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.

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

After The Storm: Time To Rebuild

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The “storm” of Multiple Sclerosis, or some other disease, has hit our lives. Damage has been done.  Now what?  Keep doctor appointments and take the medication?  More.  While living with MS we need to  improve whatever aspects of our health that we can.  Like after any big storm to hit our homes, as soon as possible we:
1. Evaluate the damage and see what we needs fixing.  Look at our choices before MS, and see what could have been done better, and do it.  Like, we ate too much processed and refined foods and drank lots of caffeinated beverages.  After the storm we can eat more fresh, plant foods and drink more water.
2. Make plans.
3. Start to clean up, repair, and rebuild – stronger than before MS. This time using better building materials. 

For any rebuilding project tools are needed.  In health and wellness there are 8 Laws of Health, also called 8 Natural Remedies, or Nature’s 8 Doctors.  They don’t get much publicity, but they have been around a very long time, and are used by individuals and Lifestyle Centers [in U.S. and worldwide] to help prevent illness and recover health. 

These laws work together like a team  to help protect us, but should sickness occur, they are used as remedies to help us get well.  They sound simple, but are very powerful.  Use all of them every day for best results.  Today we will just take a brief look at these laws, but in upcoming Posts we will go into detail for each of them.  Here they are.

Proper Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices will be one of the most powerful tools we have to help improve our health, while living with MS.  Here is what two experts say about the importance of food choices.

” … for people who know the power of the plate … They know what we eat can promote health or fuel disease; it can undermine health or prevent, arrest, and reverse common Western killer diseases. It can shorten our life or lengthen it.”
 Reference: The Optimal Diet, THE OFFICIAL CHIP COOKBOOK, by Darlene Blaney, M.Sc., N.C.P. and Hans Diehl, DRHSc., M.P.H., F.A.C.N., Page 4 [on www.Amazon.com]

Food is fuel.  Choose well for good results.  

Water

Thoughts, hearing, bones, muscles – every part and every action, in the body, requires water.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily [slowly so it absorbs better] to keep the blood thin and flowing smoothly, and the body working properly. Take 2 glasses warm water first thing in the morning and add the juice of ½ of a lemon to each glass. This helps rinse the blood and get rid of wastes that accumulated over night. It also helps reduce the stickiness of the blood platelets [clotting cells], which happens in the mornings before breakfast. Why? Most people don’t drink at night and their blood gets dehydrated. This causes the blood to move slowly and the cells to stick together, increasing the chance of blood clots forming. This can cause heart attacks and strokes. Experts say that most heart attacks happen between the hours of 7am and 12 noon.

Don’t drink water [or other beverages] with meals, but before or after eating. Liquids with meals dilute digestive juices and slow digestion.

Regular exercise

Do what you can several days each week.  The body was designed to move.  All its organs, bones, and muscles depend on movement to help keep them strong and working well.

Rest

The body runs on cycles or rhythms.  One of them is work-then-rest. 

Go to bed by 9p or at least before 10p, and sleep 7 to 8 hours. Why? “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” There is truth to that saying. Experts say the best sleep takes place between 9p and 12a. The body runs on a natural, daily, internal clock – circadian rhythms. It takes care of certain things at the same time each day. Certain hormones are produced and released during 9p to 12a, more than at other times through the night, and they repair and rebuild the body. So, for a healthier body and stronger mind, go to bed early.

Sunshine

Don’t go out to burn, but just for short times in the morning or afternoon.  Sunshine is a powerful helper for better health.

Fresh Air

Go outside and breathe deeply of the fresh air to help purify the blood and energize mind and body.  Open windows in the home – when possible.  Or keep some green plants, which help filter out bad air.

Self-Control

Avoid things that are damaging to the body and use good thing moderately.  Too much water or exercise can hurt us. 

Trust in Divine Power

Trust God Who works through these laws/remedies to prevent illness or recover health.

To be continued …

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence