Keep your car healthy:
My husband is a mechanic and I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't pass along some information on how to keep your car healthy. Is there anything more upsetting than sitting in traffic and your car dies? Now, not only are people behind you upset with you, but all of the things you've been rattling off in your brain about needing when you get home are all being put on hold by the necessary evil of getting your car fixed.
Does anything bad happen when it's a convenient time for it? Of course not! It's always the worst possible time for your car to sputter. Most people don't think about their cars much, until there's a problem. And then there's the upset over a bill that you didn't expect. The cars of today are made with a lot more creature features and computer parts than ever before. And like any mechanical device, those parts are expensive. Trust me when the wife of a mechanic says that a little maintenance will go a long way to avoid those ungodly car bills. Check out the list below of simple things you can do to avoid the stress of your car breaking down and the most inopportune times.
First, and foremost, change your oil on a regularly scheduled basis; 3,000 miles or three months, depending upon which type of oil you use. This will be the best thing you can do to extend the life of your car and save thousands of dollars on maintenance in the process. Once a month, be sure to check all of the fluid levels of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid under your hood. This will only take you about 15 minutes but will avoid embarrassing breakdowns or the expense of a new car if you drive without enough oil and your engine seizes.
~You should always fill your gas BEFORE it gets to be on empty. On the bottom of your fuel tank sits dirt, metal deposits, and residue that's not good for your fuel injectors, or carburetor. These things getting into those systems can wreak havoc on how well the car is driving as well as becoming a hefty bill to fix those items that are not working properly from gunk that got through.
~Check your tire pressure weekly and schedule an appointment to get your wheels aligned every six months. Not only will this help the car have a smoother ride and a safer ride, but it will help the tires last longer; hence, saving money in the long run.
~Change your car's filters frequently. Changing filters helps extend the life of your care since it will be operating much more efficiently.
Schedule an appointment to change the coolant at least once a year, but preferably every six months. Coolant is not gunk filled from the engine creates better efficiency as well.
~The most important of all of these things is to schedule regular maintenance once a year. This will keep your warranties valid and keep more money in your pocket overall. In doing this every year, your also being proactive in possibly finding a minor issue before it becomes a costly problem.
My husband says all the time that he can make any car last forever just by doing regular maintenance. I can attest to this because when I really wanted to get out of my 1979 car to get a new one in 1988, he told me that it's still alive and that he can make it live forever. Plus, taking care of your car like this, will most certainly increase your car's value.
With all of this in mind, don't forget that your body is no different than your car. You make regular check up visits to the doctors to keep things in check. When making those doctor's appointments, it's a great time to remember to bring balance back to your body with regular Reiki sessions. This will aid in your body's ability to heal itself naturally when there's a need for healing.
That's it for now. Live, Love, and Laugh often for better health!
Meditation for healing...
OK, so by now, many of you realize that I have a few passions and they all pertain to physical and mental well-being. Reiki is the biggest of my passions. Healing, I feel is my life's work. I have helped and will continue to help people with Reiki, as well as myself when needed, but part of my healing comes from meditation. One of the great things about Reiki aside from its healing properties is the fact that Reiki brings you to a meditative state of calm and peacefulness.
Meditation is a great source of healing as well. It can improve our creative thinking, our energy levels, as well as stress levels. It's associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas, including stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and cognitive function, just to name a few. There are studies that suggest that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels, and even cellular health.
In my quest to heal many years ago, I've tried meditating off and on, and have had a very difficult time. In different periods of my life I would go through an immense healing period and then would get side tracked with life and forget to stay the course as we often do. I read everything that I could get my hands on to teach me to meditate, and without much success.
What really is meditation?
It's not an act of doing; it's a state of awareness. Meditations' one goal is to slow down, and eventually completely stop activity in our minds so that we can be at one with our inner self. This is a state of profound deep peace when the mind is calm and silent.
I've read that it takes months or even years to learn or training to learn to meditate successfully. After trying countless ways of meditation on my own, I found it increasingly difficult as well. I was looking for a way to reduce my stress and help clear mind, but I couldn't figure out a way to separate myself from all of the natural negativity of the world. I've listened to different meditation music, along with hypnotic meditation CD's but the thing that's helped me the most is Deep Zen Meditation.
Years ago I got my free demo and ended up in a period where life took over and I lost sight of the mission of healing I was looking for so it got put aside. Ironically, as my life would go, years later, in cleaning out books and cd's cluttering my space, I became re-acquainted with Zen CD and realized that with the help of Zen, I was able to start meditating and feeling good about it.
Today, I am able to use many different techniques to meditate. I find that some work better than others and I keep trying different things so that I don't lose sight of the wonderful healing benefits of meditation for me. This, for me, is a form of release of all of the pain and sadness I've endured in my life, and helps me get to a place of forgiveness.
Everyone has a different experience or need for meditation. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences of healing with meditation in your world. In the meantime, live, love, and laugh today because tomorrow is just not promised!
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What Role Does Calcium Play In the Human Body?
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Since losing my thyroid in 2007, I've learned that Calcium is essential to life. It is one of the most important and essential minerals that the human body requires for good general health. Not only is it essential for the health of your teeth and bones, but it is also critical for muscle contractions (including the heart muscle), and the function of both the vascular and nervous systems. Hundreds of enzyme reactions and protein interactions require calcium as a co-factor, and the process of communication between cells also requires calcium. The most important role of calcium is to provide for the proper functioning of our nervous system--not to provide strength to our bones--that is secondary.
Thus, calcium is the most closely regulated element in our bodies! In fact, calcium is the ONLY element /mineral that has its own regulatory system (the parathyroid glands). There are no other glands in our bodies that regulate any other element. Calcium provides the electrical system for our nervous system. If our calcium levels get elevated, then we can have changes in our personalities and many other nervous-system symptoms like depression. So, parathyroid disease is not just about osteoporosis and kidney stones, it is primarily about us feeling "normal" and enjoying life.
I found a great article explaining the reason why you need coral minerals. Most doctors say that diseases are caused by a mineral deficiency. Minerals make up the basic foundation of health and soils have become depleted of minerals. In effect, our foods, as well as our bodies, have become deficient of minerals. Coral naturally contains every mineral in the body and they are easily absorbed.
How do coral minerals work? Minerals are the basic foundation for health. From our bones to the multitude of enzymatic activities within and without our cells, minerals are the key that opens the door to optimum health. This is accomplished by supplying the body with missing minerals that have crucial roles to play and by bringing overall mineral levels up, thereby raising the pH of body fluids and tissues back to their natural healthy levels. A high pH (alkaline) is important because most disease thrives in a low pH (acidic) environment.
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That's all my two cents for now. Live, laugh, and love often!
I had been having many medical issues starting at the age of 27 that not any one doctor could really put their finger on and definitively diagnose. I was told by a handful of doctors, what they thought was wrong. I ended up hearing things that ranged from being pre-menopausal to slightly depressed. I even ended up seeing a psychologist to be sure it wasn't depression. How silly is that? In February of 2007 I ended up seeing a surgeon in University of Penn in Philadelphia. I was told I had to have my thyroid removed due to a goiter. Naturally, being in shock, I go home and research the thyroid function and read all the information I can about it. I then begin to research what it will be like living without my thyroid and what the changes in my body are going to be. What I found is that all of the research and all of the knowledge in the world couldn't even begin to prepare me for the journey I was about to take.
For any of you who are not familiar with the thyroid or its function, I'll give you a brief synopsis. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. It's a butterfly shaped gland that sits in your neck, right in front of your trachea. Its main job is to produce thyroid hormone. These hormones are chemicals secreted by the gland to act like messengers telling specific body parts what to do such as regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, proper brain function, and most importantly, convert food into energy. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy). Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. The normal thyroid gland produces about 80% T4 and about 20% T3, however, T3 possesses about four times the hormone "strength" as T4.
Without proper thyroid function, you can expect to see these symptoms:
• Fatigue and weakness • Low basal temperature (cold intolerance) • Dry and coarse skin • Hair loss • Cold hands and feet • Weight gain
• Insomnia • Constipation • Depression • Poor memory, forgetfulness • Nervousness and tremors • Immune system problems
• Heavy menstrual periods.
The awful thing about having a thyroid issue, is that all of the symptoms of which I had, could have absolutely been menopause or depression. Any and all of these symptoms go hand in hand with many different issues, but today, most doctors will immediately jump to depression first, without looking deeper into the issues. This is how I was NOT diagnosed for years with a thyroid issue.
I was told that after the surgery by an endocrinologist that I would be able to live a pretty normal life while taking thyroid medication for the rest of my life. Part of the research I had done prior to my surgery was about the different thyroid medications on the market today, most of which are synthetic. I did, however, find that there was one thyroid medication that was natural made from Pig thyroid hormones. In learning all of this during my research, I feel like I know my body and how it reacts to synthetic things and that my only option was the natural hormone. Armor Thyroid, the natural hormone has been used successfully since 1891. In the 1960's, the big pharmaceutical companies were replacing Armor with the synthetic brand, which is very different than Armor in the fact that all of the synthetic hormones are T4 only. What is the problem with this, you might ask? If you recall reading earlier, T3 possesses about four times the hormone "strength" as T4. T3 is the one that puts the spring in your step because it is so potent. So my doctor, like many others, would not even listen to me in the fact that I would like to start out with the Armor Thyroid. She says that first we go with Synthroid, and if there's a problem, then she'll talk to me about Armor. OK, I decide, I'm not the doctor, so against my better judgment, I'll do what she thinks is best.
I proceed for the next year and a half, taking Synthroid, and getting sicker and sicker. Any and all of the side effects of Synthroid AND being hypothyroid were mine to have. Over the course of the next 8 months I gained 25 pounds. I had a lot of muscle pain which I'm sure had to do with the weight gain. I am five feet nothing and was always about 110 pounds after my son was born. With twenty five extra pounds, my body was always feeling physically sick and then I was emotionally sick due to the extra pounds I was seeing. I was still so fatigued that I had grown accustomed to drinking energy drinks to keep me afloat, hence, I'm sure attributing to the weight gain. To make matters worse, I had severe constipation that would make or break each day with discomfort and bloating. I very rarely slept through the night which made my life during the day a struggle to keep it together. I would forget things a lot and couldn't think straight so soon I became seriously depressed because of all of these symptoms and the fact that my doctor kept telling me to hang in there. I was crying all of the time and and control my emotions.
My doctor told me this had nothing to do with the thyroid, but I felt like my body was revolting against me and I had no control over anything. I went through a dose change of Synthroid every three months until we were to get it right. The dose change would sometimes make the symptoms so severe that I just didn't know how to deal with it or myself or my family.
During this period of time while taking Synthroid, I researched and researched things that would help with all my symptoms. It was Rebecca, my healer, who turned me on to a natural product that would help with some of my physical issues. After reading all about this "Holy Tea" I was intrigued and because of its claims, I tried it. I can say at this time, I will never be without it. I have not had the physical slowing down of my GI tract due to this detoxifying tea that, over time, clears out the so-called gunk that builds up in your system. It's been used with great results for many things such as: Crohn's Disease, IBDs, Spastic Colon, Enlarged Abdomen, Excess Stored Fat, Skin Conditions, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Joint Pain, Insomnia, Low Energy, Loss of Clarity, and Forgetfulness, just to mention a few. This was not a cure all for me, but man how nice life becomes when your body starts to feel like it's functioning again!
After having great success with the tea, I began researching their other products, one of which is Coral Minerals. Without my thyroid it's very important to keep my calcium levels up because in the surgery, most of my parathyroid glands were taken as well. The major function of the parathyroid glands is to maintain the body's calcium level within a very narrow range, so that the nervous and muscular systems can function properly. I've found that Calcium is the most plentiful of minerals in Coral Complex 3. Coral Complex 3 has helped people keep their bones strong, people with tendentious, periodontal disease, varicose veins, and even mood swings. I've been using this as well and it's been a great supplemental boost.
OK, so I found a few things that helped make life a little more bearable, but the next time I was in to see the endocrinologist, I told her that enough was enough. I was ready to try the natural hormone, and hopefully feel better. She finally, after a year and a half, agreed. I can tell you that with-in a two week period of time, all of the aches and pains I was going through were gone. I wasn't so sad anymore. I started sleeping through the night. My head was a little clearer, and things were looking up. I still had quite a ways to go, but at that point life was good, FINALLY!! At this point in my life, three years later, I can say that I'm still struggling because for the past three years, I haven't been able to stay at one dose yet. It looks like I'm finally on that track now, and it was just 3 years in February. I'm sure I will always have some sort of struggle, but I'm on the right track, I can feel it.
So at this point, I finally find the right medication that works with my body and the manufacturer now has the product on national back order. Boy, I was starting to feel like I couldn't get a break. No fear, whenever I have issues pertaining to my thyroid, I always go back to http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com. This is a website that has helped me with many questions that I've had as well as be able to chat with people who have the same issues as me. Every now and again, you learn something from someone that you had no idea would help you. It's a wonderful site, and I highly suggest it for anyone going through these struggles themselves.
Throughout the past three years, I've been able to find many things that have helped me through this struggle. The main thing that has gotten me to the point that I'm at today is my support system. I have the best husband, family, and friends that anyone could ask for. They have helped me get through this time, by listening to me talk through it, or sometimes cry and complain. They've helped me make sense of it all every step of the way. So to all of the people in my life, I have got to say "I love you!" and "Thank You". This doesn't even begin to make you understand how much each of you is an integral part in my life. I treasure all of you and feel blessed that I have so much love in my life to get me through one of the hardest times I've had to deal with. And my husband, God love him, was the best support system anyone could ever ask for. I know during this period of time how awful I was feeling constantly and that I was never easy to deal with. But Dave stood with me, and supported me, every step of the way. What I learned most from all of this and mainly from my husband, is that no matter what, you need to trust yourself, and be your own advocate in this world. You know your body better than anyone... including doctors. They know medicine, but only you know when something is truly wrong, and despite the fact that they may tell you your perfectly fine, you need to stand up for yourself and keep fighting until you know in your heart that all is fine.
Thanks to all for listening, and be well.
Reiki helps re-balance the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. It aids in the body's natural healing capabilities. It has now become a widely known therapy for many ailments and diseases. Reiki sessions help restore your sense of wholeness.
Reiki is now recognized for healing cancer and many other disorders, and is promoted by the American Cancer Society as safer holistic cancer therapy. Traditional cancer treatment can be very painful and draining. Because Reiki is a non-invasive procedure, it helps the patients relax, lowers the stress levels, lowers the heart rate, and even reduces intense pain while enduring conventional treatment. Reiki energy goes right where it's needed combating the pain and helps to promote better health for faster healing.
Reiki can help fight symptoms at each individual stage of conventional cancer treatments. Problems in our lives, illness, and disease come from minor blockages in our mind, body, or spirit. Energy healing restores the balance of the whole person. Sickness often begins in our mind, and it is often in the mind that healing begins, bringing you from a state of dis-ease back to a more balanced state. In the early stages of cancer, Reiki may even reduce tumor size, helping to reduce the number of chemo treatments.
Being diagnosed with Cancer can be very traumatizing to a person. Since chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatments can be quite painful and draining, physically as well as mentally, Reiki can help ease the symptoms and bring balance back to your body. This balance will put your mind and body in a place conducive to your body's natural healing ability. It is said that accumulated emotional energy may be the original cause of an illness and Reiki can help the patient release this energy.
In the case of terminal care, Reiki is used in focusing on improving the quality of life by reducing the physical and emotional stress often associated with serious illness, especially in hospices. I donated time to a local hospice and helped many in their time of crossing over for an easier transition. Reiki was also a great help to the family who has been emotionally drained from the grieving process of losing a loved one.
A close family friend of mine was diagnosed with terminal esophogeal cancer. During this devastating time, after every chemo treatment, I performed Reiki and was told that it releived his pain. He spoke to me about the warmth that he felt during his sessions, creating a very calming effect on him. He did lose his battle, but I take solace in the fact that I was able to help him feel better, even for a short while, during this process.
Reiki has many known benefits during cancer treatments.
It balances the mind, body, and spirit, removing the body of toxins and impurities, allowing the body to regain its natural ability to heal. While rebalancing energy, Reiki enhances the immune system. It brings peace and calmness, reducing stress. It relieves pain and discomfort of treatment, creating comfort. Reiki helps regenerate cellular growth, accelerating the healing process.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, make a difference in their life and introduce them to the healing benefits of Reiki at a much needed time.
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