Saturday, January 16, 2021

Words of Wisdom from Jack Canfield - Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series

 Hi Everyone

Jack Canfield is a good friend of mine and he just published this about
A Time for Love & Healing. I thought it appropriate for what we are going
through as a country.


A Time for Love & Healing (and So Much More)

It’s been a challenging week here in the USA.

Yet I still deeply believe that we are on the cusp of starting an exciting new chapter in the history of our great country.

It’s clear we have a lot of big problems to solve.

But now that these problems are more clearly transparent to us, it will become easier for us to work together to solve them.

And we DO have to work *together* to solve them – make no mistake.

Anger and divisiveness will never solve anything.

Only accountability, transparency, and a sincere desire for healing and connection will accomplish that.

So in the days and weeks to come, no matter what is happening in the world, I encourage you to focus on the one person you can ever truly hope to change: YOURSELF.

Now is the time to hold yourself more accountable for your own thoughts and actions and ask yourself this question daily:

Are you adding to the anger and division in the world right now – or are you focused on healing and encouraging the kind of connection and compassionate understanding we need to TRULY heal.

The choice is up to you, as it always is.

You have the power to create the world you want to inhabit. We all do!

And it’s time we start using that power to create a world that works for all of us.

To your deep and abiding happiness,

Jack Canfield
America's #1 Success Coach
New York Times Bestselling Author
CEO, The Canfield Training Group

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Building Trust for the Vaccines


Hi Everyone.

I’m back and Happy Holidays!

What I want to share with you this week is a Letter to the Editor that I wrote that was just published in The Virginian Pilot on January 6, 2021. The title that they gave it was Build Trust. I was commenting on an article that was in the paper entitled “Rare claims of vaccine injury steered to obscure US office.”

Here’s what I wrote:

So, government officials want us to trust them as they inject us with vaccines to stop COVID-19. However, based on the article if you suffer an injury caused by one of these vaccines, then you may be out of luck when it comes to obtaining compensation and support.

This obscure office is called the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP). Its name implies getting compensation help for vaccine injuries, but the truth is very different.

CICP decisions are made in secret. Decisions denying claims can’t be appealed to a judge, and you have to pay your own attorney’s fees. Fewer than 10% of claims are paid. With the H1N1 swine flu, it awarded only 29 of 499 claimants. Its standard of proof is that drug makers can only be sued for “willful misconduct.” Nothing is paid for pain and suffering.

There is a better option available: expand the scope of the federal vaccine court, which permits claims to be filed within 3 years instead of one. It pays for lawyers and witnesses and allows appeals all the way to the Supreme Court. The vaccine court compensates 70% of the cases that come before it and it compensates for pain and suffering.

So, if government officials want us to trust them, then they need to make sure that people injured by the COVID-19 vaccines will be taken care of. The law should be to direct all COVID-19 injury cases to the federal vaccine court!

Since I was limited to 250 words, this is what I would have added: I’d suggest an ad campaign letting people know if they’re injured by the vaccines that they’re not left to fend for themselves, that the government has their back. This could make a huge difference in people’s attitudes about getting injected.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

There Are Real Options for Avoiding Opioids

                              Taking Off for The Holidays

I wanted to let you know that I will be taking off publishing the blog for the holidays. The next issue will come out Saturday, January 9, 2021.

                  There Are Real Options for Avoiding Opioids

You’ve been suffering with chronic back pain. You go to you doc and he or she starts you on opioids. With all the addiction and overdose concerns with opioids are you stuck taking them or do you have an option?

Well, according to the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), you now have options to taking opioids. NICE’s job is to recommend treatments and drugs that are safe, effective and offer good value for the money.

What the researchers did first was to examine the standard pain killers, such as, acetaminophen, NSAIDs, benzodiazepines and opioids. They actually found none of them to be effective for chronic pain!

Does this mean there’s no hope for reducing your level of pain? The short answer s there’s more than hope! The NICE researchers started looking for other options and they found several. 

At the top of their list was acupuncture as the better way to manage chronic pain. Other treatments that they recommended include physical exercise, psychological therapy and antidepressants as proven ways to manage chronic pain.

So…you’ve got chronic pain, start exploring the options before you even think about taking drugs (except for antidepressants).
(Reported Discover, November/December 2020)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time For Some Humor

 With all the craziness still going on around the election, I figure it's time for a humor break. These are signs that come from the Indian Hills Community Center. Someone there has a great sense of humor!

Just copy the link and paste it into your browser. It will download the file and you'll need to open it to read the signs they posted.

 Enjoy laughing - it will feel good!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Amazing Power of Our Gut

Scientists who have looked at our human genome have been surprised to discover that it is made up of only 25,000 genes.

Well, they’ve been even more surprised when they’ve looked at the microbes in our gut and found that they are composed of 3 million distinct genes! 

The surprises kept coming when they looked at what all these microbes were doing. They found that many of these bacterial genes were helping to build the molecules that let you digest food. Some of them keep harmful microbes from taking over your gut. There were microbes that even allow us to feel emotions.

Here’s an example of how our emotions are affected. First, you need to be aware that the bacteria in your gut produce about 90% of the serotonin in your body.  Second, you need to understand that serotonin is what lifts your moods and promotes well- being. The outcome is your moods are affected!

A Japanese study even found that 12 0f 29 participants with schizophrenia who took a specific Bifidobacterium strain saw their depression and anxiety symptoms lift within four weeks.

There are several things you can do to strengthen the bacteria in your gut. One is to eat more fermented foods like yogurt (so long as it says on the label that it’s made from live cultures), kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. The bacteria in these substances seems to have an anti-depressant effect.  

Another thing you can do to up your mood is to take a probiotic supplement with L. helveticus, L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium in it.

So…yogurt anyone?
(Reported Discover November 2020)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Why I’m Concerned About Covid-19

 As most people know, Covid-19 has been deadly with over 250,000 Americans dying. 

My concern is actually not so much dying. It’s the possibility of becoming a “Long-Hauler”. Long Haulers are people who get the virus and might even have a mild case of it or even be asymptomatic, but they have a very long, slow recovery because they can have a number of symptoms that linger for month and months.

Let me give you some examples of what I’m talking about.

1. For 18.1% of people who get Covid -19, they are also diagnosed with anxiety disorders, insomnia and even dementia. This diagnosis can happen 14 to 90 days after they were first diagnosed with the virus.

2. 10% of Covid patients report fatigue, breathlessness, brain fog and chronic pain that can last for three weeks or longer.

3. The CDC data shows that the number of patients who continue to experience lingering health problems after they have recovered from Covid may be as high as 45%.

4. Many patients who had acute cases of Covid fit the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The good news, and yes there is good news in all of this, is that many of these Long Haulers do spontaneously recover, even though it’s a slow recovery.

So…the other good news is that you can protect yourself from getting Covid in the first place by making sure you’re maintaining a high level of Vitamin D in your system. The research has been showing that more than 80% of COVID-19 patients are Vitamin D deficient, and the evidence overwhelmingly supports) the idea that raising your Vitamin D level to around 65 ng/mL can go a long way toward preventing your getting the Coid-19 infection, reducing the severity if you do get it and lowering the risk of death while improving outcomes overall. I’ve previously published blogs talking about the power of Vitamin D so you can check those out.
(Reported, November 20, 2020)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Power of Alternative Approaches for Treating Dementia

 While the medical establishment has very few effective ways to treat dementia, there are some alternative ways that are being validated with research studies.

A new review of studies that involved 23,000 dementia patients leads the way. The researchers found that having dementia patients engage in outdoor activities was clinically more effective than their taking anti-psychotic medication among patients that were physically aggressive.

Let me give you my read as to why they would get these results and it has to do with lighting and sunlight. For years at my speaking programs, I’ve been talking about and demonstrating with muscle checking the powerful effects of full spectrum lighting verses sunlight verses cool white fluorescent tubes on how people feel and function. 

While sunlight is a great option, in more Northern climates people can’t go out and get the benefits of sunshine from the late fall through the winter and early spring. In addition, the sun’s wavelength at these latitudes during those times of the year are not giving the patient the effects of the full spectrum from sunlight. In addition, they have very little skin being exposed to the sun during these months.

This means these dementia patients are inside most of the time and the lighting they are under is cool white fluorescent tubes. 

The research I’ve done with clients comparing full spectrum tubes to cool while tubes has found in the business arena that late afternoon productivity levels soar, fatigue levels and headaches disappear while positive attitudes increase. With kids with ADHD, they are calmer and are able to learn better.

So…what the researchers need to look at is comparing dementia patients under the cool white tubes to patients under full spectrum tubes to see what the difference is, which I predict will be VERY dramatic!

The second piece that the researchers discovered was that patients who were physically agitated benefited from massage and touch therapy. Keep in mind that dementia patients in nursing homes are not touched in a loving caring way. They are touched for medical procedures or to be bathed.

I think the sense of touch is crucial for these patients to feel grounded and connected and not frustrated or agitated. 

Let me share a story with you. I visited my mom when she was in an Alzheimer’s facility. She could only get about 2 words out before she was talking in gobbledygook. I decide to rub her shoulders. She then took my hand and had me stroke her head. When I’d stop, she’d take my hand and placed it on her head for me to continue rubbing. What I observed was that she was able to start saying short sentences when I did that.

Basically, I believe that she was starved for loving and caring physical contact which I think is why massage and touch therapy is having such a positive impact on dementia patients. So…maybe we need to treat dementia patients more like they are at a spa and give them some pampering every day.

If you want to learn more about full spectrum tubes and bulbs, you can go to my website at Just so you are aware LED lights at this point are not full spectrum, so they won’t have a positive impact.
(Reported Prevention, January 2020)