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Mental Imbalance & Lateral Micromanagers, Know-It-Alls, Suck-Ups Who Harsh Your Mellow At Work



Most of us who work at something do so because we need the employment.  Whether you’re busy at something you view as temporary, longer term or fully engaged in what you feel is your life’s purpose, you will occasionally find yourself dumbstruck by difficult people. My old co-worker Kristin Smith used to say ‘They make it harder than it needs to be.’  Whatever you’re sorting through, below is great info and fab reads that will help you identify these challenging types and what you can do to deal with them by allying, accommodating, escaping, confronting or perhaps eliminating them.

I have been in the workforce since I was 12 years old, picking strawberries and later shearing trees for Christmas, in the Pacific Northwest. My first actual job, as opposed to temporary seasonal work, was Bob’s Big Burgers where I wasn’t fast enough on the line and politely let go.  I worked at Moto Photo 3 times (back when folks with cameras needed film developed), Richland College Planetarium 3 times performing laser light shows (great gig!) and finally Sprint 3 times where I had planned to retire but was part of a massive lay off instead. Interspersed with Sprint, I worked as a radio announcer with a smattering of acting & photography work.  Everybody would always hire me back when asked which made me feel I was a fairly adept employee to have around.  At 58 things are different than they were in my 20’s and 30’s out job seeking.  But the mentally instable folks are still there and may sit in a cubicle near you.

My work philosophy has always been to do my best, have some fun, be easy going as possible and in general, endeavor to get along even with people I might not otherwise have ever had the opportunity to associate with. Being thrust into different walks of life and people is a great educational experience.  It is great to mix with one’s own, but also to diversify, just as you would any of your other assets.

It has always puzzled me when co-workers preferred to stir the pot, rather than try and get along.  Each of us has our own crosses to bear and we don’t really know what all is going on inside an individual so erring on the side of compassion, is the best option.  Being of diverse backgrounds, personalities and predilections IS what makes all this great!  The problems arise when we have imbalanced personalities, insecurities, judgments, ego and stress thrown in the mixture as well as folks who plainly should be on meds.

I have learned exactly 3 things that are a job requirement with any company you work at. 1) Perform your job well. Fix what you break.  Own your failures as well as your successes here. 2)  Absorb and honor the culture, and just like people, every corporation is different.  Learn it and abide.  The dude abides.  3) Get along well with everybody else. Those you cannot tolerate, keep as far away from as possible without it looking obvious and conduct all business briefly as feasible and politely.   Humor goes a very long way to making all of this happen.  However well you do your work, you are replaceable. If you are tenured at some place, please enjoy that feeling because as soon as you start somewhere else, you will feel a culture shift that, unless you’ve been job hopping for years, will come as quite a shock.  I don’t understand this but sometimes when new folks come on board, the people who have been there a while, rather than welcome you with open arms, want to size you up and judge and get sometimes intensely combative and defensive, as if you are there to take something away from them.  At least this is what I experienced and I am still scratching my head over it.

Agendas – What is your agenda for working where you do?  What motivates you daily?  For me, I have always come to work with only one agenda, to do the work well. After being fired at Bob’s Big Burgers, I never wanted to ever be fired again so I aim to work well with others and do my job.  I have never wanted the spotlight, to derail someone’s career, to one-up anybody or cause needless harm and chaos.  I have never felt the need to scream insults at someone or single anybody out and make them look bad to pump myself up.  I have not once not ever, called someone up in the middle of their work day to shout threats at them as happened to me in my last corporate job. I am full of flaws so I tend toward helping people rather than be the stone that weighs them down or in any way be the reason they don’t want to come to work.  In short, my paycheck has always been based in part on my being a team player and I just instinctively knew that. 

In my 4 decades of working, I have encountered some very challenging people.  From sexual harassment to jealousies, and pettiness, a few very angry people and much ego.   Many have been clients where I had to be exemplary in handling them while maintaining composure.  For the last 20 years, I was a project manager over implementations (IPM) over voice and data networks for Strategic and Enterprise accounts.   As much as I loved my role, it was mostly very imbalanced in the hours worked which brought out many personality quirks not to mention health issues.   My superpower was taking an upset client and turning that relationship around.  I usually got the worst cases to turn around and accomplished this, to the point of Sprint winning Vendor of the Year from Overhead Door, as just one example. While many people shy away from angry customers, the reality is that most upset folks just want a partner in the business that will hear and understand them and what they want, speak the truth so they aren’t blindsided, while also putting all efforts into meeting all the goals if at all possible.  The 12+ hour days took its toll on my health.  I manage an ongoing swallowing disorder (achalasia) due to all these years full of long hours and stress.  When I took early retirement there, my goal was to put calm and my health as a priority and not work more than an 8 hour day.  8 is enough already. Corporations get greedy.

Wherever you go, there will be the slackers and the over-achievers and those that do their job well, but never push the boundaries to go over and above. You are never going to change that or them.  You can only control yourself. 

Through networking, I ended up with several job offers through folks who knew me and my tenacity.  One seemed perfect, similar pay to what I made prior, learning something new and upcoming (apps) and an 8 hour day.  I called it ‘Dream Job’.   I managed APIs getting tested and deployed, and was hired as a contractor along with 2 other newbies who integrated into an existing team. 
3 months later, 3 additional folks were hired and us new folks were asked to train them while we were all still learning.  This was a HUGE corporation yet there were no M&Ps, no training documents, only a Client Handbook that, while filled with great info, was absolutely NOT a training tool. I did what I have always done in new work situations;  I created a cheat sheet on all the steps to do my work and added to it as I learned more.  I created this cheat sheet so I would not miss a step. I liked this job and intended on keeping it.  The 2 folks training us in between their work, took offense that I would create a cheatsheet and refused to review it for accuracy.   When we new folks began training the other 3 that had just walked in the door, with no corporate training tool to use, I was asked to share my cheatsheet.  This turned into an ego blast where, rather than being happy the new folks were trained rapidly, in a matter of days by using this cheat sheet as a training tool, instead I got screamed at for several minutes in a phone call that was so unprofessional and crazy, threatening my job, calling me insubordinate and shutting my every syllable down.  I decided the best course while I had my ass handed to me, was to just go quiet.  Let it happen, let them scream, think about what I will do next for employment. For a minute I contemplated putting that individual on speaker. In hindsight, this is exactly what I should have done. Why allow someone to be that ugly and get their say in privacy?  Why on earth did I extend courtesy in the face of all that hateful spew?   Nobody ever in my life had spoken to me like this.  Nobody ever again will!  I sat in stunned silence.  Was making six figures really worth all this drama? I had anticipated an adult, professional work environment, not bullies on the playground.   I went home that day a puddle. My husband asked if I wanted a drink when he saw me walk through the door.  I couldn’t even speak. I nodded ‘No’ and went straight to the atrium, closed the door, curled up in a fetal ball and cried for hours.  When I walked into the living room much later, I quietly explained what had happened.  He asked me not to turn in my notice, it was great money and to see what could be worked out.  In all my years at work, I had never encountered such a rough experience.  And while this individual eventually calmed down and had the cajones to take me into a breakout room and discuss it, I realized that this person, who was the one training me, was someone I could not reliably go to for any kind of help.  Their mood could go from zero to hellcat in 3 seconds.  I just didn’t have it in me to deal.  I needed calm.  And this perhaps wasn’t the worst of it.

As we newbies began getting some work, one of the individuals began clashing with everyone else.  We’ll call him Howse.  Howse wanted to spend an exorbitant amount of time deliberating on every little detail, as if he were checking his own logic but the team gradually realized it was his way of trying to coach us, train us on what he somehow assumed he knew more and we needed training on. And yes, even folks who had been there a decade, he was trying to ‘coach’. Classic micromanager, Howse spent every morning of an entire week standing in my cube demanding status as soon as I walked in the door for an API he should have been going to his own resources for.  He created daily team reports and went through all of our work with a fine tooth comb.  He would keep me late (and I did not get paid overtime) to show me ‘my report’ he created.  He would go through each of my projects, their APIs and status and I had no idea why on earth he would keep me after work to go over my work as a peer that I of course already was well aware of since they were my projects.  Then he proceeded to tell us, and the boss or our client, what we did wrong whenever he caught something.  Be it a system glitch, a ticket really not in our shop to write or a simple mistake.  There was a team intervention where, after he reported one of us, he was pulled into a breakout room where team-mates tried to get him to understand why that was wrong to do. He insisted they ‘Needed to know she made an error.’  Ironically, Howse made the same error first, but of course, management didn’t hear about that.  He would jump into business that wasn’t his, join calls he was not invited to, cover up his own errors or justify them and create havoc and upset and distrust in the team.  Always looking to argue a point and demanding things must be done his way, I believe he is the reason I was laid off and amazingly, he was retained. The last thing I tried to help him with was to warn him from tenaciously demanding documentation from tenured folks.  My mistake entirely.  I should have let him go on ahead!  Instead I was trying to have compassion for the root of his behavior issues and help him.  His wife was stayed at home with the kids and he’d lost his last job over this behaviour.  Part of not going through things again is learning the signs of mental imbalance so to  avoid getting sucked into it.  It is never your role to fix a broken employee.  Sometimes trying to help the mentally unstable comes back to bite you.

Above all else, always remain calm.  Both with this phone call and when Howse was yelling at me in my cubicle, just coming completely unglued because I simply asked him to step out of my cubicle and allow me to get my work done my own way, I refused to get angry or shout back.  My personal MO has been to always remain kind.  In the end of it, the hothead screaming insults at you is going to look like the person they are if you remain quiet, calm and polite.  When you jump into the fray, it then becomes ‘he said, she said’ and the truth of it muddies.

If your corporation keeps the asshat, well, they deserve it!  Move onward and upward.  Don’t bother looking back and bemoaning fate.  But, I do encourage you to see what part you took in it.  You may not have known the morale or ethos going into the job but now that you have, think about what you did or did not do or say and make your own behavioral changes.  For me, my change is to not be as patient with mentally imbalanced people.  It can encourage their abuse and nobody deserves to be abused at work. Working for a living, whatever it is, is challenge enough.  None of us needs to put up with rudeness and ego.   There are ways to end a call, stop a person from jumping you in your cubicle every morning and to do this in a polite but firm way. And when that doesn’t work, get up and walk away.

Life is too short for unnecessary conflict.  One of the things I learned when my mother got dementia was that stress and shock can bring it on.  This can be a bad accident, such as breaking a hip, losing a loved one, a bad car accident or anything that seriously jolts you.  They don’t know why but I think I do.  I think the life most of us live is vastly removed from the life most of us were designed to live.  The pace is fast, the work hours long and judging by what I see, the respect and compassion has dwindled.  No work is worth affecting your mental or physical soundness because at the end of it, what you have left is you.  You have to be in shape to take on whatever comes next.  I have watched a lot of worker bees who are spent, not in great physical shape or emotional condition trying to find work.  Always put yourself first.  Because the corporation you work for will take what it can, the responsibility rests upon you to call it when it’s time to stop.  

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Organic Laundry Soap Fish & Ocean Water Safe

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One of the worst polluters on the home front is doing laundry.  In your typical detergent, there are a plethora of chemicals, from optic whiteners to bleach, carcinogens and hormone disrupters, sulfates, parabens, Butyl Esthers, Phosphates, Zeolites, artificial colors, and fillers.  Not only do these chemicals affect our drinking water, create algae blooms which kill off fish but also affect you and your children’s health as they leach into your body through skin contact and breathing in the chemical fragrances.
As an ecopreneur, I’m a brand partner for 2 laundry liquids;
Platypus Laundry Liquid featured photo at the top of the page and Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid.  I also want to talk about the Sanitizer Spray which uses stabilized oxygen!
Links to shop or do a deeper dive are in above in the product names.
Platypus Laundry Liquid – Platypus is made using organic soap nuts on my companies farm coop.  It is 100% biodegradable, even the packaging employs 85% less plastic.  While we wait for a non-scented version, this one has a very pleasant eucalyptus essential oil added which is not overpowering but makes the washer and the clothes have a nice fresh aroma.  This is super concentrated, you only need 2 tablespoons.  1 liter does 40 loads and there is a price break when you buy 3 or more.  The soap comes out looking like dark honey or tea but don’t be alarmed, it will not stain your clothes.  Free of all the usual bad chemicals and completely organic, 5% of all sales is gifted to establishing community-owned Organic Farm Share projects.  Market studies applause this product for being 23% better at cleaning clothes.
Essante Organics Unscented Laundry Liquid – Essante is in a plastic container which is recyclable. Very concentrated, only 2 tiny capfuls are needed so 16 oz will last you through 32 loads with typical soil levels. Non-scented and works well while being safe for our home, our clothes, and fish.  This product uses soy and coconut cleansing agents and is also suggested for furniture fabrics, carpets and pet areas.

Sanitizer Spray – The Essante Sanitizer Spray goes from laundry room to locker room, to countertops of your kitchen and even your makeup bag.  Non-scented, it harnesses the power of stabilized oxygen and kills 99%-100% of bacteria, fungi, germs, pathogens and viruses.  Great for cleaning and disinfecting cuts, abrasions, acne. I have one client who uses the spray, which comes in a purse/travel size, to cure her Tinea Versicolor.  She stated nothing but a very expensive prescription knocked it out prior!  I personally use it daily as our cats won’t stay off the countertops and it provides me great peace of mind that our counters are sanitary.

Changing your laundry soap is one easy way to detox your home, the air that you breathe,  and your clothing while making a huge impact on the environment and mother earth. ♥

The Detox Myth

As we do a mindful practice, we help to ring out and cleanse our organs…to detox.

At the bottom of this article is a great informative little video. Check it out.  

I have had some fairly interesting conversations with regards to detoxing.  I absolutely mean no offense by this statement, however, I have found that sometimes the higher education in the field of Western Medicine a person has, the more they have to hurdle over to get to truth.  Those coming from a holistic, Asian, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic or an Energy worker mindset are typically on my same page.  The body is an exceptional and amazing machine.  I am always thankful for how long my body has carried me so far, for its strength, stamina and balance.  The body is always in a state of protecting us against illness, killing off rogue cancer cells, processing our meals and running those nutrients where they are needed and detoxifying the system.  I have been adamantly told that the body needs no help detoxing, it does so naturally.  These people are not clued into the abundance of chemicals in our world, or the fact each of us comes into this world with what is known as a body burden that only increases as we live unless we are very mindful.

People have asked me ‘Is this or that FDA approved’ as if the government cared one jot about them.  The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is NOT in place to protect you and me, it is in place to protect big business.  In fact, when this organization organized, it did so grandfather in 62,000 chemicals never testing any of them let alone testing how they operate together, how they react with each other, as they do in the wider world. 
We continue being told, as family members get cancer, that the industrial pollution, the agent orange that took my brother off this plane of existence, the chemicals in the skincare that caused cancer in my mother, the glyphosate in the cornfield that killed a camera operator filming Indian Runner in a matter of days and the spot treatment of RoundUp in your garden are all perfectly safe.  Whatever cool-aide they’re drinking, this is a lie.

The issue is that while yes, the body does indeed work to cleanse itself, it was never designed to handle this level of an onslaught.  When our body doesn’t know what to do with a substance or cannot process it right now, it stores that toxin in our fat cells to deal with later.  This is why people feel like they may have the flu, get headaches, feel overall achy when they go on a cleanse.  The body uses any time we are fasting, resting or taking in high nutrition and minerals to help rid itself of toxic substances such as heavy metals, plastics, nicotine. Your Body is Detoxing between 11Pm and 11am – This is the highest point the body is cleansing so provide water with lemon and cayenne pepper if you like. Parsley, Cilantro, Algaes, Chlorella, AFA algae, infrared sauna are great ways to assist in the cleansing processes. 3 weeks of detoxing can flush out 60% of our toxins and create a 1lb of weight per day loss.

The average person puts on 200 chemicals by 9am just in their morning routine.  Cleansing our body of chemicals in this day and age, requires a daily mindful approach that involves eating organically, eating as close to an 80% raw diet as possible, low or no cooking as anything cooked above 118 loses its vitamins and enzymes, reducing or preferably eliminating meat and dairy where toxins are stored in the animals fat, purifying all water, the air and buying toxin-free skincare, body care, supplements, laundry detergents and other home care products. 

95% of all supplements on the market are bad.  Talc is often added as a filler and is carcinogenic. They use lubricants to get the pills through the machines, flavoring, coloring agents which can fuel viruses, cause indigestion, contain toxins. Coating materials are beetle wings and petrochemicals.
At lunch with a client, they shared their beloved rose-scented facial spray turned out to have antifreeze in it.  This is a high-end brand!  I took my all organic Rose Hydrating spray out of my handbag and she enjoyed the refreshment and ordered a bottle. My neighbor has been using Mitchum deodorant when he suddenly realized it has aluminum in it. We were having tea this afternoon and I said, yes, that has been linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s.  He purchased a deodorant I sell right on the spot.  
Laundry soap is one area that is our most earth polluting on the home front.  I sell one that is 23% better than most soaps on the market, comes in an eco-friendly container and is price comparable, grown on the farm of the company I am Brand Partner for and is made entirely in-house.  
If you are interested in taking a look at the products I sell, check out the shop buttons at the top of my webpage.

As an ecopreneur, I help get this message out there along with products that really help mitigate the pollution in our bodies.  I coach on juicing, growing sprouts and on supplements and superfoods to help the body in minimizing its burden.  I promote potent and powerful skincare that is highly effective while being clean enough to eat.  If you are sitting there eating a fast food burger and feeling like you’re on overwhelm, take heart.  Do one thing at a time.  Nothing must be done in a day, but by doing something, by cleaning up your skincare and diet and gradually incorporating clean and green products you minimize the cruelty in animal testing, help save the planet and reduce pesticide use all while feeling far better.  

On a last note, folks will tell me they cannot afford to spend more on supplements or going organic with their food etc.  I am always perplexed at this because we have one body and one planet.  The answer is obvious.  I want to live an abundant and resilient life and my deepest desire is that you do also.  Life is too short to short change yourself.  I have a friend, obese, funny and loves McRibs.  I beg him to just cut down on the junk but he says he is still alive.  I say yeah, but for how long and what’s the quality really like?  I’m almost 60, look 40, I am not on any prescriptions, fully ambulatory and have not been to a doctor for anything in over 20 years.  To me, this is what normal is, it is not taking something for blood pressure, another thing for arthritis, another drug to manage age onset diabetes, something else for leaky gut etc.  Folks we have far more control over this stuff than we sometimes either realize or want to own. From the lady who spilled coffee in her lap at a McDonalds to folks blaming their dog rather than their own training methods, we have become a society that just wants to pass that buck.   I am asking that you own the responsibility you have of managing your health.  Food is fuel. Toxins are deadly.  It absolutely is not your doctors’ job to make you healthy, it is your job.  Your doctor should be a last resort.  To live a resilient life, you simply must make a daily promise to do something kind to yourself and put a focus on things, from yoga to food, that are truly nourishing to you and do those things.  Now, enjoy this video and if interested in taking a deeper dive, below that is a link to a free syllabus with Hippocrates Health Institute where I am an affiliate and took my training. ♥


https://youtu.be/BQGa9qvQZgg

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34  

Spiritual Work

This is my master bath.  The contractor gutted, elevated the ceiling and did new sheetrock, ran electrical etc.  The view from my zen soak tub shows me a gappy unfinished wall, gaps around the medicine cabinet, a crooked light fixture where the round hole which he created for a square base is mostly covered by a cheap plastic circle. The light fixture moves. Not in the photo are unfinished walls, one that curves and child-like tiling.  This passes as quality work at Wilder & Wilder construction.

The photo absolutely will NOT load and I also blame this on the car manufacturer.  They must be working some serious mojo so that my photos won’t post. 😉   But I bought an LS600HL and the dashboard leather peeled up so high it blocked vision out the front windshield. Lexus refused to resolve.  I finally just sold off the car for pennies on the dollar. I believe hell will freeze before I cease talking about my bad Lexsucks.  There were other issues too with the vehicle, it was just aging far too fast for what should have been a quality built machine with a 6 figure sticker price.  Not 50k miles in, the water pump failed, as did the brakes and suspension among other things.  This is my experience and I have read a few other sad Lexus stories too and while your Lexus may or may not be behaving itself, I come away forever off the brand due to how my situation was handled.  It seemed nobody cared to change the outcome and I felt I was driving the most beautiful POS ever created that was a driving time bomb of when I might be left stranded and owing thousands to fix again.

Regardless of your personal beliefs, we are spiritual beings who bring intention and spirit behind that into everything we do, all that we touch and also with what we say.  None of us are perfect so if this sounds scary, don’t worry.  This life is just a practice.  But our practice is in perfection, in giving and doing our best in the service of others with whatever it is that we do or create, even if what we do now is only temporary, you’re going on holiday or retiring next week or starting something new and more in line with your goals etc.

This is the view I see every day I soak in my tub to relax.  Namaste MF comes to mind.  And I have not found anybody that wants to finish this wall for me.  I have thought a lot about work and the spirituality of doing great work, of striving to create happiness with clients, of making it look easy in front of the customer which used to be my personal motto at Sprint as an Implementation Project Manager.  Sure, you are not going to please everybody.  Some folks come with their own tightly packed bag of luggage that you are never going to be enabled to sort through or resolve.  All we can ever do is try.  Try hard.  Looking at this wall I ask you what lasting impression did you leave your last customer with?  Or perhaps it was the checkout person or mailman.  We all brand ourselves by how we typically think, feel and act and by our
personal code of ethics.  Are you a half-finished and poorly done wall? Are you advertising yourself as a flagship when your output speaks otherwise? If so, there’s time and need to go and do better.

We like to think in terms of hierarchy, of rank in importance, such as BMW might rank higher than Subaru or CEO higher than Project Manager.  The reality is that the heart is not one iota more important than the foot, the lung no more important than the lymphatic system, the intestines no less important than the brain.  I found it absolutely fascinating to learn the immune system is a completely separate entity that dwells within our bodies.  We are all made up of bacteria and hopefully more good flora than bad (check your diet.)  But all of the body, while bits, parts and pieces, all work harmoniously together for the good of all the entire organism called human, fish, dog etc or problems ensue.

When we observe the body, we understand that all the lifeforms, all the people, the other animals, the plants, all these bits, parts, and pieces, make up the wonderful and diverse and dependent world we live in with nothing being really more important than another.

Imagine nobody wanted the janitor job.  Nobody took out the trash or recycle? How important would that job suddenly feel after a couple of weeks missed trash pickup? Or a month?  Many of us do something we are not 100% sold on.  This may be a stepping stone or foot inside a doorway, the only thing you felt you qualified for or just a temporary gig to earn some pay.  Whatever it is to you, your hand is bringing spirit into the practice.  Whether it is the practice of customer service, medicine, the practice of implementing APIs or circuits, the practice of acupuncture, you are adding something divine when it is done right.  Whenever you are simply going through the motions or filled with anything less than thankfulness and a desire to do your best in the role you are filling, you are adulterating your power and providing a product whose end results will be less than stellar.  And no matter what you do, however trivial you may think it is, somebody cares a whole heck of a lot about the end result.

Namaste A Yoga Meditation

When I first took up yoga nearly 20 years ago, I was transfixed upon the meaning behind a word I had never heard prior; Namaste.  We are all spiritual beings, filled with the anima, the soul and breath of life that all animals are filled up with.   In the scurry to get projects completed, the car serviced, the kids off to school, pets to the vet, the home cleaned, and figure out how to carve time out to work on our frayed nerves, work out, work in and work on ourselves this is a great word to meditate upon. 

The meaning behind the word Namaste is that the divine in me acknowledges, sees, the divine in you.  When I say Namaste, I am acknowledging your spiritually divine spark, your holiness.  And amid all this chaos, you do have this spark!  The Indian people I worked with used the word as a greeting and a departure. Hello sure pales in comparison. 

I love yoga, and there are many forms, for it’s balancing and healing of the entire system.  Regardless of where you plan to practice, I encourage you to get a Manduka yoga mat.  They are the best, thickest for the knees and joints, easy to clean and last forever.  And now they come in colours!

Types of yoga really run the gamut from Flow or power yoga where you get your heart rate up a bit and flow from one position to the next swiftly, to Iyengar and Anusara where the pace is slow and methodical with high importance placed upon the body structure, stacking the bones and keeping a watchful eye on alignment.  My first teachers were Baron Baptiste,  Iyengar and Vinyasa trained so form was taught.

At the Y, I have become more involved and aware of Iyengar.  At first I felt it was too slow but now I get it.  And the man’s story is fascinating, sickly as a child, he was sent to live with monks in hopes he would find healing.  I highly recommend reading his book, Light On Yoga which is considered the bible of yoga. Here you learn to perfect your form and allow for the healing this brings to your practice.  There is also rope yoga and I am thankful the YMCA offers this!  I have never had such release in my lower back.

Another fabulous book is Baron’s 40 days to Personal Revolution which has great mediation instructions, poses, and deep inspiring thoughts.

Yoga not only tonifies the body, tendons and internal organs but works on the mind.  In yoga, we call it monkey mind, where our thoughts are all over the place.  We learn calm, to live in the parasympathetic responses in our nervous system, the rest and digest.  In our fast-paced world, many of us just stay on a sympathetic nervous system response and wear our systems out.  Think Coronaries.  So we need more calm in our lives.  As we calm, we think clearer.  Yoga helps us grow in compassion not only for others but also for ourselves as we see from day to day our body may be different, balance, stretch or move differently.  I learned which was my stronger side through yoga as well as the myriad ways my life is imbalanced in the day to day life, such as what fingers I use to pull my pants up, or which is my pot scrubbing hand and which is my pot holding hand?  Switch things up, create even strength and balance within yourself.

Anger – One time at work, where we had outsourced to India, I was very frustrated as things were not going well at all.  These folks were put into place with very little learning on something very complicated and add to it the language barrier.  After the run around and feeling my blood boil, I ended my chat session with this exceedingly unhelpful person with ‘Namste’.  In the depth and bile of my anger over not getting something done which should have taken 1 afternoon before but now had required 35 days, I was just done talking.  I had to stop myself and breath.  It would do no good to spew hatred at the machine that put all this in place. Perhaps it wasn’t this individuals fault, who knows their personal story right?  So I just took a slow breath, let it all go and said Namaste.  I was heading my finger on the button to then end the chat session when a message came back to ‘hold on one moment more, I think I can fix this for you.’  And so it was done not in anger, not in pushing my agenda, but simply in letting it go as I acknowledged the holy, the seat of the divine in another very flawed individual as I am equally flawed too.  I ended up after this getting a whole lot of work done faster.  And I shared with my US team what Namaste means as I shared my personal story.  Unfairness, laying off the wrong person, car accidents, loan interest rates going up happen.  Life happens.  The point of it all is to acknowledge the divine in everything which surrounds you.  There you find peace and gain enlightenment.  Namaste.

Vegan Death Threats & Conflicting Thoughts

As a vegan, I have a few conflicting thoughts on a few things. I know veganism gets VERY political. Someone wished me, my pets, my entire family to die of cancer and my business to fail over a discussion about cashew cheese the individual (and later all her Facebook Friends)  misunderstood as dairy. I will be 58 in November. I had never before encountered that much hate and by a fellow vegan and I was just starting this journey. To my knowledge, nobody on earth before had wished me and my entire clan dead by slow acting cancer. This was in late 2016 and I still carry all that hatred. I feel sorry for any vegetarian that crosses her path.  I wonder about some person who decides to help animals and the planet and their own health by cutting out meat. And then they get an earful of hate from this ‘lady’.  Boom, they are back to eating meat and whatever else, screw it!  I want nothing to do with the crazy people, right?  This is exactly how I was feeling at any rate.  The person spewed so many insults I had to block FB and shut down. And then I just wanted to spite eat meat and cheese.  This movement is never about one individual, but about the end goals.  When we get so angry at a person we don’t even know because they had a bite of something, and we make the adult decision to act out that rage, then we become accountable for that ripple effect.

We must come to this table with logic not just ‘I love animals.’  I have clients who still eat meat, greatly reduced, but still, it is a part of their life. I must acknowledge it may always be so as I suggest healthier and kinder ways.  In short, if my job is to help spread the reasons to go vegan (health, planet and animal kindness) then I must place myself in some trenches to do this work. My husband is an omnivore by choice and he loves his local honey. On this plane of existence, none of us are perfect and there will be a compromise at some juncture in everyone’s life. Thankfully I had great training at Hippocrates and this greatly helped when encountering the death threats, the unrelenting hate and refusal to acknowledge logic. I endeavor to read labels, do and know my research, think before speaking and act in compassion. This would be compassion for human animals as well as the rest of them we share the planet with. We are overrun as a species, so I made the choice not to bear children. This also saves the planet.  Hippocrates Health Institute trained on the avoidance of all sugar. Eggs contain a protein our bodies do not process well. We were also instructed to avoid any processed foods, bread, alcohol, caffeine and do good food combining and aim for 80%+ raw food.

While many of us espouse an all or nothing approach, and that is absolutely fine, it is compassionate to realize not all of us will be 100% all in.  I want also to reach these people.  If I can get a daily meat eater to go all organic, to know the farm where the meat comes from, reduce his dependence upon fast food and consider some vegan or vegetarian meals with no meat at all, that is progress.  When a client has a kindness meal, then more, then an entire day of kindness, then several, I consider this a win.  This individual has grown in awareness, has developed a foothold on the logic that his current way of eating is not planet sustainable, isn’t healthy long-term and is cruel to the fellow souls he is ingesting and is incorporating change.  I have not totally turned him off and alienated him with judgment.  I share facts and options, with the compassion I was never offered when discussing cashew cheeses.

Veganism is a passionate endeavor but we all must realize that the individuals who come to this lifestyle do so for various reasons.  Some are focused just on animals while others want to save the planet and still others are riddled with Chronic disease and want to reverse those ills, lower their blood pressure and risk of diabetes or more stints in their arteries and live resiliently.  For me it’s about all 3. What the evil vegan wishing me and mine dead didn’t know is that I had already lost my entire family to cancer and yes, the slow way.  Breast for my mother, bone for one brother, Prostate for another, colon for a cousin and breast for an aunt and kidney for my father.  Two of these people died within 12 months of each other right on the heels of me losing my job of 26 years.  It was after losing my employment that I took a year of studies with Hippocrates.

When working with a client, I follow the Hippocrates guidelines and then tweak that towards what my client is willing to do.  I am there to help and education and coach.  I make a lousy judge, I am imperfect myself.

Recently a company I rep for discussed a body butter that had beeswax in it. I was adoring this product and now realize it isn’t vegan. This term can mean many things but essentially espouses to act daily with the purpose and intention of causing no harm to animals, from what we eat, drink, sleep on, wear, use or ride. But veganism also delves into what can be considered exploitation. This issue can get very tricky.  

Exploitation is wrong and all of us encounter it by our fellow humans, such as at work. Big corporations, such as those who sell honey to Costco, kill the bees in the process of stealing the honey.   Below is a great article on honey bees.  I have always espoused supporting local beekeepers because they truly care about the bees and as bees are in decline, somebody should be supporting these folks. Our neighbors are the Zip Code Honey people and run the Texas Honeybee Guild. They take very good care of their bees and while I don’t eat honey, my husband does and buys from them. BlendItUp Bee Free Honey makes a great substitute.   

Exploitation can be so many things.  One is eggs.  I am actually happy to see more families raising hens in their backyard and I once had a harem of hens myself.  I took great care of them and learned so much having them.  I was told growing up that chickens were stupid.  Nope, not at all true.  So if you have hens, are feeding them organic feed, augmenting with calcium and allowing them to live out their days in enjoyment and love even when they stop producing eggs for you, I am not sure that I have a right to complain about that.  One of my vegan friends will on very rare occasions, once a year perhaps,  enjoy such an egg.  I would far better prefer to see this than my neighbors buying eggs from hens that suffered at the hands of factory farming methods.  I know from raising my own, the hens were happy and were not, as someone insisted they were, ‘forced’ to produce eggs.  As a vegan, I no longer raise them but have compassion for those that make this choice.

What about horseback riding?  Or vegetarianism? There’s so much backlash with the vegan society towards vegetarians when in reality, they are making a huge dent in the cruelty and planet sustainability.  True, there is a big difference between being vegan and being vegetarian but can we not be a bit more kind? People change given the right support and motivation.  I have known several vegetarians go vegan.  And meat eaters go vegan on a weekly basis across the planet.  Is the horse being exploited if he is well cared for and loves being ridden?  My horse loving friend, Laura, told me the story of how her horse Dovey spawned Little Dove, who actually never went through any coaching or training to be ridden.  No, she just lined up at the post and waited for her bit and saddle and off she trotted with her tribe, not one buck.  Wherever human animals and the rest of them cross paths, animals are and should be a partnership with us; an acknowledgment of respect and kindness.  We learn from them and they from us.

I use the term human animals because I believe so much of the time we humans forget we are just mammals.  Sure, biblically we were called to watch over them and wow we are doing an abysmal job for the most part now,  but this really doesn’t make us ‘better’.  What it makes us is an animal having an assigned task directed by our maker that we are epically failing at, in spite of every advantage to do the job with aplomb.  Am I exploiting my dog expecting him to guard my home?  It’s his job and it goes with his natural instincts but would this be an exploitation?  I also adore him, keep him company and we go for walks and play together.  He is living a great life and eating homemade meals with every need catered to. What is exploitation?

Expand the mind – If our ways were that of the 50’s or 60’s, from the way we cared for our livestock and also the amounts ingested on an annual basis, I don’t believe our vegan movement would be so passionate or so large looming.  There would be far less of us.  This cause exists and is growing because our lives, as a species, are out of balance with nature.  We have allowed cruelty, conceit, greed, and arrogance to rule us rather than compassion and wisdom. Wisdom sits at the seat of compassion. Nothing else matters without it. So when I hear someone say they cannot condone horseback riding that a fellow vegan does with their horse because that is exploitation or goes on the attack with local beekeepers, my heart aches.  We have far larger tofu fish to fry, with the big corporations that are the cause of at least 95% of the pain rather than fight amongst ourselves or nitpick everything in a less than educational loving way.  In a world where nothing will ever be 100% vegan, let’s focus on bringing awareness with kindness and celebrating the wins.   I used to joke that where it says in the bible the meek shall inherit the earth, that we would end up overrun by cockroaches.  Could it possibly be that the meek discussed would be us human animals becoming more like gentle lambs, not eating each other literally, emotionally or spiritually?

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Digestion – Why Enzymes Matter

One thing drilled into me at Hippocrates was the slogan HOPE = Hormones, Oxygen, Phytonutrients, and Enzymes.   Eating a healthy plant-based diet that is preferably raw and nothing cooked above 118 is ideal. The reason to eat raw or utilize low cooking and dehydrated foods are to retain the vital enzymes in the food. When we eat cooked foods, the body expends a lot of energy digesting it and creating its own enzymes to do so. With cooked foods, the body utilizes cups of digestive enzymes vs spoonfuls to break it all down. Eating cooked foods slows down the entire process and depletes the body of enzymes.  Enzymatic exhaustion is aging.  Enzymes are the spark of life, the electric.  Hippocrates maintains that eating cooked foods causes digestive glucose cytosis – where your body engages white blood cells to go ‘on attack’. The immune system doesn’t recognize processed and cooked food as food. The thought process here is that a lot of energy the body spends ‘fighting’ cooked foods could be spent on detoxing and curing cancer.  At the very least, raw foods should be consumed with cooked and eat the raw foods first, followed by the cooked ones.


Enzymes help you alkalize.  An alkaline system is inhospitable to cancer.  Enzymes benefit cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. Digestion is the #1 thing. If you lack enzymes from your food, your body will borrow it from other places and that is not a good thing.  Enzymes are necessary to break down fats, carbohydrates and protein.  Getting enough enzymes helps regulate healthy weight.  It is recommended to take enzymes with each meal or snack regardless of whether the meal is raw or cooked.  I do not take an enzyme when I juice, however, as I consider juicing to be ‘pre-digested’, meaning it is all fresh raw ingredients, macerated into a juice without pulp (see my article on Juicing vs blending) so that the body has minimal work absorbing the nutrients.  I typically juice first thing in the morning as my ‘breakfast’ and then later eat a solid breakfast of salad, typically or hummus etc.

I love feedback so please post your success stories and comments after being on enzymes. ♥

Supplements – Synthetic Vs Plant-Based

Are you concerned about the quality of your supplements?  Are you vegan and find it frustrating to assure that there isn’t anything animal based in the supplements you take?  Do synthetic vitamins provide the same quality as plant-based supplements?

About Me – I have been primarily organic with food and skincare the last 25 years and completely detoxed my home care about 20 years ago. Most of my life I lived primarily vegetarian and spent all of 2016 studying with Hippocrates Health Institute.  Hippocrates was a life-changing experience for me, where I learned how the higher up the food chain we eat (other animals) that we increase our body burden of toxins stored in our fat.  Plants do not store toxins the same way animals do.  When we filter our nutrients through another animals body, rather than getting those vitamins and minerals directly from the source (plants) we increase the body burden because our bodies, as animals, store anything that cannot be detoxed right away, into our fat to protect the entire system from shutting down.

No matter how cleanly you eat, you have a body burden.  The entire planet is polluted to a greater or lesser degree because of factory farming and an onslaught of chemicals in our air, soil and water which all move, they know no borders.

Therefore, we all must supplement to aid our bodies in getting the highest nutrition (soil erosion has wiped out vitamins and minerals) and help our DNA remain strong and repair.  If you plan on rearing children, your kids will also thank you for that genetic boost because that will be passed down!   On that note, I hear folks say that they have a history of heart disease or cancer and I want to assure you that 90-95% of cancer is from what you’re exposed to and 5-10% is genetic.  The body wants to heal and survive so give it the tools.

Here are my rules:
1)  Plant-based – The supplement must be plant-based and contain no synthetic ingredients because I believe the body, at a cellular level, doesn’t adequately absorb them or see them as food. What you want are the full spectrum nutrients you would get if you were eating optimally.  Seeing NOS which is Naturally Occurring Standard certified, on the label lets you know the product is not synthetic.

2) Organic (or wildcrafted) – The supplement must be organic so I look for certification there.  The reason is that generally the quality of the supplement is going to be better, more nutritious and being organic let’s me know it is non-GMO and that no pesticides were used.

3) Vegan – Both the product itself and whatever the softgel or capsule is made from should not be animal based.

4) Quality Control – How is the product sourced and how is it made, what is the process, or facility the supplement is made in because this matters to assure contaminates are minimized.

5) Value – I price check and ingredient check to come up with what I believe to be the best deal.

Back in the beginning of all supplements, every one was plant-based.  Then science found a way to synthesize nutrients which saves a ton of money but at what health cost?  Synthetics are a cheaper supplement to create because rather than harvesting live crops, the nutrients are synthesized in a lab.  They will tell you that doing things this way keeps the consistency, such as if one bottle has 500mg of C, the next batch will too because its a formula based on a synthetic and not a live plant where one plant is going to vary slightly from another.  While I do understand why synthetics are on the market,  in my training at Hippocrates, all synthetic based supplements were shunned.  The reason is that while we may know a particular thing, such as biotin is great, the issue is that when we take it as a synthetic, we are getting just biotin synthesized whereas when we take it in food form, from a plant, we are getting the full spectrum of nutrients in our supplement.  All things work together to form a whole.  This is how the body expects things to be because this is what happens naturally when we eat healthy food.  A salad, for example, will have numerous components, which the body knows how to break down and utilize.  As Hippocrates phrased it, “High doses are not required since biology’s orchestration enables your cells to fully embrace the unified chorus of superior elements.”
There are varied schools of thought but I believe that the body doesn’t recognize, at a cellular level, a synthetic vitamin in the same way it would recognize it in food and therefore, will not absorb and utilize it the same way with the same effects.

Hippocrates has their own brand, LifeGive,  which I use as well as reviewing and sourcing both through what I market as an Independent Consultant and online shopping.

Below is a link to Hippocrates if you are interested in going down the rabbit hole of knowledge.  The link will provide you with a free syllabus.

Essante and Miessence links below offer great organic and wildcrafted supplements and skin care and home care.

I’m available for any questions. ♥

www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare

www.EssanteOrganics.com/Puretemple 

https://op.hippocratesinst.org/moreinfo/static/34  

 

 

 

Great Books About Animal Spirit & Healing

I always find it amusing when people try to differentiate ourselves far and away from the other animals as if we are not in any way similar or on the same playing field.  My husband will talk about ‘our animals’ and I will occasionally remind him that we are animals too.  In my lifetime of being around animals, predominately cats and a few dogs, birds and fish, I have come to the knowledge that they each have reasoning capabilities, a great capacity for love, forgiveness and joy, their own proclivities and desires, social decorums, ways of training others and being part of the family.  No cat you will ever have will be exactly like another.  Their personality differences are infinite snowflakes of uniqueness.  I will never have the capacity to know all animals but am amply blessed to know a few while I am here.  I have come to believe they are here to help us grow in the knowledge of right and wrong, of compassion and grace as well as aiding us in the retention of awe.  Each creature really is awe-inspiring and fearfully made.  It is a humbling responsibility to have a fur child in our family who trusts us on such a deep level to be their advocate through thick and thin, to always look after their best interest.  It is equally humbling to see that they give the very same dedication, if not even more so, to us, their human-animal companions.  I am currently studying CMT, Canine Massage Therapy, and on a progressive training there as I continue to learn more about them and myself.

I recently picked up The above book This is one of those really great books that’s hard to put down once you crack the cover.  Regardless of your religious beliefs, there is something beyond hunks of meat shaped like a cat or a person. That something is the breath of life, the spirit that motivates us behind the mind and body, that same light that fades from our eyes once we are gone.  I have been surrounded by quite a bit of death the last few years and witness how one foot is here on this plane while the other foot is in the netherworld.  People not on any drugs will awake here on this plane and tell you plainly that they were just speaking to deceased friends, relatives, their dog was there to greet them etc.  This morning, a friend of mine passed away.  Prior to Bobby’s death, he saw my best friends dead daughter Jennifer amongst others.  He would awaken here and be disappointed he had not already crossed over the rainbow bridge.    Bobby was ready to go and left us early this morning.  I believe we are all here with plans, with things to do.  But it wasn’t until reading The Spritual Nature Of Animals by Karlene Stange, that I came away with an awareness that they also have plans.  This struck a deep chord in me (see my other canine posts) as Rhett, our resident Doberman and I, have been through some heavy stuff lately which has all helped me to share new information with others to help them as well as set me upon a new career path.

Temple Grandin, upon the death of an animal,  asked in her book Animals Make Us Human, ‘Where do they go?’
She is speaking of the spirit, the light in the eyes, the thing most of us don’t really discuss that we all share, the breath of life that contains the spirit in the temporal body.

I do not advocate the killing of any of our fellow animals but I also realize that not everybody will go vegan.  I would much rather see a return (and saving) of our local farms who make efforts to raise animals humanely, who are in the meat or dairy business as ethically as possible than I ever would want to see what is happening, corporate farms with zero compassion taking over, wiping out our local farmers with their power and might who create substandard fare while creating a living hell on earth for our brethren animals.  Even if you don’t like pigs, perhaps you don’t like their ways or just don’t care, you have to understand they are loyal, fun loving and smarter than most dogs.  Dogs are as smart as that of a 4 or 5-year-old child.  That isn’t what you would call dumb.  The thing with dogs is that their emotional intelligence remains that of a 4 or 5-year-old too, regardless of how old they actually are.  Some humans remain at an infant state too but we’ll move off that topic.  ♥  While we may lose patience with an adult human acting a fool, it is very important to absorb at your core that no matter how smart your fur kid is, his emotional intelligence is that of a 4-year-old kid.  It is never going to mature beyond this so extend the necessary grace when that 4-year-old chews something up stressing out when you work late.  You’re the adult in this relationship, always.  Put things away, provide toys and other healthy distractions or own the consequences with grace.  It is true that as an animal ages, coupled with consistent,  firm but kind training or mentoring as I like to call it, good socialization as you would your human kids, they settle in and are far better behaved as they age which can give off the illusion that they are mature.  Yes but no…there will always be that child within and God bless this because we need reminding of awe and humility and innocence every day.

 Dr. Goldsteins The Nature Of Animal Healing is one of my reference books.  I learned about alternative heartworm treatments here as well as how bad all these annual shots are for our fur babies.  I haven’t had any shots since I was a child and I feel fine.  Why on earth do we ply our creatures with annual insults?  Also, I did not realize until last year that most of these shots, for us and them, contain mercury and other toxins in their mix.  Unless it is necessary, such as an area where Parvo is common or what have you, why put them deliberately in harm’s way?  Be judicious.  This book will help guide you there.


The book above is also a great book on Holistic approaches to wellness.  Many people argue this is silly woo woo stuff that doesn’t work, however, I have experienced first hand the healing of various homeopathic medicines and can attest that they are indeed effective.

Another fabulous reference book is Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs & Cats.  This book teaches natural herbs and techniques, as well as recipes for home cooked meals.  Also, you can look up symptoms and diseases to help guide you through many situations.

What animal lovers library would be completed without James Herriot All Creatures Great & Small? Or perhaps the whole set, below.

Please post your own stories and comments, I love feedback and thanks for reading. ♥

Detoxing The Lungs – Breath Better

The body was magnificently designed to detox every day.  The problem is that no body was ever built to withstand the onslaught we all face today.  Consequently, there is a rise in asthma and other chronic lung fatigue issues as our body burden of toxins increase.  People tell me ‘I’ll die anyway, let me eat what I want and do what I want’ but the point is in truly living and breathing and embracing life to its fullest while we are here.  Quality of life over quantity…but if you are mindful of doing daily detoxing and eating a healthy mostly raw organic plant-based lifestyle, then you will end up with both quantity and quality!  ♥

There are both active (exercises) and passive (pill popping) ways to detox and assists the lungs to do their job better and longer.  We are not merely bystanders, our health is not genetically writ but something we own by at least 90-95%.  Only 5-10% of your chances of getting cancer are genetic.  While your family tree and how your forefathers ate does affect the gene pool and make it stronger or weaker, you still have an amazing amount of control here.  I just want to drive this point home because so many folks say well, our family has asthma, or cancer, or high blood pressure, triple bypasses, diabetes or we are prone to be fat and just stop for a second and take a real hard look at how your beloved lived prior to getting their disease issues.  Don’t pass the buck here, eat better, stop smoking, detox your daily lifestyle.

Sorry I tend to get on a rant.  So the lungs… unless you are very careful to use only organic and natural cleaning agents, and environmentally friendly and toxin free furnishings, the average home contains about 10 gallons of synthetic chemical products.

From cigarette smoke, to pesticides,  from paints to household cleaners, to candles and incense or other air fresheners –  all can distribute toxins throughout the home.  One of the first lines of defense is purifying your air.  I recommend Rabbit room air purifiers. They are not cheap but they are the sleekest I’ve seen on the market with a 5 stage filtration, plus the customization is great!   I have owned some ugly air filtration systems in my day and am thankful now that I no longer feel the need to sacrifice style for health. Rabbit offers the Artists Series featuring images by Gustav Klimt, Katsushika Hokusai and original designs by Rabbit Air’s creative team, to offer you a sophisticated answer to stale air.

I leave mine on auto so that they automatically adjust the fan speed high or low as needed to filter the air in the entire room as much as twice an hour.

The Minus A2 – SPA 780 filters as much as 815 square feet while the Minus A2 -SPA 700A, filters as much as 700 square feet.  The unit stands on its own base or you can opt to wall mount it.

I totally dig the mood light, the LED lighting may be turned on so that it provides a soft mellow glow of soothing colours.  It automatically senses when it is dark or ‘nap time’ so I like to read in bed, then turn the light out for bed, watch the colours for a bit while I get myself organized and poof, it goes out a few moments later.  Perfect!

There are six stages of air purification and you can customize, as noted earlier, for Toxin absorbing, Pet allergy, odor, germs.  Many people who keep birds choose this filtration system since birds are very sensitive to bad air.

In our home, we really don’t have any place to ‘hide’ things like air purifiers or litter boxes.  It’s a modern home and not large.  These units are gorgeous!  We have people over and they comment on the filters because they present themselves as art.  As it is something that needs to blend in and look great and something I will see each time I enter the room, I am happy to fork over the cash for it.  We have our filters on auto ship as well.

Driving can be very dirty business, as can sitting in a dusty cubicle.  Working from home is such blessing but I recently found myself driving into the office far more than I planned and coughing due to the detritus level. I wanted something for the car and the office that was easily transportable, nice looking and with Hepa filtration.  The Tecool air purifier USB plugs into your car or laptop for easy peasy transition and comes in a soft white or black.   A coworker was chronically coughing one morning so I unplugged my purifier and plugged it into her laptop so she could breathe some fresh air.  Within minutes her coughing grew quieter and then stopped all together.  For $32.99 it’s a great deal.

If you are saddled with some lung congestion, such as from construction or just general pollution, while you work on clearing the air, I recommend Hyland Phosphorus as a natural homeopathic aid for cough or chest congestion. It works fast too!  I am never without this or Fenu-Thyme capsules which have two fabulous lung healing herbs to boost your lung’s ability to clear itself out.

Folks, as we age, the lungs take a real beating.  Support your lungs by cleaning your air, minimizing dirty environments and taking natural supplements to support them.

I originally purchased my Himalayan Salt Inhaler at Whole Foods.  It was over $50.00 when I left the store.  This is a steal.  The salt lasts at least 3 years and is a great detox as you sit back and watch a movie.  Do for 30 minutes at a time.  Feel the difference in your lungs.  This is great for preventing infections or when you have an infection.

Yoga is magical.  Its one of the rare modalities of exercise that join the body, the mind and the spirit, stacking the bones, aligning the body and mind, creating calm and ability to live in the present. To ease allergies and asthma, try Shining Skull Breathing.  Yogic breathwork significantly improves lung function as it works to calm the nervous system. For Shining Skull Breathing, inhale deeply through the nose and on the exhale, breathe out short powerful bursts, one every second for ten seconds.  That is your first set.  Do 3 and gradually work yourself up to more sets.  FYI, this breathwork will temporarily increase your heart rate.  Another yogic breath is to simply breath in deeply, counting to ten (or 4 or whatever you can personally do as you slowly and deeply inhale) hold for the same amount of seconds, then exhale for the same amount of seconds to even out the breath.