Research Pays Off

It’s no secret around here that I love alternative health therapies and will research different modalities before seeing a mainstream medical doctor. Last year was different. I had several things going on with me all at once and couldn’t make heads or tails about it. So I went to my family practitioner only to have blood drawn, X-rays, sent to specialist after specialist only to be told we don’t know what’s wrong with you. I was told I had Lupus, RA, Ankylosing Spondylitis (arthritis in your spine), Fibromyalgia, and then Scleroderma. They didn’t know what caused it and proceeded to tell me that I always had the genes lying dormant inside of me and only through a traumatic experience would these full-blown auto-immune conditions surface. Then I was told since we really don’t know what’s wrong with you, we still want you to take this chemo drug if it works then you have this health issue.

I said no, No, and NO!! I got a copy of all my x-rays and decided to look elsewhere. I searched out alternative naturopaths who are making me take several different supplements, cleanses and dietary changes, but the pain was still present. I went to see a Chinese medicine doctor who gave me more herbs, and acupuncture treatments for the pain, but it only worked for a couple of days and the pain would return just like it did before. I didn’t feel any better.

Then I did some research and found several natural doctors who were treating people with my health issues so I looked further only to find that they never fixed the issue only treated it and said that I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life and that eventually alternative means wouldn’t work and I would need to succumb to the chemo. I didn’t like that answer so I kept searching. Then I found something that I thought would work, but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon right away, I kept doing research on this type of alternative therapy.

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I’ve been to chiropractors before and well, I felt worse after an adjustment than when I went in. I was kind of afraid to go back to another back cracker. Sorry, I have to say this because there probably are many chiropractors out there that are more than that, but I always seemed to just get the back-crackers and nothing more except to take their weight loss supplements.

Last Monday I woke up and proceeded to do my stretching exercises but something didn’t feel right. Then about two hours later I couldn’t raise my right arm. I was doubled over in pain. Pain is a great motivator. I remembered the chiropractor’s name, looked him up on the net and made my appointment for early Friday morning. I had to wait 5 whole days before I saw him. Whilst in his office I got the feeling that he was going to help me, he tested me but differently than other chiropractors did. Then he took x-rays of my neck and did not adjust me, but told me to continue doing what I had been, ice followed by heat.

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The all important second appointment.

I was not in much pain when I went in, but I still felt like my body was off kilter. We sat down in his office and I watched a video about my neck. I got to see what a normal neck looked like and how it is supposed to be. My neck is 52 degrees forward than what a normal neck is supposed to be. Apparently, that’s huge. In looking at the x-rays of my neck, the chiropractor said I don’t have arthritis of any kind, he looked at my other films and there is not one bit of deterioration, not even in my hand. The only problem I have in my neck is the atlas vertebra is out of place and causing pressure on the major nerve that runs through my spinal column. He showed me how this translates into the pain in the back of my head and the halo headaches I always get. This is where I started to tear up. He said it was fixable.

Then we went into the adjusting room. He did not manipulate my neck like regular chiropractors do. You can read more about the advanced orthogonal technique here. It’s like nothing I have ever experienced before. The treatment is painless, no pulling on my neck, or twisting of any sort just a gentle tap of a percussion sound from a machine. That’s it.

The immediate results were astounding. I am glad my husband was in the room with me. I would not have been able to explain what I felt if he didn’t see it first hand. Before the treatment, the doctor measured my legs. My left leg has always been a little over an inch shorter than my right leg. I always walked and felt crooked and could never lay on my back without having my legs bent because of the pain in my lower back. After the treatment, my legs were measured again and this is when my husband’s jaw dropped (only happened once before when he saw that I was having twins on an ultrasound, 30 years ago). My left leg was only about 1/8 inch shorter than my right leg. I laid on the table with my legs straight out and I had no pain. You bet I started to tear up. Never before had I gotten any relief from that kind of pain.

I slept like a rock last night. I woke up this morning in no pain but I can feel the muscles in my shoulder blades starting to release. I go back tomorrow for another treatment. It’s the best thing I have ever found. Taking my health into my own hands and not succumbing to the rants of Western medicine that chemo cure everything propelled me forward in my research and it paid off.

Research your health issues don’t just fall in line with what the Western medical doctors say. If you’re not comfortable with a treatment don’t do it. If you need help with your research hit me up on Facebook, I would be more than happy to help you find the right therapy for you and your needs.

 

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FOOD LABELS LIE

It’s not too difficult to these days to pick up a food item that you are used to buying and see the lies that manufacturers are throwing at people in hopes they will continue buying their products. Food labels lie in hopes that more money will be made. It’s that simple. What’s behind all the lies? Greed, plain and simple.

Food Labels Lie

I’ve realized this year that in order to continue to buy food with labels on it, I must become an investigator and a researcher. It’s simply astounding at how many hoops and phone mazes a person has to go through until the truth is actually out about food ingredients. For instance, if you’ve read the ingredients on a food service can of Swiss Miss “Classics” you’ll see that ConAgra adds sucralose (Splenda) to make the product be lower in sugar. When did sucralose become classic? I called ConAgra to find out why this piece of information is not on the front of their product, but in the tiniest of letters at the end of their ingredient label. The first answer I got was because the company wanted to please consumers and make the sugar content lower. As I dug deeper, I found that sucralose is cheaper than sugar, and companies really don’t have to disclose this use of artificial sweeteners in products that also contain sugar on the front of the label. Interesting note here is that now the nutritional facts about their products are not available on the company’s website.

The same is true for Smucker’s Simply Fruit, one of the first things on the label is “fruit syrup.” When I asked the company what’s in the “fruit syrup,” I was told they didn’t have to divulge that information because it was a proprietary blend of fruits and other ingredients. So fruit syrup could be anything from high fructose corn syrup to sludge and consumers like you and I would just have to take the company’s word for it as being simple fruit.

Here’s another one. Lenny and Larry’s Muscle Brownie the front of the label touts 20 grams of protein, but when you look on the nutritional label you’re only getting 10 grams of protein because the little brownie is supposed to serve 2 people. It’s also loaded with soy isolate, sugar, corn syrup, corn flour, cornstarch, brown sugar, margarine, and a bunch of other nasty ingredients that are nowhere near good for your muscles.

Don’t think that just because you only buy organic food that you are buying quality products either, if it were that simple!! If it has a label on it, it just might have a lie in it. ASK! ASK! ASK!

Food labels lie, and they do it so companies make money. Once we stop blindly buying into the lies and become investigators and researchers is when we will not only become healthier but we will force the lies to stop. We may never be able to have our food properly labeled, but that doesn’t mean you have to just give up. You have to take a stand for your own health, no one else will do it for you.

Stop the lies from hurting you!

Take a stand!

 

BOOSTS YOUR ENDURANCE

Have you ever taken a product or eaten a food that helped your body with boosts of endurance all day long with no spikes or dips? I take this product every morning before I work out and then again before I go to bed.

The product is ASEA. I cannot express how much love I have for a single product because it has helped me with so many things. Now that I am working out, I see a whole new side of this amazing product.

Not only does ASEA boost my endurance level, it also helps my muscles recover faster. I’ve been doing the Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred now for four  days. I’ve done this workout before only to quit after 2 days because my muscles were screaming in pain. It’s different now, my muscles aren’t screaming anymore. In fact when I finish the workout in the morning, I still have enough energy to get my other work done, throughout the day. Plus I look forward to doing it again.

When I did this workout last year, I thought I was going to die, after the first time. Now it’s a piece of cake.  I haven’t done anything this strenuous since I did this last year. I know it’s the ASEA working because I haven’t changed anything else from what I was doing last year at this time.

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The old saying “No pain, No gain” means nothing anymore. Because I can see my body changing, and feel my muscles working but they aren’t in that painful state where it hurts every time I move. If you want to take your fitness to the next level and boost your endurance level, you really need to try the one-of-a-kind ASEA.

If you’re just starting out with an exercise program or a seasoned athlete, you don’t have to suffer with the pain of a workout, to know it’s working. Just listen to these top athletes: http://www.athleteedge.com/

BELLY FAT GONE IN 4 EASY STEPS

Let’s face it, we would all love to have washboard abs. But some of us are just starting out get discouraged  looking at photos of men and women who have never had our type of health issues, or have had children. From my own experience I can tell you that you can get rid of Belly Fat once and for all, in 4 easy steps!

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4 EASY STEPS TO BANISH BELLY FAT

  • STAY AWAY FROM LEAVENING AGENTS, SUGAR, DAIRY, AND MOST GRAINS:

Yeast, baking powder, and baking soda makes bread rise, it will do the same thing to your belly.

 Sugar: is a stimulant that causes our hormones to be unbalanced which makes fat storage easier. So every time you eat something that is sugar (this includes HFCS, and artificial sweeteners even powdered stevia) sweetened you are helping your fat storage system. So if you are in the menopausal state of life, or under stress, eating sugar will help you store more fat, especially in your belly!

Dairy: I know everyone; everywhere is touting the benefits of Greek yogurt, and how dairy is so good for you. Yes organic is always better. But if you are lactose intolerant, or allergic to dairy, you should not be ingesting dairy. Lactose intolerant people who eat dairy will have more belly fat than those who don’t because of the bloating that accompanies eating dairy. There are other ways to get the calcium you need without subjecting yourself to this form of abuse. (Kale: 205 mg per ½ cup; Chia Seeds: 300 mg per 1.5 oz; Bok Choy: 190 mg per ½ cup; Figs: 135 mg per 5 figs; White beans: 120 mg per ½ cup; Spinach: 99mg per ½ cup; Almonds: 93 mg per ¼ cup; Sesame Seeds: 51 mg per tablespoon)

Grains: Wheat is the worst because it has been genetically modified for over 40 years to have more gluten (protein) in it. This genetic manipulation has led to many people becoming gluten intolerant. Gluten bloats and causes the body to hold onto that fat. Try going off all grains: wheat, flours, oats, rice, and cornmeal: and anything made with them for 1 month and see what transforms in your body.

  • WATER, WATER, WATER

In order to flush the fat from our bodies we NEED WATER! If you’re not drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, you will not lose weight. Water mobilizes fat. Plain and simple!

  • EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE

Sitting and dreaming of belly fat running away from your body will not make it so. Our bodies need to be in motion to get rid of the fat. The more muscle we have the more fat we burn. Find some form of exercise you like to do and keep doing it. I love lifting weights and doing insanity work outs. I work on my Abdominal muscles 6 days a week. The great benefit from doing this is that my back stopped hurting and I dropped 2 sizes in 6 weeks.

If you have never tried this product you are missing out on its life changing possibilities. Want some extra help in losing that Belly Fat, take ASEA. Why? Because it mobilizes fatty acids from the fat stores in our abdominal region. Which translates into more belly fat being burned for energy while we exercise. For more information on ASEA click here