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Where Passion Meets Reality!

Where Passion Meets Reality

 

Astroflash Monthly Horoscope and Newsletter for May 2016
By Flash Silvermoon
Hope you  enjoy this new format for Astroflash going direct to my website so that you can enjoy nicer print, illustrations and the same uplifting and probing information. Feel free to share as always.
PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND ENJOY BLESSINGS FLASHSILVERMOON       and please let me know how you like it      please
click here first for all the astrological info before seeing Newsletter below

http://flashsilvermoon.com/2016/monthly-horoscope/astroflash-monthly-horoscope-for-may-2016/

MORE PERSONAL INFO NEXT MONTH BLESSINGS
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Chinamoon and Bentley

with Flash Silvermoon

Through My Monthly Astroflash, I have endeavored to offer more gender neutral astrology to speak to all sexual preferences and identities.

If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign and even your Moon sign.

Flash Silvermoon , North Florida’s Favorite Psychic, Astrologer and Animal Communicator has served the community for 46 + years with readings that are both accurate and empowering.http://www.flashsilvermoon.com call 352 4752432 for your appt. todayShe really tells it like it is!
Flash can easily read for you by phone wherever you are and you can pay on her website at the section called Moonmarket scroll to products and you are in!…This is a great time for a reading to help guide you through these stormy waters. For readings of an Astrological or Psychic nature, Crystal Healngs, Past Life Regressions and Flower Essence Therapy feel free to call for an appt.or contact Flash through her website. Obviously some of these services can only be done in person.
Flash Silvermoon is a Nationally known Animal Communicator and does sessions and alternative healing for your animal companions as well. Her work can make all the difference for your relationship with your animal friends.

The Sisterhood of the MOONHAVEN Mystery School did CELEBRATE BELTANE SUNDAY MAY 1   2-3 ISH Potluck  and then Ritual/Music Jam Elevation for the Planet. a good time was had by all. Next Holyday will be Summer Solstice June 2o with a Full Moon to boot. We will celebrate Mon 5pm potluck 6 pm circle.

Flash Silvermoon’s Magical Crystal Sale and More/ for LOVE  see rose quartz Love Amulets for couples or to invite one into your life.

 HOURS BY APPOINTMENT CALL FLASH –352 4752432

Crystal Consults and stone readings to guide you towards the crystals that will best serve and enhance your life and your own healing process. Flash’s 40 plus years of working with the stones as a healer and collector will open up the world of Earth Magic in a way that it will come alive for you. Stones for healing and collecting as well as for grids for you and your animal companion.! Always remember the animals! only $45 for 1/2 hr.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PRIESTESS At
MOONHAVEN MAGICAL STONES North Florida’s oldest Crystal and Stone Shop as well as so many other Metaphysical Supplies. The Best Stones at the Best Prices sold by Flash Silvermoon Master Stone Healer. She can help you find just the stones that you need  and how to use them effectively!

 Beautiful Blue Celestite Crystals carry a most Angelic Protective energy

 

Food Grade Essential Oil Gift Packs $15 and up

SPECIAL CHAKRA HEALING TOOLS $30 AND UP Rose Quartz Love Amulets above
HEALING STONE JEWELRY- LABRADORITE AND MORE
SIGNED COPIES OF THE WISE WOMAN’S TAROT in House Special $40/SPECIAL SILK POUCH ONLY $15 while they last

     Rose Quartz Heart Healers and Amulets

 


GOLDEN LEMURIAN CRYSTALS,INCENSE AND MUCH MORE

 

Flash Silvermoon Gem Elixir Spritz- Prosperity, Golden Armor Aura Cleanse, Lithium Quartz,Aphrodite,Firey Wall of Protection, Isis Unveiled,White Buffalo Woman, The Shift 2016, Raise the Vibe for the Tribe, The Bliss Wave and more  $15 plus shp. see Moonmarket to order:  http://flashsilvermoon.com/moon-market/products/flash-silvermoon-gem-elixirs/

 

 

Wonderful for you and your animal companions they all love them 


 

CALL (352) 475-2432 FOR MORE INFO AND DIRECTIONS-some directions below

Lithium Quartz is so deeply relaxing and has incredible healing powers to relax and sedate as well as offer deep peace and pain relief too.All of these crystals are much bigger than they look and you can reach me on FB or on my website yo order should you be interested
So many wonderful healing experiences with Lithium Quartz, quite rare and incredibly helpful for soothing and relaxation and even pain relief. I used a large piece on my broken arm while waiting for my meds  and was in severe pain and after a few minutes, I fell deep asleep when I never thought that I would.Prices on these go from $20 smallest to$60 largest and most purple. Many More stones here and more to be posted

 Green Hope Farm Flower Essences here for you and your Animal Companions makes a great gift for the animal lovers  FLASH SILVERMOON FIRST CD SPECIAL $10 featuring Nancy Luca on lead guitar

HARD TO FIND METAPHYSICAL ITEMS Feng Shui House Cleaning Kits and GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE TOO
SPECIAL HOURS BY APPOINTMENT  all year round
from Gainesville take sr 26[univ ave] thru town staying left as you leave gville on East Univ Ave[sr 26] its a straight shot w/ a right turn onto 39th after about 6 miles out of Gville about 14 mi then go over the overpass over 301 WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST 4 LANE and continue for 3.3 miles[pass the blinking lite and Butterfly farm] and go to next block which is ne 221 st and take a left go 9/10 mile and Moonhaven is lavender and on the right.
[once you cross Waldo Rd it will be about 15 -20 min to my house you can also take 39th which is a straight shot to my street  continue w/ the rest of the directions.
bring your friends and family[NO PETS PLEASE and please do not wear any perfumes or creams that are chemical in nature] and enjoy the magical space of
MOONHAVEN IN MELROSE 

this may be way too far for some of you but if you are near Gainesville Fl its just around the corner!!
Most items shown are available by ordering here on my Moonmarket  

MAY HEALTH AND PROSPERITY BE YOURS THIS SEASON MANY BLESSINGS FLASH SILVERMOON

MODALITIES TO HELP YOURSELF THROUGH THESE CHANGES

Some of the thrilled monkeys at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

For both animals and humans, Flower Essences [Green Hope Farm Essences] are a good source for healing as are Gem Elixirs. Flash makes the Gem Elixirs and uses them. All of the most important Green Hope essences are available at Moonhaven. Flash channels Spirit to make Flash Silvermoon Gem Elixirs which are an incredible asset for creating a smoother shift during these challenging times. Some examples of the Gem Elixirs are The Shift, Aura Cleanse, Golden Armor, Grounding, Isis Unveiled, Lithium Quartz, White Buffalo Woman. This picture shows you how much the monkeys at Junglefriends Primate Sanctuary enjoy Flash’s Lithium Quartz Gem Elixir.

Stones and crystals are also a great support at this time especially those of a more grounding nature like smokey quartz particularly the elestial variety, hematite, carnelian, celestite, lithium quartz, citrine, black tourmaline, raw ruby, agate and jasper to name a few. Flash has also acquired a rare group of Golden Lemurian Laser Crystals which she feels are absolutely the finest, most amazing crystals that she has ever held!  See this picture for pix of the Goldens and the awesome Gem Elixir Golden Armor


 NEWEST GEM ELIXIR —  FOR THE NEW YEAR IS THE SHIFT 2016 which is available now  PROSPERITY $$$  NEWEST GOLDEN ARMOR,APHRODITE OPEN HEART and THE BLISS WAVE
In preparation for these more challenging times, I have made Gem Elixirs called The Shift 2015 and 2016, Earth Changes, Aura Cleanse, Lithium Quartz, Profound Ground, Fiery Wall of Protection, Raise the Vibe aka Lemuria Rising, Deep Peace, The Bliss Wave, Aphrodite Open Heart and one of the newest and extremely potent offering of Divine Protection is Golden Armor and there are others. Several other new Elixirs are being quite successful like Prosperity, White Buffalo, Woman Isis Unveiled  perfect for this season of mystery and visions plentyMany are having great results for people. The animals in the Sanctuaries that I tend are loving them especially. They have no scent so they can fly under the radar if need be. Get in touch with me on my website if you like or at my shop at Moonhaven in Melrose.

Moonhaven in Melrose only 20 minutes East of Gainesville call for simple directions 352 4752432. The Wise Woman’s Tarot special only $40 for book and deck! Spend $100 or more at her amazing shop full of the best stones, jewelry and more at the best prices and get a set of The Wise Woman’s Tarot. 1/2 price
You can’t even imagine how many wonderful hi powered and hard to find stones and crystals are here for you to experience and purchase. Flash who is a Master Stone Healer, can help you find just the right piece for your needs.Great Bargains too! 

ALSO FOR SALE- medicinal grade essential oils, Flash Silvermoon Gem Elixirs, Incense, CD’s and much more. Readings, Past Life Regressions and Stone Healing sessions available by appt. Great place for your shopping pleasure. Special shopping hours by Appointment. Support Your Local Priestess***at the oldest rock shop in North Central Florida. Call Flash Silvermoon for an appt for a reading or visit  352 4752432
SENDING BIG LOVE TO THE PLANET THROUGH THE ROSE QUARTZ VIBRATION

 

13th year Wise Woman’s Tarot New Layout /special order http://flashsilvermoon.com/wise-womans-tarot/the-new-shamanic-wise-womans-spread/

 THE WISE WOMAN’S TAROT BOOK AND  DECK

Purchase one or more copies of The Wise Woman’s Tarot and Book between now and the New Year and get my first  CD FREE. What a fantastic way to enter into this coming season of transformation with the assistance of the Ancient Goddesses and Gods of this wonderful Deck! To see much more about this ground breaking work and to meet some of the Goddesses and Ancient Mothers.

Prices apply to USA orders only ask for more info on this subject please.

http://flashsilvermoon.com/moon-market/products/

 

Flash Silvermoon What the Animals Tell Me + Womanspirit Rising Radio Shows

See More  About My radio Shows Here http://flashsilvermoon.com/2014/moonhaven-mystery-school/flash-silvermoon-on-air-womanspirit-rising-and-more/

FOR THE ANIMAL LOVERS MY WEEKLY SHOW

 What the Animals Tell Me – Every Wed 8:30-9PM EST
You can call in this phone number to listen LIVE  on our live show Call6055623140  Enter Access code: 244850#  and keep your phone muted til the end   We can do this till we go live all the time  OR You can use the new sizzle line #  540-402-0043  Pin 3692#  on your cel phone the day after the show
Last years programs are posted on  ARCHIVE LISTEN HERE:    https://passionateworldradionetwork.com/flash-silvermoon-2/


Nationally known Animal Communicator and Healer, Flash Silvermoon, hosts this weekly show for animal lovers offering many ways to become your pet’s best friend by understanding the subtle inner world of animals. Flash often shares the mike with fascinating guests who work on the front lines on behalf of the animals we love.

WHAT THE ANIMALS TELL ME Internet Radio Show featuring FLASH SILVERMOON She can talk and entertain questions about ANIMAL COMMUNICATION and help you gain a better understanding of your animal companions and all the animals as well.. She is the Author of  the forthcoming book Lifetime Companions: Love Never Dies

 

The animals are my teachers and I have been blessed by many excellent teachers in my home and in my practice.I am sure that you will find that this information awakens your own skills as an Animal Communicator too.Reach Flash Silvermoon at   http://www.flashsilvermoon.com  

Flash always  shares her extensive knowledge about Holistic methods to heal your animal companions. Of course the first thing is Animal Communication which  is the best aid in knowing and understanding what your animal companions want and need as well as how their past and even past lives can influence their healing.
Flash creates her own Gem Elixirs and uses Green Hope Farms Flower Essences as well as homeopathy, essential oils and healing touch to round out her practice. See her website for further info on ordering or having her work on your animals .

Flash presents this wonderful show devoted to bringing people and animals into greater harmony. She shares her amazing experiences as an Animal Communicator and offers everything that you might want to know about the world of animals from care, healing, feeding and most importantly understanding. She often shares the mike with special guests who are managers of Sanctuaries, non traditional Vets, and all manner of people that work on the front line to love and help animals. 

Mikey and Adam and Flash Silvermoon at EARS

Flash Silvermoon treating Sultan at EARS

You can always make an appt. with Flash Silvermoon on her website For 1/2 hr $45 full hour $80 and you can also order her products on Moonmarket or call for more in depth answers.http://www.flashsilvermoon.com
Call Flash Silvermoon for an appointment today. 352-475-2432 North Central Florida’s Favorite Pet Psychic, Psychic and Astrologer 

SOME SHOW TOPICS INCLUDE ways to become your pet’s best friend by understanding the subtle inner world of animals. Flash also has fascinating guests who are working on the front lines on behalf of the animals . From Exotic Animal Sanctuaries to women who save Whales, Dolphins, Horses and everything in between.. Learn to truly communicate with your animal companions and even discover ways to reconnect with those who have passed away Flash has first hand knowledge of the wonder of being reunited with her beloved familiars in new bodies. She can also give you an understanding of how animals function as a “first line of defense” in your life and some key ways to maintain their health and happiness with alternative healing modalities such as flower essences, gem elixirs,and homeopathy.. ..AND MUCH MORE

HAPPY AND FLASH SILVERMOON

To find my Healing products –  FLASH SILVERMOON GEM ELIXIRS FOR YOU AND THE ANIMALS  find them here.
http://flashsilvermoon.com/moon-market/products/flash-silvermoon-gem-elixirs/

And for all the other  services that I offer for your Animal Companions please see http://flashsilvermoon.com/services/27-2/    YOU CAN MAKE AN APPT WITH FLASH SILVERMOON FOR YOUR BELOVED ANIMALS  or you http://flashsilvermoon.com *

 Please follow Flash on FB . FB has taken my real name,Flash Silvermoon, and replaced with my birth name Deborah Kotler so til i get it worked out  please Like my new FB Page. Somewhat ruined are  Flash Silvermoon Healing the Animals and Their Humans for wonderful animal News.

 

  Womanspirit Rising Multi Traditional Women’s Healing Ceremony

WOMANSPIRIT RISING Monthly Internet Radio Show-with Flash Silvermoon Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition  
You can call in this phone number to listen LIVE  on our live show Call6055623140   Enter Access code: 244850#  and keep your phone muted til the end please. We can do this till we go live all the time
Last 8 months programs are posted on  ARCHIVE LISTEN HERE:   https://passionateworldradionetwork.com/flash-silvermoon-2/

You can also use the new sizzle line #  540-402-0043  Pin 3692#  on your cel phone the day after the show

WOMANSPIRIT RISING – Monthly usually 3RD Thurs. 10-11 pm est date will be shared each month
Flash Silvermoon is hosting a new monthly Radio Show called Womanspirit Rising   She will be joined by  other Priestesses of different traditions and other sisters to offer LIVE  ON AIR RITUALS for Healing the Planet  Flash Silvermoon is the Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition, Author of The Wise Woman’s Tarot, Psychic, Astrologer,Animal Communicator, Vibrational Healer, Musician  Master Stone Healer and founder of the Wise Woman’s Festivalhttp://www.flashsilvermoon.com 

Flash Silvermoon is Joined by a circle of Priestesses of various traditions.We will use our Spirituality, Creativity, Deep Heartedness and Desire for Peace, Healing and Justice for the Planet to
RAISE THE VIBE FOR THE TRIBE   Our Circle will rotate others in and out as needed to offer up a Cauldron full of tasty Gumbo provided by Spirited Wise Women. We offer you a template, if you will, for your own circle magic should you be a novice and a space of safe Spiritual Sisterhood no matter what your skill level. All are welcome to listen and enjoy the fine energy that we will raise. So get your smudge bowls cooking, your candles lit and the libations of your choice chaliced and bring your open hearts and enthusiasm to enrich the magical cauldron we will make. –
Join us, there is power in numbers of like minded others. If you want to participate and not just listen, You will need a burning bowl or smudge bowl with sage/ cedar or your fave blend. a lighter,paper and pen and be sure to crack your window. Help us –REWEAVE THE  LUMINOUS CRYSTALLINE WEB THAT SURROUNDS THE PLANET INCLUDING ALL THE INTERLOCKING SACRED SITES METHODICALLY ALIGNED  FOR THE PLANETARY HEALING AND ELEVATION NEEDED AT THIS SPECIAL TIME

THIS MONTH –THURSDAY MAY 26 10-11PM EST MOON MAGIC AND MEMORIAL FOR OUR ELDERS

join us in Celebration and Action on Womanspirit Rising hosted by Flash Silvermoon Circle Weaver and Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH

Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary and Shamanic Healer
LAST MONTH THURSDAY APRIL 21 FULL MOON IN SCORPIO /EARTH DAY RITUAL 10-11 PM

Join us in Celebration and Action on Womanspirit Rising hosted by Flash Silvermoon Circle Weaver and Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary and Shamanic Healer

 OUR FOCUS WILL BE USING THE HIGH ENERGIES TO BRING PEACE, JUSTICE AND HEALING TO THE EARTH especially PLACES WHERE THE EARTH CHANGES HAVE BEEN HARSH -Traditionally BELTANE OR MAY DAY symbolizes the yearly Return of the Mother who is AWAKENED. She returns now to Heal the Planet and bring back a stronger LIFE FORCE AND DEEP BALANCE. for all.Hail the Goddess of a Thousand names.
Hosted by Flash Silvermoon, joined by healers from various traditions. Join us!

LAST MONTH WAS SPRING EQUINOX MARCH 17 10-11PM SEE ARCHIVE URL FOR THIS AND ALL THE SHOWS

 FEBRUARY12 10-11 PM EST FEAST OF APHRODITE/ OSHUN LOVE MAGIC RITUAL – This is a time when we can do a ritual to draw the right love to us or to enhance the love that we already have in our lives. This will be a very fiery hi energy evening.

I like to celebrate the coming of the Sacred Love Goddesses starting onFeb 1 or 2 with Imbolc,  Candlemas,  Brigid’s Day and so on.
Mainstream culture likes to deify St. Valentine and give this bloodthirsty slayer of women the one day of the year that Love is supposed to Rule. If you want to burn your own candle  for this ritual choose from these colors

RED TO SET PASSIONS FLAMES, PINK FOR SWEET WARMTH,AND WHITE for a clean slate to start over.That is more like colors for European/Wiccan magic. If you prefer to work with Oshun the Yoruba Orisha/Goddess of LOVE you would want to use Orange,Gold or Green
JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and another surprise Priestess for the occasion.

 Last Month JANUARY 21 10-11 PM EST NEW YEARS PREDICTIONS AND PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE
JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary and Shamanic Healer

 THURSDAY DECEMBER 18 10-11PM EST – WINTER SOLSTICE RITUAL Firing up the Cauldron for Creative Change
JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary and Shamanic Healer

THURSDAY NOVEMBER `19 10-11 pm est CIRCLE OF GRATITUDE  for the NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY passing the rattle for Change. We are giving Gratitude for Life and the Culture of the Red Road

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary and Shamanic Healer

 THURSDAY OCT 29 10-11 PM
SAMHAIN /HALLOWEEN RITUAL – CELEBRATING OUR ANSISTERS Sat, Oct 31 Remember, the Veil is so thin at this time making it a perfect time for Prophecy and connecting with those who have passed. Given how many have left the Earth this year we will be very busy. Also this is the Witches New Year and the time to affirm the primacy of the Sisterhood and our ability to right/rite the ways of the Patriarchy!

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis and Cyndie Lepori – Dolphin Emissary

LAST MONTH SEPT. 24 10-11 PM FALL EQUINOX GLOBAL PEACE RITUAL- BRINGING PEACE INTO OUR WORLD   

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis, Kat Whitestar Shamanic Musician and wild wise woman

Last Month IN HONOR OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK – HOW THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC CHANGES OUR LIVES  THURSDAY AUG 13 10-11 PM EST

JOINING THE CIRCLE THIS MONTH
Aurora Whitebird ,Earthkeeper, Pipe Carrier and Priestess of Isis, Kat Whitestar Shamanic Musician and wild wise woman

Last Show  –  THURSDAY 10-11PM EST JULY 16 NEW MOON MAGIC AND RITUAL

Keep watching here for each months program Last month –JUNE 18 – SUMMER SOLSTICE

 

Blessings Flash Silvermoon Host, Circle Weaver and Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition
   

 

 MAJOR CRYSTAL AND STONE SALE AT MOONHAVEN continues by appointment only.

 

THE BEST STONES AT THE BEST PRICES  Be sure you catch the savings on the most unique and special gifts- Spend $100 or more and receive a free set of The Wise Woman’s Tarot . Food Grade OIls, Incense. Flash Silvermoon Gem Elixirs.Green Hope Farm Flower Essences and so much more. Gift Certificates for Tarot, Astrology and Animal Communication Readings as well as Stone Healings and Past Life Regression  call 352 4752432 for more info 

Easy 20 minute ride east of Gainesville

Moonhaven Mystery School New Class

 TBA CALL AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE AND SUGGEST DATES

Are you looking for a class with an intimate group of  women where you can grow  spiritually and empower yourselves to take that next step in your growth, Now is the time and Moonhaven is the place!

 Earth Magic and Psychic Development

This will be an Intensive to go more deeply into some of the subjects listed below. We will be doing some of our work outdoors so we will feel all the high energies that are so abundant here. See more about the subjects below and you can also help choose subject preferences

Call Flash Silvermoon  (352) 475-2432 To Enroll Now and for more details and easy directions.  7603 ne 221 st Melrose Fl 32666 20 min east of Gville

flashsilvermoon@gmail.com   Fee will be a mere $62 ideally paid in full in advance  A few trades are possible and we can discuss before hand.    Please reserve your space now 

* Earth-Keeping
* Magic and Ritual of various traditions
* Making and creating Sacred Grids
* Stone and Crystal Healing and Gem Elixirs
* Psychic Development and Divination through the Tarot, , , Dowsing Rods, the Pendulum and more

We are all experiencing a tremendous down-loading of new energy and vibrations and Moonhaven is just the place to help you adjust and connect with sisters who are of like mind and will share and enhance your opening.

* The Wise Woman’s Tarot – http://flashsilvermoon.com *
* What The Animals Tell Me Radio Show

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Depression, Stress and Other Risks for Alzheimer’s

Where Passion Meets Reality!

Where Passion Meets Reality!

 

Depression & Stress

Mary Yamin-Garone

podcast on DeMystifying Alzheimer’s

Good Afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.
Today’s topic is “Depression, Stress and other Risks for Alzheimer’s.”
Depression and Alzheimer’s often go hand in hand. Depression can mask the disease, may be mistaken for the disease and may exacerbate it. Depression may precede the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms or develop as the symptoms occur.
Dementia experts warn that depression doesn’t “look” the same in those with Alzheimer’s as it does in other people. It also may not be as severe. Bouts of depression may not last as long, or happen as often, as they do in those who don’t suffer from the disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, individuals with cognitive problems may not be able to express their feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt and other emotions we associate with depression. They may be less likely to talk openly about wanting to kill themselves and they’re less likely to attempt suicide than depressed individuals who aren’t suffering from dementia. Depressive symptoms in Alzheimer’s may come and go, in contrast to difficulties with memory and thinking problems that steadily worsen over time.
Estimates of the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who suffer from significant depression range from 40 to 70 percent and those who treat AD patients have long presumed that being depressed is a symptom or response to the disease. Some experts believe, however, that depression may be a cause, not an effect, of Alzheimer’s.
The fact that depression and anxiety are risk factors for memory loss may actually be good news. Strategies that reduce anxiety and depression can improve your mental health and well-being and may, in fact, help prevent memory loss.
The following questions are from what’s known as the geriatric depression scale. They can help determine if you or someone else is depressed.
· Are you basically satisfied with your life?
· Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?
· Do you feel your life is empty?
· Do you often get bored?
· Are you in good spirits most of the time?
· Are you afraid something bad is going to happen to you?
· Do you feel happy most of the time?
· Do you often feel helpless?
· Do you prefer to stay at home rather than going out and doing new things?
· Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most?
· Do you think it’s wonderful to be alive now?
· Do you feel worthless the way you are?
· Do you feel full of energy?
· Do you feel your situation is hopeless?
· Do you think most people are better off than you are?
If you answered yes to more than five questions, you may have symptoms of depression. Speak to your physician or a counselor about this sooner rather than later.
Excess levels of the stress hormone cortisol also can interfere with brain function, particularly memory. In response to a threat, your adrenal glands release adrenalin. If the threat is serious—or lasts more than a few minutes—the adrenals release cortisol.
Research conducted as part of the ongoing Baltimore Memory Study has linked high levels of cortisol with a decline in cognitive performance among the elderly.
Cortisol stays in the brain longer than adrenalin. It irritates brain cells and interferes with the function of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that allow your brain cells to communicate. Too much cortisol can damage your hippocampus, the part of the brain that is essential to learning and memory. That can make it difficult to think clearly or retrieve long-term memories in a crisis.
Your environment and education also are potential risks for Alzheimer’s. Your racial or ethnic background, how long you go to school and the work you do all come into play.
Those with fewer years of education appear to be at greater risk for AD and other dementias. No one is quite sure why but numerous studies show that individuals who didn’t finish high school are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who graduated from college. Some experts claim that learning in and of itself stimulates brain growth. They speculate that years spent in college or graduate school may help build up individual cognitive reserve, which, in turn, may help protect against Alzheimer’s or keep it at bay longer.
Highly educated people also are likely to have more mentally stimulating jobs, better overall physical health and more disposable income to spend on exercise, travel and other activities that are known to improve brain health.
Additionally, it may be difficult to detect Alzheimer’s in those with more than 16 years of education. That’s because they often can compensate for—or hide—the early symptoms of memory loss. Better educated people tend to be diagnosed later in the course of the disease, once their symptoms can no longer be ignored.
Low education levels are closely linked to poverty, poor diet and malnutrition, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes and restricted access to health and medical care. Those who struggle to feed, house and support their families typically don’t have the time, money or exposure to health education.
There are lots of things you can do to reduce your chances of developing dementia. Here are just a few.
· Be physically active. Regular moderate physical exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. ‘Regular’ means exercising five times a week for 30 minutes each time. Activities could include brisk walking, biking, swimming or dancing
· Stop smoking. It’s better to stop smoking sooner (or better yet, never start) but it’s never too late to quit. Even if you stop smoking later in life, it may reduce your risk of the disease.
· Eat healthy. A healthy balanced diet includes lots of fruit and vegetables. Adding starchy foods, like potatoes, brown rice, pasta and bread, and protein, like meat, fish, eggs and beans will also help lower your risk for Alzheimer’s.
· Take control of your health and maintain a healthy weight.
· Excessive alcohol. Regularly drinking above the NHS recommended levels of alcohol increases your risk of developing dementias, such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
· Keep mentally active. If you can keep your mind stimulated you’re likely to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Try learning a new language, doing puzzles, playing cards, reading challenging books or writing letters.
· Be social. There is emerging evidence that keeping socially engaged and having a supportive social network may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. It also will make you less prone to depression.
That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.
Join me at 1 pm Monday when I’ll talk about how to be a healthy caregiver.

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Stop Healthcare Violence!

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Abuse in the Healthcare System!

Patients and doctors punching and hitting nurses in the emergency room. Help us stop the violence. Listen. Learn. Become Involved. Do you want your mother? grandmother? aunt? best friend? coming home with a black eye?

Well, do you?

Stop Healthcare Violence, an interview with Shelia Wilson, nurse, interviewed by Jeanne White.

Nurse violence

Shelia Wilson

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Promises! Promises!

Where Passion Meets Reality!

Where Passion Meets Reality!

What 2 do when you’re made all types of promises by the folks on the internet only to crush and burn down the line? Why is that so true?

Or as most ladies (and girls) know you get to kiss allot of toads and frogs before you find the right (need I say it) husband material?

In case you’re wondering, why is that?, let me clue you in. It’s built into our genes. I’m firmly convinced of that now.

Have you noticed these promises take on a certain path, a certain routine that’s hard to avoid? No matter how hard you try, you seem to hear the same thing repeatedly, but with different faces, manipulations, and sincerity?

I’ve finally concluded that no matter how good-hearted these people are, some don’t just cut the mustard. And, even though, you really, really want to believe in what they’re saying, you know deep down inside that not all of them could be right all at the same time.

I often wonder if there’s one central copywriter who thinks up all the neat-to things to write and then sells them to the first come first serve entrepreneur who crosses their threshold. It makes you wonder how much company you are keeping after you pay what these folk want for their products and services.

Be careful what you wish for. And please be careful before you lay out your hard-earned dollars to these folk. They all mean well, but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

A word of caution: See if you can get testimonials from these people or reviews on how well or how badly their services and/or products really work before paying. I know it sounds like an intrusion, like you don’t quite believe them. But, I also know in the world of business, you can’t get an apartment without a reference. You can’t get a job without several references. You can’t walk into someone’s domicile unless they trust you are who you say you are.

I’m just cautioning….. .

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Understanding Alzheimer’s Risks

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Mary Yamin-Garone, DeMystifying Alzheimer’s

Good Afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.

Today’s topic is “Understanding Alzheimer’s Risks.”

Your age, genes and family history all help determine your risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Previously unsuspected medical, lifestyle and environmental factors may also increase your risk. New research shows that conditions, like diabetes, also may increase your risk of developing AD, even accelerate it. While you can’t change your age, genes or gender, you may be able to lower other risk factors.

Assessing the Risk
The chances of developing Alzheimer’s are likely affected by your genes, cognitive health, the environment, your lifestyle and other factors. Researchers are looking for ways to define and measure these variables to assess your overall risk.
FACT: Your probability of having AD is a sum total of a variety of factors, explains neuroscientist Gary Lynch of University of California, Irvine. If, for example, you were born with a particular gene mutation and banged your head on the pavement when you were 12, the likelihood of you getting Alzheimer’s would be greater than if you had the right genes and wore a helmet when biking.
Factors, including smoking, head trauma, depression, marital status and how often you exercise, have been associated with Alzheimer’s. None of them predicts your chances of getting the disease with any accuracy but a combination of them could.
Genetics
Early-onset Alzheimer’s (sometimes referred to as younger-onset AD) is a rare form of the disease that strikes individuals between 30 and 60 and accounts for less than 10 percent of all cases. While it occasionally strikes those in their 30s, most of those diagnosed are middle-age, usually in their 50s.
FACT: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some 500,000 people in their 30s, 40s and 50s have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
One form of early-onset AD, known as early-onset familial Alzheimer’s (or FAD), accounts for less than five percent of AD diagnoses overall. FAD is caused by gene mutations on chromosomes 1, 14 and 21, each of which causes excess production of beta-amyloid, a key component of toxic plaques that are characteristic of AD.
FAD is autosomal dominant. That means if you inherit even one abnormal gene from one of your parents, you are practically guaranteed to develop Alzheimer’s before you’re 65. Only several hundred families worldwide carry the gene mutations that trigger this rare form of AD.
Your genes play a less decisive role in late-onset Alzheimer’s. This more common form of the disease affects those over 65.
So far, scientists have identified one risk gene for late-onset, called Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4). It’s one of three common variations of the ApoE4 gene (or alleles), which codes for a protein that helps carry cholesterol in your bloodstream. Two other common variations, ApoE2 and ApoE3, are also linked with Alzheimer’s in different ways.
· ApoE2, the least common form, is relatively rare. It appears to reduce the risk of AD and may even delay the onset of symptoms.
· ApoE3, the most common form, plays a neutral role in the disease. It doesn’t increase or decrease the risk.
· ApoE4, found in roughly 40% of those with Alzheimer’s, appears to increase the risk.
Those with ApoE4 inherit an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, not the disease itself. Some individuals with one or more ApoE4 alleles, never get the disease, while others develop AD without any.
Scientists are still trying to understand how ApoE4 increases a person’s susceptibility to Alzheimer’s. Some suspect the allele plays a lesser role in whether you get Alzheimer’s than in when you get it. That’s because it lowers the age at which symptoms appear and may accelerate the disease’s progression. The average age of onset for Alzheimer’s symptoms is 84 among those with no copies of ApoE4; 75 in those with one copy (inherited from one parent); and 68 in those with two copies (inherited from both parents).
FACT: Eating a high-fat diet appears to increase your risk for Alzheimer’s. A small group of health practitioners, including Pamela McDonald, an integrative medicine nurse practitioner and author of the ApoE Gene Diet, maintain that knowing the combination of ApoE genes you carry can help you modify your diet and make lifestyle changes that can help reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Experts believe there may be as many as a dozen other Alzheimer’s risk genes. Evidence is building that ApoE4 raises other Alzheimer’s risks, such as early memory loss, sensitivity to the effects of head injuries and cardiovascular diseases. According to a recent study, those who have one or two copies of ApoE4—who also had a parent with dementia—were two to three times more likely to experience memory problems in mid-life. Genetics Home Reference, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, claims that those carrying at least one copy of ApoE4 have an increased chance of developing atherosclerosis or the accumulation of fatty deposits and scarlike tissue in your arteries.
A blood test is available that can identify which ApoE alleles you carry. Since the ApoE4 gene is only a risk factor for AD, the test won’t tell with any certainty whether or not you’ll develop the disease.
Most Alzheimer’s experts discourage genetic testing for ApoE4. That thinking may change, however, as we learn more about the genetic and lifestyle risks for Alzheimer’s. Anyone who’s considering the ApoE4 screen should consider these issues.
· Most insurance plans don’t cover the testing.
· Roughly 25% of the U.S. population carry one copy of the ApoE4 gene and will test positive.
· One-half of those with Alzheimer’s don’t test positive. Just because you don’t carry the gene doesn’t mean you won’t develop AD.
· At least 20% of those with ApoE4 don’t develop Alzheimer’s.
· Whether or when an individual with ApoE4 develops Alzheimer’s depends on many factors, including other diseases and lifestyle risks.
· Inheriting one copy of the ApoE4 gene puts you at approximately the same risk as having a parent with the disease.
As some experts see it, the ApoE4 is a less-than-perfect predictor and the results may cause some people to become worried or despondent. In the proper context, however, ApoE4 testing may provide useful information to ApoE4 carriers, encouraging them to protect themselves against high cholesterol.
That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.
Join me at 1 pm Monday when I’ll talk more about the Alzheimer’s risks.
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Ever Have the Feeling?

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Ever have the feeling that stuff planned sometimes goes awry? You know what I mean. You’ve got the whole day ahead of you. For once, you even sit down and make a list of stuff you want to get done.

And, then, Wham! Bam! It goes as suddenly as it comes. We’ve all been there. A day full of possibilities, and then it’s gone.

Call it fate! Call it Ashmael! Call it whatever you want. Whatever it is. It comes when it’s least expected, and then you’ve got to reorganize your entire game plan all over again.

When that happens, what do you do?

Scream and shout! It helps to bring down your frustration level. You don’t want to descend into madness or store your pent-up emotions into your stomach. Bad place. The rates are high especially in the long run when you get serious stomach issues. Belly’s off limits.

Throw a tantrum! Well, you could. How many of us have seen parents and other respectable adults jumping up and down, waving their arms, throwing plates, pens, and paper at their significant other. Hmm, that’s what I thought, too. So, screaming, ranting, and raving are definitely out.

Release your inner demon and destroy everything in sight. Gets to be a tad expensive over time. Keep the inner demon contained.

What’s left?

Common sense. Work it out on paper. Work it on with the computer by typing. Another way of bringing down your inner hysteria level.

Or repeat after me. It is what it is. One day out of several thousand. Take the bull by the horns and stare it down. Go outside and take a walk even if it’s in circles, pacing hospital corridors, running barefoot on the grass. Whatever works, do it. After all, life is full of complications and upsets. Don’t let life rule you. Otherwise, all bets are off in regards to your health, sanity, and respectability!

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