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Believing is not Enough - You Need to KNOW!
Hello Friends and Family,
Since so many of you are praying for Brayden our 3 year old, I want you to know that God does answer prayer!!!! We had a very important doctor appointment yesterday in Austin, Texas.
Brayden has had his cochlear implants since November of 2011 but their have been many obstacles along the way. As of April 2012 we knew he was hearing and hearing well because he finally was responding to his name for the first time since he lost his hearing around 18mnths of age. but he does not seem to understand anything being said to him. He has seen several therapist and doctors and schools and they have all been stumped by the way Brayden responds or doesn't respond.
Literally everything has been trial and error to get anywhere with brayden and none of that working either till yesterday.... to keep this brief let me just say that we were divinely directed to this specialist and God so graciously chose a stranger and one of our dear Texas friends to find this doctor. So if you have ever questioned your faith or that God doesn't care about all the details of our lives, I hope this increases your faith today.
After being at a breaking point last tuesday night , Tom came home from work, calmed me down and told me that we just needed to get to Austin and not wait another day. So Wednesday I started calling for an appt in Austin about 4 hours from our home in Dallas. I left two voicemails and just kept calling every hour trying to get someone on the phone. I had heard it could take 3 to 4 months to get an initial appt. but i was determined we would have a date by the end of weds. 5th time I called and receptionist answered, all i tell her is that my 3 yr old has implants for profound deafness, he hears but we can't figure out if he understands and he would be a new patient. She asked no questions and said, " can you come this monday January 21st 1 pm?" I said yes, she said Great .
So we go yesterday and the first thing the lady at front desk says is our receptionist walked in and quit this am, its a little crazy today!.... I won't go thru all the details of the visit bc it is complicated to explain but basically Dr. Stewart adamantly believes Brayden has the Rubella virus( from the mmr live vacccine) laying dormant in the auditory nerve which is blocking the direct pathway to the brain to interpret the sound he hears. The virus is their bc his immune system has never been fully intact so the autoimmune response is to caue inflammation which is further keeping the virus hostage in the auditory nerve.
He is confident that with these essential vitamins that his body cannot break down for the body to use that he will get thru this cream, then thru some anitvirals etc in the next 9 mnths we should see him hearing with understanding so his verbalization will also make sense...
He also said bc he was a neuro surgeon for many years who became humbled that he couldn't fix the autistic kids with surgery that he took on this burden to help autism.
He knew God was saying to him "you can't fix these kids, Kendall. But I can. Are you ready for me to show you how?" God woke him up often at 4am after having biochemical equation dreams that once he woke up and wrote them down they worked everytime!
With my background being in nursing and especially cancer field, everything he was saying makes more than perfect sense.
So here we go! I just know that God is going to show off and because Brayden will be healed by God thru this man, we will tell everyone and so many more kids will be helped.
thank you all for your ongoing prayers, please feel free to forward to anyone.
Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs have become very popular in recent years due to the assumption that they are environmentally friendly. While it is true that they use less energy than incandescent light bulbs, CFL bulbs actually have mercury inside them, which is a toxic metal that can contaminate landfills and harm the environment.
According to a 2008 report from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection when a CFL bulb is broken, a dangerously high level of mercury is released into the air. Normal mercury standarda are 300 nanograms of mercury per cubic meter of air, but when a CFL bulb breaks, more than 50,000 nanograms per cubic meter. That is over 166 times more than what is considered safe.
Offering a safe place to dispose of CFL bulbs is important. Toronto requires people to dispose of such bulbs at a designated hazardous waste facility so that the landfills do not become contaminated with mercury. They understand that excess mercury released into the earth is toxic to the environment.
If you are wondering how a CFL bulb in a landfill can hard the environment, what happens is that the mercury can end up in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and water tables due to waste runoff. The more CFL bulbs in a landfill, the more potential for environmental harm.
Experts also assert that CFL bulbs give off a great deal of radiation, which can cause migraine headaches, fatigue, sleep disruptions, and more. CLF bulbs give off a “dirty energy” that has negative consequences on people and the environment. The eco-friendly companies that sell CFL bulbs keep quiet about this because they do not want people to know the truth, as it would affect their revenue.
Additionally, the voltage reduction technology in CFL bulbs effects the emission of EMF pollution, which can have a negative effect on humans. CFL bulbs are the highest EMF polluters that people have in their homes.
You may wonder what is a great alternative to CFL bulbs and the answer is light-emitting diode, or LED light bulbs. They are less toxic to the environment and work just as well as any other bulb. LED lights may be a bit more expensive, but well worth the investment as a safe environment is worth more than anything.
Go ahead and invest in LED lights for your home and office. If by chance you cannot afford LED light bulbs, use incandescent light bulbs until the prices go down or a better alternative comes around. Let’s keep our landfills and air free from toxic mercury and choose to bypass CFL bulbs. Let’s really care about our environment.
Reiki is a holistic energy treatment that is becoming more and more popular in the medical field. For many years the validity of this holistic healing practice has been questioned, but it is now gaining a good deal of respect among professionals. In fact, some medical facilities are now utilizing alternative healing methods, such as Reiki, to help patients and documenting the beneficial results.
Reiki is an alternative treatment that uses energy as a healing agent. This energy has been known to bring healing to the mind, body, and spirit. Reiki is not a religion. Rather, it is a technique that aims at reducing stress and restoring balance to the body. It is holistic in nature and has been know to bring healing, decrease stress levels, and bring emotional balance.
The healing energy of Reiki is transferred through a Reiki practitioner to a person. It is believed the healing energy or vibrations go through the hands of the practitioner into the healing recipient. It has become very popular, with at least 4 million people worldwide who are Reiki certified at the 1st level, according to the International Center for Reiki Training. There are three levels one can become certified in and hundreds of hospitals in the United States offer Reiki education for free so people can enjoy the healing benefits.
In 2005, William Lee Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training, created The Touchstone Process, which reports research results from studies involving Reiki. The latest research in 2009 indicates that Reiki is in fact having a positive impact on patients and animals. In fact, a scientific study performed on lab rats indicated that Reiki decreased their stress levels and anxiety.
Human testing was done between 1993 and 2006 and the results came in from Satisfactory to Excellent. It seems that many patients reported that Reiki helped alleviate or control pain.
With such positive reports, more and more hospital facilities around the country are bringing in Reiki practitioners to help patients. Additionally, more Reiki education facilities are being developed as well.
I think we can all agree that life does not go quite as smooth as we hope or plan. Disappointments come, people can be annoying, relationships end, you don’t get the promotion, and so on. Let’s face it: sometimes bad, annoying, and unfortunate things are going to come your way and when they do you are faced with this:
What will you do? What will your reaction be? Good or not so good?
Jeffrey Rossman, PhD., director of Life Management at Canyon Rance in Lenox, Mass., and author of The Mind-Body Solution, states that when negative situations come our way, we may not be able to change the situation, but we can change our reaction to it. We don’t have to allow it to bring our moods down, but can process the situation and try to see the silver lining. In fact, those that do look for a positive perspective tend to have better health than those who tend to get down and out when struggles come.
If you tend to be more of a downer when it comes to such matters, here are some tips on how you can stay positive when you face these certain scenarios throughout your day.
Top 9 Common Pet Myths Debunked
Family pets are an important part of a family, so just as parents want their kids to eat food that is healthy, they also want to know that their pet’s food is healthy too. Shelly Rubin, VMD and director emeritus of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago, debunks common myths surrounding pets so we can be assured that our pets are getting the best care possible. Interestingly enough, Rubin had been Oprah’s dog veterinarian for over 15 years.
Myth #1 Table scraps are good for dogs.
Our pets need food that consists of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Unfortunately, human food has many more ingredients in it that is not good for animals, such as salt and sugar. Table scraps are not necessarily good for dogs and may end up hurting them in the long run. They may LOVE them, but try to refrain from feeding them scraps.
Instead, choose natural dog food, such as the Holistic and Wellness Selectbrands, Organix, and Annameat. Additionally, it is recommended to feed your dog twice a day so that the food does not sit in the bowl and get old.
When it comes to dog treats, minimize the amount you give, as many dogs are already obese. Healthy dog treats that you can give are small apple slices, baby carrots, cauliflower, and even seedless watermelon.
Myth #2: Cats need milk.
Actually, cats do not need milk. They may enjoy it, but it can cause them harm because they do not have the innate ability to break down the lactose in milk products. If you feed your cat milk, it may get diarrhea or vomit. Give your cat plenty of water instead.
Myth #3: A warm nose means your dog is sick.
A dog could have a warm nose due to various reasons, but it does not mean it is sick. If you think your dog has a fever, place your hand on its head to feel for heat. A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 101.5 degrees, so take that into consideration when assessing for elevated temperature. Your dog may be sick if he/she is displaying symptoms such as no appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Myth #4: Cats always land on their feet.
Cats do not always land on their feet. Veterinarians will tell you that they have seen many cases in which cats have fallen out of windows and did not land on feet, but ended up badly hurt or dying. If your cat likes to lounge by the window, make sure that you have a screen or keep the window closed.
Myth #5: It's all right to kiss your dog.
Your dogs tongue has been in places that are probably not places you’d like to have your tongue, so it is a good idea to refrain from letting your dog lick your face all over. There have actually been cases of salmonella poisoning occurring to the recipient of a dog’s lick to the face.
Of course, this doesn’t stop many pet owners from enjoying “liquid love” from their dog, but it is advised that those with weak immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or living with HIV, should steer clear of a dog’s kiss.
To keep your dog’s mouth as clean as it can be, you can brush its teeth with toothpaste made for animals. Never brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste, as it can harm or even kill the animal. Golden retrievers and labs enjoy rope bones, which do help clean the teeth to a certain extent.
Myth #6: Everyone can afford a pet.
Owning a pet does cost a considerable amount of money if you purpose to adequately feed it and make sure it gets adequate care from a veterinarian. It costs money to get your pet its shots, spayed or neutered, and for medicine should it acquire an illness. Food alone can cost $40 to $100 a month depending on the size and type of pet you have. If you are struggling to make ends meet, it is probably not a good time to bring a pet into your life. Wait until you have extra funds to adequately care for you pet.
Myth #7: Flea collars are effective.
Flea collars are not effective. They only work right where the collar touches the fur. In fact, there are not that many flea collars sold anymore. If your pet has a flea problem, consider purchasing Frontline or Advantage flea products, as they certainly work to keep fleas to a minimum.
Myth #8: My pet stays indoors, so it doesn't need to go to the vet.
Your pet will benefit from you taking it to the veterinarian to get its shots, as the vaccines can help your pet stay free from various diseases, such as distemper and upper-respiratory infections. Humans can bring in germs and your animal may get outside on occasion, so at the very least, take your pet to get vaccinations.
Myth #9: Dogs eat grass because they like the way it tastes.
Some dogs do like to graze on grass periodically, such as German shepherds and labs, but for the most part if your dog is eating grass it means that they may have mild gastritis or esophageal reflux disease. If this continues to occur, you should take your dog to the vet for a check up, as it may need a change in diet.
Our bodies usually give us signs if something is not quite right. Not many people know it, but our finger nails can sometimes tell us what is going on physically. If you take a look at their shape, color, and texture, you may be able to gauge your health.
If your nails are brittle or splitting, it may be because you are getting too many manicures or pedicures. All of the chemicals associated with them can hurt your nails, so if this is the case, give them a rest. Purchase a quality nail conditioner and use daily.
If your nails have a yellow tint to them, it could be from a variety of things. You could have psoriasis, a nail fungus, or it could be from smoking if you are a smoker. Also, if you wear dark nail polish, they could be stained. A great way to remove the yellow if it is a stain is to soak your nails in denture cleaner. If there is pain associated with the yellow or if you have psoriasis, it is wise to see your doctor. You could be fighting a fungal infection and sometimes someone suffering from psoriasis gets yellow nails.
Little white dots on your nails usually indicate that your nails have been through some trauma, like hitting your nail against the wall. Normally, these white dots go away in no time, but if they persist, consult your dermatologist.
If you see dark vertical bands on your nails, it could be benign moles in the nail bed and you should consult your dermatologist. These dark bands are common for dark-skinned people, so it does not always indicate a problem.
Have you ever heard of “spoon nails”? This is when your nails are shaped more like a spoon, as the center dips down. If you want to see if you have such nails, put a drop of water on the middle of your nail and see if it spills off or stays there. If it stays, you have spoon nails. This could be from a deficiency in iron or hypothyroidism, so consult your physician for a couple simple tests.
If you have ever slammed your finger in a car door, you have probably seen horizontal depressions. They run all the way across the nail and they are usually associated with trauma to the nail. Also called Beau’s lines, these depressions can also be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes or circulatory disease, so if you have not injured your finger and see these lines, consult your doctor.
Nail beading is another sign that something may be wrong with your body. Nail beading is when your nails have vertical beaded ridges on them and it may indicate that you have thyroid issues, too much stress, diabetes, or perhaps just hormonal changes.
Take a look at your nails once in awhile to gauge how they look. You just may be able to detect a health concern simply by keeping up with your nails.
Take Actions To Save Your Brain
When it comes to the health of our brains, neurosurgeons are wondering why the dangers of cell phone use on the brain is not recognized more. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and health practitioner, states, “Most neurological diseases do not become obvious until about 75 percent of brain cells in the affected area have died; the surviving 25 percent are extremely sick and cannot function normally, which is why treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) is so difficult.”
With experts telling us that cell phone use in close proximity to the brain could be damaging the brain, don’t you think we should be exercising caution here? If cell phones are harming brain cells, but we won’t realize it until most of our brain cells are damaged, why take that risk?
It is actually free radicals on the loose in our bodies that can contribute to neurological disease. Free radicals are molecules that don’t have paired electrons. The abundance of free radicals in the body slowly harms neurons, which in turn can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases. Due to this activity, our body experiences a decrease of glutathione, which is a key antioxidant that we need for optimal health.
Some experts assert that even microwaves can cause us harm, as they too increase free radicals, decrease glutathione, and increase lipid peroxidation. They also open the blood-brain barrier, which can cause more free radicals to be formed. In fact, University of Washington Scientist, Henry Lai, put together 23 studies proving that microwaves do in fact increase the creation of free radicals.
Our bodies are already on free radical overload, with the generation of such from stress, unhealthy foods, aluminum, mercury, fluoride, and more. In addition to this, experts state that free radical production can also increase from silver dental fillings, aspartame and MSG, and increased levels of serotonin from antidepressant medicines.
To combat the increase of free radicals in the body, there are certain things we can do. We can reduce our exposure to the potentially harmful substances and technologies and begin eating foods and vitamins that will help fight against free radicals.
Here is a list of things to stay away from as much as you can:
Here is a list of foods and vitamins that you can ingest to help you combat free radicals and ensure optimal health:
People transition into a raw food diet for various reasons. Some simply hear about the raw food diet, feel led to change their diet, and do so. Others switch to raw foods because they are battling a minor or major sickness. When the body begins to get used to such wonderful nutrients, it automatically begins to detoxify of harmful chemicals and toxins and begins to make steady progress toward optimal health.
The nutrients of the raw food are full of enzymes that cause cells to lose toxins and other elements that are not healthy. In a fairly short time a person who begin eating raw foods will be able to experience feeling lighter and healthier because of the nutrition benefits of raw foods. Experts recommend, though, that the transition into eating a raw food diet ought to be gradual so that you do not experience any upset stomach or irritation of the digestive system.
Our bodies are detoxifying all of the time-especially in the mornings or early afternoons. Nutrition expert’s advise eating a light breakfast to aid in this natural process. The actual detox process involves cells shedding metabolic waste and toxins that go into the bloodstream and then they are filtered by the liver and the kidneys. Once they are filtered, they are eliminated through feces, urine, sweat, menses, and breath.
Much of the time our bodies can effectively detox all by themselves, but if there is a build up of toxins over time, the body can become extra toxic- otherwise known as being toxicosis. Toxins that come from junk food, environmental pollution, or stress can cause the body to become fatigued, ill, or obese.
With the incredible design of our bodies comes a natural urge to detoxify without us doing anything. When the toxicity level gets high, in order to maintain balance the body may detox by various means. If you experience a coated tongue, a sore throat, fever, inflammation, vomiting, or diarrhea then your body may be trying to detox. Our bodies are always getting rid of toxins through our underarms and through elimination. Experts also tell us that if our elimination organs are on overload, the body will use other avenues for detoxification, such as the eyes, ears, and mouth.
During detoxification, it is important to allow your body to rest so that full rejuvenation and restoration can occur deep in your cells. Drink plenty of purified water and organic juices to aid in the process. Try not to do any rigorous exercise during this phase of detoxification.
Once you get through the detoxification process, your body ought to be in optimal health and you will be feeling superb. You should have extra energy and feel lighter. You may have even dropped a few pounds during the process. Continue to eat a raw diet as best as you can so that your body will continually be purging toxic chemicals from your body and you can experience optimal health.
The Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are fields that are created by electronically charged objects that are in motion, affecting the behaviour of already charged objects in the area. Extremely low frequency (ELF) waves are electromagnetic radiation waves that have frequencies from 3 to 300 Hz. The normal and suggestible safe limit of the ELF magnetic field is 2.5 mG. If people are exposed continually to frequencies higher than that, it is believed that they could suffer health problems such as fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cancer, and more.
In fact, scientists are researching the effects of ELF waves more and more and letting the public know that certain items most certainly emit much more than the safe levels. For instance, an average hair dryer or vacuum cleaner emits at least 300 mG, which is well above the safe limit.
Keep Clear of High EMFs
EMFs can penetrate through walls and doors, so do your best at keeping your distance from appliances such as your microwave, alarm clock, computer, etc. Also, place your furniture as far away from heaters, lights, and other high EMFs as you can.
There is a hand held meter that you can purchase that will measure EMF. When purchasing new electronics, find ones that have the lowest EMF emitter. You can also contact the local utility company and ask them to test the levels of EMF in your neighborhood. If you live in close proximity to power lines, consult an EMF engineer.
To lessen the amount of EMF emission from your computer, put your computer monitor on “low power standby” mode. What this will do is cause your computer to power down when you have not used to keyboard for a few minutes. This creates a very low radiation output!
Shielding devices are available to help lower exposure to EMFs for computers, cell phones, wiring, transformers, and much more. To help with a hair dryer, simply attach a plastic hose to the end of it and point it at your hair to dry.
Indonesian villagers are experiencing a healing phenomenon lately called, “railway therapy” and they are letting others know just how they are going about it. Apparently, last year a man that had suffered a stroke wanted to commit suicide so he laid on railroad tracks waiting for a train to come. A peculiar thing happened though. Instead of dying, the man felt an incredible electric current as the train approached, which made the man feel revived and somewhat healed.
In an article in an Indonesian newspaper, this “railway therapy” occurs when one puts his hands and feet on the steel tracks and gets a low-voltage electric shock as the train is approaching. Much of the community is beginning to believe that this electric flow will help in healing ailments and diseases.
One report came from a woman who had high blood pressure and diabetes for over ten years. She tried railway therapy and reported that she received a great deal of relief from her symptoms-more so than many medications that she had tried over the years.
There has been no official research done and doctors are sceptical of such a practice. There is a great concern for the safety of people who are practicing this type of therapy, as there is potential for serious injury and death.
Though we do believe “grounding” (going barefoot outside) is beneficial in many ways, we do not advocate “railway therapy”.