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The trees are whispering to me, reminding me of my roots, and my reach.


Hello Followers,

I ask you; have you hugged a tree lately? Did you know hugging a tree increases levels of hormone oxytocin.

This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. When hugging a tree, the hormones serotonin and dopamine make you feel happier. It is important to use this “free” space of a forest we were given by nature to holistically heal ourselves. So, take the time to go to a park and hug a tree!

Trees are needed for oxygen and the air we breathe. They remove the dust from the air and provide us with clean air. While hugging a tree, you are standing under the “fresh air factory.” Where else would you get the freshest air if not under a tree?

Plus, trees fill you with positive energy. Energy exchange is a huge benefit. Trees take the negative energy from you and replace it with the positive. Hug a tree for as long as you need to feel recharged with positive energy!

The positive energy that comes with hugging a tree can boost your mood, also. When hugging a tree, you combine the positive outcome of hugging with tons of fresh air and positive energy.

Only good things can come out from that combination; a better mood is one of them.

Trees are the fairest ornaments of nature. ~Wilson Flagg


Catch the star that holds your destiny- the one that forever twinkles within your heart. Take advantages of precious opportunities while they will sparkle before you. Always believe that your ultimate goal is attainable as long as you commit yourself to it.

Barriers may sometimes stand in the way of your dreams. Remember that your destiny is hiding behind them. Accept the fact that not everyone is going to approve of the choices you make, but have faith in your judgement. Catch the star that twinkles in your heart and it will lead you to your destiny’s path. Follow that pathway and uncover the sweet sunrises that await you.

Take pride in your accomplishments as they are steppingstones to your dreams. Understand that you may make mistakes, but don’t let them discourage you. Value your capabilities and talents for they are what make you truly unique. The greatest gifts in life are not purchased, but acquired through hard work and determination.

Find the star that twinkles in your heart for you are capable of making your brightest dreams come true. Give your hopes everything you’ve got and you will catch the star that holds your destiny. By Shannon M. Lester

Yes, Dan and I did our walking yesterday. Short walk, love hearing the birds chirp and the sound of water running wild. Did you as a prevention to keep your body cells happy?

I have decided since there are several videos on meditation and Qigong throughout the blog; I thought it might be fun for you to choose your favorites for today. All you have to do is go to the blog and on the right-hand side are hash # tag words, just click on the word #walk #Qigong #meditation. The post will pop up and then you can begin. Have fun with it!

As I continue to be re-reading my book that I wrote four years ago; it’s a personal journey of my everyday experience with treatments that I received in Mexico. In relations to the current series of BELIEVING, entry 1-29-11; MY HEAD WAS SPINNING.

Today around 9:00 a.m. the chemist came in to give me the third dendritic cell (DC) vaccine shot. The last will be on Tuesday, one day before I am discharged.

After the shot in the afternoon, the massage therapist came in to give me a complete message for back pain. My doctors said it's because I am lying in bed a great deal.

I rested after the therapy and laid down for a bit. When I got up, I felt ill. My head was spinning; I had a stomach ache and a temperature of 101. The nurses checked with the doctors and thought the best thing for me was a cold shower. I was not too pleased with that, for I ended up with my clothes on and I looked at the nurse and thought to myself what if I directed the hose toward her (HAHA). Can you picture how angry I was? My face must have been red with steam coming out of my nose, but it worked. The fever went down.


“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” We live day in and day out following this quote, without realizing it. This is just one of the unknowns. The questions are: Why are we here? What does your travel bring? Do you recognize why you are here? What is your purpose? Do you wander off or dream of a journey? Maybe this is what is in your heart.

Perhaps your goal is to someday be reached. Can it happen that before you know it, it comes to pass and you wake up and you’ve fulfilled the purpose of everything that was meant to be?

I trust that all purposes have a character of art attached. You close your eyes and dream, with images showing you what you want to see. The colors and forms show up, which create a scene that comes through from your brain.

The picture that I would like to share is the purpose of educating people on the methods of treatment I had instead of chemo and radiation. “See the difference!” My procedures were a piece of cake compared to those. There are other ways to treat cancer. We just need to be educated. Knowledge is power!

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Read a non-fiction adventure book. A study found that when you simply read about someone else’s awe-inspiring experience, you become more satisfied and less stressed. Who knows it might even inspire you to embark on your own exciting adventure?

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. By Rudyard Kipling



Have you been keeping your body cells happy! Have you ever wondered how many cells your body is made up of? Scientists are still debating the exact number. Cells are the building blocks of the human body. But what is the total number of cells in a typical human?

The short answer is that the body of an average man contains around 30 to 40 trillion cells.

The long answer is that scientists do not yet know the exact number. Plus, it depends on whether or not you include the bacteria that are present in and on our bodies.

The majority of the cells in our bodies are actually red blood cells. Although they make up over 80 percent of our body in number, they constitute only around 4 percent of total body mass.

This is because red blood cells only measure on average 8 micrometers in diameter, which is 10 times smaller in diameter than an average human hair. In contrast, the average size of a fat cell is 100 micrometers. Although fat cells make up nearly 19 percent of body mass, they contribute under 0.2 percent to the total cell number.

Each type of cell in the human body is specially equipped for its role. Cells of the digestive system, for instance, are vastly different in structure and function from cells of the skeletal system.

Cells of the body depend on each other to keep the body functioning as a unit. There are hundreds of types of cells, but the following are the 11 most common.

The first type is stem cells. They are unique in that they originate as unspecialized cells and have the ability to develop into specialized cells that can be used to build specific organs or tissues.

Stem cells can divide and replicate many times in order to replenish and repair tissue. In the field of stem cell research, scientists take advantage of the renewal properties of these structures by utilizing them to generate cells for tissue repair, organ transplantation, and for the treatment of disease.

The second one is bones cells. They are a type of mineralized connective tissue that comprise a major component of the skeletal system. Bones are made up of a matrix of collagen and calcium phosphate minerals. There are three primary types of bone cells in the body: osteoclasts, osteoblasts, and osteocytes.

The third one is blood cells. From transporting oxygen throughout the body to fighting infection, blood cell activity is vital to life. Blood cells are produced by bone marrow. The three major types of cells in the blood are red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Red blood cells determine blood type and are responsible for transporting oxygen. White blood cells are immune system cells that destroy pathogens and provide immunity. Platelets help clot blood to prevent excessive blood loss due to broken or damaged blood vessels.

The fourth one is muscle cells form muscle tissue, which enables all bodily movement. The three types of muscle cells are skeletal, cardiac, and smooth. Skeletal muscle tissue attaches to bones to facilitate voluntary movement. These muscle cells are covered by connective tissue, which protects and supports muscle fiber bundles.

The fifth one is fat cells, also called adipocytes, are a major cell component of adipose tissue.

Adipocytes contain droplets of stored fat (triglycerides) that can be used for energy. When fat is stored, its cells become round and swollen. When fat is used, its cells shrink. Adipose cells also have a critical endocrine function: they produce hormones that influence sex hormone metabolism, blood pressure regulation, insulin sensitivity, fat storage and use, blood clotting, and cell signaling.

Tomorrow I will go over the last five types of cells. Why should this matter to you? Well, a group of organs makes up an organ system and a group of organ systems make up the human body. So, if an organ is damaged, it means the cells and cell structure in the organ are also damaged.

In fact, the damage can decide the fate of the entire tissue or organ. The cell death pathways decide if it recovers or dies instead. This is why you have to keep them happy.

This is the time to get ready for food and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs. Here’s another recipe with the use of GINGER.

GINGER AND LAVENDER MASSAGE OIL; you can quickly whip up this oil to use on painful joints and aching lower back. You can use practically any type of oil. Olive oil is very stable but can have a greasy feel to it. Grape seed, jojoba, apricot kernel or almond oil are other possibilities that will feel less greasy.


¼ cup grated or finely minced fresh ginger

½ cup oil

10 to 15 drops lavender essential oil


1. Add freshly grated ginger to a small jar.

2. Pour the oil over the ginger and stir to combine.

3. Let this sit for 12 to 24 hours.

4. Once the ginger is well infused into the oil, strain off the ginger.

5. Add the lavender essential oil and stir.

The water in the fresh ginger will cause this mixture to eventually spoil, so for best results store in the fridge and use within 1 to 2 weeks.

Until Wednesday, here is a saying from Munia Khan; "Tree’s exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish." Go out this week and hug a tree!

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