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Will American Heart Month Save You From Suffering?

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February is American Heart Month.

Did you wear red on February 5th?

Whether you did or not, tell me one thing ….

Did seeing red attire remind you to make better food choices at lunch and then take a nice long walk?

It’s a nice thought, but it’s hog wash.

While searching online for decent heart health education, I have been bitterly disappointed by what’s out there.

The CDC seems to want to calm the fears of women.  They give specific numbers for deaths caused by heart disease in men, but no such statistics were reported for women.

The CDC says that 70–89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.  No mention of the fact that heart disease kills more women than men.

For women they say that heart disease doesn’t care what you wear– it is the #1 killer of women.

They are playful in their description of womens’ heart disease, but give men the cold hard facts.

I guess you silly women just need to wear your red dresses and be aware that heart disease is an even bigger danger than breast cancer.

Hop over to the American Heart Association’s site.  You will find very basic information about health and diet.  “Broil instead of fry, remove the skin of poultry.”  Well duh.

However, you won’t find the simple truth:  Continue reading Will American Heart Month Save You From Suffering?

Is Awareness Enough To Fight Heart Disease?

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“Being aware” is not an action step. 

It may inspire you to take action, and it may not.

Making someone aware is lip service.  Asking good questions is a step in the right direction.  Discussion can give life to inspiration.


Inspired action requires that you get past denial.

Denial is very popular.  It feels good.  That is, until your problem gets right in your face.

Even though at this point, you are suffering the consequences of your denial, you may still cling to it.

Until you take back your power, you will not feel better, and you can’t heal from heart disease or any other disease.


Can you take inspired action, and still be in denial?

That is a good question.  Usually denial is what keeps you on the side line, or keeps you so attached to your disease process that you never seek help to heal.  If you can’t imagine yourself feeling good and living well, then you won’t be able to achieve it.

Recently I came across a story that tore my heart out.  The story is about a young woman who was definitely taking inspired action.
She was a role model for inspired action, and her family loved and cherished her.

She had struggled with a weight issue all her life.  Her family and friends, and even her “shrink”, considered her a hypochondriac and often joked with her about it.  (After all, she wasn’t too proud to admit that she was.)  Her many complaints fell on deaf ears, and she brushed any concern aside out of habit.

Until……her final complaint.

“I am so dizzy,” she told her mother over the phone.

Then the line went dead and a 19 years young woman, in the prime of her life, was gone.

Over the years she had learned to ignore her discomfort:

  • heavy sweating
  • not being able to catch her breath
  • being overtired
  • working hard to lose weight with little results
  • tendency to be “lazy”

This beautiful young woman lost her life to a congenital heart disease called myocardial bridging—a defect where an artery, instead of going where it’s supposed to in the heart actually goes through the heart muscle.

Her story was written by a close friend, who wishes that the American Heart Association would do a better job of raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects, and remind people that often, genetics is the only cause.

Do you know that there are tests, treatments, and surgical repair for congenital heart defects?

Most people don’t.  If you are far too young for heart disease, but experience symptoms like the ones listed above…..please complain loudly to your health care provider.

Be heard and live!

If you are listening to the American Heart Association, be aware that they promote profitable Cholesterol Lowering Drugs without warning us of the dangers.

Find out what the AHA won’t tell you!

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Many blessings,

Carrie Tucker, RCP
The Life Breath Coach
Heart Failure Solutions


PS– Remember everyday:

  • Relax and Release tension
  • Exhale Slowly
  • Be active in a way that adds joy to your life

Plus pure water ~whole foods~sunshine~and laughter

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Is American Heart Month Inspiring Your Low Cholesterol Diet?

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A healthy heart is truly something to celebrate!

Any inspiration to improve your diet is a good thing.

However, if you are planning to make a contribution to the American Heart Association in honor of American Heart Month, please reconsider.

This “non-profit” organization is so busy supporting the pharmaceutical companies and the “drug it chop it out mentality”, that they have lost sight of the fact that diet and lifestyle are the way to reduce heart disease.

Diet and lifestyle do get a lot of lip service from the American Heart Association, but the cash is spent largely on promoting the profit of drugs and surgery.

With the type of money that is available to the American Heart Association, they should be ashamed of their half hearted effort to support the average American on their journey to change. 

They are doing nothing to fight the poison in our food supply or the early signs of huge trouble from genetically modified foods.


Change isn’t easy.

It is much easier to build hype around cholesterol lowering drugs and rake in huge profits.

Efforts to educate and facilitate change will take more than a one day event, or even a month of events.  Support needs to be ongoing.  Bringing people together, in an effort to build community is the answer to reducing heart disease.

Does the American Heart Association have enough money to support Boys and Girls Clubs, so that kids get active early in life?

Do they have enough money to supply churches and community centers with dried beans and grains?

How about supplementing the electric bill for lung disease and heart failure patients when they can’t afford to operate their home oxygen machines?

How about organizing walking and bike riding clubs, or supporting local organizations to do it?

You need support all year, not just for the month of February!

Diet and lifestyle change is a process.  Talking about it, and creating “awareness”, stops short of actual HELP.

The American Heart Association has an army of volunteers.

Every American, including this army of volunteers, should be asking the American Heart Association just where their money is spent.


Do You Know How The AMA Spends All That Money?

They claim to have “invested” over 543 million dollars from 2005 to 2006.  The money, they say, was spent first on research and professional and public education, and then in “advocacy” and community service programs.

Americans need to hold this “charity” accountable.  They CAN do more, and they SHOULD do more!

Want to celebrate American Heart Month? Continue reading Is American Heart Month Inspiring Your Low Cholesterol Diet?

The World is Blogging About Poverty for Blog Action Day 2008, But Can We Talk About Abundance?

My mentor, Gina Gaudio-Graves told me about Blog Action Day, and told me to participate.Definition of happiness

I do what she tells me to do.

Well, my challenge was that I wanted to talk about solutions.

Poverty is definitely not a solution for anything, accept possibly pride.

But hey, I can do this.  So I wrote a post about what poverty causes and possible solutions I could think of. Continue reading The World is Blogging About Poverty for Blog Action Day 2008, But Can We Talk About Abundance?