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Have You Heard that Vitamin Pills Won’t Help Heart Disease, but Cholesterol Drugs Are Magic?

cholesterol lowering drugs

Don’t believe the hype. There is no magic pill for health. 

Eating fruits and vegetables and getting plenty of exercises are great for your health, but the quality of the relationships in your life are even more important.

Toxic relationships are filled with toxic stress.   Toxic stress makes you sick.

Loving nurturing relationships will keep you healthy even if you don’t have the best lifestyle habits.


Real hope for heart disease isn’t in pill form!

If you only listen to sources that want your dollars, you will pay dearly.

You have the power to build your health and vitality! No matter what your current state of health, you can feel better if you nurture yourself.

The researchers who first impressed the world with cholesterol-lowering drug studies were careful to point out that the wonderful benefits of their study could be achieved by lowering cholesterol with diet and lifestyle changes.

There is no money to be made in advising people to eat better.  Drugs are far more profitable.

However, cholesterol-lowering drugs bring along undesirable side effects that could be far worse than the benefits they allegedly offer.


If you take Statin drugs, are you also paying attention to your diet?

The drug companies say that you should be using the drugs in combination with diet and lifestyle changes.

Did your doctor spend time talking with you about HOW to change your diet before he gave you a prescription that could CAUSE heart failure?

The studies credit reduction of CRP, which is a measure of inflammation, as the reason that many more people should be using Statin drugs.

Reducing inflammation within your body is definitely health building.  How can you do that without risking undesirable side effects?


Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet will reduce inflammation, thereby reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The only reason to advise drug use BEFORE giving serious effort to support diet and lifestyle change, is TO MAKE MONEY.

Is there a magical way to build health, and reduce the risk of ALL forms of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke?

I wouldn’t say that it is magic, but it is simple and easy to do.


Want to lower your cholesterol without endangering your health?

Commit to diet and lifestyle changes before risking drugs to lower cholesterol.

  • Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.
  • Eat plenty of fiber
  • Sip water all day long.
  • Get 30 minutes of sunlight everyday.  (Have your vitamin D level checked, and supplement if necessary.)
  • Be active!  Americans are dying early from EVERY cause of death due to Sedentary Death Syndrome.

However, if you resort to drugging your cholesterol level, studies show that you maybe better off to sit on your couch and stop exerting yourself!

Cholesterol lowering drugs cause exercise intolerance!

Trusting a drug that prevents you from exercising effectively to PROTECT you from heart disease is an extremely weak plan!

Being active is the best thing you can do for yourself UNLESS you are on Statin Drugs.

Even if you sit on the couch and move very little to avoid the damage of exercise while being drugged with Statins, you will still deplete your CoQ10.

Depleting yourself of this important enzyme is harmful and may lead to heart failure.

Dr. Julian Whitaker credits Statins with the epidemic of heart failure the world is facing.

Remember this statistic:

Lowering Your Cholesterol Will NOT Reduce Your Risk of Death!

However, we’ve been hearing amazing testimonials from folks using Vemma nutritional supplements.

Vemma is the nutritional supplement Heart Failure Solutions recommends because of its safe track record.

It’s awesome to hear that folks have gotten off drugs for cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar using Vemma products!

My personal experience with it has been really awesome!

It has really been helping my young son as well!  I’m really thrilled to have found something that helps him calm himself, he even asks for it!

If you are concerned about the drugs you are taking or would just like more energy, click on the link below for more information.

Lower Cholesterol With Nutrition


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

Is Passion Love?

Nick's flowers

My three year old has been passionate about flowers since before he could walk.

Every now and then we spend time together gathering a bouquet to bring color to our home.

His awe of flowers is a precious thing to watch.

Is that innocent passion pure love?

Love is your soul’s directive.

You can feel like a worn out hag at 30 something, and then find self love at 40 something, and feel like a kid again.

Passion makes you wake in the morning with a twinkle in your eye.

If it is a positive passion, it will cause you to focus with intensity, and manifest positive experiences in your life.

Have you ever heard of the law of attraction?

You attract into your life what you focus on.  Passion certainly causes a very intense focus!

What is a positive passion? Continue reading Is Passion Love?

Is Sleep Apnea Robbing You of Restful Sleep and Destroying Your Health?

Your family will probably notice your sleep issue before you do.

If your family is worried, you should be.

If you live alone, you may not be aware that you stop breathing while you sleep.

Do you feel tired all the time?

Do you fall asleep easily during the day?


Sleep apnea victims often fall asleep while standing up or driving.

To avoid serious injury or death, time is of the essence.Is sleep apnea robbing you of restful sleep and destroying your health?

Beyond these obvious signs of sleep apnea, the condition may go unnoticed and untreated.

Over the 10 years that I spent advocating for patients that I suspected had sleep apnea, the length of time that it took for those patients to schedule a sleep study, and to get those results read by a doctor shocked and alarmed me.

Often patients have to schedule a second sleep study after the first one shows they have DANGEROUS sleep apnea just to evaluate which equipment would treat the condition best!  MONTHS go by before ANY treatment is provided on a routine basis.

WHY are patients waiting for many months to a year for treatment of dangerous sleep apnea!

The only thing that makes this care cost effective is if the patient dies in their sleep before they accumulate too very many medical bills!

What is the motivation to ignore a potentially fatal illness?

Ignorance keeps many of these people from having any type of evaluation for MANY years before their doctor finally starts asking questions.  More often than not, the doctor asking the questions is an emergency or critical care doctor wondering why you fell asleep in the middle of your day.

Caregivers in rural areas are more likely to miss sleep apnea just because they don’t see it very often.

BUT, many times patients are SENT HOME without sleep apnea equipment EVEN WHEN sleep apnea has been documented DURING their hospitalization!



What’s WRONG with this picture?

Come on now!  Why is this issue not causing more alarm?

You can’t put all the blame on overwhelmed physicians.  I think we should hold the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology accountable as well.

A joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology  called for large-scale studies to determine the mechanism for the link between sleep apnea, and the increased risk for dying from cardiovascular disease.

Come on now.  They acknowledge that “de-saturation of blood oxygen levels is a stressor”.

Talk about an understatement!

Dangerously low blood oxygen levels are extremely harmful and potentially fatal!

Every time you stop breathing your oxygen level falls and your carbon dioxide level climbs causing a very harmful shift in your acid/base balance.

Sleep apnea effectively fries your body with acidity.  (Check out the ruler, your pH drops when you stop breathing!)

Why would they advise further research instead of treating the extremely dangerous condition that has already been identified?


DO SOMETHING to get the help you need TODAY.

Why is the American Heart Association choosing to fund further research instead of spending those dollars on solutions for the individual?

After all, the lead researcher, Terry Young, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said,

“In epidemiology you rarely get such strong, robust findings. This strong association between sleep apnea and increased risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular risk was striking.”

Enough endless spending on research.  Finances and Science are only valuable resources when put to good use.

The Obesity Epidemic Will Make Sleep Apnea

MORE Prevalent in the Near Future. 

Weight gain is also a side effect of sleep apnea. 

The time to evaluate and act is NOW!

Your life is in danger every time you sleep!

Have this discussion with your doctor!

Lose Weight and Utilize Home Oxygen



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

Is Passion a Solution For Depression?

Light at the end of the tunnel

Do you live with depression?

Looking for a light at the end of the tunnel?

Losing someone special or major life transitions can cause you to experience depression.

Do you ever feel depressed but you don’t know why? 

I’ve heard many of my clients say “I’m just depressed.”

Is “Clinical Depression” when you stop looking for the reason why you feel down, or when you stop hoping to feel better?

Is it the feeling that you are falling in a bottomless hole?

No matter what the cause, there are simple solutions for depression.

FIRST, it helps to recognize depression.

Physical AND emotional pain are sometimes the first indicators of depression.

I left depression behind years ago!  I did it by recognizing it early and taking action to counter act what I knew what coming!

I tried drugging my depression just to relieve the pain!

Side effects were the reason I decided to leave psychotropics alone for medicating pain.

My doctors explanation for why psychiatric drugs worked to medicate my pain made no sense to me, so he couldn’t talk me into putting up with the side effects!

I’m very glad!

I found solutions to my pain but they didn’t come in a pill bottle!


Do you feel comfortable drugging your pain OR your depression?

It’s certainly a personal decision to drug your symptoms, but you should know what you are risking.

The drug inserts you get, are not nearly so alarming as the drug information that is available to your physician.

The side effects of anti depressant drugs are worrisome to say the least.

For the aging patient with compromised health, they could be deadly.

Pain medication increase your risk of heart failure and interfere with your healing process.

They have their place, but they are potentially very harmful!


It is best to give your attention to natural therapies, and consistent basic self care before risking these drugs. 

Three side effects you should be very aware of while drugging depression or pain with psychotropic medication:

  • INCREASE in moody-dark behavior.
  • Dizzy spells shortly after medicating.(Devastating falls can be life altering.)
  • Patients complained of thick, hard to expel mucous only days after starting these drugs.


Sometimes the trouble these drugs are causing are chalked up as part of some other disease process.

Let me tell you about a chronic lunger I used to care for.

I took care of a patient for many years who was drowning in depression.

Her business partner had left her with a debt what was eating up her entire retirement income.

“It is my responsibility”, she said.

Ka iwi was living on noodles, hotdogs, and coffee.  She couldn’t breathe, and she couldn’t afford her electric bill if she used her home oxygen machine.

She was extremely hard to deal with, and was so combative that she probably only heard half of what I said my first visit to her home.

I bluntly told her that she wouldn’t last long living like that, and she better do something to change it.

She confided in me and told me the whole story.  I encouraged her to swallow her pride and humble herself to bankruptcy if that is what it took.

“After all, you won’t live long enough to pay that debt at this rate, anyway”, I said.

“What do you want to do with the time you have left?”

“Do you have any other passions that might be worth living for?”

“Do you WANT to live?”

(If you think Ka iwi is better off dead than walking away from debt that was killing her, then we will have to agree to disagree!)

Ka iwi never told me how she resolved her financial issues, but I watched her regain her spark almost overnight

She bought several ukuleles and now teaches the ancient Hawaiian culture to kids in her community.

She is passionate about life again.

The kids are blessed to have her in their lives, passing along what her elders taught to her.

The drugs made it MUCH harder to breathe and she didn’t need to drug her depression if she shared her passion for ukulele!

Hoping to pick up a few natural anti depressant tips to fuel your passion?

  Good old fashioned SUNSHINE will lift your spirits!
  Smiling is serious medicine for the blues.
  Laughter is the very best medicine for more than just depression!
  Explore old interests.
  Discover new interests.

Passion can shine a light so bright that all signs of depression fade into the shadows!

Passion most definitely has been the solution to depression for many talented people.

Find your talents and share them with the world.  You may find that there is still passion sleeping within you.

Your passion could be the light at the end of your tunnel of depression.

As the “Life Breath Coach” I teach  BLESS the Action Plan:


Discover how your breathing makes you sick and what you can do about it.


Learn how to navigate life from your heart space.  Love really is the answer.


Become aware of the poison in the US food supply and find our why it is so hard to nourish your health with food.

Food really is your medicine IF it has not been polluted and altered with genetic modification.


Sit in quiet stillness everyday.

All of your answers are within you.


Sacred Breathing will help you find your passion and give your Voice strength.

Your passion will get you out there sharing your story!


Will Yours Be the Next BLESSed Life?

Become a member of the “Life Breath Club” today!

Click on the link below to learn more about member benefits.

Life Breath Club Member Benefits

This is a private membership to protect your medical privacy.

It’s FREE!


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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Caregiver, When Is Death a Valid Choice?

Caregiver, when is death a valid choice?UPDATE 12/28/2012

Do you ever ask yourself when is it okay to choose death?

That may sound like a ridiculous question.

However, when you are dealing with chronic illness in the elderly population the answer is, whenever the patient chooses it.

As a caregiver that can be difficult to accept.

Difficult it may be, but beyond your care and nurturing, your patient’s health and wellness is beyond your control.

You can offer care and advice, but it is up to your patient to choose life … or not.

Many patients feel that their disease has eliminated the opportunity to choose hope and they are tired of suffering.

Sometimes the pain is so obvious that the family prays for an end to the suffering right along with them.

Though, it can be difficult sometimes to see how much pain someone else is in.  You can’t walk a mile in their shoes.

If suffering isn’t obvious, it may be very difficult for you to accept that a loved one has given up!

You likely won’t give up on them even if they give up on themselves!

The good news is that there are LOTS of simple ways to ease pain and discomfort.

You can do a lot for your loved one!  When their pain level subsides a bit, they may find a little leftover hope to help themselves!

The answer is not drugs!


The most respectful thing you can offer a loved one is the right to die with dignity.

Unfortunately, that could take months to years, and the only thing you can do, is offer your care.  Privacy is something to take very seriously. If you can honor their space and keep them comfortable, you are doing all you can.

Educate yourself so that you will know what they need, but leave the decisions up to them as much as possible. If that means drugging their pain, that is their choice.  What you can offer is the idea that there are solutions available.

Let them know “death is a valid choice”!  

It might be enough to shake them up and make them realize that they are making a choice. 

AND that they can choose differently.


Supplemental oxygen will help alleviate pain. 

Though, if you have to force it on the patient it likely won’t benefit them as much as the fight will hurt them!

Encourage your loved one to use oxygen to keep them more comfortable, but if they refuse, be gentle with them AND yourself, and allow them that choice.

They will need to help themselves because you just can’t do that for them.


Using oxygen through the night will make a HUGE difference! 

This is a great way to convince them that supplemental oxygen is worth the effort and irritation.

If you meet a lot of resistance to your encouragement to use utilize supplemental oxygen at bed time, try starting oxygen when they get up in the middle of the night to urinate.

At 3am their oxygen level is probably at it’s lowest point, due to fluid creeping into their lungs while they are horizontal.

If you can get them to comply with night time use, they should benefit noticeably from the effort very quickly.  Journal their feelings for them because you may need to convince them that it is helping even when it is obvious!

Sometimes feeling better can motivate further change.  Your loved one may choose to do more to help themselves when they notice it is making a difference!

Encourage supplemental oxygen with activity next, though realize that public use of oxygen is usually resisted due to pride and convenience.

Just enhancing sleep and activity with supplemental oxygen is a great place to start!  If you can get them to do that much, bring them to the “Life Breath Club” and let the “Life Breath Coach” talk them into taking another simple action to help themselves.  They will turn the corner one step at a time!


As the “Life Breath Coach” I teach an Action Plan I call BLESS.

It works like gang busters to cause healing for the individual that radiates out into their community.

B – Breathe

Learn how your breathing makes you sick and what you can do about it.

L – Love

Learn how to navigate life from your heart space.  Love really IS the answer.

E – Eat

Discover why it is more difficult to nurture your health with food than it use to be.

S – Sit

It is difficult to cultivate Stillness in this day and age, but it is an important key to your healing.

  • Seek Quiet Stillness
  • Invite Natures Healing Power
  • Take Time To Connect

S – Speak

Sacred Breathing will create miraculous healing and give your Voice strength.

Use your Voice to tell your story to give others hope to heal!

Heal Your Heart

Embrace Change

Lift Spirits To Raise Hope

Put People First

Strong communities have the power to heal heart disease.  It’s a scientific fact that nurturing communities WILL prevent heart disease and stop the epidemic of heart failure that the world is facing today.  The studies were done in the 1960s that prove it!  It’s up to each of us to create strong nurturing communities.

Will Yours Be the Next BLESSed Life?  Will Yours Be the Next BLESSed Community?


Become a member of the “Life Breath Club” today!

Click on the link below to learn more about member benefits.

Life Breath Club Member Benefits

This is a private membership to protect your medical privacy.

It’s FREE!


Many blessings,

Carrie Tucker, RCP

The Life Breath Club

Heart Failure Solutions


PS-  Most importantly, take care of yourself!

You will be a much better caregiver and have more to offer, if you nurture yourself.


PPS– 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






Definition Of Happiness: Did You Know That Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness Depend On Your Breath?

Definition of happiness

What’s your definition of happiness?

Did You Know That Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness Depend On Your Breathing?

In fact science tells us that your breathing will determine the length and quality of your life!

Count your breathes per minute.  Is it under 10/minute?  You might want to have someone else count, since as soon as you put your focus on your breathing you alter it.

Lung volume is a primary marker for how long you will live, but breathing efficiently is much more than taking a deep breath.

Bad breathing habits erode healthy breathing without you even noticing.

Past the mid twenties the average person loses 9–25% of their lung capacity per decade!

When I started teaching rehabilitation, I thought that the cause of this decline in lung function was from “couch potato syndrome”.  You know, from not moving enough.

Inactivity sure has a lot to do with disease, but I saw folks who were always working and pushing themselves too hard!

They weren’t lazy, but they had rapid-shallow-breathing and they just couldn’t seem to catch their breath!

Do you know why these hard working folks suffered the same shallow breathing that couch potatoes do? Continue reading Definition Of Happiness: Did You Know That Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness Depend On Your Breath?