Nov 29, 2006

Removing Contaminants from Water in the Home

My husband was in a business that deals with groundwater management, and it was interesting to hear from him the kinds of things that we take for granted that can...when added up, contaminate our lakes, rivers, and streams. Until he had this job, I thought nothing of throwing an apple core into the road, after all it is biodegradable, like leaves or anything else growing along the road, but since I threw it there, it's a source of pollution. I guess this could get controversial, we have become quite regulated as far as what is, and what it not considered pollution, but some things are worth taking the time to consider.

Here are some common sources of pollution that need a solution:

Lead ~ This problem is found in homes that have corroded pipes, from the solder used in plumbing, or from brass lead-containing faucets. This is much more of a concern in old homes that are 30-40+ years old and have never had their plumbing updated. Testing for lead is easy, and Reverse Osmosis water purification removes lead. Carbon filters may remove some, but not all.

Radon ~ This is a radioactive gas which is a by-product of uranium and found in the crust of the earth. Certain parts of the country have higher levels of this gas than others, I live in an area that can has high concentrations in the Northeast United States. North Carolina and Arizona also seem to have higher concentrations than other parts of the country. Waters that come from lakes, rivers, and streams do not contain as much as water from wells because the gas is released into the air when it comes in contact with the air. Carbon filtration can help, but should be part of the entire water system of the home so that the gas, coming in contact with the air in the home, is not being released into the air.

Nitrates ~ These are higher in waters in agricultural areas due to pesticides and plant feeding. The nitrates convert to nitrites in the body, and alter the hemoglobin molecules so they change in form to "methemoglobin" (that's a mouthful!)...this cannot carry oxygen throughout the body through the bloodstream like hemoglobin can. Reverse osmosis is effective in removing this form or contamination.


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Oct 30, 2006

Water Water Everywhere Part Two

Water makes up the greater part of the earth's surface...and the greatest part of your physical makeup. Since water is a solvent in which almost everything breaks down, water is not naturally pure...but through the miraculous way that God has ordered our earth, there are springs of water safe for drinking in many, many places. How we treat our earth is changing that somewhat, but that was not God's original, beautiful design. This site is devoted to nutrition, but do explore what you can do to help in the quest to keep our water pure, many environmentalist groups are concerned about this, and for those that love the Bible, God tells us that we are to be good stewards of His creation.

Water makes up over half of your physical body....it makes up a large part of our blood, lymphatic fluid, digestive juices, urine, and sweat. It is necessary for circulation, digestion, elimination, and other bodily functions that we take for granted. It carries electrolytes and many minerals throughout the body. You can see from this how very important it is to give your body the water it needs on a daily basis...you take a bath in it to keep the outside of your body clean, you drink it to keep the inside clean and functioning properly.

It goes without saying that pure water is absolutely essential to the life of our planet, and the life of our body.

Lets take a look at a few things that can be found in water, many of them undesirable, then we'll look at how to remove these things from water in the coming days: lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, organic solvents, bacteria, viruses, parasites (esp. giardia), industrial chemicals, pesticides, asbestos, radon, nitrates, chlorine, fluoride, sodium.

We'll also be discussing the various sources of water...tap, well, spring, and various methods of purifying water.


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Sep 28, 2006

Water Water Everywhere but is Every Drop Drinkable?

And are you drinking enough water? For the next couple entries, I'd like to explore the importance of water to our bodies. I have recently realize that I'm not drinking as much as I should, and it lead me to do a little reading about the importance of water from a few sources, including a huge book that I love, "Staying Healthy with Nutrition" by Elson Haas, MD.

We'll look at differences well water, spring water, tap water, filtered water and mineral water, as well as possible contaminants that may be in your water like lead, mercury, bacteria, viruses, parasites, asbestos, radon, pesticides, chlorine, and much more, so do come back!

But until then, are you drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of pure water each day? For example, if you weight 130 lbs., you should drink approx. 65 oz. of water a day which works out to be a little over eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. 


Hydration is so important. As we age, our sense of thirst diminishes...whether due to age, or a busy lifestyle, setting out the water you plan to drink each day, whether it be in a nice pitcher, or bottles, is a great way to help yourself remember.


Updated 2/5/16


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Sep 24, 2006

Home from our Vacation Out West

I have just returned from a 2 week road trip to Colorado from New Jersey. We took I-70 out, and returned on a northern route, passing through North Dakota, Montana, Minneapolis and more. Here is just one of the many pictures we took. This one was taken in Independence Pass, Colorado. The Aspen trees are changing into their beautiful fall colors, and the views were just as spectacular as you would expect.

We ate almost every meal out, and are impressed with how so many restaurants, and even fast-food places are providing healthy food alternatives. BUT, we learned that you CAN get too much of a good thing! Cloths fitting a bit more snugly now. Still, it was great fun, and it's good to be home.

Aug 16, 2006

Fiber ~ Where do you get yours?

You don't usually see it or taste it, but fiber works wonders for your body. Dietary fiber, or roughage, is a known cancer fighter found only in the cell walls of plant foods. For years, studies have pointed to the fact that increased fiber intake decreases the risk of colorectal cancer.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1999), this protective effect may be due to fiber's tendency to add bulk to your digestive system, shortening the amount of time that wastes travel through the colon. As this waste often contains carcinogens, it is best if it is removed as quickly as possible; so, increased fiber decreases chances for intestinal cells to be affected.

The Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1999) reported that Fiber may also help protect against breast cancer, an effect noted especially with consumption of whole grains and wheat bran. Additionally, studies suggest that high amounts of fiber may also prevent breast cancer by binding to estrogen. When bacteria in the lower intestine break down fiber, a substance called butyrate is produced which may inhibit the growth of tumors of the colon and rectum as reported in the Journal of Oncology Research in 2000. Fiber may also have a protective effect against mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in 2001.

If you're like most North Americans, you take in only 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day. However, most studies have shown that optimal intake for cancer prevention is at least 30 to 35 grams per day. Recent studies suggest that small increases in fiber, such as adding vegetables to a chicken stir-fry or having a hamburger on a whole wheat bun, do not offer much protection. On the other hand, when we replace high-fat, animal products such as chicken, fish, cheese, and eggs with plant foods, we easily boost fiber to levels where real protection is possible.

Whole foods contain two types of dietary fiber which are known as soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and is found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains. It cuts cholesterol and adds to your feeling of fullness. Good sources of soluble fiber are oats, oat bran, oatmeal, apples, citrus fruits, strawberries, dried beans, barley, rye flour, potatoes, raw cabbage, and pasta.

As you may have guessed, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is found in whole grain bran, fruit pulp, and vegetable peels and skins. It is the type of fiber most strongly linked to cancer protection and improved waste removal. Good sources of insoluble fiber are wheat bran, whole wheat products, cereals made from bran or shredded wheat, crunchy vegetables, barley, grains, whole wheat pasta, and rye flour.

It is best to choose fiber-rich foods over fiber supplements in order to get the full range of the cancer-fighting phytochemicals that fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains contain. 





Source - Articles received from Wholefood Farmacy and used with permission.

Aug 5, 2006

Fleas, Ticks & Yorkshire Terriers ~ My Yorkie

It's been quite a couple of weeks! My Yorkie, Aspen, has been recovering from what turned out to be a bad allergic reaction to bites.

She was bitten about 2 weeks ago, but I wasn't aware of it. She had her Frontline on, so I thought she was fine. I noticed her biting at something, but what dog doesn't do that now and then? But it didn't let up, so I took a look and found 2 large sores, both appeared to be from bites.

I used salves to heal and keep infection away, for a while she seemed to be fine, then had a very bad flare-up and fever that came on in a day, so off to the animal hospital we went!

Long story short, it took about a week for her to recover, the Animal Hospital suggested getting allergy testing done, but she is better now, and for the time being we're going to go with what we were told a few years back...she is very allergic to whatever it is that a flea or tick leaves behind when they bite.

Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or suggestions!


At this update while reviewing this blog in 2016, Aspen crossed the rainbow bridge 2 1/2 years ago. The opportunity arose to take in a Pomeranian that was going to be abandoned, and we did! She is picture here, and her name is Happy, Happy the Pom.

Aug 2, 2006

Vegan Foods and Diabetics plus Snacking Your Way to Health

As my husband has been a diabetic for many years, this article interested me. It is good for general health as well. 

According to a new report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association, people who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet.

Participants say the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, which helped conduct the study said, "I hope this study will rekindle interest in using diet changes first, rather than prescription drugs." After 22 weeks on the diet, 43 percent of those on the vegan diet and 26 percent of those on the standard diet were either able to stop taking some of their drugs such as insulin or glucose-control medications, or were able to lower the doses. In other words, food really can be your medicine.

The vegan dieters lost 14 pounds on average while the diabetes association dieters lost 6.8 pounds. An important level of glucose control called A1c fell by 1.23 points in the vegan group and by 0.38 in the group on the standard diet. A1c gives a measure of how well-controlled blood sugar has been over the preceding three months.

Small changes made now can make a BIG difference later, when it comes to educating your children and teaching them to steer clear of type-2 diabetes. To help you and your family make healthy choices, we are proud to offer a wide variety of whole food meals, snacks, soups, smoothies and treats that you and your kids will love.

Wholefood Farmacy
, the source of this article, used with permission, provides vegetarian / vegan foods, they are delicious and most come ready to eat - that's the real advantage. If healthy foods are ALWAYS handy, then it's EASY for you and your kids to make healthy choices. Whether you like sweet, spicy, chewy, crunchy, hot or cold – we've got a delicious and nutritious whole food treat waiting for you!



Updated 2/5/16

Aug 1, 2006

Are Supplements Really Cancer Fighters?

Between 1985 and 1993 The National Institutes of Health funded one of the biggest health studies ever conducted. It was known as the ATBC Cancer Prevention Study. It tested the theory that vitamin A and  Vitamin E supplements would prevent lung cancer in smokers. After following 29,000 male smokers for six years, the stunned researchers found a higher incidence of lung cancer among the men who received the supplements. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1994.

Many years later, the data was re-analyzed to study the impact of whole foods. Amazingly, the researchers found that the male smokers who simply ate more whole foods had a decreased risk of lung cancer. The most benefit was attributed to whole foods that offer high levels of the carotenoids Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin.

With each passing year new studies continue to deliver astonishing discoveries that are shedding a bright light on the true power, innate complexity, and preventative nature of raw whole foods. And when it comes to the latest research, green foods are taking center stage!

Spirulina are blue green algae that grow naturally in lakes with high pH levels and it is very high in antioxidants. Immunologists at the University Of California Davis School Of Medicine added Spirulina to some cultured immune system cells. The result was a significant increase in the production of cancer & infection fighting cells called cytokines. The findings were published in the fall 2000 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Foods.

Chlorella is a single cell fresh water alga that gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it possesses. Chlorophyll is the pigment in plants that makes them green. This exciting nutrient is also the focus of cancer prevention studies around the world.

Wheat grass juice is high in chlorophyll, iron, oxygen, and enzymes and is one of the richest known sources of vitamins A, B, and C. Studies of wheat grass by Dr. Chiu Nan Lai of the University Of Texas Cancer Center showed it to be a potent inhibitor of several cancer causing agents. He applied low levels of the extract to cancer causing mutagens and found that the activity in the mutagens diminished by up to 99%.

Spinach and other deep-green leafy vegetables contain a carotenoid, called Neoxanthin. Research published in the September 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition shows that Neoxanthin fights human prostate cancer it two different ways. First, it induces prostate cancer cells to self-destruct. Then, in the intestines, Neoxanthin is converted into additional compounds called Neochromes. Neochromes prevent the replication of prostate cancer cells.

Sea vegetables, such as Dulse and Kelp, are nature's richest sources of iodine. Iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormones which regulate all aspects of your metabolism and other bodily functions. An iodine deficiency can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. A common sign of thyroid deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland, commonly called a goiter. Goiters are estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, and 96% of these cases are preventable through proper nutrition.1

Barley grass is known to contain an active ingredient called proanthocyanidin - a powerful plant chemical that supports the body at the cellular level. More recently, researchers from the School of Bioresources at the University of Andong in Korea have isolated yet another potent plant chemical in barley grass called lunasin. Lunasin is renowned for its ability to prevent skin cancer cells from multiplying. When the Korean researchers conducted further laboratory studies they found that Lunasin was able to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells as well.2

A new study done in conjunction with U.S. Department of Agriculture identified a class of compounds isolated from citrus peels that shows promise as a potent, natural alternative for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol without the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs.

The compounds, called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), are similar to other plant pigments found in citrus fruits that have been increasingly linked to health benefits, including protection against cancer, heart disease and inflammation. The study is believed to be the first to show that PMFs can lower cholesterol. The findings were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in May 2004.

And it’s not just the foods or the research. The researchers themselves are seeing the dawning of a new day. They’re not talking about supplements or new prescription drugs… they’re talking about food!
Jeff Prince is the vice president for education at the American Institute for Cancer Research. In his August 2004 interview with The Washington Post he said that “the thousands of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in whole foods act synergistically together to create a more powerful effect than the sum of their parts, producing a result which cannot be recreated by supplements".
At a recent American Institute for Cancer Research meeting, Dr. Rui Hai Liu, a PhD researcher from Cornell University said that “different plant foods have different phytochemicals; these substances go to different organs, tissues and cells, where they perform different functions. What your body needs to ward off disease is this synergistic effect – this teamwork – that is produced by eating a wide variety of plant foods.”

Well… what if it was easy and convenient to give your body a wide variety of green plant foods every day, including all of the foods you’ve just read about and more! Would you be interested?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and Farmacy Greens are an easy and affordable way get your “ounce of prevention” each and every day. Simply add a heaping tablespoon of Farmacy Greens to water or your favorite juice and give your body a fast, easy and very powerful infusion of potent plant based nutrition!

Farmacy Greens are handcrafted from Spirulina, Chlorella, Vegetarian Nutritional Yeast, Dulse, Kelp, Spinach, Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Rosehips, Beet root, Orange Peel, Winter Cherry Root, White Asparagus Root, Dandelion Leaf, Lemon Peel, Papaya Leaf, Horsetail, Barley, and Wheat Grass Juice.

Reference:
1. Goldbeck N, Goldbeck D. The Healthiest Diet in the World. Plume (Penguin Putnam Inc.) NY, 2001, pp 378-80
2. Jeong HJ, Lam Y, de Lumen BO. J Agric Food Chem 2002, 50(21):5903-5908

Article Source: Wholefood Farmacy used with permission. Updated 2/5/16

Jul 6, 2006

Perfect Snacks for Travel and Hiking

Are you planning an outdoors vacation or weekend trip to go hiking, mountain climbing, horse riding, camping, fishing, white water rafting, or scuba diving? Wholefood Farmacy foods are the perfect companion for lovers of the great outdoors because they are ready to go when you are and require no refrigeration.

The Farmacy Gourmet Soups and Wholefood Farinas offer a wide variety of tastes and flavors and all you have to do is add water. Hot or cold, sweet or spicy, chewy or crunchy, the Wholefood Farmacy foods offer the variety that you and your family are looking for.

Here is a list of snack foods you may want to search for at the Wholefood Farmacy site:

Phi Plus: Eat it right from the bag. Add to oat meal, cream of wheat or breakfast cereal for an added flavor sensation and a whole food based nutritional boost. Make a Phi Plus smoothie by blending 2 oz. of Phi Plus with 8 to 10 oz. of your choice of milk and a few ice cubes. Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit or frozen yogurt for a delicious and nutritious desert.

TropiPhi: Eat it right from the bag. Add to oat meal, cream of wheat or breakfast cereal for an added flavor sensation and a whole food based nutritional boost. Make a TropiPhi smoothie by blending 2 oz. of TropiPhi with 8 to 10 oz. of your choice of milk and a few ice cubes. Stir into plain organic yogurt and enjoy the refreshing tropical twist. Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit or frozen yogurt for a delicious and nutritious desert. V-6

Creamy Tomato Soup: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. very warm water for a quick, easy and delicious soup. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with very warm water and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for a creamy tomato taste sensation. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water. Blend 2 rounded tbsp with 8 oz. ice water and some fresh onion, tomato, and green pepper for a fantastic, healthy whole food gazpacho.

V-8 Creamy Bean Soup: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. very warm water for a quick, easy and delicious soup. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with very warm water and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for a creamy bean taste sensation. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water. Slow cook your choice of beans until tender and then add V-8 Creamy Bean Soup mix to taste.

V-10 Creamy Yam Soup: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. very warm water for a quick, easy and delicious soup. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with very warm water and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for a creamy yam taste sensation. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water.

V-12 Creamy Vegetable Soup: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. very warm water for a quick, easy and delicious soup. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with very warm water and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for a creamy veggie taste sensation. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water.

Cornucopia, Cornaborealis and Corn of Plenty: Serve right from the bag as a snack or in place of potato chips. Toss into freshly popped popcorn to create a warm and crunchy TV time treat. Sprinkle over frozen yogurt or a tossed salad to add some nutrition and some crunch! Ideal for days on the run, picnics or long rides in the car.

Veggielicious and Veggielicious Spice: Serve right from the bag as a snack or in place of potato chips. Toss into freshly popped popcorn to create a warm and healthy TV time treat. Sprinkle on fresh garden salads to add some wholefood flavor and nutrition. Add some to any Farmacy Gourmet Soup, let stand 2 minutes and enjoy. Ideal for days on the run, picnics or long rides in the car.

Fruitalicious and Fruitalicious Plus: Eat it right from the bag. Add to oatmeal, cream of wheat or breakfast cereal for an added flavor sensation and a whole food based nutritional boost. Make a Fruitalicious smoothie by blending 1 oz. of Fruitalicious with 8 to 10 oz. of your choice of milk anda few ice cubes. Add to plain organic yogurt and give it a new fruity dimension. Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit or frozen yogurt for a delicious and nutritious desert.

AmpliPhi: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. very warm water for a quick,easy and delicious nutritional boost. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with very warm water and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for a creamy &spicy taste sensation. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water. Blend 2 rounded tbsp with 8 oz. ice water and some fresh onion, tomato, and green pepper for a fantastic, healthy whole food gazpacho. Add AmpliPhi to some fresh diced tomato, diced onion, scallions, and peppers for a very healthy salsa. Use in place of Bloody Mary Mix for the healthiest Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary in the world!

BeautiPhi, ClariPhi, ElectriPhi, FructiPhi and GloriPhi: Mix 2 rounded tbsp with 8 to 10 oz. cool or cold water for a quick, easy and delicious nutritional boost. In a blender, combine 2 rounded tbsp with cool or cold water and some fresh fruit for a delicious creamy whole food smoothie. Substitute your choice of organic milk for water. Add to plain organic yogurt and turn it into a healthier more nutritious and more delicious treat. Add to oat meal, cream of wheat or breakfast cereal for an added flavor sensation and a whole food based nutritional boost. Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit or frozen yogurt for a delicious and nutritious desert. Add one tablespoon to your coffee for the healthiest lightener and sweetener in the world.

DetoxiPhi: try all 3 and see which works best for you. 

1. Before bedtime, mix 2 slightly rounded tbsp with 10 to 12 ounces of water, stir briskly and drink quickly. 
2. In the morning as soon as you get up, mix 2 slightly rounded tbsp with 10 to 12 ounces of water, stir briskly and drink quickly. 
3. Three times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening - mix 1 level tablespoon with 6 to 8 ounces of water, stir briskly and drink quickly.

Buckey Ball Matrix: Eat it right from the bag. Using a blender, blend into the most unique, healthiest peanut butter in the world. Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit or frozen yogurt for a delicious and nutritious desert.

Article used with permission

Apr 22, 2006

Sugar, Blood, Oxygen & the Brain

Most Nutritionists will tell you that you have to cut sugar from your diet. But the brain needs sugar more than any other organ in the body as an energy source.

The KIND of sugar is what is important, you want to reduce the refined, white sugars, and get your energy from complex carbohydrates like grains, nuts, and natural sources so that it goes into the blood more slowly without the drastic sugar highs and lows...lows that can cause mental confusion, irritability, inability to concentrate and even unusual behavior.

Your brain also needs a good oxygen supply..oxygen is carried to the brain by circulating blood...the red blood cells being the carriers. If you sit around and are not active, blood circulation slows, and you may become lethargic and groggy, but if you get up and take a brisk walk or do some moderate exercise, you feel energized and alert because the blood is now circulating more quickly and carrying oxygen to the brain.

Along with lack of exercise, many don't get enough blood oxygen to the brain because they MAY have atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which is simply a narrowing of the arteries because of build up of plaque. This decreases the flow of blood, but can greatly increase the possibility of suffering a stroke.

MegaChel is a great product that has vitamins and nutrients that help the body to break down plaque in the arteries through a process called "oral chelation".


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Apr 4, 2006

The Brain Likes that Smell - Essential Oils

When I was studying Anatomy and Physiology while taking my courses to be Certified as a Nutritionist, I could never get over what a miracle the body is...right down to the tiniest cell.

The brain is a remarkable part of the body...it is part of your nervous system, the "main computer" so to speak, but so much more.

Don't ever get the idea that your brain cannot be improved by "exercise" and nutrition, it can! Though genetics may play a part to some degree in how much exercise or nutritional help you will need (which is true for any part of the body by the way), a brain that isn't working "up to par" does not have to stay that way.

Essential fatty acids are important to the brain, during pregnancy and in early childhood. Children should be getting HEALTHY fats in their diets, as should adults...fats like those found in nuts (caution: peanuts are a high allergen for some), seeds, flax and natural butter from grass fed beef.

The brain needs sugar, and uses more of it than any other organ in the body...but it is best not to count on the kind that comes from a candy bar, white sugars, white flour, etc., which causes extreme sugar highs and lows (hypoglycemia) which finally take their toll on the pancreas, and other organs of the body. Eating fruits, complex carbohydrates like high-fiber grainy breads, high fiber cereal, grains, and nuts will provide the body with a more steady, even supply of sugar, as the carbohydrates are turned into sugar more slowly. Eating your daily quota of food spread out through the day is a good idea too, don't skip meals.

The sense of smell can help the brain through smelling certain botanicals either in the form of essential oils or in their natural state. Here are a few examples:

 
  • Rosemary helps those who are struggling with memory loss, feeling down about life, depression; 
  • Pine helps with alertness, anxiety, mental tiredness, trouble concentrating. 
  • Lemon helps with feelings of confusion and lethargy, the circulatory system. 
  • Lavendar is used by some for headaches, stress and trouble sleeping.
  • Peppermint helps with concentration and fainting episodes. 
  • Thyme helps with mental clarity, makes you feel "alive".

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Updated 2/9/16


The oils listed above are just some of the oils that are beneficial. You can apply them topically to the temples, forehead, behind the ears or neck, or you can use them in a bath or with a Nebulizing Diffuser. Do not get them in the eye. Some may require a carrier oil to dilute as they are too strong to come in contact with the skin. I can help you determine how to use essential oils safely.

Apr 2, 2006

Mom, Cancer & Paw Paw

About 21 years ago, a little after Mother's Day I was just leaving a retreat for women, and received a call that my Mom had been rushed to the hospital in pain. Her blood work was terrible, liver swollen, lungs holding fluid, and more, and to make a long story short, within 24 hours she was diagnosed with acute leukemia. For weeks she was in the hospital, and for some time after received treatment for this cancer, but the ending of our story is a happy one. She went into a complete remission, and is still with us today, thanks to good care from her doctors, and answers to many prayers.

I am sure that there is not a single person reading this that has not in some way been touched by cancer, if not personally, than by knowing someone with this disease.

I do not have any quick or magic cures to offer you, but I do have something to tell you about that has been helpful. First, know that I am not a doctor, and that I focus on things from the perspective of nutrition. I also believe God answers the prayers of those who put their faith and trust in the One true God, our creator, who knows more about our bodies than we ever could.


Among the many plants that God has given us that benefit our health, He has provided a wonderful plant called Paw Paw. Paw paw contains properties that deprive cancer cells of the energy they need to grow and reproduce, and unlike chemotherapy, it does this without harming healthy cells. This is not just another "magic bullet", it is something that has been studied for many years.

Paw paw contains compounds called "annonaceous acetogenins" that, in layman's terms, "convince" cells to self-destruct.


When you use Paw paw, it has to be used correctly, there are herbs and supplements you should avoid while using it, and if you are already in treatment, that has to be taken into consideration. I do have a lot more information, including more scientific explanations, about this wonderful herb that I can send to you by email...the information is in pdf format, opened by Adobe which most computers have.
Please contact me using the comment section below, (I approve all comments and will not approve one that contains a private request) for this information, and for fact sheets on the items marked in red.

Updated 1/21/16 

Feb 15, 2006

The Gallbladder Flush & Surgery

I am almost completely recovered from gallbladder surgery, and though it was time to say goodbye, it was my gallbladder that lead to my interest in natural approaches to healing the body.

Some know, and many do not know, that you can actually flush stones from the gallbladder. For some, this is a permanent solution, for others like myself, it is a solution that lasts for a long time, and in that time I've learned to eat so much healthier than I would have if I'd never had the problem.

I have already written my story on another site, so may I invite you to read it
by clicking here


You'll even find pictures of some of my stones :-) There are herbal supplements that are helpful as well...there is information about them at the web page...some include Gallbladder Formula, Milk Thistle Combination, Intestinal Soothe, and more, that would be great for your "Drug Free Medicine Cabinet" if you have gallbladder problems.

Updated 1/21/16