Monthly Archives: May 2015

Increasing Well Being in the Family

Posted by Linda

Increasing a sense of well being in the family affects physical, emotional and spiritual states. We all know that without good health and a sense of well being, many things are so much more difficult. I’m sure that every one of us has had the experience of a family member or ourselves being ill. It is a very challenging period of time when someone close to you is unwell, as it was in my family. We tend to worry more as the illness becomes the focus of our existence. So especially when we are going through times of great stress, it is really essential to strive for a sense of well being so that we do not become ill ourselves.

How do we avoid depleting our immune system and well being? Avoid eating stale food, junk food, being around negative people,watching television and being on the computer for excessive periods of time. We may also experience poor health when we suffer from overexertion, excessive worry, fear, sorrow and too many late nights.

According to the ancient art of Ayurveda, it takes approximately 35 days to rejuvenate one’s health when it is depleted. One method of rejuvenation is increasing one’s digestive fires. Here are some suggestions that people have used in the past. Avoiding overeating and spacing meals far enough apart in order to digest properly is essential. Drink no more than one cup of water with a meal. Drink milk separately from other foods. There are many more ways to increase digestion, such as the use of certain herbs and spices. Cinnamon is commonly used by many people to increase the digestive fires. if anyone is curious about other ideas, please contact me.

Also love and harmony in your heart and particularly in connection with another increases the quality of health and sense of well being.

Supplement Your Brain With Herbs

Posted by Caroline

Herbs can relieve stress, improve circulations, and even boost memory. Researchers are finding that wild plants contain a storehouse of genetic information that may lead to new treatments for disease, especially those that have heretofore resisted treatments, such as immune-deficiency diseases.

The Differences Between Herbal Remedies And Drugs:

Herbal Medicines                                          Conventional Drugs

– Are based on entire, whole plant                – Are based on isolated chemicals

– Are made from natural substances             – May be synthetic

– are created from the sun’s energy              – Are unrelated to Nature’s cycle

– Have few if any side effects                         – Always have side effects

– Work slowly and subtly                                – work dramatically

– Enhance vitality                                           – Deplete vitality

Posted by Caroline

The  Annual Spring Tea is tomorrow, May 20th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm  in the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center in OR.

Stop by any time to join the ladies for a “Special Tea-Time”,  it is free of charge. The Center is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm (MO-FR).

Individuals and families are welcome anytime during the week.  Check out the many programs they have;

Breast Cancer

by Colleen

I saw this article this morning and believe this is news worthy information to pass on to other women.  It made me think about, another aspect of my health and something I was not aware of regarding breast cancer.

This Photo Could Save Your Life: The Subtle Sign That Tipped This Woman Off to Breast Cancer

This Photo Could Save Your Life: The Subtle Sign That Tipped This Woman Off to Breast Cancer

Lisa Royle warned the world of just how subtle breast cancer can be, in a photo that’s now gone viral. (Photo: Facebook) 

When we think of breast cancer, we tend to think of a lump or mass. But sometimes a cancer can present in the subtlest of ways — something Lisa Royle of Manchester, United Kingdom, now knows well.

The 42-year-old mother posted a photo of her breast to Facebook just before her mastectomy, which has now been shared more than 57,000 times and liked 35,000 times. She wanted to share the single symptom that tipped her off to a growing cancer: a measly dimple.

“Ok so I never thought I’d post a boob picture on Facebook but I thought I would before it gets chopped off next week,”Royle writes. “So here it is….. This all that I found on my boob. Very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we’re all rushing round getting ready in a morning.”

Luckily, though, Royle noticed that tiny little indicator that something was off in her body. According to The Daily Mail, she had her mastectomy this week and is now recovering. “Please take time to check your boobs,” she writes. It could save your life.”

Related: U.S. Breast Cancer Rates Will Increase 50% By 2030 (But It’s Not All Bad News)

According to Susan K. Boolbol, MD, Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, even a subtle dimple should send off an alarms. “As a cancer grows, it can pull the skin in,” she tells Yahoo Health. “It is the same thing that can cause the nipple to become inverted.”

Royle and her husband. (Photo: Facebook) 

The lesson here, however, is not just the dimpling. It’s that any and all changes in the breast, even subtle ones, needs to be evaluated. “Women need to get familiar with their own bodies and breasts,” Boolbol says. “Even a small change needs to get checked out, and you don’t have to wait six months to do it.”

Boolbol says that most women expect to feel a lump with cancer, but other signs should be noted, as well. These subtler, lesser-known symptoms includes growing redness, a change in the skin texture (almost like an orange peel), a sudden change in the size of one breast, a rash on the nipple, or leakage from the nipple that occurs without squeezing or applying pressure.

Related: Why BRCA-Free Women Are Choosing to Have Their Breasts Removed Anyway 

Breast cancer has been in the news a lot lately, from Angelina Jolie’s important insights on BRCA mutations to Rita Wilson’s pursuit of a second opinion on pathology – which eventually led to her diagnosis.

Boolbol says that, although there hasn’t been an increase in breast cancer diagnoses, we’re all doing a better job of getting the word out about the many ways breast cancer can touch us. “It’s a better awareness,” she says. “And this allows women to pick up on even the subtle signs.”

From Angelina Jolie to Lisa Royle, continuously reopening the conversation about breast cancer is what saves lives.

Wall- and Drawer-Jewelry-Organizers

Posted by Caroline

Use a decorative tray and a collection of pretty bowls to display your earrings and bracelets on the bathroom counters or to keep them dust- and clutter free you can put them in your bathroom drawers.

Other ways to display your pretty earrings: Take a nice picture frame and cut some fine chicken-wire that fits in the back of the frame to hang your earrings on the wall.

Take a pretty wide ribbon, double it and sew a metal ring on top to hang on the wall and use it as a earring hanger. These ideas are helpful when you don’t have a lot of counter- and/or drawer storage spaces.

More Storage Solutions

Posted by Caroline

Back-of-door storage tips: To display and hold the next day’s outfit use an over-the-door hook to add on the inside of your closet- bedroom- or bathroom door. The back-of-door storage idea can be used for organizing anything from jewelry, office and school supplies and kitchen pantry items with a hanging rack.

Parenting Challenges

Posted by Linda

As a parent, do you ever feel like your child is the king or queen and you do the royals bidding? I know that I certainly did. It was often the struggle between, do I pick up this mess myself or do I go through the usual tantrums that my child offers me in the form of resistance and control, over me of course. Now, I realize that I took  what seemed to be the “easy” way out and cleaned up the mess myself. It was way too exhausting to go through the screaming and multitude of excuses as well as the downright refusal to cooperate and clean up! What I didn’t understand that I was setting myself up to be the parlor maid ad infinitum. If I would have taken the time, with persistence and patience, my days as the parlor maid would have ended so much sooner. Oh well, I’m sure that I will have another opportunity to work through something like this again!

I would love to hear what you have to say.