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Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails

As I travel demonstrating the Creative Feet I keep getting asked the same questions regarding my appearance, such as.

“Your skin looks amazing, what are you doing?”
“You look younger than you did 5 years ago, why?”
“Your hair is so thick and long, I wish my hair would look like that.”

If you would have asked me 5 years ago, if I thought people would be saying these things, I’d say with certainty. “ABSOLUTELY NOT.”

What started as a quest to not lose all of my hair, became a change in lifestyle that continues to surprise me everyday. I have more stamina, my hair is thick and long. In-fact, my hair is longer than it’s been since I was age 16! I can’t say that it’s one thing or even two that has made this change but a compilation of several changes I’ve made that as a combination has changed my appearance and my overall well-being and mood.

Hair-Loss and/or Breakage
I found that an under-functioning Thyroid was a key factor to reversing this. I didn’t have any particular condition, my thyroid tested in the “normal-low” range and that, explained my physician, did not require any treatment. However, a conversation I had with a Chiropractor years back kept playing in my head. This doctor, years ago had me hold my arms up in front of me and then pushed down on my hands; after doing so, he said I needed Thyroid food supplements. Now, given this was many, many years back and my mind was not as open to homeopathic medicine as it is now, I discarded the statement as “they are just trying to sell me this stuff”. However, I did in-fact purchase and attempt to use it until my “little girl” inside me said. “This stuff smells terrible and it probably doesn’t even work.” So, I behaved like a child and stopped taking it and am not sure how my life would have evolved had a taken it as prescribed.

Years passed and life continued to be a struggle with food and weight from allergies that I’ve talked about throughout this blog, so to speed things up, this post is to share the products I’ve adopted as part of my daily regimen for those of you wanting to know.


Atomodine: $15-$18
Liquid Seaweed drops full of Iodine – this one has more Iodine per drop than competitors that I’ve researched. You can find it at Nature’s Grocers, New Frontiers and probably may other health food stores. I attribute this to the elimination of several symptoms that I had prior to using the drops. I had been conducting my own science experiment on my hair health because me and many others I know were all experiencing hair breaking off in 1″ segments and it curling up and pointing out in odd directions.

We thought it may be the increased use of Hair Straighteners, burning the hair, however I was also losing mine at an astonishing rate as pictured in past posts. I went from losing hundreds in a single washing to only 14 from only 1 drop, when I should have been taking 1 dropper full of the Atomodine!

I also went from not being able to walk around the block without fear of twisting and ankle – couldn’t reach my toes, had lost all of my flexibility and suddenly got it back from again, 1 drop.

I had an incredible, almost superhuman amount of stamina and strength from -1- drop!

I have better mood, a clearer mind, more energy, less wrinkles, clearer voice, more range in my singing voice, eyesight improved and has stayed steady for years, hair doesn’t break any longer, stopped losing hair so much I can clean my brush once a week and see what I use to lose in one brushing and the list goes on…..

I am allowed only a small amount of liquids on my flights and I always use up part of that with my bottle of Atomodine for fear of all of that changing should I stop.

If you choose to add this to your diet, please first, write down all that you notice about yourself right now. Make a list of all of your symptoms and then list the pain or annoyance level from 1-10. After 1 day, choose the level for that issue and continue then weekly and remember that it took a few years for my hair to reach the point it is now, it took time to grow back.  Here’s an article and location to purchase if you’re unable to run out right now and buy yourself some. http://amaluxherbal.com/affiliated/atomidine.htm
atomodine UPDATE: I switched from Atomodine to IOSOL iosol

BIOTIN $21 (Buy one get one free sales happen often at CVS Pharmacy)

I purchase a Biotin vitamin capsule (non wheat) I use the cellulose capsules because of exposure risk of Tocopherol derived from one of my allergens, used to release vitamins from molds. I purchased Nature’s Bounty and ingested 5,000mcg/day for about 1 year. I recently discovered I can take 10,000mcg/day and began that dose in December, 2013. I’ll make notes if I see any changes.

NAILS = I had ridges on the surface of my nails that clearly stop when taking Biotin and when I stop for a few days they reappear. Proof to me we/I need this vitamin and know that they are not all created equal – this one works!


Hair is thicker Atomidine stopped the breakage and fall out but Biotin seemed to give rebirth to all of my hair follicles and now, after a year of being diligent about taking it daily, my hair is officially longer than it has ever been in my lifetime and so thick it’s almost laughable if I don’t use my process to control it’s natural curl.

2 Family members at a recent gathering, where we shared a home yelled out WOW! Your hair looks like a lion’s mane! (I don’t like that but love having the hair back)

There have been cases of Biotin causing Cystic Acne from taking Biotin supplements. If you begin getting large pustules on your face, cease taking the supplements. As I’ve mentioned, each BODY is different. We all have a similar bio-system – not identical, so you need to pay attention to your body and your body’s reaction to each change you make. 🙂


I use Mother’s Bragg Brand unfiltered (keep it as natural as you can) however, I’ve used other’s in the past with similar results and it’s great for cleaning.
I cannot sing this enough praises! Set aside the fact it stopped my feet from unbearable pain, the fact it makes your stomach feel GREAT! This product is like drinking “LIFE” but is a bit tough to swallow. Here’s an article that speaks from the medical practice’s view on the subject. There are some cautions to take that I’d not seen on any other site about risk of lowering your potassium levels, so be sure to add banana’s to you diet. I eat one each day for breakfast, it’s a safe food but have found that if I don’t eat an organic banana, I get heartburn… odd

So, after you research your ACV risks – know this, I LOVE IT! Nothing has affected me as much as this, for so many reasons but this post is about Hair, Skin & Nails, so here goes…

I place 2 TBSP of ACV into a glass and add my daily dose of Atomodine into the glass, add a bit of high quality cinnamon for it’s health benefits and then add equal parts of water. I sometimes add locally produced honey, to help with plant allergies but normally just add that into my baked bread. I drink this down (fast) and then wait about a minute before drinking an entire 16oz cup of room temp water.

The philosophy behind drinking it this way, is that you’re cleansing your body of most toxins early in the morning. Drink a little water at a time and the body doesn’t know that there is plenty of water around so, it stores water with toxins inside body tissue. By drinking a large glass in less than 5 minutes, it signals the brain to release stored water because it believes there’s plenty and you’ll be running to the bathroom in minutes. It’s pretty much the way I consume my water most of the time, it’s time efficient, the body releases water faster so you’ll urinate longer and less often than if you drink a little all day long. (At least that’s proven true for me.) Since every (BODY) is different, I encourage you to make your own science/body experiments and see what works best for you.



Go ahead laugh! Yes, I use this because it’s one of very few skin ointments I can use with my list of allergens… Since egg, almond, lemon and wheat are in so many in one form or another and that ever frustrating life-threatening Wheat-based Tocopherol is in just about all bubble bath, lotions, perfumes, hair sprays, shampoos and conditioners. This is my hand and face cream and the only thing I place on my face other than my shampoo (used for hand soap throughout my home and no-one can tell) and ACV.

I wash off makeup, using shampoo (AVEENO GREEN BOTTLE=NO WHEAT) and follow up by using ACV as a skin toner and I go close to eyes as well – it removes the dark color around eyes but be cautious, it’s strong smelling and will burn your eyes.. I don’t believe it will do any damage to eyes, but it will for sure burn (feeling wise) if it gets in. I’ve gotten it in my eyes countless times with no lingering symptoms. I am so happy with the look and tightness of my skin around my eyes, I will continue to use it and smile through the burn. 🙂 I remember when my daughter (makeup artist) did my makeup for a TV spot and she had to lift my brow to place eye shadow because the skin was sagging and loose. Now, it’s tight and I see better because the skin isn’t sagging and weighing down on the eye.

After cleansing with shampoo, toning both hands and face with ACV, I follow up by rubbing the Medicated Chapstick all over. My face and hands have lost age spots and the veins that show our age on the top of our hands reduce in size, the skin brightens and evens out. After al lthe toning with ACV I do facial muscle exercises (a blog for another day) as I rub in the Medicated Chapstick. Be sure to add a lot around the crows feet so you can say “bye-bye” crows feet tomorrow!



— Eating healthy foods, drinking more than the recommended amount of water, sleep and staying stress-free by adding music to my day, seeing all of you smiling back at me at shows, my loving family is why I’m looking younger today than yesterday. (((HUGS)))

Welcome Back Eye Lashes!

I was just reminded about the fact that my eye lashes were all but gone, I thought it was due to using water-proof mascara (I don’t anymore) and stopped as a result. I have been enjoying not having to try to fill in the gaps between them but had forgotten how few remained before I stopped eating foods that I was allergic to.

If you’re losing yours, if your eyelash area itches, it may be something you’re eating…..


Source for Eating Healthy

Visit this facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001066604087 and you’ll be happy you did…

I began using their pans 5 months ago and cannot recommend them enough! Mich Elle, will teach you how to make better food choices and educate you on why the pans make you healthier and the clean up is So EASY!

I couldn’t believe, this past Thanksgiving, how much faster everything cooked! Turkey took 2 hours less and was juicy and tender and the amount of broth left over is astounding! I also was astonished with the mashed potatoes…….. you slice them up – rinse them off and then….. DO NOT ADD WATER! Yep, no water added and they cooked to perfection~

Why is the NO WATER added so wonderful…? Because, water takes out nutrients and then you pour it down the drain! Not with these pans…..

If that isn’t enough, cooking food above 200 degrees kills good bacteria and strips food of its vital nutrients, cooking with these, allows you to cook at lower temps – and that also saves you on energy bills….

Clearly a win-win for me, I hope you enjoy learning from Mich Elle, she’s amazing and my niece 🙂

Should you take your Vitamins?

I’m aware of the importance to eat your vitamins, I’ve been taking them most of my life. One thing I’ve noticed is that some vitamins make me fall asleep – my body temperature drops and I have trouble breathing. I am allergic to many foods and found the culprit Magnesium Stearate! It should be clearer what is used to produce it and those ingredients should also be on the bottle. Become informed about Magnesium Stearate – http://www.livestrong.com/article/37138-side-effects-magnesium-stearate-/

Having food allergies is complicated to say the least!

Toast and Jam anyone?

First you need bread…..

My food allergies prevent me from using the following ingredients:

  • NO Wheat Flour (Gluten = a long string protein)
  • NO Eggs (entire egg)

This first loaf I baked with my newly acquired Breadman Bread Machine was interesting at-best. My bread was extremely dense and felt like it weighed 5 pounds! It was amazingly tasty though but by the looks alone, would never sell in a grocery store bread isle. I didn’t finish eating that rubbery loaf, before trying my hand at another and my first attempt at a box brand.

Gluten Free, allergy free bread mix used

It doesn’t end up looking like the picture on the box if you have to eliminate eggs however, it’s pretty good compared to my attempts at baking my own recipe.

Successful bread despite no wheat gluten and eggs

I eliminated eggs by adding 2 Tbsp corn starch and 4 tbsp warm water and I opted to add milk in-place of water in attempts to add food content to the bread. Next loaf I’ll make with water to see if the bread itself becomes lighter. I also added a tbsp of onion powder to add a rich flavor without overpowering the taste of the bread.

Next….. JAM

When I was in Elementary school, we were treated to a field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. This was long before it became the amusement park attraction it is today. Nonetheless, I was affected by this trip in a lifelong life-altering way. I remember learning about their new and exciting accomplishment, the “Boysenberry” . You may believe that there are boysenberries littering the hillsides of some coastal cities ripening as you read this, but that berry never existed before Knott’s Berry Farm created it.

They took 2 plants, 1-Rasberry & 1-Black Berry and spliced the two plants together creating this milder, sweeter berry. The tartness you taste when biting into the rasberry is notable and the blackeberry in it’s mild nature combined create a full-bodied smoother tasting berry. Unfortunately, we cannot run to the store and pick up a box of Boysenberries, so I am attempting to create that taste in my own jam. I would love to buy Knott’s Berry Farms Boysenberry jam, however they use LEMON JUICE and that is one of my allergies.

Toast and Jam wasn’t something I ate much, it was a painful meal for me my entire lifetime. I could feel the gluten cutting through my esophagus and the lemon juice – heart burn that followed reminded me throughout the day that “Toast and Jam” = “pop a heartburn pill” or suffer.

I was pleased to see how simple it was to make Jam, it’s basically only Fruit + Sugar… unless you want to “cut the sweetness” with lemon or add citrus to preserve the fruit. I opted to not add a citrus to this jar. However I canned the remaining jam with a bit of lime juice to preserve the jam once opened.

Gluten Free - Lemon Free Berry Jam

I added some Xanthum gum to add thickness to the jam, you can also add corn starch combined with water, during the heating process.

Clare Rowley's Gluten Free & Lemon Free Toast and Jam

This morning, my first toast with jam in over 5 months and I have:

  • No esophageal pain
  • No heartburn

I’m thinking about having a second piece ♥

Statistics on Food Allergies within the US

The following link is a report covering studies from the US alone and I believe, after my experience, that many more people suffer with food allergies without their knowledge. http://www.foodallergy.org/files/FoodAllergyFactsandStatistics.pdf

Movies frequently depict a person suffering an  Anaphylaxic episode with outward signs including exaggerated swelling on the face and neck. It is unrealistic as depicted in this photo of movie star and comedian Martin Short, in the movie “Pure Luck” with co-star Danny Glover.


Or Will Smith in the movie “Hitch” as shown here:


I’m not saying some people don’t experience this extreme swelling from eating foods they’re allergic to. In-fact, my tongue was swollen so often that I got braces to increase the space in my lower jaw to allow more room for it, I had a bee sting on my pinky-finger that proceeded to cause my entire arm and neck to swell. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t always happen, sometimes you simply have what appears to be an asthma attack and you can show no outward signs of Anaphylaxis but in-fact be experiencing it and putting your life at risk.

I hope this helps you see why I went most of my life suffering food allergies without knowing and save you from thinking that you or someone you love simply has Asthma.

New page on Symptoms


This page talks about my allergies, the symptoms I experiences, things I’ve learned and the entire allergy symptom list for each allergen. I hope this page helps you deal with your allergy or those of someone you love and care for. This is a challenging thing but much better life choice, to eat what’s good for us instead of what is available. Feeling good improves life in ways you won’t know unless you take your life and health into your own hands. Empowerment!

AIA = Allergy-Induced Asthma (ugh)

Allergy-Induced Asthma is the title for my diagnosis, offered to me some 18 years back and if you think about the name, you may think that the doctors would find out what you were allergic to once they determine that something you’re allergic to is making you unable to breathe. However they would rather give you a chemical inhaler with steroids to reduce the symptom than find the cause.

I am grateful for the inhalers, they make it so I can breathe on days when there are fires, when polution levels are dangerously high, when I wanted to excercise and on and on and on….

One day my doctor said, the inhaler that you’ve been using for years has been changed by the FDA because evidently they are toxic enough to cause the ozone to break down! I was not feeling so good about using the inhaler after that statement but what else could I do? If I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t breathe, so I kept using it. My life was changed – I had to carry it with me or I’d panic!

Looking back I wish that I had thought more about the name of my condition and got some answers instead of just accepting what my doctor offered as a solution. ALLERGY-induced Asthma……..

What am I allergic to? What allergen is making me gasp for breathe? I hope that others learn from my experience and find out what food allergies you may have so that you can stop eating them.


I found out that I’m allergic to foods that I never eliminated in my elimination diet – that I in-fact was eating mostly foods that I’m allergic to!

A simple blood test and some self-control and I have only used my inhaler once! Over 2 weeks and only needed it once! I just got back from a 2 mile jog, yes a jog! I didn’t take my inhaler with me and I didn’t even think to use it before I left! My life in only 2 weeks has improved so much that I just want to scream it from the roof-tops so others like me can be free too!

Living with food allergies is a process~

Grocery shopping has changed considerably! Normally, I would be prepared with list-in-hand and rarely referred to it, as I knew what I liked and what foods I should eat. I knew the foods that were healthiest for my diet and was dedicated to being healthy for a few years now. Little did I know, just about all the food that I was accustomed to preparing, were secretly making me ill.

When I say ill, it wasn’t easily identifiable – I didn’t go into Anaphylactic shock or display any outward signs of having a serious allergy. I knew however, that I was not feeling as good as I should based on what I was eating and I was tired of popping a pill just to eat. Sometimes, one pill (antacid) wasn’t enough.

Years before the drug companies released the convenient pills they offer today,  I would frequently spontaneously vomit after eating. Sometimes I wouldn’t reach that level until 2 – 3 am when I’d wake sweating and salivating until I finally just forced myself to regurgitate.

I spoke with my doctor about it and he said to try eliminating foods to determine which ones were making me feel sick. Years of eliminating served me little and I wasted a lot of money on pills, avoided some foods I am not allergic to, I was finally eating so little that I was a complete bore at gatherings where pot luck meals are served. I stared at the spread of food with a fear knowing later that night, I’d be suffering.

Another conversation I had with my doctor was that I wasn’t breathing well, I picked up a pamphlet in his waiting room on asthma and I had all the symptoms listed and after reading it and thinking about it, I realized I’d always had these symptoms. I remember being as young as 8 and feeling as though I had to ‘Think to Breathe” and if I had to give you a number for the times I lost consciousness during my lifetime, it would surely be over 300 times!

I remember thinking this is what was wrong with me all those years! I have asthma! What a relief to understand my problem, but I was mistaken. I did have asthma symptoms but I had what the doctor classified as Allergy Induced Asthma.

Dealing with Allergies – part 2


It doesn’t come easy when all of a sudden you know that you shouldn’t eat all the foods that you like. A friend of mine suggested that I simply take all of the foods I can’t eat any longer and get them out of the house. Of course this is easier if you live alone, for those of you that have a family to deal with, perhaps making the garage fridge yours, or theirs could help.

I listened to the suggestion and looked at myself in the mirror and said, this is a “good thing” you know why you’ve been getting sick. Today is the day you stop feeling sick after you eat! I prepared myself for this task and started to actually get excited at the prospect of not needing to pop a pill to make my stomach settle down after eating. You see, I’ve been dealing with quite a few symptoms from eating these foods that I once considered healthy.

I had been trying my best to do as one doctor had suggested – to eliminate foods to determine which foods you’re allergic to. I can tell you this, that was a waste of time and only made me suffer unnecessarily for over a decade. If you’re only allergic to one food this may be possible but if you’re allergic to garlic like I am, you’ll find it nearly impossible without a blood test. If you want to see just how hard it is to eat food without eating garlic, go into your fridge right now and start reading the labels. You’re going to be shocked at how little is left in your house that doesn’t contain some garlic, including just about all of my salt-free (trying to be healthy) seasonings.

In just over 2 hours, I had an almost empty refrigerator and almost empty cupboards. Keep in mind that garlic is not my only allergy, it’s just 1 of 10.  I sat there on the floor, staring into the shiny glass shelves and pondered about what I would be putting on them now that just about every salad dressing, bread, marinade, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, (even the healthier choice I’d already had been eating) and last but not least sweet pickle relish had been eliminated from my choices.

Once it was all out in my garage fridge, I cried again. I didn’t sob, just a few tears and days of tearing up followed….

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