Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Chance Do You Have of Surviving?

Your first line of defense against disease is NUTRITION - not medications!  Every time I see yet another television commercial promoting a drug, I get a little more nauseated by the lie that is being perpetrated on the general public.  This is especially disheartening when it involves our youth, a drug-induced generation.

food supplemnts

If it is true that no drug can replace nutrients, then why are we so quick to swallow a pill when we have a cold or flu? Why don't we use natural methods to curb allergies?  Why don't we use nutrition to ward off disease and yes, even find a cure?

As I have written in a series of articles on the World's Biggest Con Job, we are sold a lie by Big Pharma that drugs can heal and/or restore.  Between the lack of education we are offered and our own fears, we buy that lie......hook, line and sinker.

In the mid-1970s I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given less than two years to live. I knew next to nothing about nutrition, but I knew that if I had a hysterectomy or if I died without having the surgery the specialist said I must have......then WHAT CHANCE DID I HAVE -- of living?  Or having a baby?

Shaklee

Green, naive and terrified -- I sought answers and found them.  They are available - which is one of the main reasons for this series - to help you find them too.

Do you check your labels to see how much of your diet is imported from China? 


According to Dr. Richard Brouse, a biochemist, certified clinical nutritionist, and lecturer on health preservation and disease prevention, 77% of our imported food comes from Asia and Africa.  Are you willing to bet their level of quality control is above U S standards? 


Let's have a look at our own U S food production
  • Highly processed
  • Artificial colors added to enhance their appeal
  • High in sugar and salt
  • GMO regulations allows for excessive herbicides and pesticides
  • Soil is highly fertilized with chemicals to force production
  • Soil lacks microbes for sustainability - it needs WORMS but most  worms can't survive in the depleted chemical-based environment   
    Other contributing factors to poor health

1. Our kids.  They are given antibiotics, vaccines and medications to ward off disease.  Got a fever?  Take a pill.  Got a cold?  Take medicine.  Got dirty hands? Use hand sanitizer.  Read this article on how hand sanitizer could actually be killing people.

Let your kids experience the world and play in the dirt -- the best protection to warding off germs.  By over sanitizing we lose our own ability to defend and strengthen our immune systems.

2.  Toxic exposure from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Drink filtered water.  

3.  I am writing an article on how we are poisoning our families through chemicals in our homes.  To the best of my ability, my home has been as free as possible from chemicals for the past four decades. We have the health to prove it!  I will share what you can do to replace all those chemicals that are destroying us within our own homes.  For example, are you aware that fabric softeners can cause seizures in kids? 

I am so thankful to have raised my kids without chemicals and toxins. I never would have known how to be healthy or to have a healthy home if I had not had cancer as a young woman.  Read the story here why my cancer diagnosis was the best thing that happened to me.  I cured it WITHOUT chemo, WITHOUT surgery, and WITHOUT radiation.  Our home is a toxin-free environment.

4.  Stress -- 'nuf said.  We are all aware of the havoc of stress on our health.

5.  All drugs, including coffee, nicotine, and alcohol cause some form of malabsorption of nutrients.  If you don't abstain, at least be aware that you need extra nutrients to ward off the negative effects.

6.  Negative thinking.  Do you spend more time thinking about what could go wrong or what did go wrong than to recognize what you can change?

7.  Sugar intake.  Again...'nuf said.  Have you considered substituting Stevia for sugar? Here's a great article explaining why you should.

What's the solution?

If you have been following this series, you know that the majority of my articles deal with food supplements and how to find a safe supplement that is ALIVE and preferably Kosher approved.  This is your assurance you are getting supplements that will actually help you instead of harm you.  These articles are listed below.

food supplements

In researching one of the top brands of vitamins that have become a 'household' word, I made even more shocking discoveries.  For obvious reasons, I won't share their name here but if you PM me I will direct you to the source.  

This company uses the CHEAPEST ingredients available, is totally synthetic and in 2015 made a NET profit of $48 B I L L I O N - at the expense of our health.  It grieves me when I read some of my fellow bloggers write posts advertising for them on their blogs.  It is pure unadulterated poison.  

This company is also one of the top sellers of pre-natal vitamins.  I am one of many nutritionists who strongly believe that the increase in childhood disease, especially cancer (and sickeningly brain cancer) has been caused by these pre-natal and child vitamins.  If people would take the time to research the ingredients on the label, they would realize that the chemicals used will cause serious side effects.

You have nothing to lose and a life of health to gain by taking the time to find out what is in your supplements.  I am MORE than happy to help you reading the labels on your bottles, making suggestions and doing an assessment of your current health status.  Email me at batteredhope@gmail.com

I am recapping the first seven posts of this series here:

Week One:  Are your vitamins synthetic, natural altered or natural unaltered?  Click here.

Week Two:  Does your brand produce vitamins with the life factor intact?  Or are they over processed and of little value?  Click here

Week Three:  Does the company produce any products on the Dirty Dozen list?  Click here.

Week Four:  The nitty-gritty on how your nutrients get into your bloodstream, where they can work for you.  Click here.

Week Five:  What is the difference between Kosher and Certified Organic and why should you care?   Click here.

Week Six:  Do you have any clue what exactly is in the OTC vitamins you are taking?    Click here

Week Seven:  Is your hand sanitizer killing you?  Click here

Week Eight:  What Chance Do You Have of Surviving?  Click here

Friday, March 10, 2017

You Are Going to Die - Now What?

cancer
When we hear the word 'cancer' something happens to us. It may feel like we got kicked in the stomach or our heart skips a beat. We react in fear whenever someone we care about receives that diagnosis.

That happened to me decades ago.  The doctor told me that the only possibility I would have of living more than a year would be to have a total hysterectomy.  Although I was very sick and struggling with a lot of pain and discomfort, I knew in my heart that I was born to be a mom and that couldn't happen if I didn't have the working parts.

As a young woman who had zero knowledge about cancer and no idea what I could possibly do to win this battle, I told my doctor "No, I won't accept that.  I am going to walk in here pregnant one day."

At that point, the doctor got extremely angry and almost spit at me when he shouted, "Then, lady, go home.....suffer....and die!"

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Push Through a Painful Experience

When we go through any type of trauma in our lives, it affects us. How it affects us can be either a negative or positive experience. Hopefully, we can learn from the experience and apply what we learned if we ever go through a similar one again. But, that is often easier said than done, isn't it?
trauma

Sometimes we do not realize we have "been here before" until it's over. Pain works that way.  Pain is just that - PAIN.  When we are in the middle of it, it feels like a new experience.  Yet, it rarely is.

There are many types of pain that we experience in life.  There are times when we are blindsided and experience pain on a level we had not realized we were capable of handling.  When we look back at those experiences we often wonder how we made it through -- but we did.  And we are stronger for it.
Pain takes on many forms in your life.  Rejection, loss, physical or emotional trauma, abuse, divorce, the list goes on.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Making the World a Kinder Place Starts at Home

I bet there are many times in our lives when we would love to be a fly on the wall and know what goes on behind closed doors of our friends' homes.  This monthly blogging challenge gives us that opportunity each month and I thoroughly enjoy hearing my friends share their stories.

This past month, although busy as always, was rather uneventful.  I know that much of the country was hit with unusually severe snowstorms.  Living in the Pacific North West in an area that rarely sees snow, Mother Nature gave quite the performance.

In our area, we do not even have snow removal equipment. Normally, we don't need it. However, this year we broke all records for snowfall. It certainly was beautiful but our town, our highways, schools, businesses, banks, basically everything shut down for a few days.  

Here is a picture of the first day's snow and by the time it stopped snowing we had over three feet.  There were no tire tracks on our roads -- only footprints.  It was so beautiful.  
snowstorm

2017 snowstorm

My daughter called me a week before the snowstorm as she and her little ones were struck with that terrible flu that put many people flat on their backs for more than a couple weeks. She would not have asked me to help her unless it was serious.  When she called at 5 A. M. on a Sunday morning, I knew it was serious.  

There were no flights available so I had to make the seven-hour car trip to find all three of them terribly sick.  I was so happy to have the time and the opportunity to be there and lend a hand.
kind children
One thing that will stick in my mind forever is watching my five-year-old grandson, who never got off the sofa for a week, be considerate and kind to his one-year-old sister when she wanted his attention.  He would gently tell her that big brother was too sick to play but that he loved her very much.  

When he needed a glass of water he would ask using his best manners - please and thank yous.  It's great to be proud of your kids and grand-kids, but when you see them behave in such a manner, it is button-busting. He had bouts of throwing up regularly, and yet he never whined or cried.  He apologized for doing it and was sorry Gramma and Mama had to clean it up.

Once again, my hat is off to his mama for raising thoughtful, kind and polite children. People, even strangers, often ask her what her secret is to having such courteous and mannerly kids.  
precious granddaughter

Getting up one morning, my daughter strongly suggested I head home as a storm was approaching.  I didn't believe her because we don't get snowstorms!  But I am certainly glad I listened because I made it home a few hours before the storm hit.

snowstorm 2017


It was awesome to be housebound for almost a week.  I wrote articles, met deadlines, and got caught up with interviews and work I had to postpone the previous week while tending my family.  Crazy how things work out!

Hope you had a great month and I also hope you take a moment to check out some of the other stories here:

Baking In A Tornado                   
Menopausal Mother                     
Spatulas on Parade                   
A Little Piece of Peace                 
Cluttered Genius                 





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Who Wants to Know How to Create a Great Profile Picture?

How important is your profile picture?   There are many people who post profile pictures that are not pictures of themselves at all. You may choose to do this for various reasons.  Some people may be more interested in sharing their brand instead of a photo of themselves.  Some may want to post a family picture (which tells a story about who they are).  Some may post a picture of their furry friend.

What I want to address here is what a potential client may see when they look at your profile picture. No matter how often we may say that we don't judge a book by the cover, it is human nature to do just that.
Be careful not to judge too quickly

If we see someone in tattered clothes staggering down the street, we may jump to the conclusion that he is a good-for-nothing drunk.  In reality, he may be someone who was in business and lost everything, even his family.  Most of us know someone like this and our heart goes out to them when we realize that, but for the grace of God, it could be me.

Or we may see an executive wearing expensive clothes, driving a new car and think they have it all together.  What we may not realize is that he could be one step away from losing it all.  We really never know unless we know them personally.  For a heart-warming shocking story that is an example of this, please check out what happened when I paid for a woman's coffee at the drive through window.  It was published in the recent release by Chicken Soup for the Soul, Random Acts of Kindness.
                                               
Even though we may try hard not to prejudge people before we speak to them, we are all a little guilty of it.

Back to profile pictures.  On my talk show, Never Ever Give Up Hope.  I interview guests who have remarkable stories of how they conquered overwhelming obstacles and achieved success.  When I choose a guest and ask them to send their picture to me for posting on my website, I want to be sure they reflect a positive image.  This is the first thing people see on the internet.  They see it before they hear a story or read a bio.  It must show confidence and strength.

Here are some tips I have given to my guests and certainly can be used wherever you post your profile picture.


1. The best profile picture is of your head and shoulders only -- not full body.  The closer the picture of your face, the better to show that you are genuine, honest and really do want to help others.












2. Look INTO the camera - not off in the distance or up in the air.  Give eye contact. Believe it or not, this is extremely important.












3.  Show good posture.  It is okay to lean into the camera a bit but do not overdo it. Don't try to look sexy.  It just doesn't work for a profile picture.










4.  Smile with teeth.  This is welcoming and
shows warmth.










5.  Wear dark-colored clothes with lighter accents.  Don't wear light colors that may blend you into the background. Don't wear big bulky jewelry as that is where the eye will be drawn to and your face will be secondary.

Profile pictures say a lot about us -- you know what 'they' say about first impressions.  Put your best face forward!

If you have a story you want to share with the world about your own experience of turning your hopelessness around, please contact me with the name of this post.  I'd love to have you on the show.

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