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"In her later years"


May 13, 1932 -

December 18, 2009


The color of her hair

in her later years

was silver grey,

very soft felt like silk, falling to the back

of her ears,

and to her neck.


The color of her eyes like a pair of

black pearls

intensified the spark

of her silver grey hair, creating an exotic contrast, almost a feeling of intimidation when meeting the penetration of her eyes.    

Her facial expressions with lines carrying age with fine

sculptured nose,

with a broad smile shared a beautiful

Aura shining up

the wonders of genes well designed.


Wow "legs" another beautiful silhouette

in her physical form.


Her stature of five feet three inches tall, medium size body manifested Mom's elegance and grace

in her latest years.


By Elizabeth Valenzuela-Meyer

March 9, 2010 

Grey Cat Bird
Grey Cat Bird

The color Grey is the bridge between black and white, where innocence and the unknown is found. Grey in its moment of height is optimist and knows what is best to come. In its weakest moment believes if it can not have it today, perhaps tomorrow... but tomorrow never comes. The negative grey is conventional to the point of intolerance. It's the total suffering and poverty. Grey offers a helping hand and contributes to break the chains. In general grey fulfills jobs that nobody wants to do.


Key words: authentic, healthy, respectable. Negative key words; critical, discourage, abandonment, sickly, depressed, downcast.


There is no part of the body or organ that corresponds to the color grey but when this color appears, it is a sign of loss of health, when the nails or skin color is grey-ish, it is an indication of congestion/stagnation somewhere in the body.

By Mary Brain, M.D


Chapter 1: Aging well is your choice (cont.) 


Another common myth is that ill health keeps many older people from being productive. Yet one third of elders work for a living, one third serve as volunteers in hospitals, churches and community organizations, and many seniors provide crucial assistance to sick and disabled family members, friends and neighbors. In fact, it would take three million paid full-time workers to provide the same level of assistance provided by seniors. The alternative to growing old is not appealing. Very few people look forward to a premature death. The only sensible solution is to choose to age successfully. Perhaps as more and more people make that choice, words like "happy" "enthusiastic," "dynamic," "loving," and "fun," will describe a new image of old age.


What is successful aging? It's not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!  -Adlai Stevenson


Successful aging is not about having the face and body of a 20-year-old when you're 110. Barring manipulations of DNA, that's simply not possible, and it's probably just as well. It would undoubtedly be exhausting. Successful aging is simply enjoying the maximum quality of life at any given age.


To be continued...


Candidiasis, the overgrowth of Candida yeast-like fungi in the body, illustrates the Eastern concept of dampness in which there are feelings of heaviness and sluggishness, mental dullness, possible infections with yeasts and other microorganisms, and pathogenic moisture such as edema and excess mucus. Recent research shows that Candida albicans and several related fungi often proliferate in people's bodies in the presence of digestive and other metabolic imbalances. It appears that candida exists in high levels of individuals with weak immune systems, although it is normal to have some candida present. A healthy digestive system has ample Lactobacillus acidophilus and other intestinal microorganisms, which are indispensable to proper nutrient absorption.


Candida has an opposite effect in the digestive tract, inhibiting proper assimilation of essential aminoacids and other nutrients. What follows in candidiasis is the weakening of immunity as well as the entire organism.


 Foods that can be eaten freely, General Dietary recommendations:

  • vegetables Vegetables should be eaten fresh, steamed, raw or frozen (least preferred): asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green pepper, green- spinach, mustard, beef, collards, kale, lettuce(romaine), okra, onions, parsley, radish, soybean (tofu), string beans, tomatoes, turnips, sweet corn, lima beans, pees, potatoes, squash, yams, beans, chick peas, garlic, horseradish.
  • Meats and Eggs: Chicken, turkey, eggs, tofu, salmon, mackarel, cod, sardines, any other fresh fish that is not breaded.
  • Unprocessed Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, sunflower, soy, walnut, corn. No peanuts.
  • Whole Grains: Barley, corn, millet, oats, rice and wheat (only if not allergic to).
  • Breads, Bisquits and Muffins: Should not be made with whole grain or stone ground flour.

Foods that should be avoided:


All sugar and sugar containing foods, packed and processed foods (deli foods, soup), pastries and other raised baked goods (bagels, pizza, etc.) alcoholic beverages, condiments (BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, etc.), sauces, vinegar, malt products, marinated products, processed and smoked meats, mushroom, melons, coffee, tea, dried and candied fruits.


Special instructions:

  1. No bananas, raisins, plums, figs, dates, dried fruit.
  2. Protein (meat): limit to on meal per day and at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  3. Yogurt (plain) or low-fat cottage cheese (plain) no more that 2 times per week.
  4. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of distilled or spring water per day.
  5. Avoid all foods that disagree with you or are known allergens.
DID YOU KNOW? - Pumpkin

pumkin Pumpkin is a cooling thermal nature; sweet and slightly bitter flavor, relieves damp conditions including dysentery, eczema, and edema; helps regulate blood sugar balance and benefits the pancreas - used for diabetes and hypoglycemia. Promotes discharge of mucus from lungs, bronchi, and throat; regular use has been shown to benefit bronchial asthma.


Cooked pumpkin destroys intestinal worms, but not as effectively as pumpkin seeds. The dosage for parasites worms: eat small a handful of seeds once to twice daily for 3 weeks (same for squash, a variety of pumpkin).

CATS & DOGS - Bladder Infection
The Urinary Bladder and its pipes: The Urinary bladder collects urine from the kidney through a tube called the ureter. The bladder acts as a balloon to hold the urine until it is voided through the exit pipe called the urethra. When irritation, inflammation or infection occurs in the urinary system, there is usually pain, a constant urge to urinate, or an inability to urinate.


The urge to urinate usually coincides with voiding small amounts of urine frequently. Blood and/or micro-organsims may be present in the urine sample. When something is blocking the path of the urine as it exits through the urethra, such as sand, gravel, or a tumor, the urge is there, but the urine cannot escape.


Cystitis East and West:

Western Medicine sees bladder infections as being caused by either bacteria or diets that create crystals in the urine, which inflame the bladder lining. The condition is almost always treated with antibiotics, and if the inflammation is severe, cortisone is also used. The diet is usually changed to a prescription type diet, creating thirst and promoting urine formation. Many animals respond favorably to this course of treatment, with only occasional bouts of urinary flare-ups, which once again are treated with medication.



In Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems with the urinary bladder usually fall under the categories of heat or damp heat. Whether pathogens are present or not, it is the underlying constitution of the individual, which has made the animal vulnerable to bladder weakness. Since the Kidney and bladder are supposed to control the heart and small intestine in the Five Element Control Cycle, when the Kidney is weak, these fire organs create more heat in the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats these conditions by changing the diet to cooling or yin nurturing foods as well as herbs that clear fire, restore the yin and restore the calming quality of the heart.


Herbs: Chi Pai Di Huang Wan, for kidney yin deficiency and to clear the false fire signs. Dao Chi pian This is a heat clearing formula that corrects the heat spilling over from the heart to the small intestine, to the urinary bladder, causing scant, painful, burning urination. It contains the heat-clearing herbs of raw rehmania, akebia, gardenia, talc and rhubarb and the qi-protective herb of licorice and hoelen. This formula comes in a large honey pill. Divide this pill as follows:



  • Cats/small dogs: pill, twice daily
  • Medium dogs: pill, twice daily
  • Large dogs: 3/4 to 1 pill, twice daily
  • Use only for one week.

Ref. Jeffrey Chen 212-925-7105 (sends by UPS)


A western herbal combination of 3 to 5 drops each of the following tinctures diluted in 1 ounce distilled water can be used.  Give 1 or 3 dropperfuls, depending upon the size of he animal, 3 times a day.


Marshmallow Leaves + Bearberry + corn silk: the marshmallow coats the bladder lining. The corn silk is a yin tonic and mild diuretic, and the bearberry clears heat and promotes urination.  


Refs. Herb Pharm, OR 800-348-4372


If your pet sprains a leg muscle, wrap it in strips cut from a brown paper bag that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar. The animal will feel better faster.   

Blanca receiving Amma Therapy
Blanca receiving Amma Therapy
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