Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Are You Contributing to Opioid Abuse?

Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”  Hippocrates 

Are You Contributing To Opioid Abuse?

Are you as a parent, a grandparent, a caregiver of children, unintentionally adding to the likelihood that your children will grow-up to abuse drugs? 

From the time most of us are born we are indoctrinated to believe that we need drugs and invasive practices to help prevent or “save us” from things that might make us ill in the future.  We are hoodwinked into believing that the only way to assure good health is to intervene with our perfectly designed bodies natural processes for immunity and healing.

  This belief starts immediately after birth with all the inoculations thrust upon us to theoretically protect us against anything and everything we might encounter.  The pharmaceutical industry has done an outstanding job at lobbying our government, while at the same time spending billions upon billions of dollars to convince us that this is the only way to protect our families.  It’s as if God has made a mistake in designing the human body’s immune system and we can’t possibly have enough faith to allow the body to grow and mature as it should:  drug and chemical free.  (Click here to read how many shots are encouraged by age 18)
  For most, the situation escalates from there.   The minute a baby gets a tummy ache most of us ask our doctors to give us some medicine to help. A few months later as they begin teething and experiencing pain in their gums, or a fever, an easy solution is to just load them up with children’s painkillers of all sorts.   Soon, when they start school we get them their booster shots, and even a few new ones to protect them in case there is an outbreak of something.   In elementary school they fall on the playground and they skin their knee, but not to worry, the well-meaning school nurse might be able to administer a pain-relieving pill for that as well.  And then a month or so later they stay at home in bed with a stomachache, and while watching the t.v. a commercial comes on promoting that there’s another pill or a liquid that can help.  Diarrhea, no problem! There’s a drug for that too! In fact there’s a medicine, a pill, an injection that covers us for anything that can possibly “go wrong.”

The child grows a little older and the teacher lets us know that he or she is having a hard time paying attention in class (no joke, they are bored stiff!) Not to be too concerned because of course, there is a solution.  She suggests that there is a prescription pill for that too.  We want our kids to fit-in and to do well in school.  We want them to be healthy yet we are all too quick to find a doctor to (once again) prescribe something because we are too busy or too lazy to change the child’s diet or find other natural ways to help them succeed in class and in life.
Fast-forward to high school and the same student is having a tough time studying for a test.   Along with the well-meaning advice of other parents, and another doctor appointment, sure as heck there is yet another drug to help with that too.   *Meanwhile, at the same time, high schools all over the country are conducting assemblies encouraging the youth to stay “drug free.”

A year or two later and at around 16 years old, unfortunately the same student’s parents have filed for divorce.  The teenager is having a tough time sleeping and is dealing with anxiety and worry.  A quick trip back to the doctor and they are given yet another drug to help with sleep and to assist them in dealing with a myriad of emotions.   To “dumb them down” and numb them so they can’t even feel, and to hopefully make them “all better.”

   At this point in the teenager’s life it’s unlikely that they can make it through the weekend without drinking a bit here and there (it’s a great painkiller for a while) and why wouldn’t they try the latest pill since it will help them have more fun, help them fit-in, and help the emotional pain go away for a while?  

If any of the above sounds familiar you are among the majority of people who started out innocently brainwashed into believing that this is the right or the only path to follow when it comes to raising children. Yet, in truth, many of the things we perceive as unnatural and painful (physically, emotionally, spiritually) are just small chapters; sometimes longer episodes, in life that help us to grow, mature, and gain character.   Physically, even something as simple as a fever acts to kill bacteria and viruses that are competing to take over our health. 
Think way back, once again about that little baby or that very young child.  What if we questioned and became educated regarding every foreign substance before we allowed it to be put in our perfectly healthy child?  What if natural, drug-free remedies (including changes in the diet) were used at a young age to help mitigate the discomfort of teething? Or massage was used to help a headache or a stomachache?  What if a parent did the necessary research and tried the variety of functional medicine modalities available, including the addition of specific nutritionally rich protein drinks (food) to the diet to help with all kinds of symptoms and issues?  What if they found a practitioner who could naturally release neurological pressure on a child’s brain, which could also help with behavioral problems?  How about taking a child to a specialist who could give the child, and the parent, real life tools for success for the future?
 What if we cared enough to spend the time necessary to investigate and to learn what it is that our children might be sensitive to?  Things like certain chemicals, food dyes, and GMO that are in a lot of what we eat and drink.  

Most importantly, what if we lived our lives as outstanding examples for our children and young people?  What if we showed them that when we got a headache, a stomachache, or experienced any other unpleasant challenge in life, we didn’t first grab for a drink or a pill, yet instead handled situations in holistic ways?  What if they saw us pray, saw us use relaxation and deep breathing techniques, saw us mediate, and witnessed us seriously seeking to find what could be adding to the inflammation and stress response of our perfectly designed human bodies?  What if we shared our knowledge and educated them to grow in this way?

In closing, my question is this:  Why are we so surprised when our child or grandchild begins using drugs that we have not supported or given to them?  If you’ve read the model I’ve sketched out above, I think one answer could be that for their entire lives they’ve been taught that there’s a pill or a potion that could solve most all their problems.

  If more of us would embrace and practice the faith that we profess to have instead of looking for immediate “quick fixes,” in a half a generation I believe we would see a huge dent in and reduce the occurrence of substance abuse, including alcohol, opioids and other mind-altering drugs. 

My opinions are just food for thought. 

Disclosure: I realize that many of you are dealing with life-threatening situations and are doing the best you possibly can.  My opinions start with a person who has been born perfectly healthy and they go from there. The above is not meant to make you feel badly or shamed in any way.  

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Coconut Oil For Great Health


Let’s face it, we are exposed to an alarming amount of toxins on a daily basis. From the BPA that lines your canned goods to the pesticides liberally sprayed on anything alive these days, our bodies are constantly absorbing an outrageous amount of chemicals.

Even though you may try to live as pure a life as possible, sneaky sources of dangerous metals are everywhere, even in the so-called “all natural” products that fool consumers into believing these ingredients are safe. These "all natural" pre-packaged foods are usually the worst of them all!

Over time, high concentrations of metals build up in our systems and can lead to a wide variety of conditions, including, but not limited to: Anemia, Dizzniess, Fatigue, Dry Skin, Joint or muscle aches, Loss of appetite, Blood pressure issues, Nausea and even Vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Try as you may, there’s just no getting around the obscene amounts of toxins we are exposed to daily.

Introducing the Coconut Oil Pulling Method:

Modern naturopathic practitioners are joining with ancient Ayurvedic health practitioners in an understanding of just how powerful a detoxification and healing tool oil pulling really is. Although coconut oil is not the only oil that can be used to oil pull (others include sesame, sunflower and olive), we love its long list of health-promoting properties (for both oil pulling and/or coconut oil ingestion), listed below:
  • Antibacterial—stops bacteria that cause gum disease, throat infections, urinary tract infections and ulcers in their tracks
  • Anticarcinogenic—keeps dangerous cancer cells from spreading while boosting immunity
  • Antifungal—destroys infection-promoting fungus and yeast.
    • Anti-inflammatory—suppresses inflammation and repairs tissue.
    • Antimicrobial—inactivates harmful microbes and fights infection.
    • Antioxidant—protects from free radical damage.
    • Antiparasitic—can help rid the body of tapeworms and other parasites.
    • Anti-protozoa—kills protozoan infection in the gut.
    • Antiviral—helps to kill dangerous viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis and more.
    Some positive side effects of oil pulling
    may include the following:

    • Overall strengthening of teeth, gums and jaw
    • Plaque prevention
    • Prevention of halitosis (bad breath)
    • Prevention of cavities and diseases such as gingivitis
    • Prevention of lip, mouth and throat dryness
    • Possible remedy for jaw soreness and TMJ
    • Relief of migraine headache
    • Hormone imbalance correction
    • Inflammation reduction
    • Support of normal kidney function
    • Relief from sinus congestion
    • Relief from eczema
    • Improved vision
    • Pain reduction
    • Aids in detoxification
    • Helps with insomnia
    Follow these instructions to perform the oil pulling method:
    1. Oil pulling should be done on an empty stomach (preferably first thing in the morning)
    2. Use one tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil – you may want to start with ½ tablespoon and work your way up to a tablespoon.
    3. Swish the oil around in your mouth slowly and be sure that the oil reaches all parts of your mouth – do not swallow.
    4. Swish for five to ten minutes. Try to work up to twenty minutes if you can.
    5. Spit out all of the oil when you are done and rinse your mouth with water.
    6. Brush with a natural toothpaste afterwards.
    Note: Some people may feel a bit ill during or after oil pulling – this is generally a good sign that your body is removing toxins and should dissipate as you become healthier.
    Daily oil pulling with organic coconut oil along with consuming a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep will help your body stay sharp and ready to defend the onslaught of toxins you face each day! And your dentist just may be amazed at your next appointment in a few months at how much better your oral health is becoming!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Why Do We Have Leap Year?

How Leap Year Came to Be

It’s an interesting factoid that 260 years ago, Britain and its American colonies opted to wipe 11 days off their calendar between Sept. 2 and Sept. 14 to catch up with the calendars used by the rest of Western Europe.
Since 46 B.C., the known world had been flipping calendars implemented since Julius Caesar, called the Julian calendar. But its solar year was literally off kilter by 11 minutes (kudos to whoever figured that out).
Because Pope Gregory XIII’s biggest concern was that Easter was shifting ever so slightly away from the spring equinox each year, he introduced his own calendar, which we still use today. According to History.com:
“The Julian calendar included an extra day in February every four years. But Aloysius Lilius, the Italian scientist who developed the system Pope Gregory would unveil in 1582, realized that the addition of so many days made the calendar slightly too long.
He devised a variation that adds leap days in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. While this formula may sound confusing, it did resolve the lag created by Caesar’s earlier scheme — almost.”1
That keeps everything on an even keel, so to speak, even though there’s still a slight discrepancy of 26 seconds.

Make Your ‘Leap Day’ Count

At any rate, we have an extra day, but here’s the beauty of it: For all the days you didn’t do all the healthy things for yourself that you know you should do and really want to do Leap Year gives you that chance.
Although you likely won’t be able to do anything you’d like, you might think of it as your golden opportunity to spend at least part of Feb. 29 living intentionally and positively, for yourself and the people in your life. Here are some fun ways to do that, inspired by the number 29.
Try doing just one or two, and this will be a day not wasted!
  1. On the 28th, go to bed 29 minutes early.
  2. On the 29th, get up 29 minutes early.
  3. Drink 29 ounces of water.
  4. Take 29 slow breaths through your nose.
  5. Spread your feet, stretch upward slowly and touch your toes. Do this 29 times.
  6. Send a funny email to 29 people you know would appreciate it as much as you.
  7. Meditate, daydream or pray for 29 minutes.
  8. Exercise for 29 minutes.
  9. Make a list of 29 people who’ve helped, inspired or encouraged you. Resolve to tell them. Soon.
  10. Ride your bike for 29 minutes.
  11. Check your kitchen and pitch 29 unhealthy items.
  12. Spend 29 minutes more with the people you love than you normally do.
  13. Smile 29 minutes every hour of the day or for at least 29 minutes
  14. Call a friend and talk about them as much as they want to for 29 minutes.
  15. If the weather is nice, spend 29 minutes outside.
  16. Drink another 29 ounces of water.
  17. Make a list of 29 to-die-for vacation spots. (You don’t have to actually go.)
  18. List 29 things you’re grateful for.
  19. Go through your closets and pick out 29 items to donate or give away.
  20. Pop 29 grapes into the freezer and share them later.
  21. Take a 29-minute nap or just spend that time relaxing with your eyes closed.
  22. Create a playlist of 29 of your favorite songs.
  23. Leave work 29 minutes early so you can “smell the roses” on the way home.
  24. List 29 positive things you’ve learned throughout your life.
  25. Take 29 calm, controlled breaths through your nose again.
  26. Straighten or put away 29 items to neaten your space.
  27. Spend 29 minutes in a warm, sudsy bath, complete with candles and soft music.
  28. Go to bed 29 minutes earlier than usual again.
  29. In your head, list 29 positive things about your day      .Source 

To contact me you can email: Donna@DonnaSchuller.com

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Real Health?

I am convinced that all health begins on a spiritual level
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  
2 Timothy 1:7 

So what is real health?  I believe with all my heart that true health means you are constantly seeking the balance between the health and wholeness of your soul and spirit, your physical body, and your emotional self.  Do all three line up perfectly all the time?  I don't believe they do except maybe once in rare while:  when we are free from stress, responsibilities, any worry, or any sickness.  In my life, that's not very often yet even so I still strive for complete and real health by: 1) praying every day and by making decisions that line-up with what my faith in following Jesus means to me.  2) Taking care of my body by eating real food , free of chemicals and preservatives (I do love ice cream) and 3) exercising 5 days or more a week.  4) Keeping my emotions in check by examining what I am responsible for and what is other people's "stuff." If I'm not careful I can project on others where I am really struggling with something myself.  Projection can get me in all kinds of trouble!

Not being in touch with one's self in any of the three areas I mentioned above can lead to a permanent imbalance and in some cases can lead to addictions of many kinds.  Things that we do that may turn into habits as we attempt to escape the pain or reality of life.  Drugs and alcohol are just to name a few things that we can abuse to try to cover-up our own faulty thinking.
  I like to quote the great psychologist and concentration camp survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl.  He said, "I can't control what people do to me.  The only thing I have control over is how I react to what they do to me."  This while being imprisoned and nearly starved to death in Nazi Germany.  He is one of my heroes.

 It's way too common to try to blame others for our failures and shortcomings in life.  It's also epidemic to abuse and use any number of things to cover-up.  Good news= any of us can change starting today if we want to.  I would like to help you if you need someone to help.  
If you would like a copy of my husband's book, "Dump Your Hang-Ups Without Dumping Them On Others"contact me and I will personally send one to you.  If you would consider a donation of any size so we can continue to minister to hurting people that would help us help others.  Go to RobertSchullerMinistries.org Click on the "donate" button found on the right side of the homepage.  .   

Keep in touch because I will be posting more about addictions and how one can get help soon. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

National T.V. In A Bikini?

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Coincidence?  Fate?  I don't much believe in coincidence.  Could it be fate. Maybe.  All I know is a few days after deciding I would be focusing on "soul matters" as I laid out my New Year's goals this year, I was once again contacted by the t.v. news magazine, Inside Edition.
The first time they reached out to me was in May of 2014.  It was right after my book "Healthy Family, Happy Life" came out, just before Mother's Day, less than two weeks before my daughter's baby was due.  They saw a photo of my daughter, myself, and my mom while scouring the internet for subjects and decided we were the perfect ones to fly to New York City for an appearance on their show.  The focus of that show was Mother's Day,  featuring three generations of health.  My book was on health, and I guess they were impressed that we all looked attractive and to be in good health. They also read that my mom is still an avid tennis player and that I exercise on a regular basis.  My daughter is a fitness instructor.  I'm always excited to get message of "Healthy Family, Happy Life" across to a national audience so it was disappointing to have to turn them down (the first time) because my grandson was due any day so obviously my daughter, Christina was grounded.
 Fast-forward three days ago, a week or so after deciding I wanted to focus on soul matters.   The same Inside Edition producer contacted me to say they were doing a segment on healthy, fit grandmothers and their daughters.  At first I was "all over it" so I agreed to talk to Christina and get back to the producer the next day.  Oh wait!  They said, "we want you both to appear on camera in a bikini!"
 As I went to bed that night I was filled with anxiety.  I thought and prayed about why.  Many episodes of my life flashed through my mind:  all I've learned about body image, health emanating from the inside-out, and the lies we tell ourself about the importance of looks.  The best way for me to explain the rest of what happened is to share my emails to her so I'm copying and pasting them here: 
"Hi ___,
If this piece the producers are working on is about grandmas and health what would the purpose be of showing us in bathing suits?  Health is so much more than physical looks and I don't see myself as promoting only the beauty aspects of such.  To be healthy one needs to love who they are: body, mind, and soul and there is so much that goes into teaching our daughters and grand daughters just that.  Our lives are filled with images of celebrities and people we are taught to emulate and look up to and yet many of the ones we put on a pedestal are not healthy in mind and soul.  You know the saying, "beauty is only skin deep."  I believe that (edit: it is deeper) and as a daughter of a professional model and a model myself when I was younger it is a hard emotional barrier for even me to break-through.  It's what I was taught: the importance of being pretty, being a homecoming princess, a pageant winner, a good-looking person.  The main focus was on all of that and I've spent years and hard work on myself to break through.  I feel I'd be going backwards and giving the wrong message to young people if I just showed-up in a bathing suit and talked about how my body is okay at (nearly) 60.  I have lots more thoughts and I'd love to pursue this if you want to.  I am interested in promoting the right message about total health: body, mind, soul.  
Sincerely, Donna"

Well, I didn't get the response I wanted but she did say we could wear whatever we wanted and they would do a B-roll shot (t.v. jargon for bankroll, as in is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot)  My next email was similar after I literally broke down in tears when I told my husband how much I disdain the idea of me or of any woman being portrayed as just a pretty face (or body).  Do you ever feel like people aren't interested in the real you?

Here's what I wrote next:
 "I'm not trying to be difficult but I'm passionate about the message of health and fitness and disseminating it the right way. 
I don't want to pose in a bathing suit.  This is not the message I want to promote.  I have no problem talking on camera about why not.  I think the message that fitness is about bikinis is not healthy although I'm happy that I can still wear one!  
 Most women feel like they are not good enough, thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, rich enough, etc. There is a myriad of other misconceptions concerning health and happiness.  I think that in and of itself is a strong message. I'm not your average 60 yr old and I never want people to think I'm the norm.  I don't mind wearing stylish leggings or anything else. What if the interviewer asks why I chose not to wear a bikini ?  What about highlighting a grandma (or two) who will wear one and one who won't?  Again, the interview is on health and fitness.  Nutrition for the body, mind, soul.   I really want to do this but I don't think wearing a bathing suit on camera is good for my message or for anyone. 
Sincerely,  Donna"
Needless to say, I'm not doing the segment.  "They have plenty of Grandmas who really want to appear in a bikini." (of course they do) 
I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I relished the idea of gaining new clients;  I love helping people with their health issues, which would also help to ease my financial woes.  And of course the increase in my book sales would have been great.  But I said, "no."
 Call it integrity, standing up for what I believe, a tap on the shoulder by God, years of research writing and learning; whatever.  I know I made the right decision.  I also know that distributing and encouraging the message of real health is an uphill battle, but I rarely take my athletic shoes off so I'm ready for the climb!  
Do you ever feel like people aren't interested in the real you?  I'd love to read your thoughts.

Contact me via email at Donna@DonnaSchuller.com