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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Transformation Tuesday- Week 5 Health Challenge, Oil Pulling

Organic Coconut Oil


I took a short break from the health challenge, but I am back.  I've been doing the 14 part health challenge with local Chiropractor Jay Davidson of Davidson Chiropractic.

  A few facts this week about the toxins in our environment:

  • Every year Americans take over 4 billion prescription drugs.
  • Over 70,000 chemicals are used commercially.
  • Over 3000 chemicals are added to our foods.
  • Over 10,000 chemicals are used in the processing, production and storage of food.

That is a lot of potential chemicals that can accumulate in your body.  Many Chiropractors are now offering advice on nutrition and ridding the body of toxins.

The thinking is that toxins can contribute to many chronic health conditions. My own Chiropractor had me do a de-tox last year and has given me a new supplement program.

Some doctors test for toxins like heavy metals for patients with severe chronic conditions.

So Dr. Davidson in today’s challenge recommends oil pulling to help rid the body of toxins. Sounds pretty strange and this is how it’s done.

Oil pulling is basically rinsing your mouth with coconut oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. The oil is “worked” around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes.  Once the 15 minutes have gone by, spit the oil out and rinse your mouth with water.  Coconut oil is great to consume, but DO NOT swallow the oil after it’s in your mouth because it is full of toxins.  Oil pulling is most effective in the morning time after you wake up” (Source: Coconut Research Center)

Coconut oil is used because of it’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. 

Here is why it works”  It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.” ~Bruce Fife (naturopathic physician)

Doctor Davidson recommends doing the coconut oil pull after drinking your de-tox lemon water.  Here is what he recommends

“Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and work it around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes.  Typically while you are in the shower and getting ready in the morning is a great time.”


This sounded a little strange to me, so I did a web search on oil pulling.  Web MD is my go to source for health issues and they had some good research on the subject.

Web MD reports that oil pulling may help with gingivitis, plaque and other organisms in the mouth that can cause bad breath. Studies have show oil pulling helps prevent tooth decay.  No comment about the effects of de-toxing.

Web MD suggests starting with just 5 minutes a day of gentle swishing with coconut oil. They say 5- 10 minutes are all you need.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Superfood Saturday-Mango Vegatable Smoothie


1 cup frozen mango chunks
2/3 cup Greek yogurt.
1 ripe banana
1 carrot  grated
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 scoop vanilla protein powder


Put the mango, banana, yogurt and carrot in blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add lettuce, the turmeric and protein powder. Blend until mixed into smoothie.


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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fair Friday- Detox Bath Salts

Everything you need for today's recipe is probably right in your kitchen. 

This goes together in just minutes. It really smells wonderful. Give it a try.  

I heard recently that the reason it can be difficult those last few pounds is because of toxins accumulated in the fat we are trying to lose.  So just maybe using this bath salt can help with a little weight loss.


Detoxifying Epsom Bath Salts*


2 cups Epsom salt
1  cup baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger

Do not eat anything right before or right after the bath. Drink plenty of water after the bath to stay hydrated.

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Fill the bath tub with water as hot as you can handle.  This will promote sweating to help push toxins out of your body.

Pour the salt mixture into the water and stir with your hand.  Get into the water all the way to your neck. Soak for at least 20 minutes.

When finished, drain the water and carefully step out of the tub.
Dry off and continue to consume lots of water.


* Recipe adapted from Bath Salts- DIY Bath Salts for Hobby and Gifts, This book is available on amazon

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Soup Sunday-Tomato Lentil Soup

Tomato Lentil Soup



1 cup brown lentils
1 cup red lentils
2 cups cooked ham, cut into bite sized chunks
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ yellow onion chopped
½ each green and red pepper chopped
4 cups tomato juice
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 large carrot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red chili flakes


Add onion, ham and olive oil to bottom of stockpot. Cook over low heat until the onions are soft. Add the lentils and the tomato juice. When mixture comes to a boil, add chopped tomatoes, vegetables and spices.  Simmer until the lentils soften.  This will take about 3-4 hours on low heat.  Makes 8 servings

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Remembering My "Why"



Adapted by Angel Graham


Your off season will decide who wins the race months from now.” – Meb
It's been a couple of weeks since I've done a blog posting.  It's been a tough month or so.  My race season has already started.
I did the Winter Wonderland Triathlon in Verona on February 22nd. I raced as a para triathlete with hopes of a qualifying time for the national championship in Austin in May.
So I didn't mind that I was lapped by the swimmer next to me in the pool or that I was the last one in  my wave on the bike and the run. I kept telling myself "Run your own race". So I did and with a  1hr 30 minute finish time I once again had a qualifying time for Austin.
I spent the better part of one evening putting together the race resume required to apply to race. I turned it in and within minutes was notified that I could not be seen by a medical classifier in Austin.
Because I was rejected by a ITU (International Triathlon Union) assessor in Chicago, I could not be seen by the USAT assessor in Austin. Since I started the process with the ITU I would have to finish with the ITU. I asked if they could assess me at the ITU World Championship in Chicago. It's only 90 miles from home and I qualified for Team USA as an age group athlete for Aquathon.  The answer was no again.
So my only option is to race at the ITU event in Detroit in August.  My lack of qualification shuts me out of lots of opportunities for financial support as well.  So I'm signed up for the Detroit race. I was close to being accepted in Chicago, so once again I will submit myself to the process. 
My CMT has advanced to the point where I may not be able to be a member of my local ski patrol any longer. I was told by the toboggan tester he really should not have passed me this year.  That conversation hit me hard, since I've been a member of the National Ski Patrol for 27 years. Skiing is what got me started as an athlete.
 My CMT has progressed. Has it progressed enough to pass the medical classification?  I guess I'll find out in Detroit.
While all this was happening I opened Facebook one day to see two Team CMT members featured on this months issue of the CMT Athlete fundraising calender.   I was really disappointed. Once again the CMTA has chosen to use members we have recruited for their own purposes. All done at the same time our efforts are disparaged by CMTA members in blogs and some Facebook posts.
I don't blame our members, they don't know some of the things that have been said or done by CMTA members. The CMTA should know better. Some of their members think their organization is the best chance for a cure so any behavior is OK.  It is easy to see who belongs to our team. Every one of them is posted on my website.  They copied our idea of having a team. The least they could do is recruit their own members.
I was really discouraged and I stopped writing for a bit, because I was not really sure if anyone even reads this blog or really even cares about the work we are trying to do.  
In the middle of winter in the Midwest it is easy to get low. Days are cold and dark. We can go days without the sun shining.  I have to admit I was motivation challenged when it came to working out.
Despite that I got in the pool, rode my bike and logged every run on my workout plan. My coach often tells me to remember why I work out.  The why has never changed. I workout to stay strong and to be a good example to those in the CMT community.
I workout to be ready for race day, because I know the hard work done during the long cold winter will have me ready to race. I know that doing high profile events, writing about it and getting media attention puts a face to this disease that so few know about.  I want to show others that while you may not be an athlete, you can live a full life with CMT. You can accomplish much despite the obstacles that having CMT presents.
I know that the work that Team CMT does has been and will continue to be important.  We've raised thousands for CMT research. I've seen the conversations change in the CMT community from we shouldn't exercise to what kind of exercise can we do. I've seen those that had kept their CMT secret decide to be open about talking about their CMT.
So even when the work gets difficult, even on those days when I really don't feel like it, even if it seems like no one is paying attention, it all prepares me and those of us with CMT for the challenges ahead.  Hopefully one day soon we will have the treatments and cure we are currently working so hard to achieve.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

Keywords: Running, Running and CMT, triathlon, triathlon and CMT, athlete and CMT, cycling and CMT, paratriathlon, challenged athlete, Team CMT, Running for My Life-Winning for CMT. Hereditary Neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
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