A Most Remarkable Person, Part 1

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Mrs. Charlotte Hamlin passed away on March 7, 2013 at age 94

*Her name, information, and pictures are used with her son’s permission.

I’d like to tell you about a very special person: Mrs. Charlotte Hamlin.  She was one of my professors, a mentor, role model, and dear friend.  We knew each other about 30 years.  And it’s quite interesting, that, although I do not remember too many birthdays, I never forgot hers.  And I must have really admired her, because I’ve adopted her distinctive laugh!

It was in Nursing School, in our Community Health class, that I first met her.  She was the professor and a very striking personality.  First of all, she was a senior citizen.  Then, she was happy and full of life; had beautiful, silky, white hair, twinkles in her eyes, and her posture was straight and strong; she was quick and light in her movements; and she filled the classroom with her enthusiasm for the subject we were all there to learn.

She was about 67 years old at that time.  And her words and actions were not what I was used to in older folks.  Some of my classmates even felt that she was a bit nutty.  Because as she shared about her life, we learned that she ran and won medals in Senior Olympics, rode a bike, and swam in the lake in front of her house [the one with the snakes].  Back in 1980 I don’t think any of us students knew seniors who did things like that.   Today many seniors are quite health-minded and active.

Mrs. Hamlin described herself like this:

“I have been a vegetarian for 50 years, take no supplements or medicine, have high bone density [and no osteoporosis], and have never had any major surgery.”  From her book, Ride With the Wind, P. 29

She was definitely different, but no nutty professor.  As I observed and listened to her, I concluded that she was ‘sharp as a tack’ [very intelligent], had more energy than most of us students, and was onto something that I’d better pay attention to!

Why was this lady like this when so many of her age group [and even younger] were full of aches, pains, and medications?  Here is how: she not only taught us students about the laws of health, but she lived them every day!  She was a walking advertisement that using these simple principles really worked.

And she didn’t keep this ‘good news’ to herself.  Three ways she shared it were:

1.  Her “Prevent the 3 Cs” Classes – which were a continuing education series teaching folks how to help avoid Coronary [heart attacks], Cancer, and CVA [strokes].  Community members, and university faculty, staff, and students were all invited to attend.  To start, everyone got blood tests to see what their risks were.  Then there were classes to learn about each of the 3Cs, and how to put into practice the  laws of health.   At the program’s end, blood was tested to check improvements.  Many were helped.  I was also helped.

It was in her 3Cs class that I first learned that women who eat the most animal fats are inclined to have the highest risks for breast cancer.  Before then I’d never heard of any connection between diet and cancer.  Today we are hearing much more about this relationship.     **[Eating much animal protein and sugar also increases risks for breast and other cancers as well].

To Be Continued In Part 2 …       

  Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence     

PS:  The GEEK Squad, at Best Buy, helped me find out why I could not copy and paste on Friday.  It was so simple.  They fixed it and I’m back in business!  Thanks for your patience.

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Happy Anniversary, Kiddo!

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This month makes 29 years that I am living with Multiple Sclerosis.  I’m happy to still be fairly independent, even though I do use a walker and a scooter, and my husband helps me a lot.  I’ve seen how much this disease can take from people, and I could be worse.  But I’m so absolutely grateful for what I can still do. 

I owe these blessings to God – Who strengthens me; my Mom – for a fighting attitude; my hubby who is so kind and helpful;-family and friends for their support, encouragement ,and laughter; and eating a healthy diet [sometimes I mess-up]; and exercising regularly .  For me [and you too], a healthy diet is tremendous in helping to prevent and deal with the symptoms and complications of this disease!

My body [yours too] is like a nice car or truck.  The fuel that goes in the tank matters a lot.  Apple juice and soda are cheaper than gas, but I wouldn’t dare pour those beverages in my tank.  But the years before I got MS I was dumping into my ‘tank’ [body] junk foods, Pepsi, frozen dinners, sugar-loaded foods, and fast foods.  And even though I was doing aerobics twice a day, jogging, swimming, and bike riding, I see where that ‘fuel’ got me.  But thankfully some kind people shared what they had learned. 

Over the years I was blessed to meet people who showed me the value of right food choices; that what I put in my body would lead to wellness or sickness.  It would also affect how I felt, thought, and moved.  And I’m forever grateful to the lady who introduced me to gluten-free eating [I’m sensitive].

So for all these 29 years I’ve not taken any of the MS drugs – I didn’t want any more problems from side-effects of those drugs.  And I treat my symptoms mostly with right lifestyle choices like a vegetarian diet [working on vegan], regular exercise, drinking more water, getting fresh air and moderate sunlight, getting good rest at night [to bed before 12am], avoiding the bad things my body’ doesn’t need [still struggling with that], and trusting God for help and strength.       *These choices are all part of the 8 Laws of Health.  We will go over each one in detail at Principle of Health #7.

I do take 5mg of Baclofen at bedtime for muscle spasms.  And won’t hesitate to ask my neurologist for Prednisone [steroid] if my symptoms get too bad, or I feel a relapse coming on.  It helps perk me up.

 

Now, for a few more MS tips:

  • Some things are outside of our control.  But even with MS, there are things we can do to help reduce our symptoms and complications, and improve our quality of living.  Like healthier choices. 

  • It’s not enough to take drugs for MS or its complications.  We must deal with the cause of the problem.  Take a good look at how we lived pre-MS.  Some things were not done right.  We need to correct them, or we will never improve.

  • I don’t think a wrong diet is the only thing that leads to MS.  But it is critical. Good food choices feed the cells, helping them to function properly.  Wrong food choices don’t nourish cells, which leads to their malfunctioning and disease.

  • There are wonderful benefits for making better choices to live with MS.   But those choices will also help reduce risks for getting cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and more.  Not bad.

  • And when we are working at improving our health, we can gently help our loved ones adopt some of those choices.  It will help improve their health and prevent other diseases too.

  • Not helpful to us are saturated fats [from animal products], dairy, foods made from white flour [weakens hands and muscles], sugar, high fructose corn syrup, flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate [MSG], artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives, and other man-made things.

  • Helpful to us are fresh vegetable or fruit juices and eating simply prepared plant-based foods.  They feed the cells so they can function properly.  

  • Eat a few dates each day for a sweet boost of energy.  They are also full of vitamins and minerals that feed the body  [especially B vitamins for nerves ].   *Diabetics don’t eat too many.  And watch out for pits.

  • I get foggy brain a lot, but listening  to classical music helps me focus, concentrate, and get many things done.  Researchers believe that this music does not disrupt natural body rhythms [some music does], but works in-tune with them.  This increases the body’s ability to function.  I listen online at www.allclassical.org, in Portland, Oregon.

  • Never neglect exercise.  Do what is possible.  Exercise strengthens everything inside and outside the body.  I’m getting another Rebounder.  Yeah!  They give a great workout. 

That’s all for now.  Take care and see you next time.

 

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Principle of Health #3: What’s Blood Got To Do With It?

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A principle is a rule, truth, or law that never changes.  There are many principles for good health, but this blog will only cover 7 of them.  We’ve already introduced two:   

Principle #1: Man Comes In 3D  [Feb. 1, 2013]

Principle #2:  The Force Is With You [May 31, 2013]

Principle #3:  To have good health a person must have good  blood.  

What is blood?  It is living material, pumped by the heart, throughout the body at about 6 quarts per minute or 2,000 gallons per day.  It is part fluid [plasma], and part cells [red and white blood cells, and platelets], and other substances.  The blood cells and platelets have very specific work to do.  For example, red cells carry oxygen, nourishment, and water; white cells identify and fight off enemies; and platelets help stop bleeding [clotting]. 

Every human being has the same blood cells, but we each have a different blood type – A, B, AB, or O.  And these blood types each carry an Rh positive or Rh negative sign [important for blood transfusions].

So, what does blood have to do with good health?  A lot.  If blood stops, life stops.  Blood is the stream that carries life and strength to every part of the body, and takes away wastes and impurities.  The quality of our health [good or bad] depends on the quality of our blood.  And taking a simple blood test [CBC: complete blood count] can tell a lot about a person’s blood and health.  I saw this clearly in 1982 .

As a nursing student, volunteering at a professor’s community health screening program, I was able to get a free blood test.  My results showed an abnormal platelet count.  I didn’t feel sick or have symptoms until 1983!  Blood tests are useful in detecting problems, giving us a chance to seek help, long before symptoms show up.

If we want good health we must have good blood.  And we build our blood by the things we put in our bodies.  What we eat, drink, and breathe provide the raw materials to feed and build cells.  And the cells then help build up the body. 

Some things make good blood like fresh air; water; and the vitamins and minerals in simply prepared fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans.  And some things make impure blood like caffeine [in soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks, etc.], and too much pork and other meats, and sea-foods [can contain high saturated fat; bacteria; parasites; mercury; and more]. 

And it’s not just the blood that is important, but its ability to move around the body through miles of blood vessels [arteries, veins, capillaries, etc.].  This is called the circulation.  The better the circulation, the better the blood can do its work.  But sadly, some things make for poor circulation.  For example:

  1. Eating too much fat can clog blood vessels and slow blood flow to the brain and body;

  2. Eating too much sugar makes red blood cells clump together, making it hard for them to pass through tiny blood vessels;

  3. Wearing tight clothing around the chest, abdomen, and waist interferes with proper breathing.  Circulation is improved when we breathe deeply – especially of fresh air.

  4. Not drinking enough plain water makes blood thick and run slow;

  5. Not enough regular exercise will lead to poor circulation.  And disease follows poor circulation.  But exercise speeds up and balances the circulation.   Whatever physical shape anyone is in, we must do some form of regular exercise.  Move what we can and the body will respond;

  6. And not breathing deeply of enough fresh air.  Fresh air helps purify blood and fill it with oxygen – which is needed by every part of the body.  

*FYI: Sunlight and helping others increases blood circulation.  Incredible, but true.

I can no longer afford to take my blood for granted and treat it any old way.  It’s way too important.  Every day I must be determined not put anything in my body that will not make the best blood.  My present and future health [and yours too] depends on what the blood carries in it!

That’s all for now.  See you next time.

 

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Autointoxication – Part 1 of 3

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Autointoxication – Part 1 of 3

Background What is it? In simple terms: it is self-poisoning.  It is when wastes [like feces, bile, mucus, bacteria, etc.] remain in the colon too long, they produce toxic substances which are then reabsorbed by the blood, and then carried to the rest of the body. If this situation is not corrected, over time this process can cause diseases to develop. Before we get to the “how” and “why”, I just want to share a little background information.

This material is based on what I’ve learned, experienced, and what makes perfect sense to me. But I also want you to know that there are those in the medical community who view autointoxication, those who acknowledge it, or popular ways of treating it [like colonics and enemas], as ignorance, ancient theory, and even quackery. So, read the material, see if it makes sense to you, and then decide what to do about it.

In my Post, “A Perfect Storm”, I mentioned that my elimination habits were not the best for many years. Because of this I was always interested in ways I could improve things. One day back in the 1990s, while looking through a catalogue for used and out-of-print books, I saw several titles by Dr. J.H. Kellogg. I ordered three of his books. Yes, he is of the breakfast cereal Kelloggs. In the 1800s he and his brother W.K Kellogg, invented several breakfast cereals, including corn flakes.

But Dr. Kellogg was also a physician and surgeon. In 1875 he was named Medical Superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium [Michigan, USA]. This health resort grew out of the Western Health Reform Institute, started in 1866.

Today, Battle Creek Sanitarium [or ‘The San’] might be called a lifestyle center. They helped patients – rich and middle class, to regain their health. They didn’t offer drugs, alcohol, or coffee, but used vegetarian meals, vigorous exercise, sunshine, lots of fresh air, hydrotherapy – including regular enemas, and more. People got well! Some of their famous guests included John D. Rockefeller, C.W. Post, J.C Penney, Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, Sojourner Truth, and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Over the years, ‘The San’ and Dr. Kellogg have been made fun of. I don’t agree with all his teachings or views. But I do recognize that he was ahead of his time in many areas of treating disease and helping folks recover from illnesses. Three areas that really impressed me were his use of all 8 of the Laws of Health, some of his inventions of exercise equipment, and autointoxication. Dr. Kellogg didn’t discover this process. French pathologist, Dr. Charles Bouchard, first used this term [1837-1915]. But it was in two of Dr. Kellogg’s books that I was first introduced to it: “Colon Hygiene” [copyright 1916] and “Itinerary of A Breakfast” [copyright 1918].

I guess I wanted to share all this history to let you know that understanding and treating autointoxication are not new. It has been a health concern for a very long time. Not only that, but The Western Health Institute and Battle Creek Sanitarium both used the 8 Laws of Health in treating their patients. These laws have been around a long time as well.

To Be Continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina

What I’ve Learned

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I’ve been living with MS for almost 29 years and have learned a lot. For this Post I’ll be sharing a few of those things. Hopefully they will help someone else.

  • Disease is not normal, but the body’s attempt to clean out toxins, and repair and rebuild damaged areas. We need to help it do its healing work by giving it rest, water, fresh air, natural fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans, and more.   **See Cells Matter and The Body Can Heal Itself for more details on helping the body heal.

  • Every day our choices are moving us closer to improved health, or toward sickness and disease.

  • Everything matters.  Every action has a reaction.  Like what we choose to eat and drink; how much sleep we get; our thoughts and attitudes; how we treat other people; and even how we treat animals and nature. They all affect body chemistry and move us toward good health or sickness.

  • MS brings losses. But in every sadness or loss there are lessons and blessings. Look for the lessons and learn them. Search for the blessings and embrace them.

  • The mind and body are closely connected. Our thoughts, feelings, words, and attitudes all have incredible effects on body chemistry, and our ability to get and stay well.

  • Hippocrates, called the father of Western Medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. I use healthy foods to control my MS issues* – except when symptoms get bad.   Then I will ask the doctor for whatever drug will help fix the problem. But for preventing illness and improving energy and health, foods work for me. And their side effects are not harmful.  *I do take 5mg of Baclofen at bedtime to reduce muscle spasms.

  • What we eat and drink not only affects how we feel, but our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviours.

  • I sleep better [with fewer muscle spasms] when I eat more vegetables with dinner. Like kale, collard greens, carrots, tomato-basil pasta sauce, and more.

  • Supplements may be needed at times. But it’s better to get vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other beneficial elements in their natural food form – the way nature made them. This way you get the right amounts that your body needs.

  • For improved energy I drink more water; have a big breakfast; get more exercise and fresh air; eat more fresh fruits [especially blue and strawberries], vegetables, and nuts [like almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil Nuts]; and use less sugar, white flour products, and caffeine.

  • Avoid chemicals in foods and beverages as much as possible. Man-made chemicals cannot help the body. Eat whole, natural foods. Prepare them simply, but make sure they also look and taste good. They contain elements that protect our bodies from disease, and if needed, help them heal.

  • Avoid artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners when possible. Artificial means not real; it’s made by man. Our bodies have real live cells that need real food. When I eat any of these by accident, I get muscle spasms.

  • My left pointer finger bends over at times and won’t straighten up, and I also get pins and needles sensation in my fingertips. I get both after eating foods with too much sugar or made from white or enriched flour [like biscuits, bagels, crackers, cookies, donuts, and more]. But when I eat some fresh fruits or vegetables – especially apples, greens, sweet potatoes, and more, that finger straightens up and the pins and needles go away.

  • Having something useful to do each day is critical to our mind and body. It gives us purpose and takes our attention off of poor me or why me.

  • Helping others is powerful!  When we go to help someone else, without looking for anything in return, we will always be helped and receive a blessing!  And the endorphins that are released give great joy, help improve our health, and help us to heal.

  • It used to bother me when people or kids stared at me. But one day I started smiling and waving at them. Some still stared, but I always felt better. And the kids usually waved back.

  • Exercise is an absolute must for anyone, but especially for those with MS.  What we don’t use, we will lose.

  • Cool or cold water hitting the skin [in bath or shower], helps spastic muscles to relax and be more flexible; strengthens the immune system; improves circulation; calms the nerves, and energizes mind and body.  Start out with warm water and gradually go to cooler water.  It feels great!

That’s all for now.  Let me know if you have any questions?  See you next time.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence