Java Talk #5: Alternative Medicine, Home Remedies & The Effects Of Manufactured Food


When I was a child, you were not often taken to the doctor. I had the usual childhood illnesses: measles, mumps, chickenpox. But I cannot recall one ear infection or sickness that required antibiotics. 

Fast forward to when my girls were young. I can recall sitting in the pediatrician's office every month for something or other. Sitting at the pharmacy waiting for the medicines to be filled. Antibiotics were given for seemingly everything, it felt like. 

When I was a child, we had no car. We ate our own chickens, from which came our own eggs. We had a large vegetable and berry garden, taken care of by my grandmothers. From that garden we ate fresh veggies and had fresh fruit cobblers and pies. I don't recall ever having a can of food from the store or a cake mix in a box. 

Things have changed a lot. When I was a kid, I wouldn't have known what a pediatrician was. There was just a general practitioner for everything. And sometimes he came to our house. It was a small town. 

I know very well that I am not eating nearly as healthy as I should. Sometimes I wish they'd never invented TV dinners, for they are so easy to just pop in the microwave.

I have to be very sick now to take antibiotics. Because with antibiotics come yeast infections, the other curse of womanhood. And I have suffered from so many of those during my adulthood. 

It's been going in the other direction now for some time. People are living "sustainable lives" and "going back to the land." I am living in the city. But there are still so many ways I can learn how to live healthily.

Last fall I mentioned looking into essential oils. Looking for a new place to live then took over, and that took a back seat. I want to get back on track. 

I absolutely hate going to the doctor. Filling out insurance forms. Paper work, paper work, paper work. And money out of my pocket. And while you're there, you're apt to pick up whatever illnesses are in the waiting room.

I'm not very savvy about these things of which I am writing today. So I hope those of you who know more will chime in and help the rest of us. We need to be more in charge of our own bodies, families, lifestyles and eating patterns. 

We need to look at things in a new way instead of the old way of feeling sick and depending on a doctor to remedy everything that ails us. 


I'm getting my coffee. Please start the conversation with whatever knowledge you have or experiences you've learned by. Let's help one another.

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164 comments

  1. Love the way you write and the photos you publish! Glad to have"find" you!
    Oly

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    1. Well, thank you so much! Feel free to jump in with any knowledge or experience you have.

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  2. I almost never go to the doctor, either, and have found lots of ways to boost my immune system. I've not had a cold in 3 years due to, I believe, 1.) Taking 2,000 units (in divided doses) of Vitamin C daily, 2. ) Taking 4,000 units of Vitamin D3 (divided doses) daily and 3.) Staying happy and unbothered by this crazy world. These have made a huge difference for me, anyway. Who knows how much healthier I'd be if I ate right! :) Looking forward to reading more natural remedies here! Blessings, Debra

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    1. Oddly enough, I don't seem to get colds. Really I can't remember ever having one. I take 4000 units of Vitamin D (split into two doses) a day because of my ankle. I need to start with the Vitamin C like you're taking. Things are going to be chaotic here until I move in just under three weeks, so I'll be eating this and that. But I so want to feel more healthy and strong.

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  3. I am not sure about the 'scientific validity' of this but.......I used to drink a lot of sugar in my hot tea. Although my tea is very weak (I brew an 8-cup pot with one tea bag) I switched to artificial sweeteners to reduce my sugar/calorie intake but after reading the warnings on the labels I ditched that practice. For the past 20 plus years I have substituted a slice of a real lemon instead of sweeteners---mainly to reduce the discoloring on my teeth. I go through about one lemon every two days---but the best part is that I RARELY have had colds or a sore throat! I, too, am with Debra though, "Who knows how much healthier I'd be if I ate right!"

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    1. Well, sounds like you got smart pretty quick in the game. I've got to stop these artificial sweeteners! But I love things sweet. I can't have lemons or any form of citrus, and haven't been able to for over 20 years, due to bad acid reflux.

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    2. I never use sugar or artificial sweeteners. Honey is delicious in tea.

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    3. I also have bad acid reflux. I did some research and found out that it is most often caused by not enough acid in your system so food ferments. I refuse to take the pills the doctor keeps trying to give me as he refuses to do a simple acid test on me to see if I have to much or to little. I have found that taking a couple of teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in it, in a cup of water either before eating or right after eating stops the burn. For someone who suffered daily, I am now going weeks with out an episode.

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    4. I had horrendous acid reflux for years, each year getting worse. Nothing helped, until I started eating Paleo diet...I don't eat grains, white potatoes, sugar or processed food. I do eat meat, butter, vegetables and some fruit. I feel 100 PERCENT better! No reflux!! Ive also lost weight and feel much healthier!

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  4. My family has just switched to using essential oils over antibiotics or OTC medications. They have worked wonders for colds, allergies, fevers and migraines. Ginger baths kept my kids healthy through cold and flu season.

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    1. Oh, please tell us more about them! I so far am in the absolute dark and need to start reading up on all this. Sometimes I get migraines and have to take serious meds. Would love to toss those. They cost a fortune!

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  5. Okay, when I went to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee, I grabbed a Campbell's potato soup can just to see what ingredients are in it. (Boy, are we trusting to just eat things we can't pronounce!)

    Here's the ingredients: Water, potatoes, modified food starch, wheat flour. Contains less than 2% of: dehydrated whey (milk), salt, cream, vegetable oil, (corn, cottonseed, canola and/or soybean), dehydrated potatoes, dehydrated onions, butter (cream), monosodium glutamate, soy protein concentrate, yeast extract, flavoring, citric acid.

    When they put contains less than 2% of...that makes me kind of nervous. Why do they feel the need to put it that way if something isn't a little iffy?

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    1. That's so awful. Three different kinds of MSG. Yeast extract and soy protein concentrate are two of the alternative names that the FDA allows for MSG. And with just 5 ingredients you could have this instead: http://beginningnewchapters.com/crock-pot-potato-soup/

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  6. Knock on wood, I never get sick and the doctor for me is always the very last resort. With all the reading I've been doing lately about The China Study and how food affects us, I've come to the point where I don't even trust the medical reports and information that's out there. We are all brainwashed to believe that doctors know best but in all reality, medicine is not an exact science. And taking any kind of medication always has side affects. I know some who run to the doctor for everything. In Kuwait, they give antibiotics for a runny nose and a cough. I've been vegetarian for 5 years but honestly, going vegan a year ago was the best thing I ever did. I feel so much better. At 48, I am in menopause. I do not take vitamins or any medicine. Eat right, move more, stay positive, be kind. I think those are all things to strive for so that we are healthy both physically and emotionally. There's something to be said for the old ways, for life as it used to be. Live a quiet life and work with your hands; that's my favorite verse right now. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

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    1. Somehow my reply to you ended up way down...

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  7. I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, but still I was only to the doctor twice before the age of 16 and once was actually the ER. I had one ear infection, and I remember it well, but only one and I didn't go to see the doc. My parents may not of done things naturally as I chose for my kids, but they didn't do things medically either. They just did whatever it took to get by.

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    1. And there's something to be said for that. Sometimes the doctor actually makes it worse.

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  8. You have heard me talk in the past about how we have completely transformed our health with natural remedies. You know what a believer I am in this, Brenda. *Major rant coming* When Abby was little she was constantly sick, and on numerous medications for her asthma and allergies. Every time she got sick again they put her on a new medication. She just could never seem to get better no matter what we tried. The whole thing came to a head one day when a nurse told me "she's an asthma kid, this is just the way it is." I refused to believe it, and bought the book Natural Cures. (I know he's going to prison now, but there's still some great information in that book.) I threw away every processed food in our home and started cooking everything from scratch, buying organically when possible. I got rid of every chemical cleaner and fragrance. This is majorly important if you have asthma problems. We filter our drinking and shower water now. Would you believe that there's as much chlorine in the city water here as we use in our pool? When you take a shower you are breathing all of that chlorine in the steam. We started using Garden of Life products. Yes they are expensive but not that much more than paying to go to the doctor. We stopped getting vaccinations -- controversial, I know, but I had always suspected that we were having adverse reactions to them. Of course the doctor's office told us that was preposterous. Well guess what -- none of us has had the flu since 2006 when we made these changes. Abby made it through high school with very minimal illness, just a cold a couple of times. This was a kid who formerly missed school for a week at a time. She was the only one who didn't get sick even once during freshman year of college, and one of her roommates was so sick she had to go to the ER (the Dr's daughter, btw). The medical system is not set up to get us well, it's set up to keep us coming back for more. Every little thing you do to take control of your own health will make a difference. When you move, throw or give away all of your chemical cleaners and every ounce of processed food. It's just as easy to put something in the crock pot as it is to put nasty processed food in the microwave! Crockpot liners are a girl's best friend, you don't even have to scrub the pot now. Have you seen how cute the new Crockpots are? All kinds of colors and patterns. Buy a pretty Dutch oven and bake something in it every Sunday afternoon. It becomes a really enjoyable ritual, and you'll have nutritious, healthy meals for the next couple of days. Please believe me when I say that if you do even these few small things, it will make a huge difference in your health, and also your energy.

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    1. I'm officially making you my guru, Andrea. I need all the help I can get. Especially on the cleaners with my asthma. What is your take on essential oils?

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    2. I have fallen off the wagon with essential oils, and I need to get back on. When Abby was still getting sick I would put her in the tub with epsom salts and oils, it was part of the routine we did anytime she was feeling bad. She grows mint and rosemary on her patio so she can make an herbal tea to inhale when she's feeling run down. I would love to get back into studying them and their effects on our health. If for no other reason than they make us feel better because of the wonderful, natural fragrance.

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    3. I know that vaccinations are controversial but some I feel we need. We are having an outbreak of Mumps here in central Ohio right now. Seems to have started on the college campus. My cousin did all the right things to be healthy. all except for flu shots. She died of H1N1 and it was a nasty way to die. In her case she was just fine until that nasty germ came into contact with her. Not saying we all should have these shots but at the same time.....you are taking a chance. Don't send me hate mail, please.

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  9. I started menopause at 48, Tammy, and the yeast infections really increased. I did take HRTs. And my female membranes, said the gynecologist, looked like thin layers of onion skin. Thus sex was next to impossible due to the pain. I probably would have been much better off to ditch him then instead of listening "to the doctor" tell me it was all in my head. Just like with men voting on women's issues, I say if they don't have the parts, they don't get the vote.

    I want to know more about your lifestyle and eating patterns. I could probably easily go vegetarian. I don't even really like meat. Don't know if I could let go of the dairy, as I love milk, yogurt, etc.

    No, the medical community learns what is being taught at the time they're in medical school. And yes, medication always has side affects. My friend Judy took one last week for itching and actually had hallucinations!

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  10. A very good morning to you, Brenda and ladies. This is definitely under the category 'home remedy'. Dan and I haven't had a cold or sinus infection in 15 years by doing this. At the first sign, we put a hot water across out forehead and eyes, throughout the day. This opens up and drains the sinus passages. Don't know why it works for us with colds, but it does.

    Is acupuncture even considered an 'alternative' therapy? Regardless, I was in so much pain following my knee replacement surgery. Not even a morphine pump helped, so they did acupuncture. I was doubtful, but it did work.

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    1. I had acupuncture many years ago for my back. You know my best remedy for pain and arthritis is yoga stretching. I don't know piddly about most of these other important things you all have already got established in your daily regimen, but I do know the positive aspects of that.

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    2. Thanks for reminding me, Brenda. I will look up yoga stretching and see what I find.

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    3. It made a WORLD of difference to me. Next month is my 17 year anniversary of doing them twice per day. ONE thing I've managed to stick with. Can't even say that for any of my three marriages!

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    4. Brenda, do you have a certain video of the yoga you do? I have never found one that didn't make my back hurt worse than it did before I started. I'm sure there are yoga stretches that would work but I don't know which ones.

      Grace & Peace

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    5. Good question, Mrs. G. I was wondering the same thing...

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  11. LOL all of this talk about HEALTH and here I sit in awe finding out THERE ARE CROCKPOT LINERS??? :) What will they think of next! :)

    The last time I went to a doctor was to a Med Express when I broke my little toe, at least 3 years ago...and I walked on it for two days before finally figuring out that I'd have to go to the doctor.

    Months later when I went to the ortho group to have a final Xray and be allowed to stop wearing the shoe-thing ( was a boot ) the doctor of the day told me that my BIG toe had healed nicely. Well it was the LITTLE one that I was there for! I never broke the big one. Scary, huh :)

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  12. Don't feel bad. I didn't know till now that there are crock pot liners either. Haven't used a crock pot in years. Have to get one. And the liners too! I hated cleaning them out.

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  13. I know this is off-topic, but just had to share. I was just now googling something (which I do many times per day) and came upon a story of a 31 year old woman in the UK who slipped in her kitchen and fell on her open dishwasher where the knives were pointed up. She died. How freaky is that? So I guess in the interest of safety, I felt compelled to add this totally unrelated story.

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    1. Exactly why I still put my knives in point down even though I no longer have children at home.

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    2. My mom taught us to put knives and forks point down. Saves on accidents. What a terrible thing to have on a death certificate. Cause of death--washing dishes. LOL.

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  14. considering I have auto-immune diseases and fibro & osteoporosis I rarely get sick! I am on two medications that I have to be on to keep the auto-immune diseases under control and those meds lower my immune system - I must be doing something right with my eating. I try to exercise and do pretty good - I need to get back to my yoga stretches. I drink a lot of green tea with truvia (natural sweetner without the calories) I do not excessively wash my hands but I make sure to not share any drinks or utensils with any one - I take calcium with vit. d, fish oil and multi vit every day I try to eat healthy but I know I am not the best at it. I have not had a cold in at least 3 years and it has been 25 years since I had the flu. I get a flu shot yearly and pneumonia shot every 7 years. I do eat two squares of dark chocolate almost every day - lol I consider it medication :) I love it. I rarely drink because it can upset my stomach due to the meds I am on. I do not smoke and never have -- I am curious as to these "essential oils" that you mention and would like to know more about them

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    1. Well, sounds like you're doing a lot of things right! I have never drank green tea. Am I missing something? I know it's supposed to be good for you. I am a hand washer. I come home from anywhere and I am washing my hands. I tried fish oil but it made me burp all the time. I have only had the flu a couple of times in my life. What I tend to get is asthmatic bronchitis. I did not get a flu shot this year or last year. Google essential oils and a bevy of info will be at your fingertips. Anyone know about essential oils or have experience with them, please speak up.

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    2. I like flavored green teas - green tea is supposed to be very good for you - it took me awhile to grow accustomed to it but once I did I loved it - i do not like other teas though for some reason - green tea has more of a mild flavor to it. During most of the year when I walk into any store if they have the disinfectant wipes near the carts I pull my sleeves down over my hands until I get to it, grab a wipe and wipe off the handle of the cart entirely then push it with my hands. that is where so many germs are and also on public restrooms door handles - by avoiding those I think I am avoiding a lot of the germs that are out there. Just my opinion and from things I have read says that over washing hands can make it so you have a lower immune system - you need a little bit of germs in your life to build up your resistance to infections - or words to that effect - I don't remember exactly how it was worded.

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  15. About 9 years ago I was pretty much forced to make a change in my diet. Had some health issues and developed Chemical Sensitivity - so prescription drugs made my symptoms so much worse. It sent me on a path of research and I was completely blown away at what I discovered. Processed foods full of chemicals, cleaners, clothing, toiletries, furniture - just about anything you can think of is full of chemicals.
    These chemicals are wreaking havoc on our health and making us ill. Even to the point of of cancer statistics I believe. Research has shown that Americans have the highest rate of cancer of any country in this world. It's also proven that we have certain chemicals allowed in our foods that other countries have banned.
    My diet consists of organic whole foods. I buy nothing in a can or a box. Everything is made from scratch. The only processed foods that I purchase are breads - sprouted and organic - organic oatmeal packets. Sugar doesn't come into my house. Sugar is the root of MOST health issues. Did you know that sugar is a source for growth of cancer cells in our bodies? Sugar and dairy both also induce pain in the body which with my condition is definitely not needed. So we do not touch dairy or sugar. Honey is a great replacement for the sugar, even in baking. And we drink only Almond Milk.
    Yes I have to spend a lot more time in the kitchen. I bake our breads, crackers, tortillas - anything that I can make from scratch using only organic products I do. Condiments such as bbq sauce, salad dressing, ketchup we make those too. I drink a lot of herbal teas - green is so very healthy for you. Herbal teas are so healing for the body.
    All of our meals begin with one or two vegetables. I then add a grain - such as tortillas, rice, quiona, barley, pasta, etc. Then we throw in a protein usually some sort of bean or maybe eggs. We are vegetarian but we do eat eggs still. But again only the organic, soy free, grass fed eggs.
    GMO's are another concern you should research. They are in everything! You have to be very conscious of anything you put into your body.
    I could go on and on. This too is a passion of mine. Since making these changes my husband and I both have seen our health improve ten times over. We never get colds, the flu, viruses. The only time we go to the doctor is for our annual checkups. And NEVER do we take the flu shot. We stay away from prescription drugs at all costs. I have seen that most conditions can be controlled with the foods that you eat - Diabetes, high blood pressure, ADHD in kids, even Autism.
    I am by no means an expert or a medical professional. But I can speak from experience of what has worked for my own health and from that experience My advice to anyone wanting to improve their health would be as follows:
    Eat only WHOLE foods. Organic when at all possible.
    No Sugar or Dairy.
    No White flours - that includes pasta, rice, crackers, bread. Sprouted breads are a great source.
    Drink Herbal Teas. Avoid caffeine at all costs.
    Take a daily probiotic.
    Use only Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    Drink a cup of warm water each morning with the juice of half a lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. This detoxifies the liver which is crucial to our health.
    Get your colon healthy! Take a soluble fiber daily if needed.
    Change to all natural cleaners and toiletries - even if you have to make your own.
    and Exercise! It's critical for feeling good.

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    1. One more thing. When you start talking about organic, this first thing people say is well it's too expensive to eat that way. And it is a shock when you first begin. We live on a one income budget and eat this way. They are always ways to figure this out. Go to a Farmers market if you can where organic is always cheaper. Use coupons - yes they exist. Websites have them online. When shopping at places like Whole Foods purchase their label when possible, it's cheaper. Websites online such as Green Polka Dot and even Vitacost sale organic food at good prices. I believe Amazon even does this. In the end, you will see that it can be done. And what you're doing for your own health will keep you from having astronomical food bills.
      I'm sorry this ended up being so long! I get started on this stuff and just can't stop. Best of luck on your journey! I know you will feel better with changes.

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    2. We don't care how long it is if it's informative! I have bypassed organic foods because of the price. You need to start a blog on this or a newsletter or something and share this information you have gleaned on a regular basis. For people like me who need the help! You could help so many of us become healthy. But I don't know about the coffee. They says it is good for you. So I'm a little confused on that. And I dearly love my cup or two of coffee...

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    3. Coffee is a LOVE LOVE LOVE of mine. I did have to give up the caffeine and change to decaf coffee but I got used to it. I have never been one to drink it for the caffeine anyway, I truly love the taste and smell of coffee. So it wasn't that difficult for me. It is my opinion - for whatever that's worth lol - that coffee is actually good for you. Of course not in an over abundance. Too much of anything isn't good as we all know. Again if it's organic. Especially needs to be organic if it's DECAF because of the way they process DECAF coffee. When it's not organic DECAF it's washed with chemicals whereas with organic DECAF it's washed with filtered water. I've often played with the idea of a blog but honestly it's not something that I could be committed too because of the bad days that I have and I wouldn't want to half do it. As far as helping, you can email me anytime. I would love to have conversations and help in any way that I can. I know of a LOT of wonderful websites that have really helped me along the way. So email anytime. I'll drop you an email so you have my address. Again, good luck!

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    4. I could drink decaf. In fact I drank decaf for some time before I switched to caffeine. I mostly do it for the ritual and taste anyway. Could you list links to these websites we could go to?

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    5. I'm with you on this one Belinda!!!! After watching the movie "Seeds of Death" on YouTube, I realized how dangerous regular supermarket food is. I have switched over to mostly organic food. About 90% of what we eat and drink is organic. Monsanto is poisoning us all with GMO's and Round-Up Ready products. Especially corn and soy. I also believe migraines are allergy-related and the allergy is triggered by GMO's. I don't get them anymore. I think most of the gluten sensitivities are really GMO sensitivities. We still drink cofffee and eat chicken and meat and dairy occasionally, but it is always ORGANIC chicken,meat and dairy. No more frozen dinners. I get a lot of frozen organic vegetables in huge bags at Costco and use those instead. Brenda, your blog is read by so many people, and so many are completely unaware of how dangerous some of these chemicals in our food and homes are. All the farmers are getting cancer from using Round-Up on their crops. Guess what? If you are not buying organic fruits and veges you are eating it, too. Please watch "Seeds of Death" on YouTube, it's a little over an hour long, it is a documentary you will learn so much. I want you to know I am not a nut-case, I am a retired R.N. and have done extensive research in nutrition. I seldom go to doctors and seldom get sick. I do have some osteoarthritis in my hip and back but that is genetic as my mother and brother had it also. I am working on that with the spice Tumeric. Yes, organic is more expensive but just as Belinda said, there are ways to manage. And it is a lot more expensive to be sick.

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    6. I'll list some websites. Some of them are folks who have survived cancer by changing their diet and lifestyle without CHEM or RADIATION. Their sites are filled with great ideas, recipes, just tons of information. There is one or two shopping websites where I purchase supplements and groceries. Dr. Mercola is a wonderful website filled with more information than you can imagine. He has a daily newsletter that you can subscribe too that I would suggest you join. Most of the recipes that I use for cleaners and toiletries have come from Wellness Mama who also is on Pinterest. I hope these help...

      www.wellnessmama.com

      www.mercola.com

      www.kriscarr.com

      www.chrisbeatcancer.com

      www.100daysofrealfood.com

      www.livingprettynaturally.com

      www.vitacost.com

      www.greenpolkadot.com

      www.greenling.com - This is a delivery service for organic vegetables. Check to see if they are in your area. I use them and their prices are better than at the stores where I live.

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    7. Lana, have you tried Curcumin? One of my health issues is inflammation in the body that cause most of my pain. I began taking Turmeric for the inflammation which it did help but read about Curcumin on Dr. Mercolas site and tried it. I've been on it for 3 months now and the difference is incredible! He has a lot on his site talking about how inflammation is the root of a LOT of health issues and the Curcumin removes it from the body. Again, his supplement is pricey but after using it I wouldn't use anything else.

      http://shop.mercola.com/product/curcumin-30-per-bottle,1130,206.htm

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    8. My impression was that Tumeric is mostly curumin. I mix it with a little water and coconut oil, cook it for 10 minutes or so until it forms a paste. Add a very small pinch of black pepper and cinnamon (seems to increase it's effectiveness). The paste can be kept in the fridge for a week or so. I use a half teaspoon in a mug of heated almond milk with a bit of honey. It tastes delicious like Chai tea and it has reduced my discomfort considerably. I get organic Tumeric at my organic supermarket (Natures Food Patch, very similar to Whole Foods). There are videos on how to prepare it, it is referred to as "golden milk". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYCQb2YNGt4

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    9. Yes turmeric contains curcumin. The curcumin is the pigment that gives the color. It is my understanding that when taken in the form of turmeric there is a problem with the body being able to adequately absorb the curcumin. And I have also read that you should try and use an organic form of curcumin rather than the turmeric. It's just the info I've found and I've actually experienced the difference with the curcumin vs the turmeric. But obviously if what you're doing is working for you then you should stick with it for sure. Good luck!

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  16. When my son was sick (leukemia) and in the hospital, no one was allowed to visit if they were sick. Since I wanted to spend every day with him and couldn't, if I had ANY symptoms of illness, one of his doctors told me about "Umcka", by Nature's Way. It's an herbal, homeopathic product. I buy the one for colds & flu. Since I started taking this at the very first sign of a sore throat or sinus problem, I've only been sick twice in the past 6 years. One cold only lasted for one day! It's a bit pricey, usually about $13.00 for 20 chewable tablets, but that's a lot less than a co-pay at the doctors! I'm constantly surrounded by little germs, I baby-sit my grand-kids, 3 days a week and volunteer at their elementary school and still manage to stay healthy! My husband and I both swear by this, now!

    Love everything I learn through your little chats! Hope your ankle is feeling better!

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    1. Well, this is certainly great info! Judy is terribly sick with a cold and she is around little ones a lot.

      Just FYI, I just created a new tab on my navigation bar at the top of my blog that lists the links to all the Java Talk posts. There is some great info readers, etc., have given, and I myself want to be able to jump right to the one I want to read about. So it's there if you need to get some info or read something you've forgotten the gist of.

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    2. Thanks for the info on the link, I'm sure I'll use it often!
      I've found that using the Umcka, even after a cold has set in, lessens the duration and severity of the cold. Hope Judy feels better, soon!

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    3. I called her as soon as I read about the Umcka and she wrote it down and is going to get it. She is babysitting three great-grands this afternoon. All under the age of 3. I imagine she'll bring quite a few germs home. She is not a constant hand washer like me.

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  17. Brenda, Although I am avoiding antibiotics unless it is absolutely essential, I do occasionally have to take one. When I do, I add a probiotic supplement and take one with each dose of antibiotic to prevent both stomach upset as well as yeast infections.

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    1. Yes, there are times I do have to take one too. I shall look into the probiotic supplements. I've just asked the doctor, on the occasions I've had to take one, to also subscribe Diflucan.

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    2. I am allergic to Diflucan so had to find some other solution.

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  18. I've been a metaphysical and nutrition fanatic for 40 years.. too much info to type here or anywhere for that matter lol.. doc's office twice in all that time and didnt take what they gave me even then cause I knew it would do more harm than good. Then I developed this anxiety condition and so I go to therpy and do take an anti anxiety pill once a day.. I'm certain if I do enough research I can find a way or ways to naturally heal myself in time and thats what I am working on diligently..
    The soon we all learn to care for ourselves the better off we'll be...
    as was said prior-- doc's arent in the curing business:) they may do and hand out things to mask your illness, but you'll have to keep going back for more and while the illness is Masked- yoou arent paying proper attention to it- or doing anything about its removal from your system..
    I need to write a book- seriously I do:) so many folks are sick and getting sicker becuase of the meds they take.. its heartbreaking to watch and to hear about.

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  19. I have been doing oil pulling and has been surprised at results. Google it, My husband's cousin 74 years old swears by it. She had a health issue a couple of years and it disappeared and Dr. said whatever you are doing keep it up. It took me a while to get used to doing it but now I let the dog out, make beds and read the paper while doing it. Ha!

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    1. I've never heard of this, but I googled it and here's a link for everyone...http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

      Boy, I'm learning a lot. Have I been living under a rock?

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    2. One book that made a big difference in my life was, The End of Overeating, Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by Dr. David Kessler. It is eye opening about how the food industry is as bad as the tobacco industry in causing us to become addicted to food. The sugars that are in our manufactured food is scary, plus MSG, etc and how they try and hide it under different names. Good starting point for wanting better for yourself. I was raised eating healthy and have a large vegetable garden but really never read labels too much till this book. It is not a diet book! It is how we have become so overweight as a nation not just because of amounts we put in our mouth but the way the food industry has placed addictive additives in our food that make us addicts. He was one that went after the tobacco industry if his name sounds familiar.

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    3. Well, that sounds like an interesting and informative read that could change one's life! I shall order it. When did companies get so greedy they decided to poison us while they're feeding us?

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  20. Hey Brenda, in addition to Tweak it Tuesday and WWFriday how about Lets Get Healthy Monday??? You already have such a large following and we could all contribute each week with remedies and recipes to stay healthy, links and websites to visit. Just a thought.

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    1. Well, let me see. I put Tweak It up at 3 p.m. on Mondays, which goes till Tuesday evening. Then I usually summarize The Blacklist that evening (which the show will be over for the season after this next one I think. And I also then announce what's going to be on Java Talk.) On Wednesdays we do Java Talk. Friday I do Welcome Wagon. That leaves Thursday and Saturdays.

      What do you guys think? Should we all contribute guest posts or have a link up party where everyone adds their two cents? All suggestions appreciated.

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  21. Ohhh I'm glad you brought up the oil pulling! I've been doing this as well and YES I've noticed a difference. The theory is that we hold a ton of bacteria and toxins in our mouths and the oil pulling removes all of those so that they cannot harm or attack or cells. And an added bonus for me is the coffee and tea stains are gone too.

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    1. I have to admit when I first read when Judi brought this up, hair pulling came to mind! I couldn't wrap my mind around oil pulling. But you can believe I will wrap it around it now.

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  22. Well, I just managed to pack one box with dishes. Do you know how hard it is NOT to pick all my dishes! But I can't. Not enough room. I got up on the small step ladder and changed the filter in the ceiling. (Getting around pretty good in this steel boot!) And my latest Walmart.com huge box arrived and I had to put cereal and such away. Since you are were on me to get more protein, and I don't have time to cook right now, I ordered some Special K protein drinks and bars. I read up on the protein, and decided after I read the reviews to also order Metamucil. I didn't realize it weighed about 4 pounds. Just carrying it around such give me some exercise.

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    1. Misspelling. I meant: Since you all were on me to get more protein...

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    2. Brenda, I don't know if you need to watch for hidden sugars (I do as I'm prone to high blood sugar) but there are some very low sugar protein bars, Think Thin by Advantage Nutrition , that are really good! We get ours online, you can shop around for the lowest prices. I also use Sugar Free Metamucil, every single day. I had a doctor suggest I use it for IBS, about 15 years ago and within 1 week, I had no symptoms of IBS. I did have colon cancer, in 2009, and my surgeon said the Metamucil was one of the things he recommended to his patients. We have the whole fam-damily using it, now!

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  23. I have not had one cold or virus this winter, but I can't say for sure what I did that helped me keep from getting one. I don't get flu shots. The one time I did, I came down with the worst case of flu I'd ever had. One thing I've done this winter is when I go into a store like WalMart I wipe down the cart handle with one of those sani-wipes that most stores have handy by the door. Also, I am careful when I'm out in public not to ever touch my mouth, nose or eyes unless I've had a chance to wash my hands. I also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my car. I do believe these things helps keep away the germs. The only other thing I can think of that I've done differently this winter is to eat more yogurt.
    I developed a cough due to acid reflux and it was especially bad when I tried to eat a meal. I'd cough all the way through it. My chiropractor told me to get Solaray's HCL with Pepsin and take 3 tablets before each meal. They have helped a lot.
    For those of us who might be sitting for long periods of time at a computer or at work, be sure to take frequent breaks and stand a while or do some mild exercises or stretches. Maybe Brenda will share some of her favorite stretching moves.
    Others have already mentioned some great tips that I'd like to put into practice. I do agree that there is most likely a big connection between a lot of diseases and the foods we consume that have chemical additives or have been sprayed by chemicals. And that leads me to another tip...I wash foods like green peppers, tomatoes and apples with a dab of soap and rinse well. I do this to hopefully get off any chemicals that may have been sprayed on.
    That's all I can think of at the moment. Great topic!

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    1. Washing will help a bit, but the chemicals are systemic in the fruit and vegetables. The best way to avoid pesticides is to buy organic. I do the same thing you do with the antibacterial wipes in the stores. I also make my 4-year old grandson take off his shoes and wash his hands the minute he comes home from school. Little children are germ fests!

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  24. I developed a cough when I was about 30, and it turned into asthma and also into reflux problems I deal with to this day. I shall try what your chiropractor told you. I haven't found a chiro since moving here.

    I will share those stretches when I've unpacked! Everything is in chaos right now. You can google yoga stretching. Just do the ones that have you on the floor on your back on a yoga mat. Hard to get hurt that way. That's all I do.

    I have taken to filling the sink with soapy water and putting my potatos, etc, in there and letting it soak for a bit. Then I scrub them good.

    You know, speaking of what we eat, when I was young, girls didn't develop breasts at ridiculous ages. Have you noticed the young girls with big ones! Lord, must be the stuff they put in milk, ya think? Hormones?

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    1. Be sure that you check the ingredients of the soap that you are using to wash the vegetables. If the soap is filled with chemicals then your only adding to the pesticides that your originally were trying to wash off. In the rare instance when I don't purchase organic, I wash the vegs and fruits with vinegar and water. At least this way I know that the vinegar is all natural and not full of chemicals that will harm my body. There's also the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list of veggies and fruits. The Dirty Dozen should always be purchased organic as they are the ones that tend to absorb the pesticides at a higher level. The Clean 15 can be purchased non-organic as they don't tend to absorb the pesticides so much.

      Dirty dozen: Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale and collard greens (all grouped into 1 item), cherries, potatoes, imported grapes and lettuce.

      Clean 15: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, mango, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, and sweet onion

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    2. lol! Yes, I've noticed the bigger boobs, too. I've often wondered what's with that. I can think of only 1 girl in my age group in school that had what we considered big ones while the rest of us were just average-sized. Something has to be different. Yes, I agree it's probably the hormones in our food!

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    3. Belinda, thanks for the info. Of course I didn't think of that. I just use dish soap like Ivory.

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    4. Cheryl, I do recall one girl in school in fifth grade that had biggies. And kids that age have enough to deal with besides worrying about sex. And that is next when the boys start seeing the breasts. I personally did not start my period till I was 14, and most everyone else already had but one friend.

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    5. When I was young I was a 32A. My daughter, by the age of 12, was a 36DD. The women on her father's side are also small-breasted. I sincerely believe it was from the milk, which is loaded with hormones to make the cows produce as much as possible. So why would it not make girls' breasts huge? I had to drive her to school because the boys made fun of her on the bus. It was not easy. It was at that point (18 years ago) I started buying organic milk and just kept going from there.

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    6. I know we have thrown so much info at you today Brenda, but read up on Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar for the reflux. Amazing stuff. You can put a tablespoon in a glass with some honey at it (almost) tastes like lemonade. I can actually just chug it from the bottle now :) Haven't had indigestion or reflux in years. Throw away the Tums! A friend lost her dad to throat cancer because of those things.

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    7. You can drink vinegar straight? I'd have to work up to that. Guess I'll look it up and add it with honey. I also have a haital hernia that acts up when I'm stressed. One time I was actually driving through the terrible traffic in Dallas (before my real hermit days) and it acted up and I couldn't get to my Tums. If you can't get Tums down pretty quick, you are faced with a pain that gets bigger and bigger till you feel like you're having a heart attack. Only thing to calm it down is to walk. And I couldn't even pull off the freeway!

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    8. Western Doctors would have us believe that asthma/reflux is due to "too much acid" this ridicules. Asthma/reflux is from too"little" acid in your stomach. The acid in our stomach's decreases as we age. So we need to "add" acid to keep our LES muscle (muscle between top of stomach and esophagus) closed. The LES muscles stays closed when there is pressure on it, ie. from acid in stomach. When there is too little acid there is No pressure to keep the LES closed, hence reflux coming up. That's why the chiropractor recommended Solaray's HCL with Pepsin (HCL = hydrocloric acid and pepsin is a normal element found in the stomach. People who get "silent" reflux (no heartburn) and symptom are "cough, asthma, sinus issues is from pepsin in the stomach rising into our nasal cavities. Today theory 50% of asthma is "silent reflux"related. No heartburn but respiratory issues, we do not get heartburn (i dont) I know I found out just before surgery that I have it. I start my day with drinking "slippery elm which aids digestion, a good probiotic, and with every meal I take 1 HCL with pepsin (2 for my main meal) and a digestive enzyme. I also take a tablespoon of Swedish bitters before meals (can just add real lemon to water, same effect helps digestion). Before going to bed I chew on 2 DGL tablets which aids in digestion. We do need to realize their is a big difference in "heartburn related reflux (I think it's called a disease, but really is just bad digestion) with "silent" reflux. Studies have shown woman have higher incidence of silent reflux and men with heartburn reflux. If we work to keep our LES muscles closed and only opening when drinking/eating we will rid ourselves of this.

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    9. Oops, also forgot to mention, DO NOT drink any fluids while eating. Fluids dilute our acid, and we want to not do this. I no longer drink while eating, I stop drinking fluids 15 minutes before and wait a half hour after eating before I drink fluids again.

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    10. I want more info on this. I have taken acid-reducing meds for 27 years because during one of my endoscopies it was discovered I had Barretts Esophagus, which is pre-cancerous cells. Then I had another and it seems it was gone. I thought it was because I was ritually taking the acid-reducing meds. Totally confused now...

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    11. Every website I've gone to on Barretts says this: Barrett's esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and changed to a lining similar to that of the stomach. Totally confused here.

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    12. That's true. But if acid reducing medicines worked why then would you get Barrett's? Too little acid is the problem (what PPI's does is reduce stomach acid), which is opposite of what you need, you need more acid because as we get older we lose the ability to produce acid. More acid keeps the LES muscle closed, too little leaves our LES open, hence acid coming up into esophagus.

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  25. By the way, next week we're doing gardening tips. I don't know how many of you are gardeners. But many a tip I've picked up has helped me over the years. So let's share.

    It's cold and rainy here. Don't know when spring is gonna knock on this here door!

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    1. I had a reader just email me that this is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. She had to have a colostomy because she was not checked. So people, keep this in mind. Thanks Charlotte for the tip.

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  26. You asked about doing a day devoted to healthy living. I like this format of just talk. Even if you have it one day a month as a special day. I will look forward to your decision. Enjoying today.

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    1. I tend to agree with you. We're already talking health anyway. I don't know how much more I can add to my plate right now!

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  27. These ladies are super savvy, Brenda, I think it's great that you are having these discussions. I'm learning a lot...I really don't think anyone is going to learn much from me! lol! I try to eat right, take one simple vitamin a day and keep the germs down in my home. I am a novice when it comes to eating clean, I started last August after reading a book called "Obsession", by Mika Brzezinski, she's a co host of Morning Joe on CNN. She discusses food addiction and the rise of obesity in America. She puts the blame on greedy food manufacturers that add all of the chemicals and artificial ingredients to our foods. This is what grabbed my attention... I was horrified by what I read and, as you know, I truly enjoy cooking, I decided that I had to make the time to cook fresh and clean. The popularity and rise of all these evil processed foods came about relatively back in the 50's and 60's when more women started entering the work force and didn't have the time their mothers and grandmothers had in the kitchen. I cleaned out all of the processed foods in my cabinets and fridge and freezer, believe me, there was a lot. And we have been eating healthy ever since. I cheat with Diet Pepsi, two cans a day. My hubby likes his snacks. I've been on a low carb diet for almost 10 weeks and 80% of my diet is fresh, often raw veggies. I have not touched sugar in that time, nor bread, rice, pasta, flour or potatoes. I haven't started buying organic...I have my own thoughts relating to how the FDA deems foods organic, but I am not going to take a stand here. I think we need to live without chemicals in our food and make adjustments accordingly.

    As far as Western Medicine...up in the air about that, too. There are a lot of people making money on their point of view, whether it be about vitamins, herbal treatments, acupuncture, oils, tea, etc. I think we need to be aware of all the alternatives we have, yet have respect for the medical community as well.

    And that's all I have for today! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  28. Jane, I agree that the medical establishment does indeed have its place in our society and should be given credit for all that they do.

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  29. I read this on a blog over a year ago, tried it and now swear by it.

    When you feel a cold or something coming on, or around someone else who is sick, take a heaping spoonful of raw honey mixed with powdered cinnamon. I use Manuka honey which is rather expensive but I only use it for this medicinal purpose so it lasts quit awhile. It has loads of antibacterial properties.

    It has worked wonderfully. Other people in my household who refuse to take this have had constant colds but I have not gotten sick at all.

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    1. Now that you mention it, somewhere along the way I did read about this. Glad to know it works. Knock on wood, I just don't seem to get colds.

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    2. Cate...how often do you take the honey/cinnamon mixture? I'd really like to try this myself and for my kids. Thanks!

      Jane

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    3. I take it as soon as I feel something coming on and them again a few hours later. Maybe a total of 3 times in a day maximum. That's usually all it takes.

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  30. My journey with getting healthier started a couple of years ago...when I had a swollen lymph node from drinking too much pop with caffeine in it...so I immediately gave up drinking pop and now drink herbal teas and water.The next thing I gave up was sugar and I started using artificial sweeteners, but gave them up...because they are really bad too. My husband has diabetes now...so we needed change what we were eating for his health. We now only eat whole foods...like Belinda, we do not buy anything from a box or can. We have wonderful smoothies for breakfast with fruit and almond milk in them. I also purchased a whole food cookbook to help me with planning our meals. We both are feeling so much better. I have had back and hip problems for the last 4 years and I prefer to see my chiropractor instead of the family doctor for it...because all the family doctor wanted to do was to give me pills to take.
    Great topic today.
    ~Cindy

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    1. I have not tried almond milk. Is it expensive? I use quite a bit of milk on cereal. I will get back to my smoothies once I move and get settled. I really preferred it to eating a meal at night. I just put ice and milk or water in the blender, adding a banana and blue berries (frozen, they're too high fresh) and a few cut up strawberries with that stuff we talked about last week that I'm blocking on. Not wheat germ. Anybody know what I'm referring to? Oh yeah! Flaxseed! I am afraid to use my blender here. The old electrical wiring sometimes can't take it. I have never been able to use my electric can opener here.

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    2. I have heard that frozen vegetables and fruits have more vitamins in them than canned or even fresh. The vegetables that are frozen (so I've heard and read) are flash frozen. Frozen quicker than veggies/fruits are canned or shipped fresh to market. They also have less sodium if any at all.
      Boxed or canned foods have way too much sodium in them.. Diet sodas also have a lot of sodium content.
      We've had Almond milk in our home.. My son and daughter like it.. I haven't tried it.. I use skim milk in cereal, tea and smoothies.
      My Dad used to have a very large vegetable garden and did not use commercially made fertilizers. He used, "yuck", manure that he got from people who had horses... He sold his vegetables to an organic market. The owners of the market were eager to get his vegetables and sold them for a much higher price than he was paid for them.
      I think we're all hearing about things that are better or good for us to eat that we never thought about years ago.
      If anyone watches Survivor on TV you see that the contestants eat a lot of coconut, coconut milk and rice. I guess that's what gives them energy to compete for 39 days on the show.
      Wishing good health and happiness to Brenda and all of her readers.
      Charlotte in Virginia

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    3. Well, that's interesting to know! Because that's what I put on my baked potato. Frozen veggies.

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  31. My random tidbits (since there is so much great info already being shared here). I try to go by that phrase of "Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Supper like a Pauper. It actually seems to work most of the time. Of course when we meet up with friends for dinner out I will order an entrée, but I also order a box so I can package at least half of it. I will eat that the next day or 2 for lunch. Getting protein in the morning has made me more alert and with enough energy to get through the day. Water!!! (I like mine with lemon, but I know that is not possible for you) No fake sweeteners--once I did this I found myself dropping weight. Real cane sugar seems to cut the craving for too much. I like certain things sweet so this was a great thing for me. I use almond milk quite a bit. I love cheese, but only purchase really good cheese (nothing with wrapped slices) so a little bit goes a long way. Cooking in the crockpot is glorious on so many levels. The house smells like someone loves you, there is enough to freeze for future meals, and the variety of foods you can cook is endless. Oh, yeah, it uses less energy than the oven. No matter how I cook the food, where there is enough for leftovers I freeze it in serving size portions. (the $ store has great containers for this) No matter how little I feel like cooking I always have food to eat. I make my own broth and freeze it.

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    1. That sounds like a good strategy, breakfast like a king, etc. I try and do the same thing. I never go out to dinner, so don't have to worry about it. In fact I'm never out after 5 p.m. I've got to get back to drinking more water. Of course then you have to stay close to a bathroom! But it helps you lose weight. I've got a sweet tooth for sure. Got to try almond milk.

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  32. Childhood Obesity is an easy one to figure out.. For 40 years now they have been adding growth hormone to animal feed so the animals grow faster and can be sent to slaughter sooner. Those hormones are in the cells of the animals and no amount of cooking removes them. so what happens-- folks gain weight at a much more rapid pace and kids and older folks are more likely to be effected. Heck, its in the mom;s bloodstream so they start getting it all hormones, pesticides and such from the minute they begin as a cell. I have always thought this was also the real answer to adhd- autism and such being so rampant and numerous in these last 20 years. it all adds up if you start thinking about it , which brings me to my next belief:) the more folks have to work to have any decent form of life now, they less time they have to think about all this.. its like Illuminati-- ya know, shine a light brightly on that which I wish you to see , which keeps you from looking at what I dont want you to see. I know I sound like a Conspiracy Queen, but dang the facts are right before our eyes and yet, we do not see. isnt that in the bible--? let he who has eyes see and ears hear... but we dont cause LIFE and trying to survive and succeed keeps us way to busy and 80% of the population is already doing without the needed amount of sleep to keep their brain cells functioning..
    oh my I could go on and on and on .. I'll hush now lol..
    I love this Party the most Brenda.. Thanks for a place to sound of.

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  33. Keep it going, Sonny! We need to know these things. And to learn from them. This IS the place to sound off and let it out. We do, most of us I think, know about these things, but what can we do to stop it? That's what I want to know. Everybody's out for the almighty dollar. Who cares in their eyes as long as they can raise cattle and send them to slaughter sooner? Makes me absolutely sick. But...what can we do? That's what we need to find out.

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    1. What we can do is not buy their products. I won't buy anything made by Kellog including Kashi. I buy mostly organic so that eliminates most of the chemical-laden food companies. We can't rely on the FDA or the government they are sleeping with Monsanto. The only way to change things is to hit them in the pocketbook. If everyone only demands clean, chemical-free food, they will have to change, or go out off business.

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    2. Well put, Lana.
      Monsanto. The company that gave us Agent Orange and PCBs....
      Everyon should be aware of Monsanto, it's political contributions, lobbying
      and political connections. An
      eye opener, to be sure.

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  34. I totally forgot to rant about body products. Most of them are full of horrible, toxic ingredients made from petroleum by-products. Our bodies absorb that nasty stuff, and it taxes our immune systems and creates health problems. Don't even get me started on anti-perspirants and the breast cancer connection. The Environmental Working Group has an incredible website that rates the toxicity of most cosmetics and body products -- http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ I never buy a product now without checking it. Lots of discounters (TJMaxx etc) have stocks of body products with many great organic and wholesome products for much less.

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  35. I am a little embarrassed to say that I have not had makeup on my skin since my divorce hearing. And that was because the mistress was going to be there!!! I don't wear antiperspirants. I like cornstarch baby powder under my arms. I'm sure there is probably something wrong with it too. But I don't like the slimy feel of antiperspirants. And since I THINK I'm at the other end of menopause, I don't sweat much anymore. Just when I'm in a lot of pain.

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    1. I don't think you should be embarrassed about not wearing makeup! It's not good for us anyway, our skin needs to breathe. We have Abby using mineral makeup, but it's expensive, so I haven't "invested" yet because I don't wear it that much either!

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    2. Sorry for all the reply posts but I am loving this discussion it is right up my alley!!! I only wear concealer under my eyes (dark circles) and a little blush on a daily basis. I wear underarm products make of safe ingredients from the health food store. Less make-up looks better as we get older anyway.

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    3. Andrea,,,I wear Bare Minerals make up as it is supposed to be good for the skin and I'm pretty scary without my make up. I found out you can order it on Amazon for $15.00 as opposed to Sephora where it is around $27.00. You pay a few bucks for shipping but it's still a savings. Try ordering a few at a time if you can to save on that. I get it for my daughters.

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  36. Andrea - Opulent Cottage- has mentioned a lot of good points that my Aunt shares with our family ( my aunt who has practiced "whole" living for decades/years). Basically .... don't buy anything to eat from a box or can. Don't eat anything with names you can not pronounce. Same with body and cleaning - keep it simple and basic. (ie. apple ciders, white vinegar, lemons, etc) All the toxic products we eat, breathe, and bathe with are ruining our natural body bio-chemistry and increasing cancers, diseases, infertility, etc. It can be tough, but not impossible, in this day and age to keep it simple. Organic items are best. Pesticides and fertilizers that are on our veggies can be bad - - it's worth it in the long run to pay for organic. PS- my brother is a fireman ...........one of the TOP calls for injuries at home is falling over an open dishwasher door while unloading. STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY everyone!

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    1. Great info. Your aunt was one smart cookie. As for your fireman brother talking about people falling over an open dishwasher, I'm sure I'd have done that by now had I been using the darned thing. I thought it freakish that that 31 year old woman fell on the knives and bled to death. But I guess if you put the sharp ends up, that is a real possibility.

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  37. wow.. so many info here.. You got some mighty smart blogger pals Brenda.. umm now I am thinking about the increase in breast cancer .. Wish I knew the statistics concerning under arm deodorants // especially combined with the time when so many american women began to shave their underarms.. ya know sorta open skin for all those toxins in the products to seep into. I mean not that they wouldnt seep into skin anyway but ya know shaving has to make that worse... how can we find that out? the info will be for sure way underground considering the Power of the companies that make such things.
    I have used baking soda for so many years. thats probably got crap in it too though.
    I've always figured a bunch of women could find out everything if they all got on an issue.. we're sorta like Pitbulls ya know .. giggle

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    1. Well, when I got my mammogram last month, as usual, they tell you when you come to not have any deodorant or powder on. So that says something about it. Maybe it messes up the scan. We'll have to do a little research. I can be a pit bull when I have the need to be! I don't use deodorant, but like I said above, I do use cornstarch baby powder. Had to get through the menopause years somehow.

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    2. Some folks say there is a connection with the aluminum in deodorants to cancer, others dispute it and say there is no evidence. So I figure we just have to protect ourselves and do what we feel is best. I go by gut instinct and I think putting chemicals on your skin just can't be a very good idea. We have sweat glands for a reason, to rid our bodies of excess toxins, etc. which anti-perspirants seem to interfere with.

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    3. I agree. I can't even use facial creams. Got to figure out a natural one. No matter what I get, somehow it irritates my eyes, even though I don't put it anywhere near my eyes.

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    4. Me too. I have to use hypoallergenic fragrance free products or my eyes burn and get red like pink eye.

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  38. Try coconut oil (it solidified) Brenda for skin cream. It is marvelous and pure...and leaves your skin feeling like a baby's butt. I need to go back and read some of these things when I have a bit of time. xo Diana

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    1. Coconut oil. I'll check into it. Because I have really dry skin.

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    2. Walgreens has liquid Coconut oil that my husband and I use. He uses it for his psoriasis and it has really helped. I have skin as dry as the Sahara, I mix it with Epsom salt and my bath water. Be careful as it makes the tub really slippery.

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  39. You know this is one of my favorite topics, Brenda! I *am* going to start another blog - a food and nutrition/health blog - but it's only in the thought process right now. I'm juggling a lot of appointments and home projects right now and those have to take priority for the moment. Anyway, I have to concur with a lot of things some of the women have already said on here. My basic eating habits are to go as natural as I can - nothing processed, or out of a box or can. Fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides (someone above already listed the Dirty Dozen) - I buy organic. Strawberries are the worst offender for being loaded with the most pesticides due to their porous skin. We don't eat much meat, but when we do, I look for organic, grass-fed, no-hormones meat. I read labels on everything I buy (read the ingredient labels on your Special K products - you will be surprised as to what's in there!) and I recommend everyone do the same. It's eye-opening to see all the horrible things that food manufacturers will put in their product all in the name of "food". The worst offenders are partially hydrogenated soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, carrageenan, nitrates, nitrtites, food colorings, tons of sodium and sugar. I rarely eat cereal but my husband has it most mornings (non-GMO cereal). We use almond milk. Some brands have carrageenan in it (you can Google the dangers of this additive if you're interested) - Silk brand does not.

    Sweeteners...we greatly limit sugar and we don't use any artificial sweeteners. Someone mentioned Truvia. I used to think that was a natural sweetener, too. It isn't. The truth is coming out about that sweetener now. Guess we shouldn't be surprised! I do drink one cup of coffee in the morning and I use stevia to sweeten it. Otherwise, I drink water the entire rest of the day. In the summer, I make a pitcher of herbal tea and we drink it iced and plain (unsweetened).

    For cooking oils, all I use is organic virgin coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil. I also just started doing the oil pulling with coconut oil last week. Will be interesting to see if I notice any difference in my teeth, etc. I do take certain supplements and I only buy NOW brand. I take vitamin D3, Omega-3's, calcium/magnesium, B-Complex, Evening Primrose oil, and a probiotic. I have IBS and it flares up when I'm under stress or get anxious (I have high anxiety)...ever since I started taking a probiotic every morning, it has my IBS symptoms under control.

    I do not get the flu shot and haven't had the flu since I was in my early 20's (30 years ago). I haven't had a cold in years, but if I feel one is coming on (a little tickle in my throat), I immediately start popping NOW Allibiotic which is an immune system support supplement. Even my 23-year old son swears by this stuff.

    I also greatly believe in yoga to help with good health - both physically and mentally. I have a couple of great yoga teachers who implement some meditation and deep breathing into our practices and it's amazing how wonderful it feels. One doesn't have to join a class to do any of this - there are lots of online videos.

    I am not perfect with my eating habits. Once in awhile, I do enjoy some home-baked goods (at least I can control the ingredients in this...ever look at the list of ingredients in a cake mix?!) or some M&Ms. And the other night, my husband and I actually got a few White Castle burgers on a whim as we were passing by the place. Neither of us have had one of these in ages and we are normally fast food rejects, so why did we do it? Who knows - guess we were both in one of those "what the hell moods" and felt like being a little bad, lol. I didn't feel too guilty since I eat so healthy 99.9% of the time. But let me tell you - I had a horrible stomachache and was burping like crazy after I ate that. Lesson learned!

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  40. I'm just now starting to read some of the comments and I see so much good infor here. I am blessed with good health....that's the only way to describe it. And I'm very thankful for it. I eat pretty healthy (but could always do better). I don't eat sugar at all....I have some kind of allergic reaction to it so I don't have a choice. I can't eat it. I think that helps me feel better. I exercise but now I only do things I like to do and enjoy. And it seems like I'm exercising more with this attitude. I smile a lot....that's healthy, too! Love this subject and I'll keep reading the comments and see what I can learn. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  41. Wow, just getting to this and it's fantastic the information. We eat pretty healthy here, except I still enjoy my cereal in the morning. I love some of these tips for name brands. I remember the first time trying to decide which probiotic to buy was pretty confusing. I too use the coconut oil on my face and it is wonderful. A jar will last a very long time. You only need about a dime size portion to apply to your face. If it feels like it's too greasy I just pat a little off, and rub it on my hands/arms. My face feels so good in the morning after sleeping w/it on. My daughter is 24 and about 6 years ago she took it upon herself to make her own facial cleansers from fresh products, and depending on the time of the year will determine what products she uses. She found a book from a European lady that has the recipes in it. She said her skin is much healthier making her own natural products. Thanks for starting this discussion for us! It's wonderful.

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  43. Hi Brenda (and friends!),
    I am just now beginning to read all these awesome comments, but already saw essential oils mentioned a lot. I have very little experience with them, but a blogger I follow posts often about them as do her readers/followers. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/ If you put "essential oils" in her search box, all kinds of posts pop up. Thought it might answer some of your questions. By the way, she posts a lot of things that are helpful household and eating tips so you might like her site in any case. :) ~Danielle

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  44. I am a great believer in a combination of eastern and western healing practices. I eat a pretty healthy diet most of the time, but have found myself off track lately. Yes, going to hospitals and doctor's offices are the worst. I have a terrible cold, the first in four years after spending a week with my mom at the hospital. UGH!!! xo Laura

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    1. BTW, I buy all of my food at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the farmer's market. Trader Joe's brand does not contain GMOs. I lowered my high blood pressure to a normal range by juicing with dandelion greens, organic apples, lemons, carrots, turmeric root, and ginger root in the mornings. When I don't keep it up my BP shoots back up.

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    2. Hospitals are hot beds of germs and diseases, unfortunately.

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  45. Good Morning from Minnesota. Here is my take on all things natural. When I need to take an antibiotic, which hasn't happened years, but when I do I take Acidophilus at the same time. The antibiotic kills ALL of the bacteria enzymes. Acidophilus puts the good ones back in. I have never had a yeast infection.
    For about 2 weeks now I have been "oil pulling." I take about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and move it around my mouth for 20 minutes. It gets creamy and has a nice flavor. But you do not swallow. I spit mine out into a paper towel. Our mouths are full of bacteria. and yuck. The coconut oil somehow like absorbs them. http://authoritynutrition.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/
    I can tell the difference already just in the fact my food tastes better, and I don't have a bad taste in my mouth. It is also supposed to aid in weight loss.
    I am diabetic, have fibromyalgia, have trigeminal nueralgia, and pernicious anemia. I need to be at the doctor about every 3 months.Once a month for a B12 shot.
    I control the diabetes with an oral medication and good food. My A1C tests are always so good the doctor teases that maybe I don't have it after all.
    I have started buying more organic things. Especially bread, and pastas. I hate the fact that the gov't allows these GMO's into our food. I try to get organic produce, but I live in the country and our local stores don't carry any. Wal-Mart does, but they are a 70 mile round trip for me. I grow my own in the summer in children's swimming pools.
    For daily supplements I take fiber, calcium, and in the winter D3. I get plenty of sun in the summer to help my mood.
    I don't know anything about essential oils, but they seem interesting. I need to research them.
    One thing I do for pain of almost any kind is I use Blue Emu Cream. That is the entire name. I buy it at Wal Mart, even online. It has ended a migraine. My face pain. And just general aches and pains. I swear buy this stuff! It is odorless and non greasy. You only need a little dab so a jar lasts a long time. It is the best stuff ever. Truly it is. I get excited when talking about it. Here is a story about it. I was having an episode of the trigeminal nueralgia and my medicine wasn't working. I didn't want to go to the doctor and had the pain for 6 days.I ended up in Urgent Care. The doctor gave me a shot of morphine. Yes, I had a driver. When the shot wore off some of the pain came back. I rubbed the Emu Cream on my face and soon the pain was gone. A couple of hours later I did the same thing. By the of that day the pain was completely gone. I know the shot helped me from going insane, but the cream took it all away. This Blue Emu Cream is the best stuff ever!
    That's about all I do Brenda. I have a friend who is my go to with questions I have. She has had her family on organic everything for years, and natural remedies. I am sure she can tell me about essentail oils.
    This a whole new ball game we entering into.
    I will be 59 next October. I am not going to go into old age gracefully. I will do what I can to keep myself healthy.
    Thanks for hosting Jave Talk.

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    1. If you've made it this far without a yeast infection, you are one lucky lady. Those things can drive one crazy. I had them so bad nothing on the market would cure them and I'd have them for months. I have also had trigeminal neuralgia, and that is one weird feeling. Till they figured out what it was, they scanned my brain looking for a tumor. From time to time, but VERY rarely, it comes back. Hasn't in some time now. I will check into the Blue Emu Cream. Wonder if it would help my ankle?

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    2. My daddy became a paraplegic at the age of 56. My mom used Blue Emu cream on him for various issues along with aloe vera straight from the plant for any sores. She also used Bag Balm. He passed away at the age of 86. His doctors were amazed at the fact that he was in his chair for 30 years and that he stayed healthy all those years.

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  46. I've learned more in the last thirty minutes reading the comments then the last thirty years combined. You have such awesome readers Brenda!

    I rarely get sick and I contribute that to living as stress free as possible. I've seen more than a few people develop cancer after experiencing severe stress in their lives, including my sister. Of course, what we eat is huge as well. I rarely eat processed foods, although I admit I don't always buy organic. I'm going to try to grow some of our veggies at the cabin beginning this year or next.

    During the last four months I've lost ten pounds without much effort simply by cutting back on carbs. I take one teaspoon of sugar in my coffee in the morning and that's it. I use coconut oil or extra virgin most of the time, and my plate almost always has more veggies than protein. I find them tastier anyway, so it's not a sacrifice,

    I never eat at fast food places or food chains. The quality of the food is sub par, and you really can't trust what you're eating. I also never drink soft drinks. Other than one cup of coffee a day, I drink mostly water. I've cut down on having wine with dinner. Saves money and calories.

    Doctors have their place, but sometimes they have knee jerk reactions to how they treat patients and they don't always know best. We have to be proactive and do our own research because they're not going to take the time to do it on our behalf. Sad but true.

    Thank you for starting this discussion Brenda! I'm learning sooooo much and you are doing such a fabulous service to so many.

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    1. I am guilty of eating fast foods. There are so many close to me here. Before I broke my ankle, I was always rushing, rushing, rushing around. Practically ran I walked so fast. Maybe this was life's way of telling me to slow it down. I would go until I was so hungry I couldn't think straight and then eat whatever wasn't moving! I've never liked wine for some reason. Or alcohol. Not a moral thing, just didn't like the taste. Or mixing it with the meds. Yeah, I've learned so much here my head is spinning with it all!

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  47. Brenda,

    There is so much GREAT information here from your readers, and it is all to make us healthier and more in control of OUR bodies...Not at the mercy of a Pharmaceutical company. I have found that cutting out red meat is one of the best things you can do for yourself, organic is great if you can afford it, fresh is great from your own garden or a Farmer's Market. Breaking the cycle of what we all think is convenience, and getting back to the way things were in our parents and grandparent's time. It worked then and it still works today. Cut out the sugar, use honey, fruits, vegetables and nuts are great go to choices when you need a snack. I find that eating a little several times per day is much easier on my tummy that one bigger meal. Vitamins are important to us just as air is to breathe, and Vitamin C and D are essential, especially as we age.
    As you prepare for your move to a new living space, take on the challenge to move to a healthier lifestyle and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel in a very short amount of time. The timing is perfect fro you to start planting pots in your new patio space. Make certain that one includes peppermint. SO good for you in so many ways.

    As always, I wish you all the best, with continued happiness and good heatlh.

    Jackie

    Let me add that one of the best produts to use if you have a head cold or upper respiratory information is Oregano oil.

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    1. I shall remember the oregano oil for when I next have asthmatic bronchitis. Thankfully have not had that since shortly after I moved here. I absolutely love to grow herbs, and always have many kinds of mint and lemon balm and good smelling stuff! Love to brush past it and have the fragrance released.

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  48. I just goggled essential oils to find positive and negative reviews, the sites I found where mostly dealing with the quality of the oils, not if they worked or not. I would like more info, I know many people who use oils and feel they help to keep them healthy. I have only used one for my knees, I don't know if it helps but it feels good. I never get a cold or the flu. I am overweight but healthy. I swim and now have started to use the gym, you don't need a gym, all of the exercises I do are on the floor or with small weights. I take vit. D 3, calcium, CoQ10, baby aspirin, Prilosec, eat healthy, just maybe too much. That is changing!! Now I am going to order some yoga dvd's. Good luck on your move...

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    1. Which essential oil did you use for your knees? Judy is having a terrible time and won't go to the doctor because she's caring for John full time and is afraid she might be told she has to have surgery or something. You know what they say: the caretaker falls apart. I don't even use weights. I just do the yoga stretching. And I feel so good when I get up!

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  49. I forgot to add, I did learn that you must be very careful of the claims oil companies may make, all are not equal.

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    1. I manage my pain with essential oils - rosemary, peppermint, lavender. Essential oils are amazing for so many things and it has been my experience that YES they do work. There are many other oils that work for various things. I couldn't begin to name all of the oils and their purpose that we've tried.
      You are right in that you must be very careful in the source that you use for your essential oils. I personally use Mountain Rose Herbs out of Oregon. Their oils are organic and processed in the correct ways. They are committed to their products and I've never been disappointed. They also do a good job of describing each product and what it should be used for. They also have other really great items for sale on their site, go check it out. www.mountainroseherbs.com

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    2. I have checked out Mountain Rose Herbs. Am checking out the others as well. I like to research these companies and read reviews of people who have dealt with them and used their products. So when things calm down a bit, that's what I plan on doing.

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  50. One thing I'm learning is, it's not just what we put into our bodies, but the approach that we use when preparing food for ourselves and our loved ones, that is important. Food can nourish us spiritually as well as physically if we take time and care with it. I'm learning this from re-reading the cookbook Laurel's Kitchen, a vegetarian cookbook that first came out in the 1970s, and was reprinted many times. I think it is now out of print, but, I often spot it in second-hand bookstores, and it's available on amazon.com.

    It's taken me many years to really appreciate this cookbook, and it's because I didn't really grasp the notion that lovingly preparing good, healthy foods can be a way to minister to oneself and one's family. In the introduction, there is a description of one of the authors trying to prepare dinner each night while listening to a radio news program, and becoming anxious and distracted by the crises of the day. She switched to listening to music, and finally cut out listening to the radio altogether, and devoted all of her attention to the meal preparations, so that she could really focus on her tasks. She began to really notice the colors and textures and fragrances of the ingredients, and began to prepare more flavorful dishes as she paid more attention to what she was cooking.

    I have long been a distracted cook, and it has been my husband's high blood pressure diagnosis that has prompted me to change my approach. As I've searched for ways to cook healthier foods, I dug out the Laurel's Kitchen book and was reminded of this more focused approach to cooking. We aren't vegetarians, although we don't eat a lot of meat. We have been eating more tofu, beans, and nuts.

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    1. How interesting! I had never really thought of that. I was a news junkie. Now I never even listen to the local news. If the weather is changing, Judy calls me. I found that I was taking in so much information and devastation that it was making my head spin. What's ridiculous on my part is that I had the news on while I did yoga stretching! Talk about ironies! What good I was doing was stressed out by the day's events and shootings! So now I just bypass the news.

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  51. I completely agree with you on managing stress. I believe that stress is one of the key factors in our health - the sickness and diseases that we get stem from stress. Add that to the foods that are out there and it's a nightmare waiting to happen in your body. I have anxiety disorder and I have managed it along with my stress with meditation and yoga. I was hesitant to start either but have been amazed at the difference it has made in my health. We all really need to get the stress of our lives under control. Yes it's going to happen irregardless but how we respond to it and allow it to affect our bodies is completely within our own control.

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    1. This is the key reason I am moving. To try and get the stress-related things under control. The worrying is doing me in. Such as: What will be next? Will the neighbor's tree limbs that are hanging by a thread fall on my electric line again and cost me $200? Or will it be the plumbing after hours like a few weeks ago that cost me $200? I love living in a house. But I think I have chosen a place that is the next best thing: a patio home four plex. And thank heavens I can call someone else when something happens!

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  52. If you want really good info on essential oils, go to the CAMP WANDER blog. Oils are the cornerstone of her blog. By the way, she is the sister of Jillee, as in One Good Thing by Jillee. I follow both of these ladies.

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  53. Hi Brenda, Great conversation here and so many wonderful tips and healthful ideas. I found out about 9 months ago I have a gluten intolerance and have not eaten anything with wheat, rye, barley and malt since then. What a difference it made in my life. Not only for the sensitivity part but for overall health. Wheat is very inflammatory to the body and in nearly everything. I am a label reader and there are many fresh and corn based foods to sub for the wheat. I also drink almond milk in the light vanilla flavor and it is delicious on cereal. Sam Mills carried a line of corn pastas and they are so good you really can't tell the difference. Mainly I have found just eating fresh and unprocessed is the way to go. Anyone can eat wheat free gluten problems or not. My hubby does not have a sensitivity but has been eating what I do and lost 12 pounds and feels terrific too.
    For more on essentials oils visit, Jan, at The Comforts of a Safe Place blog. She sells the best oils and very helpful with the whys and what for. Her own story is amazing!!
    Have a great day and weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. I love corn based foods but be sure to buy organic. 95% of the corn in this country has been genetically modified and can cause digestive problems as well as other health issues. The same goes for rice and soy. Just because it is gluten free does not mean it is GMO free.

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    2. Agreed! Corn (and other crops) are marketed to agriculture as "Round-Up Ready." Round-Up is an herbicide. No thanks, Monsanto!

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  54. Brenda, one ingredient I cook with that takes little effort and reaps heaps of health benefits is lentils. They take 15-20 minutes to cook. Add some sauteed veggies, brown rice and you have a fast and very healthful meal. If you can tolerate soy, saute spinach in low sodium soy sauce and add the lentils and rice!
    Another quick meal idea is to throw together a salad rich in all of your favorite veggies and toss in some lentils for protein

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  55. In order to cleanse your hands you need to use soap and rub them under running water for a long time. That long time is easily measured by singing "The Alphabet Song" or "The Happy Birthday Song". Wash your hands and see how long it really takes.

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  56. I do think people used to eat better before all the pre-packaged foods came on the market and fast food restaurants started popping up everywhere. I think today's hurried lifestyle and need for instant gratification has made those options popular. I know that my husband's grandmother lived to be 102 and she always ate healthy. I'm sure her diet contributed to her long lifespan. However, when I say she ate healthy, I don't always mean lowfat. She just ate REAL food. Not canned, frozen or prepackaged. She ate the kind of food that has to cook a long time. Everything was made from scratch. Unfortunately, many of us don't have the lifestyle that allows us to do that 3 times a day! I'm also not a fan of taking antibiotics very often. I don't like how others abuse them and now the germs are becoming more resistant to them. They have been over prescribed for sure! If I have a sinus infection, I just let it run its course. It will usually go away on its own.

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    1. Wise words. I took their prescriptions and filled them and took them because I believed they were smarter. But now I'm older and I know to not just automatically do that. Yes, the antibiotics have caused things to become more resistant. And that's not good.
      Brenda

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  57. I am at the Dr. All the time. Killing me with no job or insurance Still!!!!! At the Dr. All my life. With no spleen I have to get an antibiotic in me at first sign of infection. Pain pills and cortisone shots are what is keeping me going. I'm tired of it all. Do I have RA? My car has broke down yet again and can't get to Fayetteville to get blood work done now! No friends no one to take me. I'd be a millionaire 10 times over from all Dr visits, drugs, tests umpteen surgeries. If you don't have to go...get down on your knees and thank God!! He is ALL I DO HAVE. WHAT MUST I DO TO CONVIENCE DISIBILITY I CANNOT WORK? I will die trying the rest of my life. I am 58. Good writing Brenda. Love you!

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    1. Have you contacted social services? Or is it something else in Arkansas? I wish I knew how to help you.

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    2. I see advertisements on tv all the time by lawyers who want to help you if you should be on social security disability. Yeah they take a cut but it's worth it if they can get you on it. A friend of mine did that, he had been turned down by SS and he was really sick and could not work, finally the lawyers got it for him.

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  58. I have been following a veterinarian for a few years online and stopped feeding my dogs/cats CORN, WHEAT and SOY. I didn't implement this change to my own diet until 2013. From a wellness coach where i work and my SIL's functional medicine doctor, I have learned that your 'gut' is like a second brain. Corn is very destructive to your gut and causes several problems. I have included a link to the Dogtor J article. http://dogtorj.com/what-is-food-intolerance/what-is-the-leaky-gut/ The more we share our experiences the more we learn to depend on our own common sense and what works for us as individuals.

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  59. Hi Brenda,

    Just finished reading this amazing wealth of information and testimonial contributions about today's java talk, which I'm actually late to; (am in Toronto and visiting with family and friends, spending less time online), but just wanted to add that I recently cut out anything made with caramel colour (colas, commercial maple syrup, etc), after a Canadian study found evidence that caramel colour is a carcinogen! How scary is that?! After indulging in pancakes on weekends for the past 40 years and a glass of coke two to three times a week, I have to tell you I panicked! Went cold turkey on both ever since, about a month now!

    On the island, we are very conscious of what we eat. We buy organic as much as we can, grow our own vegetables, know where our meat and poultry is coming from, and are blessed with our own citrus trees and olive groves. Olive oil has been touted as one of the healthiest cooking oils and we even use it for baking. I need to up my water intake, (barely drinking a glass daily!), as well as my fruit intake, (just don't crave it), and of course try to walk in the winter and swim in the summer. Everything in moderation = maximum results!

    Hope you are well and since we're talking about what we put into our bodies... wondering if Abi has digested the dentist's bill!!:))

    xoxo
    Poppy

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