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


Principle of Health #4: Helping Others

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So much joy!

So much joy!

A principle is a rule or law that never changes.  In this blog we will cover just 7 of the numerous principles of health.  So far we have gone over 3 of them:

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

#2 – The Force is With You: We are all born with a certain amount of vital force [5/31/13].

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

And now, principle #4: Doing Good is a powerful promoter of good health.  In the book, 8 Secrets of a Healthy 100, pages 93-94 [on Amazon.com], the authors say this, “The health impact of helping others is stronger than exercising four times a week and attending religious services.”  Awesome.

And in the book, Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, page 642, the author says this, “The pleasure of doing good to others imparts a glow to the feelings which flashes through the nerves, quickens the circulation of the blood, and induces mental and physical health.”

This kind of helping or doing good is based on a love for other human beings.  It’s totally unselfish and does not look for anything in return – not even a thank you.  There may be times when receivers of our kindness say nothing.  That’s Ok.  The joy is in doing it because there is a need.  And joy is truly a wonderful ‘side effect’ of helping.  Some call it ‘the helper’s high’.

I’ve experienced this ‘high’ so many times.  It flows all over and through me making me feel like I’m walking on air.  The above picture was taken at Jones Beach, New York, in the summer of 1987.  Yes, I already had MS, [had a limp] but I was doing some missionary work.  It filled me with so much joy and satisfaction!  I think the picture captured all of it. 

Now, just because we have a disease, illness, or some issue, doesn’t mean we stay home and do nothing.  Sick folks need to have something useful to do.  It takes our minds off self and focuses it on others or something else.  Thinking too much about self encourages sadness and self-pity.  And sadness weakens the circulation in the blood vessels and nerves, and invites sickness, disease, and even death.

You may ask, “What can I give, if I don’t have a lot of money?  I don’t have much either.  But here are some ways I give: I love to smile at folks and kids; offer encouraging words; make phone calls, send cards or emails; offer to pray for some; give a ‘God bless you’ to others; if I have extra cash [$5, 10, or 20] I put it in an envelope and give it to two struggling senior citizens at church; and more.  But if there is a need for cash, that I don’t have, I’ll ask people to donate [family, friends, and church members].  And they respond.

Generous donations made it possible to get supplies for feeding many needy families one Thanksgiving; feeding and giving clothes and toys one Christmas – for numerous families; for getting a tutor for a boy who couldn’t read; and even getting hand puppets for two little boys.

Those in need are all around us, and come in all economic brackets.  But wherever possible, try helping those who have less than we do. 

Giving or helping makes the mind free, gives a sense of satisfaction, makes us cheerful, puts twinkles in our eyes, floods us with joy – and if that wasn’t enough, it also helps the mind and body heal.  We may not be rid of our illnesses, but we will feel better and enjoy a better quality of life.  So, if you are sad, lonely, or need to get high’, go help someone!

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

 

Copyright© 2013 Regina Spence

Foggy Brain, Part 2

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Help! I can’t think.

What Causes It, Continued From Part 1 …

7.  Not enough daily exercise [especially while eating fatty foods] makes blood move sluggishly and decreases circulation.  This decreases the oxygen brought to the brain, muscles, and all body parts.  It also slows down the removal of wastes from brain cells.  If able, do 20 to 30 minutes of non-stop  exercise of something within your abilities, and that you enjoy.

8.  Not enough deep breathing of fresh air.  Fresh air has negatively charged oxygen, and has many benefits to health, moods, and brain function.  Fresh air  energizes the blood; increases oxygen in the blood and brain; and increases mental performance.  Recirculated indoor air has a positive charge and doesn’t offer many benefits.  So, air out your home or get outside in nature and breathe deeply – especially by a lake, stream or beach; near evergreen trees; or after a rainfall

9.  Too much sugar dulls the brain in adults and kids [especially milk and sugar combinations].  Eat fresh fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth.

10.  Too much fat causes red blood cells to stick together.  This slows down their ability to carry oxygen to the brain and body.  The brain can’t operate at peak with limited oxygen.

11.  Too much meat weakens the brain’s ability to think, know, and reason.

12.  Over-eating, or eating too many types of foods at a meal, causes indigestion [choose 3 dishes].  This causes a drain on the brain’s vital force [energy].  The brain and stomach have a very close relationship.

13.  Not enough sleep over time is very damaging.  Most adults need 7 to 8 hours.  Less than 7 or more than 8 hours will hurt the mind and body.  To have healthy bodies, clear minds, and balanced emotions we need good sleep – regularly.  Going to sleep 2 hours before midnight is superior to 4 hours of sleep after.  In the hours before 12am the body makes more of the hormones melatonin and growth hormone [needed to repair and build up body] than it does in the hours after 12.  But to benefit, we must be asleep.

What helps it?

  • Correcting any of the negative items listed above.

  • Avoid sleeping pills – they have many negative side effects, don’t give you a refreshing sleep, and can become addictive.

  • Eating a variety of plant-based foods like fresh fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, beans, and seeds.  They give strength and energy to the brain.

  • Eating apples, strawberries, and blueberries helps memory and balance.

  • Daily eat a big breakfast.  It is the fuel to get your motor [the brain] started and running efficiently.  The best combination is a few  fruit, a handful of nuts [like walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.], and whole grain cereal like shredded wheat, oatmeal, whole wheat cream of wheat, or cooked brown  rice with fruits. and yogurt.  Or whole grain bread/toast with peanut or almond butter on it, and top it off with applesauce or strawberry applesauce [blend applesauce with a few strawberries].  Without a good breakfast, a person will quickly get hungry, snack, feel irritable, and over-eat at lunch and dinner.

  • Drinking fresh fruit or vegetable juices helps reduce inflammation.  My favorites are fresh wheatgrass juice [buy from health store], aloe vera juice, and soy bean milk.  Occasionally I make my own soy milk, but machines are available to make it – like Soyajoy.

  • Exercise regularly – especially outside when possible.  It helps every body part get better and stronger, increases blood flow, pulls in oxygen [which germs and cancer cells don’t like], and decreases inflammation.

That’s all for now.  And forgive me for not posting this on Saturday evening as I had promised.  This topic was more involved than I anticipated.  But I hope it helps.  Take good care and see you next time.

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence

Principle of Health #1: Inner Space

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Man has 3 parts: body, mind, and spirit.  We’ve just finished looking at 5 outstanding qualities of the body, and now we’ll look at man’s second component: The Mind.

Ideas

Ideas

The brain is in the head. It is divided into several parts [lobes]. Each part has a specific job to do. Behind the forehead is the largest part of the brain – the right and left frontal lobes. Usually they are just called ‘the frontal lobe’. This lobe isn’t fully developed until age 30. And this lobe is the mind or what some call our “inner space”.

The brain controls the whole body, but the mind controls the whole person – who we really are. It controls the highest and most complex mental and moral functions that make each person unique. For example: intelligence, applying knowledge, thinking, memory, ideas, imagination, creativity, conscience [right/wrong], judgment, reasoning, will power, hope, prayer, spirituality, understanding divine things, character, values, personality, emotions, caring, self-control, moral choices, social behavior, and more.

These are such important aspects of a person. Who can afford to have any of them damaged or destroyed? But sadly, some of our choices are hurting our frontal lobes and slowly ‘chipping away’ pieces of who we are.

 

danger thin ice - warning sign by a lake

 

One choice that can damage the frontal lobe is hypnosis: or one mind controlling another mind. It’s popular and may appear quite innocent, entertaining, or even promise therapeutic benefits.  But once entered into, a person’s mind will never be as strong and stable as it used to be.¹  Allowing another person to control our thoughts and behaviors is like giving away the passwords to our bank accounts and home security systems. Our valuable attributes [like will power and individuality] would be available to their suggestions. If you need entertainment or therapy, please seek safer methods than this.  The frontal lobe is our control center.  Never give it over to anyone else – ever!

We build healthy or sickly bodies by what we choose to eat and drink. If the body is healthy, the mind will be clear and sharp. But sickly bodies will give us minds that cannot run at peak performance. The mind and body are so closely related that whatever happens to one, affects the other.

Here are 3 more things that can injure the frontal lobe and cause mind alterations:
#1 – Trauma to the head from sports, accidents, fights, etc.
# 2 Surgery to take out part of the frontal lobe.
# 3 Poor Lifestyle Choices like:
• Lots of sugar from foods, beverages, candy etc;
• Illegal drugs;
• Some prescription drugs [like some high blood pressure medications, tranquilizers, narcotics, pain relievers, antidepressants, cold and allergy drugs and more];**
• Little or no exercise;
• Too much saturated fat [mainly in animal products];
• Watching TV weakens the power of the frontal lobe in young and old;
• Not enough sleep decreases blood flow to the mind/brain;
• Alcohol impairs judgment, causes a loss of brain cells, and more;
• Nicotine weakens and clouds the brain and frontal lobe;
• Caffeine – a drug that disrupts brain/mind chemistry and brain communication.²   *We will go over each of these in more detail in upcoming Blogs.
**Please do not stop taking any prescribed medications. That could worsen your situation. But ask your healthcare provider about lifestyle changes that you can make to help your condition, using less drugs.

Here are some things that help improve the frontal lobe:
• Protect the head from injury: wear seatbelts in the car, and helmets for risky activities.
• Good nutrition – especially lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans.
• Omega-3 fatty acids from plant foods [flaxseed oil, walnuts, almonds, avocado, etc].
• Glucose [sugar]. The brain uses lots of energy. Its favorite ‘fuel’ is glucose from complex carbohydrates – plant-based foods that are higher in fiber like apples, pears, potatoes, sweet potatoes, oats, beans, and more].
• Regular exercise improves oxygen and blood flow to the mind/brain, so it can run better.
• Little or no TV – because it drains thinking power and creativity.
• Getting outside in the fresh air, sunlight, and nature refreshes and strengthens mind and body; improves blood flow [and oxygen]; calms the nerves; and helps decrease stress and depression.

Bottom Line: We only get one mind. If it gets damaged, some injuries can’t be reversed.  So, let us commit to taking care of it, by what we put in our bodies and how we treat our bodies.  This way it can run well for a very long time.

References:

 ¹ Mind, Character, and Personality: guidelines to mental and spiritual health . EG White. (Nashville: Southern Publishing Association, 1977). Page 706.  *Available in Kindle Edition on www.Amazon.com

² Proof Positive: How To Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health Through Nutrition and Lifestyle. Neil Nedley, M.D. 4th Printing. Edited by David DeRose, M.D. (Ardmore: Neil Nedley, M.D., 1999). Pages 264-289. *Available on www.Amazon.com

Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence