Coming soon: A group session for spinal fusions

May 2nd, 2015 by Amanda

Egoscue and Spinal FusionsI don’t know any of these faces above but perhaps these people could be you and me. I get many comments on this website from people who have had spinal fusions for scoliosis. Some of them are in pain and don’t know where to turn. I am not a licensed physical therapist or masseuse or doctor but I do have a spinal fusion and a harrington rod, and have had my share of stiffness and pain.

In 2009 I started working remotely with an Egoscue therapist in Los Angeles. I would send him pictures of my posture, we would Skype to talk about what was going on, and he’d send “e-cises” for me to do every day. Over the years I’ve done ten different menus of e-cises. I fall off the wagon all the time, but when I do them regularly my body feels better. I can feel myself stand more functionally. Paul talks about functional use of the muscles and bones rather than compensating use – something that we fused people are extra good at.

In a previous post called Scar Release Therapy – My Experience –   you’ll hear Marjorie talk about how compensation happens. Imagine a child who can’t reach the shelf for the cookie jar. So she layers a step stool on top of a small box on top of a chair, then climbs up there precariously to get what she wants. Not the most stable structure. This is how our bodies move to do the work needed – they compensate. You can see this video of Marjorie loosening up my scar tissue here.

I think a way we can help each other and feel supported at the same time is to do some group moving sessions. Move the couch and chairs out of the way to give yourself plenty of space around your computer because we’ll be getting on the floor to move around together. I’ll show you what I do that makes me feel better. Some of these movements will be Egoscue e-cises, some will be stretches, some will be Original Strength exercises. Nothing will be too taxing or difficult, I promise! And I’m sure that my yoga teaching experience will help as well. There is no cost to participate in this project.

There will likely be some hiccups as audio and video are involved, but if you’re interested in giving it a go then please email me at amandashealthjournal@gmail.com. The first group session will be on Tuesday evening at 7pm EST, May 12, 2015.

It will be fun to connect so I do hope to hear from some of you!

Love,

Amanda

Grow Your Own: The Tower Garden

March 18th, 2015 by Amanda
Tower Gardens produces vegetables and fruit

Two Tower Gardens producing food

I work in a great health food store three days a week. Two weeks ago a woman came into the store looking for Bach Flower Remedies for her dogs. Unfortunately, we were out. But we struck up a conversation, which, of course, centered around health.

She told me about how she’s growing her own produce inside her house using an aeroponic vertical gardening system. Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. I was enthralled, because this has been in my thoughts a lot recently. How do I know how far veggies have traveled when I buy them in the store? Is my organic produce really organic? If a worsening economy suddenly emptied the supermarket shelves, what would my family and I eat?

After researching it at great length, I purchased my own Tower Garden. Now I need to figure out what I’m planting, as there’s room for 20 plants to grow. And grow it really does – 30% more than vegetables planted in soil because of increased access by the roots to oxygen, so they grow faster, too. I could be eating arugula in three weeks.

Just for fun I recorded myself setting it up. At the end you’ll see how pretty the lights look. But wait until there are actually plants growing inside those net pots! Then the beauty (and extremely fresh, locally grown produce) really begins!

So you can put this thing outside on your deck, or in your garden, or do what I’m doing: study it frequently and closely in my living room. Yes, I sprung for the grow lights. I’m still a beginner gardener, and I have found that when my tomatoes, squash, basil etc. are growing downstairs and all the way in the back, I do not spend the time needed to check for changes to leaves, whether the plants are being over- or under-watered, or if a new alien bug has suddenly proliferated (and destroyed my squash stems, for example, like last summer). Plus, I find that plants, herbs, flowers are simply beautiful to behold as often as possible. They make me happy. And yet I’m inside almost all the time! So when purchasing the Tower, I spent a bit more to include the grow lights and tomato cage, which a. lets me grow tomatoes on the Tower Garden and b. allows the lights to attach to the Tower.

Eat Local: From Tower to Table

Near where I live, genetically modified cotton, soy and corn crops abound. The health food store where I work trucks its organic produce in from two or more states away. What I like about the Tower is that you can’t get more local than your own living room or backyard. I love the food independence aspect as well.

Easy Setup, Growing and Harvesting

The Tower Garden is shipped to you about a week after you order it.  Start growing your seedlings with the seed kit which are both included, and then transport those seedlings to your Tower. If you want to move faster you can purchase seedlings from a local gardening center.

Once in the Tower, the roots of the seedlings will be nourished by the mineral solution ‘Tower Tonic’, which is poured into the 20 gallon water tank at the base, pumped up through the center column, and then dripped down through those fast-growing roots. Here is how the aeroponic system works in more detail.

 

 

Here’s a video about an NYC restaurant growing its food on the roof using these systems.

Stay tuned to AmandasHealthJournal because I will document the growth of my plants. If you absolutely need to buy one this instant – after doing your research as I did – click here to find out how (I also now distribute them because I believe so much in the concept).

Planting seeds that came with the Tower

Planting seeds that came with the Tower

In 1-3 weeks the seedlings will be ready to put in the Tower

In 1-3 weeks the seedlings will be ready to put in the Tower

 

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My Mole Removal Story (With Pictures)

January 12th, 2015 by Amanda

Natural Mole Removal

I’d had a big, dark brown, high altitude mole on my upper right arm for many years. When I was pregnant it got even bigger and higher. Today, it is gone. In fact, just now I had to check both arms because I’d forgotten where it was. What’s left is an area of slightly lighter pigment. But no more mole.

My big dark mole on my upper right arm

My big dark mole on my upper right arm

Back in 2007 I’d tried to get rid of it by downloading an ebook called No More Moles, Warts or Skin Tags, or some similar fun title. It involved scraping the mole with a sterilized needle, then using an emory board to cause abrasion, then applying a paste that needed to soak in, and finally slapping on a bandaid. You were to do this three times a day. Small surprise that I did not keep this up for very long!

So this past year I tried something different. It’s much easier, and it worked. All you need to do is apply a bit of iodine to the mole each day. Let it dry, then massage in a little castor oil. And that’s it!

Some days I did this a few times a day, some days just once. I kept the little bottle of iodine near the bathroom sink so I’d see it and remember to do it, especially before bed at night. The iodine I used was 2%.

The iodine I used; comes with a little brush applicator

The iodine I used; comes with a little brush applicator

You have to be patient; I think it took me a few months of persistence. At one point it got red and inflamed-looking, but I persevered, making sure not to skip the castor oil. And if it was looking really awful, I’d lay off the iodine application for a day or two. But it never burned.

Mole with iodine applied on and around

Mole with iodine applied on and around

Mole getting smaller

Mole getting smaller?

Mole drying up and scabbing

Mole drying up and scabbing

Mole getting kind of scary; don't skip the castor oil

Mole getting kind of scary; don’t skip the castor oil

Mole on its way out

Mole on its way out

My mole friend disappearing

My mole friend disappearing

My mole is now gone

My mole is now gone

 

I found out about this cure from one of my favorite websites, earthclinic.com. Have you removed a mole naturally? Let us know about it!

Another Beauty Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar

Take off a bothersome mole, and then freshen that complexion! Last week I was sick and draggy. I looked in the mirror and thought: I look kind of old! No fun. Time to get busy. I brought out the baking soda to use as an exfoliant, and then the real star of the show: apple cider vinegar. Diluting it 50/50 with water, I used a cotton ball to tone my face and neck. I made sure to drink a couple of tablespoons in hot water with honey twice a day as well. Add in a few facial exercises, and my face is brighter, rosier, tighter, in just two days. Apple cider vinegar really is beautifying. Try it and see what you think!

Successful Liver Flushes

November 11th, 2014 by Amanda
These came out during one of my many liver flushes.

These came out during one of my many liver flushes.

Since 2004 I have been using the Hulda Clark/Andreas Moritz Liver Flush recipe to remove gallstones from my liver. My flushes have been successful. Though the fasting and epsom salt drinking are not the funnest, I do them because they work. For the next 2-3 days I have more energy, my complexion looks fresher and younger, and my zest for life noticeably improves. Hulda and Andreas promised that this would happen, and they were right. In fact, liver flushing has worked so well for me that I have written a book about it called Successful Liver Flushes, which includes pictures from my many successful liver flushes. More info below.

Back in 2005 I wrote this in my diary:

I’m thinking I’ve got liver issues. Itchy eyes, more moles lately, tired a lot, bloating, bad memory, poor concentration, and my skin breaks out when I eat dairy and sugar….

The fix? Consistent liver flushing. Clark wrote about allergies disappearing with each flush you do. The ‘consistent’ part is what I could improve upon. Andreas Moritz even goes so far as to say that if you only do one or two flushes and not the 10-15 you need to do at 3-4 week intervals to clean your liver and gall bladder of stones, it’s almost worse than not doing them at all. Not sure that that’s true however.

I’ve done about 30 flushes over the years. Last week I did another one and got hundreds of very small green, floating balls out, along with some chaff – cholesterol crystals –  that turns into stones over time. Later that day I felt lighter, calmer, more up, my skin looked great, and this lasted for the next two days. Success.

Why do we need to clean the liver?

Bile is a green, alkaline liquid that’s produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. It consists of water, mucus, bile pigment (bilirubin), bile salts, cholesterol, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. To help digest food that comes from the stomach, bile is squirted through a tube – the common bile duct – into the small intestine. Just like you need soap as an emulsifier to get grease off a pot, bile emulsifies fats and oils in your foods, breaking it down so it can be absorbed in the small intestine. Bile also neutralizes the acidity of food that comes from the stomach, as it is quite alkaline with a pH of 9.5.

So what goes wrong? For many people, bile can thicken and form biliary sludge, which may turn into gallstones that then prevent the bile from getting into the small intestine. Toxins accumulate in the liver and bloodstream because they are no longer leaving via the bile. Furthermore, bile can backwash into the stomach and cause irritation and nausea.

Bile stimulates peristalsis. It assists with the digestion of fat, calcium and protein foods, helps maintain normal fat levels in the blood, removes toxins from the liver, and keeps the colon from breeding too many harmful microbes.

One of the first signs of bile backup in the bloodstream can be high cholesterol as shown on a blood test. The cholesterol can only leave the body via bile.

We need healthy bile flow to feel good. It’s one of the many ways our bodies have to excrete toxins. I like to deposit these toxins in the toilet rather than my blood and tissues. And so I flush my liver.

How to do a liver flush

I’ll tell you how I do it, because I find full strength apple juice too sugary. These are not complete instructions so check my book or another source for detailed directions. Drink diluted apple juice (50/50 with water), maybe a quart or two, throughout the day for 4-6 days. You could also/instead use powdered malic acid in water, or apple cider vinegar in water instead. My biggest stones came out when I used malic acid in my water. This is to soften the stones you have. On the day of the flush, eat normally, perhaps minimizing fat intake (although I don’t do that anymore and it works fine) so that some bile pressure can start to build up. Stop eating at 2pm. Pour 4 tbsps of Epsom salts into a jar that has three cups of water. Mix well. The Epsom salts open the bile ducts so that the stones and chaff can flow out of the liver more easily.

Some big ones. You can see how little stones come together to form big ones.

Some big ones. You can see how little stones come together to form big ones.

At 6pm drink 3/4 cup of the water/Epsom salts mixture. It tastes pretty bad. Sometimes I suck on a piece of lemon right afterwards. At 8pm do the same thing. Then at 10pm the exciting bit happens. Be ready for bed. Juice 1-2 organic grapefruits – by hand is fine too – so that you have about 1/2-3/4 cup. Pour 1/2 cup of olive oil into this and shake well. Stand by the bed, drink it down as best you can (some people like using a straw), and then turn off the light and get in bed. Stay still. In a moment or two you can feel the action going on in your gall bladder and liver. Clark wrote about how the stones roll like ‘marbles’ through the dilated ducts and into the small intestine. Here is Hulda in her own famous words:

Lie down immediately. You might fail to get stones out if you don’t. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Don’t clean up the kitchen. As soon as the drink is down walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow. Try to think about what is happening in the liver. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don’t.

In the morning, expect diarrhea (from the Epsom salts). Also expect green stones or chaff floating on the surface. These are from your liver. You have removed them without surgery. Do this procedure every 2-4 weeks because there will be more. They form all the time so it’s necessary to stay on top of it. But the way you’ll feel the next day, it won’t be hard to convince yourself to continue.

A tremendous energy surge after a good liver flush results in cool projects!

A tremendous energy surge after a good liver flush may result in a garden!

I usually feel my best the second day after the flush. One year I quickly transformed a patch of grass into a vegetable garden because my energy skyrocketed. And believe me, it’s a happy time when you can start to eat real food again later in the day after fasting for 20 or so hours.  Actually, fasting itself is quite healthful when done this way. Energy that would have gone towards digestion is used instead for healing.

My advice is to follow the directions to a T! Hulda didn’t mess around.

The only time a flush didn’t work for me was when I used ozonated olive oil. That was a terrible night that I lived to talk about. But don’t let me scare you from doing the regular liver cleanse. I really do recommend it. You can contact me if you have questions.

Prefer a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove those gallstones from the gallbladder? Here is what that would look like. And remember, this does nothing for the stones that are in the liver. Johns Hopkins University calls them ‘intrahepatic gallstones.”

My Liver Flushing Experiences - $4.99

My Liver Flushing Experiences – $4.99

If you are interested in finding out more about my liver flushes, I have described many of them in a downloadable ebook called Successful Liver Flushes. Photos as well as detailed instructions are included. I also mention Dr. Larry Wilson’s version. Plus, details on my ozonated oil experience (I won’t be trying that one again any time soon!). Download it here for $4.99. Let me know what you think! And of course, let us know how liver flushing has worked for you.

 

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