It’s an “ALL THE RAVE” Giveaway

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Hello to all of my Followers:

As most of you know, I am Membership Director  of the uber-supportive RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, and when I say uber-supportive, I mean UBER-SUPPORTIVE!! This group is phenomenal! Not only do I have the chance to connect with some very talented authors, BUT they also offer some awesome perks…like a chance at being the Club’s Book of the Month OR a “SPOTLIGHT” Author ORa #PUSHTUESDAY Winner. The best part is, it’s totally FREE TO JOIN!! I know you must be curious, so here’s the website:  http://RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com/.Take advantage of this wonderful information and JOIN today!! It will be the best decision you’ve ever made!!

Because I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club, I am posting something very special and very exciting that we are about to embark on. We are conducting a Raffle-copter giveaway! Just another reason RRBC rocks!!

World Book & Copyright Day is April 23 this year. Are you familiar with this holiday? No? Well, let me tell you about it……

WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY is such a symbolic date for world literature, celebrating books and their authors. Formalized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), this day pays a world-wide tribute to the art of writing, by encouraging everyone to discover the joys of reading. UNESCO created this day to not only promote reading and publishing, but also to make authors aware of their protection under copyright law.

So what is RRBC offering? An “ALL THE RAVE” GIVEAWAY…CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY. How exciting is that?!?

Thanks to the awesome members of Rave Reviews Book Club, we have compiled some amazing gift packages of BOOKS, both in Kindle and Nook formats. There are a number of ways to gain entries and many chances to win!! All you have to do is visit our website, the WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT tab and utilize the Raffle-copter to enter. The best part? This is open to EVERYONE, members and non-members!!!

The giveaway will run from Wednesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 26. The winners will be announced on Sunday, May 4 in the Rave Reviews Online Newsletter.

So, what are you waiting for??? Rush over to the RRBC Website  and ENTER TODAY!!!

One last note…to really THANK those that have helped make our celebration of World Book & Copyright Day a success, the Governing Board of RRBC would like to thank those members that have so graciously donated to this special giveaway:

Alex Jones, Atoyia Pencil, Beem Weeks, Bette A. Stevens, Bruce A. Borders, Christopher Pepper, Clarissa Simmens, Dale Furse, David A. Kimmel, Doris Dancy, Garrett Addison, Jacob Quarterman, Jane Yates, Julia Barrett, Karen Ingalls, Kasper Beaumont, Kathryn Treat, Kish Knight, Leisl Kaberry, Lorraine Pestell, Michelle Abbott, Michelle Weidenbenner, Nicholas Rossis, Peter Muller, Rebecca Nolen, Rea Nolan Martin, Rhani D’Chae, Roderick Davidson, Sahara Foley, Sara Furlong Burr, Seve Verdad, Shelley Young, Shirley Slaughter, Stevie Turner, and V.C. Arran.

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The Authentic Self: Becoming Aware of Energy and Energy Flows

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

I have done some energy work with Deborah Singleton as well. Jennie does an excellent job of explaining EMF Sensitivity and Energy Flows.

Originally posted on Jennie Sherwin:

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Someone asked me the other day how I was able to follow energy flows in my body. My answer was that I could feel energy and sense if it was flowing in a certain direction. Although that seemed to satisfy my questioner, it made me think about my journey toward becoming energy sensitive.

images[4]As with others before me, I came to energy sensitivity through what seemed like an endless spiral of illnesses that appeared to culminate in sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, causing me indescribable pain. For those of my readers who are scratching their heads and wondering what sensitivity to electromagnetic fields is, here is a very brief primer. So-called EMF sensitivity is a change in perception. Whereas most people can use iPhones, computers, tablets, televisions, telephones, and be near running appliances and high-voltage wires without perceiving the EMFs that radiate from these devices, people with EMF sensitivity cannot be within…

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Happy Blogiversery – Where has the time gone?

It’s My Blogiversery!  Let’s Celebrate!

Where has the time gone?  I wrote my first blog post on April 25, 2012.  Here we are two years later and so much as happened.  I finally published my book, “Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope” (How amazing is that?), had a book launch party, and did a meet the author at a health food store. My list of followers continues to grow and I have  met so many amazing authors, bloggers, and others who suffer from environmental or other chronic illness.  I have joined a writing group, PnP Authors, and became Membership Director for Rave Reviews Book Club.

During the past two years I have made myself known on the social media scene despite my fears by:

  • had  website designed (kathryntreat.com)
  • started an author page on Facebook
  • joined LinkedIn
  • set up boards on Pinterest
  • started tweeting a Twitter
  • started a second blog, Be My Guest, for authors (There will be a special gift for those that sign up to follow my new blog.  The names of new followers will go into a hat and my husband will draw a winner).
  • and yes even got myself on Tumblr

I have also had a wonderful book blog tour where I was hosted on 12 blogs over a period of a month.

In honor of my Blogiversery, I am having a giveaway.  The winners will be determined through a Rafflecopter Giveaway.   The giveaway starts now and will run through the 25th of May.  There will be  chances to enter more than once. To find out what and how many gifts (yes there is more than one since “it is my second blogiversary”)  are available.  I know my blogiversery doesn’t officially happen until next week but why wait to start the fun!

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A not-so-fun trip…

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

Who with chronic illness hasn’t taken a ride on the “Guiltmobile”?

Originally posted on My Fibrotastic Life!:

Source: chinnsonger.com

Source: chinnsonger.com

What type of travel does not require a mode of transportation (or even going anywhere), but has a ton of baggage?

You guessed it…

A guilt trip.

When you have a chronic illness/illnesses where you need to listen to your body, you need to establish boundaries in order to spare on whatever energy that you have. However, when you need to say “no” to someone or something, there’s always that chance that the “guilt-mobile” is coming to give you a ride. There are other various things which can trigger this terrible kind of “trip”…

  • When you feel like you’ve lost your sense of purpose, and that you’re not able to do all the stuff that you used to do.
  • When you can’t hold a job, or that your hours have been reduced significantly.
  • When you can’t pay for essentials, and someone else is helping you with those things.

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Catch-Up Mondays: Sulfites and Drugs – revisited

This is part four of the four-part series of posts on sulfites.  The staggering number of drugs that contain sulfites as a preservative is unbelievable.  I am sure this list is not complete but it gives you a good awareness of how far reaching sulfite use is.

I know many of you out there might not use medications. But at some point in your life, there may not be an option in order to stay alive. I have discovered that there are medications that contain sulfites. I am sure this list is by no means complete as new drugs and variations of those drugs come on the market daily. Following is what I have learned about drugs and sulfites.

Bronchodilator solutions for asthma

  • Adrenalin chloride 1:1000 concentration
  • Bronkosol
  • Isuprel hydrochloride solution

Topical eye drops

  • Pred-Mild
  • Pred-Forte
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Prednisol
  • desamethasone

Injectable medications

  • Amikacin
  • Betamethasone phosphate (Celestone)
  • Chloropromazine (Thorazine)
  • Dexamethasone phosphate (Decadron)
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine (Adrenaline, Ana-Kit, Epi-Pen)
  • Garamycin
  • Gentamycin - I have taken this before and reacted.
  • Isoetharine HCI
  • Isoproterenol (injectable)
  • Lidocaine with epinephrine (Xylocaine) When I needed this before, I had to get it preservative free.
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Metarminol
  • Norepinephrine (Levophed)
  • Procaine (Novacaine)
  • Prochloroperazine (Compazine)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Solutions for total parenteral nutrition and dialysis
  • Tobramycin

General Anesthesia Drugs

Sites I visited to get my sulfite information:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/sulfite-sensitivity

http://ww.sulfites.org/sulfite-foods

http://nutrition.about.com/od/recipesmenus/a/organic.htm

http://www.allergy-and-diabetic-health.com/sulfite-free-foods-no-way-out-to-survive-the-fight-goes-on.html

http://www.allergy-and-diabetic-health.com/sufites-in-bleached-sugar-beet-and-cane.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Live-With-an-Allergy-to-Sulfites

http://allergies.about.com/od/foodallergies/a/sulfites.htm

E-Cigarettes – Nicotine Poisoning on the Rise

WOW! It wasn’t enough to learn that e-cigarettes can contain propylene glycol (see my post Dirty Secrets of E-Cigarettes).  In our local newspaper there was an article on Thursday, April 10th, (the day I was enjoying my anniversary) entitled “Liquid nicotine poisoning on rise”.

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According to the article the number of calls to poison control regarding exposure to liquid nicotine has risen from one call per month in September 2010 to 215 calls per month by February 2014.  If that isn’t scary enough, more than half of the calls involved children under the age of 5.

So, what is drawing children that young to these e-cigarettes?  Most e-juices come in fruity flavors like cotton candy, cherry cheesecake, and fruit punch?  Can you just imagine that?  I cannot!

According to the CDC, poisoning related to these e-cigarettes occurs through direct skin or eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation of the e-liquid.  Of course they do not mention the propylene glycol that is also an issue.

One smoke shop owner said that he was aware that the e-liquid packaging is not childproof but felt it was the parent’s responsibility to keep the poisonous product away from their children.  He also stated that the number of e-juice manufacturers is out of control and it is totally unregulated.  Another smoke shop owner said that cigarette sales seem to have gone down while e-cigarette sales are going up.

I had a discussion with my daughter about this article.  She teaches freshman at a local high school.  She told me that some of her students have asked about them and what she thinks. She tells them that there are no long-term studies and that those using them are guinea pigs.

To view the entire article, click here.  Click here for an article on Hookah Pens.

What are your thoughts on e-cigarettes?  Yay or Nay?

 

38 Years and Counting

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This was taken on our wedding day 38 years ago yesterday.  It seems like just yesterday until I look at this picture and pictures of us now.  I am so amazingly grateful that he has stuck by me in good times and bad and in sickness and in health.

That beautiful tablecloth that you see underneath my cake was crocheted by my mother.  It is the pineapple design.  My sister and I were married 4 months apart and mom patiently made both of us one for our cake tables.

Yesterday my wonderful husband took me to my favorite place, the beach.  We at outdoors on the wharf and took a long walk along the beach and Old 17 Mile Drive in Monterey.  It was indeed a Happy Anniversary.

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Conversations Over Milk and Cookies with Kindle Ninja

By now you all know that I am a proud member of the Rave Reviews Book Club Board serving as its Membership Director.

Rave Reviews Book Club is growing rapidly.  Besides the benefits of getting more name recognition as well as increased sales and reviews, there is another wonderful benefit of being a member of this AWESOME book club.  This wonderful benefit is meeting and interacting with other readers and authors.  These wonderful people will surprise you with the most amazing opportunities.  A few days ago I was asked by one of our newest members @kindleninja  of Kindle Ninja Book Reviews to do an interview.  He is uplifting my fellow board members and myself through a segment on his blog entitled, Conversations Over Milk and Cookies.  You may view my conversation here.

While you are visiting there, please make sure to take a peak at Episode 1 with our club’s secretary, Marlena Hand, and Episode 2 with our club’s Incentives Coordinator, Teri Garringer.  Please also check out Episode 4 with our club’s Welcoming Director, Leisl Kaberry and Episode 5 with our Reviews Coordinator, Beem Weeks.

As new episodes appear, I will come back here and update this blog post.

 

 

Catch-Up Mondays: Sulfites and Food – revisited

This is part three of my sulfite blog posts.  I shared this on February 2, 2013. When you start eliminating sulfites, the amount of foods that have them is unbelievable.  Of course without testing it is very difficult to know at what point you will react or how much is actually in the foodstuff.

Okay so this is part three of my story on sulfites. I hope you all are not tired of hearing about them yet. The list of foods is long. Somehow the lists I have found don’t seem to be as lengthy as what I remember. But then again, with my brain fog and the fact it was about thirty years ago it is hard to know for certain.

Before I start listing the foods I will respond to a question a friend of mine asked. She wanted to know if organic foods were safe from sulfites. From what I have read that they are not allowed in organic foods in the US. I also read that organic foods that travel over borders can be sprayed with sulfites or sit in a tub of sulfited water or ice to prevent browning.

Foods with naturally occurring sulfites are grapes (why even organic wine can contain a certain level of sulfites), onions, garlic, salmon, leeks, lettuce, chives and asparagus.

The FDA has broken down the foods with sulfites by category in their FDA Guide to Foods and Drugs with Sulfites.  The Sulfite levels have also been categorized by ppm (parts per million and shown in red) with greater than 100 ppm considered very high (strict avoidance), between 50 and 99.9 ppm considered moderate to high (avoidance advised in those with sulfite sensitivity), between 10 and 49.9 ppm considered low to moderate (may cause symptoms to those with severe sulfite allergy), and less than 10 ppm considered very low levels (generally do no pose a risk even to those with sulfite sensitivity).

Alcoholic Beverages (beer, cocktail mixes, wine, wine coolers) Wine is in the very high and beer is considered very low.

Baked Goods (cookies, crackers, mixes with dried fruits or vegetables, pizza crust, Quiche crust, flour tortillas) Low to moderate level.

Beverage Bases (dried citrus fruit mixes) Very high level.

Condiments and Relishes (horseradish, relishes, pickles, olives, salad dressing mixes and wine vinegar) Low to moderate with wine vinegar being in the moderate to high level.

Confections and Frostings (brown, raw, powdered or white sugar derived from sugar beets) Very low level.

Modified Dairy Products (filled milk – when vegetable oils are substituted for animal fat) Not available.

Fish and Shellfish (canned clams, fresh, frozen, canned or dried shrimp, frozen lobster , scallops and dried cod - my lobster experience was mentioned in my first post Low to moderate level.

Fresh Fruit  and Vegetables (potatoes) Very low level.

Gelatins, Puddings and Fillings (fruit fillings, flavored and unflavored gelatin, pectin) Very low level.

Grain Products and Pastas (cornstarch, modified food starch, spinach pasta, gravies, hominy, breadings, batters and noodle/rice mixes) Very low to moderate.

Jams and Jellies (because of the pectin) Very low.

Nuts and Nut Products (shredded coconut – although I have found unsulfured coconut) Very low.

Plant Protein Products (canned, bottled or frozen juices including lemon, lime grape and apple; dried fruit; canned, bottled or frozen dietetic fruit or fruit juices; maraschino cherries and glazed fruit) Moderate to very high level.

Processed Vegetables (vegetable juice, canned vegetables including potatoes, pickled vegetables including sauerkraut, dried vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, frozen potatoes and potato salad) Sauerkraut is in the very high level while the other items seem to fall in the low to high levels.

Snack Foods (dried fruit snacks, trail mixes, filled crackers) High to very high levels.

Soups and Soup Mixes (canned seafood soups, dried soup mixes) Low to moderate levels.

Sweet Sauces, Toppings (corn syrup, maple syrup, fruit toppings, and high-fructose corn syrup, pancake syrup) Very low to Moderate levels.

Tea (instant tea, liquid tea concentrates) Not available.

My last post on sulfites will discuss medications that may contain sulfites.  I will also provide links to some of the various sites I used when obtaining this information so that you may view them yourself in their entirety.

Stuck in What I “Used” to Look Like

Kathryn Chastain Treat:

I love the way Tamara puts this. We are not the same from illness but the average person isn’t the same either from month to month or year to year. We need to learn to accept ourselves.

Originally posted on Nature's Peace and Hope:

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Sometimes I get so stuck in what I used to look like, what I used to be like, that I cannot find any appreciation for who I am today…

Recently, it was very difficult to hear a loved one saying, while looking through old pictures, “That’s what Tamara looked like before she got really sick. Wasn’t she beautiful?” Not that I don’t say these very words myself, a disclaimer so to speak, letting others know I haven’t always been heavy, puffy-faced, pale, fill in your own negative adjective here:_________.
But this time, I wasn’t the one to point out my “different self,” it was my husband. And I know, in my mind, that he was saying this with pride, letting someone who has only known me post-sickness in on what I looked like in a healthier state. In fact, he most likely was just mimicking my own words. But, all…

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