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Time to Detox

Ok, I’m back. I haven’t put any time into blogging since school started (in addition to being a writer with novel #2 in the works, I homeschool my kids). I’m a little amazed that I’ve had visiters to my blog even while I’ve been off focusing on other things.

Welcome to the first Monday of the new year-two distinctions that officially designate this as a great day to begin my new quest for health. I’m starting a new eating program (I hate the word “diet”, and my aim here isn’t on weight loss anyway). I’m using a wonderful book I discovered called “The Raw Detox Diet” (there’s that “D” word again. I guess I’ll have to get over it) by Natalia Rose. I’ll tell you more about the program as I progress, but today I’ll give a quick rundown of my reasons for doing it:

  • It’s time to start taking care of myself. Really. 2010 is the year of Extreme Self-Care.
  • Unless I make some changes, the arthritis in my hips is going to put me in a wheelchair.
  • I’m sick of daily pain (again with the hips).
  • I’m sick of always feeling tired.

I started off today, as per the plan, by eating a banana. Some of the raw diets I’ve read tell you not to eat fruit. What? You mean I’m supposed to be content eating nothing but raw veggies and sprouted grains for the rest of my days? I think not. God created a variety of enjoyable foods for us (and no, I don’t include HoHos in that statement).  Anyway, that’s one thing I love about this plan-fruit in abundance. I can live with that.

In about half and hour, I’ll have sprouted toast with avocado. I’ve never been a huge fan of the avocado, so we’ll see how that goes. Oh, by the way, this diet isn’t entirely raw-another plus in my book.

More about all the reasons for the menu choices later. Suffice to say, it’s all about digestion.

Happy New Year!

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Arthritis Drugs Could Increase Cancer Risk in Children

Surprise…. A group of drugs that have already been on the market for a number of years is suspected of contributing to cancer in children.  I guess we should consider ourselves fortunate that the FDA is acknowledging this with a black box warning; “Careful. Use of this drug could kill your kids”.

Arthritis is no small matter, especially when it strikes a child. For my article about natural alternatives for treating this disease, click here.

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The Upside of Bunny Food

My Faux-ka

My Faux-ka

I’m happy to report that I’m wearing my very skinny jeans- the ones that I’ve kept in my closet just-in-case. I’m wearing them, and breathing too.

Also, my hip pain is waning. It’s still there, but it’s much gentler than it’s been in weeks. I’m not sure if this is due to my diet, but hope springs eternal.

I’m re-reading “The pH Miracle” by Robert. O. Young, PhD. I read it last year and while it got me thinking, it was a bit too overwhelming to act on at the time. It’ s funny how your perspective changes when a health issue shows its flair. Now as I read, I’m encouraged by all the stories of people bringing their bodies back from serious illness and restoring their vitality just through diet changes. It makes me wonder how people can think of this as “nonsense” in the face of so much positive evidence. Actually, I know how. People get downright angry when you try to take away their Big Mac. I don’t blame them. I feel the same way about my double tall soy mocha.

Speaking of that, I found a coffee substitute that’s actually alkalinizing and tastes great. My personal barista, aka my daughter, just made me a “faux-ka” with almond milk. It’s an alkalinizing treat that I can almost believe is the real thing when I have it in my Starbuck’s mug. All that and no caffeine.

If you want to check out the “coffee” for yourself, click here to go to their website.

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Sad About Farrah

Just a quick mention of how very sad I am that Farrah Fawcett lost her fight with cancer. She was a great advocate of alternative treatments (actually complimentary treatments, which utilize both alternative and conventional approaches). I’m sad for her family and friends and for the movement toward alternative healing, which needs more high profile success stories. She was doing so well, and managed at least to prolong her life with the treatment she received in Germany.  That treatment isn’t available in the states, and many cancer patients are unaware of all their alternatives.

Brett Hudson, who received treatment at the Klinik in Germany at the same time as Farrah, is making a documentary about it. Click here to check out his web site and blog.

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Master Cleanse 101

The human body is an amazing thing. God created it in a way that allows it to adapt to various circumstances, and all the positive and negative stimuli we throw at it. Give the body what it needs, and it will do its work to remain in a state of optimal health.

But…what happens when we expose our bodies to a regular regime of overly-processed, toxin-filled food, contaminated air, chemical-laden skin products, and negative thoughts? What happens when we continue that regime over a period of time, say decades?

Add to that forgetting to keep God at the center of our lives. 

The body will still do its best to remain healthy, but it’s fighting a losing battle. Our miraculous bodies can only be expected to do just so much.

 So, what’s a body to do? Just like a ship taking on water, it sends out SOS signals. Sadly, we’ve come to consider the warning signs of fatigue, poor digestion, overweight, and a myriad of other symptoms to be the new “normal”. It takes something truly debilitating to jar us into taking action.

That’s the point where most people in America will jump on the pharmaceutical bandwagon, putting an expensive band aide on the body’s warning signs. Does that fix the problem? Would a band aide plastered on the side of the ship stop it from sinking?

What typically happens is the body will figure out a different signal to send out. Couple that with the side effects caused by the drug “solution” and, well, you see the problem.

So, what’s the alternative? How about going back to allowing the body to heal itself, the way God intended? Ultimately, that would entail taking in minimal toxins, but even before we commence with that new way of living, we need to clean out what’s already in there. How do you do that?

Enter the Master Cleanse, designed to pull the toxins from your cells and the built-up gunk from your colon. I know that doesn’t sound pretty, but better to get it out than to waste your precious energy lugging it around.

What is the Master Cleanse? Here’s my nutshell description, but for a thorough understanding, please see the recommended reading on my “resources” page.

For instructions on doing the cleanse, click here.

Developed in 1941 by Stanley Burroughs, the cleanse has been safely and successfully used by thousands. While not in and of itself a “cure” for any disease, it cleans the body of the harmful toxic build-up that has caused the sickness and sluggishness. The cleanse facilitates the healing process.

While simple to do, it is important to follow the instructions carefully in order to achieve success. It is also important to know what to expect, so you won’t quit at the first sign of distress. It is perfectly normal for some of your symptoms to worsen on the cleanse before they get better. Best to understand that going in.

The process is simple: for a period of at least 10 days, consume nothing but a lemonade drink made by a particular recipe; herbal tea; water; and either a laxative tea or salt water rinse. That’s right- no solid food. It might sound radical, but the lemonade provides the body with all the nutrition it needs for that period of time. The absence of solid food gives the body the opportunity to clean itself out without expending energy on the enormously consuming task of digesting.

The lemonade recipe and a quick reference guide for doing the cleanse can be found at the following link:

www.ehow.com/how_5075888_detox-master-cleanse.html

Happy cleansing, and welcome to your new, healthy way of living.

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Master Cleanse- Day 3

Day 3. Be warned, I’m a little foggy and not so good with the complete sentences.

Interesting…I’m not really hungry- the lemonade does a good job of taking care of that- but I am noticing how prominant food is in our culture. It’s everywhere you look. Not usually such healthy food, either. I mean, who salivates at the sight of a giant broccoli on a billboard?

My energy is a bit better than yesterday. I prayed for God’s protection from the caffeine withdrawal I thought I’d suffer. By God’s grace, I haven’t had a trace of a headache. I would have expected that to have kicked in by now.

My biggest challenge so far is cooking for my kids. This would be so much easier if they could just put their little appetites on hold!

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Master Cleanse- Day 2; Salt Water Rinse

I just did my first salt water rinse, widely recognized as the worst part of the cleanse. It was actually surprisingly palatable. Ok, so 32 oz. of water is a lot of liquid, but the salt part didn’t bother me.

If you need the instructions for the cleanse, click here.

I found another blog on the subject that was really helpful to me.

http://hubpages.com/hub/salt_water_flush

It was nice to read the experiences of other people who have gone through the same process while I was downing my salty drink.

The gal who writes the blog does a nice job of explaining what the salt water rinse does and how it works.  Some of the comments, however, lead me to believe that too many people do the cleanse without reading the books. There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet that leads people to piece together their own version of what they think will work (kind of like what people do with religion, but that’s a whole other topic). My point is, read at least one of the books and get the facts so you understand the science behind each step of the cleanse.

No point in going through this process just to unknowingly sabotage yourself.

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