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Low Carb [Keto] Protein Bars [Fat Bomb]

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Keto. Ketones. Keto diet. Ketogenic lifestyle.

These are some of the most searched terms on the Internet today.

Ketones are produced in smaller amounts naturally by everybody. People who are adapted to fat as their primary fuel instead of carbohydrates will naturally produce and use them in higher amounts.

The goal of the ketogenic lifestyle is to adapt the body to utilize FAT as its primary fuel source instead of SUGAR.  Fat can be a healthier and more sustainable source of energy

Ketones help you burn fat for energy, powerfully reduce inflammation and show promise in preventing and eradicating diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

It was early 2016 when I first made the switch into a low-carb/high-fat way of eating. It was a long time coming; a decision I made only after doing a lot of research and reading. The one book that inspired me to finally take the plunge was Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore.

I really wish I had had access to a conference or online summit at the time to guide me through my transition into keto. Since those early days I have discovered work from other experts like David Perlmutter, Thomas Seyfried, Brian Mowll, and David Jockers, and the research these doctors have done in the value of a ketogenic diet.

The Keto Edge Summit  is exactly the kind of all-inclusive package I wish I had when I was starting out.  I’m glad it is now available to help other people who want to try keto. And many of the doctors doing cutting edge research in keto are featured in the summit!

One thing I needed was a source for recipes that were keto-friendly.  I was glad to find at the end of Keto Clarity a small recipes to get you started.

I really liked the recipe called “Camille’s Keto Energy Bars“. I liked the convenience of having a portable snack or quick breakfast. One to keep me satisfied with plenty of healthy fats.  Most energy bars you can buy are way too high in carbs to work for people in ketosis. So this homemade version filled that need.

The original recipe was made with a lot of almond butter, raw nuts and cacao nibs. But I still don’t do well with too many nuts, and although chocolate tastes great it really messes with my sleep no matter when I eat it. :(

So I came up with my own version of this grab-and-go bar that includes some extra protein from collagen, and swaps the nut butters and nuts for ingredients that are more digestible and make me feel so much better!

Crispy nuts are something I discovered years ago when I joined the Weston A Price Foundation. The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook has several recipes for making high enzyme, digestible and delicious crispy nuts of all kinds. You can also find a recipe here. I like to keep a big jar of crispy nuts in my pantry for quick snacks.

I like the addition of high protein hemp hearts and omega-3 rich chia seeds for a nutritional boost.

If you aren’t familiar with the term “fat bomb” – it is used a lot in the Keto world to describe a small snack that is made primarily from healthy fats like coconut oil or butter. They are used to curb cravings and help tide you over between meals.

Low Carb [Keto] Protein Bars [Fat Bombs]

1 cup coconut oil, very soft

1 cup coconut butter, softened

1/2 cup grassfed whey vanilla protein powder

1 10g packet Vital Proteins collagen powder

1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried blueberries

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup crispy pecans or walnuts (see note above for how to do this)

1/2 cup crispy or raw pumpkin seeds (make crispy pumpkin seeds just like crispy nuts)

1/4 cup hemp hearts

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, coconut butter, collagen powder and protein powder until smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is thick like frosting. Of course the nuts and dried fruit will make it lumpy, but be sure to get it very well mixed.

Line a 8 1/2″ x 11″ pan with waxed paper. Make sure it gets all the way into the corners and up the sides. This can get really messy otherwise!

Pour the coconut mixture into the prepared pan, spreading the mixture evenly. You may need to tap the pan on the counter to settle the mixture into an even thickness. Place the pan into the freezer keeping it level. Freeze for at least an hour.

Remove the pan from the freezer and lift the entire wax paper slab out and place onto a large cutting board. Score the top of the slab into 16 equal bars, then carefully cut each individual bar from the slab.

Store the finished bars in a sealed container in the freezer. You can keep these in the refrigerator if you want them to be a little softer, but don’t leave them out on the counter or you will have pudding instead of a bar.

The macros for one bar (using blueberries) is approximately 21g fat, 4.5g protein, 2.3g net carbs.

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Low Carb [Keto] Protein Bars [Fat Bomb]
 
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Recipe type: keto
 
healthy fats and proteins in a convenient bar
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut oil, very soft
  • 1 cup coconut butter, softened
  • ½ cup grassfed whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 10g packet Vital Proteins collagen powder
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or dried blueberries
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup crispy pecans or walnuts
  • ½ cup crispy or raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, coconut butter, protein powder and collagen powder.
  2. Mix on low speed until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is very well combined.
  4. Line a 8½" x 11" pan with waxed paper pushing it into the corners and letting it go all the way up the sides.
  5. Pour the bar mixture into the prepared pan smoothing it out and tapping the pan as needed to make a smooth, even layer.
  6. Place the pan into the freezer keeping it level.
  7. Freeze at least one hour.
  8. Remove from freezer and place the entire slab with the waxed paper onto a cutting board.
  9. Score the top of the slab into 16 equal rectangles.
  10. Carefully cut through the slab into individual bars.
  11. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer or refrigerator.

You can purchase the entire Keto Edge Summit for your own reference library. The summit includes more recipes and lots more tips for going keto.

Have you tried keto or low carb? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Blueberry Lemon Paleo Muffins (grain free gluten free)

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Springtime always makes me think of the sunny flavors of lemon and blueberry. The bright, tart lemon combines so well with the rich, fruity blueberry.

This recipe uses a mixture of almond flour, coconut flour and tapioca starch to make a gluten-free and grain-free muffin that is a little higher in protein and lower in carbs than a grain-based muffin. Using honey in place of white sugar adds in more minerals so it isn’t just empty calories.

Try these muffins for an Easter Sunday brunch or a weekend family breakfast. Leftovers can go in the freezer. On busy mornings just wrap one or two in foil or parchment and reheat in a 350 oven for ten minutes for a quick breakfast. Make a batch of homemade turkey sausage and keep that in the freezer, too, and you can have a hearty breakfast in no time.

Blueberry Lemon Paleo Muffins

ingredients

4 large pasture-raised organic eggs

1/4 cup softened grassfed butter

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest and juice of one lemon

1 1/4 cups finely ground blanched almond flour

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

1/2 cup tapioca starch

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 heaping cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with parchment liners or spray with coconut oil spray.

Mix together the eggs, softened butter, honey, vanilla and lemon zest & juice in a mixer until well combined.  In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda and salt).  Add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until evenly mixed. Add in the blueberries at the end and stir gently until they are evenly distributed.  Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 19-21 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Remove muffins onto a cooling rack.

Blueberry Lemon Paleo Muffins (grain free gluten free)
 
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Recipe type: breakfast
 
Bright sunny lemon and luscious blueberries flavor a grain free muffin for a healthier breakfast treat.
Ingredients
  • 4 large pasture-raised organic eggs
  • ¼ cup softened grassfed butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 12 muffin cups with parchment or grease with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Mix together eggs, softened butter, honey, vanilla extract, zest & juice of lemon in a mixer until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and salt).
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Gently stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed.
  7. Divide the batter into the muffin cups, and bake for 19-21 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the pan onto a cooling rack.

 

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Keep Your Right to Choose Homeopathy for Your Family

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Homeopathy is a centuries-old form of medicine.  In 1938 the US Congress enacted into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) classifying homeopathic medicines as drugs.  Congress established the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the US (HPUS) which is overseen by a convention of scientists and clinicians specifically trained in the medical specialty of homeopathy. For the last 80 years Americans have had access to safe, non-toxic homeopathic remedies protected by the FDCA and the HPUS.

Many Americans are largely unaware of this type of medicine, although this may be changing. Use of homeopathy grew from 2.5 million in 1990 to 4.8 in 2006. That number has likely grown again in the last ten years. The average user is

UK and Europe

In Europe homeopathy has never gone out of style. Over 90% of pharmacists in France recommend homeopathic treatments to pregnant women. 70% of French physicians consider it an effective treatment alternative, and homeopathy is taught in 7 medical schools and 24 pharmacy schools in that country.

Peter Fisher, physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (the oldest medical society in the world) and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, and sits on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.  In Scotland 49% of all GP practices prescribe homeopathy. In Ireland 16% of parents use homeopathy with their children.

In Germany 10% of medical doctors specialize in homeopathy, and 38% of doctors prescribe it to their patients.

Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark and many more countries use homeopathy on a regular basis.

Worldwide

India boasts over 100 million people who use homeopathy as their exclusive method of healthcare. Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, India and Austria all reimburse homeopathic services under the national health care. South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Pakistan and Brazil all boast homeopathic practitioners numbering in the thousands.

FDA and FTC Attack Homeopathy with Illegal Regulations

The FDCA law establishing homeopathic practices states in Section 211.137 that homeopathic medicines are exempt from expiration dating requirements. Section 201j of the law states the HPUS determines the standardization, eligibility and applications of homeopathic drugs.

However both the FDA and the FTC have placed new regulations on the homeopathic industry that violate these two sections of the law. Additionally, in December of 2017 the FDA has released another draft guidance for drug products labeled as homeopathic. This regulation threatens to severely restrict the access Americans have to homeopathic remedies.

Why??

Why the sudden desire to add new regulations to a medical industry that has been operating safely for the last 80 years?  The FDA’s newest draft is carefully worded to include the word “risk” at least 17 times attempting to smear the reputation of this alternative health product. Over 3,000 deaths per year are attributed to ibuprofen. Why isn’t there a campaign to reduce access to ibuprofen? Why isn’t there a giant warning label on those bottles?

The growth of the homeopathic industry in the last 20 years has challenged the supremacy of conventional pharmaceuticals. Estimated sales nearing $450 million in 2003 with a growth rate of more than 8%, and current estimates nearing $3 billion make Big Pharma sit up and take notice.  The FDA’s commissioner has open ties with several pharmaceutical companies, Big Pharma spends $277 million in lobbying alone to influence regulations in their favor.

How Can Educated Moms Fight Back?

1. Write to your Congress person and urge them to hold the FDA and the FTC accountable to the law, and to reverse the illegal regulations already in place. Use this link to find your US Representative. Use this link to find your Senator. In addition you can contact Orrin Hatch who has already been valuable in helping Americans keep their access to vitamins and other supplements.

2. Become informed about homeopathy and the truth about remedies. When people like Dr. Paul Offit get quoted by NBC saying homeopathy is snake oil it gets reposted all over social media. What we need are more educated moms sharing their wisdom and success with homeopathy instead of sensationalist smear tactics. I love podcasts and two of the best for learning homeopathy are Joette Calabrese’s Homeopathy Works, and Sue Meyer’s Homeopathy for Mommies. Cilla Whatcott, Mary Aspinwall, Wendi Combes, R.N., and the Banerji clinics are other sources for education and learning.

3. Get involved with Americans for Homeopathy Choice. This grassroots organization is raising money to advocate for the rights of consumers, professionals, manufacturers and distributors of homeopathy. You can find detailed contact information at their website for politicians who can help support this cause.

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Don’t be the frog in the pot thinking everything is fine while all around you things are heating up!

We are losing our rights. Whether you choose to use homeopathy or any other natural alternative medical treatments or not, you can support every American’s right to choose what is best for their own healthcare.

 Please share this article with your friends, Facebook, Twitter and any other media platform you use!

 References: 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/homeopathic-medicine-euro_b_402490.html
https://homeopathic.com/case-homeopathic-medicine-historical-scientific-evidence/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/dana-ullman
https://worldofhomeopathy.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/an-interview-with-peter-fisher/
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9714278.htm
http://h2rc2.com/Homeopathy/Homeopathy/HomeopathyIntro_assets/Homstats.pdf
https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074360.htm
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfCFR/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=211.137
https://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/02/briefing/3882B2_02_McNeil-NSAID.htm#_Toc18761779
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/homeopathy
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-fda-and-regulation-of_b_8125722.html
https://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/02/briefing/3882B2_02_McNeil-NSAID.htm#_Toc18761779
http://www.hpus.com/hpus-regulatory-overview.pdf
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/11/ftc-issues-enforcement-policy-statement-regarding-marketing
http://www.hpus.com/eligibility.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Gottlieb
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/background.php?id=h04&year=2017
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-crack-down-snake-oil-homeopathy-n830756
http://www.hylands.com/news/regulation.php
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-fda-and-regulation-of_b_8125722.html
 The information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only. You are responsible for your own choices.

 

The Diabetes Summit 2017

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The Diabetes Summit begins very soon!

If you are like me you know at least one person, if not several people, who are struggling with diabetes. It may be you!

It is great to know there are so many options for treatment that don’t involve prescription drugs. It’s even possible to reverse your symptoms and manage your diabetes without any medication at all!

The Diabetes Summit will give you tons of information on living a full, healthy life in spite of a diabetes diagnosis. I  learned so much listening to the last summit last year and I am really looking forward to all of the great information in this year’s program!

Here is a listing of all the top-notch experts you will hear for free each day of the summit:

  • Dr Joseph Kraft – understanding decades of research on insulin
  • Dr Mark Menolascino – seeing diabetes care through a new lens
  • Robin Openshaw “Green Smoothie Girl” – detox to support your body
  • RD Dikeman (type 1) – using diabetes as a blessing to improve your family’s health
  • Dr Mark Hyman – finding the root cause and reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr Tom O’Bryan – exploring toxins, balance the immune response
  • Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info – the peer reviewed literature, and looking at supplements
  • Razi Berry- how environmental toxins disrupt metabolism
  • Dr Michael Breus – the impact of sleep on metabolism and diabetes
  • Dr Gabriel Cousens – raw foods approach, which fats help and which fats hurt
  • Kellyann Petrucci – nutritionist using bone broth, nutrition to stabilize blood sugar
  • Trudy Scott – nutritionist showing link between diabetes, anxiety and depression
  • Dr Sachin Patel – re-evaluating the healthcare model, empowering the patient
  • Dr Peter Osborne – autoimmune and blood sugar connection
  • Niki Gratrix – tapping into your internal abundance of energy with the mind-body connection
  • Dr Robert Rakowski – how the gut microbiome affects metabolism and blood sugar
  • Dr BJ Hardick – type 3 diabetes, proper detoxification, damaging foods, Alzheimer’s
  • Dr Joel Kahn – plant based foods, supplements for blood sugar
  • Dr Will Cole – testing and evaluating the root causes of “diabesity”
  • Dr Amy Berger – understanding the ketogenic diet and how to do it
  • Brett Hoebel – fitness and exercise to improve blood sugar
  • Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo – Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood
  • Dr Anna Cabeca – hormone balance to burn fat and control sugar
  • Daniele Hargenrader (type 1) – key factors to preventing complications from diabetes
  • Jonathan Bailor, author – calorie approach to weight loss is a myth, sane approach to weight
  • Dr Michael Murray – four types of blood sugar problems
  • Dr Jay Wortman – a doctor shares his own story reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr John Hayes – neuropathy and natural solutions
  • Dr Jody Stanislaw – type 1&2 understanding insulin
  • Daphne Olivier – nutritionist to customize eating strategies, non diet factors you may miss
  • Dr Rangan Chaterjee – from the BBC Doctor in the House program

So many great presenters! There is so much to learn!  You can register here  for free and listen each day. There is a special encore replay on day #8. 

If you want to own all this information to keep for your health library you can purchase the entire summit here. All 30 presentations plus more bonus material will be yours permanently to revisit anytime, share with friends and family, and use for deeper research.

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Why I Like the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016

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It’s that time of year again – the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016 is now available!!

I love these Ultimate Bundle deals. I’ve purchased a couple of them, such a steal for the price, and I have had fun learning so much about all kinds of topics from essential oils and herbal remedies to DIY projects for my home!

There are products in this year’s bundle for everyone from newlyweds to families to folks just wanting to learn how to get and stay healthy.

Some of the items that really caught my eye:

Essential Oils Revolution 1 from Dr Eric Z: The EOR1 was an amazing resource of interviews from top experts in the Essential Oil field. I listened to almost every one of them last year and learned so much! If you buy this separately it will cost you $97, but it is included in the low bundle price.

Nutrition Reset by Dietitian Cassie: Dietician Cassie is  one of the nutrition experts associated with one of my favorite podcasts, Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show. She is a registered dietitian who knows all about real food, healthy fats, and how to plan meals to get and stay healthy.

Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich at Keto AdaptedMaria Emmerich has a beautiful cookbook she wrote with Jimmy Moore from Livin La Vida Low Carb. She has amazing low carb/Paleo recipes.

Jumpstart Your Urban Farm by Greg Peterson at Urban Farm: Urban farming (I like to call it MetroFarming) is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve been incorporating more edible landscaping and small garden plots and want to learn more!

Planning & Designing the Family Food Garden by Isis Loran at Family Food Garden: Isis gives you printables and design ideas to get gardening at your house.

Mastering the Art of Baking with Coconut Flour by Starlene Stewart at GAPS Diet Journey: Starlene has had a super-informational podcast and website, and she has hands-on experience with healing herself and her family using GAPS and other dietary strategies.

Autism Diet Success Workshop by Julie Matthews at Nourishing Hope: I love to hear about successful strategies to reverse autism. The mainstream says it can’t be done, but we know better! Julie Matthews’ guide is another great resource for families with special needs.

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Kombucha Tea by Dave Lindenbaum at Get Kombucha: I first heard about Dave’s website from his crazy videos about kombucha back about five years ago. He has a big site with lots of information and equipment.

 The sale begins 8am Eastern on Wednesday, September 21st and runs six days to Monday, September 26th at 11:59pm Eastern.

The price for the entire bundle of 58 ebooks & printables, 25 ecourses, videos & audios, and11 bonuses is just $29.97 for PDF format or $39.97 for eReader format.

If you purchase by Thursday, September 22nd at 11.59pm you can get a free eReader upgrade.

The bonuses include some amazing products:

Bonuses – free 1oz bag of Get Kombucha’s custom tea blend, free Mrs Meyer’s laundry supplies, free eye shadow trio from Orglamix, free toothpowder, free maca powder, free muscle balm stick and lip balm, gift certificates from Bloom Naturals and Perfect Supplements, discounts from Trilight Health, and free digital packages from Meal Garden and Experience Life

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Are There Dangerous Toxins in Your Medicine Cabinet?

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Acetominophen: aka Tylenol, Little Fevers Pain Reliever, or non-aspirin pain reliever/fever reducer, or other brand names or generic.

It’s a common item in medicine cabinets and purses of lots and lots of moms. We take it ourselves for headaches and cramps. We give it to our kids for fevers. The pediatricians hand out free samples every time we visit their offices.

It is often the drug of choice all around the country.

But are we too trusting when we use it?

It turns out that maybe we do need to step back and ask a few questions before deciding to keep it in our medicine chests and here’s why:

Using acetaminophen for fever in the first year of life is associated with an increase in the incidence of asthma and other allergic symptoms later in childhood.

This is because acetaminophen severely depletes antioxidants such as glutathione in the liver and other body tissues. Glutathione is used for growth, tissue repair and immune system building.

Asthma is one of many diseases influenced greatly by antioxidants. Acetaminophen is definitely not something to use if you already have asthma.

A new study just released showed acetaminophen is definitely linked with behavior issues. Women who took acetominophin during pregnancy were 29-46% more likely to have children with a wide range of behavior problems by age 7 than moms who did not take it.

Dr. Mercola calls acetaminophen one of the most dangerous medicines on the market. Even when taken at the recommended dosage for just a few weeks it can be toxic to your liver. In fact, acetaminophen is responsible for nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure each year.

What can we do to protect ourselves and our families?

It’s super important to become knowledgeable and informed about the medications we use. The Medicine Chest Renovation e-book from Vintage Remedies is a quick-start guide to help you decide what to keep and what to toss out.

Taking courses or reading books on safe alternatives to OTC drugs is a great family project. Older children and teens can learn right alongside mom about which herbs to use for which conditions, and how to make tinctures and salves and syrups at home to stock your own medicine cabinet.

Try this recipe for elderberry syrup to keep on hand for cold and flu season.

Elderberry syrup is an effective cold and flu fighter. Elderberries and elder flowers are safe for all ages with no known contraindications. You can make it yourself with this recipe reprinted from The Handbook of Vintage Remedies. At that book link there is also an alternative recipe that adds astragalus, echinacea and wild cherry to the elderberries.

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Elderberry Syrup

100 g dried elderberries
1 quart cold distilled water
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup local honey

Combine berries and water in a large (cold) saucepot. If time permits, allow the berries to soak until they are soft, about 30 – 60 minutes. Place over medium heat and gradually bring to a boil. Once a rolling boil has been reached, stir frequently and continue to boil until the liquid has been reduced by half – roughly 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Strain the concentrated extract and measure the liquid. It should be roughly 2 cups. Combine with the cup and a half of honey, brown rice syrup, glycerin or simple sugar solution. (Or a blend of two or more sweeteners as I did in the ingredient list above.) Bring back to a boil and continue to boil for 10 minutes until the mixture is thoroughly combined and the syrup reaches your preferred consistency. Allow to cool slightly and pour into prepared bottles. Store in the refrigerator.

What is your favorite natural remedy? Share it with us here in the comments!

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3 Things I’ve Learned About Essential Oils

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For the last several years I’ve been learning and learning about alternative medicine choices. I’ve been feeling empowered as a mom and wife to be able to take care of a lot of our day-to-day needs without having to buy OTC cold meds, visiting the urgent care clinic, or sitting for hours in the pediatrician waiting room.

One thing that has played a part in boosting my knowledge and confidence as Dr. Mom is the material I have learned from Jessie Hawkins and Vintage Remedies.

Last year I took the Aromatic Medicine class. It was one of the bonuses from Ultimate Bundles, and it was super helpful in teaching me more about essential oils.

I’ve also learned a lot from Valerie Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have turned down pages, highlighted sections and stuck post-it tabs all over this book!

3 Things I’ve Learned

1.  Super important to know is that essential oils are lipophilic – which means they mix with fat/oil NOT water! Why is this important? If you add oils to the bathtub or to a glass of water you are more likely to get “burned” because the oils won’t be diluted and dispersed without a lot of shaking or stirring.

Mix the oils with a little bit of milk or honey first before adding them to your bath or your water bottle or even a capsule you intend to consume. Use caution and common sense – essential oils may smell pretty, but they are powerful!

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2.  Essential oils are more than just air fresheners. Scientists are doing studies with essential oils providing therapy for things like pain and depression. A study done with nursing home patients in South Korea used an essential oil blend of lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint (2:1:2:1:1) diluted to 1.5% in a carrier oil blend. (If you aren’t sure what all that means check out that Aromatic Medicine course I mentioned!) They found the essential oils significantly decreased both the pain and depression scores for the experiment group.

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3. Essential oils can affect us physically without even rubbing them on our skin or taking them internally. Our sense of smell (the olfactory system) is part of a larger system in our brain that also includes the centers of emotion (the amygdala) and the centers for associative learning (the hippocampus).

Properly chosen essential oils are inhaled during aromatherapy and then go directly to these systems that govern behavior, mood, and memory!

cool mist diffuser 400 wide with titlesWhen we take the time to learn the different properties of all the different essential oils we can select just the right ones to help our kids focus, or help relieve a stressful family member, or any number of other situations!

Another great resource for learning about essential oils is the Essential Oils Revolution Summit coming up August 22nd-29th. You can register for free here.

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Are You Mary or Martha? [Plus Free Printable Lesson]

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Every month, every season, we have reasons to celebrate. Weddings, birthdays, graduations, babies, holidays…our lives can be very full.

This was also true in Jesus’ time. From Passover to Purim and the year of Jubilee, the Jewish calendar was filled with feast days, holy days and times of celebration.

While times of celebration can be joy-filled, wonderful memory-making occasions, just as often they are accompanied by meltdowns…..and not just the sugar-high kids.

Moms can get overwhelmed too…

One very special Jewish holiday  was The Feast of the Tabernacles. Similar to our modern Thanksgiving, it came at the end of harvest and was a time for thanking God for His blessings and bounty. But unlike our one day of Thanksgiving, this holiday lasted an entire week.

A significant component of this holiday was the booth or “Sukkot” each family would build. Representing the temporary structures used by Moses and the Israelites as they wandered 40 years in the wilderness, families would eat meals and even sleep outside in their shelter gazing up at the stars.

So preparing for this week of thanksgiving meant not only cooking, cleaning and decorating the house, but also building and decorating the Sukkot.

(For a fun diversion put “Sukkot” into the Pinterest search box and see how modern-day Jewish families build and decorate.)

Not only is there a lot to prepare, but this feast comes on the heels of the very serious week of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the week of repentance and day of atonement. Only four days separated the two holidays!

It is into this extremely busy environment that we must immerse ourselves as we read the New Testament book of Luke, chapter 10, starting in verse 38. This is the brief story of Martha, Mary and Jesus.

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

While hospitality was a serious duty, an important part of life during Bible times, Martha, and her siblings Mary and Lazarus, were good friends of Jesus. He stayed with them on more than one occasion.

39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

A significant part of the Feast of the Tabernacles centered around having guests, spending time with friends and family. Isn’t that what we enjoy most even today during holidays and celebrations? In fact, when the Lord established this particular holiday He commanded them to rejoice for seven days! (Deuteronomy 16:14-15)

So if you were to make a “To Do” list of things to get ready for the Feast of the Tabernacles, the #1 thing on the list would be “Get Happy”.

Even though there was a lot to do, Mary took time to sit and listen, to visit with Jesus.

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“But Martha was distracted”.  Other versions say “cumbered” or “angry”. After all there were only four days to get it all done! The law stated no chores could be done during the week of the feast. She had deadlines!

Do you think Martha sounds joyful?

 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

Jesus didn’t think so either. Let’s see what He says next:

42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus reminded Martha that Mary was doing the right thing. There will always be chores to do, but Jesus was not always going to be visiting with them. It was important to stop, to be still, and listen to Jesus.

I know I am guilty of being Martha. A lot. I have on more than one occasion told my husband “no” when he wanted to have people over. It was too overwhelming to think of all the cooking and cleaning to be done.

I actually told one of my friends that I couldn’t have her over because I knew how pretty her house was and how scrupulous of a housecleaner she was.

I was being Martha. Upset, distracted, cumbered.

When I did this lesson with my Sunday School class we made a Citrus Mint Punch together. (the recipe is in the free lesson download. See the link at the end.) Then we laid out sandwich meat, cheese, mayo, mustard and slices of a simple homemade bread. The kids made their own sandwiches and we sat down to an indoor picnic.

We had tacked some palm fronds and Christmas lights to the ceiling so we turned out the lights and pretended we were outdoors in our Sukkot looking up at the stars. The kids felt like it was a special feast!

I guess I need to take a lesson from my Sunday School kids. The meal doesn’t have to be fancy and the decorations don’t have to be expensive. When we are joyful even a simple meal is a feast when shared with friends.

Proverbs 15:17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.

I’d love to hear from you about what you do when you get overwhelmed. How do you show hospitality? Please join in the conversation by leaving a comment!

The people at Ultimate Bundles have a bundle of resources for most every “Martha” in this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  I’m excited about the e-course from Cozy Minimalist and the Tiny Owl Guide to Hospitality. There are also 14 e-cookbooks including one just for company. There’s even a whole section devoted to holidays and celebrations.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends in just a week. So click here to check it out!

If you’d like to download a version of this lesson to do with your own kids click the link below.

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 Leave a comment telling me how your kids enjoyed their special feast!

 

4 Factors That Determine How Severely Amalgam Fillings Affect Your Health

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This is Part II of a 3 part series on mercury in dentistry, detoxification and health. The complete articles are available on the Traditional Cooking School website where I am a regular contributor.

Does long-term, chronic exposure to low doses of mercury vapor pose any risks? What might the health effects be?

And, are there any subsets of our population who might have greater sensitivity to mercury?

These are the questions we will answer in this continuation of our discussion on mercury amalgam fillings. ….. Read More

Please click through and read the rest of the article and leave me some feedback on what you think and any questions you might have!  -Lee

The Historical Uses of Mercury & Its Use in Dentistry Today

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(This post is found in its entirety on the Traditional Cooking School site where I also write monthly articles.)

“Will you do a post about amalgam fillings and curing tooth decay? What do you think about biological dentistry? How can I find a dentist with a holistic practice?” asks Michelle A.

In January of 2016, Michelle asked us these questions.

(By the way, we loving getting questions from our readers — they make us think!)

This is one of the most difficult topics I’ve ever written about, and I’ve done some doozies in the past!

To begin, Michelle, let’s talk about the historical uses of mercury and what various countries are doing today, as well as the FDA’s confusing response to mounting evidence against the safety of mercury in dental fillings.

These topics will pose a few more questions, which I will address in future posts. (read more…)