You can eat keto too and reap the rewards!

Keto Really Works!

I was skinny during my teens and 20’s, but after I had my only child in my 30’s I gained significant weight which I’ve tried to lose ever since then.  I’m also a type 2 diabetic.  I’m 65 years old now and during my life, I’ve tried everything to lose weight and the only things I’ve found that work for me are the following:

  1.  Atkins.  I did the Atkins diet when I was younger (20’s) and it was easy for me to lose 5-10 pounds doing that. But that was over 40 years ago and my body is different now.
  2. The Whole 30I did the Whole30 plan in 2016 and lost 30 pounds that year eating whole and select foods.  Cutting out alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, MSG, sulfites, and processed foods. This worked very well while I was doing this.
  3. Intermittent Fasting (IF) In 2017 I did IF and lost 20 pounds and managed to get off all my insulin injections after two months. Unfortunately, I was unable to keep fasting because I had to cook for others besides myself and it proved too hard for me to resist the foods I cooked for my family.
  4. Keto.  This year, in 2019, I began the Metabolic Research Center (MRC) plan and it includes eating lower carb.  I’ve now lost 25 pounds eating this way so far, with the support of the MRS staff, the eating plan, and their supplements.  I fully believe that eating keto can help me to lose weight and also to reduce my insulin requirements.  I am continuing this journey with the MRC plan and support.

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Improve Your Skin Naturally

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Time to Get Serious

Yes, it was definitely time for me to get serious about my skin.  At age 65, my skin was not going to get any younger and I wanted to look as good as I could.  I had been researching skincare for several years now and learned some of the ways I can keep my skin looking younger.  I definitely wanted to improve my skin naturally and I’ve been researching collagen supplements.

Here are some tips to help protect your skin and keep your skin young-looking.

1.  Avoid sun damage by wearing sunscreen when outside and avoiding long periods in full sun.  Use sunscreen also if you are in front of a screen all day like myself to avoid damage from rays produced by the screens.

2.  Don’t smoke.  This is easy for me since I have never smoked.

3.  Avoid alcohol.  I rarely drink alcohol and only occasionally a glass of wine.

4.  Keep skin hydrated with moisturizers.

5.  Drink plenty of water, at least 8-10 glasses each day.

6.  Clean skin and remove makeup every evening, use a moisturizer afterward.

7.  Massage with moisturizer daily and rub it in using an upward motion, as though you were pushing your skin up toward your forehead.

8.  Eat a clean, natural diet with plenty of veggies and fruits that contain antioxidants.  Eat plenty of salmon, pumpkin seeds, lemons, green tea, honey, almonds, olive oil, broccoli, apple cider vinegar, yogurt.

9  Avoid negative facial expressions such as frowning or squinting.  Keep up with the smiles and laughter.

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I will never have skin like a baby again.  Here’s an image of my little granddaughter, Hope.  Her skin is perfect now but over her lifetime, it too will sustain damage from sun, wind, and aging unless she is careful.

Hopefully, my daughter will teach her how to protect her skin from damage while living in the tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea as a missionary baby.



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The Healing Power of Water

Water and Your Body

If you could see your body the way a health scientist does, you would discover that not only is up to two thirds of your body composed of water but that 20 percent of your blood is water, that 73 percent of your brain and heart are comprised of water, 83 percent of your lungs, 79 percent of your muscles and kidneys, your skin comprised of 64 percent water, and your bones are comprised of 31 percent.

Thinking about water in that way makes the importance of hydration seem valid. After all, if a doctor were to ask you, which body part do you want to cut short of water, your heart, your liver, your brain, your blood, your skin or your bones, you’d shout back at her, “none of them! They all seem pretty vital to me! Keep in mind the healing power of water.

Functions of Water in Your Body

The functions of water within the body are many, I’ve listed a few below:

  • Water is the essential building blocks of cells.
  • Water, through perspiration, is the primary regulator of your body’s heat,
  • Water is the primary component of saliva, which helps you digest and metabolize food.
  • Water lubricates the joints within your body.
  • Water surrounds your brain, spine, and organs and serves as internal shock absorbers.
  • Water is used by the body to eliminate toxins and waste through the urinary system.
  • Water carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells.

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Trying the Metabolic Research Center Diet Plan

Metabolic Research Center Program- what is it?

This program has been around for 35 years and touts being a science-based diet program that provides customized meal plans, science-based supplements and lots of support.  They offer consultation, education, guidance, and medical supervision.

All clients of the Metabolic Research Center get a recommended supplement and a set of recipes for their diet program. They suggest exercise but it is not required.

They have locations all over the country – there are 3 centers in Arkansas where I live.  Fortunately, Bentonville MRC is only a few minutes from my home.

Why I Decided to Sign Up

Image of woman holding out loose jeans at the waistI had read and been researching this program for a while now.  It is a form of low-carb dieting which is not too strict and provides lots of support with twice-weekly visits and weighing at the center, food education classes and fitness classes.  They offer a special MRC cookbook, a list of suggestions for staying on the plan when eating out, a line of specific supplements to help support your eating plan and a lot of encouragement and personal support. They also have hormone tests and DNA testing help fit you into a specific eating plan.

I had been reading some of the numerous success stories and how happy their clients are with the program.  Yes, it does cost, but occasionally they have specials.  I signed up during one of these specials and got $100 off the signup fees.  I chose the 17 week program.  They guarantee if I follow the program, I will lose between 2-5 pounds each week.  So that would between 34 and 85 pounds for me.

I must admit the idea of losing up to 85 pounds in a little over 4 months really appealed to me.

My Progress

The first week I was on a “preconditioning plan” where I had a list of meats, veggies (unlimited) and certain fruits and fats to choose from.  I was also told to try and drink 95 oz. of water each day.  The hardest part was drinking that amount of water since I usually do not drink a lot of water because of incontinence issues.  I lost 2 pounds that first week.  For the second week, I was given a new food plan called the Balance level 1 plan.  It consists of 3 meals a day with 3 protein supplements during the day.  I purchased 4 supplements off the plan which I take before each meal.
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The plan provides a list of protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable foods I’m allowed to eat plus a list of dairy and fats and extras to include in my eating.  All of the food on my list is natural and whole – both cooked and raw.  Weirdly, I can eat fruit but not onions.  I love having the natural fruit, but I’m finding I do miss onions.  I’m into week 4 now and getting used to the plan and the water.  Week 2 I lost 3 pounds.  Week 3 I lost 5 pounds and reached my first goal of 10 pounds lost.  I was very happy to reach that goal.  That’s 10 pounds in 26 days for me.  I was very happy to reach that goal and my husband is happy for me to be cooking more vegetables and good meat meals.

I will be following this plan for 119 days.  If I could lose 4.5 pounds every 26 days that would be 45 pounds I can lose.  Maybe more if I can stick with the meal plan, water intake, and supplements.

They also suggest exercise 3x a week but it is not required.  So far I’ve only managed that for one of the weeks.  I’m hoping to do better but I have to be careful because, with my fibromyalgia, it doesn’t take too much for me to overdo and then “Pay” for it the next few days and can’t work out at all.  My plan is to try water walking and exercise 3 times a week.


As for my Diabetes

So far my diabetes has responded somewhat.  I still have high numbers most mornings, but I’m noticing that my numbers after lunch seem to be dropping.  Also, I’m using less of my Novalog (fast acting insulin).  On this plan, I’m eating fewer carbs and especially much less sugar. (no cake, cookies, pies, etc at all).  I’ll be curious to see if my BGL readings go down as I continue to lose weight.


Unique Components

The program consists of:

  • Eating Real Food
  • Personal Coaching
  • Metabolism Boost through specialized supplements
  • DNA Testing


The cost of the plans is several hundred dollars for various lengths 17 weeks, 24 weeks, 6 weeks, etc.  Plus cost of a variety of supplements they suggest individually.  They also include a year of maintenance support after your plan weeks are concluded.


The Metabolic Research Center Program can work but is a little costly (depends on what value you put on your health and appearance).  Costs include:

1. Several hundred for the plan weeks $300-900

2.  Supplements – average $10 each week

3.  A kitchen food scale (a simple one will work fine)  The one I ordered and use is this one:

4.  Cost for gym or exercise equipment (although walking can be your free exercise – since I’m in a wheelchair most of the time, this it out for me).

5.  I have a special water bottle that I use to help me drink my allocated water each day.  It holds 25 ozs of water and I try to drink 4 full bottles each day.  This is the one I use:

6.  A new wardrobe after you lose several sizes – LOL!

You can set up your consultation with a center near you.  Their website is:


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CBD oil for chronic pain – I did and “My Pain Is Gone”


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Can CBD oil help with chronic pain?

I can only say that I’ve read many testimonials that indicate CBD oil has helped many suffering from chronic pain.  I am one of those it has helped.

My Story

Image of ShirleyI’m Shirley Dawson and I am 64 years old and retired.  I am in a wheelchair, have diabetes, degenerative discs in my low back and have lived in daily pain for years.  I have suffered from low back pain since I was in my mid-30s.  Before then, I lived the life of an athletic person.  I played softball and volleyball and coached both sports also.  I loved to play racketball and pretty much any sport.  I spent my entire 20’s playing or practicing a sport every night of the week and also playing on weekends.  I did the diving for a ball and catching it in softball and the diving and rolling in volleyball.  Yes, I had scrapes and bruises frequently, but they were gone in just a few days and my body seemed to take everything in stride.

But then, in my 30’s I married, got pregnant and gained weight for the first time in my life.  In my 7th month of pregnancy, I began to have low back pain.  It was severe, sports were out and pretty much any activity that required bending or lifting.  For the first time in my life, I was overweight and in lots of pain.

I gave birth to my daughter by C-section due to scar tissue from a previous surgery to remove a fibroid tumor.  I had to carry my pillow around to hold against my tummy for a couple of weeks.  I was left with a terrible looking scar down my abdomen.  I still had the low back pain even after I recovered from my C-section.  The pain was such that I could not hold and carry my infant around very long and I had severe pain when I would lean over to put her in her car seat or crib.  I couldn’t exercise and gradually began to gain more and more weight.

That was not all I had going on.  My daughter was a poor sleeper and for the first 8 months of her life, I got almost no sleep at night.  I returned to my work two months after her birth and I was tired all the time.  I remember one day on my way to work thinking “how can someone live with this little sleep?  I also found I could no longer wear the contact lens that I had worn since my late teens.  My eyes would water constantly and I could hardly hold them open.  My doc tried a different brand and they didn’t work either.  So I was back to wearing my glasses all the time – bummer!

Another interesting thing happened to my body during this time period.  Before my pregnancy, I had never been able to wear a watch because something about my body would stop them after a few days.  After my pregnancy, I found that I could now wear a watch without breaking it.  I know my body chemistry had changed somehow.

My doc would give me muscle relaxers and send me to PT for my back but nothing seemed to help much.  I would get a little better then suddenly the pain would come back full force.  This went on for years.

I would find that my body has sensitive spots – that were very tender to the touch.  I would ask my husband to rub my shoulders because they hurt but then I could not bear the pressure when he would massage my shoulders.  My arms and legs would hurt, like a deep muscular pain but I couldn’t figure out why.  If I poked myself, it was a sharp pain.

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and then full diabetes in my 40’s and I also had a hysterectomy. Another abdominal scar and I lost my belly button – lol!.  These scars didn’t help me in trying to get a healthy core to support my back.  I was also diagnosed with a blood condition which made me a stroke risk as I produce too many platelets and they are abnormal.  I started a chemo drug daily to suppress my platelet product.  I still take that drug every day.

I decided to go to a neurosurgeon about the back pain.  After a multitude of tests, including an MRI, the doc said he would have to do rods and screws and plates and with my uncontrolled diabetes and my blood clot risk, he didn’t recommend surgery for me.  He said I could end up even worse than I was.  I certainly didn’t want that.  My pain and the wheelchair was bad enough.

I developed a hernia along the scar line on my abdomen.  So I quit trying to do any situps or anything to make that worse.  But it grew larger and larger and finally, I decided it had to be fixed.  I saw a surgeon about it and he said he would put in some mesh to keep me from getting another one after he removed the very large hernia.  I made sure he and my oncolgist talked about my clotting risk before I scheduled surgery.  My oncologist had a blood study run on my blood and thought I would be more at risk to bleed than throw a clot.  So they agreed I could do the surgery.  I stopped my blood thinner and chemo meds and had the surgery done.

After surgery, I was very disorientated and itching all over.  I was given large doses of Benadryl for the terrible itching but my disorientation continued.  It was discovered that I did have a stroke during or after the surgery.  I had no paralysis but I was very confused, could not do math or multi-task and I didn’t drive well – I would run stop signs.  Thank God who must have been watching over me because I didn’t kill myself or anyone else.

I had a new doctor now, a neurologist who I saw regularly and who put me on a special blood thinner that would both thin my blood and make my platelets less sticky.  I got better over time and a year after the stroke I could do better math and some multi-tasking again.  Today I feel back to normal with my math and thinking skills except for when I am extremely exhausted.

Yet More Heath Issues

In the fall of 2014, I had a severe case of vasculitis on my legs and feet that turned into huge ulcers.  They hurt a lot, these were diabetic feet and leg ulcers that doses and doses of prednisone were not helping.  The pain was bad, even unbearable.  The nights were so long and full of pain.  I didn’t sleep, I had no pain pills because the docs refused to prescribe them.  I saw 4 different docs, a general physical and 3 dermatologists over a 4 month period.  The ulcers got worse and bled and oozed requiring bandaging.  I had to use a wheelchair to get around.  The same chair I am still using.  I feared amputation – the great fear of lots of diabetics.

The diabetic nerve pain (neuropathy) was like electricity running from my feet all up my legs.  I prayed at night for God to bring me home.  I even considered suiciding a few of those long painful nights.  But I would never do that to my family.  Then I was referred to a wound center and Thank God for that, the doctor prescribed even more prednisone and then started debriding the wounds regularly.  This was very painful but I was a pro at pain by then – the doc was surprised I could handle the debriding as well as I did – he said I was one tough lady.  But the truth was I had learned to take a great deal of pain and he gave me hydrocodone pills to take before coming to my appointments.  The wounds started healing and 3 months later I was released and left only with scars on my legs and feet.

So that’s me at 64.  I’m still in a wheelchair.    I still have those bad discs in my low back, a bad hip and sciatic pain that runs down my left hip to my knee that can be excruciating and I can’t straighten that leg completely out due to the pain.  My fibromyalgia (actually diagnosed by a rheumatologist who prescribed tramadol and Cymbalta for me for the pain) continues to give me lots of pain.  In fact, the pain this last year had gotten so bad I rarely slept more than 2-3 hours at night.  Naturally, I was tired all the time.  Plus the meds I take, almost all have the side effect of fatigue. (Metformin, Neurontin, Hydroxyurea, and 3 different insulins).  I’ve tried physical therapy this year, increasing my doses of Tramadol and extra strength Tylenol and hot jetted tub baths and stretching.  While the PT helped my range of motion quite a bit, the pain was still there.  I go to a chiropractor weekly and sometimes it seems to help a little.

One month ago

Then one month ago I was in a bad flare-up of pain, I hurt so much I never slept because there was no position I could get in either my bed or my recliner that was the least bit comfortable.  I was praying for relief and posting on my facebook page for my friends to pray.  In fact, I prayed for God to fix me or just go ahead and take me home as I was useless in my life here.  Life was just one big pain. When my husband would ask me something, I could not concentrate because of the pain I was in.  I couldn’t sit at my computer or anywhere very long.  I would get in my walk-in tub and have jetted baths several times a day, hoping to relax my muscles so I could sleep for a little while.  I started increasing my doses of Tramadol and took as much extra strength Tylenol as they allow in a day.  I found some pain pills left over from dental work and took them.  But nothing lasted very long.


Image of CTFO oil drop bottlesI found a box of hemp/CBD oil I had ordered months ago but wasn’t sure if I should take it because I thought it was like “weed” and would give me a high.  I opened that box and the bottle of CBD oil and took 15 drops that morning, evening and the next morning.  On day 2, I went to sit in my recliner and realized that it didn’t hurt and also, I could stretch my left leg out with no pain.  I was shocked.  I sat there for a few minutes and then thought to myself “MY PAIN IS GONE”.  I could feel no pain at all in my body.  It was years and years since I had felt this way.  I was totally amazed.  I continued to use the oil drops and purchased a few different brands to try.  I found CTFO Health 300mg CBD oil drops  (you can sign up as a customer free and get wholesale pricing) and they seem to work better for me.  While it does wear off and sometimes my pain does return, I take more drops and wait and soon feel better (within 30 minutes).  I feel like I have a new life.  That I am not defined by my pain anymore.  I think clearer than I have in years and I’m sleeping better.  I rarely have the sciatic nerve pain down my leg as I did before, so I can sit for longer periods of time.

While I’m still in my wheelchair, I can stand up more to reach my kitchen cabinets and I’m using my walker more (when I only have a few steps to go – like to the car or even into a restaurant that I can park near the door.) I’m hoping that I will be able to strengthen my leg muscles again and walk more and I plan on starting swim exercise again now that I can get to the pool once more.

CBD Oil Research

I’ve started research hemp and CBD oil and I’m finding that while FDA is really not recommending it for specific conditions, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that it helps many people.

I worked for the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for 33 years and of course, I went to the website to start my research.  I came across this Article from August 3, 2018, which states:

Another important consideration is the need to identify a method to consistently provide a given dose of a drug. When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed the clinical use of marijuana, it identified the problems associated with obtaining consistent dosing using smoked products and recommended that clinical trials involving marijuana should be conducted with the goal of developing safe, alternative delivery systems:

“If there is any future for marijuana as a medicine, it lies in its isolated components, the cannabinoids, and their synthetic derivatives.  Isolated cannabinoids will provide more reliable effects than crude plant mixtures.  Therefore, the purpose of clinical trials of smoked marijuana would not be to develop marijuana as a licensed drug but rather to serve as a first step toward the development of nonsmoked rapid-onset cannabinoid delivery systems.”  read the full article here.

Life Now

Since I discovered the benefits of CBD, life has improved, the pain returns sometimes, but its not as severe and I have something I can take for it, which gives me hope.


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I Love to Share my CBD oil experience

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CBD Oil Really Works for Me

CBD Oil has become a great passion of mine.  I began using it and found out it made my sciatic pain go away.  Now my hip feels regular most of the time and there is no pain shooting down my left leg any more.  Whenever I start to get that feeling again in my hip, I take a few more drops of my CBD oil and a little while later, I feel good again.

I became a CTFO associate and I now help others by promoting and selling this great brand of CBD oil products.  I use several of the products myself and love them.

If you have pains you haven’t been able to get rid of,  you might try some CBD oil yourself.  You can even become an associate like myself.  I’m sharing my site where you can shop or sign up as an associate below

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Now I understand the debate on using marijuana for pain relief?

Legalization of medical marijuana

That debate for the legalization of medical marijuana has been going on for years and I never really understood it.  I’ve never used recreational drugs and am not in favor of it or anything that messes with your mind.  I don’t want to experience a “high” or be “out of control” of myself in any fashion.  So I haven’t been following the debate very closely and figured I was against it.

But the idea of having something that will help many who live with pain (like our vets and those with chronic illnesses) does strike a cord in my heart.

My mom lived with the daily pain of crippling rheumatoid arthritis for most of her life. I remember hearing her moans and exclamations of “Oh God” and “help me Jesus” coming from her room across the hall from me each night.  And there was nothing I could do to help her.  I also have a brother in law who has to deal with the pain of Lupus in his life. There are friends of mine who also deal with daily pain in their life.

I have fibromyalgia and degenerative discs in my back and use a wheelchair almost all of the day because I can’t walk due to pain in my hips, legs, and back.  I also can’t sleep well because there is no comfortable position I can find in my bed or my recliner.

I move from bed to recliner many times each night and finally fall asleep around 3-4m out of sheer exhaustion.  I awake tried and in pain every morning.

My docs have never responded to my requests for pain pills for relief – just advised me to use Tylenol and Tramadol and the prescribed Cymbalta (which provides a little relief for fibromyalgia, but not enough for me to sleep or do normal daily tasks).  I think they are under pressure to NOT prescribe pain meds due to potential addiction.

My personal feeling is:


“which is worse – pain so severe you are suicidal

or possibly becoming addicted, which is treatable?”


Trying Cannabis Hemp Oil

A few months ago I had ordered some cannabis “hemp oil” to try and a small bottle came in but I set it aside and pretty much forgot about it.  I had been reading about its benefits for cancer patients.  It has no psychotropic effects and a lot of anti-inflammatory benefits.

I was desperate

My personal pain has been on a severe flare-up for the past couple of weeks, such that I was becoming desperate for some relief.  I started taking more extra strength Tylenol and Tramadol each day, but I was afraid to take too much.  I continued to take my one dose of Cymbalta each day.  I even found some leftover pain pills from my husband’s dental implant surgery and took those.  Nothing was helping – I was in severe pain!

I tried stretching my hip muscles (to help any pinched nerves which can cause my sciatica) and taking hot jetted baths in my step-in tub 2-3 times each day.  The stretches were very painful and I dreaded doing them. The baths felt great and relaxed me sometimes enough to sleep a while.  I tried alternating hot and cold on my hips and back (using heating pads and ice packs).  The ice seemed to help just a little.

Finally, I was even thinking that I wished God would just take me home as I was useless and I could really not even concentrate because of the pain.  When my husband would ask me something – I had to stop and think about what he was saying and suck in the pain so I could answer back.  My mind felt fuzzy and I didn’t want to talk or think about anything very hard.

How much does it hurt?

I remembered being in my dermatologist office a few months ago with vasculitis eruptions on my legs and feet that were turning into ulcers.   He asked the standard question “on a scale of 0-10, how much pain are you in right now?”

I thought, “I can’t remember when I had no pain, I hurt all the time – a lot, so what do I tell him?  So.. I just told him 6-8 to say something.  But its true when you have been in daily pain, its hard to remember what it feels like to have no pain at all.

How one little bottle can mean so much

Then I found the little bottle of hemp oil I had purchased months ago and thought

“what the heck, why not try it!”.


My Pain is Gone!

I drank my first dose (15 drops) in a small glass of unsweetened tea.  I used it again later that day and the next morning. On day 2 around mid-day, I went to my recliner and found out I could straighten both legs.  I had not been able to do that in over a year because of the pain running down my left hip and leg.  That was amazing!

I began to use the hemp for pain relief – taking a few drops a few times each day and I’ve found relief that is so amazing.  I can use my walker again and stand up to put clean dishes in the kitchen cabinets.  I feel so good, that things I have been putting off recently I’ve been doing again.  Such as walking a few more steps each day, standing up to unload the dishwasher, etc and getting my own glass from the upper cabinets.  I go to the garage and wipe off my new to me Beetle convertible even.  I’m amazed and so happy. My mind and thoughts feel much clearer and I can sleep many more hours each night now.  I no longer have to request prayer in the middle of the night from friends on Facebook.  I post “happy” and “feeling great” posts instead.

I totally credit the hemp oil and CBD oils I’ve been using for this amazing relief from my pain.  I truly believe the anti-inflammatory and relaxation effects are responsible.  I feel like I have more energy each day.  I’m starting to reduce some of my other meds, like my Cymbalta and my tramadol.


Best Hemp and CBD Oils

My research shows that the following hemp and CBD oil products have great reviews and have seemingly helped many with their pain and better sleep.  Just read some of the testimonials.  The products can be ordered for wholesale prices by just signing up as a customer and then placing your order.

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If you find these products work for you, you can join as an associate and sell to your friends and family who are seeking pain relief like myself  by:

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I have become a believer.  A believer that using hemp for pain relief really helps with my pain and inflammation.  I’m finding that CBD oils will do the same.



I love to receive your comments and questions.  Feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon. – Shirley

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The dangers of diabetes and periodontal disease

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Taking Care of Your Teeth

For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Image of diabetic pricking fingerEmerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way.  People with diabetes, like myself, are more susceptible to serious gum disease.  Serious gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for severe oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). The reason for this risk, is that they aremore susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

I have receding gums and my dentist and I have talked about it.  Many people have gums that are pulling away from their teeth.  This condition can encourage bacteria growth at and below the gum line.  Eventually, the gum tissue and even the supporting bone may deteriorate and the damage become irreversible.


So What Do We Do About This?

I’ve been a diabetic (type 2) for years now and as I age, I really do NOT want to lose my teeth. I see my dentist regularly, usually twice each year for cleaning and a checkup.  But what else can I do?

Here are a number of things I can do:

  1. Brush my teeth after meals (brush tongue and gums while I’m brushing the teeth).  This will get rid of the bacteria that form plaque on my teeth and gums and causes them to become inflamed.
  2. Floss every day to get out all the bacteria and food particles stuck between my teeth.
  3. Choose a plague reducing mouthwash and swish some around the mouth after brushing and flossing to remove all of the particles between teeth.  (Don’t swallow the mouthwash – spit it out)
  4. Make sure you choose a great dentist or even a periodontist, who will check your teeth and gums for the start of periodontal disease and start treatment early.
  5. Avoid food with sugar and sodas with sugar.

image of coconut oil in jarSome other things I try to do is “oil pulling”.  This is swishing a small amount of virgin coconut oil around in my mouth for as long as I can (20 minutes is recommended) but I rarely can hold it that long.  Do not swallow the oil after swishing it around – spit it out.  Some naturalists claim the lauric acid in the oil prevents tooth decay.

My dentist has also recommended I use an electric toothbrush to clean my teeth.

An Electric Toothbrush has these advantages?

  1. It helps control and stops too aggressive brushing by sounding a warning tone when you are pressing too hard.
  2. It has a timer to warn the user when 2 minutes (which is the dentist recommended time to brush your teeth) has passed, or it may simply turn off.
  3. It removes up to two times the amount of plaque than a regular toothbrush.

The chances of gum disease can be significantly lowered when plaque is removed and prevented from building up. You can do this better using an Electric Toothbrush.


What is the Best Electric Toothbrush for Gum Disease?

Some of my dentists have recommended the Oral B Pro electric toothbrush.  So that is the one I purchased and use.  Of course, there are others on the market to choose from as well.


Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush with Automatic Timer and CrossAction Brush Head

Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes are designed to gently but effectively clean the surface of your teeth, which helps to remove plaque buildup without causing irritation. In fact, some Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes include a special message or gum-care cleaning modes. In addition, only Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes have a visual pressure sensor that alerts you when you brush too hard, to help promote healthy gums.

Claimed benefits:

  • The Oral B removes 300% more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Senses when you brush too hard with the pressure sensor. It is also rechargeable with 1 mode- Daily Clean
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth
  • Compatible with Oral-B Brush Heads for every Oral Care need: CrossAction, FlossAction, Precision Clean, 3D White, Sensitive Gum Care, Deep Sweep, Dual Clean
  • The Oral-B Pro 1000 provides a clinically proven superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. The professionally inspired design of the CrossAction brush head surrounds each tooth with bristles angled at 16 degrees, and 3D cleaning action oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300% more plaque along the gumline than a regular manual toothbrush. The pressure sensor lights up if you brush too hard to prevent harmful over-brushing and there is 1 mode, plus an in-handle timer to help you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Best of all it’s brought to you by Oral-B – the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide.

Currently, it is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon and is a well-liked product on Amazon.

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It is not a good idea to neglect your teeth – because you risk some serious periodontal disease when you do not take care of your teeth.  There are a number of things you can do to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and switching to an electric toothbrush is one of the best.

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I enjoy receiving comments and questions.  You can leave yours below. – Shirley






Best Products to Treat Chafed Skin and its Pain and Discomfort?

Chafed Skin – Ouch!

Many type 2 diabetes are overweight like me.  Some are overweight to the point of obesity.  I’ve read that 2 of every 3 Americans are now considered to be obese.  There is so much that an overweight person must endure in his/her life, socially, emotionally and physically:

  • There are the “looks” that a big person receives as they go about their daily lives.
  • The little comments that can hurt like a knife stuck in your heart.
  • The discrimination within the job force (Try getting a job as an obese person).  Studies show that executives and those who hire tend to have a bias against fat people.  Studies also indicate that fat women earn on average $19,000 less than skinny women in the same jobs.
  • Obesity is now considered a disease and yet many people never realize that when they see a very overweight individual.
  • The problems of accommodation to a large size in cars, airplanes, theaters and even booths in a restaurant.
  • The fear that a chair or bench might break under your weight.
  • Increased risk for many diseases (heart, kidney, stroke, cancer, etc.)
  • The increased fear of medical visits and tests when the gown isn’t big enough to cover you, or you do not fit in the MRI or you feel looked down upon by medical staff.  Some studies even show that medical doctors, nurses, and even medical students tend to perceive obese patients negatively (thinking them unintelligent, weak-willed, lazy and unsuccessful).  The obese will often avoid medical care because of negative experiences in the medical arena.
  • “Myself, I once refused to return to one doctor because of a negative office visit experience where I was forced to undress and put on a paper gown and shorts that were way too small and thus embarrassed during the exam.:

Chafed Agony!

Something thwoman crying imageat many obese and overweight people have to endure but it is not talked about much is “CHAFED SKIN”.

So what is chafed skin?  It is the awful skin irritation that develops when skin is rubbed against skin, as in the folds of the skin.   Chafing is usually contracted in the inner thighs and inner glutes; armpits and nipples can also develop chafing although it is less common. Poor fitting clothing and sweating make this worse. So who gets this?

  • It is not just overweight people who can develop this but athletes with well-developed quadriceps and people with tight bone structures can suffer from chafing, especially long distance athletes (such as cyclists or marathon runners due to the long periods during which the skin is sweaty and rubbing against other body parts or clothing.
  • Babies frequently get chaffing from wet diapers and rubbed the skin on their bottoms and their upper legs.
  • Nursing moms can get this from raw and irritated nipples.
  • Ill-fitting clothes. You can chafe if your sleeves, bra strap, or waistband repeatedly rub on your skin in an irritating way.

How painful is it?

The pain of chafed skin can be an itching or a burning type of pain where your skin feels raw and very irritated.  It can even become so raw and sore that bleeding and infection can set in.  Movement becomes very painful and even bathing hurts. Sometimes it becomes so painful that a resting position is hard to find.

I’ve experienced many, many bouts of chafed, raw and painful skin in the folds of my body parts.  The pain makes it hard for me to think of something else besides my discomfort.  Over the years I’ve tried treating my chafed skin with various products and I’ve researched to find more effective treatments time and time again.


To help prevent the occurrence of chafed skin you can:

  • Wear clothing that fits and that wicks moisture from the folds of the skin, choose synthetics – not cotton that can hold wetness.
  • Stay well hydrated to keep salty sweat to a minimum.  The salt in sweat irritates the skin.
  • Use a lotion on your skin at least two times daily to keep it smooth and healthy
  • When you notice irritation beginning, bathe in warm water and use antibacterial soap and “pat” the skin area dry or blow it dry – don’t rub it.

Use ointments like:

Desitin Rapid Relief Diaper Rash Remedy, Fragrance-Free Cream, 16 Oz  (diaper-rash creams containing zinc oxide are antibactrial)

Desitin acts to:

  • Heal, soothe and prevent diaper rash as it instantly forms a protective layer on your baby’s or your skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Its creamy formula goes on smoothly and wipes off easily

Uses: Helps treat and prevent diaper rash; Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash and helps seal out wetness.

Directions: You may prefer to use a soft, wet washcloth to gently clean the diaper/skin area. Warm water should do the job; use a gentle cleanser.  Use your wipe or washcloth to gently pat skin, being careful not to rub. If you have already applied a diaper rash treatment at the site, don’t worry about removing any leftover ointment. Clean the soiled, outer layer and leave the ointment on the skin to avoid damaging delicate skin as it heals.

Safety Warnings: This is for external use only. When using this product: do not get into eyes.

Desitin is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Domeboro Cooling Gel Complete Skin Rash Relief

About the product

Contains (1) 3oz. bottle Domeboro Cooling Gel, complete rash relief. Provides fast itch relief plus visible healing by drying oozing rashes, reducing redness, and reducing blistering.  It helps give complete, soothing relief from itchy rashes and skin irritants.

Whether it’s poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, insect bites (mosquito, chigger, spider, bed bug, and bee or wasp bites), Domeboro Cooling Gel provides the quick/effective relief you need to combat itchy, irritated skin from insect bites or rashes.

Domeboro Cooling Gel is a clear, odorless gel that cools on contact for fast, soothing relief whenever you need it. It is effective against the itching and irritation from sources like poison ivy, oak or sumac, mosquito bites, bed bug bites, even athlete’s foot.

The gel comes in a no mess, hands-free applicator making it easy to use at home or on-the-go.

Domeboro Cooling Gel is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Wise Men Healing Balm with Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils

About the product:

  • it relieves neuropathy symptoms, shooting pain, tingling pain, join pain and numbness
  • The blend of the Ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian rejuvenating formula for modern times.
  • It contains 100% pure essential oils of myrrh and frankincense with coconut carrier oil.

100% essential oils of frankincense and myrrh in a pure coconut carrier oil.

Directions:   Apply twice a day in the mornings and evenings

Safety Warning. In the unlikely event of skin irritation discontinue use. This cream is not edible. This product not been evaluated by the FDA.

Wisemen Healing Balm is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Equate Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment

About the product

This product helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns

1-ounce tubes twin pack

Equate Triple Antibiotic First aid Ointment is a well-liked product on Amazon.


When the skin is not yet raw I use the following:

Tinactin Antifungal Deodorant Powder Spray (if the area is raw, this will hurt)

This is an antifungal power spray for athlete’s foot and it will help relieve itching and burning and is also a deodorant.

Tinactin has a is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment powder for athletics foot.

Zeasorb powder is stated to:

  • Relieve itching, burning, and scaling
  • Absorb moisture
  • Soothe chafing
  • Contains no starch

Product Description:  Dermatologist Recommended. Super Absorbent. Zeasorb Antifungal Powder. Miconazole Nitrate 2%. Cures most Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch, Ringworm. Relieves itching, burning, and scaling. Absorbs moisture. Soothes chafing. Contains no starch.

Directions are to clean and dry area and apply a thin layer to the skin (but not open wounds)

Safety Warning. For external use only Do not use: on children under 2 years of age unless directed by a doctor. Avoid contact with the eyes.

Zeasorb is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Another thing I do to help keep the skin of my feet, legs, thighs, and tummy clear is I will get in my bathtub and fill it with warm water, add two cups of Apple Cider Vinegar and soak for 30 minutes 3 times a week and I use an Anti-fungal Foot and Body wash for my soap.

Although medical evidence is scant, it is widely accepted that apple cider vinegar when incorporated into baths and other skin care regimens help heal the skin and restore its natural balance. Because there’s little risk involved, certain institutions recommend this method of bathing for the treatment of minor ailments.


Here’s the foot and body wash I use:

Antifungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, Helps Athletes Foot, Ringworm, Toenail Fungus, Jock Itch, Acne, Eczema & Body Odor- Soothes Itching & Promotes Healthy Feet, Skin, and Nails

About the product

  • The formula is  Enriched with Powerful Essential Oils and Skin Nourishing Botanicals, Which Have Been Used For Centuries for Their Natural Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties – the Tea Tree Oil Foot and Body Soap Has -NO Parabens – Petroleum – Silicone – Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes – Made in the USA – Not Tested on Animals – 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.  Will sooth itchy skin – Infused With Natural Skin Conditioning Aloe Vera, Atlantic Sea Kelp and Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. Blend of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Oregano, Peppermint & other Oils to Help Soothe and leave the Skin Feeling Soft & Healthy
  • This body wash is for men and women and will help hydrate,  leaving the feet, skin, and nails feeling clean and refreshed. You can use in the Shower or with your Favorite Foot Spa, Foot Bath or Foot Basin
  • This is ideal for Athletes – Gym Enthusiasts – Teens Who Play Sports – and People who Engage in Physical Activity Which Attracts Unwanted Sweat, Dirt and Bacteria – the wash can be used in conjunction with any topical treatment such as Athletes Foot Cream, Other Antifungal Cream, Spray, Powder, or Treatment

Purely Northwest Anti-Fungal foot & body wash is a well-liked product on Amazon.



In my experience, these above products have helped me tremendously in dealing with the pain and discomfort of chafed skin.  I urge you to experiment and see which ones work for you.


I enjoy responding to comments and questions.  Please leave them below. – shirley

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Product Review: Book “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended

Product:  “The Complete Guide to Fasting:  Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended” by Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore, October 16, 2016.

Purchase:  The Complete Guide to Fasting

Cost:  Estimated >$21

My Rating5 star image

Target Audience:  Health-conscious men or women who are interested in the newer “biohacking” methods and trying new things to benefit their health.



This is a popular book on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting – cowritten by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.


Who are these guys?

Dr. Jason Fung is a kidney specialist (Nephrologist) in Toronto, Canada.  During his years of treating his patients, he has made detailed observations about diabetes, blood sugar, the body’s reaction to carbs, glucose, and insulin.  In 2013, he published a range of theories relating to obesity and diabetes in a youtube series. Aetiology of Obesity YouTube Series.

During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that type 2 diabetes and obesity was on an exponential rise and that the standard diet recommended (reducing dietary fat) was definitely not effective.  Type 2 diabetes were treated with more and more insulins and their insulin resistance worsened and more insulin was given – it was a vicious circle which didn’t help the diabetic.   Diabetes was considered non-curable.  Yet many of Dr. Fung’s patients were off insulins (as well as some other medications i.e., for blood pressure) after being treated by Dr. Fung’s team. Weight was lost and health improved as they continued with Fung’s recommendations.  He and his patients considered themselves “cured” as long as they continued eating the diet he proposed for maintenance. He started a program called Intensive Dietary Management  in which he provided patients with his special treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity that is based on different dietary changes, not medications. He now takes patients via an online program too.

Jason’s Intensive Dietary Management blog provides a lot of information on his theorys and studies and the experiences with his many patients that he treats for different medial issues using his theories about carbs and fasting.

Jimmy Moore  entered the low carb and fasting arena in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss enabled him to come off prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the author and host of the very popular blog Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and the host  of a popular high ranked oiTunes health podcast, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, as well as Low-Carb Conversations and Keto Talk. He has interviewed hundreds of of the world’s top health experts and has dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible about nutrition  He’s also a  bestselling author of:


This book provides Dr. Fung’s and Jimy Moore’s idead and theories on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting and a low carb diet.  Dr. Fung began using a new approach to treating his kidney patients and found that the new method of lowcarb and fasting combined has been successful at removing all signs of type 2 diabetes and several other disorders like high blood pressure for his patients, as well as weight loss and reducing insulin resistance.  You will learn how he developed his new theories and methods and how to begin using these methods yourself.


Dr. Fung’s  Intensive Dietary Management website has testimonials from many of his patients that are inspiring and proves his patients are being helped by his methods.  I found his book one evening when I was very depressed about my uncontrolled BGLs and purchased it and read it in one night.  I fount as i followed his methods for 2 months, I regained control of my blood glucose numbers and finally reduced my insulin injects from 184 units each day to zero and allowed me to lose 20 pounds.  Unfortunately, a few weeks after that I became ill and was put on large doses of prednisone which raised my BGL drastically and created such a “hunger” that I fell off his protocol and began struggling with my diabetes again.  However, I know now that its works and I’m trying again to follow his protocol and stick with it until my insulin resistance is “cured”.


The benefits of practing fasting and intermittent fasting are many.

Here is a link to a discussion about some of the benefits Dr. Fung’s patients have described.


Very reasonable for under $21.00


In Conclusion

I highly recommend purchasing this book and learning about this new clearly effective approach to treating obesity, type 2 diabetes and more.  It has certainly changed my life.



Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would also love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  I enjoy talking about my experiences online and what has worked or not worked for me. – Shirley

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