Diet & Nutrition
Acid water: While many, if not most drinking water sources in the US are slightly alkaline, many, many others are slightly-to-very acidic. Water from shallow wells, springs, rivers, creeks, lakes are very likely to be acidic. It’s best to check your water and know approximately what the pH of it is. The pH of water can change from season to season and your body can handle acid water to some extent but drinking acid liquids over time can wreak havoc on your body.
Is your body acid? How do you alkalize your body? What are the symptoms of an acid body? Do you cry often? Have skin problems such as acne or psoriasis? Stiff Joints? Blurred vision? You might have an acid body. How to self-diagnose and repair an acid body with foods.
I was wow’d by how easy it is to make wholesome almond milk out of sprouted almonds. The sprouted almonds are really high in vitamin C as well. I think you’ll like this winner.
This Almond Torte recipe was submitted with love for all of us gluten-intolerants by Kathleen Selleck, owner of the now-closed Victorian Rose Tea Garden and Gifts Restaurant in California.
Health in the News: Sniff Test for Alzheimer’s “Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists’ offices. Scientists have been finding increasing evidence that the sense of smell declines sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and now...
Complete list of amino acids, natural sources, deficiency signs and contraindications for using free-form and supplemental forms.
Amish Style Baked Oatmeal: I’ve tried adding protein powder to this recipe but it turned out a bit dry. I think if you added another egg and a bit more liquid it would be fine and be more Zone-balanced. It’s really good like it is though. You can also let it cool then and cut it up and wrap it for breakfast on the road if you like.
This is a recipe the hospice angel gave my father to help him through the last few weeks of his journey with cancer. He liked it and you will like it, too. And it works.
This is the list of Antioxidants I have in my Book of Lists I use for doing phone consultations. Some best bet foods are included.
German Apple Cake which is actually less a cake and more an open-face torte. This is the best apple cake I’ve ever tastes. Pretty too! And it freezes well.
Yucca root (Yucca aloifolia) capsules: Great for inflammation and swelling associated with arthritis. Eating for your blood type really helps. Many people and dogs (but not cats) do well with MSM.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the years wishing I could see auras and spending money on videos, books, and really cheapo (but expensive) blue glasses so I could learn how to see the aura consistently, but I have not been able to see auras consistently as of yet. The one thing I did notice when studying all these materials was none of the resources really provided a full list of the colors and how to interpret them. That really bugged me, so I took a few days and gleaned the internet finding resources on the color combinations.
Winter is that time of the year where many people need more selenium and extra trace minerals in their diets. People often muscle test they need lots of mushrooms as an immune enhancer food. Now some people actually like eating mushrooms (and I have capsules for those that don’t) but how do you eat a cup a day in some cases? We become inventive around here. I made this recipe for the occasional social event I force myself to go to–and they go over quite well.
My favorite Banana Bread recipe. Maybe not so healthy but what do you do with brown bananas?
Banana Bread Gluten Free: In a large bowl, mix the almond butter and almond oil with a hand held mixer until smooth, then blend in the eggs and agave nectar. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda and cinnamon. Blend the almond flour mixture into the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined, then fold in mashed bananas.
This recipe is a real winner. We have served it to lots of people and they always ask me, “What’s in this stuff?” As they are eating it with their fingers as we talk. They hand me back the empty bowl before I go and make me promise to give them the recipe. We use the leftovers (when there ARE any) on top of our green salads for some extra, grilled pizzazz.
This is an easy, fast, and great bean salad that can be modified for each person’s blood type. You can mix and match the beans and use canned beans once you rinse them.
Winter is the time of the year I drag out my crock pot. I like getting soup recipes that I already know are good and that everyone likes. This one is good every time and you can dilute it to make soup if you want to.
Bird Cupcakes are for high-energy in the winter. A suet treat in a decorator cup. They don’t last long around our house. The Blue Jay’s screech like birds of prey to scare the smaller birds off so they can gobble these things up. One cupcake lasts about 6 minutes. They get one/day because they’re just piggy about these things!
Supplements you can take to stimulate the release of bile include Angostura Bitters (you can get this at the liquor store because it is an ingredient of bar drinks) and Choline. I like choline because it makes the bile more liquefied so that it passes easier through the bile duct (which is really small and can get irritated and blocked thus causing gall bladder “attacks.”) It also helps with brain function and helps prevent “brain fog.” Choline bitartrate, choline inositol are both good, but I use Standard Process brand of choline.
I modified this recipe from a magazine that is now defunct. Wonderful flavor and fairly easy to make with a food processor
This is an old family recipe from Britt Heisel. It was a staple in our house – loved by grown-ups and kiddos alike. It’s comforting in winter and quick and simple in the summer. It’s endlessly versatile. You can serve it over rice, in tortillas, make it “saucier” for a black bean soup, put over chips for nachos, or turn into enchiladas. You can sneak in lots of greens coming out of your garden or from the market. It makes a vat and we usually get 2 or 3 meals out of the recipe.
Blackstrap molasses is teeming with all kinds of minerals that are highly absorbable for the system. Molasses is also an excellent source of manganese, calcium, copper and a very good source of copper, potassium, magnesium, B6 and selenium.
I love this blue cheese dressing recipe and you can modify it with Feta or Roquefort blue cheese as well. It makes a couple of cups and it stores well. A bit thinner in texture than store-bought so it mixes with the salad better and you don’t use as much for those calorie counters out there.
Bone broth is stock or broth made from the bones, hooves, knuckles, carcasses and tough meat of chicken, fish or beef. Hooves, knuckles and heads produce the most gelatin. Bone broth has been used since the beginning of time for various health concerns such as: cancer, diabetes, digestive problems in babies (when added to their milk), infectious diseases, jaundice, muscle diseases, nurturing the sick, osteoporosis/osteopenia, peptic ulcers, pregnancy, sore throats and tuberculosis.
I love bran muffins and bran-both oat and wheat—it’s so. . .fibrous. This is a recipe I developed that makes use of bran but it’s very moist. The spices are added as a natural wormer and the cranberries are great for urinary tract health. Freezes well. These go fast.
I’ve been trying for years to make black Russian Rye bread after I fell in love with it at the Three Girls Bakery in Seattle at The Pike Place Market. It’s still not as elastic as I like, but at least this Black Bran Rye Bread is not the latest “Duck sinker” I call it. A Duck sinker bread is one that is fed to the waterfowl and as they eat it they visibly sink deeper and deeper into the lake. Now I know you’re not supposed to do that anymore yet I still make loaves that could sink a duck more often than I’d like. I got this recipe off the back of a Bob’s Red Mill Rye Flour bag.
SOURDOUGH BREAD, FERMENTED (Makes 2 loaves) YOU WILL NEED for making this Sourdough French bread: Bowl of water to dip hands/scrapers into Bowls to hold pre-measured flours, salt, water Chef’s knife Cooling Rack Dutch Oven x 2 or Bread pans Gram scale Hand towel to...
Breathing and Meditation go hand in hand and are essential for optimal health. How do YOU meditate? What works for you? What do you feel in your body? I know I’m not the only one to admit that I have a difficult time meditating. Here are some answers I received from the above question on an interactive Conscious Evolution (way back when) in addition to my own exploration on the topic the last couple of decades. I hope one of these methods will help you on your meditative journeys.
You can purchase an herbal bug spray called Buzz Away in your local health food store. A little goes a long way, and it’s quite effective. The animals don’t really like it and try to get away from it when you spray it on their fur or on their herbal flea collars, but during tick season, it’s worth it. They don’t like the chemical flea and tick sprays either! I think all these sprays intercede with their sense of smell, but it sure does seem to work well in keeping the mosquitoes and ticks off. I spray some on my pant legs before I walk through the forest or to go berry picking.
Tips and Tricks for a Healthier Life: Building the habits of health Even in times of dearth there are things you can do to step closer to your health goals by: Choosing to believe in the process even when you think your program is not working (law of attraction) Doing...
Zone Balanced Burritos: One Zone Diet Block equals 3 grams fat, 7 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbohydrates. Dr. Barry Sears developed a way of eating that balances out the amounts of carbohydrates, unsaturated fats and proteins to keep the blood glucose balanced and stable. This way of eating is excellent for people with diabetes, heart disease and many other health problems. You can read more about the Zone diet at:
Butter is rich in trace minerals, especially selenium, a powerful antioxidant. Ounce for ounce, butter has more selenium per gram than either whole wheat or garlic. Butter also supplies iodine, needed by the thyroid gland (Vitamin A is also needed by the thyroid gland.) Margarine is very high in trans-fatty acids which are carcinogenic and mutagenic. The US federal government requires the labeling of all food in such a way as to disclose amounts of trans-fat in products. Many brands label their products legally now as “zero grams” trans-fat, which in fact means less than 500 mg trans-fat per serving. I don’t know how they get away with this one.
We had this Butternut Squash soup at an end-of-the-year Farmer’s Market party. It was excellent so I asked Amanda for her recipe. Here it is.
It’s sometimes a challenge to get people to eat carob when we’re working on detoxing heavy metals from the body so I look for recipes to hide the carob in. For these carob almond balls, the dose would be one ball per day for about 4-5 weeks.
Carob Spelt No-Bake Cookies are used in my practice for heavy metal poisoning, anemia, depression and Blood Type O people
This dressing-free carrot salad recipe is healthy and great for providing extra Vitamin A, which is necessary for a healthy immune system and great vision. Stores in refrigerator up to one week.
Anything with ginger and curry in it is great for your circulation and immune system. Curry’s active ingredient is cucurmin—and antioxidant 150 times stronger than Vitamin C. I hope you like this carrot soup recipe as much as we do. Be sure to use organic carrots–homegrown without chemicals is best.
Mostly people with sugar challenges tell me that they stay away from carrots and potatoes because they are high in sugar. But when I ask them what they eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and what they drink, I can see that they don’t understand the concepts of the glycemic index! For example
Celery Juice and Celery Health Benefits Celery is rich in sodium. “So?” you say, “I eat table salt. Doesn’t that count?” Actually, no! Table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic elements which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries...
Radiation Shields and cell phone usage: People ask me all the time if they should put those radiation shield gimmicks on their phones, computers and other electrical equipment. Save your money. These shields give us a false sense of security by reducing connection quality. The phone is then forced to transmit at higher powers with higher radiation.
The Chakra System is comprised of a series of swirling energy fields called chakras. Each chakra influences our body and the diseases it manifests. Sometimes chakra work is the key to the underlying cause of disease.
I love Chicken Fajitas. I order them everywhere I go that has them. Cyrus O’Leary’s (now permanently closed) in Spokane, WA had the best ones I’ve ever tasted, so over the years I had asked, “What’s in these?” I’ve taken the bits and pieces of this information and, after many tries, have recreated them in my own kitchen. I think I’ve finally got this one down. This recipe is great fresh served in flour tortillas or used as a topping on salads.
This is a soup I often recommend my clients make when they are under the weather. The soup fits with the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Are you going to Scarborough Fair” and it’s my way of remembering that parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are all perfect herbs for colds, flu and the immune system. Historically these herbs have been used to kill viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
I got this Chinese Cabbage Salad from the neighbor across the street. She brought me a salad sampler one day and I asked her for her recipes. This one could be zone-balanced. It’s a great crowd pleaser and can be used as a complete meal.
By showering in chlorinated and chloramine-laced water we are directly exposing ourselves through the skin and respiratory tract with a concentration of chlorine equaling up to 50 glasses of chlorinated water a day! Just one more major chemical we are exposing ourselves to. It is important to get and use a good shower filter! You can purchase a good one for about $40.
Chlorine in drinking water. ..OK, so why not just minimize the exposure and shower or bathe less frequently? Well, 30% of all body toxins are excreted through the largest organ of our body–the skin. Bathing every day can be a critical key for those with chronic diseases and for those who want to prevent disease. Not bathing can increase the acid buildup in our body. Disease processes thrive in acid environments.”
Directions for Clam Dip: Mash all the ingredients for the Clam Dip together in a small mixing bowl, preferably the day before eating so the herbs can release their full flavor. Serve with your favorite chips or crackers. Makes about 2 cups.
Coconut Water and other Coconut Products Products containing coconut seem to be all the rage these days. I believe the Nursery industry is the root of this as they feel we are running out of peat moss. Coconut coir is more sustainable, cheaper and the product takes...
Now why would anyone want to do an enema, let alone a coffee enema? Well. . . Coffee enemas are used routinely in the process of detoxification to stimulate the liver, control pain, nausea, general nervous tension and depression. To make enemas the most effective, the patient should lie on their right side with both legs drawn up close to the abdomen. . .The caffeine is absorbed from the fluid within ten minutes through the hemorrhoidal veins directly and is then transported directly through the portal veins and into the liver. This stimulates the production of bile and gets that elimination system moving.
From a client about the Cold and Flu Drink: “I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your cold and flu recipe you have in one of your old newsletters! I use it faithfully for myself at the first sign or feeling of sickness. About 98% of the time, it works – usually after taking it only the one time! It’s amazing! I call it CKO (like a TKO in boxing!) which stands for Cold Knock-Out because it TOTALLY knocks out a cold, I tell ya!”
Are you color blind? Well, if you haven’t heard, there’s a new game in town to help you see the red and green colors as everyone else sees them. In the United States alone, 8-12% of all men and 1% of all women are color blind. Enchroma glasses work by shielding your...
Common Drinking Water Contaminants: In today’s industrialized society we use over 75,000 toxic chemicals, 2100 of which have already been found in our public water supplies.
CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant which helps to process food, converting it into cell energy (called ATP). Virtually every cell in the human body contains Coenzyme Q10 (especially the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.) The mitochondria within each cell–those powerhouse work factories that make energy in the form of ATP—contain the most CoQ10.
Cornish Game Hens stuffed with Moroccan dressing was given to me by a client of mine who invited me to lunch one day many years ago. When Michael and I took my brother and sister-in-law out to dinner last time we were in the Seattle area, we went to a Moroccan restaurant. It was very interesting. We had to eat everything with our bare hands after first washing them with warm, soapy water then drying them with a warm towel—both supplied by the waiter. They started the meal out with the stuffing from this recipe wrapped in filo dough. My sister-in-law fell in love with the dish, so I’m including it.
Can you eat greens while on Coumadin? The trick is to be consistent with what you eat and if you can’t eat a salad or greens every day then you must accommodate with an appropriate dose of natural blood thinning agents. My suggestion would be to always use high quality and, if possible, Standardized products (Nature’s Way brand makes a standardized dose of Gingko biloba and Horse Chestnut). And watch for symptoms of overdose on the blood thinning agents.
Cranberries fermented in honey is a recipe I grabbed then modified off the internet in 2019 when we spent a year experimenting with fermented foods high in natural pre and probiotics. We were specifically searching for some recipes we could add to our diets on a regular basis that were appropriate for our blood type (not sauerkraut). This one is appropriate for all blood types but not a recipe to use if you have any issues with Gout. We loved it so much that this year we made several batches.
I love marmalade. Why not combine cranberry and orange to make Cranberry Orange Marmalade? I couldn’t find a recipe, so I invented one.
This Crepes recipe uses SIX farm fresh eggs per batch of crepes. Good tasting, easy and fast to make and good for you. One of my clients substitutes Buckwheat flour but you can change out the flour to suit your needs. Enjoy!
I’m posting this fantastic recipe for Cuban Black Beans from Brit Heisel. It’s just too delicious, too easy, and too versatile! It’s also pretty AND it’s my secret weapon when we have vegetarian friends over. And now it’s even a winning recipe! I submitted it to the Idaho Farmers Market Recipe Contest this year and won the Best Use of Idaho Beans category!
This is a diagnosis scheme taught to us in our veterinary radiology class. We’d stand in front of X-ray viewing boxes for hours looking at radiographs saying “DAMNIT, what could this be?. . .D is for degenerative, disorders, developmental”. . .duh. . .until our eyes blurred or we just didn’t care anymore! The DAMNIT Scheme for diagnosis. Of course I’ve added a few extra terms you don’t need when looking at radiographs, but you get the general idea. It covers a lot of ground.
Detoxification is a part of a health program. Disease happens through poor eating habits, overwork, stuffing your emotions, eating too many cooked foods, too much sugar, salt, caffeine, drugs, vaccines, tension, depression, lack of proper rest, lack of exercise, environmental contamination of the air/water/food and the retention of metabolic wastes (constipation). The only effective way to “cure” disease is to eliminate the causes. The body should be cleansed in this order: Bowels, liver, kidneys, blood and lymph.
Dilled Carrots: Dill (Anthum graveolens) contains monoterpenes, flavonoids, is a good source of calcium and is high in arginine (an amino acid). Dill is used for digestion, hiccoughs, diarrhea, as a hormone balancer, for respiratory disorders (allergies, coughing, congestion), as a mouth freshener, antioxidant, relaxant, diuretic, carminative, antispasmodic, antiflatulent and as a galactogogue. Galactogogues stimulate the production of milk—maybe this is why pregnant women like dill pickles?
Here is one recipe for a Struvite Friendly Homemade Diet for Dogs and Cats but my biggest problem with homemade diets is that the client starts out with the best intentions so adds all the ingredients, but by the time they’ve done this time-consuming cooking for 3-4 weeks, they run out of an ingredient. The animal seems to do “just fine” without the missing ingredient and they intend to pick it up at the store the next time they are in that area, but often forget.
Homemade Dog Biscuits can be modified by adding those ingredients your pet is not allergic to. The flours can be intermingled and you can use organic ingredients. This may be a good way to incorporate some herbal preparations your naturopath recommends as well! Here are 15 different recipes and notes for making dog biscuits best suited for your best friend. Store in the freezer or make sure they are good and dry so they don’t grow mold.
Home-prepared foods including homemade dog food for our animal companions, ideally with organic ingredients that were locally produced, are important because you then know what your animal is being fed if a food-related health problem such as an allergy to a particular ingredient or digestive upset were to arise. Most processed commercial pet foods contain all kinds of human food-industry by-products and ingredients considered unfit/unsafe for human consumption.
Examples of a homemade dog food recipe. Note that each dog is different with different health concerns and often it is better to have the diet modified by a qualified veterinarian/healer to muscle test the exact needs of your pet.
Your Drinking Water: RO systems are recommended by the US Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the most effective ways of protecting residential drinking water.
This Earth Cake, a celebration for Earth Day on April 22 of every year, is easy to make. This moist/ spicy cake with cream cheese frosting is a big hit at any function and freezes well. Oh so good!
Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs: The most common unsaturated fats that I see most people needing in my own practice are Udo’s Choice Oil Blend, Wheat Germ Oil (especially for reproductive challenges), Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil (especially in the winter months for mild depression), and the lighter oils like Sesame, Apricot, Avocado and Emu oil for use as an after shower body lotion. My question, of course, is “Who’s normal?” I don’t know anyone that is the same as anyone else. Even identical twins have differences.
This winter our “girls” were laying fewer eggs with the shorter days. It just wasn’t worth it to take 4 dozen eggs/week to the local Co-op, so we stored up a few dozen and decided to make egg noodles. We invited our new neighbors up for a noodle making adventure. There were noodles everywhere we looked in various stages. It was my goal to experiment using different flours so we made four batches of egg noodles.
Eggs are one of God’s most perfect foods. People need to eat more eggs. Eggs are protein-rich, low in sodium, and contain vitamins and minerals. I often find that my clients (especially those with any kind of nerve dysfunction) need more eggs as an excellent source of choline, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, magnesium and sulfur.
Bad eicosanoids are a major key to all aging processes. See for yourself how you are doing with your eicosanoids balance. If you check 3 or more boxes, your constitution would highly benefit from the Zone Diet.
Enema Tips and Tricks, oh my! Herbs, oils, juices, teas—what to put in an enema and why. Enemas best suited for various diseases like cancer, AIDS, malabsorption and other chronic diseases.
FOS is commonly extracted from chicory roots and Jerusalem artichokes (as it occurs in relatively large quantities in these items,) but it is also found in onions, leeks, garlic, common artichokes, bananas, rye, barley, dandelion leaves, burdock roots and honey. Some presence of FOS has been noted in over 36,000 plants worldwide. FOS cannot be broken down by the human digestive system, but they can be broken down and consumed by the bacteria in the digestive tract. For this reason, FOS is considered to be a prebiotic-a substance which provides nourishment for the good gut flora.
In the 1960’s NASA discovered mineral compounds that were able to generate far infrared waves. Businesses world-wide jumped at the opportunity to produce a wide variety of products using these new fiber compounds. I use many of these products for my own health such as FIR comforters, knee and wrist wraps, and one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, a FIR ceramic thawing plate.
My feeling about juicing is that you should have as many colors of the rainbow represented in your juice. It makes for a more balanced body, raises your vibration and also helps all your chakras spin clockwise (meaning that they are healthy.) With that said, here are our favorite five-star raw fruit juice combinations we discovered on our 40-day juice fast many years ago.
Fingernail Analysis: A good practitioner of this art can look at a patient’s nails, tongue, eyes, skin and even (if they are really good) shoe wear and the pattern of moles and freckles and be able to tell which organs are weak and which are healthy. Since the nails are the last to receive oxygen because they are the farthest from the heart, they are often the first to show signs of disease processes.
Damaged Fingernails and Health A while back I spent most of two days reading 38 sets of fingernails and shoes at the Body, Soul, Spirit Festival in Moscow Idaho at the Latah County Fairgrounds. I hadn’t done that kind of thing in several years; the last time being at...
The fluoride added to drinking water is hydrofluoric acid and is man-made. In the hydrofluoric acid form, fluoride has no nutrient value at all and it is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Today more than 60% of US municipal water supplies are fluoridated. Huge amounts of kids have little white fluorosis spots on their teeth from too much fluoride.
A Consumer’s Guide to Food Additives: Decaf coffee anyone? It contains methane dichloride and methylene chloride if it’s not water-processed. Methylene chloride converts to carbon monoxide in the human body thus blocking the oxygen carrying capacity of the hemoglobin molecule. Methylene chloride is also used in nail polishes. Nail fungus anyone? It damages the liver, kidneys and CNS and is responsible for headaches, insomnia, nervousness and tremors.
Food Cravings. Most of us have them at some time in our lives but what foods do you crave and why? This page lists the most common cravings and some reasons why they happen.
Food Poisoning and ACV Hi Denice. I’m experiencing some lower GI distress. Wondering if I picked up a bacteria, a virus or am just dealing with nerves/emotional exhaustion or kundalini symptoms. So much deep wound healing going on lately! Anyway, wanting to know if...
We freeze the leftovers Frittata muffins to use on long summer days when we’re too tired to cook after gardening all day. It’s simple and delicious: Ingredients–8 Eggs 1/2 cup Raw Milk or your favorite milk substitute 1 tea. Aluminum-Free Baking Powder 2 tea. Olive Oil Salt, Pepper or Hot Sauce to taste 1 cup Grated Cheese of your choice (I use half Feta to mix with the veggies and Colby Jack for the topping) 3 cups of your Favorite Frittata/Omelet fillings (I use zucchini, kale, tomatoes, bacon, onions)
I just had to include this Garden of Daily Living recipe in my recipe section. It starts out like this: Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses. . .then moving on to all the ingredients.
Best natural food sources of Germanium include: Garlic, Shiitake mushrooms, onions, bran, whole wheat flour, vegetables, seeds, meats, dairy products, aloe vera, comfrey, ginseng and suma. I had never heard of suma and you may not have either, so I looked it up. Suma is a large, rambling, shrubby ground vine with an intricate, deep, and extensive root system. It is indigenous to South America and is also known as para toda (meaning “for all things”) and is also known as Brazilian ginseng, since it is widely used as an adaptogen with numerous applications.
Ginger Chicken is one of my favorite recipes from Dr. Barry Sears’ book, A Week in the Zone. I’ve modified it with a bit of chicken broth and Bragg’s Amino Acids as most of the recipes in that book are fairly bland. This particular recipe is for one 4-block meal. Michael and I divide the batch and try to get the whole portion down for a 2-block meal, but it’s a lot of food. I just wanted to give you all an idea of what eating in the Zone is, and that you don’t have to be hungry when you diet. Here it is…
Ginger Health Benefits: I often recommend ginger for car sickness in pets and people. The dose is 1-2 capsules 20 minutes before the car ride—hopefully on an empty stomach. It also helps with clearing gas and in promoting menstrual regularity and occasionally it is effective for relief of menstrual cramping (although I have never experienced relief from my own cramps with ginger!). Ginger can also be used for morning sickness.
Ginger Snaps: This is our favorite ginger snap recipe. Blackstrap molasses is good for anemia (natural iron source). It’s also low in fat because the Lighter Bake takes the place of the butter. If you like them extra crispy though you’ll probably have to put the baked cookies in a dehydrator for a couple of hours.
Ginseng is grown in many parts of the world. The roots are the part of the plant used for all Ginseng products. Each variety has its own health benefits. Ginseng benefits are cumulative. Taking the herb for several months to a year is far more effective than short-term doses. Ginsengs are used in many Eastern formulas to complement other herbs.
Glandulars are whole organs that are dried at low temperatures and ground up then put into capsules. They are given for general support of various organs. Protomorphogens however are like homeopathics. They promote healing over time. Protomorph products are composed of nuclear proteins and used to supply a better RNA/DNA template so that the body can assemble available nutrients to repair damaged tissue in the glands being treated. What differentiates protomorphogens from glandulars from cytosol extracts is the patented extraction process. Most people respond to glandulars with fewer side effects. It’s hard to build an allergy to Protomorphogens.
Have you heard of goitrogens? A Goitrogen is a substance in some foods that prevents the thyroid gland from working correctly by blocking the uptake of iodine. I think the best way to handle these kinds of problems is to find out what the core cause is, correct that, minimize what you can, eliminate what you can and repair the damaged thyroid cells with protomorphogens and glandular supplements. Alternative therapies that seems to be working include:
This homemade granola recipe is perfect because it is inexpensive to make, healthy, can be organic and pure, makes a lot, and stores well.
GRawNola Ambrosia takes two days to make, but it doesn’t take that much time to assemble. It can be stored in an airtight jar or in the freezer to keep it fresh. We store ours in Zip Lock baggies. You do need a food dehydrator OR you can dry it in the oven on cookie sheets on low. The goal is to try to keep it as wholesome and fresh as possible. Heating it too much will kill some of the enzymes you activated by sprouting all the grains.
Greek Lemon Rice Shrimp Soup (also known as Avgolemono), is one of my favorite soups to serve for my Reiki classes. I keep the shrimp on the side for seafood allergies, but those people with thyroid problems (and that’s a LOT of people these days) really love the shrimp. It refrigerates well and doesn’t last long around our house. And it’s easy to make.
This recipe for Green Bean Potato Salad was given to me by my neighbor in Moscow, ID. Most of the ingredients were from her garden. A bit salty, but great on a hot day. The recipe can be modified with goat cheese to make it less salty.
Green Beans Roasted Recipe: For this oven-roasted green beans recipe use garden fresh or the freshest beans you can purchase. These beans are sweet, crisp and tender. Roasting can also be used for the somewhat older beans. When roasted they are deeply caramelized with full-flavor. Roasting also encourages the Maillard reaction—a chemical response that creates flavor through browning. Cook’s Illustrated (Rebecca Hays is the Chef for this recipe) says this recipe disappears ‘faster than a tray of french fries’. This recipe uses half the fat you’ll find with the same bean recipe served in places like China Buffet. If you line the pan with foil it makes for easier cleanup. Enjoy!
Peel, pit, and mash avocados in a medium bowl with sour cream, juice and salt and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to taste. A food processor works great too. Just throw everything in (but the pits and skin) before you buzz it. Plop the guacamole in a dish and put the pit in the center and cover with plastic wrap to seal air out. Leave the pit in the center of the guacamole for the leftover guacamole and it won’t turn brown.
Hard vs. Soft Water: If you are on a private well, YOU, AND YOU ALONE are responsible for the safety of the water your family uses. You are encouraged to test your water supply, at least, once every two – five years and more often under certain conditions.
What is a Healing Crisis or Herxheimer reaction, healing crisis symptoms, How to tell the difference between disease and healing crisis, how to get through it faster, exercise and case study.
Now, here is the interesting part in Homeopathic History. . . By studying the records of accidental poisonings from other commonly used medicines such as mercury, arsenic, belladonna and silver nitrate and by testing poisons on himself, Hahnemann discovered what homeopathic dose of these substances would cure the symptom.
Homeopathic Use: One case I recall where a woman proved the homeopathic was when she was taking some Herpes drops every day (for prevention). She came down with a whopping case of herpes symptoms then wondered where she had gone wrong. I wondered why she was ordering so much remedy (and this is why I only dispense to people after establishing a client-patient relationship) but she kind of tricked me. She said she had lost a bottle then she wanted another bottle to keep at work and I didn’t realize she was taking it when it wasn’t necessary.
The benefits of honey: In immature infants’ digestive tracts, however, the spores are able to germinate and release the botulism toxin. Symptoms of infant botulism include constipation, lethargy, poor feeding, weak cry, droopy eyelids, and occasionally, respiratory arrest. By the age of 12 months, infants develop a digestive tract mature enough to handle the toxin.
You will have to research and pick a juicer that you can both afford and that will fit your lifestyle and needs. Here are some things to look for to help simplify your decision making process.
How do you choose the best fruit possible? For watermelons, do the thump test. Those that thump deep are a good bet, but if you REALLY want the sweetest choice look for insect damage. Bees will smell the sugar and try to get to it. You will notice bite markings on the rind. These are the sweetest watermelons (and it works every time!)
Hummus can be used as a dip or a spread. We used baked rice crackers and carrot chips for dipping or spread it on pita pocket sandwiches. Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers.
Sometimes this ice cream is either a little too soft or a little too hard but it IS quick and easy and the fruits can be changed out to suit the individual tastes. Because the eggs are raw, you’ll want to warn anyone eating the ice cream ahead of time. Some people are afraid of Salmonella–kind of a low probability with Farm-Fresh eggs laid by chickens on free range but. . .
Health in the News: Improvest Vaccine This is old news but revisited from a recent interview with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms (https://www.polyfacefarms.com/ ). Apparently the FDA approved use of a vaccine called Improvest in 2011 in the swine industry. As...
We love our ionic minerals. We take these liquid minerals every day. Every day you don’t get your minerals you are chopping off a few hours or a few days of your life. There is no such thing as “eating right” in this day and age. If the minerals aren’t in the soil where the food is grown, they are not in our foods.
Is fasting safe? Count on it. Proponents of fasting declare that aging is not commensurate with calendar years, but rather with the health of the cells. During fasting, the concentration of toxins removed from the body and appearing in the urine can increase ten-fold.
If your animal is shaking its head, scratching at one ear, or has gotten an attitude problem recently (especially when you are rubbing their head), PLEASE have the ear canal checked by your local veterinarian. Grass awns (also called foxtails) can easily penetrate the...
Jerusalem Artichokes and Glycemic Index: Unlike the potato where its starch breaks down to glucose affecting blood sugar, the Jerusalem Artichoke is high in inulin which only breaks down to fructose in the colon. As a result, they have a very low glycemic index and barely affect blood sugar levels. They are also high in the prebiotic FOS (Fructo Oligo Saccharide) which helps to build good gut flora and to balance yeast in the body and gut.
Juice Fast tips and how to make your juice fast even better! Fasting dips: During fasting, toxins are loosened and cleansed from the body, cell by cell, even within deep tissue. At certain times of your fast you may experience feelings of weakness, discouragement, negativity and an overpowering urge to just want to quit. Little things may seem like big things and emotions, memories and hurts you have harbored from the past are trying to come out. During these times, breathe, meditate, talk to someone who has experienced fasting, pray and do an enema. Tomorrow things will look different.
Michael and I love the Redbor and Winterbor varieties best. I noticed that insects in our no-spray gardens don’t seem to recognize the red plants as quickly so leave them alone—so Redbor is my all-time favorite. Other varieties include Dinosaur (Lacinato or Tuscan), ornamental (Salad Savoy) and Red Winter (Russian Red) kale. The Red Winter variety attracted more aphids than the green Winterbor varieties this year.
For the Kale Chips, tear, slice or cut the kale leaf from the stem into bite sized pieces. Put them into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Toss until thoroughly coated then place the pieces single-layer onto cookie sheets and bake until crisp—about 15-20 minutes.
So, what is Kale Slaw anyway? Obviously, the key ingredient in kale slaw is Kale—organic, fresh and raw. There are many different types of Kale, and the flavors of each type can vary with the season. Try different types as the seasons change. Other ingredients that tend to get tossed into the mix are grated carrots, toasted cashews, scallions, red cabbage, mung, sunflower or lentil sprouts, toasted sunflower seeds, marinated tofu, and a plethora of other veggies, seeds, and nuts, only limited by our imagination or pantry stock.
What do your lab test results and lab tests mean? How do you interpret lab results? Lab result interpretation for dummies–well, not really, but at least you can understand most of it! I use this document to muscle test why a person or critter has an abnormal lab result. We can go on to build some suggestions on how to overcome dis-ease from gathering all the clues together.
Lemon Rind to Smoothies: Adding 1/3 Lemon with the rind to your morning smoothie will cut the bitter green taste of the veggies. Lemon peel also contains rutin (a Vitamin C) that will help to make the blood vessels stronger so that it cuts down on bruising (an issue...
I was staying at a Seventh Day Adventist’s home for a block in veterinary school many years ago. She, of course, was a vegetarian as most SDA’s are. We had some wonderful meals. Lentils with Spinach was one of them so I snagged her recipe.
Health in the News: Listeriosis (March 3, 2014) 1 Dead, Babies Ill from Listeria Linked to Cheese Listeria monocytogenes Michael and I were talking the day before this came up on the internet about cheese contamination. He mentioned the possibility of E. coli from the...
How to use magnets and magnetic therapy, what to expect and the contraindications against using this type of therapy.
These are notes I took from a lecture called Making Nutrition Work: I learned a lot. I hope you do to. Ascorbic Acid is the outer coat of the vitamin c molecule and is synthetically made by combining corn syrup with sulfuric acid. Hybrid plants have less nutritional value. Iron Supplements: Ferrous Fulmerate (the kind of iron pill prescribed by many doctors) is made of coal tar. With good quality iron supplements, the stools should not get black. Ferrofood, Floridix, and blackstrap molasses are all better sources of iron, but you still have to get those stomach acids back (Betaine HCl is used for this.) Prilosec shreds the lining of the stomach and inactivates stomach acids necessary to digest protein eventually causing more harm than healing. Tums takes away the digestive function. Butter eaters have better pain tolerance than margarine eaters.
During the heating process, some compounds of the milk impart a very strong cabbagy flavor that is most noticeable immediately after heating. These compounds dissipate during storage, but approximately one month into storage, UHT milk begins to deteriorate and is described in the industry as “stale.” In these later stages of storage, a bitter taste develops, and then it undergoes “age gelation,” a process in which the milk becomes more viscous and eventually loses fluidity. (Gross!)
What foods are the highest in zinc? Your mineral best bet foods are. . . .I’ve noted that the prescription iron supplements are just too harsh on the system and that the body absorbs these natural sources much more easily. Two signs you may need natural iron supplements are ice chewing and a tan chin and cheek area when the rest of the face is a lighter complexion. You may also want to look into a parasite program to get at the core cause of the anemia.
Natural food sources for boron, signs of deficiency, what boron does, what diseases is it good for and cautions and comments about boron.
Natural food sources of calcium, herbal sources, 11 types of calcium, signs of deficiency, what calcium does, cautions and comments
Food, natural and herbal sources of chromium, signs of deficiency, what chromium does, what it’s used for and helpful links.
Copper containing foods, herbal and other sources, signs of deficiency, what copper is used for health-wise, cautions and comments about copper.
Food and herb list of Germanium containing foods, deficiency signs, what germanium is used for, what it does, cautions and comments and helpful links.
Food and herb sources of Iodine, uses for iodine in disease, what iodine does in the body, cautions and comments, helpful links and resources.
Food and herbal sources of iron, what iron does in your body, what diseases it helps, cautions and comments and helpful links and resources.
Food and herbal sources of lithium, deficiency signs, what lithium does in the body and what diseases it’s used for, cautions and comments, helpful links.
Food and herbal sources of magnesium, types of magnesium, what magnesium is used for, comments and cautions, helpful links and resources.
Food and herbal sources of manganese, what is it used for and how is it used in the body, cautions and comments, helpful links.
Food sources of molybdenum, what it is used for, cautions and comments.
Food sources of phosphorus, signs of deficiency, what it does and cautions and comments.
When I research information for handouts on my website, I gather several sources and consolidate them to give the reader the best overall information. I’m not so sure about this mineral. I’d be really hesitant in taking a product containing ONLY platinum.
Food and herbal sources of potassium, what potassium is used for, drug interactions with potassium, helpful links and comments on use.
Food and herbal sources of selenium, what selenium is used for, signs of deficiency, what it does, cautions and comments.
Food and herb sources of silica, what it does in the body, cautions and comments.
Food and herbal sources of sodium, what sodium does in the body, signs of deficiency and excess, cautions and comments, helpful links and resources, Celtic sea salt link.
Food and herbal sources of sulfur or sulphur, signs of deficiency, what it does in the body, cautions and comments.
Food and herbal sources of Vanadium, what vanadium does, cautions and comments on how to take vanadium.
All about natural sources of zinc: herbs containing zinc, zinc deficiency signs, side effects of too much zinc, sources of zinc, what zinc does, list of foods high in zinc, and helpful links and resources related to zinc.
Miso soup is very good for helping people overcome sugar addiction because salt (in the miso paste) is energetically the opposite of sugar. The secret to this recipe is the almond butter and ginger. You’ll always get excellent flavor when you use the ginger/almond butter/miso paste combination. Rotate different veggies and beans in each preparation for variety.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A quick test to see how your liver is doing in the detoxification arena: Look at the tips of your fingernails. Do you see reddish lines just at the tips? If so, your liver is overloaded. You will need to find out why, cut some MSG foods out of your system, eat more raw fruits and vegetables and possibly add a liver cleanser of some kind to your regime.
The uses of muscle testing are astounding and never ending. It is an awesome and powerful tool. My personal favorite of all the techniques I’ve learned. I believe learning how to muscle test can help us access our higher guidance and allow us to listen to our higher self through the guidance of Spirit.
Using Muscle Testing to the best advantage: Over the years I have answered many, many questions about muscle testing, how muscle testing is used, how to make muscle testing more accurate, how people misuse it, and what things to pay attention to. This is a culmination of all those questions. Some people (like young children) pick this up and go with it yet others (usually adults) don’t have the confidence that it takes to use and rely on the muscle testing technique.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard it. That’s exactly why I don’t tell people what they are eating when I make up a batch and bring it to a community or farm function.
The surprised comments are what I really enjoy though after they dish themselves up and taste it. Then I have to answer a bunch of questions like, “Where do you get mutton?” and “Yum, how is this cooked?” “How come it’s not fatty?” and “I never liked lamb before this.” Then I have to say, “It’s not lamb, it’s mutton” and then have to explain the difference, where to get it, how much it costs and on and on.
If we were to have discovered the nightshades in today’s world, the FDA would have a law against eating them because they are too high in acetylcholinesterase inhibitors which is the substance solanaceous plants contain that negatively affects our nervous systems. . .People with the following diseases often find that eating nightshades makes their symptoms worse: Arthritis, Asthma (especially evident during sleep), Eczema and Psoriasis, Smokers (those trying to quit may have better luck detoxing by eliminating nightshades), Cystitis and interstitial cystitis, Lupus, and People who are receiving chemotherapy.
Nitrates and nitrites in our drinking water: In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act. This law requires EPA to determine safe levels of chemicals in drinking water which do or may cause health problems. These non-enforceable levels, based solely on possible health risks and exposure, are called Maximum Contaminant Level Goals.
Nutrasweet/Equal/Aspartame is the combination of two amino acids (phenylalanine and aspartic acid) and methanol. Methanol is broken down into formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), formic acid (a poison excreted by ants and scorpions) and diketopiperazine (DKP, which causes brain tumors). This methanol production is hastened with heat. Hmm. wonder about the Gulf War Syndrome where pallets of pop sat in temperatures of 120 degrees for weeks and was consumed quite readily by all our troops. Methanol AND the off gassing of the plastic bottles—what a combination, huh? Aspartame is 200 times sweeter
Nuts and Seeds: Sesame seeds are wonderful for alleviating Seasonal Affective Disorder. I use lots of sesame seeds in my granola recipe and on sautéed or steamed vegetables. Again. . .about two tablespoons per day, especially during the winter months will alleviate those winter blues. You can also eat tahini or halvah at half the dose and get the same results. Many a client has thanked me profusely for this particular tip. Remember to eat nuts as fresh as possible–about four tablespoons/day.
Putting saturated fats and hydrogenated fats into our system can often be likened to putting the wrong weight of oil into our car’s engine. Hydrogenated fats have been linked to cancer. Following your individual “owner’s manual” and using those oils that are specially designed for your body will assist your body’s own wisdom in maintenance and repair of damaged tissues. Therefore, you will have fewer disease processes (including osteopenia and osteoporosis).
Denice: How do you know if Olive Oil is truly Extra Virgin?
RoseAnne: Chemical and sensory analyses are performed on each batch of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). There are strict guidelines that manufactures of the EVOO have to follow. In California, those guidelines are the most stringent in the world. The best producers in the world follow the guidelines that California has set. When you open an EVOO and smell it, it must smell fresh, like freshly cut grass or herbs. When you taste the oil, it also must taste fresh—clean with bitter, pungent and spicy after tones. The intensity of the EVOO will determine how bitter and spicy it is. When olives are harvested green, they produce an intense oil whereas, the riper the olive, the more delicate the oil is. The EVOO should never feel greasy in your mouth or taste stale.
Historically onions were used for allergies, worms, boils, diarrhea, frostbite, urinary incontinence, warts and more. In general, when you’re choosing onions in the store, the best ones will be firm, have a crackly outer skin, and have no scent or just a mild scent. Stronger scented onions are an indication that the onion is starting to spoil. Avoid onions with dark spots or mold.
Parsley is effective for nearly all kidney and urinary complaints except severe kidney inflammation. It improves kidney activity and can help eliminate wastes from the blood and tissues of the kidneys. It prevents salt from being reabsorbed into the body tissues; thus parsley literally forces debris out of the kidneys, liver and bladder. It helps improve edema and general water retention, fatigue and scanty or painful urination.
Pomona brand low methoxyl (LM) pectin has no preservatives but Pomona pectin is made, just like its preservative-laden cousins, from the by-products of processing non-organic fruit. Low Methoxyl (LM) pectins are chemically modified so they gel with the use of calcium rather than sugar. I tried Pomona Pectin this last year during jam and jelly season and I found it a bit tricky to work with. The package directions were not that understandable. Some jams set really well, but with others I couldn’t seem to figure out how much to put into the batch and it ended up not setting well at all. Also of note, once a bottle of jam is opened it needs to be used up within a shorter time than jams/jellies preserved with other pectins,
As you use the thawed pesto, wipe the inside of the jar with a paper towel or Kleenex and cover the newly used portion with another layer of Olive Oil. This will prevent air from reaching the unused portion and prevents mold from growing on the sides of the jar so that you can use all of it without having to throw any of it out. I’ve had one batch of pesto in my freezer for over 5 years and it’s still good after thawing. I’m almost ready to make a new batch. . .next year.
Pineapples are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. One cup of pineapple has 82 calories and provides the following nutrients—many of which act as natural antioxidants to help in the prevention of oodles of diseases. I’ve had good luck with pulling out the center leaf. If it pulls out easily with a gentle tug, you’re probably going to get a great tasting, sweet pineapple (although I noticed someone had pulled the center leaves out of a whole table of pineapples on purpose at the grocery store the other day and none of them were ripe. It’s a gentle tug, not a yank! They even put the leaf back so the next person would be fooled!)
Potassium Broth is a standard beverage for all the health spas and healing clinics in Sweden. Fasting patients always start the day with a big mug of potassium broth–a cleansing, alkalizing and mineral-rich drink.
Potato Leek Soup recipe is great for the winter months. It’s hearty and filling and has oodles of nutrition if you grow your own stuff! If you like creamier Potato soup, add a dollop of Sour Cream or Low-Fat Quark to the bottom of the soup bowl before you fill the bowl.
Powassan Tick Borne Virus More Deadly than Lyme’s Tick-borne Powassan Virus mutates I’d never heard of this virus when I read about it in the American Nurseryman Journal a few months back. Powassan Virus is carried by the Ixodes scapularis (Black-legged or Deer tick)....
This low fat pumpkin custard recipe uses lots of spices and is a great winter treat. Keeps the worms away and pumpkin is really high in fiber and vitamin A.
It’s a bit of a hassle, but finding a dog biscuit recipe where you can control what is in them doesn’t take as much time as you think. You can make them in large batches and freeze them. Here is a Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Recipe that is healthy for them.
Quiche Recipe: Crack and beat the whole eggs with the Pesto. In another bowl, add all the other ingredients together. Mix. Drizzle the egg mixture on top of the other ingredients. Mix everything together. Dump them into the Pie Crust. Sprinkle the extra cheese on top. If you have any leftover veggies, you can grease a small oven-safe dish and put the extra into it and bake it along with the Quiche.
Quinoa basics: It took a few months after I purchased my first few cups of Quinoa to actually get the guts up to cook it and explore using it in recipes. I actually did not know how to even say the word at first. Some clients actually trained me to say Quinoa correctly. It’s pronounced Keen-wah. This handout is all about quinoa—what it is, how to cook it and where it comes from.
This recipe for Sweet Breakfast Quinoa was submitted to me by a favorite client of mine. RoseAnne had this to say, “Hi all—thought you would enjoy this recipe. I tried it today and it was almost like eating French toast—almost. . .” Here it is.
Radon is produced by the radioactive decay of radium in the ground. Granites and other rocks may contain high concentrations of radium and produce significant amounts of radon. Aquifers in these rocks accumulate the radon, increasing the concentration in the water. The highest radon concentrations in water are found in ground water supplies. Radon is more common in smaller ground water supplies . . . those serving 25 or fewer people.
Ranch dressing is very easy to make, saves you lots of money and is easy to modify making it very low in calories.
Raw milk has been used and is still used by leading physicians in the treatment of tuberculosis, edema, heart failure, skin disease, acne, asthma, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, prostate disease, urinary tract infections, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic fatigue and obesity. In Germany today raw milk therapy is provided in many hospitals.
My own raw milk experience: I drink raw milk. Have for years. I was hesitant to try it at first because it was just a phlegm producer in my diet, but I wanted to support our neighbor’s small raw milk dairy. Boy, was I won over! From day one I noticed that my body did not create phlegm after drinking the milk.
With the high oxalate content of rhubarb I form stones if I eat too much of it—but I do love it so! This recipe for Rhubarb Muffins uses enough to satiate my love of the fruit (or vegetable if you want to call it that).
I’m always looking for complete protein, low-fat, tasty salads that are not boring. This Rice-Bean-Corn Salad is a recipe we like. Our former neighbors liked it too, so it must be a keeper. We took a bowl over to our neighbor, Tim, and he ate both servings before his wife made it home for a taste. When Barb finally made it home, she was asked to trek on over to get the recipe. She made another whole batch the next day.
Rosemary Lemonade is simple to make. Put half the herbs in a gallon tea jar filled half way with water out in the sunshine to steep for 4-6 hours. Strain the herbs from the liquid. Repeat the process with the other half of the herbs using the water from the first steeping. Strain a second time and add the Lemon Concentrate and Stevia to taste. Enjoy!
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Salt Fun Facts, Salt and Celtic Sea Salt: Some of the medical websites I checked out when I had a friend with high blood pressure stated that eating up to an equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt per day was safe! The sites never addressed the amount of salt in milligrams that we are getting from the foods we eat. Because of these websites, my friend was misled into believing that salt was not hurting him (as his blood pressure went up a notch or two each month.) He started salting everything. One morning he put so much salt in our oatmeal I gagged and almost vomited. I knew this information was wrong, but I did not have anything to substantiate my gut instinct—until I read Sea Salt’s Hidden Powers—then it all came together for me. I hope it helps you as well.
Your shoes and shoe wear can give us clues to what is wrong in your body by evaluating where you put pressure when you walk. Sometimes people shift their weight away from certain reflexology points to avoid a mild form of discomfort. At other times you will put extra pressure on reflexology points to stimulate energy and circulation to area. This is only one of the body’s attempts to heal what ails it.
Shower filters. How many people have them? Do you need a shower filter? It has been shown that our body takes in more chemicals during a ten minute shower than from drinking a gallon of the same water. Are you aware of the fact that dermal absorption and inhalation of chlorine and other chemicals while showering has now been linked to breast cancer, bladder cancer, asthma and other ailments? During a hot shower the pores of our skin open and allow for an accelerated rate of absorption.
Insomnia – If your mind is racing, your muscles are tight, and the more you try to relax, the tenser you get, you have insomnia. There are two kinds of insomnia: difficulty falling asleep and difficulty staying asleep through the night. Some people experience both challenges. But that’s just one thing that can rob you of sleep. There’s more. . .
For this no-knead sourdough bread, cover the bowl of bread poolish/levain with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature overnight (8 to 12 hours) until it has approximately doubled in size. *I once slept in and left my poolish to rise for 13 hours, with no problems. *On cold winter nights, I set the bowl of poolish/levain to rise on a rack several feet from our wood burning stove.
Feeding soy, soy formula and soy milk to children: Often soy and children don’t mix well. One researcher estimated that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day. Almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. So, what does this do to our children? Read the list below and be concerned if your child is showing any of these signs and symptoms.
For years I have purchased soy milk, stocked it on my shelf, told myself I should open it and include it into my diet. After opening it though, it just sits in the refrigerator for a month or two. Then, of course, it’s too old to drink, so I throw it down the sink and the cycle repeats itself a couple months later.
Humans using splenda have experienced symptoms including: Bloating (severe), bright red rash and welts, chest pain, decreased coordination, diminished driving skills, dry heaves, dulled senses, excessive crying (emotional wreck), food poisoning symptoms (lasting for days), forgetfulness, generalized body pain, headaches, hypersensitivity to noise, hypertension, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, irritability, itching, knee and leg pains (shooting pain), lack of focus, moody, panic attacks, stomach cramps (severe), withdrawn and disinterested from life and feeling zoned out.
Blood tonics, also known as Spring Tonics or Spring Herbal Tonics are historically used for cancer prevention/treatment, liver health/detoxification and for viral and bacterial infections. With the attacks on Natural Medicine it can be hard to find an Herbalist who can make up blood tonics for their clients. Herbalists can be hard to locate, especially those who specialize in the more controversial treatments because they do not advertise those services since it is against the law in the USA for any health care practitioner to claim they can heal some of these cases. Of course it’s your constitutional right to heal yourself and prescribe for yourself so finding blood tonic recipes and using them is not against the law for the general public.
Springs producing spring water are susceptible to contamination by surface water, especially during rainstorms. Contamination sources include livestock, wildlife, crop fields, forestry activities, septic systems, and fuel tanks located upslope from the spring outlet. Changes in color, taste, odor, or flow rate indicate possible contamination by surface water. To protect springs you can take the following measures.
Sprouting Seeds: What seeds can you sprout? Just about anything including, lentils, garbanzos, wheat, oats, quinoa, mung beans, aduki beans, Anastazi beans, lima beans, cabbage, radish, alfalfa, corn, rye, onions and almonds. The sprout doesn’t have to have a large tail to consider it at that edible stage. For almonds, just soak them a couple of days.
Sugar Cravings and Copper Deficiency: Natural food sources are much safer than pill forms of copper. Foods high in copper include: Parsley, blackstrap molasses, carrots, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seafood, most grains/legumes, liver, potatoes, raisins, beets and sunflower oil. Note: Copper levels are also reduced if large amounts of zinc, iron, or Vitamin C are consumed as well.
Sugar substitutes: The man in front of me at the grocery store stood there with a gallon of honey in his arms. As he got to the front counter he told the checker, “My doctor told me to cut back on the sugar, so I switched to honey.” He proceeded to tell the checker that he goes through about one gallon per month and how he now puts honey into his coffee. Little diabetes problem, you know.” Not exactly the best sugar substitute for diabetes!
Just Like Sugar–sugar substitute: In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications. I like the list.
Licorice root: “Have you ever tried these?” She asked. “Well, no, I don’t have ulcers, but I do try anything I send home with cats as they won’t tolerate much and you have to be particular with what you sent home with them.” “Well, you are going to try one now.” She said assertively as she opened the bottle and whipped out one of those stinky little pills. I popped one into my mouth and chewed. “Woof!” I said, as I made a dash to the sink to wash my mouth out. “I had NO idea!”
I think Stevia is a good herb. I actually bought a Stevia plant from a local nursery here in Zone 5 for my herb patch. It’s an annual plant and grows quite well. You harvest the leaves just as the flowers bloom, dry them, and then use them in teas, or crumble them up and use them in cooking. I don’t know yet how to use it in baking, but when you can’t have sugar. . .you probably shouldn’t be eating baked goods anyway!
I emailed asking how it was processed and got this reply: “Suchero comes from the nutritious sap of organic Cocos nucifera trees. The sap, oyster white liquid, is collected and heated to let the water content evaporate until Suchero granules are formed. The Suchero granules are further dried in convection ovens to achieve an equilibrium moisture level, then cooled and packed ready for shipment. Our process is 100% natural and organic – no additives, no artificial flavoring, no coloring, no preservatives and no chemicals. Suchero is unbleached, unfiltered and unrefined”.
Sulfites in foods: Many consumers of the standard American diet experience severe allergy symptoms, including headaches, asthma, hives, post nasal drip, racing heart, high blood pressure, and even seizures from sulfites.
Sweating and hydrothrapy. Using a sweat lodge, sauna, or steam bath is another technique in getting the skin to rejuvenate and open its pores. It would be nice to have all these things available to you when you are sick, but the facts are that you have to use what is in your environment that is available to you. These modalities are becoming more common and I’ve seen mobile units spring up these last few years that will actually come to your house for you. Try them. . .you’ll like them!
Tabbouleh is a great salad for people who need to eat more raw foods. I’ve added extra parsley because parsley is so loaded with trace minerals and it’s also a natural diuretic. I use parsley in lots of recipes (as you can see!) Wonderful herb. I actually wrote it up as a Product of the Month for the newsletter.
This is a recipe I’ve modified and tweaked over the years to give a delicious flavor for tacos or taco salads. I think you’ll love it.
I’m always looking for ways to make turkey taste better, hence this Taco Soup Recipe. This is a low-fat recipe if you use string cheese and quark instead of cheddar and sour cream and it’s delicious.
Which tooth or teeth in your mouth are having problems? This could be why certain body parts are having problems. Each part of the body is integrally associated with other structures in the body like a hologram. All these systems communicate with each other.
How would you feel if you decided not to vaccinate your child and he/she came down with polio? I have several clients with Post Polio Syndrome, and let me tell you, their life is constant and unending pain. Granted, you may have a bank account large enough to overcome a case of Parvo in your puppy (if it survives,) but is it worth it for the puppy to have to go through that? Or Feline Leukemia in your cat? Vaccines are cheap and effective insurance for these deadly and debilitating diseases. Now let me give you some other options.
Spicy Tomato Soup is a soup I came up with on day 23 of a 40-day juice fast. Technically speaking, not juice—but it was fantastic! But maybe we were just really really hungry!
Tongue diagnosis: A normal tongue is pink in color, medium thickness, no cracks, ulcers, no teeth marks and with a light white moist coat (with root) on it. It has a look of aliveness and is supple (not stiff). There is no movement (quivering, trembling, side-to-side motion, curling or shifting to one side.) A healthy tongue looks like a piece of freshly killed meat.
The urinalysis measures the presence and amount of a number of chemicals in the urine, which reflect much about the health of the kidneys, along with cells that may be present in the urine. We try to identify crystals, bacteria, yeast, red cells, white cells (indicating infection), something called a cast (which is a clump of sloughed cells from inside the tiny renal filtration tubules), sperm and even the occasional parasite. This lets us know if we are dealing with infection, diet or metabolism disorders, and what part of the urinary system is in trouble.
“Well,” I hear you commenting already, “what about all those side effects, governmental conspiracies to give whole populations AIDS, vaccine induced Autism and mercury toxicity I read about caused specifically by the vaccines?” Many studies on the other side of pro-vaccinating show conclusively that more people die when they are NOT given the vaccines than are affected adversely when given vaccines. “But, what it if were YOUR child that ended up with Autism?” You counter.
Vegetable fettuccine is one of our favorite garden recipes and is great for entertaining and showing off your fresh-picked stuff. Notes: •Be sure the vegetables are firm. •Shrimp–make sure it has not been preserved with metabisulfites—check the bag for ingredients. •I’ve used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan but it isn’t as good. I’ve also used Parmesan from the container and it tastes almost as good as freshly ground. •This recipe is also great with fresh asparagus or some fresh corn kernels tossed in.
Vitamin A deficiency signs, health concerns vitamin a is used for, what vitamin a does, natural food sources for vitamin a, herbs high in Vitamin A, signs of overdose, precautions
Vitamin B-1 (thiamine) deficiency signs, health concerns Vitamin B-1 is used for, what Vitamin B-1 does, natural food sources for Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), herbs high in Vitamin B-1, signs of overdose, precautions and comments about Vitamin B-1.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, Cyanocobalamin) deficiency signs, what Vitamin B12 is used for, what Vitamin B12 does, natural food sources for vitamin B12, herbs high in Vitamin B12, signs of overdose, precautions.
Vitamin B15 deficiency signs, what Vitamin B15 is used for, what Vitamin B15 does, natural food sources for vitamin B15, signs of overdose, precautions. Note that The FDA has attempted to ban the sale of pangamic acid as an unsafe food additive and apart from Russian studies, there has been little to prove the benefits of the supplement. One study suggests that it may be carcinogenic.
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) deficiency signs, what B-2 is used for, what Vitamin B-2 does, natural food sources for Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), herbs high in Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), signs of overdose, precautions and comments about Vitamin B-2.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin or Niacinamide) deficiency signs, what is Vitamin B-3 used for, what Vitamin B-3 does, natural food sources for Vitamin B-3 (Niacin), herbs high in Vitamin B-3, signs of overdose, precautions and comments about Vitamin B-3.
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid, Pantethine) deficiency signs, what Vitamin B-5 is used for, what Vitamin B-5 does, natural food sources for vitamin B-5, herbs high in Vitamin B-5, signs of overdose, precautions.
Vitamin b-9 (Folic Acid) deficiency signs, natural food sources, what it is used for.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine) deficiency signs, what Vitamin B-6 is used for, what Vitamin B-6 does, natural food sources for vitamin B-6, herbs high in Vitamin B-6, signs of overdose, precautions.
Vitamin C (ester c, bioflavonoids, ascorbic acid, rose hips, acerola) deficiency signs, what Vitamin C is used for, what Vitamin C does, natural food sources for vitamin C, herbs high in Vitamin C, signs of overdose, precautions.
Vitamin D deficiency signs, what Vitamin D is used for, what Vitamin D does, natural food sources for vitamin D, herbs high in Vitamin D, signs of overdose, precautions.
Vitamin E deficiency signs, health concerns Vitamin E is used for, what Vitamin E does, natural food sources for Vitamin E, herbs high in Vitamin E, signs of overdose, precautions and comments about Vitamin E.
Vitamin K deficiency signs, what Vitamin K is used for, what Vitamin K does, natural food sources for vitamin K, herbs high in Vitamin K, signs of overdose, precautions.
The Vitamin List and Vitamin best bet foods: B Complex: Best Bet Food Sources– Any brand that you test energetically strong for. The wrong brand can be responsible for some annoying side effects. For me, that is urinary incontinence. To get the whole complex from foods you would want a wide variety of raw fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Vitamin H (Biotin) deficiency signs, what biotin is used for, natural food sources for vitamin H, herbs high in Biotin, signs of overdose, precautions.
Choline: What it is used for, signs of deficiency and natural food sources.
Water analysis: If your water comes from a well, a spring, a creek, river, reservoir, etc. I recommend you have your water analyzed by a professional testing laboratory. If there isn’t a professional laboratory nearby; your local Health Department may guide you to the laboratory they use. If professional laboratory water analysis is not available in your local area many laboratories accept water samples by mail.
Private Wells and private water systems may have high levels of contaminants. Private water systems may have improperly sealed (or unsealed) well heads and/or unsealed or open holding tanks. The risks here are the presence of algae, decaying plant matter, insects, animal waste products and bacteria. If you live in farming country, live near a feedlot, or near a poorly designed septic system, Nitrates can be a serious problem, as well. High nitrate levels and that of some other contaminants can be seasonal. You may need to test for nitrates more than once during the year.
Water Filters. Do you need one? In America we use more than 75,000 toxic chemicals every day and new ones are being developed every year. We are learning the hard way that many of the chemicals we use ultimately appear in the water we drink. Through the natural processes of the hydrologic cycle Mother Earth recycles the same water over and over. She does not create “new” water. As we use more chemicals, the levels of those chemicals in our water supply increases proportionately.
Repairing the Salt Bridge Lorena telephoned to say, “Michael, my water is no longer “soft”. What might be the problem?” Hi Lorena. While there are several possible causes for water softener or water conditioner failure; a “Salt bridge” is the most common....
Water that stains: My hair is orange, my coffee is purple, my white clothes are ruined, and I have red stains in my sinks and toilets — help! Red stains – are most often caused by iron (rust) in the water. Testing is needed to determine the amount and the type of iron you have. Iron in water may be: ferrous or ferric.
Water that Stinks. . .You Can Fix It Yourself! A water softener can be sanitized by pouring Hydrogen Peroxide or Chlorine Bleach in the brine well of the salt tank and starting the regeneration cycle. Prior to taking this action; check with the seller or manufacturer for a recommendation on the concentration and amounts for your specific softener.
The body’s natural state is health, so what causes disease? Disease happens on a cellular level. All disease is ultimately a breakdown in function of the body’s cells. When this happens, it creates “fertile soil” for the dis-ease process. This breakdown is accomplished by less than perfect eating habits, stress, stuffing emotions, eating too many cooked foods and too much sugar, salt, caffeine, drugs, vaccines, tension, depression, lack of proper sleep, lack of exercise, environmental contamination of the air/water/food and the retention of metabolic wastes (constipation, lack of sweating, blocked lymphatic channels). The only effective way to “cure” disease is to eliminate the causes.
Normal bowel movements should be brown to light brown, formed but not hard or too soft, cylindrical but not flattened on any side, fairly bulky and full bodied but not compact, easy to pass, and it shouldn’t have an extremely foul smell. Bowel movements should be in one piece, about the size and shape of a banana being tapered at the end. Sometimes this will not be discernable if the feces breaks up in the toilet. Some people feel that if the body is absorbing all the minerals from the food that the stool will float. Others believe that the stool should sink. I think the important thing is that there are no air bubbles in the stool and that it doesn’t drop like a brick in the toilet. It should be somewhere in between.
Say you go to a doctor because your ankle hurts. You took a pretty bad fall and twisted it. We’d make some basic assumptions from the clue of trauma and twisting motion to rule in sprain, strain, fracture (compound, compressed, or spiral), and periosteal bruising. These would be high on the rule out list. But let’s say we asked some more questions and found out that you were 80 years old, arthritic, haven’t taken care of yourself and cancer runs in your family.
After many years of exploration, I have learned that there is something good to learn from everybody. Don’t “throw the baby out with the bath water” if you don’t vibrate positively with a certain healer. Glean what works for you and move on. Don’t be afraid to explore new healing modalities. Shifting and returning to practitioners you have not seen for several years also helps. As you grow, so does your lens of perspective and understanding. What one practitioner says to you today may mean something totally different to you years from now. What you don’t understand, put on the “Cosmic Bookshelf.”
Michael and I love this recipe for Wild Rice Waffles. We’ve made two batches of them for freezing for use later on in the growing season and they work really well from the freezer to the toaster, but these waffles are elegant enough to serve at any gourmet breakfast to impress visitors or friends.
WMS blood type a choices: These are charts I worked on for almost three months integrating the Blood Type Diet (www.dadamo.com) with the Zone Diet (www.drsears.com)
WMS blood type B choices: Weight Management Systems Block Charts for Blood Type B. These are charts I worked on for almost three months integrating the Blood Type Diet (www.dadamo.com) with the Zone Diet (www.drsears.com)
Weight Management Systems Block Charts for Blood Type O. These are charts I worked on for almost three months integrating the Blood Type Diet (www.dadamo.com) with the Zone Diet (www.drsears.com)
Weight Management Systems Block Charts for Blood Type AB. These are charts I worked on for almost three months integrating the Blood Type Diet (www.dadamo.com) with the Zone Diet (www.drsears.com).
Xanthan gum is purchased in a powdered form. The fine powder has the ability to create a cloud in the air when being handled. This powder may accumulate in your lungs resulting in respiratory distress. It clogs the alveoli so makes it difficult for the oxygen to exchange within the lung. Be sure to handle it carefully and dump it slowly into recipes so it doesn’t poof up.
Ahh the yin-yang concept. It can be confusing. All things we come in contact with either have Yin qualities, Yang qualities, or are a mixture of both. Nothing is either totally Yin or totally Yang. Everything lies on a continuum of either more yin or more yang and the qualities are only in relation to one another.
I made a leap in 2015 and started purchasing raw milk from a neighbor’s dairy in an attempt to support their farm. What I didn’t expect is that the phlegm I usually produced drinking homogenizes, pasteurized and ultrapasteurized products never happened! It was like a miracle. After a few months I tried yogurt from raw milk and also raw cheese from her dairy. It was kind of bland but I had read a few books on raw milk and found that it contained natural bacteria that would kill off any bad bacteria.
Zone and blood type diet block charts: Often people have lots of questions about eating in the Zone. They don’t totally understand the “block” system. Basically a Block Balanced meal consists of one box of Protein, one box of Carbohydrate and one box of Oils/Fats. It took me three months to combine the two diets putting it in usable forms. I hope this works for you.
Ahh, a work in progress but I’ll keep adding some zone balanced ideas to these zone pages. Here are some balanced Zone recipes for breakfast.
Zucchini Pancakes is a simple recipe for vegetables you can use to trick your kids into eating their vegetables. Pretend you are creating a recipe (knowing the ingredients ahead of time) and let the kids find things to put into it. Give them choices like, “which cheese do you think would cook better?” and “Which herbs do you think would mix with this vegetable?” Then let them smell the herbs and make the choices. Inventing something is more inviting to having them try it. Explain why you put eggs into the pancakes and what different oils and fats there are to cook with and which can be heated, etc. Then let them tell you which fat to cook the pancakes in. It worked for me with my step kids (once!)
I love this recipe because it is so high in minerals. All the vegetables for Zucchini Soup come ripe at the same time in the garden so it’s easy to just harvest and process in one day. It tastes great and gets great reviews.