Welcome to 2018 – The Appendix

Make this your year to – BE HEALTHY, THINK HEALTHY, STAY HEALTHY, EAT HEALTHY, FEEL HEALTHY, TAKE CHARGE  of living a better life!

My goal is to help, and empower you to be your own best doctor.

In my earlier blog I mentioned that doctors take out the Appendix when doing various surgeries even though the Appendix is healthy. I have always believed the appendix to be of good use in our bodies. IS IT?

The Appendix is referred to in medical dictionary’s as “an appendage veriform or “veriform appendix” in the abdominal region of the body, just below the right upper quadrant of the bone structure and below the large intestine. It is a long, narrow, wormshaped tube connected to the cecum. It varies in length to more than 8 inches with an average of about 3 inches. Its distal end is closed. It is lined with mucosa similar to that of the large intestine.”  It is a subordinate appendage or attachment to a body part of more importance. Inflammation of the appendix is referred to as appendicitis.

Question: What is the function of the Appendix? I referred to the WebMD.
The function of the appendix is unknown. One theory refers to the appendix as a storehouse for good bacteria, ‘rebooting’ the digestive system after diarrheal illnesses. The other theory is that the appendix is just a useless remnant from our evolutionary past.  I prefer the first theory. With this theory it is understandable that the appendix assists the digestive and eliminative process as food goes through the intestinal tract. Good bacteria are a plus in the digestive process.

CONDITIONS of the Appendix include:

  • Appendicitis – inflammation, infection of the appendix that can cause it to rupture. This causes severe pain in the right lower part of the belly (large intestine), along with nausea and vomiting.
  • Tumors – carcinoid tumors which secrete chemicals that cause the periodic flushing, wheezing and diarrhea. epithelial tumors – growths in the appendix that can be benign or cancerous – but are rare.TESTS that are given for the Appendix include:
  • Medical Examination
  • CT Scan
  • Ultra Sound
  • CBC – (complete Blood Count)
  • Other imaging tests e.g. MRI, PET

TREATMENT  – if there is a problem includes: APPENDECTOMY – Surgery to remove the appendix (appendage); and ANTIBIOTICS – when the diagnosis is in question. It was also noted that antibiotics alone cannot effectively treat appendicitis. 

I hope this information helps to squash all the ‘old wives tales’ you hear about the Appendix and Appendicitis. However, I still don’t know why they remove the Appendix along with other surgical procedures when the Appendix is healthy. I want to keep thinking of it as a “storehouse” for good bacteria”, since, in my way of thinking, GOOD BACTERIA is crucial to maintaining GOOD HEALTH.

Again – WELCOME TO 2018 – BE HEALTHY, THINK HEALTHY, STAY HEALTHY, EAT HEALTHY, FEEL HEALTHY, and TAKE CHARGE  of living a better life!

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Menopause

I received many requests to write about this topic – I hope the following information will help answer the myriad of questions, about MENOPAUSE, that I have been asked by my readers and clients.

Back to my trusty Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – MENOPAUSE! What is menopause? It is “That period which marks the permanent cessation of menstrual activity.” It occurs, in women, between the ages of 35 and 58 (and sometimes older). “The menses may stop suddenly, there may be a decreased flow each month until there is a final cessation, or the interval between periods may be lengthened until complete cessation is accomplished.” Surgical menopause occurs usually when a woman has had a hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries), or other uterus induced surgeries.

SYMPTOMS: Menopause may be accompanied by hot and cold flashes, feeling of weakness, and in some cases mental depression.

TREATMENT: According to allopathic doctors, hormone replacement is given as required. Yearly pelvic exams are also suggested to test for cancer of the cervix.

Now, you may say, “what has all this to do with alternative medicine or natural healing?” Natural healing is considered to be just that, natural. Naturopathic doctors (Doctors who practice Alternative Medicine), don’t usually advocate any kind of surgery, unless it is absolutely necessary. If surgery has already been done, the only choice left, alternatively, is the task of getting the body back in balance without the removed organ in the picture.

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Detoxification?

Many folks have asked me “just what do you mean by detoxification?”  Detoxification is the process by which toxins are removed from the body. Toxins are what makes the body organs break down causing dis-ease factors. Toxins get into your body not only from what you eat, but the air you breathe, handling cleaning products, skin care products, smoking or any tobacco use, alcohol consumption, coffee, paint, etc. and I could name many more.

In my earlier blog I mentioned the ‘Basic Starter Detox Cleansing Program’. Whenever you start a new program such as a Detox Program your body rejoices, yet at the same time can make you feel ill – which is the body’s way of letting you know it has started the self-healing process. This ‘ill’ feeling is referred to, in alternative medical terms, a “Healing Crisis”. Most allopathic doctors have a limited understanding of what the detoxification process is. Simplicity is the key, when you understand what truly causes the illusion called disease (dis-ease).

Nature is always seeking to rebuild, restore, improve and expands itself to include your physical, emotional, and mental state of being. There will be times when detoxification and a healing crisis is too much for you to handle. In that moment it is an overload on your body which warrants the need to slow down the process. As a whole being, you need to keep yourself in balance mentally, emotionally, and physically as much as possible. Modern medicine, in my opinion causes disharmony and imbalance causing disease. This stagnation needs to be cleaned out of your body so the new can enter in.
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Happy New Year – Resolutions

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The New Year, “2018” will soon be ringing in. How many of you rationalized, “I can eat anything I want – it’s the Holiday Season!” Of course we all did!

Will anyone be making a New Year Resolution? I quit doing that a long time ago – as probably did many of my readers. We did not keep them for various reasons such as we forgot the resolution we made; our health didn’t permit it if the resolution was ” I am finally going to stick with a diet plan”; or we just wished we had not made a resolution because we knew we couldn’t or wouldn’t keep it anyway.

If you do make a resolution regarding your health and a diet plan to lose a little weight from all that great food you ate – you might consider, or reconsider, the “Basic Starter Detox Cleansing Program”  in my August 14, 2017 Blog post. It works!

In the meantime, I want to wish you all a Very Happy And Wonderful New Year! May all the decisions you make be the right ones for your best interest healthwise and lifewise. I want to share the message below for this coming new year. Love whoever thought of it and give them credit for a great idea.

Image result for new year pics 2018 freeMake all your bubblies NON-ALCOHOLIC! STAY SAFE FOR YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE! MAY GOD’S BLESSINGS BE WITH YOU THROUGHOUT 2018!

 

Merry Christmas to all!

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Christmas has always had a different purpose or meaning for centuries. Did you know, historically, that Christ was not born in a stall but in a cave because all the Inns were full, being that it was tax time in Bethlehem? That Christ was also born in the springtime of the year, hence, the shepherds were watching their flocks by night? That Christmas ended up being in December because it was that time of the year that the Roman Empire accepted Christianity? It is also speculated that the Maji visited the Christ child sometime after his birth and in Nazareth. Matthew 2:1-16 KJV tells the story one way and historians tell it another. You decide…as the Christmas saga goes on and on.

These are all interesting facts…thus every country has their own way of celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, or not.

In the modern world – Santa Claus seems to have taken precedent over the Christ Child as merchants want the people, quoting a song, to “rush home with their treasures.” Commercialism has certainly had a lot to do with the way Christmas is celebrated – no matter where you live.

My (commercially) Christmas experience this year, was when I went to Georgia to the Busy Elves Christmas Tree Farm to cut down a real live Christmas tree. As it turned out, I – according to the owner of the farm – was going to be the person who bought the smallest Christmas Tree ever sold at his farm in his 30 years of being in business. He told me, as he was laughing, “you never buy a small live Christmas Tree. It has to be at least as tall as you. In fact I cannot even sell you this tree. It is too small. I will buy it for you, or better yet, I will pay you to take it away… I cannot even put a Christmas tree stand on it as the drill is bigger than the trunk of your tree. However, you need to keep in water or it will die. And last, but not least, would you like us to strap it to the top of your vehicle.?” (We were in my daughters huge Ram Truck). Picture that one for yourself. A good laugh was had by all as I, unwillingly, but being coerced by the crowd of people who came over to check out the laughter, took the crisp new $1.00 bill he handed me.  We then, put the tree in the bed of the truck; and as we drove out of sight,heard, Mr. Owner Elf exclaim, “I hope it is straped down good, or your tree will fly away.”

This was a fun experience – since I have not had a real tree in years, and have never cut one down myself. My granddaughter cut this one down as she wanted that experience. I think it is a cute tree, and all my friends like my tree, and the story.

HOWEVER – getting back to the real meaning of Christmas. One of my favorite Christmas songs is ‘Once in Royal David’s City’.

“Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven,  Who is God and Lord of all,
And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean and lowly, Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And our eyes at last shall see him, Through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heav’n above,
And he leads his children on, to the place where he is gone.”

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I agree with the following philosophy:

“This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer. Without the Savior’s birth and Atonement, we would have no Intercessor, no Advocate with the Father, and no Mediator who makes it possible for us to return to the presence of our loving Heavenly Father and live together as eternal families.”
-Gary E. Stevenson (Ensign Magazine)

I want to wish you, my readers, CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS in the REAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMASJoy in your homes, Love in your hearts, Peace and happiness now and always! God Bless!

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Holiday Nog

I said I would follow-up my last blog with my Holiday Nog recipe….so here it is…dairy free and non-alcoholic.

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HOLIDAY NOG –
1 Quart  Coconut Milk
1 Pkg. Instant Coconut Pudding (Jello Brand)
1 tsp. Rum extract
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a blender on high-speed until well mixed… approximately 2 minutes. Put in a quart container with a lid and refrigerate to allow the nog to thicken. Put in cup or glass – top with whip topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Contains fewer calories than the store-bought Egg Not, and in my opinion, tastes just as good if not better. Yummy. Now the kids can enjoy with Mom and Dad.

NOTE: If can’t find the Coconut Instant Pudding Mix – use French Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix. Can also use the Sugar Free Instant puddings if you can find the. I like the Coconut over the Vanilla.

ENJOY AND GOD BLESS!

The Test Kitchen…Carambola

Image result for free pics of kitchensI said a while back when I made Kimchi that I thought it needed improvement. It has now been in my refrigerator for a couple of months. It has improved with age without me doing anything more to it. I put it on a Turkey Sandwich and it was delicious. So, apparently, the longer you keep it in the refrigerator the better it gets.

Image result for free pic of star fruit breadCARAMBOLA – the scientific term for STAR FRUIT. A neighbor who has a Star Fruit tree brought me some of the fruit. I have experimented with making Star Fruit Bread, and was finally able to come up with a recipe that works.

Star Fruit can be used in many ways. To prepare it for use in fruit salads or even veggie salads – slice off the spines (thinly), cut off both ends and then slice the fruit into 1/4″ thick slices. You eat the skin – do not peel it. The fruit does have seeds that can be removed easily. When I put Star Fruit in smoothies I clean and prepare them the same way. Sometimes I take the seeds out  and sometimes I don’t (only if I put it in a Smoothie). Star Fruit are also good in oriental dishes like Chow Mein and Wok dishes. As well, they can be used in cookies – but because you have to purée them for cookies, they take the place of any liquid in the recipe – similar to applesauce. Now to the BREAD.

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I originally thought I could use my Mom’s banana bread recipe and substitute the bananas with the star fruit: this didn’t turn out to be as easy as I thought it would be as the mixture was too runny, requiring more flour – or so I thought. To get the mixture to the consistency I needed meant adjusting all the other ingredients as well. It was okay but still wasn’t right. The secret was in the FLOUR. So my mom’s Banana Bread recipe ended up being completely changed.

I took a completely different route…I did not use any processed white flour and a lot of sugar which most recipes call for. After many hit and misses I came up with the following recipe. I call it my – even though it can be eaten as a desert topped with ice cream or whipped cream –

CImage result for free pic of star fruit breadARAMBOLA BREAKFAST BREAD

Ingredients:
1 C Almond Meal
1/2 C Coconut flour
1/2 C Whole wheat flour ( I grind my own)
3/4 C Organic raw sugar
1/3 C Coconut oil
1/4 tsp. Sea salt
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 eggs – slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp Pure vanilla Extract
2 C Star Fruit Puree (6-8 star fruit (Carambola)

Preparation:
1. Puree the star fruit to make 2 cups
2. Mix dry ingredients together  – almond meal, coconut flour, wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon (can use All Spice as a cinnamon substitute).
3. In a small bowl mix oil with sugar. Beat eggs and add to the oil mixture, beat lightly. Add vanilla
4. Mix dry and wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Blend well.
5. Add the 2 cups of star fruit purée. Mix well.
6. Pour into a greased and floured bread pan (9″x 11″x 2″). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 Hour or until done. Because this is a fairly wet mixture I found it had to be baked the full 60 minutes (1 hr.). Let cool. It will  be dark in color because of the almond flour and the wheat flour which are a dark color flour. It doesn’t rise above the pan like banana bread but is more flat. Remove from pan – continue to let it cool – slice and ENJOY!

It can be stored in the refrigerator, but it probably won’t last long as you will eat it up quickly. Mm GOOD!

A follow-up Blog will have my HOLIDAY NOG recipe.

Bon Appetite! and God Bless!