Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease (BAVD), Aneurysms, and Aortic Dissection Links

Tonight's show will be a little off-topic, but it is a crucial one.  Tonight will be part one of at least a two-part series on my experience with BAVD, aortic aneurysm, and the risk of aortic dissection or rupture. 

I've kept this to myself for too long.  I feel that if I have a public forum to share information with people about this hereditary, often undiagnosed disease, then it is my responsibility to do so. 

I plan to tell my story on my blogtalkradio show, and also to do posts here in the future.  BAVD and other connective tissue diseases are very frequently misdiagnosed, and carry a risk of aneurysms and possible aortic dissection.  I myself was told twice that I had no reason to worry, and it was just stress--despite the fact that I requested the proper tests, had the markers of BAVD and the symptoms of an aneurysm.  People leave emergency rooms every day undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and are sent home to die.  over 10,000 people a year die from aortic dissection or rupture--not including those who die and are wrongly classified as heart attacks because an autopsy was never performed.  This must stop.

Here you will find some links to educate yourself about BAVD, aortic aneurysm, and aortic dissection:

Bicuspid Aortic Foundation
Cedars-Sinai -  Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease
Cleveland Clinic - Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease
Valve Replacement Forums
Mayo Clinic - Aortic Dissection
Cleveland Clinic - Aortic Aneurysm

I hope you find these links helpful.  I will try to add more in the next day or two.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Low Cost Ways to Improve Your health

Last night was Part 1 of Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Health, in which I talked about improving your health through food, and ways to afford it.  In tonight's episode, Part 2, I talked about various ideas for exercising without buying expensive equipment, getting the effects of herbal supplements without spending $10-30 on a bottle of capsules, and I gave a list of basic kitchen staples that are among the lower-cost of the organic foods, and which will also fill you up without messing up your blood sugar, so you will feel like eating less, and you can save on food and medicine costs.

Listen to the show, then come back here to add any suggestions you may have on how to afford healthy food, exercise, and supplements.  (I'm looking for tips here, not advertisements, self-promotion, or spam comments.)  If your idea sounds good, I'll share it with all the listeners in a future podcast!

Friday, November 5, 2010


On tonight's episode of Real Health Revolution, I mentioned rebounding.  Rebounding can be an easy and enjoyable way to get some exercise.  It's gentle and can be started very gradually, and done at your own pace.

Some benefits of rebounding: 

Helps increase breathing capacity, oxygen circulation, combats depression, normalizes blood pressure, prevents heart disease, increases lymphatic circulation, lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, increases coordination, improves muscle fiber tone, can relieve neck pain, back pain and headaches, enhances digestion and elimination, improves mental performance, aids in sleeping, and can slow aging.

Here are a few links to more information about rebounding:

HealingDaily Info on rebounding
Rebounding for Health Reviews, video links, info
Urban Rebounder  The kind I have...pretty good for $100 range, holds 300 #
Needak Rebounders  Top of the line rebounders
42 Ways the Body Responds to Rebounding

As always, please consult your licensed health care provider before making any changes to your exercise routine.  Also, please be VERY sure to follow the directions on your rebounder.  You must have two adults to open or close it (leave it open if there isn't always another adult around, and just fold the legs only).  This isn't meant for children.  It's not a toy, so if you allow your children on it, you do so at your own (and their) risk!

I hope you enjoy rebounding as much as I do.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Real Health Revolution

Are you interested in reclaiming the health that is your birthright?  Looking for ways to heal yourself in the most natural way possible?  Hoping to get your body working the way it was created to? Hoping to get in touch with your own body and tune in to your energy?

You've come to the right place.  Our culture wants to stuff highly processed,chemical-filled "foods" down our throat, then when our bodies begin to break down, the answer is supposed to be throwing more chemicals, in the form of prescription drugs, at our poor malfunctioning bodies.  It is no wonder that we have the worst rates of obesity, diabetes, depression, and nearly every other illness than ever before.  While we all want conventional medical treatment when it is necessary, do we really want doctors prescribing drugs or recommending surgery when various changes in our nutrition or exercise routines will accomplish the same thing? 

And why do doctors refuse to even consider alternative therapies or herbal remedies, even when conventional studies have shown them to be safe and effective?  Could it be because chamomile tea companies don't pay kickbacks to doctors the way that pharmaceutical companies do?  Or because their medical school education focused on drugs and surgery nearly to the exclusion of any natural remedies, and they feel woefully inadequate to recommend anything natural?

Now, I am not an expert on health, nor am I any kind of licensed health care practitioner, and I cannot diagnose, treat or cure any disease.  However...

What I can do is share the information that I've learned over the years with you.  Armed with that information, you can do your own research, then take it to your licensed health care providers and with their guidance, make positive, natural changes in your health.

That is what my podcast, and this website, is all about.  It will bring you an abundance of alternative health information on herbal remedies, energy healing, natural nutrition and weight loss, and a variety of other topics for those who want to use natural means to rise up and take back your health!