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Crohnies.com Recap

// August 12th, 2010 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Other

With a new layout and organization to this site I wanted to make sure I started things off by succinctly explaining what this site is and why it is here. In recapping this site I present to you the Who, What, and Why of Crohnies.com as well as a couple other answers to commonly asked questions:

What is Crohnies.com?
Crohnies.com is a site created to bring hope and inspiration to those suffering from Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS and other intestinal disorders, empowered by the belief that contrary to popular medical literature, there is a cure for all of these.

Who created this site?
My name is Adam Dunlap, and I am the founder of Crohnies.com. The majority of the content on Crohnies.com has been written by myself. The pictures and videos on the site are of me as well. I’ll soon be uploading pictures of myself before my health transformation so you can see what a change I really have experienced!

Why Crohnies.com?
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December 2004. What was initially an unfortunate diagnosis with a bleak prognsis has turned into an amazing health experience that I am compelled to share. Contrary to traditional treatment outlooks and the general prognosis for those diagnosed with Crohn’s, I have since had a full recovery from the disorder and I no longer take any medication. I feel fantastic from head to toe, and I believe that the health transformation I have experienced is something anyone with Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS or other intestinal disorders can experience as well.

Other Questions and Answers:

What is a Crohnie?
A Crohnie is someone with Crohn’s. I have a handful of friends that have been diagnosed with similar intestinal disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, and given the similarities of these common intestinal disorders, I consider anyone that has had one of these or does have one to be a “Crohnie”.

Isn’t your claim of there being a “cure for Crohn’s” a little bold?
It may seem that way, but such is the way all truth appears when it stands in opposition to majority opinion. I believe in what I write wholeheartedly, because what I write about is what I have experienced personally.

With the site’s new layout and my renewed  focus to it, I’ll be consistently adding as much new content to Crohnies.com as I can. For now there is already a lot here, so if you have other questions about me or this site take a look around. Three pages that you may find exceedingly informational are the following:

  • Mission and Goals
  • My Story
  • Contact
  • Crohnies.com is Officially Here!

    // August 8th, 2010 // Comments Off // Other

    Crohnies.com is finally here! Two years to the day after I posted my first blog on Crohnies.net, I have created a new website and transferred all the content to the new domain Crohnies.com (I just realized this actually and it was purely coincidental). Having this site on Crohnies.com was part of my initial hope and design more than two years ago when I first conceptualized this site, and I am ecstatic to finally have the site featured on this domain!

    A couple things about the new site:

    #1. I transferred all the blog posts from Crohnies.net to this dot-com, but I didn’t read any of them. As such, if there are noticeable grammatical errors and formatting errors I do apologize. I’m actually willing to bet that if errors do exist they are quite likely NOT a result of a poor transfer but rather the direct reflection of my writing abilities two years ago. Let’s hope that since then I’ve learned enough to make as many mistake ;-)

    #2. Along with a new site design (and a new content management system) I updated all the page information including My Story, Mission & Goals, and Disclaimer to more accurately reflect the sites new purpose and goal. Make sure to check this out even if you’re not new to the site.

    #3. Unlike the previous Crohnies.net, there is not a forum on this site. I figured there are enough of those on the web that we don’t need people spending time to create yet profile for this site. If you have questions, ideas, or comments, please direct them to another Crohn’s forum or you can always contact me directly.

    With this new site comes a renewed energy, and I am excited to perpetuate that with information, news, media, and perspectives, that inspire and direct you and other readers towards life changing answers.

    Teen Girl Diagnosis Her Own Crohn’s Disease!

    // June 12th, 2009 // Comments Off // Other

    Here is an amazing article I read today on CNN.com. It’s about a girl that diagnosed her own Crohn’s disease. The full story can be read by clicking here but a quick rundown is this:

    A teenage girl named Jessica Terry spent 8 years suffering from extreme stomach pain and other symptoms such as diarrhea and fevers. Doctors tried really hard to find a cause for her pain but were never able to diagnose her. Then one day in her high school science class Jessica was looking at a slide of her own intestinal tissue. Under the microscope she spotted what she believed to be a granuloma. This single observation immediately led to her diagnosis of Crohn’s.

    This article brings to light the serious lack of understanding and regard for the presence of intestinal disorders by doctors in American today. The body is so complex that I don’t blame doctors for not getting things right all the time. I mean seriously, no doctor, no matter how smart or experienced, ever could. But at this point in history with intestinal disorders becoming almost epidemically rampant, I have no choice but to blame every doctor that saw Jessica responsible for not diagnosing her disorder sooner. Not to mention they had 8 years to figure this one out!

    I am not a doctor, I never plan to be one, and I have the utmost respect for doctors because of their hard work, study, and dedication to helping us diagnose our illnesses and prescribe drugs to help us get better (it most cases I really don’t think they do much else, but that is another issue entirely of which towards my mother would say I am “callous.”). Nevertheless, although I do have respect for doctors and give them the benefit of the doubt, my respect for Jessica’s doctors has bottomed out after reading this article. All you would have had to do was tell me the symptoms that Jessica was suffering from (extreme stomach pain, diarrhea, fever etc.) and I would have immediately and innocently, said, “Well it could be Crohn’s. Have you thought about that?” Apparently, even though this problem persisted for 8 years, this thought never even entered the minds of any of Jessica’s physicians. All I have to say is, “Wow.”

    My circumstances four and a half years ago were quite similar to Jessica’s although not as drawn out (not to mention I didn’t have to diagnose myself – thankfully). I spent 10 months suffering daily from excruciating stomach pain and other complications such as diarrhea and fevers just like Jessica. After about nine months of doctors continually testing blood and stool samples and giving me an array of antibiotics that they hoped would heal me, my primary physician finally had the idea to send me to a specialist. The gastroenterologist’s very first suspicion upon hearing my tale was that I had either Crohn’s or Colitis. He immediately recommended a colonoscopy and, boom!, I was diagnosed the day of the procedure.

    This story about Jessica brings to light the still rampant lack of recognition by the medical community for the prevalence of intestinal disorders in the United States. Even though disorders like Crohn’s and Colitis are literally plaguing millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, doctors still have not grasped this reality. I have no idea why this is, but it is one of the reasons I run the website Crohnies.net. Hopefully this CNN article about Jessica will help bring the prominence of intestinal disorders into the limelight for the public and for doctors around the country so that no one else will have to suffer as long as Jessica did without a diagnosis.

    Advertising Crohnies.com

    // June 3rd, 2009 // Comments Off // Other

    I recently began paying to advertise Crohnies.net. Most people pay money to advertise something because they expect to make money from it. That’s what marketing is. In this case though, I don’t make any money from this site which spurs the obvious question, “What are you thinking?!?!?” Contrary to popular opinion I do not hate money. I pay to advertise this site because the message contained within is worth it to me to pay for people to hear.

    To me this site stands for hope and inspiration. I have personally battled with intestinal disorder and I know what it’s like. But I found a way out. I conquered Crohn’s. The hope I had during my ordeal was sometimes the only thing that kept me going, but now I know that my  hope was not in vain. Through this site I want to bring that hope to others that are still suffering from Crohn’s and other intestinal disorders. To me spending money on that is worthwhile cause.

    The picture to the left is me. It was taken a few months ago in January 2009. It is one image that demonstrates the ongoing health transformation I have experienced since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December 2004. Back then, and even before I was diagnosed, I was suffering from Crohn’s daily. I could hardly sleep. I could hardly study or concentrate. Sometimes I couldn’t even move I was in so much pain. My naturally tan skin had turned pale, my curl hair had become frizzy, and at 18 year old I was literally withering away. Since you are here on this site I expect that many of you have either experienced this yourself or have close family or friends that have.

    As the picture to the left demonstrates, things have changed now. I am no longer the skinny, pale, literally dying kid who’s insides where taken over by intestinal disorder. And believe it or not I have not taken even one pill of Crohn’s medication since March 2008. I have never been so healthy or felt so good or had so much energy, and on top of that, now that I think of it, I haven’t even come down with a legitimate cold in that time either! I credit it all to my diet, and it is this health transformation that spurred me to create this site.

    I believe that you too can experience the health transformation I have experienced, and it doesn’t take loads of money, or expensive medication, or medical procedures and operations. What it takes is a commitment to true health and the proper diet and exercise that will revitalize your life and transform your health.

    For now I’ll leave it at that. I haven’t posted much on this site in the past few months, but there is enough here for now that will keep you reading for some time and hopefully make a few gears turn as well. With that said I hope to write more content for the site soon. My favorite writings are in response to people’s questions so feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to get back to you and/or post an answer to your question on the site. In this capacity we can work together for the goal of Crohnies.com; to bring hope and inspiration to those around the world suffering from Crohn’s and other intestinal disorders.

    Crohn’s for Christmas (Part 4 of 4)

    // January 3rd, 2009 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Food, Other

    It is eye-opening for me to look back on this holiday season and see how applicable to Crohn’s everything was. The foods I ate, the memories I made, the reasons why I did thing and did not do things all related back to my experience with Crohn’s and my history with the disorder. Even the presents others gave me for Christmas were not able to escape the influence of my past intestinal anarchy. I can now see that everything in my life is and always will be inevitably linked to Crohn’s. With the right outlook though, I think this can be a good thing.

    I do not mind that Crohn’s will always possess a very significant presence in my life. I think it makes me stronger. It makes me healthier. It forces me to work harder than others to attain the same state of health, and that builds character. It also keeps me humble and reminds me of others that are still suffering like I was, and this compels me to my obligation to help them find a way as I did.

    I am convinced that everyone is given challenges in life that are meant to build their character in accordance with their unique God given purpose. Some people are challenged with poverty. Others are challenged by growing up without parents, or growing up in a rough neighborhood, or growing up without an education. Believe it or not still others are challenged with coping with wealth and fame. We were challenged with less than optimum health. Just like being born poor, or not having a supportive family, or not being taught how to read and write, the first thing we must do if we wish to escape these circumstances is to learn from them. We must not shy from our intestinal problems, but rather use them to learn, and grow, and better ourselves.

    Even though I no longer suffer daily from Crohn’s, saying these things is not an easy thing to do. It reminds me how bad I used to hurt and this is humbling. But I am thankful for those experiences because it is as a result of them that I now unequivocally believe that optimism is the attitude that we must possess. Not matter how bad our health becomes we must cling to an outlook of acceptance and even gratefulness, and most importantly we must maintain a hopeful and ceaseless determination to not let our situation deter us from pursuing our passions up to and including living a long, healthy, and vibrant life. To do anything else is to secede from hope.

    In our case our optimism cannot merely exist as an attitude. We must accompany this ever forward looking gaze with action; a personal confrontation of our health that manifests itself in us taking charge of our lifestyles and doing everything we can to combat the disorder we have. Depending on your circumstances this may be a challenge so daunting that it may seem insurmountable at times. But it is never without hope. If nothing else, hope will keep you going. And when you do finally triumph, all the pain and hardships you suffered along the way will make the victory that much sweeter.

    For me, literally being diagnosed with Crohn’s was a great Christmas present because it gave me an answer to my pain. But the greatest gift came from what I learned over the next three years through overcoming Crohn’s. My Christmas wish is that you too find the determination and passion to conquer Crohn’s as I did.  If you do then I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. And possibly, just possibly, you will also come to find as I have, that even something as painful and debilitating as Crohn’s can become a Christmas present to remember and be thankful for.

    Crohn’s for Christmas (Part 3 of 4)

    // January 2nd, 2009 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Cause & Cure, Other

    December 25, 2008 – This was of course Christmas! And as Christmas is defined in my book as another one of those ever so rare “special occasion”, I once again permitted myself to eat whatever I desired. Although much of the food was perfectly healthy including the green beans and turkey, I did consumed enriched wheat flour rolls as well as ham, liberal amounts of peanut M&Ms, cookies, and one piece of apple pie. With all that said and quickly summed up, what is much more worthy of telling than my rare food indulgence is what I received for Christmas.

    I am not one to ask people, “What did you get for Christmas?!” because I think that sounds materialistic, not to mention that I think it detracts from the real meaning of why I celebrate Christmas which is celebrating Jesus’ birth. Nevertheless, I was very excited about what I did receive for Christmas because it was everything I could have hoped for. And coolest of all, all the presents related directly back to Crohn’s.

    The presents I received from my family blessed me more than I can say, and coincidentally I felt that all related back to Crohn’s which I thought was pretty cool too. My brother gave me organic no-sugar-added ketchup, sprouted grain noodles from Food For Life, and a very fine jar of honey that was produced in Oregon. My parents gave me two books The Great Physician’s Rx for Health & Wellness and The Maker’s Diet: Daily Reminders, a cast iron pan and metal spatula, and the Saving Private Ryan soundtrack.

    Call me simple but I was nothing short of ecstatic to receive these gifts and I could not have hoped for anything more! Best of all I felt that they were all connected to Crohn’s. The foods my brother gave me are some of my favorites, and since they are special varieties that coincide with my strict diet they also happen to be on the expensive side. Because of this I was very happy to receive the noodles, ketchup, and honey, and I was especially pumped for the ketchup because I hadn’t eaten that in about two months. I can not wait to read the books my parents bought me, and the content of them is obviously very intertwined with Crohn’s. They were both written by Jordan S. Rubin and they are basically extensions to The Maker’s Diet; the book that outlines the diet I followed that allowed me to stop taking Crohn’s medication. The cast iron pan is a sweet gift for obvious reasons (read Cast Iron Cook Wear), but it is worth mentioning that it was not just any cast iron skillet. It was one with ridges so it cooks meat like a BBQ (I didn’t even know that they made ones like these!). The metal spatula took that present to the next level. The soundtrack was the most exciting present of all. The score for Saving Private Ryan was composed by John Williams, one of my two favorite composers (the other being James Horner), and it is nothing short of movingly incredible. Here is my favorite song from the Saving Private Ryan. It is called Hymn to the Fallen.

    How does the music relate back to Crohn’s you may be asking? It is very simple. Music is incredibly therapeutic and has many healing qualities. No amount of modern science will ever fully understand or recognize the benefits that our thoughts and emotions have on our health, but I believe they possess the single greatest influence on it. Music has the ability to reach into the mind, and draw out emotions that cannot be elicited by any other method. Beautiful music, like that composed by John Williams for Saving Private Ryan, always calms me and brings a great sense of peace to me and my thoughts. When I do not feel well, or when I am upset (which are both presently feelings that are rarer in my life than I think just about anyone else on the planet) this is the music I listen to. Suffice to say that no matter what mood I am in music like this always makes me feel better.

    Most presents you receive for Christmas you will probably not remember. I was trying to think back about all the presents I got for past Christmases and I could only remember a few. The red bike I received in elementary school. The framed poster my grandparents gave me of basketball great Michael Jordan. The compound bow my father bought me that was so big that I could not pull it back until years later. The effect and influence of these presents have since subsided, and one day even their memories may fade as well. But the one present I know I will never forget receiving is Crohn’s. It sounds odd but I guess that makes it a good present… in some twisted way.

    To be continued…

    Crohn’s for Christmas (Part 2 of 4)

    // January 1st, 2009 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Cause & Cure, Other

    December 23, 2008 – This was the four year anniversary of my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. I remember it like it was four years ago. (that was a joke by the way, haha :)

    It was the 22nd of December, three days before Christmas and I was as sick as ever. I was scheduled for a colonoscopy on the next day so I was not allowed to eat anything, and the doctors made me drink numerous dreadful concoctions that were designed to clear out my insides of all food. To this day I can still taste the vivid grotesque flavors of those drinks, and there is no question that drinking them was by far the worst part of the whole diagnosis experience (besides suffering daily for 10 months prior of course). Besides the flat out disgusting fluids I had to drink, the colonoscopy procedure as a whole was, idly enough, an enjoyable experience.

    After I had arrived at the hospital, consumed another liter or two of horrible tasting fluids that almost made me vomit, changed into the traditional hospital gown, and spent at least 60 agonizing seconds waiting for the nurse to find my vein so she could stop seemingly randomly wiggle the frighteningly large IV needle around inside my arm, I was ready for the colonoscopy. The hospital staff rolled me into the procedure room and hooked me up to all these gadgets that measured my heart rate, blood pressure, and other important sign so they could monitor me and, I guess, make sure I did not die during the procedure (?) Anyway, after all the sticky circular gages were glued to my chest they left me alone in the procedure room. While they were gone I watched the machines that read my vitals and tried to control my heart rate. Just about the time I figured out that I wasn’t any good at consciously trolling my vitals, the doctors came back into the room and, to make a long story short, injected fluid into my IV that put me to sleep. I told them I was going to count upwards until I passed out to see how long I could resist the drugs. I do not remember making it to three.

    When I awoke I remember feeling really, really good. And I mean really REALLY good. I had the same feeling when I woke up after being put under to have my wisdom teeth pulled two years later, and I can confirm that this feeling is nothing short of blissfully incredible. I can only inadequately describe the drug induced post-colonoscopy feeling as being the most relaxing and happy feeling ever.

    In this dazed, confused, but blissfully euphoric state of consciousness, I was, at best, only half aware of what was going on around me. The nurse brought me all the cranberry juice I could drink, and in addition to raving about how good the ice was (which I do remember) I apparently was flirting with her like crazy (which I don’t remember…I’m still not sure if I should be thankful for this memory lapse or not.) During that drug induced half-asleep, half-awake, half drug caused ‘this is the best I have ever felt’ consciousness, the doctor visited me at my hospital bed and showed my mom and me the pictures he took of my intestines during the colonoscopy. I have never seen those pictures in full consciousness and I guess the doctor threw them away afterwards (?) so my memory of their details is still quite vague. Suffice to say, what I do remember is that they were not pretty. From the blatantly disturbing intestinal trauma shown in those images the doctor was able to declare something to the effect of, “It is just as I thought. He has Crohn’s.”

    An hour or so after the procedure enough of the drugs had worn off that they told me I could go. I immediately stood up and started walking down the hospital hall. I was still under my drug induced consciousness, so while my mom continued to talk to the nurse I wandered past hospital beds in a dazed demeanor. I must have looked really silly as I uncoordinatedly fumbled through the hospital in my not fully aware state, and when my mom caught up to me it turns out I was going the wrong way. It did not really matter to me though because I felt so good. When I finally got home, my mom drove me of course, I threw up all the cranberry juice I drank at the hospital as they said I might.

    That year my Christmas present was Crohn’s disease. To this day I still say, “Yeah it was like, ‘Merry Christmas! You have Crohn’s!’” But even though the ten months prior to my diagnosis were excruciatingly arduous and painful, the actual drug influenced procedure process from which the diagnosis was procured was a unique and memorable experience that was kind of fun. And the end result of finding out what had been causing all my intestinal trauma was actually a pretty good present if you ask me. After all, the diagnosis was the first step that allowed me to address the problem which eventually led to my cure.

    To be continued…

    Crohn’s for Christmas (Part 1 of 4)

    // December 31st, 2008 // Comments Off // Adam Dunlap, Cause & Cure, Other

    The busyness of the holiday season and two weeks without adding to the content of this site has left me with much to write about. Since I wrote about my supplments on November 24th, important milestones have been crossed, anniversaries have been reached, many memories have been made, and most of the holiday season has passed, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, all of which relates directly back to Crohn’s disease.

    At the very moment I am sitting in my house in front of a fire writing on my laptop and enjoying my Christmas present to myself: eggnog and red and green peanut M&Ms. I also added to this forbidden snack my usual healthy favorite of yogurt and buttered toast. But it is, obviously, the sugar filled holiday drink and candy in the midst of the seasonal and very pleasant fire that is making this present to myself so exceptionally delightful.

    I have no idea why I am sounding so, can I say, nostalgic (?) in this writing. I guess I am just very content to be here with my present state of health and ponder all the Crohn’s related things that have happened in the past year. Founding this website for one, but on a personal matter weaning of Crohn’s medication and being symptomless for over a year. To put it all in perspective I will recap the important events and milestones of the past month.

    November 27, 2008 – This was Thanksgiving! And because Thanksgiving qualifies as a special occasion in my book I ate whatever I wanted! This included eating numerous white rolls with liberal amounts of non-organic butter, a sausage filled stuffing, and about 6 pieces of pie (I wanted to try every one which is why I had so many slices :). Needless to say I didn’t feel too well for about an hour or two after desert, but besides that feeling (which I simply attribute to being exceedingly full… which just about everyone feels after Thanksgiving dinner anyway), I didn’t suffer any consequences for my indulgence.

    December 7, 2008 – This was the three year anniversary of my return from my study abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The people of Mexico unfortunately have no concept of healthy food, so looking back it was no coincidence that this was the worst four month stretch for my health since my Crohn’s diagnosis. I also had my second worst Crohn’s flare up ever in Mexico. Needless to say I would have given almost anything to stay there longer with all my friends. This day is always a very sad day for me because it reminds me how much I miss them.

    December 9, 2008 – This was the one year anniversary of my biggest Crohn’s flare up ever. You can read more about it in my story, but suffice to say I spent three days in the hospital and was lucky to escape without the vultureous surgeons taking out a good portion of my insides. Coincidentally I did some soul searching in the hospital, and the day before I had this flare up, December 8th, 2007, turned out to be the last day I ever took a full day’s dose of Crohn’s medication (besides all the generic antibiotics they made me take in the hospital of course).

    December 15, 2008 – This was my 9 month milestone of being completely off Crohn’s medication. The last time I had a dose of Crohn’s medication was on March 14th, 2008 (mind you it wasn’t a full days dose. That I consumed on December 8th, 2007.). On March 14th I think I took 2 of the prescribed 6 pills of Asacol (Mesalamine) that day. Or maybe I was supposed to take 12?! Who knows. Anyway, I still don’t think my doctor knows that I stopped taking the meds… or that I am doing so well without them.

    To be continued…

    The Benefits of Drinking Water

    // December 5th, 2008 // Comments Off // Drinking Fluids, Other

    Here is the article I found about the benefits of drinking water. It is really good so I would definitely recommend reading it if you have a minute:

    Drink to Your Health… with Water! Mother Nature’s Health “Cocktail”

    http://www.betterwayhealth.com/drinking-water.html

    Some nutritionists insist that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea, and sodas containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. More troubling is that fact that when we are dehydrated, we don’t know what to drink.

    The answer is simple: drink water!

    Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what makes each of us “human.” The average 150 lb. adult body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”:

    Blood is 83% water

    Muscles are 75% water

    The brain is 74% water

    Bone is 22% water


    The Fountain of Youth, Health, and Everything Else that’s Good

    Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion . . . it’s just not happening without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.

    If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just “poop out.”

    Water – The Miracle Worker

    Simple water — when it’s pure and free of contaminants — is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:

    • Improve Your Energy
    • Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance
    • Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
    • Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing
    • Help You Lose Weight
    • Reduce Headaches and Dizziness
    • Allow for proper Digestion
    • Help to keep you more Alkaline
    • Drinking Water is Heart-Healthy

    The findings of a six-year study of more than 20,000 healthy men and women aged 38-100 in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. The protective effect of water was even greater in men.

    Drinking Water and Weight Loss

    Water is a natural appetite suppressant, so developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Doctor F. Batmanghelidj MD, author of “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” says most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.

    It’s also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated, fat cells get “rubbery” and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it’s harder to lose when you don’t drink your water.

    Who Can Benefit From A Water Regimen? Everyone . . . including YOU!

    Water is especially important for pregnant women and nursing mothers. For athletes and work-out fanatics, drinking water reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. And, since water reduces body temperature, it makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.

    Water is also an important “healing tool” for people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, downing at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system.

    Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses. For someone like me, with an immune system compromised from my battle with terminal cancer, water is a powerful weapon in my war on colds and other illnesses. I’ve also found that water helps me recover more quickly.

    When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn’t stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more “productive”. Even cold sores that appear on the lips are minimized by drinking water because those eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body.

    Tips for Drinking Water

    I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So I’d like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your “water mark” every day:

    You are naturally thirsty i.e. “dehydrated” in the morning . . . help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and take advantage of this thirst to get a “leg up” on your daily water requirements by drinking a glass of water first thing.

    If you are cold drink warm water instead of dehydrating coffee & tea.

    Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.

    Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.

    Compensate for diuretics . . . thieves that steal water from your body. If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you’ll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages “leech” from your system.

    My personal choice is ionized alkaline water. The Jupiter water ionizers conveniently produce gallons of alkaline water each day for cooking and drinking. I get all the known benefits of pure water with the added advantages of micro-clustered water.

    Essential Oils: Part 2

    // December 4th, 2008 // Comments Off // Other

    The first time I used essential oils I placed a few drops into a water-filled bath tub and took a bath. The next day I grabbed the towel that I used to dry off the night before, and I was blown away at how strongly the towel smelled of cinnamon. Somehow the two drops of cinnamon that I put into the 30+ gallon bath tub transferred enough from the water to my skin, and from my skin to the towel, that it smelled strongly of cinnamon more than 12 hours later! That’s potent if you ask me!

    Essential oils are a little pricy but well worth the cost in my opinion. Nine months ago in April I bought three small bottles of essential oils. I paid $9.00 for 2 ounces of the oil Cedarwood (Deodor Cedarwood to be exact), $9.00 for 1 ounce of Cinnamon Leaf oil, and I paid $16.00 for ½ ounce of Frankincense. I chose these three oils because I did some research prior to my purchase and found these to be strongly linked in particularly to intestinal health. They were also recommended in the Maker’s Diet and/or I could afford them. Not to mention Frankincense was at the top of my list anyway because my thinking was, “If it was good enough for Jesus then it’s more than good enough for me!” In case you were wondering, the oils have lasted substantially and I still have about half of each original bottle left.

    You can use essential oils at any time of the day and in various methods. The most common methods, and the ones I employ, include breathing in the aroma of oils, using them on your skin (You have to be very careful how you do this and with which oils you choose to do this. Cinnamon, for one, will burn you! I use them on my hands only), or placing drops into a bath.

    I am still undecided regarding the internal healing benefits of using essential oils, but at the very least essential oils help me relax and wind down after long days of training or teaching. This is where the “indirect” health benefits of essential oils are cognitively realized. Even if there are no internal health benefits of essential oil, I would still consider them very effective because of their natural ability to help me de-stress so to speak. This in and of themselves makes essential oils a very worth while investment from a health perspective if you ask me. (I will be talking more about stress later this week.)

    I give my highest recommendation to trying essential oils. I am not sure of the direct internal-intestinal based benefits of using them, but using essential oils, at the very least, is a pleasant experience that will help you relax and de-strees. Whether you decide to use them in the morning to help you start your day, at night to help you relax after work on the job, at lunch break, in between these times, or all of the above, I am willing to bet that the positive difference you feel from them will quickly make essential oils a beneficial part of your daily routine.