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The Happier Life Chronicles – 10 Ways to a Happier Life February 28, 2008

1. Experiment to find out what makes you happy – It’s not brain surgery!  Find something new, something you’ve never done before.  You’ve probably never been polka dancing.  So try it on for size.  You may be surprised that you enjoy it as much as you do (although you may not admit this to others).

2. Surround yourself with others who are happy – Give “Nagging Nelly” and “Obnoxious Olivia” their walking papers.  We only want happy-go-luckies round these parts.  And if you can’t find Mr. or Ms. Happy-go-lucky, BECOME Mr. or Ms. Happy-go-lucky for yourself!

3. Count your blessings – Just take one minute a day and focus on the best things in your life.  It could be your kid, your dog, your spouse…it could even be that 20 minutes of solitude you find when you’re in the shower.  Exist in that place and enjoy it.

4. Gratitude sessions – Pick a person, any person who has done something you consider to be great.  Give them a call or email them, just thanking them for whatever it was that they did.  Even if they just smiled at you just when you really needed it.

5. Think solutions – We’ve all got problems, but what separates the “men from the boys” so to speak?  It’s who’s got the pot-stickers to solve the problems!  Focus on solving the problems don’t marinate in them.

6. Connect with others – spend time with the people you love, and those with whom you enjoy.  Do things together!

7. Accept things – your mom will always want to run your life, and your husband will probably leave the toilet seat up AGAIN!  But dargone it, that’s who they are and we’ve just got to accept it and accept them.  Love them and accept them.

8. Take time to savor life – This is affectionately called “Me Time”.  Spend the day with yourself, doing what you want to do – it could be nothing or a whole bunch of stuff.  Just leave your day planner at your desk, go to a park and walk barefoot.  Enjoy those moments.

9. I will survive – Gloria Gainer’s not the only one who can say that.  When crappy things happen, just keep thinking, “This too shall pass”.

10. Celebrate you – don’t focus on others and what they have and what they do well.  You’ve got something they don’t have, and do you know what that is???  Hell, I don’t know, but you should and that’s what you should be celebrating!  Now get out there and do the mamba cause you’re smokin’ hot.  Work it!

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Chiropractic Care – A Must for Babies & Moms-To-Be February 26, 2008

“Chiropractors do not treat disease.”  That’s the first thing a Chiropractor will tell you.  The second thing they’ll correct you on is that they “don’t crack backs”.  Now if they’re still speaking to you after that unforgivable faux pas, he/she will probably state (for the record, of course) “Our purpose is to assist in the proper function of the nervous and musculoskeletal system.”  Now that’s a mouthful, but in layman’s terms what they’re really saying is – most of the health complaints you’ve got can be successfully treated with chiropractic care.  I know, I know, it sounds like the “messiah” of the healthcare industry “Try us and you’ll never sneeze again!”  But honestly, and not to come off sounding like the proverbial sheep on the “chiropractic pasture”, chiropractic has been boasting some major breakthroughs in the health complaints arena.  Minor things like sinusitis, neck pain, ear-infections, chronic fatigue and joint pain have been successfully treated by utilizing chiropractic care.   It has also been proven successful in treating ADHD, fibromyalgia, ulcers, IBS syndrome, epileptic seizures and asthma.  Recently however, not only are adults benefiting from this type of care, moms-to-be and infants too, can receive “adjustments” correcting specific types of spinal misalignments.  

Founded in 1986 by Larry Webster, D.C.,  the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care during pregnancy and childhood.  The ICPA provides advanced training, ongoing education and cutting edge research into the field of pediatric chiropractic care.  They also offer all this information to parents and interested parties.  Here’s what the ICPA claims: newborns, more likely than not experience misalignment due to particular birthing methods (i.e. prolonged pushing, forceps or vacuum extraction and mother’s “missionary” position during birth).   And you thought that breathing and pushing at the right intervals was all you needed to worry about during delivery!  Not so, says the choir of chiropractors who provide care to infants and expectant mothers.   

Dr. Alithea Corter, mother of two and co-owner of Bac To Health, a chiropractic office in Beverly Hills, maintains that, “As far as I’m concerned, all moms-to-be should have their spine and nervous systems checked.  Bottom line, nerve interference is bad for the mom and equally bad for baby.  Not only do I preach this to my patients but I followed my own advice.  I was adjusted throughout my own two pregnancies not for back pain but for optimum comfort and piece of mind for me and my beautiful babies!”.    

Not only are moms-to-be dealing with swollen breasts and ankles, their joints and nervous systems are getting the whammy put on them!  The pelvis and spine undergoes several changes and adaptations trying to compensate for the growing baby inside.  This poses an increased risk of interference to the nervous system.  Chiropractic care can be employed to establish balance to the mother’s pelvis. 

When delivery time comes, if a woman lies on her back, she works against gravity, requiring more stress and energy than necessary.  This transfers to the muscles pushing the baby out.  The poor little guy is in there getting squeezed and stretched, but the process increases that trauma because of the position of the mother.  No wonder our great-grandmothers could pop one out and keep on going!  They were squatting.  Yet, another feather in the “squat-while-you-birth” hat. 

While we’re on the subject of birthing, there has also been major success in assisting mothers with breech babies.  The Webster Breech Turning Technique helps turn breech babies during pregnancy.  This method, which is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments boasts an 82% success rate.  Utilizing this technique enables mothers to avoid the costs and/or risks associated with ECV, C-Sections or the vaginal trial of a breech birth. 

Now, what’s all this hoopla about conducting chiropractic adjustments on babies?  Well, remember what I stated earlier about the squeezing and stretching?  I don’t want to scare you, but no matter what kind of birth you have, natural to not-so-natural, misalignments can occur.  A misalignment,  or subluxation, can sometimes damage the nervous system.  Subluxations can range from mild to more serious involving spinal cord damage, neural hemorrhage and central nervous system damage.  This is called Nerves System Stress. Trust me, you don’t want it and you certainly don’t want your baby to have it.   

Does your constantly crying baby have you singing the blues?  Well, many new moms have sung the praises of chiropractic care when dealing with colicky babies.  Research has shown that spinal manipulation is effective in treating infantile colic.  Some research has even suggested that chiropractic care has significantly reduced the effects of ADHD and bedwetting in older children.  Some children have shown an increase in immunity due to continued chiropractic treatments.  The success stories come a dime-a-dozen but the health benefits are priceless. 

Some moms-to-be are undoubtedly apprehensive about undergoing chiropractic care.  Does it hurt?  Will my unborn baby be harmed?  These are valid questions.  However, most pregos who take the leap, end up joining me as a proverbial sheep on the “chiropractic pasture”.  I’ve seen the same results with parents of newborns.  It’s kind of scary and nerve-wrecking at first, but after you get that baby home and she’s the angel you dreamed of when you first got pregnant…it’s all chiropractic bandwagon from there.   

Do some online research and check out all the pros and cons of chiropractic care.  Perhaps even visit a nearby chiropractic office.  I’m sure the doctor (and yes, they are licensed doctors), will be more than happy to “educate” you on chiropractic procedures.  Now that I mention it, I think it’s time for me to go get my back cracked…ah, I mean, go and get my spine realigned in order to assist in the proper function of my nervous and musculoskeletal system. 

For a chiropractor near you check out http://www.chirodirectory.com

 

The Water Wars February 8, 2008

Filed under: Family,Health,mothers,Women — crazyhippiemom @ 2:55 am
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Remember the good ‘ole days when quenching your thirst meant nothing more than picking up a glass, turning on the faucet and guzzling down some much needed refreshment?  Yeah, I loved those days too until I read headlines like, “The Coming Water Crisis”, “Is Our Tap Water Toxic?”, and “Lead In Your Tap Water?” Crisis? Toxic? Lead!  Lead is supposed to be in my pencil not my water. So I crossed tap water off my list.  Then I was introduced to distilled water, which, I was told, would render my body toxin-free.  It was the best thing since…well you know.  So I drank and drank nothing but pure distilled water.  Until my eye caught a headline that read, “Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water”.  Are you kidding me?  Death?

Listen, we’re all just trying to do what’s best for our health and our lives as a whole.  We try to make informed decisions when it comes to what we eat, drink and put on our bodies.  We all know that water is essential for life…it shouldn’t participate in ending our lives!  So, in that spirit, I conducted a little investigation which I called The Water Wars.  I’ve researched the “ins and outs” of the most popular types of drinking water, outlining the pros and cons.  Here you’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and some things you didn’t want to know about the most famous liquid of all time, water.

 Tap Water 

Most tap water comes from subterranean reservoirs and supply all the rural drinking water and nearly half of city drinking water supplies.  This water undergoes a process of sitting in settling tanks, being filtered through sand and gravel, and then being cleaned up by chemicals to prepare it for human consumption.

Pros

  • Readily Available
  • Economical
  • FDA Regulated
  • Contains Dissolved Minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium)

Cons

  • Contains well over 80 toxic substances including microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites), pesticides and asbestos

 Spring Water 

Spring water occurs naturally and is the water found in surface or underground springs.  When retrieved it is disinfected usually with chlorine and then bottled.  It’s mineral content is based on two factors, the region from which it was retrieved and whether it was a surface or underground spring.

Pros

  • Contains Dissolved Minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium)
  • FDA Regulated
  • Taste
  • Bottled for convenience

Cons

  • Chlorinated (associated with artery damage and other health risks)
  • Cost

 Filtered Water 

Filtering or purifying water involves the removal of chemicals, metals, or bacteria. There are many models and types of home water filtering/purifying systems to choose from, including carbon filters and reverse osmosis filters. 

 Pros

  • Taste
  • Almost complete removal of contaminants
  • In the long run, more economical than bottled water
  • Some filters remove harmful chemicals while retaining healthy mineral deposits

Cons

  • Bacterial growth on filter
  • Corrosion
  • Initially more costly than other methods (about $300 to $700 per unit)

 Distilled Water 

In order to distill/demineralize water, it is vaporized in one chamber and then condensed into liquid in another chamber.  Most minerals, organisms, and chemicals are removed from the water through this process.

Pros

  • Contains no additives or contaminants
  • Beneficial for detoxification diets
  • Superior choice for scientific experiments, laboratory and industrial uses
  • Excellent for making herbal teas

Cons

  • When ingested causes rapid loss of electrolytes
  • When used for cooking, lowers the nutritional value of foods
  • Associated with cardiovascular disease
  • Causes mineral deficiencies

 Mineral Water 

Mineral water contains a high level of dissolved minerals.  This water comes from and is bottled at identified and protected sources. 

Pros

  • Balances electrolytes and minerals in the body
  • Has antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Assists in cleansing and breakdown of waste material in the body
  • Contains no additives, except in some cases carbon dioxide for sparkling water

Cons

  • Taste
  • Cost

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from out there.  A few things to keep in mind when selecting drinking water are:

Daily Use

  • Spring Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Mineral Water

Dieting or Detoxification

·        Spring Water

·        Filtered Water

·        Distilled Water

·        Mineral Water

     

      Fasting

           

·        Spring Water

·        Filtered Water

·        Mineral Water

Neither groundwater nor surface water has ever been chemically pure, since water contains small amounts of gases, minerals and organic matter of natural origin.  Water contamination is inescapable, however, consider your options and make the most appropriate choice for you and your family.  Use your knowledge to get the most you can out of the water you drink.

 

Whether Pushed or Prescribed, All Drugs are Dangerous

It was 1986, I remember it well: Nancy Reagan was standing at a podium in front of the White House wearing a white suit.  Within camera shot was as many poor, inner-city, underprivileged kids as they could fit on a bus. They were all chanting, “Just Say No! Just Say No!”  What a sight.  There they were taking a stand against illicit drugs and their pushers…making a statement that ‘just saying no’ was truly the only option if you wanted to live a healthy, happy, law-abiding life.  And I believed them, in fact, we all believed them.  Then came the cold, hard, unadulterated truth: recreational drugs are far less likely to kill you than prescribed drugs! Now, I’m no proponent of recreational drug use, but WTH!

 

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that while around 10,000 people die per year from the effects of illegal drugs, over 106,000 hospitalized patients die yearly from drugs, which, by medical standards, are properly prescribed and administered.  Over two million suffer serious side effects.  Believe me, this is no dissertation on the legalization of drugs.  I firmly believe in just saying no to all drugs whether legal or not.  What this data does show, however, is that we need to take a much closer look at what we willingly put in our bodies as remedies for our ailments. In an article entitled “Why Drugs Get Pulled Off the Market”, the FDA states, “Every drug comes with risks, and our tolerance for risk is higher for drugs that treat serious and life-threatening illnesses.  There is no question that cancer drugs can be highly toxic.  But they also save lives.”  

 

So while watching TV, an ad comes on for a pharmaceutical drug that prevents blood clotting after a recent heart attack or stroke.  This immediately catches my attention because I was thinking about the FDA’s statement on the toxicity of cancer drugs and wanted to compare the degree of side effects.  This particular drug, used to prevent blood clotting lists side effects including: coughing up blood (yikes!), vomit resembling coffee grounds (coffee grounds???), black, bloody, or tarry stools (talk about needing an enema??), and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat (yeah, think I’ll pass).   

 

After enduring that ‘oh, so enlightening’ ad, I became curious about the OTC drugs and the known side effects attributed to them.  I decided to check out our little harmless friend in the blue and yellow box, Advil…you’re gonna love this one.  Side effects include: increased risk of life-threatening heart or circulation problems-including heart attack or stroke; increased risk of serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (ladies & gentlemen, that’s a hole in your intestines, which by the way can be fatal); we’ve also got a couple of familiar side effects, guess which ones….black, bloody, or tarry stools (where the heck is that enema?), coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, and swelling.  What is Advil used for? Reducing fever, treating pain or inflammation, headaches, toothache, back pain, menstrual cramps and arthritis. Yeah, I think I’ll push on through this headache cause I like my intestines all in tact.  

 

Recently the FDA reissued a public health advisory warning about OTC cold and cough medications for infants under age two.  This came on the heels of several infant deaths and some pretty scandalous admissions from both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA itself.  In a meeting on the safety and efficacy of OTC cold & cough products marketed for pediatric use, the FDA boldly stated, “OTC cough and cold products have not been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of cough and cold in children under 6 years of age.” In fact, the administration has known for years that most infant cold medications could cause major complications, including severe hallucinations and agitation, seizures, high blood pressure, and heart and breathing problems that can be fatal in rare cases. So why were these medications on the shelves at the local CVS and being generously recommended by the well-meaning pediatrician if they were not proven to work? IDK 

 

The goal here is not to put the fear of LA-DEE-DA in you, ladies and gentlemen…it’s to prompt you to research what it is your doctors are prescribing or recommending for you and your children.  There must be questions asked with honest answers given.  When Dr. “X” prescribes an antibiotic, he should readily offer up the side effects…which by the way are: diarrhea; fungal infections of the mouth, digestive tract & vagina (this is because the antibiotic has killed bad as well as good bacteria); kidney stones, blood clotting, deafness; colitis (inflamed bowels); difficulty breathing; and  (where have we heard this one before) swelling of the face and tongue. 

 

This information is also to induce thought with regard to eradicating the need for such medications.  I’m sure many of the drugs (OTC & prescription) on the market are effective when used properly.  However, if we employ an attitude geared toward a more healthy and active lifestyle, we may find that we don’t need as many OTC or prescription drugs.  Instead of popping pills or bending over for shots that simply treat symptoms, we could be addressing root causes by implementing a healthy diet and an exercise regimen, for example.  Always remember, every time you medicate yourself, you’re compromising your health in one way or another.  Whether pushed or prescribed, all drugs are dangerous.  

 

Carb Compadres February 2, 2008

Filed under: Health,Women — crazyhippiemom @ 2:01 am
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High Carbs (do not mix with each other) Low Carbs (may mix at will)
  1. Raisins
  2. Honey
  3. Refined Sugar
  4. Watermelon
  5. Dried Apricots
  6. Pineapple
  7. Ice Cream
  8. Ripe Bananas
  9. White Bread
  10. Baked potatoes
  11. Instant Rice
  12. Cooked Carrots
  13. French Fries
  14. Pretzels
  15. Rice Cakes
  16. Corn Flakes
  17. Corn-on-the-cob
  18. Frozen or canned corn
  19. Plain bagels
  20. Crackers
  21. Graham crackers
  22. White flour products
  23. Puffed Wheat
  24. Sweetened cereals
  25. White rice
  26. Taco shells
  27. Beets
  28. Spaghetti

 

  1. Oatmeal
  2. Brown rice
  3. Wild rice
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Popcorn
  6. Pita bread
  7. Yams
  8. Pinto beans
  9. Lima beans
  10. Green beans
  11. Green peas
  12. Black beans
  13. Kidney beans
  14. Butter beans
  15. Nuts
  16. Artichokes
  17. Asparagus
  18. Tomatoes
  19. Green vegetables
  20. Mango
  21. Kiwi
  22. Grapes
  23. Pears
  24. Peaches
  25. Plums
  26. Apples
  27. Oranges
  28. Yogurt (with or without added fruit)
  29. Milk (whole or skimmed)
  30. Cherries
  31. Grapefruit

 

High-carbs = 55+ carbohydrates per 100                                    Low-carbs = 54- carbohydrates per 100

 

It is important to combine foods that facilitate a more balanced carbohydrate count.  For instance a meal consisting of baked potato, white rice, corn-on-the-cob and a meat could increase your carbohydrate count by almost 300 grams in one meal.  Generally, women should consume about 45-60 grams of carbohydrates per meal, while men should consume about 60-75 grams of carbohydrates per meal. As a general rule do not combine any items in the first column.  You may combine one high carb item with, at most, three low-carb items in one meal.  If you choose to utilize the three low-carb item amount, then reduce the number of high-carb items for the rest of your meals for that day to one maximum.