Healing Belongs to God; Health belongs to you

https://i1.wp.com/simplyyourhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Chose-Health-trimmed1.jpg?resize=768%2C453Someone walked into the health food store the other day, looking for ginger oil to massage her legs.   There is a video going around on facebook (I have not seen it), that touts restored circulation of legs by using it.

My response was that I could sell her the ginger oil, but cannot discuss the massage.

A second person walked in looking for the same thing and for the same reason.

I asked the managers in the other stores and found they were also receiving the same requests.

I felt it necessary to put out a memo.

Ginger essential oil is a vasodilator; it dilates or widens the vessels so that circulation may be improved.   The problem is what it DOESN’T say.  Damage can be done to the legs if the vessels are varicosed, spidered, or weakened in any way.  Damage may also be done if the legs are swelled, as swelling may be indication of a heart condition, and sometimes clots are formed in the legs.  If vessels are dilated in such conditions, possible clots may become dislodged and travel to heart or brain causing heart attack or stroke.

Never EVER follow health advice from one video.  DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Here are some red flags to watch for when you see a video:

1) If a claim uses the word “CURE”, then move on.  The body is so complex and if an actual cure were to be found it would be all over the news, and in studies.

2) If the claim says “PREVENTS” without the word “HELPS” in front of it, move on.

3) If the claims say “What your doctor won’t tell you”.    Friends, doctors are not evil and sinister.   Doctors are not puppets either.  True, there are bad actors in EVERY profession, but stop listening to the demonizing of the medical profession.  If you or a loved one had a heart attack, you would welcome their expertise.

4) When the phrase “Big Pharma” is used, that does not mean the entire pharmaceutical industry is out to destroy you or take away your right to choose supplements.  Once again, there is an industry where dollars rule, but that is not your pharmacist, or those who prescribe, necessarily.

5) If the ad is alarming or shocking, move on. There is a shock value that is huge in the marketing world.  It used to be “sex sells” but in the past few decades it is “Shock sells”  Don’t be fooled by the shock value.

6) The word “Finally” , meaning, “the product the world has been waiting for” is a clue that it is NOT the product the world has been waiting for.

If a product sounds innovative and may offer a solution, ask someone if they have tried it.   Look up reviews.  Wait a few months to see if the hype has died down (remember Raspberry Ketones for magical weight loss?).

Remember, the medical field is not the wellness field.  The Medical Profession checks for signs and symptoms and treats a crisis AND IS TRAINED TO RESTORE YOU BACK TO A PLACE OF NO SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS.   The Wellness Profession helps keep you out of crisis by offering solutions to help you remain in balance.

The problem exists when those in the WELLNESS PROFESSION start marketing the treatment of disease, or when the PATIENT blames one in the MEDICAL PROFESSION for not practicing WELLNESS.

So, before you fall for that claim, check out it out.   There is NO Essential OIL that HEALS- There is NO HERB that HEALS – there is NO ORGANIC FOOD that HEALS – there is NO ONE PILL that HEALS.

None.  Zero. Zip. Nada.

Healing belongs to God alone.
He chooses to use any path to RESTORE WELLNESS, WHOLENESS, SOUNDNESS IN THE BODY.   He may heal miraculously.  He may use an oil.  He may use an herb.  He may use medication.

But –

He may also use friendship.
He may use a word spoken in season.
He may use surgery.
He may use a haircut.
He may use clean water.
He may use exercise.
He may use a combination of many things.

Your job is to listen to Him and be open to what He wants to do and not limit Him.

And to use wisdom.  Not everything out there is true.  Not everything “works” for all.   Let God be God.

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Keto Coconut Vanilla Fudge

I loved my Cardamom Chocolate Keto fudge so much, I had to play around with vanilla fudge as well – and I do love vanilla more than chocolate – I know, I’m the odd man out.

The key to good keto fudge is the cream cheese, whether you choose regular cream cheese or the vegan option made with almond milk, makes no difference except your preference, however I find the vegan option makes it “fudgier” and regular cream cheese makes it more like candy.

Keto Coconut Vanilla Fudge

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin, Cold-Processed Coconut Oil (room temperature for better blending)
1 Large Scoop of Vanilla Whey Powder
2 Tablespoons Almond Flour (meal is okay)
2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese (or vegan substitute)
2 Packets Stevia (or 2 teaspoons preferred natural sugar substitute such as erythritol)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Blend with a fork or spoon until well blended then add
1 Tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut
Mix until even throughout

By teaspoonful, drop onto a plate suitable for the freezer, and keep in freezer for at least 15 minutes.   Makes about 10 (but as you can see by the picture, they were so yummy, my family and I couldn’t wait!)

Eat a few for breakfast alone or have one before a meal to help prevent overeating.  Fats do not trigger insulin, the fat-storing hormone.  Sugar does.  So while these are not low-calorie foods, they are not “fattening” when eaten in moderation.

I can have dessert every morning for breakfast – and yes, I do eat dessert first!

 

What Do All Those Labels Mean?

Product labels are important to understand. Not everything that is labeled natural is safer. For example, when the label says “natural flavoring” what comes to your mind?  Safer? Better?  Non-toxic? Bio-available (able to be assimilated into the body quickly)?

The FDA does not require a definition for the term “natural flavorings” so you won’t always see what these flavorings consist of.  Castoreum is a natural flavoring. It is used as a vanilla substitute, sometimes raspberry flavoring.

***I’m going to get gross here – just a warning… Proceed at your own risk. ******

Castoreum, according to Ruth Winter, author of “A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients” (Winter 2009),  is a “creamy, orange-brown substance with a strong, penetrating odor or bitter taste that consists of the dried, perineal glands of the beaver and their secretions.  The glands and secretions are taken from the area between the vulva and the anus in the female beaver and from the scrotum and the anus in the male beaver.”

It’s not listed on your food ingredients label because it doesn’t have to be.  Foods labeled as “all-natural” may be injected with sodium to enhance flavor, or have a high volume of high fructose corn syrup.

It is important to understand this while you are reading labels because much of the foods you are purchasing contain chemicals that cause endocrine disruption.    Let’s take a look at some of these labels.

Multigrain
When you see this word, it brings the image of pure health to mind, but in actuality it is a marketing term that means more than one grain are used in the processing of this highly processed food, which has been stripped of all its nutrients for better digestion, and then enhanced with synthetic vitamins and minerals and called “enriched.”  Most are not even absorbed into the body.

No Sugar Added
This sounds like it is low in sugar, using only the sugar that only occurs naturally, however, sugar is hidden in other ingredients.  While there is no sugar (focus on the word “sugar”) added, there are additional sugars added if the list contains the following:

  • Corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup
  • Dextrose or crystal dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Maltose
  • Lactose
  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • Evaporated cane juice or fruit juice
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Dextrin and maltodextrin
  • Rice syrup
  • Molasses
  • Evaporated corn sweetener
  • Confectioner’s powdered sugar
  • Agave nectar
  • Other fruit nectars (for example, pear nectar)

Sugar Free
This does not mean healthier or lower in calories.  It may be full of artificial sweeteners and often means a lot of bad fat has been added to enhance flavor. (Doesn’t fat taste yummy? **Note** Good fat is good but that is not what is added to enhance flavor).

Zero Trans-Fat
Trans-fats are bad for your heart, clogging arteries and increasing insulin resistance, but when the label reads zero trans-fat, it is likely that .5 mg per serving of trans fat is included, which the FDA allows to count as zero-trans-fat.  Marketers know that most  who are eating chips are not necessarily into portion control so they will eat more than one serving and that’s what they bank on by adding the label.  So, two servings yields 1 mg of trans fat, which would then have to be listed in the ingredients list, along with saturated, mono and polyunsaturated fat.

“Grass-Fed”
A term that claims animals are fed solely on a diet of grass or hay and have continuous outdoor access. Cattle are natural ruminants that eat grass, so they are healthier and learner this way. Grain fed cattle of ten become sickened an need antibiotics or growth ho0rmones. Grass-fed beef has been shown to have higher amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The labels should also include a certificate organic label to verify it was not eating grass that was exposed to or treated with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

Organic
There are various “organic” labels.  Each mean something different.  “Organic” produce means it has higher vitamin and mineral content because the soil has been worked and nourished to include minerals that may have been depleted from it due to overuse or poor quality.  They are free of herbicides and pesticides as well.  It also means that it must have an ingredients list, comprising 95% or more of certified organic ingredients, being free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes; and they must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation or genetic engineering, according to the USDA.  The remaining 5% may only be foods processed with additives on an approved list.  Water , for example, is not organic because it is a mineral.

100% organic means the food is completely organic and may display the USDA Organic Seal or “Certified organic labels”.

Choosing organic ingredients may be a little pricier at first, but take into consideration that as you begin to choose organic, keeping free of processed foods with synthetic additives and chemicals that attack your endocrine system, as well as produce that has been treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides, your body will be more energetic and healthy.  That means less money at the doctor’s office, insurance costs and medications.

So, let’s get “clean”…..    Understand that all ingredients are organic.

Detox Soup

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Start with a tablespoon of Cold Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil  detox soup 2

Add 4 cloves of fresh garlic, sliced or diced

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Add one onion, thinly sliceddetox soup 4

Add four larger sized Baby Bella mushrooms (pictured are button, but bella is more nutritious)

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Add 1/4 inch of fresh ginger
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Ginger is very pungent so if you are not sure about ginger, dice it finer than what I have here. I like ginger and I will get a healthy taste of it on every spoon if left this thick.

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Add about 1/4-1/2 cup of finely chopped carrots

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Add 2 stalks of celery, sliced down the middle and then across

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Add a handful of at least 3 varieties of leafy greens – I chose escarole, spinach and cabbage.
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1 zucchini

Then add 4 ounce of organic,  full-fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth.

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Add your spices about 5 minutes before soup is done. I chose basil, and oregano for their antiviral, and antibacterial effects, I chose cilantro because it is the number one herb to detox from heavy metals.  If you aren’t wild about cilantro, use parsley instead.  Feel free to get creative with other herbs.

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Enjoy.