SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

August 21, 2017

Here’s WHY “Food Combining”

Digestive Problems acid, burning, etc

Maybe if they’d lock me up – –  I’de stop buying books!  I swear to all that’s holy, I’m true a bibliophile, and I can’t afford to be one.   Even now – today, I am awaiting two books on subjects really high in my want list; 1) “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz (should have bought it years ago as I delight in all things fermented) . . and he is “the” expert.  2) “Plant Paradox” by Dr Steve Gundry

At the moment I’m knee deep in too many projects;  each, a joyous undertaking and my mind doesn’t seem to remember I can’t do multiple things at once and keep my balance. .  .  .  but there I am plowing thru my hoards of books (in everything but the bath room). . searching out the target of my desire. . but then I find   “NEVER BE SICK AGAIN”  (One Disease  * Two Causes *  Six Path- ways)  Health is a Choice,  Learn how to Choose  It . . . .  by Raymond Francis, M.Sc. with Kester Cotton.  A spectacular book.  Highly valued by me.   Few are able to expound on the body essentials as this man can, and I remembered  (kinda) the essentials of Food Combining as I have ranted and raved over the subject for years.   I’ve wanted to cite Dr Francis, but couldn’t find the book and have refused to re-buy it!   But here it is in my hand.  My intention was to  borrow what he says as no one spells it out better or more understandably.  I honestly think if people truly hear, see and get this message. . their health picture no matter what it is – WILL IMPROVE.  I believe Raymond Francis would be honored in so doing as his desire was to inform and help.

But alas,  I can only isolate  a few essential concepts from the message as I perceive it.   For it’s entirety, please consider buying the book or renting it from the library.  It is a treasure.  It was printed in 2002 and the publishing data forbids any type of  copying, printing, etc any part of it.  These ideas do come down to us from Dr Hay (and I have a book or so of his teachings) a century ago who is credited with all this information to the world.   But Dr Francis with his modern, scientific expertise adds greatly to enrich the circle of knowledge surrounding this valuable aspect of health.  Not to include it into your  consciousness is to short-change one’s health.

As the scientific community now is pretty much in accord, the four worst food choices are sugar, grains, processed oils and dairy.  Our species in one form or another has been on the planet since cave-dwelling days when food wasn’t prepared,  ya had to go out and find, kill and eat what you found;  no way to save it.  There was no food preservation possible or need to think of combining.  We actually had no choices to worry about until food processing came about and modernization took care of the rest.   Our species branched off, surfaced all over the world, thrived and farmed and  progressed in differing ways, as would be expected.  We ate what was there, what could be found.  Diversity wasn’t part of the plan. . no complex mixtures were there to choose from.     No one probably gave it a thought, but we all functioned pretty much the same.  We ate, chewed (first stage of breaking down food) and swallowed our partially digested food, sending it to the stomach where the breaking down process of digestion occurs.  From there – onward to the intestines where it’s  assimilated and passed thru the gut lining into the bloodstream to carry nutrients to all cells of the body.  Waste product is eliminated. Simple. . . right?  

Stuff can go wrong.   Maybe we don’t masticate the food long enough. . .chewing is very important – – we are mashing the food down to small particle size – easier for digestion and simultaneously coating the food with our saliva which is full of enzymes — or should be,  as this is the reason  that oral flora is so important, its the first stage of breaking down.  Ergo,  a mouth which is continually ‘sterilized’ with anti anything toothpaste or powder or antiseptic mouth-washes,  no longer has the natural, vital oral flora capable of doing this ‘first’ job.  That’s a problem.    But the bigger problem is eating together foods which can not digest together.  We can digest and eat most any food we choose as long as it is being digested with foods capable of digesting together. Ignoring this principle leaves foods undigested  > becomes toxic to the body. .  . then toxic to the intestines as well as it rots, ferments and putrefies and is toxic.  So our stomach has a big problem and our intestines and their lining have a big problem.  Just eating has created major problems for our entire organic system.  We are hungry, we eat and tho full, we are injured, then getting sicker. . if left to continue.   We are mal-nourished and maybe even starving.  Deficiencies mount and health deteriorates.  All this just from not knowing about ‘food combining’ and how  to use these basic but quite simple rules.      

The Basis for the Rules

These aren’t rules laid out on stone tablets somewhere which our creator wanted us to find. This is evidence based information found by scientists and observing physicians. . where open probing minds prevail.  Our stomach can digest most any natural nutrient earth provides.  Our bodies have proven capable of adapting and adjusting over thousands of years.  Only in the recent centuries, greater demands are being imposed on our systems to ingest greater varieties and combinations of food-stuff.  We have learned that the digestive juices which do all this work,  function according to the food which it receives,   i.e.  . the requirements for starches and proteins are in fact not the same but uniquely different.  If both are eaten at the same meal, neither is digested properly as proteins require an acid environment, and starches digest in an alkaline environment.  The digestive system can handle either one, but not both at the same time. So this is the ultra simple, easy to understand basis for the rules.  

Many, when they are young,vital and healthy seem to get by with eating anything and everything together.   The body is forgiving to a point.  But the body works on functioning routines that in health are amazing;   but continue to ignore good, sound eating habits and the body will break down. . s’the way stuff works.  Chances are, few would suffer any digestive problems at all if we observed this easy to understand rule: EAT your proteins and STARCHES at separate meals.  Proteins can be eaten with almost any veggie (preferably low-starch veggies).  Same with your starch food –  – easily combined with choice of vegetables.  

Fruits should be eaten alone and/or separately as these pass swiftly through the digestive tract.  When combined with a protein or starch based meal,  the fruit sugar ferments in the stomach and can cause bloating or gas.  (I say – the body is talking,  but  who’s listening ?)

It is helpful to understand that the human organism does best with raw food instead of cooked food.  Our raw flora has plenty of enzymes to digest the food. . relieving our overburdened body from this chore.    Also, to think of fruit as your dessert or snack, like fruit with raw seeds and nuts.   Anyway, when having both raw and cooked food at same meal, eat raw first – helps the body and it’ll be happier.  

Before leaving this subject,  perhaps we could discuss a rather prevalent problem of  “Acid Indigestion” and what people seem to be doing about it.  (This is encountered by millions who undoubtedly never heard of food combining, nor take the time to chew their food properly.)  Essential to chew the food til it’s small or even liquid before swallowing [fully bathed in the saliva enzyme-rich juices] and sending to the stomach.  Our intent is to nourish our body, not just fill a void in the stomach.  Food reaching stomach triggers the release of hydrochloric acid/related digestive juices which further break it down before moving to the small intestine. Food won’t break down w/o sufficient hydrochloric acid nor can it leave the stomach.  As undigested food sits in the stomach too long, toxins are formed, thereby poisoning you.  HA is critical to the digestive process.  People as well as many doctors think the problem is too much acid in the stomach and prescribe antacids – – worst thing possible to do.  Only in a rare case is this advisable.Ths symptomatic cause is too little hydrochloric acid.  As the food stays and rots, becomes acidic, the result is an acid burn feeling.   Taking antacid before eating is self-defeating. . makes it worse.  Better to supplement with digestive enzymes.  Can also help with taking HA tablets, but must be monitored by a doctor (tho I’ve read some pretty simple advice on that score from Dr Jonathan Wright – easy to do)        Hope some of this helps,                 G’nite           Jan

August 14, 2017

How to cope w/No-No Foods

For Those of us who are NUTSY  over Bread

This is in response to what has been occupying much of my time lately – – the message of Dr Gundry and the devastation so many of us are actually ‘doing to ourselves’  eating the scrumptious foods we grew up enjoying.  We love our breads (for me – it is the SOUR DOUGH. . . to each his own).   In the talk I watched  between Dr Mercola and Dr Gundry. . was very pleased to learn that soaking, sprouting  or fermenting were all options to mostly remove the injurious Lectin which is playing havoc with all of us from in-vitro to old age.  We weren’t born with weak immune systems.   They are being damaged by so many things which you have ALL heard me rant on and on about over the years.  No matter how good or perfect our genes are or were,  the expression of them is altered by anti-biotics,  vaccines,  the environment,  the foods we eat,  how foods are produced e.g. GMO’s,  and toxins in cattle’s feed and so on. . plus the rising cost of all these essentials.   Then we get sick and seek help, but 95 out of 100 physicians haven’t a clue about any of this.  Even Dr Gundry — the man who, wrote this book, didn’t know. . .he had to stumble into it by accident. . then trial and error.   And he is possibly the greatest heart surgeon ever, with more than 10,000 specialized heart surgeries.  {Ordered the book – it’s coming!)    

Of course, the thrust of the moment is my passion for sour dough bread.  I’ll have to deal with the other issues like peppers, tomatoes, cukes, lentils and seeds and nuts – – all adding the stranglehold on our beloved, necessary part of ourselves called the immune system which we think we are trying to protect, but are in fact causing the major problems we face.  And it pays to learn what if anything we can do to offset this certain ‘slow death spiral.’  There is hope;  stuff we can do, independently or together as a family.  The Mediterranean area of our world still makes bread the old fashioned way – more labor intensive with airborne yeast, and it take quite a bit longer. . .as is done in fact in many parts of the world. . because that’s how it has always been done.  These places don’t have the lectin problem breaking down their health. . never have.  But in America, as bread became mass produced,  they did away with time worn routines (that worked), because it was cheaper to get it done faster, and using so-called baking yeast to kinda raise the dough. This was quite early last century.  Who knew?  Looked good, tasted fine. . . the auto-immune factors started to become an issue. . but by now, almost everyone has major problems no one seems to understand what is causing.   Sadly, this stuff is passed down in vitro, so many little kids grow up with asthma, weakened immune systems, infections, coughs and so on.  

Many of these issues on other veggies long thought to be good and healthy, can be made acceptable with a few adjustments.  I’ve known for years that nuts and seeds need to be soaked for hours or over-nite to be healthy.  But I don’t do it.  I have!  But not as a rule . . and I do eat these.  Gotta get organized.  Nuts and seeds have a number of anti-nutrients in them, so it really should be done. The husk is where so much of the toxins are.  Tho Almonds are less harmful than many nuts,  the husks should come off.  

You can get this book at your library if the budget won’t allow the purchase.  I found Plant Paradox online – used, for a great price thru Alibris who found a cheap price for me at a Good Will store in Seattle.  Imagine.  I have a budget which ‘really’ doesn’t need extra burdens, but I gotta have this book.  But until you get your book, there are a great many excellent small videos online (have seen quite a number of them – each is different. . same story, different details.  Can learn a lot.  

But this post is supposed to be a little help for any who could use it or need to,  Am bringing STEPHAN GUYENET back (been here a few times over the years).  His  background as a writer and  consultant in Health Sciences equips him well to discuss nutrition and food how-to’s, as he is highly credentialed – – with his PhD, guess we could call him Doctor.  He knows what to do to get the best out of the food we eat.  For this particular discussion, the subject is GRAINS.  I hope you are helped by it and that you can enjoy it.

Before I close, want to mention that the young man I enthused over at GREEN BROTHERS EATS online (youtube) with the how-to on KOMBUCHA, also has other videos up (watched quite a few – love to cook). . he teaches how HE makes SourDough bread and also the starter. . even has one he calls sourdough Porn. . its gorgeous – really got a rush from that one! . . just sayin’        Jan

August 11, 2017

Gundry M.D. – Dave’s Bulletproof

Plant Paradox, again

This time with BULLETPROOF (Dave Asprey) and Dr Steven Gundry

Truly, it’s hard to decide which one of these two Super special men are more stimulating,  easy to listen to and understand, and finally – – to be enriched by.    These two men are prolific writers of distinction,  each untopped in their fields.  They have trod similar physical personal health experiences which no doubt speaks to their enlightening and even humorous exchanges. They spark off one another.  Just finished watching it. . . loved this and I am once again, determined to buy this book. It will become a classic if nothing else!  

This should change the way Americans shop, buys food and eats.   Why?  .  .  . because so many of us are hurting, wonder why,  and why no one seems to know the answers we need so we change the outcome of all our efforts to lead a healthy life, free of pain, allergy,  inflammation.   Our body, one and all,  needs help.  The plant kingdom predates the human arrival by many millions of years  (man in one form or another only here for about 2 million, give or take a thousand or two).   Amazingly, plants have protective mechanisms which are unique and even miraculous;  but some of that is hurting us!  Who knew?  Hear some of the highlights of this story, for it will help you understand what foods are good, best and/or favorable for us. . . and how it is best if not mandatory that we eliminate others from our lives– if we’d like to live without pain.    Any and all of it i.e.  diarrhea, IBS, arthritis, headaches,  thyroid problems,  joint replacements,    For the kids, ear infections, asthma,  sore throats. .the list goes on.  Most of this stuff is coming about in our body’s response to our eating foods containing “Lectins,”  a type of protein.  This is found in many foods, much of it news to me.  I do not want to mess this important message up – – besides, these guys know it backwards and forwards, tell it better and far more engagingly.  Ya need to know this stuff to put an end to this here-to-fore unknown information.

How often do I try to address the subject of pain?  Get this substance or that. . .eat this and don’t eat that,  . .well like any normal person – I hate PAIN.  How about all those surgeries, procedures and oh yes — all those expensive tests?  Actually, I never liked selling anything to anyone,  ya either get it or  ya don’t.  Everyone has ‘free-choice’. . . for your sake, listen to this, and maybe get the book or try the library.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if we could rid pain from life as we know it now by some rather simple choices to remove hurtful foods from our table?  Works for me.           Jan


August 5, 2017

Dr Harry’s 5 to stay Alive

Dr Harry’s 5 to stay Alive for AUGUST ’17


In point of fact, when I ran the post on Dr Harry last month, I remember feeling  (not right) about my action.  Didn’t want anyone to think for a minute I meant  harm in any way to Dr Harry Elwardt. . .because I kinda feel I owe my extended time on the plant to him yes, he is that good and his book put me on the path of self help geared specifically to the heart.   One thing my deep involvement has taught me is that the body isn’t  all that bizarre;  it wants what it wants. . .needs what it needs.  Give it that and it responds. Also, I’ve come to believe that what is good for the heart IS good for the brain. . two of our most vital, controlling, yet energy-demanding organs.  All this is true.  Yet I felt I was infringing on rules of decency – – this was his work, knowledge and presentation.  The only words I can find relevant to this dumbfounding circumstance,. . is that inside this fading, aged lady (along with the Pit Bull), is still the enthusiasm of my childhood MO, eager to share and spread the joy of something perceived wonderful which needs to be shared.

Maybe I need a shrink to help with an answer, but my gut had already informed me last month and did it anyway.  I’m not sorry. I really wanted to share with you who this man is.  And I did.  Cops didn’t come to my door. . . but it wasn’t  ‘right’.  So, not going to try to run his stuff any more.  Judging by the interest shown last month in his “5 to Stay live” with and having read his August 5 – – I’m hoping that those who are interested in such inside poop, you realize that you can avail his videos by subscribing to it.  Since I’v never paid for it, I assume its FREE.  His focus this month seems on some of the medicines which people are given by docs for various diseases which are actually injuring them and leading to multiple problems and shortened lives. . . and what the FDA is NOT  doing about it all.  As is his manner, he offers some asides of his own which can help rather than hurt.  So if you want to, go to his site and subscribe.. .maybe the August letter is up over there. . hope so . . .the link:  

From: “Dr. Harry Elwardt” <>

Subject: Top 5 to Stay Alive for August 2017

Date: August 1, 2017 at 4:09:21 AM EDT                                                                                                                    Jan

August 3, 2017

Help with Knee/Joint woes

Not pills or surgery,  kinda magic 

In February 2014, I put up a post on Iffy Knee Surgery according to those who study such things, and the consensus wasn’t too encouraging.  We’ve all heard stories about knee, hip and back pain wherein the  results left patients rueing their decision. But so often, one wonders- – what choices do I actually have in order to carry on with a normal life?    

As most understand, my personal views are much more restrictive;  if it must be done in a hospital, I don’t want it. . .won’t go there.  They aren’t safe places to be,  IMO. .  .  aside from the insanely cost-prohibitive aspect and the total mystery of how any sane person can figure out the cost-share, responsibility and what to expect these days.  One can ask, but no-one knows.   All beside the point!          

ROCKTAPE  H2O         

It’s one thing to point out the  facts and or risks as my prior post did,  but so much better to offer an alternative choice (if possible and available – – especially if it happens to be inexpensive as well.)  I’ve learned of a solution from my son Jeff who has always worked with athletes, individuals and teams (especially kids in their team sports).  His personal motivation seems to be with helping them to learn and absorb proper movement skills which can avoid so many injuries in the first place.  On a recent visit  he noticed that I was having a bit of trouble with movement.  I explained the falls I’d had over the weeks and months with the curbs too high for me to negotiate without falling, etc., had been hard on my knees. . . especially the right one.  Something seemed to be wrong with it and wasn’t apparently going away.  So he checked it out and proceeded to tape my knee in a funny kind of way.  He explained how it works as he went and rubbed the tape so it would remain – even through showers.  Couldn’t imagine how that little bit of tape could really help me. . . but it has.  We’ve all used ACE bandages, but this isn’t that.  You don’t feel it at all, doesn’t hinder movement.   It’s called ROCKTAPE (H2O).  

Telling what it is I can do, but ‘splaining, really can’t.  My son was trained by the company and  is able to train other professionals with their clients or athletes.  When I mentioned I found the company online, and bought some, . . watched a video or three, so maybe I could help myself rather than him needing to come over even tho he is so busy. . . he seemed to feel that I should call him, that he is glad to do it.     I can’t tell you what is wrong with my knee.  Some little thing on the inner side of my right knee seems to slip away from the cap, can hear it as it slips out, then knee doesn’t want to work right.  Usually press the foot hard into floor and hand on outer side to move knee back toward center.  Connection has always been made,  Not painful, but a bit scary. It is what it is.  I don’t require a label for whatever it is.  I know its not “healed” . . but may be any day now — why not?  Logic tells me with all that has happened, it is no mystery why my knee is complaining – it has a right to.   Sometimes, between Jeff’s visit to retape, and I go a day or so without it, the slippage thing happens.   But once he tapes the knee, it’s business as usual no slipping out.  The tape holds the tendons, tissue and muscle in place without strain, so it ‘can’ heal.  So for me. . .problem solved.  

For those of you who don’t have a son like Jeff (Turner), ya might find him online at (tell him his Mom said it was okay), or go yourself and see if it makes sense to you at ROCKTAPE and maybe scout some videos.   G’nite folks    Jan

July 28, 2017

Fibromyalgia, CFS. . there’s help

Class of pain – all by itself

Don’t think I’ve developed this class of pain or another so-called disease,  but sure have been hurting a lot more lately.   Yet more worrisome, my energy levels seem to have bottomed out and for a heart patient. . that’s not good.   This has been mounting over a period of time, but I have somehow attributed it to all the stressors  outside my control that I have had to live with over the past nine months.   The entire complex where I live has been undergoing rehab from interior reconstruction,  and quite a bit of exterior changes;   all kitchen appliances, new patio entryways; exterior streets and roadways, while killing off our beautiful landscaping which will have to be totally redone (lost all but one rose bush).   All this was so hard on Heidi too  and she died on Feb 1rst. Wasn’t too sure that I could live thru that grief  of losing such a precious companion. . . but life has its way.  

But it wasn’t only loss of energy physically, I had noticed the increase of mental fatigue, loss of focus.  This of course rocked my boat, as one can imagine. . . as I presumed the big A was clamping down on me.  Not a happy time. . . come on inner Pit Bull, I need you now.  Plodding into a search, I realized that a potential for error was possible in the handling of “re-supply.”  A bag of my powders being replaced requires focus and care to maintain routine which I’ve tried to carefully arrange in order to continue on  my path of holding the course toward health.  I often was confused and having to get Dr Harry’s book out again to refresh my memory.  Yet even afterward, feeling that something  was off.  I couldn’t however find what it was or what to do.  Yet often, I’d get that “something isn’t right” feeling with regard to the amino acids.  Went on for weeks. Seemed to be the D-Ribose jar  – – each time I opened it I would be struck again with how small the spoon (scoop) was.  I would lump this with angst along with all the other stressors with which I was coping.  

From time to time as I replenished my powders, I would have to sit and recalculate dosage because all manufacturers don’t use the same formula  or use the same measurement quantities as the next one.  It can get confusing.  Tried to be extra careful.  When the manufacturer doesn’t lay out enuff info on the label, its tuff; have to call and explain how important this is and have had to leave a company or two because of this.  No matter how I word it,  I screwed up.  I had been shortchanging my body with D-Ribose.  Now more research.  Found an article that literally stunned me on D-Ribose (link follows).    As I read it I saw exactly how I had been feeling being described  within the story line. . . and thought – this can’t be!  How can one product be that effective, correcting so much pain and misery?  And why doesn’t everybody know about this?    

Tho I had been using D-Ribose for years now with my heart protocol,  apparently, I was doing most of it right.  It worked, and I have repeatedly shared with one and all what is it that I do and have done.  There was an update on what I was doing May 14, 2014, simply titled HBP/Heart therapy update (plus others before and after).  The stressors I’m living thru would have hammered a healthy mind/body, let alone someone like me with Alzheimer’s for maybe 12 to 15 years.  Too much stress is a killer for anyone.  Dr Harry had said 5 grams up to 3 times a day, then when better, drop down to 2 X a day.    That strange little scoop I was using is around 2 g, 2 X day. . and it really has hurt me.  In just 2 days now at 15 g each day,  have no pain to speak of today, so I’m gonna be better in no time. (IMO)    

If people suffer like I’ve kinda felt this last week or two, my heart goes out to you,  it ain’t right!  Read this article through, read about the research and responses of so many sufferers with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  This is a natural product, not a pharmaceutical so there is nothing to fear.  Used to buy from Powder City- $8.00 for 100 grams.  They went out of business 3/29/17/ broke my heart – my favorite!   Bulk Supplements sold me 500 grams for $24.96 in May of this year . . .   .  .  so there you go.     Enjoy  pain free life                   Jan

July 23, 2017

Whats ‘teeth’ got to do w/Alzheimers?

Do you think my need to share is too much?

even I think it might be, but here it is – AGAIN.

. . but to be fair,  if these brainy scientists – doctors wouldn’t keep coming up with NEW stuff all the time and I learn of it, well. .  .  I’ve just gotta dig a little deeper and tell you about it.  It’s sorta about my commitment to share w/those who maybe don’t have the time or inclination to dig around as much as I do to know about some of it that could really make a difference in the quality of life.  

As to the subject matter. . .Alzheimer’s – – sure it seems the focus on it seems too much. . .but have  ya noticed the way it is laying to waste the lives of those we love most.  .  . like it or not?  I remember the way I caved to despair’s pity-party when I finally realized it had targeted me.  One can’t explain those feelings adequately as ‘self’ is so immersed in helpless grief.  We’re told little can be done or there’s no cure and so on.  Was helping to raise my grand-dsughters (still in elementary school) — had so much yet to do!  Can be hard to carry on when you understand what’s comin’ on down the road.  My precious girls are 23 and 24 now.  They’re doing great and so am I (mostly).  

One might wonder why – – what’s your magic Jan — how’d you do it?   Both parents wheelchair bound with Arthritis and dyeing of Alzheimer’s disease.     I dunno. . .lucky?. . blessed?. .. karma?. . .possibly,  the quality of one’s vision, you know — what you’re looking at,  (hopes, dreams, desires. . what turns us on. . . which affects our thinking > our mood. . . equates to how we feel/think/act – how we be!  Instead of staying swallowed up in the pain of it, somehow, managed to allow my inner “pit-bull” to emerge and surge til I remembered  – – heck, I’m not gone, time to get my head in the game.  To tell the truth I’ve done this almost to death,  so I’m not re-covering old ground in this post. . . because it’s not one pill,  or one therapy. . or one class of food.  It’s a sticky wicket!  Often its a whole lot of innocent things we did ‘wrong’ that led up to this kind  of vulnerability (refer to Dr. Last’s discussion on Alzheimer’s) which can total up to a weakened immune system, unable to defend against the invader.  Newspaper articles jump on every possible clue (based on some or other explorative result);  others > substandard living  conditions relative to neighborhood, race, economics etc.  Most assuredly,  much of any of these reasons enter in as will today’s focus on the TEETH thing.. . getting there any minute now.

There are some things I know to be true;  we are what we eat!    So what we eat and how we live matter.   99% of humanity is born with everything in working order. . . including the genes.   The way we live, the choices we make — all of it can impact our genetic structure and its expression. . . i.e.  change them.    Seemingly not really genetic is it if an entire family/clan/or culture – eat and live in a similar manner, eating the same foods and grow rotund bodies resulting in diabetes and other similar afflictions.  Too often it is claimed, well, after all – its genetic! Look at their family!  But if nutritional correction can strengthen and enrich  one of them or all of them. . . what do we call it then?   Nutritional and/or perhaps – environmental   (with all it’s synthetic foods, dyes and other toxic stuff)?   So I rarely, if ever think of these problems as genetic.  

If people could be committed to be happy rather than pessimistic, – see stuff differently.  Stuff happens.  But nothing is over til it’s over.  Health status can be changed, no matter what the affliction.  If we lock into the dire end-result, we may be depriving ourselves of energy and stamina we actually need to get better and pull to safety and back to normalcy.  We all have a gutsy inner core   (I just think of mine as my pit bull). . you may call yours whatever you want.   Also, we should learn how to treat ourselves with as much love and kindness as we would to any other.  Appreciate the miracle of you are;  who you are with all your strengths and foibles – – love it all.  You are worth it.  I am worth it.  I do love myself and value all my parts. . .  Kinda why I can be happy with it even as I age and cope with the changes.  What a blessed body.  Served me so well, and how I appreciate all these blessings.  Seeing with gratitude, rather than as one abused by life. . feels so very much better. And in that love, appreciation (and joy),  health and balance can flourish.  Part of loving the body is the effort to nourish it with the best possible offerings of which we are capable.  Even if its not always ideal,. . offer it in love for your highest good.    

OKay,  the TEETH THING:  On July 18 2017,  I wrote on Dr Harry and my experience with his book and excellent info; its style and ease of use.  I won’t say it saved my life – but it may have.  I was willing to do whatever I had to do to survive in a healthy state — not just to be counted among the living.  When I can no longer function, be useful, happy and know it — I’d rather be gone  to see my mother, husband and Heidi.  I do not want to be among the tortured living-dead stuffed in some (so-called) nursing home.  That is a cruel fate no one deserves.  I refuse it!  If we can EAT HORSES,  we can sure as hell shoot old folks nobody wants around anymore. It’s just logic.  A number of our beloved USA  states have made elder suicide legal and I believe it should be made American Law.  It would solve a huge financial burden to “care for” [yuk, yuk] old folk who are daily ignored, underfed, abused and even slain as they lay helpless and unaware.  They either have no family who care or have no one.  They mostly don’t want to be there and are drugged out of any mind they have left.  That is not a quality life!  It is unmerited prison no matter what kind of life they have lived.  Anyone deserves better than that.  Also, why should law-abiding citizens have to end their own life by ‘breaking the law’ in killing themselves as it now stands.  I’m so disgusted with the “Moral Right” creating havoc endlessly with the sanctity of life thing. A woman’s right to choose sb inviolate!  Same with an elder’s right to go away peacefully.  The right should rest with the individual to whom it matters, not to some double-standard, tell it like it isn’t, money grubbing  politician. . many of whom have proven how they care about $$.

In  the Dr Harry post, I referred to another product I actually did take for about four or so months.  Loved it.  It actually was over my budget to do, but such a good product, easy to do. .1 scoop AM then 1 scoop 12 hrs later.  If the numbers don’t work, well, ya gotta face the facts. . . which is why I went back to DIY.  S’okay – – I learned from them and enjoyed while it lasted.  Will say – they keep their customers informed and updated.   Few days ago got another email from Mr Weeks at ARGININE CARDIO (American Distr) with a very interesting  subject matter having to do with teeth and their impact on developing Alzheimer’s by the doctor who developed this formula over  25 year span.   The following letter is from Bob Weeks @ Arginine,   citing info from Dr Raner Berger M.D  of Germany. . . . .  .  + Have a footnote for you at the bottom.           Jan

Hello Jan,

What’s your most important organ?  For me, I’d say it’s my brain.

We all want to stay sharp. To help you do this, I have a tip that may surprise you…

Take care of your teeth. 

Early in my medical practice, I noticed that a lot of my dementia patients also had gum disease. Seems like science has finally caught up to my observations… Research shows chronic gum disease may precede Alzheimer’s by years. It also links having fewer teeth with a higher risk of dementia.

And a new British study proves that gum disease can speed up the progression of dementia. In fact, they found gum disease was linked with a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s.

It starts with simple tooth plaque. That creates a breeding ground for bacteria that can trigger inflammation. It leads to red, swollen, bleeding gums — a condition called gingivitis.

That can turn into another gum disease called periodontitis. The gums pull back from the root of the tooth. Infection attacks the tissue that holds the tooth to the jawbone. Teeth start to come loose and fall out. But it gets worse. When gum tissue breaks down, bacteria start seeping into your bloodstream. Bacteria and inflammation travel to every part of your body — including your brain. 

The message is clear. Keeping your teeth healthy can help keep your mind sharp.  

But brushing isn’t enough. You have to protect against inflammation and the buildup of plaque.

The first thing I do is check my patients CoQ10.  CoQ10 is one of the most powerful nutrients I prescribe to my patients. You’re probably most familiar with using it to treat and prevent heart problems. But I discovered something amazing in my patients who were taking CoQ10…

All of them were cured of gum disease.

So I looked into the research and found a lot of studies linking CoQ10 to the reversal of gum disease.  One study looked at 40 gingivitis patients and found most were CoQ10 deficient. Another found that CoQ10 doses of 50 to 75 mg every day stopped gum disease within just a few days.

You can find this nutrient in eggs, avocados, almonds, grape seeds and sesame seeds. But nowhere near enough. The only good food source is the organs of free-range cattle and wild game. But we don’t eat them anymore. The closest thing you’ll find is grass-fed beef or buffalo. 

It’s hard to get enough through food alone. I take 50 mg of the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 daily.

Ubiquinol is the form that your mitochondria use for energy. And it’s 8 times more powerful than the old form, ubiquinone.

Footnote:   Ya think I’ve overdone Alzheimer’s?   Have done quite a bit on teeth as well.  Learned from the best, showcased here @ Smokinchoices  Of course I do special for my teeth – nothing at all storebought!   I brush only before bed (once daily is enough!)  I learned to brush after meals as I had been taught and always believed – and is still advised by dentistry. Now I get it. Brushing after a meal is harmful to teeth as they are chemically vulnerable  because of the food.  This practice in fact, is what causes all the brushing away of enamel – leaving teeth more vulnerable –  then requiring dental procedures  trying to fix.  Don’t brush with any harsh chemicals at all.  It disturbs the flora of the mouth (bacterial balance). Almost any chemical can and will disturb that.  Why is this important?  Because the mouth and the intestine work hand in glove as one to protect the immune system to strengthen – not defile it in order to raise immunity which guards our health.   Should food gather around teeth, can remove it by using dental irrigation.  I’m using a Waterpik now, but have used Colgate and others.  Great for those with braces as it flushes out anything  anywhere . .or of course – just floss (water-flossing).  

It’s good to know that teeth are alive,  do have regenerative ability, and they can be re-mineralized.  Ph is different in all parts of the body.  Stomach should be acid to to do it’s job of digestion (so why are we given antacids when we hurt? we need more acid – that’s why it’s good to take 1/2 to 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar before eating to do just that).  Our mouth, on the other hand must be alkaline which the NEEM will help to correct, establishing the proper flora. . as long as we don’t use harsh chemicals in the mouth.

I have three items for my teeth in the bathroom beside the brush and Waterpik.   (Will give recipes.)  1)  my powder may sound complicated, but goes together in minutes;  keep in an old glass jar w/lid topped by a wee-small spoon [only need about an 1/8th tsp].  Stuff works!  It cleans well, whitens and re-enamelizes. Have no plaque buildup .   2) Keep a box of Baking Soda on a shelf in medicine cabinet.   I use between 1/2 tsp to a tad more,  to stir into Hot water I use in the vessel of the water irrigator after brushing. No need to burn yourself – – use as hot/warm as can tolerate comfortably.  This helps in the shrinking process especially for those with tender bleeding or sore gums.  If have any of these – there’s a problem which needs tending.  3) and final step is a quick run around entire mouth at the junction of where tooth meets gum;  both upper and lower teeth,. . .inside and outside of each tooth as it sits there minding its own business. .  .  using a NEEM oil concoction I make which heals and helps re-establish balance to your entire mouth.  I keep in small 1-2 oz screw-top bottle next to the powder; dip the end of a Q-tip into the small jar and the whole action lasts less than a minute.  Cheapskate that I am (yuk yuk),  I crimp off that end for the trash and use the other end tomorrow nite.    

One last bit of thinking on the subject of brushing your teeth before I do the recipes;  don’t think of this as something your parents “made” you do – just one more chore- another must.  Instead, see this as something you do for yourself to protect one of your most valuable assets. . .your beautiful pearly whites.  They contribute almost as much to your overall health as any plate of food set before you.  And all of us have taken them for granted.   To brush the teeth honorably,  take your time; do it consciously gum to edge, stroke, stroke (Powder in palm of hand,  dip dry brush lightly with a dusting of powder)  This too, can become almost a Zen experience. . .and for the love of your teeth.  Ya actually think they won’t know?. . .get the message?  Just watch those babies shine. A couple of the dentists up on the blog over the years;   Hal Huggins was great (recently departed)and a forerunner in Holistic dentistry,  but a couple of others – Dr. Rainey was a favorite as well. They suggest trying to get your brushing time up to 10 to 15 minutes.  One suggested even watching TV while brushing.  Maybe I’m just a messy brusher, I dunno – but I start drooling even tho not using any water.  So guess I’m not a candidate for walking and brushing at same time.  

First: the TOOTH POWDER        (using baking soda or sea salt (ground) alone is preferable to any commercial paste, powder or gel)      1) Kaolin Clay  1 tsp  (used by dentists;) helps deter plaque buildup. . .aids to enamelize        2) Sea Salt   1/2 tsp    (don’t want anything abrasive on tooth – if coarse, grind down or use mortar and pestle)    3)  Baking Soda   2 tsp     4)    Sage    1 tsp    (dried spice,  either use mortar and pestle to refine a tad or grind a little.  This is the Whitener)      5)   Diatomaceous Earth     1/2 tsp (food grade).. . (1001 uses )    – helps to enamelize     6)     Xylitol    1/2 tsp    or to taste.  Kids won’t use it unless it tastes at least kinda good, so you may have to feel your way    7)    Org. Peppermint Oil   approx 20 drops or so of this EO (essential oil)  This is the biggie for taste.  

Couple of non-essentials – that I DO USE and continue to like                                                                                                                                         MSM     1/2 tsp     an ingredient that few get enuff of and its kinda cheap. Use it daily in shake as well (1 tsp)   its Sulphur                            Activated Charcoal    1/2 tsp     This powder, black as it is – believe it or not is a great whitener.       (plus has other uses) look it up           Egg Shells   1 tsp.      grind up fine so won’t hurt teeth       org eggs have natural CALCIUM we can utilize.        

 Mix all together, label, cap  then use.  Ya won’t hurt my feelings if don’t use the egg shells; not totally convinced we can get calcium into our teeth this way.  We should be doing as the cows prefer – eat plants – that’s where it is.  Just stay clear of germicides and almost anything that is anti anything.  No rinses or  Phrma.   Protect the ideal bacterial environment the way it should be.                                       

SECOND ITEM – NEEM OIL  (restoring gum health, tightening gums around teeth – like new again (kinda)  

1)  NEEM Oil   3 Tbsp       2)  Aloe Vera Gel   1  Tbs       3)  Jojoba Oil    1 Tbs        4)  Distilled Water  2 Tbs       5)  Olive Oil   1 tsp                       6) Coconut Oil   1 tsp      7)   Peppermint Oil (EO)   1/2 tsp  (Essential Oil)      

This is a marvellous healing oil, restoring gums to a firm grip around the teeth.  Between this Neem oil and the Baking soda oral irrigation . . . the gates swings open for normalcy  to take over its reign again.  This is gentle  persuasion – nothing forcing or toxic here.

I am accustomed to buying everything online, so I haven’t a clue where to advise going by car to acquire any of this.    My MO is to put items I want into browser and choose from offerings which generally works to my advantage.     Be happy, be well,. . Jan                       


July 18, 2017

Meet Dr Harry

A Naturopath who speaks his mind 

This is a link to the monthly video which I began after reading his book which got me going on taking care of my own heart and related cardio problems I had gone through for some years.  Knew I had to do something after walking away from medicine and all forms of pharmaceutical stuff.  Just couldn’t  do it anymore, but I wasn’t suicidal – – so what to do?  His book LETS STOP THE #1 KILLER OF AMERICANS TODAY and Dr Steven Sinatra’s The SINATRA SOLUTION, with his “Metabolic Cardiology”.   Both excellent and was helped; felt I was a bit more grounded in the business of the body’s needs.  

I had been doing much of the routine stuff with vitamins, minerals and certain supplements like Co-Q10  (tho I used Ubiquinol).  Railed against toxic anything, so I quit Coumadin   (NOT Curcumin, for heaven’s sakes! – – this is what helps with PAIN) and took NATTOKINASE  which science had proved to be far superior (with no side effects),  and even now – docs don’t seem to know about.  (Big Pharma is really “that” powerful in protecting it’s turf !)    

Specifically, I learned about the huge energy needs of the heart and brain, our most vital and demanding organs;  serving the one properly– both are helped. . . so vital are the specific amino acids in aiding the mitochondria to function fully with the necessary energy.  Dosages, quantities, how to’s and when. . .all in Dr Harry’s (Elwardt) book.   Was all laid out – not confusing, knew I could do this.  Eventually, I caught on that Dr Harry and many others had been able to effectively construct a treatment-formula that one could take all-at-once 2 times daily, eliminating most of the fuss.  Helped a lot.   Found a product online called “ARGININE Cardio” worked on for over 25 years by this german physician before introducing.  It’s frankly wonderful, but kinda costly.  He added Trans-Resveratrol and many other helpful components which really round it out to near perfection.  Gladly took it around four months til I realized it had been burdening the budget too much, so back doing my own constructing again (adding in the new things I gleaned from the German doc’s formula.  All this stuff is online for those who can and want to do so.  

One of the reasons I brought over Dr Harry’s link to the videos is that I find him extremely gutsy as a truth teller.  That takes spunk and courage in  this day and age to speak out against what seems wrong, flagrant (if not out-right evil).  Most of us of course understand — there’s corruption in Washington, has been for a long time now.  And that’s where it all gets okay’d along with it’s green-light.  When enough people really understand all this. . maybe, some thing CAN be done to fix it.   Its still just us baying at the moon like a pack of wolves, til there’s enough to make it matter.    So many doctors who “have” spoken out seem to wind up dyeing younger than they should. . . and I don’t want anything like that to befall Dr Harry.  He talks kinda funny, but I admire him.      Jan

July 15, 2017

. . but I’m sorta (a) Zen “cheapskate”

Cheapskate ZEN works for me

(Aldi’s, 80 to a box)

When one goes from being an independent, iconoclastic breadwinner, able to allow a quirky, sustainable lifestyle (enjoying almost every part of it) — and then segueing into a lifestyle supported only by ‘social security’ . . many – – well,  most of us must do some fancy footwork on our budgets.   One can learn to economise on many things in order to have choice on more important items.      

My husband and I were weren’t “cheap,”  on the contrary, we had  fairly good taste. . . tho simple needs.  No furs, pools or Porsches necessary.  Simple home with ample land and gardens, flowers and trees. . always pets.  Had a whole lot going on. . . parties, dinners, friends, kids doing everything and Marty and Me doing our separate hobbies .  There was balance, fun, beauty and leisure and we both needed plenty of space and me-time.  Both fairly devotional. It worked – – what can I say?. . .was happy.  Logical by nature, I was a good budgeter.   Didn’t worry over money or needing “more”. . wasn’t a concern.  Fine for Marty, he didn’t like doing books or budgets, so no worries for him.     Point is, I didn’t struggle over nickels and dimes. . didn’t have to, had a budget and it was fine, comfortable,  met our needs.  

Somewhere along the line,  my son evolved into a discerning man of taste and quality for whom unimportant little things are just brushed away as non- existent.  When he had popped by one day, I was putting a new plastic bag into my garbage container (a 2-piece wooden thing with a flip-top lid).  I had been gingerly trying to separate the layers in order to open the bag so that I could flip it a few times to open it up and lodge it comfortably in its abode. After watching me silently for a minute or so, he expressed that he could no way go through something like that. . . why was I doing it?  Responded that I’d rather save on something like this rather than spend so much more money on the stronger, fancier, more costly bags equipt with those black pull-string handles.  Guess I thought I heard him ‘thinking’. . geez, what a waste of time and energy.  But of course, I heard no such thing.  Nor did I tell him how calming  it can be to be still and patient while scanning the edges for a place to start, then deliberately, gently undoing the folds to finally engaging the belly of the sack before flipping wide open and inserting – then finally pulling the four ear-corners down over the lower part.  All kinda Zen.  .  and nice.  But then one takes those simple pleasures where ever one can find them.  .. . something about expanding awareness.. .just sharing       Jan

July 14, 2017

They canned Greta!. . BOOM


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