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 AGE gracefully not gruesomely

AGE gracefully not gruesomely. who knows the definitive answer why marlon brando plunged from utmost physical beauty quickly over to the other side… using he, who was emotionally tormented (stress’ed), laden with diabetes (obese, sugared and pickled), had congestive heart failure (obese, oxidatively damaged) and cancer (mutated cell’ed) as a shockingly poignant example….one can envision AGE, despite its chemical complexities.

advanced glycation entities (AGE) are the result of a chemical process in the body that happens when a poor lifestyle (high fat, sugar, alcohol, smoking meets low fruits, veggies, antioxidants, fibre, exercise) greets middle age. what you get when you combine overdoses of sugar and with free-radicals in the long run. beauty one decade, beast the next. these lead to wrinkles, large pores and nevi in the nose, blindness from cataracts, clogs in the arteries leading to strokes and heart attacks and possibly cancer, of which marlon brando had…them all.

http://www.stroke-research.com/showabstract.php?pmid=12172323
http://www.springerlink.com/content/k68112454r817537/

see before and after shots.Marlon Brando Young

Marlon Brando Middle Aged

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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 take a worrywort rather than a chill pill

take a worrywort rather than a chill pill. a wort is a herb named after the item it’s meant to heal such as liverwort (machantia), lungwort (pulmonaria) or for poisonous bites drink a snakewort (senega). while this method of naming is folkloric, most common in native medicine, a wort is a healing agent rather than a proliferator of such and such.

individual worts must be wisely consumed based on each of their merit not simply on titulage. St John’s Wort (hypericum) was identified by ‘doctrine of signatures’ or appearance giving way to its function. named after John the Baptist, whose feast day, June 24 th, occurs on european solstice when the plant is in full bloom resembles a halo with its five yellow petals and flowing red sap that symbolises the blood of the martyred saint.the name Hypericum means ‘greatest health’.

rather than worrying be proactive with your health as it could prevent the real health worries down the road or just take one of the many worryworts, including me with a grain of salt: hypericum, kava, melissa (lemon balm), passion flower, hops, catnip, chamomile, valerian, borage. and worry not.

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millie says soak grains in brackish water

soak grains in brackish water. back in the days of pure water and healthy sunshine, grains were kept in outdoor storage units before being hulled thus exposing them to the elements of sun and rain and morning dew. the process of moistening grains in healthy bacteria allows for the neutralization of phytic acid, a compound that keeps minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and calcium bound to phosphate salt rather than nutritionally available in grains. these days, due to faster machinery to do the work grains are not exposed to the elements after they are harvested, thus left in their indigestible state and must be fortified with minerals instead. the result is that grains these days are apt to cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea, celiac, IBS symptoms, ezcema. if sprouting is too daunting but if this is the case then soak all grains overnight in a fermented product such as apple cider vinegar or butter milk in order to alkalinize, soften and prepare the grains for eating.

http://www.thepassionategourmet.com/

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millie says only you know your heart dear

“only you know your heart dear.” ok well my mom said that, but it’s a good one. so I share it with you. run towards the light little deer, run.

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ps:also know your heart rate, blood pressure, heart disease risk, cholesterol etc. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/do-you-know-your-heart-numbers

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 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 have hands placed on back

have hands placed on back. while many forms of massage exist such as acupressure, shiatsu, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, thai, reflexology and erotic, registered massage therapy in western culture is known as swedish massage, the result of a combination of moves coined in the 1700s by Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling. involved in this type of pampering are techniques that avoid hard tissue (bones, cartilage, tumors) but move soft tissues, kneading, rolling and vibrating them to supply oxygen to the extremities and skin and return blood to the heart. resulting in a reduction of lactic acid, release of toxins and tension promoting relaxation and stimulation of muscles, ligaments, tendons, glands, nerves and circulation. As a result posture may readjust, breathing deepen, knots unravel, pain escape, stress reduce and a wonderful time be had exhaling the tensions of the day, month or year. because it increases blood’s movement without stressing that very important Valentine muscle, there’s not much risk of OD-ing on it or dong it wrong as long as it feels right, so convince someone to do it often for free gently at home, or go to a professional for the get-what-u-pay-for-means-to-a-end.

Swedish massage techniques: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usual sequence of events are:

  1. Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  2. Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  3. Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  4. Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  5. Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping

http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/swedish-massage-tips.htm

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millie says do it by hand

do it by hand. electric grinders, mills, presses and juicers are fast and easy boasting razor sharp stainless steel blades that’ll slice and dice through the most fibrous of vegetative matter. while returning the electric juicer, blender or coffee mill to the Bay may not be the fate of the day, keeping it real by grinding flax seeds and raw cacao in a pepper mill, or using a mortar and pestle to create the curry kills at least four, five or six figurative birds with one hand-thrown stone. 1) heat generated from an electric mill destroys important enzymes necessary to the vitality of the food product 2) it’s greener to do it by hand 3) it’s cheaper to do it by hand 4) people are meditatively building their muscles all over the world with this hand grinding technique whether they have access to electricity or a fancy workout parlour. 5) it tastes better 6) the loose dust generated from the mashing of a granite mortar and pestle contains 16 trace minerals including potassium in a more digestible form than those compressed into a daily multi-vite-min. basically it’s efficient a mano.

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