Health Tips Continued

 

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HEARING LOSS – is considered to be a normal part of aging, but recent studies indicate otherwise. According to Life Extension researchers, for two years there have been studies made to identify the underlying cause of hearing loss. These findings show that “age-related hearing loss involves damage not just to the cells in the ear itself, but to nerve cells that support hearing.” The findings also revealed that “elevated homocysteine – long associated with cardiovascular and neurological conditions also contributes to hearing loss.” They suggest that the elevated homocysteine levels can be lowered by the supplemental intake of folate – which is a water-soluble B vitamin. This is a new approach to mitigating hearing loss. You might want to try it. Discuss it with your physician first.

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VERTIGO – experienced by extreme dizziness, this is a debilitating issue. Vertigo is a dizziness where you feel as though the world around you is in constant motion. WHAT TRIGGERS IT? Certain medications, inflammation of nerves in the inner ear, viral infections or abnormal fluid pressure in the inner ear or displaced particles in the canals of the inner ear.

There are millions of nerve endings that, according to Dr. Eric Winder, “give us position sense all throughout our bodies, embedded in the connective tissue called fascia. They provide the information that makes all coördinated movement possible including the instinctive leveling of the head. In the case of vertigo, restriction in the fascia of the jaw, upper neck and skull can create a distortion in position sense which can trigger the disorienting symptoms.” It can be treated by massage fascia release therapies to remove restriction of the connective tissues in the upper neck, jaw muscles and muscles at the base of the skull. This information fascinated me, since I have many friends who complain about having Vertigo all the time. I suggest that if you experience  symptoms of Vertigo which are extreme or long-lasting, the you be evaluated by a physician who specializes in this condition. Dr. Winder, also suggests that if vertigo or dizziness occurs with other symptoms such as blurred vision, rapid heart rate or mental confusion, urgent medical evaluation is necessary.

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BRAIN – I have talked a lot about the brain and conditions related to the brain. A short note to remind you that raw fruit and veggies are the key to good Mental Health. This is confirmed by a report from New Zealand’s University of Otago. They found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being, positive mood and life satisfaction. According to Tamlim Conner, Ph,D, “cooking produce foods limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning.”  Foods to add to your diet include (if not already on your list), carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, other citrus, and as I always suggest, berries, melons, and as well, cucumbers and  kiwis, and grapes. I eat lots of grapes. They also help lower the risk of hearing loss – mentioned earlier.

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MAPLE SYRUP – Are you using maple syrup as a sweetener? Maple Syrup which used to come in a standard grade A, grade B and grade C, is now classified by the U.S.D.A as only standard Grade A with 4 new descriptions. They are Grade A: Golden Color and Delicate Taste which is best for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and yogurt. Grade A: Amber Color & Rich Flavor – used best  when baking, stirring it into cocktails or tea, and even glazing salmon with it. (This I have done for years – mixed with grated garlic.) Grade A: Dark Color and Robust Flavor – it’s almost like brown sugar, best used in BBQ sauce and as a glaze for grilled meat or as an unconventional pairing for cheese in place of honey. And, last but not least Grade A: Very Dark & Strong Flavor  – this is the most robust, the last to be tapped in the maple season, is usually not sold commercially to the public, but is sold to factories and candy producers. It can be substituted one to one in recipes that call for molasses.

The HEALTH BENEFITS OF MAPLE SYRUP – if you are hesitant to use it as a sweetener are very beneficial.

  • Maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants
  • Gets a lower score on the glycemic index
  • Fights inflammatory diseases
  • Helps protect skin health
  • Is a great alternative to sugar for improved digestion, and is a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners
  • Supplies Important Vitamins and Mineral
  • May Enhance Antibiotic Effects

I am impressed! I have used it for years as a sweetener. I alternate between Maple Syrup and Honey.

Hope you enjoyed these tips, and maybe learned something new. When trying something new remember – (Quotes by  Thomas S. Monson)

  • It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Noah erected an ark in obedience to the command from God.
  • It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Abraham was willing to offer up his beloved Isaac as a sacrifice.
  • It was by faith, nothing wavering, that Joshua and his followers brought the walls of Jericho tumbling down.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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CBD Oil…

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Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Hemp, Cannabis, CBD OIL. What are they? They all come, basically, from the same plant species.

The above mentioned terminology of products on the market, are in the news today, emerging on the level, as having health benefits. But do they? They are being considered by the media, the medical field, and etc., as ‘herbal health supplements’. But are they? I have talked to and interviewed many people about their views on the subjects to be discussed today. The result? Confusion! Most folks are confused about what they are, and how they have become to be so talked about…to the point of voting on them in order for the public to use them. Therefore, I will try to explain in simple terminology the what, the why and the how of these products so you can make your own decision whether they are for you, or good for your individual ailments.

MARIJUANA – what is it? It is described in most dictionaries, as coming from the cannabis sativa plant species, and is especially smoked or consumed as a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug. My Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary adds – it comes “from leaves and flowers of the Indian hemp plant (another name for the cannabis sativa plant species).” It is “psychologically habituating but not habit-forming. Withdrawal of marijuana causes no such physical symptoms  as opiate withdrawal does. The drug is considered to have no medical value.” 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA– The Beginning of Legalization. In 1996, California first passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana. By the end of the decade, Alaska, Maine, Oregon, and Washington and then Colorado had followed suit, and today you can add many other states to the list.There are different types and strains of legalized marijuana/medical marijuana that I will not go into at this point of time. They include, indica, sativa, hybrid, recreational, etc. These are very ambiguous topics to discuss.

HEMP – what is it? Found on the computer – Hemp, or industrial hemp, typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

CANNABIS – According to Wikipedia, “Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.” Scary in my book. Here in Florida, it is the Cannabis in the vaporizing form that parents and teachers are concerned about, because in the High Schools, vaping  has grown to epidemic proportions among the High School students. The educators are saying the THC that is in the Cannabis vape liquid or oil, etc. destroys the brain cells. And, since a young persons brains are not fully developed at this point in their lives, the damage can become debilitating and permanent. Think about it folks! Do you want these kids becoming the leaders of our country in the future?

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CBD OIL – What is it? This is the main topic of my discussion. CBD Oil has emerged as the alternative to marijuana usage, especially for medicinal purposes.   Some of my clients have asked me about CBD Oil. Not really being that interested in it, their inquiries however, piqued my curiosity, so I have done extensive research on it.

What is CBD OIL? Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made from strains of cannabis that contain low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is what makes marijuana psychoactive. CBD oil is high in cannabinoids, a group of phytochemicals found in cannabis plants. I researched just about everything on the internet in regards to CBD oil, to include where it comes from, how it is extracted, what it is used for, etc., and who sells it. I am not going to discuss all of this, at this time. If you want to know more,  google has all the answers. Right now, you just need to know that CBD Oil is not legal marijuana.

As for the above marijuana definition, I find the term marijuana psychoactive to be the key words you should be interested in – the compound ‘tetrahydrocannabinal’ (THC).  Does this compound have anything to do with CBD oil, and how it is manufactured. Most manufacturers of CBD Oil claim that their products contains no THC. However, as I found that there are some companies who are selling CBD Oil manufactured with THC in it. It is the CBD oil products with the THC in it that you need to beware of.

Out of the clear blue sky one day,  I received an email from a company wanting me to try CBD Oil. Where they got my name from I have no clue, except to think that if you are on the internet for any reason at all you have no privacy. Because of my curiosity I clicked on the site. Read all about it and ordered a FREE BOTTLE of CBD oil.

Being  a senior and having aches and pains like the rest of the population, including the younger generation, I wanted to find out for myself how CBD Oil affects the body. I have used other natural healing oil products for a long time for my aches and pains, and wanted to compare them with the CBD oil. As well, having thought about writing a blog on CBD oil, I needed to find out for myself the pros and cons before telling you, my readers, about it. I never suggest to others to do something with, or take a supplement that I have not researched, or used myself after finding out that it is safe.

My bottle of CBD oil came in the mail in a plain manila envelope. Inside was just the bottle, with no instructions except for the shipping information slip. The only information was on the bottle. It had the milligrams as 250, the number of ounces as 1 fluid ounce, and it did say ZERO THC.  Other information on the bottle said it is extracted from Hemp – USA grown (the best CBD oil according to research comes from Hemp). Also, on the bottle was the serving size, how to take it, and that the oil combination in the bottle was 99% MCT oil, and by summation, the  CBD oil therefore, was 1%.

So, what is MCT oil? MCT oil is a CBD carrier oil. Any oil can be used as a carrier oil since all oils are fats and CBD oil being a fat soluble oil has to be mixed with another fat soluble oil to be effective and/or useful.  For you who know about oils, all oil mixtures  are mixed with a carrier oil. The main oil, having the health benefit, is added in smaller amounts because most oils when extracted and manufactured correctly are very strong oils. On my bottle it refers to the CBD oil as a CBD Isolate. What does that mean – isolate? CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum oil: A general comparison. A CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like; pure, isolated CBD compound, all by itself and, in this case, with the THC removed.

So, there you have it. By now, you may be wondering if the CBD Oil I got worked. There is more info you need to know before I answer that. What I found is – CBD Oil comes in different strengths; with different directions about how to use it; how much to take; how to take it; how the different strengths act in regards to your body type, height, and weight; when to take it – morning or evening; how often to take it, etc. Most of the companies on the internet had this information printed on the label of their bottles of CBD Oil, or, in the information on the internet of their products.

With that being said, CBD oil is taken mostly for pain, as is the Medical Marijuana. The difference is the THC in Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana. Again, as a reminder, CBD Oil can be and is sold with and without the THC compound in it.

I have a friend who used the Medical and Recreational Marijuana, He told me there is no difference in how they affect the body. He had fibromyalgia. He said, “the medical marijuana made him lose control of his actions and mental capabilities, much the same as the Recreational marijuana he smoked in the 1960’s.” He did not like that aspect and discontinued the use of the medical marijuana. He emphasized that “all Marijuana to include the MEDICAL MARIJUANA destroys the brain. He was unable to safely drive his car, or do any recreational activities such as golf, etc. and ended up staying in the house most of the time. He went back to using over-the-counter pain killers. At least, these enabled him to ‘have a life.’

As for the CBD Oil – you have to remember, CBD Oil as well as other pain-killers/medications only relieve the pain for short periods of time. They do not eliminate the cause of the pain. Chemically manufactured or natural, you can become addicted to them both with the difference being that the natural pain killers, usually, have no contraindications. 

The results of my taking the CBD Oil – the effect on me was none. The instructions on the bottle said put 1 full dropper of the oil under the tongue and hold for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. Do this one time a day. I had to do it at least 3-4 times a day to feel any effects from it. I concluded the need for it that many times, was because it is the weakest strength – 250 mg. Something stronger would probably have lessened my need to use it more often.

The pain supplements I used prior to trying the CBD Oil I took in combination or singly, once a day, or sometimes twice a day (in the morning and in the evening). They are Black Cumin Seed Oil, Tumeric Oil, and Oregano Oil. I will be going back to using these.

During my research, I found that the cost of a bottle of CBD oil is figured out by the strength of the oil, and/or whether it has or has not got THC in it. It is pricey. Further information tells us that the benefits of CBD Oil, besides being related to pain relief, include: relief from, nausea, anxiety, depression, and other common ailments. I know other folks who take CBD Oil and these are some of their claims – especially the relief from anxiety, stress and depression. The cannabinoids in CBD Oil work with the cannabinoids that are naturally already in each of your bodies. It is called the cannabinoid system, the body’s largest neurotransmitter network, composed of messengers and receptors, which work to achieve balance, and creates endocannabinoid molecules. They affect and regulate the way other bodily systems operate, like the immune, nervous and gastrointestinal, reproductive, digestive system and more, do. Without the THC, the beneficial compounds that remain in the oil are not sacrificed. 

Bottom line, do your own research. With all body’s not being equal, how you take it – strong or weak strength – will be different. Know your body and how it reacts to the supplements you put into it. There is no standard dosage that is right for everyone. Figuring out what you need will be a Trial and Error process. CBD oil can be purchased on line, at most health food stores and I read recently that it will soon be available at pharmacies such as CVS and even Walmart. If or when you buy it online, there is no proof of whether it is really CBD oil. Continuing my research, and I found that there are scams online, not only for CBD oil, but other products as well, where when you purchase the product,  you are added to the companies AUTOMATIC SHIP list and all of a sudden that company or manufacturer is non existent. You are billed automatically, every month on your credit card without ever giving consent for the AUTOMATIC SHIP. This is prevalent with companies that say TRY OUR PRODUCT FREE, WITH ONLY A SHIPPING CHARGE. So buyers beware! The company’s online information does not tell you that you will be put on automatic ship, they usually say that if you wish to purchase their product in the future the price will be such and such.

SUMMARY: In my opinion, it is not a question whether  marijuana, in any form, has medicinal value, it is more about figuring out how to optimize the use of the plant without it being harmful to the human body. More research on the use of Medical Marijuana, CBD Oil, Hemp or any product related to it  has to be done in relation to it’s affect on the body, This is definitely a ‘must do.’

Draw your own conclusion, for your needs, according to your health and physical circumstances.

The above blog subject is for information only. It is not for me to tell you what to do, or how to do it.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL ALWAYS!

EASTER!

The reality of the Resurrection of the Savior overwhelms our heartbreak with hope because with it comes the assurance that all the other promises of the gospel are just as real—promises that are no less miraculous than the Resurrection.
(Paul V. Johnson
The love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the antidote for every negative aspect of our lives. Because of Him, we can overcome sadness, despair, anxiety, hatred – and someday, even death.

All over the world, people celebrate Easter in their own way, but the message is still the same. HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE!  MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Test Kitchen – Rinds?

Jeff Yeager – noted author of ‘The Cheapskate Next Door’ stated that “A ‘rind’ is a terrible thing to waste.” So what is a Rind? It is the outer layer of  – in this case – a vegetable or a fruit. There are multiple uses for produce rinds, peels, skins, etc. and ways to extract benefits from them before they end up in the compost pile. Listed below are some of the ways.

  • JamImage result for pics of fruit and vegetable skins and rinds We all know that orange rinds are put into ‘Orange Marmalade’ jam.  Other fruits besides oranges can be made into ‘marmalade’, they include lemons, grapefruit, limes, tangerines and even kumquat ( Image result for pic of kumquat fruit  the little orange fruits that are about the size of a large grape). I have a kumquat tree. Love the fruit. You can eat the whole thing rind and all. The sweetness is in the rind.
  • Cornhusks: Another use most of you are familiar with…make sure the husks are from sweet corn and dampened, then wrap fish and other seafood in it. You can serve the fish in the husks.  Image result for images of corn husks
  • Easter Egg Dye: With Easter coming up, try boiling organic Easter eggs with onion skins to naturally create wild yellow and orange eggshells.
  • Olive Oil: Add citrus peels to olive oil for flavor and to reinvigorate oil that’s getting old.
  • Image result for pics of papaya skinsFoot rub: I like this one. Rub papaya skins and pulp on the bottoms of your feet to help soften and soothe the skin. The papaya skins are rich in Vitamin A and papain, which breaks down inactive proteins and removes dead skin cells. Papaya is such a versatile fruit. Many face creams and facial peels are made from this fruit. The fruit is great in a smoothie.
  • Shoeshine: If you want a ‘spit-shine’ on leather shoes, polish them with the slippery side of a banana peel.  Image result for free pics of fruit rinds
  • Houseplants: Banana peels may also be used to shine the leaves on houseplants to make them sparkle; this also serves as a natural pesticide and fertilizer.
  • I also use them by rubbing the inside of the peel on my legs and arms to soften and give nutrients to the skin.
  • Hair Dye: Image result for free images of potato peels I will have to try this one. Boil potato peels in water for about a half hour, strain and let cool. Rinse the hair with this water after shampooing. It will gradually darken grey hair without any synthetic chemicals.

Wow! There are so many little hints that are not costly. Many of you may be aware of stuffing fruit and veggie peels inside  a chicken or turkey before roasting to give it extra flavor. Many potpourri are made with all types of dried citrus rinds, apple peels, pomegranate skins and other fruit trimmings. You can boil lemon rinds in water on the top of the stove in order to freshen the air in the kitchen. Scoop out an avocado shell and use the shell as a biodegradable pot to start garden seedlings in. I like this one the best – use as pest control in your garden or yard. Sprinkle ground-up nutshells on the ground or crushed egg shells. Slugs and other pests can’t stand crawling across the rough texture.

MAKE A NOTE: As when working with any foods, thoroughly wash the rinds of produce or anything that is to be eaten even when it is organically grown.

Thank you Jeff Yeager – these are great tips for those folks who are not aware of them.  They are great recycling tips for Fruit and Veggie Scraps.

BE CREATIVE – MAYBE YOU CAN DISCOVER YOUR OWN NEW USE FOR TABLE SCRAPS!

LET’S ALL HELP to KEEP AMERICA CLEAN! 

Toxins?

You can’t see them or feel them, although sometimes you can smell them.

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WHAT ARE THEY? Toxins are dangerous substances in the environment that are absorbed by, and build up in, your body. They damage your immune system and are definitely linked to many health problems. Toxins include a number of things such as carbon dioxide, cigarette smoke, pesticides, heavy metals, air pollution, chemicals, electromagnetic radiation, formaldehyde, antifreeze, artificial preservatives, and much, much more.

Toxins are a toxic nightmare that endangers a person’s health and as well as your life. They damage the immune system and make you more susceptible to illnesses more than just the flu. The build up of toxins in the body can affect your blood pressure, memory, digestion, respiratory system, cholesterol, circulation, weight, heart, joints, energy, liver, kidneys to mention just a few things.

Does the build up of toxins just happen overnight? How do you know your affected by toxins? The build up is not just an overnight thing? You have been exposed to toxins from the day you were born (I might even say conceived). Toxins are all around us. They are on things you touch, in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the things you drink, etc.  Toxins, even in small amounts, can make you sick, and sometimes, even kill you.

So, how do you breathe them? We forget about our exposure to what we think is just normal, such as the pollutants in carpet, mold, mildew and dust mites; asbestos found in older buildings and homes which damage your healthy cells making them look like they’ve been riddles with bullets; spores from air conditioning units which can cause asthma and bronchitis; chemical vapors from aerosol cleaners, floor and furniture polish, bleach, ammonia, bathroom cleaners, insect sprays, hair sprays, perm solutions, hair dyes; fumes from chemically treated furnishings; human skin and cat dander.

I found these to be interesting facts, in my research, that – BENZYL ALCOHOL used in perfume, soaps and shampoos irritates the upper respiratory tract and causes headache, nausea, dizziness and a drop in blood pressure. LINALOOL – also found in perfume, hand lotions, nail polish remover, hairspray and laundry detergent can cause respiratory disturbances and central nervous system disorders. TERPINEOL – used in bleach, after-shave and roll-on deodorants can cause respiratory depression, headaches, and loss of muscular coördination. WOW! The list goes on and on to include other dangerous chemicals such as, acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, ethanol, camphor, ethyl acetate, limonene, methylene chloride, and many other. If you can’t pronounce them, stay away from them.

Image result for free pics of toxic pesticidesThere has been a lot of talk about PESTICIDES in the news, because of the product called ROUND UP from the Monsanto Company. When I checked the labels of other pesticides, they contained the same chemicals as Round Up. It is mentioned only that they are dangerous, but what does exposure to them do to your body? Here is what they do to your body – they weaken and/or destroy your immune, endocrine, reproductive and nervous systems. They have been linked to breast cancer, allergies, arthritis, fatigue and headaches, aging and continued illness of all kinds. Did you know that because pesticides are oil soluble, they can be store in your fat cells, and can stick around in your body for a long time; that when released from your fat cells, there are always harmful results.

Image result for free pics of toxic metalsDangerous Metals, another threat to your health, are coming to the forefront in the news. The big one is MERCURY. According to Edward Arana, D.D.S. “Dental amalgam fillings can release mercury, tin, copper, silver and sometimes zinc into the body.” It has been said by the EPA that if you buried just one amalgam filling in your backyard, you would be guilty of polluting the soil. Hippocrates – known as the father of medicine, remarked on the toxicity of mercury over 2,000 years ago. Mercury has been used in industrial processes and medications for over 1,000 years. Mercury is responsible for the old saying, “mad as a hatter” because or it causing brain damage in people who worked with mercury compounds in the hat-making industry.

The modern-day ailments that ‘mercury’ is linked to, today, include: mood swings, abnormal heart rate, anxiety, constipation/diarrhea, cold hands and feet, sleep disturbances, lowered libido, headaches, fatigue allergies, short-term memory problems, difficulty walking and tremors.

So, how does it get into your system from your teeth? Because Mercury is soluble, it can be absorbed into the lungs, nasal passages, stomach, teeth roots, gum tissue, and through the roof of the mouth – which is inches away from the posterior pituitary gland, the MASTER GLAND, which is a regulator of the lower endocrine system and controls the reproductive hormones. It accumulates in all tissues, but specifically in the brain. It is stored in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, and thus POISONS THE ACTIVITY OF BOTH.

Other metals that are dangerous to your health include nickel (used in cheaper types of jewelry made of stainless steel); lead – found in gasoline, lead-based paints, old toothpaste tubes and ceramic glazes. Lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, hair loss, nerve damage, and frequent colds, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety and numbness; aluminum – higher concentrations of aluminum in the blood have been found in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients; mercury, along with cadmium or arsenic can cause autism.

Again, the food you eat and drink – to include water have been found scientifically to be overrun with toxins (especially foods that have come into the United States from other countries). Water contaminants include fungicides, insecticides, fuel additives, solvents, degreaser’s, benzene, vinyl chloride, toluene, styrene, etc. These chemicals can cause liver and kidney damage, birth defects, cancer, and more. Other toxins, I may have overlooked or forgotten to mention include: chromium, barium, thallium and on, and on.

Look for and be aware of the following symptoms for toxin contamination:

  • fatigue, irritability, dizziness
  • behavior disorders, weakness, headaches
  • muscle cramps, loss of motor control
  • breathing problems, fainting spells,
  • constipation, mood swings,
  • learning disabilities, stiff neck
  • sensitivity to sounds, penetrating smells, cigarette smoke, dust, or cut grass
  • brain fog – difficulty in concentrating, decision-making, etc.
  • Central Nervous System depression and much, much, more.

I have given you a lot to think about. It is SCARY STUFF!

HOW DO YOU POWER UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM to FIGHT BACK so you do not carry a TOXIC OVERLOAD?

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DETOX, DETOX, DETOX!  The whole purpose of my blogs. The IMMUNE SYSTEM is central to your health. The IMMUNE SYSTEM is involved with all other body systems, and ties them all together. It is the number one defender against toxic invaders. 

The process starts with defending your immune system by providing the ammunition needed to control the harmful substances that find their way into your body. As I have said before and say again it is mandatory that you change your life style and eating habits by:

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  • Eating a diet balanced with a minimal to NO PROCESSED FOODS.
  • Eat RAW VEGETABLES, or SLIGHTLY RAW – NO COOKED VEGETABLES, if possible
  • Eat plenty of FRUITS, BERRIES, AND MELONS
  • EAT NO MEATS – especially red meats
  • Eat minimum amounts of Chicken, Turkey, and/or FISH if you must have meat.
  • Drink plenty of purified or filtered water (half of your weight in ounces)
  • STAY AWAY FROM SMOKING, DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, and/or CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES, SODA POP, and I now include many of the SPORTS DRINKS as they are highly caffeinated.
  • STAY AWAY FROM PROCESSED SUGARS
  • STAY AWAY FROM JUNK FOODS
  • Use PRESCRIPTION  DRUGS AND PAIN MEDICATIONS only as needed until your body tells you that it doesn’t need them any more.
  • In Other Words – the BEST way to get the nutrients your body needs is with WHOLE NATURAL FOODS.

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Have I made even a dent in your thinking process. I hope I have. However, CHANGE is a decision you have to make for yourself.

“Happiness is a rainbow in your heart – a REAL HEALTH SPARKLER!”
(Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D., Health Crusader)

Sciatica

Anyone who has experienced ‘sciatica nerve’ pain, knows it hurts, hurts, hurts. It is debilitating pain. So, exactly what is ‘SCIATICA’?

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My handy Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary says this – “sciatica pertains to the hips or ischium. The sciatica nerve is the largest nerve in the body, arising from the sacral plexus either side, passing from the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen, down the back of the thigh, where it divides into tibial and peroneal nerves. Lesions cause paralysis of flexion and adduction of toes, abduction and adduction of toes, rotation inward and adduction of foot; plantar flexion and lowering of ball of foot; paralysis of dorsal flexion and adduction of foot; rotation of ball of foot outward and of raising external border of foot and of extension of toes; also anesthesia in cutaneous distribution.”

The usual terminology is ‘SCIATICA’ – simplified it is described as ‘severe pain in the leg along the course of the sciatic nerve felt at back of thigh running down the inside of the leg.’ Compression or trauma of the sciatic nerve or its roots, especially that resulting from ruptured intervertebral disk or osteoarthrosis of lumbosacral vertebrae. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve results from metabolic, toxic, or infectious disorders. The discomfort may begin abruptly or gradually and is characterized by a sharp shooting pain running down the back of the thigh. Movement of the limb generally intensifies the suffering. Pain may be uniformly distributed along the limb or infrequently in certain spots. Numbness and/or tingling may be felt; the nerve may be extremely sensitive to touch. Symptoms usually grow worse at night and on the approach of stormy weather. Duration of a sciatic attack varies from a few days to several months. In longstanding cases, muscles grow atrophied and/or rigid. Treatment should be started early in order to have an early recovery.

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Treatments vary from surgical to plain old exercise. Surgical intervention takes place if there is damage due to a ruptured intervertebral disk. Exercise programs are important for any sciatic treatment plan. It includes stretching and strengthening parts of the body that may be causing irritation of the sciatic nerve. The underlying cause of sciatic nerve pain dictates the course of exercise applied, since you are dealing with the discs and the spine. Rest is important, to keep the body relaxed, which in turn allows it to heal. If it hurts while exercising, decrease the stress of the exercise or stop immediately. NOTE: it is important that you do not become completely bed bound due to the sciatic pain. Lying in bed for more than 2 days or prolonged periods of time has been shown to make the sciatica worse.

Other treatments include improving your general health by balancing your diet with good nourishing food. Drink more water. When you are dehydrated, parts of the spine become deflated causing more pressure on the sciatic nerve.  AVOID INFLAMMATORY FOODS – especially anything with a high sugar content. A great food, but not good for some folks is peanuts. Peanuts contain a lot of magnesium which is crucial for allowing muscles to relax.

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For you who are allergic to peanuts choose other food with a high magnesium content, or take a magnesium supplement. Herbal supplements can include Tumeric (high quality), and I have found a good foot massage helps as well.

All of the above will keep you from using prescribed methods of pain killers to include Morphine and Demerol or any of the newest pain killers on the market that contribute to the opioid epidemic that is consuming our nation. The afore-mentioned treatments can be effective, but you should not just choose random treatments for your pain. It is important that you choose the right treatment for the underlying CAUSE OF YOUR SCIATICA,  in order for there to be a healing process and/or improvement. Last, but not least, BE PATIENT. Sciatica Nerve pain healing does not just happen overnight. The amount of time it takes depends on the cause of your pain and your committment to getting well.

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DON’T BE DISCOURAGED! God Bless!

SOUPS – Test Kitchen

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The soup recipes on this page were created in my Test Kitchen. I like to use a slow cooker, so most of them are cooked in my slow cooker.

KIMCHI SOUP              Image result for free pics of kimchi soup

1 Cup Kimchi (I make my own)
1 Can Brown Sugar & Bacon Baked Beans
1 Cup Fresh Diced Tomatoes (can use canned)
2 Polish or Kilbasa Sausage cooked and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 lb Butter
Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 2-3 hours. At the last 15 minutes add 1/4 cup fresh chopped Basil Leaves. I serve with rice, or when I have left over soup I add the rice to the soup. Can also add Raman or rice noodles. Mm good! Enjoy

CHILI – I don’t usually use processed foods, unless they are organic which these are. However, you can cook  your own black beans etc. from the dry beans, use freshly diced tomatoes, and fresh corn. I make my own chili powder, so you can use whatever you have that you like for seasoning. I also add Moringa powder or leaves, and/or fresh basil.

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1 can creamed corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chili beans
1 cup freshly grated carrots
1 small to medium red or white onion
1/2 cup fresh-cut up mushrooms (your choice)
1/2 to 1 lb ground turkey
1 Tbsp. Chili powder

With this recipe, you can add or subtract what you wish to. Make it your own. I never make it the same, as I use whatever I have in the refrigerator. This is a basic recipe to get you started. Serve with grated Asiago Cheese on top and crackers.

I love cold soups. The following recipe is one of my favorite.

CUCUMBER/AVOCADO – Chilled      Image result for free pics of cucumber soup

In a blender add the following ingredients:

2  Cucumbers – unpeeled, but washed
2  Small Avocados or 1 extra-large Avocado
1  Cup Vegetable or Chicken broth (I make my own)
2/3  Cup plain yogurt (I make my own)
2/3  Cup Coconut Milk
1-2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1  Tsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Blend all the ingredients together into a purée. To season you can add a pinch of Cayenne and/or freshly ground black pepper, and sea salt to taste.
Pulse or stir to distribute seasoning for a few seconds. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours and serve. I make mine ahead and chill overnight in the frig. Top with a sprig of Parsley. Great as a preface to the main course of the meal or as the meal with a freshly tossed salad. The original recipe for this soup is from the Prevention Magazine. I made a few changes to suit my palate.

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2  Cups  fresh pumpkin peeled and cubed
1  Small sweet onion
3-4 Chopped Carrots
3-4 Tbsp. Coconut oil
3/4  Cup Chicken or Vegetable broth
2  Tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I make my own)

Cook all of the ingredients in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours. Pour into a blender and purée. Add 1  Cup All Natural Plain Yogurt ( of your choice, I make my own). Pulse to blend the yogurt with the soup. Serve each portion of the soup with a dollop of yogurt and a sprig of cilantro or parsley.

I had a fun time making these soups. As usual I never make the soup the same each time I make it. I am always adding or taking away an ingredient. In other words I am experimenting all the time. I suggest that you can do the same. You would be surprised at the wonderful different tastes you can create.

HAVE FUN AND COOK WITH LOVE!

Your food determines in a large measure how long you shall live – how much you shall enjoy life, and how successful your life shall be.
– Dr. Kirschner, Live Food Juice –