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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.

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, you 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.

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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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November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

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Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

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(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

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He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

got something to say.

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I  have a special guest for you today.

Traveler and blogger, Cole Millen, has some helpful advice on how to maintain a nutritious diet while traveling. 

If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, trim, and stress free while on vacation, you will appreciate what Cole has to offer. 

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Thank you Cole for sharing your travel tips with our readers. 

So you’re finally ready for your vacation. You’ve saved up, you’ve packed and – most importantly – you’ve got your beach body in top form. So now that you’re in rocking shape, how do you avoid gorging yourself while on vacation and coming back with extra pounds in tow?

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If you want to avoid packing on the pounds you worked so hard to get off before your trip, all it takes is a little bit of planning and a whole lot of self control. Neither should be a problem, as you’ve likely exercised plenty of both in order to get in shape for the trip over the past few months.

It starts on the plane, where you can avoid eating unhealthy, over-processed meals by having a home-cooked meal beforehand or simply bringing one with you. You can also burn excess calories by walking around the airport rather than taking lifts or moving walkways. If you’re in for a long trip, consider bringing healthy snacks like dried fruit or trail mix along in your carry on luggage.

You also want to make sure the place you’re staying is relatively health conscious. After all, not every hotel at every vacation destination is a 24/7 buffet. The best way that I have found to receive the most accurate information regarding these needs is through consumer reviews. I recently found a great site that listed extremely helpful reviews for Las Vegas hotels. This ultimately led to me finding a hotel in sin city with a fitness center as well as a gluten free restaurant! These amenities were so extremely helpful to maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Many places offer full gyms, spas and tons of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming, which will entice you to stay active instead of stuffing your face poolside. You can also stock your hotel’s fridge up with healthy food in order to avoid late night snacking from the mini bar. Smart travelers will minimize both unhealthy eating and spending by bringing along a simple crockpot when they travel. With a cheap plug in model, you can prepare chicken, rice and steamed vegetables easily, even if your room doesn’t have a kitchenette.

Going out to eat is part of the vacation experience, and you shouldn’t go out of your way to deprive yourself of exotic foods and beverages. However, you can control what you eat when you’re dining out. Check menus before you arrive for healthy options, and avoid going places with “all you can eat” signs or excessively unhealthy menus. Also, having a small healthy snack such as an apple before you go out can make sure you’re not tempted to overeat. Once you get to the restaurant, feel free to ask questions about the origins of the food, the cooking style and the ingredients. You may feel like a tourist at first, but you’ll feel better knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Alcohol is also a huge calorie contributor on vacations. Not having any responsibilities can lead to excessive drinking throughout the day, leaving you bloated, tired and hung-over come the morning. Temper your tendency to start drinking too early by making sure you stay active (swimming, hiking, boating) during the day. Save the relaxing – including the drinks – for the evening. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll be sure to come back relaxed, fit and feeling better than ever.  

If you wish to contact Cole, send him an email at  colemillen@gmail.com

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FLIPSIDE Cartoons.

Introducing FLIPSIDE  – a new series of cartoons with “another perspective”.

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Whether you laugh, smile, or just get “another perspective”, that’s what it’s all about.

Using current events and personal experiences, FLIPSIDE wants to give us a laugh, or at the very least, put a smile on our faces.

Check out, http://joe-ks.com rated  #1 humor site on the ‘net, for Flipside Cartoons and much, much more. 

Thanks to Joe for keeping an endless supply of good humor coming our way at  http://joe-ks.com.

 

 

 

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From the moment I first sipped Red Rooibos tea, I was hooked. On the lookout for a tea with interest, I had found one. Rich in taste, full of flavor, and loaded with antioxidants, this tea has a lot to offer.  That was several years ago.

While taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the 2012 West Coast Women’s Show, I made a point of paying a visit to Liz Bandelin’s Tega Tea booth. A welcome stop after spending the last few hours enjoying the endless displays of just about everything a woman could want – jewels, clothing, cosmetics, skincare, food, drink, entertainment and adult beverages.

The world slowed down as I enjoyed the tea tasting, along with a little flavorful chat. I treasured the moment.

I was pleased to see new additions to Liz’s already rich combinations and varieties – Chocolate Mint, Chai, Orange Spice, Lemon Hibiscus, Wild Berry and Green Rooibos teas to name a few. Based on my tasting, I decided to purchase the Winter Berry Blend and the Tropical Sunrise. I was already looking forward to a cup before retiring later that evening.

Tega Teas are the #1 ranked fair trade teas in Canada.  To learn why and to learn more about Rooibos and its many health benefits, go to    http://www.nu-tea.com

My next stop of interest –

Epic Cosmetics and their Clear 60 Minute Skin Care line.

We “mature” women are always on the look out for that special something – the miracle in a bottle that will fix it all. Well, maybe not all, but if it erased even a few years of lines and wrinkles (oh, it almost hurts to say that word) we are all over it.

Now, having said that, this “miracle in a bottle” must pass several very stringent tests. Having educated ourselves in the fine art of healthy living, we “mature” women, have become very discerning.

Not only does this miracle in a bottle have to be effective, it must be natural and toxin-free. No more sacrificing inner body health for outer body beauty. Those days are long gone.

Mladen and Tanya, a local scientist and his beautiful wife, work tirelessly to bring us this “miracle in a bottle”. Clear Skin Care is 100% natural, safe and toxin free, highly effective and loaded with anti-oxidants. Clear Skin Care is making its mark and flying off the shelves of local stores.

Did I mention it is effective? You see, I discovered this skin rejuvenating serum a year ago.

I haven’t even touched on the skin clearing capability this remarkable product has. Chronic problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives and various unknown skin conditions are erased or eliminated within hours or days.

Here’s a little secret. It’s not just for woman, nor is it just for the “mature” woman. Check out their website at  http://www.epic-cosmetics.com/

The treasures one can find at the West Coast Women’s Show are endless. If you missed this year’s show, be sure to make it a priority next year.

What do Tega Tea and Clear 60 Minute Skin Care have in common?

Me for one.

 

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Moringa Oleifera -one of nature’s most nutritious foods

contains over 90 nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatories and 46 antioxidants.

A few months ago while doing research, I came across information about a tree called Moringa Oleifera.

I was intrigued by the many benefits associated with this tree.  The leaf and its uses in particular, is what got my attention.

Here is a list of some of the possible BENEFITS of the Moringa Leaf Powder: (dried and ground Moringa leaf)

  • Boosts the natural defenses of the body
  • Nourishes the brain and eyes
  • Helps regulate a healthy metabolism
  • Promotes healthy cell structure
  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy function of the liver and the kidneys
  • Beautifies the skin
  • Acts as a natural antbiotic
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Aids in proper digestion
  • Contains powerful atioxidants that reduce the risk of tumors and the effects of aging
  • Possesses strong ant-inflammatory properties
  • Promotes a healthy circulatory system
  • Supports the normal sugar levels
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Eeffective against nervous system disorders including normal and migraine headaches
  • Gives a feeling of general wellness

I’ve been using 2 tsp. per day for the past 5 months and I have shared this product with other people.

Here is some feedback about its effectiveness:

  1. Blood sugar level is much more stable throughout the day.
  2. Inflammation from a serious accident is subsiding significantly after 1 week of 1 tsp. 3x per day. Acupuncturist commented on client’s significant improvement over the one week period. Swelling and inflammation had receded.
  3. Sleeping better and if awakened, go back to sleep quickly. Previously person would often have many sleepless hours once awakened. 
  4. Do not wake up having to move because of hip pain
  5. Increased energy.
  6. Am losing weight and loving it.
  7. Restless Leg Syndrome is now a rare occurrence since taking Moringa Leaf  Powder, and when it does act up it is much less severe.
  8. Leg cramps at night are pretty much gone.
  9. Nervous system is much calmer day and night.
  10. Hip pain from rock climbing has subsided significantly.
  11. Muscles recover faster after exercising.

Click here to learn more about, or to purchase

 Moringa Leaf Powder 

One day while working in the garden, one of my fellow gardeners whose home is in Nigeria, started talking to me about Moringa.

I had just started using Moringa Leaf Powder and had never had anybody talk to me about it before.

This is his story.

Background:

He and his wife live in Nigeria. He came to Canada to earn his engineering degree.

His Story:

In their little home in Nigeria he and his wife have a garden. In the garden they have a Moringa Tree. They regularly harvest and dry the leaves and always have a ready supply for daily use.

Since his stay in Canada would be lengthy, he took enough Moringa Leaf powder with him to last him for many months.

I listened as he told me about all the wonderful benefits of the Moringa Leaf powder and how they would never want to be without it.

He mentioned that in their country it is used to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

In Africa, if someone has a Moringa Tree, they are looked upon as “blessed”.  He says, “Here (Africa)  it is known as “The Miracle Tree”.

A LITTLE BIT OF  MORINGA HISTORY

Moringa is called “Nebedaye”, which means “never die” In many African languages. The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb.

The Moringa tree spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India It also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.

Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.

On the Island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant – giving clear light without smoke.

OTHER NAMES FOR MORINGA

Horseradish Tree, Drumstick Tree, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay Malungay, Malunggay, Mother’s Best Friend, Miracle Tree

Moringa Leaf Powder

Disclaimer: All material is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being

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I’m very pleased to post this article on how healthy meals can make a lasting difference for cancer patients,  by Jillian Mckee.

Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the US. 

Thank you Jillian for your time and effort in spreading good news and sharing excellent suggestions on how to make healthy meals that can make a lasting difference when  going through the difficult battle of fighting cancer.

I hope you or someone you know, finds this information helpful and beneficial.  

Learning how to make healthy meals can make a huge difference in the life of someone with cancer. Many cancer patients make the mistake of not fixing healthy meals simply because cooking and preparing can take a lot of time and effort. It can be a major challenge for people who are ill from breast cancer or mesothelioma treatment side effects to find the energy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The disease and the treatments leave a wide range of damage on a person’s body. Many times, this damage drains and depletes energy and physical strength, making it difficult to get enough energy to cook healthy meals.

Friends and family members can be a major help by shopping for and cooking healthy meals in advance. Studies have proven that when one invests in eating diets that are high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and some dairy, the person will gain vitamins and antioxidants needed to produce energy and increase strength.

Many people who are going through cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation often experience months of fluctuating weight changes. A solid diet filled with wholesome foods loaded with all the right minerals and vitamins will help a person have better weight management.

A person who is losing far too much weight can benefit from a nutritious diet by ensuring he or she is getting all the needed vitamins, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants each day. Healthy diets help people with cancer to take more control over their lives and to have energy and physical strength to continue fighting the disease. Family members and friends may offer simple healthy meals that are fresh or can be frozen, which can be a major benefit when going through treatments.

Nutritious food will help to give a cancer patient much-needed energy that is vital to improving how well the person is able to handle treatments. Vegetable and cheese casseroles, fruit trays, sandwiches loaded with veggies and tasty dressings, and salads packed with delicious and healthy items are all dishes that can be delivered to a person who has cancer. These foods will be a great relief to someone who is too ill to prepare a healthy meal on their own.

The New York Presbyterian Hospital has a video about nutritious foods and how these foods can play a big role in improving the life of a cancer patient to help you get started.

For more excellent cancer fighting information visit  http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/.

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