Joyful Living Services' Newsletter

December 2013
Merry Christmas
and Happy Holidays
Dear Customers, Clients, and Colleagues,

Here at JLS "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"!  We had over 6 inches of snow on the ground and had a lot of fun sledding down the hill on our property.  That can be very hazardous to your health though because on each side of the path are fruit trees and you never know when the sled might turn just a little bit the wrong way and you can find yourself head first into a fig or peach tree! (Be sure to click on the link above to listen to the utube song.)

Christmas for me is a time of family togetherness.  We normally host Christmas here and have 18+ people attend.  This year we will be doing some traveling and we will also be hosting.  I expect it to be another wonderful holiday season.

Definition of Christmas: Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness".

The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6, in connection with Epiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for the Armenian Apostolic Church and in Armenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2013, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6, which on the Gregorian calendar translate as January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eriteria, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and the Republic of Moldova celebrate Christmas on what in the Gregorian calendar is January 7. Eastern Orthodox Churches in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Antioch, Alexandria, Albania, Finland, and the Orthodox Church in America celebrate Christmas on December 25 in the revised Julian calendar, corresponding to December 25 also in the Gregorian calendar.

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.

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I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.



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JLS IIPA New Members/Members

We are happy to announce that Michel Stornello of Naturopathie - Iridologie - Yoga  has become a member of IIPA (International Iridology Practitioner's Association) through Joyful Living Services.   Congratulations Michel!

If you would like to become a member of IIPA through us the cost is $50.  The benefits include a monthly newsletter on iridology as well as being able to become certified by IIPA and attending their events at a reduced rate.  We are happy to be able to offer this membership to you.  Please let us know if you are interested.

The IIPA Annual Symposium will be held on February 21-23, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  To register for this event call 888-682-2208 or e-mail

Congratulations to the following professionals who are now Associate Members of IIPA through Joyful Living Services

  1. Maria Pina Bramante, B.A., Italy
  2. Dr. Cindy Cork, Canada
  3. Denise Coyle, Ireland
  4. Dr. Anne Murray, USA
  5. Loretta Ross, B.S., USA
  6. Irina Kouchnir, B.S., USA
  7. Regina Catherine Iggulden, South Africa
  8. Ulysses Leopoldo Angulo, USA
  9. Dr. Diane Collins, USA
  10. Debbie Young C.C.Ir., USA
  11. Toi Holliday, USA
  12. Anne Sewall
  13. Dr. Woody Metellus, ND
  14. Justo Saavedra, Master of Science in Information Systems
  15. Ebony Taylor, USA
  16. Cindy Gould, Sacred Earth Aromatics
  17. James H. Phillips, Jr, BS, DC, Iridology, Herbs, and Wellness
  18. Lucia Micuchova, Slovakia
  19. Michel Stornello, Canada
Congratulations to the following professionals who are now Associate Members of IIPA through Joyful Living Services
  1. Maria Pina Bramante, B.A.
  2. Dr. Cindy Cork
  3. Denise Coyle
  4. Dr. Anne Murray
  5. Loretta Ross, B.S.
  6. Irina Kouchnir, B.S.
  7. Regina Catherine Iggulden
  8. Ulysses Leopoldo Angulo
  9. Dr. Diane Collins
  10. Debbie Young C.C.Ir.
  11. Toi Holliday
  12. Anne Sewall
  13. Dr. Woody Metellus, ND
  14. Justo Saavedra, Master of Science in Information Systems
  15. Ebony Taylor
  16. Cindy Gould, Sacred Earth Aromatics
  17. James H. Phillips, Jr, BS, DC, Iridology, Herbs, and Wellness
  18. Lucia Micuchova, Slovakia
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Joyful Living Services' Recent Graduates

Congratulations to the following Joyful Living Services' graduates!  Please contact them if you are interested in consulting with them:

Certified Fertility Counselor
Natalie Fuoco
Shelby Township, MI

Telephone: 248-953-4060

Certified Health and Nutrition Counselor Course
Steven J. Thompson
Ashland, OR
Telephone: 541-621-7310

Certified Iridologist
Lucia has completed all 3 of our iridology courses and has passed our final exam!  Congratulations Lucia!
Lucia Micuchova
Kosice, Slovakia

Advanced Iridology Course
Debra E. Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT
Pennsburg, PA
Telephone: 610-442-2302

Beginning and Intermediate Iridology Courses
Jennifer Cusmano
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Telephone: 908-832-6464

You can learn about all our courses on our web site at:

If you have questions please contact Brenda at JLS at 530-878-1119 or e-mail to

Congratulations to the following professionals who are now Associate Members of IIPA through Joyful Living Services
  1. Maria Pina Bramante, B.A.
  2. Dr. Cindy Cork
  3. Denise Coyle
  4. Dr. Anne Murray
  5. Loretta Ross, B.S.
  6. Irina Kouchnir, B.S.
  7. Regina Catherine Iggulden
  8. Ulysses Leopoldo Angulo
  9. Dr. Diane Collins
  10. Debbie Young C.C.Ir.
  11. Toi Holliday
  12. Anne Sewall
  13. Dr. Woody Metellus, ND
  14. Justo Saavedra, Master of Science in Information Systems
  15. Ebony Taylor
  16. Cindy Gould, Sacred Earth Aromatics
  17. James H. Phillips, Jr, BS, DC, Iridology, Herbs, and Wellness
  18. Lucia Micuchova, Slovakia

Joyful Living Services is happy to announce that the following Certified Iridologists are also Certified Iridologist Practitioner's through the New Eden School of Natural Health:


Ken Maher
Shreveport, LA
Telephones: 318-687-0882, 318-426-3750 (Day)
Certified Iridologist Practitioner (C.I.P.) Graduate, August 5, 2011
Click here to see a copy of Ken's CIP Diploma.

IRELAND - County Roscommon

Denise Coyle
County Roscommon, Ireland
Telephone: 011 353 85 160 4925
Certified Iridologist Practitioner (C.I.P.) Graduate, August 10, 2011
Click here to see a copy of Denise's CIP Diploma.
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MSG:  The Hidden Poison In Your Food

Have you ever noticed that after eating certain foods or at certain restaurants you get strange symptoms such as excessive thirst, tingly hands, rapid heartbeat, mild headaches, nausea or irritable bowel?  Or perhaps you noticed that you are unable to fall asleep, have weird dreams and wake up with stiff achy joints. Or better yet, how about sudden unexplained anxiety, temper swing, or mental confusion? All of these symptoms and many more are associated with the presence of MSG in your food. Why on earth would a food additive that can cause such adverse reactions be allowed in our food today? The answer lies in the history of this additive and the money it has made for the food industry.

Back in the year 1948, at the Stevens hotel in Chicago, a meeting took place which changed the face of food manufacturing like none before. The effects would be far rippling into our present day. This was the meeting which unveiled MSG as a magical food additive.  The most influential members of the food industry were present, representing Campbells, General Mills, Continental foods, Nestles, United Airlines Food service and the National Livestock and Meat board.  The meeting was presided over by the Chief Quartermaster of the U.S. Armed forces. The subject of MSG was discussed and how US soldiers had noticed how it turned the Japanese food rations during World War II into palatable food rations. The meeting lasted 8 hours and by the end the leading food manufacturing were all looking at MSG for the following key promises: Improved flavor and odor appeal, ability to suppress undesirable flavors, suppresses bitterness and sourness and the ability to cover the tin taste from canned foods. They were later to discover that adding this miracle additive to their foods would create an irresistible desire to eat more of the same food.

Today the food industry has saturated the market with this food additive. It is almost impossible to pick up pre-packaged food which does not contain it.  From your childhood favorites like chicken noodle soup, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Jimmy Dean Sausage to  Swansons chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, taco mix and breads. Even the gluten free products popping up on the market are often hiding MSG in order to improve the taste of the products.

It wasn't until 1968 that the first reactions to MSG were noticed and reported by Dr. Ho Man Kwok, who wrote about his reactions in the New England Journal of medicine.  This opened the door for independent researchers and people to come forward to tell how they were noticing effects from this food additive. The infamous "Chinese restaurant" syndrome is well recognized to be caused by MSG.  Typical exposure would trigger: severe headaches, heart palpitations, numbness and tingling extremities, loss of mental clarity, vision disturbances, diarrhea, muscle aches and pains and dream disturbances. Researchers have found that 30 % of the population will have severe adverse reactions to MSG.

What people don't realize is that there is so much MSG in our food today that we are slowly being poisoned by the substance. The effects are cumulative so reactions can be much more subtle when you are consuming it on a daily basis for years. Let me explain some of the ways MSG affects your body:

Gastrointestinal: cramps, diarrhea, nausea, gas and bloating and a feeling of being hungry all the time. MSG depletes the amino acid taurine which in turns impairs the production of bile from the gallbladder.  It also affects the lining of the intestinal tract causing food allergy reactions.  

Cardio Vascular: rapid heart rate, sudden high or low blood pressure, ringing of the ears and vasodilatation- creating migraines and headaches. The neurological effects will also cause pain and tingling down the arm mimicking a heart attack.

Neurological: Depression, Mood swings, Rage reactions, Migraine headache, Dizziness, Light-headedness, Loss of balance, slurring of speech, Mental confusion, Panic attacks. Numbness and Tingling, Crawly feelings on the skin, Chills and Shakes, Hot flashes. Note:  MSG poisoning often mimics Alzheimer's disease and Dementia.

Endocrine System Imbalances: Hormones don't seem to work well and are very hard to bring into balance. Menopause symptoms are exaggerated and uncontrollable. Blood sugar becomes out of balance because the MSG causes the pancreas to secrete insulin even though you did not consume sugar. This causes the blood sugar to dive and sudden uncontrolled hunger to appear.  MSG wreaks havoc with the metabolism and can cause weight gain as well. Research has found that MSG induces insulin resistance and Leptin resistance increasing the likelihood of being overweight by 3 fold.  Insulin is the hormone that brings sugar into the cells, with insulin resistance your body does not react to insulin which results in high blood sugar, pre-diabetes and weight gain. Leptin is a hormone which signals the body when you are full and to stop being hungry. It also warns your body when you begin storing too much fat. With Leptin resistance you find your hunger is not satisfied and your body keeps piling on extra weight.

Vision Problems: Blurred vision, Difficulty focusing and Pressure around eyes

Muscular: Flu-like achiness, Joint pain and Stiffness

Skin Reactions: hives, rashes, crawly skin, swelling of the tongue, bags under the eyes

Respiratory: shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, asthma, runny nose, sneezing

Urological: Bladder pain (with frequency), Swelling of the prostate, frequent urination 

Children often get Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, ADD and ADHD, insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares, uncontrolled urination or bowel movements.   

From this sampling of the most common symptoms of MSG poisoning, you can see that this food additive may be affecting a lot more people than is recognized.  The only way to truly know how much this additive is affecting your health is to remove it from your diet for several weeks. This is easier said than done as MSG has many hidden names which manufacturers use in order to hide the additive from the public. Here is a list of the most common names of of MSG or food sources which are known to contain MSG.

The Many Names of MSG
Ingredients which contain MSG:  MSG, Monosodium Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,  Protein, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Plant Protein Extract, Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Caseinate, Yeast Extract, Textured Protein, Autolyzed Protein, Autolyzed Yeast, and Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Umami.

Frequently Contain MSG: Malt extract, Malt Flavoring, Maltodextrin, Bouillon, Broth, Stock, Flavoring, Natural Flavoring, Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring, the use of the term "Seasoning and Spices" on the label.

May create free glutamic acid in manufacturing, which may create an MSG reaction:  Enzymes, Soy Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, and Protein Concentrate, whey protein isolate.

Foods to watch out for include: Carrageenan, Soybean milk (naturally high in glutamate & often has hydrolyzed vegetable protein added to it), kombu, miso, and soy sauces all contain MSG. Tapioca starch, Citric Acid  (often made from corn and may be reactive). Avoid  low fat or no fat  as these are heat treated and this causes the proteins to be denatured releasing glutamic acid.

You will also find MSG in any fried and breaded foods, canned soups (Campbells soup uses straight MSG in most of their soups), any products that come ready made in a box or frozen pre-made dinners, and many sandwich meats. 

Read your labels, companies often tell white lies for instance Swansons Soup broth states that there is no MSG added on the front of the label. However is you read the label you will see that they include Autolyzed Yeast Extract in the product, which creates MSG in the way they process it.  

Educate yourself:  Search the web for MSG and you will find many websites dedicated to helping educate you about this food additive. There are also several books on MSG, available on, I recommend:
Excitotoxins the Taste that Kills by Russell Blaylock, M.D.
See this video interview with Dr. Blaylock on the subject of MSG in foods:
How to Detox and Repair from MSG Poisoning:
Because MSG affects so many systems and organs of the body the repair and detoxification can be a bit of a challenge. I have comprised a list of supplements I found to be particularly helpful in clearing MSG from the body quickly and repairing the damage it has done to the body.

Organ or System supported
Guide to Recommended dose
Milk Thistle Combination #4076-5 Clears MSG / liver and kidneys 1-2 tablets 3 X daily
Echinacea #263-8 also consider  using goldenseal, or garlic Clears MSG / blood and lymph 2-3 capsules 3 X daily
Burdock Root #140-2 Repairs Hypothalamus gland, appetite and hormone balance 3 capsules twice daily
High Potency Grapine #1699-3 Antioxidant which crosses the blood-brain barrier to reduce inflammation and clear toxins 1 tablet 3 X daily
Feverfew concentrate #288-1 Reduces headaches/migraines 1-2 capsules 2-3 X daily
Brain Protex 3114-1 Repair brain damage / restore memory and focus 2 capsules 2-4 X daily
B12  Neurological symptoms –helps stop numbness and tingling 5000 -10,000 mcg. daily
Hawthorn Berries # 370-3 Supports the heart, balances heartbeat 3 capsules 1-3 X daily
COQ10  #4109-8 Support heart function, protects the heart 1-2 daily
L-Taurine (amino acid) *very important w/ MSG poisoning Depleted by MSG, irregular heart rhythm, brain function, insulin, fat digestion, eyesight and nervous system 1000mg.- 6000 mg. daily
Magnesium Complex #1859-8 Supports for heart, HBP, headaches, Neurological 2 capsules 2-3 X daily
MSM   #4059-4 Repairs digestive tract, reduces inflammation, helps with detoxification 2100 – 6000mg. daily
Intestinal Soothe and Build #1106-2 could also use Aloe Vera juice or Noni juice Repair intestinal lining 1-2 capsules 3 X daily
Noni Juice or capsules Pancreas support/ balance blood sugar 6 capsules or 2 ounces

Avoid Caffeine as MSG seems to magnify the effects of caffeine. It would be best to limit caffeine to white or green teas or decaf coffee. Drink lots of water to help flush the system of MSG   Use higher doses on supplements for the first 2-4 weeks until you feel much better. Then gradually decrease and eliminate them.  

Beware of the new Umami Burgers:  There's new trendy restaurants popping up all across California as well as openings in Miami Florida and New York City, they all serve the hottest new burger called the Umami burger.  But what is Umami? 

 Umami is the taste of free glutamate, it is coined the "fifth taste" which is savory after sweet, sour, salty and bitter.  For many people, free glutamate can have the same effects on your body as MSG, I suspect it has to do with just how much is present in the food. (Since to make MSG you take glutamate broth, add sodium, dry it and that produces MSG crystals). Umami burgers are designed to optimize the levels of free glutamate bringing the burger to about 2100 mg. of free glutamate, while a fresh tomato contains about 140 mg.  If you are MSG sensitive it may be wise to avoid these particular burgers, as some people react to high amounts of even natural glutamates.

Studies suggest that approximately 30 % of the population is very sensitive to MSG.  I suspect that this sensitivity increases with age, as I have spoke to many women who have become more sensitive to this additive at around age 50.  Other factors have to do with how much you consume on a daily basis, water intake, hormone balance, how toxic is your system and if you exercise regularly (as it seems to me that MSG gathers in the lymphatic system).

I wanted to make you aware of this controversial food additive so you can make an educated decision for yourself as to whether or not it is effecting your health.  I have tried to give you what I consider to be the most accurate information I could find on the subject, but it is a tough subject to find clear answers on. 

Please contact me with any comments, personal experiences or questions,

Valerie Greguire,
Natural Health Counselor/Educator/Certified Herbalist
E-mail me for a personal consultation to help you evaluate your needed supplements at

Disclaimer:  Supplement recommendations are not designed to treat a disease condition. Discussions are for educational purposes only. Supplements should be used to nourish and strengthen the natural function of the various body organs and systems so that they will have a greater capacity to heal themselves. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations. Any questions or concerns that you have regarding existing medical conditions, or the use of medications with supplements, should be discussed with your nutritionally oriented medical doctor.  
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The Study of Iridology: Animal and Equine Iridology

Animal Iridology
The eye of the animal, whether it is human, dog, cat or horse, is not limited for seeing the outside world; iridology technicians use it as a window to see images within the body. It is a form of communication between the iridologist and the client. This science is used as a nutritional guide that can assist all animals toward a higher level of health.

              Dog Iris                                  Cat Iris

Equine Iridology
Whether you simply want to be able to keep your horse healthy, and understand why he has any issues and what they are, or if you are looking for a rewarding career working with horses, or if you are already a therapist and want to have another 'diagnostic' tool, then Equine Iridology could be the answer, it will fit in with any other type of career as once qualified you can work to suit yourself.
Iridology is a safe, painless and non-intrusive form of analysis via the study of the iris using magnification. In this way inherited genetic strengths and weaknesses plus tendencies towards certain organ/system dysfunctions may be ascertained. Many illnesses are simply symptoms of an organ malfunction.  Iridology can reveal the root cause of the illness so that the right treatment is easier and more effective.

Quite simply it allows you to "see" inside the horse to pinpoint where there is a problem that is the reason behind behavioral problems and physical problems.  So many times horses’ symptoms are misdiagnosed due to lack of information and the fact the horse is unable to tell you where it hurts or what is wrong.  With iridology you can see not only where there is a problem, but where there is the likelihood of a problem occurring due to either old injuries or inherited weakness.

The iris is divided into areas, like the face of a clock,


Apart from discovering what is wrong with your horse or pony, Iridology can be of assistance in the buying and or training of high performance horses, i.e. racing, eventing, or endurance riding.  You would be able to tell which horses had old injuries or had inherited temperament issues or an inherited or genetic weakness. This information cannot be detected by a conventional veterinary examination, which can only tell you if the horse is sound in wind, heart and limb, on the day.

For example, inherited kidney weakness is one of the main things that will show up clearly in the eye and horses who have this weakness are prone to tying up and also the "sore back" or "cold back" syndrome.
You can learn more about animal/equine iridology at:

Equine Health as Seen Through the Eye International at:

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