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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Bakers, Food Freedom, and a Farmer in Need!

Baker Family Photo
Update!! March 7th, 2014, thanks to your support and that of The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund attorney team, Mark Baker will get to keep his pigs and farm!  Thank you!

This family needs your support!  The Bakers, a family of nine, from Bakers Green Acres, in MI, has been raising a heritage breed of pigs that is now considered an invasive species by the Michigan DNR.  This family's livelihood is under attack     and so is your food freedom.

To understand more of WHY the Baker's farm has been targeted, directly from the farmer's website, click here.

Feral Farmer Fund
Feral Farmer Fund


Farm Food Freedom KY has a blog post devoted to this cause, it is worth reading...

...it is here and involves PINK CLONED PIGS and LABELING YOU WON'T SEE!

...Can you help support this farmer with a $5 donation and by sharing this information?  

By standing together and supporting these farmers under attack, we can help make a change in the injustice MANY farmers are facing today.  Where are all the heritage breeds going?  They are being destroyed and it WILL affect us all, slowly but surely...we can stand together in this fight for YOUR Food Freedom... join the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and get the latest news in the front line battles, protecting your freedom!



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Curamin Giveaway!!

Curamin- Natural Pain Relief

Time for a new giveaway!


This time our lucky winner will receive a free bottle of Curamin, 60 capsules.  This is a value of over $35 dollars!  We will pay shipping.  

All you must do to register for this give away is SHARE this post AND leave a comment that you did.  Either share from this site or from Facebook.  That's it.  

You have between now and the end of the month (September 30th) to "register" to win.
Good luck!!

This natural pain relief formula is one of the best there is.  

Europharma's propeitary blend of proven BCM-95Ⓡ Curcumin and BosPureⓇ Boswellia with DLPA and nattokinase have created a product that is recognized throughout the natural foods industry as the standard for natural pain relief (occasional muscle pain due to exercise and overuse.)  To read more about Curamin from the manufacturer, click here.


The winner is Lynne P. and Teresa A.(Decided to give them both a bottle!)  :) Congrats!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lots of eggs?! Try an Egg 'n BACON Smash + Mayonnaise Recipe

Egg 'n Bacon Smash
If you find yourself with an over abundance of eggs, what do you do?  I'll tell you what we do...

When we find ourselves in that situation we always get creative.  Egg this, egg that... this time we decided to try an Egg 'N Bacon Smash.  Actually, just a fancy name for an egg salad BLT!

Here's how:

Make your favorite egg salad.  Ours is homemade mayo (*see recipe below) mixed with hard boiled eggs, sea salt, white pepper, and a few healthy squirts of yellow mustard.  

Once you have your egg salad ready, toast some sprouted grain bread, use your egg salad as your 'mayonnaise' and 'lather up' both sides of toast, add bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.

That's it!  These were so good, the kids went through a loaf and a half of bread making them in one meal!

We cooked up several packages of bacon for these in the oven on a shallow pan.  Extra cooked bacon can be stored in the fridge or freezer for more of these yummy sandwiches!  

Plus, if you are using a good quality nitrate-free bacon (traditionally cured), (preferably pastured), SAVE your grease.  Store this in a glass jar in the fridge and you will have some tasty, and healthy fat to add to that next dish.  (Excellent in homemade tomato sauces or soups...heck, it's bacon grease, it's good in about anything!)


*Homemade Mayo*

You will need a quart wide mouth canning jar and an immersion blender for this recipe, but it is EASY and worth it to your heart health!

Oilve oil mayonnaise, homeade in quart canning jar
 In a quart wide mouth canning jar add (in this order):


  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
  • fill the jar to just a little below the 2.5 cup mark with olive oil (use a GOOD quality olive oil here or you may find it too strong)  brands I like are Zoe and Toscani, extra virgin olive oils
Now, insert your immersion blender to the bottom of jar.  Turn on and hold steady in place, do not move around just yet.  You will quickly start to see white at the bottom of your jar and the mayonnaise beginning to form, when you see this in the lower portion of jar, begin to move blender from side to side then up and down.  Voila!  You will now have yummy, fluffy, heart-healthy mayonnaise!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Life Extension Benefits

Life Extension
Life Extension, Disease and Prevention book

Ever heard of Life Extension?  


They are a supplement company based off of current clinical research and testing.  I have been a member of theirs in the past and they have some very neat benefits for members.

Some member benefits include:

  • Receive a savings on Life Extension supplements, 25-50% off retail price.
  • Receive their monthly issue of Life Extension Magazine.
  • Receive phone access to naturopaths, nutritionists, nurses, and even personal trainers.
  • Eligible for discounts on prescription drugs.
  • Receive their Disease Prevention and Treatment book (a value of $69.95 - MY FAVORITE!) 
  • Access to their mail-order blood testing services (a great tool at a discount) 
By far, the most use I got out of my membership was their HUGE book mentioned above.  I still use this as a reference guide, even 12 years later!  This great book is available (Disease Prevention and Treatment 5th Edition ) on Amazon here without a membership.

They have two member options available, one a monthly member and the other as an annual member.  This is a great research company and if you like to stay up to date on the most recent studies, this would be a consideration for you to check out.

Granted, you don't have to be a member to purchase their supplements, but I think they do offer some great benefits if you are.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free E-Books & Fermenting Real Foods Site


Cultures for Health

On the heels of our July, "Fermenting Month Challenge", I wanted to share a site that has so much to offer us REAL FOOD enthusiasts!  

Even if you are not in the Real Food Challenge 2013 group or keeping up with the monthly challenges, Cultures for Health offers over 300 products to support a REAL FOOD lifestyle! 

Not only that, they are offering free e-books just for signing up on their email list.  

The free e-books include such titles as:
  • Lacto-Fermentation eBook
  • Learn to Make Kefir eBook
  • Learn to Make Yogurt eBook
  • Learn to Make Kombucha eBook
  • Learn to Make Sourdough eBook
I can honestly say I have just received my free Lacto-Fermentation eBook and have enjoyed browsing it for new recipes and also some neat tips.  It is not a skimpy e-book by any means, it has over 60 recipes and basic instructions to have you culturing any vegetable.  Plus, it's FREE!

If you are interested in purchasing your own cultures for yogurt, kefirs (milk and water), sourdough, and/or kombucha, this is the place I recommend and have used myself. 

So, if fermenting foods or culturing your own kefir or sourdough bread is new to you, check out this site for lots of great tools and products to empower your own nutrition today...and don't forget to sign up for their great e-books!

Local?
If you are local, you can contact the email:   wapfpickenscounty@gmail.com and ask if the starter that you are interested in is available through any of the local chapter members.  The local chapter is planning on an upcoming lacto-fermentation class in the near future, so if you would like to be notified of this meeting, state that in the email as well.  



 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Cool Cucumber Salad

Cucmber Salad

If your garden is overrun like ours with cucumbers, you may like to try this salad.  We look forward to it every year when cucumbers are plentiful. 

The ingredients are:  sliced cucumbers (we like them peeled), sweet vidalia onion sliced, sour cream, and sea salt to taste.

That's it!  Serve alongside your main meal or enjoy it as an afternoon snack.  It is light and refreshing, and even my kids like it!

Cucumbers are a decent source of vitamin c and vitamin k, paired with the antioxidant properties and additional source of vitamin c and B6 from the onions. 

Add along the healthy fat from sour cream and you are talking about a salad that is as good for you as it tastes!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New Studies Confirm: Raw Milk A Low Risk Food

Raw Milk
This is news we all knew already, but to CONFIRM it with NEW STUDIES is even better!  Hopefully this info below will help those that are not quite sure about the safety of raw milk, and dispel a lot of unfounded myths regarding it as well.

Read the Press Release Here:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

See  http://www.westonaprice.org/press/new-studies-confirm-raw-milk-a-low-risk-food
(WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2013)-Three quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) recently published in the Journal of Food Protection have demonstrated that unpasteurized milk is a low-risk food, contrary to previous, inappropriately-evidenced claims suggesting a high-risk profile.  These scholarly papers, along with dozens of others, were reviewed on May 16, 2013 at the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC (Canada), during a special scientific Grand Rounds presentation entitled “Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence.”

The reviewer, Nadine Ijaz, MSc, demonstrated how inappropriate evidence has long been mistakenly used to affirm the “myth” that raw milk is a high-risk food, as it was in the 1930s.  Today, green leafy vegetables are the most frequent cause of food-borne illness in the United States.   British Columbia CDC’s Medical Director of Environmental Health Services, Dr. Tom Kosatsky, who is also Scientific Director of Canada's National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, welcomed Ms. Ijaz’s invited presentation as “up-to-date” and “a very good example of knowledge synthesis and risk communication.”

Quantitative microbial risk assessment is considered the gold-standard in food safety evidence, a standard recommended by the United Nations body Codex Alimentarius, and affirmed as an important evidencing tool by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. The scientific papers cited at the BC Centre for Disease Control presentation demonstrated a low risk of illness from unpasteurized milk consumption for each of the pathogens
Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin inducing E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.  This low risk profile applied to healthy adults as well as members of immunologically-susceptible groups:  pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Given that these QMRAs appear to contradict a long-held scientific view that raw milk is a high-risk food, Ms. Ijaz noted (in line with United Nations standards) that it is important to confirm their accuracy using food-borne outbreak data .  The accuracy of recent QMRA findings was scientifically demonstrated using a combination of peer-reviewed data and Ijaz’s own recent scholarly working paper, which analysed U.S. outbreak data for raw milk using accepted methodologies.

Peer-reviewed outbreak data confirming a negligible risk of illness from Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk was particularly notable, and demonstrates the inaccuracy of a high-risk designation given to raw milk in an older U.S. government risk assessment for Listeria.  The forty-year worldwide absence of listeriosis cases from raw milk presented in a 2013 scholarly review, and affirmed in the QMRA results published in 2011, is attributed by European reviewers to the protective action of non-harmful bacteria found in raw milk.
“While it is clear that there remains some appreciable risk of food-borne illness from raw milk consumption, public health bodies should now update their policies and informational materials to reflect the most high-quality evidence, which characterizes this risk as low,” said Ijaz.  “Raw milk producers should continue to use rigorous management practices to minimize any possible remaining risk.”

Ms. Ijaz used extensive high-quality evidence to further deconstruct various scientific myths from both raw milk advocates and detractors.  As Ijaz pointed out, increasing evidence of raw farm milk’s unique health benefits to young children, as well as the possible detriments of industrial milk production practices, will need to be carefully considered in future risk analyses.  She recommended an honest, evidence-informed dialogue on raw milk issues between producers, consumers, advocates, legislators and public health officials.

"The BC CDC should be commended for recognizing this important research on raw milk safety," said Sally Fallon Morell, president of the  Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation that provides information on the health benefits of raw, whole milk from pastured cows. "I look forward to productive discussion with the US CDC and Food and Drug Administration in light of this new scientific evidence."

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Contact:  Liz Reitzig, Hartke Communications
Lizreitzig@gmail.com 301-807-5063
References and interviews available upon request.

To view the May 16, 2013 Grand Rounds presentation from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/util/about/UBCCDC/GrandRounds/default.htm

Direct presentation link:  http://phsa.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/b54b4be24bab4f4581ef0fdd8023d38d1d

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For more information on raw milk visit Real Milk.com
To read about Milk Fasting (Milk Cure) with raw milk, click here.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Natural News & Bolivia Rejects McDonalds!

Natural News:  McDonalds is Rejected in Bolivia

Natural News.com is a site I like to go to to catch up on news pertaining to health topics. 

This particular article, McDonald's closing all restaurants in Bolivia as nation rejects fast food, is one that caught my eye.  I abhor fast food aka: FAKE FOOD, and wish more people would catch on to that!  

Yet, I have family and friends who chose to patronize these places and eat junk such as that.  ??  Why??

Anyway, check out Natural News.com and some of their Top Stories for today...

Monday, May 27, 2013

GUT-WRENCHING Truths About GMOs

Another Informative Video on GMO Secrets

On the heels of the March Against Monsanto yesterday, this is another video that exposes so much about the dangers we face today and in years to come.

The HIDDEN truths about GMOs and what is happening in America!  

This film is gut-wrenching and also in every sense of it ... watch and you will understand!  

Behind the scenes info. on what is REALLY going on with the research and lack thereof to our food supply.

Dr. Don Huber, one of the senior scientists in the U.S. is being interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola, don't miss this IMPORTANT interview.  
(Part 1 of 2)

Click here or on picture to watch this film now.

Also, here is the link to a post about how you can download a GMO-Free Shopping Guide. 

Local?  Don't forget to check out the "Local" link under Categories for more information and LOCAL shopping information.  

Join your local Weston A. Price Chapter and you will have MANY RESOURCES available to you in your area as well. 

 Click here to FIND YOUR LOCAL chapter.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Weed Killer: Glyphosate, Is It Killing You or Someone You Love?

Dr. Seneff Interviewed About the Dangers of Glyphosate
Glyphosate is Monsanto's herbicide....enough said.  

Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D is being interviewed in this video by Jeffrey Smith about the dangers of this herbicide in your body and diet.  

If you don't know yet about GMO's and what is happening to the food system in America, you will appreciate this video.  

Even if you have an understanding of the dangers of GMO's and particulary (Monsanto's Round-Up Ready Crops) you will probably find this video informative.

To read more about Dr. Seneff's work and research click here, (Access to journal publications too).

Rodale News reports the New Research on Round-up


Do You Know About GMO's?


Watch this short video if you are not familiar with the DANGERS of GMO's. 

Analysis Identifies Shocking Problems with Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Corn

GMO Awareness.Org:  GMO Facts Covered Below (Click here to see answers)
  • What are GMOs?
  • Are GMOs Safe?
  • Are GMOs Labeled?
  • How Does GMO Awareness come in?
  • Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements?
  • How common are GMOs?
  • What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?
  • How do GMOs affect farmers?
Download GMO Myths and Truths, click here.


Genetic Roulette- Watch it Now!


Genetic Roulette, another great video on the dangers of GMOs and YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW!  Watch it today.




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Need a Healthy Cheese Ball Recipe?

Healthy Cheese Ball Recipe
Here is a healthy and delicious cheese ball recipe for you to try at your next function.  When we had the WAPF chapter meeting a few weeks ago, this is the recipe I had used.  

We got a lot of compliments on the taste, but I was real pleased with the ingredients.  Most cheese ball recipes call for ranch dip packets or seasonings that usually contain MSG, but not this one!  We used fermented, fresh horseradish to perk up the taste without junk.

I used this recipe from Food Network Kitchens for their Cheddar Horseradish Cheese Ball, and after making a few of them, I tweaked the ingredients slightly for our taste. 






Here is the recipe:  (My changes are in red.)

Ingredients:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 
3/4 cup shredded raw sharp Cheddar cheese (2 1/4 ounces) 
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion 
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish (We like it with double the horseradish.)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (Also, used double the parsley.)
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 
2 slices bacon (Being it's bacon...we used double here too!)
1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts (We used walnuts and sliced almonds.)

Assorted vegetables and crackers (or Flackers!), for serving (zucchini slices, cucumber slices, carrots, and celery go well!)
 

Directions:
1. Mix both of the cheeses, the onion, horseradish, 1 of the tablespoon parsley, Worcestershire, salt to taste and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl until evenly combined. Form the cheese mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm and the flavors have blended, at least 4 hours or overnight.
 

2. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator up to 30 minutes before serving. Cook the bacon in skillet until crisp, transfer to a paper towel, and when cool crumble. Mix the bacon with the nuts and remaining tablespoon parsley in a shallow bowl. Roll the cheese ball in the mixture so that it is coated evenly. Serve with vegetables and crackers.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Statin Nation- Don't Miss it! (It's FREE)

Statin Nation Documentary
Statin Nation, the Great Cholesterol Cover-Up

Hurry!  This documentary is being viewed now for FREE for a limited time!  This is one video you need to watch.  Most Americans are oblivious to this information.  Don't be one of them!  

If you or someone you know is on a statin medication for PREVENTION, please watch this video while you can.  Ignorance is not bliss...

This documentary is abounding with the world's leading experts on heart disease and the cholesterol MYTH...check out the list of the Interviewees below:

If you miss this free viewing, you can purchase this information here.

Visit StatinNation.net for more information about this documentary.

Click here or on picture to watch it now. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Black Gold, Does Your Home Have It?

Black Gold to me, to some it is not of value
Black Gold!  Yep, it is valued highly in my house...what is it you may ask?  

It is...activated charcoal powder.  

To me, this is a substance that SHOULD BE IN EVERYONE'S HOUSE.  

I love this stuff.  It is really like a "black hole" on earth.  Does it contain healing powers?  Well, actually,  it is pretty benign.  Its magic lies in what it is capable of doing...or ADSORBING in other words.
Get a bucket of this and you won't be sorry!
Here is how I buy activated charcoal.  In the buckets.  

It is available in capsules, in chewable tablets, and in powder form.  However you decide to keep it, just make sure you do.

Charcoal is nothing new or modern, but that's what I love about it.  It still works the same for everyone everywhere just as it has for millennia.

The uses for charcoal consist of a WIDE range and probably not even all covered here below:
  • drug overdose (emergency rooms use this a lot for drug overdoses)
  • reactions to drugs
  • counteract poisons
  • diarrhea/dysentery
  • intestinal gas and bloating
  • bad breath
  • bites and stings
  • jaundice
  • infections
  • draining wounds
  • filtering water
  • Lyme disease
  • vomiting
  • whitening teeth
  • removing odors in large or small areas
  • detoxing
  • filtering blood in dialysis machines
  • some report it can even help in anaphylactic shock by adsorbing the noxious substance from the body
  • use in air filters
  • use in maintaining livestock and pet health
Charcoal powder can be used in water in a SLURRY (about a tbsp of charcoal in a glass of water)...stirred and drunk immediately for acute situations.

Charcoal powder can be used as a POULTICE over an infected area, bite, or wound.  (Usually a poultice consists of even amounts of ground flax seed and charcoal powder, mixed with a bit of warm water, to make a "pie dough" consistency.)  Spread the poultice on area and cover with plastic wrap and warm with heating pad if desired.  Change poultice frequently for an open wound.  We typically leave on overnight or as necessary for each situation.

Charcoal has even been used just as is, simply sprinkled on an area when nothing else was available with great success.  This was recorded in the book, Charcoal Remedies, about hurt animals who actually lived with only a sprinkling of charcoal on an open wound when first thought that they were left to die. 


A great place to read more about charcoal and its amazing benefits are here at CharcoalRemedies.com and the book, Charcoal Remedies .  You won't be disappointed and ever so glad you did.  Don't forget, if you don't have any on hand, it would be a good time to add it to your "medicine cabinet" or emergency kit.  

If you do buy it in large quantities like I do, it is handy to fill up a few empty supplement bottles and store the powder in small quantities wherever you think you might need it.

Charcoal is extremely safe and economical, but it shouldn't be consumed within two hours of prescription medications.  (It can adsorb those medications right out.)  Also, don't forget one thing when ingesting charcoal...WATER and lots of it!  It can be constipating without drinking enough water with it.

BuyActivatedCharcoal.com is where I purchase ours from.  For your convenience and local shopping, it is available here in many forms.



Monday, May 6, 2013

New Safety Study Keeps Confirming Nano-Silver Superior

American Biotech Labs Silver Supplement
American Biotech Labs is making national news regarding a brand new safety study that was recently completed on their nano-silver technology!  

(Another reason to highly recommend their silver; more evidence it is SAFE to take and use.) 

This was the first ever double blind silver safety study on any silver supplement.

Some notes to take from the article and the abstract:
-          No toxicity shown on any of the numerous systems tested in the body
-          The silver hits maximum strength in the blood within 2 hours (quickly absorbed)
-          American Biotech Labs silver is completely out of the body within 24 hours 


(It is known that ionic/colloidal forms leave tiny amounts of silver in the body.  That’s why if you take an extremely large quantity over a long period of time, your skin can turn a bluish-gray color, known as Argyria.  This test shows what we always knew- that isn’t a worry with American Biotech Labs silver.)

Click here to read the Safety Study.

Click here to see an excerpt from the article in the Wall Street Journal.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Make Your Own "Happy Birthday" Ice Cream Cake!

Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cake
Make your own home made frozen ice cream cake!  

This has been rolling around in my head for awhile and with a recent family member's birthday...I finally tried it!  

This cake was good!  It not only was good, but I didn't feel any remorse eating a piece!  No junky ingredients...no trans fats or yucky hydrogenated oils here!  Actually no flour or sugar either.

Want to know the recipe?  The two recipes I used have been posted or linked to somewhere on this blog before... they are the Coconut Flour Brownie recipe and the Easy Ice Cream Bar recipe (from Healthy Indulgences Blog.)  I just combined them and made a birthday cake!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Thank you & DVD Presentations


The Oiling of America

Thank you to all that came out for the first chapter meeting of the WAPF Pickens County Chapter tonight!  Your support meant so much to me.  I want to share the link for the dvd presentation in its entirety for further viewing.

The Oiling of America, by Dr. Mary Enig, presented by Sally Fallon, MA

Introduction to the Work of Weston A. Price (Not the same exact presentation that was first shown tonight, but very good for first time hearers!)


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Therapeutic Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Pack

I do not recommend castor oil for internal use, but for external use it has wonderful healing benefits!

Castor oil applied topically in the form of a "castor oil pack" was talked about much by the late psychic healer Edgar Cayce, and then re-popularized by the primary care physician, William McGarey, author of The Oil That Heals: A Physician's Successes With Castor Oil Treatments

According to a double-blind study titled the "Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs", published in the 1997 Journal of Naturopathic Medicine in a report by Harvey Grady, castor oil applied topically was found to enhance immunologic function. 

This study revealed that a castor oil pack therapy of a minimal two-hour duration produced an increase in the number of T-11 cells and during the following 24 hour period, there was an increase in the total number of lymphocytes.  

(Lymphocytes are your immune system's disease-fighting cells and are produced and stored mainly in your lymphatic tissue- such as thymus gland, spleen, and lymph nodes.) 

Waste and toxin build up is removed through your lymphatic system, so if this system gets congested, it can lead to inflammation and disease.  As the castor oil pack is applied, this increase in the action of the lymphatic cells helps to reduce congestion and increase lymphocyte production, thereby increasing healing and toxin removal from the affected area. 

Castor oil packs are easy and economical to apply.  You will need:
  • a high quality, cold-pressed castor oil (one that specifies such on the bottle)
  • wool flannel (enough to fold in about 4 layers)
  • plastic wrap or a large enough plastic bag
  • a heating pad or hot water bottle
  • a large enough towel to cover area
Directions:
Soak the flannel entirely in castor oil (you want it wet, but not dripping with oil.)  This can be done in a pan or dish able to contain both the flannel and castor oil.  Next, apply the layered flannel to the area that needs treatment.  Cover flannel with plastic wrap or a plastic bag.  Begin to apply heat to area, start on low and work up to medium; keep heat at a comfortable setting- do not allow it to burn the skin.
Cover or wrap area with towel to keep the heat in.  Leave pack on for a minimum of 45 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours.  If desired, the skin can be cleansed with warm soap and water after removal.  This pack can be reused up to 30 times.  (Store in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator, it is best to warm up some before using again, also one pack per person is recommended.)

Some of the indications for use are:  
  • uterine fibroids,
  • benign physiologic or polycystic ovaries, 
  • any liver or gall bladder disorder, 
  • migraines, 
  • lower back pain, 
  • varicose veins, 
  • intestinal disorders such as constipation, 
  • irritable bowel,
  • acute gastritis.  
Use during pregnancy is not recommended except while under the care of your physician. 

Links for further reading about castor oil therapy:
http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Castor_Oil
http://edgarcaycediet.com/Articles/castor_oil_packs.htm
http://www.naturopathicthoughts.com/2009/10/detox-your-liver-castor-oil-pack.html









Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Are You an Emotional Eater?

Hunger May be the Missing Factor in Your Life
If you have EVER been an emotional eater, then this is for you... ANY KIND of EATING DISORDER, BODY IMAGE DISORDERS...!!

You see, I have been there a time or two in my life.  

Eating for any other reason other than hunger is EMOTIONAL EATING.  

It is true. I have read the book Weight-Loss Apocalypse: Emotional Eating Rehab Through the HCG Protocol by Robin Phipps Woodall, and it struck a cord with me.

You see there were times, that I may not have wanted to admit it, but I found reasons to eat when my body was NOT calling for food.  By eating out of sync with your TRUE hunger signals, you disrupt your whole endocrine system, thereby wreaking havoc with your HORMONES.

Through much prayer and meditation, (what I would consider an era of rehab in my life)  I have finally found what works and doesn't work for me regarding weight loss, myself, and ultimately my happiness with or without the SCALE.  Take heart, you can find that place too!

Watching videos (as well by Robin) which you can find here on YouTube, has helped me also in this realization.  Even though I follow a very good diet, (one in which I don't consume a whole lot of processed foods or junk) I know now the missing link was HUNGER.

If you find yourself eating for any rationalization other than being truly hungry, you just may benefit from watching Robin's videos too.  You don't have to follow the HCG diet or protocol to apply her "hunger scale" to your life.  You don't even have to eat a certain kind of diet to apply this to your life.  All you have to do is be honest with yourself and step back from food, dieting, and exercise, and acknowledge you may need to reevaluate what you do and WHY YOU CHOOSE TO DO IT.

Here are some of Robin's videos (made with some of her clients) that may hit home with you and may possibly make you reevaluate some things in your life too, as they did for me a year ago.

GETTING TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR EMOTIONAL EATING/DIETING

THE HUNGER SCALE

DOES THE HUNGER SCALE WORK WITHOUT THE PROTOCOL?

WHY YOU HAVE GIVEN FOOD EMOTIONAL POWER

HOW TO EAT WITH HUNGER WHEN YOU HAVE A FAMILY TO FEED

ADMITTING FOOD ADDICTION AND GETTING READY TO LET GO

Robin also has a Facebook Weight Loss Apocalypse page you may like to read, click here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor

How to Raise a Healthy Child Inspite of Your Doctor
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor

This is a must read book for parents who need an extra understanding of medical terms, risk, and side-effects of mainstream medicine.  

The late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn practiced pediatric medicine for almost 30 years.  During this time he witnessed treatments and diagnostics in this field in which he was able to correlate what worked, what was deemed necessary, and what he felt was unnecessary intervention (with explanations WHY he felt so as well.)

Dr. Mendelsohn had received many awards for excellence in medicine and medical instruction.  He had served as the national director of Project Head Start's Medical Consultation Service, chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee for the State of Illinois, and associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine of the University of Illinois.

He is quoted by many in the medical world as a heretic, but that is the way of anyone standing against mainstream ideas, is it not?

This book puts many things into perspective, especially helpful to any parent.  

I highly recommend reading this book, it would serve as a good reference book on your shelf as well.  

There are times that medical intervention is crucial and also the reverse; so educating yourself is not a bad idea, to understand and be able to take an active part in your child's health.

Here are the 21 chapter titles you will find:
  1. Most Things Get Better by Morning
  2. Parents and Grandparents Are Wiser than Doctors
  3. How Doctors Can Make Healthy Kids Sick
  4. Protecting Your Children Before They Are Born
  5. Proper Nutrition for Health and Growth
  6. What You Should Expect of Your Child
  7. Fever:  Your Body's Defense Against Disease
  8. Headache:  Usually Emotional, but the Pain is Real
  9. Mother, My Tummy Hurts
  10. Coughs, Sneezes, and Runny Noses
  11. The Mythical Menace of Strep Throat
  12. Earaches:  Painful,   Yes;  Dangerous, Rarely
  13. Protecting Your Child's Vision
  14. Skin Problems:  The Curse of Adolescence
  15. Skeletons in the Orthopedic Closet
  16. Accidental Injuries:  Medicine at Its Best
  17. Asthma and Allergies:  Try Diet, Not Drugs
  18. The Child Who Never Sits Still
  19. Immunization against Disease:  A Medical Time Bomb?
  20. Hospitals:  Where Patients Go to Get Sick
  21. How to Select the Right Doctor for Your Child
A quote of his, "Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mother Nature are the best doctors around."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Breakfast Anytime!

Eat Your Breakfast For Supper!
Some days are just busy!  

Here is an idea for you to try on those days when supper time just seems to creep up on you and you find yourself unprepared.  Not that it is a new idea, but one that is sometimes forgotten.

Our "breakfast for supper" is:
  • a small bunch of organic lettuce
  • a few eggs sunny side up (eating yolks uncooked allows for more nutrients to remain in yolk)
  • a few slices of bacon  (Trader Joe's has some great pastured bacon!)
  • a piece of sourdough bread with lots of Amish butter 

Remember to find FRESH, local FARM eggs from a trusted source. Plus, in this meal the yolk is all the "dressing" needed for the lettuce.

Also, always check your ingredients when purchasing sourdough bread.  If YEAST is listed, then it is not a true sour-leavened bread and I would AVOID it.

Trader Joe's has a decent sourdough bread and also some sprouted breads we purchase (to maximize nutrient absorption and minimize phytic acid from the grain.) 

A tip on preparing bacon, is to pre-cook big batches and freeze so it is ready when you need it, toaster ovens work great to reheat bacon!

This is a quick, nutritious meal, that can be prepared in minutes!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dr. Oz, Amalgams, and Toxicity

Dr-Oz-Toxic-Teeth
Looks like Dr Oz hit another hot topic on Thursday, March 28th, 2013.  

On this show he aired a segment on Mercury Amalgam (silver) fillings.  

This is a fairly informative show for people who have never heard, but still lacking in some very important information.  Click here to watch the show.

By airing this show and exposing the truth about the toxicity of mercury (amalgam fillings) it instigated an immediate alert from the American Dental Association (ADA) to "provide talking points to use with their patients."  

According to Dr. Mark Breiner, from Breiner Whole-Body Health Center in Connecticut, the show could have been better.  

The two dentists that appeared on this show do not place amalgam fillings, one for aesthetic reasons, and one for fear of their potential toxic effects.  

These two dentists also said that patients should ABSOLUTELY NOT have their fillings removed.  They also did NOT EXPLAIN WHY the mercury vapor is so high during removal or HOW to protect the patient, the dentist, and the dental assistant during removal.  

They should have educated that to even have ONE MERCURY filling removed improperly, can be very dangerous to all involved. 

REMOVING AMALGAMS is definitely a healthy consideration, BUT having a QUALIFIED dentist is of most importance! 

Click here to FIND a holistic dentist near you 

Local?  Look at this Holistic Dentist here in Greenville.

It also would have been beneficial to see some of this research addressed as well:

  • Studies done on sheep showed that mercury from dental amalgams migrated to all the tissues and organs.
  • This same study also showed that the mercury passed the placental barrier, going directly to the fetus.
  • Other research has shown that mercury from fillings concentrates in the mother's milk and passes to the infant.
  • Studies that show that mercury comes off of these fillings WITH ANY stimulation in the mouth.
The segment on dealing with the ways to protect yourself if you have mercury fillings, such as avoiding acidic foods (such as tomatoes and grapefruits- really? stop eating these foods?), drink coffee through a straw(?) left much to be desired.  The helpful advice was however to eat cilantro, garlic, and take a chlorella supplement.  BUT, even certain chlorella can be high in mercury, so you need to know it is from a high quality source.  Dr. Breiner states "trying to eliminate mercury from the body, while still having mercury fillings in the mouth, is like trying to bail water from a boat with holes in the hull."

Dr. Mark Breiner offers a book, Whole-Body Dentistry: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Impact of Dentistry on Total Health .  You may wish to follow up this Dr. Oz show with this book to gain a better understanding of how your mouth care directly affects your whole body.

Also, if you have never read the book Cure Tooth Decay, by Ramiel Nagel , you may want to dive into it.  AVOIDING cavities and FILLINGS altogether is not just myth but reality for many people.  HEALING cavities is also a reality.  Diet and nutrition are key, so if you are serious about your health, these are books you want to read!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Does Sugar Ruin Your Health?

Say No to Drugs, Say No to Sugar
ONLY IF YOU LET IT!  

Sugar is extremely bad for your health.  

Check out the 143 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health, by Nancy Appleton, Ph D.

Here are the first 9:

    1.    Sugar can suppress your immune system.


    2.    Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.


    3.    Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.


    4.    Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle

               force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s      ability to exercise.

    5.    Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children 

           drinking less milk.

    6.    Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.


    7.    Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage 

 cells and tissues.

    8.    Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.


    9.    Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.


Click here to read the 134 more left from 143 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health,  
You may think twice about eating that cookie or candy again.  (I hope!)  Sugar devastates so many lives and that of our children in this nation, please educate yourself on the DANGERS of sugar.

If you haven't seen this video by Dr. Lustig, Sugar:  The Bitter Truth, please watch it!  Dr. Lustig is a UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.  In this video he explores the damage caused by sugary foods.

Need more convincing? Really?  Check out these articles about sugar from Natural News.com.

There are just tons of books, movies, and articles on the damaging effects of sugar and your health. These are only a few of them.  More sugar dangers will come in future posts, you can rest assured, as I HATE what sugar does to your body and especially the bodies of children, not to mention the brain addictions it causes too.




Friday, March 22, 2013

Hungry For Change? Watch it FREE!

Hungry For Change Full-Length Film
Right now from March 21-31, 2013, HUNGRY FOR CHANGE, a full length film is being offered to view for FREE!  

This is an opportunity you don't want to miss if you have not seen this video.  It may change your life and the way you view food, dieting, and addictions forever!

"From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary FOOD MATTERS comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world. HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about. In this free online screening event you’ll discover:

The real truth behind “DIET”, “SUGAR-FREE” and “FAT-FREE” products


    ▪    How to overcome food addictions and cravings
    ▪    How to navigate your supermarket – what to buy and what to avoid
    ▪    Why fad diets don’t work
    ▪    What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
    ▪    The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
    ▪    How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair
 

Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. If they can do it so can you!
"

All you have to do is click here on this link and sign up with your name and email address to view this eye-opening film.  Hurry though!  It is only being offered FREE during March 21-31st, worldwide.  

You will not only get to view the film for free, but will also have access to some of the world's leading health experts video's as well during this time.

Remember you must log in with an email, but it is worth the watch!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The MOST Important SUPPLEMENTS are FOOD

Nutrient-dense foods, the BEST supplement your diet could ever have.
Many people ask me what are the most important supplements to take? 

To answer this with just one supplement is hard when few people understand the basis of the nutritional burden that MOST people's bodies are under from their diet.  

FOODS are the most important supplements.  NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS are the most important "supplements" ever.  Don't get me wrong, we do believe in taking certain supplements in my family, but the MAIN portion of your nutritional load and ours should be consumed through nutritious foods, sacred foods.  

I think there are many supplements to adjunct a healthy diet, to compensate for years of nutritional diet deficiencies and/or soil deficiencies etc., but IF you LEARN the proper nutritional NEEDS of your body, you will begin to understand why supplements are just that - a supplement to a healthy diet and not necessarily a cure-all.   Supplements need to be second to a main focus of nutritional eating.   


Why all the talk from me about high-vitamin cod liver oils, activator X, vitamin K2, high vitamin butter oils, organ meats, raw milk .... SUPPLEMENTS or FOODS


Teeth remineralization, slowed degeneration, bone healing, healed dental caries, and much MORE...from FOOD?

YES!  From FOOD!

This was the life's work of Dr. Weston A. Price!  Over 60 years ago, he found that when treating patients with certain foods, sacred foods, that their bodies responded with HEALING!

This is HUGE.  This is why the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) has continued in the dissemination of his work 60 years later after his discoveries.  If you could heal a cavity, heal a bone fracture, turn back the clock on degeneration in your body, wouldn't you want to do that?  

That is WHY I am so adamant about the research and the studies of the WAPF today.  

We now know that the elusive X-factor that Dr. Price found is vitamin K2...found primarily in good quality butter from grass fed-cows, or in high-vitamin butter oil, fat from grass-fed animals, cheeses from grass-fed animals, duck or goose livers, and in high-vitamin cod liver oils.  

Dr. Price also found that when he gave his patients cod liver oil along with high-vitamin butter oil (a process that by centrifuge yields a higher nutritional density of butter's qualities than just plain butter-although good quality butter is still valued) that a SYNERGY took place and the healing was quicker than one supplement or food alone.

Dr. Price studied the diets of people from around the world to determine the most nutrient dense foods and what we call sacred foods of today.  This research is invaluable and yet so overlooked by most doctors and nutritionists today.  

Raw milk, grass-fed meats and organ meats, animal fats, raw cheeses, lacto-fermented vegetables, properly prepared grains, bone broths, cod liver oils...keep these FOODS in your diet to SUPPLEMENT better health.    

The best high-vitamin cod liver oils to take or the best high-vitamin butter oils to take are hands down Green Pasture Products.  They are at the moment the only company who practices the traditional manufacturing of these foods, whereby containing the NATURAL VITAMINS in the oils verses adding SYNTHETIC vitamins in the oils.  Think this would make a difference in your body?  Absolutely.

For WAPF Cod Liver Oil Brand Recommendations click here.

For more understanding on WHY YOUR BODY NEEDS cod liver oil and WHY the cod liver oil debate, click here.

To understand MORE ABOUT the X-Factor or Vitamin K2, click here.

We have to fight for the freedom to maintain the health of our society from money hungry corporations and laws infringing on our rights to obtain these sacred foods that have such healing properties to our bodies...it is a shame and an outcry!  An OUTRAGE!  To READ more about the Farm to Consumer Foundation and SUPPORT the Farm to Consumer Foundation, click here.

(Not sure where to begin?  If you want to know more about how to incorporate nutrient dense foods in your diet, click here to read about the REAL Food Challenge 2013 or take a class from Kelly, the Kitchen Kop to learn more at your own convenience.) 

Another great place to start learning traditional foods is the book Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon.

Local?  Join the Pickens County Chapter of the WAPF.