Monday, December 21, 2009

How Blissful the Sound of Two Coinciding Heartbeats....

Talk to me three weeks ago, and you would find me saying that it was very difficult for me to get through a day without thinking about today's upcoming baby appointment. The thought crossed my mind MULTIPLE times a day. My worry: not hearing a fetal heartbeat and having to go through the similar events in July (GOD'S BABY POSTING) .....only this time right at Christmas. Having a secret of sadness from relatives, or else feeling obligated to share my sadness story with everyone at such a joyous time!

Being a Christian, I know we're supposed to trust God in everything: (Philippians 4:6-7) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." But sometimes I need reminders. Reminders through prayer, from the Bible, from silent reflection, from friends and loved ones. This time I was reminded through a friend, with the words:

"Remember, 'Jesus is your life', and the Holy Spirit has taken up residence IN you! Try imagining your whole life, including that of your unborn, being acknowledged as belonging to God. Live in the knowledge of that humble submission. Our anxieties find no refuge when squeezed out by God's sovereign control." Those were the words God wanted to share with me....and He did, through a friend.

Those words were VERY POWERFUL to me, striking a cord of awakening. Like I said up above, I search multiple resources until I am able to sit comfortably with peace from the Holy Spirit within. Those words calmed me, brought me confidence and gave me trust back in my Savior. Not necessarily trust for the baby to remain healthy and alive, but trust that I would get through whatever darts my enemy may hurl my way.

I was doing so well up until today, then the same thoughts crossed my mind once again.

I prayed as I shoveled the driveway before leaving,

I prayed on the drive there,

I even prayed as I got after my kids to behave in front of others in the waiting room.

But the thoughts came back over and over again: "What if?......"

My only way of coping was to fire back with verses and prayers. I had to rewire my thoughts to positive ones, however impossible it seemed.

My midwife searched around my tummy for the heartbeat.

Multiple spots.....multiple uncomfortable smiles shared......multiple misses.

I had to turn my head to the wall as tears started to roll down my cheeks, "Lord, please....." I began to silently say a prayer of petition and.....

THUMP--THUMP, THUMP--THUMP.....I totally lost it--crying and laughing with amazement. We heard both mine and babies heartbeats together at the same time! The room formerly being filled with uncomfortable silence.....was now blasting with the fetal monitor's echoing rhythms of multiple heartbeats......what a glorious sound and what a blessing for us to share a laugh at the uniqueness of the situation!

The worry melted away.

The moment of trial had passed.

My only physical rememberence left is the pain in my arm from the 6 viles of blood being drawn infront of 3 apalled little girls.

NOW, nothing but a fading memory....

God Bless, Ms. Salubrious

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

They Brought Forth Gifts of Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh.....

Ms. Salubrious at 5 years of age, belting out something only her heavenly father could be proud of....

Most of my memories of the Christmas story are of standing in the foreground of the manger scene as an Angel, singing of the glorious birth of my Savior. The manger scene was so miraculous to me: the animals, the angels, the earthly father and mother, the music that gave me tingles up and down my spine, and of course the baby doll that seemed to be REAL in my eyes. All gathered to celebrate the life sent to us from a loving heavenly father.

I remember watching in awe as the 3 wise men walked down the sanctuary aisle towards us bearing their gifts of splendor. I didn't give the gifts of Frankincense & Myrrh much of a second glance, but when the gift of gold came down the aisle, I couldn't take my eyes off of it! I had often wondered why the wise men didn't bring something of more value than just one gift of gold and 2 other "non-mentionables". In fact, to reiterate this thought, I recall a pastor's children's sermon on the gifts one year, with him saying that "the Frankincense & Myrrh 'may have been' something of value back then", as he was awkwardly trying to bypass the value of these to explain the gift of gold that everyone understood.

Recently......I ran across this excerpt from Healthquarters Ministries:
December Newsletter. I was awed to discover that 'These resins and their essential oils were priceless medicines, worth more than their weight in gold!' In fact, I thought the explanation was so well-written that I included it all instead of paraphrasing it:

"In Biblical times, Myrrh was one of the most desired and expensive items in the world. It was also used in religious ceremonies and at the time of Christ it was also only available to the wealthy. It's not actually an essential oil, but rather the sap or resin from a tree.

Myrrh is anti-infectious, anti-viral, parasitic (worms), hormone-like, anti-inflammatory, soothes skin conditions, anti-hyperthyroid, and supports the immune system.

Myrrh is used for many skin conditions, such as chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles. It has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes. It is also widely used today in oral hygiene products.
Some uses of myrrh are for bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery, hyperthyroidism, stretch marks, thrush, ulcers, vaginal thrush, and viral hepatitis. This oil may help asthma, athlete’s foot, candida, coughs, eczema, digestion, fungal infection, gingivitis, gum infections, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers, ringworm, sore throats, skin conditions (chapped and cracked), wounds, and wrinkles.

Frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers. It was used to treat every conceivable ill known to man. Frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed this oil.

Frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes, which helps stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of emotions) as well as the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. Frankincense is now being used therapeutically for its ability to improve human growth hormone production. Frankincense is used for asthma, depression, and ulcers. High in sesquiterpenes, it is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming stress and despair, as well as supporting the immune system. This oil may also help with allergies, bites (insect and snake), bronchitis, cancer, respiratory infections, diphtheria, headaches, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, inflammation, stress, tonsillitis, typhoid, and warts. It increases the activity of leukocytes in defense of the body against infection.

Frankincense contains the following properties: anti-catarrhal, anti-depressant, anti-infectious, anti-septic, anti-tumoral, expectorant, immunes-stimulate, and sedative. "

If only people saw the value of these gifts today as the wise men saw these! To use these gifts for chasing away depression, funguses, infection, indigestion, asthma, immune system depletion , cancer, mouth problems, skin eruptions, blood pressure imbalances, and allergies the way God designed it! Would we have better results than the methods we use now days?Something to think about as you enjoy this Christmas's gifts and church activities.

There is a really good BLOG posting my friend Jennifer did last year over at "Oils For Wellness", mentioning these specific oils: OIL ARTICLE . She sells a high-quality brand of essential oils called "YOUNG LIVING", in which I have bought a few over the years and have been impressed with the results! I encourage you to check out her site and inquire with her of any questions you may have on essential oils!

Thanks for reading, may the Lord bless you in your pathway towards natural health!
Ms. Salubrious

******None of the above statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the information in this BLOG is strictly for educational purposes. This BLOG should not be used to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for a condition you feel you may have. If you have any health concerns, you should see a competent practitioner. ******

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Couple of Favorite Recipes

1-2 Avocados (mashed with a fork)
1 Big Roma Tomato-diced (or 1/2 can diced tomatoes)
1/4 yellow onion (chopped finely)
1-2 Key Limes-juiced (or else 1 tsp lime juice)
Pinch of Cumin
Redmond Salt to flavor
Handful Cilantro (I have made mine without this and it turned out fine!)

Mash avocados and add chopped veggies and lime juice....then TRY to stop eating it!!!

1Tb Redmond's salt (sea salt is fine)
1/2 c warm water
1/3 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
2/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp-1 Tb course freshly Ground Pepper (depending on how strong you desire it!)
1/2 Tb garlic powder (pref. organic, so no fillers)
1 tsp Liquid Smoke

Cut 3-5 lbs of meat, 1/8' - 1/4" thick

I recommend marinating it for 12 hours if you like normal flavoring, 24 hours if desire a teeth-clenching bite of flavor!
Put in a dehydrator for anywhere between 2-8 hours.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

God Gave me the Opportunity.....

A woman with the nicknames: Ma-ha, Slugger Maroo, Princess, Asbestos Mouth?
You may be thinking that people must REALLY disliked her. In all actuality, all these names were given to my Grams out of love. You see, my Grams was the type of person that would just 'grin & bare it'. In other words, a real even-keel individual that you take for granted will be there for you whenever you need her. But, then life gets busy and you tend to overlook keeping atop of those times.......

I never quite grasped how fast the time would fly between these two pictures, until the time was no longer available. My Grams went home to her Savior on October 23, 2009.

We got a call a few weeks back that Grams wasn't feeling too well, and was asking for family. She felt the Lord calling her home; her body didn't want to function as well, and she desired for loved ones to help soften the adjustment. At this time, I started to spend almost every night with her. Helping get drinks, helping to find assistance in turning, covering/uncovering her body with her afghan for temperature comfort. I was fortunate enough to take home a piece of this particular memory with me. Here's my Gram's afghan, that has found a new home on our chair in front of our fireplace:

Pictured above: Sage (3yrs old) with Grams last October, 2008 with her Afghan on her lap.
My Grams found breathing, drinking, adjusting, sleeping....all these things took such immense man-power, that she sadly said, "I still can't believe this is happening to me", and "I feel so helpless"....this coming from a woman not needing NOVOCAINE during dental-filling procedures! Yes, she had reached a breaking point, and YET STILL found reason to smile, and remained optimistic for what lay beyond the shortsightedness of life here on earth! Even though she felt ready to go before God took her, I believe He would use this time as a tool to prepare ME for the loss. We spent one night polishing our fingernails together; I had hoped that that wouldn't be our final night (the nurses told me that residents typically desire to be dolled up as they feel life slipping away), so I said a prayer and Bible verse with every stroke of that nail polish brush......just so I wouldn't break down and cry in front of her. Oh, the next night I lost it while praying with her, but at least the nail polishing party wasn't dampened with tears!

The night before Grams left us, my dad came to visit as well. We enjoyed the laughter of memories that Grams seemed to also enjoy as she listened. After my dad left, I took the opportunity to sing to Grams a few songs (each of my girl's favorite hymns, along with one of my favorites: "As the Deer"--a song they would happen to sing during Sunday church worship 3 days later), prayed for her to find peace, and held her hand so long that my fingers grew numb. You know the saying of "holding some one's hand so long that you couldn't tell where your hand ended, and theirs began"? Yes, I found out what that saying is all about.....but didn't mind a bit! Upon seeing us, one of the nurses stopped to tell me that she just loved watching me with my Grams, because one could tell the deep love I hadfor her as I talked and sat with her.

I also got the opportunity that I had been praying about. When I had my miscarriage in July, I told my Grams that I had bad news to tell her. Without hesitation, her hands flew to her mouth and tears welted in her eyes."You lost the baby!" Yes. We had. But, God gave me the opportunity to give her good news before she, herself, left us. The night before Grams died, I told her "Grams, we're going to be having another baby! The due date is in June--wouldn't it be a blessing to have a baby born on your birthday,the 9th?" (just deep breaths) "Grams, will you hold my other baby until I get up there to hold it?" ( again.....just deep breaths) Now, just because God gave me the opportunity to tell her, doesn't mean he gave me the opportunity to feel completely fulfilled by it. I had to keep in mind I wasn't telling her for MY sake, but for HERS. OH, I knew that if I had found out a few days sooner, she would have given me a huge smile when I told her. Beings as it was, I had to assume that she heard me, and assumed that her heart did a leap with joy. GOD GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY....EXACTLY the way that I had prayed for it!

PICTURED BELOW: Grams holding one of her 10 Great grand-babies, Sophie, at age 3:

We got the call on Friday that Grams was in the process of passing, about 2 hours from when my mother had left her side. Typically there are a few hours between the time that my mom would leave my Grams, and when I would arrive for the night. During this time, the nurses said that her roommate hold her hand (even though my Grams complained about having to live with a crabby roommate!), and that Grandma had slipped away peacefully and quickly between the calls the nurses made to us. We had all made it a habit to say goodbye to her as we left each day like it would be our last.....I always got a smile out of my Grams, as every time I left I said "If you see God, before I see you a place for me up in heaven!"...a smile everytime, until that last night I saw her. I knew then that Grams would soon be leaving us. Now that she has, she will be welcomed among angels, and with my grandfather. "PRINCESS" is now re-united once again with "ACE".......

We all gathered around for a bedside memorial at the nursing home that the the nurses put on as a closure. During this ceremony, one of the nurses shared that she got the pleasure of telling Grams one day that someone (ME!!!) would be coming to take her for an outing outside. The nurse said from that moment on, she was a different woman; grinning, excitedly picking out her sweater, full of talk and excitement. The nurse said she would never forget how good it made her feel to see someone so excited over spending time with another. Here were pictures from her last two outingsthat the nurse spoke about:
ABOVE: Our last picture with Grams, on the Bike Trails

Sierra, 2 yrs, hitching a ride on Gram's wheelchair while at the zoo

Now that she has left, I keep wishing I would've taken her on more trips those last few weeks. I keep thinking I should've come to the nursing home earlier that day and been alongside her when she passed. I then force myself to accept the realization that it is all out of my control. I am not the one in control. God is. What happened is what was what was meant to be. My grams lived a good life, and left everyone whose lives she touched with pleasant memories of her. In fact, she made each of her Grandchildren and great-Grandchildren homemade block quilts and homemade hook rug wall-hangings, here are my girl's, pictured BELOW:

My wall-hanging from my childhood bedroom, that is now hanging in our "BOOK Nook ":
YES! Our future baby has a wall-hanging waiting set aside for the day he/she is born. What a special Great-Grandma to have, with such a vision for her Great-Grand children's future, even before she knew of him/her. She gives of herself, even after she is absent among us. God Bless her legacy!

Please, pray for her remaining family to be continually blessed in our memories of her, so that the comfort we seek in the loss of such an exceptional woman will draw showers of love. The Family Visitation will be Tuesday evening, and the Funeral will be on Wednesday early afternoon. Please keep the family in your prayers if you think of it at these times.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Like a Thief in the Night.....


Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.Mark 13:7-9

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12-14

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Grams

In the past I have always been uncomfortable in discussing death and thinking about death......God is changing me in this respect. He has broken away my inhibitions by completely submerging me in the concept. I have dealt with 2 close deaths so far this year, and will be sadly expecting another one shortly. My mom's mom in January, you can read the full story here: Grandma Has Left Us . The next, quite interestingly, someone whom I had never met, read it here: God's Baby . My third one I'm mournfully anticipating is one of a woman whom I greatly admire, respect and love: My dad's Grams. Her need for support and company right now, far outweighs any uncomfortablness I have of the situation. I have prayerfully, but confidently set aside any apprehensions of experiencing such a loss in person, and am wanting and desiring to be a part of her miracle with her!I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the recent increase in time with this special lady, someone who I've always "known", but yet not, in a sense. When you REALLY get to "know" someone, it is typically in their times of difficulty--how they react to others, how they react to discomfort, how they react to unexpected situations. My Grams is an exceptional lady who I currently have the blessing of getting to know on a deeper, adult level in her final days with us. She is someone who has always been familiar to me in my life journey, someone who I will be deeply hurting for, while in her absence.
If you were familiar with the basics on my Grams, you would find she was born in 1920, had 3 children (my father being her only boy) & lost her hard-working husband to a heart condition early in life. So has lived contently alone for the past 30 some years--spending most of her waking hours watching Mass on TV and praying with one of her many rosaries.

Spending several hours alone with her in a nursing home room, you would ALSO find out that she is an exceptionally selfless individual. When I spend the day with her, she wants to make sure my feet are up, wants to make sure my husband is functional without me, wants to make sure I have enough light during her sleep hours to read the book I can't quite focus on anyways, wants to make sure I am eating and drinking....all the while, not being able to meet her own basic needs. Most people would be focused on having help with various desires....not Grams. While overlooking her own needs, she is continually looking to have mine met.

Having lived so many years alone, my Grams is content and thankful in any one's presence, therefore one can't help but feel the same in hers. In fact, when I think of my Grandma, the first word that comes to mind is "peace". Everything about her is peaceful--her posture, her facial expressions, even the mood she puts out onto people for them to reflect back. In the company of others, she patiently waits for an opportune moment for conversation to come up......if none does, she will continue to sit peacefully with a smile on her face, all the while putting you completely at ease. Since we all would know what she is TYPICALLY like, it makes it a peaceful time to spend time with her NOW, knowing that she is completely happy with only smiles and silence if necessary.

I recall the first evening in her nursing home that I was blessed in spending with her. She was to be having her first shower.....something that in a nursing home is terribly unflattering, leaving no room for her typical discretion. I unquestionably volunteered to stay with her, knowing that for ANYONE, it would be a humiliating experience as a first time. Being familiar with my Grams unselfish nature, I knew she would've had me go, had I not volunteered. What a woman! She is always ready to face anything coming at her with a smile and confidence, no questions asked, no complaints to be filed. She is the perfect example of what I strive for in being submissive. Not submissive in that she lets others walk all over her...but submissive in that she respects others enough to bipass her own agenda.

That same night, I enjoyed her simple pleasure in me brushing her hair, holding her hand while falling asleep, and cozying up alongside her in her "new" and unfamiliar bed. We both knew that that bed would take some getting used to, so I think we both recall that evening with great pleasure, knowing that our simulated "slumber party" made the adjustment THAT much easier for us both. I stayed as late as a could, all the while bringing up childhood memories for both of us to enjoy. This memory is one of my favorite memories with her, because it was the first time she let me into her uninhibited heart.

Even though my grandma is now struggling for deep breaths, has to be turned over by having her body manually adjusted by others, and is limited with how much she is able to say.....she continues to keep a smile on her face while she remains optimistic about her short-term future. She knows what is around the corner, she has spent many years and many hours praying and waiting for this upcoming moment. Spending time with God in reverence and patience is something my Grams is familiar with.....and something that has greatly prepared her for her current life experience. I ask that you pray for her continued strength, and for a continued absence of pain to make her exit a "PEACEFUL" one....something she would be familiar with.

I am on my Grandma's lap, my brother Grant is next to us
My cousin Jody, my sister Heather, my cousin Amy

Typical silliness associated with memories of our Gram's house. Yes, that is me, resting a top of my father's head. Yes, those are Cheetos in my ears & nose. Yes, that is a Chocolate Covered Cherry hanging out in my mouth. Yes, this is our Christmas picture at my Gram's house that year.......

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read about this remarkable woman. I know this will be an immensly difficult time for us, no matter how prepared we are for it, and no matter how ready my Grams is. Please surround my family with prayers when we cross your mind in the next week.

God Bless.
Ms. Salubrious

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Blessed Be Your Name


I'm sure we could easily find excuses to seperate us from our Savior.....excuses that give rationalization for us not having to submit to Him. Excuses such as cancer, unemployment, infertility, drug & alcohol addictions, depression, disbelief, loss of loved ones, and broken relationships to name a few. Many of us 'deal with' some form of "possible" daily barriers such as these. Barriers to happiness, barriers to God.

But what some people have figured out, is that these "barriers" can instead become "bridges" to God. It's a matter of perception, really. Perceiving possible problems as, instead, being blessings. Maybe you have heard of someone viewing cancer as a blessing? Sounds odd....but some people do! They do this by looking at the problem as a way to draw closer to their maker.

When you have a relationship with someone (like God), you draw closer to them as you share more....whether it's sharing experiences, sharing insights, sharing burdens, or sharing simple talk.
Sharing with God these burdens that we carry, essentially passes them onto Him, and off our own backs--"lightening the load" you might say! God WILL carry them for us, we just need to acknowledge Him and accept His help.

SOMETIMES these barriers are even needed for us to lean on His strength, and in doing this, putting aside our own. I have found that when God feels me puling away in my pride, self-confidence, and abilities......usually He finds some way to pull me back in, so that I acknowledge Him. Wether it be unfortunate circumstances......or blessings.

We can let our problems consume us, or we can consume them with the help of God's strength. Are you rationalizing an excuse as to why NOT to accept God's strength to enhance/replace your own?

Thanks for reading, may the Lord bless you in your pathway towards Him!
Ms. Salubrious

Sunday, October 4, 2009

So You Have The FLU...Now What Do You Do?

PRODUCTS that I would personally take if I came down with Flu symptoms are listed below. It is probably a worthwhile idea to take MORE things to raise the immune system than LESS....simply because the more varied support your body receives, the better it will be able to fight off the invading virus. Some of these are things to be taking regularly beforehand as a preventative, read more in this BLOG posting: Why do People opt out of the Flu Shot & What is Virus Shedding? Natural Fighters include:
  • Vitamin D3 --between 10,000 IU's -15,000 IU's /day for the duration of the illness, then cutting that in half for several days before going back to the preventative 5,000 IU's a day as a preventative. Here's ours: Vitamin D3
  • A extremely HIGH QUALITY multi mineral/vitamin that does not contain iron or copper, here is the brand we take: Super Supplemental Vit. & Min. w/o Iron (Natures Sunshine) We typically take 2, 3x day...but would "up this" to 4, 3x day during an illness. Keep in mind that you will need to get your body accustomed to this strength in nutrition gradually BEFORE you come down with something, so as not to force the body into "shock detox mode" while also fighting the Flu.....if you normally take it, your body will know what to do with it in a virus situation.
  • Zinc --ours from Natures Sunshine has 25 mg in each tablet. When coming down with an illness, we will take them throughout the day, up to 5-6/day totaling 125-150 mg. Zinc Link
  • High quality Bioflavinoid Vitamin C--1,000 mgs 4-5 times a day. There is high anti-inflammatory activity with Vitamin C as well as anti viral potential Vitamin C Citrus Bioflavonoids
  • INFLUENZINUM remedy, available for purchasing at:
    OSCILLO COCCINUM remedy, only taking doses shall symptoms GREATLY and NOTABLY worsen) GRIPPE HP from Energique. ALL three remedies can be tried out a an hour apart, until finding one of the 3 that slightly relieves symptoms. When one is discovered, one can take it whenever symptoms notably worsen. Take remedy 15 min. away from food/drink. Store all REMEDIES away from anything electrical.
All of these should be available at natural health stores in your area. These are all nutrients that can lessen symptoms, shall you exhibit some. But depending upon how healthy your body is, will make all the difference in your severity of symptoms and length of illnesses. Here are a few other suggestions:
  • Elderberry, Goldenseal, Echinacea are all herbs that can be taken in extract, syrup, capsule or drop form to give the immune system a huge boost as it's fighting. Here's an absolutely phenomenal product that has all 3 of these, plus zinc and Vitamin C: ACF (Accute Cold & Flu Formula) by BURIED TREASURE. They have "PREVENTION", "CHILDREN'S" and "FAST RELIEF" formulas on the market. If I had to pick one herb mixture to along with the above vitamins, minerals and remedies, it would be this product! Opting to take only one of these? Highly consider going with Elderberry! Taking two doses of elderberry flavonoids per day for prevention of flu, increasing to at least 4 doses upon exposure, increasing to every 2 hrs if flu symptoms begin. Here's a fabulous "TRADITIONAL MEDICINE" article on Elderberry's effectiveness: Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 inf...[Phytochemistry. 2009] - PubMed Result

Looking for a natural disinfectant spray or hand sanitizer to keep on hand for when you're out and about?

  • Silver Shield Gel and SILVER SHIELD W/AQUA SOL from Natures Sunshine are the products you are looking for! Silver is a naturally occuring, God-given nutrient that kills bacteria and viruses on contact. Use the silvershield as a spray in the air surrounding you, on surfaces and on hands/face when out and about to be killing bacteria naturally and harmfully. Natures Sunshine leaders took Silver Shield with them on their trip overseas to work with Leprosy--no shots, just kept using Silver Shield to protect themselves. No one in their group got sick or had any changes in their blood test results (like alcohol hand sanitizers do!) This product can also be sprayed onto any wound to dis-infect it, in the nose or mouth to fight respiratory, throat or sinus infections, can betaken taken orally to fight any infection, and is even gentle but effective enough to use in the eyes with any eye irritations or viruses/bacterias!

In fact, SILVER is such a good sanitizer, there is a company called NORWEX that now weaves silver threads into their micro-fiber clothes to keep them from getting mildewy, along with killing bacteria on contact: NORWEX PRODUCTS or e-mail Heidi to see prices or order products:

Thanks for reading, may the Lord bless you in your pathway towards natural health!
Ms. Salubrious

******None of the above statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the information in this BLOG is strictly for educational purposes. This BLOG should not be used to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for a condition you feel you may have. If you have any health concerns, you should see a competent practitioner. ******

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why do People opt out of the Flu Shot & What is Virus Shedding?

To start, I will answer the question of "why do people decide NOT to get the FLU shot?" Well, the idea of putting a small amount of a substance in the body to jump start the immune system into fighting off a virus is a FABULOUS idea--if it didn't have the toxins and the actual LIVE virus to go with it! The contaminants in the vaccines cause blood and organ toxicity, while the actual virus in it causes shedding of the virus onto others. Polls and ingredients below are taken from this article: A case against the H1N1 swine flu vaccine,"A poll of doctors for Pulse magazine found that 49% would reject the vaccine with 9% still undecided. A second poll conducted by GP (General Practitioner) magazine reveals that Up to 60% of GPs have severe doubts over the proposed vaccine." Here's what is IN the H1N1 vaccine:

  • "The ACTUAL H1N1 VIRUS MUTATION" which will bi-pass all God-given pathogen fighting mucus-laden mechanisms of the nose and mouth which are naturally designed to be immune responders, and go straight into our blood stream, traveling to organs, muscle tissues, brain, and digestive system. (Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood) "The human body is a marvelous, mysterious machine and to think we know better than it, is foolish at best and extremely dangerous at worst."
  • "The nutrient solution for the vaccine consists of CANCEROUS CELLS FROM ANIMALS. The vaccine - as Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, has pointed out - can also cause worse side effects than the actual swine flu virus."
  • FORMALDEHYDE - the preservative used for corpses
  • THIMERSOL - mercury
  • "Oil-based "adjuvant" know as MF-59 which contains two main ingredients of concern- SQUALENE and gp120. It is manufactured by the Chiron Pharmaceutical Company. Immune adjuvants in a number of studies have shown to be a cause of devastating autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus."
  • SQUALENE is a type of oil. "Veteran vaccine risk assessor, Dr. Viera Scheibner, investigated squalene’s use as a vaccine adjuvant: 'Squalene contributed to the cascade of reactions called Gulf War Syndrome. GIs developed arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes.....'"

Even if you refuse the vaccine, you can get the virus via thousands of shot-infected people who are unknowingly shedding off live attenuated viruses that swine flu vaccines contain. This past week, as many citizens in our city were rolling up their sleeves for the vaccine, our family came down with a suspicious bout of muscle/headaches, disrupted digestive systems, and increased temps......2 days after visiting a grocery store where they had a line of flu vaccines going on. After taking a dose of our INFLUENZA FLU homeopathic remedy, all suspicious symptoms slowly withered away overnight. Hhhhmmm......

Now that we know WHY many people would refuse the H1N1 shot, let's look at things we should do if we are required to get it, or are infected by those who have taken the shot from this article: Urgent: What to Do If You Cannot Avoid Flu Shots or are Exposed to Virus Shedding (Please read the article in its entirety for further info). Here are a few tips from the article that Dr. Russell Blaylock, retired neurosurgeon and author shares, followed by the tips I have found to be effective :

  • "Starting now(as shots are starting), boost your vitamin D3 intake (if you have had electrical damage in the past, you'll want to take Vitamin A & D together!) ....supplementing at least 5000 IU's per day for adults and 2000 IU's per day for children. More won't hurt.Vitamin D3 is an immune regulator. That means it not only boosts your immune system to help you fight off any flu, it dampens an overactive immune system and protects you from a cytokine storm. Avoid common drugstore vitamin D or D2. "
  • "If you do get jabbed, Blaylock recommends you increase your Vitamin D3 dosage to as high as 20,000 IU's per day and 5,000 IU's for children for a couple of weeks, then cutting that in half for several days. Vitamin D3 is not a vitamin, but is actually a neural hormone explained Dr. Blaylock. He advises using a calcium supplement to increase Vitamin D3's efficiency. "
  • "It may be wise to use individual vitamins and minerals (for increased potency). Dr. Blaylock recommended everyone start taking a good multi mineral/vitamin that does not contain iron or copper but is high in selenium and zinc. Zinc deficiency was found to be high among young children who had serious vaccination consequences. Selenium is an excellent anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory. There is evidence that toxicity from taking selenium with doses above 200 mcgs is bogus. Twice as much is recommended by that information source. In Japan, the average daily intake of selenium is 500 mcgs. And they have a lower cancer rate than the United States. The B complex is important, as are the selenium and zinc. High doses of buffered vitamin C, 1000 mgs four times a day, is what Blaylock recommends if you get stuck or sprayed. There is high anti-inflammatory activity with Vitamin C as well as anti viral potential."

Things that I, Ms. Salubrious, have found to be effective through the knowledge of my Natural Health Practitioners:

  • If the shot was injected, use the Electro-Magnetic Conduction (EMC) method explained here: EMC or 'RODDING' information, to Neutralize harmful substances in the body. This idea/practice closely ties in with how Lightening works--a matter of physics.
  • If the shot was injected or if you come down with symptoms of H1N1 or swine flu from shedding: take a dose of the H1N1 Homepathic Remedy if you can find a homeopathic consultant who is able to make remedies available for purchasing. If symptoms improve, but do not fully go away, take one more dose. In the case of not being able to find a practitioner who is able to make them, you can contact me for more information or else use the INFLUENZINUM remedy, available for purchasing at: Information on how to take them is included.
  • Other remedies that can lessen symptoms, shall you exhibit some: OSCILLO COCCINUM (take 10-15 pellets for each dose, only taking doses shall symptoms GREATLY and NOTABLY worsen) and GRIPPE HP from Energique. Both of these should be available at natural health stores in your area.

So, in reference to my earlier comment of: "The idea of putting a small amount of a substance in the body to jump start the immune system into fighting off a virus is a fabulous idea!" I was referring to how the homeopathic flu remedies use absolutely no toxic ingredients, but combat the flu SUCCESSFULLY, CHEAPLY and NATURALLY. We take the HOMEOPATHIC version of the flu shot in our INFLUENZIUM HOMEOPATHIC once a month from October to April, along with a daily dose of Vitamin D3, as our "FLU SHOT", and we didn't get the FLU all winter last winter--something which is a first for me after years of taking Flu Shots! Another BLOG posting of mine on how to fight off the FLU: VITAMIN D in FIGHTING the FLU.

Thanks for reading, may the Lord bless you in your pathway towards natural health!

Ms. Salubrious



******None of the above statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the information in this BLOG is strictly for educational purposes. This BLOG should not be used to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for a condition you feel you may have. If you have any health concerns, you should see a competent practitioner. ******

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Skin.......The Absorber!

Most people unknowingly underestimate how permeable our skin is! Did you know that you can wear any supplement against your skin or in a breathable material to gradually absorb the nutrients out of it? Any nutrient works as a medicine patch does, being absorbed through skin and entering the blood stream for the body to utilize. I learned this from our Master Herbalist, but "rediscovered" it accidently on my own when I was pregnant and very sensitive to things.

Here's the story: My husband was supposed to swallow a highly concentrated dose of 12 Vitamin C tablets for his health regimine in flushing out yeast from his body....but had forgotten them at home! So, I took all 12 Vitamin C tablets to town in my pocket to meet up with him on his work route. As I was driving, I got dizzy and nauseated, broke out in a sweat and had a continuous nose-run that I had to hold a kleenex up to my nose in order to keep it under wraps! After my husband and I figured out what was going on, we realized that the highly concentrated dose was so concentrated that it was "detoxing" me on my drive to town! After a while of having them OUT of my pocket, I returned to my normal self. May sound odd and may leave you in disbelief.....but try it out sometime.......being able to wear vitamins and herbs works great for babies and elderly that cannot swallow capsules and tablets.

The following resource was graciously given to me by a new BLOG reader (thanks again!), and everything below is found in this resource:

"The skin is the largest organ in the body with the capability to absorb everything. The same ingredients that we use to clean and lubricate our cars, sinks and driveways should not be the same ingredients we smear on our bodies and take into our mouth. The following are 12 common toxic ingredients we should avoid at all costs:

1. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: Found in antifreeze. Acts as a “surfactant” (wetting agent and solvent). Penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. Strong enough to remove barnacles from boats. The EPA considers PG so toxic that workers are required to wear protective clothing and to dispose of PG by burying it in the ground.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Detergents that pose serious health threats. Used in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain.

3. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolaniine) & TEA (triethanolamine): Hormone disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates. Restricted in Europe due to carcinogenic effects, yet they are still used in the USA. Americans may be exposed 10-20 times per day with shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois, says that repeated applications of DEA-based detergents result in a major increase in liver and kidney cancer. The PDA’s John Baily says: “The risk is significantly increased for children.”

4. Sodium Hydroxide: The most recent addition to our personal care products. Found in crystal drain cleaners. Drano is 100% sodium hydroxide. This is a poison (caustic lye), yet a primary ingredient in adult and children’s toothpaste and cleansers.

5. Triclosan: Synthetic “anti-bacterial” with a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange. The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it highest scores as a risk to human health and the environment. It can change genetic material, decrease fertility and sexual function, and foster birth defects. Tufts University School of Medicine says triclosan can force the emergence of “super bugs” that we cannot kill. Its widespread use in antibacterial cleansers, toothpastes and household products may have nightmarish implications on future generations.

6. DMDM & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): Two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure also irritates the respiratory system; triggers heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravates coughs and colds. Other side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.

7. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that reduces the skin's natural moisture. Increases the appearance of aging and leaves you vulnerable to bacteria. Used in spray-on oven cleaners and cleansers to dissolve oil and grease.

8. Parabens… any parabens: Look for anything with the word paraben in it. Used primarily as a preservative. It’s a strong hormone disrupting chemical. Has direct links to breast cancer and heart problems.

9. Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): Drying, irritating solvent that strips skin's moisture and immune barrier, making you vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Made from a petroleum derivative found in shellac and antifreeze as well as personal care products. Promotes brown spots and premature aging. A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.

10. Mineral Oil: Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic wrap, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil!

11. FD&C Color Pigments: Synthetic colors from coal tar that deposits toxins onto the skin, causing skin irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.

12. Fragrances: Too bad so many feel a need to leave a lingering odor behind. Fragrances may contain up to 4000 ingredients (including different animal urines for strength), many of them toxic or carcinogenic. Fragrances affect the nervous system, cause depression, hyper activity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral changes. "

I am reminded of the Bible verse: "He (the Lord) punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." Exodus 34:7 ). If we are not treating our bodies as a holy temple: (1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own) and if we are pelting cancer causing agents of chemicals at it through our foods, drinks, cosmetics, fabric softeners, yard sprays, house cleansers, shower soaps, gels and conditioners, then how can we expect our bodies to remain in an optimum condition to serve? Chemicals WILL NOT GET FLUSHED OUT OF THE BODY if the body does not have the extensive support system to do this! They can remain in our organs, muscle tissues and bones for months, years or even a lifetime.....thus leading to problems passed down to our children through "genetics" as un-expected genes, or causing cancer after months/years of dormancy.

In Christ, Ms. Salubrious

******None of the above statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the information in this BLOG is strictly for educational purposes. This BLOG should not be used to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for a condition you feel you may have. If you have any health concerns, you should see a competent practitioner. ******

Monday, September 14, 2009


LIMITED TIME FREE ITEM OPPORTUNITY at the bottom of the page--so keep reading........The company I do most of our family's ordering from, Natures Sunshine, has a new children's product line out called SUNSHINE HEROS! Sunshine Heros soft-chew products include the "fruit snack texture and bite" of a commercial gummi multivitamin, but with the potent-packed nutrients of a wholefoods vitamin, and without the sugar, chemical coloring and preservatives! Why pay extra money to get a vitamin when there are "perfectly good" vitamins available at cheaper prices on my grocery store shelves? HERE'S YOUR ANSWER:

Itemized below are a few of the non-nutrient ingredients (I would even go so far as to label the "ANTI-NUTRIENTS since they rob the body of valuable nutrients in the process of digestion!)listed on a leading "stone-age family"cartoon vitamin gummi; here's the link for you to see for yourself: COMMERCIAL VITAMIN
  • Artificial Flavors (chemically derived, harmful on neurological systems)
  • Aspartame (chemical sweetner; recent research showed a clear link between this substance & cancer)
  • FD&C Yellow #6 (contributes to abnormal cell growth & weakness of the liver)
  • FD&C Red #40 (increase hyperactivity, anger, rage, & irritability)
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (contributes to High cholesterol, obesity & heart disease)

Here are a few of the non-nutrient ingredients listed on a comparable Natures Sunshine HEROS Vitamin, and here's the link: NS HEROS SOFT CHEW

  • Natural flavors
  • Organic evaporated cane juice
  • NATURAL Colors from--black carrot juice concentrate, purple berry concentrate, annatto
  • Organic sunflower oil

IN ADDITION to the healthier ingredients than the commercial vitamins , NS HEROS vitamins also includes these WHOLE FOODS for additional immune-potency:

  • Mangosteen fruit
  • Cranberry fruit
  • Broccoli flower
  • Spinach leaves and stems
  • Asparagus stems
  • Carrot root
  • Tomato fruit
  • Acai fruit
  • Pomegranate fruit extract
  • Fruit Juice Concentrates: White Grape, Apple, Pear, Orange, Pineapple, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry.

A GREAT vitamin for kiddos, with all natural ingredients, so they're not having to strain their immune system by digesting chemical colorings & flavorings and hydrogenated oils just to get nutrients out of the vitamin they are given! This tasty vitamin provides 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins A, C, D3, E, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid and zinc.

Modern diets often lack sufficient amounts of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods, making them low in essential nutrients and antioxidants needed for optimal health. The National Cancer Institute recommends eating at least 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. One serving of Sunshine Heroes Whole Foods Antioxidant offers the antioxidant power equivalent to two average servings of fruit or vegetables plus vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C for extra antioxidant protection and nutritional support. (BTW,when they give serving recommendations for food meals, they refer to RAW veggies and fruits as a serving; for cooked ones, there's even less of a serving for the diet!)

Each serving of Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 provides 300 mg of calcium, equivalent to an 8-ounce serving of milk. It also provides 140 mg of phosphorus, which works closely with calcium in the body to build strong bones and teeth.
It also Provides 75% of the American Academy of Pediatrics new vitamin D3 guidelines. Vitamin D3 has proven to be the most potent form of vitamin D in all primate species, including humans.

Take this for nicer skin, increased brain functioning and overall good health. DHA and EPA are essential fatty acids found almost exclusively in fish that live in deep, cold water. These fatty acids are key building blocks in every body cell.
Each serving of Sunshine Heroes Omega 3 with DHA provides 100 mg DHA and 20 mg EPA from fish oil. Helps enhance brain growth and development while also supporting the eyes and central nervous system.

This type of vitamin is the first one we started our girls out on, to build their immune system after being sick every week with colds, allergies and respiratory infections. Studies have shown that children age 1 to 6 years old who attended day care centers and were given milk containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus missed fewer days of day care than children not receiving the probiotic. Studies have also shown that a healthy intestinal bacterial colonization may reduce the risk of food allergies in infants. This product Aids digestion & intestinal function while Strengthening immune system response.

If you are a member of NATURES SUNSHINE UNDER ME, when you order 2 HEROS vitamin products, I will cover the charges of a complimentary NATURES SUNSHINE HEROS T-Shirt! Just send me your reciept with the 2 HEROS VITAMINS, and I will send you a check for $7.50 towards a T-shirt on your next order to Natures Sunshine.....$7.50 for the shirt, just for trying out a new vitamin!

Sunshine Heroes T-Shirts—Celebrate the Season of Sunshine with UV activated T-shirts. Logo colors appear in sunlight and disappear while indoors! These attractive t-shirts are made from 100% preshrunk Ultra Cotton®, double-needle stitching throughout with a seamless topstitch collar. Available in Adult and Youth Sizes.

If you're not yet a member, here's MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION. You can sign up and order through the website: or call in to order and sign up at 1-800-223-8225. Upon product purchase receive a complimentary membership that you have no obligations of using again, but if you chose to, you get up to 33% off products. First order must total $40 to obtain membership, and BE SURE to sign up under Jesse or Hayley DeWitt.....send me the reciept, and I'll send you a check for a T-shirt!

******None of the above statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the information in this BLOG is strictly for educational purposes. This BLOG should not be used to treat, diagnose, or prescribe for a condition you feel you may have. If you have any health concerns, you should see a competent practitioner. ******