SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

August 13, 2016

Lil Bits 8/16 “Endo” and MACA

Over the years I’ve done “Lil Bits” i.e. . .  a few items I find interesting,  none of which is lengthy enough to merit a stand-alone post.  Just one  of my quirks.  Can’t help it, I like to share whether its a big deal or a little item for fun.



Research by the Endometriosis Association revealed a startling link between dioxin (TCCD) exposure and the development of endometriosis. Dioxin is a toxic chemical byproduct of pesticide manufacturing, bleached pulp and paper products, and medical and municipal waste incineration. The EA discovered a colony of rhesus monkeys that had developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin. 79% of the monkeys exposed to dioxin developed endometriosis, and, in addition, the more dioxin exposure, the more severe the endo.

One of the best things we can do to ensure health, is to guard our body from toxins which come at  us in so many forms, so many ways.  Toxins poison us,  we then must find ways to cope with offsetting the problem. Since we don’t want “more” chemicals added to our burden – better not to allow in first place.  In this case – TOILET PAPER.  We gotta have it!  Use it every day.  (We maybe could go back to using cloth wipes, but our laundry chore could become very burdensome)  Check your labels at the market. Its the use of bleach  because of our preference for ‘white’ denoting purity which it turns out is simply an additional chemical to deal with and it hurts our body.   7th Generation is wonderful, but quite costly.  Quite often store brands can be adequate, i.e. here in Ohio, we have a Kroger product which competes with Seventh Generation for a lesser price.  If budget allows, go for unbleached — it’s tannish color can be quite pretty and unexpected.

As to the pesticides,  we’re all on our own.  Thoroughly rinse fresh produce (which isn’t organic) in some water to which  some Vitamin C Crystals have been added, let stand a bit. .  can off-set.   Also helpful, unless one needs a full-on body-cleanse for a major problem,  can do a bit of research online entering diatomaceous earth for one, and/or  bentonite clay for a second option.  I have and use both at different times for many things.  Either one absorbs immensely for which they are both well-known.  Organic and natural (earth-grown). The clay is fabulous for skin – to restore and beautify as in masks or packs, etc.  Magic for taking pain away from various mean, painful bites (using even now as have been under attack by some thing I’ve never seen before – slug ants;. . .  almost microscopically small little ochre-yellow things  that you can barely see, but they move, so I know its not just o blob of dropped  oil or food.  And they migrate around the house.  Out of the powder, made a kind of gel and I dab on. my bites – takes down the pain and swelling and redness.

When think you might die from diarrhea  — just take bentonite clay, it’ll stop it, give relief and time to heal.  Great stuff.    I’ve raved about the D.E often; kills ants, fleas (sprinkle into carpet near doors and points of entry.  Good stuff.  Taken internally, these powders can absorb -(gather into itself, absorb,) then carry away and out your system.

What’s   Maca Root Powder  good for?

Botanical Name:  Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a root vegetable which grows in the high, harsh climate in the Andes Mountain in Peru. For over 200 years, Maca roots have been an important traditional food as well as medicinal herb to the natives of the region. Maca is the relative of radish and has the odor similar to that of butterscotch. Maca root contains many ingredients, including fatty acids and amino acids. Due to this configuration, this root is  often  highly used dealing with anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome and enhances the energy, stamina, memory and fertility in people. Women use this root trying to correct hormonal imbalance and menstrual problems. Also Maca roots help in the treatment of leukemia, HIV, stomach cancer and other major diseases.

In the field of agriculture, this root is used to increase fertility in livestock. Maca can be taken roasted, baked or as a soup.  ( See more at:

But I use it for a different purpose; its in a candy recipe I got from John at Learning Herbs. I glommed onto it, not because I’m a sweets lover, but I AM  a chocoholic, have been my  whole life.  See, I won’t eat just any chocolate, I crave deep, dark “real” chocolate, not the sugar.  And for a few years now, I only buy this glorious FERMENTED chocolate from  WILDERNESS FAMILY NATURALS (.com)  Buy it by the 5# bag and have been using a couple of spoons full in my morning shake (along with a ton of other stuff).  This  is the best chocolate I’ve ever ingested.  $35.00/5# may sound high, but it lasts me a long time and truly genuine good chocolate IS very costly.  The smell alone is to die for. . very heady fragrance. I know I put this recipe up somewhere, but don’t know where it is. So I’m gonna give it to you again.  The recipe is given in grams and ounces, but I’ve tried to measure and equate that for you (except for the cacao butter. . neglected to do that one).  Anyway, this is one more thing one can do with MACA ROOT POWDER   enjoy. . .       Jan



130 grams of cacao butter
70 grams of raw cacao powder  1 CUP
15 grams maca root powder        2 T
5 grams cinnamon powder          Rounded T 
Honey to taste (I use a dollop from a tablespoon)
2 – 3 tablespoons of cacao nibs . .  . 
(I didn’t use the nibs  instead, I chopped macadamia nuts & sprinkled on top)

Silicon molds (ice cube trays may also work) . .used a 12” square glass dish w/parchment paper to ease removal.

1. Place a small amount of cacao nibs  in the molds  (see  Macadamia nuts  see above ) 

2. Cut the cacao butter into small chunks,  melt the cacao butter over a double boiler.

3. Add the Honey to cacao to slightly melt as well — easier to mix into a smooth concoction later)

4. Once the cacao butter has melted entirely, add the cacao powder and herbal powders. Stir well. 

5. Add the honey. Stir well.    

6. Pour into molds that have been sprinkled with cacao nibs and let harden. This takes a few hours at room temperature. ( or just put in Frig)

Since I never made candy before. . much I don’t know. . had a hard time cutting the ‘set’ mass into pieces. Good no mater what it looks like — I promise you.   And so healthy!  High magnesium and so much more.


August 5, 2016

About teeth, one “last” time

Brushing, Flossing,  Irrigation,.  .  .  hmm     

I say — go with what works, not with whatever the so-called ‘experts’ are telling you.. How well would you say America’s health is faring?  To me,   it could be a lot better.    Experts rarely agree.  Scant testing,  little ‘science’ being used.  Too many greased wheels – the system at work!

I have put up a number of posts relative to our oral health over my 8 + years, so not going to explain it all again. Realizing how hard it is to find some unknown post on this overly large blog,  took a little pity on you guys and found some of them for you. Some of the best minds — both  alternative  and holistic have appeared on these pages, and above all, I have greatly profited and simplified.  Could say I’ve indeed learned how to care for my own teeth – mouth,  to my total satisfaction, free of worry, fear of loss and saved a whole lot of money.  Over the years, I’ve lost three molars which caused a bit of shifting resulting in some spacing I never had before.  Used to be very hard to floss as teeth were so  tight together. Stuff changes.  

But what I found for myself, I would very much like for all of you to also have in your own lives.  Immunity is vital to our health.  It starts in our mouth.  Our oral ‘micro-biome is the first link to our immunity which works hand in glove with our gut – the home base.  Without our nutritional needs being met, our immunity suffers.  We find diet and what goes into the mouth is just as important as anything we can do to care for and meet the needs of our gums and teeth.  For all these reasons, I am giving you a list of my favorite posts on “healthy oral care.”  Check them out and you can be as happy and free from worry as I am.  You’ll know what to do, how to do and why.  Many similarities in all of them,  i.e. . . simplicity, ease of doing, remarkably cheap and uncomplicated.   Works for me. . .   .   but first — the article with this late news.



Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

By JEFF DONN AP National Writer,   Aug 02 2016

This above  ‘smallish’ article was the easiest to use as it allows revealing the main point of the current news, which is what I wanted.  ALL of the other ones were so huge and mainly being fueled by dissenting dentists and specialists who were clinging to their comfortable “knowledge”  they were espousing (valid or not).  If you need or want to see any of that — its all over the place — copy and paste the  title into your browser –  you’ll find it –videos and all.  

I was mainly interested in the fact that government decisions and recommendations to the public at large — MUST  be based on fact – SCIENCE, but this had been done over the decades without that requirement.  AND,  the little  testing which has been done has been done with passe (out-worn), inadequate guidelines — thus producing only so-s0 or mediocre results.  But because of this long-standing, accepted ‘truth’,  it still stands high amongst the ‘experts’.  And there you have it.   We also have people by the millions who floss, but are still growing plaque. . .  have bleeding gums. .  and teeth still decaying  at the same  (if not increasing) rate.  We’ve been conned?   It’s our own fault?  Maybe.   But we DO need to ask more questions;  also, need to think deeply about options.  We NEED  to “think for ourselves.”   

Please let me recount (once again), that it has been, I dunno – maybe 5 or so years since  I saw a dentist for the last time. When he quoted  $28,000 to refurbish my mouth  (all I had wanted was an extraction of a lower left molar “root”which was still entombed where it had always been) after the tooth had broken off).  He couldn’t do it – get the job done.  He said I was too tense, could tell it the moment he walked into the room.  Never saw a dentist again.   It doesn’t seem to have been a problem to me, but I don’t recommend such seeming inaction unless one is willing to give the energy, time and loving care I give my teeth for their ‘beyond-the-call-of-duty’ service.  Have been using a combination of ingredients I learned from John at Learning Herbs, and especially from Nadine Artemis of Living Libations and selling thru David Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse.  (plus a thing or two I’ve added along the way).  For well over forty years I have used oral irrigators with either sea-salt or baking soda in hottish water to flush out my teeth and gums.   I finish by dipping a Q-tip into a small vial I use of neem oil combined with bit of olive-oil, Aloe vera gel, bit of distilled water, few drops of Peppermint essential-oil and/or cinnamon oil.  Shake well – it separates,  then dab it along the gum line inside and out where gums meet teeth.  Not delicious, but not too yucky.   But hey, haven’t had bleeding gums in years now and my teeth aren’t wobbly — they sit very snug in the gums. And they are as white as almost anyone’s.  All is pure, organic and/or non- toxic.  

So, lets isolate a few other of these helpful dentists and one non -dentist, Stephan Guyenet, starting with him. This post was called “Reversing Tooth Decay”  November 1, 2014.  Smart as a whip,  is a medical writer- reporter and highly regarded.  One can learn a great deal from the knowledge base he carries around in that head.  I’ve included Guyenet because he shows quite clearly the type of foods and diet we should include for ourselves, which in fact,  can remineralize the teeth and reverse tooth decay, showing what and why  with the science behind it.  

Next is  Dr Tim Rainy, a pioneer in  Alternative  Dentistry.   This one is entitled “Dental Protection is Out There”  Feb 2, 2013.  Like any other ‘messenger’ crying to be heard, he had a most difficult time.  Established powerful  interests never take to change well.  But his persistence was rewarded with an entire new philosophy emerged and spread like wildfire from which there will never be a turning back. He practiced Minimally Invasive dentistry.. less pain, less cost and it lasted.  That’s why they loved him.  

 So #4 is Dr. Robert O. Nara.  One o the best! No clue about the title I gave his post   “Tooth ills (a few fixes)”  Aug 24,2013.   His lofty goal was to help people keep their teeth for the whole lifetime without pain, expense or fear of seeing a dentist again (traumatic for quite a few people). Just keep the gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime.  He taught others how to remineralize and heal and stay healthy!  

Dr Hal Huggins may in fact be the most famous Holistic Dental Pioneer.  It was from him that Dr Thomas Levy (that I told my readers about who popularized the LIPOSOMAL  products, Vitamin C and also Glutathione, that I now do for myself),  learned of the Liposomal process in the first place.  Dr Huggins would treat even deathly sick patients, with everything he knew in order to save patients. (and all while taking care of their teeth).  He was amazing and will be sorely missed as he recently passed away at age 77.  The post I had on him was from David Wolfe – complete with video, but it haas been removed,  the video is non-functioning now.  It was  Holistic Dental Pioneer, Hal Huggins  12-8-14. You may be able to see him on Youtube – worth a try.  He was simply, . . everybody’s favorite.  

Have a mixed bag of others I’ll just name:

Fluoride Hurts your Teeth and Brains  1-8-11

Risks of Teeth Whitening  (can cause hot or cold sensitivity)   10-24-11

Fluoride is poisoning us by Dr Raymond Francis   3-12-11

Working on My Gums  2-20-11    

Get Rid of Bed Bugs  9-25-11  (diatomaceous Earth, kills dental pain, give my care of teeth)

Brought the following over from Dr Huggins site:

EDUCATION – Educating yourself about toxicity and related dental practices will help you understand why it is important to take care of your overall health and common dental procedures. You may want to educate yourself on dental toxicity by reading some of these recommended books.

A partial list includes:

It’s All in Your Head, by Hal Huggins DDS, MS

Solving the Mystery, by Hal Huggins DDS, MA

Uninformed Consent, by Hal Huggins DDS, MA and Thomas Levy MD, JD

Root Canals: Savior or Suicide? By Hal Huggins, DDS MS

Root Canal Cover-up, by George E. Meining DDS, FACD, FICD

Once you have gained a better understanding of harmful potentials of dental materials, you can make educated decisions about your health and your choice of dentistry.

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