When Alternative Medicine Goes Horribly Wrong

Since I’m a huge fan of Tina Turner, I was eager to read her newest book. Thanks to a review copy, I had the opportunity, and wow, was it juicy. Tina has truly lived an incredible life, dealing with more experiences than 10 other people put together. 

My Love Story picks up where I, Tina left off (that was her first memoir). After breaking free from Ike Turner’s hellish abuse, she was understandably hesitant to love again. It wasn’t until 1985—almost a decade after she left Ike—that a new man, Erwin Bach, won her heart and it was another 26 years until they married.

The love story, of course, was interesting, but what really hooked me was her shocking array of health problems. Three weeks after getting married, Tina had a stroke. Then, in 2016, she received a cancer diagnosis. Due to side effects from all the medication, she made the worst possible mistake, turning to alternative medicine for help.

One of the “treatments” was drinking water filtered through crystals, so you can guess what type of nonsense it was. The end result was kidney failure! Tina was literally on death’s door due to complete quackery. 

Because I have chronic health issues, I’ve also explored the alternative route. While I have nothing against the concept of Homeopathy and Naturopathy, they can not cure serious illnesses and quite often can make people sicker, if it prevents someone from seeking conventional medical treatment. It can be a viable option for back pain and headaches, but never, ever for strokes, cancer, or anything life-threatening. (Just look at the tragic outcome for Steve Jobs.)

In Tina Turner’s case, there was a happy ending: her husband donated a kidney to her and the transplant was successful. Even so, she admits to having complications and will require a lifetime of medication to prevent rejection. 

Anyone who is sick needs to find a doctor they trust. Conventional medicine doesn’t cure every thing; it does cure many things. Alternative theories and treatments can be added, but it shouldn’t be a substitute. New Age hocus pocus like crystals or a vegan diet won’t kill a cancerous tumor or reverse organ failure. 

You only get one body. Please take good care of it. When alternative medicine goes horribly wrong, the end result can be an untimely death.

Cut the Cable Cord with Google Chromecast

Did you know the average cable bill is $150.00 a month? That’s $1,800 annually—and many subscribers only watch a fraction of what they’re paying for. 

Around here, we love to watch TV and movies. Years ago, when cable was the only option, we did have it, but once streaming became popular, it was no longer important. 

One of the easiest—and cheapest—options for streaming is Google Chromecast. For $35.00, this little gadget allows you to watch movies, shows, live TV, listen to music, play video games, and more. It works with all the major apps like Netflix, HBO NOW, YouTube, Hulu, etc. 

Setting up Chromecast is super quick and painless—just plug it into an existing HDTV with HDMI connectivity. There is also a built-in WiFi connecting Chromecast to the internet through your home’s wireless network.

Another cool feature is that it’s voice activated. Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV with no hands required, as Chromecast and Google Home seamlessly work together.

Find Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player at Best Buy.

 

This post was sponsored by Best Buy.

Super Savings Saturday – 10/13/18

Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday.

It was a week of extremes—temperature, that is. From a record setting high of 85 degrees early, to a bone-chilling 41 degrees today, it’s been pretty weird. 

On the shopping front, I found lots of good deals on food. There wasn’t a single item that I needed or wanted at the drugstores, so I skipped them altogether. 

Shaws:

Green grapes, sale price $0.99/lb. Total: $5.81.

Eggplant, sale price $0.99/lb. Total: $4.93.

8 Signature Kitchen frozen veggies, sale price $0.69. Total: $5.52. (There was a strict limit of 8, or I would’ve bought much more.)

Market Basket:

4 Excedrin, sale price $1.99. I used 4 $2.00 manufacturer’s coupons. Total: Free.

3 Avocadoes, sale price $0.99. I used a $0.75/3 manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $2.22.

Bananas,  sale price $0.39/lb. Total: $9.74. (Some for eating, some for freezing, some for baking.)

3 Skippy peanut butter, sale price $2.00. I used 3 $1.00 manufacturer’s coupons. Total: $3.00. (I prefer Jif, but this is okay.)

Cains mayonnaise, sale price $2.50. I used a $2.00 manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $0.50.  (Also not my preferred brand—Hellman’s is the best—but a good price.)

Turkey breast, $0.99/lb. Total: $8.03. (I roasted the whole thing and turned it into one dinner, two lunches, and chili.)

Local Orchard:

We wanted to go apple picking. Intense rain changed our minds. Instead of picking our own, we bought a bushel that had a mix—Cortland, McIntosh, Macoun, Crispin, Gala, and Jonagold. The price was $50.00, for about 42 lbs. That is slightly higher than a grocery store’s cheapest apple, but we enjoy supporting local farms. 

 

Have you used any coupons lately?

Hotel Transylvania 3 Party Pack Giveaway

Just in time for Halloween, it’s a Spooktacular giveaway, featuring Hotel Transylvania 3! Grab some popcorn, candy, and costumes for a family-friendly good time.

We’ve been in love with the franchise ever since we watched the first movie and we couldn’t wait for the latest installment, which features the clan taking a break from their luxury hotel for a cruise vacation. (Imagine the typical activities on a cruise being done by creatures that are invisible or can fall apart and you can guess how wild it will be.)

Loving father and vampire, Dracula, his daughter Mavis, her human husband, their son, and all of their monster pals are included. When Mavis realizes that Dracula has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, even more chaos occurs.

One winner will receive a Hotel Transylvania 3 Party Pack that includes a Blu-Ray DVD and Trick-or-Treat themed pillow case, perfect for hosting a Halloween event for the ghouls and goblins of your choice.

This giveaway is open until 10/26/18. Good luck!

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