JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
"Awaken the medicine within, and restore the natural
self-healing capacity of body, mind, and spirit."
Contents of this issue:
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Because I have spent much of my life learning all I could about nutrition, I am often taken aback by the proliferation of seeming inconsistencies. Walk down the isle devoted to nutrition books at any bookstore and these inconsistencies jump out at you.
Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion and they feel compelled to publish them in a book or post them on the Internet. From medical doctors to nutritionists to trainers and health coaches of various kinds. All seem convinced that they have found the answers to what we should and should not eat.
There seems to be no end to the plethora of advice givers, as well as their seemingly proven approaches. The Internet and its endless webinars (all touted of course as free) have afforded us an opportunity to compare the various advice givers.
One famous vegetarian medical doctor sings the praises of a "starch based" diet to keep us slim and healthy. Another well-known medical doctor demonizes those same starch foods like potatoes and rice, wheat and breads (simple carbohydrates).
The same is true of the vast numbers of weight loss programs. Of course all can quote numerous peer-reviewed scientific reports to back up their claims. Just think . . . If any of the hundreds of weight loss plans and programs worked consistently, we would have wiped out obesity long ago.
A very important thing to remember is that most of these programs are based on pseudo science. It is not that the author set out to deceive the reader. This fact reminds me of psychology 101 in college. That is, we find what we are looking for. If a person believes something, he or she will be naturally inclined to look for validation for his or her point of view.
In addition when we put into the mix of misinformation that we are all different in varying degrees with allergies and food sensitivities, which appears to be true, is it any wonder that we are confused and don't know what to believe? Please hear me . . . I do not believe there is any such thing as a nutrition program that works for everyone.
I'll delve further into this issue in the next Journey to Wellness. Meanwhile, I suggest we not be vulnerable to what is behind the weight loss and nutrition industries ― and they are definitely industries. Thus they are devoted to making money. I welcome your comments. Please send them to me HERE.
What would you say? My guess is that stress would be high on the list of our worst health enemies. Acute stress is traumatic to the Central Nervous System, which affects most areas of our body, and learning reduction techniques plays both preventive as well as therapeutic roles.
The most effective ways of reducing stress involve a daily meditation practice, as well as mild physical exercise like stretching and breathing exercises. Yoga and Qi Gong are excellent sources of these exercises.
Getting sufficient quality sleep on a regular basis is also important in preventing stress. In addition when we are asleep our body repairs and rejuvenates itself.
Obviously these are important and effective lifestyle healing techniques. They need not cost any money . . . just a consistent commitment to do them regularly.
One of the most satisfying things I have done in my life is volunteering. As soon as I retired I began a search for a volunteer opportunity, and I found that my local Senior Center was a good fit. I did that for about four years and made many wonderful close friends.
I then was invited to volunteer at the local Sutter Davis Hospital, and for the last 3-1/2 years I have been manning the Information Desk in the main hospital lobby every Wednesday. It is an extremely rewarding assignment.
Volunteering is not only personally rewarding, it is also a very effective way to give back to my local community. If you have any time to give, please consider volunteering in your local community. Another aspect to consider is that especially if you have personal/physical challenges, by volunteering you get your mind off of your challenges, and instead you will think about how you may serve others. Once you begin, you will be very glad you made the decision to contribute to your community in whatever capacity you choose.
Local food banks, libraries, and various city and/or county facilities are excellent suggested volunteer opportunities, as are Senior Centers and Hospitals. Your local City Hall and/or City Clerk's office can usually offer suggestions for such opportunities.
Knowing, as we commonly use the word, can come from something we read or heard about, or perhaps learned about in school, etc. But knowing from our internal source originates from deep within us, and we can all learn to tap into this source. I think of it as an Internal Knowledge Bank.
As our intuition becomes more keen and we become more skilled at listening to our internal voice, it will have a greater impact on our lives. I think of it as being like a compass for my life. All those who teach us how to develop intuitive skills tell us that the way to open that door is through meditation.
It is in the quiet and stillness, when the mental chatter that clutters our brain quiets down, that our internal voice can be heard. The ability to tune in to that voice is a priceless skill to have.
The most important thing to learn is that we can all learn to access this great source of wisdom.
(See Join the Conversation below)
FACEBOOK: Please continue to visit my Facebook business page often at www.Facebook.com/Bettys.House and please click on the "like" button each time you visit. It is always my intent that you find inspiration there. I post most days to this page. Here's is a recent post. Enjoy.
I keep hearing from some who want to know how I create these. They are all made by me in the PowerPoint program. When I started my Facebook business page a few months ago, I had a smattering of knowledge about PowerPoint. I have obviously learned a lot about what one can do in PowerPoint, and I'm still making new discoveries of its possibilities.
If you are concerned about personal security on Facebook, please don't be. On every Facebook page in the upper right corner there is a small black down-facing arrow. Just click on that arrow, and then "settings." There are many possibilities. You do not have to divulge any information about yourself unless you wish to.
One of my favorite people I have worked with and learned from on the Internet is Karen Pattock. Karen was responsible for encouraging me to learn to use Facebook as a marketing tool. Thank you Karen. Here is one of her inspiring quotes, which is indicative of my oft-quoted "I WILL UNTIL."
"Scientists desperately try to measure everything that has to do with our bodies.
Our heart, lung capacity, IQ, strength, etc. But the one thing they can't
and will never be able to measure is the strength of our spirit. Deep in our
spirit is where we can tap into our own "Find A Way" courage. "
― Karen Pattock
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The Miracle Mindset
by Dr. Wayne Dyer
"Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable
of creating. As Michelangelo suggested, the greater danger is not that your
hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they’re too low and
you do. Have within you an imaginary candle flame that burns brightly
regardless of what goes before you. Let this inner flame represent for you
the idea that you’re capable of manifesting miracles in your life.
In every single case of a person experiencing a spontaneous healing or
overcoming something that was considered to be impossible, the individual
went through a complete reversal of personality. They actually rewrote their
own agreement with reality. To experience Godlike spontaneous miracles,
you must have a sense of yourself as Godlike. The Scriptures say, “With
God all things are possible.” Now tell me, what does that leave out? A mind
that’s open to everything means being peaceful, radiating love, practicing
forgiveness, being generous, respecting all life, and most important,
visualizing yourself as capable of doing anything that you can conceive of
in your mind and heart. Whatever universal law that has ever been utilized
to manifest a miracle anywhere, any time, and in any person is still on the
books. It has never been repealed, and it never will be. You possess the same
energy, the same God consciousness, to be a miracle worker—but only if
you truly believe and know it within yourself.
Understand that what you think about expands (“As a man thinketh, so is
he”). If your thoughts are filled with doubt and you have a closed mind,
you will of necessity act upon those closed-minded doubts, and you’ll see
evidence of your thinking virtually everywhere you are. On the other hand,
should you decide (make no mistake about this, it is a choice) to have a
mind that’s open to everything, then you’ll act upon that inner energy, and
you’ll be the creator as well as the recipient of miracles . . .”
Many people protest when we explain to them the power of telling the story of their finances [or their health] as they want it to be rather than as it is, because they believe that they should be factual about what is happening. But if you continue to look at l what is and speak of what is, you will not find the improvement that you desire. If you want to effect substantial change in your life experience, you must think thoughts that feel different as you think them.
Those old habits don't have to be erased, they just become replaced by a new habit that is more in vibrational harmony with who you are and what you want.
Do you dislike even thinking about it? Experience communicating with many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people over the last 20 years on the Internet has taught me that exercise is probably the most challenging part of the lifestyle changes I recommend to create a healthy environment for our body.
I have decided we need -- me included -- to change our concept of what exercise is. Biologically exercise is simply movement. I am suggesting we mentally make this exchange.
EXERCISE = MOVEMENT
After my accident last year and the resultant hip and partial pelvic replacement surgery, followed by months of rehab and physical therapy, all my commitment to exercise had to be placed on hold. Actually that period lasted for over a year.
I learned a lot about my body's ability to mend and heal itself during that experience. I learned that I am capable of much, much more than I ever thought I was. I also had to learn the importance of movement in my healing process. It is not by accident that surgeons have you up and walking in the hospital hallways the day following big-time surgery.
Our body is designed for movement. In the early days of the development of homo sapiens the only way to get from one place to another was to walk or run . . . a far cry from our lifestyles today. One of the biggest contributors to our lack of health is that we don't move sufficiently to keep the connective
tissue called fascia pliable.
One day my physical therapist asked me if I had a smart phone. I said no, but that I had an iPad. She indicated the importance of spending at least 10 minutes out of every hour moving my body in some way, since I spend most of my time seated at my PC. She said that iPhone had a reminder feature. I then did a Google search and turned up a free app called "Hourly Chime," and it works beautifully on my iPad, as well as any smart phone.
Every hour (the hours I have set), it chimes, whether it is turned on or not. There are many different chimes and volumes available, and I have it set so that I can hear it all over the house, and it reminds me that it is time to get up and move.
Here's a summary of what I have learned. In any stage of disability or recovery, even lying in bed or sitting in a regular chair or wheel chair, we can move our body. I experienced all of those variations during my recovery.
If you can stand, you can do one or more of the following for initially one, then two or three minutes:
• Just vigorously shaking your body all over as you stand with your arms loosely dangling to your sides (see note below)
• Stretching your arms above your head, then pretending you are pedaling a bicycle with your arms
• Make a fist with both hands. Thrust your arms rapidly above your head, then back to your waist, then out in front of you, then back to your waist, then to the sides and back to your waist. Then rapidly repeat the cycle.
These exercises are all aerobic as they increase your respiration and intake of oxygen.
NOTE: If you do not have physical disability, than add movement of your feet, including stomping, etc., to vigorously shaking your body.
These simple movements may also be done lying in bed or sitting in a chair. Self massage of your upper body and arms may also be done either standing, sitting or lying down.
Soon you will make up your own variations. Remember, your simple goal is to move and stretch your body. Also, "listen" to your body and let it tell you what it needs.
I often refer to the fact that I have always wanted Journey to Wellness to be interactive, that is two-way communication. I hope you will all participate and keep the conversation going. If you have a tip, an idea, perhaps a question, or anything you wish to share, please send it along.
In the August/September 2016 issue of Neurology Now magazine I noted the following in the "Letters" column:
"I have multiple sclerosis (MS) and am extremely sensitive to heat . . . I can tell you when the temperature changes from 69 to 70 degrees. I have a tip for staying cool. Run cold water over your wrists or use another method to cool them. The nurse who shared this tip says there is some sort of temperature thermostat in the wrist, which helps the rest of the body cool off. Try it the next time the heat starts getting to you." - Kim Reimer, Los Angeles
WHO KNEW!! Thank you Kim for sharing this tip. Before I
reversed my MS I was extremely heat sensitive. I still remember what a
challenge that was.
Hi Betty. First, thank you for all that you do. Over the years you have helped me immensely. Thanks to your advice, about 16 years after being diagnosed with PPMS, I am still working. As a matter of fact I am looking forward to an active retirement later this year. You are amazing, and a great role model. Thank you so much. /s/ Doreen M.
Thank you Doreen. I truly love sharing my healing story, and helping others to learn how to heal themselves. I often say I wish I had had a "Betty" to help me find my way when I first began my own journey. It would have saved me about two years of stumbling around, while I tried a little bit of everything before finally discovering what worked (and didn't work) for me. Now I absolutely do know that if I can do it, you can do it too!
Hi Betty. Re: Communicating with your body. The most wonderful thing I have learned is listening to my body and telling it what I WANT and DON'T WANT. I have been PAIN-FREE for years now using this technique. /s/ Frannie.
Thanks for that Frannie. Learning to talk to my body, verbally, and to listen (with inner ears) to what it is telling me, is one of the most profound experiences I ever have. I really experienced that in almost a mystic way when I was dealing with intense pain during my recent recovery.
RESEARCH NEWS (Thank you Karen)
Karen does such a great job of keeping us informed on the latest scientific reports from the Internet. I don't know what I would do without her. Here is a report that will blow you away regarding the high percentage of MS misdiagnoses:
Karen's note on the following says: "At least it’s not the same old thing…..making us sicker to (hopefully ) make us better."
THE ULTIMATE PRICE PAID FOR TAKING TYSABRI. We continue to feature reports of the dangerous PML side effect of Tysabri, but unfortunately it continues to be prescribed. With sadness we report the following story. And of course our condolences go out to the family of Michele Loughead. Notice how this report is skewed to favor the same-old-same-old Big Pharma emphasis. But keep reading . . . You'll finally get to the truth.
Thanks again Karen.
My E-Books available from Amazon: (Just use the indicated Control/Click links here to go directly to Amazon
Steps to Overcoming MS:
Self-Healing Made Easy
and Me: Creating a Healthy, Abundant and Joyful Life
(Michael and Me shares all the details of my own years-long healing journey,
including meeting my spirit guide, whom I named Michael.)
These e-books are also available in PDF format directly from my order page).
If you have questions about any of these items, please don't hesitate to send me a note.
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That's it for this month. If you are new to Journey to Wellness, every month [or when the spirit moves me] you will receive a brief newsletter that will contain a link to the NL. The current NL is always available at my website.
A big warm welcome to all our 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.
My goal with each issue of this newsletter is to help you achieve the same results I have and reverse whatever physical challenge you may have. Your body is amazingly intelligent; it absolutely evolved to be self-healing.
Happy September. 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.
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.