Friday, April 18, 2014

Galesburg, Illinois - CHECK OUT this GEM - LOTUS YOGA - Center for Healing and Wellness

Did you know that Galesburg, Illinois has an amazing Yoga, Meditation, Massage, Holistic Nursing (Food Based Healing) Center?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Galesburg, Illinois.. here are some interesting facts about a City that has some hidden gems.

Galesburg is an amazing city that has bred many famous individuals such as the World Renowned Poet, Carl Sandburg.  In addition, to Carl Sandburg here is a list of innovative and famous individuals who have been born or lived in Galesburg.

Ronald Regan, Charles Walgreen (Founder of Walgreens), Jim Sundberg (Baseball Player), Todd Hamilton (Famous Pro Golfer), George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (Inventor of the Ferris Wheel)

This city has always been open to new ideas and has embraced new opportunties for growth and community development.  That is why I am soooooo excited to promote an amazing new Holistic Center for Galesburg.





The Center offers a beautiful studio space in such a tranquil setting.  When I entered the studion I noticed beautiful hard wood floors, Mirrored ceilings, an amazing water display, sliding doors for privacy, additional rooms for massage, holistic consultations with a registered holistic nurse, a complete line of holistic products from the ESSANTE ORGANIC COMPANY.

For those Galesburg residents and Surrounding Community Members who have never tried Yoga, meditation or Massage this is a great place to start.  They offer 
Introduction classes to Yoga.  Teach "Moving Meditation" such as TAI CHI.   

For those of you looking for a LUNCH TIME slow down during your hectic work day..they offer a LUNCH TIME YOGA Class. 

THEY EVEN offer HOT YOGA... which is such a great workout. 

Having Digestive Issues, been diagnosed with Cancer and Looking for a Holistic approach to your health, needing to change your diet????

Lotus Yoga-Center for Healing and Wellness has Trained Holistic Health Care Providers to assist you in your journey towards maintaining optimal health.  





Check out some of the impressive bio's of the LOTUS YOGA, Inc.  Staff.




Interested ?????



Membership

Single Class  - $8

15 Class Card - $75

30 Class Card - $125

Unlimited (Auto) - $60

Unlimited Per Month - $70

Private House - $30


Specials

New Student to Lotus Yoga?

Try it for 30 days at $30

($1 per day??? Really.. Amazing!!!)

Discounts offered to 

Teachers, Nurses, Firefighters, Police Officers

Senior Citizens $40

Students $30


Please support this amazing business for Galesburg and Click on the links above to learn more about the Center for healing and wellness - Lotus Yoga.



Monday, April 7, 2014

Harmful Toxins we put ON/IN our bodies everyday! A list Of Everyday Hygiene Products and Ingredients to Consider When Purchasing.

Have you ever took a shower and looked at the ingredients on the back of your shampoo, conditioner or body wash bottles?  Do you know what these ingredients are or where they are derived from:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Etidronic Acid

or how about...

Cyclopentasiloxane, stearyl alcohol, phenyl trimethicone, or cyclodextrin



Which I found these ingredients on the back of my Secret PH balanced Antiperspirant/deodorant.

What about the very vague ingredients list on the back of your everyday Crest 3D White toothpaste tube ... which lists ONLY the active ingredient (Sodium Fluoride 0.243%).  What makes up the other 99%  NON-Active ingredients?


Consumers are becoming more aware of the dangerous chemicals and GMO's that are being injected into our everyday foods and are opting for more organic produce, less preservatives, and more hormone free meats and dairy products.  BUT... are they considering what dangerous chemicals they are putting on their skin, teeth, hair, and/or nails?  I think not!!

Proctor and Gamble which is a key player in producing America's favorite hygiene products has showed no sign of loss when evaluating their stock recently.  At $80.79 per share with a Share Volume of over 13,000,000 .. people are buying chemically enhanced toothpaste, shampoos, conditioner and deodorant.

Your Skin is the largest organ on your body.... you need to consider what you put on it and in it.  



Here is a list of EVERYDAY Hygiene Products and Ingredients you Will find in MOST Popular Products to Consider and their potential harmful effects

1.  Deodorant/Antiperspirant

There are a list of harmful ingredients in Deodorant that you should consider when purchasing.

Look at labels and avoid the following ingredients in your deodorant:
  
***Avoid Aluminum - it has been linked to some cancers and early stages of Alzheimer's Disease

***Avoid Parabens - Parabens have been linked to BIRTH DEFECTS and ORGAN TOXICITY in CHILDREN.  In addition Parabens have been linked to EARLY Puberty in Children and Hormonal Cancers.  

Avoid Propylene Glycol - This makes the deodorant slick or petroleum like consistency.  It has been linked to damage in Central nervous system, liver and heart.

Avoid Phthalates - Using this chemical during pregnancy has caused birth defects.

Avoid Triclosan - It helps kills odor caused by the body and it has been labeled by the FDA as a pesticide and the EPA listed it as a probable carcinogen.  You will find Triclosan in many soaps, hand wipes and gels.  

Some examples for Healthier and Non-Toxic Choices for Deodorant/Antiperspirant

1. Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh
Witch hazel and sage extracts absorb odor without clogging pores, and essential oils provide a light citrus scent for all-day freshness.(www.drhauschka.com)
2. Erbaviva Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant
Essential oils of jasmine, grapefruit, ginger, cedarwood, cypress, sage, and lemon give this spray a subtle, sweet scent. (www.erbaviva.com)
3. Origins Totally Pure Deodorant
Organic white willow bark and lavender-infused alcohol control odor. The spice-scented blend is USDA certified organic. (www.origins.com)
4. Bubble and Bee Organic Pit Putty
Arrowroot powder absorbs moisture while organic lemon and clove oils work to leave the skin smelling fresh. (www.bubbleandbee.com)
5. Terressentials Lavender Fresh Deodorant
The lavender formula helps neutralize odors—even the sulfur compounds that can result from eating garlic. (www.terressentials.com)
6. Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-On Deodorant
This liquefied crystal deodorant rolls on easily and neutralizes body odors without covering them up with other scents. (www.kissmyfacewebstore.com)


Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-alternatives-to-toxic-deodorants.html#ixzz2yFg8SlYR


*** I recommend strongly avoiding these ingredients when purchasing Deodorant***

2.  Toothpaste 

When purchasing Toothpaste please consider avoiding these ingredients listed:

Avoid Sodium Fluoride - According to many studies .. it is the same ingredient in Rat Poisoning. Minimal Ingestion of Sodium Fluoride would cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and gastric pain.  Larger doses of sodium fluoride ingested will cause paralysis, respiratory and cardiac failure. 

Avoid FD &C  Blue Dyes 1 & 2 - the dyes that tint the toothpaste blue have been linked to asthma, headaches, nausea, behavioral changes, anxiety and some cancer.  

Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) - it is the agent that causes the bubbling or foaming when scrubbing.  IT is has been found in many mascaras and several top names acne medicines.  THIS AGENT IS ALSO FOUND IN "NO More TEARS" Soap for Children.  It can cause problems with eye development, hair growth issues, and is a skin irritant.  If found in eyes it can cause early cataract in adults.  

Avoid Tricolsan-  IT is a pesticide and you are ingesting that in your mouth.  It has been found to be stored in body fat which in turn causes toxicity in your circulatory system.  

Source: 
Click here for more information on Harmful Ingredients in Toothpaste 

Alternatives to Everyday Toothpaste

Click here for a recipe for a DIY NON-TOXIC Toothpaste


1. Herbal Choice Natural Tooth Gels – this brand is my favorite for its short and simple list of ingredients in its Cinnamon and Baking Soda flavor (though all flavors have similarly short ingredient lists): Purified Water (pure water), Calcium Carbonate (a natural mineral tooth polish), Cinnamon (organic), Tea Tree (organic), Lavender (organic), Guar Gum (natural plant gum) & Baking Soda (natural mineral).

2. Tom’s of Maine “Clean and Gentle” thoothpaste
3. Jason natural toothpastes
4. Weleda salt toothpaste
5. Organique by Himalay Neem-Pomegranet toothpaste
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/non-toxic-toothpaste.html#ixzz2yFmcBVS8




3. Perfumes and Colognes

The average perfume/cologne bottles contains 14 secret ingredients/chemicals not listed on the bottle.  Many of these chemicals have been found in stored fat and breast milk.  

Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/toxic-perfumes-and-colognes/

Some of the most common chemicals in perfumes are ethanol, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, a-pinene, acetone, benzyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, linalool, a-terpinene, methylene chloride, styrene oxide, dimenthyl sulphate, a-terpineol, camphor, and limonene.  Some of these chemicals cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, bloating, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, sore throat, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, laryngitis, headaches, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure, coughing, and burning or itching skin irritations.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/toxic-effects-of-perfume.html#ixzz2yFoGaWOG


Acetaldehyde is a huge toxin and is listed as a probable carcinogen.  It is known to cause headaches, convulsions, tremors and even possible death.  



Use Essential Oils or Jojoba Oils for Alternatives to Perfumes 
and Colognes.


4.  Soap, Body Wash, Shampoos/Conditioners

Soaps, Body Wash and Shampoos all contain similar ingredients that you will find in toothpaste and Antiperspirants. 

Please consider avoiding these ingredients when purchasing your body products:

***Avoid Parabens - These are some of the main ingredients in most soap, Shampoos, and Body Washes.  It has been linked to breast cancer and this chemical has been absorbed in the body and has been found in breast tumors.  

Avoid Synthetic Colors such as Colors labeled FD & C  Blue, Red ... or D & C Red 27 - These are labeled human carcinogens and have been directly linked to ADHD in Children.

Avoid Phthalates -  This is found in Most hairsprays, finger nail polishes, deodorants, lotions, and perfumes.  It is been linked to early breast development in girls, reproductive birth defects. In addition, they have found a link to breast cancer from this particular chemical.  

Avoid Toulene -  if pregnant or wanting to become pregnant this agent has been linked to developmental damage in the fetus.   Causes immune system toxicity and effects the respiratory system and irritates the skin.  

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html


*** Strongly recommend considering avoiding this ingredient the side effects are horrendous and very alarming***




Great Alternatives to Everyday Body Cleaning Products

The Honest Company has a great line of Healthy NON-toxic Soaps and Shampoos

Click here for the Honest Body Cleaning System Product Line

Click here for the Just Natural Skin Care and Body Care Product Line




5.  Makeup


Did you know that you absorb 60% of what you put on your face.  So you better make sure what you are putting on your face is free 
of paraben, sulfates and agents that alter your hormone levels.

Click here to learn more about Safe makeup alternatives and to support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  

Many BIG BOX Makeup Companies sell products that contain toxic chemicals that alter your hormonal levels in your body.  When you alter your hormones you are at a greater risk for female related cancers.  It is important to read labels and Support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  

When you think of Mineral Makeup ... what do you think of natural, organic, and safe right??? Actually Mineral Makeup contains many chemicals that are extremely harmful for your skin as well as your body.  

Check out some brand name Products that contain harmful toxins and the effects they make on the body.



To protect our children.... we need to educate ourselves on the effects of everyday products we use on our bodies.  I believe that the products we use are directly related to childhood cancers, ADHD, Autism, Asthma and many other diseases and conditions that seem to be plaguing our children today.  We need to correct the problem and create safer alternatives for our children.  

Please share this information to create awareness.  




  


Monday, February 17, 2014

OUR 1st RHoTC Giveaway - WIN an OrigamiOwl Jewelry Piece and Pledge Your Commitment to Heart Heath



I am a mom of three and recently was diagnosed with Essential Hypertension.  What does that mean.. well.. it means that I am genetically pre-disposed to hypertension, heart disease and stroke.  My uncle had passed from a massive heart attack, my sister had a congential heart defect that was related to her passing, and have a family history of high blood pressure.  I mostly likely had high blood pressure in my teens and 20's and did not treat this condition.  The longer I left my high blood pressure untreated the greater risk I am for stroke, heart attack or major organ damage.  Now, I am very serious about treatment and life style changes.

First signs of understanding this condition, was when I was pregnant with my first born.  I developed pre-clampsia during the mid of my pregnancy.  My blood pressure increased rapidly to numbers over 150/90-100.  It was very scary because it put me and the baby at risk for kidney failure, stroke or a coronary event.  Hospitalized and being monitored allowed for me to see to the risk involved with high blood pressure.

Here is an article that explains PreClampsia Patients are 2x likely to have Heart Related Diseases down the road.

If you are a mom or dad that has had a history of hypertension or preeclampsia while pregnant, I strongly urge you to check and keep track of your blood pressure and consult with a doctor.  I recently took the pledge through the American Heart Association to better understand my numbers and what I need to do to prevent heart disease and future heart related problems.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is not just a problem that many develop later in life.  It can start earlier in life and it must be managed appropriately and as soon as possible!!!

For some people (like myself), diet, excerise alone is not enough to lower blood pressure.  You may need to get on blood pressure lowering agents to help better control your blood pressure.

(**MEDICAL DISCLAIMER*** - Any information provided in this blog is written by a non-medically trained person and all medical related information must be consulted with a certified trained physician ****)

With that being said... I am super excited to announce our first RHoTC Giveaway!!!!   Since this month is American Heart Awareness Month - I thought that I would giveaway something heart related and get others inspired to make the commitment to get heart healthy!!



We decided to give away a beautiful heart charm and $$ towards additional Origami Jewelry!!!

Just a little background on Origami Owl... this jewerly company has the sweetest little back story.  It is ran by a 16 year old girl who had a dream of running her own business and creating a multimillion dollar mark on the jewerly industry.  I love her fierce fiery drive and ambition!! I strongly encourage young women to pursue their dreams and create an amazing product that the rest of us can enjoy!!!


Here is the most amazing heart charm that will go in any pendant or beautiful Origami Lock.  If you enter .. you will win this adorable heart charm with a gift certificate that will go towards any additional Origami Owl product.




Origami Owl is such an afforable way to accessorize and the pendants are so so so adorable! 



Here's how to enter to win this adorable GIVE AWAY Charm and Origami Owl Gift Certicate!

1.  FOLLOW the RHoTC or Like On Facebook
3.  Please share via facebook, twitter or any other social media! 

Leave your email and name in the comment section below and a winner will be chosen this week!!! 





** All images and Information is dowloaded from the internet from websites Origami Owl and American Heart Association in conjunction with images from February Heart Awareness Month - Thank you to Ashley Gordon a consultant of Origami Owl **

**THIS PROMOTION OR GIVEAWAY IS NOT ENDORSED BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OR ORIGAMI OWL.  IT IS PROMOTED AND GIFTED BY THE REAL HOUSEWIFE OF TAZEWELL COUNTY**






Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Attention Room Parents: 3 Great Valentine's Day Games



Heads UP 7 UP Game





2.  Mend The Broken Hearts Game


Cut 9 Hearts of Different Sizes and Shapes

On a set of 3 hearts write the sentence (One Word on Each Heart)

BE MY VALENTINE

YOU AND ME

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Create Puzzles by Cutting Zig Zags down the center of the heart 

Put all pieces in a bag (scrambled)

Create Teams and which ever team can piece all the broken puzzle heart pieces together and creates the above sentences wins.





3.  Valentine's Trivia with Heart Paddles

You will need Foam Colored Paper 

2 Wood Popsicle Sticks

Glue

Trivia ??'s

Valentine's Trivia Questions

VALENTINE’s TRIVIA

1.         Who is Cinderella’s Valentine?    

a.         Prince Eric
b.         Prince Charming
c.         King Titan

2.       Roses are red, violets are_________.

a.         Pink
b.         Blue
c.         Green

3.       Who is Mickey Mouse’s Valentine?

a.         Goofy
b.         ClaraBelle
c.         Minnie Mouse

4.      Who did Lady eat Spaghetti with in Lady and the Tramp?

a.         The Tramp
b.         Simba
c.         Nemo

5.       Who is Belle’s Valentine in Beauty and the Beast ?

a.         Sully
b.         Captain Hook
c.         The Beast

6.        Who is Daisy Duck’s Valentine?

a.         Bluto
b.         Donald Duck
c.         Mater



7.       What is the most popular Valentine’s Day flower?

a.         Rose
b.         Daisy
c.         Lilly

8.         When is Valentine’s Day?   

a.         March 3rd
b.         February 14th
c.         December 25th

9.         When you think of Valentine’s Day what shape do you think of?

a.              Square
b.             Triangle
c.              Heart


10.       What did Princess Tiana turn into when she kissed the frog prince?

a.         Tiger
b.         Snake
c.         Frog

11.       If you love someone, who might shoot you with an arrow?

a.         Cupid
b.         Harry Potter
c          Easter Bunny

12.        What colors do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day?

a.         Black and Yellow
b.         Orange and Green
c.         Red and Pink


13.       Which Saint is Valentine’s Name After?

a.         Saint Sweetheart
b.         Saint Valentine
c.         Saint   Love

14.       Who is Barbie’s Valentine?

a.         Woody
b.         Buzz Lightyear
c.         Ken

15.       Who does Aladdin want to be his Valentine?

a.         Princess Jasmine
b.         Sleeping Beauty
c.         Jafar

16.       For whom does Ariel want to become human?

a.         Scuttle
b.         Prince Eric
c.         Dorie

17.       What popular sentence or phrase do you tell your sweetie on Valentine’s    day?  

a.              Bippidy Bobbidy Boo
b.             Just keep swimming - just keep swimming
c.               I love You!!!



Separate into 2 teams

Answer the Trivia Questions

Only One Team Member must raise the paddle and answer the question


Keep Score and Have FUN!!!







Sunday, February 2, 2014

A PERIMENOPAUSE Checklist - The Change before the "CHANGE" - What every 20 something, 30 and 40 year old should know.

SOOOO you think your too young for this???.... let's just see......

Here's a Checklist that may indicate that you are going through PERIMenopause (Pre - Pre Menopause)

Check if this applies to you:

  • ___  Female
  • ___ In your (Late 20's), 30's, or 40's
  • ___ Have Menustral Periods
  • ___ Have been Pregnant
  • ___ Have had miscarriages
  • ___  Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure
  • ___ Diagnosed with Cholestrol Issues
  • ___  Hot flashes, occasional hot flushes, night or cold sweats, clammy feeling
  • ___ Irregular heart beat
  • ___ Terrible PMS - 14 - 10 days prior to periods
  • ___ Crazy Mood Swings
  • ___  Insomnia or trouble sleeping throughout the night (i.e.  wake up, have trouble getting back to sleep)
  • ___  Irregular periods, shorter, lighter, heavier periods, 2 to 3 in a month
  • ___ Waking up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night
  • ___ Incontinence - urge to pee, leaking when sneezing, excerising or laughing
  • ___ Increased Tension in Muscles 
  • ___ Aching sore joints, muscle and tendons
  • ___ Increase in Headaches or Migraines
  • ___Loss of libido (NO sex drive or want to have sex)
  • ___Vaginal dryness
  • ___Crashing fatigue (Not able to stay up past your normal bedtime or needing frequent naps)
  • ___Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  • ___Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
  • ___Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion  (Aka.  Brain Fog)
  • ___ Disturbing memory lapses (Aka.  MOMMY Brain)
  • ___Itchy, crawly skin (itchy Scalp, arms, legs, skin etc....)
  • ___ Yeast Infections
  • ___Breast tenderness
  • ___Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  • ___Sudden bouts of bloat
  • ___Depression  (Are on Anti-Depression or Anti-Anxiety Medications)
  • ___Exacerbation of existing conditions (you hear this in Fibromyalgia Patients)
  • ___Increase in allergies
  • ___Weight gain or Unexplained Weight Loss
  • ___Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  • ___Dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  • ___Changes in body odor
  • ___Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
  • ___Tingling in the extremities (Fingers and toes feel numb.. or numbess down arm)
  • ___Gum problems, increased bleeding
  • ___Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  • ___Osteoporosis (after several years - SOME may notice Poor Posture or hunched shoulders
  • ___Changes in fingernails: softer, crack, break easier or curvy nail beds
  • ___Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.
  • ___ Feeling just not right ... not like your old self
  • ___ ACNE - acne that shows up on your jawline, neck, back, or near your hair line
  • ___ Hair changes... dryness.. falling out... excessive oilyness
  • ___ Unusual Vaginal Discharge - Strings of White Muccus or feeling lots of wetness


Most importantly if you check this you may be going through perimenopause:

___ Have gone to the doctor ... have had no major diagnosis, normal blood work and no explanation for these symptoms



If you have checked 10 or more of these symptoms... you may be going through Perimenopause.  

I am 36 years old and can say that after the birth of my 3rd baby two years ago ... my hormones began changing significantly.  In the last year... I have experience significant changes in my body as well as in mind.  Anytime ... I feel like a crazy person ... I immediately go to this checklist and remind myself that I have no control over my hormones.  I only have control over what I feed myself to combat these awful symptoms.

Now... many of you ask if I have all the symptoms in the checklist above.... NO... but I will say that I have many symptoms that always had an explanation for it....

__X__  Been to many doctors ... normal blood work and no real diagnosis

__X__ high blood pressure (Which I will explain an amazing lifestyle change to naturally combat this)

__X__ Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)  Which doctors explained its due to high blood pressure

__X__  Hot flashes 

__X__ Acne - I feel like I am 15 years old and breaking out for the first time

__X__ Dry Hair (doctor explained many women have dry hair post partum) and Itchy Scalp

__X__ Anxiety  (Doctor explained that the anxiety was related to my high blood pressure)

__X__ Abnormal bleeding

__X__ Tingling in the toes and fingers (Doctor explained I may need to have injections to help with sciatic issues)

__X__ Headaches and Migraines (doctor explained that it is because of my high blood pressure)

__X__ Unexplained Weight Loss- loss 18lbs in 2 months  (doctor explained it was all stressed related and stomach related)
  
__X__ Nausea and Diarrhea (which the doctor explained its due to my gallbladder being removed - Normal colonoscopy and endoscopy .. doctors explained weight loss correlates with Nausea and Diarrhea)

__X__ Dizziness and Balance Issues (Doctor explained that this was related to my blood pressure medicine I was on) (My hubby says it's because I am "blonde" Insert *butthead*)

__X__ Brain fog and Inability to concentrate (Doctor explained that I most likely have ADHD and have anxiety)

__X___ Unexplained BITCHINESS and Inability to process rational feelings around that time of the month (INSERT my husband's blog to deal with this one!!)


Ok... so now that I have given you everything for my health history.  I also want to make a note that the doctors I had visited are wonderful and are some of the best doctors in the area.  In addition, I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester to further inquire about my health.  It wasn't until I spoke with my OBGYN .. I realized that the way I am feeling is all very normal and falls in line with women in their 30's who are starting to have hormonal changes.  

When your body stops producing babies.. it goes through some major changes that results in Perimenopause.  Which by definition is the "BEFORE" stages of Meniopause (Or also known as the "CHANGE")

If any of this sounds like you..... please please don't go into denial!!!  That was me.... accept and do something to help yourself.  Go to your OBGYN and explain what you feel like and ask for hormone testing.  


NOW.. there is some great debate about HORMONES.. and whether they work or cause more problems.  

ALL I know is there are some great reads out there that will help put everything in perspective.   















Now... when reading and researching perimenopause .. I found some amazing fun facts:

To combat these symptoms many women are prescribed Anti-Anxiety or Anti-Depression Medications

Hormone replacement therapy increases your risk of the following diseases:

29% Increase in Coronary Heart Disease
41% Increase in Strokes
22% Cardiovascular Disease
200% Increase in Lung and Blood Clots
26% Increase in Breast Cancer - That number is steadily increasing

(Pg 126 of Suzanne Somer's "I'm Too Young for This.")

Significant Increases in Divorce and Major Lifestyle (Husband Gets Fixed...etc..) Changes during this time
(Stay Tuned to my Upcoming Blog Post about this Hot Topic)








I began a very holistic approach to combating these awful symptoms...

For ONE... I needed to control my High Blood Pressure and Have a goal of getting off meds completely...

My blood Pressure ran....

150-160/90-105

I was on Lisinopril 20mg per day and No significant changes while taking and on old diet.


I began a very strict GLUTEN Free, Vegan Based (Oil Free, No Meat, No Dairy) Diet.... my Blood Pressures dropped to an average of

104-123/69-82

I switched to a CCB at 30mg per day and have gradually began weaning off..

I have increased my supplement intake to CoQ10, Increase in Vitamin C, B's, Fish Oil, Arginine, Neuro 5-Htp, L-theanine for the days of unrest and anxiety, Increase in Folate and Vitamin D - many of which I get from my Vegan (Veggie enriched Diet)... Gluten Free helps with itchy skin and digestive issues, feeling bloated and overrall inflammation.  

ONCE I elminated Dairy and Gluten from my diet ... I noticed my clothes were less tight, my skin is clearing up, feeling bloated and overrall sluggish began to lessen.  My brain fog seems to come and go but I learned it is due to my depleting estrogen levels.  Something which I am learning how to combat naturally ... ANY SUGGESTIONS???


NOW... I am sharing this information because it took me a whole year to go through hell and lots of money to figure out what the hell is wrong with me.  I am not a doctor nor advocate any self diagnosis.. ... If you feel any of this information is applicable to you and you don't have the answers... I strongly recommend research research and research and get into see your OBGYN to get the answers you need and deserve!

DON'T wait and SUFFER.... get a jump start on this new Change in your life.

From ONE Hormonal Housewife to another ... Just blame it on Your PERIMENOPAUSE!!