Author Publishes Auto-Immune Disease Self-Healing Book

by Ginny Chandoha

Ginny Chandoha was diagnosed in 2009 with a rare and incurable auto-immune disease, Lichen Sclerosis, but within eight months had fully resolved and recovered from it.

“I refused to allow an auto-immune disease to become a part of my life and that started my search for possible causes and a way to cure myself,” she states, “and what I learned changed my life.”

lichen_sclerosis_bookPrompted by her physician to write the book, her journey from diagnosis to full recovery is described in Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease. Ginny believes that the contents “Can benefit people on many levels including those with chronic illnesses, those that are healthy and wish to remain so, and for health care professionals who want to do more to help their patients with chronic illnesses, and illness in general.”

In the book’s Foreword by Dr. Steven Coward, he writes: “Its content is vast, deep, and well-researched…It’s one of those books every health care provider should read, and that everyone would benefit from reading…”

“For years I thought I was doing everything right,” she continued. “I took my vitamins regularly, ate lots of salads, did the things most everyone considers healthy. I was shocked to discover that my vitamins were 100% synthetic and not readily absorbed by the human body, products I used daily contained heavy metals that studies found were absorbed into the body and concentrated in malignant tumors. I had to examine everything I had previously taken for granted for my entire life and make health changing adjustments. I put everything I learned into the book.”

In her book Ginny details the healing protocol she developed. “There are many facets to the healing protocol,” she explained. “In trying to regain health most people focus on food, but there are many other things that contribute to illness that are routinely overlooked. For example, a chemical found in most of our every day products accumulates in our body and destroys the protein structure of our skin cells, which is a precursor to skin cancer. While the healing protocol addresses the obvious contributors to illness, most importantly it eliminates these toxic accumulations and helps the body heal itself on a cellular level.”

What makes Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease stand apart from other self-help books is that it includes case studies she personally worked with who fully regained their health by following the recommendations and healing protocol that are discussed in depth in her book.

“The case studies include both genders and range in age from very young to adult, and in each instance the case studies had seen multiple doctors for various ailments, and had been on multiple prescriptions without relief. After following the recommendations and healing protocol as described in the book, they are fully recovered and, like myself, have remained healthy and disease-free for over 4 years,” the author said.

Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease is a print-on-demand paperback available online at and Barnes &, and is also available in Europe and Australia.

About the Author
In addition to the release of Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease, Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press. Having spent many years in the publishing industry, she was a contributing editor of several travel trade publications and has published several health articles for Soap For Goodness Sake. She and her husband live in northern New England and organically raise chickens and grow their own organic vegetables.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

September 2014

Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas

Most of the bathhouses in Hot Springs were built around the turn of the last century at the height of spa popularity.  Situated in the Ouachita mountains, the bathhouses are sitting above hot springs that were known for their healing spring waters.  Today, many of the bathhouses have been transformed into restaurants and visitor centers.

Buckstaff Bathhouse - Bathhouse Row - Hot Springs, ArkansasBuckstaff Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas – The Buckstaff Bathhouse which originally opened in 1912, is the only remaining operational bathhouse in Hot Springs.

  Bath HouseThe Quapaw Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Quapaw was originally opened in 1922.  It was named after a local Indian tribe.

Bath House

Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas


Bath House

Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas

2014.09.22- Bath House Row - Hot Springs 011 Superior Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This one is now a restaurant and Brewery. Only root beer is brewed here at this time.  Nice place to grab a bite or have a drink while people watching.

Downtown - Bath House Row - Shopping and places to eat - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Downtown – Bathhouse Row – Shopping and places to eat – Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Spring by the walking trail – Hot Springs, Arkansas

It was actually a good workout just to get up the hill to the walking path.  Gravity is very noticeable on the way up.  I need to do that about 10 times a day.

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Spring running down the hill into a pool – Hot Springs, Arkansas

The hot springs in this area are still very much active in downtown Hot Springs.  There is a public fountain were you can fill your cup or your jugs with the springs water.  We met a couple filling gallon jugs with spring water to take back home declaring it is the best water you could ever drink.  The water is directed to underground tanks to cool before it is sent to the public fountain.  We were told that the water comes out of the ground hot enough to burn your skin so it must be cooled before it is ready for the public fountain. Next trip I will be sure to take a picture of the public fountain.

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Walking Trails – Hot Springs, Arkansas


Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Lake Ouachita – Hot Springs, Arkansas


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River Below Lake Ouachita (runs into Lake Hamilton) Hot Springs, Arkansas


Natural Woman: Natural and Organic Makeup – See How It Looks

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Reasons that top the list for using natural and organic makeup are that they are better for your skin as well as being better for the environment. Nontoxic skin care products are a healthier choice for your skin and allow you to look and feel your best.

Using top-quality makeup is key to achieving a great look. Here, Lisa is modeling some of our products so that you can get an idea of what the cosmetics will look like on.

Natural and Organic Makeup

She starts by cleansing and moisturizing her face with Exactly Organics face cleanser and moisturizer. She then gives her skin a bit of a boost by applying Miessence Organic Balancing Skin Conditioner.


For foundation, Lisa begins with applying Miessence Honey Translucent Foundation (liquid) which offers sheer coverage. For concealer around the eyes she uses Ecco Bella FlowerColor Cover Up in Beige. Next, she applies Ecco Bella FlowerColor Face Powder in the color Fair which offers a medium coverage and smoothes the look. To contour, she uses a little darker shade of Face Powder in Light. You can also use a bronzer to contour.

For the colors Lisa is wearing:

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in Ivy applied with a wet liner brush


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Eye Shadow in Deep Taupe in the crease and blended

 +eccobella_shimmer_dust_120Ecco Bella FlowerColor Shimmer Dust in Star to highlight


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in brown to fill in the brows


Ecco Bella Burgundy Rose


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick in Peach Frost


Finished off with Ecco Bella Botanicals Flower Color Natural Mascara in black

 Lisa commented that she likes the Ecco Bella blush, eye shadows, and powder liners better than other mineral/natural makeups. The color pigments are richer and take less to put on. They also hold their color throughout the day.

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Be Inspired. Create a color pallet to fit your own unique style.

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Beach Colors – Makeup Inspired by Island Sands

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This collection produces a clean, fresh look. The Ecco Bella colors suggest blends inspired by the islands. Ecco Bella has taken the guess work out color blends for you with eyeshadow colors of Vanilla, Heather and Deep Taupe. Vanilla is perfect for under the brow and corners of your eyes. Heather is a warm shade that looks great all over the eyelid. Deep Taupe is a warm tan that looks superb in the outer V and crease.



Create a sleek outline with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Brown Powder Eyeliner Refill. Brown liner powder is perfect for adding definition to your upper and lower lashes.




Brighten up with color  with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Blush Coral Rose Refill




Ecco Bella’s eco-friendly FlowerColor Paperback Duo Compact fits 4 eye shadows/powder eye liner refills or 2 eye shadows + blush color refill.





Complete your natural look with Peach Frost lipstick and Peace gloss or smooth on Ecco Bella’s Spice Vitamin E Lip Smoother.




WATERMELON: The Ultimate “Sports Drink”

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By Ginny Chandoha

With the onset of summer and the heat rising, people often quench their thirst, especially during exercise, with sports drinks.

The intention of sports drinks is to hydrate and energize during a workout. Even when not exercising, during sweltering days we sweat, and through our sweat we lose not only toxins, but also electrolytes.

What are electrolytes?watermelon sports drink

You might say that our central nervous system is the main electrical system throughout our body, with our brain being the main circuit breaker. Our brain and body are a mass of electrical biochemical interactions (synapses). A synapse is an intricate network over which one neuron (nerve cell) passes an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.

Specific minerals are referred to as electrolytes because they are minerals that can conduct an electrical charge. Electrolytes are micronutrient minerals that are essential for nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and physiological functions. Without them we wouldn’t be able to blink, flex a muscle, or function at all. There are many micronutrients lost during sweating, but the major ones are sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Water cannot replace these lost elements.

The average athlete can lose in excess of 4500 mg of salt per liter of sweat. Depending upon external conditions and athletic conditioning, one can lose 2.2 liters of fluid per hour.

Low electrolyte symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Dizziness/Fainting
  • Confusion

What’s in sports drinks?

Many people turn to sports drinks to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes. Typically these have a high level of sugar, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweetener, caffeine, along with artificial flavors, colors, and synthetic mineral replacements. To make matters worse, since water is the largest sports drink ingredient, quite likely it contains fluoride.

Caffeine has been shown to leach out the minerals the body needs for proper hydration and electrolyte balance. In addition, many sports drinks leave out key micronutrients such as magnesium and potassium which are vital for sufficient blood flow, proper nerve conduction, muscle contraction, and cell division.

Why watermelon is the ultimate “sports drink”

Watermelon NutritionMy favorite all-natural electrolyte replacement, both during or after physical exertion, as well as simply for rehydration, is 8 cups of watermelon liquefied in a blender with a pinch of Himalayan pink salt added. Because watermelon is a whole food, not only does it contain essential electrolytes, but it also contains vitamins, phytosterols, and a host of other important micronutrients, as well as fiber.

The chart at right shows what watermelon naturally provides:

Another excellent hydrator with abundant electrolytes is coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk). It is sold in bottles and can sometimes be found in refrigerated sections of health food stores or food co-ops. It’s also available from an immature green coconut. However, both bottled coconut water and immature green coconuts are not always easy to find.

Not just for humans
On a hot summer day, to give my chickens a boost, I finely chop watermelon, toss the small (1/4 inch) chips on the ground, and watch as they gobble it up and then drink the residual watermelon liquid left at the bottom of the emptied bowl.

About the Author
Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press. Having spent many years in the publishing industry, she has been a contributing editor of several travel trade publications and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease.” She and her husband live in northern New England and organically raise chickens and grow their own organic vegetables.


Eggs: More Than Just An Empty Shell

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By Ginny Chandoha

Over the years various food groups have fallen in disfavor, with eggs being vilified for their cholesterol content.eggs_nest

But cholesterol is a complex molecule that is made in, and recycled by the liver. It is a fatty, waxy substance our body needs to line the membranes of every cell, and the sterol in cholesterol is a precursor for the manufacture of steroids.

We also derive cholesterol from our diet, but did you know that there are different size cholesterol molecules or why that makes a difference? It is the small cholesterol molecules found in processed, non-whole foods that clog our arteries, while cholesterol from whole foods such as eggs are large molecule and easily pass through the bloodstream to our liver.

Stress is another cause for an increase in cholesterol production, therefore it makes sense that eggs from happy, organically raised, free range chickens test lower in cholesterol content than those that are factory farmed.

Eggs have been an important whole food since humans first discovered they were edible. Here’s why:

Eggshell – The shell of an egg is 95% calcium bicarbonate which is the most bioavailable form of calcium the body needs and can utilize immediately.

Membrane – The eggshell membrane contains many bioavailable substances that our body needs including:

  • Collagen is a fibrous protein important for the strength and elasticity of cartilage and connective tissue
  • Elastin gives tissue elastic tension so skin resumes its shape after stretching, and is a protein that is integral for cardiovascular, cartilage and spinal health
  • Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are vital polysaccarides that are structural components of connective tissue, skeletal structure, and extracellular fluids. Glycosaminoglycans include glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Transforming Growth Factor-b is a protein that is crucial for immune function and cellular differentiation
  • Desmosine and isodesmosine are amino acids that give elastin its elasticity

• Whole Egg – While the yolk is the most nutritious part, one whole egg contains:

  • Vitamin D – as much as 41IU
  • Calcium – a minimum of 24mg
  • Protein – a minimum of 6 grams
  • Biotin – a coenzyme known as Vitamin H and is integral in the support of healthy skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells
  • Choline – is an essential nutrient for fetal brain development and maintaining brain cell membrane structure in adults, and is a key neuro-transmitter component. It is also a vital element in preventing birth defects
  • Lutein from eggs is the most bioavailable source than from any other food group, and is an antioxidant important for eye health and prevention of macular degeneration
  • Zeaxanthin – is another eye health antioxidant that works in tandem with lutein
  • DHA and AA – Docosahexagenoic Acid (DHA) is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain development and cell signaling. Arachidonic Acid (AA) is an Omega-6 fatty acid that supports brain health, and is a precursor to eicosanoids that are important components in immunity, blood clotting, and other vital functions
  • Carotenoids – are powerful antioxidants
  • Vitamins and Minerals – including Vitamins A, E, K, B12, B-complex, as well as trace minerals of Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese, and Selenium

How to Eat an Entire Egg
I used to eat my store-bought eggs over easy, scrambled, hard boiled, and raw, and throw away the shell. Now I consume every part of an organic egg. Let’s start with the outside and work our way in.

The Shell – After emptying the contents, I thoroughly rinse the eggshell in hot water and use my finger to rub the interior until left over egg white is rinsed away (the interior no egg_shell_capsuleslonger feels slimey). This will help reduce excessive foaming when the eggshells are boiled. Do not use any type of soap or detergent as the shell is porous and can absorb unwanted ingredients (note that store-bought eggs are always chemically pre-washed), place in a pot of cold water, cover and bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to cool. When cool, thoroughly rinse the boiled eggshells and air dry for 24 hours. I store the dried eggshells in a stainless steel container that I keep on my counter, and to add to it I manually crush down the shells until my container is full. Next I put the semi-crushed eggshells in a grain mill (a coffee or herb grinder also work) and grind until the shells are reduced to a fine powdery grit that I store in a glass jar. While this powder consists of pure calcium bicarbonate and membrane nutrients and can be added to smoothies or other foods, it is too gritty for my taste. Instead, using a manual capsule making machine and empty vegetarian capsules, I make my own calcium supplements for pennies. How many pennies? I used to purchase organic raw calcium supplements at a cost of $40 per bottle of 150 capsules and would need 5 bottles per year for a total of $200. Now I buy vegetarian capsules at wholesale price, and 750 calcium capsules using my own eggshells costs a total of $8.60 per year.

I also coarse grind the eggshells and feed them to my chickens as part of their daily calcium supplement.

The Membrane – When making an organic fruit shake, I peel the raw membrane out of the shell and blend it in the shake. Otherwise, as part of boiled shells it is ground up and becomes part of my daily calcium supplement.

The Egg White – I used to think I was eating healthy by putting an entire raw egg in my fruit shake. That was until I learned about Avidin. Raw egg whites contain the antimicrobial scrambled_eggsprotein avidin that binds with biotin in the yolk, preventing biotin from being absorbed into the body. Cooking the egg white frees biotin by neutralizing avidin. Now when consuming raw egg, I separate the white from the yolk and use the raw white for other cooking uses.

The Egg Yolk – Raw egg yolk contains fragile essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as healthy large molecule cholesterol. Cooking the yolk not only destroys the omega fatty acids, but it also oxidizes the cholesterol, turning it into an unhealthy, artery clogging small molecule. Now when I cook whole organic eggs, to get the maximum nutritional benefit I make sure the white is fully opaque, but the yolk is still runny.

The Egg Myth – Many people make the assumption that chickens and their eggs naturally contain salmonella, but that bacteria is not normally present in the natural environment. Salmonella has to be introduced into the environment either from contaminated garments, including shoes, tools or machinery used in processing eggs, or it can arise from filthy factory farming conditions under which most store-bought eggs are raised, and which have been involved in massive salmonella-tainted egg recalls. Chickens raised and pastured in a clean environment do not typically carry salmonella. Plus the egg shell is coated with “bloom,” a clear liquid that dries almost instantly when the egg is laid that protects bacteria from entering the porous shell and contaminating the egg contents. Water destroys the bloom and will allow bacteria to immediately penetrate the eggshell. We never wash our eggs and most of the time they are perfect. Occasionally we’ll get one with a tiny bit of soil on it that I rub off as much as possible immediately, but I still don’t wash them, not even before cracking them open, and we’ve never gotten sick from eating eggs from pastured chickens.

About the Author
Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press. Having spent many years in the publishing industry, she has been a contributing editor of several travel trade publications and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Lichen Sclerosis: Beating the Disease.” She and her husband live in northern New England and organically raise chickens and grow their own vegetables.


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