Saturday, May 22, 2010

Farmer's Market Salad

Perfect day! Started with a glass of Body Balance and an apple. Then off to the Madison Farmer's Market with Mark and Dan. WOW! Way too much to choose from. We found some wonderful mixed spring greens, arugula, spinach, two types of radishes, purple and white spring onions and a couple of plants. Mark and Dan also found some amazing bakery and I bought a loaf of Cress Spring Bakery's Sunny Spelt bread. Yum!

So I made this delicious salad for lunch with all of the greens mixed together, the purple onions, radishes and some baby portobellos we also found at the market. I added some green chick peas and the dressing of Braggs Cider Vinegar, Braggs Liquid Aminos, organic coconut oil, salt, pepper and a dab of organic horseradish.  Add a slice of the Spelt bread and this was a great ending to a perfect morning.

Hope your Saturday is wonderful.
Be well ~

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soil Depletion is Affecting Your Family

A recent article by Dr. Mercola succinctly states why you should not rely on food to provide you with the nutrients (especially minerals) that your body needs daily. This information is everywhere now. If you choose not to believe it, that is, of course, your choice. My concern is for children. I've seen pretty incredible things happen when those missing nutrients are supplied in a bio-available form. For some of the sickest - lives have been changed; for the majority - kids are leading much healthier lives with calm, focused energy and joy.

(in Dr. Mercola's words)
"Over the past century, the quality of fresh food has declined due to soil depletion, unsustainable farming practices, overproduction of crops, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. You can no longer assume you’re getting all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients you need by eating a multitude of fresh produce—even if you’re eating organically.
Not surprisingly, a calorie today will provide you less nutrition than a calorie from 100, or even 50 years ago.
Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5 to 40 percent declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources.[1]
So now, more than ever, you must be careful to maximize the “bang for your buck” when it comes to the foods you eat."

If you want to know more, please call me / email me . I'd be happy to discuss this with you. : )

Be well ~
Mary; 608-245-9308

Sunday, May 16, 2010

If you are ready to end your pain, please read.

I just read a story about Martha B., an accomplished writer and life coach, who has suffered for many years with the debilitating pain of fibromyalgia. On top of that, she had to face the humiliation of doctors who basically told her she was crazy. I know that humiliation, and no one should face it. That is why I am determined to help as many of you as possible to take your health back into your own hands. We are not helpless, and the Universe has provided us with such abundance to use as we need.

I hear these stories every day, and it makes me so angry! I don't usually say this out loud for fear of offending someone, but so much of the suffering we see today is senseless. So much of it could be avoided.

If you choose to turn away from something that could end your suffering, that is up to you. My only purpose is to be the messenger. I know a better way - a way that has helped millions who gave it a chance. I so passionately believe in this gift - for it is truly a gift from nature, from the Universe or God if you will - and those who assembled this gift, I believe, were divinely guided.

For over 25 years this single substance has stopped pain for millions, helped others get off of harmful medications, helped children lead more normal lives, and more. 

The substance I speak of is Body Balance - the simple yet complex juice of nine very specific sea vegetables, organic inner-gel aloe vera, organic black cherry and raw honey. Those who are very sensitive can feel the energy of this substance with the first swallow. For others it takes more time. In the several years I have worked with this product, I have never seen it fail to help a person who continued to drink it. Some give up because their results were not instant enough, but for those who persist, the rewards can be great.

If you are ready to end your pain, I believe this could help you. I do not offer guarantees. Every body is different. I do, however, work with each of my clients to help them adjust their lifestyle taking small steps toward change and toward healing. 

If you want to know more, call me. If you think I am wrong, don't call. I am hear to work with those who would like to learn a different way.

Be well ~
Mary; 608-245-9308

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Is Your Cinnamon Toxic?

I had no idea that Cinnamon - the healthy alternative to sugar - could be toxic!  Read to the end to find information on the "good cinnamon - celon cinnamon".
(from Wikipedia)
Coumarin is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys, with an LD of 275 mg/kg—low compared to related compounds. Although only somewhat dangerous to humans, coumarin is a potent rodenticide: rats and other rodents largely metabolize it to 3,4-coumarin epoxide, a toxic compound that can cause internal hemorrhage and death. Humans largely metabolize it to 7-hydroxycoumarin, a compound of lower toxicity. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has established a tolerable daily intake of 0.1 mg coumarin per kg body weight, but also advises that, [if] this level is exceeded for a short time only, there is no threat to health. For example, a person weighing 135 lbs or about 61 kg would have a TDI of approximately 6.1 mg of coumarin.

European health agencies have warned against consuming high amounts of cassia bark, one of the four species of cinnamon, because of its coumarin content. According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, 1 kg of (cassia) cinnamon powder contains approximately 2100 to 4400 mg of coumarin. Powdered Cassia Cinnamon weighs 0.56 g/cc; therefore, 1 kg of Cassia Cinnamon powder is equal to 362.29 teaspoons (1000 g divided by 0.56 g/cc multiplied by 0.20288 tsp/cc). This means 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder contains 5.8 to 12.1 mg of coumarin, which may be above the Tolerable Daily Intake for smaller individuals. However, it is important to note that the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment only cautions against high daily intakes of foods containing coumarin. Chamomile, a common herbal tea, also contains coumarin.

Coumarin is often found in tobacco products and artificial vanilla substitutes, despite having been banned as a food additive in numerous countries since the mid-20th century. Coumarin was banned as a food additive in the United States in 1978. OSHA considers this compound to be only a lung-specific carcinogen, and "not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans". Coumarin was banned as an adulterant in cigarettes by tobacco companies in 1997, but due to the lack of reporting requirements to the US Department of Health and Human Services it was still being used as a flavoring additive in pipe tobacco.

Coumarin is currently listed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) among "Substances Generally Prohibited From Direct Addition or Use as Human Food", according to 21 CFR 189.130, but some natural additives containing coumarin (such as Sweet Woodruff) are allowed "in alcoholic beverages only" (21 CFR 172.510). In Europe, such beverages are very popular, for example Maiwein (white wine with woodruff) and Żubrówka (vodka flavoured with bison grass).
Coumarin should be avoided by people with perfume allergy.

Related compounds and derivatives

Compounds derived from coumarin are also called "coumarins". Compounds within this coumarin family include:
Many of the above compounds (specifically the 4-hydroxycoumarins) are used as anticoagulant drugs and/or as rodenticides which work by the anticoagulant mechanism.

Use as pesticides

Coumadins, dicoumerol derivatives of coumarin, are potent rodenticides because they block the synthesis of vitamin K, especially in rodents, giving it strong anticoagulatory and rodenticidal properties. Death occurs after a period of between several days to two weeks, usually from internal hemorrhaging.
Vitamin K is a true antidote for poisoning by coumadins such as bromadiolone. Treatment usually comprises a large dose of vitamin K given intravenously immediately, followed by doses in pill form for a period of at least two weeks, though usually three to four, afterwards.

Watch Jorge Cruise in this short video discussing the difference between cinnamons.

Go here to find a source for purchasing Celon Cinnamon.

Be well ~