Archive Year 2013 month 4

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

I'm so intrigued by chia seeds!  The tiny, crunchy balls that become soft and gel-like after soaking in liquid are such a cool little food!  I have been buying them for a couple years now and add them to my oatmeal, smoothies, and homemade energy bars, but wanted another option. 

I found this recipe while looking for kid-friendly recipes and thought it looked yummy, so decided to try it.  It was really quick and easy to throw together.  After 3-4 hours in the refrigerator, the mixture started to thicken into a pudding-like consistency.  Over the course of the 4 hours, the chia seeds soften, yet still provide a textured feel in your mouth.  The vanilla flavor is subtle.  The recipe makes a lot.  Next time I'

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Does cold, damp weather often make you sick? This is just one of the many symptoms Nat Sulph can help with! Nat Sulph is the eleventh of the twelve cell salts.

This cell salt is associated with the color GREEN! Whether it be a greenish coating on the tongue, green mucus, or green stools, Nat Sulph will help.

Where is Natrum Sulphuricum found? 

Natrum Sulph is found primarily in the head and liver.

Here are some of the many uses for Natrum Sulph:

LIVER:

Toxic Liver, liver problems, acute and chronic Hepatitis, and bile flow problems in the liver and gallbladder. Someone who has never been well since Hepatitis. Diarrhea in the morning after getting up.

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Non-Celiac-Gluten Sensitivity

4/23/2013 4:00 AM

One topic I often get questions about is

GLUTEN

.  Ten years ago, most of us didn’t know what it was but now “gluten” is quite the buzzword.  Even if you don’t understand what “gluten” actually means, you have probably seen menus and products that are free of it.  It is probably safe to say every person in the U.S. knows someone who gets sick after eating it.  It’s no wonder since research estimates 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity! 

Let’s be clear…there is a difference between celiac’s disease and gluten sensitivity.  I’m referring to non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and similar trouble-causing proteins are also found in rye, barley, and

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Always popping antacids? Do you have inflammed, achy joints? Try Nat Phos! Nat Phos is the number ten of twelve cell salts.

Where is Nat Phos found?

It is found primarily in the nerves, muscles, joints and digestive organs.

How can Nat Phos help you? 

ANTACID

This remedy's key function is to act as an antacid and to maintain the acid-base balance of the body. It makes sense to use this remedy if suffering from heartburn, indigestion, gas, upset stomach and gastric acid reflux. Those who need Nat Phos suffer from pain and acidity in the stomach after eating and don't tolerate many foods such as milk, fats, and sweets. It can also be used for colicy infants who vomit curdled milk after eating.

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As a mom of two young kids, I was thrilled to see the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement to raise awareness about the harmful effects pesticides have on young children. 

The report states, “Pediatricians should ask parents about pesticide use around the home and yard, offer guidance about safe storage, and recommend parents choose lowest-harm approaches when considering pest control.”  It also urges pediatricians to work with schools and government agencies to advocate for the least toxic methods of pest control—and to inform communities when pesticides are being used in the area.

Each spring, I am blown away when I walk into Home Depot and am greeted by prominent displays of economy-sized spray-containers of Roundup,

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Nat Mur, otherwise known as Sodium Chloride and table salt, is the ninth of the twelve cell salts.

Where is Nat Mur found?

It is found in all bodily fluids and is important for the proper functioning of mucus membranes. It's also found in your skin.

How can Nat Mur help you?

WATER BALANCE or DRYNESS

Nat Mur is the master regulator of fluids moving in and out of every cell. The water balance of people needing Nat mur is disturbed. A deficiency in Nat Mur can cause either excessive dryness or excessive moisture in the body. Examples of dryness include: in the mouth with a corresponding big thirst; dry lips; cracked finger tips; dry bowels which become constipated. 

WATER BALANCE or EXCESS'

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Here’s a remedy you won’t find in the first aid kit, but rather in your kitchen. 

HONEY!

Something you may not know about honey is it has the ability to kill bacteria and heal wounds because it is very acidic. Although the idea of putting honey on a wound seems a bit strange, it has actually been used for treating infected wounds and other skin conditions for thousands of years.

Not just any Honey...Active Manuka Honey!

In particular, Active Manuka honey is an all-natural, organic honey from New Zealand and is used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal. 

What Gives Manuka Honey its Antibacterial Activity?

Methylglyoxal, or MG, is a compound found in higher concentrations in Manuka honey than other honeys. MG is thought to increase

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Mag Phos is the eighth of the twelve cell salts and has been called the "homeopathic aspirin" because of its ability to heal acute pains anywhere such as earache, headache, toothache (including teething in babies), and even sciatica—as long as the pains are better with the use of heat and pressure.

Where is Mag Phos found?

It is primarily found in the body's nerves, bones, and muscles, including the heart.

How can Mag Phos help you? 

PAINS AND SPASMS

This remedy is primarily known for its terrific ability to treat spasms, menstrual and stomach cramps, darting pains, hiccups, muscle twitching and convulsions, spasmodic palpitation of the heart, and spasmodic yawning. It is also useful for any stabbing, burning, and often quite severe pain that occurs along a damaged'

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Kali Sulph, also known as Potassium Sulphate, is the seventh of twelve cell salts. 

This cell salt is associated with the color YELLOW! Whether it be yellow discharge or mucus from a cough, cold, or earache or a yellow-coated tongue, Kali Sulph will help.

Where is Kali Sulph found?

It primarily effects the skin and the mucus membranes. It carries oxygen to your cells. It is the remedy for the late stage of inflammation.

Here are some of the many uses for Kali Sulph:

LUNGS: 

When coughing up yellow mucus, such as a chest cold or with sinusitis. A good remedy for children with bronchitis. The cough is loose but the mucus is difficult to cough up. A change of weather from cold to warm can bring on symptoms. A cough, cold, or joint pain

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