millie says drink the bathwater

drink the bathwater. common knowledge it is that eating vegetables, legumes, whole grains, grass fed lean meats and wild fish is the terrain towards gathering good nutrition, but eating them all together in one liquid pot magnifies the benefits due to the concentration of nutrients left in the broth. the benefits of soups and stews vitamins and minerals go in the belly not down the drain as with steaming or boiling. to make a good flavorful soup from scratch rather than relying on oxo or other bouillon cubes boil leftover vegetables from the fridge or boil organic meat carcasses and bones for marrowing goodness. Keep in fridge or freezer until soup day. After browning onions, garlic, local grass fed lamb, a teaspoon of cumin, a cup of soaked pinto beans use this water in which to add the shiny new veggies from the farmer’s market. let cook in slow cooker for 6 hours, on stove top or in over for an hour or 4 depending on cut of meat and type of bean and recipe. to improve flavour of soups, add a strip of kombu instead of salt, use natural mineral salts such as fleurs de sel, himalayan, celtic or brittany sea salts, fry and pulverize seeds (dill, cumin, caraway, fennel) prior to adding water, use guiness, wine, chamomile or mint tea for stock, contribute fresh herbs and delicate leaves at the very end before serving (parlsey, basil, cilantro, mint), juice 1/4 lime into each bowl, dare a teaspoon of fresh chopped ginger, put a dollop of organic yogurt or sour cream before serving or remove some of the vegetables and bean and puree them before adding them back for more intense flavour and thicker consistency. when full, leave the noodles or rice but do not under any circumstances leave the broth.

use your best ingredients (fresh, local, organic, in season, grass-fed) to conquer some of these melodious harmonies.

http://www.thegutsygourmet.net/soup.html

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millie says donta mixa meds-ah

donta mixa meds-ah…or at least know which meds not to mix. taking a birth control medication like alesse, the one that’s promoted to be the picture of perfection? or taking the occasional ativan to calm down? taking both? taking the occasional ativan, alesse, and an herbal supplement for energy or concentration like gingko or panax ginseng without the ok from some who knows what’s up? taking the occasional ativan, ginseng and/or ginseng, alesse and over-the-counter anti-histamine, have asked your doctor if it’s ok and they said they didn’t know?  doing the body good by drinking grapefruit a few times per week? can’t get an appointment to see your doctor? can’t get a doctor and have never heard of a naturopathic to ask their advice? having a few beers daily to unwind? can’t afford a naturopath? check it out for yourself. see 7 reasons why these things don’t mix by searching interactions here.

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 In some cases you might need to look up the drug or generic name either on the bottle or on the internet.Heath Ledger

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millie says tap to heal

tap to heal. there once was an organ who dwells in the chest behind the breast bone or sternum as those detail oriented folks say. lying close to the heart, made stronger by self-love, self-care, joy, prayer and hope it was devoted to helping the body heal itself. its name was thymus gland, an endocrine organ committed to the activation of fighter and helper cells synthesized in the bone marrow. thymus gland would spring into action telling specific white cells to go to the area of weakness, infection when repair and defense was needed. this was a big job especially when it resides within the body of tired, stressed, overworked, overdrugged individuals. thymus gland told me to relay a message to you so that you would enable its ability to heal your body. if it could talk it would say “tap me to heal; I need you to be relaxed to function well; tap me to heal right at the breast bone with the tips of your fingers; coordinated arm and leg movements strengthen me such as swimming, yoga, brain games, marching; tap me to heal gently but with intent; I am nourished by antioxidants, sleep, probiotics, and astragalus; tap to heal me heal you.”

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millie says dont wait to take a mental health day

dont wait until october 10th to take a mental health day. playing hooky involves making up an excuse not to go to work or attend to duties that should be accomplished today. while lying and scamming are never recommended for an enlightened state, a breath of freedom from work can be a means to avoid a doctor’s note tomorrow. the somatization response to stress relies on einstein’s theory of matter, neither capable of being created nor destroyed and thus energy remains inside the body demonstrating physical symptoms as a result of an emotional or psychological state.

Somatization disorder is a somatoform disorder categorized under the psychiatric DSM-IV and establishes the following five criteria for its diagnosis:

  • a history of somatic symptoms prior to the age of 30
  • pain in at least four different sites on the body
  • two gastrointestinal problems other than pain such as vomiting or diarrhea
  • one sexual symptom such as lack of interest or erectile dysfunction
  • one pseudoneurological symptom similar to those seen in Conversion disorder such as fainting or blindness.

…if a rest will prevent it, do it today and let that energy escape into the atmos.

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millie says remember resveritrol

remember resveritrol (though you may never have heard of it). a touted antioxidant shown to repair damaged DNA, dont slip a day away without it in your diet. shown to improve endurance performance in healthy and obese individuals as well as slow down platelet aggregation that can cause heart disease. raise resveritrol levels by consuming these foods daily: 1) up the reds in your diet such as blueberries, pomegranate, grapes, moderate amounts of red wine 2) in nuttier form peanuts, walnuts and pecans. rev it up.

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millie says decode lumps and bumps

decode lumps and bumps. lymph bodies more colloquially referred to as glands make up a parallel universe to the body’s circulatory system, following the venous circulation routes to remove debris, infection and old pathogens from the body’s blood stream. thus the lymphatic system is a major detoxifying organ system with system channels and collection depots called nodes. These nodes are found in the neck and throat, teeth, ear, collar bone, underarm and groin areas and when present as soft, swollen and tender indicate pathogenic activity in the blood stream that the body is trying to fight. Usually this activity is the result of external pathogen activity such as viral, chemical, bacterial or fungal though can also be an auto-immune reaction in that the body is recognizing proteins found in food or those created in the body itself as foreign. The white blood cells subsequently mount a tender response to clear it. In order to help clear these sore tender nodes, lymphatic drainage techniques such as hot compresses, castor oil packs, exercise, massage, drainage herbs, dry brushing can all be applied. More chronic and serious conditions can produce hard, non tender lymph nodes that may be benign or malignant tumors called lymphomas. usually a lymphoma will be biopsied to determine it’s cancer status and stage. Lipomas are non-tender rubbery growths of undigested-unutilized fat cells that have accumulated under the skin usually in areas away from the lymph nodes, though unsightly, not usually harmful may indicate a cholesterol problem. Search your body for the lumps, keep track of their appearance disappearance so you can report accurately to your doctor of choice.

millie says shroom it up

shroom it up. sometimes thought of simply as ‘filler’ but mythically and more acurately known as ‘food of the gods’, mushrooms are not simply tasteless clouds of puff that cause creep within our tummies. these mysterious creatures, that are actually something between animal and plant are the purifiers of the forests and fields, similar to algae of the sea. they take decayed and toxic substances from nature’s carpet and release soil fertilizing nitrogen so that further plants can grow. Although one should never take a chance on eating unknown fungus, the edibles and medicals, wild and cultivated, are quickly being revealed as superfoods. with a taste that’s bland and even musty mushrooms contain the complement of essential amino acids, making them prime protein for vegetarian meals. Also rich in minerals including the antioxidant selenium and immune fighting properties. although thought to have negative effects on candida and yeast sufferers many shrooms such as osha, maitake, shitake and reishi can actually benefit immunocompromised conditions such as colds, flus, infections, skin conditions and even cancer due to their immune modulating and anti-viral properties. ask your local expert mycologist about the anti-psychotic benefits of the magic ones. schroom vroom.

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millie says stockpile vitamin d

stockpile vitamin d. as the sun’s angle to the earth decreases create an inverse relationship to increase fish and/or vitamin D intake. a fat soluble vitamin, this nutrient preventer of bone diseases such as osteomalacia, rickets and some bone and skin cancers naturally occurs in animal products such as cold water fish, salmon roe, eggs and though not a natural source milk is fortified but usually not ice cream, yogurt or cheese. being fat soluble means that vitamin D can build up and be stored in the body so when taking the fish or oils of cod liver, salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, halibut, herring, sardines, a mixture or pure source (no dyes, sugar or artificial flavours) vitamin D inconsistent vitamin consumers can take a minimum weekly dose of 7000 IU 1 time per week instead of 1000 IU 7x per week. vitamin D supplementation in some form is important for all people living in northern climates but even moreso for vegetarians and especially vegans. watch the bows of your toddler’s legs as an exaggerated bow could mean subclinical vitamin D deficiency or rickets.

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millie says forget the flu shot

flu shot schmu schmot. only in special populations are people likely to become dangerously ill from the flu (Hemophilus Influenza Virus type A-numbered strains are mutating constantly). the immunocompromised living in tight quarters with other immunocompromised; nursing homes, hospices, hospitals and shelters may effectively take the flu shot to avoid becoming sick since sickness could of ten lead to death or a worsening of a current state of health.

the rest of us are better off getting sick in most cases as illness turns over our immune system allowing the white blood cells to mount a response, kill it and gain long term memory and a good reputation from having done that. the flu shot does not provide long term immunity from strains of influenza whereas getting the actual flu does. some studies have shown that the flu shot given en masse may be economically feasable saving dollars from time off work, but does not benefit general health. instead of the flu shot consider protecting yourself and family the old fashioned way: increasing the immune system though 9-10 hours of sleep, vitamins contained in herb teas, lemon and honey, soups from root veggies, greens, fish and meat, avoiding white flour and sugar, zinc losenges on a full tum, reducing stress, getting plenty of fluids (no coffee or beer).

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millie says october 18

encourage digestion with castor oil.  Taken internally castor oil is a mildly toxic cathartic or strong laxative that causes violent spasms of the intestines subsequently expelling the bowels with violent force so much so that it can actually be used a last resort to induce labour in post dates babies.  Used externally however castor oil is a gentle stimulus for the immune system of the digestive tract.  peyer’s patches are part of the MALT system found in the intestines and make up anywhere from 60-80% of the immune system.  when stimulated with castor oil packs or a gentle rub of the abdomen with castor oil proper dexoxification is maintained in our bowels stimulating the immune system to fight off viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens.  Castor oil rubs can be done daily before bed on infants, children, pregnant persons without the use of a heat source.  Castor oil packs include a castor oil soaked cloth and a heat source such as not water bottle, warm towel or heating pad can be done daily on adults as a relaxing nighttime routine while pondering the immunity in our bowels….

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