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Catch-Up Monday – EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life (as told by Jennie Sherwin) – revisited

This post was originally shared on January 27, 2013.  I am so thankful to Jennie for sharing this with all of you.

My dear friend Jennie Sherwin wrote about this topic on her blog (Jennie’s original blog no longer exists.) You can follow her here on her new blog. Jennie has given me permission to include the contents of her post here. Yesterday I wrote about EMF and my experience with it. I also discussed briefly on how it deeply affected the lives of some amazing women I have met on my healing journey. 

EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life and Its Transformation through Energy Balancing Treatments

I am a survivor. I recovered from multiple chemical sensitivity as well as from sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Because I recovered, I shared my story in my book, Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses.  When I speak about my experience at book signings and author talks, audience members often ask: “How did you know you had EMF sensitivity?” In truth, I was sensitive to electromagnetic fields for some time before I knew what I was experiencing. I remember feeling nervous when I sat in our breakfast nook under track lighting. We had been living in that condominium in New Orleans for almost three years when the nervousness started. I can recall feeling a buzz around me when I stood close to the mirror over the vanity in the bathroom, which was lighted with bulbs that fit into receptacles above the mirror. It was not until I entered treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas that I fully “unmasked” for EMF sensitivity, and it happened in a dramatic way. Here is an excerpt from my book:

“…. On Sunday early evening, as I was checking e-mail on my laptop, Pretty Woman was playing on one of the cable TV channels, and dinner was baking in the oven. All of a sudden, as I was typing, I felt a strange sensation. My fingers felt prickly. The sensation spread into my hands and up my arms. The next thing I knew waves of pain exploded in my chest, and I started shaking. I felt as if I had my finger in an electrical outlet and waves of electricity were coursing through my body. Electricity! That was it! I shut off the television, the computer, the oven, and all of the overhead lights. I sat in the dark, shaking, wondering if I was experiencing electro-magnetic field (EMF) sensitivity. Remember Susi who couldn’t use a telephone? She was EMF-sensitive, and for that reason she could not touch or be near a telephone or other devices that emitted electromagnetic fields for very long. My third week at the clinic had ended, and I found myself much sicker than when I had arrived. I was incredulous. It has gotten worse. I looked at the telephone and took a deep breath. Will I be able to use the phone? Tomorrow morning, Roger would call me, and I would know.”

The next morning when my husband called, I was on the line only a minute or two when the drama of the previous day was repeated. When I got to the clinic later that morning, I was told I had “unmasked” (become aware of a sensitivity that had been hidden to my perception because of more dominant sensitivities) for EMF sensitivity as a result of the detoxification process. Life from that moment entered a twilight zone reality for me. I felt electricity from anything that emitted an electromagnetic field: telephones, appliances, air cleaners, lights, hair dryers, computers, cell phones, compressors, wires, and cables. I felt as if I were continually plugged into an electrical outlet, and I thought my nervous system would be damaged from the assault.

At the clinic I was referred to Deborah Singleton, founder and president of the Arasini Foundation and director of A Healing Place, and her healing team. With their guidance, I learned to quiet my energy fields, clear an EMF reaction, and maintain my personal energies in balance in order to heal. I attribute my ability to benefit fully from the treatment at the clinic and transform my perception of electromagnetic fields from illness to a tool I now use for information to the energy balancing treatments and the guidance I received at A Healing Place

How this transformation came about, as well as some of the exercises and practices I learned at A Healing Place, is outlined in my book (Allergic to Life:  My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope).

Catch-Up Mondays: DON’T TOUCH THAT BUTTON! – revisited

According to an article in the March 26, 2012 issue of “First for Women”, Dr. William Rea (director of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas) is quoted as saying women with multiple chemical sensitivity are at a greater risk of developing electromagnetic field (EMF) sensitivity. Dr. Rea believes that a reaction to chemicals can damage cell membranes, making women more vulnerable to the harmful effects of electrical signals from computers, TVs, Wi-Fi and cell phones.  Just the touch of the computer keypad can or the buttons on a cell phone can send someone into excruciating pain.

Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity (EMF) can present itself as headaches, muscle pain and fatigue. It can also cause a feeling as if one had stuck their finger in an electrical outlet. Some women have complained of feeling pain in their chest and buzzing in their heads. I can remember when my reactions were at their worst, I would get a shock wave sensation in my head. The shock wave would feel like electricity was being fed through my left ear, run right through my brain and exit the right ear. This shock wave sensation would go on for an extended period of time. As my reactions calmed somewhat, those sensations would lessen but return in the testing room if I was testing something especially difficult on me (chemicals, molds, mycotoxins).

I have experienced first hand what other women have gone through. My first true view of life with EMF was in 2002. I had only been in Dallas for a few days when a woman was walking around with a shirt tied around her head. How strange I thought. She didn’t speak much at first but we soon became friends. After talking with her, I soon discovered that she suffered from EMF. She explained it to me and said that she couldn’t have the television on in her condo and she couldn’t stand in front of the stove. Because I was able to do these things, she approached me one day to see if I would be willing to take her food and cook it for her on my stove or in my oven. She has greatly improved over the years and is now tolerating more than when we first met.

My second experience with EMF was with my friend Jennie Sherwin author of “Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and other Chronic Illnesses”. I met Jennie in January of 2003 when I had returned to Dallas for surgery and further testing at the Environmental Health Center-Dallas with Dr. Rea. I remember walking into Jennie’s condos to the very dim glow of low watt bulbs. I remember what she had to do in order to just cook her food or answer the landline phone in her condo. I remember vividly Jennie’s husband taking her to the center and her climbing in the backseat of the car because all the controls on the dashboard would cause pain to course through to her heart. Jennie has experienced an amazing recovery and her book is a true inspiration. I will be posting tomorrow from Jennie’s blog regarding her experience with EMF. Jennie’s original website no longer exists. Her new blog can be found here.  I have a copy of the original blog post and will be sharing it soon.

I met two other such women suffering from sensitivities to electromagnetic fields during my visit to Dallas in 2003. One had her young daughter with her. Because I was able to have the television on, the daughter would come to my condo for a short time each evening to watch it with me. My other friend developed it while I was there in 2003. She still has a very difficult time with it today.

You may remember my post on my recent acquisition of an e-book reader. I mentioned that I chose the Wi-Fi version because it could be turned off and I wouldn’t have to sit and have a book in my lap or hand for hours with it drawing the Wi-Fi signal.

Jennie Sherwin – In the Spotlight

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If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you are aware of my friend Jennie Sherwin.  Jennie and I first met in Dallas while going through treatment at the Environmental Health Center.  I recently did an interview with Jennie and talked about her book.  When I became a member of Rave Reviews Book Club I invited Jennie to join because I knew she would be a perfect fit.  One of the perks of being a member and an author is the opportunity to be chosen as a Spotlight Author.  I am so excited to say that Jennie’s name was drawn to be Rave Reviews Book Club’s first “Spotlight Author”.  Below is Jennie’s Author Spotlight post.

I want to thank the Members of the Board of the Rave Reviews Book Club for this incredible opportunity to be featured as the club’s first Spotlight Author. You’ve all done a great deal of work to make this club a reality. To Nonnie Jules, Founder and President, thank you for founding the club and giving authors a place to hang their hats among friends. I am also grateful to my longtime friend Kathy Treat, Membership Director, for inviting me to join. Marketing and promotion are challenges for the first-time author. Being selected as the Spotlight Author, who receives marketing and promotion to the social media outlets as well as to print media, is truly a gift from heaven. Last, but not least at all, I send a special thank you to all the bloggers who agreed to host me on their site. I am truly grateful.
I have always loved to read, so it was natural for me to pursue a career where I could share my love of reading with others, which I did as a teacher of English. I liked writing, too, but it took years to hone my craft. I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors. One, in particular, at Random House, the trade publishing company in New York City, literally taught me how to think about writing, always holding the reader in mind and using that focus to sharpen the clarity of my text. My experience at Random House opened the door to a career in pubic health consulting. Working in a busy editorial office on publications for many clients, each with specific needs, gave me the perfect opportunity to gain experience writing or editing books, papers, and articles targeting different audiences at varying reading levels. As a service to all of the writers and editors who might be reading this blog, I’d like to pass along the names of the manuals that I’ve used throughout my career with links to their Amazon pages. They include the Chicago Manual of StyleWords into TypeNew Hart’s RulesFowler’s Modern English Usage, and Scientific Style and Format.
 
cover CLNNow to my book: In Intentional Healing…I tell the story of my transformation from a Western-educated woman who worked as a writer and editor in the field of public health to a woman who awakened  to a more Eastern-oriented way of thinking that included a de-emphasis on the individual and ego and an emphasis on collective consciousness and the soul. After bizarre symptoms upended my life, I sought help from Western medicine. No one I consulted could explain what was happening to me. No one, that is, until I met diagnostic detective, Dr. Leo Galland, who tied my symptoms to environmental illness and referred me to a pioneer in environmental medicine, Dr. William J. Rea, in Dallas, Texas, founder of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas. While at the EHC-D, I was introduced to the view held by doctors of environmental medicine that many chronic illnesses are triggered by environmental toxins. During treatment, I unmasked (or became aware of a sensitivity I had not recognized before) for sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Dr. Rea referred me to Deborah Singleton, founder and director of A Healing Place, and her energy healing team. Energy balancing helped me respond to the treatment program at Dr. Rea’s clinic. With Deborah’s guidance I began the process of expanding my consciousness and understanding the real roots of illness. My journey, which included initiation into Reiki channeling and healing from Navajo hataali, took me from dark nights of the soul to a new way of thinking about illness.
Jennie Sherwin, author and editor

Intentional Healing: Interview with Author Jennie Sherwin

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Today’s post is my first in what I hope to be a monthly tradition of either reviewing a book or chatting with the author in the form of an interview.  Reading helped me cope.  On my worst days, I could bury myself deep into a book and travel with the characters through the story as I turned the pages.  Reading took me away from “me” and my illness.  As I got a little better, I also began reading books relating to illness and learned the journey of others dealing with chronic illness.  Today I will be chatting with Jennie Sherwin, author of Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses.  So let’s begin.

Jennie, I became aware of your illness through our friendship and talks when we met in Dallas in 2003.  Reading your book, Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses, has given me a much greater insight to the various diagnosed illnesses and your journey to becoming well.

Can you tell me what prompted you to share your journey with us?  I remembered how confused I felt when I started experiencing so many disparate symptoms that my doctors could not link under a single syndrome. I had so many doctors to consult because my symptoms seemed disconnected and in need of different treatments. Not until I consulted Dr. William J. Rea, founder of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, did I meet someone who linked all of my symptoms to one illness, that is, environmental illness—also called multiple chemical sensitivity. I thought that by sharing my story I could help others avoid a long journey from doctor to doctor and get to the root of their symptoms more quickly. And, as you’ve shared several times about your own experience in writing your story, it was therapeutic for me to write about my journey, which helped me let it go.

We both sought treatment at the Environmental Health Center-Dallas.  Mold was the trigger that pushed my body over the edge.  What environmental trigger pushed your body to the breaking point?  What were some of the different illnesses you were diagnosed with?   The breaking point came after a pesticide accident in our home, which I describe in detail in my book. My exposure to toxic chemicals, however, goes all the way back to my childhood when I was exposed to the pesticide that was sprayed in our town during the summers to keep the mosquito populations down. I grew up in small town that was a peninsula; that is, it was surrounded by water on three sides. I suppose the authorities decided to spray after surveying the mosquito breeding grounds, which are generally numerous near water. As I came to understand through education in Dallas, I was exposed throughout my life, where I lived and where I worked—to outgassing chemicals in a new addition to our family home as well as in the new apartment I occupied when I got married or houses I lived in and the various office buildings I worked in throughout my career as a teacher, writer, and editor. The pesticide accident put me over the edge; that is, once my tolerance levels had been breached, I became a “universal reactor” and was sensitive to many substances—foods, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, prescription drugs, vitamins and minerals, various chemicals and inhalants, and so on. So throughout my life, I had been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses, which cleared or receded after treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic. Fibromyalgia cleared and has never returned. Reactive hypoglycemia and continual yeast infections seem to be a thing of the past. GERD and reactive asthma receded for ten years and only recently returned under the stress of a number of life events my husband and I experienced in 2012. Both are now under good control through a combination of Western medicine and energy healing.

While in Dallas we both sought the help of Deborah Singleton, founder of the Arasini Foundation, and her healing team.  You talk a great deal in your book about receiving Deborah’s amazing energy healing and your internship of studying and learning the art of energy balancing.  Can you describe briefly how energy healing works?  Walt Whitman titled one of his poems in Leaves of Grass “I Sing the Body Electric,” and although he was using “electric” to describe the excitements, passion, beauty, and possibilities within each body, which he linked to soul, his use of the word “electric” was a throwback to what Eastern cultures have known about the body for thousands of years, that is, that the body, besides being a flesh and blood organic life form, harbors an electrical energy system that runs many of the processes in the body.  Think of the heart. What keeps it beating? An electrical system that regulates heart rate and initiates processes at the cell level. In energy medicine, the body’s electrical system is thought of as its energy system, complete with receiving and transmitting stations and ebbs and flows. Through hands-on manipulation of acupressure points along those flow pathways, called “meridians,” practitioners invite those flows into balance, thus the term “energy balancing” to describe what happens in a session. The practitioner holds her or his own energy in such a way, distinguishing it from the client’s system, so as to invite the client’s energy system into balance. In effect, the client’s energy system and inner resources right the flows, releasing “blockages” or energies that do not serve the individual. A balanced system supports the natural healing processes in the bodymindspirit. Energy medicine does not treat illness directly but works in concert with Western medicine, often helping clients to tolerate prescription drugs or recover from surgical procedures more quickly.

What steps did you take in your healing journey?  (therapies, living space, reading)  At the Environmental Health Center-Dallas (EHC-D), the treatment program included: testing for sensitivities, followed by the use of antigens for those sensitivities; sauna detoxification; IV infusions; massage therapy; and psychological counseling. While in Dallas I lived at Regina Coeli, an apartment complex, renovated with safer, non-toxic products. The furnishings were equally non-toxic, and the premises were free of pesticides and fragrance. Dr. Rea referred me to Deborah Singleton and her healing team for energy balancing, and I incorporated that therapy into my treatment and, in effect, to my life. Many of the books I read were recommended to me by Dr. Rea, founder of the EHC-D, or by Deborah, founder of A Healing Place. They include Detoxify or Die and the E.I. Syndrome Revised: An Rx for Environmental Illness by Dr. Sherry Rogers; Energy Medicine by Donna Eden; Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field and Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing  by Barbara Brennan; and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

I found the Navajo healing ceremonies you participated in extremely fascinating.  What prompted your participation and how did you learn of this?  In my book I describe some intuitive “knowings” I had when my perceptive abilities changed. If you are a fan of The Mists of Avalon and Marion Zimmer Bradley, then you are familiar with intuitive “knowings” or “sendings” that the head priestess Valerie and the women in her family receive from time to time. I had “knowings” about a Navajo headman, who had been a peace leader as well as a reluctant war leader. I became interested in learning about him and started to read about the Navajo experience in the early Southwest. At the same time I began meeting people who had connections with Navajo medicine men and women. Not surprising, since we were living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was invited to experience healing through a Navajo ceremony, and I accepted.

Everyone wants a quick fix. I’ve learned that there is no quick fix and taking a pill alleviates the symptoms and does not address the problem. How long has your recovery taken? You are so right about the quick fix. I was generally well enough to return to the “normal” world about five years after I began treatment in Dallas. However, recovery can take a lifetime. Layers of the emotional underpinnings of illness, as I’ve come to understand through energy medicine training, come forward over time. That is why, in retrospect, I would have chosen a different subtitle for my book. Instead of “freedom” from illness I think “a new way of thinking” about illness would better convey my understanding of  illness as an opportunity for growth. Illness is just the vehicle; how you drive it is what is most important.

Where has this healing journey led you?  Definitely to a place of wonder about our experience on the earth and our abilities to help ourselves heal. I’ve come to a new understanding of illness, not as something negative but as an opportunity for growth. And growth is not easy! My journey has also brought me to a place of gratitude for the wonderful medical and complementary therapy practitioners who helped me along the way. It has brought me new friends who’ve shared my journey with me. It has gifted me with your friendship, something that would never have happened had we not met at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas. As in all experience, however, the process continues, and new paths open all the time.

Many of my readers are chronically ill or have some invisible illness.  What message would you like to share with them?  Look into your heart. Are there any areas in your life where you feel blocked or have experienced disappointments or trauma? If I’ve learned anything along my journey, it is that illness always has an emotional component. And I’m not talking about the misinformed attitudes of “it’s all in your head” or “grow up, you’ll get over it”! These insensitive and ill-informed attitudes made my life miserable while I was searching for answers that would explain my symptoms. Because I had what seemed like an “invisible illness” to those who didn’t know where to look for root causes, I was seen as untreatable or in need of psychiatric care. On the contrary, why I refer to underlying emotional components is that as an energy practitioner I encountered emotional energetic layers in symptoms reported by clients. Those emotional components needed to be acknowledged in order for energy balance to be restored. Examining our lives can lead to clarity that helps us to heal on many levels.

As a new author with a book just released and for my followers who are writers, do you have any tips on writing or marketing?  Write, write, write! Learning comes through doing. Then review from the reader’s point of view and ask questions of your writing. Is this easy for someone without knowledge of the technical terms to understand? Is there earlier information for this reference, or will the reader be scratching his head wondering how I got to this point? Is this clearly stated, or do I need to reorganize the sequence of events? Ask people to read your manuscript for feedback. If necessary, hire an editor or at least a proofreader to review your work. You want to make sure that the basics of grammar and punctuation are adequate so that readers aren’t turned off by your communication skills. As for marketing, take advantage of what social media has to offer. Sign up for Goodreads and all of the book marketing sites. Put up profiles on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook, and the many newer sites that are out there and people follow. Get involved with  the new author sites, where authors exchange tips. Meet people through their blogs, comment on their posts, and organize a book blog tour. Kathy, you just completed a very successful book blog tour, and others can use that as an example of the power and reach of social marketing.

How can my readers follow you and where can they find your book? I have a website at www.jenniesherwin.com with information about my book. On the author page, if you click on the “about the author” tab, a drop-down menu provides links to an excerpt as well as to resources for environmentally friendly living.  I invite your readers to explore my website, especially if they are interested in energy medicine or treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas or Deborah Singleton’s A Healing Place. I post blogs occasionally, but I post more regularly on Conscious Life News at http://consciouslifenews.com/. I write about healing and consciousness, emphasizing the bodymindspirit approach to balance in the body and its effects on health. My book can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Library Thing, and I have a profile on Linked In. On Twitter I am @JennieSherwin and post every day—usually meditations or links to articles on the environment and health, consciousness, writing, books, and authors.

Kathy, thank you so much for the opportunity author photo Jennieto speak to your readers. Even more so, thank you for your enduring friendship. Despite, or maybe because of, all you’ve been through, you’ve been a great support to me from our first meeting at Dr. Rea’s clinic to the present. I wish you the best of luck in marketing your book and in getting the word out about the realities of living with environmental illness. Blessings to you and to all of your readers.

Coming Soon – Author Interviews

The life of a person suffering from any type of chronic illness is a lonely and isolated life.  We find ourselves oftentimes sitting alone in our own misery.  For me, I began writing in the wee hours of the morning.  I wrote everything down that had happened in the day (good or bad), what I was feeling, and where I saw my life going.  I began writing poetry in my journals as well yet I had never written anything like this before in my entire life.  Reading also became an outlet for me and I am grateful that out of all the things I was allergic and sensitive to, newsprint was not one of them.  Reading took me out of my misery for a little bit and into the mysterious happenings of characters like Jack Reacher or Kinsey Millhone.  Reading let me into the lives of Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn, and Lucille Ball.  In 2003 I began writing my own story, the journey of my life after exposure to mold. This blog has been about my journey, treatments I have taken, excerpts from my book, and a place to share about chemical sensitivity, mold, and chronic illness.  I have been asked about hosting authors on their book tours.  At first I didn’t want to do it because this blog was not set up with the idea of promoting books or reviewing books.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I keep talking about how reading was one of the tools that helped with my isolation and depression so why not share some of the books I have read.  I have decided that I will be sharing a book a month either as a review or as an interview with the author.  I have become an eclectic reader.  No longer do I just read mystery books and biographies.

Coming soon will be my first interview with author Jennie Sherwin.  Jennie has written “Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Healing from Environmental and Other Chronic Illness”.  She is also a contributor to Consciousness News. I have many more books I want to share and am currently sitting at my computer working on interview questions.

Catch-Up Monday: Energetic Shifts – revisited

This post was originally shared on August 21, 2012.  I believe understanding energy and how it works in my own body has had a helping hand in my healing.

On July 19th I posted on the physical and emotional effects of exposure.  Today I want to talk about how these exposures and recovery affect our energy.  We all have energy running through our bodies and illness can cause the energy to be blocked.  During my healing I have done energy work to balance my energetic fields and in an effort to release these energy blocks.  A big energetic blockage happened when I had my hysterectomy.  The incision for the hysterectomy went through the meridian that ran across my stomach.  I learned by accident in one of my sessions, that by moving my legs in a bicycle fashion, it would release some of the blocked energy and calm a reaction when the tremors were unbearable.

Recently I spoke by email with a friend of mine, Jennie Sherwin, about what can be experienced during energetic shifts.  These experiences can be physical in the form of dizziness, fatigue, extreme nervousness, GI upsets and anxiety to name a few.  One can also experience emotional symptoms such as crying, emotional outbursts, feelings of depression and anger.  Energetic shifts can present themselves mentally in the inability to concentrate or process information.  Someone may also experience a spiritual disconnection and for me I also experienced a lack of emotion and inability to cry.

Energy balancing can sometimes relieve these experiences and symptoms as it helped me.  Sometimes it can cause more shifting and different symptoms may occur before relief occurs.  After some of my sessions, I would go home and just sleep peacefully.  Some sessions would cause restlessness and anger as my body was trying to bring itself back into balance.   I remember having difficulty writing as I shared in the July 19th post with a copy of a page from my journal.  If I wrote for more than a few minutes my writing would become illegible and I would find myself once again holding the pen or pencil in some strange and unfamiliar fashion.  After one particular session I returned to my condo to find myself very relaxed and much in need of writing in my journal.  Suddenly I realized that I had been writing for over a half hour and my handwriting had not made its usual downward spiral.  I was so amazed at how my body was responding.

As we heal from chronic illness, our body goes through many changes.  It is important to realize that some of the symptoms and experiences I have mentioned are part of the healing process.  Once I realized what was going on, I was better equipped to deal with them when they would happen and allow myself to go through them without fear but with the knowledge that their passing often led to another step toward healing both physically and emotionally.  I have gone through many of these healing crises over the past twelve years and am sure I will encounter them again as I push myself forward on my healing journey.

Jennie Sherwin is the author of the recently released book “Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom From Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses” available from Amazon.

Being a friend to a friend who’s sick.

Jennie Sherwin posted about an article from today’s  New York Times.  The article talks about saying less and doing more when talking to a friend who is sick.  Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s new book, How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who Is Sick,  may be something we all should read.  Some of her advice:  As Ms. Pogrebin notes, greeting someone with the seemingly innocent question “How are you?” can prompt all kinds of unwelcome thoughts. Better, she advises, is a simple “It is good to see you.” For sure, you should not ask “How are you really?” If you are close enough to merit that information, it will come to you.

I am going to be adding this book to my Amazon Wish List.

The Work is Just Beginning

Recently I have been talking with two of my friends who have written and published books:  Jennie Sherwin – Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses and Jerri Hansen Duncan – Fences.  Both of these books are available on Amazon.

I have been picking their brains on what to do and how they did this or that.  They both told me the work was just beginning.  After all, no one is going to sell the book or get the word if I don’t do my part.  So tonight I spent an hour trying to get a mailing list made only to be told that my Microsoft Office trial was up and I needed to purchase it.  Well, I don’t want to purchase another program so I lost all the time I spent on that mailing list.  I fussed and fussed and finally figured out how to do mail merge mailing labels using Microsoft Word.  After over an hour of going through my Christmas mailing list, my little address book, my Rolodex and then thinking of who I might have missed it is done!!  Now my next project is to start drafting my letter that will go with all those labels.

Tomorrow I am going to buy some binders and dividers and see if I can make some sense out of what I need to do and where to put my lists.   Now to put them into practice.

EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life (as told by Jennie Sherwin)

My dear friend Jennie Sherwin wrote about this topic on her blog. Jennie has given me permission to include the contents of her post here. Yesterday I wrote about EMF and my experience with it. I also discussed briefly on how it deeply affected the lives of some amazing women I have met on my healing journey. Jennie is also graciously giving away ten autographed copies at goodreads.com.

EMF Sensitivity: Effects on My Life and Its Transformation through Energy Balancing Treatments

I am a survivor. I recovered from multiple chemical sensitivity as well as from sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Because I recovered, I shared my story in my book, Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses.  When I speak about my experience at book signings and author talks, audience members often ask: “How did you know you had EMF sensitivity?” In truth, I was sensitive to electromagnetic fields for some time before I knew what I was experiencing. I remember feeling nervous when I sat in our breakfast nook under track lighting. We had been living in that condominium in New Orleans for almost three years when the nervousness started. I can recall feeling a buzz around me when I stood close to the mirror over the vanity in the bathroom, which was lighted with bulbs that fit into receptacles above the mirror. It was not until I entered treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas that I fully “unmasked” for EMF sensitivity, and it happened in a dramatic way. Here is an excerpt from my book:

“…. On Sunday early evening, as I was checking e-mail on my laptop, Pretty Woman was playing on one of the cable TV channels, and dinner was baking in the oven. All of a sudden, as I was typing, I felt a strange sensation. My fingers felt prickly. The sensation spread into my hands and up my arms. The next thing I knew waves of pain exploded in my chest, and I started shaking. I felt as if I had my finger in an electrical outlet and waves of electricity were coursing through my body. Electricity! That was it! I shut off the television, the computer, the oven, and all of the overhead lights. I sat in the dark, shaking, wondering if I was experiencing electro-magnetic field (EMF) sensitivity. Remember Susi who couldn’t use a telephone? She was EMF-sensitive, and for that reason she could not touch or be near a telephone or other devices that emitted electromagnetic fields for very long. My third week at the clinic had ended, and I found myself much sicker than when I had arrived. I was incredulous. It has gotten worse. I looked at the telephone and took a deep breath. Will I be able to use the phone? Tomorrow morning, Roger would call me, and I would know.”

The next morning when my husband called, I was on the line only a minute or two when the drama of the previous day was repeated. When I got to the clinic later that morning, I was told I had “unmasked” (become aware of a sensitivity that had been hidden to my perception because of more dominant sensitivities) for EMF sensitivity as a result of the detoxification process. Life from that moment entered a twilight zone reality for me. I felt electricity from anything that emitted an electromagnetic field: telephones, appliances, air cleaners, lights, hair dryers, computers, cell phones, compressors, wires, and cables. I felt as if I were continually plugged into an electrical outlet, and I thought my nervous system would be damaged from the assault.

At the clinic I was referred to Deborah Singleton, founder and president of the Arasini Foundation and director of A Healing Place, and her healing team. With their guidance, I learned to quiet my energy fields, clear an EMF reaction, and maintain my personal energies in balance in order to heal. I attribute my ability to benefit fully from the treatment at the clinic and transform my perception of electromagnetic fields from illness to a tool I now use for information to the energy balancing treatments and the guidance I received at A Healing Place

How this transformation came about, as well as some of the exercises and practices I learned at A Healing Place, is outlined in my book. Go to Goodreads.com and look for the giveaway of my book. The promotion runs for one month, and readers have the chance to win one of ten autographed copies.

Don’t touch that button!

According to an article in the March 26, 2012 issue of “First for Women”, Dr. William Rea (director of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas) is quoted as saying women with multiple chemical sensitivity are at a greater risk of developing electromagnetic field (EMF) sensitivity. Dr. Rea believes that a reaction to chemicals can damage cell membranes, making women more vulnerable to the harmful effects of electrical signals from computers, TVs, Wi-Fi and cell phones.  Just the touch of the computer keypad can or the buttons on a cell phone can send someone into excruciating pain.

Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity (EMF) can present itself as headaches, muscle pain and fatigue. It can also cause a feeling as if one had stuck their finger in an electrical outlet. Some women have complained of feeling pain in their chest and buzzing in their heads. I can remember when my reactions were at their worst, I would get a shock wave sensation in my head. The shock wave would feel like electricity was being fed through my left ear, run right through my brain and exit the right ear. This shock wave sensation would go on for an extended period of time. As my reactions calmed somewhat, those sensations would lessen but return in the testing room if I was testing something especially difficult on me (chemicals, molds, mycotoxins).

I have experienced first hand what other women have gone through. My first true view of life with EMF was in 2002. I had only been in Dallas for a few days when a woman was walking around with a shirt tied around her head. How strange I thought. She didn’t speak much at first but we soon became friends. After talking with her, I soon discovered that she suffered from EMF. She explained it to me and said that she couldn’t have the television on in her condo and she couldn’t stand in front of the stove. Because I was able to do these things, she approached me one day to see if I would be willing to take her food and cook it for her on my stove or in my oven. She has greatly improved over the years and is now tolerating more than when we first met.

My second experience with EMF was with my friend Jennie Sherwin author of “Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and other Chronic Illnesses”. I met Jennie in January of 2003 when I had returned to Dallas for surgery and further testing at the Environmental Health Center-Dallas with Dr. Rea. I remember walking into Jennie’s condos to the very dim glow of low watt bulbs. I remember what she had to do in order to just cook her food or answer the landline phone in her condo. I remember vividly Jennie’s husband taking her to the center and her climbing in the backseat of the car because all the controls on the dashboard would cause pain to course through to her heart. Jennie has experienced an amazing recovery and her book is a true inspiration. I will be posting tomorrow from Jennie’s blog regarding her experience with EMF.

I met two other such women suffering from sensitivities to electromagnetic fields during my visit to Dallas in 2003. One had her young daughter with her. Because I was able to have the television on, the daughter would come to my condo for a short time each evening to watch it with me. My other friend developed it while I was there in 2003. She still has a very difficult time with it today.

You may remember my post on my recent acquisition of an e-book reader. I mentioned that I chose the Wi-Fi version because it could be turned off and I wouldn’t have to sit and have a book in my lap or hand for hours with it drawing the Wi-Fi signal.