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Health & Diet

   M2  For those of you who suffer with chronic postnasal drip or even just seasonal post nasal drip I have a recommendation: Arm and Hammer makes "Simply Saline" in spray cans. The cans are small with a nozzle that you place in your nostril. Follow the directions on the can if you can get used to the mucus running down the back of your throat, then spit it out. It takes about five minutes after you spray for the mucus to drain all out, but I really don't know how I would survive without it. Be sure NOT to get the "nighttime" solution or the "allergy" solution. The salt concentration is too high and they burn your delicate nasal and throat membranes. Get the one that says Simply Saline "Nasal Mist". Are I use it at leastthree times a day and this has made a wonderful difference. It is a lot less fuss than Neti Pots. Just thought I would share.
February 26 at 21:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  I am supposed to use Neti-pots, or whatever. I actually use salt-water and a baby nasal thing, whatever they call it. Neti-pots are just a waste. I don't know about the spray, I just don't like it. I think that is the whole point, we use what we can deal with.
February 26 at 21:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Cold weather, hands in a lot of water all day long,paper towels spells misery. I have been dealing with cracked skin around fingertips and nails.Pure misery. Hagar suggested I soak my hands in warm epsom salt water and once the fingers are dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment to sore areas, put on gloves and KEEP them on. It has helped tremendously. It has been the worst this year, 6 finger tips angry and cracked. Last winter I had one small incident.
February 20 at 08:03 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Birdy, next time you are at Walmart look for "Fruit of the Earth" Vitamin E skin Care Cream. It works wonders and I have not been able to find a place to buy it on the internet even with the address:
It is a miracle cream of E, Aloe, Wheat Germ, Sunflower, Collagen, Elastin. The DH needs it for a dry spot over his eye, and 44 yr old Jungle Rot, plus we used it on Beaglie's surgery, made in USA Fort Worth and no Animal testing. Best stuff ever.
February 21 at 11:07 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can't believe it, checked months ago and it was not available, now Amazon has it at about half of Walmart :
February 21 at 11:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks EC, I will have to get some of that.
February 22 at 09:03 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Also use it on my feet, I have PDA parifeil artery disease that causes very dry scaly skin , also use Savex Foot Care for "quick relief for dryness, cracks, itching, helpful for Diabetics" that is made by Kenwick Labs, CA Mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin, coconut butter and more oil stuff, USA made.
spell checker having a fit, oh well, hope you know what I am trying to convey.
February 22 at 19:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  Ladies, whatever you use on your hands and feet, wear gloves and socks at night (at least ). It really helps. My sister, who buys lots of inexpensive gifts, got me special gloves and socks at Bed Bath and Beyond, they work wonders! Of course that was years ago, and you have to wait for them to go on sale.
February 22 at 22:21 EST .

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   M2  For those who are gluten sensitive or have celiac disease, I have just discovered a fabulous new snack. Snyder's makes mini pretzels and pretzel sticks which are both gluten-free and dairy free. They are remarkably good and are somewhat habit-forming. Just thought I would let the gang know about this.
February 12 at 22:34 EST .

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   Gerty  Yeeeessssssssssssss! I knew someone would come to the rescue!
February 15 at 19:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Mennonite Girls Can Cook has lots of recipes for GF if you can source all of the products they list or can grind your own flour. We have a grinder but I like to do it outside because the machine is so loud, the parrots get anxious if we do it in the house.
February 18 at 09:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  Interested in what some ladies over 100 years old have to say about the health & diet?
February 11 at 21:36 EST .

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   Bettijo  On Peanut Butter
Americans consume 700 million pounds of peanut butter every year! That works out to approximately three pounds per person. In fact, over 75 percent of homes in the US have a peanut butter jar sitting in the fridge or pantry.

Peanuts are a new world food, likely originating in Brazil, then working their way up to Mexico. The Aztecs mashed them into a paste as early as 500 years ago.

About half of the peanuts grown in the US are made into peanut butter. The biggest peanut growing states are Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches!

Despite their name, peanuts are technically legumes (like beans ), not nuts. Regardless, they are are rich in mono-unsaturated fats, which help reduce the risk of heart disease. Peanut butter is also a good source of protein. Just 2 tablespoon's worth provide more than 10% of the daily recommended value. Peanut butter is also a good source of vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber. Be careful with the portion size, as 2 tablespoons will cost you 200 calories.

Unfortunately, the most popular brands of peanut butter sold in supermarkets are not the healthiest. Here is a breakdown based on Fooducate app user scans:

Jif - 26%
Skippy - 17%
Peter Pan - 7%
Smucker's - 6%
Trader Joe's - 4%
Peanut Butter & Co - 3%
Planters - 3%
Great Value - 3%
Many of the popular peanut butters include needless ingredients. For example, many manufacturers add sugar to the mix. In many butters, you will find added oils. In some cases, these are either partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fats ) or fully hydrogenated oils (high in saturated fat ). Additional ingredients such as glycerides are also added in some cases. None of these additves are needed.

Bottom Line
Peanut butter is a nutrient rich food.

The ideal ingredient list includes just one item - peanuts. Maybe a touch of salt.
February 2 at 06:40 EST .

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   Gerty  Aside from having the peanuts crushed before your eyes, is there a brand that has peanuts as its only ingredient?

Or are we not to mention brand names?
February 4 at 19:40 EST .

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   Balogreene  I guess I don't eat peanut butter often enough anymore to worry about such things (maybe once every six months ). As a diabetic, I worry more about sugar than fat, so just buy whatever is on sale. But, if you eat it more often you can make it yourself, by just grinding the peanuts in your food processor. There are recipes online. I think sometimes you have to add oil to get the right consistency.
February 10 at 21:08 EST .

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   Clipped wings  I keep seeing that honey, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar are good in treating various ailments. There are different doses for each ailment. Has anyone tried or used this and if so, is it helpful?
January 31 at 12:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I was lactose intolerant, use local honey to solve that, cinnamon will control your blood sugar and apple cider vinegar will do everything from killing your weeds to keeping your shower shiny and killing foot fungus. All three are must haves. Also an old trick, cayenne pepper will stop bleeding, in Viet Nam it was in little med packets, also a bag of flour in your fridge will stop burns if you slip your hand in that pot, All We Need has been provided, if we just stick to what was Created. IMHO
January 31 at 13:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  EC - re: cayenne pepper - when we moved back east from Denver I came across an article on Willard Water & in it was a true story about a family who was camping in the mts, and the husband accidentally shot himself in the abdomen, the wife poured cayenne pepper in the wound thus cauterizing it & stopped the bleeding (saved his life ) while waiting for the medivac to arrive. As for Willard Water, I'm highly allergic to bee/wasp/hornet stings & once got bit on the hand - poured a little Willard Water in a small bowl, submerged the bite & within minutes, no pain & no swelling & no allergic reaction. I've read where ranchers swear by it. WW is ionized so you have to be careful taking it with medications as it increases the potency of the drug.
February 6 at 18:33 EST .

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   Bettijo  8 Ways to Improve Your Salad Dressing
What's a salad without a dressing?

It's like Bert without Ernie, a burger without a bun, Sunday without football on TV. A salad is not a salad without some good stuff drizzled on top.

Food manufacturers realized this long ago, and today, entire supermarket aisles are dedicated to salad dressings and toppings. Unfortunately, some dressings do more harm than good. Here are a few tips to help you make the best choices.
1. Make your own dressing
This is a no-brainer. In most parts of the world, it's unthinkable to buy salad dressing. People prepare the dressing as part of the salad making process. It's as easy as mixing 1 part oil, 1 part lemon/vinegar, and adding salt and pepper to taste. From there, you can build your dressing with additional herbs and spices. There's no shortage of recipes.

The following tips are for prepared dressings:
2. Decrease the serving size and calories
The standard serving for salad dressing is 2 tablespoons, ranging from 50 to 200 and more calories. An easy way to cut the calories is to use less dressing. Work the dressing into the salad until you can't see any blobs of sauce, just a shiny coating all over the salad greens.

3. Don't water down you salad
Many of the low-fat, or non-fat dressings are primarily water. You're paying over $4.00 for a bottle of dressing, the least they could do is fill it up with a more expensive ingredient like fine olive oil. Also - why drown your greens after you've dried them up so nicely before serving?

4. A little bit of fat is not bad
Vitamins A, D, E, and K, found in salad vegetables, are fat soluble. This means your body will be more likely to absorb them when they're mixed with some oil.

5. Skip the toppings
They may add extra crunch and flavor, but the caloric and sodium contribution of bacon bits and croutons almost negate the purpose of the salad - a nutrient dense addition to your day.

6. Avoid added sugars
Some dressings can get really tangy, so a bit of added sweetener rounds out the flavor remarkably. The problem is that in many cases, manufacturers add too much sugar. For example, almost 25% of Wishbone's Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing calories come from sugar. In other dressings, the sugar content can reach up to 50% of the calories!

7. Salty?
One of the challenges with salad dressing is the sodium content, which can be higher than 500mg per serving. That's close to 25% of the daily maximum. Look for 300mg per serving, or less.

8. Avoid Phosphoric Acid
Many dressings use phosphoric acid (E338 ), an artificial additive that provides a tangy taste for a much cheaper price than lemons. Phosphoric acid is widely used in soft drinks. Some studies have linked it to lowering bone density.

Bottom Line
Salad dressing is a great way to help increase vegetable consumption. Make sure to choose a dressing that does not negate the health benefits of your greens. Better yet, make your own dressing!
January 29 at 10:34 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  What an education !
Publix often has 2 for 1 on WishBone dressings,
Just checked the Hurricane closet:
Italian House ( naturally helps absorb Vitamins A & E )HAH
Nutrition Facts: Fat 10 g, no trans or poly, but 5mg cholest., 260mg of Sodium with NO Vit A, C Calcium or Iron
So checked the Ranch, also advertized as better to absorb A & E
Sat fat 2 g, pol fat 8g, mono 3g, cholest 0 but sodium is 230mg, no fiber no Vit A,C Calcium, Iron or E
Beat me with a stick, They say get More for Your Salad, HAH again. The Italian says sorbic acid but the Ranch uses the phosphoric, think I have clean out the hurricane closet.
January 29 at 11:56 EST .

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   HereIstand  So for the update: Went to visit the man who had been cured of cancer. We saw the device which had a variable frequency function and a small amplifier. The idea is to hold on to two metal handles for the time suggested as the frequencies run through their sequences. These frequencies travel through the body and are set to target and destroy a virus, bacteria, parasite, or other unwelcome critter. We felt somewhat deflated as his story was a little rambling and disjointed, although he was very sincere. Trying to get my head around how any of it supposedly works is confusing and depressing. And if it really does work, would not people be screaming it from the rooftops, crooked A.M.A. bureaucrats, greedy big Pharma types, or power-hungry conglomerates notwithstanding?

When we got home Sunday p.m. our grandson was working on his car in the garage and had left his two-yr-old in the house. She had awakened, found some acrylic craft paints and had painted the carpeting in her bedroom, hallway, and the bathroom rugs. Spent several hours Monday scrubbing and blotting up the dried paint with some graffiti remover, then trying to get rid of the odor so she could sleep there that night. My head was throbbing from the fumes, I felt like I was spiraling down into darkness and I was sure feeling sorry for myself. Everything was just too hard.

Tuesday we went to see another woman who owned a different brand of frequency generator. She graciously allowed us to borrow her machine for a few days. She was as kind as could be and said we needed to get ready because we were THE generation to which the TRUTH would be manifested and that all those who had simply "crossed over the river" were waiting there to guide us into our new lives, perhaps as a moose, perhaps as a worm, whatever we felt our souls needed to experience to improve ourselves. She suggested our daughter's "contract" for this life was about completed and we should be at peace. She did reassure us, however, that there would never be another nuclear bomb unleashed on the earth like Hiroshima because the souls of those poor people had been disintegrated and it has taken them a long time to reformulate on the other side. Besides, Gaia, (our Earth-Mother ) didn't like that and so has called other beings here to help us see the error of our ways. All we have to do is listen to them. I am so proud we did not trip and hurt ourselves in our haste on the way out.

When we got home from that visit, our grandson had gotten into some poison oak at work and his face was swollen and red. The itching was terrible. What an opportunity! There was a listing for poison ivy in the instructions for the machine and we all felt that was close enough to poison oak to try a session. Additionally, there was
January 14 at 23:58 EST .

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   HereIstand  a separate listing for itching which we also decided to do. The next morning his face was like a tomato, swollen and oozing with an eye swollen completely shut. A trip to the clinic for prednisone has now restored him to almost normal.

We had planned on taking the drive upstate to check out the sanctuary also, just to assure ourselves that we had given all this a fair shot, but after the last few days, I think I'll pass. (Goodness knows what we'd find when we returned home. ) (small smile )

So now my friends, I think I'll just rest in His arms a while.
January 15 at 00:19 EST .

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   Phooey  "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." --- AKJV
January 15 at 18:52 EST .

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   HereIstand  Yes, and amen, Phooey. We who know our precious Savior are blessed above all on the earth. Even in my sorrow for the imminent loss of my daughter I feel such compassion for those who don't know Him.
January 15 at 21:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding. You have explored all that you could, made an informed decision, no regrets in that area; now the rest is in His Hands and they will be there to comfort you and your whole family.
January 20 at 00:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  I will lift you up on the wings of Angels.
January 21 at 19:26 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm sorry, that's from Isaiah, I forget the rest of the quote, but it is beautiful.
January 21 at 19:29 EST .

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   HereIstand  Hello. Please don't think I am a kook for asking the following. Is there anyone out there with personal knowledge or experience with a frequency generator?

Our daughter is dying with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer. She is in the final months. She has had a double mastectomy, various rounds of chemo, radiation, and experimental drugs. She is 49.

A dear old man in our church from long ago called yesterday with information that has us reeling. He said eight years ago he had prostate cancer which had spread to his bones and liver and other organs. He underwent several treatments (free ) using a machine that directs amplified frequencies that are set to resonate within certain parameters. Apparently, this super-agitated frequency beam "engages" with the target virus or bacterium and destroys it, sort of like a soprano's voice shattering crystal. He was completely cured of cancer, never having surgery, drugs, chemo, or radiation. He says he's not the only one by far.

I have seen the list of diseases and the frequencies determined for each one. No medical advice is proffered as this is so far out of recognized medical practice. The man said there is a small sanctuary within driving distance from where we live where he went for his initial treatments (which required sitting in a room for several hours ) and which are completely free. He claims this is what cured him. The kicker is that he bought a smaller portable version of this generator (from an unrelated so-far-as-he-knows manufacturer in another state ) to periodically "sweep" his body from various and sundry invaders. He is healthy although aged.

I am not a scientist, an engineer, or a medical person. I do know a little about the electromagnetic spectrum and am aware that everything has a pulse or vibration. (Or I think I know that ). I think sound waves can shatter things. I think energy waves can do the same.
Our daughter is in Florida and thus cannot get to the small sanctuary for exposure to the frequencies. We could get one of the small generators (about $2,500 ) and take it to her when we go in February. A year ago I could not conceive of a 3-D printer and now they are "printing" skin for burn victims.
Can anyone with a scientific background even conceive that what I have described might be within the realm of the possible? Or am I just completely out of my mind with grief? Well, I AM out of my mind with grief but is it possible anyway? Thanks for your input.
January 10 at 16:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  You & your daughter have my prayers for sure. We are prayer warriors here & share your burden.

I would not judge it strange to use the device at this point and would like to know more about it (having researched many drug alternatives for the condition - not much better than common practice, especially without medical help ). Not scientifically inclined here, but there is an electrical machine that is used to stimulate nerves to regenerate [?] for paralysis (para & quad ) if used within a certain period of time for success, or the hope of success & to prevent atrophy. Please keep us informed.
January 10 at 17:46 EST .

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   MeiDei  I came across this website that perhaps will explain more:

Good luck and God bless your family.
January 10 at 17:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know nothing about this. But, when all else fails, try something new. Can you bring her to where you are and get her the treatment? is she willing?
January 10 at 18:23 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Prayers for your daughter and your family for sure.
January 10 at 18:47 EST .

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   Phooey  Dittos Iacta ! Red flags are waving in my mind.
January 10 at 19:22 EST .

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   HereIstand  Thank you MeiDei for the site. That sounds exactly what he was talking about. DH and I have been talking and reading for the last few hours about it. Just spinning. It does sound incredible and crazy to me and my flags are all flying red, too. We are proceeding with caution. We are going to the man's house tomorrow and talk further.
Our daughter is in St Johns, near Jacksonville. It would be very difficult for her to fly at this stage because she has to have fluid drained off her lungs so often. Her goal is to live until her birthday on March 3rd.
I am on Lucianne every day. I cannot explain why I have not written about our situation before, even to ask for prayer. I have felt so paralyzed. Also ashamed at my weakness and despair. I didn't know a person could produce that many tears. I (we ) believe in the resurrection and promises of eternal life that Christ promises in scripture. Yet, I'm just a mess and I can't seem to get control. I'm so afraid I will make a complete spectacle of myself. I want to be strong for her. Am failing. Thank you all.
January 10 at 20:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  HereIstand: it's in times such as yours that He carries you, there's no shame in needing help. We'll pray for your guidance, red flags waving or not. You've broken the bond that paralyzed you, be free to seek out what needs seeking. I'd rather you spend whatever needs spending than have you live the rest of our life with "what ifs" & if the devise is not to be had, you can rest that you went that far. I don't believe in coincidences, there must be a reason [even if only to make her condition more comfortable] the gentlemen was put in your life at this time. You're no spectacle and not a failure - life is full of foul balls - we dodge as best we can. Will pray for your discernment & peace of mind & heart.
January 10 at 20:47 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm so happy you reached out! It is true that we are a group of formidable prayer warriors. You and your family are now wrapped in the power of our prayers.

I see no downside to trying this or any other new therapy, so long as your daughter is willing and you are able to get her to the therapy.

Some might see what I'm about to say as a red flag, but here goes. A couple of decades ago, a dear friend's son had terminal cancer. He found a facility in Florida that offered ozone therapy for cancer treatment. Long story short, the boy went into remission. Last I heard, he is still cancer free. If I recall, Magic Johnson also went into ozone therapy when diagnosed HIV positive. So far as I know, he is HIV negative to this day.

Almighty God has given us the ability to make huge advances in medicine. Why not try everything?

God bless you and your family. Please don't be a stranger!
January 11 at 08:52 EST .

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   Gerty  Just logged on, so am a little late but not short on prayers. Miss HereIstand--I will be praying daily for your daughter and the rest of the family. I am a believer in the power of prayer; lighting a candle right now for all of you!
January 11 at 22:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The ozone therapy treatments interest me because of an article on They say ozone can treat ebola, why it was not used during the outbreak, no one seems to know. According to what I read, the cost would have been $10 per patient.
January 12 at 09:19 EST .

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   Bettijo  Cereal is a fast and easy solution for breakfast. Make sure it is a healthy one by following our cheat sheet below.

Supermarket Cheat Sheet
Choose cereals with 3 grams pre more of fiber
Choose cereals with 100% whole grain (whole wheat for example )
Choose cereals with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving
Avoid a cereal if sugar in any form appears as one of its first ingredients
Choose cereals without artificial sweeteners
Choose cereals with less than 150mg of sodium per serving
Don't buy cereals containing partially hydrogenated oils or artificial colors
Try to avoid BHT and BHA
Don't pay too much attention to the long list of vitamins on cereal boxes. They are a secondary consideration when compared to fiber and sugar content.
January 5 at 09:32 EST .

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