It’s So Wonderful!

The Great Patchogue Lake, Long Island, NY

The Great Patchogue Lake, Long Island, NY

Hi!  I hope you all had lovely holiday season.  I’m still working on getting my health back on track.  I learned something quite wonderful during this recovery time, after getting mild heart failure.  It was a real  revelation to understand that when we are sick, our brains don’t function at full power.  The mind and body are intimately connected.  So what happens with one of them, affects the other one.

For a while, after getting sick, I wasn’t able to think well and get things done, and wondered why.  But I read about the brain needing iron to function well.  My iron levels were very low for a long time.  I knew that affected my body – which is why I got the heart failure.  But I just learned that iron deficiency affects brain function!  So, I’ve started to really pump up my iron intake.  Here is what works best for me:

1.  Cooked Lentils – brown, green, or red

2.  Brown rice – best cooked or served with the lentils

3.  Cooked organic beets

4.  Sautéed collard greens and Bok Choy – with some olive oil, onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper

5.  A Tablespoon of blackstrap molasses – 2-3 times a day

6.  Ripe avocado

7.  I also ordered a juicer.  When it comes I’ll make lots of yummy green juices to help boost my iron

So, I’m hoping I will be back to he blog next Friday.  Thank you for hanging in there for me.  Take good care.



Sick Bay


Dear Readers,
Once again I need to apologize for not posting this past Friday. I have been struggling with getting my health back on track, but now my computer has health issues. It is infected with something big and bad and needs swift ‘medical’ attention. So, on Sunday [tomorrow] my hubby will take us to the computer Emergency Room [smile] at Best Buy – the Geek Squad. It’s a good thing we have a support plan with them, because my computer seems to be getting many problems – and it’s not a year old yet!

Anyway, as soon as the computer is all well, we will post again. But please don’t give up on us. Hopefully we’ll be back soon.




So sorry y’all.  There won’t be a post again today.  Since coming home from the hospital, last month, I’ve been struggling to adjust to medications and other issues.  They are taking most of my energy and attention.

If you will just give me this next week to try and get a ‘handle’ on things, I’ll be back.  After all, we are getting ready to go over the laws of health and some simple remedies.

So, please hang in there with me, and I’ll see you soon.  reg

A Most Remarkable Person, Part 2



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



Simple Diet

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  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



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.

Sorry – Again!


Sorry, y’all.  There is no post for this week, because I’m still adjusting to post-hospitalization life.  One medication makes weak, tired, and cloudy-minded.  Will have to work that out with the doctor. 

Anyway, I hope you will have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

Take good care.