Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dr. Oz Says Do Not Drink The Water

Do Not Drink the Water

Today, after watching Dr. Oz's presentation called,"Don't Drink the Water," I felt compelled to share this vitally important message.

Dr. Oz addressed and challenged his audience to take responsibility for the water that flows through the tap and into their homes. 

He talked about the enemies that lurk within our water and shared some great resources including instructions on how to a obtain water report for your specific area.

He admonished his audience to never ever give a child a bath filled with ordinary tap water. You see your skin is the largest organ of your body. Can you imagine how much fluoride etc. your body soaks in during a bath?

He said that a baby sitting in tap water, or anyone standing under a

shower absorbs far more contaminants (like chlorine and fluoride) than they do when they are drinking it. That is a startling fact. I have to admit I've never considered these dangers before watching this show.

In this Article We Will:

  • Examine Drinking Water Quality and Discuss Pure Drinking Water Options
  • Discuss What lurks in your tap water
  • Examine Bottled Water
  • Consider the connection between good health and pure water
  • Introduce Cutting Edge Technologies
 Which Will:

  • Save you Money
  • Make it possible to drink clean, pure water from your own home
  • Give you peace of mind
  • Go beyond any other water filtration (introducing Alkaline-Ionized Water)
In the topics that follow I will seek to Identify many of the health risks connected to impure drinking water and share solutions that are affordable, practical and healthful.
Next we will take a closer look at the water you drink and bathe in. Not all water is created equal and most likely the water coming out of your tap is not fit for bathing in or drinking.

Water in it's original and natural state was pure, clean, hydrating and so very good for you. Today the water that flows from our taps have many toxins, medications (flushed down the toilet and into our water supply) and high acidity.

Our municipalities add chlorine, chloramines, fluoride and all sorts of other chemicals to adjust flavor, kill bacteria and cover odors. Each of these toxic materials has some pretty nasty side effects. Then there are the increasing levels of pesticides and toxic metals leaching into the water from farming and manufacturing each year.

To find reports about your local drinking water click: LOCAL WATER REPORT

Good clean water is foundational to your health. Many people are somewhat aware of the dangers hidden in drinking water from the tap. When it comes to tap water "Don't Drink the Water!"

I am always amazed when I go to the grocery store to see people buying bottled water. I wonder if they know about the inconsistencies found in the cleanliness and purity of bottled water.

I also wish that more people knew that there are much better options to obtaining clean, fresh, pure drinking water.

Bottled water:

  • Is expensive
  • Is an unreliable source of clean water (whose Spring?)
  • Packaging in plastic bottles is NOT safe
I've witnessed a man demonstrate and test bottled vs. tap water there was no difference between the two - what a crock!

Read on to learn about various methods of changing tap water into clean, pure, living water that will promote good health.

PH Balance

Alkaline water neutralizes acidity in the body caused by stress, diet & air pollution.  A higher pH in the body reduces the need for fat & cholesterol protecting the body from damaging acids.

Abundant Negatively charged hydroxyl ions, (OH -) are found in alkaline water. These hydroxyl ions act as natural antioxidants and neutralize harmful free radicals.  In addition Alkaline water:

  • Improves the body's absorption of essential nutrients
  • Improves body function by cleaning your cells from the inside out.
  • Using water with a higher pH level improves the taste of beverages and food.
  • Alkaline water tastes lighter with a pleasantly sweet flavor.
  • Cooking with alkaline water improves taste & quality of foods
  • Provides superior hydration and nutrition at the cellular level.
  • Ionization breaks clusters of water molecules into smaller micro-clusters, reducing the size of the clusters from the 11-16 molecules in standard water to just 5-6 molecules in ionized water. Smaller clusters pass through cell walls more easily and hydrate the cells more quickly.
  • Faster hydration allows the body to regulate its temperature more efficiently.
  • Micro-clusters of mineral-bearing ionized water also deliver nutrients more efficiently to the cells
  • Detoxifies cells more efficiently than standard drinking water.
  • Due to their smaller size, micro-clusters of ionized water molecules are expelled from the cells more efficiently, carrying damaging toxins out of the cells and flushing them out of the system.
  • The negative charge of ionized alkaline water will attract the positive ions of acids and neutralize them within the body.

Clean, healthy water is easily absorbed by your body and hydrates and nourishes it. The best great tasting water with antioxidant properties and proper pH levels for drinking is Alkaline water.
Learn about Alkaline Water Here:

While ionized Alkaline water units have been on the market for years .. they have also been very expensive. Recently the supplier for Indoor Environmental Systems found a new superior alkalized water unit which costs 2/3 less than the Unit we had planned on purchasing. 

Find Affordable Alkaline Units here:

We own an Alkaline Unit you will find on the link above.  When we first received it my husband (who is a scientist by nature) was intent on testing the water created by the unit. He and I were both very pleased to find the water to be -9.5 which is really great for alkaline water.
Did you know....
  • regulates body temperature
  • transports nutrients and oxygen
  • helps detoxify the kidneys and liver
  • dissolves vitamins and minerals
  • cushions the body from injury by lubricating joints.
  • The human body is composed of 25 percent solid matter (the solute) and 75 percent water (the solvent).
  • The average body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Your blood is 82 percent water, muscles are 75 percent water, the brain is 75 percent water and bone is 22 percent water.
Distilled Water - What happens to Red Blood Cells Immersed in Distilled Water?

Years ago I was told, by a holistic nutritionist, that I should drink distilled water. I did drink it for awhile but then began doing research because I knew that the minerals were taken out of distilled water and couldn't believe it would be good for me in the long-term.

What I learned was that when red blood cells are immersed in distilled water, they slowly swell until they burst. That’s not good!

As you reflect on the vital need for clean healing water consider:

  • Save money by purchasing a quality water unit for your home
  • Purchase a shower head that filters your water and allow it to fill your bathtub before considering taking a bath in tap water.
  • Owning a unit means no more running to the store to buy unreliable bottled water.
  • Research Alkaline Ionized water for yourself. It's the closest form to the way God made water in the beginning.
Our health is dependent upon a clean and pure source of water. I hope this article has given you information to help you make good decisions about the water you and your family needs.

I wish you the best as you journey through this life and strive to care for the One and Only Body entrusted to you by our Creator God.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Healthy Healing Clean Drinking Water (Alkaline)

Alkaline Ionized Water

My husband received an email this morning that brought the truth about what I am about to share with you to the forefront.
Here is that email .. word for word:

Check this out, Jen had a patient with 3rd and 4th degree burns and in a couple days was 6 weeks along in recovery. Guess what she used?
Alkaline water and acid water by product. Don't know who's machine she has.

On another note, she has a daughter with cancer stage 4, She has been drinking the water. She went for pre-op test and the Dr's only found dead tissue where the cancer was and no living cancer as of yet.

I wanted to send a friend more information. Maudie has just had a biopsy of a lump removed from her neck. I need to know how she should contact you.

Take Charge - It's YOUR Body

Have you ever thought about the significance and vital importance of water in maintaining the health of your body? Did you know that most of the human body is made up of water, H2O, with cells consisting of 65-90% water by weight? Are you aware that most of the drinking water available today has been polluted or rendered highly non-absorbable by the human body?

I pose these questions as one who has thought long and hard about taking ownership of my own health. We live in a generation in which people are being awakened to the importance of caring for the one and only body that has been entrusted to them. For years people have relied on the medical field to make decisions about the outcome of their health. Many people have been steered to a multitude of medications only to discover that their quality of life has been hugely diminished by a 'take-over' from the side-affects of those 'helpful' medications.

My own journey has led me to the place of realizing that I am the ultimate defender of my body. Now I send the challenge to you: Take Charge - It's YOUR body! Find Prevention before you seek a cure!

Fountain of Youth

The quest for Healthy Living through natural solutions has led many to study the health-supporting qualities of natural Healthy Living Water. From Ponce de Leon, who proclaimed he had discovered the Fountain of Youth to Nobel Prize winner Dr. Henri Coanda who was fascinated by the longevity of the Himalayan Hunz people, to modern scientists and engineers in Japan who in the 1960's first perfected the technology for ionization of water ... a truth has been unveiled. Water, in it's original God created state, is healing and life sustaining.

After 60 years of studying the Himalayan Hunz people, Dr. Coanda announced his discovery and conclusions about these peoples longevity. After 60 years, Dr. Coanda found the link.. the link to the Himalayan Huntz people's longevity ... it was their water source! The Himalayans water was strikingly unique. The water of the Himalayan Huntz people came from the Himalayan glaciers and had a measurably different viscosity and surface tension.

Throughout the years researchers continued their in-depth study of the drinking water of the Himalayan people. They discovered that this special water had a high alkaline pH and an extraordinary amount of active hydrogen with a negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) and a high colloidal mineral content.

Though scientists knew it was impossible to recreate the unique glacial conditions that produced the Hunza waters, they went to work on replicating the molecular structure, high alkaline pH, presence of active hydrogen, negative ORP and high colloidal mineral content.
In the 1800's electrical energy pioneer Michael Faraday invented electrolysis - a device that separated water into hydrogen and oxygen. During the 1940's and 1950's, Russian researchers discovered a new method of creating electrolysis, later Japanese scientists, in the 1950's further perfected the technology producing the first commercial water ionizer.

Water Japan

Since the 1800's Research has continued and transpired into a mechanism which affords people all over the world to benefit from the discoveries made about the waters of the Himalaya's.
By 1966 the Japanese Health and Rehabilitation Ministry confirmed that alkaline ionized water was beneficial for health improvement and medical use.

In Japan, hospitals and clinics have used purified, electrically restructured, ionized, alkaline water for over 30 years to treat a number of conditions. Water ionizers are common today in Japan with more than 30 million people having access to ionized water from home units or other sources.

Advances in ionizing technology have recently led to the development and marketing of extremely affordable water ionizers that produce the same quality water as the more expensive original technology.
Ionized water is fast becoming widely available to people living in North America, Europe and many other countries.

Today, people all over the globe can drink alkaline, ionized living water produced by a high quality home water ionizer and benefit from characteristics similar to the glacier water of the Hunza.

Five Reasons to Use Alkaline Ionized Water

  1. Our bodies are acidic. Acid wastes from our cells, tissues and organs can’t be released into the blood and make their way out of the body unless our body has enough alkaline in it to create a neutral balance. With most people, many wastes sit in the cells for long periods forever waiting to be eliminated. The longer acid wastes stay in the cells the greater the chances of diseases or mutations (cancers).Research shows that diseases thrive in an acid environment. The modern fast-food diets we eat, sodas we drink, and stressful lifestyles we live only make that acid environment inside our bodies worse over time. To combat this, drinking alkaline water helps to buffer this acidity and neutralize our bodies, allowing our cells to be cleansed…leading to a longer, healthier life potential and more energy on a daily basis. An interesting study was conducted by Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Alexis Carrell. Carrel did an experiment to keep cells from a chicken heart alive and healthy, reproducing new healthy cells, for 28 years [and all signs showed they could have lived on and on forever]! Chickens only live 3 years! This study proves that in the right environment cells do not “age” or become diseased. The bottom line of this research was…our cells need to be cleaned and stay cleaned [daily]. The only way to do that is to drink plenty of alkaline ionized water daily.
  2. Good alkaline water ionizers use high quality filters, and you can also purchase extra pre-filters, which remove harmful substances from the water (such as chlorine and lead) and allow the good minerals (such as calcium) to pass through, so you can get the highest quality of ingredients in the water you drink - and without the bad stuff.
  3. Have you ever heard of “making water wetter”? Most water clusters itself in groups of 11 - 16 molecules stuck together. These clusters are so large that it’s hard to actually penetrate through cell membranes. The process of ionizing the water splits the water into smaller clusters of 5-8 molecules and so making it easier to get the water into your cells.
  4. Good water ionizers create water that is not only alkaline (to help buffer our bodies’ acidity), but also has a high “Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)”, as measured by an ORP meter. You’re probably more familiar with the expression “anti-oxidant”. Alkaline ionized water’s ability to act as an anti-oxidant in your body is much, much greater than regular or bottled water. As a matter of fact, research shows that bottled water is bad for you. Regular tap water, normally filtered tap water and bottled water have high oxidation potentials. That means … high potential to oxidize and damage your cells. This is the opposite of ORP. The ionization process reverses the oxidation potential of tap water and creates as much as -200 or -300 ORP, which is a high strength of antioxidant potential. Antioxidants are needed to keep our cells from oxidizing and mutating. When they mutate you see this as the body’s aging process. Severe mutations you see as cancer.
  5. Alkaline ionized water using a good quality machine is less expensive than both bottled and regular water!  For less than $1.00 per day this new technology can create all the alkaline ionized water you and your family can drink per day. Given the fact that most machines last for over 10 or even 20 years without needing repairs, it follows that your cost of water will probably be less than even 50 cents per day to drink as much water as you like. Not only that, but an even more compelling reason I say alkaline ionized water has great return on investment as compared to drinking regular water from the tap or bottled water is because of all the preventative health benefits. Remember that old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” That’s what I mean by real savings!!! Look at all the doctor bills you save when you simply don’t get sick. 

Ionized Alkaline Water

To polish off this Hub I'd like to send you to a website that is informative and will lead you to the product which our friend Mark was asking about to share with his friend.

While ionized water units have been out their for years .. They have been very expensive. Recently our supplier found a new company which he spent time researching it well and finding it to be a superior product.

We now have one in our house ..and have tested the water .. is about -9.5 which is very good for alkaline water. We spent about 2/3 less than we would have if we had bought the unit we were looking at.


I wish you the best as you journey through this life and strive to care for the One and Only Body entrusted to you by our Creator God.

Healthy Alternatives

I have always believed that with every human malady there is a natural God given cure in nature.  Since childhood I have suffered with many illnesses and as an adult many auto-immune disorders.

In my twenties I began to learn about healthy eating and joined a coop to provide the most nutrient rich foods for my family.  I wanted to build a good foundation for all of us to build upon.

Since that time I have found supplements which have taken care of most of the symptoms I once dealt with.  I have turned in my meds for healthy alternatives.

In most cases that meant more money but given my weak immune system and propensity for side effects neither my husband nor I have even batted an eye when something worked and it worked well.

In the next few articles I'm going to be sharing one malady at a time and share the solution I found to it.   If I can figure out how to allow others to post on my site - I would love to make this a community healthy living site where many will share their own 'miracles' of health.

Thank you for visiting my site today.  Please let me know if you'd like to share on Healthy Living Today.  Give me a brief explanation and what you have found to be helpful.

Have a GREAT day!

Friday, April 26, 2013

How Eating Vegetables Can Help During Cancer Treatment


Healthy Living Today 

Featuring a guest post by Kaitlyn Teabo.  Kaitlyn is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center.  She combines her interests, writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology, to educate the mesothelioma, community about asbestos and its related diseases." 

If you are battling cancer, you know that cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or tumor removal surgery are designed to guide you toward recovery, but they can also be hard on your body. Eating vegetables and an overall healthy diet is a well-known way to combat the symptoms of some cancer treatments, but maintaining a plant-based diet while undergoing treatment may be just as effective if not more effective in overcoming the effects of treatment.
An all plant-based diet consists of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and eliminates the consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products, and is often called veganism. Vegetarianism is very similar; however, this is a plant-based diet that may include eggs, milk and dairy products. Adopting a plant-based diet does not necessarily mean you should become a vegetarian or vegan, but that you should try to consume more whole foods and less processed foods or foods from animals.  

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet during Cancer Treatment

There are a number of benefits associated with a plant-based diet while undergoing cancer treatment, including:

  • Vegetables and fruits provide a significant amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which will strengthen your weakened immune system.
  • Plant-based foods are rich in phyto-chemicals, which are naturally-occurring cancer-fighting compounds.
  • Whole foods retain more of their original nutrients than their processed counterparts
  • Plant-based foods are lower in saturated fats than processed foods or foods from animals.
  • A plant-based diet may lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  • Whole grains, vegetables and fruits are a good source of fiber, which is linked to the reduced risk of cancer.

Cancer Remission through a Plant-Based Diet

In many cases, cancer patients have made it to remission by eating a completely plant-based diet. One of these cases includes the story of Anthony Sattilaro, M.D., which can be found in his book, Recalled By Life. Sattilaro was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was in his 40s. After his initial diagnosis, he underwent traditional cancer treatment consisting of various drugs, but the cancer spread throughout his body and he was told that he should prepare for death.

Sattilaro became severely depressed and it was not until he picked up a couple of hitchhikers that his spirits rose again. After much small talk, one of the hitchhikers mentioned that eating an all-plant diet would help him recover from cancer. With nothing to lose, Sattilaro began to change his diet and after 18 months, a CAT scan provided evidence that his body was clear of cancer.

The foods that you eat during cancer treatments are vital to your overall recovery. While eating vegetables and fruits will aid in recovery, maintaining a plant-based diet just might make the biggest impact in your journey to recovery.


Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from

Sattilaro, Anthony, MD. (1984). Recalled By Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Friday, December 21, 2012

We Only Have One Body

Optimum Health

There are choices we all can make to give ourselves the gift of optimum health and well being. Taking personal responsibility to care for your body begins by educating ourselves in healthy living. So many factors contribute to being equipped to care for your body. Many bad choices in the health arena will lead to disease. 

This article is set up to consider some key components and choices to consider which will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Habits 

MOVE THAT BODY - Our bodies were created to move. Many people work in situations where they sit all day behind a computer. If you have a non-physical job it is vital that you carve out time to get your heart rate up and tone your muscles.

RELAX - Your mind and body needs a break. Learn how to relax through using some relaxation techniques. 

EAT HEALTHY - Making sure you get all of the food groups into your meals during the day. The more raw veggies and fruits you eat the better. Most people just rush through life eating what they want to eat, working too many hours, sleeping when it's convenient and sitting around being lazy whenever they choose . Most of us have never stopped to consider how the choices we make each day will affect our future health . Many people take no personal responsibility for these bodies we were entrusted with ... Then one day an illness hits and health needs come to the forefront.

I don't think I need to persuade you that exercise is good for you. Exercise and health go together like a horse and carriage. We have been taught from the time we were in elementary school that we need to move that body.

The key is to find the motivation to do what we already know we need to do. What would it take for you to move that body? There are many avenues to choose from when it comes to activity. If you like sports then the choice is easy. A game of tennis, swimming at the YMCA, soccer or baseball with your friends will give you plenty of body movement.

Working on a particular part of your body that is flabby or out of proportion? Search You tube for an exercise music video with instructions and demonstrations that will target your problem area. Join a workout club and enjoy being with others as you exercise.
Walking is great for cardio health. A doctor just recently told my friend that she needs to walk 40 minutes a day or her body will accelerate in the aging process.


If you work long hours and tend to be a workaholic, listen to your body when it is telling you to relax. Pushing through on a continual basis will shorten your life and greatly reduce your quality of life
Long hours filled with stress throws the nervous system out of balance. Relaxation techniques will help you get it back in sync for a healthy body. It will also reduce stress and we all know that stress kills.
The relaxation response is more than taking a nap or flopping on the couch. It is a mentally active process which, when applied will leave your body calm and relaxed.


Relaxing music has the ability to take you from tense to serene. As you listen to the music practice this breathing technique. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose as you count to five. As you breathe in imagine the air going to your stomach.

Your stomach will balloon out. Now hold your breath as you count to five. Slowly let the air out through your lips. Repeat the process while listening to relaxing music. Your heart rate will slow as you practice this relaxation technique.

A full body message is the just the thing you need after a stressful day in the office. Your massage expert is trained to work the knots out and restore your sense of peace and balance.

Meditating and purposefully concentrating will slow your brain down when there are a million thoughts running through it. My form of meditation is allowing scripture to fill my mind. The best thing is to memorize a few verses or passage and then it is tucked away in your heart to be pulled out whenever needed. This practice of meditating on scripture fills me with life, truth and hope. I am currently memorizing Psalm 1.
Practicing relaxation techniques reduce stress symptoms by:  Slowing your breathing rate
  • Reducing stressful emotions like anger and fear
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing heart rate
  • Improving your concentration
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
As you read the list above do you understand that relaxation is not a luxury, it is a necessity. So to get started sit back relax and listen to the video I've posted. Do your breathing exercises to the rhythm of this angelic piece of music by the Cyltic Women.

Food and Supplements

Consider your eating habits. Do you live to eat or eat to live? We live in the land of plenty ... plenty of fast foods, plenty of fatty snacks, plenty of ice cream, candy and more. Junk food is just too convenient and luring for most of us to resist.
Many people say they are too busy to eat right. Living in the fast lane means grabbing donuts on your way to work, eating snacks at your desk then stopping for fast food on your way home. The pressure of the day takes precedence over any thought about the food we put in our mouths.

If you are using the excuse that you don't have time to think about eating healthy ... I suggest you think again! There are frozen foods available today that list calories, fat grams, carbohydrates and more. With brand names like Weight Watchers, Healthy Choices, Lean Cuisine and other food companies creating yummy packaged meals - it 's easy to stay on track and eat healthy.Visit your local mom and pop health food store to get healthy bars.

Make sure you are taking a whole food, chemical free organic vitamin supplements. Add to it a mineral supplement.

Take the time to watch the video below if you have NO clue what the difference between processed and whole foods.

Take Responsibility

MOVE THAT BODY - Choose an exercise plan that makes you feel good. Forget what Joe is doing at the YMCA. If you like to walk the stairs at the Dunes ... then that is what you should do.

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES: Keep stress at bay. Stress will accelerate the aging process. Stress messes with your emotions and can take years off your life. Try to see the positives in every situation. Even if something difficult happens in your life there is always a lesson to be learned or a perspective to be sharpened through the experience. You get to decide how you think about a situation - you have control over your thoughts. Reign them in and choose to be positive even in the hardest of times. Relaxation Techniques will aid you as you bring the stress down and bring your body into balance.

HEALTHY EATING - Educate yourself about the food you put into your body. It is either going to build or tear your body down. Watch the video above to begin your education.
Taking responsibility for your health will take a commitment and some planning. Once you place your health as a priority you will no longer eat without thinking, sleep whenever you feel like it or sit around and be lazy just because....Choose this day to take care of YOU! Learn all you can to nurture and care for the body entrusted to you. Choose a Healthy Lifestyle and make wise food choices that will care for and feed your body.

We only get one body - this one body. Let's commit to seeing that we give it our best shot!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Weight Loss Story


Dating Years


Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating process. There are so many diet and exercise programs out there . It is difficult to know which program really works.

If you understand the vital role that nutrition plays in your personal health; it makes it that much more difficult to determine if the weight loss program is also good for your body.  

My daughter has battled with weight issues since she started birth control pills just before she married. She has a very interesting weight loss story she would like to share.

The two of us worked on writing the story together. As I looked at the pictures she gave me to post, I was stunned and thought "You really have come a LONG WAY baby!"

Her story is AMAZING and we hope it will be an encouragement to those who struggle with weight loss and/or recurring illnesses, Here is her story:

Our Wedding Picture
Wedding Day


For at least 12 years I have been saying, I need to lose weight. It took me all of those years to actually lose the weight and reach my goal. Friend’s have been asking me, “How did you lose all that weight?”

The answer is not a simple one; in fact it is hard to know where to start. I was sick a lot as a kid and I got worse, as an adult. 

The real success in weight loss came to me as a side benefit. In the process of learning about natural health alternatives, to build the immune system and address health issues, I also lost weight. I have finally lost the pounds and I'm at my pre-wedding; pre-birth control weight! :)

In order to begin my story of health and weight loss I’ll need to go backwards. A couple of months before I married my husband, almost 14 years ago, I was put on birth control by my Physician. As a result of the pill I gained 10 lbs. within 1 ½ month’s and had developed small blood clots in my lungs. I was immediately taken off the pill. I was disappointed when I could not lose those 10 lbs. and had to carry them with me on my wedding day.

Pregnancy Weight Gain - Babies and Bloating

Health Crisis

Ten months after Dave and I were married we were blessed with beautiful baby-girl twins; and I was left with an additional 65 lbs. While I was pregnant with the twins I was hospitalized with pneumonia. A couple of months after they were born I had another health crisis. I got very sick with spinal meningitis and was once again admitted to the hospital. My mom and sister took the twins for a couple of months while my husband split his time between the hospital and the babies. I was very close to death but God spared my life. After a long recovery I struggled to get the post-pregnancy weight off. The scales showed that I was going up and down a lot. After quite a few years of dieting and exercising, I came close to losing all of the weight I had gained with the twins. When I got pregnant with with my baby, 7 ½ years ago, I put on another 30 lbs. and my health was still very poor.

A year later, my attention was pulled away from my weight loss issues and pulled toward finding answers for my baby’s health crisis. When she turned a year old, she got very sick with an ear infection and pneumonia. She was put on an antibiotic which quickly developed into a severe rash. The physicians tried three other types of antibiotics and with each one her hive-like rash worsened. She was pulled off all medication when the physician diagnosed her with Stevens Johnson’s disease which is a very serious and dangerous illness.

My little girl had huge blister’s (looked like she had been burned) all over her body from head to toe; her eyes were even swollen shut. I learned that she got this disease as a result of being allergic to antibiotics and possibly Motrin. I didn’t know anyone could be allergic to antibiotics! I Thank God that her little body healed and the ear infection and pneumonia were gone. The scary part of this whole thing was that her physician said she did not know what they will do for her when she gets sick again.

I was frightened. If my baby girl could not take antibiotics what would happen to her the next time she got sick? How could I keep my baby healthy? The thought of her getting sick was very scary to me. These questions sent me on a mission to find information about healthy alternatives.  I’m happy to share that my little girl is now a very healthy child and when she gets sick I’ve been able to use the holistic approach to nurse her back to health.

Health Issues

As I wrote earlier, my health still was not good at all. I was put on all kinds of medications that never helped me. 

I struggled with lung issues and ended up in the hospital at least 4-6 times a year. I had severe breathing problems which resulted in pneumonia, bronchitis, pleurisy and pericarditis (fluid around the heart). 

My family Physician and pulmonary specialist just told me I have very bad lungs and the nurse practitioner told me I had the worst lungs she has ever seen. They put me on inhaled steroids and albuterol, saying I would need them for the rest of my life. 

Along with this good news they told me I could not go out in the cold without covering my face with a scarf; If I breathed in one breath of cold air my lungs were affected, that’s how sensitive my lungs were.


On top of the lung issues I was dealing with hormones that were out of balance. My family physician was not listening to me. I wanted alternatives and did not want to be on meds the rest of my life. I didn’t want to take meds to cover up my problems; I needed them fixed!

Four years ago I switched Doctor’s. Although my previous physician was convenient and only a mile away from me, my health was not improving. Upon a recommendation I decided to make an appointment with a Doctor who was located about an hour away.

Although I was nervous to be so far away from my doctor, since I used to go to him monthly with all of my problems, I chose to drive to this doctor because he was willing to help and he really listened to me. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found a physician who was not only willing to take me seriously and listen but helped me get off ALL my medications too.

He addressed my hormone imbalance first. After having my blood work/saliva tests done he found I was extremely deficient in progesterone and Vitamin D; these two imbalances alone could have been the reason I couldn’t lose the weight and contributed to my breathing problems. On top of those issues I had hair loss on the front top of my head…not cool!

The Doctor explained that all of these things were treatable and he gave me options. He put me on a natural progesterone cream and on vitamin D supplements. Doctor Stempky also diagnosed me with GERD. The GERD’s was affecting my lungs, which was one of the underlying causes for my lung issues. The medical community would have put me on acid reducing medication for the rest of my life. … As I studied on Dr. Mercola’s Website and researched I found that these pills are actually acid blockers and that people with GERD’s don’t have enough acid to begin with.

The acid reducer would take care of my symptoms but it would also keep my body from absorbing the nutrients in my food. Dr. Stempky also allowed me to work with Jyl, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, to get my GERD under control using holistic alternatives. I’m happy to say that I no longer have issues with GERDS!


This story was not easy to write, there were many steps to reaching my weight loss goals with lots of twists and turns. Turning my focus to being proactive with my health resulted in many changes in my life.  I changed the way I feed my family. I wanted to establish healthy eating habits. I made little changes, one at a time as I taught my family about the importance of a healthy diet. I started out by getting rid of all white bread/rice and white sugars. I have taken it even further, in the last 4 years, 90% of what I buy is certified organic whole foods which have not been processed and are free of chemicals, preservatives, hormones and GMO’s (genetically modified foods.) My goal is to serve my family lots of fruits and vegetables, mostly raw; we also drink lots of purified water!



One of my 'life-savers' during this process was substituting two meals with a healthy smoothie. 

I have always loved smoothies and I got very creative with them during this time. I made banana smoothies, strawberry smoothies, strawberry banana smoothies and fruit juice slushy.  

The nutritional basis for all of the smoothies is a really delicious protein powder mix. I've tried many types of protein mixes ... this one is by far the best. Here is the basic recipe:


  • 8 oz.milk
  • 1Scoop Replace
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 banana on hungry days (optional)
  • Plain Yogurt (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender. I have a 2 cup blender that works perfectly and makes the clean up easy. Pour into large glass and enjoy! This protein rich drink got me through the thick of my food cravings. It honestly tastes like a milkshake and it's hard to believe that it is healthy. I still make them, only once daily now, because I crave them and they satisfy my sweet tooth.

  • 3/4 cup any 100% Fruit Juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
  • Handful of ice (experiment)
Pulse grind in your blender. The consistency of this drink is exactly like a slushy. It is so refreshing. When I get a thirst craving, a pink grapefruit slushy hits the spot.  A fruit slushy is NOT a meal replacement: 1/2 cup fruit juice equals 1 serving fruit per day.

 Exercise and Clean Air

There are many different decisions and life changes which pushed me toward a healthier life. After Haylie's and my health issues were addressed, I added exercise to my healthy eating habits. I began running 4 years ago. When I first attempted running, using our local track at school, I couldn’t even make it 50 yards; I was so out of shape/breath. I just stuck with it and by the end of that year I was running ½ of a lap!

I also use an air purifier which has helped me with my allergies/lung problems. About two years ago I added an HVAC probe, that cleans the air in the ducts, and have not had to go to the hospital since.

My Doctor cannot believe how far I have come; he said I am in very good health! He is very happy with my progress. In the last few years I have only seen him for a physical. I have continued my running and I’m happy to say I can now run 3 to 4 miles with no lung problems.

I’ve been free of lung issues for the last 2 years! Although I was told my lungs could not handle the cold air - I now RUN in the cold. Last Thursday was the first time I ran in the cold, I ran 3 miles with the outdoor temperature at 40 degrees. Sunday, I ran 3 miles with the outdoor temperature at 26 degrees.

I want to thank my husband who never made me feel bad about my weight and he never treated me any differently. He only encouraged me. There are several people and sources that helped me.

I found a holistic physician online, Dr. Mercola, who helped me understand alternatives to medication. I am thankful that he shares his knowledge on his website. I use him often as a resource. Click on his name above to read about his background. Type in any health topic in the search box and you will find all of the articles written on a particular health issue.

Another resource I follow is Dr. Oz, who is open to alternatives and is very up on the latest information on health. I have also found a Certified Holistic Health Practioner, Jyl, who owns a Health Food Store called Lakeshore Natural Health. Jyl, along with her daughter Rebecca, has helped our whole family with health issues ranging from nutrition to natural treatment for sun allergies, ADD, lack of focus, GERD’s, arthritis, hormonal imbalances and more.

My new goal is to firm up and tone. Hoping for a 6 pack! I follow Rob Martin on facebook. Rob is serious about health. He is a personal trainer and family friend. I also gather helpful information and tips by reading weekly newsletter.

Wow, this was way more detailed than I thought it would be - I hope it encourages you.


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Recommended Reading - Doctor Mercola

The No-Grain Diet
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Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease and Premature Aging, Optimize Weight and Live Longer!
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The Metabolic Typing Diet: Customize Your Diet to Your Own Unique Body Chemistry
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Take Control of Your Health
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Proper Nutrition Can Help in The Fight Against Cancer

Jillian McKee

Complementary Medicine Advocate 

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Healthy Living Today is featuring a guest post by Jillian McKee. Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance She possesses a wealth of information about battling against Cancer.  Thank You Jillian for writing such an informative article for us today. 

The Fight Against Cancer 
Faced with the diagnosis of a terminal illness like cancer, some people give up. Through stories told by family and friends, they mistakenly come to believe that no one can fight “The Big C”. There's a hidden blessing in being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a secret knowledge learned by nearly everyone engaged in a battle with a dreaded: we fight. You might say it's in our nature to refuse to lose. And, while some do succumb to cancer, millions have learned that a resilient spirit, hope, and a sense of purpose can trump the most aggressive cancers.

Thanks to intensive research, modern medicine now offers a number of effective treatments for those with cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are giving way to vaccines, genetically modified “T” cells, and micro-dosing due to the latest breakthroughs in materials engineering. Despite all this, your strongest allies in the fight against cancer have been forever.  

Gird Your Loins For Battle
More than two thousand years ago, men would prepare for battle with a strict diet, meditating, praying, and forging their weapons. Against the odds, many triumphed in battles against cancer because of their preparation for battle. Most helpful was a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Foods such as spinach, carrots, beets, and apples can become a form of medicine.

Did eating a nutritious diet make the difference between life and death? Not hardly. The treatments play a larger role than the vegetables you will eat. Still, that nutritious diet helps prepare for those hours of treatment and cruel side effects that result.

The Nature of Cancer
Some of you may think that, because you suffer from leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or breast cancer, a nutritious diet may not have the same effects. All people are 99.99% genetically identical to our fellow human beings. Likewise, though cancers vary, all types are virtually the same: mutant cells, unable to self-destruct, multiply so quickly that the immune system can't keep up.

Proper nutrition and adequate rest lead to a stronger immune system, which means, whether you have mesothelioma or melanoma, a nutritious diet will help in the fight.

What Is a "Nutritious Diet?

In everything you do when battling cancer, balance and moderation should be your guides. Rather than eating only a double cheeseburger with a side of fries, try to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, eat fresh seafood from time to time, and snack on your favorite variety of nuts. Don't forget to include a dollop of positive thinking and a pinch of faith with each meal.

Lastly, your attitude is just as important, if not more so, than the food you eat. If you can believe that you can beat your cancer, half the battle is already won.

Thank you Jillian for caring and sharing your expertise with us today.