Journey to Wellness
 September 2015
THE GOOD NEWS,  NATURALLY HEALTHY NEWSLETTER
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Hello to all from California.  Our end-of-summer is absolutely beautiful this year, in spite of the on-going severe draught. For all of you who keep writing and asking, I’m still walking with a cane when I’m outside.  Getting up and down is still challenging, as is getting in and out of a car, but I am told that my recovery is just about on time, and that it will take a year for my leg to be completely back to normal. My injury occurred on May 14, so it is almost four months now. As the poet Robert Frost said, I have “promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

My plan is to return to my volunteer assignment at Sutter Davis Hospital the first week in October.  I have really missed all my friends and associates at the hospital.

My inactive months while recovering this summer gave me lots of time to really concentrate on my new book, Michael and Me: Creating a Healthy, Abundant and Joyful Life. It is the very best thing I had ever done.  This past week, while waiting for some of the reviews to come in, I totally reworked one of the chapters that I was concerned about. As soon as I receive the completed book cover design, it will be available on Amazon Kindle.  It doesn’t seem possible to rush the designer.  I’ll be sending a special edition of this newsletter to announce its availability as soon as it goes live on Amazon Kindle.

My View: 

I lost a true and great friend when well known teacher and author Wayne Dyer Ph.D. quietly passed on to his next experience while sleeping at age 74, just a week ago today. What an incredible way to go. The tributes to Dr. Dyer have been phenomenal, and I have thought a lot this past week about the influence he had on my life. I learned so much from Wayne, and treasure my memories of meeting him in person.

One of the earliest self-help books I studied was Wayne’s Your Erroneous Zones. It was his first book and became a world-wide best seller.  Wayne was a University professor at the time he wrote this book.  But soon he resigned from the University and began to concentrate on his own spiritual growth, and every step along the way he wrote a book about his process.  It was truly a unique way to teach, and one by which we all benefited, as we had the opportunity to grow along with him through his books, and later his highly acclaimed PBS specials. If you are not familiar with Dr. Dyer’s work, he was an internationally acclaimed author and speaker in the field of self-development, with over 40 books to his credit, that have been translated into 47 languages.

Some of my favorite books Dr. Dyer authored include Real Magic, The Power of Intention and 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, Wisdom of the Ages, Excuses Be Gone, Wishes Fulfilled, Your Sacred Self, and Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life. I have recently been studying his latest book, I Can See Clearly Now (a biography of Dr. Dyer’s life) and it has really touched me.

I received a notice from Hay House, Wayne’s publisher, that all of Wayne’s books that were originally published by Hay House are available, as a special tribute to Dr. Dyer, in e-book form from Amazon Kindle as well as Apple’s iBooks store for $1.99 each for the month of September. I just purchased four of them so I can have them on my iPad.

My long-time readers know how often I quote Wayne.  Here are some of my favorites:

“When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change”

“You do not attract what you want,
you attract what you are”

“We are not our bodies, our possessions
or our careers. Who we are is Divine
love, and that is infinite”

*If you knew who walked beside you at all times
on this path that you have chosen,
you could never experience fear or doubt again.

I’ve learned over the years that greatness is really a function of
what I choose to believe about myself and my abilities.
I know that I have the capability of excelling at anything I choose..

 *Dr. Dyer quoting from A Course in Miracles

As I said in a Facebook quote this week, I’m sure the afterlife is brighter because Wayne Dyer is there. I shall think of him and his life lessons often, and I will miss him and his wisdom greatly.

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A Brainwave Entrainment Recommendation: One of the things I have always adhered to since I started first my website, and shortly thereafter the Journey to Wellness newsletter, is that I absolutely only recommend something that I have successfully used. A few months ago my friend, Natalie Ledwell, founder of the hugely successful Mind Movies, recommended a brainwave entrainment program by SubSines. They offer a totally free 15-minute Inception Meditation that you can do from their website, or you may download it to your computer.  On Natalie’s recommendation I downloaded it to my computer desktop. The recommendation is that one listen to these special scientifically arranged sounds and tones once or twice each day, and I began to do that. 

SubSines tells us that everyone’s results will vary, because we all begin from a different place. I was amazed at the results I achieved. I began with no specific goal in mind, but I have found restful sleep challenging (a very common occurrence for seniors), and the very first night I was amazed at how my sleep improved. The big thing is that it continues to this day. I am including a recommendation in my new Michael and Me book, and I highly recommend it for every newsletter reader.  Just go to this LINK, and listen to the free recording.  That is all there is to it. You do need to listen with stereo headphones for maximum results.  If you don’t have them, they are very inexpensive at Amazon or perhaps Radio Shack.

After you listen to the free Inception recording, follow the suggestion to “click here” in the lower right corner, and you will be able to read a lot of information about brainwave entrainment.

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FOOD AND NUTRITION:

Those of you who have been with me for a while know how I love to play in the kitchen.  And of course this year I have had a lot of play time while recovering from a shattered hip. I hope you like the items I have selected to share this issue.  Remember that I’d love to feature one of your favorite recipes, especially as we enter the fall and holiday season.

Speaking of this time of the year, oh how I love all things pumpkin.  And soon we will be coming into the pumpkin time of year.  I guess my favorite soup is pumpkin, with those lovely spices we associate with pumpkin pie. The following pumpkin recipe I discovered last year and look forward to it again this year.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip or Spread

This light dessert stands in nicely for calorie-rich pumpkin pie. It also makes an excellent spread for bagels, or apple slices, and it comes from the kitchens of Mayo Clinic. The recipe serves 12 and keeps well for days in the refrigerator.  

8 oz. low-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
3/4 c. of canned pumpkin (unsweetened, unsalted)
2 T honey or maple syrup
1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. vanilla

Mix all ingredients for the spread together in a mixing bowl by hand or with an electric mixer (medium speed). Serve with apple slices for dipping. It cuts in half nicely for fewer servings.

Serving size: about 3 tablespoons, 107 calories  

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Fall is apple harvest time, and here are a couple of tips for using the lovely fall apples.

TIPS FROM FOOD NETWORK:

Dried Apples:   Core 1 small apple; slice into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange on an oiled baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F until dry but still soft, 2 to 3 hours. 

Applesauce:   Quarter 4 pounds apples. Simmer with 1 cup water, 3 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt, partially covered, until soft, 25 to 30 minutes.  Process in food processor to desired consistency. 

Optional:  Add 1/4 c. bourbon or applejack.

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Zesty Cucumber Salad

3 T white wine vinegar
2 T olive oil
1 t. sugar
3 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 pkg. grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
2 T fresh dill
salt and black pepper to taste

1.     In large bowl whisk together vinegar, olive oil and sugar.

2.     Toss cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and dill and season with salt and pepper. Allow to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

I took this to a potluck and everyone wanted my recipe. 

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Salmon Sesame Steaks
Serves 3
 

3 salmon steaks (wild Alaskan is best)
2 T butter
2 T coconut oil
2 T minced ginger
c. sesame seeds
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
 

1.   Preheat oven to 475F.2.     In a small pan, melt the butter and oil with the ginger.

2.  Brush the butter, oil, and ginger on the pieces of salmon. Roll the salmon in the sesame seeds.

3.  Place the salmon on an oiled sheet pan and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

4.  Place the salmon in the oven and roast until the sesame seeds are brown and the salmon is rare inside, about 3 minutes.

5.   Season to taste with salt and pepper.  

(From Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type by Dr. Mercola)


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ROOT CAUSES OF ILLNESS:  Do you ever wonder about the root causes of illnesses of all kinds?  In studying a fascinating book on this subject, I came across this quote:

"Root causes of illness exist at the sub-cellular level, where quantum waves - and forces, fields, energy, and information - provide the instruction manual for our physiological functioning. At this level, we find that we are not separate from our environment, that our thoughts and beliefs affect our health, and that we are co-creators of the conditions of our lives."
 

From Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of information as Medicine
            By Harry Massey and Peter

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RESEARCH NEWS FROM KAREN:

I struggle for words to tell you how much I appreciate the work Karen does for us in searching the Internet for relevant research news, then sends the links to me.  She is absolutely priceless. By the way, Karen deals with the challenges of living with MS, just as many of you do.  Here are some of her latest finds. 

• CCSVI  IS NOT DEAD NOR FORGOTTEN - Don't fail to read this!

 

www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/brain-drain-missing-link-discovered-in-the-brain/2015/08/17/03df9332-44ef-11e5-8ab4-c73967a143d3_story.html

 

Karen sends along this really scary item.  Be sure to read it in its entirety

 

• Pfizer to pay $142M for drug fraud 

www.cbc.ca/m/touch/technology/story/1.934040


Gilenya (fingolimod): Drug Safety Communication
 

If you take Gilenya, or it has been recommended to you by a neurologist, you need to read the following very important safety warning from the FDA regarding the potential life-threatening side effect commonly referred to as PML:

 

www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm457183.htm

 

More on Gilenya warnings

http://multiplesclerosis.net/news/gilenya-labels-to-be-updated-to-include-warnings-for-pml-cases/

 

• Biotin benefits ‘clinically relevant’ in progressive multiple sclerosis 

The following report seems to be significant for those with PPMS.  I have seen several Internet reports on this particular study.

www.medwirenews.com/44/106327/General_neurology/Biotin_benefits_clinically_relevant_in_progressive_multiple_sclerosis.html

 

Watch for more on Biotin in the future.  Karen is now taking it.  It is however difficult to take because of supply.  Stay tuned.

 

Impact of Helicobacter pylori on multiple sclerosis-related clinically isolated syndrome;  

OBJECTIVES There are no data regarding the relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection (Hp-I) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of multiple sclerosis. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the association between active Hp-I, confirmed by histology, and CIS and to evaluate the impact of Hp eradication on the CIS clinical course.

MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a study on 48 patients with CIS and 20 matched controls. At baseline, apart from histology, serum anti-Hp-specific IgG titer, inflammatory mediators, and HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-DR genetic polymorphisms were estimated. Hp-positive patients received standard triple eradication regimen, and all patients were followed up for 2 years.

RESULTS The prevalence of Hp-I was significantly higher in patients with CIS (43/48, 89.6%) than in control (10/20, 50%) (P < 0.001, OR: 8.6, 95% CI: 2.4-30.8). When compared with controls, patients with CIS also showed significantly higher serum anti-Hp IgG titer and HLA-A26, HLA-A30, and HLA-B57 frequencies. Hp-positive patients also showed higher serum concentrations of inflammatory cytokines and homocysteine. At 2-year clinical endpoint, in the subgroup of CIS patients with successful Hp eradication, the number of patients who presented with a second episode was significantly lower accompanied by significant improvement in mean Expanded Disability Status Scale score.

CONCLUSIONS Hp-I seems more frequent in a Greek CIS cohort and its eradication might delay CIS progression, suggesting a possible link between Hp-I and CIS. 

The above report comes from the DocGuide website  But unfortunately one must be a member in order to access the report.  In any case, it is a very interesting report. 

Watch for more news on this bacteria.  Before I personally have only heard of it as the primary cause of stomach ulcers.

 

FROM MY MAILBOX:

 

I have had so many inquiries about my accident―believe me you don't want to hear the details―and recovery, that I just want to thank you all for your love and concern.  I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends, and neighbors as well.  During the weeks I spent in the nursing home/rehab center, there were often so many people visiting the staff had to ask them to leave because they were interfering with the facility's routine. 

It is wonderful to be getting back to normal. At least close to it. And I am so grateful for the wonderful care I received.    

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Th-th-th-at’s all folks!  Until next time.
Big hugs to you all.

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 9-9-2015