Monday, January 30, 2012

Monsanto & Cancer Milk

Fox News kills a story on the effects of the Bovine Growth Hormone in milk and how it causes cancer and then fired the reporters that investigated the story! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eczema- My Journey

A couple months ago my baby started getting eczema on her forehead and cheeks but it wasn't really noticeable so I didn't pay much attention to it. But she started getting big scratches from itching it and it was just getting worse and worse. Today it covers her face and she now has patches on her legs, arms and neck. The first thing I have learned is that eczema is very common. Almost everyone I know has at least one child that has suffered or is currently suffering from eczema. My brother had it really bad as a child as well.
Some things I know about Eczema:
- it is an allergic reaction
- the cause does not start on the skin; the skin is the effect of what is going on internally
- it is an individualized condition but has common underlying similarities present in almost all cases
-the body is trying to rid itself of internal toxins and metabolic byproducts
- it is curable

Six conditions that are nearly always present in children who have eczema (taken from the book Allergies- Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch DC ND)
1- Systemic candidiasis (candida has affected the body as a whole)
2- Food allergies and sensitivities
3- Maldigestion
4- Imbalanced colon microflora ( bacteria in the intestines)
5- Poor food choices
6- Nutrient Deficiencies

It will never be just one of the above conditions because they are all linked one way or another. So it is necessary to do more than one thing to reverse it.

Step one for me:
I have always used free and clear detergents and soaps and shampoos that don't have aggravating ingredients in them so I didn't worry about that but you may need to start there because although it may not cause the eczema it may be aggravating it. Avoid products with sodium lauryl sulfate and laureth sulfate, alcohol, fragrance, sodium benzoate, parabens, urea, cocamide dea, phthalates, triethanolamine (TEA), mineral oil, petrolatum, glycol, talc.
So the first thing I did was buy a couple different creams to put on her eczema, I bought Dr.Christophers Itch Ointment which is chickweed herb in a bas of beeswax and olive oil. I also bought Weleda Calendula Diaper cream because it is thicker and I had used it before and worked well. Needless to say they helped a little but I knew that I would have to just suck it up and tackle the real problem.

Step two:
I took her to a chiropractor that does allergy testing and NAET, which is a technique that eliminates allergies. I discovered so far that she is "allergic"to bananas, citrus, melons, and dairy. I am going t= back today to do more testing so that I know exacting what I need to avoid.

Step three for me will be an elimination diet, I suspect that she doesn't like gluten either but I will know for sure in a few hours. I will post about all my findings and research and pray that I will have success in curing her eczema and helping a few other people in the meantime. I personally believe that  there are things I need to learn from this trial and just hope that I learn them quickly!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

7 Steps to Thrive

Brenden Brazier is a professioanl Ironman triathelete, bestselling author and creator of the line of nutritional whole food supplements Vega. He is the man!


The beauty of a good diet is that the right foods will not only help us overcome nutritional stress, but also other negative stressors, like pollution and environmental toxins. Plus, we’ll be able to better perform during positive demands like exercise and educational activities. My recommended action plan consists of seven easy steps.
Step One. Examine your current diet. What things are you eating that might be reducing your energy or aren’t supporting your health and fitness goals?
Step Two. Prepare for success by researching and listing foods that are conducive to thriving.
Step Three. Graze throughout the day. Eating several small meals helps maintain energy levels, eases digestive strain and spreads nutrients to sustain us all day.
Step Four. Drink a nutritious smoothie each day—it delivers whole food nutrition that’s easy on the digestive system and provides lasting energy. Here is a go-to favorite.
Mango Cashew Smoothie
½ cup powdered hemp protein
1 cup mango, fresh, frozen or pulp
½ cup soaked raw cashews
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1½ cups purified water
½ cup ice
Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Step Five. Eat a big, green salad every day; these are a staple when eating to thrive.
Step Six. Eat a raw energy bar every day; it’s an easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient, easy-tocarry form.
Step Seven. Eat a substantial, balanced afternoon snack to head off hunger and overeating at evening meals. Consider healthy snacks—such as a handful of almonds, macadamia nuts or walnuts; a serving of organic carrots, celery or zucchini sticks; or an organic apple, pear or orange—instead of processed convenience foods.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Top 5 Worst Cookbooks

According to PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) here are the top five worst cookbooks of 2011:

Jamie Oliver’s Meals in MinutesOne serving of the Meatball Sandwich contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat.
Guy Fieri FoodJambalaya Sandwich contains bacon, smoked sausage, and Andouille sausage; such processed meats raise colon cancer risk.
Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking BibleOne serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.
The Cook’s Illustrated CookbookMore than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.
The Neelys’ Celebration CookbookBourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.

I had to laugh that Jamie Oliver made it to the top especially because he is head of Food Revolution in the US. Crazy!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


So one of my many weaknesses is that I have a hard time getting the motivation to work out. I am sure I am not alone in this. Thanks to Pinterest I have come across of few exercise plans that are quick and easy and that I can easily fit into my busy life of being a mom. One of my favorites that I came across that I tried this morning was Jillian Michael's 16 minute workout. It was fantastic and kicked my butt! Try it out and let me know what you think!