It's been over 90 days now and I am just thrilled with the results of going through P90X. If you have not heard of P90X, it is a wonderful workout program designed to get you in the best shape of your life in 90 days.
P90X comes with 12 workouts with a 3 Phase workout plan and calendar along with a suggested diet plan. The goal is to keep your body guessing about what is coming next with the idea called "muscle confusion." Your body never gets used to one thing for two…
When my son Michael required inpatient or residential treatment for addictions and bipolar disorder, I carefully discovered the treatment approaches of available facilities.
Early in our years-long journey I learned that some treatment philosophies denied the existence of biologically-based mental illness. Others eschewed drugs of any sort, regardless of who prescribed them and why. And still others functioned under the assumption…Continue
In the media and in personal circles I hear of medical practitioners, educators and community members who dismiss or deny the existence of mental illness, but a recent Baylor University study determined that one of the most dismissive of all professions is...
Things are kind of crazy around here. Don is sick with aches and a cough and a headache, so I am trying to get him better, emphasis on trying because he doesn’t want to take anything. Why do men have to be so difficult when they have a cold? Take two Advil and some cough medicine already instead of groaning so much! I think he’ll live…
And then I got a message today that the deadline for my latest proofreading project—the most tedious one I have worked on in a long time—got… Continue
A week of battling illness has provided the opportunity to make some observations:
1) Very strange and seemingly unconnected symptoms occur as the result of pregnancy. In my case, a simple head cold morphed into a serious sinus infection. Apparently pregnancy and sinuses are connected. This is strange to me because last I checked my sinuses are really far away from my uterus. My sinus infection made me feel like someone took me out back and beat the living daylights out… Continue
Added by Julie Cole on March 9, 2009 at 10:48am —
We got a package two days ago that Landon (and I!) could not wait to open. We received two soft plush toys from the My Natural Toy line. They are made by Hosung, the makers of miYim Organic toys, a Brooklyn-based company that created these and many other cute, cuddly characters out of organic, environmentally friendly materials.
We are a society that over-consumes in every sense of the word. We buy unnecessarily and if you just look around, we eat unnecessarily as well. We have been taught (and somewhat scared) into dieting, using artificial products to add to our foods, and forced to read food labels. Much of the cuisines we consume or at least have consumed over the past years are filled with toxins. The process of how food is grown and manufactured has drastically altared. This has transformed our country into an… Continue
This week, on Thursday to be exact, Kayla will be getting tubes in her ears. During our appointment with the ENT specialist last week they hooked her ears up to a machine that tests pressure and fluid levels.
She failed miserably.
Both ears are still filled with fluid, her left ear being the worse than the right. I feel so AWFUL for her. Her poor little ears have not been fluid free since OCTOBER! That's 5 solid months of fluid and on and off again infections. I can't even… Continue
Some essential oils, particularly Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), have been shown to inhibit the growth of thrush and other fungal infections. When used in a diluted solution, they can bring relief by alleviating the itching and inflammation and soothing the infected areas.
This recipe for the yeast essential oil mix comes from… Continue
After reading an article about the mountain of toys our children all amass, I was inspired to write an article about how I am losing the fight with noisy toys in my home! I thought they were just annoying, but after I researched this topic a little bit, I found that they can pose hearing risks for our children!
Learn more by reading the whole article on DagmarBleasdale.com
It is hard to believe, but it's that time of the year again. The fall is over, and the long dark cold winter is here. Seems like the spring is so far away. Each day is getting shorter and darker, and you find yourself drawn to that couch in front of the TV, where you spend hours each night unable to get to all of those things on your list that you were heroically planning to accomplish in the winter time. It is easy to fall victim to the laws of nature, and blame it for your lack of motivation.… Continue
Fundraising and school are inevitable. But that doesn't mean you have to dole out your hard-earned money on products that end up in the garbage, or on the hips. The company I recently started working with has fortunately been able to combine two of the inevitable issues facing parents today- school fundraising and preserving the earth for our children. Green Students Fundraising was started by a group of University students who wanted to… Continue
Added by Sarah on November 28, 2008 at 10:41am —
Raising your child to appreciate the natural life is not as easy as one would expect. In our society we have become addicted to chemicals and convenience. I have no doubt that this addiction, like any, will be the one to do us in. It's sad but true that advertising companies begin targeting your child as young as one and that by three they will be able to recognize the majority of brands and start asking for them. My child has never set foot inside a Wal-Mart and has eaten at McDonald's twice… Continue
Added by Sarah on November 20, 2008 at 9:30am —
Although this is written mostly from my perspective, I write this entry with the permission of my beautiful sister Amy who is a true warrior and survivor.
I remember the day last February that my sister called me.
I was sitting in my car in the parking lot at the community college where I was taking classes. My phone range, and on the other end of the line was my sister, barely able to speak. She was in tears after leaving her general practitioner's office and on her way… Continue
Added by Angie Mozilo on October 19, 2008 at 11:04pm —
Pink is the new black....well at least in the month of October. In stores, newspaper advertisements and magazine articles you will see this color permeating our consumer landscape. Will you cave to societal or peer pressure and jump on the new color trend? Will you outfit yourself or your home with this rosy hue? Are you willing to go pink and support breast cancer research?
If so, read on....
Now I don't advocate going out and spending money just for the sake of spending… Continue
Added by Angie Mozilo on October 13, 2008 at 12:08am —
I am writing this with the permission of my beautiful sister, Amy.
Several months ago, Amy noticed some changes in her breast. But, she didn't think much of it. Like many women her breasts had always been a little lopsided, so when that increased, it wasn't that concerning to her. She felt some fullness ans soreness, but she had breast fed her son when he was a baby, and the feeling felt similar to when it was time for him to nurse. Her breast looked rashy and was a little itchy, but… Continue
I knew in my gut that my son Michael’s pot smoking was both symptomatic and causal regarding his mental health. We talked time and again about the damage he could be inflicting on his brain and about his doctor’s inability to treat his bipolar disorder correctly when he continued to use.
Deaf ears. No need to say more. But we have to get the word out. We have to share the facts. And the facts are now indisputable.
Marijuana, in addition to being a gateway drug (it is for… Continue