Stay Positive

"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Alert Camus

Friday, September 23, 2016

Researchers report new way to turn off multiple sclerosis

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Boost your self-compassion


Four ways to boost your self-compassion

Take a moment to think about how you treat yourself when you make a mistake or fail to reach a goal. If you tend to beat yourself up when things go wrong, you, like most people, can use a little more self-compassion in your life.

Forgiving and nurturing yourself seem to have benefits in their own right. They can even set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. So far, research has revealed a number of benefits of self-compassion. Lower levels of anxiety and depression have been observed in people with higher self-compassion. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, thereby lowering their own levels of related anxiety and depression.

Learn to have self-compassion

Some people come by self-compassion naturally, but not everyone does. Luckily, self-compassion is a skill you can learn. Several methods have been proposed, and training programs are being developed, to help people discover and cultivate their own self-compassion.

Here are four ways to give your self-compassion skills a quick boost:
  • Comfort your body. Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk. Anything you can do to improve how you feel physically gives you a dose of self-compassion.
  • Write a letter to yourself. Think of a situation that caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, a job loss, a poorly received presentation). Write a letter to yourself describing the situation, but without blaming anyone — including yourself. Use this exercise to nurture your feelings.
  • Give yourself encouragement. Think of what you would say to a good friend if he or she was facing a difficult or stressful situation. Then, when you find yourself in this kind of situation, direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.
  • Practice mindfulness. Even a quick exercise, such as meditating for a few minutes, can be a great way to nurture and accept ourselves while we're in pain.
For more ways to draw on your strengths and find the positive meaning in your life, purchase Positive Psychology, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Kathleen Battle - 5 Japanese Love Songs

Hatsukoi (First Love), for voice & piano
Composed by Tatsunosuke Koshitani
with Kathleen Battle

Hana (Cherry Blossom Time), folksong
Composed by Rentaro Taki
with Kathleen Battle

Kono Michi, folk song, for voice & piano
Composed by Kosaku Yamada
with Kathleen Battle

Hamabe-no-uta, for voice & piano
Composed by Tamezo Narita
with Kathleen Battle

Sakura, Sakura, arr. for voice & harp
Composed by Kosaku Yamada
with Nancy Allen, Kathleen Battle

  • Category - Music

  • License -Standard YouTube License

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Life with an invisible illness

“I don’t look sick”. Please share this brilliant graphic from Donnee Spencer telling us about life with an invisible illness

Created my 4th poster in my MS series One of the most common things people with an invisible illness hear is “But you don’t look sick!” so I created this as a way for those who suffer to remind people that looks can be deceiving.


Friday, September 16, 2016


“No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity.” -Seneca

If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now.     
  - Masaru Emoto

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. 
- Harriet Tubman

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bill Haast, the Snakeman treated people suffering from various ailments like arthritis, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

The Man Who Injected Himself With Snake Venom

By Nolan Moore on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
“Sometimes they pretend to be harmless, but they are not. That is snake’s nature, believe it or not.” —S.L. Hamilton, Snakes

In A Nutshell

While most people are terrified of snakes, Bill Haast handled these legless reptiles every single day. After opening his famous Miami Serpentarium, Haast devoted his life to studying and milking snakes. Even more impressive, Haast injected himself with snake venom every day . . . a bizarre treatment that actually saved lives.

The Whole Bushel

Bill Haast loved snakes. He started catching them when he was seven and was bitten by a copperhead and timber rattlesnake before his 13th birthday. During the 1920s, he dropped out of high school and toured with a traveling snake show. Eventually ending up in Florida, he went to work for a bootlegger and spent his spare time hiking around the Everglades, searching the marshes for fork-tongued reptiles. After his boss was arrested, Haast worked as a mechanic for Pan American World Airways, a job that let him travel the world and smuggle home cobras in his toolbox.
However, Haast wanted more than just to catch snakes. He wanted to study them and show these legless wonders to the world. In 1947, Haast opened his very own “serpentarium,” a snake farm just outside of Miami. Guarded by a 10.5-meter-tall (35 ft) cobra statue, the park attracted visitors clamoring to see the “Snakeman” in action. Every day, Haast put on performances where he handled deadly snakes and milked them for their venom, the key ingredient in antivenin. Afterward, Haast sold the toxins to pharmaceutical companies, and by the 1990s, he was producing 36,000 samples of snake venom every year and saving countless lives.

When he wasn’t milking snakes, Haast was busy mixing up his own bizarre brews. A big believer in the medical properties of venom, Haast treated over 6,000 patients with his homemade venomous elixir. With the assistance of a local doctor, the Snakeman treated people suffering from various ailments like arthritis, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

However, after CBS did a story on his controversial therapy in 1951, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Haast to cease and desist—but they didn’t say he couldn’t treat himself.

For over 60 years, Haast regularly injected himself with a crazy concoction made of venom from serpents like mambas, kraits, cottonmouths, and cobras. Not only did he claim it made him healthier, the toxins also seriously built up his immune system, something which probably saved his life on multiple occasions.

During Haast’s long career, he was bitten over 170 times by deadly snakes like Malayan pit vipers and eastern diamondbacks. On one occasion, his wife had to chop off the end of his blackened finger, and another time, the White House secretly sneaked antivenin out of Iran to save the Snakeman’s life. (He wasn’t immune to “that” particular snake.)

On the flip side, Haast’s blood was so full of antibodies that it was actually used to save lives. On multiple occasions, Haast was flown to remote locations like the jungles of Guatemala where he donated his superhuman blood to rescue snakebite victims. In fact, his poison-proof plasma saved over 21 people.

Sadly, Haast shut down his Miami Serpentarium after a young guest was killed by one of his crocodiles. After closing up shop, Haast spent a few years in Utah before moving back to Punta Gorda and reopening his snake farm sans the showmanship. The Snakeman continued milking deadly reptiles until his 92nd birthday when he lost his finger to a pit viper. Despite his nubby hands, he kept on injecting himself with his snake serum every day, famously saying, “I could become a poster boy for the benefits of venom. If I live to be 100, I’ll really make the point.” Bill Haast died on June 15, 2011. He was 100 years old.

Show Me The Proof

Bill Haast obituaries from the New York Times, LA Times, and Washington Post

Bill Haast and King Cobra (CBS documentary)

Bill Haast and King Cobra, the Polio Project, circa 1951 



We need to be willing to change our identity to transform into a new way of being.

Living with chronic illness is difficult enough.  Not letting go of your previous identity of being able bodied and with plenty of physical energy can make the changes in your life harder to endure...

Sunday, September 11, 2016


“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” - Rumi

"Compassion – particularly for yourself – is of overwhelming importance." - Mark Williams

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. JACK LONDON

Paul Gauguin playing the harmonium

 Paul Gauguin playing the harmonium in Alfons Mucha’s studio, Paris, c.1895

Barbara Hendricks "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child"