An Alternative To Prescription Meds and Cannabis

I have written a few times about my ulcerative colitis and IBS. Currently I do Humira injection every week. I worry though, because the potential side effects of the Humira can end up causing me more problems. I have to have blood work done every few months to check my liver function. In some cases, Humira can actually cause cirrhosis of the liver. That’s all I need is to have cirrhosis on top of my UC and IBS too!

Ulcerative Colitis can also manifest into the joints causing pain and discomfort not unlike arthritis. At only 39 years old have trouble getting up off the floor, finding a comfortable position to sleep because of joint pain, and have to make adaptions to my gardening because I just can’t crawl around like I used to.

In my quest for finding safer, alternative ideas to try I’ve come across a number of articles and research. CBD oil, cannabis, Turmeric, cayenne pepper, and even donor stool (yea I’m not trying that one). Each had benefits and each has had some research to support it. Not everyone is on-board with cannabis and it can be hard to get a medical script. CBD, because it’s not regulated, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting a quality product or even CBD at all.

Comfort! by Vergence has an option for pain relief, offering cannabis-like medicine without the cannabis.

Neuropath Brazos Minshew was featured on on NBC’s Desert Living discussing endocannabinoid system and plant based medicine:

This is where Comfort! by Vergence comes in.

Dr. Minshew and Abbatis successfully combined five phytocannabinoids to create Comfort!, including:

–          Turmeric phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy inflammatory response without the side effects of cannabis. Curcumin from turmeric powerfully activates cannabis receptors for relief of occasional pain1.

–          Ginger phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy COX-2 inflammatory response, balance leukotrienes and quiets certain genes associated with pain.

–          Kaemfera galangal phytocannabinoids and terpenes inhibit pain from multiple pathways, including histamine-induced, serotonin-induced and bradykinin-induced pain models.

–          Frankincense phytocannabinoids and terpenes strongly inhibit occasional pain that arises from the nervous system itself (neuropathic pain). This is important because, over time, the brain pathways related to occasional pain tend to experience pain even when nothing is really wrong.

–          Red Pepper phytocannabinoids and terpenes harmonize and amplify the cannabinoids of other plants. Further, pain is often worsened by obesity and obesity, in turn, may produce sensitivity to pain. Red Pepper reduces the pain process that is directly associated with obesity.

Dr. Brazos has dedicated his professional life to the development of wellness technologies that promote health and prolong vitality.  His cutting-edge work in bioscience has led to the creation of life-enhancing therapies and helped expand the knowledge and understanding of Functional Medicine.   He ranks among the most respected product developers in the burgeoning field of nutraceuticals. Brazos Minshew graduated Hollywood College in 1981 with a degree in Naturopathy, from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985 in Psychophysiology, from Brantridge Forrest School in 1987 as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and from Brantridge University in 1993 with a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for more than 35 years.  Dr. Minshew has significant experience in creating formal and ad hoc Medical Advisory Boards and Scientific Panels in support of Wellness initiatives worldwide. As a media contributor, Dr. Minshew has prepared over 250 Weekly Wellness Reports for 320,000 subscribers, as well as more than 180 VitaJournal articles with circulations exceeding 450,000 and produced a series of audiobooks including the acclaimed Body Systems 101.  He.  At the same time, his collection of YouTube videos on Health and Wellness have achieved thousands of visitors. As a speaker, Dr. Minshew’s travels have taken across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, where he averages more than 60 speaking engagements each year.

So you just want to know if it really works. I have been taking 1 capsule a day for a little over a week now. I’ve also recently gotten back into a regular workout routine. I’ve noticed I definitely don’t have the joint pain I had in my knees like I did. Squats, lunges, planks, didn’t bother me near as much as they normally do.

I’ve read a fair amount of articles about how tumeric and cayenne pepper can have anti-inflammatory properties too. Comfort! by Vergence is a great alternative to those that just aren’t sure about cannabis or CBD options but also don’t like the prescription drug route. Prescription drugs can be pricey too!

You can order a bottle of Comfort! by Vergence on their website.

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Things I Miss About Apartment Living

This post is sponsored by Diamondlinks. Any opinions expressed are my own. 

If you’re on the fence about renting an apartment vs buying a home I can tell you there are pros and cons to both.  When my first husband and I started a family we started renting first.  One reason was because he worked a job where, every time he got promoted, he’d be moved to a new area. And I’m not talking the next town over, one time it was a different state. So it really didn’t make sense for use to buy at the time.

There are benefits to apartment living. For one, you can find apartments in all different sizes and budgets and with or without amenities.  We lived in a small 2 bedroom apartment that wasn’t much initially but the landlord was nice and the rent was very reasonable.  It was a nice place for us to start.  It was quiet and not too busy so we had no complaints.   

As our family grew we needed more space but we were still in the same situation with my husband-of-the-time’s job. We were doing better and got a large 3 bedroom apartment in Columbia, SC.  It had a fire place, central heat and air, vaulted ceilings, two bathrooms, the community itself had a gym, a pool, and a club house for resident events.  It was a much larger complex and not as quiet.

So what was it I liked about apartment living? Well here’s a break down:

  • Renters insurance is much cheaper than homeowners insurance
  • The variety of apartments available From cheap no frills apartments to beautiful apartments like these apartments in north bergen
  • If something needs fixed you just call the landlord no worrying about being home to meet the plumber or who to call if the roof is leaking.
  • Most reputable apartment complexes will maintain things like: the pool, insect prevention, landscaping, has some type of security, etc.  
  • Great when you know you will only be in an area short term and aren’t sure when or where you want to settle into home ownership. 
  • You don’t have as much maintenance to do.  Things like cutting the grass, weeding the gardens, shoveling the sidewalks and parking area, or exterior building work is usually handled by the apartment’s landlord. 

What do you like about apartment living?

DIY Flowers Arrangements for Your Wedding or Event from Bloominous

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I just heard about the coolest website for DIY floral arrangements kits for weddings and events. I didn’t even realized there was a site that offered a service like that.  Many brides turn to DIY to save costs, but the process of researching, purchasing, and arranging florals often end up causing more stress andeven costing more money. Recognizing this need gap, Bloominous launched in 2014 to give brides analternative option for DIY wedding flowers.

So what are the would be the advantages for using Bloominous for a wedding / event? :

1. Cost Saving:

• With Bloominous, brides will be able to save anywhere from 30% to 50% off their

original floral budget. Have you priced wedding flowers from a florist lately? Yikes!

• Each piece is priced without the typical 300% markup from wedding florists, e.g. $5

boutonnieres, $40 centerpieces, and $50 bouquets

• Most DIY floral services do not send ‘prepped’ flowers, but ours come cut-to-order,

dethorned, and trimmed, so brides save time, money, and less stress.

• Each kit comes with step-by-step photo instructions for easy assembling within 10

to 20 minutes per piece, as well as flower care products and design tips




2. Quality, Professional Design:

• All collections featuring specialty flowers are designed bya florist with 10+ years of

experience in event and floral design

• It’s not just the flowers—from trends to vases to favors, we design the whole look

for your inspiration, in our offerings and blog

This ‘florist-at-their-fingertips’ experience is not to be missed. Bloominous is making

DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try.

Check it out at


Ipersonally love the idea of Bloominous.  Certainly from the cost saving aspect but the kits are truly beautiful.  I particularly like the Eco Chic Collection.  I’ve not seen too many, if any, services offered like this before, have you?


Visit and tell me which collection you like the best