Monthly Archives: September 2016
Pumpkins are not just for Halloween.
Pumpkin has always been a staple in the autumn kitchen, but in I challenge you to take a better look at this amazing, vitamin packed, all natural food, and re-think its versatility in your cleaner-eating lifestyle.
Mostly pumpkin is associated with desserts or sweet treats; making it seem more like a fruit but in fact it is a member of the squash family.
Pumpkin beta-carotene content
The bright orange colour of pumpkin gives away that it is jammed pack with beta-carotene. This anti-oxidant has been linked to helping ward off certain cancers. Although pumpkin is not a high source of fiber, it is packed with vitamins A & C and is fat free!
The nutritional breakdown of pumpkin makes this vegetable a wise, raw choice in baking. And did you know that it can be used instead of fat in many of your favorite recipes?! My mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities!
Freeze pumpkin pie filling, can I?
Unfortunately, fresh pumpkin is not available year-round. Although canned options are available, why not bake and freeze your own pumpkin for baking and cooking throughout the year? It is one of the easiest things I have ever done in the kitchen… really!
How to prepare pumpkin for freezing
Carve open and hollow out your pumpkin as if you were making a jack-o’-lantern. At this point, try roasting the seeds for a healthy snack or to use in other recipes such as home-made granola bars.
Now simply cut the pumpkin in pieces or large “chunks” and place skin-up on baking sheets. Bake in the oven like any squash until a fork easily slides out through the skin.
After removing the pumpkin from the oven and it is completely cooled scoop out the pulp with a spoon into 1/2 cup or 1 cup freezer bags. Using a straw, remove all of the air out of the bag as it is being sealed and write the date on with a permanent marker.
You are now well stocked with portions of pumpkin ready to use in your favorite recipes including soups, cookies, muffins, and yes, even the occasional pie. Natural, and preservative free pumpkin… got to love it!
Do you know someone you might like to share this with?
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Tomatoes and Strokes in Men
Sauced, stuffed, deep-fried, or au natural – tomatoes are a key part of many people’s diets. Now, new research suggests that eating this juicy fruit and its products could lower the risk of stroke in men, making it much more than a delicious ingredient. Other foods that are known to lower stroke risk, in MEN, are chocolate, whole grains, citrus fruits, low-fat dairy, beans, nuts, leafy greens, and fish.
Do you know someone who could benefit from this information, please share.
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One 6 ounces can tomato paste
½ cup raw honey
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ c celery salt
1/8 tsp of ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth
When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat ans simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.
Makes 1 ½ cups
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Archived: 2014 P Carrothes
Dont Let the Flu Vaccine Get You
Does the flu vaccine work?
Flu vaccine: Doesn’t work for pregnant women! Two separate studies compared maternal and neonatal outcomes in women infected with the influenza virus. Both studies found four times as many influenza-like illness-related hospitalizations in vaccinated women (2.8% vs 0.7%)
Do flu shots work? NOT IN THE ELDERLY! 68 studies over 98 flu seasons with elderly in nursing homes found that flu shot were NON-SIGNIFICANT for preventing flu, ILI or pneumonia. “The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”
Do flu shots work? NOT IN Adults! Studies in more than 66,000 healthy adults show that it did not change the number of people needing to go to the hospital or take time off from work. Source “The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”
Do flu shots work? NOT IN CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA! Flu vaccine does NOT prevent flu related hospitalization in children, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WITH ASTHMA! In fact with the flu vaccine came a three times more risk for hospitalization vs non vaccinated asthmatic children! Source; American Thoracic Society May 2009
Do flu shots work? NOT IN HEALTHY BABIES! Studies in more than 294,000 children found there was NO evidence that the flu shot had any effect over the placebo! Source “The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews”
If you had your flu shot last year you are twice as likely to contract swine flu according to a Canadian study.
There’s no evidence that flu shots cut the number of flu deaths. None whatsoever…
What’s in the flu vaccine?
Thimerosal is in vaccines. 250 times EPA safety limits in 1 flu shot. Material Safety Data sheets for Thimerosal lists: fetal death, miscarriage, mental retardation and gross motor impairment as possible outcomes of in utero exposure to Thimerosal. There are 3,000 trillion atoms (25 mcgs) of mercury in it. Who gives a baby 50 mcg of mercury in two flu shots? Newest CDC flu recommendations: During the 2010-2011 season, 2 doses of a 2010-2011 seasonal influenza vaccine should be given at a minimal interval of 4 weeks to children aged 6 months to 8 years. AND the CDC is, of course, mentioning pandemic…again…
Squalene: “Carcinogenicity – we have done no testing for the carcinogenicity of MF59 adjuvant in any of our vaccines. We haven’t done it and we don’t plan to.” Dr. Novicki, Scientist for Novartis.
WHO website: Since 1997, an influenza vaccine (FLUAD, Chiron) which contains about 10 mg of squalene per dose, has been approved in health agencies in several European countries. Squalene is present in the form of an emulsion and is added to make the vaccine more immunogenic. The difference between “good” and “bad” squalene is the route by which it enters your body. Injection is an abnormal route of entry which incites your immune system to attack all the squalene in your body, not just the vaccine adjuvant. Your immune system will attempt to destroy the molecule wherever it finds it, including in places where it occurs naturally, and where it is vital to the health of your nervous system. 95% of overtly ill deployed GWS patients have antibodies to squalene.
Flu vaccines can also contain a number of chemical toxins, including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin.
Synagis is made from 95% human dna and 5% murine (rat) dna
Russell Blaylock MD states that Celvapan, the Baxter swine flu vaccine, uses cultured cells from the African green monkey. These cells are previously implicated in transmitting a number of vaccine-contaminating viruses including HIV.
According to the CDC, the following vaccines which are marketed as mercury free, actually do have mercury in them (less than 3mcgs per vaccine) DTaP (Tripedia) DTaP/HIB (TriHIBit) DT (Sanofi) Hep B (Engerix-B) Hep A/Hep B (Twinrix) Influenza (Fluarix, Flulaval, Fluvirin and Fluzone brands) Japanese Encephalitis (JE-Vax) Meningococcal (Menomune) DT (Decavac) DT (Massachusetts)
When patients complain of adverse reactions, studies show that doctors are likely to dismiss them. Over 90% of vaccine injuries and reactions alone go unreported.
A new study shows that men who have sex at least twice a week makes the body more capable of fighting cold and flu. Side effects: happiness and physical exhaustion.
WC Douglass MD: Vitamin D and the flu. If you were to maintain your vitamin D levels within the optimal range of 50-65 ng/ml, you would likely avoid being affected during the cold and flu season entirely. According to a recent study, vitamin D may help reduce the incidence and severity of both viral respiratory tract infections and the flu. Researchers gave Japanese school children either a D supplement or a placebo, and found the kids who got the D were 58 percent less likely to get the flu. Don’t take vitamin D without talking to someone who can advise which vitamin D is suitable for you.
As you have known from other postings, never take vitamin D alone. Also, which vitamin D is right for you? Give us a call and let us take care of you.
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Archived: 2014 B Stewart
Exquisite Pizza Sauce
1 6 ounce tomato paste
6 fluid ounces warm water
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
I teaspoon anchovy paste, optional
¾ teaspoons onion powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to break up any clumps of cheese especially.
Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors, spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desire.
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Archived: S Dillon 2014
REFRIGERATOR PICKLED BEETS
Time to table: at least 24 hours
Makes about 14 (small batch) or 70 (large batch) small pickled beets
- SMALL BATCH
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 15-ounce can beets, preferably small beets (see TIPS)
- LARGE BATCH
- 1 cup (220g) water
- 1 cup (230g) apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of cloves, optional
- 4 or 5 15-ounce cans of beets, preferably small beets
In a saucepan, bring the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and cloves to a boil.
While the pickling liquid heats, drain the beets. If the beets are large, cut into bite-size pieces, irregular chunks are better than even slices (see TIPS). Place the beets in a large glass container with a lid (see TIPS). Pour the hot liquid over the beets. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving, up-ending every so often if the beets aren’t completely submersed.
9 Herbs/Spices That Naturally Kill Parasites
There are many powerful herbs that are used to treat parasite infections; however, taking them without adhering to the basics of a healthy lifestyle is like putting the wagon before the horse.
Before we dive in, know that it is not advised to take any herbs unless you’ve been working with a professional or, even better, a functional medicine doctor with experience in parasitic infections. It’s ideal if you have been practicing a holistic lifestyle for some time. That is because the first and most critical step for healing an infection is getting your immune system up and functioning optimally.
From there, one of the very last steps is going to be experimenting with herbs. To help this process, if you suspect you have an infection or are running a routine yearly cleanse, here are some of the best natural food and herbal remedies for parasites.
The Best Herbs & Their Benefits
This might come as a surprise, but do not underestimate this common household herb. It is actually among the most effective herbs for ridding the body of any unwanted organisms. Garlic is able to slow and kill over 60 types of fungus and 20 types of bacteria, as well as some of the most potent viruses.
Garlic has a history of killing parasites and controlling secondary fungal infections. It also detoxifies while gently stimulating elimination, and has antioxidant properties to protect against oxidation caused by parasite toxins. The active components in garlic that kill parasites are allicin and ajoene. (1) These compounds can kill amoebas including one-cell varieties, as well as pinworms and hookworms.
Allicin is not present in garlic in its natural state. When garlic is chopped or otherwise damaged, the enzyme alliinase acts on the chemical alliin, converting it into allicin, the active component contributing to its success for killing parasites.
To get the most out of garlic, be sure to use it crushed or juiced. Start off with 1 clove and work your way up to as many as you can stomach. (2)
Cucumber seeds have been used as an all-natural treatment to remove tapeworms within the digestive tract. The powder of cucumber seeds can be used to treat tapeworms but also consumed even if you do not have a parasite, as a preventative measure.
That is because cucumbers are of course are also a vegetable. They are effective due to enzymes within the cucumber and seeds that kill tapeworms. Look for heirloom cucumber seeds, grind into a powder and add 1 tsp. to a smoothie daily during your cleanse. (3)
Sugary, tropical fruit is typically not advised when dealing with parasites. However, this particular fruit has a strong ability to destroy many parasitic worms, including most intestinal worms and tapeworm. The most powerful part of the fruit is actually the seed.
The University of Maryland Medical Center advises a mixture of honey and papaya seeds, which has been found to clear stools of parasites. If you are going to consume the fruit for its benefits, it is best to remove the skin and ferment in apple cider vinegar for one day. You will want to eat eight ounces of the cultured papaya and drink 2 ounces of the brine for 4 days.
When it comes to papaya, the most powerful part of the fruit is actually the seed.
Chaudhary MD, a neurologist and practitioner of Ayurveda, suggests this papaya smoothie recipe: Take the seeds from an average-sized papaya and grind them in a coffee grinder. Next, add a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil. Then add about a cup of coconut milk and the rest of the papaya; finally, blend until smooth. Drink the smoothie each morning for at least 7 consecutive days. (4)
Cloves contains the most powerful germicidal agent in the herbal kingdom, known as eugenol. It also contains caryophyllene, which is a powerful antimicrobial agent. These components travel through the bloodstream, killing microscopic parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs.
Cloves are tremendously effective in killing malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, scabies and other parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungi, including Candida. Cloves also destroy all species of Shigella, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus. It is best consumed with black walnut hulls and wormwood. (5)
Raw Pumpkin Seeds
These are able to kill eggs, and they contain a natural fat that is toxic to parasite eggs. Curcurbitin in pumpkin seeds has shown anti-parasitic activity, since it has the ability to paralyze worms so they drop off the intestinal walls.
Chinese scientists used pumpkin seeds to treat acute schistosomiasis and tapeworm infestations. Many parasite formulas contain pumpkin seed, but it doesn’t do much in just a few capsules. You need half a cup at a time to really work. Grind in coffee grinder and add to salads or smoothies. (6)
This is perhaps one of the most powerful herbs and is helpful for just about everything. It boasts powerful properties. it is an anticancer, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, worm-expelling, and an overall body purifier. This is a very safe herb to consume regularly for maintaining health as well as to use medicinally. Pair with coconut oil and black pepper for improved absorption. (7,8)
A family member to turmeric, ginger has many similar qualities. It also increases circulation and helps all digestive issues. It is particularly good for gas and nausea associated with parasite die-off. It also improves stomach acid production, which kills parasites and protects us from getting infected in the first place. Fresh ginger is better for eliminating mucus, while ground ginger is better for warming the digestive system. Take both. (9,10)
This hot pepper is a powerful anti-fungal. The best cayenne has the ability to destroy fungus, mold & parasites on contact! It increases circulation and health, and also increases effectiveness of other herbs when used in combination with them. Try sprouted pumpkin seeds seasoned with ginger and cayenne for a delicious snack and a medicine for treating intestinal bugs! The best is African Cayenne. (11)
Green Hulls of Black Walnut
These have been shown to have powerful effects on killing many varieties of parasites. The dried and ground green hull of the black walnut contains tannin, which is organic iodine, as well as juglandin.
Black walnut has been used for centuries to expel various types of worms, including parasites that cause skin irritations such as ringworm. It oxygenates the blood, which also helps kill parasites.
You can find black walnut growing in the wild in abundance.
Black walnut is very effective against tapeworms, pinworms, Candida albicans (yeast infections) and malaria. It is also effective in reducing blood sugar levels, and helping the body rid itself of toxins. Best of all, you can find these babies growing outside in the wild in abundance. I have a tree in my front yard that gives more than I can use! Your best bet is to take an alcohol tincture of it three times a day. (12)
WORD OF WARNING: Treating yourself for parasites without having a healthcare worker walk you through all the steps is not advisable. Treating a parasite with a chemical, a pill or tincture is not advisable because they come back even bigger the next time. If you live in warmer climates, have more weight around you middle have addictions that run in your family, then you should call us. There are more ways to get parasites , so use our services.
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Well, it is almost Halloween, but we arent talking about a Halloween Witch. Witch hazel is a plant native to North America and parts of Asia that have been used for centuries for its skin soothing properties. You’ve probably noticed witch hazel extract in the list of ingredients in many beauty and health products as its powerful antioxidant and astringent benefits are known to help speed healing, prevent signs of aging, stop the cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer and eradicate bacteria that lives within the pores of the skin.
The bark, twigs, and leaves of the witch hazel plant are used to extract active properties known as tannins and polyphenols which are added either to water or alcohol to produce distilled witch hazel extract or witch hazel water. It’s the tannins in witch hazel extract that make it a natural astringent, as they help to remove excess oil from the skin. That’s why it’s considered one of the best natural acne treatments out there and is used in all sorts of washes and treatment gels.
Plants like witch hazel contain a high level of polyphenols; the same compounds used to create anti-aging supplements that help slow down the disease. As it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it’s able to battle free radicals to protect against DNA damage.
Now that you know a little bit about witch hazel and how it works, here are some of the reasons you should start using it on your face.
- Fight Acne
No matter what our age, acne can be a problem, and witch hazel is one of the very best remedies. This natural astringent can help control it by reducing inflammation, and decreasing oil and redness. It can lessen bacteria growth on the skin while speeding up the healing of scars, scabs, and infection. If you have oily skin, it will help to balance the skin’s pH level and moisturize without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
Another benefit of witch hazel for acne-prone skin is that it reduces the look of pores, stops excess oil production, and it helps to stop the development of whiteheads and blackheads that contribute to those frustrating breakouts.
Iinstead of picking at a zit and making the problem worse, if you apply witch hazel directly to the area of the skin when it first begins to form, it can halt progression in its tracks, helping it to heal before it becomes bigger.
Apply witch hazel with a cotton ball anywhere irritation is experienced up to a few times a day. You should also use it as part of your cleansing routine after you wash your face. Saturate a cotton pad or cotton ball with witch hazel and wipe it across your face. You’ll likely notice excess dirt and oil dissolving right on the cotton, and you may be surprised at just how much there is – that’s how you know it’s doing its job. Afterward, your skin will feel smoother and tighter too.
- Nourish Dry Skin
You might think that if witch hazel is good for treating acne and oily skin that using it on dry skin is a bad idea, but you’ll be surprised to find that it’s the opposite. It removes the stuff you don’t want, like excess oil and impurities, and then nourishes the skin with healthy moisturizing properties that prevent the skin from drying out.
Although witch hazel does remove oils from your skin, it won’t dry it out like most store-bought astringents. When you use witch hazel right after a shower, it works to seal in moisture, which is wonderful, particularly if you tend to have dry skin in the winter months.
- Reduce That Puffy Eye Look
Puffy eyes are another common skin problem that many people face, it can be caused by allergies, stress, overindulging in alcohol, sun exposure, cigarette smoking and many other factors. The next time you wake up and find yourself with puffy eyes, be sure to have some witch hazel around, and you’ll have a quick fix for that problem.
Witch hazel is known to tighten skin, which helps reduce under eye baggage and puffiness. Just soak some cotton balls with witch hazel, and apply it to closed eyes. Let it remain for five minutes or so, allowing it to soak into the skin. Repeat one more time for severe puffiness. As it can be more effective if it’s cool, storing your witch hazel in the refrigerator is a good idea, particularly if this is the main reason you plan to use it.
- Treat and Protect the Lips, Gums, and Inner Cheeks
If you get those annoying blisters on your lips, inner cheeks or gums, you can use witch hazel to help speed healing and eliminate the pain and swelling. It’s safe to use it on the inside of your mouth to heal all sorts of issues – combine it with another healing oil like coconut oil and apply it to sores, infections, bleeding, and blisters. It can even help with bad breath too.
- Relieve Discomfort From Sunburn
Witch hazel can bring relief to a sunburn as healing damaged skin is one of its specialties. It will lessen healing time as well as prevent skin peeling and flaking. Treat a sunburn by spritzing witch hazel on the affected area, or applying a cotton pad soaked in witch hazel to soothe the inflamed skin. Instant relief!
- Minimize Damage From Sun Exposure and Fight Signs of Aging
Too much sun on the skin promotes premature aging, and signs like wrinkles and loss of elasticity, as well as discoloration, redness, dryness, and scars. If you want to slow down those signs, witch hazel is one of the best things to turn to. It also helps protect the skin against cancer, melanoma and other damage that results from UV light, thanks to its tannins and polyphenols which are known to inhibit the proliferation of melanoma cells, helping to protect healthy skin cells as you age.
Chemical products found on store shelves, irritate the skin, increasing dryness by altering oil production, while witch hazel helps protect collagen and skin elasticity.
By combining it with oils known to soothe and protect the skin, like frankincense and evening primrose, you’ll experience even greater results, saving your complexion and helping the skin fight off the effects of environmental stress.
- Treat Eczema
If you’re suffering from eczema, witch hazel can help with that too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It not only helps stop that incessant itching, but it improves symptoms like scaling, redness, burning and even scarring. One study found that patients with eczema who were treated with witch hazel on one arm, and a non-steroidal cream on the other over three weeks, experienced just as effective relief in improving symptoms with the witch hazel as compared to the cream.
Simply apply witch hazel onto affected areas of the skin twice a day, or for more immediate results, you might want to make a mask using French green clay and witch hazel. The clay, which is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium and other minerals, makes the ideal paste that will immediately bring down heat and inflammation, stopping pain and itching in its tracks. Just add enough witch hazel to a 1/2 cup of green clay so that it forms a paste. Apply to the affected area and let it dry. When it’s dried, rinse off under cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Refresh Your Face
Whenever you’re feeling tired or stressed, you can use witch hazel to refresh yourself. Simply add witch hazel to a spray bottle and keep it handy. Spraying it on your face will feel invigorating, while also helping to remove excess dirt and oil and soothing the skin all at the same time.
You can also use it for tired eyes (not by spraying witch hazel into them, of course) but by soaking a cloth in witch hazel and cold water and placing it over closed eyes for about 10 minutes. Afterward, any redness should be gone, and your eyes will feel refreshed and ready for tackling whatever you need to.
- Soothe and Prevent Razor Burn
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties help to stop those itchy, annoying bumps that form up around irritated hair follicles. You can apply it before shaving to help prevent, or after to soothe any razor burn that occurs.
- Heal Cuts and Fade Bruises
If you ran into that kitchen cabinet or did something else that left a nasty bruise on your face, applying witch hazel three times a day can help speed the healing time to get rid of the bruise faster. The witch hazel helps to heal injured skin, reduce swelling and constrict blood vessels.
Many experts refer to witch hazel as nature’s answer to Neosporin when it comes to healing minor cuts. Use it as you would the famous ointment to cleanse the cut, protect against infection and encourage faster healing.
My personal favorite is Witch Hazel with Rose Water.
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2 pounds ground beef, or ground turkey
( It is also good mixing ground turkey and Italian sausage)
1 envelope taco seasoning
1-1/2 cups water
1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomato with green chilies
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, optional
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings (about 2 quarts).
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