Happy Holidays
 December 2015
From 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 everyone from Davis, California, U.S.A.  Welcome to this issue of Journey to Wellness.  I hope everything is well in your world, wherever you happen to live on this globe we call home.

As 2015 draws to a close, so does this very stressful year for me. Having mostly recovered from major reconstruction surgery following my accident seven months ago, I look back with much gratitude for close friends and family who helped me through that long recovery. And of course I heard words of encouragement from many in my Internet and awesome Journey to Wellness families. I have also re-learned that I am capable of much more than I thought I was. 


My View
Bon Appétit- Healthy Recipes and Food Tips
       Christmas Tree Cream Cheese Spread Hors D'Oeuvre
       Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
From Here and There
Letting Go of Past Judgments
Research News
Happily We Exercise
From My E-Mail Box
MY VIEW|______|_____|___

Remember when we were kids and played Hide and Seek, and if you were "it," you'd yell, "Ready or not here I come!"  The holidays are much like that.  And of course it certainly does seem with each passing year they come around more and more frequently. 

Whatever traditions your family has established around the holidays, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and you'll keep your eyes peeled for the January issue of the Journey to Wellness newsletter, as our lives get back to normal.  

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Today I posted the following to my Facebook page:

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT! While sitting at my computer desk a few days ago, I picked up my checkbook to pay first-of-the-month bills. Suddenly the voice in my head said loud and clear, you need to check your accounts at the bank. Then the voice, whom I call "Michael," repeated the message, loud and clear. Since I have learned not to ignore Michael, I logged into my household bank account and found a fraudulent "pending" withdrawal (scheduled to post in a few hours) that would have wiped out a month's income!

It was late in the afternoon. I immediately jumped into my car and headed to my bank. Sure enough, I had been the recipient of bank fraud, which took two days of diligent effort by my bank manager and its fraud department to reverse.

Remember Michael, my spirit guide, in my recently published Amazon e-book Michael and Me: Creating a Healthy, Abundant and Joyful Life? When the bank called a couple of days later to tell me that all the funds had been replaced in my account, I reflected on how very fortunate I am to have learned many years ago when I was very young to listen to that inner voice. I now know that most likely that inner voice morphed or matured into the voice of my spirit guide I call Michael.

Interestingly I am not unique in having an inner voice. We all have an intuitive inner voice. However, for most of us we ignore it and it therefore becomes more or less dormant. I believe  because I nurtured that inner voice I heard as a child, it matured into the Michael whom I have come to know is constantly with me. How very fortunate I am to have Michael's guidance. The bank fraud alert is a good example of how I benefit daily from developing this inner guidance. Anyone can learn to nurture his or her own inner voice just as I have.

I was talking to my 90-year-old next door neighbor about this occurrence, and she said, “Betty, you have told me about your inner voice, but I have never been aware of such a voice; however I do have an inner “knowing” about things. She then shared some of the ways her inner knowing has worked for her.  I smiled and assured her that my inner voice and her inner knowing come from the same source.

Michael and Me: Creating a Healthy, Abundant and Joyful Life is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon at If you do not have an iPad or Kindle reader app for reading e-books, you may obtain Michael and Me in a PDF version directly from Betty’s House HERE. You will receive it right away and you may read it on your computer monitor.

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


I love to play in my kitchen and see what I can create.  Holiday time is a great time for preparing special festive foods for our families and friends.  Here are a couple that I use for entertaining.  I hope you may enjoy them.




        1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese

        1 green bell pepper

        1 piece (2 inches) green onion

        1/4 c. Thick 'n Chunky salsa

        1 c. apricot preserves or orange marmalade

        1 t. chopped fresh cilantro


Assorted tortilla chips, crackers or sliced vegetables, if desired


bullet 1 Cut block of cream cheese diagonally in half; arrange on serving plate with shallow rim to form triangle.
bullet 2 Cut star out of bell pepper with star-shaped cookie cutter; place at top of tree. Place green onion piece at base of tree.
bullet 3 Mix salsa and preserves; spoon over cream cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.


©From the Betty Crocker Kitchens


NOTE: If you are not fond of the Mexican flavors in this recipe, substitute your favorite jam for the salsa, and your favorite cracker instead of tortilla chips.  It is the kind of recipe that you can tweak many ways.  Enjoy.




16 extra-large white mushrooms

5 T good olive oil, divided

2 1/2 T Marsala wine or medium sherry

3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casings

6 scallions, white and green parts, minced

2 garlic cloves minced

2/3 c. panko crumbs

5 ounces mascarpone cheese (a cream cheese)

1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan

2 1/2 T minced fresh parsley leaves

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.


Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside.


Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the panko crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.


Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.


© Ina Garten


PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes) FROM HERE AND THERE


One of my favorite Internet sources,, shares this very insightful bit of wisdom:


"Do you know what today means, in spiritual, numerical terms?  Me neither.


But... I know this: Your thoughts become things every single day, no matter what the occasion, no matter where the energy vortices, no matter when the equinox starts, no matter what the economy is doing, no matter who is in office, no matter what you want, no matter when you want it, no matter what, no matter what, no matter what.


Any other thinking just gives your power away."

NOTE: If you are not yet a subscriber to the daily e-mails from TUT (Mike Dooley), head on over to and join hundreds of thousands all over the world and signup. Then every single morning in your e-mail box will be your dose of daily inspiration.

Probably one of the most beloved authors in the early years of the United States, was Mark Twain. One of my favorites of his many witticisms containing much food for thought is:

ain't what we don't know that gets us into trouble. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

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THOMAS EDISON REALLY PRACTICED ACTING AS IF:  I love to read the history of how famous successful people created their successes. One of my favorite life histories is that of Thomas Edison. The founder of the General Electric company, he is probably best known for inventing the light bulb. He humorously related that the first version he made didn’t work, nor did the second or the third. In fact he said he needed many tries before he came up with a light bulb that worked.

Healing is much the same way. On the way to developing the healing techniques that worked for me I tried many, many that didn’t work. So what is the lesson to be learned? Continue to believe in yourself, and don‘t give up. Keep listening to your inner voice and keep trying until you find the formula that works for you.


And along the way, do not lose focus, and continue to . . . ACT AS IF!


PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes) Letting go of Past Judgments



There is a newly published book called "The Up Side of Down."  Its subject is business and leadership; but the title gripped me and caused me to think of its application to self-healing.


One of the important things I learned on my way to my own self-healing was to give up judging.  That lesson was not an easy one for me.  I had been raised in an atmosphere where I was taught that everything and everybody was either right or wrong, good or bad.  But I came to know that everything just IS.  Please do not misunderstand me.  I still work at practicing this lesson every day.  Irrespective of that I still believe very strongly that things - as well as people - just are as they are.  This  philosophy also applies to self-judgment. 


When I began my own healing journey I believed that the diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PP MS) would mean just about the worst possible future I could imagine.    After all my mother was then in a nursing home, requiring constant care, after many years of living with MS in its worst form.


At the time of my diagnosis the neurologist told me that there was nothing allopathic medicine could do for PP MS.  He warned me that over the years other doctors would attempt to get me to try the various meds recommended for RR MS, but to always remember his caution that they would never have any positive effect on my PP MS. How right his advice turned out to be.   I have observed the heartbreak of thousands who also are PP MS who continue to try all the meds, both new and old, which are recommended by the pharmaceutical giants who are hell bent on massive profits from so-called new MS drugs.  All  the while the people who take these drugs continue their downward spiral of increasing neurological damage.


How did I come up with my program that ultimately totally reversed my PP MS?  First I am a very stubborn and determined lady.  Those traits not only made me very successful in the business world, they also drove me to find a way to stop my body's struggle with this "thing" that was attacking me. My books and other writings detail the plan I devised to reverse my PP MS. However, discovering I needed to give up judgment was an important part of my journey.


PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  RESEARCH NEWS


As always, my great appreciation and thanks to Karen for sending me these research links.


(1)   Is ADHD in children for real? Don't miss this article.  Be sure you scroll down to the article.






(3)   A recommended read:



PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  HAPPILY WE EXERCISE!

Remember the little "Happily We Exercise" song we learned in kindergarten or first grade and sang as we did our morning exercises.? I am so devoted to my Qi Gong exercise program I missed it very much when I was unable to do hardly any of it following my recent surgery. It is now seven months since my injury and bionic "repair," and only in the last couple of weeks have I been able to do my usual routine. I can't tell you how good it feels to be almost back to normal.


Even though I was unable to do a complete routine while recovering, I still benefited greatly from some of the simple movements that did not require moving the injured/repaired leg. Leg cramps and nerve pain to in and around the damaged area were serious problems, especially a night when I was lying in bed. But because of my knowledge of how Qi Gong works, I was able to move the chi in my body and easily bring much needed relief.


After my recent experience with the effectiveness of Qi Gong to relieve nerve pain and muscle cramps, I am excited to share that experience. Qi Gong is a very effective natural, simple, and easy avenue to self-healing.


Remember that Qi Gong translates to Qi = energy or life force, and Gong most often translates to work.  This means Qi Gong very simply is "energy work." The two most important aspects in my personal healing program have been Qi Gong and meditation. Qi Gong is often referred to as a moving meditation.  I do believe it is most effective when done in a meditative state.


If you have never quite gotten into a Qi Gong routine, please tell me how I may help you.  Send me an e-mail HERE with your questions and where you are having a problem. It is my wish that every reader of this newsletter find the powerful benefits of Qi Gong.


PE03257A.gif (4096 bytes)  FROM MY E-MAIL BOX

Hi Betty.  Thank you for your recommendation for the introductory SubSines brain wave entrainment audio recording. It is great.  It only took 2-3 days before I could tell a difference, especially in the quality of my sleep.  Thanks again. I'm glad you are recovering from your recent accident.  Stay well, and Happy Holidays.  /s/ John and Gloria J.

Thank you John for your note.  I also love that SubSines MP3 Inception recording. In case anyone missed the previous recommendation, you may go to this SubSines LINK to either listen at the website, or download the file to your computer. I have never recommended anything else like this particular recording.  It represents the very latest in brain research out of Harvard University. Last month I called brain wave entrainment sort of a tune-up for your brain, and I cannot think of a better way to describe it.

Hello Betty.  So glad you are recovering nicely from your recent accident and reconstruction surgery.  Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2016. /s/ Carole H

Thank you Carole, and all the many other subscribers who wrote this month.  2016 is truly a new beginning for us all.

That's it for this month. My wish for each one of us is that as this year comes to a close and we draw our families and loved ones close and celebrate the Holidays, is that we take time to recognize and express love to those whom we love, and gratitude for all the good things we enjoy every day.

Happy Holidays to all, However You Celebrate