We had a full house at our 1st meeting in 2018! Guest speaker, holistic health coach, Paula Denoncourt kicked off our meeting to talk to us about the importance of eating right. Paula specializes in food allergies/intolerances, digestive issues, Lyme disease and other related illnesses like MS and fibromyalgia. Paula loves teaching people how to go back to basics on food choices. She has taught many classes and has appeared on many shows. She has been a guest speaker for the Central Mass Lyme Foundation, Inc. before and for the Bristol County Hope for Lyme group. Paula’s passion is helping people overcome challenges with their illnesses so they can live a better quality of life and feel well again through mind, body and spirit. Paula can be reached at http://enrichurhealth.com.
Michele talked about foods that create inflammation in our bodies and should be eliminated if at all possible. Red meat, processed foods like hot dogs and sausage, white bread, pastries, fried foods, soda, sugary drinks, margarine, lard and alcohol. Foods that are inflammatory-fighting are: tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy veggies, nuts, fatty fish, fruits, flax. pumpkin and hemp seeds and fresh ginger. Supplements that can help are: devil’s claw, mangosteen, milk thistle, garlic and turmeric/curcumin.
We also discussed the recent push for flu vaccines and gave out an alternative called “Nature’s Flu Shot”. Blend the juice of 6 organic lemons, 1 bulb of garlic, 2 tsp. of ginger powder, 2 tbsp. of organic honey, 3 cups of pineapple juice and 1/4 tsp. of cayenne powder. Store in a glass jar and take 1 cup 4 times a day until the symptoms resolve.
An update was also shared about what the foundation has been working on:
Ken and Michele were invited to a tick-borne symposium along with state and town board of health officials and will be working closely on ways to help educate our schools about Lyme disease.
A grant with the district-wide Rotary club has been submitted for a Lyme disease curriculum in our schools. A $500.00 scholarship will be offered to a high school senior in the fall of 2018 who will be entering the medical field. The scholarship can be found on www.scholarships.com.
The foundation “RESOURCE” page now has a link for physicians to acquire CMEs for Lyme disease through a donation made to Dr. Elizabeth Maloney.
To date, 63 Lyme library kits will have been distributed to all public libraries in Central Massachusetts. This was a 2-year goal that we reached in a year through donations. THANK YOU to Merillyn Chicknavorian for delivering some of these kits and to the Spencer Public Library for allowing us to deliver the rest through the CW/MARS delivery service. We are told these materials do not stay on the shelves very long and get circulated a lot.
We are putting together complimentary tick testing kits for school nurses, day care providers and veterinarians. These kits contain an antiseptic wipe, a vinyl glove, fine pointed tweezers and information on where to test the kit along with our foundation information.
Our foundation is preparing for the upcoming tick season and has been scheduling more presentations in our communities through participation in health fairs and town festivals. If you know of a group or local organization we need to reach out to, please email us their contact information at CentralMassLyme@gmail.com.
Questions about our meetings and or foundation? Contact us toll free at 1-888-511-LYME.