Rest: The Second Part of Bulldozer Remedy for Health #4

Bulldozer remedy for health #4 is exercise and rest.  Today I want to focus on the rest portion of this remedy.   Rest includes relaxation and sleep.  So more specifically, I  will focus on the sleep portion of rest.

When I decided to take back my health, I realized that my sleep had been a problem for a long time.  I was told at some point in my illness that I had severe sleep apnea, and they put me on a C-pap machine.  My sleep improved on the machine, but I still had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.  I wanted to fix these problems, as good rest is essential to health.  Once I had weaned off of the pharmaceutical drugs, began exercising, and losing weight, my rest pattern improved some.  Exercising on a regular basis naturally  improves rest and sleep at night.   Also, I was no longer waking up screaming in pain like I did on the pharmaceutical drugs.  I still needed the C-pap though, as without it I would wake myself up snoring or gasping for air.  I also still had trouble falling asleep. I didn’t want to take any sleep pharmaceuticals, as I did not feel that the benefit to taking them outweighed the risk.

I decided to investigate use of melatonin to help me fall asleep.  Melatonin is a natural hormone in the body, made by our body’s pineal gland. This gland is located in the middle of the brain. The pineal gland is active in darkness and that is when melatonin is produced.  I read that as we  get older, the body often does not produce enough at night to help us fall asleep.   So it made sense to me that taking some might help me.  The fact that it naturally occurs in the body was attractive to me.  When I investigated what amount to use, I realized it is  considered an “dietary supplement”.  This means it is not regulated by the FDA,  and so they don’t really give a suggested dosage for one to take.  I started with 1 mg., and settled on 2.5 mgs., through trial and error.  I started taking  it about an hour and a half before bed.  This allowed me to drift off to sleep most of the time, an hour or two after I took it.  People have told me that they tried melatonin and it caused some nightmares.  I will say that when I tried going up to 3 mg, I did have some bad dreams, so I cut it back a little.  Everyone’s body is different, and this may or may not work for you.  You have to go through your own trial and error process if you choose to try melatonin.

In addition to the melatonin, I realized I had to make some other changes.  I realized that I had to set up my environment and prepare myself for sleep.  Even if I didn’t feel tired, I started setting the stage for sleep.  I would get all ready, shut the lights, and lie in bed trying to clear my mind.  I began to use meditations to bring my body and mind into a state of rest. Sometimes I would sit while doing this, sometimes I would lie on the bed and do it. If I chose to meditate sitting up, I would be sure to lie down immediately afterward to capitalize on the relaxed body and mind clearing.   These things helped significantly.  It kind of reminded me of when I was a child, and my mother would respond to my protests about going to bed like this, “Wendy, you need to rest.  If you can’t fall asleep, just lie there and let your body rest”.  It was good advice.  Sometimes it is a matter of retraining ourselves to better habits, like this one of getting enough rest.

The last component for me that really helped with sleep especially if I was in pain or anxious, is cannabis.  I used, and still use,  cannabis for pain and inflammation, and to treat the symptoms of anxiety and mild depression.  There are certain strains that carry the CBD’s to help with these things, and I keep them on hand especially for nights that I have pain or anxiety that wasn’t ameliorated by my usual cannabis and herbal usage.

It is vitally important to one’s health,  to obtain enough rest on a regular basis.   If you feel you are not obtaining adequate rest, do some investigating into what might work for you.  For me it is regular exercise, melatonin, meditation, and cannabis. I am still using the C-pap, but hope to participate in a new sleep study soon to see if I can come off of it.  It doesn’t seem like I need it anymore, but I want to be sure that is true.

There are many options out there to choose from to improve sleep.   They are worth investigating fully, especially before you consider pharmaceutical intervention.  Pharmaceutical interventions for sleep often come with numerous worrisome side effects.   If you choose to go this route despite the numerous other options available, please read all labels and ask your Doctor questions about side effects and drug interactions.  As always, we recommend that  pharmaceutical use should come with an analysis first as to whether the benefit to you outweighs the risk.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

Use Meditation to relax you and start to prepare for sleep.

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Medical Marijuana: Why we must be bold about it

There are over 400 natural compounds found in the marijuana plant, and of those, some are ONLY found in the marijuana plant.  These compounds are the one’s that heal us, and they are called cannabinoids.  The cannabinoids are numerous and they relieve the symptoms of many illnesses including inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, seizure disorders, anxiety, and eye problems, to name just a few.  They do this by attaching to receptors we already have in our brain. The major cannabinoids work best when combined with the minor compounds found in naturally occurring marijuana.  That is why the synthetic pharmaceutical, marinol, doesn’t work as well as the natural plant. Some of the major cannabinoids to be aware of are THC, CBD, and CBN.  There are two others as well, CBC and CBG.

This information, and much more detailed information about medical marijuana, and how and why it works can be found from many sources today.  Despite this, many people still hold on to the stigma attached to marijuana use and perpetuate that.  This is maddening to me, and that is why I have decided that I must be bold about my use of this medicine. I feel we all must be bold about it, if we are going to change the perceptions of marijuana use.

In MA,  I  am legal to carry it on my person, in my car and in my home.  I cannot smoke it while driving legally, but I wouldn’t do that anyway.  I will use it freely, because it works for me. It is my prescribed medication.  And  I will use it freely because I feel that I must be bold and show people that the face of a marijuana user has changed.  The face of a marijuana user is me, and many people like me.   A middle-aged woman with children and a college degree.  A woman who could live next door to you, in your very community.   I am your neighbor, and I am not a drug addict.  I am taking back my health, and this is a good option for someone like me with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.  It allows me to move my body, and work on becoming healthy instead of being bogged down by dangerous prescription drugs with all of their side effects.

It concerns me deeply that this option isn’t available to everyone.  After all, it is dangerous to even try to obtain it in states where is it is not legal, for a number of reasons.   One of those reasons, is that by obtaining it illegally, one has no idea what they are really getting.  In a legal state, one can insure what they are getting.  I know, for instance, that my caregiver grows in the best conditions possible.  Everything is organic, and there are no pesticides.  Even the water he uses is pure.  He labels what he gives me for THC, CBD and CBN levels.  I know exactly what I am getting.  He keeps track particularly of the THC and CBD levels that work best for me.  And he provides me with the strains that fit my profile and symptoms that we have determined through our caregiver relationship.  It is very personalized.

So especially if you are in a legal state and a medical marijuana user,  please be bold about the use of your medicine.   Talk about it openly with people and educate them.  This is the only way we are going to continue to move forward with this very important medication.  Let’s remove the stigma and continue to take our health into our own hands.

Take back your health America.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

 

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When I began to take back my health, I realized that a huge part of that was to wean off of as much of the pharmaceutical medication that they had given me as I could.  I was bulldozed and there was no way my body could come out from under all that, rally, and find any kind of health.  I also realized how damaging the advertisements are on television.

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Nutrition: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #3 Drink Water!

We have surely have drought across this country.  I’m not talking about the usual kind of drought which is an important thing to be cognizant of for sure. .  I am talking about the drought that is inside many of our people!  We must be cognizant of this as well.

Dehydration is responsible for mental fogginess, forgetfulness, dry skin, and poorly functioning digestion just to name a few.  Make sure you drink enough water.

Watch our weekly bulldozer health tip from Candy Lee on this topic:

 

Go get some fresh water now.  Go on.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

 

Candy Lee has a blog you can enjoy at:

http://www.candyleemusic.com/home/blog/new-blog-and-very-exciting-upcoming-shows

 

Nutrition: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #3

 

When I began to devise our four remedies for health,  I realized how huge the role of nutrition is in health and wellness.  We either eat to feed our health, or eat to feed disease.  The body utilizes the nutrients in our food to build a strong capable mind and body, when we choose to eat for health. So this is an easy choice right?

Not really.  Many people today are not educated properly about nutrition, and that is a huge factor in what they choose at the grocery store.  In fact, numerous people believe that they are eating for health by choosing certain foods such as those labeled “low-fat” or by choosing a certain products that are supposed to be good for you but actually have a lot of added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  I have spent a lot of time reading labels since I found nutrition to be a vital part of taking back my health.   As I meet people who need our help, I have realized that many people want to eat well, and many think that they already are.  Once you show them the label on the food that appears to be healthy but really isn’t, they can then make better choices and usually do. So start reading labels!

I also refer them to articles about low-fat and good fat to increase their knowledge about this.  The American public was fooled for a long time about fats and fat content and it is important to help people understand what fat is good for them and what isn’t.

That said, the bottom line here is that nothing beats preparing fresh food yourself  to create health.  You can afford to feed yourself healthy food if you choose the right things and have some simple recipes to follow.

 

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I have attached our “7 Winners for Dinner” for free here.  Volunteer Wayne Thaxton and I created this booklet with 7 simple recipes for dinner.  You will have leftovers, and can eat more of the selections for lunch the next day. These recipes are easy to follow and take an hour or less to prepare.  The  grocery cost will be 50 dollars or less for 2+ people to obtain all of the ingredients!   The recipes are primarily vegetarian, however you can add lean, organic meat if desired.  This will increase the cost, however you can choose how much by the amount of meat you add to the recipes.

Additionally, there are numerous simple solutions for following Bulldozer Remedy for Health #3.   These include increasing your water intake, eliminating soda from your diet, and restricting processed food.  We have one for you to watch, that we just released this week as one of our health tips on YouTube.  Please take a look at this week’s weekly bulldozer health tip from our YouTube channel, Bulldozer Health.

We have a few more of these simple solutions for good nutrition coming in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.  If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you will be alerted automatically when our weekly bulldozer health tip is released each week. Here is the link:

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In the meantime, please  consider looking carefully at everything you put into your body.  Start eating for health today. Because your good health, is in your own hands.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

 

 

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Podcast: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #1, change your mind. Guest: Sheila Berger

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http://www.talkstreamradio.com/play_episode.lasso?soundfile=http://74.118.74.230/tsr/shows/BH_091114.mp3&episodeDate=September 11, 2014&episodeId=709&showId=50&showTitle=Bulldozer Health&episodetitle=#1 – Change Your Mind – with guest Sheila Berger

Podcast Episode #2 Live From Fayetteville Arkansas

http://www.talkstreamradio.com/play_episode.lasso?soundfile=http://74.118.74.230/tsr/shows/BH_081914.mp3&episodeDate=August 18, 2014&episodeId=689&showId=50&showTitle=Bulldozer Health&episodetitle=LIVE from Fayetteville with guest Andrea Sumers – Alternative Healthbulldozer health v2

BulldozerRemedy for Health #1: Change your Mind

Changing your mind  to the positive is a key aspect in taking back your health.  I remember very clearly when I changed my mind.  I had just become separated from my wife. She told me when she was leaving, that I would find my strength and my power if she left. I didn’t believe one word of it.  It made me sad and angry actually.  For a time, I sat with that sadness and anger.  Nothing changed.  Being sad and angry and remaining on all of my pharmaceutical medications certainly wasn’t going to change my life for the better.  But I couldn’t see that.  Then one day, I was thinking  about the victim that I had become.  A victim of the medical system, of the diseases that I had, of the failing economy, of the 16 pharmaceutical medications that I was on, and of the pharmaceutical companies themselves.  I decided I didn’t want to be a victim anymore.  To do this, I realized that I had to change my mind.  Once I started to change my mind, I could see everything with more clarity.

Next,  I  began to change my language.  I realized that I was owning the diseases that I had by saying things like “my” dermatomyositis or “my” psoriatic arthritis, “my” diabetes, or  “my” myasthenia gravis.  So instead, I said, “I have 4 autoimmune diseases, but they don’t have me”. Or I said, “I am healthy and whole”.  I not only said these things, but I believed them.  I couldn’t just have faith that I would change my mind, it was key to believe it, and to know that it was happening.  And to never waiver on that.

To empower myself further,  I read everything I could on the diseases I had and the medications that I was on.  I then began to investigate what alternative treatments might help me.  I had read all about the diseases before, but this time it was through the eyes of someone who was going to be  victorious over them, find alternatives that worked, and teach my body to heal itself.  The body knows how to heal itself, but it can only do so under the right conditions.

There was one more belief system I had to conquer.  You see, the doctors had told me that I was going to die repeatedly.  I believed them.  It was like they, in their white coats with their diplomas on the wall, had some inside information from my maker, and only they had the key to unlock my ability to remain alive.  Our beliefs are very powerful.  So in changing my mind, I had to change my beliefs.  Or more accurately, I had to stop believing what the doctors were telling me.  I am a trained medical professional, a spiritual healer, and a very intelligent  woman.  But all that went out the window the minute they told me that I was going to die from the disease that made me gravely ill or the medicine that they believed they had to give me to treat it with.  I had already been a survivor in my life.  With this illness, I had to  realize that I already had survived it too.  Once I did, I was determined to find a way to live well, not just be a survivor.

Our mind is a powerful thing. We are a product of our genetics, intelligence, family, experiences, beliefs and more.  That said, we can change our mind at any time to the more positive. In doing so, we find our truth and change our lives for the better.

Change your mind, change your life. You’re  victorious, beautiful life is in your own hands.

Peace,


Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!