Posted in Everyday Life, Health

CB Grammy Style

I was volunteering with a program that has presenters go to schools and teach for four days in segments about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to get yourself out of unhealthy relationships safely (battered women’s/men’s shelters, police, etc).

My first presentation day occurred just before CB & R broke out in the news. The second day, I was driving to the school and was listening to WNCI and there it was. All the students heard about it. All of them were enraged or observing others’ outrage. “Nuh uh, oh no he di’n’t.” 1 out of 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. That means out of those 20 kids, of which there were probably 12 girls, three of them will likely be abused by someone they know.

We had a speaker who told her experience about surviving domestic violence — let me tell you, it was a terrifying experience to even hear about. It’s the kind of experience that makes your stomach curdle. One of the girls identified with the speaker and the speaker could see it all over the girl’s face and reactions. That she was able to connect with the speaker is amazing, but that it should be necessary to get that girl out of a bad situation is sad. Truly sad.

My point is, I know exactly where I was when I first heard that CB had made a mess of Rihanna’s face. I know where I was when the latest president took office too. There are some things that I merely saw on TV that I will never forget. And there are somethings that a teenager, or a grown adult, saw on TV or experienced in her own life first hand, who will never forget it and it will have an impact on his or her life, whether positive or negative.

Violence addicts are no different from any other type of addicts; selfishness is volatile.Violence victims are no different from those who experience the selfishness of any other type of addict. There is help to be had and perpetrators need to have the foresight to seek that help whether they think it’s obtainable or not, whether a huge situation or small, to avoid hurting themselves and others. Those with such visibility, especially to generation (Z? where are we in the alphabet?) should be held accountable just like any ol’ average Joe or Jane.

Great article: Click here. Don’t worry, it’s a safe site.

Domestic Violence statistics, 2011: Click here.

Public lists of safe havens: Click here.

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Adrenal Plus and Iodoral

Adrenal Plus, by PROGENA

My Supplements:

These are the supplements that I take. They are my get-up-and-go.

Adrenal Plus:


Light reading:

Adrenal Plus, What Is it?

Iodoral, by Optimox Corp

Iodine, Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It ** Highly Recommended

Or, even easier

Contact Dr. Scott Shaffer: or (740)892-4622 to make an appointment.

Sorry this post is so short and bland. It’s almost 2:30 and I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day. I wanted to be helpful in some way and I think there may be some folks out there that could benefit from these supplements just as I have.

If you have any positive stories about your experience with these two supplements, please feel free to post a comment.

Posted in Health, Rambling

Brilliant My Foot

So, yeah. Those cottony things that help women manage that time of the month. We’re all aware that they exist. There’s a gazillion different brands. I hate the commercials because they make ‘that time’ seem like something that isn’t that big of a deal. WRONG. It’s annoying! I’m just flat out being honest.

I just saw a commercial on television for something that is supposed to be a “Brilliant” solution to what the commercial implies is abnormal pH during Aunt Flo’s visit. I visited the website FAQs page very briefly. Right off the bat, the first thing that I can tell you after reading the first answer to one of the FAQs is whomever composed the FAQs has terrible grammar. Granted, I know a break a few rules of comma use and probably more. But, if a professional company is going to have a website, they should at least have a dozen people editing it. I don’t care if who edits it actually has a degree in English. I have a degree in Psychology. My psych professors were just as hard to please as my English professors were (and I love every one of ’em).

That said, go to the FAQ site if you dare. The last sentence of the answer of the first question contains the word “then” instead of “than”. “Than” indicates a comparison between two things which is what that sentence was supposed to do. Duh. Yes, super critical over one little word, but it’s something that messes around with our bodies if we use it! The least they could do is go beyond spellcheck.

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Helping My Health

I’ve written about my experience with Adrenal Plus and Iodoral in the fairly recent past. My background is that my mother, grandmother, and both of my aunts have had what I call “energy issues”. We are all fantastic people (wink), but man, the lack of energy that we have all experienced has sometimes left us in a lurch.

My classic symptoms are:

  • Crabbiness
  • Lethargy/laziness (I’ll rightfully admit to the laziness) which resulted in sleeping for about 10-12 hours a day sometimes
  • Blur – my days would just go by in a blur and my head felt so foggy
  • Cold – extremities, like my hands and feet
  • Mood swings – not like those are normal for anyone, but mine were Debby Downer swings when no one is around)

There’s oodles of other symptoms that can go into just about any illness, deficiency, or over abundance of something. I know that I am not the only one to have ever experienced the really mind-boggling symptoms of whatever it is that I have. I had a hefty dose of depression from March 2009 until somewhere around the fall of 2010. It’s not all that long in the grand scheme of things; after all, I have approximately 60+ years left to live provided that there will not be some cataclysmic even that — we’ll not go there. But the symptoms I felt left me pretty down; so low that I did not know how to reach up to the rope that was dangling  just above my head. My body felt heavy — not actually physically heavy but psychologically heavy.

Howard did not know how to pull me out of my funk. He tried, but I was so far down. I had a couple of surgeries between March 2009 and September 2009 that left me doubting a lot about myself. I was avoiding people — and I still do to an extent — because I did not want to have to explain how low I was feeling… and because it had become a trend due to drama (cliché, I know) that had been going on for so long that did and did not directly involve me. Last summer, Howard took me to Mohican State Park. We went canoeing down the shallow river with a gazillion other people — the other people Howard was not thrilled with — and I enjoyed every second of it with him. But, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I could have because I was feeling so low.

One thing that seriously did not help matters was that I was sleeping on a bed that was concaved in the center. My back and neck felt HORRIBLE for a year and a half. Thank GOD, literally, for Shaffer Chiropractic. Dr. Shaffer interviewed me and I’m sure several other people for the Secretary/Receptionist position that had come open because his current employee had to move. I got the job. 🙂 With lots of neck and back adjustments and nutritional assessment, I began to feel normal again. Granted, I still don’t have the best diet, especially since I work 40 hours a week now at a different job and it’s a late shift, but just the few changes that occurred of the last year have made me feel like I spent the day in it, rather than out of it.

To get back to my point, there was something that I read while I was working for the Shaffers that convinced me that there are very simple natural and supplemental avenues that can truly help. What I had read, before Dr. Shaffer did the assessment, was Dr. Brownstein’s book, “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It“. Bingo. Many of the patients that Brownstein talked about in his book had symptoms that I had, that my mother has, that my grandmother has, that my aunts have. It does not suggest taking Iodine itself; it suggests the fact that many of this doctor’s patients had wonderful results with Iodoral (Iodine/iodide). The book especially warns against Radioactive Iodine; the stuff is scary, though it rightfully does have it’s purpose as a very last resort.

I did not have to read anything about my Adrenal glands to be convinced that I needed something for that. That’s where Adrenal Plus came in. My mom had been telling me that my Adrenals were sluggish since she had read something about it — or something like that. I began to tune it out because there was never a solution presented that worked. Raw Thyroid worked when I was in 9th grade after my mom and I had gone to an Immunologist who suggested it for the both of us. My junior year, I was a wreck because my family came between my boyfriend and I (that year and all subsequent years could be a novel). Enter “Zoloft”, stage right. I took that for a few months. I came down off of it gradually because that is not the type of stuff that a person should be on permanently, and I was/am young. There’ll be another post on “situational depression” in the very near future; I can feel it.

Overall, I am feeling better, and a lot less foggy. Inaction did not make me feel better. I’m learning that in order to improve a situation, to improve myself, or to appropriately pick my battles, I have to do something. I’m completely grateful for February 2010 to January 2011. That one, I did not really have to do anything special in order to feel better. I just had to show up to work. Now, I’m grateful for Thirty-One Gifts for employing me and giving me a chance to feel (taxably) productive in a way that I hadn’t since early 2008.

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Adrenal Plus, Iodine & Me: Month 11

While I’m watching Pierce Brosnan make a fool of himself on Mama Mia!, I am going to write this… attempting to not cry.

It’s been been about 11 months since I did the CNE/Biomeridian Test at Dr. Scott‘s. Originally, he suggested that I take Immuplex because I had two surgeries within a 6 month period back in 2009. This supplement boosted my immune system. He also suggested that I take Adrenal Plus to support my adrenals as they were, according to the Biomeridian test, overtaxed. Finally, after I had read a book of his on iodine and its benefits, I began also taking Iodoral (iodine/iodide). Iodoral supports many organs, but in this case, the most important for me is my Thyroid gland. I’d once been told that I had hypothyroidism.

After a couple months, I dropped off taking Immuplex. I have since continued with Adrenal Plus and Iodoral.

Here’s the kicker:

Supplements are most helpful with a regular routine and healthy sleep pattern. The past week has had me up and at ’em every day at 7:15 to get to work… aside from Wednesday when the trees came tumbling down due to the wacky weather. I’ve noticed that it is muuuch easier to feel like I want to wake up early and not sleep in avoiding the day.

Now I know what Dr. Scott was talking about. He said your adrenals are the ones that help your ‘get up and go’ in the morning, it’s how your stress handler, it’s your ‘fight or flight’ too. If your sleep pattern is inconsistent, it may be likely that anything a person tries to ‘feel better’ will not help that person feel better.

Moral of the story: supplements are fantastic, homeopathic remedies are wonderful, but the most helpful part of your health is when and how well you sleep.

Posted in Health, Rambling


Not referring to anyone I know personally, thus, no one on my friends list on either Facebook or anywhere else. I read a reply to something that made the person in the defense of something that potentially does more harm than good sound like someone who clearly DOES need it. Not the person to whom the advice was given however. And, if one is going to get “all high school up in here”, clearly, the internet is not meant for that person and their meds need to be adjusted. (Don’tcha love the vague references? However, a previous post I wrote may or may not have a hint of similar passion as this one does.)

Sure, advice for something that could be curative either immediately or with some work is a good thing. However, when something that is curative but destroys the possibility of investigating less invasive methods that may be just as, or more, effective is suggested as a cure-all… that, boys and girls is when my feathers get ruffled.

Despite that I’m a little lazy/too broke to take an extra step in my own quest, I’m not being told that destroying a part of my body is going to cure what ails me. However, I had my tonsils out in 2007. They were “the largest” the surgical center in Columbus had ever seen. They asked me how the world “are you even breathing”? I eventually did not have a choice. After not being able to kick strep throat after 9 months, the tonsils had to go. I haven’t been sick since then. Previous to that “worst sore throat” I’ve ever had in my life, my mother and I fought my bi-annual strep throat with everything we could get down my throat without me gagging. I do not have to take anything natural or otherwise to supplement the function of my tonsils (RIP, I asked for my tonsils, but they wouldn’t give ’em to me).

I believe that natural and homeopathic supplements and the like should be sought just as diligently as any other treatment for many of the deficiencies that have left the people of the world stricken with things we do or do not fully understand. To each his or her own.

For all who have been following my posts, I have one word for you:


P.S. Spell check is telling me I’ve been writing in a passive voice…. mmhmm. What it didn’t tell me was I was being vague. 😉 See? Spell check doesn’t know everything.

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Tell It Like It Is… Cinema Style: Part 1

There’s several movies out there that immediately give a scarily accurate representation of what it is like out there. While some are blissfully blind to the facts and/or exaggerations, there are those who recognize, “this sh*t’s real”. There’s pregnant teenagers, juniors with joints, and human beings with developmental differences that are just as capable of feeling love and giving love as anyone else on the planet.

My first example is Juno (2007).

I watched it a few weeks ago for the first time and I was highly amused. I had always heard about it, good and bad reviews. The good reviews were from those who had been there, done that and/or had the capacity to acknowledge that these teens are not untouchable. The bad reviews came from those who couldn’t possible fathom that teenagers would get themselves into that kind of predicament, and/or thought that advertising teenage pregnancy in a full-length movie is horrible for society.

The main character, “Juno MacGuff” played by Ellen Page, is 16 year old who finds herself bored. She has an easily maliable friend, “Paulie Bleeker” played by Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development), who adores her and who she is quite fond of as well. Of course, within an expected amount of time, she finds herself… expecting. She tells her parents, dad is “Mac MacGuff” played  by J.K. Simmons and step-mom is “Brenda ‘Bren’ MacGuff” played by Allison Janney who was also Penny’s mom on the latest rendition of “Hairspray”. Mom and dad take it better than she’d thought. Juno’s thrilled and tells them that she’s already found adoptive parents for the baby. Going to the abortion clinic backfires after a classmate tells her that her baby already has fingernails (it’s not the elaborate advertisements that made her think twice, it was her friend with a simple factoid). Jason Bateman plays “Mark Loring” and Jennifer Garner (Denison University alumna) plays “Vanessa Loring”, the adoptive parents. *spoiler* The best part is toward then end when Juno’s bubble is about to burst and she hollers “THUNDERCATS ARE GO!”

What I like about the film [Juno] is that it tackles an issue that we often treat as this really heavy, dark event and we look at it with a different perspective. She’s extremely independent. She finds adoptive parents before she even tells her parents. I just think it’s nice to not dwell in darkness. ~ Ellen Page on “Juno”

Oh, yeah right. Right? The weird truth is that females can reach the age of physical sexual maturity at a very wide age range. Much of it has to do with the amount of body fat. There was a little girl, Peruvian 5 years old, who became pregnant. No lie, look it up on Snopes. Some girls don’t even get “the gift” until the late teens for various reasons. This happens occasionally with girls who have been athletes ever since they could crawl or those who have very little body fat.

This brings me back to my blog about Sex Ed, too soon? If a 5 year old is physically equipped (not saying all 5 year olds are) to bear a child, is it a bad idea to start educating children about even the simplest of terms?

Children after all, are frequently victims of sexually related crimes and frankly, I think that children should know the proper names so that there’s no time wasted in trying to decipher kid-code. ~ Me

The high school that I graduated from had one classroom decided to the education of teenage parents. The program was called GRADS. I don’t know how many students on campus were parents. Sex Ed started in my district in 5th grade. I think there was another presentation in 8th grade and one more in 9th grade (health class). If you ask me, there were too many students asking “why am I here?” It wasn’t that particular students were targeted to attend, but many of them should have been taking the information to heart. But life happens. So, what do you do when life happens?