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A secret for success  

A message to my current self on achieving success

There are many secrets for success. I would like to offer up one that I discovered and it replays often in my head. Many times I wake up in the morning and I want to go back to sleep. I want to call in sick to work. I want to cancel the event I’m supposed to attend, or I want to skip the gathering taking place. Then I tell myself— 

Life is like a bicycle. You have to keep riding it or you will fall down. And by riding it, I mean you have to keep peddling and moving to stay upright, just like in life you have to keep waking up in the morning and doing the activities of daily living. Once you stop doing that, everything in life declines. Your house becomes a mess, your relationships disintegrate, your health is no longer at it’s best, and you eventually run out of money. 

But it doesn’t have to be that extreme. Sometimes NOT peddling your bike is more like NOT being involved in your life. NOT attending family functions, NOT going to work, or going to work and NOT attending meetings, not interacting with coworkers. 

Happiness and success in life happens easily and naturally when we are involved. If you show up, connect with people, do what is right and good, honor your commitments then you are rewarded. You are rewarded with personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. You are rewarded with a paycheck, with meaningful friendships, with improved health and with a better more optimistic outlook on life. 

If you keep peddling and riding your bike toward your goals and vision for a good life… then success and happiness is a natural byproduct. 

Setting goals is such a rewarding part of life. Being aimless is like a ship on the ocean going nowhere; just sailing on the water. Decide where you want to go and point your sails in that direction. The alternative is aimless wondering.

Besides it feels good to be growing and evolving over time. It feels good to be accumulating experiences, knowledge, success. If feels good to be adding new people to my life and new accomplishments to my resume. It feels good to get strong and healthier as time passes. 

I set goals in 6 areas of my life because I want the whole package. I want all the goodness that life has to offer. These are the areas in which I set my goals: health, finances, career, spirituality, mental, relationship.

Just like my favorite line in my favorite movie, Meet Joe Black—Anthony Hopkins says at the end of his life, “I have done it all. There is nothing more that I want from life.” And then he dies in peace with no regrets knowing that he lived the best life he could. He experienced all that was available to him here on earth. He was ready to die. I want to plan my life for an ending like that.

Happiness and success in life is not effortless. You do have to put some energy into it, much like riding a bike. But happiness and success don’t have to be a struggle or a difficult obstacle if you go with the flow and stay on the bike trail. And when I say stay on the bike trail, I mean do what is right and what is good. That is easiest, most drama free, stress free route.  

So don’t call in sick, don’t go back to bed. Instead wake up and live and be in the moment. Be involved.

 

Don’t tell me our youth is running out, it’s only just begun. Look at Louise Hay. At 90 years old she has a full, exciting and prosperous life. Listening to her talk is so refreshing. She’s got the optimistic, playful attitude of a teenager.

 

What’s her secret to aging well? She has none. She has told the world everything she’s doing to stay young and it starts with her state of mind. She was a metaphysical teacher and she spent the latter part of her life teaching others how to heal from illness with the powers of their mind and a healthy holistic approach.

 

She herself over came cancer. Her daily routine involves counting her blessings, gentle fun exercises, and whole foods. She’s always giving thanks for the goodness around her. She practices self love and forgiveness. She looks forward to the futures and expects good things to happen in her life. She says that what we focus on expands, and therefore she always focuses on goodness.

 

She is in the hall of fame for her successful lifestyle, amazing health, energy, and enthusiasm for life. She’s also fashionable, beautiful and busy-very busy. She’s one of the most influential women in the world. I doubt she’s sitting around knitting.

 

My personal philosophy for aging well: Stay fashionable, playful, and kind. Louise Hay definitely has accomplished all that and she’s still going strong at age 90. I’m expecting her to break limiting beliefs barriers regarding aging.

 

She says we are always the right age for what life has to show us. All ages are good and have value.

 

I love you Louise. I’m sending you my love. Xoxo.

Life is like a bicycle. You have to keep riding it or you will fall down. And by riding it, I mean you have to keep peddling and moving to stay upright, just like in life you have to keep waking up in the morning and doing the activities of daily living. Once you stop doing that, everything in life declines. Your house becomes a mess, your relationships disintegrate, your health is no longer at it’s best, and you eventually run out of money.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that extreme. Sometimes NOT peddling your bike is more like NOT being involved in your life. NOT attending family functions, NOT going to work, or going to work and NOT attending meetings, not interacting with coworkers.

 

Happiness and success in life happens easily and naturally when we are involved. If you show up, connect with people, do what is right and good, honor your commitments then we are rewarded. We are rewarded with personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. We are rewarded with a paycheck, with meaningful friendships, with improved health and with a better more optimistic outlook on life,

 

If we keep peddling and riding our bike toward our goals and vision for a good life… then success in a natural byproduct. Happiness and success in life is not effortless. You do have to put some energy into it, much like riding a bike. But happiness and success doesn’t have to be a struggle or a difficult obstacle if you go with the flow and stay on the bike trail.

 

I challenge everyone to get involved, wake up and live and be in the moment.

 

 

Bad Medical Advice

July 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

bad medical advice

If you are the type of person that believes in ufo’s, alien abductions, psychics, big foot etc…. you might not require a lot of medical evidence before trying herbal and alternative medications. But as a medical professional, I would lose my reputation by recommending stuff that didn’t work. I must require a high level of evidence. The highest level of evidence is called a met-analysis of randomized placebo controlled studies and the lowest level is an observational study.

My biggest pet peeve is when people who require very little medical evidence make recommendations to the general public who are easily confused and mislead. Beware of such bad advice. Here are some examples of bad advice.

Most common bad medical advice I see on the internet is recommending that someone treat a disease with herbal medicines.

If you have, or think you have, a disease that is getting worse and progressing….like prostate disease, glaucoma, cancer, infection….you need to go to a real medical doctor to stop the destriction of your body. You need treatment that is proven in the medical studies to work and work fast. You need a product that yields consistent results and that is tested and standardized.

In my opinion, the only time it is okay to treat yourself with herbal medications is to ease your discomfort when you know the source of the discomfort and that is being addressed. For example, it’s okay to take turmeric or curcurmin for arthritis pain caused from old age or an old injury. In fact it works very well, and it’s proven in the medical literature to work better than even some prescription drugs. And it’s safer. I know a good thing when I see it and I will tell you.

It’s also okay to use ginger to treat nausea and it’s okay to take probiotics for stomach upset and/or diarrhea…..as long as you are not delaying treatment for a serious condition.

But it is not okay to use saw palmetto to treat urinary problems. Saw Palmetto was shown in randomized trials to work by the placebo effect…even at very high doses…..it doesn’t work and you can delay treatment for prostate cancer if that is what is really going on. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21954478?dopt=Abstract

It’s also not okay to treat cancer with herbs….I have links in my twitter account with articles to treat skin cancer with herbs. Really? The cancer could be spreading like wild-fire while you are taking herbs that have the potential to be nothing more than grass clippings sold by con artists.

However, I do believe in the possibility of miracles. Especially miracles created from a strong and healthy mind. Louise Hay writes about them and so do other people. I believe that they are possible, and I would recommend you pursue those avenues at the same time you receive traditional medical treatment. But I would NEVER recommend delaying traditional medical treatment from a medical doctor.

And just to let you know, we use about 20 dietary supplements in the hospital and they do have a place in keeping us strong and healthy under the right circumstanses. I’ll let you know what those are in my book.

Second pet peeve, do not stop taking the medications your doctor has prescribed, especially medications for diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have high blood sugar or high blood pressure you are aging at an accelerate rate. If you stop your medications you most certainly will shorten your life. But it is okay to make dietary and lifestyle changes to cure and treat those diseases. Just don’t stop taking your medications until your doctor has given you the official “okay”. Usually you must sustain your radically new and strict lifestyle for several weeks or months before it’s okay.

Third pet peave :beware of probiotics. Yogurts are good, but the supplements can be a waste of your money if you don’t get the right ones. A con artist can put powdered milk in gelatin capsules and make general claims to boost your immune system and keeps you healthy. Those words mean nothing. No one would ever know if they were not working.

The only probiotics I recommend are the ones that appear in my medical studies and I recommend them for those specific purposes. I don’t recommend them for general health. I recommend whole food and like yogurt, an orange, a salad…but NOT probiotic supplements. Reason being, everyone’s gut bacteria is different. If I went to Mexico I would get sick from their common bacteria. What is healthy bacteria for them is not healthy for me. It’s the same with probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that live in our intestines. Each specific type of bacteria performs a specific action and that is why they are not interchangeable.

Just for the record: Only two probiotics have been proven to cause weight loss and they are not on the market as of this date. You canNOT substitute a random probiotic and expect to lose weight. We are dealing with specific bacteria that produce a specific effect when they live in the intestines.

Two or three probiotics have been proven to boost the immune system. They were given to children in daycare who were constantly sick and that’s how the know they work. But not all probiotics across the board boost the immune system. You can read my past blog on boosting the immune system to find out which ones work.

If you want a probiotic to prevent diarrhea associated with antibiotic use you need to use lactobacillus and or saccromyces.

The probiotics claim-to-fame is the lactobacillus probiotics made famous by yogurts. These live bacteria secrete lactic acid and change the pH of the skin and environment thus preventing yeast infections. (But frozen yogurts don’t work because the probiotics are frozen/dead…fyi)

Sometimes probiotics can be inactivated by freeze-dry method and brought back to life with the addition of water. But they have to be alive to work. Which is my pet peeves number 4. If anyone recommends you take frozen yogurt or frozen kefir as a source of probiotics, then they don’t understand how probiotics work. Don’t listen to them. Dead probiotics do not work. They have to be alive and plentiful. Which reminds me, don’t waste your money on discounted or sale probiotics. They are usually old and half dead.

Bad medical advice is more prevalent than you realize, and it’s usually given out by sales people and people eager to believe anything. Beware and keep in touch.

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How long can you expect to live? Answer a few questions on this on-line calculator and find out.

http://www.lifeexpectancycalculator.co.uk/index.php

What is your risk of developing prostate cancer? http://www.prostatecancer-riskcalculator.com/assess-your-risk-of-prostate-cancer

What is your risk of developing breast cancer? http://www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/

What is your risk of developing colo-rectal cancer? http://www.cancer.gov/colorectalcancerrisk/default.aspx#

What is your risk of having a fracture from osteoporosis? https://riskcalculator.fore.org/default.aspx

What is your risk of having a heart attack or stroke? This is how 1/3 of all americans die. http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov/calculator.asp

Chances are that you will die of a heart attack/stroke/blood clot/aneurism. 1/3 of all Americans die of cardiovascular disease and that is what I just describe.

According to the CDC, their lasts posted findings show that in America for the year 2010, people died from the following disease:

  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (also known as kidney disease): 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

According the American Heart Association, in a report published in this month in Circulation magazine if you have high blood pressure you have a 40 .6% of dying from cardiovascular disease. 13 .7%  if you smoke, 13 .2% if you have poor diet; 11 .9% if you are inactive, and 8 .8% if you have high blood sugar.

As you can see another common way to die is of cancer, but that is on the decline, and there is little you can do if you have a strong family history for it. But there are some cancers that are associated with being overweight and inactive: Esophageal adenocarcinoma, cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer among postmenopausal women are associated with being overweight or obese. .

Now, when choosing drugs and vitamins, a lot of times you need to weigh the risks and benefits. In other words, would you rather live with the side effects or the disease. Which disease or condition are you most afraid of getting.

For estrogens you need to ask yourself are you most afraid of osteoporosis from not taking estrogens, or are you more afraid of breast cancers from taking them.

For statins you need to ask youself, are you afraid of getting diabetes and dying a slow prolonged death from taking statins, or dying of a quick and sudden cardiovascular death.

With the advancement of medicine we are now able to choose how we want to die to a certain extent.

Choose your risks wisely. It’s called weighing the risks and benefits and only you and your doctor can do this together.

imagesCAPECJAMSome people call me an enlightened being, but I’m not. I just simply kept a journal for a large part of my life. I wrote down my thoughts and feeling relative to what was happening around me. I was extremely honest with my feelings and always said exactly how I felt to my journal. I didn’t have to sugar coat them like I sometimes do around people to protect them from my negatives thoughts.

That lead me to realize that there is nothing more important in life than relationships; my relationship with my mother, father, sister, husband, children, nieces and nephews, coworkers and strangers in need of help and encouragement.

I have discovered that it is healthy relationships that make me feel warm and fuzzy and good about myself and what I am doing.

Health is the second most important thing in life….in my opinion. Good health is necessary for good energy, and our energy is what fuels our relationship. It’s the energy we put into making a meal for our family and friends. It’s our energy that organizes and puts together parties and celebrations. Also when we are feeling bad, we are grumpy and less likely to forgive and let go. When we feel good we laugh, and laughter is the glue between two people. If you share laughter, nothing can tear you apart.

Money is the third most important thing in my opinion. We need money to take care of ourselves and other people in or lives. I have been blessed with money and I have realized that spending it on my family and friends is more valuable than any possession I could own. The acquisition of material things for one’s self has a fleeting thrill only lasting days or weeks. I have seen people who use money for only themselves and they sabotage and damage their relationship by making other people feel bad.

Making people feel good about themselves is another glue I use in relationship. But I never flatter. People always know when you are flattering them for the purpose of manipulation. It always backfires.

I try not to let anything damage my healthy relationships. One time my cleaning lady was taking a really long time to clean the house and I wanted to use my kitchen. I became angry and wanted to tell her to speed things up….but I didn’t. Instead I spent quite time doing something relaxing and reminding myself that it took years to build the trust and love that we share. I didn’t want to ruin it in an instant over something trivial.

My relationships are truly my most valuable possession and I am happy person as a result.

(Disclaimer: someone once told me that it is always the person with money that says money doesn’t matter, and it’s the person with beauty that says beauty doesn’t matter. I feel like there is some truth to that, but let me reassure you that after you acquire both, they are meaningless. I don’t want you to go through life trying to aquire money and beauty only to say, “this is meaningless, why didn’t anyone tell me.” I’m telling you now, go straight for the relationships and don’t worry about the rest. Xoxo) POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

imagesCA2MS6SSYes, it was heartbreaking to find this out about Cheetos.  For awhile I thought all orange foods had beta-carotene in them.  Apparently not.  I have come along way since then.  My transformation from a junk food junkie to mega healthy and fit goddess didn’t occur over night. It actually occurred over 9 months when I got knocked-up (Forgive me for trying to keep this normally preachy and boring subject, light and funny.)

When I found out the news of my condition I was told no caffeine, no lattes, no artificial sweeteners, no diet cokes, and no wine.  Geez, how am I going to live and escape reality with that list? Well, the though of having a baby with birth defects ruined my appetite and amazingly I was able to abstain from all my previous bad habits.  Then in addition to that I got gestational diabetes….at a time when I had just discovered $1.00 soft serve ice cream cones at McDonalds. They were heavenly after 3 months of constant nausea an vomiting. I needed to make up for lost time and as far as I was concerned I was allowed to eat anything I wanted because I was pregnant, and pregnant with twins for that matter.  Twin boys! Can you believe it?  I went around the maternity ward asking the other women how many babies they were having.  “Only one?” I would reply smugly.  “Oh, I’m having two.”

When I got pregnancy associated diabetes I had to go through “nutritional counseling” That’s when I found out about Cheetos. And if that wasn’t shock enough they said I could only eat 7 grapes in one sitting.  How can that be?  They are supposed to be healthy.  Why can’t I continue to eat the whole bag?  Turns out they have a lot of sugar that would disrupt the delicate, slow, steady growth of my babies.  Once again, the thought of unhealthy babies curbed my appetite. I learned how to eat “low glycemic” to keep my blood sugars constant and stable.

It wasn’t even until the 9 months were over that I realize what a blessing the whole transformation was. All the pre-pregnancy aches and pains that I had lived with for so long were gone. I could walk in my stilettos all day and before that I was eyeing the orthopedic shoes. “They’re not so bad,” I said holding up a 10 pound rubber and leather shoe with what looked like a 100 mile tread warranty on it’s soul.

My hair was shiny and vibrant, my eyes were no longer puffy, swollen and red. Even the annoying rash on my chest was gone. I could wear strappy little tank tops. My skin was now clear and glowing.  Maybe some of it was left-over pregnancy hormones but that didn’t account for it all. I was completely slender. My muffin top was gone despite having twins. And if that wasn’t amazing enough, I didn’t get any stretch marks. I don’t know how that happened, it wasn’t like the babies were small. They were 6 pounds 4 ounces and 5pounds 13 ounces. Of course I am tall and have lots of room in my belly( 5’8″….6ft in high heels)They were so healthy they went home when I went home. This new diet was nothing but goodness.

A lot of people who saw me after I had the babies said, “Wow, you look great!”  My initial thought was “don’t remind me, I had to give up a lot to look like this.” But soon I got used to the new me and I figured out how to sustain this clean and healthy lifestyle. I found ways to deal with moments of weakness when I wanted to devour a whole liter of diet coke. I could take a long, hot bath with lavender scented Epson salt instead.

I could go for a walk or put on some fun music videos from youtube and dance along to take my mind off of food when I was bored and not really hungry.  I discovered soft, chewy, minty gum to enjoy after a healthy meal so I didn’t gorge on dessert.

I discovered essential oils to relax with instead of drinking the whole bottle of wine. There is so much goodness in life that didn’t rob me of my beauty and health little by little the way junk food had.

Slowly my taste buds came to life and I craved healthy, fresh whole foods. I no longer wanted diet cokes. They reminded me of dirty, disgusting water. And the pink packets of artificial sweetener nauseated me.

I was so happy I wanted to share this good news with everyone. So one day when I stumbled across an article that diabetes could be cured in as little as 1 week with proper diet and exercise http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168743/ I showed it to one of my favorite people at work. An older lady with bad health. My excitement was soon tempered as she said in so many words…I’d rather die a premature death than live that way. I don’t want to deny myself any pleasure while enduring excruciating and sometimes pain exercise routines. The only happiness I have in life is food. Don’t take that away from me.

Reality began to sink in. Ophra had gained weight and I think she said she would never go back to her old life style of diet and exercise. Maybe she just wanted to be happy and left alone? Did I hear her wrong?

My heart ached and bleed for these people. I wanted to do what I could to help them. I am a brilliant Dr of Pharmacy(according to my mother), but in reality I am just an average pharmacist who really cares. I didn’t graduate top of my class from a prestigious school……but I wrote a book anyways. It’s called You Can Do It; AntiAging Pills, Potions and Drugs. It tells the reader how to reverse the hands of time and slow the aging process as much as possible. The book is based on medical studies and trials on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, over the counter drugs and prescription drugs.

There is so much out there to help and encourage people to start on the road to a healthier lifestyle. I want the world to know. Please retweet or pass this blog link on to someone who has given up and stay tuned for my next blog entitled Diet Pills You Can Live On  (ginger, glucomanan, and green tea. The more you take them, the healthier you get.) 

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