SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 28, 2013

Live WELL w/o fats, don’t think so

         5 Fats  That Don’t Make You Fat

By Jen Broyles, Care2

Fats play an important role in a healthy diet and are needed for many of our bodies processes. Discover five incredible dietary fats that are nutrient rich and great for your waist line too!

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut products offer an array of health benefits, and coconut oil is a great oil to use for cooking, or it can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and other dishes.

Coconut oil offers antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-cancer properties. It improves digestion, nutrient absorption and intestinal health. It provides cardiovascular benefits and helps manage Type 2 Diabetes. Coconut oil promotes kidney and liver health and supports the immune system. It also benefits metabolism, energy, and weight management. Coconut oil had a bad reputation for a while primarily because it is composed of saturated fat, which we are told to stay away from. However, the saturated fat in coconut oil is different from that in animal products. The fatty acids in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides, which are easily metabolized and used as energy by the body. Research suggests that these fatty acids may boost your metabolism, promote weight loss, and increase HDL, the good, protective cholesterol in your body.

2. Nuts

Nuts are very diet-friendly and are loaded with a ton of amazing nutrients, healthy fats, and protein. Nuts are one of the best sources of alpha-lenolenic acid, a type of heart-healthy omega-3. Omega-3s offer numerous health benefits from lowering cholesterol to disease prevention. 

They are also rich in L-arginine, an amino acid that has been shown to boost immune function, promote wound healing, improve blood vessel function, and help manage cardiovascular disease. Additionally, nuts contain soluble fiber and Vitamin E. Fiber helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels while Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E is essential for proper immune function, healthy skin, and DNA repair.

Some of my favorites are almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts. Try them in smoothies, nutrition bars, salads, trail mix, or alone. Nut butters are another delicious way to enjoy this nutrient-dense food.

3. Avocados

Avocados are fantastic fruits with tons of nutritional benefits. They are an excellent source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps cleanse and protect your body by detoxifying, removing heavy metals, and fighting free radicals. 

Glutathione helps maintain a healthy immune system and slows the aging process. Avocados are rich in folate, which has been shown to decrease the incidence of heart disease and stroke. They are also the best fruit source of Vitamin E, which protects against many diseases and helps maintain overall health.

Not only are avocados packed with nutrients, but studies have shown that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with an avocado. Enjoy an avocado on a sandwich, in a salad, blended into a smoothie.

4. Seeds

Seeds, like nuts, contain a number of heart healthy properties. They offer beneficial fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. Seeds are also packed with health-promoting minerals such as magnesium, selenium, and zinc. 

Some great seeds to include in your diet are flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Chia seeds, in particular, are considered a superfood due to their extremely high nutrient profile. They are super rich in omega-3s, even more than flax seeds. Plus, they are loaded with powerful antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc.

Seeds can be enjoyed many ways. They are great in smoothies, baked goods, nutrition bars, salads, trail mix, yogurt, and other foods.

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil is such a healthy oil to use when sautéing, baking, and making salad dressing. This fantastic oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants such as chlorophyll, carotenoids, and vitamin E.

Olive oil is great for reducing blood pressure, cancer prevention, managing diabetes, and lessening the severity of asthma and arthritis. In fact, including olive oil in your diet can help you maintain a lower, healthy weight.

(My Comment: 

Couldn’t be happier to put up a post about fats.  I agree strongly about the importance to our overall body health with regard to each of these categories.  Even  In my own life it is first of necessity like the order in which they are showing.   Tho of course,  I have something to add.    Coconut is first not only here – but for me because of its known propensity to offset Alzheimers disease, before it starts;  after it starts or to the full-on afflicted.  Improvement comes and with it, the return of prior memories and resources. 

For details and fascinating story, see one of a number of posts I have put up on Dr Newport and her recounting of the “return of her husband” to her from the terrible clutches of Alzheimers.  One needs about 4 teaspoons daily  – any way at all.  Slathered on toast (providing you still consume grains);  drizzled over salad along with lemon or apple cider vinegar;  used in a morning smoothie or shake of some kind is easiest. .Pure water in blender > add fresh or frozen fruits such as blueberry, strawberry and banana if you choose [I know WEE doesn’t approve bananas]  and maybe flax powder and I add a scoop or two of Jarrow Plant proteins [pea, brown rice, hemp, chia and chlorella].  No shake would be complete for me without my Vitamin C crystals [1/2 tsp = 2K mg] and MSM.   It sautes well so that you can use it for eggs or whatever you my wish – – just don’t use destroying “high” heat, low or moderate will get you there.

I spent two miserable years observing my own decline and was grief stricken as I was very aware that I would not have a doting daughter or anyone else to care for me and guess that mostly freaked me out.  Having been through 18 years of my mother living with me as she melted into a shadow of her former self.  Eventually, when my inner rebel or tiger or whatever one might refer to it as, fully awoke, I came roaring back.  I was determined  to find some way to better my chances.   There was NOTHING from the BIG PhRMA at all.  And there certainly was no point to get tests of all kinds – – I knew.  Been there, done that.  Not too much OTC either.  Tried a number of them for months at a time – little to nothing.  Heard about the Scandinavian research and some of their results were extremely exciting.  They used massive dosing of Vitamin B’s – especially 12, and a few other things.  (Check out Vit B-12, read the label  (7-17-11)  So by the time I got here to “smokinchoices” I’d been searching online  and became as a result, a bit more knowledgeable.   (tho health and natural were practically my middle name since forever).

Had been a McDougall follower for a few years  (since 1993) and had been mostly vegan because of regard for his ideas and seeming proof.  Admire him much to this day – he has helped thousands.   He is however adamantly against fat in any fashion.    Also asks one to limit things such as lentils as they are too high in protein.  Big on potatoes and grains  (I’m kinda Paleo now in many ways – just not too much meat and mostly, none) ORGANIC is my mantra;  no ANIMAL PRODUCTS of any kind seem to be McD’s.  While I have declined to so state previously, I’m not really there anymore.  It just sounds like I am because of all the vegetable juicing I do  and my fling with Wheatgrass Where would we be without our fats?  FISH OIL is an absolute necessity today I’m taking 8   1360 gel-caps  of Omega 3’s  daily (a lot of oil)

An Aside needed  here: Dr Jonathan Wright advises about the balance of our Omegas.  To get it right one should go to Nutrition and and try to access his article on Omega 3 balance.  I covered it lightly in a post (2-18-13) called Sick of bruising, bleeding and tests?   The GLA I bought is  Putitan’s Pride  “Evening Primrose” Oil, a natural source of GLA.  Apparently, dry hair and brittle, breaking nails are a clue to a lack or being off-balance.. And I heeded it, because I had not been doing this and this IS  a lot of fish oil.   AND  my nails had gone to Hell. I’ve had strong nails all my life and don’t like having  these continually breaking nails , for no apparent reason.  So we’ll see what happens.   

I’ve gone on much too long here, sorry.  Just have one last reference to give you.  And this would be on the Olive Oil. One couldn’t help notice that the oil is YELLOW.  I know that’s what the stores sell,  but we should be demanding something else..  .    .   so please run on over to  “CLAIMS TO BE OLIVE OIL, huh?” dated 3-22-12)

 Guess that’ll  do it for now,       be well,   Jan)

Medicare for ALL, smart

Medicare isn’t perfect,  but it’s a BETTER DEAL
       Than the “Private Sector”

     Froma Harrop

When folks pan the Affordable Care Act for being nearly 3,000 pages long, here’s a sensible response: It could have been done in a page and a half if it simply declared that Medicare would cover everyone.

The concept of Medicare for All was pushed by a few lonely liberals. And it would have been, ironically, the most conservative approach to bringing down health-care costs while maintaining quality.

Medicare bringing down health-care costs? “Ha, ha, ha,” say the program’s foes, citing the spending projections for the government health plan serving older Americans.

Unfortunately, the critics confuse spending levels with costs. Total Medicare spending is bound to rise as more older Americans live longer.

Sure, you can curb that increase through a voucher system limiting how much taxpayers will subsidize each beneficiary. But that’s not the same as curbing the cost of treating a heart attack or cancer. Without Medicare’s cost controls, the size of the bill for each course of care would be larger. Which is exactly what the medical-industrial complex wants.

  • A Time magazine piece by Steven Brill is must-reading on this subject. For all the waste and perverse incentives in Medicare, the federal program remains an oasis of cost-control in a desert of price-gouging by medical institutions, many parading around as “nonprofits.”

Brill writes of Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old Ohioan with lymphoma. Suffering chills, pains and sweats, he rushed off to the famed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Anderson wouldn’t accept the Recchis’ bare-bones insurance plan and required $83,900 upfront for an examination and initial doses of chemotherapy. (His mother-in-law wrote the checks.)

  • How did the bill get that high? Shameless overcharging. For example, the hospital charged Recchi $283 to have a simple chest X-ray for which Medicare would have paid $20.44. Recchi was billed more than $15,000 for blood and other lab tests. Medicare would have paid only a few hundred for the same thing.

“Why does simple lab work done during a few days in a hospital cost more than a car?” Brill asks rhetorically.

  • Recchi was charged $13,702 for a round of the cancer drug Rituxan. Researching how much hospitals pay for Rituxan, Brill estimated that Anderson had marked up the price 400 percent. And so on.

Janice S., age 64, felt chest pains and took herself to Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. While there, she was given three troponin tests to measure proteins in the blood. She was charged $199.50 for each troponin test. Had she been a year older and on Medicare, the hospital would have been paid only $13.94 for each test. The heart-attack false alarm ended up costing her $21,000.

Where does all this money end up? In the pockets of hospital administrators, doctors and makers of equipment and drugs on which the medical profession can multiply the markups.

Hospitals gripe that they lose money on Medicare patients, but that isn’t true. As Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told Brill: “Central Florida is overflowing with Medicare patients, and all those hospitals are expanding and advertising for Medicare patients. So you can’t tell me they’re losing money.”

Many Republicans and some Democrats want to cut Medicare spending by raising the eligibility age. That makes minus-zero sense. If anything, the age should be lowered.

This is not to say that Medicare doesn’t waste money. Under current rules, for example, it must cover treatments that work, even when another, cheaper means of care does just as good a job.

  • But the economics of medicine in the private sector bears little resemblance to a real free market. Hospitals routinely put on a magic show designed to bilk ordinary Americans, especially — and tragically — the under-insured.

Froma Harrop writes for Creators Syndicate.

(I seriously want to read Brill’s article in Time magazine.  I along with 1000’s of others (not only Democrats) were  very anxious to have the new “healthcare system” spoken of by our upcoming president to be a single payer system as has been successfully practiced abroad.   I have derided Obama previously for jumping ship when he backed off from that effort.  Perhaps he realized that it would be impossible for Republican cooperation and accepted what he could.  But I’m not over it yet.    You really don’t need much more than simple math to see the beauty in such a plan and of course, the savings.   If enough people could understand this, it would be so easy.  

The crazies in the street aren’t the only ones with a gun in our gut – – the entire medical establishment has been doing this for decades and it grows exponentially.  This issue can’t be solved making nice.  It will take someone with a willingness to fight the good fight.  I couldn’t do it and I believe our president has no taste for discord either.  But to be a politician, if one can’t fight for what is right when something needs to be done, there is no hope at all.  Jan)

More breast cancer in young women

Latest study

Severe breast cancer hits more young women

By Genevra Pittman REUTERS

More young women are being diagnosed with advanced metastatic breast cancer than were three decades ago, a new study said, but the overall rate of cancer in that group is still small.   One in 173 women will develop breast cancer before turning 40, researchers said, and the prognosis tends to be worse for younger patients.

In the new study, a team led by Dr. Rebecca Johnson at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington found that the rate of metastatic breast cancer rose about 2 percent each year between 1976 and 2009 among younger women.    Researchers think the change over just a few decades is likely linked to something external, Johnson said — “a modifiable lifestyle-related risk factor or perhaps an environmental toxic exposure, but we don’t know what.”

  • One possibility is that overeating and lack of exercise are driving up early-life metastatic breast-cancer rates, Johnson said. The use of hormonal birth control could play a role, she said.

Johnson and her colleagues analyzed data from cancer registries run by the National Cancer Institute. They found that the number of early breast-cancer diagnoses increased among middle-aged and older women during the study period, likely because of widespread screening.

The only other change in cancer incidence was among the youngest women, between ages 25 and 39. In that group, the number of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer — which has spread to the bones, brain or lungs — rose from 1 in 65,000 in 1976 to 1 in 34,000 in 2009.

  • More of the increase appeared to be in cancers that are sensitive to estrogen, which is “comparatively fortunate,” the authors note, because those cancers are somewhat more responsive to treatment and have longer average survival rates.

Still, metastatic cancer is the most dangerous kind, with less than one-third of women surviving at least five years after diagnosis, Johnson’s team wrote yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Because the overall rate of cancer in young women still is low, Johnson said the findings shouldn’t cause alarm but should prompt further research.

(My Comment: 

I agree with the last line of this article;  it shouldn’t cause alarm, but should in my opinion be at least a good, clear signal that something has indeed gone wrong.   

It is true that the word has gotten around about our living in a toxic world – – it is more of a miracle that we are surviving at all rather than we are being plagued with more and more sickness.  Even so,  with all the other problems facing earth inhabitants it is understandable that we often don’t worry that How we live,  What we do everyday and What we are eating could have anything to do with our well-being.  Not too much real, honest factual information and training is being disseminated to our graduating students as they move into adult life. But it is all relevant.   

So many young women wish to choose when and if they are going to have a child, therefore, birth control enters in. It is known that this messes around with the hormonal system and of course, it has much to do with altering the rhythm and flow of the hormonal balance.   Girls with or without parental blessing often go onto birth control pills at rather young ages.  It’s  distressing – – but we don’t all choose to be celibate.   Furthermore,  dietary influences must become far more important to people.  Enough so that they take the time to learn a few things which aren’t coming from the food producers.   

Forget about the word “NATURAL”  it is being over-used to sucker you in.  Soy is touted as a be-all – – it isn’t!  Soy is one of the worst things people can ingest because it seriously messes up our hormonal system – – male and female.  But we gals pay a bigger price, the men just grow boobs mostly.  Soy strongly messes with our estrogen balance, and of course, the soy we produce is almost 95%  “Genetically Modified” which is the worst part of it.  I wouldn’t touch it. And yet I do use “nattokinase” in preference to BIG PhRMA’s blood thinners which makes me seem hypocritical.  Have worried about that and have been assured that because the soy used for nattokinase is fermented, it is safe.  I really don’t know.  At least I’m not taking rat poison anymore.   This blog is running over at the brim with things to do and not to do, so I’m not going to cover the same ground repeatedly (well – not deliberately).  Unless one is willing to put the time in to bone up on this stuff. . . .  .  guess you’ll just have to do the time, your own way.  It’s your body, please check stuff out.  Google is a great tool to help in those decisions – do it.   .   Jan)

February 26, 2013

Lymphoma self-cure /Gerson

Joyce’s Doctor Didn’t Think She’d Be Alive Today

Posted by on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Working for the Gerson Institute, I hear many remarkable stories of people who have used the Therapy to heal themselves. One of these remarkable people is Joyce Forsythe, who just enjoyed another holiday with her family – 7 ½ years after being diagnosed with stage IV mantle cell, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I want share Joyce’s story with you, because it is not only a remarkable testament to the healing power of the Therapy, it also shows how important it is that people know about the Therapy before they become ill.

Since it is her story, I will let Joyce tell you about her healing journey, in her own words.

Joyce's recovery from stage IV mantle cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
In July of 2005, at the age of 68, I found a mass in my abdomen. PET and CT scans showed my spleen had grown to the size of a football. I had my spleen removed and after a biopsy received a diagnosis of stage IV mantle cell, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. My oncologist at Dana Farber recommended a cocktail of four different chemotherapy drugs. He hoped these drugs would put my cancer into remission for a couple of years.

I had learned about Dr. Max Gerson’s therapy 30 years earlier when we lived outside of New York City near his medical practice. As a long-time subscriber to the Gerson newsletter, I had always planned to start the Gerson Therapy if I got cancer. So, I turned down the chemotherapy and told my oncologist that I would do Gerson’s holistic cancer Therapy instead. He reminded me that my cancer was stage IV. Nutrition wouldn’t hurt, but it wouldn’t help. I had read Dr. Gerson’s book and the many patient cases in the newsletters over the years. The oncologist’s warnings were no deterrent for me.

Now retired, my husband Pete and I felt up to the task of rebuilding my body with hourly fresh vegetable juices and doing all that is required by the Therapy. Along with the hard work involved, there was some humor. Pete told me that one time the grocery clerk, ringing up the 20-pound bag of carrots, commented, “I know. You have a horse!”

We were both overjoyed as my lab results began showing the healing taking place. I had not been on the Gerson Therapy long when I took my latest lab reports with me to an appointment with my oncologist. My oncologist took a look at the lab results and exclaimed, “These are absolutely fantastic!” I soon received a letter from him saying “Keep doing what you are doing. The chemo would not have cured your cancer anyway.”

Although the lymphoma specialist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston was in charge of my case, CT scans, blood tests and cancer marker tests were done at our local cancer center and I met regularly with my local oncologist for interpretation of the results. The local oncologist told me at the end of five years that there was no need for me to keep coming to see her; however she said she didn’t want to lose touch with my case.

She said she thinks of me often as she prescribes for others the drugs that had been recommended for me. She said “Had you taken the recommended chemo, I doubt you’d be alive today.” She asked if I would be willing to send her a copy of the annual lab results ordered by my internist for my future physicals. I told her I’d welcome that. “Seriously,” she said, “we doctors need to know about your success.”

The following week, I went to my internist for my annual physical. After the exam, she commented, “You could be a poster girl for how a woman of 73 should be eating.” In my annual report, she wrote:

“Mrs. Forsythe has cured her own cancer following Gerson Therapy to the ‘T’.”
– Joyce Forsythe, December 2012

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February 25, 2013

Rare cardiac Time-Bomb


G E N E T I C     T I M E     B O M B 

Doctors uncover mutation that turned Bexley man’s heart against him


Ben and Miranda Weisbuch had returned home from their Caribbean honeymoon six hours before he collapsed and nearly died.

Mr. Weisbuch, an athletic guy in his late 30s with no history of health problems, had gotten out of bed about 7 a.m. after a short night’s sleep. Then he decided to give himself a few more minutes to rest and sat down on his bed. Without warning, he fell backward.

That’s all he remembers about that day.

Mrs. Weisbuch saw her husband gasp for breath and his eyes roll back. She called 911, and paramedics soon shocked Mr. Weisbuch’s speeding heart back into a normal rhythm before taking him to Grant Medical Center, where he remained unconscious for five days.

Ben Weisbuch was 37 when doctors diagnosed a potentially fatal heart defect

Mrs. Weisbuch and the couple’s families were told to expect the worst. Doctors had diagnosed ventricular fibrillation — rapid and erratic heartbeats that can be fatal — and later told Mr. Weisbuch that he had endured a severe episode.

“The chance of me being here right now is about less than 1 percent,” Mr. Weisbuch said this month at his Bexley home.

Those who do survive such an episode often suffer brain damage. Mr. Weisbuch, who is now 40, did not.

What has unfolded since his diagnosis has turned Mr. Weisbuch into a catalyst for a medical discovery that could one day lead to better diagnosis and treatment of heart abnormalities worldwide.

The Weisbuchs talked to heart experts across the United States and in Europe, hoping for an explanation of his illness. The heart team at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center took particular interest in his case.                                                   

Existing genetic tests found nothing to explain his heart problem.

“How do you treat a disease that doesn’t exist?” said Peter Mohler, an OSU researcher who specializes in figuring out the root causes of ill-understood disease. “This case was bizarre.

“Usually, we see these types of arrhythmias in little kids or adolescents, in athletes who are exercising. He was basically just lying in bed.”

Through electric mapping, the researchers figured out that the abnormal rhythms were unlike anything they’d seen before, Mohler said. He and others at Ohio State began considering something they’d never done.

They knew that Mr. Weisbuch’s mother had died suddenly and that heart arrhythmia was to blame. They strongly suspected that genetics could explain his rare and severe disease.

But they didn’t know where to look. Genetic tests typically look at specific areas for mutations that other people have.

Finding nothing in those spots, they decided to have Mr. Weisbuch’s entire exome mapped. The exome is the part of a person’s genetic makeup that contains important DNA sequences that direct the body to make essential proteins. It contains a bounty of information, but much of it means nothing to geneticists.

They found something new, in a place where scientists hadn’t found explanations for cardiac abnormalities before. And when they looked at the DNA of Mr. Weisbuch’s mother’s twin brother, they found the same thing.

“It’s like an ocean of unknown that we found this gene in,” Mohler said. “The genetics gives us a smoking gun. It’s a new gene, a new disease.”

Normally, the gene in which the mutation was discovered is responsible for making proteins that regulate heart rate, Mohler said. That makes it more plausible that the mutation they found is responsible for Mr. Weisbuch’s disease, said Amy Sturm, a genetic counselor working on Mr. Weisbuch’s case.

More research must be done before the finding is iron-clad, Sturm said, but she suspects that what they’ve found will eventually make a big difference in families with the mutation.

For Mr. Weisbuch, this genetic information has so far not led to a good treatment, although Mohler’s team is working hard on that.

“We have to understand the disease before we can solve the disease,” Mohler said.

  • Within three years, he’d like to identify a drug to treat Mr. Weisbuch, design a screening test for other people with unexplained heart problems, and spread the word about the discovery to doctors and researchers throughout the world.

Mr. Weisbuch has an implanted defibrillator, his second since the first episode in 2010. The first was experimental and delivered a more-potent jolt every time it fired. He opted for a traditional defibrillator and a less-intense shock.

  • Mr. Weisbuch’s defibrillators have fired almost 140 times.

“I’ve never, ever had any patient with this degree of ventricular fibrillation,” Sturm said.

  • Mr. Weisbuch said that when an episode occurs, he feels as if he can’t breathe, as if he’s drowning and is going to die. Then he passes out and the defibrillator kicks in.

Mohler describes the firing of a defibrillator like a kick in the chest by a donkey.

The first couple of times, Mr. Weisbuch woke up to his wife’s screams.

“These incidents are horrendous,” Mr. Weisbuch said. “I pray every time I hold my child that I’m not going to pass out.”

JONATHAN QUILTER DISPATCH    Weisbuch, his wife, Miranda, and their son, Maccabee. The genetic defect was not passed on to the boy

As he awaits drug or surgical advances based on his case, Mr. Weisbuch said the genetic discovery already has helped him.

His 20-month-old son, Maccabee, has been tested and does not have the mutation. He and his wife plan to test embryos for the genetic predisposition and use in-vitro fertilization for future children.

And the Weisbuchs have an explanation, which they appreciate. “It gives us hope that someday we might be able to have a normal life,” Mrs. Weisbuch said.

They’ve even started a nonprofit group that they hope will help others with inherited heart disease, including people who could benefit from genetic testing but can’t afford it. It is called the Heart Hope Foundation.

“If my survival can help someone else improve their life, it means the world to me,” Mr. Weisbuch said.

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For more information on the Weisbuchs’ foundation, visit  hopefoundation   or  .

(My comment:  

This is a beautiful family,  and it appears to be one fortunate family as well.   Because of Miranda’s swift action – Ben is alive at all.   And because of all that Ben has gone through trying to understand his condition and seek answers to this horrendous puzzle. . . .    .   it would appear that progress is indeed being made which may not have come about as swiftly, had this not happened to him.  On the surface – – small comfort, for this has been painful and frightening leaving the family feeling vulnerable due to so little being known regarding his particular type of arrhythmia.

As so many “smokinchoices” readers know, I have A-fib, a different kind of abnormality.  I have never  had most of what has afflicted Ben, and it seems possible – – his mother.    My background experience with heart palpitations have been there most all my adult life – – I am as all know, more than twice Ben’s age.  My heart problems stemmed from the ongoing stress my body endured (all my adult life) from an undiagnosed  “thyroid condition”.   There was weakness and near fainting, but nothing dramatic.  More than five years of serious A-fib elapsed before I was asked to see a cardiologist.    There were  many tests done and finally, the hospital stay to load me up on Pfizer’s Tikosyn.    It was simply – marvelous.   No more frightening races going on in my chest cavity.  All seemed good to go.    Over five years!

When Tikosyn was stopped,  A-fib returned, so nothing has been “cured.”   Please do not misconstrue, I am grateful for the help I received and the relief from the worry and discomfort of it all.  At 83, I am not of a mind to go through this all again.  Wouldn’t.  Nor do I think it is appropriate for someone my age to be dipping so deeply into the funds of Medicare in this manner. Especially, if, as in my case — – there are other options.  And there are.

Everything in the universe is energy, every single thing including our bodies and the function thereof.  And I am nothing if not devoted to healing in one form or another.  Regular readers understand that I am not fond of pharmaceuticals as they are chemical in nature, ergo – alien to the body with all the attendant side effects (often as bad or worse than the disease).  Based on these various concepts, I lean toward organic, holistic and herbal paths for bringing harmony ‘back to the body’ when things go amiss.  If possible.   As to the subtle healing arts, these days referred to a Energy Healing, I have tried many and still do use a couple.   Highest on my list these days is EFT (so easy – no tools needed), and of course. . .  .  Donna Eden of Eden Energy Medicine- easy once you understand it and know “HOW” to do it. 

Whether one is speaking of EFT or Eden Energy,  it is all energy.  All the ancient cultures back throughout time have had methods for dealing with illness and disease.  The energy pathways of the body have always been known and seen by many.  Mostly what changes is the words.  Energy flows and remains in harmony until and unless it is blocked.   Blockages can be seen or felt  in many ways – – they are  dealt with by removing blockages and restoring the flow  as the energy was meant to be, restoring harmony to the body, automatically, relieving pain. 

In the case of EFT,  I have benefited greatly owning the  manual and video tapes from Gary Craig . I use it daily for anything – pain,  RLS,  frustration, sorrow, self-pity (yes – I get one of those parties occasionally) and also, most especially – gratitude for the blessings that already are.  As they say – “try it it on anything.”   (Even A-fib)

Tho I do use it for A-Fib and it always helps get me through so I can function – – it still returns.  (EFT how-to’s at upper right of this blog)   What I do is not complicated at all. . .  the usual tapping points at head and torso with really simple dialog. . .e.  g.  Then at Karate chop . . “even tho my heart is really racing right now, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and my heart. . . even tho the  pounding in my heart is frightening, I know my body can correct this because I deeply love and accept myself – – and 3rd time,  e.g.  . . even tho my heart is overworking and trying so hard, I know that it will correct this with a strong, steady heartbeat because I accept my body and trust my heart. Then I proceed to regular tapping starting at top of head, >EB and so on with simple phrasing like ‘strong, steady heartbeat.’   It is my custom to generally use both hands on both sides of head simultaneously, but in this case, I use just one while the other hand is cupping over my heart (much like Richard Gordon teaches in Quantum Touch – which I also like very much).   It is hard to explain how grateful and empowered one can feel each time through easy little steps,  one can find blessed relief, serenity and composure – – ready to go again.

So the bigger guns I need (and I know this), are to be realized by means of learning how to do Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine.  I have her books and some videos.  There are  video snippets on YouTube,  and listened to her process on  she put together to save her own life when the medical community gave  up on her. Her path was hard, but she had two little girls she refused to leave.  That drove her.   It helps that she and all members of her family were able to maintain the suble vision that they say all humans are born with.  Her mother and kin openly discussed what they saw hence it was “normal” in their world.  So, most of us through lack of use don’t have that precious gift.  We all “sense” stuff differently.  Mine is mostly intuitive feeding into knowing.  My Mother was highly “sighted.”  But not me.  

Vision is such a strong asset, but there are other ways to see what is going on in the body, like muscle testing which is energy testing.   All taught in her books.   But it is hard to do on self.  Need a partner to work with and share back and forth.  I don’t have that, so can’t energy test (well, in truth, there are ways) and am therefore handicapped in trying to accomplish what I need to know to advance.  I have checked out her site hoping to find an associate who has been trained by her at “INNERSOURCE”  somewhere near Columbus, but alas, no one.  My budget has it’s hands full, so no room for travel costs.  My mama didn’t have any stupid kids, so I’ll get there – eventually.

Meanwhile,  my heart goes out to this family (and a little prayer, too).  It would be my fervent wish that while Ben is waiting for miracles to develop in the medical community (and they will – eventually),  that somehow he could be made aware that there are very real solutions in many places waiting to be recognized.  Everywhere.  My choice for Ben would be to get an appointment to see Donna.  She has been at this for more than 30 years;  has taught many thousands how to do this and in fact, there are certified practitioners all over the world.  She is a Goddess in the world of Healing. .  .  and perhaps one of the most recognized, joyous healers on the planet.   From the heart,  Jan)

More Radioactivity? gotta be kidding!

(From Dr Mercola –  – an alert to one horrendous plan from the Department of Energy on one of our planet’s big problems; we can just spread it around  (lightly) with a little here and a little there in all kinds of places.  That way, our problem goes away. . . .  ya really think?    Folks, you so  DO NOT HAVE MY VOTE!    If this is the best DOE can come up with – Fire them!  . . and start over with people who want to “serve” people’s needs.     Jan)

DOE Submits Plan to Recycle Radioactive

Waste into Consumer Goods

DOE Submits Plan to Recycle Radioactive Waste into Consumer Goods
If this new government proposal is accepted, your eyeglasses, surgical implants, stainless steel water bottle and more could potentially be made from recycled radioactive waste.

Story at-a-glance

  • The Department of Energy (DOE) has released a proposal that would allow nearly 14,000 tons of radioactive metals to be recycled for use in consumer goods
  • The proposal would modify an existing suspension to allow scrap metals from radiological areas to be released to private industry to be used for any purpose, including recycling
  • The DOE’s proposal would only add to the growing amount of radioactive scrap metal already circulating globally, contributing to increasing “background” levels of radiation exposure that have been linked to cancer, cataracts, birth defects and more

February 24, 2013

Farms Fracked – the wake!

From:   Organic Consumer’s Association

Fracking our Farms: A Tale of Five Farming Families

  • By Alexis Baden-Mayer
    February 20, 2013

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Environment and Climate Resource Center page.

Author’s note: On Sunday, Feb. 17, I marched with the OCA at the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C. At one point, our banner, “Cook Organic Not the Planet,” caught the eye of a dairy farmer.  He approached. I handed him a flyer and launched into my pitch about how organic agriculture has the power to bring dangerous carbon dioxide levels back down to the safe level of 350 parts-per-million. He nodded politely, then stopped me short with this “If they frack all the farms, there isn’t going to be any organic.” Back home, I sat down at my computer to research farms and fracking. I learned that there’s a growing movement of farmers around the country who are fighting fracking. And I found some stories that should give all of us pause.

Their names are Carol, Steve & Jackie, Susan, Marilyn & Robert, and Christine. They share a bond. Two bonds, actually: They all own, or owned, farms. And those farms, along with their own health and the health of their farm animals, have all been ruined by fracking.

More than 600,000 fracking wells and waste injection sites have popped up across the country, according to ProPublica. The oil and gas industry, along with federal regulators, would have you believe that injecting trillions of gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth is harmless.

But tell that to Jacki Schilke of North Dakota, who lost two dogs, five cows, chickens – and her health – after 32 oil and gas wells sprouted up within three miles of her ranch. Or Christine Moore, a horse rescuer in Ohio, who sold her farm after a well went up five miles from her farm, creating an oily film on her water and making her too sick to care for her horses.

With hundreds of thousands of fracking wells and waste injection sites in the U.S., it’s likely that our food supply already contains water, plants and animals (meat) contaminated with fracking chemicals. While we hear a lot about drinking water contamination, including people’s water catching on fire straight out of the faucet, that shouldn’t be our only concern. Contaminated crops and farm animals raised for food are also possible avenues for exposing humans to fracking chemicals.

Of course, not all farm animals are destined for the food chain. Those unfortunate enough to live near fracking wells can tell us a lot about the potential danger from fracking chemicals to our own health. Farm animals have the same susceptibility to disease that we have, but because they are exposed continually to air, soil and groundwater, and have more frequent reproductive cycles, they exhibit diseases more quickly, presaging human health problems. A study involving interviews with animal owners who live near gas drilling operations revealed frequent deaths. Animals that survived exhibited health problems including infertility, birth defects and worsening reproductive health in successive breeding seasons. Some animals developed unusual neurological conditions, anorexia, and liver or kidney disease.

What causes those health problems? Among the hundreds of toxic chemicals used in fracking are arsenic, benzene, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, lead, toluene, Uranium-238. and Radium-226. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ list of common health problems from exposure to fracking chemicals includes autism, asthma, cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, infertility, birth defects, allergies, endocrine diseases and immune system disorders.

Farmers fighting back

Thankfully, many farmers are fighting back.  Here are the tales of five farmers on the front lines of the fracking fight who are heroically sharing their tragic stories with the world in an attempt to expose the lie that natural gas is “cleaner power.”

Carol French, dairy farmer and cofounder of Pennsylvania Landowners Group for Awareness and Solutions (PLGAS).   Carol’s Bradford County farm is surrounded by nine gas wells.   Earlier this month, Carol posted to the Fracking Hell Facebook group that she had just lost three calves in nine days. “I have heard from other farmers with ‘changed’ water having similar problems,” she wrote. At the September 2012,   Shale Gas Outrage protest in Philadelphia, Carol told the crowd how, two weeks after their water changed, her daughter developed a fever and diarrhea that turned to blood. She lost ten pounds in seven days. Watch Carol’s speech.

Steve and Jacki Schilke North Dakota ranchers. There are 32 oil and gas wells within three miles of Steve and Jacki’s 160-acre ranch. Jacki blames the wells for the loss of two dogs, five cows and a number of chickens, as well as the decline of her own health. Her symptoms began a few days after the wells were fracked, when a burning feeling in her lungs sent her to the emergency room. After that, whenever she went outside she became lightheaded, dizzy and had trouble breathing. At times, the otherwise fit 53-year-old, can’t walk without a cane, drive or breathe easily. She warns landowners against making deals with frackers: “They’re here to rape this land, make as much money as they can and get the hell out of here. They could give a crap less what they are doing here. They will come on your property look you straight in the eye and lie to you.” Watch Jacki talk about her experience.

Susan Wallace-Babb, Colorado rancher. One day in 2005, Susan Wallace-Babb went out into a neighbor’s field near her ranch in Western Colorado to close an irrigation ditch. She stepped out of her truck, took a deep breath and collapsed, unconscious. Later, after Susan came to and sought answers, a sheriff’s deputy told her that a tank full of natural gas condensate less than a half mile away had overflowed into another tank. The fumes must have drifted toward the field where she was working, the deputy said. The next morning Susan was so sick she could barely move. She vomited uncontrollably and suffered explosive diarrhea. A searing pain shot up her thigh. Within days she developed burning rashes that covered her exposed skin, then lesions. Anytime she went outdoors her symptoms worsened.

In 2006, she moved to Winnsboro, Texas, a small town two hours east of Dallas. In 2007, Susan testified in Congressional hearings on the health impacts of fracking. For three years her symptoms gradually improved, until she could work in her garden and go about her normal daily routine. Then, in early 2010, Exxon launched a project in an old oil field 14 miles away and began fracking wells to get them to produce more oil. Within months, Susan’s symptoms returned. Watch Susan’s testimony at the Congressional hearings.

Marilyn and Robert Hunt, West Virginia organic farmers. The Hunts own a 70-acre organic farm in Wetzel County, where they raise goats, chickens and cattle. When the landman from Chesapeake Energy approached the Hunts to lease their mineral rights, Marilyn did some research then turned down the offer. But that didn’t stop Chesapeake from, as she told, “stealing gas from both sides of our property.” In 2010, Chesapeake received a permit for land disposal near her property and dumped waste on her land. “The water got little white flecks in it, and we started to get sick,” Marilyn said.  “We lost a whole lot of baby goats that got gastrointestinal disorders from drinking the water.” Some of the baby chicks her daughter was raising died of nervous system failure, and the ones that survived were deformed. Interestingly, though, the cattle that drink from the spring water on the highest point of her property were spared any adverse impact, leading Marilyn to believe it was the water contaminated by the fracking waste that caused the illnesses.

Christine Moore, Ohio horse rescuer. Christine Moore and her family lived a dream life rescuing horses deep inside Ohio’s Amish country. When a well was fracked five miles from her house in January 2012, Christine went door to door, begging her neighbors not to lease their land for fracking. But most of the town, many Amish and Mennonite, didn’t listen. Two months after the well near her home was fracked, the water went bad. An oily film formed across the surface of the water in her horses’ bowls. The water inside her home, pumped from her well and filtered through a softener, began giving her severe stomachaches. She sent her horses to a no-kill shelter in upstate Ohio and, in July, sold the property to her neighbor who, according to Tuscarawas County records, has oil and gas exploration leases on multiple properties. Watch Christine describe how fracking destroyed her horse farm.

Stop the Frack Attack!

Want to join with farmers fighting fracking?  Join the OCA on Mar. 2 – 4 in Dallas, Texas, for the National Summit to Stop the Frack Attack!

The summit is expected to draw hundreds of people who will share stories and learn how to become better spokespeople, learn about clean energy alternatives, celebrate fracking victories, and strengthen this national movement. There will also be a rally in Austin on Mar. 4 to welcome the Texas state government back to work. And to remind them they work for the people, not the oil and gas industry.

If you can’t make it to the summit or rally, please consider donating to a scholarship fund so others can attend.
Alexis Baden-Mayer is political director of the Organic Consumers Association.

(My comment:

There are always consequences to every act, every decision.   No one should have to pay with their life, health, their land and other assets – – to lose it all because one is naive enough to believe in sworn statements, government officials – – if they are not trustworthy,  then who ARE  we to believe?  What can a reasonable person expect from our American way of life?  Our legal system?

Is there no justice?    Why are corporate interests given such a high priority over the health and well-being of ordinary, honest citizens of this nation?  Why are companies allowed to pump hazardous chemicals into our land, deep beneath what we can see or understand and have no protection against?  Why would any government process grant immunity  from full and honest disclosure as to the nature and full identity of all the parts of  this process?  We have every right to PROTECTION and HONESTY.   There is no amount of money which can in any way compensate us when everything has been lost. 

On an immediate level, people are being injured severely.    Animals are injured and dying.  Pristine water is being turned oily and poisonous.  . .  .  ignites!  Water should do none of these things and wouldn’t if it was not being contaminated.   There is a supposition that if the water table is in fact contaminated, it could take hundreds of years to resolve.  Can we even believe “that”? How can anyone know? This is a dreadful thing, tantamount to the “thirty pieces of silver” two thousand years ago  How does anyone even begin to evaluate things like this?   Certainly not with money.  

Water is our most valuable resource – irreplaceable.  Without it – we die!  At this rate , we die with it, too.

Ohio’s Governor Kasich is attempting to balance things out by raising  the dollar amount  for the “fracking privilege” to these oil corporations.   Works for his priority plan – but not for anyone seriously trying to come to grips with this strange, absurd reality.  I spent time listening to and watching the messages from several of these families where the links gave me that option.  Also,  to  the hearings as they unfolded.     So much evasion.  Doublespeak.  At least one Senator was truly concerned about the damage to the water supply – about the only gratifying thing I heard. 

This deserves everyone’s attention and deep consideration.   Jan)

Charlotte will be 91 on 3-31

A Letter from Charlotte Gerson

Posted by on Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dear Gerson friends,

As 2012 winds to a close, I want to thank you for helping Gerson grow this year. It has been a year full of new opportunities. In March, I celebrated my 90th birthday. I was amazed by the outpouring of energy and enthusiasm that I felt from Gerson supporters across the world. The Institute has come a long way since I co-founded it in June of 1978. The clinics have also come a long way from the time when I was driving to Mexico every day, arriving early in case a staff person was absent to ensure that our patients would still have oatmeal and juice on time. I continue to serve on the Board of Directors, and the Institute keeps growing so rapidly that each time I come to the office for a meeting there is a new staff member or office volunteer to greet.


  • We offer our Gerson Basics Workshop to over 250 people each year. This year, we began streaming our workshop online with our newest program, the Gerson Basics Live Stream. Now, we are now able to train and educate many more people around the world, some of whom are too ill or unable to afford to travel here to San Diego.
  • We have more doctors than ever continuing to become licensed Gerson Practitioners
  • Our team of seven Education Specialists answers about 150 phone calls per day, and 635 emails per month, providing the first point of contact and information for the many people who come to us seeking education and support.
  • We provide telephone support worldwide through our non-medical coaching service
  • We have trained and licensed two professionally-staffed Gerson clinics

What is truly exciting for me, however, is seeing how the “radical” ideas that my father proposed are becoming more and more widely accepted. People are finally waking up to the truth that “food is medicine.” They are taking responsibility for their own health and actively sharing this knowledge with others. I would like to share with you some of the incredible stories I have heard this year of how supporters are taking initiative and spreading the Gerson message in their communities.

Carrots, not Cupcakes

In the spring of 2012, we received an email from a Florida college student who had been walking across campus when he saw a booth with the sign “Cupcakes for Cancer”. A group of well meaning – and in his opinion misguided – students were selling cupcakes to raise money for a large cancer charity. Having just watched a documentary about the Gerson Therapy called The Beautiful Truth, he wanted to do his part to let his fellow students know about the Gerson Therapy. So with educational brochures provided by the Institute and carrot-apple juice, he set up his own booth!

A New Type of Reception Gift

It’s hard not to get excited about weddings, and many of us at the Institute were particularly moved by the decision of two Gerson supporters to make a donation in lieu of the more traditional reception gifts found at wedding dinners. The couple printed up beautiful place cards for their guests letting them know that they had chosen to make a donation in honor of their family and friends to the Gerson Institute. Their loved ones were encouraged to learn about natural healing.

Rock & Roll – Gerson Style

Phil Collen, of Def Leppard, and guitar-maker Jake Willoughby joined together to help raise funds and fans for Gerson. Phil and Jake have both lost parents to pancreatic cancer and chose to turn their personal tragedies into an opportunity for educating others.

During Def Leppard’s recent American tour, Phil played a custom guitar, Wings, which he auctioned off at the end of the tour –raising over $20,000 for our organization! Phil visited the Institute in November to present us with the donation, raising even more awareness about the Gerson Therapy and about Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

But we still face obstacles and prejudice. As many of you know, this September the Institute was disqualified from the Chase Community Giving contest just hours before we were about to receive $10,000 in grant money thanks to votes from our supporters. Chase Bank never gave the Institute a reason. Given the similar experience of other charities, it appears we were disqualified because our mission is still too “controversial” for JP Morgan Chase. In April, world snooker champion Peter Ebdon was heavily criticized for wearing a Gerson logo. The same old accusations of “cancer quackery” were raised once again. It is frustrating to hear the same tired arguments that my father faced so many years ago.

Today, however, we have what my father sadly never lived to see – a growing community that realizes that health is about personal responsibility, that recognizes the need to listen to the body and to nature. A community that is willing to work hard for their health, to resist the “easy fix” in favor of the long, true path of wellness. A community that is willing to give of their time and treasure to spread that message to others.

You are that difference.

As 2012 ends and a new year begins, I hope you will consider making a year-end donation to the Gerson Institute. Your gift helps us continue working for the day when children will find it difficult to believe that a holistic, nutrition based treatment for cancer could ever be considered “controversial.”

I know that day will come. With your help it will come sooner.

Thank you for being a part of the Gerson Community.

Charlotte Gerson,
Founder of the Gerson Institute
 (Note:   Those who made sure these messages got out from the Gerson Clinic, mentioned that Charlotte’s birthday is March 31, 2013, for the many who are interested in her very real presence and well-being.  As in past years, many like to remember her with a card or personal greeting.   Jan)

February 23, 2013

Up on Google Glass?


Contest picks Google Glass wearers


JEFF CHIU ASSOCIATED PRESS                                                                                                        Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass glasses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is giving more people a chance to pay $1,500 for a pair of the Internet-connected glasses that the company is touting as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.

The product, dubbed Google Glass, will be offered to “bold, creative individuals” selected as part of a contest announced yesterday. Participants must live in the U.S. and submit an application of up to 50 words explaining what they would do with the Google Glass technology. Entries must include the hash tag “ifihadglass” and be submitted through Google Plus or Twitter by early next Thursday. Google did not say how many glasses it will sell this way.

Winners will receive the “Explorer” version of Google Glass, a forerunner of the product that is expected to be released to the mass market next year. Google Inc. already sold an unspecified number of the glasses to computer programmers who also paid $1,500 apiece at a company conference in June.

The people picked to buy this next batch of glasses will be notified in mid- to late March. They will have to travel to New York, Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area to get them.

Google Glass is supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones, except the spectacles respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen. The glasses include a tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices.

Because no hands are required to operate them, Google Glass is supposed to make it easier for people to take pictures or record video wherever they might be or whatever they might be doing. Online searches also can be more easily conducted by just telling Google Glass to look up a specific piece of information. Google’s Android system already has a voice search function on smartphones and tablet computers.

In the latest demonstration of the product’s potential, Google posted a video showing people wearing the glasses while skydiving, riding a roller-coaster, skiing, riding a horse and even swinging on a trapeze. The company, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., also posted photos of the glasses in five different colors: charcoal, tangerine, shale, cotton and sky blue.

To gauge how people might use its glasses, Google is encouraging entrants in its contest to include up to five photos and 15 seconds of video with their applications. The company doesn’t want to see any nudity or violence. “Basically, don’t add anything you wouldn’t be OK with your Mom seeing,” Google advised.

Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as “wearable computing.”

When he demonstrated the glasses at June’s company conference, Google co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged the company was still working out bugs and trying to figure out how to extend the product’s battery life. Brin has been overseeing the work on Google Glass, which the company first began developing in 2010 as part of a secretive division now known as Google X.

Now that Google Glass is no longer a secret, Brin is often seen wearing the product in public.

Pain? tried Cayenne Salve?

How to Make Cayenne Salve

by Rosalee de la Forêt

John Gallagher at

Every two months we feature a different herb on so that we can really dive into learning particular plants on a deeper level.

During this cold and dark time of the year we are learning more about one of the hottest and most popular spices in the world: cayenne.   The health benefits of cayenne are truly astounding!

  • From its heart-protective qualities to boosting the immune system, it will even stop bleeding from a cut or wound!

If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper.
It is more powerful than anything else. —Dr. Richard Shulze

In this article we are going to look at one of cayenne’s many benefits: easing pain.

History of cayenne

Cayenne comes from the Capsicum genus that also includes bell peppers, chilies, paprikas and habaneros.

This genus is from the Americas and has been cultivated for use for at least 7,000 years. Some of the early European explorers brought the seeds from South America back to Europe and they quickly spread around the world.

The etymology of the word Capsicum is believed to have been derived from Greek, meaning “to bite”.

What makes it bite?

Cayenne has a hot and acrid taste. This “bite” or heat is caused by the constituent capsaicin. The more capsaicin a pepper has the more heat or bite to it. This amount varies greatly between species and varieties.

One method of measuring this bite or heat is the Scoville heat units (SHU). Cayenne has around 30,000 – 50,000 SHU. In contrast, bell peppers have 0 and habaneros have more than 100,000.

Cayenne for Pain

Cayenne is famous for reducing many types of pain. It works by effecting your nervous system. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that relays information and results in what we call pain. Capsaicin, a major constituent of cayenne peppers, blocks substance P and therefore reduces pain.

When cayenne is used topically it can relieve many different types of pain, from diabetic neuropathy, shingles, migraine headaches, back aches, arthritis, menstrual cramps and bruises.

Cayenne Salve

Today’s recipe is a super simple salve that can be made up very quickly and bring big-time pain relief.

For this recipe you’ll need…

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Two heaping teaspoons of cayenne powder (or 15 grams).
    (Just pick this up at the market if you don’t have any.)
  • 1/2 ounce of beeswax
    (Available at Mountain Rose Herbs, along with cayenne)
  • Double boiler
    (Don’t have one? Try a local thrift store.)
  • Cheesecloth
    (Available in supermarkets.)

Begin by infusing the cayenne into the olive oil over a double burner.

I heat the oil and cayenne until it is warm, turn off the heat and let it sit (warmly) for about 20 minutes, then turn the heat on again.

I do this for at least one hour to a couple of hours, you could do it for 24 hours if desired.

Once the cayenne and olive oil have been infused, strain off the powder through a cheesecloth. Reserve the infused oil.

Heat the beeswax until it is melted. Stir in the infused oil until the beeswax and oil have been thoroughly melted together and combined.

Immediately pour this mixture into jars or tins. (Makes roughly 4 ounces).

Let it cool and then label it.

Using your cayenne salve

This cayenne salve can be used on aches and pains, from sore muscles and joints to bruises and even nerve pain.

It is best for closed wounds and may sting a bit on open wounds. Even on closed skin you may feel a bit of burning or heat in the area where it is used. It should be applied externally only and used within 6 months for the best results.

If using it for arthritic pain it may take up to a week or two to see results. In this case you want to use it daily to decrease chronic pain.

Caution: When cayenne comes in contact with your mucosal membranes or eyes it will burn! Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching cayenne or use gloves to apply the salve to the desired area. If you are using the cayenne salve on your hands, consider applying it at night and then sleeping with gloves on.

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