Sunday, May 13, 2012

My sister, Margaret and I have been busy with a new hobby.  Margaret decided to get healthy and start running.  She has run a few 5Ks, 10Ks, and a couple half marathons.  She has convinced me to start running with her.  What really convinced me was two things.
  1. We are running to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.
  2. We will be running in Napa Valley (can anyone say wine at the end of the trail)
I had a friend who died a few days before Christmas who suffered from Crohn's disease most of her life.  Then we discovered that another friend of ours has a son with Crohn's.  He is 12 years old and just found out that he has the disease last July.  He has had some issues dealing with all the complications.

For those who do not know what Crohn's is, it is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting (can be continuous), or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration. Crohn's disease is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. This results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens. Crohn's disease has traditionally been described as an autoimmune disease, but recent investigators have described it as a disease of immune deficiency.

So since Margaret is a major competitor, we have decided to make a competition out of raising money.   We each have a website that you can donate to (Margaret convinced her husband to run as well).  All money goes directly to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. 

To donate to Margaret go to:

http://www.active.com/donate/napa12midastl/stlMDublo

Donate to me (Tina) go to:


http://www.active.com/donate/napa12midastl/stlTRapp

To donate to Chad (Margaret's Husband) go to:

http://www.active.com/donate/napa12midastl/stlCDublo 

Please support our new endeavor to help raise money to find a cure for Coltyn and others with this disease.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Power of Positive Thinking

Medication is of course important but do no conclude that a pill dissolving in your stomach is necessarily more powerful than a healing thought dissolving in your mind.

For the next twenty-four hours, deliberately speak hopefully about everything, about your job, about your health, and about your future.

There is nothing at all wrong with having money unless money has you.

The "how" thinker gets problems solved effectively because he wastes no time with futile "ifs" but goes right to work on the creative "how".

To keep motivation going strong, begin at once the mental practice of seeing yourself as an altogether new individual - one who is always vital, vigorous, and excited.

When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.

Quotes from the book Positive Thinking Every Day by Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Women, Food, and God

I know that I have not posted much on this board in a long time, but I wanted to share this with as many people as I can. This book is something not only every women should read, but every man as well.

I am reading and excerpt of this book on oprah.com and in just the first two pages I have had so many AHA moments, it is amazing. I will be buying this book for presents this year that is for sure.

Watch Oprah today to find out her new epiphany about food. It looks like she is promoting a new book that has helped her figure out the relationships with food.

I have been doing well on my weight loss since I don't have time to sit and eat anymore. Moving boxes up and down stairs is great cardio and weight lifting all in one. I have lost 5 pounds so far.

If you are like me and will not be able to watch the Oprah episode, you can go to www.oprah.com after the show airs in your area and read about the show.

I know that I will be stopping at Borders on my way home tonight to pick up as many books as I can get.

Friday, January 1, 2010

You Having A Baby

Dr. Oz has a new book out these days. You Having a Baby.

I have not read it, but I am a very big fan of Dr. Oz. There is also a workout DVD for pregnant women.

Keep up those positive attitudes and good luck to all.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Breast Cancer

I am taking a stand here and wanting everyone to sign a petition. I don't agree with the new standards that have come out concerning our health. I belong to Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women and I have seen to many of those women die from cancer.

I received an email wanting us to sign a petition. Here what was in that email:

"The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations could significantly change breast cancer screening approaches. And while these recommendations are not binding, they are often consulted by health care providers and insurance companies.

Most breast cancer experts agree far more than they disagree. One thing that the evidence clearly shows is that mammography reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® continues to recommend annual mammography beginning at age 40 for women of average risk and earlier for women with known risks for breast cancer
Mammography is not perfect, but until we can develop more precise screening methods and can more accurately predict which women are at risk for breast cancer it is still our best tool for early detection.

Please sign our petition and help make sure there are no barriers for women to get the mammograms they need.

While controversies like this one make for good headlines, we must not lose sight of the fact that one third of all women who should get a mammogram don't, because they lack access, education or awareness.

This is an issue that needs our focus and attention. If we make progress with screening in vulnerable populations, we will continue to make progress in the fight against breast cancer.
The Komen Advocacy Alliance will continue to advocate for women in this country and will push to ensure that all women have access to mammography."

I urge you to click on the link and electronically sign that petition.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Miscellaneous Info

I am no longer in the mode of fertility treatments, but I still receive emails on the subject. I thought that I would share an email that I thought that you would find useful from Baby Center.

This is a great source for information on diet for both partners and other information about new medical discoveries.

This months issue talks in depth about foods you should eat and those to stay away from while trying to get pregnant. One interesting article is comparison of babies heart rate and success of the pregnancy. I do not agree with everything in the article because I have seen proof on the message boards that the article is not a 100% correct.

Check out the web site. I do hope that it will help you achieve your goal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stevia May Cause Prolems For Men

I was doing an article for one of my other blogs about artificial sweeteners and how they can actually make you fat. I cam across some interesting information about Stevia. I always thought that it was a good healthy substitute until now.

According to some research Stevia can lower sperm counts. "Reproductive problems. Stevioside “seems to affect the male reproductive organ system,” European scientists concluded last year. When male rats were fed high doses of stevioside for 22 months, sperm production was reduced, the weight of seminal vesicles (which produce seminal fluid) declined, and there was an increase in cell proliferation in their testicles, which could cause infertility or other problems. And when female hamsters were fed large amounts of a derivative of stevioside called steviol, they had fewer and smaller offspring. Would small amounts of stevia also cause reproductive problems? No one knows." Nutrition Action

There is a lot of information out there about Stevia and really none of it is conclusive. Even the information about it causing low sperm counts is controversial. But when you are having problems already, you don't need to take any chances. I know there are a lot of drinks out now that have stevia as a sweetener and I thought that you may want to have information to make a decision for yourself.

Here are some other web sites you may want to check out.

WebMd
Health World
Wikipedia
Nutrition Action
MSNBC