Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mineral Essence - for Proper Immune Function

I thought I would share some of the wonderful Supplements I've been taking so that I recover better and more quickly from this Bi-Lateral Bell's Palsy that I got on August 17th.
One of the Supplements is
MINERAL ESSENCE
Mineral Essence Tincture is a balanced organic, ionic mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals. Without minerals, vitamins cannot be properly assimilated or absorbed by the body. Mineral Essence has a natural electrolyte balance, helping to prevent disease and premature aging. Minerals are also necessary for proper immune and metabolism functions.
Mineral Essence also includes essential oils to enhance bio-availability. To demonstrate this, a group of volunteers consumed a teaspoon of liquid trace minerals without essential oils. Each volunteer experienced diarrhea within 24 hours. Following a washout period of several days, the same volunteers were given double the dosage of the same liquid trace minerals blended with essential oils. None experienced diarrhea.

Mineral Essence Ingredients

  • Purified water is needed to dilute the minerals for liquifying this blend.
  • Honey is an emulsifier and natural sweetener.
  • Royal Jelly is a substance fed to queen bees that allows them to live thirty to forty times longer than worker bees. It is very rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins B5 and B6. It stimulates the adrenal glands to increase energy.
  • Trace mineral complex includes beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, calcium, carbon, cesium, chloride, chromium, copper, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, indium, iodine, iron, lithium, lutecium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, eurogen, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, scandium, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, thallium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil promotes leukocyte formation and increases immune function.
  • Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) essential oil is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiparasitic and anticoagulant.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil promotes healthy digestion and mineral absorption.

How to Use Mineral Essence Tincture

Take 5 droppers morning and evening or as needed for a mineral supplement.
If ypu are interested in learning more about Mineral Essence, please let me know, as I am a Young Living Representative.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Home Tour - Above Sunset Strip

I've always had a secret Love of Contemporary Design - Hope you enjoy the tour.



McClean Design

Paul McClean trained as an architect in Ireland and founded McClean Design in 2000. We specialize in the design of contemporary homes and have homes and have completed numerous houses in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles in the last ten years. We are committed to excellence in modern design. Our projects reflect an interest in modern living and a desire to connect our clients to the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. We make extensive use of glazing systems to maximize views and provide a warm light filled contemporary space. We strive for simplicity and an openess to the surrounding landscape that erodes the division between indoor and outdoor space; homes with an emphasis on texture and natural materials.

We are committed to environmentally sustainable design practices and have extensive experience in both Orange and Los Angeles counties with a proven ability to navigate complicated approval processes such as the Laguna Beach Design Review Board or Coastal Commission. We keep an open mind on questions of style preferring to strike a balance between the best solution for the site, our clients preferences and what is potentially approvable for each particular site. Our staff offers a full range of design skills including interior designensuring that our projects are completed in a timely manner and to the highest standards.

Blue Jay Way

This house is located on a spectacular lot above Sunset Strip with panoramic views of down town and west Los Angeles all the way to Santa Monica, the Pacific and Catalina Island.  The design of the house maximizes access to the view such that all the main living spaces look out over it.  The house is large almost 7000sf total and is divided in half by a water feature and pool.  This is the central design element of the project.  It begins by the driveway as a water wall around which the entry sequence is wrapped.  Upon ascending to the main level of the house, the water element becomes an ornamental pool before dropping into the spa below, after which it becomes a 75 foot long lap pool the end of which is cantilevered over the slope into the view. The entry to the house is a glass bridge over the pool below.  The master bedroom and study are located on one side of the pool, the living areas on the other.  Below are several guestrooms, a media room and a four car garage.  The palette of materials is soft contemporary with extensive use of concrete, wood and stone. 





















Location - Los Angeles
Project Type - New Single Family Residence
Approximate Size - 7,000 SF
Completion Date - 2008
Contractor - Corr Contemporary Homes

McClean Design

Contact
190 S. Glassell St. #203
Orange, CA 92866


T) 714.505.0556

F) 714.532.2924

If you are interested in obtaining information about our photographer please contact our office at 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Announcement...

My Huge Retirement SALE is going on in my Etsy Shop Now
 Store will CLOSE October 1st


 Use Coupon Code QUICK20 for an additional 20% off already reduced prices!

HERE

...I'll be back, posting on Monday...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tea Cup Trio - Holiday

I have another Old Country Roses Tea Cup Trio to show you today.


Old Country Roses Holiday Albert Tea Cup Saucer & Dessert Plate Trio

Excellent Used Condition 

This Beautiful Royal Albert Old Country Roses Bone China 
Tea Cup, Saucer and Dessert Plate Trio in the Pattern 

Holiday

is in Excellent Condition, having only been used once.  There are TWO HOLIDAY Trio Sets Available.  There are no utensil marks, cracks, chips, crazing, flea bites or damage to the gold edging on each piece.  Every piece retains it's original Bright and Shiny condition.  Make sure you enlarge the photos and check out the Lovely Tea Cup Trio.


Tea Cup:
 4 1/2" from handle to rim 
(3 1/2" opening at top of cup)
by 2 3/4" high

Stamp on Bottom states 2002

Saucer:  5 1/2"

Dessert Plate:  8 1/2"




Price

$39.99 for the 3 piece Trio Set, Plus Shipping (see Note below)

Shipping

NOTE:  Please send me your city, state and zip code so that I can determine your shipping rates BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. 

 I only ship in the USA, excluding Alaska & Hawaii.  Insurance and Tracking number is included.  I will securely package your purchase for safe delivery to your door...I wrap items the way I would want someone to wrap things I would purchase, hoping for a safe and secure delivery.

Payment

You will need a PayPal account, so that I can send you an invoice for you to pay.


Here is a Collage of the Tea Cup Trios that are still available.  If you have any questions about the other 3 sets, please let me know...otherwise I will be posting separate informative listings for each.


Thanks for stopping in today.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tea Cup Trio - Cameo Violet

I have another Tea Cup Trio to show you today.


Old Country Roses Cameo Violet Albert Tea Cup Saucer & Dessert Plate Trio

Excellent Used Condition 

This Beautiful Royal Albert Old Country Roses Bone China 
Tea Cup, Saucer and Dessert Plate Trio in the Pattern 

Cameo Violet

is in Excellent Condition, having only been used once.  There is one Cameo Violet Trio Available.  There are no utensil marks, cracks, chips, crazing, flea bites or damage to the gold edging on each piece.  Every piece retains it's original Bright and Shiny condition.  Make sure you enlarge the photos and check out the Lovely Tea Cup Trio.


Tea Cup:
 4 1/2" from handle to rim 
(3 1/2" opening at top of cup)
by 2 3/4" high

Stamp on Bottom states 2002

Saucer:  5 1/2"

Dessert Plate:  8 1/2"



Price

$39.99 for the 3 piece Trio Set, Plus Shipping (see Note below)

Shipping

NOTE:  Please send me your city, state and zip code so that I can determine your shipping rates BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. 

 I only ship in the USA, excluding Alaska & Hawaii.  Insurance and Tracking number is included.  I will securely package your purchase for safe delivery to your door...I wrap items the way I would want someone to wrap things I would purchase, hoping for a safe and secure delivery.

Payment

You will need a PayPal account, so that I can send you an invoice for you to pay.



Here is a Collage of the Tea Cup Trios that are still available.  If you have any questions about the other 3 sets, please let me know...otherwise I will be posting separate informative listings for each.


Thanks for stopping in today.

UPDATE - Angel and Me

Good Morning Everyone!  Yesterday was a scorcher here with 96°!  The late afternoon and evening hours included severe thunderstorm warnings, torrential downpours, thunder, lightening (one scared Pup - Rosie), wind and power outages.  Today will see partly sunny skies and a high of 74° since the cold front has moved past us.  Pleasant day ahead.  Time to go out on the patio and sit on the swings and enjoy summer again!

Our Pup, Angel is feeling fine again.  She's her old spunky self.  She makes her rounds, checking out things around the house as the sun sets.  She runs circles around the other 2 Pups and is once again enjoying all of her toys!!

This is a typical scene around here - Angel (straggly haired Coton) playing with Rosie (short haired Toy Poodle)...




As for me, I'm feeling OK, may not look it and I may still have LOTS of pain from Bell's Palsy, but I feel OK.  And here's proof...My

Day #18 Bell's Palsy Upate Video 
(tomorrow will be 3 weeks)  

I started the video and noticed that I had hit a "strange" button...and just went with it.  It's a really short video 2 1/2 minutes.

 
I'll be recording a new Video tomorrow and posting it on Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Continuing Journey with Bell's Palsy - What I've Learned

Treatment for residual synkinesis can be effective at any time after it is noticed. The focus of the treatment is on re-coordinating the various muscles rather than stimulating them. We know that when synkinesis is present the facial muscles are viable, or "alive". Even an abnormal movement is still a movement. It is possible to restore more normal movement patterns and expression with specific, appropriate training.

I did a basic facial retraining on myself, since I didn't have the $$$ to go to some professional. And no insurance to cover it. The following is what I did when I had as much muscle movement in my BP side to make me look somewhat like I did prior to BP.



Click Here for the link where it shows you what each muscle does...  
and another link for more information on Facial Retraining Here 

DO NOT DO FACIAL EXERSISES BEFORE YOU HAVE
MUSCLE MOVEMENT ON YOUR BP SIDE 

In a well lit room, standing in front of a large mirror on the wall, with the above Facial Muscle Map and a smaller, magnifying mirror, I would smile a small smile. If my eye pulled on the non-BP side, I would keep watch on it and smile again, smaller than the first time. As soon as I saw my eye move, I would stop smiling. Then I would repeat. I would do it about 10 times. If my mouth moved while I slowly blinked, then I would isolate that muscle in my mouth and blink slowly, not allowing the muscle to pull by blinking slower or not as tight. And then repeat. I know this sounds very basic and like it wouldn't work, but I guarantee you, it worked for me. I didn't start this part of my BP recovery until I was about 12 months along in recovery. So, don't rush it. You can even do this later...years after having BP and experience some good results. I've seen this to be true...from when I worked as an N.A. in a rehabilitation center for stroke patients. (Never did I ever think I would have paralysis on my face back then!)

Here is a video on YouTube that I happened to see when I googled facial retraining. This is about what I did...except he only has 1 mirror it seems. I liked being able to see very close up and then look in a larger mirror and see at a bit of a distance. 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJYCVw7bL9w

I hope that this post helps someone who is experiencing this from Bell's Palsy or another Facial Paralysis...and gives someone hope.


It gives me hope, since I know it worked after I had BP in May 2012 and I was again hit by BP 2 weeks ago on August 17, 2014.  This time I got bilateral BP - yes, on BOTH sides.  Although one side is worse than the other...doesn't make it any easier.  I thought BP on one side was bad before...2 sides, no matter how bad...is AWFUL.  But, I continue on...doing the things I did for myself last time, looking for a much more rapid recovery this time.  I have to hope, right?  I'm praying too!

Just a bit of an update, I've got a bit of movement on the right side of my face, the least affected side.  My eye blinks and closes, I can smile a bit, squint, raise my eyebrow...but there's alot left to come back.  The left side was totally paralyzed within 4 days of the onset of BP, just like last time.  It's been the most painful side of my face...with severe face and ear pain.  My eye does close, but does not blink.  It only closes when I close it simultaneously with my right eye.  I've had lots of jaw and neck pain, too.  There is a tiny, tiny, tiny movement in my eyebrow and the corner of my mouth on the left side...something I didn't experience with the one-sided BP until about Day #100...so that's a big deal.  I've been using everything I have at my disposal to help myself get better and heal.  That includes my BioMat, Reiki, Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, 

Young Living Supplements and Essential Oils and I'm doing further research to see if there's anything I've missed that may help.  I'm going to be doing a new video soon and I'm posting new things about Bell's Palsy here on my Blog and on the Bell's Palsy Facebook Page I'm a member of.

Today's been the best day since I got this 2nd bout of BP, both movement and pain wise.  I have had more energy today and been able to see to read blogs and type this entire post!!  LOL!!  Hopefully, tomorrow will be better still.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our Veterinarian and Staff Are the BEST!

 Several days fter I got Bell's Palsy and after one of Angel's Vet Visits, Our Veterinarian, Dr. Todd Smith, called to talk to me about Angel - he wanted to know how she was doing.  He's always so caring.  We talked about her a bit and then I asked what he thought about Angel possibly sensing that I was getting sick and thereby stressing about that...causing the stress related Colitis.

Dr. Todd Smith, DVM

He was surprised to hear that I got Bell's Palsy again - especially when I told him it was on BOTH sides of my face (called bi-lateral).  He agreed that she may have sensed something going on with me and then reacted by being stressed and doing the things she did and then got sick.  He said some dogs are very sensitive and in-tune to their owners.  (Our Benny was like that too.)

Then a couple of days later, there is an envelope addressed to me, with no return address.  Hmmmmmm.  I always wonder about envelopes without return addresses...LOL!!  I opened it up to find the cutest card - and if you guessed it was from the Vet's Office and Staff, you're right!  Signed by the Gang!!


Staying in bed, with the covers pulled up sounds like a good thing!  I'm so tired...all the time!


I don't know why Krystal wrote what she did above right corner at the bottom.  I know that the staff probably sends out hundreds of cards and I'd bet that alot of them are "I'm sorry for the loss of your Pet" Cards and she didn't read what this card was for! 


These are some special people - The Doctors & Staff of Temperance Animal Hospital!  They take the best care of our Pups every time they see them and it's so nice to know that they care about the humans in the Pups' Family too!!  Thanks TAH!!

I can't say that I'm feeling better.  This BP is just hammering at me...and tomorrow will be two weeks since I got it.  Still no movement on the left side.  Minimal movement on the right side...and pain that is driving me crazy.  As alot of you know, I haven't taken any prescription meds or over the counter meds in 2 1/2 years.  Well, the past 2 days, I just HAD TO, no ifs ands or buts about it, take one Aleve (naproxen sodium) each day.  The oils I take in capsules and the oils I use on my face, neck and ear were only working partially.  The nerve pain gets ridiculously piercing sometimes and I just couldn't handle it another minute!  And, this time with bilateral BP, the pain is on BOTH sides!!  My left lower jaw is particularly painful.  Thanks for your continued prayers.  I'll continue to post as I can - visit when I can read - and leave a comment when I'm able.  Just know that I'm thinking about all of you!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Facts on Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy is a sudden facial paralysis that usually strikes all or part of one side of the face. Men or women of any age can suffer Bell's palsy, but statistics suggest that people in their 40s are more likely to get it. Overall, your risk of experiencing Bell's palsy is 1 in 5,000 each year, or 1.7% over an average lifetime. Some people may have Bell's palsy more than once in their life.

Bell's palsy can be a frightening experience, appearing suddenly with symptoms that cause many people to think they're having a stroke. In reality, stroke symptoms are quite different, and Bell's palsy is a condition that usually clears up without treatment.


Update on My Condition

There hasn't been much change in my condition.  During the first 4 days after the onset of my bi-lateral BP (BP on both side of my face), the paralysis got worse, much as I had anticipated - from the first time I had BP in 2012.  It left my face totally paralyzed on the left side and nearly paralyzed totally on the right.  The right side, which is the side my 2012 bout of BP was on, has begun to see a touch of improvement.  As soon as I see something different on my Videos (which I do daily, but don't post daily), I will post it.  Thanks for your continued prayers and support.  It means alot to me during this difficult time.

Causes of Bell's Palsy

The exact cause of Bell's palsy is unknown, but most researchers believe that a viral infection that causes swelling and inflammation of the facial nerve is the most likely cause. Although research has found that the herpes simplex 1 virus (the virus that causes cold sores) is present, in many cases a direct link to the virus has not been proven.

Some people are more prone to Bell's palsy than others. Your risk is higher if you:
  • have a family history of Bell's palsy
  • have the common cold
  • have diabetes
  • have influenza
  • are pregnant (third trimester)

Symptoms and Complications of Bell's Palsy

Bell's palsy usually appears suddenly, often overnight. The primary symptom is weakness and paralysis on one side of the face. You may find that you can't make the same expressions as usual. Typically, you'll be unable to fully close one eye. Other possible symptoms include:
  • altered sense of taste
  • facial pain, or pain in or behind the ear (in fewer than 50% of cases)
  • no tears in one eye
  • sensitivity to noise on the affected side
  • numbness or heaviness in the face

Stroke is associated with other symptoms such as a severe headache, severe dizziness, difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in the arm or legs, and blurred vision. You may have some trouble talking if you have Bell's palsy, but it's purely muscular and is not caused by bleeding or a blood clot in the brain.

Usually, the symptoms appear at once. Occasionally, they worsen over a few days. Steady, progressive paralysis over several weeks is not a sign of Bell's palsy.

The most serious complication seen in Bell's palsy is permanent mild facial paralysis.This is found in a minority of cases. Overall, about 80% recover completely over weeks to months, and most of the rest improve.

Incomplete recovery is more likely in people who are older than 60 or those experiencing weakness or paralysis on both sides of the face - this occurs in 1% of cases. People who don't recover completely may be left with one or more of the following symptoms:
  • abnormal blinking
  • asymmetrical smile
  • buccinator paralysis (food caught in cheek of paralyzed side)
  • corneal damage
  • drooling of liquids from the corner of paralyzed mouth
  • dry eye
  • frozen muscle in the nostril area
  • hyperacusis (perceiving sounds as unusually loud)
  • impaired taste
  • impaired speech
  • synkinesis (involuntary movement associated with a voluntary movement)

Diagnosing Bell's Palsy


Bell's palsy is diagnosed based on its symptoms and physical signs. There are no specific tests to diagnose Bell's palsy, but your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and may order certain tests (e.g., blood tests) to rule out other medical conditions that can cause facial paralysis. Additional tests such as CAT scans or MRI scans are usually not necessary, but may be used to rule out other medical causes of facial paralysis.

Treating and Preventing Bell's Palsy


Although Bell's palsy usually resolves on its own without treatment, doctors usually recommend treatment with corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone*) and sometimes antiviral medications (acyclovir or valacyclovir). Corticosteroids are used to help reduce swelling around the nerve and are usually taken for about 7 to 10 days. Some evidence shows that antiviral medications are helpful when they are given along with prednisone, but when they are used alone, they are not very effective. More studies are needed to clarify the role of antiviral medications for the treatment of Bell's palsy.

Everyone with Bell's palsy needs special protection for his or her open eye. It will usually remain open for at least a week, and may not be producing tears. Eye drops, eye patches, and special lotions at night are used. These almost always prevent long-term damage to the surface of the eye (cornea).
In the past, a surgical technique called decompression of the seventh nerve was sometimes used. It's less common now, as many experts believe inflammation and not compression of the nerve is the root of the problem.

Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy (e.g., exercises for face muscles), but more studies are needed to assess its benefit.

There is no known way of preventing Bell's palsy. 



*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

http://www.medbroadcast.com/

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I love Quinoa...This Salad is for Dinner

Smoky Quinoa and Bacon Salad

via
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 8 pieces of bacon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.  Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.  Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool.  Crisp the bacon, drain and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, smoked paprika, chipotle, salt and pepper. Set aside.  In a large bowl, toss together the cooked quinoa, bacon pieces, red onion and parsley. Toss with the dressing and serve at room temperature or chilled.