Friday, July 12, 2013

New Business Venture

I wanted to let readers know about a new business venture I have embarked on with a company called Our Global Vision.  The company creates monthly residual income for individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations by harnessing the searching and shopping mechanisms of the Internet.
I invite you to view  a short video to gain a better understanding of what OurGV does and how they do it by going to:
http://www.ourgv.info/kfradkin

Like many with Parkinson's I had to leave my profession earlier than expected because it just became too difficult to perform some of the necessary tasks of the job.  OurGV is a work at home and do anywhere business, so it is a Parkinson's friendly opportunity.
Also, you have the great opportunity to benefit non-profit organizations, like Parkinson's foundations and associations, or your other favorite charities.

Just because we have the condition, does not mean we have to stop being productive or generous.  I challenge you to have a look at OurGV and see how it can fit into your life and  make you feel exhilarated and enthusiastic, just like the first day you went to a new job, or the first day at college or high school.  OurGV will also keep your mind active and stimulated.

These are some of the reasons I accepted the challenge of OurGV and perhaps this will inspire you to have a look at a wonderful opportunity at:  http://www.ourgv.info/kfradkin
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carrots, eggs & coffee

My sister shared this with me today:



A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean , mother?'

Her mother explained that! each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff ? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

If you don't send it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone's day with this message!

May we all be COFFEE!!!!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

SUPERFOODS THAT CAN HELP FIGHT DIS-EASE


17 SUPERFOODS THAT FIGHT DIS-EASE

 

Fruits and vegetables are great for your health—and even better for your waistline. But some fresh foods are more powerful than others.

Super foods have more than their fair share of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients. Pack your meals with a nutritional punch by adding these wholesome choices to your diet.

Alfalfa Sprouts

Why They're Super

One cup of alfalfa sprouts has less than 10 calories, is virtually fat-free, and contains photochemical called spooning, which may protect against cancer and help lower cholesterol.

How to Enjoy Them

Enjoy their fresh, earthy crunch in salads or sandwiches, or atop a lean turkey or veggie burger.

Apples

Why They're Super

Apples are the richest fruit source of pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, decrease the risk of colon and breast cancers, and maybe even lessen the severity of diabetes.

How to Enjoy Them

Try throwing a few slices on your favorite sandwich or toss with field greens, toasted pecans, and a light vinaigrette for a delicious salad. With so many varieties available, you'll never get bored finding new ways to incorporate them into your daily diet.

Avocados

Why They're Super

Just one half of a medium-size avocado contains more than 4 grams of fiber and 15% of your recommended daily folate intake. Cholesterol-free and rich in monounsaturated fats and potassium, avocados are also a powerhouse for heart health.

How to Enjoy Them

Use avocados as the base for a creamy homemade sandwich spread, or add a few chunks to your favorite salsa for a simple and delicious way to dress up grilled chicken or fish.

Beets

Why They're Super

Beets are loaded with antioxidants and have been found to protect against cancer, heart disease, and inflammation. Naturally sweet and full of fiber and vitamin C, beets make a delicious and nutrient-packed addition to any meal.

How to Enjoy Them

Try finely grated raw beets in your salads or roast them along with sweet potatoes and parsnips for a colorful and flavorful side-dish—just keep in mind that certain cooking methods (like boiling) may decrease their nutritional value. And don't forget about the leafy green tops, which are rich in iron and folate, and can be prepared much like their cousins, Swiss chard and spinach.

Cranberries

Why They're Super

Cranberries are renowned for protecting against urinary tract infections, but did you also know they may improve blood cholesterol and aid in recovery from strokes? Cranberry juice has also been shown to make cancer drugs more potent.

How to Enjoy Them

Although available frozen year-round, enjoy these tart and tangy berries fresh during their peak season from October through December.

Flaxseed

Why It's Super

Not only does flaxseed lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, but it is also a rich source of lignan, a powerful antioxidant that may be a powerful ally against disease and certain cancers, especially breast cancer. Just 2 tablespoons of ground seeds (which are digested more efficiently than whole seeds) contain about 20% of the recommended daily fiber* intake and more than 100% of the recommended intake for inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.

How to Enjoy It

Add ground flaxseed to baked goods for a nutty flavor or sprinkle it on top of your favorite cereal. It's also delicious when blended with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty smoothie.

*One word of caution: Incorporate flaxseed into your diet gradually as it can have a laxative effect.

Oranges

Why They're Super

Just one medium orange (think tennis ball) supplies all your daily vitamin C, which is a dynamite immunity booster and cancer fighter. And consuming vitamin C is best done in its natural form: Italian researchers also found that test subjects had greater antioxidant protection after drinking orange juice versus vitamin C–fortified water. Plus, this sweet and tangy fruit is a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, and other B vitamins.

How to Enjoy Them

The tangy taste of oranges makes a great combination with other strong flavors, such as ginger and honey. Put them on salads, or use them in marinades and sauces for meats.

Papayas

Why They're Super

Trying to get more vitamin C in your diet? One cup of papaya cubes supplies more than 100% of your daily requirement, as well as a hefty dose of potassium and folate. It is also a good source of vitamins A and E, two powerful antioxidants that protect against heart disease and colon cancer.

How to Enjoy Them

Savor the rich, buttery flesh of this tropical fruit in smoothies and salads, or simply scoop it out of the shell with a spoon.

Pumpkins

Why They're Super

This hearty, fiber-rich squash is packed with beta-carotene (converted to vitamin A in the body), which reduces the risk of developing lung cancer. The antioxidant activity of this vitamin combined with potassium, which may help prevent high blood pressure, makes it a nutritional superstar.

How to Enjoy Them

If you prepare a whole squash, toast the seeds for a delicious snack containing heart-healthy fats. The sweet taste and moist texture makes it ideal for desserts.

Quinoa

Why It's Super

Packed with a variety of nutrients, including iron and copper, it's no wonder the Incas deemed this ancient seed "the mother of all grains." Quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (perfect for vegans and vegetarians). It is also a great source of magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels and has been found to reduce the frequency of migraines. Researchers have found that consuming dietary fiber, specifically from whole-grain products such as quinoa, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack.

How to Enjoy It

Keep your ticker in top shape by substituting quinoa for rice or pasta in your next meal. It makes a great base for seafood dishes and mixes well with beans.

Raspberries

Why They're Super

Tart, sweet, and incredibly juicy, just one half cup of these berries provides a whopping 4 grams of fiber and more than 25% of the daily recommended intake for both vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries also contain a powerful arsenal of antioxidants, including members of the anthocyanin family, which give raspberries their ruby-red hue and antimicrobial properties.

How to Enjoy Them

Try a few berries with your morning cereal or use them to add flavor to a green salad.

Spinach

Why It's Super

Powerful antioxidants in spinach have been found to combat a variety of cancers, including ovarian, breast, and colon cancers. And it's good for the noggin: Research indicates that spinach reduces the decline in brain function associated with aging and protects the heart from cardiovascular disease. Although it contains relatively high amounts of iron and calcium, oxalate compounds bind to these minerals and diminish their absorption.

How to Enjoy It

Spinach has a mild flavor, so spice it up with garlic, olive oil, and onions.

Sweet Potatoes

Why They're Super

Need a beta-carotene fix? Just one medium sweet potato packs over four times the recommended daily amount. These tasty tubers are also rich in potassium, inflammation-fighting vitamin C, and vitamin B6, which may prevent clogged arteries.

How to Enjoy Them

Boiling sweet potatoes may cause some of the water-soluble vitamins to leach out, so try them baked, roasted, or cubed, and added to soups or stews. If you need a boost of fiber, make sure to leave the skins on.

Turkey

Why It's Super

A 4-ounce portion of turkey breast meat contains almost 50 percent of your daily selenium, a trace mineral that plays essential roles in immune function and antioxidant defense. Despite the claim that turkey meat causes drowsiness during the holidays, it actually contains high amounts of niacin and vitamin B6, which are important for efficient energy production and blood-sugar regulation.

How to Enjoy It

If you roast a whole bird, make sure to remove any skin, which is full of saturated fat; try substituting ground all-white-meat turkey breast for ground beef in your favorite hamburger recipe.

Walnuts

Why They're Super

One-quarter cup of walnuts supplies 90 percent of the daily recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in everything from maintaining cognitive function, to improving cholesterol and blood pressure.

How to Enjoy Them

Toss a few toasted walnut halves on your oatmeal (another heart-healthy super food) or try them on your favorite salad for a tasty crunch.

Watercress

Why It's Super

Just one cup of watercress supplies nearly 100% of a woman's recommended daily amount of vitamin K, which has been shown to prevent hardening of the arteries and is essential for strong bones. It is also a good source of vitamin A, a potent antioxidant.

How to Enjoy It

Try these peppery leaves in place of lettuce in salads or sandwiches, or toss them in a quick stir-fry or soup.

Yogurt

Why It's Super

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are bacteria that live in the intestine, aid in digestion, boost the immune system, diminish bad breath, and are even associated with longer life spans. A 1-cup serving also supplies one-third of your daily calcium requirement, as well as 14 grams of satisfying protein.

How to Enjoy It

Opt for low-fat or nonfat versions to minimize saturated fat, and try substituting plain yogurt for a healthier alternative to sour cream. Lactose intolerant? Look for soy or rice milk varieties.

HELPFUL HEALTHY AFFIRMATIONS


HEALTHY AFFIRMATIONS

  •  My intention is to maintain health and wellness for myself.
  •  I admire and model people who are healthy.
  •  Health makes life more enjoyable.
  •  I am healthy when I do what I love.
  •  I deserve to be healthy because I add value to other people's lives.
  •  I receive compliments and gifts from others with an open heart.
  •  I am grateful for the health I have now.
  • Opportunities to reverse any and all symptoms always come my way.

My capacity to reclaim full health and wellness expands each and every day.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Parkinson's Recipe for Recovery

Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend Howard Shifke's workshop "Parkinson's  Recipe for Recovery" in Tampa.  It was an all day workshop and Howard presented his Recipe for Recovery which cured him of Parkinson's.  There were 16 participants and all were interested in recovering from Parkinson's by being proactive, rather than going to the effect of the condition.  The workshop was well organized and well presented.  Along with the workshop came a well written manual  explaining the recipe for recovery that Howard used to cure himself from Parkinson's.  Howard now consults Parkinson's folks all over the world on his method and reports several folks who have fully recovered.  I strongly urge Parkinson's folks to attend Howard's workshop and become part of a movement of folks who recover from Parkinson's rather than just progressively declining in health. Here is Howard Shifke's website:

http://www.fightingparkinsonsdrugfree.com/

I have personally been using Howard's Recipe for recovery since April of last year.  When I learned about it, I said to myself that I owed it to myself and my family to do this program and try to recover.  I had two goals in mind. One, to reduce my medication intake of Sinimet (Levidopa/Carbidopa) and secondly to get off medication completely.  The first goal has been reached.  There are days I can reduce my intake of medication by 20-50%.  My other goal has not been reached, but I can say I crave doing the Recipe daily and it makes me feel vibrant and at cause over the condition. 
At my last visit to my Neurologist, I asked him if I can reduce the medication and he said "absolutely".  It is a symptom based medication and there is no need to take it, if you do not need it.
One thing I realized from Howard's workshop is that he had an incredible amount of faith to be healed and prayed to God quite a bit.  I think the miracle of his cure, was a result of his faith in balancing and healing the mind, body and soul.  Another, aspect of his cure was the faithful support of his wife, Sally, who was present at the workshop.
Howard has devoted his life to the Parkinson's community world wide and we are fortunate to have him on our side. Howard, thank you.
I wanted to conclude this blog with a story of faith.  One of my mentor's and teacher's at Rabbinical school developed cancer at the prime of his life. He was one of the most promising minds in Jewish religious scholarship. He was also one of the finest human beings I have ever known.  As he lay in the hospital breathing his last few breaths, he somehow spelled out in Hebrew what was his last word before the scholar entered heaven:  "faith".

Here is a picture of those who attended the Tampa workshop including Howard and his wife, Sally:

 

U-Step Stablizer/Walker

I received the U-Step Stabilizer several days ago and I wanted to review it and recommend it for Parkinson's folks who need stabilizing and support especially during off times.  The U-Step is a cut above all the other walkers I have seen.  First of all, it has a laser light that projects a line on the floor which tricks the brain to break out of a freeze or shuffle.  Secondly, it is designed for stability and facilitates turns. I would highly recommend the U-Step for Parkinson's folks who have difficultly walking, have balance issues, freezing, and gate stuttering. It folds up for portability and is very well made.  Here is the link to learn more about it and to order it:

http://www.ustep.com/index.htm

I borrowed a laser cane which is sold by the same company from a friend and found it was also helpful with freezing and gate stuttering.  I will be ordering one of those and will review it at a future date.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

DANCE FOR PARKINSON'S


Last weekend, June 8th-10th, I had the very special opportunity to attend the Dance for Parkinson’s workshop at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.  Last summer, when I was in Denver,  I was introduced to Dance for Parkinson’s when I attended part of the same workshop held there, but I attended as a Parkinson’s person interested in dance.  I was very impressed with Dance for PD last summer in Denver and this time I had the opportunity to attend the workshop as a Parkinson’s facilitator interested in facilitating a Dance for PD class at the Cypress Alternative in Largo, Fl. where I work in the Life Enrichment Department and where I volunteer in the Parkinson’s Outreach Program.

Most of the participants in the Dance for PD workshop were young dancing professionals interested in sharing the talents with the Parkinson’s community.  The participants were very talented and I learned a great deal from all of them.  The two dance teachers who led the workshop were:  Misty Owens from Dallas and David Leventhal from Brooklyn.  They are both founding teachers of the Dance for PD program and very skilled as professional dancers.  We also had a chance to tour the state-of-the –art University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration where many research studies are being conducted for Parkinson’s.  The participants met with Dr. Irene Malaty of the Center who gave an introductory presentation about Parkinson’s which was very well organized and informative.  The workshop was hosted by Jill Sonke who is the co-founder and Director of the Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education at UF.  The workshop was held at the McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion at the University.

I recommend every support group and Parkinson’s outreach program to bring this Dance for PD workshop to their respective communities or to contact the Dance for PD office to see if there is a facilitator that can offer Dance for PD for your community or if there is a facilitator in your community that could attend the Dance for PD workshop and facilitate a Dance for PD class in your community.  The website for Dance for PD is: