle-tells-the-truth-about-the-pharmaceutical-industry/

 

●    National MS Society of US rejects funding oif FDA approved stem cell study.

 

http://www.wheelchairkamikaze.com/2015/03/national-ms-society-decision-makers.html

 

●     Important Biotin Study

 

http://www.healthline.com/health-news/high-doses-of-biotin-improve-symptoms-of-progressive-ms-052215#3

 

KAREN SENDS ALONG THIS PERSONAL NOTE:  "I’ve been doing the biotin 300mg a day treatment for over a month now.  ( Facebook BIOTIN FOR PROGRESSIVE MS  although it for all stages ) and it seems to be giving me more energy, DEFINITELY fewer spasms and SUPER shiny nails!  Many people are claiming bladder improvements…still waiting on that.  Planning on continuing. You must purchase the biotin in bulk….the supplements at the store do not have enough.  The Facebook page has all the info needed.  Easy peasy!"


 

PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)   Morning Qi Gong Exercise

I must have seven or eight CDs by Qi Gong Master Lee Holden.  One of his best is available free of charge on YouTube at:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRs0nFgvcOQ

This 10-minute routine is excellent to start your day with high energy.  There is also an excellent more extensive 20-minute morning routine that you'll find on YouTube.

Lee's Tai Chi for Seniors is an excellent seated routine for those who have difficulty standing.

I am absolutely certain that my daily commitment to a Qi Gong practice was largely responsible for my personal recovery from PP MS. And I still continue a daily Qi Gong routine. During my recent months-long recovery from a shattered hip and the resultant surgery, my daily Qi Gong practice was the thing I missed the most. After a couple of months I was able to work out a simple upper body routine that I could do seated in a chair or lying in a bed.  Even that limited routine greatly aided in my recovery. I am now mid-way through the fifth month of recovery and in only the last couple of weeks can I do most of my regular routine. YAH! I really love Qi Gong.

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That's about it for this month. I hope all of you have a lovely Thanksgiving in your area, if you are in the United States, or if you have an equivalent fall harvest celebration.

I'll be back with another issue prior to Christmas.  Blessings to all.

In love and light,

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 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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