Saturday, 22 August 2009

The Last Plantagenet - In Memory of Richard III - Battle of Bosworth 22nd August 1485

"PLANTAGENET, Richard. Remember before God, Richard III, King of England, and those who fell at Bosworth Field, 22nd August 1485, having kept faith. Loyaulte me Lie."

This is the in memoriam notice of the Richard III Society and is also to be found on a plaque in Sutton Cheney church, where Richard prayed before he went into battle.

Memorial Plaque - Sutton Cheney Church, Leicestershire.







This day, 22 August, marks the 524th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet King of England was killed.

Richard III was the last English monarch to die leading his men into battle, defending his crown against the usurper Henry Tudor. He died as a result of the treachery of Lord Thomas Stanley, step-father of the usurper, his brother Sir William Stanley and Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland.

The oh-so-charming Henry Tudor immediately sought to backdate his administration to a date prior to the battle of Bosworth Field in order to attaint for treason men who had fought for the former King Richard of York.

Henry VII was in fact outlawed and barred from his own inheritance, and was under Attainder when he seized the English Throne in 1485. Henry's coronation conveniently nullified the attainder. Following this, Parliament made the declaration that any who had opposed King Henry at Bosworth were to be considered traitors.


Thankfully it appears that idea was knocked back.

Many will say that Richard himself was not only a usurper, but also responsible for the deaths of his nephews, Edward and Richard, the “Princes in the Tower”. However, as a member of the Richard III Society since I was about 14 years old, it’s pretty obvious what my viewpoint on that issue is. I am an out-and-out Yorkist!

My interest in Richard actually started at about the age of eleven. I know for a fact that I was reading Philip Lindsay’s “The Tragic King – Richard III” from the library at the age of twelve because I upset my mother. I can remember saying to her “Mum, he keeps calling him the ‘young’ king but he was 32 when he died!” “Do you mind, I’m 32 and that is NOT old!”

It gave me much pleasure to acquire that same book a few years ago to add to my Ricardian library, all the way from Australia – wonderful thing, the Internet!

Certainly the City of York mourned the loss of their King. The Minutes of the York City Records, 23 August, 1485 read:

"King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, with many other lords and nobility of the north parts, was piteously slain and murdered to the great heaviness of this city.”

Tapestry kneeler in Sutton Cheney church. One of the many made by members of the Richard III Society.





Richard’s personal device of the White Boar.

I remember a call went out for people to take part in making these kneelers , back in the 80's, I think it was – I would have done one myself but my tapestry work is so slow I’d probably still be working on it now.


The White Rose of the House of York.







It is interesting to think how different English / British history would have been had Richard not been betrayed, or if he had not decided to risk all on that fateful charge with his household knights. No Henry VIII and his six wives; no Elizabeth I or Mary, Queen of Scots (there is in fact a link between Richard and Mary – would anyone know what it is? ;-D).


In fact, would there be a United Kingdom as such, as James I of England and VI of Scotland, son of Mary, traced his descent and claim to the English throne from Henry Tudor? The Reformation would certainly not have taken place the way it did. Our present Queen Elizabeth II also traces her lineage from Henry VII, and thus to the Plantagenets due to his marriage to Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and sister to the “Princes in the Tower”.

Today I dragged the forbearing Other Half around the Bosworth Battlefield site. We went on the Battlefield Guided Walk. In recent years it has been suggested that the existing site of the battlefield isn’t, in fact, the correct place. The guide told us that a £1,000,000 has been spent in recent times in archaeological research and pointed out what is now considered to be a better contender for the site.

King Richard’s Well - It is said that Richard drank the water from this well on the day of the battle (although the guide pointed out that the spring lay elsewhere – but this has become a memorial in its own right.) .





We visited the living history camp and medieval market and enjoyed the falconry displays.






Karen gets up close with a buzzard. What a beauty she is – the buzzard, I mean. We have a pair of buzzards fly around the area we live in. When pegging the washing on the line, or sitting in the garden you can often hear their distinctive cry, and watch them being mobbed by other birds. It was great to not only see one at such close quarters but also to have the opportunity to have one perched on my wrist.



We watched the re-enactment of the battle. The weather was beautiful and sunny and we fully enjoyed our day out in the past.



Richard's White Boar banner






A bit of the action



Requiescat in pace, Richard.


Bright Blessings,


Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you get Gary Craig's here. You can obtain Gary's comprehensive training DVD sets here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Are You Getting Enough? ... Vitamin D, that is.

Hi everyone,

My Other Half and I have just signed up to Grassroots Health D-action project and are now eagerly awaiting our 25-hydroxyvitamin D (
25(OH)D) testing kits. I've suggested we run a sweep on what we think our figures will be - I'm thinking they are not going to be that wonderful, especially when you bear in mind that 51% of the participants to date have vitamin D levels below the recommended 40 - 60ng/ml. In fact the Vitamin D Council advocate levels "between 50–80 ng/mL (or 125–200 nM/L) year-round."

If you think about how in recent decades there has been such a point made about keeping out of the sun and using sunscreen all over (can it really be a good idea to block the skin with a chemical coating?), along with the rise of the low-fat diet (which incidentally does NOT seem to coincide with thinner, healthier people - but that's a post for another day :-D), it's not too surprising to understand why we are now so deficient in this vital nutrient.

So why are we doing this test? Just recently information about Vitamin D appears to have been coming to my attention left, right and centre. On the Dr Bernstein Diabetes Forum that I am a member of it has been mentioned quite frequently in recent times as being helpful in balancing blood sugars, amongst many other benefits, so could be helpful for the OH's diabetes control. (Thanks Ted, for sharing your knowledge...)

Dee Adams also recently posted a blog item on Vitamin D and
Dr John Briffa often discusses Vitamin D in his blog. In fact, it was a recent entry by Dr Briffa made me think more deeply about just how much Vitamin D the husband and I were likely to be getting.

I like to sit out in the sun (when it actually gets around to shining here in Britain) and don't use sunscreen; we eat oily fish, eggs, full fat milk and butter in our diet (the only real dietary sources), but going by Dr Briffa's results, it's likely that like so many others I am actually rather deficient.

The husband rarely goes out in the sun (the main source for Vitamin D) so his status is likely to be worse than mine. I joke that the neighbours must think we are vampires as our walks are usually in the evening, after we have eaten to help bring down his post-prandial blood glucose levels.

As a result of all this, I have gone on to check out what information is out there. And it makes fascinating reading!

Vitamin D is in fact more of a hormone precursor than a true vitamin, as it is manufactured within the body. When the body's supplies are sufficient, it enables the body to protect itself from all manner of problems and disease conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), osteoporosis, muscle pain (it's been mentioned that the diagnosis of fibromyalgia may in fact be more related to Vitamin D deficiency). You can find lots of information at the Vitamin D Council website.

A couple of good videos to watch can be found here and here. And this is a link to the list on Vitamin D at You Tube. Lots more interesting information.

Ted Hutchinson also has information on his blog and after communication with him I am now waiting for my supply of 50,000 IU Vitamin D to arrive. Once we have established our baseline with the D-action test, the intention is to take 50,000 IUs each once a week for 8 weeks to replenish any lack. Thereafter, we will be looking at taking one 50,000 IUs capsule every 8 - 11 days, this being dependent upon our body weight. This means the OH will be taking about 6000IUs daily, and I'll be getting about 4500 IUs (based on about 1000 IUs for every 25 lb of weight).

We'll be able to keep an eye on how things go when we have our second test in 6 months time. At the moment, we should be at our highest levels of 25(OH)D, it being the end of the summer months and the later test should show what it is like at the end of the winter period.

Funnily enough, a friend of the OH phoned at the weekend to ask what, if anything, he knew about vitamin D as he'd found information on, of all places, a computer buff website that he frequents. I think he got rather more information than he bargained for. So word is getting around.

I also prefer the thought that boosting my vitamin D status will also boost my immune system, and is definitely a better option for me than some untested "swine flu vaccine". Again, there is the consideration, noted by Dr John Cannell, amongst others, that the reason that flu is generally seasonal, is because it coincides with the drop in vitamin D levels that occur over the autumn / winter months.

In the latest Vitamin D Council newsletter which arrived in my Inbox this very day, Dr Cannell writes:

"As the H1N1 pandemic looms, it is heartening that Dr. Alexandra Yamschchikov and colleagues at Emory University conducted the first meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of Vitamin D treatment of infections, concluding that significant scientific evidence exists to support further research of Vitamin D treating, not just preventing, infections like the flu. The only mistake I can see is that she confused activated Vitamin D and one of its analogs with Vitamin D.

Yamshchikov AV, Desai NS, Blumberg HM, Ziegler TR, Tangpricha V.

Vitamin D for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Endocr Pract. 2009 Jul-Aug;15(5):438-49.


If you have been taking 5,000 IU per day for several years, you know Vitamin D helps, but certainly does not prevent all respiratory infections. Because H1N1 may be deadly, besides taking 5,000 IU per day every day (1,000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight for children) to prevent deficiency, make sure you have some 50,000 IU capsules of Vitamin D on hand this winter.

I recommend 2,000 IU per day per kilogram of body weight (which is about 1,000 IU per day for every pound of body weight) for three days at the first sign of influenza. While there are no randomized controlled trials showing it will help, there is a randomized controlled trial showing such doses will not hurt. This month, Dr. Bacon and colleagues at the University of Auckland found that a single dose of 500,000 IU (half a million units) did no harm to the elderly; a month after a single 500,000 IU dose, Vitamin D levels were about 40 - 50 ng/ml; two months later they were deficient again, only 30 ng/ml.

Bacon CJ, Gamble GD, Horne AM, Scott MA, Reid IR. High-dose oral vitamin D3 supplementation in the elderly. Osteoporos Int. 2009 Aug;20(8):1407-15."


The consensus of scientific understanding appears to be that vitamin D deficiency is reached for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels less than 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L), insufficiency in the range from 20-32 ng/mL, and sufficiency in the range from 33-80 ng/mL, with normal in sunny countries 54-90 ng/mL, and excess greater than 100 ng/mL.

So, what will it be? I'm going to guesstimate about 15 ng/ml for me, and a bit lower for the OH. So, will it be higher (I hope) or lower (this would already be low enough). We'll know in a little while.


Bright Blessings,

Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you get Gary Craig's here. You can obtain Gary's comprehensive training DVD sets here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Improve Your Eyesight With EFT Week 8 - Remaining Blocks

HI everyone,

Here we have the final week of
using Carol Look's EFT protocol. Week 1 posting has the details of how the tapping sessions were set up, and my progress to date is covered in these postings - Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7.

Week 8 commenced on the 27th July, after a slight hiatus caused by the flu bug. The topic for this final week was "Remaining Blocks to Improving My Eyesight". Carol tells us that even after all the tapping we have done, we may still have some "Yes, but's" in our minds about why it might not be safe or good or enjoyable to release the conflicts behind our less than perfect vision. She goes on to say that if you have any other reasons for not improving, then use those reasons as tapping subjects; otherwise you can go along with Carol's three tapping rounds.

My notes start thus:

Talk about resistance! Been ill the last two weeks with flu-like symptoms. Finished last section on 15th July so quite a long gap. Have noticed that wearing my glasses I now always have to hold things further away, which feels very odd.

Day 1 - None of my usual energy shift signs. Instead I developed a sinus headache type feeling over my right eye. I tapped on the "sinus-headache 'stuck' feeling over my right eye, and choosing to release it and let it all go. It started at 7/10, increased to 8/10, then dropped to 4/10. Was it a symbol of resistance - I don't know. It stayed pretty much the same and then I started coughing again. I'll wait and see how it turns out later. Certainly feel quite light-headed.

Day 2 - Noticed about half an hour after finishing last night that the ache was gone. Before I started the tapping I indulged in a ten minute "Tap and Rant" on frustrations current for me.
Having felt a lot better for doing so I carried out the tapping, and had a few minor yawns.

I've decided that I must make an appointment sooner rather than later with my optician as my glasses are definitely not working the way they have done in the past. Something appears to have changed and I'd be interested to know what and how. Hmmm, an interesting thought just came to me - astigmatism in my right eye - odd shaped eyeball - square peg into a round hole? Must think about that some.

Day 3 - First day back at work for two and a half weeks. Don't feel too bad, actually. Back to yawning and watery eyes during Rounds 2 and 3. Feel relaxed.

Day 4 - My glasses definitely feel odd now. Lots of deep yawning and eyes quite wet. It's very odd not having to have my nose so close to what I'm reading!

Day 5 - Just realized that when crafting today I was not holding my head so close to the desk - a great relief for the neck and shoulders. Feeling quite warm throughout the tapping and yawning when carrying out the positive rounds.

Day 6 - Lots of yawns and very watery eyes.

Day 7 - Yawns and watery eyes at the end of each set of rounds. Felt quite warm again as I tapped.

So there we are - finished the programme! I'm pleased with myself for committing to it, even though it has taken slightly longer than it should. Two days later I was sitting in my chair, reading the Teletext, and then went on to read a magazine. I had to take my glasses off to read that, which is now mostly the case. Something came on the television and I looked up to watch. I realized I could see it much more clearly than I have before. I looked at the clock on the mantelpiece, and could read the time - albeit all slightly fuzzy with both eyes. The right eye alone was still a mere fuzz.

I think I now need to do some tapping on fuzzy vision and the right eye being worse than the left, and come up with some positive affirmations for the Setup, e.g. I choose to become less and less reliant upon my glasses to see clearly, etc.
Filling in Week 8 of the follow-up form I could only put what I had last time. There have been changes - yes, but they seem fairly minor until I can get my eyes checked out. They have, however, all been positive.

In Week 1 we had the following baselines:
"A self-test is being able to see the palm of my right hand - in focus, without specs - at no more than inches. I can see the left palm just about at arm's length. OK, that could be an interesting one to follow-up on as improvement beyond arm's length can be difficult to gauge. However, my interest is more in my right eye. If that improves to anything more than inches, preferably a LOT more, that will definitely make me think EFT works very well on eyesight."

Checking today, my right eye can now focus on my palm from about 7". Not much, but an improvement for me!

I did try the self-administered eye test link that Carol gave but it came up as an error. I found another similar one -
the Online Eye Exam - probably nowhere near as good but at least gives one something to work from.

"My left eye, without specs, came up as 20/200 ("You are considered legally blind if glasses, contacts or any other corrective measures can't correct vision") so it was with a sense of amused trepidation I waited to see what comment my right eye provoked. 20/400 (!) ("How are you enjoying this site?") Fortunately, spectacle use brings my left eye to 20/35 and my right eye to 20/30 vision."

Checking just now - my left eye, without specs - 20/100 ("Did you know - someone 100 foot away can see the same thing as clearly as you can when you are only 20 foot away?") My right eye, it has to be said - remains at 20/400. Wearing my specs I got both eyes came up as 20/30 vision.

"Carol then asks us to scale 6 states - anger (6), guilt (4), hurt (2), resentment, (2), shame (2),and aches and pains (10). (SUDS: 0 = never feel this way 10 = always feel this way) now, so we can repeat the scaling at the end of 8 weeks."
I can now rate these as follows:
anger (2), guilt (0), hurt (0), resentment, (1), shame (1),and aches and pains (6). So all reduced or zeroed, but I know there are still certain issues to "focus" upon. :-)

So, much as I would love to say I can throw away my glasses, that is not to be, at least not yet. However, there have been enough noticeable changes for me to continue chipping away at this, tapping away at whatever may come up. I'm looking forward to my next visit to the optician and see what he finds.

And I have to give myself a big slap on the back for actually getting to the end of this. I'm one of the best at starting things, with wild enthusiasm, but that usually very quickly wanes and I lose interest and float off to other things (floaters?). So well done, Me!


You can see details of the actual results that Carol received from her original participants here.

Bright Blessings,


Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you look at Gary Craig's tutorials here

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Improve Your Eyesight With EFT Week 7 - Resentment and Hurt

Hi everyone,

It's been quite a while since my last posting - just thought I'd caught up with myself and then I go down with a bout of flu-like illness :-( . Was it swine flu? I honestly don't know as it's just being diagnosed over the telephone nowadays and I decided it was pointless to bother the doctor merely to be told to stay at home, rest, take plenty of fluids and paracetomol. I can say that at one point I was grumbling that I was "pig-sick" of it all, but that was me moaning about the frustration of not throwing symptoms off as fast as I usually do. Still, on the mend now and just about to finish the EFT tapping on eyesight programme I've been following these last few weeks.

So, belatedly, here comes the Week 7 update of using Carol Look's EFT protocol. Week 1 posting has the details of how the tapping sessions were set up, and my progress to date is covered in these postings - Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6.

Week 7 commenced on the 7th July. The emotional topics for this week were Resentment and Hurt. Carol asks us to choose 1 - 2 incidents that still have a "sting" when you think about them, and to rate the feelings on a scale of 0 - 10.

I could easily bring to mind a couple of incidents that still rankled, even many years down the line. The first one rated 8/10; the second 6/10 on the SUDS ratings.

Day 1 - I didn't really feel much going on during this session, but on checking my SUDS for the two issues I found the 8/10 had dropped to 2/10; and the 6/10 had also dropped to 2/10.

Day 2 - This was actually the 9th, as I had missed tapping the evening before as I had felt extremely tired, having had a disturbed night's sleep with the DH's snores/coughing. I did experience a fair bit of yawning, and my eyes felt "unsettled", although it is very hard to describe what I mean by that. They just felt odd in some way. I decided I'd see how things were the next day.

Day 3 - Another missed day - I was feeling unwell. On this day I seemed to have a stronger version of my husband's sore throat/cough, except that I also had generalized aches and a slightly elevated temperature as well. So I tapped on the way I felt first:

Even though I ache in my head and my limbs and everywhere feels tender, I deeply and completely love and accept all of me.
Even though I keep feeling hot and then cool, I deeply and completely honour and love my body.
Even though I feel really horrible with this tight sore throat that makes swallowing so painful, I choose to allow my body to undergo this process swiftly and easily.
CB this background ache in my head
SE this feeling of having been run over by a steam roller
UE these tired, aching limbs
UN this hot and cool feeling
CH this tight throat
CB this sore throat
UA this painful swallowing
TH damned viral infection!

EB I love and accept myself anyway
SE I choose to relax
UE I allow all the muscles and joints to relax
UN I allow my body to do what it needs
CH I allow my throat to relax and loosen
CB I choose to let my body heal itself easily
UA I choose to give my body the care it demands
TH I love and accept myself in all ways

Tapping on the resentment and hurts issues brought my SUDS level in both cases to zero.

Day 4 - Although still feeling a bit yucky, I felt much better than yesterday. I was still feeling hot and sticky at times, but awoke with the throat no longer swollen (I had done some visualized tapping as I lay in bed for my sore, swollen throat, especially the left side and for the quite strong fear that I realized was present that I would not be able to swallow or breathe properly - based on a rather frightening previous experience many years ago) but still rather sore, and very sweaty (best thing for a cold or flu, I've always felt - sweat it out ). My temperature was pretty much back in the normal range and the aches and pains were pretty much zeroed.

I still felt a bit tired and not too hot on the concentration front but able to tap along with Carol's protocol. A few little yawns. The night before I had noticed that my tongue had gone a very strange blue-grey colour with a blue-black line down the centre (didn't really want to put it back in my mouth ;-D) so I decided to do a Google search on tongue diagnosis. My PC was switched off so I had a look on the DH's. I hadn't got my glasses on and yet found I could read the screen without having my nose glued to it, although in all honesty I was still sitting closer than most people would. But it does show another slight improvement.

Day 5 - Still getting over this virus, with voice and throat a little dry. I decided I'd do some specific tapping on that the next day if it was warranted. This session I was back to lots of yawns and watering eyes. I also had a funny creeping feeling at the back of my neck. What that was about, who knows? The TH tapping point felt quite tender today - ('Hundred Meeting Points' meridian) represents the inner critic, gerbil wheel thinking, lack of focus (hah!!!!)

Day 6 - Dratted virus - still feeling very tired, hot and sticky - keeps coming in little waves. Keeping up with EFTing with it, but now a Setup on lack of focus, following on from the previous session's results.

Even though I have this lack of focus, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I find it difficult to focus on important issues just now,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I have these difficulties focussing - physically with my eyes and mentally with my mind and will, I choose to be relaxed about it all.
EB this lack of focus
SE this lack of focus
UE my eyes won't focus properly
UN my mind won't focus properly
CH too much hard work
CB don't want to see it all, waiting to be done
UA this lack of focus, it keeps me safe
TH if I can't see something, I don't have to do anything about it

EB I choose to sharpen my focus
SE I choose to allow things to become clearer
UE I honour my eyes and their ability to focus
UN I choose to let go of any resistance
CH I choose to see life as fun
CB I can take things a step at a time
UA It beats stumbling around in the dark!
TH I choose to go forwards with my eyes open and a willingness to be pleasantly surprised by
whatever happens
Day 7 - More yawns as I tapped today and felt very hot - not sure if that was "energy" hot, or viral hot. Interestedly enough, I was indeed very pleasantly surprised today as I was approached by Dee Adams of the Minnie Pauz site asking if I would like to join her forum and have a section on the use of EFT for menopause symptoms. :-) I was most happy to oblige and suggest you sign up to Dee's newsletter as she has some cracking cartoons of her character Minnie Pauz - certainly makes me giggle!
Filling in Week 7 of the follow-up form I found that there seems to be a sustained improvement with everything the same as last time.

The focus of the final week, Week 8, is "remaining blocks to improving my eyesight". I'm just about to finish that in the next day or two and will post accordingly.
Bright Blessings,

Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual,
and I would also strongly recommend you look at Gary Craig's tutorials here.


Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.