Posts from the ‘Health’ Category

Weekly Contemplation

“CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found mainly in the fat of dairy products and meats such as beef and lamb. … CLA has been found to have numerous beneficial health effects. It acts as an antioxidant. It helps maintain a healthy heart and veins, and healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It combats atherosclerosis. It encourages the buildup of muscles and helps prevent weight gain. Preschoolers who have an optimal intake of CLA i the diet are less likely to suffer from asthma when they are older. But, perhaps the most impressive feature, is that CLA is the only known fatty acid to have strong anticarcinogenic properties. CLA has been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of human tumor cells, including cancer cells of the skin, colon, heart, and lung. Also, animal studies showed that CLA prevents the spread of cancer.

Australian studies published by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences showed that CLA inhibited the proliferations of malignant melanomas as well as colorectal, breast, and lung cancer cell lines. In mouse studies, CLA reduced the incidence of chemically induced epidermal tumors and forestomach neoplasia (the formation of new tissue). In rat studies, CLA reduced the incidence of aberrant crypt foci, which are precancerous.

Unfortunately, less than optimal amounts of CLA are consumed by Americans. There are several reasons: changes in agricultural practices, changes in dietary choices, and mixed messages from governmental agencies.

Cud-chewing animals (ruminants such as cows) have bacteria that convert linoleic acid in to CLA. However, the CLA content of the milkfat of cows and the CLA content of the fat in beef has declined steadily as the animals have been switched from grass grazing in pastures to grain feeding in feedlots. These changed practices yield greater volumes of milk from cows, and quicker weight gain in beef animals, at the expense of CLA and other beneficial components. Also, the feeding of dry hay in wintertime offers no CLA in the feed.

Due to changes in dietary choices, most Americans fail to consume adequate amounts of CLA. Many people select low-or non-fat milk and other dairy products, and avoid butter and cream. Many people also foolishly shun red meats or limit their intake and discard any visible fat in the meat.

Government agencies have been sending mixed messages. They have recommended reduction of saturated fats (sources of CLA) and have encouraged the substitution of vegetable oils (lacking in CLA). They have labeled trans fats as “bad” and fail to acknowledge that CLA, a trans fat, is beneficial. The FDA had wrestled with this problem, when it formulated a regulation mandating food manufacturers to indicate the trans fats in food products. The agency considered exempting CLA from the regulations, but decided it would be too confusing for the public.

Beef and lamb fat also contain another fatty acid, palmitoleic acid. This substance protects humans from viruses and other pathogens. These various findings should arouse some curiosity in scientists. The time has come to reexamine the commonly held belief that butter, cream, whole milk, and animal fats should be limited or avoided.” pg. 165-66, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Chickweed Smoothie

This could probably be considered a general run-of-the-mill “green” smoothie if you substituted chard or spinach or other leafy green for the chickweed. Chickweed is just what we had an abundance of. 😀

– Kefir
– Banana
– Frozen fruits of your choice
– Alfalfa sprouts
– Chickweed (a large handful)
– Kombucha
-Coconut oil
– Honey

Toss all of the above in a blender (we don’t measure, just eyeball it or taste in the process) and whiz up. Yum! (Just make sure you soak the chickweed in some cold water before hand and then rinse well too. Otherwise, grit-city. 😛 )

‘Til next time,

Weekly Contemplation

“Researchers at the National University of Singapore found that dark soy sauce derived from fermented soybeans, which is used widely in East Asia, may prove to be a potent agent in combating human cell damage by free radicals. The research team, led by Professor Barry Halliwell, found that fermented soybean sauce was about ten times more effective as an antioxidant than red wine, and about 150 times more effective than vitamin C. Also, the study showed that the soy sauce improved blood flow up to 50 percent in the hours after consumption of the sauce. Regarding the sauce, Halliwell was quoted in Food Processing’s Wellness Foods (Aug 2006) as saying, “There’s a preventive aspect, showing that it may potentially slow down the rate of cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.” pg. 140-41, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Weekly Contemplation

“In the West, we should have learned the necessity of fermenting the soybean to make it suitable for consumption. During World War II, many of the fermentation plants in Asia were destroyed by bombings. There were great food shortages. As a humanitarian gesture, the United States shipped soybeans to Asian countries. Despite the lean times, the Asians were reluctant to consume the soybeans in an unfermented form. Gradually, American officials came to understand that the Asians considered fermentation of soybeans a necessity. We helped rebuild the destroyed fermentation plants, and Asians accepted the subsequent soybean shipments with appreciation.” pg. 140, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Weekly Contemplation

“This method of brine preservation of pickles leads to a large loss or destruction of most of the nutrients present originally in the cucumbers. The water-soluble constituents are leached out into the vinegar brine and are largely discarded in a desalting operation prior to packing into jars. The sugars are fermented mostly to carbon dioxide and acids. In studies, such pickles lost 100 percent of their vitamin C, and from 75 to 85 percent of their vitamin B complex. For some puzzling and unexplained reason, the beta-carotene content was higher in the pickles than in the fresh cucumbers, but not high enough to be of nutritional significance. The role of such pickles is their contribution of variety and zest to the diet rather than nutrients, whereas the lacto-fermented pickles have health-promoting features similar to those of other fermented foods.”

pg. 130, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods


I haven’t been around much as I’ve been sick. Most of the children (and dh – briefly) were sick last week with colds/upper respiratory crud and recovered pretty quickly. Me and a couple of the other children were the last to get it and even had hope that we wouldn’t as everyone seemed pretty close to 100% better before we even showed any signs. Whatever it was hit me harder than anyone. I think it may be because of a case of pneumonia I had a few years ago…everything seems to go straight to my lungs and wipes me out with fatigue.

I also haven’t been posting as I’ve had to go back to using the old decrepit laptop. *ugh* Using this thing is sooo annoying. Really aggravating. To keep my blood pressure down, I avoid it as much as possible. So, while I had been writing those catch-up posts, I haven’t been doing anything with them because adding pictures is a pain. A real pain. So are posts with pictures of our new knives. Thus, I’ve been quiet.

I’m hoping for another new old computer soon. When it happens, I’ll be back more frequently.

It’s been pretty dreary and rainy here weather-wise and we’ve been busy with the business so nothing too exciting to report anyway. In fact, it’s kinda Dullsville…you know, all work and no play…

Hope everyone else is having a good summer!

‘Til next time,

Weekly Contemplation

“Doctors are down on things they are not up on.”

pg. 212, Dr. James Wilson quoting Dr. Leo Roy, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21rst Century Stress Syndrome

Weekly Contemplation

“Most medical doctors are unaware of the existence of this type of therapy and do not know how to use it. Because it is a departure from their usual thinking and protocol, they are often reluctant to even explore it.”

pg. 211, Dr. James Wilson, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21rst Century Stress Syndrome

Weekly Contemplation

“This means that in 106 of 126 patients who died from infuenza, the adrenals were actually damaged by the infection. It is not that the adrenals were infected per se, but that the effort they made to try to restore balance to the body led them to a degree of exhaustion that was physically detectable upon autopsy.”

pg.209, Dr. James Wilson, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21rst Century Stress Syndrome

July in Review

This certainly wasn’t a slow month! A wedding, extended family activities and a NEW BABY kept us hopping!

7/2 Midwife appt. at 1pm

Then, we headed out to Houston for a picnic with extended family. Very much enjoyed seeing those from CA that we hadn’t seen in a long while. We had some misadventure with our own vehicle on the way there but another family member graciously loaned us one.

7/3 The three older girls went to Seward with W.’s mother for wedding festivities. They’ll be spending the next couple of nights with her and a friend in a hotel. They’re excited! 🙂 W. and I decided to sit this one out with the younger children rather than find a babysitter in a town where we don’t have close friends. Plus, it gave this hugely pg woman more time to rest up for the greater and longer activities for the following day. We (me and the 4 youngers) did drive out to ER with W. to pick up some business supplies though so they didn’t feel too left out. We made it a mini-adventure and that’s always fun! 🙂

7/4 We all slept in and then began the process of getting ready. Yes, it’s a process…me 9+mo preggo, 4 younger children with no olders to assist and 1 bathroom. *sigh* Finally, we left around 2:something for the 6pm wedding. We figured there would be holiday traffic but not that bad as most people would have traveled the day before (it’s tourist season around here and summer fun time for the in-staters…traffic is always bad in the summer along the Arm). I’m extremely uncomfortable sitting for long periods (of course!) but purposefully don’t drink much as there aren’t that many pit-stops along the way. Doesn’t matter. Just as we get around the Arm to head up into the mountains, traffic comes to a complete halt. We’re held up for a little over an hour by what turns out to be a fatal car accident. I’m getting the urge to use the bathroom but we’re seriously behind schedule now. We’ll consider ourselves lucky if we make it on time at all at this point. We do though with about 15min. to spare. Some others weren’t so lucky and did end up walking in late to the wedding. Couples can slip in better than those with small children though. 😉 The ceremony was short, simple and sweet! The reception was a blast on the beach on the family property! We stayed until 1am. I was pooped and we were encouraged to stay the night but this pg woman wanted her own bed! So, I rounded everyone up (including the husband 😉 ) and drove us all home. (Being pg automatically makes you the designated driver right?! 😉 )

7/5 We all slept in (obviously). Got up and ready for church. (Our service is at 2pm thankfully.) Older girls still vacationing so getting everyone ready falls to me alone again. *whew* Did I mention how PREGNANT I am??!! After church, another get-together & bbq. It really nice not having to cook! Plus, more visiting time…especially with those from out of state that we won’t be seeing again presumably for a long while. Older girls are back and come home with us.

7/6 I hit 38 weeks! W.’s mother is staying at our house for a few days before heading home. Unfortunately, she thinks she’ll have to leave before baby arrives but I’m enjoying the help while I have it. Since we are trying to finish up a few things in our torn up kitchen, a big help she is indeed. Not only is she helping (with the older girls of course) with the laundry hauling it up and down the stairs, she’s doing dishes, cooking and PAINTING, putting things back in place as best as possible, cleaning off texture, etc. in the kitchen. Plus, she can just oversee everyone while take a NAP!

7/7 P. still here and I borrow her car and head to the library for a short R & R (with *only* a couple of children in tow. 😉

7/8 E.’s 9th bday! Me and M. take him and Q. to see the new Ice Age movie in the theatre. E. and Q. have never seen a movie on the big screen. Fun experience for them! 🙂

7/9 Me to the library again and then to a midwife appt. at 5pm. Wow, out-n-about 3 days in a row… Considering all the other activities, this has been quite the week.

7/12 P. still visiting. I have “weird” feelings mid-morning. Motivates me to move boxes from bedroom and a few other organizational/cleaning stuff. Over by mid-afternoon but no church.

7/13 39 weeks! One week to go! P. left really early this morning. W. home making knives until 1pm. Delivered to L. at OTDist. then off to DP shop. “Weird” feelings return in the afternoon. Hmmm…

7/14 Waiting…

7/15 Waiting…

7/16 And waiting… Guess I’m going to continue to be so I’ll quit saying it. 😉

7/17 Midwife appt @ 5pm “Laborish” things seemed to have picked up after appt. Nausea, urgency to get some cleaning done in room, etc. but it petered out after a few hours.

7/18 Actually feeling semi “normal” throughout day…

7/19 And, today feeling more “normal”… Bummer. Calm before the storm maybe? Baby still doesn’t seem to be head down either. **WHOA!!** Went to bed at 12:30AM and as soon as I’d covered w/ the blanket my water broke! I was up out of that bed so fast I didn’t even get it wet! Earlier in the evening, I was feeling not so sleepy – about 10:30pm or so. Thought it was because of my nap from 7-7:30pm. Turns out my body was gearing up for labor! Had been having the “typical” on again-off again contractions and, again, not feeling too sleepy. Turns out labor!!

7/20 Official labor started at 12:30AM when my water broke. Lost lots and lots of water!! Standing next to bed or pacing a few steps next to it on a towel. Thought it would never quit. 😉 Husband called midwives and started rushing around cleaning up some last minute things in prep. Older girls helping in kitchen and settling little ones. Midwives arrive and I’m still standing on towel next to bed – must have been 20min at the least to half hour. I decide to go into bathroom while they are setting up mostly because I still just want to be alone.

12/01/14 – It’s embarrassing how long this post has sat in my Drafts file! (The case for most of them in there.) Anyhow, the above was written in 2009 and was my pg/delivery of F. Obviously, after she was born, I got busy and never finished this post up…wanting of course to wrap it up with the last 11 days. Oh well. The gist of my delivery is that is was long and hard and exhausting. What birth isn’t right? Well, F. ended up a complete breech delivery! Hours upon hours on the birth chair with our two midwives taking turns holding the cervix open between contractions, etc. When she was finally born, we had a couple of scary minutes when she didn’t “come to” and oxygen, mother’s touch (massage) and talking to her for her to take her first breath. By law, the paramedics were notified. They showed and up and found all well and mom and baby settled in for their “Babymoon.” Recovery was slow…but that’s my usual. This time I appreciated the down time more than after any other birth let me tell you!

Anyhow, the rest of the month was healing, getting used to a new baby, nursing, etc. and trying to run the household from bed with my older girls doing a lot of the leg work. I surely appreciate them too.

With that wrap up, brief though it is, I will finally publish this. Not because it’s all that exciting to everyone else but for family posterity. Blogs originated as online personal journals right? A bit of our personal family history recorded…

‘Til next time,

ps – I will eventually post date this entry.

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