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Neuritis By Anni Dahms


Having neuritis means that many of the body’s nerves aren’t functioning properly. The affliction usually starts in the feet and can move higher up the leg and eventually also target the hands, however, all parts of the body could be affected. The first symptoms are often numbness, a feeling of walking on pillows, which in time turns into painful and burning feet, and further down the line a reduction in strength.

I was contacted by one of my very loyal customers through many years, that asked if I would write an article about neuritis, because one of her friends were very tormented and distressed by the disease and had reduced his circle of friends. There was so much pain and discomfort connected to the affliction that the social aspect of life had become unmanageable. She wanted to show him the article, with the hope that it might motivate him to move on.
The term neuritis is used to describe a collection of afflictions, which gives inflammation to one or multiple nerves. The affliction targets the peripheral nervous system.
An immense tiredness is often part of the affliction, as well as sudden shakes. Some reflexes might get destroyed and urinary problems might also follow.
The pain can be very intense, and you might experience increased sensitivity in the skin, which can make it difficult to wear clothing on certain areas, for instance putting on socks or shoes.
With the disease you might also experience increased or reduced saliva or tear production.
It’s estimated that 2 – 3% of the population will be affected by this and the frequency is increased with age. People who suffer from the affliction often also suffer from diabetes. It is therefore of the utmost importance to take care of your diabetes to the best of your ability and keep your blood sugar stable. A well-adjusted blood sugar level can help prevent the disease. Neuritis is one of the most common complications with diabetes.
Neuritis can cover a wide array of symptoms, ranging from slight inflammation, to inflammation with significant pain. Neuritis often develop over the course of multiple years, but it may also develop in a shorter time span.

The diet

Even though you are in pain, you must make sure that you get some proper food. 

The diet can perform miracles. You can relieve a lot of problems through a healthy diet. It’s important that you eat as clean as possible, as to not strain the body with more poisons.
Stop the consumption of all types of alcohol, at least for the duration of your affliction. Alcohol is broken down in the liver, and you need to strong liver to excrete the toxins from your body.
Many different problems can absorb the necessary nutrients from the gut. It can also be a good idea to stay away from glutinous foods, such as bread, pasta, pizza, and the like. When it comes to grain products, you might want to choose gluten free oats, which is rich in magnesium and has a relaxing effect.
You should eat plenty of pumpkin seeds, almonds, and nuts, which are also rich in magnesium. I’ve spoken to people, whom have benefitted greatly by following a diet based on their blood type. The blood type diet takes a holistic view of the intestinal system and the body, and by following it you can optimize your health. There have been written many books about the blood type diet. Knud T Flytelie has written a small easily readable book “food as medicine and blood type diet”. Signe Lykke has also written a small cookbook “food for all blood types”. Research has been conducted in the differences in humans with different blood types since the year 1900.
You can also find a lot of inspiration on the internet regarding blood type diets.
Avoid white sugar, especially fats and sugar together that you find in foods such as pastries, which is really bad for you health. Avoid sodas, candy, cookies, cake, and chocolate. If you need a bit of sugar, then use honey or coconut sugar. Stay away from all kinds of artificial sweeteners.
Make sure that you get plenty of vegetables, perhaps in the form of vegetables juice that you prepare yourself. It might be a good idea to invest in a quality juice blender, and then introduce some good juicing habits, where you perhaps start your day with juicing. If it’s too bitter only with vegetables, then mix in an apple, it mitigates the taste. You can preferably mix some ginger powder and/or some turmeric powder when you are juicing. Turmeric has an excellent ability to counteract inflammation. Use trial and error to see what fits you personally. If you need inspiration for your vegetables juice, then there are plenty of good books, such as the one written by Mads Bo with different suggestions, you can also find plenty of inspiration on the internet. 
If you want to completely optimize your health, then you need to think “out of the box” from what we believe to be true. Start slowly and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Dietary supplements 

  • First and foremost, make sure that you get a strong vitamin-B supplement.
  • Supplement with B1 500mg.
     
  • Take B12, even if your blood tests doesn’t show a B12 deficiency, as blood tests doesn’t show the cells content of B12. Make sure to take your B12, so that it’s absorbed by the oral mucosa under the tongue.
     
  • Supplement the above with a multivitamin / mineral product of a high quality, to make sure that you are covered.
     
  • Make sure you get plenty of essential fats, preferably a combination of omega 3-6-7-9. It will help the blood flow throughout your circulatory system.
     
  • Alpha lipoic acid, roughly 600mg daily. It’s a powerful antioxidant, that is an important helping enzyme that helps the other nutrients, so they aren’t destroyed. It has been shown that it supports nerve cells. Can preferably be taken together with acetyl L carnitine.
  • Acetyl L carnitine is an amino acid, that delivers energy to the muscles and can help bring down the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.
     
  • It has been shown that many diabetics lack vitamin-D. Vitamin-D has a huge importance for the nervous system. It has even been shown that there is a link between nerve pains in diabetics and low levels of vitamin-D. A study from 2008 showed that diabetics, with low levels of vitamin-D, had their pains lessened by taking a supplement of vitamin-D, with a dose of 100mcg daily.
  • Make sure that you get a supplement of vitamin-C, 1 -2 grams daily. Everyone can benefit from vitamin-C. It optimizes the functionality of the nerves. You might want to take a vitamin-C with bioflavonoids. They protect the vitamin-C against oxidation and improve the effectiveness of the vitamin-C by up to 20 times.
  • Supplement your vitamin-C with vitamin-E. The two vitamins work well together.
  • Take a supplement of Q10. Find a high quality Q10 and take 100 mg two times daily. Even though we produce q10 ourselves, the production starts to drop when we reach the age of 20. So, it’s not uncommon to have a lack of Q10 when you reach the age of 50. Q10 is a powerful antioxidant. Reduced Q10 can lead to low energy levels and muscle weakness.
     
  • Zinc as a supplement can also be of great help. Remember, if you take high doses of zinc for an extended period, then you also have to take an extra supplement of cobber. The two minerals go together.
  • Make sure that your magnesium intake is covered. You could preferably take 600mg daily. Magnesium has a great importance for the immune system. If you have diabetes, then there might be an increased excretion of magnesium. It’s important that whilst you take your magnesium, that you get B6, as it increases the absorption rate.
     
  • Supplement with organic selenium. The earth in most of the northern counties is selenium poor.

Tips

  • If you are a smoker, then stop! It can worsen your circulatory system and bring other complications.
  • Listen to music. It has been shown that a light a comfortable new-age music can have a dampening effect on pain.
     
  • A study has shown that soles with magnets can have a positive effect on peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation in the feet.
     
  • Find a cream or ointment that soothe sensitive skin. This can be done whilst you massage or brush the areas which are sensitive.
     
  • There have been accounts, which says that acupuncture have helped them with neuritis. It provided them with relive from the pain.
     
  • I’ve also heard that some people have found that yoga lessened their pain. If you would like to try, then ask at your local yoga teacher with experience.
     
  • It might be a good idea to combine different treatment methods. 
  • Louise Hay writes in her book “Healthy mind, healthy body” that the cause for neuritis can be a punishment for guilt or anguish and that your new thought pattern should be: “I forgive myself, I love and appreciate myself. I shower the people around me with love”. It can be quite a mouthful, especially if you are full of pain, but it might be worth considering in your day.

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The Eye By Anni Dahms

The topic of this month’s article is chosen because one of my close and very dear friends told me about his problems with the eyes. It has been identified that he has a mole on the back of his eye, which has caused him to have tired, painful, and running eyes with a slight bit of inflammation. Now he would really like to know what he could do personally to better the condition. The specialist had said that it wasn’t dangerous, but that they would have to keep an eye on the mole, with regular consultations.
50 Danish people are currently diagnosed with moles on their eyes every year, but luckily it’s quite uncommon for these moles to develop into something serious. It is mostly seen in people with very light-colored skin.
My friend is very dependent on having a good eyesight, as he sits all day, often from 7 in the morning till 6 in the evening, and works at the screen.
I obviously started contemplating right away to how he could best be helped.
Many opticians and eye doctors are trying to bring awareness to the dangers of the increasing number of people, who work so many hours in front of the computer screens. The many hours increase the risk of developing shortsightedness, cataracts, and later glaucoma with macular degeneration.
The computer screen and my friend’s cellphone together with his daily car ride, all contribute to my friend getting exposed to a high amount of radiation. Because of this, the first thing I did was to recommend a new chip. I recommend using a 5G mobile converter, it can correct for the negative frequencies from the mobile phone and other radiation dangers including e-smog. The conversion works within 30 cm, and since he always has his phone on him, he can just stick the chip on the back of his phone and put it next to his computer, so the radiation from there can also be alleviated. The chip lasts for 30 years. The company I-like metaphysics is a family company based in Switzerland, that work on preventing irritation from technology. If you would like to know more about the little chip, then you can visit www.i-like.net.
I bought a pair of computer glasses for him, as the strong blue light from the monitors can damage parts of the retina, where the sharp sight is formed.
Computer glasses can be worn on top of your regular glasses and should only be used when you are sitting in front of the computer. I bought the glasses at www.energizeyourlife.org, but you can buy computer glasses many places on the internet. The glasses protect the eyes against the rough electronic light, counteracts headaches, and dry tired eyes, so you can be effective in front of the screen for a longer period of time.

The diet

When you work in front of your screen, it’s important that you are conscious about your food and which types of foods are best for you personally. There are two carotenoids which are of great importance, that is lutein and zeaxanthin, which should be a part of your diet every single day. It is said that they are able to protect against the strong blue light from the screens.
The carotenoids are mainly found in fruits and vegetables. By eating a lot of food containing these two compounds, your eyes will be stronger against the blue light.
These two compounds will also aid your brain. They protect the brains of the elderly and also help develop the brain in children. It has been shown that the compounds influence children’s brains in a way that help them solve different tasks. This has caught my attention, as I will soon become a great grandmother for the first time. Furthermore, a large analysis has shown that omega-3 fatty acids help children’s vision, whilst at the same time improving their mental development.
The analysis was based on data from 38 scientific studies with 5.541 attendants.
The best sources of food containing lutein are usually yellow or green. Lutein is mostly present in the retina. Some of the best food with lutein is egg, which contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale and spinach are also very rich in lutein. Carrots and broccoli are also very important, together with parsley, grapes, cucumber, and different kinds of peppers etc.
Zeaxanthin is found in higher doses in the macula, and the food is predominantly found on the yellow and orange color scale. The best foods containing zeaxanthin are papayas, oranges, peaches, corn, mangos, sweet potatoes, and apricots which are currently in season, together with cantaloupe melons, grapefruits, and marigolds.
Other good foods for your vision include apples, green tea, onions, cherries, garlic, and pears. Other foods which are rich on flavonoids are blueberries and blackberries.
A large part of your food should be of the whole wheat variety, such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, lenses, and buckwheat etc.
You should especially avoid too much alcohol. You can easily enjoy a single glass of red wine, but let it stop there. Avoid all artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. If you want to sweeten your food, then use a bit of honey or some unrefined sugar.
Be careful with the 3rd spice. Some researchers claim that it is especially dangerous for the eyes. Avoid too much fat food, sausages, hamburgers, fat cheeses, and sugar rich foods.
When you use salt on your food, make sure that it’s of a high quality.

Dietary supplements 

  • The first dietary supplement I would recommend my friend is Q10. There have been studies, which have shown that patients with glaucoma showed signs of improvement after taking Q10. I personally recommend Q10 because there are many mitochondria in the eye, which is the cell’s small energy factories. I think it’s important to strengthen them, especially if there is a mitochondria defect connected to the affliction. It’s fine to use a good quality Q10, but I personally prefer ubiquinol, which is a reduced form of Q10 in a stabilized form. There are only a few studies which suggest that the reduced form is better than the normal one. But I would still suggest that people take the reduced form in special cases. The studies that I rely on, have shown that after 45 years of age, it is more difficult for the body to convert ubiquione to ubiquinol. I take ubiquinol, because I personally experienced a significant improvement to my wellbeing after I swapped from regular Q10. Some of my customers have also reported an improved wellbeing after the swap. However, we are all unique and in most of the studies that are published, they use the regular form of Q10. A study from neural regeneration research February 2019 showed that Q10 could prevent DNA damages in the optic cells and improve the cells energy conversion and prevent cell death.
     
  • As a partner for ubiquinol, you might use Pqq. Pqq protects existing mitochondria and help form new mitochondria.
     
  • Take 1 gram of vitamin-C daily. You can preferably choose a supplement with bioflavonoids. It aids collagen production, it strengthens the capillaries, and protects against UV light. The eye contains the second highest concentration of vitamin-C.
     
  • Make sure that you get a sufficient amount of omega-3 oils. Roughly 2 grams a day. You can take omega-3 oils from fish, algae, or other oils such as flaxseed oil.
     
  • It would be beneficial to take a composite product that contains both luteinand zeaxanthin.
     
  • It could also be a great idea to take of supplement of blueberry extract.
     
  • There are the so-called eye vitamins, these are zincvitamin-C, and vitamin-E. Make sure that you have all these vitamins covered either through a strong quality multi vitamin/mineral, as both vitamin-A and B are also important. Be aware that fluorescent light takes vitamin-A from the eyes and creates a lot of stress in the brain as it blinks with a frequency, we cannot see with the human eye but is still registered by the brain.
     
  • The amino acid Taurine is highly concentrated in the eye. A lack can have complications for the structure and functionality of the retina. Take 500mg daily.

Tips

  • It is said in Chinese medicine, that the eyes are the body’s pathway to the liver. The people whom are struggling with eye problems usually also have a poor liver. According to Taoist theory, rage is a symptom of poor liver function. Therefore, people who use their eyes too much gets angry. Eye exercises can help both cataracts and glaucoma, as well as shortsightedness and liver afflictions. In the book about inner exercises, by Dr. Stephen T. Chang there is a detailed instruction set of how these eye exercises should be performed.
  • It can be a great idea to take a liver diet a couple times a year. It can be in tea form or capsule, perhaps with silybum and artichoke. You will discover how much clearer your eyes can see after such a diet.
     
  • If you sit by your screen all day, then make it a habit to get up once every hour. There have been multiple studies which have shown the importance of getting up at least once every hour for people who work sitting down. When you do get up, then try to look as far as possible to get the eye muscles working differently.
     
  • Have a proper font size on your mobile phone, so you don’t have to press your nose against the screen just to read what people have written you.
  • It’s also important to have a proper font size on your computer, opticians recommend that you use at least a 12-point font size.
  • Make sure that you stay at least 70 cm away from the computer screen, so you don’t tire your eye muscles unnecessarily.
  • Make sure that you have proper lighting at your workstation, so your eyes aren’t agitated by light reflections from lamps or windows.

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Autoimmune diseases by Anni Dahms

Cropped image woman with joint inflammation. Female's elbow

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I hear of an increasing number of people that suffer from what is called autoimmune diseases. There are even more and more people that suffer from multiple autoimmune illnesses at the same time.
An autoimmune disease, is when the immune system wrongly attacks its own cells and tissue.

When I was a young nurse, I rarely heard of autoimmune diseases and the expression was used with great respect. Now the word has become more normalized and is used to describe a myriad of different illnesses. 

By looking at the list of what is now considered autoimmune diseases, it looks to me like we might as well call them “our actual civilization diseases”.

I believe, and my belief is shared by many researchers, that a large amount of autoimmune diseases are caused by a leaking mucosa in the intestines. It appears, from researcher’s perspective, that as long as the bacterial composition is in balance, from living and eating reasonably healthy, we will be protected from many illnesses. And on the contrary, if we eat unhealthily, struggle with infections, and use antibiotics or other kinds of medicine, then we become more susceptible to diseases.

The genes we get from our ancestors can be a contributing factor. All ages can develop autoimmune diseases, but some of these diseases are more common when we age. It is thought that roughly 3 – 400,000 Danes suffer from autoimmune diseases. 3 out of 4 of them are women. Researchers have until now discovered over 100 different autoimmune diseases.

Many autoimmune illnesses develop silently over many years. They start for instance with hair loss, tiredness, problems sleeping, muscle pain, and similar symptoms.

Some of the most common illnesses, which are a part of the autoimmune diseases are Sjögren syndrome, type-1 diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac disease, and many different variations of allergies and asthma.

It would appear that people, who have had certain diseases, such as mononucleosis, herpes zoster, different forms of the herpes virus, gingivitis have an increased risk of autoimmune diseases. I’ve read that having had mononucleosis increases you risk of attracting an autoimmune disease by 30%.

Other large factors can contribute, such as the quality and the cleanliness of our food and beverages, how clean is the air we are breathing? Do we even have any locations with clean air? 

Heavy metal poisoning, too much sun, heat, or cold together with smoking also plays a role.

An interesting discovery has been, that children who live together with furry animals are less likely to develop allergies. 

Other researchers believe that the many vaccinations and other forms of medication contribute in promoting autoimmune diseases.

sund_madThe diet

What dietary changes you should make, obviously depend the given autoimmune disease in question. Nevertheless, some common guidelines can be made. There is not one diet which is great for all autoimmune illnesses, but it is always important with a healthy and varied diet. If you need individual guidance tailored specifically for your illness, then it might be a good idea to contact a skilled dietician or nutritionist, that can provide you with more concrete instructions for what would be good to eat in your situation.

Eat natural and unprocessed foods whenever it’s possible. I think it’s especially important for delicate people to eat ecological.

Avoid too much poor-quality meat, especially be careful with dark meat, too much poor fat, sugar, salt, fast food, too many spices, as well as all forms of alcohol. There have been studies which have shown, that eating a vegetarian diet can decrease the activity of certain autoimmune illnesses.

Avoid cola and coffee, together with all other caffeinated drinks. If you are a devoted coffee drinker, then you’ll be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Try drinking green tea and other herbal teas and drink juices from fruits and vegetables.

Make sure that you get plenty of good ecological vegetables, fruits, whole-wheat products, fat fish, different nuts, and olive oil of the highest quality. You could also eat a bit of ecological butter, which contains healthy fats.

Some people have a hard time processing dairy products, just as it might be an idea to avoid foods with gluten. Gluten is especially present in wheat, rye, barley, and to a lesser extent in oats. There are researchers who hold the opinion, that glutinous foods can open you up to autoimmune diseases, as they believe that the gluten weakens the mucosa in the intestines and can make it leak. That would mean that food scraps, toxins, virus, and bacteria could flow straight into your blood and in that way provoke an autoimmune disease.

More researchers are also convinced that gluten can be problematic for people who might suffer from an autoimmune illness without being aware of it.

I have personally never been diagnosed with any autoimmune disease, but I’ve discovered that I feel slightly uneasy and have trouble with my intestinal system, as well as my delicate heart which starts racing, after consuming gluten.

In some cases you might also need to avoid foods from the night shadow family, such as tomatoes and potatoes.

Dietary supplements

  • Take a base multivitamin / mineral product of high quality.
  • Make sure to get the important omega-3 oils and combine it preferably with a good flaxseed oil.
  • A completely incredible antioxidant is alpha-lipoic acid. It is an antioxidant that can aid significantly with most autoimmune illnesses. If you start taking alpha-lipoic acid you will, in most cases, feel a rapid improvement. Not only does it help combat autoimmune diseases, it also sharpens the memory.
  • For most of us it will be important with a supplement of vitamin-D. More American researchers believe that many autoimmune diseases can be connected with lack of vitamin-D. There are multiple studies, which show that vitamin-D can help people with mb chron. Vitamin-D is present in foods such as fat fish. If you don’t like fish, then you should have extra focus on getting your vitamin-D supplement. Vitamin-D has a very important influence on the immune system, which makes it functions optimally. The dose should be around 100 mcg daily. The older you are, the higher the chance is that you’ll contract an autoimmune disease. The intestines absorption of vitamin-D is reduced with age. It is therefore especially important to take an extra supplement of this daily.
  • It also might be a good idea with an extra supplement of zinc. If you for instance lack zinc, then it can affect more than 100 different enzyme processes. The doses should be between 20 – 40 mg daily, and it is best to take it in the evening.
  • Supplement with manganese.
  • Take selenium in its organic form, roughly 200mcg daily.
  • Cats claw is good for cleaning out the entire intestinal system and can be helpful with different autoimmune illnesses. It can also help with a set of harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The entire immune system will most likely be improved.
  • Curcumin which is extracted from turmeric counteracts many overreactions in the immune system caused by autoimmune diseases. Curcumin has an antioxidant effect and is an active key ingredient in turmeric.
  • Make sure you get an extra supplement of high-quality vitamin-C, preferably combined with bioflavonoids.
  • It is important to have a healthy intestinal flora. Liquid Vita Biosa is a collection of healthy bacteria and mushrooms, which are great for reestablishing a healthy intestinal flora. There is a myriad of different lactic acid products. It is important to choose one of high quality and to change them every now and again.

Tips

  • If you have silver fillings in your teeth, you might want to consider consulting a dentist with experience and knowledge of safe amalgam removal. Mercury is seen by many experts, as a cause of different autoimmune illnesses.
  • If you are a smoker, then quit it. Smoking can lead to different autoimmune diseases. If it’s too big of a mouthful to quit your cigarettes completely, then I believe in the milder spectrum of therapists, who believes that you should reduce your cigarette consumption to 5 or even better, to 2, then you have made a great effort, and you can realistically live a good life.
  • For and against vaccinations is a very hot discussion topic at the moment. If you are planning on getting a vaccination or you have a child which is about to get vaccinated, then I think it is worth the effort to read up on the views, both for and against, and then use that information to make your own decision.
  • Stress weakens our immune system and is believed to be a triggering factor for autoimmune diseases.
  • The same can be said for getting too little sleep. A good night’s sleep is important for us and our wellbeing.
  • It is therefore essential, that we put our worries behind us when we go to sleep. Keep disturbing elements out of the bedroom. Make sure the room is cool and ventilated and have a quality bed. Keep mobile phones, TV, and computers away from the bedroom.
  • You could for instance read a bit in an uncomplicated book or listen to soothing music.
  • Use your body properly every day, and make sure you get exercise that fits your type, without having it being dependent on elitism or competition, so it doesn’t become a stress factor. It could for instance be a daily walk in a peaceful environment. You should know that, if you exaggerate your exercise, then it might be immunosuppressive.

Important: Enjoy life and happiness

Happiness by Anni Dahms

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After I successfully overcame my sickness with heart complications, water in my lungs, and hypertension, I have decided to consciously seek happiness. I’ve made this decision based on different literary sources, which have inspired to see, that the body and the immune system work best with those who are happy and easily laugh. Laughter and joy are important tools for regaining your strength. As a self-prescribed therapy, I’ve chosen to invite laughter back into my life.  Laughter releases happiness hormones.

I’ve always demanded a lot from myself, had many things I wanted to accomplish and gone after them with all that I could muster.

I’ve become more conscious of not turning my heart’s desires into a heart disease. I’m working on seriously re-ordering my priorities and learning to take myself and others less seriously, and instead focus on all the wonderful bright sides that are part of my every day life.It’s important for me to have a joyful heart completely free of fear. I want to make it a habit to be in the state of equilibrium and balance.

In the book “Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient”, Norman Cousin writes about his battle with the disease morbus bechterew, which is an illness that makes the bones in your spine grow together. He refused to give up. The short version is, that he used daily laughter and plenty of humor combined with a vitamin-C and a less hectic lifestyle to regain his health.

The change to a more joyful lifestyle doesn’t happen by itself. If you decide to increase the level of joy in your life,it therefore demands that you decide to train and make an effort. Just as with people who play sports, you will properly lose your capacity if you stop training.

I’m not saying that we should be positive happy doormats, that is in my opinion way too shallow. We should have our viewpoints and express them, while remaining friendly. You cannot be happy all the time. With life comes both critique, disappointment, sorrow, and negativity. We have to live through it, and then it’s back on the horse in the pursuit of happiness. 

When you decide to be live a happy lifestyle, then start slowly and don’t blame yourself if you get angry or upset. You could’ for instance’ start when you are driving your car, practice having tolerance, balance, and forbearance whilst maneuvering through rush-hours causing many stress factors.

When you throw yourself into project “happiness”, you must remain mindful of your daily bases. 

In addition, you must use your creativity and curiosity. Seek out the things that make you laugh. Laugh all throughout the day. And make sure that you do something you enjoy every single day. It’s great with new experiences involving things such as games, dancing, singing, or music. These are things that affect our brain. You will obviously make plenty of mistakes during your new project, but just laugh it off and get back at it. Practice makes perfect.

As the old saying goes: “smile! And the world will smile back”. When I smile at people, my smile will often be returned. I often think of the Danish pianist and entertainer Victor Borges wise book “A smile is the shortest distance”. It describes it beautifully.

There is an eastern meditation which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, I practice it when I’m alone, by holding half a smile. The facial expression is enough to make me feel more at peace and reduce my stress.


The diet

I always highlight the importance of a high-quality diet in all my articles, and I would also like to pinpoint it’s utmost importance when it comes happiness. As you consume lovely high-quality food, you must be mindful of chewing your food properly and eating in peace and quit. Too many people devour their meals and in doing so, it also affects their lives.

First and foremost, completely remove the white flour and white sugar from you diet. Especially the combination of fat and sugar is dangerous. So, when you are hit with a craving for a Danish pastry filled with cream and sugar, you should go instead for something healthy and sweet, such as dates, figs, grapes, oranges, honey, or choose a banana with lots of great vitamin-B, perhaps combining it with some nuts, almonds, or seeds. All nuts are healthy, but walnuts are especially rich in omega-3. Cashew nuts are very rich in zinc, which is good if you experience anxiety. Fruits can help promote well-being, so make sure that you include berries in your daily diet too.

You can also enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, which is filled with antioxidants and other mood boosting substances.

Corn products could be brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and quinoa. Make your own portion of ecological oatmeal. Oatmeal is known for its calming effect and it can help increase your happiness.

Decrease your alcohol consumption. It will put a strain on your liver and imbalance your blood sugar. If you want to drink alcohol, consume  only very small amounts, and do it together with food that are fatty and oily. It reduces the absorption of the alcohol,and,drink plenty of water.

Avoid energy drinks, cola, and other carbonated drinks, you should also stay clear of any with artificial sweeteners.

Let the coffee you drink be of high quality and enjoy it in limited amounts. Be careful not to drink coffee too late in the day, it can easily destroy a good night’s sleep. You could also consider using a bit of cream as it reduces the effect of the caffeine.

Drink green tea and other herbal teas instead.

Instead of drinking cow’s milk, which doesn’t suit many people, you might opt for a full flavoured and healthy substitute, such as soy, rice, or almond milk, that might be mixed with nuts or coconut.

Make sure that you get plenty of vegetables, even as vegetable juices. You might want to consider spinach, which contains an array of good substances, which may increase your mood, for instance,due of its content of magnesium. Remember the leguminous fruits. A chickpea pancake is one of the best snacks for a happy brain. Ecological eggs with Omega 3 contain, in their raw or light cooked states, lecithin, which also aids your brain. Let fish and poultry be a stable part of your diet. Buy wild salmon if possible and make sure the poultry is ecological.

Lamb and steak are things that I personally enjoy, but I’m very careful with it, and I make sure that it’s meat from free range animals. I avoid smoked and salted products, as that alters the taste of quality.

I read an article, by writer and blogger Karin Lyager, saying studies have shown that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be hit with depression than meat eaters. I admire the people who make these dietary choices, but I’m also well aware, that I cannot muster that lifestyle. However, I always make sure that the meat I eat is from animals who have led wonderful lives.

Choose good oils for your cooking. I’m personally most fond of olive oil, but I also enjoy flaxseed oil for my vegetables and salads. Coconut oil and butter is also great.

Dietary supplements

  • Supplements play a large role, if you aim to have a happy every day. Remember to take them on a regular basis.
  • Make sure you take a high-dosed multivitamin/mineral product.
  • You should also get a high-quality Omega-3 product.
  • Vitamin-C is one of the most important vitamins ,for me personally. It aids, among other things,the adrenocortical hormones and adrenal steroid hormones, as well as the immune system. The bioflavonoids belong to the vitamin-C complex. It’s therefore important to take a vitamin-C supplement which contains bioflavonoids to make an optimal absorption.
  • A vitamin-E supplement mixed with tocopherol ‘decreases the ageing process and provides nutrition for the entire body.
  • B-complex supports our immune system, among other things, and has an influence on our serotonin levels (the happiness hormone).
  • Lecithin is a fat, which is present in all cells. Lecithin promotes mental well-being and keeps you calm.
  • Q10 is included in the mitochondrial membrane. The mitochondria are the cell’s power plants and contributes by giving you energy.
  • PQQ describes the perfect partner to Q10. I see PQQ as a huge breakthrough and a great help in improving your health. Q10 helps the mitochondria function properly and PQQ can make new mitochondria. PQQ’s entire name is pyrroloquinoline quinone. It is found in different foods, and  in breastmilk.
    It was shown, in a 12-week double blind study, that a supplement of PQQ could reduce tiredness and nervousness, lower a heightened cholesterol, improve the quality of sleep, and improve the overall vitality.

Tips

  • Lack of sleep is the worst enemy of happiness. Getting an adequate amount of sleep plays important part in living a happy and harmonious life. Most people are best served by sleeping eight hours. Avoid chemical sleep medications. You should instead drink a bit of chamomile tea or consume other calming herbs or herbal tea. If you have difficulty falling asleep, then make it a habit to go to bed at 22:00. 
  • Make sure to exercise at least half an hour daily. Take a walk in nature where you are exposed to the full spectrum of light. Remember that play, dance and love are also forms of exercise.
  •  Remember to stay grateful. Be grateful for all the little things we often take for granted.

Hypertension by Anni Dahms

In panic, I call my son five minutes to midnight on a Sunday evening. Luckily, he isn’t far away. With terror in my voice I tell him that I can’t breathe and that he must call an ambulance.

He quickly calls 112 and explains the situation, all whilst my breathing is getting worse and worse. He calls again, and they calm him and inform him that they will arrive shortly.

Ten minutes after the first call, three large paramedics arrive, who quickly assess how severe the situation is. One of them starts to give me oxygen, whilst the others move the furniture out of the way, so they can move me into the ambulance. I was told all of this later, my only focus at the time was to continue breathing.

My son was instructed, in the ambulance, that he could follow them in his car, as long as he drove in a proper manner. Somewhat jokingly they said they didn’t want anymore accidents.

In the ambulance I’m given the most wonderful oxygen, which is the only thing I perceive. I hear the driver ask if they should speed up, but the guy who is next to me says “no – put on some music”.

The whole process was very calming and professional. I wish I knew the names of the three men, so I could bring them a box of chocolate and a bottle of wine. I sadly don’t know how to reach them. If any of them should happen to read this, they should know that they are more than welcome to visit the store in Los Boliches, as I would love to thank my three heroes.

I’m expected when I arrive at the hospital Costa del Sol, everything is ready for me. I’m transferred from the stretcher into the bed, with the help of moving mattresses, which I hardly notice. The treatment is completely professional here as well. An IV drip is administered, I’m given different injections, and X-rays are taken. The oxygen mask is also changed and becomes permanent.

The diagnosis is, that my heart, due to some conduction disturbances and an elevated blood pressure level, had filled my lungs with water, therefore I couldn’t breathe.

When the first aid was completed, I was taken to intensive care and my shocked son had in the meantime informed the entire family, who were permitted to come in.

I laid in intensive care for around a day, and was attended by a cardiologist and another doctor. I demanded to be sent home, whilst wearing my oxygen mask and being hooked up to all kinds of IV drips! I suddenly felt that it was unbearable to lie in the hospital. The treatment was again very professional. One of the doctors told me, that my health was very poor, but if I insisted, then would always treat me if I returned. My son and I discussed it, and we both thought that the doctors were very skillful, so I decided to stay for further tests. Afterwards I was taken to the cardiology department.

Hypertension

Hypertension is one of the most common illnesses in the western world and it brings along a severe risk of heart attack, kidney disease, eye disease and strokes. Hypertension is the most common cause of strokes and blood clots in the brain. It is the blood pressure that decides how hard the heart needs to work, and pump the blood around in the body. The blood pressure is measured with many different devices, as the systolic and the diastolic, meaning when the heart is resting and when it’s working. The condition of the heart is approximated from these measurements. There are often no symptoms of hypertension but in some cases, may occur a slight headache and/or a flickering before the eyes. So, it might be a good idea to have your blood pressure measured on a regular basis. The heart can handle the increasing work for many years, but with time it will eventually fail. 

The diet

I now have a huge wish that, the food and drink would be prioritized substantially higher in the hospital. While I laid in intensive care, I received plenty of oxygen, so my mouth and throat were completely dry. I also got sores in my throat. I was fasting in case something might happen, which made perfect sense to me. As a former nurse I would like to offer an hours’ worth of free education in nursing, on how to handle patients with permanent oxygen masks. The loveliest nurse came, after my request, with a pack of wet gauze. It was like the most wonderful champagne. When I succeeded in drawing the attention of the nurses, by shouting, which by the way was quite difficult, they only brought a syringe of water, which hardly made the gauze wet.

During my young days as a nurse, we were always allowed to give the patient a small ice cube they could suck on.

When my fast was over, I was finally permitted to eat again, before leaving intensive care. I opened the two bowls, filled with joyful expectation. One of them was a gooey overcooked fish, and the other was a large bowl of curry rice without a single piece of meat. Even though I was hungry I just couldn’t eat anything. With dry humor, I convinced myself that it would probably be healthier to continue the fast. As a trained nutritionist I freely make myself available to whomever is in charge of the food budget. In my understanding, the food should provide you with nutrition to better your overall health. I assume hospitals exits to better people’s health, not to worsen it.

The manager of the section, a beautiful and empathic man, made sure that I was given a bed as quickly as possible.

I was transferred to a two-bed room. My neighbour was an amazingly friendly Andalusian woman, around the same age as me. Despite our large cultural differences, we quickly connected. There were no communication difficulties, because of the steady supply of oxygen, which I had available until shortly before I was released, my brain was working at maximum capacity, and I could remember all the Spanish verbs and words I hadn’t used in years.

I will never forget her. She was very concerned about my poor appetite. She thought the food was wonderful and proudly ate all of it. Happy and in a pleasant mood the whole time.

I had to get my coronary arteries examined and had to sign an agreement, stating that I was fully aware of the risks involved. My neighbour overheard it and quickly crocheted a bracelet for me, shaped like a rosary. Love without limits.

Recommendable diet

If you suffer from hypertension, then eat your food without adding additional salt. Many people pour salt on their food without even tasting it first. If you’re a coffee drinker, don’t make it too strong and reduce the number of daily cups.

Avoid foods with white sugar and sodas, even the artificial ones.

You will benefit from eating garlic and onions every day, they reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.

Only consume small amounts of alcohol. You should consume a maximum of 1 – 2 glasses of wine and remember to drink plenty of water in between.

Vegetables are filled with antihypertensive dietary fibers, so eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Let nuts become a part of your daily diet.

Ease up on the dairy products and choose the low-fat ones.

Eat fish and cold fish cuts. Eat potatoes, wholegrain rice, and wholegrain pasta.

Quench your thirst with water and herbal teas.

Medication

Luckily the examination of my coronary arteries, showed that they were surprisingly healthy. Hence my doctor saw no reason to conduct further tests on my heart and blood pressure. I was administered quite a bit of medication, which I take with the utmost gratitude, even though I normally don’t consume any medications. I get a diuretic medication, betablockers that aids the heart’s work, and of course antihypertensive medication. I intend to take them, at least until my next control and then we will see what the cardiologist has to say.

I feel fine on the medication and I also take my normal daily dietary supplements.

Dietary supplements

  • It’s great to take certain herbal remedies in tea form, such as linden tree flowers, which expands the blood vessels and thereby lowers the blood pressure.
  • Dandelion works as a diuretic and lowers the amount of liquid in circulation, which in turn lowers your blood pressure.
  • Eat ginger daily.
  • Consume stevia, but it should be the entire plant, which also has blood pressure lowering qualities.
  • Take a vitamin-B supplement, which has all the different vitamin-Bs.
  • Make sure to get an extra magnesium supplement.
  • Supplement with quality omega-3 oils.
  • Get lecithin, possibly as a sunflower extract.
  • A Q10 of high quality must not be forgotten.
  • Garlic also lowers your blood pressure.
  • Hawthorn is one of my absolute favourites. I love the liquid hawthorn called Craetagisan. After the above-mentioned experience it has earned a new permanent spot on my night stand. It has been of great help to me earlier, when my heart was causing me trouble. It is an excellent remedy against weak heart muscles and hypertension. It’s completely safe.

I only have a slight idea of what might have caused my heart attack. It has been a teachable moment for me, and I will never again take life for granted. I have no private health insurance, but I’ve learned that the Spanish public healthcare system, functions amazingly in emergency situations. I have nothing but admiration for how the entire medical system worked.

The nurses were wonderfully compassionate and exact. You could trust their timing and medication.

The three days of bedrests, with catheter and plastic linen, were unfortunately enough for me to develop bedsores on my bum. I was bed bathed every day, which was very lovely, but a tiny bit of massage on my bottom, could’ve kept me from developing the sores. The girls seemed more interested in applying plenty of perfume on me. I’m a natural redhead, which means that my skin is quite delicate. Given that I’ve been a nurse, I would love to give them a small lesson on preventing decubitus ulcers (bedsores).

Atrial fibrillation

By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist,
Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

 

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The article is also available in Spanish, Finnish, Danish

 

Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

In this time, I seem to be surrounded by people who complain about atrial fibrillation. I was wondering why this was the case, until I stumbled across an article, that described different kinds of heart attack and mentioned, that the attacks occur most frequently in the months October, November, and December.
You should obviously see a doctor if you are experiencing heart problems. There are many effective ways to help your heart today.
You can take many actions yourself, to ensure that your heart remains strong and functioning, even as you get older. The heart is an amazing pump, that starts working even before we are born, only to continue all throughout our life.
We only have one heart, so we should see it as a wonderful gift that we take care of, but often we don’t think much about it, until it starts to signal that it needs attention and appreciation for its hard work.
The stress many of us are experiencing these days, is our hearts worst enemy. It is as if stress leaves a contagious source in the air, which is difficult to get around, but we must be very conscious to deal with it, in the best manner possible.
The heart is a very delicate motor, that doesn’t benefit from suddenly getting pushed to its max performance, as it can damage it.
I felt it with myself, when I had to run for half an hour with a heavy suitcase, when my plane was delayed and had to get to the next flight (which I ended up missing anyways). It lasted for a while, the feeling that I should take extra care of my heart.


The symptoms of atrial fibrillation
They are most commonly abnormal heart rhythm, difficulty catching your breath, chest pain together with dizziness and fatigue.
It is usually people above 50 that are affected by atrial fibrillation, and more than 13.000 people are yearly hospitalized with the affliction in Denmark. It is estimated that roughly 75.000 people live with the illness. Studies have shown that roughly 10% of all people have atrial fibrillation. It is a common sickness that exists in numerous variations, some people experience it as rare attacks, while other people have it more or less all the time.
Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Visit your doctor, if you suddenly feel that your heart is running rampant, with an unusual fast heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

The diet
The diet can perhaps not completely prevent atrial fibrillation, but it is certain that you can strengthen and keep your heart healthy through your diet.

If you have a large consumption of coffee and sugary treats, then cut down on them. Instead choose a high-quality green tea, you can also alternate between teas with nettle and ginger. Make sure to drink plenty of water of a high quality. Be careful with alcohol. The heart association discourages alcohol consumption completely. Too much alcohol can trigger symptoms connected with atrial fibrillation. Avoid fast-food such as burgers and hotdogs and exclude cake and fatty deserts. All in all, the combination of fat and sugar is a poor mix.
Eat lots of foods that contain plenty of antioxidants and focus on getting anti-inflammatory foods. Make sure, to the extend that it is possible, to eat ecological foods of a good quality.
Be careful with beef and animal innards and eat very little meat in general. Make sure that fish is on the menu at least two times a week. Be sparse with all kinds of dairy products, they help increase inflammation, which is often a part of having an irregular heart rhythm.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Apricots are strengthening for both heart and brain. You can eat dried apricots outside of the apricot season, but make sure that they are not treated with sulfur dioxide. It’s best to eat apricots after 3pm. Berries are good against atrial fibrillation. Your daily apple or two must not be forgotten. If you can get your hands on wild blueberries, optionally frozen, then use them in your daily diet. Another precious fruit is pineapple, which is also great for your green salads. Vegetables help flush out acid accumulations. Eat plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage etc. Make sure that your vegetables also contain leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, chard, field lettuce etc. Let onions be a part of your daily diet and remember the healthy artichoke.
If you haven’t tried it before, then introduce sweet potatoes into your diet. They bring many benefits, one of which is the relief of heart palpitations.
Use plenty of garlic, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil in your daily diet. You should also consider coconut in its different forms, such as oil or coconut water.
Eat plenty of nuts and almonds.
Avoid wheat products, but instead use buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and wholegrain rice. The products come in many variants, such as flour or grain for porridge and pasta. You can find many wonderful recipes for bread using these ingredients on the internet. Anette Harbech Olesen has written many easy-to-follow cook/baking books that doesn’t use wheat, but instead utilises other exciting grains.


Dietary supplements

  • Start with a broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral product, which is of good quality and easily absorbable.
  • There should also be a good and likewise easily absorbable vitamin-B product as a part of your base. Optionally you could supplement with extra vitamin-B12, in spray form or as a tablet.
  • Take extra vitamin-C. 1 – 1½ grams daily. It is important with all cardiovascular disorders. It helps repair the blood vessels and prevents inflammatory changes that causes atrial fibrillation.
  • You can optionally supplement with vitamin-E, up to 350 mg daily. Some people prefer to get their vitamin-E through wheat germ oil.
  • Selenium, 100 – 200 mcg daily can also be a great help.
  • Magnesium can be recommended, preferably 600 mg in the evening. There must also be calcium present in your dietary supplements. If you are not taking a supplement of vitamin-B, then you have to supplement with B6, as it aids the absorption of magnesium in the body.
  • Q10 is recommended, in doses between 100 – 300 mg daily. Make sure to get a product that has a documented absorption rate.
  • Omega-3 is very important for the heart and counteracts heartrate disturbances. It can be taken as a fish oil, roughly 2 grams daily, or in the form of flaxseed oil, 1 table spoon daily. Omega-3 does also have a vegan edition which is made from algae.
  • Hawthorn comes both in liquid and capsule form. When I personally experience difficulties with my heart, then I always turn to this and have done so in many years. I feel it has a remarkable strengthening effect on my heart, but it might not be as effective against atrial fibrillation. It is a great remedy for high blood pressure.
  • Pycnogenol is bark from a French pine tree and it’s very effective at preventing blood clots and supports a good blood circulation. You should take 1 tablet in the morning. It is a powerful antioxidant, that protects the body from damages from oxygen radicals and thereby prevents inflammation.
  • Garlic is also preventive against blood clots.
  •  The amino acid Taurine counteracts potassium deficiency, and it has been shown to help some people with heart problems, by strengthening and making the contractions in the heart muscle more efficient. Taurine can be a great 3-step rocket, together with magnesium and B6.
  • The amino acid L-carnitine also works as a heart strengthener and is known to improve irregular heart rhythms.
  • If you are receiving any prescription heart medication, then you should always discuss the supplements you are planning to take, with your doctor. The doctor should, in my opinion, be able to provide guidance about what combination of the allopathic medicine goes together with the dietary supplements that so many heart patients wish to use. This is very important, and the allopathic medicine often is affected by different supplements.


Tips

  • Stay far away from tobacco. If you are a smoker, then reduce your tobacco consumption as quickly as you can muster without getting stressed.
  • It is important to avoid stress, especially the long-lasting stress can be very burdensome on the heart. If you drive a car, then practice patience.
  • If you are overweight, then make sure that you start losing weight in a sensible way, again without too much stress, you may be able to utilize a dietician. The hard part comes after you have reached your desired weight, namely that you must keep your weight stable. So, if you have used a dietician, then keep that connection, incase you might need it again.
  • Make sure to get exercise. It is important, if you want to have a healthy heart, that you are active, so blood is circulating properly. If you are having a cold or have just had one, or another infectious disease, then you must spare your heart. Avoid exercise until you are completely healthy. It is often a virus in the heart muscle. We usually function fine with it, but if the heart is strained during an infection, then it can act up, as it doesn’t like to get pressured in these situations.
  • You must be aware that sick teeth can have tremendous influence on your heart. Certain teeth have direct reflex pathways to the heart. It takes a professional dentist and doctor to guide you in this matter.

Louise Hay writes, the heart represents love and our blood represents joy. Our heart lovingly pumps joy through our body. If we deny ourselves joy and love, then our heart shrinks and gets cold, and that is when heart attacks happen.
Louse Hay also mentions, that the people who experience heart attacks are never happy people. To avoid more heart attacks, you must give yourself time to appreciate the joys in life.


Back To School

 

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Finally the long summer holidays are over and school starts again! I have been dreaming of this moment the last two and half months… Don’t misunderstand me! I love being at home with my two kids but I think every mother can feel related with me, the few months start to feel reallyyy long after the first few weeks… Especially here in Spain where it’s so warm during the day that you basically stay inside until 5-6 in the evening. It’s worse than rainy days during the winter!!

But as I said, kids are back to school – or at least one of them. Younger one is just 9 months old so he stays at home with me. But even so it feels so good to have a few hours a day some mother&son quality time while sister is at school.

It’s nice to get back to our routine and my daughter is happy to see her friends again after so many months, but starting school brings also some other issues to think about.

Kids get sick. Like all the time, especially younger ones. I think I read once that kids age 3-5 are ill almost half of the year! So when school starts again, it’s good time start giving some supplements to your children.

Two years ago when my daughter started school, I decided to give her Strathdrops. I didn’t want her to be sick all the time and I heard that this product might help her. Strath is a highly nutritious whole food yeast supplement containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and trace elements in an herbal base. It is highly recommended by practitioners for anyone wanting to increase energy, endurance, and mental performance. And the best is that it suits the whole family! You can have it in tablets, elixir and drops. The liquid ones are best for children cause you can just add it in their juice. My daugher has been taking this the last two years and luckily she hasn’t been sick so often than the other kids at her class!

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Even if I try really hard, I have to say that my daughter doesn’t always eat enough vegetables.. It’s not the end of the world but of course I get a little bit preoccupied if she gets all the vitamins and minerals she needs to be a healthy little girl. Just to make sure that she doesn’t lack any of the essential ones, I started to give her MiviTotal Plus. Also in liquid form as I prefer, it’s just so much easier than playing with the tablets.

“Kids should eat fish at least twice a week …”. I know, I know.. It’s really good for you and my kids and I love to eat fish. But if you hate cooking it?? I can’t even touch it, yaiks. And don’t even talk about the smell! Luckily in Spain it’s quite cheap to eat fish in a restaurant so we try to do it at least three to four times a month. I also give some extra omega-3 to my children and luckily someone has invented the chewable Omega-3 tablets for kids! Kids can be quite tough when it’s time to take some vitamins, especially if it smells and tastes like fish.. But these ones are odorless and with a taste of orange!

I remember the first time when my daughter came from school with a note that said “Please check your child’s head, there has been some unwanted visitors at school!”. The word that every mother is scared of – lice. Immediately I checked my daughters head and luckily didn’t find any.. But never say never. Since that I’ve always had some Tea Tree oil at home. I add few drops behind my daughters ears before she goes to school, lice don’t like the smell so they normally stay away from the head with a bad smell. If your child gets lice someday, tea tree oil works also to get rid of them. Add 10 drops to a normal amount of shampoo and wash carefully and repeat.

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With these remedies I hope we survive another school year without colds and lice!



Saludos
Suvi