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