Great Flicks: Streaming in November
Jamie's (Emma Bell) marriage falls apart when she finds out her husband has been cheating on her. She heads home to her family with her young son in order to figure out what to do next.
A lonely Florida dentist is confronted by a figure from the past bringing news that sends him on an eventful journey of discovery.
"Serial Killer with Piers Morgan" delves into the minds of depraved serial killers for the first time. These are individuals who haunted communities for decades, and viewers are given access to maximum security prisons to discover what drove these people to kill. Morgan meets with victims' families and law enforcement as he seeks to understand the actions of these killers and what it took to race against time to stop them. Mark Riebe and Lorenzo Gilyard are some of the people who are interviewed.
Wracked with guilt after the brutal death of his wife, Stanley Hill inflicts his own brand of revenge after the killers escape justice.
A city teenager travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father, but the trip becomes a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.
Four years after the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to find his three sons, who never returned home from the war. When he arrives in Istanbul, he meets others who have also suffered losses: hotelier Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) and her son, Orhan, who befriends Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor's sons and now may be their father's only hope in finding closure.
After his wife and injured daughter disappear from the emergency room, a man becomes convinced the hospital is hiding something.
Chicago librarian Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. On one of his sojourns, he meets the love of his life, Claire (Rachel McAdams), and they marry. But the problems and complexities of any relationship are multiplied by Henry's inability to remain in one time and place, so that he and his beloved are continually out of sync.
Madonna's former bandmates discuss her formative years as the drummer for the Breakfast Club.
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy.
Good Reads: Flight or Fright
Flight or Fright is a collection of sixteen short stories (and one poem) that tap into one of the most common fears; fear of air travel. Stephen King and his co-editor Bev Vincent have created an anthology featuring stories about the fear of flying and all the terrible things that could happen during air travel.
Fibromyalgia is not a great condition to have at any time, but it’s especially frustrating when the holidays roll around. The stress of Thanksgiving festivities can bring on flare ups, and as if that’s not enough, the tempting foods that aggravate fibro are beckoning to you from the Thanksgiving table.
Whether you are going to see family out of town or you will be the one hosting the event, you need to plan things so that your stress and fatigue are minimized.
Cooking for a large crowd can wear anyone out, especially if you suffer from fibromyalgia. Follow these tips to make the holiday more pleasurable for you:
First, see if someone else can take over hosting Thanksgiving dinner. If not, purchase a complete holiday meal from a food merchant or grocery store. It can be very affordable, breaking down to as little as $6 per person, depending on how many guests you have.
Recruit family members to bring dishes in potluck fashion. Or, if you can afford it, you may consider hiring a caterer to prepare the Thanksgiving meal in your home.
If you’re cooking yourself, spread out the food preparation and cooking over a few days, so you don’t have to do it all at once. This can be more doable for you and you can take rest breaks as needed.
Don’t forget to ask for help if you need it. If you cannot tackle the housework, hire a maid to come in. If this is not feasible, the family can live with a little dust! Assign clean-up duties for several members to help with so you are not left with a disaster.
Dress comfortably for the environment so you are not too hot or too cold. Dressing in layers will help keep you comfortable, as you can take off layers as needed.
Don’t feel guilty if you need to get away to a quiet part of the house to relax.
Cut corners, like buying the pie crust already made. Other time- and energy-saving tricks include buying pre-made cranberry sauce or frozen bread to bake. If there is someone who thinks something has to be done a certain way and you’re not up to it, they can be responsible for it!
Use paper plates; this may not go over well with some people but it is a great way for keeping clean-up less of a hassle.
Thanksgiving Traveling to see family can be just as much stress as hosting, with the traffic on the roads and rushing to get to your destination. Here are some ideas for holiday travel:
Implementing Prayer for Chronic Pain
Those who deal with chronic pain issues need a bit more guidance than your average Joe. For those sufferers, friends and family members often leave an unintentional deaf ear when needed the most. It is not that these individuals intend to leave us astray, but rather they can't fully comprehend the daily tasks of trials and tribulations that leave us drained and anxiety ridden.
It is at these times that prayer is most needed. By allowing your life's path to be by guided by God takes the onus of control off your back. As you well know, life offers no control. If we have control for the moment, it is often fleeting, leaving us without a moment's notice. After all, there are times in life we must go with the flow, drift on the river of intent, and hope it leads us to peaceful grounds. By questioning and admonishing what is happening to us only leaves us with a life of regret. And, as you well know, stress causes more pain, and that you can do without. Put your pain in someone's arms, allow your life to be guided, ask God to come in, and pray each moment you need him most. You will be amazed at how often your prayers are answered and peace is blessed upon you.
If you need some spiritual inspiration, God's Message Today offers a Monday's Blessing Blog. I write this blog, too, as an outlet to aid my own spirituality. I realized at the onset of this illness I needed a higher power to get through life's daily nuances prayer has amazing attributes and can help you battle that fire in our souls.
Dr. Mehmet Oz offers this advice, "Regardless of what motivates people to pray, there's no denying that a lot of people do it. One study shows that 36 percent of people use complementary and alternative medicine, but that number almost doubles when prayer is included in the definition. Those respondents say they use prayer for their own health and to help others. Even more telling: Of those people who said they prayed for
health reasons, 70 percent said that prayer was helpful. Why? Seems like it may work through several different mechanisms:- It relaxes: A form of meditation (no matter what your religious preferences), prayer helps to slow breathing and brain activity, and reduces heart rate and blood pressure. All relaxing, all good.
- It's positive: Let's face it. When you pray, you typically don't finish feeling like you want to rap somebody's ankles with a wooden spoon. You leave being filled with peace, joy, and other emotions that are worthy of being printed on holiday cocktail napkins. There's some evidence that these emotions lead to positive physiological responses throughout the entire body. Our stress hormone levels prepare for a peaceful existence. Perhaps more importantly, our immune system becomes less agitated so chemicals like proinflammatory cytokines, which act like kerosene on a fire, are not driving our joints and arteries to overreact to every biologic stress inside us. The result: A less inflamed, more beautiful place to live.- It's better than nothing (i.e. the placebo effect): I'd be remiss in my reporting if I didn't say that some of the benefits derived from prayer can simply be accounted for because the person feels like it's helping, whether it's physiologically helping or not. Placebo effects have been shown to account for 70 percent of the benefit
in some procedures. My stance here is that thinking you're doing something to help yourself is a big part of prayer anyway." He recommends reading You Being Beautiful.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Change is inevitable on your trek with this new syndrome. The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are diverse. It is odd the way they can appear and fluctuate in severity depending on numerous factors, such as weather conditions, stress, level of physical activity, poor nutrition, hormone fluctuations, and even the time of the day. These and other components, when combined with the many different symptoms can affect the complexity of the syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome, and its symptoms are complex as well. Knowing what causes this would certainly make our journey easier. But, advent research is on the horizon, and will soon develop more effective and sophisticated treatment plans. Until then, there are many options to explore as seen here on this website that will make your life much easier.
The good news is, by following many guidelines here, you may find improvement in your condition. More importantly, it has been noted, that according to individuals who combine natural and appropriate medicinal support, you can actually find yourself in remission! Take a moment and jot down which of the following symptoms you experience so that as you peruse this site you can find aded relief.
Persistent muscle pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Confusion, impaired attention
Hypersensitivity to chemicals, allergens
Hypersensitivity to alcohol, medications
Mood swings, depression
Numbness or tingling sensations
Painful menstrual periods
Shortness of breath
Carpal tunnel syndrome like pains
Sensitivity to temperature changes
Chest pain like symptoms
Weight changes - gain or loss
So what are you waiting for? Dig into this site and regain your health!
Recipes: Date Paste
Sugar is definitely a no-no when speaking to anyone who has implemented Paleo into their diet. This recipe will also appeases vegan counterparts who are interested in investing in a healthy lifestyle.
Why are dates good for you?
1 pound dates , pitted (about 4 cups tightly packed)
1 1/2 cups water
In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, combine the pitted dates and water.
Process until very smooth, scraping down the bowl to make sure all of the dates are incorporated.
Store the date paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, and use it in your favorite healthy recipes.
Cornmeal Crust Pizza
If you're gluten free, here's an alternative crust that will definitely be added to your favorite files. This cornmeal crust is crispy, crunchy can light. It's a great pizza crust, and it makes a delicious base for chili as well. To ensure it is completely gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
3/4 cup plant milk
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 cup oat flour
3/4 cup fine cornmeal, more for dusting
1/3 cup almond flour
1 tab. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl place all dry ingredients.
Add milk and lime juice. Knead lightly with your hands so that the dough is stringy but not sticky.
Spread a large piece of parchment paper on a clean work surface. Sprinkle some cornmeal on it. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Use your hands to lightly push dough around perimeter and build up a slight edge. Slide parchment paper with crust unto pizza pan sheet. Top with your favorite toppings and bake 15-18 minutes.
Billionaire industrialist Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) is master of his universe, until he encounters a foe that he can't defeat: cancer. His only hope is a radical medical procedure called "shedding," in which his consciousness is transferred to a healthy body. After the procedure, Damian, now called Edward (Ryan Reynolds), starts a new life in New Orleans, but he's plagued by disturbing images. When he delves into Edward's mysterious origin, he learns that some will kill to keep it secret.
Doctors, scientists and chefs around the globe combat illness with dietary changes, believing fat should be embraced as a source of fuel.
A kidnapping, broadcast live on social media, turns into the trial of a judge who presided over a botched criminal case. This time, however, the audience gets to play judge and jury, deciding if the judge himself gets to live or die.
Commuting to Manhattan on the same train, two married strangers (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep) meet by accident and have an affair.
German soldier Stefan Brandt goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke, one of the Kaiser's maids.
Conceived as a marrow donor for her gravely ill sister, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) has undergone countless surgeries and medical procedures in her short life. Though their older daughter's life has no doubt been prolonged, the unorthodox decision of Anna's parents has cracked the entire family's foundation. When Anna sues her parents for emancipation, it sets off a court case that threatens to destroy the family for good.
Fania Fenelon (Vanessa Redgrave), a classical pianist and singer in Paris, is arrested during the Nazi occupation for her support of the French underground resistance. After being sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, she is recognized as a famous musician, and becomes a member of the camp's all-female orchestra. Although the group, under the leadership of conductor Alma Rose (Jane Alexander), forms a close bond, the strain of performing for their tormentors grows.
Produced and presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Göring and twenty other Nazi leaders.
Trying to reconnect with his son Danny, big shot Wall Street broker Will takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up. The trip takes a deadly turn when they go hunting and stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals. After becoming entangled in a bank heist gone bad, which results in the kidnapping of Danny, Will is forced to help the kidnappers evade the police chief and recover the stolen loot in exchange for his son's life.
Susannah Cahalan, an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post becomes plagued by voices in her head and seizures. As weeks progress and Susannah quickly moves deeper into insanity, her behaviors shift from violence to catatonia. After a series of tantrums, misdiagnoses, and a lengthy hospital stay, a doctor's last-minute intervention enables him to give her a diagnosis and a chance to rebuild her life.
I have been waiting weeks since my initial purchase of the acupressure mat my son purchased for my birthday to share any news with you. As you have noted from previous blog entries I had been experiencing terrible pain in my lower back area.
Last year this incredible dilemma kept me bedridden for four days. So, naturally, I'm looking for an alternative to aid me in such discomfort. Hence on the scene comes the acupressure mat. My son had found it on the internet using key words such as: fibromyalgia, back pain, acupuncture.
"Hey, Mom, your birthday is coming up. What do you think about this?" he asked.
"Ah, I don't know. Up close and personal it looks painful," I replied.
"Well, do you want to try it or not? I can always send it back," he answered.
"Sure, why not? I can't keep handling this constant pain," I stated.
Well, it came. And I touched it. And it hurt. Yep, it hurt my fingertips because my body is an electrical grid of painful impulses. It had a nice black bag that laid comfortably on my bed. I left it there for over a week.
"Have you tried it yet?" my son questioned.
"Nope, looks painful. Working on it though!"
"Well, I did, and yea it hurts, but after I was done my back felt different. I didn't feel the side pain anymore. Why not try it for a minute at a time?" he added.
I did. I tried it for 30 seconds and got off. OUCH! I thought. But when the pain subsided, my back was invigorated and there was no pain. Hmmmmm........ this is interesting.
So I laid on it the first week for 45 seconds. The next week 1 minute. The next week 2 minutes. I'm up to 4 minutes now, and my goodness there is a difference! I have not had back pain for 6 weeks! Someone has something helpful here finally. I'm sold. When I stop using the mat, my right side back pain begins again. I can't live without it! And, best of all you DO BEGIN to get used to the initial discomfort.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese therapy that is practiced by health professionals around the world. However plenty choose to enjoy the treatment in their own home!
Chronic pain statistics have shown many are trying alternative therapies to cope with daily pain. See below 23 proven health benefits of using an acupressure mat:
1: NATURAL PAIN RELIEF
One of the key benefits of an acupressure mat is that it’s a natural form of pain relief.
With 191 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2017, and the US government declaring it a public health emergency, anything that can help manage pain in a natural way is sure to be desirable.
A major systematic review in 2014 looked at all the research surrounding acupressure and pain.
Findings were overwhelmingly positive and showed that acupressure was effective for a variety of different types of pain.
The study concluded that health professionals should consider the use of acupressure as a complementary therapy for managing the pain associated with many conditions.
2: PRODUCES ENDORPHINS
Many heath professionals recommend acupressure as the process is found to release endorphins.
Endorphins work in a similar way to opioids. Often referred to as ‘the body’s natural painkillers’, they help to reduce pain and produce a feeling of euphoria.
Research published in 2017 showed that acupressure can stimulate the production of endorphins which helps to block the pain signals reaching the brain.
3: LOWERS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Clinical trials conducted in Taiwan looked at the impact of acupressure on patients with hypertension.
During the trial it was found that blood pressure was lowered for a period of at least 30 minutes.
More research is needed to see the extent to which acupressure can reduce blood pressure on a long term basis, however the project proved it to be effective as a short term solution.
What’s the difference between acupuncture and acupressure?
4: EFFECTIVE FOR MANY SERIOUS CONDITIONS
Using an acupressure mat has also been shown to provide relief from a number of serious conditions.
A study conducted in Germany in 2012 looked specifically at the impact of acupressure mats on those suffering from chronic neck and lower back pain.
It showed that pain was relieved in both areas. The results also demonstrated the impact that the mat can have on the way the body processes pain.
Acupressure has also been shown to have a positive impact on patients coping with myocardial infarction.
An interesting project conducted in 2018 looked to see the impact acupressure had on heart rate and blood pressure.
Initially acupressure appeared to have little impact. However roughly 30 minutes after finishing treatment blood pressure and heart rate were found to be significantly lower.
5: AIDS WITH SPORTS INJURIES
For those suffering from sports injuries, results of a study conducted at the University of Otago revealed promising findings.
Acupressure decreased the reported pain scores in athletes with acute injuries but not anxiety levels.
The conclusion of the study was that acupressure could be effective in a sports setting, especially if there is limited access to medical care.
6: IMPROVES SLEEP
The number of people suffering from sleep problems is rising at a rapid rate. Research shows that acupressure can help.
A study in 2015 looked at the sleep of menopausal women and found that sleep was improved significantly following acupressure treatments.
A further more recent study focussed particularly on self-administered acupressure for symptoms of insomnia.
Respondents in the study were taught how to administer acupressure then monitored and asked to keep a diary to record the quality of their sleep.
It found that if individuals were shown how to apply the treatment correctly this could be used as a tool for treating the symptoms of insomnia.
7: MUSCLE RELAXATION
Those suffering from neck and back pain in particular reported that their muscles felt relaxed after session
8: INCREASES ENERGY LEVELS
Acupressure has been shown to help with fatigue and to increase energy levels.
An experimental study at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan focused on patients suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.
Findings proved that acupressure can improve fatigue, and it was recommended that educational guides should be created to help patients take advantage of the therapy.
9: IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
Through a major study in 2015 it was found that depression, anxiety and stress can be positively impacted by acupressure.
Subjects were given treatment three times a week for four weeks and the results were positive.
It was found to significantly reduce depression, stress and anxiety, in this case for patients with end stage renal disease on hemodialysis.
10: BETTER DIGESTION
It might seem like an unlikely benefit, but acupressure has been shown to improve the quality of life for those suffering from digestion problems.
A 2015 research project looked at perineal self-acupressure which aided in the movement of bowel function and generally was found to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those suffering from constipation.
11: HEALTHIER COMPLEXION
Many manufacturers promote the fact that acupressure therapy, when applied directly to the face, can have a positive impact on your complexion.
Michael Reed Gach, PhD, an expert on acupressure therapy does suggest that the technique brings more oxygen to the skin which in turn improves the appearance.
However currently there is little evidence to substantiate the claims.
12: WEIGHT LOSS
A research project in 2010 found that acupressure, specifically ear acupressure, had a positive impact on weight loss.
In fact it showed that over the course of eight weeks BMI was significantly reduced.
There is little other evidence to prove or disprove the claim, however many manufacturers (like Bed of Nails) highlight it as a feature of the mat.
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13: POSITIVE IMPACT ON HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
Acupressure has been shown to have a positive impact on chronic headaches.
Research conducted in Taiwan in 2010 compared acupressure with muscle relaxant therapy, and found that acupressure was much more effective.
Six months after just one month of treatment the effects still remained.
Consumer reviews of the Nayoya Acupressure Mat and Pillow back up this finding, with many mentioning how wonderful the mat can be for reducing both the frequency and intensity of migraines.
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Acupressure mats originated from beds of nails, which were used in the early 1900s as a form of entertainment! There is now an acupressure mat brand named after the practice.
14: MANAGE YOUR OWN TREATMENT
The ability to manage your own treatment is a big selling point of the acupressure mat.
You can carry it with you wherever you go and use it as much or as little as needed to help you get a handle on your daily pain.
15: LITTLE OR NO SIDE EFFECTS
Use of an acupressure mat is found to have little or no side effects.
Research that looked at pain severity in female nurses with chronic back pain, determined that acupressure was effective in reducing pain but also that it was an easy therapy with no side effects.
However there are a number of people who should avoid acupressure including those with fractures for example.
16: LONG TERM USE
Research published about acupressure always highlights the fact that it’s a safe treatment option that can be used on a long term basis.
17: LOW COST
Compared to other therapy options for pain, acupressure mats are a relatively affordable choice.
They range in price from approximately $20 to $70 depending on the size and quality of mat that you’re looking for.
When you want treatment for a serious condition you might have been given a number of invasive options.
However acupressure is non-invasive so can be tried without the element of risk.
Acupressure mats roll up just like a yoga mat, so they’re compact. Ideal for carrying with you or storing away at home for whenever you need it.
Many acupressure mats, like this VIVA natural linen organic mat, come with a bag, allowing you to take it wherever you want.
It might be something you could keep at work for difficult days or use at the gym.
21: USE AT HOME
Acupressure is carried out by physical therapists in many clinics, however the benefit of an acupressure mat is that you can use it in your own home!
It’s ideal if you have pain that strikes without warning, as you have a pain relief option that you can roll out whenever you need it.
22: PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER (OTC)
You don’t need a prescription to purchase an acupressure mat, they can be easily purchased from many different outlets.
23: ENHANCE YOUR YOGA AND MEDITATION PRACTICE
Regular users of acupressure mats appear to be reunited in how much their acupressure mat aids them in their yoga practice. Many users speak of another level of relaxation and how the mat adds a new dimension to their practice.
Others spoke of using it in meditation and how it can be used as part of a relaxation routine. - High points share from The Good Body.
Valerie utilizes an extensive amount of research producing this blog. Categories are purposely set up in stages, rather than topics, so you can easily implement one step at a time.