Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Growing Potatoes

This past summer, we grew potatoes in a garbage can! Above is a pic of the potatoes we grew! Growing potatoes is a really easy and fun food to grow! You do have to be careful of the soil..you don't want to reuse the soil with other foods that are in the potato family for 3 years.
Essentially, I drilled holes in the bottom of garbage cans for drainage..in the bottom and about 12 inches above. I lined the bottom with pea gravel, then put some potting mix and compost and planted the seed potatoes..about 5 per can. I put tin foil on the insides of the cans to reflect light into the bottom of the can. As the potato stems grew, I coverd them with soil and contined to cover them all summer long until it was as high as the top of the can. You can harvest them after they flower and when the stems and leaves die. You harvest them by tipping over the cans. I've only done it once and most of the potatoes were on the bottom. I'm not sure if I had to keep covering them all summer if most of the potatoes were on the bottom? I need to learn more about this for next year..
I used the following links as a guide for how to do it!
In a garbage can:

In a wooden-built structure: This way looks really neat!!

Pumpkin Season

Making Pumpkin From Scratch including cooking the pumpkin, etc.. : : http://pickyourown.org/pumpkinpie.php This is a great site, chock full of information!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spiced LatteServes 2
2 cups whole milk (or whatever)5 Tbsp canned pumpkin5 Tbsp granulated sugar1/2 tsp cinnamon1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg1/8 tsp ground cloves1 Tbsp vanilla extract1 shot of strong coffee1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
1. Start boiling water to make the French press coffee. Meanwhile, gently heat the milk in a small saucepan. Be careful not to scald the milk or bring it to a boil. Whisk in pumpkin and mix thoroughly. Stir in sugar and blend until dissolved. Add spices and blend. Add vanilla and stir. Keep milk on the heat as long as it is not starting to boil or scald.
2. Make the coffee in the French press, stronger than usual.
3. Use a hand-held egg beater (or an immersion blender if you have one) to froth up the warm milk mixture.

4. Use a whisk, or an egg beater, or a hand held mixer to whip the cream.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup of coffee into a tall mug. Pour the milk mixture on top until the cup is nearly full. Add a large dollop of whipped cream and grate a little bit of nutmeg on top. This recipe makes two tall cups.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Immune System Support: An important line of defense

3 Tips For Keeping Your Children Healthy Especially During Flu SeasonMay 2009

The best thing you can do to keep your children from getting the flu is to strengthen their immune system. Feed your children immune boosting foods such as:
Omega 3s found in fish oil supplements and cold water fish such as salmon. Omega 3s are a top immune boosting food
Feed your children lots of fruits and vegetables, just like your mother said. What we do in our family, especially during flu season, is what I call the "S 'n S" strategy: Smoothies & Salads. Send your child to school in the morning with a smoothie full of fruit, yogurt, ground flax seed meal and a serving of fish oil. For extra immune boosting add pomegranate juice. Parents in my practice call this Dr. Bill's immune boosting smoothie. I drink this smoothie five days a week, especially during flu season. For an evening salad serve a filet of salmon over spinach and other vegetables.
In general, to lessen the spread of all germs, keep your hands clean. Wash and wipe you hands frequently, especially after sneezing, coughing, going to the bathroom and before handling food. If you don't have access to soap and water, use antibacterial wipes to clean your hands on the go. Based on laboratory testing Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes kill 99.99% of germs and cleans hands by removing dirt and grime, unlike hand sanitizing gels that just kill germs. Pack these in your children's backpacks so they can use them at school.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Most flu germs are transmitted on tiny droplets through the air following a cough sneeze. Please don't share your germs with anyone else.
Dr. Bill

You can break free of the drug-solution trap right now by following these natural health principles. I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you're far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.
Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I've previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu -- not the flu virus itself. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are at a therapeutic level, which is between 50-65 ng/ml. I also recommend using a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp, if you’re in the U.S. Sometime this fall, we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that will allow you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively. If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.However, most of Dr. Cannell's work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.
Avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.
Get enough rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you're tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night's Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.
Have effective tools to address your stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as Meridian Tapping Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.
Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.
Take a good source of animal based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats found in most processed foods, as it will seriously damage your immune response.
Wash your hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap for this -- antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.
Eat garlic regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don't enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.
Avoid hospitals and vaccines. In this particular case, I'd also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you're having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to flu bugs of all kinds. As a side note, please beware that 21 different pediatric Tylenol products have been recently recalled due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. So, if your child comes down with cold or flu symptoms, make sure you do not give him or her a potentially contaminated product. Better yet, help your child recover using more traditional cold and flu remedies, such as, hydrogen peroxide solution in the ear, zinc lozenges, high quality raw honey, or a homemade cough syrup. For more information and instructions, please see this previous article: Is Honey More Effective Than Cough Medicine?
Last but not least, if you do end up being coerced to take the swine flu shot, I strongly recommend you review Dr. Blaylock’s recommendations, which may alleviate some of the associated health risks.

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http://www.elixirs.com/products.cfm?productcode=S64 (a product claimed to help flu symptoms)

http://www.naturaldocs.net/handouts/Flu-preparation.pdf recommending vitamins, Oscillococcinum

http://sites.google.com/site/renewhealthsite/wholesome-wellness-products a tonic for boosting health and immunity-

And of course: exercise and rest!!!!

Comfort in Times of Worry

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 150)

Flu and Vaccination Worries

  • I just had an amazing "facebook" conversation about vaccinations and the swine flu. I have been extrememly torn about whether or not to vaccinate my children for the flu. The current mainstream advice from the CDC is to get both the seasonal and the swine flu vaccines. My current decision rests on the severity of this flu. At this time, most people are surviving this flu.
  • A week ago, our family (the four of us) took a trip to the doctors to get the seasonal flu shot. I had been agonizing all week about even that decision(losing sleep), because I wondered if getting the seasonal would compromise our immune systems enough to make us more vulnerble to getting the swine flu. There are a few things that make me wonder about that. 1. the adjuncts in the flu vaccine do mess with your immune system (or so I've heard)..possibly weakening it.. 2. there is an unpublished, unreleased study that says you are twice as likely to get the swine flu if you have had the seasonal flu shot. Neither is proven (that I know of) Still, it is enough to make me wonder if it is wise.. We don't ususally get the flu shot.. and we haven't had the flu in a long time. I had prayed the night before that if it was not the right decision for God to make it not happen somehow. It did not happen. My son was already fighting 2 viruses, and the nurse recommended not getting the shot that week until he was completely better. I took that "out" with much relief. It had made me feel "sick" inside at the thought of getting the shot, because once we got the seasonal flu vaccine, I felt we we going down a road that would commit us to getting the swine flu vaccine.. (not necessarily, but that's how it felt..) It didn't really make sense to me to get the seasonal vaccine first..
  • I am not anti-vaccine (yet).. Our family is "fully" vaccinated. I did not really question the wisdom in this. My children are even vaccinated against chickenpox..which really isn't necessary, is it?? My children have never been diagnosed with autism. But the possible link to mercury and autism is hard to ignore. I have seen many many autistic children, but I have never ( that I know of) known someone to die of the flu. (which makes me think the risk of autism is higher than dying of the flu) I know many people do die of the flu..or should I say pnemonia. (The numbers of people dying of flu and people dying of pnemonia have been lumped together to make it seem like more people die of the flu than actually do) This "fact" has been repeated over and over..but it is not fully factual.
  • So much information is thrown out there as "fact" on either side of this debate...but so much of it is slanted one way or the other..and most of it is not "fact".
  • Just the other day, the newpaper, The Oregonian, stated that it was a "fact" that the flu vaccine is safe on pregnant women:
  • Myth: Pregnant women should not get a flu shot because it might endanger the fetus.baby. Reality: The biggest threat to the health of the baby fetus is a threat to the health of the mother. A flu shot poses no harm to a fetus, but influenza poses a risk to both mother and baby. Pregnant women, who are six times as likely as others to require hospital care for flu, are one of in the priority groups for both flu vaccines.
  • I do not think it was correct for them to say this at all. It says on the vaccine insert that it hasn't even been tested on pregnant women or fetuses..There is no knowledge one way or the other.. The insert even says that only pregant women who have very clear need of the vaccine should get it, because it does not guarantee that it is safe for them.
  • 8.1 PregnancyPregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN. It is also not known whether Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
  • Another point to make is that for many children, if they do get the seasonal and swine vaccine, they will be getting 4 flu vaccinations in a very short period of time. That is unprecedented and untested. If some people react to one or two shots of a flu vac..how much or a reaction could occur with 4 injections?!
  • All that being said, I am still going to wait and see. I have enough worry about the vaccine, that I am not going to be one of the first to vaccinate my children..so long as the virus remains fairly temperate..The risk of side effects are perhaps quite low? No one knows for sure about this new vaccine.. Still.... I have a bad feeling about the vaccine..and I am worried about the flu too.
  • The worst kind of decision are the lose-lose scenario. there is a risk on either side. which risk is greater right now?? I'm not sure. Right now, I cringe at the thought of putting something into my children that I do not feel is 100% safe.. I'm not even sure it is 75% safe.. But I REALLY cringe at the thought of my children DYING of the flu too..but dying of it doesn't seem too likely?? (right now)
  • I am finding that many people are afraid.. The media does not help this. There seems to so often be hype..in the favor of instilling the most fear into us.. Probably because fear sells..Who knows? Some might go to the length to say that there is a benefit to the drug companies..to first convince us we could die..so that we all will buy their "product".. That it is a conspiracy. I suppose there have been some true conspiracies. Check out http://www.storyofstuff.com/.. the way advertising and government can work together.. Our whole culture is materialism based. We are "consumers" not people.. and life is about buying and acquiring new "stuff".. I wouldn't go quite that far, but if you see that video, you will understand what I am talking about.
  • But, aside from the "conspiracy theory"..which almost doesn't even matter one way or the other to me.. I am still faced with protecting my children and seeing through all the "bull" out there. I realized that all the info confused me.. I had hoped that becoming more informed, I'd have a clearer path.. But that hasn't been the case. I have been faced with not fully trusting either side..There is propoganda on each side. Fear tactics on each side.
  • So, that leaves me with prayer. PRAYER!! for a clear mind. and for a gut feeling that will tell me which choice. Right now, that feeling is leading me to waiting a bit.. I have already decided against the seasonal flu vaccine "before" the swine. The flu I'm most worried about is the swin flu. IF, the vaccine does weaken our bodies.. My next plan of action is to build our immune systems. Vitamin D3. Good food. Probiotics. Exercise. Going to see a naturalpath. Teas. garlic. avoiding sugar. At least doing those things, won't risk a bad side effect. And if we do get the flu, hopefully, our bodies will be better able to fight it.
  • Another tidbit of info is that this flu may peak this month. In the past pandemics, they have followed a different timeline..peaking in Oct/Nov. The 1918 flu actually mutated for the worst in August. This flu, that we know of, has not done that yet, and it is already October. At a best case scenario, perhaps, it will only weaken soon... but I don't think it has peaked in Oregon yet. (The second wave of the 1918 pandemic was much deadlier than the first. During the first wave, which began in early March, the epidemic resembled typical flu epidemics. Those at the most risk were the sick and elderly, and younger, healthier people recovered easily. But in August, when the second wave began in France, Sierra Leone and the United States,[40] the virus had mutated to a much more deadly form. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic)
  • I want to include some websites I have browsed in this journey. The first is one I actually recommend because Dr. Sears seems to be the most factual and unbiased. (that I can tell). Dr. Mercola is interesting..good info on vit d, etc..but I think he uses fear and is VERY anti-vaccine.. I'm not sure I totally trust his opinion, but there is a lot of useful information there. I am also including the cdc info as well. I think in order to find "truth" we must look at all sides. If this flu does mutate and become "more" deadly..I will get the vaccine to my kids if there is vaccine left at that point..and if I don't hear of too many side-effects..

  • Flu vaccine inserts:

What do YOU think?


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