I hope you’ve been enjoying our all-too-short summer. It’s so hard to believe that that we’re into August. I still think its March!
Next month marks Faye’s Light's 9th year! We continue to provide wonderful services to hundreds of men and women battling cancer. To date we have provided more than 12,000 free treatments!
September 13th is our annual Golf Outing & Shrimp Boil. This is our biggest fundraising event and even if you don’t golf you can reserve a spot for the fabulous shrimp boil, donated by our ever generous Duane and Nancy Kaminski. It’s a great event and a lot of fun. For more information about this event visit www.golfinvite.com/fayeslight.org, or call me at 708-431-3643.
I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue. We have wonderful contributors who graciously donate their time and energy to share their expertise with you.
Until next time… Vicky
Aromatherapy spritzers are inexpensive to create and have a multitude of uses. They can be created to use on the body or to mist in a room. Either one can then also be used to mist your pillow cases, sheets, towels (guest towels), or pet beds. Remember, mist lightly. Aromatherapy is meant to be subtle. That’s when it’s most effective.
I’m including recipes that were shared by Robin Lander on the Simpler Botanicals website (www.shopsimplers.com). If you store the aromatherapy body spritzers in the refrigerator they’ll be even more refreshing when you use them.
Aromatherapy Spritzer Blends for Summer
Posted on July 10, 2013 by Robin Lander
Cooling aromatic sprays are fun and easy to make. Simply add essential oils into water (preferably distilled water) in a glass spray bottle and shake well before each use. Avoid eyes when spraying. Have fun!
Body Mists: 10-20 total drops essential oils in 4oz water
Room Sprays: 20-30 total drops essential oils in 4oz water
Refreshing: Spearmint & Orange
Mood-Booster: Bergamot & Geranium
Stress Relieving: Lavender & Grapefruit, or Clary Sage & Neroli
Mental Clarity: Basil & Lemon
Calm and Cool: Lavender & Peppermint
Meditative Mood: Sandalwood & Frankincense
Aphrodisiac: Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and a tiny hint of Cinnamon or Clove, or try Jasmine & Orange
Allergy Aid: Moroccan Blue Chamomile & Lavender
Sleep Aid: Roman Chamomile & Neroli
Mojito: Lime & Spearmint
Room Refresh: Lemongrass & Cedar
By Vicky Weis
One of the things I love most about summer is the variety of fresh vegetables that are readily available. This recipe for Oven Roasted Broccoli is from Rachel Ray. I’ve made it several times now and I am totally addicted to it! Oh my gosh… it is so delicious. Please, let me know what you think about it on our Facebook page.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
1 head broccoli, cut large pieces in half all the way through the stem (leave a few inches of the stalk attached)
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons (eyeball it) extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 400F. Liberally drizzle EVOO over broccoli, add garlic, salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Transfer to oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, until broccoli is nice and crispy on the ends and a little brown.
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By Joan Clark
Peppermint Essential Oil for Heat Strokes or Hyperthermia
Hot summer days can be very dangerous on animals when they are not kept in safe, cool and sheltered areas. Heat strokes or hyperthermia occur when an animal gets severely overheated, most commonly in the summer months.
Statistics state the top causes for heat strokes in animals are pets left in parked cars, exercising an animal in hot humid weather and leaving animals outside without any shelter and protection from the sun.
Who would do this, right? But you would be surprised at the number of animals who are rushed into the vet’s office each year because their pet is experiencing a heat stroke.
Since dogs and cats do not have sweat glands and the only way they can dispel the heat in their body is by panting and eliminating it through the pads of their feet, it is important we keep them in places that are cool, ventilated, and where they have access to clean, cool water.
This summer I have been amazed at the phone calls I have received from people asking me what are the best essential oils to use for animals that are experiencing symptoms of hyperthermia. They say, I did not know it was going to be that hot out and I left my pet in the car. What?
Here in Kansas, if an animal is left in a car on a hot day and the inside of the car registers over 65 degrees the owner will be fined and can possibly go to jail for animal abuse.
Even if the windows are cracked and a bowl of water is in the car your pet is not safe on hot days. Be wise and keep your pet at home.
What are the signs of a heat stroke and what should you look for if you think an animal may be experiencing a heat stroke?
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing.
- Body temperature 104 Fahrenheit or above.
- Bloody diarrhea or vomiting
- Increased heart rate
- Increased respiratory rate
- Mucous membrane color is redder than normal
- Capillary refill time is too quick
- Seizures or coma
What can you do for an animal that is having a heat stroke?
One of the best ways I have found to lower the body temperature is by using peppermint essential oil to help cool down the animal. It is amazingly effective and acts quickly.
I will immediately place the overheated animal in a tub of cool water that I have infused peppermint essential oil. This will move into the pads of the feet and be absorbed into the body. I will also massage a few drops up the spinal column of the animal.
If there is not tub to place the animal in I will also put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on cool water soaked towels that I place over the animal to help cool it down.
Peppermint essential oil not only aids in cooling the animals system down but it can also assist the animals breathing and with any pain or shock the pet may be experiencing.
Having a fan in front of the animal to help cool it down can also is beneficial as well.
When I begin to see the symptoms of the heat stroke shift and when the temperature is below 104 Fahrenheit-- I stop the cooling process and then make sure the animal has plenty of water.
For the next 24 hours the animal is watched carefully to make sure it is stable.
I may also suggest taking the animal to the vet for a check up depending on how severe the heat stroke was.
On those hot, sunny days please remember to:
- Make sure your pets have plenty of cool water and shade during the hot weather.
- Never leave your pet in a parked car.
- Make sure if your pet is outside it has appropriate shelter and has access to water and that your pet is not lying on hot cement.
Never exercise your pet in hot, humid weather. Take those walks before the sun comes up or after it goes down. Sidewalks are hot and therefore can cause your pet to over heat and burn the pads of the feet. Do not walk your pet on hot pavement. If your pet has an underlying disease like heart or lung be especially careful to keep them out of the heat. Animals with short snouts, such as bulldogs are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia as well as heavy coated dogs.
Keep them inside.
It is up to us to take care of the animals we love.
Make sure you check the weather report each day and on those hot days use good common sense when deciding where your pet will be the most comfortable and free from harms way.
Only the best for our pets!
It may not be news to you but your body knows how to heal itself! The miracle of the human body is that it has its own self-repair mechanisms - mechanisms that are guided by thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that we hold. You see this happening right before your eyes when you get a small cut on your finger or bash your toe into a dresser! The body immediately begins to repair itself. It has a grand intelligence that tells it how to repair broken cells, slow aging, fight infections, kill cancer cells, eliminate toxins, get rid of foreign bodies and keep you healthy! The problem arises when this self-repair mechanism breaks down and disease sets in.
So, what can cause our self-repairing miracle body to break down and go awry? You know the answer already, don't you? STRESS! (Ha! Imagine that?)
Stress is actually another protective miracle mechanism that our body has developed as a survival strategy. It was designed to save our life! Stress gets triggered when we need to run away quickly from danger, or when we need to stand and fight to save ourselves or others! This is called Fight or Flight!
All creatures have this Fight or Flight mechanism. I'm sure you've witnessed many kinds of animals who have to run to save their lives or fight to save their offspring or themselves. So stress, used in this way, is not a negative body response! It’s a built it survival mechanism!
A rabbit will run - literally - for its life to get away from the chasing coyote! But once the rabbit is back in its den and the coyote has given up the chase - this smart, long-eared, fluffy-tailed creature allows itself to relax and releases the tension that was created by the chase! How does a simple rabbit know how to do this? Only because all animals - even human animals - have this relaxation response built into their body's wisdom. It’s part of the self repair mechanism that we have! This relaxation response gives the body time and energy to repair itself!
So if the Stress Response is there to protect you, how could it possibly result in disease? Well, It's been shown that the average human's stress response gets triggered over 50 times a day! Wow! We live in a toxic, overwhelming, and busy environment! We have "things" we have to do, "things" we worry about, "things" we eat that puts stress on our system, "things" that overburden our body - "things", "things", "things"…
Our brain - the part called the Lizard Brain - sends out warning signals when it perceives the body is under threat. Now, these signals alert our body to "fight" or "flight" if we experience negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs such as financial fears, relationship worries, work stress, loneliness or pessimism. To our Lizard Brain these threats are as scary to us as the coyote is to the rabbit! When our body goes into high alert like this - and especially if the high alert lasts for hours, days weeks, months - then our bodies can't repair themselves - because we don't give it the time to do so!
Stress management is simply giving yourself time to relax so your body can begin its repair cycle! And stress management isn't actually sitting in front of the TV and flipping through channels! To allow your body time to repair itself it needs peace! A time to simply rest! No distractions! Perhaps play some lovely, peace inducing music, lower the lights, pull the blinds, give your body time to do what it was made to do - go into Body-Repair-Mode!
Meditation is a quietly peaceful activity, but if you are afraid you're doing it wrong - then its not peaceful is it? So, look for someway to bring peace into your life. Many activities are meditative if you can do them peacefully! Gardening, art, walking, sitting on a porch swing! It's not rocket science - but it does mean you need to find the time and peace in your life to allow your body to repair itself!
Talking about all this stress has been stressful for me, so I'm signing off now. I have a great SkyChair that I sit in and feel the sun on my face and the wind blowing through my hair - It's calling me! Time to go repair….
Ingalls Among 1st in Nation to Offer Investigative Drug for Leukemia
By Debra Robbins, Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Barbara LaBarbera of Kankakee is among the first patients in the nation to benefit from an investigative drug for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). That’s because Ingalls Cancer Care is among the first in the U.S. to offer the M13-982 Study for patients with CLL.
The clinical trial uses the investigative drug ABT-199, a targeted therapy that attacks the cancer cells only, leaving the body’s healthy cells alone. Not only does it make the therapy more effective, it dramatically cuts down on the drug’s side effects. Patients take the medication daily by mouth, and most continue with therapy for the rest of their lives.
CLL is the most common form of adult leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 95,000 Americans currently living with CLL, and another 15,000 will be diagnosed this year.
CLL is characterized by the production of atypical lymphocytes – specialized immune cells that exist in two forms: B- and T-cells. Produced in the bone marrow, these cells serve a specific function to help the body fight infection.
“The large majority of CLL cases involve mature B-lymphocytes that tend to live much longer than normal,” explains Mark Kozloff, hematologist/oncologist and medical director of Ingalls Cancer Care.
B-lymphocytes accumulate in the blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and spleen. This results in overcrowding of these areas and suppression of the formation and function of blood and immune cells. What’s more, the cancerous lymphocytes themselves don’t function normally, further compromising the body’s ability to fight infection.
“Every cancer starts with a single cell that has some defect that makes it cancerous,” he added. “It becomes a problem when it passes along the same defect to its ‘offspring,’ multiplying into great hordes of cancerous cells.”
The targeted agent ABT-199, which can be used as a first- or second-line treatment for CLL, produces rapid and durable control of disease in all forms of CLL, including individuals like Barbara with an extremely hard-to-treat form that involves deletion in the short arm of chromosome 17 (referred to as 17p deletion).
“The M13-982 Study targets a specific enzyme on the cancer cells to stop the over-production of white blood cells and allow them to die normally,” adds Lynne Muir, RN, Ingalls Cancer Research Nurse. “It is showing very promising results. In fact, within days of Mrs. LaBarbera’s first dose, her lymphocyte count dropped by half!”
At present, Barbara, who was diagnosed with CLL in 2004, is in remission and feeling very grateful for it.
“It’s like God answered my prayers,” the 72-year-old retired nurse said. “Within a few days, I started feeling better.”
As for being among the first patients anywhere to receive the investigative treatment that may one day become the standard for CLL patients, she adds: “If I ever do anything, I hope I can help someone else when I do it.”
For more information about the M13-982 Study or other clinical trials available through Ingalls Cancer Care, call 708.915-HOPE (4673).
Journaling to Better Health
Memories of Youth
By Jessie Jury
In June, on a beautiful summer evening near the Summer Solstice, my daughter was born. Although I had the long months of pregnancy to anticipate her arrival, it has been during these few weeks postpartum that I have reflected on the time when my boys were babies, as well as my own childhood.
I’m noting both the differences and similarities in each child’s personality and trying to really savor these months and every milestone because, as anyone who has children would probably agree, the days are long but the years are short.
My Nana, who passed away a few months ago, just shy of turning 103 years old, always told me to be sure to write things down. I may think I will always remember the adorable (or obnoxious) things my sons say or the way I feel when my newborn daughter smiles back at me, but time has a way of softening our memories and certain bits become fuzzy or slip away.
This month, make your journaling practice be about youth. Whether you chronicle events in your child’s life or memories from your own childhood, try to recall events big or small and your accompanying emotions.
It may help to use the prompt, “I remember when…” You can jot down a bunch of these memories or go all out stream-of-consciousness about one event in particular.
My mom recently pointed out that she found it interesting that certain events in her youth that seemed insignificant at the time actually evoke a lot of emotions that she hadn’t realized. That’s the way memories are sometimes. Hopefully you will find it cathartic to record these memories and you may find interesting links between events from the past and the present.
Why not make this type of journaling a regular practice? You could have your very own “Throw-Back-Thursday” (#tbt) and add photographs to your journal pages or digital record. Whether you share these or keep them to yourself, you’ll have created a rich written history.