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What are those Baltic amber teething necklaces, anyway?

»Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Posts | 0 comments

So what are these new Baltic Amber teething necklaces that everyone seems to talk about lately? Is it the latest fad? Are babies supposed to chew on them? Do they work at all? To answer these burning questions, and many more that will pop up along the way, I’m writing this quick blog to dispel some myths and clear the air on this highly sought after teething remedy. First things first: No, a baby is not supposed to chew on these necklaces! They are strictly made for a baby to wear and nothing more. In fact, when worn correctly, a baby should never be able to introduce the necklace into her mouth. Are they a fad? Hardly! Baltic Amber has been a go-to remedy offering teething relief for decades upon decades. The reason they are referred to as “Baltic Amber” teething necklaces is because of their origin – each of these necklaces is made with beads of amber that has been harvested in the area around the Baltic Sea. The Splendidly Baby brand in particular harvests the beads for its necklaces in Lithuania which is a lovely country found southeast of the Baltic Sea. What is so special about amber from this area you might ask? It has everything to do with the high concentration of succinic acid that the amber harvested in that area contains. Amber itself is not a stone of any sort but rather it is a fossil. More specifically it is the fossilized remains of trees. Remember how in the first Jurassic Park movie the mosquito from which the dinosaur DNA was extracted was found inside a piece of fossilized amber that was formed when sap from a tree oozed over the insect? Same thing happens (minus the mosquitoes, of course) in the case of Baltic amber. But what’s special about this amber is that what was once a forest of pine trees thousands of years ago near the Baltic Sea and is now harvestable amber also contains higher levels and concentrations of succinic acid than anywhere else in the world. Science has continued to be at odds with the thousands upon thousands of observations and testimonials made by parents worldwide regarding the health benefits derived from wearing Baltic amber. It is believed that the benefits and immediate calming effects that many babies enjoy while wearing an amber necklace take place once skin and body heat make contact with the amber thereby releasing succinic acid to then in turn allow it to be absorbed into the skin. Although no scientific correlation has been made between the absorption of succinic acid and derived health benefits, parents have internationally praised amber teething necklaces for finally bringing peace to their ailing babies – and of course for allowing the parents themselves obtain much needed sleep! Among the many health benefits that parents have proclaimed are: 1.) Immediate reduction in the excessive drooling that accompanies teething. 2.) Noticeably less and even nonexistent fussiness or irritability during teething. 3.) Sounder sleep for the teething baby. 4.) Visible relief of skin irritations such as eczema. 5.) Respiratory relief including lessened overnight congestion. 6.) Noticeably general good spirits exhibited by the babies and children who wear the necklace. 7.) Calming effects during times of stress. Thousand of parents the world over can’t be wrong! Despite the lack of a verifiable correlation linking succinic acid with the purported health benefits and the many first hand accounts that triumphant parents have shared about the claimed benefits of Baltic amber, we tend to believe those many grateful parents! Get one for your teething baby or young child today. Click on the link for Splendidly Baby’s newest...

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Our Recent Discovery at the Aldi Market

»Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Posts | 0 comments

Ok, so we usually grocery shop at our local Publix supermarket where “shopping is a pleasure.” And it is true that it really is a pleasure to shop at Publix: the employees are super friendly everywhere you turn, you can find help within moments of needing it, the offerings are varied and plentiful, they never fuss about returning items, and they are always super accommodating. But I would be remiss if I didn’t also communicate the fact that the prices at Publix totally reflect the value-added pleasurable experience that you enjoy while shopping there. Don’t get me wrong – Publix prices do not entirely compare to the high dollar prices at specialty markets such as Whole Foods or Freshmarket but hefty still in its own category. Add to this the fact that we in our family try to eat as much organic as possible and you can imagine how budgeting for food shopping takes a good deal of our weekly focus and concentration. However, and to our great delight, we very recently discovered that Aldi markets have quite an array of organic offerings at their stores! Previously, my impression of Aldi markets was such that I looked upon it as a bottom dollar bargain store food outlet with lesser quality offerings, etc. While a side by side comparison of some items such as cereal (between Adlsi’s brand and the equivalent leading brand) did reveal a higher amount of undesirable ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup in the Aldi brand, we were literally amazed at the overshadowing amount of organic dry goods, canned goods, fresh produce, and frozen items! The cost savings was more than half and therein lies the balance tilt. So a word to the wise: if there is an Aldi store around you, it is totally worth checking out. That store has evolved over the last few months into something quite delightful (and healthful). And although you do not receive any shopping perks such as bagging or customer carry-out, the cost savings more than make up for the lack of such value added services!    ...

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My First Hypnotic Session

»Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Posts | 0 comments

I read Many Lives Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss the first time over 20 years ago. I reread it countless times since then. I am also very familiar with all of Dick Sutphen’s work and became so after first reading his book Your Were Born Again to be Together. Sometime later, I learned about Dolores Cannon’s work and her many interesting cases, particularly the ones outlined in her book Jesus and the Essenes. And to this day, I refer to Edgar Cayce’s work and peruse the transcripts of his trance sessions for guidance on health care, etc. It was therefore a safe assumption on my part that I knew a good deal about the hypnotic process and what to expect and so forth…or so I thought.   I experienced my first hypnotic session today. It turned out to be a regression. The therapist who attended to me, Robert Bailey http://tinyurl.com/ppbez5v, has been a martial arts teacher of mine in the past. I knew that he was a hypnotherapist and he recently asked within his social net if anyone was willing to serve as a case for him. I learned that he was practicing his Gestalt hypnotherapy technique and that he was interested in helping his volunteers break the cycle of negative thoughts and perceptions of the past to separate them from the present reality and thereby un-block the case so that healing, whether it be emotional, physical, or spiritual, can easily take place. I signed up right away. While I was not able to determine the actual reason for feeling a constant pressure or cloud over my head (hell, we can just call it fear), I was always aware of that almost crippling feeling that it gave me. It wasn’t always there – it sure wasn’t there when I was a kid. When I was a very young child, I was happy and content – delighted with life with no worries, doubts, or limitations. The world was mine. Sometime after the second or third grade, I noticed that I wasn’t so “invincible.” So when Sensei Rob offered his help, I signed up right away.   So the actual session starts with an induction. In my case it took three or four inductions. Each consecutive suggestion into a calmer state was increasingly more commanding until he was satisfied with my combined level of alertness and calm. Among the first suggestions was for me to think about a time, or a significant event, in my life. I immediately regressed back to my childhood in Houston, Texas during a family move to a new house. It was a traumatic event for me not because we were actually moving and going someplace new but rather because my dad’s nervous and negative energy was showered upon me in the form of a fast and furious punishment for having spilled a tall jar of coins all over the upstairs floor. After that event, I was a broken child for a very long time – not resentful, just very hurt. It was then that I started learning how to put on “a brave face” and how to keep everyone around me comfortable and free from any worries about me by maintaining a sweet and cheerful disposition (while nothing was further from the truth). From that point on, a sense of loss was awakened inside me.   Keeping that event as an anchor of sorts, the next suggestion was to go back to a time or event before that one that was also of equal significance. Since the first experience was regarding an event that happened while I was six or seven years old, it was initially difficult for me to wrap my consciousness around an earlier event than that – until Rob ratcheted up the suggestion and had me relate to him the very first thing that came to mind. And I did. All of the sudden I was on the Blue Ridge mountains in an Appalachian homestead. I was broken there and then, too. Heartbroken to be exact. I was an older woman, wise in my years, but carrying a terrible pain in my heart. During that part of the session it came out that I had lost all of my children in a terrible tragedy and I was blaming myself – so I was doubly tortured in that life: both by circumstance and by my own doing. The moment I realized that I was the mother of dead children, I broke out into sobbing tears for a while and then there was an inexplicable calm.   Thereafter the session continued to yet another life in which I was...

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EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

»Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Posts | 0 comments

So have any of you out there heard about this tapping thing? If you haven’t, wiki it as soon as you can! Let me just say that although it has been considered a pseudoscience since its inception in the late 1990s, I have actually tried it (on myself and on my kids) and it has worked wonderfully. I often find myself sharing how I use EFT on my children to help them get over the morning “grouchies.” Let me just say that after a good night’s sleep or a delicious nap, my children at times do not wake up feeling necessarily ‘refreshed.’ Oh on the contrary! But once I started tapping with them, they have snapped right out of it each time we do. Personally, I have benefitted from tapping for weight loss, anger management, and to get over resentments and such. In a nutshell, it has become one of the greatest tools in my arsenal to help me ensure that I not give my power away and not let extrinsic circumstances lead me to a reactive state of being. It’s worth a look-see at the very least – go ahead, check it...

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Sun Protection – What Did We Use Before The Stuff In Bottles Came Along?

»Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Posts | 0 comments

When one devotes a little bit of time to thinking about it, what did people do before all of the Coppertones and Bullfrogs of the world were developed (sunscreens and sunblocks, that is)? This query led me to research the topic a bit further and to my great delight, I learned that there are in fact natural suncreens out there. As it turns out, there are 10 natural oils out there that do just that and they are: 1.) Carrot Seed oil (SPF 40) 2.) Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF 30) 3.) Wheatgerm oil (SPF 20) 4.) Avocado Oil (SPF 15) 5.) Soy Bean Oil (SPF 10) 6.) Coconut Oil (SPF 8) 7.) Olive Oil (SPF 8) 8.) Macadamia Nut Oil (SPF 6) 9.) Almond Oil (SPF 5) 10.) Jojoba Oil (SPF 4) Without the harsh chemicals that will undoubtedly accumulate in your system when you continually reach for a plastic bottle in order to get your sun protection, these better for your skin (and dare I say luxurious at times) oils certainly seem like quite the viable...

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What Every Parent And Caregiver Needs To Know About Healthcare

»Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Posts | 0 comments

Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Caregivers: lend me your ears! I have recently benefitted greatly from something called Nutrition Response Testing and I can’t wait to tell everyone I know about it! Nutrition Response testing is a form of muscle testing in which your body will actually tell the healthcare provider what it is that ails you. Through muscle reflexes responding to certain stress prompts, the patient’s reaction level will indicate not only the issue but also the amount of nutritional supplementation that they will need. Because, after all, it all comes down to nutrition when you turn your attention to health. As Hippocrates said himself: Let Food Be Thy Medicine. My recent introduction to Nutrition Response came about when I was misdiagnosed by a primary healthcare provider with appendicitis – APPENDICITIS! Being the mother of two wonderful little girls, I dutifully took myself to the ER in an effort to preserve my life. Once I got there, a battery of tests were administered all of which came back negative for this, or negative for that…you get the picture. The break point of my ER visit came when the ER doctor, unable to determine the cause of my right-side-abdominal pain, suggested that I have a CT Scan to fully rule out appendicitis. NO THANK YOU! After talking it over with my husband, and discussing the possible impact of radiation (100 times more than an x-ray, mind you) we decided not to fry the rest of my eggs inside of my 37-year-old ovaries and respectfully declined the scan. So we left the ER late that night and I was still in as much pain as when I first arrived there earlier that day. The next morning, I called my Chiropractor of 8 years. She had me come right in and ran her physical scan on me after which she found that one of my intestinal valves was not opening all the way. She explained to me that she was going to release the tension on it and for me to expect it to hurt a bit. I braced, she manipulated, and the pain was immediately lessened! Just like that. Immediately following her adjustment, she ushered me to one of her massage therapists who released my right hip flexor muscle which had tightened (a lot) due to me walking funny because of the week’s pain. And let me just say that it felt like my hip was bursting into flames each time she dug into it to release the muscle. Yes, I cried tears of pain. But I felt better! And I was better! Thereafter, I engaged my chiropractor for full Nutrition Response Testing through which she found that my thyroid gland was crashing, my pituitary gland was not happy, my adrenal glands were completely shot, my sinuses were mad at me, and my surgical scars were causing me electrical dysfunction. Up and until I added the nutritional components that my body had been lacking, my hair famously shed all over the place and I was generally sluggish and unmotivated to jump to my feet and play, exercise, and I never really wanted to exit my front door if I didn’t have to. I had gotten into the habit of chalking it up to being a new mother of two and just writing the whole thing off as some post partum baby-bluesy symptomology. I had suspected that my thyroid was not functioning optimally for a number of years and underwent quite a few blood tests that included thyroid screenings all of which consistently came back normal. But, as Dr. Palmer explained to me, lab work analysis merely takes your results and compares it to the general population – but if the general population in our nutrient-deficient, processed food-saturated, and overall malnourished society is generally unhealthy, then the lab result indicators are thereby effectively rendered useless. So she set out to fix my thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands, and my sinuses, too. Now my hair doesn’t fall out in clumps and I’m less nervous than usual. I have also noticed that I’ve been developing a farmer’s tan which is a clear indication that I have actually been spending more time outdoors! Parents, this is the real deal! I have talked to other Nutrition Response beneficiaries and each and every one of them have related success stories – success stories that consistently followed prognoses of doom from their primary doctors. Once I reach my health optimization, my three-year-old will start her NP testing and once she does, I suspect that her little body will be optimized to put the smack-down on those preschool cooties that have consistently plagued her over the...

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