Hurricane Florence Wishes

Hi everyone. Let’s all of us take a few moments to send our blessings and well wishes to all of my readers/ everyone in the Phillipines and United States affected by Hurricane Florence.

Here’s hoping for the best to each and every one of you.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life?

Hi everyone! Some of you have asked me for a reprint of this article/post by Sterling Hayden. Due to its popularity, Bankruptcy of Purse or Bankruptcy of Life? has been published on numerous sites over the years. It is written by a sailor for a sailor….Concepts hold true for anyone – whether a landlubber or seafarer…Enjoy….

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea – “cruising” – it is called.

Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I have always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I cannot afford it.” What these men cannot afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of what is termed security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need, really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That is all that is needed in the material sense, and we know it.

But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

– Sterling Hayden, Author/Actor/Wanderer

This piece is especially in sync with the spirit of Race To Alaska. For more information on this wonderful adventure, feel free to visit:
Race To Alaska

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Guest Post: Holistic, Natural Ways of Keeping Healthy

total knee replacement and holistic, natural living tips

Hi everyone. As you probably know, I am always on the lookout for quality information from outside sources to share with you – my valued readers. It seems I have found one in Jon Reyes, a freelance writer who enjoys sharing his passion about living a healthy, holistic life. The article is as follows:
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Holistic, Natural Ways of Keeping Healthy

When we talk about holistic methods to being healthy, we mean taking a ‘whole body’ approach. Instead of focusing on just the physical side of things, for instance, all aspects are considered, such as mental and social health. Ideally, this will best help improve and maintain your quality of life.

First and foremost, it goes without saying you need to exercise, exercise, exercise! Health authorities recommend everyone participate in some kind of exercise, preferably a few times a week at varying intensities. Physical activity significantly benefits the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, muscular strength and flexibility. It also benefits your skeletal strength and movement. At its most basic, exercise keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your muscles working, and your joints moving.

If this few times a week exercise commitment is not realistic, then lessen your sedentary time. Get off the couch. Stand behind the chair and do some leg lifts. Stand on your toes. Do some isometrics. Even if it’s just extended standing, or moving from room to room – do it. Start moving.

Recently, experts have bne toutingh the many benefits offered by yoga. Some of the noted benefits include: improved sleep, metabolic functioning, and immune system enhancement. This just names a few. Importantly, yoga significantly reduces levels of stress. It lowers your body’s level of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response. In addition to all of the above, yoga will noticeably iumprove your flexibility and range of motion.

Studies have shown that doing yoga as part of your total knee replacement recuperation significantly alleviates pain and stiffness in joints. Results start showing up in just a few weeks. Yoga can also speed up our recovery rate, providing you do not overdo the maneuvers. There is also plenty of evidence supporting the fact that pre-op (exercise before your operation) can help to reduce pain symptoms and reduce your length of stay in the hospital.

Saunas are fairly widespread, being commonly found in health & fitness centers. This seems to be rather contrary, considering you don’t really hear much about what they do, and why you should, or shouldn’t, use them. There are a few instances in which you shouldn’t be using a sauna; these are upon experiencing chest pains, or after suffering a recent cardiac event (like a heart attack).

Start using a sauna to help rid the body of toxins that may be present. Beneficial in itself as it eases the strain on organs like the kidneys and the liver. Also as a result of the detoxifying nature of saunas, those suffering from chemical addictions may experience relief of those symptoms.

Other sauna benefits include lowering blood pressure (of those with hypertension), easier breathing for asthma and bronchitis sufferers – as well as alleviation of tiredness and pain in people struggling with chronic fatigue and pain.

In terms of your mental wellbeing, there is a branch of psychology that has recently grown in popularity. It is known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of mental awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness is achieved by concentrating on feelings, thoughts, and messages from the body that help keep you focused.

Studies show that mindfulness exercises can improve cognition, reduce levels of stress, relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, while also enhancing your sleep quality. Let us not forget that this cognitive training will help you deal with everyday problems/concerns, as well as more difficult issues.

We’re sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that we have talked about sleep more than once. A lack of sleep, or a poor quality of sleep, has been heavily linked to poor mood, deterioration of memory, lapses in cognition, and a lowered metabolic rate. The lower your metabolic rate, the easier it is to gain weight.

These are just a few of the adverse health conditions that result from not getting the right amount, or right kind, of sleep. Fortunately, there are ways to easily remedy this. You can exercise (again), avoid too much caffeine or alcohol, and/or do some mindfulness exercises.

Finally, this is the point at which we move on to talking about the importance of diet and nutrition in keeping healthy. Even the most enjoyable of foods tend to negatively affect health if consumed too often. As with anything, moderation is key! Eating the right amount of the right kind of foods is important, since poor diets are linked to a wide variety of adverse health effects.

Poor diets are associated with increased rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immune system deficiency – among others. You can employ some simple changeds to rectify any dietary deficiencies you may have. The first is making use of conscientious portion control. Second, slow your eating pace. And, finally, replace unhealthy snacks with more healthy counterparts.

With so many holistic, natural ways of keeping healthy – what are you waiting for? Get started today. The sooner you start, the better you will feel.

AUTHOR INFO: Thank you to Jon Reyes who wrote this article. Jon is a guest author from Clearwells and is a respected, expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects. He has over 10 years of writing experience under his belt.

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How To Stay Healthy During Hot Summer Days

Hi everyone. Summer season in the USA is winding down and with that comes a ton of outdoor events. Combine those fun-filled events with warmer/hotter temperatures and you can easily overdo it without realizing it. You need to learn how to be healthy during hot summer days. This is key to avoiding, and/or lowering your risks of heat-related illnesses.

Some of you have contacted me asking about ways to stay healthy in these warmer temps. I have written previously throughout this site about living with the after effects of a fractured C-1. This fracture severed the nerve that sends signals from my body to mind about overdoing it. In other words, I cannot tell when I am overdoing it until I start to get sick..by that time symptoms quickly appear and build upon each other. So….Here are some things I do to ward off emergency/paramedic trips:

* Use the buddy system. There is a reason safety experts across the board suggest people use the buddy system. You watch each other’s back. One of the beginning signs of any heat-related illness is getting flushed. Another person can spot this sign before you can.

* Carry minimal weight around. The more weight you carry around, the more energy your body exerts.

* Use an umbrella. Check with the event staff to see if these sun savers are allowed. A light-colored one will protect better than a dark-colored one. Golf umbrellas are excellent for this purpose.

* Wear light-colored clothes. Light colors reflect the sun. Dark colors attract, or absorb, the sun waves. That seems common sense, but I am regularly surprised how so many people wear black clothes, then complain about the heat. Apparently, this fact is not as well known as I previously believed.

* Use sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays will help keep you cooler. Be sure to use a SPF that suits your individual physiology and needs.

* Drink cold water. This is another common sense solution, but must be mentioned. Get a hold of an insulated container. Fill it with cold water and ice beforehand. Buying cold bottled water on-site can cost a pretty penny.

* Put a frozen ice pack into an insulated cooler. Place your food and beverages on top of it. Place extra ice over the contents.

* Use ice. Rub it over your face, hands, neck, back, and chest. Do this periodically throughout the event/day.

* Use a spritzer. Fill a spritzer bottle full of cold water. Spray yourself throughout the day for an instant cooling.

* Wear a hat. The larger brim, the better. Your hair will also thank you. Sun exposure burns hair very quickly.

* Cover your skin. Exposed skin not only burns easier, but heats up quicker. Protect your skin.

* Wear lightweight fabrics. Gauze is superb. Some companies make action wear clothing that keeps you cool. It costs a little more, but is worth it.

* Women: wear sundresses and/or skirts. Perfect way to do your best to beat the heat.

* Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection keep damaging sun rays from entering your retinas and eyes, in general. Believe it or not, it does help to keep your eyes cool.

* Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and/or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Drink them even when you are not thirsty. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of emergency sicknesses.

* Wear comfortable footwear. Flip flops are great. Sandals are another popular option, but not everyone can comfortably wear them. Know what is good for you. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet.

* Eat cold food. That’s the purpose of an insulated cooler. Fill it with chilled sandwiches that you make at home. It will save you money and health.

* Wear the proper socks, if needed. Keeping your feet cool is crucial for keeping your body temperatures within a safe range.

Well, that’s about it for now. When I think of more, I will update this article.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






My Healthy Holiday Reading Suggestions – TKR

Hi everyone. It’s that time of year when thoughts of the holidays come into mind. If you, or someone you know, is planning on having a total knee replacement in the upcoming year, consider gifting yourself or others with valuable information.

My Patient’s Perspective On Preparing For a Total Knee Replacement is ideal for covering all the bases. Having gone through this arduous surgery twice, for the same knee, you can truly feel comfortable in receiving the best information possible.

Sleeping after a tkr is something not completely discussed in the medical profession. I experienced insomnia for 10 months and felt it needed to be documented. I figured the information could help others. I posted a blog and responses poured in. Receive more insight by buying my “Dealing With Insomnia After a TKR” book. It is available in various formats to satisfy many reader needs.

If water exercising is to your liking, you will find my “Water Exercises After A TKR” book chock-full of useful maneuvers that stretch and strengthen without pain or discomfort. Anyone with knee joint concerns can benefit.

After recuperating from a fractured mandible (broken jaw), I found it exhausting to find valuable information online and/or offline. So, I authored a book titled “Why Do You Talk Like That?”. It is available in hard copy and digital form. It includes recipes, exercises, and real-life experiences intent on helping others going through the same thing.

Please visit my Books page for more information on formats and ordering.

Well, that is the end of my shameless self-promotion. I have no doubt that my books will satisfy many reader needs. Give the gift of education and enlightenment.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers affected by this holiday. Enjoy, spoil yourself, share the love, and be grateful for all you have. Ignore all the commercialism that has become associated with this day.

You may want to try out a quick and easy recipe I just developed called ‘Strawberry Romanced Shortcakes’ located here: http://myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2013/02/strawberry-romanced-shortcakes.html

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Happy New Year!

Hi my favorite readers! Here’s hoping that the new year brings you good health, a better quality of life, and abundance. I am so grateful for all of your communications, contributions and insight.
Keep on trucking and good luck!

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Eating for Respiratory Health

Hi my favorite readers. We all know how important eating a proper diet is towards functioning at optimum levels. I just posted an article about eating to nourish the respiratory system on my natural living blog.

For more information, kindly click on Marie’s Flute…located under my blogs. It’s located in the lower right-hand sidebar of this page.

Good luck and thanks!

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Making Easy & Cheap Cold Beverages

Hi my favorite readers! What goes better on a hot day than cold beverages? Here’s a recipe that is cheap, easy & nutritious. Let’s try again…to my natural foods site…

http://myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2012/08/healthy-low-cal-snow-cones.html“>

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Natural Energy Booster

I just posted an article about increasing your energy level the natural way on my healthy living blog. It involves using food as medicine. 🙂

For more information, click on this link:
http://myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2012/06/need-quick-energy.html

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