THE ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER
CHAT FROM VcToria
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Honestly I do not have much “chat” or “news” to share
this month! Why? As I reported last month, due to the banks and their “obnoxious”
mortgage rules I had to meet a ton of requirements. I.E: file and Pay personal taxes and much more.
Luckily for me I have the most wonderful accountant in the world and my personal taxes were done and filed on February 21  business that we will file in June also done, tons of paperwork had to be faxed to my broker and many more papers and money had to be raised. Thus I have worked almost every day down at the Russian Tea Room netting me the extra cash I need. In between that, fitting in clients, housework, cats, groceries, and all that keeps life going smoothly. Granddaughter dropped in for one visit and my nicest event of the month was my son taking me out for brunch at Padamani’s for no particular reason.
My biggest loss was my Nugabest bed [sniff, sniff]. The circuit board blew and apparently no one can fix it. There are no distributors in Canada. I got a hold of the lady I bought it from and lo and behold she was getting ready to leave the country and had a $1500 Tourmaline heating mattress for sale for $400. I grabbed it LOL! While delivering it to my house she took photos of the circuit board to see if she could get the company in Korea to fill the parts. UPDATE HERE: After contacting Korea and getting no reply, contacting the USA and being told they do not stock these parts and only repair in the US I will advise AGAINST purchasing any Nugabest items as when they break you will not be able to get them fixed. Believe me I have gone to the ends of the earth to repair this bed. I have paid a fully licensed electrician [tech] to look at it and much more. I bought this bed and then the exclusive distributor closed. All within one year. Before you buy items that are exclusive to one person and made out of the country look at the facts, as the warranty means nothing if the country will not reply or help you. I think this warning can apply to all products that seem to be coming out for healing. By the way this was a $5000 bed.
Other than that, no news! I am on a tight deadline to get this out on time so I will end off with quotation "HAVE A GREAT MARCH". Enjoy the spring days as they arrive and fulfill the destiny of that which will make you peaceful and content. Positive thoughts to everybody and see you in April
My Comments on the News: I watch the news every night and enjoy it. It makes me aware of what is happening in other countries and how the world turns. I enjoy being educated in these areas. I do not agree with a lot of political stuff but am sitting back and seeing where it takes us. One thing I am happy about is my age!! With the population growth, the environmental changes and the views people take on what is right and wrong is sometimes CRAZY!! Thank you Angels as I am guaranteed that I do not have to live in a crazy world once the population doubles but yet again. People really need to stop and think what they are leaving their children BEFORE they decide to get pregnant. Particularly the families who feel the need to have 8 and 10 kids. My opinion!! Does not have to be yours.
CAT COSTS: Well this month I made Senior’s Day at Pet Valu. I also had to purchase a wee bit more food during the month. Here are the costs. Keep in mind this will last way out to the end of March and the dry food will last way longer. Tinned food was $135.76. Raw meat was $50.23. Dry food in bags was $130.88. Kitty litter was $63.96. China’s dry fish treat that she seems to survive on was $17.27 and this was only because there was only one large bag and 2 little ones on the shelves. Treats for all of them were $19.83. No vets were needed. Total cost for all 3 cats was $417.93
If you are thinking of getting a pet please know that from the cute stage, they grow with personality to adult stage. Animals feel with unconditional love from their souls. They get attached and used to their homes. If you cannot give up 12-18 years and maybe longer, do NOT get a pet. It is not a companion till you find a mate, have a child, decide to move to an apartment that will not allow pets, it is a companion for life. They also need dental care, checkups and GOOD food. Not this cheap, no nutrient food that I see so many people buy. Your pets will suffer later just as you would if all you ate was junk.
Look at rescue places for loving animals. These pets will not only be grateful, it's almost like they know you saved them and love and adore you for it. Think before you add to your life. Can you give this type of commitment? If the answer is yes then enjoy looking for your new companion. Think older if you can, for some reason older pets are harder to re-home and they are much sadder as they wait not knowing what it was they did to be removed from the homes they knew.
My Coincidence this Month: Honestly I cannot think of a single coincidence since I worked almost every day, only went out twice to eat at Padamani’s’. Well that may be a wee one. I gave one of the readers at the café some skirting for their table. I gave it freely and was not expecting anything in return. However, she took me out to eat because of it. Thus I was able to eat twice at Padamani’s for free. BUT!! As I have mentioned in prior Newsletters, it is my Harvest Year and I will reap my rewards.
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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.- Romain Rolland, Nobe
Natural Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't
By Dr. Mercola
Please note that I, VcToria, do not claim to be a doctor or physician of any kind. I always find it interesting though that I have gone into complete raw foods for two years, done so many experiments with food and when I tell people who complain ALL the time about how sick they are what foods to take to eliminate the symptoms their eyes glaze over because I am NOT a doctor!! However, if you ask any doctors how much time they spent studying nutrition they say less than 4 hours. Food is your medicine try listening to that. ALL medication somehow weakens the immune system and in most other cases organs.
These articles below were written by doctors.
Your nose is running, your eyes are itchy and watery, you have a low-grade fever and you've been sneezing all day. You probably have a cold. They are the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days at work and school. The average adult in America will suffer between two and four colds each year.
Despite advancements in medical care and treatment, traditional western medicine has little to offer in the care and treatment of the common cold. That's because the cold is caused by a virus and not bacteria. This is important because antibiotics work only against bacteria and not against viruses.
Most uncomplicated colds last between two days and two weeks, depending upon the specific virus and your overall general health. Oftentimes over-the-counter cold remedies don't speed your recovery and can actually prolong your suffering.
Many remedies contain aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), all of which may suppress your body's ability to produce antibodies and fight the cold. This is completely opposite of your goal to get better as quickly as possible.
Although your physician may offer antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu, they are not effective against the common cold and carry specific risks worse than the cold they are meant to treat, and may be more ineffective than advertised.
The answer to treating your cold does not lie in the medicine cabinet. Use a combination of lifestyle choices, herbal remedies and vitamin supplementation to fight the virus and support your immune system in defense against viral attacks.
Natural Home Remedies
Meditation has significant positive effects on heart rate, brain function, stress reduction and blood pressure. Research also has demonstrated that mindful meditation, or the practice of purposefully paying attention, has lasting positive effects on brain function and your immune system.
Imaging demonstrated an increase in activation in the left frontal region of the brain associated with lower anxiety, and blood work showed larger increases in antibody production in participants who meditated in the study. Meditation is an option for both treatment and prevention of colds.
If all your symptoms are above your neck, such as sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes, then breaking out in a sweat is generally considered safe. Your immune system functions better when you exercise regularly and is a good preventative measure.
Walking, jogging, yoga and slow biking are among the best exercises when you have a cold, while endurance sports, team sports, weightlifting and exercising in the cold weather are among the worst.
Exercise may help you feel better but may not shorten the length of your cold. If you are involved in strenuous exercise it depletes the energy needed to fight the virus and can actually make your symptoms worse.
Lack of sleep has been linked to a laundry list of medical disorders from a negative impact on your immune system to dementia.
Sleep has a strong regulatory influence on your immune system and promotes the influence of cytokines stimulating the interaction between antigen-presenting cells and T-helper cells necessary for your body to fight virus infections.
When you're sick (and even when you're not), most people need between about eight hours of sleep a night and plenty of rest during the day.
4. Nasal Saline Rinse
Although researchers can only speculate how saline nasal washes are effective in treating and preventing virus infections and recurrences, the fact is they are effective. Use only sterile normal saline water in the rinse.
Tap water can increase the inflammatory response in the sinus passages and carry parasites that can infect your brain.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons hypothesized that the cold virus entered your body through the ear canal and not the nose. His theory was dismissed by the medical community.
However, in 1938, German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal to treat colds and the flu. Although the data was vastly ignored by the medical community, I've treated many patients who experienced great results with this treatment.
You must start treatment in the first 24 hours to have a significant impact on reducing the length of the cold.
Take the 3% bottle of hydrogen peroxide that any drug store sells and remove the cap. Fill with the hydrogen peroxide and tilt head to left or right. Add the contents of the cap to your ear and hold head still. You will hear fizzing and bubbling; do not be concerned this is normal. Hold for a few minutes and repeat on the other side. As soon as you lift your head the HP will filter out.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Cold viruses increase the acidity of your body. To fight the virus, take a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day. This reduces the acidity and apple cider vinegar has acetic acid that helps prevent the growth of viruses.
7. Raw Honey
Honey has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. But, you would have to overdose on the honey in order to achieve the effect of treating the virus in your body.
However, if you suffer from a sore throat with your cold, raw honey is as effective as cough syrup or cough drops. Remember that honey is a natural sugar and taken in large amounts will adversely affect your insulin and leptin levels.
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalinizing your body, and honey will kill any bacteria. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.
1. Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not boil honey as this changes its medicinal properties).
2. Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for two to three minutes, to both soften the lemon and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
3. Let the lemon cool enough to handle, then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove.
4. Let mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.
5. Then strain the lemon from the honey, making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
6. Let cool, then bottle in a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
This syrup will keep for two months in the refrigerator. To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25-pound child and 1 teaspoon for a 50-pound child, about four times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1 tablespoon doses.
8. Chicken Soup
Although the biological basis for using chicken soup is unknown, a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found evidence that chicken soup — both homemade and from the can — had anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent the side effects of a cold. As a vegan I simple recommend substituting the poor animal flesh for Gardein vegan ‘chiken strips’. Also a homemade broth from the base of the veggies is much more healing in nutritional properties.
9. Colloidal Silver
Silver has been used in treatments as far back as Hippocrates, who was one of the first to describe its antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. But, because colds and the flu are caused by viruses, using colloidal silver will not be effective.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has both antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it a great addition to your treatment and prevention of colds and the flu. Rub coconut oil over your skin. It is readily absorbed into your body and, as an added benefit, will soften your skin too. Add one-half teaspoon to your coffee or tea when you have a cold and cook with coconut oil.
11. Fermented Foods
The health of your immune system resides in your intestines. Fermented foods provide your intestines with a good variety of bacteria to support your immune system.
While fermented foods will improve the health of your gut and therefore your immune system, it often does not work fast enough to help reduce the length of your current cold. Eating fermented foods is a preventive measure for more than just a cold.
12. Baking Soda
The Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Company recommends baking soda to reduce the acidity of your body in the treatment of colds and flu. However, I have pushed the body pH in the opposite direction and achieved the same results, shortening the length of an infection.
The administration of baking soda is simple, relatively harmless and easy to test on your own cold. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
This should only be used as an occasional (not chronic) treatment, however, and be careful not to consume excessive amounts, which can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.
13. Lifestyle Choices
Other lifestyle choices that will help your body to heal from a cold are to eliminate or drastically reduce your alcohol intake and smoking. Both of these factors negatively impact your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight the viral infection.
Steam will not shorten the length of your cold, but it will help to break up the mucous secretions in your sinuses, reduce the inflammation in your nasal passages and help you to breathe better.
15. Stress Reduction
Practicing meditation, yoga or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are simple and effective practices to support your immune system and prevent other damage caused by stress. Diseases linked to stress include obesity, Alzheimer's disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems.
16. Hand Washing
Hand washing is a deterrent for infection by viruses and against further infection while you are sick. It will also reduce the spread of the virus to other family members, but it will not shorten the length of your cold. Remember that too much hand washing is almost as bad as not enough. Frequent washing strips your skin of protective oils, causing the skin to crack and bleed.
17. Eat Real Food
Eating real food and avoiding processed foods will give your body the necessary tools to fight a viral infection. It will also reduce the potential you'll suffer a quick recurrence of the infection. Real foods are best described as those found in the outside aisles of the grocery store that require refrigeration to remain fresh.
Eight Vitamins for Colds
Zinc is nutritionally essential for immune function. Zinc lozenges and powder are available for use during a cold or the flu that can shorten the length of your cold if you have a slight deficiency. Your body uses these micronutrients in a balanced state. Too much zinc interferes with copper bioavailability and too much iron can reduce your absorption of zinc. Foods rich in zinc include cashews and chickpeas.
2. Vitamin C
There is evidence that this water-soluble vitamin will shorten the life of your cold. People with higher blood levels also have a lower risk of death from all causes. Typically the higher the dose the better but one is limited to a relatively small amount with oral vitamin C. You can go much higher with IV or liposomal C. I personally use liposomal vitamin C 3 to 4 grams every hour when I get sick or for friends and family that get sick with great results.
3. Vitamin D
Research studies have demonstrated that this fat-soluble vitamin is essential to the function of your immune system. However, while important to prevent a cold and the flu, supplementation during a cold may not shorten the length of the illness.
That being said, suboptimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, flu and other respiratory infections, so it's important to make sure your levels are optimized.
The importance of this mineral to your health has previously been underestimated. Researchers have identified a reduction in magnesium levels after strenuous exercise, leading to an increased number of viral infections. Supplementation during a cold will likely not reduce the length of your cold. However, an Epsom salt bath will reduce your muscle aches, aid in the absorption of magnesium from the Epsom salts and just make you feel better.
5. Vitamin E
This fat-soluble vitamin enhanced the T-cell-related immune-mediated response in an elderly population. However, while important for prevention, it is not likely to produce immediate results to shorten the length of your cold.
6. Vitamin B6
This vitamin is essential for the production of over 100 enzymes responsible for protein metabolism. Although important to your health, it does not shorten the length of your cold.
7. Vitamin A
This fat-soluble vitamin is important for the differentiation and regulation of almost every cell in your body, including normal immune function. This vitamin is important for the prevention of colds but will not shorten the length of your cold.
This trace element is important in a variety of biological functions. However, while a severe deficiency can lead to significant viral infections it is highly unlikely that supplementation during a cold will reduce the length of your cold.
11 Herbal Cold Remedies.
This is one of the most popular Native American medicinal plants. The research using Echinacea tea is not consistent. The studies that demonstrated the best effect at shortening the length of a cold occurred when you drink two to three cups of Echinacea tea per day starting on the first or second day of your cold.
2. Ginseng and Andrographis
Ginseng is a tuber plant and Andrographis is a plant native to South Asia. Double-blind studies have demonstrated that specific Siberian ginseng and andrographis reduce the length and severity of colds when you take it within 72 hours of the start of your symptoms.
3. Pelargonium Sidoides
Research has demonstrated that this obscure herb can reduce the severity and length of the common cold. Scientists theorize that the herb up-regulates the cytokines in protecting host cells from viral invaders.
4. Raw Garlic
Despite a report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that there is little evidence garlic has an effect on the common cold, some studies have found that raw garlic can prevent colds and reduce the severity of the cold you already have. Test this for yourself at home (be sure to crush the garlic cloves before eating to release their active medicinal properties).
5. Oil of Oregano
This concentrated oil of the oregano plant has potent antibacterial and antiviral effects. In one study, researchers found when in spray form in combination with four other aromatic plants it could immediately reduce the side effects of a cold. This treatment was no longer effective after three days of use. Oil of oregano should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant.
6. Licorice Root
Licorice root is a traditional herbal remedy to treat colds and upper respiratory infections. To date there is no research that supports the use of licorice root to reduce the length of a cold.
7. Olive Leaf Extract
Widely known as a non-toxic immune system support, there is not sufficient evidence to suggest olive leaf extract will reduce the length or severity of your current cold. A few studies have demonstrated its effectiveness at reducing the infectivity of the virus and reducing the inflammatory response in the body.
8. Herbal Tea
Herbal teas from Goldenseal, elderberry, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger may help support your immune system, soothe a sore throat and shorten your cold by up to one or two days.
This is a powerful antioxidant that lowers the levels of two enzymes that cause inflammation. There is evidence that curcumin fights the cold virus in the test tube. Further, it supports the immune system and is effective in the prevention and treatment of several other diseases.
This is a substance collected by bees from leaf buds and tree bark. This extract may be helpful in the reduction of the length and severity of your cold. Some clinical trials have reported reduced number of upper respiratory infections and a reduction in the length of the viral illness.
11. White Willow
The use of willow bark dates back to the time of Hippocrates when people were advised to chew on the bark of the tree to reduce pain and fever. The chemical properties of the bark are similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Pain and fever relief comes more slowly than aspirin but lasts longer. This is a symptom reliever and will not change the length of your cold.
THE PSYCHIC SPEAKS
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Hi VcToria I hope all is well with you. Thank you for making the time and effort to your monthly newsletters, I really enjoy reading them. My question is about what 2017 holds for me and my family in regards to major events (life, financial, work, happiness.harmony). Right now I am just a few months pregnant with my second baby. I am a full time stay at home mom for the most part however I try to keep myself involved in creative and spiritual interests like beading, sewing, Reiki, and crystal therapy. I hope to someday be owning my own business or back in the workforce full speed.
My birthdate is October 15, 1980 and my husband’s is December 21, 1967 and my 2 year old son is October 23, 2014.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Thank you for the compliment on my newsletters as I do enjoy creating them and I'm happy to hear you enjoy reading them.
Let me cover the numerology part of your email first. Looking at both your husband and yourself indeed you two are soulmates. You must have met in a very strange way and had an instant attraction to each other.
Looking at your Life Path which is a 7 breaking from a 16 you are doing a repetitive life, a repeat life. Know that all of the spiritual interests you noted above are very strong in the balance that you will need for your emotional outlets. I can guarantee you that your husband who is a master number is here to carry you through this life as in previous lifetimes you have not been able to get through on any emotional stance.
Your son who has joined you in this lifetime is also on a karmic debt life. I will tell you that you will most likely find your son quite demanding as he grows LOL simply because his previous life time was one where he was born into a family of power and wealth. His life was looked after by others who were at his beck and call. He will have to learn what hard work is all about though in this lifetime. Please do not bend to his demand as he gets older.
Looking at what you wish to do later I would push you towards your own business in the areas that you find fascinating. Look into psychic work of any kind or alternative healing, making sure that your emotional inner core areas are fully balanced though before doing that.
Let me look at the cards in regards to your question on major events for yourself and the family. OK so overall I find a good energy here and quite a bit of happiness. Financials are not as strong as what they could have been but looking forward I have a major, major, major transformation showing.
Unbeknownst to you I feel that you may look at schooling later on, however I do not feel that that is something I would consider based upon the fact that you have a lot of inner passion for things that you will find you will be exceptionally good at and able to work with.
Interestingly enough the cards seem only to talk to you so do focus upon your passions and do not fear moving into them. Everyone has to start with the first healing, first reading and first of anything. Practice all that you love, clear your emotional head and do not forget that meditation brings many gifts in all sorts of wrappers. I hope this helps.
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