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Sadhvi Sez: Keep Your Heart Open by Creating and Giving

SADHVI

This Holiday season is different on account of so many things: the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 (oh no, the end of the world!); the end of the Kali Yuga on that same date; astrological configurations that have not occurred since 26,000 years ago; not to mention the intense times on the planet on account of financial, emotional, and weather-related things that just don’t seem to end.

Hey wait, maybe December 21st will be the end of all the chaos and nonsense, wouldn’t that be nice?

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This year I’m not even able to play my usual Christmas Songs while baking the things I send to my family who live far away; Nat King Cole and Bing just don’t sound very good.

I’m listening to classical music and my favorite Osho music more, trying to find comfort and joy inside. I’ve never taken that technological step with getting an iTunes account or a MP3 player or an iPod, so I am thankful that I have a CD player that is hooked up and still works!

I also like to bake to chill out, and I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. I have my grandma’s recipe for poppy seed and nut rolls, and it is the best one I’ve found, and I’ve searched the web extensively for a better one – believe me, there is no better recipe than hers! Because of my Czechoslovakian background, I find that I start to crave something with a lot of poppy seeds in it around now. They are so good and everyone loves them. If you like to bake, you should try to make them.

I don’t buy things that are mass-produced for any gift-giving occasion, so here are a few of my favorite things:

1.) My favorite hand-made soap is called Goat in the Patchouli Patch from ThingsFromHome. Really, in the ocean of hand-made soaps that are out there, Mickey’s goat milk soap’s stand out for their purity and price.

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2. And forget all those fancy anti-aging products that promise everything and are expensive to boot, because really and truly, none of them will make me look like I did when I was in my 20’s again! Instead, finding a product that is really good for my skin, not crazy expensive, and something that smells really really good is what I am after.

What I found to be all that is Garima’s Lavender-Rose Moisturizer. Besides being a master herbalist she’s an aromatherapist too. My skin likes her products, and they make me happy because they smell divine! And, they are very high quality and affordable too. Check her stuff out.

3.) I found these seeds that are beautifully packaged and great gifts for anyone who gardens. Check them out at this site: Hudson Valley “Art Packs”.

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4. I am also into supporting the local artists in my area. And while at one of our tailgate markets this past year, I saw Kristen Schooover’s whimsical and cute functional pottery. She has an Etsy page and is on FaceBook. You can also contact her in the old-fashoned way of telephoning or emailing her, if you write and ask me for it.

BENYO POTTERY

And lastly, I wear hats and scarves almost year-round; I feel especially protected when I’m wearing something on top of my head, and around my throat. I was really pleased to get a present of this hand-made silk scarf from a dear friend who got it from an online company in Canada called, WomenClothingToday. I love my silk scarf with a hand-painted design from Austrian artist, Klimt.

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I’ll close with a wish that you are surrounded by love and beauty and feel a deep sense of contentment with what is, and what’s to come!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a Link Between Bras and Breast Cancer?

Annice

It started over a week ago when a dear friend in New Jersey e-mailed me a link to an article that was being discussed on “Coast to Coast,” a radio show that airs on more than 560 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico. The show boasts nearly three million weekly listeners from 1-5.a.m. (Paula, I didn’t know you were an insomniac).

The topic on the show was breast cancer and how to prevent it “naturally.”  The article in question claimed that there was an increase in breast cancer rates between women who wear bras versus those that who do not. It said the odds of getting breast cancer dramatically increased with bra-wearing over 12 hours per day. My friend, like so many of us, is not a fan of the bra when at home. Always ready to forward health info, I sent the article to a group of women over 50, and within minutes, it sparked a flood of comments, such as:

Nedra: I don’t know what to think but who really wears bras at home? I only wear mine when I go out period. Never at home, hate them! When I wear a bra, I like Spanx, get them on-line. 

Sadhvi: Interesting article…now, all I need to do is find some kind of undershirt that will bring some kind of support for my 42DD size!  Let me know if any of you know of something.

Marjorie:  Hi all, this missive has been around for a long time. Given the fact that probably 99% of women wear a bra, I think the statistics are ridiculous. You can buy a wire-free, front closing sports bra at Kmart for $7.99. It is comfortable and will give you some support so your tee tees don’t hang down to your belly button! Now for my 2 cents. Here is what I think causes cancer (since I have it, I feel I can be bold and pontificate)!  

1.         Stress….which causes our immune systems to make mutant cells and while most people can throw them off, it’s like getting the flu, sometimes your body can’t ward it off. I believe that childhood trauma is where it starts. Of course not everyone will get cancer who was abused, but cancer is a long process. You don’t wake up one morning and say, “Oh, I got cancer” like it just happened overnight.

 2.         Diet….all I will say about that is get a hold of the movie “Healing Cancer from the Inside Out”. I don’t know if it’s on Netflix, but I went to see it last night and believe me, if I had seen this right after I was diagnosed, I would NEVER have done radiation. I opted out of chemo immediately, but the radiation is just as poisonous. All of the doctors in this film are MD’s they are not crazy quacks. If nothing else, stop eating meat and dairy products. I just started using coconut milk in my coffee and it’s really good!

 3.         The American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute, the drug companies, the hospitals and all the “so called cancer information we get” is a huge hype. It’s like the wars in Iran and Iraq, so much money has been poured into making them right, there’s no turning back. And, here’s the big one……the incidence of people who are living longer because of these barbaric treatments is slim to none. The numbers are being padded because if someone lives for 5 years after treatment, they are considered “cured”.

 So, please don’t get caught up in the bra vs. no bra story. Please watch this movie before you are prodded along like cattle to make decisions fast once you (God forbid) are diagnosed. Also read the China Study….it’s a little on the academic side, but scientifically proves why diet can cause cancer.

Believe me, I’m not perfect. It will take me awhile to get on a totally plant based diet, but I’m really trying. Hope some of this gives you some “food for thought”.

Minda:  Reading The Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran? Really good for beginners. Not that I’m going vegan but also want to eat more of a plant based diet. Experimenting with greens this weekend. 

Lisa: Hi ya’all, I too was diagnosed with cancer (way too early) and believe wholeheartedly it was stress and diet oriented, not to mention genetics as I have the same cancer my mother and her sister have but I got it twenty years earlier.

The easiest way to get lots of greens in is to blend them into a smoothie with berries and stevia-flavored drops to sweeten it up. Cucumbers are excellent. This morning I even have fennel in my smoothie. If I miss one of these in the morning, I really feel the difference. Plus, check out the super foods: maca, lucuma, etc… they come in powder form. Chia and hemp seeds are great for a wide variety of reasons. Dr. Brian Clement, who runs Hippocrates Health Institute has a new book either coming out or already out called KILLER CLOTHES. 

Marjorie:  I got a juicer on Amazon….not the super duper best, but it does work well.  I do kale, chard, beet greens, and any other organic greens I can get.  Oh, carrots and ginger too, and it’s really delicious. Check out the “Juice Guy” on YouTube.  He is pretty hysterically funny but you get the idea of the juicing!  

Based on the flurry of comments, I decided to do some of my own fact-finding. According to the Scientific American, those ideas have been circulating since the late 60’s. A leading researcher, Dr. Sherry Marts, Scientific Director of the Society for Women’s Health Research, says it’s more urban myth than science. The legend was perpetuated in the 1995 book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer entitled, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Bras and Breast Cancer. According to About.com, Women Health sites review of the book, Singer and Grismaijer claim that they surveyed over 4700 women and discovered that “100% of women with breast cancer wear bras.” The authors hypothesized that bras inhibit lymphatic circulation, which leads to a buildup of cancer-causing “toxins” in the breast. Apparently, it just ain’t so. For more info go to Snopes.

 

 

Beautiful Women over 50: Vivian Gold

VIVIAN GOLD

Vivian Gold is a friend of mine that I met through real estate years ago. She happens to be a gifted massage therapist who lives in Asheville (contact info is below in case you feel like you need to do something nice for yourself), and has agreed to answer some questions for Oops50. Enjoy!  Sadhvi

1. What was the first album or 45 record you ever bought?

My first 45 was ABC by The Jackson Five.

 

My first LP was the Led Zeppelin one with Stairway to Heaven. That song still mesmerizes me today.

LED ZEPPELIN IV

2. What is the one thing that you have to have on that makes you feel good when you leave the house?

When I go out, I have to have my lips looking good. In the moment, I really like ZUZU’s lipliner by Gabriele. I usually go for a neutral shade, and the one I’m using now is called “innocence”. Then I use a lipstick and my fave is also one from Gabriele’s. I hate to put chemicals and junk in or on my body, so I buy these at the heath food store, and they are great.

GABRIELE'S VEGAN LIPSTICK

3. What’s your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food in the summer is organic ice cream and in the winter it’s root veggies and lots of good carbs.

4. What do you consider your favorite breakfast?

Well, the thing that I have to have each morning is really good and really strong organic coffee with Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Milk..  Not just Coconut Milk.. It’s not creamy enough for me.. But the Almond/Coconut is.. The best organic coffee I’ve found for the price and taste is Whole Foods  “360 Pacific Rim”, which is their own brand.

360 PACIFIC RIM BLEND FROM WHOLE FOODS

After that, I juice some veggies or make a smoothie with some spirulina powder, bee pollen, ground flax seeds…and add things that I have around that I like.

5. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being over 50?

My favorite thing about being over 50 is my acceptance of “life on life’s term”. I feel more grounded. All my life’s experiences and lessons I was learning over the years, which might not have connected at the time, have integrated in the last couple of years into a sense of knowing and peace.

My least favorite thing about being over 50 are the little imperfections on my body like my freckles, which used to look great on my sun drenched face and body, but are now big from too much sun in my life. Oh, and another thing that I am not really thrilled about is keeping up with waxing my unwanted hair.

Vivian Gold LMT.
Global Vision Healing Arts
Massage and Wellness Therapy
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 691-6916

No Discount at Kmart for People Over 50

Annice hiding behind sunglasses

Well folks, it looks like Oops50.com is in trouble.  So many people are reading our blog, including Kmart (representing Sears Holding Management Co.) lawyers because we got a letter from them electronically and a hard copy delivered by FedEx today.

It seems, in our post Do you know about the Discounts for Baby Boomers dated Feb. 28, 2012, we included Kmart on a list of retailers who give a 20% discount for people over 50.  Well, I’m not sure if tons of folks were flocking to Kmart as a result of our blog post, but somehow their lawyers found out about it and wrote us a letter stating that:

1) We must remove the incorrect information from the website- DONE

2) Print a correction or retraction on our website to inform our readers- DOING THAT NOW

3) Provide them with the source of this misinformation, and any other  print or electronic media outlets to whom we have given this info, so they may similarly inform others of this mistaken information-DONE

So fellow baby boomers, we apologize for the misinformation to you and to Kmart and hope you will continue to read our blog anyway and shop at Kmart.

 

 

Beautiful Women over 50: What a Difference the Years Make

Lynne

To say that our 40thclass reunion last summer was a life changing experience would be an understatement!  So many wonderful things happened that have forever changed so many of us as a result of that wonderful weekend.  One of the best changes was that, after 40 years, several of us have not only reconnected on a personal level, but we have also been able to team up and form a national sales force for a new company started by one of our very own!

I am happy to say that almost 75% of our classmates were found in the process of planning the reunion. And although our life paths are very different, several of us do share a love of beautiful jewelry which proved to be a great common denominator when we discovered Susan Leasure had created a new online jewelry boutique called Cinderella’s Sea.  This is a unique wholesale accessory boutique created by a woman, for women and run by women.  Cinderella’s Seabrings individual expression in to women’s lives with “The Aqua Princess Collection of Ultra glamorous Jewelry”, embellished with cultured pearls and dazzling crystals.

Reunion Buddies

Susan and I have teamed up and are working together to formulate a team of professionals to work as a sales force across the country, selling our beautiful jewelry and accessories to upscale ladies boutiques.  It’s exciting!  Several classmates and spouses of classmates have joined the team.  I have a feeling that great things will come out of this new collaboration.

Susan

Having dinner with several of these ladies at one of our “mini reunions” in Florida, I found that many of us were looking for a part time activity to help pay for our “shopping habits”.  So what better way to do that than by selling jewelry we all love to wear and own personally?  We all own and wear our favorite pieces of “The Cinderella’s Sea Collection” already.  And you know what?  We have only positive things to say about the collection because we love it ourselves.

Look out America – here we come!  And Fashionistas, be looking for a boutique close to you!  The Cinderella’s Sea Jewelry Collection will be arriving soon!

Ah yes, what a difference the years make.  We never thought we’d come full circle, but here we are, high school buddies, back together again as the sales team behind Cinderella’s Sea!  Check the site out!

Lynne

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