Study proves the best way to de-stress

As a child I used to love to get a blanket with a good book and go out to my yard and spend the afternoon in the outdoors, even watching the clouds go by was a favorite pastime.

I have felt a calmness and peace just sitting outdoors in the sun either reading a book or letting the sun and wind blow over me. I was told by a doctor that I needed to get more sunshine for my health which to improve my health, therefore, I started getting out in the sunshine soaking up the sun while I walked.

Well scientific studies are now proving that 20-30 minutes a day outside will help your stress hormones to dramatically reduce. This is even more reason to spend more time outdoors taking in all the sites and sounds of city and farm life. This would especially be true if you work indoors most of the day. We all need a little time in nature and I am sure that our pets will love the additional attention while we are out there.

I would recommend instead of running home to take a short walk with a pet (if you have one) or just go take a walk around a few blocks before you get too comfortable and start your evening routine and the sun goes down.

This is also a good time to work in your garden on your off days and should lower your stress levels even more!!

Update on Sterilization

I learned more things recently for those who have agreed to do surgical procedures that can interfere with hormone production. There are some changes in the laws that might make it difficult to obtain your medical records. I am finding that hospitals and clinics are telling me that they no longer have medical records on file from 17+ years ago. Some sites state that the law only states medical records are to be kept for 6-7 years after you were last treated. The facility is no longer liable to keep your files on hand or in another source. I would recommend that if you go in for service lately to get a copy of your records shortly after treatment in the event you ever have to follow-up on something that was done previously.

Another important information that I have since learned is that there are very few doctors who specialize in treating hormonal imbalances. It is not easy to find a doctor who will do lab work and offer medication or treatment based on the results. Most of those who have had lab work done have been told that their levels are normal and that you just need birth control or antidepressants to bring their body back into balance.

You may be wondering why I am writing this in a blog about herbs. When requesting treatment from a naturopath for my hormonal imbalance issues. I was prescribed Vitex which is an herb from the chasteberry tree. I did have some adverse reactions both times in taking this herb that I had to discontinue it for health reasons. We were trying to re-balance naturally.

Some herbs while mostly beneficial may cause problems in those have had certain procedures performed on them that it can be contrary and cause an adverse reaction. Whatever route that you choose in obtaining health and vitality please note to exercise caution when dealing with hormonal treatments. Some can cause mild to severe health problems if not done correctly.

We are now entering into the spring/summer months. I highly recommend to spend some time outdoors in the sun, starting a small garden, eating more herbs and plants and taking some barefoot walks on the warm days!!

Time to start planting….

Risks of Tubal Ligations (Female Sterilization)


For awhile now, I have wanted to share my story with others so that you might make an informed decision about your health. Here is my story.

Many years ago after a very difficult pregnancy my husband and I opted for a tubal ligation after the specialist strongly recommended it.   At the time I thought this would be beneficial and didn’t think very carefully on how this would affect my health at a later date.

There are groups of hundreds, if not thousands of women who have suffered, sometimes immediately, other times many years later as they start to age.  While tubal ligations might seem ideal especially if your doctor convinces you on the benefits or in some cases how the surgery is necessary but neglect to tell you there are many effects that this surgical procedure does to the body and all of its systems.

The reproductive system is responsible for keeping your body in hormonal balance.  As many women have discovered, when we become hormonally imbalanced with a tubal ligation, it can become very difficult and time-consuming to determine how to restore homeostasis in the body. Not only will our hormones be out of balance but also our health suffers, especially if we have gained excess weight. This extra weight can start causing an abundance of estrogen which can cause cortisol to increase and a domino effect will continue until our body is completely taxed and worn out.

I have learned as I got older and noticed the struggle to lose weight, along with other female issues, that many of the symptoms that I am now trying to combat are due to the tubal ligation also known as (female sterilization).  I was warned of some of the side effects when I agreed to the procedure but I was not aware of the full extent of issues I would be faced with at a later time.

From a female perspective – your reproductive system is not just responsible for procreation, but has the important task of communicating to the brain what chemicals are needed at what time and in what amount.  The Fallopian tubes have little sensory probes that tell the brain if more cortisol, estrogen, progesterone etc., need to be distributed throughout the body.  Also, yes women also have testosterone!! When the balances are dysfunctional and cannot communicate with the body properly, other organs must start producing chemicals to make up for the loss which will start to tax the body.

Let me give a little example – if you went out to your car, opened the hood, cut the gas line, then got in your car and tried to drive down the road, would it make sense to then rant and scream at the car manufacturer for the fact that the car they sold you is not functioning correctly? Of course not!

I believe in the Heavenly Creator who designed our bodies so that they would run in the proper way.  When we want to decide on the size of our family using harmful methods or rely on the judgment of doctors who give us dire outcomes to our current situation, we reap the consequences of this action for years to come.

If you are one of the thousands of women who opted for a tubal ligation and have been to the doctor who tells you that there is nothing wrong with you and proceeds to tell you that you are in need of antidepressants, I want you to know that there are many women who are going through what you are experiencing.

Some women have reported some relief with bio identical progesterone cream.  This is a doctor’s prescription that is formulated just for you and your chemical make-up.  You will want to search for a MD who will prescribe natural remedies if this is the route you choose.

There is another option for those who choose this —-  tubal ligation reversal!  There are many recommended doctors who have had positive success and have either allowed for couple to have more children or if you are looking to restore “some” chemical balance back to your body there are facilities that can help you.

From women I have conversed with who had the reversal done, there are many who have stated to see a positive improvement in the health of their bodily functions.

Women, I want you to know and be very aware of what you will face if you choose to become sterilized.  The article below will give you a detailed description of what many of us are learning years later.  Personally, I regret this choice that I made so long ago.  Honestly, it was the best decision at the time, so we thought, little did we know all the other side effects that were not revealed. I encourage you to always be informed of the decisions you make regarding your body! Our bodies are such complex, highly intricate systems that were designed to work in a particular way.

If you are curious about natural family planning, please check out this link:
I hope you take the time to research and understand how your body works, as well as discover the root of any issue you might be struggling with. It is so easy to see and treat the symptoms, but not heal the root! I know it may be more work and takes due diligence, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
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