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Guest Blogging Updates!


Guest Blogging Updates!


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After we receive your information, we’ll contact you with further details!!

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New Year, New Healthier You in 2015!

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New Year, New Healthier You in 2015!

With every year come the resolutions. With the resolutions come the stress, strain, and sometimes even a little bit of anger. With all those negative emotions, resolutions become yesterday’s dreams. That said, we’re not really into “resolutions” around here. We know that changes have to be made as a WANT- meaning, the person must WANT to change before anything will happen. Not just an ideal “Eh, it’s 2015…I think I’ll quit smoking/eat healthier/change my attitude.” It just takes more than that.

We don’t want to hear that people have made empty resolutions, and we’d like to help out in any way we can! This year the focus, we think, will be on the new ways coming to light to treat the myriad of autoimmune diseases that have now become more prevalent than some types of cancer. You’ll hear more of paleo eating, the AIP protocol diet, eating gluten free, and working your body out physically, too.

One of our guest bloggers is also an author, and lives with many autoimmune diseases. She began eating gluten free years ago, and has now published her second cook book, which happens to be gluten free, too! You should check it out! The recipes are simple to intermediate, the directions concise and clear, and the nutrition labels on each recipe help those who track calories and fat know just what they’re getting! The index keeps the 200+ pages organized, and easy to find!!

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Our first recommendation in 2015—check out this new gluten free cook book! Use this link to see it on Amazon!

Robin Williams: All Our Hearts are Broken


Robin Williams: All our Hearts are Broken


By now you’ve surely heard the news about Mork, Peter Pan, the Genie, Captain, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Yesterday we were eating dinner, and in the last seconds of the world news, I thought I lost my mind. I could’ve sworn I heard them say “Robin Williams found dead after apparent suicide, his rep reports.” My mouth fell open, and I immediately caught myself looking to my children sitting around me. Their mouths fell open, and one said so innocently, “Mrs. Doubtfire died?” I swallowed the growing lump in my throat.

It’s amazing how some actors and actresses can really get into your head, and heart. After so many award winning, best role playing movies, the just sort of become part of your life. Maybe it’s the movie messages that you like, or the deep depths of characters that they are able to play effortlessly. Regardless of why you liked them, it’s more than obvious today just how many lives Robin Williams touched. All age groups, all around the world.

What were your favorite Robin Williams movies?

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Whatever your favorite movie was, whoever the celebrity is that hits your heart… please remember that if you’re facing the black depths of depression, reach out to anyone. Whether it be a stranger, professional, or family member, please let someone know where you head is. Whatever your age, it can happen. It can creep in, and fester. You’re never alone in this world…there’s always someone there to listen.

Not only was Robin Williams a fabulous actor and person, he was also a huge fundraiser in the Scleroderma world, often partnering with fellow comedians, like Bob Saget, to raise money around the world for research of this autoimmune killer. It’s hard to fathom who will be able to step in and fill those shoes, but I am hopeful someone at least tries.

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free, ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”


2013 Helpful Product Reviews #1


2013 Helpful Product Reviews #1


While there are many products on the market geared towards seniors and the elderly, man of those are just plain silly, or ineffective. Some have even found to be completely unsafe. Below you’ll find some products reviewed by our local “panels” on their effectiveness and worth. Hopefully these will be helpful to you, too!


West Bend Egg and Muffin Toaster

Conveniently toasts 4 pieces of toast, and poaches two eggs simultaneously, on the counter top. There are a multitude of settings for toast, muffins, or bagels, and you always have the option of only cooking toast, or eggs. Retails from $50-60 dollars, and is available from many places. Click on the link above to find out the specs from


Jitterbug Cell Phone

With the features on the cell phone, and the ease of dialing and hearing capabilities, this has rested many worried minds of the family and friends of seniors and the elderly! Customer service also has high ratings, and the monthly plans are very affordable! Phones are available in different colors. Retails from $40-100, depending on style, and service plan. To get all the details, click on the link above to visit!


Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener

The Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener is simple to use, and makes getting those tough lids off a snap!! Works especially well for those with arthritis, and unable to fully squeeze the top like normal to untwist the seal. Retails for $10-20, depending on where you get it from. Click the link above to visit for the latest info on this fabulous product!


Drive Medical Four Wheel Rollator with Basket

There’s going to come a time where you just don’t trust your knees. Or maybe for you, it’s your hips. Or possibly both! Rather than being unsure of your next steps, this walker will be there for support, and the time out to sit down for awhile, whenever you need it! It’s more than convenient being that it is foldable, too. The basket is removable, if at times you may not need it. While you can use these to push someone in, it is not always recommended. Cracks in the pavement and sudden inclines, or inclement weather, can cause the Rollator to tip over when being used as a chair or seat. This is NOT something that should deter you from this quality walker/seat, however. This is just something to remember so you don’t make the same mistakes that we did!! These retail from $40-300, depending on the style and brand you purchase. Click the link above to read the rave comments on!

To check out more great products, visit!!


ECR Book Review: The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Nakazawa


Book Review: The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Nakazawa

Review done by: Skye Falcon, author


I always skim the shelves at the library, and often end up with the strange or unusual books. This time, I found something right up my alley. Lately, I’ve really come to question WHY people are getting so many different autoimmune diseases, including myself.  The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa really brings to light the real possibility that our own world is truly making many of us very sick. Not only does the author have personal experience dealing with autoimmune issues, but she also has up close encounters with numerous others who are also riddled with illness. It’s always reassuring to sick folk, when their doctor or friend HAS what they have… then they really do know what we know, and feel what we have felt. This book is awesome!

I had favorite parts from the book, and some that were just plainly astonishing. Some selections I have inserted for you, directly from the book The Autoimmune Epidemic. I love the that book opens with the definition of “autoimmune disease” from the National Institute of Health.
“Autoimmune Disease: Normally the Immune system’s army of white blood cells helps protect the body from harmful substances called antigens. Examples of antigens include bacteria, viruses, and toxins… but in patients with autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys all healthy tissues” (NIH).

Another part of the book I found educational was the in-depth discussion on PBDE’s, or poly-brominated di-phenyl ethers. What are PBDE’s? These are the chemicals used by every manufacturer, on almost every surface and item in your home, car, office, etc. I knew that things were chemical treated, but the way the author writes the example really walks you through your everyday life. Also sort of helps to realize that some of the PBDE intake is unavoidable.

In another section of the book, she points out how certain areas with past toxic dumps, and chemical spills, had the highest ratios of patients with lupus, scleroderma, and other life altering autoimmune diseases. She gives honest websites, and information, and I checked each link! In the book, Nakazawa writes, “..the next time you spare a minute…go to the web address and then type in zip code 14211 in the space provided. Now watch the green and black squares pop up” (Nakazawa, 79).
This was very interesting to see, and you can put in ANY zip code, too. It made me stop and wonder if the people living in some of these chemical spill “hot zones” know that they even live in a danger zone to begin with.

If you’ve ever been more curious about autoimmune disease, and just where they may spawn from, pick up this quick read today! Many time we’ll know someone, or maybe a family member is stricken with a new, odd illness. The author even puts a list of autoimmune diseases in the appendix for one to scroll through. Some of the diseases I had heard of, but not correlated with autoimmune issues. After reading the list, and contemplating my own autoimmune struggles… I am sort of jealous and upset that I don’t have something like narcolepsy. I’m very sure that it is terrible….but I’d give about anything to sleep these days!!


Thanks to Skye for contributing to our ECR blog!


Resources Used:
National Institute of Health
Nakazawa, Donna Jackson. The autoimmune epidemic. new York: touchstone: A division of Simon and Schuster Inc, 2008. Print.