millie says switch from [coffee] beans to roots

switch from beans to roots, if only periodically. so march came in like a lamb, does it go out like a lion or out like a lamb all the same? either way it’s time to start thinking about a spring cleanse. for first time detoxifiers, symptoms can be harsh enough as it is without having to suffer through a caffeine withdrawal headache to boot. the more toxic you are the more initial detox symptoms may present with a headache, fatigue, bowel changes, skin eruptions, moodiness, the desire to stay in bed. advice is to c-c-c-come off the caffeine 3 days prior to the cleanse, used during the cleanse or just all year ’round. made from a variety of roasted roots and toasted grains such as chicory, beet, dandelion, rye, wheat, and barley, figs, acorns by themselves or combined for a malty flavored drink, they’re bitter, comforting and caffeine free. though all toasted products including coffee, may have acrylamide, a likely-carcinogen found in heat-processed carbohydrates, the bitter flavour provides a gentle liver detox in itself without the stimulant effects of coffee. grocery stores carry brand names such as krakus, inca, postum, bambu, Carp, caf-lib or for a gluten-free alternative pick up roasted chicory or dandelion root at health food stores. surprisingly delicious.

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millie says pass the CAGE AUDIT

I once knew a guy who got over alcohol dependency with tablespoons of raw honey every time he wanted a drink.


do you pass the CAGE AUDIT? so you work hard, play harder. you’re an artist, musician, designer, cultural vector representing a minority of the thinking kind, not ‘class’ cuz da politically enlightened dont use that word. networking is part of the game; openings, parties and hopefully free booze. or maybe you daylight-moonlight as a corporati working long hours, spreading yourself thin, just to get to that next position of exclusive perks, keeping it together posturing yourself as hard working clever cool. maybe you have a family and the stress is higher at home than it is at work. or maybe you’re a student or you were a student and got lost between final exams and a job fair in whistler, alberta. or maybe you just got dumped, widowed, orphaned, fired, traumatized or injured, people say you’re fortunate to have survived that one, but you’re not feeling very lucky. you may wonder do you drink socially, socially considering your situation or do you just plain have a problem?


here’s the test, the CAGE questionnaire. a score of 2 or more will encourage you to the AUDIT self-test, The World Health Organization’s Alcohol Use Disorder’s Identification Test. 8 or more could be a reason to seek treatment or support- links below).

1) Two “yes” responses indicate that you should be investigated further. The questionnaire asks the following questions:

  1. Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
  4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

2) AUDIT Self Test: http://www.counseling.caltech.edu/drug/selftest/test1.html

3) Support and Treatment:

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/en_find_meeting.cfm
http://www.drug-rehab.ca/torontorehabcenter.htm
http://www.oatc.ca/index.aspx
http://www.canadadetox.com/English/index.asp
http://aacts.ca/
http://www.drug-rehabs.org/

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millie says calibrate the span of life and health

calibrate the span of life and health. currently north americans suffer most from preventable ‘illnesses of excess’ related to smoking, drinking, poor diets, stress and lack of exercise. Some of these conditions include metabolic syndrome, heart disease, depression, kidney diseases, diabetes type II, infertility and certain cancers. we are living longer but suffering more chronically resulting in a life though lengthy, not necessarily happy. Canada currently ranks 10th on the map of merriment while the land-of-the-free-home-of-the-brave is way down the list at number 23. trudging moderately through the wasteful mounds of temptation to find long-lasting wellbeing as lightness at the end of the tunnel can be achieved by OWNING this chart of science simplified. I said O-W-N it.

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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.

http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Interaction/InteractionResults?drug=&drugList=748&cD
=6435&cD=8840&cD=748&cD=4017&cD=552082&dN=%2
2Alesse%22+%22
Diphenhydramine+and+phenylephrine+oral+suspension%22+%22Fexofenadine+and+
Pseudoephedrine%22+%22Ginkgo+Biloba%22+%22Gins
eng%2C+Panax%22+&
CheckFDA=1

 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 level off the edge

level off the edge. irregular eating habits can really throw blood sugar, insulin and serotonin into a spin. not only does starvation sabotage productivity and performance it also sends mixed messages to hold onto as much permanent energy as possible (fat) and lose the mind. slow down the whirl by eating regular meals. Studies show that eating every 2-3 hours, including a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks is an effective way avoid cravings, motor agitation, nervousness and emotional instability. a balanced one-plate meal consisting of protein (beans, sprouts, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese), complex carbohydrates (berries, greens, yellow-orange-red vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds) and healthy fats (cold water fish, olive, coconut, flax, nuts, seeds, avocado, nut butters) will provide a solid foundation for stress reduction. so buck up and eat.

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millie says step out of mirror’s way

step out of mirror’s way today. although it can be convenient to fix one’s hair on the subway, check out the absence of green in between the whites on a spoon, and notice how you’ve aged in a pond, sometimes it’s less burdensome to avoid concentrating on every line, pore, blemish and expression and be carefree like back in the old country when you used to hop scotch and throw dirt balls, still in your stockings not giving a thought for days to how you presented to others. they thought your skin and hair looked shiny and healthy and your personality shone from the inside out anyway so when you get a chance to throw away mirror mirror on the wall….

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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 happy hallowe’en

pace the backdoor-trots. signs of increased peristalsis in absence of medical diagnosis include eruptive, disruptive, loose, watery, undigested, non-formed and explosive stools. many reasons may exist for decreased transit time including stress, virus, parasites, stimulants, history of medication use and food sensitivities. to curb Montezuma’s revenge bulk up with soluble and insoluble fibre found in psyllium husk, practice deep breathing exercises-10 breaths at 10x per day; replenish good bacteria with powdered probiotics-acidophillus and bifidus; remove aggressive dairy and other food or drug sensitivities; cut the coffee and cigs, take teas or capsules mades from herbs known to slow that spasm of the colon such as licorice, fenugreek and slippery elm. so no more need to rush to the cry of cock-crow. phewf!

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millie says decrease transit time

address constipation by increasing peristalsis. if transit time is running late then before resorting to laxatives encourage easier bowel movements lots o’ water; not rushing a bowel movement; weight bearing exercise, not bicycling or swimming, but walking, running, climbing stairs; massage from right to left over abdomen; magnesium citrate 500mg; soluble and insoluble fibre found in heavy slimy products such as apple pectin, pears, sesame seeds, oat fibre, psyllium husk and the following herbs to increase the the wavelike motions of the intestines cascara sagrada, beet root, dandelion and milk thistle. if the perfect stool seems unattainable then take the self test below to find out some reasons why.

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Constipation Self-Test

  1. do you feel fatigued, have low energy or muscle aches? yes = 1/ no = 0
  2. do you have a bowel movement less than 5 x per week on an ongoing basis? yes = 1/ no = 0
  3. do you strain to pass a stool? yes = 1/ no = 0
  4. do you pass dry hard pellets or stool that looks like toothpaste? yes = 1/ no = 0
  5. do you have an abundance of fowl smelling gas? yes = 1/ no = 0
  6. do you eat 30-50 grams of fibre per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  7. are you unable to lose weight even though you are “healthy”? yes = 1/ no = 0
  8. do you take pain medication or anti-depressants? yes = 1/ no = 0
  9. do you drink at least 2 litres of water per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  10. do you exercise at least 3 x per week? yes = 0/ no = 1

a score of 4 or higher may indicate you are suffering from sub-optimal colon health.

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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