Archive for June, 2011

Wallow Fire – AZ-Special Request from the Native Americans, Apache, Navajo and Zuni tribes

June 30, 2011
The following came to me as an e-mail. I was very moved by its spirit, intent and the need for our help.  I am not a religious person,but I am spiritual and deeply concerned for anyone in great need.  Please help if you can…read what is written here and see where you and your family/friends might fit in…..
The Largest Forest Fire in Arizona History,Wallow Fire – Special Request from the Native Americans, Apache, Navajo and Zuni tribes
Please forward as you see fit
Hello everybody – as you can see on the news the Wallow fire in Northern Arizona is still uncontrollable and spreading.

The fire has destroyed everything in its path, over 1/2 million acres so far, the largest fire in Arizona history. Please join us in a tribal prayer to help the firefighters and all involved. Pray so the winds stop and the rains start (without lightning please) We want to pray for the safety of all. Ask for heavenly walls to protect our land and animals from fire. All the choppers, manpower, planes, and bulldozers are not enough, they need our help.

We are one Nation as Natives and our traditional prayers to the Creator as Natives can be pretty powerful; not only are our tribal lands at stake (White Mountain & San Carlos Apaches, possibly Zuni, and some Navajo areas), but our non-native friends also need our help.

Please let us all connect our minds, hearts and our prayers across the miles and pray. Wherever you are and whatever you have planned please stop for a few minutes and raise your hands to the Creator to ask for help. If all of you can forward this message across the Nations, we can reach many thru phone and internet. Please start forwarding ASAP to reach as many as we can. Please if your spiritual preference is not traditional – pray with us in however way you talk to the Creator.

Thank you,
Dorothea Stevens, San Carlos Apache Nation
This is MeddlingMom….do what you can to help.

Osteoporosis- NOT! Just a broken toe… flip flops & cruel shoes

June 23, 2011

I don’t have osteoporosis. I’ve had dexa scans, no problem. Also, I am very heavy, so I am told that is an advantage because my bones are doing weight-bearing exercise each and every day! Almost 7 weeks ago, I was cleaning the house, zipping around…you know how it is…well, I whacked my foot  on the coffee table and broke my toe-the pinky.  I didn’t realize I had broken it, but a few days later when it didn’t feel any better, I thought I should see a podiatrist.  My family doctor had told me it was fine (didn’t think there was any need to worry). The podiatrist took an x-ray and found a fracture. He then put a foam piece, which he called a splint, between my toes and taped them together and told me to come back in a few weeks. This is called buddy taping.  As an aside, my doctor did not tell me to rest the toe or to stay off it if possible. In fact he didn’t tell me on the first visit that I should remove the splint at night.  I learned that at the second visit.  I don’t really have any interest in becoming an expert on broken toes, but apparently there are other methods for helping your toe to heal. So I went back and the fracture was still evident (that was after 3 weeks-what else would its status have been-doesn’t it take 6 weeks for a fracture to heal?)  So I went back again today…it has healed, but I had  no clue… somehow I broke another toe since I saw the doctor last…How annoying is that?  I was really looking forward to NOT having my toes wrapped and to not having the motion restricted feels very claustrophobic.

I realize this is not life-threatening, that I should be appreciative that I am not in a cast or worse.  I like to walk around barefoot…that’s how I whacked my foot in the first place! When I do wear shoes, they are sandals…pretty good support and not flat, seemingly safe.  What concerns me is whether this is going to keep happening or whether this is a fluke.

As part of this subject  I thought I would cover some information about feet. If you have diabetes, you must care for your feet as you could suffer from neuropathy  and nerve damage. Also you probably already know that many people are abusing their feet by wearing flip flops, a bad thing…there are also shoes that are considered to be cruel shoes, not at all good for you long-term.  Take a look at the worst shoes for your feet.  There are shoes that are good for your feet and will give you stronger feet, try Vibram.

The truth is that I am clueless about why this happened and I hope this toe heals quickly and that is the end of that for me.  I really don’t want to keep seeing the Podiatrist on a regular basis.

This is MeddlingMom….I wish you healthy feet…and  a good weekend!

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World Cancer Day – Light a Candle

June 13, 2011

I received an e-mail today stating that Friday is World Cancer Day. Here’s what it said:
Friday is world cancer day – I’d appreciate it if you will forward this request:

93% won’t forward
A small request.. Just one line.
Dear God, I pray for a cure for cancer. Amen
All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it’s only to one more person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.
A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle..
Please Keep This Candle Going

There was a pretty picture with it and I tried several times to copy and paste it to the blog..Technology! Ugh! That prompted me to Google World Cancer Day. looking for a picture, thinking I could paste that to the blog. What I found out was that the designated day was on February 4, 2011…it seems it is still circulating, right? So I thought…it doesn’t matter that the day isn’t on Friday…what matters is the prayer, the sentiment, all of the people who will be remembered and thought of because of this message. The person who sent me the message is a cancer survivor…34 years. I, too, am a cancer survivor…almost 7 years…in September.

So please rally, think about those you know who have had cancer and light a candle…you can light it today if you want…no need to wait ’til Friday…I just tried to copy and paste another candle…couldn’t do it…oh, well, I CAN light a candle right now!
Every day is World Cancer Day.

This is MeddlingMom…the only things that really matter are LOVE and people…

Father’s Day and Graduation Gifts -discount this month!

June 12, 2011

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Dr. Kevorkian has died…he will not be forgotten!

June 3, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian has passed on.  Be sure to read this article about him

Dr. Kevorkian was an original, for sure and a pioneer, a visionary. He was an amazing individual, fearless,  committed and full of purpose.  He believed that people deserved to die with dignity and should not have to suffer with pain or deterioration when they had no chance of recovery, that it was an individual’s right to decide whether to go on.  He stood up for those who could not find a way to stop their suffering and he stood up for the truth…that we treat our pets better than ourselves when they are suffering..we deserve better.  Be sure to view the HBO movie, You Don’t Know Jack.

Dr. Kevorkian was of Armenian ancestry. So am I.  I am very pleased that he came from a people who have persevered no matter what! You will be remembered, Dr. Kevorkian, appreciated and you will serve as a role model…you have moved the system forward..thank you!

Be sure to take a look at this link of books either by or about Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

This is MeddlingMom…take a moment to think about this man to worked so hard to help us.

Acupuncture is beneficial to your health!

June 1, 2011

On March 7, 2011 World News with Diane Sawyer covered a story reporting new research regarding Acupuncture and its health benefits.  The story was related to a study in Turkey; the participants were post menopausal women.  Though the study was a small one, the women who received Acupuncture had a significant improvement in their hot flashes, whereas those who did not receive the Acupuncture (but thought they had) did not have improvement.

I don’t know whether you have ever experienced acupuncture; I have.  About two years ago, I decided to seek an acupuncturist. I had wanted to see what acupuncture was like for quite a long time. I hadn’t gotten around to it, largely because most medical insurance did not seem to cover any form of alternative medicine.  I mentioned acupuncture to my daughter who told me her friend went to a practitioner who was a part of the  Community Acupuncture Network (CAN).  I googled it.

Here  is  CAN’s mission statement: Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization of practitioners, patients, and supporters whose goal is to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible by promoting the practice of offering acupuncture in community settings for a sliding scale ranging within $15-40 a treatment. I made an appointment with the center where my daughter’s friend had gone; I was not disappointed.  What a wonderful experience.  It was recommended that I seek further treatment at a CAN center closer to where I lived due to  geographic and traffic issues.

So I went to see Dave Schiman.  His office is about 25 minutes from my house. The office is part of a community and offers community to its clients. The tables are laden with articles, reading materials, notices of classes on nutrition and a variety of other bits of information, all available to help you have a better and healthier life and be a part of a community if you are so inclined. Dave is  a wonderful Acupuncturist…an amazing man. He is truly concerned and committed to helping each person to  leave feeling better or at least to be on the way to a good result. Although CAN’s structure seems to not allow for the practitioner to spend much time talking with you, Dave doesn’t really adhere to that concept.  He wants to know what’s going on, what your concerns are and he does not rush  through that conversation. He is seeking information which will help him to treat you more effectively. He is happy to answer any of your questions.

Acupuncture does not hurt; sometimes you might feel a little tenderness when your acupuncturist moves a needle to see if it is in the right spot-that’s a good thing-it provides information.  I understand that when you go to a regular acupuncturist you have a 1/2 hour appointment usually.  When you go to a CAN practitioner, your needles are inserted while you are in a Lazy Boy recliner (tough assignment, huh?).  After the needles are inserted, you go to sleep in a room with a number of other people who are also sleeping.  When you wake up, you are “done”, ready to go home.  The needles are removed and you feel like you have had a wonderful pampered existence for the past 1 to 2 hours!

I requested some information from Dave so that I could include his experience in this posting. Here is some of what he said:

Regarding infertility, I’ve had an 80% success rate in that realm. I work with a lot of women for infertility. It usually takes 2 to 3 months to get the cycle normalized and then 3 to 6 months for the women to conceive.  It greatly enhances the success of IVF treatments and many IVF and fertility docs recommend their patients receive acupuncture treatment while they are undergoing they fertiltity treatments.

Hot flashes usually respond quickly to acupuncture but about 20% of women, in my experience, get no relief.
Here are a few articles about this:
Acupuncture Improves Sex Drive and Decreases Hot Flashes:
And this one is more neutral:
So, here are some links about acupuncture specifically in regards to women’s issues:
Acupuncture treats dysmenorrhea
Acupuncture to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility
Most women who come in for acupuncture treatment find that their periods become more regular and smoother after a month or two of treatment, even if that’s not why they came!
I hope you will visit Dave and Roxborough Community Acupuncture’s site and also CAN‘s to learn more about acupuncture and how it might benefit you!
This is MeddlingMom…treat yourself to acupuncture…you will be delighted!

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