7/11 My Day of Gratitude

It was 20 years ago on this date that Vic­tor and I offi­cially became a cou­ple when he moved in to share my home with me. Then, one year later on this date, he was by my side as I under­went emer­gency open heart surgery for removal of a tennis-ball sized tumor from inside my heart.

I am in deep grat­i­tude to Dr. Len Saputo for orches­trat­ing the skilled team of sur­geons at John Muir hos­pi­tal who per­formed that 5 hour surgery, to the amaz­ing nurs­ing staff who kept watch over me, to Vic­tor who, after the doc­tors told him that I had lit­tle chance of sur­viv­ing, kept whis­per­ing in my ear for five hours fol­low­ing the surgery telling me that it was not time for me to leave, to my daugh­ter Kris who stood vigil at the hos­pi­tal dur­ing those tense hours and who made so many phone calls to my friends and rel­a­tives keep­ing them updated. To my many friends around the coun­try who formed prayer trees that enveloped me within a heal­ing sphere of energy. Thank you all.

It was 15 years ago on this date that Vic­tor and I were mar­ried in a pri­vate cer­e­mony per­formed by Unity min­is­ters and dear friends, Revs. Pres and Candy Pre­ston, at their beau­ti­ful home on the Kings River. Indeed, July 11 will always be my day of gratitude. C&V-Warholized

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The Importance of Clearing Energy in Your Home

Vic­tor and I med­i­tate together every morn­ing. We have a small bed­room in our home that we con­verted into a med­i­ta­tion room in 1995. Each morn­ing we go to that room, light our can­dles, smudge each other with a sage smudge wand to clear our energy fields, say an open­ing prayer together and then drop into silence. After the silence we take time read from a spir­i­tual book and/or dis­cuss dif­fer­ent top­ics that have recently come up for us and how we might approach any chal­lenges we are hav­ing in a spir­i­tual way.

A cou­ple of days ago our dis­cus­sion revolved around the fact that we both had been feel­ing a lack of energy and focus. Being aware that we can per­son­ally take on energy that is not com­pat­i­ble with our own, part of our daily med­i­ta­tion process dur­ing our silent time is to clear our­selves using the Rain­bow Clear­ing process. Sim­ply doing this per­sonal clear­ing process usu­ally reju­ve­nates us almost instantly. Lately, how­ever, it didn’t seem to be hav­ing its usual pos­i­tive effect on either of us. It occurred to me that per­haps our home — in effect an exten­sion of our­selves — needed a clear­ing. This idea res­onated with both of us. So we inter­rupted our usual med­i­ta­tion rou­tine and decided to smudge our home right away.

SmudgeWandWe lit the tip of our smudge wand with one of our med­i­ta­tion can­dles and began walk­ing through our home wav­ing the smoke from the wand into every room and into every cor­ner of every room. We made sure we didn’t neglect smudg­ing the clos­ets also. As we smudged we held the inten­tion of remov­ing any stag­nant or neg­a­tive energy from our home.

After­ward we con­tin­ued our med­i­ta­tion. We both felt a light­ness that we had not felt prior to the clear­ing rit­ual. We ended our med­i­ta­tion and con­tinue with our day. I had a phone call from a dear friend later in the morn­ing. We were dis­cussing a book project we are work­ing on together. Within two min­utes after we hung up, she called me back and said, “Carol, I just wanted to say that I feel some­thing dif­fer­ent in your energy — you seem lighter some­how. I just felt I should men­tion it.”

I told her that Vic­tor and I had smudged our house that morn­ing and that I actu­ally felt lighter.  I was sur­prised that she had picked up on that over the phone. Now a few days since our smudg­ing rit­ual, Vic­tor and I both feel a def­i­nite shift in our energy. We’ve been more focused, able to get more work done and do not feel the tired­ness we had been feel­ing. We decided that it would be good for us to smudge our home at least once a month.

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Rainbow Clearing Process

This two-step process can be used to clear your­self of energy that is not yours. I use it after a ses­sion with a client so that I am clear for my next client. I use it when­ever I’ve been in a large gath­er­ing, when­ever I feel an emo­tion that seems to come “out of the blue” or when­ever I feel tired for no appar­ent reason.

The pur­pose of the process is to get your­self back into your own energy. Any­one who works with the pub­lic (i.e., a bar­tender, a hair styl­ist, a recep­tion­ist, a teacher, a banker, a retail clerk, a cashier, a nurse, a doc­tor, a ther­a­pist, a healer, etc.) nat­u­rally takes on energy from oth­ers. It is, there­fore, impor­tant to have an easy and effec­tive way to clear out energy that is not your own. This is a very sim­ple process that takes just sec­onds to do.

Step 1: Close your eyes and visu­al­ize a rainbow-colored shaft of light com­ing out of the sky into the top of your head. Now, in your mind’s eye, see that rain­bow light spread­ing through­out your body, fill­ing every cell with rain­bow light. Feel it fill­ing your head and mov­ing down through your neck and shoul­ders, down your arms and out your fin­ger tips. Feel it fill­ing your chest, stom­ach and abdomen and all your inter­nal organs. Feel it mov­ing down into your hips, legs and feet until rain­bow light is com­ing out of your toes. Your whole body is now radi­at­ing rain­bow light. See it! Feel it! (This may take a minute or two in the begin­ning to visu­al­ize, but as your body gets acquainted with the process, soon it will take only a few sec­onds to fill your­self with rain­bow light.)

Step 2: Choose for your­self a sym­bol of safety and pro­tec­tion – a safety shield – and sur­round your­self with it. Your shield can be any­thing – a pow­er­ful ani­mal, an angel, a geo­met­ri­cal shape such as a pyra­mid or a sphere – any sym­bol that rep­re­sents to you safety and protection.

See your­self inside your sym­bol – it is all around you. With your shield in place, you are now pro­tected from tak­ing on energy that is not yours.

(excerpted from Sim­ple Heal­ing Tools)

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Sharing Love’s Frequency: A Dolphin Story

In 2003 my hus­band, Vic­tor, and I drove down to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia to visit my daugh­ter, Kris, and her fam­ily in Dana Point. We offered to take them on a dol­phin safari we had heard about. We met at the har­bor at the appointed time and were guided onto a cata­ma­ran. We were joined by another cou­ple and their two grand­chil­dren, ages 10 and 11, who had gone out the day before but had not seen any dol­phins. It was the captain’s pol­icy to give you another excur­sion free of charge if you didn’t see any dol­phins. The chil­dren had been very dis­ap­pointed by the pre­vi­ous day’s out­ing and were really anx­ious to see dol­phins on this trip.

We headed out of the har­bor. What a glo­ri­ous day! The tem­per­a­ture was in the 70s, the sun was bright, the sky was blue and the ocean was pris­tine, like a shim­mer­ing blue crys­tal. I was thor­oughly enjoy­ing myself just sit­ting back and soak­ing up the energy of the expe­ri­ence. I watched the two chil­dren stand­ing at the front of the boat strain­ing to see any sign of dol­phins. We were about five miles out and still no sign of dol­phins. The chil­dren were becom­ing discouraged.

Kris taking photos of Dolphins

Kris tak­ing pho­tos of Dolphins

The cap­tain said, “Well, even if we don’t see any dol­phins, it really can’t get much bet­ter than this.” I had to admit it was peace­ful and beau­ti­ful. But we had come to see dol­phins, so I decided to try an exper­i­ment. Clos­ing my eyes, I went into a quiet med­i­ta­tion con­sciously send­ing rip­ples of love radi­at­ing out from my heart as if I were drop­ping a stone into a pond.

With my eyes closed, I kept send­ing this love for about five min­utes when I heard the cap­tain exclaim, “There, look out there — there they are!”

Within min­utes we were sur­rounded by lit­er­ally hun­dreds of dol­phins as far as the eye could see and some so close you felt you could reach out and touch them. They put on a great show, jump­ing and cavort­ing. It was sim­ply amaz­ing, and we all watched in a state of awe. The cap­tain esti­mated that we were see­ing about 500 dol­phins and that there were prob­a­bly twice that num­ber below the sur­face that we weren’t see­ing. His aston­ish­ment was obvi­ous as he shared with us that he had never seen so many dol­phins on one of these out­ings. “We are expe­ri­enc­ing a rare treat, indeed,” he emphasized.


Dol­phins as far as the eye can see!

The dol­phins stayed with us for about 45 min­utes and as the boat turned to head back for shore, they also turned and led us back for about a mile before dispersing.

I felt truly blessed by their pres­ence and the energy of the expe­ri­ence stayed with me for the rest of the day. This dol­phin out­ing also helped me under­stand how we can attract truly mag­i­cal expe­ri­ences for our­selves and oth­ers by con­sciously shar­ing our love.

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The Subconscious Healer

This tech­nique came to me by way of a book lit­er­ally falling off a shelf back in 1991 (Instant ESP) and I have used it more often than any other to cure ail­ments that are affect­ing my body. The process involves visu­al­iz­ing your sub­con­scious as a per­son resid­ing in your body whose only job is to take care of your body and do your bid­ding. Your sub­con­scious takes care of all the things in your body that you never think about (i.e., breath­ing, heart­beat, organ func­tions, etc.) and is also avail­able to help cure any ail­ments that might be going on in your body. You just have to give your sub­con­scious the order to do so in a par­tic­u­lar way.

First of all you acknowl­edge to the sub­con­scious that it knows every­thing about your body and espe­cially knows what is going on with the par­tic­u­lar ail­ment. Then you give it an order to cure the ail­ment. You say this order out loud three times. (It is impor­tant that you say it out loud — don’t just “think it”).

I first tried this tech­nique by giv­ing my sub­con­scious the order to cure a bunion I had had on my right foot for over a year. The doc­tor had indi­cated that surgery was my only option. The bunion only hurt me when I was dri­ving my car — when it felt like a hot poker drilling through my foot.

I was dri­ving to work on a Mon­day morn­ing after read­ing about this tech­nique, my foot was hurt­ing and so I decided I would give it a try. I said out loud to my sub­con­scious three times, “You know what is caus­ing this pain in my right foot, make it go away!” The pain did not go away. On my way home from work that day my foot again started hurt­ing and again I gave the order three times. The pain did not go away. On Tues­day morn­ing, my foot again hurt as I was dri­ving, so I tried it again. The pain did not go away.

On Fri­day morn­ing I was dri­ving to work and sud­denly real­ized that my foot was not hurt­ing. I had to think back to remem­ber when I had last had the pain. It was Tues­day morn­ing, the third time I had given the order (three times three). I thought, “Well, I can always make it hurt.”

When I arrived at work, I pulled off my shoe and felt where the bunion had been. There was no bump, and no mat­ter how hard I pushed, I could not make my foot hurt. Just about that time a co-worker came into my office and told me she was expe­ri­enc­ing a pain in her left shoul­der. I told her about the tech­nique and she gave me a funny look and left. About 15 min­utes later she came back very excited. She said she had gone into the restroom, had tried the tech­nique and the pain had gone away.

She said, “All I feel now is a sen­sa­tion of warmth.”

I gasped. I had for­got­ten that the book had said you might feel a sense of warmth when the heal­ing takes place.

I have shared this tech­nique with many, many peo­ple over the years and the results have been quite remark­able. I encour­age you to give it a try. It’s very “afford­able” med­i­cine and there’s no neg­a­tive side effects.

©Carol Hansen 1993

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Reflections On Turning 70!

Sev­enty! Ugh! How could I be 70 years old? Just the thought of it makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the realm of “being old.” Then I remem­ber the alternative…

In 1995, at the age of 51, I under­went emer­gency open heart surgery for removal of a tennis-ball sized tumor inside my heart. After the nearly four-hour surgery, I was then faced with another life-threatening chal­lenge. My pul­monary arter­ies had begun to spasm and my blood pres­sure plum­meted to 50 over 30. Vic­tor and my daugh­ter Kris were finally informed that there was lit­tle hope that I would sur­vive. It had been eight hours since the oper­a­tion and despite the best efforts of the staff, they had been unable to raise my blood pres­sure. They were cer­tain they were los­ing me.

Vic­tor who is a cer­ti­fied hyp­nother­a­pist asked if he could be with me. For the next two hours he whis­pered in my ear, explain­ing to my body what it needed to do to stay alive. He talked to my heart and talked to my arter­ies. Even though I had not regained con­scious­ness, he trusted that some part of me could hear him. After two hours, he took a break and returned to the wait­ing room where he went into a med­i­ta­tion. Dur­ing that med­i­ta­tion he reached a point of sur­ren­der. “My will is that she stay… and Thy Will Be Done” resounded in his heart. At that moment of sur­ren­der a nurse hur­ried into the wait­ing room to find him. “Her blood pres­sure is com­ing up,” she said. By the time she led him made it back into my room, my blood pres­sure had returned to nor­mal and thus began my jour­ney back to life!

That surgery was one of those life alter­ing events that cre­ated in me a deep sense of grat­i­tude for the life I have been graced to live. So now, as I reflect on turn­ing 70, I real­ize that I can do so with grat­i­tude. I am in good health. I have a won­der­ful, lov­ing and car­ing hus­band who refused to let me go 19 years ago. I have great chil­dren who have graced us with 11 grand­chil­dren. I have an amaz­ing cir­cle of friends who con­tin­u­ally inspire me.  I have cre­ative work that I love. Truly, I am blessed to be turn­ing 70!

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12 Ways to Make This Your Year of Personal Empowerment

1. Be Yourself

Each of us has come into this world with a set of unique gifts: tal­ents, inter­ests, and abil­i­ties. It is only when we tap into those gifts and share them with the world that we truly become empow­ered. Give the world your great­est gift — Be Yourself!

2. Trust Yourself

We each have an inner voice that is there to give us guid­ance. All we need do is ask and we will be shown our next empow­er­ing step. Lis­ten to your inner guid­ance and learn to trust yourself.

3. Believe in Yourself

When we have doubts about our abil­i­ties, we sim­ply need to ask to have the thoughts trans­formed that are lim­it­ing us from being the full expres­sion of our mag­nif­i­cence. This opens the door to per­sonal empowerment.

4. Know Yourself

We often know oth­ers bet­ter than we know our own self. True empow­er­ment comes from tak­ing the time to exam­ine all aspects of our­selves and then move in the direc­tion of those aspects that bring us joy and fulfillment.

5. Free Yourself

Lim­it­ing thoughts keep us in a state of dis­em­pow­er­ment. Ask­ing for those thoughts to be trans­formed results in the free­dom and empow­er­ment to achieve all our hopes and dreams.

6. Empower Yourself

Buy­ing into our lim­i­ta­tions is the most dis­em­pow­er­ing thing we can do. Iden­tify each dis­em­pow­er­ing thought, ask to have it trans­formed, and step into the mag­nif­i­cence of per­sonal empowerment.

7. Love Yourself

It is impos­si­ble to truly love oth­ers unless your love your­self — it’s like try­ing to give from a dry well. Learn to love your­self first, and you can then watch the rip­ple effect of your love spread, empow­er­ing your­self and those around you.

8. Express Yourself

Tap­ping into your cre­ativ­ity through art, music, dance or writ­ing unleashes a bound­less energy that enables you to share your gifts with oth­ers in a way that is empow­er­ing to you and those around you.

9. Cel­e­brate Yourself

It is impor­tant to make time occa­sion­ally to cel­e­brate our­selves for the unique gifts and tal­ents we bring to the world. It is through those times of acknowl­edge­ment and cel­e­bra­tion that we can truly appre­ci­ate who we are and step into our empowerment!

10. Be True to Yourself

We may often be asked to fol­low a path that feels out of align­ment with our inter­nal com­pass. Take time to find the direc­tion that aligns with who you are and feel the sense of empow­er­ment it brings when you are true to yourself.

11. Value Yourself

We place value on gold and sil­ver but often for­get that our most pre­cious com­mod­ity is found within our­selves. Take time to empower your­self by acknowl­edg­ing that you are a pre­cious gift to the world that is to be hon­ored and cherished.

12. Envi­sion Yourself

When you find your­self in a sit­u­a­tion that is dis­em­pow­er­ing, take time to envi­sion how you would like the sit­u­a­tion to be, feel the empow­er­ment of this new way of being and it will be drawn to you like a magnet.

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Honey, A Natural Healer

The Healing Power of Honey

Years ago when my chil­dren were young I read in Pre­ven­tion Mag­a­zine that bac­te­ria couldn’t grow in honey. When one of my chil­dren devel­oped a severe case of dia­per rash and no store bought or pre­scrip­tion oint­ment helped heal it, I decided to try spread­ing honey on the rash dur­ing each dia­per change.  To my amaze­ment within two days the rash was com­pletely healed!  I told my pedi­a­tri­cian who scoffed at the idea that honey was the cure, but I was con­vinced and con­tin­ued to use honey to heal any rash as soon as it appeared!

Fast for­ward 35 years… there now appears to be a sci­en­tific expla­na­tion for the heal­ing power of honey.  I just read an inter­est­ing arti­cle enti­tled “The Sci­ence Behind Honey’s Eter­nal Shelf Life.” In it Amina Har­ris, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Honey and Pol­li­na­tion Cen­ter at the Robert Mon­davi Insti­tute at Uni­veristy of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis explains, “Honey in its nat­ural form is very low mois­ture. Very few bac­te­ria or microor­gan­isms can sur­vive in an envi­ron­ment like that, they just die. They’re smoth­ered by it, essen­tially.”  She goes on to state, “It has a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, approx­i­mately, and that acid will kill off almost any­thing that wants to grow there.”

Accord­ing to Har­ris, honey also con­tains a small amount of hydro­gen per­ox­ide which addi­tion­ally con­tributes to its heal­ing power. “While it’s draw­ing water out of the wound, which is how it might get infected, it’s let­ting off this very minute amount of hydro­gen per­ox­ide. The amount of hydro­gen per­ox­ide comes off of honey is exactly what we need—it’s so small and so minute that it actu­ally pro­motes healing.”

So, at last, I feel that there is a sci­en­tific expla­na­tion that has finally val­i­dated my use of honey in heal­ing dia­per rash! If you are at all inter­ested in the heal­ing power of honey, I encour­age you to read the whole arti­cle. Also check out the fol­low­ing links to more arti­cles about the heal­ing power of honey:

Honey: Stud­ies Reveal Its Heal­ing Prop­er­ties
The Heal­ing Power of Honey: From burns to weak bones
The Ben­e­fits of Honey: A Rem­edy for Sore Throats, Wound Care and More

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How I accomplished two health related goals by taking a “ripple effect” action.

I have been try­ing for over a year to make myself drink at least two quarts of water a day.  This is par­tic­u­larly impor­tant to me because I have a ten­dency toward form­ing kid­ney stones and one impor­tant thing you can do to avoid them is to drink lots of water. I bought myself a liter-sized Camel­bak water bot­tle that I keep next to me on my desk and try to remem­ber to sip from it on a reg­u­lar basis through­out my work day — the goal being to drink 2 full liters each day. I often get through one of them, but rarely, if ever, do I get through two of them.

Another health-related goal is to get up from my desk every 60–90 min­utes and walk around. I have a ten­dency to sit for hours at a time when I am involved in a project and for­get to actu­ally move my body! I bought myself timer for my com­puter that I can set to pop up on the screen at any inter­val I set and with any mes­sage I give it. I set it to pop up every 90 min­utes with the mes­sage “Get up and MOVE!”.  The prob­lem is that I’m often right in the mid­dle of some­thing that I can’t quit at the moment it pops up, so I press the but­ton to dis­miss the message.

Last week I took a new 2-step approach to accom­plish­ing both of the above goals.  I decided that the first thing I would do every morn­ing when I get up is to drink (guz­zle) a 12-oz glass of water before I sat down at my com­puter.  I knew this would make me have to shortly go to the bath­room.  The sec­ond step of the approach was to guz­zle a 12-oz glass of water every time I got up to pee.  The results of using this 2-step rip­ple effect action has been that I have eas­ily achieved both goals.  I now eas­ily drink at least six 12-oz glasses of water (or more) a day and I get up from my desk at least once an hour to use the bath­room.  Once I’m up I use that time also to do some stretches, step out­side to breathe in some fresh air, or do a small chore before going back to my computer.

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Close Encounters of the Statin Kind

I sched­uled an appoint­ment with my doc­tor on March 11 because of an intesti­nal virus I had been strug­gling with for over 3 weeks.  By appoint­ment time, I finally felt that I was over the virus, but I told her that dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week I had been expe­ri­enc­ing a “gur­gling” sen­sa­tion in my throat dur­ing the night — sim­i­lar to what I expe­ri­enced prior to my heart surgery in 1995. Dur­ing the past week I had also been expe­ri­enc­ing some minor chest pains/discomfort. I thought both these symp­toms might be left over from the intesti­nal virus, but wanted to see if she felt they should be checked out.

She took an EKG on the spot and after review­ing with me my fam­ily his­tory of heart dis­ease (my mater­nal grand­mother died of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure at age 68, my pater­nal grand­mother died of a heart attack at age 62 and my dad had quadru­ple bypass surgery at age 58), she decided that I needed to have an echocar­dio­gram and a stress test that she sched­uled for that after­noon.  The stress test showed some “abnor­mal­i­ties” so I was sched­uled for a “Myocar­dial Per­fu­sion Study” the next day to see if I had any blocked arter­ies. I got a call from Kaiser the next day to let me know that I had been assigned a car­di­ol­o­gist and an appoint­ment had been set up for March 15.

The car­di­ol­o­gist told me the tests revealed that I had some minor block­ages in a few small arter­ies in my upper heart and gave me the choice of hav­ing fur­ther, more inva­sive tests, or resum­ing my nor­mal exer­cise sched­ule (some­thing I had stopped as a result of the virus) and to wait and see if my symp­toms recurred. I opted for no fur­ther tests and she then rec­om­mended that I start tak­ing a stain drug (Pravas­tatin — 20 mg) that she felt would ben­e­fit me. I was relieved by the test results and agreed to tak­ing the drug (as much as I really hate tak­ing any medication).

I started tak­ing the statin on March 22.  I noticed no adverse reac­tions that I asso­ci­ated with the drug. I resumed my water aer­o­bics exer­cise pro­gram 3 times a week. I started feel­ing mus­cle aches in my legs and my upper back but asso­ci­ated that with resum­ing my exer­cise pro­gram.  By the first week in April the pain in the mid­dle of my upper back was excru­ci­at­ing. I had an appoint­ment with my chi­ro­prac­tor who worked on the area but the pain con­tin­ued to worsen as did a new pain on the left side of my lower back (some­thing I asso­ci­ated with the pain I expe­ri­enced when I had a kid­ney stone attack the year before).  I was unable to get a good night’s sleep because of the pain. I felt “foggy” through­out the day and had dif­fi­culty con­cen­trat­ing on my work but I asso­ci­ated that with not get­ting a good night’s sleep. I also noticed that I was hav­ing mem­ory lapses.

On April 19 I had a severe attack of diar­rhea and nau­sea. I have been on a gluten-free diet for over a year, but on that day I had a pizza at a local restau­rant. I ordered the pizza as part of an exper­i­ment to see if the gluten-peptide digest­ing enzymes I had pur­chased would do what they were adver­tised to do — help digest gluten! Well, they did not work and the result was the onset of diar­rhea and nau­sea. Those symp­toms con­tin­ued for the next two days.  On April 22 I went to my water aer­o­bics. The back and leg pain was worse and I had a dif­fi­cult time fin­ish­ing the rou­tine.  My water aer­o­bics part­ner asked me if I had con­sid­ered that the pain I was expe­ri­enc­ing might be the result of the statin med­ica­tion.  A light-bulb went off in my head!  It had never occurred to me that the statin might be respon­si­ble for my symp­toms because the symp­toms didn’t start imme­di­ately after I started tak­ing the drug. That night I went to bed ask­ing my angels to give me some insight into was was going on with my body.

The next morn­ing (April 23) I received an email that had a link to a movie: The Great Cho­les­terol Cover-Up: Statin Nation.

The movie was eye-opening to say the least.  It made me decide to imme­di­ately stop tak­ing my statin med­ica­tion in order to see if my symp­toms sub­sided and to do addi­tional online research. On April 24 I went to water aer­o­bics and was able to fin­ish the rou­tine with­out a prob­lem.  That night I had some mild dis­com­fort dur­ing the night but it was man­agable and I was able to get a good night’s sleep. Today is April 25 and I’m happy to report that my upper back pain is gone and the men­tal fog­gi­ness I have been expe­ri­enc­ing seems to have lifted. I feel I’m on the road to recov­ery and really dodged the statin-bullet before hav­ing to endure any fur­ther suffering.

I highly rec­om­mend any­one who is tak­ing a statin med­ica­tion to watch this movie. I actu­ally ordered the DVD so that I could watch it again with my hus­band who is also tak­ing a statin medication.

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