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March 2008

Natural Healing: My story so far

You won't find many cross-posts between my original Minding Our Elders blog and my health and travel blog, but this is a subject thread that I'd like all of my readers interested in their health and the health of their care receivers to follow, so yes, today you will find this post on both my health blog and my caregiving blog. Both are Minding Our Elders and both are about better lives for boomers and seniors as well as caregivers and care receivers. If I'd had access to this knowledge when my parents were alive, I would have been rubbing this nutraceutical into their skin. I think tit could have changed their lives.  That's how strongly I feel about this.

For those of you who haven't found my health blog yet, I began a health blog as an extension of Minding Our Elders, as I had started a nutritional supplement that continues to amaze me. I want to avoid dementia and other ailments that I have seen take down my family and some friends and I've searched (and paid many thousands of dollars) for nearly 50 years for a way to get rid of chronic migraine pain, as well as other chronic pain.

The product that worked is called Vibe. It is available through a company called Eniva. I’d been exposed to Vibe groupies a couple of times, but thought the “claims” made by  the people telling me their stories were too good to be true, so I ignored them.

However, when my dentist (also my son’s dentist) told me what it could do for my son, who has multiple health problems, I decided we both should give it a try. This medical person explained to me the science, which you can find on the Eniva site, along with testimonials and all kinds of scientific research, results of rigorous tests and information papers. Let it suffice to say here that the products are developed to be “cell ready,” which simply means the molecules are so small they pass directly into your blood cells. You can even absorb it through your skin. Nothing depends on your ability to absorb through your digestive system.

I did as instructed and started taking Vibe slowly, working up to one full ounce. Before I’d gotten to the full ounce, my migraines – migraines I’ve had for nearly 50 years – were gone. I hadn’t known a day without head pain for so long I thought chronic head pain was normal.

I’ve wanted to grab everyone by the arm and exclaim, “Do you know I don’t have a migraine?” Fearing incarceration for being a nut, I have restrained myself and only told friends. Having become a believer, however, I added a couple of products for my rheumatoid arthritis. I’m now nearly pain free most of the time, and it’s been less than a month. My son is also responding, though since he’s been on an abundance of prescriptions, since he was a small child, it will take longer for him to recover. He is, however, definitely seeing progress.

One more thing: Vibe was developed by a doctor at the University of Minnesota Hospital. The doctor's father was awaiting a heart transplant. The father began the cell-ready product(s) that the son developed and is now healthy. He never needed the heart transplant. You can read many stories that are far more amazing than mine on Eniva.com. And yes, I will chime in from time to time to let you know if it's all still working. Here’s to your health and that of your loved ones.

This is my story, but to be sure I haven't said anything legally improper here is the  FDA disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Elder Care Author Needs Stories

I received this message last week and thought I'd pass it on. If any of you are interested in sharing yur caregiving stories for print, here's the deal:

"Share the trials, triumphs and tribulations of elder care with those about to begin the caregiving journey. I am looking to interview caregivers [hands-on or long distance] for an upcoming book for St. Martin’s Press. All interviews will be held in the strictest confidence, and quotes will be attributed to a pseudonym of the interviewee's choosing. It’s a great chance to have your voice heard, and to vent a little in the process! Contact Laurel Kennedy at 773.252.0123 or lkennedy@agelessons.com."

I don't know the author, but St. Martin's Press is very reputable. So, my friends, go for it if you want to be interviewed!

Tractors for Alzheimer's: MN Ag Company Thinks Big

Tractorslarger_6Kudos to RDO Equipment  of Moorhead, MN. RDO is part of the metro area of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN - two cities divided by the Red River of the North. This is a company that lives up to its mission.

From the company Web site: "Focused on Relationships: Since 1968, there have been many changes in our business.  However, there remains one constant—we are in business to help people, no matter their challenge. This includes the people who work for our company, our customers, and the communities around us. Every day, we strive to make their way of life better. We do this by identifying industry needs, finding solutions, and creating partnerships that span generations."

Their latest contribution?  Read this press release from Hospice of the Red River Valley.

"Unique Donation for a Unique Project: The RDO Community Responsibility Committee has donated 28 miniature tractors to Hospice of the Red River Valley to be used in a project aimed at enhancing the care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or related illnesses.  The reason for toy tractors lies in the way individuals with these types of diseases communicate.  Some of the best ways to communicate with someone who has advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is to stimulate the senses.  Whether they are sight, sound, smell, touch, or hearing if a connection to something familiar can be made, communication happens and care is enhanced. 

The tractors are intended to be used with individuals who have some sort of agricultural background.  Setting a toy tractor in front of an elderly farmer with dementia may produce far greater results than asking them to talk about their memories of farming.  The question may in fact produce the exact opposite effect by causing frustration. 

Holly Heintzman, one of the committee members is quoted as saying, “We have been looking for ways to partner with Hospice of the Red River Valley.  This request fit the bill perfectly.”

Thanks, RDO, for making me proud to live in this community. 

Elders and Driving: Some Good Advice

AgingCare.com has a good article on that old question of how to get an impaired elderly driver to quit driving. The short answer I always give is that you need a third party. This excellent article by
Leonard J. Hansen, Journalist and Author titled "Taking the Keys: What To Do If Mom or Dad Won't Give Them Up" is worth your time. It also has a link to an article that can help you decide when the time is right. The article begins:

"At some time you will feel concern or even fear that Mom or Dad should no longer drive an automobile. You have now reached a decision that the person for whom you are providing care must no longer drive."

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“I Can’t” Was Winning

If I had to make a list of the people I most admire, Leah would be right near the top. Leah, a fellow writer on OurAlzheimers.com, suffers from dementia. She's a witty, bright, humble former teacher who was stricken with vascular dementia (not Alzheimer's) at a relatively young age. Leah has been chronicling her life with dementia for us, as the disease progresses. She is nothing short of amazing, when it come to her determination and what she accomplishes. Her contribution to our world is priceless. Below is one of Leah's posts titled “I Can’t” Was Winning.

"I often use quotations to get across my point. Here is one which is my very own creation: "Dementia is deadly on one's self-confidence." My confidence level has fallen. Everyday living is not getting any easier. I have had a few problems lately with remembering appointments - even though I have them on my Palm Pilot and on the calendar."

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