Religious Freedom Division in the Federal Health & Human Services Department


What in the heck is “religious freedom”, and what does it mean to your health?  Here is a definition of “religious freedom” from the people who want the legal right to “practice” it.

“… is the right to use religious beliefs as a license to discriminate, and to provide special protections for Christians that fly in the face of the First Amendment.”

So, now that we have the definition down, what is going to happen to you, if you need to go to a health provider?  Well, the following may happen to you if you are the following:  the child of a gay couple who needs health care; a LGBTQ+ person in need of health care; another religion, including but not limited to: Muslim, Hindu, or something other than Christian.  How will you be denied care?  Well, if your health care provider does not “believe” in contraception, he/she need not offer it to you as part of your health insurance, because their beliefs are more important than your care.  The same holds true if you need the “morning after pill” regardless if that is because of rape, incest, or another reason – no need for you to take it, since an unwanted pregnancy is a “silver lining”, or even an “unexpected gift from God”.   Because this is the “belief” of the health provider, you don’t get a choice.  Another problem with this new law is that if a woman needs an abortion, and there are a variety of medical reasons for this, including a dead fetus, the hospital or doctor can deny them the choice, leaving them with a) having to endure an induced labor and a still birth; b) carrying a dead fetus and hopefully not dying herself due to a septic womb.

Another item to take note of here, this “religious freedom” is used to control women and their health decisions along with anyone who is not a cis man.  I don’t see anyone worrying about prescriptions for Viagra, or even prostate examinations.

However, the most interesting question is this – whose religion is it that we must worry about with this freedom of religion?  Is it only the Christian religion, or does this also include:  Hindu, Muslim, the Church of Satan?  Is there a line, and if so where is it?  This opens a huge legal can of worms, and it will be interesting to see where it leads.  I’ve left some links for you if you want to know more about this subject.



Just Keep Going


The last few weeks or so have been filled with both emotional and physical difficulties.  I’ve been suffering with low-level depression for a while now, and the time of year is not really helping.  This is the “cabin fever” time of year, and my crankiness shows!  Luckily, we’ve had a few days of sun (and mud!) so that I’ve been able to turn my face to the sun and inhale it for all I’m worth.  So, there is that positive note.

Last week while working out my back seized up on itself, and decided to just give me a little reminder that yes, there are muscles there, and if they want to, they can hurt me!  It’s been a “bump in the road”, but as I lay on the floor looking up at the ceiling, I had a thought.  Why is it that when we have muscle spasms in our backs we’re told to stay still and give it time to heal, but when we get spasms in our legs we’re told to take it easy, but not to get off our feet?  So, since I get these little reminders every once in a while, I decided to get up off the floor and finish out my workout.  I did that, in a very controlled way, and have been doing my regular workouts every day since.  Have I injured my back further?  The answer is no, I haven’t.  However, I’ve noticed that it’s getting better much faster than it usually does when I stop working out.  I have been very careful, and I do not force anything.  My Sun Salutations are done very slowly, and carefully, since bending over pulls at those muscles.  I don’t push it, and just do what I can.  Have I been wrong in the past to just stop working out until my back feels better?  Well, from how quickly I seem to be coming back (pun!) from this difficulty, I guess that I’d have to say that I was wrong to just stop.


One of things that I’ve learned from this little experiment is that I have rotten posture.  I’ve found that if I sit up nice and straight, my back is very happy.  It’s amazing to me how much I slouch.  I guess my mother was right after all!  How do you handle back problems?  Let me know in the comments below.

Your Ship


I love this quote because it reminds me (and I do need reminding) that what is going on outside of me does not have to be reflected inside of me.  There is chaos in the world, and there is a lot of anger and hurt and division right now.  However, I can do what I can in order to change that by writing about it and by sending letters and signing petitions.  But, if I want to live a life that is not full of stress and worry, I really need to put up boundaries and leave it all outside my mind.

It’s taken me a long time to realize that, and I longer I try to put the focus on what I can do, and what I can’t do the more peaceful I feel.  No amount of brooding I do is going to change others.  Focus on what you can do, change what you can, and make yourself the best you can be.  Yes, be active with what you can do for the outside world, but don’t make yourself crazy by letting that be your only focus.  You can’t change the world, but you can influence and change your life.  Work on that, and hopefully your change will ripple outward and touch the rest of your world.



The only way I can keep working toward my goals is through sheer determination.  Every morning the alarm goes off (much too early), and since I have to stand up to shut it off, I force myself to stay standing.  I certainly would like to simply fall back into my warm and cozy bed.  The sun isn’t even up, the world is dark and so is my mood.  However, I grab my work-out clothes, change and head down to my cellar for my workout.  What’s the best thing about working out when you are half-asleep?  You are half-asleep!  Also, by the time you’re awake, your work-out is half done!  Standing in the shower later, you already know that the dreaded exercise is done for the day and you don’t even have to think about (dread) it anymore.

Sheer determination is what keeps us going.  After awhile it becomes habit, and after that, a lifestyle.  Keep working at your goals whatever they are.  Make them a habit and then your life choices.


Yes, Your Diet Is Related to Your Health!


We keep hearing “all things in moderation”, and other silly statements meant to placate us into thinking that we can eat our cake (meat, dairy,) and be healthy all the same.  It’s a nice thought, but is it true?  Is the “typical” American diet keeping you in good health?  Well, it certainly doesn’t seem to be, given the amount of people with diseases that are caused by the “typical” American diet.   Frankly, our food choices are killing us.

Diet accounts for the following diseases:  cardiovascular; diabetes; obesity; and most (if not all) cancers.  So, you would think that your doctor would let you know that you need to make better food choices.  However, that is usually not the case.  Instead, we run into the typical “all things in moderation” type of advice.  When it comes to choices that actually cause death, there shouldn’t be any discussion of “moderation” in consumption of them.  We’ve been told for years that we should not smoke, since that leads to death, why not the same with food?


Since I am a cynic, I more than suspect that this negligence on the part of the entire health industry has more than a little to do with profits.  After all, the following people/corporations profit from your illness:  doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and drug companies.  They are making a tidy profit off of you, and Americans are getting sicker at a younger and younger age.  This is simply ridiculous and really should stop.

I’m leaving some links for you to follow in order to educated yourselves, since the health industry isn’t going to do it for you.  Change your diet, change your life!

Here is a link that can answer all of your possible questions regarding diet and health, and they are much more qualified than I am.  Please go to for your answers.



February Goals?


I haven’t been very good about achieving my goals.  As a matter of fact, other than working-out, my goals haven’t been “working out” for me so far.  Of course, how do you achieve your goals if you don’t write them down?  We all know the answer to that question, you don’t achieve anything if you don’t work toward your goals.


So, in the interest of getting something accomplished this month, I’m going to share my goals for the next few weeks in the hopes that motivates me.   First, I want to start with what I’ve done right so far, this year…yes, I started easy and every two weeks I’ve upped the difficulty – my working out.  I’ve gotten up to my Soloflex (I’ve still got mine from the 1980’s), and weights along with cardio.  However, I need to work on daily Yoga. And of course, I’ve been walking daily.

Here are my goals for February:  daily yoga; website; coaching certificate; fiction writing; organizing done in my house; financials organized; and weekly goal writing.

How are you doing with your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.  Write your goals done, and work on them daily!

The Benefits of Castor Oil


While I don’t like to even think about drinking oil, (I don’t know if you were forced to use this remedy as a child, but yuck!), there are indeed some benefits to using castor oil.  Science has found that the active ingredient in castor oil, Ricinoleic acid which is helpful in solving both intestinal issues, and labor issues, along with controlling how blood clots.  While I don’t have any of these issues, drinking castor oil has its place if you do.

There are other uses for topical applications of castor oil, however.  Some people have found that castor oil helps with skin conditions such as acne, dermatosis and psoriasis.  Other people claim that it has helped with promoting hair growth.  If you do wish to try castor oil on your skin, it is recommended that you dilute it with water in a 50/50 ratio.  Also, there may be some side effects such as rashes, swelling and/or itching. If this occurs, just stop using it.  So there are any side effects that just means that it may be too harsh for your skin.  Certain products affect everyone in different ways.


I’ve left links for you to follow if you want more information on castor oil.  Some of the other benefits include helping with inflammation, disinfecting, and increasing your immunity.  I will probably be trying this out in the future.  I’ll let you know if I get any results.  Do you use castor oil, and if so have you found it to be useful?