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Thursday

It Was Time To Get Help With My Ingrown Toenail

I have had an ingrown toenail since I was in my early teens.  For 50 years I have been cutting it out myself.   I think I did a pretty good job of it most of the time.

About a year ago, the side of my toenail started making a deeper curl and was growing in further down on my toe.  It got really hard to cut it out myself.  I did it though... and the whole time I was worried I would get an infection in it.   Lucky for me I didn't. 
I always let the right top of my toenail grow out longer than the rest of the nail so it wouldn't get ingrown.    THIS WASN'T WORKING ANYMORE!!   It just kept growing in deeper down on the toe bed.   HURT Like heck!
So, I tried to cut it out again by myself.   I cut, and I cut and.... I couldn't cut anymore without cutting my toe.   So I stopped and decided to go to a Doctor.

Let me tell you... there are a lot of Podiatrist Doctors in Hermitage.  I had no idea who to choose.  I did read a review on one of them that made me decide NOT to go to him.   I kind of gave up searching.  My Hubs then found   Valley Foot And Ankle Center in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.   We decided to try it.  If we didn't like it we would go somewhere else.

When we walked in Valley Foot And Ankle Center, I had to fill out new patient papers.  I did that and right after was wisked in for my appointment with Dr. Vern M. Chuba DPM.  Perfect... I hate waiting.
When he walked in, he noticed right away that I had been chopping at my toe.  He didn't make me feel like I was an idiot for trying to take care of it myself.  Instead, he right away started working on it.  He was going to just cut away the ingrown nail part, but when he found that this has been growing back for 50 years, he knew it wasn't going away.    I told him he could just rip my nail off.  He told me the nail is healthy and if I wanted, he could just cut away the side that has the problem and leave the rest of my nail.   I was very willing to do this since I could no longer do it myself.  And... I would still have part of my nail.
Right away he set up to get this nail taken care of.  I got 2 shots in my toe to numb the toe so I wouldn't feel a thing.  I didn't even feel the shots, nor did I feel him working on my toe.  I did watch him though.
I got bandaged up and left.   It is the third day after, and I still have had hardly any pain.   A little on the morning after, but no more than when the toenail was ingrown.

Not sure why I didn't do this sooner.  I could have had my foot infected many times the way I dug at it.   Now, thanks to Dr Chuba, I don't have to worry about my toenail ever growing back in.











If you live near Hermitage, Pa and want to go to Valley Foot And Ankle Center, here is the address
Vern M. Chuba DPM
395 N Hermitage Rd Ste 3
Hermitage, PA 16148  

(724) 347-3667


He has a couple of other locations as well


Foot Care Associates Inc

15700 State Route 170 Ste B
East Liverpool, OH 43920
(330) 385-2227

Associates In Family Foot Care

3200 Belmont Ave Ste 1
Youngstown, OH 44505
(330) 393-3338

Wednesday

How To Do A Spa Day For Your Husband

My Hubs is very hard to buy for.  If he doesn't have something, he goes out and buys it.   There is nothing he needs.
I have to get really creative when I want to surprise him with a gift.   I had been wracking my brain trying to figure out something to do for him.  Then I came up with a Spa Day.

What was nice about a Spa Day is.... it cost me nothing but my time.  I had everything I needed on hand.  And just so you know... my Hubs was thrilled with his Spa Day.  


So what did I do for the special day?

. First, I made a Spa Day Itinerary and printed it out for my Hubs.  I gave it to him a couple of days before so he could clear his calendar.
. Light Stretching Exercises
. A short brisk walk through our neighborhood
. Sunrise Breakfast on the back porch with a fire in our outdoor fireplace
. Lunch served outdoors 
. Snack Time
. Foot Massage
. Hand Massage
. Arm, Shoulder and neck massage
. Body Massage

The day or so before the Spa Day, I prepared most of the food so I would have it ready.   Breakfast was prepared the day of  since it was a vegetable and cheese omlet with a piece of banana bread that I had made the day before and put into the fridg.
For lunch I made tuna salad (prepared the night before)  With the tuna, I a made a bed of lettuce and put tomatoes on top with a lemon and oil dressing.  He also had another piece of banana bread.  He swears it is the best ever.  Actually it was my mothers recipe.  I will put the recipe at the end of this post.  It is so good.  We use coconut sugar in place of cane sugar.
Snack was a mocha smoothie made with frozen bananas, mocha protein powder and milk.
Dinner was zucchini parmesan and organic corn on the cob.  I had made the zucchini parm 2 days before.   I made it in a one serving size dishes.  Normally I freeze them, but I saved one out just for this day.

Here is the Spa Day Itinerary

7:30 AM  Be dressed in your workout clothing for light stretching in the exercise room

8:00 AM  A light Sunrise breakfast will be served on the back porch (weather permitting)

8:30 AM  After breakfast you will enjoy a cup of herbal coffee along with an herbal foot soak.  After soaking for 1/2 hour, you with get a foot massage. (Bring an audio book and cd player, or something else to keep you busy. 

9:30 AM Free Time.. Use this time to be on your computer or phone. (By the way, the phone and computer are to only be used during free time.)

10:30 AM A short refreshing walk through the neighborhood.

11:00 AM  Lunch will be served on the back porch where you will hear the chirping of many birds.

11:30 AM  You will recieve a facial.  Right after you can take a nap or have free time.

2:00 PM Snack Time

2:30 PM Enjoy a light hand massage and a manicure

3:00 PM Following the hand massage, an arm, neck and shoulder massage will be given.

3:30 PM Free Time So I can make dinner.

4:30 PM Dinner is served

5:00 PM Free Time so I can clean up dishes... then you will get a body massage with a happy ending.

This was fun and fairly easy to do.  You notice I gave free time.... that was so I could prepare for the different events going on.   

Banana Bread
1 3/4 Cups Flour (I use organic flour)
1 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2  teaspoons Baking Soda
3/4  teaspoons Salt
1/3 Cup Butter or Shortening softened
2/3 Cup Sugar ( I use coconut sugar)
2  Eggs
1 1/2 Cup Mashed Banana (About 4 Bananas)
1/2  Cup Chopped nuts of choice (Pecans or Walnuts taste great)

Cream together using a mixer... Butter and sugar.  
Add eggs, beating until creamy
Add Bananas
Then add dry ingredients
Stir in nuts 

9 1/2 X 5 1/2 Greased bread pan ( I used 2 small cake pans so it would bake faster)

Bake at 350* for 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean

How I Do A Vitamin C Flush

Fall is nearing, so I decided to do a Vitamin C Flush to help with weak immunity and any potential digestive / colon problems.  I read a lot about it before deciding to do it.  I think it may just be what my body needs to help me fight off colds and flu that I know are coming my way.  This is a good way for me to load up on my C so maybe I will be able to fight off all the germs that will be circulating soon.

What is a Vitamin C Flush?   It is where you take in as much vitamin C as your body can tolerate.  Once it reaches the point where you can no longer absorb any more Vitamin C, your body will act like you gave yourself an enema.   Yep!!  I will have the runs.  As soon as I reach that point, the Vitamin C Flush is done.  And yes, I can eat normally during the flush.  But... I need to start this the first thing in the morning before I eat breakfast.

How I am doing the Vitamin C Flush.
. As I said, I will begin the first thing in the morning before I have anything to eat.
. Every hour I will take 1,000mg of Vitamin C mixed in juice or plain water.  I will also be drinking lots of water to keep myself hydrated.
. I will be keeping track of how much Vitamin C I will need to get to the point of a loose stool.
. Once I have a loose stool, the flush is over.  Now I need to reduce the amount of C I am taking slowly, by about 25% less each day until I am only taking 1,000mg a day.  I guess you can get rebound scurvy if you megadose and then stop.

How often can I do a Vitamin C Flush?
I am not totally sure how often I can or should do this flush.  I read where a woman did it once a week for 6 months and then twice a month for a year. Since we can't overdose on C, I guess I will do it at least once a month, maybe twice a month in the winter.


So here goes!  I decided to keep track of how this Vitamin C Flush went.  By the way, I used Vitamin C Powder (Absorbic Acid)  Some people use the buffered Vitamin C, but I didn't.

8 AM ... I decided to take 2,250mg instead of the 1,000 as soon as I got up
9 AM ... 2,250mg
10 AM ... 2,250mg
Right after the 10 AM dose, I started getting some pain in my gallbladder area.  Not bad, but it was there.  I also had a cramping feeling in my lower abdomen.
11 AM ... 2,250mg
It is important to keep drinking water during this cleanse.  I had to force myself to drink anything.  I also had a cup of herbal tea.

Started feeling like I might have to go to the bathroom soon.

12 PM ... 2,250mg
1 PM ...2, 250mg
WoW!  I thought I would be finished by this time.  My C must be really low.

Right after I took my 1 PM dose, I ate my lunch.  I had fried zucchini seeds.  Love those things.  I am making zucchini bread for my Hubs and Chocolate Zucchini Bread for my Daughter.  When I grate the zucchini, I don't use the seeds, so I fry them up and eat them.  So good!!

2 PM ... 4,500mg
I have had enough of this messing around.  I am getting nowhere with the smaller dose, so I upped it.
3 PM ... 4,500mg
4 PM ... 6,750mg
5 PM ... 6,750mg
Right before I took my 5 PM dose, I went to the bathroom.  It was by no means loose, so I am going to continue and up the dose even more.  I had no idea I was this low on my C.
6 PM ... 9,000mg
I am so bloated feeling that I could almost burst.
Had another BM... it was loose, but not watery like I am waiting for.
7 PM ... 9,000mg
I might be at this all night. UGH!
8 PM ... 9,000mg
Lots of gas, so I am going to lower my next dose.
9 PM ... 4,500mg
Finally about 9:15 PM I had loose stools. It took me 67,500mg of the Vitamin C to reach that point.

So it has been 2 days since this flush.  I honestly can't say if it did me any good or not.   I did find out my C was really low.  I can't believe it took me 67,500mg before I got to the point of loose stools.

Would I do this again?  Probably if I was coming down with a cold or flu, then Yes, I would do it.  Otherwise, probably not.

Hopefully this worked so that my C is high enough now to keep all those germs from making me sick.   I will post later and let you know if I get any colds or flu this winter.  Meanwhile, I have upped my daily dose of the Vitamin C.



Saturday

My Heavy Metal Cleanse Using 2 Ingredients

I have a lot of fillings.  LOTS!  So, I don't need tested to know I have high levels of Heavy Metals... I just know.  Plus, in this toxic world we live in, heavy metals are just something that most of us probably have in our bodies.

I am only using 2 ingredients for this cleanse. ~  Chlorella and Cilantro ~  It will take me a long time to do.  After I finish with it, I will be on a maintenance program.









This is really hard to explain how I did it.  Hopefully you can understand it.
.  First thing when I got up in the morning, I took the Chlorella and then Cilantro 30 minutes after the Chlorella.
. I Waited 30 minutes after taking the cilantro to eat
 .  I did the Chlorella and Cilantro  (3 to 4 times a day)

I Started Slowy.  I wanted to get the chlorella into my system for 1 week before I started the cilantro.

Week One (Maintenance Dose)
Chlorella  1g=4 tablets
1g or 4 Tablets 3 to 4 times a day (This is the maintenance dose)
No Cilantro at this time.  This will give the chlorella time to start getting the heavy metals moving out of my body.

Week Two (I Did This For One Week Only)
3g or 12 Tablets Chlorella 3 to 4 times a day
Cilantro I took 1 Dropper Full  3 to 4 times a day (I Wait 30 minutes after taking the Chlorella)
.  I did the Chlorella and Cilantro  for 1 week on the high dose and then
.  I stopped the cilantro for 2 to 4 weeks and went back to the maintenance dose of just chlorella.
.   After 2-4 weeks, I then went back to the High Dose using the Chlorella and Cilantro together
    again for 1 week, then back to the maintenance dose for 2 to 4 weeks. 
.  This can take 6 to 24 months to get rid of the heavy metals in the body.

What I ate
I am sure there are things I forgot to mention, but basically, these are some of the things I ate.
Breakfast
Take 1 Omega 3 capsule.  This will help my liver with the detox process. I Take Flavic or Humic Minerals or vitamins with lots of minerals in them..
Breakfast is hard to figure out what to eat.  Here are some of the things I ate or drank
Smoothies or juices
Oatmeal
Poached eggs with Millet Bread Toast
Vegetable Omlet
Fruit Plate
Cup of Dandelion and ... or milk thistle tea
Lunch
Smoothie or juice
Salad with lemon/olive oil dressing
fruit and vegetable plate
Dinner
Chicken or low mercury sea food ( I seldom ate sea food, it was mostly chicken for me )
yellow or sweet potato
Brown rice ( very seldom )
Roasted Vegetables
Right before bed I make a cup of thyme tea.  I had the tea every night.  Every couple of nights I would take my tea and have a bath in epsom salts.  I sometimes mix in cinnamon, peppermint, fennel, and wintergreen to help draw out toxins.  Sometimes I just do the epsom salts and other times I add one or more of the spices. 

Coffee enemas can also help with detoxing so I did one every couple of weeks.

I did the week of just Chlorella and now I am ready to add the week of Cilantro

Day 1 ... Chlorella and Cilantro together
I have taken the Chlorella and cilantro 3 times so far today.  Around 8 PM I started getting a really tight feeling in my tongue and neck area.  I used to get this a lot and thought it had something to do with candida... Now I am thinking it might have something to do with an overload of heavy metals in my bod.
I also started getting a slight headache.  I usually get a headache when I do a cleanse but seldom on the first day.  Normally I get one 4 to 5 days into the cleanse

Day 2 ...
I still have a tight feeling in my neck and tongue.  Plus my tongue is burning.  Other than that, things are normal.

Day 3 ...
Having some pain around my Gallbladder area.  Maybe it is because I am starting to get constipated.  I need to do everything I can do to keep my bowels moving.  That is one way the heavy metals with leave my body.   Also having a slight headache.
Here is a page I wrote on things I use to relieve constipation.  I plan on doing a Coffee Enema either tonight or tomorrow.

Day 4 ...
Still having some discomfort around the gallbladder area.  I am no longer constipated, but just have a really full feeling.

Day 5 ...
I am starting to get a headache over my right eye.  Plus I feel a little unbalanced when I stand up.  I guess you could call it woozy.

Day 6 amd 7 ...
Feeling pretty good.

So anyway, that is how things went the first week on Chlorella and Cilantro together.  I survived!!  So now, back to the maintenance dose of just Chlorella.

Thursday

Keeping Alkaline With Baking Soda And Maple Syrup

I have had a tight feeling in my neck and tongue for a long time.  My tongue burns, my neck gets tight as well as my tongue.  It is a terrible feeling.  It usually comes on after eating.  I tried everything to get rid of it and I did.... for awhile.  But it always came back.

I found it was from eating to many carbs and sugars.  Even though I was eating good carbs, good sugars.. it was just too much.  Even though I ate a lot of vegetables, I still have to watch the carbs and sugars.

That is when I decided to use those PH test strips to test my urine to see how acidic or alkaline I was.  Oh man.... Not good.  I was more acidic than I thought.   That was when I figured out acid might be a lot of my problems.

I did everything I could think of to get myself to alkaline.  I was driving myself and my Husband crazy.

Then I tried the Baking Soda and Maple Syrup Protocol.

Here is the recipe for the Maple Syrup and Baking Soda. I am not sure if it works for cancer or not... I know some people swear by it in a group I am in.  I am just using it to keep myself alkaline and to stop my tongue from burning. It does work for that. I do have to be careful that I don't become too alkaline. That is as bad as being too acidic.
Baking Soda And Maple Syrup Treatment

3 Parts Maple Syrup
1 Part Aluminum free baking soda

For cancer take 3 teaspoons a day for 1-2 months
For candida take 1 teaspoon a day for 1-2 months


Eliminate from diet
Meat   (I still eat meats with no problems)
Sugar
White Flour


How this is suppose to work ..... Both Candida and Cancer
thrives on sugar and can't live in an alkaline enviornment.
By mixing the maple syrup with baking soda, cancer eats the maple syrup 
and the baking soda is delivered right into the cancer cells to
make them alkaline from the inside out.

I had bought a 3 pound bag of baking soda on amazon and I did a video review.  In the video, I show how I mix it up with the maple syrup and drink it.  

https://www.amazon.com/review/RJZ67IUNKFETH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0151ZXCHG

Doing this baking soda and maple syrup protocol  is working great for me.  My sister is doing it also.  She has lichens sclerosis and used to have to do a sitz bath often... like a couple times a day.  Now,  she doesn't ever do a sitz bath and considers herself to be free of lichens sclerosis.  She has been dealing with it for probably 20 or more years.  Now, keeping herself alkaline is working.   It probably took a few months before she stopped doing the sitz bath, but she could feel herself getting better each day.

Here is the problem that I had to watch out for.....  Getting too alkaline.
When that happens, I have to take less of the baking soda and maple syrup.    I am down to 1/2 teaspoon a day of the baking soda mixed  1 1/2 teaspoons of the maple syrup.
Sometimes I even go less.  I do 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon maple syrup.

When I am doing a detox or cleanse, I stop the baking soda and maple syrup, but resume as soon as I finish.

The next thing I am doing is a Heavy Metal Cleanse!


Monday

Don't Let Sun Poisoning Ruin Your Good Times! Wear Protective Clothing

It is starting to look a lot like fall here in Pennsylvania.  That means cooler temperatures are on the way.  That also means we will be heading south to catch the suns rays!

I should have gotten a picture earlier when the rash
was really bad.  This is toward the end of it.
Speaking of the sun.  I got such a sunburn early on this year that I ended up with sun poisoning.  It was the worst I had ever had and took a long time to get rid of the rash on my arm.    It itched so bad that I would make my arm bleed by scratching it.

Since May, I have been wearing outfits with sleeves to try and protect my arms, shoulders, back, neck.  I look like I am dressed for winter when I go out.
Do you know that you can put on all the clothing you want and most times the sun still gets through?
I really didn't realize that until my arm kept getting worse, even though it was covered.

After doing some research, I am better prepared for traveling south and I am ready for the Sun!   Bring it on!  I will be wearing HydroChic Sun Protective Active Wear For Swim & Sport.

I am older and don't want to wear the traditional bathing suit that shows all my sags and wrinkles so I was happy to find a company that offers so many solutions to all ages of women.  HydroChic has a collection of swimwear for missy, plus sizes and young girls.  The style can convert to gym wear by adding coordinating pieces... and if you want to go from the gym or swimming to a restaurant, just put on one of their swim dresses.

We are renting a condo in Venice, Florida, close to the beach.  I like to go looking for black shark teeth.   Usually when I am finished playing in the water, looking for the teeth, we like to go to the restaurant (Sharky's On The Pier) just steps away from the beach.   This outfit will work perfectly for going from the water to the restaurant.  It is quick drying and dual purpose.  Normally, I would have to either go back to the condo or change in the restroom to get out of my wet clothing.  Not anymore!

I picked the Baseball Babe Inspired Long 3/4 Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Suit Shirt and the Land and Sea Swim Capris.
And check out this bra! You can read my review here The Bra For Women Who Hate Bras




All the clothing at HydroChic is made from high quality, quick drying fabrics that  has sun and superior Ultra® chlorine resistance built into the fabric. UPF 50+ Sun Protection.  Now if I go out in the sun and get burned, it is my own fault.  With all the clothing choices HydroChic offers, I have no excuse.

To see more, check out my video on facebook

HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel.  PLUS, you can buy it online at www.hydrochic.com.

HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY. 

The Bra For Women Who Hate Bras ~ HydroChic Supreme Swim and Sports Bra

I hate wearing a bra, but since I have fibroid tumors.  Lots of them! I have to wear a bra that supports me fully and is comfortable. My right breast has more of the fibroid tumors than my left.   They can be very, very painful, especially painful if you wear the wrong bra.

I have a couple of lumps right where the lower part of the bra lays.   So, I have to find a bra that supports and is comfortable as well.   It may sound easy to you ... but finding a bra that works for me is not an easy job.
Under wire bras are OUT!!  The wire lays right where I have a couple of lumps in my right breast.   Wireless bras provide no support, especially when I am exercising.
Who designs these bras anyway????  Most likely some man who has no idea what a bra should feel like.

How would you like a bra that was designed by women, for women?   Yes Please!!  Well you are in luck.  HydroChic makes a Supreme Swim and Sports Bra that ROCKS!!  So comfortable and it supports me to where my boobs don't bounce when I am exercising.   This bra is so comfortable that I don't want to wear anything else.   It is like not wearing a bra at all... That is how comfortable it is.
It is so lightweight that I wonder how it supports, but it does and it supports me very well.

Have you ever worn a bra and your fat hangs out the bottom under the band?  I have that problem and I think it looks terrible.  The Supreme Swim and Sports Bra with it's modest cut, keeps my fat from showing... at least directly under the bra... it still hangs out at my waist area but that has nothing to do with the bra.  I need to work on that part.
It has a double layer construction, a soft under the bust band, and, if you wear it swimming it is quick drying no see through padding.
They not only make this bra in Missy size but in a Plus Size Classic Cut.

The Supreme Swim and Sports Bra is great to exercise in.  It moves right with me to where I feel like I have no bra on at all.  Perfect for my yoga.

And by the way all clothing made by HydroChic have UPF +50 Sun Protection and is Chlorine Proof.  Just wanted to let you know that you can wear these in the sun to help keep you from getting burned, and when you wear them in a pool with chlorine, you don't have to worry about them fading.

Check out my video on facebook 

Also you can learn more about HydroChic by visiting them on  or check out their facebook page.

Wednesday

Learning You Have Macular Degeneration Calls For A Lifestyle Change.

My Husband has been misdiagnosed for over 2 years now. He went to a few different eye doctors including The Cleveland Clinic, because he was having dark blurry areas. They said they couldn't find anything. He had a lens put in 2 years ago because of glaucoma, so they kept saying he was still healing. Finally.... a doctor in Pittsburgh figured out his problem. Dry Macular Degeneration. Not good, but at least we have an answer and someplace to start treating it.

The doctor suggested he get the AREDS 2 Formula because there have been studies done on this particular brand and has been proven it works. He said his patients have had good luck with it. I won't reverse the disease, but may stop it from getting worse.

Here are some other things the Dr suggested he do.
Bilberry (we just ordered 2 bottles on amazon)
No Caffeine ( he now drinks herbal tea)
No Smoking (he stopped many years ago)
Healthy Diet
Exercise
Wear a good pair of UV blocking sunglasses

There are a few other things he is doing ... like taking rutin. Rutin shrinks capillaries and is suppose to help with high blood pressure so he is taking it.  He is also taking Omega 3.

There is also a grid he uses to monitor the macular degeneration between Dr visits.

Hopefully, everything we are doing is going to help to save his vision.

If anyone has or knows of anything else we can do, or a great book on macular degeneration... I would be interested.   The problem with most of the books though is the author doesn't know what they are talking about.   I want a GOOD BOOK!!