I was at the hospital

I was at the hospital yesterday and it was one of the most frustrating days I have had in a long time.  My mother had an appointment for 12:30 at the hospital for a test.  We arrived there just prior to our appointment time, registered and then we just waited.  We actually waited for 2 hours for a 5 minute appointment..

 

It was in the waiting that really got me thinking.  It took me back to the time when I decided that I MUST begin to take better care of my own health.

That was way back in 1997.  You see I have been taking care of my mother for a very long time and it really began when she broke her hip.  Now there are some that say you fall because you break your hip, others say you break your hip and fall.  Either way in 1997 my mother broke her hip.  Now she wasn’t in the best of health at that time however she was living independently and still had a fairly active social life.

When she was in the hospital recovering from the hip replacement, I was told at the 2 week mark in her recovery that she was going home.  She could not get out of bed by herself, she could not walk by herself and at that time her going home would have meant disaster for her and her health.  So I had to fight with hospital management and ultimately she went to a rehab home for 4 months.  When she came home she could walk, do stairs, sit, you name it she could do it.

I only share that story because at that time this experience got me thinking that I did not want to end up that way for my future.  It scared the @#$$ out of me that if I didn’t make change in my life that was exactly what my future was going to look like.

At the time of my mothers hip replacement she was 67 and I felt if I didn’t begin right away when I was her age I would be going through the same health challenges.

At that point in my life I was taking vitamins, supplements and had kind of started to eat a bit better however I still was not doing all that was possible.

I was still have my own challenges with Fibromyalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome, low energy, obesity.  My life was going to begin to make big changes.

Yet I knew I could not do it all at once because I wanted to have success and permanent change.  The first thing I decided to do was start an exercise program.

So what I did was borrow a friends copy of Tae Boe, (remember Billy Banks?).  I did the easiest Tae Boe DVD and could only accomplish 15 minutes to start. And each day I pushed 1 minute longer until I did the whole thing, then went on to the harder DVD.  It was not easy and yet I can tell you it was well worth the effort.

I kept that image of my goal in my head each and every day.  When I didn’t feel like doing the DVD that goal was what kept me going.

It was hard work, it was a fun experience because I mentally started to feel like me again.  That was the most exciting part.  HOPE was coming back into my life and that was a good thing.

Over these past 15 years I have gone from doing my little DVD in the living room and struggling to swinging kettlebells, barbells, body weight, riding my bicycle 660k, reducing my weight by over 70lbs, and probably most important improving how I feel each and every day.

So when I spend time in the hospital it really does make me sad.  I see people that are putting their trust in a system that I don’t believe will help them improve their health for the most part.

The tests, the medications (I do realize for some medications are the only solution and that is a good thing) yet for many medications only cause more and more problems, the lack of quality of life, the belief in a system that is not working.

You can make a big difference in life if you simply decide.  Really that is the first step.  Decide you want more out of your life.  Decide that you are worth feeling good in your life.  Decide that pain does not have to be a part of your life.

Small changes made successfully will give you the strength to make another small change successfully and so on until.  Until you begin to reach your goals, then you begin to make other goals, bigger goals, more challenging goals.

The small changes for me were like I said exercise, I did also begin to drink water (which I never really did before) and like I hear so many people say I didn’t like the taste.  Water doesn’t actually taste and what I now realize is that I didn’t like chemicals in tap water.  So my water of choice to begin was Perrier.  It was bubbly and kind of like pop.  Not maybe the best choice however I was water and a place to start.

Then over time very slowly began to learn about food, diet, eating, and made changes.  And today my eating habits are very different from 15 years ago and way back then it would not be something I could have imagined.  Organic, grass fed, pastured, I never even heard of those terms.  Even my vitamins are organic!

I was at the hospital yesterday and it took me back to a time where it all began for me.  What will be your starting point?

 

What is quality?

OK so I have posted some solid info on Metabolic Typing.  I personally decide each day to eat for my Metabolic Type, Protein Type.  However when I was first introduced to Metabolic Typing I was well let’s say “freaked out”  by what I was reading.  Can you imagine reading that fat, meat would be OK and even healthy!  It was so opposite to what we hear in the media, or how I was trained up to that point.  So at that time I put the info aside and continued on the way Society suggests we eat.

Fast forward a few years, Digestive problems began, I took HLC 1. revisited the Metabolic Typing, started eating for my Protein Type and within 2 days my digestion began to improve!  Really quite remarkable.  And to this day 4 years later when I stick to the Metabolic Typing program I feel great.

One of the other things I do for myself is take supplements!  I eat organic or local with both my meat and vegetable/fruits.  For me it is simply a matter of being sure I am getting all my nutrition daily.  My choice for supplements is Symmetry Direct .  I have been using Symmetry’s products for over 16 years.  They are very high quality, I get them delivered to my home each and every month.  I actually like them so much that I sell them to clients, family, friends and develop a global business with them.

Here is a quick video explaining the quality of Symmetry’s products:

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Time to Re Launch Vision Quest Performance Coaching!

Vision Quest Performance Coaching was launched in 2001.  At that time I was recently certified in Personal Training.  Most people don’t enjoy working out however it is something I have always really enjoyed doing.  Lifting weights, pushing myself, focusing on getting stronger, having better balance, reducing my size give me joy.  Finding out how far I can push myself is a really cool thing for me to do partially because I have been challenged by different health issues over the years.  Yet I don’t take prescription drugs, continue to train, just finished The Friends For Life Bike Rally where we rode our bikes from Toronto to Montreal, 660k in 6 days.  It was awesome and I did it.  Actually the day before we were leaving my Chiropractor told me she was amazed that I was making the trip because only 8 months prior I had an accident where I tore my MCL, Meniscus and hurt my back in a way that I could not lie down in bed for over 2 weeks.

So I haven’t trained clients in a year.  Haven’t worked with clients in a while however I am now excited to begin working with clients who want to discover that Athlete inside!  I particularly focus my training working with women who want to find their inner athlete because we all have one inside us even if you don’t think it or believe it.

Our world is set up athletically.  We are meant to move athletically and are taught this from a young age.   It doesn’t really matter if we are good at athletics or not the coaching begins early.  We have teams in business, our family is a team.  We coach our children in the ways of the world.   We play on teams whether they be sports teams or debate teams.  All of these events help us to decide how we feel about our own athletic ability whether it is true or not.

What I passionately love to do is help women see they are strong, athletic in their own way through exercise and help them begin to leave a legacy for the world.

Along with Personal Training in your home or mine, I help clients with holistic lifestyle coaching, nutritional coaching, supplements that help bridge the gap between the food we eat and lack of nutrition we are getting today.

More to come!

 

 

 

Supplements, Yes or No?

The question of supplements is something I always come back to.  Partially because I take quite a few each and every day and have for many, many years.  I started taking nutritional supplements way back in my bodybuilding days.  At that time no one really even knew about them however someone in the gym suggested I take a multi and I did.  That was the start.

Over the years I have taken many different brands of supplements.  Some better that others.  What I found is taking a high quality product has kept me in good health.  Prior to taking supplements I used to get sick in September and some time in May feel better just in time for allergy season!  Over the past 15 + years that I have been a regular supplement taker I no longer get sick in September.

Over the years people have laughed, kidded, judged me as being a bit ridiculous for taking supplements.  I have been strong in my resolve to be as healthy as I can be.  A colleague said to me a few months ago that everyone knows they must take at least a multivitamin because there are so many commercials on the TV telling them so!  Well that thought just fascinated me.  Well speed forward to last night.  Again watching the TV and isn’t there a commercial for dog vitamins.   My first thought people will be heading off for the pets stores on mass to get old Fido his multi.

Then I found this today:

JAMA and Harvard Researchers Recommend Vitamin  Supplements.

After 30 years of viewing the use of vitamin  supplements as unnecessary, the American medical establishment has reversed  itself and is beginning to recommend that all Americans need to supplement to  remain healthy.

For over a quarter of a century the American medical  establishment fought against the use of supplements but several years ago,  after thousands upon thousands of studies,  finally reversed themselves  and they now recommend that all adults take a nutritional supplement daily.

Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school  researchers said:

“Vitamin  deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western  societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing  classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in  the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal  folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are  a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and  breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures;  and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase  risk for several chronic diseases.

Most  people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It  appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.'”

From:

the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

So I remain solid in my vitamin and supplement regime daily.  What about you?  Will you develop a daily vitamin and supplement program for yourself?  Or Will you develop a program for Fido?  Would love to hear your thoughts?

 

Just my Thought.  Wendy

NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTARY FILM A QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY

I wrote a post the other day asking the question Are You Free?  Well I just rec’d this email (copy below) with an incredible documentary movie.  Whether you live in Canada or anywhere else around the world Freedom as we knew it is becoming a concern. 

I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for the opportunity to post this. 

NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTARY FILM – A QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY 

 Kevin Miller, an award winning writer, producer, and director (Generation RX and We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom) comments on his new documentary film:  

 “Quietly, over a period of many years, unconstitutional legislation encompassed in Bills C-51, C-6, and the current Bill C-36 have placed not only basic civil liberties and freedoms at risk, but Canada’s national sovereignty as well. The film shares how entangling alliances with groups like the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, Codex Alimentarius, the United States and even multinational corporate interests have become so powerful that they literally threaten to make elected officials in Parliament irrelevant..”

A QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY discusses why this dramatic shift in the balance of power puts the nation and its people at a vital crossroad early in the 21st century — and why some of the past giants of Canadian politics may hold the answers to Canada’s future

http://vimeo.com/13024940  to view the 23 minute short documentary film.

 Both Shawn Buckley and Ian Stewart, president and vice president of the NHPPA, were interviewed for A Question of Sovereignty. The NHPPA supports Kevin and honours his dedicated service to use his outstanding vision and work to effect change in Canada, and protect its future.

 Your donations are the NHPPA’s lifeblood. Please give so that we can maintain measures to ensure Canadians’ rights and freedoms through projects like our Constitutional Challenge and to fund select educational initiatives.

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Are We Free? And Why Is This An Important Question To Consider?

Are We Free? And Why Is This An Important Question To Consider?

are we freeAre We FREE? An interesting question right? Well, I have been following the NHPPA.org     (Natural Health Products Protection Association) and TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com  regarding the availability of health products in Canada. There are some fantastic videos available to watch.

I watched the videos with Shawn Buckley (constitutional lawyer and advocate for the protection of natural health products).  Very powerful and it was the first time that I heard the question “Are You Free?”  My first reaction was to say Yes.  I live in Canada and we are supposed to be a free country.  As I watched and listen to the info that Shawn presented I began to think about Freedom in a different way.

Are We Free To Make Our Own Health Decision?

Personally, I have been taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, protein powders, for many, many years never really thinking about the fact one day I might not be able to buy them from the health store.  Then back in 1993, I got into a network marketing business that was promoting health products.  Not only did the products that I came across with this business and others that I have been involved with for the past 17 years keep me off prescription drugs, they have allowed me to help others with their health and to grow into other wellness businesses.

As health products are being eliminated from our country,  like the almost 50000  products that have been taken off the shelf so far.  What are we going to do?

So am I free?  No, I am not.  I am no longer allowed to decide what products I can take because the products I want are now no longer available in Canada.

Now some that might read this will think so what?  I don’t take vitamins so what do I care it is not impacting me.  And if it were that simple I would agree.  However, this is more about my freedom of choice than anything else.  Why does the government get to decide how I want to take care of my health?

I am not a burden on the health care system. I don’t take prescription drugs, don’t go to the doctor.  We buy my own vitamins,  herbs, minerals, protein powders, juices, buy organic food, grass-fed beef from small local farmers.  I don’t smoke, exercise daily.

Health products, organic food, exercise, meditation have kept me off prescription drugs.  Isn’t that a good thing?  The Health Care oh sorry I mean the Sickness System that is in place in Canada is already over burdened and can not handle much more.  I guess the pharmaceutical companies are not making enough profit and once again we are being manipulated.

To take the question of Freedom further I have to ask am I Free to decide how I make a living?  I am passionate about nutrition, wellness and as I stated earlier I have been providing supplements and health products for many years.  Now it is becoming difficult and will probably be more difficult in the future?

So are we Free?

Here is an example of what the future holds:

Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy in Courtenay, BC is the first of its kind. It is one of the most progressive pharmacies in North America as far as the scope and the mode of its operation. It is the true integration of pharmacy, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other modalities at a professional level.

It has been recently caught in the controversy that is affecting the delivery of natural health care and natural products in Canada.
On June 14, four inspectors from Health Canada, accompanied by two RCMP officers, and inspectors from the College of Pharmacists of BC raided the pharmacy and seized products without NPN’s (Natural Product Number) and ordered the closure of the store.
The total value of the products taken away by Health Canada was $146,290.85 (valued at cost)
Here are some of the products that were removed from the shelves:
  • All Natural Sunscreens containing zinc oxide in various concentrations
  • Buttspackle containing calendula, Peru balsam, and zinc oxide
  • Arthrotopik Cream for inflammation, containing devil’s claw, calendula, and arnica
  • Jocamu Ointment containing arnica and Rhus tox
  • Wild Oregano Oil, pure oil
  • Arnica Ointment 10%
  • Shatavari Ayurvedic Powder
  • Oil of Lavender pure essential oil
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract, pure
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Goldenseal Powder in Manuka 16+ Medicinal Honey

http://marigoldnatural.blogspot.com/2010/06/ire-and-fire-progressive-pharmacy-draws.html to read the full story on the Marigold Natural Pharmacy blog.

One of the things we can do right now is go to the TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com website and get a petition printed out and have you, your friends, family colleagues sign it and send it off.  Then send an email, snail mail or phone call to your local politicians and let them know you are not happy with what is going on and have them take a stand for our FREEDOM now.

So, how free are we really?

 Are We Free?

Invisible

Many years ago now I was overweight by 75 pounds. I struggles for years with my weight. Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, stress and illness were the reason I was overweight.

One day I just decided that enough was enough and began the journey to reduce my weight. When I first started I was struggling with Fibromalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue. For my the first thing I decided to do was to start moving more. I began an exercise program and it was a challenge. I did one of those boxing videos in my living room. At first I did a few minutes of a 20 minute program and then began to increase the time each day until I could do the whole 20 minute.

I share this to let anyone know who is considering a weight reductio program that it really doesn’t matter where you are starting from on your journey just know it is possible.

My reason to want to reduce my weight were many, to feel better in general and have better health but really it was to be visible in the world again. From my experience being overweight one really becomes invisible. Most people don’t see us or they judge us but they don’t see us. They don’t see us as individuals who have a life story. There are a number of reasons why we gain weight and each story is different.

To begin the journey to reduce weight is becoming visible again. First to yourself. Then to the world.

The Wellness Weight Loss Program has been developed by a person who has had the journey.

We are launching soon online and now I invited you to sign up for the launch.

Now is the time to see yourself as visible and healthy in this world Join me on the journey. Wendy

The Wellness Weight Loss Program is Coming! Sign up Today

Today more than ever before we are challenged by so many outside forces when it comes to deciding about our health.

I was reading some info from the 2003 National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease the other day. It listed that 50Million Americans are classified as being overweight. 40 Million Americans are considered obese. 3 Million are considered morbidly obese. Since 1990 there has been a 75% increase in Type 2 Diabetes in 30-40 year olds. 80% of Type 2 Diabetes is related to obesity. 70% of cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is related to obesity. 42% of breast cancer occurance are among obese women. 26% of high blood pressure occurances are among overweight people.

And no one seems to agree on what is best for you and me. Each so called expert has their own ideas of what you and I SHOULD do for good health. Some say eat meat, other say no meat. Some say take your supplements, others say not necessary. Some say get out and exercise while others say don’t do too much exercise.

I am getting tired of it all. In my business I have been helping peeople to feel better, reduce their weight and be healthier and in a few days we are starting a new program The Wellness Weight Loss Program. It’s new, it’s fresh and put together with you in mind. In my opinion to have success for the long term it must be simple and something that can be done your way with my guidance and coaching.

With this idea I have put together some information that I am introducing and offering as a complimentary program. There is no
charge for you to sign up, recieve my program and use it for yourself. If you find value then all I ask is share the link with
people that you care for and about so they can have the same opportunity you are having.

I will be offering Wellness products that you will or will not take advantage of. Either way it is fine with me.

So get sign up now and begin getting the Wellness Weight Loss
results you want.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Personal Wellness Revolution Coach
Wendy Bottrell

Health Revolution: It’s Time To Take Back Your Health

It’s Time To Take Your Health Back With Your Personal Health Revolution

health revolutionIt is my belief that it is time to begin your own health revolution and here’s why. I made the decision that my health is a top priority for me on a daily basis.   There are many reasons for this, however, the biggest reason I feel my health warrants the idea of a health revolution is the old saying “health is wealth”. Do you believe that saying is true? Well here’s the thing, this morning I ran into a childhood friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  She was stressed out.  Her mom had a stroke a while back and she has now become the primary caregiver.  We chatted for a while and I shared with her some of the programs that are available in our community to help her out.

She is in a difficult spot because she has lots of other family members that have opinions on what and how things will be done.  It made me sad for her because she doesn’t realize the position she is in and it is a stressful one.  How do I know?

My Own Health Revolution

I have been caring for a sick, elderly parent full time for 5 years now.  Living with my mom and the immense challenges that come with caring for an ailing parent can be and is overwhelming. I know the stress it can cause.  I know the heartache it can cause.  You see when I first moved in to care for my mother I didn’t even know that I was considered a caregiver? Caring for our parents ages us.  It exhausts us in places we didn’t even know we could be exhausted in.  But there is the help you might require,  and truly this is one place where if you ask you can get help.

When I look at my mom there are many life lessons for me to learn.  Not sure but I certainly am learning about myself, who I have been and the challenges for change.  But it also teaches me about why it is so important for us as individuals to take care of our own health. You see, as young people, we don’t seem to be getting this lesson.  Almost 13 years ago I watch my mom break a hip and take months to recover.  It was then and there that I decided to change my journey when it came to own health. This was the deciding moment in my own health revolution. I was determined to change how I felt, looked and thought. I actually realized that this was my only choice if I wanted a GREAT future.

What Has The Health Revolution Looked Liked?

It has been a long messy journey and I believe it is a life long journey to take care of one’s health.  To me, it is a journey that is well worth the effort.  I see the alternative each and every day and it is no picnic.  In my eyes living an unhealthy life as a young person or an old person is devastating to that human being and all those around them. And there is another way!

As individuals we must begin to see that living with no energy, being overweight, not eating good quality organic food, not drinking water, no exercise are just no acceptable in our life.  As individuals, we must begin to think about what we want when it comes to our own health and that of our children.  We must begin to learn about how to live a healthy life ourselves and then teach our children to make different choices each day when it comes to our health.  And for kids,  they learn by example.  They do what you do.  If you eat crap, so do the kids.  If you decide that exercise will not be a part of your life, so do your kids. Start making better choices now for a better quality life today and for the long term. This is what I mean by a health revolution.

Make It A Self Health Revolution – Look Back To Look Forward

Look to your parents.  How is their health today?  Are they living into their late ’70 and ’80 and beyond with vibrant good health?  I know mine are not and it is my goal to take a different path for me.  What about you?  Are you ready to go down a different path today than you were yesterday?  Are you willing to create your own health revolution? Begin with small changes, drink some water today, maybe have 1 less soda pop, how about not eating fast food today for dinner?  Make a fresh home prepared meal today?

Let’s start a health revolution to make our health future different than our parents.  As a society, we are living longer but we in no way are living better.

For us and for the generations that are following us let’s start a health revolution now and begin to live longer and feel better for our lifetime.  life

 

Resveratrol Kills Cancer Cells For Your Best Life!

Resveratrol Kills Cancer Cells

resveratrol

I was going through my twitter posts and found a post regarding a natural product resveratrol and how it is helping fight prostate cancer.  Well, that search took me to the National Cancer Institute website.  Once there I googled resveratrol at this site I found this article.  There is valuable info for anyone who has cancer and is looking for a way to kill those cancer cells. It is shown that it might help in the fight against cancer, reduce the tumor incidence and is anti-inflammatory.

Read the article here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/redwine

Pretty Pomegranate Source of Resveratrol

Pomegranates are one of a great source of Resveratrol out there. The anti-aging substance is not found primarily in its juice, though, it is also found also in its skin and seeds. A good way to get these benefits is to get a good pomegranate supplement that concentrates these parts as well as just the juice. One of the drawbacks is that it doesn’t slow all the key mechanisms of aging (Not slowing AGE proteins). Source

Natural News Say This about The Benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranates effectively lower blood pressure in a manner similar to GSE and resveratrol as the juice and extracts contain powerful polyphenols that counteract oxidative stress. This magical fruit also is found to lower circulating levels of the angiotensin hormone that can help blood vessels to relax. The result of a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis demonstrated that consumption of pomegranate juice (50 ml per day for 2 weeks) lowered ACE activity by 36%, leading to a 5% drop in systolic blood pressure.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032433_resveratrol_blood_pressure.html#ixzz4VIXieQEg

And finally this article on the health benefits of Resveratrol and Pomegranates

A previous study from our lab has shown that the polyphenol-rich pomegranate juice can protect the neonatal mouse brain against hypoxic-ischemic (H-I) injury when given to mothers in their drinking water. To test the hypothesis that this protection is due to the polyphenols in the juice, we studied the effects of the pomegranate polyphenol extract in the same neonatal H-I model. To further explore the role of a specific polyphenol in neonatal H-I we investigated the effects of resveratrol. The neuroprotective effects of resveratrol have been demonstrated in adult models of stroke but had not previously been examined in neonates. We show that pomegranate polyphenols and resveratrol reduce caspase-3 activation following neonatal H-I. Resveratrol reduced caspase-3 activation when given before the injury but not when given 3 h after the injury. In addition to preventing caspase-3 activation, resveratrol also reduced calpain activation. Finally, we show that resveratrol can protect against tissue loss measured at 7 days after the injury. These and other recent findings suggest that polyphenols should be further investigated as a potential treatment to decrease brain injury due to neonatal H-I.

We have enjoyed the health benefits of resveratrol for many years now. Have you? If you feel that adding resveratrol to your daily health regimen might be beneficial and would like a high quality certified organic product that includes certified organic freeze-dried pomegranate powder as a source of resveratrol we recommend BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood by Miessence!

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