Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alternative Health Care: Parable of a Squirrel?

Dr. Alex Loyd and his wife, Traci, took their family on an extravagantly expensive and memorable vacation to The Big Apple several years ago. He recently reminisced about that trip.

He fondly recalled that they took in Broadway shows, ate in interesting and unique restaurants and saw all the sites of New York City, just as any tourist would.

While they waited for a ferry the whole family was mesmerized by a man who may well have been a street dweller. This fellow had managed somehow to train a squirrel!

This phenomenon amazed the entire Loyd family. As Dr. Alex sat quietly and motionless on a bench, the little squirrel slowly approached him. He scampered up the bench and hopped onto Dr. Loyd’s shoulder. Very gingerly, the squirrel retrieved the nut the doctor held and then moved away from the Dr. and the bench, proudly toting his prize!

Dr. Loyd said the kindly squirrel trainer looked at their young son directly and shook his hand. “You are a fine young man,” the man offered. “Your parents must be very proud of you. What kinds of things are you interested in?” And so the man interacted with each youngster and the parents. Here was a human being who showed genuine interest in each family member as individual persons.

The entire Loyd family left that experience feeling that they had been immersed in pure love and peace. Those few minutes gave each of them total joy!

Recently the family gathered to discuss vacation plans again. One of the children asked his parents and siblings, “Remember the man with the squirrel in New York?” Of course they all did. Moreover, they also all remembered the peace, joy, and love they had experienced in those few moments. Each of them relived that anew as they reminisced.

Isn’t it interesting that after an elaborate vacation trip, replete with Broadway shows, luxury hotels, bright lights and city streets it was a living being that gave these people joy, peace and the feeling of being completely loved?

Mother Connie so totally relates with this. Each Monday we get this same feeling from attending the Toastmasters International meetings at the state prison. It is not because of the instant coffee they gleefully share; it is not being impressed with the cold, impersonal atmosphere or cement block walls; not even the clang of the automatic doors.

What impresses us is the FEELING we get from men-LIVING BEINGS-who accept the volunteers for who we are, warmly welcoming us because we are there, and creating an environment-even within that prison environment-that engenders the feelings of pure love, blissful peace and utter joy.

Do you yearn for joy that has thus far eluded you?

This can definitely help you: THE HEALING CODES

Connie Baum
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Monday, January 25, 2010

All Work and No Play?

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.."

On that premise and with our good friends, Bill and Velda, we set off for an Art Show on Friday evening. It was the kind of fun Norm and I enjoy most: good friends; good food; good entertainment. The atmosphere was wholesome, refreshing and utterly delightful.

Bill and Velda's kids are remarkable, so it naturally follows that their children and grandchildren would be remarkable. Their son, Rod, is a consummate musician. He is also a terrific husband and father. He is loaded with great and creative ideas. Rod demonstrated his creative traits by instigating Friday's event.

There are a number of local artists everywhere. Rod's innovative notion is to showcase a few of them at a time in a setting where they could be enjoyed over coffee and in the company of friends. Rod's own church makes the ideal location for such a program. It is perfectly set up with lighting and a sound system; there is also enough room for round tables, making for an intimate setting.

Upon entering the building, we were treated to a display of work from media artists, Nicholas Pella. His work is impressive and colorful and, as you might imagine, unique. As people inspected and enjoyed the display, everyone seemed to be imagining where in their own homes these paintings could be hung. There was even a portfolio to browse.

A cover charge to pay for the evening's heat was assessed upon our arrival at the room housing the event. Gourmet coffees and tea were sold throughout the evening, as were the artists' wares. We settled ourselves at a table in the middle of the room. Each table had a mason jar with a tea light and scattered about the tabletop was sheet music and artist's business cards.

First up on the program was a charming young married couple from the host church, who shared their musical talent and a bit of themselves by performing in the Christian music genre. As they sang I wondered why "America's Got Talent" or "American Idol" has not picked up this duo.

The MC told us about the plan to feature monologues...they opted to call that part of the program "Log Jams."

A darling young woman, a local member of Rod's church, gave us her "Log Jam" as a reading portraying a school girl and we giggled throughout.

There was an impressive poetic recitation, replete with props and costuming. The actor, Galen Boltz, has enjoyed a brilliant career as a school administrator in this area. He brought down the house with his rendition of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven!" I watched a little boy who was totally transfixed by Mr. Boltz's performance. I got the distinct impression that five year old's life was changed in those moments.

After an intermission we were treated to a performance of original music of home-town-boy-makes-good, Daniel Christian. This kid is something special, all right. You can see for yourself because I've posted one of his videos, including his charming patter for your enjoyment. He has an extensive body of work on YouTube and on his website. Here's hoping you music lovers will scout out those sites. Incidentally, where are the talent scouts from all the TV talent shows when this guy is performing? He really should be showcased on an international stage! Saturday Night Live, are you listening?

Rod dubbed his program "Here and Now" because he thinks people race through life. He thinks we need to kick back, relax, enjoy what's happening NOW.

At the risk of sounding redundant, Mother Connie agrees with importance of staying focused on the present. If you have hung around this blog any length of time you know she's mentioned how today is a gift.

I have no vested interest in Nicolas Pella's art work. Nor do I have a vested intereste in Daniel Christian's music. But I surely do hope you who are into wonderful works of art and wholesome music buy their wares. It will keep you in the Here and Now.

So far as The Healing Codes are concerned? Yes, I have a vested interest there. You can read the disclaimer the FTC likes for us to include. It appears at the bottom of every post Mother Connie writes. They, too, will help you with the Here and Now.

Connie Baum
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tall Grass Prairie: Is It Just a Pile of HAY?

There are many joys to be had by living in Southeast Nebraska and being married to The Normanator . Glorious opportunities present themselves for growth and learning. One such example is our involvement with the Tall Grass Prairie Partnership.

They recently held the 6th Annual Tall Grass Prairie Seminar and we were on the front row.

The first speaker, Steve Clubine, hails from Missouri. He is extremely knowledgeable about grasses, grazing and management techniques. His humor kept us keenly interested; his common sense showed through and it was a delightful presentation. He is comfortable with teaching, so we were comfy in learning from him.

We were treated to the most charming of speakers, Sibylla Brown, from Iowa. She and her retired husband made the transition from a dental practice and a career in English and French to an in vivo education in managing a forestry project.

The title of Sibylla's talk was "Discovering Eden." She took us through their journey as they set about restoring a White Oak savanna. She traced the history of it through the ages. We "met" the people who helped them: biologists, botanists, grant writers, even neighbors whose oral histories helped them understand what they have on this piece of property.

The Browns were warned by their attorney. He admonished them about the poor quality of the soil on the land they had decided to purchase. His advice: "Be careful or they'll try to slip
another 20 acres into that package!"

According to Sibylla, as time went by the Browns discovered more Morrell mushrooms than they could eat in a season! Those were followed by happy discoveries of many more species of edible mushrooms, including the Red Reishi mushroom, which is considered to be the King of Mushrooms in Southeast Asia!

I am so pleased to tell you that the Browns have made arrangements for this precious, restored land package to be cared for in perpetuity. What a legacy to leave to the world! Impressive, to say the least.

During lunchtime, it was fascinating to chat with interesting, caring land owners who are making every effort to be good stewards of our planet. There were producers of organic raw milk; farmers who produce organic free range poultry and eggs; even The Buffalo Guy was there to talk about his beloved herd of bison. The Normanator's own cousin keeps bees and grows enough vegetables to have a stand at the Farmers Market. His name is also Norman and he traveled with us to the Big Event.

The program following lunch did not disappoint, either. Gordon Warrick talked about the creation of burn associations to coordinate patch burning, promoting good grazing management and that meant lively discussion from passionate land owners.

The panel discussion organized to discuss weeds was introduced by Chris Helzer. HE KNOWS STUFF about weeds and how to deal with them! He called in reinforcements, though, and invited Paul Rohrbach to interact with other land owners to share their common experiences in dealing with the confounding issues weeds and invasive plants have created. Who knew weeds, of all things, could make for such a riveting program?

The program closed with a Patch Burning presentation by Dr. Stephen Winter, who had data and diagrams, demonstrations and a pony tail. He personified the crowd who showed up. Over a hundred people attended this event and each was as ordinary looking as the other. Some wore shirts with their state and department name on them. Those were the guys whose heads are filled to their eyebrows with knowledge they are eager for the world to have.

I deeply believe that if you want to see something special, you should discover Eden for yourselves by visiting the lovingly restored savanna in Iowa. If you need to know where to find it, I can hook you up.

If you need information about how to get or be well, have better relationships or reach success in your life whether you live in Tall Grass Prairie country or anywhere else on the planet, we can help there, too! The Healing Codes will be just the thing!

Connie Baum
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Health Care: Is Our Focus on the Library?

When 2010 arrived I made three promises to myself:
  1. Simplify
  2. Focus
  3. Fun
The second item comes into sharp focus-pardon the pun, please-when it comes to health care. Mother Connie is ALL about health, as you are well aware.

I have a new strategy for you in managing the care of your health as it pertains to the stress in your life and it involves focus.

Did you know that focusing on the past or on the future can create problems for you in the present? Yes. It's true.

Dr. Alex Loyd talks and teaches about this extensively. He gives us this example to illustrate his point: There was someone who was a fan of John Lennon while they were in college. As their troubles caused them to seek professional help, they sought out Dr. Loyd. With this fan, Dr. Loyd examined their past. It was revealed that ever since the death of Lennon, this fan's life spiraled downward in every area. He dropped out of college, his career never developed, his relationships suffered and he was stressed to the max.

This poor, stressed out fan was so focused on the PAST he had forgotten he even had a future!

Some people are so focused on the FUTURE that they forget to pay attention to the details of NOW. The blogger who is so interested in getting free help that he neglects to post; the mother who is so worried about air travel issues that air travel worry takes precedence, causing her to shirk her maternal responsibilities; the elderly couple who are so focused on what they'd do if they lost their partner that they feel lost and become too paralyzed to plan for their needs when one passes from this life.

Dr. Loyd tells about his own dear mother. She lived through the Great Depression and her family lost their home. This traumatic event was so much a part of her experience that she lived 'in her past' by allowing everything to be colored by that painful event. Her heart was on duty to protect her at all times.

It is impossible to focus on more than one thing at a time. When thoughts and feelings collide the heart wins every time.

So what does the library have to do with all this? Dr. Loyd offers that we can use the pain in our lives to learn and grow. Instead of placing the FOCUS on the painful past or the worrisome future, we should VISIT the past or the future the way we visit the library. We do not LIVE at the library. Similarly, we cannot LIVE in the past nor can we live in the future.

All we have is NOW. It's a gift, really. That's why it's called the present.

Do you need help with your past or future? Are you living a life of joy? Are you standing in your truth with love, or do you find yourself wallowing miserably in falsehoods? The Healing Codes stand ready to help you NOW.

Connie Baum
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Monday, January 18, 2010

What About H1N1 Vaccines, Anyway?

Some of you know that Mother Connie's love affair with massage therapy began with Foot Reflexology. Her devotion to health, however, dates all the way back to her childhood.

A lifetime, especially one where decades are spent perennially claiming to be 33 years old, can mean that some ideas and opinions can become firmly ingrained. One such idea that Mother Connie has embraced has to do with traditional medicine and vaccinations.

She has been known to carry a soap box with her at all times, in order to stand on it, shout her message loudly to all within earshot. This may or may not have served her well.

Today she stands on her soap box once again. This time she directs your attention to the number of deaths associated with the H1N1 outbreak commonly known as the Swine Flu.

SIDEBAR: "Why DID they name it Swine Flu?" she ponders. Could it be because those who offered the vaccine were pigheaded in their pursuit of practicing medicine? END SIDEBAR.

Here is information offered up by the Center for Disease Control:

• 61 million Americans were vaccinated against swine flu (about 20% of the U.S. population). The CDC calls this a "success" even though it means 4 out of 5 people rejected the vaccines. *20% of the people have heard Mother Connie's advice?

• 55 million people "became ill" from swine flu infections.

• 246,000 Americans were hospitalized due to swine flu infections.

• 11,160 Americans died from the swine flu.

Base on these statistics, the CDC now desperately urges people to get vaccinations because they maintain 'the pandemic might come back and vaccines are the best defense.'


The CDC does not reveal the single most important piece of information about these toxic H1N1 vaccines: How many of the people who died from the swine flu had already been vaccinated?

Incidentally, there were no double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies done to learn about infection reduction mortality. Isn't that INTERESTING?

The media campaign that's been cooked up never, ever asked burning questions. Think about it. Have you heard anybody mention "None of these deaths occurred in patients who had been vaccinated against H1N1."? No. Because people who died HAD been previously vaccinated.

From her soap box Mother Connie is shaking her finger, declaring loudly and crankily, "I TOLD YOU SO!"

Vaccines are not nearly as effective as the CDC or the media or a medical professional wishes they were. They are toxic, deadly in some cases, and not worth the trouble of finding and getting and PAYING FOR THEM.

Ah, it all boils down to hard cash, doesn't it?

Mother Connie does not do numbers but someone who did crunch the numbers said you have a 700% greater chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime, than being saved by vaccines.

According to the media hype, there was a "shortage" of vaccines. Now the CDC and the World Health Organization find that they will be dumping these useless but poisonous vaccines that currently glut the market.

Oh, brother. We better all make sure our water filters are working properly or we will be ingesting that toxicity regardless of our intentions not to do so.

Connie Baum
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Alternative Health Care: Stressed?

If you are not experiencing stress, there is every chance you may not register a pulse.

Stress results in DIS-EASE, also known as disease, illness, sickness, feeling puny.

A recent Stanford University Medical School study found that 95% of all disease--DIS-EASE--is caused by stress.

Just look around. There are people everywhere who are obese, chronically ill, under draconian medical care and they are popping pills for every conceivable ailment. People who live in the richest nation on earth are unhappy!

There's a solution for managing stress, you know. Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, had this to say about his favorite stress relieving technique: "This technique changes stress in a matter of minutes in a scientifically provable and reproducible way, thus eliminating the cause of illness and disease in the body. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!" For those of you who may not know who Dr. Ben is, he appeared in "The Secret" and was the only physician to do so.

Stanford. Dr. Ben Johnson. Mother Connie. Three people who are on the very same page when it comes to managing stress. Maybe YOU should look into it right away. Unless, of course, you enjoy feeling stressed and crummy.

The Healing Codes

Connie Baum

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Mother Connie Sez: Call the Plumber?

This outhouse is NOT in our back yard!

We aren't desperate enough to go looking for outdoor facilities YET...but we live in a house that has some age. The bathroom is delightfully mid-century but because of the age of the facilities, we had to call our local plumber. The plan calls for him to replace the "innards" so things work properly.

Wouldn't it be great if we could call someone when our own "innards" act up? I think it would be awesome to call up the liver specialist and order a replacement part. He could swing by, install the new model, and be on his way.

Maybe we should write to our legislators to see if that might fit into the Health Care Reform? It would constitute reform, all right.

Actually, we can facilitate change in our lives without calling anyone. For truly. All we have to do to transform our relationships, our health, our financial picture is to utilize energy medicine as many times a day as we choose. Energy medicine is emerging as the modality of choice more every day!

As human beings, we tend to struggle through life. We make life harder than it needs to be. We complicate our lives. We over think problems, seeking solutions.

WHAT IF total transformation were as easy as relaxing several times a day to create new pictures for our brain to read? WHAT IF your relationships improved JUST THAT EASILY? Would it be helpful to amp up your success quotient as easily as just letting go and doing a simple protocol that improves your quality of life? It really is that simple, you know.

If you could experience peace and joy, wouldn't you give up a few minutes so you could relax and perform a few codes to heal our lives throughout the day?

If not, why not? Why would you not choose to live your truth, empower yourself, and live the joy-filled life you know you deserve?

Let's compare feeling crummy to using an outhouse. And let's say that living in joy is akin to having access to a lovely, modern, spa-like bath. The transition from crummy to modern would be a simple, relaxing protocol. Sounds good to me.

Jeepers! I hope the plumber won't be late.

Check it out now, people: The Healing Codes.

Connie Baum

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

We've had our fill of snow, thank you very much.

Since I do not have to go out in it I can sit in the comfort of my own home and observe the wind, the drifting and those icicles!

Living on the Great Plains of Nebraska, we are no strangers to winter weather but this winter has been harsh. Even school children are more than ready to go back to the school day routine. No doubt their caretakers will be glad when that happens, too!

The charm of snow days has worn thin.

At the risk of sounding like an old lady, I am reminiscent of a memorable winter storm in the 1940's. There was no snow removal equipment then like we have today and cattle were at serious risk in the central and western part of Nebraska. Hay had to be airlifted because cattle had no access to feed. Farmers could not get to their cattle because of the drifting and blowing snow. Power outages were common and power was reinstated very slowly then.

That blizzard made for some of the happiest family memories of my life, though.

We lived in a basement apartment in the tiny little town of Elwood. My folks drove a 1938 Chevy and it was so cold that the poor little car would not start. So my dad walked the few blocks to town to open his shop. It soon became apparent that the weather would cause everything to shut down, so Dad put on all his winter gear again and prepared to walk home. He had to walk about three blocks to the railroad track, cross it and walk a couple more to get home. He only needed to go in a straight line.

With the blizzard-driven snow, he lost his bearings. The maintainer came along and, thankfully, the driver saw him. If that machine had not come along when it did, I shudder to think of the consequences.

Mom and I were worried about him being gone so long. When that rig drove up and Dad hopped out, we were tremendously relieved.

The power went out in our neighborhood, so we pulled out the kerosene lanterns from our camping gear and lit those. Our landlords lived upstairs. They had propane for cooking; we had oil for heat in the basement. We opened our door to the upstairs and we all huddled in the upstairs kitchen.

For TWO WEEKS without electricity, we cooked, baked and ate; we played games. There was Monopoly and Canasta; we told stories, read to one another and made jokes. There was snow ice cream to be stirred up and eaten. You could do that safely back then.

We could not see the out of doors from our apartment windows for all the deep snow, but we could look out of the upstairs kitchen to see the drifts mounting all over the yard.

There was a young pear tree near the house. When we could make it outside again we could see that tree was buried under a gigantic drift. The snow froze on the top, leaving a thick crust. I could actually walk up that drift with my sled and slide all the way down the snowy "hill" to the bottom!

That blizzard snow did not melt until the spring of 1949! Back in those days, we children walked to school and we had a wonderful time maneuvering the piles of snow the maintainer had left in its path! Our yard was full of snow angels and snowmen and a fort!

In those days, you could pull a sled by a rope tied to the bumper of a car.


Mom and Dad would take the Chevy out on the icy country roads of Gosper County and tie the sled to the bumper. Away we'd go! I remember screaming with delight as we zoomed along!

This winter found us snowed in and hunkered down for Christmas. We had power, though. And while the drifts closed the rock roads in Johnson County and the surrounding area, this storm was not as "romantic" as the one of 1948.

The pictures that time gave me to remember in my head are magnificent. I felt safe and loved and cared for. Even with the sled tied to a car bumper!

If the pictures in YOUR head are not delightful, you would be wise to look into using The Healing Codes. You just need different pictures and The Codes can help you with that.

Connie Baum
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcoming 2010!

We are FEET FIRST into a brand new year! It feels akin to having a pocketful of money to shall we proceed? With caution? With abandon? Maybe we need a budget?

Maybe 2010, stretching before us in all its glory, gives us the illusion we can go at our own pace, maybe put off a few things for now. But before you know it, we will be amazed that another holiday has popped up or we are 'suddenly' another year older. You know the drill. We have all lived it. Time, like life, HAPPENS.

Some of you have made resolutions. Some have even made resolutions they've broken already! I hope your resolve can remain resolute if you made those. As for me, I have simply made three promises to myself: Simplify. Focus. Fun.

  1. SIMPLIFY. I can no longer collect papers to be dealt with later. I must discipline myself to deal with paperwork as it appears and this is true for emails as well! I must learn to pare the "stuff" in the kitchen that no longer serves me. I will take the time to clear away belongings that clutter my life and my mind. Keeping this promise will take some effort, but it is doable.
  2. FOCUS. Pay attention. To people, to the task at hand and instructions; to the messages my body is sending to me via sensations. If I pay close attention in a disciplined manner I am not as likely to be confused and scatter brained. Focus will even improve my well being.
  3. FUN. If it isn't fun, I won't go near it. This is like dessert for me. It will be an easy promise to keep.
My intention is to continue to stand in my own truth, work really hard, play at every opportunity and relish all the joy that is mine. There is so much in my life for which I am eternally grateful; I will cherish it all.

The fervent wish I have for YOU, all my faithful visitors, is that you can welcome 2010 according to YOUR style. By doing so you will soar, basking in the glow of simply being YOU.

Connie Baum

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