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Sep2

The Prescription Medication Cocktail: Precusor to Your Funeral

Sep2

The Prescription Medication Cocktail: Precusor to Your Funeral

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When I decided to write the post, I knew in advance that many people might not necessarily agree with me nor like what I have to say; but I write to you from my heart.

About eight (8) years ago I lost my father. He died instantaneously of a massive heart attack. My dear mother saw him lying in the snow as he tried to make it to their front porch. He even had enough sense to push the alarm on his car FOB as his desperately reached for his last breath.

And in his sad passing, I realized something so much more important…WHY he died.

As we later discovered, my father was taking a concoction of medications all prescribed by a careless, physician (MD), who, obviously did not even have enough concern for his patient (my dad) to monitor the plethora of prescription meds he had prescribed. While I understand it is up to each person to be responsible for his own health, my dad was “old school.” At nearly 80 years old, he took his doctor’s advice as “G-d’s” word. But the doctor certainly didn’t do his due diligence. I am still not convinced that my father even really needed all of the meds he was prescribed.

The mixture of meds which my father took killed him. Am I blame placing here? Yes and no. Allow me to explain.

Allopathic physicians are schooled to diagnose your symptoms and prescribe medications. The pharmaceutical industry LOVES doctors like this! They make them very rich !

I am not suggesting  all medications are purposefully given to eventually harm you so the pharm industry can make money.  Some are prescribed to enable you to maintain life, or enjoy your quality of life..your lifestyle…but….

All of the man made meds have residual side effects..on your brain, your blood, your liver/kidneys or other organs of your body…and even your heart.

Allopathic physicians have a responsibility and duty (as described in the Hippocratic Oath) to care for their patients and to be mindful of the meds and advice they are prescribing.

Here’s the glitch, even the best doctors DO NOT KNOW the long term side effects of mixing many meds together. Neither do pharmacologists. There just isnt enough viable, reliable research to prove which drugs work/do not work together. And on top of it, every one of us has a unique biochemistry within our body. What may work for YOU, may not work for your sister, or your neighbor.  

So who is to blame?  Maybe the question is not about blame…so …How about “WHO ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY?”

The answer here is dual. YOU and YOUR DOCTOR.

Doctors are human. They are like you and me but have been through 7+ years of medical school. They are taught in a specific fashion. Allopathic doctors are very different from holistic doctors (which consider your entire lifestyle and YOUR specific body rather than just your symptoms before they create an actionable plan for your healing from an illness or disease).

In my dad’s case, I believe my father’s doctor should have been more responsible in guiding him; Even though his doctor may not have known the plethora of side effects by mixing the cocktail of medications, he should have leaned on the more conservative side..perhaps NOT prescribing all of those meds, perhaps suggesting that my father, instead, make major lifestyle changes, which would have probably improved his overall health. My dad was nearly 80. Unfortunately, he did not have the common sense to understand that mixing so many prescriptions would ultimately confuse his body’s biochemistry and lay down tracks for toxicity.  (And he was particularly private about his health and the prescriptions he took.)

Now, with peace in my heart, and with my sincere desire for your ultimate well being, I will make my plea. Stay away from taking prescription medications as long  as possible. If you must take them for a life threatening illness, spend some serious time on your own researching the side effects of those medications. And if you are regularly taking more than one prescribed medication, understand how it may react, interfere, or have long term implications with the other meds you are ingesting. Become a medication sleuth! 

The less meds you ingest, the better. Your pharmacist may help you to understand certain drug interactions, but PLEASE know that even pharmacists and pharmacologists are only relying on the data they are given.

Your body chemistry is unique to you. You may be more sensitive to some medications more than others or may react to some in ways other people do not. In spite of the research that is completed and documented on certain medications, and in spite of its approval by the FDA, there just isn’t hard line data proving that your prescription concoction will NOT have any implications on your body’s organs, systems or ability to optimally function.

So if you are told by your doctor you need a prescription for a  for X,Y or Z (for a chronic ailment) first ask him/her, “Why” and then ask him/her to suggest any lifestyle or dietary changes in lieu of  prescription medicine. Opt for seeking out the advice of a naprapath, homeopathic doctor or holistic physician for a second opinion. You are in the driver’s seat. Make smart, informed choices. Take control of your wellness.

Make each and every day of the rest of your life worth living. (a sweet Tweetable!)

Live Life Passionately …xoxox

Pam

 

 

The Guitar Gal in Me: A Prelude to Well Being!

Jul25

The Guitar Gal in Me: A Prelude to Well Being!

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It all started when my 4th grade teacher,  Mrs. Darby, would bring her acoustic guitar to class (usually on Friday afternoons) to play for us. As students, we were encouraged to sing along, and it became a really a fun way to end the school week.

Thats when I fll in love with the guitar. I wanted to learn to play this instrument. The melodic sounds were magical to me. So I begged my parents to grant me guitar lessons with a guitar we rented for about a year. The rental wasn’t the best; the strings were hard and made new calluses and indentations on my virgin fingertips.  But I didn’t care. I was learning to pick and strum and train my ear to detect the notes of the scale. I was learning to hold chords across the fretboard that I thought my young fingers could never reach. I was in guitar heaven!

And about a year later, my parents surprised me with a new Martin acoustic guitar of my own. I still own her. She is absolutely beautiful!  (see picture below).  Lets just say, “I adore her!”

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Thats how it began. I took lessons for about 6 years until the diversions of sports, academics and boys got in the way during high school. LOL…yep…guess that what happens when you are in your late teens. But aaahhh…

The “guitar gal in me”  never ceases to move me. To this day, it has taught me amazing lessons of tuning into my soul, expressing myself through music, understanding the benefits of hard core practice (yep…you just got to practice) and just letting go and allowing music to move me. I am a Motown gal…grew up with soulful sounds which still resonate with me today.

Research has shown that playing an instrument or moving to music has wonderful mindful and medicinal and healing effects.   For me, the guitar is all that. I can feel melancholy with it. or super joyful. It reflects me. It can be soothing or hard a**s rocking. I get to choose.

So if you are new to playing a guitar, (or desire to play one) here are a few things I can share with you to help you on your guitar journey:

1. Practice your musical passion. Play your instrument as if it were an extension of your physical body. Yep. An additional appendage for your soulful enjoyment.

2. Feel your instrument. Don’t just touch it, but FEEL the music you are able to create from it. How special is that?

3. Know that the music you make may seem methodical at first, but after you become comfortable with it, your body will magically adapt and the music you create will flow with ease. It will soon become medicinal…magic melodic medicine for your soul and for others who will enjoy hearing you play.

4. Play genres of music which “speak to you”…whether its rock, pop, country, latino or everything in between.  Experiment with other types of music as you improve your ability to play.

5. At a certain point, you will naturally just begin to create your own sounds and melodies. Happy dance here ! You will create chord progressions which sound just perfect for your very own song. Dont worry about lyrics..just get the basic melody down…hum along as you play with chords that might fit with your own song.

6. Give your guitar some real love. Keep it tuned, restring it as necessary and keep it away from damp or cold/dry places/storage.

7. Play when you feel you want to be expressive ..during both sad/melancholy AND joyful times. You will be amazed at the different types of music you can create depending upon your moods when you play. Your guitar will become your bff !

My love for many genres of music was certainly heightened by learning to play my guitar. The “guitar gal” in me will always be there. The guitar not only echos the music in me, but the harmonies of my soul. (A sweet Tweetable!)

Wishing you the melodies of music in your heart to keep you happy and optimizing your Well Being !

 

~Pam~

Keep Living Life Passionately !

Making Things Bloom!

May12

Making Things Bloom!

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

So there you have it. A nursery rhyme about Mary growing her garden. And a beautiful garden she grew! How about you? Do you like to grow things? For simplicity sake, lets start with flowers.

 I love to grow flowers. In the summer months, I plant and cultivate a beautiful outdoor flower garden each year. But during the cold, snowy winters of Chicago, I grow my own mini flower garden indoors near my kitchen sink in an area where two windows converge. Friends (in dismay) have asked me how I could possibly get my green plants to bloom beautiful flowers in the dead of winter. They tell me I must have a “green thumb”.”Nope,” I respond, “my thumbs are the same color as yours.”  :)

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Unclogging Your Emotional Toilet! Eww…

Apr27

Unclogging Your Emotional Toilet! Eww…

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Okay. This sounds super gross. Unclogging a toilet? Really? But its actually a beautiful analogy. When the toilet (the loo) gets plugged, its usually because it physically can’t move the waste it contains, right? Well, same goes for you and your emotions.

Think for a moment about how you feel when you are heavy with emotions which you are holding onto and no longer serve you? You probably either feel angry, frustrated, stressed or completely weighed down (plugged up) and depressed, right? The bad news is a clogged toilet can overspill onto everything, creating a super mess you don’t really want to clean up! Its smelly and disgusting! The great news is your emotional toilet doesn’t need to stay clogged! So here’s the way to plunge through some of the gunk you are holding onto emotionally. Continue reading

The Healthy “In” of Intimacy!

Mar23

The Healthy “In” of Intimacy!

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What do women want more than sex? Seriously? Did I hear someone whisper chocolate? What about wine? Heck, did I hear a shout out for ice cream with a peanut butter brownie, caramel topping and whipped cream? Wrong. Wrong and wrong again.

Women like sex. We ARE sexual beings. But we are SENSUAL beings too. We were born to entice, engage, seduce, and endear in preparation to produce offspring. Yep. Thats our biology and physiology. Lets face it, we were physically structured to procreate and that primordial instinct still resides within all of us, some more than others. Continue reading

The Shake Out of Nutritional Shakes

Feb20

The Shake Out of Nutritional Shakes

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Probably many of us have all tried a “nutritional shake” in the past year. At least we were told it was nutritional, right? As a wellness passionista, many, many people have asked me to support/endorse  their “nutritional” products (shakes, energy drinks, protein supplements, weight loss products) in the past year. I have turned them all down. Let me explain.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, EAT them. Get Healthy!

Dec23

When Life Gives You Lemons, EAT them. Get Healthy!

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There is an old proverbial saying , “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” meaning to take the sourness/bitterness of those lemons and turn them into a sweet/pleasurable  drink of lemonade…in other words to be optimistic in the face of adversity or challenge.

However, I say, when life gives you lemons…EAT them! Why? Because that bitterness, sourness will literally do your body much better than making a sweet, sugary lemonade drink!   Lemons (limes, oranges and other citrus fruits) can help your body become better balanced.

While these fruits are acidic in nature, they actually are alkaline producing to your body after they are digested.Lemons, especially, are used frequently in Ayurveda. They are generally pitta producing and vata calming, but can gently be used to treat, heal or simply maintain your bodily health.There are so many wonderful benefits of adding real lemon or lemon juice to your daily nutritional regime. Here are the Top 10 Benefits I have found to be extremely useful:

Top Benefits of Eating Lemons:

    1. Improves your skin texture.
    2. Improves your digestive power. (In Ayurveda, we call this agni...your digestive FIRE.)
    3. Decreases fat deposition.
    4. Relieves bad breath. Cleanses oral cavities.
    5. Decreases cholesterol by decreasing deposits in blood vessels so decrease risk of heart attacks.
    6. Assists in daily elimination of bowels.
    7. Works to detoxify your liver (helps dissolve kidney stones).
    8. Improves your immunity-works against colds and flu.
    9. Helps decrease your body’s production of phlegm…especially important during cold/flu season.
    10. Helps to absorb iron from natural foods. Because lemons are high in Vitamin C, they naturally improve your body’s absorption of iron in many foods including spinach, beans, lentils.

So the next time you feel like life has come at you just too hard and you are feeling challenged by those lemons being tossed your way, DON’t discard them…EAT them instead…a proverbial gift from the universe !

Top Ten Natural Tips to Improve Digestion

Oct16

Top Ten Natural Tips to Improve Digestion

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We have all had them from time to time. Yep, that terrific tummy ache, indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Ouch! There is nothing pleasant about any of these!

But there are some wonderful holistic solutions to give you relief. In fact, if you follow these tips at mealtime during your day, week and month, you will be “tummy terrific” and pain free. Since I have experienced some of these symptoms years ago and have now eased my way toward healing, I will make it as simple and easy for you to follow:
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Ireland: From Happiness to Health

Sep22

Want Healthier Circulation?–Give Endermologie a Try!

May17

Want Healthier Circulation?–Give Endermologie a Try!

circulation of the bloodThose Groupon deals kept popping up on my screen so I went all out and decided to purchase a body treatment through the Groupon website several weeks ago. It was a trial treatment for Endermologie–boy oh boy…did I ever learn a lot!

Some of you might have heard about endermologie as a spa treatment for fat reduction–that’s how many spas choose to position and market this treatment. But truth be told, this non-invasive treatment is more about improving CIRCULATION than about losing fat. In fact, if you lose waistline or thigh inches post treatment, it has more to do with improved circulation due to less water retention.
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