Do You Know What’s In Your Flu Vaccine?

I was reviewing my emails this morning and came across some headlines about new flu vaccines that shocked me…see below.

The following is taken from Mercury News’ article Scientists Seek a Better, Longer-Lasting and More Effective Flu Vaccine.

“We could persuade many more people in the United States
to get vaccinated, if indeed we had a better vaccine,” said
Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of
preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School.

The word persuade stood out to me as I was reading this piece, “why would the public need to be persuaded to do anything?”  If I need to be persuaded to undertake any type of action, is it really wise?  Just my own opinion.

In November, the Food and Drug Administration approved
Flucelvax, manufactured by Novartis, the first U.S.-licensed
flu vaccine that uses cell culture technology. The virus is
grown in dog kidney cells, instead of eggs. The cells can be
frozen, ready to go quickly into vaccine production if a new
virus is discovered. As Schaffner put it: “You don’t have to
wait for the roosters and hens to do their thing.

Reading that this flu vaccine is grown in dog kidney cells disturbed me.  I am a dog lover and just wonder how many dogs are used and/or harmed in this fashion?  Again, just my own thought process and opinion.

In January, the FDA approved Flublok, by Protein Sciences.
It is made in insect cells using a protein from the
virus — hemagglutinin, instead of a live virus. Most antibodies
that prevent infection are directed against hemagglutinin.

Insect cells?  I have problems killing insects in my house, much less wanting to have anything that is derived from insect cells injected into me.  Again, strictly my own opinion.


For additional reading on the new flu vaccines, visit Natural News to read FDA Approves First GMO Flu Vaccine Containing Reprogrammed Insect Virus

Knowledge is power when dealing with your own health.  Make your own determination after educating yourself about flu vaccines if you wish to be injected with a vaccine or boost your body’s immunity naturally to fight off infection as our bodies are engineered to do.

Some simple strategies to naturally boost your immunity, view iVillage’s article on 20 Natural (and Amazingly Simple!) Immunity Boosters,

If you are not able to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, get a good night’s rest, or reduce your stress, consider looking into supplements that will boost your body’s immunity.  One supplement you can consider is Isotonix that is rapidly absorbed into the body.  Visit Why Isotonix for more information.  Another suggestion is to visit your local health store and ask the knowledgeable staff on immunity boosting supplements to take.  You want a high quality supplement that your body will process and use, not something that will just pass through and be deposited when you use the bathroom.

The unpleasantness of being sick is something I believe most of us, if not all, want to avoid or minimize. See the other two articles below that also provide information on preventing you from getting the flu.

How Informed Are You About The Flu Vaccine?

Flu Season



Create New Habits for the New Year

New Year Sunrise

New Year Sunrise (Photo credit: joka2000)

Interested in making some changes this coming new year?  Read How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work from  I like the in-depth instruction and tools provided to keep you on track.  I also like 100 Things: A 2013 Daily To-Do List that also includes health and spiritual suggestions to include in your 2013 New Habits to achieve.

Help your children establish new healthy habits as well to achieve this new year.  Two sites I like with tips are and

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Are you using daily affirmations to keep yourself motivated?  Visit my previous blog on positive affirmations to get you started.

Are you inspired to create healthy new habits along with your family?  Share your goals or stories about the healthy habits you want to achieve and how you will keep yourself accountable.

Have a safe and happy New Year!  May 2013 be all that you want it to be.

Coping with Chronic Illness


Below is a wonderful book I came across that I would like to share with you to help you cope should you or someone you know be in a similar situation dealing with chronic illness.

The author, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California — Davis until she was forced to retire due to her illness.  Her book, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers, won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology. Watch for her new book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, scheduled for publishing in the Fall of 2013.

To purchase the book, click here.

Watch the video below about one woman’s story dealing with Lupus and successfully becoming pain free:


Interested to learn more about how you can naturally deal with your illness and chronic pain?  Read how others have done exactly that by clicking on Testimonials1 and Testimonials2.

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Improve Your Memory

Did you know that vitamins can help improve your memory? Watch the following interview with natural health expert Dr. Mark Mincolla to learn more.

Also read Omega-3 Diet + Vitamins Help Keep Brain From Shrinking from PsychCentral.

Be sure to incorporate a diet focused on fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in addition to using supplements to enhance your specific nutrient needs.

Ready to improve your memory, check out the convenient Optimal Wellness Kit complete with a high quality Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin B, and Omega help keep your memory in top shape.



Happy Baby! I can't help but smile every time ...

Who wants to be happy?  Why do we want to be happy?  I’ve been working on different posts for this week and stumbled upon the documentary trailer below for Happy I wanted to share with you.  The description of the movie from the documentary trailer includes “HAPPY seeks to share the wisdom of traditional cultures and the cutting edge science that is now, for the first time, exploring human happiness. Through powerful interviews, we explore what makes people happy across the world.”

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.

If you would like to watch the movie it is available on iTunes and Netflix at,

Below is an excerpt taken from a Happiness & Health article published in Harvard Public Health and written by Sara Rimer, a Boston-based journalist and author, sharing how a positive outlook can bring about better health:

Keys to a happier, healthier life

Research suggests that certain personal attributes—whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:

  • Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement
  • Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life
  • Supportive networks of family and friends
  • Being good at “self-regulation,” i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating

To read the full article, click here.

Also, below is a video from Sonja Lyubomirsky explaining how helping others increases happiness for you:

Are you generally a happy person?  How do you handle disappointment or aggravation?  Do you practice meditation or have a different method you use to stay positive?  I would like to hear (read) your comments on being happy.

As an end to my Happiness message, your mission for today and going forward is to be Happy!

To Be or Not to Be?

Dawn Over the River

Dawn Over the River (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Can you relate to “spontaneity can be obtained as long as it’s planned”?  I was talking to a friend when this behavior trait came to me.  As an aside, right now my dog wants me to be spontaneous and play instead of writting this blog.  Getting back on track, for those of us that prefer more structure, how to relate to the unfamiliar behavior of being spontaneous?

I really enjoyed reading this blog structure:spontaneity about needing both spontaneity and structure in our lives…be sure to read the comments too.

Another intriguing post on this topic is from Taking it to the Streets comparing two different viewpoints from Steven Covey and Leo Babuta.  Reflect on the three questions posted at the bottom of this blog and answer them for yourself.  Also, be sure to read the great comments left on this blog too.

Nature also shows how structure and spontaneity can work together. A river usually flows in a specific channel that is structured and narrow, but constantly changing depending on the flow or amount of water present. The river opens up to the sea which is open and unstructured.

I hope you find the beautiful energy of the song below to correspond with a river’s dynamic features to incorporate structure and change in the same instance to connect its life force with another larger body of water.

Thanks to my friend for inspiring me to write this.

P.S.  Some additional supporting short articles below for your enjoyment and enrichment.

Getting to Balanced

To feel complete as a person all the pieces of the wellness wheel needs to be fulfilled. Why?  Our lives are so busy, we have work demands and family needs to take care of and typically devote a smaller portion of our time to the other facets of our life.  If we allow ourselves to become so run down and not recharge our battery, small potholes encountered might seem like large ruts.  Tempers might flare a bit more easily.  The three inner properties — mind, body, and soul interconnect with our health, purpose in life, relationships, and finances.  If any of these properties are out of balance so will you.

Following is an excerpt taken from Scott Berkun’s blog, The Cult of the Busy,

… people who are always busy are time poor. They have a time shortage. They have time debt. They are either trying to do too much, or they aren’t doing what they’re doing very well. They are failing to either a) be effective with their time b) don’t know what they’re trying to effect, so they scramble away at trying to optimize for everything, which leads to optimizing nothing.

Wellness is the ongoing process of becoming self aware and making choices that moves you along a continuum of experiencing greater and greater states of feeling better.

I am sharing a post from another blogger, dimpledbrain, on being attentive.

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Hello Again!

Picture of a Daffodill, scientifically referre...I have been absent for a while.  In the time since my last posting I have been blessed with an increase in business activity and opportunities.  Success can’t be guaranteed, but having the right tools and encouragement can get you there.

From the time I last posted, I have since redirected my focus to health and wellness, something I have been an advocate of since my teens…a long time.  I do hope the information I share is informative and useful for you.

Thank you for your visit, interest, and comments.

Eat Mindfully to Achieve Better Health

I would like to share two great resources about eating more mindfully.  When I first came across the term, I thought, “What, I don’t understand.”  How many times do you eat your meals in a rush?  You are running out the door in the morning and grab a donut, bagel, or some other quick item to eat.  Lunch is usually quick and may even be at your desk while working.  Dinner might look like this – get home from work, take care of kids, prepare dinner, take care of kids, clean up before going to bed, go to bed.   All of these scenarios are rushed and lack mindfulness.

To help understand the concept of eating more mindfully, Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung shares from a book she co-wrote with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh ‘Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life’ about how being more mindful of what we eat contributes to our overall health.

Video from KarmaTube

Also, Psychology Today offers suggestions on how to eat more mindfully:

  •  Try taking the first four sips of a cup of hot tea or coffee with full attention.
  • If you are reading and eating, try alternating these activities, not doing both at once. Read a page, then put the book down and eat a few bites, savoring the tastes, then read another page, and so on.
  • At family meals, you might ask everyone to eat in silence for the first five minutes, thinking about the many people who brought the food to your plates.
  • Try eating one meal a week mindfully, alone and in silence. Be creative. For example, could you eat lunch behind a closed office door, or even alone in our car?

Start being more mindful of what you put in your body for fuel and watch how your health thanks you.

Nutritional Wellness

Wellness as defined by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals is considered care without drugs that can not only eliminate health problems but prevent them.  I have always been a supporter of natural health and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes though it isn’t always possible to maintain a balanced diet and nutritional supplements may be helpful to achieve the recommended vitamin and mineral requirements our bodies need to function well.  How do you know what is a good supplement to purchase?  I came across a web site,, which provides helpful information regarding nutritional supplement effectiveness.  This guide is provided by VitaLab which is an independent organization providing unbiased information on nutritional supplements.  They did a study of 100 multivitamin brands to analyze their effectiveness and value for your money.  Visit their web site to see how your multivitamin rates.

Keep in mind it is recommended to still maintain a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables while taking nutritional supplements.  Be sure to include these on your grocery list.