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Got SUN anybody?

My Office - space available  for rent

My Office - space available for rent - © Carrie

Right about this time of year, pretty much everyone I know is longing for the sun. Some of you are blessed enough to be able to escape to warm and tropical climes.

I’m certain you won’t be reading this.

This is for those of us who have to endure the long dreary winter months of rain and gray skies.

What did my research tell me?

Vitamin D is the SUNSHINE Vitamin

With the aid of sunlight, vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, liver and kidneys.

* Studies are showing that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for SAD, or may be  associated with feeling tired and depressed.

* Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D often  increases one’s sense of well-being, and  sleep patterns improve.

* Studies also show an association between adequate Vitamin D and weight loss. It is proving to be helpful in the battle of the bulge.

“Excess body fat absorbs and holds onto vitamin D, making it unavailable to the body. The absence of vitamin D creates interference with the functioning of a hormone called leptin, which signals to the brain that you are full and should stop eating. In addition, overweight people tend to spend more time indoors. This also deprives them from further D as the ultraviolet rays of the sun spur the production of D.”

http://www.brighamandwomens.or/healtheweightforwomen

(I’ve been told that most people put on a few lbs. during the winter months. I thought it was nature’s way of keeping you warm!)

* Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory hormone

* Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption

During winter months my Naturopath recommends 2000 IU or more per day, depending on individual needs. (Always check with your health practitioner before starting on a new health regimen). He told me that  on any given day spent in the sunshine, one can take in up to 20,000 IU!

This winter, the blues remain with the weather.  I personally am in good spirits – yes, I still long for the sun, but I’m not obsessed about it.

Quote:

“As a clinical regimen, I recommend taking 1000 to 3000 IUs daily Monday through Fridays and taking a “hormone holiday” each week on Saturday and Sunday.” – Diana Schwarzbein – www.Life-With-Confidence.com

Here you will find one of the best articles, in my opinion,  on Vitamin D written by Catherine Pratt

The article is called Benefit of Vitamin D

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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I had 45 visits to my blog yesterday because of Alphainventions.

Thanks  Cheru Jackson and Alphainventions.

http://www.alphainventions.com will bring visitors to your site.

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MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)

Why do dogs eat grass?

Why do dogs eat grass? © Carrie

MSM is part of the Amino Acid Chain and is necessary to produce the correct enzymes the body needs to maintain health.


MSM is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms.

It is found in our body fluids and tissues.

Fresh raw foods, including such as vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, a fresh blade of grass, all contain MSM.

When we process our foods with heat or drying, most of the MSM that is vital to our well being is lost. Food begins to lose the MSM after it is harvested.

MSM…. what is it good for?

1.     helps our bodies utilize the vitamins that we take

2.     helps the body detoxify

3.     is good for circulation

4.     helps the body get rid of inflammation

5.     is a free radical scavenger

6.     helps to relieve allergies

7.     controls acidity in the stomach, and coats the intestinal tract making it difficult for parasites to make their home there. (take note dog owners)

8.     is significant in the maintenance of connective tissue

Some people find it very helpful. Others don’t.  If you have allergies to Sulfur drugs – check with your Dr., Naturopath or Compounding Pharmacist first. You still may be able to take this as MSM is the nutritional form of Sulpher. Foods like egg yolks, wheat germ, fish, freshly picked broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables are some of the foods rich in MSM.

My Compounding Pharmacist tells me that MSM is no more toxic than water. I use it for inflammation and it does make a difference for me. I also take Vitamin C – my research pointed to the fact that Vit. C increased the benefits. As for amounts, I go by the dosage suggested by my Compounding Pharmacist.

If you want more information check out this site. I found it helpful.

http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/glucosamine/MSM.html

My personal conclusion: Surely MSM is the answer to the question every dog owner asks, “Why do dogs eat grass?”

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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For the last three years, we, my husband Win and I, have been working on creating and producing a TV pilot for the History Channel in the US.

Called Military Miracles, this story chronicles the amazing adventures of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in their battle for Baghdad in the first 21 days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

The stories of how the Marines were protected are amazing. Of the 1300 Marines in the Battalion, they only lost 2 during the  advance into Iraq in April 2003.

Here’s the 3 minute trailer:

Here’s a link to the trailer if you have trouble seeing this screen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5VMdi76wvs

Here’s a link to the websitewww.militarymiracles.com

Win and I created the show. Win was the Writer and Executive Producer.

The show was produced by Digital Ranch in Sherman Oaks, CA. Our thanks to Rob Kirk and Rob Lihani, Executive Producers.

Right now we are waiting for an air date from the History Channel.

Feel free to comment on this trailer.

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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.cartoon-cold-season2

Are you fighting the flu bug? Dealing with  bronchial congestion, sore throat and cough?

Check out Elderberry Concentrate.

The extract taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) is known to help the body resist infection.

and here’s the interesting part…………

the berries have been found to interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate”!. Or said in another way, “Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” Now that’s information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try. “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections” was what I was told.

Within the week the bronchitis was under control.

Another delicious alternative is the Elderberry and Zinc lozenges (NOW brand) I keep these in my herbal medicinal cabinet. I usually find my Elderberry concentrate or lozenges at the local health store.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH – as all parts of the plant in the fresh state can cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard like I do, yocartoon-girl-kleenex-for-blogu best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry carries significant healing power and the juice is delicious. This is one medicine anyone can swallow.

Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”


disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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Life Drawing

Life Drawing © Carrie

Yes, life drawing, or drawing real life can be a little intimidating at first.

Once you get use to having people hang around you as you sketch, this exercise can be a lot of fun.

There’s a real satisfaction I get from not caring what someone else thinks.

Something else happens.

You get better at it.!

life drawing sketch - © Carrie

life drawing sketch - © Carrie


life drawing sketch - © Carrie

life drawing sketch - © Carrie

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My birdhouse in the snow

My birdhouse in the snow

Happy New Year everyone!

What a wonderful winter wonderland we had this Christmas.

I got that camera out and had some fun.

Central Fraser Valley Graphic Guild Members …..

Our next meeting is February 2, 2009…7:30 PM.

Let’s make this year the best ever.

About making dreams come true….”It’s only too late if you don’t start now.” Barbara Sher

Rocky couldn't get enough of the snow

Rocky couldn't get enough of the snow

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