Friday, June 20, 2014
Back on 9/4/2013 I wrote a blog called “Does the Easy Way Out Ever Work?” It was about how I had gotten suckered into a weight loss scam – They wrap you up in gauze and leave you that way for a period of time. They promise you will lose inches from all over your body in one session… of course, if you do lose anything it will be water weight . . . but more likely your dignity.
Anyway, when a co-worker came in talking about how she had joined a “Vibology Studio” for weight loss, where she said you stand on a platform that shakes you up .. . I thought to myself, “Oh, no – you did not fall for that, and I’m sure not going to fall for a stupid scam again.” I had visions of I Love Lucy, with Lucy stuck on one of those things with a belt around her waist while she got shook up like crazy.
But then I did my research – WOW! Not particularly beneficial for weight loss, although they’ll try to make you think it is and tell you you’ll lose lots of inches, however, I started reading the reviews on the medical sites about how beneficial this “new” vibration platform is good for Bone Density, reversing Osteoporosis, and more.
“They started researching this in the 60’s to help astronauts maintain muscle mass. They’ve since found it helps strength and balance, and decreases sway in the elderly, and found it especially beneficial in rehab to increase circulation. It has also been shown to improve and maintain bone mineral density in postmenopausal women and the tactic is being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass – a far better alternative than the dangerous osteoporosis drugs currently on the market.” I took the excerpts in the preceding paragraph from Dr. Mercola’s website. I’ll try to attach the link below.
I starting researching how much the platforms cost, and of course they can be costly. Well, at the Dr. yesterday I asked her if she knew about them and what her opinion was . . . and to my surprise she said, “yes, I go myself 4-5x a week for osteoporosis,” and she recommended it to me for my osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis). She suggested I try it for a month first, at the studio - like a small gym, to see how I felt about it before making the investment in a machine. So I joined for a month – found a coupon on line to bring the $60/month cost down to $27/month trial for unlimited visits and went today for the first time. Pretty neat . . . I had it on the lowest setting and I could really see how it can work to strengthen bones. They say 10 minutes is equal to 1 hour of exercise . . . uhhh, not sure about that, but it definitely gave me some kind of workout. As I said, I'm not expecting anything on the weight loss side, but I do believe it can help reverse bone density issues, and that's a good thing!
Below is a link of a funny demonstration a few years ago, on The Doctors with Fran Drescher of what it looks like – it’s much better than me trying to explain it!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather...and the weather has been beautiful, so I have to go pretty deep to get under it
Thursday night I woke up a few times with mildly itchy palms. It wasn't bad though so didn't think much of it.
By Friday afternoon though, I had chills and the itching had gone from mild to wild, spread up the inside of my arms and I was scratching like crazy and icing the areas alternately.
I took a Benedryl and went to sleep. I've been racking my brains to figure out what I had done differently. Clearly this was a reaction to something. I kept thinking of two things... shampoo, it wasn't new but my head had started itching...and the other thing was an organic lavender hand sanitizer that I used on Thursday for the first time and then again on Friday.
Here is one side reaction pulled from a med site:
"Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Lavender applied to skin may cause irritation in some people."
So, I'm pretty certain it was the lavender. Hoping after the detox tea and lots of water it will work it's way out of my system.
Lesson: remember not all things organic are good for all of us...cyanide, poison ivy, and countless poison plants are organic...but not necessarily beneficial.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Happy Hump Day everyone!
Friday, April 04, 2014
This weekend marks one year since my 25 year old nephew took his own life. What is there really to say? His parents were and still are, devastated. I felt and still do feel, awful. His sister, although having a new baby who turns one year old next month, also went through, and continues to go through, her own sense of loss. I was grateful at the time that my parents were both gone and would not have to endure the pain and misery of the loss of their grandchild.
I am no longer in the same part of the country as my family, and in one sense maybe I am removed from the intense pain that close physical proximity might bring. I feel sadness and even guilt over this. Yes, I know I have “nothing” to “be” guilty over. But this not change the “feeling,” the sense that if I was closer perhaps I could help somehow . . . that perhaps if I was still there, I could have even helped prevent the tragedy. I know “realistically” this is not so. Scott knew he was loved. He had other “issues” that made him feel hopeless. He was in therapy and the therapist was saying all the “right things.” My brother knew in a sense, Scott was in trouble, because they had cancelled a vacation they were planning to go on, but didn’t want to leave him home alone.
But Scott was determined. He planned his end carefully and meticulously, searching all the websites that gave him details on the best methods and what might foil his plans. He did not want to “fail” at this. He had the rope ready and already knew which pipe in the basement was the strongest to not give way from his weight. He planned for the time that he knew his parents would be gone for at least a couple hours and had everything ready to put an end to his poor, sad and hopeless life. He waited until his sister was 1 month away from giving birth to the family’s first grandchild. My brother is absolutely convinced this was his plan, Scott’s way of helping his mother especially, to get through his loss. He knew what this baby would mean to his mom and dad…he was right in that respect. Little Olivia bears a heavy burden for such a tiny baby and she is unaware of it yet. All the hope and love for the future to carry her grandparents through this tragedy has come from her. . . and of course from my niece. I do what I can from a distance.
Scott was too young, didn’t have enough Faith . . . in God, or himself . . . to know that “this too, shall pass.” He could not “see” how things can change in an instant. Scott didn’t see that although little Olivia would bring love and comfort, that nothing will ever replace him. . . That his parents will NEVER stop grieving for him.
What else is there really to say? For those of you that made it through this blog and believe in prayer, I would be grateful if you would lift up my family in prayer this weekend as they remember their terrible loss. Thank you!
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (NIV)
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