Health Empowerment and Action

Let’s start with some definitions: Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.
Action is something done or performed; an act; a deed. It is also an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity.
It follows then, that empowerment requires some action. It is a process. And it is the action that creates desired outcomes.

We all have the capacity to become empowered in our health. This doesn’t mean that our physical or emotional issues disappear, or that we can wish them away or simply decide that they are gone.
Don’t get me wrong. I talk a lot about “changing your mind” to the positive and deciding to be healthy and well. I strongly believe that this is an essential ingredient to making a change for the better in one’s health and well-being. That said, it isn’t a “magical” process, or a process of denial. It is using the power of the mind in your favor to create movement. That is to say, action, is also a necessary ingredient.

Once you have changed your mind to the positive, you still must address the health issues your body and mind may have in order to achieve good health. Being empowered in one’s health, means being honest with yourself about your issues, facing them head on, and doing what needs to be done.

I wanted to make this point because I have been hearing a lot from people who state that they feel upset when someone who uses natural methods of healing suggests that all they have to do is wish away their physical or mental/emotional issues. This also makes me upset because this isn’t a magical recipe. You can’t just wish away your issues and problems. You can become open and willing to try different avenues to good health and well-being. You can educate yourself about what options are available to you. You can believe you can find health, become more positive, and search for answers until you have exhausted all options.

Empowerment in health means you are in the position of power when it comes to your own health. Simply choosing to be healthy IS important, but it must be coupled with action.

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Episode 12 The Bulldozer Health Show with guest author Susan West

This episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan West, co-author of “Walking with Vaidya: A Journey into Ayurveda and Preventative Medicine”.

Please listen as Susan explains how she came to write this book and what it is about.
I found that as she explained the book and her experience with Ayurvedic Medicine, I really felt like we speak the same language in terms of what it means to be healthy and maintain health and wellness in one’s life.

Thanks very much Susan for joining me on this episode of The Bulldozer Health Show!

Listen here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2FCSFS692t4TDl6V1dPZDdub2IyVEl5ZE9BeXhtVEt1QnpB/view?usp=sharing

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge
Take back your health America!
http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

The Bulldozer Health Show is produced by Angela Oxygen Edge. Music is Wake up by the same artist. Please contact her @oxygenedge on Twitter.

http://www.amazon.com/Walking-With-Vaidya-Ayurveda-Preventative-ebook/dp/B00TXH77HK

BIG PHARMA MUST COME OFF OF TELEVISION

Watch and share with everyone you know. And please sign our petition to get the pharmaceutical ads off of television, for all of our health. Take back your health America!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Bulldozer Health Show Podcast Episode #8 Focus and Find Your Path

Listen to The Bulldozer Health Show Episode #8
In this episode Wendy Love Edge discusses ways to help you find your path in life through meditation to focus and stay in the moment, as well as other ideas.

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Please hit the link below and listen:

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The Bulldozer Health Show is now self produced. The producer is Angela “Oxygen” Edge. Music is “Wake up” by Angela “Oxygen” Edge
You can reach Oxygen on Twitter @oxygenedge

Stop the Bulldozering! Take back your health America!

When I was on 16 pharmaceutical medications, I was completely bulldozed. I didn’t know just how snowed I was. Then, when I weaned off of all the pharmaceutical medicine and finished my withdrawal process, I began to wake up. I woke up to a world that I didn’t understand. Our food supply is more damaged than I remember. People don’t seem to have the same opportunities, earning abilities, or ability to take care of their families. Prices on everything that people need has skyrocketed. Worst of all, however, is the truth that our choices have been, and continue to be, taken away from us. Every day, I am baffled and saddened by another story of freedom of choice being removed from an individual.
First there is the story of Benton Mackenzie, and others like him. Simply, because of geography, he was denied medicinal cannabis. This medicine was saving his life. He was living in a state where cannabis is not legalized. Prohibition of cannabis still exists everywhere. So because of these facts, he was not only denied the medicine that would save his life, but he was treated like a criminal. I regret, and am deeply saddened to say, he has died.
To avoid the devastating reality I just discussed, some people move to a state where they can legally obtain their medicine if they find themselves in this predicament. Why should Americans have to move away from their loved ones to save their own lives, simply because they cannot legally obtain the medicine they need in their home state? That said, it must also be recognized that many people are too ill to move and the choice is just completely removed from their radar. So this is not the answer.
Then, there is medical kidnapping. I have been following the stories of Justina, Isaiah, Jaxon, and many others. These children were taken from their families by the medical system. This happened, because their parents did not agree with the course of action the medical professionals were prescribing. Often times, it has come down to pharmaceutical use. There is even a case of forced chemotherapy to a 17-year-old girl. She herself doesn’t want it, nor do her parents want it. But the physicians want her to have it, and have been allowed to force her to have it.
I ask myself daily, what country am I living in? What about opportunity, making your own way, and having freedoms to choose? Where did these concepts go? How is it that we have allowed big pharma to brainwash our medical professionals, including our physicians, into believing that their products are the only way? How is it that we have given them so much power, that the physicians who took an oath to “do no harm”, can remove children from their own parents and homes into state institutions so that they can be open to abuse and suffering? And somehow the idea that being at home with loved ones when you are sick is thrown out the window. I am sure that the medical establishment is aware that emotional upheaval has a negative effect on health. And yet, they rip children from their parents against their will, to administer pharmaceutical medication with multiple side effects. Then they expect that they will improve. There is no logic or reason in this.
I have been thinking about the fact that a little over 20 years ago Merck pharmaceuticals set out to have every American on at least one pharmaceutical medication. This coupled with the fact that these medications alter our brain chemistry and numb us to the world around us, deeply concerns me. If I was so easily bulldozed, and recognize how foggy and not present I was on the pharmaceutical medications, I can only imagine that many people are in this state. They are numbed to the world, without even knowing it. This only makes it easier for our freedoms, opportunity and rights to be taken away from us.
I think it is extremely important to do one’s own pharmaceutical review and be sure that for the medicine being ingested, the benefit outweighs the risk. It is important to research all pharmaceutical medications that are prescribed to us, and ask questions of our physicians.
I recognize that there are many instances where pharmaceutical medications are necessary and needed. But it is important to look at all options, and fight for one’s own freedom and ability to choose. We must also fight for our children and protect them at all costs. All of our children. Not just those related to us. But if one is a parent, one must have the right to choose what is best for their own children. If we hand over those rights to any establishment, whether it is the state, the medical community, or big Pharma, for instance, aren’t we are doing them a huge disservice in life? Of course we are. We are, because then we are teaching them that they are powerless and that their opinions about their own health and well-being are inconsequential. I know that is not the message I want for my children. I want them to be empowered in life, and especially in their own health choices.
We must stop all the Bulldozering! We must make sure every American knows what is available to them and has access to it. There has been so much angst over the Affordable Care Act. The truth is, this act still only gives access to pills, tests and surgery. A bigger change is needed. We all need to look at what is happening in the world, and stand up for what is right. Stand up for our own freedom, our freedom to choose for ourselves and our children, and our own empowerment.

Take back your health America!
Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

You can reach Angela “Oxygen” Edge @oxygenedge on Twitter

Exercise: Keep that body moving!

Bulldozer remedy for health #4 includes exercise, rest and leisure activities.  This post will focus on the exercise part of that.

Many people who I meet feel afraid to start an exercise routine if they have been in pain or haven’t exercised in a long time.  I think that the key here is to first reduce one’s fear about it. Love your body as it is, and accept that you can make positive changes to continue to love your body.   I know that is easier said than done, however, that love for your body  reduces the fear of moving it and making changes.   I had to begin by telling myself positive statements like this:

1.  I want  to move through the world a little bit easier. If I stretch and exercise, it will become easier to do this.

2.  If I start small, breaking exercise into tiny components of movement, I know I can do this.

3.  Every day, I will add a little bit more movement to my routine, and before long I will be moving easier and have more energy.

4.  My body is beautiful as it is.  Exercise will make it feel inside,  as good as it looks on the outside, or even better.

I am a big proponent of positive affirmations.  I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t.  In the beginning of starting to exercise after being ill for so long, it took every ounce of energy I had, just to march in place for 3 minutes, or get my things together for someone to take me to the pool.  I pressed forward.  Before long, the exercise didn’t exhaust me any longer, and my body hurt less from stretching and strengthening the muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Now, my body needs exercise.  It is like medicine to me.  If I am hurting, going to the gym helps to turn it around. Sometimes that is from the rush of endorphins that I get,  and sometimes it is simply  from the act of moving my body, and sometimes it is both.  It isn’t necessary to do it at a gym, but I enjoy that.  If you don’t have access to the gym or don’t like that environment, just move your body while watching TV or listening to the radio.  March in place, or lift your arms up and down.  Look up some stretches online and add those into your routine.  Use soup cans to lift to strengthen your arms.  If the weather is nice, head outside for a walk or a bike ride.  You’ll be surprised what you can do.  I surprise myself all the time!

When I was very ill, many doctors told me that exercise wouldn’t help me.  I believed them, just like I believed a lot of other things that they told me.  They were very wrong.  Even though I have daily pain that I deal with and a number of autoimmune diseases, exercise has become an essential part of taking back my health.  It improves my mood and my general well-being.  Remember, no matter what level you are at today, you can make positive changes through keeping your body moving.  Show your body some love, and start today!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Cannabis Prohibition State by State

We are all in charge of ourselves.  We make our own choices, we walk our own path.  That said, sometimes, the laws of the land preclude us from taking care of ourselves.  Cannabis laws in many states do not allow us to take care of ourselves, because the laws they have in place keep us from this very powerful medicinal plant.

I live in MA and when I am in my home state,  I am a legal cannabis user.  I cook it into my food three times a day, and smoke it on the average two times a day.  I obtain cannabis from my legal caregiver, and it is marked for THC and CBD content.  I know exactly what I am using, and what works for the different ailments that I have. The price of it is far less than what is charged in non-legal states

I recently traveled to Arkansas, where cannabis is illegal.   Yes, I recently learned, that  Arkansas has some of the most prohibitive and confining marijuana laws in the nation.  In fact, the Government in Arkansas has not budged about making any change its laws regarding cannabis use.  In fact, according to  the Marijuana Policy Project:  “Possessing under four ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Possessing an ounce of marijuana or more by those who have twice been convicted of possession is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $6,000”.   Many other states are moving toward legalization, and there are a number of people working on this in Arkansas as well.  The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act folks in that state work diligently every day to bring forward legal medical marijuana.  But the state has just not moved forward, at least not yet.

I am very pleased to see that legalization is occurring in a number of states.  That said, I have been asking myself  some burning questions more recently.   What if anyone could grow their own cannabis?  With all of the positive effects on the body that cannabis provides, who wouldn’t benefit from it?   Will making it legal for medicinal purposes allow everyone who could benefit from it to have access to it?  These questions arose after the Heart and Soul radio show I did in RI,  with RI Governor candidate, Anne Armstrong.   When she explained the history of hemp and cannabis in this country, and why prohibition started, it deeply effected me.  Then, Ms. Armstrong filed a law suit against her state of RI to end prohibition of cannabis.  She opened my eyes even further with this.  I  began to wonder, is it really legalization that I want, or is it the lifting of prohibition?

If we lift prohibition of cannabis, many of the issues surrounding it will simply go away.  Illegal cannabis users who are otherwise law-abiding citizens, will become law-abiding citizens again.  The crime that surrounds it will disappear. The price and quality can be regulated just like with alcohol.   It is my hope that people will be able to grow their own cannabis like in the legal states presently. But if they choose not to grow, and it is legal to obtain, they can obtain their cannabis knowing exactly what they are getting. They can do this with confidence and safety.

I began to really think deeply about this.  If Ms. Armstrong can file against her state, can’t we all? I believe that the lifting of  prohibition has to be state by state.  The reason, is that at the present time, I do not see the Federal Government lifting prohibition.  I am not suggesting giving up on that by any means. But we must start and be diligent about it state by state to begin to affect change.  That is how we have been able to make headway with legalization. And if the Federal government were to repeal prohibition, it would still be up to the states to decide how to regulate it.  We may as well start at the state level where it is going to end up anyway.

We all want to be fully in charge of ourselves and our choices.  This is no different.  Tell your state to repeal cannabis prohibition.  All of our voices and actions together can create change.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com