Simple Things

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 Getting, protecting, and recovering health should be simple, make sense, and be accessible to all.  Today I just want to share a few of my favorite, tried and true, simple remedies.  A remedy is something that helps healing.

Cool Showers:  Years ago I used to take cool showers, so in the winter I wouldn’t be so cold while riding my bike to work.  It worked.  Here are just some of the benefits of cool showers or baths [especially for those with MS]:

  1. They strengthen the body to resist feeling cold
  2. They stimulate the nerves
  3. Invigorate the mind and thinking
  4. Increase muscle tone [strength of muscles]
  5. Increase muscle flexibility
  6. Increase muscle endurance [can do more for longer periods].  *Drinking water will also help.

After a cool shower I always move better, and feel ready to conquer the world.  For those afraid of cold water, try what I do:  I start with warm water for a few minutes.  Then I gradually turn the water to cool or cold for 2-3 minutes.  Make sure the water hits the entire body.  After the warm water, the cold does not feel too bad.

Lemon Water: It is the juice of ½ or 1 fresh lemon added to a cup of warm water. Warm water gets into the bloodstream faster than cold.  I drink it in the morning before eating any food.  I also add a shake of cayenne pepper [it helps circulation and helps clean mucus from blood], and 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup [touch of sweetness, vitamins and minerals].

Lemon juice has lots of benefits, but here are just three:

    1. It helps the body resist bacterial and viral infections.  And if sick, it helps you heal.  *Germs cannot live in the presence of lemon juice.

    2. It strengthens the body’s immune system.

    3. And helps remove toxins from the blood.

I drink this to help clean my blood.  But if getting signs of a cold or the flu, I take it to reduce chances for getting sick.  But if sick, I drink it every few hours to speed my recovery.  It works.  I’ve had bronchitis twice, and both times, drinking lemon water every few hours helped me get better quickly.  Drink it during flu season.  Drink it before you get sick.  Give it to your family too.

Apples:  Called “the queen of fruit”, apples also have abundant benefits.  A few of them are:

    1. They reduce inflammation.   I’ve noticed that my MS symptoms are worse when inflammation is present.
    2. They remove toxins from the intestines by way of the feces.
    3. They help constipation.
    4. They help keep blood pressure low.

For me, being under the influence of apples is a good thing.  When I eat an apple [Red Delicious or Gala] my vision clears, my thinking becomes sharp, my balance and muscle strength improve, and my complexion looks clear and smooth.  And when I eat an apple before bedtime, I sleep well with few or no muscle spasms.

Activated CharcoalNot barbecue charcoal!!!  I recommend that a bottle of activated charcoal be in each home, and each camping first aid kit [along with a Bee Sting/Snake Bite extractor kit].  You can get it at pharmacies, health food stores, and online.  It comes in powder, tablet, and capsule forms. *I use Nature’s Way Activated charcoal capsules.

Charcoal has numerous benefits, but here are a few:

    1. It can adsorb [not absorb] many poisons, toxins, gases, chemicals, drugs, and venoms.  Adsorb means that the carbon in charcoal is quick to combine with these poisons and make them harmless.  Don’t neglect to call 911 for serious bites, but while waiting for the ambulance, do something to help.  Giving charcoal after bug and critter bites or stings, or for drug over-doses can be very useful.    **Never give charcoal to an unconscious person.  Call 911!

    2. Charcoal can help relieve and stop intestinal gas

    3. It can help stop diarrhea

    4. It can help treat infections.  I’ve used it successfully to treat infected bites from unknown insects on my foot [they ‘bit and ran’].  How?   By making charcoal poultices [see below].

To use charcoal internally, take the tablets or capsules with a tall glass of water, or stir the powder into a glass of water.  Take hours before or after any medications – since it will adsorb it.

To use charcoal externally, make a poultice with the charcoal alone, or mix it with ground flaxseed.  The charcoal powder is very light and can blow around easily.

*Poultices:  Do a search on the Internet for how to make a poultice.  There are several good sites.  **Drinking some charcoal and applying a poultice are very good for Brown Recluse Spider bites, while waiting for the ambulance.

    1. Basically, you will take some charcoal powder [or break open a few capsules] and add enough warm water to make a paste.  Only stir with a spoon.  Charcoal will stain skin, but will fade over time.

    2. Then, depending on the size of the bite or infected area, get a clean, damp cloth to cover that size.

    3. Put some paste on the damp cloth [must stay damp], and cover with ends of cloth – like making a sandwich.

    4. Apply to the skin snugly

    5. Cover with plastic wrap and secure with tape.  Keep it on and then change the poultice every few hours or the next day. 

That’s it for my simple remedies.  I hope they will help you too.

See you next time.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence


A Most Remarkable Person, Part 2

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Continued From Part 1 …

Two more ways Mrs. Hamlin shared the ‘good news’ of good health:

2.  She ran the FRESH START* live-in health-conditioning program.  For this participants lived on site and learned about and practiced the laws of health plus simple remedies [like hydrotherapy, poultices, massage, charcoal, and more].   *FRESH START is an acronym using the first letters of each of the 8 basic laws of health, plus the first letters of 2 extra principles of health [Happiness and Restoration], to get 10 laws.

Fresh Air

Rest

Exercise

Simple Diet

Happiness [added on]

Sunshine

The use of water

Abstemiousness [moderation – not too much or too little of things]

Restoration [healing – added on]

Trust in Divine Power 

She said these “ten steps [laws], carefully followed will change – wonderfully change – any situation, no matter how impossible it may seem.”

3.  And the most incredible way she shared the message, that good health is possible at any age, was by taking her bike and riding it around the world.  She rode her 15-speed-Schwinn-Mirada-bike on trips across America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada.  She began at age 68 and finished at age 75!  She crossed all kinds of terrains – like the 6,915 foot high Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps; endured various climates; was blessed with miracles – like escaping bandits in India; experienced wonderful hospitality by total strangers; recovered from terrible falls and scrapes [but no breaks], and had the most awesome adventures for a woman of her age.  Then, thankfully, she wrote about all of it in her book, “Ride With the Wind”.

The book not only tells of her travels, but it also describes each of the laws of health.  It’s a real page turner and is available on www.Amazon.com  or by calling: 407-644-4255 to order  [Florida, USA].  Try to get a copy.

I wish I could share more of my memories of this lady.  Like the time she took my roommate and I camping near the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.  It was autumn, and she wanted us to see the Canadian geese migrating.  Or describe the delicious vegetarian meals she made.  Or the pineapple upside down cake she made without eggs, milk, or sugar.  It was good!  Or enjoying watching how much joy she got out of life.  But I think there is enough here for you to get a glimpse of who she was.

Mrs. Hamlin is gone now, but I will always remember her as a woman who loved God, her family, and being in nature [EX:  gardening, birds, mountains, and skiing].  And she was absolutely passionate about helping others learn how to make good choices to help them prevent sickness and disease, and recover if they got ill.  This concern continued even when she was in her 90s.            

I miss her, but am forever blest for meeting and knowing her. 

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

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

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.

What I’ve Learned, Part 4

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My new Urban Rebounder

My new Urban Rebounder

  • Anyone living with nerve-related diseases [like MS] should try to avoid refined foods, like white or enriched flour foods [and refined sugars like white or high fructose corn syrup].   These items, and foods made from them, are missing many nutrients – especially vitamin B-1 [thiamine].  Thiamine nourishes the nerves. 

  • Whenever I eat white flour or enriched flour foods, I get weakness in all my muscles; my fingers don’t grasp or pick up very well, and at times my speech becomes slurred.  And once, after a dish of yummy ravioli, my facial muscles became very twisted.  Scary!  These symptoms quickly go away when I eat some fruits or vegetables.

  • MS folks should eat a low fat diet, because fat causes decreased oxygen levels, and makes blood cells stick together.  *Low fat is also good for the heart and blood vessels.

  • Sip warm water [2 glasses] first thing in the morning, and throughout the day.  Warm water quickly gets into the blood to help it flow better, and help keep cells from sticking.  When I do this, I can almost ‘hear my body say, “Thank you!”  ‘

  • Getting good health should be simple, make sense, and be affordable to all.  Not complicated and expensive.

  • One way to improve energy is to drink more water and do more exercise.  Simple.

  • In my opinion, the best exercises, if able, are rebounding, biking, swimming, and squats.  They are so strengthening for body, mind, and spirit, and so energizing.  *All action helps to build stronger nerve cells.

  • I recently got a new rebounder – for bouncing on.  I also have a stabilizing bar on mine, because of poor balance.  I love this equipment.  It’s my 3rd one.  Here are a few of its benefits:  makes me smile while bouncing; thinking becomes clearer; improves my energy, balance, and muscle and bone strength; makes me sleep better; improves the immune systems; and improves the drainage of my lymphatic system. 

    • The lymphatic system is made up of lymph, lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels [for transportation], and organs – like tonsils, the thymus gland, and the spleen.  It works with our immune system to protect the body.  It’s like an internal vacuum cleaner that sucks up garbage, toxins, wastes, excess fluid, infection and more.  Sluggish lymphatic systems cause the lymph to become thick and cause problems like insomnia, muscle spasms [for me], diseases, and infections.  Rebounding [and other vigorous exercises] stimulates drainage of the lymphatic system.

  • MS or any disease is a loss of health.  Losing anything makes us grieve that loss – whether it be keys, limbs, jobs, a loved one, etc.  As a result we will go through the stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  We may go back and forth through the stages, but work at getting to acceptance.  Try not to get stuck in the first three stages.  For some this may require professional counseling.  Don’t be ashamed or afraid of getting help.  I had to because of emotional issues from childhood and issues in dealing with MS.  It really helped me.

To be Continued in Part 2 …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Principle of Health #5: Forgiving Others is Healing

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A principle is a rule or law that never changes.  In this blog we will cover 7 of the many principles of health.  So far we have gone over 4 of them:

#1 – Man Comes in 3-D.  Man is a combination of body, mind, and spirit [[2/1/13].

#2 – The Force is With You.  We are all born with a certain amount of vital force, or energy that maintains life [5/31/13].

#3 – What’s Blood Got To Do With It?  To have good health we must have good blood [7/19/13].

#4 – Doing Good is A Powerful Promoter of Good Health [8/9/13].

And now, #5 – Forgiving Others Helps Heal the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

On Tuesday morning a long forgotten memory came flooding back.  I’m so glad it did.  Why?  For months bits and pieces of anger and bitterness had been seeping out of me, like a draining wound.  I wondered where it was coming from.  Now I knew.

About nine years ago I had been deeply hurt by someone’s words.  But instead of confronting them right away; telling them how much their words had affected me; and then forgiving them, I said nothing and buried it.  It wasn’t hidden anymore.  For months I had been speaking rudely and with disrespect to that person.  Now I understood why. 

The pain of that past hurt, plus my ugly behavior toward that person made me want to weep.  God impressed me to deal with this issue now.  I didn’t want to, but knew I had to.

Why forgive? 

  1. Whether an offense is minor or horrendous, The Bible tells us to forgive others for their wrongs, or God cannot forgive us for our sins [St. Matthew chapter 6, verses 14 and 15].

  2. The body and mind are so closely related, that holding onto anger, grudges, hurts, abuses and more – they all change the body chemistry, destroy health, and can even kill us.  It’s like dragging around a sack with radioactive rocks inside.  The weight is draining , and every day we get more contaminated.

  3. Forgiving frees us and releases us from stress and the past; gives us peace of mind, and helps us heal from physical, mental, and spiritual issues.

It has been said that good health is not just what we are eating, but what is “eating” us [our issues].

We can’t change the past, but forgiving is a choice we can make for how we will live in the present and future.  And after choosing to forgive, we need to pray for help: to want to do it, to do it, and to mean it.

Faking forgiveness can happen.  We can mouth the words without a change of heart.  But the body knows the real thing from the fake – it changes the body chemistry.

Forgiveness is not easy and needs Divine assistant to happen properly.  And you may have to try time after time until it’s real. 

Pray about who you need to see, when you should go, and what your words and attitude should be when you see them. 

 

Going to a person or persons is not always easy.  Why?

  1. They may not want to hear what you have to say about their past behavior.  Pray first and try anyway.  If they won’t see you, call or write a letter.

  2. If a person’s whereabouts are unknown, write them a letter and then bury or burn it.  Tell God you did your best.

  3. The same would go for a person who died.  Write out your feelings and forgiveness.

 

What does forgiveness mean and not mean?

  1. It doesn’t mean what was done was OK.

  2. It means you will still remember, but your memories won’t be saturated with pain and anger.

  3. It also means that sometimes we need to forgive ourselves for bad choices and decisions in our past. 

  4. It doesn’t mean to wait for the injuring party to be sorry and come to you.  Possible, but not likely.  As soon as you remember the injury, you seek them out.

  5. It means leaving revenge to God.  He said vengeance belongs to Him [Hebrews chapter 10, verse 30].  And He can take of those who do wrong very nicely!

A first cousin to forgiveness is apologizing to others for wrongs we have done.  Pray and try.  But know that they may not want to hear you, or will respond with much anger.

Next week I hope to be able to go to the person who hurt me.  I’m asking God to direct me and them, so things are done without any problems.

 

That’s all for now.  I hope something helped someone.  See you next week.

 

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Tips On Detox, Part 2

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This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales, UK.  Looks like he has something to say

This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales. Looks like he has something to say on this topic.

 

Vegetables – continued

  •  Chlorophyll: is the green pigment in all plant foods [especially green leafy plants like kale, collards, parsley, etc.].  It’s needed for photosynthesis.  It helps detoxify the blood and body; helps red blood cell production; strengthens the immune system; decreases inflammation and pain; improves the skin; and promotes better bowel function.

  • Steam vegetables just long enough, so they keep their bright color and a little crispness.

  • Boil vegetables for short time until cooked.  Don’t boil them to death, or drown them in fat or oil.

  • Raw vegetables are very healing and energizing.  Their vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and enzymes have not been damaged or destroyed by cooking.  Some ‘raw’ foods are cooked, but not above 118 degrees [F], so their nutrients are not damaged.

  • Not all vegetables can be eaten raw.  Some must be cooked [like potatoes etc.].  I usually buy bags of frozen organic vegetables [like peas, corn, broccoli, etc.].  Then I thaw, rinse, drain, season, and eat them.  Or put them in boiled water [heat is off]  for 2-3 minutes, then drain, season, and eat.

  • A few of the foods that help the body detox: apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, dates, figs, raisins, prunes, ground flax-seed meal [put in water, in cereals, in salads, etc.], aloe vera juice, wheat bran, oats, beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, cabbage, potatoes, greens [kale, collards, turnip, etc.], and much more.

3rd Detox Method: Epsom Salt Scrub

Rubbing Epsom Salt on warmed, wet, skin helps pull toxins from the body through the skin’s open pores; it strengthens the body and its ability to fight germs; it improves slow circulation; removes dead skin, and more.

How To Do It?

-Into a basin put 2 pounds of Epsom Salt.

-Add enough cold water to the salt to make it slightly slushy, but not watery.

-Put basin close to the shower, where you can easily reach it.

-In the shower, run very warm water over your entire body – to open skin pores.

-Let the very warm water cover your feet, then plug the tub, so feet stay in warm water through the scrub.

-Then while standing or sitting on tub bench, take handfuls of wet salt and rub each body part, front and back – including your face. *If skin has sores or is sensitive, go around the sores and rub gently.

-When done, unplug tub, shower or bathe to wash off salt, then dry off, rubbing briskly.

MS TIP:  This scrub, followed by a cool shower, makes me feel great!

4th Detox Method: Alternating Hot and Cold Showers [or baths]

Alternating of hot and cold water, hitting the skin, increases circulation, energizes and strengthens the body, the mind, and the immune system; relaxes the muscles, and much more.  This shower puts the immune system into ‘high gear’ to heal, clean out toxins, repair damaged areas, and fight enemy intruders.  After this shower, lay down or sit down and be quiet [no phone, electronics, reading, etc.].  This lets the body use as much energy as possible for healing.

How to do it? 

-Sit on a tub bench or stand in the shower.

-Begin with as warm water as you can tolerate without stinging or burning.  Let water hit all parts of the body. 

-Stay there for 1 – 3 minutes, then quickly turn to the coolest water you can tolerate.  Stay there for 15 to 30 seconds.

-Repeat this hot then cold exchange 2 more times, and always finish with cold water.  Then get out tub, pat dry, and go sit or lie down for at least 30 minutes.

MS Tip: I usually do this shower before bed and it makes me fall asleep quickly, with few or no muscle spasms.  The next day I wake up feeling great!

I’m so sorry that this Post is late, but hope this material helps you.  Let me know if you have any questions.  See you next time.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Tips On Detox, Part 1

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This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales, UK.  Looks like he has something to say

This is Digby-George. Met him in Wales. He looks like he has something to say on this topic.

There are many complicated and costly products and treatments available for improving health. But getting better health – for the most part, is and should be simple, sensible [it makes sense], and affordable for all. I’d like to share some simple remedies with you. I’ve used them to help reduce or remove toxins from my body [and they may help you too].  *Note: When detoxing the body, drink more water. It will help to rinse out toxins and wastes.

Detoxing the body is necessary if you have constipation or autointoxication. But it’s also needed because we live with pollutants outside, in the water, in the food, and in the indoor air [from new carpets, paint, new sheets and blankets, gases, etc.].  *Note: Wash new sheets and blankets 1-2 times before using, to remove strong chemical smells. And each home should have a carbon monoxide detector.

We have 5 organs of elimination which help get rid of body wastes and toxins: the skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, and the colon. These organs work hard, but they could use our help. So here are 4 simple tips that assist our organs in their work. *Check with your health care provider if you want to try any.

*Note: Experts have said that without fruits and vegetables it would not be possible to be healthy.

1st Detox Method: Warm Lemon Water

• This is powerful! Use it each day, especially when getting sick or trying to recover. Using it gave me quick relief from colds, the flu, and bronchitis.

• In the morning, before eating, warm a cup of water, squeeze in the juice of ½ of a fresh lemon, then drink. At times I also add a dash of cayenne pepper to it – to help cut mucus, and 1-2 Tablespoons of organic maple syrup – for sweetness.

• Lemons kill germs and toxins in the blood, when it’s gargled with, and when it’s put on the skin. It also helps prevent cancer and other diseases; strengthen the immune system; helps anemia by increasing iron absorption; helps improve blood flow; gets rid of uric acid that can cause gout and joint pains; helps dead skin peel off; makes the blood more alkaline [not acid], and much more.

2nd Detox Method: Fruits and Vegetables

• They help loosen and remove toxins from the blood, cells, and tissues. They also contain numerous phytochemicals [plant chemicals] that can prevent hardening of the arteries, cancer, and other diseases.

• Fruits and vegetables contain fiber [not digestible], which helps the bowels move easer, and carries cholesterol out the body with the feces

Fruits – eat fresh when possible [can also juice them or make smoothies with them. Canned fruit are not as nourishing. And don’t use sulphered [dried] fruits – they are not good for the body. Drink or eat fruits before other foods, since they prepare the system for digestion.

Vegetables – can be juiced or eaten fresh, steamed, boiled, or raw.

1. Juice 2-3 types vegetables and drink before eating foods. [My favorite – beets, carrots, and celery].

2. Eat fresh salads every day before lunch or dinner. Use Romaine lettuce when possible. Salads are very cleansing. *Please wash all salad fixings labeled “prewashed”.

To be continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence