Three exercises for Clearing and Balancing Chakras

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The Best Way to Cook Zucchini and Carrots

Sounds good to me.

VORACIOUS VEGGIE



One of my greatest joys in life is making vegetables taste good to other people. When someone is especially excited about a tasty piece of zucchini I made, I am a happy girl.

You’re already rolling your eyes I know, but stay with me.

Zucchini and carrot “fries” are my quiet specialty. They make a great snack or side to burgers and sandwiches. Where you would normally throw a side of fries/chips or a side salad, why not throw the best vegetables you’ve ever tasted instead? Zucchini and carrot fries are an excellent addition to a plate in both color and flavor. And I’m not even going to talk about the healthy part – we’re all smart people here.

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SCD Buttermilk Gravy & Biscuits

Lisa Buckholts

If you are on the SCD or other gluten free diet and a country girl like me, chances are you have had to cut out those warm, fluffy biscuits with luscious milk gravy. Take heart though, I have come up with a buttermilk gravy recipe that will satisfy that craving.

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First, I made some SCD compliant biscuits.

SCD Butter Biscuits
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey

1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda. Blend well using a whisk, set aside.
2. In large glass measuring cup, soften butter in the microwave. Whisk honey and eggs into the butter. Pour into dry ingredients and mix with a fork.
3. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees…

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Visit to GI at Royal Children Hospital

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I feel so frustrated today. The visit to the Royal Children’s Hospital takes us 6 hours because of the trip involved. We’ve seen the “specialist” and he was good to nothing! I asked about the heavy metal toxicity from the hair tests and he said he doesn’t know what to do with that information. I also asked about the possibility of using Boswellia instead of the standard medication because of 2 reasons:

  1. my IBD son doesn’t tolerate any kind of medication. His body treats it as chemical poisoning and his liver /kidney get affected fast (after a few doses).
  2. In trial studies done on Boswellia (there are a couple of small studies done) the efficacy of Boswellia compared with Sulfasalazine  is superior with far side effects.

The only problem I have is that the studies were done on adults therefore the dosage was adult one. My child is only 9 and I am not comfortable giving him adult dose and I tried to work with the doctor to find a suitable alternative for him. Again the “specialist” was worthless.

Then I investigated the possibility/probability of using the diet (SCD/PALEO or GAPS) to control his symptoms (again went in documented with the research from Rush University). The doctor’s argument against it was “you realize that is not a cure” it might control the symptoms for a month or maybe 6 months but is not a cure. I’m not sure what was the medical “cure” he was proposing there.

All in all he wasn’t against the diet but didn’t want to monitor me to do it.

Last thing, I investigated about the possibility of delivery nutrients through the skin because of the GI tract being impaired (the diagnostic for my son is inconclusive somewhere in between Ulcerative Colitis/ Chron’s). Therefore, in my view it makes sense that he won’t absorb properly vitamins/ minerals from oral supplementation. To sum up I had no success with this approach too (despite of existing evidence for epsom salts baths being good for magnesium absorption through the skin).

I don’t even know why I asked about the link between low Molybdenum and sulfite allergy. He wouldn’t even try to find out if the pathology can test Molybdenum levels.

Bottom line, it is disappointing  to go to the best of the best in children’s health and to hit a wall. I don’t know where to look for an answer because I’m sure there is one.

I wish you all health and happiness.

Elena

Getting rid of LEAD

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There is no one easy answer for lead detox (or for any heavy metal detox for that matter). The majority of people will look for a quick fix, like taking a pill for a week or two and bang! Perfect health. As much as we’d like that to happen that’s never the case. The symptoms of lead poisoning (and heavy metal poisoning in general) appear because of the chronic lead exposure. Therefore, what we see/feel is almost always the compounded effect of the exposure to poisons and chemicals, lifestyle, stress and nutrition.

This is the reason why I’m not a huge fan of chelation protocols to get rid of lead and other heavy metals. The process is fairly fast but it can be quite dangerous if it is not done properly. And when you do it properly it actually becomes very slow because you start the chelating agent (DMSA, ALA, Gluthatione, Chlorella, coriander – very dangerous in large quantities if you don’t take a binding agent, Zeolite, etc) at very low doses and alternate the times you take it with rest times when you replete lost minerals.

The only way to do this is through a body chemistry balancing program including:

  • Sauna (sweating appears to be the fastest way to take any toxins out because the skin is the largest excretory organ of the body)
  • sun light (Vit D is invaluable in any recovery program as it helps a huge number of processes in the body and most of us are Vit D chronically depleted) + Vit D supplements (D3 – 1000 to 4000 a day, consult your health care specialist for that)
  • exercising every day hard enough to sweat deeply but gentle enough to keep your body from becoming overwhelmed (for detoxing is probably best to do physiological exercising like walking or working in the garden)
  • diet – That’s a subject for a full article. For short, when your body is poisoned with lead or other heavy metals (because one poisoning almost never comes by itself. It is rather the process of compounding a few toxins) you get food sensitivities. The food sensitivities differ from one to another therefore is your detective job to pinpoint them and avoid these foods for the time being until the body recovers. As a general rule, a paleo-ish diet is best as it avoids all major irritants and all the processed food. My advice on the matter is to find a few restaurant foods and/or processed foods that are border line but not to bad and stick with these  in times when you cannot take “paleo” anymore or the frustration of not being able to sustain it. A full discussion on the diet/nutrition and frustration that comes with specific diets will follow in another post.
  • proper rest – I don’t know why we take sleep and fun activities for granted (as optional I mean). The body is a wise machine that has the ability to repair itself given a few things are in place: good nutritious food as fuel, exercising to maintain muscles and enough quality rest. I’m not going to talk now about how to rest or get good quality sleep because there are hundreds of books and articles on this. I would suggest you start paying more attention to the needs of your body even if that sounds crazy (like sleeping 9-10 hours a night to feel rested enough).
  • Nutritional supplements- Here you can play with some of the chelators and definitely you’ll need to supplement a good multi-mineral. At minimum you’l need to take: zinc (as many of the heavy metals compete with it therefore displacing it from the tissues), magnesium (a stressed body – as the heavy metal poisoned one is- eliminate magnesium very fast), selenium, Vit C and Vit E  because the antioxidants work in teams.
  • a separate nutrition side I was looking at it is adding sulfur  group foods into the diet. The sulfur in the body supports gluthatione production (guthatione being the main natural body detoxifier). These foods are: garlic/onion and leek + cabbage/kale/broccoli/cauliflower + free range meat and eggs.

An interesting thing: when I’ve done my son’s hair mineral analysis it came back not only with various high heavy metals but also with low sulfur/zinc/selenium and phosphorus despite of our clean diet and supplementation. That drove me to look for an answer about absorption of nutrients (because he was getting all the goodies already). And unfortunately for my feelings of being “snowed under with responsibilities”, the answer seems to be SOUPS (organic bones soups and broths and vegetable cream soups for increasing vegetables intake). That translates into GAPS or SCD (Specific Carbohydrates Diet) which I was trying to avoid (purely because is so restrictive and time consuming … and at times frustrating to be on this diet).

That’s about all for today.

I wish you all great health and prosperity.

Elena

IBD Pilot Study Using Diet based on SCD shows 100% Success Rate

Crohn's Dad

It looks like the mainstream medical community may be finally realizing that diet is central to the cause and healing of IBD.  Last May, the folks at UMass led by Barbara Olendzki published a pilot test using a diet largely based on SCD to treat IBD. Here is a link to a pdf showing the study results, and I’ve copied the abstract below. I’m sure it will take alot more to completely turn things around, but this is a major step forward. Even though this study is small, I’d say a 100% success rate is pretty good!


And here is a link to the most recent SCD Lifestyle post and podcast interview of one of the researchers that conducted the study http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/02/umass-ibd-diet-study-sees-success/ Kudos to Steve Wright for putting this together!

Abstract

Background: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are chronic non specific inflammatory…

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Apple and pear fruit leather – the tales of the dehydrator

As we are re-starting SCD (not GAPS this time) I’m preparing for the days to come.

This is are some of my fruit leathers experiments:

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