Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Welcome to Healing Hands Massages. My goal is to provide you with accurate information and ways to change your health by making simple changes to your lifestyle. This website is for educational purposes.
Designing and building this site has truly been a labor of love. I plan to have daily updates on the site and hope people will visit often. Look for medical updates, new recipes, and tips on health, diet, and exercise. Comments on the site or ideas about additional information or links can be emailed to me at:
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
~T. A. Edison
As a registered nurse with 25 years ICU experience and a massage therapist, as well as nationally certified personal trainer (NFPT), I believe in a proactive approach to health – prevention not medical intervention when often there is little hope to offer. My approach is a combination of Eastern and Western medicine, and my philosophy that the spiritual being is as important as the physical. This site is designed with education in mind. Throughout the site you will find keywords with links to other resources that will enhance your understanding of the causes of and various treatments for disease processes, health and wellness issues, and the benefits of massage and nutrition in complementing the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.
“Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real calibre is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.”
~William J.H. Boetcker
“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.”
~Richard P. Feynman
Recently I decided to take a few courses for “enrichment”. Due to a very busy schedule, I am taking courses online through edx.org. I highly recommend anyone interested in furthering their education take advantage of these free courses. I am auditing most of them, but it’s possible to earn a certificate through edx. Most employers these days encourage further education and realize that learning doesn’t necessarily have to take place in a traditional classroom.
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
I am extremely excited to announce I will be focusing my energy and efforts to educate others on a larger platform with the new show “Health, Happiness & Whole Living” on Urban Houston Network (43.5 Digital). The the promo show was shot on Thursday, May 8, 2014, with Monique Walker who hosts her own shows on the network. The first guest on Health Happiness & Whole Living will be Ford Gilbert, the inventor of the TRINA Health’s Artificial Pancreas Treatment. Studies show this treatment halts and can reverse the secondary effects of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes including diabetic neuropathy and blindness. While the treatment is not new, Trina Health is new to Houston. The clinic is located on Katy Freeway. I am very excited about being able to bring technological advances, inventions, and medical research to our viewers. Future shows will include segments on nutrition, fitness, healthy lifestyle, local chefs, organic gardening tips, events in and around Houston, even how to manage your own bee hives and much, much more. As the host, I want to raise awareness and support of people, including professional athletes, who are making a positive impact in Houston and around the world. Our show airs every Wednesday and Saturday on UHN at 10 am. We hope you’ll tune in. Suggestions for future segments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am currently doing research for a book on nutrition and alternative treatments for cancer, and beginning my search for a publisher for my children’s books, a few of which can be seen on my writing page. I have been lecturing as a visiting author in the Houston schools and have done readings in other venues as well. I believe it’s important to encourage the creative process in children and begin early teaching them the importance of respecting and saving the planet.
I am also working on several other projects including a couple of short stories and two new children’s books: “The Night it Rained Raccoons” and “I Was Born on a Plane Above Mississippi & Other Tall Tales”, which I am co-authoring with my daughter. I am also looking for an illustrator for another children’s book, “The Sea Treasure”.
I recently completed “Sylvester the Snail and the Great Big Parade”, a book about ecology and the importance of saving the bees (and humankind). I have also completed two additional books in the Sylvester series: Sylvester the Snail & the Bees Get Weird in Austin and Sylvester the Snail & the Bikers On Capitol Hill. (See Writing page)
Along with my fiction writing, I am authoring several articles on nursing, massage therapy, and nutrition for Emaxhealth.
“May your noble intentions be elevated and life’s objectives be facilitated as you continue to do all that you do. May you be protected from hearts that are not humble, tongues that are not wise, and eyes that have forgotten how to cry. May your successes of today be the first of many and may you be granted more success on every tomorrow that you see.”~Khalid Latif NYU & NYPD Chaplain
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”
In September 2012, I joined a family oriented company, The LIMU Company, which manufactures high quality nutritional and health supplements and continue my mission of educating people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. I am excited to be able to offer these products at wholesale cost to everyone. (See Nutrition, LIMU, Fucoidan, Health, Exercise, Recipe page and stay connected with my Blog.)
YOU MUST UNDERSTAND OUR CURRENT MEDICAL SYSTEM!!!
Interesting fact….”The FDA does not require a drug company to know HOW a drug works. It is advantageous but not required!” (Erland Stevens~Davidson College~Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery)
The reality is that it takes about 1.2 Billion dollars to develop a drug and take it to market and in many instances, there have been no long-term studies or there has been fraud covering up negative side effects. Often there are only 20 to 30 studies on a drug before a company acquired FDA approval.
ONLY drugs that will affect a large population (such as BP, cholesterol or diabetes meds) or those that affect a smaller population such as chemotherapy drugs that drug companies can charge more for are researched and developed. Research for drugs that affect a smaller population (such at HIV/AIDS or Parkinson’s) or those that are not used in long-term care such as new antibiotics is often minimally funded. ONLY what is in the best interest of a drug company and their stockholders is typically well funded and studied.
The patent for a drug being developed is usually good for 20 years, so, companies have to make their money back quickly. If it takes a drug company 10 years to get a drug to market, they only have 10 years to begin making money before other companies can put similar drugs in the marketplace.
Who can honestly afford the cost of treatment? Even politicians are questioning the cost of this new drug and have called it a “low-value drug”.
Their pricing is based on per capita Gross National Income for each country! What? So, because WE live in the USA, the cost of 12-week treatment is $84,000, in Germany it is $66,000, in England, $57,000 and in Egypt the cost of the same treatment is $900~!!!
THAT PRICING IS TO SUPPORT THE DRUG MAKER (Gilead) PROFIT OF 7 – 12 BILLION!! This drug Solvaldi will be combined with Olysio – a new drug by Johnson & Johnson – to increase treatment to a cost of $150,000!
“The top half of the industry seems to be on the mend, although still facing challenges,” The most worrisome one is the two unsustainable trends mentioned above: declining peak sales and extreme prices. As some companies are about to find out, registering drugs is not the end of the tunnel, as it used to be. The drugs have to recoup their costs.” Says Bernard Munos, founder of Innothink and consultant to Big Pharma.
Pharmaceutical companies are in a race to research, develop and get drugs to market. Here is the list of those for 2013.
Read more: An ominous trend resurfaces as new drug approvals plunge in 2013 – FierceBiotech http://www.fiercebiotech.com/special-reports/ominous-trend-resurfaces-new-drug-approvals-plunge-2013#ixzz2xSDvnWK7
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“The likely launch over the next two years of drugs similar to Sovaldi, under development at companies like AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Merck & Co, could trigger cost competition,” Schoenebaum said.
“We are going to go from a monopoly to seven or eight players,” he said. “In my mind that is what will drive pricing down.”
In his mind, it will drive pricing down? Is he kidding? Delusional thinking and an irrational argument at best: a convoluted statement meant to confuse the American public at worst.
The REALITY is that it will drive PROFITS DOWN and that is what drug companies FEAR!
So, here’s my next question? What are the side effects of this drug??? What long-term studies have been done if any? What is the expected collateral damage (expected number of allowable deaths) of prescribing?
Nutritional products are not under FDA regulation because they are natural, and therefore, can’t be patented, yet we know HOW some of them work because of studies. When researchers find a phenotype (a substance with known qualities) and do thousands of studies….what does that tell you? Whatever the substance or compound is, it’s worthy of research because the scientists already know it works or they wouldn’t invest precious time or monies into the studies. (Shown below – chain of fucoidan molecules.)
That’s what happened with The LIMU Company. For thousands of years, the people of Tonga, (and in other countries where limu moui was eaten) have lived into their 100′s without developing diseases. These centurions ate brown seaweed and used this same seaweed for toothaches, infections, pain, etc. Cancer was almost unheard of. So, our CEO, Gary Raser, decided to study what these people, who live in what are called Blue Zones, ate – namely brown seaweed. Researchers discovered a large polysaccharide molecule called FUCOIDAN. Mr. Raser was so convinced that he could help people all around the world that he put millions of dollars of his own money into research, and 15 years later we had LIMU which has now been around since 2004. He made this superfood nutrition affordable, in fact, he came up with a plan so that ordinary people could get the product free by sharing it with their friends and family, and everyone could benefit. He also got a contract with the government of Tonga for the next 99 years so that no one else could harvest limu moui seaweed and raise prices!
Then he created a program where ordinary people could share the products and business with other people who would benefit. He did not pour millions or billions of dollars into advertising as drug companies do. He structured the company so that drug companies couldn’t take over, attempt to synthesize one of God’s natural gifts, and make billions of dollars driving the cost up in order to make exorbitant profits and even when he was asked to sell the company he refused because he wanted to keep this remarkable discovery, this amazing food in the hands of the people. (When fucoidan was used in the early 80′s in the Houston medical center for nutritional support, according to one physician, the cost of a vial was around $800). Sad but true. Today, through The LIMU Company the cost to put the right nutrition in your body is only a fraction of that amount.
Anyone can get LIMU which contains Fucoidan at wholesale….No middle man, no institutions raising the price in order to profit or please stockholders.
Scientists began studying fucoidan in the mid- 90′s. There are now 1134 Independent, 3rd party medical studies on fucoidan published at www.pubmed.gov. At Christmas (2013) there were 1103. What does that tell you??? Fucoidan works and it does so many different things that scientists may never know everything about HOW it works; only that it does!!!
Along with my involvement with The LIMU Company, I have started a non-profit organization, LIMU LIFELINE, which will help defray the cost of LIMU for individuals who, for whatever reason, are financially strapped. I understand that in this economy, and with rising health costs, many Americans are just one medical crisis away from declaring bankruptcy. While LIMU may seem like a luxury to some, it is, in my opinion, an absolute nutritional necessity for everyone from babies to baby boomers and beyond. Proprietary Limu is the perfect whole, gluten-free, organic superfood nutrition and contains over 70 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, glyconutrients, live enzymes, and polyphenols. While there is no patent possible because it is a food, The LIMU Company does have a patented process by which LIMU is cold pressed to maintain it’s natural state. In Original LIMU, which is 83% seaweed, the only additives are the organic apple, pear, mango and papaya pulp in a colloidal suspension. What makes LIMU MOUI unique, however, is a bionutrient found only in certain varieties of brown seaweed called FUCOIDAN.
“Cited in more than 1000 independent, unsolicited third-party scientific studies, the benefits of Fucoidan have been touted in medical journals around the world since 1970. But we don’t expect you to take our word for it. You can see the research yourself at pubmed.gov—the US National Library of Medicine website. Studied for its wholesome complete nutritional factor, Fucoidan focuses on antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and other remarkable benefits unlike those of any other botanical. LIMU represents the origin of a complete offering of leading products with a pure and concentrated proprietary Fucoidan extract formulated by scientists and researchers. Ranging from anti-aging to weight management, LIMU is the marketplace authority on Fucoidan’s vast array of nutritional qualities. You simply won’t find anything like it anywhere else.” (Except from: The LIMU Company website www.thelimucompany.com)
Fucoidan as a nutrient is especially important for those with underlying health issues, compromised immune systems, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, pain, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s, or any other disorder. Satisfied LIMU users all over the world have shared tens of thousands of testimonials which mirror the clinical studies and have brought hope to people who had lost hope depending on allopathic medicine alone.
I have also started my own manufacturing company, CocoJavaTan, which manufactures natural, organic skin care and skin bronzing products for those who love a sun-kissed look without the damaging effects of the sun. These products are made with a special formulation of natural, organic oils, cocoa butter, and a coffee derivative that improves the appearance of cellulite and may, according to research, help retard the growth of skin cancers. I am also developing a few new products (one a medical device) which I hope to bring to market.
In 2008, I adopted a section of the Buffalo Bayou. Along with a group of other conservationists, we are attempting to keep this important waterway as natural and clean as possible. This effort, supported by Harris County Flood Control is an attempt not only to prevent pollution, and identify and eradicate non-indigenous plant species, but also to help alleviate flooding, a common occurrence in Houston. Any individual or group wishing to help with Sunday clean up can contact me directly at Susanna@HealingHandsMassages.com. As part of my determination to preserve the environment, I also work with the Bayou Preservation Association and BuffaloBayou.org.
On the weekends, I combine my love of physical exercise with my love of our four-footed friends by volunteering with K-9 Angels Rescue, a non-profit organization committed to the rescue, care, and rehoming of shelter dogs in and around Houston. Unfortunately, there are an estimated one million stray dogs, in need of homes in Houston, Texas, many of which, without your help, are euthanized every day.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
My current goal is to use my nursing skills and join a group of medical professionals who travel to other countries providing medical assistance to those who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
Thank you and blessings to all! Namaste.
CocoJavaTan.com (under construction)
FriendsoftheBuffaloBayou.com (under construction)
HealthHappinessWholeLiving.com (under construction)
TheOfficialBigPicture.com (under construction)
LivingInZen.net (under construction)
“LIMU products are not drugs and have not been evaluated by the US FDA. They are simply dietary supplements and are not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any illness or disease. While your body may experience amazing positive health responses when you feed it the right nutritional building blocks, and there is indeed reliable scientific evidence supporting the beneficial effect key ingredients of LIMU products have on the immune system, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support some of the specific therapeutic results reported by users of the product. We therefore promote LIMU products for their benefit on the immune system and improved dietary intake.”