Archive for November, 2010
It’s amazing how quickly this year flew by. I wanted to take the time to wish all of the “Journey With Judith” readers a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Please take the time to enjoy yourselves, your loved ones, your pets, your friends, etc. Be grateful for who and what you have and do not focus on the things that you do not have. Be blessed!!!
Is there one thing this year that you are most grateful for? If so, leave a comment and share your story.
Collagen already exists in the human body. In simple terms collagen is the glue holding us together. It makes up 30% of the bodies protein. Collagen burns fat, makes you sleep soundly, increases the metabolism, makes you lose weight, increases joint function, stimulates bowel function, improves the strength of skin and hair, and increases the quality and or elasticity of the skin.
Threats to Collagen:
- Sugar consumption destroys the collagen that our body makes naturally.
- Wear and tear to the body due to past injuries or surgeries.
When Should I Take Collagen?
According to Dr. Valerie Saxion liquid collagen should be taken at night with water on a relatively empty stomach along with vitamin C.
I decided to write this blog as I have decided to try this product. I will let you know whether or not the product works well for me. I am using the product in the picture above but Dr. Saxion also sells collagen on her site too.
For more information on this topic please visit Dr. Saxion’s website. Also, never begin these types of regimens without the advice of your own doctor or naturopathic (holistic) doctor. As always, if you decide to try the product please leave a comment and tell me what you think.
Valerie Saxion N. D. www.ValerieSaxion.com
Dear Young Ladies:
This week I just want to encourage you with this great song. The lyrical content is phenomenal and oh so true. Even if you don’t like rap music just vibe with the lyrical content. Be good to yourselves and know that God loves you and so do I.
Music Artist: Lecrae
While continuing on my health journey, I have discovered that I am vitamin D deficient. I was wondering why I was feeling tired for no reason. To be honest, I thought that I was getting plenty of vitamin D as this is provided by the sun and I live in a state that is always sunny. Go figure! I did a little research and found that many Americans are vitamin D deficient. I am sure that if we are vitamin D deficient in this country, then the inhabitants of the world may also be vitamin D deficient but I did not have time to research the world’s vitamin D status (question mark bubble above my head).
Where is vitamin D found?
Vitamin D comes from food, milk, and the sun.
According to the research many people are not absorbing vitamin D. Seventy-five (75%) of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Ninety-seven (97%) of African Americans and ninety (90%) of Hispanics are vitamin D deficient. The benefits of vitamin D include:
• Helps to prevent or eliminate breast and prostate cancer.
• Helps to reduce fatigue.
• Helps to reduce or prevent diabetes.
• Helps to prevent or reduce asthma.
• Helps to prevent or reduce high blood pressure.
• Helps to prevent or reduce obesity.
• Common cancers are reduced by 50%.
I have found that vitamin D3 with Vitamins K1 and K2 has helped improve my stamina and my overall feeling of good health. It amazes me how something so small can make such a huge impact on my health. You all know that I am highly opinionated; I think that true health reform happens when we give our bodies the things that it needs so that it can heal itself.
For your convenience, I have included a link to a company that public speaker and Pastor Paula White recommends for purchasing a high quality vitamin D product that she said helped to save her life. A JWJ reader advised me that unlike Paula’s vitamin D product, it is best to use vitamin D3 and I agree. Thanks Bea! I would note that I take vitamin D3 along with K1 & K2. You may want to check your local health food store to find vitamin D3 (5ooo IU) along with Vitamin K1 (500 mcg) and Vitamin K2 (50 mcg).
If you start to include vitamin D3 in your daily regimen, please leave a comment below.
www.LifetimevitaminD.com (Paula White’s product, check to see if this product is vitamin D3.)
The American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting asked the genius Dr. Cornel West to be one of the keynote speakers for social justice theme in public health. Dr. West currently serves as the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. I so admire this wonderful activitist, actor, critic, educator, orator, and philospher. I will step aside now and let this creative genius weave words together like musical chords. Please listen with your heart!!!
American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting 2010 in Denver, Colorado
Dear Young Ladies:
I hope that you all are doing well this week. I hope that you are pursuing your dreams. I was thinking about the things in life that make life worth living. A life of service is one of the most important components that help to improve the quality of life for you and for others. As I have stated previously, I have taken care of one or both of my parents for the majority of my life. I believe that a life that is lived only for fulfilling your own desires and dreams is not really a life at all. In order to be a well-rounded young lady start doing at least one thing a day for someone else. Try to do something without expecting a reward or recognition for the deed that you have done. I know that the idea of serving others seems to be dying in our society, but please do NOT fall victim to a selfish mindset. Becoming a young lady who gives in service to help someone else takes practice. As you begin to practice these “good deeds” your heart will begin to change, then your overall attitude will change, then ultimately your entire life (big smile).
As always, remember that I love you enough to tell you the truth. Continue to laugh, love, and live. Leave a comment if you are taking the “Service Challenge.” Also, if you do not think that serving others is important, I would love to hear from you too, just explain why you do not think that giving to others is important
During my entire life I have spent years listening to doctors bring me bad news about family or friends. I joke about the fact that I spent most of my life in one hospital or another as my parents were very ill for a very long time. When I was born, my Dad said that the doctors gave me a terrible diagnosis and prognosis. When I was born doctors told my Dad that I would be a vegetable at best. I would never laugh, understand (or learn in school), or do any of the things that normal kids do. Back then and even today my family strongly believes in the “power of prayer.” My entire family prayed for me and trusted that God had a better plan for me than what the doctors could see. Now, please do NOT misunderstand this posting. I am very grateful to doctors for their abilities to help and to practice medicine. I am simply saying that I do not believe that science should be the final authority as science can be defied when we as humans, learn how to activate our faith.
True story: About ten years ago, a family member of mine fell gravely ill with advanced gangrene (local death of body tissue) due to uncontrolled diabetes. My family member’s toe was so badly infected that you could not be in this person’s presence without feeling physically ill (the stinch was really that bad). I arrived at the hospital and I spoke with the doctor. Here was our conversation:
(Doctor) As you can see, your family member has a terrible infection that has destroyed the structure of the toe. The bone, the nerves, and everything in that toe has been destroyed. Your family member’s leg will need to be amputated.
(Me) Wait a minute, if the toe is the problem and I can see that it is clearly infected, why are you trying to take the entire leg?
(Doctor) Well, I am the doctor and we believe that the infection may have traveled up the leg. We are giving your family member heavy antibiotics to kill the infection but just to be on the safe-side we need to take the leg. Also, your family member has asked that I speak with you and you are to authorize me to take the leg or not. Your family member trusts your decision.
(Me) (At first I just felt numb all over as this was a decision that I should not have to make…this is way to much pressure, I thought….just then, I felt my faith rise, I squared my back and shoulders). I told the doctor that my family member is 6 feet tall so I cannot imagine authorizing him(the doctor) to take the entire leg when the only threat that I can see is the toe (this toe looked like it had been blown off by a hand grenade). I authorize the toe to be amputated, but not the leg.
(Doctor) You are making a huge mistake! Who do you think you are? I have been a podiatric surgeon for many years and you are making a big mistake. I feel like you are wasting my time because I will probably have to do another surgery to remove the leg, which is a waste of time and money.
(Me) Doctor, my family and I appreciate your help, but on behalf of the family please remove the toe and nothing more or we will have to litigate.
After this nerve wrecking consultation with my family member’s doctor, I went home. I was terrified. My mind was overwhelmed and I began to vehemently doubt my decision. How did I know that everything was going to be alright? Who did I think I was? I’m not a doctor. Oh, Lord help me!!! I fell to the floor of my room and began to pray. I heard God say that everything was going to be fine and that I made the right decision. I was scared but I decided to trust God anyway.
To make a long story short, the doctor came out after the surgery and said, “I don’t know how you knew it, but the toe was the only thing that needed to be removed, your family member will be fine.”
For the past year, I have been receiving calls that people are ill with life-threatening mental and physical illnesses. I am writing this blog to encourage you that God is still the final authority. Sickness does not have to conquer us, if we believe in the power of God.
Continue to enjoy your life’s journey in health and prosperity. Feel free to leave a comment if the Spirit moves you.
The name of this snack is appropriately named, Tasty Brand. For those of you are concerned about eating foods that are gluten-free and free of high fructose corn syrup this wonderful brand maker is worth checking out. As someone who is fighting to avoid diabetes and obesity, I like this brand for myself. I find that this product is also great for kids. I am completely hooked on the Tasty Brand fruit snacks. These snacks are a great replacement for the cookies and other sweets that I used to eat.
For those of you who do not know what gluten is. Here’s a brief explanation provided by Web MD.
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a specific type of protein, but one you won’t find in meat or eggs. Instead gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for most people with gluten allergies or celiac disease, a condition which causes intestinal damage when gluten is eaten (www.webmd.com).
Tasty Brand snacks are made in the USA and can be purchased at health food stores, I purchased my product at Whole Foods.