The downside of doctors -vs- Integrative Medicine

In my new book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, I urge people, especially those suffering from chronic ills, to seek out the services of an integrative or functional medical doctor if you have to go to one at all.
In particular, seek an integrative physician who has trained in a variety of holistic health protocols and can work in conjunction with (or at least be willing to communicate with) the holistic wellness team that you’ve assembled for your health care. The integrative doctor can prescribe you pharmaceutical medications IF you need them, but help you navigate the many options available to you that I present in my book.
One of the reasons I wrote my book was due to the unfortunate suffering my mother endured at the hands of a couple of medical doctors in south Florida in 1994. I’d only heard the stories verbally from her, and it wasn’t until this past weekend that I found she’d written in great detail of her horrid experiences.
I doubt her letters would hold up in court, though she did sign and date each page (she must have had a lawsuit in mind at the time) but they serve to bolster my opinion that these arrogant people need to learn a lesson or two. And I certainly hope neither are practicing medicine any longer!
I believe the two doctors, their assistants and nurses (who mom wrote about) were guilty of medical malpractice due to their harmful and inappropriate treatment of my mother, as documented by these letters in her own handwriting (shown in the photos).
Yes, I know these are “hearsay” now, and in the past–since my mother passed away in 2017. Nor would I sue them at this point. But, I want to use my mother’s words of warning as a way to inform people about some of the pitfalls and downside of doctors.
I believe integrative and functional medicine is the way to go from now on, when food, lifestyle, movement, indeed holistic remedies are not sufficient (which, when done properly, usually are, but one may not have the stamina to follow).
Medical malpractice by a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, radiologist, or dentist is serious. And the law has specified it consists of:
  • Duty of care
  • Violation of applicable standards in care
  • The patient suffered a compensable injury as a result
  • The injury was the direct result of a deviation in the standard of care

Medical doctors seem to like to play god–a lot. Their ridiculous ego and antics go way too far, and indeed break their own Hippocratic Oath day after day. I for one am tired of it.

I will type the words of my mother’s letters below (as I realize some of the handwriting is difficult to read), I’ll leave out the doctors’ names–but you can see those in the pictures.

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My first appointment with Dr. X – July 12, 1994: 7 days after starting Herbalife Cellular Nutrition Program – blood pressure 166/104.

My brother in West Virginia advised me not to take this product until after my blood tests! Sadly, I was so anxious to lose that 15 to 20 pounds, as we were planning a trip home in 6 weeks – bad timing. September is when my work picks up–I lost the private job (names unknown to me) on the island – 3 to 4 of my people come in but rarely! This is the pits. I have lost probably $3,000 in work.

The doctor has refused to put me on Hydroduril 50mg, which is the blood pressure medicine I have always taken with NO side effects. He is the most inexperienced, uncaring, untrained doctor I have ever had the misfortune to get stuck with (due to her insurance plan).

For x-rays – blood tests – kids camp physicals, he might be OK. But if you have a complicated illness that requires an attentive, caring, physician with integrity, Christian ethics and true experience, this doctor is the pits.

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He absolutely insisted on taking a mole off my neck. His nurse said it was a simple procedure – a burn off – never mentioned any surgery or stitches. They got visibly angry when I refused the sigmoidoscopy test and mammogram they wanted to run. They were bound and determined they were going to do some sort of invasive procedure on me.

He sent me to (another doctor) for a Gyn (gynecological) exam and that was a horrible rough – crude doctor – I will never go to him again – his attitude and speech was horrible! He gave me a severely rough breast exam – totally unnecessary and then did a rectal exam that felt like he certainly used something besides his hands.

At this point, if I hadn’t been mad enough already, I was now!

I share this with my readers to beg you, if ANY doctor EVER treats you in this kind of way, mishandles you, or causes you pain and suffering, please speak up, yell, scream, or whatever it takes. Get up and leave immediately! And then contact the medical board, and an attorney! I feel so bad that my mother went through this trauma – even a year after her death, if I could get hold of this doctor… GRRRRR…

Mom’s letter continues:

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I was so upset by the time I left his office, I felt like I had been raped! He is a HORRIBLE doctor.

Under no circumstances would I want either of these doctors to touch me in an emergency. They acted like they were doing their best to harm me in some way. Both blood pressure medications (doctor’s name) put me on gives me chest pains – cause nausea and constipation.

Constipation has been a problem since the rectal exam by (other doctor) and the tremendous fast weight gain caused by Herbalife has thrown my body into a really bad chemical imbalance.

(Doctor name) is not qualified to give me proper care – he simply is untrained and has an ego or attitude problem. He pays no attention to my  past medical history and the dangerous reactions I have had to drugs.

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That concerns me and is putting me under stress!

My health is worse since I went to him than it was before. He has not the foggiest notion why my feet are numb! He has made no move to refer me to any specialist. He seems determined to run me up there every 2 weeks or once a month. I just am not going to be subjected to him and his staff belligerent, know it all attitude. They treat me like I don’t know anything. Telling me I am hyperactive – which, I am not! Until I walk into that office.

When he took that mole off he laid me face down on a table where I could not see what he was doing. He spread his instruments out on my BACK. I was shocked! He then dropped an instrument on the FLOOR!! That’s when I should have sat up and got the Hell out of that office.

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That was not a sterile room! He did not have sterile clothes on nor did this prissy nurse or aide or what ever she was.

She intimidated me into signing a form that I would not sue them if anything went wrong!!

I could see her out of the corner of my eye. (As if she was saying), “I got her (my mother) to sign it!” She was waving this paper at him and he came trotting in! I had the gut feeling (we should always listen to our gut feelings) I had made a huge mistake.

I should have asked him how many of these (moles) he had taken off. I need to become more aggressive in protecting myself.

Like me, my mother was a highly sensitive person–even more than me perhaps, as she was AB Rh negative blood type. And AB blood types in general are highly sensitive to chemicals, medications, and so forth.

I wonder what he charged the insurance company for that? (Note: My mother had worked in insurance years before and understood that part of the equation very well.)

He was shaking like a leaf when he sewed me up (after removing the mole)! He did not even prep me properly! This man is no surgeon. He did a botched up job.

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My neck hurts constantly – every time I turn it. He told his girl to put me on an antibiotic just in case infection occurred! She reminded him I was on K-flex for an abscessed tooth!

His remark was, “Oh, perfect, perfect.” He had my chart right there, but did not remember that I was allergic to penicillin!

He – nor that girl – nor the dentist – nor the pharmacist were bright enough to know that K-flex, which that dentist had me on, is in the family of penicillin!

Those imbeciles could have killed me! It is a wonder I did not land in the hospital with heart failure (again, as she had in 1968 after losing a baby).

Florida has the worst medical system I have ever seen! They license doctors who have been kicked out of other states, even had patients die here and yet they are still working their poison on the residents of Florida.

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I just wanted all this down in writing in case something happens to me. I want charges brought against (doctor’s name) and his nurse.

I want the insurance company to do an internal investigation into that office and find out what is going on up there.

That guy is so preoccupied and running so many through there, so fast, he doesn’t even acquaint himself with a patient’s history. I wonder if anyone has died yet under his care.

He is most definitely overcharging for the very little time he is actually with a patient. The last time I was in there, last 2 times, the girls have put me in a patient room and let me sit there for 45 minutes before he comes in – he talks to you 10 to 13 minutes, spends the rest of the time recording his notes on this recorder!

He is an imbecile!! Every time he opens his mouth he proves how stupid he is. He tells me stress is making my (blood) pressure high. That remark itself shows he has no training. My first day in the other doctor’s office, I was scared – nervous and under enough stress it was pathetic.

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My blood pressure was 126/70 – It has been perfect for the last 3 years.

I have lived under enough stress to kill me ever since the first month I was married!

My blood pressure was not as high in 1968 when I was in heart failure – liver failure – kidney failure because of a Rh negative blood reaction to an Rh positive baby and a severe chemical imbalance. If I had not had fabulous top trained doctors, I would have died!

I wonder how I am going to find a doctor who knows what is wrong with me and get it documented before it’s too late to sue that nut for my medical bills?

I think he put something in my neck I am reacting to – I have headaches! Nauseated, muscle pain clear down in my shoulder. When I lean my head back it feels like something is sticking me.

After reading this, please comment if you’ve experienced anything similar and how you handled it.

I picked the wrong week to quit drinking alcohol. This is so very sad.

As for Integrative Medicine, check out and join IntegrativePractitioner.com, for the best and most current information in integrative healthcare.

Many blessings to you all, in ALL ways.

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Finding the optimum personalized plan for you: Nutrition Response Testing

For more than three months now, I’ve been seeing Dr. Michele Munnich of Absolutely Divine Wellness in Viera-Rockledge, FL as a Nutrition Response Testing client to find the diet and supplements appropriate for me–and it’s working. I’m achieving results!

About twenty years ago, I’d read that the best emerging medicine would be customized to each person, and that’s exactly what Nutrition Response Testing is–personalized.

One of the main components of Nutrition Response Testing is muscle testing, which involves using the client’s own body, typically an arm, to act as a feedback loop in order for the doctor to assess your strength or weakness to a particular substance. One by one substances are tested against your body in a way that both you can see and feel, and your doctor can visibly see, what’s good for you.

Muscle testing is not new to me. I’ve had previous chiropractors and naturopaths use it to determine what items I needed to detox from my body or what homeopathic remedies to take, so I was elated to find that Dr. Michele Munnich uses it in conjunction with other “hard science” monitors to analyze your specific situation and put you on a plan to correct any imbalances and encourage your body’s ability to self correct.

If you’d like to watch some videos on nutrition, Nutrition Response Testing, or the Standard Process supplements I’m taking, visit Dr. Michele’s website at:

Absolutely Divine Wellness – Videos

So far, I’ve detoxed from heavy metals such as aluminum and arsenic. Such heavy metals can be ingested from eating contaminated fish/seafood, or even some plants. I’ve learned that Brussels sprouts uptake arsenic and I’ve had to reduce my consumption of them.

Moreover, during the process of testing, Dr. Michele found issues that I had not known I’d had. While writing my new book, I researched these issues and found that when a person is toxic, with a heavy metal toxicity in the body, it can cause the electrical impulses that normally flow, to become disrupted. The heart, endocrine system, and other body systems, glands, organs, and cellular communication can all be put at risk when the body’s electrical system is not working at its optimum.

I went in with only a couple of issues, but I’ve found that just by going in to Dr. Michele’s office weekly and chatting about my food log and having her adjust my supplements (because your body’s needs will change week to week), that this has made me more accountable with my diet and helped me easily release nearly 20 pounds! At first, I’d kind of grumbled about having to go every week, as it’s a bit of a drive for me, but I now see the importance of checking the body’s responses, and soon, I’ll only be going in every two weeks–eventually, it will only be monthly visits.

For me, adhering to a specific diet or way of eating took more than the 21 days you hear people talk about for establishing a habit. I need the longer period of time to integrate and actualize new ways–and I write about the Mind-Body-Spirit-Soul of that in my new book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life. I also include more in the book about my work with Dr. Michele, and all I’ve done in the last 13 years that’s brought me to this point in time in regard to diet. Yes, there are so many to choose from!

As for what makes the Nutrition Response Testing optimum personalized plan? Each week, Dr. Michele actually tests my body with each Standard Process supplement (individually or as a group), along with any other supplement I bring in, to see if my body needs it, and if so, how much. As I wrote in my book, there’s much we can do for ourselves on our own, as we know our own body better than any doctor. However, when it comes to ascertaining proper dosages, it’s advantageous to visit with someone who can check you with muscle testing.

If you live near the Melbourne / Cocoa Beach area of Florida, (or anywhere in Brevard county), and resonate with any of the things I’ve presented in this article, for your best health I encourage you to reach out to Vicki and book an appointment with Dr. Michele Munnich at:

Absolutely Divine Wellness 

5445 Village Drive, Suite 108

Viera-Rockledge, FL 32955

Call: 321-482-0345

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Before you go to a holistic or biologic dentist

As promised, this is the second in a three-part series that explores biological dentistry.

Got TMJ?

Put your fingers on both sides of your face, at the jaw hinge. Open your mouth wide, and then close.

Do this a few times.

Do you notice one side or the other pops out more than the other? Or do you hear any popping or clicking sounds? Do you have any pain?

If you said yes to any of those questions or ever been told you have TMJ, which may or not be causing you pain, before you go to a holistic or biologic dentist, see Heather Smith in Brandon, Florida for a Structural Energetic Therapy® (SET) session.

I had never thought that I had TMJ, but a holistic dental professional mentioned I did, and had referred me to an Osteopath. What the dentist didn’t know, was that I knew Heather!

I had actually scheduled my appointment with Heather to get her thoughts on the recurring vertigo I had been dealing with, but after reeling from this pronouncement that I had TMJ, I was ecstatic to find she could work on that issue also.

In one 90 minute session, I felt bodily results of this incredible health modality. Amazing!

Contact Heather at: http://www.brandonsetcenter.com

In alphabetical order, the session I had yesterday can help ease many situations of the body:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Carpal Tunnel 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Heel spurs
  • Herniated discs
  • Joint flexibility
  • Lupus
  • Muscle pulls
  • Muscle sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain 
  • Nerve Entrapments  
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Surgical adhesions 
  • Surgical scars
  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger Finger 
  • Whiplash

As for my visit to the holistic dentist, I have put that on hold for the time being.

I am a highly sensitive person (HSP), and believe that some dentists claim to be holistic, yet they do not understand how to best communicate with HSPs.

I recommend the movie, Sensitive (with Alanis Morrissette) on Gaia. Watch online here:

www.gaia.com/video/sensitive-untold-story

If you  previously read my article, Good-Gums Tooth Powder Instead of Toothpaste, then you know I recommend Good-Gums powder instead of fluoride toothpaste for brushing your teeth. On their blog, I found this excellent resource on how to find a good dentist:

http://good-gums.com/blog/find-good-dentist/

Check out this all natural tooth brush that Robyn Openshaw recommends:

https://greensmoothiegirl.com/miswak-toothbrush/

I have also watched a compelling video on YouTube about the dental profession. To say that it was eye-opening is putting it mildly. Come to find out, dentistry is more of an art than a science. No wonder I’ve had so many different opinions about what is going on with my teeth over the last 8 years (since I’ve seen several dentists). See for yourself:

Part 1 of this series can be found at: Healthy Recipes After Oral Surgery.

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

CD Review: Full Circle by Shelley Morningsong is energizing and heart-opening!

The following is my review of singer, writer, and soul-Connected friend, Shelley Morningsong’s music CD: Full Circle. 

Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have created deep and genuinely healing music that reach out to connect with our souls. Those of us who are open and warm-hearted passionately resonate with this Full Circle CD.

Shelley and Fabian have strong and smooth vocals, that play and blend melodiously. When Fabian joins Shelley, their honest voices produce an effect that seems to reach right into the soul.

Each of Shelley and Fabian’s CDs are masterfully produced, thus I feel anyone – even if you’ve never bought a Native American CD before – will richly enjoy these.

I believe you’ll love listening to Full Circle all the way through, the same as I wrote about Love Medicine. And while playing their Sacred Mother CD–from beginning to end–I put it on repeat when in a contemplative mood.

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Songs:

Return is a contemporary piece that employs, guitar, drums, percussion, and flute. Shelley sings with melodious power and strength. This song is an earnest call, a prayer. Beautiful musical wisdom with which you can flow, sway, heal, and awaken.

Crazy Johnny If you’ve ever been down, or know someone who’s been misunderstood, then saved – this song will resonate. A touching story that I had never heard put to song before. It is moving.

The only instrumental on the CD, Morning Song is blissful with its native flute and light rattle. It offers us a rich and introspective way to start each blessed day. Listen at any time you feel upset or off balance, to ground and center yourself.

Everything is One Thing is a favorite of ours. If you’ve been reading my blog posts for any length of time, you’ll know why. The song begins with a gentle flute, setting the stage beautifully for Shelley’s deep and inspirational words. This important song beckons us to unify and join together for the sake of ALL. We Are All Connected. We Are All Related. OM

Every time I listen to Slow and Gentle I think of how much I have learned about relationships and love. Yes, for some of us, the road to real love has been long, full of challenges and heartache. But, this is a love song. A warm and beautifully played native flute opens this song and Shelley’s voice steps in to tell the story. Shelley’s graceful flute comes back in the end.

I’m a Warrior evokes a deep and thought provoking survival story. It will summon profound strength from within your soul. When the drums step in, and Fabian’s voice–be empowered. Know this: You can do this. You’ve got this!

The CD’s title track is: Full Circle. This song rocks! Shelley’s soul-reaching and meaningful lyrics about life (and how each of us learn lessons along the way) make this a stand out song. The musical influences are mixed, so you can appreciate the Native American tones and enjoy this as you would any contemporary song on the radio.

Invisible People brings us several touching stories about people from different walks of life who for one reason or another seem to be down and out. The message of this song invites each of us to not only see the invisible people, but also to do something–if we can, and if they are open to receive.

Show Me Love opens with a gentle guitar and Shelley singing lyrics that paint a picturesque view and flow over us with a hopeful call for love. Fabian joins in too!

In Mustang, Fabian opens this song with the story of wild and strong mustang horses. Backed by Spanish guitar, Shelley joins in to complete this amazing and aWEsOMe song that ends with the voices from the mustangs.

Be sure to pick up your own Full Circle CD from Shelley today –> Click here.

Come out to one of the following festivals or pow wow’s to meet Shelley and Fabian in person! Check the Musical Echoes Flute and Cultural event website to find upcoming dates.

I met Shelley and Fabian at the Brooksville, Florida festival after viewing their video (Click here to see the video –> on YouTube), which totally clicked when Shelley spoke the words that I was given years ago, We Are All Connected.

When you visit Shelley’s website be sure to scroll down, especially if you click on the Store or Gallery links, as there is much to see! Stay tuned for a review of Shelley’s new CD, “Simple Truth.”

Another way you may wish to connect with Shelley, is through your support with Half the Sky. Click here –> Half the Sky to learn more about how you can help impoverished women and children who just need a hand up.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Finding the silver lining after traumatic dental experience

August 12th, 2017: I began to feel something going terribly wrong with one of my lower bicuspid teeth, #29. During the course of one weekend, the pain grew from a throb to the kind of head-banging, non-stop pain that would make a preacher cuss.
I soaked the tooth in alcohol, as the pain grew worse over the weekend. I didn’t know of any emergency dental offices, or that I could have gone to the hospital emergency room for a tooth (I later learned that I could have and that they could have started me on antibiotics until I could see a dentist).
By that Monday morning, my jaw was swollen.
I called up a dentist in Seminole, Florida whom I had seen a year or so before we moved to Palmetto, FL because I knew he had all of my records, and I had always received prompt, courteous, and expert care from him. His office was able to get me in the next day, and though it was a 45 minute drive to get there, I went.  Somehow, I thought it would be easier to go there instead of starting with a new dentist.
I wanted the tooth pulled. And the dentist didn’t want to pull it. I asked again for it to be pulled and explained my reasons. Keep in mind though that I am a non-confrontational type of person, as well as, emotionally and spiritually sensitive. Call it spineless if you want, but I am an empath who often finds that people do not listen to me–perhaps this explains why I’m a writer?
Anyway, after what I call a ‘dog and pony’ show, I was talked into saving the tooth and having a root canal and crown. The dentist performed the root canal.
He did a fine job, using a specialized instrument that beeped when he reached the very bottom tip of the root, so that he could fill the now empty root space with whatever standard dental filling material they use.
I’d already explained that I didn’t want amalgam materials in my mouth and though this was not a holistic or biologic dentist, he understood and agreed to that for me.
However, during the cleaning of the root, the dental hygienist / assistant spilled the bleach solution (used during the procedure to sanitize the root space) in my mouth! She immediately apologized, seeing what had happened, and began to rinse all of this liquid out of my mouth.
Sept 3rd, 2017: After experiencing the pain (and aggravation) of an abscessed tooth for nearly 3 weeks (including the multiple dental appointments), I know there is more to learn about letting go of pain in the body, so I listened to a free online summit to learn more.
Apparently, I was experiencing a tooth abscess.
To note here: I’d always taken good care of my teeth (or so I’d thought), and had never had an abscess before, so all of this was completely new to me.
Once home, I read that this rinsing procedure is supposed to be done with gentle water pressure, and she had used too much. Therefore, I lived with chemical burns in my mouth for a week or more until it healed.
But, that was not the worst part of this story.
Six weeks from the time that first bicuspid abscessed, the same tooth, on the opposite side of my mouth, #20, began to hurt.
Even though I know about the meridian system of the body, and figured there was an energy component to all of this, I also quickly knew how painful it could become, as it felt similar to the pain I had experienced six weeks prior.
I called a new dentist who’d been referred to me by three friends. This dentist’s office was much closer to where we were living. At least, I wouldn’t have to miss a whole day of work, and I could get there quicker to relive the pain.
Live and learn as they say. What I had failed to ask our friends was if they’d ever been to this dentist (whom they all loved) for an abscessed tooth. My bad.
The first numbing shot went into my jaw hinge; my lip wasn’t even numb. So, the new dentist gave me another shot and asked if I was numb after a few more minutes.
Yes, I was numb. And then the drilling began.
If you don’t already know this, most dentists will remove an old crown before performing a root canal on a tooth. Yet, for whatever reason, since tooth #20 was holding a three unit bridge in my mouth this dentist decided to drill THROUGH the crown!
Even while this man was drilling through the #20 bicuspid crown, I was wincing. He noticed and said, “I’ll do something else to get to it.”
I don’t know what he did, but he was working down in the root and the nerve pain was unbearable for at least 10 seconds.
I began banging my left hand on the arm of the chair, thinking this would make him STOP! He didn’t stop.
I banged my hand on the chair several more times and though he said he was sorry, he informed me that we were half way through and that I needed to “hang on.” He continued, saying, “It won’t hurt anymore in a minute.”
I’ve been through natural childbirth twice in my life. It was equivalent to that pain, but crammed into one tooth for ten seconds.
Tears dripped from my eyes.
I held my sh*t together, but stuffed my anger (even knowing that’s not the thing to do).
After he finished, he asked me if I had ever been this hard to “numb up” before (like this was somehow my fault). I thought to myself, no, recalling that I’d just been “numbed up” six weeks prior for the root canal work done on the other side of my mouth–and that part of the former procedure had been fine.
This dentist didn’t use any bleach in the empty root like the previous dentist had. He didn’t even have water to swish my mouth with, though the assistant did use a vacuum I think, because I could hear the air.
He said he would have to research the 100% porcelain 3D printed bridge (which was the only question that I had gone in there with to ask about) because normally he uses crowns made of porcelain over metal. Ugh!
The previous dentist in Seminole only uses the full porcelain and had told me he’d only been using those for several years.
Before I left, this Bradenton dentist asked me what was wrong. My tears continued to flow from my eyes., but I couldn’t put it into words. I only knew that I felt violated. It had hurt like hell. What the !@#$ was I supposed to say? You’re a horrible dentist?!?
He tried to explain to me that some people have a nerve on the inside of the mouth, below the gum and roots, and that it can be hard to get it numb.
My later research would indicate that he was referring to either the Inferior alveolar nerve, Mandibular nerve, or Mental nerve–and since I am not a dentist, I do not know which one would run under tooth #20. But, I guess this was his way of apologizing.
I felt as though I’d been dentally raped. The experience triggered old emotional wounds.
I should have walked out when he first displayed his lack of bedside manner, and the “no personality” front desk women told me she didn’t know what to do (at first), when I told her the name of my new dental insurance. Ugh!
At the end of it all, and after spending literally thousands of dollars on my teeth in my adult life to straighten and crown teeth, it dawned on me. I had just endured the most horrible dental experience of my life!
Within three weeks, that 3 unit bridge fell off while I was snacking on some soft cheese. Thankfully, I didn’t swallow it.
Check out this picture. I still can’t get over the shoddy workmanship of it. And look how large the hole is that the Bradenton dentist drilled through it. No wonder there was nothing left of the real tooth underneath the bridge–nothing left to hold another bridge had I wanted one!
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3 Unit Bridge
What did I learn?
  • General dentists should not do root canal.
  • I need an oral surgeon to safely and painlessly extract (remove) my teeth
  • I am going to have teeth pulled before ever having another root canal
  • I am going to keep pulling teeth until it’s time to get dentures
  • I am only going to see a holistic or biologic dentist in the future; no matter how far I have to drive
It’s pain-free or dentures from here on out.
After the two root canals were done, I’d thought I could forget about going to the dentist for awhile. But, about the time we moved from the west to the east coast of Florida, tooth #28 became very sensitive. It didn’t hurt when I ate, but when I flossed, used a toothpick or dental pick, it would hurt.
I read through ads, used Google, and all sorts of things to find an oral surgeon in Brevard county, Florida. I called the first oral surgeon I found in Merritt Island and made an appointment.
Though I felt confident by this time that I could successfully navigate my way through the whole experience, and trusting that his job was to remove teeth, I thought I could get what I desired. But, noooo. Once again, I met with resistance.
When I scheduled the appointment and arrived at the Merritt Island dental practice, I specifically stated that I was there to have at least three teeth extracted (I actually had wanted more pulled). I wanted the two teeth that had been holding the 3 unit bridge and the sensitive tooth on the other side pulled.
I really did not trust that the Bradenton dentist had performed the root canal on #20 correctly.
However, after a 45 minute consultive dog and pony show with this one, he said, “I’m not an oral surgeon” and referred me to someone in Melbourne, FL!
I was outraged, though proud that I had stood up for what I wanted. Yes, I had remained steadfast in my desire to have these three teeth pulled and firm in wanting dentures.
I said that I had specifically asked for the teeth to be extracted when I made the appointment and that he was listed as an oral surgeon where I’d found his information online. He laughed! He noted that all of these sites online tag him as an oral surgeon and other things (yet, apparently he’s never attempted to have those tags corrected). Grrr.
The only good takeaway I had from this visit was when his dental hygienist told me that I’d been  “dentally traumatized” by the prior two experiences on the west coast of Florida. And I agreed with her on that, though dental trauma is actually defined as accidental injury to teeth, and the trauma I experienced was more emotional–though triggered by the physical nerve pain the Bradenton dentist had caused.
Since once again feeling duped, I gave up.
I started brushing my teeth with hydrogen peroxide and within a three or four days the tooth sensitivity on #28 magically went away.
Eventually, my husband also had three teeth that he wanted pulled. He found an oral surgeon. Went for a consult. And then, a few days later, returned for the extraction. My hubby had no issues at all. None! He was so pleased that he told the oral surgeon, Dr. Gerald W. Bird, that he’d send me in to see him.
Watching Richard get through his oral surgery and heal successfully, was motivation enough for me to try again. And my dear darling husband even offered to go into the consultation with me, to ensure I could get what I had been saying I wanted.
Interestingly, Dr. Bird’s office is in Cocoa Village, much closer to us than Melbourne. Thus, I couldn’t figure out why the Merritt Island dentist (who was supposed to be an oral surgeon but wasn’t) wouldn’t have referred me to Dr. Bird? Was it possible he did not know Dr. Bird? Or was there another motive at play? I’d love someone to comment an answer to me.
In fact, I may send this whole blog article to the dental commission in Florida (along with most of the names I’ve removed) to see if there’s anything they can do about this–and perhaps save other people from experiencing some of the negative experiences I’ve had in less than a year.
Suffice to say, Dr. Bird listened to me. He gave me his advice about trying to save tooth #28, even though he gets paid for extracting teeth. I’d had my consult with him on a Friday and by the next Monday he performed the extraction of teeth #18 and #20 flawlessly. I was sedated for the procedure and sent home (with Richard driving) with a pain prescription that I didn’t even need to use.
The silver lining:
Hold on. Before I get to the best part of this story, there’s one more challenging thing.
Dental deception during the appointment setting process.
I called to schedule an appointment with a lady dentist (who I’d found by Google searching). Somehow when I called, the number rang a different dentist, and the person I spoke with did not confirm the dentist’s name or location.
You see, I’d only had the weekend to research for a holistic type of dentist, between the time I’d met Dr. Bird for a consult, and the time that he would be extracting three teeth on Monday. If tooth #28 was to be saved, as Dr. Bird believed it might only need a filling, I felt that I needed a dentist more aligned with my holistic belief system.
While searching for someone who thought holistically, used ozone, and did not believe in using amalgam fillings, I found the office of Dr. Claire Stagg in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida.
I was overjoyed with Dr. Stagg’s videos and with everything on her website that I read about her practice. But, I must not have entered her office phone number as a contact in my iPhone.
When the time came (after healing from the oral surgery) to call her for an appointment, I must have just done one of those quick lookups and mistakenly called the wrong dental office.
Thus, the day of the appointment I arrived at Dr. Stagg’s office and her abSOULutely wonderful office gal, Vanessa, nicely explained to me that although they were expecting a new patient that morning, it wasn’t me.
I was stunned.
I almost cried. But, I held it together.
I sat down and called the lady I’d just talked with the day before, when she’d called me to confirm my dental insurance. The day before, she had called me to confirm the appointment, but did not mention the name of the dentist, or their location. If she said the name of the office, she said it so fast that I didn’t understand her.
While sitting in Dr. Stagg’s waiting area, I called the number back for the woman I had spoken with and asked where their office was located. I still could not wrap my mind around what had happened. She said they were located in Rockledge, Florida.
I hung up, triggered with emotions. I couldn’t figure out how I had gotten that wrong, especially after I’d spent hours on Dr. Stagg’s website.
I apologized to Vanessa for wasting her time, and asked if she could schedule me with an appointment, knowing full well it probably would NOT happen the sane day, and besides, I had an afternoon appointment at 1:00pm with another doctor in Titusville.
Vanessa said she thought they could fit me in at 1:00. Feeling the cloud of emotion overtake me, I told her I had another appointment at that same time and asked if we could set up something for October.
By the time I made it out to my rental car, I was beside myself. I was judging myself and feeling defeated. I was triggered with more emotions–this time involving my mother’s Alzheimer’s. Thoughts were swirling in my mind that this must be the kind of thing my mama had gone through for years.
I looked at my phone and saw a voicemail. I took a few moments to calm myself (using breathing techniques and EFT) before driving.
As I pulled out onto A1A, I listened to the voicemail. It was my doctor’s office receptionist saying that they apologized, but they had somehow wrongly scheduled me for a Thursday appointment, and Thursday’s are the doctor’s surgery days.
I whipped the car around at the next traffic light, and went back in to see Vanessa about getting that 1:00 appointment.
To me, this was divine intervention.
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Thankfully, Dr. Claire Stagg’s office more than made up for my appointment scheduling mistake. And I ended up having a wonderful experience with her and her staff instead of wasting a day off work, and the cost of a rental car.
Vanessa gave me my new patient paperwork, which included many questions, and spoke to me in a helpful and calm tone to ensure I understood all that I needed to fill out before returning to their office that afternoon.
Vanessa and Dr. Stagg were the silver lining to my day. They overcompensated my previous horrible dental experiences by taking the most supreme care of me.
Though the whole appointment thing had totally been my fault and the fault of the other office in Rockledge for not verifying their dentists’ name and location when I had called them, by that afternoon, I found that I was in a good place physically and emotionally.
I had a comprehensive new patient exam at Dr. Claire Stagg’s office, which is aptly named, Health Connections.

Dr. Claire Stagg at Health Connections Dentistry offers an amazing array of testing and non-surgical approaches to find causes and relief for issues such as: TMJ, Craniofacial pain, sleep disorders, snoring, and more to support whole body wellness through dentistry. If you have those issues, she’s the one to see.

http://www.smileprofessionals.com/index.php?page=25

 

My research

Too much sugar and processed foods will only make dental problems worse, while vitamin and mineral rich foods and supplements that are easily digestible, will help build a glassy hard tooth structure. These types of foods and various herbs will also provide a strong antibacterial component, which is helpful in keeping those harmful microbes in your mouth at bay.

Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K. Almonds (soaked), avocado, basil, beef liver, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butter, cabbage, carrots, coconut oil, cucumbers, eggs, kale, mushrooms, natto, salmon, scallions, spinach, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, or tuna.

For supplementation, take fermented cod liver oil, mineral formulas, and magnesium which, the body can use for the calcium and phosphorus to work correctly. Take mineral drops in water daily and use Ancient Minerals oil to get more magnesium into the body to help rebuild teeth.

 

Pain relief for abscess tooth:
The first dentist gave me two different kinds of antibiotics (one of the antibiotics was Clindamycin, which later I found out can give people C-diff!!!) and 220mg Aleve. I tried 2 at a time which the dentist recommended, but they made me queasy, thus I stopped those. Oddly, the pain seemed most severe at midnight and noon! Weird.
The first day (this was with the first abscessed tooth), I dogged through the pain after Publix wouldn’t fill my prescription because we were “out of the area” and it’s a controlled substance.
I had only slept one hour Sunday night, so by that Monday any relief made me sleepy. After crying from the pain at midnight Monday night, I slept for 6 hours.
I noticed that when I held the acupressure point (on my hand where thumb and index finger meet) it seemed to help. I was trying to work also, so it was difficult to work/type, and hold my acupressure point. When my husband noticed that, he was bound and determined to make the store fill the pain script.
By noon that Tuesday, Richard took me to Walgreens and we got the pain pills.
I guess the pain forced me to grow a spine by then and was determined to get those pain pills, if I had to physically go over the counter to get them! It sure gave me perspective for those unfortunate souls who live in daily pain.
Funny thing was, when the clerks behind the counter saw me, with my ice bag on my face, they asked about the address but didn’t give us a hard time. By holding ice on my jaw for an hour or so, the severe pain had subsided. I really think the ice has to nearly freeze the jaw before it helps.
Of course a slice of raw ginger was the best thing to relieve the pain naturally, along with the ice and acupressure.
Dental tooth essential oils
First off, essential oils are antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. Thus, we’re all in pretty good hands when we keep a few of these in our medicine cabinets. Note: Who named that bathroom cabinet a “medicine cabinet” anyway? Hmm.
In alphabetical order you can try:
  • Cinnamon Bark oil
  • Clove oil (My favorite, and it helps topically numb your gum since its an analgesic.)
  • Mastic oil (Reduces plaque and helps heal gums.)
  • Myrrh oil (Similar effects to Clove oil)
  • Oil of Oregano (My favorite is Oreganol P73.)
  • Peppermint oil
  • Tea Tree oil or Melaleuca (Best for reducing plaque, which can cause gum disease.)
  • Wintergreen oil
Some people, even dentists, like to promote Xylitol also for cavity prevention and more, however I point to Dr. Axe regarding the use of Xylitol as I have tried it a year or two ago to help with breaking the snack habit, and it caused me excess bloating and more. You can read about that on Dr. Axe’s website:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/draxe.com/xylitol-side-effects/amp/

My next blog article will explore biological dentistry.

 

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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Book Launch! Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life

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Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life introduces the basic concepts of health and wellness from the holistic perspective. After 13 years of researching alternative medicine healing modalities, self experimentation and much trial and error, this practical guide was written to help you flow with your Soul essence and live a wholly vibrant life.

The information available to you in, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, will help you:

  • Manage stress (Mind-Body methods)
  • Breathe more fully (Pranayama breathing)
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Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life is inspiring, offering you: 

  • Suggestions and tips on natural and common sense ways of maneuvering through health issues. 
  • 50+ questions you can use (or modify) when you need to visit any health professionals, to get the best attention and care you deserve.
  • Simple and practical advice you can incorporate into your daily routine, and others, that you can try before you head to a doctor’s office. 
  • Learn ideas and suggestions to relieve stress, and find the benefits of mental balance and clarity. Discover the benefits that daily physical and flexible actions bring. Gain a rich understanding of the many options available to you by way of alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine modalities.

Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life shines a light on the information you need to enhance your personal life and those members of your family whom you offer support and assistance.

Let’s keep this simple.

Send $12.95 to PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey and include your email address.

In return, you’ll receive one email with all of the PDF files of the new, 262 page, full color book, which you can read on your computer or tablet. Yes, you can read it on your phone, but you’ll probably want to read it on a larger device since it’s large, with photos/images on the left side of each page.

The price may go up in the future, and certainly printed copies will cost more. Plus, we want to save trees, so if you can, please order the book in PDF format.

This is the book Sheila has been writing for 13 years. The manuscript was completed 8/6/2018. Then, additional editing was completed, along with getting the book placed into the artful layout by Sheila’s husband, Richard Murrey (who is a professional graphics artist for NASA).

Sheila has been told that she’s a BRIDGE to the lay person (nonprofessional or inexperienced) who may be going to traditional MDs and not able to resolve their issues or understand where they come from (root cause/s), my book is an introduction to many natural and holistic health options and most importantly, offers HOPE!

Printed copies of the book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, may be ready by late November 2018.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Healthy recipes after oral surgery

Few things bother me more than when you go to the dentist and they tell you to eat ice cream, pudding, Ensure, and junk like that after you have a tooth pulled or such. Seems like all that sugar is probably one of the reasons for tooth decay in the first place!

Besides, after oral surgery or a tooth extraction, one should consume plenty of good food and drinks that are loaded with whole, natural vitamin C to support the body’s immune system, as it works to heal your gums and such.

So, as I lay in bed after having two teeth extracted, I’ll tell you what I made yesterday, which I am very much enjoying today.

First, I made a yummy and satisfying cauliflower and asparagus blended soup.

I used a box of Pacific brand organic beef broth and added to that, one whole head of chopped cauliflower.

Then I snapped about 12 small asparagus spears and added those to the pot, along with a tablespoon of chopped garlic and some garlic powder (I love garlic and it’s extremely healthy). If you don’t like garlic, you could use half an onion, or such for flavor.

I boiled all this for about 20 minutes til the veggies were fork tender.

My husband helped me pour everything from the large pot into the Vitamix, after it had cooled for about an hour.

Caution: Be careful pouring hot liquids!

I blended all of this for about a minute to an almost drinkable consistency, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to chew for 2 or 3 days.

After the soup was blended, I poured it back into the pot and put it in the fridge.

This is what it looked like in the mug I ate it from. And yes, before we reheated, hubby added some creole seasoning to it also.

The next day, I added the creole seasoning, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt (also good to help heal sore gums).

As for dessert, I wanted something comforting to take the place of pudding.

I made a homemade avocado and raw cacao type of rich pudding yesterday. It setup really well in the fridge overnight and gave me the calories I knew I’d need, since the soup has next to no calories in it.

The recipe for the chocolate pudding:

2 whole avocados minus the peel and seed

1/2 Cup raw cacao chocolate (health food store kind or order it from Raw Food World online)

https://www.therawfoodworld.com/m/raworganiccacaopowder16oz-pi1008931

1/2 Cup maple syrup (not the regular kind, but the really good dark kind, 100% pure maple syrup)

1/4 can of organic coconut cream (About a 1/4 Cup)

2 Tablespoons of Agar Agar – for thickening

1 Tablespoon vanilla

2 Tablespoon of blue green algae for a nutritious boost that you cannot taste

1 Tablespoon cinnamon powder (or less if you don’t like it, though I can’t really taste it in this anyway today)

1/2 Tablespoon of Maca powder

1 teaspoon of Mesquite powder

https://www.therawfoodworld.com/m/organicrawmacapowder4ozgradeaaa-pi1009850

This made about 3 or 4 servings of healthy pudding and so delicious and satisfying.

I used the Cuisinart to make it.

Here’s the picture:

I also make a Fire water from Jeff Primack’s book, Food Healing: Cooking with Qi, that really helps with pain.

I bought Pacific brand organic chicken bone broth and plan to use that in a couple days to make more of the cauliflower asparagus soup.

I am so pleased and content with how everything turned out, that even though I am in pain, I’m happy because I took control over my healing, made a plan, and implemented it. That way, all my hubby had to do was heat the soup, and keep my water glass refilled, so I could rest.

Much love to all. Going to nap for awhile. Nothing more rejuvenating than sleep.

OM

The words in this post are my personal experiences only.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey

Eating Naturally: Paleo and Keto

In an older article of mine (here), I wrote that I feel best when I eat mostly organic whole local produce, nuts and seeds.

I know that I do not need dairy–though I love a really good cheese. Vegan nut cheeses are the best in my opinion. Or, feta cheese from sheep or goats. And yes, some feta cheese is made from cows–don’t ask me how or why they are allowed to label those as feta, but they do. Check your labels.

I definitely feel better when I do not eat grains.

And though I had said that I didn’t need animal products every day, I have found that I feel better when I consume a small portion of high quality meats and fish, once a day, or once every other day.

While it is possible to live on a raw vegetable and fruit juice diet, with some raw vegetable salads along with nuts and seeds, soups, or juice, I believe that should be reserved for when one is healing from an illness.

I’m still following the blood type diet, but I’ve limited what I eat even more–per the Nutritional Response Testing I’ve had done, and nutritional dietary research on Paleo and Ketogenic (Keto) diets.

What follows is my new lifestyle eating plan:

One glass of lemon water upon awakening in the morning, followed by at least 24 ounces of plain water until noon. No breakfast five days a week.

Lunch at noon consisting of:

  • One hard boiled (organic, pasture raised) egg with a teaspoon of butter (KerryGold)
  • One avocado
  • Asparagus, or leafy greens, or cauliflower, or broccoli

And water. Some cucumber water for a bit of flavor.

For dinner, between 5pm and 7pm:

A dinner salad of fresh leafy greens with the addition of:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers – chopped
  • Celery – chopped
  • Onion – chopped
  • Raw garlic – sliced
  • Cerignola olives (or any other olives not soaked in brine)
  • Olive oil or coconut oil (high quality)
  • Steamed spinach or collard greens
  • 3 ounces of high quality, organic or grass-fed beef, lamb, OR wild caught fish

If any cheese is consumed it shall be a good french cheese, or feta that comes from sheep or goat! Be sure to check the label.

Evening snack before 8pm:

  • Raw skinless almonds
  • Raw Brazil nuts
  • Raw walnuts
  • Organic unbleached coconut flakes
  • Blueberries or Blackberries (organic) for a sweet snack occasionally (in season)

Examples of my paleo or keto meals (low carb)

The following are a sample of some of the meals I ate as I transitioned to this diet:

One breakfast each week, consisting of: Two beef patties, two eggs, and lettuce (mushrooms occasionally). I learned that sautéed onions contain too much sugar (from the change that occurs with the onion during the cooking process). The bread is gone. I omitted the mayo, tomato (because it’s a nightshade), and bacon too.

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First meal with collard greens. Sweet white shrimp was the meat consumed as a treat, and to eliminate a dessert.

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Grilled kale brussels. This was a weekend lunch.

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Romaine leaves, white anchovies, cherries, and 3 ounces of seared beef tenderloin. The sourdough pretzel croutons were not eaten. There was a small amount of sliced aged parmesan cheese atop the greens, but this was the only cheese consumed that week.

Coconut oil can be taken for nutritional needs as desired, and I take it along with me to restaurants in a small container to add to salads and no one is the wiser (except me)!

This diet eliminates sugar, grains, any foods that contain lectins (such as, tomatoes, potatoes, and beans), soy, most salts, corn or vegetables oils, and dairy.

Beans that have been pressure cooked, like the Eden brand beans shown next, are good to add to make homemade hummus, or add to soup for extra fiber:

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If any alcohol is consumed it shall be a high quality tequila and less than 3 ounces.

I used to eat a lot of Brussels sprouts, until I discovered that they uptake arsenic. I had been found to have arsenic in my body, which I had to detox from this year, thus I looked for the cause.

In my experience, this is a healthy diet and one that has been promoted by doctors I have conferred with.

DISCLAIMER: This information is freely shared for educational purposes only. Site author / owner cannot assume responsibility for how this information is applied – as each person is unique, with their own dietary needs / restrictions. Please consult with your own licensed health and wellness practitioner before beginning a new diet or big lifestyle change.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Get your fresh squeezed juice at: OMercado Gourmet Market

OMercado Gourmet Market in Cape Canaveral, Florida is an AMAZING adventure of tastes! Love it! 

What goes better with a day at the beach, or while strolling around the port to look at the beautiful luxury cruise ships? Delicious, fresh squeezed juices (in a variety of flavors) of course!

Stop in at OMercado for a $1 glass of fresh squeezed juice–you’ll thank me!

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OMercado offers a few items for the kids, but overall, the majority of products at OMercado are for us foodies, and those of us who are seeking alternatives to junk food.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of choices you have at this gourmet market!

Many people are not as healthy as they’d like to be, and I believe this is due to lack of knowledge, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and NUTRITION! Fast food, canned, boxed, and overly processed foods never fill you up — thus you eat, and eat, and gain fat!

Why not skip a fast food joint and pop into OMercado for a $1 glass of fresh wholesome juice instead? Or pick up in season fruits and vegetables, by one or more, such as:

  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

And if you really desire a fresh treat, try the luscious key lime pie or key lime cheesecake crafted locally from Florida key limes!

You’ll be delighted with the different selections of 100% fresh squeezed juice like:

  • Orange
  • Orange Strawberry
  • Blood Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemonade – a most delicious thirst-quencher!

As I’ve said before, there are many, many people in our central and southern Florida area (and in the world) who KNOW about fantastic nutrition, (like Gaspar at OMercado) and they’d love to educate you!

OMercado Gourmet Market also sells antioxidant beverages, cold brew coffee, cold pressed juices, chips, fruit salad, Florida taffy, Florida marmalade, gourmet foods, pure local honey, hot sauces and salsas, imported olive oil and balsamic vinegar, jellies, jams, key lime pie, key lime cheesecake, pasta and pasta sauces, salad dressings, snacks, fruit, and a wide selection of coffee and tea.

I bought the International Collection Dipping Olive Oil with Balsamic Vinegar & Italian Herbs, and it has been scrumptious on my steamed asparagus! I also use it as a dip for flax seed crackers! Yum!

Gaspar will also have you sample a few items, when you stop in–if you have a bit of time. I tried some new things and bought the raw, unprocessed, wild flower honey with ginger and it is outstanding! I love ginger, so this honey is my new favorite! I can eat it right from a teaspoon, or add it to tea or lime water to make a zesty limeade. Love it!

OMercado is quick and easy to get to from anywhere on the Space Coast right alongside A1A. The market is south of Port Canaveral (where the ships are docked) and north of Cocoa Beach.

Gaspar is a living testimony of someone who cares about providing all of us with genuine and quality items.

When I analyze all the reasons processed foods hurt us, it motivates me to do all I can to educate people (which is the main reason I write these articles).

So, would you rather pay the farmer or the doctor?

I don’t know about you but I want to fully LIVE! I want to feel GREAT, vibrant, vital, with lots of energy!

I had been feeling a bit sluggish or like I had a cold coming on the day I stopped in OMercado, so I bought a new supplement that I’d never seen before called, HemoHim.

HemoHim is a dietary supplement of Complex Angelica Extract that can help support a healthy immune system. The supplement is patented in 6 countries: USA, Japan, England, France, Germany, and Italy. It was developed by the advanced technology of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute.

I took the supplement as directed and felt a lot better with more energy within only a couple of days! Of course, I also bought a half gallon of orange juice and half gallon of lemonade, which I’m sure also helped! (Smile!) Gotta have that vitamin C!

My favorite juices at OMercado are:

  • Blood orange
  • Lemonade
  • 100% fresh squeezed orange juice

Take It Upon Yourself to be HEALTHY and HAPPY!

Visit OMercado at:

6110 A1A
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Hours of Operation:

Open on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 6pm
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm
Open Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Phone number:

321-613-0476

OMercado’s website is:

http://www.omercadoorangejuice.com

Note: I have not received any commission or product for this endorsement.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey