Wrinkles…..

Wrinkles, Wrinkles…..what can you do about wrinkles?

Believe me, I have tried everything short of a face lift. You know the kind where they cut you from ear to ear and pull the skin-tight. This method seems to be rare today, as you see advertisements on TV for everything but.

There are creams, injections, lotions, and women have even used Preparation-H for hemroids. They figure that if it shrinks hemroidal swelling it should shrink wrinkles. I tried it once: it did work: and no harm was done. As I understand it now, the company that makes Preparation-H has changed the formula, so the results, when used on the face are not there.

So. What do you do? Go to the grocery store for a facelift? The grocery store shelves are stocked with items that are supposed to either fast forward or turn back time when it comes to wrinkles.

In case you didn’t know – your skin is your body’s largest organ, making it a huge target for free radicals. What are free radicals? They are unstable molecules which form as you process oxygen. They travel the highway throughout your body damaging cells and causing all sorts of havoc – to include wrinkles. There are other reasons for wrinkles, as well. As you age, your body naturally produces less collagen and elastin. These are the connective tissues that make your skin firm and supple. The fat layer under your skin also begins to disappear. Then you see your saggy and wrinkled face – and want to scream….and it’s not even Halloween. It has been my observation, though, that women who are overweight, seem to have pudgy faces and no wrinkles, especially the older women. I have a hard time letting myself get overweight just to avoid a wrinkled face. I read somewhere that its your genes that determine when sag and wrinkles occur and how fast this process progresses. But, and I am sure you have also heard, that smoking and too much exposure to the sun can speed up the process. I think I have the gene problem and the sun problem. I was a sun-loving child…even used Crisco on my body to get a sun tan. It worked. However, I now think I am reaping the consequences of that fetish.

A person can’t help producing ‘free radicals, but they can be neutralized. How? Well what do you know – it’s in the food you eat. How often have you seen me write about FOOD for health? It was found by Dr. Mark L. Wahlqvist of Monash University in Melbourne, “that if foods contain powerful antioxidants – whether in the form of vitamins, carotenoids, polyphenols, or other phytochemicals – they counteract dangerous ‘FREE RADICALS'”.

SO! What foods should you be eating? Most of the ones on my list when I counsel my Detox Clients. They include some of the following:

  • Eggs (did you know they are an animal by-product and are not considered dairy?)
  • Spinach, Eggplant, Asparagus, Celery, Garlic, Onions, Lima Beans, Olives
  • Cherries, Grapes, Melons (lots of melons), Prunes, Dried fruit, Apples (lots of apples), Pears
  • Herbal Tea and water
  • Fish

What foods should you avoid? They are on my Detox food list too.

  • Dairy products – to include Milk, Butter, Ice Cream, Yogurt (unless you make it out of Coconut Milk)
  • Red Meats – all of them to include beef, pork, lamb and their derivatives
  • Soft drinks – all of them,
  • Cakes, pastries etc. (eat berries, melons, and other alkaline fruits as a replacement for sweet, sugary desserts
  • Potatoes (did you know potatoes are Alkaline when you eat them raw and acidic once they are cooked)
  • And last but not least – Coffee, Regular tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, etc.

Follow the above FOOD etc. changes and you just might be seeing a younger-looking you in the mirror.

Other news, I read about, is that “Doctors in England speculate that if you have wrinkles, you might actually be protected from skin cancer. Most people believe that wrinkling indicates sun damage and a higher risk of skin cancer. But, that is not the whole story.” According to Dr. Christopher E.M. Griffiths, professor of dermatology at the University of Manchester’s Hope Hospital, “there are different types of skin and they react differently to sun exposure.” I like this information – living in Florida and still being a sun lover.

More interesting information from Dr. Griffith – Yes, the ultraviolet rays from the sun destroy the elastic collagen fibers in all types of skin. He goes on to say that “if you are wrinkled, that means your skin type repairs itself but doesn’t replace the collagen.” For you with smooth skin – like many of my friends, “your skin is replacing the damaged collagen.” I wonder if there is an age limit in there somewhere.

That brings us to the age-old question about ‘Skin Cancer’. Dr. Griffith believes that the amount of collagen in your skin could affect your risk of skin cancer. He explains, “a substance, called transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta, helps rebuild the collagen. HOWEVER, it also suppresses your immune system. For you who understand the immune system you know that a weakened immune system has a difficult time fighting off all diseases – to include cancer. To put it mildly – the same process that keeps your skin smooth and firm might also allow cancer to develop. Gives you something to think about. Presently, this theory is still speculative!

From talking to my friends who suffer with skin cancer, the most common term used is ‘basal cell carcinoma’. Dr. Griffith noticed that patients with this ‘common form’ of skin cancer, had fewer wrinkles than other patients. They did a study of over 200 people and discovered that those with heavily wrinkled faces were up to 90% less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than smooth-skinned people. I had better start loving my wrinkles.

You can’t control the type of skin you were born with. However, it is very important that you take the usual steps to protect yourself from the sun. I guess I am a rarity. Other than the Crisco I used to get tanned (in my youth), I rarely use sunscreen. For some strange reason, I rarely get sunburned, even when I am in the sun all day long. I do have the wrinkled skin – but no signs of skin cancer. I use a few of the ‘grocery store’ skin care products, and DIY remedies (oils) to curtail further wrinkling.

When I asked my Primary Care Doctor what he could do for me to get rid of my wrinkles…he looked at me…laughted…and said, “Wear them as a badge of honor!”

NOTE: Dr. Griffith recommends: ” It’s best to avoid sunbathing and use the higher factor sunscreens.” From me – just remember that they wash off if you are swimming, and from perspiration, so if you use them, you need to apply more often.

  • Here’s and old Folk Remedy: Zap your wrinkles with a homemade, scented moisturizer. Choose an essential oil, such as lavender, lilac, or rose, from the health food store, or beauty store. The oils must be pure and not full of fillers or diluted. Pick up an atomizer as well, then follow these simple steps.
  • Fill the atomizer with 1 cup of pure water
  • Add 2 or 3 drops of an essential oil
  • Refrigerate the solution overnight
  • Simply spray on the face, and then blot your skin with a tissue

I don’t blot with a tissue, as I want the mixture to soak into my skin, so I distribute it around my face with the light circling motion of my fingertips.

It would be nice if we could look like the TV and Movie Stars, but then you have to remember – they are HEAVILY MADE UP – except for those who have had BOTOX treatments, and/or have had multiple old-fashioned FACE LIFTS. Is it worth the money, and pain? Only you can decide!

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Note worthy last-minute thought: Why is it that men seem to wear their wrinkles well? But then, many of the men cover their wrinkles with all that facial hair that is so popular these days – especially the beards all the way down the neck.

HAVE A GREAT WRINKLE FREE DAYOR, “JUST WEAR YOUR WRINKLES AS A BADGE OF HONOR! 

 

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Marijuana, aka cannabis, aka hemp

There is a lot of controversy with regards to this subject. So I will attempt to clarify the meaning of each plant.

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MARIJUANA – Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes it as: the dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that yield cannabin and are sometimes smoked in cigarettes for their intoxicating effect.

CANNABIS – is described in the same dictionary as: “any of the preparations (as marijuana or hashish) or chemicals (as THC) that are derived from the hemp and are psychoactive.”

HEMP – Again from the dictionary: Hemp is (a) a tall widely cultivated Asian herb (Cannabis sativa) of the mulberry family with tough bast fiber used especially for cordage. (b) the fiber of hemp; (c) a psychoactive drug (as marijuana or hashish) from hemp.

As I researched these plants – the thing I found in common in all three of them was that – as you read the above, they are all the same plant and they are all described as having an intoxicating or psychoactive drug effect. The three terms are synonymous, they are one in the same. I find this interesting and in direct contradiction as to what medical professionals, today, along with the media – written and on TV, and the gossip mongers are saying.

Further study verified that humans have used marijuana for hundreds of years for fiber (hemp), and seed oils.

In Medical News Today, it says, “Globally, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, marijuana (cannabis) is a mood altering drug that affects almost every organ in the body.”

Also worth noting is that: “In 2017, 6% or about 1 in 6 high school seniors in the United States reported using marijuana (cannabis) every day.” In a conversation I had with a high school sophomore student, I was told, that in her school, not just the seniors, but a vast number of other students were smoking the ‘vapor’ cigarettes on a daily basis, and in the school. The ‘powers that be’ are trying to curtail this problem, but only with a small amount of success. The kids know how – as it is said – to work the system. Vapor cigarettes have many flavors, one of them being marijuana as well as one being the nicotine flavor.

“Marijuana can be smoked, inhaled through vapor, brewed as a tea, applied as a balm, or eaten in products such as brownies or chocolate bars. (I wonder how many of our young Halloween participants will find some of these in their goody bags, this year).

Next question – MEDICAL MARIJUANA? What is it and how does it differ from the recreational version. Quoting Medical News Today – Medical marijuana refers to either whole marijuana or its ingredients, such as cannabidial (CBD), which forms the base of a limited number of approved medications.” (Whole marijuana is the unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts used to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine).

“Medical marijuana is not subject to governmental standardization, making its ingredients and potency unknown.”

Medical professionals want you to believe marijuana is good for medicinal purposes…but is it? There is some evidence that the marijuana (cannabis sativa (hemp), plant or some of its components – such as CBD (cannabidiol) may be useful for relieving severe pain, nausea, chronic conditions and, inflammation (a defense mechanism in the body which is recognized by the immune system, and in turn, spurs the body’s healing process into action).

Other scientific sources tell us that “one of the main differences between recreational and medical marijuana (cannabis) tends to be the amount of THC and CBD. CBD is higher in medical marijuana, and THC is the psychoactive ingredient that gets you high in recreational marijuana.

Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in the world. With it now being made legal in some places, “some people think it must be safe…but your body doesn’t know a legal drug from an illegal drug. It only knows the effect the drug creates once you have taken it.”

The Foundation for a Drug Free World informs us, “you may have heard someone say that because marijuana is a plant, it’s “NATURAL” and so it is harmless. But, it’s not.” Inhaling it into your lungs or eating it is not natural. “Marijuana is a drug like alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, etc. And, like these other drugs, it has side effects that can be harmful.”

I interviewed a gentleman who used recreational marijuana as a young man to, “get high”. He eventually quit as it was destroying his overall health. In his senior years now, and with his body in pain from Fibromyalgia, he decided to try the medical marijuana (legal in some states). With medical marijuana not being legal (at that time) here in Florida, he had friends purchase it for him who lived in a state where it was legal. I asked him if it fixed his pain. He told me yes – for about 4 hours at a time, so he had to take it or smoke it every 4 hours. I asked, “why not just use over the counter pain killers like Aleve, etc.” He never answered me. I then asked him about the psychoactive effect – did he experience any? He said “the ‘psychoactive affect’ was the same as when he smoked recreational marijuana.” I asked him if he was going to continue taking the medical marijuana. He told me emphatically, NO! I asked him what changed his mind about taking it. He said, “it affected his brain, and his equilibrium, and he felt it was destroying his mental capacity to think normally.” He also told me; “it was affecting how he worked at his job.” Because of this – HE QUIT using the medical marijuana! After much contemplation he decided to change his lifestyle and eating habits, to see if it would combat the pain from the fibromyalgia. It did! The last I heard from him, he is still working at his job and doing so without mental stress and pain.

Again, quoting the Foundation for a Drug Free World, “Marijuana creates a severe impact on the lungs. Aside from the discomfort that goes with sore throats and chest colds, it has been found that smoking one joint (a term still used as a method for using Medical Marijuana), gives as much exposure to cancer-producing as smoking 4 – 5 cigarettes.” They went on to say, “the mental consequences of marijuana use are equally severe.”

“In recent studies on marijuana smokers, abnormalities in the brain were found related to emotion, motivation and decision-making.”

Today, marijuana, aka cannabis, aka hemp, is publicized by the media, the medical field, and many people as being the find of the century. The emphasis being, because of people overdosing on the use of opioid painkillers. You will find testimonials about it being a ‘sacred plant’ and how it is wonderful for treating cancer, epilepsy, autism, dementia, anxiety and more.

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Me, I am not on that band wagon. I maintain, a lifestyle change – if it applies and a change in eating habits, and the use of herbal supplementation, can “naturally” solve these many health issues. The body can, and does heal itself.

There are still too many unknowns in regards to Medical Marijuana.  I feel, if needed at all, it would be for those folks in nursing homes and hospice – given to them in order to keep them comfortable until God calls them home.

There is a lot of information on this controversial subject of ‘medical and recreational marijuana’ on your computer and/or in the libraries. Check it out for yourself.

There you have it folks. I hope this helped to answer some questions you may have, or had. DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN ‘WELLVILLE’ OR, SICKVILLE?  It is up to you!

Oral Health – Periodontal Disease

 

Image result for free picture of periodontal diseasePERIODONTAL DISEASE!

Teeth and Gums. It is about time I talked about this subject, since my father was a dentist. I aspired to follow in his footsteps, once upon a time – but it never happened.

The health of our TEETH and GUMS is often overlooked healthwise, as a way to protect us from a lot of dis-eases. Brushing alone is not always a sufficient way to keep your mouth free of disease – or other parts of your body. Yes, poor oral health can affect the whole body. 

Periodontal Disease: the terms associated with oral health (in the mouth), include Gingivitis – which is an inflammatory response that affects the gums;  and Periodontitis – the result of the lack of care of the gums and bones that support the teeth.

Many studies, and much research has been done involving oral health – teeth brushing and body health – to decide if there is a relationship between the two. Some of the Scientific results (per the Life Extension Magazine) concluded the following:

  • Periodontal disease and certain obesity-related systemic illnesses, are related. Periodontal disease of the gums and bones, induces inflammatory cytokines and may contribute to obesity by elevating “C-reactive protein” which in turn causes fat cells to store more fat and burn less energy.
  • Periodontal disease is suggested by the International Journal of Cancer, to be a risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And, is an increased risk for the development of colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancer – with later studies showing it also to be a link to a “greater overall risk of cancer – even in those who have never smoked.”
  • Periodontitis was shown to be related to the “risk of ischemic stroke and of mortality from all causes including cardiovascular-disease, with gingival inflammation also being associated with stroke risk. Studies also showed that periodontal disease among older people relates to the risk of diabetes mellitus or exacerbates existing diabetes. “Diabetics who control their blood sugar have a lower risk of periodontal disease than those who do not.”
  • Respiratory Infection can be related to poor oral health in the way of pneumonia when “periodontal bacteria in the secretions of the mouth and pharynx are aspirated into the lungs.”

As well Scientists are investigating whether periodontal disease is related to Osteoporosis – which the answer to, is yes. Studies also show that periodontal infection increases the risk for pre-term delivery of low birth-weight babies, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis. Remember that ‘itis’ and ‘osis’ diseases are related to inflammation issues.

We had a Victory Garden when I was a child. My dad insisted on growing his own fruits and vegetable. Because of this we ate totally organic food. The garden was fertilized with pure unadulterated cow manure. No pesticides were ever used. Because of this, our family, had good oral health. I never had a cavity – only saw the ones in other people’s mouths when I helped my dad in his office.

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These healthy foods , grown in our garden, as we never took supplements, were our source of fighting – so to speak – dental erosion. Further studies today – shown to be of the same help against antibacterial activity include: Green tea, Coenzyme Q10, Aloe Vera, Xylitol (a natural sweetener), Lactoferrin (an immune-boosting protein involved in the body’s responses to infection and injury), Hydrogen Peroxide (an antiseptic that can be used to fight plaque formation and to reduce gingivitis), Vitamin C, B vitamin Folic acid (added to some mouth washes) and Vitamin D.

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In review: Periodontitis, and Gingivitis are two different types of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the tooth manifested as redness and swelling of the gums and bleeding on soft-touching or on probing. Gingivitis leads to Periodontitis  which occurs when pathogenic, gram-negative bacteria destroy the dental supportive structures of the teeth, leading to progressive destruction of periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone. The result is tooth loss. As noted above, both may trigger a range of illnesses throughout the body.

Not in my research, but always emphasized by my dad is that smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol, soda pop, and yes, candy – especially the ones you suck, are killers of the health of teeth, and the looks of teeth. Gum was thought to help clean the teeth, but today that is a controversial subject. 

As well, we continually heard my dad’s, and one of my favorite sayings, which was: “AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH MORE THAN A POUND OF CURE!”  This means that a good diet and supplemental regiment can help promote good general body and oral health from the inside delivering defenses against dis-ease. We all know that ‘scientifically’ many  compound ingredients have been added to toothpaste to be applied topically, inside the mouth. These added ingredients are supposed to aid in warding off bacteria etc. Tooth paste along with rinses (mouth washes) are promoted, in the dental field, as aides to stop tooth decay and gum disease. (I, personally, avoid Fluoride toothpaste because of the adverse affects of fluoride on the teeth, and in the blood stream – a topic for another blog).

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Tooth and Gum Health is an ambiguous subject. There can be so many factors involved when discussing it. Genetics can also play a part in how the teeth grow and look, etc. I can hear your questions in my mind. But for now, I have tried to help you understand the two basic issues, that are the culprits when it comes to poor oral health, and what you can do about it – if it applies to you. In the old days the teeth, because of mouth diseases, the teeth were extracted, and you ended up wearing what they called “False Teeth”. Today, you very seldom hear that terminology. What you do hear is “we can put in a bridge”, or “have you considered, implants, caps, braces, whitening,” etc.

Image result for free picture of teeth and gumsKeep in mind that these alternatives – to be successful – still depend on good gum and bone support. The teeth will be beautiful and attractive, but will continually require care.

I prefer to stay with what God blessed us with – our original teeth, even though Dentistry has taken a turn in the world today, to be able to do great things in regards to teeth.

Again, many things can happen and do happen, along the path of life, that makes it necessary for artificial teeth, gum and mouth restoration.  What would we ever do without good people in the field of DENTISTRY?

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Visit your Dentist at least 1-2 times a year. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!

A FRONTLINE DEFENSE AGAINST SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION, ANYWHERE IN THE BODY, IS EXCELLENT ORAL HEALTH! 

Spirtually Speaking

Image result for free pics of religionI am not usually not an ‘off the wall’ person, but this morning as I was reading my scriptures I was at a loss of what to read. To solve this dilemma I closed my eyes and just let my bible fall open where it may. It fell open to the Bible Dictionary. I use dictionaries a lot. What I was meant to read  stuck out to me ‘like a sore thumb,’ (I call it inspiration); it  was listed in the dictionary as the ‘Fall of Adam.’ I have spent most of my life trying to figure out where I came from, how I all got here and what was in store for me now that I am here, and where I will be going when the time comes to leave this earth.

Quoting from the King James Version of the Bible (and with my own comments interspersed) – I feel this is the beginning of helping me to understand the whole ‘mankind’ process. It even fits in with what I believe today about the body healing itself – Natural Healing.

Fall of Adam. “The process by which mankind became mortal on this earth. The event is recorded in Gen. 2, 3, and 4. The fall od Adam is one of the most important occurrences in the history of man. Before the fall, Adam and Eve had physical bodies”(like we look today with only one difference – read on) “but no blood.”  “There was no sin, no death, and no children among any of the earthly creations.” (Common sense would be, because without blood Adam and Eve were not mortal beings). However, it goes on to say: “With the eating of the “forbidden fruit,” Adam and Eve became mortal, sin entered, blood formed in their bodies, and death became a part of life. Adam became the “first flesh” upon the earth, meaning that he and Eve were the first to become mortals. After Adam fell. the whole creation fell and became mortal. Adam’s fall brought both physical and spiritual death into the world upon all mankind.” You ask, what is ‘spiritual death’. Spiritual death, as I understand it, is the ceasing of man being able to communicate face to face with GOD – or any of the higher beings. This all makes sense to me, but is sometimes confusing to others. It goes on the explain….

“The fall was no surprise to the Lord. It was a necessary step in the progress of man, and provisions for a Savior had been made even before the fall had occurred. Jesus Christ came to atone for the fall of Adam and also for man’s individual sins.”

As I see it, in my opinion – the fall was a blessing. Think about it. Should Adam and Eve not be honored? Are they not the first parents, in the flesh, of the earth?

The next topic in the dictionary was ‘Family.’  Adam and Eve were a ‘family’ and, that is another whole topic in and of itself and probably one that should be discussed, especially with all the turmoil going on in the world today. For me, when I read and hear about the devastation happening all over the world of crime and natural disasters – it brings me closer, in mind and thought, to my maker. How about you?

NOTE: If you haven’t read, heard, or don’t know – Adam and Eve, ate the FRUIT and VEGGIES that were already in the Garden of Eden. When cast out of the garden, their punishment (so to speak) was to till the earth and grow their own FRUIT and VEGGIES.

We are still growing our own today – or we wouldn’t have natural foods to eat. The growing of food process, however, has been altered by man’s addition of pesticides, etc. which are not good for man’s physical body. But then, God also is the creator of “freedom of choice”.

Apply this when you read my blogs. I recommend, I bring to light the unknown to many of you of things unusual or new. In the end it is up to you to make your own CHOICE

Image result for free pics of religionBlessings to you all!

 

Supplement Facts – Magnesium

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Magnesium can be more than one thing. Magnesium can be a silver-white light malleable ductile metallic element used in metallurgical and chemical processes, or, it can be called Magnesium carbonate – a white crystalline salt (MgCO, that occurs naturally as dolomite and magnesite, or, it can be magnesium chloride – a bitter deliquescent salt used as a source of magnesium metal, or, magnesium hydroxide – a slightly alkaline crystalline compound use as a laxative and gastric antacid, or, magnesium oxide – magnesia, or magnesium sulfate – a sulfate of magnesium – a white salt MgSO used in medicine and in industry (Epsom Salts).

So what magnesium source are we concerned with when it comes to HEALTH?

Did you know Magnesium is a mineral. A mineral not often heard about except when it comes to the term ‘Milk of Magnesia’.

Milk of Magnesia was something that I was given as child growing up when my stool was hard or it was difficult release. My sisters and I were always given Milk of Magnesia and told it would soften our ‘stool’ so it could be passed easier. But is that all we know about Magnesium?

As a mineral, it may well be one of modern medicine’s best kept secrets. Medically speaking, magnesium is “a white mineral element found in soft tissue, muscles, bones, and to some extent in the body fluids. It is a naturally occurring element on earth, being extracted from wells, and sea water. The human body contains approximately 25 gm. of magnesium, most of which is in the bones. Muscles contain less of it than they do of calcium. It is also in the blood.” (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

Magnesium is found in food, grains, fruits, and vegetables, in sufficient quantities that it is not necessary to make special dietary planning to include it. A typical diet contains 200 to 400 mg., however, very little of this is absorbed. When in the younger years, magnesium is usually not of much concern to the health of a human person; but, as one ages magnesium is depleted more quickly in the body and then, suddenly, we, as senior citizens are told we need to take a magnesium supplement- at least 300-400 mg. per day.

The function of  magnesium is to activate enzymes that catalyze reactions between phosphate ions and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). “It is also associated with regulation of body temperature, neuromuscular contraction, and synthesis of protein.” “A deficiency is similar to that produced by hypocalcemia, weakness, and mental depression.”

What you don’t hear or know is that magnesium is the regulator of over 300 vital processes in your body. You hear about Mineral Baths today as being good for you. In the era of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, the people soaked in mineral baths to help restore the magnesium in their bodies. In Chinese Medicine it is considered the “lamp of life”.  A good soak in the tub filled with warm water and Epsom Salts, will do the same thing. The magnesium in the Epsom Salt is absorbed into the body through the skin and into the blood stream.

I have clients who tell me their woes about sore muscles, constipation, low energy levels, fatigue, etc. I have experienced the sore muscle syndrome myself. But I know that Magnesium will always come to my rescue, when nothing else does.

So, if magnesium can regulate the vital processes of the body, what are some of those processes?  Here are a few examples: Magnesium can…..

  • fight off pollution of the blood, and regulate calcium
  • support a healthy immune system
  • help you digest protein and metabolize fat
  • maintain nerve function
  • keep joints fluid and mobile, and relax muscles
  • help balance blood sugar and curb sugar cravings
  • create energy
  • reduce offensive body odors
  • combat stress
  • normalize/regulate bowel issues
  • insure deeper, and more satisfying sleep
  • emergency rooms have magnesium on their crash carts, and use it intravenously to quickly regulate proper heart rhythm for those in need of heart support.
    Magnesium being a natural mineral cannot be patented. It is safe and has natural restorative powers. As a supplement you can get it in pill, capsule, or powdered form. I prefer the powdered, which I put in water or a smoothie, or juice. The dosage varies depending upon your health situation, as does  the type of magnesium you might need. Consult your doctor for the dosage and type good for your needs. Overdosing on magnesium, as with anything else can have adverse side affects.

I love magnesium and, ever since I heard about the above benefits, use it on a regular basis. It does work with the natural body to help the body heal itself. I find it to be, as well, a great pain reliever, and a great supplement when taken during the detoxification process, which is the golden key to maximum good health!

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Cholesterol

I have had a lot of requests asking me to blog on CHOLESTEROL. What is it really all about.

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My handy Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary says: “Cholesterol is a monohydric alcohol. A sterol (one of a group of substances related to fats and belonging to the lipoids) widely distributed in animal tissues, cells and body fluids. It occurs in the yolk of eggs, various oils, fats, and nerve tissue of the brain and spinal cord. It can be synthesized in the liver and is a normal constituent of the bile – a secretion of the liver.  It is important in metabolism serving as a precursor of various steroid hormones e.g., sex hormones, adrenal corticoids.” The Collegiate Dictionary says, “It is important in physiological processes and is implicated, experimentally, as a factor in arteriosclerosis (thickening of the walls of the arterioles with loss of elasticity and contractility).”

I am assuming that the above definition of ‘cholesterol‘ is why the doctors have come to the conclusion that ‘Cholesterol‘ is bad for us. But is that all that one needs to know? They basically tell you that you have high cholesterol because of the LDL and HDL numbers being high. But what does LDL and HDL mean – what is it?

First, you have to understand the working of the body and the cells in it; the utilization of nutrition to and into our cells, and the blood system and its highways (the vascular system).

The body is basically one big cell with little cells working together and doing all the work for the big cell. What comes to my mind is an umbrella and the parts that make it open and close etc. in order for it to be useful.  These little cells make up the organs of the body, of which there are many, each with its own special task to do. And, for those of you who are not aware; most organs are in pairs. Any one organ may be extirpated and the remaining one will do all necessary functions peculiar to it.

The liver – the largest organ in the body – plays an important part in the absorption of nutrients; it can create chemical changes, store nutrients, or pass them on unchanged to the rest of the body for utilization. The liver is really a miraculous organ, as it can create its own amino acids, change sugars to fats, and vice versa. It can create or destroy. The liver creates the cholesterol in the body.

In other of my blogs I have commented on alkalinity versus acidity. When our body becomes acidic from the nutrients we put into our body our nutrition becomes coagulating (anionic). Our building materials – fats, fuels, minerals and other compounds start sticking or clumping together. This is what the doctors are telling us happens in our blood vessels or veins. What they don’t tell you is that the ACIDITY, which comes from most of the foods we eat, is heat-producing and this, (the acidity), causes the inflammation in the walls of the vascular system throughout the body.

Quoting Dr. Robert Morse, N.D. “Lipids (fats) begin sticking to the walls of the vessels in hopes of bufferingg this inflammation. But lipid bonding also causes lipid stones, such as gallbladder and liver stones.” He goes on to say; “CHOLESTEROL IS THE MOST COMMON ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIPID THAT THE BODY USES TO FIGHT THIS INFLAMMATION. When the tissues become more acidic and this inflames, the liver will produce more cholesterol to fight it.” What happens next?  The blood cholesterol levels begin to elevate. Minerals start bonding and form “rock-type” stones which show up as kidney stones, bone spurs, and the like.

Cholesterol is also referred to as “plaque.” Your liver produces an abundant amount of cholesterol, which is an important lipid used by the body for many reasons.  A large portion of a cell’s membrane wall is cholesterol. The adrenal glands (a triangular-shaped body adjacent to and covering the superior surface of each kidney), use cholesterol to make cortical-type steroids, which are, in part, the body’s anti-inflammatories.  Inflammation, simply put, means that the body is on fire.  When the body becomes acidic from a predominately acid forming diet, the adrenal glands are affected and become weak making it harder for the body to adequately defend itself against the inflammation which is a killer of cells. Dr. Morse tells us that “the body, in its infinite wisdom tries to compensate for this acidic condition by several methods, including: steroid production, cholesterol (lipid) plaquing, calcium extraction, and electrolyte or fluid retention.” This is the body’s attempt to alkalize itself – to fight acidosis in a highly acidic body. Alkalization is key to tissue regeneration, to the breaking up of stones, and to the removal of plaqued lipids. Lipid plaquing from inflammation/acidosis causes poor circulation leading to tissue death, heart attack and strokes.”

The plaquing from inflammation is what the medical doctors emphasize when they talk about high cholesterol levels (LDL’s, HDL’s). They then give you prescription drugs to supposedly solve the cholesterol issues and the high blood pressure as well as other medical issues.

Are you still confused?  What do you need to  know to understand about the LDL and HDL?  We are often told the LDL is high, the HDL is high, or the LDL is high and the HDL is low, or the LDL is low and the HDL is high. Or, that the LDL is the Bad Cholesterol and the HDL is the good Cholesterol. But what does that all mean?

To make it simple, Cholesterol is essential for the formation of steroids (anti-inflammatory: anabolic type), bile acids and cellular wall membranes. Cholesterol can only be used by the body in its free form. This free cholesterol is then bound or connected to transporters for transport through the blood to the cells. In most cooked foods, and especially meats, lipids become bonded and are no longer free. The LDL and HDL are proteins. LDL’s are low-density proteins, and HDL’s are high-density proteins. I never really understood this, and it is interesting to find out that LDL’s are related not only to blood problems, but liver issues, malabsorption, hyperthyroidism, sepsis and stress to name a few health problems. And, that HDL’s are related to adrenal function, biliary cirrhosis, nephritis, high blood pressure and/or other conditions, and dietary habits or, the over eating of meats.

In conclusion, from what I have researched, most of the cholesterol problems are related to, again, the liver and the adrenal glands, which are in turn the cause of a myriad of health issues, over and above the only ones we hear about, in relation to cholesterol, which are the heart problems and blood pressure problems. And, that the foods we eat are the cause of the cause of most health issues.

Also, how I see it, the LDL and HDL numbers need to balance correctly for everything to be normal in the Liver and Adrenal Gland activity areas of the body. If the Liver is not working correctly and the Adrenal Glands are weak, that does not create balance. Everyone has their own LDL and HDL numbers. If you have any questions, you need to discuss your numbers with your doctor and hopefully he can explain what they represent in a way that you can understand them.

I like what Dr. Morse suggests when  he talks about removing the firewall safely.It is not difficult to remove this plaque and to break up lipid-type stones if you consume an 80-100 percent raw-food diet. Raw foods remove inflammation through alkalization and increased steroid production, thus dissolving stones and plaque lipids. This will unclog the body, increasing blood flow to tissues, which in turn increases nutrition and energy to cells. This will restore or regenerate these weakened areas.”

I hope this has helped one and all to better understand Cholesterol

The answer to all the above issues, of course, leads back to the need for DETOXIFICATION. 

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ALKALIZE AND ENERGIZE, AND YOUR BODY WILL CLEAN AND REBUILD ITSELF.

God Bless!

Test Kitchen – Moringa

If you have come to my Test Kitchen, I succeeded in peeking your interest in MORINGA.

My experience with Moringa has been phenomenal. About 5 years ago, I purchased some seeds – planted what I needed and gave the rest to a neighbor. We both, now have more Moringa than we know what to do with. So, I manufacture Moringa Products as a Cottage Industry. I dry the leaves, make them into tea, powder and with the powder I fill capsules. This way, all the moringa we grow is being used.

Moringa trees love warm weather and dry conditions. I learned that the roots are like little balls. When it rains they fill up with water and use the water as it is needed for the tree growth. I thought that was very interesting. They grow continuously, and so have to be pruned continuously. They can grow to be 15 or more feet tall. I harvest them at about 7 to 10 feet – because I can reach the branches easier. The bugs hate them. Very few weeds grow beneath them. I do not spray them or fertilize them with any chemicals. My trees are truly organic, clean and ‘natural’. Therefore all my products are totally organic. All parts of the tree can be used as food, however, I only use the leaves, the smaller part of the branch, and the stem the leaves are on. The only part of the tree that may be toxic is the trunk, and is not useable as a food source. It has white flowers and pods that look like big beans which hold the seeds. The flowers and pods/with seeds are both edible. I am finding that in order for the tree to have flowers and pods you have to let the tree grow very, very big. I let my trees grow to that state only 1 time, because I found the leaves too hard for me to harvest when the trees were that big. Being a short person, and a senior, and not wanting to climb a ladder to harvest my moringa, I no longer let my trees get that big. Moringa Oil, is extracted from the pods and/or flowers. Moringa does not spoil. It has a long shelf life. However, it is best stored in a dark container and not exposed to light after it is made into a product. The light, as with many supplement products, slowly destroys the nutrient value of the moringa. Folks who purchase from me, use the product immediately – so they can don’t have to worry about shelf life and just come back for more.

I can personally say my clients have reported to me, they have had a drop in their cholesterol level, bowel movement regulation, sleep apnea gone, weight loss, carpal tunnel gone, better immune systems, more energy, and improvement in their diabetes control as their doctors have lowered their diabetes medication dosages – telling them to keep doing whatever it is they are doing, as their health is improving, and much more.

My neighbor and I both love to pick the leaves fresh and add them to many of the foods we eat. Moringa leaves – considered a herb, as well, can be treated as a vegetable. It can be added to soup, eggs, casseroles, pizza, stew, other vegetables, cereal, sauces, dips, candy, yogurt, breads, fish, chicken – whatever you wish to add them to. I put Moringa (fresh and/or dry), in my Smoothies. I put the powder in a salt shaker and sprinkle the powder on all the food I eat to include fruit. If I want to use it more as an herbal spice, I crush the dried tea leaves – put them in a shaker with larger holes than a salt shaker, and sprinkle them on just about everything I eat. I like the taste better crushed than powdered. Everyone has their own preference.

RECIPES:

MORINGA TEA: Moringa tea is CAFFEINE FREE, making it a refreshing, natural nutritious energy boost.
To BREW:   
Boil or heat the water – keeping the temperature between 130-140 degrees. This ensures nutritional potency. Steep 1 tea bag for 6 – 10 minutes. Sweeteners I use and/or suggest can include natural honey, real maple syrup, Agave’ syrup, Stevia or Truvia. The tea has an earthy flavor. I prefer it iced, so I store it in the refrigerator in a pitcher and drink it at my leisure.

NOTE: Many Americans consume 1 or more cups of coffee, tea, or various forms of soft drinks per day that contain Caffeine. They claim caffeine increases mental alertness, increased metabolic rate and decreased fatigue. You need to remember these effects are short-lived.. Caffeine, however is considered a drug and this drug is also associated with negative side effects to include high blood pressure, insomnia, addiction and dehydration.

After you experience the positive effects and increase vitality you get from drinking Moringa Tea, you may forget about coffee and caffeine products entirely.

MORINGA LEMONADE: Make a 1 gallon of your favorite Lemonade. Add
1 -2 Tbsp. of Moringa powder to it. Stir, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Drink at your leisure.

MORINGA/COCONUT BALLS
1 – 2  C Walnuts – ground fine
1 C Shredded Coconut – packed down
2 – 3 Tbsp Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp Moringa Powder
2 Tbsp Agave’ Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

Blend the walnuts, coconut and 1 tbsp of agave’ until smooth. Add other ingredients, decreasing the syrup and/or increasing the coconut flour until the mixture is thick enough to roll into balls. Roll into balls and then roll on loose shredded coconut to coat. Put in a container and store in the refrigerator. They will be good stored for up to 2 months. You can wrap them individually, put them in a fun container and give them as a gift. YUMMY!

MORINGA SMOOTHIE
l small banana
1/4 cup blueberries and/or strawberries
1 Tbsp Moringa Powder or leaves fresh or dried
2-3 chunks of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup your favorite yogurt
Honey, to sweeten (optional)
Crushed Ice
Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. You can substitute Coconut Milk (the thick creamy kind found in the health food store – canned) for the yogurt. Color will vary according to the fruit used. You can add nuts, anything other fruit or even broccoli or kale – if you want to get creative. You can also use other sweeteners – just stay away from the processed sugar.

Make both of the recipes your own – I am still working on other Moringa recipes and will post them here in the Test Kitchen later.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE CREATIVE! 

ENJOY!