Shannon's health and fitness blog

Dr Akilah - Celestial Healing Wellness Center

backPAINouchBy Rhonda Gegaust

The back is made up of many muscles, but when we speak of back pain, we usually speak about the spine. The spinal column is a stacking of 33 vertebrae, distributed as follows: cervical, dorsal, lumbar and sacral. To simplify this I’m going to refer to these areas as lower, middle and upper back. What you are about to read is not to replace medical treatment. It is to open your mind to the possible emotional connection that may be causing or amplifying your back pain. Note it is important to always have any back pain checked by a medical doctor or a chiropractor.

Emotionally speaking, the back represents our support system. Problems with the back usually mean we feel we are not being supported. Dr. Milton Erickson was known for saying, “If you don’t pay attention…you pay with pain.” What message is your body trying to…

View original post 397 more words


February 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Great advice for those just starting to run or those who need a little motivation to get back into the game 🙂

   My Pilates teacher asked me during my last class if it was running season yet to which I replied – “It’s always running season!” But I do understand where she’s coming from. It’s tough running, or doing anything really, outside during the short, cold winter days. Especially for those who just beginning to run and aren’t fully into the addictive power of the sport yet.  Now, as the days grow longer and the weather warmer it’s easier to get outside and be active.

But if you still need motivation to move from your bum and into a healthier life, here are some things that might give you the kick you need.

1. New workout gear – I’m not saying to go buy an entire new fitness wardrobe, but having clothes/shoes that make you feel good about getting outside for a run/bike/swim. I highly recommend going to a running or…

View original post 275 more words

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whether you celebrate or not, chances are you’ve had your share of McDonald’sShamrock Shake.  I know some people who can’t wait for this time of year, just to indulge in that minty creaminess. Did you know that all that yumminess runs between 420-1,110 calories a shake?  The small Shamrock Shake packs in 10 grams of fat, 72 grams of carbs and 62 grams of sugar. You’d have to run 5-6 miles just to burn off that shake!

Last year Hungry Girl came out with a healthier version that I like to share with Shamrock Shake lovin’ friends.


3/4 cup light vanilla soymilk (personally I would switch this to almond milk 🙂

1/2 cup Breyers Double Churn Free Creamy Vanilla fat-free ice cream

1 tbsp. Coffee Mate sugar free French Vanilla powdered creamer

1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

2 drops…

View original post 79 more words

March 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2012-Year of the Black Water Dragon

January 23, 2012 marks the start of the Year of the Dragon in Chinese Astrology.  I have been looking forward to this year with excitement.  I am a rooster, and roosters get along very well with the dragon.  I can remember the last year of the dragon quite well.  The year 2000 was a very bumpy ride for me with many life challenges and changes, including the birth of my lovely daughter.  It ended on a very positive note and I was a better person because of it.  2012 also promises to be full of ups and downs, challenges, and opportunity for greater wealth.  I am blessed to have a child who is a dragon.  They are the mightiest and most powerful of all the signs.  Unlike the wicked, fire-breathing dragons of Western mythology, China’s celestial dragon symbolizes potent and benevolent power. Dragons are ancient, majestic, wise, and intelligent, and Dragon years are considered particularly auspicious for new businesses, marriage and children. Dragon years also tend to boost individual fortunes and the world economy.

It’s also true, however, that all five of the Chinese Dragon years — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water — tend to magnify both   success and failure. So while they can mark huge achievement, disasters can be equally immense. The Year of the Fire Dragon (1917, 1976, and 2036) typically wreaks the most havoc.

However, the Year of the Water Dragon (1992, 1952 and 2012) is noted for its calm, visionary intelligence, and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic.

What influence might the Water Dragon, which rules from January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013, have on the powerful energies already anticipated at that time?

Like all Dragons, the Water Dragon is an innovative, fearless leader. But the Water Dragon is also far more sensitive to others’ needs, and is more likely to be progressive and diplomatic, as well as socially and environmentally conscious. Because Water bestows a more peaceful disposition, this Dragon will act wisely and intelligently, and unlike his fellow Dragons, is willing to set aside his ego for the good of all.

This Dragon is a successful negotiator, and while he is adept at marketing, he also knows how to apply force skillfully when necessary. On the down side, the Water Dragon sometimes forgets to build a solid foundation for his grand plans, and he can hold on too long to pet ideas and projects, and thus create a famous Dragon-sized disaster.

If you subscribe to the dawn-of-a-new-era theory of 2012, then it’s easy to see how the influence of the Water Dragon will increase the likelihood of success for progressive movements gaining momentum all across the globe. Energy conservation and green energy-producing technologies, curtailing Global Warming, challenges to multinational corporations, attention to world hunger and the renewed health of the oceans and sea creatures will all likely fare well.

If your expectations tend more toward disaster, then you might expect tsunamis, hurricanes, monsoons and other weather extremes to be in the headlines.

But of all the Dragon years, the 2012 Water Dragon is most likely to bestow the Chinese Five Blessings of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity, adding even more weight to the growing belief that 2012 will be about breakthroughs, not disasters.

January 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucky 13 and our Nation’s history

In our home, 13 is a lucky number.  So lucky, my daughter even picked it for her volleyball jersey.  Here is a little something about the importance of 13 in our Nation’s history.  I hope you enjoy and share 🙂


Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it. The one dollar bill you’re  looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design. This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material. We’ve all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look. If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury  Seal. On the top you will see the scales for a balanced budget. In the center you have a carpenter’s square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury. That’s all pretty easy to figure out, but  what is on the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know. If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved. If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid. Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is un-capped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin’s belief that one man couldn’t do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything. IN GOD WE TRUST” is on this currency. The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, “God has favored our undertaking.” The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, “a new order has begun.” At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most hero’s monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever  he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean. The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First,  he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle’s beak you will read, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, meaning, “one nation from many people”.  Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one. Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive  branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows. They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number.  This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in “E Pluribus Unum”, 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the  olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.  I always ask people, “Why don’t you know this?”  Your children don’t know this, and their history teachers don’t know this.  Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.  Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn’t care. Too many veterans never came home at all.  Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stand for… Otherwise, they will  probably never know…

January 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Purchase with Purchase (PwP)
FC5 Deep Cleansing Mask 50% off FC5 Deep Cleansing Mask PwP 
With every purchase of the Clear Advantage Set (#418), qualify to save 50% on the skin-clarifying FC5 Deep Cleansing Mask, a $32 value for just $16.#7460P; $16 SRP

Available July 1-August 31

Shop Now

Ginger Citrus Body Wash and Body Scrub Set Specials Ginger Citrus Body Wash and Sugar Scrub Set Specials
With every $75 SRP purchase, enjoy the refreshing scents of the Ginger Citrus Body Wash Mini 5-packs (#7080P) and Sugar Scrub Mini 3-packs (#7081P) for just $9 each!*Available starting 7/1/11, while supplies last. No order limit after $75 SRP purchase.

Shop Now

Arbonne Cosmetics Sample Packs PwP 50% Off Arbonne Cosmetics Sample Packs PwP
With every $75 SRP purchase, qualify to purchase three Arbonne Cosmetics Sample Packs at 50% off.*7917 Perfecting Liquid Foundation Sample Pack
7918 Mineral Foundation Sample Pack
7919 Tinted Moisturizer Sample Pack
7920 Sheer Pressed Powder Sample Pack
7923 Lip Polish Sample Pack*This offer is applicable only to a pre-selected list of sample packs. Offer is available while supplies last.

To shop Sample Packs now, click here.

Arbonne Essentials™ 7-Day Body Cleanse PwP Arbonne Essentials 7-Day Body Cleanse PwP
With every purchase of the 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit #2046, qualify to purchase the 7-Day Body Cleanse, a $49 SRP value, for only $24.50.#2082P; $24.50 SRP


RE9 Advanced™ Travel Set PwP RE9 Advanced Travel Set PwP
Take RE9 Advanced on the go, with a Travel Set of ten face and body products in a convenient travel bag.#819; $45 SRP


FC5 Cooling Foot Crème PwP FC5 Cooling Foot Crème PwP
With every Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème purchase, qualify to purchase the Cooling Foot Crème, an $18 value, for $7.#7465; $7 SRP


FC5 Exfoliating Body Scrub PwP FC5 Exfoliating Body Scrub PwP
With every purchase of the FC5 Shower set, qualify to purchase the Exfoliating Body Scrub, a $30 value, for $12.#7466; $12 SRP


FC5 Travel Fresh Set PwP FC5 Travel Fresh Set PwP
With every $150 SRP Purchase, qualify to purchase this set of 6 travel-size products including Nourishing Daily Shampoo, Nourishing Daily Conditioner, Invigorating Body Cleanser, Conditioning Body Moisture, Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème and Cooling Foot Crème in a convenient travel bag.#5127; $20 SRP


July 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is Gluten-Free for Me? (via Kelowna Chapter – Canadian Celiac Association)

Is Gluten-Free for Me? Courtesy of the College of American Pathologists Is Gluten-Free for Me? The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Separates Food Facts from Fads During Celiac Disease Awareness Month in May Gluten-free foods can be found everywhere from restaurants to grocery stores. Who needs to go gluten-free? For people diagnosed with Celiac disease, adopting a gluten-free diet is no fad. It is a medical treatment. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="200 … Read More

via Kelowna Chapter – Canadian Celiac Association

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exercise and your Immune System

A study published in the November 2010 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that individuals who exercised 5 times a week or more experienced significantly less (43%) upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) than those who exercised less often.  Frequent exercisers who did get sick reported much less severity of their symptoms.  The authors of the study stated that, “Perceived physical fitness and frequency of aerobic exercise are important correlates of reduced days with URTI and severity of symptoms during the winter and fall common cold seasons. ”

One more reason to make sure you schedule your workout into your day at least 5 days a week!

February 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gluten and Autoimmunity: How You Could Still Be Gluten Sensitive With Negative Lab Tests By Dr. Ian Beckingham D.C.

Every day patients come in to my chronic condition centers suffering from conditions like Hashimoto’s hypothyroid, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. These diseases have very limited treatment options for the patient consisting mostly of drugs and steroids. For very few of my patients these treatments help but most are frustrated saying “the condition controls me and I do not control the condition”. The underlying cause of most chronic conditions is autoimmunity. Autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area or system of the body. If you do not address why the body has turned against itself you will continue to have symptoms and even develop whole new system failures. To find out if you have an autoimmune disease I recommend antibody testing.

An antibody is a protein marker. The body’s immune system produces antibodies in response to unwanted material like molds, virus, bacteria, and parasites. These substances are labeled antigens. Antibodies can be produced when the body has a reaction to a food it is sensitive to or comes in contact with a harmful chemical. Antibodies can mistakenly be produced against a bodies own healthy tissue when the immune system becomes confused. The antibody marks the tissue for removal and signals the immune response. This is the cause of autoimmune reactions. I like to check for gluten antibodies, myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.More examples of are antibodies to pancreatic islet cells often called type 1 diabetes and antibodies to the thyroid are usually associated with Hashimoto’s disease.

Patients ask “Dr. Beckingham why does my immune system go crazy to begin with?” One common issue is food sensitivity in particular gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein that exists in wheat that acts like an immune system provoking antigen. The protein has been shown in some studies to be a food sensitivity of up to 81% of people from northern European decent. This protein is what makes our crackers stick together, our soups thick, and our salad dressing creamy. Gluten sensitivity includes wheat, spelt, kamut, oats, rye, and barley. Gluten can be hidden as soy sauce, food starch, malt extract and dextrins to name a few.

If you put a food that you are sensitive to in your system every day your immune system will continually be fired up and attack the offending food just like a bacteria or parasite. This in turn creates too many soldiers in your immune army that have no leadership. A mutiny is the common result. The mutiny manifests itself as an attack on healthy tissue like your thyroid, nerves, or the joints of your body.

Patients often tell me that they have been tested for gluten and they are negative so that can’t be the problem. This is the simple answer to that question. The blood tests that people have been getting only tests for a part of gluten called alpha gliadin. Alpha gliadin is only one of the building blocks of gluten. Until recently it has been believed that alpha gliadin was the prime suspect of gluten sensitivity. Published peer reviewed journals have now shown that not only does alpha gliadin pose a threat but you can be allergic to beta, gamma, omega gliadins as well. If you are allergic to beta gliadin and have a test for alpha gliadin it will show that you are fine when in reality you have gluten allergies.

As if this were not enough you can be allergic to a substance called glutenin which is also part of gluten. You could be allergic to transglutaminase which is a gluten enzyme. I have seen patients in my office sensitive to deaminated gliadin or gluteomorphin (the addictive part of breads). A true gluten test needs 12 components in it not just the 1 alpha gliadin test which has been the industry standard for years. It frightens me to think of how many patients have been eating gluten thinking they have tested negative when in fact they have a true gluten sensitivity that was missed because of improper testing.

Why is this so important you may ask? Recent studies have shown a link between gluten sensitivity and psychiatric illness, ADHD, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and obesity to name a few. Why are so many people so sensitive now when 50 years ago it seemed like nobody was? Simple, the genetic modification of foods make more gluten per piece of wheat when compared to a generation ago, poor nutrition overall, chronic stress (raised cortisol hurts immune tolerance), leaky gut syndrome, the storage of wheat products in huge bins on average of 2 years so the food can get covered in enterotoxins (waste product of fungus and mold), and overall lack of adequate digestive enzymes in our body.

This is why I insist on a full gluten panel of 12 tests for my prospective patients even before I accept a case. This test can be done with 1 vial of blood sent to a lab in Arizona that tests for all 12 potential gluten sensitivities specifically.

To sum up I have seen in my practice that when followed strictly a appropriate gluten-free diet is often life-transforming for symptomatic patients.

Dr. Ian Beckingham DC specializes in helping patients suffering from chronic conditions such as hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s, fibromyalgia, diabetes, vertigo, insomnia, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, and other autoimmune conditions. Dr. Ian Beckingham has two chronic condition centers in Glendale and West Los Angeles. He enjoys talking about all health issues and speaks often. To schedule a free consultation, sign up for a workshop, get more information on Dr. Beckingham, his clinics, or to receive free information go to or His email is

Article Source:

Dr. Ian Beckingham D.C. - EzineArticles Expert Author

January 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ground beef recall

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Neil Gaffney

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2010 – First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.


USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such asE. coli O157:H7.

The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 16-oz. packages of “NATURE’S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of “ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/28/10” or “01/06/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of NATURE’S HARVEST GROUND PATTY” containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following “USE or FREEZE by” date: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11”

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895” as well as the identifying Pack Date of “10341 and 10350 Julian date. These ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in Calif., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Wis., and Wash. State. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at

The problem was discovered through company microbiological sampling which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Media and consumer inquiries regarding the recall should be directed to 1-888-843-8016. For further information, check the website at

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.


January 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment