Osim uJolly Portable Massage Chair

The hubs gave me one of the best presents for Christmas about 5 years ago. It was an Otto portable massage chair.  This massager has brought so much relief to my life. Whenever I have backache, a stiff neck or still shoulder, I would switch on the massager, which had become a permanent fixture on my work chair. About one month back, the fabric on the massager gave way. Initially, it was only a slight tear and I continued using it. Days later, the entire piece of fabric got frazzled and tattered, exposing all the mechanisms inside the massage chair. That was when I stopped using it, lest I got electrocuted.

A month of not having my back massaged by the massage chair, coupled with a week of not having any helper during CNY, I developed backache again. I told the hubs that I really needed a new massage chair.

As yesterday was Thaipusam holiday, we took the opportunity to shop for my massage chair at Mid Valley Megamall.  In under half an hour of testing the Osim uJolly back massager, we bought it.

I came at the right time as Osim is now having a fantastic promotion.  The uJolly is now selling at a promotion price of RM1,200 (usual price is RM1,588).  On top of that, Citibank card holders have the benefit of using their points to redeem the massage chair. With combined points from my card and the hubs’ card, the balance to be paid is only RM600+.  Wait there’s more!  We could even opt for a 1-year or 2-year interest-free installment, which means installment is only about RM50+ a month!

If you are not a Citibank credit card holder, no worries. You could opt for the 2-year interest-free installment which means you only need to pay RM50 nett a month. So everyone can now afford a massage chair!

Cass testing the uJolly massager…

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If you are prone to aches and pains on your back, neck and shoulder, or have insomnia, getting a massage chair is a good investment but a full-fledged massage chair can be very costly at over RM18,000 a unit. So a portable massage chair or back massager is the next best option.  Having a portable massage chair attached to my work chair is now a necessity. It helps to relief aches, helps me to de-stress and helps to lull me to sleep very, very easily 😀

 

Neonatal Jaundice

Jaundice is caused by the build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance produced when red blood cells are broken down. Jaundice is common in newborn babies because babies have a high level of red blood cells in their blood, which are broken down and replaced frequently. High bilirubin in newborns is caused by a baby’s immature liver that lacks the strength to remove bilirubin from the blood quickly enough. Our three girls were mildly jaundiced at birth but thank God, they recovered pretty fast and no medical treatment was needed for them.

Some babies have jaundice so bad that they require prolonged stay in the hospital.  A friend of mine who recently gave birth to a preemie had to rent a phototherapy machine from the hospital so that her baby could be treated at home.  When her baby recovered after a month, the huge bill for the rental of the phototherapy machine caused a massive big hole to her husband’s wallet.

If you or anyone has a newborn baby with jaundice, it is worth giving Izumio hydrogen water a try.  I have two testimonials to share here from two of our members:

12 days old baby of my cousin. Serum bilirubin(SB) reading at 234umol/L upon admission. Baby undergone phototherapy but after 24hours, reading only went down to 233umol/L. Gave my cousin a pack of IZ . Fed her once only about 1 oz. Blood test done 5 hours later – SB reading went down to 203umol/L! And it further went down to 181umol/L 6 hours later and she was discharged. The parents are in awe! Izumio rocks!

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In another testimonial, our member’s colleague had a newborn baby with jaundice. He made 2 oz of milk with Izumio water in the bottle. The baby was given ONLY 1 time consumption. Shockingly the reading descended to safe level after the Bilirubin test the next day and the baby was discharged.

Testimonials taken from Creating A Million Smiles With Izumio & Super Lutein on Facebook. This is a closed group for consumers of the products.

You can read more about IZUMIO and Super Lutein here.

Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290 or email me at shireenyong@gmail.com to find out more.

Go Natural With Baby Mantra

When I had my first baby, me being the first time new mom didn’t know that shampoos meant for babies and young kids may contain harsh chemicals that may be toxic. I bought a very well known brand of baby shampoo and thought that it was the best since my mother bathed me with this brand of shampoo too. In fact, many mothers still use this brand of baby products as it has grown to be a household name for baby bath products.  And like how many mothers used to bathe their babies in the  1970s and 80s by  putting a few drops of baby body shampoo into a tub of water and then washing the baby inside the tub of soap water without rinsing afterwards, I naturally did the same with my  first born.  She developed bad rashes on her skin, especially on her cheeks and scalp.

Two babies later, I was a smarter and more well-informed mother.  I found out later that the brand of baby bath products that I had been using on my girls contains sulfates and paraben.

Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain.

With my third baby, I bought only baby bath products that are free from sulfates and paraben.

Many beauty companies have swapped out sulfates for other chemicals, which can sometimes even be worse. To ensure that sulfate-free products won’t further damage your skin and hair, look for products that use fruit or vegetable-based cleansing ingredients.

One such brand of baby toiletries that uses natural and organic ingredients is Baby Mantra.

Baby Mantra is a natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan, PETA, EWG verified and NPA certified skincare line for moms, babies, kids and sensitive adults!

Every Baby Mantra product is:

  • EWG VERIFIED TM
  • Rated “1” on EWG’s Skin Deep
  • Certified by the Natural Products Association
  • PETA Certified – Cruelty Free
  • NO Sulfates
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Phthalates
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Dyes
  • NO Artificial Fragrances
  • Gluten Free
  • Allergy Tested

Baby Mantra natural baby body wash has such natural ingredients as lavender and coconut oil. The calming lotion has shea butter and soothing lavender and the baby rash ointment has nourishing sunflower seed oil.

Made in the U.S.A from only top quality all-natural and organic ingredients, www.babymantra.com hosts an entire product line of baby lotions, baby oils, Mommy Body butter, shampoo & body wash all tested and approved by the founder and her beautiful baby girls. Do check them out and I am sure you will fall in love with Baby Mantra’s range of soothing and natural toiletries.

Book Worm

Cass is a book worm. She reads ALL sorts of novels and magazines, even Reader’s Digest.

During spring cleaning of the house just before CNY, the hubs fished out a drawer full of books. They were mostly my old novels. I left the pile of books in a box  to be given away.  And the little worm inched her way to the box, ransacked it and fished out a collection of novels from Reader’s Digest. It is a 4-in-1  Select Editions by Reader’s Digest. I had received the book as complimentary gift when I renewed my Reader’s Digest subscription many, many moons back.

I was not even aware that the little book worm singled out this book until I saw her all wrapped up in this book for days. I took a closer look at the book and I could not believe that she was actually reading my novel, which is meant for young adults!  And she actually got so obsessed with the book that she read it for hours on end during the CNY holiday.

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Cass reading the novel during lunch at home…

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She brought it along with her when we went out for breakfast…

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And she even stashed the book in her backpack and read it on the train during our ride back to Ipoh over CNY.

I can’t believe this girl has such strong interest in war stories dated way back to 1941 as she bombarded me incessantly with questions regarding the war.  And Nicholas Sparks’s romance stories too. Oh my oh my!!  She’s such a voracious reader, she’s definitely stacking up to her 2 older sisters and even her mum!

 

2017 CNY Eve & “Chor Yat”

Hello peeps!!!  Koong hei fatt choy to everyone!  Sorry for the lack of update for a week. Whenever there is a school break, it will be really hard for me to steal even 5 minutes to warm the chair at my work desk. With relatives in and out of the house for a week, no helper, cooking and traveling, not only have I not had the time to do anything online, I have even developed a backache, OUCH!  Thank goodness no. 2 and no. 3 are back in school today and this gives me the reason to start my morning exercise regimen again. I am so glad to tell you that I have started running again. When the iron level goes up, so does my stamina! I am so happy that I am slowly but surely starting to run again without gasping for air.  I am still popping Sangobion iron tabs twice a day, on top of filling my tummy with foods rich in iron.

So what have we been doing this Chinese New Year?

On the eve of CNY, I brought the girls and the MIL to Mid Valley Megamall to do some last minute shopping. The hubs was and still has been busy with work.  I took the girls to shop for clothes at the eleventh hour.  Traffic leading to the mall was really smooth and getting a spot to park my car had never been this fast and easy!  While the girls were shopping for their clothes, I spotted a bright chili red mini skirt and bought it on impulse. OUCH to my wallet!!  But retail therapy is the best way to de-stress and buying stuff really does make me a very happy mommy 😍

After breaking my wallet just on clothes, the mil treated us to lunch at Upeh @ Gardens. We ordered  Nasi Dagang and Nasi Kerabu. Both the items were super yums.

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We had  dinner at the hubs’ uncle’s house where all the Yaps gathered for the first time in KL for the CNY reunion dinner. In previous years, some of them would celebrate in Ipoh and the rest in KL.  We had a pretty late night and only went to bed at close to 2am.

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On the first day of the year of the Rooster, I dragged myself out from bed to help out as a ‘dutiful’ daughter in law, though I had less than 6 hours of sleep.  We were expecting the hubs’ relatives for brunch of customary vegetarian food at our house.  This year, Cass helped to tie knots on dried daylily buds for the vegetarian dish.

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Below – The vegetarian dish that the mil wokked up early in the morning of the first day of CNY. It totally slipped my mind that I had to snap a nice picture of the vegetarian dish before it was dug into. I only remembered to take a picture when we were eating this dish for dinner that night, ha!

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Below – The Yaps tossing the vegetarian ‘lou sang‘…

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Below – tofu and vegetarian roast ‘duck’ that the hubs bought from a vegetarian restaurant. He waited for over 1 hour just for these 2 dishes.

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After our customary vegetarian lunch at home, we went to Pavillion to do some red red CNY camwhoring 😍   Sorry, no pictures of our Pavillion photography will be posted here as a show of respect and privacy to my relatives who do not wish to be featured in my blog. I have instead taken pictures of Pavillion CNY 2017 from dunialifestyle.com to show you just how pretty and red the decor is this year.

Below – our tea and snacks at one of the newly opened cafes in Pavillion…

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Below – the nga ku (arrow root) plant that sprouted out from the arrow roots. The mil germinated the arrow roots in water 2 weeks before CNY and the green shoots shot up to this height on the first day of CNY.

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Trip To Dentist

Someone has been complaining of painful and bleeding gums. After school yesterday, off we went to the dentist.  Mr dentist checked the gums and said that the second permanent molar is cutting out soon. The gums surrounding the tooth are a tad inflamed plus she really needs a good dental scaling done too… with numbing spray.

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And the total cost of damage for the 15-20 minute procedure was RM180!

What a way to end the year of the cheeky monkey. Within a short span of 1.5 weeks, I spent over RM2,000 on medical bills.

Never mind, I am positive the year of the rooster will be a better one for me 🙏🙏😊

Khind Soup Cooker

I am a sucker for home cooked dishes and soups. They are the best! Cooking my own meals affords me the peace of mind that goes along with having complete control over the type and quality of ingredients in my meals and the degree of cleanliness that goes into their preparation.  I am fortunate that I am a work-from-home mum who have the ‘luxury’ to dish up home cooked meals for my girls.

Soups are an important item on the dining table for the Chinese.  A comforting bowl of hot soup is not only nourishing but delicious.  Soups are easy to prepare and it can be treated as a one-pot complete dish with meat and vegetables cooked together.

Traditional Chinese soups are gentle tonics made from fresh vegetables, different types of meat or fish and flavored only by natural ingredients.  One distinguishing element about traditional Chinese soups is that oil, cream and butter are hardly used – making the soups naturally low fat, low calorie and low sodium. We hardly ever add salt into our soups.

Not all parents have the time to prepare home cooked dishes or soup on a daily basis.  Wouldn’t it be good it there was a soup cooker with pre-set digital timer that you can rely on to cook a pot of nourishing soup or a stew just on time for dinner for your family? With the revolutionary Khind Soup Cooker, you can now come home to a pot of  hot soup or hot stew ready to be served! Just blanch some vegetables and dinner is ready!

Features of the Khind Soup Cooker:

  • Stew soups at simmering heat to breakdown meat and at the same time infuse flavours of the spices suggested in the recipes.
  • Pre-set for delayed cooking. Stewing is available.
  • Wide variety of menu available with special double stew function.
  • Large capacity to cook whole chicken.

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The main cooking functions of the Khind Soup Cooker are as follows:

Double Stew
This function uses ‘three quarter power” of Fast Stew function. Stew soups at simmering heat for 4 hours to breakdown meat and at the same time infuse flavours of the spices suggested in the recipes to cook delicious and aromatic soups.

Fast Stew
Faster cooking time. Higher heat input, 2 hours pre-programmed stewing time.

Intense Heat
For meals that require high heat to extract flavors and essence for example:

1)Nutritious Soup –  ABC Soup, Lotus Root Soup where vegetables, roots and fruits
form the main ingredients.

2)Rib Soup – Suitable for soup consisting mainly of rib meat.

3)Chicken Soup – Soup with poultry as the main ingredient.

4)Bean Soup – For beans that need more time and high cooking temperature to achieve desired softness and flavor.

5)Thick Soup – chicken mushroom stew, lamb / beef radish stew.

Mild Heat
This menu groups the type of ingredients that need longer time to stew while using lower heat to preserve the flavours and its essence. Examples: tendon and big bones soup, knuckle soup, stewing brown rice and multi grain porridge, white rice porridge with meat and desserts like lotus seeds and lily pear, etc

For working mummies and also daddies, this soup cooker could save you money and time as you can now prepare wholesome home cooked soups and stews everyday for your family. This saves you money from eating outside, not to mention how much more healthier it is for your loved ones to eat nutritious food that is not laced with salt, oil, sugar and food additives.  When only good food goes into your body, you are bound to feel the difference to your health and waist line too!  Remember, less salt, less oil and less sugar equal less FAT.

This is my hearty bowl of double stew free-range chicken soup. It is rich in taste, full of chicken flavor (nothing else is added besides one whole chicken), not to mention incredibly nutritious.

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Discount For Health Freak Mommy Readers!

Are you tempted already to get a Khind Soup Cooker?  Good news! Make this year of the rooster a healthier year for you and your family.  For readers of Health Freak Mommy, you will be entitled to an exclusive offer of RM40 off the retail price of RM360.40!  Wait there’s more!  You will also get a FREE kitchen towel set when you purchase a Khind Soup Cooker model SC680C.  This deal is only for the Khind Soup Cooker.

How To Get The Discount and Free Gift?

Go to www.khindonline.com and purchase the Khind Soup Cooker online. During checkout, key in the promo code BSC680

For list of authorized outlets, you may check via http://www.khind.com.my/product_wheretobuy.asp?cat1ID=18&cat2ID=23&cat3ID=164&id=822

Promotion is only valid from 3 January – 28 February 2017.

 

Iron Rich Foods

Ever since I was told by my doctors that I am severely anemic (reading of 6 g/dL), I have been pumping iron rich foods into my body. Every. single. day. I feel like I am on a blood chase marathon where time is limited and I have to stuff myself with iron rich foods to build up red blood cells before my next menstrual cycle begins! The days are ticking away and I have only a few days left before the next war of blood begins.  I don’t feel woozy actually and only short of breath when I run. Brisk walking, swimming and shopping for 10 hours don’t make me breathless though 😀  And my heart flutters too. That’s because red blood cells (RBC) carry oxygen to the rest of the body and being short of RBC, I have a feeling that I lack oxygen when I exert myself physically. It is also highly dangerous when the RCB drops to a very low level as my heart may fail me!

My breakfast would consist of an egg each day now. I used to eat an egg a day (sometimes two) but have since stopped when blood works showed an elevated cholesterol level a year ago. Now that my cholesterol level has dropped to 4.9, I have the ‘allowance’ to indulge in an egg a day again 🙂

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I add a teaspoon of organic and unsulphured blackstrap molasses to my egg as blackstrap molasses is rich in iron.  This gooey liquid is not the tastiest of food and I cannot bring myself to down in with a glass of water. Think swallowing a spoonful of dark soy sauce. Yup, that’s how it actually tastes.  I need savory food to help mask the texture and taste of the molasses. Or mix it with a bowl of plain vermicelli.

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I try to include beef in my diet each week, though beef is not my favorite type of meat.  And lots of spinach too.

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My diet these days make me feel like I am in confinement😊   The smell of boiling red dates water  wafting in the air at home each day reminds me of my confinement days.  My mil would boil red dates soup with chicken or a plain concoction of red dates + black dates water everyday.  On some days, she would double boil chicken essence for me. Bless her for all her TLC 🙂

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I would also chew about 2-3 organic dried red dates each day.

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And chew on organic goji berries too. Goji berries or wolfberries or gei jie is rich in iron and are good for the eyes too.

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As well as graze on nori seaweed sheets (plain ones with no salt, no sugar and no oil) like a cow.  Did you know that not only is nori high in iodin, calcium, protein and fiber, it is also high in iron and your bones love it?Nori lowers cholesterol too.

 

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With such rich and nutritious food pumped into my body for the past one week, I feel more energetic, my lips are starting to turn reddish again and my heart has stopped fluttering. Oh and I forgot to mention that I pop 2 Sangobion iron tabs each day.

Ladies, if you feel like you lack stamina, feel tired, have heart palpitations and have heavy menstruation, it’s good that you have a total blood count done. It can be life saving.

 

Medical Check-Up And Blood Tests

My medical check-up and blood works this year have shown favorable and non-favorable results.

I’ll start with the non-favorable ones first.

The fibroid in my uterus is still there and is still causing me heavy periods with blood clots every month. The pattern of blood flow will be one month heavy, the next month super heavy and the following month mildly heavy. The  position of the fibroid sitting in my uterus is causing all the heavy bleeding.  The fibroid is also splitting the uterus into half.  Red flag 🔺

The moment I stepped into my gynae’s clinic, her first comment to me was my very pale complexion. She ordered me to have a total blood count test carried out urgently.

Next is the breast ultrasound scan which shows a cyst in each breast. They do not look malignant. Anyhow, I have been referred to a doctor specializing in breast for monitoring. Again, breast lumps in my case is genetic, as with fibroids, as my mum is also very prone to getting them.

As the total blood count report only came in 2 hours later, I had to make another trip to the hospital to see my doctor after 2 days.  My total blood count is 6g/dL. Normal range is 12 – 16.  A reading of 5 is near death in some cases.  Can you see how low it is now?!!  My doctor is very concerned that after my next period, I may collapse and require a blood transfusion! In fact, she asked if I’d like to do a blood transfusion like NOW!  Big red flag!! 🔻

The doctor wants me to have a keyhole surgery done to have the fibroid removed, albeit this procedure only allows about 90% of the fibroid to be removed.  Moreover, there is high chance that the fibroid will grow again. The only way to stop the growth of the fibroid is the onset of menopause.  Yeah, blame it on the hormones.  I have never looked forward to reaching menopause but now I am having a change of mind 😱

The other option that my gynae proposed is for me to start on Esmya. Esmya is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of uterine fibroids, which are benign tumors of the uterus, in adult women who have not yet reached the menopause.  Cost aside (over RM600 a box), I am not keen on taking this drug due to its side effects, one of which is a slightly increased risk of ovarian, uterine or cervical cancer.

My doctor has referred me to another gynae specializing in fibroids and I will be seeing him in 2 days.

The good news is that my cholesterol level has gone down!  From 6.4 mmol/L in February 2016, it went down to 5.8 mmol/L in August 2016. The latest reading (January 2017) shows 4.9 mmol/L.  I am so happy that my altered diet, exercise and continued consumption of Izumio and Super Lutein have helped to bring the reading down. My doctors had previously warned me that it would be very hard to bring the cholesterol reading down as I have genetic high cholesterol but I did it!  Praise the Lord!  Thank goodness I did not listen to their advice to start on a course of Statin.

I now have about 2 weeks before my next period starts and I feel like Count Dracula – busy gorging down on red meat, red dates (organic ones), cockles, goji berries, black strap molasses, eggs, spinach, beet root, red beans, iron tabs and everything red to shore up my red blood cells before the next war of blood begins! Survive I must!!

Medical Check-Up Tuesday – 10 January 2017

I went for my yearly ‘woman check-up’ at Pantai Medical Center two days ago. This is the second time I am seeing this gynae, who looks like a Bollywood star – pretty, elegant and cool! Many expatriates see her and I can see why they like her so much.

I reached the hospital at 9am, registered myself and found out that I was the 5th in queue.  After the nurse had done the routine blood pressure and weight check, I went to have breakfast with my man at a popular coffee shop in Bangsar.

Hubs who always has eyes bigger than his tummy ordered all these…

Pork noodles and fish fillet in seaweed and veggie soup…

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Ipoh chicken hor fun with bean sprouts…

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…and also a plate of wanton mee.  By the time the wanton mee arrived, he had to ask for the noodles to be tapau-ed 🙈

After breakfast, he dropped me back at the hospital and he went off to work. I spent over 4 frigging hours at the hospital to see my gynae to do a scan of my uterus, did a full blood count test and did a breast scan at the Imaging Dept.  I spent close to RM700 for all these tests including a separate cholesterol and blood sugar profile which I did the next day at a clinic in my neighborhood.

I waited for almost 2 hours at the Imaging Dept to get my breast scanned. At the dept, I heard the nurses calling out names of several Tan Sris and Datuks. One Tan Sri was an ex Menteri Besar of one of the states up North. He was on a wheel chair.  Another Tan Sri came with some bodyguards. He went in to do either a CT Scan / MRI.  You could be a Menteri Besar or a CEO, but the minute you are in the hospital in dire need of medical help, your position does not matter anymore. All the money in the world means squat.

While waiting for my turn to do the breast ultrasound scan, I went across the next block to have a quick lunch at Secret Recipe. I ordered a vegetarian lasagna and I didn’t like it a wee bit.

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If you think that Government hospitals require a longer wait, let me tell you that it’s the same at private hospitals. I have been to many hospitals – both private and government and the waiting time is the same. This goes to show just how many people are unwell everyday and need medical treatment. Our health is so precious and once you start to lose it, you are willing to spend a fortune to gain it back. Never ever gamble with your health by neglecting it. I know it’s easier said than done and I am guilty as charged too. I need to get more sleep and manage my stress / anger better 😔.  I have mentioned before that lack of sleep, stress and anger create free radicals rapidly in the body.  But once you are told you have a certain condition, don’t you wish you had taken care of your body earlier and loved it more? Work can wait. Anger and stress can be blocked off your mind if you know how to tackle it.  Don’t wait till it’s too. You only have one life and one body. Love it and nurture it with only good stuff it needs.

On the results of my tests, well I have good and bad news to share. That will be for my next blog posting, so stay tuned…