How and Why to Become a Member of Young Living

I am so thankful that I learned about Young Living Essential Oils. I use them literally every single day in our home, for my entire family, for a variety of things including cuts and scrapes, upset tummies and headaches, plus house cleaning and laundry!

Although I have been into a naturally health-focused lifestyle for a number of years, I never incorporated Essential Oils until recently. My first introduction (and then my second, and third, and fourth—by different people) was to the Young Living brand of oils, and although I did experiment slightly with inexpensive health food store labels, it was easy for me to choose Young Living when it was time for me to decide to use them as a regular part of health for my entire family.  Why? Well, I believe in Young Living’s integrity, and in their commitment to provide the best possible 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. I am very thankful that I have chosen this particular essential oil company for my family.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I have a respect for the body and an understanding and belief that our bodies were made to be healthy, and that all we must do is give them what they need (and take away what might be interfering). Although I am not actively practicing chiropractic right now, I still have a love for sharing and talking about natural remedies and tips for keeping families healthy. In this way, essential oils fit right in, and I want to share them!

Young Living is different in that it is not sold in a store. You must purchase your oils through a “distributor”, AKA “wholesale member,” or you may become a wholesale member yourself. Why would anyone want to do that? Well….when you  join Young Living, you receive wholesale prices. There are no monthly order requirements or annual fees. Here are some frequently asked questions that may help clarify some things for you…

Young Living Wholesale Member FAQs

Why Should I Become A Wholesale Member/Distributor?

Great question! This is a fabulous option that provides you 24% off retail price! As you use the oils and you share your testimonials with friends and family, you have the OPTION (no pressure) of earning commissions when others join and purchase Young Living oils. Everybody wins. And, through the Essential Rewards program, you have the opportunity to earn FREE oils, pay reduced shipping, and get that optional commission check.

Is there a monthly order minimum?

NO. You can just order what you need when you need it.

What kit do you recommend that I get started with?

I highly recommend the Premium Kit (see the graphic below!) because it gets you the most bang for your buck! You receive the 10 Everyday OilsPLUS a 5ml Stress Away, PLUS a Roller Fitment which allows you to make any essential oil bottle a roll-on, PLUS 10 popular essential oils samples, PLUS 2 packs of Ningxia Red, PLUS a Home Diffuser!! That’s over $300 value for $150! Amazing! It’s the best deal of its kind.

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I just really want to use oils myself. Do I have to sell Young Living products to be a distributor?

NO. There is NO obligation to sell oils when you join as a wholesale member/distributor. However, if you decide you enjoy the products too much to keep them a secret, you can jump right in and receive benefits when you decide to share.

Are there any monthly order requirements?

There are NO monthly minimum orders required. There is one 50 PV minimum order per year, just to keep your account active. If you miss that deadline, it is easy to reactivate your account by calling Young Living Customer care and placing an order with them. Simple.

If someone wants to join Young Living through me, what do I need to do?

When you join, you will be assigned your own member number to give to your friends and family who are interested in joining as well.

Is there a way to save even more money?

Yes! The Essential Rewards program offers reduced shipping, credit for free oils & more! Plus each month there are great promotions for free oils when you place an Essential Rewards order. I love free stuff!

What do I need to do to become a wholesale member of Young Living Essential Oils?

Just follow the directions below.

What happens after I join through you? How will I know what to do next, and what if I have questions?

One of the things I have enjoyed best about being a member of Young Living is that I have an incredible support group. When I have a question about what oil is recommended for (fill in the blank here), or if I just want to see how other people have been using their oils, I simply get onto the private Facebook group and ask around. There are archives to search, and a wealth of information there from caring people who all want to help me. When you join through me, I am there to guide you and to connect you to all of my resources as well. Our community is amazing, and I am sure that you would be glad to be a part of it!

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2. Wholesale member will already be selected, and I strongly encourage you not to switch it over to Retail Customer. Again, this is the wholesale membership. You are NOT AGREEING TO SELL or distribute anything. I promise! If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing and will pay retail which is 24% more than wholesale.

3. Make sure my member number (1442019) is in the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Shepard’s Gate Facebook support group (if you aren’t on Facebook, I strongly urge you to join now) and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. This support is vital for empowering you to use the oils to the fullest.

5. Choose the kit you want. (I do recommend the Premium Kit.) Then proceed to check out. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away. I do recommend joining ER within a month or two at the latest, so that you can focus on replenishing and trying new oils regularly, and not needing to start all over again if you completely deplete your cabinet. The Premium Kit starts you off with a good foundation, you want to keep it strong!

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at DrKimberlyG {at}gmail{dot}com

Yes WHEY!!!!

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet (A footstool or low seat), eating her curds (like cottage cheese) and WHEY.

Why whey? What IS whey?

Whey is the cloudy, yellowish liquid that is leftover after milk is curdled. It’s packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

It’s really good for you and a total shame that it’s basically seen as a waste (byproduct) from making cheese; most people who have it just throw it away. Too bad.

Although I haven’t made my own cheese yet, I hope to someday (yes, I have dreams of having a goat…or at least access to fresh, raw, cow’s milk), and have heard about this stuff you end up with.  And when we began to enjoy the wonderful products from Beyond Organic, we experienced drinking flavored whey drinks as sports drinks (wonderfully refreshing and replenishing).  Now Beyond Organic has come out with Suero Gold, which is a pure whey beverage, and I did a little research to figure out what I could do with it (besides, of course, drinking it).

I saw this article called 16 Ways to Use Your Whey, which inspired me.

So far, Hubby has used it to make some yummy fermented sour craut, and some soaked almonds which were then seasoned and dehydrated to make crunchy again.

And tonight seemed like a good night for a pancake dinner. Although I usually make these whole wheat pancakes, I figured it was time to try some made with whey. They were great!

I found this recipe for pancakes with whey when I was looking for things to make with my Beyond Organic Suero Gold.

It came from King Arthur brand flour’s website, and here is their article on whey along with the recipe.

Brinna Sands reports that in Iceland whey, known as “mysa,” is sold in quart containers as a thirst quencher. It is actually very refreshing, similar to buttermilk but thinner; if it has been drained from a sweetened skyr, the whey is slightly sweet as well.
In this country, whey has generally been considered a “waste product” of cheese making. Large amounts of it have been “dumped” in waterways, creating general havoc with their ecosystems. But people here have missed the boat with whey, since it has several nutritional benefits that are quite substantial. It contains almost all the calcium found in milk (1 cup contains 1/3 of the calcium you need daily). The flip side of this is that once the whey has been drained from milk, the resulting products, whether yogurt cheese or cottage cheese or other cheese, contain only about 15% of the calcium found in a whole milk product. This doesn’t mean they are nutritionally empty but it does mean that these particular products are not good sources of calcium.

One cup of whey also contains 1/6 of the potassium you need on a daily basis (almost as much as in a banana). This is another reason it functions well as a thirst quencher, particularly for athletes who have an increased need for potassium. And finally, it contains about 25% of the protein, and is fat-free, as well.

The flavor of whey takes a bit of getting used to. If you like buttermilk, you’ll probably find it very pleasant. But it you’re a bit more tentative about it, you can mix it with juice, or flavored carbonated water… or use it in recipes.

Once you use whey in baking, your mind will start spinning with all the places you can substitute it. Its benefits in baking are two-fold. Wherever you might ordinarily have used water, whey is a nutritional plus. And its natural acidity reacts perfectly with baking soda to produce all the leavening (carbon dioxide bubbles) you need.

The reaction of baking soda with whey creates pancakes that are extremely light.

I doubled this recipe for my family of 7.

2 cups  Whole Wheat Flour

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups whey
2 large eggs
2 to 4 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

In a smaller bowl, beat together the whey, eggs and vegetable oil.

Blend the liquid ingredients with the dry taking about 20 seconds. (Don’t overdo it. Pan-cake batter is like muffin batter; a light hand in mixing means a light pancake on the plate.)

Cook on a cast iron skillet, if you have one. (Cast iron is the original non-stick cookware. Once it’s seasoned, you need only to grease it very lightly for the first batch of pancakes. It also maintains an even heat so you’re less likely to lose a batch of pancakes through scorching.)

Enjoy!

Cancer “is Purely MAN-MADE” Say Scientists

Scientists found no signs of cancer in their extensive study of mummies apart from one isolated case

The Mail Online published this article By Fiona Macrae in 2010.  The facts can’t lie; cancer is almost completely a man made disease. Meaning, it is CAUSED BY LIFESTYLE.

In absolutely NO WAY am I belittling the physical and emotional suffering which takes place by cancer patients and their families. My heart truly aches for the millions of lives affected by this illness.

The good news, no, the GREAT, AMAZING, and FANTASTIC news is that since it’s a man made and lifestyle induced problem, it also has a solution. And I like solutions, don’t you?

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Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life, a study of ancient remains has found.

Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.

A greater understanding of its origins could lead to treatments for the disease, which claims more than 150,000 lives a year in the UK.

Michael Zimmerman, a visiting professor at Manchester University, said: ‘In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases.

‘The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation.’

To trace cancer’s roots, Professor Zimmerman and colleague Rosalie David analysed possible references to the disease in classical literature and scrutinised signs in the fossil record and in mummified bodies.

Despite slivers of tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies being rehydrated and placed under the microscope, only one case of cancer has been confirmed.

This is despite experiments showing that tumours should be even better preserved by mummification than healthy tissues.

Dismissing the argument that the ancient Egyptians didn’t live long enough to develop cancer, the researchers pointed out that other age-related disease such as hardening of the arteries and brittle bones died occur.

Fossil evidence of cancer is also sparse, with scientific literature providing a few dozen, mostly disputed, examples in animal fossil, the journal Nature Reviews Cancer reports.

Even the study of thousands of Neanderthal bones has provided only one example of a possible cancer.

Caricaturist James Gillray illustrated the taking of snuff, which appears in first reports in scientific literature of distinctive tumours of nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761

Evidence of cancer in ancient Egyptian texts is also ‘tenuous’ with cancer-like problems more likely to have been caused by leprosy or even varicose veins.

The ancient Greeks were probably the first to define cancer as a specific disease and to distinguish between benign and malignant tumours.

But Manchester professors said it was unclear if this signalled a real rise in the disease, or just a greater medical knowledge.

The 17th century provides the first descriptions of operations for breast and other cancers.

And the first reports in scientific literature of distinctive tumours only occurred in the past 200 years or so, including scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps in 1775 and nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761.

Professor David, who presented the findings to Professor Mike Richards, the UK’s cancer tsar and other oncologists at a conference earlier this year, said: ‘In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare.

‘There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.

‘The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.

‘Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.

Dr Rachel Thompson, of World Cancer Research Fund, said: ‘This research makes for very interesting reading.

‘About one in three people in the UK will get cancer so it is fairly commonplace in the modern world.

Scientists now say a healthy diet, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent about a third of the most common cancers so perhaps our ancestors’ lifestyle reduced their risk from cancer.’

Images Copyrighted by Historylink101.com & found at Egyptian Picture Gallery

Back to Basics: My First Sewing Project

Do you have a hobby?

It’s so easy to have EVERY.POSSIBLE.MINUTE.FILLED. when you are a busy mom. I totally get that. And, as a result, my stress levels remain higher than they need to be, and my spacey mommy brain remains (unfortunately) in charge most of the time.

Yes, hobbies or relaxing time are GOOD for your health.

For the past two years or so, the only hobby I’ve had is writing this blog.  Which I certainly haven’t done much of for quite a while, what with moving 7 of us across the world and all.

I do have lots of things I like to do, or would like to learn to do,  if I ever “have extra time” (HA HA).

I love to do jigsaw puzzles.  I love to read.  I’d like to take an art class, or just sit down and try to draw what I see. Once I learned to crochet; I don’t remember how any more but I could see learning that again.  And for some reason, I’ve always wanted to make a patchwork quilt. I even decided to start one by hand, without a machine (since I didn’t have one). I was determined.

I didn’t get very far.

Of course, if I had a machine….I could make things. You know, in all my spare time.  When I was little, my mom taught me to use the sewing machine.  She was not very experienced, but she did make me a few costumes and uniforms; I figured if I could make super hero capes for my kiddos, that alone would be worth a ton!

I started thinking about getting a sewing machine.  I looked on Amazon, I browsed at Wal-mart, and then…I got a surprise hand-me-down sewing machine out of the clear blue sky!

Completely clueless, I watched YouTube videos over and over as I muttered under my breath trying SO HARD TO MAKE THE BOBBIN THREAD GET PICKED UP!  I finally figured it out, and then surprisingly never found any of that free time laying around, and so I never did anything with the machine.

It just sat there, lonely on my bedroom desk, asking me to come use it. But on what, exactly? I had next to no skills, and no ideas. Except…..I have all these old marbles my mom’s been holding onto with some of my other toys (some of them were even her marbles-how cool is that?) And the kids would have oh so much fun playing marbles “for keeps” if I could divide them up…..but what to put them in?

Aha!

I did it! My very first sewing project. I watched this:

And I did it. Not much sewing, which is right for me. I did put the wrong sides together (well, one right side and one wrong side), making it have one side look inside out. Kind of cool that way though….I can pretend I meant to do that, right? 😉 NOTE: the picture above is not my bag. I’ll swap this picture out for one I take of mine when I get around to it.

I figured I could make several small ones and I’ll divide all the marbles and distribute, so each child can have his own marble bag.  And for other toys too…..army guys, etc. that don’t have a home.

I feel good about it.  It’s so nice to do something creative and fun and practical. And, I even wrote this blog post about it, so I actually did TWO hobby type things. Go me!

And someday, in that “back to basics” kind of way, I’ll attempt some actual clothes. For the kids, of course. Maybe pajamas….or a cute little girl dress. This could be good.

The Movie That Reminded Me Why I Love To Blog

I watched a movie last night with my hubby.  You may have heard of it; it’s called Julie & Julia and it stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.  I’d had it recommended to me several times, and found it offered at the library and…I’m SO glad I watched it.

And here’s why.

The movie is actually two stories in one.  How Julia Child became Julia Child” was really interesting to me; I really didn’t know very much about her and enjoyed seeing that even someone of her expertise wasn’t always an expert.  In fact, she didn’t even know what she wanted to do and went from one hobby to another before she pursued her passion.

The other story is about an average housewife; a regular homemaker who found herself frustrated and unfulfilled in her everyday life and wondering what she might be able to do to help herself find that spark, the passion she was missing.  She was a huge fan of Julia Child and loved to cook; her husband suggested that she start a blog about cooking. (She was also a writer though not working in that capacity).  So, she undertook a challenge-type project: to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook in one year, blogging as she went.

The movie intertwines these stories and shows their parallels in a most delightfully entertaining way.

And now that I’ve promoted the movie, I’ll tell you why I really enjoyed it.

Both of these women, like me, “didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up.”  At least, that’s how I feel.  I know what I love to do, I know what I long for, but I don’t know how to put it all together and how it’s supposed to look in the end.  And in the meantime days, weeks, and months go by without my moving forward and working on the things for which I have a passion.

I really like blogging.  Part of that is because I love to teach, and have a passion for helping people learn about health.  I also am just like you; I struggle with changes and enjoy the feeling I get from knowing I’ve got friends out there learning and growing , just like I am.

Another side of it that I think really helps me more than it might help whoever is out there reading this is that I  really love to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  I’d say “I love to write”, but I’m not a writer and never aspired to be one.  However, I do indeed like to type it and send it “out there.”  For me.  Sure, I like to know that there’s someone out there who enjoys reading what I write.  But even if NOBODY reads my blog, I want to write it, because it helps me be a better me.  It’s an outlet for my creativity, a commitment to a project of which I can be proud.

So, what can I do to make the progress I like to make?  I’ve probably mentioned it in another post, but the main thing I need to do is to not be a perfectionist.  Just like Flylady says, perfectionism really does rob your life of joy.   If I have something I want to share, then I should do it even if I don’t have the time to do research and answer the questions I may pose.  And even if  my post doesn’t directly relate to health and wellness, I should not skip it.  I do not have the time to run more than one blog and so I’ve got to put it in this one or I won’t write it at all.

I look forward to doing this more often again.

What’s a passion/desire/hobby/goal of yours that you’ve been putting off/neglecting/shying away from that you can start (or re-start) now (or soon)?

Nightshade Foods: Should You Avoid Them?

I recently posted a new favorite soup recipe I found for Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup. I received a comment which asked about eating nightshades, and whether or not they should be avoided.

You may be wondering what a nightshade is and picturing something you put over your eyes to block out the light–I was too.  (By the way, I LOVE my bucky eyeshade. If you need one, I highly recommend it.)

Anyhoo, nightshades are a group of plants called solanaceae (officially) and the potato family (unofficially).  I’m sure you’ve heard of the potato. And I don’t mean the one that looks like this:

Nightshades include the potato, tomato, eggplant, bell pepper, cayenne, tobacco, belladonna, petunia, and others.

Apparently these nightshade foods are rich in alkaloids which affect nerve-muscle function and joint health.  However, usually only people with gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint problems are sensitive to these alkaloids. They may see a reaction after eating these foods.

Many people eat these things with no problems; I feed them to my family and have enjoyed them for years, also with no problems. So, to answer the question: “aren’t nightshades bad for you?” I say NO. They are not bad for ME.

But they might be bad for YOU.

In other words, if you have a bad reaction to nightshade foods, then you should avoid them until you’ve healed and therefore would not have such a reaction.  And yes, I’m saying that even a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis can be healed through proper detoxing and nutrition.  But that’s not the point now.

I want to caution people against what I call “medical mindset logic.”

It goes something like this: A man has high blood cholesterol levels, which are supposedly caused by a high fat diet. The man goes to his medical doctor and is given a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs and told to avoid all fatty foods. INCLUDING AVOCADO.

The absurdity of this is that raw avocado, like any other raw fruit or vegetable, is one of the most healthful foods a person could eat. High cholesterol does not come from eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables; animal products and processed foods are the ones to watch out for. Most health authorities now agree that avocado need not  be avoided. But this was actual advice given by a medical doctor to a patient with high cholesterol.

That’s because “medical mindset logic” only seeks to affect symptoms, and not necessarily to find the cause of the problem.  So while a person with gout or rheumatoid arthritis may be affected negatively by certain nightshade foods, that doesn’t mean that the answer is to simply avoid those foods while continuing to take drugs to manage symptoms, and continue this for the rest of her life, assuming there is no other answer.

There is another answer. Get to the bottom of the problem. Detox. See a naturopath. Get your body working properly, and then you won’t need to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to enjoy Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup or Eggplant Torte. You will.

Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62

http://www.suite101.com/content/nightshades-a59252

The Not So Happy Meal

You may have heard about the recent ban in San Fransisco on restaurants offering children’s toys along with meals containing too much fat and sugar. If not, you can read more about that here.  The main offender in this is McDonald’s with their famous Happy Meal. The ruling says that a restaurant may offer a toy as long as the meal contains fewer than 600 calories.

I’m sure many of you enjoyed these toys as a child, as I did. Although we didn’t go often, it was a treat once in a while, and let’s face it: the toys are FUN. The problem is that our society as a whole, especially children, is becoming more and more obese and developing conditions which kill (like type 2 diabetes).

For many who are counting our pennies more carefully these days, McDonald’s provides a cheaper way to fill the belly at a place that kids love.  The problem is that THE FOOD THERE WILL KILL YOU IF YOU MAKE IT A REGULAR PART OF YOUR DIET.

Was that a little strong? Oh. Good.

Have you ever seen the movie documentary Super Size Me? It’s very interesting. It’s all about McDonald’s and follows a man who commits to eat there every day for a period of time, documenting his health changes as they occur. Here’s the beginning of it:

This ban is a good thing. Your children being enticed to eat at McDonald’s by the toys they receive there only helps them to become addicts at an early age. After that, the warm fuzzy feelings will be overtaken by the actual, physical addiction that occurs when high amounts of hydrogenated fats, processed sugars, flavor enhancers (MSG and other excitotoxins) are consumed.

Did you realize that these foods are addictive? Not from just this but any fast food restaurant, as well as packaged “junk” foods you buy at the grocery store and then serve at home? Your body was not designed to eat these chemicals and so will crave them again instead of what would be a naturally healthful choice.

I’m glad this law was passed. Unfortunately, though, it really is up to parents to change how they feed their kids for it to do any real good.

I understand the temptation to save money and time by going to the golden arches. I really do. I’d like to leave you with some thoughts on these two points.

  1. You aren’t really saving money. What I mean is, the “food” you get there is not really food. It does not satisfy your body’s need for nutrients. Your brain will tell your body it needs to eat again soon (that is, as soon as the chemicals from the food wear off), and the sicknesses you will encounter will cost far more than a more expensive real food meal would.  An apple and a handful of raw nuts would be far more nutritious (think: cost-efficient) than a happy meal and probably cost even less.
  2. You can prepare a home cooked meal without too much time involved with a little bit of planning ahead.  If you work full time and arrive home with no time to prepare, you can prep ahead and leave your crock pot doing the work for you before you leave in the morning. There are many resources to help you plan meals; you can read FamilyNatural’s post about menu planning here. An apple and a handful of raw nuts would be even faster to prepare than taking a trip through the drive through.

Are you seeing a trend here?

Remember, it’s up to you to train your children’s taste buds. However you teach them to eat, they will likely continue to do as they grow. My children are very happy having smoothies for breakfast, salads and whole grains, beans, etc. They are also very happy when they get a hamburger. If I gave them a choice of fast food, they would take it. But they are perfectly happy and MUCH healthier without that option.

Other related posts:

Here’s my post on How Chicken Nuggets are Made

and a chart showing Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food

Tylenol Tied to Childhood Asthma and Allergies

A recent article on MSNBC.com caught my attention.

“A pair of studies suggests that the common painkiller acetaminophen — better known as Tylenol in the U.S. — may be fueling a worldwide increase in asthma. 

…. His team followed more than 1,000 Ethiopian babies over three years. When the toddlers turned one, the researchers asked the mothers if their babies had breathing problems, and how much Tylenol they had used.

About eight percent of the kids began to wheeze between ages one and three. Those who had been given Tylenol during their first year — before they had breathing trouble — had up to seven times the odds of developing wheezing.”




“The researchers estimate that Tylenol could potentially be responsible for up to four in 10 of all asthma symptoms, including severe ones such as waking up gasping for air once a week or more.”

What really bugged me was this (emphasis mine):

But large-scale clinical tests are necessary before anyone cleans out their medicine cabinet, stressed Amberbir, whose findings are published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.”

According to Kanabar, dropping painkillers entirely is probably a bad idea, and might cause a child to feel worse and drink less liquid, which could slow recovery.

Here’s the thing, folks. Are you ready?

Painkillers (of any kind) do NOTHING to help your body heal.

If your body is fighting an infection by raising your temperature (giving you a fever) and you take a chemical that lowers that temperature, you are actually WORKING AGAINST YOUR BODY’S ABILITY TO FIGHT THE INFECTION. You are not helping!

Dr. Mendelsohn has a great chapter in his book, How To Raise A Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, on the function of fever and when to be concerned. If you don’t have this book, I highly recommend it as a resource.

Headaches and other pains serve a purpose. They are warning signals that something is not right and needs attention. If you remove the warning signal without discovering the cause, further damage is sure to ensue. More on this in How To Avoid Headaches-Naturally.

Besides taking away any good that the ache or fever may cause, the toxins put in when you take these medications actually make it harder for your body to heal; there’s more work to do now, as it has to deal with what you put in immediately, and cannot use the same amount of energy now to get better.

So, in my opinion, dropping painkillers entirely is probably a very GOOD idea.

That being said, remember that every little thing you do makes a difference in either direction. In other words, if you cut down but still take something once in a while, you are still better off than you are popping a pill with every ache. So remember to take babysteps and not be too hard on yourself when making these changes. Progress does not mean doing somethings ALWAYS or NEVER, just that you are headed in a direction you know to be good.

Even I don’t ALWAYS do the “good” things and NEVER do the “bad” things.  Just do what you can do.

Avoiding OTC and other medications definitely falls under number 9 of my 10 Simple Steps to Transform Your Family’s Health. I’m excited to be working (slowly but surely) on my eBook on this same topic. It will be available FREE to those on my newsletter list, so if you’re not signed up for it, go ahead and do it (on the left sidebar) so that you won’t miss a thing!

So, do I think that taking Tylenol causes asthma? I have no idea. But, I do know that the more junk that goes into your body (including Tylenol), the more likely your body is to scream at you in protest (think: symptom). Asthma is a symptom, a warning signal. So whether or not it has a direct cause is not my focus.

Just ask yourself: Does it promote health or hinder it?

There’s your answer.

Baby Carrots Not So Good?

I recently had the following email forwarded to me.  I read it, and then followed by reading the Snopes commentary. Snopes is an organization that checks (and reports on) the validity of rumors such as these. It’s always a good idea to check these claims, though I admit I don’t always do it.

The original email is in italics, with the commentary under it mine.

Baby Carrots:

The following is  information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for  IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are  made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are  put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into  cocktail carrots – most people probably know this  already.

What you may not know and should know is the following:
Once the carrots are  cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a  solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them  (this is the same chlorine used in your  pool).

Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher  dose of chlorine.

You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white  covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces.  At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer.  I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come  from and how they are processed.

I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. I know that I will never buy them again!!!!

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My Commentary:

The commentary by Snopes is good; I am unable to cut and paste a quote here, but what I found important is that all fresh-cut, ready to eat vegetables are cleaned with chlorine as an accepted practice. Yes, they are rinsed.

But, I don’t want to eat chlorine washed veggies.

And Snopes says that the white “film” on the outer layer is NOT chlorine coming to the surface. It’s just drying out, as any carrot will do in the fridge.

Here’s the link: http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp

Anyway, you must pay a great deal more for the convenience of pre-cut vegetables. I’m sure you have something you’d rather spend your money on, don’t you? It only takes a minute to cut some carrot sticks. I do it all the time!



Saying Bye Bye to Moo Moo: How To Get Milk Out Of Your Diet

I was recently at a friend’s house and she commented to me on her son’s diet. Apparently it had more dairy in it than she wanted it to have, but he really likes his milk and yogurt, and she wanted to know the best way to ease him off of it.

Knowing we want to change something and actually doing it are two very different things. I know that it’s not so easy to stop doing something you like, and it’s even harder to get someone else (your children) to stop doing something that they don’t even have the desire/logical reasons to stop. So, how do you do it?

I’ll let you know what worked for me.

Limiting dairy is included in my 10 Simple Steps to Transform Your Family’s Health, so getting a plan for doing it is a good thing.

If you don’t know why you’d want to remove cow’s milk from your diet, read MILK…It Does A Body Good. Or Does It? to start. You can find plenty more if you do a search on cow’s milk and its cons.

First, immediately switch to only ORGANIC dairy products. Non-organic dairy cows are pumped with hormones to make them produce more milk than is natural. These hormones come out in their milk, and get drunk by you. Animals kept in close unnatural quarters (not free range, eating grass) also get sick often and spread disease among each other. In order to keep them “healthy”, farmers give their animals antibiotics all the time, as a matter of course. These chemicals come out in their milk, and get drunk by you. By switching to organic, any amount of dairy products that you do end up consuming will not be as detrimental to your health. And, the added cost will make it easier for you to limit your consumption. Remember, you don’t NEED to have so  much….it’s better for you to have less, of a better quality (if at all).

I might have had a head start by never having the habit of drinking milk as a beverage. I really only drank it with chocolate syrup in it when I was little; I just didn’t like the taste, and my parents didn’t push it. The only exception was (and still is) alongside some chocolate cake or cookies, which is a rarity and only to serve my taste buds once in awhile.

Since I never really drank it, the only real time I used it was poured over cereal. So I decided to start there.  First, I stopped eating cereal so much. Once I learned to make fruit smoothies for breakfast, it limited the number of times I was tempted to pour milk on cereal.  Then I bought some milk alternatives and started experimenting with them, mixing them in with the cow’s milk at first. I liked the texture of the soy milk, but it bothered my stomach. Rice Dream brand became my favorite after trying several, and I started with about half rice milk and half cow’s milk and worked my way up (slowly) to 100% rice milk. (Here’s how to make your own almond milk at home)

Once I got used to it, I got used to it. And so can you (and your children). You just have to work up to it.

Next was cheese. That’s a real tough one for me. I LOVE cheese, especially melted.  I have tried cheese substitutes, but I am not satisfied by any of them. So, I’d rather have it much less frequently than use a substitute. If I have sliced cheese in the house for sandwiches, I will make a sandwich with melted cheese in it. Every day. Until it’s gone. So for me, I need to not have it in the house. I buy it only for a specific purpose (a specific meal), and either don’t buy extra or freeze the rest. (Freezing works well with shredded cheese; not too sure about the sliced).

Sheep and goat’s milk (and cheeses) are easier to digest and also have a stronger taste. That can work to your advantage in cutting down the dairy: crumbling a little bit of feta cheese into a salad isn’t as hard on your body but makes the whole thing more exciting.  It also works well on pizza….make it more like a focaccia with only cubes of feta instead of covering the whole thing with cheese. Not the same, but still tasty. (And it’s better food combining too).

How about yogurt, you ask? Well, first of all, ask yourself why you are eating yogurt. While it’s true that yogurt has some good bacteria in it (probiotics), you can get many more of them just by taking them in capsules. So, if you want to add probiotics to your diet, I suggest doing it that way. However, if you simply must have your yogurt  for taste, here’s my suggestion: first switch to sheep yogurt. Since it’s easier to digest than the cow’s yogurt, that’s the first step. Here in Israel I can buy sheep’s yogurt at the supermarket, sold right alongside the cow’s milk yogurt. Of course, this is still non-organic, pasteurized, etc…so it’s still not good. But, at least if you get the PLAIN kind and mix your own flavorings in (a little bit of raw honey/stevia/vanilla extract/cut up fruit…YUM) you’ll be avoiding all the chemicals and corn syrup.

Ideally, you can make your own yogurt from raw organic milk. I’ve never tried this but would like to.

As far as butter….do NOT use margarine in place of butter, thinking that it’s better for you. It is NOT.  Really, I use butter as a spread for bread, and not for much else any more. Use oil for cooking, and you can use extra virgin olive oil for dipping bread in. It’s quite tasty, and makes it easy to limit the butter to a once in a while thing.  And cutting the bread consumption down is a good thing too, so that helps.

Ice cream: Enjoy it. But only once in a while. In between, you can make good-for-you fruit “ice cream” without any added sugar in your Champion Juicer with the blank screen. Or at least I can. If you do some searching, you can probably find a way to make a yummy frozen sorbet.

So, to recap:

  1. Drink water instead of milk (or anything else) as a beverage
  2. Switch to organic. Whatever you do have will be better for you, and the added cost will help you in cutting down (which is the goal!)
  3. On cereal, buy (or make) a milk alternative and mix it in (start with 50%), gradually increasing it.
  4. Make fruit smoothies for breakfast, making it easier to eat less cereal.
  5. Get sheep or goat’s milk feta or other sharp cheese to use sparingly, instead of other cheese. Make a meal plan including fewer meals with cheese.
  6. Switch to plain sheep’s yogurt, mixing in healthier flavors. Begin to have it less frequently. If you really want to have yogurt regularly, consider making it yourself (best from raw milk)
  7. Don’t buy ice cream in large containers to keep in your freezer at home. If you eat ice cream, have it as a treat when you are out, and get creative to make healthier frozen desserts at home.