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Of Mindful Manner

This site crossed my paths and I knew it was one to be shared, I already have purchased two shirts to help support this site, it’s real, its helpful and fits in with my page, I just love the energy these women Cassidy and Savannah have and I am sure you will love there site, check it out, tell your story and lets help get the word out about Invisible Illnesses and rare diseases. There are more out there than you know, knowledge is the key, awareness is the cure and support gives us the want to continue to fight. Check it out.
Our Story
Of Mindful Manner was born out of a need to better represent the individuals of the world who show no outward signs of their illness. Coping with an invisible illness can be frustrating and painful, but these issues are compounded by a lack of knowledge and understanding. Our reason for being is to help enlighten and encourage our friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers to address individuals with empathy and understanding. At Of Mindful Manner we know that what you see is not always what you get, and because of that, each garment is carefully curated to serve as an invitation for conversation. The more conversation that surrounds invisible illness, the less room there is for stigmas, ignorance and misunderstanding.

We want you to know that we see you and we recognize the battle you are facing. There is a whole community at Of Mindful Manner that supports you.

The Founders
Hello, Cassidy & Savannah here! We are so thrilled you have found your way to our shop. We are sisters who have had our lives tremendously impacted by invisible illness. One of us has Dysautonomia and Chronic Migraines. The other one of us has grown up with a front row seat to living with these conditions, and has shared in the burdens they can cause. That’s the thing about invisible illnesses though.. you can’t tell by looking at us, which one of us fits which description.
We know our story is not unique. Nearly half of the U.S. population lives with some sort of chronic illness and 96% of chronic conditions are invisible. So while you may not suffer from an invisible illness yourself, chances are you know one or several family members/friends or co-workers that do. We pray the future holds cures for everyone, but in the meantime we will dedicate our lives to spreading awareness in hopes of making this world a more mindful one.
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Just what is the best Sugar to use!!!!

We’ve all heard about how sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and a bunch of other chronic diseases.

We’ve also heard how it costs the United States over $150 billion dollars each year in medical expenses.
Or how leading health figures like the Dutch health minister, Paul Van der Velpen, proclaim sugar to be worse than alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine combined.

It’s all true.
Sugar can be extremely hazardous to your health.
But this depends on two critical factors…
1. How much sugar you consume.
2. What kind of sugar you eat.

Consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy. That is… provided you get it from the right sources.
We humans evolved to get our sugar by eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and yes, even honey. Your body knows how to extract the maximum benefit from these whole foods.
Honey, in particular, has three critical healing effects…
First, honey supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria.
As you know, your body is under constant assault by numerous viruses and bacteria that threaten to tire you out, make you sick, and even kill you.
Fighting off this threat is key to staying healthy.
One of the vital components in honey is an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme, when exposed to oxygen, produces hydrogen peroxide — a strong acid that dissolves the cell walls of bacteria. (Most human cells have thicker cell walls and can resist the low amounts of acid honey produces.)
This makes honey a powerful tool for fighting skin infections, healing wounds, and otherwise supporting your immune system. (And its why honey is able to last for so long in your cupboard without going bad.)
Second, it supplies the “building blocks” for healthy cells.
In addition to giving you sugars, honey equips your body with a complex array of proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. The second these nutrients hit your body, they go to work…
Tuning up your heart, lungs, stomach, brain, eyes, and skin…
Controlling cancer-causing free-radicals and stopping cell damage in its tracks…
Detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants and other toxins.

However, honey still has a very high sugar content (70%-85% depending on the type of honey you get.) And as just about any health official will tell you, sugar is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and all the other chronic illnesses we see in abundance today.
So shouldn’t we avoid honey despite its antimicrobial and nutritional properties?
Well, that brings me to the third healing effect of honey. It turns out…

You’ve probably experienced just how rapidly most sugar burns in your body — how it gives you a sudden surge of energy followed shortly by a complete crash.
Yet when you eat honey, you don’t get that same “flare effect”. Instead you get a slow, even burn of energy — which you can put to use for things like working, playing sports, or spending time with your family.
That’s because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself — they also regulate how the body uses the sugar.
It’s kind of like the flame on your stove.
Contained and controlled by the burner, valves, and the rest of the stove, you can safely use the fire for cooking.
But take that flame out of context — by putting it on your living room floor for example — it can quickly burn out of control and cause all kinds of damage.

In the same way, sugars eaten outside their normal context of whole, complete foods run riot in our bodies — leaving us exhausted, overweight, and sick.
Unfortunately, as you know…

The sugar you find in grocery stores, processed foods, and packaged desserts is made in large scale, industrial refineries using cheap, mass-farmed crops like sugar beets.
Food manufacturers extract the sugary pulp from the rest of the plant.
They strip away all trace of healthy minerals and nutrients.
And they leave you with a hyper-concentrated dose of empty calories that cause all kinds of chaos in your body.
Without the “burn-control” you normally get when you eat sugar that’s part of a whole food, the body can’t control the fire. And so we end up with…
Heart disease
Weight gain
Chronic fatigue
Weak immune systems
Gut problems
And more…

It’s not just white sugar either. Many so-called “natural sweeteners” like raw sugar, corn syrup, and agave nectar are all highly refined. One study done at Princeton found these alternatives cause just as much (if not far more) damage to your body than white sugar.
The body just doesn’t know how to properly use these concentrated, “unnatural” sugars.
So why do we even bother with these harmful sweeteners in the first place? Why don’t we all just use honey?
The short answer: Profit.
The long answer: What I like to call…

See, there are several major problems with honey. It’s simple. It’s un-patentable. And it’s not as cheap to manufacture in mass quantities as refined-sugar.
That makes selling processed sugar far more PROFITABLE than selling honey.
How profitable?
Well, according to Business Communications Company, Inc. (BCC) research, the sugar industry was worth over $77.5 billion in 2012. (And that doesn’t include the even larger market for selling processed foods containing that sugar.)
But this is only half of the story…
As I mentioned earlier, sugar causes a spike in your blood-sugar levels followed by a HUGE crash.
Because your blood-sugar level is a key signal for appetite and hunger, this crash triggers major warning alarms in your body. Your brain starts thinking that you’re starving to death.
And in response, it compels you to eat immediately — especially foods that have quick, cheap calories like sugar.
You’ve probably felt those powerful cravings before… Those times where you just have to eat a sugary donut or piece of candy (even after eating a full meal).
They’re virtually impossible to resist. (No matter how much willpower you have.)
The end result is you end up eating even more sugar, which creates another spike and crash in your blood-sugar levels.
And so the more sugar you eat, the more your body craves it. It’s an unending cycle.
Said another way…
Big food companies know this.
They’re well aware of how easy it is to make you hooked on sugar (and in turn, the products they sell).
So they go to extreme lengths to convince you to keep buying…
They spend millions of dollars in advertising each year to push foods scientifically proven to harm our health (a vast majority of which gets aimed at young children).
They “bribe” government officials to prevent ANY health regulations on sugar (just like the tobacco industry did to try and stop restrictions on the sale of cigarettes).
They sponsor bogus scientific studies and research to show their products are “healthy” and are “not bad for you”.

It’s all one big  And because of it…
We get ballooning levels of obesity, chronic fatigue, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer (even among children).
We get the bill for five, six, and even seven-figure medical expenses.
We get a deteriorating quality of life… more weight gain, more sickness, more pain.
And as for honey… you’re never going to hear about it on TV. No one’s going to run a Super Bowl ad for raw, local honey.
For all the scientific research standing behind honey, big industry has done everything possible to drown it with a sea of marketing and manipulation.

“Enough Is Enough!”
This is why I’m writing to you today.
I knew I had to get this truth to as many people as possible. I had to spread the word about the healing power of honey.
So I called up my friend Jake Carney of The Alternative Daily.
Jake and I have a lot in common. We’re both surfers. We’re both laid back, mellow guys. And we both know first-hand how healing natural foods can be.
But most importantly, we both share a firm commitment to science.
Jake refuses to publish anything that doesn’t have solid research standing behind it. (In fact, he told me recently that he had to veto an article by one of his writers because it wasn’t scientifically grounded enough.)
That’s why he and The Alternative Daily have earned the trust of over 1 million emails subscribers.

I knew he was the perfect person to help get this message out.
And so together, we’re inviting you to join…

Jake, his team, and I have sifted through the vast scientific literature. We’ve dug deep to find what’s true (and what isn’t). And we’ve compiled the very best honey research, facts and remedies into a single book.
We’re proud to introduce to you… The Honey Phenomenon – How This Liquid Gold HEALS Your Ailing Body
Everything is presented in layman terms. (And for those who want to dive deeper, we include links to all the scientific studies.)
In this delicious guide, you’ll discover…
The sugars that you must avoid to hold onto your health. (Caution: these are everywhere!)
As with any sweets, moderation is key. Learn how you can use far less honey than white sugar in your cooking (and still maintain the same level of sweetness).
The “gift enzyme” bees provide that lets us take full advantage of the energy and nutrition found in honey. (Refined sugars, in comparison, force the body to use its own precious reserve of this enzyme before we can process them.)
Should you start brushing your teeth with honey? Maybe. Find out how research says it to be “effective” for reducing plaque and fighting gingivitis (even more than commercial mouthwashes)!
How honey reduces Homocysteine levels in the blood stream… decreasing your risk of heart attacks, stoke, and even Alzheimers!
And so much more…

But the health revolution doesn’t stop there. Honey is far more than just a “better sweetener”. That’s because…

Did you know that hospitals all over the world are turning to honey as the medication of choice for a number of conditions… including for wounds and burns?
This is in response to the growing body of research highlighting how effective honey is at killing dangerous infections and accelerating wound healing.
And in The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll see…

What to do with infected wounds that refuse to heal. (And how I used honey to successfully treat my mother-in-law when her leg got infected after surgery.)
The troubling report from the World Health Organization about how modern drugs are failing to keep us safe from genetically mutated “superbugs.” (Research shows honey devastates even the most resistant strains of MSRA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria.)
A recent study in New Zealand found honey heals burn wounds twice as fast as traditional dressings. Find out when it’s best to use honey for burns (and when you should seek medical attention.)
Taking care of a baby with diaper rash? Throw out the ointment and grab the honey! (Research reveals honey is just as effective.)
Got a painful rash or ulcer? See how one study found honey to be 4 times more effective than traditional dressings!
But that’s not the only thing honey does…
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Cleopatra, one of the most magnetic and seductive women in human history. Her big beauty secret? Honey.
Historical documents say she relied on honey to keep her skin smooth, fresh, and moist… even in the scorching hot, dry Egyptian air.

In The Honey Phenomenon, we’ll show you…
How honey sucks moisture from the air and stops your skin from drying out (giving you a healthy, youthful glow).
Could honey be the secret to slowing baldness? See what participants in one study did to get “markedly less hair loss”… without using expensive hair creams, conditioners, or treatments!
The toxic ingredients found in most skin-care products(and the alternatives you should use instead).
Tired of white flakes of dandruff ruining the glamour of your black dress or dark suit? Try out this homemade, honey “conditioner”. (It only takes one week for noticeable results!)

Feeling run down? Don’t, because…
When your metabolism is running in high gear, your body incinerates body fat and floods your system with an abundance of energy.

Unfortunately, there are a number of disorders that can throw your metabolism out of balance — leaving you exhausted and making it nearly impossible to lose weight.
One answer, according to the latest science, may just be honey.
And in The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll uncover…
The difference in how your body stores excess energy from honey compared to refined sugars. Hint… processed sugar goes straight to ugly body fat.
Conventional wisdom says that people with diabetes should avoid ALL sugar and sweets. However, some surprising research about honey suggests otherwise. Find out why eating some honey may be OK for people with diabetes.
The reason honey improves fat metabolism and disposal… and lets you quickly burn away unwanted fat on your belly, thighs, and face.
How honey’s “slow release” effect provides your body with a stable, even burn of energy. (No more dangerous blood-sugar crashes that leave you miserable and cranky.)
That’s not all. Are you looking for a clean breath of fresh air?

Ah, springtime — the season for warm weather, blossoming flowers, and for 40 million Americans… seasonal allergies.
But you don’t have to suffer the itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and runny noses any longer. In The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll learn…
One answer, according to the latest science, may just be honey. And in The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll uncover…
How this specific type honey inoculates you against many seasonal allergies. Breathe easy as you play outside with your kids (even while trees create “dust-storms” of pollen).
Certain fungal infections in the sinus can cause serious inflammation and pain… and traditional nasal sprays only make matters worse. Use this homemade, honey-based spray instead (step by step recipe included).
Got a persistent, annoying cough keeping you awake at night? Reclaim your sleep with this research-backed “honey and coffee” cough syrup. (It clears even the most stubborn cases.)
Does the word “cancer” make you nervous? Don’t let it, because…

Everyone knows that when it comes to cancer, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And the very best prevention is helping the body maintain healthy cells.

Why honey is the sweetener of choice for those with cancer(including colon cancers, leukemia, breast cancers, and more).
How the “super-power” antioxidants found in honey help your body stop cancer before it starts. (Even trace amounts of these antioxidants promote rapid growth of healthy tissue.)
The preliminary studies in animals that show how honey may help inhibit the spread of leukemia cells.
Side-effects of cancer treatments can sometimes be as painful as the cancer itself. See how you can use honey to treat and prevent painful radiation damage.
Now — all this may sound too good to be true. I didn’t believe it either until I saw the mountains of research proving what the wonders honey can do for your health.
A single spoonful of honey is packed with over 16 types of antioxidants — all of which rebuild the cells in your body, fight free-radical damage, and combat aging.
And in The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll see…
Yet as you’ve seen here, this one simple sweetener you can purchase right off the shelf of your local grocer can:
Heal and beautify your skin
Treat persistent infections
Fuel your metabolism
Boost your immune system
Help fight cancer
And much, much more…

But there are still some very important things you MUST know to benefit the most from honey…

Just a few years ago, researchers launched an in-depth investigation on jars, jugs, and plastic bears of honey sold across 10 different states. Their discovery… 76% of honey sold in stores was “not real honey”!
These “ultra-purified” honeys were found to be highly processed, contain no traces of pollen… and come LOADED with added sugar, corn syrup, and other dangerous chemicals. You’ve got to be careful.
We’ve got you covered though.
In The Honey Phenomenon, you’ll discover…
The best source for honey. (It’s not the grocery store.)
Don’t trust the label. Honey manufactures aren’t required to tell you if they’ve added sugar or other junk into your honey. Use these two quick tests in your kitchen to make sure you have 100%, real honey.
At what age it’s safe to feed honey to kids. (Children younger than this have immature immune systems that are at risk for a rare, but potentially FATAL condition.)
Which type of honey is ideal for medicinal uses. (Unfortunately, most supermarkets don’t have it on their shelves.)
The one type of honey you MUST avoid. A single tablespoon of this can cause hallucinations, brain damage, and even death. It’s so potent that soldiers in ancient times would feed it to their enemies.
The Honey Phenomenon contains everything you need to know to take advantage of the honey’s healing power for yourself. It details all the leading scientific research and most effective treatments. And, it shows you exactly what honey to look for (and what honey to avoid).
But I wanted to make it even easier for you to get started with honey.
That’s why I’m also including these two exclusive bonuses with your purchase of The Honey Phenomenon – How This Liquid Gold HEALS Your Ailing Body.

The Honey Phenomenon CookBook: 25 Healing Recipes
a $10.00 value, Yours FREE!
We’ve gathered together our favorite recipes to get help you incorporate honey into your diet… be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and, of course, dessert. You’ll see…

The “wine-like” variety of flavors and varieties found in honey. (Find out which types work best for salad dressings, grilling, and baking.)
Did you know that most yogurt is loaded with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup? Use this healthy alternative instead.
A honey-lemon “cleansing tea” to start your day with… a great way to detox your body.
Honey is great for far more than desserts. And after trying these chicken, vegetable, and soup dishes, you’ll see exactly why. (Hint… they’re delicious!)
And much more…

The Honey Phenomenon CookBook: Reverse Aging with Liquid Gold
a $10.00 value, Yours FREE!
Do you know what’s in your skin-care products? Many of the beauty products we use every day contain dangerous chemicals and artificial ingredients (many of which have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, hormone disruption, and other long term illnesses).
In this guide, we share cheap, easy to make, all-natural alternatives you can use instead. Such as…

A two-ingredient makeup remover that takes off makeup… without striping your skin of its moisture or natural oils.
Out in the sun too long? Turn the burn into a tan with our “honey sunburn treatment”.
Bring the spa to your home with this steam and honey face mask. The honey will naturally capture the steam’s moisture, leaving you feeling fresh and clean.
Banish bad breath with this simple rinse (you can mix this up in seconds right before a business meeting or date).
And much more…
You won’t find a more concentrated source of disease-fighting, beauty-enhancing, life-extending honey secrets anywhere!

I suppose if you wanted to, you could spend hours scouring dubious sites on the internet for this information.

You could trust and hope that the scientific studies you look at (out of THOUSANDS published) are credible and aren’t “tainted” by big industry money.
You could risk using you and your loved ones as “lab rats” to figure out which remedies work — not knowing for sure whether you’re helping… or making things worse.
Or, for a single payment of $39, can get instant access to The Honey Phenomenon (plus the two bonus eBooks).
You can get the peace of mind that that every fact, treatment, and recommendation inside has the been verified by trustworthy, peer-reviewed science and by my over 15 years of experience as a practicing medical doctor.
However, that’s not all…
As I mentioned earlier, I already have a thriving medical practice (which has been rated as Connecticut’s leading natural health center for the last 7 years).
And I’m not here just to make a quick buck.
I’ll happily trade a few dollars if it gets this healing information into the hands of even more people.
That’s why I went back to Jake and asked him if he’d be willing to “sweeten the deal” for you. And because he shares my mission of spreading this message, he agreed.
So instead of paying $39… If you order today, you can get access to everything for just $10.
But be sure to act quickly. I can’t guarantee Jake will keep the price this low forever.
If you’re ready to find out for yourself just how honey can do heal your body. Just click the button below.
You’re going to love it.
In fact, we’re so confident you’ll love these healing, honey secrets that your order is backed by…
Try The Honey Phenomenon today risk free. Our 60-day money back guarantee is your security blanket. You’re always backed by The Alternative Daily’s iron clad guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your e-book and your two special healthy honey eBooks, let us know.

As a doctor, I’m a huge believer in making decisions based on evidence — both in terms of scientific research and first-hand experience.
That’s why we’re giving you the chance to try out The Honey Phenomenon totally risk-free for 60 days.
Read through the scientific research presented in the book. Sample some honey. Try a few of the remedies.
And if for any reason, or for no reason at all, you decide you aren’t fully satisfied with your purchase, just send us a note and we’ll refund 100% of your money. No questions asked. No hassles.

By the way, I never did quite finish the story of Rachel and Kevin that I mentioned earlier.
Rachel did end up taking my recommendation.
And her son’s cough did disappear in a couple days.
But there’s one detail about her story (and the many stories like hers) that keeps playing over in my mind…
She had honey at home already.
The treatment for her son’s illness was sitting in her cupboard all along. Unused. Untouched.
If only she had known.
Maybe I’m biased about this because I’m a doctor…
But don’t we owe it to ourselves to uncover the truth about our bodies?
Don’t we owe it to our kids and families to be informed about the simple, healing foods in our kitchens?
Isn’t it our responsibility to know what science says about our health?
I encourage you today to take a small step on that journey…
Discover for yourself the healing miracle of honey.
Be someone who knows.
Yours healthily,
  Dr. Joshua Levitt, N.D

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Alcohols Effects on the body

Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health.  Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Learn more about alcohol’s effects on the body.

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A Story of Compassion

Diamond's Story: Compassionate Caregiving

This video features an interview with Diamond, a cancer patient living in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and her nurse, Kathy, from Tufts Medical Center. Diamond is a young woman battled leukemia since she was two years old. In the video, she movingly describes how her special relationship with Kathy enabled Diamond to endure through some especially trying periods.Diamond passed away on March 29, 2009. Please view her obituary here:http://www.legacy.com/eagletribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=125648806.Phillips DiPisa, an executive search firm recruiting leaders for healthcare providers, managed care organizations, and life sciences firms, produced this video in support of The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.

Posted by The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare on Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Positive Thinking doesn’t work, Positive Action does

Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work – Positive Action Does
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Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work – Positive Action Does

Living with chronic illness is hard in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.

The never ending circus of tragedy, crisis, and fear is hard to avoid. Somehow, we’ve decided that the darkest aspects of humanity are what want to see, and all the time.

It finds us on Facebook and Twitter, where the celebrities we follow, and our family and friends, parrot the fear.

We’ve never been more connected, but so many people just use that connection to spread negativity. You see it on social media, in the comments on YouTube, and on blog posts and articles. Everyone’s a critic now.

It’s way too easy to see the world as a depressing place because, from a lot of angles, it is. But it’s also beautiful, and finding a sense of happiness is so important, especially when you have a chronic illness.

I believe in the power of positive thinking, but I also know it’s not practical advice. Happiness and positivity require positive action.

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli

So today, I offer you a set of actions that can help boost your happiness. It is possible to live well with chronic illness; it just takes a bit more work.
1) Avoid the news:

While I don’t believe you have to practice positive thinking, you should make an effort to avoid negativity.

The news today is like a fire hose of sadness. It’s a constant barrage of negativity, hopelessness, and despair, without ever offering any solution. Every now and then we’ll see a positive piece thrown in for good measure but the overall trend is unmistakable, and it’s impacting you whether you realize it or not.

“News is to the mind what sugar is to the body.” – Rolf Dobelli

Just imagine what your life might look like if it was the opposite were true. If 99% of the news covered the triumph of the human spirit, our capacity to help others, and our greatest achievements, while only 1% was negative. I know I would be a happier person.

And while it may not be possible to avoid negativity altogether, you can get half way there by choosing to avoid the news. If anything truly important ever happens, you can be sure you’ll hear about it, one way or another.
2) Listen to something inspiring:

It’s important to cut out the negative content you consume, but you will also probably need something to replace it. It’s good then that we have more choices than we’ve ever had before.

The internet has given us access to an unfathomably large new source of information, content, and entertainment. Streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon, have changed the way we watch TV, giving us access to the shows we want when we want. But in my opinion nothing is more powerful than audio entertainment, and we happen to be in a golden age of audio.

The internet has not only breathed new life into audiobooks but has also created the opportunity for anyone to have a radio show, called a podcast, that can reach millions of people. Over the last few years, podcasts have exploded in popularity, quality, and quantity, and there is now something for everyone.

Audio is so powerful because it forces you into the present moment, holding your focus and attention, as it activates your imagination. I find that listening to an inspiring story, audiobook, or interview, works wonders on my mental state when I’m struggling with Meniere’s disease.

Some of my current favorite podcasts:

This American Life – The most popular podcast in the US. Highly produced radio documentaries featuring inspiring storytelling on a new theme each week.

Radio Lab – “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.”

Serial – “Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.” I highly recommend season one. It’s fantastic!

The Tim Ferriss Show – An interview show where Tim deconstructs top-performers in a wide variety of fields to extract the tools, techniques, and routines they use to be so successful.

Reply All – An amazing storytelling show about the weird world of the internet.

Audiobooks: You can use this special link to get 2 free books on Audible (it’s part of Amazon.) You have to sign up for the 30-day free trial of their paid subscription service, but you get to keep the books, even if you cancel before the 30 days are up!
3) Surround yourself with positive people:

We may not get to choose our family, but we can choose to spend time with the right people.

The motivational speaker Jim Rohn used to say, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who are the five people closest to you? Do they support you and your ideas? Do they make you laugh? When you are with them, do you feel like you matter? Or do some of them drain energy, and fill your life with constant and unnecessary drama?

“Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

Living with a chronic illness is hard enough. You don’t need the added headache of emotionally toxic people. You deserve to be supported, loved, and inspired, and you have a say in whether that happens or not.

Keep the people who truly care, who motivate and uplift you, close to you, and try to spend less time with anyone who brings you down.
4) Hand write a thank you card to someone you love:

If you are already lucky enough to have positive and supportive people in your life, let them know how much they mean to you.

There is something deeply personal about hand writing a sincere and heartfelt thank you note to someone special. It’s such a simple act and one that can have such profound impact on your personal happiness.

“It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” – Unknown

First are foremost, you will strengthen your relationship with that person. Let them know that you care about them, and that having them in your life makes a difference.

It’s also a great way to practice gratitude. When you live with a chronic illness, it’s very easy to get caught up in self-pity and resentment. You may be limited in what you are physically able to do, and that can be hard to accept. But hand writing a heartfelt letter forces you to find and focus on something positive, someone you are grateful for, and gives you the opportunity to express it to them directly.

I challenge every single one of you to hand write and send a thank you card to someone important in your life today. It’s such a simple thing to do, and it will immediately put you in a better mood.
5) Do what you can to help others:

When you live with a chronic illness, you are predisposed to hardship, adversity, and pain. Suffering is usually a part of the deal. But you can alleviate your own pain and suffering, by alleviating the suffering of others. There is nothing in this world that does more to raise the human spirit, than helping others in need.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Helping others can be as simple as being there to listen to someone in need. You may not be able to solve their problems, but you can be the one to understand their pain.

You can share your story with others, to inspire, or teach, or to help people avoid the same mistakes that you’ve made. You can start a blog for free at wordpress.com, or even just leave a comment on this page. Starting Mind Over Meniere’s has been one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

You can also volunteer your time for a charity that means something to you, helping them make a difference by spreading the word, raising money, or doing whatever it is that you can to help the cause. Volunteering for the Vestibular Disorders Association has been a wonderfully rewarding experience for me, and one that I recommend highly.
6) Achieve a small win:

When you live with a chronic illness, odds are, you are going to have difficult days. And it’s hard to feel positive when you’re too sick to accomplish anything important, or anything at all for that matter.

But even on our worst days, it’s rare to be completely incapacitated the entire time. One of the best things you can do is focus on achieving a small win.

What this involves, exactly, is going to be different for everyone. But you can always make the choice to take some small action, to achieve some small obtainable victory, and it can make all the difference.

“If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosio

For me, that might mean going for a walk when I don’t feel like leaving the house, or meditating if I’m too fatigued. It could mean eating a something healthy when all I want is comfort food. Sometimes, if I’m working on a book or a blog post, it means just writing a couple of sentences. More of the time, however, it means allowing myself to rest without feeling lazy or guilty.

Whatever small win is within your reach today, take it. It will make you feel better.

You don’t have to practice positive thinking to be a positive person. It can help, sure. But nothing beats positive action. The things you choose to do make just as much, if not more of an impact, than how you choose to think. And when you act first, the mindset follows.

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

I hope you will give some of these suggestions a try. You didn’t choose to live with a chronic illness, but you can choose what you’ll do next. I hope you choose something positive.

Written by Mind over Meniers.

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March is Lymphoedema awareness !

Lymphoedema? What is it?

Is a colourless fluid which forms in the body and drains into the blood through a network of vessels and nodes… This is helped by movement unlike the blood which is pumped by the heart.

Swelling of fluid in the tissues.

Is a pea size organ of the immune system. Lymph nodes are distributed throughout the body and are linked by lymphatic vessels. They act as filters and trap bacteria to protect against infection. Their main locations are neck, jaw, under the arms, in the region of the liver and the groin. Episodes of cellulitis occur when the lymphatics are compromised.
The lymphatic system, lymph vessels and lymph …

The lymphatic system, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are tiny tubes that are present wherever there are blood vessels. Lymph vessels drain approximately 10% of fluid from the tissues of the body.How ever unlike the blood which is pumped by the heart the lymph system relies on movement to circulate through the vessels.

is a chronic swelling of a part or parts of the body caused by a an accumulation of fluid and protein in the tissues. It occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged. It commonly occurs in the arms or legs after removal of lymph nodes….but can occur anywhere in the body. It can be very debilitating and limbs may reach huge proportions and be very disfigured especially if left untreated.


Lymphoedema of leg

Can occur when the lymphatic system is not fully developed. It commonly affects one or both legs but may occur in other parts of the body. May be congenital or develop Later in life. It may also be genetic.

May develop due to damage to the lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes. It can occur anytime following surgery from days, months or years. It usually affects the arms or legs although it can affect the breast, head and neck, trunk or genital area. Risk factors include any surgical procedure where there is damage to the lymphatic system. Lymph node removal for biopsy, infection (cellulitis), mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, trauma, genetic or filariasis.

Can be described as functional deterioration of the lymphatic system. It can be related to lipoedema, increased body mass index (BMI), obesity, immobility, venous disease, varicose vein surgery.

Lymmphoedema of arm following removal of lymph nodes for breast cancer

Tightness, swelling, pain, pins and needles, numbness, discomfort, infections…. Maybe one or more symptoms may be present. The first sign maybe that clothes become tighter on one limb…

This is is a link to information on Lymphoedema you may be interested in from Healthline

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A Secret for Surviving a Rough Day.

A Secret for Surviving a Rough Day

About a year ago, I wrote an article on how to turn an unpleasant experience into a pleasant one (“How to Mindfully Turn a Mindful Experience Around”). I often rely on the practice in that piece to help me cope with life’s little irritations. But what can you do when, given the way a particular day is unfolding, that strategy is not in the cards? I’ll describe one such day in my own life and then share how I dealt with it. Hopefully, you’ll try it when your next rough day rolls around.

A few months ago, I woke up not having slept well the night before. Despite feeling lousy, I knew I had a doctor’s appointment that afternoon with a specialist whom I needed to see. Not only that, but I’d have to drive myself to the appointment (about 45 minutes each way), because my husband had a longstanding obligation he couldn’t cancel. At least, I thought, I’d be able to take a good long nap before I had to leave for the appointment.

Unfortunately, at about 10 a.m., I began to feel pain in my bladder. Within minutes, I knew from past experience exactly what was happening: I was coming down with a bladder infection. I know the signs well. My primary care doctor and I have worked out a protocol for handling this when it happens: I have antibiotics on hand; I begin taking them once I’ve collected a urine sample to take to the lab sometime that day.

First, I realized there’d be no delivering of a sample today. The appointment with the specialist was in the opposite direction from the lab—and in a different city. I couldn’t go both places on my own. So I sent a note to my primary care doctor, explaining why I couldn’t provide a sample and immediately began taking the antibiotics.

Second, they don’t begin to work for at least eight hours and, until then, I’m in considerable pain. I have pain pills I can take, but I didn’t think I should since I wasn’t sure how even one pill would affect my ability to drive safely. I’d have to put up with the pain, and this meant there’d be no napping before I had to leave for the appointment.

Bottom line: I was in terrible shape and saw no way to turn this unpleasant day into a pleasant one. At one point, I began to panic as I found myself thinking: “I can’t cope with what’s going on. I’m in pain. I had a bad night’s sleep. I can’t nap. I have to drive myself to and from this doctor’s appointment. How will I ever make it through this day?”

Then, thankfully, the title of a Beatles song came to mind: “A Day in the Life.” I took a deep breath and said to myself: “You’re all right. It’s just a day in the life. You’ll make it.” As soon as I said that, the panic subsided. I stopped mentally fighting the exhaustion and the pain. As a result, I could feel the tension in my body and mind relax, and I knew I’d be okay. Yes, it was setting up to be an extremely unpleasant day in the life but it was only one day…and it would pass.

As a bonus, this new perspective led to compassion arising for how terrible I felt. I began silently speaking to myself with kind words: “This is a hard day. Your body is not the enemy. It’s doing the best it can. Be gentle with it while it’s in pain and remember that soon you’ll start feeling a bit better.”

So, the next time you think you can’t cope, try gently saying to yourself, “It’s just a day in the life; you’ll make it,” and see if those words help you the way they helped me on that most unpleasant of days in the life.

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Energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic!

do not use these light bulbs they make you sick
Home Health These Light Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, And Even Cancer. If You Have…
These Light Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, And Even Cancer. If You Have Them, Do THIS Immediately !
January 14, 2016
Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly with the new generation energy saving light bulbs. However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you need to follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. If broken indoors, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.
do not use these light bulbs they make you sick
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:


Cluster headaches




Inability to concentrate

Energy Efficient Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines, and Even Cancer. Reasons to Go Back To Incandescent Bulbs
1. Energy saving bulbs contain mercury. Murcury ia a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women. It is especially toxic to the brain, the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It can also damage the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. It can lead lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, headaches, cancer and Alzheimer’s .
2. Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer.
A new study performed by by Peter Braun at Berlin Germany’s Alab Laboratory found these light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer:
Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenol).
Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphthalene).
Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styrene).
3. Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.
Energy saving lamps emit UV-B and traces of UV-C radiation. It is generally recognised that UV-radiation is harmful for the skin (can lead to skin cancer) and the eyes. The radiation from these bulbs directly attacks the immune system, and furthermore damages the skin tissues enough to prevent the proper formation of vitamin D-3.
GE Lighting 48415 60-Watt 825-Lumen General Purpose A19 Incandescent Light Bulb, Soft White, 48-Pack
In conclusion, these bulbs are so toxic that we are not supposed to put them in the regular garbage. They are household hazardous waste. If you break one in a house, you are supposed to open all of your windows and doors, and evacuate the house for at least 15 minutes to minimize your exposure to the poisonous gas. Unfortunately, soon consumers won’t have the option to buy incandescent lights because they won’t be available. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and favors energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

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