What I know about Heart Disease

I am going to start this conversation with a testimony.  It begins with Eugene Carns who is my father.  He is 79 years old and was diagnosed with heart disease when he was in his early 30’s.  He had a heart attack.  He was very thin and smoked cigarettes and drank Genesee beer.  He sought the advice of his Dr. and was given a diet to adhere to.  It included skim milk, magarine and lean meat.  Yep, I remember drinking skim milk due to the fact it tasted like water.  Oh yeah I forgot to mention my grandmother had artheriosclerosis.  I don’t know alot about her circumstances.  As a child I never understood why he would have heart disease at such a young age and being as thin as he was.   Moving forward ~ 10 years later (age 40) he had another one.  He had awoken in the middle of the night with indigestion that would not go away.  The end result ~ Open Heart Surgery.  When he arrived home he looked 20 years older and Mom began balling her eyes out.  I knew he was going to be fine but I was afraid.  My Aunt Mary Pat who was taking care of me and my 4 siblings was afraid too.   Again, he needed to adhere to diet and exercise.  He slept on the second floor and was told not to climb stairs.  I remember he would never lift anything heavy (Dr’s orders).  I had  to haul wood from outside and up a flight of stairs into the second floor!  Luckily there was 5 of us for this hard labor.  He healed rapidly and was back to his old self.  What went through my mind was: ” I don’t understand why he has this disease he is so skinny.”  I did understand one thing ~ he had a blockage in his vessels which impeded his blood flow.  I never understood how diet was related due to the fact he was a very thin man.  When I look back at all of this I can see how afraid he was of dying.  He always spoke about it and seemed cautious with life to venture out and try new things.  Ten years later he had open-heart-surgery once again.  Same protocol as far as diet and exercise.  He was always mindful of what he was suppose to eat or not eat.  He did cheat with bacon.  He drank alot but did not smoke cigarettes since he was 30.  Fast Forward;  since than he has had another heart attack and stents put in and struggles with his body temperature and shortness of breath.  In the past he has been on a beta blocker and has gone off of it due to the fact he was barely alive while taking it.  Side effects are atrocious!

My observation;

I have always questioned what has caused his narrowing of his vessels and blockages.  We all know it does not help to be type A personality.  On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my Dad a 7 maybe a 8.   What I do know about my Dad is I rarely saw him cry and he seemed angry and sad alot.  He also was very controlling.  It makes sense to me when we do not allow are feelings to flow we constrict and become tight and are vessels do the same.  According to Panache Desai emotions are energy in motion and when they do not flow they get stuck in the body and this creates density.  I read a study once and it said when we are stressed are DNA tightens up and when we are calm it relaxes.

Helpful hints:  Breathe and relax.  Let go of the outcome of situations and let go of control.  Let go and let God.  Feel your fear, anger and sadness.  In the past it was easy for me to step aside from my feelings labeling them bad or wrong.  A dear “old” friend reminded me that these feeling were the doorway to my humanity.  Thanks to this “dear” friend of mine I feel free, alive and learning everyday in every way to love who I am.

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Definition – Is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period.  Typically between 45-50 years of age.   Synonyms = change of life.  I will add on my own behalf  “midlife crisis.”

My experience:  fatigue, insomnia, hyperactivity, anxiety, racing heart rate.   No I do not have hot flashes! :)

Remember:  We are all unique and have similar symptoms or we may not.

Is there an ending?  Yes, according to my friend.  She is 68 years old.  It usually runs it course for 10 years!  Ugh!!!

What has helped me: That this is not a curse and I am not going crazy!  This is real and my body is changing.  Reminds me of Bob Dylan song “Times are a Changing.”  I also will add that accepting this part of my life cycle has been instrumental.  Accepting the fact that  I no longer had my period was more difficult than I imagined it would be.  Who came up with that word period anyways!  I would describe it as a death, my fertility was no more.  What also has helped in this transition was the use of Estrogen/Progesterone and Testosterone cream.  I went to a Holistic Physician and had blood work to see what my levels were.  I am so glad I did,  I was not meant to suffer :).  I began to be more mindful of my diet due to the fact that I was not losing weight.  I incorporated more fruits, vegetables, protein and water daily and reduced sugar considerably :)  I also did some research on vitamins and minerals and one thing I kept coming up against is Vit B.  Vitamin B is beneficial for fatigue, insomnia, hormonal changes,  etc. etc.  I also added in Minerals, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.

What I have noticed during this transition:  Anger motivated me to look at what is really important to me and where do I want to invest my time and energy.  A time to exercise my power and truth!  I also explored to open up to my feelings instead of stuffing them because I do not want to live the next 30 years in an unhealthy way.  I hope you find this information helpful.

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Digestive Health

According to the Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health.  Digestion is one of the critical functions that your body has to perform in order to survive.  Food supplies the necessary nutrients that provide your cells with sustenance and energy, allowing your body to grow and develop, and to repair and maintain itself.

This is what I have come to know about healthy digestion:

1.  What are you thinking while you are eating?  For example if you are angry or sad your body is registering this and this will impact how your food is digested.

2.  Be mindful of your conversation and the stimulus that is around you.  ie.  What are your distractions?  Television, conversation that you are having with others or the conversation you are having with yourself.

3.  Notice the portion of food you put on your plate and are you introducing different food groups?  Do you sit down and eat or eat on the run?  Do you eat at regular times throughout the day?

4.  Intuition plays a key role for me.  I eat 3 meals a day and snack in the mid morning and snack in the mid afternoon and also before I go to bed because I know my body needs this in order to sustain myself.  I make it a habit to snack on fruits and veggies and cut back on sugar.  It’s important to get the nutrients to sustain my mental and physical health.

5.  I have tried many diets and concluded that it is important to trust what I know my body needs and this includes eating more meat on some days, drinking more water and introducing fruits and vegetables.  Some days I crave Mexican food and I just go with it.

6.  I believe evolution plays a key role.  I am now 50 and menopausal and my eating habits have changed or better yet I remind myself to take better care of myself with my eating habits.

7.  Best diet for me has been the Mediterranean diet.  This includes reduction of carbs and sugars.  Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and drinking plenty of water.

What I have noticed with this change of diet:

1.  Better digestion and more energy.

2.  Snacking before bed assists with digestion, increasing metabolism and maintaining blood sugar level.

3.  Supplementation with vitamins and minerals is important.  Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium is important to all of the organs.  These minerals are excreted on a daily basis.

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