The Year is Half Gone…Where?

Today I’ve been thinking about this blog, and in so doing I’ve been reviewing the blogs that I am following as well as blogs that are suggested by others, and I have come to the realization that I need to be more open and willing to share myself with all of you. I’m very guarded and jaded. It is a difficult path for me to attempt to travel, but I am committed and travel it I will, dag- namit.

So this year I have been trying to be better about the foods I eat in order to better my health and overall fitness. To that end I was encouraged to watch a film which I talked about here earlier titled “What the Health”. This film made me take a look at what I’ve really been eating (most of which I knew better than to do).

This past April I decided to go to the extreme end of the spectrum and try living an all Vegan lifestyle. I love vegetables, beans (except lima), lentils, nuts, Avacado , olives, I could go on but probably shouldn’t. I try to keep an open mind about things and I want to be better about Animal product use.

After about a month, I found that it really wasn’t that hard especially when we used the meat alternatives offered by Boca, Morning Star and the like. I did have one area of difficulty that has been something I’m just not ready to let go of and that my friends is cheese. I appreciate the attempt by Diya, and we even tried a cashew “cheese” sauce when we made vegan nachos. Did I mention I love cheese?

Needless to say some alterations and modifications have occured over the last couple of months to the plan. First, I have eaten meat…Ugh, second, I’ve not given up cheese, third I am committed to a predominately plant based diet so I am eating more towards a vegitarian life choice. Rome wasn’t built in a day right?

The point I want to encourage is that as long as you keep trying, one foot in front of the other, to improve who you are, any needed and wanted alterations or modifications are acceptable, always.

I hope everyone is enjoying their short work week, and that your tomorrows are joyous.




Skin Cancer and Tanning Beds.

The Roaring 20’s rolled in more than Gay ole Times, it also introduced indoor tanning to the Western world and Scandinavia. A practice that to this day has inticed white women to change their skin color. Kinnda ironic since colored skin has been the trigger for most of the racist nationalism we’ve seen throughout history.

What wasn’t understood then and is still not widely acknowledged is that indoor tanning  can kill you. Indoor UVA tanning is considered a Group 1 Carcinogen according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Today I was looking through articles and came across this in Everyday Health. This is the time of year that we all have to be ever viligant in our protection from the sun. Let’s also remeber to look at the unnatural way to damage our skin.

A Former ‘Tan-oholic’ Pays the Price: More Than 81 Skin Cancers

I am a former tan-oholic. I won’t say “recovering” because I have no desire to visit a tanning salon ever again. I have no wish to smell the odor of my skin being destroyed. Anyone who has been to a tanning salon knows that distinctive smell well.  I certainly know it too well.

The fact is that indoor tanning has caused me to develop more than 81 skin cancers, five of them melanoma. I have untold scars on my body from the procedures to remove those cancers, and I know I will face this for years to come.

I started hitting the tanning salon while I was in college. I felt that if I had a tan, other people wouldn’t notice how pale and white I was. I felt prettier and my skin was more even.

In the beginning, I went to the tanning salon roughly once a week. Then I started going twice a week, and then every day. I was addicted.  There was always a reason or excuse to tan: spring break, weddings, dates … you get the picture. Everybody I knew was doing it, and I wanted to be part of it, too. Tanning made me feel good.

In the beginning, I could just walk in without an appointment. Then, the salon got so busy you had to make appointments, which frustrated me. Eventually, the salon started staying open later so my friends and I could go after night classes. I was tanning even when the sun wasn’t shining! No one could tell me not to tan. I wouldn’t have listened anyway.

After graduate school, I got my first “real” job coaching women’s basketball. My mom told me, “You’ve got a job; go see all these doctors and get a baseline on your health.” She was pretty insistent, and I was trying to be a grown-up so I went. One of the doctors was a dermatologist. He found a couple of spots on my leg and told me they were probably nothing but that he wanted to biopsy them.

I was in  Las Vegas on a recruiting trip when I got a call from the dermatologist telling me to come back in. The spots were skin cancers, he said. That didn’t scare me. I figured they’d scrape it off, put a bandage on it, and I’d be fine. But then he became more insistent and said, “We think these may be melanoma.” Melanoma, of course, is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Instead of leaping into action, I put it off and said I’d call them back. I went about my business. I even rented a convertible to tool around sunny Vegas! I just didn’t know. I wasn’t educated back cancer collage

Eventually, I did go back to see the doctor and that was just the beginning of my cancer surgeries. I had those spots taken off and a few basal cell carcinomas removed after that. Then there was one on my face, so they took a chunk out of my cheek. That’s when I realized, “This is not a joke. This is real life.”

The thing that a lot of people don’t understand is that it doesn’t happen right away; the cancers develop over time — months and years after sun exposure. I once went six months without any new diagnoses. Then, two months later there were more, and I said, “Are you kidding me? We didn’t see these last week!”

You pay the price. As you get older, you pay the price.

At least I have a little bit of an excuse. The dangers of indoor tanning just weren’t known when I was in college, or at least not nearly as much as today. Now, some states are banning indoor tanning for people younger than 18. I was older than that when I started, but maybe — just maybe — I would have thought about what I might be doing to myself if there had been bans in place back then.

My first cancers were found in 2000. Since then I’ve had dozens more surgeries, and I’m fairly certain that I have more in my future. I’m lucky my mother was persistent. She saved my life.

For the past three or so years, Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center in New York City (pictured, right), has been my skin cancer doctor. She’s done more than 30 of my surgeries and still counting, unfortunately. She is getting the word out about the dangers of indoor tanning, and I am trying to help. She wants people to start equating warnings about cancer and indoor tanning to those about cigarettes and lung cancer. She points out that in Brazil and Australia, indoor tanning is banned for everyone — not just minors. That’s where we want to be.

I want to be the face of the anti-indoor tanning movement. I’m excited to tell my story, hoping if people hear it, I can prevent others from having the same experience.

Unfortunately, in many cases, it takes something bad happening for you to wake up. I hope my story can be that wake-up call for someone else — that I can touch just one person so he or she doesn’t have to go through this.

I work with young people and know that they are at a time in their lives when all they want to do is to fit in. But I want people to understand that they’re beautiful to the people who matter most, without a tan. That tan isn’t going to make you who you are. That is on the inside. That’s what makes you beautiful.

Lisa Pace is a licensed massage therapist and former basketball coach. She has coached Division I basketball at Long Island University Brooklyn, Georgia State University, Southeast Missouri State, and her alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University.

Last update May 2, 2016;  Photos are of Lisa Pace.

Can Ginsing Kill Tumors?

By Dr. Russell Blaylock; Tuesday June 26, 2018 posted on Newsmax Health

A great number of studies have used induced tumors in living animals or implanted human tumors. These studies demonstrated the remarkable preventive effects of ginseng, as well as suppression of cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis.

Tumors that were sensitive to ginseng suppression included cancers of the:

• Lip

• Oral cavity

• Pharynx

• Larynx

• Lung

• Esophagus

• Stomach

• Liver

• Pancreas

• Ovary

• Colorectum

Read Newsmax: Can Ginseng Kill Tumors?

Vitamin D deficiency, What are the risks?

We all know from a young age that vitamin D builds strong bones, and it is foundly named the Sunshine vitamin. Yet, what else does it do and what happens when you don’t get enough?

Activated Vitamin D hormone helps control the immune system and has anti-inflammatory attributes. Thus in the event you don’t have enough you could be opening yourself up to some troublesome health issues such as

  • Increased risk of death from Cardiovascular disease
  • Severe Asthma in children
  • COPD
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive impairment in older Adults
  • Rickets- a condition that affects bone developement in children

Most recently a report published in the June 19, 2018 edition of the Journal of Nutrition by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, which utilized data accumulated over 10 years for more than 6,000 Adults found that low levels of Vitamin D are linked with an increased risk of a disease which causes scarring and inflamation of the lungs identified as Interstitial Lung disease (ILD). Over the 10 year time frame it was discovered that lower than normal blood levels of Vitamin D demonstrated an increased risk factor in ILD developement.

Bering in mind that the researchers do caution that cause and effect are not proven, the findings of the report do support the need for further investigation, however this study suggests that Vitamin D levels may be important to lung health. It may behoove us to now think about adding Vitamin D deficiency to the list of factors along with the other known ILD risks, ie. enviornmental toxins (asbestos, coal dust), Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, infections or medication side effects.

Other research suggests that Vitamin D contributes to treatment and prevention of many types of chronic long term health issues for example Diabetes both Types 1 and 2, glucose intolerence, hypertension and multiple sclerosis.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency can arise from a number of things.

  • Lack of Sunlight- The sunshine vitamin is made naturally in our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight without sunscreen, however for a variety of reasons this natural remedy may be prohibitive for some.
  • Darker skin – The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamn D in response to sunlight exposure.
  • Obesity- Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into circulation. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more often is indicative of low levels in the blood.

Additional reasons could be the inability of your digestive tract to absorb vitamin D as seen in conditions like Crhons or celiac disease. Kidney inability to convert vitamin D to its active form just to name a couple.

I personaly suffer from vitamin D deficiency and up until recently I had been taking 50,000 IU (international units) weekly. Depending on age and health issues, the Institute of Medicine has increased the Recommended Dietary Allowence (RDA) of Vitamin D to 600 IU daily for everyone age 1 to 70, and for those who are 70 and older the daily amount should be 800 IU. Now in the event a person is in fact Vitamin D deficient in order to correct the upper limit was raised to 4,000 IU daily with a Doctor being able to prescribe more than that if needed. My daily dosage broke down to 7,143 IU.

As always be upfront with your doctor and discuss options if you feel you may be at risk.

Until next time Peace, Harmony and Joy to one and all.

Today Why?

Today I am 53. It is hard to believe that I have made it this far. I have raised two magnificent daughters who are the best gift God could have ever given me.

Today I am in pain. I have been struggling with the effects of my multiple health issues for ten years now. Yet everyday for some reason yet to be revealed I still wake up to another day of pain and perserverence. Why?

Today I am in pain. I have been trying to no avail to get rid of this pain, it simply refuses to go away. Why?

What is the reason for this never ending challenge? What did I do that warrents this type of judgement? I often try to simply smile and keep putting one foot in front of the other even though I do not know my purpose anymore. Why?

I’m not sure I want this fight anymore, yet I do not have the strength I think one needs to call it quits permanently. For one and this is by far the main reason is because I couldn’t stand knowing for all eternity the pain it would cause my beautiful girls. I have to find the will and the strength to continue. Where do I find it?

Today I am 53 and I do not know why I’m still here.