Category Archives: General Health

A Different Possibility

Just the other day I spoke with Kit who had caught Covid and had some miserable symptoms, including horrible headaches and extreme fatigue.  About 2 weeks into it, she began a well planned nutritional supplement program and within days began to feel better.  Her body was craving help and she finally got it!  From that point on she recovered fast and now is back to work.
Today we are in the middle of serious pandemic, sequestered at home with minimal choices of places to go, stressed from businesses failing or with severe cuts in income and high unemployment.  Just part of a perfect storm of major challenges, not to mention the addition of an all consuming protest movement.  People are fearful and many are feeling helpless/powerless?  People are afraid of losing their jobs and homes and then, even more frightening, their lives. We are constantly told that we must wait months for therapeutic drugs and vaccines to counter this growing viral pandemic.

  • What if we thought about this situation differently?
  • What if people realized that they might be stuck in the paradigm that “sick care” is their “health care”?
  • What if people realized that “well care” is an option that relies on their own body to do its own healing and that they could be the masters of how their bodies respond to outside forces?
  • What if people realized that they have could have control and power over the rising tide of Covid19 cases, at least for themselves and their families?

Can anyone show us how to completely prevent contracting Covid19?  Of course not.  Right now we are doing the best we can to minimize our exposure by washing our hands enough, using masks, doing social distancing and staying away from large crowds.

Today I am going to share 4 Essential Tips that can help almost anyone, just like Kit, minimize the effects of this and other viruses and bacterial infections plus help you and your families choose “well care” over “sick care”.  And, if you do get ill, how about bouncing back faster?

Imagine having the tools to protect you & your family because you built better health and strong, powerful immune system.

You know, Americans are in a love frenzy with foods – So many live to eat rather than eat to live.  Not that you can’t do both but many of us make choices called the S.A.D. diet or Standard American Diet. We are talking about addictive processed foods, sugary snacks, high fat meats and unlimited sodas.  Can you relate to that?  In addition, most industrialized farms have poured tons of toxic chemicals and sprays on their fruits and vegetables, adding more to our toxic body buildup.  Yuk!

We really are what we eat and that translates to either choosing wisely and building healthy cells or being overfed and undernourished with deficient food choices creating lower quality body parts.

What should one do?  I’m sure either your mother, grandmother or both told you what most of us already know – eat your fruits and veggies, minimize sugary products and get enough rest.  But is that enough?

A strong immune system and a healthy body require a bit more, especially during a pandemic, let alone the upcoming flu season.  Why not feel empowered with a new sense of control because you have  fed your physical body and your soul?

Here are my 4 Essential Tips to combat Covid19 and other flus and viruses:

    1. Additional supplements in your daily regimen. Add:
      1. vitamin C (at least 2000 split through the day),
      2. vitamin D3 shown to help your immunity,
      3. zinc lozenges to coat your throat and protect the virus from entering your lungs,
      4. turmeric, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (either self made tea with black pepper and fat or an extract supplement with black pepper in it)
    2. Work on your stress –
      1. deep breathing exercises,
      2. meditation, prayer,
      3. talking out your concerns with someone close who cares.
      4. for extra help to calm your nerves, add a complete B-Complex or Ashwaganda.
    3. Do some sort of movement daily to relieve tensions and get your blood circulating.
    4. Begin to be intentional about making healthier, fresher food choices. It’s amazing how eating better quality foods not only changes how you feel but helps you get off of addictive bad food habits.

How important is your health?  What if you took a look at these new ideas and got your body strong enough to fight its battles from the inside out and do its own healing.

I’ve been helping people with these ideas for over 30 years.  Experience counts.  I know you can do this even BEFORE you get sick.  Try it!  You may love it!!

Contact me for more help and information – or on the contact form on this website.



Toxic Chemicals in Our World

Can you believe there may be between 25,000 & 80,000 (in 2014) chemicals created in labs that are now in our environment? Is this true? says there were only 8700 in 2014 because many of those 80,000+ include duplicates and chemicals no longer used.  Of those 8700, how many are toxic?  How are they affecting us? How many more since 2014? And importantly, how does it affect our household and kids?Every parent wants the best for their children. However, little do they know that the products used to protect them from sickness can often cause it. Did you know that there re high rates of are facing of asthma, birth defects, and cancer and scientists feel that toxic chemicals play a big part? Childhood cancer incidence rates have had a steady increase over from 1976 to 2016. This increase amounted to an average of 1 percent per year, or almost 60 percent increase over 41 years (NYS DOH). And children in special education programs increased 191% from 1977 to 1994 (GBPSR, 2000).

Dr. Phillip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City says, “Of the 3000 high production volume chemicals in use in this country today, only 43% have been even minimally tested.” While you may be wondering why this issue is becoming more prevalent, I will answer that with this. According to UNEP 2013, chemical sales globally have increased by a factor of around 25 in 1970 from $171 billion to $4.1 trillion. Also, we are replacing natural materials with chemicals, an estimated 96% of chemicals are used in manufacturing materials and products (ACC 2014).  Think about the potential effect of chemicals entering the body through the skin or as inhalants.

We can do preventive measures to help minimize the effects.  I have been using Shaklee environmental products for over 30 years. I feel safe using them in my home because of Shaklee’s commitment to not using hazardous chemicals. They see the importance of not using ammonia, acids, and so much more! Ask me for more information on what these toxic chemicals are causing in our health and risk levels.

I implore you to look beyond the brand to the label and see if you are putting your family at risk.

For a list of toxic chemicals to be aware of and for information on Shaklee’s non toxic home care and personal care products, go to or text me at 503-698-9493.

Have a healthy, non-toxic and green day!!       Joan


How To Know If You’re Suffering From Leaky Gut

I want to share one of the most hidden reasons people have so many challenges like irritable bowel, brain fog, acne, allergies, and even ADHD. Have you been on antibiotics, steroids or under a great deal of stress? You may have a yeast overgrowth leading to “leaky gut” problems. Need some solutions? Connect with me.

Do You Have Blind Spots in Your Life?

I just ran across this old quiz that I thought would be fun to take.
What drives you?  “The very traits that  fuel you also create emotional blind spots: scenarios in which you’re least likely to attend to your own needs.”  WOW!  Are these traits sabotaging our self care?   Thank you Johathan Kaplan, PhD, author of “Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All”.  Let me know who YOU are!

  1.  Pretend you have an unlimited budget and 2 weeks to kill.  What’s your ideal vacation?
    A.  Bucket list time!  Maybe a hike in Machu Picchu, maybe learn to surf in Hawaii.
    B. You’ve always wanted to try a voluntourism trip – maybe build a school in Guatemala or monitor sea turtle in Mexico.
    C. Enjoying a breathtaking sunset like on a picture perfect postcard on a white sandy beach
    D. You’d have everyone in your family weigh in: you are not that picky.
  2. You leave your sister-in-law an urgent message and two hours later she still hasn’t responded.  You think:
    A. Actually, you don’t think anything.  Between rushing to the gym and stopping at the grocery store, you forgot you even texted her.
    B. “I should call and make sure she’s okay.”
    C. “She must be tied up; she’ll buzz me later.”
    D. “I hope she’s not angry that I didn’t call her back yesterday.”
  3.  Which of the following are you most likely to post on Facebook?
    A. Photos from the weekend: the garden you are planting, the dinner party you hosted the new table you bought at a flea market, etc.
    B. An invitation for friends to join you at this week’s local blood drive.
    C. An inspirational quote.  You have been on an Anne Lamott kick lately.
    D. A survey for your friends:  Which movie should you see and where is the best place to eat afterwards.
  4. Your friends and family can rely on you to:
    A. Brainstorm solutions when they hit a bump in the road.
    B. Offer a shoulder to cry on when the going gets tough.
    C. Point out the silver lining in difficult circumstances.
    D. Say the right thing in any situation.
  5. You are getting pizza with your extended family.  You really want anchovies, but they wrinkle their noses.  What do you do?
    A. Get your own pie and convince your fish-averse tablemates to try it.
    B. Nibble at a slice of mushroom pizza they ordered, even though you are not a mushroom fan.
    C. Order your own anchovy pizza and quietly savor every bite.
    D. Ask for a side of anchovies for your slices.
  6. You have your eye on a gorgeous necklace and you know your significant other hasn’t bought you a birthday present yet.  You…
    A. Tell what you want and exactly where to find it.
    B. Drop a hint, but then silently worry the gift will seem extravagant.
    C. Remind yourself that it’s the thought that counts an whatever he gets will be heartfelt.
    D. Ask your friend if she likes the necklace before you decide if you really want it.
  7. Your sister stops by, nervous about her new – and totally unflattering – haircut.  What do you do?
    A. Promise to find her an appointment and then call everywhere until you score a same day opening.
    B. Offer to shift your schedule and accompany her to the salon.  If you talk to the stylist, there’s no chance she’ll walk out with another bad haircut.
    C. Assure her that it will grow out in no time.
    D. Distract her with compliments about her new outfit.
  8. You are about to be evaluated at work.  Which of the following would you most like to hear from your boss?
    A. Your work ethic is impressive.
    B. You are exceptionally supportive of your colleagues.
    C. You come up with so many great ideas.
    D. Everyone here raves about how easy you are to work with.
  9. When you are sick, which are you most likely to do?
    A. Call your doctor for an emergency prescription.  You can’t get sick this week.
    B. Intend to see the doctor, but get waylaid by a request to help your coworker finish a big project.
    C. Take an herbal remedy and tell yourself you’ll feel better tomorrow.
    D. Grin and bear it.  Your significant other has his/her heart set on your plans tonight.

Tally which letter you circled most.
If you chose:
A – You are a Striver
B – You are a Nurturer
C – You are a Romantic
D – You are a Peacekeeper


Optimal Health 2018

What stops us from building healthy bodies?

Build Optimal Health in 2018!

Join me on February 19th to learn ways to build optimal health in 2018!  We can all do this and do it together, if we choose to!  Feel free to contact me, as well, for your own health assessment. Go to

What Has Changed?

Quality of Foods

  • More Man Made Foods
  • Less “Living” Foods
  • Produce Picked Early and Stored up to a Year
  • Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides
  • Soil Depletion

Our Choices

  • More snacks and sweets
  • Less fresh fruits and vegetables

Change in Exercise Habits

  • More TV, video games, and computer time
  • Less exercise

Influence of TV Ads

  • Drugs to solve every problem
  • Snackfoods with little or no value
  • We make choices from the ads we see

It doesn’t need to be that way!!

Build Optimal Health in 2018!

Join me on February 19th to learn ways to build optimal health in 2018!  We can all do this and do it together, if we choose to!  Feel free to contact me, as well, for your own health assessment. Go to

Not in the Portland, OR, area?  Soon this will be online!

Acid Reflux – Oh NO!!

Years ago my former husband John had surgery because of a bleeding ulcer.  Afterwards the gastroenterologist told him he would be on Protonics for the rest of his life.  The internist agreed.

Just yesterday, speaking with 4 other women, Acid Reflux issues came up with 3 of them!!!  I thought this blog was a perfect subject, as a result.

John was off the medicine in 2 weeks!!  We did our research and also spoke with Dr. Richard Brouse.  Here is a current article by him on Acid Reflux.  May it help anyone suffering.  Call me for more information

Acid Reflux – The Dangers Of Proton Inhibitors

Until next time – have a glorious day!!  Want this article?  Go to

Heart Attack – True or False

Heart Attack True-False Question

Which of the following could be an early warning sign of a heart attack?
A. Anxiety___
B. Nausea___
C. Jaw pain___
D. Fatigue___
E. Sweat___

Answer: All of them, again (are you onto us?).  “It’s hard to parse some of these symptoms because women tend to be juggling so much as a matter of course,” says Arnett. Three questions to ask : is this a new symptom? Did it appear suddenly? Does it resolve if I rest for a few minutes? “When in doubt, call an ambulance,” she says “If the worst case scenario is wasting time at the hospital, that’s far than than the alternative.”

Thanks to O Magazine and Oprah for this fun and informative True/False Test

True or False- Day 5 – Are you a Workaholic?

Day 5

Attention workaholics: How many hours can you clock each week before your heart pays a price?
A. 45___
B. 50___
C. 55___
D. 60___

Answer: A. When researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Centers and the University of St Thomas in Houston analyzed data on more than 1,900 people, they found that among people who worked 45 hours per week for a decade or more, each additional hour meant greater risk of heart disease. Risk climbed 16 percent when people put in 55 hours and 35 percent for 60 hours.

WOW!  This should be a wakeup call!  Americans are hardworking and often put in way more than the 45 hours noted here.  One tip to help on those longer days – get up every hour and take 3 deep breaths and walk around your office, in the corridor or outside for at least a couple of minutes.  You will feel refreshed and able to concentrate better for the next hour.

Give you heart a rest – it deserves it!!

Want some great nutritional tips for a Healthy Heart?  Message me back!  My goal is to live to over 100, still making plans, have great energy and have all my marbles to know what I am doing!  I can only do that making good choices.  How about you????

Day 4 – Which Do You Choose?

Day 4
I have been at a conference so I got behind.  I’ll be catching up this week!
Which is the best choice here?

Your friend just betrayed you big time! What’s the heart healthiest way to manage your anger?
A. Tell her off___
B. Run it off____
C. Walk it off___
D. Find consolation in Ben and Jerry’s___

Answer: C Taking a walk calms the fight or flight response, as do cool down activities like stretching and deep breathing. Intense physical activity, on the other hand, can push your heart into the danger zone. “Anger triggers an adrenaline response that reduces blood flow to the arteries,” says Donna Arnett, PhD, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “Strenuous exercise in this state is incredibly taxing on the heart.”  An Australian study found that the risk of a heart attack was more than eight times higher when patients had been very angry in two hours before the onset of symptoms, while another recent study showed that the risk tripled in those who experienced anger and heavy exertion in the hour before.





True or False – Day 2

Day 2

Which of these is not a risk factor for heart disease?
A. High blood pressure ___
B. Obesity___
C. Migraines ____
D. Smoking ____
E. Diabetes_____

Answer: Trick question…they all might be. You can probably rattle off most risk factors by…well, heart, with the possible exception of migraines.  But a Harvard study of more than 100,000 women recently found that migraine sufferers were 50 percent likelier to have a heart attack, a stroke, or fatal heart disease, regardless of other risk factors, Genetics, hormones and inflammation are all possible culprits, but “the short answer is that we do not yet know what precise mechanism causes this,” says lead researcher Tobias Kurth, MD, adjunct professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.