In answer to Vicky (Photo-to-Artwork)

I am excited to share info on our Photo-to-Artwork with you.
This is such a creative endeavor, where we  work with a customer to preserve their special moments.

Grand kids on Christmas tree

Our Photo-to-Artwork will do their treasured photos justice. We can enlarge the photo, retouch it, texturize and frame it in a beautiful frame of their choosing. We can provide a stand for the smaller pictures or have their larger pictures all ready to hang on the wall.

Note: we do not charge for the photo work just for the framing of the picture and this is priced by size. So if you have old or damaged photos that need retouching (something we do well) this can be a very good deal for you.

What is superior about our photo-to-artwork is the excellent selection of quality frames.

I hope this gives you something to play with.

Feel free to call me with any questions.

Lynn Verhoeff
The Picture Lady

661 242 2749

213 281 2402 (cell)

661 242 1010 (messages)

www.picturelady.com
lynnpicturelady@gmail.com

 

A Unique Gift – Picture-to-Artwork

Picture-to-Artwork is the ideal gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day or for Christmas.

We can fix and restore old pictures, or we can select new pictures from your phone or the web and make a family collage. The beauty of this creation which we do together, is that the technical and the photo-work is free. We charge only by size of picture.  It is ArTex a new technique, that makes the photo look like an oil painting. You would pay between $500 and $1000 for an oil on canvas even when it is a copy. With our service the cost is between $55.00 and $125.00 depending on the size and the frame.

Now that . . .  my children are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to keep a family together. The example of my mother’s strength, devotion and patience is now rippling through the generations – Forest Houtenschil

Tribute to the Family

             Tribute to the Family

Collages are not only for children or grandchildren, but also for your pets. They have a shorter lifespan and a picture-to-artwork keeps the special memories. If your mother and father are growing old, now is the time to make sure you have good pictures of them before they go.

Picture Lady frames are exquisite.  We are able to frame needlepoint. In addition to the Photo-to-Artwork we can do custom framing.

frame one

Here are some Picture-to-Artwork stories that we think you will enjoy:

“Picture Lady”, said the bride “ when we married we were as poor as church-mice.” She showed me the picture. The were young and quite attractive.

It was not a white wedding, but she was wearing a fine blue dress and while he was not in a tux his suit was dark and also appropriate. Behind them arched an old oak tree. So far, so good. They looked great.  The problem was that right behind the gorgeous couple and the gorgeous tree stood an ugly, beat-up gray-blue truck.  Not good. We changed the background to add more trees and flowers and some blue sky to match the bride’s dress and gave them perfect wedding photos twenty years after the fact.

This story is from a customer who was raised by a grandmother and it had been a warm and sustaining relationship. The grandmother lived a long productive life and raised her grandchild with love and affection but she was older and she finally moved on.  Also gone were several of her siblings who had often been around the home while our customer was growing up.  She had many older (somewhat tattered black and white photograph from an earlier (but beloved) age. She chose to do her frames and pictures in sepia which gives that antique look.   It was a good call.

grandma

This is what she thought when it was done:

“My family loves the pictures. When you come into my home, the Heritage Wall is like a magnet and everybody goes there to admire it. It brings the family together providing us with a history – a pictorial story of the family including all our loved ones who have passed. You do really excellent work! Thank you so much” Carol B.W. Riverside

 

 Now that . . .  my children are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to keep a family together. The example of my mother’s strength, devotion and patience is now rippling through the generations.

Forest Houtenschil

Aloe Vera Health Benefits

The remarkable healing properties of Aloe Vera have been known for thousands of years. In fact, Aloe Vera was known to the  ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans. Even a Sumerian tablet, dating back to 2100 BC, mentions it. (More info)

The Aloe Vera plant grows in the wild in many warm, dry areas of the world. It is native to Northern Africa. It is a succulent plant that somewhat resembles a cactus. Its thick, thorny leaves contain a gel that has been used through the ages for its healing properties.

Aloe Vera PlantSome of the known benefits of Aloe Vera are:

  • Promotes the healing of burns
  • Contains a wide range of vitamins
  • Has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties
  • Smooths the skin and reduces wrinkles

Drinking Aloe Vera juice can reduce dental plaque and mouth ulcers (canker sores). It is also used to reduce constipation and in diabetics it lowers blood sugar.

No wonder that it has such an amazing track record! Aloe Vera is one of the many beneficial ingredients present in all Real Time Pain Relief products.

Because you Deserve a Good Night’s Rest

Are Microfiber Sheets a Good Choice?

Cuddly catWhen you go shopping you are likely to find bed sheets made of many different threads. What exactly is Microfiber?

There are variations in the threads, with a blend of cotton, polyester, and nylon being the most common Microfiber. In fact the term microfiber refers to any fiber where the strands are less than a denier in width; a denier is a measurement that is used to identify the fiber thickness of the individual threads. Apart from bed sheets you may have seen the term when buying pantyhose or stockings. A denier is extremely fine, three times more so than cotton. This makes for very soft sheets.

Some complain of static with these sheets but this seems to be the only downside. This is easy to correct with a fabric softener like BOUNCE in the drier when they are washed.

 The advantages of Microfiber Sheets

  • They  need no ironing; they do not wrinkle
  • They do not develop cotton balls
  • They are durable and seem to last forever.
  • If liquid spills it will bead up and be easy to wipe off the sheet leaving no stain
  • There is a significant price advantage over all other sheets, especially King and Cal King.
  • In the summertime these sheets breathe so you don’t sleep all sweaty.

Deep Pocket Sheets
All sheets now add extra inches for deep pocket mattresses but some are better than others. Always check the measurements which will be listed on the packaging.

Green, blue and beige sheets

You may well find you want to switch to microfiber sheets, the ultimate in comfort.

 Quote for the Week
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone!

Anthony Burgess. 

Photo-to-Artwork

A very personal gift: A Picture Lady Photo-to-Artwork 

 

Create a unique picture for each child or grandchild 

 

 

 

Photo-to-Artwork is the ideal gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day or Christmas.

This is because it is so personal and unique; something really special. If your parents have downsized, you may want to consider a collage where you are able to put many family pictures into one frame. You create this work of art together with Picture Lady and there is no extra charge for making a collage, as there is also no extra charge for photo-restoration. In this collage above there is a special scripture and you can always add this as a family inspiration. One customer wrote a short poem for a new baby and included it in her collage, another wanted to remember her very special Mother’s Day Card and we put this in the center, with family pictures all around. Photo-to-Artwork is about making and keeping good memories and passing them down through the generations.

Prices for a Photo-to-Artwork creation:

  • 8×10″      $55.00
  • 11×14″    $75.00
  • 16×20″    $125.00

    (Because no extra charge for photo-work this is a very good deal)

You can make a collage not only of your children or grandchildren, but also of your pets; they don’t live as long as we and so there is often a loss and a sadness when they go. Here is a tribute to a smart cat who passed. He managed not only his owner but also all the other furry friends in the house. This big cat was unique in that he used his paw to eat. He lifted each morsel from the bowl and only then would he consume. Not a pretty cat, but can’t you just see the intelligence?

.cat collage

Here are some Picture-to-Artwork stories that we think you will enjoy:

“Picture Lady”, said the bride “ when we married we were as poor as church-mice.” She showed me the picture. The were young and quite attractive.

It was not a white wedding, but she was wearing a fine blue dress and while he was not in a tux his suit was dark and also appropriate. Behind them arched an old oak tree. So far, so good. They looked great.  The problem was that right behind the gorgeous couple and the gorgeous tree stood an ugly, beat-up gray-blue truck.  Not good. We changed the background to add more trees and flowers and some blue sky to match the bride’s dress and we gave them perfect wedding photos twenty years after the fact.

Some photographs go on some strange adventures! We were brought a photograph of a family that was taken back and forth in Africa, folded up in the father’s pocket as he fled from land to land to avoid civil strife. His family had been engaged in a project to relocate the family (all five children) to America. Mother came first and began training to be a nurse. This is how we met for we did an art show at her hospital. Each year she brought another child to freedom while the father staid in East Africa with those who had been left behind. Unfortunately after the last child (the eldest) came to America civil strife broke out in North East Africa and the father was forced to flee to save his life grateful that at least his family was now safe. While on the run he would take out a folded picture of his beloved family which he always kept in his pocket. It was this picture that kept his hopes and dreams alive that he would eventually be able to join them.

And he did. This is a story with a happy ending.

His wife brought the scratched picture he had carried so long in his pocket to me (now crusted with sweat and dirt). She asked if it could be recovered. They would have been able to have a new celebration family picture in America but the truth was that no other picture would have as much meaning. Could we fix and restore the picture? Yes indeed we could. But there was still an extra challenge. The picture was torn and the oldest daughter was missing cut in half on the right hand side of the photo.

We took her from a different photo and put her back into her family picture. Then we also fixed up the cracks and the photo damage. The father gave it to his wife for Mother’s Day. It sits in a place of honor in their living room.

We sometimes forget that not everybody has it as easy as we do in America.

Some of our better results are for precious family members who have passed.  The family needed a good picture of their mother, recently deceased; they wanted it for her celebration of life. The problem was this happy mother had been such a social person there was not a single photo of her alone; there were several children and not one had such a picture! There were many photos but always placing her in the middle of a group.

So we extracted her smiling face from a family photo and erased the busy background.  There she was finally alone in all her glory. I think if she was there at her special memorial event she would have liked that picture.

We have the skill to put your photos together to create a whole new family picture.
It is in the art of putting what is important in one picture together. The family had always remembered Poppa and Nanna with the house where the family met on special occasions. Here they are together with their lovely home.

final house

Our last story is from a customer who was raised by a grandmother and it had been a warm and sustaining relationship. The grandmother lived a long productive life and raised her grandchild with love and affection but she was older and she finally moved on.  Also gone were several of her siblings who had often been around the home while our customer was growing up.  She had many older (somewhat tattered black and white photographs

She chose to do her frames and pictures in sepia which gives that antique look.   It was a good call.

grandma

 

This is what she thought when it was done:

“My family loves the pictures. When you come into my home, the Heritage Wall is like a magnet and everybody goes there to admire it. It brings the family together providing us with a history – a pictorial story of the family including all our loved ones who have passed. You do really excellent work! Thank you so much” Carol B.W. Riverside

 

What do you need to know if you chose to do a Photo-to-Artwork with Picture Lady?

Our frames are exquisite.  We are also able to frame needlepoint. In addition to do Photo-to-Artwork we do custom framing.

frame one

ArTex makes the photo look like an oil painting when it really is not.  You would pay between $500 and $1000 for an oil on canvas even when it is a copy. With our service the cost to you is between $55.00 and $175.00 depending on the size and the frame. Nor do we charge for the photo work. We keep it simple.

 

What a great gift Photo-to-Artwork is for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day and for Christmas!

The ache for home lives in all of us, a place to which we can go and be ourselves. It has to be a safe place into which we can retreat and not be questioned. It should also be a beautiful place, for beauty is uplifting and a pretty and comforting home is where we like to go to get recharged. When we have the people that we care about around us, even if they are not actually physically present but in the form of precious, enhanced photographs, it brings back past joys of sharing and this is what is sustaining.

heritage

 Quote for the Month

 Now that . . .  my children are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to keep a family together. The example of my mother’s strength, devotion and patience is now rippling through the generations.

Forest Houtenschil

Yum-Yum Purr

A Christmas Story for you to read to the Grand Kids

 

Yum Yum, the Christmas Monkey

In a far place in the old country is a magical place where loving families can still find enchantment.  The best thing about this unusual turreted motel is the Petting Zoo.

At this time of the year, the month before Christmas, you will find the animals at the bottom of the garden where they huddle together under the faerie lights. And down there snuggled in Kanga’s pouch is an itsy, bitty, little monkey who happens to be the hero of this story.

When Yum Yum’s mother was taken to the BIG ZOO and never ever heard of, or even seen again, it was Kanga, the kangaroo who found the shivering little monkey.  Demonstrating the spirit of the season she hugged him and stroked him and caressed him. “Oh my!” she said, “you are so very, very sweet and I think I may have fallen in love!”  Then she stuck the bitsy thing  safely into her pouch, carefully leaving his little head out, so he could breathe.

 

The Christmas Monkey

The Christmas Monkey

That was when a big steel bird flew across the sky creating a cacophony. The little monkey dived deep down under and he was not seen again. But even little monkeys get hungry and after three long days he wiggled up and tentatively ventured his head out again saw Bray and dived down again. This was when Kanga knew she had to do something or she would lose the best Christmas present she had ever been blessed with.

Bray, her donkey friend, had frightened the monkey so she couldn’t go to him. She thought of Elevated the Giraffe  whose vision and loftier perspective she valued but he, too, didn’t seem right.  Then she  thought of Babuum.  Yes she would take the monkey to Babuum. After all Babuum, the singing gorilla, was from the same species, or wasn’t he? It was lucky Babuum was visiting in the zoo while waiting for his concertina to be repaired. Normally he sang and danced at the train station.

“We have to do something,” said Kanga. “This little monkey will die if he stays here at the bottom of my pouch. I am not even sure that he can breathe.”

“I think this calls for a special meeting” said Babuum in a ponderous voice.

“Oh braai!!” echoed Bray, the donkey in dismay.

Babuum asked “Singing Wind” to summon the animals. It was a good choice for the bird did loops in an out of the Christmas decorations, and popped a light here and there, and in this way was able to gain the attention of the animals. When they all looked up in wonder charmed by the colored lights reflecting in his dark feathers the bird sat on a branch and explained why Babuum wanted their help. They all began slowly making their way to the clearing at the bottom of the garden.

Even the domestic animals from the big house came on down.  Mackie, the mongrel who was often found fluttering around the legs of Elevated whom he loved to tease, left the big house and bounced on down. Bella, the sleek and sensuous Siamese cat came mincing down the path, followed by her three little pom, pom kittens.

The two magical elves “Hit” and “Miss” were there. They were the most insouciant, and the most mischievous of all the faerie folk, never evil but definitely naughty. They were able to do powerful magic, but their magic lasted only while they were being good. One misstep, one bad deed and the magic would dissipate like smoke from a genie’s lamp.

“Hit” and “Miss” were hanging out in the trees amidst the fairy lights, keeping tabs so they could report back to the faerie kingdom.

The rooster and the hens, the pig and the piglets, all were there. The three sheep were going bla, bla bla. Only Billy the Goat was missing, He had staid up at the top of the garden scrounging up whatever food he could, glad not to be held accountable.

Sneak the snake had slithered on down, not that you would know. Like the mischievous elves he was there and then not there.

Babuum was wearing his top hat to give a greater importance to this meeting. He began the meeting with an off key version of an old fashioned  Christmas carol.

“Christmas is a coming, the egg is in the nog.
Please give a friendly donkey, a friendly little dog.
We don’t have a reindeer so a monkey will have to do,
We all come down to the bottom to help a saintly kangaroo.”

He took off his top hat and bowed first to Kanga and then to his congregation.

“Listen up!” he said solemnly.  “We have a new animal joining us at the petting zoo. And that is always good!  But he is very little and has been taken from his mother, Kanga has been looking after him.”  For just a brief moment, Yum Yum’s tiny little face peeked out again from her pouch and then dived again down under, “and there he is.”

“I saw him!” said a duck.

“We have to decide what we are going to do,” said Babuum simply.

Bray proposed that Kanga should continue to care for the monkey.  He said it was a good thing she had done. She loved him. You could see it in her eyes.

“I think Kanga did a wonderful thing to find and care for the little monkey but I do not agree that she should keep him,” said Elevated slowly.

Babuum said, “You surprise me Elevated; you are good friends with the kangaroo. You must know she is the kindest animal in the zoo?”

“That she is,” said Elevated from his lofty giraffe height. “but I have one thing to ask you, to ask you all , how is she going to feed an itsy, tiny little bit of a monkey?”

There were long faces all around.  The hens clucked and the sheep bleated.

“How does one feed an itsy bitty monkey?” asked Babuum, echoed by Kanga,

That was when a surprising thing happened. Bella the Siamese cat glided forward into the clearing.

“Meow, excuse me” she said hesitantly.  While to all the other animals she had always seemed haughty, the truth was this elegant cat was actually shy. She was also kind. “I will take him to the beeeg house and raise him with my keeettens,” she said.

“But he is safe and happy with the kangaroo”

“Kanga can come often. The minkey can come to the garden in the day. At the beeg house the dear little thing will get the meellk.”

“We are going to need some human help if he is to survive.” agreed  Babuum slowly.

“Comment? What you all theeenk?”

“I love him already and will be sorry to see him go,” said Kanga but I know  he will not survive without your help. Thank you Bella, he is very, very little.”
So it was decided.

So this is the story of how Yum Yum survived happily with two families, one at the big house and one down in the garden with the animals who had found and helped him.

It was also where he got his name, spoiled rotten where all the visiting children fought to feed him and had called him “Yum Yum.”

It was where he would cuddle quietly at night with the kittens and in the day he would ride around happily with Kanga.

Sadly it is also where he got his big obsession. More than anything in the little petting zoo, more than the big house itself, more than THE BIG ZOO which had swallowed up his mother, more than the big steel birds that fly across the sky and frighten him, more than the whole big wide world where Babuum had gone away again to perform, there was one thing he wanted more than anything.

He wanted to be able to purr.

Yum Yum wanted to purr.

Babuum returned to the petting zoo the day before Christmas and called another meeting where the little monkey who had now stolen every heart, was introduced to the magical elves “Hit and Miss”

“Will you grant him a Christmas wish?”  asked Babuum

“Grant him a Christmas wish,” chanted the animals.
After trying to wriggle out of the situation, finally the elves agreed. They really had no choice for Babuum had threatened to call out the Faerie Queen.

Christmas morning arrived crisp and clear, a light chill in the air but no wind, and no snow. It was the perfect day for Bella and her kittens to snuggle up on the comforter in the family room near the fireplace.  They were all so happy they were purring away.

Yes, and with them snuggled up, was Yum Yum and he too was purring loudly. He was purring the loudest of all.

Then “Hit” tied Snakes head to his tail and “Miss” strung the circular snake up in the middle of the Christmas lights and they laughed and laughed and laughed.

The animals nearly had a feast of sizzling snake for their Christmas dinner. When Yum Yum woke up he had stopped purring.

Yet he never forgot the absolute joy of that magical Christmas morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conquering Our Fears

When we were small, we searched with no fear. We sought out the different, the surprising, the unusual. We treasured every new sensation, idea and person we met.

How different that is for those who have learned to stay in the familiar nest, not reaching out, not going to new places nor communicating to strangers.

How does a person change from the baby actively searching for new experiences to the old person who avoids surprises, preferring instead boring sameness? Perhaps if we knew what caused this, we could avoid it or even reverse it.

Well, we say, we were hurt by the burning stove or cut on the broken glass. We were betrayed by ones we loved or, worse yet, ridiculed by others.

Yes, those things occurred, no doubt. Yet, if any one of us were to look around, I’d wager that the pain, betrayal or ridicule is no longer present in our environment, only in our mind.

How often have you imagined an upcoming event with dread. Certain that some past ill would befall you, only to find that it never came to pass. You enjoyed yourself instead.

We tend to paint the future using pictures of our past. And when we’ve grown conservative or become wary, we are painting that future with only the bad parts of our past.

Most people don’t know this, but you can change what pictures and experiences guide you. Try this for a few days:

1. Don’t read the paper–or at least don’t read the news–read all the ads or sports scores you wish.
2. Don’t watch or listen to the news. It’s almost all bad.
3. Each day recall three things you intended to accomplish and did.
4. Deliberately smile when you meet five people each day.

See if this doesn’t change your outlook.

When you expect good things and accept whatever comes your way with interest, you will be the master of your life.

One of my favorite definitions of “greatness” is the ability to bring joy to others and results for yourself.   Peter Glickman – Author of the Master Cleanse

Note From Picture Lady
Twenty Five Years Ago a friend challenged us to go without TV for a month
– well we did and we felt so much better we have not watched ever since.

I don’t regret it as I get my news from the Internet – my favored source is Policy Mic

I do admit though I enjoy watching TV when I visit my sister and my kids.
It is something to look forward to. But then they also never watch the news.

Do you know that while I do know all about 9/11 – have researched it thoroughly and even written about it I did not see those towers coming down.
Catastrophe and the typical “bad news” that is the daily fare is in no way essential to your sense of well being.

I think that knowing what is going on is vital – but why have bad pictures thrust on you?

Let me issue the same challenge to you. Try no TV for a month.
Then come back selectively.
Some films and stories are real fun although they soak up time when
you could be creating things.
Quote for the Week

 To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute. 

Vladimir Naboko

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The Story of Shea Butter

The African Sun can fill your Skin and Hair with Joy

 African Shea Butter is made from the nut of the African Shea Tree, grown mostly in West Africa. It has been around for a long time but I had never heard of it until a year or two ago. I have been so impressed by Shea Butter that now I carry the product. It is unbeatable as a skin rejuvenator.

Because Shea Butter stimulates cellular activity, it is the king of all the vegetable butters, with skin care properties superior even to Cocoa Butter. It contains all the necessary rich fatty acids that rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, providing the essential vitamins needed to make the skin look and feel smoother, softer, and healthier.

The nut is most prolific in Ghana where successful efforts have been made to establish small ‘woman’ business enterprises to harvest the Shea Butter Nuts. Traditionally, the African women have processed the Shea Butter, and the successful methods they use have been passed down to them from generation to generation. It is only recently that they have had some help in marketing this superb product.

Buying Shea Butter is a good thing to do, because the money these women earn raises their standard of living. They are now only beginning to be able to afford basic necessities, like schools, clinics and clean water. Creating more independence for women raises the culture in a land. In fact it could raise the culture of the planet.

In the words of Hilary Clinton:

“Well, I see it now from the perspective of having traveled so extensively, and we know that where women are marginalized, where they’re demeaned, where their rights are denied, there is the likelihood you will have less democracy, more poverty, greater extremism. The United States is the model. I want to point out that it’s not only about American women, which of course is our first and foremost concern, but it’s about the example we set, and the message we send to women all around the world.” Hillary Clinton

Shea Butter Village

Why is Shea Butter only now catching on and gaining in popularity? Could it be that it is now easy to promote good products on the web?

This is a good product. The oil or butter promotes skin renewal, increasing circulation, and accelerating wound healing. Vitamins A & E soothe, balance and hydrates the skin, while providing the necessary skin collagen that handles wrinkles. Vitamin F is rich in fatty acids that repairs damaged skin and hair.

I am also convinced that Shea Butter is part of the reason I keep my natural hair color as I age. I have been using it now for over ten years and I have few if any gray hairs. Shea Butter has become an essential part of my senior quality of life.  Shea Butter as a skin care remedy also works for me. If I wake in the night I instinctively reach for my pot as it is as if the skin is asking for a boost. It is a delightful moisturizer – and it feels sooooo . . . good!

Quote for the Week

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, or the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.
T. A. Edison

The Five Stages of Disease

Understanding Detoxification

suffering dog

Disease is really a process that goes through several stages before it appears as a specific medical disease. This alternative health concept is quite different than the medical concept that disease can appear suddenly where there was only health before. Likewise, in treatment for disease, alternative health differs from the medical concept of healing.

Alternative health sees the first three stages of disease as normal body processes to combat the toxic influences on the body. A cold helps to more rapidly detoxify the body with a runny nose and fever. From an alternative health point of view, it should be allowed to run its course. The body is handling the cause of future ill health by rapidly (if unpleasantly) detoxifying. Medicine sees the same cold symptoms and prescribes something to stop the symptoms (the sneezing, runny nose and fever) and therefore doesn’t address the actual cause of the cold.

You might look at “cold/flu season” as as nature attempting to clean out the body following the “holiday season” with its ritual overeating of meat and rich, sweet, alcoholic foods. If this detoxification is prevented, future problems are allowed to grow.

Tina Johnson and Dr. Chris Morris, a naturalistic doctor (one who uses food, herbs, water and natural means to cure; not surgery or drugs) explain it this way: The body becomes ill by stages. (I have used different names for these stages in the hope that the names are more recognizable.)

Elimination — When the body is first presented with toxic substances that impede the body’s normal function, the body attempts to eliminate them. Such substances could be from normal digestion such as uric acid from digesting meat; a bacterial infection such as strep throat; a bee sting or even pesticides. These would be neutralized by the liver and then eliminated through pooping, peeing, coughing, sweating or exhaling.

Irritation — When the body is overwhelmed by toxins and the normal elimination channels are not sufficient to expel all the toxins as they come in, the body throws additional means of elimination into gear. Such means might include skin rashes, bad breath, diarrhea, etc.

Inflammation— When even the additional means of elimination are overwhelmed and insufficient to handle the toxic load, the body tries to localize the toxins and the resulting location becomes inflamed: red, swollen, hot and painful. Calling it tonsillitis just says the toxins “have taken up residence” in the tonsils; tendonitis says they’ve accumulated in the tendons (the tough white bands at the end of muscles that anchor them to the bones). Fever, from an alternative health point of view, is very favorable as the high temperature kills viruses and bacteria if it is not prevented. A cold is the body’s way of eliminating toxins on a faster, broader scale.

All the above stages are usually quickly resolved and health restored if we catch the problem early and apply remedies to help the body heal itself. However, if they are ignored and the toxic load continues to overwhelm the body, the disease that is now obvious becomes very difficult to cure.

Chronic disease — If the body is prevented, instead of assisted in eliminating toxins, the body attempts to quarantine the toxins by sacrificing a particular organ or system to prevent death. Here, after all three of the preceding stages, we find growths and chronic disease such as ulcers, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.

Organ failure, or cancer — Unable to reverse the chronic disease(s), the body begins to die.

Peter Glickman – Author of “The Master Cleanse

Note from Picture Lady

WARNING: your body starts the detoxification when you have too much “dirt in the system” – it is like a car, it runs much better when you have done the regular lube.

For those of us trapped in the rat-race and struggling to make a living by working 24/7 in a business, or doing a 9-5 job, we may need to cut back on the gradient.

When you begin to feel funny, a get cold-like symptoms – perhaps runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, rashes, headaches, or other aches and pains it is fine and well to know that this is just one big house-cleaning; but how are you cope with working!

Delox can sometimes get in the way of working.

We at Picture Lady Health have found some additional  products that expedite and alleviate the detox.

  • Baths with Epsom salts
  • Eliminator One promotes regularity: this is essential in moving the toxins through your body and out.
  • Eliminator Two – the Colon Cleanse. Do before you do a major cleanse.
  • Liver Cleanse – when experiencing adverse symptoms, we cut back on food and only juice two days in the week (can be done on a weekend) and take the herbal drops and teas. (If you work for yourself and work 24/7 because you also work on the weekend, don’t juice only  but also eat fruits and veggies.
  • To substitute for food when experiencing detox, we recommend this delicious green drink
    green drink
  • Kidney Cleanse – herbal. This is very effective in increasing a feeling of well being after a weekend’s cleanse.
  • Natural Kidney cleanse: This is an effective and inexpensive blood thinner and kidney cleanse:Take the stems of cilantro and boil these for ten minutes at night.  Strain the water and refrigerate. Drink the juice.
  • We have discovered a food supplement that really works for us. It takes the stress out of life and will make the effects of a detox much easier on you. If this is of any interest to you,  please email me at lynn@picturelady.com for more info.

Lynn, the Picture Lady

 

 Quote for the Week

It’s very simple. Keep your body as clean as possible, your mind as clear as possible. That’s all you need.

And do it in anyway you can, in your own way. It doesn’t matter.  

Swami Satchidananda 

 

Is Health a State of the Mind?

To recapture Health we need to recapture the Wonder 

young, adult and old

In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.

In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.

In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.” 


― Ravi ZachariasRecapture the Wonder