Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Was it just a case of stomach flu?


It has been a long time, last blog was January.  I thought a while ago that I needed to write again. There was an urge to write...

I just came from the hospital. Last Friday I wasn't feeling 100% I thought I was just tired from working until 13.30. But I felt very tired so I went early to bed in preparation for a work shift the following day.

The next day was no different. It was like I was having fever but I wasn't that hot. But despite my condition, I still went to work.

I wasn't my normal self. I am always enthusiastic every time I go to work, but that day I was not. The old people noticed that at once. I told one of my  colleagues that I wasn't really fit to work that day, she even asked me then "why are you here?". What are you doing here? I said I didn't bother to call sick because the week before that I was sick also and didn't work my shifts for 2 days after I came back from vacation. So it was more of like me being guilty of my absences and can't afford to be absent at work anymore.

I went home after 2 hours, my colleagues were really kind enough to say that I just have to go home because of my condition. I even told them that maybe it is better since the next day I will also be working. One of the colleagues said if you are not really okay just call and we will take care that someone is going to substitute you.

I tried my best to rest so I will regain my strength and energy but my fever escalated & I felt so weak. So I decided to call and told them that maybe it will be better if I will rest the next day. What I was experiencing was synonymous to influenza

Sunday, one of my colleagues called me, asked me how am I doing and asked if I am working the next day, I said it's okay I like to work because if I stay sick then it will feel that way but in reality I wasn't really feeling better.

I look at things positively so I told myself "you can do it, everything will be fine". Even if I wasn't really feeling well I pretended to be okay. I was enthusiastic, was smiling to everyone and was telling them that I will try to fight how I felt at that moment. I did some tasks until I felt that I can't hold on anymore, I thought I was losing consciousness. I felt so light, was having dizziness and vomited. I was having cold hands and feet. I was not okay. I am not okay. I was crying. It was the first time as far as I can remember that something like this happened to me.

I asked one of my colleagues to take my blood pressure, it was 118/75. She asked me if I want my sugar checked, I said please it was 6.8, both normal. They advised me to just go home so I called my husband to pick me up. I checked my temperature orally, it was also normal 36.3.

When I came home I was still having cold hands and feet. I googled about it. What could be the cause of me having cold hands and feet for the first time? I read "Cold hands and feet can be as simple as being where it is cold. The body”s natural temperature can also cause cold hands and feet or cold hands and feet can be a result of real medical issues. Problems with blood circulation, small blood vessels in your hands or any number of other medical mysteries can cause (coldness) of hands and feet." (https://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/heart-disease-2/medical-cold-hands-feet/)

I am worried. I had a case of of sternoclavicular joint disorder. I already went to our doctor here and complained about it but he said there is nothing he can do about it. I thought my right clavicle is slightly bigger than that of the right, is every now and then painful, is causing a blockage of blood circulation to my right buttocks causing me some pain (sciatica?) and unless I cracked my shoulder upward, then I know the SC is aligned and the pain will be gone. And everything is back to normal again. This is what I always do to get relief when I feel that something is not right at my SC joint. 

I told my husband that I needed to go to the hospital. I thought it was a matter of life and death. I felt so light. My hands and feet stayed cold and I thought I was losing functions of both the upper and lower extremities. At first Ton said the appointment can be done the next day. I asked him if it was possible that day.  He said he will try, thank goodness he was able to contact an agency for an appointment in the ER. I can understand that he probably thought that it wasn't that serious which was contrary to what I was feeling. 

"The doctor should support the hope of the patient to recover" - Hippocrates

The doctor at the emergency room was not someone who's very welcoming. She was so intimidating. She welcomed me with a serious face, I smiled at her but she didn't smile back at me. I can tell she was annoyed, I finally understood this after I had the consultation with her. She thought my case wasn't serious enough to merit an emergency. She asked me right away what is the reason I came? I said because I was having cold hands and feet, that it might be due to the pain on my SC joint which is maybe blocking the circulation to my right buttocks triggering the pain there which affects my homeostasis or maybe there are some other reasons other than that. I am giving her what my signs and symptoms are.

She asked, since when are you having that pain, I said maybe months ago. Why are you telling that now? Because the case of cold hands and feet happened for the first time, I was alarmed. Didn't she understand that? Anyway she proceeded to examine my back and front body and my abdomen. I was asked as well to bring my urine to be examined because every now and then I was having pain during urination. But everything seems to be okay. Everything is normal. She also didn't find anything examined via her stethoscope abnormal except for my temperature which read 37.8 taken via the ear. So she finally said, it was just a case of stomach flu. Okay.

Btw, she finally smiled when she found out that we are working in the same company. She even asked me if I like my work. She also smiled when Ton joked about the doctors and nurses being the worst patients. Anyway, that was kind of a relief especially for my husband although I knew my body is telling me and warning me that some part of it is not well.

I decided to once again read about anything that might be contributing to how I feel at the moment. I tried as well to recall what I have done and ate for the past 3 days. And likewise decided to see a  chiropractor the next day.

"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease" - Hippocrates

I found a chiropractor very near us via google today.  I called and made an appointment.

Here's another wise saying of the father of medicine for us to contemplate on... 

"Everyone has a doctor in him and her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"  - Hippocrates

To be continued ... :)





Monday, January 11, 2016

The effects of WRITING

It has been a long time I haven't been writing. The last time I wrote was when I was at work, on a piece of paper and this was what I wrote exactly.

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"Today is the last day of the year that I am working. After this I have free days again until Jan 8 and that is about 10 days. There's a lot of things that has to be done. The house really needs to be decluttered. My things has to be decluttered. There are a lot of things to throw, old clothes, papers, etc. There  are a lot of things to be cleaned. There are things that has to be placed on its proper places so that I don't have to search for it for example when I need to find some things and I get pissed off because I can't find it. There's a lot of things that has to be accomplished in my businesses - business cards, flyers, promotions and advertisements, contract to be signed, website update, etc. 

Right now at this moment I am a Mrs. Blake's  (name changed for privacy) room, giving her breakfast. She's about 80+ year old who has paralysis of the lower part of the body and she barely can't move her upper extremities. She still can talk, can reply to questions when ask but that's how far she can function". 

I was able to write that short dribbling of notes because I need to stay with her for 30 minutes so she can eat her breakfast completely. 

Anyway, I thought of writing again today. I haven't been in Google for quiet sometime due to procrastination and focusing my attention and time to "minor" things that never really made any impact to myself in general but especially to my business as well. I would say it was a waste of time. 

Today I am feeling so down, I even wrote this on my FB status " not happy, tired, emotionally exhausted, crying". Because that was what I exactly felt. But decided to delete it because it will do harm than good for me and maybe to others who will read it.  So I decided to say this instead. 


Yes I forgive myself TODAY for how I look at my life and for feeling as if I am the worst person in the world.  All I see and feel are all negatives. I felt so down because first of all I am not happy at my work anymore. Now saying this I feel anger arising, resentment, if there is a choice I will stop working in that job. But for now it isn't possible. 

It feels good to write again. I need to move now. Thanks a lot if you happen to read this. Until the soonest possible post. 

Have a nice day everyone. 

To boost my confidence more and whoever is feeling the same as what I am now experiencing which is actually now getting better, I just thought about a famous quote which I used to live by when I am on a depress mood or when I thought life's not fair. 

This one is by the famous author of the classic book "Think and Grow Rich" NAPOLEON HILL. 

" Every ADVERSITY, every FAILURE, every HEARTACHE carries with it the SEED of an EQUAL or GREATER BENEFIT".

 I now FEEL BETTER.

Life is GREAT and eventually it will be GREATER.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Health Benefits of ALOE VERA



When I say aloe vera is the most impressive medicinal herb invented by nature, I don’t make that statement lightly. Of all the herbs I’ve ever studied — and I’ve written thousands of articles on nutrition and disease prevention — aloe vera is the most impressive herb of them all. (Garlic would be a close second.) There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by aloe vera. In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:

• Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
• Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
• Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
• Reduces high blood pressure naturally, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
• Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
• Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
• Ends constipation.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
• Prevents and treats candida infections.
• Protects the kidneys from disease.
• Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks obsolete.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.

Truly, there is nothing else that compares to the medicinal potential of aloe vera. And yet most people only know about the topical applications of aloe vera gel. They think it’s only good for sunburns. In reality, aloe vera is useful for both external and internal use.

by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

Full article: http://www.naturalnews.com/021858_aloe_vera_gel.html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to LOSE WEIGHT in a healthy and effective way

Would you be interested if I tell you that there is an effective way on how to lose weight and get healthier?

Are you someone who loves food and enjoys eating?

If you are like me, I will eat all the delicious food serve in front of me, seriously.

But there is just one problem. I don't want to get fat.

Just like you, I am absolutely sure you don't want to get that scale increasing unless you don't care how it will affect your life in general.

It will not only make us look unhealthy but there are a lot of health issues that we have to battle if we are overweight.

Eating is fun. but being overweight is not fun at all. 

But there are ways we can do to lose that extra weight if we are just willing to change.

Here are some examples of changes we can incorporate so we can start losing weight and feel better.

Drink Aloe Vera gel first thing in the morning.  There are a lot of health benefits you can get by drinking aloe Vera everyday. One of which is keeping your digestive tract healthy which contributes to proper elimination thus aiding in losing weight easily.

Eat healthier, add more vegetables and fruits into your meal.

Incorporate movement in your life, in other words exercise regularly. Start small like a 15 to 30 minute walking or any other form of exercises that you know you can do and maintain regularly.

Drink a lot of water at least 8 to 12 glasses per day. Experts say that it helps flush out toxins in your body through elimination.

Substitute at least one or two meals with a healthy smoothie, combining fruits, greens, nuts, seeds and a delicious protein powder in chocolate or vanilla that will give you the amount of protein you need.

Drink green juices. It will not only provide you with vitamins and minerals but antioxidants as well.

Eat sweets in moderation or if you can eliminate as much sugar as possible, do it. If you can't live without it, this healthy delicious natural honey can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Drink alcohol in moderation. 

Get  at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Again experts say when you are not deprive of sleep, the body functions at its best thus helps in better metabolism resulting to weight loss.

Laugh, play, sing, dance and get your body moving.

Eliminate stress.

Change your mindset. 

There are a lot of activities we can incorporate to help us lose weight and live healthier.

We just have to take ACTION and START which is sometimes the most difficult to do because we tend to procrastinate thinking there is always tomorrow to start again.

If we will not force ourselves to start the changes above, nothing will happen. We will be stuck to our old self and we are bound to a life of unhappiness and maybe misery.

But there is an easy but effective and healthier way of doing this.

So if you are in a hurry and you want to see results in a short period of time, 9 days for that matter,  you may want to try the Clean 9 pak of Forever Living.

It is a weight loss program designed to detoxify the body and get rid of toxins that makes losing weight easier in just 9 days. 

I've tried it and it really works. I lost 3.6 kilos in just 9 days. What's even better aside from feeling light is the energy I got because my body is functioning better from the detoxification process I went through using the Clean 9.

Give it a try. You will never regret it. I guarantee that.

After that, if you want to continue losing more weight and get that ideal weight you've always wanted, you can proceed to doing the F.I.T. I or the F.I.T. II program.

C9, F.I.T. I and F.I.T. II - The FOREVER FIT is an advanced nutritional, cleansing and weight-loss program designed to help you look and feel better.

Watch the short video below to jump start your way to a HEALTHIER YOU.

DARE to CHANGE, try the Clean 9 and welcome A BETTER VERSION OF YOU. :)


Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to create a MASTERPIECE

We COME into this WORLD

LIMITLESS in our POTENTIAL

We are CURIOUS
HOPEFUL
POWERFUL

We LEARN
We GROW
We FALL
We RISE
We LAUGH
We CRY
We CELEBRATE LIFE

We take the OPPORTUNITY of a LIFETIME
In the LIFETIME of the OPPORTUNITY
We are UNIQUE
Our LEGACY is PERMANENT
Yet TIME waits for no ONE
One BRILLIANT STROKE at a TIME

We REALIZE
That our LIFE
This MASTERPIECE we CREATE is FOREVER
We are FOREVER – FUN
Our HEALTH is FOREVER – DIGNITY
Our FAMILY is FOREVER - EMPATHY
We are FOREVER – BELIEF


OPPORTUNITY is FOREVER  -COURAGE

We are FOREVER - INTEGRITY

I am FOREVER -BALANCE

My FUTURE is FOREVER – PASSION


CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Top 10 REASONS to drink ALOE VERA GEL



by Dr Peter Atherton MB ChB, DObst RCOG, FRCGB & Forever Living Products Advisory Board Member

Imagine slicing open an Aloe leaf and consuming the Gel directly from the plant. Forever’s Aloe Vera Gel, is as close to the real thing as you can get. The first of its kind to receive certification by the International Aloe Science Council, this rich blend of pulp and liquid gives us a product as near to nature as possible.

1. EFFECT on the GUT

Aloe Vera has a wonderfully beneficial action on bowel function which results in smooth and efficient transit of contents resulting in a softer, bulkier stool, making it easier to pass.

2. ASSISTS in HEALTHY DIGESTION

A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into the bloodstream. There is clear, clinical evidence that by drinking Aloe Vera Gel the bowel is able to absorb these nutrients more efficiently, especially protein. I also suspect that many other substances are much better absorbed under its influence.

3. BALANCES the IMMUNE SYSTEM

Among the substances identified in Aloe Vera is a long chain of sugar (polysaccharides) that is known to have an effect on the cytokine system – the chemical messengers of the immune system. Therefore it can act in a way that balances the system and so it can be considered and can be called an immunomodulator. In the USA this sugar has been extracted from Aloe Vera and made into a drug.

4. EFFECT on the SKIN

When they are first produced deep in the epidermis, skin cells are rather large and very much alive, but by the time they reach the surface after 21-28 days (in normal skin), they are a shadow of their former selves and are transformed into just thin flakes of keratin which eventually fall off. Aloe Vera Gel provides the essential nutrition to feed the basal cells and therefore the skin remains healthy and is able to perform its vital functions more efficiently – as well as looking much better!

5. INCREASES the ACTIVITY of FIBROBLASTS

Fibroblasts are specialized cells found in the skin. Their job is to produce fiber such as collagen and elastin. These fibers give the skin its structure and of course, make it look plump and elastic. The more you have, the younger your skin looks.

6. EFFECTS on the MUSCULOSKELETAL system

Certain substances in the aloe, such as the salicylic acid and the plant sterols are able to soothe muscles and maintain healthy joints, mobility and flexibility.

7. EFFECT on the GUT FLORA

Aloe Vera is a natural balancer in many areas and nowhere more so that inside the gut, where it tends to regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that inhabit it. At various times in life people can develop an imbalance through a variety of causes which can lead to problems and, as with probiotics, Aloe may often help to normalise the situation.

8. A USEFUL SOURCE of MINERALS

Some of the minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. This is because the plant tends to grow in areas where soils are rich in these minerals and its roots are able to absorb and deliver them to us in a very available form.

9. A USEFUL SOURCE of VITAMINS

Aloe Vera Gel contains a large number of vitamins – even trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants. Apart from vitamin A, it contains B-group vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid. Many of these vitamins cannot be stored by the body so we need to constantly top them up from the food that we eat. What better way than by drinking a daily amount of Aloe Vera Gel while at the same time building up the body’s defense system against oxidative stress naturally.

And last but not the least....

10. A WONDERFUL DRINK for GOOD HEALTH

By drinking the Aloe Vera Gel with all its important ingredients (often now deficient in our food) including 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body, and seven of the eight essential ones that just cannot be made, the body is able to get enough to allow complex enzyme systems to work really well. This means the body can function at 100%. The net result to the individual is a wonderful feeling of well-being.

As you can see from these 10 great reasons, taken daily – either alone or mixed with fruit juice – Aloe Vera Gel is one of the best nutritional supplements available!

“This means that the body can function at 100%”

About the Author

Dr Peter Atherton, MB.ChB.,D.Obst.,RCOG.,FRCGP.
Qualified at Leeds University and after six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he became a NHS General Practitioner and GP trainer in Buckinghamshire where he has practiced for 25 years. After leaving the NHS he spent two years as a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford. After which he was appointed as Director of the Tyringham Clinic, Europe’s largest residential naturopathic clinic.

During his medical practice, he developed an interest in Dermatology, having spent three years in the Skin department of a District Hospital. This interest combined with an understanding of the power of herbal remedies gained whilst serving in the Far East led to his fascination with Aloe Vera.
He lectures extensively on the medical aspects of Aloe Vera and is the author of three books on the subject. The latest entitled “Aloe Vera the Medicine Plant” is already on the way to being an international best seller.

He has just been elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the highest recognition in his branch of the profession.

Dr Peter Atherton is an advisor to Forever Living Products.

Please watch this beautiful short video about how these amazing drinks can be beneficial to our health and life in general.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

How frustrations can set you free



Is frustration really a part of life?

In my 50+ years on earth, I've been into a lot of experiences where I cried, became angry because of frustration. The choices we made or things we did sometimes lead us to feel frustrated. The things that we wanted to do but in one way or another is not being addressed or fulfilled can leave us with sentiments and frustrations.

How are we affected by it?

It can make a huge impact on us, it can either make or break a person. It can also be a catalyst to success or failure. It can drive a person to face fear and do what has to be done to resolve the issue. And when this happens, whatever the answer maybe, the important thing is the person did try to do something.

Work is important to me so every now and then even if I am not that physically fit to work, I tried my best to be present to avoid conflict.

Two days ago, that was what I exactly did. I decided to go to work even if I wasn't feeling very well due to lack of sleep the night before because I was on the verge of getting a flu. Lately, I wasn't really in my best self. I was always feeling tired, having some pain in some parts of my body. A part of aging process? Maybe.

My physical body was complaining but my mind won over that, so I resolved to ignore the matter. When I arrived at work, I was asked by a colleague if I can work her shift because she was not feeling well too. She asked it If I am willing to do that.

Is the word NO hard to say?

For me it is. I felt I am letting the person down when I say no to a request or a favor.  I know nobody can please everyone but maybe this is the case for me. I just want to please everyone. The shift was supposed to be helping as much as possible 2 to 3 different departments or depending which department is busy.

And so I went to do the job, was instructed by a colleague to help a client whom I was not so familiar with. And since I was not feeling really well, I thought I will not be able to do my job very well. So I told my colleague I was sorry I can't perform the task. I felt resentment and also realized one thing. I should have not said "Yes".

When one feels resentment and frustration... 

My first reaction was to asked my colleague if I can just do my shift and she does hers. I said to her, "I am not really feeling very well I will not be able to do your shift". She told me " So what do you want?, Will you do that or not? Since this will be the first time I am doing that shift I really don't know what to do and you have been doing it so often so you know what to do". And I wish I can tell her what I want to say too, but I was timid to do it.

What I observed from their culture which I admired very much is that they are not afraid to speak what's in their mind. They are very frank. She probably said only what she wanted to say without intending to hurt me. 

But it made me so frustrated that it triggered pain in my body and the lack of courage to tell her what I wanted to say and how I feel made my condition worst. I wanted to be like her, saying frankly the things I want to say. I wanted to ask her "How will you know when you will not try to do the shift?" I wanted to tell her, "it's not hard because it's just the same thing that you do every time you work". But instead I kept it to myself. 

My frustration turned into anger, I was angry at myself.  When she told me I was doing the shift more often than she does that it will be her first time and that she doesn't know what to do, I thought then  that she probably doesn't like to do the shift because of that and not because she is not feeling well.  Or maybe I am wrong and should give it the benefit of the doubt. 

It was very frustrating. It even made me think, what if it was not me whom she had to ask? What if it was another colleague other than someone like me who dare not to say "No"?. Will she have the guts to ask? Maybe or maybe not. I knew she just tried asking me otherwise she will not know the answer. And she got the answer she was hoping to get.

Should we be afraid to voice out our feelings? 

The frustrations of not saying what I wanted to say and how I feel brought tears in my eyes and this was seen by another colleague who was very sympathizing and told me " We can't do anything about it, if you are sick then you are and can't work" To make the story short, I decided to go home...

My husband knew right away that there was something wrong that happened at work. But I don't want to talk about it. I only said I was sick and that was it. Even if he tried so hard to convince me to talk, I kept everything to myself, which affected me for two days leaving me physically, emotionally and mentally drained.

I just wanted to be alone avoiding my husband who was very worried about me. I hated myself, the situation, my decisions, and cried a lot.  I talked to my sister in the US via Skype and my cries were tears of someone who's not happy at all with her life, someone who's feelings were trapped out of her inability to say it freely. I was feeling very very frustrated.

I was very unhappy, the lack of resources to make a choice hurts, because I can not live as I wanted my life to be. I was feeling so helpless, hopeless and weak because I can't say how I feel and do what I really want to do. All of these struggles left me with physical and emotional pain, most of all regrets.

I needed to do something....

And so I decided I have to do something, so I sent an email to my superior telling him if I can make an appointment with him to talk and he answered affirmatively.

I am ready to talk. I resolved to talk about what I think, how I feel and  what I want to do with regards to my work. I want to ask him if he can help me move forward from where I am right now. If it means studying again or attending seminars or trainings I am more than willing to do these things just to get ahead and feel better.

I want to talk about how I can help and contribute to the quality of care of the clients. I want to ask his help about the business I started that maybe through that I will be able to be more of value to them, but most importantly to feel more valuable that I will be able to contribute more to the quantity and quality of care our clients deserve.

From there, we will see what will happen...

It is always better to expect good things to happen...

I am hoping he can help me and understand my sentiments and frustrations...

If not... then at least I was able to adapt what I just read from the new book by Brendon Burchard "The Motivation Manifesto" which is written on the topic " On Freedom" which says :

Personal Freedom (which should be everyone's goal) - means " courageously speaking our thoughts, feelings and ambitions with those around us without concern about acceptance"
(this is just one of the many beautiful meanings of Personal Freedom)
With that, I rest my belief that whatever transpires between my superior and I, I trust that our loving God will help and guide me. I lift and offer everything to HIM.