Where to Start to Improve Your Health?

There are many things you can do to enjoy better health – small incremental changes that, over time, can make an enormous combined difference.

Rome wasnt built in a day; One person cant make a difference; Its too hard, too confusing.  Well, yes, all in one go can be very daunting, unless you are on a life changing quest and can focus all your energy into understanding what changes you could make and why and giving it your undivided attention.

Most of us dont have that luxury. For most of us, time is the enemy .. however, a few minutes knowledge,  gained and actioned one a time,  over a lifetime can build up to an enormous fount of information and change.

But what knowledge and how do I find it?

These days, there is no excuse for not knowing .. the internet has every book every printed at your fingertips, practically every piece of knowledge unearthed over eons is now ready and waiting for you to learn.

Never before, in the history of man, has so much information been so immediately and cheaply available.

However, do be a bit discerning.

Not all information is created equal.

Not all websites or businesses are ethical and true.

Not all products will fulfill the many claims made for them.

Not all information comes from an unbiased source.

So, how can you know?

Most websites will carry references to the source of their material.

Take the time and follow the links.

Who said it? What do they have to gain? Are they being paid by someone to dispel certain information? Is the study flawed or biased? Was it a big study done over time and were all things taken into consideration or was it a small biased study using a hand picked chosen few? Who paid for the study and what do they have to gain by releasing “only part” of the findings?

This information too is out there .. You have to search for it and follow where it leads, build some trust with some writers, authors and referees. Make up your mind who you can trust and believe. Are they open and honest about their dealings with you? Do they too reference and source their material? What do they have to gain by putting up the information you seek – are they open and honest about that?

Most websites do have a purpose.  Most websites are there to inform. Most websites are there as a business, ethical or otherwise.  Trust your instincts and go with those you believe and trust, but make it a point not to take everything at face value – over time you will work out what is what.  Who is consistently giving you useful, logical and correct information?

Every Website will have a bias. Even this one!

I have a bias towards all things natural; true and ethical dealings,; right information,  remedies that have been proven in homes by mothers and in healing centres. I tend to lean away from “mainstream medicine” because I prefer natural, alternative remedies. Most remedies, even mainstream ones, originated from plants and I believe this is still the best way to sort out the body and get it functioning well. However, I lean away from synthetic reproductions of naturally occurring, beneficial plant extracts, tinctures and ingredients.  I believe that there is a plant, a vegetable or a herb or fruit or combination’s of these that will, over time assist the body to rid itself of most of our physical and a lot of our emotional complaints too..

Water, exercise and sunshine (yes, good old sunshine is back on the menu once again! www.naturalnews.com/rr-sunlight.html) will do the rest. Adjustments in lifestyle will also go a long way to remedy most ills.  Give the body what it needs and it will always, even up to its last breath, try and heal itself. Thats what it does.  If we can supply the right ingredients, make healthier lifestyle choices and beef up positive, happier attitudes, we would all be leading happier, healthier, more vibrant lives.

Its all out there for you to find and to decide what is good and true for yourself.

To start you on your journey, I have included here some websites and businesses I trust,  for good information and great products. .. and yes, I do have an interest in your good health and by promoting some of these products, I may make a commission … sincerely .. Liz Sheridan (BzzyLzzy)

This is “The Health Ranger” site,  4 great info on all sorts of topics pertaining to health. www.naturalnews.com

Don Tolman, the Wholefood Medicine Man (ancient wisdom for our health) www.dontolman.com

You may have noticed my belief in Aloe Vera as one of the leading natural health juices of all time (yes, even the Pharaoh’s and Cleopatra used it!) Here is a great link outlining its numerous, proven health giving properties

Mike Adams, a very enthusiastic user of the Aloe Vera Plant – read right down the left hand column. http://wp.me/pB2aK-1H

Information to read and Drs recommendations – Scroll down to “What Doctors are saying about Aloe”

http://www.aloe-yourmiracledoctor.com/index.html

Aloe Juice and your health – no hype, just the facts. Ingredients listed – Click on the benefits of Aloe Vera Tab. www.aloelife.com.au/60047

Information on growing Aloe Vera and its properties.  http://skincare-dynamics.promastore.com.au/ProductMoreInfo/tabidi/1469/ID/4501/Menu/ID/1379/Default.aspx

There are so many sites out there guys .. I will put up more  another day.

As always, if you have any health concerns, consult your Dr or Health Practitioner.

Written on the 8th of December 2009 by Don Tolman

Taking a Closer Look at “Natural” Foods

If you could bite down on a crispy, crunchy potato chip that was “natural”, tasted great and totally good for you, you’d probably buy it, right?

Makers of potato chips, corn chips, pancake mixes, frozen waffles, frosted breakfast cereals, ice cream and other taste tempters think so too. That’s why the word ”natural” appears so frequently on food packages these days. Marketing experts know that, for many consumers, “natural” equals “healthy”, and “healthy” sells.

In fact, the word ”natural” on a food package means next to nothing because ”natural” has no meaning in law or regulation. For these reasons, the use of ”natural” on food products all too often detracts attention from more important considerations.

“Natural” and “Organic” may even be misleading if it implies that the product is free of chemical additives (often not the case) or that competitors’ products are “un-natural” and therefore bad for you.

Almost all foods today are processed in some way, and unless you are able to buy exclusively from a farmers’ market or grow your own fruits and vegetables, much of what you eat have seen the inside of a lab, factory or high-tech warehouse. Food science has become so sophisticated that it can be difficult to know where natural and organic ends and unnatural and organic begins.

There are breakfast cereals made from organically grown wheat with raisins made from organically grown grapes. But the cereal itself can have lots of preservatives. Or it may contain lots of added aluminized salt and processed sugar which are ”natural,” but in the quantities that you find in breakfast cereals, they’re not healthful and can be very harmful. Even natural and organic foods require some degree of processing. “Is it organic? Is it natural? Well, NO.” Not if natural in this case means: “the way nature made it”.

When it comes to shopping for items in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisles, be aware that the nutritional content can vary considerably from store to store. A good question is, how long ago were they picked? You never know for sure how long fruits and vegetables have been on the shelf or even on the truck in the warehouse.

Fruits and vegetables loose nutritional value over time. If they are fresh when you bring them home be sure to eat them within 3 or 4 days of purchase or they will have lost so much of the nutritional value you’d be better off buying frozen.

So what’s my recommendation? Wherever possible, buy organic, locally grown produce that has recently been picked. It’s best not to buy produce that has been transported, stored and refrigerated for days and weeks on end, even if it does carry an “organic” label. First and foremost, I always choose fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and enjoy them within the first few days of taking them home.

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The Law of Attraction!

Some more positives we should look at:

Attitude is one.

Your Attitude determines your Altitude! .. Anon.

This quote is anonymous, but I have heard it so often from one man I truly admire, Mr Val Fittler, that I always attribute this saying to him.

Mr Fittler, 25 years ago began a family business in Australia based on the philosophy:

“We believe in people and their dreams, and in their unlimited potential to achieve them” and also: “To uplift, inspire and encourage people from all walks of life, to lead more worthwhile and meaningful lives”

Could there ever be a better business (and life!) philosophy?

Mr Fittler’s attitude to his business, his work and his personal life are quite inspiring to me. Over the many years I have been associated with him and have attended many trainings with him, I feel I have gotten to know him and his lovely family quite well. He has often been head of the DSA (Direct Selling Association) of Australia and is a renowned public speaker.

“Your Attitude determines Your Altitude” is a favourite quote, and one he really aspires to.

For a long time, I didnt understand this quote .. then, surprisingly, as my attitude became more positive, it really began to make clear sense to me.

I truly believe, that when you are ready to take a step on whichever road you are travelling, the teacher will always appear.

So, practically then, you must decide and begin your journey yourself .. then so much information (which you may have been quite *blind* to) will suddenly *appear* on your radar. The law of attraction is at it again!

You will attract into your life, that which you think about.

Your mental and emotional health is also dependent upon your attitude.

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

Earl Nightingale

Take Charge of your Health!

I lost a lovely friend this week .. She was an interesting, funny, intelligent, big hearted clever lady who was always there to listen, whether you were just chatting or having a whinge (it made no difference to her) She was there for you.

I miss Avie already. When my own Mum died 4 years ago, Avril kinda took her place in my heart .. now there is just a big empty space.

Avril was a smoker .. had been since she was a teenager during the war. She thought, much like my Mum did, that although smoking was bad for them  “I know that” – they’d both admit, but because they hadn”t had any ill effects up to now they thought probably they weren’t going to  ..

Avril had a bad heart attack 4 years ago .. and seemed to have “recovered” .. she gave up smoking, for a while. But I think she started again once she thought the immediate danger was over.

She died from Cancer of the lungs which spread horrifyingly quickly. She had no chance to do anything once it was discovered. She was just 69, with many plans and hopes and dreams unfulfilled.

Mum had PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) which mainly affected her liver. Mum hardly ever drank water. “I get plenty of water with my tea” she’d say. Even when we came to Australia, she wouldnt change her ways, though I would often encourage her to do so.

Mums PKD got worse as she hit her late 60’s. She’d had several “attacks” down in Pemberton .. where she recovered by herself, drinking only lemon juice and.. you guessed it, water! As soon as she felt well enough, she’d be back onto her never ending cup of tea. She also continued to smoke.

She thought because she could still go for a decent walk and do a days work, that she was fine .. Why didnt she just continue on with the lemon juice and the water? Such a simple thing to incorporate into her daily life .. She could have also given up smoking then .. It would have made such a difference. She did eventually give up smoking (but too late) yet did nothing pro-active to try and improve her health.

Once, when she was in hospital she said to me “I should have listened to you Lizzy – and drank more water” .. it made me sad to hear her say it .. I should have been more forceful, more persuasive.

PKD is a genetic disease, however, we now know that genes can be switched off and on by certain things ..

Smoking detroys the body’s innate health and its ability to take care of itself, and would have most certainly contributed to her decline. Drinking more water would probably have given her a longer healthier life. We all know that Water is the “River of Life”

She also died with unfulfilled ambition, hopes and dreams.

Such a waste of two wonderful people ..

You are responsible for your Health .. not the Drs, or your mother, or your wives or partners .. You! .. and you will wear the consequences, good or bad!

At the very least, there are two things you can do –

Walk Daily

Drink Water, Lots of it! (Adding fresh lemon juice is great too!)

One thing you shouldnt do, Do Not Smoke!

What else can you do to improve your health?

Inner Leaf Aloe Vera juice & a high quality Vit C are two supplements you can take that can assist your body to “re-balance and to normalize”  itself. If you take nothing else, these give you an wonderful, easy to digest, nutritional boost and will help enormously, no matter what your problem is.

If you live in Australia, you can get them here http://skincare-dynamics.promastore.com.au/aloejuice

(If you live elsewhere, send a comment and I will tell you where you can find Pure Inner Leaf Aloe Vera Juice and High Quality Vitamin C in your country)

If you already have disease, they will support your body and help it to heal itself and they will also lessen the pain and symptoms. It doesnt matter what your problem is – They work .. they just do. They are both natural anti-inflamatories and will not cause further problems by taking them. By all means, check with your Dr, but do something Pro-Active for yourself, now!

When I was 17, I decided that I would like to become a nurse. I’d already had a taste of it because I’d worked in Old Peoples Homes for a couple of years since I was just 15.(C class hospitals they were called then ) It was my first job.

I remember going to Perth for the interview and passing whatever criteria was required, then having to get my teeth all fixed up before beginning the course (as it would be all paid for once I began nursing) Then I had to have a complete physical, which was fine. I was given the all clear and I had my start date, which was the end of May.

Just a week before I was due to take to the wards, I discovered I was expecting, so I decided that maybe I had a higher calling and never began that career. Now I know that I would have made a miserable nurse – I would’ve not have been able to hold my tongue for long and would’ve been constantly reprimanded for putting the patient first and arguing with the Drs!

Today, I no longer suffer with wind, digestive stomach complaints or any other aches n pains as before. My hearing, always way below “normal” as a child, now @ 56, is the best its ever been .. Did I mention the Tinnitus? Well, that’s gone too.

This is all due to my own investigative learnings, observations and readings and the changes I have made to my diet over time.

I also take a few amazing supplements and I drink High quality Aloe Vera Juice .. I have had some wondrous improvements not only for my health, but for Nans too – Nan is quite well for her age (and for her history! – but thats a whole new story!)

My remaining health challenges are:

My weight – I’ve been “overweight” since I was 7!

Varicose veins (inherited from both parents, but thats its own story!)

Depression – I am always on alert to keep “the dark side” at bay!

The odd severe headache .. ( I think they are emotional and stress induced)… but I’m working on them!

So, now you have the best and the worst of me! .. I will let you know how I go as this story unfolds and my learning with the amazing Don Tolman begins in earnest

Just had the first training webinar this morning, with Don Tolman and his son, Tyler .. amazing, this is so exciting, simple remedies and simple truths .. I have always thought there would be a simple way to health. (Not necessarily an EASY way) Why else would we be made the way we are?

We are meant to live long, healthy, happy, stressless lives .. we just go about it a bit skewiff at times.

Foods and what we intake has always been the key and basically, we all know that.

“We are what we eat” is not just a phrase to be casually bandied about, but we should take it to heart and really learn what it means… and be totally aware of it.

I love that we are learning this great stuff, not just in the online learning centre, but to hear it directly from Don and Tyler in a conversational type setting, with Questions coming in re peoples health and the simple remedies they can use. Don doesnt even have to really think about it – he just knows! He also (very simply) goes into the reasons for it too.

I’d forgotten about Hydrogen Peroxide and using it for earache and infections . and to hear that we can use it on our teeth and gums too .. thats great! and the most amazing thing of all, Salt! I will go into Salt and its uses another day, suffice to say, it is really great to know this stuff.

I hope we have more webinars like that. worth getting up at 5.30 for .. eeek! I have never been an early riser, but it was so lovely this morning, the air felt so fresh as it was before the heat started to come in.

I think I became a night person just to preserve my sanity .. There was always so much to do with the children, every evening after they’d gone to bed was my time. When I could get things done that I hadnt been able to get to during the day, the sewing, washing or the ironing or just my time for some peace and quiet. The kids were all early risers (til they hit their teens – what happens then??) so the mornings were never peaceful but full of so much going on, I would just let them have that time .. and get up after the main hubub to check clothes, lunches and the days affairs (or to referee as the case may be!)

Well, I loved the webinar, but time was so short today, I need to try and put more into my online learning from Don’s Academy – everything I need to know and have a hunger to know is just there, I need only to look

My New Years Resolution (starting from today) “Do or Do Not. There is no Try” Yoda

When I was young

18/12/2009

A Painful Childhood.

I can remember the earaches, which would continue sometimes for days, excruciating pain drilling thru the side of my head, relieved only when the eardrum could take no more and would burst, releasing a welcome foul, stinking green ooze – Welcome because it meant the earaches would stop for a while and I could be pain free & get a good nights sleep .. until the endless cycle began again.

I remember being so embarrassed as a kid because of having a constant, thick green runny nose that simply never went away (likely because of food / milk allergies, or diet) I can recall that it was suggested that the Australian climate might help clear it up .. and it did, eventually, when I was about 15.

Then there was the terrifying sharp pains in my heart which made it almost impossible to breathe properly for hours after any kind of exertion .. (I never did find out what was causing that ) ..We all walked several miles to school and back each day, so we should have been quite fit actually, but running around was always a problem for me.

I also had constant miserable pain for years in my calves as a child ..growing pains, Mum called them, but it didn’t make them feel any better.

Then there was the gut wrenching stomach spasms, violent and explosive wind  that would begin under my shoulder blades and spend the whole day (and half the night sometimes) painfully churning and gurgling its way down my back & thru my body until it reached its eventual and embarrassing natural *end*

This continued until I was well into my 20s, before I discovered I was lactose intolerant. These days, it would be almost the first thing I would think of, but back then, not much was known about such things.

I was also totally deaf for a year or so … funny really, because no-one really knew for a long time, not even myself .. I was about 8 or 9 I think and I only knew that I could not hear people speak unless I could see them speak .. I could lipread so well though that the Drs told Mum that I must have been completely deaf for at least a year …

I remember that the family would get quite exasperated when I wouldn’t answer them or I would turn and ask .. What? Or Aye?.. They almost gave up speaking to me as it was annoying for them, as I guess it would be. I know it was quite lonely at times.

But it wasn’t a miserable existence – far from it. We were a large (there were 8 of us children) warm, noisy, fiercely loyal, argumentative, sharing and caring, happy family. We were all *best friends*

In all fairness, it would probably be difficult amongst the never-ending work and noise of such a family, to pick up when one child had a problem. It didn’t really occur to me to complain much either, life was what it was and I knew no different. Aspirin was still relatively new on the market for pain relief and Mum would use it sparingly and only with the gravest misgivings – ½ a tablet for the worst earache. I don’t recall that it ever had much effect, but it was comforting to have a little extra attention and for my pain to actually be acknowledged.

Mum was, luckily for us, very wary of the new medications and anything that came from the chemist. She always looked for the old remedies, even when she suffered with severe Pleurisy (fluid on the lungs – a very painful condition) and sent her Dr off to find a * natural cure* refusing to take anything for it. He came back the next day and said she was to Pant, as fast and as deep as she could stand, at intervals, as often as she could manage it .. after several painful days, Mum did gradually begin to recover.

I said it was lucky for us that Mum was suspicious of medication because she was offered Thalidomide during several of her pregnancies, which she of course refused. That was indeed fortuitous; life could have been very very different for all of us.

Most of us kids grew up with the same wariness of these new fangled drugs, with always a leaning toward finding a natural, old fashioned remedy or a food that worked. As we have had our own children, this legacy, for the most part, has continued.

Good ole Mum!!