end of the blog roll…

29 Oct

For anyone who stumbles across this blog – this is the story of experiencing a significant decline in health, increased blood pressure, and typical “allergic” type symptoms over a 6 month period and the subsequent steps to the returned state of health.

In January, 2012, I moved into an apartment and gradually felt more awful every day.  Having rather negative experiences with the medical community previously, I set about to find the source of my ailment.

After looking at diet (closely) and sleep and being far to exhausted to exercise, it was discovered to be environmental.  There were 2 natural gas leaks in my apartment (and I suspect some other things going on as well).  Although the diet portion is interesting, I cannot say that I will rent an apartment ever again without testing for Radon, CO2, and the like.

The story begins at the bottom of course.  The end result?  After 1) moving to a contaminant free environment, and 2) implementing a probiotic, whole foods, nutritionally dense paleo-ish/weston price style diet, I have experienced a better-than-before return to health.  My blood pressure has dropped 20 points.  I am so grateful.  May what I have shared here be of some use to you.

Best – Ann

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Thinking About Thyroid Function

8 Oct

I recently watched an extremely interesting webinar about adrenal gland function (if you are interested you can check it out here: Adrenal Gland Webinar

I was so interested that I decided to do some more reading instead of signing up for their (ridiculously overpriced!!) seminar series.  We are in the information age – what can I find out on my own?  Well, I headed over to Chris Kresser’s most excellent blog.  The man has so much information, freely available about many different health issues and  I started reading about thyroid function.  It’s all related – thyroids, cortisol, and adrenal glands.  I must share this very interesting article that he wrote about thyroid issues and gluten.  I just wanted to pass it along:  Your Thyroid and Gluten.

I do not have thyroid problems.  But.  I am now in the mode of utterly serious prevention mode.  I do not want to experience poor health if I can help it!

I hope that you find it as interesting as I do.  Have a great week!  🙂

Activator X

30 Sep

Weston Price, a dentist, searched the world over for the answer to healthy teeth and bones [1].  He finally came to the conclusion that it was Vitamin K2:

“…K2 is preferentially used by the other tissues to place calcium where it belongs, in the bones and teeth, and keep it out of where it does not belong, in the soft tissues…” [2]

Oh – like calcification of arteries perhaps? [3]

Price showed Vitamin K2 (which he referred to as Activator X) to exhibit dramatic synergy with vitamins A and D. Chickens voluntarily consumed more butter and died more slowly on a deficiency diet when the butter was high in both vitamin A and Activator X than vitamin A alone. Cod liver oil, which is high in both vitamins A and D, partially corrected growth retardation and weak legs in turkeys fed a deficiency diet, but the combination of cod liver oil and high-Activator X butter was twice as effective. Likewise, Price found that the combination of cod liver oil and a high-Activator X butter oil concentrate was more effective than cod liver oil alone in treating his patients for dental caries and other signs of physical degeneration.

What do you think is a good source of Vitamin K2?  Grassfed butter!!  That deep, rich yellow butterfat which will only be produced when cows are grazing on green grass.

Perhaps if you are interested in your calcium binding to your bones and not your arteries, consider a diet high in Vitamin K2 (grassfed butter) combined with Vitamin A & D (cod liver oil).  I have watched my front teeth become considerably whiter and cavities “disappear.”  I hope that you see the same spectacular results!!

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[1] http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-soluble-activators/x-factor-is-vitamin-k2#synergy

[2] Spronk HMH, Soute BAM, Schurgers LJ, Thijssen HHW, De Mey JGR, Vermeer C. Tissue-Specific Utilization of Menaquinone-4 Results in the Prevention of Arterial Calcification in Warfarin-Treated Rats. J Vasc Res. 2003; 40: 531-537.

[3]  Rennenberg RJ et al, Arterial Calcification. J Cell Mol Med. 2010 Sep;14(9):2203-10.

Mark Sisson

25 Sep

I have started reading Mark Sisson, and wow.  Let me say – excellent!  Here’s a sample:

“You are overweight. I’m sorry to be blunt, but it’s probably true: most adults living in Western countries are overweight. A large portion is obese.

Half of you are taking at least one prescription medication. Half of seniors are taking at least three. You may not be on anything, but you know someone who is.

Does that sound normal? I mean, are perpetual chronic illness and obesity the normal state of existence for us? Is our wiring so inherently faulty that we can’t keep ourselves alive without pills and doctors?

No. Absolutely not. It wasn’t always like this, you know….”

Head on over and give his blog a look-see if you’re interested in learning more about being healthy:

Primal Blueprint

Have a great week!  ❤ ann

 

Tasty Yummy Beef Brisket

24 Sep

I love food you can slap into a crockpot and walk away from. I’m always ridiculously busy, so that works out.  Here’s something that transforms a mediocre cut of meat into something tasty.

1 4-5 pound brisket
6-12 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 to 3 cups of water
Juice from three lemons
4 to 6 leeks, OR green onions (more of those since they’re smaller) sliced the long way
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Smash up garlic, lemon zest, salt, & pepper together.  Sear meat in pan with coconut oil + spices, on all sides.  Transfer to crock pot.  Pour water in searing pan, get off yummy gummy bits then pour watery stuff over your brisket,  add lemon juice and leeks/onions.  Cook for 8 hours on low in crockpot.  Sprinkle chopped parsley over top.  Serve.  I have to tell you – something about lemon and beef – amazing!!

Paleo Pancakes!

17 Sep
In a food processor, blend the following ingredients:

2 cups almond flour

8  eggs

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

½ teaspoon  salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

Use coconut oil on a hot griddle or cast iron frying pan and when good and hot, ladle a small amount of batter on to the sizzling surface.   Keep the amount small as these pancakes don’t have gluten, so they don’t have the “glue” to keep them from breaking. Fragile, but delicious!

Load with rich, raw butter and local  maple syrup, then serve with  bacon and a glass of cold raw milk.  Yummmy!!!

Here’s a doctor I would listen to….

5 Sep

….and that’s really saying something.  I don’t listen to ANYONE in the medical community who does not have a healthy body.

Why?  I just think that if you’re an overweight, inflamed, cancer-prone, stressed out MD or nurse – I’m not really interested in the pills or medical advice you’re trying shill.  If you can’t heal yourself, how can you help me?  (personal opinion)

That said – here is a talk by Dr. Eric Serrano discussing health and nutrition.

Also, I have really been digging on this Modern Alternative Mama website – you can learn to make your own homemade cough drops!  I don’t know about her whole “eating beans” thing, but there’s still some pretty good stuff on there…enjoy!