Friday, March 24, 2017

What Not to Do if Caught in a Dog Fight

I thoroughly enjoy each month's Fly on the Wall posts written by fellow bloggers who share what went on in their lives the past month.

One week, I was house and dog sitting for someone who has five dogs and a cat. Everything went well until the last day.  Two of the large male dogs live outside and around 4:30 one afternoon I heard a slight yelp.  I looked outside and saw them fighting.  It looked vicious.  In no way, was this anticipated nor was I prepared to deal with a fight.  I fully expected them to quit by the time I got outside but that did not happen.

I started screaming, grabbed a heavy plastic shovel in an attempt to separate their mouths.  They were ripping each other's face and ears off -- YES, literally.  I started kicking one of the males in the groin. It never occurred to me that they could turn their anger on me as I only wanted them to stop -- and be friends again.

I knew it would help if there was a hose to turn the water on them but couldn't find it.  I was crying, screaming and absolutely terrified.  One was bigger (Husky/wolf cross) and dominant but the mutt who was on his back actually caused more damage - serious damage.

Grabbing his collar I knew he could turn his attack on me

I was exhausted after 20 minutes and the blood was spurting wildly.  In terror, I called my husband and after I assured him I did everything I could do, he said all I could do was to let one of them kill the other if it went that far.  Then.....it was over.  The damage was extensive.  I called a neighbor who arrived in a few minutes and amazed that either one survived.  He cleaned them up as best he could knowing that the owner would be home that night to make any necessary decisions regarding veterinary care.

I chose not to post any pictures as they are too graphic.  When the owner returned home, she was thankful I was alive and well.  I felt terrible but there was nothing else I could have done.  Both of these dogs are gentle and loving -- who knows what triggered this fight?

I was away from home almost the entire month but had the opportunity to visit with my grandkids for a few days and will share in pictures here.

Ever wonder what a cow kiss felt like?


At what age do kids learn how to whistle?

One evening I kept hearing someone whistling and couldn't figure out where it was coming from as I was alone with the kids and my daughter.  Rochelle started laughing when she told me that Aubrie had been whistling since she was about six months old.

She would walk around the house, whistling a tune and it sounded like an old man.  When I asked Aubrie to whistle she started loud and clear.  I googled 'whistling' to find out what age most kids start and it is between five and seven years old.

When we went out for dinner, Aubrie loved sucking on lemons 




























Hard to believe Brie Brie is ONE already
Every party needs dancing!


And then......there's cake





She was spellbound by the fish in the aquarium



If you had been in the middle of that dog fight, what would you have done?

I know you will enjoy these Fly on the Wall bloggers stories from their past month:


Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Chance Do You Have of Surviving?

Your first line of defense against disease is NUTRITION - not medications!  Every time I see yet another television commercial promoting a drug, I get a little more nauseated by the lie that is being perpetrated on the general public.  This is especially disheartening when it involves our youth, a drug-induced generation.

food supplemnts

If it is true that no drug can replace nutrients, then why are we so quick to swallow a pill when we have a cold or flu? Why don't we use natural methods to curb allergies?  Why don't we use nutrition to ward off disease and yes, even find a cure?

As I have written in a series of articles on the World's Biggest Con Job, we are sold a lie by Big Pharma that drugs can heal and/or restore.  Between the lack of education we are offered and our own fears, we buy that lie......hook, line and sinker.

In the mid-1970s I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given less than two years to live. I knew next to nothing about nutrition, but I knew that if I had a hysterectomy or if I died without having the surgery the specialist said I must have......then WHAT CHANCE DID I HAVE -- of living?  Or having a baby?

Shaklee

Green, naive and terrified -- I sought answers and found them.  They are available - which is one of the main reasons for this series - to help you find them too.

Do you check your labels to see how much of your diet is imported from China? 


According to Dr. Richard Brouse, a biochemist, certified clinical nutritionist, and lecturer on health preservation and disease prevention, 77% of our imported food comes from Asia and Africa.  Are you willing to bet their level of quality control is above U S standards? 


Let's have a look at our own U S food production
  • Highly processed
  • Artificial colors added to enhance their appeal
  • High in sugar and salt
  • GMO regulations allows for excessive herbicides and pesticides
  • Soil is highly fertilized with chemicals to force production
  • Soil lacks microbes for sustainability - it needs WORMS but most  worms can't survive in the depleted chemical-based environment   
    Other contributing factors to poor health

1. Our kids.  They are given antibiotics, vaccines and medications to ward off disease.  Got a fever?  Take a pill.  Got a cold?  Take medicine.  Got dirty hands? Use hand sanitizer.  Read this article on how hand sanitizer could actually be killing people.

Let your kids experience the world and play in the dirt -- the best protection to warding off germs.  By over sanitizing we lose our own ability to defend and strengthen our immune systems.

2.  Toxic exposure from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Drink filtered water.  

3.  I am writing an article on how we are poisoning our families through chemicals in our homes.  To the best of my ability, my home has been as free as possible from chemicals for the past four decades. We have the health to prove it!  I will share what you can do to replace all those chemicals that are destroying us within our own homes.  For example, are you aware that fabric softeners can cause seizures in kids? 

I am so thankful to have raised my kids without chemicals and toxins. I never would have known how to be healthy or to have a healthy home if I had not had cancer as a young woman.  Read the story here why my cancer diagnosis was the best thing that happened to me.  I cured it WITHOUT chemo, WITHOUT surgery, and WITHOUT radiation.  Our home is a toxin-free environment.

4.  Stress -- 'nuf said.  We are all aware of the havoc of stress on our health.

5.  All drugs, including coffee, nicotine, and alcohol cause some form of malabsorption of nutrients.  If you don't abstain, at least be aware that you need extra nutrients to ward off the negative effects.

6.  Negative thinking.  Do you spend more time thinking about what could go wrong or what did go wrong than to recognize what you can change?

7.  Sugar intake.  Again...'nuf said.  Have you considered substituting Stevia for sugar? Here's a great article explaining why you should.

What's the solution?

If you have been following this series, you know that the majority of my articles deal with food supplements and how to find a safe supplement that is ALIVE and preferably Kosher approved.  This is your assurance you are getting supplements that will actually help you instead of harm you.  These articles are listed below.

food supplements

In researching one of the top brands of vitamins that have become a 'household' word, I made even more shocking discoveries.  For obvious reasons, I won't share their name here but if you PM me I will direct you to the source.  

This company uses the CHEAPEST ingredients available, is totally synthetic and in 2015 made a NET profit of $48 B I L L I O N - at the expense of our health.  It grieves me when I read some of my fellow bloggers write posts advertising for them on their blogs.  It is pure unadulterated poison.  

This company is also one of the top sellers of pre-natal vitamins.  I am one of many nutritionists who strongly believe that the increase in childhood disease, especially cancer (and sickeningly brain cancer) has been caused by these pre-natal and child vitamins.  If people would take the time to research the ingredients on the label, they would realize that the chemicals used will cause serious side effects.

You have nothing to lose and a life of health to gain by taking the time to find out what is in your supplements.  I am MORE than happy to help you reading the labels on your bottles, making suggestions and doing an assessment of your current health status.  Email me at batteredhope@gmail.com

I am recapping the first seven posts of this series here:

Week One:  Are your vitamins synthetic, natural altered or natural unaltered?  Click here.

Week Two:  Does your brand produce vitamins with the life factor intact?  Or are they over processed and of little value?  Click here

Week Three:  Does the company produce any products on the Dirty Dozen list?  Click here.

Week Four:  The nitty-gritty on how your nutrients get into your bloodstream, where they can work for you.  Click here.

Week Five:  What is the difference between Kosher and Certified Organic and why should you care?   Click here.

Week Six:  Do you have any clue what exactly is in the OTC vitamins you are taking?    Click here

Week Seven:  Is your hand sanitizer killing you?  Click here

Week Eight:  What Chance Do You Have of Surviving?  Click here

Friday, March 10, 2017

You Are Going to Die - Now What?

cancer
When we hear the word 'cancer' something happens to us. It may feel like we got kicked in the stomach or our heart skips a beat. We react in fear whenever someone we care about receives that diagnosis.

That happened to me decades ago.  The doctor told me that the only possibility I would have of living more than a year would be to have a total hysterectomy.  Although I was very sick and struggling with a lot of pain and discomfort, I knew in my heart that I was born to be a mom and that couldn't happen if I didn't have the working parts.

As a young woman who had zero knowledge about cancer and no idea what I could possibly do to win this battle, I told my doctor "No, I won't accept that.  I am going to walk in here pregnant one day."

At that point, the doctor got extremely angry and almost spit at me when he shouted, "Then, lady, go home.....suffer....and die!"

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Push Through a Painful Experience

When we go through any type of trauma in our lives, it affects us. How it affects us can be either a negative or positive experience. Hopefully, we can learn from the experience and apply what we learned if we ever go through a similar one again. But, that is often easier said than done, isn't it?
trauma

Sometimes we do not realize we have "been here before" until it's over. Pain works that way.  Pain is just that - PAIN.  When we are in the middle of it, it feels like a new experience.  Yet, it rarely is.

There are many types of pain that we experience in life.  There are times when we are blindsided and experience pain on a level we had not realized we were capable of handling.  When we look back at those experiences we often wonder how we made it through -- but we did.  And we are stronger for it.
Pain takes on many forms in your life.  Rejection, loss, physical or emotional trauma, abuse, divorce, the list goes on.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Making the World a Kinder Place Starts at Home

I bet there are many times in our lives when we would love to be a fly on the wall and know what goes on behind closed doors of our friends' homes.  This monthly blogging challenge gives us that opportunity each month and I thoroughly enjoy hearing my friends share their stories.

This past month, although busy as always, was rather uneventful.  I know that much of the country was hit with unusually severe snowstorms.  Living in the Pacific North West in an area that rarely sees snow, Mother Nature gave quite the performance.

In our area, we do not even have snow removal equipment. Normally, we don't need it. However, this year we broke all records for snowfall. It certainly was beautiful but our town, our highways, schools, businesses, banks, basically everything shut down for a few days.  

Here is a picture of the first day's snow and by the time it stopped snowing we had over three feet.  There were no tire tracks on our roads -- only footprints.  It was so beautiful.  
snowstorm

2017 snowstorm

My daughter called me a week before the snowstorm as she and her little ones were struck with that terrible flu that put many people flat on their backs for more than a couple weeks. She would not have asked me to help her unless it was serious.  When she called at 5 A. M. on a Sunday morning, I knew it was serious.  

There were no flights available so I had to make the seven-hour car trip to find all three of them terribly sick.  I was so happy to have the time and the opportunity to be there and lend a hand.
kind children
One thing that will stick in my mind forever is watching my five-year-old grandson, who never got off the sofa for a week, be considerate and kind to his one-year-old sister when she wanted his attention.  He would gently tell her that big brother was too sick to play but that he loved her very much.  

When he needed a glass of water he would ask using his best manners - please and thank yous.  It's great to be proud of your kids and grand-kids, but when you see them behave in such a manner, it is button-busting. He had bouts of throwing up regularly, and yet he never whined or cried.  He apologized for doing it and was sorry Gramma and Mama had to clean it up.

Once again, my hat is off to his mama for raising thoughtful, kind and polite children. People, even strangers, often ask her what her secret is to having such courteous and mannerly kids.  
precious granddaughter

Getting up one morning, my daughter strongly suggested I head home as a storm was approaching.  I didn't believe her because we don't get snowstorms!  But I am certainly glad I listened because I made it home a few hours before the storm hit.

snowstorm 2017


It was awesome to be housebound for almost a week.  I wrote articles, met deadlines, and got caught up with interviews and work I had to postpone the previous week while tending my family.  Crazy how things work out!

Hope you had a great month and I also hope you take a moment to check out some of the other stories here:

Baking In A Tornado                   
Menopausal Mother                     
Spatulas on Parade                   
A Little Piece of Peace                 
Cluttered Genius                 





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