Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Gratitude and Health Benefits


How wonderful it is to have one day a year dedicated to gratitude and thankfulness! Many of us are well aware of the spiritual benefits of cultivating gratitude in our lives, but it turns out that these benefits can even extend to physical health!


Gratitude Reduces Stress


It is no secret that stress has a negative impact on health, but research is finding that an “attitude of gratitude” can be a successful antidote to external stressors. As this article points out:


Grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health, according to Emmons’ research on gratitude. “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations”.


Cultivating an attitude of thankfulness has also been linked to better immune function, better ability to relax, and even decreased rates of disease.


The Paradox of Gratitude


It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking “if only I had ___ I’d be happy,” or “If only I didn’t have to deal with ___ I’d be happy,” but this is a vicious cycle…


As Shawn Anchor points out in the TED talk, gratitude and happiness are the first step, not the end result. Making the choice to be happy and have gratitude is not only healthy, but it can improve our performance and ability as well.


Why is Negativity So Easy?


It sounds so simple to just be grateful, but it turns out that there are biological reasons this process doesn’t come so easily.


Sure, by all measures, if you are reading this on a computer, your living conditions are better than those in a large majority of the world. You probably got to eat today, likely even food you chose and enjoyed, and you probably have adequate clothing. We probably have friends, and a social support system, and family members we can talk to regularly.


Yet, it is easy to dwell on the financial problems, or the one negative comment on a blog post (*ahem*) or the one thing we wish we could fix about our bodies.


This makes sense from a biological standpoint, but makes gratitude difficult. We are wired to pay attention to pay attention to things that could be potentially negative or harmful as a survival instinct, but in a world of constant input from the internet and social media, this instinct can backfire.


Making Gratitude A Habit


Thankfully,  cultivating a grateful attitude is possible, and it can be one of the easiest things you do for your health! As this article suggests, a few simple changes can help make gratitude a habit:


A Daily List– One thing I do daily is to make a list of a few things that I am especially grateful for that particular day. Whether little things like my garden or the dishwasher to big things like my children and wonderful husband, I’ve found that this does help to keep the focus on the many blessings in my life. When done first thing in the morning, this sets the tone for the day and helps me stay positive and cheerful.

Gratitude Letters– Once in a while, I try to write a letters to friends and family members thanking them for their influence in my life and detailing the reasons I am grateful for them.

Acts of Kindness– Doing a small, un-noticed, good deed each day can help boost the natural tendency to be grateful and look for the good in any situation.

As Martha Washington said:


“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”


So, if you are grateful for anything today, please share it below in the comments! Five things I’m very grateful for today are:


My family

My friends

A good night’s sleep

Access to healthy food

You! I feel so blessed to get to “meet” all of the wonderful people who stop by and leave comments!

What are you are grateful for today?


Health and Wellness Associates

A. Killarney



Rx to Wellness, Uncategorized

The Deadly HPV Vaccine


The Deadly HPV Vaccine

A Vaccine That You will want to avoid at all cost!


What is HPV?


HPV stands for human papiloma virus. HPV is NOT exclusively a sexually transmitted disease and HPV is NOT the sole cause of cervical cancer. Anyone can contract HPV, even if they’ve been monogamous their entire lives.








Some people contract cervical cancer without HPV even being involved because HPV is not the only cause of cervical cancer, so the vaccine is not a true safeguard.


There have been no long-term clinical trials or tests done on this to show the effects of HPV vaccines on our sons and daughters 20 years down the line!  Invasive cancers can take between 10 to 20 years or more to develop. Therefore, there can be absolutely no proof that the vaccine is postponing or preventing cancer until some 20 years or more after the vaccine introduction in 2007.


There are over a hundred forms of HPV. HPV 16 and HPV 18 are responsible for causing some 70% of cervical cancer. HPV 6 and HPV 11 help cause around 90% of genital warts. But – any genital wart may develop into a cancerous lesion. With that said, there is no reliable means of testing for HPV. Furthermore, the virus can linger for up to a year before symptoms appear, and up to two years after symptoms subside. MOST cases of HPV will clear up on their own.


Reported adverse reactions to HPV Vaccines


As of August 2013, S.A.N.E. Vax1 reports over 30,000 adverse reactions, 6,154 cases where the recipient did not recover, 975 cases of permanent disability and 139 deaths, all reported after an HPV vaccination. Some $6 million in damages to Gardasil victims has been awarded by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Keep in mind that less than 10% of all adverse vaccine reactions are ever reported.2


An analysis by Wald & Shojan found that only 1.5% of all adverse events result in an incident report, and then a mere 6% of those adverse drug events are identified properly….The Psychiatric Times noted that the AMA is strongly opposed to mandatory reporting of medical errors…3


GMOs in the HPV Vaccine


S.A.N.E. Vax, Inc. tested random Gardasil vials from 13 different lots from all over the world and found that the genetically modified HPV DNA strands firmly attached to the vaccination’s aluminum adjuvant in all samples tested. This aluminum binding allows the genetically modified recombinant HPV DNA (rDNA) to enter cells and wreak havoc. In one case, a 13-year-old girl developed acute juvenile rheumatoid arthritis within 24 hours of her third Gardasil vaccine.4 Two years later her blood still tested positive for this same rDNA. This unique rDNA have also been found in post-mortem samples of teens who died inexplicably in their sleep six months after receiving a Gardasil shot.


Aluminum Adjuvants in the HPV Vaccine


Aluminum is a known neurotoxin and can kill cells, cause neurological injury and lead to many other immune system problems. Every Gardasil shot contains 225 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum and the current recommendation is a series of 3 shots over several months. The complete series will result in 675 mcg of aluminum exposure.5


The American Academy of Pediatrics states in an article titled, Aluminum Toxicity in Children, Pediatrics (March 1996) “Aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues.”6 They have completely ignored all of the toxicology studies on aluminum. Why, you may ask? Vaccines without adjuvants are useless and would be completely ineffective at causing any type of immune response. When the vaccine industry was put under pressure to remove the Thimerosal (mercury) used for 80 years in vaccines, they had to find another adjuvant and aluminum was the choice.


In studying adjuvants in vaccines, Rajesh Gupta reported, “The biggest issue with the use of adjuvants for human vaccines, particularly routine childhood vaccines, is the toxicity and adverse side-effects of most of the adjuvant formulations. Some of the side effects can be ascribed to an unintentional stimulation of different mechanisms of the immune system whereas others may reflect general adverse pharmacological reactions which are more- less expected.”7


Dr. John Clements, World Health Organizer (WHO) acknowledges that the aluminum in vaccines is dangerous but his responds is “Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines.”


Polysorbate 80 in the HPV vaccine (50 mcg): Polysorbate 80 in HPV vaccines is a known cause of ovarian deformities, degenerative follicles, hormonal changes, and womb and vaginal changes in rats.8 Polysorbate is an adjuvant that has shown to cause infertility in mice. When injected into rats it caused a rapid growth of reproductive organs, growth was abnormal and the rats were sterile, unable to reproduce. As stated in the Polysorbate 80 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), it may be carcinogenic (causing cancer), as well as a mutagenic (causing birth defects). When Polysorbate 80 was formerly used intravenously with vitamins, it was also known to cause anaphylactic shock.9


Sodium Borate in the HPV vaccine (35 mcg): Sodium Borate was used it the past to disinfect wounds – until people started dying from repeated exposure. It was also used to clean infant nurseries in hospitals until too many babies started dying. It is used in roach killer and when humans are exposed to this chemical it causes vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, blisters, collapse, coma, convulsions, drowsiness, fever, lethargy, low blood pressure, decreased urine output, sloughing of the skin, twitching of facial muscles, arms, hands, legs, and feet.10


HPV Vaccine Conclusion: Studies by the Big Pharma company Merck, found that Gardasil had the same overall reaction as the placebo and the studies praised Gardasil for being as “safe as the placebo”.11 But the placebo used was laced with the same deadly adjuvants as the shot. The placebo actually contained the same amount of aluminum as the shot, a metal that can cause the same types of nerve damage that has been linked to Gardasil. So, when any study says “as compared to the placebo” you cannot trust it! But you and your children will be stuck with the damage of these shenanigans so make an informed decision.


Please share with friends and family.


Health and Wellness Associates




Diets and Weight Loss, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Your Internal Feelings about Food and Weight



Your Internal Feelings about Food and Weight


This exercise is designed to help you turn back the clock and get to the heart of why you overeat. Get a pen and some paper and write down your answers to the questions below.


  1. When did you start using food for non-nutritional reasons? Why was it that you started medicating yourself with food, taking care of yourself with food and comforting yourself with food? Go back to that time and write down what you were feeling and experiencing at the time.


  1. Write down all of the insecurities that you’re feeling right now.


  1. Now look at your answers to question one and question two together. The answers to question two may be more specific because you don’t have to remember as far back, but do you see similarities?


  1. Now take every comment, fear and anxiety that you wrote down in response to questions one and two and challenge them. In writing. For example, if one of your fears is, “My spouse isn’t really attracted to me because of my weight,” challenge it by writing down a piece of evidence. Evidence isn’t, “Because that’s the way I feel.” Write down any facts you have that can support your challenge. For example, “My spouse met, fell in love with, and married me while I was at my heaviest weight.”


Challenge every fear and negative thought you wrote down in this manner with facts you can support.


Please share with family and friends.


Health and Wellness Associates

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Foods, Health and Disease, Uncategorized



Asparagus is a fantastic healing vegetable that is high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. This is especially important if you have a family line of breast cancer or cardiac problems.  It is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system and for woman who are trying to conceive.


Asparagus contains aspartic acid which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. Perfect of people with gout. Asparagus contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat.


It also contains a compound called asparagine which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and in the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body.


Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Asparagus is known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and it’s chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder. Asparagus also contains inulin which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed, delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw or steamed and added to soup, salads, stews, rice, and/or veggie dishes.


Please share with family and friends, thank you.


Health and Wellness Associates

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Carrothers – MM