Month: June 2018

 
 
Mary Grace is one of the retired nurses in our original nurse/teacher group studying ways to better health. When we first met, Mary Grace had been in a hospital bed at home, on multiple inhalers for breathing problems and was making progress using nutrients from Shaklee.
 
For 20 years, Health Pursuits met monthly to discuss books, strategies, results and experiences. For a great many of those meetings, Mary Grace Amann was there to support the effort, either by calling it like it is, gathering memberships or sharing a laugh.
 
Since then she has overcome many health challenges, built an environmentally friendly home, climbed a mountain and received the blessing of grandchildren. Not bad for someone, like may of us, not expected to make it.
 
Not satisfied with conquering her own issues, Mary Grace was been a leading volunteer with the Lions Club organ donation program. In addition, she has for many years volunteered at KHSC (Kingston Health Science Centre) as a Patient Experience Adviser to represent and speak for patients and their families. To do so one must have had experience within hospital as a patient or caregiver. She
has and does represent patients and family members on various committees, counsels and activities.
 
She was the first member of the group to cause KGH to implement the then-new Environmental Health Clinic guidelines for hospitals dealing with chemically-sensitive patients. I am sure many people since then have benefitted from the hospital’s experience.
 
Not one to restrict herself to the broad picture, Mary Grace has always facilitated in small ways too. If you had access to some Alka Seltzer Gold to quell reactions to chemicals or foods, Mary Grace was probably the one who sourced and bought it. She even bought me a foldable cart for all the meeting materials. My back thanks her.
 
Mary Grace has always been an enthusiastic cheerleader too -urging me to commit our version of the Rotation Diet to paper and then the Nutrient Scent Test book.
 
Since we have transferred our sharing to this-line forum, I realize how fortunate we were to have had our remarkable group for as long as we did. Nothing lasts forever but the waves of learning and collaboration from people like Mary Grace will spread out for a long time to come.
 
‘Nutritional Medicine’ is a 40 year labour by Dr. Alan Gaby to collect and collate reputable information (e.g. published, peer-reviewed articles) about nutrients and medical conditions. Since the first edition was published in 2011, we have used it to help interpret the Nutrient Scent Test results and to include information in the NST which can be taken to medical practitioners.
 
A recent example was an 86-year-old man who was suffering extreme pain. He had been given a prescription for 3500 Lyrica and told not to come back. Thiamine smelled like cookies to him. I did his report and included a copy of Dr. Gaby’s section on Thiamine which listed the pain conditions associated with Thiamine deficiency ( e.g. neuropathy, neuralgia, back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, etc.) and as well as all the references to back up the list. He was to see his doctor a week later. Shortly after that, I was notified that my Linked In profile had been accessed by Kingston Health Sciences. Maybe a connection. I can only hope that the man received the blessing of his doctor, and maybe help, to pursue some relief via Thiamine and other indicated nutrient therapy.
 
If you had information about a nutrient or a condition before from Dr. Gaby’s massive reference book, ‘Nutritional Medicine’, then you might like an update.
 
If you haven’t read sections of the book relating to your personal needs, then maybe it is time. Jane, Adrienne, Christine, Emily in Calgary, and myself all have electronic versions of the book. You can send an email inquiry through info@healthpursuitsgroup.com
 
You could also purchase an electronic copy for yourself. A bit expensive but worthwhile. Was there money in the Health Pursuits account to pay for these? No, so if you want to consult the book, you could chip in something to help. Or book an NST and get your required reading as a bonus.
 
We have booked a booth for the annual Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Nov. 9-11. Unfortunately, they charge $1800 with no relief for a very small non-profit. The purpose of spending this money is to spread the word about targeting nutrient therapies using the NST, sell the book and sign up practitioners who would like kits for testing and analysis for their clients’ results. In other words, to make Health Pursuits self-supporting which has been the goal since applying for funding seemed an endless path.