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Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub

26 May

Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub.

Courtesy of Melissa–thanks!

A-to-Z Milk

24 May

18958883-milk-in-various-dishes-on-the-old-wooden-table-in-an-outdoor-settingMilk…It does a body good. Or does it?

Drinking milk as a popular beverage has been in vogue for only about the past 150 years and, indeed, whether or not to imbibe the opaque white liquid produced by the mammary glands of animals was a hotly debated topic for several decades in the 19th century. The push for consuming bovine milk has gained momentum the past 50 years or so, fueled by the “Got Milk?” ads featuring glitzy movie stars bedazzled with white moustaches, and other campaign strategies, thanks to the National Dairy Council.

For a couple of generations now, young mothers have increasingly foregone breastfeeding either totally or, at most, for their babies’ first few months for various reasons. These moms may have unwittingly set up their children for lifetime allergies and gut disruption, with the typical infant formula. Of course, it is known that there are many valid reasons why a baby cannot be breast-fed by its own mother or another mother. Nevertheless, eventually all children are weaned and the mainstream populace goes with the propaganda that drinking cow’s milk is a rite of passage.

The Trouble With Commercial Cow Milk

Pasteurization kills enzymes necessary for digestion of lactose, a natural sugar in cow’s milk. Virtually everyone is lactose intolerant in the absence of lactase, the enzyme that breaks it down. Our symptoms simply manifest in different ways or  in degrees of distress, mild or intense as in those who suffer severe gastrointestinal problems or extreme mucus production in the sinuses.

Homogenization breaks up fat globules, rendering skim milk more fattening than whole milk because of tinier fat molecules being absorbed into the bloodstream via the small intestine than passing through the gut intact and large. So consuming good fats can actually make you skinny. Go figure.

Processed, or artificially modified, milk has long been touted as the preventive elixir necessary to strengthen young bones and stave off the ravages of osteoporosis. But could it be possible that this supposed health tonic once termed a “near-perfect” food could actually be an acid-producing poison that erodes bone cells, causing the dreaded conditions common to old age? How about the milk being collected in mass dairy operations from a multitude of cattle of unknown health statuses and laden with antibiotics and who knows what other chemicals foreign to both bovine and human species? What about the rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) and other hormones added to make the cattle produce more milk, faster? When animals are unnaturally tampered with, what makes us think we as humans can consume their milk or flesh and come through unscathed? When we consider breast tissue growth in young males and early onset of menstruation (as young as age 6) in females, how many consumers still buy into the slogan about milk doing a body good?

And with the current scheme to slide in a dose of neurotoxins in the form of aspartame in some of the milk products with the guise of stemming the flood of obese youngsters and oldsters alike, our dairy has become downright scary! It seems high time to banish the old heifers’ tails, er, I mean wives’ tales, as we’ve been duped into believing udder hogwash (not to change the subject!) most of our lives. Now that’s a horse of a different color. But, back to cows.

 A1 vs A2 (the devil in the milk) BCM-7 peptide

11149768-herd-of-cows-grazing-on-a-green-meadow-with-autumn-forest-and-blue-sky-on-a-backgroundAt the Beyond Organic ranch in beautiful south-central Missouri, Jordan Rubin’s cows are unique when compared to the rest of cattle herds in America. Jordan wanted beef and dairy products that people would thrive on instead of products that people are afraid of and whose doctors warn them not to eat. So after painstaking research and planning, Jordan started his herd with “old world” cattle that possess an untainted genetic trait called A2 beta casein, a protein molecule, which is contrasted with the A1 beta casein mutation which occurred centuries ago in Europe. You see, the majority of American cattle, whether in big, commercial operations or the local rancher with quality beef, have the unwanted A1 protein that causes inflammation throughout the body from which so many diseases originate. This undesired protein chain is labeled BCM-7, or beta-casomorphin-7, which is fodder for another essay on the chemical analysis and explanation. In short, BCM-7 is termed “the devil in the milk”.

Some humans find out very early in life, or rather their caretakers and doctors find out for them, that they have a high intolerance to infant formulas and cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is recommended for them at this point, but why? Goat’s milk is true to the A2 beta casein protein and is well tolerated.

Modern Food Storage—For Better or Worse?

The advent of refrigeration ushered in new schools of thought about the safety of foods that past peoples didn’t think twice about because their only means of preservation of milk was to let it sour naturally. Refrigeration had people second guessing whether their raw products were still good, especially when they began buying items from supermarkets that had been pasteurized. In time, the art of food preservation was lost along with its necessity and the rationale of going to the trouble, not realizing that the health of their families was now greatly compromised.

Our ancestors knew the value of raw, unprocessed milk that would be left out on the counter for days, covered only with a cup towel, to be made into buttermilk, butter, cheeses, and yogurt. Throwing it away was foolish, and not a drop was wasted but used in inventive ways beyond baking into breads and cakes. They knew that the longer it stayed at room temperature, the more good bacteria would colonize and create the various products they loved, and soured milk was more nourishing than fresh milk. This same concept is the basis for the formulation of Beyond Organic’s Amasai, the delicious cultured beverage which combines the wonderful benefits of A2 milk with the fermentation that makes it so gut friendly along with the preservation advantage or shelf life. The only reason to store it under refrigeration is so that the active bacteria cultures won’t continue to multiply and outgrow their room for expansion and cause the bottle tops to pop. Cold temperatures slow the proliferation of the bacteria, though if a lid blows off, the erupting liquid should be captured and savored to the last drop.

 A-to-Z milk

GE DIGITAL CAMERA“A” is for Amasai which comes from Z-milk!  Z milk comes from the Zebu breed of cattle which are raised with old world methods, meaning they are green fed from start to finish, never vaccinated with chemicals, never fed grains, and they are treated with love and care from birth to slaughter, which is done Biblically. Because of the A2 protein already discussed, Z-milk is readily digestible and quite unlikely to cause allergies. Z-milk is used exclusively in Beyond Organic dairy products.

Now you know that milk really does do a body good! That is, if it is enjoyed in the unsurpassed products from Beyond Organic!

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Contradictorial* Conundrums

25 Oct

I am about to step on a soapbox and may need a ladder. It’s high and it’s wide because I know many others who share my point of view.

I’m looking at a magazine and I see the advertisement for a drug I’ve not heard of and, believe me, I’ve heard of most of them in my line of work (Medical Transcription). There is one positive statement at the beginning of the ad and the next two pages are warnings. “Prolia is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause….” and then it goes downhill from there. The “important safety information” warns those with low blood calcium to get that treated before beginning the use of Prolia. Oh, but after you get treated, (as is contradictorily stated) Prolia still may lower the calcium levels in your blood.

When the FDA talks about “serious side effects” you’d best believe their word, as they have happened, will continue to happen, and are happening as we write. Included are serious infections, skin problems, severe jaw bone problems, and unusual thigh bone fractures. What?? I thought they said this drug would treat osteoporosis. Well what kind of treatment is that if you have to worry about jaw problems, and if the thigh bone, which is the largest bone in the body can break, what about all the other lesser bones? Following the fair warnings are the dire consequences of using just this one synthetic chemical prepared for you with regards from the Amgen Corporation. “Possible” side effects are listed as well as statements that show using this offering from Big Pharma has not been sufficiently studied to assure users that they won’t experience slow healing of broken bones or unusual fractures. Again, what?? I thought the purpose of this compound was to make bones stronger, increase bone density, and protect bones from fractures, all claims made by the makers. Contradictions again.

Most common side effects are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection. Then the statement, “These are not all the possible side effects of Prolia.” I take that to mean that they can’t possibly know what all the side effects of Prolia are. Not to worry, though, you are still encouraged to “Ask your doctor if Prolia is right for you.” Who in their right mind would do that?

I flipped through a few more pages of the magazine and came across another ad, this time from Pfizer with one of their latest offerings for Estring. There may be even more risks with this medication than with Prolia. But, again, ask your doctor if you want to add to your current problems severe headaches, increased vaginal secretions, vaginal discomfort, abdominal pain, and genital itching along with breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding, dizziness, faintness, changes in speech, chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in your legs, or changes in vision. Yeah, sign me up. I think I’d like to have a few of those challenges. There is also a generous offer to help you pay if you are uninsured as no one should have to go through life without these problems.

Sorry for the snarkiness but, hello, what are we doing to ourselves when trouble knocks at the door and we so freely welcome it and will go without food to finance it.

The Band-Aid approach should never be used to get one symptom to go away because in doing so, several more problems will inevitably occur. That’s how you get on the “medical merry-go-round” and it’s harder and harder to hop off because allopathy keeps increasing the speed at which meds are prescribed and bodily systems go kaput. In the world of naturopathy, formerly known as quackery, good docs study the body as a whole to see how each system is reacting together when there is an imbalance in homeostasis to disrupt normal health and function. Remedies are formulated and prescribed to bring systems to order so that the body can run again like a finely tuned engine. Now, that’s the kind of real health “care” I desire. Sorry, though, the powers that be will not pay for you to be healthy.

I respectfully step down from the soap box and rest my case. For now anyway.

*I may or may not have just made up the word contradictorial, but I like it and am not changing it.

In A Pickle

19 Sep

Newly made sauerkraut needs 4 days to ferment

A few of my friends and I have been in a pickle lately. It’s been a lot of fun! My third pickling class using the perfect pickler was another success, with seven new batches of sauerkraut made and currently fermenting in the attendees’ respective kitchens. Why the new craze? People are realizing more and more the dire straits Americans are in when it comes to digestive health. Our guts are in the proverbial pickle and need restoration! Thanks to the folks at help is on the way.

The following ingredients went into each jar: 2 lbs. shredded cabbage, 1 tablespoon each Celtic sea salt, chopped fresh ginger and garlic, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds. Yum!

FERMENTING is what I brief each class on before we begin.

Preparing the cabbage

Step Two: Shredding

Gatorade vs. SueroViv

8 Sep


Orange Gatorade                                                       Orange-Cinnamon SueroViv

Water                                                                           Green-fed Cultured Whey
Sucrose                                                                        Mountain Spring Water
Dextrose                                                                      Organic Honey
Citric Acid                                                                   Organic Lemon Juice
“Natural” Orange Flavor                                          Organic Orange Essential Oil
Salt                                                                                Organic Cinnamon Essential Oil
Sodium Citrate                                                           Probiotic Cultures
Monopotassium Phosphate
Gum Arabic
Yellow #6 Dye
Glycerol Ester of Rosin
Brominated Vegetable Oil

Does the above ingredient list compel you to desire one of these drinks over the other? If you are still undecided, let’s take a look at each of them.

Water. In Gatorade, who has ever revealed the water source and does it really matter? Jordan Rubin, founder and CEO of Beyond Organic, believes it does. That’s why he traveled far and wide searching for just the right mountain springs to serve as the basis for all the Beyond Organic beverages. He found pure water not laden with extra ingredients that bog our cells, tissues and organs. Total dissolved solids (TDS) is the term that defines the amount of inorganic minerals and substances not seen in water which impede our bodies’ functions. Compare that with the source of water for Gatorade which is anybody’s guess what is contained therein. After all, water is the main ingredient in Gatorade.

Sucrose and dextrose. These two sugars each possess a disaccharide chain of two carbohydrate molecules linked together and not easily passed through the small intestine. This leads to trouble in the gut, slow digestion, increased toxicity in the body, and other woes. They are energy robbers. On the other hand, organic honey found in SueroViv is a monosaccharide with a single molecule which is readily absorbed in the gut for quick, healthful energy. Honey is also a natural antibiotic.

Citric Acid. Known as a natural preservative and derived from citrus fruits, this additive is necessary in Gatorade but can lead to tooth decay the more it is consumed.

Natural Flavor. The makers of Gatorade are vague on this. They claim there is no added fruit juice in their product and that the natural flavors come from “natural” sources, not synthetic, but that chemists extract these. Say what?

Salt. This ingredient really matters. Are we talking toxic, refined, bleached table salt? If so, this chemical, sodium chloride, is bad news. It only serves to make you crave water but instead you may drink another Gatorade. It’s a vicious cycle that is good news for The Gatorade Company.

Sodium Citrate. More salt with a twist. The citrate is added as a pH balancing factor so a beverage won’t strip the bones of calcium.

Monopotassium phosphate. More salt. One site said it is a soluble salt used as an additive in cigarettes, fertilizer and as a fungicide and buffering agent in vaccines. In other words, a chemical.

Gum Arabic. explained it this way: A water-soluble, gummy exudate obtained from the acacia tree, especially Acacia senegal, used as an emulsifier , an adhesive, in inks, and in pharmaceuticals to keep the ingredients from separating. It is also used in mummification.

Yellow #6 dye. A coal-tar based chemical that the FDA has recognized as harmful for the past 25 years but refuses to alert the public or remove it from processed foods. Gatorade uses different dyes to distinguish the flavors by sight and for eye appeal.

Glycerol Ester of Rosin. Sounds like a good name for a queen, but actually it is a glorified chemical made from wood harvested from the stump of the longleaf pine. I’d rather the wood stay in the forest and out of my drink. Again, it is used to make the other ingredients behave and keep the flavor consistent.

Brominated vegetable oil. A flame-retardant chemical banned in over 100 countries, but of course not in the U.S. In sports drinks and colas it is used as an emulsifier. It is also used on photo paper for durability, as a gasoline additive, and an agricultural fumigant. It was banned by the FDA in 1975 from use in sedatives because of psychiatric disorders. The other adverse health effects are legion. Don’t worry, though; Gatorade only uses it to keep the other chemicals from gumming up.

Now, which drink do you want? Sorry, but I could not provide an unbiased account or say anything nice about Gatorade. How do you think you’d feel after drinking that chemical concoction for three, seven, or more days in a row and not ingesting anything else? That is precisely what the makers of SueroViv are recommending that most people do. With SueroViv, that is!

You see, SueroViv contains whey, which is a healing water, a natural diuretic providing 7 times the potassium of common sports beverages, and wholesome salt that occurs in whey. In SueroViv, the whey is the byproduct in the cheese making process after the curds are separated. It is full of B vitamins, sodium and potassium in the right amounts.

SueroViv is further cultured with powerful probiotics that M.D.s are finally recognizing as being crucial to health. SueroViv contains other electrolyes besides sodium and potassium to keep the body’s electrical system charged and energy levels up. It is the go-to drink for athletes, and almost everyone who wants a wholesome beverage to boost waning energy levels during the day. The only potentially adverse ingredient in SueroViv would be the honey, not recommended for children under one year of age. The Suero Gold flavor does not contain honey, so it is for everyone.

Have you tried a Suero Cleanse? This is a three-day program that entails drinking six of these beverages a day, in any flavor combo so desired, but specific packages are offered tailored to suit most any individual taste. What a great way to de-toxify and rejuvenate the major organs of digestion and when these are in order, diseases are healed.

So have a SueroViv or two or six today and drink with confidence knowing you are doing yourself a big favor!

Live Beyond Organic by Jordan S. Rubin

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Cool Cole Slaw

4 Sep

This recipe could be an addendum to the last post about making Kombucha. I surveyed my overage of Kombucha in the fridge and decided I needed to get creative in how to use it and I found this new, delicious way in cole slaw.


½ cup raw yogurt or Plain Amasai

1 cup Veganaise healthy mayo

¼ cup Kombucha or Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

1 large or 2-3 small crushed garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. raw organic honey, or to taste

RealSalt sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Mix the above ingredients and refrigerate while preparing vegetables.


½ head each green and red cabbage, shredded

4-5 stalks broccoli, shredded

3-4 carrots, shredded

1 small chopped onion

Mix the above ingredients and stir in chilled dressing.

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