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Gluten Sensitivity A Possible Cause Of Unexplained Health Issues

Do you have unexplained and sudden bouts of exhaustion? Has your doctor been unable find the reason for the constant, life-altering pain? Are you depressed, have anxiety for no seeming reason? Are you having issues with your digestion or stomach pain? Does brain fog alter your ability to think, remember, or recall words? Have you gained and continue to gain weight no matter what you do? Is your stomach always bloated and your body shape changed from earlier days? I have no medical experience and am not giving medical advice. This is sharing personal experience and what I’ve learned from making a life altering discovery in hopes that it will help someone else who is suffering from health issues that defy diagnosis. Going gluten free is something to consider trying. Gluten can cause a system wide problem and show up in so many devastating ways. Often, doctors have no idea what is causing the issues and end up treating just the symptoms. These symptoms will continue until the actual cause is addressed. Going gluten free was the key to the castle for solving my unexplained and debilitating fibromyalgia. I had… Read More »Gluten Sensitivity A Possible Cause Of Unexplained Health Issues

Go For Your Dreams, Make Friends With Math

While  riding my bike this morning I thought about the at risk kids near our neighborhood who would benefit from making friends with math, sticking with it, rather letting fear get in the way. Math has a way of stopping people from reaching their highest dreams. What if you could dream big and go for whatever you want to do? When a story is brought to mind and then encouraged a second time in an unrelated fashion I know it’s something that is aching to be written, so I’m trusting that the right person(s) will benefit by reading this. I may have been a math teacher (now retired and tutoring), but in school I was not that student in the classroom raising an eager hand, answering those confusing questions the teacher asked. I was the one thinking “How can they possibly know what’s going on? The teacher made absolutely no sense.” And then the teacher carried on as if everyone else understood because that one student had mastered a barely presented concept. Memory got me through math class along with a ton of hard work. It helped that I ignored… Read More »Go For Your Dreams, Make Friends With Math

Taming Fibromyalgia Through Fascia Blasting

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A relatively new process, fascia blasting, changed my life from despair and pain to active and happy. It allowed me to stop taking high doses of pain medication for fibromyalgia and go off all medications. Currently I take no prescription or over the counter medications. I do take supplements like D3 and B complex. In 2004 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The pain had increased slowly and steadily since September of 2003. Metatarsalgia had gone undiagnosed for several months and the pain was constant and moving increased it. I remember going to the doctor about a month later, thinking something was incredibly wrong because my entire arms were tingling fiercely, so much that I didn’t notice my feet and other areas were also numb and tingly. The fatigue gradually increased to epic proportions. Many people throw the fatigue word around loosely, but overwhelming tiredness is life altering. The air weighs down your body, like being covered with ten wet comforters. It feels like you’re walking through Jello. You can push through for a limited time, but eventually your body just gives out and stops being able to move. I remember… Read More »Taming Fibromyalgia Through Fascia Blasting

Making Healthy Changes in Self Talk

I’ve stopped making huge New Year’s resolutions and replaced them with small, sustainable steps. I used to be an all or nothing kind of girl and I guess I still am—mostly. But I’m learning to give myself grace. Three years of intensive work and I’m still learning. Most of us are our own worst critics, right? We tell ourselves things we wouldn’t dream is saying even to someone we don’t like or has treated us poorly. Here’s a healthy tip: if you’re going to say something bad about yourself, don’t say it in your head. Say it out loud. Better yet say it into a mirror. You’d be surprised at how hard it is to talk bad about yourself when you’re looking into your eyes. It’s like you’re insulting a real live person. And you are! When those kinds of thoughts cross your mind, try responding to yourself in the same way you would if a bully had been mean to your child or someone you love. Because that someone you love should include yourself. Why so much negative self-talk, especially by women? There is the obvious social media and… Read More »Making Healthy Changes in Self Talk

The Essentials of Essential Oils

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I am in love with all things DIY with essential oils. There are some amazingly easy things you can make with them that are so good for you and so cheap! But I’m not going to lie, if you are a scent addict like me and want multiple scent combinations or effects, the cost can really add up. But starting small and adding a few oils at a time is reasonable. The start up costs may seem a lot at the time but you can make a year or two worth of products from one bottle of Castile soap. I especially like buying when oils are on sale, not a regular thing but it happens. Using oils in your home products will help you be physically healthier and reduce the air pollution of unnatural scents in your house. Using regular air fresheners, plug ins, sprays, and candles with artificial scents can seriously affect your air quality in the house. And now that so many people are spending more time inside their houses, clean air is even more important. Think about it, this air goes inside your lungs which then circulates … Read More »The Essentials of Essential Oils

Political Math

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I saw some data on the news and noticed that there was missing information. My spidey senses were tingling and this gave me the idea to talk about how graphs can be used creatively to make just about any point you’d like to make. The numbers can be valid, but intentionally flawed uses inspire different types of reactions. I am NOT making a political statement here or talking about my beliefs on the topic of the data. I just want to show how data can be manipulated to inspire all kinds of emotions and conclusions. The math may be accurate, but people using it trick you by leaving out information or presenting it in a misleading way. For instance, when they talk about COVID deaths have you noticed there are two different kinds of percentages? Some are really small and others are way larger. They get these percentages from either using the number of death in terms of the number of people who had COVID or the number of deaths compared to the entire population—sick or not sick. And whichever statistic is used is can make people feel safer or… Read More »Political Math

About Me

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Hello! My name is Ann. I chose the name math nana because family is everything to me and I absolutely love math. I’m a retired math teacher who worked two years at the high school level, got a masters in math education, worked 23 years in middle school teaching 7th grade math, and then just for fun spent my last semester before retirement at the high school level. I really enjoyed doing higher level math again that semester. I have the best husband ever even though we are polar opposites. Kent, my husband works across the street, at the family golf course. I am mother to two amazing daughters and one terrific son. They have awesome spouses who are my children also. I have nine wonderful grandchildren, five girls and four boys, who call me nana. Their ages span from a college graduate (so proud!) to an almost one year old. I have a sister who is my best friend and two brothers. My parents are both deceased. Coffee with pi math humor photo                      Life is good photo My family… Read More »About Me