Asking for help and receiving it, silently

Recently I read an article that suggested people may think it a weakness to offer help without asking for help or advice also. Silently or occasionally with audio, the search engine provides millions of articles, books and other links that can be very helpful and provide advice or guidance. My newer website includes a more organized format for reference lists and it includes hundreds of people offering expert research or other information. The first section of twelve chapters is kind of a how to section for basic research and policy development information.

The second section includes more of what I would consider self help guidance for specific conditions and includes research by others but also some original work if my insights regarding the research topics and some recipes with an overview about modifying recipes for special need diets. Stress and Relaxation is a lengthy section that includes information on magnesium and oxidative stress. Formaldehyde is discussed in that section. Preeclampsia and other TRP channel conditions such as migraines and chronic itch are discussed here:

The TRP channels can be activated by warm or cold temperatures and over activation can result from stress and trauma history. They are like valves or faucet taps in cell membranes. They help prevent bursting if there is increased pressure by leaking in response to pressure. Picture a water balloon being overfilled – instead of popping it would just start leaking all over the surface as if it had turned into a sponge surface instead of a plastic water balloon.

The website – the rowboat of preventative health and other information to try out if interested – is called

Political leadership that recognizes underlying needs of physiology-how the body works- is important though and I was always serious about it because acceptance of phospholipids as essential nutrients is critical to having better health . Many issues involve a problem or deficiency in cannabinoids or phospholipids. Infant health and fertility for men and women involve them – research needs to be allowed.

Chronic illness is a serious problem which results in the loss of the sick person’s skills and tax revenue and that of the caregivers whose time might be needed in increasing amounts to the point that they also are no longer able to work and produce tax revenue.

This problem is only going to get worse as the Baby Boomer generation ages due to the increased numbers of that generation compared to later generations and when combined with the increasing f percent of children with autism and other serious chronic physical or mental health conditions.

I persevere because we all need to persevere, we are at a crossroads for human health and the planet’s ecosystems.

Jokes are funnier when survival isn’t the punchline.

I have saved lives and the people involved as parents or the person were very grateful, and recognizing a need and intervening in some way was needed. I also saw some situations that seemed problems and I didn’t intervene and it did turn out to be life threatening – so that may have made me more tenacious about sticking with a problem when I think it may be life threatening.

 Not talking about our increasing levels of chronic illness and mental health problems and increased risk of child trauma in our increasingly da versus and stressful world doesn’t help us improve as a society or as individual adults or parents – so I will persevere – in locations that don’t get above 80′ degrees very often due to my health problems.


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Conscientious, helpful people tend to live longer; and other longevity tips

The worldest most recent, oldest living person lived to the age of 117 and passed away last year, in April 2017. Emma Morano was from Italy and was born in the late 1800’s. She lived a simple life and was unconventional in many ways however remained interested in life and busy with taking care of her own daily needs until very late in her life. Religious faith was important to her and kept few possessions beyond family photos and a few other momentos.

An article about her includes more details about her life and health habits and reviews research on trends in the habits of long lived people from around the world. Being conscientious and helpful are among the trends in common among people with long lifespans. See this article for more details on nutrients such as magnesium that may help promote longevity:

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Age is a state of mind – and health

Age and health were discussed in the last post and my point was primarily that we don’t know how many tomorrow’s we have so getting priorities done sooner rather than later is important. I feel better now than I did at age 38. The age stands out in my memory because I had trouble standing, trouble walking, trouble not having severe migraines, and even as a dietitian with knowledge regarding weight loss strategies and research, I had trouble losing weight no matter how hard I tried with diet and exercise. Eventually I learned about the need for adequate iodine to counteract body stores of bromide, chloride and fluoride and I started losing weight fairly easily. There is more to that story bit the point is simply that it is difficult to feel young when your body is exhausted and in chronic pain – no matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

At a young age I learned that lesson – when I was four – my eldest sister died that year of cancer/leukemia. I only have two memories of her. In one she was laying in her bed because that is all she had energy for, but she was entertaining me with a beanbag frog and a ping-pong ball – somehow she made it seem like the frog was eating the ping-pong ball and swallowing it – I don’t know if at age 13 she could just hide it or if there was a rip in the cloth frog. It was one of a set that my mother had made – anyone who has had summer fun in a frog pond would know that they can seem both easy to catch because there are so many at times sitting on lily pads and that they are hard to catch because they seem to see you from any direction and leap away in time. A bean bag game makes catching them a lot easier.

In the other memory she was laying in a box with her teddy bear and I was told that she was going away into the ground- or something like that – and my age four self knew she had been sick but I couldn’t understand why her teddy bear was sick too. I was young, it is a wordless memory so I don’t really know what I was told. I don’t think I understood at the time she wasn’t just asleep and eventually over time when I realized she wasn’t coming back to her normal bed the memory fragment gave me comfort because I knew she had her teddy bear with her wherever she was. Life is a circle. The beanbag frog didn’t go away and it was a favorite for me because it always reminded me of my big sister and her playing with me even though she was tired and laying in her bed.

Frogs represent life in an obvious way because you can watch them grow from tiny tadpoles into little tiny limbed frogs and eventually large ones who sit on lilypads chirping their twilight songs or leaping and swimming and eating flies. We all have a place in an equal opportunity circle of life.

Unfortunately fo frogs and other amphibians they are our Canaries in a coalmine. Their delicate skin and life cycle that spends so much time in watery habitats makes them particularly susceptible to pollutants and their health, population count,  and frequency of birth defects are an early warning of environmental toxicity.

Enjoy everyday and every moment – trite but true – today is a present, a gift to enjoy. Having health and having a healthy environment are not guaranteed and we all have to work together to protect both for future generations of children and amphibians and even flies – we all have a place in the cycle of life. Amphibians and insects are also part of the diet of some birds such as Sandhill Cranes. (Sandhill Cranes)

Sandhill Cranes in flight.
Sandhill Cranes in a corn field before spring planting of a new crop.


Near death experience survivors from around the world have similar stories to tell about their experience- in their many different languages. As a toddler I had a traumatic experience that I think was a near death, lack of oxygen, experience and based on the others tales of another state of consciousness I do believe that we have an energy form and that there is somewhere my sister is still in existence in energy form – as well as in my two brief memories- may we all coexist in peace.

*Nrf2 promoting foods may not be beneficial in some cases of drug resistant leukemia – the resistant cancer cells use it to protect themselves from oxidative stress. ( Research is being advanced in targeting the NRF2 pathways used by the resistant cancer cells – in coordination with other drugs. Inhibiting the Nrf2 pathways can be very toxic to other areas of the body. ( Having the Nrf2 promoting foods in the diet as a preventative before cancer occurs would be also protecting against other inflammatory conditions.

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