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It’s THAT time again. You can’t drive past a drugstore or grocery store without seeing “get your flu shot here” signs everywhere. And now, they even have shingles and pneumonia shots…just in case you don’t get enough toxins with the flu shot.

I hope you know by now that the flu shot, in particular, is worthless. Please read my other blog about it here – https://healthylifeharbinger.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/cough-drops-flu-shots-the-cold-facts/.

But, with ‘cold season’ around the corner, you do want to build up your immune system. The way to do this is NATURALLY, not with toxic chemicals. There are a few ways to do it, but this is my favorite. It’s also the quickest and simplest.

All you need are 3 ingredients, and you can find them all at your local ‘real food’ store. (It’s not ‘health’ food. It’s REAL food.)

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Apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’ inside), oil of oregano and colloidal silver. That’s it. (See below about the manuka honey. I used to try to add it in to this mixture, but it didn’t dissolve very well. I just eat a spoonful every day now.)

In a shot glass (or equivalent), put in 2 dropper fulls of of colloidal silver, 1-2 drops of oil of oregano and a splash of ACV. Then add about 1 oz of alkaline water (which you can also get at a real food store) or orange juice (my favorite) and stir. (Or, put it in a small container with a top and shake it to mix.)

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It will taste VERY strong – I actually use milk or yogurt as a ‘chaser’. My other half loves it; he can drink it as is.

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Regardless of how you drink it, it is a potent concoction that will not only build up your immune system naturally, but it will also fight any sort of bug that you get. Drink it when you feel fine. Drink it when you start feeling sick. Either way, it will work wonders.

How do I know? From personal experience. For years, I’ve had these random bouts of vertigo (BPPV). They lasted a day. Sometimes they lasted a few days. They would hit randomly; once every year or two. (A couple of years ago when a bad spell hit, I went to 4 doctors with it. The ENT found nothing. I had an MRI done. Nothing. I had blood work done. Nothing.  None of them could find anything, so the last one threw a Zpack of antibiotics at me. I STILL have issues from that poison. Do not rely on ‘doctors’ to figure out what is ailing you.)  Just recently, after more in-depth research, *I* discovered that what was causing those episodes was a virus attacking my inner ear. The last time one of these spells hit me was a few months ago. I was useless for about 4 days before I finally got smart. I knew the 3 ingredients in the shot were powerhouses of health on their own, so I decided to combine them and see what happened.

I did 4 shots the first day. Within 24 hours, I felt a noticeable difference, but I did 4 more shots the second day for good measure. The vertigo was gone, and I felt great.

My other half felt typical ‘cold’ signs coming on not long ago. He immediately started doing shots, and within a couple of days, he had no symptoms of being sick. He caught it before it could start.

Let’s briefly look at each ingredient –

Apple Cider Vinegar – This is a gem. It is good for EVERYTHING, no exaggeration. Just do a quick search on Google, and you will find zillions of pages about the health benefits. Regardless of how you use it, always make sure it is diluted in something. Also, make sure you buy vinegar with the ‘mother’ in it. The mother contains yeast and other fermentation by products that are beneficial. Many companies filter them out, but that’s not what you want. The cobweb-like substances in your vinegar are GOOD. Think of it like kombucha. ACV is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. The acetic and malic acids help the body process nutrients and increases their absorption. The list of benefits is endless.

Oil of Oregano – This is POTENT stuff. When you use it, you measure by DROPS. Like Manuka honey, oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic. It’s an antihistamine and kills bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. Make sure your oil is coming from one of two sources – thymus capitatus or origanum vulgare. 

Colloidal Silver – When I mention this to people, most do not fully understand what it is. (I didn’t, either, until I read up on it years ago.) CS is simply a mixture of extremely fine sub-microscopic particles of pure silver suspended in water by a positive electric charge on each particle. (When you use it, you’ll see it just looks like water; no odor or taste.) Unlike other metals, silver is non-toxic to the human body. Like the other two, CS has been around for centuries. It’s original medicine. I bet you didn’t know that CS was the antibiotic of choice PRIOR to the 1930s when the FDA was created (and money and pills began to rule the medical world). DO NOT fall for the lies that you will find about CS turning people blue. This is impossible. When you find information like that, please understand that that is false information planted by people in the back pockets of Big Pharma.

You can add to this mixture, as well – Manuka honey, cayenne (my personal favorite dry pepper spice), cinnamon and/or black seed oil (black cumin oil). There are other ‘immune system building’ concoctions, as well, but that’s for another post. (I often add a splash of orange juice.)

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And as trivial as this might sound, WASH YOUR HANDS. The majority of germs is spread by our hands. We touch door knobs and handles and then pass by food somewhere, mindlessly picking it up and eating it. The germs lingering on our fingers are passed onto the food and then ingested.  If you work at an office, be extremely mindful of treats sitting around. Do not grab and go. Stop and wash!

 

 

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I’ve had quite a few questions from friends/family/readers that usually start with “You always tell us what not to eat – so, what do you eat?”

I am, by no means, an expert, BUT I have done (and continue to do) continuous and exhaustive research to try to determine the best truth that I can find, whether about food or supplements or cleaning products or whatever. I will gladly share some selections in my personal life in the hopes that it will encourage you to make the best choices you can for you and/or your family. Understand, these are not endorsements – they are simply my current choices, and they might change as I continue along this path.

This first part will focus on food, drink and vitamins, the second will be about non-food items (toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning products, etc) and the third will be pet related.

Let’s start with supplements. In our technology-driven, ‘go-go-go‘ world, it’s nearly impossible to eat everything that we need to eat to provide our body with all the nutrients that it needs to keep us healthy. It needs our help, and that’s where supplements come in.

supplementsA multivitamin is the BEST place to start because you get a bit of everything in it. Let me say that if you’re running to the nearest drug store or dollar store for your multivitamin, chances are you’re getting very little vitamins at all and are instead swallowing a whole lot of filler. READ the label that shows you where the vitamins come from. Example: if the label shows ascorbic acid as the ‘source’ of vitamin C, put it back immediately. Ascorbic acid is synthetic, and it does not provide you with true vitamin C (see my previous post here about this gross farce that is rampant in stores). Even *IF* they pulled the ascorbic acid from a natural source, it’s still lacking. In natural form, ascorbic acid is a part of the complex that makes up vitamin C (like is found in an orange) – you need the full complex for the benefit.

The best kind of multivitamin that you can take is a WHOLE FOOD vitamin. Currently, I take Real Food Organics – Women’s Daily Nutrition. While I am happy with the source of the vitamins, I don’t love the “other ingredients”. I am looking into Vitamin Code’s liquid multi.

The Synergy Company (wonderful company – I encourage you to check out their site) has a multivitamin, plus one specifically made for men and women. The only problem I had with them was the pill size – the sources of ingredients were excellent. If they would only make a smaller one, I’d be golden. I think I’m going to try the Green Food capsules, instead. They’re excellent ingredient-wise, too, and capsules are always easier on the throat.

There is another that I’ve read about recently that I’m considering checking out. I don’t think I’d call it a multivitamin exactly, but it’s made from food, so you are getting vitamins. Balance of Nature has four kinds to choose from – fruit, veggies, fiber and calcium – the veggies is the one that I like because, let’s face it, who eats enough of those veggies listed on the label?

There are tons of other supplements that you might need more of than even a multivitamin will provide. Same thing goes for them – READ the labels and stay away from the ones with fillers (examples of fillers are: silica, magnesium stearate, rice flour, stearic acid, cellulose, calcium silicate, sorbitol, rice powder, millet, etc – leave that mess on the shelf!). Currently, I take olive leaf extract, ginger, gingko biloba, dong quai, maca and kelp. (I’m not going to go into detail on why for each of these; maybe that will be a future blog.)

Dong Quai – Vitamin Shoppe

Maca – Solaray

Olive Leaf Extract – Seagate

Ginger Root – Vitamin Shoppe

Ginkgo Biloba – Paradise Herbs

Kelp – Nature’s Way

As you see, I buy from a variety of companies because one isn’t perfect in its ingredients, and that’s okay. Check wherever you buy your supplements – if you’re not satisfied with the ingredients, look online. You will find a good one, I promise!

* Little side note here – I don’t recommend taking a handful of supplements all at once. I prefer to take the multi in the morning, then I divide up the other six between lunch and dinner. I always take with food.

** Vegetarians and vegans – be VERY mindful of the type of capsule used. If it says ‘gelatin’ without specifying what kind, chances are it’s made from PORK. You might need to contact the company to confirm the source before you commit to taking.

no sodaLet’s move on to beverages next. First off, I do not drink soda (see my previous blog here to read about the evils). The mainstream brands (and even some of the ‘natural’ ones) are ridiculously detrimental to your health.  My favorite ‘natural soda’ is Reed’s ginger brews. More often than not when I’m craving a soda (because we all do from time to time), I buy seltzer water, add liquid stevia and either an organic flavoring from Nature’s Flavors or a juice concentrate. It’s easy, it’s healthy, it satisfies the craving and I can change up the taste.

Juice is tricky. Apple/orange/grape/etc are good for you, but depending on what brand you buy, they can contain a lot of sugar (and possibly some icky ingredients like ascorbic acid). I buy a concord grape concentrate (because concord is my absolute favorite). Orange is a solid stand by, but the acid gets to me, so I only drink a little. Apple is good, too, but make sure your digestive system is accustomed to drinking it since apple is a good source of fiber. Truthfully, eating fruit provides you more nourishment than the juice because the fruit has not been processed like the juice has, so make sure that you’re also eating some fruit and not just drinking it so you get full benefit.

Then there is juicing…taking veggies and fruits and pulverizing them to make your own juice. I have this one, so I’m always making concoctions at home. (I’m hoping to get a Vitamix soon – you can do even more with them like smoothies!) This is by far one of THE healthiest and easiest ways to ‘get your veggies’. Investing in a good machine is money well spent. This one is our favorite blend!

hawaiian spice juice

Water. That’s a given. I don’t recommend eight glasses – that’s been up for debate lately – but you do need to drink some. Personally, I like ice cold water. Around ‘cold season’, I add a bit of apple cider vinegar to it for medicinal benefit. There are many flavorings on the market now, but please, as always, watch the ingredients. Most are nothing but artificial colors and sugar, and that defeats the purpose of drinking something healthy if you’re going to turn it into something harmful.

Milk. That’s a whole blog right there. Simply put, you want RAW MILK from GRASS FED COWS for optimum nutrition.  Go here to find some in your area. I’ve tried soy and nut milks and bounced around from one organic to another, but – when I’m out of raw – I buy Organic Valley grass fed milk. Goat milk is another option – very nutritious – but I haven’t found much locally. I do sometimes make homemade almond milk.

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I have one cup of coffee almost every morning. It’s about 3/4 Teecino (it’s a coffee substitute and tastes very much like the real thing) with 1/4 regular organic coffee . I use sweetener made from stevia with either organic creamer, raw cream and/or raw milk. Coffee is healthy today and unhealthy tomorrow and healthy again next week – it’s maddening. It comes down to this – if you have a condition that caffeine can worsen (heart issues, anxiety, etc), or if you are taking medication that it could react with, avoid it. Otherwise, a little in the morning is ok. For now, anyway.

Tea is always good – warm or cold! Being a Southern girl, I prefer cold tea…I take a pitcher, dump my loose tea mix in it, fill it with water and let it do its thing in the fridge. I recommend getting a good quality organic loose tea (try to avoid the brands in the regular grocery stores if you can – most are so processed, there’s no nutritional value left). There are many great blends out there – just search on Google.

Food. Well, I can’t tell you everything because that might get to be a little lengthy (and boring). I will highlight some specific foods, but I will also list some brands that I buy. Also, I do NOT use a microwave for cooking. I use the regular oven and my toaster oven – that’s it. (Ok, sometimes the grill, too.)

Some new additions to the food repertoire that we have almost every week are swiss chard, kale and sardines. (No, not mixed together.) The swiss chard gets torn up and thrown into my daily salad. The kale gets torn into pieces, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt/pepper/turmeric/paprika and baked until crispy (also added to my salad and sandwiches). The sardines get heated up in the toaster oven and sprinkled with salt/pepper. Ignore the ick factor that you’ve had towards them for years – I did. They taste like tiny catfish (to me), and they are one of the top three fish to eat for omega oil. If you buy the ones in olive oil, you’re increasing the benefit. Make sure none of your seafood comes from the Pacific.

I mentioned a salad. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “A salad is boring.” “It won’t fill me up.” “It’s just lettuce.” Etc. Right? Wrong. Well, maybe some are those things, but not mine. How do tomatoes, cheese, sprouts, egg, tuna, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chard, strawberries, sunflower seeds, apples, prunes, raisins, dried cranberries, broccoli and baby greens sound? Certainly not boring! And because it’s more than lettuce, it will fill you up. Sometimes, if I have old bread, I’ll make croutons, too. YUM. The dressing? Organic Cowgirl Ranch! I also like balsamic vinegar with olive oil, which I make.

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Having a salad every day for lunch (what I do) is excellent for a couple reasons. You can toss a lot of greens in there that you wouldn’t eat otherwise, and we all need more GREENS, trust me on this. Every leafy green in the produce section is packed full of vitamins and nutrients, and the easiest way to eat them is in a salad. Also, you will drop some pounds after a few months. I lost ten pounds in a year by doing nothing more than having a salad every day. I wasn’t trying, either. It just happened. (And that has never just happened!) And the more RAW food you eat, the more ALKALINE your system will be, which is what you want. All disease starts at its most basic level from an acidic atmosphere in the body.

Yogurt is another staple. This is the kind I eat if I can’t get it raw. If I have it plain, I might add either fresh fruit or granola to it. Sometimes I have it for lunch – other times it’s breakfast – but I do try to have it every day. Yogurt has probiotics that our tummies need (especially if you take antibiotics too often), and while you can buy probiotics over the counter now, I prefer to get mine from food.

Fruit is always around, and you can’t eat enough (forget about the sugar content). Apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries, dates, pears, kiwi, grapes, apricots, plums, passion fruit (my favorite!) are bought often. I’m not a big melon or citrus girl, though I do buy watermelon from time to time – it’s an excellent natural detoxifier.

Eggs are a must! I plan to do a blog about this, so I won’t go into depth here, but research has shown that the ‘don’t eat eggs because they’re full of cholesterol and will increase your risk for heart disease‘ belief was a big ol’ misnomer.  There is cholesterol you eat (dietary), and then there are your cholesterol levels (that your body naturally produces). Eating eggs does not affect your cholesterol levels, as once thought. Also keep in mind that eggs contain lutein, zeaxanthin, protein, a slew of vitamins and minerals, all amino acids, omegas 3 and 6, choline, the ‘good’ fat, and they are one of the rare foods with naturally occurring vitamin D. Try to get free range eggs from hens that eat an organic diet. We have three hens – this is one of our girls. (They’re a little spoiled.)

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Nuts are another staple – most importantly almonds and walnuts. Keep these at work for when you get the munchies. You will get many more nutrients from the nuts than a bag of chips or a candy bar that you could get from the vending machine. Almonds contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, phosphorous, zinc, fiber, folic acid, phytochemicals and protein. Walnuts contain omega 3, phytosterols, vitamin E, B vitamins, L-arginine, melatonin and have anti-oxidant properties. Pecans and brazil nuts are next in line nutritionally, but I prefer almonds and walnuts. (If you have teeth problems, you might want to go easy on the nuts. They have phytic acid in them which – if not handled properly with soaking and such – will make your issues worse.)

Wheatgrass is a very new addition. I’ll be honest…I hadn’t even heard of it until about four years ago. And even then, I had NO idea just how powerful these green blades of grass were. Along with chlorophyll, it’s also packed with amino acids, iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and E. It’s also a natural alkalizer – remember most of our diseases and sicknesses today start, at their very cores, with an off balance pH. This grass restores balance to the body. And get this – 92 out of 102 minerals from soil are absorbed by wheatgrass, so you get them, as well. I can’t stress just how potent wheatgrass is nutritionally. I encourage you to read more about it. If you can’t juice it fresh, you can buy some from the freezer section of your local real food store.

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I have a steamer that I use often. If you don’t have one, get one. I put everything in there – carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, yellow squash, zucchini…you get the idea. I’ll either eat as is or mix with basmati rice.

I also have a dehydrator that I’m still experimenting with. It’s wonderful for preserving a lot of the nutrients in foods that would otherwise be cooked out. Fruit leather is fun to make. Watermelon slices are one of my favorites.

dehydrator

Potatoes are limited. I like red/new potatoes (I bake with fresh rosemary from the garden and olive oil), but sweet potatoes are the better choice for nutrients. I bake them, or sometimes I make wedge fries out of them.

Beans are something that most of us don’t eat enough of (including me), but my favorites are kidney beans, black beans and garbanzos (I just started making my own hummus – yum). Lentils and black-eyes peas are also quite healthy (I eat them occasionally).

Condiments and spices. For low to medium heat, I use extra virgin olive oil. For medium to high, I use coconut oil. Both are the BEST oils to cook with, and they are the healthiest. Turmeric is used about as much as salt (not that white table salt – these two only: Herbamare and Himala Salt) and pepper (preferably fresh ground mixed peppercorns). We almost always have rosemary, basil and oregano in the garden, so I use them whenever I can. Remember I’m a Southern girl, so I like my mayo. So far, I have found Vegenaise to be my favorite, but I’ve recently started making my own (which is much better all around). I don’t use ketchup often, but it’s Woodstock when I do (unless I make it). Mustard is organic dijon by Woodstock Farms. I use marinated garlic cloves often. Also, Daisy is my sour cream choice.

Butter and cheese. Well, we know from my last blog that I only use real butter. I recently found some made from goat’s milk, which I really liked and want to get more of, but my main staple is raw butter. I do get Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter now and then. And cheese – who doesn’t love cheese? Please avoid the sickly yellow/orange cheese, though! Have you ever seen milk that color? If your cheese is colored, something has been added to make it colored. If the additive is annatto only, and it’s listed in the ingredients (like the block of muenster I just bought), that’s one thing. But Kraft and Velveeta? Back away from the orange cheese! I also don’t use prepackaged shredded cheese because of the ‘anti-caking’ powder that has been added to it. I buy a block of whatever cheese I want shredded and get the grater out. (Sometimes you can find freshly grated cheese, which is good, too, as long as it is just cheese with no additional ingredients.) Raw cheese (any dairy should be raw) is what I usually have on hand.

I love pickles, but only organic – there are too many additives (including artificial coloring) in the others. I have popcorn occasionally, but I do not buy the bags in the grocery store – very, very unsafe due to the linings and the microwaving. Instead, I buy organic popcorn, put it in a metal bowl with some oil, cover and shake gently over a heated stove eye until it starts popping. It takes about fifteen minutes, but it’s well worth it. Add butter and salt and enjoy! And yes…I even have chocolate! It’s delicious, and you only need one little bite a day – trust me on this!

I enjoy soup every now and then. Amy’s is one of my favorites!

Did I hear someone mention peanut butter and jelly? Why yes – those are staples of mine, too! Sunflower nut butter is also tasty and very nutritious.

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Garlic bread. I love garlic bread, but after searching and searching, I just couldn’t find a brand that I was satisfied with as far as ingredients, so I went without for some time. Then I got smart – I made my own. I picked up French bread from a favorite French cafe of mine, cut it into pieces and then topped with olive oil, butter, garlic, multiple herbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It tasted better – and it was much healthier – than any I could buy!

How about chips and crackers? Everyone likes to snack now and then, right? Garden of Eatin’, Back to Nature, and Good Health Natural Foods are some of my favorites. And don’t forget the cookies – how about the ‘airline cookies‘? They are amazing with coffee!

A new addition to the pantry is dried mulberries. They taste like raisins, but they’re not as sweet. They’re also super high in vitamin C and iron. Navitas Naturals is the brand I found, and I’m definitely getting more! Next time you feel a cold coming on, load up on the mulberries!

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We don’t eat any chicken (since we have them in the backyard), but we do eat seafood and beef. We get salmon from Washington state along with halibut. We have grouper and shrimp occasionally, but make sure you never buy farm raised anything, only wild caught. The beef must have been feed an organic diet consisting of grass and non GMO feed with no antibiotics.

In sum, eat as organic as you can for everything. Eat more raw food (including dairy).

So, I do believe that ought to keep you busy for a while! Bon appétit!

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I’ll start off by saying that many of you will want to disagree with me, but as usual, please keep an open mind and READ the links that I share with you. I spend a great deal of time searching for the best, most informative links to post so that you don’t have to. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t do your own research.

The most important thing that we MUST start doing (if you’re not already) is QUESTIONING what we hear. The media, the advertisers, the pharmaceutical companies, many of those in our medical fields, our government, the FDA (especially!), the big players in the food industry, etc, are NOT YOUR FRIENDS. THEY ARE OUT TO MAKE *MONEY*. THEY DO *NOT* GENUINELY CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING. I know it’s uncomfortable to accept those statements, but they are TRUTH, and the sooner we face facts, the sooner we can start taking better care of ourselves and making better decisions.

I have had a cold for the past week; nothing big – just an annoying little head cold. While I have been nursing myself back to health, I’ve been doing some reading about cough drops and flu shots, and I wanted to share my findings with you all.

Let’s do the ‘easy’ one first – cough drops. We’ve all done this: we get a sore throat and soon after follows the constant irritations and coughing fits where we feel like we’re going to hack up a lung. So, we run to the nearest drugstore and buy bags of cough drops that we proceed to eat like candy for the next number of days. They help, right?

Wrong. I went to the drugstore a couple of days ago, and I read the ingredients on *every* bag that was there. All of them were filled with artificial colors, fillers and sugars. I want to say that I couldn’t believe it, but I know better. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised at all, and I left the store with nothing, DETERMINED to find something better.

The typical ingredients you’ll find are:

Menthol, eucalyptus oil, FD&C blue and red, glucose syrup, sucrose and sucralose.

Menthol and eucalyptus oil are fine and are usually natural. Sucrose, while it still shouldn’t be in the cough drops, is somewhat ok because it’s table sugar. (I say somewhat because regular table sugar has a few negative implications on its own, but the remaining ingredients are worse.)

FD&C (‘Food, Drug & Cosmetics’) colors are BAD. They are NOT natural; they are synthetic and made from petroleum, acetone and coal tars (ick). This is ESPECIALLY important if you have CHILDREN. Look at their drinks and snacks – they are FULL of artificial colors. All of the hyperactivity that you hear about where these poor kids are being given medication to control it (whole other blog topic right there) is nothing more than harmful chemicals running rampant through their little, developing bodies. Throw all of that junk in the trash immediately!!

Norway has banned the colors. Tartrazine (yellow that’s present in Mountain Dew, Doritos, Peeps) often causes HIVES. Erythrosine (red that’s present in candy, popsicles and cake decorating gel) is linked to thyroid TUMORS in rats. Carmine (red from an insect that’s present in ice cream, yogurt and juice) has caused severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic SHOCK in some people.

And that’s just three of them. These colored poisons are in EVERYTHING. Read more:

http://hubpages.com/hub/The-dangers-of-food-colorings

http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/06/danger-of-artificial-coloring-in-foods.html

http://holisticradical.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/the-dangers-of-artificial-food-colorings

And the list goes on. Google this topic, and you will spend hours reading.

How about glucose syrup? Glucose is needed by the body to work with insulin so this must be ok, right?

Wrong. This syrup is made from CORN; it’s cheap, it’s a filler and it’s taking over our food industry. The corn industry in the States is HEAVILY subsidized because of the very fact that it’s CHEAP. Corn has ALL sorts of names – the list is SO long, click on this link to see – http://www.primalchat.com/tag/corn-derivative. HOLY COW. Go back to your cupboard and read through the ingredients. I challenge you to print out that list and put a check mark beside each corn product every time you see it listed. YOU WILL BE SHOCKED (and hopefully disgusted).

“But wait,” I hear some of you saying. “Corn is a VEGETABLE, so it’s supposed to be good, right?” Corn is a GRAIN, and it’s essentially a sugary, starchy, empty, worthless grain at that. http://marksdailyapple.com/corn-is-not-a-vegetable. Corn is also one of the biggest sources of ALLERGENS. http://cornallergens.com SO many people are having reactions to it and not even realizing it!

Alrightie – sucralose a.k.a SPLENDA. I’ve already done a post on this ridiculously harmful “sugar” (and others). Just scroll down on this blog page to see my previous post and links. Here’s one more on Splenda specifically – http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm. Avoid it like the plague, please!!

Here are some cough drop alternatives I found that have GOOD ingredients that will actually help you:

http://www.beemd.com (Ingredients: Menthol, honey, evaporated cane juice syrup, all natural flavors, eucalyptus globulus, soybean oil and cornstarch.) (No, I don’t like the corn starch, but I will accept it ONLY because it’s listed last which means it’s the least amount of the ingredients.)

http://www.zand.com (I found these yesterday at Richard’s.) (Ingredients: Menthol, eucalyptus leaf, horehound herb, hyssop herb, licorice root, mullein leaf, peppermint leaf, brown rice syrup, sage leaf, slippery elm bark and thyme leaf. They’re yummy.)

http://www.honibe.com (Ingredients for the Honey Lozenges: 100% pure honey.)

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Now, onto the flu shots. Are you still with me, or are you still checking off all of those corn products hidden in the food in your cupboard??

I know there are MANY people who swear by flu shots, so don’t misinterpret my post by thinking that I’m telling you you’re wrong to believe in them. I am, however, challenging you to rethink WHY you swear by them, especially after what I share with you.

No one argues that getting the flu is awful, and for some, dangerous. However, our medical field and drug stores and such are pushing the flu shot like it’s going to save the world – but it won’t. In fact, it helps very, very few people.

Let’s start at the beginning. Holidays and colder weather arrives and ‘cold season’ begins. The main 4 culprits are the common cold, sinus infections, the flu and pneumonia. There are tons of over the counter medicines for the first two, so I’ll not waste time on them.

Do you ever see “pneumonia shots” pushed? NO. And we need to wonder WHY because pneumonia is MORE DANGEROUS than the flu. http://www.differencebetween.net/science/health/difference-between-flu-and-pneumonia Read over this site and you will learn the difference between the two. First, the flu is a VIRUS that usually attacks the upper respiratory tract. Pneumonia is a BACTERIAL INFECTION that usually attacks the lungs. Second, the flu can normally be treated at home while pneumonia usually requires stronger medication. Third, more people die from pneumonia than from the flu. (Again, don’t you wonder why there isn’t a pneumonia shot pushed??)

I truly think that people rush out to get flu shots because they think that it will “keep them from getting sick”. It does NO such thing. You CAN still catch a cold. You CAN still get a sinus infection. And you CAN still get pneumonia (which is worse, remember). The *only* thing that a flu shot protects you from is the particular strains (only about 3 – there are thousands ‘out there’ that you could get) that a group of people have GUESSED will affect the general public.

All of a sudden, that doesn’t sound so great. You can still get sick? Then what’s the point if you’re only protected from a handful of strains that might not even affect the general public? If you want to know more about HOW these strains are chosen (how is China involved?), go here. http://www.thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm

What about the actual ingredients in the flu shot? Certainly you want to know what someone is injecting into your body, right? http://jeffreywarber.com/hc%20pages/fluscam.html Does mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol sound like substances that you want floating around in your body?? If you’ve had a flu shot, then they’re floating around in your body right now. And no, they are NOT helpful or okay. They are DANGEROUS. Go here to find more explanations – http://www.flu-treatments.com/flu-shot-ingredients.html

Think long and hard before you allow anyone to inject this mess into your body. You actually have a greater chance of NOT catching those 3 particular strains of flu than of catching them. Plus you can still catch a cold, get a sinus infection or get pneumonia (still worse), anyway.

One more – http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/10/11/why-you-shouldn’t-get-the-flu-shot.html

Instead, focus on building up your immune system naturally. We have a built-in sickness fighter, yet we don’t nourish it. We eat and take things that actually break it down constantly. There are a ton of sites about this, but here’s one http://www.suite101.com/content/10-ways-to-boost-immune-health-a8274.

Feed your body GOOD things. It will thank you profusely, I promise.

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You think that you’re doing a good thing by running out to the local drugstore and buying a big bottle of vitamin C to keep away sickness, right? You think that you’re helping to boost your immune system so that it will be able to fight off germs, right?

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The answer would be yes IF you were actually taking REAL vitamin C. Go get that bottle and read the ingredients. What you’re actually taking is a synthetic C (ie: fake) (which has NO immune boosting power, by the way) with fillers, polymers, cell destroying toxins, abrasives and petroleum derivatives.

Somehow, I’m guessing that you weren’t looking to ingest all that icky stuff, huh? When my other half got sick recently, I – like all of you – hopped in my car and drove to the nearest drugstore to buy a bottle of vitamin C, hoping that it would possibly prevent me from getting sick, too. Once home, I decided to turn the bottle around and look at the ingredients. It seemed strange that there would be so many things listed. I read them aloud to my other half and he said, “Polyethylene glycol? Isn’t that antifreeze?”

That, dear friends, is what stopped me in my tracks. I IMMEDIATELY looked up each ingredient to see what they really were. I only took a couple of those poisoned pills, but I can assure you that I did not take any more. I grabbed the bottle and tossed them into the trash. (Okay, well not literally. You ALWAYS want to dispose of medicines/vitamins properly. DO NOT flush because you will contaminate the water. Empty the bottle and recycle it. Toss the pills in with something like kitty litter, or take them back to the drugstore. Most pharmacies have a disposal program. There are even organizations that donate expired medicines to third world countries. Think before you toss!!)

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Anyway, the ingredients in my vitamin C were: ascorbic acid, cellulose gel, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silicone dioxide, polyethylene glycol. You will find these are COMMON ingredients in your regular drugstore brand of vitamins. BEWARE! Leave them on the shelf!!

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Here’s why…

Ascorbic Acid – It’s a synthetic version of vitamin C. It’s fake. It’s not real C. It’s a CHEMICAL. Next time you go to the grocery store, check out the juice aisle. Every bottle has this in it, and the FDA says that the juice companies can even put on the label “contains vitamin C” if they put this harmful chemical in it (that’s false advertising, by the way). We are pumping our children full of this crap by the gallons, and we think that it’s good for them. IT’S NOT. My other half and I went to the grocery store the other night, and we looked at EVERY bottle of juice. It was ridiculous. We finally went to the organic section (Sweetbay has a great one!) and found grape juice that was JUST juice. Needless to say, that was what we brought home.

http://www.ascorbicacid.net/ – This site explains the difference between real C and the fake chemical.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james52.htm – Read here about how ascorbic acid competes with sugar in the immune system and the harmful effects from it.

http://stanford.wellsphere.com/back-neck-pain-article/the-truth-about-vitamin-nbsp-c/847404 – I found this very interesting. It explains how and why other vitamins are needed to help the body absorb and process C correctly.

Cellulose Gel – Let’s look at cellulose to get a better description. Cellulose is a substance that makes up most of a plant’s cell walls. It’s an organic compound; a complex carbohydrate. Humans cannot digest it properly, but it is beneficial to the processing of food through our intestines. Ever taken fiber supplements to help you ‘go’ more easily? That’s essentially how it works in your body.

http://www.scienceclarified.com/Ca-Ch/Cellulose.html – Read more here. I’m of the opinion after much searching and reading that cellulose itself is not harmful (the gel you still want to avoid).

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose – What a word. Now, what is it? It’s a semi-synthetic polymer (known most often as a type of plastic). In food, it’s used as an emulsifier and thickening agent (ie: filler). Many coatings on pills (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) are made from this substance, and there is quite a bit of debate over exactly how this is digested and if it’s harmful. But it has cellulose in it, right? Yes, but it is CREATED by heating cellulose with a caustic solution (like sodium hydroxide) and then treating it with methyl chloride.

Hmm. Let’s look at this one a bit more. I found an unbelievable bread crumb trail just by going to www.wikipedia.org and doing a search for methyl cellulose. Follow me on this:

Methyl cellulose is a chemical compound derived from cellulose. As I stated above, the cellulose is heated and mixed with other substances. That ‘good’ cellulose is essentially turned ‘bad’. You’ll find MC in shampoos and toothpastes as a thickener and emulsifier, in Citrucel as a way to treat constipation, in eye drops as artificial tears, in glues and pastes, etc. Know what else it’s used for? It’s the main ingredient in KY Jelly. Along that same line, it’s also used in the porn industry to simulate semen in large quantity, like when they shoot movies related to bukkake fetishes. Bet you didn’t know THAT! (I didn’t!)

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Let’s go back to this heating bit and look at sodium hydroxide and methyl chloride, since those are the two main ingredients that turns cellulose into methyl cellulose.

Sodium hydroxide – This chemical is also known as LYE and is a caustic substance. Know why that drain cleaner does such a good job? It’s this ingredient. Know what else it’s used for? When an animal farm or an animal disposal unit has to get rid of carcasses, they submerge the dead animal into a SH/water mixture which turns the animal into liquid, except for the bones. This substance will cause chemical burns on human skin.

Lye – This is a corrosive alkaline substance. Both solid dry lye and lye solutions will degrade organic tissue (see above with the animals). You also have to be careful with what other substance lye comes into contact with. In addition to aluminum, it’s reacts with magnesium, zinc, tin, chromium, brass and bronze. Lye intoxication can also cause esophageal stricture.

Methyl chloride – It’s also called chloromethane, and is a chemical compound of the group of organic compounds called haloalkanes. It was once widely used as a refrigerant. It’s an extremely flammable gas. Large amounts of chloromethane are produced naturally in oceans from the sun on biomass and chlorine in sea-foam, but all that is used in industry is synthetic (ie: fake).

Haloalkanes – These are a group of chemical compounds derived from alkanes containing one or more halogens. They are used as flame retardants, fire extinguishants, propellants, etc.

Halogens – These are a series of nonmetal elements of the periodic table consisting of fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine (which is highly radioactive, by the way). They are highly reactive, and as such, can be harmful or lethal to biological organisms in sufficient quantities. Fluorine is a corrosive, highly toxic gas and bonds so strongly that the result is usually permanent. Teflon is fluorine bonded, for example. Chloride plays a key role in brain function and iodine is needed for the production of thyroid hormones, but fluorine, bromine nor astatine are essential for humans.

HOLY COW. But what about the hydroxypropyl in front of the methylcellulose, you’re asking? After reading about all of this incredibly dangerous material used in the creating of MC, I don’t CARE about the hydroxypropyl! And I’m sure some science geek (said affectionately) could try to explain how when all of these substances are put through whatever chemical process they go through, they’re perfectly harmless. Granted, when you bake a cake, the cake is not runny like the eggs or grainy like the sugar, but all of those ingredients STILL have had an effect on that cake. I won’t believe for ONE minute that there is ANY process where you could mix THAT many extremely harsh chemicals and have them all come out HARMLESS. I’m NOT taking that chance.

Back to our regular ingredient list:

Stearic Acid & Magnesium Stearate – My bottle of C had both of these, and they are the same thing, essentially! And know what else? They can have a detrimental effect on your very cells!

http://www.imminst.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=16410 – Read more here.

http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/are-you-being-poisoned-the-danger-of-magnesium-stearate-and-stearic-acid-in-our-health-supplements-443927.html – This page explains more, as well, including how toxic it is and how it kills cells.

Silicon Dioxide – This is from the rock known as agate. (Yes, I said ROCK.) It is used to manufacture glass, abrasives, ceramics and enamels. Well, that sounds healthy, doesn’t it? Besides, my insides could use a good scrubbing, I’m sure.

http://www.ehow.com/about_4600805_what-silicon-dioxide.html – So, there’s basically two kinds, but essentially, it’s SAND. Yum. There is also a naturally occurring silicon in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, which is all right. I’ll take the natural in favor of the created.

Polyethylene Glycol  – Okay…who said that? ‘Isn’t that antifreeze?’, I heard. Well, as a matter of fact, it is; sort of. It’s part of the family of petroleum derivatives that acts as a solvent. Technically, “poly (ethylene glycol)” – as it’s written properly – refers to the chemical compound composed of repeating ethylene glycol units. Ethylene glycol IS the main active ingredient in antifreeze.  It can also weaken protein and cellular structure in the body.  This is another one of those ‘gray’ science areas. I’m sure that someone could argue with me that it’s a completely different substance when heated or mixed with something else, etc. Again, let’s look at the cake. You could put some rat poison in the batter and tell me that the heat from the oven will change the molecules so that it’s safe to ingest when the cake is ready, but I STILL WOULDN’T EAT IT. The poison is STILL in it. Again, I’m not going to take that chance.

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http://antiagingchoices.com/harmful_ingredients/propylene_glycol.htm – This explains about propylene glycol which is in the same family as polyethylene.

http://www.vaccinetruth.org/antifreeze.htm – This explains about both, as well.

So, there’s the ingredient list. Whew. I’ve got to ingest ALL of that JUST to get vitamin C? Seriously? The only ‘good’ stuff in that bottle are the rosehips and riboflavin (vitamin B2); the cellulose isn’t too bad. Yech. I think I’d rather just suffer through a cold!

You know, sometimes I just can’t even begin to believe that I’ve been ingesting this CRAP for so many years without stopping to actually READ what it was! We’re being poisoned left and right, and we just keep buying! What is wrong with us?!

I’d highly suggest running to your medicine cabinet to check out the labels on YOUR vitamins and supplements. I bet you’ll be surprised to find what’s in them. Then, once you’ve Googled everything, toss them in the trash and do a new search for WHOLE VITAMINS, or WHOLE FOOD VITAMINS, or ORGANIC VITAMINS. You CAN get the vitamins that you want, and get them straight from the source, so to speak, with NO additives, fillers or chemicals.

Check out this site: http://www.thesynergycompany.com/index.html This is a company founded by a man who was pronounced dead at the scene of a horrific accident when he was young. No one thought that he would survive, but he has. Read about his mentor. Read about how he started The Synergy Company. Read about the ingredients and processes that they use. Peruse their website and be amazed at the VOLUME of information that is provided. Look at their products and learn more about them by clicking on 5 different links. I have ordered the Pure Synergy powder for me, and Vita Synergy for men for my other half. We haven’t received our order yet, but I’m looking forward to it because I was very impressed with the site. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I checked out some other sites, but so far, for a ‘multi-vitamin’ and vitamin C option, I liked this site BEST. No, their products aren’t cheap, but are you really going to sell out your health to the lowest bidder? Personally, I’m happy to pay more for better ingredients, and I go paycheck to paycheck like everyone else. I just CAN’T justify “saving money” when it’s destroying me. In the long run, what am I truly saving if it’s slowly killing me?

Know what the BEST option is? Getting your C from real food to start with. Here’s a good list to check out – http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/vitamin-C.php. Mulberries are another great source of vitamin C!

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So how do you get your vitamin C?

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