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Chicken and Rice Paprikash

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Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole

 

 

Ingredients

2 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 large onions, finely chopped

2 large red bell peppers, finely chopped

1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika

1 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

3 cups frozen brown rice, thawed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream

 

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the chicken in a 3-quart glass or ceramic baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until just cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, bell peppers and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Stir in the sweet and hot paprika and cook for 1 minute; add the tomato paste and cook another minute, stirring. Add the chicken broth and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

 

Transfer the chicken to a plate. Spread the rice in the bottom of the casserole dish and top with the chicken and its accumulated juices. Pour the sauce over the whole mixture. Bake until the casserole is heated through and the top is browned lightly, 40 minutes. Top with the chopped parsley and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

 

For freezing and reheating, allow the casserole to cool completely. Divide into 6 even portions and store in a freezer-safe resealable plastic bag or container. Transfer to a microwave-safe plate, loosely cover with plastic wrap and microwave until hot, 4 to 5 minutes.

 

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Shepards Pie : 30 Minutes

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Shepards Pie : 30 Minutes

 

Ingredients

2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed

2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese

1 large egg yolk

1/2 cup cream, for a lighter version substitute vegetable or chicken broth

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 3/4 pounds ground beef or ground lamb

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup beef stock or broth

2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it

1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

 

Directions

 

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

 

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

 

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.

 

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Ancient Foods That Heal

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For centuries, ancient peoples have turned to certain foods and drinks for restoring body and mind back to balance. Mother nature truly does provide real miracle gifts for us to use to revitalize our spirit during or following challenging days. Here are some miracles from nature (and one from the hand of man) that will make you feel brand new.

1. Lemons
Lemon truly is a gift from nature to humankind. Its clean fragrance alone has the power to alleviate anxiety and restore state of mind. When squeezed into water hot or cold, lemon has the power to revitalize and restore the spirit in one of the most simplistic yet refreshing drinks in existence. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and bioflavonoids (vitamin P). They contain antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Lemons are great for restoring pH balance in the body and cleansing the liver and kidneys as well.

2. Watermelon
Watermelon is a health all-star. It is a wonderful choice for rehydration, which can play a role in stress. Watermelons are full of water but also phytonutrients, vitamins A and tons of C, some B vitamins, antioxidants, beta carotene for the eyes and amino acid citrulline. Watermelons are a good source of potassium, which is a natural stress buster that works to lower blood pressure. Potassium is also important for nerve and muscle support, and controls the excitation of our nerves. This makes watermelon wonderful for getting a refreshing, re-hydrating “whoosh” and bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.

3. Coconut water
Young coconuts and coconut water truly are almost miracle health twins packed with restorative power for body, mind and soul. Coconut water, like watermelon, is a super re-hydrating elixir loaded with electrolytes, potassium and B vitamins. Potassium is well known to help lower blood pressure (hypertension) while the B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and B-6 create the effect of “coating” the nervous system protectively, providing relief from anxiety, depression and stress. And the electrolytes found in coco water will help re-hydrate and restore the body, which in turn revitalizes your mood and mind state to balance.

4. Kombucha
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink packed with amazing revitalizing properties. It has been consumed by civilizations worldwide for centuries and is made by fermenting in a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is lightly fermented, and does give a real “whoosh” when consumed. It is loaded with probiotics which yield improved digestion and gut health overall. It contains the B vitamins which are excellent for curbing depression and anxiety, and being loaded with anti-oxidants is highly beneficial for your immune system and energy levels.

 

 

Please share this with family and loved ones.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions, or you do not know if your medications are compatible with these foods, please give your healthcare provider a call, or call us anytime.

 

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3 Vaccines That Should Never Be Administered to Children

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3 Vaccines That Should Be Banned And Never Administered To Any Child
Before following the advice of your medical doctor on immunization (which is not synonymous with vaccination), you may want to reconsider giving any vaccines to your child until you have completed sufficient research on the risks, side effects and actual causes of the diseases you are vaccinating against. The following are three highly controversial vaccines that many experts now believe should be banned from all vaccination practices in children.

1. DTaP or DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping cough) and Tetanus)

Likely the deadliest of all vaccines, the DPT vaccine causes more disability, illness and has the highest risks, even exceeding MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).

In 2012, whooping cough, or pertussis, spread across the entire US at rates at least twice as high as those recorded in 2011 and epidemiologists and health officials were even admitting that the vaccine may be the cause.

The cause could very well be due to multiple loads of toxins delivered through the DTP vaccine which include, (but not limited to): formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80. That means that every DTP vaccine contains carcinogenic, neurotoxic, immunotoxic and sterility agents just like many flu vaccines. These chemicals then bioaccumulate in the child with each successive vaccine, further introducing an additional load of toxins with each injection causing immune suppression.

In March 2012, dangerous new strains of whooping cough bacteria were reported in Australia. Researchers studying the strains said the vaccine itself was responsible. The reason for this is because, while whooping cough is primarily attributed to Bordetella pertussis infection, it is also caused by another closely related pathogen called B. parapertussis, which the vaccine does NOT protect against. Two years earlier, scientists at Penn State had already reported that the pertussis vaccine significantly enhanced the colonization of B. parapertussis, thereby promoting vaccine-resistant whooping cough outbreaks.

According to the authors:

“… [V]accination led to a 40-fold enhancement of B. parapertussis colonization in the lungs of mice. Though the mechanism behind this increased colonization was not specifically elucidated, it is speculated to involve specific immune responses skewed or dampened by the acellular vaccine, including cytokine and antibody production during infection. Despite this vaccine being hugely effective against B. pertussis, which was once the primary childhood killer, these data suggest that the vaccine may be contributing to the observed rise in whooping cough incidence over the last decade by promoting B. parapertussis infection.”

Pertussis whooping cough is a cyclical disease with natural increases that tend to occur every 4-5 years, no matter how high the vaccination rate is in a population using DTP or Tdap vaccines on a widespread basis. Whole cell DTP vaccines used in the U.S. from the 1950’s until the late 1990’s were estimated to be 63 to 94 percent effective and studies showed that vaccine-acquired immunity fell to about 40 percent after seven years.

In the study cited above, the researchers noted the vaccine’s effectiveness was only 41 percent among 2- to 7-year-olds and a dismal 24 percent among those aged 8-12

The fact that many vaccines are ineffective is becoming increasingly apparent. Merck has recently been slapped with two separate class action lawsuits contending they lied about the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine in their combination MMR shot, and fabricated efficacy studies to maintain the illusion for the past two decades that the vaccine is highly protective.

In 1993, The National Childhood Encephalopathy study: a 10-year follow-up reported on the medical, social, behavioural and educational outcomes after serious, acute, neurological illness in early childhood. The analysis found a four-fold increase in the estimated risk of encephalitis from the pertussis vaccine. The analysis showed the risk of encephalitis with the vaccine have been grossly underestimated.

Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and whole-cell pertussis vaccine (DTP) and pediatric diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (DT) are not recommended for individuals 7 years of age or older due to increased adverse reactions. Yet in 1994, a study in the Family Practice Research Journal found that children 7 years of age or older are inadvertently receiving DTP or DT and were unnecessarily experiencing adverse reactions.

In another study in the The Journal of the American Medical Association, children vaccinated with pertussis vaccine were six times more likely to develop asthma. In 2004, a study in the British Medical Journal found that the prevalence of asthma and wheezing in non-vaccinated individuals was approximately 50% less at age 69-81 months than children who had 3 or more doses of with the Diptheria and tetanus vaccine.

Researchers reported in the OSMA Journal that the pertussis vaccine may cause lasting and permanent brain damage. Physicians are required to warn all responsible parties of vaccine recipients that pertussis vaccine may cause “lasting brain damage”, but rarely if ever to Physicians inform parents of this fact.

In the Journal of Pediatrics researchers found an association observed between the DTP vaccination of preterm infants and a transient increase or recurrence of apnea where they would stop breathing.

New England Medical Journal reported
in 2001 that the DTP vaccine increases the risk of febrile seizures fivefold on the day of vaccination and that there are significantly elevated risks.

Several other research citations linking the DTP vaccines to disease causing complications in neurological systems, the central nervous system, sudden death, cervical lymphadenitis and convulsions.

As with most vaccines, we have also been led to believe that a tetanus shot is a necessity to protect us from a supposedly virulent germ that can lead us to our death. When we carefully consider some of the facts on tetanus reported in the medical literature, we find many contradictions, inconsistencies and even falsities in relation to actual facts on the bacteria that produces the neurotoxin. In reality, there is never a need for a tetanus vaccine, regardless of your age or location.


2. HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

The HPV vaccine is possibly the biggest vaccine hoax in the last century. HPV vaccines are nothing more than a worldwide exercise in profiteering at the expense of children’s health. Due to the overwhelming amount of side effects associated with the vaccine, health agencies are now encouraging health professionals not to report adverse reactions, a clear indication that something is very wrong.

At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination. The longest follow-up data from phase II trials for Gardasil and Cervarix are 5 and 8.4 years, respectively, while invasive cervical cancer takes up to 20 -40 years to develop from the time of acquisition of HPV infection.

Vaccinations such as HPV are not preventative, they do compromise safety and physicians will never provide accurate explanations of vaccine risks and benefits because they do not know themselves. Physicians can only rely on the information from vaccine manufacturers and since long-term pharmacokinetic effects which study the bodily absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of vaccines and their ingredients are never examined or analyzed, a Physician can never fully inform of patient of ANY benefits or risks.

A closer look at research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (August, 2007), entitled, “Effect of Human Papillomavirus 16/18 L1 Viruslike Particle Vaccine Among Young Women With Preexisting Infection” sought to determine the usefulness of the HPV vaccine among women who already carry HPV (which includes virtually all women who are sexually active, regardless of their age).

This document revealed startling information about the ineffectiveness of the Gardasil vaccine. It revealed that the HPV vaccine often caused an increase in the presence of HPV strains while utterly failing to clear the viruses in most women.

Merck’s Gardasil vaccine was studied for less than 3 years in about 12,000 healthy girls and 14000 healthy boys under age 16 before it was licensed in 2006. Gardasil was not studied in children with health problems or in combination with all other vaccines routinely given to American adolescents. Clinical trials did not use a true placebo to study safety but compared Gardasil against the reactive aluminum adjuvant in Gardasil;

After Gardasil was licensed and three doses recommended for 11-12 year old girls and teenagers, there were thousands of reports of sudden collapse with unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain and weakness, disabling fatigue, Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, strokes, heart and other serious health problems, including death, following receipt of Gardasil vaccine.

The authors also found no evidence that the vaccine worked at all. This observation led the authors to offer this damning conclusion that appears to render Gardasil nothing more than a grand medical hoax.

Due to hundreds of adverse reactions to cervical cancer vaccine reported in Japan, teenagers injured and disabled by Cervarix and Gardasil HPV vaccination campaigns are now voicing their disdain and stepping up efforts to permanently end the government’s subsidy program for the toxic injections.

A 2011 publication in the Annals of Medicine exposed the fraudulent nature of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines such as Gardasil and Cervarix. Key messages the researchers report include a lack of evidence for any HPV vaccines in preventing cervical cancer and lack of evaluation of health risks.

The authors concluded by summing up their evidence and stating that the presentation of partial and non-factual information regarding cervical cancer risks and the usefulness of HPV vaccines, as cited above, is neither scientific nor ethical. None of these practices serve public health interests, nor are they likely to reduce the levels of cervical cancer.


3. MMR

In the United States, children typically receive their mumps vaccination as part of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises children to receive their first dose between 12 and 18 months, and their second between the ages of 4 and 6.

Parents first voiced concerns over links between MMR and autism and the bowel condition Crohn’s disease in the mid-1990s.

There were several cases of healthy children developing these conditions after being given the vaccine. Increasing numbers of parents decided not to have their children vaccinated with the triple vaccine.

Dr Andrew Wakefield, a consultant gastroenterologist, drew national attention to a possible link between the illnesses and the MMR method of vaccination in a study in 1998. He claimed that combining three live viruses in one injection could be dangerous and stated that the MMR vaccine damages the bowel, releasing toxins that travel to the brain and trigger autism.

Statistics on autism seem to back up the suspicions of those opposed to the MMR vaccine. Some research suggests a ten-fold rise in cases in the past ten years. This corresponds to the introduction of MMR.

Mumps used to be a routine childhood disease. Many of you reading this likely had your turn, the virus ran its course while you stayed at home in bed, and you’ve been rewarded with lifelong immunity. In most cases mumps, like many of the childhood diseases we’re now vaccinating our children against, is not a serious disease.

In rare cases, serious complications can develop, but you must weigh this risk against that of the vaccine, which, for one, definitely contains substances with known toxic properties such as aluminum. The other aspect to the equation is that even if you get the vaccine, you may still get the mumps, which means you’ve accepted the risk of the vaccine itself with no benefit whatsoever.

Evidence has been published in the medical literature that vaccinated persons can get measles because either they do not respond to the vaccine or the vaccine’s efficacy wanes over time and vaccinated mothers do not transfer long lasting maternal antibodies to their infants to protect them in the first few months of life.

Brian Hooker’s published paper, is a comprehensive analysis of the CDC’s own data from 2003 revealing a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American children following the MMR vaccine.

Brian Hooker’s research in the Translational Neurodegeneration Journal provides the most recent epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis.

Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson recently confirmed that “the CDC knew about the relationship between the age of first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys as early as 2003, but chose to cover it up.” He remarked “we’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.” He alleges criminal wrongdoing by his supervisors, and he expressed deep regret about his role in helping the CDC hide data.

A re-analysis of data used by a 2002 Danish study by Dr Samy Suissa of McGill University in Montreal (Canada) found that children who had had the MMR vaccination were 45% more likely to have developed autism than the children who had not had the MMR vaccination.

There are many studies that seek to deny an MMR/autism link, but it is possible to demonstrate that each is flawed in several ways. These studies are also statistical/epidemiological-type studies – not studies of the actual children involved. They are also based upon small (for statistical-type studies) samples.

There are strong grounds for believing that the safety studies of MMR were cursory, that the potential for damage was not recognised, and that subsequent safety follow-up has been conspicuously lacking.

Putting the above conclusions together, there appears to be strong grounds for believing that children have been damaged, and are still being damaged, by MMR, and probably by other vaccines, including thimerosal-containing vaccines. No alternative credible explanation has been put forward for these children’s condition. The explanation that
their degeneration into autism is biologically linked to MMR or thimerosal, or both, is also supported by the consistent accounts of the parents of the actual children.

9 Ways Vaccines Are Reducing Our Immunity

1) Vaccines contain many chemicals and heavy metals, like mercury and aluminum, which are in-themselves immuno-suppressing. Mercury actually causes changes in the lymphocyte activity and decreases lymphocyte viability.

2) Vaccines contain foreign tissues and foreign DNA/RNA which act to suppress the immune system via graft-vs-host rejection phenomena.

3) Vaccines alter our t-cell helper/suppressor ratios … just like those seen with AIDS. This ratio is a key indicator of a proper functioning immune system.

4) Vaccines alter the metabolic activity of PMNs and reduce their chemotaxic abilities. PMNs are our body’s defenses against pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

5) Vaccines suppress our immunity merely buy over-taxing our immune system with foreign material, heavy metals, pathogens and viruses. The heavy metals slow down our immune system, while the viruses set up shop to grow and divide. It is like being chained and handcuffed before swimming.

6) Vaccines clog our lymphatic system and lymph nodes with large protein molecules which have not been adequately broken down by our digestive processes, since vaccines by pass digestion with injections. This is why vaccines are linked to allergies, because they contain large proteins which as circulating immune complexes (CICs) or “klinkers” which cause our body to become allergic.

7) Vaccines deplete our body of vital immune-enhancing nutrients, like vitamin C, A and zinc, which are needed for a strong immune system. It is nutrients like these that primes our immune system, feeds the white blood cells and macrophages and allows them to function optimally.

8) Vaccines are neurotoxic and slow the level of nervous transmission, and communications to the brain and other tissues. Now we know that some lymphocytes communicate directly with the brain through a complex set of neurotransmitters. Altering these factors will also depress our immunity.

9) Vaccines suppress cellular immunity which occurs when vaccines are injected. Adjuvants include oil emulsions, mineral compounds (which may contain the heavy metal aluminum), bacterial products and liposomes (which allow delayed release of substances). The side effects of adjuvants themselves include hyperactivity of B cells leading to pathologic levels of antibody production, as well as allergic reaction to the adjuvants themselves.

 

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A Tennis Ball!

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What if I told you there’s a device that can lower your blood pressure, improve your hand-eye coordination, build strength, and help you relax…and you can buy it at a local store for less than $3.00?

 

I know what you’re thinking, “That’s impossible.”

 

But I’m sure you’re wondering what it is. Well get ready, because I think it’s going to surprise you. In fact, you might already have one! It is…

 

A tennis ball.

 

Amazing, right? A simple tennis ball can do all that, and I’m going to tell you how.

 

Let’s get started. This first Tennis Ball Tip is great for relieving stress, lowering your blood pressure, and building strength. And it came from a very unlikely place.

 

THE BIG SQUEEZE

Back in the 1970’s, a doctor named Ronald Wiley invented a device to keep F-16 jet fighter pilots from losing consciousness.

 

It was a hand-grip device. And they discovered an interesting side-effect: after prolonged use, the pilots’ resting blood pressure was lower.

 

The device is now available to people with high blood pressure, and according to the Harvard Heart Letter, “It has been shown to lower blood pressure as much as a first-line anti-hypertension drug.” However, you can get similar results just by squeezing a tennis ball.

 

STEP 1

Pick up the tennis ball, wrapping your fingers around the ball.

 

STEP 2

Squeeze the ball and hold the squeeze for at least 5 seconds. Relax your grip for 2 seconds, and repeat 10 times.

 

STEP 3

Rest 5 seconds and do 10 more repetitions with the same hand.

 

STEP 4

Repeat the sequence using your other hand.

 

That’s it. Along with lowering your blood pressure, it’s a great stress reliever AND it builds strength in your forearm and grip.

 

[ TIP: If the ball is too hard to squeeze, poke a hole in it.]

 

SOLITAIRE CATCH

This one seems simple, but it really improves your eye-hand coordination and quickens your reflexes. This exercise is used by baseball and football players, as well as other athletes.

 

STEP 1

Stand 4 to 5 feet from a wall. Toss the ball against the wall with your right hand, and catch it with your right hand.

 

STEP 2

Repeat 10 times.

 

STEP 3

Repeat the entire sequence with your left hand.

 

As you practice, change the spot you toss the ball – go lower, higher – and vary the speed. For a bigger challenge, cover one eye to throw off your depth perception.

 

[TIP: You can even do this at your desk. I’ve been doing it for years…it helps me think!]

 

MASSAGE ROLLER

This next Tennis Ball Tip will help stimulate muscle tissue, loosen knots, and help you relax.

 

STEP 1

Lie flat on your back and put the tennis ball under your low back. Close your eyes and let your body sink down on the ball.

 

 

STEP 2

Roll gently on the ball, massaging your low back. Slowly roll the ball higher up your back. Keep going until the ball is between your shoulders.

 

STEP 3

Repeat until you’re completely relaxed.

 

For an even better effect, use two tennis balls side by side.

 

[ TIP: This is an exercise you can do with your spouse. Have them lie on their stomach, then use the tennis ball to give them the best back rub ever.]

 

And don’t forget, you can also play tennis! You get the benefits of great exercise, the fun of playing a game, and it gets you out with other people.

 

One last tip – and this one is my favorite – take your tennis ball, get a dog, and play “fetch.” There’s nothing better!

 

If you try any of these Tennis Ball Tips, let me know how they worked for you. And if you have any other tips, exercises or games to play with a tennis ball, let me know. My other subscribers would love to hear them!

 

Please share with family and friends, and as always, call us if you have any questions.

 

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