Although, I enjoy sharing the amazing self improvement skills I've learned over the years, I have learned about MYSELF, that I love reading nutritional stuff. And then trying it out and seeing how it goes. I've loved being in control of my own health, and finding ways naturally (mostly and usually without medical help) to apply knowledge and sit back and watch the miracle of the body take over. I once heard a speaker give an amazing talk about "The Magnificence of Man." And I agree. Our bodies, being built with the capacity to heal, are simply amazing when we give it the proper fuel.
The last few years, I gained some unexplainable weight. Over 3 months, I gained nearly 30 lbs, and over more time, it increased to 40. It has been distressing at times, as I have done everything known to woman, except starve myself to try to shed the pounds. All medical tests reveal me as the ever present Mrs Normal. Well that's a relief on one level. On another, not so much. And even though I've tried low carb, healthy versions of Atkins, paleo type, increasing fruits and veggies, exercising until I am red in the face, nothing has worked, except one small jaunt on HCG, that I lost 15 pounds and it came right back. No, I don't stash oreos and ho hos in my cupboards. I'm normal, but I am more healthy than normal.
It has always been concerning to me the popularity of one "healthy" concept over another. Low carb, high carb, saturated fats, vegan, paleo, mediterranean, and on and on. It's exhausting trying to wade though information and figure out who is telling you the truth. But there has been a little voice inside me whispering for years, "stop eating wheat." Wheat? Stop eating wheat? Are you serious? The staff of life? Healthy whole grains? Are you crazy? Do you know how many products contain wheat? I found out today RICE-a-Roni and Whoppers both contain wheat! What? And I gag the little voice and stuff it in a closet.
But I've known for some time, it was telling me the truth and dang if it doesn't keep popping out of the closet at the oddest times. Combine that with my newfound knowledge about Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition. (For another post) And my Dr's insistence that the wheat we eat today is not the wheat our grandparents ate. He calls it Frankenwheat. And then I saw the Wheat Belly book. Ok, it's meant to be. I ordered it up through my library. If you haven't tried inter libraray loan, you simply are missing out.
I'll finish it tonight. But what stopped me in my tracks and left my chin hanging tonight is data. Pure, simple date by someone with no agenda. Years ago I read a book called the China Study. To keep this short, you can go find out about it. A 20 year study in China of different nutritional populations and the conclusions from that unique study. Turns out, even the China Study left out some crucial data, and someone took the time to dive into that data and see what it really said. One major thing left out of Dr Campbells conclusions, in his own book, is the unhealthy relationship with wheat. I am telling you this PAINS me. My cravings are breads, crackers, chips, etc. Mostly of the wheat variety. And there is a reason for those cravings but you'll have to read Wheat Belly.
Anyway, because of the data this young woman extracted about wheat from the China Study, I have all the reason I need to continue with my recent foray into a wheat free experiment. (I am sure my family will be regretting it eventually). So, I went to Denise Migner's website and found she has written a book. I'll confess I have a sick and twisted fascination with smashing paradigms (thus my love of all things EFT), and this gal seems to feel the same way. I've only read the first post, but I know what my next book will be. Death by Food Pyramid. Check it out at Death By Food Pyramid.
The positive correlation between wheat and adverse health conditions is pretty undeniable based on her data analysis. If you have chronic health conditions, and you have no other place to go, you can skip the somewhat technical information in Wheat Belly, and simply drop all wheat from your diet for 4 weeks and see what it does. Pretty incredible case studies. And as a trivia question, the glycemic index for 30 grams of wheat bread is 71. 30 grams of M&Ms? 33. That means that 30 grams of wheat bread will raise your blood sugar more than twice that of the same weight of M&Ms. It just seems like there is something wrong with that. Want to experiment with me? Drop the wheat. 4 weeks. Let's see what happens.
How often do you wonder, how long you will remain in bad habits, thoughts, and choices? We truly do have the power to change, but sometimes don't realize how to get there. James Allen said,
"As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.
"Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself."
Even with no tools, except what's between our ears, and beating in our chests, we can choose how we act and feel about our circumstances. But it is so much easier when we do have techniques to simplify the process. And EFT is one of those techniques. It makes it easier to get through the things that have a tendency to sideline us. I am so glad when I hurt, I can tap. When I am angry, I can tap. When I can't get a thought out of my head, I can tap. When I can't sleep, I can tap. When I just can't "get over it", I can tap. What an awesome tool. And you can use it for that too. If you want to know how, just ask me.
Wow! What a busy summer that flew by. I have not been keeping up on regular newsletters or posts. Sometimes life is that way isn't it? We have a plan and we just have to move with the flow sometimes. I had a really great experience with a mommy of young babies this Summer. She came to me because of mounting stress over working. Not that there was anything necessarily wrong with her job, but that she had to work at all. Her husband is a student and she has to work to pay the bills. Her great desire is to stay home with her babies and her oldest was not making it any easier.
Each day as she left for work, her sweet little girl would be moved to sobbing and crying and begging her mommy to please not leave her and go to work. Day after day after week after month, this stress continued to mount. She also has a lovely little baby boy. And he was also showing signs of stress, probably picking up mom's stressful feelings.
So, mom came to me and we worked around all of the stressful issues with her work. Sad mom, sad babies, stress from sobbing, and so forth. Within about 30 minutes this stressful mom, was much more relaxed, smiling instead of crying, and feeling hopeful. We discussed mom to mom some of the things she could do to keep the momentum with this feeling. One of the things I recommended was that each night as she tucked her daughter into bed, that she show her the magic buttons that make her feel better. Show her how to express her feelings and tap on herself so she could feel better. And she did.
Within a day or two of our appointment, she and her family went out of town for two weeks. I saw her yesterday because I needed to attend to some business where she works. Without asking, she offered me the following details.
Her little girl had been getting progressively worse with her emotions. She was beginning at night to start crying about the next day. She showed her how to tap and what to say about her feelings. On there way home from vacation, several days before she had to go back to work, she heard from the back of the car in her carseat, something like this. "I am sad mommy is going to work. I am mad mommy is going to work." She looked back to find her 3 year old, actively tapping the points on her face as she vocalized her feelings. Well that deserves a Toyota jump for those of you who remember those commercials.
Further, mom told me that she had been to work four days this week since coming home, and no sobbing fits. And I have to say, mommy looks much more relaxed and happy about being at work. One more thing. Little baby boy was having serious constipation. The day after I tapped with his mom, he began "letting go" of all of that. 🙂 Interesting how babies pick up on what is going on around them. So happy to help this little family through this very stressful, very common problem. EFT is so practical.
I got an unexpected call last night from someone who needed help. They knew my experience with EFT and wanted me to help them overcome a challenge. Years ago, I often used to say that I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave to help take pain and suffering from people. I am GRATEFUL BEYOND WORDS that I now have knowledge that I can do that.
I've helped people with many physical ailments including pain, physical damage to various parts of the body, asthma, heart irregularities, constipation, someone choking (not the heimlich), general stress, and more. I've helped people with addictions ranging from smoking, chewing, pot, food, chocolate, sugar, soda, pornography, usually quite easily. What can EFT help?
I've helped people completely eliminate emotions like grief, anger, anxiety, depression, fear, hatred, personality conflicts, and the like. I've helped two people completely recover from PTSD.
I've saved our family thousands of dollars in doctor and therapy bills. And I've gained so much satisfaction by seeing faces and lives change because of a simple technique that is easy to learn, easy to apply, and is THE MOST EFFECTIVE natural treatment I have ever seen or used in over 20 years of study of natural methods.
I know intimately, beyond doubt, what stress and emotions do to the body. Everything you feel is recorded in every cell of your body (Molecules of Emotion, Candance Pert). Stress really does take a toll on your physical body. The mind and body are TOTALLY connected. I've never seen an easier way to relax, to sleep better, to feel more peaceful, than to spend 5 minutes or less, just tapping on acupressure points. You can literally see changes in a person's face and body when you help them apply EFT.
The creator of EFT has a motto. "Try it on everything." And I do. I wish others could really know how amazing EFT is. You don't have to believe. You just have to try. There are very few things I hate. But I really HATE to see people suffering and know that I can do something about it. That they can do something about it. That there is an almost magical way to let go of those feelings and continue to embrace the happiness in life. I've seen it over and over and over….hundreds of times now.
My weakness comes in thinking I can do anything. I know that is not really true. But I've seen so many impossible things become instantly possible, that it gives me over confidence. Nonetheless, the technique is so effective, I can hardly help thinking it. I have almost NEVER failed to see improvement. I can only think of one time. And 80-90% of the time, those I help see TOTAL resolution. It's not me, it's the technique.
There are other healing techniques similar to EFT, but this is the one I know. This one is simple. This one anyone can learn. So, I just continue to try to learn things to help my technique and application. If you've never heard of it, please feel free to ask. Not everything resolves in moments, or easily. But I've seen things that take years of therapy resolve in hours. I am not a therapist. I am simply an educator and practitioner of EFT. It works. Let me know if I can help.
EFT = Emotional Freedom Techniques = www.dailyabundance.net
I don't think I will be the only one who is outraged by the information in this movie. I decided long ago, that FOR ME, I would never do the chemo/radiation thing. It's a very personal choice. I would also never question anyone else who did go that route. But this is the most amazing story I've ever heard. This Dr should be given the Nobel Prize in medicine for his curative and preventive patents for cancer. Instead the state of Texas, the FDA, and finally the US Government, tried not only to find criminal behavior that wasn't there, harass him, take his drugs from patients who later died because of it (I know one of them), but also to steal his very patents and go around him. If it's true, it's sickening. I think everyone ought to know about it. It's for free for the next five days. After that it will be sold for profit presumably to raise the $300 million the NCI refuses to grant him for the remaining trials. Craziness. Now, if I am ever diagnosed with cancer, I'll be traveling to Texas to see Dr. Burzynski if they have not succeeded in shutting him down.