Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shari's Battle With Ovarian Cancer

Four years ago my beautiful daughter had emergency surgery for ovarian cancer.

Shari said ," I feel like a bucket of fresh fish has been thrown in my face. Three weeks ago I was teaching kick boxing and today, after a six hour intensive surgery two weeks ago, I am a cancer survivor."

I will write more about this later.

As my granddaughter and I stood by her Mom's casket, this brave twelve-year-old said, "she is in a better place."
Prior to the funeral, we went to the mortuary and she painted her Mom's fingernails.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Suicidal Teens & MTHFR

I was a school counselor for 15 years, and an LPC for 30, and have counseled hundreds of students who felt suicidal, but no suicide in my practice. I have a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition and feel we are missing the boat by not checking out the chemistry of suicidal children and teens. Many have MTHFR and don't know it, some have high histamine , some acting out children have pylouria. Parents and counselors should read "Dirty Genes," by Dr. Ben Lynch," or "Nutrition & Mental Illness," by Dr Carl Pfieffer, or "A Mind of Your Own." by Dr. Kelly Borggan, Find a naturopath or Integrative doctor that understands the chemistry of depression. 

  When I had a student come into my office I would ask, "On a scale of 1 to 10, one being bad and ten being good, where are you emotionally?" If they were below a 3 I was very concerned. Next question, "Do you ever feel like you want to die?

If that answer was yes next question was "Do you ever want to hurt your self?" If that answer was yes next question was, "Do you ever think of suicide?" if that answer was yes, next question. "Do you have a plan?"

Then I talked about some of the things that cause depression, --anger you turn in on yourself, feeling , trapped, loss...loss of love, loss of self esteem..., and last feeling guilty. I'd ask if they have any of those feelings and then I would listen and we would discuss feelings..
Then I called the parent and we discussed a plan for professional help. Then I followed up and kept in touch.
Now ,I have a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition and my concern is the body chemistry of these children. If you are a parent with a child who talks about wanting to die or suicide, find a doctor, preferably a naturopath or D.O. who understand MTHFR or high histamine. Have their blood checked and see what is wrong and do not let them prescribe anti-depressants because sometimes they will make a child worse.

Why am I so passionate about this?  My son had MTHFR and committed suicide when he was 39.

Read "Dirty Genes," by Dr. Ben Lynch about MTHFR and how genes can effect mood and what you can do about it. Dr. Lynch has some good videos on You/Tube about MTHFR.

We need to stop teen suicide...really all suicide. It is always a cry for help.


MTHFR & Depression

 Nine months ago my husband became exhausted, depressed, had insomnia and lost a lot of interest in life. We went to his very kind general practitioner who told him he was just depressed and he needed an SSRI. She started to write out a prescription without any blood tests prior to this. I gently objected, but she insisted. He took the prescription and continued to get worse and worse and more tired and more depressed. After two weeks I was really concerned and called a psychiatric nurse practitioner who saw him right away. She did the blood tests. He had MTHFR that he had inherited from both of his parents. He also had high histamine, and inflammation, and his hormones were not balanced. He was also on another medication causing him serious problems and a blood pressure medication that contributed to depression and fatigue.
MTHFR homozygous means that your liver is 70 percent more likely not to detoxify than the average person. If you have MTHFR, you should avoid SSRI’s. They don’t work and can make you worse and even suicidal. Your body does not handle folic acid well because it blocks the pathways that methyfolate would normally use and methyfolate is a key compound for methylation. Methylation is a biochemical process involved in almost all of your body's functions and if is not working at an optimal level it will translate into many different health problems and will accelerate your aging process and also contribute to mental health problems. For more information on this check out MTHFR on You/Tube and also read the book “Dirty Genes,” by Dr. Ben Lynch.
The nurse practitioner put him on methylcobalmin sublingual vitamin B-12, also folate, and Cerenity PM. Since I have a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, I researched high histamine foods and took him off all dairy, some fish that is high in histamine and other high histamine foods. This also helped lower his high homocysteine. We included more leafy greens in his diet which are high in folate. We added glutathione to his supplements. He had already been taking fish oil, Barlean’s lemon swirl because it tastes like lemon pie, but we upped the dose to 3 tablespoons a day.
This protocol had amazing results and he overcame his fatigue and depression

Read more about this in the book, "Dirty Genes." by Dr. Ben Lynch.  There are also some good presentations on You/Tube on MTHFR.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Healing Alkaline Diet

Healing Alkaline Cleansing Diet



Avocado Shake, 

Mix in a blender ½ peeled lime, scoop out 1 avocado, ½ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk and 1 packet of stevia. Blend until creamy. If too thick, add more almond milk. You can also add one tablespoon of coconut oil to this mixture.

Green juice

Juice 5 stalks celery, 1/2 bag of spinach, 1 English or two smaller cucumbers.

You may add a small slice of ginger to this mixture if desired. This can be refrigerated for a day.

Liquid chlorophyll : Drink 4 to 6 ounces or more a day. This may be added to water, and is best done two ounces three times a day.


Lunch and Dinner

Broccoli /Cauliflower Cream Soup


Braise ½ onion and three chopped garlic cloves in two tablespoons olive oil.

Cover with water and add one crown  cut up broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts if desired, or asparagus. Add only enough water to cover vegetables. Add salt and spices you like to taste. Dill, curry, basil, rosemary, are suggestions. Bring to gentle boil, reduce heat and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool, pour in blender until creamy.


Chew plate for snacks or with soup.

Sliced cucumber, two small cherry tomatoes, guacamole


Additional shakes may be added for more calories or for those who don’t want to lose weight.


Drink juice and liquid chlorophyll throughout the day. More juice or soups may be made if you are still hungry.


L-Arginine for healthy circulation and muscle metabolism also contains magnesium chloride which strengthens bones and muscles, Co-Q10 for energy production in every cell, B-vitamins for mental health, and Vitamin D-3 as an immune booster and helps overall health, including mental health.

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Story

My passion has always been to help other people so today I am going to deviate and go back over my life--way back.
My mother married at 16 and soon was expecting me....maybe not a great treasure for a very young mother. I was born a month early and I recall my mother telling me that I was the ugliest baby she had ever seen. "You could see every vein in your bald head," she told me.
My maternal grandmother was thrilled at my birth and for some reason my mother turned me over to my grandmother after I was born. Fortunately my grandmother was an angel.
However, when I was six months old other relatives kept telling my parents they needed to get their baby back, so they did.
By the time I was one, I had hair and looking back at my baby pictures I don't think I was an ugly baby then. Tiny, but not ugly.
I don't recall much about my early childhood, except that my father was a foreman for a coal mine in Kingman, Arizona. It was and hot and dry and I didn't like it even as a toddler treking accross a prickly patch of cactus to a small one room cabin that I shared with my parents and baby brother. My mother cooked for the miners in a large tent that housed the mining machinery and smelled like greese. To this day, I don't like pancakes because they bring bake the memory and awful stenchl of those greesy machines.
I recall droping a toy down the mine shaft one day, and weeks later my father found it.....dirty and covered with black coal dust.
We moved to Salt Lake City and I soon had 5 younger siblings...born 18-months to two-years a part. The frouth child was a gorgeous little blue eyed girl with blond curlys and big dimples. My first sister, and I adored her and played with her like she was a doll. When she was two, my girl friend and I used to dress her up in lots of layers of clothes to make her look like a fat lady. She hated it and when she grew up she never let me forget it. Somehow she got the tan skin that I wanted and she had no freckles.
When I started kindergarten, I weighed a little over 37 pounds....the smallest girl in my class----and still was when I was in sixth grade. My face was loaded with freckles and how I hated those freckles.
As good fortune would have it we moved across the street from an amazing family---the Johnson family--and we became life-long friends. "Some people come into out lives and quickly go , others stay awhile and leave footprints on our hears and we are never, ever the same."
Shana , their youngest daughter, was nine months younger than me and we became inseparable freinds. A world of holly hock dolls, wet sand sandwiches smashed between two large cottonwood leaves, running through sprinklers, games of run-sheep-run, kick-the-can, red-rover, red rover, walking on crushed pop cans, home made stilts, bike rides to Memory Grove and Liberty Park, trips riding the Bamburger to Salt Airre, and LaGoon, and riding the trolley in downtown Salt Lake---it was a magical child hood.
The Camay movie theatre was only a few blocks away and admission was 5 cents for kids. Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies were favorites. We'd go home and try to sing and dance like all of them..
Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger were part of our make believe weekly adventures. Bambi was a tear-jerker and big hit. Holiday Inn, Yankee Doodle Dandee, Road to Morocco, Me and My Gal, Going My Way, Meet Me in St. Louis, were some of the many movies we saw.
Then came the war movies...many of them.--" Here Come the Waves," with Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton, "Sands of Iwo Jima," and "49th Parallel" were just a few. We were very aware of the war and intensely patriotic. We had rationing coupon books. Sugar was among the food that was rationed.
Now, I look back upon sugar rationing and think it would be a blessing if we had that today. Sugar pulls calcium from the bones, contributes to cancer, candida, heart problems, high cholesterol, alcoholism, behavior problems in children and the list goes on and on. However, when I was a child I loved sugar, craved sugar and ate tons of sugar.  Now we know that 16 grams of sugar per day is the maximum that children should eat a
day and 26 grams per adults.
As a kid we had Fats Gas station on one corner with all the penny candy anyone could ever want. On the other corner we had Zissi's root beer with 2 cent minature iced mugs of root beer. We were either at one corner or the other almost daily. It is no one wonder that now in my ancient years I have osteoporosis. I do take magnesium, Vitamin D-3 and Collagen 2 to help rebuild or maintain my bone density. and eat very little sugar.
(to be continued)
Father's fall off boilermaker at 40 feet, move to home with an out house and no bathtub, cooking on a coal stove. Married at age 21, widowed at age 32 when expecting 4th child. Remarriage and physically abused, had three more children that included twins, divorce, returned to college and earned degrees in Journalism and Ed. Psychology then worked as a coordinator of Women's Center, then as a school counselor, therapist. Remarriage. Wrote book "Defeating Depression & Beating the Blues. Became very ill with chronic fatigue, recovered and then found out I had liver cancer. Recovered on an alkaline diet without chemo . Started working on Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition. Husband had heart attack, then kidney cancer, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and then I became a widow again. I remarried, went on a mission, finished my doctorate in Holistic nutrition, wrote "Free Yourself from Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia," worked in temple for seven years, studied Body Code and became certified in Emotion Code, got my certification in clinical hypnosis, and became certified in light therapy.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Why I Am a Mormon

Why I Am a Mormon


The short answer is that my great-grandfather heard the gospel preached in Wales in the spring of 1844. His two cousins, Hopkin and David Mathews, came into the village preaching the Mormon doctrine. They heard how in 1820 a young man by the name of Joseph Smith, who after reading James 1:5 in the Bible went into a grove in Palmyra, N.Y., to pray about which church was true.  There he saw God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ whose glory and light were beyond description.  He was told that he should join none of the churches, but that through him the church of Jesus Christ would be restored to the earth.  It would be restored by a process of revelation and by translating the Book of Mormon.  My grandfather and his wife were convinced this was true. I am convinced that it is true because by the power of the Holy Ghost the spirit has born witness to me. I have walked through that sacred grove and know without a shadow of a doubt that God the Father and that His son, even Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.  I bear testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is another testament of Jesus Christ and His dealings with an ancient people on the American Continent.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"A Parable of Immortality" by Henry van Dyke.

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean. ...
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'