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My foot hasn’t been getting better, so last week I had my boss look at it again.  He took a few more x-rays to compare the old to the new.  By the way, x-rays are pretty harmful, the radiation is not good for our bodies.  I take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation and have since the Japan earthquake. I buy my iodine (which is high potency) from Swanson’s Vitamins but you can also get iodine from sea vegetables (kelp, dulce, wakame).  Ok, ok back to my foot… so the xrays looked normal but that didn’t explain my pain so he took me into a room and did an actual evaluation.  He determined that my “stress fracture” in fact was not a stress fracture at all but a neuroma.  A neuroma is actually a benign growth of nerves (in my case) or a tumor.  Mine is called a Morton’s Neuroma, they are fairly common and basically are in between the toe bones on my left foot.  Last Thursday my boss suggested a cortisone injection, I’m such a natural medicine girl it was a bit hard to say yes, but my foot was killing me so I consented.  I’d make the worst junkie in the world, I HATE needles.  A needle in the foot is not fun, he even used the “baby” needle, but that didn’t help.  After the anesthetic wore off, it was so painful to walk, in fact I laid pretty low this weekend too.  At a point I got to wondering why I let him do that.  He also suggested getting some metatarsal pads (these helped a lot!), Dr Scholls type, they help to evenly disburse your weight so the pressure isn’t on the ball of your feet.  I’m a research type of girl so I generally research things before I buy them, I found that Dr Scholl’s has a machine you can go stand on and it will measure your feet and pressure points and arches and then you can buy “custom” insoles without paying “custom” prices.  Normal custom orthotics are $200-$300 these cost $50.  I don’t know about you but $50 is an investment for me.  So I had to research to find out if these things were legit or not.  The only one close to us was at Walmart.  I detest Walmart.  That is for another post, but I don’t go there willingly.  I did have to go this weekend though because I wanted to check out these orthotics.

So you take off your shoes and stand on the foot pads.  The machine asks you to do certain things like grab the bars in front of you, stand on one foot, do the hokey pokey…no wait… that last one I made up. LOL  Then it tells you which custom fit orthotic you should get.  Mine was CF420, Hubby was CF440.  Luckily, they were out of mine.  I do hate supporting Walmart.  However they did have the metatarsal pads and I opted to get some of them to get me through until payday.  Luckily still, they sell these at Fred Meyer too (Krogers to everyone else) and there is one by my work.  Yesterday I ran down there at lunch and they had both my size and Hubby’s sizes.  Also I would like to add, as of right now they have $10 off rebate on the website so they only end up being $40.  Feet are important and I think spending $40 on your feet to make them not hurt is fine in my book.  Plus if they were horrible I’d just take them back.  I got back to work and took them out of the pack and slipped them into my work Mary Jane’s.  Honestly these things are amazing!  My only “beef” with them is that they are bit bulky, so my feet slipped out of my shoes when I walk (like a flip flop).  Once I put them in my sneakers they were the most amazing things!  They replaced my metatarsal pads, they are solid (not like the gel inserts), and they give amazing arch support and heel cushion.  Hubby also loves his, these are NOT going back to the store.  I’m actually going to send my rebates back in the next couple days.

I’ve been fairly inactive since this whole foot thing started.  I have been doing squats and push ups but not anything great.  Last night though, I asked Hubby to go for a walk with me.  It was a cold evening but we weren’t having any rain and I wanted to see what these inserts would do for me.  Since we moved in to our house in November, it’s been cold and we haven’t wanted to get out much, it was our first time exploring our new neighborhood.  We live in a city but it’s a country city, and we are on the outskirts of that city, I think a mile or two up the road and it’s considered “out of the city limits.”  Our neighbor told me about a large field where we could take the dogs to run, she gave me “directions” and I suggested we go up that way to see if we could find it.  She said you went over “the bridge” and then into the field, which belongs to someone but they don’t mind people using it.  I often see our neighbor walk their dog down that direction.  So off we went, Hubby actually spotted the bridge I probably would have missed it.  I was thinking we’d walk on the road, cross over a bridge and then the field would be next to it.  The bridge was off into a wooded area.  There is a creek that twists and turns all around the area, and there was a wood “covered” foot bridge, the roof however was missing on the bridge.  Down a dirt path, well a mud path, and it opens to a HUGE field.  Acres and acres of land!  The sun was starting to set, it was chilly and beautiful.  We walked around the field a bit before it got dark and then headed home.  It was like finding a treasure in our back yard, of course it wasn’t directly in our back yard but a short walk and we were complete out of the “city” and into God’s beautiful country.  This former “city girl” would never give up her new country life.  All the beauty that I missed all these years!  It was a wonderful blessing last night, and when we got home my feet didn’t hurt one bit!

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I LOVE naturalnews.com!  Seriously when something happens to me and I’m researching treatments and such, this is my go to site.  I have to share with you an amazing new study about menstrual cramps and vitamin D I just read.   I actually suffer very greatly from horrid cramps, some of it is related to PCOS but I’ve always had this issue. (Sorry to the men who read my blog, but if you have a wife or might one day this might be a great thing to remember.)  So what this study did was give an ULTRA high dose of vitamin D3 five days before their expected period.  They gave 300,000 IU’s!!  I take 5,000 a day, because well I live in rainy Oregon and most of us here are vitamin D deficient.

The results were pretty astounding, after two months the pain reduced 4% and the most noticeable group were those that had the most severe pain.  There is really amazing hope in this for us woman who unfortunately have to deal with this monthly.  I’m actually overjoyed to read this article!  The unfortunate part of PCOS however is the infrequency of periods so knowing exactly when to start (5 days before) is a bit tricky, but I am going to give this a try.  I will be back to post my results after giving it a fair shot.

 http://www.naturalnews.com/035114_vitamin_D_mega-dose_menstrual_cramps.html

 

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http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/book-review-the-obesity-epidemic/#comment-102

Re-posting from a lovely lady who not only reads my blog, but I read hers too. 🙂  She did a book review, I have not heard of the book before hand, but have had my fair share of the myths (aka LIES) that we are being told.  In fact one of my biggest irks is that The Biggest Loser promotes egg whites only as well as not eating “fat.”  Truly nutrition is the goal.  I loved this blog and wanted to share.

Have you read this book?  It’s definitely on my amazon wishlist now.

 

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Sounds appealing huh?  Well actually they were really delicious!  Here’s the deal, I have horrible teeth.  I haven’t had dental insurance in a long time and when I finally buckled down and went I found out that all those years of not going and not properly taking care of my teeth has resulted in a lot of money spent sitting in a dentist chair.  I do go to the dental school, but still it’s expensive.  I started to do some research on alternative dental care.  I had already learned about the horrible dangers of fluoride.   The dental school still tries to push that one me, my student dentist does know my preferences and although the instructors try to say it, I let it go in one ear and out the other.  Fluoride is a horrible toxin, it shouldn’t be anywhere near our bodies.  Feel free to search it on naturalnews.com and learn more about why fluoride is so bad for us there.

So in my quest to find a more natural approach to dental health, I found a book called Cure Tooth Decay With Nutrition by Ramiel Nagel.  I highly recommend this book!  Rami really puts the research of Weston A Price into a neat and easy to read and understand book.  Dr Price wrote a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, where he basically goes around to different cultures around the world.  He goes to “indigenous” people who live off the land, they eat the entire animal when it’s killed, they don’t eat processed foods or sugars, they eat raw milk (by the way check out this article about a Harvard study that shows that Pasteurized milk is linked to cancer http://www.naturalnews.com/035081_pasteurized_milk_cancer_dairy.html).  Then he goes to their opposite, the “industrialized” (aka what we live in) people.  These people are in many minds, better off than the indigenous people, they have processed foods and sugars, they buy the prime cuts of meat at the store and rarely eat the entire animal.  What his studies found was that the people who ate from the land, ate raw milk and all the animal they kill had better teeth than those who live in the industrialized culture.  He has photos to prove it.  I haven’t bought Dr Price’s book, although I want it very badly.  I have seen photos from the book (in Rami Nagel’s book as well as online) and I’ve done research on this subject myself.  So the thought process is that we are living in an industrialized society where we don’t eat the organ meats anymore, honestly most people (myself included) think they are pretty gross.  But what came out of this research is that tooth decay is not from sugars and such on our teeth that cause the decay but that we are not getting the right nutrition in our diet, and then our body must take nutrients from our teeth in order to let other more important organs survive.

When Hubby and I were invited to a chicken slaughter we went and helped.  In return we got chicken and I asked for a ton of organ meat.  Honestly, it’s been sitting in my freezer for months!  I just don’t know how to prepare it!  Finally last week Hubby took it out and basically forced my hand to get that into our bodies.  I did some youtube research and watched people make things out of the organs.  Apparently, most of the world still eats these and it’s just us who don’t.  In many ways it’s pretty disrespectful to NOT eat the entire animal, if you kill it, it should all be used.  There were a lot of Caribbean dishes made from liver, gizzards and hearts.  The first night I made some, it was ok, basically a saute of onions and garlic and veggies and liver over rice with braggs amino acids.  The second night was better, I followed a recipe I found on youtube http://caribbeanpot.com/simple-chicken-liver-and-gizzard/  here is the link to the website for the recipe.  I did goof it though, the “green seasoning” that it calls for I sort of winged.  I didn’t want left over so I just put some into my magic bullet (yes, I have one and love it) then ended up dumping it all in before realizing that it only called for 1/2 tsp, but I have to say it turned out really good.  Again we had this over rice.  There were tons of left overs from those two days.  So Friday I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and I picked up a tortilla press ($20 and totally worth it).  Hubby bought a huge bag of Masa (corn flour) and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making homemade tortillas.  We had a blast trying to figure it out.  It was a comedy of errors but we did get to eat.  🙂  I think making tortillas takes time to figure out.  You have to get the dough just right and the pan has to be really hot with not too much oil.  We topped them with some of the left over organ meat and rice, plus added fresh veggies, cheese and sour cream.  They tasted AMAZING!  We did decide that anything would taste pretty good if you put cheese, sour cream and hot sauce on it though. haha.  Then we had two days of nachos, with the meat and rice over chips with cheese and heated in the oven.  Again, you really didn’t know you were eating organ meat.

So over all it went well.  I think we still have to try new recipes, if you have one please feel free to share!  The whole fried liver and onions thing though… yeah it still tastes like liver.  It’s too bad we didn’t grow up eating these more, I think it would not be so difficult to figure out now, but it’s still a fun challenge.  Oh! And I saw a lady (on youtube) who put chicken hearts on a skewer and put them on the BBQ.  So Hubby has some more organ meat marinating in some Jerk Seasoning he made, which he learned to make from a Jamaican friend in Florida.  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  Now let’s just pray this pays off in future dental visits.

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I don’t wear traditional deodorant anymore, nor does Hubby.  No, I’m not a stinky hippie.  In fact I work in a doctor’s office and have to be professional here.  Yes, there are a lot of stinky hippies in Portland, I am just not one of them.  Somewhere in the pages of Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About, he talks about the dangers of traditional deodorants.  From aluminum, to putting dangerous chemicals right on top of two major lymph glands (Remember your lymph system doesn’t move on its own, you have to do it…so many people are putting this stuff on, it’s getting into their body and then remaining stagnant because they aren’t moving their lymph system).  A simple google of “dangers of deodorants” or even on naturalnews.com and you will have tons of reading.

There is such a taboo to deodorant.  We are taught that we MUST have this product, because then the boys or girls won’t like you if you smell.  I remember being SO embarrassed if I forgot my deodorant one day.  Gasp! In fact I have quite active sweat glands under my arm pits.  When I was growing up I was embarrassed about that as well.  No one told me it was normal for my body and that I should just embrace it, so I bought the high-powered deodorant and I can’t help think what I am paying for now, because I used that then….

So what do I use?  Well it’s changed over time.  At first I bought the “natural” deodorants from health food stores.  Which is fine, but it is another product that you HAVE to buy and still there are things in there that I still can’t pronounce.  I mean really if I can’t pronounce an ingredient then I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t come near my body, but that’s just me.  Then I started trying a spray.  I bought some essential oils and combined them with water for a morning spray.  This was also fine, but it doesn’t last all day and it doesn’t seem to help with odor, it just masks it for a while.  Then I read that people were using plain old baking soda with their essential oil spray.  You spray on the essential oil mix, then add baking soda to the top (making it stick).  This too was ok.  If you are focused on smelling good this is a good alternative.  But I took it one step further, I dropped the spray.  I only use baking soda.  Like I said I have active sweat glands, so I don’t usually have problems with having something for the baking soda to stick to.  What I do is carry a tin of baking soda in my purse, usually when I get to work I will apply it sitting at my desk.  I wipe my arm pit, dip my finger into the soda and then apply.  Generally I put a few wipes on, and yes I often times have to reapply at some point of the day.  But baking soda is an odor eater, don’t you put it in your fridge for that same purpose?  Once applied I do not smell.  Even if I have odor before applying the baking soda takes care of that, right away.  It is simple, it works and all I have to remember to do is grab my purse, and refill it when I’ve used it all.

I’m not embarrassed anymore.  If I sweat more than the next girl, so what…God made me that way.  I don’t smell anymore and I’m healthy and I save a TON of money every year not buying the prepackaged stuff from the store.  What does a box of baking soda cost?  Cheap, very cheap 🙂 Yay for saving money and not stinking! LOL

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In 2006 Hubby and I had just returned from a very failed move to Florida.  I guess I’m just a Oregon girl through and through.  I had to restart at my job and didn’t have insurance when I got two very nasty spider bites.  We assumed they were brown recluse but couldn’t be 100% sure.  They started out like small pimples on my hips and quickly went down hill from there.  With no insurance I wasn’t going to go to the doctor, and I was still very new to the herbal healing.  We tried all types of goofy things, including strapping cut potatoes to my hips in attempt to draw out the poison, man did that hurt!  Very long story short, eventually they healed.  During that process we learned a lot about spider bites and how to treat them.  Since that time I’ve been PLAGUED with spider bites.  Apparently I taste very good to spiders, lucky me.  So here are a few tips that helped me.

Magnesium: This is your #1 best treatment for spider bites!  This might be why potatoes were suggested, but don’t do the potatoes unless that is all you have.  We keep a bottle of magnesium pills around the house at all times.  When I get a bite, we grind up a pill or two and add just enough water to create a paste.  Put that paste on your bite and cover with a band-aid.  Once the magnesium dries it will harden, often times I will peel it off in order to have it pull out the puss/core.  This usually needs to be repeated a few times, but if this is all you have, you will heal your spider bite!  I learned this tip after my horrible bite, but I’ve never forgot it.

Well-Horse:  This stuff is made from the Amazon, it’s some kind of resin.  When I had my last bite, I went to our feed and seed (which we are VERY close with the staff) and was talking to a friend that works there.  He gave the store bottle of Well-Horse to try.  I took it home and Hubby applied it every time I got out of the shower (the bite was on the back of my leg, that’s what I get for gathering wood in a skirt).  This stuff is amazing!  Not only does it work super well on spider bites but it works on cuts and scrapes, and of course as the name suggests… you can use this on your animals.  The reason I love it the best is that it actually forces your body to scab.  Of course you will want to make sure whatever you are putting it on is thoroughly cleaned before applying.  My dog recently sliced his pad open, there was blood all over the floor when he came in from playing and he was licking like crazy.  I ended up putting a bit of Well-Horse on it and I never noticed it bothering him again.  The stuff is expensive (certainly compared to a bottle of magnesium), but a bottles seems like it will last forever.  Check your local feed and seed for it or you can go to Well-Horse’s website here http://www.well-horse.com/

Generally though my first line of defense is a homemade herbal healing salve.  If you have never made a salve this healing salve would be the place to start.  It is where I started. 🙂  I still make it and honestly I get requests for it ALL the time, especially from my Mom friends who use it on their babies bums for diaper rash and irritation.  They tell me it is the only thing they use and it works, so far I’ve had two different friends ask for more (we gave out tins of it for our wedding to the guests).  Salves are easy, I never measure anymore everything I do is generally by sight and experience.  So a salve is basically herbs that are soaked in some kind of oil and beeswax, that’s it.  For containers I look on craigslist for boxes of baby food jars and I ask my family and friends to save me their bottles, or used Altoid cans.  Also check out thrift stores for tins/jars.  A general salve ratio is 1 part beeswax to 3 parts oil.  So if you use 3 oz of oil you would use 1 oz of beeswax.  A scale really helps when you are starting.  If you want to be a bit “free” like me you can just add how much bees wax you think is enough and then dip a spoon in it and put it in the freezer to see how hard it becomes.  Ok I’m getting ahead of myself.  Lets just make the salve already!

Herbs you need are Calendula, Plaintain (the herb/weed not the “banana”), St John’s Wart, and Comfrey (which I talked about yesterday).  We grow our own Calendula, Plantain pretty much grows in everyone’s yard (and is perfect if you get stung by a bee! This stuff pulls out toxins.  Just chew up a leaf then put that mash on your sting and presto! Gone), St John’s Wart I bought at first but have found it grows up where Hubby’s Grandma lives so we harvested a bunch last year, and then Comfrey.

Oils: I usually use what I have on hand.  Olive oil works, I’ve used Grapeseed oil, Sunflower oil, Safflower oil… but almost always now I put some coconut oil in.  Coconut oil is solid below 75 F and helps add to the solidity of the salve, plus it’s super good for your skin.

Method: Get a pot out, measure (or eyeball) your oil then put your burner on low.  You want equal parts of your herbs.  So if you pick 1 oz then you use 1 oz of each herb.  I generally grab them and throw them in, but in the beginning I measured so carefully.  You add your herbs to your oil and let it sit (generally I cover it) for at least an hour on low.  Our new house has gas and this doesn’t work for me anymore, the oil starts to boil.  So I would turn it on low, don’t cover it and stir constantly.  Once the oil gets to the point it’s about to boil, turn off the gas for a while.  Then go back and do that again.  There is no special time here, an hour is a general time, I’ve done it longer and shorter and had wonderful products after.  Check on it from time to time, stir it, make sure it’s not boiling… After it’s sat in the oil then you take a cheese cloth (or an old T-shirt) and line a mesh strainer, pour the oil and herbs into another container and strain off the plant material.  Put your pot back on the stove on low, then you add your beeswax until melted, once it’s melted pour back your oil into the pan.  Warning: your oil will be cooler than the beeswax and it will harden a bit, this is normal and will melt again once everything gets up to temperature again.  Once everything is melted you’re ready to pour.  I forgot to mention that you should have your containers already washed and ready to go by this point.  Add about 5 drops of lavender essential oil to each container (or more if you love lavender… you can also put flowers in with your other herbs during the heating process).  I usually pour my liquid salve into a measuring cup with a pour spout on it.  It makes filling up the containers a lot easier.  Fill and let them sit until hard.  Label them with what you used and as “healing salve.”  I always make large batches so we have several jars of it on hand.  I give them away as the need comes, I use it on burns, cuts, scrapes… on the dogs (it’s ok if they lick it off it won’t harm them), on kids… the sky is the limit.  You’ll need to reapply it to whatever you are putting it on, probably a couple times a day and at the least once a day.  I love this stuff!  We have it around for all our neosporin needs 🙂  Cheap, easy and YOU made it.

 

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I while ago I posted a blog called what part does the chicken nugget come from?  https://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/what-part-does-the-chicken-nugget-come-from/ Today I read a very disturbing article about a 17 year old who collapsed and was having a hard time breathing.  It turns out this girl has NEVER had veggies or fruit in her entire life but only eats chicken nuggets.  I was horribly appalled at this story, because we actually have known “friends” who pretty much only feed their kids from McDonald’s.  I’m a child of the 80’s so I was also raised on this horrible food.  Until Super Size Me, I had no idea just how bad this stuff was.

Here is the article about the poor 17 year old who collapsed http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/chicken-nuggets-how-bad-are-they  and even sadder I read that because our economy is so bad that MORE people are feeding their families McDonald’s because of the “cheap” food.  Why don’t we get that you get what you pay for?  Did God this create garbage food? No.  He gave us apples and kale, chicken (REAL chicken) and beef.  There are so many ways to make food cheaper, but this also involves work, and most people don’t want to work that hard.  But if your 17 year old collapses unable to breathe, is that enough to change your thought on this?

Most cities now allow people to have chickens for eggs, this is easy and cheap and you get healthy FRESH eggs.  A garden doesn’t take that much space.  Grow what you love.  Save what you can for the winter.  Have a winter garden in your window seal.  We have potatoes from last falls harvest in our basement.  We bought a box of sweet potatoes when they were on sale at the store and they are also in the basement storage.  Tomatoes were canned and dehydrated for future use.  Kale can also be dehydrated for kale chips and is a winter crop.  Grow sprouts in your kitchen for fresh winter food.  With a several pound bag of flour you can make all the bread your family needs, you can make pasta, biscuits, pizza dough (then put some of your canned tomatoes on your pizza).  I understand wanting fast food.  Truly I do.  But I also know the facts about the food you get and it’s not food.  Do you want to grow your nails and skin with silicone!?  Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, you just have to plan it out more.  Sit down on Sunday and plan your weeks meals.  Find a local person and split a cow or pig with them.  We found organic beef from a local person and bought all they had.   Get a freezer, learn to can, learn to dehydrate (which can be easily done without a fancy dehydrator) your food.

I wasn’t planning on writing today but this article really got to me.  I could easily have been that girl, I have several people I can think of right now that are raising kids on this garbage, just like that poor girl.  Why even start your kids on fast food?! If they never have it they will not become so horribly addicted to it that they refuse to eat anything else.  Kids need parents to set good examples, their lives depend on it.

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