Blog Blizzard – Erika M Szabo – Author

My name is Erika M Szabo, I am an Alternative Medicine practitioner and author. I am a Hungarian born American; I live in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. I received my PhD in Alternative Medicine ten years ago and published a few books in this subject in Hungarian and English.

I love the art of healing and I love to bring awareness about Holistic Healing; however, writing about dry medical facts doesn’t satisfy my thirst for storytelling. The ancient history of the Huns always fascinated me, it is full of holes, mysteries and speculations; there are only a few written facts about my ancestors besides their legends. I use my fertile imagination to fill the historical voids in my alternative history/fantasy Ilona the Hun trilogy.

I like to raise questions such as – What if healing by touch could be possible? – What if we could find a soul mate no matter the obstacles? – What if we could visit our ancestors on a whim? – What if our destiny is not written in stone and we can create our future?

About me as a person as well as a writer:

This picture above is one of my “official” pictures. I was tortured to get it done, believe me. My artist and my daughter Eszter plastered makeup on my face, poked at my eyes with mascara brush and glued my hair with hair-gel. She made me pose and twisted my joints for hours to get the shots right, so after all that abuse I use it! ..

Got ya!!! That painting is not me, it was done by Eszter and it’s not me, promise!

I love challenges. I’ve been told that I dance to my own tune (or so to speak, because I never really mastered the art of dancing. That’s next on my list). I’ve been told all my life by family and friends what I cannot do. Naturally it all began when I was a kid.

“You cannot use the umbrella as parachute!” Of course I did, jumping off the garage roof. As a result of my rebelling stupidity, I received a cast on my broken leg.

“You can’t ride the horse; you have a cast on your leg!” Of course I did, and I ended up with a cast on my other leg too.

“Honey, guns are for boys! Do some embroidery, be a good girl.” Of course I joined the club, and I competed in target shooting for years (I was pretty good at it too).

“You cannot go to America! Alone in this huge country without knowing a word of English?” Of course I did, I’ve been happily living in the US for twenty years.

“You definitely cannot go back to school. It cost too much and you’re a successful nurse, you have a wonderful job. Be happy with what you are.” As you might have guessed, I became a doctor of Naturopathy.

“Are you kidding? You cannot write a novel! You have an accent and English is your second language.” Of course I wrote my novel series, Ilona the Hun novels.

Judge it for yourself if I lived up to the challenge. I’m not a daredevil by any means. I have reasonable dreams; I just don’t like it when people try to box me in and try to assign me a role in life.
Who knows where I would be today, and most of all who I would be without my strong will to follow my dreams.

I’m not a very good housekeeper; I have a load of used to be white clothes turn dirty pink to prove it. My vacuum-cleaner hates me, it growls at me and as a protest stops working when I often neglect to pick up shoelaces, pennies and other items in its path. And yes, dust bunnies… let’s not go there! But I’m proud to announce, I have a green thumb. Well not really with my outdoor plants, but at least my “window-garden” plants like me.

I was a “closet reader” growing up.

I am a book hoarder. I ran out of bookshelves a long time ago, so books are stacked everywhere in my house.

My Mom respected educational books and knowledge, but reading a novel in her opinion was a waste of time. She was a true realist, a down to earth person and a “hands on” type, always busy doing something. She didn’t tolerate it well when my Dad and I got so immersed in a good story that we forgot about our assigned chores such as empty the garbage, dusting or keeping everything neat and tidy. (I cleaned my room alright, it took me about three minutes altogether to stuff everything in the closet or under the bed, and then my nose was in a book.) My Dad and I became “closet readers” or so to speak. We came to the conclusion that “what Mom doesn’t know, she can’t frown or yell about”.

Of course now, I have hundreds of books in every room in my house and on my Kindle – whoever invented it accept my gratitude – and I read, and I read a lot.

I write as well, mostly Alternative health and healing related books. The ancient knowledge of healing with herbs and food was passed down from generation to generation in my family. I furthered my knowledge by receiving a PhD in Alternative Medicine.

I love the art of healing passionately, but sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by reality. I like to take a “mini vacation” I call it into fantasy world. On a rainy day I scanned my shelves for something to read, and I couldn’t find any books that I haven’t read yet. Usually I have a few new books stashed, but that day I didn’t have anything new. I was complaining to my daughter, and because her taste is different when it comes to reading, she didn’t have anything to offer. I kept going back to the shelves to find something, and I was mumbling to myself that I should have picked up couple of books on our recent trip to the mall. Eszter had enough after a while, and she said, “Mom, stop whining! If you don’t have a book to read, then write one!”

It shocked me at first, but I was playing with idea for days. After giving it some serious thought, I decided that it was a stupid idea. I read about how to write a fiction book. “I am not a literary genius, I have no idea how to create a good story line or form characters and make up a plot.” I thought, but it didn’t leave me alone. The history of the Huns always fascinated me, they were my ancestors. I wanted to create a fantasy story peppered with historical facts. The idea of Ilona’s story kept hunting me, and I kept adding events and dialogs in my head. One day I had enough, I sat down by the computer and I began writing. “Just for myself. Writing down the ideas swirling in my head is far better than being hunted by them. “I thought. And I kept writing for months, and then I realized I never had so much fun doing anything in my life before. Somehow the characters came to life on their own; they developed under my furiously typing fingers.

 

 

ABOUT MY BOOKS

Keep your body healthy is available in paperback and ebook at Amazon, you can take a look by clicking the cover on the carousel above

You don’t wear the same size or style shoes that neighbor does. You don’t listen to the same music, you don’t do the same job, and you don’t have the same medical condition. Then why are you eating the same food as your neighbor and thousands of others eat? Are you sure that the fruit cocktail served at a party has the same benefit for you as for others?

You dislike banana, oatmeal, turkey or cheese, but you eat it anyway, because it is the norm. “It is good for you!” they say. Who are ‘they’? Nutritionists who decided that one size fits all apply to not only for your pajamas but your diet as well? Did you notice that although dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and good for you, it gives you migraines? Drink milk, they say, but maybe for you, milk is causing too much mucus in your body and is the cause for your chronic respiratory congestion.

We’re different. Not only in our appearances or temperaments, our nutritional needs are different as well in order to achieve our optimal health status. This book tells you which basic physical-mental type you belong to, and what kind of foods and supplements make you healthy.

The first three books of the series, the best healing herbs for different illnesses. Herbs are versatile. I chose this description, because versatile means competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another. Herbs contain chemical compounds which are useful to treat multiple conditions. Many herbs fit into more than one category, because they have more than one specific effect on the body.-An herb can be a great expectorant as well as helping to reduce cholesterol level or regulate blood sugar-An herb can be used to treat the flu as well as to combat other diseases which caused by viruses. An herb can be a very effective expectorant as well as to strengthen your immune system.

You will find notes with each herb that tell you the effectiveness and properties of each particular herb. So many herbs are available today in health food stores, however it can be very frustrating when you try to choose the right herb for your condition and symptom.

-Which herb should you take for bronchitis, cold, flu, dry cough or asthma prevention?
-Should you choose fresh her, dried herb to make tea from, or use capsule or extract?
-Can you take them if you’re taking antibiotics or other medications such as blood pressure or diabetes medications?

The first three books of the series, the best healing herbs for different illnesses. Herbs are versatile. I chose this description, because versatile means competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another. Herbs contain chemical compounds which are useful to treat multiple conditions. Many herbs fit into more than one category, because they have more than one specific effect on the body.-An herb can be a great expectorant as well as helping to reduce cholesterol level or regulate blood sugar-An herb can be used to treat the flu as well as to combat other diseases which caused by viruses. An herb can be a very effective expectorant as well as to strengthen your immune system.

You will find notes with each herb that tell you the effectiveness and properties of each particular herb. So many herbs are available today in health food stores, however it can be very frustrating when you try to choose the right herb for your condition and symptom.

-Which herb should you take for bronchitis, cold, flu, dry cough or asthma prevention?
-Should you choose fresh her, dried herb to make tea from, or use capsule or extract?
-Can you take them if you’re taking antibiotics or other medications such as blood pressure or diabetes medications?

Book one and two were self-published previously with the covers above, coming soon with new covers published by 5 Prince Publishing.

Book 1 – Birthright was chosen as a semifinalist in Best Indie Books for 2012. The finalists will be announced September 1st 2012 and the winner of the award announced in October.

Book 2 – Birthright Bestowed. Coming October 18 in ebook and November 1st in paperback by 5 Prince Publishing

Book 3 – Secrets Revealed – Coming in December

Book 4 – Destiny Altered – Coming in August 2013

                           Ancient Mysteries; Timeless Questions
Ilona is a descendant of the True Hun tribe, which means nothing to her, until her twenty ninth birthday. The True Hun society is secretive and complex, with strict and fiercely enforced rules revealed only to those who have come of age. Ilona is a rebel, who is determined to control and guide her own life. Resourceful and daring, she crosses the line, and breaks those rules. She must face the consequences, even as she discovers growing magical powers she could never have dreamed of . . . powers tied to ancient tribal secrets.

The comfortable and uneventful part of her life ends, as she enters adulthood by Hun standards, and her journey of self-discovery begins. Ilona finds out that her birthright is to become a Healer. This legacy is in her hands, and in her heart and soul. Ilona’s destiny as a Healer runs alongside her desires as a woman. She is secretly and hopelessly in love with her best friend, and her hope is that one day he will present her with his Red Tulip – the symbol of devoted love. He seems oblivious to her feelings.

As Ilona grapples with this confusion, a dashing stranger explodes into her life. Will he break her heart, or bring true happiness? And will she be able to balance her life’s calling with this complicated love triangle? The barrier created by her insecurity kept others out, but also kept her caged in. She has to break the barriers to discover her true identity.

Her unusual heritage forced her to open her mind and heart to the unimaginable. She had to learn how to save her life, the future of the Huns, as well as her own sanity. Destiny made her take a leap from idle to warp speed. She had no choice, she had to accept the ride and find out everything by herself. She had to fit the slowly discovered puzzle pieces together. It was a hard journey of a naïve girl growing into a confident woman, unearthing buried secrets and discovering the history of the Huns, which her heritage had forbid her to know. Ilona is a very modern heroine, who grapples with the same questions many of us face today. What if we could wipe out disease? What if we could find a true soul mate, no matter the obstacles? And, most profound of all: If we knew we could use our innate abilities to do absolute good or absolute evil . . . which path would we choose?

When her life settled into a slower pace, she began writing a journal. She wanted to take a look at her life from a perspective, hoping it would help her to understand what had happened to her and why. Others who played a major role in her life joined her by writing about their own experiences. This journal depicts their struggles, heartaches and happiness, and it takes you to the mysterious world of the Huns.

Detoxify Your Body Naturally

I bet you’re thinking of the popular Hollywood detox programs, aren’t you? The coffee colonics, extreme purging, torturous enemas and such… well, don’t! Not going torture you, promise! I’m far from being one of those extremists who preach raw diet or torturous detoxifying methods! I love and take care of my body, and I don’t like torture. I love food, and I enjoy every meal immensely.

I just know what is good for me, and I know how to get rid of the toxins before they build up in my body. Our bodies were made to get rid of toxins and waste efficiently – if and I underline this – if we eat healthy, unprocessed food. However, because we can’t eat simple and organic diet anymore, thus we need a little helping hand in that department. Eat healthy!

Yeah, good advice, but what is healthy for you? Should everyone follow the same one size fits all diet? If you’d like to read about my advice on healthy foods, healthy lifestyle and the best supplements for your type, you might want to read my book “Keep your body healthy” which includes the owner’s manual or user guide for the body, what to eat and how to live healthy, what kind of vitamins, herbs and supplements promote optimal health, how to detoxify the body naturally, bizarre cravings and symptoms as well as vitamin deficiency and overdose symptoms. In this book, I’ll tell you how I detoxify and protect my body by eating my favorite foods and using simple methods.

SYMPTOMS

In medicine: any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease.

Subjective symptoms are what you feel: headache, nausea, anxiety, abdominal cramps and so on.
Objective symptoms are what your doctor observes: abnormal heart or lung sounds, thyroid gland enlargement, palpable tumors and so on.

Symptoms are clear cut most of the time. Half sided blinding headache, sensitivity to light with nausea is most likely migraine headache. Sudden pain under the right ribs which refers to the back, accompanied by nausea and comes in waves is most likely gallbladder stone.

Other conditions are signaled by more complex symptoms such as increased appetite with weight loss, nervousness, faster heart rate, increased sweating, tremor of the fingers and tongue with heat intolerance, usually signals hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms can be unusual and even wacky at times, as if the body is a little confused and sending signals which need some interpretation.

You might ask, what on earth is my earlobe have to do with the condition of my arteries, or if I have frequent hangnails do I really have vitamin C deficiency?

 Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is in the fats (lipids) in the blood. Our body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells. However, having high cholesterol level in the blood can increase the risk of heart disease.

When you have high cholesterol, fatty deposits develop in the blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries. The heart is not getting oxygen-rich blood it needs, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to the brain can cause a stroke as well. in this book you will find short and easy to read information about traditional and alternative – including Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Herbal Medicine as well as dietary changes information about cholesterol treatments.

Try breathing in and out through a straw. You cannot draw enough air in, and you cannot blow enough air out. Probably the best description of how a person feels during asthma attack.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes episodes of difficult breathing. Asthma symptoms are caused primarily due to constriction, tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways, as well as inflammation, soreness, swelling and irritation of the airways in the lungs. Learn about traditional and alternative asthma prevention and treatment including Healing Herbs, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy as well as dietary and environmental changes.

We found seven orphaned baby foxes in our backyard. This is their picture book story, how they grew up to be magnificent adult foxes.

Book review on Charlie Fox-

Ever so often, I really enjoy reading true stories about interesting things people experience or discover in life, especially those with intrigue and adventure to them. This is what Erika Szabo has provided in this inspiring book about The Magnificent Seven Baby Foxes. I also found the story to be heartwarming as Erika and her family, literally save the lives of these baby foxes, whose mother died when they were weeks old and unable to feed their selves. As they watched these beautiful animals over a summer season, they fed them and watched them playing and interacting with each other as they grew — also documented with photos throughout the book. They also began to recognize personality traits in them and they even gave a name to each of them. They got to know them from a close distance of observation, so well, that they could even recognize emotions they were experiencing and when one would became ill. They in-essence provided some parenting to these baby foxes, until they were able to fend for their selves and to survive on their own – which all of them did! It is a wonderful story that not only animal lovers will enjoy but also anyone who enjoys a good story of adventurous discovery and the triumph of survival when the odds are against it.

Newly published

This book is a collection of short, unedited stories in the author’s own voice and Hungarian accent. You might find an occasional grammar mistake – which is not her fault; it just wasn’t caught by her Microsoft program.

Yeah, good idea! Let’s blame it on them.

Some of the stories are funny, yet make you wonder. Sometimes you can’t help it but laugh at other people’s stupidity or clumsiness; however there is a small lesson learned from every event.

Other stories are not so funny and talk about human vulnerability, weakness, cruelty and courage.

We don’t really know our fellow humans, take time to get to know them and you can discover beautiful people underneath the various exteriors. You will find people worth knowing.

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