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9 Ergonomic tips from a Silicon Valley chiropractor

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My neck and right shoulder were really bothering me, especially on days when I spent a lot of time on my computer. That’s when I finally decided to seek professional help and get an ergonomic assessment from Dr. Jackie Casab.

“What kind of computer do you use?” she asked.

“A Mac,” I said. “I often work remotely using my laptop.”

Apple products are all about style and looking pretty. They have nothing to do with ergonomic correctness at all,” she told me. “When you’re looking at products, don’t pay attention to the brand name. Pay attention to what will work best for your health, especially if you’re working on a computer every day.”

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“Many products are interchangeable these days. Just because you use a Mac doesn’t mean you need to use their mouse or keyboard,” she said. Then she continued on with a number of suggestions on how to improve work posture. Here are the ergonomic tips she recommends for anyone who feels achey or stressed after working on a computer all day:

1. Trash your stylish mouse.

Put the palms of your hands flat on your keyboard. This is called pronation. It’s an unnatural position for your hands and wrists. Now put your palms together. This is a natural position for your hands. It should feel better.

Are you attached to your mouse much of the day? If so, use a mouse that requires as little pronation as possible. Pronation causes irritation to all your wrist and arm muscles.

It can be especially irritating if you rest your wrist on your computer or desktop. Your chances of causing carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, extensor tendonitis or rotator cuff tendonitis are all increased. If you mouse a lot, trade your stylish mouse in for one that’s more ergonomic, such as the Anker wireless vertical ergonomic optical mouse.

2. Make sure your arms are as close to your side as possible.

When you hold your arms out too far, you put stress on your rotator cuffs. This is most likely to happen with your dominant mousing arm.

Holding your arms out can cause shoulder irritation, pain and disfunction. Eventually it will cause numbness and tingling into the fingers. It can also bring on carpal tunnel-like symptoms. To avoid this, try one or all of the following:

  • Use a keyboard without a 10-key pad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • Alternate your mouse back and forth equally between your dominant and non-dominant hand. Only about 1 in 100 people are ambidextrous. If you’re one of them, this solution may work well, but if not, just realize there can be a learning curve involved.
  • Add a Humanscale keyboard with a clip mouse to your desktop so that you can adjust your keyboard and mouse for custom support and comfort.

3. Relax the angle of your elbows.

Keep the angle of your elbows between 100-120 degrees. If you don’t, you’ll constrict nerves causing increased muscle tightness and irritation which leads to some of the symptoms such as muscle ache or elbow pain that may be construed as carpal tunnel.

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How not to sit when working at a computer. See how the angles formed by the joints in her arms, legs and hips are too small.

 4. Sit straight with your shoulders rolled back and down.

When you lean toward your computer, you automatically hunch your back. This increases the tension and irritation in your shoulders.

When your shoulders roll forward, you’re automatically raising them. This tightens the muscles along the tops of the shoulders and increases symptoms such as lower neck pain, fatigue, headaches and other common stress symptoms.

Next time you feel stressed at your desk, lean back and relax your shoulders. It will go a long way in helping to reduce the tension in your body.

5. Relax the angles of your lower body.

Have a slight downward angle in your seat so that your hips form an angle that’s greater than 90 degrees. Let your feet sit flat on a surface below your chair. Your knees should be at an angle of 90-100 degrees.

Your knees work the same as your elbows. If you close the angle too much, it causes constriction of your nerves and blood flow. This can lead to decreased blood flow throughout your lower limbs which may make you feel cold. It can also cause muscle tightness or cramping.

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6. Hold your head up and back.

Dropping your head angle more than 30 degrees is considered excessive flexion of the neck. This increases the tension across the top of your shoulder and in the muscles in the back of your skull.

It also greatly increases your chance of sprain, strain, fatigue and the likelihood of getting tension headaches.

7. Make sure your eyes land in the upper third of your screen.

“Laptops are never ergonomic,” Dr. Jackie says. “You can’t possibly have your screen and keyboard in the right place at the same time when using a laptop.”

Make sure your main screen is sitting high enough so that when you’re looking straight out, you’re looking at the upper third of the screen. This works easiest if you have a second screen at your desktop or a detached keyboard.

If your desktop is high, use a keyboard on your lap. Choose a tent keyboard or one with a bit of an ergonomic wave, such as the Microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard.

8. Use the 20-20-20 rule.

Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes when working on a computer. One of the reasons people have sight problems is that their eyes get fatigued from staring at screens too long.

When you look at least 20 feet away it allows your eye muscles to completely relax. This decreases your amount of eye fatigue and your chances of vision degeneration. Set a timer to help you remember to do this every 20 minutes or download a 20-20-20 app.

But what if you work in an office with no window? Plan reasons to get up: take a bathroom break, walk to lunch, take a water break, walk while you’re taking a phone call, schedule meetings outside your office. Keep your eyes and your body active throughout your workday.

9. Get up and move at least once an hour.

If you sit too long, the ligaments in your back and spine start to stretch. They’re like rubber bands. Over time, they can’t recoil as easily. This can cause instability and lower back pain. A lot of people resort to pain medications, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants which mask the symptoms. But because these drugs don’t solve the problem, their physical condition continues to go downhill. Get up every hour to do some stretches, even if you work in a cubicle.

10 Tips from a Silicon Valley author in love with hiking

If your concerned about the cost of purchasing products to support good ergonomics, be sure to ask your employer. In many cases companies will pay for these tools. In the long run, they’ll have more satisfied employees with fewer sick days. For more information on employer responsibilities and worker rights on ergonomics, see the OSHA guidelines for prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

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Dr. Jackie Casab of Casab Sports & Wellness Chiropractic

“Keep in mind that you can’t put a price on your long-term health,” says Dr. Jackie. ” If you ignore your body and its symptoms, your aches and pains will only get worse.”

You don’t need to change everything at once. It takes time to adjust to new habits. There’s a bit of a physical learning curve. It’s better to make small adjustments over time until you reach a point of feeling comfortable at the end of each workday.

After the initial adjustment with Dr. Jackie, I felt a lot of relief in my neck and back. In the following days, I also began to incorporate her recommendations in my home office and I started feeling immediate benefits.

“Be proactive and health will follow,” Dr. Jackie says.

After years of unexplained spasms and back pain, chiropractics gave Dr. Jackie relief she hadn’t felt in years. And it all happened practically overnight! Her personal experience, along with the amazing benefits that chiropractics had on her horses prompted her to pursue a career as a chiropractor. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Dr. Jackie Casab

“That sense of how amazing the world can be when things are working correctly in our bodies is what I want to return to all my patients,” says Dr. Jackie.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of stress and overall tension at the end of each workday, call or text Dr. Jackie Casab at 408-372-8469 for an adjustment and personal ergonomic assessment at Casab Sports & Wellness Chiropractic.

 

 

“In addition to these tips, there are many other solutions to consider such as: foot rests, document holders, chair ergonomics, desktop height, rounded edges on desks and more,” says Dr. Jackie.

So I started looking for a new office chair. Next time I visit Dr. Jackie, I’d like to get her opinion on the Hawaii Hula chair.

10 Tips from a Silicon Valley author in love with hiking

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Do you hate to exercise? What if you could find a way to work out for four hours solid every week and not mind a bit?

Miriam Nuney, a transplant from the flat plains of Illinois, has lived in Silicon Valley for decades. Once the hiking bug bit her, she dragged her husband out with her, convinced the exercise would do them both good. After shedding many pounds and getting into the best shape of their lives, they started inviting people to join them to discover the joys of getting above the stresses that technology can’t cure, but nature still can. Here’s what she has to say about hiking:

Ever go hiking with a group of friends?  There’s nothing like chatting the hours away, huffing and puffing up the hills and skipping along the trails, breathing fresh air, and staying blessedly away from all those handy tech-gadgets and cell phones that seem to be running our lives instead of making them easier.

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Photo courtesy of hiker Joan Kushner.

You’ve probably even seen hiking venues along your commute route and not even been aware hidden paths are calling for you to tread on them next weekend. I should know. You were me.  And boy was I surprised to find dozens of parks and designated open space areas ribboned with public trails just waiting for me to explore. So I did.

After years of hiking in the hills above California’s famed Silicon Valley, where the burning desire to escape confining cubicles and intrusive technology reaches dire levels, I can assure you there is nothing better for your physical and mental health than escaping into tantalizing wilderness and letting your cares and worries drop away for a few hours.

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Photo courtesy of hiker Denise Herbst.

I’ve hiked with people who’ve achieved significant weight loss (we’re talking forty+ pounds!), recovered from spinal and knee surgeries, reduced to the bare minimum medications for chronic asthma and diabetes, and recuperated from bike and running injuries.

All from simply putting one foot in front of the other–again and again.

Walking is a natural human activity, so . . . if you can walk, you can hike.

Hiking generally means getting out into a large park and walking on dirt trails, usually including climbing hills, and occasionally crossing streams and clambering over fallen tree limbs. Yes, nature has a way of reminding us it has an awesome power we can’t control, but hey–humility is good for the soul. Learning to let go of problems we can’t do anything about is one way to alleviate unnecessary stress.

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Photo courtesy of hiker Denise Herbst.

And don’t make any excuses about being too old–or young.  I’ve hiked with 10-year old kids who had more energy than me at the end of the hike, and a frail-looking 72-year old Chinese woman who carried water from her wells at home to keep fit.

In fact, she had the last laugh on us on one of our more challenging hikes at the Pinnacles National Monument in central California. This hike includes clambering over incredibly steep steps carved into a sheer volcanic mountainside, fortunately with sturdy handrails for those of us with a fear of heights. Afraid she might fall and break her hip, we dogged her every stride despite her protests she was “quite capable, thank you.”  

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Photo courtesy of hiker Joan Kushner.

We made it safely back to the parking area for a picnic lunch, and wouldn’t you know it–the youngest in our group slipped on a quarter-inch of low-lying water on the pavement and went down on her hands and knees!

A few minutes later we squished together on a picnic bench. I perched next to her on the very end and crossed my legs, only to find myself teetering off bench and onto the ground. Our Chinese friend couldn’t stop laughing at me. Trail hazards be damned!  It was the modern conveniences that got the better of us.

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Photo courtesy of hiker Denise Herbst.

Before you head off hiking, here are ten safety precautions you should follow:

  1. Check the park’s website for trail conditions, maps, and entrance fees.
  2. Bring one friend…or more!  It’s unwise to hike alone.
  3. Estimate your time on trail–generally you hike at half the speed you walk.
  4. Bring 16 oz of water per hour on trail, and bring snacks such as nuts, granola bars and fruit.
  5. Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and socks (jacket and gloves as needed). 
  6. Pack a basic first aid kit with bandages, a pain reliever and any special meds you need.
  7. Hike in the daytime. Avoid hiking at dawn or dusk due to bugs and critters.
  8. Check weather forecasts and be prepared for even the slight possibility of bad weather. 
  9. Pack a spare change of clothes and extra water, and leave in the car.
  10. Anticipate making your way out on your own. Most trails do not have cell phone coverage, so don’t assume help is a quick phone call away. 

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Don’t let the unknown outdoors stay unknown for long. Get out there and embrace it!  There is nothing more real than getting out into the hills and meeting head-on the challenges of nature and, best yet, overcoming them.

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Photo courtesy of hiker W. Douglas Lamb.

If you live in Silicon Valley or you’re planning a trip in the area, be sure to check out Miriam’s eBook, 101 Great Hikes Above Silicon Valley, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Smashwords. To join their hiking group at no charge, send an email to JohnMiriamNuney@aol.com. For comments or suggestions about this blog post or her ebook, email Miriam directly at MNuney@aol.com.

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Book cover photo by Robert L. McQueer.

Why You May Need a CryoHelmet in Your First Aid Kit

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What on earth is a CryoHelmet? And why would you want one in your first aid kit?

Dr. Doug Farrago is glad you asked. Here’s what he has to say:

For the past two years I have been consumed with the treatment of concussions. I personally had three bad ones in my own life. My son lost a full year of football after a head injury as well. At that time, his teachers didn’t even give him a break from schoolwork as they would now. I’m glad we’re getting more knowledgeable about head injuries and that public awareness is growing, but my concern is that no new treatment has been added.

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Douglas Farrago MD

All we do is keep these kids out of activity and that’s what really drives me crazy. I knew there had to be more we could do. I started to scan the research and found something very interesting. Cooling the brain seems to really help control the damage and help it heal. That is when I teamed up with All-Star Sports to create the CryoHelmet, a portable ice unit for head injuries. 

Study after study I looked at showed that head injuries could be treated with therapeutic hypothermia or icing. The rat studies are phenomenal and the human studies in severe traumatic brain injuries are positive as well. Minor head injuries, of which concussions are a part, unfortunately have not been studied much. That is changing and the CryoHelmet is proud to be a part of it. Until the CryoHelmet came along, there was nothing efficient, effective or portable to use on the field or in research studies. Now there is. 

CryoHelmet may be effective in reducing inflammation from head injuries, lowering body heat and lessening migraine pain.

CryoHelmet may be effective in reducing inflammation from head injuries, lowering body heat and lessening migraine pain.

As the protocols stand today, the athlete is just required to rest. While I believe rest is crucial, I also feel icing the head and cooling the brain has enough healing properties that warrants its use. Why? 

The potential benefits such as decreased brain inflammation and decreased neuronal death, are huge, while there are no known negative consequences. That’s why a few different concussion clinics around the country are already putting the CryoHelmet to use, one of them being Dr. Marc Hilgers.

If your child or grandchild plays a sport that involves any contact, then please look into getting a CryoHelmet. If you’re an athletic trainer or know one at a school, explain why a CryoHelmet (at least one) should be frozen and ready to go at each athletic contest in case a concussion occurs. Encourage them to check out IceYourHead.com to learn more about the benefits of therapeutic hypothermia for concussions and other head injuries. 

Please like us on Facebook@CryoHelmet and follow us on Twitter@CryoHelmet to help spread the news. This costs you nothing and really helps us out.  As a bonus, we’re posting new information as it comes out, so you’ll be updated continuously on the latest research.

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Oh, one more thing. The research on using ice for migraines and insomnia is really impressive as well. Instead of meds, why not try the CryoHelmet? Once again, there are no side effects! If you don’t already have one in your first aid kit, check out the CryoHelmet website to learn why you might want to get one soon.

A man staggered into a hospital with a concussion. He had multiple bruises, two black eyes and a 5-iron wrapped around his throat.

“What happened to you?” the doctor asked.

“Hmm . . . I was golfing with my wife when she sliced her ball into a field of cows. I found a ball stuck in a cow’s fanny. Pointing to the cow’s rear end, I yelled to my wife, ‘this looks like yours.’ I don’t remember anything after that.” JokeBook

If you want to learn more about how to prevent concussions and other sports-related injuries, check out Sports Medicine Institute, Aspen Sports Medicine FoundationAmerican Sports Medicine InstituteNational Center for Sports Safety or other similar organizations dedicated to preventing injuries.

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Why you ought to squat a lot: 7 benefits of squat toilets

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Did you realize that squat toilets are the norm for the majority of people throughout the world? If you grew up using a Western toilet, you might find this surprising but . . . squatting is the natural position for better elimination.

split pants baby squattingIn China, babies are allowed to follow their instinct and squat when they need to go. Although they usually wear diapers for the first few months, they’re quickly weaned off diapers and clothed into crotchless pants that make it easy for them to go when they need to.

When a child is outdoors, the caretaker usually tries to get the child to go on the nearest tree or landscaped area, sometimes holding him or her from their knees in a hanging squat position until the child is finished.

When an adult sees a toddler going down into the squatting position, it’s obvious that the child is getting ready to go. I remember many times, when living in China, seeing babies and toddlers stopping in their tracks and stooping to squat. The parent or caretaker, and everyone else around, knows exactly what’s coming!

America is the land of dog and cat lovers. It’s socially acceptable for animals to pee or poo near trees or grassy areas, but many Western travelers sneer when they see human babies doing the same.

The health benefit for the child is that their bottom isn’t soaking in their pee or poo in their diaper. It’s all wiped away immediately, just as adults do for themselves. Some Asians view diapering as a dirty and unhealthy practice. Which is more important? The cleanliness of the sidewalk area or the cleanliness of the baby’s bottom? Your culture has taught you the “right” answer.

Warning: Old People and Frogs May Trigger Culture Shock

Before you cringe about hygiene, keep in mind that dogs, cats, birds, and nearly all other living creatures defecate in their natural settings. They don’t have indoor plumbing. In all cases (whether animals or humans), it’s best if the excrement is collected and disposed of properly, especially in highly populated areas.

Did you hear the joke about the toilet? Never mind, it’s too dirty. Great Clean Jokes

man pooping in a squat toiletBefore I traveled to China, I didn’t know much about squat toilets, but within a few weeks of living there, I noticed the benefits of squatting. Not only did it feel more natural, I also gained more strength in my calves and thighs from squatting several times throughout the day.

Consider the following seven health benefits of squatting:

  1. In general, squat toilets are more sanitary than Western toilets because your body doesn’t need to touch any of the toilet parts. Passport and a Toothbrush
  2. Squatting is the natural position for elimination. It positions your muscles in a more ready position for elimination. Wellness Mama
  3. Squatting helps to alleviate hemorrhoids. Lillipad
  4. According to Dr. Oz, constipation is the #1 gastrointestinal complaint in the US and, in rare cases, can even be fatal. Squatting is a natural treatment for constipation. Squatty Potty
  5. Squatting allows you to better empty your bowels which reduces your chances of irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitus and fecal stagnation which can lead to colon cancer. Nature’s Platform
  6. Squatting when you eliminate may help prevent numerous health issues caused by western toilets such as: bladder incontinence, diverticulosis, endometriosis, GERD, heart attacks, hiatus hernia, hysterectomy, pregnancy and childbirth issues, prostate disorders, sexual dysfunction, uterine fibroids and much more. Adam Huber
  7. Squatting helps to increase your flexibility in your ankles, calves and thighs. It can help you maintain balance. This is especially helpful as you age. Squatters tend to have better health throughout their lives and are therefore less likely to be as needy in their later years.

If four out of five Westerners suffer from one of these Western-toilet related ailments, does that mean that one enjoys it? Porcelain Poetry

Are you pooping wrong? 

Some experts believe the western toilet was one of the worst inventions in modern times, as detrimental to people’s health as cars. Just as cars have taken away people’s need to walk when they want to go somewhere, Western toilets have taken away people’s natural tendency to squat when they need to go. If you believe it’s more “civilized” to sit on a toilet, sit in a car, sit at work all day, and sit on the couch in the evening, you must also conclude that it’s more “civilized” to have more health issues. Real Constipation Remedies

When I moved to China I found it fascinating to see people relaxing in the streets or in the subways in the squat position. Interestingly enough, while I lived in China it quickly became a comfortable and relaxing position for me as well.

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When you feel the urge to go, try to go soon. If you make a habit of going in the squat position when nature calls, you do yourself a big favor. Holding it puts extra stress on your bowels, your stomach, and your digestion system. Squatting allows for a full release.

“But where do I put my feet?” Here are some basics on how to use a squat toilet:

Don’t assume that a Western toilet, or “porcelain throne” is better just because you’re accustomed to it.

If you have a Western toilet at home, consider purchasing a platform that allows you to squat. It relaxes the muscles in your back and throughout your body making it easier for you to release fecal matter.

If you’ve never tried squatting, you can work your way up to it by using higher and higher footstools near your toilet. You can also practice extra squats throughout the day. Over time your flexibility will increase.

Your Best Excuse for Not Going to the Gym

You don’t have to go to a gym to work out. If you squat each time you go to the bathroom, you can work on increasing your strength and flexibility multiple times a day wherever you are.

Trainers recommend that you breathe out as you squat down and breathe in as you stand back up. This may be something helpful to think about as you’re practicing squats. Squatting improves the flexibility in your legs and back, and it also helps to maintain your core strength. If you can already squat down and balance on your feet for several minutes, you’re probably in fairly good shape.

If you aren’t flexible enough to squat yet, begin incorporating squats into your daily routine. Practice squats throughout the day when you’re doing household chores, gardening, or reaching for things on low shelves. With practice, you can increase your strength and flexibility.

11 Equipment Essentials for Easy Everyday Exercises

If you’re interested in purchasing some type of device to help you get started at home, begin by using a stool to prop up your feet in front of your toilet or purchase a toilet adapter from the Squatty Potty (7″ or 9″ foot elevation) if you’re a beginner, the Lillipad (12.75″ and 15″ foot elevation) once you’ve developed some flexibility, or Nature’s Platform (adjustable to the height of your toilet) when you’ve achieved maximum flexibility.

The next time I remodel, build, or buy a home, I definitely want to have at least one squat toilet. In the meantime, I’ll keep lifting the toilet seat to squat on western thrones. Always lift toilet seats when squatting because they often shift when you put all your weight on them.

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Once you increase your strength and flexibility, you can practice squatting on Western toilets when you’re away from home. When you’re using Western toilets in public restrooms, choose handicapped stalls whenever possible because they have handle bars to hang on to. This helps to make it a little safer.

Although I have more I’d like to share with you, I really need to go . . .

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Got a Virtual Doctor Yet? If Not, Now’s the TIME.

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Dr Andrew Weil TIME magazineThe best TIME to search for a doctor is when you’re in relatively good health and don’t feel the need to see one. Many people ignore signals from their bodies repeatedly in order to avoid the inconvenience, expense and undesirable recommendations they often experience with doctors. Doctors are humans. They make mistakes like the rest of us. It can be equally unsettling when you think about the fact that doctors literally call their work “practice,” as if doctoring were a sport complete with physical risks and injuries. SW 

A headache, rash, itchy scalp, wart, hemorrhoid, digestive issue or any other nagging health concern is a warning sign. It’s your body letting you know that something isn’t quite right. Don’t let your mind ignore your body.

Pay attention to your body when you feel a symptom coming on. What do many of us do when we have a question about anything? We Google it! But don’t wait until you’re sick to decide who you want to trust. Find a healthy doctor so that you know where to turn when you want quick trustworthy answers. That way, the next time you need to rest and recover, you won’t have to waste a lot of time searching for advice from dubious sources.

My #1 virtual doctor of choice is Dr Andrew Weil. He provides down-to-earth advice about lifestyle, diet, nature, mind and more. I never feel like he’s trying to scare me into buying his specific vitamins or gadgets to improve my health, as many other health sites do. I trust him. I sense that he genuinely wants to help people avoid illness, pharmaceuticals and drastic treatments as much as possible. He has a comforting demeanor that’s calming. In case you haven’t already met him, may I introduce you to Dr. Weil?

He believes the primary role of doctors is to educate people about how to maintain good health. That’s the kind of doctor I want! Here are several more reasons why I search for answers from Dr. Weil:

      • He has written a number of books on the subject of health. His books are easy to understand even if you’ve never taken a class in nutrition or medicine. Invest in his books instead of over-the-counter drugs. You’ll be a lot better off in the long run. If you aren’t sure which one to read first, I recommend Natural Health, Natural Medicine since it provides a good overview of preventive maintenance as well as natural treatments and home remedies.
      • He offers a Q&A section on his website. Click on the Ask Dr. Weil tab on his website and search for answers to your health concerns. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can submit a new question.
      • He’s more likely to recommend medicinal plants rather than prescription medications. In addition to medical school, he was also trained in botany, and he traveled extensively while learning about healing practices from around the world. Most doctors have little to no training in botany, nutrition or healing practices in other cultures. They’re limited to their own specialty inside Western medicine and are not necessarily trained to look at the whole body, the bigger picture.
      • He offers a number of videos to help you learn habits which promote a healthy lifestyle. You can get to know him and pick up health tips by subscribing to his videos at YouTube/user/DrWeil. If you want more in-depth information, watch some of his videos. I recommend starting with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Eating Well. This is a “shopping cart guide to the healthiest foods.”
      • He’s over 70 and still doing what he loves to do. When I lived in China, I learned that the most respected Traditional Chinese medicine doctors are those who are the most experienced. I prefer get advice from a doctor with decades of experience (and in still in good health) rather than from someone just out of medical school.

Western medicine is set up to treat symptoms after you fall ill. It’s a sick-care system. If you want to do your best to avoid illness, focus on living a healthy lifestyle that may help you to prevent or delay the onset of disease or degenerative illnesses. Dr. Weil’s advice may help you do this.

If you feel you need to speak with a specialist, you may want to make a call before you head to a doctor’s office. Check your health insurance plan to see if they have a nurseline. Each time you visit your doctor or check in at a hospital, you put yourself at risk of picking up germs, being coerced into taking prescription medications, being uncomfortable for hours in an emergency room, or going through procedures you could delay or avoid. Wouldn’t you rather avoid all this whenever possible?

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When you’re not feeling well, wouldn’t you rather get some advice online or make a phone call from the comfort of your bed rather than journey out to a doctor’s office? As healthcare continues to evolve, we’re more likely to see an increase in remote doctor-patient visits through innovative institutions such as FreeMD.comDoctorOnDemand.com or CallDoc.com. One thing I especially like about CallDoc is that they offer discounts to natural therapy professionals.

Make sure you find a reputable doctor that suits you. One of my friends recently did some self diagnosis after she was injured. She called a doctor and told him that she broke her leg in two places. The doctor told her to quit going to those places. Gwiz

Click here for more Jokes for Your Friends Who are Sick and Tired

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Dear Diary, this is day I decided to drink distilled water

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Margie opened her door and welcomed me with a big smile as if I were a friend she hadn’t seen for a while. Her sunny one-bedroom apartment was tidy. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview this lively 91-year-old.

People in Loma Linda, CA, live 4-7 years longer, on average, than other Americans. This is why I wanted to visit this quiet haven outside Los Angeles, to meet with Margie and other 90+ year olds. Loma Linda is America’s longevity hot spot. I came here to ask the same question as many other researchers.

What is your secret to longevity?

water bottle - DropInTheBucket.orgMargie spoke openly right from the start. “I’m wearing a wig, but these are my own,” she told me as she smiled and pointed to her teeth.

As I asked about her diet and health habits, she recalled different people and life experiences.

“I have the same birthday as Hitler,” she said, “April 20, and I went to his bunker.” She told stories about living in Germany for six years with her husband who was a marine and passed away 15 years ago. Then she talked about homeschooling her two sons.

She told me about her 95-year-old brother (a farmer) and four sisters, ages 93 (a teacher), 89 (a nurse and dietician), 83 (a teacher) and 76 (a nurse educator) all still living and all vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists. She had one other sister who passed away at the age of 40.

She talked seamlessly about the past, present and future. “I’d like to get rid of my computer,” she said. When I asked about the wood elephants lined up in her windowsill, she had a story for each one. She got one in Germany, one in Africa, and another one at the local Goodwill.

Although I had to repeat myself a sometimes because of her hearing, she spoke with the energy and enthusiasm of someone decades younger.

“I’d like to move to New Zealand,” she said at one point. “The fruit they serve here at the Villa doesn’t have any flavor and I can’t afford to buy fresh organic fruit,” she said. “I just read a book about . . . ” and on and on she continued.

Here’s a summary of the health tips I extracted from her stories. These are some of the things she doesn’t do which she believes may have contributed to her longevity:

  • she never eats meat
  • she doesn’t drink milk (she says it causes colds)
  • she never drinks alcohol
  • she doesn’t smoke
  • she doesn’t drink caffeine (she believes that black tea is especially bad because it’s hard on the heart)
  • she avoids sugar most of the time
  • she doesn’t use fluoride toothpaste (she mentioned that baking soda and salt are safer)

When’s the last time you did a check up on your dentist? 

Here are some of her habits she believes may have contributed to her longevity:

  • she has been a vegetarian her whole life
  • she worked hard on the family potato farm for many years and she has always included a wide variety of potatoes in her diet
  • she used to be a primary school teacher, but she still loves learning, being around people and telling stories
  • she drinks homemade smoothies made with fresh or frozen fruit such as berries, banana or apple
  • she loves grapefruit juice
  • she eats soy products
  • she keeps busy and has something to do every day
  • she takes enzymes regularly (because her sister who’s a dietician advised her to do so)
  • she has access to great doctors in Loma Linda (but some of her prior doctors are dead now)
  • she is spiritually active (as a Seventh Day Adventist)
  • she has a community of friends she meets with every day (having common meals and social time with others who live in the same retirement villa)
  • she does her best to sleep well every night
  • she has been drinking distilled water for about 44 years

None of these things surprised me because many of her lifestyle habits are consistent with others who live into their 80s, 90s and beyond. But her distilled water story did stand out.

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Dr Lorraine with Margie in Loma Linda on July 28, 2013

About 44 years ago, she came down with a debilitating strep/staph infection from well water in Idaho and was in and out of the hospital 32 times to treat cellulitis. This is when she decided to switch to distilled water to avoid going through anything like this again. She made a decision and stuck to it because she didn’t trust the water.

When it came time for me to leave, Margie slowly ascended from her chair and said with a smile, “this old grey mare ain’t what she used to be.” She didn’t want me to leave without seeing more of her recent artwork. She waved me into her bedroom and pulled a painting off the wall.

“You need to see it up close,” she said. “I used acrylics to paint these flowers.” Although I was impressed with the quality and detail of the painting, I was even more fascinated by her dexterity and strength as she leaned over her bed to pull a framed painting off the wall. Most Americans don’t make it to this age and of those who do, not many would be able to do this seemingly simple stretch-balance-strength task. I love being around lifelong learners with a positive attitude. I could have talked with her for days.

The day I met Margie, July 28, 2013, is the day I decided to drink distilled water. I made the switch immediately, beginning with bottled distilled water.

Over the next few weeks I did some research and learned that drinking distilled water is a great way to cleanse your body. Dr. Weil is one of my virtual doctors. When I’m looking for health advice, I often check to see what he has to say about a subject. Dr Weil drinks distilled water and uses it for cooking as well.

Got a virtual doctor yet? If not, now’s the time. 

So are you ready to chug some H2O? Water is as important to your health as sleep, but remember stop drinking liquids about an hour before you go to bed so you can sleep all night without having to get up to pee. BitofFun

After doing some research on distillers, I ended up choosing the Megahome Water Distiller. It didn’t take me long to conclude that this is the most important appliance in my kitchen.

Drink distilled water daily to detox and defend your body.

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Sick of diets? Film Diet Plan will help you escape the fat trap

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man-and-woman-watching-tvHave you been struggling to lose weight for years? This is one of those moments in life when you came to the right place at the right time.

This diet plan allows you to unlock good and bad secrets that are likely to make you both angry and ecstatic. You don’t have to count calories, but you do have to follow the simple plan. Over the next few weeks and months, you will begin to feel like a blind person miraculously regaining sight.

Most diet plans focus on changing your eating or exercise habits. But your weight challenge isn’t only about what you eat or how often you go to the gym, it has a lot to do with what you’ve been taught through your family and culture. And it has a lot to do with how much you think or don’t think about what you eat.

Dr. Lorraine’s Film Diet Plan will bring on a paradigm shift in the way you think about food. You’ll finally understand why you’ve been unable to escape from a seemingly hopeless trap.

Big corporations that stock grocery stores and supply fast food chains are exploiting you and everyone else who eats their bait. They’ve ambushed every industry in the process: farmers, slaughterhouses, packers, migrant farmworkers, supermarkets, and fast food chains. And they’re doing an equal amount of damage to the people who consume their addictive, harmful, imitation food-like substances that come in plastics, Styrofoam, cans and other packages that pollute our environment.

If fat seems to be hanging a little lower each month, then your low fat diet is working just the way they want it to. DW

To them it’s a money game. You pay a rather small financial price to participate in the beginning, but in the long run you put your health and life at stake.

These corporations have successfully programmed you through advertisements, the media, internet, doctors, politicians and special interest groups. They sell addictive food-like chemical concoctions that tease your taste buds while wreaking havoc on your health. Each time you open up your wallet and pay for their junk, you’re one bite closer to sickness. Perhaps it’s already eating away at you.

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You can begin your escape from the fat trap by avoiding these types of grocery stores that are only concerned about their profit and have no interest whatsoever in your health.

Shop at grocery stores that specialize in more healthful organic foods such as The Fresh MarketSprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market, and local farmer’s markets. They filter out tons of junk, literally, that you don’t want to put in your body. When you go, take your time and ask lots of questions. These are the types of places where you can find people who tend to eat healthier whole foods. They can help to steer you in the right direction and give you some great recipe ideas.

What can you make with beans and onions? Tear Gas. Jokes4Us

Here’s how Dr. Lorraine’s Film Diet Plan works.

Watch one or two of the following films each week for the next several months until you’ve seen all of them at least once. It’s that simple. The films are listed alphabetically, but you can watch them in any order. Choose the film you feel most drawn to next. That’s what will work best for you. It’s like choosing what you want to eat from a menu, except you’re choosing what you want to watch.

menuWhen you watch them, you must give your full attention to each one. Take notes if you want. Every time you’re buying or eating food, think about the films and make your choices accordingly. Your subconscious is astoundingly powerful. Once you gain awareness, you will have the confidence, will-power and strength you need to succeed.

In the upcoming months, do not allow skeptics to derail or discourage you. Decrease your time with nay-sayers and increase your time with encouragers. As you progress on the Film Diet, you’ll find it easier and easier to go out of your weigh to change eating habits in ways you never imagined.

If you regularly eat with your spouse, kids or others who live with you, it’s helpful if you do the Film Diet as a team. But regardless of whether or not others join you, you can do this on your own. Just as you feed your body each day, you can and must feed your mind each week.

Begin the Film Diet Plan today. Later you will look back and know that it was one of the best decisions you ever made in your life. Dim the lights. The show is about to begin. And you’re the star.

Following is the list of films along with trailers and links to where you can find them. Your mind meal is about to begin. You’re about to tap into a new energy source that’s just as important as food. It’s time for you to choose something from the menu:

A Delicate Balance (2008)

Learn more about the film and watch it for free at ADelicateBalance.com.au.

All Jacked Up (2008)

Click here to get the All Jacked Up DVD. Learn more about the film at AllJackedUp.com.

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2009)

Click here to get River of Waste. Learn more about the film at ARiverOfWaste.com.

Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food (2006)

Click here to get Bad Seed. Learn more about the film at BadSeed.info.

Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Click here to get Dirt! The Movie. Learn more about the film at TheDirtMovie.org.

Earthlings (2005)

Click here to get Earthlings. Learn more about the film at Earthlings.com.

Farmageddon (2011)

Click here to get Farmageddon. Learn more about the film at FarmageddonMovie.com

Fast Food Nation (2006)

Click here to get Fast Food Nation.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Click here to get Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Learn more about the film at FatSickAndNearlyDead.com.

Fed Up! (2002)

Click here to get Fed Up!

Food, Inc (2008)

Click here to watch Food, Inc. on Documentary Addict.

Food Fight (2008)

Click here to watch Food Fight for free on Films for Action.  Learn more about the film at FoodFightTheDoc.com

Food Matters (2008)

Click here to get Food Matters.  Learn more about the film at FoodMatters.tv.

Forks Over Knives (2011)

Click here to get Forks Over Knives. Learn more about the film at ForksOverKnives.com.

Fowl Play (2008)

Click here to get Fowl Play. Learn more about the film at FowlPlayMovie.com

Frankensteer (2005)

Click here to watch Frankensteer for free at Films For Action. Learn more about the film at BullFrogFilms.com.

Fresh (2009)

Click here to get Fresh. Learn more about the film at FreshTheMovie.com.

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012)

Click here to watch Genetic Roulette for free on YouTube. Learn more about the film at GeneticRouletteMovie.com.

Hungry for Change (2012)

Click here to get Hungry for Change. Learn more about the film at HungryForChange.tv.

Ingredients (2009)

Click here to get Ingredients. Learn more about the film at IngredientsFilm.com

Killer at Large (2008)

Click here to get Killer at Large. Learn more about the film at KilleratLarge.com.

King Corn (2007)

Click here to get King Corn. Learn more about the film at KingCorn.net.

Mad Cowboy (2006)

Click here to watch Mad Cowboy for free on YouTube. Learn more about the film at MadCowboy.com.

McLibel (2005)

Click here to get McLibel.

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (2012)

Click here to get Peaceable Kingdom. Learn more about the film at PeaceableKingdomfilm.org.

Planeat (2010)

Click here to watch Planeat. Learn more about the film at Planeat.tv.

Processed People (2009)

Click here to get Processed People. Learn more about the film at ProcessedPeople.com.

Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs (2012)

Click here to watch Seeds of Death free on YouTube.

$tatin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Coverup (2012)

Click here to get $tatin Nation. Learn more about the film at StatinNation.net.

Supersize Me (2004)

Click here to watch Supersize Me for free on YouTube.

Sustainable Table: What’s on Your Plate? (2006)

Click here to get Sustainable Table. Learn more about the film at SustainableTableMovie.com

Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004)

Click here to watch Sweet Misery for free on YouTube.

The Future of Food (2004)

Click here to get The Future of Food. Learn more about the film TheFutureofFood.com

The Harvest (2011)  

Click here to get The Harvest. Learn more about the film at TheHarvestFilm.com

The Perfect Human Diet (2012)

Click here to watch The Perfect Human Diet on YouTube. Learn more about the film at PerfectHumanDiet.us.

Vegucated (2010)

Click here to get Vegucated. Learn more about the film at GetVegucated.com.

The Film Diet Plan is a good partner to other healthy diet plans. If you have friends or family members who are struggling with their health or weight, pass this on. You’ll reach your goals quicker if you discuss the films with them. The more you talk, the better. It keeps your mind and mouth occupied with talking rather than eating. DW

Did you know the US has more attorneys per capita than any other country in the world? For those of you who live in the United States of American Lawyers, I need to include a disclaimer. So here’s your warning. Please consult with your doctor before starting any diet plan. In this case, please consult with your optician before watching any of these films.

If you have any questions about the Film Diet Plan, feel free to contact me privately or leave a comment below. Check back regularly for updates on the films or the diet plan. And please keep me posted on how you’re doing. Don’t rush through the films or your meals. A slower pace will help you reach your goals quicker.

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Don’t count on pink to save your hOOters from cancer

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Would you like some milk? Or how about a soft drink, a mixed drink or some dessert? It’s ironic that the Hooters menu features some of the very foods that may be detrimental to bosoms. Many of these foods, along with hamburger buns. sauces and other items on the menu are laced with high fructose corn syrup made from GMO corn.

Not long ago I heard that Hooters was considering starting a home delivery service called Knockers. JB. Surveys consistently show that most men like knockers. And many of them are willing to do just about anything to fit them into their daily routine. Hooters put the idea on hold for now, however, because some of the young women were having trouble getting through the training.

HootersKnock knock.
Who’s there?
Madam.
Madam who?
Madam foot is caught in the door.

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Doris.
Doris who?
Doris locked, so I had to knock. AT

Men gather together to keep their eyes on Hooters. The NFL Shop sells more than 1000 pink products in a category they call “breast cancer awareness gear,” to make sure that all Americans know how bad the problem is. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, who have about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed at some point in their lifetimes.

But I can’t help but wonder why adults need to pay for gear to prove they’ve been informed of this? Kids get gold stars on their foreheads in kindergarten and that’s cute. But men wearing pink ribbons is like women putting blue balls stickers on their faces. The most common forms of cancer in men occurs in their prostates or on the skin of their heads or faces.

Don’t buy this pink stuff! It won’t do anything to save your boobs or your wife’s, whatever the case may be. Monsanto, cancer centers, pharmaceutical companies and even the NFL are all profiting from this pinkwashing.

cancer posterFootball was an obvious choice for pinkwashers who knew it would be a bad idea to promote pink at the olympics. Why advertise that we have one of highest rates of breast cancer in the world? BBC News Magazine. The pinkwashers don’t want this kind of news to make headlines. If foreigners leak information to Americans about what they can do to help prevent it, it would be bad business for insurance companies, cancer centers and big pharma.

It’s hard enough on women who are told by their doctors and insurance companies that they need annual mammograms. For the men out there who’ve never experienced a mammogram, imagine this. Another man places your wiener between the refrigerator and its door. Then he pushes on the door as hard as he can until you’re sure your wiener has become a sausage patty. Or picture another man maneuvering your joystick on an ice block and then putting another heavy ice block on top, crushing it down on you until you doubt whether you’ll ever experience joy again. CC

What Pink Ribbons founder, Jane Weiner, did to help save her sister is certainly admirable. It’s always nice to hear a success story about someone saving the life of a loved one. But this pink thing has gotten completely out of control. Now you can buy pink just-about-anything or participate in a pink walk, run or bike ride to raise more funds for cancer centers and pharmaceutical drugs that “cure” women through inhumane tortuous treatments.

During football season, millions of Americans tailgate and then sit back to drink and eat junk food while they cheer on the few dozen guys in the stadium who are actually getting some exercise. The next time you see a team sporting pink gloves, socks or shoelaces, here’s what you need to realize. The corn chips, popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and mixed drinks full of high fructose corn syrup sold at these “sports” stadiums are increasing your risk of cancer. And you’re forking out the dollars to put these addictive and GMO poisons into your body! Non GMO Project

Watch this clip to see the effects of eating Monsanto GMO corn . . .

Take a look at the Pink Ribbons website. You won’t find any information about prevention. It’s all about supporting cancer centers and the drugs and treatments they sell.  They’re helping to fund the “cure” side of the issue which is exactly why pink has become so popular. The “cure” industry is big business and it’s fully entrenched in every aspect of American culture.

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City of HOPE – City of Hospitals, Oncologists, Pharmacies & Expenses

Angelina Jolie was busted. But thanks to American medicine and places like City of HOPE, she isn’t anymore. Read the signs. Americans build cities around Hospitals, Oncologists, Pharmacies, and Expenses.

Women who face breast cancer certainly need help and much more support than their bras can offer. They need more solutions. And we also need more organizations focusing on prevention for other women who want to keep their breasts along with the rest of their body parts.

If you’re looking for less traumatic cures, contact the Burzynski Clinic, Gerson Institute, Hoxsey Clinic, Cure Naturoli Cancro, or other similar centers in the US or abroad. If you’re aware of others, please let me know and I’ll add them to this list. Chances are, you’ll have to come up with the money on your own. Even if you have insurance, they’re not likely to cover “alternative treatments” since most insurance companies are in bed with the rest of the pinkwashers. Your doctor, cancer center and insurance company wants you to fear anything outside their fortress walls.

Why We Need to Do Doctor Reviews on Our Last Doctors’ Visits

What can women do to reduce their risk of breast cancer? Check out Dr. Mercola’s articles Why Medicine Won’t Allow Cancer to be Cured and Breast Cancer Breakthrough for some great tips. Learn why Evita Ramparte rejected surgery, chemo and radiation, and instead choose to cleanse her body and mind to cure her cancer. And watch these movies:

A flat-chested young lady went to a doctor for advice on enlarging her breasts.

“Every morning during your shower, massage your breasts and say ‘scooby dooby doobies, I want bigger boobies.'” the doctor told her.

She did this faithfully for several weeks and it seemed to be working. But one morning she was running late and forgot her morning ritual. She didn’t want to lose momentum so she began her ritual on the bus. “Scooby dooby doobies, I want bigger boobies.”

A guy sitting nearby said, “Do you go to Dr. Hugh G. Rection by chance?” MBS

“Yes, how did you know?” she asked.

“Hickory dickory dock, I want a bigger . . . ”  TTF

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Aromatherapy Gifts for Nosy People

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Kids who rely mainly on their vision are called “visual learners.” They say things like, “look at me!” As adults they say, “I see what you mean.” When you know what to look for, it’s easy to detect a person’s dominant sense, especially in children. But unfortunately, many adults lose touch with their good sense.

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The five basic senses are visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory and nosy. Each of us has a dominant one. You probably know plenty of nosy people, but you may not be familiar with which aromatherapy products are best suited for different types. Let’s eavesdrop on a few nosy peeps.

Number One: Tinker Bells

Social Tinker Bells enjoy going out for drinks with friends. Social tinklers invite a friend to join them when they go to the restroom. It gives them time to ask personal questions about the other people with them.

Shy tinklers go alone. At work they spend their break time in the restroom listening to their coworkers make stall calls. Tinklers don’t care whether their colleagues are calling to argue with their spouse, or calling about why their credit card was denied. It’s all good stuff.

imagesNosy tinklers like to pee a little and save some more for later, like dogs do when they go on walks. Why waste a good pee all at once? They spend a lot of time in the bathroom tinkering around, powdering their noses and rearranging their hair. So it’s convenient for them to have aromatherapy products in the bathroom where they can access them easily.

LUSH products are ideal gifts for Tinker drinkers who use colognes, perfumes, or breath fresheners to cover up the smell of alcohol. LUSH products are a powerful remedy they’ll love.

If you’re drawn to the enticing smells of essential oils from nature, you can’t help but go inside a LUSH to snoop around and sniff their fragrant items. If you’ve ever been near a LUSH, you know what I’m talking about. You can smell them coming and going. Tinker Bells can’t resist.

Number Two: Loggers

When loggers visit you, they’ll ask to use the bathroom to wash their hands, but the truth is, they’re full of crap. What they really want to do is look in your medicine chest to see what types of prescriptions you’re taking and look under your sink to see what they might dig up. They don’t mean to butt-in, but they can’t help themselves.

That’s why you should stock your bathroom with Trap-A-Crap. It’s the perfect product for people like loggers, hunters and campers who know how much a few good logs can put out. You don’t have to be a professional logger to recognize the smell of fresh cut wood.

A lot of people don’t like loggers. They believe that deforestation is harming the planet, so people are banding together in organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy to save the trees. Talks are underway between the tinklers and loggers. They’re planning on uniting to help protect the rainforest.

Number Three: Physicians

Nosy tactile people become gynecologists, nurses and moms. They’re genuinely into people. But in order for them to do their job well, they have to ask a lot of questions and do a lot of poking around. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable.

Olbas aromatic oil is an herbal remedy that loosens muscles, soothes nasal passages, and even reduces symptoms of nausea. It’s a sensational multi-purpose product they’ll love.

Olbas Oil is made in an olfactory in Basel, Switzerland. For more than 100 years, Olbas’ products have been delighting people throughout the world. According to the makers, “The synergistic combination of these six essential oils provides amazing sensations to your body at multiple levels.” I want some of that, don’t you?

Number Four: Outdoor enthusiasts

Louis C K lives in The Big Apple. Because it’s one of the most densely populated cities in the US, New Yorkers are more likely to experience nosy neighbors. He tells this story about a fellow outdoor enthusiast he encountered shortly after he moved into his new apartment . . .

Beat It! insect repellent is an ideal gift for outdoorsmen who put themselves at risk of getting stung every time they go outdoors. It’s obvious that Louis likes this deet-free product, which apparently works well for men. Michael Jackson liked it so much he wrote a song about it.

Apply it wherever you typically get bit. Why swat it when you can Beat It?

Number Five: Hypochondriacs

Hypochondriacs complain about random health issues. Take rhinosinusitus, for example. This is a condition in which the nasal passages become inflamed and blocked due to allergies or infection.

When nosy people lose their sense of smell, it’s like blindfolding a visual teen boy at a crowded beach. Nosy hypochondriacs appreciate this homeopathic spray that gives them the quick remedy they need to get their noses back to minding other people’s business.

I use Sinus Buster when my spring or fall allergies flair up. I do one good squirt in each nostril and then lay down to do some deep breathing. When you spray a small dose of red hot cayenne pepper up your nose, it turns out, your eyes water and you can feel your sinuses begin to clear immediately. For long-time allergy sufferers, it’s a dream come true.

Number Sex: Star Gazers

Some nosy people have sleep issues. If you know someone who has a telescope in his bedroom, it probably means he has this disorder. He’s an anonymous volunteer for the neighborhood watch. When he can’t sleep, he checks on his neighbors. He really wants to settle down, but he thinks if he does, it would be a nightmare.

An aromatherapeutic pillow mist is a great gift for gazers. When they spray this special mist on their pillows and sheets, it helps to lure them into bed and into a more relaxed state of mind.

We don’t have a telescope in our bedroom, but we do mist our sheets several times a week. My husband says he likes it.

Number Seven: Housecleaners

Imagine the refreshing smell of citrus when you tear away the peel of an orange. Compare this to the smell of a cigar or car fumes. What you smell can instantly change your mood.

Housecleaners are there to serve, and if you ask, they’ll be happy to give you a naturally clean home. They can create a relaxing forest scent in your great room by sprinkling a few drops of pine, cypress or oakmoss oil on the carpeting before vacuuming. They’re eager to learn new secrets.

Common Scents for Nosy People 

With aromatherapeutic products spread throughout your home, you and your nosy loved ones can experience fragrant pleasures more often. Each time you pass along a good whiff, you could be creating a memory that lingers.

Some people have completely lost touch with their good sense. We’d all be happier if we became a bit more childlike and reawakened our curiosity from within. Gastroenterologists and psychologists agree that it’s good to release our logs from within. Who nose what we might come upon?

Essential oils have countless applications. If you’d like to prepare custom blends for the special peeps in your life, look for recipes on AromaWeb. There are lots of other great products I’d like to tell you about, but I really should to get back to FaceBook to check up on my friends.

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Boost Your Immune System

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Your immune system is your body’s defense against illness and disease. It’s up to you to help keep it strong throughout your lifetime. People who live long lives have rugged immune systems.

A robust gastrointestinal tract (GI) is your biggest defense against illness. Live probiotic cultures that occur naturally in tempeh, miso soup, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt, kombucha, buttermilk, and dark chocolate feed the friendly bacteria in your intestines that ward off invaders. Even if you eat some of these foods every day, consider taking a probiotic supplement, especially when you’re traveling. Good flora is vital to maintaining a healthy “gut feeling.” Avoid taking antibiotics if possible. Although doctors prescribe them to kill bad bacteria, antibiotics also kill good bacteria in your GI.

Feed your immune system plenty of fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Plant-based foods are rich in the antioxidants and nutrients your body needs for optimal immune system function. Add to your diet immune-enhancing ingredients such as cumin, curry, garlic, ginger, goji berries. onions, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, and shitake and wood ear mushrooms. Learn more about the many beneficial properties of fruits and vegetables in Foods That Heal by Bernard Jensen.

To guard against illness, drink immune-enhancing teas. Echinacea, goldenseal, green, kombucha, and pau d’arco are easy-to-make beverages that defend you. Buy organic teas whenever possible from sustainable and ethical companies such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid alcohol. It suppresses your immune system.

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Get moving. People who lead sedentary lives experience more illness than people who are active. Get some fresh air and a little sunshine. Walking, biking, hiking, or doing other forms of moderate exercise outdoors can boost your immune system and ward off depression. If you’re active in the daytime, you’ll sleep better at night. What good is it in living to an old age if you’re creaky and weak?

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Get good sleep. Every night matters. When you don’t sleep well, you’re more fatigued the next day and more vulnerable to contagious illnesses. Most adults need about 7-8 hours every day. If you’re chronically sleep-deprived, you put yourself at greater risk for more serious diseases. Sleep builds your immune system and helps you recover from illness quicker. For suggestions on how to improve your sleep, read Natural Sleep Solutions for Insomnia by Casey Adams, Ph.D..

Get vaccinations as needed. Although you get most of your immunizations as a child, some can be beneficial to adults, such as a tetanus booster. Ask your doctor for advice on immunizations such as hepatitis, especially If you travel to foreign countries.

Reduce your stress. When you’re burdened with too much, it depresses your immune system. You know what causes the most tension in your life. A little stress can be a good motivator, but when it gets too high, it can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. Whether it’s your job, financial situation, or a difficult relationship, take steps to minimize your worries and negative emotions. Your happiness intoxicates your immune system.