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Many songs have been written regarding the birth of Christ – ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’ was one of many. Have you ever wondered about the origin of some of the songs. The text of this song, familiar to all, was written by Nathan Tate (1652-1715). The music: Yorkshire Carol (ca. 1800)

A part of the Christmas story loved by child and adult alike is the narration concerning the humble shepherds who were the first to hear the announcement of the Christ child’s birth. We love to think of their amazement and delight, and we love to think on the nature of a Father who would choose lowly shepherds to receive this announcement.

The hymn text is a poetic rendering of the visit of the angels to the shepherds as told in Luke 2:8-14. Today, the text is popular throughout the English-speaking world and is paired in various hymnals with several different tunes, of which Yorkshire Melody is one of the most familiar.

All of the Christian related Christmas Songs are a wonderful tribute to the Holiest of Holy – our Savior, Lord, and King – JESUS CHRIST. May we all on this special day, rejoice on His birth.


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Image result for FREE PICS OF BLOODI donate blood on a regular basis – every 59 to 65 days. Have been doing it for years. Not everyone can do this, for various reasons to include medications, injuries, health issues, etc. One day I was told my iron was too low to donate. I was told, “go home and eat lots of green vegetables, and fruits to build it up and then come back. This peaked my curiosity as to why was I low in iron. I came to the conclusion that I hadn’t taken the time between donations to properly increase my iron intake. But there is more to it than that. I’d like to help you understand about this in regards to donating blood. The information I have is from oneblood.org’s pamphlet on Blood.


In case you don’t know what ‘hemoglobin’ is – it is an iron-containing protein in red blood cells. It is what gives blood the red color. Hemoglobin carries oxygen around the body and without enough of it your muscles and organs do not get all the oxygen they need.

What is iron? Iron is a mineral nutrient that your body needs to function normally. It is a vital part of hemoglobin. You get iron into your body from the food you eat, absorbing about 1-2 mg. per day. It also makes new red cells. Any remaining iron is stored and used by the body at times when there is an increased need for iron such as with growth, in pregnancy for blood loss. ‘Iron deficiency’ is when these stores have been used up. After donating blood – they are pretty well used up and have to be restored.

Giving blood – blood donation, removes red cells which contain hemoglobin and iron. Oneblood organization tells us that donors who have reduced dietary iron absorption, increased needs or other iron losses such as non-donation blood loss e.g. heavy menstruation in females, may take longer to restore their iron levels. It is when they prick that finger that the hemoglobin is screened for donation to ensure the hemoglobin is within the acceptable range for donation.  You lose about 220-250 mg. of iron each time you donate a unit of blood. The time it takes to replenish the iron lost with blood donation depends on how much iron your body has before donation.

Along with eating the right foods, you can take a supplement or multivitamin containing iron to replenish, maintain and build up the iron in your blood. Many people with low iron feel fine, but low iron levels may cause anemia, tiredness, irritability, reduced endurance during exercise or everyday activities, as well as difficulty concentrating.


  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet containing foods high in vitamin C and rich in iron. Choose foods high in absorbable iron at each meal and create food combinations to enhance absorption. If you are a meat eater, eat lean red meat. I am not a meat eater so I choose iron-rich foods such as legumes (lentils, baked beans or 3-bean mix salads) Combine non-meat sources of iron with good sources of vitamin C.
  • Drink your beverages between meals and not with meals.
  • Consider iron rich snacks such as raisins, nuts, dates, prunes and figs.
  • Take an iron supplement or multivitamins with iron to replace the iron lost through blood donation. Check with your doctor. If your are a senior it takes longer to build you blood back up. Don’t panic, you can still donate blood.
  • For frequent donors, about 18mg of iron per day for 60 days has been shown to replace the iron lost in a whole blood donation. This is the typical amount of iron in a multivitamin containing iron. (Be sure to read the label)
  • Do not overdo on the iron dosage intake as high dosages may be harmful.

Iron rich foods can include: Wheat germ, bran muffin, tortillas, cooked cereal, dry cereals, liver, liver sausage, shellfish, fish and poultry, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, egg, peanut butter, prune juice, raisins, dates, prunes, figs, apricots, watermelon tomato juice, strawberries, apple juice, bananas, cooked dark leafy greens, raw dark leafy greens, jicama. I don’t recommend fast foods, but ‘oneblood’ adds burrito, taco, hamburger and cheeseburgers to the list.

Personally, I stick with the raw vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits – love that watermelon, raisins, etc. as well as an iron supplement by itself. I have an herbal Blood Formula provided by ‘The Botanical Pharmacy’ that I take as well.

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I hope this helps you who are or who want to be blood donors to understand what it is all about. KEEP IN MIND – YOUR BLOOD MAY BE SAVING THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE!  I have donated over 6 gallons of blood.



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People are always asking me to talk about VERTIGO. One of my clients said he was having ongoing Vertigo, and asked if I knew what he could do about it, as the doctors didn’t seem to know what was causing it, or at least they did not tell him when he asked. What follows is the results of my research, which any of you can do on your own if you want more information than what you will read here.

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Vertigo is a symptom of something else happening in your body. It is not the cause of something else. There are different types of Vertigo. Inner ear problems are the cause of the most common type called BPPV – benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which means tiny calcium particles clump up in the canals of the inner ear. Next, is Meniere’s vertigo – and inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid changing the pressure in the ear. You will have episodes of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss. Other Vertigo incidences can be caused by or related to infection (viral), which causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that help the balance of the body. Vertigo can also be associated with head/neck injuries, brain problems, e.g. stroke or tumor. Vertigo can be the result of medications taken that cause ear damage. Migraine headaches and just plain headaches may also result in Vertigo. (Information source – Mayo Clinic).

I was surprised to find another source that indicated Vertigo can be the result of ‘snoring’. Bad posture can also cause Vertigo attacks.

What can you do? What are the symptoms associated with Vertigo. The symptoms can vary, however, many of the symptoms may be the same. Most of the symptoms include: light-headed feeling, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness from spinning, to severe dizziness, loss of balance, sensitivity to light, motion and sound.

Vertigo can be unpredictable, and incapacitating. Most folks report the most difficult part is not being where it is safe when an episode occurs. They claim to be exhausted, and feel the need to sleep. Attacks can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours or days, or weeks. My client’s Vertigo has lasted for months, and I know people who have had to deal with it for years before they were able to get it under control.  Vertigo is hard to diagnose. Doctors may put you through numerous tests, and give you medications to treat the symptoms. However, these medicines are nearly as limiting as the disease because of the side effects e.g. drowsiness and/or balance issues. Some doctors may go even as far as suggesting surgery, where the nerve of the inner ear is cut. THAT WOULD BE A NO, NO!

This being said, there are other ways of addressing the Vertigo Issue.  You must determine the cause (real issue) and treat it, and not just the symptoms. You may want to contact an herbalist for suggestions as to what herbs you can take to treat the issue naturally. Some herbs that seem to work include: Astragalus, which boosts metabolism and improves energy levels; Pueraria and Vitics Fructus, known for relieving headaches and dizziness, relieving tinnitus, and improving microcirculation in the inner ear; Cimicifuge, Common Peony Root and Licorice – helps relax tenses neck and shoulder muscles, calms nerves, alleviates pain; Phellodendron – helps to remove excessive fluid in the inner ear; Chinese Angelica Root to tone the blood and invigorate blood circulation; Codonopsis Root – to fight stress and fatigue. You can google a product called Inner-Ear Balance which has all of these ingredients.

Last but not least – Exercises for Vertigo Relief. The ‘WebMD’ recommends 3 remedies for Vertigo, namely the Epley Maneuver, the Semont Maneuver, and the Half-Somersault or Foster Maneuver. Click on the video’s which lets you see how to do the maneuvers, rather than me just telling you.



As I said earlier, the most common type of Vertigo is BPPV – where small crystals of calcium get loose in you inner ear. You feel off balance and may be a little dizzy when you get out of bed. This is the type my client was finally diagnosed to have. It is common in people over the age of 60, but it is also the easiest type of vertigo to treat. Be sure to see your doctor first. Your doctor or a therapist can show you how to do these moves. Children can also be prone to Vertigo attacks.

As you saw in the videos these maneuvers will help to relieve vertigo. The Semont Maneuver is treated similarly. Google Semont Maneuver and the ‘Healthline’ site will come up and give you instructions for this maneuver.

AGAIN – Get a diagnosis from the doctor and work with a therapist to learn these maneuvers – then you can do them at home. My client has been doing these exercises and with success. His Vertigo is slowly subsiding.

FOLLOW UP – for the rest of the day after doing any of these exercises, try not to tilt your head too far up or down. Listen to the doctor/therapist and do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand something. If the exercises are not working you might not be doing them correctly – OR – something else might be the cause of your Vertigo/dizziness.