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We're recently retired and taking up the RV lifestye. We''ll use this blog to tell our story about our retirement, travels, adventures and our new business.

Prevention Plus comes to the Cariboo

Michelle Ball comes to the Cariboo region of B.C. to talk about the massive changes she’s made in her life. She lays it out there about what it took.

Prevention Plus June 19 Williams Lake with Michelle Ball

That’s June 19th at Signal Point Casino. Doors open at 6:30, start is 7:00 PM. Tickets are free but we ask you sign up at Eventbrite

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Williams Lake Stampede Campground review (Update)

I’m happy to update a review of the Williams Lake Stampede Campground. My last review was a couple of seasons ago. At the time my only concern was the poor WiFi connection. Since we run our business and are avid Internet users a speedy connection is important to us.

The Campground has run fibre and installed three antennas around the campground. Connections from every camp site are excellent.

New gate to the Grounds by Pioneer Log Homes

The campground is right in the City Of Williams Lake beside the Stampede Grandstand. It’s easy to locate and get big rigs around in. The campsite has 82 stalls with 8 pull throughs with 50 amp service for the large units. There are also 5 pull throughs with 30 amp service.  All sites except tenting have water, power and sewer connections. The washrooms are clean and modern. Showers are coin operated and allow 6-8 minutes of hot water.

The campground has a small, clean laundry. Since the camp site is right in town its close to all the amenities of a small city.

On line reservations are allowed at http://www.williamslakestampede.com/campground/.

The 91st Annual Williams Lake Stampede is June 29th to July 2nd, 2017. The Stampede is famous for the Mountain Race. It’s been modified since the early days and no longer comes from high on the mountain. Still exciting though and a show of horsemanship.

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Office at the campground Gate notice the sign about horses.

Locals store their horses in one of the many on-site barns. Horses and riders are often visible. Carnivals and trade shows are also held on site through out the summer.

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Our campsite

While you’re in Williams Lake, take a drive out west to the Chilcotin. It’s a beautiful, fascinating area. It does help to have a guide to hear more of the history of the area. It’s home to the Gang Ranch, one of the largest ranches in North America.

Also a must see is Barkerville, a gold rush town near Quesnel. It’s a look to the past where cultures met and took gold from the ground.

I have to come clean, since we arrived and I started this post, we were offered the maintenance job at the campground. We’re so pleased that we can stay in the area longer, visit family and friends and learn more about this fascinating, beautiful area of British Columbia.

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The Science behind Juice Plus+

Juice Plus+ is the most researched brand name nutritional product of its kind in the world.

The latest study was just released.

 

I’m excited about this study because it reflects my experience. I reduced my LDL cholesterol from 2.97 to 1.15 after 4 months on Juice Plus+. Taking medication for 8 years did not reduce my cholesterol more than a point and it wasn’t sustained.

I’m ecstatic to hear that our genes are not our destiny. My Grandmother died of Cancer so that’s always been a concern of mine. A study done by 3 universities confirms that Juice Plus+ helps to protect DNA.

A summary of the research done by the company is here:

Juice Plus+ Research

The company pays for the research but does not pay for the answer. Research is done by outstanding Universities and research facilities the world over. You can’t buy their answer. Over the last 20 years Juice Plus+ has conducted 37 studies. Each one has confirmed the value of Juice Plus+.

This is different from most companies. Most companies don’t have the science to back them up or the science was conducted by their own lab.

Take a look at the facilities that have done the research and their results.

Research Facilities and results

And the research continues:

  • Juice Plus+ effect on cell health
  • Periodontal gum health
  • Healthy healing after wisdom tooth extraction
  • Reducing oxidative stress markers in overweight women

Upcoming Research

It’s this depth of scientific studies that allows Della and I to recommend Juice Plus+ to our family and friends. We’ve experienced the benefits and the science backs us up.

Finally, one of my favorite speakers is Dr. Richard Dubois. He is the former Chief of Internal Medicine at the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with a specialty in infectious diseases. Dr. DuBois expounds upon the importance of proper nutrition — especially from fruits and vegetables — to overall health.

Dr. Dubois talks about taking personal responsibility for our health.

Microbiome II

Having recently learned about the Microbiome, I’m fascinated to learn more.

We all have trillions of bacteria in our body, much of it in our gut. That’s not a bad thing. Scientists are telling us that having a healthy microbiome can stave off a variety of diseases.

It’s a startling fact that the microbiome contains more cells than the rest of our bodies. We are indeed a super-organism.

Our microbiome forms at birth and is heavily influenced by the type of birth. A natural birth imparts the mothers biome on the child. A cesarean imparts more of the Doctors or Nurses microbiome. We have a small window of opportunity to develop a healthy microbiome. By the time a child is 5 that window has past.

Why is this important? Since the mid-90’s we’ve experienced a huge growth in chronic inflammation and the diseases associated with it. The list of diseases associated with inflammation is long and varied:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • metabolic disorders
  • obesity
  • arthritis
  • autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • depression
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s

Environment & Disease

Incidence of Bowel disease, Colitis and Crohn’s

Environment and Disease 2

Incidence of Asthma, Eczema and Hay Fever

What affects the microbiome?:

  • diet. A diet high in fiber, whole foods and prebiotics (food that bacteria love) has a positive impact. So do Probiotics.
  • type of birth
  • exposure to antibiotics. Antibiotics have a purpose but should not be administered broadly and without cause. Antibiotics kill bacteria including those that are beneficial in our gut.
  • strangely, an extremely clean environment growing up can negatively impact our microbiome.
  • breast milk vs formula

If you want to learn more take a look at this TED talk on the microbiome.

Sources:

  • Kathy McCoy is a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine and director of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre

  • Ian Lewis is an assistant professor and AIHS Translational Health Chair-Metabolomics in UCalgary’s Faculty of Science. His research focus is on investigating the connection between metabolic adaptation and virulence of human pathogens, with the ultimate goal of developing new diagnostic methods to identify high-risk patients and novel antimicrobial therapies to control infections.

  • Paul Kubes is a professor in the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, and director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. His research interests are in models of acute and chronic inflammation, studying how different leukocytes (neutrophils, monocytes and lymphocytes, etc.) traffic to sites of inflammation, and the role of different immune receptors in the initiation of inflammation.

  • Dr. Mitra Ray. With over 30 years of experience, she has helped people achieve remarkable success in looking and feeling better. Dr. Ray received her Bachelors of Science at Cornell University and her PhD from Stanford Medical School. She is the recipient of many NIH grants and the Young Investigator Award from the Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology. Her research has been published in such prestigious journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Cell Biology. Audiences in 4 continents have enjoyed her award winning books, audios and lectures on health, beauty and longevity.

Shred 10

I’ve written about Shred 10 in the past. We‘ve learned the secret though.  The secret is to keep it up for 4 months straight.

Della and I have tried many diets. None have had long term success except Shred 10. I should start at the beginning though. Watch this from Dr. Mitra Ray and Jake Kelly.

Shred 10 is 10 days of focusing on your health.

  • eat whole food and substitute Complete Shakes for two meals a day. Don’t forget to take your Complete capsules as well
  • drink water
  • exercise most days
  • get 8 hours of sleep nightly

Eliminate

  • gluten and diary
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • processed foods
  • artificial and refined sugars
  • eating after 6 PM.

We had lots of help with a community, recipe book and guidelines.

Shred 10 is not done just once. It’s a jump start to a healthier life.

Della and I have had some health issues. We want to improve our health and enjoy our retirement. Here’s Dr. Ray again with her reasons for improving her health. She has some excellent information on why water or juice cleanse’s are not the answer.

Shred 10 is for men too. Complete pills have nearly eliminated my gout and Shakes have eliminated my knee joint issues. Here is what other men report.

How did we do in March? Take a look.

Since starting Shred10 in February we’ve gained energy, improved our lifestyle, shred bad habits and lost 26 lbs between us.

We start another Shred10 April 1. Want to join?  Sign up for Shred 10 Shred 10

 

 

 

What we’ve learned about the Gut Microbiome

We attended a session by Dr. Mitra Ray called Who Should Eat several weeks ago.

The strange title kind of intrigued us. She spoke of the gut micro biome that I’d never heard of. Della and I have spent the last ten years on improving our health. This is the first time its come up.

Mitra Ray Crowd
She drew a large crowd
She told us about the rise in autoimmune diseases that’s reaching epidemic proportions. The list of diseases associated with the micro-biome is huge and includes:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Breast cancer
  • Celiac
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Crohns
  • Depression
  • Food allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Prostate Cancer

Autoimmune disease on the rise

Dr. Ray contends that a healthy gut biome is critical to our good health. If you have ever been born by cesarean, used antibiotics, eaten gluten, sugary foods, fish, diary, milk regularly, did not play outdoors in the dirt as a child you may not have a strong micro-biome. Look at your micro-biome as a lawn. If you kill the lawn what grows back, weeds.

All diseases begin in the Gut – Hippocrates

You can repair your biome by taking probiotics which contain helpful bacteria like yogurt or supplements. But, you cant buy your micro biome, its specific to your body. The second way is to feed it which she considers the most powerful. Lastly, you can attempt to replace it.

Dr. Ray is a strong proponent of a plant based diet. Della and I are finding our health improves as we consume more and more plants. I doubt that we’ll ever completely move to a plant based diet. However, our portions of beef, chicken, fish are much smaller than they once were.

We’ve learned that the phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) working in synergy with each other can repair the damage to your body. This is unlike the man made chemicals in vitamins.

Dr. Ray presented a similar talk in Birmingham last year.

YouTube video