Health and Wellness

Healthy Cells, Healthy Immune System, Healthy Body

Our immune system was designed specifically to heal our bodies and keep them healthy. So why are so many failing these days?

There are many factors that cause our immune systems to function poorly - diet, lack of exercise, too much stress and how we handle it, pollutants and contaminants in the air and water, toxins in our food supply, body care and cleaning products among many other factors. But taking our health seriously doesn't have to be burdensome and confusing.

I don't know anyone who wants to be sick or die of disease but sadly that's what is happening to so many people. Death is a sure thing, but disease doesn't have to be.

If you're interested in strengthening your immune system allowing it to do its job, which is to heal your body, then go to Amazing Molecules . Find out how healthy cells make for a healthy body and then contact me!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Does Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy breed false security?

There's a huge misconception going around about mastectomies.  It seems that many believe that breast removal is a way to prevent cancer.  We know that Angelina Jolie believes this from all the headlines about her recent discovery.  We also know she had many supporters in her decision to have a double mastectomy.  Are they supporting her for the right reasons?  One thing is for sure.  They don't realize they are being mislead by her ignorance.  Her belief is that removing her breasts will prevent breast cancer.  She is quoted saying in a CNN article that her children do not have to fear they will lose her to breast cancer.

Angelina recently found out that she has a faulty BRCA1 gene which was genetically transferred to her.  This faulty or mutant gene indicates a higher risk of breast cancer however it's important to know that only two percent, YES, just TWO PERCENT of breast cancer diagnoses are caused by this mutant gene which means that it's a rarity.  But because Angelina has this faulty gene, she decided that a double mastectomy was her only option to prevent breast cancer.  But is she correct in her thinking (this is not relative, this is black and white)?  Will it actually prevent her from getting cancer?  Dr. Funmi Olopade, oncologist and genetic expert and one of the world's leading authority on hereditary breast cancer doesn't believe so.  In fact, what she sees is that we're going backwards on this issue.  Watch this video from ABC Chicago which is posted on Dr. Mecola's website.

What Angelina isn't aware of is that removing a body part does not prevent cancer just like mammograms and others screening do not.  Mammograms and screenings do not prevent cancer, they only can detect cancer and sometimes not very well.  Many women have received and continue to receive false positives from screenings.  One woman in particular who had undergone a double mastectomy because she was told she had breast cancer only to find out later after a second opinion that she did not have cancer - watch this video from ABC News

Medical doctors and surgeons should be questioned more, by their patients.  If we don't question them they will continue to "practice" on us.  For instance, when I had breast cancer almost nine years ago, and after the surgeon removed the tumor and checked the margins and lymph nodes, she and other specialists charted out a very aggressive treatment for me which included chemotherapy and radiation.  They said the agressive treatment was due to my age.  I was 38 at the time. 

When I decided after one chemo treatment to discontinue with their treatment, the surgeon called me and threatened me over the phone.  She said that if I didn't continue with the prescribed treatment that the cancer could come back with a vengeance and there may not be anything they can do.  However, when I asked her about the percentage of risk with chemo and radiation versus without, the difference was only 2%.  That wasn't enough to convince me that chemo and radiation were effective or necessary.  Would it be for you?

Angelina Jolie and others who have opted for breast removal should be wise to the fact that removal of a body part does not guarantee a cancer-free life.  In fact, it reeks of false security to me and it's very deceptive.  It's important to find out what caused cancer in the first place and then stop doing it.  Like Dr. Lorraine Day said, you don't cancer because of a lack chemotherapy in your body just like you don't get a headache for lack of a pain reliever in your body.  There's a reason why we get these maladies and it's our responsibility to find out why, not a doctor's responsibility.  We should not be putting our lives in the hands of doctors or anyone who is profiting from our diseases and illnesses unless what they're doing is focusing on the root cause of a problem and looking for a solution instead administering a Band-aid.  Chiropractors and Naturopaths are trained to look for and find an underlying cause, not treat a symptom.  Medical doctors are trained to treat symptoms with drugs, surgeries and treatments.  That's all they're trained to do. 

I am saddened that the medical community does not recognize Chiropractors and Naturopaths as equals in their field.  I am even more saddened that so many men and women succumb to the fear that medical doctors propagate.  Making any decision out of or in fear is never a good or right decision.  A decision in faith will never reflect an ounce of fear.   

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."  ~ 1 John 4:18

I didn't plan on making this post as long as this but reason needs a voice.

~Lisa :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

My Experience with Angular Cheilitis and "Calm Cream" from an Amish store in Western, PA

Who would have thought?

During the last four months I've been dealing with a lip issue that I've never had before.  It started out with what I thought was a fever blister but I don't know now if it was judging by what has transpired over the last number of months. 

Fever blisters normally arrive after I've eaten sugary foods and have gone off track with my diet because sugar suppresses the immune system.  These types of foods certainly give my immune system a fight, enough for a fever blister to appear.  So after numerous fever blisters within a short period of time, I decided to take conventional action and buy some topical fever blister treatment. 

After applying this topical treatment to my lips they started to get worse.  The top of my lip wound up getting very dry and no lip balm, oil or anything was helping.  My lips were peeling and were so dry that I thought I had a bad case of chapped lips.  I started taking ASEA on March 1st of this year and so I sprayed that on my lips.  After spraying the ASEA on, I noticed my lips felt as though liquid was oozing out.  I don't know if the ASEA was drawing out the infection or not but something was going on and it was very strange.

I continued to spray ASEA on my lips daily, sometimes twice a day without any noticeable improvement.  Occasionally I'd put the topical treatment I bought only to be sorry later because it seemed to make things worse.  I finally threw the lip treatment away along with all my lipsticks I had been using.

I started using Dr. Bronner's ginger lip balm and that seemed to help take away the dryness.  But after the dryness left I woke up one morning with swollen lips!  Soon after I developed a red ring around my lips which extended above my top lip.  So when I put lipstick on to camouflage the swelling, I looked like a clown!  Needless to say the lipstick came off! 

Some time after, I noticed a crusty sore in the corner of my mouth which again I thought was a fever blister.  It began to be difficult to open my mouth to eat.  I started applying the Dr. Bronner's ginger lip balm again since it seemed to help once but not this time. 

Some time later, I woke up again with swollen lips which then turned into a red ring around my lips and what looked like very chapped and cracked lips.  The skin on my lips was just peeling off and they hurt. 

My husband and I went away for a long weekend to our favorite place, Dayton, PA last week where we visited Elma, an Amish women who took over her husband's nutritional store.  My husband and I decided to go there first before we arrived in Dayton to see if there was anything that might help my lip problem.  I had looked up my symptoms before we had left for Dayton and found a few things that might help.  We bought some B-Complex, Tea Tree oil and Lysine.  Elma showed me a jar of Calm Cream but I said I didn't think that would help.  I was thinking it would be better to take something internally to get rid of this annoying condition since topically nothing helped. 

I took the Lysine and B-Complex and applied the tea tree oil when we arrived at my cousin's.  I didn't notice any changes.  Later we went to Mitzie's cafe where we could get WiFi and I did another internet search.  I asked my friend, Tammy, a nurse who stopped in at Mitzie's, if she had ever heard of Angular Cheilitis which she hadn't.  I was at a loss.  The symptoms I had were a match for Angular Cheilitis but I found no solutions on the internet.

Later that night as I was getting ready for bed, I looked in my cousin's medicine cabinet to see if she had something, anything that might help because I wondered how I was going to sleep.  My lips were making me very uncomfortable.  Lo and behold!  I couldn't believe what my eyes saw!  I saw that same jar of Calm Cream that Elma has handed me in the store earlier that day.  I thought, what harm could it do?  So I rubbed some of the cream on my lips and went to bed.

The next morning my lips looked significantly better however, I wasn't sure if it was the cream or if the supplements had started to work.  We went out that day and my lips got worse as the day went on.  They were again beginning to look very dry, chapped, cracked and a bit swollen.  I still had the crusty sore in the corner and another was forming on the other side.  Some time in the afternoon it dawned on me that the Calm Cream could have been the reason my lips seemed much better in the morning.  We went back to my cousin's and I put some more of the cream on my lips.  Within about a half hour, give or take, there was a definite and noticable improvement.  I realized that Calm Cream has calendula as one of the ingredients, same ingredient in natural diaper rash ointments. 

My husband and I went back to visit Elma to buy some of that wonderful Calm Cream.  I told Elma what had happened and that she was right to hand it to me.  She was kind and gracious and said she really didn't know if it would help, she was just guessing.  I've been using the crea all week long and my lips are doing just fine now.  The sore in the corner is now completely gone and no more dry, cracked, chapped and swollen lips!  I will continue to put this on my lips daily to keep angular cheilitis at bay, at least until I feel confident it won't return.  But I'll be sure to buy more Calm Cream before I run out because I wouldn't want to be without it!

I still must find out more about the effect that ASEA had.  I'm interested to know whether or not if was actually helping bring forth the infection and drawing it out.

Where can you get Calm Cream?  From Elma at
Window's Road Nutrition, 33 Window's Road., Smicksburg, PA  16256.  Just print or save and print the order form to the left and mail it with a check for $23.29 ($18.20 for the 4oz jar of Calm Cream, plus 6% sales tax and $4.00 for shipping*) to Window's Road Nutrition. 

I'm so grateful for our Amish friends!

~ Lisa

*Shipping is $4.00 no matter what size your order is except for heavy liquids which they will bill you for the extra cost. 

Liquid Sunshine from Vermont Soap Co - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

My husband and I have been using Liquid Sunshine for all of our cleaning (indoors, outdoors, cars etc) and for our hand soap for about 8 years now and we love it!
I have no allergic reactions since we've been using Liquid Sunshine.  My eyes don't tear, my sinuses don't get inflamed, no headaches, no congestion, no breathing problems, and my skin doesn't get dry, crackly and itchy even after many uses.  
We buy Liquid Sunshine in the 5 gal drum because it's much more economical. It can used as is (concentrated) or it can be diluted in various degrees and made into window cleaner, all purpose cleaner and foaming hand soap. Liquid Sunshine has so many uses.

And now there's Liquid Sunshine ZERO-VOC (Volatile organic compounds). VOC's affect air quality and can be hazardous to our health esp those prone to lung problems.
The Vermont Soap Company also offers many other organic and natural products for babies and children, adults, animals and the home.  
Try it and then let us know how you like it!
Here's to healthy cleaning!