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Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health
Quote of the Month:
to Think for Myself
experiences have led me on a path that forced me to continue to
learn, to figure out how to think for myself, and
to heal deeply
by digging deep into my pain. My recovery from alcohol and
drug use paved the way for this entire experience. I
for the recovery, but it was heartbreaking to have dug myself out
of a tremendous amount of emotional pain and
only to be sideswiped by a debilitating illness that I thought would
kill me. From these experiences, I have gathered well-researched
and broadly applied tools that have worked excellently for me. I know
that many of these tools will also work well for you.
However, I do encourage you to gather your own tools. My hope for
this book is that its contents will assist you in being able to think
for yourself about what to look for in a tool that can deeply improve the quality of YOUR life."
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Last month I began the December newsletter by quoting Dr. Joseph Mercola:"You've heard it before, but it bears repeating: nothing in life is more precious than your health. If you take care of your body, not only do you prevent disease and illness and prolong your life, but you also vastly improve the quality of your life."
Just a few short days later, my mother had a stroke. Medical experts believe that 50% of all
strokes can be prevented, and yet stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
I come from a long history of women who have cared very deeply about living well, but have struggled to do ALL that it takes to care for themselves. I find it simply astounding that any of us can care for ourselves and our families as well as we do while balancing all of the economic and emotional needs inherent in all of this caretaking, along with trying to process volumes of information that can make caring for oneself confusing.
One family story is that my grandmother spent much of her motherhood on the couch asleep and/or suffering when she wasn't in the barn milking cows. Later in her life, she figured out how to live vibrantly, being a fabulous grandmother. It is said that during these later years she read all she could about vitamins and minerals, which she would continually recommend to my grandfather. He took handfuls of pills each day.
My mother is somewhat similar to my grandmother in that she has done a lot to care for herself and yet her life has taken its toll with 2 divorces, raising two young children on minimum wages, the death of a son, an adulthood full of digestive struggles, and about 40 years of smoking.
The day of the stroke, my mom was scheduled to help me at work at 11 am. She called 2 minutes after she was due to show up. It isn't unusual for her to be struggling with her health and needing to spend the day in rest. I answered the phone to a chatty, apologetic mom, who I couldn't quite understand:
"I can't come. I am dry heaving and exhausted."
"Should I come over?"
"No, I'm going back to bed."
After 5 minutes of her telling me that she was sorry she couldn't come and how hard she had tried, we hung up. I had no reference place in my mind for strokes and my mom, so I wasn't really able to sort out that she sounded so odd; that she was slurring her words and that I really had to listen hard to understand her.
However, throughout the day, I found myself telling the story of our conversation and asking people, do you think she is alright? No one else put the pieces together either.
About 5:30, I called her back. I was driving and on my cell phone. I was leaving my daughter Rayna's piano lessons and sort of in the neighborhood but heading home. She answered the phone immediately:
"How are you?"
"Fine, I just fell on the kitchen floor but as soon as this soup broth heats up, I'll eat it."
"Why are you on the floor?"
"I don't know."
"I think I should come over..."
"No, I am fine."
In the meantime, my 7-year-old daughter tried to grab the phone out of my hand, which I didn't like at all, especially since I was already multitasking more than I could really handle. I apologized for my gruffness to my daughter and put my mom on speaker phone.
Rayna listened to my mother for about 3 seconds. "We have to go over there."
With this long history of women not feeling well and wanting to be left alone, I was still confused about what to do:
"Mom, we are coming over."
"No, I am fine,"
"I will call you back."
Rayna and I pulled over and parked. She was crying by this time. "We have to go see Gran, right now."
"Okay, I will call Daddy and see what he thinks."
I called my husband, who is a nurse, and asked him to call my mother. Two minutes later, he called me back and told me to come pick him up at work and that we would all go over to her house. Rayna was still crying.
When we arrived at her house, she was standing in her dining room. The right side of her face was very different than the left side of her face. She hadn't looked in a mirror all day.
"She's had a stroke. I am calling 9-1-1."
"No, let's just talk to her. We can take her if we need to," said my husband.
"She's had a stroke. I am calling 9-1-1. I am the daughter and I am the boss here." After all this delay, I was in no mood for more.
Indeed, she did have a stroke. One of the reasons she was drying heaving all day is because her throat wasn't working. She actually couldn't swallow liquids. Every time she tried to drink water or the soup broth, she stepped one foot closer to her grave.
Strokes are very often painless and confused for something simple that doesn't warrant medical attention.
My mom spent the next 3 days at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in the Neurological ICU. Three weeks later, she is tired but she is NOT smoking, she plays cards with us, smiles occasionally, and tidies her house. I think she has a rich life to look forward to.
From this experience, I am inspired to share with you below the classic symptoms of a stroke so that you may be aware. I would add a suggestion which is to look in the mirror if you find yourself with any extreme weakness.
Classic Signs of a Stroke:
*Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
*Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
*Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
*Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
*Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. A stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical services. Get to a hospital right away!
Colon Cleanse Tip: Welles Step
During the past few months, the company that makes the Welles Step has gone through a major business transition. The Optimal Health Network had many requests for this nifty squatting stool but we were unable to fulfill the need. Well, they are back in stock!
The Welles Step
is a sturdy and discreet stool that gives you the option of squatting while you are sitting on the toilet. Squatting while evacuating the bowels supports the abdominal area in such a way as to move stool through the colon and the pelvis more fully and more easily.
People who use squatting stools report less constipation, less straining, less hemorrhoids, and fewer varicose veins. Pregnant women find it especially comforting and relieving.
Taking care of our bodies can be a big job, but for every moment we tend this garden of our life, we do reap many benefits. For instance, even though my mother had a stroke, it was a mild stroke and it appears she will have a full recovery. After two weeks, she is able to be on her own part of the time, has no paralysis, and is not smoking. Here are a handful of testimonials to inspire you to continue to prioritize your health:
Dear Kristina, Just to let you know that I am on day 23 of the Ten Days to Optimal Health program... I have lost 10 pounds...Read full testimonialGood morning Mrs. Amelong,I am writing you from La Belle Province, Québec, Canada. Optimal Health Network has wonderful enema products. Your dedicated work offers educative tools to learn how to use them... This summer after planning my fast, I took a week off work to experiment with enemas, coffee enemas and implants. The result: I experienced a wonderful vacation!...Read full testimonialThe following testimonial highlights how taking care of oneself is a process, an unfolding, and a lifelong commitment:I have been working with Kristina for the past 5 years and she has helped me tremendously with my severe constipation problems. I learned so much about the correct way to eat, to nourish myself and heal my colon, and the proper and safe way to take enemas... I had been on bioidentical hormones which had helped me when I first started them. As the years went on they not only stopped working, they caused many problems with my thyroid and adrenal glands. My cortisol levels were off also. Kristina has been working with me with various supplements and suggestions for proper nutrition and exercise, and this is helping to clear out the overload of hormones and make my own body heal and balance.
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Dear Kristina,As I have shared in the past, I have had many rejections on the subject of how to maintain good health when I brought up the colon cleanse. What is interesting is that recently, morepeople I share with are beginning to see the advantage of how you approach good health. I have one experience in particular. The wife is a nurse and I shared my experience with her. This summer I ran across the husband and he shared with me that he is now using the coffee enemas to help with his enlarged prostate. I had gone so far as to get an extra block of goat's milk soap with frankincense and myrrh for him...
I had my three-year colonoscopy last May. The team was surprised Ididn't want any sedation. I said this is no big deal. I use a 48" colon tube regularly and it is fully inserted. The team helping the doctor wereinterested in what I do. The doctor made an interesting statement to theirsurprise reaction to how well I look at 75 and what I do for maintaininggood health.