Vytorin Benefits Questioned

Cardiology Conference Reveals Limited Benefit from Vytorin use

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Are you taking Vytorin for high cholesterol? It may not be helping as much as you hoped.

If your doctor has you on Vytorin or Zetia, you may find the recent information presented by the conference on cardiology in Chicago to be of interest.

Their findings stated that Vytorin (and Zetia, which is a component of Vytorin) demonstrated only limited proof of benefit in reducing high cholesterol.

To read more on the cardiology report on Vytorin and Zetia, and to discover natural ingredients that may be helpful in addressing high cholesterol, please
read this article on Vytorin and Zetia benefits

Genetically Engineered Sugar

Genetically Engineered Sugar and what health-conscious consumers should know about GMO decisions and your food

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I don’t intend this blog as an activist site. I am a strong advocate of organic foods and of green building and share information about ways to live more healthy yet, most of my health education work goes on behind the scenes and one on one. However, occasionally I will list information that may be of interest to those following the controversy over GMO – genetically modified organisms; in other words, genetically engineered foods.

I present this as information, educational in nature, so that you can make an informed decision. Got this email from Citzens for Health:

In 2001, Hershey’s, M&M Mars, and American Crystal Sugar told consumers they would not use genetically engineered sugar. But now that sugar beets are close to being planted commercially, they have made no such assurances.

read the rest of the article on genetically engineered sugar

Is Taking MSM Safe?

Is MSM safe for longterm use – What are the side effects of taking MSM

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I have taken MSM for pain, inflammation and muscle cramps and have always gotten good results.

I just read something over at the Mayo Clinic website about MSM safety and thought it might be good to post the following guidelines.

According to the article mentioned above, there seems to be a 12-week safety line drawn in the sand.

In other words, MSM is generally considered safe to take for up to 12 weeks and then, even though there is no evidence to suggest that taking MSM longer would result in harm, there is some reason that the safety goes into question after that 12 week period.

I’ve never taken MSM even 12 weeks before, because it usually helps within a week.

I also read that, as is the case with anything else you consume whether food, herbs, vitamins or prescription medicines, that there are some potential side effects to taking MSM. I have never personally experienced any of these.

The side effects mentioned include headache, upset stomach and loose bowels. Obviously, if you expereince any negative side effects when taking MSM, you should adjust dosage or stop taking it. Also, if under a doctor’s care for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, consult with your doctor before adding natural anti-inflammatories.

MSM is not MSG

By the way, I am taking about methylsulfonylmethane ( MSM ) and not monosodium glutamate ( MSG ). Because there is only one letter’s difference in the abbreviation between these two, very different substances, they sometimes get confused.

MSG is a food additive I consider toxic at any level. I believe it should be banned from foods and particularly foods for children as the MSG has more of a chance of causing brain damage in very small children who consume foods heavy in it. Because MSG enhances the flavor of foods, it is heavily used in children’s processed foods, cereals and snacks.

I read on a couple of websites that MSM can cause thinning of the blood as well so if on blood thinners, check with your doctor. I think that’s a good idea before adding anything new, if on blood thinners. Even liquid nutritionals like Goji can cause problems with blood thinners.

Potential skin rashes were also mentioned on a couple of forums on the subject. In general, it’s good to notice any different reactions you might have after taking something new, whether natural or prescription medication as the potential for allergic reaction exists with just about anything you put into your body.

Living by Default

Living by Default – The Frequency of Resisting Change and Transformation

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I woke this morning with nothing planned….
Not that planning is the answer….
I woke this morning with no new thing entertained….
That would be a different kind of plan.

So….my day has unfolded by default
When I go to sleep at night
With no choices about exploring new levels tomorrow,
I default to yesterday’s reality
And create it again.

I choose, today, to change that paradigm.
I choose, right now, to choose differently
In areas where past choices have manifested
Less than joy and creative fulfillment.

I choose to create a life
Led by conscious, consistent opening to potential
For greater joy, peace, harmony, fun and creative expression.

After all, I already lived every second of yesterday.
What need is there to live it again today?

The Frequency of Joy

The Spiritual Frequency of Being

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What if we have it backwards?
I’ve worked diligently, as a spiritually aware being, to release limited thinking, shift non-progressive behaviors, learn more about the I AM that I am, and spiritually evolved. I have faced personal demons and lived through dark nights of the soul.

After a while, it all gets to be just more spiritual work, doesn’t it? After a while, I wonder if it isn’t backwards down here on earth, like a negative is the opposite of a real picture….

What if the highest work we can do is to be. And what if the highest spiritual frequency any of us can be is joy? And what if the highest expression of joy is fun?

I am aware that I sound like an old hippy with the “if it feels good, do it” chant….it’s that and it’s not that at all.

It isn’t about doing, this joy life I’m glimpsing with the help of a friend of mine who is swimming in that river…..being in the frequency of joy as a spiritual discipline sounds like a paradox….yet, it sings to me of Truth with a big T.

Maybe our “spiritual work” is really to play as much as we can…..

I have the same bills to pay that you do, you who are reading this. I know how the mind argues with this idea of playing our way to abundance and manifesting all that we desire.

The mind has been running the show for a long time now and it’s time for a performance evaluation. Letting logic run my life has manifested somethig different than the reality I want so I’m willing to give fun a chance, to give playing and joy a chance.

Counting my Eyes

Counting my blessings as a Sacred Initiation

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Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night,
I heard a strange sound.
I opened my eyes in the darkness


I could see.

Something was being pressed in on me
Something I needed to know.

I counted my eyes
One, Two

I had five fingers on each hand
I had five toes on each foot
I had two legs and two arms

I had all my organs

I was whole

Now…..what were those nagging worries I had before lying down? What were they and why did they matter? I am whole and so grateful for wholeness.