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Journey to Wellness
 July-August 2015
THE GOOD NEWS,  NATURALLY HEALTHY NEWSLETTER
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Re:  Why I have been AWOL  

Greetings my friends.

Perhaps I look at the world and my place in it in a somewhat different fashion than other people. I understand that.  But I always ask My Source what my lesson is to learn from whatever situations I experience. 

Those of you who are Facebook Friends of mine know that I sustained a freaky accident about eight weeks ago and shattered my right hip. If you are not a Facebook Friend*, then this will most likely be the first time you have learned of my accident and disability.  I spent five days in the primary care hospital where I arrived by ambulance, and where a titanium total hip replacement surgery was performed the following day. I thereafter spent a couple of weeks in a nursing home/rehab center, followed by five weeks of home health care nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.  Just yesterday I was released by the last of my home health care team. 

It has been a very painful and grueling couple of months, and I still can put very little weight on that right leg.  But I can now walk slowly with a cane, and can drive my car short distances. Most of the remaining and on-going physical therapy is walking every day, while the titanium grows to the bones. 

You guessed it; what is my lesson to learn from this experience?  I cannot say I have identified just what that may be, but I certainly hope I have learned it. Perhaps it is just that I am capable of much more than I thought I was capable of. Isn't that universally true for all of us?   

I learned that most of the healing "tools" I learned in my satisfactory self-healing quest from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, could not be practiced when experiencing acute pain or when the brain is in a pain-medication fog. At the same time I had very limited capability of moving my body. I also learned that it is almost impossible to do anything creative like writing when one is experiencing a lot of pain. Incidentally my medical team told me that this kind of surgery produces one of the highest post surgery pain levels. 

So that is where I have been and what I have been doing for the past couple of months, and it is why there has been no new Journey to Wellness newsletter during this period of time. It is my intention to never write about this again. 

I had just begun final editing of my new book, Michael and Me, at the time of my accident, so that project has been on the back burner during these weeks of recovery.  Just in the last three days I have been able to get back to that editing. Hopefully I will have more news about that publication in the next Journey to Wellness. 

If you have been waiting for a response from me to some communication over the last couple of months, please know that I had to delete thousands of e-mails in order to stay sane, and yours might have gotten caught in that onslaught. Please repeat your request if you are waiting for a response from me.

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Celebrities talk about The Law of Attraction

 

Please don't miss the following great video.  It contains life-changing ideas and information that will help get you from where you are to where you want to be, in any area of your life:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfSLm7swfp4

 

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HEALTHY, TASTY AND FUN FOOD TIPS AND RECIPES:

 

BANANA ICE CREAM

(This is a great, easy treat for a hot summer day.)


2 large, ripe bananas, peeled, sliced or chunked and frozen in plastic bag
Up to about 3/4 cup your favorite type of milk (may use soy, almond, rice, or/other milk) Start with cup
1 teaspoon vanilla


Optional: cup raw walnuts or cashews, if you want it creamier or richer, but this isn’t necessary
Optional: Sprinkling of nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

 

Instructions: 

1.   Put frozen banana, vanilla, and cup “milk” in a high speed blender (adding nuts, if you are using them). If it’s too thick to blend, add a bit of milk, testing the desired thickness.

2.   Blend until you reach the consistency that you want, adding more milk if necessary.

3.   If using nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, sprinkle on after putting in serving dishes.

4.    Variations: You may add other frozen fruit such as blueberries, or a teaspoon of raw cacao powder,
 or a tablespoon of peanut butter as alternatives. 

 Note: This is best eaten right away, as re-freezing this will leave you with a solid, somewhat icy block.
 

 http://summit.foodrevolution.org/

 
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 Here's a delightful, healthy salad. 

QUINOA AVOCADO SALAD WITH BLACK BEANS OVER ARUGULA

 

1 c. quinoa

1-3/4 c. water

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

2 scallions

1/4 c. pumpkin seeds, toasted

2 T extra virgin olive oil

3/4 T fresh lime juice

Pinch sea salt

4 c. baby arugula

1 fresh ripe avocado, sliced

1 15-opz. Can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 T fresh cilantro (if you do not care for cilantro, use fresh parsley)

 

Rinse the quinoa and drain. Place in a saucepan with the water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for another 8 minutes until all the water is absorbed.

 

Remove quinoa from the pan and fluff with a fork onto a place to cool. When cooled add pepper, scallions, and pumpkin seeds. In a small bowl combine olive oil, lime juice and salt; toss with the quinoa.

 

To serve place arugula on a plate, spoon he quinoa salad on top, then garnish with sliced avocado, a spoon of drained black beans, and a sprinkle of cilantro.

 

Optional: Add slices of grilled chicken breast seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper.

 

From: The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

 

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I love to play in the kitchen.  So when I found this site on the Internet, I liked the tips.  Take a minute and see if you don't agree. I know it is a long link, but if it doesn't work for you, just copy, cut and paste it into your browser.  Have fun!

 

http://www.getitfree.us/blog/article/Videos-10-microwave-tips-and-tricks-you-have-to-watch-this-video?utm_campaign=1662b&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter-ms-1over4&utm_content=1over4&utm_term=main&zid=54dd0b3afa814513550b9b8a

 

After the site opens, then scroll on down to "10 Microwave Hacks." Enjoy.

 

PS  There are some other neat tricks at this site.

 

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RESEARCH NEWS FROM KAREN:

 

My sincere thanks to Karen for her diligent work in keeping us informed about what is going on in the field of neurological research. You will want to read each one of these.

 

The rebound effect of Tysabri:

http://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/immune-reconstitution-the-rebound-effect-of-tysabri/

 

Drugs that cause memory loss:

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14424-drugs-that-cause-memory-loss.html

 

I think everyone has taken at least one of these drugs:

http://www.wellnessresources.com/freedom/articles/neurontin_and_lyrica_are_a_death_sentence_for_new_brain_synapses/

 

Lots of MS patients already take this drug and have found no difference in their MS  

 http://www.healthline.com/health-news/bladder-drug-re-grows-myelin-could-ease-ms-symptoms-030915#1

 

 Why don’t they come up with a test for diagnosing?

 http://www.healthline.com/health-news/antibody-that-repairs-nerve-damage-improves-visual-symptoms-in-ms-patients-041515   

Researchers Find Textbook-Altering Link Between Brain, Immune System
http://www.news.virginia.edu/content/researchers-find-textbook-altering-link-between-brain-immune-system  

40,000 of us said it worked! 

https://cosmosmagazine.com/life-sciences/lymphatic-drain-inside-your-brain

 

Remember CCSVI?  The above report is a direct link to new research pointing in that direction. Be sure to read about this new research finding.

 

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That's about it for now.  Hopefully I'll have lots more in the next Journey to Wellness about September 1st. Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions for future issues.

 

And please also remember to check for the latest newsletter at www.BettysHouseLifeAfterMS.com.  They usually publish whenever the spirit moves me, or about every two months.

 

MAILING LIST:  I have started a new mailing list that I am maintaining in my computer. If you have received this note, then you are already on that list.  If you read this issue on the website, and did not receive it by e-mail, please send me a request and I'll place you on the new list.

 

Smiles, love and hugs to all my Journey to Wellness friends.


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.

TO BETTY'S HOUSE               

Posted 7-9-2015