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"Curing what ails you" occupies
much of our lives. It is in our thoughts, it empties our wallets
it engenders guilt
are not more disciplined. Worst of all we are bombarded by the media
daily with the should's and should not's of good health, the pharmaceutical
industry aims its advertising at our weakest points and greatest
fears, the FDA wiggles and waffles on what is healthy and nutritional
is not and
they approve medicines and our exposure to chemicals
banned in most
first world countries.
believe we should all take a step back. At the heart of things
we are in truth animals, just like squirrels or
deer, and most of them survive very well with no medical
intervention of any kind. If you take a walk through an old,
very old, graveyard
you will see that lives were lived into the 80's and 90's centuries
ago. You will also see rows of children's graves. Those we don't
see so much anymore because in the mid 20th century we found
for deadly childhood diseases -- measles, scarlet fever, whooping
polio to name the short list. Because most of us no longer die in
childhood, if childbirth and war don't kill us, we'll live long
lives. Probably as long as we do now with a lot less of the health
What all of this told me is to get smart.
a good rule of thumb it is wise to remember that food is the
fuel for your body, fuel for you to live your life. Begin thinking
of food this way and those bags of orange chemical snacks may look
a little less appealing.
Places to Start Making Changes
Toss out your non stick (Teflon) pans and plastic food containers.
producer of Teflon, never did anything beneficial in its home
state of Delaware and it isn't doing anything beneficial
either. Take all of the "new and improved" non stick
surfaces on cookware with a grain of salt and opt for a ®Brillo
-- Antibacterial Soap
This is soap that contains a pesticide. That's not a good thing
to be putting on your hands or anyplace else. Soap will do the
job of cleaning your hands just fine if you wash thoroughly.
-- Think For Yourself and Think Smart
First, smart means reading food labels. If you can't pronounce
it, don't eat it. If you don't know what it is, don't eat it
until you do know what it is and think it's okay to eat. And,
this goes for all foods, commercial and organic. Don't expect
a government bureaucracy like the FDA is looking out for you.
They aren't. If you think someone has got your back, remember
Thalidomide after it had already devastated the lives of European
families where it was first introduced.
When you hear advertisements for companies that come around
to poison your house for you, think about it. Paper bags
do not have cockroaches. Markets have cockroaches that may live
in paper bags. If you are worried, bring your own recyclable bags
to the supermarket and load up. And, if you haven't seen a cockroach
in your house, it isn't because the roach killers come monthly.
It is because your house doesn't have cockroaches. When you see
one, give the guy a call or better yet get a roach motel and put
it where you saw the roach.
Lawn services that promise green may do just that, but they don't
warn you to keep your pets and children away from the lawn.
How will you feel when your 10 year old is dying from cancer and
you remember how many hours he rolled around on the poisoned grass.
-- If you care about yourself or have children, get rid of all
insecticides. They are a lot more dangerous to you and your children
than any bug.
Eat nothing or as little as possible from cans. Frozen foods
are safer if perhaps a little more expensive. Cans often have
liners that contain toxic chemicals.
am not a doctor and I am not a trained nutritionist, but I was
to think for myself and that I have done. What follows is information
that may be of help to you. I surely hope so, but do discuss your
plans with a trusted doctor if you can find one.
is a big problem these days with millions or even billions
of dollars spent on fair to middling solutions. We look at food
as a cause
or stress or the moon, but have you considered the water you
are drinking? Reverse osmosis water may be the entire cause
of your problem. Many folks are drinking this version of bottled
water thinking it is the most pure and it probably is.
THAT'S THE PROBLEM. Reverse osmosis water has a naturally balanced
pH which seems to set off an acid stomach response including
living in Montserrat, we drank pH adjusted natural rain water
and had terrible indigestion. At first I tried my father's solution,
a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water. Not very tasty,
but effective. Then I realized the amount of salt we were getting
in the "cure" and hastily switched to Tums which we ate like
candy. Later, living in Guatemala we drank bottled reverse
water and continued with the Tums. I noticed that when we
left and spent time in Miami drinking tap water the Tums
addiction evaporated and I became curious. I thought back to
times we had traveled and used tap water. These were always
times when we were free of Tums.
time while staying in a hotel in Miami we met and talked with
a retired nuclear sub engineer who confirmed my thinking that reverse
osmosis water could cause acid indigestion. He reported having
the same problem every time he was at sea in a sub where the
all reverse osmosis. After two days on land his digestive system
always recovered on its own.
It isn't the only solution, but it may be one that will help you.
Stop drinking reverse osmosis water or look into its pH.
IDEAS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR US
Lose some weight. Sad but true, weight gain in the middle area
puts a strain
on digestion among other functions of organs in that
area. If you can't or won't lose weight, wear lose clothing and
avoid circumstances of moving your body in ways that restrict
the middle area.
Adjust what you eat and when you eat it. In our experience foods
at lunch cause no problems. The same foods eaten in
the evening can be devilish. So, have your pizza, barbecued ribs,
chocolate, french fries with lots of ketchup at lunch. For dinner
opt for a light meal of baked chicken with steamed vegetables or
maybe a bowl of boiled potatoes in their skins with lots of freshly
chopped parsley and a lot of butter.
3. Look around the internet for foods that naturally produce an
alkaline response. Eating these can't hurt that much so it's worth
4. When living in the Caribbean local folks recommended eating
pieces of fresh peeled aloe vera. I never tried it and wouldn't
recommend it, but it probably won't hurt you apart from tasting
Baking soda has been and still is in kitchen cupboards coast
to coast. It was a popular heart burn "medicine" in
my family when I was a child and it was in my cupboard for the
same reason for years. It works very well and even provides a
very satisfying burp just to let you know it has done its job.
Mix a teaspoon in about a cup of water and drink it relatively
slowly. You probably won't need the whole cup to get relief.
If you have a salt restricted diet for any reason, baking soda
is not a good choice for you.
cider vinegar is now being touted as something to
save your life. To me that means its benefits should be taken
grain of salt. I tried the vinegar solution for urticaria and have
little faith in it. I also realized the surface of my teeth was
disappearing with each day's dose of the "mother's
vinegar." This isn't something
Slippery elm is a soothing lozenge that may be worth a try.
I remember it feeling a little strange, but very calming to my
Most definitely sleep on your left side. If you look
at a chart of the organs in your body, you'll see that your stomach
lies on the left. Its connections upwards into your esophagus and
downwards into your intestine are on the right side of your body.
Sleeping on your left side makes it a little more difficult for
liquids to rise into your esophagus.
If you are trying to sleep with acid indigestion, sleep on your
left side with two pillows raising the upper part of
10. Ginger is a wonderful peppery root and I use it almost every
day in cooking one thing or another. It is well known as a digestive
calmative and my husband swears by it. I drink ginger tea to
reduce blood pressure and it works like a charm, but I do find
it slightly upsetting to my stomach. This brings home an important
are all different.
We don't all respond to foods, herbs and medicines the same way.
If ginger works for you, great. If not, there are other natural
options to try.
Mint is my own personal wonder drug. It eliminates the itch caused
by mosquitos and other biting insects and it calms my stomach.
AIR PURIFYING PLANTS
commend anyone wishing to have natural air purification, but
quite honestly if you have a noticeable air quality problem,
immediately turn to an air purifier with hepa filters. We used
a few of these air filters in our home in Montserrat when the
volcano was spewing sulphur. I would not have been able to
are no longer just decorative additions to our home environments.
With the advent of winter and summer closed home environments
and all of the poisonous materials now used in the construction
and decoration of our living environments, plants have
become vitally necessary air purifiers. Here are some to consider
your apartment, home or office and all are easily cared for.
But, as much as I've heard about their air cleaning qualities,
never heard what you do with them when they are chock full of
such nasty chemicals as formaldehyde and benzene. I'd love to
know and I'm sure other visitors to the site would like to know
Palm or Reed PalmChamaedorea sefritzii
FernNephrolepis exaltataTo see a Boston
Fern look alike, please click here.
I got my first Boston fern when a student in Boston. It hung in my window over
looking Beacon Hill and in time blocked almost all of the light from its window.
They are easy to grow hanging in a basket or pot in a bright window and given
routine watering when just dry (stick your finger in the dirt to see if it's
damp -- if the dirt sticks wait one day to water). Benefits: Like English Ivy, Boston Ferns absorb
formaldehyde, one of the most common and very damaging pollutants
in many homes today.
Marginata, Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
This is an elegant and easy to grow plant that grows tall, but not wide. Keep
it near a bright sunny window for best results and water when the soil begins
to feel dry to the touch. Benefits: Amazingly, the dracaena will absorb
toxic gases like xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
Elephant Ear PhilodendronPhilodendron domesticum
This vine manages well in cramped spaces with little natural sunlight. Benefit: English Ivy absorbs formaldehyde, one
of the most common and very damaging pollutants in many homes today.
Daisy, Barberton DaisyGerbera jamesonii
Pothos is a wonderful alternative to philodendrons. It seems more vital and the
leaves have bright cream and green in an appealing mix. I had them for years
as potted plants in my apartments in New England and only discovered the plant's
true self at our former home in Montserrat. Benefits: Yummy, yummy good for the tummy, pothos
ingests formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. Your garage
is likely to be a source of strong formaldehyde fumes, so try to
find a place for the pothos near to your home's entrance to the
I have never had one of these plants, but they are said to be easy to grow. Benefit: This pretty plant rids indoor spaces
This was the first plant I was given as a gift. Upon my graduation
from high school, my uncle gave me a large and glorious blooming
spathiphyllum. I was thrilled. It is a shade lover that grows well
near a window. Keep it routinely moist and keep it away from any
plant loving pets you may have as it is toxic if ingested. Benefit: Amazingly, this gently named plant clears
the air of some extremely dangerous chemicals, among them benzene
and acetone. By the way, if you are one of those people who still
use polish on fingernails or toenails and then use "fingernail
polish remover" or ACETONE to remove it, do so outside where
your second hand acetone won't be killing pets, friends, children
partners. For your loved ones this is even worse than second hand
Plant, Mother-in-Law's TongueSansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'
This is one
of my least liked plants, one I eradicated from all of the
gardens at our former home in Montserrat. I think my dislike
of the plant comes from childhood when my parents delivered pots
of mixed plants to sick and dying relatives and
the hospital. The centerpiece of all of these pots was always one
or two of these snake plants as they are completely indestructible.
Benefits: My mother was a nurse, but how did she
know that the snake plant would provide the patient with additional
oxygen during the night? This is not the usual process for plants.
As if its oxygen producing qualities were not enough, the snake plant
clears the air of benzene and formaldehyde.
Spider plants are lovely especially hung in a sunny window. Given the bright
light of the window and routine watering when the soil is dry the spider plant
will flourish. Benefits: These lovely plants will absorb formaldehyde and
DracaenaDracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'
This is yet another simple to grow household plant. Find a sunny
window and hang a basket of begonias or place a small table in
front of the window with a pot of begonias. Either way your esthetics
will be pleased as this is an easy to grow and appealing flowering
plant. Benefits: The wax begonia plant
is a heavy hitter in filtering out benzene and toluene.
AND RESULTING URTICARIA
have become an increasingly important medical issue over the
years -- maybe it is because of all of the GMO products we consume,
it's because of our interior environmental lifestyles or maybe
it's because of increasing pollution and population density.
Whatever the reason, allergies are now very serious business
than ever before.
of the cause, here are a few options that may help diminish allergic
Regularly consuming parsley may serve as well as or better than
pharmaceutical antihistamines. Its cheaper, too, tastes good
and provides lots of other benefits. Everyone knows about parsley
potatoes, but have you tried sprinkling chopped parsley in
a salad? It's delicious. Buy it organically grown because it
would be difficult to rid commercial parsley of pesticide,
and fungicide residues.
Vitamin E may play a role in reducing allergic responses and sunflower
seeds are not only a dietary treat, but a good source of Vitamin
Water naturally dilutes blood and the histamines it carries that
make you sneeze and wheeze. Try drinking an 8 oz glass of water
on the hour every hour if you are having an allergic reaction
and see how it goes. It's just water so it can't hurt and it
help. My husband has had serious allergies for years and years
and water has been a great help.
in the Now This may sound like a New Age promotional, but it really
does impact your life when what you are feeling and thinking
is related to right now. What do you see, smell, hear? What
are you touching? How is your body arranged? Are you sitting in a
chair? Is the seat soft and are you comfortable? Are you standing
in the sun? Just getting back to attending to your physical
experience of right now will usually be calming. Next think
of the thing that is most important to you right now. Do you
need to do anything about it right now? Your children are at
school, your husband is at work and they are okay. What else
is important? And so on. You'll find yourself feeling almost
silly for having gotten in such a tizzy in the first place.
Now have a cup of tea and get on with the day.
Chamomile tea has long been known to bring on relaxation. For
years it was the go to sleep tea. Now some research has shown
it can reduce anxiety as well. Be a little careful with the
quantity you drink, remembering my golden rule, "some
is good, more isn't better."
Well Your body is as important as your spirit. It requires nutrients
and is reliant on you to provide them. Think about simple balanced
meals, a little protein, some rice or potatoes, and a nice salad
or hot buttered vegetable.
Exercise is just plain good for you. Instead of working out on some horrible
machine at the smelly gym, think about an after work stroll around the neighborhood.
interact with other folks you may know, you'll catch up on what's being done
to who's home, who's got a new car, what's blooming this week and who should
get better control of their pets. All of these little bits of human interaction
are good for you, so get out there and walk. AND, REMEMBER! Walk at a comfortable
pace. You should be able to carry on a conversation as you walk. If you can't,
slow down. It's better for you to walk at a normal pace than to try to achieve
some walker's competition pace. Try to walk about two miles and avoid going
round and round if you can. And, don't forget to stop and chat with your
neighbors when the occasion arises.
For years, garlic was touted as the life saving food -- it cured everything.
Having lost a little of its luster in that department, it is now said to stimulate
the release of serotonin so that you will feel more at ease. Too bad it smells
so awful on your body the next day. Having people avoid you because you stink
can't help with good feelings about yourself.
I include green tea here because I have read that it may reduce anxiety along
with lowering blood pressure and heart rate. I have not found this to be so.
In fact, I had to stop drinking green tea because when I did so, my blood
numbers soared. I liked it as a cool summer drink and you may enjoy it that
way too remembering that not everything works for everyone. Drop 3 or 4 tea
bags into a quart of water and set it on the counter out of the sun. About
8 hours later it will have become tea, no boiling needed.
I have no personal experience with hops which are said to be very bitter, but
with a tranquilizing quality if prepared in a tincture. I personally think
you would be better off having a beer (which has hops) and going off to sleep.
This does wonders for my husband. Did I sayA beer? Yes,
Apparently the long popular scent of lavender had another reason for being apart
from simply smelling good. The scent of lavender may also be soothing to our
nerves thus reducing anxiety. It is pretty harmless and might well be worth a
try. Grow lavender in your garden and place small vases with a few flowering
room. See if you notice any benefits. If not at least each of your rooms will
be a little prettier for your efforts.
This is a relatively powerful herb and should be introduced into your life with
my golden rule in mind "some is good, more isn't better." It is said
to have been used since the middle ages to ease stress and help you sleep.
Meditation Like many cerebral folks the touchy/feeling solutions
of the 60's just didn't do much for me. However, when I attended
on TM (transcendental meditation) of Beetle fame, it sounded
just right. I started it then and it is still a part of my
life. Apparently it has gained recent popularity on Wall
Street, so it might be worth checking out for stress relief.
It works for me and may work for you too.
A few years ago I looked into relaxants because I found myself
almost hyperventilating for no reason I could think of. Valerian
was top on my list and when we traveled
to Miami we bought a couple of little tincture bottles and took them home
to Guatemala. I am always extremely reluctant to take
but my husband isn't. He had trouble sleeping and tried the valerian which
worked like magic. Even with hearing my golden
rule, "some is good, more isn't better" for years, he's more
generous with the valerian than he should be. He goes right to sleep, but
is drowsy all the next day. Maybe it's best to start with a couple of drops
go from there.
On Yahoo I read about a technique for reducing stress the Japanese call, Shinrin-yoku
or "forest bath" a lovely phrase for a simple walk in the woods.
If you are one of the lucky ones and have a nearby forest with an audible running
stream of water go for a walk and I'm sure you'll feel terrific. Who wouldn't?
If you are like
the rest of us a strolling walk taken early in the morning or at your favorite
time of day every day may benefit you in the same way.
We walk every morning at about 6 A.M. through the streets of Panajachel in
Guatemala. It is quiet, the street dogs are still sleeping for the most part.
Taking the same route every day we pass by street vendors setting up their
crafts booths. We all say "buenos días" to each other
and once in a while stop to chat about something. We see other folks out
getting exercise usually
not focusing on the glorious morning and we see a very spry old man by the
lake dock setting
out bicycles for folks coming for the day from the other side of the lake.
If this isn't healthy and relaxing, I don't know what would be.
FOR THE EVER HOPEFUL Remember,
some is good, more is not necessarily better.
grew up in New England and every fall Mom, Dad and the kids would
get in the car with two clean trash cans roped into the trunk
and head out to apple country on the other side of our little state.
Leaves on the trees were changing color, the air was clean and
crisp, Halloween was just a week or two away. We arrived at an
apple farm and headed out to pick apples -- MacIntosh for eating
and RI Greenings for cooking. I always liked eating the Greenings
too. They are hard and sour and delicious. In an afternoon, the
trash cans were full and the back of the car drooped with the weight.
A big, very big, pumpkin was also part of the day's haul as was
caramel corn to keep us kids happy in the back seat on the way
home. I will always love crisp tart freshly picked apples. All
of that sounds delightful, but these days for most of us apples
apple products are highly toxic chemical wastes.
Should you find an organic apple farm where you can pick your
own, these are some of the benefits you may reap.
You can give your children an apple dunking pool for their Halloween
party. Slip quarters into some of the apples and toss
them into a huge tub of clean cold water with a big chunk of ice.
One by one the children are blindfolded, holding their
hands behind their backs they kneel by the tub dunking
to see if they can bite into and hold an apple. Hopefully they'll
get one with a quarter.
2. Bake a pie
3. Bake Apple Crisp
4. Make lots of applesauce and bake a big pork roast with lots
If you can find peanut butter imported from Trinidad and Tobago,
give your kids thick slices of apples spread heavily with crunchy
If you are like me, you'll like it too. This suggestion comes from
my own personal experience with my beloved peanut butter. Several
years ago while living in Guatemala I bought a jar of an imported
brand of peanut butter from the USA. I took just a couple of
spoonfuls and began to experience difficulty breathing. I lay
down and tried to remain calm as we were too far away from any
emergency assistance to be of any help. I stopped eating peanut
butter completely for six years until we found ourselves in Tobago
where locally produced peanut butter is available along with
emergency services. I ate one teaspoon of peanut butter with
no problem, next day I ate two and so on. I realized it wasn't
the peanut butter itself that was a problem for me, but some
residue left on the peanuts when they were made into peanut butter.
are one of the new "super foods." It seems hard to believe
that any of us lived into adulthood without them. Take "berry
mania" with a grain of sugar.
New England, I remember spending whole days in the woods
picking berries -- blueberries, black raspberries and red raspberries
-- and the week or two suffering with poison ivy afterwards.
The gooey itch always seemed to pale in comparison to the joy
of blueberry pie and the delight of raspberry preserves over
the next several months. No matter how determined we were or
how many days we spent picking, the preserve supply always ran
out before the next summer's supply of fruit. Maybe that is what
made the whole experience extra special. Our strawberries
came directly from my grandfather's garden. He and my grandmother
with a huge bowl of strawberries and pint glass bottles of pure
heavy cream to be whipped and Mom had always already made the shortcake.
There was nothing like it.
grew up as healthy kids, but I have
yet to see
than city kids who didn't get to pick berries. Most importantly, ALL
OF THE BERRIES AND BERRY PRODUCTS you
eat should be completely organically grown.
OR BEST IF YOU CAN ONLY EAT SO MUCH
is a very short run down of this vs that in the food realm. My
personal recommendation is to eat what natural foods appeal
to you most. If you think for even a second that eating blueberries
or strawberries is going to change the course of your life then
you are sadly very misguided.
Blueberries vs Strawberries
If you live in a part of the world where strawberries or blueberries
grow wild, go out there in the woods and pick as many as you
can. Bring your children and their cousins and uncles and aunts
and have a wonderful family day all together getting something
terrific for free or almost free. Wild blueberries are something
different than those dime sized things sold in supermarkets and
the same can be said for strawberries. So, have a field day in
the woods going wild with your children. Go home and eat the
bounty of your terrific day.
If you devote more of your finances to purchasing healthy foods dining
on naturally raised chicken and turkey will be good for you. If
you have other preferences in your budget, it won't matter if it
is chicken or turkey. Both are pretty toxic. Remember when you allocate
your budget for healthy food, what it will cost you to recover
from cancer. Maybe that will put clean food costs in perspective.
Something else that might influence your decision making is a drive
through a town home to one of Tyson's chicken processing factories.
The smell alone could make you a vegetarian.
vs Kale vs Collards vs Broccoli Rabe vs Mustard Greens
Green leafy vegetables are good for you and cooked well, they are
also delicious. Buy any one of them only if organically grown because
the pesticide/herbicide/fungicide residues on leafy vegetables
be very high undoing any nutritional benefits they may have.
lived many years in Mexico, black beans top my list of dried
beans. Cubans and other folks eat them cooked whole while
most folks in Mexico eat them pureed which is how I prefer
them as well. Black beans take forever to cook, usually four
or five hours, so we make a day of it and freeze a week's supply
in serving size amounts, usually a quart or so. In Mexico and
in Guatemala as well black beans are considered one of
the healthier beans and I believe it, but there is
some nutritional documentation to support the belief.
Nonetheless, black beans are simply delicious so it is an added
bonus that they are so nutritional. See FLATULENCE below.
folks believe that cranberry juice is helpful in the initial
stages of a bladder infection and that may be true if you can
a source of whole organic pure cranberry juice. Good luck.
Another similar treatment comes from the juice of organically grown
Spanish, flor de Jamaica. These flower petals are sold
by weight in Mexico, but beware many of these flower petals have
been soaked for their flavor and dyed to look as they should. Find
a shop whose owners are trustworthy if you can. Otherwise, grow
your own as we did in Montserrat. It is a beautiful plant. Take
a look at http://www.greengardeningcookingcuring.com/S.html#sorrel
BRAIN FOODS FOR THOSE AGING AND CONCERNED
There are long lists of foods with their chemical benefits
defined for the ever increasing aging population. Until someone
gives you a prescription for something that specifically ails
you, forget about the food list and eat healthfully. Dine on
lots of organic fruits and veggies, lean organically raised meats
and freshly caught ocean fish if you live by the ocean (if not
skip it). Avoid eating in restaurants whenever possible. Avoid
eating "prepared foods" whenever possible. Think that everything
you put in your body is going to give you a longer and healthier
life. That will help you avoid the stuff for which that just
Bloating is a word I first heard in college from young women each
of whom seemed to have the problem once a month. I was lucky and
never knew what it was till much later in life when I encountered
amoebas in Mexico. This was abdominal swelling beyond anything
those young college women could have dreamed about. Folks in the
market where I shopped almost every day even asked with warm hearted
smiles if I were preggers! So, there are lots of sources of the
problem and appropriate solutions as well.
define bloating as well as we can. I think of it as uncomfortable
swelling below the waistline sometimes accompanied by cramping,
gas, constipation or the reverse. If you have a short term problem,
maybe a week or two, check in with your local pharmacist for some
suggestions or give the doctor that has known you for a while a
call to see what she would suggest. If the problem persists, definitely
check in with your doctor.
here are some things that may help out.
of the vegetables you may eat, along with organic only milk and
organic milk products like yogurt and natural cheeses contain
more than enough calcium in your diet. Stay away from those nasty
non calcium rich things like that greezy orange glop called "cheeze
whiz" or the firmer but still toxic "velveeta." As
a young woman I was in love with milk and never experienced monthly
cramps or bloating. I thought the other young women in my college
dorm were just looking for attention. I figured that since menstruation
had been occurring in the human woman for millennia the disabling
symptoms these young women were experiencing would have eliminated
them by natural selection.
chewing organic fennel seeds. Take a teaspoon of them and chew
until they're comfortable to swallow. Not only will this give
you sweet smelling breath, it may also relieve you of your bloating
problem. My husband swears by fennel so I grow it in the garden
and collect the seeds. It is a very appealing plant.
Fiber is now much touted as some sort of health savior, but on the down side
apparently fiber can also impact negatively on your digestive system, sort
of freezing up or speeding up the normal flow of things. So what do you do?
Begin eating some vegetables if you haven't done so before. One of the easiest
and least scary is to grab a bag of frozen sweet corn at the supermarket.
Take it home, cook it according to package directions, drain it and pour
it in a wide bowl. Slice nice generous sizes of butter (not margarine) and
place over the top of the corn. Top with freshly ground black pepper and
a bit of salt. Grab a spoon and you've got a fiber filled treat that not
many of us will under appreciate. For those of you for whom this is a new
concept, consider making a pot of mashed potatoes as an accompaniment for
the corn. Or for those who aren't fans of corn, consider a bag of frozen
baby peas. Even most children love peas. From the corn and peas regime it
is pretty easy to move on to other vegetables you may like even more.
Sage is said to have many healthful properties one of which is as a digestive
aid. Though I love the flavor of sage, I have terrible digestive responses
to eating it so I have a hard time suggesting that any one else give it a
try. Don't misread me, I love the flavor of sage and when Thanksgiving turkey
stuffing comes around every year, I succumb and later suffer happily, well
maybe not happily, but not in a way that would make me give it up next year.
Water straight out of the tap (except in West Virginia) is probably a good alternative
to the other liquids you may normally ingest -- sodas, questionable fruit
juices loaded with artificial colors, flavorings, GMO corn syrup sweeteners
and preservatives (all on the short list), pesticide laden teas, decorated
coffees, bottled waters, hormone laden milk with an additional dose of antibiotics
and of course who knows what GMO genes incorporated from the foods cows eat.
Yikes, get a good water filter and drink lots of water.
This is something almost everyone suggests, but I have never
found it helpful. It may be for someone who has had an
antibiotic regime over a few weeks but
that hasn't been my experience. If you want to give it a try, choose organic
plain yogurt and flavor it yourself also with something organic. You don't
need a special yogurt, just something produced without hormone/antibiotic
PRESSURE AND HEART RELATED PROBLEMS
has become an increasingly important problem as we have aged
and gained weight. Medications are readily available,
but for men there
is at least one decided downside. I don't know the downsides
remember speaking with heart specialists about my response to
medication and I remember the response. "I've never heard of
Hearing it from me didn't seem to overcome their resistance to a
patient speaking critically of a long established medication. Actually,
my side effect was considered by one specialist to be an indication
that I had diabetes and out came the prescription pad. I edged quietly
out of the office and headed home determined to solve the problem
myself. Here is what I found.
buy yourself a good quality blood pressure meter. I use a cuff
monitor that cost under $100 and it has been reliable and accurate
for a few years. Next buy a notebook and pen and track your daily
blood pressure AM, afternoon, PM. As well, track what you have
eaten or had to drink. Lastly track what activities you engaged
in -- did you swim or walk? Did you get together with friends?
Did you do volunteer work? In a couple of months you will have
a very good idea of what affects your blood pressure in a beneficial
way and a good log to show to your doctor should you need to
pursue a medical alternative in addition to changing aspects
of your life style.
URTICARIA For so many people urticaria has become a life altering
itch disease. Pharmaceutical solutions with over the counter antihistamines
not solved the problem, but in some ways exacerbated the
problems of the disorder. Being a sufferer myself lends me some
credibility on this. While living in Guatemala I became horribly
itchy, enough so that I would awaken itching at 4 AM go to my office
with a bag of ice on my head and a bucket of ice water for my feet.
Intermittently I moved the ice bag on my head to my hands, but
all the while
I felt like screaming. Most of the antihistamines on the market
raise blood pressure which at the time was a concern of mine though
after a few years I did try a 3rd generation antihistamine, ®Zyrtec,
taking 1/2 pill once a week. Despite my caution in using this over
the counter drug, my husband felt he was losing me as I apparently
was becoming a different person. I did finally find a solution
in using ®Solarcaine which is a lidocaine based over the counter
solution for skin irritations.
in Chile this year (2019) we spoke with a homeopathic doctor
who gave us a recommended medicine for the problem. IT WORKED
and I no longer have to wear an ice hat or to slather myself
with ®Solarcaine's lidocaine. After some years of intense
suffering from the eternal itch, I no longer even think about
this, here are some guidelines I'd recommend.
Yes, Do All the Things the Health Experts Suggest
lower your alcohol consumption if you are a heavy drinker, get
on a regular basis and lose weight if you are heavier than you should
I have found this to be exceptionally helpful in
lowering my peculiar form of high blood pressure (high in the morning/low
in the afternoon and evening). I make a tea of
fresh ginger with a bit of sugar (use honey if you prefer) and when
my pressure is especially high, I have a half cup. Within ten to
twenty minutes my pressure is down anywhere from 10 to 20 points.
Ginger tea isn't going to kill you with side effects so have another
if your pressure remains higher than you think it should be.
I was growing this in my garden and began to use
it in quantity on baked fish. What I discovered was that my heart
rate slowed when I ate the dill. Try it and see for yourself.
can't imagine the chocolate industry hasn't had something to
do with funding of and finding the remarkable health improvements
that can now be attributed to chocolate -- think the Koch brothers
of cacao. But even if all of the industry funded research is
bogus, chocolate is delightful so eat it and enjoy life. You'll
live longer for having done so.
Keep an eye on your intake of potassium; eating
a banana or a couple of ripe red tomatoes should do the trick.
Keep the other
eye on your intake of magnesium; eating clams
or dark leafy vegetables every day should do the trick.
Walnuts and pistachios are also said to have a beneficial effect
on high blood pressure.
I recently read that dandelions, leaves and
roots, can be beneficial as a diuretic in helping your body reduce
its sodium content without
losing other beneficial blood components. Sodium has a tendency to
constrict blood vessels which raises blood pressure so reducing it
is probably a good idea. I haven't tried this myself, but it seems
like a good idea. Try it in a tea or make a salad.
Fresh pineapple may also aid in reducing high
blood pressure, though I haven't noticed the affect myself.
Would you believe raisins are now being touted
as beneficial in lowering blood pressure. One quarter cup of
raisins three times a day was the suggested remedy based on the
potassium in raisins. Remember though potassium is pretty
readily available in a lot of foods -- tomatoes, potatoes and
bananas to name just a few.
Most importantly, if your blood pressure is not controlled well
diet and medicine revisit
your doctor and ask questions.
Don't let her get away with moving you along without doing
something to solve the problem.
your blood tested and if there is a problem talk with your
doctor to get her recommendations.
Ask her if before you opt for a prescription medication if
it will be safe for you to try some of these ideas.
all prepared foods, bagged snacks, carbonated artificially flavored
beverages, diet beverages and excessive alcohol intake will
all be a good beginning. Losing as many artificial ingredients as
possible from your diet won't hurt either. Opt whenever you can for
organic fruit, organic vegetables and whole
beans, brown rice
lentils. Think about a nice range fed steak on the grill with a huge
baked Idaho potato with 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter and a scoop
of additive free sour cream. The thought of that should help you
move easily down the aisle of bagged junk food heading toward the
fresh foods section of your supermarket. Think about eggs
topped with melted swiss cheese for breakfast with rye toast
and leave the instant breakfast options behind.
These are super suppliers of magnesium and potassium and truly just pure joy.
Artichokes are something I would recommend you to eat even if they weren't
beneficial nutritionally. The sheer pleasure of an artichoke has to be one
of the healthiest things you can do with food.
Low in calories and rich in flavor bok choy also provides
a healthy dose of calcium which may help in bone building.
Best of all it is easy to grow and very quick
to mature so you could have a couple of planters on your patio supply you with
a twice a week supply for stir fried dinners.
If I hear even one more word about the miraculous qualities of these fruits
I'll scream. If you like them, eat them; it won't hurt.
Cauliflower, Kale, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
Just one serving of about a cup of any of these veggies will provide you with
hefty amounts of calcium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
And not to be left out of this cup's nutritional bounty you'll also get lots
of vitamins A, C and K. Of course you'll get more benefits from nutrients we've
never heard of, but I think enough is enough on the let's promote broccoli
circuit. And, remember, none of these vegetables improve with overcooking.
Think al dente and you might find they taste a whole lot better than you remember.
I always think of leeks as an essential Irish food, because for years I only
knew of potato and leek soup. It was delicious especially as it was always
served with fresh chopped parsley, slices of a great bread and lots of fresh
butter. As I developed in the kitchen over time, I have come to love leek
pie and I've
leeks to lots of other dishes. They grow well in the garden though they take
a long time relative to onions. Still, I think the flavor they impart is
unique and worth the wait. Along with the taste treat they'll supply you
with thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin, calcium and potassium.
These are best known as digestive aids (ho ho ho) but they
may also assist in calcium absorption.
A cup of spinach cooked or twice that raw will give you ample amounts
of vitamin K, along with minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium
and zinc. Spinach is one of the most adaptable vegetables and the salads
terrific so try to eat it as often as possible -- spinach
omelet or souffle, spinach toasts as appetizers, or maybe
chopped cooked spinach tossed in pasta with parmesan. That should
be enough to get your mouth watering for this delicious super food.
Remember, only buy it organically grown or grow it yourself.
CARES IF ITS GOOD FOR YOU, IT'S DELICIOUS!
Absorption of commonly available calcium may be linked with your intake of less
common dietary sources of vitamin D. It seems the two work together to keep
us healthy, especially working on bone strength, nerve health and maybe even
blood pressure. Many foods contain calcium -- oily fish, dark leafy greens
and other deep green vegetables like broccoli, fresh oranges, figs, and apricots,
nuts and seeds, and of course dairy products. Whenever possible, opt for
lots of fresh home cooked vegetables, organic corn tortillas, and then snack
on sunflower seeds while enjoying a glass of non-hormonally enhanced milk.
With that diet you'll probably do just fine.
you are ever diagnosed with cancer it is important to pay attention
to the fuels you put in your body -- food and fluids.
Once you are diagnosed with cancer it becomes even more important
to pay attention to the fuels you put in your body -- food and fluids.
Many different foods have been touted as cancer fighting and we
are told which foods to eat to fight which cancers.
I watched my dearest friend ride this roller coaster for seventeen
and it broke my heart.
that being said what follows is a list of foods and activities
you may want to look into. If you don't
want to get cancer, think about going organic for all of your fruits
If you have cancer, do not eat anything that is not organically
produced. Your body has enough of a fight on its hands.
Foods to Consider
I actually read an article written by a professional nutritionist
who recommended eating beans from a can. Never, never,
ever do that. Cook them yourself or eat something else.
Berries, especially strawberries, are pretty toxic. Eat organically
produced berries or don't eat them at all. Better yet, go out
to the woods with your children if you have some or with lots
of friends during berry season. Make a day of collecting berries
and an evening of enjoying dinner and good company.
Nuts -- Good luck on this one. See for instance the
innocent sounding Australian nut PR company Nuts for Life.
Creepy I think, but probably very profitable.
This is now a GMO food in Guatemala and is probably soon to
arrive or already being sold in the US supermarkets. I don't
know what the incorporated genes are and neither do you. Why
Buy it organically
grown or don't buy it or eat it.
Coffee -- Drink it if you like it.
This has been touted for years as the great life saver. I
think it may even have been the first of the food producers
public relations promotions. As for cancer, check the rates
of cancer of folks who live in California and compare them
to the folks who live in places where garlic is not considered
a food group, maybe Italy.
Spinach is delicious and it is extremely versatile in how it
can be prepared -- salads to omelets to souffles, to sautes
and rice. BUT, spinach is a leafy green that insects love too.
So eat only organically grown spinach.
The tomato is supposed to be a great fighter of endometrial/uterine
cancer. I don't even know what endometrial is. This is another
long list of things to buy organically grown. I suspect
a lot of the super beautiful tomatoes in the market
GMO tests. I grow my own. If you are going to eat tomatoes, buy
them organically grown and never eat them from a can. Buy prepared
tomato products only in glass containers.
Walnuts are delicious if a little bitter, but it is unlikely
are as yet GMO. I don't know if they are pesticide and herbicide
and fungicide loaded by the time they get to the supermarket.
Watercress -- If you can find a clean stream of water in today's
world, enjoy watercress. It is delicious. I don't personally
Live as cleanly as possible without becoming obsessed. One dietary
or behavioral misstep is not going to appreciably change your life
or your health.
1. Filter your tap water
It is likely that water from your tap is as clean or cleaner as that you buy
at the supermarket and you have the added benefit of avoiding all of the
the plastic bottles into the water. Get a good filter, maybe a ®Brita which
we have used. Filter your water and store it in a glass container, not plastic.
In fact toss the plastic containers you have in your kitchen. Take a trip
to the local Goodwill and buy lots of old glass or stainless steel containers
or things that will work as containers.
Pull up to "Full Service"
Have someone else fill your gas tank,
preferably someone wearing a Hepa filter.
Never Grill with Processed Charcoal Do not ever use processed
charcoal like ®Kingsford. Find a local source of natural charcoal
that steak on the grill, toss it in rosemary and
it over. Let it rest like that for about an hour and then give
it to the grill. Maybe this will help and it probably can't hurt.
Drink Only Clean Water
lots of clean water if you can find it.
Buy bottled water from a service that produces, stores and
delivers it in glass
Avoid plastic bottles like the plague unless you have no choice.
Try to avoid distilled water or reverse
osmosis water as these may increase the likelihood of acid indigestion
which you certainly don't need. Try to drink at least a quart
or two of water liquids a day -- that includes tea and coffee,
and all the other natural liquids you consume.
Exercise Like a Natural Being Would
you jump in that monster
SUV to go to the supermarket, think about walking. When
you get to the office, park at the far end of the lot and walk. I'm
not a great fan of walking up stairs as I blew my knees and hips
doing just that in a beautiful 5th floor walkup on Beacon Hill in
Boston. I wash by hand all of our clothes so I have great muscles
in my back and never have a backache after doing two 12 pound machine
loads by hand -- towels and sheets included. Needless to say I have
that clothes drying system that made someone rich, a clothes
6. Eliminate Pesticides from Your Life
Skip the folks who come to
your house to kill roaches on a regular basis. The stuff they
advice to a good friend who had a new grandchild visiting and
she actually took me up on it. As it turned out, she didn't have
roaches for the next several years and maybe the child won't
7. Live with Only Natural Fibers Buy natural fiber clothes whenever
possible so that they can be washed, not dry cleaned. Many clothes
clean only." I always see those labels as a suggestion. I go ahead
and wash and rinse the clothes often in a dish detergent rather
than a clothes detergent and I've had very good luck. Dry
cleaning is a chemical process using some pretty nasty chemical
possible. If you have the perfect dress or suit that has to be
dry cleaned, do so and leave it outside for a few days to diminish
the chemicals before you wear it. Skip the dry cleaner whenever
possible; you will be saving lives, theirs and yours. AND while
we're on the subject, think about avoiding fire retardant clothing
for your children. They don't need to have cancer either.
8. Lose the Cell Phone
If you have a cell phone, tape a message
on it saying, "for emergencies only." That's how they
were first marketed
a good idea even to me. Don't give your number to anyone but your
immediate family (husband, wife, life partner, dependent children).
If you make one call a day, that is overuse unless you are prone
to serious emergencies.
9. Avoid Exposure to Direct and Indirect Sun
Use a good sunscreen
on all exposed skin, usually face and forearms, every day of the
year. While you
are battling cancer stay off the beach or better yet begin to enjoy
romantic night time swims. These I highly recommend.
10. Lose the Mammograms
Do some serious thinking about the advantages
and disadvantages of mammograms. Talk with your doctor and your
think that any test that tests the pain threshold of my breasts
isn't good for them. I had one. That was enough.
11. Lose the Supplements Unless your physician is against it, stop
taking supplements. If you are eating a diet rich in natural foods
why would you want pills?
12. Avoid Medical Tests Talk with your doctor about any tests she
recommends. Ask what the benefit will be of the information she may
get and what are
the medical risks involved. Avoid CT scans and all exposure to
radiation when ever you can, including at the dentist's.
13. Lose Weight
Lose excess weight if you can. Set yourself a weight
loss goal and make achieving it a reason to go on. It may well
AND OTHER FOOD ADDITIVES
read somewhere long ago about why cheddar cheese is orange.
What I learned was that in American colonial times, milk farms
produced milk that varied in color because of the weeds and wild
growing in the grassy fields where cows grazed. To solve the
problem folks making cheese added carrot juice to the milk
to make sure that all the cheese they made was of the same color.
Who would have guessed that cheese processors in colonial times
were as committed to fooling consumers as they are today. These
days orange cheddar cheese has turned into the soft glop called
cheeze whiz and the hardened glop called velveeta. Neither resemble
food and all contact should be avoided.
story of food modification comes from England, where they have
gone into the lab and created the best chicken broth you will
ever have tasted no matter how old you are or what pure ingredients
nor what organically raised chicken you used. This stuff is incredible.
Sadly when you read the label, not one ingredient is a food you
recognize, not even citric acid. Everything is a truly chemical
creation and they did an excellent job if tasting something in
your mouth is the only important feature of food. McDonalds, and
other American fast food companies have done the same, but our
labeling laws are much more lax.
Truths to Live Better By
FDA Is Not Working on our Behalf
Folks at the management level of the FDA are hired or appointed
from the food industry. They are not working on the public's
much less than half of their former salaries in industry. They
are working on behalf of industry and will return to industry
after a few years of making mischief with our food while managing
the FDA. This is not the place for my tirade against the
will recommend a few things you might be interested in learning
Added to Food in the United
States Caution: This list is downright scary!
Definitions As in, what constitutes white flour? If
white flour it does not have to be listed as an ingredient. As
I recall, white flour has about 80 ingredients that may be added,
but that do not have to be listed because they "constitute" white
flour. White flour as you can well imagine is just an inkling of
the the dirty bits the FDA is responsible for endorsing. Remember
Additives to Think About
Aspartame The names of artificial sweeteners containing aspartame can sound almost
appealing. Who would object to Equal if all it does in equal sugar. And doesn't
nutritional? Neither of these is at all good for you and both should be avoided.
If you want your food sweetened do it more naturally with non-GMO cane sugar
This chemical is a "dough conditioner" that may lurk
in breads and other dough products. Avoid it and you and your
loved ones may never have asthma.
It is not always labeled as an ingredient so watch out for chain restaurant
dough products like sandwich rolls, bagels and hamburger buns.
Actually you shouldn't
be eating in these places anyway if you have any regard for your health.
Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
These two chemicals are used to give a longer shelf life to foods
containing oil, foods that otherwise might become rancid. That
makes them very beneficial to the food industry, but not at all
beneficial for you. The cancer causing nature of
these two is known to the US Dept of Health and Human Services, but has been
ignored by the FDA so they are still in our food. These are chemicals that
can't even be easily pronounced which seems
a good guideline
You and I can easily make caramel coloring at home from sugar,
but when industry adds ammonia to the process they end up
with some things are are already proven
to cause cancer. The FDA has done nothing to regulate this. Read labels carefully
on soft drinks like Coke, on soy sauce and stuffing mixes among other products
sold openly in your supermarket. If you read the words "caramel coloring" put
it back on the shelf and look for another treat.
This red food coloring is made from powdered cochineal beetles.
If used it will be on the label because some people are very
highly allergic to it.
This glop comes from the processing of seaweed which sounds like it should
be healthy. It isn't. Carrageenan
can cause problems in your digestive tract that may even become
permanent. It is used to make products smooth and creamy so be
a little more vigilant in reading the labels of all foods with
that quality, like soy milk, cheese, almond milk and even some
Castoreum — This
presumably enhances the flavor of vanilla mostly in dessert items
from ice cream to cookies. Usually labeled a "natural flavoring"
Castoreum actually is, even though the source may not be so appealing.
It is made from the anal secretions of beavers. Yum!
Coloring -- This is a tough one because we've all come
to believe that the color of our food is really its color. Usually
Food dyes alter our food in many ways, some of them even visually
attractive which is the point, right? The down side is that many
of these dyes contain dangerous chemicals, even those proven
to cause cancer. Okay, it's your kids birthday and you have to
decorate the cake the children will love. How about making an
additive free cake and decorating it creatively with cutouts
of organic dried fruits? Or make it pink with beet juice. Buy
two organic beets, cut them in half and cook them in only a cup
of water adding a little more if needed. Cook the juice a bit
until it is concentrated and there you have it -- organic red
dye. Freeze any left over in an ice cube tray for the future
or share them with friends, especially those that have children.
Vegetable Protein (HVP)
to enhance the flavor of less than flavorful food would you be
surprised it contains MSG? Don't be; it does. And think about
this. Do you really want to be eating second rate old tasteless
food that contains a chemical that fools your brain into thinking
it tastes good? Remember the phrase "garbage in, garbage out?"
This lovely substance is made from fish bladders and is used
to clarify wine and beer, though you won't find it on the label.
Cow horns, feathers and human hair contribute this little goody
to our food supply. It is used to extend the life of baked goods.
Lecithin is an emulsifier; it takes big things and makes them
small. It is used to smooth foods which may not be as pleasant
in the mouth as they are after adding lecithin. Chocolate is
a good example.
These chemicals are ideal in preserving cheaply and poorly prepared
cured meats -- bacon, ham, hot dogs, baloney, etc. Now think
about a naturally
hog leg in Italy. It becomes prosciutto which is delicious
and has no additives. In
to be refrigerated. If you cannot find additive free organically
prepared cured meats, think about greatly reducing your exposure
or give them up entirely.
Procter & Gamble's fat substitute is infamous for diarrhea which
is the least of its malicious characteristics. Read the labels
on your junk food to see if olestra is there.
These are preservatives frequently used in cosmetics, but they
are also being used in commercial breads and pastries and
maybe even in some processed meats. You shouldn't be eating
this stuff anyway, but parabens add another feature creating
hormone problems in women and in men. Next time you reach for
one of those mass produced pastries, think is eating it worth
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil This is an oil that has an added hydrogen molecule, making it something
other than food. In fact what it should then be called is TRANS FAT something
you should not be eating because it isn't even food. Think about oxygen in
the air we breathe. It's formula is O2, but add a little carbon with a formula
and it becomes carbon dioxide, not something you want to be breathing.
This is one of the dozens of chemical additives that constitute
flour (see above Food Definitions). Eliminate this unnecessary
exposure to a cancer causing substance
as have the health departments in many more developed countries than
As we all know, accurate food labeling is a big problem for the
FDA and this instance is no exception. The drug ractopamine is
used in pig farming to significantly increase
the growth rate of pigs. It has been banned in the EU, Russia and China for its
damaging affects on humans. It has those effects on pigs too,
but they aren't talking. The FDA has a budget of about 4.4 BILLION
DOLLARS a year. You and I pay that amount from our taxes and
I don't think we're getting much in return.
Initially the FDA required labeling on products containing saccharin, only
to reverse that ruling in 2000 eliminating label warnings. Sadly they didn't
eliminate the health risks too. Don't eat or drink anything containing saccharin.
These won't harm you if you aren't allergic. If you are, you may face death
by something as innocent as supermarket cookies. Read labels carefully if
you are allergic to anything.
touted as the cure all for whatever may ail you, it would probably
be good to remember that chocolate was a product of Mexico. It
to Europeans and others until after the conquest of Mexico in the
16th century. Still,
people lived without ever having heard of it and they didn't get
cancer or alzheimers. And, we did have some real stars
like Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, who lived their entire
lives without it and of course without quinoa, potatoes, tomatoes
and more and they did just fine. When hearing the "touters
of nutrition," it's always good to keep your
years and years I whistled in the wind telling friends
to eat whole eggs because the whites of eggs contain natural
lecithin, something that breaks down and smoothes out fats. Check
candy bar wrappers to confirm this tidbit of information. I
was also saying that butter, a natural substance, was better
for them than vegetable oil with an added molecule of hydrogen
which changed it from a healthy liquid food to a hard non-food.
Remember those cans of ®Crisco on your mother's pantry
shelf. That "food" would last into the new millennium
and more, because
it wasn't food.
the food industry journalists are talking about the size of cholesterol
tidbits -- small is bad, big is better. Let's eat naturally
and stop worrying about what the food industry sponsored researchers
and journalists have to say.
remember years ago bumping into a companion passenger on a
flight from somewhere to somewhere else. She was returning
from a few years of her life in The Philippines I think and
remarked on how astronomically high her cholesterol was. Laughingly
everyone in the
country had the same problem because they used coconut oil
pretty much for everything. She didn't seem concerned.
later my husband and I were staying at a little hotel in Bucerias
just north of Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
The owner was a tall charming English
Mexican fellow who had an advanced degree in his field and enjoyed
an upper level career in agriculture in Mexico. He touted the
that one could essentially live off the coconut palm, explaining
the benefits of the coconut at its varying stages of ripening.
It was fascinating stuff.
its health benefits, coconut is delicious in all of its many
from macaroons incorporating shredded fresh or
dried coconut meat to the coconut milk that makes piña
colada dreams. If you live in a warm climate, you can easily grow
a couple of coconut palms. They don't take much space and don't
provide much unwanted shade. Just a couple of trees will be plenty
for most families.
This light tasting treat is loaded to potassium. One cup will equal
A sweet alternative to cows milk, it comes from a mature coconut,
one that is brown and dry to the touch. It is almost as beneficial
to you as coconut water in its potassium content.
This is the stuff of dreams and piña coladas.
Usually available in markets already shredded and ready for those
macaroons or coconut cake. When you live in a hot climate, it
is especially wonderful to eat in chunks cold from the refrigerator.
research results have concluded that drinking coffee will benefit
you in a slew of ways. You will be less depressed, your
sperm (if you have them) will swim faster, you may have fewer instances
of the least dangerous skin cancers and it isn't physically addictive.
All that being said, just try enjoying your coffee. Your pleasure
will probably the most healthful result.
also say it is wise to clean your automatic coffee maker's water
tub frequently as it may be a good source of relatively unpleasant
bacteria. Try leaving the top open right after use so it dries out
quickly. Removing the container of coffee grounds while still hot
will also probably be beneficial to your health. The best thing
you could do would be to look for a porcelain drip basin over a
porcelain container and boiling your water on the stove in a stainless
There aren't any,
but some things can help. Try this.
Cook an organically raised chicken in water to cover with a peeled
a big bunch of organic parsley, and a medium sized peeled whole
organic onion. Cook it with the top off. Pour yourself a big bowl
of broth with some of the boned chicken. Add the juice of 1/2
pull up the covers and read a junk novel. You'll be right as rain
the next day.
In this "study" I read, they speak about
a cold being an infection. It isn't. It's a virus. Antibiotics
don't work and neither will yogurt.
COOKED OR RAW
Recently there has been a lot in the "natural" press about the benefits
of raw foods, especially juiced raw foods. While the touting of the
benefits of raw foods runs rampant, those of us who have eaten natural
foods from the garden for decades have to give it all a nod and a
wink. No, cooked food isn't going to "save your life" and neither
is a diet of raw foods. Try to relax a bit and eat what you like
in the way you like. I've eaten pounds and pounds of al dente broccoli
with lots of melted butter and I'm none the worse for it. If it
helped me out along the way, I say many thanks. Meanwhile the industry
sponsored nutritionists have done studies to demonstrate the benefits
of raw vs cooked vegetables
Asparagus -- Cooked
Cooking asparagus is supposed to increase its cancer fighting
potential, but who would eat it raw except when in the garden
Beets -- Raw
Cooked beets lose a bit of their nutritive value, but they taste
great. Raw beets are also a treat, but supposedly also give you
a few more benefits. I have a macaroni salad recipe that calls
for grated raw beets and it it delicious though its appearance
is rather purple. It is one of those foods we eat and enjoy,
but don't offer to dinner guests.
Broccoli -- Raw
Gosh, heating broccoli diminishes something other than taste. Who
would worry? This is not to say that raw broccoli isn't delicious.
It should be a great part of salad when ever the mood strikes.
Mushrooms -- Cooked
Truthfully I love raw mushrooms. My husband though has seen me
reacting to raw mushrooms a few times and would always favor
cooking them. Sorry to say I'm beginning to get on his side about
this. One good argument for those like me is that cooked mushrooms
are supposed to be more healthful.
Onions -- Raw
I'm one of those folks who just can't abide even the smell of raw
onions and I believe anything that makes you cry can't be good.
So, cook your onions and eat tons of them as I do.
Spinach -- Cooked
Spinach should always be picked fresh from your organic garden
or bought at the organic market. If so, delight in a fresh young
spinach salad and as the season moves on cook your spinach and
enjoy it in dozens of meals.
Tomatoes -- Cooked
I have a tomato fetish so I'll eat them fresh from the garden or
cooked and home canned. Either way, raw or cooked, I think tomatoes
If you have a persistent cough or any trouble breathing,
consider buying an air purifier. They aren't expensive considering
the benefit of breathing easier. I have one running right this moment
as I write these words. I love them.
This is something my husband swears by, but doesn't seem to work well for me.
The only lozenge I ever found soothing is slippery elm.
Filters Check the condition of the filters in your heating and cooling
systems. Most folks don't ever think about this and most would be disgusted
by what they find when they do. When we are staying more than a day
in a hotel, my husband always removes and cleans the filters if there
is an in room heating/cooling device.
Being super hydrated when you have a cough or cold will loosen mucus making it
easier for you to get rid of it.
I haven't yet tried ginger as a cough and cold medicine because truly I so rarely
get colds. I have found it to be wonderful for some other health problems so
maybe it will help. Make a tea by peeling and slicing about 1 fat thumb size
piece of ginger added to 2 or 3 cups of water. Simmer it uncovered for about
20 minutes or a half hour. Pour it through a strainer into your favorite mug
and add a little honey to sweeten it a bit. Ginger can be very peppery at times
and the honey takes the edge off. Any tea left over can be refrigerated and reheated
Honey, Lemon and Rum
One of the nicest cough suppressants and relaxants I've ever
known is this simple recipe. It seems to work like a charm
so you can
get some rest and be back up to speed. Take the juice of one
lemon, 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey and 3/4 cup of water and
bring to a simmer. When it is hot, add 1/4 cup of rum or
less to taste,
stir and pour it into a big mug. I know it has alcohol, but
and years all cough medicines had alcohol and many cold remedies
as well. It probably was the only "healthy" ingredient.
Crush 2 teaspoons of French thyme leaves and steep them in a cup
of boiling water in your teapot. After 10 minutes it's ready
and you can add a little lemon and honey to make it just right.
Those last two ingredients will serve you well too.
DIETING AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
weight gain with red wine"
is one you are going to love as I did.
Perdue University is on the hook for this one. They found that
red wine works on fat cells in some magical way. Who do you
for this "study?"
is big business in the world today. Folks
make money writing about it. Companies make money selling diet
foods. Professors make money doing research. Companies make money
selling exercise machines.
Trainers make money making you sweat. Doctors make money sewing
up tummies. Doctors make money doing liposuction operations. Reporters
make money talking about all of the other folks making money. You
see what I'm saying about dieting being big business, right?
always thought of my body as something of a machine. Food goes
in, activity goes on using the food and wastes go out. Think
of a fireplace if you are having trouble with the idea. Wood
goes in and burns creating heat. Ash is left over and discarded.
Here's the tricky part. If your fire is not well managed, a lot
of the wood is leftover along with the ash. Think of the left
over as fat and you'll get the idea.
does all of that mean? It means if you are tall you get to eat
more than someone who is short. If you are young and active you
get to eat more than someone who is older and not very active.
And, of course there are individual differences which affect
the ways our bodies use the fuel we give it. Especially important
is the quality of fuel we are ingesting. Nutritionists give us
targets to aim for like men get to eat x calories a day and women
get to eat x-2 calories a day. That works for the average man
and the average woman, but does it work for all of us?
you are heavier than you would like to be here are some starting
Get an A to Z calorie counting book and a notebook.
For two weeks day by day write down everything you eat and drink.
At the end of the day, weigh yourself and write that down. Next
look up each item and write down how many calories did each item
the end of two weeks, you'll have a good average of the calories
you are consuming and the weight you are gaining or losing.
Next look over that list of food, consider what foods
are most important to you and what foods you might consider not
eating anymore. Try not eating those less interesting foods for a week
still keeping your daily log of foods eaten and weight. Is it
working, are you losing a pound a week? Remember one pound a
week is more than 50 pounds a year.
Go for a walk. Walk at a speed that is comfortable and enjoyable,
a speed at which you could chat with a friend who is walking
with you. Do not walk until you are exhausted, just comfortably
tired. Do that for a week and then walk another couple of blocks
for a week and see how that feels. Doing it this way, I got up
to two miles a day and felt terrific.
Never, never eat food you don't want.
In India there is an after dinner mix called Mukhwas served to freshen the breath
and improve digestion. One of its typical ingredients is fennel seed and for
good reason. Fennel seed seems to work its wonders primarily in the intestines,
relieving us of gas and the cramps it can cause. Chew about a teaspoon a day
and see how it works for you. My husband swears by it and always has sweet
breath. If you have a garden, fennel is lovely. Take
a look at the fennel in the garden.
my husband swears by the utility of a short term diarrhea diet,
most of us would like to get on with our lives without this
unattractive malady. Many folks recommend eating very lightly
and only very
neutral foods, like dry toast. I'm more in favor of eating
normally, but adding rice to the mid day and evening meals. It
is easy on
the system, but more importantly it seems to slow things down
so your body can recover its digestive balance. And, it can do
without adding any commercial curative chemicals.
I would think that eggs make a ludicrous joke of commercial researchers and
nutritionists who for years told us to eat whites only as the cholesterol
in eggs was
going to shorten our lives. At the same time natural food folks were talking
about the lecithin in eggs which maybe neutralizes the cholesterol issue.
Now commercial researchers and
nutritionists are touting whole eggs as good food for a myriad of complaints
and I am wondering who is paying for the "research" this
any case, eggs taste great and that's got to improve your mood,
right? Remember whenever possible to buy organic eggs to reduce
the incidental hormones and antibiotics in regular eggs.
POISONOUS FOODS WE EAT
Seeds and Pits
Hydrogen cyanide is not an uncommon natural chemical found in foods that we eat.
Seeds and fruit pits from apples, pears, mangos, peaches, apricots, nectarines,
and cherries all contain a toxin called amygdalin that can become hydrogen cyanide.
Symptoms may include a wide range of uncomfortable and potentially life threatening
issues -- headaches, seizures, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure and heart
rate. REMEMBER -- NOT ALL SEEDS ARE GREAT TO EAT!!
Should you be so inclined to eat raw kidney beans, think again. They contain
lectin, a poison that apparently can greatly annoy your stomach. So, soak your
kidney beans over night and drain and rinse them before cooking them up for your
best home made chile.
Lima beans are delicious and very nutritious, but they also may offer you something
called limarin that will cause a very real and unpleasant digestive upset.
Cook them well and if you're adding them to a stew or something like that don't
add the water in which they were cooked.
Potatoes these days are pretty old and experienced by the time you find them
in the supermarket. They've been irradiated and whatever else creepy to keep
them looking good. So, pick them carefully so they look good to your eye
and AVOID any that have a green tint. These have been exposed to light which
interacts with the potato to form solanine a poison that may give you diarrhea
and vomiting for a little while. So, if you see a potato looking green around
the gills, toss it. It is just not worth getting sick over a potato. Look
what it did to the Irish! Always store your spuds in a dark, cool and airy
Stalks of the lovely rhubarb plant are incredibly delicious cooked
with sugar until soft, cooled and pooled over yogurt or vanilla
ice cream. I'm not even going to mention strawberry rhubarb pie.
BUT, never never ever eat the leaves or any other part of the
plant. They contain oxalic acid which even in small amounts can
make you very sick on an initial basis, but with a hefty dose
can permanently damage your kidneys and liver.
Let's just take another look at that phrase. I remember when Harvard
researches proclaimed that coffee was "bad" for you.
Within two months or so Yale researchers declared coffee was one
of the healthier things you could drink. First ask, who funded
the research. Second ask, does what they're saying make sense.
Third ask does it have any meaning in your life.
Skins Recently I read somewhere about the inside of
banana skins being soothing on insect bites, but the writer
didn't mention the terrible stains that come with the soothing
skins. Be very careful not to touch your clothes with the skins.
I guess one benefit is enjoying banana while you're curing
the itch. Leave the banana skin on the bite until it stops
itching which should be about the time you finish eating.
Mint is especially soothing for skin irritations Many
many years ago a very old woman in Guatemala told us that ®Colgate's
most simple "Cavity Protection" toothpaste would ease
the itch of mosquito bites. She was absolutely right and it works
on all sorts of skin itches. Recently I spoke with a skilled dermatologist
in Guatemala and she explained that it is the mint in the toothpaste
that does the trick. I'd recommend you travel with the toothpaste
and grow a pot of mint at home. If you have an itch, make a strong
tea with 6 leaves steeped in a very hot 1/2 cup of water. Let it
cool (hot liquids increase itch). Dip a cotton ball in the tea
and apply to the itch. A weaker mint tea is also very soothing
for stomach ailments.
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University has
to take responsibility for this one. Given that their Governor
has just been indicted for corruption felonies it doesn't seem
very surprising. They suggest you eat whole pomegranate fruits
for the maximum protection. Is that 1/2 hour before exposing yourself on the
Do you have to eat one an hour or just a few every day? Maybe Rick
Perry can tell us. And who do you suppose paid for this research finding?
Most Recommended Sources:
Eggs and yogurt.
I read the following somewhere in an article on Yahoo, "Another bone builder
that about 56% of Americans lack is magnesium. It also maintains blood circulation,
supports cardiovascular health, and helps your muscles and nerves relax." It
went on to list good sources of this mineral, "...nuts, Swiss chard, dark
leafy greens, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, squash, pumpkin, cucumbers, black
beans, navy beans, cereals, and bran." I couldn't help but wonder what on
earth people were eating if they were avoiding all of these foods.
Recommended Sources: halibut fish, navy beans and spinach
Potassium plays an important role in keeping us healthy and
it's not to hard to find in the foods we eat.
Recommended Sources: Bananas,
sweet or white potatoes, avocados, white beans, yogurt and spinach.
Apparently some of today's more popular medicines may interfere
with our bodies' ability to absorb Vitamin B12.
Recommended Sources: Lamb and salmon.
This is a commonly available nutrient. If you are eating daily only in low
end fast food restaurants, you might have a deficiency.
Recommended Sources: Fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices, freshly
cooked vegetables, dairy products, fresh tomatoes and fresh corn
This is one of those recent miracle cures
and my response is always to read about it and think about it and move on to
the next "miracle." There isn't anything you are going to eat that
is going to "save" your life. Eat well, eat the cleanest food you can
find, eat lots of fresh food cooked (but not to death) and you'll probably do
just fine. Staying out of restaurants, both fast and slow, staying away from
prepared foods and canned or packaged products will likely do a lot more for
you than a daily dose of Vitamin D. In the end a dose of Vitamin D might not
be so bad until you consider the source.
Recommended Sources: The
sun is our best source of vitamin D and of skin cancer so you
might want some early morning exposure for a half hour
or less and then go for some foods that are good sources -- home cooked oily
fishes like ocean caught salmon, mackerel and tuna,
organic whole cow's milk, eggs
and certain mushrooms.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. Think about where you live in the world and
which of the sources of Vitamin E are common to that place. Then go first for
that is local and try to avoid all prepared sources of nutrients. No doubt people
have lived there for hundreds of years and they did so largely without imported
foods. If it worked for them, it will work for you too.
Recommended Sources: Seeds
and nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts), olive oil, vegetables (tomatoes,
spinach, broccoli) and
fruits (kiwis and mangos).