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Oct 24, 2014

Foodie Friday: Taste Of Our Table

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Oct 23, 2014

What I Try To Keep In Our Home To Stay Healthy‏

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I started going more natural by force, but now I go natural by choice. I am healthier when I go natural and I feel better. I love eating out, eating candy, and drinking soda, but my body aches, shuts down, and gets sick when it decides it has had enough. Three slices of pizza can make breathing hard for me. Eating out a couple of times in one week and eating a lot of sweets brings pain to my joints and body.
Also, I recently noticed that being exposed to chemicals affects my breathing ability. So besides trying to eat either organic, or local and fresh I try to keep the house chemical free. I also try to stay GMO free as much as possible and drink fluoride free well water throughout the day.
When it comes to food grade items must haves for our home are raw honey, Celtic Sea salt, ghee, organic extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, turmeric, garlic, ginger root powder, organic pure lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
Most vitamins and minerals I take in liquid or powder form for best absorption. I make sure to always have vitamins C, D3, K, B12, B Complex. Minerals I keep are zinc, magnesium, calcium and selenium. I also always make sure to keep the supplement of CoQ10 around.
Other herbs and supplements I make sure to keep in my home are neem oil, colloidal silver, horsetail, lobelia, hawthorn berry, mother
wort, oil of sage, oil of oregano, ginger root extract, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, cod liver oil,  butter oil, and charcoal powder.
Essential oils I always keep around are lavender and rosemary.  
I have other things around that I am trying for the first time and I have a small list of things that I want to add to my current natural supply. But for any symptoms or problems my family has I can use my current natural supply to provide support, relief, and natural healing.
If you are interested in any of the health benefits of anything I listed then I challenge you to do some research for yourself. The things I listed can help with many different health problems such a memory, certain eye problems, arthritis, asthma, allergies, sinuses, certain heart problems, blood pressure, sleep issues, tooth problems, colds and many other types of other health issues.

Oct 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: New Guilty Pleasure

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Oct 21, 2014

Why I Don't Like Most Doctors

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Practicing doctors seem to have a general attitude that they always know what is best for their patients and that patients are supposed to submit to taking anything that they prescribe.  Doctors have laughed at me and said I was stupid and verbally have tried to make me feel bad by speaking down to me about my wishes to go natural rather than to take their prescriptions.
Doctors will actually lie to your face to further encourage you to take their medicines.  When Youngest was in the hospital I was told that medicine was required for a long time. More than three doctors told me that the medicine had no side effects. I didn't believe them and I immediately look the medicine up. The medicine actually has lots of side effects, one being to stunt the growth of my already short child. The side effects were not ones I wanted to risk.
Why as patients are we seemly forced to take meds for our problems? If we try to express our issues about taking a medicine we are either further encouraged to take it if we know what's good for us or either suggested another type of medicine with lots of other severe side effects.  I read from another natural mother that when her or her kids go to the doctor she has learned to just smile and take the prescriptions home to throw away.  I assume she is tired of arguing with doctors and being made to feel bad by doctors because of her desire to go natural and stay away from traditional meds. 
As patients we should have a free choice about what we want to put into our bodies. If we choose not to put certain medicines in our bodies then we should be able to freely make that choice without condemnation and lies from doctors.
I realize that this is a very controversial topic. I have heard the stories of parents who do not want to give their children medicine and the child dies.  I am not advocating that we do not need medicine. I will take traditional medication when I feel the need. It’s just that my first choice is usually to go natural.  If I find that natural measures are not working for a health problem then I will go more traditional at least until I get better. I am just saying that as humans we should be able to choose freely to go traditional or natural with the support from our doctors. Parents and individuals who would rather go more natural should be able to have doctors suggest traditional or natural method and allow us to freely choose our preference.
I was hospitalized for a heart problem several years ago.  I bought some herbs that I read would help and only days after taking the herbs I tried something naturally with salt that I read online. I followed the directions incorrectly. I overdosed on the salt and started having water retention. I stopped the herbs I was taking and tried to naturally control the water retention with no results.
During and after the hospital visit I was put on a medicine that made my nose bleed so much that it became sore.  The medicine required me to also get my blood tested once a week. After all the needle poking at the hospital I was unwilling to go and get poked weekly. I weaned off the nose bleed medicine and started my herbs that I initially bought before the salt problem. The herbs worked to keep me okay after taking them for about a week. My nose bleeds stopped also with my nose pain being relieved. Every now and then my heart issues have return and I simply make a specific herb tea with almost instant results. The herbs have kept me from returning to the hospital and from living miserably under pharmaceutical side effects. Most herbs have very mild side effects.
If I had a doctor who supported my natural wishes, I would have tried the salt thing under a doctor’s guidance and that would have kept me from trying something new on my own and doing it incorrectly. I had the herbs to keep me from the hospital but I attempted a new measure with salt that I took in a wrong way. My mistake led me to the hospital. My mistake could have been prevented by having doctors who supported naturalists like me.
I have pleasantly found that many God given herbs can help with pretty much any medical issue.  The problem is that there are not many holistic doctors around, and issuance does not provide coverage to the few around. That leaves people like me to have to do research based on other people's experiences and practice trial and error with herbs and other natural things like essential oils. The support of doctors for natural remedies could prevent people like me from making the occasional natural mistake.