Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tell Congress To Protect Your Health Freedom

Very Important!

A few honorable gentlemen of the House Mr. PAUL ,Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. MILLER of Florida, and Mr. BISHOP of Utah
have introduced a bill to end, at long last, the gag rule with which the nutrient-hostile FDA has used to suppress both free speech and important health information!

HR 4292 not only allows brief, 3 sentence health claims supported by science, it also shifts the burden of proof that a health claim is false to the Government, the accuser, in other words, where it actually belongs.

Now it is OUR JOB to give it support! GO HERE and make your voice heard so that the TRUTH about the supplements YOU take can be told: http://tinyurl.com/b5br3

Wishing you wellness and joy,
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Sunday, October 16, 2005


I was watching a dance competition on tv the other day. The fluidity of the dancers movement was absolutely stunning. I was riveted to the tv. The dance was beautiful. It struck me that life is a dance. Sometimes it steps on our toe. Sometimes we sit on the sidelines. Other times we are joined to life in a fluid dance.....because we are meant to dance......

Are you dancing with life? Or sitting on the sidelines?

Even when life is dysfunctional with illness we can still dance with life. We can still dance because each of us has something special, something unique to give to this world. But when life is dysfunctional because of illness we need to take care of ourselves in an even more caring way. The drugs we take rob our bodies of nutrition, which makes nutrition even more important.

How far ahead of his time was Thomas Edison when he said:

"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition."

Or was he not ahead of his time? Did most of his contemporaries (and most modern physicians) just ignore wisdom from long ago?

"Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food." Hippocrates

Despite all the advertising to the contrary health and wellness does not come in a pill.True wellness is much more than suppressing a symptom with a pill. Or as in many lupus patients lives ten or 12 or more prescriptions.

And I can hear you now asking, "Pam are you suggesting I not take my meds?"
The short answer to that is "no".

What I suggest to you today is that you CHANGE the things in your life which you can, which do not promote wellness. I personally know people with lupus, who smoke, still use artificial sweeteners, drink soda and eat processed foods. And because I've walked in their shoes, I know why they continue to do things which are harmful to their health. They don't believe they can ever be well again so why not do what they enjoy. I've even had a person with lupus tell me drinking soda was her last remaining joy in life. She told me in no uncertain terms, no matter what evidence I could show her of the harm it could cause her body she had no intentions of quitting ever.

I wanted to hug her. At that moment she needed a hug more than she needed a lecture about nutrition. I understand the level of despair and lack of hope that would cause someone to have such an attitude. Physicians often don't have anything positive to say to a person with Lupus about their future. It's hard to be positive in the face of being sick 24/7. It's hard to have your life turned upside down and your dreams rerouted.

BUT is giving in and giving up the answer? Isn't it more logical to want to do everything in your power to give your body every chance to regain health? Isn't life worth fighting for? Aren't YOU worth fighting for? I think yes you are! I KNOW life is worth fighting for and I KNOW you are, too.

Though you may be in so much emotional pain from having the rug pulled out from under your life by this wolf called Lupus....that you haven't been able to see it..........

YOU still have a CHOICE!

So CHOOSE LIFE! Choose to make choices in your life, your nutrition and your thoughts which promote wellness. Choose to eat well, to take care of your body and choose your thoughts carefully. Choose a physician who is positive and one you can talk to easily. Wellness is achieved thru a delicate balance of mind, body and spirit.

So please take off those old shoes which don't want to dance and find yourself a new pair of shoes. You've got a lot of dancing still to do.

Wishing you wellness and joy,
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT
PS: Stay tuned for future posts RE: choices that promote wellness

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Green Tea.......the Real Story?

Some of the conclusions the FDA reaches just amaze me.

Here’s what the “public health protectors” said recently:

"One weak and limited study does not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but another weak and limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer.”

If indeed these two studies are “weak”, how can the FDA conclude anything from them?

Heaven forbid the FDA might have to pronounce any alternative actually helpful.
Perhaps, they missed these studies:

In 2003, an Australian study found that regularly drinking green tea can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by two-thirds. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/106556796/ABSTRACT

In 2004, American Association for Cancer Research published the results of a study that concluded that “Green Tea Polyphenols Thwart Prostate Cancer Development at Multiple Levels.” http://www.aacr.org/Default.aspx?p=1963&d=274

In 2005, the American Institute of Cancer Research published results indicating that green tea fights cancer http://www.aicr.org/press/pressrelease.lasso?index=2057

And then again in 2005 at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, the results of a clinical study were announced that showed 90 percent efficacy of green tea in men with pre-malignant prostate lesions. http://www.aacr.org/Default.aspx?p=1066&d=432

So when the FDA pronounces something “highly unlikely” to be helpful, perhaps, you better do some research on your own.

Wishing you wellness and joy,
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Monday, September 19, 2005

You Do What You Eat

Dear Friends,
I seldom reprint others articles. But this one was important.

Wishing you wellness and joy,
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

You Do What You EatBy Marco Visscher, OdePosted on September 8, 2005,
Printed on September 17, 2005http://www.alternet.org/story/25122/

At first glance, there seems nothing special about the students at this highschool in Appleton, Wisconsin. They appear calm, interact comfortably withoneanother, and are focused on their schoolwork. No apparent problems.And yet a couple of years ago, there was a police officer patrolling thehalls at this school for developmentally challenged students. Many of thestudentswere troublemakers, there was a lot of fighting with teachers and some ofthekids carried weapons.School counsellor Greg Bretthauer remembers when he first came to AppletonCentral Alternative High School back in 1997, for a job interview: "I foundthestudents to be rude, obnoxious and ill-mannered." He had no desire to workwith them, and turned down the job.Several years later, Bretthauer took the job after seeing that the atmosphere at the school had changed profoundly. Today he describes the students as"calm and well-behaved" in a new video documentary, Impact of Fresh, Healthy Foods on Learning and Behavior. Fights and offensive behavior are extremely rareand the police officer is no longer needed.

What happened?A glance through the halls at Appleton Central Alternative provides the answer. The vending machines have been replaced by water coolers. The lunchroom took hamburgers and french fries off the menu, making room for fresh vegetables and fruits, whole-grain bread and a salad bar. Is that all? Yes, that's all. Principal LuAnn Coenen is still surprised when she speaks of the "astonishing" changes at the school since she decided to drastically alter the offering of food and drinks eight years ago: "I don't have the vandalism. I don't have the litter. I don't have the need for high security."The Problems with 'Convenience Foods' It is tempting to dismiss what happened at Appleton Central Alternative as the wild fantasies of health-food and vitamin-supplement fanatics. Afterall, scientists have never empirically investigated the changes at the school.Healthy nutrition -- especially the effects of vitamin and minera lsupplements --appears to divide people into opposing camps of fervent believers, who trus tth eanecdotes about diets changing people's lives, and equally fervent skeptics,who dismiss these stories as hogwash.And yet it is not such a radical idea that food can affect the way our brains work -- and thus our behavior.

The brain is an active machine: It only accounts for two percent of our body weight, but uses a whopping 20 percentof ourenergy. In order to generate that energy, we need a broad range ofnutrients --vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids -- that we get from nutritious meals. The question is: What are the consequences when we increasingly shovel junk food into our bodies?It is irrefutably true that our eating habits have dramatically changed over the past 30-odd years. "Convenience food" has become a catch-all term that covers all sorts of frozen, microwaved and out-and-out junk foods. The ingredients of the average meal have been transported thousands of kilometres before landing on our plates; it's not hard to believe that some of the vitamins were lost in the process. We already know obesity can result if we eat too much junk food, but there may be greater consequences of unhealthy diets than extra weight around our middles. Do examples like the high school in Wisconsin point to a direct connection between nutrition and behavior? Is it simply coincidence that the increase in aggression, crime and social incivility in Western society has paralleled a spectacular change in our diet? Could there be a link between the two? Stephen Schoenthaler, a criminal-justice professor at California StateUniversity in Stanislaus, has been researching the relationship between food and behavior for more than 20 years. He has proven that reducing the sugar and fat intake in our daily diets leads to higher IQs and better grades in school.

When Schoenthaler supervised a change in meals served at 803 schools in low-income neighborhoods in New York City, the number of students passing final exams rose from 11 percent below the national average to five percent above. He is best known for his work in youth detention centers. One of his studies showed that the number of violations of house rules fell by 37 percent when vending machines were removed and canned food in the cafeteria was replaced by fresh alternatives. He summarizes his findings this way: "Having a bad diet right now is a better predictor of future violence than past violent behavior."But Schoenthaler's work is under fire. A committee from his own university has recommended suspending him for his allegedly improper research methods:Schoenthaler didn't always use a placebo as a control measure and his group o ftest subjects wasn't always chosen at random. This criticism doesn't refute Schoenthaler's research that nutrition has an effect on behavior. It means most of his studies simply lack the scientific soundness needed to earn the respect of his colleagues.The Prison Test Recent research that -- even Schoenthaler's critics admit -- was conducted flawlessly, showed similar conclusions. Bernard Gesch, physiologist at theUniversity of Oxford, decided to test the anecdotal clues in the most thorough study so far in this field. In a prison for men between the ages of 18 and21 inEngland's Buckinghamshire, 231 volunteers were divided into two groups: One was given nutrition supplements along with their meals that contained our approximate daily needs for vitamins, minerals and fatty acids; the other group got placebos. Neither the prisoners, nor the guards, nor the researchers at the prison knew who took fake supplements and who got the real thing.The researchers then tallied the number of times the participants violated prison rules, and compared it to the same data that had been collected in the months leading up to the nutrition study. The prisoners given supplements for four consecutive months committed an average of 26 percent fewer violations compared to the preceding period. Those given placebos showed no marked change in behaviour. For serious breaches of conduct, particularly the use of violence,the number of violations decreased 37 percent for the men given nutrition supplements, while the placebo group showed no change. The experiment was carefully constructed, ruling out the possibility that ethnic, social, psychological or other variables could affect the outcome. Prisons are popular places to conduct studies for good reason: There is a strict routine; participants sleep and exercise the same number of hours every day and eat the same things at the same time. Says John Copas, professor in statistical methodology at the University of Warwick: "This is the only trial I have ever been involved with from the socia lsciences which is designed properly and with a good analysis." As a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, Gesch emerges with convincing scientific proof that poor nutrition plays a role in triggering aggressive behavior. Sugar's Not the Only Problem

Indeed, the study proves what every parent already knows. Serve soda and candy at a children's birthday party and you'll get loud, hyperactive behavior followed by tears and tantrums. It works like this: Blood-sugar levels jump suddenly after you eat sugar, which initially gives you a burst of fresh energy.But then your blood sugar falls, and you become lethargic and sleepy. In an attempt to prevent blood-sugar levels from falling too low, your body produces adrenalin, which makes you irritable and explosive.But sugar can't be the only problem. After all, high blood-sugar levels mainly have a short-term effect on behavior, while the research of Schoenthaler and Gesch indicates changes over a longer period. They suggest it is much more important that you get the right amount of vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids because these substances directly influence the brain, and therefore behavior.If these findings prove true -- and they do look convincing -- then we should be sounding an alarm about good nutrition. What are the long-term implications of the fact that the quality of our farmland has sharply declined in recent decades?

The use of artificial fertilizer for years on end has diminished the levels of important minerals like magnesium, chromium and selenium,therefore present in much lower concentrations in our food. The eating habits of children and young people also should be a cause for serious concern. Their diets now are rich in sugar, fats and carbohydrates,and poor in vegetables and fruit. Add to this an increasing lack of exercise among kids, and the problem becomes even worse. The World Health Organization(WHO)talks of an epidemic of overweight among children. Obesity, the official name for serious weight problems, is said to absorb up to six percent of the total health budget -- a cautious estimate as all kinds of related diseases cannot be included in the exact calculation. Think of what this situation will look like when the current generation of overweight kids hits middle age.The link between food and health is better understood by most people than the relationship between food and behavior, so health has become the driving force behind many public campaigns to combat overweight. A discussion has arisen in a number of countries about introducing a tax on junk food, the proceeds of which would be spent on promoting healthy eating. In Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in May he planned to spend an extra 280 million pounds(the equivalent of 420 million euros or $500 million U.S.) on improving school lunches after the famous television chef Jamie Oliver began speaking out on the issue.

Yet with crime a major political issue almost everywhere, it's surprising more leaders have not embraced the idea of healthy eating as a recipe for safe streets and schools. After Gesch published his findings in 2002 in The British Journal of Psychiatry, the study was picked up by European and American media.The newspaper headlines were clear: "Healthy eating can cut crime"; "Eat right or become a criminal;" "Youth crime linked to consumption of junk food;""Fighting crime one bite at a time." Then the media went deafeningly silent.Perhaps that's because the relationship between nutrition and violence continues to be controversial in established professional circles. During their educations, doctors and psychologists are given scant training in nutrition,criminologists provided little awareness of biochemistry, and nutritionists offered no hands-on experience with lawbreakers or the mentally ill. As a result,the link between food and behaviour winds up in no-man's-land.

Even researchers interested in the subject are discouraged -- not least of all because you can't get a patent on natural nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Far more effort goes into pharmaceutical, rather than dietary, solutions.The Netherlands currently is the only country where Gesch's research is being explored. Plans to test the findings about nutrition supplements and behaviour further are being set up in 14 prisons, with nearly 500 subjects.ApZaalberg, leading the project for the Dutch Ministry of Justice, remembers how he and his colleagues reacted when they first heard of Gesch's study. "Disbelief,"he states resolutely. "This was surely not true. But when I looked into the issue more closely, I landed in a world of hard science."Zaalberg knows diet is not the only factor that determines whether someone exhibits aggressive behavior. "Aggression is not only determined by nutrition,"he states. "Background and drug use, for example, also play a role. Yet I increasingly see the introduction of vitamins and minerals as a very rational approach.""Most criminal-justice systems assume that criminal behaviour is entirely amatter of free will," Gesch says. "But how exactly can you exercise freewill without involving your brain? How exactly can the brain function without an adequate nutrient supply? Nutrition in fact could be a major player and, for sure, we have seriously underestimated its importance.

I think nutrition may actually be one of the most straightforward factors to change antisocial behaviour.And we know that it's not only highly effective, it's also cheap and humane."Cheap it is. Natural Justice, the British charity institution chaired byGesch, which is researching "the origins of anti-social and criminal behaviour,"estimates it would cost 3.5 million pounds (5.3 million euros or 6.4 millionU.S. dollars) to provide supplements to all the prisoners in Great Britain.That is only a fraction of the current prison budget of 2 billion pounds (3billion euros or 3.6 billion U.S. dollar).Finding Safety Through the Stomach It seems the link between nutrition and antisocial behaviour shows great promise as both political issue and human-interest story. How much longer wil lpoliticians concentrate on police and stricter surveillance as the answer to crime?

When will they realize healthy food can help create a healthier society?After all, people would not only be more productive, but the cost of healthcare and of the criminal-justice system would decline. As is the case for a man's love, the way to safety may be through the stomach. As Bernard Gesch notes, "Few scientists are not convinced that diet is fundamental for the development of the human brain. Is it plausible that inthe last 50 years we could have made spectacular changes to the human diet without any implications for the brain? I don't think so. Now, evidence is mounting that putting poor fuel into the brain significantly affects social behaviour. We need to know more about the composition of the right nutrients. It could be the recipe for peace."
Marco Visscher is a senior editor at Ode.© 2005 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Wellness Is Savoring Every Moment

I've said it before in this blog and if you follow this blog (and i hope you do), you'll hear me say it many more times. I'm going to say it over and over till everyone hears me.

Wellness isn't just about not being sick.

Wellness is about taking responsibility for having a take-your-breath-away-kind-of-life. Yes it's also about taking care of yourself physically and nutritionally. But it's more than that! It's about treasuring those moments in life that you have a choice of appreciating and savoring or taking for granted and losing. Do you need to slow down so you don't miss those moments?

It's about fostering the inner child in you. When was the last time you laughed with the abandon of a child? Flew a kite? My favorite vacation is spent on a beach flying a kite. When I did so last february with a friend, she remarked she hadn't flown a kite since she was five. We had a great time that day flying a kite and remembering the joy we had felt as children. Your inner child is important!

Do you need to relearn to take note of the take-your-breath-away moments in your life? You know those moments when something happens, you realize something you hadn't before or you appreciate something you hadn't previously....and for just a second you suck in your breath....usually followed by a smile! For example, when you look at a flower and see a beauty about it you never noticed. It takes your breath away and you smile. And doesn't it make you feel good to hear the laughter of a child or share the joy of a friend? It's all a part of your wellness.

Thinking about joy brings to mind what Abraham Lincoln said......"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Really he was just saying the same thing as Hellen Keller, wasn't he? Happiness IS inside us. Happiness is a choice.

"Your success and happiness lie within you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings." - Helen Keller

I think happiness and abundance are our birthright. If you make choices for the higher good.... or live with "gregarious graciousness" (love that term!) you're not going to miss happiness and abundance. One of my favorite Wayne Dyer quotes, "Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into."

So then true wellness is claiming your happiness, your voice, unleashing your creativity, igniting your passion and expressing yourself in the world. Wellness expands the meaning of your life. You simply need to choose it.

I think we all at some time or another struggle with "meaninglessness". I know as I struggled with Lupus I questioned the meaning of it all many times. As the singer Harry Chapin once said, "I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the fact that I existed to mean something." Life can mean a little or it can mean a lot. What life means depends on what you choose for it to mean. Stanley Kubrick is quoted to have said, "The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning." Quite the contrary, life is not meaningless. Ever. Struggle with a life-endangering disorder (as I have) and you will find life is so full to the brim with meaning it is almost to huge to fully comprehend. Life can be as meaningful as you decide to let it be.

What can you do to increase the wellness of your life? To answer that I would have to ask you, what parts of your life do not add to your existence? What makes you happy? And why aren't you doing more of that?
Wishing you wellness and joy always!
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT (Ms. HN in progress)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A Take Your Breath Away Life

This year on May 28th I celebrated a whole year of being in remission from Lupus. That was a big day for me! Though I have some leftover "gifts" from Lupus, physically I had felt good for a long time. But reaching a whole year off of medication gave me the validation I needed to believe in my remission. I'm ok, I really am!!! In the following months I have felt like Rip Van Winkle. It's an incredibly happy opportunity to have my life back and to have a second chance at being all that God intended me to be; but it's also mind-boggling, frightening, lonely, and a wonderful challenge. It's a great gift from God to get your life back after fighting a disease for so many years. I am so grateful. But you know what? I'm grateful for the journey I had with Lupus, too.

Yeah you read that right. I'm grateful for having had my journey with Lupus. Because of my journey with Lupus I am who I am today. Being ill taught me how short the speck of time we spend on this earth is. It taught me that wellness is not just about not being sick. It taught me to value time spent on a park bench watching ants scurry here and there on the ground. More than that it taught me to TAKE THE TIME to sit on a park bench and watch the ants scurrying around on the ground. When was the last time you slowed down; got off the rat race merry-go-round and took time to relax and appreciate life? When was the last time you felt grateful?

My journey with illness taught me to laugh, to find humor everyday. It opened my eyes to the beauty around us in the wonders of nature. When I see a fluttering hummingbird, a soaring hawk or a rare Pileated Woodpecker I feel an attitude of gratitude for the beauty with which we are surrounded. I swear the red I see in a rose is more beautiful now then the red I saw before I got sick. It's just an awesome color! When was the last time you ever really looked at a rose or a flower and truly appreciated the wondrous colors? God is an awesome artist! Want to give your life a spark of joy? Always, always have a vase of cut flowers in the room you are in the most! Do you have a green thumb? Grow some flowers on your kitchen windowsill. We have an integral need to give love and whether it's to a plant, a pet or to another person that you give loving care, the giving of care will enrich your life.

In my struggle to make sense of my journey with lupus I learned how much of life I had taken for granted. In today's world it's so easy to get caught up in busy-ness, in things which don't add value to your life. There is so much busy-ness which is just a waste of time. What parts of your life do not add value to your existence? Is your work fulfilling? Are you utilizing your talents? Do your friends enrich your life or do they suck your emotions dry with their negativity? Real friends don't suck you dry. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.

I am reminded of my favorite quote "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away." I don't know who to attribute that quote to but I can say this: If you aren't having moments in your life which take your breath away then you need to change something in your life. Do what you need to to have a take-your-breath-away life!

Wishing you wellness and joy!
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Dumbing of America

Have you noticed every year or so there is a disease in the spotlight? You hear about it in all the media and countless commercials. Have you also noticed every year there is a new drug to treat the "new disease"?

Labeling a given set of symptoms and treating them with pharmacologics as though they were diseases, is a financial windfall for the pharmaceutical companies. I can't wait to see what new "disease" they come out with next!

Diabetes is not a disease. Osteoporosis isn't either. Neither is GERD, or IBS. These are disorders of lifestyle not diseases. Yet people are popping pills to treat diabetes, osteoporosis, GERD and IBS, all the while living with the side effects. Do they change their lifestyle? No. It's so much easier to pop a pill without even thinking of the consequences.

You've heard drug commercials that imply Osteoporosis causes weak bones. But the truth is Osteoporosis is caused by diet and lack of exercise. Osteoporosis is the result NOT the cause.

"Osteoporosis is due to long-term bone disease caused by the American diet. The acid and protein from the meat and dairy products damage the bone tissues, thus causing calcium and other bone materials to be lost through the kidneys. Deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and other plant-food-derived nutrients further contribute to the deterioration of the bones. This is why the heaviest consumers of milk and meat in the world – Americans and Europeans – have the weakest, sickest bones."
- Dr John McDougall in his newsletter March 2005

Be a sedentary slug while consuming a diet of refined carbohydrates and meat protein and diabetes will be on your life menu. According to all the commercials just pop a pill to correct your dietary excesses and laziness. But wait! That's crazy! Drugs most often treat SYMPTOMS not the CAUSE. Not to mention drugs come with side effects because drugs most usually are synthetic compilations of chemicals which do not belong in your body.

What is a body to do? Go see your physician for a complete physical. Get his/her OK to begin an exercise regimen. Turn off the tv, get off the couch, move your body! Find a sport or exercise you enjoy! Think about what you eat before you eat it. Processed foods are not nourishing. Chronic illness statistics are exploding because the body cries out for what it doesn't get. When the body cries out it's not crying out for synthetic drugs, it's crying out for nutrients not drugs. Nutrients stave off the cause of chronic illness. Nutrients are the tools the immune system uses for healing.

Folks, it's time to take responsibility for your health. Stop falling for the dumbing of America by the pharmaceutical companies. True wellness is not found in pharmaceutical drugs. True wellness is found in responsibly taking care of yourself nutritionally, physically and emotionally.

Wishing you wellness and joy always!

http://pamsnutritionstore.com (c) 2005 by Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT All Rights Reserved

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Pondering Malnutrition With A Full Plate

It's happened. The Twinkie, the quintessential junk food we all grew up with, has celebrated it's 75th birthday. Did you know, Hostess cranks out 500 million of these hydrogenated-oil-loaded, sugar-and-preservative-laden, cellophane- encased snack cakes each year. Even as we cry about increased health costs and rising chronic disease statistics, Americans spent $47 million on Twinkies last year. I don't even want to think how many millions (billions?) total was spent on all junk foods. What sad statistics those are!

I was in the grocery store the other day. The man in line behind me at the checkout counter was putting his stuff on the counter. I noticed ALL the food he bought was processed. There wasn't a fresh vegetable or fruit in sight! Unfortunately, this is not an unusual occurrence. Look what other people are buying next time you go to the grocery store.

So what have YOU eaten lately?

The advertising companies have done such a "good" job, most of us don't give a second thought to the preservatives, dyes, fake flavors, etc., not to mention the lack of much, if any, nutrition in processed foods. Don't even get me started about artificial sweeteners. Kind of makes me want to gag.

Is there any wonder that we are the "best fed" people in the world and yet we have disease rates that are climbing exponentially by the year?

Do you know in the past 20 years the U.S. has gone from first in the world for life expectancy to 19th in the world for women, and 29th for men (behind Slovenia)?

Perhaps, we need to take our brains back from the advertising agencies and make good, healthful choices in what we eat. Let's treasure health over convenience.

Ya think?

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Pondering Labels

Awwww ohhh there I go again. I've been pondering labels.......

We live in a label-ridden world. Lesbian, Gay, Catholic, Baptist, Missourian, Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, etc. Labels compartmentalize and separate. Labels by their nature set us apart from one another. In many instances, they foster hate, anger, fear and distance between people and even between countries. We have given so much power to a word. Sometimes we see the label and not the person.

There is a freedom, a peace and a lack of judgement in the absence of a label. Without a label the true beauty and uniqueness of each person shines. Without a label the true miracle of each person can be appropriately revered.

Labels.......what do they have to do with wellness? Have you read Walt Whitman?

"If anything is sacred the human body is sacred"
Walt Whitman

My battle with Lupus (which I have won) also has caused me to hear a "different drummer". A drummer I can not completely put into words as of yet. But this I know, our use of labels and the judgements we make because of those labels hurts us all. We don't often listen to our hearts anymore. Nor do we often look beyond the label to see someone elses heart. What do you think about this body you inhabit? What labels have you attached to it? Fat, Skinny, Dumpy, Trim? How does the label you have for your body make you feel? What labels have you attached to other people in your life? How do these labels make you feel?

"To me, every cubic inch of space is a miracle...Welcome is every organ and attitude of me...Not an inch, nor a particle of an inch is vile"
Walt Whitman

Do you realize that we ARE what God is doing? You and I are miracles. Everything we see around us is a miracle. Life is a miracle. The labels you attach to yourself and others reverberate like ripples in a lake, creating positive or negative vibrations across this nation and across this planet.

Do you know the composition of tears changes with different emotional states? The mind and the body are intricately connected. Labels evoke positive or negative thoughts. What effect do you think they have on your health? Or on the people around you?

When I was doing my student teaching to earn my teacher certification for Instrumental Music, the nun professor of one of my education classes told us before she stepped in front of a class she said silently to herself as if talking to her class, "I love you." What do you think the world would be like if everyone took a moment to say "I love you" before starting the day?

I challenge you to make an effort for a day to look beyond labels, to see yourself as a miracle. I challenge you to see the people you meet as unique miracles. Strive to experience the freedom and peace in lack of judgement. I challenge you to love.

Your body will thank you.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol and Viagra

Know any men with diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol who are partaking of Viagra? You should immediately let them know the FDA has "approved updated labeling" for Viagra and other ED drugs.

This note appeared in last week's FDA News Digest: "FDA urges patients taking these drugs who experience sudden vision loss or decreased vision in one or both eyes to stop taking the drug and contact a medical professional right away."

Yes, that's right they are telling men IF you suddenly go blind read the label.


Yep that's what they did. Read the label after you go blind.....duhhhh

And these people are entrusted with our health safety???

We're in deep trouble.

Truly wishing you wellness and joy!

Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Monday, July 18, 2005

We are one.......

We Are One
We are the children of one nationReaching out for help to understand.How to healIn a world so ever-changing.For our lives have just begunGive us hope, for we are one.
Our hearts have all been broken Hear our cry, the tears have all gone.How to justifyThose who died for freedom.For the future's in our handsAs we pledge, united we stand.
We are one, We are the children Reaching out across the sea.Side by Side, We stand unitedPledged to save humanity.Standing strongWe are tomorrow.Find peace for you and me.One by one, We are the futureStanding strong, for we are one.
WE ARE ONE, We're the children.WE ARE ONE, Across the sea.WE ARE ONE, We're united.WE ARE ONE, Humanity.WE ARE ONE, We're tomorrow.WE ARE ONE, You and me.One by one, WE ARE ONE
words and music by Sammy and Rob Mikulskicopyright Silent Records, Inc 2001

We really are one. What happens enviromentally in one country may well affect another country and it's inhabitants. Not just the people either, but the plants and animals too. Did you know Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to climb Mount Everest in 1953 has urged the United Nations to place the world's highest mountain on its list of endangered heritage sites because of the threat of climate change. Our responsibility as citizens of this planet is to care for each other. That includes the critters in this world. We are indeed one. What affects them will also affect us. Do you realize in some areas of the world the butterflies, lizards, etc. are climbing to the tops of mountains, etc. because of global warming to cool off and then they are dying anyway because they've left their natural environments. We've created this pending extinction by our irresponsibility.

Are you saying Pam what does this have to do with wellness? Isn't this blog about wellness? I've said it before wellness is not just the absence of illness. Wellness is a compendium of the whole of your life. Do you use hazardous products in your home? Do you recycle? Do you eat mostly processed foods? All of these things not only impact YOUR wellness, but also the wellness of the world..... yes, we ARE one!

Wishing you wellness and joy,
Pam Murphy,B.S.,RRT

Monday, July 04, 2005


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around us.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone of us.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
- Nelson Mandela

Friday, July 01, 2005

Repetition and Acceptance....recipe for illness?

Let's see Coke and Pepsi spend millions of dollars per year to program you to drink soda.
Repetition works.

Fast food places spend millions of dollars per year to program you to eat fast food.
Repetition works.

Can you see how this relates to pharmaceutical commercials? And the acceptance of side effects?
Repetition works.

Yes, repetition works. But it only works if you aren't thinking about what you are putting into your body. It only works if you haven't taken responsibility for your wellness.No-one would put water in the gas tank of their car and expect their car to run. Cars run on gasoline.

What you put into your body to "make it run" is as important as the fuel you put in your car. Your body "runs" on nutrients.You can get away for a lot of years with being a couch bum and eating less than nutritiously. But it will eventually catch up with you.

It will catch up with you in the form of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.If you take care to exercise and put the right nutrients into your body you will greatly lessen the chances of having to succumb to using pharmaceuticals. And you will greatly enhance your quality of life. Think about it.

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Are you on a fast track......

Did you ever consider injecting yourself with heroin?
Is it perfectly acceptable to you to drink a six-pack every night?

I bet right now you're thinking....."Whoa she's nuts!"

It's amazing the number of people who would not think of doing
the above......but who think nothing of plopping themselves on
the couch to watch TV and wolf down a bag of chips or bowl of
ice cream every night.

Fast track to diabetes and cardiac complications.

The processed food industry has done such a good job of
inundating us with mind-numbing commercials for snack
foods......we don't even think twice anymore about nutritional content
or what our bodies need in order to work properly.

Does your lifestyle need a change?
Change it NOW or deal with the effects of your choices
in the form of illness later.

Here's where to begin:
Think before you eat!!!!!
If you're craving candy try eating a piece of fruit.
If you're craving ice cream try eating some applesauce.
If you're craving cheese puffs try eating carrots.
If you're craving potato chips try eating pretzels or popcorn.

If you make GOOD CHOICES often enough they become
easier and then become a new habit!!!!!!!

Wishing you wellness and joy,

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Today....i would like to give you a short course in reading scientific studies.

You may have read that “The National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Prevention Trial reported that there was a 49 percent decrease in the incidence of breast cancer in women who took tamoxifen for five years.”

The truth is that according to the study, your odds of getting breast cancer without using tamoxifen was only 1.3%, and with tamoxifen it dropped to .68%. That represents a 49% difference between the two numbers (as cited), but just a little over one-half of one-percent difference (.62%) in real terms.

Always ask questions.

And remember this.

There is always a downside to pharmaceuticals. Tamoxifen's downside is that it can cause cancer of the uterus, ovaries, and gastrointestinal tract. In 1996, a division of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, declared tamoxifen a Group I carcinogen for the uterus.

Is that risk worth a .62% difference in getting breast cancer?

Yet because of that deceptive 49% statistic millions of women have taken tamoxifen for five years as advised. Doctors have recommended it......Insurance companies have paid for it.....and the pharmaceutical company has marched to the bank.......as i was saying......the western medical system is broken.

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Western medicine is broken.....

Western medicine is broken. It is deadly, expensive, corrupt, inefficient, and riddled with greedy "special interest" which care more about the bottom line ($$$) than you or I.

Have you really listened to pharmaceutical commercials on tv? Pay attention to the side effects and then ask yourself: Isn't there a better way?

Your body does not have a defiency of prozac, celebrex, vioxx, or any other drug. Drugs are poison. They rob your body of nutrients. Don't believe me? Take a look at the book, "Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook" published by Lexi-Comp, Inc. Drugs rob your body of nutrients and in the case of most chronic illnesses do not offer a cure, but only cover up or suppress symptoms.

The recent drug retractions (ie the Cox2 debacle) will only continue to occur. Why? Because our body cannot handle synthetic substances. Have you heard about the recent connection between viagra and blindness? You can't fool Mother Nature.

We don't have disease because of a lack of toxic, synthetic chemical drugs in our body... we have disease because vital cell function is impeded due to stress, toxins and a lack of nutrient components that only come from diet and supplementation.

Disease is your body crying out for what it isn't getting........nutrients.

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Wishing you wellness and joy,


Welcome to my blog........

Good day to you! Welcome to my blog...Surviving Medicine!

Why did I name it that? Quite simply, because I have survived medicine.

In my journey amidst western medicine as a patient and as a respiratory care practitioner I have seen much, formed many opinions and gained much wisdom about true health. That is what this blog is about. I hope you will bookmark this site and visit often!

Wishing you wellness and joy,