Thursday, June 13, 2019

Are You Aware of the Toxins in Your Vitamins?

What is the World's Greatest Con Job - #3 - Test your Vitamins

natural vs synthetic vitamins, healthIs there a difference between types of vitamins?  Most definitely!  Is there a way to determine these differences?  Most definitely! The purpose of this series of posts is to bring some understanding to the choices we have when purchasing vitamins.  Synthetic vitamins act like drugs in the body and they are NEVER vitamins and NEVER good for you.  Yet, we blindly accept what the manufacturers tell us -- a lie.

First of all, let's recap last week's post.  There are three types of vitamins:  synthetic, natural altered and natural unaltered.

This is the very basic part of deciding what vitamins to buy and there are many other factors that come into play.  Even if the average consumer knows of the three different types there are to choose from, how do you determine which is which?  If you have not read the first post please do so here. It explains the difference.

food supplements, con job, health, natural

Dr. Timothy O'Shea, author of Conventional Medicine Vs Holistic: A World of Difference points out: Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds.  Vitamins are biological complexes.  They are multi-step biochemical interactions whose action is dependent upon a number of variables without the biological terrain.  Vitamin activity only takes place when all conditions are met within that environment, and when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together.  

Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.  When isolated into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body.  They are no longer vitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate."

Wish I Was ALLOWED to List Synthetic Brands Here 

I always offer to research a client's vitamin intake to determine if they are natural or synthetic.  I will do the same for you -- just contact me.

Does it matter where you purchase them?  Yes. Drugstores and grocery stores carry synthetic vitamins. Period.  Do not be fooled by labels.  Most companies try to use the word 'natural' somewhere on their label; whether it be in the name itself or the description.  COAL TAR and PETROLEUM are natural sources so legally the word natural can be used on the label.  If you knew you were swallowing petroleum to improve your health, would you continue?  Would you actually believe that these products could bring you good health?

What about health food stores?  Most of the vitamins sold in these stores are either synthetic or natural altered.  Next time you are in a health food store look around. You will find that many of the vitamins that GROW TOGETHER in nature are isolated and sold separately.  Your body is not made to assimilate them in that state. They are out of balance and your body will reject them.  This also applies to a multi-vitamin. Each ingredient listed must be in balance to how they grow in nature; i.e. zinc to copper ratio.

Pre-Natal and Children's Vitamins are 
Among the Worst

What if I get my vitamins from a medical professional or a naturopath?  You have the right to ask them all the questions I will be listing in this series.  They should be able to answer each one.   Unfortunately, most often they simply do not understand the difference unless they have had specific training in that area.

I have written to dozens of vitamin companies asking them these questions.  I have also asked doctors, nurses, nutritionists, etc. and most do not have the answers. They did not realize there was a difference or what questions they should be asking.  Or they don't care.  Remember, this is a multi-billion dollar industry.

There are practitioners who have taken the time to educate themselves in this field. They know, without a doubt, that the products they are giving their patients will meet the criteria -- and can prove it. 

The second point in last week's post was whether or not there is life in your supplements.  The best test is to ask the company for a picture of the chromatograms.  If the life factor, or live enzyme activity is there - it will be evident. A dead vitamin's picture looks dead.  A live one looks like a picture of a sunburst.

There are a couple tests you can do for fun.  Put one of your multivitamins on a little piece of aluminum foil and bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for about ten minutes. The only change you should see is a slight lightening in its color, the same as you see in raw versus cooked vegetables. More than likely what you will see is a black oozing of a sticky or coal-like substance.  Sometimes it will just be black specks but you should be able to see it distinctly.

Another test is to put your multivitamin into a glass of tepid water. Within 10 minutes, the vitamin should disintegrate and form a volcano.  If it is dead, it will just lie there. Sometimes, the coating will flake off but that's it.

Another is to leave a vitamin on the counter for a few days -- it should start to "grow" and if it gets wet, it will get moldy -- like REAL food.

Bottom line:

The vitamins you take must be bio-available - the ability for your body to absorb the nutrients it needs, when and where it needs them.  Otherwise, why are you taking them?

Question number two

The next question to ask is pretty simple and most people around the world are aware of the seriousness.  Does the company use GMO-free ingredients?  Major supplement producers actually will openly admit that they derive many of their formulas from GMO crops.  Consumers just are not paying attention!

My experience has been that most companies who
distribute vitamins don't have a clue about the source of the raw product.  I know of one such company (which shall remain nameless here) that bottles vitamins for distribution to over 1500 different vitamin companies.  All they do is CHANGE THE LABEL -- the product is all the same crap.

If a company is producing non-GMO products, they will be proud of it and be able to substantiate their raw sources.

I will continue this series next week.  Please let me know if you run the vitamin tests I suggested and your results. Take a look at your labels and shoot your questions back - I'd love to help.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Does it Drive You Crazy When You Can't Fix Something?


How would you complete this sentence?  "I am so done taking care of....?"  What immediately comes to mind?  

When asked that question, my first instinct was I want to stop trying to fix stuff.  This is extremely difficult because I am a fixer.....PERIOD.  Fixers look for problems they can solve.  When they hear someone express a dilemma, fixers' minds are searching their computer brain for an answer.  Then, to make it an even bigger challenge not only do they try to fix it but enhance it.
Winston Churchill

Fixers or rescuers cannot resist the temptation to jump in and try to fix everything.  I used to think that my dad taught me to do that because he was a minister. I observed him counseling people and helping anyone who needed it.  

However, I have recently realized that this is not why I am this way -- it is because my mom got deathly ill after I was born. I spent my youth watching her suffer.  She died when I was a teenager and I felt responsible somehow.  I couldn't fix her so now I want to fix whoever I can.  Guilt drove me to be a fixer.

helping someone

From what I understand, this is not unusual behavior and one of the basic reasons someone becomes a 'fixer.'  They could not fix something of great importance to them so they try to fix any and every problem they encounter!  BAM.  That's it.

Helping people is second nature to a fixer.  People seem to gravitate to them when they have a situation requiring help.  Fixers often choose professions such as a nurse or therapist.  As a health coach, I have helped hundreds of people who wanted optimum health and/or those who were desperate without hope.  It is my passion and I always guarantee results.
crying on your shoulder

But it does not end there.  It doesn't matter what the problem is - from a computer issue to a serious family problem - if I can't help, I will find someone who can.  It motivates me.  It drives me.  And sometimes, it is exhausting or extremely discouraging when my efforts fail.  But I never give up trying.

From the Pearl Jam song:
When something's dark, let me shed a little light on itWhen something's cold, let me put a little fire on itIf something's old, I wanna put a bit of shine on itWhen something's gone, I wanna fight to get it back again
When something's broke, I wanna put a bit of fixing on itWhen something's bored, I wanna put a little exciting on itIf something's low, I wanna put a little high on itWhen something's lost, I wanna fight to get it back again

But the original challenge was:  "I am so done taking care of....?"  And my response would  be -- "other people's problems."   But I know I will never stop.  It is in my genes, inherited and environmentally, to find a way to help.  

Helping without looking for payback

My secret subject was submitted by Tamara at The Three Gerbers

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week eight brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                    
Wandering Web Designer             
Cognitive Script                           
The Bergham Chronicles              
Bookworm in the Kitchen                  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Feeling Good Every Day is Actually an Option

Do you enjoy downtime when you feel sick?  Miss work because of a cold or the flu?  Lack of energy?  Imagine what it is like to wake up every morning and feel good every SINGLE day?

My daughter told me a few years ago that she has zero memory of her mom ever being sick or tired.  I hadn't really thought about it but it is true.  Every day I feel great - I work hard, am rarely tired, eat what I like and never get sick.  

As a health coach for the past 30 plus years, I have been helping people reach their health goals and build a strong immune system.  It is possible.  And not that difficult!

What is the World's Greatest Con Job?

Last month I was asked to be on a National television show to talk about skin and how to avoid getting those awful brown aging spots.  

As we age, many people expect to have skin issues. Dry rough skin. Skin that has lost its elasticity.  Those fine line wrinkles and those not so fine ones.  Skin that has become transparent and lost its luster.  Skin that bruises easily.  Aging spots.
aging skin, synthetic vitamins

Then there is hair.  Thinning hair.  Dry, limp, dull hair.  Hair falling out.  Flaky scalp.  Any of these sound familiar?

These are some simple signs of aging we all expect and are not surprised when they occur. We slap on creams and lotions or have laser treatment in an effort to prevent/cover-up the inevitable. We buy the most expensive shampoo and conditioner thinking they should be superior.  The whole process becomes a workout and rarely produces the long-lasting results we were hoping to achieve. As a health coach, a question many clients ask is "You have such beautiful skin, what's your secret?"

Skin is our largest organ and just like any other organ, we need to take care of it internally. The same goes for our hair.
hair loss, lack of vitamins
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I have been going to the same hair stylist for several years and almost every time she sees me she makes the same comment.  "Where do you get so much hair?"  Or...."Am I ever going to find at least one gray hair on your head?"

I have to get my hair thinned twice a month because it gets so thick and grows so quickly.  Healthy hair, nails and, skin are a window to internal health.

As a symptomologist, many of the questions I ask a client refer to our exterior.  The reason is simple.  When we are aging on the inside, it shows on the outside.  Looking in the mirror reveals a lot more than just what we see if we know what to look for.

My journey to optimum health started 40 years ago when the specialist told me I had cancer and would surely die without a hysterectomy.  You can read that story here, but essentially I refused to accept that diagnosis.  He yelled at me "Then, go home, suffer and die."  I told him I would walk in there pregnant one day and I did - 14 years later.  

Initially, I had no answers but I was determined to find them.  As a result, I began the education process to fulfill my new mission in life. Teach people to take time for their health today so that they would have health for their time tomorrow.  

As I shared in If Your Health Matters, What are You Doing About it? we can take control of our health.  We can educate ourselves.  We can improve our health as we age.

I get my annual check-up every few years and each time the doctor tells me my stats improve.  As he is aging, he is beginning to ask questions for obvious reasons. "Whatever you are doing, keep doing it."  I haven't had a cold or flu for four decades. I have as much or more energy as most people 20 years younger than me.  I feel the same almost every single day and it's not boring -- wouldn't you love to feel great every day - waking up refreshed after a night's sleep?  I eat whatever I want without worrying about allergies or sensitivities.  

I am not bragging here -- but want to make a point.  You can experience optimum health. You can improve with some patience and a desire to feel wonderful.  It is a matter of seeing it through until you get the results.

I promised you some secrets and the biggest secret is one that is well hidden.  Many of you reading this are probably taking vitamins/food supplements just as I was when diagnosed with cancer 40 years ago.  So, why don't they work as we expect them to work?

There are three types of vitamins.  

Synthetic, natural altered and natural unaltered 

Synthetic:  These are the tricky ones because the label most often will say 'from natural sources' or 'natural' or something similar.  Hang on to your seat belt - here is one of the best-kept secrets:  COAL TAR is a natural source.  PETROLEUM is a natural source.  Synthetic vitamins are made from these wonderful ingredients that are toxic poison to you.  The repercussions down the road are horrendous.  I believe this is the world's Number One Con Job. Millions of people believe they can obtain health and life to their bodies by eating dead, lifeless coal tar.

Before I address a client's issues, I ask them to bring in the vitamins they are taking. On the label, it is easy to find the scientific names for the synthetic properties in these ingredients.  People are always appalled when they see it in black and white.  

synthetic vs natural vitamins

Natural Altered:  These are vitamins that may come from an edible natural source but have been altered.  For example:  The body requires the food (or vitamins) you eat in proper proportion to the way they grow in nature.  In nature, all B vitamins grow together. If a manufacturer isolates one of them, like B12 or B6, they are taken out of balance and will not be assimilated properly.  The results you get from these altered vitamins are close to the same results you would get from medication.  They may help curb the symptoms but they cannot build health.    

synthetic vitamins

Natural Unaltered:  These are the purest form of food supplements that can build health and restore damaged cells.  

But there is so much more

One of the KEY factors is whether or not the natural unaltered supplements you are taking have a life factor. Although scientists have tried, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to build life from death.  If there is no enzyme activity, no life factor - what you take in the front door will exit the back door making little improvement to your health on that trip.

enzyme activity in natural vitamins
Chromatograms show live enzyme activity

Think about it.  What is healthier?  Overcooked vegetables or raw ones?  Now apply that to the vitamins you take.  But, hold on, there's SO much more.

Next week I will share several more components to look for when you are purchasing vitamins to improve your health.  Instead of whining about your health, wouldn't you love to be bragging about it?  

This post could actually change your life and start you on a journey to living well and enjoying it even more.  How would that make you feel?

Contact me for a FREE session to start your optimum health journey

Friday, May 24, 2019

Why Garden? You Just Have To Do it All Over Again

Let's get one thing clear.  I ain't no gardener.  I hate gardening and when someone tells me that it is therapeutic, it makes me wonder.  What is fun about bending over all day in the hot sun, getting sweaty and filthy?  I suppose some people feel that way about housework or any number of things that we consider chores.  

The weeds grow back, the house needs cleaning......

HOWEVER...last week I looked at the flower garden and decided it was time!  It extends around the entire yard and has a million or so different plants.  Almost all of them bloom, including the weeds.

I spent four-and-a-half hours weeding one day and could hardly walk for a day or two afterward.  I found no satisfaction in it and after looking at the yard, it looked as though it hadn't been touched.  That means I have to do it soon - AGAIN.

Can You Tell the Difference?

When the lawn guy cut the lawn, I asked him about weeds vs. flowers and he said, "If you don't like it - get rid of it."  Now that is something I understand, and I predict a whole lot of digging in my near future.  Once I get a half million or so plants out of the way, I'll be able to see what to keep -- like rose bushes and lilac trees.

I thought that spending time in the garden would help with my stress level -- WRONG.  It has been one tough month emotionally which has consumed my time and thoughts.  

Consequently, this month instead of sharing what has been going on behind closed doors, I will share some wonderful and fun pictures of my grands.  No matter what, they make me smile.  

I thank God for a wonderful family and friends.  It sure helps me through those rough patches.  I am blessed and know that a lot of people have to go through incredible struggles and trauma without support.  I believe that is why my talk show is successful.  People are looking for HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT.  Tune in sometime when you need a boost.

Here are those pics:

Always the Entertainer

Fun Time at the Fair

Easter Egg Hunt in the Woods
What a Wonderful World it Would Be if
Every Little Girl Had a Kind Big Brother

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 6 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Spatulas on Parade           
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Follow Me Home              

Monday, May 20, 2019

Do You Want Health for Your Time Tomorrow?

If Your Health Matters, What Are You Doing About It?

Does your health matter to you?  Do you take time for your health today so that you have health for your time tomorrow?   I believe that most of us do the best we can as well as educate ourselves in various health-related matters. 

I started this journey when I was in my twenties and given two years to live.  That is far too young to hear the "C" word and told "Hysterectomy or death!"  Those were my choices and I didn't choose either one.  

What I did choose was LIFE and SO CAN YOU!  When I made that choice and won that battle I also made the choice to help as many people as I could for the rest of my life. I am grateful that I have been able to do that as a certified health coach.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

No Greater Love Than a Wanted Child - A Daughter

I wish I had words to describe my love and admiration for my daughter. I try -- but come up short. I have watched her survive great trauma in her young life and she never complains. She was a little girl when her father was in a serious car accident, leaving him disabled. She did everything she could to help me, encourage me and make me laugh. She was strong and a wealth of support for her mom. She has lost friends to cancer and suicide but is always the first one to console those around her.  She has lost much and endured immeasurable pain.  She is always first to offer a helping hand.  She lost her brother when he chose to walk away from our family seven years ago and broke our hearts.

Her dad and I were told we would never have children.  After 14 long, difficult years of waiting, we had our baby girl -- and now she is a mom. 
My daughter on the left.  Her daughter on the right.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Does Your Dog Talk to You? If Not.....Why Not?


Any dog owner will tell you that anyone can learn the language of DOG very quickly.  All you have to do is learn to listen. They enunciate clearly.  Having that type of relationship with your fur friend is also difficult because you always know when it is time for them to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  I believe they prepare us for their final good-bye.  

We have rescued more than two dozen dogs over the course of many years and it is never easy to say good-bye.  It doesn't matter if they were with us for a couple of years or close to twenty.  I dread the day each time as I realize it is getting closer.   But I will never allow my dogs to suffer by keeping them alive for my selfish reasons.  My dogs talk to me and if you are prepared to listen then you will be able to talk to them as well.

Rescue dogs make the best pets.  They communicate their appreciation of being rescued in a variety of ways.  Mostly you see it in their eyes but their actions speak louder than any human words.  Their constant need to have you in their sight or touching you while they sleep are a couple of ways they let you know how much they love you.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Do You Have Health for Your Time Tomorrow?

I live in a world of miracles.  Every.  Single. Day.  Do you have any idea what that feels like?

Now many of you will nod and agree that life, in itself, is a daily miracle.  But I am one of those fortunate people who gets to experience outstanding miracles on a regular basis.  I get to be the recipient of hugs and I mean, really big tight hugs....when I have been able to give someone hope who has lost hope.

I am a health coach.  I have been one for thirty-five years.  I am also a symptomologist.  A WHAT?  I assess a client's symptoms and determine what nutrients they are missing in their diet that is causing distress.  So what in the world does that mean?