Dec 26, 2007

How to avoid Colds & Flu This Winter

One of my husband's favorite TV series was "Monk", with that germ-a-phobe detective, Adrianne Monk. His nurse, Natalie, has to keep a supply of wipes with her so he can clean his hands after he touches....almost anything!

Maybe we don't have to go to the extremes Monk does, but it sure isn't a bad idea to be a little conscious of where your hands go, and wash them regularly, to keep yourself healthy. They say it's right up there at the top of the list of things you can do to maintain health.

I get rather Monk-ish myself when I'm in a public place. After I wash my hands, the last thing I want to do is reach down and turn off the faucet with my bare hands, so I grab a paper towel, dry my hands then use the paper towel when I turn off the faucet, and use it to open the door before I toss it. Is that extreme? I don't think so. I also have some antibacterial hand sanitizer in my pocket book all the time. And at the office, since others use my phone at times, I occasionally wipe the phone off with an antiseptic wipe, like the ones Lysol makes. Okay, now am I being extreme? I hope not :-)

Stay healthy this year, and be sure to wash your hands regularly, especially if you are or have been handling things out in the public. Keep your gloves clean as well!


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Dec 20, 2007

Exercise More Important than Weight ~ Keep On Moving!!

I am looking ahead to next week when I'll officially reach the age of 56! And as I update this in 2016, I have reached the age of 64! Where did that time go? (No, that's not me in the picture to the right :-) 

Studies and articles like the one I read today really ring true. I work from home part time, and can get up and move, sit and work, get up and move, etc. During the past several months, I have begun to exercise in a way I haven't done in years! It took some time to build up to the point that the cardio, toning, and yoga routines that I'm doing became easier. I feel blessed to be able to get my body to do more than I expected.

Enjoy the following article about the importance of exercise:

When it comes to living longer, a new study suggests that physical activity is more important than weight as we age. Ideally, all of us should be both slim and active, but this new study is a “light at the end of the tunnel” for so many who struggle with their weight as they age.

Exercise expert Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina and colleagues tracked about 2,600 people age 60 and up, examining how physical fitness and body fat affected their death rates over 12 years. The study results are published in the December, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In short, the men and women who were fit, as judged by a treadmill test, but were overweight or obese had a lower mortality risk than those of normal weight but low fitness levels.

Those in the lowest fifth in terms of fitness had a death rate four times higher than participants ranked in the top fifth for fitness. The study showed that even a modest effort to improve physical activity can provide health benefits and lower mortality risk significantly.

The findings are particularly relevant as people in the United States and many other countries live increasingly sedentary lifestyles and obesity rates remain high. At the same time, the populations are aging in many nations.

"If you're obese and unfit and you start taking three 10-minute walks a day and you do that at least five days a week, you're not going to lose an enormous amount of weight; you’re going to still be heavy. But you're going to be much healthier if you do that," Blair said. Blair also stressed the importance of a healthful diet including lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

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Dec 16, 2007

Fats, Corn and Garlic, What a Mix

Wondering how the three things in the subject heading come together?

There are some interesting new studies that show that low-fat diets many not be as beneficial to certain health conditions as originally thought.

Corn has a long list of wonderful nutrients and health benefits. As a "Jersey Girl" who loves "Jersey Corn", I was surprised to see how many. You do have to find corn that is GMO free, organic, as it is one of the most common genetically modified foods.

And Garlic? Researchers have come up with some interesting new information!

Where can you find all of this? Please visit my website, look at the right margin and find the food list and the health topic list, you'll find Corn in the food list, and the new information on garlic under "Garlic and Onions". Then look for the topic related to Low Fat eating.


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Dec 13, 2007

Is Dr. Weil Negative on Certified Nutritionist (CN) Programs?

Dr. Weil, the Medical Doctor who gives advise on Nutrition, posted an article that was a bit of a dig to those of us who have educated ourselves in the area of Nutrition. But at the same time, the article does provide some helpful information and advise. The part I didn't care that much for is the following:


"Certified Nutritionist (CN) programs were launched about a decade ago for those who wanted to practice nutrition but either were unsuccessful with the RD approach or didn’t have time to commit to the educational requirements for an RD degree. Although you must pass an exam to earn certified nutritionist designation, you don’t have to complete the same coursework required for the RD degree or do an internship. Usually, the CN designation is awarded to students who have completed a two-year, college-level, six-course program, which includes studies in public health and wellness, anatomy and physiology, normal nutrition, contemporary clinical nutrition, alternative therapies, accessory nutrients, practice management and case studies. CNs hold private licenses and must also obtain continuing education to maintain them..."

The description of the course of study is true, the negative spin, saying that it is "for those who wanted to practice nutrition but either were unsuccessful with the RD approach or didn’t have time to commit to the educational requirements for an RD degree" is not and is a bit insulting to someone like myself. 


I loved my CN training, and the reason I took it is because it provided BOTH the medical/clinical view AND the alternative approaches, including the use of medicinal herbs and such. At the time I took the courses, there were no medical institutions teaching alternative approaches to nutrition close to me, and I was a stay-at-home Mom. There were no internet courses like there are at this update in 2016. 

In fact medical doctors received very minimal at best training in nutrition. I learned a lot and I continue to learn a lot even though I have completed my course of study. I think it is important to know your own limitations, I know what I am able to help a person with, and what I am not able to help with. If you want to read Dr. Weil's complete article, it's right here

Updated 1/22/16

Do you eat Red Meat or Deli Cold Cuts?

If so, the following information may be something you need to read. I know we have red meat on occasion, and when we buy processed meats, by that I mean cold cuts, we've been trying to get them with no nitrates. Here are some studies that may interest you.

The first large scale study of red meat and processed meat consumption and its effect on cancer risk was recently completed by the U.S. Cancer Institute. The long term study followed 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 for several years, during which time about 53,000 cases of cancer occurred within the study group. For purposes of the study, red meat was defined as all types of beef, pork and lamb. Processed meat included bacon, red meat sausage, poultry sausage, luncheon meats, cold cuts, ham and most types of hot dogs including turkey dogs.

The study findings are published in the December 2007 issue of the journal Medicine from the Public Library of Science. The researchers reported that people who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer. This study was the first to show a link between meat and lung cancer. It also shows that people who eat a lot of meat have a higher risk of liver and esophageal cancer and that men raise their risk of pancreatic cancer by eating red meat.

According to Dr. Amanda Cross and her colleagues at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, "a decrease in the consumption of red and processed meat could reduce the incidence of cancer at multiple sites.” Study participants who ate the least red meat showed a 20 to 60 percent decrease in risk of esophageal, colorectal, liver, and lung cancer when compared to those who ate the most red meat.

These differences held even when smoking was accounted for. If you’re looking to decrease the amount of red meat and processed meat in your diet, Wholefood Farmacy foods offer an easy and delicious way to take that first step in a healthier direction with their unique wholefood buyers club.


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Dec 8, 2007

A Little Honey for that Nasty Cough

As I update this post, I'm getting over a cold, and honey sounds good right now...I'm just about to go to bed and think I'll have me a spoonful with some added lemon juice.

Almost every spring my husband and I go to Lancaster, PA for our Anniversary in April, and each year, we used to stop at the same spot in Honeybrook on the way to our motel to pick up a very large jar of raw wildflower honey for the coming year, made from honey on the property where we shopped. We then re-fill our "honey bear" as it empties. I received the following about the health benefits of honey, and thought you would enjoy it for yourselves and for your children.

"Many parents are concerned about the recent FDA recommendation that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines not be given to children under 6 years of age because of a lack of effectiveness and potential for side effects.

"With this recent news in mind, a team of researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine decided to put nature to the test. They tested the effectiveness of three different approaches for children who were having trouble sleeping due to a cough.

"The children in the study were given either no treatment at all, a little bit of buckwheat honey or dextromethorphan (DM), the chemical cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medicines. The children receiving the honey or DM took it about 30 minutes before bedtime.

"The research team found that honey was more effective in reducing the severity and frequency of nighttime cough compared with DM or no treatment at all. Honey also allowed the children to sleep better. The findings are published in the December, 2007, issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

"According to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Ian Paul, Penn State’s director of pediatric clinical research: "Honey provided the greatest relief of symptoms compared with the other treatments. With honey, parents now have a safe and effective alternative to use for children over age 1 that have cough and cold symptoms”. Some of the children were hyperactive for a short time after being given the honey, Dr. Paul said. However, children who received honey slept better and so did their parents, he noted.

"Paul cautioned that honey should never be given to children younger than 1, because of the rare risk of infantile botulism. In addition, he noted, cough medicines that mention "honey" on the label actually contain artificial honey flavor not real honey.

"Honey has been used for centuries to treat upper respiratory infection symptoms such as cough. In addition, honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, and also soothes the back of the throat.

Once again, science has proven that food really can be your medicine.

Article by The Wholefood Farmacy, the Wholefood Buyers Club.

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Dec 7, 2007

What I am Doing for an Intense Upper Respiratory Infection Cold

I'm into my 2nd day of a nasty cold, and am happy for my laptop so I can snuggle into a corner of the couch in my 'jammies and slippers, with a box of tissues close at hand. 

No, I don't take any over-the-counter medications to suppress my symptoms, I stopped doing that years ago, and just help the body along with the work it's doing ridding itself of the little "bugs" that are causing the problem. The colds seem to go away much more quickly that way.

I've also been taking herbal combinations called Lymph Gland Cleanse and AL-J, one having natural antibiotic type properties, and the other natural decongestant properties, as well as trying to drink plenty of liquids.


You may also want to read about allergies which can feel like a cold sometimes.


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Dec 3, 2007

Fasting and Exercise

Some time ago I had someone contact me who was about 40 years of age and wanted to make some fairly dramatic lifestyle changes. This person was doing fairly intensive exercise program including cardio, weights, and pilates, at the gym about 5-6 days a week.

The question was whether or not it is safe to continue on this rigorous program while fasting.

Turning 40 is one of those "wake-up call" ages, I remember starting an exercise and weight loss program at that age myself...and at this update I am 64, and still working out at least 3-4 days a week.

I did suggest that it would be a good idea to cut back on any intense exercise during times of fasting so that your body can use all that energy the you would be using in exercise to cleanse and because you will not be receiving the food-energy that you need to exercise. I also suggested drinking plenty of pure water throughout the day to flush out toxins that will be released during fasting. I do have a more extensive article on fasting at my website.

Walking or other easy-going exercise shouldn't be a problem, but let your body tell you if it is too much.


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Nov 27, 2007

Preventing Heart Attacks in Women

We've talked about my husbands heart (see links below) and heart attacks in general, but for this post, I wanted to share some important information about heart health in woman.

 Here is an article I received my email not too long ago with information published just last month that may interest you ladies:
Amazing new research was published in the October 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. This new study shows that women who eat a healthy diet, drink moderate amounts of alcohol, are physically active, maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke have a significantly reduced risk of heart attack – a reduced risk of up to 92 percent!

Dr. Agneta Akesson, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and colleagues identified dietary patterns in 24,444 postmenopausal women by analyzing food frequency questionnaires, on which the women supplied information about how often they ate 96 common foods.

The low-risk lifestyle, characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish and legumes, in combination with moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking, maintaining the proper weight and being physically active was associated with 92 percent decreased risk compared with findings in women without any low-risk diet and lifestyle factors.

Several components of fruits, vegetables and whole grains such as fiber, antioxidant vitamins and minerals, have been associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, the researchers note. In addition, previous studies have found beneficial effects of small amounts of alcohol in preventing the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which could help prevent heart attacks. "The combined benefit of diet, lifestyle, and healthy body weight may prevent more than three of four cases of heart attack in our study population," Dr. Akesson and colleagues report.

Article provided by Wholefood Farmacy who make foods easy and convenient for you to enjoy the benefits of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and dietary fiber. How many servings of fruits and veggies have you, your family and your children had today?


You may want to read about my husband's heart attacks:

My Husband's Heart Attack Part 1 
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 2  
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 3

You may also want to read:

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like 
 
Updated 1/22/16

Nov 24, 2007

Easy Leftover Turkey Recipe and How to Defat Drippings

One of my FAVORITE meals after Thanksgiving is made from the leftovers, and it's one of the easiest meals to make.

  • First, in a microwaveable baking dish sprayed with cooking oil, I layer some Turkey meat. 
  • Then I top that with a layer of stuffing. 
  • Finally, I top it all with gravy. 
  • Put it in the microwave, and heat for about 15 minutes. 
  • I serve it with a side of Cranberry Sauce, and a nice tossed salad.

How to Remove Fat from Turkey Drippings for Gravy


After I've poured off the juice from the turkey into a container, I put it in the refrigerator overnight. All the fat floats to the surface, and I remove almost all of the fat and throw it away. Take a good look at it before you do and be thankful that your going to doing away with a lot of "bad" fat for your body. Then we make the gravy a usual.

How about you? What is your favorite leftover meal holiday meal?


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Nov 21, 2007

Pedometers and How Many Steps Should You Take Each Day?

I have a pedometer, and it's going to find it's way back onto my waistband when I get up tomorrow. I'm going to "baby step" (is "What About Bob" the only place that phrase has been used, it's one of my favorite movies!) my way into health. A Pedometer is a REAL reality check for those of us who work at a desk or sit at our computers blogging and working on websites. Here's a study or two on the topic:

"Pedometers, also called step counters, clip to a belt or waistband and count the steps the wearer takes during the day. They are available in the $5 to $60 range with simple, reliable models available for about $20. So what can a pedometer do for you? Researchers, with a grant from the National Institute on Aging, put the pedometer to the test. Dr. Dena Bravata of Stanford University was the co-author of the study and the findings were published in the November 21st, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Bravata and her colleagues analyzed 20 studies from the United States and Canada and half a dozen from Japan, Europe and Australia. The average age of participants was 49, and 85 percent were female because some studies targeted women. The total number of volunteers overall was more than 2,700. Overall, the pedometer stood up to multiple research studies, helping people walk an additional mile each day if they logged their steps and kept track from day to day.

On average, the volunteers lost a few pounds and their blood pressure dropped enough to lower their risk for stroke and heart disease. 'Every night, you write down how many steps you walked that day,' said Bravata. 'By flipping back through your diary, you’re able to see patterns: ’On the two days a week I took the stairs, I increased my steps.' The key seems to be keeping a diary of your pedometer readings and setting a daily goal to stay in step with.

It’s inexpensive enough – it’s easy enough – why not give it a try? And while you’re doing more walking, don’t forget your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods which are the perfect snack while you’re on the go!


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Nov 12, 2007

I am a Christian Blogger and What That Means

Over and over as I blog, the thought comes, "You've never shared a thing about Me". No, not ME, Claudia, the author of this blog, but my supernatural friend, Jesus. Now if you don't believe in the supernatural work of Jesus, don't go running off too quickly, just read the following, I received it from a friend by email, and loved how it expressed some of what being a Christian means to me.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin'', I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride, I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong, I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success, I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain, I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Isn't that beautiful? Thank whoever wrote this for the words that express some of my heart. 


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Have a blessed day!

Nov 10, 2007

New-to-Me Info on Magnesium

Actually, not all of this information is new to me, but a few things will change what I tell people about Magnesium from now on. For one thing, I've always told people that you take magnesium with calcium, 2 Calcium to 1 magnesium ratio. Actually most of us may need more magnesium than we are getting in our diet, or taking as a supplement. It activates over 300 different enzyme systems critical to life, is essential in the conversion of process of sugar to ATP, is involved in nucleic acid metabolism, and the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It helps control the flow of potassium and calcium in the cells.

Now I am reading/hearing that magnesium should not be taken with a high fat meal, and should be taken separate from calcium. B6 helps in the cellular uptake of magnesium.

Magnesium deficiencies can cause symptoms such as chronic fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, irregular or rapid heartbeat, muscle spasms, nervous tremors, insomnia, constipation, and more.

I have been taking Magnesium Complex in addition to the magnesium that is in my calcium supplement in the ration mentioned earlier.


Updated 1/28/16

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Nov 9, 2007

Reasons to Eat and Not Avoid Carbohydrates

Because of some diet trends, people tend to avoid carbohydrates. Depending upon what you've been reading or hearing, you may be getting to the point that you think all carbohydrates are bad.

Personally, I DO NOT like eating programs that go to an extreme in any area. I want to share with you some reasons why Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet.


  • They are an energy source. The first 1/2 hour or so of your exercise or walking program will use a good percentage of carbohydrates, and an intense workout can use all of the carbs you eat, this is why it is important to eat carbohydrates before exercise. Eat them at least couple of hours before you do an intense workout so your food will properly digest.
  • Carbohydrates are a good source of water. When you think carbohydrates, you probably think of pasta, bread, cookies, and cake. Fruits and certain vegetables, for example corn and peas, are a great source of carbohydrates, and they "hydrate" you with some water as well.
  • I'm sure you've read that complex carbohydrates are the best carbohydrates for you...these are your grains, legumes, and such...because they contain more fiber. These are sources of "good" carbohydrates, as opposed to the "white" foods like sugar, refined flour, white rice, and most pastas.
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So don't avoid carbohydrates completely, eat balances, eat well.

Nov 8, 2007

Reasons Why Xylitol is Good For You

In a previous post we talked about sweets that are harmful to the teeth, but there are some sweets that can be GOOD for the teeth. Take for example Xylitol, it's a healthy sugar substitute...for people, NOT pets, it can be poisonous to pets...search for a link to more on that at my pet health website


  • Xylitol actually has properties that keep bacteria from adhering to the teeth.
  • Xylitol supplies 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar.
  • Xylitol is said to be safe for diabetics, hypoglycemia, children and pregnant women.
  • Xylitol can replace sugar in many recipes, and can tolerate the heat of baking.
  • Xylitol is available in a granular form like sugar, and in many sugar-free candies and foods that I can introduce you to if you are interested.
You can also get a Xylitol mouthwash.

So don't think that you have to give up sweets it satisfy the sweet tooth, and don't forget about the herbal sweetener, Stevia...I posted a while back on that at my HerBulletin blog.


Updated 1/28/16

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Nov 5, 2007

Does Sugar Really Harm Teeth?

I thought it might be helpful to give you some nutrition tips to help keep you teeth healthy. Not the obvious things, like brushing, flossing and such, but things related to eating and food.

Sucrose, or white sugar, is found in sugar cane, sugar beets, maple syrup, molasses, pineapple and many other foods, even those considered to be healthy. It is very sweet, and hidden in too many of our foods. 


Look at labels, you'll find it in condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, some salad dressings, and even in baby foods...as if to start getting the little ones addicted to sugar from the start! Some sources say that the average American eats more than 100 lbs of sucrose in a year....that's about 20 5 lb. bags of sugar.

Developing an addiction to sugar is NOT good for the teeth. It encourages tooth decay which is not new news to most, I'm sure, but we all need reminders.


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Be sure to brush you teeth at least twice a day...especially just before bedtime. I put a drop of Tea Tree Oil on my toothbrush with the toothpaste every few days as this is a powerful natural antibacterial, and it's bacteria that eat away at those teeth.

Nov 3, 2007

Wild Blueberry Farm and the Blueberries of Maine

Here is one of our stops along the way in Maine. Yes, it does look like a "tourist trap", and we aren't usually drawn to these places, but were so very happy we stopped.

First, I love blueberries, and Maine is known for their delicious berries. I have picked many during our summer visits to Maine. But this trip, we weren't there during the summer, so this was the next best thing. 


Almost everything in this little shop was related to blueberries in some way, and there was a video showing how the berries are harvested in quantity on a "nearby farm", which we saw not far down the road. 

Among the things we purchased was a jar of Blueberry Spread that was sugar free, and it was delicious! 

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Be sure you stop at by and visit "Health Benefits of Blueberries" at my website to read about the wonderful anti-oxidant properties of blueberries and more.

Oct 24, 2007

Healthy Breasts & Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is said to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I would not be surprised if all of us know someone who has breast cancer, someone who has lost the battle, and many others who are winning the breast cancer battle. I lost my closest friend a number of years ago to the disease, but have several other friends who are survivors and doing wonderfully. There have been great strides made in preventative measures and in treatment.

Have you done breast examination this month? When was your last physical and Mammogram? Please love your body enough to take care of it.


I had a Mammogram scare that I shared about at another site, click the article title which is "When Mammograms Show Findings - a Breast Exam Story". 

Updated 1/29/16

Two supplements specifically for the breasts that may interest you are Breast Assured and Breast Enhance. Please contact me using the comment section for more information about these products, I will not approve private request comments.

Oct 16, 2007

Word Food Day USA ~ Help Stop World Hunger

Nutritionist's like myself think about food a lot...and want to encourage people to eat the healthiest foods possible. What a selection we have here in the US, and many are able to pick and chose the very best foods for themselves and their families.

However, this Nutritionist will admit that I don't think as often as I should about those around the world that would be happy to have the smallest piece of the most unhealthy of foods because they are starving. Each year I give food at church or a food pantry as a way to show my thanks for what God has given us. 

October 16th is World Food Day...stop by and visit the World Food Day USA website, where they promote "a focus for year round action". See what events are taking place local to you, and what you can do to help.
Eat well, be thankful, but don't forget those who a going to bed hungry tonight.

Oct 15, 2007

School Nutrition Association and Natl School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is in mid-October. My children are grown now, but while they were young, I made their lunches every day.

Later, when it wasn't popular to have a lunch made by Mom, they started buy lunches at school. This started in middle school. I really didn't have a lot of say at this point about what they ate. I just handed them their dollar and change each day, and off they went.

I visited a website, the School Nutrition Association, that will help to keep you up on the latest news regarding promoting healthy eating in the school systems. As I often say, our children are our future, love them, feed them well, and teach them well.

Oct 6, 2007

Natural Ulcer Remedy

Ulcers run in my family, and my favorite remedy also came from a family member. My dear Dad struggled with ulcers, so did my Grandfather, he had a bleeding ulcer and had his stomach stapled, but did great after and lived to be 97. 

Someone in my family shared a remedy with me that helps me when I am faithful in doing what I should. I'm not supposed to drink coffee (that's the hardest part for me...I like a cup in the morning, so when I have some, I take an antacid after), and I'm supposed to avoid dairy and white flour foods. I am supposed to:
  • Eat a lot of cabbage, raw or cooked
  • Have a tablespoon of Norwegian Cod Liver Oil first thing in the morning before eating breakfast
  • Drink Aloe Vera Juice in the amount suggested on the bottle after two meals (I usually have it after lunch and dinner, and sometimes at bedtime too)
  • Drin water with a green powder product like Barlean's Greens (I use Liquid Chlorophyll)
  • DGL wafer chewed 20 minutes apart from food (before or after meals)
  • A couple of capsules of Chamomile at bedtime. I keep a bottle next to the bed. 
All the other things are set out all the time in a spot on our kitchen table so that I don't forget for the time I am taking them. All of these food's primary function is to kill off the H-pylori bacteria. Sometimes at bedtime, I'll also take some Stomach Comfort to help with the over-acid conditions during the night. 

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Sep 29, 2007

Fasting Cautions

Today I had an email from a dear woman who tried a liquid fast, and on her 14th day she ended up in the hospital. She wanted to know what she did wrong. She is on a number of medications. Of course, from a distance, it is not easy for me to answer such questions without having done a Nutrition and Health Evaluation, so all I could do was write back and suggest she work closely with someone educated in nutrition and fasting before ever trying to fast again.

Please, do be careful not to jump into something like that without guidance, and educating yourself. There is some good information on fasting at my website, and I'm sure a google search will show up even more...be careful!

Sep 27, 2007

Whining about Wine & Health

Why am I whining about wine? As I was standing in my kitchen tonight, and listening to the news in the background while fixing dinner, I heard a report saying that studies are showing that wine may contribute to breast cancer in women. I did a google search on wine and breast cancer and came up with a number of old studies, but I didn't see anything new. Is there a new study? Or are they just dragging up old news? I guess it would be good for me to do a bit more research.

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I do have to say that I read more good about wine's health benefits than bad, but I guess it is good to keep my ears open for more information on this.

Sep 26, 2007

Anger & Heart Health

Okay, I will admit, I'm drawn in quickly by articles on the net related to heart health, especially since my husband's heart attack on Father's day, you'll find more info about that at the heart health link above, along with a few other heart related posts.

Today I read an article at webmd.com about how anger can affect the heart. My husband generally isn't an angry man, he has diabetes, which is a killer if left uncontrolled. Still, it was interesting to read the studies on how anger can negatively affect the heart. I know this to be true from my own studies.

Not only does anger play a part, but stress can really be a negative force on the heart..or whatever your weak area of the body may be.


Updated 1/30/16

Taking good care to manage your emotions and stress level is all part of taking care of the body that you have been given by the Creator.

Sep 20, 2007

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like ~ Part 2

(Please see the the preceding post for part 1)

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false alarm" visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a hazard to others on the road and so is your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. H e doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

3. Don 't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of a Myocardial Infarcation (heart attack) unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure. MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

Don't fear, but do be aware!


Updated 1/22/16

Sep 17, 2007

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like ~ Part 1

My dear husband has had 2 heart attacks..he is fine so far..but we were so thankful he knew the signs and we were able to get him to the hospital in time to be treated. The most recent was in November of 2015, a 100% blockage, he is very fortunate to be alive.

Signs and symptoms for woman are sometimes different. You may have seen some of the following in one of those emails that circulate...but if not, here is part one with some helpful information shared by a friend, Linda Hall, I'll post more in the next post:

FEMALE HEART ATTACKS


Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack...you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

"I had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on . I was sitting all snugly and warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking,"A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

"After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasm-ing), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.

"AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening--we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack !" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself "If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else.......but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment."

"I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

"I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like "Have you taken any medications?") but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery.

"I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.

"Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand." .....

And if you want to read the rest of her story, click here.


Updated 1/22/16

Sep 7, 2007

Detoxification ~ Cleaning Out the Inner Self

"Detox", "Detoxification", "Cleansing Program", these are all words used by those in the alternative health field to describe what you are doing when your body is chronically unhealthy, which may mean that you need to change your diet, get your intestinal system "unclogged", get the sinuses cleared, any number of things.

When you start a cleansing program, or lifestyle change, like dramatically improving your diet, exercising, discontinuing a habit like smoking or drinking caffeine, etc., you are likely to experience symptoms of detoxification. These symptoms may include headache, stomachache, cough, diarrhea, constipation, skin eruptions, rashes, clogged sinus or draining sinus, fever, feeling rundown, flu-like symptoms. How long these symptoms last and uncomfortable you are may indicate how much your body needs cleaning out.....to read the rest of this detoxification article, I'd encourage you to click this link which will take you to the complete article.




Updated 1/30/16

Thanks for stopping by, you comments are always welcome!!

Aug 29, 2007

ORAC, Antioxidants, Free Radicals, and What?

So many companies sell products that claim to have antioxidants, high ORAC values, and other words that are hard to understand for many who are new to nutrition. The following article is very helpful in understanding what it all means. I hope you will enjoy!!

Antioxidants are natural substances found in plants, which are known to aid in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and stroke. Berries have an especially high level of antioxidants, according to a recent study published in the journal BioFactors (Vol. 23, pages 197-205
).

The pigments that give berries their rich red to blue, black and purple colors are a type of phytochemical that has been shown to have significant disease-fighting, cell-protecting antioxidant capacity. In addition to boosting your immune system, these valuable compounds are also known to slow the effects of...now to see the rest of this article, please click here
. There's a lot more great information that I'm sure you'll appreciate. Updated 2/3/16

Aug 25, 2007

Finding Safe Vitamin Mineral and Herbal Supplements

There are so very many supplement companies now, that it can get completely confusing to know which is the safest.

I am sure that there are many that are safe, but have to admit that I'm so very happy that I got completely connected to a company over 20 years ago that I'm not letting go of for anything. I loved a write up they did about the testing they do on their products...in fact I've had the privilege of touring the facility and seeing the equipment first hand.

Stop by and visit my "Are Your Supplements Safe" page (updated 2/3/16) to read about tests that should be done to assure product safety, and to be sure that the active ingredients that you expect to be the product are really in it. No matter where you buy your supplements, be sure they are worth what you are paying for them...you should be getting what you pay for.

Aug 23, 2007

Does Wine Really Have Health Benefits?

I am sure many reading this enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. Personally, I enjoy drinking organic wines when I do drink wine because they contain less sulfates. I am sensitive to sulfates, in my case they cause heart palpitations. All wine contains some sulfates naturally, as they are on the skin of the grapes, but makers of organic wines to not add any additional sulfates.

BUT that's not all that I wanted to share about wine. The French seem to know something about the health benefits of red wine. In a study that compared French and German red wines, the French red wines delivered a greater health benefit due to their higher level of antioxidants.

In 1991, the television program 60 minutes aired a report called The French Paradox. The program explored the heart attack rates of daily moderate wine drinkers in southern France; their rate is one of the lowest in the world, and their food among the unhealthiest.
One of the most studied antioxidants in red wine is resveratrol, a compound found in the seeds and skins of grapes. Red wine has a high concentration of resveratrol because the skins and seeds ferment in the grapes' juices during the red wine-making process....

For the rest of this article, and more interesting facts about wine, may I invite you to visit this link at my Happy Nutritionist website.

Aug 22, 2007

Apple Picking Season is Almost Here!

We have had some unseasonably cool weather for August, and it is a reminder that fall is on it's way! We have a number of apple orchards north of us just over the upstate New York line, and apple picking season will be here before we know it.

I have added a couple of great articles on the health benefits of apples AND apple cider, especially CLOUDY apple cider, to my main site.

Please click the links in the text above and visit to learn more about apples, a great treat for between meals, and an apple is a wonderful thing to add to your children's lunch.

Aug 20, 2007

Disaster Preparedness - Stocking the Kitchen

It is hurricane season, and already there are storms threatening. Almost daily there is news of heavy rains, tornadoes, fires, flooding and so much more. It seems that these days, NONE are immune from potential disaster. Part of finding as much peace as possible in the midst of such things is being prepared.
WebMD had a great article on having a prepared food pantry...you can find the complete article here, and part of the article follows:


"Go to the grocery store in search of different shelf-stable foods, such as [canned or jarred] artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, dried fruits beyond raisins, all kinds of nuts, hummus, ramen, or Asian rice noodles so you are ready to prepare meals," she says.
Since canned foods tend to be high in sodium, she recommends stocking up on any lower-sodium foods that are available. Make sure your pantry has a variety of food that you can combine for healthy meals and snacks for up to three days.

"Shelf-stable foods to keep on hand include"...now visit this link for the rest of the article which includes the list.

I would suggest that if you are in a flood prone area, you may want to store the foods in something water resistant. The article has many other helpful tips that I thought were worth reading.

Do be safe, and if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment.

Aug 13, 2007

Stress and Adrenal Gland Burnout


The adrenal glands rest on top of your kidneys.

During times of stress, these glands provide adrenaline, that extra burst of energy to help us meet with the challenges that come along the way. I have a detailed article about this is PDF format that I'd be happy to send to you, especially helpful if you are experiencing excess stress, and many are these days. Please email me and I'll send it as an attachment.

Signs that you are suffering adrenal exhaustion include the following:

  • Severe Fatigue
  • Trouble relaxing and feeling restful
  • Nervousness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Pressure in chest NOT related to heart
  • Quivering tongue
These are just a few of the symptoms, and some can have other causes, there is more information in the free document I'll be happy to send you.  Please contact me in the comment field below, I approve all comments, but do not approve private requests.

Aug 8, 2007

Health Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Both of my children started their lives nursing, with only one "formula" feeding a day in the evening so that my husband could have the pleasure of holding his babies and feeding them.

Most parents are aware that breast milk is best for their baby, but may not be aware that the benefits of breastfeeding extend far beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting nutrients that protect your baby from illness. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

Another advantage of breastfeeding is that it's as healthy for mothers as it is for babies. Not only does lactation continue the natural physiologic process begun with conception and pregnancy, but it provides many short and long-term health benefits to the mother. The full range of benefits that breastfeeding offers are rarely emphasized in prenatal counseling by health care professionals and are all but ignored in popular parenting literature – but the latest research is quite clear and suggests that breastfeeding:

  • Protects your baby from gastrointestinal trouble, respiratory problems, and ear infections
  • Can protect your baby from developing allergies.
  • May boost your child's intelligence (I.Q.)
  • May protect against obesity later in life
  • May protect your baby from childhood leukemia
  • May protect your baby from developing type 1 diabetes
  • May protect preemies from infections and high blood pressure later in life
  • May lower your baby's risk of SIDS
  • May protect the baby against osteoporosis later in life
  • Helps the mother lose weight by burning 300 to 500 calories a day
  • Reduces stress levels and reduce postpartum bleeding
  • May reduce the mother’s risk of some types of cancer
If the “pitter patter of little feet” is in your future, we encourage you to search online for the “benefits of breastfeeding” and to get more information so that you can make a truly informed decision. Then, once your baby is ready for solid food – the Wholefood Farmacy foods offer you an easy and convenient way to continue nourishing your baby with the very best that nature has to offer.

Updated 2/3/16

Aug 1, 2007

The Importance of pH to Your Health

This is a great article with some excellent suggestions. I can also provide you with a Acid Forming -v- Alkali-Forming Food Chart if you are interested. Post a comment with your request, I approve all comments and will not approve a comment that contains a request.
 

The concept of pH was first introduced by Dr. Sorensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909. pH stands for “potential of Hydrogen” which is the measure of hydrogen-ion concentration in a solution. pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14 in reference to the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. In this context, the word “solution” simply means something mixed with water.

 

A pH of 7 is considered to be neutral – a pH of less than 7 is more acidic and a pH higher than 7 is more alkaline. If you mix acid with water, for example, the pH of the solution will be less than 7 – if you mix an alkaline with water the pH of the solution will be greater than 7.

 

In general – the latest research has associated many types of diseases and chronic conditions with a body that is more acidic than alkaline. The consensus of opinion indicates that the body should be slightly alkaline for optimal health.


The foods that we eat become mixed in solution with all of the water in our bodies. This is significant because our bodies are about 70% water. For optimal health, the pH of the body’s fluid should stay within normal ranges. The normal pH balance in the human body is 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly on the alkaline side of the pH scale. 


If you have an interest in your body’s pH balance, the first step is to find out what it is. Testing is easily done using pH testing strips with saliva or urine – these inexpensive testing strips are available at most pharmacies – they are also available online from many sources.


From there, it’s a process of trial and error with respect to food and drink choices. We are all different and unique – so the choices that work for one person may not be the ideal choices for another.


The prevailing wisdom indicates that eating 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods will keep your body at a healthy pH balance. When we talk about foods in this context, we’re talking about the result in the body of eating the foods, not necessarily the pH of the foods themselves before we eat them.


Examples of alkaline foods include most fruits and vegetables along with water and vegetable juices. Acidic foods, in general, are meat, dairy, junk food, processed food, fast food, alcohol, drugs and medications. There are some exceptions in both directions so if you have an interest, we encourage you to search online for “alkaline foods” – after reviewing a few websites you’ll have a better understanding concerning alkaline foods and acidic foods and some good guidelines to follow with respect to food choices.

 

As with most nutritional topics these days there is some difference of opinion. We understand that in some cases these may be very strongly held opinions. Our goal within this article is to offer a view of the bigger picture in a general sense. From there, each of us is free to do our own research and to embark on the path that we deem appropriate for ourselves.

Article used with permission - Source Wholefood Farmacy

Updated 2/3/16



Jul 30, 2007

Electrolytes for Our Body's "Electrical System"

Here's an article on our body's "electrical system". This is so important to consider during the summer when many of us are sweating in the heat throughout the US, or any time of year for the athlete who works him/herself into a sweat while working out.

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The human body is an “electrical machine”. All vital bodily functions happen as a result of electrical signals being sent between the various parts of your body and your brain. In order for your body to operate at peak performance, these electrical signals must be conducted in an efficient manner- this is where electrolytes come in. Electrolytes are substances that will conduct electricity when dissolved in water – the most common electrolyte in your body is salt.

(My husband was recently told that his sodium was low, which we thought was a bit funny because we have been told, due to his heart, to keep his sodium levels down, and while he was in the hospital for his stent procedure (see earlier posts), they had him on a salt-restricted diet.)

Your body is 70% water, about two-thirds of the water resides inside your cells, (intra-cellular fluid) and about one-third resides outside of your cells, (extra-cellular fluid). Your body works constantly to make sure that the intra-cellular fluid and extra cellular fluid have the same amount of electrolyte concentration – this is a very important component of homeostasis or your body’s inner balance.

The mechanisms that monitor and adjust the balance of electrolytes respond only to changes in extra cellular fluid such as blood. When someone is ill or injured and taken to the hospital, one of the first and most common procedures is to hang an I.V. which simply means injecting salt water directly into the blood stream. Doing so helps the body to operate better because electrical signals moving between the brain and the body can be better conducted.

In addition, when salt is added to the extra cellular fluid it causes water to move between the intracellular and extra cellular areas allowing the body to become properly hydrated. This is why athletes, for example, take salt pills or drink “sports drinks” during work-outs. Sports drinks are simply salt water, or other electrolyte solutions, mixed with artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives.

The Wholefood Farmacy offers a wonderful product called Stardust 2 Hydr8 for a reasonable price that allows you to make 20 gallons of a pure, hydrating electrolyte solution. When mixed with water, Stardust 2 Hydr8 offers you all of the benefits of a saline or electrolyte solution without any artificial additives. It is made from pure salt and bicarbonate which are the main components of extra cellular fluid. 
 
Article source - The Wholefood Farmacy used with permission. Updated 2/3/16