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“#SoSC” Prompt for Week is *Start Your Post with Preposition

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is start your post with a preposition. The heat is oppressive outside, I open the door to let Griffy in and a wave of heat knocks me backwards. In Texas it’s been at or over 100 for weeks now and it’s wearing on me, that says a lot because I’m a native Texan. I count the days until September when cooler days will replace the heat. M   Join us for the fun and sharing good media stories.  For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog. Here’s the link:https://lindaghill.com Here are the rules for SoCS: Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a […]

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Today in History

1851 The ‘Auld Mug’ trophy is awarded for the first time to the winners of a sailing race around England’s Isle of Wight. The schooner ‘America’ sails into first place with an ample lead, and so the competition between the world’s best racing yachts will be known as the ‘America’s Cup.’ 1902 Named for the man who founded Detroit in […]

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Chronic Pain Thoughts

  The sheet touches the underside of my arm and it burns. My sandals touch a spot on my foot that shoots pain up my leg. Sleeping is restless since shoulder and hip joints have painful arthritis. Motivation for anything is non existent. Sleeping requires narcotics, I hate the way they make me feel the next day. Walking the day […]

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Kristen Bell Gets Candid About Mental Health On Instagram

By David Konow 08/06/19 Bell revealed on Instagram that lately she’s been “feeling very off,” but she is utilizing resources and her support system to help her through it. Kristen Bell, star of Veronica Mars, is one of many celebrities who has been open about her mental health. She recently posted on her Instagram story, “Lately I’ve been feeling very off.” Bell added, “I’m checking in with my support systems and my resources and I hope you are too because we can handle whatever life throws at us if we ask for hope.” Several days earlier, Bell posted a picture of herself in a split image. In one image, she looked happy, in another image, she looked depressed. “Ever feel like this?” she wrote. “Me too. Often. It’s okay to not feel ok. We’ll get through it together.” On Instagram, Bell also suggested ways to battle back against tough mental health days, like going on Google and looking up “workouts near me, mental health resources near me, therapists near me, support groups near me.” In previous interviews, Bell has been very open about her mental health struggles. She learned about her family’s difficulties with mental health when she was 18. Her mother told her that there was “a serotonin imbalance in our family line, and it can often be passed from female to female.” Her grandmother had endured electroshock therapy, and Bell learned how to take care of her own mental health through her mother. When Bell decided to […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

From Jules Dowler Shepard   Ingredients 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) butter or nondairy alternative (Earth Balance Buttery Sticks) 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) shortening (or Earth Balance Shortening Stick) 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated cane sugar 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract (Neilson Massey Madagasgar Bourbon Vanilla) 2 large eggs (or reconstituted Ener-G […]

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Lyme Warrior, We are almost to our goal!

We are almost to our goal!Thank you so much to this amazing community for your support! We have raised over 80% of the funds to access this amazing database that will help us fund the future of Lyme disease! We are only $760 short!For the past 3 years, Lyme Warrior has been working to fund research & patient care through […]

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Today in History

Have a great Woodstock kind of day! I can’t believe I was only seven years old. Stay hydrated. M 1483 Pope Sixtus IV consecrates a chapel in Rome after painters, including Botticelli, have finished their frescos. The ceiling, however, still needs a little work, and 25 years later a new pope will hire Michelangelo to paint what will be considered one of the greatest artworks of all […]

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Bring Change to Mind Partners with Mental Health for US

 Bring Change to Mind is excited to announce that we have partnered with Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy. The initiative is powered by a coalition of stakeholder groups from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to make systemic, long-term change with civic engagement tools and resources.  The movement launched at The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 10th Annual Advocacy Forum by former U.S. Representative and co-chair of the Mental Health for US initiative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.). Former U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), a long-time mental health advocate, will also serve as co-chair. “The suicide rate has skyrocketed over the past 20 years because mental health and substance use disorders often go undetected and undertreated,” said Sen. Smith. “Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America. Now more than ever, we need our government leaders to stand up and champion systemic change. We have to make our voices heard.”  Join us in building this movement of change!   Learn More About Mental Health for Us 

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What is Endometriosis?

Originally posted on Dr. Lori Gore-Green:
Reproductive health must be taken very seriously, which is why women should understand what endometriosis is. It is often a painful disorder inside of the uterus and involves the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and tissue lining the pelvis. and can go undiagnosed for years. Unfortunately, it can lead to infertility. Defining Endometriosis Endometriosis is when tissue that makes up the uterine lining is present on other organs inside your body. It usually appears to happen within the pelvis and lower abdomen, but it can happen anywhere in the body. Although men can be affected by the disorder, it is extremely rare and most common in women.  The Symptoms Women can experience pain during intercourse, painful periods, lower abdomen pain, and infertility. Over time, unfortunately, pain can increase and become more intense. Some may also experience painful bowel movements and heavy menstruation. Other symptoms can range from bloating, nausea, constipation, fatigue, and diarrhea, especially during their periods. The more severe the pain usually indicates how severe the disorder is. Pain can be the most painful symptom, but some women do not experience any symptoms.  Due to these symptoms, endometriosis can be often misdiagnosed. It can often be diagnosed as a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or ovarian cysts. Endometriosis also shares the same symptoms as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which can complicate the diagnosis. Causes Unfortunately, the exact causes of endometriosis are unknown, but there are possible…

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What are Glutens and how to start a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

It’s important to understand what glutens are and where to look for in order to establish a gluten-free lifestyle. As more people are diagnosed gluten intolerant more pre-made products will become available making choices much easier. I plan to write a number of post on the Gluten-Free lifestyle in the coming months. Below is a short list of items and ingredients you can eat. The Information is taken from Gluten Freedom by Alessio Fasano, MD. Founder and Director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School.  Melinda Gluten is found in common foods such as breads, cereals, baked goods, and pasta. Because it’s used in processed foods as an additive or preservative, gluten is also found in a wide variety of foods and nonfood items from prescription medications to Play-Doh. If you are the food shopper in the family, you must learn to read labels very carefully to comply with gluten-free diet. Things you can eat on the Gluten-Free Diet Gluten-Free Grains, Flours, Seeds and Starches Amaranth Arrowroot Buckwheat Cassava Corn Flaxseed Nut Flours Millet Montina Gluten-Free Oats Quinoa Rice Sago Sorghum Tapioca Teff Wild rice Safe Ingredients List  Vinegar except malt vinegar  Distilled alcohol Carmel color Citric acid Spices Monosodium glutamate Maltodextrin Mono- and diglycerides Artificial flavor and color Natural flavor and color 

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#SoSC Weekly Prompt *Start with Where

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Start your post with the word “where” and write whatever comes to you. Bonus points if you end your post with “where” too. Enjoy! Where is this post going? I don’t know yet but have read some good ones this morning starting with “where”. Where does my dog get the idea I’m a snack machine, every action he makes he thinks is worthy of a snack. We don’t have children so we do spoil both of our dogs rotten, and they know it. I have to wipe my older dogs chin off after eating and clean his face, he thinks it deserves a snack. Where is my snack, well my treat came this early a.m. in the form of a Starbucks Grande Latte and a blueberry muffin delivered right to my beside. Maybe I’m a little spoiled too. That’s our weekend ritual, my husband gets breakfast and me a coffee, we eat and then take a nap. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday and Sunday morning. This post was going where? Join us for the fun and sharing good media stories.  For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog. Here’s the link:https://lindaghill.com Here are the rules for SoCS: Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write. Your post can […]

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Find Delight in Different Forms of Stillness

“Stillness” can sound sentimental but it’s what most of us long for. Psychology Today Posted Jul 29, 2019  Rick Hanson Ph.D. Your Wise Brain What is your sense of stillness? “Stillness or peace” may sound merely sentimental (“visualize whirled peas”). But deep down, it’s what most of us long for. Consider the proverb: The highest happiness is stillness. Not a stillness or […]

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How to Handle Lyme Disease Relapse by Marty Ross MD

I don’t endorse Marty, actually I think he mostly peddles his supplements but he does provide some good information. M  Dear Subscriber, Unfortunately, Lyme disease relapses occur. When they do there are specific steps you should take to figure out what needs to be treated and how to treat the problem. In How to Handle Lyme Disease Relapse included on my newYouTube Channel, I describe the steps to take to handle this problem.  Did you know relapses can be prevented? After you get a relapse under control, there are steps to take to prevent future relapses. In How to Handle Lyme Disease Relapse, I also describe these steps so you can maintain your health. In Health, Marty Ross MD Watch NowSpread the Word!  ShareTweetForwardQuality Matters. See which products I found useful in my Seattle Lyme practice to prevent relapse.Look Now

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Lyme Webinars by Marty Ross MD

Good Day,      The August series of my Lyme Q&A Webinar begins this Thursday. I have three webinars planned on Thursdays. Did you sign up?      Join my Lyme Q&A Webinar, Conversations with Marty Ross MD, to get answers. If you read this before Thursday 6 PM CST, it is not too late.       Each week is NEW. No two Lyme Q&A Webinars are the same because you create each one with your questions. What do you want to know about Lyme? I have an answer for that!      Find ways to improve your Lyme disease treatment. I am ready to help your recovery. Join me for the next Conversations with Marty Ross MD.      Sign up now to reserve your space for this Thursday.      Ask your Lyme disease questions in my live webinar called Conversations with Marty Ross MD. In this webinar you willlearn fresh ideas to take back your health and life. No two webinars are alike because they are designed by your questions.       Join me in my mission to improve lives. Please forward this email to anyone you know who has Lyme disease who will benefit from one of my Lyme Q&A Webinars.      So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to reserve your space for Thursday at 6 PM CST. I look forward to helping you. In Health, Marty Ross MD, LLMD Sign Up!

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Today in History

  I’m having a rough day so the history is short but quite interesting this week. Have a great day. M   This Day In History: 08/08/1974 – Nixon Resigns On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings […]

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DON’T BE SILENT: SPEAK UP ABOUT PAIN THIS SEPTEMBER

July 23, 2019/ U.S. Pain Foundation Too often, due to broad misconceptions and a lack of understanding about pain, pain warriors are afraid or ashamed to speak up about their stories. But the only way we can create change is if we start talking–to loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, clinicians, and even policymakers. That’s why our theme for Pain Awareness Month 2019, which begins September 1, is “Let’s Talk about Pain.” We’ll be hosting numerous events, campaigns, and activities that center around this idea. In order to truly get the word out, though, we need your help. HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE Below, please find a short list of ways you can participate right now in Pain Awareness Month. Many of these campaigns require involvement before September, so don’t wait! Submit your video story! Share a 3-5 minute video about your pain journey with us by August 9. All participants will receive a limited-edition Pain Awareness Month bracelet and our new Living with Pain educational booklet–AND be entered to win a prize pack. A handful of individuals will be selected to have their videos featured online throughout September! Get started here. Questions? Email us. Request a proclamation. Ceremonial proclamations from state and local representatives help bring awareness to pain at the government level. To get started, fill out this form by August 9. We have easy-to-use templates and tips to make the process easy and fun. Please note that proclamations can take time, so put in your request now! For questions, email us. […]

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Prevent unnecessary medical care — by asking your doctor these 4 questions first

TED TALKS Jul 22, 2019 / Daryl Chen Justin Tran By raising questions and taking on a more active role in decision making, patients can do their part to avoid needless medications, tests, treatments or procedures, says neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset. This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice […]

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#SoSC Prompt “Astronomical”

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “astronomical.” Use it any way you like. Have fun! There are so many ways I could use astronomical, gas prices, trade tariffs, my dogs constant desire for attention but the weather seems more appropriate. Many do not believe in Global Warming, they don’t see the ancient ice melting or water levels […]

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Today In History

It’s a short post this week, no birthdays. Have an awesome day and stay hydrated. M 1916 After several attempts, an area surrounding the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes is designated as the Hawaii National Park, the first national park in a US territory. In 1961, it will be renamed Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. During summer 2018 the park will be closed to visitors because of explosive eruptions from the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. 1966 Former Eagle Scout, ex-Marine, and engineering student Charles Whitmanmurders his mother and wife, then carries a cache of firearms to the top of a 300-foot tower on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, where in 90 minutes he kills 14 and wounds 32 with sniper fire. 1981 Cashing in on a new form of popular entertainment, the MTV networkdebuts, complete with “video jockeys” (VJs) introducing music videos, a way of both listening to and watching popular songs. The first video shown, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star,’ will prove partially prophetic.

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Mini Me Health Update

My Parathyroid surgery was July 8th and I’m healing nicely. The surgeon found quite a surprise, I had five Parathyroids instead of four. She said it was rare. I hope that translates to feeling all the better. She is getting my calcium levels adjusted and it was painful in the beginning with cramping legs and numb fingers. It’s not what […]

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How Grief Shows Up In Your Body

WEB MD By Stephanie Hairston July 11, 2019 — It’s surprising how physical grief can be. Your heart literally aches. A memory comes up that causes your stomach to clench or a chill to run down your spine. Some nights, your mind races, and your heart races along with it, your body so electrified with energy that you can barely sleep. Other nights, you’re so tired that you fall asleep right away. You wake up the next morning still feeling exhausted and spend most of the day in bed. Amy Davis, a 32-year-old from Bristol, TN, became sick with grief after losing Molly, a close 38-year-old family member, to cancer. “Early grief was intensely physical for me,” Davis says. “After the shock and adrenaline of the first weeks wore off, I went through a couple of months of extreme fatigue, with nausea, headaches, food aversion, mixed-up sleep cycles, dizziness, and sun sensitivity. It was extremely difficult to do anything. … If there’s one thing I want people to know about grief, it’s how awful it can make your body feel.” What causes these physical symptoms? A range of studies reveal the powerful effects grief can have on the body. Grief increases inflammation, which can worsen health problems you already have and cause new ones. It batters the immune system, leaving you depleted and vulnerable to infection. The heartbreak of grief can increase blood pressure and the risk of blood clots. Intense grief can alter the […]

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#WATWB Standby’s overturn truck in freeway accident

When a 32-year-old driver became trapped in his overturned car on the highway, a dozen Good Samaritans rushed to his aid. The driver, Orlando Hernandez, lost control of his Ford pickup truck as he was driving on I-88 in Chicago earlier this week. Hernandez had been driving in the left lane when the tread of his tires tore off and sent his truck spinning onto its roof and onto the shoulder of the highway. Upon seeing the disaster unfold, several other drivers stopped their cars and ran to his rescue. With the help of a few nearby construction workers, the group of rescuers managed to push the truck onto its side, break the safety glass, and free Hernandez from his seatbelt—all before the ambulance crew arrived onto the scene to whisk him off to the hospital. Apart from a few minor injuries that he endured from the incident, Hernandez says that he is in surprisingly good shape—and he is overwhelmed with gratitude for the people who came to his rescue. “You know how there’s terrible things happening and people lose faith in things, faith in the world? But seeing that, that sort of restores that goodness in your heart,” Hernandez told WLS-TV. ~~~GUIDELINES~~~ Keep your post to below 500 words. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity. Join us in sharing […]

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#SoSC Prompt for week “clean/dirty”

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun! The prompt for the week is “clean/dirty” use any way you like. This is the easiest #SoSC post to date, let’s talk clean and dirty. While many things may come to mind, I’m talking about the kitchen sink. Cleaning the kitchen sink rates right up there with cleaning toilets, I avoid if possible. Being that we don’t have a maid and things don’t magically clean themselves, I am often the one left to the cleaning. Today is the perfect example of avoiding the kitchen sink, I’ve needed to clean all week, those pesky wine stains my husband leaves behind. Then there’s the gross job of cleaning the garbage disposal, least favorite of all. I decided while he was running errands I would clean the sink and surprise him when he got back, and he will be very surprised. The sink was dirty and with some brut strength now it’s clean.   Join us for the fun and sharing good media stories.   For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog. Here’s the link:https://lindaghill.com Here are the rules for SoCS: Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – […]

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Today in History

Thank you for stopping by today, I really appreciate your likes and comments. No birthdays this week, still not 100% back on my game. M   306 CE Constantine I is proclaimed leader of Rome’s western empire and he will go on to lay the groundwork for the Byzantine Empire, found the nexus of global power in Constantinople, and become […]

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Get your Money for Nothing

If you’ve watched daytime television you’ve heard every get rich quick scheme, start your own business and make $3,000 this month………I’m getting off track. I enjoy making money! I keep it simple by making money on purchases I’m already making. There are tons of apps that do coupons, check prices and anything imaginable if you want to be a SUPER […]

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Agrophobia Is Not Logical

Whatever this obstacle is, it started 18 months ago, there wasn’t a moment I can pin this inability on. Inability is the right word, I’m not afraid to leave the house, I’ve driven a few times in the past year, I know how to drive and live in the same town. Yet I have my husband take me to all […]

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Natural Seasonal Allergy Relief

Willow & Sage by Stampington By Kaetlyn Kennedy   Nettle Leaf Tea Made from stinging nettle plants, organic nettle tea can help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms with it’s natural antihistamine. You reap all the benefits of antihistamine symptom relief without having to take conventional medicines. You can drink the daily as a preventative or as needed.   Spirulina & Other […]

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Thoughts on my 11 Year Lyme Anniversary

Originally posted on Lyme Light Fight:
11 years ago this week I contracted Lyme disease.  I was 15 years old, energetic, happy, looking forward to college, and planning to be a missionary to Thailand.  I traveled a lot that summer and never found the tick bite, so it’s unclear when exactly I was bit.  It was most likely at my high school summer camp, given the woodsy nature of the camp. I came down with a flu-like illness with bad body aches.  But unlike the flu, the pain didn’t go away.  Instead it grew stronger and more symptoms sparked up over the next 5 years before I was diagnosed.  I became more and more sick as the bacteria was spread unchecked to every bodily system.  By the time I finally was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I had colorful spots and large white opaque shapes in my blurred vision.  I had night terrors, anxiety, and sleep paralysis, when I wasn’t fighting insomnia.  I had moderate to sometimes severe joint pain in every inch of me from my hands, to my toes, to everything in between.  I had terrible nausea and dizziness.  My muscles sporadically twitched at random, I had hot flashes and chills.  I had difficulty controlling my hands to produce legible letters; words and letters would be in the wrong order as I wrote. Both my longterm and short term memories were affected, as I sometimes got lost on my…

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Friday Quotes

Thank you for all the get well wishes, shout out’s and comments, they mean so much to me. I’m mending slowly and should be good as new in a few weeks. I want to send a special message to my Twitter followers, you showed me love, I thank and appreciate you. Melinda

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Mini Health Update

I have Thyroid & Parathyroid surgery tomorrow and will be out of pocket for a couple of weeks. Ok, it will be hard to stay completely away but considering moving my neck in any direction will hurt, I won’t spend much time on WordPress. Please don’t stop the comments, I’ll take all the encouragement I can get. There are tumors […]

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Today in History

  Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate you. Have a great day, enjoy today and be safe. Melinda 1054 Chinese astronomers spot a “guest star” in the sky, so brilliant it can be seen in the daytime. It will remain visible for some two years, be observed in Asian, Arab, and possibly American lands, and later […]

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Make Your Own Sea Salt Spray

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com What you’ll need 8-10 ounce Glass Spray Bottle 1 cup of warm water 1-2 tsp. sea salt or Epson salt 1 tbsp. coconut oil, Aragon oil or 1/2 of each less for oily hair 4-5 drops essential oil of your choice: mint, lavender, rosemary or lemon are good options. Directions In a measuring cup, add […]

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Side Effect Indunced Illnesses

    All drugs, prescription, over the counter and holistic have side effects, short and long term side effects. One important fact to know is holistic, supplements and over the counter drugs are not put thru clinical trials or FDA supervised. Basically, these products can make any claim, true or false and it’s not backed by the FDA. I’m not […]

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Today In History June 27

  1971 Concert promoter Bill Graham hosts the final show at the Fillmore East, with performances by Albert King, The J. Geils Band, The Beach Boys, and The Allman Brothers Band, among others. The venue had featured iconic acts since 1968 but proved to be too small for the growing concert industry. 1972 Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, designers of the first arcade […]

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Looking For The Light’s 10 year anniversary

I started blogging with WordPress in 2005 with a blog called Defining Memories. After greiving my granny the blog took on a different look and a name change made sense. Looking For The Light is the name of my blog but also how I look at life. My life’s history is not completely resolved hence Looking For the Light. Through blogging I have grown in ways never imagined. Bloggers have provided support, another view, similar backgrounds to learn from and most of all a sense of community. I’m a more understanding person, less shallow, open hearted and loving person from blogging. Thank you and let’s keep rocking! Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 10 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

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Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates…..What?

There are toxins in many of the products we buy every day, baby lotion, shampoo, makeup, lipstick, deodorant, the list goes on. Here are a few toxins to avoid, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, and Sodium Lauryl. You’ll have to look closely at the ingredients to find the toxins listed. M Phthalates Health Risks of Phthalates. Aside from increasing inflammation in premature babies, […]

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Learning Doctor Talk

Repost from 2014 I started seeing my Psychopharmacologist in 1992 and he intimidated me. He’s not a chipper guy and it took years to see through his shell. I was in a very dark place and spiraling down. I didn’t think he understood how depressed I was. He only provides medication management, 15-minute appointments at most. We had a couple of frustrating meetings. I didn’t know how to reach him, I didn’t know doctor talk. He is one of the best in Texas and finding a Psychopharmacologist is difficult. I wasn’t walking away. During another frustrating meeting, he left the room to talk to a therapist he worked with. He did me the biggest favor and no doubt saved my life by asking me to talk with the therapist. I sat down with her and expressed my frustration in getting thru to him. They had worked together for 13 years, she could provide insight into his personality and how best to communicate with him. Once we were on the same page, he was able to give me the help I needed. Psychopharmacology:  is the scientific study of the effects drugs have on mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior.The field of psychopharmacology studies a wide range of substances with various types of psychoactive properties, focusing primarily on the chemical interactions with the brain.Psychoactive drugs interact with particular target sites or receptors found in the nervous system to induce widespread changes in physiological or psychological […]

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#SoCS Prompt for week *Leaves

I don’t like all the leaves falling in Winter. I really don’t like when my husband leaves his lunchbox on counter. I love when he leaves money for me on the table. This is the best I could do today, I’m in severe pain. Have a great weekend and be safe. M Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “social.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun! Join us for the fun and sharing good media stories   For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog. Here’s the link:https://lindaghill.com Here are the rules for SoCS: Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get […]

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#Weekend Music Share

  The temperature yesterday was 100 and felt like 109 with the humidity, needless to say, it’s hot in Texas. This time of year I think of swimming, hanging out with friends and eating good BBQ. This weekend I will make one of those happen. Time for a party tune or two. Be safe, drink tons of water to stay […]

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Dementia Thoughts

Dementia sucks, it’s fucking life sucking. I watched my granny die from Dementia, you don’t wish that type of death on anyone. Once she no longer knew who she or anyone else was it was crushing. I don’t want to die that way and have been vocal about it to the surprise of my husband, Therapist and Psychiatrist. My decision […]

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Why Do Women Get More Migraines than Men?

National Migraine Institute Posted on August 27, 2018 by Staff Researchers have found a potential mechanism for migraine that may explain why women get more migraines than men. The study, in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, suggests that sex hormones affect cells around the trigeminal nerve and connected blood vessels in the head.  They found that estrogens, which are at their highest levels in women of reproductive age, are particularly important for sensitizing these cells to migraine triggers. “We can observe significant differences in our experimental migraine model between males and females and are trying to understand the molecular correlates responsible for these differences,” explains Professor Antonio Ferrer-Montiel from the Universitas Miguel Hernández, Spain. “Although this is a complex process, we believe that modulation of the trigeminovascular system by sex hormones plays an important role that has not been properly addressed.” Ferrer-Montiel and his team reviewed decades of literature on sex hormones, migraine sensitivity and cells’ responses to migraine triggers to identify the role of specific hormones. Some (like testosterone) seem to protect against migraines, while others (like prolactin) appear to make migraines worse. They do this by making the cells’ ion channels, which control the cells’ reactions to outside stimuli, more or less vulnerable to migraine triggers. Some hormones need much more research to determine their role. Estrogen, however, stands out as a key candidate for understanding migraine occurrence. It was first identified as a factor by the greater prevalence of migraine in menstruating […]

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Today In History June 20th

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate you. Have an awesome day! M   1893 Following a sensational Massachusetts murder trial, Lizzie Borden, 32, is cleared of charges that she killed her father and stepmother with multiple blows from a hatchet. Borden will never shake off the notoriety, however, inspiring a gruesome folk rhyme still sung today. 1947 A drive-by shooter […]

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Change.org New Bill to protect LGBTQ

Please visit Change.org to see the original petition to sign. Change.org Melinda — A new bill in Congress would be the first national nondiscrimination law for LGBTQ Americans. If it passes, those in the LGBTQ community would no longer have to worry about losing their jobs because of who they are. Mark decided to start this petition because he sees […]

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Caregiver to Grieving in Four Days

Each day was a roller coaster by how he felt and how exhausted I was. I learned so much being a caregiver to my grandmother and grandfather. As the population ages many of you will take on the responsibility. One of the most difficult changes was going from granddaughter to caregiver. Even at 92 my grandfather had a strong mind and felt he didn’t need help. I prayer for strength everyday. My grandfather died in 2010 at the young age of 92 years old. I spent more time with him 2010 year than I spent at home. I cherish the time we had together, no matter how painful. They are my memories and my life changed forever with his death. His health declined so fast that for two days I did not realize that he was dying now, not in a couple of weeks. He was at home under hospice care and would not get in the hospital bed until two days before he passed. He fell out of bed that morning, he was so weak it was difficult for me to get him back in bed. I don’t think we would have been able to talk him into moving to the hospital bed if he had not fallen. For him the bed meant death and he was still fighting. My grandfather had End Stage Kidney Disease. An emergency trip to the hospital for his AFIB is how we learned he had about two months to live. We knew his kidneys were losing function but I was not ready for […]

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Caregiver 101 Tips I Missed

Reblogged from 2009 I care for my 92-year-old gramps and have been here five weeks. He had three surgeries in seven days. Without Caregiving 101 training, I learned the hard way. *Ask the doctor what happens if the  procedure does not work. *If a second procedure does not work, is there a third option. *What is the recovery time and type of […]

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Lost in Caregiver Twilight Zone

Written on 12/21/2009 I’m caring for my 92-year-old grandfather following three surgeries in seven days. I’m so tired it’s numbing, it’s impossible to think about doing it again tomorrow.  My grandfather is a man of habits driven by the time of day, maybe from his military background. One morning he was upset when the hospital had not brought his coffee and could not see he was the problem. We’re in a hospital not the Hilton. At home it was far worse. It does not matter that I have changed the sheets again this morning, changed his soiled underpants more than once and got him dressed for the day. If the coffee is not ready when he expects or I don’t have the newspaper yet, I hear about it. My grandparents raised me and I love my grandfather dearly but it’s hard to bite my tongue. I want to ask doesn’t he realize or care that I’ve been moving since 5:00 a.m. to take care of him. At 92 he lives at home alone, still drives (very limited), buys groceries and goes to the local Senior Center several times a week to play dominos. He amazes me with each year. He is the healthiest dying person I know and in his mind he is much younger and more capable. This makes it impossible for him to understand recovery will take several more weeks at least. I catch him doing things he […]

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I’m Mourning and She’s Still Alive

My grandmother passed away with Dementia from two strokes in 2005. I’m reposting for the caregivers dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. For those who have not been a caregiver, these post may help you down the road. For the caregivers who give every ounce of energy, just one piece of advice if I may. Take time to clear your head, 10 or 30 minutes whatever you can for yourself each week. I did not have any one to offer suggestions and had brain drain after both of their deaths. My body was physically broken down. Due to the nature of the illness, it’s hard to take an eye off them, 24/7. I was fortunate we had hospice care for both of my grandparents. My grandfather was healthy enough to help with my grandmother. I don’t know how to turn my brain off. I’m Morning and She’s Still Alive As the caregiver for my grandparents, my hands are full yet my mind runs at a high level by switching to what I call “caregiver mode”. I can manage tons of information about what drugs they take, schedule appointments, discuss test results or anything else needed to take care of two people who are dying and “switch back” when at home. Before the fall and broken hip, my grandmother knew me. Our conversations limited yet sharing memories with her made my day. She really enjoyed a photo book I put […]

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Dementia Induced Thought’s of Suicide

Being a caregiver to a dying loved one can leave you drained of emotion, exhausted and frustrated. All perfectly normal feelings. I felt quilt mixed in my bowl of emotions. I grew up knowing my grandparents wanted to die at home. I would grant the wish if possible. They inspired me, saved me from parental abuse and blessed me with unconditional love. Helping my gramps when making difficult life decisions, while working hard to remember she’s my grandmother. There were uncomfortable conversations, articulate to doctors how she is progressing and butt heads with family members. I ran a tight ship, no problems telling people it’s time to leave, not allowing people over everyday. God blessed me with the ability to turn my depression down and step up to next level. Love for my grandmother drove my decisions down to the last morphine stick. As our population ages the number of caregivers increase. It can seem overwhelming at times. If you don’t have a blog I would suggest checking out, it gave me an outlet. Caregivers choose to open their hearts to the emotional and physical challenges.  Dementia Induced Thoughts Of Suicide Today I used one of four “in case of emergency” pills to keep my Grandmother from hurting herself during a dementia related meltdown brought on by my Grandfather going to the grocery store. She’s had many of these episodes since her stroke almost two years ago. Today I saw […]

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#Weekend Music Share

I’ve had a rough week physically, my Fribomyalgia has set in from the hips down. I’m in the mood for a fun song, I’m picking one of my favorite country artist Blake Shelton. Have a great weekend. Be Safe. M Welcome back to Weekend Music Share; the place where everyone can share their favourite music. Feel free to use the ‘Weekend Music Share‘ banner in your post, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #WeekendMusicShare on social media so other participants can find your post.

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Homeade Orange Cream Milk Bath

Willow and Sage by Stampington You will need Yields 2 jars 1 cup powdered milk 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup cornstarch 11-12 drops orange essential oil Glass jars Sharpie Kraft labels: round Baker’s twine To Make Mix all the ingredients together and scoop into glass jars with tight fitting lids. Write a label for the top and tie a […]

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Today In History June 13

    I’m having a rough day and haven’t included birthdays. Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.  M   1777 Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, disembarks in America after a two-month sea voyage from France. The wealthy 19-year-old will befriend future presidents Washington and Jefferson, and help train and lead revolutionary regiments against the British in […]

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Chronic Pain: Swimming Therapy

  Most people don’t think of Mental Illness when discussing Chronic Pain. Mental Illness can be physically debilitating with many spending large amounts of time in bed. For someone like me who is challenged by both, daily life can be difficult. Today I’m in bed juggling my laptop on one knee trying to avoid the pain screaming on the left […]

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Pain Warriors

As Ambassador for U.S. Pain Foundation I want to share the latest news on a meeting offered by U.S. Pain Foundation and Coilition for Headache and Migranes Patients. Melinda Sandor Ambassador-Texas U.S. Pain Foundation. Dear pain warriors, Those with chronic pain, including migraine and headache disorders, can have an especially tough time finding a doctor they click with. Have you ever wanted to find a way to better communicate with your doctor, get the most out of your visits, and maximize your treatment plan?If yes, please join us this Thursday, June 13, at 7 pm ESTfor an intimate conversation between neurologist and headache specialist Abby Chua, DO, and patient advocate Katie Golden. Dr. Chua and Katie will discuss what patients and doctors can learn from one another, and offer tips for interacting.Dr. Chua is a headache specialist at Hartford HealthCare Headache Center in Connecticut. She also is program director of their Headache and Facial Pain Fellowship Program, one of the few such programs in the country. Dr. Chua brings a special level of compassion to her practice as a person living with vestibular migraine, and advocates tirelessly on behalf of patients. Katie lives with chronic migraine disease, and has emerged as a leading voice for the patient community. She is the Migraine Advocacy Liaison for U.S. Pain Foundation and a member of the steering committee for CHAMP. She was the recipient of the Impact Award 2017 for the Association of Migraine Disorders and writes […]

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This NBA Superstar Used 2 (Surprising) Words to Teach a Valuable Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

By Justin BarisoFounder, Insight It’s rare for professional athletes to admit weakness. It’s even rarer for them to do this. As the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors continue their slugfest to determine the NBA’s 2019 champion, one player is already preparing for next season: The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. Not that long ago it appeared that Antetokounmpo and the Bucks would be playing the Warriors for this year’s championship. The Bucks had cruised through the playoffs, and were up two games to zero against the Toronto Raptors. But the Raptors went on to win the next four games in a row–a remarkable feat considering the Bucks hadn’t lost three games in a row the entire season. The Raptors managed to defeat the Bucks by tooling their defense to focus on stopping the young team’s star (who’s affectionately known as “the Greek Freak” due to his Athens upbringing and monstrous athletic prowess). In a recent interview with The Athletic, Antetokounmpo acknowledged that Raptors players Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol gave him particular trouble. Giannis admitted that now the series is over, “every day in his head,” he continues to see Gasol and Leonard coming at him. Then, Antetokounmpo went on to say something remarkable to his opponents: “Thank you. Thank you, because Gasol and Kawhi made me a better player. I’m not trying to be sarcastic. I’m being honest. They’re going to push me to be better.” “Thank you.” It’s rare for professional athletes to admit weakness or to credit opposing players for […]

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