Sep 29, 2007

Fasting Cautions

Today I had an email from a dear woman who tried a liquid fast, and on her 14th day she ended up in the hospital. She wanted to know what she did wrong. She is on a number of medications. Of course, from a distance, it is not easy for me to answer such questions without having done a Nutrition and Health Evaluation, so all I could do was write back and suggest she work closely with someone educated in nutrition and fasting before ever trying to fast again.

Please, do be careful not to jump into something like that without guidance, and educating yourself. There is some good information on fasting at my website, and I'm sure a google search will show up even more...be careful!

Sep 27, 2007

Whining about Wine & Health

Why am I whining about wine? As I was standing in my kitchen tonight, and listening to the news in the background while fixing dinner, I heard a report saying that studies are showing that wine may contribute to breast cancer in women. I did a google search on wine and breast cancer and came up with a number of old studies, but I didn't see anything new. Is there a new study? Or are they just dragging up old news? I guess it would be good for me to do a bit more research.

Updated 1/30/16

I do have to say that I read more good about wine's health benefits than bad, but I guess it is good to keep my ears open for more information on this.

Sep 26, 2007

Anger & Heart Health

Okay, I will admit, I'm drawn in quickly by articles on the net related to heart health, especially since my husband's heart attack on Father's day, you'll find more info about that at the heart health link above, along with a few other heart related posts.

Today I read an article at webmd.com about how anger can affect the heart. My husband generally isn't an angry man, he has diabetes, which is a killer if left uncontrolled. Still, it was interesting to read the studies on how anger can negatively affect the heart. I know this to be true from my own studies.

Not only does anger play a part, but stress can really be a negative force on the heart..or whatever your weak area of the body may be.


Updated 1/30/16

Taking good care to manage your emotions and stress level is all part of taking care of the body that you have been given by the Creator.

Sep 20, 2007

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like ~ Part 2

(Please see the the preceding post for part 1)

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false alarm" visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a hazard to others on the road and so is your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. H e doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

3. Don 't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of a Myocardial Infarcation (heart attack) unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure. MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

Don't fear, but do be aware!


Updated 1/22/16

Sep 17, 2007

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like ~ Part 1

My dear husband has had 2 heart attacks..he is fine so far..but we were so thankful he knew the signs and we were able to get him to the hospital in time to be treated. The most recent was in November of 2015, a 100% blockage, he is very fortunate to be alive.

Signs and symptoms for woman are sometimes different. You may have seen some of the following in one of those emails that circulate...but if not, here is part one with some helpful information shared by a friend, Linda Hall, I'll post more in the next post:

FEMALE HEART ATTACKS


Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack...you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

"I had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on . I was sitting all snugly and warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking,"A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

"After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasm-ing), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.

"AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening--we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack !" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself "If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else.......but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment."

"I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

"I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like "Have you taken any medications?") but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery.

"I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.

"Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand." .....

And if you want to read the rest of her story, click here.


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Sep 7, 2007

Detoxification ~ Cleaning Out the Inner Self

"Detox", "Detoxification", "Cleansing Program", these are all words used by those in the alternative health field to describe what you are doing when your body is chronically unhealthy, which may mean that you need to change your diet, get your intestinal system "unclogged", get the sinuses cleared, any number of things.

When you start a cleansing program, or lifestyle change, like dramatically improving your diet, exercising, discontinuing a habit like smoking or drinking caffeine, etc., you are likely to experience symptoms of detoxification. These symptoms may include headache, stomachache, cough, diarrhea, constipation, skin eruptions, rashes, clogged sinus or draining sinus, fever, feeling rundown, flu-like symptoms. How long these symptoms last and uncomfortable you are may indicate how much your body needs cleaning out.....to read the rest of this detoxification article, I'd encourage you to click this link which will take you to the complete article.




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