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Don’t Add Sugar

“In a recent study, we showed that sugar, perhaps more than salt, contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Evidence is growing, too, that eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver diseasehypertensionType 2 diabetesobesity and kidney disease.

Yet people can’t resist. And the reason for that is pretty simple. Sugar is addictive. And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs. And the food industry is doing everything it can to keep us hooked. Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States. The average American consumes anywhere from a quarter to a half pound of sugar a day.”


women’s heart attack different from men’s


I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!


I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read.

Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have … you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack.

I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation–the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening — we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else…. but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics… I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately,asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up… which doesn’t happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2.Note that I said ‘Call the Paramedics.’ And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road.

Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.

Do NOT call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn’t carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

3.Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

article about longevity


Ideas for healthy, yummy lunch to take to work



Califia Suntree demonstrates a sample recipe on TV, based on her new book.

Wellness Resources for Kids

*Jan Condon’s “Stella’s Adventure in the Incredible BioTerrain” is about a little girl who dreams that she swallows herself and finds herself meeting Emily Enzyme, Abby Acidophilus, Benney Bifidus (King of Poo) and Stanley Stem Cell and finds out what these incredible Microbes do to digest your food and keep you healthy.  How does she get back? You will have to go to Lyons Books and buy one for $12 (tax included) and find out as you read this to your children.  You can also download Do the Acidophilus Hula on my (very primitive) website so you can all Rock Out!

 Jan is a semi-retired Occupational Therapist, with a keen interest in nutrition for wellness. “I have had ideas for this book for a long time, so I could increase awareness and respect for those incredible little microbes inside all of us.”  This book has been a 3 year venture and collaboration with brilliant and talented Chris Ficken, Prof in Graphic Art and IMC Productions at Chico State U.

*Gayle Kimball’s “Kids’ Mind Power” CD includes fun visualizations and activities to ground, center, etc. 

“The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide” is based on teens’ own experiences and how to cope.

“How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids” helps young people whose parents are divorcing. See http://www.gaylekimball.info

Save money by bringing tasty lunch to work, cookbook

Bring Your Lunch! Quick & Tasty Wallet-Friendly Lunches for Grown-Ups hits the market TODAY as an original ebook from Workman Publishing. Featuring more than 60 recipes (tested by several of you!) for salads, sandwiches, soups, snacks and cook-ahead dressings, spreads and hot lunches, plus hundreds of tips, a shopping guide and an entire chapter on outfitting your mess kit, the book is guaranteed to revolutionize brown-bagging!

Read all about it (and download to your tablet for the bargain-basement price of $4.99) here, or anywhere ebooks are sold, and please spread the word to worker bees or anyone looking for easy and delicious recipes for quick, healthy weekday meals.

I am so proud of this book, and the Workman team has put together a truly beautiful and easy to use product. Enjoy it–and happy lunching!



Make Sunscreen, Dr. Chopra recipe

DIY Safe Sunscreen Recipe

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 12 drops Helichrysum essential oil


  1. Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium-sized glass mixing bowl.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl. As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.
    Tip*Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.
  3. Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for three minutes before adding the essential oil and zinc. Test out the consistency by letting it cool completely, if it’s too hard you can add more coconut oil by re-melting, then adding the zinc and essential oil. Just depends on the consistency you desire.
    Tip:  Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor. Other great essential oils for sunscreen Lavender and Sandalwood, but it’s important not to substitute the Helichrysum. There is a chart at the end that lists oils and their SPF factor.
  4. Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/do-it-yourself-all-natural-spf?utm_campaign=SUMMER&utm_source=July%20Newsletter&utm_term=140715&utm_medium=email#sthash.NEaFWH1J.dpuf

Misc. notes on eye health nutrients

Daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, recent studies show a health benefit for lutein supplementation at 10 mg/day and for zeaxanthin supplementation at 2 mg/day.* Studies show that dietary intake of approximately 6-20 mg lutein daily appears to be necessary for adequate eye health support.
black currant and astaxanthin – recently made their way to the cutting edge of the eye health world.*
And they’re far more powerful than lutein, zeaxanthin, or bilberry.*
Scientists discovered that black currant contains anthocyanins, supporting eye energy.* And astaxanthin is also a strong antioxidant.*
The challenging thing is… these incredible nutrients are hard to find in typical eye health products. And they must be of superb quality for you to reap the benefits.

Om Grinihi Suryaya Adityom  (om grin-eh-he  soor-eye-ya  a-deet-yom)…. sun related mantra for strengthening and healing the eyes..

Essential oils: Clove and Longevity (clove, orange, thyme, frankincense taken orally)

Saffron 200 mg.a day

Search reflexology points for eyes on hands, feet, and ears

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs (Evergreen “Nourish” for liver and kidney meridians that govern eyes)
To ensure proper breakdown of supplements, use a good digestive supplement, preferably one that contains ox bile, taurine, lecithin, and adequate hydrochloric acid, or a combination of these.

Herbs: Ginko, bilberry, grapeseed

support eyesight:
·       Eat plenty of foods containing lutein – spinach, broccoli, zucchini, peas
·       Increase your intake of omega-3s – krill oil is a great choice
·       Eat nutritious raw egg yolks – they contain zeaxanthin and lutein
·       Consume plenty of raw vegetables and fruits – particularly dark berries
·       Avoid processed foods especially those containing trans fats

10 Important nutrients for healthy eyes
1.    Lutein
2.    Zeaxanthin
3.    Lycopene
4.    Astaxanthin
5.    Palm Oil Carotenoids (alpha and beta carotene)
6.    Grape Seed Extract
7.    Ginkgo Biloba Extract
8.    Green Tea Extract
9.    Taurine
10. Gamma tocopherol and vitamin E
Lutein and zeaxanthin: nature’s colorful antioxidants

The study found that people who ate diets with lots of high Glycemic Index foods had a higher risk of developing eye changes related to macular degeneration.

Ginkgo biloba extract has antioxidant activity, improves arterial blood flow, and enhances cellular metabolism. It also has antiaging properties, which may prevent degenerative changes in the eye. Several studies have indicated that Ginkgo may have a significant therapeutic value in cases of retinal damage 32 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-32> 33 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-33> 34 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-34> , and that it can be used successfully and
safely to protect the eye from cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
According to Robert Ritch, M.D. Chief of Glaucoma Service, Surgeon Director, and Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York Medical College, “Ginkgo biloba extract is freely available and has several biological actions which combine to make it a potentially important agent in the treatment of glaucoma: improvement of central and peripheral blood flow, reduction of vasospasm, reduction of serum viscosity, antioxidant activity, platelet activating factor inhibitory activity, inhibition of apoptosis, and inhibition of excitotoxicity. The effect of Ginkgo biloba extract as a potential antiglaucoma therapy deserves intensive scrutiny.”35 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-35>
In an experiment with laboratory rats in which cataracts were induced, treatment with Ginkgo biloba extract was found to significantly retard the progression of lens opacification (cloudiness). 36 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-36>

Green tea extract
Green tea extract has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years to promote longevity, improve mental functions, and prevent disease. But it is only within the past twenty years or so that green tea has become a popular healing tonic in the West. As a result of both historical accounts and current research, tea has gone from a simple beverage to a functional food with ample
evidence of its health promoting properties.
For instance, we now know, thanks to scientific studies, that antioxidants in green tea help protect against free radical damage, and specifically possesses anti-cataract potential.38 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-38> It has also been found to protect against UV radiation.39 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-39>
Taurine is an amino acid, and an important antioxidant for the regeneration of worn out tissues of the visual system. High amounts of taurine are found in the retina of the eye—especially in the photoreceptor cells—where it protects cells from ultraviolet damage, and is important for the maintenance of vision.40 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-40> But taurine decreases with age, and deficiencies of taurine are known to cause retinal lesions and visual deterioration, which can be reversed with dietary taurine supplementation. For more information about taurine, visit this article: Taurine: An Amino Acid That “Meows” and “Roars” <http://http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/view/taurine-protects-heart-eyes-and-improves-glucose-tolerance/&gt;
Gamma tocopherol and vitamin E
Gamma tocopherol and vitamin E have been shown to reduce cataract risk by up to 56 percent, whereas a low level increases cataract risk and increases photooxidation.41 <http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/fight-macular-degeneration-with-these-10-herbs-nutrients/page-2#fn-123-41>
For more information about vitamin E and tocopherols, visit this article: Get the Straight Facts on Vitamin E Tocopherols <http://http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/view/vitamin-E-understanding-tocopherols-and-tocotrienols-and-what-they-mea/&gt;
Also, the National Eye Institute Age-Related Eye Disease Study (see “The Role of Nutrition in Eye Disease Prevention”) found that supplementation with 400 IU of vitamin E, 500 mg vitamin C, 15 mg beta-carotene and 80 mg zinc oxide slows the progression of macular degeneration by about 25 percent.

·  Vitamin C (500 mg per day)
·  Vitamin E (400 IU per day)
·  Beta-carotene (15 mg per day, or 25,000 IU of vitamin A)
·  Zinc (80 mg per day)
·  Copper (2 mg per day, to prevent copper deficiency that can occur when taking extra zinc)

useful article on cancer prevention


Healthy foods


Veggie juice, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice from my tree, and oatmeal cookies sweetened with coconut sugar. Way to start the week!

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