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Health & Diet



   BirdsNest  Yesterday I took a hard fall. My hands were full. I was carrying clean chicken waterers. My foot caught the edge of a cage and boom! down I went. Hard on both elbows and right shoulder. Right foot was scraped on the cage that caught me. Did not break the waterers. First thought. Then I checked myself out. No bruises. Felt ok. Well this morning I found a small bruise on my leg and my right shoulder feels achy. Very lucky. Could have been worse.
September 22 at 08:56 EST .



   Daisymay  Oh my gosh Bird! You certainly were lucky. The shoulder could have been disaster if you landed wrong on it. I fell out of the back seat of our SUV, backwards, and landed on my shoulder. Took a year before I could really move it freely without pain. I won't go into how that happened! Happy you're doing well!
September 22 at 19:09 EST .


   BirdsNest  Thanks, Daisymay. The soreness in the shoulder has been aggravated by weed pulling. No big deal.
12 hours ago .




   MeiDei  Fenugreek Fun Facts

Being one of the spices used by ancient Egyptians in their embalming ceremonies, prolonged ingestion of fenugreek is widely noted for its ability to change the odor of perspiration and urine to smell like maple syrup.
From Dr. Mercola article if interested in it's health benefits: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/fenugreek.html?utm_source=dnl&u
tm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20160913Z1&et
_cid=DM116580&et_rid=1663446560
September 14 at 09:59 EST .

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   Bythegates  Recently my family and friends have discovered a simple method for reversing diabetes and losing a lot of weight, while significantly increasing caloric intake and enjoyment of food. Nobody outside of my family and friends though seems to believe it or be willing to try, because it is too unbelievable. I lost 30 pounds, my dad and a couple cousins have reversed their diabetes, and one of my closest friends just lost 70 pounds. Here's a simple post that explains how:

https://medium.com/@nathancheng/the-cure-for-type-2-diabetes
-is-known-but-few-are-aware-5dd3064328b6#.h3ubp8z3p
August 26 at 02:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  If I could reverse diabetes I would be a happy camper.
August 29 at 09:35 EST .

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   Alice  Thank you for your post, Bythegates. It looks like a regime my husband might follow! He has struggled to lose enough weight to reverse his diabetes for at least 12 years. We'll see...
August 30 at 18:47 EST .

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   MeiDei  A follow-up Alice would be helpful. Hope it works for your husband.
September 13 at 09:28 EST .


   WAN2  The ADA errors in recommending a diet high is carbs. The fewer carbs eaten the easier Type II is to reverse.
12 hours ago .




   BirdsNest  Tried posting a link to a Mercola.com article from today's email but I botched it. About medical marijuana and chronic pain.
August 24 at 07:04 EST .

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   MeiDei  Filtered Water -
"You can purchase filtration systems to help protect yourself and your family. But a new study reveals a simple, natural alternative.

Researchers at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Ind., teamed with scientists in Mexico to look for an inexpensive way to get heavy metals out of drinking water. Their surprising solution? Cilantro.

It turns out the herb is a powerful bioabsorbant. This means it takes metals out of its surroundings and stores them in its tissues. Tests show cilantro is often more effective than pricy carbon filters in removing heavy metals from water. The secret to cilantro’s purifying power is the structure of the exterior cells on the plants’ leaves. This porous surface allows them to absorb heavy metals quickly, taking them out of water in which they are immersed. It‘s nature’s version of an activated charcoal filter.

The researchers found that just a handful of cilantro will rid metals from a highly contaminated two-liter pitcher of water. Dr. Douglas Schauer led the research group. His findings were presented at the American Chemical Society annual conference. He said that his team found cilantro is particularly effective in ridding tap waters of two toxic metals, lead and mercury.

Dr. Schauer notes that people with carbon purification systems often forget to keep extra filters on hand. When filters wear out, cilantro can be used as a substitute until new ones can be purchased. “When the filter in a water purification pitcher needs to be changed, they could go outside, gather a handful of cilantro and presto, there’s a new filter ready to purify the water,” he said.

3 Ways to Use Cilantro to Filter Your Drinking Water
1. Throw a handful (about one cup unchopped ) of cilantro leaves into a pitcher of water. You can include stems. Let sit for a couple hours. Remove the cilantro before drinking.

2. Use in the filter mechanism of a purifying water pitcher. When a charcoal filter wears out, use cilantro in place of it. New cilantro must be used for every pitcher of water.

3. Place cilantro in infuser balls used to make tea. Simply put into the pitcher of water and let the cilantro work its magic. Infuser balls make it easy to remove the cilantro before drinking.
Grow Your Own
Cilantro is also known as coriander. It grows well outdoors in most parts of the country during the summer months. It flourishes in well-drained, moist soil with plenty of sunlight. Simply plant seeds, and in about four weeks you can harvest the leaves.

Make successive sowings every 2 or 3 weeks to have a continuous supply. For a free supply of seeds, let a couple plants “go to seed,” or fully flower. You can also grow cilantro inside year-round. Place pots near a sunny window in a room that stays above 70 degrees.
July 30 at 02:33 EST .

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   Tulsa  This is an excellent tip.

I have a chlorine removing filter on the showers as chlorine is terrible for hair and skin.

We use distilled water and bottled water bc our tap water is full of dissolved solids. Plain old dirt and only the Lord knows what else. ...but it meets the clean water act. Not in our world, it doesn't.

Thank you, Mei.
August 29 at 12:22 EST .

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   Alice  Wow! This is great news! We are far enough south to grow cilantro most of the year, too.
August 30 at 18:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was rescheduled for vaccination in August - should have done it in May! - while the shot does not mean you avoid shingles what it does do is lessen the severity and duration of the outbreak (which can last for 3 weeks to 3 months or longer ). None of the doctors recommended the shot, but EMTs, nurses & aides all were shocked I didn't get it anyway. I thought it was poison ivy/sumac or oak. What is the difference? Shingles only affects one side of your body, poison anywhere. If you don't get an anti-viral sooner than later you can suffer nerve damage. I hesitate to describe my face - let's just say that the grossest Halloween monster masks are pretty, and if an overly prominent brow is beauty to a Neanderthal - well, I'd win the pageant.. Italian restaurants would think I stole their multi-colored candled dripped Chianti bottles to fake a nose. Go on line to see images and you'll be shown rashes, no rash for me. Surprise, no one has flinched looking at me, but I'm kicking myself for not swiping a surgical mask.

Now the most amazing part and what I credit, and thank, all the prayers for - no pain, no burning itch or stings - shocked all medical personnel. 4 days later swelling of the eye diminished and opened on it's own thanks to the prednisone-type drops prescribed by ophthalmologist - who BTW I could not get an appt. with except for ER stepping in and a quick referral from my PC doctor. I'm grateful for the experience as the ER people took several tests addressing a long standing problem, so they won't have to be duplicated soon, the results are on my PC drs. computer so Friday's appt. should be productive.

When all this is cleared up I will get the vaccination as a precautionary measure, (per pharmacists advice ) you can get shingles more than once. If you had chicken pox as a kid, are over 50 and haven't been vaccinated - get the shot! Don't fool around.
July 20 at 09:36 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  You convinced me! Saw the Primary today and asked her about it, she said get it, their office would charge about 200$ so go to CVS or Walgreens and get it for 60$. My father and his mother both suffered with bouts of Shingles, terrible !
July 25 at 18:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  I applaud your decision EC! God, in His Wisdom & Mercy has allowed me to experience, in the healing process, short-lived episodes of pressure, pain & itching - so renewed gratitude for the early prayers.
July 27 at 08:29 EST .

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   Alice  MeiDei, thank you for sharing your experience. There are reports that nutritional supplements l-lysine and vitamin B12 can help alleviate shingles. If this is something you tried but it failed, or it helped, that would be useful information too.
August 30 at 18:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Alice I was immensely fortunate to have the prayers of many which shielded me from the intense discomfort - I did, however, have a few episodes lasting seconds of what is normal suffering - very humbling, greater compassion & understanding for those who've suffered or are suffering w/gratitude for being spared - and I'm typically low on V-B12. Faith, nutritional supplements & a sense of humor can get one through most challenges : )
September 13 at 09:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This only takes a few minutes to read....

http://www.naturalnews.com/054404_baking_soda_lemons_cancer_
prevention.html
June 19 at 20:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Copied the recipe! Now, if we can only get some decent lemons in the markets I can try this and get on with making lemon curd & canning.
June 20 at 07:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am as interested in this for ridding the body of inflammation. Having recently had surgery my feet and legs are still very puffy even with me taking Lasix. The doctor never mentioned I'd look like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I have to wear jeans 2-3 sizes larger than usual for now. I am healing and the fluid is leaving but I would like it to get gone. I am on restricted duties for 6 weeks. And no driving for another week, so he says. But if I can push down on the brake and not feel pain, then I can drive. I am hoping to be able to go to the tracks on Saturday for just awhile to visit my friends. Everyone says I look great, I think that's because I have been very active prior to surgery. The 2 weeks before surgery I was wound up tight. All kinds of things pop up in your head. In pre op I had a melt down, no one there with me made it all too real, Hagar was not there except in spirit and I did feel that. The nurses were superb, both of them had lost husbands too. What a "club".
June 21 at 16:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  Birdie, I've started wearing "compression socks", https://smile.amazon.com/Length-Compress
ion-Hosiery-Support-Stocking/dp/B0ZCBKHM
/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468635044&
sr=8-1&keywords=compression+socks+with+z
ipper

I wear them at night, and keep my feet up while at the office. They really do work. At Amazon, Compresion sock with zipper.
July 15 at 22:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Sorry, the link doesn't work, but I gave you the search parameters.
July 15 at 22:07 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Had to wear them about a month, try this, many styles to chose
from:
https://www.amazon.com/Zipper-Compressio
n-Socks-BLACK-M/dp/B00JX5V2UA?ie=UTF8&*V
ersion*=1&*entries*=0
July 17 at 14:35 EST .

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   John C  ALZ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3644980/Scientists
-REVERSE-memory-loss-time-Alzheimer-s-patients-changes-sleep
-diet-medication-exercise.html


On Drudge 6-17-16 10 subject had Alzheimer reversed via diet, food. sleep and pills.
June 17 at 07:38 EST .

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   MeiDei  A little bird (smile ) introduced me to Dr Mercola's website and an interesting article on horseradish. From a comment after:
"When I grind horseradish, I peel and cut it 1" in advance. I submerge chunks in a bowl of ice water with lemon juice added to prevent discoloration due to oxidization. When I am ready to grind it, I open all the doors in the house and turn on the kitchen exhaust fan. I grab a large bandana handkerchief and go for it. Usually, by the time I am done, my eyes are still watering uncontrollably. It is a sinus cleanser par excellence. To preserve the ground horseradish, place 1 t. salt in pint canning jar. Fill 2/3 full with ground horseradish. Gently cover to shoulder with vinegar. Screw lid on and refrigerate. Make sure horseradish stays submerged beneath vinegar. When needed, place in bowl and press dry with fork, tipping the bowl to allow excess vinegar to run into sink. Mix about 1/2 c. horseradish with 1 T. sour cream. If you wish, 1-2 drops tabasco and 2 drops lemon juice, barely a light dusting of stevia to bring out flavors. Keeps well for at least 9 months. The top layer may oxidize and discolor, but there is no harm in this. A must-have for grilled lamb!" You can find link
to website on Recipe Wall.
June 4 at 12:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Forgot to add why horseradish has health benefits:
The many health benefits of horseradish are mainly attributed to its high nutrient and mineral content, which includes dietary fiber, vitamin-C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese, as well as its organic chemical composition of enzymes and oils, like sinigrin, a powerful glucosinolate. Who knew? Surprised me.
June 8 at 18:05 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can't grow horseradish in our area of Florida, it needs a good frost. We grew it in New York but ground it out on the deck, it was overpowering, but oh so good. We always mixed a little beet juice in it for the Easter Ham dinner.
June 11 at 19:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm a big fan of horseradish w/beet juice (is it the NYer in us or ethnic background? ). We used it with kielbasa.
Definitely grind outside. BTW - saw a suggestion to refrigerate in plastic bag in crisper for a while if climate is an issue.
June 11 at 22:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Dental cleaning yesterday. I don't know why but I hate it. My head hurts from it. I am being whiny today. Tired from all the garden work plus the animals. At least the animals make me smile. Seems all I have been doing is going to doctors. But then I realize I have been neglecting my own health for several years. Hagar's health was paramount for a long time, now I have to make sure I will be okay. Yesterday I had to go to WalMart for a CMR. Comprehensive Medical Review. The pharmacist went over my Rx list (very short ) and explained to me the recommendations of the insurance company. Only one change in medication due to diabetes. And they would like to encourage me to get immunizations...Hep B, flu(NO! ). pneumonia (NO! ) and shingles. Maybe the Hep B because I am testing blood sugar and giving myself needles for insulin.
April 26 at 06:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  After hearing from 3 family members about shingles & one who got the shot in time vs. the 2 who didn't - I'm seriously considering the shot. One who was misdiagnosed & too late to get the shot, had over 6 mos. of intense pain & finally had to get a pain management implant - in use for nearly 2 years now.
April 26 at 19:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Discussed these vaccines with my doctor. She said not necessary. Especially hepatitis...I am using sterile needles one time. On another note...my neighbors had both been sick with respiratory something or another. She's better, he's still iffy. I asked if they had etaken the pneumonia vaccine. They did. I did not and when I got the crud it only lasted a few days. I bought zicam nose swabs. Hagar was here in nusing home and I did not want to be banned from seing him.
May 31 at 06:49 EST .

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